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Seniors will take charge of softball team

By D’Montre’ Smith, Sports Writer

As the Lady Raider softball team seeks perfection during the 2016-2017 season, players will need to win region games.

According to the talent now, do all the coaches think this will be a productive season?

“I think any season is productive if the athletes work hard and listen and give effort,” Coach Reginald LaRoche said. Continue reading “Seniors will take charge of softball team”

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Keenan soccer scores for medals

By Emani Patterson, Sports Writer

Keenan’s boys and girls soccer team will have their first game February 27 against Lewisville High School.

Coach Pablo Rivera, soccer coach, is welcoming children from all grades to participate and be a part of an amazing soccer team.

“There are more kids conditioning this year than last year,” Rivera said. Continue reading “Keenan soccer scores for medals”

KHS track team runs after goals

By Rodney Chavis, News Writer

Keenan’s track team will soar to new heights when it has its first track meet on March 2.

Before the meet the team prepares strongly. Team members also have a firm mindset on what they want to accomplish this season.

“I believe that together as a team we will make it far,” Junior Courtney Sims said.

With his head held high, with much confidence and his expectations high in the sky, Coach Continue reading “KHS track team runs after goals”

Raiders start basketball preseason

By Logan McDaniel, Sports Writer

Keenan Raiders Basketball have been preparing in and out of the gym in the off season for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

“Looking forward into the season to win games and to play together as a team,” Freshman Courtney Jones, varsity player, said.

Her role in the off season is to work together and help her team in the upcoming season. Continue reading “Raiders start basketball preseason”

Coming Home to Keenan

By Rodriqua Briggs, News Writer

Keenan’s Student Council, including Seniors Roderica Sturrup and John Richmond, have planned the major Coming Home event from January 17-20.

“Student council is fun!” Sturrup said.

Being a part of Student Council, means students can plan all events that take place at Keenan. Student Council is what students make it, preparing the school for leadership. They work with Continue reading “Coming Home to Keenan”

Promise Land around the corner

By D’Montre’ Smith, Sports Writer

During the 2016-2017 season, the Keenan football team had a disappointing season, according to Mr. Harold Curnell, defense coordinator. In its travels during the season, the team came up with a 3-5 record. Also Keenan played a playoff game against Blacksburg High School but fell short to a 20-14 loss. According to the coaches, the team had flaws but had heart.

The football team had a lot of positives and negatives. According to the coaches, the team had Continue reading “Promise Land around the corner”

WACH Fox 57 televises Homecoming pep rally

Keenan’s Homecoming pep rally was even more special this year.  WACH Fox 57’s morning program, Good Day, Columbia, televised portions of the pep rally live. Because of the show’s schedule, Keenan held a morning pep rally for the first time ever. Mr. Alvin Pressley, principal, initially had reservations about getting the student body pumped up at 8:00 on a Friday morning, but he relented, and the event went on as Continue reading “WACH Fox 57 televises Homecoming pep rally”

Softball games have ended

By Breayanna Gibson, News Writer

As the Lady Raiders softball team came to their final game on April 26, they finished their season outstandingly, and the senior pitcher made history for Keenan softball.

Coach Clarence Black, Softball Coach, talked about coaching softball.

“I like coaching softball,” Black said. “It’s frustrating at times, but I like coaching it.”

This year’s softball team made playoffs for the first time in years and ended on a good note. Continue reading “Softball games have ended”

Soccer team has high expectations for this season

Story and photos by Justina Simons, Sports Writer

The soccer season has officially begun. Soccer try outs were held on February 1-5. The team is very confident they will do well with so many returning players and new players.

“I believe we will have a good season because of all of the returning players and even all of the freshman that are excited to participate,” Head Coach Pablo Rivera said. “Every year we win more games because we continue to gain more players with a passion to play.” Continue reading “Soccer team has high expectations for this season”

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