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Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar

By Janyah Kelly, News Writer

Twenty-three year old Aly Raisman, American gymnast and two time Olympian medalist, is the latest gymnast to accuse Olympian doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman was just sixteen when Nassar abused her.

Months before the abuse, Raisman was in Melbourne, Australia, practicing for a competition. A representative with the USA Gymnastics team saw Raisman wincing through practice and Continue reading “Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar”

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Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game

By Zykira Gunter, News Writer

Keenan had its Coming Home basketball game January 26 at Keenan against Gray Collegiate Academy.

Keenan had four girls running for Coming Home Princess and one boy running for Prince.

‘’All games are tough and competitive at this time of the year because they’re preparing Continue reading “Keenan takes fall on Coming Home game”

Raiders ready for battle

By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

The Keenan basketball program is getting ready for its upcoming season. The boys’ basketball team took a tough loss in the championship game against Burke High School. The girls lost in the third round to Christ Church Episcopal School at home.

“I feel good about the upcoming season and that they put a lot of work in during the off season,” Coach Reggie McClain said. Continue reading “Raiders ready for battle”

Keenan basketball teams stare down title

By Dillon Jones, Sports Writer

Keenan’s boys’ basketball team fell just three points short of its goal last year. Five seniors graduated from the team, leaving holes to be filled for the 2017-2018 team. Players and coaches are ready to see what this year’s team will do and achieve.

“I’m ready for the first game,” Sophomore Raekwon Horton said. “I’m ready to start the journey that will get us back to state and this time win.” Continue reading “Keenan basketball teams stare down title”

Lady Raiders ready to batter it up

By Jada Ramsey, Sports Writer

The Lady Raider Softball team’s upcoming season will start in February. The ladies have already begun workouts. They practice for at least three hours every Tuesday and Thursday. The Raiders work on batting, base running, calling out plays and other activities to get ready for the 17-18 season.

“I feel the season will be a good one,” Sophomore Amiya Webb said.

Continue reading “Lady Raiders ready to batter it up”

Athletes take steps to their future

By Logan McDaniel, News Writer

Players are being recruited for different sports at all times. Some players focus on behavior, thinking that’s what recruiters look at.

“I believe this because coaches rather see players working together with good behaviors,” Freshman Dillon Jones, varsity basketball player, said.

Many wonder if participating on a bad team will affect their chances of being recruited. Continue reading “Athletes take steps to their future”

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”

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”

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