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Junior Ashley Molinari steals the ball from her opponent in front of many college recruiters at her soccer game.

Molinari makes her mark

Matthew Lapacek, Freelance Writer November 9, 2023

Sliding at the soccer ball, junior Ashley Molinari steals the ball from the attacker's foot, dribbling it up the middle of the field and launching it to her forward teammate. As the team scores, Molinari...

Junior Alexandra Barcenas hits her 1,000th career setting assist in front of friends, family and fans.

Barcenas breaks barriers

Micah Olson, Freelance Writer November 7, 2023

After smoothly releasing the volleyball into the air, eager eyes watch as junior Sylvia Masiulionis pounds the perfectly set ball into the ground. Junior Alexandra Barcenas stood in the spotlight of the...

Senior Josh Poeschel runs down to the finish line for another win.

Josh Poeschel runs into cross-country success

Justin Sveiteris, Freelance Writer November 3, 2023

Running down the path, senior Josh Poeschel sprints down to the finish line– something that he’s done since fifth grade. He smiles at the crowd, making it clear to the fans why he’s breaking records...

Senior Michael Dalton stretches right before he takes his spot on the pommel horse.

Dalton flips into his future

Iliana Nenov, Freelance Writer October 31, 2023

The full room of competitors and judges quiets down as senior Michael Dalton gets ready to perform his routine. He takes a deep breath in and shakes out his hands and legs before taking form. He bursts...

Lapacek is out for the football season due to an injury, but he looks forward to hopefully recovering in time for wrestling.

DGS senior Matthew Lapacek is tackling the competition

Ky'm Young, Freelance Writer October 11, 2023

Senior Matthew Lapacek is no stranger to sports. A player on both the varsity football and wrestling team, Lapacek had been anticipating high school sports since he was a child. “I was involved in...

Senior Dominic Marcantelli holds his dreams, or what some might call a basketball, on his home court.

Senior Dominic Marcantelli dribbles into another year of basketball

Elsa Kramer, Freelance Writer October 5, 2023

Some people experiment with all kinds of different sports to find what they love, but not senior Dominic Marcantelli. Ever since he picked up a basketball, he fell in love with the sport. He plays basketball...

Senior Joel Abarca throws a jab at the camera in front of his high school logo.

Senior Joel Abaraca hooks and jabs at his dreams

William Elliott, Freelance Writer September 28, 2023

As the gloves come on, senior Joel Abarca is ready to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Abarca is one of a handful of people at DGS to be a boxer. His face lights up as he talks about his dream...

Senior Redion Neritani reminisces on his accomplishments with his team. He is currently on the boys varsity soccer team.

DGS soccer player battles season-ending injury

Derek Carlson Jr., Freelance Writer September 26, 2023

While many sports injuries lead to the end of a player's season, senior soccer player Redion Neritani is determined to not let this setback stop him from playing his final year. Neritani fractured his...

Hiram Hall will attend Elmhurst University next school year.

Hiram Hall prepares for collegiate wrestling

TeKavin Russell, Graphics/Photo Editor May 10, 2023

Playing one sport and doing well is a challenge. Playing three and being good at them is a talent. For senior Hiram Hall, who plays football, wrestles, and throws in shot put, sports are his motivation...

Carter Smott warming up with a couple of laps around the school.

Perseverance pays off: Smott commits to Illinois State

Hamzah Sayyed, News Editor January 31, 2023

Three-time state competitor and captain for the cross country and track team, distance runner Carter Smott has committed to run at a Division 1 level at Illinois State University. Smott's inspiration...

Jacob Steele broke the freshman/sophmore triple jump record during the outdoor 2021-22 season.

Steele puts down the ball to pick up the baton

TeKavin Russell, Grapics/Photo Editor December 1, 2022

Determination, passion and pressure can push a person to higher success than expected. Sophomore Jacob Steele took a break from many sports this year to focus on the upcoming track and field season. Steele...

Senior Luke Swan stares into the eyes of his opponent as he makes his next move on the mat.

Swan grinds into his final year of high school wrestling

Anthony Titone, Freelance Writer November 4, 2022

Senior wrestler Luke Swan is looking to finish off his High school career strong. Qualifying for State two times, being All-Conference and a two-time Fargo qualifier, he steps on the high school mat one...

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