Monthly Archive: September 2016

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How to Save a Life

Students Prepare to Give Blood Addie Roling   Staff Writer   There will be a blood drive on Friday, September 30, where students ages 16 and above will donate a pint of blood to the Carter Bloodcare center. “I want to give blood because it is for a good cause and I could possibly save someone’s life because of it,” junior Kate Pullen said. According to Carter Bloodcare, each blood donation can save up to 3 lives. This donation is called...

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Reaching Horizons

Seniors meet to watch sunrise   Mackenzie Brown    Co-Editor-in-Chief   To kick off the school year, some of the senior class met at the football field on September 22 to watch the sunrise together as a fundraiser. They will have the chance to meet again near the end of the school year at the Senior Sunset. “It was pretty cool to be the first class to do something like that,” senior Chloe Marsh said. The group of seniors woke...

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Monster Truck Rally

Education Foundation Hosts Annual Monster Truck Rally Isaac Rodriguez   Staff Writer   The education foundation held its 8th annual Monster Truck Fall Nationals on Saturday, September 10 at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore. This show was the largest ever brought to East Texas, with 6 trucks and a motorcycle exhibition. Almost every part of the show was ran by school faculty and students, from elementary P.E. coach Mary Underwood selling shirts to superintendent Mike Gilbert directing vehicles in the parking lot....

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Football District Line-Up

Overview of White Oak’s District Opponents   Kason Kienzle   Sports Editor       Hughes Springs Mustangs – Hughes Springs has always been known as a very physical football team, and it seems no different this year. They provide a challenge to any team they face just by their physicality. Before this year, Hughes Springs had been known as a team to chew up the clock and be a run first team. This year they look to be transferring...

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College Football Teams to Watch

Top Five College Football Teams to Watch Elijah Trest    Staff Writer   Alabama- A top the AP College Football Rankings, the Alabama Crimson Tide boast a 4-0 record. A familiar spot for head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide will beat you on both sides of the ball, playing lockdown defense and getting into the almost as often as any other team in college football. Alabama has 11 athletes on the field at all times and they will shove...

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White Oak Versus Harmony Football Preview

    Brandon Cook Entertainment Editor     Who – White Oak and Harmony What – #7 in the state in 3A White Oak plays #8 in the state in 3A Harmony When – Friday, September 23rd Where – Harmony, Texas   Possibly the biggest game of the regular season, White Oak travels to Harmony to play the Eagles on Friday, September 23rd. This matchup features two of the state’s top ten 3A schools, and the victor walks away with...

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Aerial Attack

Roughnecks stop Crusaders     Brandon Cook Entertainment Editor     With under two minutes left in the game, senior cornerback Max Kutch sealed the fate of the T.K. Gorman Crusaders with a game-ending interception to put the White Oak Roughnecks on top 49-38 at Roughneck Stadium last Friday night. What started off looking like a defensive showdown, turned into an offensive shootout. Early in the fourth quarter, T.K. Gorman senior quarterback Jake Smith completed a 15 yard touchdown pass...

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Shirley Atkins Tournament

Ladynecks defend Shirley Atkins crown   Avery Moore Staff Writer     The White Oak Ladynecks started off the Annual Shirley Atkins tournament on Thursday morning. The team finished first in their pool with wins against Spring Hill, Palestine, and Center. With a slow start against Spring HIll, the Ladynecks made it a 3 set game with the scores of (17-25, 25-20, 25-15). In the win, senior Avery Moore had 8 kills, with senior Kara Carter adding 7 kills and...

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A Step in the Right Direction

Band members take new leadership positions     Kate Pullen and Aubrey Werner Staff Writers     In order to prepare for the upcoming marching season, the White Oak High School Regiment of Roughnecks began two-a-days on Monday, August 1. “I let the seniors have more control this year because a program only gets better when the people inside it actually take ownership for it,” Steele said. As the new seniors stepped up, the band experienced multiple changes. Many leaders...

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Who Runs the World?

US dominates 2016 Rio Olympics     Sabrina Smith Staff Writer     Walking into the stadium in Rio de Janeiro with 554 athletes, we knew we were expected to come away with some major hardware. What no one could’ve guessed: that we’d break a number of world records and come away with 121 medals, 46 of which being gold. Our closest competitor being China with 70 medals. Kicking off the Olympics August 5, the United States walked in ready...

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