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WilsonLive basketball clip goes viral

Graphic by Kali Kowal

Harper Dunn

March 6, 2020

“It’s rebounded by Darren Buchanan Jr., pushing the fast break . . . OHHH MY GOD!” These words have become pretty familiar around Wilson since WilsonLive’s broadcast of the boys varsity basketball home game against Mckinley Tech on January 13. A clip from the game—featuring sophomore Darren Buchanan Jr. r...

Swim team overcomes rough start to win DCIAA championship

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Jacob Schwartz

March 6, 2020

The Wilson swim team ended their fraught-with-obstacles season on a high note with both the boys and girls teams winning the DCIAA championship. The victories came after the unexpected departure of their coach and the loss of the Wilson pool as a practice location for several weeks because of mainte...

Wilson sports use social media to increase community involvement

Graphic by Aidan Holmes

Chiara Purificato

March 6, 2020

Twenty years ago, students, parents, or the general public would not have been able to track a sports team’s progress or have immediate access to schedules, records, and achievements. In 2020, with just a click of a button or a refresh of an Instagram page that access is granted within seconds.  ...

Basketball team falls in 55-49 state final

Basketball team falls in 55-49 state final

Alex Cirino and Sarah Morgan

March 3, 2020

Senior Jay Young II ended his Wilson basketball career on a high note, despite the loss the team ultimately faced. Young scored 11 points throughout the night, nine of them coming off of three-point attempts. It was a night where the shots just weren’t falling through in their third consecutive appe...

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Alex Helmer

February 2, 2020

How many times have you crumpled up a piece of paper and launched it into the recycling bin whilst howling,“Kobe!”? How many times have you witnessed a player record over 80 points in a game? How many times has an NBA player won an Academy Award? There are endless questions I could allude to reg...

Senior night capped off with dominant wins

Senior night capped off with dominant wins

Alex Cirino and Kennedy Whitby

February 2, 2020

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams celebrated their senior nights on January 24 with convincing wins over the Cardozo Clerks, winning 67-43 and 70-2 respectively. Senior Night celebrates the senior class members of each team in a ceremonial format that took place between both varsity games.  ...

Wrestling team thrives despite funding obstacles

Max Gualtieri

February 1, 2020

Despite being underfunded and unsupported by the school, the Wilson wrestling team has won six state championships in past years. The team is also the only public high school wrestling program in DC, allowing them to have wrestlers from other schools on their team. Senior Sammy Toggas won the NOVA Classic at ...

DC Stars skate through the season

DC Stars skate through the season

Chiara Purificato

February 1, 2020

The 2019-20 Wilson Ice Hockey team is comprised of 21 student athletes, with an underclassmen-heavy roster. Similar to the 2016-17 season, this year the team is called “DC Stars.” Unique to this hockey season, however, is that not all of these students go to Wilson.  The “DC Stars” team is comprised of Wi...

Students hoop in Jelleff rec league

Students hoop in Jelleff rec league

Alex Cirino and Margaret Heffernan

February 1, 2020

The Jelleff Basketball League is more than just a weekend recreational program, it is an influential and welcoming basketball community. Through Jelleff, teams meet up once a week and participate in an eight-game season against other teams within the program. The league, which has been around since 198...

A beginner’s guide to the Wilson weight room

A beginner’s guide to the Wilson weight room

Talya Lehrich

February 1, 2020

Watch where you’re going The intimate nature of the weight room does not leave much space for messing around. Navigating the weight room can feel like Mario Kart, avoiding the swinging spike balls in Bowser's castle, and if you don’t watch where you’re going, you’ll end up in the fire pit...

Wilson graduate joins Brown University frisbee team

Wilson graduate joins Brown University frisbee team

Evan Vieth

January 30, 2020

Class of 2019 Wilson graduate Jacques Nissen is already making a big name for himself on the highest stage of frisbee. Nissen is currently a member of the Brown University Ultimate team as well as the DC Breeze, Washington’s professional frisbee team. Nissen has already played in five games for the Br...

Athlete of the Month: Darren Buchanan Jr.

Athlete of the Month: Darren Buchanan Jr.

Alex Cirino

January 30, 2020

It’s not every day you see a sophomore dominating the District’s basketball scene with consistent slam-dunk games while averaging 19 points per game. Highlighted by his 6’6” frame, Darren Buchanan Jr., now in his second season on the basketball team, is the main leader on an underclassman-heav...

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