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Dance students rehearse their routine in December for a pre-recorded performance video. Students in PE, dance and fitness are not required to wear masks while exercising as long as social distancing and COVID protocols are followed.

Students have option to wear mask in dance, fitness, PE, Well-being classes

Clara Martinez, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

Mask-wearing is optional in Dance, Fitness and Well-being classes, allowing for students to breathe properly while exercising and engaging with their peers.  Dylan Linton (’23), who takes Lifetime...

Jennifer Craig and her husband attend a Red Sox baseball game in the U.S. Many members of the community are avid sports fans who attend matches or watch them online.

Unconditional loyalty: exploring the relationship between fans and their teams

Jasmin Taylor, Sports Editor: Online March 17, 2021

From volleyball to tennis, swimming to cross country, sports are an integral part of the ASL community. With 14 sports offered pre-COVID-19, each with their own combinations of JJV, JV and varsity squads,...

A fight in ice hockey in February 2009: Chicago Blackhawks player Brett Ponich vs. Seattle Thunderbirds Devon Leblanc. Appreciated for its entertainment value, fighting in ice hockey is also part of the tactics of the sport.

Fighting should be allowed in ice hockey

Antoine Warnery , Staff Writer March 10, 2021

Unlike boxing, fighting is often illegal and frowned upon in many sports for obvious reasons. There is no use in people settling their differences through violence.  Serious injury could result, and...

Casey Johnston (’23) dribbles down the field after receiving a pass from Kyle Kettler (’23) October 2020 at Regents Park. Both Johnston and Kettler played JV Soccer last season.

Sports to return March 15

Elena Alexander, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Almost a full year after the abrupt end to the athletics program in March 2020, the Athletics Department announced via email March 2 a plan to reintroduce sports the week after students return to campus...

Coach Danny Cook cheers on Kinja Football Club Men’s Team Dec. 7 2020. At ASL, Cook is a substitute PE teacher and helps coach rugby, soccer and basketball.

Coaches adjust to sports cancellations

Kira Crutcher and Chase Cerrell March 3, 2021

At the start of the 2020-21 school year, the Athletics Department announced that all sports would be postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the fall and winter seasons...

Manchester United and England player Marcus Rashford was one of four Manchester United players racially abused following games in the Premier League. Along with Rashford, fellow teammates Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were subject to racial abuse after United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United. All Incidents came to light through Instagram.

Community reacts to Man United players getting racially abused via Instagram

Spencer Towfighi , Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Throughout 2020 and the start of 2021, a large movement against racism has grown in the Premier League. Players have taken a brief knee to protest racism before every game, which began after last season’s...

Anna Duffy (’21) rows with ASL crew teammate Claire Graham (’21) in October 2019. Duffy committed to Cornell University for rowing.

Lockdowns disrupt college athletic recruitment

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer February 10, 2021

Due to the various lockdowns imposed in the U.K., the U.S. college athletic recruitment process has been more challenging for student athletes. Not being able to train, compete or meet college coaches...

Kira Crutcher (’21) coaches her under 9 girls team Oct 17 2020. Crutcher began coaching in July after receiving her coaching license Feb 2020.

Senior mourns lost sports season

Kira Crutcher, Sports Editor: Print February 10, 2021

When I envision my senior year, it is impossible not to think about the opportunity to play varsity soccer. That had always been my plan.  I started playing soccer when I was about 5 years old because...

Six days after their 2-0 loss to Leicester City, Chelsea FC sacked former manager Frank Lampard. The Englishman led the team to a top 4 finish last season securing an all important UEFA Champions League spot, but his inability to follow up on last years form has seen Chelsea replace him with former Paris-Saint-Germain FC and German manager, Thomas Tuchel.

Students react to Chelsea’s managerial change

Spencer Towfighi, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

Premier League club Chelsea FC announced the sacking of their manager Frank Lampard after he coached the club for just 18 months. Before becoming the Chelsea manager, Lampard was the manager of English...

The varsity baseball team shakes hands with ACS Cobham after an ISSTs game in 2019. ASL hosted softball and baseball ISSTs at Canons Park, and both teams won gold.

Students reflect on uncertainty around sports season

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

After the cancellation of the fall and the beginning of the winter sports season, lingering questions surround the possibility of the spring and the rest of winter sports taking place. When thinking about...

Liv Lueneburger (’21) rows with her team Tideway Scullers. She started rowing in Grade 9, and verbally committed to row at Cornell University Sept. 14.

Student commits to Cornell University for rowing

Kira Crutcher, Sports Editor: Print December 7, 2020

Liv Lueneburger (’21) verbally committed to row at Cornell University next fall Sept. 14. Lueneburger started crew in Grade 9, and said she stuck with it partially because of the team spirit and how...

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