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Red Sox Win World Series

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Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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The Boston Red Sox have defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, winning five out of seven games. The Red Sox won the series 4-1.

In game one, Clayton Kershaw was pitching for the Dodgers and the Red Sox had Chris Sale on the mound. The Red Sox went on to win game two 4-2 against the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won three World Series in their history behind in the series 2-0. In game three, the Dodgers would eventually pull one off in a historic game three winning 3-2 in eighteen innings. Eighteen innings is a new MLB record for most innings in a single postseason game.

In game four, the Red Sox took a demanding lead winning game four 9-6 taking a 3-1 series lead with a huge home run from first baseman Steve Pearce. Pearce previously played for the Pirates, Orioles, Astros, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, and for the Red Sox. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In game five, the Red Sox won their ninth World Series title in their franchise history. After the game, Pearce was named World Series MVP and was very proud of the team and his accomplishment.

The Red Sox will look to win the World Series once again as they have high hopes going into the 2019 MLB season. They will be led by stars like J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, David Price, and Chris Sale.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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Wrestling Star Diagnosed with Leukemia

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Leati Joseph Anoa’i, better known under his ring name, Roman Reigns, has been diagnosed with Leukemia as it has come back for the second time. Reigns stated on WWE’s television show, Monday Night Raw, that he had been battling Leukemia for eleven years and unfortunately, it has come back. At the time, Reigns was the world champion on the Raw brand as he was the Universal champion. He tried to be a fighting champion, but with his Leukemia coming back, he was forced to relinquish the Universal title.

Reigns had many major accomplishments throughout his career in WWE, as he won the 2015 thirty-man Royal Rumble match, he was a three-time WWE champion, a WWE Intercontinental champion, a WWE United States champion, a WWE tag team champion with his Shield teammate, Seth Rollins, and a Universal champion. He made his debut on November 18, 2012 at the WWE Survivor Series Pay-Per-View with his Shield teammates, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, in which they attacked former WWE superstar, Ryback.

On June 2, 2014, the Shield confronted Randy Orton and COO of the company, Triple H, until Seth Rollins turned on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. This led to Rollins winning the 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. At WrestleMania 31, in the main event, it was Roman Reigns challenging WWE champion Brock Lesnar. Then during the match, Rollins seized the opportunity and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pined Reigns to win the title. Later that year, Rollins suffered a legitimate knee injury which took him out of action until May of 2016.

At WrestleMania 32, Roman Reigns won the WWE title by defeating Triple H. At Survivor Series 2016, the Shield briefly reunited as they hit their signature move, the triple powerbomb, ripping straight through an announcer’s desk onto opponent AJ Styles.

On October 9, 2017 the Shield fully reunited taking out the Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Then Ambrose suffered an elbow injury and was out of action for almost a year.

On Monday Night Raw on August 20, 2018, the Shield returned to help Roman Reigns and prevented Braun Strowman from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and on October 22, 2018, Reigns had announced he was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. Later in the night, Rollins and Ambrose challenged Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler for the Raw tag team titles dedicating the match to Roman Reigns. Rollins and Ambrose would go on to win the Raw tag team titles and then out of nowhere, Dean Ambrose turned his back on Seth Rollins with the Shield breaking up as a group once and for all.

This dominant trio in WWE history might go down as one of the best factions in wrestling history. Reign will be missed from the WWE.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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Miami Heat Start Off With a Rough Season

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Miami, Fla.–The Miami Heat are not off to a good start in the 2018-19 season. They have a record of one win and two losses, and are over two games behind in the whole Eastern Conference.

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The Heat lost their first game of the season to the Orlando Magic 104-101. In their second game of the season, they barely beat the Washington Wizards 113-112. On October 20, 2018, they lost their third game of the season to the Charlotte Hornets 113-112, which was a very close game for the Heat once again.

Star player for the Heat, Dwayne Wade, scored nine points in the first game and also in the second game. He then bounced back against the Hornets with twenty one points in the third game with three assists and three rebounds. This season he is averaging thirteen points a game throughout the first three games of the season. Throughout Wade’s career from 2003 to this day, he has averaged twenty two and a half points with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Heat hope to be led by Wade as they continue into the season.

About the Writer
Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

Lightning Keeps On Striking

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a hot start into the 2018-19 National Hockey League season as they have a record of four wins, one loss, and one overtime loss. In their home opener on October 6, 2018, they defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. They fell behind in their second game of the season as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 when they let three goals in the last ten minutes of the third period.

The Lightning struck back with a huge win over the Columbus Blue Jackets defeating the Blue Jackets 8-2. The Lightning had rearranged their lines, moving Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point to the first line with Captain Steven Stamkos. This led to the reunion of the triplet’s line, a line consisting of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov who are a dominant line throughout the whole NHL.

They had their offense going once again with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 with Tyler Johnson getting the hat trick. A hat trick in hockey is whenever a player scores three goals in one game and then fans throw their hats onto the ice.

The Lightning kept striking with another win over the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. They were so close to winning their sixth game of the season but took an overtime loss against the Minnesota Wild 5-4. They came right back and destroyed the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 with a record of shots in the second period with a total of thirty three shots. They totaled fifty four shots in the game.

The Lightning play Vegas’ Golden Knights tonight, Oct. 26.

 

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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Lightning Obtains New Minor League Affiliate

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a new minor league hockey team from the Toronto Maple Leafs and this team will play in Orlando, Fla. as the Orlando Solar Bears.

In May 2017, the owners of the Orlando Magic basketball team agreed to purchase the Maple Leafs East Coast Hockey League’s hockey team. The Maple Leafs had ended their five season affiliation with the Solar Bears. Toronto had agreed to expand their minor league affiliate teams with a new team called the Newfoundland Growlers.

In 2018, the Tampa Bay Lightning agreed with the Orlando Magic owners to purchase the Solar Bears to a three-year agreement. Now the Lightning have two minor league affiliates, the Syracuse Crunch and the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Orlando Solar Bears now play at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. as the team becomes Orlando’s third hockey team in Orlando’s history. The head coach of the Solar Bears is Drake Berehowsky, with the owner of the team being RDV Sports, Inc. This puts the Tampa Bay Lightning in good hands with their minor league affiliates.

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The Solar Bears’ Colby McAuley shoots during the team’s game against the South Carolina Stingrays Tuesday night at Amway Center.

On October 16, 2018, the Solar Bears lost a game to the South Carolina Stingrays, though it was a close game with the final score being 6-5. The goals for the Solar Bears came from Nolan Valleau, who scored two goals. The others came from Brady Shaw, Colby McAuley and Hunter Fejes. The Solar Bears almost pulled it off. The Solar Bears record is one win so far with two losses.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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In Focus: Durant Cheer Program

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Plant City, Fla.–Along with football season comes the cheerleaders. Making it on the cheer team can be difficult and most definitely nerve wrecking.

Although everyone may think high school cheerleading is just cheering on the football players, it can be so much more. Mya Hubbard, a freshman on the varsity cheer team, says “cheer takes a lot of practice and effort, we have to be able to flip in the air and do stunts ,which is harder then people think.”

Durant’s varsity cheer team practices three to four times a as well as games on Friday nights. At their practices, they prepare new stunts and cheers for the upcoming competition season. The 2017-2018 cheer team won their regional competition as this years team is planning to repeating the win as well as win many more competitions to come. Making it to every practice and doing their best to girls work hard to plan their routine and execute it correctly. Putting the team first each individual must do their job on the team.

Learning the routine step-by-step, takes time. Coaches are under a lot of stress planning it and then being able to reveal it to the team. For competitions, the coaches of Durant must create a sequence of stunts and tumbling that generates enough points and difficulty to win. A performance that pleases the judges expectations.

On top of creating the routine cheerleaders must perform their routine. Competing in front of a crowd is scary there’s a lot going on around them. The girls must stay calm and do the routine they had learn inside and out in front of the judges.

“The goal is to hit everything perfectly and have a lot of energy during it so we can hopefully win in the end,” Avery Surrency, a sophomore on the varsity cheer team explains.

“The thrill of winning in working with everyone is the best feeling even if we don’t come in first we had tons of fun,” Katie Rentz, a sophomore, adds.

Being on a team comes experiences and new social opportunities that the girls seem to love.

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Marina Hawkins, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Marina Hawkins is a sophomore at Durant and is a Photo Team member and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant. Marina loves to write and take photos on stories about animals, cheer, local and national news, and pop culture.

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Durant Hockey Team Pushing for Playoff Spot

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Plant City, Fla.–The Durant Cougars hockey team is aiming high for a playoff spot in the Lightning High School Hockey League, starting this season strong with high goal scoring, great defense, and solid goal tending. Durant has a current record of five wins and two losses.

The team is led by Captain, Dylan Southern, a senior who goes to Brandon High School. The Durant team can choose players from different schools that are in their boundary zones to play on their team. Students from Brandon High School, Tampa Catholic High School, Strawberry Crest High School, Grace Christian Academy, Plant City High School, Pivot Academy, and Durant High School all make up the Durant High School hockey team. The team’s home rink is Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Fla.

Goaltender Dillon Garasz started game one of the season for Durant with a 4-0 shutout against Plant High School. Garasz was selected as the number one goalie in the South Eastern United States select 15 division. He attended the USA Hockey South East Regional Development Camp for elite players last May, and then attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp for top-tier players in July. Durant is hoping Garasz will help the team get to a playoff spot this season.

Game two of Durant’s season was a hard-fought game for Durant as they took a loss against Freedom High School, 6-4. Later that day, Durant played their third game of the season against Bloomingdale High School in which Durant won 5-2.

Game four was a heated division rivalry game with Durant facing defending state champions, Manatee High School. The game was played well by Durant, but the team suffered major penalties that led to the suspension of a player on the team. Durant lost the game, 7-4.

Durant struck right back the next week as they defeated Berkley High School with another shutout, winning 3-0. As Durant headed into their next game with confidence, they defeated Jenkins High School 10-0 in a huge shutout. Despite the setbacks of additional player penalties and suspensions, Durant didn’t hesitate to win their next game against West Manatee, 5-4.

Durant has had a brilliant start to its 2018-19 season. Playoffs are in the spring, and Durant is hoping to be a threat to secure a spot in the playoffs this season.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses

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Tampa, Fla.–A golfer has many courses to choose from in Tampa Bay. Golfers can go to courses such as Bay Palms Golf Complex, Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Westchase Golf Club, and Rocky Point Golf Club.

Bay Palms Golf Complex has two 18 hole, par 72 courses and the complex calls it a “golfers paradise.” They also have a variety of foods and they have a golf shop. The Bay Palms Golf Complex has two courses, the north and the south. The complex says the south course is the hardest one to play on and is very challenging. You can also get private lessons at this complex in Tampa.

The Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club offers a golf league and “has a rich landscape.” The Heritage Isles Golf Club considers their course to be “beautiful.” They also offer lessons on the driving range and they also have a pro shop to get your golf gear or equipment from.

The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course. This country club also offers a heated pool and tennis courts to play on. You can even host different activities and you can even host a wedding there if you’re getting married.

The Westchase Golf Club has a variety of things to do at their club. You can set up a wedding and other bookings. You can also play golf and set you own tee off time when it is available. This golf course and club is known as Tampa’s “friendliest golf course.”

Lastly, the Rocky Point Golf Club opened in 1911. It was used for prisoners during World War Two, at which time the federal government closed the course to golfers. In 1953, the course was reopened and the property was sold over to the City of Tampa for $1. The City of Tampa still owns this course today. You can buy a membership to this course and there is also a grill there to eat at. You can also book a tee time at the course.

If you are looking to golf in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend that you go to one of these courses.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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Jags Off to a Hot Start

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Jacksonville, Fla.–The Jacksonville Jaguars are off to a hot start in this year’s NFL season. With a record of three wins and one loss, quarterback, Blake Bortles, will try to lead the Jags to another AFC championship game this year, hoping for a win this time around.

The Jags lost in last year’s NFL AFC championship game to the New England Patriots in a tough battle. This season, the Jags won their very first game by defeating the New York Giants, 20-15. The Jags played their second game and won that game against reigning AFC champions, the New England Patriots, with a final score of 31-20. The Jags lost against the Tennessee Titans in their third game with a final score of 9-6.

However, the Jags got right back on track with a win against the New York Jets with the final score being 31-12.

The next game of the season will be played on Oct. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. at 1:00 p.m.

 

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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Bucs Off to a Good Start Despite Quarterback Suspension

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a good start to their season, despite the suspension of star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston was suspended for three games for a conflict with an Uber driver, so backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, started the first game for the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team won by defeating the New Orleans Saints with a score of 48-40. Fitzpatrick led the team to this win with four touchdowns and 417 total yards.

The second week pitted the Buc against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs started Fitzpatrick again, and won against the Super Bowl champions. The final score of that game was 27-21 with Fitzpatrick having another fantastic game with four touchdowns and a total of 402 yards. The Bucs then went on to lose their third game of the season to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a close final score of 30-27. Fitzpatrick would then total 411 yards with three touchdowns for the team. The Bucs are currently at two wins and one loss this season.

The Bucs’ next game is on September 30, 2018 against the Chicago Bears who have the same record as the Bucs. This time, the Bucs will not have home field advantage as they will play in Chicago. Tampa fans will want to see the Bucs pull this one off and continue their dominance with their backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

Tampa Bay Rays Finish a Great Season

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Rays are finishing their twentieth anniversary season this fall with a great record, despite having to trade all their star players at the start of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded most of their star players during the 2017 off-season. They traded star player and face of the franchise, Evan Longoria. Longoria played for the Rays for 10 seasons. With Longoria gone, the Rays then traded team All-Star, Corey Dickerson, who’s batting average was over 300. They also traded slugger, Logan Morrison. With most of the team gone, the Rays called up key players Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, and traded for a bunch of prospects to call up from their minor league affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

The team was desperate for good players for offense and defense. People were saying the Rays were going to be a horrible team. Some people even said they wouldn’t win 60 games. The Rays shocked the whole world by ending their season this fall with over 85 wins. They had an unbelievable season despite the team having mostly rookies.

The team could have even gone on to play in the playoffs if they were in the National League but they are in the American League East with some of the toughest teams in the MLB such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays ended this season in third place but they were so close to getting the second wild card spot. However, the Oakland Athletics team clinched the spot and they will face the New York Yankees to see who will play in the American League Division Series.

The Rays were led by star pitcher, Blake Snell, who set a franchise record for most wins in a single season for a Rays pitcher passing David Price’s twenty wins in 2012 when he won the Cy Young award. Snell will be talked about in the Cy Young candidate race for the American League this year.

With such a surprise ending to this amazing Rays season, this sports fan wonders what is in store for next season. Here’s hoping to a playoff spot!

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

My Experience at the 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest

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Tampa, Fla.–On September 23, 2018, I attended the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest for the second time in two years and there were many Lightning fans there as well.

As I walked into Amalie Arena with my grandpa, the stadium was packed with fans in blue and white jerseys ready to see the 2018-19 Lightning players. At around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon, the players hit the ice and had a warm-up and then a short game. I watched both the warm-up and game on the television screen while I was in line waiting for player autographs.

At 2:00 p.m., I got to meet players and get their autographs or a pictures. When I was second in line to the front, one of the five players who represented the Lightning on the 2018 NHL All Star Game joined the autograph signing. It was center-man, Brayden Point, who was a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman. I walked up to Point with an 8 x 10 photo and he signed it in blue sharpie; and, when I got out of line, a man gave me two other autograph tickets to meet two other players. I met Braydon Coburn, who later signed my Lightning puck in silver sharpie, and I also met Lightning star, Nikita Kucherov.

When I walked up to Kucherov, he signed my triplets photo. The triplets were a hockey line which consisted of Lightning players Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov. I already had Palat sign the photo back in November of 2017. Now I have had Kucherov sign it, which leaves Johnson the only one left to sign the photo.

When the time comes for Fan Fest next year, I highly recommend that any sports fan go to it.

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Jordan Dabbour, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Jordan Dabbour is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to write articles on local and national sports events – especially about the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. He is also a sports autograph collector, and has over 700 lifetime autographs in his collection! When he is not writing for the PawPrint, Jordan can be found at the rink, as he is the Videographer for the Durant High School Ice Hockey team. Follow Jordan for stories on sports, pop culture stories, and Durant events and high school games. Jordan is also the “voice” of PawPrint on Twitter: @thepawprint_dhs.

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