Durant High School Journalism

The Storm

Can you see it?

The young picture-perfect family, from down the street. The hardworking father, the show-stopping mother, and the beautiful little girl.

She’s adorned in ruffles and lace, smiling for the camera. The film capturing the moment in time, one that would become so precious to the girl. When she is older and reality has set in, that her picture-perfect family was never quite that. 

Her mother is synonymous with a wave, constantly being pulled back out into the world like the tide. She struggles with the actuality of being a mother, the long nights, emotional toll, and financial stress of a child. She is in constant motion, unable to settle, even for her daughter.

The unrelenting call for more distractions keeps the mother from the girl. Days, weeks, even months go by with no contact from her mother. But that is to be expected, reception is scarce in the deep. The girl understands, she knows her mother and the struggles she faces. The little girl leans on her father. 

Her father, the supposed definition of perfection, loves the little girl. He is constant in her life, never being pulled away. She knows this with absolution. As the little girl’s body grows, her mind, and perception do as well. Her father has a difficult time comprehending this change. 

He cannot fight his own upbringing to nurture the little girls’ newfound beliefs. He is like lightning, lashing out sporadically, irrationally, and always when water was near.

The girl loved them, her father the lightning, and mother the wave. The two had many children of the sea and sky. All would come to the girl for help and advice when the mother and father were missing. As she was the child with the most experience handling the dangerous combination. 

She had strong roots, like an oak, planted throughout the home. She loved the children as her own and wanted nothing more than for them to lead happy and healthy lives. She became a backbone for her home, creating the stability and comfort the children craved. Her mother was at war with the tide, and father at war with the storm, the girl loathed this about her family. The constant motion and inability to find a calm, that is all she wanted, calmness. 

The girl grew and grew until the ocean was too small for her. Her roots were deep, much deeper than expected. The idea of removing herself for the betterment of her own mental capacity was difficult. The memories of the photo are constant. 

Is leaving a betrayal?

Am I selfish for wanting this?

The girl knew the storm and tide would never cease; she knew nothing could calm this storm. So, she made a decision, she ripped the roots up. The little girl knew, only she could be the calm.  

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Jennifer Dages, Editor-in-Chief of Writing

Jennifer Dages is a senior at Durant High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of Writing for PawPrint newspaper. In her free time, she practices Brazilian...

Lightning remain top team in NHL

Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

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Lightning players participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the top team in the National Hockey League with a record of 36 wins, nine losses, and two overtime or shootout losses in 47 games throughout the season. According to ESPN.com, the Lightning are the favorite from the Eastern Conference to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. If the Lightning go to the Stanley Cup Finals, they will face off either the Nashville Predators or the Winnipeg Jets who represent the Western Conference.

The Lightning are led by the NHL point leader Nikita Kucherov, 25, who has twenty-two goals and fifty-three assists putting him in the player lead with 75 points as of Jan. 16, 2019. With the Lightning losing star goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 24, the team was led by their back-up goalie, Louis Domingue, 26, who played from Nov. 13 to Dec. 10 and won eleven games out of the fourteen he played. Vasilevskiy made his return on Dec. 13, 2018, in which he won against the Toronto Maple Leafs and only allowed one goal.

On Jan. 2, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 All-Star game rosters. Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, and Lightning player, Nikita Kucherov, were been selected to represent the Lightning. On Jan. 5, 2019, the coaches for the All-Star game were announced. Lightning coach, Jon Cooper, was selected to coach the Atlantic Division. On Jan. 8, 2019, Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was named to the roster as a replacement for Montreal Canadians goalie, Carey Price. Unfortunately, the Lightning’s top goal scorer, Brayden Point, was not selected after being a candidate for the NHL All-Star game “Last men in” vote. Point, 22, has twenty-nine goals through the season so far with thirty-two assists totaling 61 points.

The Lightning are doing very well as a team with some of the top scorers in the league. Despite some injuries, the Lightning have bounced back and are on top of the NHL.

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Jordan Dabbour, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Lightning Keeps On Striking

Clough, Jason P.

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, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Lightning Obtains New Minor League Affiliate

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 is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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 is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Lace up the skates!

The National Hockey League opens its 2018-19 season in just a few weeks. Sports Writer Jordan Dabbour gives a preview for the Lightning's season ahead.

The Tampa Bay Lightning open their 2018-19 season in just a few weeks.

The Tampa Bay Lightning open their 2018-19 season in just a few weeks.

Aug. 31, 2018

The time is almost here! The National Hockey League season is starting soon. 31 teams will battle for the Stanley Cup with top contenders from the east and the west. The Eastern Conference contenders could be the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning, or reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals. The Western Conference contenders could be the Vegas Golden Knights, the Winnipeg Jets, the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators, or the San Jose Sharks.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by their Captain, Steven Stamkos, 28, are going to push for the Stanley Cup playoffs once again. Nicknamed “The Bolts,” the team has reached the Stanley Cup playoffs three times in their past four seasons.

This year, their first game will be held on Oct. 6, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. at Amalie Arena.

Stamkos has six years left on his contract with the Lightning after signing an extension for eight years’ worth $8.5 million dollars on June 29, 2016. Stamkos and his teammate, Nikita Kucherov, 25, are two of the highest scoring players in Lightning history. Stamkos had 27 goals and 59 assists during the 2017-18 season, totaling 86 points; while Kucherov had 39 goals and 61 assists, leading him to the 100 point mark, and making Kucherov only the third player in Lightning history to reach 100 points in a single season.

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Jordan Dabbour, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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