Category Archives: Sports

Impact of Kobe Bryant

Brianna Doctor

     On Sunday, Jan. 26, five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant, passed away in a tragic plane crash along with his daughter, Gianna Bryant. 

     On the way to a youth basketball tournament, the helicopter crashed into a field. There were nine people on board, and all of them died in the crash.

     The other victims of the crash included John Altobelli along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and pilot Ara Zobayan. 

     Unfortunately, the families of the victims did not receive the tragic news until after the media had released the story. 

     Famous media outlet, TMZ, was the first to release the news of the deaths. People took to Twitter and other social media outlets to express their anger over the situation. 

     Actress Ellen Pompeo released a tweet on Tuesday accusing TMZ and its founder of displaying abusive and inconsiderate behavior. 

     “So many questions I have …if we are not tolerating abuse anymore… shouldn’t we be calling this out? Exploiting women who have been abused… exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples loved ones is certainly emotional abuse… I call times up on his behavior,” Pompeo tweeted. 

     In addition to Pompeo, comedian Ellen Degeneres criticized the news outlet for their inconsiderate actions on her show. 

     TMZ was not the only news outlet to cause an uproar over social media, BBC News released a video of basketball superstar Lebron James instead of Kobe Bryant while broadcasting the news of Bryant’s death.

     Furthermore, ABC News falsely reported that all four of Bryant’s daughters died in the helicopter crash. To top it all off, the country’s president tweeted inaccurate information about the number of people in the crash.

     When it comes to tragedies, media outlets will also take less time to gather true facts and more time on being the ones to report the story first; however, the death of Bryant and his daughter among the seven others killed demonstrated the true nature of media. 

     Consideration for the families was evidently not there for the reports of TMZ, and the Los Angeles police department made it very clear how disgusted they were.

     In a recent statement by Sheriff Alex Villanueva, he scolded TMZ for the the extent of their actions, and he explained how disappointed he was.

     “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one… perished and you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate,” Villanueva said.

     Overall, although it is the media’s job to inform the public about breaking news stories, they should be more considerate of the people that each story impacts to avoid situations like this.  


Cleveland Cavs Game Review

Ashley Hutchinson

      On Thurs. January 23, the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team played the Washington Wizards. The teams were fairly matched, so it was bound to be an interesting game. 

     The game was home and took place at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The arena had recently been updated which meant that the facility was in great shape. The court itself was gorgeous and all of the concession stands looked very nice and modern.
    An events atmosphere is a very important factor in how much one enjoys the event. In my case, I really enjoyed the atmosphere. A majority of the employees were nice and everyone sitting around me was quite friendly. 

     The atmosphere of the game was also very enjoyable. There was a lot of hype and excitement, which made for a fun and entertaining game. 

     My least favorite part of attending the game was definitely the crowds. Parking was not too difficult, but the lines picked up once we were inside. It took quite  some time to get through the security and ticket lines. Also, the lines for food were pretty long. 

     Despite some of the waits, the game was still enjoyable. My favorite part was definitely the game itself. It was so entertaining and fast-paced. The cheering and the announcer made it even more exciting to watch. 

     Sadly, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended the game with a loss of 124-112. Even though they lost, the score was still close for a majority of the game. 

     Along with basketball, there were more forms of entertainment. During halftime and quarter changes, there were children and teens who performed dance routines with their studios. It kept everyone entertained during the breaks and it seemed like a great performance opportunity for the dancers. 

     I would definitely attend more Cavs games in the future. I had so much fun, both watching the game and experiencing the entertainment. The environment was so positive and intense, which makes me very compelled to come and watch more games.

Volley for a Cure

Ayla Morris

  The stow girl’s volleyball team is raising awareness one game a time. They are doing volley for a cure which is for awareness for breast cancer. 

    This event includes a game, a bake sale, and raffle baskets. The money goes toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. 

    Not only is it for a great cause but the players are glad to be there. “I love getting to participate it’s for a great cause. When we participate we are making a difference and helping such an amazing cause it’s also a really good program and bonding experience”,senior, Sara Day said.

    It is a great event to be involved with and the players know it. “What I love most about this is I know I’m getting back to my community and knowing I am helping to make an impact on Breast Cancer awareness month”, senior, Daniel Nichols said

     Many people came out to support this event. This included the parents of players, students, friends of players, and some of Stow’s cheerleaders. The raffle baskets and bake sale goods were bought by attendants of the game. 

    “It felt good knowing that I wasn’t spending money just to win a basket or to eat a cookie. It was for a good cause to help others”, junior, Sydney Braunscheidel said.

     There was a huge turn out of supporters who came to Volley For a Cure. “I like having all the people come out to support Stow volleyball and this amazing cause and I like how close it bring our community. I think that Volley For the Cure is always our biggest turnout”, Braunscheidel said. 

    Sadly this event affects many people. “ It really hits home because I have a few people in my family that have been diagnosed with cancer and they have either gotten through it or they’re still  going through it so it means a lot to give back”, Nichols said. 

     Sadly Stow lost 20-25 in the first game, lost 18-25 in the second, and lost 22-25 in the last. Despite losing, this was a great event that brought many people together from Stow’s community. 

    Stow’s Volley For a Cure is a great event which raises lots of money for a really good cause.