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14 Sports

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Student contributes to
teams through social media

Abbe Murphy I Editor-in-Chief do what he likes but its also promoting

amur1548@csd99.org our program. The kids love it because
they see pictures of themselves and so
Under the lights of a varsity football thats been great.
game, helmet-clad players sprawl across Varsity football player senior Jack Ca-
the sideline. Running backs, linemen and sey, a close friend of Bandos, recognizes
wide receivers all wait for their turn on the importance of Bandos role on the
the field. While they work to score touch- team.
downs and halt the opposing teams of- He was the first one on the sideline
fense on the field, another member of to pick us up when we were down and
the team plays a different role from the the first one to celebrate with us after a
sideline. That player is junior Zain Ban- big play, Casey said. He was a team first
do. guy and would do whatever he could to
With his diagnosis of cerebral palsy, help us or any of the coaches out. All the
a congenital disorder that affects move- guys made sure that he was a part of the
ment and muscle efficiency that left Ban- team and that we embraced him into our
do wheelchair bound, Bando found an family as if he was suiting up with us ev-
alternative way to express his die-hard ery day.
love of sports and play a role on school In the past, Bando attempted mod-
sports teams: social media. In the past ified sports that he could play with his
two and a half years, Bando has worked disability, however, he soon realized that
for a variety of teams from volleyball to he was more passionate about sports in

Photo used with permission of Varisty Views

baseball. He hopes that these experienc- a different way.
es and his passion for sports will lead Honestly, [with] everything that Ive
him into a similar career in the future. learned in the last two and a half years or
My first love of sports really was so, Im a little bit more passionate about
just watching a Bears game and I really reporting sports than actually playing
didnt know anything about football. I [sports]. Ive realized that my limitations
just thought it was one of the most excit- have gotten in the way of that and Ive
ing things Id ever seen and I just wanted kind of just set that aside and focused on
to learn more about it, Bando said. what I can do.
In middle school, Bando began his PART OF THE TEAM: Bando shakes hands with the rest of the varsity football team at the end of the game.
Bandos twitter for the football team
coverage of sports, when a teacher en- Trojans FB Live gained 250 followers by
couraged him to start his own channel mented each other and went on and on sports teams, Bando attended a number
the end of the season. Bando daily post-
for sports announcing. about hockey because we both love it, of events over the past two years that
ed a variety of content including recap
This year Bando was public address Brindl said. He was always so involved give him a glimpse into his possible fu-
videos, live updates, and photos.
announcer for volleyball and ran his with our team. From announcing the ture field of work. These include the Chi-
He brings a positive attitude every
own live update twitter account for the starting line up to his awesome match cago Cubs Gala during the World Series
day. He promotes our program in a great
varsity football team called Trojan FB point calls. and visiting the New York City office of
way and he is someone, as a coach, we
Live. Starting in November, Bando began Bleacher Report, a prominent sports
love to be around and the players do to.
What he has done with [twitter] similar social media work for the boys media organization.
Everyone has to fit a role and he fits a
has been phenomenal, varsity football varsity basketball team. Varsity basket- Its just given me a lot more inspira-
pretty darn good role, Lichtenberg said. ball coach Jim Thomas recognizes the tion to know that its very possible and
Along with reporting for the football benefits of added media coverage which Im hoping that one day I get to work in
He brings a positive team, Bando also worked as the varsi- results in exposure of players to college a field like that because its everything
ty volleyball teams public address an-
attitude every day. nouncer during games.
scouts. Ive enjoyed for a very long time. There
I just think that its great that he arent too many words to describe all of
- Football Coach Keith According to Bando, working with has kind of taken on that role through- these different things that I get to do. I
Lichtenberg this sport was a step out of his comfort out our school, Thomas said. Ive heard just think that theyre all really cool and
zone that he came to love. Girls volley- from many people just in the short time I hope it leads to something huge, Ban-
ball manager junior Evie Brindl recalls
coach Keith Lichtenberg said. Not only he has been on varsity how awesome do said.
the beginning of her friendship with
does he update games but he provides it is to have those score updates or pic- As players from both teams line up
video of things and makes these great tures of practice and warmups so people at the end of the game to shake hands,
I met Zain freshman year in gym
video recaps of each game. Hes really are really taking to having him do that their work is done for the day. For Ban-
class. He was wearing a Hawks shirt and
just been talented. It has allowed him to for us. do, his work for the team and his career
I was wearing a jersey. We both compli- Along with his work with high school have just begun.

Tucker named to top 30 uncommitted athletes

Kileen Dietrich I Sports Editor breast cancer, hence the pink jerseys fers to play D1 volleyball, I turned them
kdie1502@csd99.org that were donated by Mizuno. down to focus on my studies and due
It was a great experience to combine to the intense credits I will have going
Senior Kendall Tucker is chosen to all our talent together for a fun game to into Nutritional Science and Marketing,
play in the Senior Showcase hosted by raise money for cancer research, Tuck- Tucker said.
the Illinois Media School and Cyclones er said. It was really cool to play with Tucker has been playing volleyball
volleyball at College of Dupage for being other girls all over the state of Illinois for 12 years starting her career as young
one of the top 30 uncommitted volley- that I have never met or played against. as seven for teams such as IPV, Lions Jrs.
ball players in the state. Tucker may have been the only se- and 1st Alliance.
The event consisted of a best of five nior nominated from DGN, but confer- Tucker has played all positions, but
game match between the pink and white ence rivals Hinsdale Central and OPRF during high school she has mainly been
teams, with Tucker being on white, de- were also represented in the showcase. a libero: someone who can play at all
vised of the top 30 uncommitted ath- I felt pretty accomplished in myself positions.
letes in the state. to receive such a high rank of volleyball Making the transition to a life with-
I did not know I was nominated to players in the state, especially since the out volleyball could prove difficult for
be one of the top 30 players in the state class of 2017 is a very high competitive Tucker.
Photo by Kileen Dietrich

until I got an email saying I was select- group of girls, Tucker said. Without volleyball, I dont think I
ed as one, Tucker said. I did know that Even though Tucker is currently un- would be as outgoing and fun as I am to-
I was somewhere in the top 20 highest committed, she plans to stay that way day, Tucker said. Its taught me how to
dig count in the state though. due to the rigorous course load she be a great leader and a great teammate
Proceeds from the event will benefit plans to take in college. that I havent gotten from any other
MAKING THE PLAY: teammates watch in antici- the American Cancer Society, mainly for
pation as Kendall Tucker (12) bumps the ball. Although I did receive a couple of- sport Ive played.