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Cottrell, sporting her York College t-shirt, after placing 7th in the district for the 200m. This was her first and last districts during her senior year at Dallastown in 2023.

Determination, Persistence, and Some Record Breaking

Emily Smith, Features Editor April 18, 2024

One might fear the fire that is life’s challenges, and some modestly prevail to bring out their inner fire. For Dallastown graduate Natalie Cottrell, her inner fire forced her to prove herself right...

Logan and Nick Ungerland (left to right) posing for a picture before their junior lacrosse season. The pair are leaders on and off the field for the team, both being starters, with Nick being a captain. (Photo Submitted)

Dallastown’s Two Sport Twins

Evan Atwood, Assistant Sports Editor April 17, 2024

Anyone who has grown up with brothers or sisters knows there is an inherent connection between siblings. Even more so with twins. And even more so when you spend as much time together as Nick and Logan...

This aerial shot was taken of Wildcat Stadium prior to construction that began in November. Finally, after two years, the Wildcats are able to hold home games and meets again

Back on Track

Olivia Brenneman, Editor-In-Chief April 17, 2024

For 64 years, the stadium at Dallastown, which hosted Wildcats sporting events, remained mostly the same as it had been since it was first built in 1958. That finally changed in the 2022-2023 school...

The doubleheader game was Youth Night where younger players were able to support the high school teams for free if wearing their team jerseys. Photo Submitted.

Lax Shows Love

April 11, 2024

In May of 2010, University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love lost her life at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend. To cope with the tragedy, her friends and family started the One Love Foundation...

Lady Wildcats pose with York County President Commissioner, Julie Wheeler. (Photo courtesy of DASD Instagram)

Girls Basketball Recognized For Success

Chesley Ellis, Reporter March 19, 2024

March 6 was declared “Lady Wildcats Basketball Team YAIAA Champions Day”by York County President Commissioner, Julie Wheeler. She recognized the team for their successes in the 2023-2024 season.  Wheeler...

Avery Baldwin, Kenna Hoffman, Shelly Gipson-McDonald, and Tessa Henise (left to right) posing with their medals after representing Dallastown at sectionals. Baldwin and Hoffman went on to qualify for the PIAA tournament.  Photo via Dallastown Girls Wrestling Instagram.

Baldwin and Hoffman Compete at States

Evan Atwood, Assistant Sports Editor March 19, 2024

In the first ever PIAA State Girls Wrestling Championships from March 7- 9, Dallastown was represented by two athletes, Avery Baldwin (155 lb.) and McKenna Hoffman (130 lb.). The two traveled to the...

The cheer team celebrating around their 5th place UCA Nationals trophy at The Field House. Friends and family gather around to congratulate their hard work.

Dallastown is the Dream Town

Olivia Brenneman March 19, 2024

Dallastown Cheerleaders returned from Nationals, making it to finals for the first time, and placing 5th in the nation in the Medium D1 Varsity Game Day Division. From Feb. 9-11, they competed in the...

Havice Dives into History

Kendyl McPherson, Reporter March 18, 2024

On March 2, 2024, Julia Havice competed in the PIAA District III Girls swim meet. Her resilient endeavor qualified her for states.  Havice won several medals, including a gold in the 100 Free....

Coach Jay Rexroth has a long and storied history with Dallastown basketball. After being a student athlete for the Wildcats, he returned to find success as the head coach of the boys team and now the head coach of the girls team. Here, he speaks to players Praise Matthews and Alonna Dowell before the start of the second half of the game vs. Central Bucks East.

Long Lasting Legacy

Hailey Lau, Freelance Writer March 11, 2024

The sound of the ball bouncing on the court echoes as the players from both teams wait for the foul shot to go up. It is released from the girl’s hand and falls just short, bouncing back from the rim.  The...

Dribbling down the court, junior Alonna Dowell takes command of the basketball. It has been a long journey for her to return after tearing her ACL.

From Setbacks to Success

Cole Terry, Freelance Writer February 29, 2024

In the dimly lit gymnasium, the sound of squeaking sneakers and the rhythmic bounce of a basketball filled the air. Among the players on the court, one stood out for her skill, resilience, and determination...

Dallastowns 2022-2023 Mens and Womens team before their meet against Northeastern. The Boys and Girls went on to sweep the Bobcats in their competitions.

Dallastown Aims for Success

Austin Shipley, Reporter November 20, 2023

The Dallastown swim team has been one of Dallastown’s most successful sporting teams for years-piling up YAIAA championships year after year. Now, in 2023, the Dallastown Wildcats look to add yet another...

Keller Spera and elementary students smile for the camera before a Friday football game.

Football Friday Readers

Abigayle Kusmierski, Reporter November 7, 2023

Before the stadium lights turn on, there’s a tradition. A tradition that has been going on for three years.  The Football Friday Readers program was started because one of the coaches, Kyle Andrews,...

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