Random drug testing of student-athletes wrapped up recently at HHS.

Attempts to reach Athletic Director Dr. Ron Sarver for the results of the testing were unsuccessful, so details are sparse. But baseball coach Mike Hendrix said the tests are held each year during the fall and spring sports seasons.

Some student-athletes interviewed by The Ville News last week said that they understood and agreed with the school system's random drug testing policy, but they also said that students who are not athletes should be tested as well.

Story by Sloane Wright and Brinson Martin



HHS counselors raised awareness of teen suicide earlier this month as part of national Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 9-15).

The counselors handed out pamphlets including one titled "Friend's Guide to Suicide Prevention," which offers advice on how to reach out to peers who might be suicidal and potentially save their lives.

According to the suicide prevention group The Jason Foundation, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. The foundation also reports that more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease - combined.

Debbie Sheets, a counselor for the group STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand), said she hopes the pamphlets and other materials help teens who are struggling.

The counselors were also available to speak with students one-on-one. "Students who needed to talk more in-depth could," Sheets said.

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The miraculous play by freshman football players Luke Manning and Jameson Wharton that ended up on ESPN's SportsCenter back in August is still gaining attention.

A video of the play, in which Manning throws a touchdown pass to Wharton with no time left on the clock to give the Commandos a 10-6 win over Blackman, has reportedly made SportsCenter's Top 10 with millions of views.

Coach Jack Littlejohn said that while he is glad the play has gained attention, "I would feel better if we had won another game since then, but we haven't."

The team's record is 2-3 with their next game Thursday (Sept. 27) at Wilson Central.

Story by Elena Giordani and Johnny Espinoza






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