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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

Ready to run

By Zo Stuber

Cedar Key athletes prepare for the opening of track season this week, assembling equipment, and spending time out at the new track. The track is completed, with the last lane numbers and start and finish lines being painted a few weeks ago. The track team updated all their equipment, and have been spending the first three practices putting together hurdles and other track and field necessities. The Sharks' track and field purchased the equipment using school board money and money donated by Doug Bishop.

The track itself is green, the most practical of all track colors. Brad Penney, head coach, chose the color for its durability, saying, "We'll get a good 15 years out of this track." This season the team will be hosting the Levy County meet, where all the schools in Levy County will come and participate with hopes of qualifying for the District meet. The track season will commence on Feb. 21 in Branford.

Tennis season openers

By Jessi Robinson and Claire Brown

Tennis season will be starting soon! The 2008 team includes Seniors David Bishop, Ryan Lumley, and Matt Reichert; junior Joseph Bishop; and sophomore Frankie Beckham. All players are returnees except Matt Reichert. The first match will be held at Oak Hall Academy on Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Title IX = Coed baseball

By Caely Hibbits

Baseball season has begun and this year it is coed. Shawna Fenton, a senior at Cedar Key School, has joined the baseball team. She has participated in softball since sixth grade and was disappointed to hear that for her senior year there would be no varsity softball team for her to play on.

Title IX, an act that was put in place in 1972, allows Shawna to play on the boys' team. Like any other sport, she was required to try out, and she made it.

Title IX states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

This law has been widely practiced, but this is the first time Cedar Key School has ever had a girl capable of playing on the boys' team.

Many movies have dealt with the dilemma of girls playing sports before Title IX such as, "Gracie," "She's The Man," and many other titles. This wasn't originally made for sports but has served as a "detour" when there is no women's team.

The rest of the baseball team consists of returners: David Bishop, Ian McNulty, Evan Lyons, Aaron Esposito, and Billy O'Dell. The new players are Shawna Fenton, Jacob Crosby, Quinten Peyregne, Zack Anderson, Josh Berger, Justin Esposito, Jake Marshall, and C.J. Parks. Their first game will be held on Feb. 19 at Ocala Meadowbrook. On Feb. 21 they will have their first home game. Come support the Cedar Key Sharks and their new coed team.

FBLA Sharks Qualify for State

Addie Long, Kayla Hesselschwardt, Joseph Bishop, and Zo Stuber attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) district competition at the first of this month at Central Florida Community College (CFCC) in Ocala. The district competition is an organized contest of events in which FBLA members from all over the county and state participate in to see how they are advancing.

First thing in the morning, Zo Stuber led off the competition in the Impromptu Speech division. Addie Long and Kayla Hesselschwardt's event, Entrepreneurship, consisted of a computer test, a teamwork component, and an oral presentation and the girls placed second overall. Later in the day, Joseph Bishop took the first place ribbon in Business Calculations, a monitored computer exam.

The students from Cedar Key School were unable to attend the awards ceremony, as they had to get back to school in time. As a result, the students did not get the outcome of the competition until early that next week. Joseph Bishop and Zo Stuber qualified to attend the state competition in the last week of April, but FBLA sponsor Biz Paeth says he needs more information before he makes a solid decision of whether or not he and the qualifying students will go.

Middle School Softball

By Justin Esposito and Josh Berger

Cedar Key Sharks middle school softball teams' opening game is at home against Bronson, at 4:30 p.m. The players include Shea Osteen, Molly Gordon, Alicia Lambert, Camyrn Lumley, Sarah Martin, Haley Simpson, Jade Watson, Jenny Bierman, Caroline George, Miranda Haire, and Bianca Spraggs. The girls are hoping that their practice pays off in the upcoming game.

Monday is a holiday

No school on Monday Feb. 18 due to Presidents Day.