Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Nathan Zhu

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor

Hi, I'm Nathan! This is my second year on staff and my first year as the Sports Editor. One of my favorite things to do is watch and analyze sports, but what I especially love is learning about the story behind athletes. I'm so excited to illuminate stories behind Dunbar's amazing athletes this year. Some more personal things about me are that my favorite show is TVD, and I love my dog Ollie.

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Jason Howell was posthumously named Athletic Director of the Year.

In Loving Memory: a Tribute to Jason Howell

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor May 24, 2023

Jason Howell was an extraordinary man who dedicated his life to shaping the future of countless young student-athletes at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. As the Athletic Director, Howell’s unwavering...

Mark Dattilio throws his last warmup pitch before starting the next inning.

Dunbar Baseball’s Road to State

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor May 1, 2023

“We want to win a district title. We want to win a regional title. We want to win the State Title… and that’s their goal,” says Dunbar Baseball Head Coach Steve Deaton about the team. Every...

Dunbar’s bowling team came in 2nd at the last Regional Shootout. Charlie Smith placed 1st, Broox Golden placed 2nd, and Aramis Linville placed 4th.

Dunbar Bowlers are Strike Slayers

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor April 10, 2023

This year's Bowling Team has followed their own advice, and it has led them to victory. “The mental part of bowling is 60% of bowling,” says senior Aramis Linville.  With this in mind, Bulldog...

Family members including son Wes Wainscott, granddaughter Haleigh Roberts, and wife Sherri Wainscott attended the dedication to Coach Mike Wainscott.

PLD Softball Field Dedicated to Former Coach

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor March 27, 2023

On March 20 in a special pre-game ceremony, the Dunbar softball field was dedicated to Michael Wainscott, a long-time coach who passed away on February 17, 2017.  After playing Division 1 baseball...

Bob Jackson, class of 1958.

Dunbar’s History of Athletic Greatness

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor January 6, 2023

Bob Jackson, class of 1958.

Tyler Gadd celebrates a double and fires up the team with a soup celebration.

Tyler Gadd of Dunbar

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor December 16, 2022

Senior Tyler Gadd has developed into an outstanding student-athlete and leader. He is a captain of the varsity baseball team where he has played as both a junior and senior. All the while, Tyler's...

Dunbar’s Swimming… Magic

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor November 29, 2022

For the first time since 2003, Dunbar won the Combined Swimming and Diving State Championships for back-to-back years, and according to Head Coach Cole Pleasants, “the three-peat is coming.” Going...

WPLD SportsCenter Update

Elizabeth Hunter and Nathan Zhu October 1, 2022

Six weeks into the school year and Dunbar sports are off to a blazing hot start. Volleyball Out of the six main fall sports including Girls' Volleyball, Girls' Soccer, Boys' Soccer, Cross Country, Football,...

Players and coaches bowed their heads in a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their battle with mental illness.

Volleyball’s Special Win for a Special Person

Nathan Zhu, Sports Editor August 20, 2022

Players were high on the excitement as they exited the court on Aug. 18, having beaten a team they'd matched up against--and lost to--in the regional playoffs last year. “We got our revenge tonight,”...

Dunbars Swim Dynasty

Dunbar’s Swim Dynasty

Nathan Zhu, Staff Reporter February 11, 2022

“I don’t know how you could define dynasty… without using Dunbar swimming,” Dunbar assistant coach Christian Clark said. Despite being a little sarcastic, Coach Clark has a point. On Feb....

The Dawg Pound celebrates Dunbars victory at the end of the game.

Spalding Shines as Dunbar Trumps LCA

Nathan Zhu, Staff Reporter January 27, 2022

On Jan. 27, Dunbar defeated Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) 53-47 in a hard-fought district win, improving their record to 9-10 and placing them at 6th in our 19-team region.  The score was held...

Brown Catches Fire, Bulldogs Lose

Brown Catches Fire, Bulldogs Lose

Nathan Zhu, Staff Reporter January 14, 2022

Dunbar lost in heartbreaking fashion on Jan.13 as they fell short in overtime to Henry Clay, 69-76. It was their second match up against Henry Clay, with the Bulldogs winning 59-54 in their first meeting...

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