Photo by Brock Kennedy
Story by J.D. McKay
Well, it snowed yesterday and I still have not written my fall sports wrap-up yet. So, even though football is still playing, it is time.
Girls’ golf had a successful season as they always do. They won sectionals and got sixth at regionals. Junior Halleigh Cullins won, and senior Sydney Juliot got first and second. Sophomore Sophia Cook also tied for third. Cook led the team at regionals with an 80. This year, they won their eleventh sectional in the past 12 years, and their seventh straight.
Boys’ and girls’ cross country also continued their success. They both won conference before moving on to the IHSAA post season. There, both teams won sectionals and regionals, before both finishing third at semi-state and 19th at state. The girls’ top runner was Sydney Liddle, who finished 51st. The boys’ top runner was senior Luke Heinemann, who finished 82nd. Throughout the season, they won other big meets like the Tiger Run at St. X. Including the post season, the boys won six races and the girls won six races.
Boys’ soccer struggled at times this year, but that often is shown when you play strong competition, which the boys did. They play five strong Louisville schools and ended up losing four and tying one. However, at the end of their season they upset Columbus North in sectionals before losing to Columbus East, who lost in semi-state, in the sectional championship.
The girls’ soccer team went a little further than the boys did. The girls won sectionals this year, as well as winning conference. They won the Hoosier Cup Tournament in early September. Last season, senior Katie Yankey was all-state as a junior. This year, she was injured for most of the year, but senior Audrey Brumfield has a good shot to be all-state.
Boys’ tennis is another of the three teams to make semi-state. They won conference again, sectionals again, and regionals again. They also had a big win early in the season against North Central. They eventually lost to Columbus North in semi-state.
Volleyball had a slow start to their season but got it rolling as they went along. Several of those games were against good teams like Sacred Heart and Providence. Providence finished the year ranked 24th in the country, and Sacred Heart was ranked fourth in Kentucky. However, as they got some momentum, they won conference, and 13 of their last 15 going into sectionals. They got a tough sectional draw and had to play Providence again. However, they gave the Pioneers a scare by taking the first set, but the Pioneers won the last three.
The last sport I am coming to is football. Football is still playing after winning sectionals for the first time in 10 years Friday night against Jeff. We are the sixth team to win nine games in a season and have a chance to be the first to get past regionals and third to win 10 in a season. But we also have two losses, one to Columbus East, and one to Louisville Male, who is ranked second in Kentucky and will probably win state in 6A. Friday, the Highlanders are playing at Bloomington South, who is very talented, on the road. If they win, they will be playing semi-state at home.
Photo by Kate Zuverink
Story by J.D. McKay
When thinking of FC’s biggest rivals, New Albany, Providence, and Jeffersonville all come to mind. Those are the three closest schools to FC and our three biggest rivals for all sports. Now, looking more specifically at football, New Albany is definitely our biggest rival. Even though it is pretty one sided with my class, never losing to the Dogs and only having one close game, playing for that Anchor has been my favorite part of plying high school football so far. However, there has been another football rivalry brewing.
The game that has not been declared a rivalry yet, but should be, is the game against Bedford North Lawrence. BNL is typically a solid team in the conference and is very well coached by Steve Weber. They typically have a pretty big and good offensive line and like to pound their options game behind it. One of the guys I have really liked playing against on their o-line was number 66, Cale Bunch. He was probably the best o-lineman I played against in the HHC. That kind of football is hard to stop, so even when BNL is not the better team, they will keep it close.
The game is becoming a rivalry because it is almost always a close game. I have played in five Bedford games. Only one was more than a two-score game, and the 2017 game was won on a touchdown with under one minute left. This year, we have a seven-point win, and a 14-point win, and the regular season game last year ended with two coaches ejected, and a six-point loss. My class ended 3-2 vs the Stars.
Now that I have explained why this is developing into a rivalry, I will give some future suggestions to make it more significant. A trophy would make this a bigger deal, and I have some ideas. Bedford is considered the Limestone Capital of the World, so a small limestone slab as the trophy would be pretty cool. Some other trophy ideas that are pretty common but not bad are bells, or a bucket or barrel.
Our school also needs to view this as a bigger game. This has been one fo the closest game over the past couple years. But I think since we typically beat Bedford pretty easily in other sports, students assume it will go the same way in football. Hopefully in the next couple of years, students will view this game as a rivalry and an exciting game.
This rivalry will never be the same as New Albany. Bedford is much farther than New Albany, and not really a rival in any other sport. However, for the fans that only go to one game a year, the closest and often most exciting game is Bedford. It is a budding rivalry between two pretty good programs. It is about time to start treating it that way.