By Tyler Coleman and Luke Geraghty
With the wrestling season in full swing, the team will have an opportunity to display its progress to their opposing schools at the FC-hosted Invitational tomorrow. Strong competition from schools such as Corydon, Seymour, Vincennes Lincoln, will require the Highlanders to bring everything they have to the mat.
Junior Ian Bagwell said the team needs to utilize offensive tactics in order to overcome their opponents.
“We all need to wrestle how we want, not how the other guy makes us,” said Bagwell.
In order to reach their intended offensive level, some rigorous performance will be necessary.
The most important element will be through taking more shots and being aggressive, said Bagwell.
“We need to make our opponent never want to step out on the mat with us again,” he said.
Head coach Brandon Sisson agreed with this tactic.
“The style I like is for our guys to be very offensive, scoring lots of points.”
To best achieve this, they are looking for lots of pins, takedowns, and bonus point wins, said junior Adam Hudson.
While planning to put on their best performance possible, the team remains focused on working hard everyday at practice, said junior Jackson Randall
“We need to make sure we are doing everything it takes to be the best,” said Randall.
With the help of these methods, Sisson expects the team to do well all across the board.
“For the first time, I feel very confident in everybody we have in a weight class,” said Sisson.
Last year’s meet came down to a final match between FC and St. X, however they will not be attending this year.
“It’s disappointing we won’t see them this year, we are very similar schools,” said Sisson.
Even though the team plans to put on one of their strongest performances at home, the remainder of the season will continue to increase in competition for them.
“This meet is like a stepping stone, we build as the season goes on, and peak right before sectionals,” said Sisson.
The meet will start at 8:30 a.m. The team will look to keep their momentum after beating rival Providence yesterday, 72-12.
by Ty Elliott
Friday night the 2-0 Highlanders boys’ basketball team will take on the 0-1 New Albany Bulldogs at FC in a rivalry of Floyd County schools. While the game will be between two fierce rivals and Hoosier Hills Conference foes, a special tribute will be made to former FC basketball coach Joe Hinton.
Hinton, who was coach for the boys’ program from its inception in 1967 until 1998, will have the floor named after him. For the Highlanders to beat the Bulldogs, who have dominated the series in the last few seasons, head coach Randy Gianfagna said his team must be ready to handle full court pressure.
“New Albany will press us and they will try to take us off the dribble,” said Gianfagna.
Both teams have new additions or upperclassmen stepping into new roles. New Albany received two talented transfers, AJ and Blake Schmidt, who previously attended Providence High School. AJ is a sharp shooting guard who can score at will and is capable of taking defenders off the bounce, while twin brother Blake is solid player in his own right. While AJ, who is receiving interest from Division One schools, gets all the attention, it is his brother Blake who always seems to make a key play in the game.
For the Highlanders, senior Nick Bombersbach has become a key part to their offensive attack. Bombersbach, who played sparingly last season, had a career high 26 points while hitting six three pointers in their win against Silver Creek. The Highlanders victory over Silver Creek gave FC their first 2-0 start since 1998.
The Highlanders’ next game after Friday night’s clash with the Bulldogs will be Friday, Dec. 16 against the Columbus East Olympians.