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Support winter sports in their upcoming seasons

By J.D. McKay

The fall sports wrapped up at the end of October with the football team losing to Bedford North-Lawrence and the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams running in the state meet. Now, I will be off the sideline and in the student section supporting our winter sports just like you should be.

This year, our boys’ basketball team comes into the year with high expectations. Even after seven seniors graduated last season I expect they will be successful. Senior Cobie Barnes has played very well over the last three years with Luke Gohmann, who graduated and is playing basketball at Marian University now. I expect Barnes takes the role as the number one player and explodes, making himself a real problem for other teams. The game to go to this season is at New Albany at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.

I am not completely sure what to expect from our girls’ basketball team this year. Last year was a tough year for them, but they hired Randy Gianfagna as the new head coach after Kirk Hamsley stepped down. Last season the injury bug also struck ferociously, taking out two players who would have made large contributions. They also did not have a spectacular senior class, so almost all significant players returned. Since most of the team had varsity experience last season, they should have a good season. Their biggest game that is not against New Albany is probably against Providence on Jan. 24 at home, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling is set to once again send at least one wrestler to state. Last season, sophomore Gavinn Alstott went to the state meet in weight class 106 and should be able to return to state again. If you want to go watch a wrestling match this year go to the match against St. X on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

Boys’ and girls’ swimming should once again be the best in the conference. Last season they were also both undefeated, and I do not see why they cannot do that again this year. Senior Lauren Thomson finished twelfth in the 100-yard backstroke. If she could move up to the top eight she would be all-state. To watch both boys and girls swim in the same meet you should go the the FC Invitational on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

Girls’ swimming ends on determined note

By Alli Kling

Last Saturday, Feb. 4, the FC girl’s swimming and diving team came away with a second place finish in sectionals. The one point loss has multiple families and the girls themselves teeming with pride at how well they fought.

“We were originally supposed to lose by 41 points, so to come so close is both exciting and disappointing,” said sophomore Emma Blevens. Continue reading Girls’ swimming ends on determined note

Boys swimming performs at state

Boys’ swimming prepares for state competition

By Delaney Smith and Sydney Sears

Shaved heads and bleach blonde hair are now a new addition to the halls of FC thanks to the boys’ swim team. They are traveling to the IUPUI Natorium this weekend the compete in the state finals.

The swimmers have started to focus on their speed and cleaning up their technique so that they can make everything the best they can.

Sophomore Brendon Smith said that the practices have been a lot more intense and the team has been working a lot harder to get ready for state.

The boys are seniors Colin Lyell and Nathan Manias, juniors Elijah Anderson and Marc McCormick, and sophomore Brendon Smith qualified to compete in the upcoming state competition out of the team of about 17.

“We are hoping to be at our best for the end of the season. we took some chances at the sectionals not ‘shaving’ some of our guys to give them the opportunity to be going their fastest at the state championship,” said boys swimming coach Joe Perkins.

The state championship preliminaries are this Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and the finals will be held on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. The swimmers are planning to swim their best times and hope to have the team place higher at state than in previous years.

“I am personally hoping to get top 16 in both of my events and top eight in at least one of the relays,” said Anderson.

Smith and McCormick are also planning on swimming their best times and Smith is also hoping to break some school records.

“We are looking to score as many events as we can, this is the first time in 14 years we have taken all three relays to state and have a good chance of scoring all three,” said Perkins.