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Column: FC set to beat Jeff at Seymour this Friday

By JD McKay

This basketball team has been one of the best in Floyd Central history, comparable to the Pat Graham-led team from 1989. Both teams had a star player, both teams had solid second and third players, and both teams had a villian. Then, it was Damon Bailey. Now it is Romeo Langford.

However, to get to play Langford, we need to beat an athletic Jeffersonville team. When I watched Jeff play earlier this year I was impressed by their athleticism, but aside from senior Bailey Falkenstein, unimpressed by how they scored the ball. I could see that being their achilles heel.

We have scorers. Junior Cobie Barnes and senior Luke Gohmann can light it up from outside or get to the rack and finish tough shots. Senior Brendon Hobson can drive to the hole as well, and with his length, finish tough layups.

Bottom Line- Jeff played us tough this year, and I expect it will be close again, the outcome should not change. The Highlanders can simply score better, and if senior Gabe Shireman finally hits his stride or Gohmann heats up, I am not picking against Floyd.

Score- FC 62 Jeff 56

Column: Highlanders can win conference outright tonight at home vs Columbus East

By JD McKay

This is my third time previewing a sports game against Columbus East, but this is the first where I think losing would be a disappointment, not expected. Honestly, this game should not be very close. The only reason I am previewing it is because if we win, we win the Hoosier Hills Conference outright.

This game should resemble the two of the past three games (Bloomington North and Brownstown) in how we play. Lots of points, solid defense, and many rebounds. So if we continue the play from the past few games, we should win. The main factors have been rebounding, senior Luke Gohmann and Cobie Barnes, and the one other player that steps up.

Rebounding has been our best stat through the entire season, mainly because of our height. Four of our starting five players are six feet five inches tall or taller, which makes rebounding easier.

Gohmann and Barnes have been the best players on our team throughout this year. Their stats are nearly identical, leading the team in points. They have both shot well from outside the three-point line during the season as well as gotten a lot of rebounds and finished around the basket. As long as they play well the game should never be in question.

Last, the past few blowouts we have had one other player set-up in the first quarter offensively. Typically, senior Brendon Hobson has been that man, but some nights it is senior Matt Weimer or senior Evan Nichols. If one player can grab the moment to start the game and get Gohmann and Barnes going, the game will definitely be a blowout.

Bottom Line- Tonight we should win conference outright for the first time since 1986, and probably by a lot. The Highlanders are 8-1 in games with a common opponent compared to East’s 4-5. This game should not be a nail biter and will be a great way for our senior class to play their last home game. Hopefully, the win will carry over to March second, then third, when we would play Jeffersonville, then New Albany in sectionals. Final Score- Highlanders 68 Olympians 37.

 

 

Column: Support the U.S.A in the Winter Olympics

By JD McKay

The coldest, fastest, and most exciting version of the Olympics are starting Thursday. South Korea will be hosting their first winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and I plan on supporting my country.

America dominates the the summer Olympics, but the winter Olympics are another story. We have stiff competition in several of the sports because of the high latitude countries. The main countries that compete with us are typically Scandinavian countries and Russia.

My favorite events are the speed races and big air jumps, like luge, snowboard cross, bobsled, ski jumping, and speed skating. However, my mom likes the slower less death-defying (unless the Iron Lotus is performed) figure skating.

The event I am most intrigued by is men’s ice hockey. The NHL has declined to let the players compete in the Olympics, which I think is dumb, but I get the reason. They run the league to make money, not to lose money. So if you recall, 1980 the Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, New York. The amateur American team took on the U.S.S.R team made up mainly of pro-players, which was illegal in the Olympics up until 1992. The amateur U.S.A. team upset the Soviets in the midst of the Cold War, a real life Rocky vs. Ivan Drago game, and possibly the greatest sports moment in American history.  Obviously, this is not the same. We aren’t two countries, battling it out with words, threats, and hatred towards our communist rivals. I am hoping for another miracle on ice, and our first gold medal since 1980. However, based on our past results, a good goal would be finishing in the top 3.

In 2014, we finished fourth in the overall medal count but had the second most medals. Hopefully this year we will avenge our loss and beat the Russians. I encourage you to support our support our country and be sure to tune in.

Do you believe in miracles?

The Unbeatables play Underdogs in Super Bowl LII today

By: JD McKay and Adam Hynes

This Sunday will double as one of the best and worst days of the year. The best part does not need any explaining, but it is the worst because we will need to wait six months until the first NFL preseason game. Plus, Tom Brady’s going to win, which will ruin my February.

First, two weeks ago I picked Brady to lose to Blake Bortles. I will never again pick Brady to lose a playoff game at home while Bill Belichick is the head coach. Or at least until he is in his 50s and had won his 15th Super Bowl the year before.

Now seriously, Brady is the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and I would be foolish to pick him over Nick Foles. Foles is a solid NFL starting quarterback, but Brady is too clutch and too experienced and too good to lose this year.

One factor that will play a role Sundey is the health of Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is a beast anywhere, but especially in the red-zone. However, last week Gronk got hit against his head and left the game with a concussion. He practiced with the team Saturday, and he will play probably play Sunday, but if he does not make it out of concussion protocol on time that could give the Eagles a much needed boost to bump them toward winning their first Super Bowl.

Bottom Line- The only way for the Eagles to win is to play the whole game like the Jaguars first half last Sunday, and not blow it like the Falcons did last year. Unfortunately, the Patriots Belichick and Brady dynasty are too good to let that happen again, and Patriots proved last Sunday they can beat one of the best defenses in the NFL. I think the Jaguars’ defense and the Eagles’ defense are comparable, so I am taking the Patriots 33-28.

 

It is the matchup no one’s been waiting for: Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles.

Most people are not going to like it, but I am pretty sure we all know who is going to win Super Bowl LII. The New England Patriots are going to win, and it probably will not be close. That is, unless Nick Foles does not throw for three touchdowns, 350 yards and no picks like he did last game against the Vikings, which I highly doubt could happen again, especially against the Patriots.

The Pats have looked unbeatable throughout the whole season. They started the postseason by thumping the Titans 35-14 in the AFC divisional round, then played a close game in the AFC championship game at the Jaguars. The Patriots still came out on top, but we all knew what the result was going to be from the start. I am pretty sure all of America, including me, expects nothing different from what we have seen from them all season.

The Eagles have their strong spots, with a better defense than the Pats and how well they played in their 38-7 blowout win against the Vikings. When you take it down to the wire, however, the Patriots are just too skilled of a team to be beaten. They have most likely the greatest quarterback and coach of all time, the best tight end in the league, and are just better than the Eagles. I think Philadelphia will give them a good game for the first half, but the Patriots will pull away in the second half for a lopsided win.

Final score: New England 37 Philadelphia 17

FC is witnessing one of the greatest athletic years in our school’s history

By JD McKay

Not much is going on in the world of sports this week. Next week I will preview the Super Bowl, and the only football game this week is the pro-bowl, which is Sunday and a joke. So I am taking this opportunity to brag on my school.

Obviously, this is a sports column, but this school has more than just sports teams at the top of the conference. This year has been historic for the theatre program landing the pilot version of “Newsies” and being sent to the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska this summer to perform the show. Plus, last school year our orchestra won state and we were named a four-star school.

Now to sports. We have had a historic year in athletics. First, we have defeated New Albany three times in the past three games in the football and basketball. The only close game was on Dec. 8, a night that I will never forget. If you somehow didn’t hear the news, we beat New Albany at home in front of a sold out crowd for the first time in 20 years.

Any sport you name you will find a successful season. Girls’ swimming won conference last Saturday, and boys’ swimming is expected to win conference this upcoming Saturday.

Boys’ basketball is hoping to win sectional for the first time in nearly three decades, but we will need to beat New Albany again. Football lost in the sectional championship to State Champion Columbus East but still finished second outright in conference.

Boys’ tennis won sectional and produced a doubles state. Girls’ cross country dominated conference this season and dominated regionals. Ultimately, they finishing third in Semi-State.

Boys’ wrestling just finished second in conference and has a serious state champion contender in senior Tristan Sellmer. The girls’ soccer team won sectional after a shootout goal following a 0-0 tie in regulation and overtime.

If you somehow missed the point I’m making, our school was historic in more than just our 50-year anniversary. We had unprecedented success in sports, our theatre had one of the biggest moments in their history, and we have at least three more sectionals we could win easily. The conclusion of this school year could see the finish of the greatest year in sports our school has seen in the last decade.