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My take on sports over Christmas break

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by J.D. McKay

Christmas break has the best sports action of any break, from high school all the way up to the pros. I was also able to get to a wrestling meet, a swim meet, two boys’ basketball games, and two girls’ basketball games. So I’ll give my take from each sport as well as some college and pro sports. 

Swim– Our boys’ and girls swim teams are the best in our area, no question. But things

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Senior Gabe Anderson takes a breath while swimming freestyle against Jeff on Dec. 19. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

get much tougher as we get into the Indianapolis area. Both teams dominated Jeff, the second best team in the area the Thursday before break. Then, two days later, we
performed pretty well again but not better than Brownsburg, an Indianapolis school. However, we should dominate sectionals again before scoring a few points and hopefully getting a couple of athletes on the all-state wall. 

Wrestling-I am going to start this off by saying I do not know much about wrestling.

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Senior Jonathan Kervin prepares to start the next period against Bloomington South on Dec. 17. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

However, I went to the New Albany meet because it was Senior Night and to support my football teammate senior Sean Burk. We were much better than New Albany. They did not even have a wrestler for several weight classes, one of which was Burk’s. I could tell that we had some extremely talented wrestlers in senior Jonathan Kervin, junior Gavinn Alstott, and sophomore J Conway. They all three have a chance to win state and should definitely be all-state; that will be back-to-back all-state seasons for Alstott and Kervin. It is also worth noting that Alstott’s win against New Albany was his 100th as a Highlander. 

Boys’ basketball– The boys’ are better than people were expecting. In fact, they have

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Senior Ben Purvis shoots a three over New Albany on Dec. 13. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

been one of the most underrated teams in the state. They are not as good as Silver Creek, and have a tough matchup against the Dragons in February, but they proved in the game against Bloomington South on Dec. 21 that they can play with some of the best teams in the state. Most people were expecting a 20-point victory for Bloomington South, but after four quarters, the score was tied. Bloomington South eventually won on a buzzer beater. The officials cannot be blamed for the outcome of a game but I really think it is worth mentioning that the officiating was terrible. That game proved that we can play with the best teams. If junior Jake Heidbreder gets rolling, the seniors lead the team through four quarters, and the underclassmen can step-up, we are very dangerous. 

Girls’ basketball– I have a very unusual view on the girls’ basketball team because I

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Sophomore Keegan Kaiser communicates with her teammates against Austin on Jan. 4. Photo by Brock Kennedy.


practice with them several times a week. They are very young and expectations were not very high for them. But, throughout break, they have improved greatly. They have played pretty well at times. But their main problem is that they do not hit shots for about five minutes and dig themselves a hole. If they could be a little more consistent, they could very easily be .500 on the year. The next three years should be good, though, behind junior Grace Suer, who is injured this season and a major loss, sophomore Keegan Kaiser and freshman Mandy Hess. 

 

Now to pro and college sports. I said the Titans would win in the week leading up to the Patriots Titans game. Then it happened. I think it ended the Patriots dynasty because for the first time in 10 years they will not be in the AFC Championship game, and, unless the Patriots get Rob Gronkowski to unretire or add some significant talent, they will not be back next year. They might not even win their division because the Bills look like a very talented and young team. On another note, the Titans will beat the Ravens this week. 

I also decided over Break that Bowl season in the best season. On New Year’s Day, I watched close football games for almost 12 straight hours. If that is not the best day possible, I do not know what is. Anyway, LSU is ridiculous. They thumped Oklahoma in the playoff which I expected. Their QB, Joe Burrow, went off, setting several College Football Playoff records. The second game was closer. Clemson won on a TD late in the fourth quarter and then a pick to seal it with under a minute left in Ohio State’s endzone. The championship is Monday and even though I am rooting for Clemson, I am taking LSU in a closed game. 

My other take from college football is that the SEC is the best conference. The SEC was 7-2 in bowl games and 7 SEC teams on LSU’s schedule played LSU closer than the best team in the Big 12, Oklahoma. It would not be a tough to argue looking back that Florida, Georgia, and maybe even Alabama should have been in over Oklahoma. I would go as far to say that a two loss SEC team should be in over a 1 loss team from any of the other Power 5 conferences. 

My biggest take from break is that officiating is becoming a huge issue. Several of the meaningful close games over break had a significant seemingly bad call as a talking point following it. Again, the Saints got the short end of the stick with playoff officiating, which should be talked for a while this off season. The biggest game that officiating was talked about was the Ohio State-Clemson game. I believe both questionable calls were correct, but in a game that close any calls that could be debated will be viewed as wrong by the losing team’s fans. I also say that you cannot blame a loss on the officials, which is true for the Ohio State game as well. 

My final take is on the NFL overtime rule. It is ridiculous. No other sport do you see a team score and their opponent not get a chance to match, except for some reason, the NFL. Both teams should get the ball at least once. The Saints lost in overtime because the Vikings won the coin toss and scored to start the extra period. I do not get why the NFL would want it’s most popular and best players to never see the field and lose. I have been saying this since Super Bowl LI in 2017, where the Patriots Tom Brady scored to start overtime without the Falcons Matt Ryan ever seeing the field in overtime.

 

Boys’ basketball begins tonight

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by Luke Vick, Addy Banet, and Zoe Nowling

With the fall season in full swing, FC students patiently wait for the first tip-off of the 2019-20 basketball season tonight.

This year, like others, marks an unknown outcome. But junior guard Jake Heidbreder said that the team has a high potential this season.

 “In my eyes, I think this team has a ton of potential. If everything runs according to plan, we should have a great season,” said Heidbreder.

Senior power forward and center Grant Gohmann has had a challenging career that has made him a more persistent and determined individual on and off the court. Gohmann’s determination and faith in his team is what ultimately drives his play. 

“Any game on any given night, though, we could beat any team that walks in the gym,” said Gohmann. Gohmann has a fierce confidence in himself as well as his coach and team.

As far as a future for his career goes, Gohmann has applied for multiple colleges, including Hanover College and University of Chicago, and they each have a spot. With this in mind and a potential scholarship in his pocket, Gohmann is not going to show any signs of slowing down. 

Some of the biggest supporters of the team are the parents, including Gohmann’s mother, science teacher Jennifer Gohmann.

“It’s always fun to watch your children perform,” said Jennifer. Like Jennifer, a lot of parents and coaches are excited for this upcoming season.

“I’m looking forward to being the underdog at sectionals because I think we have the ability to win and surprise people,” she said.

For head coach Todd Sturgeon this ability to win will come from his team’s desire to work hard and get to a high level of play.

With his team’s recent success in previous seasons, he is looking forward to working harder and pushing further into the postseason.

“I’d say in general we are coming off back-to-back conference championships, and I’m sure the guys would like to keep the tradition going,’’ said Sturgeon.

One challenge he has faced as coach is the competitiveness of the other teams and how difficult the competition is getting during the regular and postseason. With this pressure his team is looking to perform 

Student fans are also as excited for this year’s basketball season. “This year I look forward to watching our basketball team with my friends to support our school,” said freshman Emily Cook.

While the students are filled with excitement, they are also filled with hope for the outcome of this season. 

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Boys’ basketball set to play Jeff Friday night

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

It is a great time to be a Highlander. Our boys’ basketball team is ranked third in the state. Last Saturday, junior Lindsey Dorsch hit a three at the buzzer as our girls’ beat New Albany. That three kept FC undefeated against New Albany this year. This Friday, our boys’ basketball team is playing Jeffersonville on the road and trying to stay unbeaten in conference.

We need to do three things to beat the Devils. We need to get senior Cobie Barnes rolling in the beginning, have fewer turnovers than Jeff, and limit Tre Coleman from scoring 12 points.

Our last couple of games, our offense has struggled a bit. However, just when it looks like our opponents may pull away, Barnes steps up and hits several big shots to retake momentum. I could see that happening again Friday. Barnes has also been our leading scorer this year, so if Jeff shuts him down our offense may struggle.

This one is obvious, but if we have fewer turnovers, we will win. Last Friday, New Albany lost to Jeff and had one more turnover than Jeff. Almost every basketball game winner has fewer turnovers than the losers, and this will be no different.

Lastly, we need to limit Coleman from scoring. He is Jeff’s best scorer and if we slow him down the game would probably be low scoring again. When we played New Albany, we only let Julian Hunter score five points, Coleman is similar to Hunter and if he has a low scoring game like Hunter did it should not be very close.

Bottom Line: FC has had a terrific season and is one of the best teams in Indiana. Jeff is coming off a big win against New Albany and seems to have some momentum, but Barnes is too good to let their momentum carry over into a W versus the third best team in the state. I expect FC to win in a game similar to the New Albany game-low scoring, but about mid-way through the fourth quarter we will pull away to a 10-point win. Final Score: 56-46

 

Expected starting 5

Floyd Central Jeffersonville
Nick Wenchell Darin Starks
Levi Siewert Jaylen Fairman
Jake Heidbreder Markez Jordan
Cobie Barnes Jacob Jones
Cam Sturgeon Tre Coleman

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