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Summer begins with interesting sports

By JD McKay

Summer break is finally here, and with it comes the worst two months in sports. Be prepared for one third of each baseball team’s regular season and Wimbledon starting at 4 a.m. in early July.  

However, the first week gives sports fans some hope. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. This series will not be close. The Cavs haven’t had anything going besides Lebron James this postseason. The Warriors will take care of business in four, putting them in a class with the other great NBA teams.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season are playing the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Knights have been a team made up of mostly scrubs from previous teams. However, when they play together, they are obviously playing very well and have a chance to win a championship in their first season. I think they will finish their magical run and win the Stanley Cup in six games.

This is my last column of this school year. I have enjoyed writing this and will be back to publishing my weekly sports columns starting August 1, the first Wednesday of next school year.

Column: Boys’ track and field set to win sectionals for the 16th straight time tonight

By JD McKay

Last week the Highlanders went into their conference meet, projected to lose by 20 to Jeffersonville, and pulled off the upset, eventually winning by 20 points.

The keys to success in that meet were athletes moving up in seeds and winning the field events and long distance events that they were projected to win.

In the meet tonight, the keys to success do not change. Win the events they are projected to win and move up in seeding in other events.

Throwing events have high expectations. Junior Cam Sturgeon should win discus, and finished first or second in shot put. Sturgeon’s counterpart, senior Clay Miller, should take top two in shot put as well.

The long distance events should have several victories as well. Senior Noah Mets should win the 800-meter run, sophomore David Heinemann will finish top three in the two mile, and his twin, Luke Heinemann will win the one mile.

The sprinters stole a lot of points in conference in their events. Behind junior Jon Gunn in the 100, junior Zach Little in the 200, sophomore Talon Hutto in hurdles, they should win several sprint events.

Bottom Line- The girls’ team won conference Tuesday night, and the boys should be able to match.  After a surprise victory in conference, the momentum boost should play a big part in the victory. The Highlander’s have won 15 sectional championships in row, and I see no reason why that number will end this year.

Column: Columnist shares her story with eating disorders

By Madi Brown

*Bagpiper sports editor Madi Brown shares her story. Her parents have read this column. For objective coverage on this issue, check out today’s print issue.

I looked in the mirror and I saw my ribs, I saw the deterioration of my muscles under my skin, and my hair fell out in chunks as I tried to brush it. My body was screaming for help, but I could not see what was wrong with me. In my mind I was the skinniest I had ever been, and it still was not enough.

There were multiple factors that led to this, but one of the biggest ones was what I witnessed growing up. My mom is beautiful but for the longest time she did not believe it. She watched her mother hate herself because of her weight and because of that, she learned to do the same. I watched my mom talk down to herself my whole life, and it was instilled in me. What my grandmother passed down to my mom, my mom passed down to me. Our problem was never physical. It was mental.

Growing up, I was always more aware of my body, and I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I became obsessed with wanting to be skinny, so I joined sports and tried to keep myself active.

I started running in grade school, but I was 13 when I realized I could not live without it. Running to me was a way to ensure that I would not get fat, but I was never satisfied. Even though my motives were wrong, I had a healthy lifestyle. It was not until my junior year that I began cutting foods out of my diet, such as meat.   

I did not make dramatic changes to my lifestyle overnight. It was a perfect storm.

It happened so gradually that I did not know I was hurting myself until it was too late.

It started off with me eating smaller portions of meat, which eventually led to me cutting out meat all together. I cut everything from my diet until I was living off of tomatoes and crackers.

I was eating around a thousand calories a day, and on top of that I was exercising two to three hours a night. I had no idea how abusive I was being towards my body because I was blinded by the scale. In December 2016, I weighed 140 pounds By April 2017, I weighed 112 pounds. The problem was it was never enough; I never felt happy with my body.

That summer I decided that I wanted to try waist training, because if it worked for the Kardashians, obviously it was safe for me. I remember putting it on for the first time under my clothes and nearly puking because it was so tight. I was so twisted at the time though, and I actually saw it as a challenge. Over the next few months, I wore the waist trainer and I got to where it was not tight at all. I still was not satisfied with myself. It was like I needed to feel the pain. One day I decided that I was not feeling the effect as much so I would wear it all night while I slept. I continued to do that for three months, while I was still not feeding my body.

After not eating meat for six months, my hair started falling out. When it first started, I was only losing around 50 strands a day, which I was told was completely normal but as it continued it got worse. I was afraid to brush my hair because I got to where I was losing 300 strands a day. I was not the only one who began to notice the changes.

I remember the first time my dad felt concerned for me, we had just went out to dinner and he gave me a hug and said he could feel my bones. After that, my family started making comments about how my clothes were too big and my face was always pale. They looked at me with pity, as if I had this disease that was killing me. I knew I was not healthy, but I refused to believe that it was my eating habits. I did not want to believe that this miracle diet was actually hurting me. As time went on, I started to become so exhausted that I would come home and sleep instead of eat. I remember one time when I actually slept for over two days without eating.

My parents wanted to get me help, but I refused. In the end, I was the only one who could fix my problem. I found support from a friend who I had met at my church, and we began to go to the gym together. This was my turning point, seeing everyone around me striving to be healthy and not skinny. I began to become more educated about nutrition and changed my life. It has been a long recovery, but I have never been healthier or happier. Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, but it is not a physical issue, it is a mental one. The problem was people believed this was a physical issue of mine, as if I could stop whenever I wanted to. My body image issues were something I struggled with my entire life, and it look a long time for me to learn how to be okay with me. I was my own worst critic because I never believed I was good enough.

That was the lie I told myself.


Column: Romeo Langford should go to Indiana

By JD McKay

After having Southern Indiana in the palm of Romeo Langford’s hand for the last three years, all eyes will be on him for one last night on the court that could one day bear his name. Being a Hoosier, I am hoping he goes to Indiana, but the other two schools he is looking at, Vanderbilt and Kansas, both have their upsides.

The Case for Indiana

The reason for Langford to go to Indiana is simple. He would go to IU to stay in state, and possibly become one of the most loved athletes in Indiana.

The reason to not go is almost as simple, 16-15 overall, 1-2 vs rivals, and no postseason.

The Case for Kansas

Kansas is the most consistent team he is looking at. They have not had a losing season since 1983, and have won the regular season conference championship every year since 2004. Plus, Kansas seems to consistently go deep into the NCAA tournament and has a top 5 recruiting class.

The only reason to not go it because it is far from home, and playing that far from where he played high school seems wrong.

The Case for Vandy

Vandy is the best academic school on this list. If Langford wants to stay for four years, Vandy is the best choice. Vandy also has two five-star recruits.

Vandy was worse than Indiana last season, finishing with a record of 12-20. Plus, they have never had a one-and-done player.

Langford’s announcement is scheduled for April 30, at 7 p.m.

Column: How to fix the NBA Playoffs

By JD McKay

The NBA playoffs started last Saturday, April 14, and will not end until the first week of June. As a reference, in that time period the New York Yankees will have played just over a quarter of their games. Plus, we all have a pretty good idea of what is coming. Warriors vs Cavs part IX.

That predictability is the reason I will not be tuning in until Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The NBA needs to take a page out of the NCAA’s March Madness when it comes to people being interested. That tournament is the only time of year when non-sports fans and sports fans come together to see if the Cinderellas can do the impossible or tune in to see if a 16 seed can beat the 1 seed.

The NBA does not need to go to one-game playoffs, but four best-of-seven series is too much. They should start the first round with a best-of-three series. That could give the underdogs a chance to beat the super teams they have to play in the first round. Then go to a five-game series, followed by the seven-game conference finals and seven-game NBA Finals.

While we are talking about the playoffs, I thought I would tell you what is going to happen. I think the Eastern Conference Finals will see the Milwaukee Bucks losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the West will have the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Golden State Warriors.

The Finals will be less interesting than last year. The Warriors will sweep the Cavs, and a few weeks later Lebron James will join the snake Kevin Durant and the Warriors.

Just kidding.