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
By Madison Fuson and Eleni Pappas
Art by Eleni Pappas
The musical opens with mysterious, hooded figures standing on wooden platforms. The stage is still dark, and as the show begins, the choir sits, narrating actors joining and revealing themselves to recollect the story of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a classic story known for its dark or surreal elements and vivid imagery. The story is both a musical and a Disney movie production based off the novel published in 1831 by Victor Hugo.
The story centers around a bell ringer named Quasimodo, who is locked away in the bell towers from the outside world for his deformation—being “too different” and “ugly” to the normal folks. Quasimodo leaves the bell tower, despite his master Monseigneur Claude Frollo’s, warnings. Once out, he meets the enchanting gypsy Esmeralda who, alongside the other gypsies, are considered to be subservient by Frollo.
Disney’s film adaptation of the book was released on June 21, 1996 and became the fifth highest grossing film of that year. From finding one’s place in society to dealing with sin to extreme topics like infanticide, because of this, the movie is considered one of Disney’s darker themed films and much had to be altered from the novel in order for it to get the PG rating. With directing by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (Beauty and The Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and famous actors voice acting such as Demi Moore (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, G.I. Jane) the film was set up to be a huge success.
Disney’s version first starts in 1482, in Paris with the gypsy Clopin Trouillefou, voiced by Paul Kandel, who opens the story with a puppet show for curious children. The story begins with Monseigneur Claude Frollo, the film’s villain, on a horse pursuing gypsies attempting to flee from him. Frollo chases one of the gypsies, a mother, to the church and causes her death upon the stairs of the cathedral, Notre Dame. Frollo sees the deformed child and goes to drop him in the well when he is stopped by the archdeacon. He is then made to take in the disfigured child in order to atone for his sins he committed in the eyes of the holy church. This child is named Quasimodo, meaning half-formed, and due to his differences, he is kept away in a tower, with only stone gargoyles as friends.
When the Festival of Fools arrives, Quasimodo sneaks out against Frollo’s wishes. At the festival, he meets Esmeralda, who believes his face to be a mask. She pulls Quasimodo on stage for “The King of Fools,” a contest which searches for the ugliest face in Paris. When the crowd goes wild by Quasimodo’s blemishes, the gypsy girl stops the crowd, earning Frollo’s anger. Quasimodo must work to save the girl from Frollo’s subsequent wrath.
The musical put on by the FC Theatre Department on Feb. 9, 11, 16, 17, and 18, was based on the original novel by Victor Hugo, called Notre-Dame de Paris. The main cast includes Junior Noah Hankins as Dom Claude Frollo, Senior Mitchell Lewis as Quasimodo, Senior Logan McNeeley as Clopin Trouillefou, Junior Jesse Johnson as Phoebus de Martin, and Junior Elizabeth Hallal as Esmeralda.
The show starts to narrators recalling of how the Hunchback, Quasimodo, came to dwell in the tower. It starts out with brothers Jehan and Claude Frollo, Jehan being wild and Claude Frollo, his opposite, being devoted to Notre Dame. Jehan brings a gypsy to the church but is caught and banished by the bishop. With his brother gone, Claude Frollo rises to the rank of archdeacon. News of Jehan on the verge of death reaches Claude, and Claude goes to his side in attempt to persuade Jehan to come back with him to heal him from his illness and sins. However, before Jehan’s final breath, he asks of his brother to show mercy to the deformed child, Quasimodo, he and the gypsy had before her own death. Frollo does take the child in, but his distortion keeps him locked in the tower, away from civilization.
Although both of them are based off Victor Hugo’s novel, they are not exactly the same. Disney, a company targeting a family audience, does have to be cautious as to what it publishes as a mass media company. Disney had to change their script and work around the family rating, leaving out much of the mature and shocking themes to make it appropriate for all ages. Apart from the more graphic depictions of the musical, the conclusion stayed true to the novel’s ending, while Disney altered it for a happy ending. The characters of the Disney production were adapted for the villain-hero outcome while the musical enriched its characters. The characters have their own flaws and advantages, whether that be lust, demanding respect or physical appearance.
However, as much as the backstories differ, most of the main characters remained the same, with Quasimodo, Frollo, Esmeralda and Phoebus. In both, the men fell in love with Esmeralda for her beauty, compassion or acceptance. For both, the main theme still remains about coming to terms with your flaws.
Both representations may show different things, one more canon to the novel, but their theme still stands. Despite the format of the story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame will remain a staple of world 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.
By J.D. McKay
Friday night’s game against New Albany was what Indiana high school basketball is supposed to be. A gym that holds 2,500 fans had about 2,600 fans from rival schools, with an atmosphere that reminded long time Highlander fans, including my mom, of past games between Pat Graham and Damon Bailey. Bobby Knight attended the Graham vs Bailey games. Last Friday, it was current Indiana head coach Archie Miller watching New Albany senior Romeo Langford. The Highlanders came out on top by two back then, just as they did Friday, mainly because of an average performance from Langford and an above average performance from senior Luke Gohmann.
Last Wednesday I predicted that to win, we would need to shut Langford down, rebound, and hit three pointers. Langford was stopped. Holding the fifth best player in his class to 15 points is basically shutting him down, and he travel on two of those. Rebounds weren’t much of a problem, and while we hit five threes, the lack of points didn’t seem to matter.
The Bulldogs main threat was senior Sean East. East was hitting shots from all over the court, including hitting a buzzer beater from the volleyball line to end the first half. East had 19 points.
Defense was really the key to success Friday. Only scoring 12 points in the second half obviously makes that important. With junior Cobie Barnes being out in the second half, that task came down to senior Matt Weimer, Gohmann, and senior Evan Nichols. Barnes missing most of the second half probably wasn’t in Coach Todd Sturgeon’s game plan, so those three stepped up well.
Final, in overtime, two guys that hadn’t scored yet, senior Gabe Shireman, and Weimer, stepped up. Shireman went straight to the hole twice to take a 43-47 lead. Then, after four New Albany points, Weimer made a backdoor cut and hit a layup to go up 49-47. After Langford missed a three and the officials called a questionable travel, New Albany had one last chance. Sophomore big man Trey Hourigan missed a three, and time expired.
After a quick handshake line that seemed to take two hours, we stormed the court. After 21 tries, the Highlanders finally beat the Bulldogs. So, I guess you could call that game an Indiana high school basketball classic.