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Fall sports ‘midish’ season update

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

We are about halfway through the fall sports season and have already seen the success FC has come to expect.

Volleyball has had a tough season. They are 8-13 but beat New Albany on Sept. 6, three sets to one. They have three more home matches remaining, against Presentation Academy on Sept. 24, Assumption on Oct. 1, and Madison on Oct. 4. The varsity plays at about 7:00 p.m. for every game.

Football has struggled this year but still has a winning record at 3-2, losing to Male and Seymour. However, they have beaten their rivals Jeffersonville 23-0, and Providence 30-17. This Friday they play Columbus East at home which is the Homecoming game. They also play New Albany at home on Oct. 12. Both games start at 7:00 p.m.

The girls’ golf team has almost finished their season. They were 37 strokes under sectional runner up Corydon Central in their sectional championship. They also were all top three individual finishers. Freshman Sophie Cook won with a 79, sophomore Zoe Hoehn finished second with a 82, and junior Francesca Hartlage finished third with a 83. Regionals are this Saturday at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery, IN.

Boys’ and girls’ cross country have both had success. The girls’ team won the Tiger Run at St. Xavier High School on Aug. 25. The girls’ are also heavy favorites to repeat winning conference. The boys have been competitive in several big meets. They finished fifth in the Tiger Run. They will have a tougher task come Sept. 29 when they run conference but they could certainly win the Hoosier Hills Conference. Conference for the boys and girls is at home on Sept. 29, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Boys’ tennis is also having a good season. They have a winning record and are ranked fourth in the state and first in their district. They have the Hoosier Hills Conference prelims tonight on the road. Their last home match is the Hoosier Hills Finals on Sept. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Last is boys’ and girls’ soccer. The boys have had a good season. They are 6-4. They have beat Jeff, Providence, and New Albany and have two more home games. They play Jennings County Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Collins on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Girls’ soccer is 10-2 and ranked 32 in the country, according to MaxPreps.com. They have a home game at noon saturday against Bloomington South and against Madison on Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Following Highlander Band: Marching Band Storms Castle September 15, 2018

Photo by Sophia Perigo

Story by Abby Chovan

This past weekend was a very busy one for many FC students, including all members of marching band and color guard. After a late night football game following a long day of school on Friday, all those same students had another early morning wake-up call. All students met at school around 11 a.m. in order to prepare for and organize their day ahead of them. This past Saturday, FC marching band took on a regional competition at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana.

This weekend was just one of the beginning competitions for this fall season, so many members were wary going into this competition.The weekend before had been hindered by rain and had caused the performances to be moved to the gym, so the fact that the band now had to march was an added challenge.

“I was a bit nervous because it was our first time marching a competition for the season, last weekend it was just music, so I wasn’t sure how we were going to do,” said sophomore tuba player Bailey Durrett.

Not only did the band face new performance nerves, but many pit members had to balance new equipment as well. The past weekend had not required mics seeing as the performance had been held indoors, so they had not yet this year had to balance taking care of both their instruments and technology.

“Generally moving our instruments is a monumental effort (everything has to be stored a certain way, loaded a certain way, and it can’t break because even the smallest damage can cost thousands of dollars), but this week was the first time we were using mics in the pit, so on top of protecting the instruments, we also had to worry about cables and technology,” said junior pit member Ainsley Tabor.

While the pit faced difficulties, they ended up winning the award for best pit crew, so it was obvious that their hard and particular work paid off. All the band members together were able to pull through and create a great weekend of performances for the team.

Junior baritone James Derloshon stated that for him personally, the fact that the band was able to perform brand new visual parts of the show only days after learning them was one of his most notable accomplishments.

Despite all these tests of fate however, FC came out on top and came in first place in the overall competition. However, for many members, this weekend’s win was not even the most relevant highlight of the weekend.

“For me it [this weekend] came down to finally nailing some difficult parts in my music that I had worked a long time on. It was nice to see all the hard work pay off, and a nice bonus to have it happen during competition,” said Tabor.

As well as personal achievements, several members, including sophomore guard member Avery Stephens, reflected on the idea of new bonds within all of FC’s marching band.

“With every new season, we get a new group of people who bring their own assets to the team and who each have their own unique skill sets and talents. This year we have an amazing team and we have all become so close. With each competition, we form lifelong bonds with each other,” said Stephens.  “One of the biggest highlights really of this weekend [was] that I will always cherish was the bus rides to and from Castle. The whole band gets so close and we make so many memories and inside jokes, so we will remember for a long time.”

Sept. 14 issue: Student spotlight

Video games do not cause teen violence

Art by Jaclyn Refrow

Story by Gracie Vanover

Hi there. I am a teen gamer who has no self-control because I play more violently-rated video games, which leads to “irrational” thoughts.

Video games have been on the rise for generations and have grown widely in content. With a growing fan base companies produce new games yearly with more intense content. Although this content grows harsher, video games are not to blame for things like school shootings and other heinous acts done by teenagers.

Since 2000 there have been approximately 188 school shootings on high school and college campuses. With 97 percent of teens playing video games, it’s easy for people such as politicians to throw the blame towards this form of media. But not is all that it appears to the naked eye when looking at the research or what’s being said about video game violence.

Although gaming has grown more intense and violent in content studies show that video games have no long-term aggression on teenagers. Video games have equal effects than other forms of media like cartoons and movies do. Even though these facts are out there for quite literally anyone to look at and read politicians continue to bash video games as an easy way out and to appeal to other adults with these similar morals.

However, the real underlying contributor to these events are factors like mental health or gang activity. Most politicians and local officials refuse to step into the mental health territory as they don’t want to look like they’re discriminating against the mentally ill. As someone diagnosed with mental illnesses I would rather my government be transparent instead of completely disregarding mental health as a factor.

Blaming video games rather than the actual factors is quite childish .It shows that they do not dig and research the facts enough. When you really look into it it seems politicians are just playing the blame game. For example, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin suggests that these violent games and media throw us into a dangerous loop of aggression and unreasonable thoughts which lead us to these situations. However, that is far from true.

As someone in a school environment and gaming community, its presented to us teen gamers as politicians shrugging us off and saying, “Well you made this mess you better clean it up.”

Video game industries are worth billions of dollars so politicians figure “hey, let’s just throw a little bump in the road their way it won’t hurt right?” Throwing these claims can actually be quite harmful to some. You are throwing tons of graphic artists and animators a hard curveball for all their hard work and possibly causing job shortages due to the decrease in sales.

As an average 16-year-old gamer who plays games on the more violent spectrum, I do not think these games are the issue. The real issue leading to these tragic shooting events and outbursts of violence is simply what is going on inside these teeangers’ heads and how their world around them is treating them. Shying away from the true issues of these matters and putting blame on forms of art and media helps no one.