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Column: The Yankees will win World Series

By JD McKay

The 162-game marathon is on and being a Yankees fan, I am excited to see The Giancarlos Stanton and Aaron Judge Show dominate baseball. But, as it is for most Americans, my excitement will wear down and I will be looking forward to the playoffs and All-Star break. So while excitement is still up for the season, I will tell you what will happen.

I expect some typical performances from teams. The Reds will finish last in their division, the Nationals will choke in the playoffs, and the Dodgers will find some other pitcher to go with Clayton Kershaw and have the best staff in baseball.

Now, for a few bold predictions. The Minnesota Twins will play in the ALCS. They had a surprisingly good season last year, and I expect them to build on their success. The Reds will lose 95 games, but Joey Votto will win NL MVP. He is one of the best hitters I will ever see. He consistently hits 320 and gets on base 45 percent of the time. Lastly, Shohei Ohtani will be overhyped and after the season be viewed as a bust. He is a rookie who has played in Japan for five years and finally took his talents to the MLB, but the MLB is not the Nippon Pro Baseball League, so it will take more than just one year to adjust to the MLB.

On to playoff predictions. The wildcard games will see the Red Sox beating the Blue Jays, and the Cardinals beating the Mets.

The Divisional Series will have the Yankees beating the Red Sox. Twins beating the Astros. Cubs beating the Cardinals and the Dodgers beating the Nationals.

The NLCS will have the Cubs playing the Dodgers for the second straight year, but with different results. The Cubs will beat the Dodgers to go to the World Series again.

The ALCS will have the Yankees playing the Twins and just like last year’s American League wildcard game, the Yankees will need to come back from a deficit but will end up winning the series.

The World Series will see two opposite teams playing each other. One team that has won 27 World Series and is hated by most Americans, pitted against The Lovable Losers, who won their third World Series over 100 years after their second championship. However, I will be one of the few people in Southern Indiana excited about the outcome of the series, as the Yankees will take World Series number 28 in Wrigley, almost 220 days since the Opening Day.

Column: March Madness begins today

By JD McKay and Adam Hynes

After an eternity of NBA garbage and no football, we have finally made it to one of the best and most exciting months of sports. March. When any true sports fan hears that magical word, they think of madness and picture a bracket filled with Cinderella stories, basketball powerhouses like Duke or Kansas and on April 2, a champion.

This basketball season has been ridiculous. There were zero teams with an undefeated record in 2017, and two teams ranked in the Top 10 half way through the season, and both ended as bubble teams. So, we will do our best to describe to you how to fill out the perfect NCAA tournament bracket. We will predict the Final Four and National Championship, as well as one team we expect to advance deep into March that is worse than a six seed.

JD: In the South Bracket [top left], I’m picking Virginia. Picking against the number one overall seed is not easy, especially when they can play from behind and in close game. Ask any U of L fan. Plus, their defense is remarkable, holding teams to 53 points per game is incredible, especially in a conference that produced nine tournament teams.

Adam: I have Virginia coming out of the South, beating out Arizona in the Elite Eight. With Tony Bennett’s suffocating defense, I do not think there is a team in their section of the bracket who can beat out the Cavaliers.

JD: In the West [bottom left], I like Michigan. The reason, one word: momentum.

Adam: In the West, I think Michigan will make it through to the Final Four. They will beat out North Carolina in a thriller in the Sweet Sixteen and easily beat Ohio State to reach their eighth Final Four appearance.

JD: In the East [top right], I see Purdue advancing to the Final Four. Mainly because the East is pathetic. Aside from Villanova, there are no really teams I see in the Final Four.

Adam: In the East, Villanova will have an easy run to the Final Four, with their only real challenge being two-seed Purdue. There is not much talent in the East region, unless West Virginia is able to make some noise against Villanova in the Sweet Sixteen.

JD: The Midwest [bottom right], is by far the toughest bracket, but Michigan State could come out of that bracket and push to the Final Four. They performed well to start the season, but have died down since then. Maybe the break they got from losing the Big Ten Tournament early will get them back to how they played earlier this season.

Adam: The Midwest will be a tough call. With underrated Michigan State, top-seeded Kansas, and a hot duo in Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley at Duke, it is hard to predict who will make it out. I have Duke beating out Kansas to go to the Final Four, as long as they keep playing at the level they are.

JD: The Cinderella team I like is Missouri. They have one of the best players in the country in Michael Porter, Jr., but he was out the whole season until the SEC tournament, where you could see the lack of team chemistry. The week they will have between the SEC tournament and NCAA tournament should develop that chemistry and propel them deep into March.

Adam: My Cinderella team is nine seed Florida State. The Seminoles have stayed consistent all season, and got a win over North Carolina earlier in the season. They have no bad losses, and will end up making a run past Xavier to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Ohio State.

JD: My Final Four consists of three Big Ten teams and Virginia. The National Championship will see Purdue playing Michigan, but once again I like the Wolverines over the Boilermakers, because of momentum.

Adam: Virginia will beat Michigan in the Final Four in a blowout, and stop the Wolverines from going to the championship game. Duke will beat Villanova in overtime and advance. The championship game will be close, but the Marvin Bagley factor will come into play, with Virginia not having any real big guys down low. Duke wins 62-56.

 

Column: Spring sports hope to build on successful year

By JD McKay

Our winter sports season ended sadly on Saturday after losing to New Albany 51-45 at Seymour for the sectional championship. But the boys’ basketball team had an incredible year, beating Jeffersonville twice, going one and one against New Albany, and winning the Hoosier Hills Conference outright.

Basketball was not our only success, though. Senior wrestler Tristan Sellmer finished fourth in state, girls’ swimming just beat Jeff to win their sectional, and the boys’ swim team thumped everyone in their section on their way to their sectional championship. They also had seven swimmers qualify for state. The Dazzlers had a successful nationals, finishing third and fifth overall, which some viewed as a disappointment, but as Dazzler coach Todd Sharp said before the senior Dazzlers’ last performance, many schools would love to finish as high as the Dazzlers did.

After such a successful winter season, our school pride should not stop. Boys’ and girls’ track, boys’ golf, girls’ tennis, and softball all won sectionals last year, and the one sport that didn’t win a sectional, baseball, was sectional runner-up, and we should see success again this year.

Our school showed amazing support to our boys’ basketball team. It was incredible to be apart of and something we need to carry on. Getting rowdy at these games isn’t as easy as it is to get rowdy after an Evan Nichols dunk, but supporting our classmates and friends should get us involved. Plus, watching some of the best sports teams in Southern Indiana should be reason enough.

This entire school year has been historic for our school. With only one quarter left, I see no reason why it should be any less memorable, so do not miss out on the history and success that we might never see again while we are in school.  

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.