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FC plays New Albany Friday in continuation of historic rivalry

Photo by Kate Zuverink

Story by J.D. McKay

Every year FC and New Albany play each other about three weeks into the season, then again to end one of the team’s season. These games make for some exciting basketball. However, the best game to go to is the regular season game. The crowds are packed into smaller gyms and avoiding the hour drive to Seymour gets lots of students at the games. 

If you have read my previews in the past, you will notice a common theme in all of them. New Albany head coach Jim Shannon will find a way to stop our best player. But, since Cobie Barnes and Romeo Langford have graduated, it is a completely new game compared to the last few years. 

First, as I said above, Shannon will find a way to limit junior Jake Heidbreder. If Heidbreder can outplay whatever they have in store for him, things will go our way. If he can drop 15 points, I almost guarantee a win because of how low scoring these games usually are.

The next key to win comes from sophomore Cole Harritt. Harritt has a silky jumper and can light it up from three. He dropped 23 last week against Castle, and most of those points came from threes. He is 12 for 25 from three (48 percent) so far this year. In our closest game, against Christian Academy, he did not shoot well. I think if he lights it up again, we should be able to win.

The last key we need is for a third scorer to step up. Freshman Caleb Washington has played well so far this year, especially on the offensive glass. If he can get a few offensive boards and putbacks, he could be that guy. It could also be senior Grant Gohmann. Gohmann is pretty good at getting the ball in the hoop, but has a struggled at times this year. If he is able to hit a few shots, he could give the Dogs some trouble.

A few other things to note- New Albany will be without senior Julien Hunter, who is out with a stress reaction in his foot. Senior Trey Hourigan is returning for the Dogs after being suspended for two games. New Albany sophomore guard Tucker Biven can score; he dropped 32 last week in Shannon’s 400th win at New Albany. The Dogs also lost 68-43 two weeks ago to Bloomington South, that was their worst loss in several years. The Highlanders are giving up 46 points per game compared to the Bulldogs 56. New Albany is 1-1 and FC is 5-0. Both teams have played Evansville Harrison. We won 67-47, they won 68-45. 

Bottom Line- Both of these teams have lost quite a bit of talent over the past couple years. However, they also both have some young talent that can score. But, without Julien Hunter, I think the Dogs lose a big part of their offense and will rely on Biven. If our defense, which is notoriously strong, can limit Biven and get one or two guys going besides Heidbreder, New Albany will not have an answer. Final Score- FC 53 NA 51

The New Albany-Floyd Central game is finally here, and it will be the rowdiest game in the state, so do not miss it.

 

 

Q&A with junior Lexie Stites: Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen 2019

By Mary Ficker

What does winning the title of Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen mean to you?

LS: “It means that I have an incredible opportunity to connect and make an impact in my own community! With this title I am a spokesperson for New Albany and Floyd County and hope to do everything thing I can do with that responsibility.”

How has the Miss America Organization impacted your life?

LS: “The Miss America Organization has taught me the importance of service, skills that will help me in my future life, such as interview tactics, and has also given me the opportunity to meet so many new people and create lifelong friendships!”

What do you plan to do during your year as Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen?

LS: “During my year I plan to share my platform Dance Across Borders as much as possible and inspire others to join me in benefiting their communities as well.”

What are you looking forward to most during the Harvest Homecoming Festival?

LS: “Everything! Pumpkin Chucking, booth days, and all the food! I can’t wait for the nonstop fun I know I am going to have!”

What do you hope to achieve with your platform this year?

LS: “I will continue to donate and share opportunities for dance with underprivileged children and keep raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by using the ties I have in the local arts centers to share our talents to benefit those who may not be able to themselves.”

What is your main goal this year when you compete for the title of Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen in June of 2020? 

LS: “I want to have a good time, that’s for sure number one on my list! Last year I won an interview preliminary so repeating that along with a talent preliminary award are my two set goals!”

Kaden Breger and Cassie Thomerson win homecoming king and queen on Feb. 5

By Grace Allen

Juniors, seniors enjoy 2018 prom

Photos by Sophia Perigo, Grace Allen, Meg Edwards, and Brooke Miller