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Baddude writes final column in high school career

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by J.D. McKay

It is crazy that after a little over two and a half years I’m writing my last column. Last week was my 100th column, and I think that this is the 120th story I published — that includes all columns and stories published in the paper. That could be a few higher, but I think that it is a pretty safe estimate. I am also going to declare myself the record holder for most stories published during anyone’s time on the Bagpiper staff, or at least while Mr. Lang has been in charge. 

The next thing I want to hit in this column is that I think it is time to retire the baddude mantra I have taken up throughout my high school career. The first simple reason is that at Wheaton the term used is dudes not baddudes. The idea kind of started as a joke because Coach Brian Glesing used that term a lot and I thought it was a funny nickname. But it kind of became a name you earned by your play on the field. If you made a pancake block, you are called a baddude. Had a big hit, baddude. Interception, baddude. Break a tackle, baddude. So it was kind of something you earned, and at Wheaton, I have not earned it yet. Might it come back late in my time at Wheaton? Maybe, but probably not.

Next, I thought I would hit a topic I wrote about a lot. My two and a half years I got to write about how FC dominated New Albany, as well as Jeff and Providence, a lot. So I thought I would just mention that the school year ended with FC as sectional champions over Jeff and New Albany. I also thought I would point out that we were undefeated against the three schools in football, tied the record for largest margin of victory against the Dogs after we scored 50 unanswered earlier this school year, and won sectionals for the first time in 10 years that included both Jeff and New Albany in it. 

I appreciate everyone who has read my column over the past couple of years, and I have enjoyed writing them. I really liked interviewing my fellow Highlander students and giving them credit for their athletic achievements. I am glad I decided to take Mr. Lang’s journalism class my freshman year so I got the chance to write for the paper while in high school. It has been a fun time and I am excited for my future as a Wheaton Thunder. 

J.D. McKay, signing off.

A Baddude’s Journal senior athlete spotlight: Talon Hutto

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

Last season, boys’ track and field lost sectionals for the first time in nearly two decades. Senior Talon Hutto was planning on avenging that title this year. 

“I’m most disappointed that I won’t be able to win the sectional title that we lost last year,” he said. 

Hutto feels this way because he has been working towards the goal of a sectional championship for several years. 

“I started running when I was in 7th grade,” said Hutto. “We moved to Indiana and I wanted to get involved in something.”

Since Hutto started, he has been working hard to be a talented runner. 

“Hard work is a big factor in how successful I was,” he said. “I probably practice like eight hours a week.” 

After working hard to be successful, team leadership is an obvious next step. 

“I think I would have been a leader on the team this year,” said Hutto. 

Earlier I said Hutto had planned on winning the team sectional championship this year. But he also had important individual goals, too.

“One of my goals was to break the 300-meter hurdles record.” 

Hutto lost his senior year, so he is not ready for his career to be over. 

“I want to run track in college,” he said. “I think it would let me take my athleticism to the next level.”

Hutto has had a lot of success and has the chance to run at the next level because of the best advice he has been given about running. 

He said, “The best advice I’ve gotten about track is showing emotion and running don’t mix.”

A Baddude’s Journal senior athlete spotlight: Reece Compton

By J.D. McKay

This season, the boys’ golf team was preparing to win their fourth straight sectional title. Senior Reece Compton was preparing to try to finish in the top five for the third straight year,  but his goals for this season were bigger than a top 5 finish at sectionals. 

“My goals were to make it back to state, obviously. Then finish on the podium,” said Compton. “I wanted to team to get a top 4 finish. That had been our goal for the past three seasons and I knew we had it in us.”

The team finished 10th Compton’s sophomore year and 7th his junior year. As the team’s lone captain, he knew he would have to be a leader to get the team to improve three spots at state. 

“My role this season was to be a great teammate and lead by example. I wanted to show the underclassmen what it takes to get to the level you want to get to.” 

Being the team leader his senior year would be an easy role to fill because Compton has been a hardworking golfer for a long time. 

“I have had a club in my hand since I began to walk. My dad introduced the game to me at a very early age. I began competing competitively at age eight,” he said. “Now, I play between six and seven days a week and probably spend four hours a day practicing.”

Next year, he will play golf at Division-1 Purdue Fort Wayne; of course, Compton is excited about the future, but he is still disappointed to lose his senior year.

“The most disappointing part of losing the senior is being around the guys and not getting closure to how our season would have ended. Our whole team had dreamed about walking on the podium and having a medal around our neck,” said Compton. 

Just like in high school, he has big goals for the first season of his college career.  

“My goals are to make an impact my freshman year at Purdue Fort Wayne and keep improving,” he said. “I want to help the team win a Horizon Conference championship and make it to the NCAA regional.” 

His work ethic makes these goals reachable, but part of his work ethic came from the best golfing advice he has been given.

“The best advice would be from my dad,” said Compton. “He told me to never settle or get complacent and always look for ways to improve.”

Q&A with college signees Brenten Rodgers and Daly Skees

Photo Courtesy of Wayne Timbs

Story by J.D. McKay

After three or four successful years as players, athletes get their chance to be recognized in the paper and in the school by signing to play college sports. However, because of Coronavirus, several athletes have not gotten to do their signing. Hopefully they do get the regular signing at school, but I would be surprised if they do. Baseball player Daly Skees and football player Brenten Rodgers were two players in this situation; so I thought I would let them tell my readers and me about where they picked to get the recognition of signing on our website.

Daly Skees

Baddude: Where are you going to school?

Daly Skees: “I’m going to attend Hillsdale College.”

BD: Why did you choose that school?

DS: “I chose Hillsdale because the campus was perfect and all the people there made me

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Senior Daly Skees pitches his junior year. Photo Courtesy of Wayne Timbs

feel welcome. I had similar views about the game of baseball and training with the coaches. The mission of the college was very intriguing as well.” 

BD: What are you most excited about in college?

DS: “I’m most excited about going to a challenging school that will prepare me for life after school. I’m also excited about getting to play the sport I love at the next level.”

BD: What are you planning on majoring in?

DS: “I’m planning on majoring in economics or mathematics.” 

BD:What were some achievements in high school?

DS: In high school, I achieved a top 100 player in the state and a top 25 pitcher in the state by PBR [Prep Baseball Report]. I was also voted a Perfect Game All-Area All-American Honorable Mention.”

BD: What are some things people would be interested to know about your school? 

DS: “Hillsdale is number three in great books programs according to Best College Reviews. It is also one of the top conservative colleges in the country.” 

BD: Are you disappointed you might not get to sign at school, and why?

DS: “I am disappointed because I have wanted to have that moment of signing at school with all the people who helped me get to the point where I’m at now. I think it would have been a great way to say thanks to all of them.”

BD: Anything else you want to tell me about your signing, your school, or your high school career?

DS: “This year is weird because I was not ready to take off the green and gold jersey for the last time, but now that I know I won’t get to put it on it hurts more than I thought it would. I have been wearing those colors for 10 years but now it’s over before I get the chance to say goodbye.”

BD: How disappointed are you to not get your senior season of baseball?

DS: “Hearing that I wouldn’t get my senior year of baseball was devastating. My teammates and I worked so hard for so many years to get to play our senior year. We spend a lot of time outside of school practice and workouts to hopefully set ourselves up for a successful final season.” 

BD: Will not having your senior season affect anything with Hillsdale or not?

DS: “No it will not affect anything at Hillsdale. I have kept in touch with my coaches and they have answered questions and concerns I’ve had.”

BD: What were you most looking forward to this season?

DS: “I was most looking forward to the opportunity to pitch for my school and team. I was looking forward to seeing where we stood against the rest of teams in the state.”

 

Brenten Rodgers

BD: Where are you going to school?

Brenten Rodgers: “Trine University”

BD: Why did you choose that school?

BR: “It’s felt like home every visit I went there. Their job placement rate, graduation percentage, [and] the atmosphere are very good. It’s more in the rural area of Indiana and not a big city. I like to be away from the big cities and out in the country.”

BD: What are you most excited about in college?

BR: “I am mostly excited about a fresh start. It’s a new beginning and one of the hardest choices I’ll ever make in my life. I’m excited about the opportunities that await me, new people I’m going to meet and football. I’m really excited to be able to fulfill my dreams of playing beyond high school football. Heck J.D., when we were Little League we joked about it and now it’s a reality. So I’m really excited to keep pushing myself and seeing what’s next.”

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Senior Brenten Rodgers (73) chases after junior Wenkers Wright as he tries to make a block. Photo by Brock Kennedy

BD: What are you planning on majoring in?

BR: “I am planning on majoring in mechanical engineering, with my background I am very interested in doing that field of work and enjoy doing it.”

BD:What were some achievements in high school?

BR: “I had a lot of gals coming into high school. My main one was to get a 3.5 or above and right now I’m at a 3.67. So that was a big check mark. Graduating was a goal too, of course, but I had other small ones that really paid off in the long run. I watched a video my freshman year and three words stuck out to me. They were ‘One more rep.’ I took out a note card and wrote down some simple goals for my freshman year. They were to show up to every practice, give all I got, and dress for a varsity game. I did all three and it really set a tone for me. I did that every year. Senior year was different. I failed all my goals my junior year. So I pulled out my card and decided I was not going to do simple goals again. I’m going to make goals that are going to break me down and show me how to keep fighting. My goals were to go undefeated at home, win a sectional championship, all-conference, all-state, and be picked to play in an All-American game. As you know, I checked one and two. I failed three and four, but the early mornings with Gumble paid off and I got to play in an All-American bowl on the Miami Dolphin field. That was awesome. So all my goals and achievements were football but it’s what got me through high school. It was a lot of fun. Nothing is like Friday Night Lights, I mean nothing.” 

BD: What are some things people would be interested to know about your school? 

BR: “Trine is a very cool place. Trine has a great atmosphere. The job placement rate, graduation rate, and small class sizes are awesome. It’s just a great place overall.”

BD: Are you disappointed you might not get to sign at school, why?

BR: “I’m very disappointed I don’t get to sign at school. I mean, that’s where I thought I was going to die during summer workouts. It’s where I failed and gained a lot of strength. We have grown up with a lot of people in our class and other grades. We always dreamed of signing in front of everyone in “our” high school, and now since that’s not going to happen it just doesn’t feel as special anymore.”

BD: Anything else you want to tell me about your signing, your school, or your high school career?

BR: “I’d say if it wasn’t for Floyd Central football I probably wouldn’t be going to the next level. FC football and FC really developed me into the guy I am today. I owe a lot to my team and teachers and coaches. I can’t thank you guys enough. All though I don’t get to sign, the memories and everyone who pushed me to be able to get the grades and athletic ability will always be there.”