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Previewing fall sports

By J.D. McKay

Sports at FC are finally upon us. After months of lifting in the new weight room and hours of practices over the summer, it is time to play. Expectations for every sports are high, which seems to be common over the past three years.

Volleyball starts the season off by playing Christian Academy at home tomorrow. But it is almost a month until the first rivalry game. They play New Albany on the road on Sept. 12. The biggest home rivalry games are against Providence on Sept. 18, and Jeff on Oct. 3. Providence is always a tough match, and the Pioneers often beat us in volleyball. Hopefully, this team will be the one to finally beat Providence. They are also in our sectional, so beating them in September could give us the upper hand later in sectionals. 

One team that has a good chance of winning state is boys’ tennis. Last year, they graduated one significant senior, but returned several other players, including senior Alex Poe, who has been all-state, and senior Eric Whitehouse, who was all-conference last year. They finished in the Final Four last year, so it would not surprise me if they had another good year. They will hosting Providence tomorrow. 

Girls’ golf is another sport that always does well. I do not know why that would change this year. Our three best players, sophomore Sophie Cook and junior Zoe Hoehn both return. They went one, two in sectionals, so I expect another top finish in sectionals from the pair. They play against New Albany on Aug. 27 at Covered Bridge Golf Course. 

The other team that has a good shot at winning state is girls’ cross country. They have a great team led by senior Sydney Liddle, who was all-state last year. They came up just two points short last year in semi-state. They did graduate one runner, but the team is strong and deep enough that it should not be a hard replacement. The boys’ will also have a good team. Last year they won regionals and only graduated one runner. They should be able to repeat their regional victory behind senior twins David and Luke Heinemann. Neither team has a home meet this year. 

Boys’ and girls’ soccer are both coming off sectional championships, but, the boys’ lost a big senior class. However, senior Xander Ochsner is one of the best players in Southern Indiana, and senior Drew Cromwell might be the most athletic senior at FC right now. Both seniors should be big players and leaders for this team. They play New Albany at home on Sept. 19. 

The girls, on the other hand, lost some seniors, but this senior class is huge. Audrey Brumfield is a senior and headed to Murray State. Senior Katie Yankey, although hurt in the Turkey Bowl, will be back sooner than expected. Last season she was all-state and the Courier Journal best female soccer player in Kentuckiana. Along with six other seniors, many of whom have seen significant varsity action, they should lead the team to a successful year. The girls also play New Albany Sept. 19, before the boys’ game. 

The last team to mention is football. The schedule has changed significantly over the off-season. Now, New Albany is Week Four, on Sept. 13, and Jeff is a week later. Both games are at home. There were a few key losses last season, but many players are young and returning. However, the biggest excitement is the change in sectional. Columbus East is now 6A. So that leaves New Albany, Jeff, and Bedford North Lawrence. That sectional is more open than it has been in years, so it could lead to an exciting October in Southern Indiana high school football.


Volleyball team defeats New Albany 4-1 last week, prepares to face Providence tonight

Photos by Gabe Pauly

FC falls to Providence Thursday night

Photos by Braden Schroeder

Volleyball teams beat Manual and Corydon


Volleyball coach freezes in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

To see volleyball coach Bart Powell get dunked with ice water, click here.

By Braden Schroeder

Laughs and shouts come from just outside of the gymnasium as head volleyball coach Bart Powell is drenched with buckets full of ice water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, causes loss of structure or function of nerve cells in the brain or in the spinal cord, according to the ALS website. As function and structure degenerates over time it eventually leads to the patient’s death.

In an effort to raise awareness for ALS the Ice Bucket Challenge was invented. It involves the act of pouring buckets of ice water on to the nominated person, posting a video of it to social media, and then nominating other people to do the same. If the person turns down the challenge, he or she then to make a donation to an ALS charity.

Sophomore Madelyn Weber and junior Kayli Dempster pour a bucket full of ice water on volleyball coach Bart Powell.
Sophomore Madelyn Weber and junior Kayli Dempster pour a bucket full of ice water on volleyball coach Bart Powell. Photo by Braden Schroeder.

Coach Powell was one of the nominees from another participant and did not just have one bucket poured on him but four.

“Today I am going to make it up to you but for being late by pouring three buckets in memory of your family that died of this dreaded disease and the fourth bucket will be for the ALS world,” said Powell in regards to Southwood coach Tom Finacle, who nominated him.

After the second bucket was dumped on him, Powell said, “That will take your breath away.”

Although it may be a challenge that will freeze you, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $10 million dollars for ALS awareness.

To see who Powell nominated, click here.