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Classes give small schools a chance to win sectionals

By J.D. McKay

On Saturday, Carmel won the girls’ swimming state championship, which makes sense. They are the biggest school in the state by almost 800 students. However, this is their 33rd straight year winning the swimming state championship. Only three other schools in Indiana scored that have fewer than 1000 students: Madison, Corydon, and International. These schools did not really have a chance against Carmel, a school at least seven times their size.

This is not the only sport that this happened to, and Carmel is not the only school benefitting. Our tennis team has won 34 straight sectional championships. Being that successful for that long is impressive, but the competition can tarnish that streak. Our sectional currently has North Harrison, Salem, Eastern (Pekin), and Crawford County.

The way to fix this is to add classes. Classes mean that teams play other teams in sectionals that are similarly-sized schools. Football, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer all have classes and also are not consistently winning sectional championships like the non-classed sports. That would allow for some smaller schools like Corydon or Madison to be successful and win state championships in sports like swimming instead of just going in expecting to lose to Carmel by 400 points.

The main problem with this solution is what to do with individual state champions. For example, having an individual state champion in the 500-freestyle or in singles tennis. However, I do not think this would lead to a problem. There could just be a state champion by class. This could lead to more all-state athletes because top 8 in an individual sport is all-state, but this is not really a problem, either. Football, for example, has all-state athletes by class, so other sports should be able to do this as well.

For example, Jeffersonville had not won a sectional championship in wrestling from 2011 until 2018, because there was a high level of competition in the sectional. But after losing to New Albany or FC for six straight years, we were dropped from their sectional. Now their main competitors are two teams who are 3A in football while they are 6A. These schools that are a third of the size of Jeff often do not really have a chance against the big school.

It is time to give the small schools a chance to win sectionals in every sport.


Rage on the Stage Photos

By Taylor Watt

This week in sports recap

This week the cheerleaders placed fourth in their division in Dallas.

This weekend the Dazzlers performed at UDA Nationals in Orlando. They placed first in Hip Hop, and second in Pom.

The wrestling team received the crown at the 26th annual sectionals this weekend.

Boys’ swimming placed second at their conference meet and girls placed first at their conference meet.

Wrestlers share brotherly bond

By Blake Dykes

Photo by Noble Guyon

Out of all of the sports and clubs at the school, one in particular stands out: wrestling. Not only because of the tremendous amount of hours the athletes spend practicing, but because of their unique bond. During most sports, athletes become close to their team; however, the wrestlers claim that they have more of a brotherly bond.

“We’re closer than brothers. We all go through the same things together, and wrestling takes up a lot of time, so we don’t really have time to hang out with anyone else. I probably only have four other friends that aren’t wrestlers,” said senior Michael Kruer.

Being around each other just about everyday does help strengthen their bond, but it is the obstacles that they must overcome to succeed that really unite them.

“We can all relate to each other, like cutting weight and stuff. Plus we have been wrestling together since middle school, and we haven’t been broken apart. We’re all a big family and everyone has each other’s backs,” said junior Chase Herron.

Even though they spend just about every minute with each other, they spend their free time together as well.

“We have team parties about every weekend, and we go out to eat after each meet, and just do things that you’d do with friends,” said sophomore Chase Shalosky.

Wrestling is not all fun and games; it also requires long hours of commitment and dedication.

“It is a physically demanding sport. We have kids on the team that play other sports and they all say this is the a lot harder,” said Kruer.

Senior John Meldrum added to this.

“I think what makes Floyd Central wrestling standout is the commitment to our sport. We train practically year round so we are in pretty good shape.”

Not only is it enjoyable to play the sport they love with the friends they love, but what makes it better is that their hard work is paying off.

“This year we have lots of confidence, it shows by the success of this season so far. We have everything together, and we’re good,” said Herron.

These wrestlers are proof that a sport really can form strong friendships that will last for a long time.

Our bond is unbreakable, my team means so much to me. I think it’s because we all work so hard together,” said Meldrum.