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GC volleyball 4-1 at home this season

Photo Caption: Photo retrieved from @gccougarsvolleyball from instagram

This picture shows Makayla Price, 9, in action. Price was named HHC Co-player of the week after tallying 19 kills and 17 digs against Lafayette Central Catholic on September 9.

With their recent win over Decatur Central, the GC volleyball girls have had a great first half of their season. The Cougars beat Decatur with a score of 2-0. The Cougars stand at 11-8 on the season.

Alissa Knecht, 9, who plays setter on varsity,  is taking on her first season of high school volleyball and has many goals. “One of my main goals this season is to just grow as a player, and to learn and improve from my mistakes.”

Knecht, who has been playing volleyball since she was in fourth grade along with club volleyball, has her own strengths and weaknesses just like any other player. “A weakness of mine is that I am only a freshman and don’t have much high school volleyball experience and I am only 5’5, so not as tall as other players.”

All athletes have bad days. Grace Silcox, 10, plays outside attacker on the junior varsity team. “It’s hard when I have a bad day, I usually talk it out with my mom and focus on how I could’ve done better. I also focus on how I’m going to fix it the next game,” she stated.

A volleyball practice generally consists of an individual practice, called the toolbox, followed by the varsity and junior varsity teams splitting off into their individual courts. As a warm up, the teams will pass and hit. Once the players are warmed up, Coach Travis Fuller will have the team work on scenarios and rotations depending on what needs to be strengthened at the team.

The team practices 6 days a week, if one of those practices hasn’t been a game. By the end of the week, the team devotes about 18+ hours to volleyball, not including team bonding. At the moment, the Greenfield Central volleyball team has a season record of 11-8.

After games, Coach Fuller will talk to the team about what he thought of the game. “If team wins, our tradition for an away game is for the bus to take laps around the roundabout.”

In one of their most recent games, varsity player, Molly Broome, 11, recorded her 2,000th career assist. She was 168 short of the all time record.  Price, who plays outside attacker, recorded 13 kills. The Cougars will play Southport High School on Sept. 25.

Boys’ tennis: Hard work, tough opponents

by Alexis Sisson/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Logan Hager

The boy’s tennis team have had some struggles in their season, but they keep fighting. They are 5-10 right now.

Both varsity and JV came in 3rd place at county on Sept. 9. They also came in 3rd place at the Triton Central Invitational on Aug. 26.

Important wins for the Cougars include: Scecina Memorial, Cardinal Ritter and Morristown.

Garrett McKee, 11 said the opponents this year have been pretty tough.

“I think that the boys tennis team has faced some challenging teams like Delta, New Pal, and Franklin,” McKee said.  “Although we lost against those teams, there are other teams that are more our skill level so we will have a better chance of winning.”

McKee said the coach and the new players have added a encouraging effect.

“Some highlights for the tennis season so far are meeting new freshman and seeing what they bring to the team,” McKee said. “Another highlight is having a good coach that will show you how to improve any way possible.”

Mason Bussell, 11, said he was feeling positive about the season overall.

“I feel we are doing good for where we are at with our depth,” Bussell said. “Win or loss, we always come out with the same exact attitude the very next day to get better. We have had some big team moments and big team wins.”

Bussell said the team has put in a lot of work so far.

“We practice 3 hours a day so we get plenty of work in at practice,” Bussell said. “Tennis is not an easy sport nor something for everyone, tennis takes time and effort.”

Steven Roland, 11, agreed with Bussell about the work involved.

“Tennis for me personally gets a little easier every year. You get more in shape every year,  and you start finding new things to improve or work on.  Now if you look at the work some players including me, go out and get lessons, and we play year round and tennis is our main sport.”

He also added that the team starts workouts around the start of July.  

“It all really depends on how much work you want to put in,” Roland said.  “Sometimes we will go home sore, drenched in sweat, tired to the point if you sit down you’re going to fall asleep.”

McKee said he tries to come out to practice every day and give 110%. There are some days where he may not be feeling the best, but he said he still tries to contribute something to our tennis team.

McKee also said, “Tennis is definitely something that everyone can master with time. We all have to start somewhere and usually that start is not good but as we put in time and effort we become varsity level tennis players.

Roland said, “I wouldn’t say tennis is hard but it’s definitely not easy.  By the end of the year we are surprised at how much you can improve your tennis game in a short amount of time.”

 

Softball seniors discuss great season

By Grace Gray/ Staff Writer

The GC softball team has had the same goal for the past few years: win twenty games, and win the Cougar Classic Tournament. Although they didn’t quite accomplish it last year with 17 wins, it is still a goal for this year. With a current record of 17-3, they’re not far from accomplishing these goals this time.

“This season has gone extremely well so far, and I think we could go a long way in sectionals this year,” said Morganne Denny, 12, “I believe we’re ready to win and dominate.”

Casey McDaniel, 12, said, “We had one of our best starts ever with a 16-1 start, and we just get better every game.” The team won the section title in 2015, and were in the championship game in 2016. McDaniel continued, “The seniors especially want to come back and win that title to redeem ourselves.”

The team has accomplished many things this season. “The highlight of my season was breaking the home run record. It felt amazing and just showed that hard work pays off,” said Denny.

Katelynn Condrey, 12, said “In my opinion, the highlight of our season was beating Noblesville.”  

The seniors say they are sad to say goodbye to high school softball, but are so grateful for their experiences. Anna Evans, 12, said “The highlight of this season is knowing that this year is my last year playing high school ball and last time playing softball. My four years playing softball here at Greenfield have been so competitive and I’ve learned so much.”

The plan to end the season is to be successful in the next conference games and go far in sectionals. “We’re all hoping to end the season strong. I believe we can go all the way in sectionals and regionals, and even state,” said Denny.

Condrey said, “I hope all of us seniors have left a legacy of hope with the underclassmen that we are capable of accomplishing anything.”

The Lady Cougars will be in action in a playoff game this Monday May 22 at Muncie Central High School.

Young boys golf team focuses on personal bests

By Mariam Elassal/ Staff Writer

Photo: Noah Mohler, 10. Mohler is one of the top scorers for the Varsity team.

The boys golf team may be small in number, but they are determined. They started off their season with two losses but immediately kicked back into beating Anderson High School with a score of 205, followed by another win to Warren Central High School with a score of 213. GC boys golf current overall record is 3-5-1.

Coach Jeremy Spencer, said that there is very little pre-season conditioning as students are involved in other sports and most players go to camps or take lessons in the off-season.

“I prepare my team by helping them plan out a strategy for their upcoming match and work on the fundamentals that they need to improve upon individually and as a team.”

Spencer believes that it is his responsibility as coach to help his players become better sportsmen, act with integrity, and build individual player confidence.

“Golf is a complex sport and players develop at different rates. My job is to take them where they are at, educate them on the game and build a strong foundational skill set to be competitive for each match,” Spencer stated.

Varsity player Noah Mohler, 10, stated, “Our team is surprisingly amazing. I think it’s that underclassman bond we all have in us. Our team is super young, considering all of our players are sophomores and freshman, with one junior, Garrett Bice. Everyone treats each other with respect and our team is full of laughter, all the time. If someone is struggling, we all come together and help one another whether it be a mental issue or a swing issue. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Spencer also added, “The team has a very positive outlook on things and spend a lot of time outside of school practicing and playing golf in and out of the season. They are a great group of young men with great attitudes.”

Kyle Arrowood, 10, stated that his favorite part about playing golf is the excitement of playing new courses. He also says that during the off-season in the summer, goes out and plays at least 9 holes as the weather allows it. In the winter, Arrowood proceeds by using golf simulators as well as lessons.

Like other teams, the boys golf team has many goals for this season, including making it to regionals. Arrowood has his own personal goal of breaking 40 at least once this season.

Mohler stated that a typical practice consisted of Coach Jeremy Spencer giving instructions on what to do that day, whether it be playing the course, practicing chipping, putting, or driving. Then the boys practice that skill. Mohler is often a top scorer for his team. Some recent scores of his have been 42 and 45.

Kyle Arowood has a personal goal of breaking 40 at least once this season, but the team as a whole has both a goal and a dream of making it to regionals.

Track athletes prepare mentally, physically for season

 

by Mariam Elassal/Staff Writer

With track season starting, the boys and girls teams have been training determinedly.  Cooper Hanson, 11, stated that the most important part of off-season training is about showing up and training. Getting in shape is most important, as these athletes do nothing but vigorous running and activities. Mr. Reuben McCracken, coach of the girls team, agreed with that statement as well, training is most important.

A typical practice with the track team begins with a one mile warm up run. Following the warm up, the teams take part in stretching along with other warm up exercises. A common workout that takes place is to run 200m repeats at 800m race pace. Before practice ends, Cooper Hanson likes to run a “Shakeout” run, which typically lasts about 4 to 5 miles, followed by stretching and icing as needed.

Jacob Hansen, 12, is looking to get records this season. Hansen says that drinking water, getting sleep and resting appropriately, as well as living in a constant state of mind is how he prepares for the season. Hansen stated that his strength is keeping everyone on the team happy and together. He said his weakness would be sprinting, as Hansen is a long distance runner. Hansen, an aspiring athlete, wants to pursue his dream of breaking the school record, going to state and taking as many people to regionals as he can.

Obviously, strengthening and training is very important, but team bonding and relationships are just as crucial. Jacob Hansen likes his team a lot. They have a close relationship. “I like everyone and hopefully everyone likes me. I think we are all friends,” said Hansen.

“I like how everyone cheers people on while they are running their events. The team is all pretty close. We are real friendly to one another and want the best for each other,” Zachariah Archibald, 11, stated.

“The track team is always one of the largest, if not the largest, team in the school. I feel like we do a great job with bonding amongst ourselves with the limited time we are given with each other,” said Cooper Hanson.

Meet days can be difficult and require a lot of mental as well as physical preparation. “On meet days, I always get up early and listen to music to relax myself. On the bus ride to the meet, I also listen to music. During a race, you have to be focused to maintain a good running form,” Hanson said.

“I mostly visualize my race and how I will respond to different scenarios that could happen in the race,” Archibald stated.

Coach McCracken stated that he has the team do a lot of drills. The sprinters and distance runners have their individual workouts that they do. “I’m not a big screamer or yeller. I don’t feel like I have to motivate people. They should be motivated if they want to. I try to make sure the team knows that I know what I’m doing so they trust in what I tell them to do.”  

 

Senior commits continue to college

by Maria Kihega / Staff Writer

Drey Jameson, 12, sets up at bat.

G-C has its fair share of talented athletes and some should be recognized for committing to continue their sport into their college career. There are multiple students who are going to a wide variety of universities to play the sport they love.

There are so many things I can credit my Coach and Coaches for. Coach Laker has taught me, as well as all of his players, to do things ‘the right way.’ This is so important in basketball, but more importantly, in life. I am forever thankful for the life lessons Coach Laker has taught me, and any school will be so lucky and blessed to have him as a Coach,” says Madison Wise, 12.

Madison Wise, 12, is committed to playing basketball at Iowa State and has scored over 2,000 points and made over 1,000 rebounds in her high school career.

“I have learned a lot from my high school career. Some things include battling through adversity, and becoming a better player and person thanks to my coaching staff. These things will stick with me forever, and I hope to do the same at Iowa State University. I will miss the coaching staff, they were the best in the country. Coach Laker is second to none,” said Wise.

Another star athlete is Drey Jameson, 12, who is committed to Ball State University for baseball, and who currently holds the record for most home runs and strikeouts this year for the Cougars.

High school sports have had a huge impact on me,” James said. “Not just the sport in general but the coaching behind it. All my coaches are more worried about the people we become then the athletes we are. So they have made me a better person which have made me become a better athlete. This will help me not just in college but after college as well. I am looking to play baseball past the college level. College is to prepare me for the next step of baseball and what I am going to do after my baseball career.”

Jameson also played basketball for G-C, which also impacted the type of athlete he is today. Not only did he learn from his baseball coaches, but also from his basketball coaches as well.

“I was always told that you can’t teach toughness and I think that is a huge part in any sport. If you don’t have toughness you don’t have heart, passion for the sport, and you won’t grind when you need to. This was told to me by Coach Lewis. Coach Lewis has had a huge impact on me my last three years here at GC,” said Jameson.

This proves that it doesn’t have to be just one person who teaches you new morals or lessons; it can be numerous people along the way to give you new motivation. Not only did that occur with Jameson, but also Morganne Denny, 12, who is committed to Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne University for softball. Denny currently holds the school record for most home runs and earned defensive MVP as a sophomore.

“Coach Stewart has taught me a lot about the game and the mental part of it, but Coach Laker has also taught me to never fall down and to always stay up, which is why I think I’m as tough as I am now. I will definitely miss the all the teammates and friends I made and especially my sophomore year when the softball team won sectional and broke five school records,” said Denny.

Other GC athletes who are continuing their sport in college include seniors Emily Jones, Spencer Hert, and Emily Diehr, have also set records and have seen their hard work pay off.  

Swinging in the Spring

By Sam Kihega / Staff Writer

 

Spring has sprung, and with that comes spring sports such as baseball. Baseball has been something that a lot of people have been looking forward to watching and playing.

 

“I am really looking forward to see what we have as a team this year,” said Drey Jameson, 12.

 

“I am looking forward to getting to know my teammates better and to getting better as a player,” Wyatt Deno, 11. These players have been waiting all season to step on the field and play.

 

Coach Robbie Miller has also been waiting to step on the field as he says that he is excited to see what this team will do throughout the season. He said, “We have a good mix of returning players and people with limited varsity experience.”

 

Along with sports comes goals for the team and as a player, “As a team I want to win our sectional. A personal goal I have is to hit 12 home runs,” said Jameson.

 

Deno said, “Some goals that I have are to get better all around as a baseball player.”

Coach Miller said some of his goals were “winning conference and sectionals and just competing every time we take the field.”

 

Jameson, Tyler Farrell, 12, and Spencer Hert, 12, are some players that Coach Miller said he was excited to watch along with watching the “younger guys grow as players.”

 

Jameson will be continuing his baseball career at Ball State University and Spencer Hert will be attending Marian for his baseball career as well.

 

Jameson had some advice for the underclassmen. “Don’t ever give up at what you want to be or do because the harder you work the more success will come your way and your chance can come any time and you want to be ready when that time comes.”

 

Deno added his advice: to continue to work hard and that doing that will get you a spot on varsity.

 

“I would just tell the underclassmen who aren’t varsity to just keep working. The more hard work you do the better player you are going to become,” said Coach Miller.

 

The new baseball season requires some changes throughout the players. “The team is taking more of the energy that we have and applying it to the game no matter what the situation,” said Deno.  The Cougars began their season with a win over the defending state champions, Roncalli, and are continuing to work on their 5-2 record as they head into the heart of their season.

 

Men’s, women’s swim teams capture sectional and post-season titles

by Jackson Smith/Staff Writer

The GC men’s swim season recently wrapped up on a high note.

This year, both men’s and women’s teams did very well, with both teams placing first at sectionals. The girls have now won the past 4 sectional events, and the boys have won the past 7 events. Along with this, our boys broke 6 school records and 5 sectional records. along with that Zack Cook became the first swimming state champion in GC history when he won the 100 meter Butterfly. The girls ended up breaking 3 school records and 5 of their events went to state, as well.

John Scott, 11, said, “I’m really glad about how these season went. All of us improved so much and the atmosphere is great. We really worked as a team, and I feel like we’re all one with each other.”

With their record breaking season coming to a close, teammate and state champion Zack Cook, 11, said of the season, “This year’s season has gone swimmingly. We’ve been able to compete at a higher level than in previous years which has shown our progress and improvement.

Cook talked about some of the training for the season. “We have pushed our physical training especially in the weight room this year. However, our mental aspect of the sport has a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “Thinking through the technique of each stroke is crucial as well. Just like studying for a test, we have to study for the race by thinking thinking through each aspect and detail of it.”

Further, he does feel that the team has improved immensely in the past few years, elaborating with, “We take our training and competition more seriously by going into practices and races with optimism and not giving into bad attitudes. Away from swimming, we have been developing our leadership skills throughout the team, school, and community.”

Though we are losing some senior swimmers this year, we can hope to see some new faces coming in from the middle school team.  “It feeds right into high school swimming and does a great job of preparing athletes. The middle school team has a very large girls’ side, but lacks in numbers for the guys,” Zack said.

Personally, Zack plans on training hard for next season and is working on finding the right college to extend his swimming career.  

Wrestling Team Rising to the Top

By Chloé Westra/ Staff Writer

Photo: Aaron Young, 12, takes on his opponent at the New Palestine 6-Way Invitational. 

GCHS’s wrestling team had a successful season, with a winning record of 18-8 and 3 state qualifiers.

Prosperity for individual team members or just the team itself is an achievement, but a combination of the two is quite the accomplishment. Not only did the GCHS wrestling team finish the season with a record of 18-8, but some wrestlers came away with incredible individual success.

Carter Noehre (11) was the Connersville Varsity Spartan Classic champion. Gavin Rose (10) and Lee Dullaghan (12) were both HHC Conference champions. Brad Lowe (11) and Noehre were both sectional and regional champions. Lowe, Noehre, and Rose each proceeded to state where Rose placed 7th in his weight class.

Taylor Gibson (11), wrestling manager, remembers some other special achievements; “We also had 9 of our 14 boys make it out of sectionals into regionals[, and of those,] 6 to semi-state.”

On top of their accomplishments, the GCHS wrestling team has much more to boast about.

“Teenage boys don’t usually show each other how much they love each other; they do, they just don’t always show it.  I am amazed at how much these guys show each other that they care,” said Josh Holden, head coach. The old saying goes ‘There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’’, and the GCHS wrestling team leads by example.

Coaches always say that finding a team that truly cares about the program and the sport more than themselves is a feat. Coach Holden has done just that, and he knows it.

“This year we have a team full of awesome guys who care about each other.  They care about doing the little things right.  And, they care about our program.  Teams like this are fun to coach,” Holden said.

The 2016-17 season has been one to remember for the GCHS wrestling team, full of unforgettable moments.

“It’s incredible that we took 3 kids to State [this season]. I went to state last year as a freshman by myself, but I didn’t have my brothers wrestling with me,” Rose said. “[It was] going to be different because [I was not] going to be alone.”

From the wrestlers to the coaches, it would be safe to say that everyone involved in the GCHS wrestling team is proud of what they achieved this season. “We have never had three State qualifiers who were underclassman before,” Holden said.

As for next season? With the three state qualifiers returning next season, Coach Holden says it best: “The future looks really bright.”

Lady Cougars basketball prepares for sectionals

by Maria Kihega/Staff Writer

The G-C’s women’s basketball team has been playing hard this season against different, tougher teams around Indiana, even some out of state, but Jan. 14 was not any normal game.

Every year, the girls host a game dedicated to cancer survivors and those that are battling through the illness. The girls gathered around the court, while Mr. Oliver read poems about how hard the battle is to defeat cancer. After the reading of the heart-warming stanzas were over, cancer survivors and fighters stood up from their spot on the bleachers while the girls gave each of them a flower to show their appreciation towards their effort of defeating the disease.

“This is my favorite game to host not just for the girls, but for the real fighters that deserve recognitions and appreciation,” said Doug Laker, women’s basketball coach.

For some players, this is their first experience being a part of cancer night and the feelings they received made them realize how important it is to give back and remorse the ones that weren’t as lucky as them.

“I’ve been to a couple of the past cancer nights to watch my older sister play, but actually being a part of it just gives me the feeling of wanting to give back, because they’ve been through a journey of pain and suffering that they couldn’t control,” Hannah Ferrell, 9.

The team also celebrated a huge win from the Hall of Fame tournament that was hosted in Connorsville. There were teams from all over the country, but nothing stopped the Lady Cougars from coming out on top.

“Plainfield was definitely our biggest competition there. We played them in Regionals last season and it was a close game, but the girls pushed through the pressure and got the win,” said Madison Wise, 12.

“There were a couple times where we had to call a time-out and have everybody settle down and focus on the play instead of focusing on the scoreboard,” said Katie Helgason, 12.

Along with the team’s success, Madison Wise has hit her 2000th career point against the Yorktown Tigers on January 24, which was a very special event, but not from just her breaking her record. That Tuesday was senior night for women’s basketball where the senior players get to play their last home game of their high school career.

“After I hit my 1000 point, I wanted to hit another thousand, and what a better way to do that than on my senior night? It was an amazing night,” said Wise.

The girls will be playing Richmond on Jan. 31 as their first round of sectionals at home.