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Soccer Team hustles into new season

By: Alex Smith/Staff Writer  

Photo Caption: Hunter Stine, #17,  tries to stop #19 on the Pendleton Heights boys varsity soccer team from scoring a goal during a game last season. Photo by John Kennedy

    The boys varsity soccer team, four-peat sectional champs, have gotten off to a bit of a slower start this season with two wins, four losses and two ties so far. This season they are facing tougher teams such as the Lawrence North Bobcats, and the team did not get to have the club soccer experience in the off-season like they usually do due to the pandemic.

    Despite a few struggles, they are seeing some success in leadership and growth. Assistant Coach Micah Gerike said, “The biggest thing that has led to the soccer team’s success is that the players have bought into the program. They listen to the coaching staff and believe in the information that they are being coached.” Gerike said, “We have had several players step up to fill roles of last year’s seniors. Many of these players have not had much experience at the varsity level, but they are able to still have the support from the other players.”

    John Halvorsen, 11, number 15 on the team who plays center midfielder on the team, had several things that he enjoys about the soccer season. He said, “I would say the bond between my teammates that I have is my favorite thing. It brings a certain level of security knowing that I have brothers next to me at all times.” Soccer is often like a family for the coaches and players. Gerike said, “I think that the biggest strength is the “family” mentality. Everyone on the team and in our program is treated as a family member. Family members don’t always get along with each other, but they will always be there for each other when needed. A needed improvement in my opinion is that they need to make this season their own and not try to compare it to previous seasons.” 

 Hunter Stine, 10,  number 17 on the team who plays center back on the team, said there are many benefits to being on the soccer team. Soccer also has a main benefit. Halvorsen said, “The main advantage of playing soccer is just being in shape. It’s really good for your physical health and I think that is a big role in feeling good about yourself.” 

Coaching has some advantages to it. Gerike said, “Networking. Because of coaching soccer: I got my teaching job, I have met friends, I have traveled the country and I have met professional athletes.” 

    Playing soccer also has many challenges at times. Halvorsen said, “I would say the biggest challenge is playing through adversity, meaning a team could be better than us or the refs just are not the best refs out there. You have to have a strong mindset to be able to do so.” Playing soccer has another challenge to it. Stine said, “Being in shape is one of the many challenges in soccer. In high school varsity matches, we play 40 minute halves. You are running up and down the field the entire time, so you have to be in very good shape. Another challenge is being able to keep your head up. Sometimes you could be getting beat 4-0, and you just have got to keep your head up and keep playing, no matter the score.” 

Coaching soccer can also have obstacles to it. Gerike said, “One challenge I have as a coach/teacher is being able to draw the line between being in the classroom and being on the field. Another challenge that I think most coaches face is being able to keep a positive and energetic attitude at practice after a long day at work.”

    Gerike said, “My favorite thing about coaching soccer is being able to share my knowledge and passion for soccer with others.” Stine’s least favorite thing about playing soccer is the constant risk of injury. But it doesn’t slow him down. Halvorsen said, “I focus on getting my mind set on the game and the game only. I listen to music and get pumped up to play. I make sure I am fully stretched out and loose so I know I’m ready to go.”

    Stine said, “I usually focus my mind and listen to some music, and just think of game-like situations in my head to prepare. I also try to keep myself calm because if I’m nervous I make mistakes.” 

Gerike and the other coaches let the players set individual and team goals they would like to achieve. His goal for this season is to have players step up and take vacant roles on their own. 

    Gerike said, “I enjoy watching players develop over time and seeing how their thought  process evolves with their style of play. I also miss playing soccer and for me coaching is the next best way to stay involved.” Gerike said, “My least favorite thing about coaching soccer is handling the paperwork and the more organizational tasks that are required.” 

Stine summed up what makes all the challenges and ups and downs worth it.  “When I play, I forget about all my problems and hardships of the day. It’s my stress reliever.”

Cougars Adjust to Football in a Different World

by Kyler Rhoades/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Lance McKee, 12, looks for an open man in the Homecoming game against Pendleton Heights. Photo by Kye Jocham

Throughout the United States, and the rest of the planet, high school football teams all over have had to adjust to the different world people are living in with the coronavirus pandemic; this is no different for the Greenfield-Central Cougars. The pandemic has brought many challenges and obstacles for the Cougars team, but Coach Nolting and staff are working to prepare the Cougars for success in the upcoming season.

Speaking with some of the players from the team, they discussed how well Nolting and the Cougars staff have done handling the situation. Running back Brayden Herrell, 10, said, “Coach Nolting and all of the staff have handled the pandemic situation better than we all thought it could be handled. Before school started, most people thought we had no chance of playing, but the coaches want to play, and are keeping us safe at the same time. They try their best to keep us all socially distanced on the sidelines and when we are not in drills. Our safety is their number one priority right now.” It’s not just Herrell who feels the Cougars staff has done a wonderful job dealing with the pandemic. Chris O’Connor, 12, said, “The coaches have done everything they possibly can to ensure that we play football. They have done a great job throughout the whole situation.”

When it comes to being on the field, Cougars players are optimistic in the progress they have made throughout the off-season, and their potential in the season ahead. Quarterback Lance McKee, 12, commented on the improvements made throughout the off-season, “The biggest improvements I have seen from our team this off-season is how much bigger, faster, and stronger we are now compared to last season. We have had multiple guys gain as much as 30 pounds of muscle.” Hearing the players talk about the off-season, and the areas in which they have made the biggest efforts in, you quickly get an understanding of just how much progress they feel the team has made from last year to this year.

With the strides they have made during the off-season, and the job the Cougars coaching staff has done to prepare them for the season, optimism among the players for potential success in the upcoming season is high. Brayden Herrell, 10, was among those with optimism going into the new year. “I think this team we have could shock a lot of people. Losing around only 5 seniors last year, we have only gotten bigger, faster, and stronger. Last year we were young and in a first-year offense, which really does make a big difference. We definitely have the potential; we just need to go out there and ball.” Hearing these comments, and other optimistic feedback, the Cougars seem to be in a good place mentally, and on the field going into the 2020-21 season.

It’s not just the players who trust the process the Cougars have gone through during these times. Head Coach Travis Nolting recapped some of the biggest challenges the team has faced due to the pandemic, and stated that he feels he and his staff have done a nice job of handling it. “We lost all of the spring session and most of the summer. Once back in school we were hit with a 14 day quarantine and missed practices as well. We have also had to add lifting into the practice times due to the hybrid schedule. Most players are only in my class 1 day per week on site, which we have had to address by lifting on Thursdays after school to fulfill that need. We have had to be ready and adapt to changes as they come. I think our staff has done a good job overall in handling the new challenges.” Along with this, Nolting is also happy with how his players have progressed over the off-season, saying he was proud of the commitment the players have shown, and that they get better every day.

Profile: Anderson U. baseball players hope for spring season

Photo Caption: Clayton White, a senior at Anderson University, waits to throw a pitch against his opponent on April 21.

Corinne White/Staff Writer

Anderson University’s athletes have taken a harsh downfall for this season. The coronavirus has taken away lots of opportunities for players on the team. Most recently, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, of which Anderson is part,  postponed any conference-related contests and championships scheduled for the fall 2020 season. Clayton White, a senior who has played baseball all of his life, has been very doubtful about this coming season. “As a senior it’s really hard to let all of my hard work go to waste. Knowing I most likely won’t get my last season is truly heartbreaking,” White stated. 

The Anderson Ravens baseball season was cut short last season, and seniors from last year did decide to come back for this season. “I’m glad most of the guys are coming back this season. If our season gets canceled this year, I’m not sure I will continue my baseball career,” White explained. 

White, a graduate from Eastern Hancock, has played baseball since he was 5 years old. His drive is obvious,  as he set many records at Eastern Hancock and pitched the second perfect game in Eastern Hancock history as a sophomore. White then committed to Anderson University to further his baseball career. He has had lots of opportunities and has MLB scouts looking out for him. 

White explained that at first he didn’t think the coronavirus was such a big deal. “I didn’t know anyone that had it at first. I didn’t think it was possible for me to get it.” The Anderson baseball team has been restricted from practicing because 25% of the players tested positive, including White and his roommates. 

“I was the first one in the house to have it. I went to a party and a few days later I got sick, tested positive of course,” Tyler Burton, a Ravens baseball player stated. Soon after that all of the boys tested positive.

Burton graduated from Knightstown with a very good academic standing. Burton is one of the best hitters on the Ravens baseball team. As a freshman he was able to achieve his goal of 10 home runs in one season. “I felt extremely guilty when I tested positive for Covid. Not only to my roommates but for my whole team,” Burton explained. He knows that he will have at least one more season. Nonetheless he is still very upset and feels sorry for the seniors. 

When the coaches announced that practice and fall ball was pushed back the boys were devastated. Zach Lane, a senior baseball player, tried to uplifted the boys and be a leader.  His goal for this team is to not only be successful by winning, but also be a family. The boys on the team call Lane the “dad” of the team, because he is always taking care of people and being a leader. “I went to a very small high school and my team was not very good. There’s where I learned my leadership skills,” Lane said proudly.

He has also tested positive for coronavirus. “I think everything happens for a reason. God has a plan even if we don’t like it sometimes. Something good will eventually come out of this. We just have to wait and see,” Lane explained with a big smile on his face.”

The Anderson Ravens hope to have their season in the spring. White hopes to do something big for the end of his baseball career, maybe continuing into the minor league baseball league. The team has been looking forward to their season so they can give their seniors an experience to remember. 

Coach Wiley helps girls golf team in another successful year

By: Tyler Young/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Coach Wiley is focused at his desk while doing virtual teaching. Photo by: Tyler Young

Head coach of the varsity girls and boys golf team Russ Wiley is looking for more outstanding seasons to add to his belt of previous successes. Coach Wiley is not only a teacher and golf coach, but also a family man. He lives with his wife and three daughters.

Coach Wiley is from the south side of Indianapolis and graduated in 2001 from Roncalli High School. Coach Wiley attended Indiana University of Bloomington where he had a major in Secondary Education and returned to Ball State in 2011 for his M.A. in Political Science. In his fourteenth year of teaching World History, Wiley has been the head coach of girls’ varsity golf for 11 years now, and in his seventh year of coaching boys’ golf. Coach Wiley has been the head coach of Greenfield Central’s girls’ varsity for 11 years now and in his 7th year for the varsity boys’ golf.

Coach Wiley has had past success and showed coaching skill with both golf teams, including a 16-1 season last year with the girls and a regional appearance with the boys golf team. “The girls have been working really hard and showed me their potential, talents, and love for the game of golf. They  have no doubt that all that hard work is put into practice and off time.” That was Coach Wiley on the topic of the girls’ hard work and hopes for the coming season.

Caroline Gibson, 12, had positive comments to say about Coach Wiley. “Coach Wiley is a wonderful coach; he has put a lot of confidence into my talents and that is what makes him a great coach and person,” Gibson  said.

Coach Wiley said, “This pandemic is new to all of us. The girls are doing their utmost best to get some practice and playing time even if we don’t finish this season.”  The work that this team has put in has shown as Gibson is leading her team in a promising way this fall. They are 13-3 as they head into Sectionals on Monday, Sept. 21.

 Boys’ golf team member Josh Alley, grade 10,  also had positive words to say about Coach Wiley’s leadership. He stated, “Coach Wiley is an amazing person and coach. He has been calm and patient through the pandemic and cancellation of our season last year. He had a really good team and is hoping to go for the state title this year.”

Girls track and field train for upcoming season

by Meilyn Howe/Staff Writer

The girls’ track and field team has been preparing vigorously for the upcoming spring season. Last season was successful for many runners, such as returning runners Crystal Peterson and Audrey Brinkruff, who advanced to regionals last year.

Addison Hill, 11, is excited to run track this year alongside her friends she has made running track. She has important goals for the season. Hill said, “I would like to qualify for regionals as a part of the 4×4 and place there.” 

Hill’s goal this season is to focus on attaining her goal, even when times can be challenging. She said, “It’s important to always focus on the end goal and the big meets at the end of the season; especially when the workouts are tough.” 

Olivia Moss, grade 12, is also very excited to be running track. She is going to finish the season off strong as she is going to run at her future college. Moss said, “This season is my last one as a high school athlete. Considering this, it sets a tone for my future of running at Anderson University.” 

Moss is going to maintain her focus this season by constantly reminding herself that you can’t expect to get better if you don’t put in the work. Moss said, “This season I will maintain my focus by reminding myself that pain is part of reaching your goals.   You can’t expect to get stronger and faster if your mind isn’t in the right place to experience physical pain and soreness.”     

This season Hill says that their team has been doing a lot of conditioning as early as December and their official practices started in February. Moss added that her team usually bonds over conditioning. She said, “It’s when the workouts are the most difficult and if you don’t cheer each other through it, each set can feel like things are never ending. So my team will bond through pushing each other to get stronger.” 

Zuleny Calderon, grade 11, said that running track helps her in her other sport she plays too. Calderon said, “I’m excited to run because it means I get myself in better condition for soccer season, and I get to spend time with my friends at practice and meets.” 

She says that conditioning for track has helped her get better at her running and stamina. Calderon said, “What keeps me focused is when I play a game for travel soccer and I notice that I’m quicker and I’m not completely dying at the end of a sprint.” 

Reuben McCracken, the girls track and field head coach, had a couple of things to say about this season. He said he wants everybody to be working on getting themselves better. McCracken stated, “No matter where they start, as long as they have done all that they can to make themselves better, then I’m happy.” 

McCracken said that as a teacher, he wants to influence kids’ lives and that coaching track does that for him. McCracken said that his coaching philosophy is still something he is trying to nail down exactly, but here is some of it. McCracken said, “So my philosophy is based on being a coach they know they can rely on and guide them in a direction that improves their athletic ability, but can also guide them in some way to be a better person now and later in their lives.”

 

Dalton and Jahrsdoerfer dive their way up the podium

Diver Kien Dalton, 10, went to compete in state this past weekend. Dalton described how he felt about going: “Last year I was one place off from making it to state. I was just excited to be even close to going, but to actually be able to go to definitely more exciting. It’s an exhilarating feeling. It’s nice to know that my hard work is paying off.” Only two years into his diving career, Dalton placed 17th overall in state. 

During this particular season, Dalton has learned from his mistakes and has gathered what he needs to succeed further on and place better. “I’ll take more moral value of what I need to focus on next year and just how I need to operate within diving meets so I make sure that I am on top of my game.” Even with the success of making it to state, Dalton says he still strives for more. 

The diving coach, Duan Knecht, is just as excited as Dalton. “In my twenty years of coaching, Kien will be my 15th diver going to state. It’s rewarding to see how many I can get there (state).” 

His fellow swim mate, Alex Jahrsdoerfer, 9, on the other hand has been diving for the past seven years. He currently holds the middle school record of four dives with a total of 125 points, which he has beaten twice. However, the hardest challenge for Jahrsdoerfer was the difference between diving in middle and high school. Divers only have to do three or four dives in middle, but in high school, they have to do a total of eleven dives at each meet. 

“That’s an accomplishment in itself, ” commented Coach Duane. He explained that learning all the new dives and techniques needed is a major challenge Jahrsdoerfer faced. “That’s a big step coming from junior to high school.” 

From this experience Coach Duane wants them to learn where true hard work can get you. “If you can put the effort in, then you can learn a lot. It shows what hard work really does.” Both Dalton and Jahrsdoerfer can take what they learn about hard work from diving into real life situations.

Wrestlers finish season at regionals, several advance

By Ashton Gillam/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Dylan Dorman, 11, defeats his Roncalli opponent during the regular season. Dorman and Cooper Noehre, 12, placed first in regionals.

Wrestling is definitely made for strong people. Although the actual match between two wrestlers only takes a few minutes, the wrestling team spends months and months training for their season.

Having to keep track of how much you eat, what you eat, and how much you weigh-in as, is an important key to wrestling.  A special diet ensures the wrestlers of healthy bodies which results in peak performances. Maintaining the proper body weight is crucial to this sport and determines your weight class you will be put in. According to wrestler, Cohen Hager, 9, weighing 113 lbs,  “Definitely having to cut weight and lowering my food intake by a lot” has been a challenge. Knowing the right foods to eat, such as protein, calories, and hydration are important for these athletes. Some of the things the team commented on that are challenging were losing body weight, eating healthier, and just learning how to do different types of moves and putting them into their match.

 Jonah Fletcher, 10, has been wrestling for two years now and only plans on getting better and better.  Winning only one of his matches last year, he stepped his game up by winning 11 matches this year.  After asking what his favorite thing about being part of the wrestling team was, he said, “My favorite part is that the team is a family.” 

Hager with roughly nine years of wrestling and Sylvester Blevens, 9, with three years of wrestling, both seem to agree that the team is more than just a team. Blevens stated, “My favorite part of wrestling is the brotherhood, whenever I need something or am going through something, they always have my back.”

The team has been working harder than ever to keep improving.  Hager said that he pushes his teammates and encourages them to keep a positive mental and physical state. On January 21, Hager won three out of his three matches in helping GC get second place at the New Palestine Triple Dual.  On December 29 at the Connersville 32 Holiday Invite, Hager got 6th place individually helping GC to get second place overall. With many other successful wins with him lately he is surely headed for success in his career.

With all sports, there comes challenges and obstacles. Blevens, weighing 182 pounds,  stated “My biggest obstacle has been learning shots and using them correctly.” Knowing the right kind of moves and shots to take is beneficial in the sport of wrestling. With all challenges, there comes a moment of success and all the hard work put in, pays off. Even though Blevens stated his obstacle he found a way to comeback from 14 points down to pinning his opponent. That has been his favorite memory of the past three years of wrestling.

Girls swim team dominates at sectionals

by Meilyn Howe/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: Megan Coffin smiles with her parents at Senior Night. 

The girls swimming and diving team won first place in  sectional finals last weekend. The 200 Medley relay team set a new sectional and school record, and Megan Coffin, 12, broke a sectional record in the 100 fly.

The team has also won the HHC for the second year in a row. The team’s biggest competition so far this season was Pendleton. Johnson said, “Our biggest competitor this year was Pendleton Heights. They beat us in a dual meet, but at the Hoosier Heritage Conference, we came out victorious.” This season, the girls were wanting to win sectionals and hopefully place at state. 

Anne Marie DeKeyser, 12, is one of the team’s strongest swimmers as a senior. Heading into sectionals, she said she will focus on her swimming by thinking of her goals as motivation. DeKeyser said, “I will maintain my focus and stamina by thinking of my goals for the season and using them to work hard every day.” 

DeKeyser has acquired a lot of knowledge from swimming, but most importantly, she has learned that effort will pay off in the long run. DeKeyser said, “The most important thing that I will take from this season is that hard work pays off later.” 

Ashley Swango, also grade 12, said her goal for this season was to bond really well with the team and be victorious in some important events. Swango said, “My goal is to have a stronger bond than ever before, as well as come out on top in both sectionals and conference.” 

The seniors have definitely made an impact on Mary Ellen Stratman, 9. She said they have taught her a lot of things this season. Stratman said, “If you put your mind to it you can do anything, I’ve learned that a lot from the seniors this year.” She said that this year, her goal was to get some PRs, personal records, and just have fun. 

Norah Johnson, also grade 9, said she has been looking forward to being on the team since she was young. Johnson said, “I am very excited to be swimming this season. It has been something I have been looking forward to since I was in the fifth grade.” She said that even though having practice before and after school does not leave a lot of time to do homework, she has learned how to effectively use class time to manage her school work. 

Kayleigh Hite, 11, is happy to be back in the pool as well. Hite said, “I am very excited to be swimming this season. I always enjoy being back in the pool with my second family.” She said the most important thing for me to take away from this season is that you have to block out the negativity and to work hard and stay focused to accomplish your goals. 

The team’s biggest competitition so far this season was Pendleton. It was a tough conference win, but the girls were able to come out on top. Johnson said, “Our biggest competitor this year was Pendleton Heights. They beat us in a dual meet, but at the Hoosier Heritage Conference, we came out victorious.” This season, the girls are wanting to win sectionals and hopefully place at state. 

The team bonded very well this season. Johnson said, “Our team has bonded during practices, but outside of practice we have team movie nights, dinners, and lock-ins. It is important to get along as a team and encourage each other to do our best.” 

 

Boys swim team prepares for post-season

by Trinity Fields/Staff Writer 

The boys swimming season is coming to an end with a strong finish. They have had a successful season so far. The boys ended up winning their 10th Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) title in a row, and are headed into sectionals in a few weeks. 

Travis Black, 11, swims sprint freestyle. Black talked about his goals for the season. Black said, “My goal for the end of the season is to go a sub 20 in the 50 free and break the school record in the 100 free.” Black also discussed how he prepared for the season. He said, “Preparation would have to be the preseason and going on the team training trip to Florida. I have been swimming year round for a while now. Preparation is really just showing up to preseason practices and getting excited for the season to start.” 

Black’s favorite memory of the season is: “I was at a swim meet in Shelbyville and it was their senior night. One of the kids on the Shelbyville team swam an entire 500 fly. It was amusing and everyone was cheering for him towards the end. It really showed how the sport brings people together.” 

The last thing Black talked about was what he learned from being on the team. He said, “I have learned how to manage time and wake up early in the morning. Swimming for an hour and a half before and two hours after school teaches a lot of time management. Morning practices have, over time, turned me into a morning person, and taught me that I need to set one alarm on the other side of the room so I actually get up.”

Samuel Jennings, 12, swims distance freestyle (200/500) free. Jenning’s goal for the season is, “To place top 8 at the ISHAA State Competition.” Jennings talked about his favorite part of the season. He said, “Getting to know and work with newer swimmers.” Jennings also discussed how he prepared for the season “by eating healthy and getting adequate sleep,” he said. The last thing Jennings talked about was how he wants to end the season. Jennings said, “To finish on a good note with the team. I want to leave the team being remembered as a leader and a good teammate.”

Tyler Swango, 9, swims 50 and 100 freestyle. Swango commented on what it’s like being a freshman on the swim team. He said, “Honestly being a freshman is not that bad. You don’t get judged for anything and it is fun being a part of such a great program.” 

Swango also discussed his and his team’s goals for the season. Swango said, “My goals going into the season were just to swim two individual events at varsity sectionals and meet my times, but I also ended up in the A 200 free relay so that is very exciting.” Swango continued, “Obviously one of our biggest goals was to win the Conference championship and Sectionals championship for the 10th year in a row.” 

The last thing Swango talked about is what he has learned from being on the team. He said, “I have learned that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” Swango continued, “I have learned that you have to fight through the hard workouts to get better. That is the only reason I have made it all the way to Varsity Sectionals.” 

Tyler Osborn, 11, swims Freestyle 200 and 500 and backstroke. Osborn also discussed how he prepared for the season. He said, “I stayed in shape through exercise and I just put in hard effort throughout the time I had pre-season.” Osborn talked about his very specific goals:“My goals are to get 200 (1:54) and 100 Back (0:58).” 

Osborn’s favorite part of the season is, “Being able to train and hang out with the team.” He continued, “The team has great work ethic and overall are fun to hang around.” Osborn lastly reflected on what he has learned from being on the season. He said, “I learned with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.” 

 

Boys basketball ready for season with new coach

by Trinity Fields and Ashton Gillam/Staff Writers

Photo Caption: Brock Wheeler, 12, passes the ball to a teammate in a game last season.

Cougar basketball is starting the season in full throttle. The freshmen team took home a hard earned first win against Knightstown. Owen Anderson and Bryce Hasty, both 9, had 11 steals combined in the 41-31 win. The junior varsity won on Dec. 9 against Indian Creek with Joey Roland, 10, leading with 16 points and Tyler Kerkhof, 9, with 10. Varsity got a win against Speedway on Dec. 14. Team members discussed their thoughts on the beginning of the season. 

Tyler Kerkhof, 9, plays on the junior varsity team. Kerkhof talked about what he is looking forward to most this season. He said, I am looking forward to building a family and winning some games this year, and I’m just really excited for it.” Kerkhof plays point guard and shooting guard. Some encouraging words from Kerkhof are, “We need to keep our heads held high and just know we got this because I think we all know we are a good team.” Kerkhof also believes that teamwork is an important key to basketball. He said, “Teamwork to me is everything. You have to have good chemistry and teamwork to be successful.”

Joey Roland, 10, plays for varsity and junior varsity. Roland said, “Playing varsity and jv can be difficult because of my age and inexperience on the court. To be successful takes a lot of time and effort.” A goal of Roland is, “I want to be able to play at a high level and get me and the team better and better every day so that the team can be successful and so we can make history.” Roland is looking forward to playing a fun sport with friends and trying to win basketball games. 

Bryce Hasty, also 9, said, “I am hoping to win almost every freshman game.” Hasty wants his teammates, including himself, to try and help the situation and to keep their heads in the games coming ahead. “I feel like it is my responsibility to hype them up,” said Hasty. Hasty plays shooting guard. Some encouraging words from Hasty are, “Try and keep their head in a game. I tell them that it’s good and to keep doing what they are doing.” 

Varsity has a little bit of a change to their coaching, getting new head coach Luke Meredith. The former assistant coach at Avon High School has been coaching for over a decade and beat out 40 other applicants for this job. Having a history of making things turn towards the right direction, he will hopefully turn us around into a winning team. Meredith said he knows the team has a ton of potential and is ready to start building a winning program. Meredith teaches English Language Arts in addition to coaching the boys varsity basketball team.  

Coach Meredith talked about what it’s like coaching the varsity team. Meredith said, “It is a unique opportunity, it’s a challenge, and I’m very blessed and appreciative to have the opportunity to be here at Greenfield Central.” 

Meredith also discussed the preparation and time he has put in towards coaching. He said, “Effort is the equalizer. Although this is my first year coaching as the head coach, I do feel like I put in a ton of time to be able to be prepared. I’m willing to put in that time, and I’m willing to sacrifice and do the things needed in order for our program and our kids to be successful. Without that experience, I feel like I can turn that into a strength by working harder” 

A phrase that Coach Meredith uses to encourage his team is, “Piece by piece, block by block, brick by brick.” Meredith continued with what he considers a good season. He said, “A good season is not winning 8, 10, 12 games, a good season is ‘Did we mold these young men?’ ‘Are they getting it done in the classroom?’ ‘Are we getting better?’ That, for me, would define a good season.”