Monday, December 03, 2018
Winter Preview by Ari Stuckman
With winter approaching, our winter sports activities are already up and running. Expectations run high this year, especially for this year’s basketball teams. Valerie Carol, a student manager for the Girls high school Basketball team, admits that they did lose a lot of the girls who got them to state last year, “but we are confident we will make it again,” she states. Not having the girls who won state to rely on will be difficult, but, as Valerie says, they are their own person. “We are much younger then we were last year but our expectations are still high,” says Mr. McCleary, the Girls head Basketball coach. “We will need to work hard every day in practice and improve so that we are playing our best basketball late in the season. I’m very excited about the potential of the team and can’t wait to go against Boyd County.”
Similarly, the Boys Basketball team is shooting for state as well. However, unlike the girls, the boys' team has gotten bigger; with new players, the presence of leadership has grown. When interviewed about going to state, Ben Bruns, a player from last year, stated that “Yes I think we could make it as long as we play as a team.” Ben also mentioned that their coach, Jed Snyder, always says that if their goal isn’t to be playing in Lincoln at the end of the season, they shouldn’t even be in the gym.
The Junior High Basketball team is also hard at work for the season. “The group of girls this year are willing to work hard every practice and game, and it has definitely paid off. They have a very competitive nature, and it is fun to watch them grow each day. I am excited for what is to come for this group over the next four years of high school basketball,” Mrs. Larson, their coach, stated. Allie Cosgrove, a player on the Junior High team, summed up the season with a quote from St. Jerome: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.”
The Wrestling team also grew this year, with two wrestlers at each weight group. Confidence seems high this year; when Ty Nelson was interviewed, he stated that, “every kid has the ability to make it to state if they put everything on the mat.” When asked if they had a specific goal, Ty said that the goal was what it always had been, make it to state.
Unfortunately, we were unable to catch One-Acts before they performed, but we were able to get some insight. This year the One-Acts team grew considerably, yet the cast was still small, making it difficult to find plays for them to present. However, despite this and not placing very high, Suzi Smiley said that it was the best they’ve ever done.
With the winter packed full of activities and hopeful spirits, we stand strong against any kind of doubt. Expectations are high this year yet every student participating in these activities seem confident that they will reach them. “I’m looking forward to supporting all of the Rock County/North Central students in the various winter activities we have going on. Students are busy this time of year which keeps us all busy,” Mr. Otten says. I believe we can all agree with Mr. Otten, and I hope we will all lend a hand when one is needed.