CHS takes on March Madness

In a year full of upsets, buzzer beaters and bracket busters, the NCAA tournament, March 15 to April 2, has reached the height of uncertainty as sixteen-seeded UMBC beat the overall one seed UVA. According to ESPN, the odds of guessing a perfect bracket are 9.2 quintillion to one, a fact reinforced when every bracket created was busted half way through the second round.

Millions of people across the nation have made it a yearly tradition to guess which team gets to hang a shiny new banner. Here at Carrboro High School, the Student Government Association (SGA) has even endorsed an official CHS tournament challenge group which has more than 100 members.

The JagWire staff asked several students participating in the SGA contest about their picks for the 2018 National Champion. Among those interviewed, the largest portion predicted the University of Virginia as the winner, while nearly all said UVA would at least make the Final Four. UNC had the next largest number of votes to make the Final Four and to win it all. Other teams picked to go far included Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Villanova.

Everyone has their own strategy when it comes to creating their bracket but no matter how much time someone spends on it, he/she is almost guaranteed to be wrong.

“I look back at the season, who [the team] has beaten and lost to,” said Kayla Nesbitt, sophomore, on how she fills out her bracket.

Unfortunately for Kayla and many people like her, it’s called March Madness for a reason. 2018 has been one of the most unpredictable years to date as two one-seeds lost in the first two rounds and two eleven-seeds have made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

“My bracket’s as busted as my AP World Grade,” said Annelise Cox, sophomore, on how she’s doing in the SGA contest.

Keep an eye on the CHS Bracket Brawl by SGA on the ESPN Tournament Challenge app to see who filled out the best bracket and stay tuned to March Madness to see the best team win.

Addams Family Fun

The spring musical, The Addams Family, will premiere April 12, 2018 in Carrboro High’s auditorium. The show features a gothic American family and their daughter’s attempts at love. The cast will feature Zachary Klenke as Gomez, Millie McGuire as Morticia, and Ally Millar as Wednesday, with Lilly Tipton as stage manager. The musical will also feature perfor- mances from the pit orchestra.

The choice of each year’s show is based on past and future shows, as well as student interests. Direc- tor Brett Stegall chose The Addams Family for its contemporary style and the challenge it poses to the actors, musicians and technicians.

The Addams Family fit our theme of ‘Monster of a Season’ and paired nicely with our fall show, She Kills Monsters,” said Stegall, who is also the theatre teacher at Carrboro High.

Led for the first time by Casey Spillman, the pit orchestra will perform songs from the pit under the stage. The musicians will rely on Spillman for cues so that the orchestra and actors are in sync. Kay Johnson, the chorus and orchestra teacher, will also aid the pit from the house, making sure that the orchestra complements the singers.

Johnson depicted the three different worlds a musical creates: the actors on stage, the tech crews behind the scenes and the musicians working in the pit. Although they operate separately, each world is equally important as the other two, and all three must come together in order to make sure the production happens.

The musical features a variety of jokes and songs ranging from goofy to sophisticated. A favorite song of Johnson’s, “Pulled,” offers a good example. To those unfamiliar with the story, it sounds like a traditional love song in which a girl is torn between two lovers. As it turns out, the girl is torturing her brother and, quite literally, pulling him in a new direction.

“It’s really a charming story about love of people and love of people who are different than you might be, and coming to value them for what’s good about them. It’s told in this crazy, outrageous story,” said Johnson about the musical.

The show will run from April 12 through 14 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale for $5 for students, $10 for adults and are free for faculty and staff.

Opinion: battle of the bluebloods

Once upon a time, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke were not rivals. Fans did not hate each other, students did not camp outside for weeks just to get tickets, and people’s psychological well-being did not hang in the balance of 40 minutes of basketball. Now, nearly 100 years after the very first meeting of these two teams (UNC won by eleven,) the rivalry is the best in the NCAA.

Photo courtesy Charlotte Ellis

This leads to the question, which team is better? The answer is obviously the UNC Tar Heels. Not only do the Heels have more National Championships (7-5), more Final Four visits (20-16) and more ACC Regular Season titles (30-19), but they also lead the all-time series 136-110. And oh yeah, the Heels won the most recent meeting between the two teams 82-78. After being down four at the half, UNC dominated the last 20 mintues commiting only two turnovers and grabbing nearly 70 percent of total offensive rebounds. Senior Theo Pinson closed out the game by dunking the ball in front of the electric student section which led one of the best crowds the Smith Center has ever seen.

Duke also has a long history of recruiting aggressive players. Walk into Kentucky’s Rupp arena on any given night, and you’ll find numerous fans wearing “I still hate Laettner” t-shirts. Who doesn’t love making fun of Grayson Allen’s joke-of-a-suspension after tripping three different players. And let’s not forget the time Gerald Henderson broke Tyler Hansbrough’s nose.

Speaking of Henderson, he and Hansbrough now run a podcast called the Tobacco Road Pod in which they discuss all things Carolina and Duke. The very first episode is called “The Incident” where the two explain their own side of that bloody moment. Henderson does his best to defend his actions but ends up inadvertently admitting to punching Hansbrough on purpose.

“If you look at the replay, my eyes are closed,” said Henderson during the podcast. “I just wildly took a swipe down… it wasn’t my intent to hit your face but I was hitting anything that came in that direction.”

Since when do you get to punch someone and then claim that it wasn’t your fault because their face got in the way of your fist? Even the coaching legend Coach K refuses to discipline Henderson, claiming that the game was already over and that Hansbrough shouldn’t have been playing.

Unlike the usual tactics of Duke staff, Carolina is creating a family atmosphere that even toddlers can enjoy. Ian Williams, author of the iconic “Why I Hate Dook” column that runs in the Daily Tar Heel, illustrates that point through his daughter.

“When [Hansbrough] would shoot foul shots, and the TV would show that he was sweating, [my daughter] would take one of her little tissues and wipe his face on the TV screen,” said Williams in an interview via email.

You don’t see too many three-year-olds running around in a Henderson jersey pretending to punch people so that they can feel closer to their idol.

Despite their intense history, Henderson and Hansbrough seem to have a genuine respect for one another, or at least a respect for each other’s accomplishments. After all, their days of playing college basketball are over.

Isabel Simmons, CHS sophomore, is a self-confessed fan of the Tobacco Road podcast.

“I think that it promotes a sense of unity, [because] it shows that even two people involved in one of the most contentious events in the UNC vs. Duke rivalry can come together. And if that can happen, then it really gives me hope for the rest of the world,” Simmons said.

One of the greatest games of the rivalry came on March 2, 1974 in Carmichael arena. The Heels trailed the Blue Devils by eight with seventeen seconds remaining, making it a four possession game as this was before the three point line. At this point, most coaches would have given up, but not Dean Smith. It started with Bobby Jones sinking a pair of free throws, followed by two Duke turnovers resulting in Carolina baskets.

After Duke missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Heels managed to get the ball to Walter Davis who sunk an NBA-range three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Heels won by four. Moments like these are only produced by a rivalry as great as theirs.

Throughout the long history of the Tobacco Road Rivalry there have only been two things that both teams can agree on: NC State sucks, and people who say they “don’t care” about basketball are crazy. As long as the game continues, the Battle of the Blues will too. Students will build bonfires, fans will sit in their lucky seat, and friends will become enemies for one night of basketball glory. No matter what happens on the court, the rivalry will always be among the most intense in all of sports.

Powderpuff 2017

The Wednesday Night Lights will shine brightly on November 15 as students of all grade levels participate in a series of Powderpuff games to raise money for prom and to show school spirit. Powderpuff is designed to flip traditional roles, having only girls participate in the game while boys coach and act as cheerleaders.

Teams have held multiple practices over the past couple of weeks in which players have learned the basic rules of football, been assigned positions and carried out several plays.

The night will start with the freshmen facing off against the seniors, followed by the sophomores versus the juniors. Historically, the upperclassmen have advanced past the lowerclassmen with ease, but this year the sophomores believe that they can break that tradition.

“We have really improved since last year’s game, and the juniors are trash anyways,” said Sajan Lamba, sophomore Class Council vice president, in an interview.

Upperclassmen losing is not entirely unheard of. While the upperclassmen typically have an edge due to experience, the juniors defeated the seniors during the 2016-2017 school year. However, this year’s juniors do not appear to be concerned.

“Get ready to lose,” said Lauren Forester, junior Class Council president via text, to the sophomores about the intense rivalry.

The seniors are also confident about their matchup with the freshmen. Typically, the seniors dominate over the freshmen, beating them easily.

“The freshmen are no match for our fresh plays,” stated Rachel Hart, a senior player via text.

Anyone who wears their class Powderpuff shirt will receive a discounted entry price to the game. Once there, students can participate in a raffle and buy concessions from sponsors such as Rise and Al’s Burger Shack. All profits will go towards the 2019 prom. Students can show up and cheer on their class’ team to victory this Wednesday.

Student Spotlight: Ella Atwater

Q: What work are you doing with the current show, She Kills Monsters?

A: My official title is Stage Manager, and I always help out the Director.

Q: What was your inspiration for joining theatre?

A: I have done it since sixth grade, and I have always been into stage management. I have always loved theatre, but I am not an actor because I have stage fright. This is the next best thing. I like to have everything planned out. I like being the person for people to talk to. In high school, it was the experience and the credibility. I want to do theatre in college too. Putting this experience on my resume is really good.

Q: What advice do you have for freshmen joining technical theatre?

A: I would definitely say you have to be bold about it. It’s different in high school: bigger space, more people. I would just tell them to speak up about it, and talk to me or one of the Assistant Stage Managers (ASM). Come to rehearsals and join a class.

Q: Do you plan to continue your career in technical theater?

A: My dream job is to be a stage manager on Broadway. I plan on majoring in business and then double minoring in stage management. Hopefully, if I can afford it, and if life lets me go to New York, than I would love to do that.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the last four years?

A: I would definitely have to say Grease is my favorite show. I was in a very transitional point in my life. I was very young and the whole cast was seniors who were graduating. It felt like I had all of these big sisters and brothers who were like, ‘you got this! You can carry on this legacy for theatre. It was a super fun show. I made a lot of connections and relationships that I still have now. That’s one thing I can say, no matter what aspect you do, you meet so many people and they’re all amazing.

Photo by Mireille Leone