A Look Ahead to The Lacrosse Season

On Wednesday, March 6, the men’s lacrosse season kicked off with an early road test against the Jordan High School Falcons. The Jags fell in a hard-fought 14-10 game, but have much more lacrosse to play. Senior captains Tommy Holt and Joseph Kelly have high hopes for the rest of the season.

“Our team looks good this year. We graduated a large senior class last year, but developed the underclassmen to mesh with the veterans so we’ll be able to win a lot of games”, Kelly states.

Going into his last year of high school lacrosse, Kelly hopes to win Goalie of The Year for a back-to-back season, but more importantly, he’s focused on being a good captain and setting an example for his younger teammates.

Holt also expressed thoughts about the underclassmen.

“The team will be good in the future with young talent like Mason Cox and the Osborne brothers, Nick and Jonathan,” said Holt.

Kelly and Holt both professed the big goals for this year’s team, which include beating rivals Chapel Hill and East, winning the conference championship and making a deep run in the state playoffs.

On March 11, the Jags hosted Cedar Ridge for their home opener. Led by Mason Cox, the Jaguars won in an easy 16-6 effort.

Bugs vs. Ballers: a look into rec basketball

Stink Bug Nation poses after Monday’s game. From left to right: Mason Cox, Lincoln Wurster, Jack Morgan, Daniel Sheyko, Sebastian Phalling, Teddy Johnson, and Braden Hunter.
Photo courtesy Shamael Partridge

At 9 pm on Monday, January 28, a group of students piled into the Chapel Hill Community Center stands to watch the highly anticipated rematch between two CHS rec basketball teams: the Stink Bugs and Big Baller Brand (BBB).

The Stink bugs, featuring sophomore Jack Morgan and junior Teddy Johnson, opened the game with a strong run, jumping out to an early first quarter lead behind sharp shooting by Johnson. Big Baller Brand, led by seniors Serhat Calikoglu and Kevin O’Donnell, fought their way back into the game on the back of Calikoglu, who knocked down three 3-pointers.

From the second quarter on however, it was the Jack Morgan show. Morgan got the basket at will, using an array of dribble moves to get through the BBB 2-3 zone, which many times resulted in Morgan shooting free throws.

“It was a big game, so I had to take it over to win. After getting blown out the first time we played, we couldn’t get embarrassed again,” said Morgan regarding his aggressive tactics in last night’s contest.

He finished the game with 30 of his team’s 43 points. Morgan is a starting shooting guard for the Carrboro junior varsity team, but enjoys rec basketball games more.

“These games are way easier than school. Driving [to the basket] is much easier for me and I can get creative. In school I try to be more of a spot up shooter,” said Morgan.

While Stink Bug nation celebrated their seemingly easy win last night, BBB star Serhat Calikoglu believes the game could’ve gone much differently if he wasn’t ejected early in the 3rd quarter.

“Unfortunately the referees tried to make themselves bigger than the game. Had I been allowed to play the rest of the game it would’ve been a different outcome because everyone knows Jack Morgan can’t guard me,” said Calikoglu.

Calikoglu finished with 11 points in nine minutes of play. Members of both rec teams are looking to add new members to their clubs for the summer season, recruiting across all CHS grades.

The First Ever Carrboro Homecoming

Friday, November 9th, the Carrboro student body celebrated a huge win from the football team by going to the first ever homecoming dance. Not a traditional homecoming dance, students did not take dates, nor dressed up, but there was definitely not an absence of fun. The SGA presented the commons with an unbelievable makeover, there were snacks – including cookies, sandwiches, chips – and drinks, but all the action was on the dance floor. DJ X (Xavier Van Raay) made students go crazy, playing a lot of upbeat pop and rap songs.

Spirit Week: Meme Monday

Monday:

From vines to Facebook memes, the CHS hallways were crowded with the most popular memes. Students expressed their creativity by becoming real life memes and generated lots of laughter.

 

Spring Sports in Review

As Spring sports at Carrboro begin to end, the JagWire interviewed some players about their season. Each player below was asked the following questions:

1: How do the goals that your team set before the season compare to the results of the season?

2: What’s been the highlight of the year with your teammates not on the court/field/track?

Here are some interview highlights from Carrboro’s spring athletes.

Elijah Jones, Track and Field

“I feel like we, as a sprint squad, set extremely high goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year because we know that we are all capable of racing with some of the fastest runners in the state. The one thing that impacts our achievement of these ambitious goals is injuries. Track season, being the longest of any sport, wears down your body so much which lead to common injuries. Being able to prepare for these injuries and limit them as possible, allows for our team to maintain our goals and achieve them throughout the year The sprint squad is a small group of runners; kind of like our own little family. With food being a big component for a successful athlete, we sometimes eat together before or after a big meet in order to either clear our minds before a race.”

Carter Macklin, Track and Field

“A lot of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year have been met. We placed top three in conference and we are taking a large team to the regional invitational. Many of us set personal goals like breaking personal records or beating specific teams and for many of us those goals have been met. We also set a goal to be a productive and organized team and for the most part, we have succeeded. Meets we have hosted have gone  well, invitationals have been well organized and practices have gone smoothly.”

Zach Anderson, Tennis

“My goals have been met so far as we have advanced to the state quarterfinals and we have five players still in the individual state tournament. And going to Sonic for dinner and bonding with my teammates was also [a highlight].”

Joseph Kelly, Lacrosse

“We set out to win the conference championship this year because our team hasn’t won a conference championship in its history. After going 4-0 in conference, we secured the conference champion- ship over Voyager Academy and J.F. Webb High School The highlight of the year off the field was celebrating after the big wins against Chapel Hill High and J.H. Rose.”

Shayma Ouazzani, Softball

“Our goal is always to improve on our individual goals that we have for ourselves. We reached that but some- thing we didn’t reach was winning states. However, our team has made great improvement from past years for softball.”

Who Will Be the Next C-Town President?

With SGA elections today, April 27, it is time to get to know the candidates. Here are some brief Q&As with each presidential candidate.

Tommy Holt

Why are you running?

I’ve been in SGA for two years now, and while doing this I’ve been working closely with Niya and interacted with the people, and I think I can do that job well. I want to continue what Niya has started with inclusion. I want to see different people at SGA events because [currently] at these events you can see that it’s very cliquey. I also want SGA to be more organized and more productive because people often say that “student government doesn’t do anything,” and especially that “senators don’t do anything.”

What are your platforms?

Inclusion, dialogue, action, spirit!

One critique of you has been that you are not passionate about SGA. What is your response to that?

I definitely do care about SGA, first of all. I can see why people make that conclusion based on my personality, since I’m sort of quiet. I can say that I go to every single student government meeting and event. I’m one of the hardest working people there. I’m not as emotional as other people, but that doesn’t mean that I love SGA less than anyone else.

Carlisle Mills (interviewed via email)

Why are you running?

I am running for [SGA] president because this is something I have wanted for a long time. I have put so much effort into my campaign since my freshman year. I feel like I possess all the qualities that a good president needs. I am fun, easy to talk to, outgoing and hardworking. I have a good connection with a lot of people, and I can speak Spanish. I also never give up. I have run for a position in SGA every single year. It was really hard coming to a new school as a freshman because I hardly knew everyone since I came from a different middle school than a majority of the other freshmen. I want to make sure people have an easy time finding friends and an easy time finding who they want to be as a person. It would mean everything to me to be student body president, and I would work my hardest to cater to the needs and desires of my peers.

What are your platforms?

My platform includes:

  • Opening up the school store again
  • Fun Fridays (music in the cafeteria that appeals to all of the student body)
  • Class competitions such as decorating hallways and fundraisers (prize being pizza or ice cream parties)
  • Multiple spirit weeks (themes chosen by students)
  • Pep rallies (representing fall, winter and spring sports)
  • Helping the community (food drives, hygiene drives, school supplies drives, winter clothing drives)
  • Becoming more eco-friendly (ingraining composting, reducing, reusing and recycling into Carrboro)
  • Inclusivity (making sure everyone’s opinion is heard)

One critique of you is that you’re too much of a ‘goofball’ to become the president. How do you respond to that?

I enjoy being funny and making people laugh, but when it comes to student government, that is something I take unbelievably seriously. I have worked so hard to get to where I am. I have straight As, and I am the president of two environmental clubs. I am also a part of the National Honors Society. I have already met with the administration to see how feasible my platform is which shows that, although I am still a candidate, I want to make sure I am not making any false promises. Student government is not something I take as a joke, and, if elected president, it is something I will devote all my effort to.

Ojas Patwardhan

Why are you running?

I’m running for president because I really like this school, but there are things that can be improved in terms of communication between students and faculty. I think when SGA was created, its purpose was to create a communication pathway between the faculty and the students, and the perception of it has become more of a party planning committee instead of a communication pathway. I want to change that but also publicize what we do because a lot of students feel like [SGA] serves only for someone’s résumé and not there for its purpose. Because of that, people just vote for who they like, and I want to make this school genuinely better.

What are your platforms?

I want to implement two town hall meetings per quarter where students can come in and give actual suggestions about what they want us to do. Right now we have a suggestions box, but no one knows about that, and nobody is going to take the time to actually write out what they want done. I also want to strive for more diversity in activites. It’s really sad that there are only two minorities running for SGA candidacy. Other than that, SGA is completely white, and I don’t think that’s representavtive of a “liberally minded” school.

One critique of you is your activity in the Carrboro community, or lack thereof. How do you respond to that?

I’ve gone to most of the football games and some basketball games, especially the ones against Chapel Hill and East. I’m active in theater, and I’ve come out to the plays. I definitely love Carrboro, and I love to see people do crazy things like when DeAndre dunks and everyone gets super hype, and it’s always cool to watch. Regardless, there’s always more to be done no matter who you are.

 

 

ESPN: A Beloved Network Slowly Dies

The sports network we all know – and used to love – is dying a slow, ugly death. Ratings are down, fan favorites were fired, and journalists are leaning to clickbait to attract viewers — and it will only get worse.

The monopoly ESPN once held on the five major sports (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Football and Hockey) is no more. There are simply more outlets and platforms to enjoy sports on. This include sites such as Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports and even social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

A lot of sports fans are no longer forced to wait for their news when they get home, because an alert will pop up right on their phone. Therefore, people are updated on all of the crazy goals, dunks, home-runs, hits and fights throughout the day, so they don’t have to rely on watching Sports Center at night for their daily recap of sports news.

Of course ESPN is a part of the smartphone fad, but in order to get those clicks they must separate themselves. The way they do this, though, is by using yellow journalism: better known as clickbait.

One example of this clickbait was a back-and-forth between Golden State Warriors “star” (another story for another article) Draymond Green and ESPN. A reporter asked Green about the weak competition in the Eastern Conference during the 2016-17 playoffs. Green responded by saying as a fan he enjoys watching good basketball, referencing the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I like to watch teams playing good basketball. When you watch [the Cavs], you watch one team playing good basketball and everybody else do something. I don’t know what that something is,” said Green

The next day, ESPN released an article titled, “Draymond Green disappointed Cavs’ opponents going down easily.” Green then clarified his statement, sarcastically saying, “so there there goes your headline of the day, “Draymond says ‘Cleveland playing great basketball’”. Let’s see if that one makes it”. Instead, ESPN went with, “Draymond Green critical of media, ‘Says Cavs playing great basketball’”.

While the increasing use of smartphones does explain the daytime talk shows and SportsCenter ratings falling, this does not explain why ESPN’s heralded Monday Night Football ratings have been plummeting too. Since 2013, Monday Night Football has been on a steady decline. Most individuals who enjoy football are home at 8:30 – the time of kickoff – yet the ratings each week continue to decrease.

This is partially the NFL’s fault, because they schedule some of the worst teams to play primetime games. (An example is the Miami Dolphins playing in two Monday night games, during one of which they got crushed 45 to 21 by the Carolina Panthers.)

However, some Monday Night Football matchups did have entertaining potential, such as the Saints, who finished the season 11-5, versus the Vikings, who finished 13-3. When two good teams match up, why aren’t the people watching?

Maybe because people are less interested in football? Partially, but that isn’t the true reason. In actuality, fewer and fewer people have cable. With the advancements in the internet, families are ditching their cable boxes in search of cheaper alter- natives.  These include subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, CrunchyRoll and more. As time goes on and members of Generation Z all become adults, you can only expect that the death of ESPN is inevitable.

While they may never be able to return to their former glory, there are a few things ESPN can do to regain viewership and respect. They need more entertaining, less cringy show hosts.

The late Stewart Scott would recap games with a certain excitement that fans tuned in to enjoy. Today, people watch ESPN to laugh at Stephen A. Smith yell at the top of his lungs for players to “stay off the weed” and say the word blasphemous over a million times. Part of the problem is that some ESPN’s favorites have either retired or fled to other networks. While childhood nostalgia makes me hope for the best, we should all expect the worst.

Illustration by Ryx Zan

What the Panthers need

As the Panthers’ season came to a close, Panthers fans are now eager to see who the next majority owner will be.

Jerry Richardson, the current owner of the Panthers, grew up playing football in North Carolina, then continued his career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 1987, after the NBA brought an expansion team to Charlotte, Richardson met with supporters to discuss bringing an NFL team to both North and South Carolina. Politicians from both Carolinas lobbied to the other owners to support their expansion. Richardson financed the construction of the stadium, in Charlotte, that would seat 70,000 fans.

In 1992, the NFL announced the Carolinas would have an extension team. The following season the NFL owners voted, and it was decided that the 29th NFL team would be in Charlotte. Richardson was the majority owner for 23 seasons. Just before the Panthers kicked off against the Green Bay Packers on December 17, Sports Illustrated released an article reporting that Richardson would go from office to office asking female co-workers to show him their rear ends. Richardson later announced that he would sell the team at the conclusion of the season. So now the burning question is: Who will the new owner be?

Whoever the owner will be, all of Panther Nation should keep in mind the following wishes for the next ownership.

1: Replace The NFL Shield Logo.

There are only two stadiums in the NFL that do not sport their team logo in between the 45 yard lines. The first of which is Metlife Stadium, which hosts two NFL teams, so it’s easier to have the NFL’s shield at midfield than to change it week to week. The second is the Carolina Panthers, who have no reason why besides the fact that Richardson thought that’s how it should be.

2: Value winning over the “team image.”

Prior to the Panthers drafting Cam Newton, Richardson asked Cam Newton if he had and tattoos or piercings. Newton answered “no” and Richardson responded, “Let’s keep it that way.” He was also told former tight end Jeremy Shockey that he liked his attitude, but that he’d be better without all of his tattoos. The next owner should keep their views away from the team, and allow the team’s image to take a backseat to winning football games.

3: Value Winning over Personal Relationships.

In 2010, the Carolina Panthers went 1-15, after which Richardson “cleaned house”, meaning he fired everyone. However, this did not include Marty Hurney, the general manager—known to be a good friend of Richardson. Hurney was fired after the team lost five out of the first six games in favor of Dave Gettleman. Gettleman had his own problems as the General Manager, but he assembled a 15-1 roster, as well as fixed the horrendous financial issues that Hurney put the team in.

The following season was disappointing, and because of it Richardson fired Gettleman, and named none other than his good friend Marty Hurney back to his old office position.

Now that Richardson will be out as the owner, the Panthers can move forward to be perennial Super Bowl contenders. The team will be relieved of the pressures that Richardson placed on the coaching staff and players to look and act a certain way. This allows a wider range of players to be targeted which will lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl win that they deserve.