CHS receives sixth consecutive Wells Fargo Cup

Last Friday, September 22, Carrboro High school received their sixth consecutive Wells Fargo Cup. The Wells Fargo Cup represents excellence in sports, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.  

Beverly Rudolph, principal of CHS, expressed how this cup represented the school.

“I think it shows the diversity of our athletes and how we’re not good at just one sport, and it shows how our kids are just good student athletes, and we have character, and it represents good student athletes and coaches,” said Rudolph.

Destiny Cox, a current senior volleyball player, values the role she has played in helping win this cup.

“It feels really good to win and play a sport that I love with people that I love and to represent. It feels good winning another Wells Fargo cup knowing that I did something to contribute to it,” said Cox.

Modesta Hurd felt honored to present the cup on behalf of Wells Fargo Banking.

“It feels amazing to be a part of an organization such as Wells Fargo and to be able to support the schools and athletes and give to the children is really inspiring,” said Hurd.

Wrestlers sign with college teams

Around noon on May 24, two Carrboro High School students committed to colleges on wrestling scholarships. The two seniors, Taylor Day and Otto Wolin, signed in the presence of parents, teammates and Dewitt Driscoll, CHS wrestling coach.

Day and Wolin look forward to their future roles on teams at UNC Chapel Hill and Coker College, a liberal arts college in South Carolina, respectively.

Senior Taylor Day (left) commits to UNC Chapel Hill for wrestling. Photo by Olivia Weigle

“I’m looking forward to competing on a whole new level in college,” said Day. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.”

Both athletes credit their coaches and teammates as key factors in their successful careers.

“[My coaches and teammates] helped me with my character, and they’ve made me a better person,” said Wolin.

 

Where is CHS Hall of Fame Now?

Kristina Witcher, class of 2009

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I am starting my 5th year in the MD/PhD program at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. I am working towards a PhD in neuroscience. My project focuses on immune responses to traumatic brain injury. Prior to coming to Columbus, I attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) and graduated in 2013 with biochemistry and neuroscience majors.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

At Carrboro, I ran cross country and outdoor track and also swam. This isn’t quite an athletic accomplishment, but being able to help start the cross country and track programs from scratch was a very special experience and a lot of fun. We came a long way in the first two years, and the teams have won multiple state championships since then, so it is cool to see how far the program has come.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I did! I ran varsity cross country and track all four years at Oberlin, which is a Division III program. College sports are a much bigger commitment. Practices and traveling to competitions take up more time, but you also have to make more sacrifices in terms of social time and breaks. Despite putting a lot of time into college sports, it was absolutely worth it. My college teammates are still my closest friends and we share so many special memories and accomplishments with each other.

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

My first year at Carrboro, I was the only cross country runner from our team who ran in the state meet. The following year, we had a full team qualify to run. After having run alone, running with the team was that much more special. We also always had a blast at summer cross country camp in Brevard, NC and I have a lot of great memories from camp.

Luke Knowles, class of 2016

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I attend the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor where I am going into my sophomore year studying civil engineering.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

I played lacrosse at Carrboro. My biggest athletic accomplishments include Regional Champion, Academic All-American, 2-year Captain, East All-Region in 2016, HM All-State in 2016, All-Conference in 2016, and 2016 Conference-6 MVP.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I am not playing lacrosse in college but I am an intramural flag football champion at UofM!

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

Beating Chapel Hill to win the regional championship my senior year was awesome. The stands were as filled as I had ever seen them and it was a defensive battle (we won 4-2). I played defense so that game was especially fun for me. Not to mention Chapel Hill is a huge rival of ours.

Maddie Smith, class of 2014

Where do you go to school now, and what major are you pursuing?

I am a rising senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am an Anthropology/Sociology major. I am pursuing a career in pediatric oncology nursing after I graduate from Rhodes in 2018.

What sport did you play in high school, and what were your biggest athletic accomplishments as a Jaguar?

In High School I played three sports: field hockey, swimming and lacrosse. I pursued field hockey ultimately and am still playing at Rhodes College on their varsity team. My greatest accomplishments during my time at Carrboro was I was named the Impact Player for the 2013 field hockey season. I was a captain my senior year (2013) and was a recipient of the Iron Jaguar award for the year 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Have you continued to pursue your sport in college? If so, how? What is the most major difference between sports in college versus high school?

I have continued to pursue my field hockey career in college. I have been a starter for the Rhodes College Field hockey team since I was a freshman.The major difference between high school sports and college sports is in high school I was playing field hockey constantly. I played around 80 games a year and now in college I can play at most 30 games. For me every game is special because I know they are limited. I have gained such a respect for myself as an athlete and my teammates and coaches because we put so much time and effort off the field for our games that I did not do near as much in high school.

What is one of your favorite sports memories from your time at Carrboro?

My favorite memory from Carrboro Field Hockey was watching my best friend, Katie Wilson, take a stroke during double overtime with East Chapel Hill High School. Katie was at the time injured with an ACL tear and watching her make the stroke and helping us win the game was such an amazing moment. It also was so sweet to beat East at Carrboro for the first time in school history.

Seniors lead lacrosse to strong season

A successful season, and a heartbreaking postseason result. With a regular season win over rival East Chapel Hill, and an early postseason exit, that is the story of the CHS women’s lacrosse team this year.

With plenty of senior talent, as well as up-and-coming underclassmen to fill in the gaps, this was a special year for Carrboro’s women’s lacrosse team.

Thanks to eight seniors, Carrboro beat rival East Chapel Hill’s team for the first time in CHS history, on March 21 of this year. “Beating East was the best part of the year,” said senior captain Abby Seagroves Reflecting on the season, Seagroves described the historic win over ECHHS—her favorite moment of the season—saying, “We were playing East, and we were up by five and then East came back and scored three goals and we were only up by two. We had two minutes left, and we just had to wind the clock down.”

Success doesn’t come from purely talent, as freshman Charlotte Ellis described the importance of team chemistry. She said, “I really liked the environment the team created. When I joined the team I felt like I had played lacrosse with them my whole life.”

With an 8-4 record, and ranked 25th in the state by MaxPreps, the success Carrboro had this year is undeniable. However, thanks to post-season scheduling that pitted them against a tough team in the second round, the Jaguars made an early tournament exit in their second-round game against Weddington.

Looking forward, Ellis says, “I am looking forward learning more about lacrosse, and I’m excited for the incoming freshmen to be part of the team.”

Seniors Abby Seagroves, Sarah Seagroves, Katie Fesperman, Katy Strong, Issy Chung, Emine Arcasoy, Flora Devonport and Taylor Gosk are graduating, but the team still has great talent. Strong junior talents of Mackenzie Cox—who led the team with 46 goals this season—and Sydney Mosteller, who was second on the team with 43 ground balls, hope to propel the team to success in the future.

Photo courtesy Sydney Mosteller. 

Hot activities this summer

In the heat of summer, it can be difficult to to stay active. If you hate the gym or prefer organized exercise, here’s how you can work out over break.

Pick up sports with friends (i.e. basketball)

Playing a pickup sport with your friends is fun, even in the summer. If you like competition in task test sports, motivating yourself to go the gym can be impossible — what’s the point if you’re not going to win? By playing a sport with your friends, you can be as competitive as you want, have a lot of fun and burn a ton of calories in the heat.

Running

Running in the heat is brutal, but it rips the “I need to exercise” band-aid off faster than any other exercise. Running is high intensity, which means however long you decide to run you’ll feel refreshed and accomplished after.

The gym (yoga, crossfit, zumba classes)

Escaping the heat is essential when you’re trying to exercise in the summer. If you’re someone who likes going to the gym, you can take yoga, zumba or pilates classes. If you don’t like classes, getting a gym membership would keep you active with the machines and equipment they have.

Non-competitive activities (swimming, biking)

There is nothing like cooling off in the pool during the summer. The relief of jumping in a pool in 100 degree weather should be enough motivation to start swimming laps. There are many pools in the Chapel Hill, including The Chapel Hill Tennis Club. In order to use the pool, you must have a membership or pay $5. Another pool you can go to is located at Hargraves Community Center, which offers different passes depending on age and the amount of time the pass will be used. You’ll feel cool, relaxed and already have exercise for the day! Similar to swimming, biking is self-rewarding. The faster you go and the harder you work, the more wind that blows in your face to cool you off.

Where CHS watches sports

For the students of Carrboro High School, sports are a huge part of life. Whether they’re watching their local Tar Heels perform at the college level, or cheering on the various favorite professional teams of many students; CHS loves to watch sports.

And in Chapel Hill, where sports are an integral piece of society, it comes as no surprise that Jaguars have favorite spots to watch their teams duke it out on the big stage.

“Me and some friends like watching soccer over at IP3, on Franklin,” said senior That Htoo. “It’s been especially fun to watch this season since my favorite club Chelsea is top of the league!”

Pizza places are sport-viewing havens for many CHS sports fans. “I remember during March Madness some of the Landgate boys and I would watch the UNC games over at Old Chicago,” said senior Alex Hoffman.

For many of the CHS students who wanted to cheer on their favorite college basketball team, however, they found refuge in somewhere other than a restaurant.

The Dean Smith Center provided a venue with only one purpose: to support the Heels. On the night of the national championship game, many CHS faithful could be spotted there. “The atmosphere of the Dean Dome was really intense, really stressful and really great. Also, after the win in the national championship the walk to Franklin Street was really quick,” said sophomore Serhat Calikoglu.

The “walk” is a UNC tradition, where all fans rush to Franklin Street in celebration of a National Championship win or win over rival Duke. Thousands stormed Franklin after the victory including CHS students.

For the Duke fans at CHS, going to see the Blue Devils play live is an experience unlike any other. “I saw Duke play basketball at home last season, and it was an awesome experience to actually be there,” said Ben Lu.

And of course, nothing beats watching a big game at your own home. “It’s just easier to watch games at home sometimes,” said sophomore Julia Sistachs.

Regardless of location, it’s undeniable that the Jaguars love to go all out for their favorite sports teams.

Photo courtesy unc.edu

David and Goliath: when sports get left behind

At the end of the NCAA basketball season, some Chapel Hill residents feel like there aren’t any sports left to watch. College football isn’t until August, and the college basketball season is on its break. So, until the fall, it seems professional sports and post-season reviews are the only sources of sports entertainment. But this isn’t actually the case.

At UNC, there are 28 women’s and men’s Division I varsity sports, which means there are sports going on all season long that receive little attention. Although the school year is over, the UNC baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams are still competing. Despite this, many UNC fans are already looking ahead to future basketball and football seasons.

While UNC basketball’s six national championship wins are still an accomplishment, the university’s women’s soccer team holds 22 championships; the team won titles every year but two from 1982 to 2000. The other teams, regardless of their success, usually have low attendance and little recognition when compared to the basketball teams.

Carrboro senior Miah Araba attributes the difference to the trends in U.S. history over a long period of time. “It just goes back to the development of sports in general in the United States. American football and basketball have predominantly been key sports,” said Araba, adding, “[At UNC,] women’s soccer is definitely a dynasty. It just goes back to the fact that women’s soccer just isn’t as well known as basketball and football.”

The players of other sports also don’t get celebrity status. While each athlete commits to a D1 school for a varsity sport, usually only the basketball and football players get national media attention.

When UNC baseball won the ACC Championship, many news outlets chose to write about it, but for every baseball article, there are probably ten concerning UNC basketball draft picks, coaching changes, recruits, retiring jerseys and every single aspect of the sport.

In addition to the attention that football and basketball garner, they also bring in more revenue. In 2015, Forbes reported that the average price for the year’s UNC-Duke basketball game was $1,930. That’s nearly two thousand dollars for a single basketball game. In contrast, you can attend this season’s UNC-Duke rivalry baseball games (May 18-20) for as low as $13.50, less than the price of a Silverspot movie.

While the divide isn’t quite as clear in high school, similar trends still appear. At Carrboro, most of the attention goes to the football team. The games are more expensive, there’s a theme for each game and there’s an entire C-Town section. Almost every Friday night the bleachers are full and the crowds cheer.

Most other sports at Carrboro gain attention from only the most devoted fans, and then parents and siblings. Only when a team makes it to the playoffs does it garner the attention that the football team has all season long.

This trend extends beyond North Carolina. Similar to UNC, the UCLA basketball program holds an impressive 11 national championship wins, including a reign in the 1960s and 1970s. But UCLA’s Men’s Tennis and Volleyball have 16 and 19 respectively, and Softball also has 11.

It’s difficult to determine why this happens. It might be because of the money devoted to each team and how it’s spent. Some people believe that this change is a result of the media coverage that each team gets. The problem still persists today and while there have been many proposed solutions, there will be many more until the problem is resolved.

Photo courtesy unc.edu

Making of March Madness

At 11:30 pm on Monday, April 3, thousands of people poured onto Franklin Street in celebration over the UNC Men’s Basketball team’s win over Gonzaga in the NCAA National Championship Game. With a score of 65-71, the Tar Heels claimed their sixth national title.

In a tournament with match-ups between the top 68 collegiate basketball teams in the country, the NCAA tournament is better known as March Madness to many, including a majority of the CHS student body. According to a survey sample of CHS students, at least two-thirds of students followed the 2017 NCAA tournament in some form. 20.6 percent of students admitted complete devotion to making brackets and watching in angst as the unlikely team (Xavier) took down the favorite (Arizona). However, another 23.5 percent of students had no clue what March Madness even meant.

62.5 percent of CHS students correctly predicted UNC’s tournament success. A win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs meant redemption for the Heels after losing to Villanova by three points at the buzzer in 2016. Only 5.9 percent of students foresaw the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ first ever national championship appearance, and no student thought Gonzaga would be named 2017 National Champion.

The most common predictions for NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament winner after the Tar Heels were reigning champion Villanova and Duke. Both Villanova and Duke ended their championship hopes earlier than expected this year with respective losses to Wisconsin and South Carolina in the second round, shattering brackets all across the country.

.CHS students predicted which NCAA team they thought was going to win the tournament. 64.5% of them predicted it right. Photo courtesy Google Docs.

Although Duke’s meager performance in the NCAA disappointed many fans in the CHS community, the Duke and UNC Basketball programs have each earned one national title in the last three years, continuing their legacies of dominance in men’s basketball on the national stage. As Carrboro lies within a 14 mile radius of the both universities and basketball rivals, it is no mystery as to why many students make bets for the best bracket and sport the colors of their favorite team each year throughout the month of March.

 

Aiming for iron

Devoting countless hours to a school sport is a major commitment for any student— especially when paired with maintaining grades and friendships. Nevertheless, many CHS athletes have enrolled in school sports for all three seasons.

One of those dedicated “Iron Jags” is junior Gabby Adams. Juggling basketball, soccer and track, Adams has a lot on her plate. A balanced agenda becomes one of the most important things for any three-sport athlete, and it’s important not to get overbooked.

Keeping up with one sport, not to mention three, can be pretty tough at times. There are practices five times a week, games, less time for homework, sharing practice spaces with other teams and the stress of competition that can all take a toll on a student.

However, despite her busy schedule, Adams encourages all student-athletes to stick with the team, even when keeping up with sports gets difficult. School sports allow for students to make friends, have time outside of school to destress, and to get involved in extracurriculars. “It’ll definitely be worth it in the end,” she said.

Friends can make playing sports a lot more fun, too. A lot of Adams’ motivation to keep going comes from Coach Clanton and the seniors on her soccer team. “[The seniors] have been really nice,” said Adams.

She also finds that participating in multiple sports has its benefits. Adams feels a sense of commitment, which helps with life outside of school. “Players have to learn to multitask, and there’s a strong sense of community within the teams,” said Adams.

Naturally, many sport teams are known for the camaraderie between players, and nothing brings a team together like game day. Finally, all the hard work pays off. Everyone comes together to make it work, and a season’s worth of practice is put to use.

With all the hard work student-athletes are doing, they need to be able to relax and have fun, especially when getting into the game day mindset. At a school game, you might catch Adams listening to “The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly to get ready for the match.

Despite the grind, school sports have a natural appeal. Whether it’s the camaraderie, the victory, or the workout, CHS students are very passionate about their teams—and three-sport athletes prove it.

 

A fantastic obsession

It’s a sport that nearly 60 million people in the U.S. and Canada take part in, yet it requires absolutely no physical activity. The involved costs range from thousands-of-dollars all the way to zero. And around 32 percent of teens in the U.S. are players (FTSA).

Fantasy sports have seen massive growth in the past few years, with the number of participants doubling from 2009 to 2015. At Carrboro, it’s become a favorite pastime across grades and genders.

Fantasy football the most popular of the fantasy sports. Junior Karl Naomi attributes
its success to the combination of football being such a massive sport—one that “millions of people watch every Sunday, Saturday and is high Friday too with school [football]”— with the monetary benefits and “pride against their friends” that winning a league can earn someone.

One phenomenon that the growth of fantasy sports has brought is an increased interest in the sports themselves. One survey by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association found that 64 percent of fantasy players watch more live sports and 61 percent read more about sports as a result of playing fantasy sports.

Photo courtesy www.beckett.com

Karl Naomi again comments, saying, “I’m definitely watching more intensely when fantasy’s involved.”

When it comes to the success of fantasy sports, sophomore Tommy Holt considers the cause to be slightly different. When asked why they’ve risen to such heights, he alluded to science. “ It is because of the competitive human nature.”

However, the various types of fantasy sports aren’t limited to football and basketball. Junior Sydney Mosteller describes how her “friends like to watch [The Bachelor] together, so we thought it would be fun to enter and compete against each other,” and how the group formed a fantasy Bachelor competition.

The group went all out on the punishment for league-loser Millie McGuire, as Mosteller describes: “Each of us goes to Walmart and picks one article of clothing that’s super ugly, and then [Millie] has to wear the combined outfit to school.”

Rewards, however, can make competing very appealing. After beating CHS junior Joe Zhang in the championship of their football league, Episcopal High School junior Connor Kocis won over 200 dollars.
Clearly, there’s a lot on the line. When it comes to fantasy sports, with their growing popularity they’re just one more activity that students balance in their busy lives—but also one of the most fun.

And with so many ways and reasons to compete, it’s a trend that will continue to grow.