Clams carry CHS spirit

For most high school teams, the prospect of not being associated and funded by their school would stop them in their tracks. The Carrboro Clams, a club frisbee team, however, are used to it. For the “Clamily” this dependence has never been a problem.

“It’s not very hard. Sometimes logistics are difficult but all of the players are very driven and independent,” said senior Ben Heuser regarding the student-run aspect of Frisbee.

That’s not to say the Clams being a club doesn’t influence the team at all though.

“The biggest influence of being a club is not having access to school fields – we’re about to lose our practice fields and don’t have a backup,” said Heuser.

Since their main practice field is located at Lincoln Center, some recently-unveiled plans bode very poorly for the Clams. With plans to replace the fields out front of the center with a parking lot, the Clams will have to find a practice field, and fast.

The Clams don’t let this get them down however, as they prefer to look at the positives.

“I really like that Ultimate Frisbee is a club and not a sanctioned school sport. While the Clams might not have field space at Carrboro, we gain a lot of flexibility in our practice scheduling,” said senior captain Connor Greene.

Once again, the Clams prefer to look at the positives.

“We have the ability to attend several tournaments every year, which give new [and returning] players a lot of valuable experience.” said Greene. “But the best part about the Clams is how relaxed it is, but also how much people care about and each other. It’s a lot of fun, but we get serious when we need to.”

But no matter how intense it can get, the Clams always keep the fun-loving and positive attitude that make them one of CHS’s best, and quirkiest, teams; sanctioned or not.

Students on the Slopes

On Friday, February 3, seven hours away from Carrboro in temperatures that dipped into the single digits, 29 CHS students were ripping down the ski slopes. After waking up at 4:30 am and driving through the morning to get to Snowshoe Mountain, in West Virginia, everybody was on the slopes by 2:00pm. The group stayed two nights in the resort hotel. Most attendees skied into the night on Friday, throughout the day and night on Saturday and then on Sunday morning.

This was the second ski trip for the CHS Outdoor Club. Last year, a group of 25 students drove four hours to Wintergreen Mountain, in Virginia. This year, however, the club opted for the longer drive to West Virginia in return for Snowshoe’s guarantee: “more open terrain than any other ski mountain in the Southeast.”

The decision paid off, according to sophomore Alex Naismith, who said, “Yes, so much better—like one-hundred times better,” said Naismith when asked about his preference for Snowshoe.

While most of the trip’s attendees were fairly experienced skiers or snowboarders, some were still learning. CHS Junior Izzy Benson, for example, had not been skiing in more than three years before the trip. However, similar to everybody else, she said she had fun.

There was one attendee who didn’t have a good time: Camden Aguilar, who broke his collarbone
on Saturday morning. However, after being taken care of by Snowshoe medics, he was in good spirits during his recovery.

Sunday morning, after skiing for a couple hours, everyone packed their bags and got back on the bus. The group left West Virginia around 11:45am, leaving just enough time to get home for the Super Bowl.

After a weekend of skiing, and friends in West Virginia, all the returning members of the Outdoor Club are already looking forward to next year’s ski trip.

Side-stepping sportsmanship

April 6, 2015: Grayson Allen becomes one of the most well-liked and highly lauded freshman collegiate men’s basketball players in the nation as he drops 16 points to lead Duke to a victory in the National Championship game against Wisconsin. December 21, 2016: Allen becomes one of the most hated players in college basketball as he receives a technical foul for tripping an opponent during a game against Elon.

Going into his sophomore season, Allen ranked highly until two tripping incidents lessened his accomplishments on the court. Now in his junior year, Allen’s talents have been largely undermined by his alleged sportsmanship infractions. His credibility suffered a third blow most recently on December 21. Allen received a technical foul for tripping an opponent during a game against Elon. ESPN aired footage of Allen being restrained by team managers in response to the technical foul call.

After this third offense—followed by an unprecedented tantrum on the sidelines—Allen was suspended for one game before returning to his position on the Duke Basketball team. Coach Mike Krzyzewski also stripped Allen of his captaincy.

The issue of sportsmanship led to consequences in regard to Allen’s actions. CHS track and field coach Melvin Griffin believes that sportsmanship speaks to a person’s character, including family values passed down through generations.

“Sportsmanship represents the way you hold your name, the school name on the front of your jersey, the name on the back, your teammates and your family,” said Griffin.

Sportsmanship may also hold roots in team performance. Following the Elon game and Allen’s suspension, the Blue Devils went on to lose their next four out of seven games. This period of rough losses pushed Duke down to sixth in the ACC after being ranked as the top team nationally in a CBS preseason ranking.

Duke’s struggle has come both around the time of Allen’s sportsmanship infractions and Coach Krzyzewski’s leave of absence due to medical issues. In evaluation of Duke’s less- than-stellar- or unexpectedly mediocre- performance this season, sportsmanship can affect both team chemistry and performance in games.

According to Natasha Turner, CHS senior and Duke Soccer commit, sportsmanship is key to a team’s success in games for all sports.

“Sportsmanship is important because you have to take ownership of your actions and have the respect of your teammates and fans. Without sportsmanship, a lot of things can go wrong within the team which translates outside of it in games,” said Turner.
A win against top rival UNC on Thursday, February 9 led Duke to jump up six spots in national rankings to number 12 in the country with a 22-5 record (twenty wins and five losses).

While the Blue Devils still have a lot to prove heading into the NCAA tournament season, this win may be just what Duke needs to fully recover from a losing streak and the consequences of sidestepping sportsmanship.

 

Swim Team Makes a Splash

After a successful season, ending with more than half the team going to regionals and states, the CHS swim team is preparing for another season of success. Victory won’t come as easily this year, however.
“I think this year will be a lot harder due to the lack of state swimmers, since some our best swimmers graduated last
year,” said assistant coach Eli Danson. “I definitely think we gained plenty of new talent this year.”
This year, the team has new swimmers in addition to the returning ones. “At first I was nervous about changing schools because I wasn’t sure if I would fit in, but the swim team has been really helpful because everyone is welcoming and made me feel like I was part of a family,” said Ian Ward, new swimmer and sophomore on the CHS swim team.
Senior captain Caleb Bollenbacher is taking on this challenge, leading the team through challenging practices and team bonding activities. “Ever since I joined, I never felt like the team was just a bunch of individuals, but more like a family. “Everybody working together and supporting each other,” said Bollenbacher.
On December 12, the entire swim team participated in an event called “Hour of Power.” This annual event occurs all around the country in honor of Ted Mullin, a swimmer who died of cancer in 2006, and who was a close friend of Coach Eli. The event is great practice for the team, and serves as a team bonding experience. It’s engineered to teach the swimmers about sportsmanship and competition.
The swimmers will have plenty of time until states to practice and become even closer as a team, and they are more determined than ever to carry on the team’s legacy to states.

UNC/Duke Rivalry Heats Up

 

With the college basketball season underway, CHS students are preparing for the inevitable rivalry that will peak on February 9th, when the Tar Heel team travels to Durham for the first rivalry game of the season.  Here are some views of CHS students who are basketball diehards, speaking on the rivalry and their team of choice.

 

Abby Seagroves

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • UNC hands down

Opinions on Coach K?

  • I hate him. He looks like a rat, and it makes me so mad that he’s the coach of team USA. I mean, he’s a good coach, but I just hate Duke because they’re so ignorant.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • Last spring break, we went to Texas on a normal trip. Then we came back for 36 hours, and went back to Texas for the Final Four. We flew on the plane with the team.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, UNC hands down forever.

How do you think your parents would react if you went to Duke?

  • I think they would think it was a joke because I couldn’t get into Duke, but if I went to Duke I would be that one fan in the Cameron Crazies wearing all UNC gear.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

Well Duke lost last night [11/15 to Kansas], so that’s looking pretty good for UNC. Right now we’re 1 in 0, so I feel like we can go farther than we did with the championship, I feel like we can win this year.

 

Sarah Montross

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • UNC 100 percent, I have no love for that place [Duke]

Opinions on Coach K?

  • Obviously he’s a good coach, because he coaches the olympic team, but I don’t really like that man, and his name is really hard to pronounce.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • We don’t go crazy, we just yell a lot when we’re watching games. We will get very into it, but nothing insane.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, because I want to go to college at UNC, so I will never like that place [Duke]

How do you think your parents would react if you went to Duke?

  • We’ve talked about it before, and they would be fine because it’s a great academic school, but it would be weird because I wouldn’t like the teams there.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • We have a lot of raw talent. I think with Brice [Johnson], Marcus [Paige], and Joel [James] gone we’re just gonna have to regroup, and we’re doing that now. I think it’ll be a good season because we’re ranked fifth right now, so I’m excited.

 

Tabian Sales

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • Duke

Opinions on Roy Williams?

  • He’s a good coach, but I think he makes some decisions he shouldn’t make which sometimes cause UNC to lose.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • I would say walking around Franklin with a Duke shirt on is pretty crazy

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • Probably not

How do you think your parents would react if you went to UNC?

  • Because it’s a good school, I don’t think they would be mad at me, but they’d definitely be surprised.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • Duke is definitely going to beat UNC, twice in a row, and if we happen to play a third time, we will beat them again too. Roy Williams is not a better coach than Coach K.

 

Jake Melville

Where do your loyalties lie?

  • Duke

Do you have any traditions associated with Duke?

  • I got my first Duke jersey when I was 12, and every Duke and UNC game I always wear that exact jersey, but lately, it’s been very small on me and I’ve still worn it.

Opinions on Roy Williams?

  • He’s a good coach and all, but I feel that Coach K is better and has more experience. No shade on Roy Williams because I think he’s done a great job with UNC.

Is your family all huge Duke fans?

  • No, my family is actually UNC fans.

How do you think your parents would react if you went to UNC?

  • They’d probably prefer if I went to UNC.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • I would say I’ve made some very courageous bets on some Duke and UNC games that luckily went in my favor.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, they won’t. Even if I go to UNC, I will definitely stay a Duke fan.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • I think Duke’s going to win the whole thing is year because I feel very comfortable with the freshman class that came in. I feel confident that we can definitely beat UNC both games.

Left to right: Tabian Sales, Sarah Montross, Abby Seagroves, and Jake Melville fight it out. Photo by Mireille Leone.

Cam’s Concussion Causes Controversy

Over the most recent NFL season, there have been an increasing number of concerns about concussions. Specifically, the NFL’s lack of a proper concussion protocol, and failure to properly protect their players. Early this season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made headlines after players tackled him in multiple games in ways that both experts and fans believed the team should have been penalized for, but they weren’t. During the Panthers’ week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders, one of the players was finally called for “roughing the passer,” meaning that the player tackled Newton after the ball was released from his hands. This call was the first “roughing the passer” since 2014. The call was made, but not Newton missed three weeks earlier in the season due to a concussion from similar hits.

With so much news concerning concussions in professional football, footballs fans were left curious about concussion policies at the local level. As a high school, is Carrboro experiencing the same problems? How does CHS policy compare, and how effective is it at protecting players?

According to CHS Athletic Trainer Matt Dorn, North Carolina must conduct its concussion protocol in accordance with the Gfeller-Waller Law passed four years ago. “If anyone is suspected of having a concussion, whether it occurs during an athletic event, on campus or outside of school, then by law, there are certain requirements they have to do before they are allowed to participate in activities,” said Dorn..

These “requirements” begin with lots of paperwork, including a doctor-determined revised schedule for schools, based on what activities the athlete is allowed to do. This could include anything from allowing athletes returning from a concussion to enter school with only half days restricting computer time or giving the student extra time for assignments. Furthermore, students are often required to sit out from any physical education classes, and even on some occasions, band or chorus classes due to the risk of migraines in a course producing too much noise.

After receiving a date to return, athletes are not allowed to return to the field right away due to a five-day “return-to-play protocol” that all students must complete before returning to their sport.

“We’re just trying to do a little exercising and see if any of your symptoms come back,” said Dorn. Day one is walking for thirty minutes. Day two consists of twenty-five minutes of jogging, and some light weightlifting. Day three is running for twenty minutes and then heavier weights. Day four is a non-contact practice, and day five is when athletes can participate in a full practice. Additionally, the school contacts the doctor after day four, and an athlete’s parents after day five to make sure there are no problems. If any problems do arise throughout the week, it’s back to day three after another twenty-four hour waiting period.

Speaking on the difference between the NFL and high school football, “There’s not a huge difference, at least not in this state. The big difference is the resources that are available,” said Dorn. The largest differences come in terms of resources, noting that in college football, there’s a position called a concussion spotter. This position places a medical professional in the press box above the field, where they are able to observe players from a different point of view, and advise coaches and medical staff to remove a player from the game, if they believe that the player may have a concussion.

The concussion protocol in high school versus the collegiate and professional levels are also different, and Dorn mentioned two factors that may affect the protocol. The first of which, was the age of the players. At the high school level, students brains are still developing. “An adult can have a concussion and look like they just got off a 24 hour IDK and the next day be fine, whereas a child or adolescent may have a concussion where at worst they feel light headed and dizzy and that’s it, and they feel the same way two and a half weeks later,” said Dorn. In this way, it makes sense that the NFL doesn’t have the same five day return to play policy as high schools do, they only have to be cleared by the team doctor.

The second thing that comes into play at the collegiate and NFL levels is money. At those levels, a loss of a game can mean losing the team millions of dollars, not just a loss in terms of the season record. “At the high school level, our number one priority is our players safety,” said Dorn.  “I don’t care if we win as long as the kids are safe.” In contrast, he says “especially at the D1 collegiate level and the professional level, the amount of money that runs through those organizations really changes things.” Indicating that safety is not the only concern, and may not be the first.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is tackled by three Denver Broncos players in the season opener on September 8. Photo courtesy 9news.com

Third Time’s The Charm

The Lady Jaguars’ volleyball team defeated Maiden in the state championship at NCHSAA 2A Division match.

“It was a long time coming,” senior Christine Alcox said.

The game took place at the recently renovated Reynolds Coliseum at North Carolina State University.

The score of the championship game was 3-1 and the Jaguars won the first, second and last set against Maiden.

“One of my favorite two hours of my life,” senior Elizabeth Ollila said, describing the state championship game.

It started of with a head start for the Maiden team but Carrboro quickly recovered the crucial first set.

“We had gotten all of our nerves out and it was time to play hard” Ollila said, regarding the second set.

Despite winning the first two sets, the Maiden team took the third set.

The game finished up at the fourth set when Carrboro claimed the championship.

“We weren’t playing around anymore” Ollila said.

Although they finished with a perfect season with a record of 30-0, the season was not focused solely on winning States. They wanted to redeem themselves from the previous seasons.

“Everyone was focused on getting at least to state championship game” senior Christine Alcox said.

The win came as a result of a change of mindset from the team as a whole, following the two previous seasons ending at the final four stage.

Ollila accounted the triumph to the lack of a hierarchy on the team.

“[The coach] formed team bonding and made good coaching moves” Ollila said.

Seniors Elizabeth Ollila, Zoe Hurwitz, Grace Maggiore, Christine Alcox and Diana Alcox concluded their season, as they finish up their high school volleyball career.

The team comes together after winning a point. Photos courtesy News and Observer

Three seniors decided to extend their volleyball careers to play in college.

Maggiore committed to play at Franklin and Marshall College.

Christine and Diana Alcox committed to North Carolina Central University to play volleyball.

Feats of a Freshman Female Wrestler

Freshman Louise Monnet wastes no time in strapping on her wrestling gear the minute school is out, laughing and talking to her teammates as she does. She gets ready for practice with ease and excitement, putting the stress of school behind her while she focuses on her sport.

Monnet is passionate about wrestling and her enthusiasm is obvious: she is always willing to help pull out or put away the mats, and doesn’t give up despite being one of the smallest and youngest wrestlers, not to mention being the only girl on the team.

For Monnet, wrestling is a family tradition. Both of her older brothers wrestle, and so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. She described how her love for wrestling stemmed from the influence of her brothers in an interview.

“I started wrestling in seventh grade, […] my second brother was on the team with me, introduced me to wrestling and I fell in love with it,” Monnet said.

Monnet said that wrestling helps her to become more confident around people, since she tends to keep to herself sometimes. “It introduced me into a whole new world, a whole new sport, [it was] awesome, it opened me up,” she said.

Monnet and her brother, Victor Monnet, also on the Carrboro team, often have to wrestle together. According to Monnet, this was because of a lack of people on the team due to other fall sports.

“I have to wrestle with him, [and] he’s a higher level than I am, intensity wise, so it’s kind of stressful because since I know the sport, but I’m still getting used to the high school way of wrestling, so I’m a little bit slower,” Monnet said in an interview.

As a freshman and the sole female member, Monnet possesses a unique perspective. “Being the only girl on the wrestling team is actually quite funny, because you kind of get to hear the boys’ mindsets, but also for me, I’ve always been comfortable around guys, growing up with them has made me more comfortable [so] it’s been fun,” she said.

Although the only girl on the team, Monnet doesn’t let her distinction become a negative aspect of competing. While her status on the team could have been considered controversial, Monnet said that she hasn’t faced many barriers or complications since she has joined the team.

“There were a couple people that were surprised about it, and some girls came up to me, [but] they were so supportive which was really great,” she said.

Monnet’s goals for her first high-school season are to become a starter on the team, and make it to the state championships.

The wrestling team has been practicing almost every day after school since early fall, however their first scrimmage was on November 5. The season will extend into 2017, with the state championships being held on February 18.

Photo by Levi Hencke

Juniors Prevail in the 2016 Powderpuff Games

The junior class won the 2016 Powderpuff games, ending the senior winning streak and inciting controversy as claims of cheating arose. The senior team reluctantly accepted second place, and the lowerclassmen tied for third. The juniors then defeated the sophomores in a tight match where the sophomores were ahead for part of the game.

The competitive tweets exchanged before the event set the tone for the final Powderpuff game, and it made the outcome personal for many on and off the field.

“It’s our last high school year, so if we don’t win, we will have no way to ever redeem ourselves or make up for the disgrace that is our grade” said Declan Sistachs, a CHS student and Powderpuff enthusiast.

As the championship round progressed, the Juniors pulled ahead and won with a final score of 12-8. The juniors face accusations of throwing keys and wearing spiked cleats, but the juniors retain their 2016 Powderpuff title.

“We were really excited going into it, and we were really excited to have won. But we give really big props to the seniors because they played a good game.” said Izzy Benson, junior Powderpuff team member.

The senior class will have to find another way to prove their superiority, while the current junior class has some high standards to maintain next year when they become seniors themselves.

Senior girls pose. Photo courtesy Kate Sparling. purchase nolvadex

The Utah Jazz Cuts Marcus Paige

In late October, NBA team The Utah Jazz cut former UNC basketball player Marcus Paige along with two other players from their roster. Despite only stealing a late second round pick in the NBA draft last last year, Paige is regarded by some as one of the best guards to come through Chapel Hill.  He is currently set to play in the Developmental League for the Salt Lake City Stars.

Marcus Paige came to UNC in 2012 from Marion, Iowa, and stayed in Chapel Hill through the end of the 2016 season. Paige replaced Kendall Marshall as the team’s starting point guard his sophomore year after Marshall left early for the NBA, and he helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA tournament championship game last Spring.

Early in his college career, Paige established himself as skilled shooter. Sophomore year, his field goal percentage was 44% (39% beyond the arc) and he averaged 17.5 points per game.  His free throw percentage was also consistently ranked near the top of the ACC, averaging out to a career 85% and peaking in 2013 at almost 90%. However, a fractured right hand prevented Paige from playing the first month of his senior season, and his performance remained below average.  That season, his points per game dropped from over 17 his sophomore year to just over 12, and his field goal percentage dipped below 40% for the first time since he came to UNC.   

Still, Paige made up for an underwhelming regular season with a spectacular 2016 NCAA tournament to end his college career.  His three point shooting percentage was 49% for the tournament, and during the championship matchup against Villanova, he his miraculous 3 point shot late in the game brought the Heels within an inch of the title.

Besides his athletic accomplishments, Paige, who double-majored in History and Journalism, is known for being an outstanding student.  His senior year, he was named a First Team Academic All-American.  That year, he also became the first Tar Heel basketball player to earn Academic All-American honors three years in a row.

Paige played in two preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 5.5 points and 1.5 assists.

“I thought he had a decent preseason so I have no clue what happened,” senior Michael Donovan said.”  Others had a slightly different response.

“That’s what happens when you’re scrawny,” said teacher Jaime Schendt.  

While Schendt’s remarks may have been in good humor, some would argue his point holds true.  At under 160 pounds, Paige could struggle to keep up with other larger and taller professional athletes.

 Fans hope he will have success in the D League, which would likely pave way for a transition back up into the NBA.