Wrestling Mid State League Tournament!

The MSL tournament was ours. This previous tournament at Fairfield Union was a huge let down for the entire team. Most of the team was off to a great start. By the end of the second round, we were 1 point away from 2, and 7 points away from first. That was only one pin and a win of any sort and we were in first. But, as some of the Braves approached the finals, we encountered a little bit of trouble.  While all the other teams were against easy opponents getting easy pins, we were against some of the hardest kids at the tournament. We ended up not evening placing out of 8 local teams.

Here is how the team did:

-80 (Logan L.) Injured/ No matches

-116 (Jake S.) Lost in the finals to Bloom Carroll by points/ Pinned everyone else. Good Job Jake!

-122 (Trey H.) Won all of his matches and got first, getting a first period pin in the finals against Hamilton Township. Way to go Trey!

-128 (Timothy M.) (Cover image) Pinned his way to the finals, then got pinned even though there was some controversy about it. Congratulations on 2nd Tim!

-134(S) (Bradyn A.) Lost both of his matches and was eliminated

-134(E) (Jake W.) Injured/ No matches

-142(Andrew W.) Won one and lost one, although his loss was also controversial

-150(S) (Ethan S.) Ethan won 2 and lost in the finals. Congratulations on 2nd!

-150(E) (R.J. W.) Lost both of his matches and was eliminated

-160(Andrew U.) Won all of his matches and lost in the finals to Bloom Carroll and got 2nd place. Nice work Andrew!

-172(Hayden B.) Absent

-205 (Nick S.) Won 3 matches and lost one, and also suffered a fractured hand. Congratulations anyway Nick!

I recommend everyone who isn’t wrestling this year or has never wrestled should come to open mats this November. Wrestling is a very fun all around sport, but practice isn’t easy. -Bradyn

Boy Basketball Rivalry Game

Last night was the most important game for the Logan Elm Braves. It was not only important to get the win but it was important because it was the rivalry game against the Circleville Tiger. This rivalry has been going on for centuries now. It is the game to determine who is the best school in Pickaway County.

The 7th grade had an outstanding game, they got the win with a score of 44 to 22. With that score there must be a lot of scorers. The top scorer of the game was #5 Braylen B. Braylen hit 2 threes and made 2 free throws for 14 points. The other top scores were #1 Quinten H. and #13 Drew T. Quinten and Drew combine for a total of 14 points. Then the lead defender was #31 with 2 number of steals.

The 8th grade also had a great game, the score of that game was 47 to 17. The leading scores of that game were Tristan E. with 13 points. Konnor S. with 9 points. Finally Konnor T. with 6 points at the end of the game. They all play a great defensive game only letting up about 6 points in the second half.

Last night was a very good night for the Logan Elm Braves. Not only beating there rival but show that they are they best team in Pickaway County.

Ohio State vs Michigan

The Ohio State versus Michigan game has been played since 1918 (99 years ago).  This rivalry game is a college football (American football) game.  Both sides are very passionate about their team.  It has been an very long grueling time of mean, words, gestures, and looks.  But in the end it’s the beautiful sport of football that brings us together. 

Time for an poll.  You will be asked to pick Ohio State or Michigan, and you could pick either one.  If you don’t know much about this than you don’t have to pick anything or you could pick the third answer, “I have absolutely no clue”.  The game is today at 10:30 AM (if you are interested in watching it).  And I know who I’m rooting for… GO OHIO!     

Take survey here.

Circleville Pumpkin Show Recap

This Saturday concludes the 111th Circleville Ohio Pumkin Show. Today, I will be reviewing some of the highlights of the Pumpkin Show and some personal experiences.

Image result for circleville pumpkin show 2017My personal favorite thing to do at the Pumpkin Show was ride rides. My personal favorite was a ride entitled, “Screamer”, which is basically a ride that you are strapped in and a cage closes in on top of you and it swings back and fourth until it goes upside down, and ultimately lasts around 80 seconds. My second favorite ride was a ride called, “Zipper”, which is a ride that you are caged in, with a max of 2 people per cage. There are 12 cages, and there usually is no single riders allowed. On this ride, every cage begins to spins in weird motions, which can be as simple as going up and down, and as scary as flying very fast toward the ground before the cart is pulled back. On this ride is a lap bar attached to the door, and padded bars that riders must hold on to, unless they want hit in the face with a cool steel cage.

Along with the rest of the school band, I marched in the 20 minute parade and played tenor drum. The first day we marched we did great, but I’d rather not talk about the second day. It was hard for me to get my drum into my dad’s tiny car trunk, but we managed.

There were many things available to purchase, like clothes, flags, necklaces, stringed puppets, stuffed animals, delicious foods, and many other items. I personally think most items were overpriced, but none the less worth it.

In conclusion, there are many things to purchase and activities to do at the Circleville Ohio Pumpkin Show. Join us next October, 2018, for the 112th annual Circleville Ohio Pumpkin show.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Related imageThe Circleville Pumpkin Show is right around the corner, it is only two days away.  The Circleville Pumpkin Show is known as the Greatest Show on Earth.  You will be learning about the history of the Pumpkin Show, which has been around since 1903.  There are many different things that you can do at the Pumpkin Show including riding rides, eating your favorite pumpkin food, visiting with friends, or just walking around.  There are many things to know about the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

First, how did the Pumpkin Show get started?  The  mayor of Circleville at that time, George Haswell, decided he wanted to get all the different people from the county and all the people of the city together.  So he invited the farmers to bring their best produce to town on certain dates and display them on the streets of Circleville.  The best produce won a prize.  The  Circleville Pumpkin Show has always been held on the downtown streets of Circleville, and probably always will be.

Secondly, there are many things that you can do at the Pumpkin Show.  You could ride rides like: the Ali Baba, the Carousel, the Viking Ship, the Musical Express, the Zipper, the Star, the Ferris Wheel, the dinosaur ride, Twister, the Rodeo, or even the Alien Abduction.  You could also do the fun house or games like:  fish for the duck with a star, roller bowler, ski ball, pop the balloon, ring the cane, bb gun shoot the star, and/or go fish.  My favorite thing to do is walk around and eat food.  Some of the special food you can purchase is: pumpkin log roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin fries, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin dumplings, pumpkin burgers, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin latte, and pumpkin whoopie pies.  My favorite place to go at Pumpkin Show is the Bell Station Home Goods store at the corner of Watt Street and Pickaway Street.  I like it because they have one dollar drinks outside and inside they have nice jewelry that any woman would like.

To sum everything up I hope you enjoyed my blog post.  Hopefully, you learned something about how the Pumpkin Show got started, as well as something you can/could do when you visit it.  Here is a little pop quiz for you. What is the Pumpkin Show also known as?  You know it! It is The Greatest Free Show on Earth.  Again, hope you enjoyed  my blog post.

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Mid State League Track Meet!

For the McDowell track team, all of our hard work builds up for the biggest meet of the year, which is Mid State League or MSL for short.  MSL is when all 9 teams in the area come together and compete for the title of MSL champion. This was the last meet of the year, so the team put forth their best effort last night and it all payed off.  The McDowell girls team placed 4th out of 9 teams and the boys places 9th.  A couple of highlights from MSL included some phenomenal performances including 8th grader Allyson Cotton placing 1st in ALL of her events and tieing the school record in the pole vault, 8th grader Emma Conley coming back from an injury and throwing the shot put and discus and she placed high in both events even after being hurt for a while, 8th grader Riley Shultz placing 1st in the high jump and 3rd in the 400 meter dash, myself, 7th grader Annie Karshner placed 1st in both of my events which is the shot put and discus and was only 5 inches away from breaking the school record in the shot put, and our 4×400 relay teams running their hearts out in the pouring rain last night.  We ended the season with a lot to be proud of! Go Braves!

For full results to the MSL track meet, visit http://www.baumspage.com/trackms/msl/buckeye//2017/2017%20Results.htm

Toys For Tots Foundation

This year, Logan Elm participated in the Toys For Tots Toy Drive.  Seventh and eighth graders collectively raised 1,176 dollars and over 100 toys. Circleville school also participated with their own fundraiser and raised over 1,200 dollars.  After all of the money was spent on toys for the drive, there were over 2,400 toys.

The Logan Elm seventh and eighth graders competed to see which W.I.N. period could collect the most money and toys.  The winning class was in seventh grade.  They saved 261 dollars and 11 toys.  The class won a pizza party for all their effort.  

You can donate to Toys For Tots any time of the year, but the most toys are wanted and donated around Christmas time.  If you watch the news, NBC 4, you will see that they have a huge fundraiser to collect toys for Christmas. This program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.  Some big celebrity endorsements include:  Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and even the First Lady. All three of them helped boost the confidence of the organization.  Toys For Tots have many helpful sponsors as well, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Hess, Disney, Macy’s, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, and The UPS Store.    

There are many ways you can donate to the Toys For Tots program.  You can donate in honor of a certain individual, by mail, through eBay, by starting your own fundraising team, or you can even donate your car or truck.  Some stores have a large drop off box for toys and many schools, like Logan Elm, have Toys For Tots fundraisers every December.

Over the lifespan of the organization, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. You should go donate a toy and encourage your school or work to have a Toys For Tots fundraiser to help brighten Christmas, just as Logan Elm students have done this year!

The Logan Elm Volleyball Team Makes History!

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In the past few months, the Logan Elm volleyball team has proved that hard work really pays off.  For the just the second time in Logan Elm history, the volleyball team made it all the way to the Division Two State Final Four, and Logan Elm couldn’t be prouder.

Before the season started, the team got a new coach.  His name is Kris Kern, and he is an extremely impressive coach.  He is one of the best coaches in Ohio history and Logan Elm was so excited to welcome him to our school. The team improved tremendously with Coach Kern’s guidance.  They could jump higher, hit harder and they looked extremely good.  The team looked better than ever, so they went to the Maumee Bay Summer Spiketacular near Toledo. They won the tournament, which was huge.  They continued improving and later won the Circleville Summer Tournament.

The regular season started up, and the team looked awesome.  They won every game and continued to get better and better throughout the year.  By the end of the regular season, they were undefeated. Their undefeated season earned them the Mid State League Championship title.

Once the season ended, the tournament began.  Logan Elm High School is a division two school, so for tournaments we would only compete against other division two schools in Ohio in the tournament.  The first game, we played Fairfield Union and played very well and won the game.  We would advance to the sectional championship where we would play our school rival, Circleville High School.  We won the sectional championship which was exciting because we would advance to district semifinals and we beat Circleville!  For district semifinals, we would play Athens High School.  Athens is a very good team.  But Logan Elm was on their A game and we beat Athens and would advance to the district championship where we played Gallia Academy.  Gallia Academy was also an undefeated team just like us, and they were very good.  We played with Gallia very well, and beat them and won districts.  The team set sail for regionals where we would play Cincinnati Wyoming.  It was a very exciting game! We lost a set, but came back and won the game.  We would advance to the regional championship where we played Bishop Fenwick.  Bishop Fenwick was without a doubt a tough team to play, but we played well and won the regional championship.  For the second time in Logan Elm history, we advanced to the state final four where we played Columbus Bishop Hartley.  They were a very good team.  Unfortunately, we lost to Columbus Bishop Hartley in the state semifinals which was the ONLY loss the team had the whole year.

Logan Elm is unbelievably proud of the volleyball team. They ended the season 28-1 making the best team to ever play volleyball at Logan Elm.  We hope for the same success next year as well.  Go Braves!

Image from http://www.circlevilleherald.com/sports/outright-champs/article_ed946358-d986-589d-8692-6145e5bbede1.html

All About The McDowell Band!

img_2468The McDowell band marched in the Circleville Pumpkin Show a few weeks ago! The Pumpkin Show is a festival in Circleville, Ohio. There’s a ton of things to do, fun rides, delicious pumpkin flavored foods, carnival games, and, of course, the humongous pumpkins people grow!
I interviewed two of my friends at school in the band named Hallie and Annabelle. In the Pumpkin Show, the McDowell band played a song called Land Of A Thousand Dances. The song is around three minutes long, and when Annabelle listens to it, she thinks of it as a traditional song.
Annabelle plays the snare drum in the school band. She plays the drums to express herself, as she told me. She wants to play band in high school so she can go places like band contests, and she like to go to band camp. Despite Annabelle’s sarcastic sense of humor, (which is good, of course,) Annabelle seems to really enjoy doing band. Hallie plays the trumpet. Hallie finds it hard to hit the high notes on her trumpet. “It makes a weird noise when I try to make the high notes,” Hallie says. “I keep practicing to make it sound right, though.” She told me that she got her foot stuck in a pothole on the ground and almost fell over while marching once, typical Hallie.
Not only did our band march in The Pumpkin Show, the high school band is also going to a national band competition! They are all really looking forward to it, and we’re all really hoping they do well. I know a lot of people in band, choir, and flag twirling. Everyone is really happy for the band for making it so far in the competition! I like to watch all of the band march outside and play their instruments and twirl the flags after school. I can’t wait to hear how they did.