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!     

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Winter Sports At McDowell

There are a lot of sports that McDowell has to offer, but one that lots of the students really like is in the winter. That winter sport is basketball, basketball is very competitive and fun. Another fun sport that McDowell offers is wrestling. Wrestling is a sport that if your goal is to stay in shape, then you went to the right place.

When playing these two sports, you will have to overcome many obstacles. In wrestling your main goal is to pin the person that you are facing, but that can be very difficult. To pin another person you have to get them on their back and make it so that both of their shoulders or shoulder blades are touching the ground at the same time. Another way that you could win is if you have more points than them. You can get points many ways, if you are on the ground and they are really close to pinning you, and you somehow get out of that position that they put you in, and maybe you get them on the ground, that is considered a turn over. You will get a couple points for doing that. There are many other ways to get points but that is the one that will do the best for you.

When playing basketball the main goal is to get the ball into the basket. Honestly I bet that most of the people in the world know the gist of how to play basketball. At McDowell Basketball has to be one of the most legit sports. It is a sport that if you aren’t sure that you want to tryout for the team, then you should not even come to the tryouts. Now to get off of that serious sentence let’s talk about if you do make the team. If you do make the team you will have practices every day, sometimes you might scrimmage a lot, some other times you might run and do lots of drills.

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Student Athlete’s Class Expectations

Here at McDowell the athletes have higher expectations than the other students. If the athletes want to play they must keep their grades up. All athletes can only have one F. If they have two F’s then they can not play in the next game or they might even get kicked off the team. In my opinion I don’t find it hard to keep my grades up, so I am not worried about it. Other student athletes have different opinions.

Owen is going to play basketball and says that the grading requirements should be lower. He thinks that it isn’t fair. I agree with him but at the same time I don’t. There are some really good athletes that could have been in pro leagues but their grades weren’t good enough. If they don’t get good grades and want to go to college they won’t be able to. Gavin played football says he has no problem with the grading expectations, and thinks they should stay the same.

At McDowell we have lunch detentions and getting suspended. If an athlete got lunch detention or got suspended they most likely won’t we aloud to play the next game or might even get kicked off the team. My opinion on these behavioral expectations is that if an athlete gets lunch detention they should be given one more chance, if they fail to behave then they get kicked off the team. Athletes are also expected to go to every practice unless they have a reason for not being able to go. For example they might have a doctor’s appointment, or a family member might have died.

The athletes at McDowell have high expectations. If the expectations are not met the there will be consequences. So it is important that the athletes follow the expectations that the schools and coaches set for them. Tell me what your grading expectations are by taking this survey!

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NBA Review

The NBA season is just getting underway and there has been a lot of changes to the teams this year. That is what I am going to be writing about and I will also be writing about the NBA summer league and as well as the NBA draft.

The offseason started off with the NBA Draft. The Draft was on June 22ed at 7:00.  In my opinion, the draft was a great success. The teams who had the top picks in the draft were, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the third pick in the draft was made by the Boston Celtics. The 76ers took Markelle Fultz in the 1st pick in the draft. Markelle was a guard from the University of Washington. The second pick of the draft the LA Lakers picked Lonzo Ball. Lonzo was also a guard, he played for UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). I will talk more about him later on in the reading. Then with the third pick in the draft, the Boston Celtics pick Jayson Tatum. Jayson was a forward out of the University of Duke.

The second thing that happened in the offseason was the NBA Summer League. The NBA Summer League is for players who are rookies or for second-year players. There are three leagues in this. There is the Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas league. The Orlando league is for NBA teams from the east coast team. The Utah league is for teams for the Midwest teams. Then finally the Las Vegas league is for the teams on the west coast.

The summer league ran from July 1st to July 17th. There are a total of 13 games spread throughout these dates. The points leader for this year was Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. The rebound leader is Matt Costello from the Minnesota Timberwolves. And finally, the assist leader is Lonzo Ball from the Los Ange Lakers. Then there is named an MVP (most valuable player) who was the best players out of all the players in the league, and that player was Lonzo Ball.

There has been a lot of changes this offseason to this year’s teams. From the NBA draft to the NBA summer league. Also, don’t forget there’s still a lot of time to go this NBA season.

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Jr. High Cross Country

No timeouts, No halftimes, No benches.  Welcome to my world, in my world we run fast, we push ourselves to the limit, we run until we are gasping for air,  until our muscles are aching, until we push ourselves to the max, because thats who we are…  This is Cross Country.  

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                                 In meets, Jr. High runs 2 miles. Our goal is to get higher places and to get personal records, also know as a P.R. The Jr. High Girls Team consisted of Allison, Tayla, Chloe, Kaleigh, and Hallie.  Jr. High Boys had Jude. S (me), Jude. B, Drew, Logan, Mason, Vash, and Jaden.  Our practices range from, “I can do this” to, “I might die from this.”  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have intervals where we run harder so we can get used to meets so we don’t have to take breaks.   On Mondays and Wednesdays we either run 40 min or 4-5 laps around the school perimeter which is 0.9 miles. We do all of that training to run at the meets where we run 2 miles with no water and we have to run against SO MANY other Cross Country runners.At meets, we line up in our box at the starting line and when the official shoots the fake gun, we start running and the games begin… Yay. We usually run at school grounds but we always go through the woods on the school grounds at least once a meet such as Backwoods which was really in the woods there.  The Backwoods 2 Miler was a race in the woods, but it was also  like a festival with lots of stands where people can buy things like the Pumpkin Show. The only time we don’t run at a meet is if there is thunder outside or as you are wondering, a natural disaster.  We run in the rain, in the fog, when it’s hot and when it’s cold. I have really enjoyed Cross Country because it pushes your mental state where you are blocking tons of pain away. I’ve learned that I just like running and although I am really sad that the season is gone, there is always next year!

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7th and 8th Grade Football

At the Logan Elm Middle School there is a 7th and a 8th grade football team. Both teams had a good season, and both teams had 15 players. Having 15 players is pretty good at our school, because we usually don’t have very many people that play football. If there weren’t enough people to play on the 7th grade team they would just move them up to play with the 8th graders. It is the same way if there wasn’t enough people to play for 8th grade.

The 7th grade coaches are coach Holbert and and coach Hart. On Monday 7th grade played the championship game against Bloom Carroll. Sence Logan Elm won there is a three way tie between, Hamilton, Bloom Carroll and Logan Elm. The score was 34-6. The 7th grades record for the season was 5-1, they lost to Hamilton. Logan Elm’s QB Tanner scored 3 touchdowns, and the tailback Blayton had 23. Their fullback Gavin had 1 touchdown, and their tight end Zack scored 1.

8th grade did not make it to the championship. There season record was 3-4. It’s not the best record but they beat Circleville 40-0. (Logan Elm does not like Circleville.) Their quarterback is Garret, their tail back is Matthew had about 4 touchdowns, and their fullback is Tristan. The 8th grade coaches were coach Barnes and coach Shepard.

Overall both teams had a good season. I had a fun time playing for the 7th grade team, and Practicing with the 8th graders. I am looking forward to playing next year. I am also looking forward to practicing with the 7th graders next year. The 8th graders will be freshman and play for high school if they decide to play next year. That is a recap on the 8th and 7th grade football seasons.

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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

7th Grade Boys Baseball

This the 7th grade boys baseball team has a double header at Crossroads Church this Saturday at 10:00. The boys have had a very successful season so far. There was a lot of rain the last few weeks and a lot of the games have gotten cancelled. The teams record is 4-3. Since most games have gotten cancelled they will have a lot of games in the weeks ahead. Last night they played Amanda Clearcreek and won 12-7. Pitchers for that game were Peyton Anderson and Landon Long both did a great job!


What is Kabaddi?

My dad came to me a few weeks ago and told me the basics of the weirdest sport I’ve ever heard of- Kabaddi.  Kabaddi originated in ancient India, and it’s a popular sport in South Asia today. While it may seem a little complicated, the rules are quite simple.
There’s two teams of seven players, split off in a square arena. The game has two halves of twenty minutes each. The teams will flip a coin or use any other random method of deciding something to see who goes first. If your team goes first, you must send a “raider” across the center line. When the raider is in the other team’s territory, they must try to tag the other members of the team. Each player they touch equals one point for their team, but only if they make it back to their territory safely.
Here’s where the twist comes in, though: the raider must repeatedly yell “kabaddi” while in the other team’s territory. They cannot stop repeating the word until they cross the center line back into their own team’s territory. If they stop yelling or take a breath on the other team’s side of the court, no matter how small, they must return to their own side of the court, scoring no points. Plus, each member of the raiding team must raid in a sequence, and if they go out of order the opposing team gets one point.
But what if your team doesn’t go first? Well, your team has to defend. You are now “anti-raiders” or “stoppers”.  Your goal is to keep the raider from tagging you and crossing back to the center line. To do this, you can either run away from them until they run out of breath, or physically restrain them by tackling or grabbing them. The raider must not be grabbed by the hair or any body part other than the arms or torso.
Those are just the basics of the game. You’ll go back and fourth between raiding and defending for the two twenty minute halves, with a five minute break in between. I have never played it before, but it definitely seems like a lot of fun. To me, it seems like a game we would play in gym class or Phys Ed.