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The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCIII No. 11 Thurs., Mar. 8, 2012

Boys and Girls Bond Over Basketball Maddie Syrowski, Staff Writer watch them cheering on For the past few years the the team. The kids that multi-handicapped (MH) participated have been students at the Junior very excited and wear High have been deeptheir ball boys and girls ening their bond with shirts with great pride.” the basketball teams by Seven boys from the taking on the roll of being basketball team started “team managers” for boys aiding in the MH classbasketball. room and “have really Boys and girls from opened the door for the the MH class “take their rest of the team to get job very seriously,” said to know the kids,” said Paraprofessional Michele Sturgeon. The cooperaSturgeon. They arrive at tion between players and home games at 4:15 to students is great. Sturgeon re-rack balls, assist the said “it is wonderful to teams in warmup drills see the interaction and and shoot around with sometimes you wonder the team at halftime. who is helping who!” At games, no differencKelley is one of the es prevent these students boys who was inspired from having fun. Eighth to start aiding in the MH grade basketball player class. He decided to start Josh Kelley said he enjoys aiding because “[he likes] when the MH students helping other kids,” and come to games because he enjoys it because “not “they are funny and they everybody can do everyare [his] friends.” thing. Sometimes we need Sturgeon commented help, and I can help them that the MH students feel out.” Kelley has “been an like a part of the team, asset to Mrs. Galloway and “It is amazing to and she is extremely

thankful” said Boys Eighth and Girls Seventh Grade Coach Thom Hall. “Mrs. Hamm came up with the idea of having her students make snacks for away games,” said Hall. “Mrs. Hamm moved to Tennessee this year but Mrs. GalloMH students who signed up to be ball boys and girls line up before the February 28th game. way grabbed {Photo M. Sturgeon} the reins and continued this year with the same This great interaca great idea,” said Hall. post-season pizza party results.” tion is not only present They were “very apprecia- together. “Some of the “The social aspect is with the boys team. Last tive.” girls even made cupcakes great for all involved,” year the students started “With the help of Mr. and other treats to share,” Sturgeon said. “Many of packing snacks for the Draga, the girls wanted to said Sturgeon. the boys stop and make girls’ away games. The return the kindness,” said This has been a great an extra pass to the ball students made sure to Hall. The girls invited the experience for all inboys and girls during include an encouraging team to their last game volved and Sturgeon practice. They also give good luck note along with to introduce the stuplans to continue this them high fives and stop each snack for the girls. dents and present them program with the basketto talk to them.” “The girls thought it was awards. The also had a ball team in the future.

Future Wrestlers of Amherst

Local accessory shop, Mermaid’s Tale, swims into the national spotlight. {Photo T. Neal} The Amherst Biddy wrestlers watch as coach Brian Cesear shows them another finish to a double leg take down. {Photo A. Williams}

Biddy Kids Learn Life Lessons Bryce Williams, Staff Writer The Amherst Biddy wrestlers have been working hard to become great wrestlers someday, and at the same time are learning valuable life lessons. Biddy is for young athletes who would like to get a head start on wrestling. The wrestlers learn the rules and fundamentals of wrestling along with hard work and dedication. They practiced two days a week and had matches against other schools on Sundays. The Amherst Biddy team ranges from first through sixth graders. Alex Corr, Biddy wrestler, is eight years old and has been on the team for two years now. Although he is only in third grade, he has beaten a lot of older wrestlers from other schools. Corr believes wrestling “helps [him] get better at football.” He plans on wrestling for the Steele High School when he gets older and hopes to become a state champion someday. Starting wrestling at a young age is very important in wrestling. “Wrestling is a sport where technique will always beat strength, so the earlier you start learning technique, the better you will

be,” said head varsity and Biddy coach Brian Cesear. Erich Trinski is only in second grade and has been wrestling since he was five years old. His hard work and dedication has payed off. He has a career record of 53 and 18 and qualified for the state tournament after taking second at the Worthington District Tournament. His motivation is to “win state.” Dylan Kuhn is in first grade and has already started wrestling. This is his first year wrestling and he thinks it is fun. He enjoys coming to practice because it makes him “stronger” and he “has fun”. Aidan Santiago is currently in second grade and has been wrestling for two years. He thinks wrestling is “very good” and likes to “wrestle matches.” His main goal is to be on “the wall” which is the list of Amherst wrestlers who have placed at states. The wall is in the wrestling room for everyone to admire. Matt Stevens is in sixth grade and has been wrestling for three years. He plans on wrestling for Steele and hopes to make it to the state tourna-

ment someday. Wrestling “teaches me discipline,” said Stevens. To get better he plans on “going to offseason [tournaments] and wrestling at any open practices.” This will help him “learn new moves.” All the wrestlers have their own opinions on wrestling. Aiden Rivers likes it because “it gives [him] exercise” and teaches him to “eat healthy stuff.” Coach Josh Mendez has two sons on the team, Noah and Elijah. He volunteers his time because “wrestling is a passion of [his].” He persuaded his sons to wrestle because it “builds a sense of confidence” and “builds character.” Cesear enjoys coaching the wrestlers because “it’s really something special to start working with a kid and watch him grow into a high school wrestler.” Starting wrestling at a young age is very important in becoming a great wrestler and it also teaches the children many important life skills. If the children stay dedicated to the sport, they will grow up to be great Comet wrestlers and meet all their goals.

Downtown Develops Tori Neal, Staff Writer

Downtown Amherst does not seem to be an ideal place for economic growth, but due to long lasting successes and new business establishments, downtown Amherst is reviving.     Like all communities, Amherst has  a wide range of ups and downs when it comes to economic situations. Recently, however, Amherst has become more attractive to consumers.      Amherst is a remarkable place with a lot to offer. “We have a unique downtown,” said Teresa Gilles, executive director of Main Street Amherst. “Everyone is holding their own.”     Many new stores have just opened downtown. Cork’s Wine Bar, Etc. and Artful creations are a few new places that add to Amherst’s pull.       “I think it’s doing great,” said Erin Link, owner of the fairly new company Etc. “There’s money out there and people are spending it,” Link exclaimed.     Link has even had costumers say that they were on their way to larger malls or shopping centers, but they turned around to come downtown. Many people come to downtown Amherst because there is

a variety of interesting and well-priced places.    Established companies can now reach new goals with Amherst’s revival. Recently, The Mermaid’s Tale was recognized in The Golden 30 awards.    The Mermaid’s Tale proved to be one of the leading companies in Lorain, Erie, and Huron counties. This business also placed first in the Established Business category.     This company’s achievements do not stop there. They also won another impressive award for the selling of Pandora Jewelry.     The Mermaid’s Tale participated in a secret shopper evaluation walk through which rated them as having the best quality of customer service in the United States for selling Pandora jewelry.     The economy is doing very well in Amherst; all of the businesses are doing well. Amherst is happening,” stated Judy Recknagel, owner of The Mermaid’s Tale.     “I think that [downtown’s] doing better,” said Recknagel.  She compared Amherst’s booming economy to ten years ago when downtown appeared stagnant. However, Amherst is beginning to grow once again.

   According to the United States Census Bureau the average income in Amherst, Ohio is approximately 82,996 dollars. Compared to Lorain’s average income of 45,059 dollars, Amherst is clearly more well off. Judging by a generally higher income, Amherst’s consumers would naturally contribute to downtown prosperity.     Amherst is considered a quaint  place containing a lot of potential. “ I like that you know people and you get to know people that all live in this community,” said Link admirably.      Amherst is so successful because, “[the] local town supports your local merchants, they want the mom and pops stores to stay, [and] the Amherst people contribute to the success,” according to Recknagel. Though the community may be small, it constantly contributes to business growth.          Amherst has many great qualities and its downtown will surely continue to grow with the help of the community and the creation of new hometown businesses.

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