IPS WILL BE DOING THE CUTS THIS YEAR By Idris Sababu and Ryan Lucas The recent IPS budget cuts throughout the district have hit Tech hard, especially the Athletic Department. Many coaches have received notices for “cancellation of employment”, including head football coach Emil Ekiyor, volleyball and basketball coach Dr. Ramon Batts and strength and conditioning coach Eugene “Geno” Riley, among others. The positions were eliminated by the IPS School Board April 16 due to a $30 million deficit. Coming into effect at the end of this school year, the cancellations will take 11 Tech employees, mostly coaches. Many athletes were shocked when they heard about losing their coaches. “All the things they did for us, it will be a big loss my senior year,” said junior quarterback Deonta Murray. Others, like sophomore running back James Gilbert, are worried about possible setbacks due to the budget cuts. “How Tech used to be, we were terrible. These last few years, we made a lot of progress,” Gilbert said. “We are building a dynasty and they’re tearing us down.” These concerns were echoed by many
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Coach Emil Ekiyor other athletes, especially other football players. Senior offensive lineman Eric James was concerned about athletes losing coaches they looked up to. “A lot of those coaches were mentors and father figures and without them who
knows who these kids will turn to,” James said. The weight room will still be available after school and athletes will be able to workout under the supervision of coaches. However, Strength and Conditioning will no longer be available as a class after this year. Despite his cancellation of employment, Ekiyor said that he still plans to coach the football team. Even with Ekiyor staying, Coach Kelly Carter is concerned with the possible regression of Tech’s sports programs, academically. “The amount of kids participating in sports at 2.0 GPA level has increased and so has the scholarship opportunities,” Carter said. “It’s hard to cut strength coaches and try to compete at a 5-A level,” Carter said. Some coaches question if this will even help the situation, “(This) makes no sense, why cut at the bottom not the top? No money is made at the bottom. You save money by cutting the top,” Carter said. Tech is more than a paycheck for coaches like Coach Harry Mimms. “If I don’t come back, there will always be a piece of me here,” Mimms said.
Athletes show their character in NCAA community service By Biko Barringer IPS schools believe in celebrating students with great character who play sports and who can maintain a 3.0 core GPA. On April 12, Deonta Murray, Rashaun Richardson, James Gates, James Gilbert, Julian James Gilbert, James Gates and Julian Dorsey, CJ Walker, Dorsey get instructions on the commuEmoni Smith, Tessa nisty service project. Toney, Teahna Williams, Scout Landin, Arsenal Tech High School student-athletes, came together and committed five hours of community service for the NCAA with other IPS Athletes of Character at the NCAA national headquarters downtown. The athletes worked on blankets for children in hospitals, shelters, and for social service agencies with college athletes. They worked in groups of five with two college athletes. “Even though it was a community service project, it was meant for students to show their leadership skills and team work ability,” project director Mary Wilson said. But the project was also rewarding for the participants. ”I know we have to make at least 100 blankets but this is too fun,“ junior basketball player Rashaun Richardson said. After the program, the students, college athletes and the coaches gathered together for lunch. They received an NCAA backpack with a pen and an NCAA logo cup for their achievements. “This program was too short - I wish it was longer because this was such a fun activity,” sophomore football player James Gilbert said.
SPRING SPORTS SPOT TRACK
The Girls and Boys squads captured the IPSAC Track and Field Championships April 24 at Manual High School.
Girls Results 1. Arsenal Tech 164 2. Northwest 118.5 3. Marshall 98.5 4. Broad Ripple 69 5. Attucks 44 6. Manual 23 7. Shortridge 21 8. Gambold 12 9. Washington 6 10. Arlington 3
1. Arsenal Tech 163 2. Attucks 111 3. Marshal 71 4. Broad Ripple 47 5. Howe 42 6. Arlington 39 7. Manual 38 8. Northwest 26 9. Washington 19 10. Shortridge 15
Girls Individual Champions Ashanti Brinkley - High Jump, 100 Meter Hurdles Rashay Turentine -100 Meter Dash 4 x 800 Relay - Tessa Toney, Jazmyne Sims, Emoni Smith, Tar Keisha Perry BryAuna Caldwell 300 Meter Hurdles 4 X 100 Relay - Stashia Austin, Jalise Beck, Rashay Turentine, Ashanti Brinkley 4 X 400 Relay - Stashia Austin, Jalise Beck, Rashay Turentine, Jazmyne Sims Boys Individual Champions Jeremie Tyler - High Jump Fred Hopkins - Shot Put Daiyawn Smith - 110 Meter Hurdles Camare Hairston - 200 Meter Dash 4 X 800 Relay - Jacob Dorsey, D’Juan Bennett, Michael Snow, Jose Salazar 800 Meters - D’Juan “MilkDud” Bennett 300 Meter Hurdles - Deshan Harney 3200 Meters - Jacob Dorsey 4 X 100 Relay - Malik Hairston, Camare Hairston, Deshan Harney, James Gilbert
BASEBALL IPS Athletes of Character gather to celebrate their accomplishment of making more than 100 blankets for area children as a part of a NCAA community service project.
The Titans baseball team is off to a slow start. The Titans are currently 1-5, and recent rain has caused multiple games to be postponed. The Titans started off the season going 0-3 in the Silver Creek Invitational. However, one bright spot was junior Deonta Murray being named the MaxPreps Player of the Game in the season opener against Silver Creek. The Titans got their first victory against Irvington Community, winning 13-3 despite the looming thunderstorm and a few key base running errors.
The Rugby team started off the season with two wins and has a 4-1 record. Key players this year are Shawn Nevers and Trey Holifield. The Titans are the number one seed in Bracket 4 heading into the State Tournament next week. The 16-team tournament begins May 11 when Tech plays either Westfield or Pike. This week the team plays Bloomington Friday, May 3
Deonta Murray (right) and Emoni Smith (far right) work on their blankets for the NCAA/Athletes of Character project.
Photos by Biko Barringer
Can the Pacers break the Philips Arena jinx? By Ryan Lucas and Charles McCloud The Pacers started off the post season well with two wins, but ran into a major stumbling block in Atlanta, losing two to extend a 13-game losing streak at Philips Arena. The Pacers averaged 110 points a game and won by an average of 16 points in the first two games. All-Star shooting guard Paul George had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in Game 1 for his first career playoff triple-double. Game 5 was played on Wednesday in Indianapolis, but details were not available at the press deadline. Game 6 is scheduled to be played on Friday in Atlanta and a potential Game 7 is slotted for Sunday in Indianapolis if needed. In other NBA action With the playoffs under way two teams have already advanced to the second round.
The Heat and Spurs have swept their opponents and have earned much-needed rest. In the East, the Celtics are hanging on, but are falling slowly. With the series being 3-1 Knicks, the Celtics are on the verge of elimination and also in the East, the Nets are down 3-1 after suffering a gutwrenching defeat in three OTs to the Bulls behind Nate Robinson’s 34. In the West, the Thunder and Warriors have taken commanding 3-1 leads are following the stars to the finish line Thunder F Kevin Durant put up 41 point in a win against the Houston Rockets and Warriors G Stephen Curry put up 31 points with 24 coming in the second half. Wrapping up the West, the Clippers and Grizzlies is a series that’s shaping up to go 7 games and has been by far the best series in the NBA playoffs. Chris Paul and Marc Gasol have been big for their teams and are looking to continue the great play throughout the playoffs.
As a philanthropic activity, the Girls Tennis Team is playing a “Smash Cancer” tennis match today, May 2, at Broad Ripple Park in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Those who would like to purchase a Smash Cancer T-shirt to support the cause can talk to a tennis player or Coach Kathy Kinghorn. Shirts are $10 with $2 of each purchase being donated to the American Cancer Society. The shirts are dry-fit and come in a variety of bright colors. Wristbands can be purchased for $2 and donations are also accepted.