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Men’s track team looks to repeat 2009 successes
bardi. Winning the “By doing what we state meet was no did last year, not easy task, however. The team focused giving up, and being on what Pinckney confident, I think we calls “get-backs.” Kitty McGurk can win again.” When some Staff Writer events failed to place as highly as -Cordell Arndt ’13 Ascendancy is a common word for the Washinganticipated, other ton men’s track team. When discussing their wins runners pushed and records it is hard to not feel a sense of triumph. themselves to make up for lost points. In 2009, the men’s track and field placed at DisConsistency is key if the team wishes to repeat tricts and State and were named conference champitheir past accomplishments. Last year the team ons. They won six varsity meets, three events at the placed second in the 4×800 meter relay at the state Drake Relays, set multiple school records, and not meet and set the school record with a first placed soon to be forgotten, won State. finish in the 4×200 meter relay. Both of these events “It all came together,” said head coach Bill Pickare expected to do well again this year. ney of the teams success last year. “Their attitudes Returning athletes know a lot of sweat goes into and hard work all year paid off at State.” winning a state championship. In addition to Pinckney, the boy’s are led by “Everything the team does is hard and it will coaches Maurice Blue, Willis Harte and Tony Lomtake a lot of determination and concentration to accomplish what we did last year,” said sprinter Adam Sailor, ’11. “However, that doesn’t stop us. We will be ready for it all.” New runners are hoping to have a positive impact on the team, as well. Cordell Arndt, ’13, believes the team has what it takes to succeed again, if runners are willing to put in the work. “By doing what we did last year, not giving up, and being confident, I think we can win again,” said Arndt. Etienne Nzoyisaba, ’13, agrees. “If we continue working hard, we might win again,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this season.” The state meet will take placed May 20, 21 and 22. Until then, Pinckney says the team will continue to work hard, as they always have. “When the dust settles, we’ll see where it ends up,” said Pinckney. “We want to make a lot of dust.” Will Griffin and Morris Williams, both ’12, begin a
Men’s Track & Field March 30 Early Bird Quad at Kingston 4:30 p.m.
Women’s Track & Field March 30 Steve Sherwood Relays at Iowa City High 4:30 p.m. April 1 Muskie Invite at Muscatine 4:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer April 1 Jamboree at Kingston 3:30 p.m. April 3 Muscatine Tournament at Muscatine 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Women’s Soccer April 6 Jamboree at Kingston 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Tennis April 6 Cedar Falls at Washington 4 p.m.
sprinting workout during a recent practice.
Athletes and drugs: a lethal mix Jill Broghammer Staff Writer Steroids are commonly used by young male athletes who are looking to enhance their athletic performance. Steroids do come with many side affects including acne, excessive hair growth or loss, decreased emotional control, liver damage and cancer. Steroids are becoming more popular within high school athletics as well as marijuana, alcohol and ecstasy. Drugs can hurt a person physically and stunt a person’s athletic potential and playing time. If a student at Washington High School would get caught abusing a substance outside of school or in school that student can receive athletic suspension in a Varsity or Junior Varsity sport. Whether that be swimming, tennis, football or show choir the suspension will occur. The length of the suspension varies upon situation, but is most likely a pre-determined set of time that a student would be suspended depending on how many times the student has been caught. “If one of my teammates got caught abusing
Drug use among high school students
75% of high school students will consume alcohol by graduation 6% have tested positive for steriod use in a Center for Disease Control study 5.4% of high school seniors use ecstasy, according to a 2005 survey 50% have tried an illicit drug by graduation
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New Washington coaches spring to action Abby Varn Staff Writer
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drugs I would be upset with that person for letting down the team. A team requires effort from everyone and if one person isn’t able to do their part it hurts the whole team, not just that person,” said Jenny Vestle, ’12. Alcohol is most commonly abused by high school students. Alcohol can slow down a person’s ability to react mentally and physically. Alcohol also alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. A lot of drinking can cause a fatty liver or cancer of the liver. Alcohol can also block some messages that are trying to get to the brain. Marijuana is the second most commonly abused drug used by high school students. Marijuana causes a disruption in the chemical balance in the brain affecting the regulatory systems and the ability to learn, remember and react quickly to change. Other common side effects include depression, early aging, breathing difficulties and heart issues.
A new wave of coaches has swept Washington High School, and athletes are excited to see what new changes will occur. The coaching staff for the Washington women’s golf team, women’s soccer team and women’s track team have all seen changes for the 2010 season. Denny Goettel will take over as head coach for women’s golf starting this season. Goettel is a former Washington Athletic Director. This experience along with hosting the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for former Washington High School athletes has given Goettel an advantage with understanding athletics here at Washington. “He’ll completely be in charge this spring. He’s a super nice guy,” said Matt Miller, former women’s golf coach. Miller, who teaches
“I love teaching, whether it’s in the classroom or on the track.”
math at Washington, and will be uninvolved in golf this year. Women’s track runners are used to having a larger coaching staff to work with various events. Head Coach Frank Scherrman has worked hard to provide the girls with a sufficient staff to focus on specific races. Coach John Grother has stepped in as the new addition to the staff. Grother works with sprinters, and is getting to know the rest of the girls. “I don’t spend a lot of time with him during practice, but I know he’s working hard with the team,” said Meg Zmolek, ’10, who runs for the Warriors. Though he has enjoyed coaching so far at Washington, Grother was open to working with any high school team. “I would go anywhere,” said Grother. “I just want a chance to get my foot in the door. I love teaching, whether it’s in the class or on the track.” Along with new coaches comes new training routines, new motivators and new relationships. “Hopefully our team will still have a great season, or maybe a better season, with a new coach,” said mid-distance runner Allison Knockle, ’10.
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