FHS crowns its King and Queen Shannon Schimmer, News Editor With the autumn rain misting down, the sun setting behind a wall of grey clouds, the Freedom football team is warming up on the field like every other Friday night. However, October 2, 2009 is somewhat different then every other Friday night. Twenty students are gathered on the other side of the field with the band, waiting for Homecoming King: their name to be called. Small town Ben Bates royalty, one word: homecoming court. After the entire school had the chance to vote for three girls and three boys from the senior class, and 20 students had the most votes, 10 boys and 10 girls were chosen. The couples walked down the field in front of an anticipating crowd, as Kellie Mercier and Nolan Rider announced the names from the press box. Each couple got their moment of recognition before they all stood before the crowd; drum Homecoming Queen: Sara Murphy roll began for the 2009 Homecoming King: Ben Bates. Photos by Jessica Rosenkranz, Cheers and clapping erupted as Photo Editor
the crown was passed from formerking Steve McFee to Bates. Once again everyone held their breath as the second drum roll began for the 2009 Homecoming Queen: Sara Murphy. An excited Murphy accepted her crown and the applause from the stands. Freedom has pulled off another successful homecoming game with a satisfied school and a worthy King and Queen.
Freedom‟s 2009 Homecoming Court Boys: Ben Bates Joe Ermi Joe Fubio Jeremy Herzog Clint Jenny Luke Mesing Dan O’Leary Shane Quinn Chris Rooney Adam Teets
Girls: Heather Busse Ashley Casey Chelsea Costello Stephanie Dinello Becca Fleming Mackenzie Kemerer Sara Murphy Marissa Ritorto Alyssa Schell Lauren Szpak
Short for promenade... Fund-raising shortfalls mean prom might end early Katy Ross, Contributing Writer Prom this year is on May 14 at the Marriot in Cranberry; those details are set in stone. However, the time and entertainment are still uncertain. For years the prom has run from until 5 in the morning; this year might change all that. Rumors have spread throughout the school that prom may only be until eleven-thirty, and without any entertainment. The lack of fundraising is the source of this major change. With little fundraising from the junior class and Mr. Rosa‟s food cart on probation, we are suffering from a major lack of cash flow. Mr. Rosa‟s food cart is no longer allowed to sell the snacks it used to because of their unhealthy attributes. However, with prom in jeopardy, the school is rallying together for a massive wave of fundraisers. Last year, Mr. Rosa‟s food cart was parked across from the art room every day. Selling candy, soda, and gum, this little cart pulled in the money. Due to new rules and changes, we are nor allowed to sell fatty or sugary snacks in public schools.
This is a major blow to the prom bank account. The cart may be reopening with healthier, smarter choices. Students are asked to submit a paper with any suggestions on products. On October 25 there will be a "powder puff" football game; the cost is five dollars per player. The seniors are set to play against the juniors and the sophomores against the freshmen. The girls will be coached by volunteers. Signups are in the office. If you have any further questions, talk to senior Stephanie Dinello. Other fundraising attempts like painting faces at football games are already in progress. Other ideas such as Mr. FHS has also been tossed around. Nolan Rider, president of the senior class, has numerous ideas to raise money for prom. However, nothing can be done without support from the entire school. If you have any ideas on how to raise money please suggest them to Nolan Rider or Ms Ross.
Photo by Rosalyn Nye, Assistant Yearbook Editor
Probably because it was Spirit Week. That might explain why a chickensuited Justin Baumiller high-fived Dr. Staub, or why sophomore Lexie Crossland dressed like a confused leopard. Crazy Day also caused Ms. Cloutier to sport the entire color spectrum on her sleeves alone. Throughout the rest of the week, students dressed in formal wear, sports jerseys, a favorite decade, or Freedom‟s school colors. Photo by Ashlynd Robb, Staff Photographer
Photo by Rosalyn Nye, Staff Photographer
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G20 Summit: Freedom gets involved Rosalyn Nye, Staff Writer One week before twenty of the world‟s most influential leaders arrived in Pittsburgh, Freedom students had the opportunity to participate in the G20 Student Summit. Students heard from three speakers and then had the opportunity to speak live with kids in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Coordinated by Fox Chapel and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the September seventeenth mock summit involved 2,200 kids worldwide. Twenty-eight Freedom students participated from the library via poly-com and a flat screen television. On the morning of the student summit, Fox Chapel sent out e-mails alerting the schools that there was a problem with the video feed. This prevented all schools that were connected to Fox Chapel by webcam (including Freedom) from being able to view any of the events. “I really wanted to see the speakers, because I couldn‟t focus on what they were saying,” says sophomore Nikki Wallace. One of the speakers, Steven Clemons, discussed the issues that the G-20 will address, such as CEO salaries and bonuses, how to improve financial markets, and the move to
increase the voice and voting of the developing world. He also mentioned that the G-20 agenda was not critical. Ms. Ionta, the Freedom World Affair's Club staff advisor, noted that, “the wheels of change move very slowly. There are lots of difficult problems to solve, but that doesn‟t mean we shouldn‟t try. Any time heads of government get together to talk, it‟s good; it fosters understanding.” After the speeches, students had the opportunity to submit questions to the three Rosalyn Nye, Staff Photographer speakers. Jake Ms. Ionta leads students in the library as they talk with students from Brazil in a G-20 Student Summit. Niedergall‟s question, regarding the ability of Following the question-andthe G-20 to affect policy, was selected. Jake Potts‟ impression: “My favorite part answer period, Freedom was Dr. Juan Delgado, one of the was meeting with the kids from Brazil. connected to a school in Brazil. speakers and an expert on foreign They laughed at everything.» The conversation centered on policy, answered by saying that “we After the talk with the students in the economic, environmental, and are spending a lot of money, but are Brazil, the student summit was energy problems that Brazil is not getting a lot of results. However, concluded with a discussion of the day‟s encountering. The majority of the G-20 does have the power of events and a pizza lunch for all participants agreed with sophomore persuasion.” participants.
The return of the activity period…sorta Robert Deane, Staff Writer Here at Freedom, we will be incorporating a new activity period. Before, we had to have club meetings before school that started from approximately 7:25a.m.-7:50a.m. The problem with this is that some students don‟t get to school until almost 7:40. Because of this, clubs met after school. However, some students cannot stay after; they may not have a ride home. Before we had block scheduling, Freedom had an activity period every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Those were for half an hour at the start of the school day. Dr. Staub recalls that “there were too many kids in the hallways and it was complete chaos.” Dr. Staub thinks that activity times are important and that our clubs should have a scheduled time they can meet. Our new system will usually be two days a week. The week before, any teacher can schedule a club meeting for the following week. Dr. Staub will look at the list of
clubs and schedule them accordingly. If there are two clubs that have a lot of the same members, those clubs will not be scheduled on the same day. If there are only a few clubs that want to meet, there may only be one day for club meetings that week. If there are two days for meetings, one will be a Red Day and one will be a White Day. The activity periods will take place after D-TV and last about 20 minutes. If a student has no club meeting to go to then he or she must remain in their first block classroom. Each block that day will lose a few minutes and the passing time will be cut by a minute or two. Dr. Staub thinks that this system will be more successful than the systems we have had in the past. He believes it will be successful because “there is a lot more structure with the new timing and the club rosters.”
“...there is a lot more structure with the new timing…”
Pep and Drama Club work to make the school scarier than it already is Shannon Schimmer, News Editor While the students of FHS bustle through the crowded halls during the comforts of daytime, does anyone think about what becomes of our school at night? This Halloween, the drama club and pep club have turned our home of education into a home of ghosts and goblins. Planning and construction has already begun to transform the halls of the building into a chilling haunted house, giving everyone a chance to get a good scare, and the drama/pep club to earn a quick buck! Anyone who dares enter the haunted halls of Freedom on the nights of October 30 and 31 would be in for a terrifying tour throughout part of the first floor, ending with a "thrilling" performance, all while snacks and drinks are provided in the lobby. The first night, October 30, the haunted school will open at 10p.m. after the final football game and will run until midnight. The second and final night, on Hallow's Eve, the scare will begin at 7p.m. and will run for five hours straight, until midnight. Mr. Keith Kavolic is the teacher in charge of designing, supervising, and running the haunted school, with over one
hundred students collaborating with him in order to put the plan into action. Every Wednesday, both the drama club and pep club meet to build imaginative sets and frightening props to make the haunted school as realistic as possible. "We are currently brainstorming for what will be in the school. We do have most of our ideas, though." Emily Hilliard, one student in charge of creating the house. The ideas and sets are growing throughout the month of October. There are plenty of haunted houses and trails throughout Beaver County that many students will be sure to visit this fall, but if you‟re looking for something a little more close to home but equally chilling, FHS will be haunted with good fun this Halloween weekend. FHSP Correction: In the September issue, FHS Press incorrectly reported on Ms. Gudzan‟s travels to Spanish-speaking countries. Ms. Gudzan traveled to Costa Rica during college, and visited Spain both as a student at Freedom, and later as a chaperone on an FHS trip there. FHS Press regrets the error.
It was “our now” last year… how long will our now be this year? Prom is probably one of the ple came up with ideas to just have a biggest events during the school year party, or get all dressed up with a bunch for upperclassmen. Well, what if of your friends and go out to dinner. prom was only until 11p.m.? Would Staying up all night with your anyone go? friends and going out to dinner is all Some students say that they good but you can do that any time you wouldn‟t, because it's not worth it to want. waste all that money on expensive Prom is supposed to be something tickets and a girl's prom special, the time of your dress or a guy's tux that life, the big sha-bang to end “Prom is you only where for a the school year. supposed to be You‟re with your friends few hours anyway. Would you rather having fun, all dressed up, something pay all that money on dancing, watching enterspecial, the time tainment, and taking pictickets and go to the prom until 5a.m. or for the duration of the of your life, tures spend less money on night. It sounds like a magithe big tickets and only go to cal time. Wouldn‟t you prom until 11? Either to have something sha-bang…” want way it‟s a hard decispecial like that? sion. To have it you must fundraise, and To have the perfect prom to end there are many ways to do so this year. your year, it takes fundraising. That‟s You can attend the Mr. FHS conwhat makes it your prom: you fund- test, Battle of the bands, Xbox tournaraise. ment, and the Dodge ball tournament. If Money goes into the hotel where you want to have the prom of your the prom is held, the grand march, the dreams this is the way to do it. entertainment, the food, and so on Help raise money for prom. If not, and so forth. you will either end up paying a lot for So what is there to do if you your tickets or the prom will be shortdon‟t want to attend prom? Some peo- ened: the call is yours.
FHS Press — Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief: Business Manager: News Editor: Opinions Editor: A&E Editor: Sports Editor: Photography Editor: Copy Editor: Design Editor: Faculty Adviser:
Meagen Finnerty Rob Deane Shannon Schimmer Marques Muron Nolan Rider Bryan McSorley Jessica Rosenkranz Emily Francis Karla Knauff Mr. David Hartman
Assistant Editors: Jake Cruise, Cole Leonberg, & Sophia Rosati Reporters & Photographers: Alahna Alderette, Alyssa Applequist, Brandi Eaton, Rosalyn Nye, & Ashlynd Robb Editorial Policies: FHS Press is the official student newspaper serving Freedom Area High School, in Freedom, Pennsylvania. The views presented herein are not representative of the school, faculty, or administration; they are solely the views of individual student writers. The newspaper accepts and strives to publish signed letters to the editor under 250 words. To submit comments, press releases, or letters to the editor, or to purchase advertising space in the paper, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Mr. Hartman in Room 114.
AMBRIDGE GOES OVERBOARD Confiscating cell phones till the end of the year? They should have more important things to worry about Meagen Finnerty, Editor-in-Chief Admit it: we‟ve all, at one point or another, been the kid hiding our phones under the desk, in a purse or in a pocket in order to answer a text message. A good majority of students just might sell their souls in exchange for their phones. Here at Freedom, teachers are, for the most part, lenient with cell phones. We can usually have them out when we are working independently or have down time once all of our work is done. At Ambridge, though, things are different. This year, cell phones at Ambridge are banned. Imagine being suspended because you felt the need to pull out your cell phone. Of course, every student would use the trusty old “I was texting my parents” excuse. Honestly though, how often do high school students really text their mothers? I can‟t imagine Freedom ever banning cell phones. It seems as though that
is one battle that just really isn‟t worth fighting. Personally, I know I never leave my house without my phone. I would imagine ninety nine percent of my school is the same way. How would the school successfully collect every phone entering through the doors every morning? Yes, students are going to continually sneak texts in class. Teachers everywhere should take the approach of keeping students too busy to even think about texting than giving us time to be bored enough to. This may seem too simple, but I know that in some of my classes, no one has time to worry about their phones because we are kept busy. Ambridge is going to have its hands full with dealing with every student‟s cell phone every day. Banning cell phones really just is not worth the time or effort it will take to continually enforce that; there have to be other things that need taken care of besides something that trivial.
I pledge allegiance... Liz Brunner, Staff Writer It‟s morning. Everyone‟s still waking up, even after 80 minutes of first block. D-TV comes on, and that patriotic screen showing the words to the Pledge of Allegiance appears. Everyone stands, just like we‟ve done for the past twelve years. Everyone blandly recites the same words we've been reciting since kindergarten.
“Look at the words of the Pledge. Everyone knows them, but does anyone ever take them to heart?” We do this every day without really thinking about it; but do we actually understand the meaning behind what we are saying? Reciting the Pledge has basically become meaningless after eleven or twelve years of doing so. People have even started to joke
around during the pledge, making faces or chatting to their friends. I get it: it‟s early, and no one feels like standing up for a minute saying something “stupid.” For once, stop and think about what you are really saying. Look at the words of the Pledge. Everyone knows them, but does anyone ever take them to heart? The Pledge is a reminder of how this country came to be, of who we are. It stresses the unity of our nation, the common bond that we all possess as Americans. It shows that we all act as one. I‟m making it my goal to find some personal meaning in the Pledge by the end of the year. I think everyone should follow suit; finding something bigger in some of those words could make a difference in your attitude towards our nation in general. Respect for our country can begin with respect for its Pledge of Allegiance. So don‟t mess around tomorrow morning: stop and think about what you‟re saying.
Activity periods: use them! Jake Cruise, Asst. Opinions Editor It‟s time for FHS students to get active! Brand new to the high school this year is the inclusion of activity periods after the first block every either Tuesday and Wednesday, or Wednesday and Thursday, starting with a Red Day. These activity periods are designed to let students participate in clubs or just stay in their first block and work on homework or any other work. These short blocks come in handy because it now gives students more time after school for other things, such as sports or working at a job. They also provide more time for clubs to get together than in previous years. For instance, the Art Club used to only meet after school every Tuesday, but now they can meet then, and during activity periods. Now whenever I heard about these activity periods, I immediately thought about being back in middle school, where it seemed like I wasted my life away sitting in homeroom doing nothing. So is it any different this time? Personally, I think so. The new activity periods are only 20 minutes long, and there are definitely
more clubs in the high school than there was in the middle school. So for the active clubbers, such as myself, these new activity periods are more than likely going to come in handy. Now what if you‟re somebody who really doesn‟t participate in any clubs? It‟s alright; I for one was more into sports and just plain going home than going to some club after school before. It's okay though; the activity periods can still be beneficial. It gives extra time to do homework, work on projects, or see teachers. One small problem with these activity periods is that it gives some students, who aren‟t in clubs, the idea that they can just roam the halls. This time is not for roaming the halls- so don‟t do it. My final call about whether activity periods are good or bad is that they are a very good idea. They provide more time for us students to participate in clubs, and gives more time after school for other activities. So for any student not in a club, I recommend joining one; they add to the high school experience!
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Always gonna be an uphill battle Learning on the job at FHS Press Meagen Finnerty, Editor-in-Chief Most people have probably noticed the Extreme Makeover: Newspaper Edition that has been taking place over the last few years. The paper has turned from an after school club to a class, from a luxury to a requirement. This definitely does not make us perfect, though. Everything we publish is someone‟s homework assignment. It is very important for everyone on the FHSP staff to do a perfect job with everything they contribute, as it is published. But sometimes that doesn‟t happen. We all make mistakes on homework; it‟s a learning experience. The difference here is that we publish our work for the whole school to read and critique. Teachers, in my opinion, should be the most understanding of any mistakes. Can any of you honestly say every piece of work students hand in has no mistakes at all? I highly doubt that. Students, keeping on the same stream of thought, have you never made a mistake before? Being the realist that I am, I also doubt that. We all
make mistakes, as much as we try to avoid that. Yes, every person in Print Media Workshop took on a challenge by taking this class. Every mistake that slips through their eyes, the section editors‟ eyes, the copy editor‟s eyes, and my eyes is printed and distributed to faculty and students alike. This year, we are hoping to continue the long, uphill adventure towards the unattainable goal of a perfect paper. If you have anything you want to see in the FHS Press, or you have something to say about something that was printed, feel free to contact us. We love feedback; it helps us improve. This year, I hope for great things to continue happening with the paper. After all, FHSP is one of the few outlets students have to voice their opinions and inform the entire school, monthly, of what we as students think is important. As the Editor-in-Chief of FHS Press, I am very excited to be a part of the evolution of the paper. I hope that you all (teachers, students, faculty, etc) can enjoy the paper and somehow get involved. It‟s not about perfection, and channeling my inner-Miley Cyrus, it‟s
Can you escape?
Horror flicks - Peanut M&Ms
NOT: Broken vending machines - seal clubbing
October 2009: The only time of year that it‟s ok to take candy from strangers
Halloweeney Horror Nolan Rider, A&E Editor
It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing, and you don’t want to get out of bed in the mornings anymore because it’s just so cold outside. These are the first signs that Halloween is fast approaching and along with it, a bushel of extremely scary or extremely cheesy horror movies. Of course this time of the year also marks the release of yet another Halloween Movie. Halloween II was released August 28, but some theatres are re-releasing it to the big screen in time for the holiday season. I would recommend just catching this one in HBO if I were you. Michael Myers should probably just die already. I think that this movie has been remade a few too many times, with not many changes to the plot. It’s time to let this one go, people. Yes ladies and gentlemen, they have made another Saw movie. I guess that we just can’t get enough blood and gore. Saw VI is just another film in a long line of possibly the most successful horror movie series
ever made. The latest Saw promises as much blood and gore as it’s predecessors. I’m sure that this movie will not be for the squeamish or faint of heart if it is anything like the rest. Megan Fox: enough said. Jennifer’s Body was an amazing film that I believe never went out of the way to take itself seriously. It reminded me of the horror films of old. I had flashbacks of Bruce Campbell fighting off skeleton warriors and witches with a chainsaw fastened to his stump. This movie had a good plot, with many B and C list actors. I did love the story behind the release of the demon into Megan Fox’s character. Jennifer is sacrificed to the devil by an up-and-coming band Low Shoulder in an attempt to gain fame. This plan goes horribly awry when instead of being pleased, the demon inhabits Jennifer’s body and feasts on the town’s teens. It was a clever plot, and left me both creeped out and amused. Oh, and did I mention it had Megan Fox in it? Although it’s been done be-
fore, Zombieland, is putting a humorous spin on a zombie apocalypse. This movie will either be very original in its approach, or it may be just remaking the famous Shaun of the Dead. With a memorable cast and a humorous plot, this movie has the potential to a have a cult following; or it could just be another movie that you catch playing on Comedy Central everyday. Cirque Du Freak is finally being made into a movie. I have waited to see this story hit the big screen for years. This series is the male answer to Twilight. You will never believe who is playing the dark, mysterious Mr. Crepsley; none other than John C. Reily. That’s right folks, Will Farrell’s bestie is going from a 40-year-old man living with his mom, to a professional racecar driver, to a vampire. And the transition is beautiful. If the movie can even slightly compare with the books, I will be going to see this one several times in theatres.
16 October, 2009
The Cemetery Club Our very own Ms. Ross struts her stuff on stage, playing a sensible widow named Ida.
Alyssa Applequist, Staff Writer Judy Green screamed profanity, entering stage left as her flirty, promiscuous character, Lucille, in The Bobcat Player's performance of The Cemetery Club. Walking into the small 144 seat theatre at Beaver Area High School, an audience member could see the simple living room set on the same level as the first row, and might wonder how this play was going to keep him or her engrossed. This small cast, including our own Ms. Ross, kept the audience laughing and crying for the whole two and a half hours. The story of The Cemetery Club follows three 50-something-year-old widows, who either cannot seem to move on, or move on too quickly. Inevitably, the stable-minded Ms. Ross plays the most sensible of the three women, who decides to find someone who makes her character, Ida, happy. However, along with mastering a Jewish New York dialect, Ms. Ross says that having never been married, feeling a widow's loss was the hardest part of getting into her character.0 Keith Zagorski and Pat Depenhart did an excellent job of directing and producing the play, as well as casting the five characters. The close-knit cast had only six weeks to get ready for the show; however, the each felt well prepared for opening night on September 25. After five shows in the Ed Schaughency Theatre, two of which were sold out, The Cemetery Club was proven a hit with the audience. Although designed for a more mature audience, both men and women enjoyed the show the whole way through. "I got nervous when I saw you sitting in
the front row," said Ms. Ross right after closing night. Although this theater teacher and experienced actress has performed in countless programs, every show gets to her nerves. "I always forget my lines right before I go on, and then everything kicks in as soon as I walk out on stage." The Bobcat Players have been perform-
ing about three shows a year since the theater group began in 2001. Although The Cemetery Club was a comedy, I would recommend going to see any of their upcoming shows, regardless of the genre. Ms. Ross was an excellent addition to the cast of this particular show, and I would hope to see her continue to perform after her retirement this year.
Concerts coming to the „burgh 11/22 10/24 10/30
Mellon Arena Toby Mac/Relient K Attack Attack, I Set My Friends On Fire, Mr. Smalls Miss May I, Our Last Night, The Color Morale Mr. Smalls Senses Fail with special guests A Skylit Drive, Closure in Moscow, Fact
A softcore night with hardcore fans. I night of debauchery and madness at the infamous Mr. Smalls. Screamo, emo, punk, all in one building. Oh the madness!
Hardcore, stripped down, in your face, punk.
Bryce Jordan Center
The All American Rejects/ Taking Back Sunday Ok Go
Pack up your fishin‟ poles and hop in the back of your pick „em up trucks. Brad Paisley‟s comin to the „burgh All American Rejects: enough said.
Bryce Jordan Center
Ahh, Here it Goes Again! Treadmills anyone? Is she Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana? Does she even know?
Local shows 10/18
Venable, The Contortionist, What’s Left Of Her,
Local hardcore that rattles the entire building.
Energy, the Wonder Years
Scene kids rejoice!
So close you can taste it
Rob Deane Business Manager Another fall at Freedom means another season of girl‟s soccer. This year the girl‟s soccer team is 4 and 9 overall, and their section record is 3-6. The team only has one senior, but they do have a lot of juniors. The captains this year are junior Lauren Reese and senior Holly Donaldson. This year‟s team has a lot of underclassmen, so there is promise for next year, and the future beyond that looks bright as well. One surprise player is freshmen Brittney Mavrich. She has been one of the star goal scorers this season. The Bulldogs are playing hard and having a respectable season. When asked about the season thus far, Caitlin Frain said, “this season is sort of going the way I expected, but I believe that we could be doing better.” The girl‟s soccer team has been a powerhouse in their section the last few seasons. Although this year is not going exactly the way they wanted, they are still working hard and having fun. As stated before, the Bulldogs only have one senior this school year, and it is very hard to win without the leadership that upperclassmen can provide. With that being said, it has opened the window for a lot of underclassmen, freshmen especially. The younger players have had to step in and play a significant role right away. They have done well so far and have been getting better as the year has gone on. With the underclassmen maturing quickly and the return of some upperclassmen next year, the Bulldogs should be a threat to win their section in years to come.
Photo by Joleen Mesing
Franzee Barlamas (24) jumps over a BCCS player while heading a ball. Freedom won the game 1-0.
Bryan McSorley Sports Editor
Lauren Reese battles for possession against Beaver.
Very rarely does a sports team come together and dominate right from the start. It often takes time and effort for a team to get in sync with each other. The boys‟ soccer team has come together like never before and has taken control of Section 1 A. Freedom was undefeated in their first turn in the section, including shutouts against preseason favorites Quaker Valley and Beaver County Christian. After eleven games, the only dents in the bulldog‟s armor this season is a non-section loss to AAA power West Allegheny and a tie against Carlynton. With the undefeated record in section play, Freedom has a chance to claim their first section title in soccer in fourteen long years. Midfielder Luke Mesing had this to say on the bulldog‟s section title chances: “We are ready to take the section. We‟ve been working long and hard to reach this goal and now that it‟s possible the team's working even harder.” A big reason that Freedom is in the position it‟s in is because of the strength of the team as whole. Both the offense and defense are superb. Luke Mesing, Eric Gabrich, and Seth Shidemantle are the leading
scorers on offense. Mesing leads with nine goals through eleven games; Gabrich and Shidemantle have each added six. The defense is just as good, if not better than the bulldog‟s potent offense. Because of sweeper Tanner Mesing and freshman goalie Anthony Kosis, it is hard to score on Freedom. Kosis has put up a handful of shutouts already this season and Mesing‟s and the other defenders‟ ball hawking abilities make it hard for teams to get shots off. Tanner Mesing on the defense: “We know that the point of soccer is to score more goals than the other team. If we put up a zero and only score one we still win, so we‟re trying to have shutouts every game.” The Bulldogs clinched a playoff a playoff birth on October 6th with their one to nothing victory over BCCS. All that is left for the team, is their ultimate goal of winning a section title. If Freedom continues to fight and work hard towards its goal, anything is possible. The bulldog‟s have a sense of confidence and swagger only seen in championship teams. This could be the year that boys‟ soccer puts another number up on the banner.
16 October, 2009
Jocks who rock Caitlin Frain
All photos by Jessica Rosenkranz, Photo Editor
Grade: 11 Sport(s): Caitlin Frain is a member of the soccer, basketball, track, and softball teams. Position(s): She plays outside mid-fielder for the soccer team. In basketball she is a point guard. For track, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, the 4 by 4 and the 4 by 1. Why does she play: She plays because she grew up playing sports, it's been part of her whole life, and it's fun. Her favorite coach: "John Morhbacher makes us work hard, but in a fun atmosphere." Her favorite professional athlete: She doesn't have a favorite athlete, but likes Michael Jordan; “he has an awesome number, 23.” Her favorite memory of high school athletics: Caitlin has two favorite memories: the first was when the 2007 Girl's Soccer team winning section, and the second was the 2009 Girl's Track team winning the WPIAL championship.
Grade: 10 Sport(s): Kyeem Moon is a member of the football, basketball, and track team. Position(s): Kyeem plays offensive guard and defensive tackle for the football team. He also is a center for the basketball team. For the track team he throws shot put and discus. Why does he play: Kyeem‟s reason for taking part in high school athletics is, "To keep myself in shape and keep myself busy." His favorite coach: Kyeem's favorite coach is Coach Tony, an assistant football coach, because "he's so miserable and it's funny." His favorite professional athlete: Kyeem's favorite athlete is none other than Cleveland Cavaliers great, Lebron James. His favorite memory of high school athletics: Kyeem recalls his favorite memory of high school athletics to this point as: "Going to WPIALS last year for track and chilling with Ben Bates all day."
Grade: 10 Sport(s): Carolyn Jenny plays basketball, volleyball, and is going to join the track team this spring Position(s): Carolyn plays outside hitter for the volleyball team. She also plays post for basketball. Why does she play: Carolyn says she plays sports because she just likes being physical. Her favorite coach: Carolyn's favorite coach of all time is her volleyball coach, Brittany Morrow because she's a lot like Carolyn. Her favorite professional athlete: Her favorite professional athlete is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward. Her favorite memory of high school athletics: Carolyn's favorite high school sports memory is getting a concussion on the last point of a volleyball game by hitting her head off the bleachers.
Football clinches a second win Jessica Rosenkranz
Photo by Jessica Rosenkranz, Photo Editor
As we hit the mid-way mark of the football season, the Freedom Bulldogs have now won two victories, first against Ellwood City in their season opener, and then Friday against New Brighton. After suffering unfortunate loses against Beaver Falls, Beaver, Mohawk, and Center, Freedom finally tasted victory again in the 27-22 away game. With positive reinforcement from students, parents, and teachers, the Bulldogs changed their luck. As proven in multiple life situations, high spirits and motivation can improve the young athletes‟ abilities and focus. The last few weeks of football are approaching, adding pressure to the boys to achieve success in winning more games. Despite the losses of both this year and previous years, Freedom has a team full of extraordinarily talented guys. However, some will show the crowd their abilities, and some will crack under the pressure. This year, the varsity football team prepares to let go of thirteen seniors as they graduate, moving on to bigger and better things.
Coach Lyons and Derek Lehockey talk before a play.
The class of 2010 football players include Ben Bates, Joe Ermi, Evan Rosenkranz, Scott Freeman, Adam Teets, Zach Burns, Ryan Heckman, Tyler Helch, Jeremy Herzog, Matt Piccinini, Clint Jenny, Larry Kosis and Tanner Mesing. A large handful of these seniors have been dedicated to Freedom‟s football team for close to 12 years. They'll be missed as star entertainers of this year and numerous years prior. Although these young men take an enormous chunk out of the team, a hefty 14 freshman were introduced to the Freedom football teams. Talents of these newcomers were used almost right away. Several boys such as Jonny Fiscus and Adam Shawger were given the opportunity to start in games for the varsity team. Freshmen newcomers and returning players to watch out for include Branden Heckman, AllanMichael Conforti, Zeke Stroupe, Kyeem Moon and many more. Come support your varsity football team on Friday nights in hopes to see even more of a turnaround. The more motivation the players receive, the higher their spirits are, and the more likely they are to go, fight, win!