Brianna Haglan Staff Writer ―Something as simple as a twisted ankle may require a long tortuous removal process involving up to twelve hours of immobilization in a rigid basket, thirty or more rescue personnel, an ambulance ride and hospital stay at the participant's expense…and finally, exposure to unbelievably hyped media attention on your ‗dramatic cave rescue.‘‖ Sounds intimidating, right? This fact was just one of the alarming realities in the packet of waivers involved in spelunking in the lower part of Laurel Caverns. The group that took on such a threatening adventure was none other than the Science Club.
something right, you‘ll fall.‖ Caving instructor Ian stressed that all spelunkers maintain three points of contact when in the cave. If a spelunker did not have those three, then they would increase their risk of falling and create a higher risk of injury. Whether that was feet, hands, or buttocks, it didn‘t matter as long as there were three stable body parts touching the cave floor, cave wall, or rocks. However, even with that warning, members of Science Club fell.
A memorable trip for all The highlight of the trip for Freshman Emily Parrish was watching Nicole Lindsay fall into Ms. Giebel, who was incredibly close to falling off a steep cliff. Parrish had her own mishaps as Descending into the depths The scariest part of the adventure well. ―I almost fell, and I couldn‘t stop was signing the waiver, Sophomore Zac myself,‖ she said. Wilson said. He compared it to ―signing Mavrich remembered being intimihis life away.‖ dated by ―looking up and seeing a wall Armed with headlights, hardhats, of rocks.‖ The highlight of the spelunkflashlights, long sleeved shirts, pants and ing trip for her was army crawling boots, members of the Science Club prethrough the narrow mud and water-filled pared for their journey to the center of crevices. She also was the most adventhe earth. The club members hiked turous out of the bunch. She crawled through three miles of cave, otherwise through tiny cracks in the rock that were known as spelunking. filled with mud. Mavrich emerged soakLaurel Caverns are some of the ing wet and covered from head to toe largest caves in Pennsylvania. There are with dirt. She also took a huge risk in two parts to the caverns: an easier upper crawling through one gap in the rocks, caving and a difficult lower caving. The Photos by Brianna Haglan, Contributing Writer where the instructor said one wrong turn Science Club embarked on the more adwould require him to perform a rescue. venturous lower spelunking expedition. that was only big enough to squeeze and teacher, was covered in mud and Wolf summed up the trip when she The group‘s tour guide, Ian, took them through, all the while surrounded by rock dirt. said, ―It was a lot of fun and worth the through the tight and narrow corridors walls. On a scale of one to ten, the danger danger.‖ that led to large areas as big as ballOnly two girls in the club were ad- associated with the adventure was a six, rooms, equipped only with their personal venturous enough to crawl through: according to Freshman Jacob Landis. The bat cave, literally light sources. Freshmen Hannah Mavrich and Danika ―We had to climb up and over rocks and Exploring the cave, the group Probst. However, the tour still went through holes and stuff,‖ Landis said. learned about its inhabitants: bats. Curthrough mud-filled paths. Needless to Sophomore Taylor Wolf felt the same rently, the cave is only open to scouts Treacherous paths Some spelunkers took the opportu- say, no one came out of the cave clean. way. ―I‘m going to have to go with a six and youth groups because Pennsylvania nity to ―army crawl‖ through a stream Even Ms. Giebel, Science Club sponsor because of the fact that if you don‘t grab bat populations are fighting diseases that threaten their existence. One disease the bats of the Laurel Caverns are facing is white nose syndrome (WNS). It is a white fungus that grows on the muzzle of the bat and potentially kills them. It is said that WNS is spread from bat to bat, but also could be caused by humans moving from cave to cave. If the bat population continues to decrease at the rate it is going, it is predicted that there will be a surge of 12 million additional mosquitoes in the area for the next five years. So, prepare to be scratching in the next few years.
28 October, 2010
A little more thrills for a lot less bills
Drama Club presents: The Haunted High School Emily Francis Editor-in-Chief An electric chair, a haunted psych ward, a maze, and frightening monsters and creatures beyond your wildest nightmares; what do all of these things have in common? They are horrifying, will all be at the FHS Haunted High School, and for only $5 anyone can see them. This is the second year the Drama Club has planned this hit holiday event, and the 60 students involved have been working quickly, efficiently and mysteriously to create all that the Haunted High School will have to offer. The proceeds will contribute to the Drama Club‘s spring performance, Guys and Dolls. For those of you who didn‘t attend last year, don‘t fret: a few different highlights and features will be brought back for the scare this year. The highlight last year was the drill team‘s talented performance to the classic production of Thriller. Although they will not be repeating the same performance, as Emilee Baker has put together the music and her sister Sam Baker has choreographed an all-new routine, the team has promised an equally as chilling and riveting piece to end the night of horror. As last year, a group may enter the high school and buy their tickets at the main entrance, but tickets are also available to be bought in advance in the attendance office, allowing the ticket holder to enter the Haunted High School promptly, as opposed to
waiting in a long line outside. Each group will be led by ghoulish tour guides. Club members will be stationed throughout the walkways, hidden and ready to horrify everyone that passes by. As well as live scaring, there will also be projected images and amazing illusions performed throughout the high school. Students who aren‘t scaring will be working hard nonetheless, whether that‘s handing out tickets, giving tours, working at the concession stand, or working behind the scenes. Senior Stephanie Duez worked the ticket booth last year, and remembers the crowd. ―The line went all the way out past the bulldog,‖ she said. Numerous parents worked on building some of the bigger features, including an electric chair and a guillotine, and they will also help run a concession stand. What‘s cool about Drama Club, Club Director Mr. Keith Kovalic (KK) said, is that everyone has the opportunity to get involved and help create something great; it‘s a complete community effort, and that enables their programs to be successful. The Haunted High School will be held on Friday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, October 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Last year, a home football game took place on the same night of its premier, so the student and community attendance was expected and received well. This year, however, there is an away game at New Brighton. KK and the band will need to be
present for the half-time show and then quickly return to the school to put together the Haunted High School. The night will be hectic, but no one except KK and his army of band and Drama Club members could pull it off. To sum up the Haunted High School, KK said, ―Will you get scared? Yes. Be impressed? Hopefully.‖
Above: Tristen Cumberledge Top Right: Samantha Baker Right: Sam Schweinsberg and Alec Zindren
Photos by Emily Francis, Editor-in-Chief
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Emily Francis Jake Cruise Sarah Choflet Emily Bittner Taylar McCoy Jordan Kusich Melanie Socash Amanda Hryckowian
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You need to take the right high school courses, sign up for the right tests, and complete Assi. Features Editor required forms for the specific college. Preferably, College bound students should apply to the you should set up interviews with colleges you are college of their choice by Thanksgiving and be interested in so you can see the campus and get a accepted before Christmas. For those of you who feel for the college. have not done anything about that yet, there is a There is a lot involved with filling out collot of work ahead. lege applications such as your general and bioEven if you don‘t think you can afford the graphical information, possible essays, transcript schools you want, Mr. Bennett said to apply to mailing and having to pay. colleges anyway, because ―you never pay sticker If you need a reference for your application, price for the college you will attend, you will pay give your reference person time to write the letter. something less than the actual tuition.‖ Scholarships are something to think about applyIf you want to go to college, there are some ing for as well. things you need to do; you need to get the best FAFSA is the free financial aid application grades as possible to earn a good GPA (Grade that all colleges students must have their parents Point Average). complete. Your parents must have their 2010 Your class rank matters, too. Colleges look at taxes prepared to file the FAFSA. This means that the small senior class of 156 to see where you it can be filed starting around February 1, 2011. stand. Colleges also consider activities, SAT So if you haven't already started the process, it‘s scores, and the rigor of your coursework. time to jump on it!
28 October, 2010
Cutting your hair Taylar McCoy Sports Editor Have you ever wanted to join a club that didn‘t exist, or that our school just doesn‘t have? Well guess what: you can make one. ―We have a lot of clubs. Make sure [the club you want] is meaningful and beneficial to everyone. It should be beneficial to both you and your school,‖ said Dr. Staub. Not only should a club be beneficial, but kids need to be interested in it. There should be more than six students in each club for it to be considered active The newest club in the school is the photography club, which students became involved with last year. Dr. Staub said, ―It just evolved. We have more students and teachers interested in technology and photography now.‖ Any student can‘t just ask for a club, though. There is a process the student needs to go through, including writing a letter to Dr. Staub and having him approve it and pass the decision onto the board to see if it will get accepted or vetoed. If the board approves the club, they have to also decide if the club should have a paid sponsor or a volunteer sponsor. A debate club would be very useful
to the students at Freedom High School, yet we are one of the schools lacking in the participation of a club like it, said Mrs. Corris. The club would be beneficial to the students who would like to go into the law field as their career, or into politics. Mrs. Corris is one of the many advocates for getting a debate club at Freedom. ―I think that if you had a lot of students interested in it, it would be a great idea. Especially seniors, because they need to get ready for the real world; it‘s coming up soon,‖ Mrs. Corris said. ―It is beneficial to understand what is going on, and being able to voice an opinion about it.‖ The school Mrs. Corris was previously employed at, Teays Valley, had a similar club. They called it a ―mock trial club.‖ The club acts out a court scene, with attorneys, a jury, and judges. The club allowed the students to see the process, and ultimately could have influenced career choices. Freedom has held debates before in a few different classes, such as Ms. Ross‘s 12th grade English class. A retired teacher, Mr. Maricone, did an interesting project for the seniors‘ final. He would have a debate that would determine the students‘ grade for the final at the end of the year.
marching band, each student stopping just before the end of the field to have Copy Editor their picture taken. On October 15, right around 6 ―It brings the seniors together,‖ p.m., the stands of the football field senior drill team member Sami Jo Smith were looking a little emptier than usual. said. Cameras flashed left and right as The reason for this was that all of the all of the seniors lined up along the side football players‘, cheerleaders‘, and of the field, and as the Star Spangled band members‘ parents could be found Banner played behind them, followed lined up behind the field, anxiously by our own Alma Mater; it could not awaiting the beginning of pregame. have been a more picture-perfect moEvery year, Freedom dedicates the ment. last home football game of the season to ―This is when it really sinks in,‖ the senior football players, cheerleaders, Smith said, ―this is the end.‖ and band members. We use this night as a way to honor all the hard work and time that the seniors have put in towards their specified group. The night went more than smoothly; the people that came out to support the students sat in the stands and cheered for each individual senior. Each senior student received their own personal biography, which was read aloud as they walked down the fifty yard line through the aligned band. Amanda Hryckowian, Web Editor The football players took the stroll first, followed by the Band member Putri Mesing walks with cheerleaders, and finally the her dad on senior night.
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FHSP Correction: In the September issue, the FHS Press failed to include awesome senior Zane Zeigler's name in the list of boys on the 2010 Homecoming Court. The FHS Press regrets the error.
We're sorry Zane. We love you.
―To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life,‖ said Robert Louis Stevenson. Unfortunately, his quote is all too literal for many teenagers and young people of the current generation. Last month, five teens who were continuously picked on and bullied for being gay took their own lives. These kids were just being who and what they wanted to be, but apparently that wasn‘t acceptable to their peers. Bullying in high schools, as well as online, has become an epidemic, and innocent lives are being lost. Fortunately for us, we don‘t tend to see a lot of bullying here in Freedom, which is good; however, just because we don‘t see it does not mean it still doesn‘t happen. Bullying nowadays has taken on a whole new direction. When we think of a bully an image pops into our minds of a giant senior named Spike beating up a tiny freshman for his lunch money. The fact is this is not the type of bullying that seems to be driving young teenagers to suicide; it is verbal abuse. Every one of those kids were laughed at and called names, and for what– for being gay? For being who they want to be? This is just truly unacceptable. We never want to believe that the things we say to someone might hurt them so badly that they turn to suicide. So next time you feel like making fun of a kid just because he chooses to be different, think about the consequences that might follow. Sometimes we say things, and we don‘t even know they hurt somebody or make them uncomfortable. Let‘s be honest here, we throw around words such as ‗gay‘ and ‗homo‘ like they have a dozen
definitions, but they‘re always negative. So is it really so hard to understand why a homosexual might think he or she won‘t be accepted by their peers? Now we all know we cant change our vocabulary to please everybody, but would it be so hard just to stop using a handful of words, all of which are used out of context anyways? As we should all be well aware of by now, online social sites, such as Facebook, are extremely popular in our society, so it only makes sense that bullying also takes place here; in fact, it happens even more. The prospect of being able to bully somebody without even having to be in the same room as them gives the bully a huge advantage. They don‘t actually have to see the hurt look in the poor victims eyes, and therefore don‘t feel any kind of remorse. Online sites are for keeping up with friends, not putting down our peers. Acceptance is easy to give, but never easy to find. We find enjoyment in pulling people apart and brutally tormenting them about the most asinine reasons, but what pleasure can you really find in that? Does it bring a smile to your face when they‘ve finally had enough and decide to pull the trigger? The simple answer is no, it does not. Bullying and verbal abuse brings nothing but pain and suffering, so why do we do it? We can‘t answer that, but what we can answer is what kind of outcome bullying supplies. It brings only years of built-up anger, self-mutilation, trying to change ourselves when change isn‘t needed, and in the worse case scenario, suicide. So what message are we trying to deliver with all this? We think it‘s pretty obvious; this needs to stop. Now.
Fact of the month: Did you know that in 1987 there were 665 students enrolled at Freedom Area High School? Compare that to the 557 students enrolled in 2009. That means there were 108 more students roaming the halls...where do you think they fit them all?
Jake Cruise, Managing Editor
You're getting ready for one of with at least one person who‘s involved your games. You're excited, but as in a sport, and after all, aren‘t friends you're walking out onto the field, you supposed to help each other out? scan the bleachers in search of support. Now faculty, I do see a lot of red Who's there? A few parents, maybe a and white on Fridays. However, what I younger sibling; but for the most part, don‘t see is attendance to the sports there isn‘t much of a fan base. events. There is a huge lack Teachers showing supof support for our school. port by attending events Whether it is students or is just as important as faculty, there is plenty of peers showing support. room for more spirit at Whether you live far FHS. This all comes down away or have plans that to having a positive attievening, just go to a tude. If there is a sports game or two. team that isn‘t doing well, Although it‘s not in instead of criticizing them, your job description, the you should go to their students will appreciate Zac Wilson games and show your enthe support and you‘ll Contributing Writer couragement. have done your part. Of Showing school spirit isn‘t just course, there are the devout students limited to attending games. You can and faculty and that‘s great; just be sure also show your spirit by simply putting to persuade your peers to join in on the on a red and white t-shirt or going to fun. school-sponsored events such as the Showing your support helps your homecoming dance. Okay students, you peers and, in turn, will benefit our team may go to a football game every once in morals and even our records. All that a while, and that‘s great; however, let‘s needs to be done by faculty and stunot forget that there are still other sports dents is to wear red and white and actuin Freedom. ally go to a few events. Saying ―great Let‘s take the soccer teams for ex- job,‖ to somebody in your class who ample. One of the boys‘ soccer games I scored a goal last night isn‘t so difficult went to this year had approximately 12 either. students there to show support. That being said, make sure you Showing your support helps the pay attention to DTV in the mornings to team more than you sitting on Facebook know when the home games are, wear posting a status that says ―go soccer your colors, and go to a few sporting team! :).‖ Chances are, you‘re friends events at FHS.
27 October, 2010
You kids and your... Ears, noses, brows, and lips; no this is not the new version of your favorite childhood song, but pretty soon it could be. Nowadays it seems as if people are getting more and more piercings. Getting your belly button pierced is practiEmily Bittner cally a rite of passage if you Features Editor are a young teenage girl. When regular earrings are no longer enough, then it‘s time to start the gauging. It‘s not something we typically think about because it has become more mainstream for people to have facial piercings, but when I asked my mom if I could get my nose pierced, there was clearly no way she would let that happen. I have begged her for at least two years to let me get it done and the answer has never changed. She always says that she doesn‘t like how it would affect my presentation to other people. This, if anything only made me want it more, and also got me thinking about why adults have such a problem with it but our generation doesn‘t. To me and almost every other teenager, piercings are purely just a
s g n i c r pie
style. But to my mom and other parents out there, they are practically like having a bad résumé permanently attached to your face. I argued back and forth with her, assuring myself that she was wrong. I told her that in less than two years when I can go and get my nose pierced without her permission, I‘m going to, so why not just let me now? Her reason: because by then hopefully you will have enough sense not to. Sure she doesn‘t want my career in the future to be affected, but studs can be taken out, holes will close up, and in a matter of seconds it‘s as if no one had ever stabbed a needle through my nose. I thought that with all my quick comebacks that I had maybe, just maybe, argued my darling mother into submission, but then she came back with one more point: ―why?‖ Why did I even want to get a nose piercing, and why did I begin to gauge my ears against her approval? This point was my only downfall – I gave up. Honestly, I couldn‘t think of a good reason why I wanted one. I like how they look, it‘s cool, etc.,
Crysta Clear Asst. News Editor school.
Everyone knows what it‘s like to ride the bus to and from school. It‘s cramped, loud, and let‘s face it - busses smell. While it‘s very safe and convenient, by the time you get to high school, you‘re a little sick of it. That‘s why sophomores, juniors, and seniors would rather begin driving to
A majority of students who have their licenses drive to school. Many would agree that the school handles it well. They understand that teenagers would rather have control of when and how they arrive or leave school. What they don‘t understand is the major uproar about the student parking lots. The way that the spots were picked is by students simply signing their names for whatever spots are available and turning their signed slip into the office. Seniors were allowed first pick. Juniors and sophomores, however, were not so lucky. Getting a spot was on a first come, first serve basis. This is a decently fair system, but there is one problem. No proof of driver‘s license was required to gain a parking spot. This means that some students, who cannot yet drive, could gain upper lot parking over students who drive to school now and are forced to park in the lower lot. Jacob Dishler, a junior, has been driving to school since the end of last school year. ―I know people who don‘t drive yet, but have spaces in the upper lot,‖ Dishler said, ―Those spaces are empty every day. Why shouldn‘t I be allowed to park Photos by Rosalyn Nye, Contributing Writer there?‖ There are 97 parking spaces in the parking lot, You may wonder why it‘s such a big deal to and 259 students who would like to park in them. have to park in the lower lot. Kayla Hickey, a junior,
but are these even good enough reasons? Does there have to be any reason at all? Instead I thought about why everyone else gets piercings, but that did not get me very far. I took it upon myself to find out: after all, my mom‘s question was still unanswered. Everyone I talked to said they got their piercing either because they wanted one or their friends have them. These were good enough answers for me but I doubt it would help my side of the argument in any way. We get piercings because we want to, plain and simple. Without gaining any new insight that could help me to claim the victory I had worked so hard for, I thanked people for their input, logged off Facebook IM, and continued on with the homework I had put off. In the end I am still under my parents‘ godly reign and have since given up trying to persuade them; there are plenty of other things I can fight with them about anyway. All I have left to say is I only hope that my children are nothing like me.
said, ―I‘m not upset because it‘s a longer walk, I‘m mad because it takes me longer to leave school and I‘m stuck behind a bus the entire way home. It goes really slow and stops so much that it wastes a lot of my gas money and it makes me late getting home. I have to get my little brother off of the bus or I have work after school. I can‘t be late for that.‖ Juniors and sophomores had to try to get their slips in to the office before all of the upper lot‘s spaces were gone, but seniors almost completely filled the upper parking lot. ―After the all of the seniors got their spots, there were only eight left. I tried to turn my slip in the first day I was allowed, but they wouldn‘t even look at it. All of the spots were gone already,‖ Dishler said. If there are empty spots, why not allow them to be filled by someone who needs one? Junior, Lauren Barrett said that she is also upset about the parking situation. ―I know not every senior is going to drive to school every day. So they could drive once and still get a parking spot in the upper lot,‖ Barrett said. A proof of driver‘s license should be a must to gain a spot in the student parking lot. To those who don‘t have a license yet, you should have to wait to sign up for your parking spot. It would also be unfair to allow students who only drive on occasion to have their own personal spot as well. We can work out a simple solution for future years. If a student arrives to school early, they should be able to park wherever they choose. My proposed solution is this: check if a student has a driver‘s license, then issue them a parking pass to hang on their mirrors. Then they can park in whatever space is available when they arrive each day. By doing this, we can stop the complaints and give the responsibility of getting a good parking spot to the students.
Taylar McCoy Sports Editor
Varsity boys‘ soccer goalie, Anthony Kosis, has started every game for the past four years the same way, with a ritual he started in seventh grade. He taps the side post of the goal, the crossbar, and the other side post, and then he prays. ―I don‘t really know why I do it. I just started believing that it affected my game play, and I just pray before every game now,‖ said Kosis. The boys‘ soccer team has worked hard to earn their record for the season, 87-2. The team has honed their soccer skills by having frequent strenuous practices. They try to not only work hard, but to have fun times as well. Sophomore Justin Boehmer said that his favorite moment on the team was when he and Matt VanDeCar, another sophomore, made funny remakes of songs during practice. Their favorite song to remake is the song ―Dynamite‖ by Taio Cruz. Along with individual players and their rituals, the team itself has a motto: ―10 minutes.‖ They believe that whoever comes out of the gate the hardest for the first ten minutes will win. The same idea goes for the period of time after the end
of the half and after each goal is scored. They always scream their motto to get pumped up before they play. The brigade of high school boys don‘t give themselves all of the credit, or recognition. The coaches, Bill and Ryan Smith, receive a lot of support from the team. ―One thing about our coaches is that they never give up on us, no matter what the outcome of anything is,‖ said Sophomore Jon Cleek. The soccer team sees a win or a loss as a team effort, unlike a lot of other high school teams. Most of the pressure, though, lies on the shoulders of the goalie. ―It depends on the score or how the goal went in, if I blame myself. If we lose by one goal, I feel like it‘s my fault. If we win, I feel like it is a team effort, and not one person‘s fault.‖ Some people would like to think that being on a team is like being on an episode of the Brady Bunch, but others think it is just a group of people coming together to play a sport and nothing more. ―I think it‘s a little bit of both. You know how most families argue and say they hate each other? Well, we‘re kind of like that. But in the end, when it comes down to it, we need each other,‖ said Junior Costa Barlamas.
Melanie Socash, Photo Editor
Senior and captain Adam Hunkins tries to keep the ball away from the opposing team.
Sarah Choflet News Editor
As the fall sports come to a close, one team that‘s still running strong is Freedom‘s cross country. The girls have improved their times during the progression of the season, which was their main goal from the start. The current record within the section for the girls is 3-5. After Madeline Kubica—the second best runner on the girls‘ team— was injured, it hurt the team a lot, Coach Ed Shepherd said. The season isn‘t over yet, though, and the girls are still running and even beginning to make goals for next year. Making it to states as a team and Sarah Choflet, News Editor not just individually is our goal, Sophomores Stacey Wallis and Dee Dee Sophomore Dee Dee Adams exAdams warm up on the track before plained. She has succeeded in making it to states this year due to her indipractice.
vidual performance. The boys are continuing on their quest for states, and are still training with vigor to accomplish this. If the boys‘ team places in the top four positions at WPIALs, the trip to states is a go. Junior Brock Adams said he is definitely looking forward to WPIALs, especially since there is a possibility of going to states. Aside from just the fall season, running means much more to the cross country team than just something to do during fall and pick back up the following year; cross country and running have become a way of life for many of the runners. Along with becoming a part of their lives, doing this long-distance sport has helped to bond many of the runners together. Both the girls and boys cross country teams are in it together as one big team agreed Coaches Ed Shepherd and Steve Tinker.
Sarah Choflet, News Editor
Junior Brock Adams thinks about food when he’s racing.
28 October, 2010
Aubrey Sprecker Asst. Sports Editor
Another Freedom football season is winding down. For the senior boys, the last night on their home field was Friday, October 15 for the senior night football game. For many of the boys, this ends their football career; for others, they hope to go on and play college football. This season has been a series of tough losses for our Freedom Bulldogs, but, we‘re keeping that Freedom spirit high for a win during the last football game against New Brighton. New Brighton‘s overall record is 1-5, and their section record is 0-5, which brings hope for our team. This season the team has worked extremely hard to improve their game. They started off practicing at the end of the school year with lifting, then summer came around and the boys had their annual two week football camp. Once school started the boys practiced every day after school- this is dedication. Now, who can match that Freedom football player dedication? A
Freedom football fan. Win or lose, you can always count on the stands being full, the crowds cheering and the band playing. There is always a sea of red and white. A new football player has recently appeared on the field; Mark Harding came into the season five months late, but still wanted to join the team. ―The worst thing about my season here is doing a drill or running a play I didn‘t know how to do,‖ he said. Harding came from Hopewell and had played football there as well. When he moved to Freedom he noticed the difference in the team and the coaching staff. In Hopewell, Harding said he was more comfortable because he knew all the plays and knew which ones would get the team a touchdown. ―They were tricky,‖ Harding said. Overall Harding also stated it‘s a hard thing to watch his team lose, but he is happy about how hard the team works. After another entertaining season Crysta Clear, Asst. News Editor of Freedom football comes to an end, we are excited to see what is in store No matter what the outcome, the Freedom football team puts up a strong fight each game and walks on and off the field proud. for next season.
28 October, 2010
Melanie Socash Photo Editor As the girls soccer team wrapped up their regular season, there was one thing on each of the girls‘ minds: playoffs. The team finished with a record of 9-7-2, and though they did not win the section, they strive to obtain even more success in the upcoming post-season. Despite a few disappointing losses, the team proved very satisfied with the overall outcome. Multiple players agreed that they improved greatly from last year. ―It seems like this year we had more determination, knowing that we lost a lot of girls from previous years,‖ said junior goalie Mackenzie McGurgan. ―A lot of our freshman and underclassmen stepped up.‖ Though various games were memorable for each teammate individually, games against Neshannock stood out to the team as a whole. The girls did lose one game to
“This team is closer than any of the other teams I've played on; even after the season is over we'll all still be friends.”
soccer team but as friends as well. ―The girls kept me going through the hard times,‖ said sophomore Brittany Mavrich. ―Everyone always had a smile on and knew that we had each other‘s backs.‖ Senior Lizz Reese agrees. ―This team is closer than any of the other teams I've played on; even after the season is over we'll them, but tied them in overtime in a separate all still be friends.‖ game. The girls actually ventured to Geneva‘s ―Playing Neshannock was most chal- ropes course earlier in the season, allowing lenging so far because they are a skilled them to really come together outside of the team – but, that is when we play our best soccer field. game,‖ said senior captain Lauren Reese. Between Coach John Morbacher‘s ―Although [the white-out game] was a motivational raps, celebrations after games, tough loss, the way we played and the sup- and the excessive laughter each and every port we had from the student body just fupractice, this season will be difficult to overeled our determination to make it to playshadow. offs.‖ The girls‘ team did continue to playOne major factor that contributed to offs to play Shady Side, losing 4-1. Despite the success of this season was the team‘s this loss, the team is proud of their performoverall unity; they acted as a team both on ance and is looking forward to more sucand off the field. They grew not only as a cessful seasons in the future.
Melanie Socash, Photo Editior,
Left: Senior Caitlynn Milligan, facing an opponent, goes for the ball. Right: Sophomore Emily Handyside gets a header while trying to score.
You’re ready to freeze; they’re ready to play Jake Cruise
Managing Editor Put your cap on, lace up your tennis shoes, and put on your singlet. This month, boys‘ and girls‘ basketball, swimming, and wrestling will start their season conditioning. So, bust out your coats, boots, and scarves: It's time for winter sports season! The most exciting part of this new season are the new coaches. Four year swim team coach, Ms. Maria Sosko, will be turning the job over to her old high school coach, Mike Kozlina. A Pitt alumnus, Coach Kozlina has been swimming competitively since he was eight years old and has been ever since until he started coaching. He hopes to change things up this year when it comes to practices by incorporating more dry land exercises. He hopes the season ―goes well, everyone has fun, and a lot of athletes will be getting best times.‖ The boys‘ basketball team also has a new coach this season, Jon Lapic. A 1999 Freedom graduate, Coach Lapic played basketball for Freedom and led the team to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. After graduating, he played for Penn State Beaver for two years, where he was a team captain and led the team to playoffs. Following college, Lapic coached the 8th grade basketball team at Beaver Falls, and then became the assistant coach here at Freedom, which he held for two years before finally becoming head coach. His overall goal for the season is to make it to playoffs. The girls‘ basketball team started conditioning very early in October. The team hopes for a winning season this year. ―This season will be better than last year; I think we‘re going to win a few games,‖ said Brittany Mavrich, sophomore. The team sees new support in the way of new freshmen joining the team, and in all the team just hopes to have a fun season with no problems. The wrestling team has also started conditioning this year, and plan to have their first match in December. With Zeke Stroupe as the captain, the wrestling team hopes to make it to states this season. Along with the wrestlers come the wrestlerettes. With Megan Alicandro, Nikki Wallis, and Andrea Cary as captains, the wrestlerettes are a ―new and improved squad this year,‖ said Alicandro. Indoor track also deserves an honorable mention as a winter sport. Although it is not technically a varsity sport, they practice just like any of the other sports, and also compete in meets a few times a year. So whether you‘re a swimmer, basketball player, wrestler, wrestlerette, or runner, you better get ready; winter sports are here.