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Nov. 19, 2008
Volume 49 Issue 10 1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Food bank benefits as CFHS wins first
Aubrey Caruso Staff Writer
Cedar Falls High School targeted hunger this year donating a grand total of 22,520 pounds to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and becoming the winners once again in their second annual competition against Waterloo East and West. After many activities, fundraising and working together in such activities as trick or treating for cans, bean bag throwing, raffle tickets and third hour classes competing to bring in the most cans, Cedar Falls filled the truck with hundreds of boxes and sent it off to be weighed last Thursday. “If we don’t help who’s going to? I think that it’s our responsibility to help other people. With 13 million children in our country who are hungry tonight, that’s just ridiculous. Again, and if we don’t help them, who’s going to? It’s those kids we want to give the basic human needs to, and were just not meeting that need, so that’s why it’s important,” teacher and food drive coordinator Diane Flaherty said. In addition to the big Cedar Valley schools, Hudson High, Janesville High and Northern University High also participated in the food drive. “The biggest part of the food drive is seeing the whole student body working together for a common goal,” teacher and food drive coordinator Marcey Hand said. The total raised throughout Cedar Falls High School was 21.4 pounds per student. Last year, Cedar Falls High School raised 23,273 pounds of food. The Cedar Valley schools’ total last year was 61,176. “I think there was more enthusiasm last year, but that could be because it was new and exciting. I also think that we remembered how much work it was in those final weeks hauling and loading the truck. I don’t think many people knew how much physical work went into the last three days. We remembered that as we started this year,” Diane Flaherty said. Some of CFHS school groups that were involved were sophomore, junior and senior leadership, SSR and Harmony. They collectively held many fundraising events such as the student vs. teacher kickball game in the gym, a Halloween dance, a F-O-O-D bracket basketball game (patterned after the NCAA Final Four), bake sale and many others. “I think we did fairly well this year. We were off to a slow start, but I think once contests got started, classes were into it more. I was concerned though that we had classes that didn’t
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Top: Junior Kevin Kramner boxes cans before they are sent to the food bank. Bottom left: Seniors Ambrosia Austin and Julie Lang also help by stocking sugar. Bottom right: Juniors Arielle Morris, Jake Cayton, Ben Sadkowski and Nino Costerella lift boxes into the truck. bring in one can. I am just so grateful so many people participated,” Diane Flaherty said. This shows what an effect that just the Cedar Valley can make on so many people by students donating to the food drive.
“There is still going to be hungry people and we shouldn’t forget those people after Thursday when we loaded all our food and conclude our student hunger drive,” counselor and food drive coordinator Ryan Flaherty said.
News Briefs Senior pictures needed Senior pictures for the yearbook should be sent to the high school by Tuesday, Nov. 25. Send one color portrait (head and shoulder) picture. Digital pictures can be emailed to yearbook adviser Brian Winkel (email@example.com). Pictures can not include props (cars, footballs, hats, etc.). For those pictures we don’t receive by the deadline, we will run the student pictures from the junior year. We will also take free professional senior pictures for any student who requests them well before the deadline. Yearbooks on sale Yearbooks for 2008-2009 are on sale for $40 until Friday, Dec. 19 After that date, the price goes up to $45. The book is 200 pages and full color. Payments can be sent to the high school in a envelope labeled as “Yearbook Order” and enclosed with a check made out to Cedar Falls High School. Carolers available The 10th to 12th grade choir students will be for hire to sing for business holiday parties, community and social events this holiday season. Those interested can hire a quartet or a full choir. The students singing are volunteers. Those interested in contacting the choir students to carol at their holiday function should call choir director Kendra Wohlert at (319) 553-2507 or email wohlertk@ cedar-falls.k12.ia.us. Hy-Vee receipts requested The Parents and Teachers Together (PATT) Committee wants your Hy-Vee Receipts. Any receipt dated from June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2008, of any color will be accepted for this school year. Money raised from the Hy-Vee receipts is used by the PATT committee to help fund projects that benefit Cedar Falls High School. Financial Aid Night The counseling department will host a Financial Aid Night on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium for seniors and their parents or guardians. The counselors will provide basic information about college financial aid including information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students will also have the opportunity to fill out a practice FAFSA if they wish.
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Nov. 19, 2008
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After six weeks of creative planning, scheming and collecting, the food drive has finally come to a close. The Cedar Valley area all scrambled to bring in the most pounds of canned items in their division, but it was Cedar Falls High School that outdid them all. The students brought in 22,520 pounds of food out of the grand total of 37,128 pounds. That is roughly 62 percent of the whole total. Not only did Cedar Falls shine with their exceeding number of cans, but they also won the most creative event for throwing pies at three teachers during lunch hours. Third hour classes have been participating in a bracket competition and the winners of the brackets are Kobel and Homewood. They will be rewarded with a pizza party. The sponsors of the food drive rewarded Cedar Falls High School with $1,000 for winning the student food drive and another $100 for having the most creative event. This money will give Cedar Falls High School a slight advantage for next year’s student food drive. Also, Cedar Falls High School as well as Valley Lutheran High School , winners of the small school division, will be recognized for their efforts on a billboard. Thank you to all who donated food, money and time to the food drive. We, also, want to give a special thanks to the members of SSR, student forum, sophomore leadership, junior leadership, senior leaderships, harmony and the choir for their involvement in planning and participating in making the food drive possible. We also want to thank Hansen and North Cedar Elementary for adding to our total. Hansen encouraged students to bring in cans by allowing them to put their names on the cans and adding it to a canned pyramid. North Cedar offered popcorn and pizza parties to the classrooms that collected the most food throughout the food drive. The CFHS student forum will be sponsoring and serving those parties. And also a special thanks to Homes Junior High for helping collect cans. This was a very successful year and a lot of people will be helped greatly for it.
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On May 15, 2008, the Supreme Rabbis of Southern California, the Court of California ruled 4-3 that laws Anti-Defamation League, Los Angeles making marriage strictly between a Unified School District Board of man and a woman was a violation Education and Jack O’Connell (the of equal protection under California State Law. This historic rul“These peoing enabled same-sex ple want to couples throughout the state of California be treated the right to marry as equals, their partners. On June 17, same-sex and yet the marriages began ocpeople of curring in the state of California. An estiCalifornia mate given by UCLA haven’t supsaid that about 18,000 same-sex couples ported their were married from Monica Reida wishes.” June 17 until Nov. 5. Staff Writer On June 2, California SuperintenProposition 8 was dent of Schools) opposed Proposition put on the November general elec8. O’Connell even appeared in an tion ballot before same-sex couples ad against Proposition 8 that ran in were even started to get married. The California. purpose of Proposition 8 was to repeal And their opposition is logical. the Supreme Court’s ruling. Proposition 8 is nothing short of On Nov. 4, voters in California discrimination. What the passing of went in to the polling places to not Proposition 8 tells the nation is that only elect the next President of the not every Californian is equal. It tells United States, but to also vote either the nation is that it is perfectly OK to Yes or No on Proposition 8. On Nov. allow same-sex couples the ability to 4, the people of America elected be treated as an equal to their heteroBarack Obama to be the first Africansexual counterparts, but then yank that American President breaking down racial barriers. But 52.3 percent of vot- equality away from them. Equality is what this comes down ers in the state of California also voted to. These people want to be treated as for Proposition 8, a bill that may make equals, and yet the people of Califor18,000 marriages illegal. nia haven’t supported their wishes The unofficial passing of Proposibecause it is supposedly redefining tion 8 means that same-sex couples marriage and the Bible condemns may not be allowed equal rights as homosexuality. Yes, the book of heterosexual couples in the state of Leviticus defines homosexual acts as California. They might no longer be a sin, but the Bible also commands us allowed the ability to share health bento love our neighbor and to do unto efits, adopt a child or file a tax return others as we would want others to do jointly. to us. How would these people feel The passing of Proposition 8 is not if gays yanked away their right to official yet. The California Secretary marry? of State will publish the official results Another statistic involving Propoon Dec. 9. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegsition 8 is that about 70 percent of ger has urged those against ProposiAfrican-American voters in California tion 8 to not give up the fight and has voted for the bill. In the past 150 years been a strong opponent of the Proposimade outstanding progress towards tion. In addition, all six Episcopalian rights for African-Americans, who at bishops in California, the Board of
various points in history didn’t have equal rights for marriage. While slavery was still legal in some states, they were not able to get married legally because they were viewed as property. With the abolishment of slavery, this granted all African-Americans the ability to marry, but in several states it was only to another person of their color. It wasn’t until 1967 that interracial marriages were legalized in all 50 states after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Loving v. Virginia. We’ve made so much progress in giving people the ability to marry whomever they want to, why can’t we continue this progress? What these same-sex couples want to show is their love for one another. More than 40 percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. If these people who love each other more than anything in the world and have been together for maybe a long time want to get married, why should we stop them? Because it’s weird and it’s different than something we are used to? They want to show that they love each other and raise a family. These couples want to be treated as equals and be given the same benefits and rights as others in this country. Isn’t this the American dream? To get married, have a family and live a good life. By passing laws such as Proposition 8, we the people are redefining the American dream. Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay elected official in California, once said, “I know that you can’t live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living”. Proposition 8 has taken hope away from same-sex couples in California and other states. Can hope really exist in a world where the right to show that you love some is taken away because the couple is composed of two men or two women? It seems that it may exist, but it will be very dim. On Nov. 4, I thought that by electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States, we had finally overcome our prejudices. The next day, I realized that we still have a long way to go.
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Nov. 19, 2008
N eW Rel eases
•The Killers Day and Age •Beyonce I am...Sasha Fierce •David Cook David Cook •Nickelback Dark Horse •Kanye West 808’s and Heartbreak •Trace Adkins 10
Movies: •Twilight •Bolt
F eature Pod cast This week’s feature podcast as well as eight others that are updated every other week can be found on The Tiger Hi-Line Online (http://www.cedar-falls.k12.ia.us/ buildings/cfhs/journalism/index. html) by following the podcast links. Internet Explorer does not work for viewing this site. Use Safari, Firefox or Opera for best results. The website is also linked off the high school’s website.
with host Mike Targoff This show kicks of its second year as it runs a rotation of arts reviews that alternates from music to video games to movies.
Oct. 30/Episode Five In this episode Mike reviews the following game releases Saint Road 2 for XBox 360, Wii Music for Wii and Guitar Hero World Tour for Playstation 3.
Bringing the Heat
PBS documentary gives insight to climate change Maggie Devine Entertainment Editor
Described on its website as “a global investigation into one of the greatest crises that mankind has ever faced,” the PBS-produced documentary Heat explores global climate change and points a blatant finger at the United States as the cause. Heat aired on PBS, but is also available for free viewing online at pbs.org and is sold on iTunes. This availability alone makes it clear that PBS believes in this documentary’s truth and cause. While all of these viewing options vary in their convenience for different people, more is gotten out of watching Heat online because of the availability of extra information. As award-winning producer and correspondent Martin Smith looks into the causes and problems of climate change, the viewer gains an ungodly amount of information in the form of statistics and interviews. After watching this documentary in its entirety, even Paris Hilton would be an incredibly informed person on global warming. The largest strength of Heat is its information. Shocking facts and predictions like the one made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that all glacier ice will be melted by 2035 proves the point of the documentary by grabbing the viewer’s attention and keeping it there because the facts presented worry them. The format of Heat is simple. Online, it is separated into nine chapters, but it can be narrowed down to three rather disproportionate sections instead: what is happening to Earth, why the United States is to blame and what the United States can do to prevent global climate change.
Also on PBS.org
Liked Heat? Also available for online viewing are other teen-focused features like A Class Divided, which is about an Iowa teacher’s lesson about race.
Heat does not ignore other countries and their influence on carbon emissions and climate change, but it points out that America started industries and mass consumption, and other countries only followed. It shows in detail the amount of opposition in the United States to preventing climate change, and it illustrates what has happened in the past to movements for more fuel-efficient cars and global warming legislation. Though now America is somewhat on board with preventing global climate change, the documentary explains that other countries could be standing in the way of saving the planet. Recently developed nations like China and India are becoming almost as carbon consuming as America. According to Heat, China builds two new coal plants a week. India is reportedly not far behind China. Sunita Nahair of the Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi, says in the documentary that, “If every Indian were to live like an American, the planet is doomed.” Although the major theme of Heat seems to be pointing a finger at the United States, it also suggests alternatives and helps to promote the causes others like T. Boone Pickens have advocated. Pickens, an “oil man all his life,” now wants America to invest in wind and solar power and has invested $10 billion in it. He doesn’t show up in the documentary until near the end, but his message reaches viewers far more than some of the points of the film. Heat boasts many incredible aspects of film making, from its countless interviews with top climate change experts to its beautiful photography. Including the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change chair Dr. Rajenda Pachuri, the documentary gathers insight from worldwide leaders in economics, science and politics. Among these leaders are CEO’s of coal industries, professors at top colleges around the world and chairs of important global warming committees. Not only are these interviews of high caliber, they show very damning evidence. CEO’s especially deliver rather shocking quotes in their interviews, saying that shareholders are more important than public interest on climate change. Dr. Ling Wen, CEO of Senhua Energy stated plainly his interests: “We must create the money, not lose the money.” The documentary also captured film of important events like the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2007, including the controversial booing of the United States delegate. Many pertinent interviews such as Dr. Pachuri’s can be viewed in itheir entirety through the pop-up links that appear when watching the film online. Other useful information such as related articles and additional data is illustrated in the pop-ups as well. If someone is researching climate change, these extras would be very helpful. The nature footage shown in Heat is comparable to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth. The film of the Himalaya and desert landscaping is absolutely gorgeous and captures the true beauty of Earth. The range of film work that is mixed together is also interesting. A clip from the old television show The Bell Telephone science series from the 1950’s is presented in the documentary. In the clip shot in 1958, a scientist raises his theory that perhaps modern
industrial emissions could harm the planet by warming it and consequently flooding large land masses. Old-fashioned film is used when illustrating the progress of American consumption in addition to modern footage. When the progress of American industries and consumption is being shown, a blue line graph is super imposed over the film to pointedly show the growth of American expenditure. One noticeable aspect of filmmaking that is mostly left out from Heat is music. Except for about the last five minutes, there is virtually no emotional mood music. There is only transitional sound. This does not take away from the film because instead of music, the documentary relies on footage and startling quotes. The ending of Heat is packed with an abundance of interviews and quotes, poignant footage of coal plants and the kind of sad classical music found in all documentaries. While after so much information and emotion in the documentary, the final moments of Heat could have been more profound. It seems like it should be a strong call to action, but that feeling does not resonate in the end as much as it does throughout the entire documentary. After watching this, one can only feel responsible for the issue of climate change. While the purpose of the documentary was not to blame America, the evidence is inescapable. If the point of Heat was to bring about more action to stop global warming and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, it was achieved. If more people viewed the evidence in this documentary, surely more would be done in America to prevent global climate change.
Thank a teacher
r. Schmidt has such a fun personality; he’s always joking with students and is a really nice guy. He also is the first person to make history even interesting to me at all. He knows so much information and is just a great guy all around. Plus we like the same sports teams. I’m really thankful for Mr. Schmidt because he’s such an awesome teacher and person. He’s really great to have around CFHS.
rs. Timmins has made a significant impact on my life because she’s whipped me into shape every time I need it. She’s helped me so much, even if it’s just by lending an ear to listen. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if she hadn’t helped me out nearly as much as she did sophomore year. She pretty much rocks and I’m really glad I had her as teacher sophomore and senior years.
y number one teacher from school is definitely Barry Dvorak, the percussion instructor, here at the high school. I’ve been able to work with him since 7th grade, and he’s been a great role model and an awesome teacher. He can really teach you in a way you can understand but also has a great sense of humor to keep you interested and having fun. He’s taught me all I know when it comes to drum-line, mallets, and concert band. He helped me really get into the habit of practicing and helped me to develop some good working habits and great little tricks in the drum world. Not only does he make learning fun but he also loves to be creative and funny whenever he can. During marching band season we make drum-line tye-dyes and have drum-line dinners with him before all the home games. He also likes to create themes with drum covers, stick colors and other things to keep it fresh and interesting. He’s been great and I think any kid going through the percussion world would be really thankful to have him as a teacher.
ebbie Paulsen has been an inspirational teacher for me. Having her for sophomore Honors Biology was one of the best things to happen to me. She installed in me a love of the sciences, which I plan to pursue as I go off to college next year. She also encouraged me to follow the sciences by taking AP biology, which I don’t think I would have done without her encouragement. She has given me so many opportunities to advance and learn with the most recent being accompanying me to Des Moines for the World Food Prize Symposium. She has really changed my life and for that I am grateful.
Nov. 19, 2008
As Thanksgiving arrives students show thei r appreci a ti o n e iLi for teachers at CFHS that have impacted their lives
rs. Flaherty has made a huge impact in my life because she is a teacher who pushes you to work towards your full potential. Right now we are working on a research paper, and I’ve never worked so hard in my life on one thing, not because I couldn’t do it, but because I didn’t care or want to do it. She makes me care and want to do well in school, and that’s what a teacher should be about. Not only does she care about how well we do in our academic lives but she makes it very clear she cares about every one of her students on a personal level. She is a really tough teacher, but I know that it’s just to make me a better writer.
Nov. 19, 2008
r. McCullough- ‘Oh look, Thomas the Train is on TV!’ Mr. McCullough is one of those teachers who’s still a little kid on the inside. He gets excited when students figure out how to, well kinda, make a simple little bowl and then progress to making the same type of bowl, but actually have it look like a bowl. He’s always full of fun stories and has a great personality. He makes the class fly by and wants to help every student make the neatest thing they can before he retires. He’s making sure he leaves a little piece of all his awesome pottery/artistic skills in every student he’s had in his many years at CF.
efinitely one of the best teachers at the highschool is Mr. Longnecker. You can really tell how much he enjoys teaching his students. He made a very hard class to teach extremely interesting/enjoyable. I believe his past teaching experiences make it really easy for him to work with students at a public school. He really respects his students and in turn gets much respect back from us. His class was always something to look forward to.
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Celebrate American Education Week
Nov. 19, 2008
On to State
Tigers avenge early season setback to CR Washington Mike Droste Staff Writer
The Tigers will attempt to garnish a single-loss football season with a state championship Friday against No. 1 West Des Moines Valley in the final game of the 4A bracket, after a win over Cedar Rapids Washington on Friday, Nov. 14 in the UNI Dome. The Tigers beat Cedar Rapids Washington 27-19, avenging their only loss in the regular season. Cedar Falls lost their first game to Wash, 28-9. The game started off unfortunately for the Tigers. Washington was the first on the board with a short run into the end zone by Andre Dawson.The Tigers quickly responded with a Jay Brummel touchdown. The game remained a close one until Brummel scored yet again on a 22-yard run with only two minutes remaining. Both teams have showcased a strong running game in the postseason. The Tigers’ Jay Brummel ran for two touchdowns and 198 yards against a stout Wash defense, while Tiger quarterback Kyle Bernard widened eyes as he ran for 114 yards and threw for one touchdown. For WDM Valley, running back Theo Burkett ran for two touchdowns in the other semi-final match to eliminate Ankeny 21-14. “They’re a really fast team; we can’t underestimate them,” center Jake Dix said. The Tigers, who lost to Valley in the 2005 Class 4A Championship game, will seek another victory of vengeance at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Dome. Top left: Jay Brummel cuts through the first line of Washington defense thanks to an Aiden Brock block. Middle left: Wes Boyer avoids oncoming Washington defenders. Top right: Senior Amanda Hosper inspires the Tigers to be flexible. Bottom: Seniors Sam Jones and Brandon Nicholsen lead the student section and the Tigers to the title. Tyler Schaub Photos
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Athlete Week of the
Tara Murphey Cheerleader Senior Cheerleader Tara Murphey has been in cheerleading for nine years since fifth grade. She’s been in Little League, All Stars, junior high and high school cheerleading. She plans to audition for a position on the NCA staff, which is during the summer. 1.) Why do you enjoy most about cheerleading? The competiveness to work for a common goal, learning routines and making up routines. 2.) Is there anybody you look up to? My team because I put all of their individual skills together which makes a successful team. 3.) What type of goals do you have for cheerleading? To be the best I can be and a stronger role model for juniors and sophomores so they can be good role models for upcoming sophomores. 4.) What made you join cheerleading? I was thrown into cheerleading by my mom and was told my first year that I wasn’t good enough, so I tried to become better and stuck with cheerleading ever since. 5.) What is your best past memory from cheerleading? In seventh grade there was a jump off contest to see who could do the best toe touch or jump. 6.) What is your greatest accomplishment? Winning top All American at camp last summer.
Tigers in Action Football (12-1) Beat CR Washington 27-19 Next: Championship vs. WDM Valley Women’s Swimming Placed runner-up at State Swim Meet
Nov. 19, 2008
Swimmers finish as runners up at State • Bethany Olson’s state diving title repeat and two runner-ups for Bailey Pons lift Tiger women up 16 places from last year. Ben Olson Staff Writer
The women’s state swimming and diving meet, held on Nov. 7-8 at the Marshalltown YMCA, proved to be another tough battle for Cedar Falls, who ultimately took runner-up behind West Des Moines Valley. Cedar Falls splashed right into the lead when senior Bethany Olson repeated her last year’s performance,
winning the state diving title. Sophomore Lauren Halloran finished seventh place in the diving competition. Going into the swimming portion, Cedar Falls led by 12 points over Johnston. The early lead still couldn’t prevent Valley from taking control, though. The meet started with the 200 medley relay, where Valley won in a time of 1:47.55, an all-American time. The CF squad of freshman Kelsey Abbas, senior Erica Scullin, junior Ashlee Graham and senior Sarah Hedeen finished in fifth place with a time of 1:51.5. Next in the 200 free, junior Bailey Pons lost a tight battle to Ames swimmer Stephanie Koch, finishing second in 1:53.39. The 200 IM was a strong race for the Valley Tigers. Danielle Harris of West Des Moines blew the field away and won in state record time of
2:04.24. Freshman Montana Clasby of Cedar Falls made it to the podium in sixth place with a time of 2:14.79. Next up for the Tigers was the 100 fly, where Graham narrowly missed the podium in seventh place with a time of 1:00.73. Scullin was 18th in 1:02.51. The biggest upset of the day came in the 500 free. Senior Allison Harding of Valley dropped 16 seconds from her seed time to win in 5:00.33. Pons was a close second with a time of 5:01.8. Freshman Alesha Rettenmeier was 20th in 5:33.23. “The second place will definitely give me a goal in the future. It gives me something to think about every day, so I can push myself harder at practices,” Pons said. Afterwards in the 200 free relay, the CF team of Pons, Graham, Hedeen and Abbas was eighth in 1:40.67. The 100 back saw Abbas again
with a top placing. She ended up third with a solid time of 59.55. Next in the 100 breast, Cedar Falls was a strong force, with Hedeen ninth in a time of 1:08.52, Scullin 11th in 1:09.91 and Clasby 13th in 1:10.62. In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, Valley won in 3:35.61. The CF team of Pons, Graham, Clasby and Hedeen was ninth in 3:43.29. After the points were tallied up, Valley claimed the state championship with 316 points. Cedar Falls was runner-up with 201 points, a huge improvement from 18th place last year. “I would say our team is happy with second. We performed our best, and to be able to take something home is an accomplishment,” Pons said. Coach Richard Marcussen also said he felt the day had a good outcome. “That was definitely quite a jump in one year. I was happy with the efforts, and there were some improvements.
We had a lot of first-timers dealing with the stress and pressure. They swam a little tight,” Marcussen said. New swimsuit technology played a role at the meet as well. Aside from the usual Fastskin suits meant for end-of-season meets, many girls were wearing Speedo’s new LZR Racer suit, which runs near $600. Dozens of world records have been set in this suit, which raises questions as to whether it should be worn at a local high school meet. “It probably wasn’t the best, or fair thing, but you can’t exactly ban them from state because parents could afford an expensive suit,” Pons said. The debate on suits will continue, but it doesn’t override one of Cedar Falls’ strongest comebacks in the past few years. “I think a lot of coaches would like to be in the position I’m in now with the team,” Marcussen said.
Basketball teams warming up for winter New faces lead men’s team Women aim for return to State Marissa King Staff Writer
The men’s varsity basketball team will start off the season ranked No. 21 after completing last season with a 13-10 overall record, but short of returning veterans, the men are in for a challenge. “Darion Howard and Kyle Bernard are the only returning starters. I believe the leading scorer and top rebounder from last year’s team were Mike Shindel and Austin Pehl. At this point I’m not sure who will replace those guys. I’m sure we’ll need everybody to step up and improve to be successful,” assistant coach Tom Bardal said. The men will face tough opponents from Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City schools. “The entire league is very good as it is every year. I would guess most people would say Linn-Mar and Iowa City are probably considered the favorites,” Bardal said. “We’ve got some tough competition this year, and we lost some really great players from last year. Everybody will have to step up in order for this to be a successful season,” senior Shane Fuller said. As it is with all sports, the seniors are
responsible for leadership roles. This year is no exception. “I expect our seniors to step up and provide the leadership needed to be successful. They’ve done a great job in football. I’m confident it will continue,” Bardal said. “All season long, we’ve been striving for a state championship. We’ve been working hard every day, and I’m sure our work ethic will carry on into the basketball season,” Fuller said. All the players are ready to step up to their coaches’ and their own expectations of themselves. They are ready to put in the extra effort. “My philosophy is dictated by what type of team I have. I think you can teach certain principles each year, but you have to be able to change your style to be successful. Our main goal for this season is to have all our players improve in all areas both offensively and defensively,” but Bardal has one area specifically in mind for the team to work on this year. “I think one area that we really need to focus on for us to be successful is rebounding. How will we do? Time will tell,” Bardal said. The men’s first game is on Friday, Dec. 5 against Ballard Huxley.
Marissa King Staff Writer
With eight returning seniors and becoming state qualifiers last season, the women’s basketball team is eager to return to the court. “Well, I am really excited for basketball to start and to start playing games. I think our season will go good; we have a tough schedule, but it’ll be fun. We all really want to make it to State again,” senior Lindsey Morris said. One of the most important qualities any team should have is teamwork, and the Tigers have plenty of it. “I’m excited to start playing games again and spending time with the girls on the team. I’m also excited for chapel, which is dinner and a message from a speaker before a game. All the pre-game stuff is great,” senior Haley Patterson said. “Our main goal as a team is to improve each week and obtain the team chemistry is takes to be successful. It will be difficult to improve on last year’s squad, but we will work hard to match it,” coach Dan List said. “I am looking forward to this season a lot because all of us get along, and I think that we can be very successful. If we put it all together then we should be very successful. I just think it will be a very fun season; everyone is very excited,” junior Courtney Dreyer said.
The Tigers will have to compete with No. 1 Iowa City High, and their third game is against No. 3 Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Their fourth game is against No. 2 Linn-Mar. “My coaching philosophy is play hard and come ready to play every day. Maximize your effort; that is the only thing you can control each day,” List said. The team will have one lone returning starter, Laura Johnson. Two seasons ago she broke the season record of best three-point percentage with 47.5 percent, but the role of team leader won’t be just up to her. “It is the senior’s team each year because it is their last season of high school basketball, yet we need the entire squad to work hard to push the players in front of them and for the team to maximize their talent,” List said. “This group of players had a good summer together. They are very inexperienced and do not have a lot of size, but they work hard and have good team chemistry on and off the court. They will play hard,” List said. The women’s first game is against Columbus High School on Monday, Nov. 24 during the Metro Jamboree. “It will be difficult to improve on last year’s squad, but we will work hard to match it. We want to go as far as we can. Every team begins with a trip to State as its goal, and we are no different,” List said.
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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes
Nov. 19, 2008
(Left to right): Julie Lang (’09), along with the rest of the band, performed a symphony of sounds in honor of Veteran’s Day at the assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the gym. Anna McGee (’09) sings the National Anthem with the concert choir. Social studies teacher Kevin Stewart introduces the Marine speaker Sgt. Rettenburer. Honor Heindl Photos
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