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Indians lose heartbreaker in the rain

By Megan Lakatos On a chilly, rainy Thursday, the LHS Indian football team suffered their first loss against Windsor 18-0. Plagued by not only the wet conditions, penalties proved to be hurtful for the Indians. “We didn’t play disciplined. We were getting penalties right and left,” said LHS coach Wayne McGinn, whose team fell to 5-1 and 3-1 in the NC. “I don’t know, there were a lot of penalties that went against us that I questioned, but I’m sure they were doing it. (Windsor is) a good team, so sometimes good teams cause you to do some penalties, especially the holding calls and stuff that can go either way and didn’t go our way tonight.” Although this loss stings a bit, it doesn’t damper the amazing season that has been perfect up until now. “Work hard, play hard,” said Cameron Jibril Thomaz. Or as you might know him as Wiz Khalifa. Being a strong team takes time, and hard work to improve throughout the season, and working hard isn’t the only thing the Loveland High School football team has been doing. After practicing almost three moths,

the LHS Football team was ready to show the crowd what they have been working so hard for. And winning their first game of the season against Lakewood High School with a score of 31-28 wasn’t enough. Playing Roosevelt High School, the team started off shaky, but ended up winning 34-28. For the Homecoming game, playing against Greeley Central, the boys brought home another great win with a score of 50-7. Keeping up with this team can’t be easy. But if you have already led a team to State in 1982, how hard can it really be. The man behind all this is the new head coach here at LHS, Wayne Mcginn. Mcginn has been coaching since the beginning of the summer, but use to coach the football team at Loveland in 1982, 83, and 84. “My goal is to look the best we can be by the end of the season,” said Mcginn. Upcoming Games 10/18 Thompson Valley High School 10/24 Longmont High School 11/1 Mountain View High School

Recent Stats

Football 5-1 Passing Yards Per Game: 195.0 Rushing Yards Per Game: 251.0 Total Touchdowns 23

Soccer 2-10 Overall 0-7 In Front Range League

TENNIS 3-5 Finished 9th in the League

Softball 12 wins-4 loses Batting Average: .362 Home runs: 7 Stolen Bases: 30 ERA: 2.21

Volleyball 9-4 Overall 6-2 League

GOLF 3rd In Regionals Took three golfers to state

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Home-Schooled Athlete

By Bobby Kelly On any given Friday night in September or October, the Loveland High School football team takes the field at Ray Patterson Stadium. The band is playing fight songs, the grass is freshly cut, the sun is slowly setting, and there is an enlightening scent of popcorn in the air. Before the team storms out on to the field, a fearless junior linebacker stands in the middle of his teammates, chanting the “Day By Day” chant made famous by the University of Nebraska and carried on by the Loveland High football team. Not a curse word is said but the diction of his words and the passion in his voice motivates his teammates, as they are now ready for battle. This man is Jacob Weinmaster. Although Weinmaster does not attend classes here at Loveland High, he has been the cornerstone of the football team, the boys’ basketball team, and the baseball team the past three seasons. His leadership, humility, and work ethic has made him one of the best athletes here at LHS, but not many people outside of the three teams he plays on know him on a personal level due to the fact that he is homeschooled. Although Weinmaster is homeschooled, he still takes the classes any junior would take. He takes English, US History, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and German. The classes he takes are online courses. “I still have to take notes. I have a teacher. I turn stuff in. It’s just like a regular public school but it’s online,” says Weinmaster. Weinmaster is more than a home schooled athlete. He is a strong Christian with a ‘Tim Tebow’ like persona. Weinmaster can be compared to Tebow in his attitude and composure. Both were homeschooled athletes, and both have a strong Christian family. “I grew up in the church,” says Weinmaster, who participates in a post game prayer with his teammates after every football game, win or lose. He accredits a conference he went to with his youth group during the summer between his freshman and sophomore year for opening his eyes to Christianity. “It was like, here IS God,” recalls Weinmaster. Weinmaster has big dreams for his life after high school. He wishes to attend his favorite college, the University of Nebraska, on a football

scholarship. Since the time he was a kid, he has dreamt of playing college football. The connection to Nebraska has been in the family since his grandparents. His father’s parents were born and raised in Nebraska and passed their love of the Huskers down to Jacob’s father, who passed that love down to him and his siblings. Attending Nebraska would be a dream come true for him. He wishes to stay connected to sports even after college. “I don’t want a desk job; I want to work with sports,” explains Weinmaster. The debate whether homeschooled kids should be allowed to play public high school sports or not has been an issue discussed in many social circles. “I still have to do school. I’m not sitting at home doing nothing,” Weinmaster explains. He strongly believes that homeschooled athletes should be allowed to participate in high school sports. “People put the label of home school [kids] as unsociable, quiet, doesn’t do any school. You know sit in the corner kind of thing. The only thing different is that we’re doing school at home,” he says. Athletes like Tim Tebow, Serena and Venus Williams, Micheal Beasley, and even Loveland’s own Collin Klein were home-schooled athletes growing up. Weinmaster aspires to be like Tebow and Klein and become

a college football player who was home-schooled growing up. Another win for the Indians, another stellar game for Weinmaster, he finishes the game with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown against Greeley Central on Loveland’s homecoming game. The team breaks the huddle and runs through a tunnel made by students of LHS. With a smile on his face he exits the tunnel and calls for his teammates to join him in a team prayer. He holds the hands and shoulders of his teammates, some of his closest friends. The sky is the limit for the success for the future of Weinmaster.

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