on the Freshmen commit to graduating Chinese teacher adds depth Football takes on Junction City at home TAYLOR MEDLIN sports her Decades day attire. (Photo by Paige Hildebrandt)
Sept. 24, 2010 • Vol. 81 Issue 1
VoAg program remains in question
‘Sleep in a Box’ raises awareness
FFA continues to effect students
By Tyler Munger Staff Writer Whether it’s traveling to the Board of Trade in Kansas City or going to horse judging, the Vo-Ag classes had an important effect on student’s lives. Storm Morgan was one of those kids. “I plan on going to Agriculture Technology in college.” When news first hit that the classes would be cut many kids were upset. To some kids sports is the way to get into college, for others like Storm Morgan and Brooke Boten Vo-Ag is how they will get in. “I don’t play sport so this is my only way to receive a scholarship,” said Morgan. Students have done radio broadcasts and news interviews to have the school get the program back. They have also gone to the Seaman School Board meeting. “It was nerve-wracking because they have the fate of FFA in their hands,” added Storm. According to principal Ron Vinduska the board has found a new club sponsor in Mr. Ed Tolin. Now that they will have an advisor they need to find a teacher for the classes. “If we find a teacher we will have the classes next semester,” said Vinduska. Last spring 45 students were enrolled in three Vo-Ag classes. Counselor Steve Alexander said, “Massing did a lot to help the program. Before he came
By Tyler Munger staff writ er
Whether it’s traveling to the Board of Trade in Kansas City or going to horse judging, the Vo-Ag classes had an important effect on students’ lives. Senior Storm Morgan was one of those kids. “I plan on going into Agriculture Technology in college,” he said. When news first hit that the classes would be cut, many kids were upset. To some kids sports is the way to get into college; for others like Storm Morgan and Brooke Boten, Vo-Ag is the ticket. “I don’t play sports, so this is my only way to receive a scholarship,” said Morgan. Students have done radio broadcasts and news interviews to have the school get the program back. They have also gone to the Seaman School Board meeting. “It was nerve-wracking because they have the fate of FFA in their hands,” added Storm. According to Principal Ron Vinduska, the board has found a new club sponsor in Mr. Ed Tolin. Now that they will have an advisor, they need to find a teacher for the classes. “If we find a teacher, we will have the classes next semester,” said Vinduska. Last spring 45 students were enrolled in three Vo-Ag classes. Counselor Steve Alexander said, “[Mr.] Massing did a lot to help the program. Before he came to Seaman there weren’t nearly as many kids in the classes as there were last spring.”
4850 NW Rochester Rd. • Topeka. KS
by Karisa Kirkendall feat ure editor
FRESHMAN BRENDEN CLARK participates in the pregame show at the game against Topeka High last Friday night. It’s been a busy week for the approximately 180 members of the Seaman Viking Marching Band. T hey have the parade, pre-game and halftime shows today. T he band is in the heat of competition season with Neewollah right around the corner. (Photo by David Marshall)
To create awareness of the homeless and college money and canned food for local food banks, Interact is sponsoring “Sleep in a Box.” Weather permitting, this project will be the evening of Saturday Oct. 2 on the football field. To join in on the project, participants need to create teams of four to six people. One of these teammates needs to be an Interact member. The teams will compete in fun activities at the event such as “cardboard mansion,” “layered man” and “clothing relay.” Items needed include warm clothing, one SEALED bottle of water, and one cardboard box to sleep in. That’s right! Participant are literally sleeping in a box! It may not sound as cofortable as a cozy bed at home, but people who are joining the “Sleep in a Box” project will help raise awareness for homelessness. “I think this is a very cool idea that people will definitely have fun at,” said Interact co-president Kaylee Bervert. There will be a fee of canned food for additional items brought. Some items like a pillow or flashlight will have fees of one canned good each; a blanket will cost two canned goods and airmattresses, tents and iPods are five canned goods each. See Mrs. Carrie Magette in W12 to sign up for this event. The last day to sign up is Tuesday,Sept. 28.
Candidates reveal favorite superheroes
SENIOR HOMECOMING CANDIDAT ES (back) Trent Johnson, Kyle Dunham, Jacob Kottman, Jacob Hurla, Tate Lawson. (front) Janae Levier, Karisa Kirkendall, Caitlin Priddy, Rachel Potvin, Makenzie Crow. (Photo By Emily Lehman)
by Tyler Bushnell staff writ er/photographer
Makenzie Crow - Batman Tate Lawson - Wolverine Janae Levier - Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Trent Johnson - Austin Powers Rachel Potvin - Catwoman Jacob Hurla - Dr. Evil Caitlyn Priddy - Iron Man Jacob Kottman - Captain Underpants Karisa Kirkendall - Spiderman Kyle Dunham - Superman
CALENDAR Tonight: HOMECOMING - crowning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 - End of first quarter Oct. 18 - No school. Staff development day
Oct. 28-29 - Parent Teacher Conferences. No School.
MATH LAB is every day in E10. Monday-Friday from 7-7:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:15 p.m.
The next DISTRICT WELLNESS ACT Test Dates/Deadlines Morgan Simpson NIGHT will be Oct. 20 at the Seaman By Dates Deadline High School track. At this month’s well- Oct. 23,2010 Oct. 1,2010 Dec. 11,2010 Nov. 19,2010 ness night, over 507 people attended. Feb. 12,2011 April 9, 2011 June 11, 2011
Jan. 23,2011 Mar. 19,2011 May 20, 2011
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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Roundabouts to cut down on accidents on 46th Street by Erin Sumner staff writ er
Like almost everyone in Shawnee County, you’ve probably driven down 46th street and noticed some construction going on. Shawnee county is putting in three roundabout for two reasons. One reason is to handle recurring accidents that happen at the intersection of Oakley and 46th street. Another reason is to make traffic flow more efficiently. “They were going to put up traffic signals but that would have backed traffic up to 75 Highway, and no one wanted that to happen,” says Tom Flanagan, Engineer at Shawnee County Public
Works. This project was done by Hamm Corporation out of Perry, KS. “Shawnee County had to apply and be voted for in a stiff competition throughout Topeka, and fortunely we got voted,” says Flanagan. The cost of the project was $1,794,058. But luckily Shawnee county paid for design and bought the right away. In 2009 Obama’s American Recovery Reinvestment Act was created and paid in full. The construction finished right on schedule on Sept. 3, minus the sodding and landscape to be done. Since the project was complete, there was a grand opening ceremony Sept. 21 at 10 a.m
CARS MAKE T HEIR WAY around the triple roundabout as the construction wraps up. Photo by: Dalton Hiegert
If you could have any car, what would it be? A:Black Ford F-150
Rachel Riedy, 10
A: Dodge Viper
A: Black 2010 Landrover
TAT E EMERT and DANA KOT T MAN stand in front of the graduation gown signed by freshmen students on the first day of school.
Freshmen show tangible way Washburn takes over college classes to commit to future graduation by Erin Sumner
by Moises Cabrera staff writ er/art chief
On the first day of school, the freshman began the day off with a “Commitment to Graduate” assembly where they signed their names on a silhouette of a graduation gown representing their commitment to themselves, their class, and to graduating. Principal Traci Hammes said, “The point of it is basically to get the freshmen to commit to success and to realize that it all starts now.” But what starts now? According to Hammes, “Everything has to do with anything. Grades stick starting now, actions follow now. What you study in high school will follow for your whole life
after high school is over! And realizing that now will help. Knowing that your consequences in high school affect your whole life might just give you the motivation to succeed.” So understanding that algebra could be the meal ticket might make studying for that big final a priority. Try to get the grades needed for life after high school. Tate Emert who wants to study in the business field said, “I want to graduate, and signing the gown was my commitment to doing so.” Fellow student Dana Kottman said, “I want to graduate and be someone some day and signing the gown shows I have the thought, but now it’s time to show the actions required to do it.”
staff writ er
Most seniors probably wonder why Seaman High School conducts classes through Washburn instead of Allen County Community College. The main reason involves State Statute 71-609 Chapter 71 Article 6 which states: (paraphrased) No course can be taught in a county in which the main campus of a state educational institution is located unless the teaching of such course is specifically authorized by the chief executive officer of the state institution. This means that Allen County always had to get permission from Washburn to come to Seaman to offer classes. Recently, Washburn no longer grants Allen County permission to provide those
classes in Shawnee County. This has been an adjustment. “While we appreciate the offerings from Washburn, they do not match the offerings being provided by Allen County and have taken away our student choices for content and delivery method,” says Principal Ron Vinduska. Some of the requirements from the two schools are different. For example at Washburn students have to get 3.0 GPA or higher or acceptable ACT score to take classes. As for Allen County students had to take a test similar to the ACT, and if students passed they were accepted. But according to Vinduska, on the plus side credits from Washburn do transfer better to different colleges in the state.
Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Healthy eating plan tough adjustment
Hubbard family appreciates kindness during difficult times
By Krysten Purkey editor in chief
It’s after lunch, the eyes are getting droopy, finding 95 cents and walking to the candy machine you realize your sugary snacks have been replaced with tree nuts. All I know is, Skittles were the only thing that got me through my day. Upon hearing that most pop and unhealthy snacks were taken out the vending machine, I must say I was a little upset. I get that kids are overweight but honestly, if they aren’t getting pop and candy at school, it’s a very good possibility they are getting it at home or elsewhere so I don’t see how taking it away from the schools is going to help. I think a better way to have done this would have been to slowly take us off the sugary snacks and pop. At first
Katelyn Ford, 11
T hank you
Hi my name is Joni Hubbard. My family and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Krispy Kreme fundraiser back in May. I would also like to thank all the groups that donated money. Tom Hubbard was battling cancer for the second time, and the money donated helped a lot for his expenses. I’m sorry to say Tom lost his battle on June 23. All the support and donations of everyone at USD 345 and Seaman High School helped our family get through the tough times. Your kindness will not be forgotten. Thank you so much. Joni, Justin, and Chris Hubbard
New part-time job at SHS? they could have taken away the Skittles and then after a few months taken away the milky ways. Under the Vending Guidelines for Kansas for the first few years we would be required to meet advanced guidelines. Those guidelines say that
the food and pop in our vending machines have to have at least 50 percent of the food at a certain fat, sugar, and calories level. Seaman District has decided to skip the advanced guidelines and go right to the exemplary guidelines. Under exemplary guidelines
our vending machines are required to have all of our food and pop meet a certain fat, sugar and calorie level. I like to be exemplary in life. However, it’s been awfully difficult for me to go ‘cold turkey’ with my snacks. I really need my Skittles.
What are you going to miss in the vending machines?
Garrett Greenwood, 10
Devin Wittmaier, 12
“Pop and snickers.”
Mr. Michael Kennett
Mosque issue reveals unhealthy FIRED up prejudices against Muslim community about an issue? By Zach Johnson clipper int ern
In New York City a couple blocks away from “Ground Zero” a controversial site exists where an Islamic community wanted to build a community center with an auditorium that seats 500, a swimming pool, restaurant, a bookstore, and a mosque. This mosque has led to nationwide controversy. Citizens are now grouping an entire race and religion into one group and calling them terrorists. Some have even declared Obama a Muslim because of his stand and many people think Muslim equals terrorism. This has led to fighting over which religion is right and which is wrong. This has been a big problem in the news world with people fighting and arguing wether the
mosque should be built or not, which led to a radical pastor in Florida threatening to burn the Quran in protest to the construction of the Mosque. I believe everybody should approach this with more enlightenment. Many people are saying that Muslims caused 911 and that is why they should not build the mosque. Those people are wrong. Al-Qaeda, an international terrorist network formed in 1988 led by Usama bin Laden (spelled with a ‘u’ because ‘o’ is not in the Arabic alphabet), caused 911. In conclusion, there is too much controversy over this mosque. Everyone should be educated in world history. The citizens of this country need to know Muslims are not to blame for 911, Al-Qaeda is. These Muslims can have a mosque if they want to and that pastor needs to be institutionalized.
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Parking lot dangerous By Shelby Slimmer staff writ er/photographer It’s 7:47a.m and Felisha Fender-bender is just pulling into the parking lot. She can’t find any open spots without having to put her car in reverse and back in. Since Felisha is a new driver, only having her permit for eight months, she’s too scared to back into a stall with one vehicle’s bumper poking over the line and the other parked crooked. After trying to park many times, Felisha hands her keys over to Officer Stallbaumer who then parks her car for her. How can we make life easier for Felisha and Office Stallbaumer? Seaman High’s school parking lot has been extremely crowded this year. With 391 students with parking passes and only 400 spots in the school lot, this creates quite a problem. The problem is only going to get worse as the younger sophomores turn 15 and more students buy a parking pass. Within the first two weeks of school, there had been 9 wrecks. So how do these wrecks happen? “Most wrecks are caused by cutting through the parking lot, speeding, and students not paying attention to their surrounding,” explained Officer Stallbaumer. The best plan is to pay attention to surroundings. Another idea is to to improve the parking situation would be to pull through. That way no one has to back into a parking spot. If students at Seaman High pull though, this would make parking much easier on Felisha, cut down on the fender-benders, and protect innocent cars everywhere.
Editor-in-chief Krysten Purkey Assistant Editor Morgan Simpson Ad Manager Peyton Michalski Sports Editor Tyler Garst Photo Editors Rachel Hutchings, Rachel Clarke Staff Writers Ethan Beckett, Kyle Dunham, Tyler Huddleston, Karisa Kirkendall, Tyler Munger, Erin Sumner Photographers TylerBushnell,MakenzieCrow, Ashley DeLorge, Ashley Eisenbarth, Alex Hamilton, Brooke Harris, Dalton Hiegert, Paige Hildebrandt, Hayden Kramer, Madison Kramer, Sierra Moore, Shelby Slimmer, Shelby Tajchman Broadcast Liaison Adam Gill Cartoonist Moises Cabrera Adviser Kelly Neiman
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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Jin Wang settles in to new country, home for year by Krysten Purkey EDITOR IN CHIEF Walking in on the first day of school can be very nerve racking. Now imagine yourself as a new teacher. Now a new teacher who has never been to America. This is how Ms. JiWang, Seaman high schools new Chinese teacher feels. “In the very beginning I was very nervous, but I went to orientations about schools in the United States and then I felt calm,” said Wang. This experience started just a few short months ago when Superintendent Mr. Mike Mathes and board member Mr. Fred Patton traveled to China with other Superintendents and board members from across the United States to learn about the Chinese culture and how to bring the class into their own schools. “This trip was sponsored by the College Board and Hanban. We only had to pay about $900 for this trip said Mathes. According to Mr. Mathes the College Board and Hanban have worked to place about 735 Chinese teachers in the United States to teach the language and culture to American students. “I have been teaching English for four years. My major is English,” said Wang. With a dream to travel abroad and teach other countries the Chinese language, Wang feels this is a very great opportunity. “In China, English is very popular.
When Americans come to China, we have a hard time communicating. So I would like to teach the language and culture because it is a necessity to get to know each other,” said Wang. Living so far away from family and friends can be difficult, but with the technology these days like Skype, it is easy for Ms. Wang to keep in contact with familiar faces. “I thought I would be homesick, but the [host] family is very nice,” said Wang. The family she is referring to is the Patton family. Mr. Fred Patton, his wife Kim and three kids decided to share their home with Ms. Wang for the year. “Given the current budget situation, if our district was gong to be able to host Ms. Wang, I knew that we would have to find her a host family that could provide her a place to live and meals at no charge to the district. Since hosting an exchange teacher was partially my idea, I though it was important that my family step up to the plate and offer our house for her to live in,” said Patton With a vacation to Minnesota after she first arrived, Ms. Wang and the Pattons have had fun getting to know each other. “At first the kids were quiet, but they have warmed up, and we like to play lots of games together,” said Wang. As of right now Ms. Wang is here for the 2010-2011 school year. “I like the life here. I hope I can make more friends with the students. I hope students will want to be interested in the language. I have many things to show the students,” said Wang.
DELEGAT ES got to spend time in Chinese schools. T hey played pingpong, visited classrooms and met school leaders. (Photos provided by Fred Patton)
CHINESE T EACHER JIN WANG enjoys vacationing with her host family in Minnesota. Zach, Andrew and Emily Patton teach her life as an American family. (Photo provided by Kim Patton)
BOT H MR. MAT HES AND MR. PAT TON scaled the Great Wall. Mr. Patton recalls, “I thought I was going to die...but kept going. Mathes was way in front of me...He was cruising up the wall and I just couldn’t keep up. Clearly he is in better shape than me! However, I wasn’t going to let him come home and tell everyone he made it up but I didn’t.” T he climb took 1.5 hours to get to the top. None of the steps were equal in height. T hat was done intentionally so an army could not get on the wall and ride their horses up it.
RESTAURANTS they were taken to were very nice. “We always ate family style at a table with a lazy susan. T hey would bring out NUMEROUS dishes and we would just spin the food around,” said Mr. Patton. “ We always had way more food than we could eat.”
Delegation heads to China to learn more about education, culture by Peyton Michalski ad manager
itting in a restaurant with chopsticks in hand, Superintendent Mike Mathes and Board Member Fred Patton realized they were a long way from home. Both were chosen to attend a trip to
China which took place June 21-June 29. The College Board and Hanban, which is China’s Office of Chinese Language Council International, thought it would be great if other countries could learn about the Chinese language so schools in the U.S. could learn about the language. The Hanban Delegation paid for almost the entire trip, including room and traveling fees.
While staying in China, there were a few interesting events that took place. First, everybody learned how to use chopsticks. There was very unique food that you usually wouldn’t find here, which took some getting use to. “There were many items we were given I did not eat,” mentioned Patton. Some people’s luggage ended up showing up five days late. Since they
didn’t have anything besides the clothes they traveled in, they had to wash their clothes in the bathtub. During the trip the educators were taught about the rich history, culture, and the Chinese language. Less than 50,000 U.S. students are estimated to be studying Chinese while in China more than 200 million Chinese schoolchildren are studying English.
Foreign Exchange Student Inside Scoop:
Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Van ess a Schmid Germ any Miss es Most: Mom
Family and Friends
Favorite Fo o d:
Favorite Fo o d:
Fast Food restaurants
Favorite thin g a b o u t U.S.: Sports teams included in school
D e b ora Scho ch Switzerlan d Misses Most: Mom
Favorite Fo o d:
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Taco Bell and Sonic
Favorite thin g a b o u t U.S.: Friendlier people
Favorite thin g a b o u t the U.S.: David Notter Switzerlan d
Language and the people are very open and nice
Favorite thin g a b o u t U.S.: I love the cars, trucks and the people
Jacqu elin e Diefen bach Germ any
Host parent, exchange student reunited again By Tyler Bushnell STAFF WRIT ER For many, the foreign exchange experience only lasts a semester, a year at the most. However, for Mr. Wayne Peterson and his foreign exchange student Siham Wahmane the relationship has lasted more than a decade. During the 2000 school year, Wahmane, a student from Morocco, enrolled at Seaman High School. She recommends the foreign exchange program. “You will get to learn and see things with your eyes, rather than seeing it on TV.” After her one-year stay, she came to the Peterson family to visit on numerous occasions, including a twoyear stint while she attended Washburn University. “I got to really appreciate the freedom. It is something some people take for granted.” Throughout the years, Wahmane relocated a few times, including Texas and Canada. Each time she has stayed in touch with her host family. Being a host family has its benefits too. “We took her in and she became apart of our family. We learned about her culture, her foods, and how she shops in Casablanca,” said Mr. Wayne Peterson.
MR. PET ERSON and his former foreign exchange student, Siham Wahmane, continue their friendship by visiting one another. Wahmane was a foreign exchange student during the year of 2000. (Photo by Alex Hamilton)
Students experience cultures while traveling to Germany “. . .the overall at m o s p here was a m a zin g” -Shel by T ipton , 12 By Shelby Tajchman PHOTOGRAPHER/STAFF WRIT ER
Learning about different cultures is often done with just a textbook. However, for 44 Kansans, from Seaman, Topeka High and Highland Park this cultural experience took place on the road in Germany. Frau Henson, German teacher along with her husband a former teacher at Topeka High makes this trip possible for students every other year. “This was my third year traveling through Educational Tours,” said Henson. Through this program, students were able to pay roughly $ 3,000, which included round trip airlines, hotel rooms, breakfast and dinner, transportation while in Germany, and lots of local knowledge you wish to learn. These students were able to visit Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Dachau, Rothenburg, Heidelberg, the Rhine River and Cologne. “I loved the shopping experience in Berlin, and the overall atmosphere was amazing,” said senior Shelby Tipton. A few highlights of the trip were the Berlin Wall, The American Sector a Checkpoint Charlie, Dachau, the Cologne Cathedral, and the Rhine cruise. This trip will be taken again the summer of 2012. “This year was the best year for me as a teacher, seeing how much interest the students showed in the German culture,” said Frau Henson.
Coin purse found after last years spring concert. Describe purse and color to Mr. Vinduska to claim!
Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
(clockwise from top ) Hope suffers from a hyperextension of the fetlock joint. (Photo provided by the Topeka zoo) Baby giraffe Hope appreciates her fans at the Today show appearance in August. She hasn’t committed to a favorite Kansas college team, so she wears both the KSU and KU logos on her legs. (Photo by Suzanne Marshall) Elmont elementary student Sam Feleay signs the Get Well card for Hope which was on display outside her exhibit. (Photo by Suzanne Marshall)
Local giraffe tastes fame by Karisa Kirkendall feat ure editor
Through being aired on local media and even a spotlight on Fox News, The Topeka Zoo’s baby giraffe, Hope, has grabbed the attention of Americans across the country. What exactly is so special about this giraffe anyways? “Hope was born with a condition of hyper extension of the fetlock joint,” explains the veterinarian at the Topeka Z0o, Dr. Joe Kamer (Seaman graduate class of ’82.) What those medical terms basically mean is that this baby giraffe was born with a rare condition where her hind limbs bend the wrong way. The first couple of weeks after Hope was born consisted of special stretching treatments on her legs. She was also given antibiotic injections along with three weeks of three different casts to support her limbs. “We hope that as she grows, her
tendons will regulate,” says Dr. Kamer. Hope will turn 10 weeks old this Sunday, Sept. 26. Since she has grown, the zoo has been using a different treatment instead of her casts. They are currently using prosthetic, wooden shoes. These help prevent her tendons from going the wrong way and make it easier for her to navigate. From the boom of the local media over this young, inspiring animal, The Today show contacted the Topeka Zoo and did their own segment about Hope. They did a live interview with zoo director, Brendan Wiley, on Aug. 15. If interested in seeing it, go to www.ksnt.com and search “Giraffe on the Today Show.” When most zoos would have probably put down a giraffe with Hope’s condition due to the slim chances of surviving, The Topeka Zoo has taken on the challenge of increasing these chances: making this a true story of “hope.”
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Young team benefits from additions by Tyler Garst SPORTS EDITOR Starting off strong this season, the Viking soccer team is looking to impress. Coming off of a 7-9-1 season, they return many players with varsity experience. The team played last night against Topeka West at home. They will be taking the field again Monday at Hayden. With 10 returning players, the season looks promising. Coach DiLeonardo said “They are playing hard at times, but are doing a very good job possessing the ball.” The captains of the team are seniors Ryan Ingle, Peter Schmidt, and Austin Glenn. They have led the team to a 3-2 start dropping one game to 6A power Blue Valley-Stillwell, and another to Junction City (4-1) in an odd game with two fluke own goals, one coming with nine seconds left in overtime. “We have been playing well together, we have good chemistry, when we play hard we are a tough team to beat,” said Schmidt. “Things just haven’t gone our way right now.” The team is also led by senior Zak Hutchinson who led the team
with six goals in three games. The Vikes are a young team this year while having much experience, one new addition to the team brings an added boost. F o r e i g n exchange student David Notter is a part of the varsity roster. “He has good foot skills,” said DiLeonardo, “he comes from a different style of play, and makes good decisions.” Keeping things going and rebounding from tough losses will be key. “When we play hard we are a tough team to handle,” commented DiLeonardo. “we can’t sit back. We have to play hard all the time and play every game like it’s our last.” (Above) FRESHMAN CLAY HAAG takes his space with the ball at the game against Junction City. (Photo by Dalton Hiegert)
A JUNCT ION CIT Y OPPONENT attempts a slide tackle on left outside midfielder Lucas Boyd. T he Vikes lost the game 2-1 in OT. (Photo by Shelby Slimmer)
Lady Vikes prepare for League at Kossover By Karisa Kirkendall feat ure editor
Tennis balls: $4. Tennis racket: $30-90. A practice that contains stretching for 15 minutes, running for 30 minutes, drills, match playing, and even more sprints: priceless. On Tuesday the Vikes head to Kossover for the Topeka West Invitational. The Lady Vikes tennis
team has worked hard to see improvement for the 2010 season among them. “I’m really looking forward to seeing our hard work pay off,” says senior Gina Moser. The girls have already had a lot of success so far in the season. They won the team championship at the Seaman Invitational meet on Sept. 3. Individual winners
include Katelyn Ford who placed second in No.1 singles, Ellen Agnew who placed first in No.2 singles, Gina Moser and partner Taylor Hiltgen received first place in No.2 doubles, and Shelby Shaw and partner Mackenzie Crow also placed first in No.1 doubles. The Lady Vikes won their second tournament this year last Monday
on Sept. 13, and JV beat Emporia Sept. 15 making their record 4-0. What will be the most challenging meet the Vikes will face this year? “I would have to say Regionals,” says Moser, “They’re always really tough.” Regionals will be held on Oct. 9 and the location is TBA. JUNIOR JOSEY MCNORTON runs in the Manhattan Cross Country meet at Warner Park. Josey is Seaman’s top boy’s cross country runner. He currently has placed in the Top 10 (Photo by Emily Lehman)
SENIOR MADISON KRAMER returns a volley during her doubles match at the Seaman Invitational. She and her partner Tessa Graf lost this match.(Photo by Dalton Hiegert)
Coach leaves retirement to add expertise to team By Kyle Dunham Staff Writer The Seaman boys’ cross country team is running September 25th at the Rim Rock Invitational. “It has God’s mountain range, the hills are huge. It sucks,” Josey McNorton commented. The team has started out the season in a positive way so far. “Everyone has been working hard and getting PR’s,” said McNorton, who is the top varsity runner. Josey is the lone Viking to receive a top 10 finish in a meet so far, placing eighth at the Stateland Course. The team is working hard for more top finishers. Josh Radford said, “We need to keep working hard and continue
“Everyone has been working hard and getting PR’s.”
getting better during practice.” This year the boys have a new coach, the legendary Coach Bob Camien to make them work hard and improve. He brings loads of experience to the table, having won 16 state championships over his previous 30 years coaching here. His coaching style does differ slightly from the previous coach though. “He has us do more speed runs and less long runs,” said McNorton. Camien’s team has competed at Manhattan and Stateland Courses.
Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Football looks to get back on track tonight by Ethan Beckett STAFF WRIT ER The Vikings will go into the Homecoming game tonight against Junction City with a 1-2 mark through the first 3 weeks of the season. The team has four Homecoming candidates on the roster; yet the boys are determined to keep focused on the game ahead. “Homecoming isn’t as important as winning so I wont get distracted with that because I’m always focused on the task at hand and that’s winning ball games,” said senior Jacob Hurla. The Vikes had high hopes going into their week three battle with the Topeka High Trojans but took one on the chin losing the game, 37-14. The Viking football team kicked off their season with a bang beating Bonner Springs 42-7, but week two the tables turned. The Vikes met up with archrival Hayden on Hayden’s turf. The first couple of drives stalled and Hayden put up a touchdown and a faked field goal for a two point conversion which made it 8-0 Hayden. The Vikes came right back hitting Tyler Garst with a 65 yard TD pass from quarterback Butch Rea. The Vikes tried a fake field goal as well but failed so the score remained 8-6. The game was delayed to Saturday after lighting showed its ugly face with 3:58 left in the first quarter. The game resumed the following day at 2 pm at Seaman. Saturday didn’t fair so well for the Vikes. They couldn’t move the ball on offense and the defense wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain allowing 29 points. The Vikes lost the game, 29-19. “ We didn’t execute, had a bad week of practice, we had our opportunities but couldn’t come through” said senior Tyler Garst.
JUNIOR RAMESEY MCCARTER passes the competition on her way to a top five finish. (Photo by Emily Lehman)
JORDAN JAMES helps A.J. Brown bring down a T-High opponent at last Friday’s game. Coach Jay Monhollon pulls his line aside to review strategies during the second half of the T-High game. (Photo by David Marshall)
Minimum care needed for turf by Kyle Dunham STAFF WRIT ER Over a year ago, a new turf field was laid down for football, soccer, and other activities. It may not be grass, but still requires some maintenance. “We have a $5000 apparatus that allows us to groom up to once a month, but were recommended to at least three or four times a year. Once a year, the company comes back and professionally groom the field. That’s part of the contract,” said Mr.
Dietz, Athletic Director. The field is also swept to get rid of trash. During the winter is the only time when nothing is supposed to be done to the turf. Over the summer, weeds grew in the field. “Weed are not unusual, you just have to pull them up down to the root,” Dietz commented. The weeds turned out not to be a big deal and are gone now.
Runners head to Rim Rock by Peyton Michalski AD MANAGER The Lady Vikes head to Lawrence tomorrow to compete in the Rim Rock Invitational. Ramsey McCarter says, “Rim Rock is definitely our most difficult competition which is Saturday September 25th. There are about 100 different schools that come which makes it a lot bigger competition. The course is a lot different than the regular courses that the meets are on, the hills are definitely the worst part of the course which makes it a rough trail.” “This year we’ve got a very young team which gives a lot of room for improvement and potential for being a good team this year and the years to come.” “I think, not just me, but every cross country runner can hands down say that Rim Rock is the hardest, by far, course we’ll run throughout our high school career.”
TAT IANA SCHAFER and Sam Minihan reject Manhattans attempt at a side out. (Photo by Dalton Hiegert)
Lady Vikes host invitational by Krysten Purkey EDITOR IN CHIEF The Lady Vikes volleyball team hits the court tomorrow for the Seaman tournament. The attending teams will be Colby, Hayden, Holton, Junction City, Lawrence Free State, K.C. Sumner, Seaman, Shawnee Mission North, Silver Lake, St. Mary’s. Last year the Lady Vikes ended up third in the
state. After losing just two seniors, Amanda Gerety and Lindsay Larkin, the girls goal is “to win state,” said senior Rachel Potvin. Toree Bean and Ashley Jurgens, also seniors, agree. The girls think this years rival will be Washburn Rual or Hayden. “We haven’t beaten Hayden in the past three years,” said Jurgens.
With help of some key players, senior Ashley Jurgens, junior Allie Russell, sophomore Tatiana Schafer, the Lady Vikes hope to go far this year. “We expect the girls to continually improve their game through out the season, and to ultimately make it to the state tournament and be rewarded for all their hardwork.