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Aug. 21, 2012

Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kan.

News volume 100 issue 1

C o n s t r u c t i o n n e a rin g e n d Maddie Ross trending c0-editor Construction at Manhattan High West Campus is coming to a close after two years. A project still left on the to do list includes the completion of the south parking lot. During the teachers’ back-to-school convocation on Thursday, superintendent Bob Shannon said the west campus project was completed a year sooner than originally planned, and the

entire district’s construction expense was kept within budget. Over the summer, crews completed the renovations of both the North and South gyms and locker rooms and finished F Hall. At East Campus improvements in security, addition of air and heating units, window replacement, asbestos removal and many minor improvements have been started. Both campuses include new fire alarm systems and emergency

notification systems. “These things may be behind the scenes but they’re things we’ve never had before,” Shannon said. Many think the improvements will accommodate the growing needs of MHS. “We added many classrooms, so teachers can now have their own rooms. We took an old structure and made it new. We did the best with what we had to work with,” assistant principal

Exchange students: behind the scenes Sarah Shi news editor Eight foreign exchange students, who have come from places such as Germany, Sweden and Iceland, will be joining the Manhattan High School Indians for the new school year. The eight are Katarina Zdolsek, Sweden; Louisa Friedrich, Germany; Florian Wirsen, Germany; Stefanie Wimmer, Austria; Jakob Borgen, Norway; Thora Omarsddottir, Iceland; Anthony Lefourt, Belgium; and Helene Dewilde, Belgium. With most of them arriving just two weeks ago, the students are currently adjusting to their new host families and creating new experiences in Manhattan. “The process of becoming a host family is long,” host parent to Wirsen, Julie Kiracofe said. “They put names and the profiles for the eligible students that want to come to the U.S.  They usually give us the ones

who match what we prefer, like whether they’re a girl or a boy, or what country they’re from. From then, we receive a letter that they have written about themselves and we chose two or three from that.” Afterwards, they were given photos and more information about these students and later contact American Field Service for finalization and a selection. “He’s really funny and makes us laugh a lot,” Kiracofe said of Wirsen. “He tried out for soccer and made the team so he’ll be playing for the Indians this year.” Elaine Dhuyvetter and her family went through a similar process before hosting Dewilde at their home. “We had to get approved as host family first and then we received bios of the students we could choose from. But before that we went through an orientation and guidelines of the specifics.” “Our house was getting quiet after two of our

kids moved to college and I thought it would be a great experience for our family to be introduced to another culture. Plus, we have plenty of room,” Dhuyvetter said. Dewilde admitted that she enjoyed the sincerity of people in the U.S. including strangers. While at school  she hopes to further her love in photography, ceramics, and cooking. Lefourt, an avid musician, left his own DJ business back at Belgium. “He would play for weddings and parties,” host parent Bonnie Messmer said. “Our family is very music oriented and we are very happy that he plays the drums.” Lefourt will pursue his interest in the marching band and possibly the musical from the Messmers’ encouragement. When asked what he was most looking forward to during his year abroad, Lefourt said, “All of it.”

David Holloway said. With this new building comes new responsibility regarding the care and treatment of the schools. "A footnote here is to take care of our facilities as we have never done before,” Shannon said. To help take care of the new buildings, at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting they approved a maintenance person at MHS West and the addition of five more custo- Renovated North Gym shows significant improvement after summer dial positions throughout construction. Naomi McClendon, photographer the district.

Faculty member leaves impact after death John Rockey staff writer Over the summer, Manhattan High School lost a member of its staff. Steve Barnes passed away July 10 at Geary County Hospital due to complications from surgery. Barnes was the Automotive Technology teacher at MHS. Barnes married Jo Schiffelbein Aug. 14, 1974, and had two sons, Aaron and Matthew. He graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Emporia State University in 1977 and became the automotive instructor at Highland Park. He later went on to get his mas-

as a teacher, as an educator, and as a mentor.” McCarty knew Barnes for 16 years and said he was honored to have him teaching. Barnes had made a great impact on his students and they loved him just as much. “Mr. Barnes was pretty amazing,” Ty Stewart, a former MHS student. “He was the reason I chose to further my education in automotive.” Barnes was always thrilled by what his students had to offer. “He would always reassure me that I could do anything I put my mind to,” senior Fahim Anwar said.

Tribe Time on back burner Sarah Shi news editor

Last Wednesday, the USD 383 Board of Education declined to approve the Manhattan High School schedule plan that included a continuation of the Tribe Time advisory period for 20122013. The schedule was presented to the Board by Terry McCarty, MHS the back lot and Egypt. try and find the most sufKayla Dieker principal, for formal apInstead, entrance to these ficient and effective way copy editor proval but a motion failed lots is through the south of meeting the needs of to get a second, and folParking will be chang- faculty entrance on Poyn- all associated with Manlowing discussion Tribe ing yet again for stu- tz and around the back hattan High School.” Time was dropped, leavThose who plan to dents at Manhattan High of the school. Students also need to drive to school will still School West Campus. Due to completion of be aware that between have access to the big lot, New parking plan prohibits construction projects over 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. the back lot and Egypt. right turns onto the summer, alterations they cannot turn right In addition, the triangle Sunset Avenue to the parking plan are onto Sunset from the lot across the street is now from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Students and necessary for the 2012- cemetery wall spots and open for student use. can only turn left towards “We are hoping that in teachers will also 2013 school year. notice several new Students should be ad- Anderson. Traffic signs the near future there will one-way roads vised that the traffic flow are placed throughout be additional parking to within the parking will be changing for those campus to help avoid the south of MHS,” Mc- lot, as well as the loss of some area entering and exiting the confusion and direct driv- Carty said. Administration expects of parking that were campus. The road along ers. available last year. “Parking has always that traffic will now flow Accommodating fire the cemetery wall is now one-way heading east been an issue at MHS more smoothly for stu- lanes and keeping towards Sunset and can West because we are dents and staff as well as traffic flowing after only be accessed through limited on space,” princi- provide adequate park- school are some of the reasons for the the big lot. Cars are also pal Terry McCarty said. ing. changes. not allowed to turn left “With the construction Kayla Dieker, from the big lot towards going on we continue to photographer

Construction affects parking situation again

ter’s in education administration and taught at MHS as the Auto Tech instructor from the fall of 1990 until his death. Barnes’ colleagues and students said he did a great deal of work during his time here to get the department where it is today. He was a very involved and very beloved teacher and man. As a teacher, he made absolutely sure that the automotive department was current, up to date and had whatever students needed if they wanted to go into an automotive career. “He was solid in every aspect,” principal Terry McCarty said. “As a man,

ing the allotted time for teachers to discuss postsecondary careers and bullying in the dust. “I’ve always personally believed for a long time that because we have such a diverse and transient school where many students come and go, that we need a system that can help them achieve in school,” McCarty said about the effort he and MHS faculty have put into developing Tribe Time. “Advisory is a time where we can treat the students like individu-

als and personalize their learning as well as acknowledge their needs.” MHS was given grants to raise and promote bullying awareness and now that Tribe Time may not be used as an outlet, McCarty said he was undecided as to what the alternative would be. “Right now, the main goal for our school is to make sure the students feel safe and secure,” McCarty said. “I really think Advisory Period can help students feel comfortable at school.”

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Environment affects socializing, learning Ben Shields editor-in-chief The new construction at Manhattan High School that has taken place over the last two years has been conducted with impressive speed and competence. At the same time it has managed to mostly avoid becoming an inconvenience or distraction for students and faculty. The lack of parking spaces and occasional noise problem can be irritating, but they are unavoidable, and both our school administration and the construction workers have made the

process as easy to cope with as possible. Yet somehow, amidst all of the formidable proficiency, very few aesthetically-pleasing aspects have been incorporated anywhere in our newlyrenovated school. To be sure, the architecture is aiming for a sleek and simple modern look: all white walls, glass railings, not much decor. But simple doesn’t have to mean devoid of any character. This school has various high-level art classes with very gifted students whose work

ought to be hanging in other places besides the library. And artwork does not need to be limited to pieces by students. Why not hang up a Klimt or Monet painting instead of that Bill Macy photograph instructing us all to read (thanks for the reminder)? I know I am not the only one who misses the trees in the old courtyard. It would be nice if there were some plants around the building. And the grounds outside of the building could look better than they do.

Some people would say that the above places too much importance on the aesthetics of our school. But this overlooks the fact that an environment with character makes for more ease and connectivity of different zones of the building and campus. The aspects of the new layout that do work (a library at the heart of the building, increased natural light) already improve socialization and learning. An appealing work environment in a school is as important as the classes taught within it.

Fireside Chat with Naomi Fellow students, I hate to break it to you, but if you’re reading this, school has started and summer is over. No more going to the pool, hanging out with friends, or spending 12 uninterrupted hours in your basement on the Internet. Although we like to complain, let’s admit it—we’re all at least a little excited to be back. With the start of a new

school year, there are tons of things you’re going to be encouraged to do: make a new friend, work hard this year ‘cause college isn’t gonna pay for itself, and enjoy your brand new school (as long as you don’t touch anything…). But no matter how much encouragement is thrown at you, it’s meaningless without a driving

force behind it. So this year, I encourage you to be that force -- to take action. By “take action,” I don’t mean to go plant a tree or join a protest, but simply to put meaning behind the things you hear every day. If you wear a “Just Do It” T-shirt, actually do it. If you call someone a “friend,” treat them like a friend. If #YOLO is


Question of the Week How can MHS feel like home? "To make it feel like home again we could hang posters on the walls, expressing things we miss. I think the school should also allow at least one hallway for each year's seniors to decorate or something like that.” - Taylor Bonnette, senior

“I like how they kept some old things from the old school. Like the senior stairs and in the North Gym they still kept some of the old blue. Those things help it still feel homey to us that remember the old school.” - Jenna Stigge, senior

“A student lounge with "I prefer the way Man- television and a soda mahattan High School looks chine.” right now." - Amanda Frakes, se- Isaac Blankenau, nior sophomore “Flowers in the court"Get people more in- yard would be nice.” volved in many school - Lauren Wankum, juevents like sports and nior clubs in which will increase involvement and “Couches in the classpeople usually feel more rooms” comfortable when they're - Katherine Culbertinvolved." son, junior - Ellen Feng, senior “Longer lunches, lon"Having pillows in ev- ger passing periods, and ery class." shorter classes.” - Pat Zenk, senior - Ethan Parker, junior

your motto… you should probably consider a new motto. If you want something fixed, fix it. If you want something changed, change it. If you want to have a great school year, make it one. "I think that decorating “More school dances So let’s decide to take action -- and have the is the biggest thing that and more activities.” means for me, it seems - Nick Dyer, senior best school year yet! harsh, so if it was softer it would be homier to me." “Help new students Naomi McClendon Taylor Warner, seand longer lunches.” Student Body President nior - Emily Besette, senior “If everyone started to include everybody, everybody would feel at home. Also, if people helped to maintain the school by throwing away trash and treating it with respect, it would be clean.” - Patrick Day, senior

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Do more than conform Eli Redeker guest columnist People are coming to Manhattan High and stepping through those doors for the first time. They have a look of wonder on their faces as they discover what will be their home away from home for the next four years. Friends are to be made and lost, lives will change for the better, or for worse. And it all will happen right here.

Some people may mesh with the group. Some people may not fit in. They will be ostracized and ridiculed, but they will be eventually become something greater than a cell in a larger sociological organism: they will become individuals. The individual is a scary entity, a person who refuses blind devotion to anyone, teacher or peer. The individual thinks for himself. Do not think you are on the

right road just because it is a well beaten path. Cut your own swath through life. I am not insulting friendship, I am just criticizing those who refuse to think for themselves. The normal sucks. Being average sucks. What do you want to do with your life? Sit around listening to Carly Rae Jepsen, wear Aeropostle and eat at Denny’s until you are 40? At some point a person must make the

choice to stray from the flock and take a chance. Everyone takes a chance in life, but the people who do it sooner have a sizeable advantage. People work harder just to appear normal than at any other task. I say instead of wasting your time and energy on that, do something that will help you, or others. It takes some energy and some guts to decide to go your own way. The toughest decisions that

one has to make are the ones where the right choice is the opposite of the norm. Enjoy this year, whether it is your first or last, and remember, don’t do anything anyone tells you to do (unless they have a warrant for your arrest). If you would like to be a guest columnist for The Mentor, please contact editor in chief Ben Shields at mhsmentor@

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Students challenged by summer musical done in summer theatre,” director Chad Pape said. Cast members agreed For many Manhattan there were many aspects High School students, the of the play that were diffirst few weeks of sum- ficult to master. “I would mer weren’t spent sleep- say the dancing and choing until 2 p.m. and hang- reography [were harding at the pool all day. est],” sophomore Haleigh Instead, they spent their Cross said. afternoons working on the Manhattan Parks and Recreation summer musical, “Into the Woods.” “Into the Woods” is an award-winning Broadway musical that weaves several well-known fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm into one plot. Most of the characters are extremely familiar, Despite being a chaluniversally recognized fictional icons such as lenging show, it was still Little Red Riding Hood a positive experience for and Rapunzel. There is those involved. “[My faalso an original story in- vorite part was] probably volving a baker, his fam- being able to see all the ily and a curse put upon hard work we had put in them by a wicked witch. to turn it into an amaz“‘Into the Woods’ was ing production and being probably the most chal- surrounded by friends lenging show we’ve ever while we were learning Connor Bliss trending co-editor


everything,” sophomore Katherine Hwang said. “Into the Woods” opened on July 27 at Nichols Theatre and closed the following night. Both nights were sold out shows. Those who wished to see the performance and were unable to get tickets were permitted to come watch a rough performance during the dress rehearsals. “The reaction was very positive,” Pape said. “Students seem very proud of how the show went. Lots of faculty members of [Kansas State University and Manhattan High School] have stopped me to say how well the show went. As directors we are extremely proud of our kids this year.”

Aug. 21, 2012 Manhattan High

What happens at band camp... then given chair orders to determine what part they were to play. Outside of Just as the summer was practicing for that band, beginning and students they were also placed in were quickly dismissing either small ensembles or any thoughts of school, a jazz band (advanced or a large number of them beginner). The camp wasn’t just were doing anything but packed with band rethat. Instead, they were hearsals. There were also headed to band camp. various activities scattered throughCampers from 5th “It has been out the days, grade through great getting to go including two visits to City high school to the camp and Pool and the seniors gave it has taught me a K-State Stuup five days dent Union. of their sum- lot.” mer to brave -- Anna Brokesh Students got to experience the sweltering what K-State heat and play was really like their instruand had an option to stay ments. As soon as the students in the dorms and eat at arrived at camp they au- Derby Dining Center, just ditioned and were placed like a college student. “My favorite part of in one of two bands; one for advanced kids and the camp was getting to one for younger or less eat at Derby and going to experienced. They were the Union after lunch to Kaitlin Wichmann photo editor

play pool and bowl,” senior Anna Brokesh said. “I also really liked the music choice in the jazz band and the concert band that I was in.” For seniors Carly Tracz and Anna Brokesh, this was their last time at band camp as a student. “Every year I look forward to meeting new people [at camp],” Tracz said. “I hope to come and help out next year at the camp, even though I won’t be taking part as a student.” Brokesh had similar thoughts. “I’ve gone for the past six years, and since I’m not going to be a music major I decided that I should focus on getting ready for college next summer,” Brokesh said. “It has been great getting to go to the camp and it has taught me a lot.”

Student-produced musical ‘wows’ the community, sparks controversy Dressed as angels, Ashlynn Kleinbeck, Macy Lanceta, and Paden Smith mourn a death.

Jason (Alex Tolar) and Peter (Da’Merius Ford) share a stage kiss.

Senior Da’Merius Ford sings as “Peter.”

Peter (Da’Merius Ford) argues on the phone with his mom.

Alex Tolar, Wesley Tenese, and Paden Smith sing a hymn-style song with a rock-and-roll feel.

The cast sits around a table in serious discussion.

T he very best vocalists of MHS Varsity and Pops Choirs make name for themselves Connor Bliss trending co-editor A new small group choir has been added to the Manhattan High Performing Arts Department. It is made up of 25-30 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The new choir, called Varsity, is led by Chad Pape. The choir was mailed four pieces ahead of time and had to use practice files that Pape had put up on YouTube to learn their parts. “The music isn’t ex-

tremely difficult but it’s not easy,” sophomore Levi Jones said. On Aug. 6, Varsity and Pops, the other small group choir at Manhattan High, got together for a week of rehearsals and concluded with a concert for family and friends. “Camp was awesome. It was super cool hearing us all together for the first time,” Stenberg said. Sophomore Kylie James agreed with Stenberg and said, “We bonded and became better friends and learned a

lot about each other but waking up early is exhausting.” Varsity’s first few public performances will be at Purple Power Play on Poyntz on Aug. 30 and then at the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 7.

Liz Logback features editor

While many of us were swimming and hanging out with friends this summer, Pops choir has been working hard to get ready for their performances this school year. They were assigned three pieces of music to learn over the summer and also met for five days during “Pops camp”. Pops camp consisted of two rehearsals a day. The morning practice saw the choir learning some dance moves and practicing their partnering steps. The afternoon

then was spent on perfecting their vocals and learning some additional songs. By the end of the week senior Brady Kiracofe said he was “pretty tired, but it had been a blast.” Not every hour of Pops camp was spent working on their performances, however. An ongoing tradition of pranking between the girls and guys of the group continued. Many of the female members were quite surprised to wake up one morning with toilet paper hanging from their trees and sticky notes spelling out “The Pops dudes” on their

houses. In return the ladies fired back by cooking 72 packages of ramen in a bathtub and flinging it across the yards of the men. “The pranks really brought us together,” said Kiracofe. At the end of the week a show was performed at McCain Auditorium for all of the parents and friends of the Pops members. They will continue to work hard this semester and are looking forward to their first performance at Purple Power Play on Poyntz later this month.

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Summer gives baseball options Nick Bandy sports editor

Dheepthi Perumal multimedia editor The Manhattan High School Girls Golf team started the season with tryouts on Aug. 13. Of the 11 girls who tried out, all made either Varsity or JV (six on Varsity and five on JV). The girls’ goal is to be consistent and to go to State and score high. “This season I want to go to state and help others on the team,” varsity golfer Kelsey McCarthy said. The girls have also started their season off with a strong captain, senior Blake Fingalsen, who has been on the golf team since her freshman year. With Fingalsen as the captain and Chris George as the coach, the team believes they can easily make it to State. The teams’ first games are on Monday, Aug. 20, at Shawnee Heights for the Varsity and Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Clay Center for the JV.

Summer workouts of open gyms and scrimmaging helped 23 girls prepare to earn spots on the Manhattan High School volleyball team. Tryouts started Monday, Aug. 13, and wrapped up on Thursday. The tryout process consisted of drills, general fitness testing and scrimmaging to get a more realistic idea of a match or game. The work the girls did over the summer helped them prepare to be competitive this season. “I think the team looks

school ended. The first week was the team’s own camp, followed by a week of camp held at Pittsburgh State in which several teams from Kansas participated. They then began eight of weeks of strength and conditioning. There are only three returning starters from last year’s team- junior Winston Dimel, senior Brandon Valez and senior Jacob Holloway. Holloway will also be the starting quarterback for the Tribe this year. “We will need underclassmen to step up,” Schartz

Football players walk to the practice field for training. After a summer of strength and conditioning work the Tribe’s first game is next Friday at home against Mill Valley. Photo by Madison Ross said. “We’re really going to have to earn it this year.” Despite losing three very good seniors from last year, Schartz said

the goals and expectations for the team would remain the same. “We’re always going to lose seniors,” he said. “This year is no different.”

The Indians open their season with a home game at Bishop Stadium against Mill Valley on Aug. 31.

Tennis excited for first meet Cross Country

runs into new year

Kayla Dieker copy editor The Girls Tennis team has been busy getting ready for the new season by working on serves and volleys and awareness of the court at their summer practices. To comply with the Kansas State High School Athletic Association, official team practices began Monday, Aug. 13, from 3:30 to 5:00 and were continued five days a week. Optional get-togethers were held every Sunday evening throughout the summer for anyone who wanted to attend and stay in shape for the season. The team expects to do well this season, despite the graduation of a few key seniors. “We’ve had to make some changes, but I think we’re going to do okay,” head coach Joyce Allen said. There are also new

Volleyball begins tryouts Maddie Ross trending co-editor


Football prepares for season

For those who love baseball but do not want to play for a traveling team over the summer, there is the option of the local parks and recreation baseball teams that are Nick Bandy held over the summer. sports editor Anyone could join and Manhattan High play against the other School football is facing high school teams. “It was a lot of fun,” one of its toughest years junior Zach Minton said. yet as it tries to continue Minton played second its regular season winbasemen for the Astros. ning streak from the The Astros won the past three years. In the championship tourna- pre-season rankings the ment and only lost three Indians are placed 41st in the state, compared regular season games. The season started af- to 9th two years ago and ter school ended and the 8th last year. “We’re clearly not getfinal game was played in ting the respect that we late July. There were seven high school teams this deserve,” head coach year, with between 10 Joe Schartz said. The team began conand 20 players on each ditioning one week after team.

Girls golf


really good so far,” sophomore Matty Mahan said. “We’re just going to keep working hard and see where things end up.” The team will continue with after-school practices in preparation for their first triangular. The Indians kick off their season on Sept. 6, with the Varsity team traveling to Seaman to take on Shawnee Heights, Silver Lake and Seaman. The Junior Varsity will head to Junction City, and will play both Seaman and Junction City. The first home game for Varsity is on Sept. 11 and for JV, Sept. 15.

Conner Bliss trending co-editor

Claire Freeby practices her shot at practice. The Indians season starts this Thursday. Photo by Kayla Dieker

girls who are excited to be a part of the team. “It’s a lot of fun being on the team. We get along well and they were very welcoming since it’s my first year,” senior Jen-

Even during the summer, Manhattan High School cheerleaders and dancers were hard at work, attending camps and learning choreography to new cheers and dances. From July 6 through 8, freshman, JV and Varsity cheerleaders appeared at the National Cheer Association Camp at Kansas State University where they gathered with other cheer squads from across Kansas. They attended sessions to improve their

Soccer seeks good start

na Stigge said. The first Varsity meet is Aug. 27 against Topeka High at home and the Julie Harkness first Junior Varsity meet staff writer is Aug. 23 at the Emporia Invitational. The Manhattan High School boys soccer team practiced several hours a week this summer, hoping to start the season off in the best way possible. “The optimism is high this year,” head coach Frank Alonso said. “The technique, jumps and goal for the season is to stunts as well as comhave a good start. MHS pete for awards. MHS has a history of having a Cheerleaders managed bad start.” to snatch the Spirit Stick Varsity players also Award, the Herkie Award have high hopes for the and the Supreme Ribupcoming season. “[This bon, the highest achieveseason] should turn out ment award presented at pretty good,” senior goalthe camp. ie Kai Reever said. “We The MHS Dancers also have a lot of great playspent many hours at their ers. I’m expecting great dance camp, held at Anthings.” thony Middle School and The freshmen are also the K-State Rope Course enthusiastic and excited from Aug. 6 to 10. There, to start playing. “I think they organized their halfwe have a good team,” time dances and caught freshman midfielder up their beginning memAustin French said. “We bers about the sideline work well together and routines.

Cheer and dance dominate camps Sarah Shi news editor

The cross country team has been working hard this summer preparing for their first meet. The team has been running together several times a week since June 11. On days where no organized meeting is scheduled by coaches, many students practice independently. Cross Country members run a range of 20 to 70 miles a week. A majority of people have been doing 30 to 50. The team has already elected team captains.

They have two Chiefs, Amanda Frakes and Chris Melgares. The team also has five Braves, who also act as team leaders without the level of authority the Chiefs have. The Braves are sophomores Michael Melgares and Isaiah Koppes, juniors Nick Bandy and Alaina Schroeder and senior James Leblow. “We expect to run our fastest and work our hardest,” Michael Melgares said. The team had a time trial last Saturday, and on Sept. 1 have their first meet at Warner Park at 9 a.m.

Photo by Julie Harkness

train hard. I think we will make it far.” When it comes down to practice, the boys mean business, running drill after drill to improve. “This is the first year we have done Crossfit. The guys this year are the most prepared, committed and fit than I have seen in years of coaching here,” Alonso said. “We have gotten faster and more serious,” senior center-back Killian Gorman said. Besides the addition of Crossfit, the boys have also started to focus on specific skills and not just the overall game.

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