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Competition encourages donations

Juniors win with 107 items, 263 total collected for Community Christmas event >> Hannah Benson Editor-in-Chief Donating 107 items to Community Christmas, the junior class took first place in the spirit competition created to encourage more school involvement in community service. Ultimately, the competition brought in 263 items, with freshman donating 45, seniors donating 49, and sophomores donating 62. Community Christmas is held every year at St. Joan of Arc Church to help less fortunate families in Streetsboro buy gifts for the holidays. Items are donated by local businesses, staff and students from the entire district, individuals, banks and church organizations. The program was started and is facilitated by Pam Danner. Due to current economic conditions the number of families who benefit from the event increases each year. This year the event helped roughly 150 families, aide Jean Utz said. In previous years members

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Giving Spirit

Collecting donations for the Community Christmas spirit competition December 9 are juniors Aubrey Stewart and Christine Koporc. To see a breakdown of the competition results see page 7.

of clubs such as National Honors Society, International Culture Club, Student Council and Beta Club contributed to the event by bringing in items to donate. This year, however, a spirit competition

was devised to encourage the entire school to donate. “We want greater participation from the total student body and felt that by making it a class competition, we would give every

student a chance to participate,” guidance counselor Joseph Huber said prior to the start of the competition. “We are hoping that this will be a continuous and friendly competition between

classes.” Huber hopes to proclaim an ultimate winner at the end of the year, after points from other spirit competitions such as the homecoming pep rally or hallway decorating have been counted. Set up in the lobbies from December 5-12 were Christmas trees, one for each class, from which students could pull tags of items to donate. “We feel the whole school should be involved because it is a good cause and it shows how to give to others and do community service,” said junior Jessica Reker, who started helping out with Community Christmas in sixth grade and has since taken on a leadership role for the event. Aside from donating, students and staff set up for the event Wednesday, and helped with the shopping Thursday. While the competition helped to bring in donations, other made by clubs and organization Continued on Page 7 See “Community”

Two-hour delays will be utilized to save snow days >> Mikaela Dombrowski Staff Writer By this time last year the district had already used three of its six snow days on December 6, 13 and 14. Superintendent Robert Hunt will make the call on snow days and the newly-instituted two-hour delays decisions for the district this year. House Bill 36 (the “snow day” bill) gave Ohio schools five snow days back March 10. Former Governor Ted Strickland had cut the number of “calamity” days from five to three, but new Governor John Kasich put the new bill into effect before the end of the 2011 school year.

Snow days are difficult calls because everyone has an opinion and at times they disagree, Hunt said. “This is really a case-by-case scenario,” he said. “There is not a specific temperature that equates to the cancelling of school. The wind, conditions of roads and time all play into the decision.” Hunt plans to keep in contact with staff on duty, the police and roads departments and other school districts. Maintenance supervisor Jim Washinski and transportation supervisor Marjorie Johnson will also help Hunt make the decision. Washinski is in charge of plowing and salting the sidewalks and parking lots.

The roads and campuses are major concerns when calling school off. “A lot of it depends on how fast the snow/ice came down, and if there is enough time to clean it up,” Johnson said. Because only five days are allotted for snow days, calling two-hour delays may be a more appealing option when road crews need more time to plow roads. Hunt said even with the delay, if the weather does not change much and the roads do not improve, then a full snow day can be called. Two-hour delays would

December 2010 Snow Days

Winter Break

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Students benefit as teachers take advantage of new technology opportunities #FollowFriday Superintendent Bob Hunt: Streets_Supt Rocket Rowdies: RocketRowdies High School: StreetsboroHS Library: RocketsCentral Tim Foster (Business): foster_rocket Kris Gaug (Government): MrGaug

>> Natalie Pinkerman Senior Editor All over the world new technology and social networking are keeping people interconnected. Students and teachers have become a part of the movement. New and different technologies are showing up more and more in the classroom. More teachers then ever have SMARTBoards. They are used to better display information to students. On them, teachers can display PowerPoint’s they have created, work out math

problems more efficiently or show websites to help further explain lessons. Math teacher Jason Braddock currently uses a SMARTBoard and said he is excited to start using more SMART technology in the classroom, like a SMARTBoard slate, which would allow anyone to write on the board from anywhere in the room. A SMART interactive response device would allow students to enter homework answers as soon as they go to class. The device would then automatically grade the homework, giving Braddock immediate

feedback to pinpoint the questions he needs to review. Braddock “wishes” that every classroom could be equipped with SMART technology. “It would allow students to learn more at deeper levels, and get immediate feedback,” Braddock said. Freshman Brooke Bolyard is taking Braddock’s Honors Geometry class. “It gets difficult to learn some of the proofs and formulas,” she said. “He uses the SMARTBoard all the time to show us examples of what we’ll see

in real life and it makes it so much easier to understand than to draw it out on the chalkboard.” Bolyard is not the only one who finds SMARTBoards helpful. Sophomore Bre Tuck said she enjoys classes in which SMARTBoard’s are used, because they allow students “to be more involved and hands-on.” Aside from the new technology being introduced, social networking is also being used to help students outside of the classroom. Websites like Twitter are used to give homework help and remind

students of homework and quizzes. Business teacher Tim Foster recently made a Twitter account to remind his general business, accounting and web page students of homework assignments. Twitter has just recently become popular among high school students here. Some teachers, however, are wary of social networking sites because of inappropriate content they may stumble upon. Twitter is different than most, though. Unlike Continued on Page 7 See “Technology”


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Orbiter staff share favorite holiday traditions Orbiter Staff Staff writer Mikaela Dombrowski

“We used to go the Cavs game every Christmas, but not anymore, I don’t know why we stopped. Now we stay home and bond as a family, watching movies.”

Staff Writer Maddie Oslejsek

“On Christmas Eve we go to my aunt’s house and we play Christmas games. Each person puts their name in a hat three times. When your name is called, you choose a present or steal one from someone else. It’s actually pretty fun.”

Senior Editor Natalie Pinkerman

Senior Editor in Chief Chelsey Carpenter

“I love when my mom makes pancakes and the whole shabang on Christmas morning because it’s a special treat. I normally just eat plain cereal for breakfast.”

Senior Editor in Chief Hannah Benson

“Over break, I love sleeping in and not having to worry about school. On Christmas day I relax with my family and watch the all-day marathon of “A Christmas Story” on TBS.”

Staff Writer Taylor White

“What I enjoy most is lying around the house snuggled in a blanket. And every Christmas my brother (2011 graduate Cody White) runs around Christmas morning yelling ‘Santa came, Santa came!’”

“Over winter

break I love to play in the snow. On Christmas I enjoy splitting the holiday with my family and my boyfriend (2011 graduate Jacob Huffman’s) family. We always exchange gifts with each others’ families.”

As Christmas draws near, newspaper staffers compile wishes for Santa >> Orbiter Staff Dear Santa, This year as a staff we would love for Chris Lahm to receive many colorful scarves; we all know he looks so good in them. We would also like for Asia Wells to be able to improve her schedule for next semester. She seems to dislike her classes because she always hides in our room! Next we wish Steph Judd and Kayla Tuma a lifetime of friendship; the world would most likely end if they were to drift apart. We especially hope they both get hot tamales in their stockings because that’s their favorite candy. We wish for Mrs. Dierkens to receive an unlimited gift card for her white chocolate peppermint mocha from

Starbucks. We all know she spends all her money there. Could you also give her unlimited snow days? She wants them so badly. Taylor White needs a job. Now. Can you also grant her the ability to tell a SHORT story? We would also appreciate if you could give some medical answers to Styline Kepich. We are all worried about her and just want her to be healthy. Please bring Hannah Benson a set of pom-poms and a cheerleading uniform; we know she is an official cheerleader because she took pictures at a cheer competition. Bring Octavious Singleton a pillow and blanket for him to keep in school; he always gets so tired. We also know Mr. Foster would really appreciate a blow horn so he

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can yell at his classes even louder than he already does. Also, would you please bring Justin Bieber to Natalie Pinkerman and Scotty McCreery to Chelsey Carpenter, because they are in love with them… but please don’t tell their boyfriends. Could you pick up a printer for poor Miss Mehlman (although we like her visits!) All of the seniors would appreciate a cure for senioritis. It is especially needed after Christmas break. Finally, and most important of all, we hope the UPS guy delivering our paper gets a watch so he is able to deliver our paper on time and not ever again make us wait, near tears, on a delivery day.

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Marshall drops the ball on ‘New Years’ Maddie Oslejsek Film Critic

Cheesy, comical and cliché. These three simple, everyday words can easily be used to describe Garry Marshall’s new film, “New Year’s Eve.” I personally was a bit disappointed in the film. “Valentine’s Day” had many more surprises and plot twists than “New Year’s Eve.” In the first “Hallmark-esque” movie, some of the actors’ appearances were shocking, such as Taylor Swift. Seeing this well-known country star in a movie was quite a surprise! “New Year’s Eve” has many common but great actors such as Katherine Heigl (my favorite actress), Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher and Jessica

Biel, just to name a few. Her teenage daughter I was a bit more aston- Hailey, played by Abigail ished to see singer Jon Bon Breslin, wants to spend Jovi and older actress Al- New Year’s Eve in Times yssa Milano in the film as Square and receive her well. I dearly love these two first kiss. Mom, however, celebrities and was ecstatic has other plans: Kim wants to see them on screen! Hailey to spend the holiday Both of Marshall’s with her. films stuck with the “end- One positive thing less-jourI can say ney-to-findabout this love” theme. particular“ N e w story (withAfter MarYear’s Eve” in a much i n v o l v e s shall’s last produc- larger story) couples gois that teens tion, ‘Valentine’s ing through Day,’ I expected a can relate long and to it. Many bit more.” drawn-out teens are scenarios to torn between accomplish family and tasks before New Year’s friends all the time. Eve. I think teenagers will One of these scenari- really feel for Hailey, while os involves Sarah Jessica parents may tend to side Parker’s character, Kim. with Kim. Parker plays a single mom Ryan Seacrest also apwho works as a costume pears in the film. He plays dresser at Radio City Music himself, naturally, host of Hall. the Times Square televised

events. This seems to be an overly obvious role for Seacrest, but he plays it well! Biel, who also had a role in “Valentine’s Day,” plays a pregnant woman trying to deliver her baby at exactly midnight in order for her and her husband Griffin, played by Seth Myers, to win $25,000 from a local hospital. Mike Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, makes an appearance in the film as well. Those up to date on currents events will understand when I say some of the audience members may have a “predisposed” view of Bloomberg due to the current Occupy Wall Street movement. All in all this film is a bit of a headache inducer, despite several positives, but I’m not sure if they’re worth a 10-second countdown.

Movies to see over break Movies opening today:

• “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (G) • “Carnage” (R) • “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (PG-13) • “Young Adult” (R)

Tis’ the season for some basketball Chelsey Carpenter Editor in Chief

No Basketball Anymore was the nickname for the NBA until the six month lockout officially ended December 9. I expected the lockout to eventually be lifted. With bills to pay and families to take care of, players need money from somewhere. Players have been participating in smaller events for income, but nothing that would pay as much as the NBA. Knowing the lockout has been lifted after 149 days, I am now joyful for the upcoming 66-game season. I can cherish old memories, while making new ones. I can look forward to family get-togethers, sitting around and yelling at the T.V. when the refs make bad calls. When I first heard about the NBA

lockout, I started reminiscing about all the games I’d gone to with my and brother while the “Q” was still Gund Arena. I started fearing I could no longer look forward to going to games, sharing ColdStone and peanuts with my boyfriend like I had in past few years. Then I found myself getting angry about athletes refusing to play because they felt they were not going to get paid enough. We are all in an economic crisis. “The interest in it is not there. Who cares that millionaires are fighting for more millions?” social studies teacher Sherry Maruna said. Basketball stars make millions of dollars, and most play with natural talent. Some people do not consider playing a sport a job, seeing as players are doing what they love. Players wanting more millions than they already have makes them seem greedy.

Coming soon:

• “Miracle on 34th Street” (PG) 12/19 • “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” (PG-13) 12/21 • “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (R) 12/21 • “We Bought a Zoo” (PG) 12/23

While contemplating the lockout, I thought about my job and how much I make. I then thought about how if my manager decided I should make less, I would most likely quit my job and find another. For basketball stars, finding another job, and not playing basketball, would be difficult. All-stars like LeBron James were drafted directly after high school. They do not have degrees to fall back on if the NBA were to shut down forever. But thankfully, that won’t be happening, at least not this season. After two preseason games, the Cleveland Cavaliers will open their season December 26 against the Toronto Raptors. With games starting on Christmas day, 58 days later than last year’s October 28 opener, No Basketball Anymore will bounce back to the National Basketball Association, a perfect Christmas present for fans.

Graphic by Chelsey Carpenter

NBA Games Over Break 12/25

Noon Celtics vs. Knicks 2:30 p.m. Heat vs. Mavericks 5 p.m. Bulls vs. Lakers 8 p.m. Magic vs. Thunder 10:30 p.m. Clippers vs. Warriors 12/26 7 p.m. Cavs vs. Raptors 7 p.m. Bobcats vs. Bucks 7 p.m. Nets vs. Wizards

12/27 8 p.m. Celtics vs. Heat 10 p.m. Trail Blazers vs. Kings 10:30 p.m. Lakers vs. Jazz Graphic by Chelsey Carpenter


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Winter break fun both near and far Just around the corner: under a 30 minute drive

Ice Skating at Falls River Square

Kent State University Ice Skating Where: KSU Ice Arena Cost: $6 admission, $2.50 skate rental Hours: Vary Distance: 15 minutes What:

More Info: www.kent.edu/icearena/publicskate

Tobogganing What: Tobogganing

down a1,000 ft. ice chute Where: Cleveland Metroparks Cost: $8 unlimited rides all day; $3 for one ride Hours: Vary Distance: 30 minutes

Ice Skating Where: Cuyhoga Falls Cost: $3 for admission, $3 for skate rental Hours: 19-23 & 26-31Noon-9 p.m. Distance: 25 minutes More Info: 330-971-8373 What:

More Info: clemetparks.com/recreation/tobogganing

Further down the road: under an hour drive What: Reindeer

What: Tour

Run 150-ft. Sledding Hill

Where: Akron

sled for $3 Hours: Vary Distance: 36 minutes More Info: 330-375-2877

of “The Christmas Story” house Where: Cleveland Cost: $10 Hours: Tours every half hour starting at 10:15 a.m. Distance: 40 minutes More Info: 216-298-4919

Cost: Rent

What: Three

Other Activities:

$27.50 pre-sale Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Distance: 45 minutes Cost:

More Info:

cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/snowdays

What: Lights

and special animal displays Where: Cleveland Zoo Cost: $7 Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Distance: 41 minutes More Info: clemetzoo.com/events/

Lake Erie Monsters Hockey What: Cleveland’s

own Monster’s hockey team vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins Cost: Tickets start at $10 When: December 16 at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Q in Cleveland More Info: lakeeriemonsters.com

How did you find out Santa Claus wasn’t real?

“I don’t even remember not knowing he was not real. My cousins believed he was real…My Grandpa used to always dress up as Santa Claus. My cousin was deathly afraid of him…I knew it was Grandpa.” English teacher Maria Judd “I was pretending to be asleep when I heard a noise of someone putting presents under my tree, I looked and it was my mom. She told me to go to sleep and when I woke up an hour later all the tags were from Santa. I knew it was her.” Freshman Kaelynn Hixon

Baseball and holiday-themed activities, video games,

TVs playing movies, sporting events, holiday music and visits from Santa Slider

First-ever outdoor college hockey game in Ohio: Ohio State vs. University of Michigan Cost: Ranges from $10-$150 When: January 15 @ 5:05 p.m. Distance: 45 minutes Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland More Info: www.cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/snowdays

Boro Babble

Snow Days

ice rinks and tubing Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland

Frozen Diamond Face-Off What:

December Days

Christmas Story House

Lock 3 Holiday Fest

“Since we don’t have a chimney I asked my dad how Santa got into the house. He said, ‘Santa’s not real, sweetheart.’” Sophomore Catie Carey

Compiled by Chelsey Carpenter, who found out Santa wasn’t real by collecting a swatch of each wrapping paper in the house, and comparing her papers to Santa’s on Christmas morning.

“My sister kept telling me he wasn’t real. So I started looking in all the closets and the attic before I found it [present stash] behind boxes in the closet. I was so upset.” Senior Taylor Goodman

“I found out the hard way…It was late at night I woke up, got out of bed and went in the kitchen. My dad was eating Santa’s cookies! There was a long pause and he said, ‘Oh crap.’ I asked him in the morning if Santa was real and he said no.” Freshman Christina Gonzales

“My mom told me she needed me to help her put presents from Santa under the tree. I said ‘What?’ She said, ‘Yeah, he’s not real.’” Senior Cody Simpkins


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Holidays celebrated differently among religions >> Taylor White Staff Writer Diwali, Eid and Hanukkah are a few Christmas-like holidays celebrated by students. Holi, Lodhi, and Rakash Buntha are others celebrated in a manner similar to American holidays. Celebrated by students who practice the Sikhism religion, also called Sikh, are Holi, Lodhi, Rakash Buntha and Diwali. Junior Simran Bhatia, who practices Sikh, described Holi as “the celebration of colors and bringing people together to bring peace.” Lodhi is “like Halloween here,” she added. Rakash Buntha is a holiday

in which you show respect and love towards your siblings, she said, and Diwali is much like Christmas. “Fifty-two kings went to prison for many years and when they got out people celebrated Diwali, which is the celebration of lights,” said Bhatia. “It’s like Christmas to [Indian people] because they got their kings back.” Eid, an Islamic celebration celebrated when the new moon comes, which happened twice this year, is celebrated by the Gill sisters -- senior Fatemah, sophomore Mahnooria and freshman Moazmah. “I personally don’t have a religion, but the religion I was raised through was Islam,” said

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Fatemah Gill. “We just go to mosque, which is like church, pray, then visit people for dinner parties. When you’re young you get presents but as you get older you get money.” Islam is a “more strict” religion, said Fatemah Gill. “It’s prosperous to read the Quran,” also to pray, dawn to dusk, five times a day. Senior Sam Madden and her brother, Zack, a sophomore, celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Sam Madden said Hanukkah is not considered their Christmas but it is “equivalent.” She explained how Hanukkah is celebrated over eight nights because while the Jews were at

war, they went to the Great Temple so they could continue practicing their religion. It seemed as though they had enough oil to last one day, but “miraculously” she said, it lasted eight. This is why eight candles are lit on the Menorah. Sam and Zach Madden celebrate both holidays because some of their family members are Christians. “Hanukkah is a holiday and Christmas is just another day, to me, because in my religion it’s not considered a holiday,” said Zach Madden. “We celebrate it [Christmas] because my mom used to be Christian and she likes to celebrate with her sister.”

Cyber shop for Christmas gifts

Snow Day Continued from Page 1 mean school would normal start exactly two hours later, start and will end at the normal time and busing will run the normal route in accordance of the delay, Hunt said. If school is delayed for more than two-hours it is then counted as a calamity day and takes away one of our five snow days. “We will continue to use calamity days and delayed starts with the best interest and safety of our student body always in mind,” Hunt said. Through the individual opinions, “Student and staff safety are the number one priority and will drive these decisions,” Hunt said.


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Online at streetsboroschools.com/orbiter Community Continued from page 1 throughout the school contributed as well. NHS collected 139 new or gently used stuffed animals to give to the children. ICC managed to collect 110 bags of toiletry items, exceeding the 95 bags the club raised last year, said ICC adviser Mary Murphy. In previous years, ICC would collect money to buy Christmas presents for one family, but after being approached by Utz to help with Community Christmas, the club has been donating to the event for two years now. “I realized there is the need and it would be a better way to reach more families rather than just one family,” Murphy said. Junior Christine Koporc helped out with the event last year by stuffing stockings, setting up and helping people shop. “It was really cool because I got to know each person and they were all very nice,” she said. “They were very thankful for what they were getting and asked questions like, ‘What do kids like these days?’

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Juniors 41%

Total: 263 Juniors: 107 Seniors Sophomores: 62 19% Sophomores Seniors: 49 23% Freshmen Freshmen: 45 17% Graphic by Hannah Benson

or ‘What do you think my little girl or little boy would like?’ So it was really fun.” Regardless of the competition, Koporc said she was going to try to bring in as many items

as possible because she loves the feeling of helping someone in need. “It feels really good to give back something of myself because I am so thankful for what I get and

the luxuries I have,” Koporc said. “I think a kid my age or a little younger doesn’t get to be as fortunate as I am and it makes me sad so I want to help out any way that I can.”

Utz said many people become emotional during Community Christmas, including the volunteers, because they really do care about the families. The families are very grateful

and happy for the gifts, she added. Reker agreed. “Their faces brighten seeing what people have donated, knowing their children will have presents that year.”

saved in and out of the classroom. Members of the science department received GradeCams to better prepare students for the OGTs. Facebook, users do not friend people, but follow them. Science teacher Bob Sternburg recently got a GradeCam The benefit of Twitter, is if a teacher creates an account, for his classroom. while he or she does not have to follow the student GradeCams have slates with cameras on top and are back. The teacher avoids avoid seeing content that could connected to a teacher’s computer. To use the GradeCam, be inappropriate, while students are still able to see the Sternburg must log in to the GradeCam’s website and teachers account and get the information pick the quiz that matches the paper. they need. After Sternburg flashes the paper under Foster was originally worried about the camera, the quiz automatically joining social networks; however, senior shows up on the computer screen. Either you Mike Painter convinced Foster to create a The wrong answers are immediately Twitter for his classes. adapt and utilize shown and the Website charts each “It’s not like Facebook,” Foster said, quiz’s questions, and showing which that technology answers the students picked. This gives “ I don’t have to see what students post because that is a barrier I don’t want to or you risk losing Sternburg the opportunity to see which cross.” OGT standards he must review in class. your audiences’s He uses the GradeCam to give OGT Tuck follows Foster’s account. “It helps keep me on track,” she quizzes every Friday. attention.” said. “It gives you valuable information Tuck is one of 24 out of Foster’s 75 in seconds,” Sternburg said. Math Teacher students following his Twitter account. Sternburg said the GradeCam is a Jason Braddock “It has potential, but everyone has to real time saver for grading. be on board,” Foster said. All over the school new technology Students may follow Braddock on Twitter for updates can be seen, and students have more and more opportunities on homework, practice quizzes, tests, study guides and to get helpful information. video tutorials. “The world today is interconnected by its technology. Students on Twitter may also follow the schools, Either you adapt and utilize that technology or you risk Superintendent and RocketRowdies account. losing your audience’s attention, because they will be As the technology advances more and more time is using the technology anyway,” Braddock said. Technology Continued from page 1


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>> Mikaela Dombrowski Staff Writer

Returning to the mat with three district qualifiers and no injuries or illnesses, head coach Rick Charlton, said “the team is continuing to wrestle better and better every time they step on the mat.” At 3-0 in the metro, the team is starting to face tougher competition, he added. On December 2 and 3, the wrestlers competed at the Aurora Invitational, coming in fourth out of a total of 16 teams. Then on December 8, the team wrestled Kent Roosevelt and Springfield in its only home meet, which was also Senior Night. The Rockets defeated both Kent Roosevelt 68-6 and Springfield 60-18. In their December 10 quad between Ravenna, West Geauga and Aurora, the Rockets defeated both Ravenna and West Geauga by scores of 41-34 and 72-0. They did not compete with Aurora. Results of yesterday’s quad meet against at Akron Springfield were unavailable at press time. Tonight and tomorrow the team will travel down 303 for the Hudson Holiday

Tournament. Individually top wrestlers include, senior Chris Ashburn (10-0) and seniors Bubba Baker, Zack Baratko and Travis Smosny are all (9-1). Charlton said he has seen good leadership from these seniors, in addition to Mike Painter. For all wrestlers, “Expectations are the same: hard work, dedication, commitment and a state-championship,” Charlton said. Hopes this year include traveling down to Columbus for states and winning the PTC, he added. The first female wrestler to stick with it at the high school level, freshman Sarah Hoffman is wrestling on Junior Varsity in the 113-pound weight class. Hoffman is in her fifth year of wrestling; she started after watching her older brother wrestle. “It looked like fun,” she said. Last year, she placed sixth at the Portage Trail Conference tournament in the 98-pound weight class. She said this year she has “four really good coaches and the rest of the team is there for me with anything I need. Plus, we have hard and intense practices.” With being a female wrestler awkward

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TECHNIQUE Pushing his Kent opponent’s head at the start of his Senior Night match is Travis Smosny.

moments are common, most awkward for her was not knowing the other wrestlers at first, Hoffman said. Now, “The guys treat me like a part of the family, I know I can go to them if I need anything,” she said.

Her goals for the next four years include wrestling on varsity and going to and placing at states, Hoffman said. Charlton said Hoffman is the first female wrestler he has coached who has stuck with it and is doing “pretty well.”

Girls step up defense, add depth with freshman team >> Hannah Benson Editor-in-Chief Despite losing their first two games of the season, the girls’ basketball team stepped up their defense to beat Garfield December 3 49-29 and Springfield December 7 46-27. Varsity coach Allison Carey said she has seen an improvement in the team’s defense after its wins and even in the losses to Marlington (20-60) and Tallmadge (36-43). Carey and senior captains Rachael Kolke and Colleen Rimmel all agreed players’ overall abilities have improved as well. “In the Tallmadge game I was proud of the girls for rallying when down and not giving up,” Carey said. “The best part about the game was the way we came together in the second half to build each other up and really play with passion.” She attributed the improvement to running drills in practice that portray game situations. Both Rimmel and Kolke said they expect to lead a hardworking team capable of winning more games than last year.

“The goal for this season is just to show everyone in the Metro that we can hold our own and won't get walked all over,” Kolke said. To develop the younger talent, a freshman team was added for the first time since 2003. “I love the freshman team,” Kolke said. “They're all a lot of awesome girls who want to get better and play hard.” Spanish teacher Brittany Kidd, who served as the JV and assistant girls’ basketball coach at both St. Thomas Aquinas (2001-2005) and Rootstown High School (2005-2008), is coaching the freshmen. Carey said she is confident in Kidd’s coaching abilities and believes she “brings new ideas to the table.” Kidd said she is enjoying coaching with Carey, who she described as “dedicated.” “Even though, historically, the girls have not been as dedicated or successful as their previous coaches would have liked, the girls are seeing their coaches’ dedication and loyalty and the culture surrounding girls’ basketball is changing.”

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PROGRESS Freshman varsity player Shania Williams gets ready to shoot a free throw in the girls’ 49-29 win over Garfield December 3.

Kidd also advises the Rocket Rowdies, but says she is not worried about juggling the two responsibilities because she is confident in the club’s officers. Although she said she was nervous to start coaching again, Kidd said she can rely on her husband, social studies teacher Rob Kidd, to pick up the slack at home. “Before I had kids, basketball and coaching [were] my en-

tire life,” Kidd said. “I was nervous about balancing coaching with my responsibilities at home, but Kidd has been amazingly supportive and is picking up right where I left off after cross country season. I have missed the coaching aspect of my identity and I am so grateful to have my husband be as supportive of my coaching as I am of his.” The freshman players focus on having fun and improving for their upcoming years as high school athletes, Kidd said, adding how proud she is of the team’s effort on defense. Her girls won their first game against Southeast 19-17 on December 6. Kidd said the freshmen girls have fun personalities, while remaining serious and respectful. “I feel the freshmen are going to have a great year,” said varsity player Shania Williams said. “I wish I could be with them but being on varsity is much more challenging.” Williams is the leading rebounder on varsity, averaging 11 per game. She was one of the leading scorers in the Tallmadge game, scoring ten points and was

American Family Insurance’s Player of the Month for December. Carey said all nine varsity players have contributed to the team’s success so far, with a different leading scorer each game. Making adjustments from last year’s season and learning from their mistakes in order to improve are testaments to the group’s character, said Carey. “They are a very coachable group who trust in what myself and the coaching staff has to tell them.” Tomorrow, the JV and varsity girls face Coventry at home at 7:30 p.m. Poor attendance last year was attributed to games being played at the middle school. Now that the renovations to the gym are complete, the girls are practicing and playing on their home court. “One of our best games last year was Senior Night and a lot of that had to do with the student body that came and supported us,” Carey said. “Hopefully we can have a lot of students cheering us on this year as well. We are in the high school, so there are no excuses.”

Boys basketball team returns six letterman, eyes district championship >> Taylor White Senior Writer After ending last season 166, the boys basketball team (1-0 as of press time) enters the Metro with one goal to win a district championship and “go beyond,” said head coach Nick Marcini. “I feel like we’re going to do pretty good,” senior forward Ben Gency said.

“It’s going to be a lot tougher season than when we were in the county [division].” Marcini said the team’s strengths include its outside shooting and six returning lettermen Gency and fellow seniors Sawyer White and Devin Adams; and juniors Brandon Gency, Jordan Matusik and Dorian Williams. The Rockets are playing

without two seniors who normally take to the court: Tyler Dixon and Pete Hannan decided to not try out this year. Hannan said he decided to focus on track since he plans to run in college. He said the hardest part about not playing is not “being around the teammates I’ve played with my entire life, because they’re my close friends. It’s just gonna

be different.” White said the team is a “close family” who know each other so well they have “great chemistry” on and off the court. Their goals this season are to win PTC, regional and district titles. “We have had five straight winning seasons, with three league championships and a district title in that time, so we are

definitely building something,” said Marcini. “These guys don't want to be the team that lets down the guys that came before them. They want to make their own mark.” Tonight the team plays what White called its “biggest game of the season,” away at Kent Roosevelt. “It’s kind of an unspoken rivalry,” White said.

December 16, 2011  

Orbiter issue for December 2011.

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