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Gym set to open March 1 >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor Cornice Company met with administrators and FMD Architects Wednesday at noon to determine whether the basketball team will be ending its season in the new gym or the old Ravenna High School. Confirmation on the gym’s official opening was unavailable as of press time, though the hope was it would open for tonight’s basketball game. Athletic director Joseph Timco said the workers quickened their pace over the weekend of Feb. 19-21 to get work done. “It’s exciting, but I want to make sure safety is the number one priority,” Timco said. David Leach, senior project manager of Cornice Company said the Feb. 15 opening date was delayed because of equipment and other additions needing completed. Recent work includes the installation of the sprinkler system and curtains, the painting of lines on the court for basketball and volleyball games, setting up the motorized bleachers and completing the floor’s protective coating. Remaining work, as of press time Tuesday, included hanging up new banners, adding padding to the stage, finishing work on the sound system, and getting an occupancy permit inspection. In the meantime, all the rented modulars have been disassembled and moved, except for the one housing the physical education classes. Treasurer Catherine Rouse said the district has paid about $209,676.38 in rent for the modulars, and more for set up and demolition. She said since January, the rent has been paid on a monthly basis. These costs will be reimbursed by the insurance company, she added.

Two games ahead of the rest, the boys’ basketball team has the number one spot in the PTC, with a record of 10-1 in the PTC and 14-5 overall. The players are working toward winning a total of 15 games and becoming district champs, head coach Nick Marcini said. The team must win tonight’s game against the East Canton Hornets to meet its goal. Leading the team in scoring is junior Ben Gency, averaging 19 points per game. Senior Leon Hedgepeth is right behind him with an average of 17 points per game. We are finally “playing up tempo and fast,” Gency said. “We’re playing more as a team and as brothers.” The team has struggled in the midst of its success.

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Senior exemptions offered for second semester exams >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer

Photo by Tom Fesemyer

Gym nearing completion While the bleachers are laid out for installation on Feb. 22, a construction worker prepares to install the valance for the stage curtains. Well aware of the opening date being pushed back to this week or early March, physical education teacher Krista Romance said she has already gotten her new semester classes into a consistent routine in the trailer. “I would love to be packing up my stuff and moving in two weeks but that’s not the case and that’s fine,” Romance said two weeks before the initial anticipated opening date. “I’d rather do the gym right and have it done right in the beginning than have them hurry up just to get us back in there. It is what it is.” Athletes were initially devastated

by the news of not being able to finish their seasons and celebrate Senior Night at home. Senior Da’Nae Redding said she is upset about missing out on celebrating Senior Nights for both volleyball and basketball cheerleading in the new gym. “I think that it’s very sad that the seniors, including me, do not get to play in the gym that they have always played in since their freshman year,” senior Leon Hedgepeth said earlier this month. “It is kind of like doing a project or something but not having the opportunity to finish what you have started.”

Boys basketball clinches PTC title under Marcini >> Taylor White Staff Writer

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“I think the hardest thing about this year is not having our gym,” Marcini said. “Having to travel to Ravenna to play our home games has really hurt our attendance.” Marcini said the boys are handling not being at their home court “really well.” “We don’t talk about it much, because we don’t want to use it as a crutch,” Marcini said. The gym was initially expected to be ready by senior night, tonight. “We’re disappointed but we’ve been doing good at the other gym, so maybe it’s a good thing,” senior Chris Williams said. “It is what it is, and there is nothing they can do about it…” Marcini said. “I think winning a championship will wash away all their bad feelings about not being able to play in their gym.”

Photo by Mariah Colescott

Open shot Shooting for two against the Mogadore Wildcats Jan 21. is senior Leon Hedgepeth.

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New this year, senior exemptions are an opportunity for seniors to exempt two exams this semester, as long as they miss no more than five days, have an A or B, have no office discipline and have taken the ACT or SAT. These requirements only apply to the second semester and each class in which a student wants to exempt the exam. For example, if a student wants to exempt his chemistry exam, he must have an A or a B in the class and have missed no more than five days of that class. Principal Eric Rauschkolb said a student could come in for the period he wants to exempt, and then leave for a doctor’s appointment, or similar situation, and still not have missed a day in that period. Office disciplinary actions are “anything that comes from the office,” said assistant principal Natalie Wininger. Teacher detentions will not count towards this, she added. Wininger also said she is sure people will try to “plead their case,” but the best advice she has to offer is just “don’t get in trouble.” The seniors are only allowed to miss five days of class because “[we] don’t want seniors to miss days left and right,” Rauschkolb said. All of these requirements are ways to “encourage seniors to keep grades up,” Rauschkolb said, and not be affected by “senioritis,” as well as “encouraging [them] to be on their best behavior” “We did senior exam exemptions in the last school I was at Rauschkolb said, “they were very successful.” A similar opportunity was in place in the past. The Renaissance program allowed students with GPAs of 3.5 or above to choose one exam they wished to exempt. Students who signed up were also able to win prizes such as gift cards. Renaissance ended last year because student liaison J.J. Huber was not working enough days to keep it going. “Renaissance needs someone that is here every day,” he said. Huber also said he believes Renaissance should be more of an organization led by “a group of students who come up with how Renaissance works.” It was hard to find people to run Renaissance, he said. He had to have math teacher Gary Motz help him with the student lists and, without someone like Motz, “it would be impossible to do so.” Renaissance may return some time, Huber said. Rauschkolb said, however, “we are not investigating the possibility,” of bringing Renaissance back at this time.

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Steelers look ‘atrocious’ in Super bowl loss to Packers >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer I am extremely disappointed with the Steelers’ loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6. The Steelers did not have a lead throughout the entire game. Overall their performance was absolutely atrocious. During the first quarter of the game the Steelers gave up a total of 14 points and did not gain any of their own. The second half was not much better at all, with the Steelers only scoring a meager 10 points. Overall in the first half the Steelers did not bring their “A” game. In all honesty, they looked like they have never played a game of football in their lives, compared to the team I know that has won six Super Bowls. The second half was considerably better; however, it was not good enough. The defense let many of the same plays get through for a lot of yards, and it was extremely aggravating. During the middle of the fourth quarter, the Steelers shaved the lead down to three points, but couldn’t even keep it.

After the Packers’ field goal to increase the lead, they couldn’t get the ball downfield at all. The Steelers kept trying shorter passes when they needed to just bomb it downfield to see what happened. The game was almost over anyway, so it would not have ended any worse than losing the game. The game would have been entirely different if the Steelers had not turned over the ball three times like they did, or have an interception run back for a touchdown. If the Steelers had not allowed the interception touchdown to happen, they would have won regardless of the three turnovers. The Steelers gave a very sad performance and it would have been a miracle if they won. Quite a few bad decisions were made, like the 52-yard field goal attempt that ended terribly. I guess it was good they kept up as well as they did. If they actually played like the Steelers I know and have been a fan of all my life (which isn’t going to change anytime soon), it would’ve been the seventh Super Bowl win for them. I guess there is always next year.

Gym opening delayed third time, disappoints The Launch Pad >>Staff Editorial Disappointment. That is all students have felt lately, along with dissatisfaction, frustration and disgruntlement. It’s already February and we still don’t have a gym. Promise after promise, we have been let down. No one has been able to keep a set date for the gym, and the students are the ones being directly affected. When we first heard of the June 1 fire, devastation struck us all, as well as worry and anticipation for the next year. When we came to school, we did not have a gym, but instead classrooms, a gym and a cafeteria outside in modulars. By the time the first deadline was set for October, we had already become known as the Streetsboro Trailer Park, and had our hopes up for a new gym and new reputation. We were caught up in the anticipation, excitedly awaiting the completion of a new gym. Our expectations were pummeled after only a few weeks by the revelation that not enough had been done yet to open the gym. Our fears were confirmed when we were told the October date was unattainable, and we would have to wait even longer to be in the heart of our school again. Two more deadlines came and went in a matter of weeks. First, we expected to have classrooms and the cafeteria back when we came back from Thanksgiving break, but they weren’t. So we were told we would have everything opened when we came back from winter break, but once again, we were let down.   Weeks of confusion and miscommunication passed until a new date was set. We were told we would have

to wait until February for the gym to open. We all tried to be optimistic, focusing on the new features of the gym. The boys’ basketball team seemed to have the highest hopes of having their Senior Night tonight where they belonged. Yet the extension of the Feb. 15 deadline has created not only disappointment, but frustration and confusion as well. The school year is half over, yet we have not been able to even attend an event in our gym. We are no longer sad, but angry. We do not understand why the dates are not sticking, and who is responsible for it. It feels like everything good about our school is reliant on the opening of the gym. We all keep hearing, “oh we’ll be able to do this or that when the gym opens,” but we don’t want to wait. Emotions are high right now, especially for us seniors. Our high school careers are almost over and we feel like we lost one of the most important aspects of the school. The gym was the center of our school. The students attended pep rallies there, wrestling matches, basketball games, special events and more. We cheered, sweat, cried and laughed there - but have no memories of such experiences this year. We just want the gym to be open by the end of the year. We’re sick of disappointment. As students, we’ve missed out on so much school spirit and activities due to the lack of an appropriate place to get together. It is time for the student body to finally be whole again, together inside our gym. The construction workers and every member of the school district needs to work together to finally accomplish what they have been promising from the beginning of the year.  We want the gym back and  it is about time we get it.


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Guy’s obsession ‘unnerving’ in ‘Waiting for Forever’ film >> Maddie Oslejsek Staff Writer “Waiting for Forever” brought yet another love story, which teenage girls everywhere will yearn for, to the big screen. Tom Sturridge plays Will Donner, a man who is hopelessly in love and infatuated with his love for childhood best friend Emma Twist, played by Rachel Bilson. He has carried this infatuation with him since they were in elementary school, which was the last time they spoke. Emma had not given him thought in years. This was pitiful on her part as a best friend, understandable, however, because Emma had never thought of Will as anything more than a friend. Will tries to make himself invisible when he hears of Emma’s break as a big TV star and returns back to his old town. He attempts to stay off the grid as a street juggler so he can monitor her success and admire her from afar. In other words, he’s becoming a bit of a stalker -- not harmful to Emma in the least, yet still a bit unnerving. Viewers will either consider Will ridiculous and pathetic or feel sorry for him. Overall, Sturridge’s character Will is an odd but charming person. His obsession with Emma is a bit strange. In some unusual, foolish way, however, it’s adorable. Some people in the audience may say, “Alright Emma, come on, don’t give in to his delusions!” and then the other half would say, “Emma, he only says those cliché things to flatter you!” It all depends on your perception of their relationship. In the end, I’d say that I truly enjoyed the movie. It all depends on your view of romantic movies and whether you, like Will, would be willing to wait forever.

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Boro Babble With young pop star Justin Bieber becoming more and more popular, how do you feel about him? Compiled by Lacy Dean, who personally hates Justin Bieber, and thinks his popularity is blown way out of porportion. “Eradicate his existence from the earth. His DNA should be altered so he can NEVER reproduce in this existing civilization again. I do not think he is an entertainment phenomenon and his name is one I do not speak of.” Matthew Featherstun, Science department head

“You should never underestimate the power of the ‘Biebs.’ He is an incredible idol of mine.” Taylor Walls, Junior

“I think Justin Bieber is kind of annoying. His voice is ear-piercing and I really can’t stand to listen to his music.” Connor Austin, Freshman “I do not really like him because he looks like he’s 12 even though he’s actually 16. I also don’t like him because he seems immature.” “I think Justin Bieber is Tiera Reedy, the absolute cutest thing Sophomore ever. I truly think teenage boys are just jealous and that’s why they make fun “All of his music is addicting of him.” but I don’t care about him Sam Cheatham, as a person that much.” Senior Lauren Hawkins, Senior

“I think Bieber looks like a monkey and when I hear his music I want to gouge my eyes out.” Johnny Kelly, Sophomore

“I will say I’m jealous of Justin’s shiny hair but he irritates me because I’m sick of seeing him everywhere AND I’m sick and tired of having ‘Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh’ stuck in my head.” Lauren Mehlmann, Long-term substitute

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Jim, Brett Boardwine share musical bond

>> Lacy Dean Staff Writer

Like father, like son. Junior Brett Boardwine and his father, 1992 Streetsboro graduate and English teacher Jim Boardwine, share a common bond: music. Musical talent runs in the Boardwine family. “To me, the two greatest things in the world are family and music,” Jim Boardwine said. “If I can put them both together, it’s the coolest thing ever.” Boardwine, who was taught to play the guitar and the piano by his older brother, passed his talents down to his son when Brett was 8. “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to share this passion for music with Brett,” Boardwine said. “He has great musical instincts and is truly a partner and leader in every way: songwriting, production and promotion.” “I always wanted to be like my dad when I was younger,” Boardwine said. “I really look up to him.” With music running in the family, a business does, too. Jim Boardwine owns and operates the recording company Gateway City Records, which is located in Kent. The company is releasing a new single every week this year for 52 weeks which started on New Year’s Day. Brett and Jim Boardwine have produced almost all of these releases. Brett Boardwine has also written over 30 of the songs himself. As of press time, Gateway City Records lost hundreds of hours of work, after the server crashed and the data was not able to be recovered. The company is looking to bounce back and meet the deadlines originally set. “Songwriting is an easy way for me to express how I feel,” Brett Boardwine said. “I always feel a self accomplishment after I’ve finished writing a song.” Desiree played a role in her brother wanting to write music. “When my sister started writing songs

and music, the sibling rivalry instantly kicked in, and I knew I wanted to write more and more,” Boardwine said. He is currently writing for vocalist Jaclyn Bradley, whose music has aired on TLC, Bravo, VH1 and MTV. “Jaclyn has an amazing voice,” Boardwine said. “Her voice is so powerful. She has a rocker side and a softer side.” Their first single, released on January 22, is called “We Got Fire” and features former SHS graduate Tom Gilmer, (2009) and Brian Poston, (2010). Of the songs he produced and wrote, “The Hyde” featuring Jaclyn Bradley is one of his favorites. “‘The Hyde’ is about people who bring out the worst in you and you don’t even feel like yourself anymore,” Boardwine said. Staying busy is one thing the Boardwine’s do not have to worry about. Recently, Boardwine became the engineer of the record company and next year when he turns 18, he will become partial owner. He spends most of his waking hours balancing school and working at the studio. Boardwine does most of the behind-thescenes work at the record label, like producing most of the music, but said he does not mind. “It bothers me a little bit that I’m considered to be behind-the-scenes, but I give myself a lot of my own credit,” Brett Boardwine said. “If it wasn’t for me, I know there would be no show.” As for the future of Gateway City Records, expect to see other SHS students release songs on the record label. “Miss Taken,” scheduled for a February release date, was written by Boardwine featuring senior Alyse Golak with rap vocals by junior Marcellus Edwards. “In the future, I see Brett potentially writing/producing for truly established performers as an independent contractor, or staff writer for a major label,” his father said. “In the very near future, I can envision him, almost like a Mike Posner, writing/producing hits from his college dorm room.”

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Braddock teaches AP calculus via Skype during leave >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief As equations pop up on the Smartboard and students listen to the voice of a man who is not even there, math teacher Jason Braddock uses technological advances to teach his classes while on paternity leave. Braddock’s wife delivered their baby girl Aurora Mae Braddock Jan. 17. He took the rest of the week off to be with them, but said he still wanted to teach his classes, “especially” his AP class, so they could “do well” on the May 4 AP test. Braddock had his geometry and AP Calculus students watch pre-made YouTube videos. He also set up two Skype accounts, one for home and one for school, so he could answer questions as students watched the YouTube videos. Students were not able to ask questions the first day, because the Skype accounts were not set up yet. “The Skype was kind of cool,” senior Sean Corron said. “I guess it’s because he wasn’t actually there, but you could still ask him questions, and it worked well. Technologically, there were no flaws or anything.” In anticipation of his wife going into labor, Braddock had been updating the YouTube videos nightly. Doing so, he was able to create a “rolling lesson plan” for his substitute to follow. If the videos did not work, his plans were for student teacher David Bergdorf to help the geometry students with their worksheets, and to have the calculus students work on their homework packets for the week. Seniors Larissa Bradford, Chris Bennett and Corron agreed the technology was not as beneficial on the day the Skype accounts were not set up, because the students could not ask questions if they needed to. Yet it was preferable to lacking any guidance on the homework, they said. When the Skype accounts were set up, Braddock was able to see the same screen as the students, and the students could see him. While they watched the YouTube videos, he sat in the background holding Aurora in his arms, waiting for questions. Seniors Josh Foerst and Katie Robinette agreed although the one-on-one connection was lost, they were still able to learn adequately. They said they were still able to ask questions and understand the material. Braddock said he would have preferred being in class to teach, but this use of technology is where schools are heading. Many college classes can be taken completely online now and teachers can communicate through webcams and videos. “I think it’s where schools and technology will be intertwining,” Braddock said. Braddock is taking two more weeks of paternity leave when his wife, also a teacher, goes back to work. During this time, he will again be using the YouTube videos and Skype.


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‘Big Bad’ will take Meet a Rocket Hannah Williams stage April 29,30 in renovated gym How old are you? 15, a sophomore

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Jim and Desiree Boardwine to direct >> Lacy Dean Staff Writer “Big Bad” will be performed in the renovated gym April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. “Big Bad” is a comedy/parody in which the Big Bad Wolf is on trial for huffing and puffing with the intent to destroy grandmother’s impersonator, and for various other crimes. The witnesses are various fairytale characters, including the Three Little Pigs and the Little Red Riding Hood. Wolf’s defense attorney is Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother and the prosecutor is the Fairy Godmother. English teacher Jim Boardwine is directing the play,

along with his daughter, Desiree, a 2009 SHS graduate. “I’m looking for excellent and motivated actors, singers, dancers and rappers,” Boardwine said prior to auditions. Initially, Boardwine was not sure if he was going to take the job as the director of the play. “It is a very demanding position, one that requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication after school, and it provides very little compensation,” Boardwine said. “No one else in the entire school district stepped up,” Boardwine said. “Many kids were longing for the opportunity to be part of a production and I eventually caved to the pressure.” The cast list and further show details were unavailable at press time.

“When I was 4 years old a new family moved in down the street. There were not a lot of kids on my street, so when I went down to meet the kids there was a 3-year-old girl and she has now been my best friend for 12 years.”

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Going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and going to concerts

What was the best prank ever played on you or by you? “My friend prank-called QVC [home shopping channel] and tried to buy something with a fake credit card number.”

Where is your favorite place to be? My hometown.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are five things you would want to survive? Dr. Pepper, a book, my dog, music and food

What sports do you/have you played? Softball and swimming

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Briefs Cut-a-Thon to benefit Sulik family

Sulik Palooza Cut-a-Thon, to benefit senior John Sulik, will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hair “On the Square,” 9076 Church Street, in Twinsburg. Proceeds from all haircuts, mini manicures, and chair massages will be donated to the Sulik family to help pay medical bills resulting from John’s car accident earlier this month. Those unable to attend this event can mail donations to the salon. Checks should be made out to the Sulik family. For more information call 330-425-2911.

Winterball scheduled for March 12 Winterball will be held Saturday, March 12 in the newly-remodeled gym, following months of uncertainty about the opening date. Two March dates were open for the dance: the fifth and the 12th. Adviser Tracey Schneeman said she is hoping the gym will be open by the 12th, but the dance may be postponed or cancelled if it is not. “I just thought the 12th would give us another week to plan,” Schneeman said. Student council met the week before winter break to begin planning. Ticket prices are $6 per person or $10 per couple. The theme will be “Welcome to the Jungle” and it will feature jungle colors. The slow song is “Crazier” by Taylor Swift and the fast song is “Bust a Move” by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

Williams earns $29,812 annual full ride scholarship to Lake Erie Senior football player Chris Williams signed his letter of intent to attend Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio Feb. 2 after receiving a full ride of $29,812 a year over the next five years. Williams said he is excited because “it’s close to home and felt really comfortable, so I thought it was a good choice.” Chris was named All Conference, All District and Special Mention All State this year. “We were taking him to camps all year, so we were more surprised at who in the end started looking at him,” William’s dad, Robert Mullally said.

July 1 hopeful date for new super Ten applicants for the superintendent position were selected from a pool of 40 to be interviewed by the board of education Thursday, Friday and March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Board member Andrew Lesak said the 10 applicants recommended by the Ohio School Board Association were considered “very good.” Each applicant will have a 45-minute with the members of the school board. Afterward, the board will then set up a meeting to determine their final decision. Board members Lesak and Brian Violi said they hope to have permanent superintendent by July 1.

Treble to perform at Zips game Treble Ensemble performed the national anthem at a University of Akron Zips basketball game Feb. 23. The group had been sent an invitation from the University of Akron, and instructed to pick one out of the next three home games to sing at. “I’m very excited for people to hear us, because no one really ever pays attention to us,” junior Natalie Pinkerman said before the game. “We are going to go to Akron and show them what we got,” senior Kayleigh Louis said. Treble has not performed outside of in-school concerts since the Cavaliers game spring of 2009, when they sang the national anthem. “I want to go back to sing the national anthem for the Cavaliers; it was a great experience for my students and myself,” Spurlock said. The group was unable to get a decision from the board on whether they were permitted to go or not this year. The decision took so long they lost their spot and were unable to perform.

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Honor band participants proud Six seniors and four juniors participated in the honor band Jan. 6 at Mayfield High School.

Ten perform in honor band >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer A select 10 students participated with representatives from five other schools in the honor band at Mayfield High School Jan. 6. Participating were: seniors Lauren Hawkins, Matt Reneau, Rob Fruscella, John Sulik, Josh Foerst and Kaitlyn McGinnis and juniors Arleigh Wiler-Martin, Jerid Sogor, Josh Wilson and Danny Phillips. Weaver selected the best students from the sections which needed players. Students who participated in honor band the previous year have seniority and get to be in it again. “Honor band… is supposed to be made up of the best kids from all schools,” Weaver explained. Yet some students are unable to participate because of too many instruments of their type, she said. Honor band is, “a marathon of rehearsals, harder music, in a shorter time,” Weaver said. It can be difficult for some students, she added, because students only get the music a couple weeks in advance and have just one day of practicing together. Each year a different person directs the group. This year, Lieutenant Daniel Boothe led the band.

Weaver said he was “quite good” and “the kids enjoyed him.” Six schools are are part of this district’s band aside from Streetsboro: Orange, Kirtland, Mayfield, Solon and Twinsburg. The group’s performance is held either in Twinsburg, Solon or Mayfield, depending on the year. Streetsboro was not involved in honor band until band director Gretchen Weaver started here; her old school dropped out and Streetsboro took its place. Phillips, who plays percussion said he enjoyed participating. “It was fun. We sat around and played music all day,” he said. Weaver said she felt good about the performance this year, and was “pleased to see that our kids measure up.” She also said the other schools have better instruments and more practice because overall the communities have more money than Streetsboro, yet her kids performed “as good or better than the other schools.” Hawkins, who plays the oboe, said, “It’s cool we can fit in with them without having a lot of money.” Fruscella, who plays trumpet, summed up the whole event. “I thought it was a really great experience, not just for myself, but for everyone there.”

Genovese’s band competes in Tri-C Rock Off finals >> Haley Eichelberger Staff Writer Performing three original songs and one cover in the finals of the Tri-C High School Rock Off February 12 at the House of Blues was senior Jordan Genovese and the Jo Bee Gena Band. Though JBGB did not place in the top three winners in the finals, “I can honestly say I forgot it was a competition at all!” Genovese said. “It was the absolute best time I have ever had, and it was the greatest show we have played as JBGB.” This was Genovese’s first year in the rock off, though other members of her band had participated before with different groups. “We made a lot of great friends and a bunch of great contacts” said Genovese. “It was one of the best experiences I have had as a musician so far!” The process for Genovese and her band to get into the rock off started with them sending in recordings for judges to evaluate. After being selected, they were scheduled to play in one of six semi-final shows. Twelve bands were chosen from the semis. Then the top three of each 12 were narrowed to 18 bands for the finals. “We were excited,” Genovese said. “It’s such a great event where you get to meet great people, and awesome local musicians, and great contacts for future shows” Waiting to hear the judges announce who had made it to the finals was an intense and on-theedge-of-your-seat feeling for the bands.

“It was very suspenseful, I was like dying,” Genovese said. Genovese admitted to not practicing much with her band, due to the fact that the other musicians live in Medina; however, they were not going to let that get in the way or ruin their chances for winning. The winners, Crossing Boundaries from Pennsylvania, received $500 in cash, a $500 gift card for the music store Sam Ash, 24 hours of recording time, TV show appearances, $200 for their high school band, a 3x8-foot banner with their name and logo on it, and the opportunity to open for a national act performer. Genovese’s band went into the finals with high hopes. “It would be really special, unexpected, and awesome to win! We’re kind of an underdog,” Genovese had said prior to the show. JBGB has been together since July, when Genovese showed some things she had written to her friend Ray Flanagan, from Cloverleaf. Flanagan then became the lead guitarist. Then two brothers from Cloverleaf joined in: drummer and percussionist Kyle Tresch, and bassist Garrett Tresch. The band also includes Ben Capka from North Royalton, who plays guitar. JBGB stems from a childhood nickname Genovese grew up with. “Jobe” was a combination of her first and middle name (Beth), so the band went with it, adding “Gena” for Genovese. “JBGB rolls off the tongue pretty nicely,” Genovese said.


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Baker, Skulina PTC champs >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor After placing fourth in the PTC division and eighth overall in the tournament, and sixth overall at sectionals, the team advanced four to districts, including recent Portage Trail Conference champions junior Bubba Baker and senior Anthony Skulina. Other wrestlers qualified for districts are junior Travis Smosny (140-pounds) who took fifth place and senior Vinny Valenti (130) in second at the Feb. 18 and 19 Division II sectional tournament at Walsh-Jesuit high school. All four qualifiers will move on to districts, which will be held at Akron Firestone this weekend, and then to states the following weekend in Columbus. “I’m nervous for it [districts],” Skulina said. “If I don’t make it, I’ll look like a girl.” Baker (22-8) became a two-time PTC champion Feb. 12 by pinning his last opponent, Jake Moore from Rootstown, and placing first in his 215-pound weight class. “I felt really good about getting it for the second time, and even more because I’m only a junior, which leaves room for a third,” Baker said. Skulina (25-4) won his first league championship by placing first in the 135-pound weight class. Other conference weight-class placers include Smosny, who took fifth place; both Zach Rosser (115) and Braynard (160) at sixth, and Valenti (130) in third. Valenti said he was disappointed in his

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Preparing for the pin Getting ready to go for a take-down against a Garfield opponent is senior PTC champion Anthony Skulina. results because he had hoped to place first, but is determined to finish his season by qualifying for states. “If I can’t make it to states, I’d like to make it out of sectionals, make it to districts…as far as I can go,” Valenti said. Other wrestlers who qualified for sectionals were freshman Sean Kuklison (103 pounds) and Ryley Beale (189); sophomores Jeremy Braynard (160) and Sam Creque (heavyweight); and junior Chris Ashburn (189). Earlier this month Ashburn broke his foot during practice, making him unable to participate in sectionals, and not allowed to wrestle until given permission. Ashburn said he is eager to get back to wrestling.

Coach Rick Charlton said Ashburn’s injury will be checked on a day-to-day basis and he hopes Ashburn will be able to wrestle with the rest of the team. Ashburn said he will be off his boot in three to six weeks. Charlton is picking up the pace in training in hopes of qualifying for states. He said the wrestlers’ goal right now is to stay in shape and avoid injuries during practice and other future tournaments. Valenti said Charlton is going to “kill” the team with tough practices to prepare for districts. “We’re trying to pick up our intensity of our drilling, and working on certain situations that each of the kids might get into,” Charlton said.

Lady Rockets, 3-17, prep for tournaments tomorrow >> Tyler Sanders Staff Writer Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Lady Rockets powered through the rest of the regular season (3-17 overall) and are getting ready for tournaments which begin tomorrow. Aside from their wins, other season highlights so far include Senior Shawnee Spinks’ 75-foot basket with two seconds left on the clock. Junior Rachael Kolke also had a 17 point half against Windham on January 22 and the team held the league’s top scorer to her lowest scoring games of the year. Head coach Allison Carey said the team

has improved since the beginning of the season. Instead of picking and choosing quarters to play hard in, now the “girls are going hard on all four quarters nonstop.” After their first win of the season against Garfield by a score of 40-28, senior team captain Jaclynn Hess said they all breathed a “sigh of relief.” Even with the wins, the team still has to deal with two injuries: senior co-captain Jordan Genovese is out with knee problems and Kolke, the Rockets top scorer, is out with a case of mono, but she will be able to play in the tournaments. “Her injury definitely takes some points off the board for us,” Carey said. “But other girls have been stepping up to make up

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for the points.” Hess said, regardless of the injuries “we work well and overcome it.” Win or lose, Carey said she is “happy with the team’s performance” and they have “done well.” She has also been pleased with the team’s morale over the season, she said. Despite being disappointed after a loss, “the morale was never too low.” Hess said the team “tries to motivate each other,” Basketball has provided a “fun place to be every day, and everyone gets along.” The Lady Rockets will play in their tournaments tomorrow at Union Lake High School against Ravenna at 1:00 p.m.


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