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Sport, teacher cuts hinge on levy >> Tyler Sanders Associate Editor Sixteen percent of the teaching staff, or 20-25 teachers, along with sports and other extracurriculars could be cut if the November 2 levies do not pass. Two separate issues are on the ballot this time around. The first is a renewal of the current 3.5 mill levy, at no cost to any homeowners or business owners. The second is a 3.9 mill tax levy which will cost the owner of a

$100,000 home approximately $10 more a month, or $120 a year. Voters rejected three school levies last year. This fall, in hopes of getting at least the renewal to pass, the school board has separated the levy into two. At the September 30 school board meeting, board member Brian Violi said he hated splitting the levies, but this will be the fourth time the levies are on the ballot. Busing will “probably” not re-

turn if just the November renewal passes because it will add no new money to the budget, Superintendant Linda Keller said in an early September interview. If both levies pass, board member Kevin Grimm said he would like to reinstate busing. Board member Denise Baba asked the administration to report the cost of all extracurricular activities at the next meeting, which will be held tonight at 6:45 p.m. in the Henry Defer Intermediate school cafeteria.

Board vice president Andrew Lesak also said if both levies pass he would like to recall some of the five custodial staff members who have been laid off. In an early September interview treasurer Catherine Rouse said the state of the district “depends on the cuts that have to be made” if the renewal does not pass, but she stressed “the quality education will be maintained.”

Continued on page 5 See ‘Levy’

Gym, cafeteria & classrooms housed in six modulars >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief

Photo by Angie DiAlesandro

Homecoming Festivities Caught up just moments after being crowned queen and king are seniors Larissa Bradford and Stevie Magic. Following the pre-game activities, the football team beat East Canton by a score of 34-6. The dance was held the next night, October 2 at the middle school.

Rumors circulating throughout the community that had students thinking they would be attending school in the former Ravenna High School or the former WalMart building proved to be false when the school opened August 24 with six new modular buildings to compensate for the areas damaged by the June 1 fire. Superintendent Linda Keller and Principal Eric Rauschkolb said after realizing modulars would work, administrators did not look into any other options. “We wanted to make sure we exhausted all possibilities for having school at our school before looking into any other possibilities,” Rauschkolb said. One person suggested having school in the former Wal-Mart building, but it was never looked into as a viable option, said Rauschkolb. Keller and other school officials agreed to renting the modulars because the units could be set up

Continued on page 4 See ‘Modulars’

‘Human behavior’ now possible cause of fire >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor Electrical issues and lit candles have been ruled out as sources of the June 1 gymnasium fire. The cause has yet to be determined however, as investigators from the Streetsboro Fire Department and the Portage County Fire Unit look into possibilities of hu-

man behavior. The fire caused smoke to slip through the cracks and burn through the walls. The fire department responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m. and stayed at the scene to investigate the cause. Streetsboro fire investigator Kevin Grimm said investigators searched around the gymnasium and its stage looking for fire pat-

terns and the areas of highest heat to determine the source. Grimm said the department initially believed the cause of the fire was from an electrical issue. Electrical samples were sent to laboratories in Northeast Ohio and Indiana to test their probability as the cause. Weeks later, test results came back negative: electrical issues

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were not the cause of the fire. “Every [possible cause] that had been on the stage has been eliminated,” Grimm said. He also said a rumor about candles left burning on the stage was untrue. The candles, which had been used in a class music video

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Rauschkolb upholds traditions, positive outlook The Launch Pad Staff Editorial

We are fans of Principal Eric Rauschkolb. His greetings in the mornings and before school are a great way to begin our day. He is in the halls or popping in and out of classes showing he cares and takes his job seriously, all the while still greeting us with a smile. Dedication is always a good thing when it comes to dealing with a high

school full of students. Staying here even after the fire damaged half the building showed a lot of dedication to our school, staff and students. He is great at getting back to our Orbiter staff and doing interviews immediately. He is supportive and involved with our extracurricular classes. It is nice to see our principal doing what he can to help us get out information. School spirit is important, to the well being of the school and stu-

dents. Over the years our school has slowly been losing school spirit, but Rauschkolb is bringing it back. He gets on the announcements every Friday, wishes the football team and other sports good luck and dismisses us, himself. He shows up at the home sporting events with his family to watch and support our school. He is very involved and tries hard to keep everyone positive. He is famous for saying “Go Rockets!” on his announcements, which is in-

spirational to us students and our sports teams. Along with improvingschool spirit, Rauschkolb has made some big differences with school rules. Even though not everyone necessarily agrees with all of the new rules, we respect his consistency with them. To have a principal who can come to work and deal with everything going on here, can make time to meet as many people as he can and remember almost everyone’s names

means a lot to us. It’s nice to know our principal actually knows who we are and is not just talking to us because it is his job. Rauschkolb cares and is involved with his students even outside of school. Recently one of our Orbiter staff members was involved in a car accident and Rauschkolb actually went to the hospital to make sure she was OK. He cares about more than just school with his students and tries to get to know everyone as well as he can.

Seniors and juniors sound off over parking territory JUNIORS “I think the parking lot should be first-come, firstserve. If you have a parking pass you can park wherever you want it. It should be whoever gets there first gets a good spot.” - Alex Todd “People buy parking passes and there are 15 open parking spots at the high school and nobody can park there...I would make parking first-come...” - Michael Painter

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Mix of skinny, block periods is adjustment >> Haley Eichelberger Staff Writer

Adjusting to an increased number of classes and some 80-minute periods broken down into 40 has been a challenge for students and staff. Trying to adjust to the new schedule without a gym, yet still willing to try anything once, is physical education teacher Krista VonStein. “I already had to adjust my curriculum to fit being outside and without a gym, but this year, I had to make those adjustments plus adjust to the skinny schedule,” said VonStein. With four “skinny” (40-minute) periods, VonStein has had to consider cutting out some daily activities that used to be included in her physical education class.

For example, pedometers alone eat up about five minutes of class time, including putting them on before class, then logging the information, and putting them away at the end. VonStein originally chose to incorporate pedometers into her curriculum because she felt it would be good for students to see their own improvement and work over time. Yet as class time is also eaten up by clothing changes and instructions, VonStein had to prioritize.   Freshman Aleah Grafton agrees with VonStein that 40-minute classes are difficult to adapt to. “This year is nice because classes are not so long and it’s easier to pay attention, but physical education and choir are too short,” she said. Grafton explained that there is not enough time to learn

songs and rehearse for choir concerts.   Choir teacher Susan Spurlock agreed. “I feel very rushed daily. I hate the fact that I don’t have time to tend to my students’ needs properly,” she said. Spurlock said concert dates will remain as scheduled; the students’ work ethic and behavior will determine if they can get the same amount of work done in half the time. “I’m trying my best to stay organized so I don’t waste any of our valuable rehearsal time,” said Spurlock. Aside from adjusting to the shorter classes, students and teachers have expressed concerns about the way intervention is running this year. Not being able to go to other teachers if they need help is a problem for some students.

Sophomore Lyndsey Bias said, “I would like to have passes for intervention back because if there is a test the next day, that time can be used to help some students who need it from their teachers.” “I just wish I could use the library,” said senior Jordan Genovese. From blue and gold days, to 4x4 blocked, to skinnies and blocked classes, Genovese has experienced three different schedules over her four years in high school. She said she likes this schedule best because it makes the day go fast. “A fast school day is a good school day,” she said.  Sophomore Brad Wolfe agreed. “I like it better because classes are shorter and I don’t have to sit in one spot for so long,” he said.

Intervention changes drawing mixed reactions >> Mariah Colescott Staff Writer Intervention changes for made to help with academic support are an adjutsment fot students and teachers. Changes include no longer being able to meet to get extra help, makeup tests or to go over lessons, or hold meetings. Social studies teacher Robb Kidd-

said he does not specifically prefer the old intervention to the new one, but “likes various aspects of both of them.” He appreciated the chance to meet with students individually last year, and using intervention for meetings. Social studies teacher Jerry Judd said he thinks the new intervention schedule is more efficient. “I just think it got to a point where

students didn’t expect to do anything when they came to class.” Judd said. “They were looking for ways to leave… it turned into a glorified study hall... It was just basically… recess for a half hour. So, I like this much better.” Junior Tiffany Howitt said she prefers last year’s schedule because if students are failing a certain class, they cannot go get help. Yet if passing the class which they

have intervention in, they are stuck there, she said. Assistant principal Natalie Wininger said intervention rules changed to focus on academic help and support instead of a using it as a blow-off period. “Nothing specifically happened, it was actually a lack of things was happening, why we changed it.” Wininger said.


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Six teachers relocated to modulars >> Cindy Deng Senior Editor

Six teachers whose classrooms in or around the perimeter of the gymnasium were covered in hazardous soot and declared unsafe to teach in following the June 1 fire, are currently teaching in modular buildings until construction is complete. Physical education teacher Krista VonStein said she was devastated when she heard about the fire from her sister, who had seen it on the evening news. “That’s my classroom and that’s the heart of the building where we all get together,” VonStein said. “There has been a lot of great memories in that gym. It definitely breaks your heart a little bit.” Aside from the gymnasium, TV production teacher Tom Fesemyer’s room, which butts up against the gym stage, was also heavily damaged by soot and water. Fesemeyer said he surveyed the damage, which included soaked carpets and heavy soot covering of equipment and damaged com-

puters, on August 5. summer as equipment was moved “My heart just hit the ground to the tech house, located on Route because I knew that all electron- 303, due to construction. ic equipment was subjected to a He said his temporary classlot of smoke and water damage,” room, set up in a modular next to Fesemyer said. the radio station, was disorganized Other classrooms, including for the first week. the woodshop and radio station, The day before school started which are on the opposite side of he had to work with a bare room Fesemyer’s room, were not affect- and then began receiving his beed as much or even left with any longings throughout the week. soot from the fire, but “It was driving me are currently inaccesnuts! I was like ‘Get sible due to construcIt definitely me through till Frition. day!’” Long said of the breaks Fesemyer said after delay in equipment your heart the first meeting, Aufor his classroom. “I gust 5, he constantly can make it [the traila little bit. went back to the er] work; you just got -Krista VonStein, school every week to to be flexible. Once I Physical education discuss with the insurgot through the first teacher ance company and adweek, I got my room ministration of what set up the way I wanthe needs for his classroom before ed, made myself comfortable, and school began. made it home, then I was fine.” WSTB 88.9 General Manager VonStein said she likes having Bob Long said he is very fortunate her classes outside, where her stuthat the radio station is fully func- dents can spread out more than tional inside the new modular and they could in the gymnasium. has not had any problems. Another benefit is having new The radio station was off-air for sports equipment to replace all five days in the beginning of the that was destroyed in the fire.

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She said her only problem is the inability to plan concrete lessons ahead of time without knowing exactly what the weather conditions will be. “If we have to be inside, I’m going to try to be creative,” VonStein said. Family and consumer science teacher Nakia Miller, whose room in the hall across from the gymnasium is currently sealed off, said she does not mind having a modular for the time being. The benefits of her modular are the convenience of having a bathroom inside her classroom but the lack of technology is a problem. “Right now, I have to maneuver my way around and try to find rooms where they [students] can do presentations,” Miller said. “It’s going to be an adjustment.” The time frame for teachers displaced by the fire to return to their classrooms is anywhere between November and next school year. “It is a long pain-staking process at this point,” Fesemyer said. “The only good thing is that it is temporary.”

Investigation

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shot earlier that day, had been blown out hours before the fire started, Grimm explained. Due to the negative results from the lab test, Grimm and other investigators are now looking into possibilities of whether the fire was caused by human behavior or from other unknown sources. Grimm said they have interviewed staff and over 50 students about what they were doing at the time of the fire, but have not come up with any leads from the responses given thus far. “We are still continuing to look at the possibilities,” Grimm said. The case will be idle until new clues are found to further the investigation and provide a concrete answer. Grimm said he would greatly appreciate if anyone with information that may help with the investigation could contact the fire department. The fire station is located at the municipal building, 9184 State Route 43. The number is (330) 626-4664.

quickly enough in the space available alongside the school. “The board took action, giving me the authority to manage the project,” Keller said. “So, every single decision that’s made and every single contract... I didn’t need to wait for the board to get together in order to get approval.” The board did this in order to finish in time for the first day of school, August 24. Treasurer Catherine Rouse said insurance is covering the cost of leasing the modulars and of the construction. The modulars are rented for an initial six months at a cost of approximately $227,000. The rental contract will be renewed on a month-to-month basis until the modulars are no longer needed to facilitate classes, said Rouse. Keller recommended the use of the modulars to the board of education at the beginning of June. The modulars arrived on site during the first week of August and were ready for students two weeks later.

Fire occurs on the stage of the gym around 5:30 p.m., June 1

June

Photo courtesy of Lauren Groff Rescue While putting out the fire in the gym on June 1, a firefighter walks across the roof to his fellow workers.

Linda Keller proposes the use of modulars at the beginning of June

Test results come back negative for electrical issues as the cause at the beginning of July and interviews begin

July

Prepping the building for demolition begins in July

Teachers gather for informational meeting August 5

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Construction expected to be complete for next school year >> Courtney Sackett Editor in Chief A remodeled gym featuring motorized bleachers and basketball hoops, an updated stage and an improved sound system is expected to be completed next fall for the 2011-2012 school year. The rebuilding and remodeling of the gym are due to smoke, water and structural damage from the June 1 fire. Superintendent Linda Keller said, “the accompanying and adjacent classrooms and hallways are continuing to be assessed as to what the damage extent is.” Athletic Director Joe Timco and Project Manager David Leach are working closely together to design the updated gym, which will feature brand new equipment in addition to other improvements and changes. “It’ll be cleaner and brighter with respect to the tradition of the old gym,” Timco said. Changes, such as a white ceiling and new fluorescent lighting, will “make a big difference in the feel of the gym,” Timco said. “There will be a noticeable difference in the quality of sound,” Timco said of the new sound system. The old system was “outdated and in poor condition.” Leach said the “heavy duty” construction, including the rebuilding of the walls, will be completed by November 1. The remodeling of the inside is expected to be completed in time for next school year, but is hoped to be done sooner. Demolishing the gym will involve taking down the walls from 20 feet to 10 feet high

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Prepping On September 10, as construction progresses, the gym continues to be prepped for the reconstruction of the walls.

What will be in the gym •Light wood and dark wood flooring •Padding underneath the flooring to cushion athletes’ ankles •“Rocket blue” bleachers •Motorized bleachers •Motorized basketball hoops that can be lowered for youth practices •Updated stage with new curtains and handicap accessibility from the right side •Improved sound system that can pick up and broadcast both voice and sound •Railings and aisles going up through the bleachers •Offset handicap seating in the bleachers •White ceiling •Fluorescent lighting •A roof three feet higher than before and level with the rest of the building. The walls will then be built back up, and the new ceiling will be three feet higher than it was before, to comply with the Ohio School Facilities

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Continued from Page 1 Keller also said “Students need to be assured that the very best teachers will be teaching them.” School board president Cynthia Pennock-Hanish said, at the September 30 board meeting, “with these massive cuts, the quality of education for the students would be severely affected.” Rouse was hopeful it would not come to this, she said, “I have no doubts, we have a great school system and the community will support the students.”

Demolition begins the last week of September with the deconstruction of the north and south walls

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Commission codes. When the high school was built in the early 60s, the OSFC had not yet been formed. All Ohio schools were required to have a gym 23 feet in height after the agency was established in 1997. Schools did not have to rebuild if their existing gyms were not that tall; yet if a school rebuilds, its new gym is required to be up to code. Prepping for SHS’ gym, which began in July after approval from the insurance company, involved cleaning out the school for the demolition process. Leach said construction began after all the materials had arrived in order to avoid bad weather interference. “They want to make sure everything is delivered here and ready to go so that when they start the demolition, it can be a very fast process,” Principal Eric Rauschkolb said. The north and south walls were taken down two weeks ago and reconstructed last week. The east and west walls were taken down last week and expected to be done this week. Once all four walls are reconstructed, the demolition of the roof will begin. Treasurer Catherine Rouse said insurance is covering the cost of the rebuild, but she did not know the cost.

Pancake breakfast, Halloween carnival Oct. 23 at middle school

People’s Alliance for Streetsboro Schools, PASS, is hosting a pancake breakfast and Halloween carnival October 23 at the middle school from 9 a.m. to noon. Aside from the pancake and sausage meal, the event will feature face painting, games, a Chinese auction and a raffle. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens (60 & older) and for children ages 5-10. Children 4 and under are free. Kids can wear costumes. Vendor tables are also available for $10. For more information or to volunteer contact Joanne Marcini at 330-626-3226.

The east and west walls are completed this week and the rebuild of the roof begins

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Construction is expected to be complete November 1

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Mazes, local haunts offer fall fun >> Hannah Benson Staff Writer

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Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides and haunted houses are all activities students and staff can engage in this fall. Derthick’s Corn Maze in Mantua offers a mile-long maze designed like a football, hayrides, animals and pumpkin patches. Sophomore Sam Grudowski’s favorite memory at Derthick’s is getting lost in the maze with his mom and cousins for hours. He said they had to call the people who run the maze so they could get out. Junior Sam Lupica, who went to Derthick’s last year,

said he always wanted to try out a maze and he thought this one was fun. Admission for the maze is $8. Derthick’s is open every weekend in October, from 4-11 p.m. on Fridays, 12-11 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. A fall family tradition of family and consumer science teacher Cathy Gentner is going with her family to Luther’s Farmer’s Market close to her home in Rittman. This is about 30 to 35 minutes away from Streetsboro. She says her family will spend the afternoon taking a hike, going on a hayride, and going through the corn mazes. She said her kids,

ages 12 and 9, especially love the hayrides. Dussel Farm at 1190 Old Forge Road, Brimfield, is another farmer’s market about 30 minutes away. The farm offers a corn maze, a tent maze, and a haunted bus, as well as sells cider, corn and pumpkins. For more of a thrill this fall season, junior Andi Landgraf recommends going to the Carnival of Horrors at Blossom Music Center in Akron. She said when she went last year she was so scared she, “cut off the circulation in Allana [Miura]’s hand.” Freshman Justin Radic also recommends the Carnival of Horrors, where

he fondly recalls of a guy jumping out to scare him and his mom’s boyfriend kicked the guy. “I get scared easily and my friends laugh at me,” said junior Amanda Barile, who recommends going to Carnival of Horrors. Her favorite memory on this site is a clown taking her ticket and making her jump around to get it back. Blossom is about 30 minutes away and admission for all four houses is $19. Those without money or transportation can still go trick or treating from 3- 5 p.m. on October 31. “It makes me feel like a little kid again,” junior Allie Bielinski said.

Students from Egypt, Russia & Indonesia at SHS >> Lacy Dean Staff Writer Three teenagers from different parts of the world have come together to share experiences as foreign exchange students visiting the United States for the first time. Senior Marwan Elkahky is from Cairo, Egypt, located in Northeast Africa. Junior Ardhana Pradipta is from Tulungagung, Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia. Sophomore Pavel Ermakov is from Zarechny, Russia, located in Eurasia. The three students made what they described as an extremely long and exhausting trip to the United States in early August, most of them flying

for what they said felt like hours on end. “I thought the flight was a good experience because it was the first time I ever flew,” Ermakov said. After an 11-hour flight from Russia to Akron, with a few other stops in between, Ermakov was excited to finally be in the United States. Excited to meet her host parents and arrive in the United States, Pradipta was ready to finally get off the plane after her 26-hour

flight. After his 18-hour flight, Elkahky visited the Egyptian Embassy and Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. He also did some sightseeing in New York before arriving in Streetsboro. Elkahky and Pradipta share the same house, both hosted by the Sobie family, consisting of Scott, Jeanne and their 6-year-old daughter, Camryn. “It was difficult living

with Marwan at first because we did not share the same culture,” said Pradipta. Both Pradipta and Elkahky said they appreciate their host family. “My host family is a really amazing group of people,” said Elkahky. His host mother helps him out by filling out all the paperwork for school and taking him back and forth to soccer practice, while his host father is always trying to teach him new things.

Ermakov is hosted by the George family. Douglas and Donna George are the parents of senior Randy George. Ermakov said his host brother has been more than willing to help him with schoolwork and getting to know the town. “It’s a good experience having Pavel at my house since he’s the first foreign exchange student I’ve lived with,” said Randy George. “I get to introduce him to a lot of stuff like driving, because in his home country they walked almost everywhere, since the town is so small.” Ermakov and Pradipta said they are looking forward to spending their first winter here. Neither has ever seen snow. All three said their experiences so far have changed their perspective on education. They have realized how different education and culture are compared to in their home countries. Ermakov said in Russia he attends a sixth day of school on Saturdays. In Indonesia, students did not change classes, said Pradipta. “The teachers come to the students.” While here, Pradipta looks forward to purchasing a laptop because the software is much better than the software in Indonesia. With the three students scheduled to leave before the end of June, all are open to experiencing American customs and making the best of their stay.


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Cleveland Browns:

As of press time, the team holds a 1-4 record. The Browns travel to face the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, who hold a 3-1 record, on Sunday.

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Under new head coach Byron Scott, the team has a 2-1 record so far in the pre-season. The Cavs play tonight at 7:30 p.m. in San Antonio. The regular season opens October 27 at home against Boston.

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The Indians finished the season with a record of 69-93. The day after the season ended, Mark Shapiro was promoted to Indians president and Chris Antonetti was appointed the new general manager. Online More in depth Rocket sports coverage can be found online: www.shsorbiter. com. The website will be updated within a week of each publication date.

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Gant, Tackett First Team PTC >> Lacy Dean Staff Writer Going from two wins last season to seven this season, and having two players place in the Portage Trail Conference, made golf coach Bruce Thomas proud of the team. Thomas has been the coach of the varsity golf team for the past eight years. With nine players on the team and seven of them being returning players, Thomas had high expectations. The golfers placed fifth overall in the PTC. In the tournament, Frank Gant finished in fourth shooting an 84 and fellow senior David Tackett finished right behind him, with an 85. With Gant and Tackett receiving all PTC and C.J.. Diehl and Joe Kubicki receiving Honorable Mention, the team golfed at a more competitive level this year, Thomas said. “It was a good first experience for my first and only year of high school golf,” Gant said. “My stroke was probably my weakest part of my golf game this season.” “Consistency was one of my weaknesses this year,” Tackett said.

“My putting improved a lot this year. It was one of my strong points.” Senior golfer Cindy Deng competed in the girls’ sectional tournament September 27 and shot a 129 out of 18 holes. “It’s been a really good season and it’s unfortunate that it’s my senior year,” Deng said. Thomas said with a final record of 7-12, the golfers did much better than last year. The team finished with five wins and seven losses in the PTC but still managed to gain experience along the way. The golf team beat Mogadore and Waterloo twice this season and split its matches with Windham; the team lost by one stroke in one match and won by one stroke in another match. This year, due to budget cuts, the team lost their junior varsity golf team. “Having a junior varsity team would have allowed us to have more golfers gain experience in matches and coach Foster would have been able to help,” Thomas said.

Photo by Angie Dialesandro

Fighting Spiking during the loss to Waterloo October 7 is senior Jaclynn Hess.

Teams adjusting to new homes >> Asia Wells Associate Editor Just hours after Allison Carey accepted the job of head varsity girls’ basketball coach, the gymnasium caught on fire. “It was a sign from the devil,” was Carey’s first thought. Carey said she was excited about taking over the girls’ basketball program but had mixed emotions because she was sad about leaving Hudson. At Hudson, she was the freshman girls coach for three years and led last year’s team to a record of 14-2. She said she believes the fire and the lack of a gym will affect the team but it might not be in a negative way. The girls are upset, but it has not fully sunk in that they will be playing at the middle school. Carey said the team is looking good, and all upperclassmen have come to conditioning and are excited to play. “I feel sad about not having an official home court,” junior Rachael Kolke said. “At the same time I feel ecstatic that by my senior year I will be playing in a new gym.” Head varsity boys’ basketball coach Nick Marcini said the team is still dedicated even without a home gym. “Being a graduate from Streetsboro High School, it was truly a dream of mine to come back and be the head coach of the varsity basketball team,” Marcini said. Marcini said, “I believe the fire hasn’t affected the team so far and they are truly dedicated group of individuals that have one goal in mind: winning the Portage Trail Conference.” “This season is bittersweet,” senior Niko Withers said. “I’m excited about the season but we won’t be in our own home gym.” Marcini said open gyms have started and they have been going great and about 25 players have been showing up every night. “I am very excited about the dedication being put forth by the players,” Marcini said. No site has been confirmed for the boys’ home basketball games, but there is a possibility of the former Ravenna High School, Marcini said. Head volleyball coach Bill Smerglia said he feels the gym has presented challenges for his volleyball team, but everyone has to come together to make the best of the situation. He said the seniors and the rest of the team are not happy with the situation but still strive to be successful, especially working to win a sixth PTC. “It doesn’t matter the time or place, what matters is the drive the team has to win,” senior volleyball player Da’Nae Redding said.


October 14, 2010