September 9, 2011
Same field, different sport
Football stars reflect on being recruited by Division I colleges
Junior David Page joins soccer team because of numerous head injuries
BY JIMMY COOK
BY COLLIN O’CONNOR
s concussions and other head injuries become more prevalent in the high school sports world, more athletes are finding other routes of being involved in athletics. Junior David Page is just another example. After playing football his whole life, head injuries have prevented him from playing at the high school or possibly even college level. “My freshman year, after I got a concussion at the beginning of the season, the doctor said it just probably would be better if I didn’t play anymore,” Page said. He had, however, already suffered through multiple concussions through CYO football at St. Roch and a non-sports related concussion before those. Now, Page has decided that playing soccer would be the best thing for him. “I decided to play soccer, because most of my friends did, and it’s not really a contact sport so I thought it would be safe. I really just wanted something to do,” he said. However, Page’s situation is not unusual in high school football. According to a study by the New York Times, middle school to high school football players have a 20% chance of suffering a concussion every season. Last year, there was estimated to be anywhere from 2 to 3 million sports-related concussions in the United State for high school or younger athletes. For that group of people, concussions suffered in sports are the second leading cause of head injuries, behind only automobile incidents. When asked if he had any advice for players going through this type of situation, Page said, “Just do what the doctor says and don’t do anything at all while you’re recovering. And, once you feel like your 100%, still give it some more time to make sure.” As for the varsity soccer team, they have already come up with
a big win over Franklin Central who is always a tough match-up in their sectional, but have also suffered two tough losses to Perry and Center Grove. Currently, they are coming off of a win over Lafayette Jefferson in the Noblesville Invite before losing to one of the top teams in the state in Noblesville. Now, they move on to player Lutheran and rival Bishop Chatard in the upcoming week.
PHOTO BY KYLIE FITZSIMMONS
CALL IT A COMEBACK: Junior David Page returns to the turf, this time as a soccer player. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Twins help the golf team to successful season BY SAM ORRELL
his senior class has had the most successful golf run always has my back, along with my other teammates. I cannot ever as they look to get to their 4th straight state explain how lucky I feel to be called a Lady Rebel golfer with my finals appearance and a set of twins have been along best friends and sister by my side. I am proud to be a part of the for the ride. program” Coleen said. Coleen and Catherine Gaughan have pushed The Rebels continued their success by capturing the Marion each other to become the best golfers they can be, with both of County Championship last Tuesday. them already medaling in the season. Coleen talked about her relationship with her sister. “I usually motivate my sister to practice short game with playing fun little games, but since she can effortlessly out-drive me, she helps me on the range with giving me positive feedback,” Coleen said. Their success as a team shows that they’re going to be challenging for state again this year. The whole season they have been teetering at the number one spot in the state and for a while sat atop the standings. The success has hit Coleen hard as she spoke passionately about being a golfer. “Being a senior, I am definitely starting to realize how special our girl’s golf team is. Since we have played with each other since grade school, we have gained a special team chemistry that makes the experience not only rewarding but fun. I am so grateful for being a part of such a great team, and with State always being our goal,the PHOTO BY LAUREN SHEETS journey to get us there every year is full of hard work and laughter. We do not only play to win, BRINGING HOME GOLD: Members of the golf team celebrate after winning a tournabut we play for each other. I know that Catherine ment earlier this year.
STANDING TALL: Senior Cole Toner waits to enter the game from the sidelines.
or some, high school is the final time that an athlete will play in their respective sport. There are a fortunate few however, who use it as a stepping stone to further their dreams of playing sports at the next level, and are recruited by different colleges across the country. Throughout the 2011-2012 season, the Rebel Review will highlight athletes in these situations. This month features football star Cole Toner, who has been heavily recruited by a variety of schools and remains undecided. Take us back to freshman football, did you ever think you would be a prospect of all these schools? “No, I didn’t. I thought maybe if I worked hard enough it could happen, but I had no idea that I’d be in this situation.” If you could go to any school in the country to play ball, where would it be? “Notre Dame, obviously the most well known catholic school in the country, great academics, and I’ve always been a fan of them.” Which schools are on your top 5 list? “Ball State, Cincinnati, Harvard, Indiana, Miami(OH), and Princeton.” Any true front-runner in that list of schools? “The Ivy League schools were awesome to go and visit, but there really isn’t a leader out of the five.” Finally, in this your senior season, where are your goals set individually and for the team? “I want to keep getting better and be at my very best by the end of the year. As for the team, I’d love to win a state championship in my final year here at Roncalli.” Along with Toner, senior kicker Drew Oehrle has committed to Air Force to play football in the 2012 season. “For one it is an honor to serve my country, and two is that they can pay for my pursuit of a medical degree,” said Oehrle. The Rebels currently sit at 1-2 on the season, and are set to face Plainfield at home this evening for CYO night.
Fall Sports Update
Accurate as of 9/6/11
After play in the Hoosier Cup ended, the Lady Rebels saw their record move to 5-3-1 for the season.
Since losing their season opener, the boys’ tennis team put together a 4-3 record on the year.
Following the Providence Early Bird Invite, the Lady Rebels regular season record stands at 8-7.
The boys and girls have placed eighth, third and seventh and eighth, fourth and seventh respectively in three meets.