A BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT OPEN FORUM SINCE 1924
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 3
• Boys Basketball • Artist Series • Occupy Wall Street
NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Curtis returns after serious accident by
After two weeks in the hospital and a week and a half recovering at home, senior Matt Curtis returned to school on Nov. 9. On Oct. 12, his car collided head on with another vehicle on Highway 23 at 60 mph both ways. Both vehicles were totaled and both drivers were trapped inside with serious injuries. “My car looked like one of those metal sculptures,” Curtis said. “Except it looked like someone had stomped on it until it was completely crushed.” Both individuals required extraction from their vehicles and helicopter emergency transport. “The firemen had to cut out the metal frame between the passenger and rear passenger door and pull me out of the rear passenger window,” Curtis said. Curtis has no memory of the accident, or of the moments leading up to or after it. “My memory cuts off driving past the Berlin Feed Mill, going up that first hill, and then it picks up after I arrive at the hospital,” Curtis
Curtis spent two weeks recovering in the Almost one month later and 15 pounds hospital before he was sent home, where he lighter, Curtis returned to school and life spent another week and a half. started to become normal again. said. “After that, I kept blacking out and I can only remember random times when people were visiting me.” Curtis suffered many major injuries, including a broken jaw, a broken shoulder, a broken wrist, a broken femur, a broken tailless bone (ankle) and a broken tibia. Other minor injuries included bruises and tiny cuts.
Berlin Community Blood Drive one of many,
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The Berlin Community Blood Drive was on Nov. 22 at Grace Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Community Blood Center holds nearly 125 blood drives each month, partnering with local schools, churches and businesses. According to Communityblood.org, the Community Blood Center has worked with blood donors since 1955 to provide a steady blood supply for 18 hospitals in Wisconsin and Michigan. This includes the local hospitals in Berlin, Ripon, Oshkosh, Neenah and Appleton. To keep the blood supply consistent, the Community Blood Center requires a full range of blood components such as red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Last year, volunteer donors gave more than 50,000 blood donations with the Community Blood Center Communityblood.org stated. Junior Emma Hargrave was a first time donor last year. “I was nervous about the needles, but I got over it,” Hargrave said. “I donated blood because of the high demand.”
Curtis underwent multiple surgeries during his hospitalization. The surgeons cut open Curtis’ knee and moved his kneecap to the side so a metal pole could be placed in his leg for support. They also put a metal rod in his ankle to hold it in position. In the end, Curtis’ skin was stapled together at the ankle, knee and thigh. The final surgery was wiring his jaw shut.
Students who give blood do not go unnoticed. There is a program called the Student “Gallon Grad” Program. Through this program, the Community Blood Center recognizes the students who have donated blood eight times before graduation. The students are given a graduation cord, a certificate and special recognition as a graduating high school senior. The Key Club will host their annual blood drive on Dec. 16. “I have been the advisor for six years and we have sponsored a blood drive every year,” Key Club Advisor Sarah Gietzel said. “I am sure it has been going on even longer than that.” The Key Club organizes the blood drive before the holidays for a special reason. “The Key Club hosts the blood drive before the holidays so people can give the gift of life,” Gietzel said. The blood drive was very successful last year, andKey Club members are hoping for a similar turnout this year. “At the blood drive last year, 38 good units of blood were collected and there were 30 first time donors,” Gietzel said. The Key Club blood drive is also through the Community Blood Center. To prepare for the blood drive, the Key Club will hold an informational meeting on Dec. 1 during Primetime in the LMC. Ruth Welhouse, the Blood Drive Recruitment Specialist, will lead the meeting. The meeting is for first time donors or others who need information on the blood drive. Students who attend this meeting will be the first to sign the appointment sheet, and permission forms will also be handed out. “The informational meeting is a great way for students to learn about giving blood, and to ask questions such as what to eat and drink beforehand and how it may affect sports,” Gietzel said. The Student Council will sponsor a blood drive in the spring.
All of his injuries will heal, but Curtis will never regain full motion of his left ankle. “The doctors have to fuse my ankle because the tailless bone was destroyed,” Curtis said. “They will put screws in my ankle and weld it together, so I’ll never be able to rotate it again.” After nearly a month at home, Curtis was relieved to finally return
to school. “Coming back to school was really nice. It was good to get out of the house; being at home all the time with my parents got a little interesting after a while,” Curtis said. “Being able to come back and do something normal again was awesome.” The one thing that Curtis has struggled with most is not being able to eat real food. “All of my food has to be put in a blender, so food doesn’t even taste like food anymore,” Curtis said. “I’ve lost 15 pounds since the accident.” Curtis’ recovery is going smoothly and more quickly than expected. “Everything is going really well, actually,” Curtis said. “My injuries are healing faster than most of the doctors expected.” The accident also left Curtis with some legal issues. He was given a ticket for operating left of center. The amount is to be determined at an unset court date. He is also liable for the injuries of the driver and the damages of the vehicle he collided with, and for the damages to a third vehicle that drove through debris from the crash.
Student Council sponsors Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot run/walk was held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. The race began and ended at Nathan Strong Park. It was sponsored by the Berlin High School Student Council. The first 100 people that registered received a free hat. There was also a bake sale and free hot apple cider. “The race started at 9 a.m., but registration began at 8:30 a.m.,” Student Council advisor Ann Ragus said. “There was also no fee to race.”
Benefit helps Hostak family
Another benefit was held for Isaiah Hostak and family on Nov. 5 at City Inn. The benefit included kids’ games, live auctions, raffle prizes and live music. In the past few months, they have raised $101,000. “The benefit went amazingly well,” Public Relations coordinator Tod Huggins said. “We had Boogie and the YoYoz play in front of about 300 or 400 people and the games were busy all day.”
Theater class performs self-written show
The Intro to Theater class, taught by Angela Femali, performed in “M-M-Murder”, a murder mystery, on Nov. 21. “The Intro to Theater class is required to do a show and put what they have learned into action,” Femali said. “They chose to perform a murder mystery play, which they wrote.”
Effort to recall governor started
The recall effort for WI Governor Scott Walker began on Nov. 15. “Organizers have to gather 540,208 valid signatures in 60 days to force a recall election against Walker,” Recallscottwalker.com stated.
Mascot Update The community group has taken legal action against the mascot ruling, which they thought to be an unfair decision based on legal process and procedure. As of now, the papers are sit-
ting on Judge Slate’s desk in Green Lake County. The school’s mascot selection committee is working on a survey process to select a new mascot.
Community, school deserve praise for charity There is a lot wrong in the world, and all too often people focus on that. The latest scandal, disaster and tragedy get front page coverage everywhere. However, it is always a pleasure to write about something the opposite of that, something good. Recently, neighbors helped neighbors at the Isaiah Hostak benefits. So far, the community has raised over $101,000 for a young boy in dire need of medical help. It is pleasing to say that this barely skims the surface of all the things citizens do to support the community. Many agree that throughout its history, Berlin has had a strong dedication to community service, charity and good will in general. The high school alone sponsors charity events and programs annually, always urging the student body to help however they can. For example, the Student
Council and National Honor Society came together to rake leaves in the community. The community was delighted to see some of its most dedicated students take the time to improve it. The high school also sponsors blood drives, which usually meet or exceed their quotas. The girls basketball team sponsors a Think Pink game every winter. At these games, numerous community members pledge donations that fund breast cancer research. In recent years, the high school teamed up with other schools to fundraise for the Old Glory Honor Flight Foundation. The Human Spirit class alone has done their own fundraising for organizations across the world. Our community helps everyone add to their list of things they are thankful for. Keep up the good work, Berlin.
Amberlee’s Informational Guide On How To Do Things People Should Do
Break-Up Methods by
Throughout high school, relationships come and relationships go, and that is perfectly okay. However, what is not okay is the way students break it off with their honey bunnies. There are the bad break-up methods, and then there are the ugly:
1. Using Friends as a Weapon
Do not use friends to do the dirty work. This is possibly the most immature and chicken way to break up with one’s boo. It makes the other person feel as if she is not even important enough to be broken up with by the person she was actually dating. Scenario: Gilbert- “Hey, Patricia! Did you see Mr. Faye’s glasses this morning? Radical, right? By the way, Herbert wanted me to tell you...it’s over!”
2. Taking the Easy Way Out
Man, oh man, to break a heart with a simple text message. Get some guts
Photo: J. Krueger and do it face-to-face. A break-up through a text message is harsh and emotionless. Scenario: Girl is dancing around in her pajamas singing a Taylor Swift song about teenage love. She hears her phone beep and squeals with delight when she sees her boyfriend’s name on the screen. She opens the message... Boyfriend- Hey uh this isnt workin out Sry :(
3. Cyber Heartbreak
I just recently witnessed this method and, I must say, it is truly something else. Because of Facebook, everyone knows when a relationship begins and another one ends. But how about this: a guy checks the news feed and sees that his own relationship has ended. Scenario: Bill- “Hey, Harry. Sorry to hear about you and Peggy. There are other fish in the sea, man.” Harry- “What are you talking about?” Bill- “Her relationship status on Facebook is single now. You didn’t know?” Harry- “What?”
4. Kick in the Heart
This method involves a post-it note and a souless, cruel person. It is simple. A person writes the break-up message on the note and then locates his sweetheart in the hallway. Very, very carefully the heartbreaker will pat his darling’s back with a loving smile and leave the post-it note on her back for her to find later. It is the perfect plan. Scenario: Wilma is walking down the hall when Jimmy walks up behind her and pats her on the back. She smiles; she loves his every touch. When she sits down in her next class, something falls from her back to the floor. She bends down. It’s a note from Jimmy. It reads,“Its over Wilma.” Wilma runs to the bathroom and writes the national symbol for heartbreak on the bathroom stall along with the date. “</3 12.15.11” Please readers, spare a broken heart and avoid these break-up methods.
Forgive me, readers, for I was less than informative in last issue’s column. I failed to define a creeper before suggesting how to lose one. According to the “Urban Dictionary,” a creeper is: “a person who does weird things, like stares at you while you sleep or looks at you for hours through a window.” In other words, a creeper is a person who thinks a friendship is a one-way stalking adventure. Sincerely, Amberlee Perry Editor-in-Chief
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November 30, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: The Facts What is Occupy Wall Street?
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. It is the most well-known American segment of the international “Occupy Movement.”
Slogan: We are the 99%. Reference to
the difference in wealth between the top 1% of citizens and the rest of the country. Addresses the fact that the top 1% of Americans control over 50% of the wealth. Bbc.co.uk
Liberty Square: Many protesters are offering New
York’s “Liberty Square” as a model for a new society, with free food and health care and so on. This is not a long term model for a new economic system; however, many protesters have stated that they enjoy having a place to go where no one is trying to bleed them or sell them something.
Zuccotti Park Eviction: On Nov.
15, police surround the Occupy encampment and forcefully remove protesters using riot gear. A flyer that was handed out to protesters read: “The city has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city’s first responders, and to the surrounding community.” All personal posessions not removed by protesters were thrown in large dumpsters, including the entire “Occupy Library,” and a large bicycle powered generator. Hours later however, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing protesters to return with tents to the park.
Letter to the
Why is the boys’ upstairs bathroom locked? I realize that something is broken in there, but how long does it take to fix a simple problem? It has been over a month and I have not seen one person trying to fix it. If you are anywhere upstairs, you have to travel all the way downstairs just to use a restroom. It is inconvenient and not to mention time consuming. Can we please find the person(s) responsible for this damage and have them reprimanded immediately. Then maybe we can fix this minor issue and be able to use the upstairs bathroom again. Sincerely, Men’s bathroom activist
Our rival school, home of the Ripon Tigers, was not as different as some would expect. A day in the life of our rivals was actually quite like a day here at Berlin High. When I took my first step into Ripon High, I was lost. Like any high school, lockers, classrooms, students and teachers were everywhere I looked, but random hallways that led to more classrooms and hallways made me feel like a freshman again, but to the max. With the help from a few Ripon students, I made my way to my first class of the day. I waited for the typical morning annoucements, but there were none. I guess waiting until third hour for announcements is the way to do things at Ripon High. Freshmen are given a netbook/ laptop from the school for academic purposes. This started last
ivals year, so yes, all of the freshmen and sophomores carry around netbooks/laptops. No worries, though, most of the classrooms offered netbooks/laptops for all of the upperclassmen, too. Some of the classrooms provided teachers with Smartboards, as well. Instead of having five 70 minute classes, Ripon has seven 55 minute classes. To me, the day seemed longer with the seven classes, but in the end, we all end up with eight hours of school. Yay us! Lunch at Ripon High is different. Some students’ lunch period came before their fourth hour class, but for others, lunch was after fourth hour due to their extremely small cafeteria. Because of this, some students are not able to eat with their friends. With a four minute break between classes, students did not have much time to chat with their friends. Making it to their locker, switching books and hustling to
Kelsey Gonyo What have you enjoyed most about high school? “My favorite part of high school has What subjects are you most interested in? “I really enjoy math and chemistry.”
What college do you want to attend, and what will be your major? “I am looking at UW-La Crosse, but I am still undecided about my major.”
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their next class was all time permitted. Because of the fact that students are not allowed to carry backpacks around, lockers are a necessity. At the end of the day, I still did not know my way around, but our
rival school was much like Berlin’s in the terms of education, class sizes and teachers. So, for the “creative” cheer Ripon likes to pull out at sporting events, “ACT scores!” one can chuckle, and say they got lucky.
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What have you enjoyed most about high school? “A little place I like to call the Red ‘n’ Green room.”
What subjects are you most interested in? “I like journalism and social studies.”
What college do you want to attend, and what will be your major? “I want to go to to the University of Minnesota to major in Poli Sci and Journalism.”
Tips for high school students: “High school is far more than academics, far more.” Created by Peter Schrader
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demands have been voiced, participants are mainly protesting social and economic inequality stemming from corporate greed, corruption and influence over government and lobbyists.
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- Young adults - Social networkers - Hippies/Hipsters - Socialists - Liberal Middle Class - Unemployed college students/grads
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Q & A with artist Gabe Shea: “I find pottery really calming.”
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Ph oto s Angela Breunig is a painter at heart. She became interested in art at an early age and her ability to paint has given her more than just enjoyment. She uses art as a coping mechanism for dealing with life. Breunig’s current project is re-constructing her backyard. “I have to use elements and principles of art as I rip our yard apart to re-landscape it,” Breunig said. “I have to consider colors of flowers, balance in design and overall aesthetics.” Breunig is a constant student. She learns, not only from her own errors, but also from her students. “Learning from my students makes art stay new and exciting.”
Senior Brooke Vanderkelen has had a passion for art since her freshman year. “I like all kinds of art. I do not just to stick to one type. I like to try it all,” Vanderkelen said. Even though Vanderkelen enjoys all types of art, her favorite is pottery. In order to create a good art piece, Vanderkelen gets inspirations from her loved ones and her personal interests. Vanderkelen’s most valuable award was for the poster she created shown on the right. “I was inspired by my mom to draw this poster because she loves birds,” Vanderkelen said.
Lori Rademann’s interest and passion for art has been passed down to her from previous generations. “My father did not have much artistic training, and yet he created beautiful paintings,” Rademann said. Rademann’s father died when she was just ten years old, but his influence on her work has stuck with her throughout her life. Rademann has been working on remodeling and renovating her house over the last ten years. “I have experience in roofing, rough construction, finish construction, running electrical, sweating in plumbing, dry wall, ceramic tile and hardwood floor refinishing,” Rademann said. Working with glass is very enjoyable for Rademann. Glass has been used in many cultures around the world and she enjoys the many possibilties glass has to offer. Rademann is trying to structure her art classes so her students and herself get the most out of them. “I would like to get some training in areas of art that I don’t know much about in order to bring those skills to the classroom,” Rademann said.
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Senior Jenna Kalupa has worked with clay since her freshman year. She now has an independent study and spends her first hour creating pottery projects. “The best part about making clay art is no matter how many times you mess up, you can almost always fix your mistakes,” Kalupa said. “I am quite the perfectionist, so I can adjust my art until I’m satisfied.”
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Grade: Junior Type of art: “I draw mainly realism, which is the attempt to draw something as it is seen, but I can draw any type of art.” First interest: “I have been drawing since I was little, but I started drawing realistic things in sixth grade.” Inspirations: “I like to listen to music when I draw because it helps me to be patient.” Favorite piece created: “My favorite piece would have to be the water in a cup.” Artistic rolemodel: “I like M.C Escher’s art work because its very realistic.” Awards won: “I have won two awards from the Wisconsin State Troopers Association, as well as awards from different magazines. I have also sold some of my art work for money.” Future plans relating to art: “I am planning to work for Pixar or Dreamworks in the future.”
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1970s edition Close to the Edge, Yes - Arguably Yes’ greatest achievement, “Close to the Edge” is one of the best records in my collection. The sidelong title track stands out specifically as one of progressive rock’s forgotten treasures. Epic, emotional, mystical, earthy, exotic and reflective, this three track album is truly a spiritual experience. Pictures at an Exhibition, Emerson, Lake and Palmer - This live recording captures the energy and musicianship of a young ELP in their prime. Based on the Modest Mussorgsky composition, the group’s arrangement, which uses only organs, drums and bass guitar, is remarkably accurate.
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“The Son of Neptune” is a must read book that is hard to put down. It is full of battles, romance and crushing odds. There is also plenty of action, danger and humor. It was published in October and is already a #1 New York Times bestseller, #1 USA Today bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.
“The Son of Neptune” is the second book in the “Heros of Olympus” series written by Rick Riordan. The first book is called “The Lost Hero,” and the third book “The Mark of Athena,” comes out fall of 2012. Previous books written by Riordan focus on the Greek gods. Greek culture influenced Roman culture and the Romans adapted the Greek gods. They are the same gods, just different names and personalities. An example would be the Greek god Zeus. He would be called Jupiter by the Romans. Riordan complicates the plot by including the both sides of the gods. In this new series, the gods have two different types of children, Greek and Roman. There are two separate camps, one for Roman demigods and one for Greek demigods. These camps do not know about each other. Riordan is clever by capturing the different aspects of the gods in the camps. There are three main characters, Percy Jackson, Haxel Levesque and Frank Zhang. Percy is a Greek
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demigod, son of Poseidon. He somehow ended up in the Roman camp with no memory. Hazel is a Roman demigod, daughter of Pluto, she has a mysterious past that may or may not help with the future of the journey. Frank, son of Mars, is Roman and comes from a lineage of Chinese princes and fighters. Percy, Hazel and Frank face a nearly impossible task. They must rescue Thanatos, the god of death, from an enemy giant in Alaska. They only have four days to complete the journey, otherwise the Roman camp, Camp Jupiter, will be destroyed by the enemy’s armies. This book is entertaining to read because of how diverse the characters are. Everyone has different powers and ancestry. Riordan also brings Percy, a character from previous books, into this series and manages to keep things new and exciting until the very end.
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“I really like to go icefishing in the winter,” junior Drew Wallace said. “I love being in the outdoors.”
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Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd - Undoubtably Floyd’s greatest work, next to “The Wall,” “DSOTM” is one of the most legendary rock albums of all time, and for good reason. This record meticulously creates a gloomy sonic world, accessible to any listener willing to sit back, close his eyes and soak it in. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin - After trading Mr. DeGroot a horrible Toto album freshman year, this record was enthusiastically added to my collection. The definitive album of Zeppelin’s early career, “Led Zeppelin II” is considered one of the most influential rock albums ever recorded.
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“In the winter I play video games because it is too cold outside to do anything else,” freshman Ruben Godoy said.
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“I really like to snowmobile with friends and family,” junior Johanna Brotz said. Text and photos by Hailey Prachel
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Because my creative talent lies in my writing rather than my dancing and singing skills, I pay the $7 fee and watch the musical every year instead of participate in it. Director Lisa Utecht and her students never fail to put on an awesome performance, and this show was no exception. The musical takes place on a street off Broadway in New York City. The main character, Nathan Detroit (Alex Hinz) has been engaged to his “doll” for 14 years, and is more focused on gambling than settling down. The other main couple, Sky Masterson (Austin Doro) and Sarah Brown (Ashley Groves) struggle with their differences between sinning and reforming. I must admit that I was not a huge fan of the plot of “Guys and Dolls” itself. However, the cast did a fantastic job of working with what they were given. How well the students played their roles and how enthusiastic and realistic they were kept me interested. Kudos, kudos and more kudos go out to these two students in particular: Robert Reeves and Kathryn Draves. These two caught my attention because they both played their roles perfectly. Actually, perfectly may be an understatement; they became their characters. Reeves, who played Lieutenant Brannigan, had the big, tough detective voice down pat. He had the gestures, the walk, the talk and the toothpick to complete the look. I loved it! Draves, who played Miss Adalaide, Nathan’s Doll, had to not only talk in an annoying, nasally voice, but she had to sing in it, too. Very impressive. There were a lot of cute dance moves in this musical, but my favorite dance number was when the guys were playing the crap game in the sewer. I could tell that it
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While discussing what aliens might abduct in Angela Femali’s Intro to Theater class: “They only take cows and old people!” sophomore Valarie Sanchez said.
Power Outage The day the power went out, Pyschology students had a test. “Do we still have a test?” senior Levi Schultz asked. “Duh, the test is on paper,” Eric Marquardt said. “Yeah, but my pencil is mechanical,” Schultz said.
The Color Brown
At the Save-a-Soul Misson, Sky Masterson (Austin Doro) admits his sin to Sergeant Sarah (Ashley Groves) and Arvide Abernathy (Caleb Draves) and claims he wishes to reform. was not easy, but so many of them made it look effortless, and I liked that. The humor in this musical was a little on the adult side, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I have two favorite funny moments from “Guys and Dolls.” The first was during Sky Masterson’s and Sarah Brown’s date at the bar in Havana when, after having a few too many Dulce de leches, Brown says, “This would be a great way to get children to drink milk!” Haha, fun-ay. The second was when Miss Adelaide and Sarah Brown sing about how their men would act once they were married and Nathan Detroit comes out caressing a pot of flowers and Sky Masterson comes out in an apron with a basket of laundry and begins folding a towel. Classic. The musical cast put on another impressive performance. Every year I watch the musical, I always get a little jealous of those who can sing and dance. Awesome job, guys and dolls.
Amy Wenig strolled into her room full of students after her lunch period. “Mrs. Wenig you are looking very brown today,” senior Jonah Wagner said. “Really Jonah?” Wenig jokingly replied. “Are you really saying that to me?”
Injuries While discussing a film featuring bone injuries... “We witnessed some tibula and fibula action today,” senior Steven Werch said.
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With new leadership, boys anxious for start of season by
Photo: EDGE Photography During a home game against Clintonville last season, junior Toby Hegner wins the jump ball. Hegner led the team in points and rebounds last year as a sophomore.
Girls basketball team prepares for tough season by
The girls basketball team began practice on Nov. 16 to get ready for their fast approaching difficult season. Coach Joel Johansen believes the team has seasoned talent because they are returning four starters and most of their bench. “The team will be incredibly strong this year,” Johansen said. “Success in high school sports is defined by player growth and team growth, and I will make sure we have both.” Senior Hannah Kobishop, along with other team members, have been preparing for the season since this summer. “We played summer league, which helped us get familiar with our different styles of playing,” Kobishop said. “Most of the team did Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) to help us develop our quickness and strength.” The team will have a lot of tough competition this year because of
the strength of opposing teams. “Every game will be a good game because the Eastern Valley Conference is one of the toughest girls basketball conferences in the state,” Johansen said. The team has been working on improving their defense in practice. “Our strategy this season will be defense, defense and defense,” Coach Johansen said. “The girls will be working on their man-toman defense.” Senior Amaya Bruce-Allington is ready to play. “I hope I can play really tough defense this year, and I hope we go to state,” Bruce-Allington said. In order to have a successful season, the team will have to overcome some difficulties. “It is a very long season because we play a lot of games. The challenge is always to stay healthy throughout the winter,” Coach Johansen said. Their next game is away on Dec. 1 against non-conference team Westfield.
The Berlin boys basketball team began practicing on Nov. 14. They are returning five key players from last year’s team, and have a new head coach, Andrew Kasuboski. This is his first season, and Kasuboski has a positive outlook. “I think if the team buys into what I plan on doing, we will be very competitive in the conference,” Kasuboski said. One player returning is their top scorer and rebounder from last year, junior Toby Hegner. Hegner is excited to have Kasuboski coaching the new team. “I feel like it is going to be an enjoyable experience,” Hegner said. “Kasuboski is a great person and he knows a lot about basketball.” Junior Michael Falk, a dominant presence behind the three point line last year and also one of the team’s best defenders, is also
returning. Falk is eager to see how the team will perform in a game situation. “I am really anxious to get that first game under our belt,” Falk said. “The first game can tell a lot about a team, and I think that we are prepared for it.” Kasuboski is also looking forward to the first game. He does not plan on changing any strategies that the team had last year. “It does not make sense to reinvent the game,” Kasuboski said. “We will be a disciplined, hard working, competitive team, and that will lead to success.” Even with everyone hoping for success, there are still some nerves. Falk is excited to see how the team will hold under pressure. “We have not played together in truly hostile environments, and I know we will be tested,” Falk said. “However, I think that this could be the year that Berlin has success again.”
Numbers low for wrestling
The wrestling team this year has a smaller roster than usual. Usually two athletes are in each weight class, but this year they only have one. “With the low numbers, it will be hard to win dual meets this year, but we have skilled individuals to make it close,” senior Mason LaBuda said. Their first meet is tomorrow at home against Waupaca.
Swim team loses leader to injuries
The boys swim team begins its season on Saturday at Oshkosh West, but it will do so without injured senior Matt Curtis. “Without Matt we do not have a breaststroker for the 200 meter medley relay,” senior Dylan Young said. “He also would have been a leader, being a senior. He will be hard to replace with the younger guys.” Photo: EDGE Photography
Senior Hannah Kobishop takes the ball to the basket during a home game last season.
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a Averaged 16 points and 9 rel bounds. l “Toby is competitive and driven,” Coach Andrew Kasuboski said.
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Callie Walker C e n t e r
a Averaged 15 points, 13 rel bounds and 2 blocks. l “Callie plays without fear. Her skills make her confident,” Coach Joel Johansen said.
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Most wins, tied for most pins and voted team MVP. “Jacob is a very hard worker,” Coach Bill Wagner said.
“Dylan works extremely hard throughout the season and is very determined,” Coach Bill Clewien said.
Point Counter-Point: Are hockey fights good for the game? by
• Hockey fights are dangerous. Players can break
bones, get concussions and even lose teeth. How is a guy supposed to get a girl with no teeth?
• Fighting results in penalties. Players would go to the penalty box for five minutes and receive a game misconduct penalty. The other team may score with the loss of a good player. Fighters may also be fined or suspended for important games.
• Parents may not want to bring their children to
a game if there is fighting. It is not good for young fans to see their favorite players beat the crap out of someone.
• Fighting in hockey keeps players honest. In other sports, people strut around in news conferences, walking and talking like they are big and bad. By fighting, players can show what they are made of without the trash talk. • By taking out fighting, hockey would lose many of its viewers. Fans, especially Americans, enjoy watching sports that are physical. Imagine football without tackling...
• A good fight can set the tone for a hockey game. It keeps fans, coaches and players interested in the game.