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FRIDAY, October 2, 2009

Sports

5 Page Editor: Sam Burpee

One time at band camp... Give Here’s the scoop on what band is really about By Sara Mullowney Staff Writer

What do we know about marching band? Loveland students are often ignorant about what goes into this endeavor. Marching band, in general, is more complex than an outsider would know. From competitions to halftime shows at football games, our marching band puts in hours of work to pull off the complicated performances we see at each home game. Marching band practices twice a week for three hours a day in order to prepare and learn the routines they perform at games and numerous competitions it participates in. On Wednesdays, it also participates in music rehearsals, lasting to up an hour. Senior David Alten is a dedicated member and is passionate when it comes to marching band. He said, “Many people don’t realize how difficult marching band is, and to be good requires immense

discipline and focus, and extraordinary memory of both music and drill.” Obviously, band is quite a commitment, which leads to many lifelong friendships. Senior Ashley Paulson says, “There are so many great people in the band; some of the best people you can meet are in it.” We know we see the band at the football games, but what else exactly does it do? Competitions are what make the marching band world so competitive. Marching band The competes in numerous competitions throughout the year, in which it performs a show called “Ghost Train,” a complicated show which is difficult compared to its halftime show. More recently, it competed in the Kings competition and placed seventh overall out of 17 bands. David said, “It has been a long time since a band with this much potential has come through Loveland High School, and I’m really excited about what we can do.”

me an L! By Sammie Wheeler Staff Writer Photo courtesy of Ashley Paulson

marching band performs at a game

And yes, there actually is band camp. Contrary to the belief that band camp is a completely blow-off couple weeks of the summer, the LHS band takes the beginning of the season seriously. Band director Mr. Thompson told band members this summer’s was the best camp he has had in 14 years of teaching.

Tiger Turf: Was it worth the wait? By Austin Stahl Staff Writer

With the largest donation ever to the Loveland district, Loveland has installed a turf field here at the high school, known as the almighty “Tiger Turf.” It will be home for many Loveland sports this year, including football, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls lacrosse. Amazingly, the whole project, over half a million dollars, is being privately raised through the Athletic Boosters. Some of the benefits of the new turf for the athletes include the feel, the reduced wear and tear on one’s body, the elimination of grass and mud stains, and, most of all, the looks. Let’s be honest, would you rather be playing on an overgrown, potholeridden grass field or a brand-new turf field?

With that said, there are still a few disadvantages to the turf. Everyone is susceptible to nasty turf burns, and the heat held by a field full of black rubber pellets can be u n b e a r a b l e . Tiger Turf Then you have the pellets themselves, which seem to have an uncanny ability to stick to your body. We caught up with some of the fall athletes already playing on the turf and asked their opinion of the new field:

Tia Ariapad, 10 (girls soccer): I like the speed of play better. Kyle Sieg, 10 (football): I like that we have a nice, even field, Photo by Sander DiAngelis but I don’t like the heat and the little black pellets that get into your shoes. Matt Beachy, 10 (boys soccer): I like the squishyness of it and the little soft rubber balls.

We all know our varsity cheerleaders and the awesome job they do leading the crowd, but few really realize the amount of work that they put into it. The Loveland varsity cheerleaders have learned around 100 different cheers and chants to get the crowd pumped. This year there are four new crowd cheers to get everyone in the stands involved and help you show off your spirit. Two of the new cheers are “Let’s Go” and “Yell L.” These new cheers are a result of a lot of hard work and hours of practice. Most cheerleaders are involved in tumbling or competitive cheerleading, along with the varsity practices every week. Senior Kelsey Kerkhove estimated that she spends around 15 hours each week at practices, tumbling and cheering competitively. So the next time you’re at one of the football games cheering on your tigers and you’re feeling a little lost in the stands, don’t be afraid to look down at your varsity cheerleaders. They do a great job and even have signs to help you out. Go Tigers!

Adam Engel: our LHS sports triple-threat By Sam Burpee Sports Editor

Many of us have seen him on Friday of his life. Adam plays short stop in baseball and small nights out on the forward in football field. Soon we basketball, will see him running up and was and down the named first basketball court, and team all-Fort finally, we’ll watch him Ancient smash baseballs out on Va l l e y the baseball field. His Conference name is Adam Engel, in baseball. and he’s a triple-threat. Over the For this fall season summer he Adam Engel flies with the ball Photo from smugmug.com Adam is the starting went to New quarterback for the After Adam graduates, he plans to Mexico and participated in tigers. Adam says, “Our attend the University of Louisville on a a Connie Mack national biggest goal is trying to tournament. His team, the baseball scholarship. Adam continues to knock off a top dog.” Midland Redskins, excel in each one of his sports. Whether Adam’s top sport is performed very well and he’s tossing the football, bouncing the baseball, which he has ended up winning the entire basketball, or hitting the baseball, he’s been playing and Photo courtesy of LHS always giving it his best effort. thing. loving for the majority Adam Engel

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All three photos: cheerleaders at work

October 2009 Issue  

Loveland High School The Roar

October 2009 Issue  

Loveland High School The Roar

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