The High Post A Publication of Greater Latrobe Senior High
Volume 90, Issue 7
Students cheer on the dance team as they preform at halftime for the boys basketball Rememberance of Sandy Wildcat basketball off to a hook at Latrobe High School goodstart almost in playoffs
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Greater Latrobe Senior High School 131 High School Road Latrobe PA 15650
February 2013 Volume 90, Issue 8
Editorial Board Abbey Machesney, Patrick Repko, Katharine Stallings, Ben Vavick, Maria Yokopenic Staff Andrew Armstrong, Jenna Baughman, Connor Belak, Nick Blake, Madeline Bucci, Jessica Buchman, Jamie Crow, Anying Guo, Anneliese Kail, Brandon Larkin, Krista Lawrence, Savanna Mitchell, Izzy Peagler, McKenzie Powell, Julianne Rosa, Jake Stallings Advisors Mrs. Renee Stallings Administration Mr. LoCascio Mr. Krehlik Mr. Shivetts
Printed by the Latrobe Bulletin Editorial Policy The staff of The High Post is committed to serving the student body of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. The opinions articles contain the ideas and views of individuals and do not represent the views of the staff, the advisors, or administration in its entirety. The High Post is a public forum for student expression; therefore, any student who wishes to create dialogue concerning an issue may do so by submitting articles or letters to editors in C109. In order to uphold the integrity of the publication, The High Post reserves the right to edit the submissions for grammar, style, and available space. Submissions should not exceed 300 words.
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Any student is given the opportunity to have their voice heard and to have a role in the school. On January 29, 2013, students met with principals over lunch to discuss issues and make suggestions. Seniors Eli Imbrogno, Liz Ritenour, Blake Reeping, Mitch Lesko and sophomores Tyler Mears, Abby Pratt, and Steph Kubus took advantage of this opportunity. “It is very informal, and everyone’s voice is heard,” said Mr. LoCascio. “I like how the students can bring problems directly to the principals and get answers,” said Stephanie Kubus, sophomore. One topic that was on students minds was room temperatures. “They’re always freezing,” said Abby Pratt sophomore. A coat is needed to be comfortable from the downstairs “C” hallway to upstairs “F” hallway but, strangely enough, not in the athletic wing. Other topics discussed were two hour delay schedules, school safety, lunches, stink bugs, and helping freshmen pick classes. “There was a lengthy discussion on helping freshman pick future high school classes,” said Mr. LoCascio. Letting students get more of an insight than just the “blurb” in the catalog was strongly suggested. School safety. “ I think students that came were reassured of the extra precautions that are in place,” said Mr. LoCascio. Several benefited from this luncheon. “I thought it was very productive! It gave students a better view on how things work throughout the school,” said Pratt . Students asked questions and received answers. The principals were able to get insight on students’ thoughts.
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Forensics team preps for states Polar Palooza warms up the winter months Anying Guo, Reporter Forensics isn’t anything criminal or CSi-esque. Forensics is the study or art of formal debate. The 2012-2013 Latrobe Forensics team has been working hard this past season, by practicing four minute long monologues and trying to talk and think on the spot, with the ambition to go to States. “There’s been a big gain in students this year; we went from a little less than 10 to almost 20.” Bompiani-Smith stated about this season. Many members have participated in speech festivals to practice their fortes, which include impromptu, prose, dramatic interpretation, duos, and poems. Sophomore Arianna Palmer said, “Forensics is like platform for public speaking. It’s really built up my confidence.” Each festival attended, points are gained. With 25 points, a member gets inducted into the National Forensics League. Forensics coach, Mrs. Bompiani-Smith, requires 250 points to start judging festivals, instead of participating. Sophomore Patrick Murtha currently has the most points on the team, with 222. He has one of the highest degrees on the team right now, which is Excellence. Below Excellence is Honor and Merit. Almost everyone on the Forensics team has achieved Merit. This year, qualifiers is on February 23 and States is on March 22 and the 23. A large portion of Forensics students want to participate, like sophomores Lindsey Anna and Madie Ritter. Prose pieces, radio, and duos are not to be memorized, but students interested in public forum and improvisation must have what they are going to say memorized. After States, the National Forensics League hosts a Banquet on April 17th to celebrate all the hard work put into the year.
Professionals share lunch and experience Ms. Hager of the guidance department would like to invite all interested students to an open-working lunch during their lunch period. Each lunch will have local professionals under three categories; Education, Business, and Social respectfully. Here is how it works: Sign up in the guidance office Bring your lunch Mingle with professionals Test the waters and gain information about your future occupational interests
Jenna Baughman, Reporter The chilly months of winter will become a little “cooler” at GLHS. The Polar Palooza on February 22 from 4-10:30 pm will be a “cool” place to be. Teams of six will compete in the gymnasium wing in events to be crowned “coolest” in the school. Last year, the first Polar Palooza was organized by the study council. Many teams competed in various activities and much fun. Lob City team member Adam Ferguson said, “I think it’s a very good experience. It brings a whole school together.” The Swamp Donkeys reigned in first followed by Team Pup n’ Suds with the Trick Square Chiefs coming in third.
“Polar Palooza is a competitive competition between our fellow classmates. When Christmas break is over, we are on a drag until spring break. It gives everyone a chance to wind down and have some fun while school morale is low,” said Eli Imbrogna, student council president in charge of the event. Student council advisors, Mrs. Houck and Mr. Marker led members of the student body to organize the event. Mrs. Houck said, “It’s an evening of fun for the student body.” Badminton, volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer will comprise the sporting competition. A championship round of dodgeball and ping pong will decide the winner.
Points can be earned beforehand by participating in a scavenger hunt. A room will be devoted to the video game events such as Dance Central. A team “costume” contest will also earn points to decided the winning team. The event cost of $15 for each individual of six member team covers the cost of the event, a T-shirt, a slice of pizza and a drink. Other concessions will be available throughout the evening. The intermission will give every individual a chance to refuel and create a strategic plan for winning the competition. As the sporting, video and other events take place, a DJ will add musical entertainment.
Biology Keystones engages prior learning Anneliese Kail, Reporter Another week, another Keystone exam. Students were once again subjected to the mentally exhausting tests on January 9-10; this time in Biology. The tests were administered during the first full week after Christmas break, and involved all sophomores and juniors who have completed a Biology course. Junior Carly Lubic felt it was hard to take a test for a course that was taken a half of year or a year previously. She said, “They were really hard. Why did we even have to take them?” Many people felt that the amount of time that has passed since learninng the course content impacted the test. Sophomore Maggie Baugh was concerned about the importance of passing the exam. She said, “I don’t think we should have to pass them to graduate.” Passing the biology exams to graduate does not count until 2017. Recalling random things like what a triglyceride molecule looks like or what the function of the golgi apparatus is after the amount of time was a bit grueling. English and Math classes are taken nearly every year of the school career, but Biology is a course taken once, unless you go on to AP Biology, in either ninth or tenth grade. Baugh elaborated, “I thought it
was unfair. Some people got an advantage over others since the people that didn’t take them are taking them after they just finish their bio class.” Some realized that the tests can be beneficial practice for a standardized test. Sophomore Lauren Deangelo said, “I didn’t mind taking the tests. I think it was a good way to see if the tests will be used in the future.” The district was held to the expectations of standardized tests, as representatives from the PA Department of Education monitored the accuracy of procedures. They made the rounds around the school ensuring, once again, that everything was going according to plan. Specifically, they visited the Biology rooms checking to make sure that all diagrams and posters were not posted on walls and nothing was in sight that would help students along. They also dropped in different classrooms, looking for any use of electronics, which is forbidden. Students who have not yet completed a Biology course will be taking the exam later in the year in May. As with the literature and math Keystone exams, students who haven’t passed the tests will have the opportunity to retake them until they succeed and achieve a passing score.
When? February 7, 2013 Where? CSC-Lunches A, B, and C. Featured Speakers: Dr. Piraino, Assistant Superintendent Heidi Kozar, School Board Member Susan Lawton, District Psychologist Fred Rost, Elementary School Teacher Eva Wood, Ligonier Valley Learning PITT, Post Secondary Education
Sergeants Fassl and Bigelow stand beside Mr. Burkeley as they give a presentation in C106 about STAR club. Students Take an Active Role in a mock-military structure program that the school hopes to turn into a Junior ROTC. Photo taken by Andrew Armstrong, Editor
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Harsh Cold hits Latrobe Drive with Caution Connor Belak, Reporter Groundhog’s Day is celebrated all across the United States, from the famous Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania where over 40,000 people witness his prediction to Woodstock Willie in Illinois.The celebration of Groundhog Day which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries has its origins in ancient European weather folklore, where a badger or sacred bear is a prognosticator of weather to come. According to the tradition, if Phil does not see his shadow, meaning it is cloudy, then spring is going to come early. If he sees his shadow, meaning it is sunny, then the dreaded six more weeks of winter is forecasted. This year, Phil will leave his burrow at 7:20 February 2, 2013 at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, the heart of PA. He will observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow, then make his prediction for the remainder of winter: snow and freezing cold or sunshine and warm temperatures. A member of the inner circle will interpret Phil’s prediction for the masses. From a meteorological point, Phil’s prediction is just a story for the media. The real dates of winter are December 21 through March 21. Spring doesn’t officially start until March 21. Last year Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. Last winter was one of the warmest winters on record in the United States. This year will be interesting what Phil predicts. With 60 degrees outside on the weekend of January 12 to nearly a foot of snow the last week of December alone, the weather in 2013 is quite unpredictable. As of now, the current forecast models are suggesting a cold end to January and a cold start to February as well. Snow seems to be a possibility in the forecast over the next few weeks with some storms being able to have an effect on school. This year Groundhog Day falls on a Saturday. Go see what Phil predicts with this wacky weather by traveling to Gobblers Knob to participate in or watch activities. It is a feasible hour and a half away from Latrobe. Festivities were going on from February 1-3.
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Izzy Peagler, Reporter Driving in the snow; every driver has to do it whether they want to or not.The weather cannot be predicted and when you have to be at school by 7:20 or to work for an afterschool shift or to the opening night of the new Die Hard movie. And of course you can’t ignore driving because of the snow, sleet or blackice. ”I think it makes you a little nervous, but I can do it” said Devin Hankey, senior. The truth is as teenagers become new drivers they must be more focused. Some people are confident about their driving skills, and some are terrified to drive in the snow because, as a new driver they are more afraid of knowing how to handle certain weather situations. “I hate driving in the snow because I’m not too experienced with it and the first time I ever did drive in snow I almost wrecked into a stop sign because I was sliding. But other than that I think I’m a pretty good driver!” said Melissa Nolan, senior. Most people don’t like driving in the snow because of the icy, windy, narrow, mountainous roads. Seeing out of the windshield is much harder because of the snow building up and the frosted ice blocking the driver’s view. These conditions naturally create greater chances of an accident occurring. Snow is a problem when trying to drive, but also driving in the snow also makes people more careful when driving.”It definitely makes me more cautious when I drive and I take my time getting places and make sure I leave earlier than usual to get places so I don’t rush. I consider myself a good driver,” said Cristy Marsh, sophomore driver. During the winter months it is better to be a safe and slow driver than one who is going too fast, who is more prone to an accident and injury.
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Greater Latrobe Clubs Mad About... Travel for Education Biology Keystones McKenzie Powell, Reporter Learning extends beyond the classroom through field trips. These trips help students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world. For the French student a trip to Canada for four days from Wednesday, March 27 - Saturday, March 30 over spring break. Anyone in French is able to travel by motorcoach to Canada over spring break for a cultural experience. Students will stay in Montreal for two nights and in Quebec City for one night. Some places students will visit Notre Dame Basilica and the underground Montreal and will eat at the Sucrerie de la Montagne, a maple themed restaurant. “I can’t wait to visit the maple restaurant and see how maple syrup is made,” said Janine Schomer sophomore. See Madame Zaleweski for more details if interested for 45 students can go. 44 NHS members are going on a trip to Chicago in April. They will be exploring Chicago from April 4-6. “I am really excited about exploring Chicago because it seems like a really cool city,” said Shiloh Kail senior. The students will tour the Chicago Stock Exchange and Shedd Aquarium. Students will see a theatrical concert by the Blue Man Group, a professional basketball game, and go on an architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River. For the art student a trip to Europe is planned for the 2014 summer. Anyone who took or is taking art exploration this year or who took it last year is able go to Europe to learn about various artists and art pieces. A nine day trip to London, Rome, and Paris. “I am excited to see the Louvre. I also wanna see how many people can fit into those small telephone booths haha,” said Daphne O’hara sophomore. The students will go see several famous monuments: cathedrals, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, several museums, and basilicas. “I’m interested to see what kind of styles they wear. Also I’m looking forward to try all the different foods! I think the Sistine chapel will be amazing to see,” said Arianna Palmer sophomore. The English student may take the trip with only a few variations to focus on various literature and the historic significance of London, Paris, and Rome. The only requirement is that you must take an English senior year.
Madeline Bucci, Columnist Another two days went by where I continued my six in the morning routine, and the small voice in the back of my mind told me that at least one third of the school wouldn’t have to start theirs for another two hours. The biology Keystone exams for those who completed and passed a bio course took place on January 9 and 10. Personally, I don’t think these exams were cake. In fact, they were harder than I imagined them to be. I took biology in ninth grade without the ideal teaching, plus it was already one of my harder classes. Many rumors about these state tests have been floating around. One being that the group who took them this year are simply guinea pigs. Another was that the passing grade was only around 30%. I make a point to not believe rumors unless from a reliable source. I believe that the passing grade is still up in the air with the state. However, I find it hard to believe that the state could take this test as seriously as the math and English. For starters, biology is a very specific subject to be tested on. Math and English aren’t so bad because we’ve been learning some form of each since first grade. Biology state tests this year were slightly in favor of the sophomores, seeing as it had only been one year since they had taken the class. However, many juniors hadn’t taken a bio course for two years. Secondly, some people are better at Math than they are in English, and vice versa. For many though, there are specificities in each subject that come easy to them. I was very skilled in Algebra I and Geometry, but not as much in Precalculus. Biology isn’t one broad category like Math and English are, and it’s very specific content questions with specific answers. Someone, like me, may be very comfortable in Chemistry but not know a thing in biology. The reactions after the bio Keystones were, for the most part, negative. As much as I dreaded taking the other Keystones this year, I understood still why I had to. The reason for forcing kids to take tests in Biology, however, escapes me as much as the content that was delivered to me a year ago.
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How do you feel about gun control? “I feel that I am stuck in the middle because I think people will find a way to kill with or without guns.” -Shelby Kunselmen, Senior
“Stricter rules on getting guns. There should be background checks or some kind of test you have to pass.” -John Jupena, Junior
“I don’t agree with it (gun control). The problem is not the guns, but whose hands the guns are in.” -Emily Mulheren, Sophomore
Gun control has become quite an issue in the United States of America because of the open shootings in very public places in recent months: the Colorado movie theater, the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the mall in Oregon. What are your beliefs about the issue of gun control for the safety and well-being of all citizens? “I believe that you should not penalize everyone that choses to bear arms, although what has been happening are true tradegies. Stronger security and other actions need to be taken to make every school a safer environment”- Brittany Garman, Senior “The guns aren’t the reason, people are. Crazy people need help. This country has been made up of guns since 1776” - Eric Fearer, Senior “I don;t think we should have the freedom to have guns in our homes because it is very dangerous and it makes me feel uncomfortable.” - Kaitiy Finley, Senior “Gun control would never work. Plus, it wouldn’t stop the criminals with guns. Everyone has the right to own a gun. You cant take that away if you want Americans to stay loyal to the country.” - Jack Findle, Senior
There has been talk of the authenticity of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Some say it was planned, others say it didn’t actually happen. How does this make you feel? What do you believe?
“No need for anyone to have an assault rifle. Tighter controls on storage of guns.” -Sarah Fox, Senior
“Very little gun control. No fully automatic weapons but high capacity magazines are fine.” -Bryce Kramer, Senior
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Due to recent tragic events, involving guns and deaths in public schools. Greater Latrobe School District re-evaluates security and safety of our school.
open are at the main office, near the athletic office, and at the entrance to the CSC. Even so, guests will need to request, and be granted access into the school. “We have a plan that goes as follows: In order to get in after the morning routine begins, it will be required to use a buzzer. There will be three in the building; one by the CSC, by the athletic office, and by the main office,” LoCascio said.This
Columbine High School, Colorado; April 20 1999, 15 died. Santana High School, California; March 5, 2001, 2 died, 13 wounded. Virginia Tech, Virginia; April 16 2007, 33 died. On December 14, 2012, tragedy strikes again in a public school. This day will remain in our hearts forever; the day we lost 26 beautiful lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School. These lives were unfortunately taken by a gunman that entered their school, Adam Lanza. Every news station that day was covering the tragic events and informing the nation of the horrific details. President Barack Obama reacted by addressing the country about the tragedy at 3:15 p.m. the day of the shooting. Many could see the the President was fighting back his tears, as parents across America did as well. This tragedy affected adults with children drastically. Parents hugged their children a little bit closer that night and were even more grateful Alyssa Dowden, Robert Beeman, and Cierra Forsyth, wear the for them. green and white t-shirts sold by student council, on Friday, In response, Greater Latrobe Februrary 1st, “A Day of Hope”, in support of Sandy Hook ElSchool District reviewed its current ementary School. Photos courtesy of Abbey Machesney, Photo-Editor security measures. Mr. LoCascio said, “Steps were taken throughout the district. We helps by allowing those who work in the office to know who is entering the building, feel that we have a sound plan that changes with the events that take place in the country. which will ensure the safety and well being of those inside. We have drills that help prepare us for possible perpetrators, and we increased our security Aside from concerns of the personal security of GLSH, students felt compelled to do as well.” more. Student council showed a community The district is increasing security precauof comradery in part by selling t-shirts in tions. Simply, as the students of the senior high heard on the announcements, doors will honor of the victims. Each t-shirt represents Sandy Hook in the colors of green with white be locked from the outside throughout the lettering, words and symbols. The 26 stars entire day. The only doors that will remain
honor each of the victims from the school. Senior class president Eli Imbrogno said, “It’s always awful to see people so young leave us. With the Sandy Hook t-shirts we can help the elementary school provide for the families and students who had suffered.” Other students of Greater Latrobe Senior High independently helped the family and friends of the victims through emotional support. Senior Lexi Bish said, “I was devastated about what happened. I wondered how someone could hurt those innocent kids.” Bish took her emotions and turned them into actions. “My camp counselor gave me the idea of pitching into a “Hands for Hope” project that some students at John Hopkins University started. I wanted to show the families of the victims that they were not alone and that there are many people throughout the world who are there for them.” Bish collected hand cut-outs with inspirational quotes written on them to show the friends and families of the victims that people care. She hopes that these hands will be a reminder “that they must have hope.” Reactions to this tragedy are different for any individual. Some lashed out with anger, others were brought to their knees with sorrow. Some took action through monetary donations, others through inspirational words, while some show concern for gun safety, and the safety of the public realm. However, the country must realize that we can all do something to help. In the words of President Obama, “While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.”
“I normally would not write about something like this- this travesty. I don’t like to chronical such horrific events, as I have enough reason to look at the world with questioning eyes. When it comes to all of the bad things that happen, I can only ask “Why?” and remain forever bewildered to the deafening silence that is the answer I’ll never receive. The only answer I can think of is perhaps things like this are what keep the world in balance. Since we cannot appreciate the positive parts of life without experiencing the sadness of the tragic parts, unfortunately, our fellow man, as well as ourselves, must suffer. Maybe the unfairness of a life cut tragically short, or the scars of a life that barely seems worth living, are why others, as well as ourselves, can enjoy the goodness that still remains. So maybe the world is unfair in order to remain fair and balanced. At least, that’s what I have to believe. “ Nathan Murrell, Senior
I think that the shooting was very real and very sad. It is a shame that someone feels the need to try and take attention away from those children and their families who are still grieving. -Anna Graziano, Junior My opinion of the Sand Hook conspiracy is that it is disgusting and rude to the families affected. I am absolutely outraged by this thought. People continue to ask questions about the event but they never answer them. For someone to make accusations that the parents of the victims were hired actors is absurd. Also, to say that the victims were just a ploy for the government to take away gun rights is disgusting. These families were put through enough. Before anybody believes the theroy they need to read more into this event. -Erika Kellerman, Junior
I believe that the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy was not planned. This makes me kind of mad that there are people who do not believe that it happened. -Shelby Young, Junior I think the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy actuall happened, because why put those children through that horrible stuff. It majes me feel sick thinking it was fake. They are making the world believe that those children got killed and the adults. Why plan something so horrible? -Megan Smolleck, Junior The talk about the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy makes me mad that someone made a vidoe saying it didn’t happen and it upsets me that many innocent children were killed. I believe that the Sand Hook tradgey did in fact happen. -Katie Plummer, Junior I believe the event actually happened. If it was planned, you would think the government wouldn’t leave any evidence. Also, there is evidence to disprove each “fact” of the Sandy Hook conspiracy. The even was tragic and real. -Jaden Johnston, Junior
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Player to Watch Zack Zavatsky
NHL lockout is finally over
Athlete: Zack Zavatsky
Junior Zack Zavatsky has been able to make leave an incredible pawprint as a Wildcat.
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Maddy Bucci, Reporter Something was missing about the cheery atmosphere that Christmas brings: ice
Year: Junior hockey games played by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The snow wasn’t the same without highWeight: 160 fives from Ice Berg, chants produced from the Hulk Hogan guy, or rooting against the -Started at 160 Weight Class for 3 Years Flyers. But finally, all will be restored. On January 6, 2013, the lockout that kept hockey - 2 time PIAA Qualifier (2011 and 2012) lovers from the game ended. - 2 time WCCA Champion (2011 and Starting all the way back in September, the lockout lasted for 113 days. An agree2012) ment on the collective bargaining agreement was finally reached, and the game could - 2 time WPIAL Finalist (2010 and 2011) strike the hearts of loving fans everywhere. The excitement has plagued our school along - Won WPIAL Class AAA Title Last Sea- with the rest of the nation. son “One word: FINALLY!” exclaims sophomore Steph Kubus. Record: Some students are expressing great relief, but concern over it happening again in 82-16 at Beginning of This Season the future. 26-1 This Season “It’s been long overdue and I’m glad to see it’s finally over. I just hope it doesn’t Zack received his 100th win at the happen again in another seven years,” says sophomore Cam Carr, a forward for the Latrobe WCCA Tournament Ice Cats. Students even became emotional over the lockout’s termination.
“When I found out the lockout was finally over, I cried tears of joy. My life revolves around watching the Pens and I couldn’t be more excited to cheer them on!” says When did you start wrestling? senior Cassidy Christian. “I started wrestling when I was five years old.” “I screamed and cried when I found out it was over! I’m glad they finally made Who inspired you to start wrestling? and agreement and that I’ll at least get to watch some games. I’m still not a fan of Bettman “ I wasn’t really inspired. It was just something me and my brother did to release though!” senior Britney Gaia raved. Gary Bettman is the commissioner of the National energy as little kids.” Hockey League and is responsible for two collective seasons of hockey lockout in his career of nearly twenty years. Did wrestling run in the family? The Pens have welcomed the new season with two wins already, one against one “No, my dad didn’t wrestle but he knew wrestlers so he thought it would be a good of Pittsburgh’s biggest rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, and against the New York Rangthing to get into. My brother Derrick Zavatsky wrestled.” ers. The Pens topped the teams 3-1 and 6-3 respectively. Although Evgeni Malkin has What major tournaments have you won this season? yet to score a goal in the season, the team is confident in their center’s abilities. During “This season I have won the Powerade Tournament and the Westmoreland County the league’s lockout, Malkin played for Russia’s national hockey league, keeping him in Coaches Association tournament.” The Powerade wrestling tournament is a tournament that is held at Cannon Mc- perfect condition for the our lockout ended. Pittsburgh’s first home game is scheduled for Millan High School. It takes place between Christmas and New Years. The tour- Wednesday, January 23 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. nament is considered to be one of the best tournaments in the country. How did it feel to win the Powerade tournament? “It felt awesome because it is one of the best tournaments in the country and I have lived up to it.”
The Penguins are back.....
What major tournament do you recall winning when you were younger? “When I was 10 years old I won the Pennsylvania States for Junior Olympics at the 70 pound weight class.” What are you looking forward to this season? “Trying to win states in March.” How does it feel to you knowing that Coach Harbert already booked rooms for states? “I don’t feel pressure. I feel that I need to be there since I already was there twice.” Connor Belak, Reporter
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Girls’ Basketball improves Boys’ Basketball: Battling for throughout the season
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Johnny Saunders, Free-Lancer Last year the team had a “down” season, as Connor Belak, Reporter some will say, because they didn’t make the playoffs. The Latrobe Lady Wildcats are off to a very good start to their season after The team would tell you they weren’t satisfied with finishing with a 5-17 record last year. The Lady Cats are 8-7 and most importantly 5-4 last year’s results and ended the season in disapin the section. The Cats suffered close early season losses to Portage Area and Keystone pointment. Yet some will also say last year’s season Oaks, despite those losses the Cats have improved over the season so far. “This season was predictable, because they weren’t going to have we are a lot closer on and off the court,” said senior Kaity Finley’s thoughts about this any seniors on the roster, but no excuses. This year the team has the chemistry, the experience, and the season. The team started off the year 0-3, yet quickly bounced back after a slow start by brotherhood to be atop of the section on the last day of the regular season. going on a 6-1 run after those three loses. The team’s 5-4 record in the section has them This season is completely different. All five currently in 4th place in AAAA section 1 out of eight teams, that means that they are starters returned from last season. Every one of the currently in the playoff picture. starters this season are all special in their own ways. The Cat’s key victory in the section was an upset win over preseason section Beginning with the captain, Ben Havrilla. Obvifavorite Kiski Area on December 17, 52-50 at Kiski. Freshman Madison Kollar had 13 ously being named Captain you have to have the points and 7 came in overtime. The Cats played Kiski again on January 21 and won qualities and Ben has the experience and leadership. a key section game. Although they trailed during the 1st half, a strong second half led Being the point guard you need to be the leader or “quarterback” and he plays a tremendous role on the 2013 team. them to come out with the win. Rachel Kollar lead the team with 18 points. With his return to the district, Matt Cullen became an immediate starter due to his The team also picked up section wins against Albert Gallatin, Laurel Highlands, great athleticism, scoring ability, and his excellent on-ball defensive skills. and Connellsville. The Lady Wildcats celebrated a victory over rival Derry Area on When you hear Will Wears, you probably think of golf but Will also makes a name for January 8, 61-28. In other non-section play, the Lady Cats picked up a win, 55-30 over himself on the hardwood. His inside presence plays an enormous role to the team, making Saltsburg. Rachel Kollar led the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds. opponents work for the inside shots and making the defense work inside to stop him. Taley Dunaway leads the team for with twelve three pointers on the year. The Mike Soforic can really spark the team’s performance getting them going with his junior had 20 points and 11 in the 4th quarter to help put away Connellsville on Janu- explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball. He always seems to hit that one shot early and ary 7. get the momentum the team’s looking for. Another junior contributing to the teams success is Emma Kate Womack. She was The last, but not least, starter for Wildcats includes the 2012 leading scorer in Blake crowned to the all tournament team at the Indiana Tip-Off Tournament and the Ligo- Reeping. Blake brings a lot to the floor with his leadership and experience in his fourth year with the Varsity team. The hardest tasks always seem to get handed to Blake; he usually nier Holiday Tournament. The experience this year is showing, since the team has five returning letterman: guards the opposing team’s top scorers (WPIAL’s top scorers) and/or the most aggressive playseniors Finley, Carly Yelenic, juniors Dunaway, Womack, and sophomore Rachael Kol- ers: Hempfield’s Kason Harrell, Penn Trafford’s Corey Stanford, Jeanette’s Duke Brown, and Kiski’s Adam Robison. lar. Womack leads the team averaging 10.36 points per game. Not far behind is Dun Every player is special on this team. The guy who sits beside him in the locker room away and Madison Kollar, with 10.09 p.p.g. and 10.00 respectively. Latrobe goes eight brings something different than the guy on the other side of him. That’s what makes this team people deep off the bench. great, it creates that brotherhood. With the Cat’s controlling their own destiny, it appears that this year could be The team has depth going eight to nine guys playing on a nightly basis. They are all their first playoff appearance in several seasons. “We have key section games coming up very talented which makes them trust one another on and off the court. They have that trust AG, Connellsville, and Laurel Highlands. If we win them all then we will secure 4th to pass the ball and know their teammate will do something with the ball. The Wildcats are probably the most unselfish team in the Section. Everyone gets place and make the playoffs, the first time since 2008,” said Lady Wildcat’s head coach along and loves having the opportunity to play together. The team bonding is great. During Greg Fenton. practice and in the locker rooms when the time is appropriate, the guys are always having a Senior Yelenic comes off the bench and helps the Cats’ at the guard position. “I good time. All but a few guys have been playing basketball together for over half decade, so am looking forward to senior night on January 31 as we take on Connellsville,” said Yethey all believe in each other and themselves to do great things; they believe in what they are lenic. Fenton believes in this team of players. He said, “ If we continue to work hard and destined: being at the top. improve each game, we should end up with a winning season and make the playoffs.” Last year was a disappointment to the team because they didn’t make the playoffs, which is a gigantic goal for any team, and they weren’t satisfied. This year the team has little bit of anger to let out. It’s just one of the many reasons the Wildcats are out to prove something and show people they have a legitimate shot at the Section Title after coming off a season in which they didn’t even qualify for the postseason. Other teams in the section lost seniors to graduation; with five returning starters, the Wildcats have nothing to lose. Despite a few close games where the Wildcats have fallen, they have the mentality to work hard, get better, and overcome defeat. Coach Wetzel’s words of wisdom keep the team going, and after the team’s lost at Hempfield he said, “Contaminate it make it weaker or you can make it stronger.” As a great coach, John Wooden said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be”. You don’t want to live the rest of your life wishing you could have had that one back, have “NO REGRETS,” as Coach Wetzel repeats. Through defeat it brings out the true measure of a man and I know this team has what it takes to march through adversity, to win the Section Title, and to cut down the nets on February 8.
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Wears Carries the Legacy of the Legend Womens Basketball Championship Repeat “If you feel good and look good, then you play Plays at the Pete Katharine Stallings, Editor in Chief good” said Will Wears looking back on advice that his Jessica Buchman, Reporter
grandfather, the legendary Arnold Palmer once said. Wears thanks his grandfather for helping him understand the building blocks to his own success through given advice and experiences that will lead him to his own personal accomplishments. Moving to a new school freshman year and not knowing anyone can be scary. For Will Wears it was different. Moving as a freshman and attending the same school where his grandfather started his legendary golfing career; everyone including Will, thought big shoes were needed to be filled. Wears stated, “I’m going to feel pressure living up to my grandfather’s legacy, but it’s not just him it’s other people too.” When the audiences watch Wears golf they exSenior Will Wears walks with his grandfather, pect a young Arnold Palmer. Yet, Will has his own perArnold Palmer, during The PNC Father Son sonal style and charisma that differentiates him from Cahllege at Ritz Carlton Gold Club in Orlanhis grandfather and cousin, Sam Saunders, professional do. The two share laughs, rewards and insight. golfer. Photo courtesy of Will Wears Will appreciates the advice and experience of his 83-year-old grandfather, but he also knows he has to work on his own style. “You have to have a personal style, know what it takes to do well. Be comfortable in an uncomfortable environment,” Will says looking back on his grandfather’s advice. Will knows that to be different he has to be an individual and reflect on improving himself. In some ways, Wears wants to be like his illustrious grandfather. He wants to be methodical, committed and deliberate. “My grandfather does what he wants to do, if he couldn’t do it 100% he wouldn’t do it all,” said Wears. Nothing would ever be half-hearted in Palmer’s eyes. Will is learning tips from his grandfather, but is still working to get comfortable in his own skin. “Winning the State Title freshman year was definitely a highlight of my golf career,” said Wears. The four-year letterman, four-time WPIAL finalist, three-year PIAA finalist and starter for the Latrobe golf team, Will has come a long way since beginning golf at the age of six. As a kid, he was immersed in the golf world; caddying for his cousin, Sam Saunders, another golf superstar. Golfing has always been one of Will’s passions. Thinking about it, would Wears have started playing golf if it wasn’t in the family? Will stated, “I played everything as a kid, so i’m sure I would have tried it at some point.” Having a mentor who is the great Arnold Palmer could be challenging at times, but as Wears mentions “He only wants what’s best for me, if I mess up we go over what went wrong and move on. Having him as a mentor outweighs the experience that no modern day golf coach could have.” In December 2012, Will took the advice and knowledge from his grandfather to compete in the PNC Father Son Challenge at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. The two person golf tournament was for major championship golfers and sons. Will accompanied his grandfather and got to spend a few days golfing and picking up tips from the other champions. Wears commented, “It was the biggest televised event I’ve been to, and being paired with Jack and Gary Nicklaus was interesting. Everyone was respectful and complimentary. Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino passed on tips that I took with me when I left. It’s a memory that I will always have.” Will will be attending Loyola University Maryland where he will continue his golf career. The memories that Will has of his accomplishments, the advice his grandfather and others have gifted him with, and the experiences throughout his golf career will will lead him to a very successful future.
Note: Stallings acted as a member of the press thanks to the assistance of the Media Relations of University of Pittsburgh Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team. The first thing that usually comes to mind to people when those words are heard is Skylar Diggins. For some people, Muffet McGraw may come to mind. Yes, those are some of the big components to the team, but what about all of those other players, coaches, trainers, media relations, and fans? The main coach and one big player don’t make up the whole team. Muffet McGraw is the head coach of Notre Dame Women’s basketball team. McGraw just eanred her 700th win. Skylar Diggins, senior guard, is one of the most known players in the nation. Diggins proclaims “I owe my fame to my teammates,” after Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh 73-47. Diggins had scored 13 points in the game to have a career of 1,999 points. Diggins started against Pittsburgh giving her the 125th start to put her second for the all-time records. Another leader on the court is Kayla McBride. McBride is from Erie, Pennsylvania so playing at the University of Pittsburgh made
“You always remember your home town no matter where you go.” Kayla McBride, ND C 14 Hometown Erie, PA
it seem as though she were playing in her hometown. “I felt as though I was playing in high school again.” Although she is a junior at the University of Notre Dame she believes “You always remember your home town no matter where you go.” McBride added 19 points to help with the defeat. Freshman Jewell Loyd was able to add 14 points to the score. Loyd is a freshman from Lincolnwood, Illinois. As a freshman she has been able to help Notre Dame win many games. She has been an important asset to the team. Adding many points to the scoreboard in different games, she has been able to help get the win. Juniors Natalie Achonwa and Ariel Braker are two of the three forwards for the team. They were able to learn from Becca Bruszewski and Devereaux Peters as they were two great forwards. It has been obvious that both Achonwa and Braker have been improving their skills as forwards. They were not able to get much time in games in previous years, but they have been able to get in the game and score. They have become an important asset for this team along with the other members. Sophomores Madison Cable, Whitney Holloway, and Markisha Wright are improving as the year goes on. Cable is from Mt. Lebanon and when Notre Dame came to the University of Pittsburgh, Cable had many fans cheering her on. She was able to add 8 points to the 73 points in total. Holloway is one of the intense players on the team. During the game against Pitt, she was put up against Brianna Kiesel. Kiesel is one of those players who can go and create a foul and she is able to shoot from outside too.
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Paw Prints Greater Latrobe High School
Drew tonks junior When I was 10, I wanted to be: NHL Player The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor is: Project X soundtrack
Ben smith junior When I was 10, I wanted to be: truck driver The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor is: juicy J
People would be surprised to know that: I don’t work out
People would be surprised to know that: I’m a chef at Pizza Hut
My quirkiest inherited trait is: my giant biceps
My quirkiest inherited trait is: large chin
My favorite thing about Latrobe is: the diversity
My favorite thing about Latrobe is: Mr. Richter’s Chemistry class
My passion is: hockey
I’m deathly afraid of: spiders My celebrity crush is: Mila kunis In 5 years I would like to: be in college
My most embarrassing junk food is: oreos My favorite quote is: “ Bess Belive Dat!” – Adam Ferguson My number one thing on my bucket list is:
My passion is: Mr. Richter’s Chemistry class I’m deathly afraid of: spiders My celebrity crush is: Kate Upton In 5 years I would like to: be in the army or college My most embarrassing junk food is: pizza My favorite quote is: “ it is what it is “ - Senor Brunette My number one thing on my bucket list is:
Nikayla Payne junior When I was 10, I wanted to be: Eleven The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor is: The ready Set People would be surprised to know that: I suck at french My quirkiest inherited trait is: My
My favorite thing about Latrobe is: Jioio’s My passion is: Dance I’m deathly afraid of: Cold Cheese My celebrity crush is:
Mac Miller In 5 years I would like to: Graduate college My most embarrassing junk food is: Frosties & French Fries My favorite quote is: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde My number one thing on my bucket list is: Visit Cherndol, Russia
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