SPORTS Aaron Pleasant
Paul Gendy This year’s Viking Wrestling, coached by Mr. Ellison, has improved dramatically since seasons past. They’ve had an excellent start to the season, kicking it off with a record of four wins and two losses. The team has a very vigorous practice schedule every day starting with study hall at 4pm right after class ends. From about 4:30 to 5:30 they run the track and do other extremely fatiguing drills on the football ﬁeld. Then, they move to the mats from that time to whenever the coaches allow the team to leave which is usually between 7 and 8pm. This repeats everyday, Monday through Friday. The captains this year are seniors Eric Allen and Sam Harper. Eric has a very positive mindset and says, “If you go in there with low expectations, you come out with low results.” Sam Harper explains how he plans on getting to the top his senior
year. “How do you get to the top…? Beat up on somebody.” Eric Allen’s outlook for this season is, “We’ve been doing really great this year, we’re 4-2 and if we win these 2 matches today (12/15) against Asheboro and Carver we will have a better record than we’ve had in many years, the team’s individual records have been really great too for how young of a team we are.” Come out and support your fellow Vikings on December 28-29 at the RJR Invitational and on January 5 at Southern Guilford. The team will continue to compete in the MidPiedmont conference until February when North Forsyth will host MidPiedmont tournament. The Vikings will be ﬁghting for their spot on the mat in the State Championships this year.
The Indoor Track team is an interesting group of athletic high school students. The senior members of the team are Amanda Szyjka, Marcus Jones, Shamaya Watson, and Michael Walker. The head coach of the team is Jason Smith. Amanda and Marcus are team captains. The events that are part of the track team are broken into two separate categories. There are track events and ﬁeld events. The track events are the 55 meter, 55 hurdles, 300 meter, 2 miles, 4X4 relay race, 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1 mile, and the 4X8 relay race. The second category of events is ﬁeld events. These include the shot put, pole vault, discus, long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
At the meet on December 14th there were indoor track teams from Forsyth county schools and 3 from different counties. Steve Stowe took ﬁrst place in the 1,000 meter dash. Unfortunately, there was not another ﬁrst place in the meet for North Forsyth. Amanda Szyjka is a long distance runner. Usually when she goes to practice, which lasts approximately an hour and a half, she gets in at least 5 miles. That is quite a distance for such a short time. Sometimes practice consists of weightlifting instead of running. The next meet for the indoor track team will be January 14th. Come out and support the Vikings!
Josie Edwards So far this swim season has been pretty exciting Coach Owens said. A new batch of swimmers has joined the team and is already contributing. Although there have been a few injuries the swim team has seemed to cope with these minor injuries. Coach Owens’s goals as well as Sasha Mussetter are both to win conference regular season, win the conference championship meet, compete in regionals, and qualify for the state meet. A t this point in the season, the swim team is doing an excellent job. Two meets with Mid-Piedmont teams. Both the girls and boys won the two meets. Coach Owens wants to encourage some students and faulty member to come support the swim team at upcoming meets. Each and ever swimmer is dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about swimming, and it truly shows in the way they compete. Sasha Mussetter has some other goals for the season. He hopes that I.M time will improve, and that the boys will
become undefeated once again. The practice schedule is ever Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning. They have afternoon swim practices Friday afternoon. They swim team also meets in the weight room every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon. We are encouraging everyone to come out and support all the hard working swimmers. Many of the swimmers believe that this sport is a challenging sport, but has a very positive outcome. Merritt Davis believes that swimming is a great way to get exercise, and be on a team with people she has similar interests with. The captain Stephen Ehren says “I have high expectations for this year’s team. So far they have shown a lot of improvement, great sportsmanship, and for a young team I expect that we will do well. I feel like all the hard practices, and hard work will all pay off in the end. For myself I expect to place in states.”
When our boy’s varsity say that if there was one thing they basketball team steps out on that could go back and change it would court, they play to win. With an be the way they played in the game almost perfect season (with only a against Prep so that they could have loss to Winston-Salem Prep), our had a perfect season instead of Viking boys have played a strong having that one loss hanging over season. Coach Vestal says that he is their head. Coach Vestal, however, very proud of where his team is, and said that he has no changes he that the team gets wishes to make to along both on and the season but that off the court. This is he simply wishes an important part of to learn from any the team being able mistakes made to work together during the season. on the court. The Vikings Vestal, along with will begin their run at several players, another conference all agreed that the title in January when best experience Varsity Boys’ Basketball team warms they begin playing of their season the other teams in up before a big game. was their two the Mid-Piedmont victories against the Reagan Conference. The next home game Raiders, especially in the second will be Tuesday December 20th game when they made a comeback against West Forsyth High School. despite being 14 points down by the Be sure to come out and support the end of the 3rd quarter. This nearly team. ﬂawless season has earned the Let’s congratulate the boys’ Vikings the second seed in the Frank varsity basketball team for a fantastic Spencer Tournament the week after start to the season, good teamwork, Photo by: Brittany Bethea Christmas. and the fact All of the players are that they exceptionally proud of the work that they have put into this season, and how well it has paid off. Senior Daniel Woodruff says that the team is getting better every single day. Most of the players did