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A Tough Kick Against Lancaster Catholic

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On Saturday, Oct. 27, The Lady Rockets accomplished more than just a win: for the first time ever, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team made it to Districts, beating an undefeated team.

“We applied everything we learned in practice,” said Bella Shupp (10).

Kylee Long (11) with a throw-in

To prepare for the big game, the girls practiced penalty kicks and shooting all week. Before the game, the girls got warmed up by dancing to music and doing a team prayer.

  With freezing weather, a feuding crowd, and many tough players, the Lady Rockets managed to beat Lancaster Catholic. After the long game, the girls then went into double overtime, which were each 15 minutes long, and then lead to penalty kicks.

“My favorite memory was standing next to my team during the PK-shootout,” said Shupp.

Everyone was cheering in the crowds, hoping the Lady Rockets could achieve this step. With everyone on the edge of their seats, Breanna Dukehart (12) started the first round of penalty kicks, making the first goal. After twelve long nerve-racking rounds, Jade Wolfe (10) made the last shot which lead them to victory.

“It felt like having a piece of home along for the ride,”  said Addy Crouse (10). “It kind of gives us a boost of energy knowing we have their support.”

A few of our students came all the way to support our Lady Rockets and cheered them on during the game, no matter how outnumbered they were to the Lancaster Catholic Student Section.

“We were confident in each other and focused on putting everything together,” said Crouse.

After Wolfe made the winning shot, the students and parents cheered as the girls piled on top of each other.

The Lady Rockets celebrating their win

“The adrenaline was high and everyone swarmed each other while celebrating,” says Crouse

With tears running down their faces, they ran to their families and friends to celebrate the win they did not see coming.

The Lady Rockets are now moving onto semi-finals, playing Eastern Lebanon County at Donegal High School on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Tackling Their Way To Victory

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Logan Spoonhour (12) plays the defensive line for the Rocket football team.

Logan Spoonhour (12) plays the defensive line for the Rocket football team.

Logan Spoonhour (12) plays the defensive line for the Rocket football team.

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You are in the student section at a James Buchanan High School home football game. You look away from the intense game for a second and notice the masses of people around you start to frantically cheer, punch the air, and hold up their signs. Looking down at the end zone, you realize that one of our players has just scored the winning touchdown. The James Buchanan football team has been making progressive changes this season.  

Owen Stoner (12) tackles an opponent from Fairfield Area High School.

“We’ve really been trying to emphasize the competition piece, getting kids really excited and simulating game-type situations,” said Coach Miller.

In practices, intensity and drive have been stressed to the players. The coaches are looking for more aggression in the team and want the football program to be progressively moving further by continuing to take home the victories.  

“If we bring the same type of effort and intensity that we brought to that goal line stand, I think that that we are capable of winning or being in every game here on out, ” said Coach Miller.

These enforcements in practices have ensured the improvement of the players. This has been exemplified in Sebastian Wise (11), getting his 1000 yards passing and Cormac Houpt (12) achieving his 1000 yards rushing and setting the school record for rushing.

“Just overall, each coach works individually with each person and it’s just helping the team tremendously,” said Wise.

Although succeeding as individuals is important, benefiting as a team can be more vital.

“The team went first, so I was more worried about getting wins than my goal,” said Houpt.

Cormac Houpt (12) and Sebastian Wise (11) celebrating their win against Nativity BVM High School.

Overall, the main goal of the players and coaches is for the team to do their best and give as much effort as possible. While doing these things, they also plan to win more and more games.

“… To come out and play as hard as we possibly can…and just come out and give 100% effort and execute the way we know how to, ” said Coach Miller about how he plans to accomplish this.

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Rocket football team played their last home game against Brunswick High School. The Rockets were defeated by the Railroaders with a score of 41-17.

Prior to the game, the senior members of Band, Color Guard, Cross Country, Cheerleading and Football were escorted across the track by their relatives for Senior Night.

The Rocket Football team made strides this season under direction of new head coach, and they hope to continue this growth next year.

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One Last Run

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Being involved in many activities inside and outside of school can be difficult to manage, but that does not keep Jarrett Iverson (12) from making time to better his performance in running. Not only does he run for Cross Country, but also is a part of the school’s marching band and his church’s worship team. Having done this for all four years of his high school career, Iverson has learned a lot about responsibility, and his experience helps him motivate his teammates.

 

“When I played football in middle school, I realized I wasn’t really good at the football part but was good at the running part,” said Iverson.

 

Iverson first joined the James Buchanan Cross Country team his freshman year. Having never run that much before, his body wasn’t used to that kind of physical activity. He was barely able to keep up with his team members in summer training and the first few weeks of the season until his body fully adjusted.

 

“This year was kind of a rebuilding year for us. We lost a lot of seniors […] and also a good coach last year. So with a new coach, Mrs. Grove, and with a lot of new members, it was certainly a building year this year,” said Iverson.

 

Having a new coach and new members there was a need for more extra motivation and teaching. During his four years of running, Iverson had to face obstacles such as learning proper form and breathing technique. As team members would face these kinds of obstacles, he would use his prior experience to teach the team how to face and overcome them.

In the midst of running the Clear Spring Invitational, Jarrett Iverson (12) pushes on to try and pass his opponent.

“Leadership-wise I think I have a sense of moral responsibility during the cross country season to keep my grades up and motivate my team in and out of school,” said Iverson.

Iverson has not only improved his running technique and form over his high-school career, but also has improved his leadership abilities, responsibility, and mental fortitude. Having to balance all of his activities on top of school work was a large obstacle, but helped him in gaining these skills. Iverson wants his team to improve in these areas as well.

 

“Running is 10% physical and 90% mental, so if you’re trying to run better, yes you should focus on your diet and form and running and everything, but more than that, you need to focus on perseverance and staying mentally strong,” said Iverson.

 

Iverson believes that his success is due to his mental perseverance and fortitude, not just his running ability. Anybody can run, but the hard part is telling yourself that you can run for that long without stopping.

 

“…I can only see [the team] improving next year with Coach Stan and Mrs. Grove getting more experience and all the underclassmen knowing how the sport works now,” said Iverson.

 

Nearing the end of his 2018 season, Iverson was one of five to make districts. He has high hopes for the team next year and believes that they can only improve from where they are now.

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Girls’ Pre-Season Basketball

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Pre-Season Basketball

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Volleying For More Than Just a Cure

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Rylynn Welsh (9), a freshman starter, attempts to make a kill on the opposing team’s side to bring back JB in points.

Rylynn Welsh (9), a freshman starter, attempts to make a kill on the opposing team’s side to bring back JB in points.

Rylynn Welsh (9), a freshman starter, attempts to make a kill on the opposing team’s side to bring back JB in points.

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Representing something greater than just a battle for a cure, James Buchanan volleyball fought to the end of their game on Oct. 9 against Milton Hershey High School by representing women in our community that have struggled against breast cancer. The stands at the high school were filled with various shades of pink as people came to watch the team and to support a cause that is affecting women around the world.

To challenge Milton Hershey High School, the Lady Rockets Varsity team starts off the game with a team huddle. Putting their hands in and performing their Rocket chant before they take the court to challenge Milton Hershey.

Playing for a cure, Alex Horst (12), a senior, recaps on many memories from her first Pink-Out game to her last. Looking back on the past, a Pink-Out game serves as a different meaning for Horst since her time is up wearing a pink jersey.

“I didn’t think it would go as fast as it did,” said Horst.

Alex Horst(12) reaches above the net to attempt to block the opposing Milton’s middle hitters attempt to make a kill.

With every moment passing by on the court, till the final fourth set of the night, the Lady Rockets were determined until the end, winning the first set at the score of 25-22, but falling short in their last three sets to relinquish the win to Milton Hershey High School.

“The first set we all worked as a team and we came back from a large deficit,” said Horst

Coming up short from a win on a big night, many of the team members had loved ones in mind while they played. Many memories and raw emotions were displayed as breast cancer was found in 252,710 women in 2017.

“My great aunt had breast cancer,” said Horst.

.When asked about her favorite times with her great aunt, she responded, “Going over to her house after elementary school and hanging out with her and eating food, I love food.

A recollection of events close to Alex that she carries throughout the game in thought of her family.

Carly Sollenberger (9), a freshman starter, attempts to set her outside hitter, Alexis Keith (12), to get a kill to take the lead of the game.

Many of the Lady Rockets drive to play is fueled by people close to them that have either fought with cancer or are still fighting. For Alexis Keith (12), a senior at JB, she relates the event differently.

“It made the people with breast cancer realize that they are not alone,” said Alexis

Trying to sustain that passion on the court, Keith reflects on how she felt she played in support of the ladies in the crowd with cancer.

“I think I played well, but there’s always room for improvement,” Keith said.

Supporting the cure for breast cancer, the Lady Rockets held a serving contest by placing Pink Out shirts designed for the game onto the volleyball court after the second set of the game. A person would then donate a dollar for a serve for a chance to win a free shirt. Several participants won a shirt, including the other team showing support by playing.

After the second set, the team placed shirts on the volleyball court and gave their fans a chance to serve the ball in attempt to win a shirt.

Reflecting on the past for a greater future against this fight, we wear pink not just on the volleyball court, but all over the world in October to represent the brave women fighting everyday to win against breast cancer. A tradition for sports nationwide helping familiar ones or a person we barely know rescue their lives.

The Lady Rocket volleyball team would love to give a huge thank you to Stoner’s Dairy Farm for donating the pink jerseys for the game and for the support they give to the community.

 

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Sprinting Into Spring

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As warm weather approaches and the sun begins to shine, spring sports make their debut for the 2017-2018 school year. Track & Field has just kicked off their season by beginning their routine of after-school practices and workouts.

 

This years’ Track & Field team is led by Coach Jason Cotton, with help from assistant coaches, Mrs. Breanna Grove (Faculty), Mr. Kyle Grove, Mr. Jerome Staniszewski, and Mrs. Kelly Shindle.

 

Last year the Boys’ Track team was undefeated and named the Mid Penn Colonial Division champions. Working together both the boys’ and girls’ teams went 6-6 and scored over 8,000 points. However, this is a new year and as the season kicks off, and so does the hard work.

 

“I feel confident and excited for this season,” said Marlee Barry (11). “Even though we have a smaller amount of people.”

 

Each individual person on the team is responsible for earning points to win the meet. However, working as a team, no matter how small, is still important to be successful in this sport.

 

“Team bonding is very important,” said Barry. “When you have a good bond with your team, you know that they will always be there to help you out.”

 

To prepare for meets, students go down to Rocket Stadium to the track every day to work with coaches and other teammates in order to get ready for the events they participate in during meets. During practice, they do stretches, a warm-up run, and then break up into groups to work on their event.

 

With the workouts, the team members physically prepare their bodies to get back in shape for the season. They spend time doing vigorous ab and leg workouts to strengthen their bodies, along with spending time in the weight room to build more muscle. They also learn correct techniques to be successful in their event.

 

“They teach us how to run so that we increase our speed to run faster and start off really fast,” said Alyssa Young (9).

 

For some, track season is continuous. Many students work during the offseason to stay physically prepared and keep their endurance up.

“It’s really important to stay active,” said Barry “If you continue to work, you can only get better.”

 

Students do not only want to earn points for their team at meets, they also are trying to improve themselves and their times to carry on their shoulders throughout each season.

 

“I really want to improve my running times and break my personal records,” said Young.

 

The track team has their first scrimmage tonight, Monday, March 19 at Rocket Stadium directly after school.

 

Although it’s just the beginning of the season, preparations and practices have begun for the James Buchanan Track & Field team. Sooner than later, beautiful days will be spent sprinting, jumping, and shot putting all the way to victory.

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Bringing Home the Gold

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To some, snow and the cold are what makes them frown deeply; to others, it is beautiful and inspiring. To Winter Olympic athletes, the snow and cold is their chance to make their country proud; wearing a gold, silver, or bronze medal is what they have worked so hard for.

 

The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway, and many athletes are skating and skiing into victory. Being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, many nations have collected their best Olympians to compete for the gold.

 

The tradition of the Olympics has been around since ancient Greece.

 

Speaking of how the Olympics first originated in 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece, author Dr. Stephen Instone said, “The Games were an attractive means of getting men fit. Another factor is the traditional Greek view that the gods championed a winner, so by establishing a competition aimed at producing supreme winners, they were thereby asserting the power and influence on humans of the supreme god, Zeus.” In the beginning, the games were mostly racing but eventually led into other sports that we know today, such as boxing and wrestling.

 

The Winter Olympics came not too shortly after the first modern-day Olympics.

 

When the Olympics reappeared in 1896, according to the History Channel, there were no winter sports included like today. The History Channel said, “Germany planned a Winter Olympics to precede the 1916 Berlin Summer Games, but World War I forced the cancellation of both.”

 

Eventually, Scandinavians, who already had a winter sports competition called the Nordic Games, agreed to stage an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sanctioned International Sports Week.

 

It was so popular among the 16 participating nations that, in 1925, the IOC formally created the Winter Olympics, retroactively making Chamonix the first,” said the History Channel.

 

During the 2018 Winter Olympics, there have been several new things occurring, such as giving stuffed animals in place of medals.

 

The keepsake that rewards Olympic medalists this year is a white tiger named Soohorang, the mascot of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics,” said author, Sara Begley. Adding on, Begley explains how there is a ceremony held where winners receive their medals later on.

 

2018 Olympics continue to develop new circumstances with the arrival of North Korea’s cheerleaders in the midst of the world’s nuclear tension with the country.

 

The cheerleaders have been praised as human olive branches, a preliminary way to ease tensions during the current nuclear crises. They have been criticized as singing, dancing spearheads of a strategic North Korean propaganda campaign at the Games,” said author Andrew Keh.

 

Several American Olympians have already won gold.

 

17-year-old Red Gerard made it through the swirling winds to capture the United States’ first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics,” said Jennifer Earl and Kaitlyn Schallhorn. “At 17, Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal during the Winter Games.” Following these two athletes, there was Jamie Anderson, Shaun White, and Mikaela Shiffrin.

 

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang is giving Olympians the chance to win for their country, just as the Summer Olympics do. Many people are gathered around TV screens, laptops, and some in the actual stadiums, cheering and hoping for the victory these athletes are aiming for. Still, have a ways to go, the games take place until Feb. 25, and then the Paralympics occur Mar. 9-18.

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The World of Wrestling

Find out how James Buchanan wrestling team did the 2017-18 season and what the future holds for them.

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The official proclaims Logan Miller (9) winner of the match.

The official proclaims Logan Miller (9) winner of the match.

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The wrestling season is coming to a close as the James Buchanan Varsity Wrestling team enters their championship season.

 

This season started out strong with eleven wrestlers; for nine of them, it was their first year on the Varsity Wrestling team. Many new faces brought a lot of hope to the wrestlers, and they wanted to win matches for the team. Although they didn’t have a winning season, the boys were closer as a team than last season.

 

“I feel like this team, this year, was a lot stronger and a lot more bonded than years in the past,” said Jaelin Carmak (12), the only senior and team captain. “Just as a team, in general, we bonded real well and I feel like that’s a bigger win than actually winning a dual meet.”

 

Even though they weren’t able to win any meets, there were a lot of individual wins for some of the wrestlers, which helped boost morale and spirit.

 

James Buchanan’s wrestling team is very young with only one senior leaving this year; many of the wrestlers will be coming back next year to continue where they left off. Carmak’s teammate, Hunter Smith (9), plans to return for the next season.

 

“We need more experience. We need more talent and wrestlers, have more people out there and join the team,” said Smith.

 

Smith believes these are the ingredients they will need for next season, especially with how young the team is. There were six freshmen wrestlers this year, making up over half of the team.

 

For what the team lacks in their numbers, they make up for in their dedication and focus.

 

“When you go out there on the mat, you wouldn’t think six minutes of wrestling is real hard, but you’re using every muscle out there,” Carmak said. “You use muscles you wouldn’t even think you would.”

 

To be able to wrestle even just six minutes on the mat requires hours of training at practices. The wrestler’s condition by running two miles every practice, then they do drills to better their coordination and flexibility. They also learn different moves, so they are able to pin the competition and live wrestling and doing their own moves.

 

Though the practices are tough and tiring the wrestlers love their sport. Carmak and Smith both agreed that the best part of the season were the bus rides to and from the matches. There, the boys would talk and relax. It bonded them closer as a team making them feel much like a family.

 

The Wrestling team has been through a long and grueling season, but they are all looking forward to competing in Sectionals, February 17, at Susquenita High School. From there if wrestlers place in the top three they move onto Districts.

 

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Just Keep Swimming

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When it comes to a successful sports season, there is a lot of practice that needs to be done and goals to be set. Last season the Rockets achieved bringing five swimmers to states. These qualifiers included Nicholas Garbinski (12), Annalise Hissong (11), Rachel Kimmel (12), Sarah Kimmel (10), and Annabelle McCullough (12). This year the team hopes to do bigger and better things.

 

“The team goal for the season is to win 50% of dual meets.” MCcullough said. “Also to fill every event with swimmers.”

 

Last season the team had a total of 22 swimmers. This year, however, there have been more swimmers already attending pre-season workouts than the total combined swimmers that ended the season last year.

 

“This is my first year on the swim team” said Alyssa Young (9). “My goal for this year is to improve on my strokes.

 

During practice, the swimmers work on skills and technique to perfect their strokes. This include starts, flip turns, and streamlines. At the beginning of each race, the swimmer has to dive off the blocks. This is known as a start. The point of practicing these are to get off the starting blocks as fast as possible. Flip turns are when the swimmer reverses the direction in they are swimming. Streamlines, when the swimmer positions their body into a straight line, this is practiced to make the swimmer be more efficient in their stroke.

 

The team is led by a great group of seniors and captains. Voted on last Friday, Samantha Mills (12), Annabelle McCullough (12) were named the captains.  Other seniors on the team include Nick Garbinski (12), Rachel Kimmel (12), Austin Sheppard (12), and William Sims (12).

 

“I see lots of potential this year.” Kimmel (12)  said. “We practice for two hours everyday making sure everything is perfected.”

 

Kimmel this year attained a big dream of her own. Kimmel accepted a full scholarship to swim for a Division 1 college at St. Bonaventure University. She signed the National Letter of Intent (NLI) on Nov. 9 agreeing to swim with St. Bonaventure.

 

With the swim team working on skills and techniques, they are getting ready to accomplish bigger and better things.

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SEM Keeps the Ball Rolling

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Every exciting game and intense match. Every great play, shot, or run. Every impressive student athlete. All of these are important to the supporters of our school’s sports in the local community.

 

Sport and Entertainment Marketing is advised by Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty). The creation of this class stemmed from Gustafson’s passion for sports, along with his experience of coaching for 27 years. He wants his students to learn how to promote sports, and how to promote entertainment activities.

 

“I thought that there would be a big interest in the sports side of it, and entertainment as well,” said Gustafson.

 

There was a pretty good turnout for the class, according to Gustafson, which is why the Sports and Entertainment Marketing class is split into three classes. There are two Sports and Entertainment Marketing 1 classes, and one class of Sports and Entertainment 2.

 

“My junior year I did recordings for games and wrote articles,” said Clay Sanders (12) but this year I am doing a show with Carlos Rauch.”

 

Sanders and Rauch are the anchors for Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Other students in the same class help with the show that SEM posts on their Youtube channel. This class is also in charge of all forms of social media.

 

“We’re more of a whole team, ” says Gustafson. “Clay and Carlos are the anchors, but we all pitch in for the rest.”

 

The class’ Twitter, @jbhs_sports, frequently Tweets scores, congratulations to individual players, and about plays via live Tweets and after the games. They even tweet before the games, wishing teams the best of luck, and try to get people to attend the games to cheer them on.

 

The first year class focuses on writing articles in The Mercersburg Journal and they recently started covering home games. Also, the class uses a program that simulates sports marketing in the real world. In the simulation, students do things like get sponsorships, set ticket prices for games, and even hire employees for your imaginary stadium.

 

“My favorite part about this class is always being involved in sports,” Sanders said. “I’m always learning new stuff.”

 

SEM is working on getting better equipment and more broadcasts in order to make what they do eye-catching to their audience and draw in more viewers. The class of Sports & Entertainment Marketing has bigger plans and improvements in its near future.

 

Sanders said, “We’re getting new stuff that way we are kind of taken more serious”.

 

Last year the students presented to the administration in order to get new equipment. New TV’s, a boom microphone, four cameras, a new projector, and two new desktop computers were all a successful outcome of the students’ presentation.

 

Gustafson plans to bring back broadcasts that students did last year which include play-by-play of games. These broadcasts are posted on the class’ Youtube channel.

 

Sanders and Gustafson both agreed that the class is a great preparation for a career for professional sports announcers, reporters, or anything sports-related.  

 

SEM isn’t just about sports. It’s about the group of students that work together to make sure that the community comes together and is involved as much as possible when it comes to all things sports related.

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Rockets Block Out for Pink-Out against Big Spring

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On Thursday, October 12,  the Lady Rocket Volleyball team supported Breast Cancer Awareness through their Pink-Out game against the Big Spring Bulldogs. The whole gym was decorated in pink, and even the team wore new Pink-out uniforms to help support the cause.

 

“It was much appreciated that everyone came out and supported us,” Senior Mackenzie Runk said. “ we raised a lot of money for a good cause and we all had a really good time,”

 

Not only did the proceeds to view the game go to raise awareness for breast cancer, the team also sponsored a bake sale for spectators in the lobby.They also included a fun half-time pizza box game for spectators. They could pay a dollar for a chance to try and serve a ball into a pizza box to receive the prize of a free pizza from Mamma’s. All profits made from the game went to cancer research, and the bake sale raised funds for the team.

 

“ We raised close to 300 dollars from the pizza fundraiser and the bake sale,”  Runk said. Other than supporting breast cancer awareness, the team also spent the whole game supporting each other on the court during a close game.

 

For their second matchup against Big Spring, the Lady Rocket Volleyball team pulled out a close win, taking five sets to win 3-2 over the Bulldogs.

 

“We started out really strong and I was hoping we could pull a win out in three sets,” Runk said. “We ended up going to five, so it made it a lot more nerve-racking to finish and win, and we were all a lot more passionate about the game,”

 

The Rockets won their first and fourth set against the Bulldogs and took the tie-breaking fifth set 17-15.

 

“Yesterday we played our hearts out,” said Runk.

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“We haven’t had a game like that in a while so it was really uplifting,””

— Mackenzie Runk

 

So far the Volleyball squad’s current record is 9-7 and they don’t plan on slowing down for the remainder of the season.

 

“I’m hoping that with such a great win that we had yesterday that we take that win and carry it through the rest of the season to play our hardest, even if we lose,”  Runk said.

 

The Rockets have had a “season full of ups and downs, and have had to work to get where they are now”, said Kirstyn Black (12).

 

“We had a really good start to the season, then it got kind of rocky the first week or two, but we were able to pull it together and we’ve been doing really good lately,” she explained.

 

The Volleyball season is coming to a close with the team’s final event, Tuff Puff Volleyball on November 11.  Student teams pay to play each other in a volleyball tournament as a fun ending to the season.

 

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Making Memories on the Green

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Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

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Being the only girl on the James Buchanan golf team never stopped Claire Alfree (12)  from working hard and competing during her 2017 season. Not only was she the lone girl on the team, she was also the only person to make it to Districts to compete.Alfree considers herself an encouraging source on the golf team. Being a senior, she hopes her teammates listen to her advice and positive feedback.

 

“I’m more of a motivator,” Alfree said. “I know I’m not the best person on the golf team but I try really hard to make it enjoyable for everyone.”

 

Alfree has been playing golf on the James Buchanan team since her freshman year of high school. What got Alfree interested in golf her freshman year was her parents, but the beginning of that season was not her first time playing.

 

“When I was younger, my grandparents would take me out to hit a couple golf balls and see if they would go straight or not,” Alfree said.

 

She has been working to improve her skills in her four years of playing golf on the team, and that is how she made it from Mid-Penn’s on to Districts. Before she went to Districts on Friday, October 6th, she had to work hard on her physical and mental game, more so than she usually had to.

 

“I unfortunately hurt my shoulder at the last regular season match,” Alfree said.

 

Going into Districts with an injury, Alfree had to focus on the little things to get herself prepared for the matches she faced that day.

 

“I couldn’t really golf but I still felt like I needed to golf. I really focused on my short game, which is close around the green,” Alfree said.

 

Although she did not qualify for the last round at Districts, she was ranked well in the list of golfers.

 

“Out of 60 girls I was ranked 39, so that is pretty good for someone who hasn’t golfed for very long,” Alfree said.

 

In the group of girls she was golfing against, Alfree had the second lowest score, but it was only by a difference of two strokes. While in her match, she hit the ball from the T-Box all the way to the green, and almost to the hole, which is not an easy task. Sometimes it can take two to three or even more shots to make it to the green.

 

“Claire shot a 97, which was good considering she was playing injured,” Golf Coach Mr. Mark Wise (Faculty) said.

 

Although she will no longer be playing golf at James Buchanan next year, she has high hopes for them in the next season.

 

“It would be awesome if they had a winning record next year,” she said

 

To anyone that would like to play golf for James Buchanan next season, Alfree gives some tips.

 

“Don’t quit!  You’re supposed to be doing bad, and don’t let one single bad round ruin your game and stop you,” said Alfree.

Hannah Myers, Editor

Hannah Myers  is in her second year as a member of the James Buchanan Student Media staff. She is a senior and an editor JBSM.   She is employed at Lizzy's...

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