Athlete of the month: Kennedy Parker

Interview by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

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Q: How did you first get involved in baseball?

A: I wanted to play baseball because I enjoyed it and i picked it up quickly. Any other sport didn’t really interest me at the time.

Q: What is your favorite memory throughout your years of playing baseball

A: Coming in as sophomore  (not my first varsity innings but I have had very little experience at this time) with bases loaded one out. I ended up getting out of the inning with the save with a double play to end the game.

Q: What are your plans for after high school

A: I will be attending Anderson University to study business and play baseball for the Ravens.

Q:What is one personal goal and one team goal for this year?

A: My personal goal for the year has been to limit walks and runs. Our team goal is always to win conference.

Q: What is a random fact about you that no one knows?

A: I like to watch a lot of NASCAR in my free time.

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“Hardcore Henry” is hardcore

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

The movie “Hardcore Henry,” released on April 8,  is an action movie thriller that uses new GoPro technology to shoot it in first-person point-of-view.

The runtime of the movie is about 95 minutes long and I was intrigued every minute of it. I would not say that I exactly enjoyed every minute, but it definitely kept my interest and was very thrilling.

I enjoyed the first-person view as it gave a fresh and interesting angle for an action movie that made me feel like they were right there doing the action.

However, the only problem with the first-person style shooting is it made the movie feel like every action video game ever made. I feel like the movie only kept my attention because of the way it was shot. The story was very cliché and uninspiring. It had the typical bad guys that Henry was able to slash through no problem and it just did not feel real to me.

The lack of dialogue in the movie made it very hard to follow as well making whatever type of story they were aiming for hard to keep up with.

“I thought it was cool and interesting to see a movie like that from a first-person point-of-view, I just wish the story was a bit easier to keep up with,” said Cameron Huff, 12.

Although the movie had its mistakes, it was still a very compelling movie. The action was definitely top notch and really was the reason it peaked my interest. Overall, I liked the direction the movie was heading towards, but I feel like it is just not all the way there yet.

I give it three out of five stars.

Baseball season starts

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photos by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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Spring is rapidly approaching, which means two things are coming: warmer weather and baseball.

During the week of March 14 through March 18, Mt. Vernon held tryouts for anyone interested in playing baseball. The tryouts were held outside on the baseball fields after school.

“We should have a pretty good team this year. I am excited to get going,” said Kennedy Parker, 12.

The first game for the marauders will be on April 5 at home against the Southport Cardinals. Mt. Vernon is also ranked 9th in the state for class 4A to start the season.

baseball swing“I am really excited for this season. We have a great group of kids and I’m thinking we will have a pretty good year,” stated Coach Carr.

The Marauders will be looking to live up to the hype surrounding this season and build off the success from last season.

College football ends with a bang

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

With the final whistle of the National Title game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college football season has come to a close.

Clemson, the top ranked team in the country took on Alabama, the 2nd ranked team in the country in what many fans called the most exciting game of the year.

“I could not keep my eyes off of this game, definitely the best college game I have ever seen,” said Jimmy Campbell, 12.

Alabama ended up winning the game 45-40, despite being outplayed by Clemson for most of the game.Clemson gained 550 total yards on offense against a stout Alabama defense, while Alabama gained 473 yards. Clemson’s offense also gathered 31 first downs while Alabama could only muster 18.

While Clemson had seemingly beat Alabama in every aspect of the game, they could not avoid giving up big plays which hurt them badly. The Tigers’ defense allowed four touchdowns of 50 or more yards including a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The 95 yarder was a huge momentum swing in the Crimson Tide’s favor, and momentum in football is a bigger deal than most people realize.

The kickoff return put Alabama ahead 38-27, with all the momentum on their side with seven minutes and 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Clemson then scored a touchdown, but missed the two-point conversion, to make it 38-33 with four minutes and 41 seconds left in the fourth.

Clemson still had plenty of time to come back, until Alabama went on a three minute drive to score another touchdown to make it 45-33 with just over a minute left. Clemson scored one more touchdown to make it 45-40 with twelve seconds left, but it was too late as Alabama would go on to win.

The thrilling college football season came to a fitting end. Fans gathered to watch one last game of the season and it did not disappoint. Looking ahead, college football fans will have to wait seven long months before college football returns.

Athlete of the month: Gloria Gonzales

Interview by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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Q: How did you get started in swimming?

A: “My mom put me and Eve (her sister)  in swim lessons when we were 4 because Eve didn’t know how to swim and almost drowned. Eve and I really enjoyed it, so we started at the YMCA for a while, then joined a summer league, then joined a club, and started swimming year round.”

Q: What are your interests other than swimming?

A:“The other interests I have other than swimming are art, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.”

Q: What are your plans for after high school?

A: “I am committed to swim at Eastern Illinois University and major in Environmental Management”

Q: What are your personal goals for this season?

A: “My personal goals for this season are to break a minute in the 100 back, break 2 minutes in the 200 free, and improve my turns.”

Q: What are your goals for the whole team this season?

A: “My goals for the whole team are halfway accomplished. We are such a close team. I am hoping for big time drops for all the girls at sectionals, and I am hoping for two of our relays to win at sectionals to advance to state

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment in your high school career thus far?

A: “My biggest accomplishment in my high school career was probably when I made the senior state cut in the 100 backstroke at sectionals last year because it was a really big turning point for me. It was the beginning of getting into swimming competitive times and transitioning into the college level.

Senior sports spotlights

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Amanda Wiggin

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Questions for senior basketball athletes Miles Wayer & Sydney Shelton

Miles Wayer: 6’0 Senior Guard

What are your goals for this season?

MW: For this season, my main goal is to improve our record from last year and to win our sectional.

What are your plans for the future?

MW: I plan to play basketball in college but I am not sure where yet.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

MW: This season I am looking forward to making memories and bonding with my teammates.

What have you most enjoyed throughout your whole high school career?

MW: My favorite memory was going all the way to semi-state as a freshman.
Sydney Shelton: 5’8 Senior Guard

What are your goals for this season?

SS: My main goal for this year is to win state, of course.

What are your plans for the future?

SS: I plan to go to Butler University and play basketball there.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

SS: I am looking forward to playing with my fellow seniors for one last time.

What have you enjoyed most throughout your high school career?

SS: I most enjoyed winning state my freshman year and creating tight bonds with my teammates that can’t be broken.

 

MV falls after hard-fought battle

Story by: Blake Slunaker

The Mt. Vernon boy’s tennis team recently wrapped up their season at the sectional final on October 1.

The boys finished their regular season 13-4 and faced a decent 12-12 Greenfield Central team in the first round. They had tough matchups and were ultimately tied 2-2 before heading into the decisive match. Brendon Ware won his match in the second set winning 6-4 which earned the Marauders the win over Greenfield 3-2.

The Marauders win over Greenfield would then set up a formidable match up in the championship against the 19-1 New Pal Dragons. Mt. Vernon has been eliminated in sectionals by the Dragons the past three years. Unfortunately, this year was no different as the Marauders fell to the Dragons 3-2.

“Overall I think we had a pretty good season, but it just hurts to lose to our rival again and have our season cut short,” said Ryan Beck, 11.

The good news for the Marauders is that they have a pretty young team. They will only lose three seniors next year and will return a team ready to compete.

Soccer update

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photos by: Elizabeth Miller, guest photographer and Zoe Jenkins, guest photographer

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Mt. Vernon’s Varsity soccer players have put their best foot forward this season as both the girl’s and boy’s teams prepare for sectionals.

The boy’s team is currently sitting at 8-1 with wins over Richmond, New Castle, Delta, Muncie Burris, Beech Grove, Fishers, Noblesville, and Yorktown. Their only loss came from a close matchup with bitter rival New Palestine, losing 2-1.

They are led by seniors Luke Yeadon, Matt Pruitt, Josh Williams, Noah Laughlin, and Devin Nelson. The team has had a successful season so far and look to continue their success in an upcoming match against Greenfield.

“So far, my senior year is going exactly how I have planned, besides losing to New Pal. I hope we can continue our success going forward and into sectionals,” said Luke Yeadon, 12.

Mt. Vernon Lady Marauders are currently sitting at 4-2-1 with wins over Southport, Greenfield Central, Hamilton Heights, and Shelbyville. Their losses have come against New Castle and Warren Central. The ladies tied with Franklin Central with a score of 1-1.

Leading the girl’s team are  seniors Blaire Viehweg, Natalie Givan, Avery Haines, Emily Mcnab, Lauren Parker, and Madison McClain.

soccer 2The girls have found quite a bit of success this year winning their first game of the season against Southport by a score of 13-0.

“We have been doing pretty well so far, but I would like to start winning more games and gain confidence in our team before we head to sectionals,” said Blaire Viehweg, 12.

The girl’s team will try to grab another win in an upcoming match against Yorktown. zoe Soccer

Marauder radio is a reality

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Emily Neundorff, staff photographer

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For years here at Mt. Vernon, there were only three ways to get news: by newspaper, by watching MVTV or by announcements. Now, a fourth way to stay up-to-date on news has been introduced, the Marauder Radio station.

The Marauder Radio station was introduced in April and is accessible on the Mt. Vernon homepage. The radio station was added to an already impressive high tech studio run by Mr. Shaver. The Marauder Radio station broadcasts Monday through Friday from 7-9 A.M. and 3-5 P.M.

The station is ad-free and listeners can get on to listen to the latest news of Mt. Vernon, MV spotlight interviews, as well as listen to music.

“I think the radio station is really interesting and unique and we really have a lot of fun with it,” said Quaid Pearson, 11,“My favorite part is probably giving interviews and just working with the other students on it.”

The radio station has also started to gain popularity among the students. The students like the station for the way it gives the latest news and also plays the latest music.

“At first I only listened to the station to hear my interview, but I started to listen to it more because it was interesting,” said Dylan Freeman, 11.

The start of the station itself was inspired by the students on MVTV.

“The students on MVTV wanted to start a radio station so we could give more around the clock news. My hope for the future is that the station will continue to increase in popularity,” said Mr. Shaver.

The new radio station definitely provides a new unique aspect of how students get their news at Mt. Vernon.

MV swimmers fight hard at state

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter, staff photographer

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For the second year in a row, the Mt. Vernon Boys’ and Girls’ swim teams advanced to state. The girls participated on February 13 and 14 and the boys participated on February 27 and 28.

Before advancing to the state tournament, the boys and girls had to participate in the sectional tournament. Although the  Mt. Vernon boys’ and girls’ teams did not win their sectionals, they still had some of their swimmers advance to state. The top swimmers in their events were able to advance to state.

The swimmers who advanced for the boys were: Cole Case, Zane Smith, Dixon Tierney, Bryce Gray, Matthew Bauchert, Timothy Broaders, and Joshua Blackburn. For the girls, the people who advanced were Gloria Gonzales, Samantha Case, Lydia Tierney, Haley Moore, Riley Chambers, Anne Marie Keeler, Jennah Ruddick, and Ciara Tyndall.

The boys and girls who advanced swam relays and some did individual events. Although Mt. Vernon did not win, they still competed well and some even did better than their previous personal records.

“Even though we did not win, I was still pretty happy with the outcome and hope I can make it back next year,” said Gloria Gonzales, 11.

Dixon Tierney, 11 said, “I can’t wait until next season, I hope that we will have a little bit more success.”

So even though Mt. Vernon did not win the whole state competition overall, they still had great success and will look to continue their success for next season.