Madness in March

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

With the end of the college basketball regular season quickly coming to a close, fans looked forward to the NCAA tournament, also known as March Madness.

March Madness is what most fans call the NCAA Basketball postseason. March Madness  started on March 15 with “Selection Sunday” which is when the teams were selected to be in the 68-team tournament. The games then officially started on March 17 and went until the final two teams play for the championship on April 6.

Teams on Selection Sunday got ranked from 1-16 in four different regions, with 1 being the best seed in the region and 16 being the worst. The tournament is single elimination, meaning as soon as a team loses they are sent home.

The final four teams that were left in the tournament were Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Michigan State, also known as the “Final Four.” In the championship, it was Wisconsin playing Duke. Duke ended up winning 68-63 and won its fifth title in the school’s history.

Since the tournament is single elimination, it makes it exciting to see the teams give it all they have to stay alive in the tournament. It is also exciting to see a team get upset. An upset is when a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked one. When this happens, fans will typically root for the lower ranked team since they are the underdogs.

Another reason why March Madness is so popular is because of the brackets. Fans can print out a bracket online and then try to predict the winners of each game. Many people put their brackets in a pool with other people and whoever has the most accurate bracket wins a prize of some sort.

“I enjoy watching the March Madness games because there are upsets every year and I like to root for the lower seeds,” said Dylan Freeman, 11.

With all of the unpredictable upsets and just overall craziness of the tournament, the name March Madness fits it perfectly.

The challenge of being a student athlete

By Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by Hallee Evans

basketball for student athlete story editedBeing a student athlete can be challenging. Not only do these students have to focus on school work, but they also must balance being in a sport at the same time.

A big problem for students is not being able to get their school work done. Students  go home after practice, eat dinner and then usually go straight to bed after being exhausted from the long day. Many students do not feel like doing school work after their long day.

“It’s hard to balance school, work, and being an athlete all at the same time while still being successful,” said Kennedy Parker, 11.

Some students at Mt. Vernon are just like Kennedy and struggle to balance school, sports and being worked too hard at the same time. However, there are a couple suggestions to try to help balance out the problem.

“First, student athletes must realize that being a student athlete is a commitment to both things,” said Coach Jarman. “The students must realize that they are giving up their free time and that academics come first. I would suggest that these students get a calendar to schedule time for personal things and getting studies done after practices.”

Getting a calendar could prove to be beneficial for students struggling to handle their time. A few student athletes at Mt Vernon use calendars to be more organized in how they handle their time.

“I use the calendar on my phone to even out my time I have for myself, work, studying, and sports that I am in,” said Sam Mcneely, 11.

While there is no true answer to students being able to handle sports and school, getting a calendar to balance out time is a fine suggestion to helping out struggling student athletes.