My experience at a Trump rally

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer
Photo by: Mackenie Carpenter, Photo Editor

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When Donald Trump visited Indiana shortly before the Indiana Primary elections at the beginning of May, I was able to attend one of his rallies which was held in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. I went with two of my friends, and we showed up around 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. When we walked in, the amount of security was crazy. There were secret service agents everywhere.

When we discovered that we had the opportunity to walk down to the floor of the arena, where there was standing room only, we decided to take the chance. Long story short, my spot for the rally was 10 feet away from the stage, and I was lined up exactly with the podium.

We weren’t sure what to expect from the people at the rally, as many of our friends had told us to stay safe, thinking the Trump supporters would be violent. I am pleased to say they were the complete opposite. Instead, what we found was that they were some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I had the pleasure of meeting a man named Gale Roberts from Montana, who runs a website and campaign called “Hillary’s Lies Matter,” with the sole intention of making sure Hillary Clinton is not elected. Roberts goes to every single Trump rally, following him around the country. At the time of this rally, he had logged 7,000 miles on his rental car.

During Trump’s speech, I found that he did not lash out and say anything dumb, silly, or offensive. Instead, he spoke intelligently, while still getting the crowd fired up in the classic Trump way. He would leave the stage to chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and I can honestly say that it was nothing less than an insane experience.

NBA studs and duds

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

With the National Basketball Association’s season reaching its halfway point, it has become clear who is having a great year, and who is having a not-so-great year.

Paul George of the hometown Indiana Pacers is undoubtedly having the best season of his career, in his first full year healthy after the devastating and gruesome leg injury that kept him out for all but six games last year. He’s averaging 24.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. All of those are career-highs. On top of that he was selected to his third All-Star Game, which takes place in February.

“PG has been incredible this year. He had a rough month in December, but overall he’s done pretty well,” said Kevin Lyons, 11.

Stephen Curry, the reigning Most Valuable Player and leading MVP candidate once again this year, has been tearing up the league all season long. Though he has cooled down from his hot start to the year, he is still averaging 29.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. Curry opted to play through an injury that would have taken a full month to recover from, and so far, the decision has paid off.

But, not everyone is having such a great year. While some are posting career-best numbers, others are not.

Roy Hibbert, a former Pacers player who saw his stats, and his body, fall hardly to the floor last year, has managed to record even worse stats with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s scoring just 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists this year. At 7’2, being one of the tallest players in the league, he’s expected to grab a lot more than 5.8 rebounds.

With half of the season remaining, players don’t have a lot of time to boost their stats, but there is plenty of time for them to hit rock bottom. Numbers don’t raise easily, but they fall as quickly as a rock from the top of a cliff.

Winter sports update

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

The basketball, swimming, and wrestling seasons are officially underway at Mt. Vernon High School.

The girls basketball team got off to a solid start, and are 8-1 so far. The Lady Marauders are led by senior point guard Sydney Shelton and there’s a lot of hope for the team’s tournament chances this year.

“I think the girls have a really good team this year. They’ve been incredibly hot to start off,” said Oliver Mast, 11.

The boys basketball team is 2-0 so far, beating Whiteland and Hamilton Heights. Junior guard Michael Ertel has been solid so far, tallying 26 points and 6 assists in the game against Hamilton Heights.

Across the street in the pool, the girls swim team is 3-0, and started the season coming in 2nd place with 123 points, in a 5 team event at Franklin Community High School.

Unfortunately for the boys swim team, it’s a different story. They started with a win, but have since dropped their last 2 meets.

The wrestling team began the season with a win on December 2 against Daleville, crushing the opponent 75-6. They’ll be looking for a solid season this year, with lots of potential.

The future is certainly bright for many of MV’s teams, but it all requires teamwork and lots of effort.

Indy car driver killed in crash

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

On August 23, 2015, the racing world lost yet another driver in a deadly crash. With only one race left in IndyCar season, driver Justin Wilson, driving car number 25 was involved in a crash during the ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway.

IndyCars are designed to reach speeds of close to 230 MPH, and because of the aerodynamics used, the driver is not covered with any type of protection aside from their helmet. Because drivers are exposed to the outside world, Wilson was hit in the head with a piece of debris from the race leader’s car, leaving him unconscious.

He was immediately taken to a hospital, where it was announced by doctors that Wilson had slipped into a coma. The next day at approximately 9pm, an IndyCar spokesperson held a press conference to announce that Wilson had died. He was 37 years old.

“I think IndyCar definitely needs to make some improvements to the safety of their cars. The current model is getting people killed, and it needs to be fixed,” said Brendan Pratt, 11.

This marked IndyCar’s first on track death since Dan Wheldon was killed back in October of 2011. Wheldon had won the Indy 500 race earlier that year, a race that Hoosiers know well and has been nicknamed “the greatest spectacle in racing.” He was 33 years old.

Both Wheldon and Wilson died from a head injuries that occurred due to their bodies being exposed while inside their cars. It now raises an important question, one that’s been overlooked often over recent years: Does the IndyCar need to be redesigned, with an emphasis on safety?

MV football demolishes Marion

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

Last Friday, the Marauders football team traveled to Marion High School in Madison County to take on the Giants in week 2 of the season.

Coming off of a poorly played season opening game on August 21 at home versus Hamilton Heights, which they lost 21-6, the coaches had the team ready to play, and they stomped all over the Giants, winning 50-6.

Quarterback Jimmy Campbell completed 9 of 10 passes for 117 yards including 2 touchdowns, and he rushed for 99 yards scoring another 2 touchdowns. MV led the game 22-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, 43-0 at halftime, 50-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and finally gave up a touchdown to Marion with just .01 seconds left on the clock, and ending the game 50-6.

The Marauders start their campaign for the Hoosier Heritage Conference title on Friday September 4 at Greenfield-Central at 7:30pn. MV is now 1-1 on the year.

Upcoming Sports

Compiled by: Connor Curts, Staff Writer

Girls’ Golf: 8/12 4:30pm Beech Grove/Lawrence Central at Winding Ridge

Boys’ Tennis: 8/12 5pm Lawrence Central at MV (Scrimmage)
Football: 8/14 7pm MV at Speedway (Scrimmage)
Boys’ Soccer: 8/15 6pm Zionsville at MV
Boys’ Cross Country: 8/17 5:30pm Brownsburg/Fishers at MV
Girls’ Soccer: 8/18 7:30pm MV at Southport
Volleyball: 8/18 6pm MV at Hamilton Heights

NFL draft

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

Every year, just a few months after the Super Bowl, 256 young men, fresh out of college, are selected by a team in the National Football League Draft. Over the span of three days, 256 dreams come true, and hundreds of others are crushed.

The picks are spread out over a total of seven rounds, with the first two containing 32 picks each. The remaining five rounds each vary in their amounts of picks.

“With the first pick, in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select, Jameis Winston, a quarterback from Florida State University,” said Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner.

These were the words that fans all over the world had been waiting to hear for several months. Winston was predicted by many experts to be the first overall pick, and by the day of the first round, it was nearly a guarantee. It is not uncommon for reports of which players each team is going to select to be leaked out prior to the start of the draft, and that held true this year.

Among the notable draftees this year was Marcus Mariota, a Tennessee Titans draftee and a former Heisman Award winner. The Heisman Award is the most prestigious award given out in college football, and it was the first time ever that two Heisman winners were taken with the first and second overall picks in the draft.

The hometown Indianapolis Colts drafted wide receiver Phillip Dorsett from the University of Miami, a pick disputed by many fans. The Colts already have a deep core of receivers and tight ends, so the pick will only deepen Andrew Luck’s weapons arsenal.

“I really don’t understand what the team is doing here. We already have the offensive weapons we need. What we really needed was a safety,” said Luke Duckworth, 10.

For all who went undrafted, the days after the draft annually bring opportunities to sign with a team as an “Undrafted Free Agent,” with a chance to still keep their dreams alive. Though many don’t make it, it’s a chance to be a diamond in the rough, and prove their worth.

Push for the NBA playoffs

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

It is April, and that means the National Basketball Association Playoffs are upon us. With only two games remaining for the majority of teams, and just one seed left in the Western Conference, as well as just two in the Eastern Conference, the stage is set for a big finish.

In the East, the Celtics look to be a lock for the 7th seed, and are ahead of both the Indiana Pacers, and the Brooklyn Nets by one game. However, in the case of a tie, the Celtics would receive the 7th seed over the Pacers, as they won the season series.

“As a Pacers fan, I always want to see them succeed, and the only way you can do that, is by making the playoffs,” said Maxwell Nugent, 10.

The Nets also won the season series against the Pacers, and with two games left, Indiana only has two ways to get in. They have to win both of their remaining games and rely on the Nets to lose at least one game. Or they have to win one of their games, and rely on the Nets to lose both of their games.

In the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now tied with the New Orleans Pelicans, after a huge loss to the Indiana Pacers. The game kept Indiana’s playoff hopes alive, while diminishing the Thunder’s, as the Pelicans won the season series over them, and hold the tiebreaker.

There are many possible outcomes, but only time will tell which teams are in, and which are out.

MLB Spring training

Story by Connor Curts, staff writer

Four and a half months after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, Major League Baseball is back in action. Every year the MLB season begins with spring training starting in late February, and lasting until the start of the regular season, which is April 5 and 6. There are two leagues that divide the MLB’s 30 teams during spring training, the Grapefruit League, which plays in Florida, and the Cactus League, which plays in Arizona.

Games began on March 3, and each team played around 16 of them, primarily in the afternoon, whereas the regular season is mostly played during the evening. Each game gives the teams a chance to prepare their already proven players for the season, while allowing them to evaluate their younger talent.

Based off this short amount of time, the teams determine whether or not a prospect is ready to take the next step, or if they need to remain in the minor leagues. It is common for some prospects to spend up to six years playing for a minor league affiliate of their MLB organization. Often times, players never get the chance to join an MLB roster, and end up spending their entire careers in the “farm system.” The farm system is the web of minor league teams where the major league teams can send players to develop.

Because spring training takes place during the time that is common for schools to have spring break, many families attend games while on vacation.

“I’ve gotten the chance to go to many games while on break in Florida. It’s cheap but also enjoyable, and you get to unwind and watch some baseball,” said Harold Livengood, 10.

Spring training brings an excellent boost in tourism to both Florida and Arizona every year, and is likely to do so for many years down the road. It signifies the beginning of the season for America’s favorite pastime.

Pacquiao vs Mayweather: The fight might be on

By Connor Curts, staff writer

Boxing fans, fighting fans, and most of the sports world have long been awaiting a fight between what are perceived as the world’s two best boxers: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Both fighters have won multiple titles, which are essentially championships, in their weight classes.

The two have a history of trash talking each other, but have always refused to fight. It now appears that will be changing in 2015.

“My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in./Step up Punk./Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” Mayweather said on Twitter back in 2012..

In an interview with Showtime Sports early in December, Mayweather called out Pacquiao, and said he wanted to fight him on May 2, 2015. Mayweather took shots at Pacquiao, bringing up recent losses he had suffered, and claimed Pacquiao’s pay-per-view numbers were down.

In November, Pacquiao dominated Chris Algieri to retain his welterweight world title, and it drew in 300,000 customers on TV. Mayweather is undefeated, however Pacquiao hasonly  lost five matches.

In the interview, Mayweather also accused Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, of preventing the potential showdown, for multiple years.

“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or [sic] dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight,” said Mayweather.

The news surely has fans everywhere excited for the possible mega-fight.

“They’re definitely the two best boxers in the world today, and it would be incredible if they actually fought. I never thought I’d see it,” said Maxwell Nugent, 10.

While the fight is not official yet, it is very likely to happen. It would be the biggest boxing match in a long time, and could make a profit of $250 million, $100 million of which would likely go to Mayweather, who is known for always demanding a large amount of money.

May 2 is the date to remember, and it could make history in the boxing world.