Pacers falter in playoffs

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer

As the summer gets closer, the NBA playoffs come closer to a conclusion. The teams are currently in the second round of the playoffs after the first round concluded on May 1.

The teams in the second round in the Western Conference were the Golden State Warriors who faced the Portland Trailblazers. Then the  San Antonio Spurs went against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the Eastern Conference, it was the Toronto Raptors against the Miami Heat, while the Cleveland Cavaliers went against the Atlanta Hawks. The second round concluded on Sunday night with the Raptors defeating the Heat in the seventh game of their series.

The third round, or the Conference Finals, started on May 16. The teams set to faceoff in the third round are the Warriors against the Thunder on the West, and the Raptors against the Cavaliers on the East. The winners of the two sides will play in the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately for Pacer fans, the team could not make it out of the first round as they lost to the Raptors four games to three.

“I was disappointed the Pacers couldn’t pull it out against the Raptors, but I was still happy with their effort considering they were the underdogs,” said Dylan Freeman, 12.

The series was hard fought as Indiana pushed Toronto to a seven game series, but still could not pull it out in the long run. The Pacers and their fans will hope for better luck next year as they will try for a deeper playoff run.

Athlete of the month: Kennedy Parker

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


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.

Andrew Luck book club

Story by: Ashley Offenbach, staff writer
Photo from website

Andrew Luck book club

Athletes, singers, actors and actresses all have opinions and goals.  Andrew Luck is joining the team again, this time with a new book club for children and adults.

Luck is encouraging children of all ages to read books. His goal is to get kids to put down their devices and pick up an actual paperback or hardback book. This book club is for anyone, of any age, who enjoys reading.

He wants to have a positive influence on the community, and this is one of his ways of showing that. The mission of Andrew Luck´s book club is to share some of the books he has enjoyed, and to build a continually-growing community of readers of all levels by engaging through social media.

According to ESPN, ¨Luck plans to interact with readers through question-and-answer sessions and is launching social media feeds to facilitate dialogue. Luck has largely steered away from social media to this point.¨

There will be two books, one for children and one for adults, during each season of the National Football League.

If you are interested in this book club, visit the website here. 

Hoosier Heritage girls’ track results

Compiled by staff

On Tuesday, May 10th, the girls’ track and field team participated in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

The Lady Marauders placed 5th behind first place Greenfield Central, second place New Pal, third place Pendleton Heights and Yorktown. They placed ahead of Shelbyville, New Castle and Delta.

Vivian Hoeppner, 10, placed third in high jump. Alexa Christenson was conference champ in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash.


The 4 X 800 relay team of Watson, Chaves, Cullom and Woodruff came in 5th place. The 4 X 400 relay team of Schleter, Watson, Chaves and Yeadon took 4th place.

For the third year in a row, the 4 X 100 relay team were conference champions. The team consisted of Gibson, Christenson, Hopepner and Franklin.

Congrats to the Lady Marauders on their achievements.


Upcoming events

4/29: Boys’ Varsity Baseball @5:30, at Pendleton Heights

4/29: Girls’ JV Softball @5:30, at Greenfield Central

4/29: Girls’ Varsity Softball @7:00, at Greenfield Central

4/30: Boys’ JV Baseball @10:00 am, at Pendleton Heights

4/30: Boys’ and Girls’ Track @11:00 am, at Kokomo

4/30: Girls’ JV Softball @ 9:00 am, at Carmel

4/30: Girls’ Tennis @ 9:00 am, at Warren Central


College Intramurals

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer
Photo by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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One of the easiest ways to stay active and fit while in college is to join an intramural league team, where you can play with friends, dorm buddies, or random fellow students against other students.

While the leagues are strictly for fun, it’s a good way to stay social and is an easy way to relieve the stress that has mounted from classes. Any college with on campus living will have recreational leagues, and if it’s big enough, it’ll have competitive leagues too.

For most colleges, you can do a quick online search for their intramural programs, such as “IU intramural sports,” “Purdue intramural sports,” or “Ball State intramural sports,” and find a page that lists information about the leagues, any fees you might need to pay, and other important information. This web page will also have a Register/Signup tab where you can join in on the fun.

Here are some of the pages for in-state college:

  1. Indiana University,
  2. Ball State University,
  3. Purdue University,
  4. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Intramural sports have grown in popularity over the years, and continue to grow today as the number of college students increases.

The strenuous stress of softball

Story by: Emme Longman, staff writer
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, staff photographer


The Lady Marauders JV and Varsity season held tryouts on March 7, 8 and 9.

Since mid-October, the Lady Marauders have had softball workouts, which include lifting weights, batting, and conditioning. Along with school workouts, most girls play on a full-time travel team and meet with a separate batting coach once or twice a week.

“The most stressful thing is doing the right thing and not making a mistake because if you make an error, it feels like you let down your team and it might cost you the game,” said Samantha Bennett, 9.

Most of the stress from softball comes from having to make split-second decisions that could change the game.

“The stress of the game along with the hard work that must be put in is overcome by the love of the game,” says Sydney Gendron, 9.

With a good statistical batting team last year, hopefully this year’s JV and Varsity team can live up to the expectations.

Band: Sport or nah?

Story by: Carly McWilliams, staff writer
Photos by: Jennifer McGowan, staff photographer

band sport or no

For years, the debate has been raging and has yet to be settled: should band be considered a sport?

To answer this, one must first ask what a sport technically is. Believe it or not, sports do not just consist of passing a ball around to make a goal.

The Oxford dictionary defines a sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” From this definition, band meets all of the regulations.

Musicians have to be very talented to play all of their pieces perfectly, and it takes a lot of physical skill to play each instrument while marching down a field. Also, the members of the band compete regularly to achieve first chair in their class, as well as competing against other schools.

band sport or no 2The concert band recently participated in ISSMA and received gold and silver ratings for their solo and ensemble groups. Also, marching band placed 4th at finals earlier this year.

So why is this still not agreed on by everyone? Maybe because the physical abilities needed to be in band are different from those in sports like track and soccer, or maybe because the band does not get as much recognition as other sports for their titles and achievements.

Band member Tara Paarlberg, 10, added, “In marching band the top half of a person must be a musician and the bottom half must be an athlete.  Much like another sport, if someone on the field messes up, the entire group suffers. Everyone matters and contributes.”

Instead of thinking of band as just another class, or the background music at basketball games, recognize it for the sport it is

Turning the beat around

Story by: Lauren Pilkington, staff writer
Photos provided by: Carly McWilliams, staff writer

state dance

On February 26, Mt. Vernon’s Dance Team placed their way to state at the Regional Championship. They earned 3rd place in their jazz routine, and 2nd place in both their hip-hop and pom routine.

Senior Alyjah Duff performed a solo piece and he too advanced to state. His routine was a trick filled hip-hop routine to the “Hit That Mario Jersey Club Remix.” Alyjah then competed in the State competition on Friday, March 11 at New Castle High School.

He placed 5th at State, but his dance career will not end there. He plans to attend Alabama State University in the Fall to study dance and communications. Before college, he will be teaching dance at the National Dance Alliance camp in the summer. He will be coaching girls and boys of all ages in Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Kick routines.

dance two“We’ve all worked really hard and we were nervously excited for state,” said Duff.

The team of sixteen competed at state on Saturday, March 12,  at New Castle, they received 5th in pom, 4th in hip-hop, and 3rd in jazz. Congratulations to the entire team on their great season.

Duff said, “To be a good dancer, you don’t have to be super flexible or necessarily have the skill, I mean it helps, but the key to becoming a good or even great dancer is to know your body.”

Coach Ellen Jones, and the whole team, encourage everyone to come tryout on the week of April 12 for the 2016-2017 MVHS Dance Team.


Boys’ basketball sectionals

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

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The Mt. Vernon boys’ basketball team recently finished up their season at sectionals at New Castle on March 4.

The team had a bye in the first round of the tournament which allowed them to go straight to the semifinals of sectionals. They played in a tough game against the eventual champions, the New Castle Trojans.

“The boys played their hearts out and fought until the very end but just couldn’t pull it out. I was sad to see them fall after such a great season,” said Dylan Freeman, 12.

While the boys got disappointing results in the tournament, they still had a pretty successful season overall. They finished with 18 wins and only 5 losses.

baksetball sectionals 2“While I was somewhat disappointed with the result of the sectionals, I am looking forward to my senior year and am optimistic that we will have a good year,” said Michael Ertel, 11.

The Marauders should be in good shape next year as they will have a plethora of returning players that will look to make a run at a state title.

“We only have five players that are leaving due to graduation and we have a good group of hardworking seniors coming in. I think this next year will be fun for us,” said Coach Daugherty.

This past year definitely indicated that the Marauders are on the upswing and will continue on to next year.