Athlete of the Month: Junior Oliver Mast

Interview by: Connor Curts, staff writer
Photo by: Rose Yang, staff photographer

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Q: How old were you when you started playing golf, and what made you fall in love with it?

A: I would say I seriously became a golfer in fifth grade. I had played before hand, just not seriously. I couldn’t pinpoint a specific aspect of the game that makes me love it any more than I do, but if I had to guess, it’s probably because I’m good at it.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: My individual goals are to win sectional, regionals, and win state. I have been practicing extremely hard all winter, and hoping that it pays off. Team goals are lofty as well. This year’s team has the makings to be the best in MV history. We want a sectional victory badly. In the gymnasium there’s no banner for boys golf, we’re looking to change that this year. Post-sectionals goals conclude at competing at regionals, and fighting for a state finals appearance. Going there last year as an individual was really awesome, now it’s time to bring five guys to Prairie View (state finals course). Some of the course goals are to achieve academic excellence as a team, and to grow and become better individuals.

Q: Tell me about your plans for college; where will you be going, will you be playing golf, what will you be studying?

A: Just recently I committed to Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne to continue my education and play golf. The atmosphere they are building up there is amazing. One of a kind. They’re bringing in the best players in the state of Indiana to play. Should be a memorable time. I plan on majoring in business, possibly with entrepreneurship or marketing. I can’t wait.

Upcoming Events:Track

Compiled by MVHS staff members

Wed 3/2: Boys’ and Girls’ @Richmond, 5:30 pm
Fri 3/4: Boys’ and Girls’ @HSR, 5:30 pm
Sat 3/12: Boys’ and Girls  @HSR, 10:00 am
Tues 3/15: Boys’ and Girls’ @Frankton/Greenfield Central, 5:30 pm
Sat 3/19: Boys’ and Girls’ State Finals  @HSR, 1:00 pm




Athlete of the month: Gloria Gonzales

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


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.

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.

MV Guard shows their stuff

Story by: Samuel Jobe
Photo by: Samuel Jobe

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There are many misconceptions about what is considered a sport. Many people believe that they have to lift weights, have a score, or even a big school turnout to be a sport. But what makes a sport is teamwork, a love for the activity, and a passion for what you do.

“Winter guard is a family. Yea it maybe rough from time to time, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Emily Frost, 11. ¨I love the sport and the people.”

Over the years the guard has gained in popularity, not just in growing numbers, but in gender differentiation as well. In the past three years gender diversity has grown from having no men to this most recent year having  two. Considering that there is such a large gender gap in almost twenty people, some may worry that there maybe gender discrimination amongst the members because it is such a female dominated sport.

However, according to Evan Schacher 12, that is not the case.

I’m actually really good friends with all of the guard members and we all are basically a big family,” he said.

guard 2Some may not consider color guard a sport because of how intricate it is and the nature of how complicated the performances can be. According to Shelbi Webb, 11, “Practices are intense and a major workout.”

Webb continued, “We run sprints, stretch, plank, and work on upper body strength so we can carry people if we need to and be able to toss sabers and flags.”

Each season of the winter guard has a certain theme and this year’s is Painting Outside the Lines which is about how it is okay to not fit into a mold somebody has tried to put someone in and that it is okay to be oneself no matter what anybody else thinks.

Over the past three years, the MVHS winter guard has taken 24th, 17th, and 11th place in state and last year they even made it to finals. Throughout the years, the guard has expanded in size, gender differentiation, and has grown to not just be an intense sport but a family as well.

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.


MVTV gets creative

Story by: Blake Slunaker, Staff Writer
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, Staff Photographer

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Many students at Mt. Vernon are familiar with the program MVTV; however, most students are not aware of what they do. The students who run MVTV do a multitude of things. Some students produce the show and some students anchor it. The students at MVTV also produce a show for Ninestar, a cable company, to run on their channel throughout the day. The show is called Marauder Montage and has the athletic director, Mr. Ecker, on the show to discuss MV sports.

“I like being on the show because it gives us a chance to be creative and do something that’s different and interesting at school,” said Jamaal Nelson, 12.

MVTV 2One of the many projects the students of MVTV are working on right now involves the MVHS boys basketball team.

“We are currently working on a project that involves NBA 2K16 and Mt. Vernon’s basketball team,” said Quaid Pearson, 12, one of the show’s main producers, “We will be creating a team on the video game that resembles our school basketball team and our players.”

The MVTV team has been working on this project for about four weeks and plan to finish it up soon.

MVTV has always been a creative part of Mt. Vernon and will look to continue their creative ways.

Paul George’s return

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

When Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his leg on August 1, 2014, the Indiana Pacers fan base felt like it had just lost everything. Their star player was going to be out for the foreseeable future, and the team was going to struggle without him.

As expected, the team missed the playoffs, after George missed 76 of 82 games in the 2014-2015 season. And worse, George had to be carried off of the court with a calf injury in the final game. It wasn’t a good way to end the season.

Lo and behold, George wasn’t giving up on something he’s chased his whole life: winning the Most Valuable Player award, and winning the NBA Finals. He worked all summer long, strengthening his legs, working on shooting and dribbling. The question was whether or not it would pay off.

It did. He won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the first month of the season, and through 20 games, George has averaged 27.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 8.2 rebounds per game. Each of those stats surpasses his career averages, and he’s in the race for MVP, though it will be rather hard to win it over Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP.

George is making 45% of his 3 point attempts, an incredible stat that will be key to watch for in the future.

“It’s insane how he’s been making so many 3 pointers,” said Sam Philpot, 11. “I can’t wait to watch him in person at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”

For Pacers fans, seeing George on the floor at all is a wonderful sight. But seeing him single handedly dismantle opponents has been truly phenomenal.

Upcoming Events

Wed 11/25: Girls’ Varsity Basketball 7:30 pm against Westfield

Sat 11/28: Wrestling 9:00 am @Shenandoah Invitational
Girls’ Varsity Basketball 1:30 pm @Hamilton Heights
Boys’ Varsity Basketball   5:15 pm @ Hamilton Heights

Mon 11/30: Girls’ Varsity Basketball 6:00 pm @Lawrence North

Tues 12/1: Boys’ & Girls’ Swimming 5:30 pm @Warren Central

Wed 12/2: Boy’s Varsity Basketball 6:00 pm against Sheridan
Wrestling 6:00 pm against Daleville