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        With the National Football League (NFL) finishing the AFC and NFC Championship games, the league is now ready for Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles went against the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championships. The teams came into the game with an identical 13-3 records. The Eagles went into the championships with only one previous-win against the Dallas Cowboys, while the Vikings came in with a four-game winning streak.

         However, the four-game winning streak did not give the Vikings the momentum they were hoping. They lost in a blow out defeat, 35-18. The only quarter that the Eagles allowed the Vikings to score was the first quarter, where the team scored seven points. From then on, the team did not score a touchdown, nor a field goal, nor a two-point conversion. The Eagles did not go a quarter without adding points to the scoreboard.

         The New England Patriots faced the Jacksonville Jaguars at the American Football Conference (AFC) Championships. While the Patriots were going into the championships with a 13-3 record, the Jaguars came in with a 10-6 record. The Patriots earned a bye-week during Wildcard Weekend. The Jaguars had to go through the hectic Wildcard Weekend to make it to divisional rounds. From there, the team beat the Steelers in their divisional round in an intense game, 45-42. The New England Patriots easily beat the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in their round.

         In the AFC Championships, the Jaguars led for three quarters. Quarterback Tom Brady was suffering a hand injury while playing, and Rob Gronkowski, the starting tight-end of the Patriots, was injured with a small concussion in the championships. Gronkowski is the first tight- end to ever lead the league in receiving touchdowns and is currently ranked no. 1 in the NFL in his position. The Jacksonville team was up 17-10 by the end of the third quarter. The Patriots scored two last minute touchdowns in the final quarter and the Jaguars only gained a field goal. The game ended with the Patriots winning by four points, 24-20.

         Super Bowl LII will be the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots. As it stands, Tom Brady will be the starting quarterback for New England, while Nick Foles will start for Philadelphia.

         The quarterback is one of the most important roles; they analyze the field, call the plays and pass the ball under the pressure of getting sacked. This season, Nick Foles has a completion percentage of 56.4 and a passer rating of 79.5. However, Brady exceeds Foles’s statistics significantly, completing 66.3 percent of his passes and maintaining a 102.8 passer rating this season.

         During the championships, Foles proved he had the talent to beat Brady. He averaged a 78.8 completion percentage and gained a 141.4 passer rating. Brady remained consistent with his seasonal statistics.

         However, Foles is a second string quarterback, only getting a chance to play because starter Carson Wentz is injured. Brady has been the starting player in his position since 2001 with New England, and since then, has played in 12 AFC Championships and won seven of them. Foles has not been a starting quarterback in a season since 2015.

         The Philadelphia Eagles have not made an appearance in an NFC Championship game since 2004 and have not won a Super Bowl Championship since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.

         The Eagles are not the top dogs to bet on to win Super Bowl LII. However, Eagles’ tight-end Zach Ertz leads the team in receptions. If the Patriots do not keep Ertz at bay, he will surely rip into the defense. LeGarrette Blount is another key player that the Patriots should look after, and he leads the Eagles with the most rushing yards. The New England Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick, is familiar with Blount’s antics and playing style, and the defense is used to playing against him. Blount was with the Patriots the previous three years and played for the Patriots for three Super Bowls, winning two of them.

         Brady has five Super Bowl rings, more than any other quarterback in NFL history and has more Super Bowl MVP’s than any other NFL player ever. Gronkowski was cleared to play for the Super Bowl. He has a 6-foot-6-inches body frame, 7-foot wingspan, a 40- yard dash of 4.68 seconds and is one of Brady’s favorite targets. Brady and Gronkowski have two-weeks’ time to heal for the Super Bowl and when they are 100 percent, it will be a hard fought battle.


          At 15-0, the Warriors Boys’ Basketball team is again ranked the no. 1 team in the state for the second straight year. So far this season, the Warriors have proven why they are a top contender to win it all.

         “Being undefeated and no. 1 in the state is a remarkable feeling, but it's humbling,” said senior Jaylen Moore. 

         Going into the season, the Warriors were not among the top 10 teams in the state, but they have proved to be one of the most dominant teams on both ends of the floor. The Warriors were crowned Champions of the Marion County tournament, after winning huge games against Pike, Lawrence North and Lawrence Central. Afterwards, they took on the defending state champions and rivals, Ben Davis, and beat them for the second time this season 55-43.

         The Warriors also hold big wins over no. 9 Hamilton Southeastern and no. 3 Cathedral.

Defense has helped the Warriors on their winning streak and has allowed only four teams to score more than 50 points against them. They have an average margin of victory near 15 points.

         Juniors Jesse Bingham and David Bell both are currently averaging 12.4 points per game, leading the team in scoring. Senior Guards Dean Tate and Antwaan Cushingberry have also been key factors averaging nearly 10 points per game.

         “We’ve worked hard for all of the accolades and achievements. We’ve earned the right to be in the position we’re in,” said Bingham.

         The remaining schedule for the Warriors will be tough to stay unbeaten. They have a huge road matchup against undefeated Zionsville, as well as conference games against Pike, Carmel and Center Grove to end out the season.


         The Lady Warriors regular season is slowly coming to an end as they prepare for Sectionals. So far this season, the team is sitting at 12-7 and has competed with some of the top teams all around the state. The team have some impressive key wins this season against ranked Hamilton Southeastern and conference Rival Ben Davis.

         “The team has grown so much that they are built for anything,” said senior Shaniya Caldwell.

         Do not let the team's record fool you. Three of the Lady Warriors losses have been by five or fewer points. They are among some of the top teams in the state statistically.

         Juniors Cydni Dodd and Shaila Beeler are both averaging nearly 11 points a game to help the team offensively. Sophomore K’ja Tally has also made a huge impact on the team so far as she leads the team in scoring averaging 11.9 points per game.

         The Lady Warriors have two games remaining on their regular season schedule and will be in one of the toughest Sectionals in the state. Their Sectional features North Central, Lawrence North , and Heritage Christian.

         “We can finish the season out strong by focusing and giving everything we got,” said junior Trinity McClendon.


         The boys and girls bowling teams continue to show their dominance with each team earning a sectional title.

         The girls bowling team dominated their season and sectionals with an undefeated record of 10-0. At Sectionals, the Lady Warriors brought home the top five spots in the singles with senior Kharese Battle in first, freshman Madison White in second, sophomore Autumn White in third, senior Haley Smith in fourth and senior Adelaja Koudou in fifth.

         “The Warren Central Girls’ team has been the strongest in our conference for years. When we bowl, we do our best to practice for tougher competition and work on our teamwork,” senior Haley Smith said.

         The boys were similarly successful at Sectionals and finished three bowlers in the top five. Senior Lavon Hampton claimed second, senior Garrett Cartwright third and sophomore Eric Smith fourth. The boys have also been victorious all season and have a 9-1 record.

         “We can come in and take over an entire alley with people like Lavon Hampton and Garrett Cartwright. These guys put on a show for people and it is astonishing to see them throw strike after strike,” said junior Andrew Matchett.

         While winning a sectional title is an accomplishment in itself, neither team plans to end their season anytime soon. Both teams plan to have a very strong state tournament run.

         “We hope to advance both teams and individuals all the way to the State Finals,” said Coach Larry Williams.

         Heading into the state tournament, the teams are practicing hard twice a week with each bowler working on a variety of skills that they believe need worked on.

         “Practice is the time we get to know each other and start the team building process. Practice is different for each individual, the more advanced bowlers may have specific things they want to work on,” Larry Williams, head coach, said.

         The two teams, under Williams, believe that being helpful, supportive teammates and enjoying themselves is the key to success. “Teammates must root for each other, help each other and support

each other. Without that, they are just individuals that think only of themselves,” Williams said. 


         The swim teams look to shift their focus toward working on racing and having no regrets. 

        “We are looking to keep our foot on the pedal and finish strong,” said senior Peter Drummond. The boys team has been heading into meets this season with only three seniors and four juniors, but the boys know that they can still rely on their younger swimmers.

         “It’s nice to see all the sophomores and freshman stepping it up and doing all they can at our meets,” said junior Tyler Trumpey.

         The boys relied on Trumpey and three underclassmen: freshman Simon Park and sophomores Andrew Triplett and Johnathon Turner, in their 200 free relay leading to their Warrior Invitational win.

         Trumpey says that the team’s enthusiasm and multiple practices almost every day has kept the team going this season. “We’ve obviously had our days where we’ve been tired, but when we have our meets, it gets everyone through it,” Trumpey said.

         The girl’s team has also had to lean on some of their younger swimmers, like freshman Therese Dao, who advanced to finals at the county meet.

         “I wasn’t worried about being one of the youngest people behind the blocks. I was able to focus on my own race and go out and do my best,” Dao said.

         With a sixth place finish at county and a second place finish at the Warrior Invitational, the girls have seen a lot of improvement from the beginning of the season, including athletes learning how to swim, do different dives and have a drop in times resulting in personal records.

         “We’ve had a lot of people learn how to swim, we always start the season with some people who struggle a little bit with swimming and they’re really new to the sport,” head coach John Sincroft said.

         The girls have already had one school record broken in the 200-meter free relay with a relay team of senior Kira Gibbs, junior Rayna Goodin, freshmen Maria Hernandez and Dao. According to Sincroft, they would like to break three or four more records by the end of the season.

         With Sectionals approaching in February, the team already has their goals set.

         “Our ultimate goal as a team at Sectionals is have as many of our swimmers come back on the second day,” Goodin said.


The Warren Central wrestling team has put together another successful season with coach James Tonte.

“The season has been a pleasant surprise to many, we earned lots of respect by coming from unranked to a top six program winning MIC and Sectionals,” said Tonte.

After an impressive MIC championship title, the Warriors went into the state tournament ranked as one of the top teams in the state.

The team had five first place winners and proved to be a true contender to win it all.  Juniors Jared Rowlett (132), Antwaun Graves (145) and Carlos Mitchell (220). As well as Freshmen David Peirson (106) and Javion Ross (113) were all winners in the MIC tournament.

 Two of the Warren Central Lady Warrior wrestlers competed in the IHSGW (Indiana High School Girls Wrestling) State Tournament and had successful individual performances to add on to the numerous achievements accomplished by the team thus far this season.

In the IHSGW tournament, sophomores Alise and Autumn Terhune competed against more than 130 girls from around Indiana. Alise Terhune (126) dominated her bracket to become the first girls wrestling state champion in school history. Autumn Terhune (145) was runner up in her weight class. 

The Warriors outshined their opponents as they went into Sectionals, winning by over 100 points. Each of the 14 wrestlers that competed qualified for Regionals. The team was named Sectional champions for the third time in four years.

“We exceeded our own expectations as a team,” senior Marcus Scott said. 

In Regionals, the Warriors placed third as a team and eight wrestlers qualified for Semi-State. Graves (145) was named a Regional champion for his weight class. Graves is ranked as the fifth best wrestler in the state. 

Other wrestlers who will be competing in Semi-State are senior Marcus Scott (152), juniors Aaron Taylor (170) and Jared Rowlett (132), along with sophomores Aundre Beatty (126) and Brice Coleman (138). Freshmen David Pierson (106) and Javion Ross (113) both placed second to move on to Semi-State as well.

As the state tournament winds down, the Warriors are proving that their hard work and dedication on and off the mat has paid off.

Semi-State will be held at New Castle High School on Feb. 10th and the Warriors will face off against talent from all around the state.

“This time of year separates those who want a win and those who earn a win. Imposing your will on your opponent is a must,” said Tonte.