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5/30/2018
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        The Warrior softball team is going into sectionals with a 10 -13 record. The team played a tough schedule but has improved with each game. 

      “We are improving because we practice with a purpose, and we have an amazing coaching staff,” said senior Shelbie Stotts. 

        The practice and dedication to the game has paid off as the Warriors have competed with some of the best teams around Indiana. 

       “We are doing a lot better than people thought we would after last season,” said senior Hevon Williams. 

        The team has more than twice the amount of wins compared to last season, so the improvement is evident. So far, the team has blown out Brebeuf 12-2, as well as Lutheran 9-1. 

        The Warriors have some
key conference victories so far.
With a 10-1 win over Pike and a 9-4 win over Carmel, the Warriors are currently 3-4 within the MIC. It was the softball team’s first time beating Carmel in 15 years. 

        Stotts currently leads the MIC in batting average at .667 and is ranked 14th in the state. Junior pitcher Megan Sanders is second in the MIC in strikeouts. 

       “The biggest key to the team’s success is the extra work they put in,” said coach Chris Norwood. 

          In the first round of sectionals, the team played Lawrence Central. The Warriors already beat the team in regular season 7-4, before beating them for a second time 8-6.


        “In sectionals, the regular season means nothing. Every team is 0-0, and anything can happen. So our goal is to play every team the same, no matter what happened during the regular season,” Williams said. 

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        After a fantastic start to the new season, the Warrior baseball team is now 8-16 and heading into sectionals. 

        This season, the Warriors have gone up against some tough competition. In both conference play and non-conference play, the Warriors have played some of the best teams in the state. 

       “Playing against some of these top teams has made us better as a whole,” said senior Jalen Mallory. 

         In the early regular season, the team picked up a few big wins as they started the season 4-1. Non-conference games proved to be the best games for the team this season. 

         The Warriors started off the season in non-conference play with a dominating and season high scoring victory over Arsenal Tech, winning 18-2. 

         In another non-conference match against Irvington Prep, the Warriors did not allow a run, winning that match up 16-0. 

         “I think outside of MIC we competed well with every team we played against,” said junior Nick Trees. 

          The Warriors struggled to nd their rhythm within the conference going 3-11 in the MIC this year. However, the team has won games against MIC conference opponents Ben Davis and Lawrence North, as well as a close win against Carmel. 

         “We hope on improving by sharpening our focus and attention to detail because baseball is all about those little details,” said senior Andrew Montgomery. 

           Despite the conference struggles, some of the Warriors are among the top players statistically. Sophomores Zac Cline (.379) and Hunter Shanklin (.366) are both top 15 in the MIC in batting average. 

           Going into sectionals, the team has started to grow stronger and come together as one. 

          “We have a group of guys who are starting to get familiar with one another as the season progresses,” said head coach Emmitt Carney. 

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        As the boys track season comes to an end, the boys are maintaining a positive outlook and are planning on making it to State for the second year in a row. 

        “I believe the team can achieve sectional and regional championships again and place high in the Statemeet,” senior Kyle Liwanag said. 

          The sprinters have been showing up in a big way this season for the team with county championships and conference championships in the 400 meter relay. The 400 meter relay team consists of runners sophomore William Arnold, senior George Jackson, senior Joseph Jackson and Liwanag. 

         “Our sprinters have been the backbone of our team this year and most of our success has been in large part due to their hard work,” said Smith. 

           The boys have been especially successful this year with the 100meter dash, having two sprinters in the top 10 in state. Junior Jordan Hodge is ranked seventh with a personal record of 10.90 seconds and senior Brian Glenn is ranked eighth with a personal record of 10.95 seconds. 

          “Jordan Hodge has had to fight and overcome a long term injury through much of the season and I think he is battling back,” Smith said.

           The team had a very impressive sectionals, beating second place Franklin Central by 39 points. The boys managed to win four events, Liwanag won the 800m run, Glenn, senior George Jackson, sophomore Elijah Price and Hodge won the 4x100m relay, Price won the Long Jump, Arnold, Joe Jackson, George Jackson and Liwanag won 4x400m relay and sophomore Alexander Hernandez won the Discus Throw. “During the whole Sectional meet I wasn't seeded to place at all. I was shocked to find out I was the Sectional Champ! The day before I had stayed after practice working on full spins just so I could feel more confident going into Sectionals,” Hernandez said.

           The boys had four runner ups with, Hodge in the 200m dash, freshman Otto De St Jeor in the 400m dash, sophomore Ta’Zyih Relford in the High Jump and George Jackson in the 100m dash. Also thriving in the meet were the third place finishers Glenn in the 100m dash, junior Tylan Shannon in the 200m dash, sophomore Tyson Hollis in the 110m hurdles, sophomore Mark Turentine Jr. in the 300m hurdles, senior Joe Rush in the high jump and senior Heru McCauley in the long jump. 

          “George Jackson was our Harry Hollis Award winner. He is the kind of guy that if its neck and neck down to the wire and [it comes down to] who wants it more, George is going to win. There is no one that is more coachable works harder and is more versatile.” Smith said. 

            The distance runners also competed well during the sectional meet and look to continue to surpass expectations. Sophomore Zechariah Johnson achieved seventh in the mile, sophomore Keith Bye got eighth and junior Nathaniel Foreman obtained seventh in the 3200m run.

          “We pushed through a rough start and improved collectively each meet,” Foreman said.The track team is planning on building off their success this season and making a formidable state run.

          “I think we are peaking at the right time and think if we take the next step we can win Regionals and be a top 10 team in the state,” said Smith. 

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       After having three conference champions and two individual county champions, the no. 2 ranked girls track team looks to make another run for the state title. 

       “I believe that we can win state again. We’re all working hard and performing well, so with the right mindset we can beat the other teams,” senior Jamie Wells said. 

        The team is once again Marion County champion against the odds beating no. 3 team in the state, Brebeuf Jesuit. 

       “It felt really good just because people have been counting us out all season, they may have a great team but we do as well,” junior Prommyse Hoosier said. 

         The girls have been taking care of business on the sprinting side of things, having an athlete in the top 10 of every sprinting event, including the no. 1 timed 1600 meter relay in the state. 

         After coming into the outdoor season with an injury, senior Kennedy Batts has recovered and currently has the third fastest time in the 100m hurdles. Batts has seen her hard work payoff this season with a Conference and Sectional title in the 100m hurdles. 

        “It just feels really good, you know I’ve been working as hard as I can just to get back and get this win,” Batts said after her victory at MIC. 

          Hoosier has not only been getting it done on the running side of things with having the fifth fastest 100 meter dash time in the state, but she has also been giving the team points in the long jump. Even though Hoosier has won the Sectional, Conference and County long jump championships this year, along with setting the sectional long jump record, she still feels like she has more to accomplish this season. 

          “I feel good about the sectional record, it’s something good to say you’ve done, but my main goal is to win state,” Hoosier said. 

           With all of Hoosier’s accomplishments this season, it is easy to forget that she is coming off of an injury from earlier in the year. Hoosier suffered a torn ACL just months before the start of the season. 

           “Tearing my ACL really just pushed me to become better and know that people were not only counting my team out but also me individually,” Hoosier said. 

           Wells has been scoring big points for the team on the distance side, with top eight finishes in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs at both the sectional and MIC meet. 

           “I’m happy with my performance [at sectionals] and at MIC, but not satisfied. There’s still work to be done,” Wells said. “I’m a naturally competitive person and that really comes out during my races.” 

          Also helping the distance score points has been the 4x800 meter relay team placing fifth at MIC and third at county. 

          “We’ve gotten much better times this year and our relay has such a better connection,” sophomore Taylor Thomas said. 

            The team has the collective goal in mind to win the state title and understand that it will take all of them to accomplish this task. 

           “It will take a total team effort for us to achieve these goals which means everyone will need to compete to the best of their ability to score as many points as possible,” assistant coach Brian Miller said. 

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         Since its creation back in 2014, the Ultimate Frisbee team has had an impressive past few seasons and are continuously improving. 

        “We had a few turn overs with coaches and athletes and I feel like even with that we had a good season,” head coach Marvin Gray said. 

          The team ended last season with a 10-10 record and improved off of that to come back stronger for this season, managing 14 wins with only 7 losses. The majority of these losses came from Brebeuf and Center Grove. 

        “Our season is over now but I was pretty happy with the result. Although we lost 7 games this season [most] the losses were to Brebeuf and Center Grove, [Center Grove] is currently ranked sixth nationally and expected to go even further up in the rankings,” junior Christian Lucas said. 

          During tournament season, the Ultimate Frisbee team came close to completing their goal of winning state, but came up short after a tough loss in state semi nals. They have remained positive and are already planning to winning state and advance to nationals next season. 

         “Next year we plan to win state and go to Nationals with a chip on our shoulder as usual and we’ll see what happens from there,” Lucas said. 

           To achieve these goals, the team practices every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They work hard on conditioning and repetition, working on the things they know need to be improved to help them succeed next season. 

          “I am going to throw a frisbee everyday and try to keep a strong mental attitude throughout the season [and to] not give up,” sophomore Saul Lechuga said. 

          This season, the team lost multiple seniors, but had numerous lower-classmen step in place of the lost seniors. 

         “We lost a lot of seniors who were committed, but like usual, this years group stepped up and we continued surprising people like before,” said junior Lucas. “For next season we are wanting to get more numbers. We will worry about everything else later.” 

           Frisbee is a sport for all athletes to enjoy and is a way to keep them in peak tness for their seasons. “I enjoy Frisbee because it is competitive and is harder work than I thought, which keeps me in shape,” Lechuga added.The club has graduated many players and are hoping to gain a few more players for next season. “For next season we are wanting to get more numbers. We will worry about everything else later,” Lucas said. 

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        The lacrosse team finished their season with a record of 6-1, but finished second in the MIC in total goals made, ahead of third by 56 goals. The conclusion of the season means it was the final game for the team’s four seniors. 

       “It wasn't our best season, but overall I would say we
gave it our best effort,”
senior Haley Peace said. “Throughout the wins and losses we kept playing hard regardless of our record.” 

        Peace scored five goals and recovered 11 ground balls in her final season of lacrosse as a Warrior. 

       “It never is a great feeling to end a season but we as a team gave it our best effort. All great things must come to an end,” Peace said. 

        The seniors were
responsible for 102 of
the team’s 130 goals
this season, including
senior Cassidy Cobb’s
season high of eight goals in a win on senior night over Westfield. 

       “Our seniors played a strong role in the development of the team this year,” head coach Gary Roberts added. 

        With years together, the seniors were able to build a bond together that helped get them through the ups and the downs becoming more than just teammates. 

       “It's just a big family and I don't know where I would be without this team,” said senior co-captain Julia Suddarth. 

         Suddarth made a huge impact for the team in her final season, scoring 15 goals on 47 percent shooting. 

       “Knowing this is my last season is bittersweet. I’m so excited to see what the future holds, but leaving this team behind is going to be the hardest thing,” Suddarth said. 

            Co-captains, Suddarth and Cobb, have been playing lacrosse since their freshman year and have been able to watch each other grow and become better players. “Getting to end the season being a co-captain with Cassidy was a dream. Growing up with her I would have never thought we would be here,” Sudddarth said. 

            The seniors are not only strong players but influential leaders as they’ve been described by their teammates and coaches as being helpful in getting everyone on the team better and keep the team on track. 

          “The seniors were able to aid in getting me to varsity level defense by time season started,” Polter added. 

           The team’s season came to an end at sectionals in a loss to the defending state champs, Cathedral. 

         “[The seniors] brought us together on and off the field taking initiative and supporting the team,” sophomore Destiny Polter said.