Sports Blog
11/14/2018
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    With the last of the fall sports coming to a close, the winter sports are looking to have strong seasons and continue upon the success they built on last season after winning two state titles.

    Last season, the boys basketball team showed every team in the state what they were capable of when they completed an undefeated season, going 32-0 and winning the school’s first boys basketball state title in school history. The Warriors averaged 62 points per game en route to the state game, where they defeated Carmel 54-48.

    This season, the team looks to stay focused as they go on the hunt to defend their state title. The Warriors will have their first game November 21 at home against Arsenal Tech.

The boys team was not the only team to cut down the nets last season. After heading into the postseason not ranked in the top 10, the Lady Warriors beat four top 10 teams in order to win the school’s first girls basketball state title when they defeated Zionsville in the state championship game 50-46, led by senior Shaila Beeler’s 21 points and five steals.

    The Lady Warriors were lead through the season by Indiana University commit senior Shaila Beeler and Michigan State commit senior Cydni Dodd. Both ladies made Indystar’s preseason ALL- USA Central Indiana preseason super team.

    The girls began this season strong as they won their first game of the season 63-44 against Mt. Vernon. The ladies are currently 3-0 and are looking to build on their previous successes this season.

    The wrestling team comes into the season after sending multiple wrestlers to state last season including twin sisters, juniors Alise and Autumn Terhune, who placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

    Despite sending multiple wrestlers to state, the team feels like they could have accomplished more.

    “[Last year’s season was] not successful in what we want to accomplish, but [serves as] a stepping stone towards what we are building,” head coach James Tonte said.

    The wrestling team looks to compete at the highest level all season long and bring home their first state title in three years.

    The swim teams looks to keep their development going as they look to build on their young and veteran swimmers this season.

    The girls team returns important swimmers from last year's sectionals finals including senior Rayna Goodin and sophomore Therese Dao.

    Goodin has been a standout swimmer for the girls team in her four years on the team, setting two records in her time on the team.

    The boys return standout senior Tyler Trumpey, who placed third in the 200 meter freestyle in last years sectional finals.

All of the winter sports look ready to compete to their best and bring titles to their programs.

11/14/2018
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Behind the scenes of Warren Central Athletics lies a network of people who are responsible for maintaining the health and preventing the injuries of our athletes. With all of the exciting touchdowns, memorable state championships and unexpected triumphs going on, it is often easy to forget how these players all manage to remain healthy and in competitive shape.

The trainers not only give advice on how athletes can prevent and treat their injuries, but they also provide water to athletes during games, ice for any aches and pains, and heating pads and braces to prevent further damage.

With high school aged student athletes accounting for approximately 2 million injuries and 30 thousand hospitalizations per year, there is a growing need for people in the health field with sports medicine specialities. Only about 55 percent of high schools across the United States have a full-time athletic trainer, which is only 37 percent of public schools.

With the large athletic program that Warren Central has, full-time trainers are a necessity for keeping the athletes healthy.

Warren Central has two adult trainers, Meredith Han and Gerald “G” Mickler, who oversee all of the actions in the training room. Along with Han and Mickler, there are two college students from the University of Indianapolis and ten high school aids. With all of the abilities and all hands on deck, the trainers are able to attend almost every sporting event to have first access to the athletes who are in need of medical attention.

“It’s definitely a big help in regards to setting up practices so Gerald and myself are able to [have access to] the injuries. They are able to help evaluate and help take some of the load off,” Han said.

From the more severe injuries, such as a torn ACL, to the more minor ones, such as mild concussions, the high school trainers receive training on how to diagnose, rehabilitate and treat almost all of the injuries commonly seen in athletes.

Along with the adults from Community Health Network, the student trainers dedicate their time and energy to providing sports medicine care and treatment to all of the athletes who stop by their building.

Senior Emily Lovins has been a trainer since her sophomore year, after she was injured during her freshman cross country season. Lovins has taken the lessons that she has learned from being a trainer to not only her everyday life, but also to her other sports and activities.

“I’ve always wanted to do something medical,” Lovins said. “You get to meet new people and get to see crazy [injuries].”

Along with Lovins, senior Chanteya Weaver also puts her time into in aiding the rehabilitation that helps keep athletes safe.

Weaver has been on the training staff for over a year, after having surgery during her sophomore track season. Throughout all of the injuries Weaver has witnessed and treated, she has been able to learn how to educate athletes on how to prevent them. Overall, she has enjoyed her time on the staff and is fond of the experience.

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     Senior Justin Britt was having a bad game against Trinity High School, feeling off since he stepped onto the field. It was the second game of the school year and was being aired on ESPN. He knew that he had to get his head in the right place in order to help his team win the much-anticipated game. Britt began feeling like himself again when he started dominating and making key plays while he was on the field.

     It was just like every other play for Britt. His teammate, senior quarterback Jayden George, let the offense know what they were running, and everyone scurried to get into formation. Britt lined up on the line of scrimmage, waiting for the snap to George. As George gave the ball to senior running back Romeir Elliott, Britt was locked into blocking, creating space from Trinity’s defense to allow Elliott to run the ball behind him. Britt stopped for a split second to change directions, but right after he did, he collapsed, holding his knee.

     After the team finished the play, trainers rushed on the field to help Britt, feeling around his injury and questioning him to understand his affliction. He attempted to answer every question the trainers had as he scowled in agony. Members of both teams took a knee for Britt, but the injury timeout was not long. When they finally asked if he could get up by himself, he nodded. Despite the pain, he got up, limped off the field and sat out for the rest of the game.

     Britt was left in suspense for a week, sitting out of practice and waiting for his doctor to get back to him. He was at lunch with his friends when he got the phone call that ended his high school football career.

     Britt’s father called, confirming the news that he tore his ACL.

     “When he told me the news, I instantly broke down,” Britt said. “I was just told that I couldn't play football for Warren Central anymore. It was, and still is, hard not being able to play with the people I grew up with.”

     Britt came into the season as a three-star athlete and committed to the University of Iowa on a full-ride scholarship to play on the Hawkeyes team. He was set to play on the Warren Central football team that began the season ranked no. 1, with the no. 1 offense and no. 2 defense in Indiana. Going into his senior year, he had a spot on the varsity football offensive line and was one of the top offensive linemen in the state.

     “When you go through a devastating event that happens so randomly, it is very difficult to process and function normally,” varsity head coach Jayson West said. “Justin handled it just as well as one can. I’m proud of him.”

     Since then, Britt has not let his injury phase him. Every game, he is on the sidelines cheering on his team while rehabilitating with the trainers. In the classroom, he is working on getting his credits to achieve his goal of graduating early.

     “Justin has a been a true Warrior since day one, so he has had a major impact [on the team] his entire time here at Warren Central. He has tireless energy and works extremely hard to get where he is at this stage,” West said. “It was heartbreaking that his journey in this season had to end, but he still has very bright future, and we will be cheering him on from Warren Central for years to come.”

     Although his last season with the Warriors football team was stopped short, he still has high hopes for his future in football. Now, he focuses on getting healthier to be able to play next year.

     Through the emotional journey, Britt says his rock was his future at University of Iowa. Since he has been injured, the coaches at Iowa have sent him handwritten letters and pictures of Britt in their uniforms.

     “They get me motivated to continue my journey because I feel like I owe it to them, and myself, to show I wasn't a waste of time,” Britt said. “They put all this effort into offering me and recruiting me to play there. It’s only right that I get back and better than ever.”

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null      The Warren Central Gold Brigade finished another successful season, winning their second state title in the past two years. Winning back-to-back state championships is always difficult, but the Warriors pulled it off with relative ease.

      “It feels really great to win state two years in a row, because we are the first school in our class to do so. This championship just proves that all of our hard work paid off and that here in the performing arts department we can achieve great things,” Karli Valencia said.

      The Gold Brigade is very deserving of their success, as they have worked hard all off-season and season in order to prove themselves as the best team in Indiana.

      “This year, we managed to win state again because we put in a lot of hours of dedication and hard work into learning to perfect our show, Mirror Mirror. Because we won last year, we all went into the mindset of wanting to win again, so we pushed through everything in order to perform our very best,” Valencia said.

      The team had six competitions this year and managed to win every single one, including competition in Chicago.

      “Some of the Brigades strengths are our dedication and willpower. We dedicate hours upon hours towards perfecting our show and redoing the same thing over and over again until we get it right,” senior Matthew Carlisle said.

      However, not only have the members of the Gold Brigade dedicated hours to perfect their work, but their conductors have helped improve the band immensely as well. They have spent their free time pushing this band into the success it is today.

      “Our conductors, Mr. Meckes, Mr. Himes, Ms. Holcomb and Ms. Gervasio all have helped by dedicating their time towards us and giving their all with every exercise and run-through,” Carlisle said.

      The Brigade had gone through some obstacles during their season, but did a tremendous job in overcoming those obstacles. There were times when students became tired after hours of practice, but they kept focused and did what they needed to do.

      “Our level of focus greatly improved over the course of the season because as we neared finals, we got even more determined to prove to the judges and ourselves why we deserved to earn first place,” Valencia said.

      Members of the band are not only striving to become better as a group, but as individuals as well. Many of the members plan to continue their music careers after high school.

      “I plan to achieve my goal of being a better musician by taking every opportunity to participate in music,” Carlisle said.

      Although winning back-to-back state championships is difficult and impressive, the Gold Brigade is far from finished and plan on continuing their success.

      “I really hope that the Gold Brigade can have another very successful season and perhaps 3-peat. I have full confidence that they will work so hard in order to prove again that the Warren Central Gold Brigade is a force to be reckoned with,” Valencia said.

11/14/2018
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      Sitting out during a practice, game, or tournament for a sport due to an injury is one of the worstnull situations for an athlete. Unfortunately, more and more athletes are being forced to the sideline every year and it is an issue that must be controlled.

      To be able to play any sport requires determination and persistence, but sometimes those values can cause the athlete’s injury to worsen. If an athlete has a minor concussion, but does not know that they have a concussion, it can easily be made worse by continuing to participate in the activity.

More than 135,000 athletes every year go to the hospital due to a concussion. Many of these cases were minor concussions that regressed into major concussion due to physical actions. A minor concussion can cause dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue, headaches and more, but these symptoms will become much, much worse if athletes continue to participate. So if any athlete is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should immediately cease the activity.

Luckily, concussions, minor or major, usually don’t keep athletes out of commision for long, but there are some other injuries that do.

One of the worst injuries an athlete can have is an ACL tear. More than 200,000 ACL related injuries occur annually and can put an athlete out of commission for longer than a year. Symptoms of an ACL tear include swelling, immense pain and instability around the knee area. This injury requires medical help and can even be as serious as needing surgery as well as medical therapy. There are not many ways of preventing an ACL tear, except for lots and lots of stretching. Stretches that stretch around the knee area are particularly effective. If any person feels immense pain around the knee area, they should immediately cease doing the activity and seek medical help in order to avoid risking an even worse injury. If athletes stretch well and cease doing an activity if they are feeling pain, they are much less likely to obtain a very serious injury that will keep them from playing sports.

11/14/2018
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nullNow that the season of thanks is upon us, everyone will be giving thanks for the things that they appreciate in life. I am thankful for the athletes and figures in the sports world, not only for their devotion to entertaining us, but also for their efforts in bringing attention to the problems in our country.

      When tragedy strikes the country, athletes and organizations are quick to bring awareness to the problem at hand.

      When 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their opposing teams honored the victims with a moment of silence. A few players even went to the funeral of the victims.

      It is not just football players who have shown their support for change against gun violence, though. NBA teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers wore “Enough” shirts with the names of the victims from the Thousand Oaks shooting as well.

      Even though individual athletes may seem larger than life, they often show that they are still part of their communities.

      After the Parkland shooting earlier this year, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade donated $200,000 to Parkland victims and Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget donated $10,000 to the Stoneman Douglas football team and founded a scholarship program for the team.

      Athletes are not the only members of the sports community to bring awareness and light to tragic events, fans and analysts have done so also.

      Recently, a Purdue superfan with bone cancer, Tyler Trent, has come into light in the sports world. The Purdue football team named Trent captain due to his devotion to the team and his dedication to attend games.

      In support of his strength, Purdue fans changed their familiar “IU sucks” chant to “cancer sucks” to show their support for Trent. They were not the only ones, as Michigan State fans also honored him with their own chant.

      Trent has been treated graciously in the sports community, from being given the opportunity to co-host Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt to joining the Pacers broadcasting booth in a home game against the Rockets. The way he has been treated has shown why sports can be so powerful.

      As this is the season of thanks, we should give thanks to the athletes and sports organizations that not only put time and passion into perfecting their craft, but also take time to give back to their communities.