3/1/2017
By: Kobie Summers

It was game time.

 

The first round of Sectionals held at North Central did not quite go as planned. Warren was pinned to make it out on top since they were ranked as high No.1, won the MIC and had a record of 21-2.

 

Instead, the Lawrence North Wildcats had a different plan in mind.

The Wildcats has lost to the Warriors two times earlier in the season, one being in the second round of County and another in the regular season, which caused them to come out with vengeance and determination.

They came out raining in shots and the Warriors struggled to match up in points and that caused them to trail and come up short with the final score of 54-60. Senior Mack Smith finished with 21 points followed by senior Trequan Spivey 18 points.

The Warriors huddle up after coming back from a 17-point deficit.

Senior Traquan Spivey tries to make a teardrop shot fall.

Photos by Josh Wall

2/27/2017
By: Taylor Baker

There is a choice that comes with being an athlete. You are in a constant spotlight, constant criticism and you either choose to live up to the unreasonably high standards set by strangers or you don’t. There is no in between in this game, no balancing act, you either do it or you don’t and more times than not, teenage athletes fall into the “don’t” column. 

When you are young, and every game feels like your last, and you are desperately trying to earn your way and make it out of your school, emotions get the best of you. Something doesn’t go your way and you shut down. It’s natural, its human. But being human is not always favorable to the outside world, especially when your humanity comes in the form of anger and disappointment. 

The thing is though, when you let this side of you show, this angry, passionate side, it is hard to recover from. From then on, you are the kid who kicked the water bottle, the kid who chucked the helmet, the kid who sat down on the sidelines, jersey untucked trying to take your shoes off. All the good you have done, the time you have put in, the games you carried the team, all overshadowed by five seconds of humanity. 

I’ve been there. I see what getting frustrated can do to the perception of you as a player.

Two years ago with 30 seconds left in a game against Bishop Chatard, down by 9, I let the frustration and the disappointment get the best of me and I was red-carded and thrown out of the game for foul language. My coaches and my team joke about it now, but honestly to this day I am still embarrassed by my behavior. I walked to the sideline, threw my stick, ripped off my goggles and threw a fit. Does that make me a bad athlete? Does that change the person I am underneath? No. But from then on I will always be the girl who lost her cool and that will always be more memorable than the girl who scored four goals in the Regional game. 

What spectators often forget when they are watching these games, and specifically college and high school games, is that the competitors are not seasoned professionals. They are 16, 17, 18 year-old kids, and they are playing in games that devote their whole lives too. Their sleep, their bodies, their time and losing takes its toll on you. I don’t care how level-headed you are, how much you think you can handle it, when you put that much time into something, sacrifice everything for it, I can almost guarantee you are going to lose control once. And I don’t think you should be defined by this. 

I was reminded of this idea last Friday when our basketball team played Carmel. 

Mack Smith, who typically does not foul, fouled out of an intense game and everyone can agree that he threw a fit on the sidelines. He was on the ground, shaking his head, untucking his jersey, untying shoes and rightfully so. He cares about the game, he cares about the team, and it is perfectly okay, despite what many believe, to be frustrated and upset. 

However, he got back up. 

He stood back up, he tucked his jersey in, and with out any real reason to other than the love for his team he went right back to the bench and cheered his team on. 

People will hate. People will say that he threw a fit and he has a bad attitude, but in that I hope that people can also see the other side of things. That even after he threw a fit, even after the damage had been done, he corrected his behavior. That tells the story more than anything. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/24/2017
By: Taylor Baker

Imagine walking into a school for a game and not being able to use the same locker room as the rest of the team. Imagine every time your team hit the floor for warm-ups, you were suddenly thered stain on the white carpet. Imagine being the only girls on all boy team in a predominately male sport. Imagine doing all this your freshman year of high school, when you are still trying to learn the ropes.

For female wrestlers Malia Guy and Alise Terhune and twin sister Autumn, their high school athletic careers have been all but ordinary. 

“I remember my very first wrestling meets,” Guy said. “The whole team would walk in and then all of a sudden we became the red spill on the white T-shirt. Everyone would look at me and the other girls and couldn’t believe what they saw. At first, even the atmosphere of me being in the wrestling room was weird and awkward.”

Guy began wrestling this year, her sophomore season, and describes it as the next big adventure she wanted to tackle. However, for Alise, her love for the sport began in middle school. 

“I was in gym class, and I was talking to my gym teacher who so happened to be the wrestling coach,” Alise said. “He asked me what I thought about the sport and asked if I’d be willing to join the team. I hurried to the office to call my mother for permission to stay and that’s where it started.”

Although Guy and the Terhunes are embarking on a historic journey, the road has not been easy for them. They have had to overcome a great deal of adversity on and off the mat.

Guy shares the lows of her season with her fellow female teammates. With the girls essentially being a league of their own, there were more times than not they were the outcasts in the wrestling room. 

“Through the season me and the girls were always the outcast whether it be having to wait last to be weighed in at meets or not having a locker room at the beginning of season and having to change in the school’s bathrooms,” Guy said. “I was not only underestimated because it my first year wrestling but because I was a girl.”

And with the struggles with the other boys on the team, there came more struggles with making the lineup for meets.

“At the very beginning of the season, I would hope my coach would put me on the lineup for a home meet but he didn’t,” Guy said. “I could understand that he maybe wasn’t putting me out there because he knew I wasn’t ready or good enough, but all I wanted was a chance. I just didn’t want to be on the team. I wanted to wrestle.”

However, to credit the wrestling team and its coaching staff, despite the initial shock of having girls on the team, throughout the season, it has become the norm for their group and the girls are finding their own with the boys. 

“All I can say is, if it was easy, everyone would do it,” Alise said. “It’s not easy and there are always obstacles; you just have to get past them. I love how everyone for the most part accepted us almost immediately! They didn’t really seem to care that I was a female. In fact they treat me like family just like the others boys. Instead I’m called ‘sis’ or ‘sister’ instead of ‘brother.’”

Although the team and the coaches have been accepting of the girls being on the team, it is definitely a bigger challenge than many may expect. When they travel to other schools to compete, the girls are forced to dress in separate locker rooms, and more times than not it is just a bathroom within the facility.

“Honestly, you can see that most guys from other school aren’t used to it. You can see the awkward looks that they give. But it doesn’t really bother me.”

However, despite the minor challenges the girls face overall the wrestling community as a whole has worked to embrace the female athletes with the IHSAA recently endorsing a separate State tournament specifically for the girls. Also, within Warren Township they allow girls to compete not only at the high school level but at the middle school level as well. 

In time, girls wrestling will be flourishing across the country and Guy, Alise and Autumn can all proudly say they helped grow the game at its earliest of stages. 

Despite how challenging finding acceptance within this male dominate sport, the girls are in complete agreement that with perseverance, hard work, and tough skin, it is worth the challenges they face and they are learning valuable lessons that can carry with them after high school. 

“At first it was hard fitting in wrestling,” Guy said. “The boys won’t be so keen on getting to know you and from time to time I would get discouraged and listen to the negative things people around me would say. But in the end you just have to keep pushing and keep fighting for what you want.”

FRESHMAN ALISE TERHUNE attempts to wrestle out of a potential pin in a regular season match against Greenfield Central. Terhune is one of the few girls that wrestles alongside the boys on the wrestling team. Photo by Kam Clemons

2/24/2017
By: Taylor Baker

Two stories came to a close at Bankers Life last Saturday night. 

One story includes a transferring of school and three individual State Runner-up titles while the other includes a severe knee injury and two fifth place finishes and together a 2016 team State Championship. 

One of the more anticipated storylines of this State tournament was that of senior Tristen Tonte. Having been a State Runner-Up the past two years, many were eager to see how this run would play out for him. 

But against his best efforts Tristen lost the 195 pounds. State Championship match against 41-0 Andrew Davison of Chesterton to earn his third State Runner-Up title.

“This is going to be something I have to live with,” Tristen said. “I’ve gotten second a lot and not just in the State tournament but in club tournaments, and it is really humbling. I’ve always been one of the top wrestlers, but you can never get your head too big because there is always somebody out there who is better. You have to remember that and allow it to motivate you to work harder for the things you want, even if you come up short.”

Although the pain of never winning a State title will stick with Tristen for the rest of his life, head coach Jim Tonte emphasizes how hard it actually is to do what Tristen did. 

“Part of you wants to be upset because you are a three time State Runner-up, but when you really put it into perspective, there was a two time State champ get beat Friday night, and two other state champs that got beat Saturday morning,” head coach Tonte said. “But for him to be under the lights three times like that, as a coach and as a dad, you just don’t get those opportunities. Yeah we came up a little short, but to be able to coach a kid under the lights like for three times is a feeling I cant explain. It is surreal. ”

However, Tristen was not the only story heading into this State finals. 

Early last spring Skylour Turner suffered a pretty severe knee injury and was uncertain of his future this season. 

“My knee was never 100 percent but honestly if it wasn’t for the help of our athletic trainers, I would have never even got the opportunity to wrestle my senior year,” Turner said.  “As tournament time approached it became a mind set to quit worrying about the knee and wrestle either it was going to go or not but there was no more time to waste”

Turner, despite an early loss Saturday morning of the finals, found a way to wrestle all the way back and earn his place on the podium and clinch back-to-back fifth place finishes.

“Skylour is about perseverance,” Tonte said. “He made a huge comeback,  and after a close loss Saturday morning that kept him from the finals, you just saw the pressure release, and he went out his last two matches and wrestled better than I have ever seen him wrestle the past two years. It was a neat ending for him.”

Tonte tells of a story during the Semi-Finals of the Regional where Turner came off the mat after losing and was convinced that he could not do it, that there was no way he could make it back to State. 

“I remember telling him, ‘You are not done yet, we are not finished. We still have a lot left to do.’”

And he got it done. 

As for the picture above, Turner describes it as pure excitement for both of them.

“There is so much more to his football and my wrestling career,” Turner said. “Tristen and I can both say we never thought it would be us two sharing our last high school matches together.”

SENIOR SKYLOUR TURNER jumps to give teammate Tristen Tonte a hug after Tonte pinned previously undefeated Kyle Shaffer to advance to the State title match for a third year in a row. Photo by Peytan Mills.

SENIOR SKYLOUR TURNER works to pin opponent during the State finals. Turner suffered a serious injury last spring but was able to fight through and place fifth in State. Photo by Peytan Mills

SENIOR TRISTEN TONTE wrestles in the 195 lbs. State Championship match at Bankers Life. Tonte is a three-time state runner-up.Photo by Peytan Mills

 

 

 

2/24/2017
By: Student Webmaster

 

Tristen Tonte

GPA: 3.5

Sports: Varisty Foorball, Varsity Wrestling

Future Plans: Play football at Marian University

Athletic Accolades: 

-All State (Football)

-3x Runner-Up (Wrestling)

-4x AAU All-American (Wrestling)

-Setting a Good Example Award

-Team State Championship (Wrestling)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

2/24/2017
By: Taylor Baker

With another long season in the books, and another State tournament meet complete, the boys swim team finished the season strong, far surpassing goals set by the coaching staff early on. 

“The biggest takeaway from Sectionals was that all our hard work paid off in a big way,” head coach John Sincroft said. “Going into Sectionals I was looking at all the psych sheets and thinking 7th or 8th was going to be our most likely finishing spot. Then we came out on Thursday and blew it out of the water and had huge time drops. It was amazing! We exceeded our early season goals for sure.”

However, despite the team not advancing as a whole one swimmer will have his chance to compete for a State title. 

This weekend, the boys swim team will send lone swimmer Ethan Park to the State finals to compete in the 200M individual medley and the 100M breaststroke.

“Ethan looks good going into state,” Sincroft said. “He has been in this position before and I think will excel when the pressure gets turned up.  We have been working on little technique changes and getting stronger so he is as good as possible for this meet.”

Park has had an incredible senior campaign breaking the pool records for the breaststroke and backstroke, while also being a senior leader the underclassmen can look up to. However, the final check on the checklist that will seal his senior year is a State title. 

“Preparing for State has been a long process that Sincroft and I have been going through throughout the year,” Park said. “We focussed on all the technical aspects of each of my races early in the season, and now we are just letting things fall into place.”

Although focus at this moment is put onto Park and helping him go as far as possible at the meet tonight, Sincroft is also eager for next season and for the growth of his team. 

“We have to stay in the water as much as possible if we want to be better,” Sincroft said. “We will be trying some new conditioning and practice plans to try to accommodate all of the swimmers.”

Losing Park will be hard for the boys team, but Park feels he has left a strong legacy behind that will be motivating for the younger generations.

“Hopefully, I have left behind a view that following their mentors will lead them to success,” Park said. “I truly believe that everyone here at Warren Central has helped me thrive.”

The State finals preliminaries will begin tonight at 6 PM at the IUPUI Natatorium, and if he qualifies the Semis and Finals will take place Saturday starting at 9 AM. 

SENIOR ETHAN PARK swims during a regular season meet last year. Park has broken numerous pool records for the Warriors and is the lone swimmer to advance to the State finals. Photo by Cortez Rose