- Written by Kolby Pemberton
- Category: Sports
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For those of you that don’t know, the best time of the year has just started. Baseball season began on February 26, and the boys look like they are going to have a very good season. The first game of the season is on March 14, in Sauget, IL. As of right now, the schedule has 32 games on it.
This year’s team is led by seniors Bryant Horath, Kaleb Whitt, Kolby Pemberton, Noah Kopplin, and Wyatt Vaughn. The juniors are Alek Biggs, Dakota Kuhlman, Dawson Guerrettaz, Grant Schmidt, Jacob Hammer, Jacob Robbins, and Kevin Miller. The smallest class on the team is the sophomores, and that class has Connor Reardon, and Noah Teasley. Freshmen make up a large portion of the team, with them being: Bradin Baucum, Brayden Stuemke, Hunter Cripe, and Kaden Eirhart. Our manager is Tanner Chen, and our coaches are Alan Whitt, Mike Ziegler, Charlie Miller, and Donovan Riley.
In the fall season, the boys managed a 14-7 record. They lost some close games, but they also showed a lot of heart by fighting back from a run deficit.
In order to get an inside look of the team, I interviewed Coach Alan Whitt.
What is your outlook for the season? 20 wins and to compete for state hardware
What goals do you have for this team? To play as a team, and to compete well
Are there any players that are performing way above your expectations? I look for Kolby Pemberton, Kaleb Whitt, Wyatt Vaughn and Noah Kopplin to be leaders and drive this team. I expect the juniors, sophomores and freshman to learn to push for starting jobs.
What words would you use to describe this year’s team? Hardworking, team oriented and full of energy
What teams would you say the boys need the most support for? I do believe we have a very hard schedule and we are going to need support for everyone of them.
Who are your coaching role models and why? Coach [Jim] Schlossnagle from TCU, I have learned so much from his team mentality and approach. Coach [Tim] Corbin from Vanderbilt University, I have taken some of his ideas on building a winning program and tried to install them here. Coach Simmons, retired. He was my baseball and basketball coach in high school. He instilled in me the hardwork and dedication needed to compete.
Being one of the players on the team, I can speak from experience when I say that each and every one of us will give our best effort to represent the Altamont school system in the best way we can. We look forward to representing Altamont this season and everyone is invited to cheer the boys on at each and every game. The schedule is listed on your school calendar, so everyone has access to it!
- Written by Jake McBride
- Category: News
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The Run for Linzi 5k is on Saturday, April 21, following a route located in Altamont from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. You can sign up for the event at https://goo.gl/BHQPsA. Registration for the event ends on April 18. If you sign up before March 22, the price for admission to the event will only cost $22.50. However, if you register after March 22, the price for admission to the event will cost $32.50. All proceeds will be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation. There will be a one mile kid race with prizes, 5k timed with race bib and medal to top three, 5k fun run/walk, and color race that has participants have colors thrown at them while they are wearing white.
This run is in memory of Linzi Rector, who was a former student of Altamont High School. While she attended Altamont, she excelled in academics and athletics. On February 1, 2013, Linzi passed away from melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma occurs when the pigment producing cells that give color to the skin become cancerous. Participating in this run will raise awareness for melanoma.
- Written by Ashlie Rosine
- Category: School News
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Last night was the Student Council spring workshop in Newton, Illinois. We left the school at 4PM and arrived at Newton Community High School around 5:50. When we arrived, we all convened in the auditorium. Since all schools who were going (Fairfield, Windsor, Teutopolis, Altamont, Cumberland) arrived before the initial start time at 6:05, Newton began with a little warm up. They had us in teams of 13 do a rug race where there were 6 rugs on each side of the stage. To win the race, you had to have two feet on a rug at each time. If you stepped off, you had to restart. We had a guest speaker after this who used to be a former president of Newton Student Council and is now president of her college sorority. She gave a list of values that mean something to us. We chose ten values and wrote one on each of the 10 notecards. We then had to choose the ones that we would be ok with losing and tear that notecard in half. For me in particular, this was extremely hard. It felt like I was ripping up part of myself. We stopped when we had 4 left. Those mean the most to us and help us make our decision.
We then split up into our 6 groups. While in the gym, we had a ball by each cone. When you had the ball, you had to say your name, what school you went to, your role in Student Council, and what year you are in school. When that was done, you went on to round 2. In this round, you had to pass the ball around without saying anything and couldn’t hand it off to the person next to you. When that was done, you opened your folder and went to the different rooms either upstairs or downstairs.
The first game my group did was Salt and Pepper. You had a certain character taped to your back, but you don’t know who you were. You then had to find your match somewhere in the room. You ask questions and the person you asked could only answer with “yes” or “no.” The next game we played was a repetition game. You had to say the word “ha” and the next person next to you had to add another “ha.”
The third game we played was the egg race. The 4 volunteers had to walk certain ways while the rest got to walk normally. One person had to walk short and one had to walk like a duck. The other two had to walk backwards. This was a timed race.
The last race we did was another egg race. We had to go through up, under, up, under, and so on. Once it got to the back of the line, that person had to sprint down to the other end and drop it in the bucket and sprint back down to the side where the bucket of eggs were. Then they became the front of the line.
Around 6:50, pizza arrived and those on district board had to quickly get their food and attend their meeting. The rest of us ate and some played the pterodactyl game. The workshop came to a close around 7:30.