- Written by Kaitlyn Hoene
- Category: Sports
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The ACHS women’s volleyball team had a successful and entertaining season. Sadly, all things must come to an end. The Lady Indians lost in their regional championship game to Kansas on October 26th. The Lady Indians ended the season with a 21-14 record overall and 7-1 record in conference. In total there were 638 assists, 738 kills, 291 aces, 1141 digs, and 292 stuff blocks.
This season, the women’s volleyball team had many player’s individually stand out for their talents on the court. Specifically the NTC all-tournament team included two Altamont players, senior Kaitlyn Hoene and junior Tinley Mette. Throughout various games different players stood out and had their time to shine.
To add to the Lady Indians accomplishments, they placed first in the Altamont tournament. The Lady Indians also got third in the NTC tournament. The players would agree when I say it was very exciting to beat St. Anthony two times this season. As a team the girls’ goal was to accomplished over 20 wins all together.
On the defensive side, the team was led by Katie Grimsley, Caitlyn White, Karsyn Wolff, Rebecca Kuhns, and Kaitlyn Hoene. The offense was led by Leah Mayhaus, Rachel Jackman, Hanna Wolff, Grace Simmons, Brooke Runge, and Tinley Mette. The team was led by three seniors: Hanna Wolff, Karsyn Wolff, and Kaitlyn Hoene. Scott Klingler (head coach), Laith Russell (assistant coach), and Britney Hites (team helper) were the head of the team and helped to coach the girls and push them to play at their full potential.
The girls are already excited to see what next season brings for them as they compete. The girls will be starting in the summer with some great tournaments to get them warmed up for the season.
- Written by Hayden Voelker
- Category: Beater of the Month
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This month's beauty is Kolby Pemberton's 2012 Honda Accord. He says his Acord is “cute, manly, fast, feels like driving a race car, luxurious, XM radio, handles well, fresh, and slick.” Kolby has put 15,000 miles on his car, he bought it with 62,000, it now has 77,000 miles on it. He bought it himself, with money he saved up. Kolby’s dream car is a Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet, loaded, and blacked out. A dream car that Kolby might actually be able to get is a Corvette Z06, white with a sunroof.
This month's Beater is Hannah Tappendorf’s 1992 Chevrolet s10 (the fancier of the ´92 s10´s). She describes it as “Beater with a heater and AC”, likes to be called Big Earl, 4 shades of red not even counting the interior, with a dent in the driver's side courtesy of her brother. It has 198,402 miles on it. She inherited her truck from her older brother who was pretty rough on the “ole beast.” Hannah’s dream car is “The 2018 Chevy Silverado Duramax in Deep Ocean Blue, leather interior, extended cab, the whole nine yards... including horns on the hood.” Her realistic dream car is an Early 2000s Cherry Red Chevy Silverado.
- Written by Donovan Delaney
- Category: Sports
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Is cheerleading a sport? The definition of sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another individual or team for entertainment. Cheerleading does all of these things.
Cheerleading requires a lot of physical exertion. The bases have to be able to lift and throw the flyer into the air. The flyer has to be able to do stunts or hold a pose at the top. The flyer also has to be able to push themselves up to get higher into the air. The flyer has to be able to balance while above all of the bases. The bases also have to be able to catch the flyer. This definitely qualifies as physical exertion.
Cheerleading requires skill. Our cheerleading team has practice twice a week each week. They have to learn routines and be able to perform them flawlessly. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to do a cartwheel or flip, but I’m sure you would have difficulty with it. If you practice you will acquire the skill to perform these stunts. Cheerleading requires skill.
Cheer teams compete against each other. At every single basketball game they compete. A judge doesn’t give one team an 8/10 and the other a 9/10 at normal basketball games, but the spectators definitely pick their favorite team. There are also cheer competitions where they do get judged. At tournaments like the Holiday Tournament, plaques for first, second, and third are awarded. Cheer qualifies as a competition.
Cheerleading is for entertainment. The cheer teams run out onto a gym and perform stunts. This all happens to entertain a gym full of people.
There are also rules and regulations for cheerleading. IHSA has specific rules for cheerleading. For example, they can’t do flips in basket tosses.
Cheerleading meets all the requirements for a sport. Cheerleading is a sport, and not an easy one.
- Written by Nicholas Sharp
- Category: Creative Writings
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The second largest commercial holiday is upon us -- Arbor Day? That’s not right, it’s HALLOWEEN. Halloween’s origins date back all the way to the celtic festival of Samhain. It was very different from what we see now. Now, it is all about dressing up in crazy costumes and going to get candy. Let’s take a look back to see how Halloween started and see how it has changed over the years.
2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, people celebrated their new year on November 1, which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and marked the beginning of the dark, cold winter. They associated this time of year often with human death. The Celts that lived there believed that on the night before the new year that the lines or the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
The Celts also thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits helped the Druids, or Celtic priests make predictions of the future. To celebrate the event, Druids would build giant bonfires where people would gather to burn crops and animals as a sacrifice to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, they would wear costumes which typically consisted of animal heads and skins.
When Halloween eventually made its way to colonial New England, it was extremely limited due to the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Beliefs and customs from different European ethnic groups meshed with American Indians, and a distinctly American version emerged. Colonial Halloween festivities included telling ghost stories and mischief-making. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.The Irish Potato Famine in the second half of the nineteenth century flooded America with new immigrants. These new immigrants helped to popularize Halloween nationally.
Americans began to dress up and go house to house asking for food and money. This practice became known as trick or treat. Jack o'lanterns come from the irish tradition of hollowing out turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes, and beets. They found that pumpkins worked perfectly. They believed that by hollowing them out and putting a light in that they could ward off evil spirits and keep “Stingy Jack” away. “Stingy Jack” refers to an Irish myth about a man that invited the Devil to have a drink with him.
As you can see, Halloween has changed a lot over the years. It just goes to show how much traditions change over a period of time. So, when you stuff yourself with candy tonight you can think about the history of this holiday. Just think that if things had not have changed, you might be wearing animal heads and making animal sacrifices. What a great way to end this history lesson.