By JT Shatzer
After starting their first four games on the road, The Gladiators Men’s Basketball team found themselves in a tenacious fight against Chapelgate Christian Academy in their home opener. Despite being an out of conference matchup, the atmosphere in the gym was filled with excitement, and some students even showed up nearly an hour early to ensure an opportunity to support the Gladiators in their first game at home. As the Gladiators jogged into the gym after meeting in the locker room before the game, the gym erupted with energy. As warmups concluded, the starting five players of each team were introduced, and both groups took the court for the ensuing tipoff.
When fifteen year old New Jersey high school baseball player, Jake Mesar, slid into third base during a 2012 Junior Varsity (JV) game, he most definitely was not thinking about the possible fallout of his legs falling into the dirt and digging into the rubber bag. However, that slide would unknowingly change his future for the rest of his life, as he received a severe broken ankle. Yes, that type of injury is painful, and yes, his injury did require multiple surgeries, but it will not be the story of the broken ankle told by those involved. Instead, people will tell the story of the high school coach who told Mesar to slide, and the lawsuit that followed the incident, seven years later.
By Mitchell Steinberg & Charlie Leimbach
Should college athletes make money off of their fame? This was the debate until a recent policy was imposed to let college athletes profit off of their likeness and fame starting January 1st, 2023. This policy came as a surprise to many people considering the fact that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been considering this, but never actually implemented it, until now.
By Eric Hicks and Jackson Carstea
On Wednesday, November 11, 2019 the Washington Nationals won their first ever franchise World Series championship. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning the St. Louis Cardinals were down to their final out in game four of the National League Championship Series. Danial Hudson, the Nationals’ closer, threw the final pitch of the game which ultimately ended up in the glove of Victor Robles, the Nationals’ center fielder. The Astros went down 2-0 in the series to the Washington Nationals.
By Jeffrey Winkler and Jon Nagle
On October 4th at 7:41 PM, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image supporting the citizens of Hong Kong who are fighting for freedom from the Chinese government. This tweet was quickly deleted, and Morey apologized for his actions. Despite the apology, China canceled the streaming of all Houston Rockets games in China. This further extended to China’s television network, the CCTV, refusing to stream any NBA preseason games. China also told NBA commissioner Adam Silver that Morey must be fired and completely removed from all interactions with the league, which the NBA refused to do.
By Tegan Swope and Chase Campbell
The Glenelg Gladiators football team finished their regular season with a record of 6-3. After many challenging games, the team is confident that they are well prepared for the start of the playoffs. Like all teams, their primary goal is to make it to the state championship. All coaches, players, and fans have high hopes for the teams success.
By JT Shatzer and Zach Kersh
As the regular season for Glenelg fall sports teams comes to a conclusion, the mentality of players, coaches, and fans alike must shift into “playoff mode.” At this stage of the season, results in the regular season no longer matter, being that the fate of each team’s season lies on the outcome of their playoff games. How will the results of last year’s end of season results compare to this year?
By Sarah Kang
The Glenelg Varsity Football team, one of the strongest teams in Howard County, had an outstanding season with limited unfortunate losses. Despite these losses, on October 25th at 7:00 in the evening, the team celebrated an unforgettable Senior Night, as well as a victorious win over Wilde Lake High School, ending the regular season strongly.
By Liam Day
Arguably the most important person on the court during basketball season, is the one that draws up the plays. Especially when it comes to high school basketball, the head coach can get more out of his players than they know they are capable of. Over the last 15 years, coach Jansen McMillan has done exactly this and taken a school not generally known for the individual talent they bring to the court, and turned them into a team that can compete with anyone in the county on any given night. His former All County Forward, Ryan Davis expressed that “McMillan was a great coach and he deserves respect for what he’s done for Glenelg and for me as a player.” Despite his success, he has decided to step down as Glenelg’s head coach to pursue his interest in becoming an administrator at Wilde Lake High school.
By David Toronto
There are some pretty immaculate and rare stories out there, but none compare to the underdog stories of Devlin Hodges and Kurt Warner, two NFL quarterbacks that found a very abnormal way into the spotlight.
By Mitchell Steinberg
Athletes and sports fans around the world have their superstitions. NBA legend, Michael Jordan, wore his UNC shorts under his uniform in every game. Houston Astros ace, Justin Verlander, orders three crunchy taco supremes, a cheesy gordita crunch, and a Mexican pizza the night before each start.
By Zach Kersh
Fall sports have kicked off in full swing. Even with heartbreaking ends and surprising finales, last season is in the past. It’s a new school year, a new season, and a new chance for students to redefine themselves as athletes. How will Glenelg’s fall sports’ teams compare to the previous year?
By Chase Hensing
After a disappointing end to a great season, the Glenelg Gladiators have returned to the colosseum with one goal in mind; winning a state championship. The Gladiators have started off the 2019 season hot, opening up with two straight wins against tough opponents such as Marriotts Ridge and Smyrna. Head Coach Cullen says,“These early wins are very important to build momentum that we hope can carry us into another championship.” The Gladiators have had to adapt to many new challenges in order for them to get back to their winning ways.
By Allie Kang
On September 19th at 10:15 in the morning, Glenelg’s Girl’s Freshman/Sophomore Cross Country (XC) Team lined up at the starting line and waited for the gunfire to initiate the start of the three-mile race. After an arduous run through the Centennial campus, the girl’s team placed second with a score of 61 points-- following Broadneck High School by 37 points (The smaller amount of points a school has the better). Throughout the meet, however, Glenelg’s Girl’s Team was closely trailed by Atholton, with a difference of 7 points.
By David Toronto
Josh Gordon was on the streets, lost, with his dreams crushed. Gordon learned the hard way when it came to drug usage, as it destroyed his Pro football career. But that never stopped Gordon from clawing and fighting his way back into the NFL spotlight.
By Liam Day
The 2018-19 school year was a huge year for Glenelg sports, making it to the state championship in four different sports. The first of which was Glenelg football’s dominant playoff run to states led by Wande Owens and coached by Butch Schaffer. Following the loss, Schaffer stepped down as head coach leaving the job to Assistant Coach, Tim Cullen. Coach Schaffer’s long time success at Glenelg leaves Cullen with big shoes to fill.
By Justin Robertson
Fractured legs, torn ligaments, dislocated shoulders, and punctured lungs sound rare, but they are just some of the common injuries that athletes all around the world have to worry about. These physical injuries are obviously a cause for concern, but the hidden danger lies in the mind. Thousands of professional and high school athletes across the country are under constant pressure to both perform at a high level and to balance the rest of problems that arise during everyday life. Leg and arm injuries can heal, sometimes even so much that the limb performs better than before the injury, but healing one’s damaged mind is not as simple as putting a bone back into place.
By David Toronto
Chris Davis, the one time all-star and 2013 silver slugger winner, recently went the worst batting streak in Major League Baseball history, batting a 0-for-54. Davis signed a 7 year 168 million dollar contract in 2014, solidifying his spot in Baltimore until 2021. Critics think that the contract was a terrible idea, but at the time the Orioles didn’t really have a choice. Davis had just come off a 55 homerun and 138 RBI season and the Orioles thought they struck gold.
By Chase Hensing
In Glenelg’s 61 year history as a school, it has had many athletic accolades in many different sports. One of the most prominent sports that Glenelg had success in is baseball. Since Opening, the school has won five state championships, including one in 1983. However, the last time Glenelg was able to win a state championship in baseball was 1999, making it a 20 year drought. The team despite this drought, was hoping to run the table this year and hang another banner on the walls in the gym at Glenelg.
By Zachery Kersh and David Toronto
The odds of having a perfect bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion. You’re more likely to sink a hole-in-one, get a 5-card royal flush, and win $1 million dollars in the lottery all in the same day. Than predict a perfect bracket. Nonetheless, Americans are still fascinated by the idea of achieving perfection. This year alone, the American Gambling Association estimates 47 million Americans to wager $8.5 billion on the March Madness tournament. How and why are Americans so passionate about accomplishing the perfect bracket?