By Liam Day
On November 7th, three UCLA basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. One of these stars was once the face of Chino Hills basketball after his brother, Lonzo Ball, went on to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo Ball and his teammates, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, walked into not one, but three different stores and stole multiple pairs of Louis Vuitton sunglasses. They were then arrested and rather than being held in a prison, they were confined to their hotel room while the incident was further investigated.
After being held in China for almost a week, President Donald Trump happened to be on a trip to China originally to discuss trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping. After their meeting, he was able to convince President Jinping to allow the young players to return to the US and he apologized for their unacceptable actions. They returned home on November 14th and were swarmed by reporters with questions.
The incident intensified when the father of the well-known Ball Brothers, Lavar Ball, refused to give thanks or any credit to President Trump in saying, “Don't come in one time and think you did something for my son, I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody.” He was ridiculed by reporters simply because without the help of the President, the three athletes would likely be sitting in a Chinese jail right now. His words quickly found their way to President Trump's attention and he responded harshly by tweeting, “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
President Trump gave his advice to the three boys by saying, “Go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”
After the students came out to the public with long thoughtful apologies in saying that they “Apologize for the negative attention we have brought to our University and our Country.” Ball, Hill, and Riley were suspended from UCLA basketball indefinitely. They will have to earn their respect and trust back from the rest of UCLA and the country if they have hopes of playing again.
By Matt Lipp
Coming off a huge upset win over River Hill, Glenelg was looking like a reborn team ready to make some noise in the postseason. A long trip to Thomas Stone High School was next for the Gladiators who looked to win their second straight Regional Title. Going into the game as underdogs again, Glenelg would have to pull off another upset to reach the game that only three Glenelg football teams have been before.
The game was pretty much dominated by Glenelg all night long by Glenelg in a 27-18 upset win. Huge turnovers by Seniors Tyler Curtiss and Seth Taylor set up the Gladiator offense with a short field in two of their four touchdown drives. Junior Quarterback Tyler Reiff found paydirt three times after being set up at the goal line each time from fellow Junior Wande Owens and Sophomore Kyle Dry. Owens was shaken up early in the game but little 120 pound Dry stepped up in a big way running the ball hard all night. The defense was the unit that really stepped up late in the season and once again they controlled the game.
Glenelg then had the ultimate test. They had to travel to Damascus High School to face a team that has won the last four Maryland 3A State Championships. They entered the game as 42 point underdogs and there was no surprises in this one. The Gladiators season was over after a 42-7 loss at the hands of the Hornets. After the tough loss, Senior Cory Willson said “We just faced an excellent team today. I definitely think we went as far as we could have. Nobody expected us to make it to this game.” It was a tough way to end a great season for Glenelg.
It really was a special season for a Glenelg team that was destroyed by injuries all year long. Before the season began, they lost Senior Garrett Mills who was a four year starter on Varsity. Mills eventually returned to action in Week 7 against Wilde Lake High School. “I’m definitely going to miss it a ton. It was 4 years of great memories that I will remember for a lifetime”, said Mills after his last career game. Junior Sam Alsheimer who could be a future D1 football player was lost for the season in the second quarter of the opening game against Howard High School. After losing their best player and being blown out in Week 1, it is remarkable that the Gladiators made it as far as they did.
By Garrett Athey
Recently audiences have been turned away from something that once united people all across the country. The NFL has recently been losing fans and is struggling to regain them. The ratings for games are low as fewer people are tuning into to watch them. Ticket sales have also taken a drop recently and fan attendance is low for all teams. NFL owners, as well as Commissioner Roger Goodell, are currently trying to find a solution to this rapidly growing problem.
The problem started to arise after the players’ on field protest during the national anthem. Many of the players decided to take a stand by taking a knee during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” instead of standing up like people are asked to. The athletes claim that they were fighting for equality in America by protesting the anthem. These acts of protests are still going on and many owners of NFL teams support the actions of the players. However, many others became very opposed to the antics of the players. President Donald Trump was one of the major individuals opposed to the protests and stated that the players who protest should be fired. Many fans felt similarly to the situation of the protests and felt the players were disgracing the flag and the soldiers who fought for it by not standing. To protest the protestors, fans stopped watching the games which has caused the NFL to decline in popularity and resulted in the league losing money.
The topic has people divided as to whether or not the NFL players are doing the right thing or if the NFL needs to make a change soon. Opinions against the protests are very strong as a lot of people feel like the players are dishonoring America. Senior Seth Taylor said, “If you cannot stand for the National Anthem and honor those that have fallen for your freedom, you should just leave.” Many believe not standing for the flag is disrespecting the soldiers who fought and died for the flag. This is the main reason why people are against the protests, as they feel their country is being hated on.
However, others have different feelings about the protests, Senior Jordan Taylor said, “They have the right to, but I do not think the players carried out the protests in the right way because it does seem like they are disrespecting the soldiers who fought.” The players do have the right to protest because of freedom of speech, therefore they can not be legally obligated to stand for the national anthem.
It is clear that the NFL has a problem on its hands and need to resolve the issue quickly before things get out of hand. If the NFL continues to carry on with these issues, there is no telling how much of a hole they will be in later on. For the business side part of the NFL, owners and the commissioner need to come together to find an answer.
By Mason Steinberg
Ninth Graders committing to major division one Programs has become common place in this new era of lacrosse. This changed until last spring when the NCAA passed legislation to make it illegal to contact prospective lacrosse athletes until September 1st of their Junior year. Before this, many college coaches complained that they did not want to recruit kids so young. However, since all of the major programs were doing it, everyone had to as well so they did not fall behind. This became a vicious cycle because all of the coaches wanted to change the process, but they couldn’t be the first one to start the change.
This early recruitment caused many problems for both the colleges and the student athletes. Athletes were being pressured into committing to a college,where they will spend the four most important years of their life, before they had even finished one year of high school. The athletes also could have their scholarship offer rescinded if they did not develop into the type of player the college coaches wanted. Michael Doughty, a junior lacrosse player said, “ The change in the rules has made the recruiting process less stressful for me and I think it is great for the game of lacrosse”. The problem for the college was if the early recruits didn’t develop then they were forced to look elsewhere, however most of the recruits were already committed to other places. The old process was causing hard working kids to lose their ability to fulfill their dreams and colleges with subpar players. All who were involved decided it was time for a change. “I’m pleasantly surprised,” Virginia men’s coach Lars Tiffany told US Lacrosse Magazine. “I didn’t think the NCAA would have the courage to pass a piece of legislation that is drastically different from the current state of affairs and is not easy to enforce.”
With the new recruiting rules, student athletes can focus on adjusting to high school and working on their game instead of having to worry about a decision that most people won’t have to make until they have almost finished high school. This will also allow the colleges to evaluate prospective athletes further and recruit the right players for their system. This will lead to an increase in the level of play which will attract more fans. Overall the changes will help lacrosse continue to be the fastest growing sport in America.
By Garrett Athey
The Heisman Trophy will be presented this year on December 9th to the best college football player. The award is given out every year since 1935 and can be given to an offensive or defensive player. Those who have won the award in the past typically go on to have great professional careers. Notable alumni of the trophy include O. J. Simpson, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, Charles Woodson, and Cam Newton. Last year, Sophomore Lamar Jackson from the University of Louisville won the trophy for his outstanding play. This year’s candidates include running back Saquon Barkley from Penn State, quarterback Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, and running back Bryce Love from Stanford.
Saquon Barkley is an explosive player who has speed and is very strong for his position. He has helped Penn State become one of the best teams in the country with his play this year, leading to NFL teams taking a huge interest in him. As a running back, Barkley is arguably one of the best in the entire country. However, he is also a very talented receiving back, often making catches in the backfield for big plays. Additionally, Barkley is a good special teams returner who always is a threat to return kickoffs and punts for touchdowns. It is easy to see why Barkley is a favorite to win the Heisman after considering his play this season.
Another outstanding candidate, Baker Mayfield, is a dual threat quarterback that is always making big plays. Due to his play, Oklahoma is the number five team in the nation as they have only lost one game. Not only is Mayfield talented at throwing the ball, he is also a skilled runner with the ball and is not afraid to use his legs to make a play. This season he is second in the country in passing yards as well as total offense. This has led many professional teams to recruit Mayfield as he has become one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming drafts. Mayfield has made a good case as to why he should win the Heisman this year.
Bryce Love is another fantastic running back who is well deserving of the Heisman honor. He currently leads all of college football in rushing yards this season. However, Love is an underrated candidate who is not being looked at seriously. Most of the reason for this lack of attention could be due to the fact that Stanford is not highly ranked. They currently have three losses but are still in second place in their conference. Love is just as deserving as both Barkley and Mayfield because of his play this season. He is a game changer in every game he has played in this season.
As for predictions of who the winner will be, Senior Brenden Rose said, “Saquon Barkley is [going to] win because of his ability to play multiple positions.” Barkley is big enough and skilled enough to play more than just a running back. He has proven to scouts that he is worthy of a first round pick in the draft. Barkley has also shown why he is deserving of the Heisman as he continues to dominate every opponent that faces him. However, others believe another candidate is more deserving of the award. Senior Aidan Sedlack said, “Baker Mayfield is [going to] win because he is putting up stats that no one can compete with.” Mayfield is putting up insane numbers this season, including a game against Oklahoma State in which he had 598 yards and five touchdowns. Any player with these statistics are worthy of winning the Heisman with ease. And as for Bryce Love, Senior Jordan Taylor said, “He has had the most consistent Heisman caliber season and is deserving of winning.” Leading the country in rushing will certainly help Love’s chances of winning it all.
The world will have to wait to see which candidate will come out victorious with the Heisman. This could possibly be one of the closest races in Heisman history. Whoever does win will have a great accomplishment to add to their resume and hopefully get the chance to play in the NFL. With each game, the players keep proving why the trophy should be theirs.
By Liam Day
Less than five minutes into the NBA season, it was a terrible time to be a Celtics fan. In fact, most NBA fans in general would have thought to erase the Celtics from their radar of teams that could stand in the way of Lebron in the Eastern Conference. An eventful offseason for Boston quickly lead to the signing of All-Star small forward Gordon Hayward. The entire Quicken Loans Arena was stunned after Hayward hit the floor awkwardly, immediately pointing to his ankle. As the replays begun showing on the jumbo-tron, fans placed their hands over their eyes, witnessing one of the most gruesome injuries in NBA history occur right at the peak of Hayward’s career. Despite the horrific loss, Boston has refused to let their season go.
Hayward immediately opened up to the fans about how he is feeling, "The Celtics organization has been just over the top in every aspect. They know I will not be back on the court at all this season, but they have been making sure I have every resource I need and are making me feel like I am a part of the team." (ESPN) Gordon Hayward made his first career All-Star game last year representing the Utah Jazz after he averaged a career-high 22 points per game. The Celtics signed him to a four-year 130 million dollar contract, and this wasn't even the highest offer he received. The Celtics believed with this addition, they had finally matched up with the Cavaliers, having traded former starter, and All Star guard Isaiah Thomas, for their superstar point guard, Kyrie Irving. Sophomore and NBA fan at Glenelg, Nathan Swales said, “Even without Hayward, the Cavs are too old to keep up with the Celtics young squad.” The starting five consisted of Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Aron Baynes and average just 24 years old.
Two games into the season, Boston was 0-2 with losses to the one team they hoped to stop (the Cavaliers) and the Milwaukee Bucks. Only two games into the season and it seemed like the whole city of Boston had given up on the 2017 season. Sophomore and Boston Celtics fan Tristan Stepniak stated, “Now the Celtics are missing the one thing that is most important to stopping the Cavs, someone to slow down Lebron James.” However, Kyrie Irving took the initiative to lead his own team as he always wanted by leaving Cleveland. Averaging over 20 points per game he has sparked a 12-game winning streak with what seems like a team run by one big name. Boston looks to show the NBA that they better prepare themselves for a team to be the face of the NBA when Hayward returns healthy.
By Torin Alexander and Philip Johnson
Redundant. Jaded. Drawn out. Boring. The era of superteams has wholeheartedly taken over the NBA and because of it the NBA has become so predictable that even the most die-hard fans have a hard time watching the games. Dominance around the NBA is not a new topic. It's been dating back to the the late 70s, but in recent years it has affected the NBA so much that every team has to have at least three stars to contend. Whether its by trade or by a free agent signing, it seems inevitable to see a possible end to the madness. Especially after this offseason that included multiple huge names, like Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, being traded or signing to a different team to possibly compete for a championship.
Now a superteam is where there are multiple All-Stars or superstars on one team. The most obvious example of this is the Golden State Warriors. They are the latest team in NBA history to have two MVPs on the same roster with both in their prime. Now the Warriors were already great, having won a championship in the 2014-2015 season and lost in game seven of the 2016 finals with the big three of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. However, when they got 2014 MVP Kevin Durant to sign with them in the 2015 offseason the whole dynamic of the NBA changed. The team people thought would destroy… did. Washington Wizards fan and Glenelg senior Eddie Leimbach confidently states, “They are killing the fun of watching basketball. I can tell you right now the Cavs and Warriors will be in the finals again. Some have compared this recent trend to another historic race for supremacy The Warriors had the best playoff record of any team ever when they only lost once en route to their second title in three years. They seemed unbeatable and were for most of the season. Well, it looks like everyone is following the same path because this season there’s been even more stacked rosters.
Whether it’s through trades or players signing on their own, the Warriors decimated the league many teams are taking the superteam route in hopes to compete with them. Although they made the playoffs last season and have the returning MVP, Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder knew they needed more firepower coming into this season. In the offseason the Thunder were able to acquire the amazing talent of Paul George. Adding the prolific scorer and solid defender was a great move in the right direction. But the even better move was trading for Carmelo Anthony later that summer. He brings veteran experience and the scoring needed that can take some of the load off Russell Westbrook's shoulders.
Around the NBA similar moves have been made. The Cleveland Cavaliers who felt the might of the super Warriors in the finals went out and picked up veterans Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green, and Derrick Rose in the offseason to try and match the weapons Golden State has. The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving and signed Gordon Hayward but lost Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas in the process. Thus proving the price to compete could cost you the core of your team. Many idolized athletes also have seen this new trend in forming superteams. In an interview, Michael Jordan states, “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint. You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.” Even though this superteam movement has put people's favorite players together, there are cons to every situation.
Though getting that report on your phone of some team acquiring another NBA talent is very enticing and entertaining, the NBA is going down a path that many fans are tired of. Many fans believe the suspense of the regular and postseason has completely vanished with so many great players all playing together, so much so it's easy to predict who will be in the NBA finals before the season even starts. . Glenelg senior and basketball player Mitchell Boswell shared a unique view on the situation when he said “the way teams are bringing superstars together it’s like the arms race in the cold war. Each team is trying to get bigger and better weapons to defeat the enemy”. Although it’s fresh and new to see multiple All-Stars playing on the same team, it’s fading fast and so is the people's interest.
Because both conferences are top heavy, meaning that there are about four powerhouse teams and the rest are adequate, it's really predictable of what is to happen once playoffs start. It’s even more predictable of what to see in the finals. Because of this never-ending saga of Cavs vs. Warriors in the finals, it's understandable why fans and critics alike feel like this new era of the superteam is just going to get worse and worse.
By Liam Day
The Chicago Cubs have once again found their way back to the National League Championship series in a rematch of from 2016 but is nowhere close to being identical. The Dodgers have established themselves as one of the most dominant teams to be assembled in a while, having won three more games than the defending champion Chicago Cubs won in 2016. However, with a lineup full of all the talent necessary to repeat, is it the Cubs fearing the Dodgers? Or the Dodgers fearing the Cubs?
The Cubs started off the season very slow with what was explained as a World Series hangover. Going into the All-Star game with a losing record and only one player on the All-Star roster. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were a no-show in comparison to last season. A Born Chicago Cubs fan, Tanner Malinowski said, “As long as Kris can find his stroke before playoff time, the Cubs will be fine.” However following the break, the Cubs went on a 7 game winning streak that set them right back on track. The second half of the season chicago went 49-25 to win the NL Central division by a longshot. Kris Bryant increased his average to batting nearly .300 along with 28 homers to lead the Cubs to the third seed in the National league.
Entering the playoffs, the Washington Nationals stood in the way of the defending champs with a better record of five games and home field advantage. The Cubs slowed up but relied on their pitchers to give them a 3-0 victory. Game 2 ended in a disappointing eighth inning after Carl Edwards gave up two homers that resulted in 5 runs giving up the lead. Game 3 was once again, an uneventful 2-1 win for the cubs that lead to a lack in bullpen depth in game 4 giving up 5 runs in a shutout loss to force game 5. Finally, the Cubs put together well rounded game in scoring 9 runs after going down 4-1 early in the second inning.
After four games of the NLCS, the Dodgers are up 3-1. Despite this deficit, the Dodgers have had their hands full. In each of the four games, the Cubs were leading going into the fifth inning. Chicago tribune reporter, David Haugh emphasized that “The Cubs will keep telling us that they were down 2-1 to the Dodgers in the NLCS last year and trailed the Indians 3-1 in the World Series and still rode in a championship parade down Michigan Avenue. It wouldn't be the first time the Cubs dug deep to come back from this deficit and its no doubt that they're thinking about repeating history against all odds.
By Garrett Athey
As the winter season approaches, the fall sports come to an end and the winter sports start up again. These sports include basketball, wrestling, hockey, indoor track, allied bowling, and winter cheer. The athletes who participate in these activities often have not played the sport since last winter season. Therefore, the question remains of how these athletes stay in shape throughout the long offseason.
It is easy for the athletes who participate in sports in the previous fall season to be ready as they have just come from a competitive sport. However, many of these athletes are not prepared for their upcoming sports, and they need to stay in shape to remain in the best condition to continue to be a contributing player to the team. Senior Varsity basketball player Jordan Taylor said, “Hydration is key. I drink lots of water and run a lot during the offseason to stay in shape.” The basketball team hopes to make a deep run into the playoffs and win the state championship this upcoming season. Not only that, players are expected to be in the best shape possible since the sport requires a high endurance and strength to beat the opponent. Coaches expect players to be in top shape and bring their all during the season so the team is the best it can be. Workouts held by coaches for winter sports also begin within the first couple weeks of school to help players prepare for the upcoming season. The workouts involve running for endurance and speed, as well as lifting in the weight room for strength.
Along with offseason workouts, many sports have summer leagues so that athletes can continue to compete in games during the offseason. Senior Varsity hockey player Dillon Skovron said, “There is a summer hockey league that a lot of players compete in. It keeps the players in shape while also keeping the team together through the offseason.” Summer is a good opportunity for athletes to stay in shape since school is no longer in session and they have more opportunity to work out. Some athletes even try to get bigger during the long offseason in order to better themselves for the upcoming season. Senior Varsity hockey player Calvin Geisbert said, “During the offseason I like to lift so I can get bigger for the hockey season.” Through lifting, athletes get stronger and put themselves in a better spot to be a better player next season. The hockey team hopes to win the Howard Cup again after being champions in 2015.
Physicality in not the only thing that matters when it comes to preparing for a sport, a lot for sports require a certain mentality to compete. Players must mentally prepare for the season, especially before games so they are in the right mindset. Geisbert said, “Before games I listen to a playlist I made of songs that will put me into the right state of mind. Then the team has stretches and warm ups to prepare for games.” Stretching, warm ups, and listening to music are all common practices among athletes when preparing mentally for games. With the right physical body and a right state of mind, all athletes will be ready to compete at a high level.
By using these methods, winter athletes stay in shape and continue to perform at a high level during their seasons. Coaches expect their athletes to be in the best shape possible for the season so the team can be ready to beat the competition. However, coaches also want to make sure that athletes do not get hurt during the offseason and discourage any players from participating in dangerous activities. Everyone is hoping for the Glenelg teams to do well, but only time will tell if their hard work paid off.
By Mason Steinberg
The 2017 World Series has featured some of the highest scoring games in World Series History. The two teams, the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros, are also hitting an unusual amount of home runs. The 24 home runs in six games has led to increased speculation about whether or not the World Series Baseballs have been altered so that more home runs would occur. Baseball has struggled tapping into the same audience that faster paced sports such as the NBA and the NFL have. The main complaints about the sport are that the games are too long and there is not enough scoring. This would give the MLB incentive to try to increase scoring and home runs.
Baseball had its largest audience in the 1990s which is called the Steroid Era because many players were using steroids to get stronger so they could hit more homeruns. After the MLB cracked down and increased testing for the drugs the home run numbers dropped, as did viewership. The MLB is aware that more Home Runs mean more fans, which caused speculation about the baseballs being altered during the World Series. Players from both teams in the World Series have added fuel to the fire by revealing in interviews that when doing a blindfold test where a blindfold is worn and a World Series Ball and a Regular Ball are placed in the player' hands. The purpose is to see if the player can actually feel a difference. “Lance McCullers took the blindfold test in the bullpen,” said Charlie Morton, Houston’s Game 4 starter, referring to another Astros pitcher. “He could tell which ball was which with his eyes closed. It’s that different.” The difference is the new baseballs are slicker and harder to grab on to. This makes it difficult for pitchers to throw the ball effectively and is especially affected pitchers who throw sliders. Pitchers such as Dodgers Ace Yu Darvish and Astros pitcher Lance McCullers have been extremely vocal in the criticism of the balls.The change in the balls has sparked debate over whether MLB intentionally changed them to increase offense. No matter which side of the debate you are on, everyone can agree this World Series has been a thriller.
By Zachary Kersh
With the 2017-18 NBA season almost upon us, across the country, the Eastern Conference has made historic and game changing moves this offseason, preparing to battle for the top spot and in hopes for the ultimate goal, a title. However, to win the war, teams must first win multiple battles. The offseason has been full of unexpected trades, shocking signings, and unmatchable performances.
According to ESPN’s website, these are the Eastern Conference's wins and seeding predictions:
Big time trades are not only exciting to follow, but allow teams to obtain whichever players they desire. On August 22nd, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was sent to the Celtics for fellow All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Anter Zizic, and the 2018 first-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets. In my opinion. The Celtics won this trade. Kyrie Irving is amazing scorer and is underrated in his abilities to lead a team. On September 24th, it was announced that, after multiple trade rumors, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks had been sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round pick via the Bulls. I believe the Thunder are the clear winners of this trade. They acquired a veteran player who is still a game changer. In addition, with the acquisition of Paul George, the Thunder will be one of my favorite teams to watch.
Draft trades can make a team much better, through youth, better players, or picks. The 1st pick of the draft belonged to Boston, until the 76ers traded their 3rd overall pick and either a 2018 or 2019 1st round pick (whichever is favorable) for the rights to whatever player they desired. With this trade, I can see the 76ers becoming one of the NBA powerhouses in the next few years. Another blockbuster trade that shocked the NBA was between the Timberwolves and Bulls. The bulls traded All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick, for the 7th pick, Zach Lavine, and Kris Dunn. Finally. Minnesota has formed a powerful core. I think with Jimmy Butler, a three-time all-star, the Timberwolves will shock many teams and fans alike. Following locker trouble with D’Angelo Russell, he was traded to the Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick.
In the draft, teams used their designated picks to select young players that they believed would be valuable to their team. With the 1st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the 76ers selected point guard Markelle Fultz from Washington. An elite scorer from all parts of the floor, he could potentially be the last piece of the 76ers future core, along with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. I expected them to make this pick, since I believe they need a facilitator to help out all other positions. With the 3rd pick, the Celtics selected small forward Jayson Tatum from Duke. One of the best scorers in the class, Tatum’s tremendous 6’8” frame paired with his athleticism could be just what Boston needs to defeat the Cavaliers. With the 7th pick, the Bulls selected center Lauri Markkannen from Arizona State, a floor-spacing threat at 7’0” tall. He has the potential to become one of the best shooting centers in the NBA, but still has work to do around the post.
In free agency, J.J. Redick signed with the 76ers for one year, $23 million. Kyle Lowry returned to the Raptors on a three-year deal worth nearly $100 million. Finally, All-Star Gordon Hayward signed with the Celtics for four years, $128 million. The Celtics have once again risen to the top. I still do not think they have a chance of defeating the reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
The biggest rivals are often between teams in the same conference, such as the Wizards and the Celtics, or the Cavs and Raptors. The Eastern Conference is no exception; therefore, the main focus is being the top seed in either the east or west. Last year, The Celtics earned the top position, followed by the Cavaliers, Raptors, Wizards, and Hawks. The Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, though they lost to the Warriors in the Finals. This year, I expect the Wizards to obtain the third seed, and the Raptors to fall to fifth. I believe the Bucks will earn the third seed, with one of my favorite players, Giannas Antetokounmpo, posting career highs.
Though the Eastern Conference has 8 less average wins per team than the Western Conference, teams have an average of 1.49 wins in the difference of each seed, compared to the West’s 2.31. Glenelg ninth grader Niko Garbis feels, “That with the addition of many high-performance players, the Eastern Conference will become even more competitive and therefore even more entertaining and exciting.” Hopefully he is right. With many new faces, jerseys, and rivalries, this NBA season should be one to remember.
By McKenna Rueter
The Glenelg Field Hockey team comes back together to fight their way to the top after a devastating loss against Hereford in the 2016-2017 State Semifinals. Facing off against their usual rivals in the county, the team is making strides for a promising season with the state’s title in their sights.
With sixteen new faces to the Varsity team, Glenelg will be coming out with a new image to start this year’s season. Head Coach, Nicole Trunzo comments on the leadership seen seen on the field as she has “a small Seniors class this year lots with underclassmen stepping up to work together with the Seniors to become a stronger team.” With such a young team, spectators and opponents question the team’s ability to perform. Senior captains Paige Reese, Maddy O’Brien along with Junior captain Jenny Giampalmo plan to lead the team to prove them wrong through their skill and fierce competition.
The Gladiators will be facing some tough competitors this season such as, Severna Park, Broadneck, and Marriotts Ridge. Over the years, the bracket has increased in difficulty, adding tough 4A schools to challenge Glenelg. 4A are higher ranked out of county teams that have been added to the Gladiator’s bracket. Facing Severna Park and Broadneck will require Glenelg to fight hard to show their full potential.
Going into the season with the image of a power house, a big target was painted on the team’s back. Although the Gladiators were beat by Severna Park and Broadneck, these games forced the girls to play their hearts out and strive for their personal bests. Transitioning from nail biter games with 4A schools to in county games the Gladiators are on the road for domination.
Well into the 2017-2018 season the team has proved itself to be a thriving and strong competitor of the county with many wins. Playing games near and far, Glenelg continues to dominate the competitors. With hard work, dedication, and grit Glenelg Field Hockey can make history.
By Justin Robertson
In what was considered to be one of the most boring games of the year, the week three matchup between the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Los Angeles Rams turned out to be a candidate for the most breathtaking game of the year. After leaning on Todd Gurley’s three touchdown performance in the first half, the Rams lead by 11. After the half, the Niners made an astonishing comeback that included an onside kick recovery, two Carlos hyde touchdowns, and 19 fourth quarter points. However, this was not enough, as the Rams won the game with a final score of 41-39.
After four weeks of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, and the Los Angeles Rams are the leaders in their divisions, while the NFC North has a two way tie for first place between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. In what is perceived as one of the toughest divisions of football, the NFC East is looking very competitive, with the Philadelphia Eagles surprisingly in the lead, but the local Washington Redskins are not far behind. After losing last year’s Super Bowl, in what was one of the biggest collapses of all time, the Atlanta Falcons have looked like one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. Just like last year, Atlanta has a very explosive offense with a young and talented defense. Through four games, quarterback Matt Ryan has led the Falcons offense to a 3-1 record, while being in the top four in the NFL for total yards. The NFC West once again looks like a poor division, however the Rams have taken the lead for first. The Rams have looked like a completely different football team than last year, with a new head coach and sophomore quarterback, Jared Goff. While the Rams have excelled this year, Seattle, a usual super bowl contender, has struggled mightily, having a record of 2-2 after four weeks. Finally, the Detroit Lions have looked like one of the league's’ best defensive teams, creating an NFL leading 11 takeaways. When asked about the best team in the NFC, Glenelg Sophomore Cole Miller exclaimed, “Both the Packers and the Falcons have looked great so far, but because of Atlanta’s more young and promising defense, Atlanta has looked like the best team in the NFC so far.” While these teams are having success, other teams and individuals are not so lucky.
It did not take long for star players, such as David Johnson, to seriously get injured. Johnson, one of the most premiere running backs in the league, injured his wrist in the Cardinals’ week one game against the Detroit Lions. The injury required surgery and Johnson is now not expected to return until December, hurting the Cardinals’ playoff chances. While injuries can be a cruel cost of playing in the NFL, some of them have allowed rookies to jump up in the depth chart and contribute to their team's success.
For most players, they are already in full rhythm after three weeks of the 2017 NFL season, but for the 2017 NFC rookie class the journey has just begun. From learning playbooks to handling the pressure of being the face of their franchises, the first year for rookies is often the hardest. While most rookies need a year or two to come to their full skill level, some have already shown flashes of their potential. Second round pick, Dalvin Cook, for the Minnesota Vikings has already looked like a rookie of the year candidate. Through four weeks, Cook has racked up 444 total yards and two touchdowns, helping the Vikings jump to a record of 2-2. However, even the young Cook could not escape injuries, as he tore his ACL in week four, and is now out for the year. Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott has also shown what he can do on the field. After an injury to the original Eagles’ kicker, Philadelphia signed Elliott on September 12. The fifth round pick started his season off a little shaky, missing a two field goals in two starts, but he quickly redeemed himself, nailing a 61 yard field goal in week three to beat the Giants as time expired.
With nearly a fourth of the season finished, the NFC is shaping to be very thrilling. The teams currently first in their divisions have looked exceptional, however, there is still plenty of time for the teams behind to catch up. All it takes is an injury to a key player, or a rookie to live up to their potential, for a team to jump up in the standings, and hopefully go all the way to Super Bowl LII.
By David Toronto
The home run. This day and age in the MLB, clubs really rely on the long ball. The Baltimore Orioles did not disappoint by blasting 232 homeruns this season. The Orioles offense is one of the best in the entire MLB. The stellar infield consists of 2x Gold Glove winner Manny Machado, 2x home run leader Chris Davis, former #1 overall pick Tim Beckham, and the new breakout second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Schoop had an all-star season, he batted .293 with 32 home runs and also 105 RBIs. Superstar third baseman, and Schoops’ best friend, Manny Machado was a great leader all season and made a valiant effort to push this team into the second wildcard spot for the 2017-2018 pennant chase. Machado lead the team in homeruns with 33, not to mention his 95 RBI’s. The slugger himself “Crush” Davis, had a solid 26 homer season even though he was on the DL for a month of the Orioles season. He is still the king of strikeouts and with nearly 200 he is 3rd in the MLB in that category. The new shortstop acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, Tim Beckham, has flourished in Camden Yards. Twenty seven year old Beckham has hit 10 home runs and 26 RBIs so far batting leadoff. Beckham will be a staple in Baltimore with the aging J.J Hardy on the last legs of his career.
The O’s outfield is no joke either. New 11-million dollar man Mark Trumbo didn’t live up to his 47 homerun season in 2016. He only had 23 home runs and 65 RBI’s in his 2017- 2018 campaign as the Orioles right fielder. The rookie Tre Mancini is making his case for A.L Rookie of the year. Mancini batted .293 with 24 homers and 78 RBIs. Mancini, or Boom-Boom, has been the spark plug the Orioles needed to make a run for the postseason. Also, Adam Jones has been holding down center field for the O’s for nine years and he shows no signs of slowing down. The 5x All-Star batted .285 with 26 home runs and 73 RBIs. Jones has had an amazing streak of seven consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a career high 33 in 2013. The Orioles offense continues to impress and will keep doing more of the same with the bright young players in their clubhouse.
The Orioles pitching has been the main problem for the club. Their bullpen has been one of the best the past couple of years with the emergence of Michael Givens and Brad Brach. But Orioles favorites Darren O’Day and Zach Britton have been outstanding out of the bullpen for many years. But most of the starters for the Orioles have not been good at all in the 2017-2018 season. Chris Tillman battled injuries this year and had a record of 1-7. Wade Miley, the southpaw acquired last year from the Seattle Mariners, had an up and down season with a record of 8-15. Ubaldo Jiménz is not much better either with the record of 6-11. There are a few bright spots in the Orioles starting rotation.
One bright spot is Kevin Gausman, Gausman had a slow start but he has really picked it up down the stretch with a record of 11-12. The ace of this rotation, Dylan Bundy, has been the best starting pitcher for the Orioles this year. With a record of 13-9 he has been mostly dominate this year. Bundy has been getting extra rest with the crowded rotation ever since the trade for Jeremy Helickson the day before the MLB trade deadline. Although the Orioles lost swiss-army knife Hyun-Soo Kim in the deal, Bundy has excelled with time off. He pitched for a complete game against the Seattle Mariners only allowing 1 hit while striking out 12 batters.
The postseason chances slipped away from the Orioles this year. There is a bright future with lots of young talent still waiting to be called up from the minor leagues. Mitchell Walker, A freshman at Glenelg High School, believes, “The Orioles will be a great team in the future. They had a good season but it could have been better. I have been a fan all my life and I’m looking forward to what this team has to offer.” Orioles fans have a lot to look forward to from the home run hitting rookies, to the fireball throwing young pitchers. This team has only one goal going forward , a third World Series Championship.
By Torin Alexander
The Maryland Terrapins have impressed many with their recent play, starting 2-1. The Terps, coming off an abysmal 3-6 conference record, have showed potential as they head into the middle of the season. Though they are not ranked, it seems that Maryland has a bright future with their new roster. But what made this team become a fan favorite? What seems to have happened over night, has taken years to achieve. We’re going to take an inside look of why Maryland has become a dark horse in college football.
During the season of the 2015-2016, the Terrapins had fired the previous coach, Randy Edsall, after having a 22-34 record over 5 seasons. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse over the next 3 years. Maryland continued to have losing seasons with their current coach, D.J. Durkin. In his case, Durkin never really had anything to work with.He had to deal with many problems, like a below average team and complications with the coaching staff that was created by Edsall. Its understandable that he has overall record of 7-7 with a team that has been playing at such a low-level of football for the last 5 years.
In the spring of 2016, Maryland was able to acquire 4 star recruit Kasim Hill, who is the starting quarterback, and also Anthony Mcfarland who was the 2nd best recruit in Maryland, having multiple offers including Alabama. Right now, Mcfarland is a third string due to inexperience, but people can understand his potential heading into future. Kevin Contreras, a Junior at Glenelg, states, “I think Mcfarland will contribute nicely to the team, it's only a matter of time before he starts to show his true talent.” Clearly, many Maryland football fans are excited to see the new recruitment class bring a new era of Maryland football. With Hill and Mcfarland showcasing the possible future for Maryland, fans of the team are enthusiastic for the upcoming seasons.
Because of the new recruitments and a new coaching staff the Maryland team has the ability to prove something this year. Whether it results in a bowl game or even an improvement from last years record, the Terps have acquired talents that have the ability to influence the entire team.This was proven in their first game against Texas who was ranked 23rd at the time. Many people were shellshocked by the win because the last time the team won a game against a ranked team was 7 years ago against the Russell Wilson led Wisconsin Badgers. Chris Patchen, a Senior, thinks “It's a fantastic win for Maryland. To beat a ranked team shows improvement and potential.”
To conclude, the Maryland Terps are now seen as an incoming threat to the future college football. Though most teams improve by recruiting top notch players, Maryland is showing a new way of becoming an elite team. By building the roster than just continuing to recruit, the team can grow together than just being shadowed by one or two people. With recruitments that have the potential to be great and recurring players that improved over the offseason, it's safe to say that the Terps are finally in good hands.
By Ryan Hack
The NFL season kicked off on September 7, 2017 with a long lasting battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots. The Chiefs were able to pull ahead with a touchdown at the end of the third quarter, moving on to win 42-27 to start off the season. The rest of the week one games took place Sunday and Monday night.
The New England Patriots have made the playoffs in 13 of the past 14 years, only missing them in 2008. According to Junior, Daulton Der, the Patriots have been good for such a long time because “Bill Belichick is a great coach, and he gives Tom Brady the weapons he needs to do his thing.” The AFC East also includes the improving Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, along with the New York Jets. The Dolphins lost their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, to an ACL injury, so they signed Jay Cutler to lead the team. The Buffalo Bills are coming off a mediocre season, when they finished 8-8, and were able to take a 21-12 victory week one against their division rival, the New York Jets. The Jets have been falling in the standings over the years, and are now arguably the worst team in the league, not making the playoffs since 2010.
The AFC North was a close race between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. The Steelers won the division after beating Baltimore in week sixteen last year, with a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown with nine seconds left in the game. Pittsburgh went on to the AFC championship before falling to the Patriots. The Ravens added multiple players over the offseason to improve the defense, including safety, Tony Jefferson, and cornerback, Brandon Carr. On offense, Baltimore signed running back, Danny Woodhead, and wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin. The Ravens have not been to the playoffs since 2014, but hope to start another streak of playoff appearances in 2017. The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns both ended last season with a losing record, but had quality drafts. The Bengals took the fastest receiver in NFL combine history, John Ross, with the ninth pick overall, while the Browns had three first-round selections, adding defensive end, Myles Garrett, safety, Jabrill Peppers, and tight end, David Njoku.
Over the past couple of seasons, the AFC South has been a close race between multiple teams, usually including the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans. The Texans won the division in 2016, but mainly from the decline in talent from the Colts, after losing quarterback, Andrew Luck periodically throughout the season. Andrew Luck has been out the first two weeks of the season, and will continue to be out for the next couple of weeks, so backups Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett will get the starts. The Titans are becoming a playoff quality team after going 2-14 just three years ago, led by quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Jaguars are in the rebuilding process, so they are not expected to be one of the major standout teams moving forward in the 2017 season.
Lastly, the AFC West is the tightest division in the entire conference. Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders are capable of winning the division. According to Junior, Patrick Held, the Kansas City Chiefs have excelled in the division because of “the battle between Patrick Mahomes and Alex Smith. It makes Smith work harder to keep his spot as starting quarterback, resulting in him playing better.” The Raiders are led by Derek Carr, and his weapons on offense including Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree make him complete his job better and easier. The Los Angeles Chargers can put up a decent fight, but have been falling apart each game late fourth quarter, preventing them from excelling in the division. Lastly, the Denver Broncos have gone downhill since their Super Bowl victory a couple of years back, but are also a team that could fight for a wild card spot.
Through the first five weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team, while most teams are sitting at a 2-3 or 3-2 record. As it has been so far, the 2017 NFL season will continue to be something to look forward to, as it will be another close battle between many teams.
By Liam Day and Philip Johnson
Another year, another season of the Alabama Crimson Tide being on top. The Tide was ranked number one in the country to start the season for the second straight year and the fourth time in eight years. They then kicked off week one with a dominant victory over Florida State who was ranked #3 at the time. Bama bested the Seminoles in every facet of the game and came away with a commanding 24-7 victory. Head Coach Nick Saban wanted the game to serve as an example to the rest of the country that Bama is back, and perhaps better than ever. The Tide followed the Florida State win with a 41-10 home win over Fresno State, a 41-23 win over Colorado State, and the 59-0 obliteration of Vanderbilt. Sice then they have blown out Ole Miss 66-3 and won a tough fight at Kyle Field when they beat Texas A&M 27-19. So what makes Alabama so good? How far can Saban’s team go? And who can step up to stop them?
For the past ten years Nick Saban has created a championship atmosphere at Alabama; players expect to win every game. It has been dubbed the NFL factory after putting out first-round picks year after year. The Tides credentials make many like Glenelg teacher Mr. Johnson believe they will win the championship every year “With the crazy talent they possess on that team, you see why they win almost every year. I don't see why they won't keep winning the next few years”. This 2017 team is no different.
With five and four star recruits across the board, especially on the defensive side of the ball, many believe this Tide team is one of the best. Offensive stars Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Calvin Ridley, and Ross Pierschbacher pave the way for the Tides dominant offense. With sophomore Quarterback Jalen Hurts coming off a Heisman candidate season, and reportedly making offseason improvements the media dubbed “stagnant Bama offense” will be rejuvenated and firing on all cylinders. With the New England Patriots former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, now calling the plays, the Tide look, to show the country their now dangerous on both sides of the ball. With all these weapons at their disposal, who could potentially take down the Tide?
Coming off a huge win at top ranked Ohio State, the Sooners and Heisman candidate quarterback Baker Mayfield look to be the best team to challenge Bama right now. Oklahoma is perhaps the only team that suffered minimal damage due to players entering the draft. Stopping the powerhouse Alabama would be a Cinderella story this year and Oklahoma quarterback Mayfield is exactly that. As a former walk-on to Texas Tech, Mayfield was laid off after an injury when backup QB Clayton Nicholas shined in his position. He immediately transferred to Oklahoma and asked coach Riley for a tryout and weeks later he was the starting quarterback. Oklahoma is currently ranked #3 in the country with a punishing defense only giving up 12 points per game. Even with a gunslinger under center , Oklahoma may not need Mayfield to be spectacular to take down the Tide.
With all the hype around Bama and the Sooners, many college football fans and analysts alike have overlooked the defending champion Clemson Tigers. That in part is due to the 9 players being drafted off last years team, most notably quarterback Deshaun Watson. However head coach Dabo Swinney has another talent filled roster this year and boasts arguably the nation's best defensive line. With potential first round picks Dexter Lawrence, Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins all on the defensive line and a solid secondary behind them teams better watch out for the Tigers on their mission to repeat. On the offensive side Junior quarterback patiently waited two years behind Deshaun Watson for the starting job and he got it after a battle for the spot took all summer. He impressed many with his 3 touchdown performance in Clemson's first marquee win this season in a controlling 47-21 win over the Louisville Cardinals. Clemson's great lay early has their fans confident. Avid Tigers fan Mr. Kinloch expressed this sentiment “Oh I think were not only going to run the table but we’ll win the ACC, get the #1 seed for the playoffs ,and beat Alabama handily again”.
Even though the Tide did not win the championship last year they are still clearly the team to beat. However the Tide are used to this feeling of having a target on their back more than any other team in football. As the 2017 season pans out teams will come to the forefront and teams will fade away but the question still remains. Who can take down the Tide?
By Garrett Athey and Reagan Ahlquist
The MLB Postseason is coming up soon and the final teams are being decided. The current teams set to play from the American League include the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, and the Houston Astros. The National League teams include the Washington Nationals, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The wild card teams were the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins in the American League, and the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Colorado Rockies in the National League. However, the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4, and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 11-8. These were the best teams from each division as they beat out the rest of the competition. With the World Series taking place in late October, these teams will battle it out to play in the championship game.
In the American League the Cleveland Indians went on a historic run, winning 22 games straight which is the longest streak in the history of the American League. The Minnesota Twins are the biggest surprise to make the playoffs according to Senior Eddie Liembach, “It was a good season for the Twins because they made history by being the only team to lose 100+ games and come back the next season and make the playoffs..” The Houston Astros barely missed the playoffs last year, but have added more depth to their team in the offseason. They acquired ace pitcher Justin Verlander at the trade deadline helping them into the postseason with his stellar pitching. The Boston Red Sox got swept in the playoffs last year by the Cleveland Indians, but hope to prevent another sweep in the playoffs this year. They acquired Cy Young contender pitcher, Chris Sale, who is leading the league in strikeouts and innings pitched. The Cy Young is awarded to the best pitcher in the American and National League every season. The Yankees were carried this year by rookie sensation Aaron Judge who has been a powerhouse all season. Senior Brenden Rose said, “Judge was the most dominant player this season due to his incredible 52 home runs.”
In the National League, The Dodgers, who finished 104-58, have the MLB’s best record and it is one of the best records in MLB history thanks to rookie sensation Cody Bellinger, who was an all star and led all National League rookies in homeruns. The Washington Nationals have been propelled with their pitching; last year’s Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is having another Cy Young caliber season. Last year’s World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, have made the playoffs once again as they hope to repeat. The Arizona Diamondbacks have made the playoffs for the first time since 2011 thanks to ace pitcher Zack Greinke having a comeback year. The Colorado Rockies have finally improved their pitching staff and can make a good run, they were one of the worst in baseball for the past few seasons. Each team had remarkable seasons, but only one can win the World Series in November.
Fans are in for a treat for the World Series as each team is fun to watch and the star players are on display. The series will be an exciting one no matter who the teams are.
By Matt Lipp
A playoff appearance is usually the standard for Glenelg Football teams every year. Anything less would be a failure to the students and staff members at the school. This year, the team lost a lot of important Seniors, including Dakota Davis and Connor Stanley, who helped get Glenelg to the State Semi Finals last year.
Howard County’s 2016 player of the year Wande Owens returns to try to lead the offense behind five new starting offensive linemen. New starters like Tyler Curtiss and Max Sotka have to step up and contribute if the Gladiators want to stay near the top of Howard County. Unfortunately, key players including Wande Owens, Sam Alsheimer, Garrett Mills, Chase Miller, and Griffin Doyle have gotten injured early in the season which really hurts the Gladiators. Alsheimer and Mills are out for the season while Owens, Griffin, and Miller hope to return to the field as soon as possible. The team is still confident they can be the top seed in their region for back to back years.
After a hard fought win over Hammond, Glenelg improved to 3-1 on the season. The offense started off very slow in the first half which led to a slim 7-6 lead after two quarters. Glenelg started to take over against the inferior team and eventually escaped the trap game with a 23-6 win. Even with having five star players sidelined, the Gladiators are playing good football. The Gators from Reservoir come to Glenelg on Thursday, September 28th to square off against a hot Glenelg team. The Gators are not as good of a team as they have been in recent years but they always seem to give Glenelg a tough matchup. The Gladiators will look to stay hot and extend their winning streak to four games.