Mason wins 22-12, leaving Wilson astonished

By Vishva Bhavsar and Nainika Koppusetty | Staff Writers

 

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Photo by Vishva Bhavsar

 

The moment was here, the score was 16-12, Comets were winning, and Wilson was close behind, but the strong seventh graders would not let that happen. They dodged, twisted, and tackled as they battled for the win.

On Saturday morning Sept. 19, the Comets faced off against Hamilton Wilson. The game occurred at Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium in Mason. It was the sixteenth game of the season and the seventh game for the Mason Middle School Boys White football team.The score was not that eventful in the first quarter, but in the beginning of the second quarter, Mason scored  8 points. During that same quarter, players from both teams scored touchdowns, making the score 16-6. As the quarter ended, both teams called time-outs, and the cheerleaders led the halftime show with their Walk-a-thon dance routine.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the score was still 16-6, but then, to boost their points, Wilson scored a touchdown, adding another six points to their score. The Comets lost a bit of hope, but they still continued and scored a touchdown. The new score was 22-12. At the end of the third and fourth quarter, the score was still 22-12. The Comets had won the game.

Bobby Sagers, one of the coaches of the Mason Football team, was very proud of his team’s work and their effort.

“I am very happy, we were in a dogfight today, I’m really proud of my boys,” Sagers said. “They’re all big dogfighters.”

The team has made many improvements, but they also have a few more to make.

“We need to improve on pursuing the ball better on both offense and defense side of the ball,” Sagers said.

The team will keep playing and continue improving, and we will continue cheering for them.

“Like I said we have to keep playing Mason Football,” Sagers said. “That’s being tough running to the ball and doing what we do.”

 

Mason Middle School Girls Triumph During Cross Country Invitational

Della Johnson and Seiya Sachdeva | Staff Writers

 

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Photo by Della Johnson

 

Beating out over four schools, Mason girls reigned victorious for the two-mile run.

On Saturday, September 10, the Mason Invitational brought multiple schools from all over Ohio to compete in cross country races. The races were two miles long, including features such as hay barrels and very little shade. Putting in all their sweat and tears, Mason girls won first place and a victory for Mason Middle School.

Melanie Folzenlogen, seventh-grade runner for MMS, shared her opinion on the event.

“This event feels like we have to put more work into it and work harder so we can be first,” Folzenlogen said. “I feel like you’re trying to impress more people, so you run faster.”

Some weren’t fazed, though. Maggie Korth, seventh-grade cross country athlete, explained how running in front of that amount of people felt.

“It’s kind of hard to focus on everyone around you,” Korth said. “There are so many people here, [but] I like it when there’s a huge crowd.”

Allison Fleissner, a seventh grader and also a runner, thought that the number of people didn’t matter, only the running itself.

When asked if a larger crowd influenced how she ran, Fleissner answered, “I don’t think so because you aren’t really focusing on it. You’re just running.”

The girls also talked about why they joined cross country.

“What I love about cross country is that you get to form friendships with people you had never met before,” Folzenlogen said. “I joined cross country to be with one of my friends. When the season for track and field comes we’re doing that together too.”

 

 

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Photo by Seiya Sachdeva

 

 

Baseball team one of few sports missing from athletic repertoire

Abby Miller | Staff Writer

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At Mason Middle School, there is a sport or club for every student, no matter his or her interests. Yet there is one major team sport missing from the MMS collection of sports: baseball. According to MMS athletic director, Stephanie Hyatt, boys have more of an opportunity in club baseball, rather than school baseball.

The OHSAA limits junior high baseball teams to 17 games per season whereas a club baseball team may schedule upwards of 50-60 games,” Hyatt said. “In addition, keep in mind that the OHSAA does not allow players to play on both a school team and a club team at the same time.  So club teams are preferred for the increased number of games.”

Hyatt said she has never gotten a complaint about not having a baseball team, but she has been asked the question numerous times.

I haven’t gotten complaints, but I have gotten requests to add a baseball team,” Hyatt said. “When I explain why we don’t have one everyone has seemingly understood.

Also, Hyatt said for the amount of work required, it wouldn’t be worth it for just 17 games.

(For a team to be field it would take) money to hire coaches, buy uniforms, pay for transportation, pay for umpires, fields to play on, and other schools to play against,” Hyatt said. “Currently there is no additional funding in the district to add new programs, nor do we have the facilities to support another baseball team.”  

Former Mason High School baseball coach Kyle Peters said that sometimes he does wish there was a baseball team at MMS.

“Sometimes I do (wish there was a baseball team), because I feel like it’s good for kids to represent their school,” Peters said. “There’s a lot of pride representing your school and playing for your school, but I understand that with the logistics, it’s very tough to do at the junior high level. So therefore I understand it, but sometimes I do wish there was (a team).”

Hyatt said that even if there was a school team, there would be no one to play.

“To my knowledge, only about two other GMC schools have a middle school baseball team,” Hyatt said.

Peters said he agreed with Hyatt about the future of baseball at MMS.

“I think, I could see (a team) but not for a little while,” Peters said. “The only way I would really see that happening is if there’s a push from the varsity coaches at the high school level to create one. If they push for it and feel like it’s valuable, then I think there would be one, but I don’t see that happening for a little while. I think if one school in the league does it, then I think other schools will.”

There is no need to worry about opportunities when it comes to baseball, according to Peters.

“I think there’s so many opportunities for boys at this age level, to play summer baseball; I really don’t feel like the school needs to provide (a team) because there is so many opportunities out there for boys to play,” Peters said.

Students learn to look beyond ‘making the cut’

Riley Johansen | Staff Editor

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Seventh graders Elizabeth Berry (left) and Samantha Connors (right) play basketball. Photo by Riley Johansen.

In sports, it is often said “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

This mantra definitely applies when it comes to trying out for Mason Schools sports teams.

In basketball, volleyball, golf, and more, it is commonly said that trying out for these teams is a valuable experience. But, it is challenging considering how many kids try out.

Athletic director Stephanie Hyatt said she knows the challenge.

“I think the largest amount of kids that have tried out for a sport was probably for boy’s basketball,” Hyatt said. “In the past, I know we’ve had numbers in the seventies when ultimately we can only take twenty total boys. Also, years ago for our boy’s golf team we’ve had around fifty or sixty boys try out when we can only take twelve.”

Making the cut is undoubtedly a challenge, but not making it can be even more difficult, according to eighth grader Caroline Herrlinger. Herrlinger said she knows both sides of the equation.

“Seventh graders have 35 kids try out, whereas 8th grade, this year, had maybe 21 girls tryout,” Herlinger said.

In seventh grade, Herlinger was a member of the girls basketball team. However, this year, she missed the cut.

“Right off the bat I was really, really, upset because I tried so hard,” Herlinger said. “I went to every conditioning, every try out. I would stay after, I would come early, I did everything I could, but I guess I just wasn’t in the prime of what they wanted, so that kind of stunk. But afterwards, I kind of saw that’s a beautiful thing, a blessing in disguise. Now I can work on homework more. I don’t have to worry about away games, bringing snacks and all your bags, so again I think it’s just a blessing in disguise.”

The same thing happened to current member of the seventh Grade boys basketball team, Tyler Ringwald.

“It didn’t really affect me because I tried out for the Mason basketball team last year, and I didn’t make it so I just played on rec,” Ringwald said.

Even if you don’t make the team, there are plenty of other options for students, Herlinger said.

“I think definitely, if you really love basketball, just try out, if you don’t make it, so what?,” Herlinger said. “Play on a rec team, and come back next year and just kill it. So, if you are trying out for the school team and they have a rec option, maybe just sign up for both, because if you don’t make it on the intense team, then you have a fun team that you don’t have to try out.”

Aside from all the challenges of making the cut, being part of any team is a valuable experience, according to Hyatt.

“I think both (select and recreational teams) are really valuable opportunities,” Hyatt said. “I say that because when kids are involved and active, doing something productive like a sport, I don’t think it matters if it’s a rec sport or a really competitive select team. I think what matters is children are busy, and doing something physical with their time, not just plugged into an electronic device or watching TV. If the goal is healthy living, and spending time doing fun activities, I think either would be valuable.”

Runners brave snow and ice in Polar Bear Running Club

Abby Miller | Staff Writer

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Eighth grader Bella Ranieri runs at practice. Photo by Abby Miller.

The Polar Bear Running Club has been at MMS for 10 years and is leaving its legacy on student athletes.

The Polar Bear Running Club is a club at MMS where any student has the opportunity to run in the snow and cold weather.  The goal is to build endurance, learn team-work skills, set goals, and get in better shape, according to coach John Benham.

“The club originated trying to entice people to go outside and run,”  Benham said. “It was originally to get you off of the couch. Maybe, get you in shape, prepared and ready for your upcoming season in the spring.”

According to Benham, anyone at Mason Middle School can participate in the club, you don’t have to be a track runner, or be great at running, you just need a drive to get better.

“It isn’t necessarily just track runners,”  Benham said. “A lot of people think it’s just track runners that are going to be running here.  It’s a lot of soccer players, that may not be doing track.  Could be some cheerleaders, could be some basketball, lacrosse players, people who just want to get off of the couch.”

At the end of the season, in past years, students got to show off all of their hard work at a 5k race.

“We go down and run a 5k race,”  Benham said. “And that was just to see how we progressed throughout our club.  See if we got in better shape, and set goals for ourselves.”

The Polar Bear Running Club, and especially the 5k race is an all around fun experience for everyone according to Benham.

“We’ve had different staff members that come out and run with us,” Benham said. “At the end, we’ve even had some parents encouraged to come out and run with their student, as I said in that 5k race. It’s motivated a lot of families to actually get out and run together as well.”

Running outside in the cold weather, may not sound too fun for you, but really, it’s a great experience, according to Benham.

“For some strange reason, the idea of going outside and running in the cold weather really enticed a lot of people,” Benham said. “Maybe it was because it was something they have never thought of.”

Polar Bear Running Club sets a great atmosphere for students, and is a very fun, positive club, according to Benham.

“Running together as a group and encouraging each other, setting some goals, was a real positive experience for everybody,” Benham said.

Seventh grade girl works to trump wrestling stereotypes

Abby Miller | Staff Writer

A seventh grade girl wrestles with the stereotype of wrestling being an only male sport. Seventh grader Sierra Christian is the only girl on the middle school wrestling team.  However, according to Christian, the boys don’t treat her any different.

“They treat me like a guy, basically,” Christian said. “They’re not scared to pin me, or to do any sort of move on me.  Basically, just another guy.”

Head coach Darrell Boreing agrees that she is treated just like anybody else and Boreing said that’s how it should be.

“She has to weigh herself everyday like everyone does,” Boreing said.  “So, we bring the scale out of the boys locker room, upstairs for her to use it.  She wrestles with everybody.”

Eighth grade wrestler Dante Ditullio said that having a girl on the team doesn’t phase him or anybody.

“You don’t usually see girls in wrestling, but it doesn’t really matter,”  Ditullio said. “We treat her like regular.”

According to Boering, Christian is very committed.

“(When I found out) I thought she must be pretty tough,” Boreing said. “She’s just different than most other girls because most girls don’t do wrestling.  And so, she must really like it, and want to do it.”

Everyone treats her fairly, but there are some minor difficulties, according to Christian.

“Sometimes, it’s hard (to fit in),”  Christian said. “It just depends on how you interact with them.”

Although she hasn’t wrestled prior this year, Christian said she has been dedicated to the program.

“I started this year at the beginning of the season,”  Christian said.  “I went to conditioning and then I started.”

According to Boreing,  nothing is gettting in her way from being successful.

“She will be eligible to wrestle in every meet,”  Boreing said. “Nothing will stop her, rule wise or procedure wise, from getting the chance to wrestle like any boy.”