Monday, May 22, 2017

Boys’ Lacrosse celebrate Senior Night

Sam Lombardi, Lear Asplundh, Jack McKenna
Staff Writers

The Boys Lacrosse team faced off against Valley Forge Military Academy for the second time this season on May 1st for senior night. The senior players included Nolan Curran and Matt Firth on attack, Ryan Stephens on midfield and taking faceoffs, and  Matt Kilgariff, Sam Lombardi, and Mikey Summerson on defense.
  The ceremony during half-time commemorated each of the seniors and detailed where they planned on going after high school. Nolan Curran and Sam Lombardi will both be attending the Smeal School of Business at Penn State University, Matt Firth will be attending the University of Maryland, Ryan Stephens will be attending Kutztown University, Mikey Summerson will be attending Liberty University, and Matt Kilgariff will be attending Johns Hopkins University.
  The last meeting between New Hope and Valley Forge resulted in a 13-9 win for the Lions. The senior night game mirrored it almost exactly, resulting in a 13-10 win for New Hope. New Hope took an early lead as they tore through Valley Forge’s defense. The team was not able to throw anything at New Hope that they had not already prepared for The second half of the game became more competitive as the teams came within one point of each other; however, a penalty for an illegal hit took Valley Forge’s strongest shooter out of the game during the last quarter, which allowed New Hope to turn over the ball and score three more goals and widen the gap.
  With a fairly even record this year, the lacrosse team is looking to finish out the year strong by winning their upcoming games against George School, Springfield, Neshaminy, and Church Farm.

Track and Field start off strong and perform well at the 2017 BAL meet

Joshua House
Staff Writer

The New Hope Track and Field started the year off strong. The team participated in the Haverford Invitational on April 1. This meet, held at Haverford High School, featured many strong performances from the New Hope Team.
  In Field Events, Matt Jopling in Triple Jump posted a jump of 33’½”. Amelia Wurster got a distance of 14’11” in Long Jump to earn ninth place. In Javelin, Nico Marino was able to throw for 111’, and in High jump, Max Chuma got over the height of 5’8”in with sister Maryna Chuma reaching 4’8”.
  In relays the New Hope boys 4x800 team took second place with the use of new American flag arm sleeves on all members right arms. The girls 4x400 ran a solid time of 4:26.85, and their 4x100 ran 55.11 for fourteenth  place.
  In individual events Kate Hunt got ninth place with a time of 28.14 in her 200m race; Ryan Smith clocked a 12.64 in his 100m race. In the 400m Andrew Purdy ran a 53.73 and freshman Christian Kruse ran a 55.37. Eric Cammarata clocked a 5:25 in his mile and Eric Wanat got a personal best in the 800m with a 2:49. Finally, to end the day Sam Czupich clocked in an 11:35 in his 3200m race for thirty-third place.
  Overall, it was a great start for the beginning of the season for the track and field team with their new spring track coaches: Scott Kunkel and Erin Moss.
  On May 10 and 11 at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, New Hope Solebury participated at BAL’s ( Bicentennial Athletic Leagues) track meet and it was one of the top performances in recent memory for the team. First off for the girls team there were pr’s and strong performances all around. In field events Maryna Chuma took 1st in high jump with a personal best of 5’2’’. In long jump Amelia Wurster secured 2nd with a jump of 15’5’’ and 3rd in triple jump with a 31’10’’. Samantha Renson beat out almost 20 girls for a clutch 3rd place medal for Javelin 95’10’’. In the mile, Julia Mycek nabbed first place with a time of 5:29 and a season best. Savannah Herring took 2nd place in the 400m with a 1:01.46. In relays the girls took third in the 4x100, second in the 4x400, and third in the 4x800. The girls had a great meet finishing 3rd out of 9 overall and have many strong runners ready for the upcoming districts meet.
  On the boys side there were some clutch performances and some last minute qualifying for districts. In the field events Max Chuma took 5th in high jump with a height of 5’8’’ and Nico Marino took 7th out of 28 in Javelin with a throw of 131’6’’. Freshman Grant Harm jumped an impressive 16’ 5’’ in long jump. In running events Ryan Smith ran a strong 100m with a 12.26 and Andrew Purdy got a 53.81 in his 400m good for 8th out of 30. Matt Peshek finally beat Greg House’s 1600 pr with a 4:29.76 good enough for first place out of 46 runners and bragging rights with Greg. Joshua House came out of nowhere in the last 100m of the 800 to nab a 3rd place medal out of 48 runners getting a time of 2:06.27. In relays the New Hope boys finally qualified for the district in the 4x400 getting a 3:39, the boys 4x100 got a 46.36 good enough for third place, and the boys 4x800 took 3rd place with a nice time of 8:27.80. The guys are ready to compete for districts having over 15 runners sent to it.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lady Lions Prepare for Softball Senior Night

Amanda Horak & Liz Donahue
Staff Writers

Senior night is scheduled to be on May 8, where the girls will play a home game against Lower Moreland. The team consists of 7 seniors, along with Bella Devito as team manager. So far this season, Natalie Borys has pitched numerous strikes, allowing the Lady Lions to have an advantage over other teams. Sam Renson has hit 3 inside the park homeruns. Shaelyn Parker has a batting average of .429 after successfully bunting for base hits. Cameron Wallace has worked behind the base as catcher, blocking balls to help defend during games.
 Currently, the team is 6-4, falling to Dock, Bristol, Faith Christian, and Calvary Christian, while winning against Lower Moreland, Delaware County Christian, Morrisville, The Christian Academy, Philmont Christian, and Plumstead Christian. The team still has three more weeks until they play their final conference game on May 16.
 During the team’s senior night, everyone from the team and most of everyone’s parents show up to see the seniors the team will be sending off this year. Just before the game is about to begin, each team lines up along the foul lines on each side. The senior’s parents will also be invited out onto the field where Coach Marchok will call each of the senior’s names to give them a handshake and a flower, which is bought by their teammates. After each senior has been called, the game begins. After the game is finished, the entire team gathers around behind the dugout to enjoy great food and listen to speeches, which are created by their teammates. The rest of the team wanted to say thank you to all of the seniors on the team and it is going to be extremely hard without them next year. Come out and support the seniors on May 8th!

Boys Varsity Tennis wins Districts

Adrian Roji, Charlie Stadler, Neftali Jimenez-Castro, Matt Cabelus
Staff Writers

The NHS Boys Varsity tennis team is in the middle of another successful season in the BAL conference. With its only conference loss to Lower Moreland, they will be the number two seed heading into the district tournament. If they manage to win the district tournament, the team will head to the state tournament at Hershey later in May. This feat is completely possible for the guys because they lost a heart breaker to Lower Moreland where they should have won the deciding match, as the third doubles court lead 6-2 and 4-2.  
 Individually, two Lions, Adrian Roji, and Caleb Burrows, have had plenty of success. Caleb Burrows placed second in the BAL and District tournaments. Adrian Roji won both the BAL and District tournaments for the third time in his high school career--sophomore year is the only year he did not win. He will head to the state tournament in Hershey for a third time. Both players have not lost a match all season, with Adrian playing first singles and Caleb playing second singles.  
Senior Day was May 1, with the match starting at 3 p.m. The Lions beat Jenkintown six matches to one. The last conference match was Wednesday, May 3, away at Christopher Dock, resulting in yet another win.
On Thursday, May 4, the Lions played the district final against Lower Moreland, with the winner heading to the state tournament in Hershey, PA. For the first time in school history, New Hope won the district title in a nail biting match up. With a final scoreboard of 3-2, meaning three matches won for New Hope and 2 for Lower Moreland, the Lions advanced to play in the state tournament. Adrian Roji won at first singles 6-0 and 6-0, Clay Asplundh and Oliver Colvin won at second doubles 6-1 and 7-5, and Caleb Burrows won the deciding match 2-6, 6-3, and 6-4 at second singles to clinch the win. Emotions ran high.
The most successful season in New Hope tennis history continues as the Lions will hope to make a splash in Hershey. Wish them luck.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Special Olympics Baseball is on the rise

David Shonis and Kyle Lynch
Staff Writers

Located in the small town of Lawrenceville, NJ, the New Jersey Special Olympic facility is the home to many athletes that are granted opportunities to play the sports that they love. Over the years, the Special Olympics have taken place across the nation in every state providing adults and kids the resources to allow them to play sports. 
  A few years ago, Special Olympics in New Jersey established the first-ever baseball team. For many participants, it is the first time they can live out their dreams of playing our nation’s pastime. 
  Tony Vlahovic organized the sport for the Special Olympic athletes and continues to promote the game. Vlahovic is the current head baseball coach for the New Hope-Solebury Lions team and many team members have put in endless hours to support these special athletes. Students not only help them develop a great knowledge about the game, but also want them to take great pride and joy.
  “I’ve become friends with many of the guys there and the entire program allows many of the New Hope players to give back,” Danny Doherty, senior Lion’s baseball player said.
  Special Olympics in New Jersey teamed up recently with New Hope-Solebury High School and Solebury School to have a unified baseball game in which the Special Olympic athletes could play a short 4-inning baseball game alongside both high school baseball teams and also against the teams too. This is the second straight year that this event has taken place and it has been a tremendous success. The opportunity for these athletes to play baseball with high school players and to learn off of them is something that they will cherish for a long time. 
  “I love their passion for the game. They have rejuvenated my love for the game being around them.” Head Coach Tony Vlahovic explianed 
  Special Olympics Baseball in New Jersey has been growing the past few years. They even took home gold a few years ago in the USA Games. 
  Many companies and organizations that are proud partners of Special Olympics New Jersey and some include: Wawa, ShopRite, United Airlines, TD Bank and the New York Giants. With the help of people volunteering and working with these athletes to teach them the game of baseball, anything is possible for them. 
  The Princeton University baseball team also trains the athletes and holds clinics at their complex to teach players more about baseball. The Somerset Patriots recently gave an athlete from the Special Olympics baseball team the chance to fulfill his dream of playing baseball for a semi-pro baseball club. 
  Without all the contributions from high school baseball teams, colleges, organizations, parents, kids and coaches, none of this would be possible. 
  Coach Vlahovic explained what sparked his interest in coaching and he said, “The reason why I got involved in coaching Special Olympics Baseball was I felt that these people can play baseball, but; we’re never given the opportunity to play.” 
  This baseball team that has been put together by Special Olympics in New Jersey deserves recognition for the effort and hard work that they put in to make these athletes happy and to open more doors for opportunities to play baseball.

2017 NBA draft is right around the corner

Will Kelley, Parker Cane, Justin Horak, Connor Fitzgerald
Staff Writers

The 2017 NBA draft is one to look forward to. There are many prospects that have showcased their skills during this years NCAA March Madness tournament. With UNC winning the title, their top 2 players Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson look like they could be solid late first-round picks. The 2016 draft class has not impressed many people, but rookies Jaylen Brown and Dario Saric have been very solid players for their respective teams, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Brooklyn Nets trading away three future first-round picks to the Boston Celtics, the Nets terrible record has rewarded the Celtics with the first-overall pick, which they will most likely use to take Point Guard Markelle Fultz from Washington State. Other teams that look like they will receive a top 5 pick are the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. The top 5 projected picks are all backcourt players, meaning a Point Guard or Shooting Guard. The most exciting prospect is Point Guard Lonzo Ball from UCLA, the Ball family consists of three boys who are all basketball superstars. Ball showcases beautiful court vision, shooting perfection and can occasionally throw down vicious dunks.

 Some notable players worthy of attention are Malik Monk, a guard from Kentucky University who can bring prestigious shooting and quick defense that can transition into offense. Monk proved what he could do while playing for Kentucky in this year’s NCAA tournament. Kentucky went to the Elite 8, but fell short to tournament champions UNC. Monk hit two clutch three-pointers in the closing minutes to keep the game close. De'aaron Fox another guard from Kentucky looks to be a top 10 pick as he showcased his skills along with Malik Monk in the tournament, most people would probably give Monk the edge over Fox because of his shooting. Other prospects that look to go in the top 10 are Josh Jackson, Forward from Kansas, Dennis Smith Jr., Guard from NC State and Jayson Tatum, Forward from Duke University. Overall, this year's draft is one to look forward to as many of these prospects are capable of reaching their full potential in the NBA.

Barcelona wins El Clasico on Messi’s game-winner

Thomas Muzekari
Staff Writer

FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-2 in Madrid on Apr. 23 in the biggest rivalry in world soccer thanks largely in part to another astonishing performance from Lionel Messi who netted two goals that included a game-winner on the last play of the game. That goal was also the 500th that Messi has scored in his career with the Spanish club.
 Barcelona, down three points in the standings coming into this match, needed a win to give themselves a decent chance at still being able to grasp the league title.
 The game started off fast, and both teams were going at the other. In the first half Messi took a nasty elbow from Marcelo in the mouth which caused him to start bleeding severely. Messi would then play the rest of the first half with gauze in his mouth.
 The first goal of the match came from Casemiro for Real Madrid in the 28th minute, but then Messi, with some of his magic, scored just moments later to equalize in the 33rd minute. The score at halftime would be 1-1 after an exciting 45 minutes of the much anticipated Spanish clash.
 The second half provided many opportunities for both teams, and both goalkeepers were tested and had to make some difficult saves. In the 73rd minute though, Barcelona found the back of the net with a brilliant strike by Ivan Rakitic to put his side ahead 2-1.
 Four minutes later, Messi was taken down by a vicious sliding tackle from Sergio Ramos which earned the center back a red card. So, Madrid was now down to 10 men. Even so, they were able to tie the game 2-2 on a goal by James Rodriguez in the 87th minute.
 But it wasn’t over yet. Barcelona provided a magical moment on the last play of the game. Sergi Roberto surged forward for Barcelona and eventually played a ball to Andre Gomes who was to the left of the top of the box. Gomes then found Jordi Alba on the overlap, who then played a ball back across the center to the arriving Messi, who struck it first-time with that magical left foot of his and into the goal for the 92nd minute winner.
 It was the last kick of the game, and the Argentine went to the corner to celebrate by taking off his jersey and holding it up in front of the crowd. The referee gave him a yellow card, but Messi took it undeniably as he did not care at that point. He just had an unbelievable performance that included two goals, the second of which won El Clasico for Barcelona in dramatic fashion.
 It was a memorable night for Barcelona and the fans of the club, and it was one of--if not the greatest--rivalry games between these two sides ever. It had everything, saves, goals, great plays, controversy, and of course the dramatic ending.

 The 3-2 win put Barcelona tied with Real Madrid atop La Liga standings with five games remaining. Barcelona still needs a Real Madrid stumble since Madrid has a game in hand, but nonetheless, Barcelona is in position to make a run at another league title due to a great team effort and a heroic performance by--as head coach Luis Enrique put it-- “the best player in the history of the game.”