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.”

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The process has stalled

Lear Asplundh
Staff Writer

After many believed Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid would team up post All-Star break, bad news seemed to swarm the Sixers. After a Feb. 23 scan on Ben Simmons broken foot showed a setback, many Sixers fans grew unhappy. During a Jan. 27 game vs the Houston Rockets, Joel Embiid suffered a knee injury. Bryan Colangelo, President of the Philadelphia 76ers, reported false information that Embiid would be day to day following his injury scare vs the Rockets. A report came out that Embiid will likely have knee surgery during the offseason. Embiid will once again be sidelined the rest of the season.

 During Embiid’s time playing he did look promising, averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game. Many were hopeful that he would potentially lead the Sixers to the playoffs, but after minute restrictions and injuries Embiid only got to play in around 20 games the whole season. While on the court, Sixers fans were as loud as during the team’s 2012 run to the playoffs. Sixers fans are furious after the false news by Colangelo that Embiid was day-to-day. Colangelo has lied to the fans many times and fans seem to be done with it. Although it may seem Sixers fans are losing hope, they are still confident in the upcoming draft and offseason to form a championship caliber team.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Girls’ Lax hopeful about 2017 season

Shayna Berman
Stella Kelley
Laura Nagg
Staff Writers

The girls’ lacrosse season is one of the most anticipated times of the school year; players look forward to it from the beginning of the year. With a new JV coach, Rory Yerkes, and several new students joining the team, this year is guaranteed to be exciting and fun, and hopefully successful.
 The girls’ first game of the season, scheduled for March 21, was canceled due to field conditions after the snow storm. While some girls were upset about this, it gave new players some more time to practice and figure out where they belong on the field. Their next game took place at the end of that week, on Friday the 24. Unfortunately, the girls could not pull out a win with a tough loss against Upper Moreland, but it will definitely give the girls motivation to work hard and be prepared for the next game.
 Junior player Riley Brennan claims that she is “really excited for the rest of the season and cannot wait to get outside to play on the actual field.” Along with most of the other junior and senior players, she has been part of the team with Coach Dougherty since freshman year, and a strong bond is definitely present.
 Senior captain Victoria Kalinovich took a break from lacrosse for a few years, but last year she decided to dive right back in. She proves to be a strong leader and uplifts the team, as voted captain by the team last May. This spring will be her final sports season at New Hope, and she reflected on her career by saying: “I love it! I really do love it! I love the people, the sport, the bus rides, the coach, the family-feeling! It’s a great environment to be part of and I’m so glad I get to finish my career in high school sports on this team. I love everything!”
 Betsy Dougherty, the team’s fearless and passionate coach, who played on the Penn State Women's Lacrosse Team, and on the World Cup team for three consecutive years, has been the head coach for the past three seasons and assistant for the year prior. In anticipation of the season and team, Dougherty states: “I definitely see a lot of potential for this team. It is a rebuilding year with our strong seniors from last year gone, but everyone this year is pretty much at the same level and we can grow and advance together. Although there are no real shining stars on our team there’s plenty of skill that can be built upon.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NBA Draft Preview

Kyle Lynch and David Shonis
Staff Writers

The 2017 NBA Draft is three months away and the biggest news surrounding the draft is who will be selected 1st overall. Notable 1st overall selections in the past drafts were: Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Patrick Ewing, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and the great Hakeem Olajuwon. There were some players though who did not live up to the expectations of performing at a high level who were drafted #1, but there is always excitement surrounding the draft. With the 2017 NBA Draft rapidly approaching, some notable top players in the upcoming draft include Markelle Fultz from Washington, Lonzo Ball from UCLA, Jayson Tatum from Duke, Jonathan Isaac from Florida State, Josh Jackson from Kansas, Malik Monk from Kentucky and Dennis Smith from NC State. Many of these top prospects happen to be freshman, and getting drafted into the NBA at the age of 18 as a freshman is a pretty big deal. Throughout the season these highly-skilled freshmen players continue to thrive.
Every month there seems to be another upperclassman player breaking out each month. With the 2017 NBA draft nearing, NBA teams looking to acquire first round picks include the Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers after acquiring them at this past trade deadline. The NBA Mock Draft suggests that the Boston Celtics should pick up Markelle Fultz, freshman PG from Washington. Fultz offers more firepower as well as a potential future all star. Fultz would fit in well with the team and would be able to give Boston’s general manager more options. The Phoenix Suns could benefit tremendously from UCLA PG Lonzo Ball. This season they stand at 18 wins with no definite identity. Ball would be a crucial addition to the team and would promote ball movement and quick decisions.
As we look later on in the draft, teams such as Atlanta, San Antonio and Toronto will be looking to add to their arsenal of star players in an attempt to have more depth for when the playoffs roll around. Isaiah Hartenstein from Germany is getting many looks because of his big 6’ 11” frame, and he can be a threat down low. Atlanta is in desperate need of a big man to pair up with Dwight Howard so Hartenstein would be the ideal fit for the Hawks. Toronto may look to add some shooters to surround their star point guard, Kyle Lowry. Luke Kennard from Duke looks to be a great asset to the Raptors in an attempt to compete with the higher shooting teams in the league like Cleveland and Boston. San Antonio is in the hunt every year for a title and ranks usually at the top of the Western Conference but lack big men in the backcourt with rebounding and has costed them big games down the stretch of the playoffs. The Spurs will have their eyes on Johnathan Motley from Baylor, Cam Oliver from Nevada, and Tony Bradley from North Carolina. All of these men bring height and aggressiveness to the court and may get the Spurs deeper in the playoffs. The NBA Draft is almost here and questions will be answered as to what teams will draft the best and worst and most importantly, who will be #1?

Barcelona pulls off improbable Champions League comeback vs. PSG

Thomas Muzekari
Staff Writer

They were down and out. They needed to do something special. FC Barcelona needed to come back from four goals down after losing 4-0 to PSG in Paris in the first leg of the round of 16 back on Feb. 14. On Mar. 8 in the second leg, Barcelona dug themselves out of the hole in incredible fashion, winning at home 6-1, giving the squad a 6-5 win on aggregate and completing the greatest comeback in Champions League history.
 Barcelona stayed calm, both head coach Luis Enrique and the players. Before the second leg, Enrique said: “We have to be optimistic and we are.” Andres Iniesta said the team “must believe” and that they could cause the French side problems in the second leg. The team remained positive and didn’t lose their composure.
 Barcelona started the game off brilliantly as Luis Suarez scored a goal in just the 3rd minute. Then, near the end of the first half, in the 40th minute, Iniesta got a touch on a ball from Suarez in a dangerous area, sending it across the face of goal. The ball then deflected off PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa and into the goal for an own goal. With a 2-0 halftime lead, Barcelona was still down 4-2 on aggregate. In the 50th minute, Neymar was taken down in the box by a tumbling PSG defender, and then Lionel Messi buried the penalty kick, putting Barcelona up 3-0 and within a goal on aggregate.
 However, the Spanish club suffered a setback in their comeback quest when Edinson Cavani struck for PSG in the 62nd minute. This was vital, because it gave PSG an away goal, so a tie on aggregate would put PSG through to the next round. Barca went from needing one goal to tie it to needing three goals to avoid being knocked out of the competition.
 Time kept ticking and seemingly running out on Barcelona until Neymar’s free kick goal in the 88th minute gave the team another glimmer of hope. The match reached the 90th minute and the signal went up for five added minutes of stoppage time. Another penalty was given for Barcelona in the 91st minute after Suarez went to ground in the box, and things got really interesting as Neymar finished.
 At this point with a 5-5 tie on aggregate, PSG would have gone through with the away goal. So Barcelona, in a tense last few minutes, kept pushing, trying to provide one more touch of brilliance. Desperate, they pushed everyone forward, sending goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen upfield for a free-kick. On the free-kick the ball was headed out of the box but right back to Neymar, who chipped another floating ball that Sergi Roberto got on the end of and volleyed home with the outside of the foot. This 95th minute goal put Barcelona up 6-1 in the game and 6-5 on aggregate, and it sent the Camp Nou into a frenzy. Fans went wild, the players celebrated, and Luis Enrique ran around in joy.

 Just seconds after PSG resumed play, the referee blew his whistle. Four goals down. Then needing three goals in seven minutes. Barcelona did it. It was the end to a euphoric, historic comeback on a magical night at the Camp Nou.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dissecting the UNC-Duke Rivalry

Thomas Muzekari
Staff Writer

The North Carolina and Duke rivalry is arguably the best rivalry in basketball. The two schools are just ten miles down what is known as Tobacco Road from each other. Both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils obviously have great history, both being among the top five winningest programs in men’s college basketball history, and the two schools have had many exciting games against each other. Every time they play, the anticipation is immense, because of the great players, great coaches, and the overall historic significance of the programs and the rivalry itself.
 Roy Williams’ Tar Heels are 25-5 overall and have a 13-3 record and the lead in the ACC standings. The scoring for Carolina is led by Justin Jackson, who averages 18.8 points a game and Joel Berry II, who averages 14.8 points a game. Inside, Carolina is stout with their size, athleticism, and rebounding, led by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks.
 Meanwhile, Coach Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils are 22-7 overall and tied for fifth place in the league with a 10-6 record in ACC play. Duke is led by guards Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen, as well as Jayson Tatum. Kennard leads the team in points per game with 19.9, Allen averages 15.0, and Tatum 16.1.

 Duke and UNC already met once this year back on Feb. 9 at Cameron Indoor Stadium when the Blue Devils won 86-78 in front of their home fans. The two schools will meet again for their last game of the regular season on Mar. 4 at UNC. These games are always intense. Right now, Carolina currently holds a two game lead over the next spot in the standings, and Duke can’t catch them with just two games left. However, the rivalry game could alter seeding for the ACC tournament and could be significant leading up to Selection Sunday on Mar. 12.

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Connor Fitzgerald and Justin Horak
Staff Writers

The time many have been waiting for, the East vs West NBA all star game.The game where 12 players are chosen for each conference. There is five starters and seven reserves. The 2017 NBA All Star Game was played in the Smoothie King Center located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference with a 192-182 final score. Anthony Davis, the power forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, was MVP of the 2017 all star game. He scored an all star game record of 52 points. He had passed Wilt Chamberlain's record with 42 points in 1962. There was a ton of controversy on Russell Westbrook not starting for the Western Conference. Coming off the bench he scored a eye opening 41 points. This was outstanding for many people because he scored the second most points on the team while being the 6th man for the team.
 Brad Stevens was the head coach of the Eastern Conference team. He has been the head coach for the Boston Celtics since 2013. Before his start as a head coach of a NBA team he was head coach at Butler's Men's basketball team. Steve Kerr is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He coached the Western Conference team of the All-Star game.  Steve Kerr has been the head coach of the Golden State Warriors since 2014. Steve Kerr played for the Phoenix Suns in 1988 and then traded in 1989 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.   

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Come join Athletes Helping Athletes

Kelly Hyland and Taylor Selbst
Staff Writers

New Hope-Solebury just added a new club, Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA). AHA is an amazing program that focuses on bringing mainstream students and students with special needs together to share athletic experiences and build lasting friendships. In doing so, everyone grows in their compassion and mutual respect for one another.
 Numerous colleges and high schools in our area are involved in AHA. Last year, NHS girls’ basketball team had an amazing experience with having an honorary captain, and participating in AHA fun nights at other schools. This season, the  girls’ basketball team plans on having more Honorary Captain events.
 “I love having an Honorary Captain at our games, I’m looking forward to having more Honorary Captain games this season.” Junior, Sarah Wilson said.
 In addition, the boys’ basketball team will be having Honorary Captains at multiple games this season. Other sports teams are also getting involved in bringing Honorary Captains to their teams.
 Joining AHA is a great experience and something every student should consider. If interested in joining the AHA club, please talk to Mrs. Yerkes, Bella DeVito, Kelly Hyland, Zoe Palau, or Sarah Wilson.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Patriots score historic victory in Super Bowl LI

Adrian Roji, Neftali Jimenez-Castro, and Charlie Stadler

Staff Writers
On February 5, 2017, Super Bowl LI kicked off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The matchup between arguably two of the most efficient offenses in the National Football League was sure to be a high scoring and entertaining affair. People packed into NRG Stadium in Houston to watch the biggest sporting event in America, and it sure did not disappoint.
 When people view the box score and see a 34-28 final score, a Super Bowl passing yardage record by Tom Brady, they would assume this game was controlled by the New England Patriots. The irony however, is that the Atlanta Falcons blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history.
 To everyone’s surprise, the first quarter was scoreless, but beginning in the second quarter, the Falcons took total control of the game. After Devonta Freeman punched it in to score the first points of the game, Tom Brady threw a pick six. Things kept snowballing for the Patriots, and by halftime, Atlanta had built a 21-3 lead. The only thing that could seemingly turn the tide in the Patriots’ favor would be a 30 minute Lady Gaga performance.
 Unfortunately for Tom Brady, that did not happen. Atlanta kept rolling, coming out of halftime and  creating an insurmountable 28-3 lead. The game was over. With only a couple minutes left in the third quarter, it seemed impossible for Brady to capture his defining fifth Super Bowl title.
 Matt Ryan had played a perfect game up to that point, sporting a perfect passer rating going into the fourth quarter. To be honest, his play did not dip in the fourth quarter. After a quick score at the end of the third quarter, the Falcons led by 19 going into the fourth. As a Super Bowl caliber team with great coaching and a fantastic offense, Atlanta could just manage the last 15 minutes and come out with a comfortable and unprecedented Super Bowl victory.
 All of a sudden, the Falcons seemingly forgot how to play football and gave the best quarterback ever a chance to get back into the game, which he did. A field goal made the score 28-12, and soon after, Devonta Freeman blatantly missed his block and allowed for a strip sack of Matt Ryan, giving the Patriots the football at the Atlanta 25. Brady capitalized and after a two point conversion, it was a one score game. Everything seemed to be collapsing, but then there was Julio Jones. As it became a one possession game with under 5 minutes remaining, the Falcons just needed to score a point to make it a two possession game and end it once and for all. Julio Jones, on an on-the-run dime from Matt Ryan, made one of the most spectacular catches of the season in order to get the Falcons inside the New England 25 and effectively ice the game. Matt Bryant, the Atlanta kicker, was the best kicker in the NFC this year, so a 39 yard field goal would have been no problem for him. All Atlanta had to do was run the ball and play it safe.
 Obviously the box score shows a Patriots victory, so it is even more obvious to know that the Falcons did anything but run the football. Matt Ryan dropped back and took a sack. A holding penalty was called on the ensuing play. The Falcons punted.
 Surgical passing from Tom Brady and a miraculous Julian Edelman catch allowed the Pats to tie the game, after another two point conversion, and the game went to overtime. At this point everyone knew the Patriots just needed the ball and the game was over.
 They did just that, and the game ended in a James White touchdown. Brady’s legacy was cemented as the best QB ever. But, just like two years ago, the New England Patriots had no business winning the Super Bowl. The Seahawks lost their minds and chose to throw the ball at the one yard line, and the Falcons blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history.
 It is a rough time to be a Falcons fan right now. 28-3. Enough said.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CFP National Championship Shocker

Oliver Colvin
Clay Asplundh
Tommy Lupo           
Sports Editors

This college football season came to a very similar end as last years season did. The Clemson Tigers took on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship. However, there was a large change in outcome for both of the competitive teams. After 36 years the Clemson Tigers were able to once again claim the National Championship Title. Led by Heisman finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson.
 Clemson came out slow in the first quarter. The defense struggled to contain the Alabama Offense and was trailing by seven points early on after a Bo Scarbrough touchdown. Watson seemed hesitant to move with the Alabama Rushers due to the consistent high pressure.
 Scarbrough found the endzone for a second time with a 37 yard touchdown run to put Bama up early in the second. Clemson got something rolling in the second when Watson ran right inside the pylon for the Tigers first touchdown of the game. Going into half Alabama held onto a 14-7 lead over the Clemson Tigers is Raymond James Stadium.
 Alabama started off with a field goal in the third, but soon after Clemson found the end zone with a touchdown reception by wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. OJ Howard of the Crimson TIde found the end zone on a 68 yard pass play that shifted the momentum big time.
 It was the fourth quarter and the game was becoming nerve-racking for Clemson as Alabama held their commanding  24-14 lead. The quarter opened with a Tigers touchdown from NFL prospect Mike Williams, thus making it a 3 point game.
 Wayne Gallman of Clemson then plowed his way in for the Tigers to put them up 4 points late in the game. This was the first time all year that Alabama had trailed at any point in the fourth quarter. However Alabama did not accept defeat and the Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts ran in for a touchdown putting them ahead again by 3 points.
 The Tigers drove all the way back down the field and in the closing seconds quarterback Deshaun Watson found wide receiver Hunter Renfrow wide open in the front corner of the endzone to win them the CFP National Championship. This was the first time since 1981 that the Tigers were back on top and the best college team in the nation.

Roll Tigers

Kevin Dougherty, Jay MacDowell
Staff Writers

The third annual college football playoff kicked off on New Year's Eve as millions of spectators’ eyes glued to the biggest stage in college football. After a long, hard fought season filled with controversy, heartbreak, and triumph, the stage was set and ready for a champion.
 The first game of the night featured reigning champion and top seeded Alabama versus the controversial fourth seed Washington. Many believe that Washington shouldn’t have been in the playoff due to a weak schedule. Penn State was a team, hotter than any in college football, that could’ve been considered for this fourth spot in the playoff after beating the dominant Ohio State, winning 9 straight, and fighting their way into the Big Ten championship, ultimately winning arguably the best conference in football. But it was Washington, who gave Alabama their best, losing to the Tide 24-7, sealing Alabama’s second straight appearance in the championship. Next up came the highly anticipated matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers. This game couldn’t have gone more awry. Clemson made a statement. Clemson said bring on Alabama. Clemson won 31-0. Ohio State became the only team in the 2016 bowl season to not score a single point in a bowl game.
 The championship matchup was set. For the second straight year, the stadium of the championship game featured seas of Orange and Crimson, as Clemson and Alabama took the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Although it appeared that Alabama was in control the whole for the entire game, the Tigers roared back and scored a game winning touchdown with one second left on the clock, a pass from Heisman Trophy runner-up Deshaun Watson to walk-on receiver Hunter Renfrow, leaving Alabama utterly shocked, and crowning Clemson as the 2016-2017 national champions.