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March: Athlete of the Month

By Corryn Mathis

(originally submitted March 5, 2017)

March’s Athlete of the Month is Emily Cahill, a sophomore at North, who exhibits outstanding performance and leadership in Track and Field. Emily does high jump, triple jump and long jump for North’s track team. So far, her high jump best is 4’6, triple jump is 33’10, and long jump is 16’¼”. These are outstanding marks and Emily works extremely hard in practice every single day to achieve them. Because of her amazing jumps, Emily is ranked as the #1 Female Jumper on the team. This season alone, Emily has earned a total of 15 metals, placing first or second place at nearly every single meet.

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Norths No Shave November

North Dance Team made it to Nationals! This is the first year ever that they qualified for the Universal Dance Association National Championships Competition which is to be held in Disney. The competition is February 3rd through the 5th and quite pricey. In order to send all team members to the ESPN complex in Disney the team is fundraising.

The Team held a Battle of the beards, ‘No Shave November’ competition to raise money. The battle was between Mr.Cooper and our very own Rams Horn Advisor, Mr.Celini. Both teachers had to start the competition with a freshly shaven face and see who could grow the longest beard by the end of the month. In order to raise money, students had to guess which teacher they believed would have the longest beard by the end of November and place money in a box labeled, Mr.Celini or Mr.Cooper. The team gave out lollipops to anyone who donated money as a thank you.

Pictures were hung in the mansion of the teachers and their beard progress week by week. There were also two thermometer posters tracking the money raised and so everyone could see who was in the lead at all times. Mr.Cooper ended up winning the competition in the end but Mr.Celini put up a good fight and was very humble about his loss but ready for redemption. Mr.Celini stated that he “wants to see all the teachers get scruffy next year…..I challenge all male teachers to a beard bracket next year”.

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Frawley’s Halloween Game

On Friday, October 28th, North had two very special events. During the Friday night football game, money was being raised for Frawley Strong in honor of Liam Frawley, and students got to dress up for a Halloween themed game.

Students of all ages dressed up, showing us that team spirit and Halloween spirit never die. Despite it being cold, students still came out to support their team. Students dressed up in a variety of costumes: cats, snapchat filters, Harry Potter, bananas, cowboys and much more. All these creatures stood in the bleachers cheering the team on and around the Huddle snack bar socializing. To add more Halloween spirit, student council members, Sydney Ross and Brian Huang handed out candy to cheering fans and the cheer team performed to Halloween tunes. All the cheering fans, got another special Halloween treat as North won the game against Mamaroneck. North crushed Mamaroneck 20-0.

This special game was also held in honor of Liam Frawley and Frawley Strong. Liam Frawley is an athletic director and director of physical education of the South Orangetown central school district. He has won countless awards for his passion for physical educational work. In January Liam Frawley suffered a traumatic brain injury. He now has a long road to recovery. The money being raised will cover Liam Frawley’s therapy, doctors, a car that accommodates his handicaps and hopefully help make his recovery a fast and easy one. North had Frawley Strong buckets at the game entrance to collect donations. At the conclusion of the game Mrs. Frawley presented the winning trophy to the North football team.
      
     


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Division Preview: AL West

Every year the American League West Division seems to surprise everyone and this year it has great chances of being a very exciting division to watch. The Astros and Mariners have made some surprising improvements to their rosters, while the Angels are still looking to be at the top of the division. Here is this week’s outlook for the AL West.

Houston Astros

Biggest Moves: C/OF Evan Gattis, OF Colby Rasmus, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, C Hank Conger, RHP Pat Neshek

Biggest Losses: OF Dexter Fowler, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz

Outlook on the Season: It’s tough to figure out where the Astros will land in the division this year, being that it is very competitive.They made some decent off season acquisitions by acquiring Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who has proven he can definitely swing the bat. Also acquiring Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus who both are good offense players. We have seen that Jose Altuve is a great all around player, winning the batting title last year as well as Chris Carter hitting an amazing 37 home runs a year ago, but the one problem for the Astros is that they strike out way too much. They also have a few more arms in the bullpen, but their rotation is still weak. There is certainly plenty of potential with this Astro team, but not enough to put them in the postseason this year.

Record Prediction: 78-84

Los Angeles Angels

Biggest Moves: 2B Josh Rutledge, DH/OF Matt Joyce

Biggest Losses: 2B Howie Kendrick, RHP Jason Grilli, C Hank Conger, IF Gordon Beckham

Outlook on the Season: It’s going to be a little bit tougher for the Angels this year to stay atop the division. Losing Howie Kendrick’s bat could prove to be a big loss, even with bringing in Josh Rutledge as his replacement, because they lost an even bigger piece for an undisclosed amount of time in Josh Hamilton. Mike Trout is one of the best players in the MLB, and will be looked upon to take control and lead this team to a possible division title. Not only will Trout have to step up but so will Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Their pitching looks pretty solid, as well as their bullpen which has proven that they can keep a lead in a game. It will be a very close race, but it appears the Angels are the front runners right now.

Record Prediction: 88-74

Oakland Athletics

Biggest Moves: 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, RHP Tyler Clippard, 3B Brett Lawrie, 1B/DH Billy Butler, 1B Ike Davis, C Josh Phegley, SS Marcus Semien

Biggest Losses:3B Josh Donaldson, LHP Jon Lester, 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Jason Hammel, C Derek Norris, SS Jed Lowrie, IF Alberto Callaspo, OF Jonny Gomes, IF Nick Punto

Outlook on the Season: This was a very interesting season for the A’s and Bill Beane. He made a ton of different moves, and many of the guys that he brought in last season are also gone, along with some guys that have been on the team for a little bit longer like Josh Donaldson who was sent via trade to the Blue Jays. Pitching will continue to be a success for this team, with the multitude of solid young arms. Their middle infielders are an improvement as well especially defensively, with the additions of Ben Zobrist and Marcus Semien. Semien and Lowrie will also be given the opportunity to display their talents for a full season this year. Many of their stars will not be returning this year, but they will stay have a possibility to make a run at a possible wild card position, even in the talented AL West.

Record Prediction: 83-79

Seattle Mariners

Biggest Moves: OF/DH Nelson Cruz, 2B/OF Rickie Weeks, OF Seth Smith, LHP JA Happ

Biggest Losses: OF Michael Saunders, 1B Corey Hart, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Chris Denorfia

Outlook on the Season: The Mariners are definitely one of those teams that does not get enough attention. This team is poised for a postseason run this year. Seattle’s offense is set and bound to one of the best in the league, especially with throwing Nelson Cruz in the middle of Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. Also there pitching is pretty solid as well, with King Felix leading the way. The Mariners have the talent and right pieces for a postseason, so if all goes well, this should be a good year for the Mariners. Yes I am very high on this team.

Record Prediction: 90-72

Texas Rangers

Biggest Moves: RHP Yovani Gallardo, RHP Ross Detwiler

Biggest Losses: OF Alex Rios, RHP Alexi Ogando, SS Luis Sardinas

Outlook on the Season: Going into the spring the Rangers were looking to possibly compete for a playoff spot, especially with the additions of Yovani Gallardo and Ross Detwiler, as well as having a healthy Prince Fielder and Shin Soo Choo should improve their offense. Though Yu Darvish is now done for the season with tommy john surgery, so that totally changes things now. That now means that everybody else in the rotation must step up, and the offense then has to score a ton of runs to stay in games. It’s now going be to extremely tough for the Rangers to compete for the division, even if Darvish was healthy, they would still be looking in from the outside.

Record Prediction: 74-88

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Sweet Sixteen Preview: West

BY SEAN CULWELL

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is an experienced team which looks to ride bigman Frank Kaminsky all the way to the finals. The offense led by Kaminsky is the number one ranked offense in the nation in efficiency. The BIG 10 regular season and tournament champs are a one seed in a tough bracket with arguably the strongest teams remaining to challenge them for a trip to the final four.

North Carolina

Possibly the most confusing team left in the tournament the tar heels have an up and down season. Starting the year near the top of the rankings at one point falling off and being in danger of not being in the top 25 it looked as if the tar heels were back, until they almost lost a game to harvard in the second round. With a better performance against arkansas the sizable tar heels team will look to slowdown the inside offense of Wisconsin and keep the on the perimeter which will be difficult with the defensive struggling of JP tokoto of late.

Xavier

This team possesses possibly the most famous uber driver in the country right now with Matt Stainbrook. The versatile big man for the musketeers is the backbone of the team providing interior offense and passing out of the post. The team has looked good so far in the tournament and will look to continue that against Arizona. With the size Arizona provides inside the Musketeers will look to use Stainbrook as an inside out facilitator and play maker out of the post.

Arizona

They have talent room top to bottom with their point guard T.J McConnel, big man Kaleb Tarczewski and freshman Stanley Johnson. Like many other top teams left in the tournament their weakness is obvious and it is their outside shooting. If their pure shooter York is having an off game that could spell disaster for the wildcats. their size and stout defense is their calling card with questionable scoring with inconsistencies all around he court offensively relying on good nights from each player in their shallow rotation on different nights.