Ultimate frisbee team begins their indoor winter season

Carter Franklin | Staff Writer

Center Grove Ultimate frisbee team began their indoor winter season last week. Winter season games are held at the Gathering Place on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the season is a gateway for the team as they transition into the spring season starting in March.

In March, the winter season will transition into the spring season where the team will compete for their 10th overall state title, their 9th in a row. Indoor winter games help new players gain experience before the tournament season begins.

“Winter is a microcosm of spring, and it helps players get used to the speed of spring games on a smaller fields,” said Brian Story.img_8339

Winter season is a locally-competitive indoor season for high school teams to come and compete with each other. The IUF (Indiana Ultimate Foundation) oversees the league which is played on both the north and south sides of Indianapolis.

“It’s nice to learn the dynamics of the game and get prepared for the spring season with the hopes of making the A team,” said TJ Feitl.

At the end of the six-week indoor season, both sides of the league will meet up together at the Sports Zone on the north side and play a day-long tournament to decide the overall winner.

“Winter conditioning is to get movements dialed in to load patterns and get players prepared in general physical preparedness and Cardiac fitness,” said Brian Story.

The south side of the league currently has six teams, four are from Center Grove, along with a team from Warren Central and Whiteland.

The teams compete every Monday at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my first indoor winter season. This is my first year. After playing the past fall season, I hope to make the A-team this season,” said Ben Kemp.

Theatre department’s play auditions are coming to a close

Izzy Burks and Dylan Godsave | Contributors

It’s that time of year again. The spring play is coming up, and callouts and auditions have been taking place for the past week and a half as director Ashlee Vitz finalizes the preparations.

The play, “Paradise Lost and Found,” is a comedy. “We do musicals in the fall and straight plays in the spring, because spring is show choir competition season, so we don’t get a lot of those kids,” Vitz said. “Their schedules are crazy, so for the spring plays we have a lot of people who are more into the acting part.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” features a comedic storyline of the Paradise Bus Company’s confusion about a big-shot’s visit and the mystery of a young girl, which makes for an interesting and amusing script to keep audiences laughing.

Vitz has a strong vision for the cast. “I’m looking for people with a good sense of humor,” she said. “The cast is really small, and auditions are stressful and I respect that, but if they can understand the comedic parts to what’s going on, that is a huge deal for me. I’m looking for a group that’s responsible, hard-working, and can be funny.”

With this script and plot, humor is important to Vitz when looking for cast members.

Vitz said, “The script is there, and there’s a frame for you to work with, but every new cast makes a show that just takes on a life of its own.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” auditions are coming to a close; the cast list will be posted tomorrow for the auditionees. Students can see the show April 5-7.

Students find ways to make their wardrobes unique

Meredith Cole | Staff Writer

While most high school students tend to shop at traditional retail stores like Hollister, PacSun and American Eagle, some students try to find unconventional ways to make their wardrobes unique to them.

Buying second-hand clothing has become widely popular. Avid thrifter and senior Leia Castile can be found at thrift stores almost every weekend.

“I started thrifting in middle school because I wanted to save money on clothes and have my own unique sense of style,” Castile said. ”I really wanted to move away from wearing Hollister and VS Pink every day. The best thing I’ve found at a thrift store is my Tommy Hilfiger jeans.”

While most people think of think of thrifting at stores like Goodwill, some students have found better luck getting more unique and cheaper pieces at alternative stores.

“I feel like Salvation Army is way better for thrifting than Goodwill because I can get a lot more clothes for less money, and their selection is much better than goodwill,” senior Zoey McLeod said. “Since everyone shops at Goodwill the Salvation Army selection is less picked-over.”

Although finding a good item takes a lot of time and patience, junior Haileigh Stevens believes you must keep looking and not give up even if you have to go to a couple different stores to find what fits your style.

“Don’t pass up looking through everything that the thrift store has to offer,” Stevens said. “I went to a place and was looking through the shoes and a found a pair of white patent leather doc martens in good condition for only twenty dollars.”  

French club goes downtown for ISO performance

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

Tonight, the French Club will travel downtown to Hilbert Circle Theatre to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Dance Kaleidoscope collaboration, Paris Festival.

“We try to go see the festival once every couple of years,” said Madame Chris Frampton, the sponsor of the club. “It’s just a small group of about 14 students.”

The fair will include symphonies by Mozart, French composer Claude Debussy and a piece called An American in Paris by George Gershwin.

“All of the music is about Paris,” Frampton said. “It’s all about Paris or composers who wrote about being in Paris.”

While the performance will be useful for all of Madame Frampton’s students to better understand French culture, it will also be beneficial for French club students who play an instrument, as they will be studying the symphony to improve their own techniques. One of these students is junior Isabelle Laroque, who has been in French since eighth grade and orchestra since sixth.

“This opportunity was something that mixed two of my passions,” Laroque said. “I couldn’t pass up such an amazing experience. It’s important that trips like these happen so we can experience some of the culture we learn about first hand. Getting a chance to connect with whatever you are studying is always beneficial in so many ways.”

Tonight’s performance will provide French students with an opportunity to learn more about French culture and Parisian-inspired music.

College and career fair held for current juniors

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

On Wednesday the school held a college and career fair for current juniors and their parents. There was also a presentation on what juniors should expect for their senior year of high school.

“We want juniors to start thinking about what their plans after high school might be,” Guidance Department Chair Connie Poston said. “They will have an opportunity to start thinking about options of where to apply or what jobs and apprenticeships are out there.”

  The fair had over 30 tables that included both colleges, businesses offering jobs and businesses offering apprenticeships.

  “Wabash, IUPUI, IUPUC, Alabama, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian University, IBEW Apprenticeship, LIFT Academy, FedEx and C-9 were in attendance at the fair,” Poston said.

  The fair allowed students to become informed about all their options for life after high school, whether they planned to pursue secondary education or not.


Futsal club marks 3 years

img_3910Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer

Futsal, a variation of soccer played on an indoor court, has been a club at CG for three years. The club was formed during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year by then sophomores Lucas Kroll and Chris Santillan-Paiz during PE class.

“I had the idea and right away turned to Lucas. Together, we worked hard to turn the club from an idea into a reality and found a perfect sponsor with Mrs. Gant that helped us out a ton,” senior co-president Santillan-Paiz said.

Since the club’s founding, the number of members has grown from around 10 to almost 30 players.

“I joined the club as a sophomore when it was first created,” senior Will Pack said. “Since then, we have had tremendous amounts of people join each year, which is great because it allows us to meet new people and competition to play against.”

Officially, futsal is a five-a-side sport and is played with a smaller-sized soccer ball. At Futsal Club, the rules have been adapted to fit the club’s style. Each meeting the players split up into three separate teams and then play short six-minute games with the winner staying and playing the other team.

“My favorite part about futsal is being able to come once a week to play soccer with my friends who can advise me on how to improve my soccer skills. The club also helps keep me in shape,” sophomore Jonah Ellinger said.

Futsal may be a recreational club, but many of the meetings turn highly competitive. With the winner-stays rule, many times the games go down to the wire with 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 scores being very frequent.

“Futsal gets pretty competitive, but not in a negative way,” senior Sarah Bettenbrock said. “It’s always craziest when we play with three teams and the winner stays on because everybody wants to get the most playing time possible. In the end, we’re all there to have some fun and be with our friends. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

The club, which meets every Tuesday, is open to new members all year.