Girls softball looks to avenge last season’s loss and reclaim county title

Kennedy Bader | Staff Writer

After losing to Franklin Community in the 2018 county tournament, the softball team is hungry to avenge their loss this year when they begin county tournament play tonight. Many were shocked last season when the team was upset, ruining their undefeated season.

“The Franklin Community game of county is so important because we lost to them last year in county, so it’s a big game to get revenge and earn our county title back this year,” pitcher Abby Herbst ‘19 said. “The hardest aspect of the game will definitely be hitting off of their pitcher; they have a really strong pitcher so making adjustments will be hard.”

So far this season, the team is 16-3 and has accomplished many goals; one being their 15-2 run-rule win against Cathedral. However, this season has been different because of a coaching change that led to a new atmosphere for winning.

“We have focused on the process more than the outcome and how we respond to certain situations,” starting shortstop Piper Belden ’19 said. “Coach Coleman pushes us to improve mentally; she doesn’t care about the outcome as long we are bettering ourselves as players.”

Franklin Community is led by sophomore pitcher Izzy Harrison, who has an ERA of 0.92. This means that she allows around .92 runs per game to be scored on her. Harrison paired with junior Baylee Parker who has a .512 batting average creates a threat for both aspects of the game.

“I think we have been well preparing ourselves throughout the season and through facing many different types of pitching,” Jillian Ransdell said. “If we do that, we will really excel.”

With a win against Franklin Community, the team gains the momentum that will help them finish the season and continue on for their postseason matchups.

“We all just need to be super confident in not only each other but ourselves as well, and we will do great,” Jillian Ransdell ‘20 said.

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2008-16: One Player’s Journey to Making a High School Team

By: Tyler Smith


The young and lanky kid knew he had the potential to be good the very first time he touched a basketball and stepped onto the court.  His only issue was the need to redirect some of his outgoing energy and enthusiasm and turn it into hard work and dedication to develop precise fundamentals that would set him apart from his grade level.  For freshman Spencer Aaron, basketball has always played a role in his life, and it has left him with the lesson to always work hard to achieve your goals.

“I started playing basketball in second grade, but I could not dribble, shoot or anything and enjoyed football more at the time,” Aaron said. “I actually didn’t start really getting into basketball until third grade.”

Aaron still was very young at the time, but third grade is when he started taking basketball very seriously and joined competitive teams to help improve his overall skill set.

“I started playing competitive basketball with Hoosier Hoops in third grade,” Aaron said. “There were kids on the team from Danville, Carmel and Avon.”


Spencer Aaron poses for a picture. Aaron has played basketball since 2008.

Spencer Aaron poses for a picture. Aaron has played basketball since 2008.

After his first year of travel basketball, Aaron had improved but faced large obstacles during his fourth grade year.

“In fourth grade I developed a bone spur in my right knee,” Aaron said. “I also had developed a stress fracture on my left knee cap.”

The combination of the injuries Aaron suffered caused him to miss his whole fourth grade basketball season. However, after a lot of work he was able to come back and joined a well-known travel basketball team.

“I played on E3, a team sponsored by NBA player Eric Gordon during my sixth-grade season,” Aaron said. “I was amazed how good some other kids were. One of the opponent’s players had an in-game dunk against us.”

All of this preparation playing AAU basketball lead to Aaron trying out for his school team at Center Grove Middle School North during his seventh grade year.

“We focused on running structured plays with screens and strategy and didn’t focus on just running up the court and shooting,” said Aaron.

Aaron also made his eighth grade team during middle school and was able to cap off his middle school career with a memorable win.

“We won county in eighth grade against Franklin Middle School,” Aaron said. “That was a great win for the team because we lost to them in county in seventh grade, and I felt we had a great chance to win the game.”

Aaron started in every game in middle school except for one between his seventh and eighth grade years.  His focus shifted to preparing for high school

Spencer Aaron's travel 8th grade team poses after they win a game.

Spencer Aaron’s travel 8th grade team poses after they win a game.

basketball as soon as middle school basketball ended.

“We paired up with a lot of the players at Middle School Central and immediately joined a travel league that competed against other teams in the region to prepare for our freshman year,” Aaron said.

Ever since the season ended for this team, Aaron and many other freshman have been attending workouts and open gyms working to improve their strength and continue to develop their skills.

“Lifting makes us tougher players,” Aaron said. “The extra strength I’ve put on has also helped me develop my skills, and I have improved my shooting a lot since middle school.”

Tryouts for the high school basketball team took place in mid- November, and Aaron’s preparation was enough to earn him a roster spot on the freshman basketball team.

“I would like to play basketball throughout high school not only because of the basketball aspect, but because it gives me the added bonus of making lifelong friends,”  Aaron said. “Making the team this year was exciting and I look to continue to improve my basketball skills.”

The Physics Class “Eggs”ecution

By: Madison Schnurpel


The device drops, the room goes silent, and, Splat!, the egg breaks, sending yolk across the floor of the classroom. For some unfortunate souls, this was the experience they had when it came to their Egg Drop Lab this week in Physics.

Design a contraption that won’t break an egg,” physics teacher Anne Elsner said when asked what the goal of the Egg Drop Lab was.

The lab, a kick-off to the Momentum and Impulse unit in the class, gave students the opportunity to explore the forces of physics in a way designed to make it fun and enjoyable.  It was intended to allow a smaller scale example of real-life applied physics.

“[The lab] simulates how cars are designed to protect passengers,” Elsner said.

Junior Cory Snyder works on constructing his device. "My design was really simple, so it was fast to build," he said. "I was able to test it for the rest of the period in different scenarios."

Junior Cory Snyder works on constructing his device. “My design was really simple, so it was fast to build,” he said. “I was able to test it for the rest of the period in different scenarios.”

Students learned about forces and momentum prior to the lab that they applied to their planning for construction. They were given one class period to plan, one to build and one to test their contraptions, which caused problems for some students.

“[The main issue was] time practically. Also, it was frustrating being limited to certain criteria, so we obviously had to work around that,” senior Emma Franco said.

Not only were the students limited on time, but they were also not allowed to build devices such as a parachute or ones that contained the egg as if it was a shipped good. The strict constraints were intended to give the students opportunity to learn lessons outside of the realm of physics.

“When you’re working in a team, you are always building life skills. The ability to collaborate between peers is extremely valuable and will serve me throughout life,” junior Cory Snyder said.

As the partners worked together, they had to make sure they were always on the same page and in agreeance, or their project may not have been successful. When it came time to test, groups observed one another to compare their final products.

“I kept watching the others go and, as they all cycled through, I was watching for what was working and what wasn’t to predict if ours would work” junior Ashlyn Zoss said.

The testing day was when the lab became a competition. Groups competed to see who’s contraption could protect the egg when it was dropped from the ceiling, halfway up the band tower and from the top of the band tower.

“I enjoyed a friendly competition between groups to decide who could protect their egg from a higher height,” Snyder said

Junior Marco Copat prepares to drop his contraption during sixth period physics. It ended up surviving this drop, and moving onto the next height.

Junior Marco Copat prepares to drop his contraption during sixth period physics. It ended up surviving this drop, and moving onto the next height.

regarding the challenge faced.

Chaos filled the room as exasperated reactions followed triumphs or failures with eggs. While some groups were able to focus on the competition, others had to focus on their main goal: protecting their egg from the first height.

“We were all stressed over whether it would work or not,” Zoss said.

Most groups in the class were able to survive the first drop. Once the testing was done, they needed to write a formal lab report over their findings, and how they felt about the experiment as a whole.

I enjoy doing this project because it gives students an opportunity to create something on their own while still applicable to the physics concepts we are talking about.  Plus the reaction to successes/failures is priceless,” Elsner said when asked about why she continues to assign this lab.

This physics project is one that many people have seen in movies and tv shows, but not many understand the science behind. It is clear that there is depth to this lab, and, for that, it will continue to enrich the mind of high schoolers yet to come.

Junior Creates a Labyrinth to the Future


By: Madison Schnurpel

Imagine: a futuristic world where anything could be printed with the press of a button. Because of entrepreneurs such as junior Jacob Lovrinic, the world is one step closer to that future.

“I personally print mechanical parts… any part that would just be too difficult to manufacture by hand,” Lovrinic said when asked what he uses his personal 3D printer for.

Lovrinic has owned his printer since the summer after his freshman year but has decided to not just keep this technology to himself.

“[My customers are] like, ‘I want you to print this file,’ that they designed in this CAD software themselves,” he said.

Lovrinic created his account, LabyrinthTechnolgy, on almost two years ago. By using the technology he has at hand, Lovrinic is able to print and ship the files to customers. He has printed anything from miniature violins to a gyroscope using his device.

“[I print] whatever people want me to print. It’s open ended and you can just send me whatever you want and I’ll print it,” Lovrinic said.

The website is structured so that users can contact one another to send message about the products. Lovrinic, though, has something about him that makes him stand out to other users.

“I’ll print it for way less than anyone else will,” he said.

Jacob Lovrinic ‘18 looks at his account on during his study hall. “I like being able to make whatever I need whenever I need it,” Lovrinic said.

Jacob Lovrinic ‘18 looks at his account on during his study hall. “I like being able to make whatever I need whenever I need it,” Lovrinic said.

He does not set his prices high. In fact, comparatively, Lovrinic has extremely low prices for his printed materials and products; but why?

“I don’t really make money but I want people to have access to 3D printing without spending tons of cash,” Lovrinic said about his true motives for using the website.

It is not the money that he is in for, but the overall knowing that he was able to share the technology with more people. Still, there is some physical profit made, which Lovrinic uses for his other hobbies.

“I get a little bit of money and I spend that mostly on electronics,” Lovrinic said.

The profit he gains is often used to buy items that can help him with other things he does, such as building a blimp to mount a camera to. Lovrinic is one of the many people pushing the 3D printing industry forward.

“3D printing is something that’s now readily available to anyone who wants it, not just big companies and schools,” Lovrinic said.

While working on a 3D printer in Project Lead the Way teacher Brent Schulz’s room, Lovrinic shared how far 3D printing has come.

“Anyone who wants to start a webstore for anything… can just print on the spot,” Lovrinic said about the new ease in production provided by 3D printing.

With the new improvements in 3D printing, people like Lovrinic are able to make some money, or, in his case, spread the technology, with ease.

“I think it is going to replace a lot of traditional manufacturing,” Lovrinic said.

All that is known for certain is that Jacob Lovrinic is just one of the many working to guide people through the labyrinth of technology, and into the future.

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