Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

img_1938Girls Basketball- This week is sectionals for the girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans recently had their 19-game winning streak snapped at Lawrence North this past Friday. It was an amazing regular season for the Lady Trojans and I would expect nothing less in their postseason run. They face a hard-nosed Martinsville team tonight for the third time this year, looking to make it three wins vs. the Artesians. It’s hard to beat a team three times in a year, but I see the Trojans overcoming the challenge and ending the week posing for pictures with the sectional championship trophy.

img_9856Girls Swimming and Diving- It is sectional week for the ladies swimming and diving team as well. Their hardest competition this week will be Franklin Community, which has won the last three sectional crowns. Look for the Trojans to send multiple athletes to the state meet including the 400 freestyle relay team of Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh, Jaden King and Devin Tramell.

Boys Swimming and Diving- With two weeks left in the season, the boys swimming and diving team will look to end their regular season with a home win over Bloomington South tonight. Looking forward, the team will have a chance to win the sectional championship this year. They will also face the powerhouse that is Franklin Community swimming, but they have a chance to take them down this year as a team.

Wrestling-  The wrestling team lost by a half point to Franklin Community at sectionals last week. However, they will move nine wrestlers onto the regional championship including sectional champions Michael Tharpe, Hayden Watson, Brayden Littell and Peyton Pruett.  Individual qualifiers for the Regional Meet also include Drake Buchanan, Sam Howe, Jordan Latham, Owen Green and Musa Ogega. The Trojans will look to avenge last week’s showing with a team regional title this weekend.

Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin)- After last week’s nine point loss to Lawrence North, the boys basketball team is 13-5 overall with a 1-3 conference record. This Thursday, they will look to improve their record in a contest against defending state champion Warren Central. The Warriors are 18-1 on the season, with their only loss a ten point defeat at the hands of Lawrence Central. When the Trojans met Warren previously in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic, Center Grove lost 52-50 in overtime. Thursday night, they will look to McDonald’s All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis to lead them to victory in what has the potential to be an excellent contest of two top notch basketball teams.

Best Buddies hosts first ever shootout during boys basketball halftime

McKenna Bryant | Staff Writer

During halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Lawrence North last Friday, Best Buddies had the opportunity to have a shootout of their own.screen shot 2019-01-28 at 10.55.50 am

“We were trying to come up with something different for our January out of school event, and we always try to make sure our buddies participate in a typical high school event,” senior Molly Surface said.

The members of Best Buddies approached Coach Zach Hahn with the idea and worked with Hahn and other Center Grove Basketball regulars to figure out when they could hold the event and recognize the buddies.

“I think it’s important because the more people who volunteer and play with the kids, then the more the kids will play basketball and have fun,” senior Lexie Hoskins said. “They don’t want to do it if no one comes, and I know they have a better time with more people around and encouraging them.”screen shot 2019-01-28 at 10.55.57 am

The event showcased a competition between two different teams to see who could make more free throws in three minutes. Club members wanted to be prepared, so they practiced their shooting skills twice last week during STaR.

The club’s goal was to help the buddies get involved with the school and bring more awareness to their group.

“I believed we accomplished some quality basketball, some quality fun, and some quality inclusion,” Teacher Adam Gaff said.

Five Star Trayce Jackson-Davis named McDonald’s All-American

Ben Greller | Staff Writer

Yesterday Trayce Jackson-Davis was named a McDonald’s All-American, the first Center Grove student to earn this honor.

Each January a comittee of writers and media members come together and select the nation’s top 24 high school basketball players. The 24 players are divided into two teams and play in the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday, March 28 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The McDonald’s All-American game has a rich history as it has featured some of basketballs brightest stars since the game was first played in 1977. Jackson-Davis will join names such as Lebron James, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett to have played in the game.

“Watching that game when I was little seeing Lebron dominate that game and now is one of the greatest in the NBA is actually pretty awesome to think about,” Jackson-Davis said. “It is such a high honor that took a lot of hard work that makes me want to work harder.”

With Jackson-Davis’ selection, Indiana has now produced at least one McDonald’s All-American in each of the last 10 years. Jackson-Davis is the 49th overall player from Indiana selected to play in the prestigious high school basketball event.

“Just to keep that streak alive I think is really cool. I feel as if some of the best players have played in that game and to be honored with that is just extremely humbling,” Jackson-Davis said.

Jackson-Davis is also committed to play basketball at Indiana University next fall. He is the 31st player in their history to be selected to play.

“Indiana has had a lot of great players, even Hall of Famers on that list. It makes you think of what you can get to with hard work, and I know that coaching staff will push me to that,” Jackson-Davis said.

Jackson-Davis has received an outpouring of support from the Center Grove community in wake of his selection. The community has watched him grow as a player, as well as help grow the basketball program.

“This is one of the highest honors you can receive as a high school basketball player,” basketball coach Zach Hahn said. “An unbelievable accomplishment. CG Basketball and the community have been fortunate to be a part of his fantastic high school career. It shows the growth and development of Trayce as well as the CG Basketball program. The volume in which he improved and matured over the last four years is a testament to his willingness to work.”

 

Red Alert Robotics team plans for upcoming season

Kelsey Osborne | Staff Writer

Challenge. Accepted.

This is the motto of the Red Alert Robotics team. Every year the team builds a different robot to compete in a game that has specific tasks to complete.

The game for this year is called Destination: Deep Space. As with every game, it poses a series of challenges that the team will have to overcome in order to compete well and win events.

“[The game] is essentially six rocket ships on the field, and there are spots to put cargo and hatches onto the ships. At the end of the game there’s a habitat platform that you have to climb onto,” junior design captain Chase Rivas said. “That’s going to be the biggest challenge is getting onto the platform, the biggest one is going to be a foot and ten inches off the ground so we have to find a way to get the robot onto it.”

With competition season fast approaching, the team is quickly beginning to build their robot. The team will have six weeks to design, program and build the robot.

“At the end of the six weeks, we have to literally put the robot in a bag, and we can’t touch it until we get to our first competition,” senior team captain Veronica Strange said.

Because of the limited timeframe, the robotics team breaks into smaller teams in order to divide the work and work more efficiently.

“We have four sub-teams that are each responsible for a part of the robot and they coordinate with each other to create the whole thing,” junior shop manager Josh Stevenson said. “Then we CAD them so we can machine the robot well, and then we build a replica of the field that we can use to test our robot on.”

Strange works with the other captains in order to make sure the robot gets completed. During the first couple of weeks, her main focus is helping Rivas make sure the design of the robot will be effective and efficient.

“Our biggest thing that we focus on during the build season is designing the robot in our program system, CAD, and working with the rest of the team to design and come up with the best ways to build the robot and make it complete the challenge,” Rivas said.

Even though building the robot is the biggest concern during build season, Red Alert’s media team is also hard at work.

“I am in charge of making the t-shirt’s and designing them, and we make buttons and sticker and stamps to give out at competitions, which we do during build season,” senior media captain Gabby Scifres said. “We also have a YouTube channel and upload a segment of Red Alert on air each week to give updates on the build season. We have a website that is called redalert1741.org along with many social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.”

Center Grove will be hosting their first robotics competition on March 29-30 in the Vandermeer Gymnasium. The competition is free and open to everyone.

Visual Communications students design and create custom shirts

Brenna Emerson and Sophia Freeland | Staff Writers

Visual communications is an art class offered to students that teaches them the basics of creating digital artwork. As the second semester starts, students have been creating their own t-shirts.

Some of the projects students have completed include stickers, album covers, business cards and digital illustrations. The t-shirt project is one of the later projects in the year for the students.

“By this time students have an understanding of how to make different types of art digitally using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator,” Visual Communications teacher Kadi Miller said.

Making these custom t-shirts is an opportunity for students to be even more creative compared to previous projects.   

“For the t-shirts, it’s kind of a more open project where they get to pick the process they use to design a t-shirt that describes something about who they are,” Miller said.

Every student’s shirt is unique to themselves.  Junior Alyssa Terrell’s inspiration for her shirt comes from her passion for the outdoors.

“My design is a puzzle of nature. There are pieces missing with a quote in the empty spaces. The puzzle pieces are incorporated because I love puzzles,” Terrell said.

Not only do the students get to design and create their own custom t-shirt, but they also do a photoshoot in the shirts.

“With the photos we take, we do digital magazine covers and magazine layouts so they learn about that process as well throughout the project,” Miller said.

By completing this project students show off skills they’ve been learning in a creative way.

Free events to visit on MLK day with the donation of canned goods

Tori Sykes and Dylan Godsave | Website Editors

On Monday, Jan. 21, students have the day off of school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

Many Indianapolis museums will be offering free events or admission with the donation of a canned good. If you’re looking for something to do on the day off, consider visiting one of these locations:

  1. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day but will be offering free admission today  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  2. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an exhibit dedicated to MLK and will include a performance by The Griot Drum Ensemble on Monday. Their hours of operation are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  3. The NCAA Hall of Champions, open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., will allow free entry with canned food donations on Monday. All exhibits will be open including a screening of The Game of Change, interactive sports simulators, and trivia challenges to name a few. Indianapolis Indians’ players and the mascot Rowdie will be on site from 11 a.m. until noon to visit with attendees.
  4. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Conner Prairie is hosting free theater performances to honor MLK, along with their traditional activities such as candle making, Discovery Station, Tree of Dreams and more.
  5. While the Indianapolis Zoo is typically closed on Mondays in January, they are open this Monday in honor of MLK. All indoor activities, the dolphin show and some outdoor exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  6. The Indiana State Museum also offers free admittance to whoever brings canned goods to donate to Gleaners Food Bank. In addition, the IMAX within the museum is hosting a free screening of the movie “Selma” at 7 p.m.

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.