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Friday, April 28, 2017

Baseball Spring Trip

by: Leighton Myers
As the weather has started to warm up, spring sports are in full swing. The baseball team took a special trip over spring break to Iowa with the hopes of finding some better weather to start off their season. Unfortunately, all games that were scheduled were cancelled to to poor field conditions. However, they were still able to have a successful trip.
It started off with a three and a half hour drive to Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, March 30 where the team stayed in a hotel. The first night was relaxed as the team swam, ate some food, and watched the movie The Field of Dreams. The movie set them up for the next day as they practiced on the actual field of dreams and listened to a speaker from the original movie! After that they changed and headed to the University of Dubuque where they received lunch, a tour, and watched the baseball team play a game. Since the scheduled scrimmage was canceled on Saturday they were able to supplement a practice inside of the University of Dubuque's new indoor football facility. After that they watched another University of Dubuque baseball game before heading back to the hotel where they relaxed for the last night. The following morning they packed up, ate breakfast, and headed on the road for Little Chute.
Although the trip did not include playing any games, it was still a success! The team was able to grow closer, which will help them be a better team in the long run. They all had a great time and will remember it for the rest of their lives.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wizards looking strong in playoffs

by: Logan Collison

To quote Big Sean, “Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back.” Much like Big Sean, the Washington Wizards have bounced back from a rough beginning season to being fourth in the Eastern Conference three games behind the Toronto Raptors. Right now the Wizards are on a one game win streak with one remaining game in this season at Miami Heat. The Heat are currently fighting for the eight spot to try and nudge into the playoffs, so the Heat will be playing hard, with Wizards keeping their current playoff spot.
Let’s talk starter stats, John Wall has been looking unstoppable; he currently is sitting at 23.1 points per game and leads their teams in assists and steals. Washington’s other star, who is their best sniper on the team, is Bradley Beal. He is averaging 23.1 points per game this year. John Wall and Beal have been looking strong as partners and hope to continue this power combo into the playoffs. As a whole, however, the Wizards starting five is looking strong with Wall, Beal, Gortat, Porter Jr, and Morris, with young prospect Oubre Jr. getting lots of playing time.
The Wizards will be taking on their rivals in their own Southeast division, the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks finished 43-39 with a 1-3 record against Wizards, which bodes well for the Wizards. The Hawks star players are Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and Dennis Schröder with Dwight Howard averaging 13.5 for a center, which is pretty good, and Dennis Schröder averaging 17.9 points per game, with only three years of experience. All in all this NBA series should be an excellent well matched couple of teams, with one goal in mind: the NBA champions.   

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bucks Push for Playoff Run

by: Ryan Romenesko

After the Milwaukee Bucks failed to make the playoffs in the 2015-2016 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is taking the team to a playoffs this year. The Bucks will finish the season with a 42-40 record, coming off a loss to the Boston Celtics on April 12th. The team decided to rest star players Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell. With a patchy start to the season, the Bucks will come into the playoffs red hot!

In the month of March, Milwaukee managed to finish 14-4, the third most wins in a month in franchise history.  Despite their embarrassing loss to the Denver Nuggets in the first game of March, the Bucks turned their season around after a fatiguing practice the next day. Milwaukee went 14-3 the rest of the month, including a rigorous road trip on the west coast where they came out 4-2.  

Milwaukee will match up against the 3 seeded Toronto Raptors in a 7 game playoff series.  Toronto finished the season will very promising 51-31 record.  Toronto is lead by 2 all stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan averages 27 points a game and shoots 46 percent this season. Milwaukee will have a very difficult first round matching up against the Raptors.