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Fan madness: football fanatics reach a whole new level

Student section at the Hayes vs. Buckeye Valley game goes nuts during the game.

Jen Foreman • Layout Editor

Football is the most televised sport in the United States. Given the intense nature of the sport, it’s no wonder that football fans share that intensity off the field.

There is continuous coverage of sporting events. “A mixture of high school, college, and NFL creates excitement year around,” said Tom Watts, head football coach at Ohio Wesleyan.

In a small town like Delaware, high school football games are what brings the community together. That is not all football can do; it can bring the student body together to create school spirit. Rivalry games are a big deal and everyone comes out to support their team.

Football for some is a way to get out their aggression. That’s the case for Gaige Linville, a senior on the varsity football team. Linville has played since he was little and loves to play the game. Linville explains that most fans that don’t play, he “plays” for them.

“They live through watching [football] wishing that they could play,” Linville said.

Linville started off loving football and that won’t ever change. He explains that not only does he have the passion for football, but it helps him with getting his stress out. Football is an aggressive game and that is one aspect of it that Linville likes.

“There are so many moving parts that have to work as one, which makes it the ultimate team game,” Watts said.

That doesn’t just mean on the field but also off the field. Team bonding is a huge key as well being able to work together on the field during games. Going to team dinners, bowling, and participating in community service builds trust and brotherhood.

Colleges are actually taking team bonding to a whole new level. Midnight Football is increasing throughout all colleges. Midnight Football is when the whole team steps on the field for their first practice at midnight. Then they sleep over at the school to bond even more.

All of these roles work together to make football more than just a sport. It’s a sport that has become the new American pasttime, one in which everyone is getting involved – not just the players.  ϖ

Band hopes to repeat States success with new look

Jane Mercer • Staff Writer

The Hayes High School Marching Band is starting their year off with more than a month of practice and training under their belts and, of course, Class, Pride and Enthusiasm.

The Hayes Marching Band has gone through some major changes this year including things such as brand new uniforms, a show theme that ranges from dark and mysterious to bright and upbeat, and even new conditioning methods for the students during their weeks at band camp. With that said, the band is hoping for a great year and is ready to perform at their very best.

One of the biggest, most anticipated changes to the band this year is the addition of the brand new uniforms. This was a huge deal for the band, considering they haven’t had new uniforms in over 13 years.

They spent three years gathering money from events such as “sending letters to businesses, going door to door, selling Pacer flags, and hosting car washes,” said Andrew Doherty, director of the marching band. It took some time to get things in order for the uniforms.

The band spent time “setting up a strategy to raise the money, targeting businesses and citizens to donate, arranging fundraisers, getting bids on designs for the uniforms, and the actual manufacturing of the uniforms,” Doherty said.

The show theme is also very unique this year, especially compared to anything the band has ever done in the past. This year’s show theme is entitled “Escape From Within” featuring songs such as “Solveigs Song,” “Aha!” by Imogen Heap, and “Fix You” by Coldplay.

Doherty says they “chose pieces that will allow them to go from being intense, to loud and angry, to blissful.”

An interesting aspect of the show this year is the changing of the guard’s uniforms. The guard starts off with tattered black uniforms during the intense part, and when the music changes moods, the guard changes uniforms into light colored ones.

The process for making all these decisions for the concept of the show take a lot of time in advance. A group first came together to discuss ideas and a timeline for the show, then they started to throw ideas out for music.

Once the group had a show concept and some musical ideas, they then discussed what they could do visually, which includes the flag and guard design, body movements, and drill design. “It takes a few months to solidify what we want, then the designers begin writing the music, drill, and guard work,” Doherty said.

Another aspect the band focused on this year was physical training during the earlier days of  band practice. This year’s show is very aggressive, loud, and fast, requiring the band to be able to perform at a high level. The students spent a lot of time running and doing other conditioning to make sure they could meet the demands of the show.

They also decided to change the marching technique this year, “by focusing on strength and conditioning, basic playing and movement fundamentals, and having a good attitude, we were able to build on our accomplishments from last year,” Doherty said.

To make sure every section of the band performs at its very best, the drumline, front ensemble, woodwinds, and brass each have their own instructors who were hired from Capital University. They specialize in the specific instruments in each section. The benefit of this is more one-on-one time with students, specialized instruction on each instrument, and being efficient use of rehearsal time. “We use sectional time to get better at our individual needs, and ensemble time to get better as a group,” Doherty said.

The band members are looking forward to breaking the records set for two years running along with getting the highest rankings at states.

“I think the band season will be more challenging this year because the music and drill are a lot harder and more intense than they were last year,” said band member Sydney Hanula. Overall, the band hopes to show how much hard work they’ve put into every single detail.

High school athletes pressured into steroid use

Noël Beyer-Hermsen • Staff Writer

Steroids have been a problem in professional sports for many years now with players in a variety of areas. The most common sports people hear about when it comes to steroid use are football and baseball. But many people are also becoming concerned about high school athletes getting involved in the world of steroid use.

Across Ohio, 30 school districts conduct random drug testing of their student athletes.  Olentangy School District, the first in Ohio to do so, has been randomly drug testing athletes for almost 20 years.

Jim Bibler, who coaches cross country at Hayes, said that athletes who play strength-based sports are under more pressure to perform. “I think…the coaches there are probably more worried about that,” Bibler said.

According to an article written by Fox News on November 19, 2012, a Minnesota study found that about 5% of middle and high school students have used anabolic steroids to put on muscle. That isn’t a large percentage, but it shows that teens have access to steroids at a young age. For the kids who work hard and try to give 100%, it is hard to keep up with the “better” athletes who are finding ways to get ahead.

“It is unfair to the people that work hard to get beat by people cheating their way to the top,” said Hannah Bartfay, senior captain of the girls’ soccer team.

Jordan Blackburn, head basketball coach, said that kids’ brains are not fully developed, which is why teens sometimes make poor choices. Teenagers already have a lot on their minds such as tests, grades, homework, relationships, puberty, and finding who they really are without having to worry about chemically making themselves better.

“Really the pressure to start using [steroids] is in high school,” said Dr. Linn Goldberg, from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Because of this, some high schools have started testing athletes for steroids before they begin a season. However, performing such tests can be expensive, which adds significant cost to the athletic budget.

Not everyone thinks steroid use in high school deserves more attention. “I don’t believe steroids are a big problem in student-athletes nowadays,” said junior Joseph Sanfillipo, a football and lacrosse player.

The consequences of using steroid use at a young age are severe. Teenagers who use steroids or other muscle enhancers can experience extensive hair growth, abnormal sexual development and many other side effects.

Recent media attention about professional athletes experimenting with steroids can also impact whether or not student athletes decide to try the drugs.  Teenagers who look up to a celebrity in their sport may try to mimic the athlete’s behavior.

“If kids think people they idolize are doing something, it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. They will at least be interested in modeling what the professional athlete or person they respect is doing,” Blackburn said.

Some athletes have found their own ways of getting better and becoming a great athlete by doing what works well for them.  Aly Smiley, a senior captain of the girls soccer team, said that she focuses on “working out on my own and making the right choices like when picking food to eat.” ϖ

Community loses local sports patron

James “Jim” Stimmel, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, August 22.

Most Hayes students knew him as the man that sat in the rotunda as they walked by, but he was much more than that.

Stimmel was born in Delaware and was a graduate of Willis High School in 1954. He served in the Korean War and worked as a meat cutter. After he retired, Stimmel volunteered at Hayes “policing” the front doors and running the press box at football games.

While serving as president of the Hayes Athletic Boosters two separate times, Stimmel made a huge impact on the basketball program. He attended every game, home or away, and made anonymous donations to boys who couldn’t afford the cost of being on the team.

“Even when his grandchildren no longer played, he was still a constant supporter of Hayes Athletics,” Coach Jordan Blackburn said.

He was well-liked, even by non-athletic students, for his jokes and stories in the hallway. He was known for his vibrant energy and outgoing personality.

“He would speak his mind,” said Mel Treese, office volunteer. “He would speak to anybody.”

His perpetual smile helped teach others to see the bright side of things. Blackburn said Stimmel taught him that “no matter what you’re going through there is no reason we all cannot lift up others and carry a positive attitude.”

Stimmel’s chair on the east side of the gym by the Euclid Entourage will be left empty this basketball season. A tribute will be made to him at the first home game December 6.

Six Freshman Earn Varsity Positions

(compiled by Sammi Piroska)

Alicia Rittenour: Cross Country

“I love the feeling. All the nerves in your body gearing up and the feeling of accomplishment after the race.”

Keiona Houser: Volleyball

“I love playing volleyball because it’s a lot of fun. You get to learn some things, work as a team and also make some friends.”

Megan Rumbalski: Cross Country

“Your blood is pumping and you can’t feel your legs, but when you cross the finish line, none of that matters.”

Emily Mathias: Soccer

“I love playing soccer because it makes me feel so good about myself and it never fails to clear my head.”

Chloe Vessels: Soccer

“Soccer has always been something that I could turn too during a rough time and I [am] in love with the feeling of the entire sport.”

Justin Hernan: Soccer

“I like to run because it is my passion. I’ve always wanted to be a state champion.”

Girls’ golf never forms; players join JV

In the spring of last year, there was interest in forming a girls’ golf team. However, due to the lack of players, Hayes is without a girls’ team this season.

“We had eight kids at one point,” Coach Steve Lehman said. However, two of the potential players were ineligible, another suffered an injury to the shoulder, and some just decided to come out for the team two weeks before the season started.

With a majority of the players absent from early team practices, the roster was down to only three golfers: McKenzie Confer, Bailey Hager, and Cecilia “CC” Bargar. Because four players are required to form a team, ethe school could not grant the girls team status. Hager and Bargar now play on the boy’s team.

For some it’s disappointing that the team didn’t form. “I was kind of disappointed because it’s fun to play with girls,” Bargar said, “ but also I wasn’t disappointed because playing with the boys is more challenging.”

Having a girls’ team would provide the girls that are interested in the sport with an easy  way to compete and sharpen their skills as players. “It would be kind of cool to have a girls’ team,” Confer said. “Maybe it would encourage other girls to join the golf team.”

Even without a team, it hasn’t stopped some of the girls from continuing to pursue the sport. “The past years I’ve played with the boys,” Bargar said. “But right now I’m kind of playing individually with another girl who is on our team.” Bargar has played in three OCC matches and continues to pursue the sport.

Although the girl’s team didn’t form this year, there is hope for the inception of a team in the near future. “We’ve got three girls this year and I know of at least three girls at the middle school,” Lehman said. “So currently there’s six and you only need four.” So in the next few years, Hayes might finally be on par and have itself a girls’ golf team.

Collin’s Column: College athletes should remain unpaid

Collin Wittig • Sports Editor

With the recent news of Johnny Manziel autographing memorabilia in exchange for money, the topic of players getting paid is being discussed now more than ever. The argument is that schools profit off of their football players through the sale of tickets and jerseys while the players get nothing in return.

College football players should not be paid simply because they are already getting paid in the way of a free education. The average cost per year to go to a public school is close to $20,000 and the average cost to go to a private school is close to $35,000. After going to school for four years, a student-athlete is looking at anywhere from $80,000-$140,000 for just their education alone. How much do most student-athletes have to pay? Not a single penny.

Athletes also get privileges over regular collegestudents. Some of these privileges include better housing, more money on their food plan, free tutoring, and first choice on what classes they want to take. That in itself is a form of payment.

Along with all of those privileges, most college football players receive a stipend, or fixed payment, of around $1000. This money can be used on anything from gas money, to clothes, to rent. Honestly, I feel like that money should cover almost all personal expenses, as long as that player doesn’t go overboard on his spending.

Players also get compensation in the form of gear and other clothing. Players get team-issued outfits that include multiple shirts, pants, and shorts. They also receive other items like socks, shoes, hats, and backpacks. Along with clothes, many players receive electronics like iPads, laptops, and headphones issued to them by their school. These clothing items are top-of-the-line brands like Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour.  All of it for free.

Athletes get things that other college students don’t such as having full medical and travel expenses covered. College athletes get to travel a lot more than other college students. Traveling to new schools for away games would be a cool opportunity that not many get the chance to experience. Players also get to travel to other places for postseason bowl games. It has to be awesome to be able to go to Florida or California for a week in the middle of winter.

Having good medical care is also something that some people outside of college don’t even have.

The payment of college athletes is a topic that divides both fans and non-fans. It is something that will be highly debated in the upcoming months and the outcome could potentially change the face of college athletics in a huge way.

New trainers, coaches join athletic teams

Mariah Swisher- Staff Writer

The 2013-2014 school year sparks the start of a new beginning for two new athletic trainers and multiple new coaches. Last year Hayes lost its athletic trainer, Todd Peterson, who had been with the students for many years. Since Peterson left Hayes, two new trainers have arrived, Amy Evans and Maggie Krauza. Both are from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Sports Medicine.

“I am excited to be one of the new athletic trainers at Delaware Hayes,” Evans said. “This is my first experience working in the high school setting and I’m looking forward to working in a new environment than what I have worked in, in the past.”

Evans went on to say that she is “[eager] to work with all the student athletes, coaches and administration that Hayes has to offer,” and that she is ready to watch the athletes succeed during their season.

“I really enjoy helping others,” Evans said. “Everyone at Hayes is very friendly and very accommodating.”

Not only does Hayes have new trainers, but new coaches were hired as well. Patrick Montgomery replaced Nick Melton as the varsity baseball coach. “I am very excited to be one of the new coaches here at Hayes,” Montgomery said.

“I am looking forward to the different challenges that each practice and game bring and the excitement of getting to know the kids and beginning new traditions as well as continuing others,” he said. “The baseball program has had a great tradition under Mr. Yinger and it is something I am looking forward to continuing.”

He is delighted to coach the group of kids they have coming back this year and working with them to achieve their goals. Montgomery was an assistant coach at Olentangy Liberty High School before he came to Hayes.

“I started coaching when my playing career ended. I love still being around the sports I played and helping young athletes develop into great players,” Montgomery said. “Delaware is a great school with great student athletes, it is awesome here.”

Hayes also has a new assistant wrestling coach, Andrew Branham. He is looking forward to getting back in the sport and helping wrestlers get better. “I am excited to be coaching at Hayes,” Branham said. He went on to say he plans to be here for a while. He enjoys being involved with the student-athletes.

Before he came to Hayes, he was an English Language Arts teacher at London High School. There he served as the head wrestling coach. He has not always held the title of coach but “since middle school, I have helped teammates and younger wrestlers improve and work towards achieving their goals.”

“[So far] I really like the school, I have enjoyed meeting the staff and students,”  Branham said.