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Girls’ coaches focus on hard work, development

Sarah Heber • Distribution Manager

Three girls teams, three new coaches, one common goal. Julieanne McClain took over as head coach for girls tennis. Girls golf, an entirely new sport at Hayes, welcomed Steve Lehman as head coach. Lastly, Mark Thomas took on the assistant coach position for girls volleyball. The common goal these new coaches hope to achieve this fall is simply growth and development.

After spending two years as the assistant tennis coach for Worthington Christian High School, McClain now takes on the head coach role here at Hayes. While at Worthington Christian she coached both boys and girls, but she is focusing on helping the girls team here at Hayes.

“I enjoying being able to watch a match going on, give a couple pointers, and then see the players really own that advice and change, especially when it makes the difference between a winning and losing,” McClain said.

The team graduated a fair amount of seniors last year but McClain still has high expectations for the returning players and new players as well.

“It’s a growing year. I know that is cliché but it really is a growing year in every sense,” she said. “So it’s going to be an exciting season. It’s probably not going to be exciting in terms of score but it’ll for sure be in terms of growth.”

Similar to the tennis team, the girls golf team is going to have a growing year. This is a new sport to Hayes and it has already caught students’ attention.

“We’ve always had a number of girls who wanted to play and we thought we had a full team last year but a couple of them weren’t able to play so we ended up one player short,” Lehman said.

To form a full team, only four golfers are required, however Lehman is pleased that the team stands strong with seven members this year.

“For competitive purposes and for other things like injuries it is nice to have more,” Lehman said.

With this being a new sport to Hayes, he is excited to spread the word about girls golf and simply  teach them about the beauty of the sport.

Lehman wants his athletes “to learn to enjoy the game and learn all that it has to offer,” he said. “[Golf] is something they can play till they’re 90 years old.”

The final change for girls sports this season is that Coach Thomas took on the role as assistant coach for the volleyball team. He now currently coaching three sports, teaching, and is also a husband and a father of two young boys. Although he has a full plate, he is still excited to help the volleyball program grow.

“I’d say my expectations for the season would be just to get better as a program, to get better as a team and as a group of girls,” Thomas said.

Thomas hopes to help set the foundation of tradition for years to come. After already doing so with the softball program, he is confident he can do the same with the volleyball team. Thomas enjoys being the assistant for the volleyball team, especially since he is head coach for softball.

“It’s pretty cool to get to take that step back, letting Lee run things and then I can just give tips every once and a while,” Thomas said. “I can laugh a little bit more with the girls instead of being as serious.”

With all these changes this fall, the level of anticipation for the future face of girls sports at Hayes is at an all time high. The new coaches are pushing their girls to raise the level of competition and are asking for more out of them than ever before. If everything goes according to plan, the girls sports programs will continue to grow stronger in the upcoming years.

BV v. Hayes: How the rivalry works

By: Dylan James

The Buckeye Valley defense swarms the Pacer ballcarrier at the August 29th game at Buckeye Valley High School. Hayes won handily 31-6
The Buckeye Valley defense swarms the Pacer ballcarrier at the August 29th game at Buckeye Valley High School. Hayes won handily 31-6.

It’s that time of the year again: football season. With football season comes the rivalries in it, and as usual the first game of the season for the Hayes Pacers is against Buckeye Valley. These schools, which are exactly 4 miles down the road from each other, aren’t exactly best friends.

Last years game wasn’t the prettiest to watch, 51-0 in favor of the Pacers. The last win for the Buckeye Valley team was in 2011 (Hayes won 35-22 in 2012), but the rivalry hasn’t lost its heat. It’s actually become Golden, as in new Hayes coach Mike Golden.

“I don’t have any personal history with BV,” Golden said. “But, I do understand the rivalry, and the intensity. I’ve been involved in some big rivalries, so I understand.”

Teams go into a season having high standards, and they do not like to lose. The situation is no different with this year’s Pacers squad.

“I have high expectations, I always do,” Golden said. “I think that if you play a sport, any sport, you do it because you want to be the best you can be.”

When it comes to rivalries, there’s always high energy and intense focus. In the locker room, everyone is silent and everyone is getting ready to go play. This Hayes team is in the right frame of mind.

“We need to make sure we know exactly what we’re doing,” Golden said. “We need to react to things they’re doing. We need to be successful, and play at a high level.”

Golden and the Pacers are going to be all business in the weeks leading to the game and the weeks after.

“We’ve all been there before,” Golden said. “We’ll act like we’ve been there before.”

From the sidelines and the stands, the game is completely different from what players experience on the field. On the field, the players are not just players. They’re a representation of the people, the rivalry, and the tradition that comes along with it.

“I feel the tradition of the Hayes-Buckeye Valley rivalry,” Senior Safety Cody Wooten said. “It’s great! And we plan to get a win again this year.”

Things are easy to say pregame and postgame, but when it comes to performing on the field on Fridays, under the lights, it’s a whole different story. It’s when the pressure to perform hits hard.

“Of course there’s pressure,” Wooten said. “No one plays to lose. You play to win.”

The feeling of the players is the same as the feeling of the coach, as far as expectations go. Everyone expects to perform well and at a high level of effort and intensity.

“Our expectations on the field is to give 100% effort on every play,” Wooten said. “We do what we’re told, and every person on the field is expected to do their job. We’re held responsible for every play on the field.”

There’s no rivalry in the history of sports rivalries in which the fans aren’t active participants that influence the game. Fans give that inspiration and energy when a player is in the moment.

“Having a loud, crazy student sections and fans definitely affects [the] play in positive ways,” Wooten said. “The environment of a Friday night game gets your adrenaline going.”

From the fans perspective, there’s definitely energy in the air. They know what the rivalry means; to them, to the school, and to the community. The incoming Freshmen this year at Hayes are going to experience it for the first time.

“The BV game gets it hype because we’re rivals,” Freshman Nick Patten said. “We’re so close to each other, and they’re ‘Hillbillies’ and we’re ‘from the city’.”

If you’re a true fan of a team, you cry when they lose and cheer when they win. Pacers fans are the exact same way.

“It’s important to win because it’s a win,” Patten said. “Any game goes on our record so a wins a win.”

The environment of a game and the personality of the fans are different when a game is home compared to away. The Pacer fans that are going to the away game are going to be noticeable.

“I’m gonna be going crazy,” Patten said. “I’m gonna be loud and proud.”

Just because it’s a rivalry doesn’t mean there is just hatefulness from everyone. There’s an unspoken respect for what the opposition can do.

“I think you should always respect your opponents,” Patten said. “They can beat us, and we can beat them too.”

When it comes to getting the win, it’s no doubt the team is confident it can win. This game is a must win.

“Heck yeah it’s a must win game,” Wooten said. “Every game is a must win. But Buckeye Valley is a ‘Should Win’. A loss to Buckeye Valley is embarrassing.”

Sure, the game is what counts on your record, but it’s what’s put in before the game thats important as well. A positive attitude and good effort in practice goes a long way to getting the win in games.

“I think that every game, every practice, even every day is a must win,” Golden said.

New trainers’ office causes confusion

Madi HuckStaff  Writer

With the new lunch lines, the athletic trainers had to do some relocating.

“I’m confused because I’m so used to it in the place where [the athletic trainer] was,” Cross Country runner Meg Vonada, said.

The first aid office, or the room for the athletic trainers, can now be found in the basement where the old softball office was. It’s the room next to 702, but there is no room number assigned to the room itself.

For those who are unsure of where that might be, it’s in the same hallway as bus alley. Go down the steps as if going to the bus, then turn left at the bottom of the stairs. After that, it’s the second door on the right, going under the archway.

 “As of right now, we are seeing a few less athletes because they don’t know where we are at,” said Maggy Krauza, an athletic trainer.

The trainers still have the tables to stretch out the athletes, as well as the ice machine to help any swollen ankles that might come about. For the most part, other than the location, the room is the same.

“[The] biggest difference is that this room is not on the same floor as the gymnasium,” Krauza said.

This means for the athletic trainers will have to work quicker and more efficiently to get the water to the athletes as well as be about to help any potential injuries.

Unfortunately, only football has locker rooms in the basement. All the other locker rooms, for both boys and girls sports, are located across from the pizza and sandwich lunch lines.

“It’s very biased. It’s horrible! And frankly it’s rude because it makes [the football team] seem more important than all the other sports,” Vonada said.

In her opinion, there should be easy access to the trainers for all sports teams.

“We should make sure every sport is treated equally and should be the same distance away from the trainers,” Vonada said.

The trainer’s office was moved in order to make an additional lunch line. This decision was made at the end of last school year.

The student athlete can still expect the very best from the trainers here at Hayes. There will be some confusion at first, but when the athletes need some help, they’ll be able to find their way.

“I think once everyone knows where we are, they’ll be able to find us,” Krauza said.

So for all the athletes out there, here’s the official notice: the trainers will be either in their new office or at all the sporting events, to keep Hayes safe and ready to play.

Flexing New Muscle

It’s time to shake out your muscles because there’s a new sheriff in town, or rather a new lifting coach. Brian Coleman is the new lifting coach here at Hayes. He is responsible for the training of all Hayes athletes

Training and conditioning play a crucial part in athletics. Outside of any sports, people don’t know what happens in the weight room. With a new training coach, there’s a lot more to know, especially about what he brings to the table.

“Coleman has a lot of energy,” Sophomore Wrestler Carter Davidson said. “He brings a lot of excitement to the weight room.”

Last year, coaches were the ones that organized training programs, if they did at all. This year, there is no need for coaches to worry about that. Coleman is the one that takes care of preparing training and lifting sessions.

“Last year the lifting seemed more personalized,” Davidson said. “This year it’s a little different, but we’re still making great gains.”

Training and lifting is a great way to boost performance for the season. A program that has a training system has a definite advantage over another that doesn’t. No team wants to do bad and lifting provides a way for programs to become more successful.

“The lifting helps our performance tremendously,” Davidson said. “It has and is making us stronger, faster, and more explosive.”

“ I definitely think it’s helping us,” Junior Volleyball player Claire Turner said. “We’re gaining strength and it’ll help us become an overall better team.”

There’s a different feel in the weight room than on the practice field or the court. There are no plays to practice or techniques to learn. There’s a sense of urgency to get better, faster, and stronger.

“The atmosphere with Coleman and the coaches is intense,” Davidson said. “We’re focused on improving and it really helps the lift.”

“[The atmosphere] is very intense,” Turner said. “We’re being pushed to do our best, and it’s a good feeling.”

Before Coleman, girls teams didn’t have a lifting schedule or a program. Now, all sports at Hayes are using the weight room. They all can keep in shape and become stronger, mentally and physically.

“Last year we didn’t lift at all,” Turner said. “Last year, lifting was for wrestling and football. The girls teams didn’t really lift. It’s a lot different and I feel like we’re all more in shape and ready for our season.”

Athletes are a rare breed of people that often seek to improve. With Coleman running the liftings, there’s definitely optimism for the future. Hayes’ athletics are turning over a new leaf when it comes to training and building strength.

“I like the new lifting system,” Davidson said. “Even though the old one seemed more personalized, our new lifting is going well.”

“I definitely prefer lifting over not lifting,” Turner said. “It’s a lot better this year.”

Girl’s golf tees off at Hayes

Madi HuckStaff  Writer

It’s been quite awhile since the girls can say that there’s a golf team just for them. Well, actually, that’s never been said here at Hayes.

For the first time since Hayes opened in 1963, girls will be able to compete against other high school Girl Golf teams rather than going up against the Boy golf teams.

Many of the girls are looking forward to this season.

“It’s a lot more fun because I can get to know the girls better,” said Cecilia (CC) Bargar, a third year golfer for Hayes.

The golfers on the team are CC Bargar (11), McKenzie Confer (11), Angela King (11), Bailey Hager (10), Riley Geiger (9) and Kelly Horvath (9).

The rules for teams have changed this past season. As of last year there only needed five girls to form a team, but this year they needed six. They originally had the right amount of girls, but when the rules changed, the golfers had to recruit an additional player.

But fortunately the girls were able to get their sixth and final player, Angela King.

“I joined because CC is my friend and I wanted to support her. And they only needed one more person to form a team,” King said.

The girls are ready to compete.

The girls who played last year have some changes they’ll have to get acquainted with.

The main difference between boys and girls is that the boys play from the Blues, which are tees that are further back from the hole.

“Same rules, same courses, just the tees are shorter,” said Coach Steve Lehman. In past years, he was the boys golf coach, but now he is just the girls coach.

But according to some players, there is a slight difference in the matches.

“I think with girl’s [match] is slower because we take longer,” second year golfer McKenzie Confer said.

Similar to the boys team, the girls play and practice at Oakhaven, the course on 23 North.

The girls golf team at Hayes is one of many new female golf team forming in the OCC district. There are 24 full teams in total.

 “It’s a new uprising thing,” Confer said.

For some girls on the golf team, they wanted to play even when there wasn’t a girls team last year, so they played with the boy’s team.

“[Playing with the boys] helped, but in some ways hurt,” Lehman said. “[Bargar] tried to hit it as far as [the boys] did, which hurt her swing.”

Bargar, who played on the boy’s golf team the last two years, learned to be more competitive, and she learned about hard work.

“It helped me work harder to be there with [the boys],” Bargar said.

Bargar, along with many of the girls golfers, are looking forward to playing this season and seeing how competitive they can be.

“Golf is a sport that requires passion and determination,” Bargar said.

Camp creates strong team

Mariah Swisher Sports Editor

The Delaware Hayes cross country team has started a new tradition. Like many sports teams, summer camps are a huge help for athletes and now this team has their camp. In the words of Coach Jim Bibler, “we wanted to kick off the summer”.

This past summer, the team spent three days at Lakeside and had many new experiences. The team ran, played running games and of course ate and slept. One specific game they played was speedway, which is just like tag but instead of just playing it on a field of some sort, the team played all of Lakeside, running up and down the streets and all over.

Bibler loved having this camp because “it was a really good way to get everyone involved”.

But it was also a way “to get everyone motivated to practice and run early in the summer,” senior Alyssa Wheeler said.

It was especially good for the freshmen because they had the opportunity to better themselves for high school level before being in an actual competition. “It helped the freshmen get a feel for the team,” Wheeler said.

But not only that, they had the chance to feel like they were already a part of the team. That feeling alone makes every athlete want to do better for not just themselves, but for their team as well.

Both Bibler and Wheeler saw improvement in the team from the camp. “We all started the summer on the program and followed it through to the higher mileage that we are supposed to run during the season,” Wheeler said.

Not only did Wheeler see improvement of their running but she says that thanks to camp, she and many other upperclassmen have learned what it’s like to be leaders.

Overall, the team had a great start to their season thanks to the new camp. “Running all summer and having everyone that wanted to be a part of the team, we’re able to start the season in good shape,” Bibler said.

“It’s crazy how only a three day camp can make the team feel like a family,” Wheeler said. The cross country team is excited for a better year because of their summer camp. They want the tradition to continue, but the tradition will likely change and develop over the upcoming years.

New Coaches ~ Boys Sports

Come one come all! Hayes welcomed five new coaches to boys athletics this fall. The football team gained a new head coach and the boys soccer team took in a total of four new coaches. That is two JV coaches, one assistant varsity coach, and also a varsity coach.

Mike Golden stepped up as head coach for the football team this year after Schroder’s departure last year. He has not made many changes to the program except for the demand of extra effort. Due to that one simple request, his expectations for his team this year make sense.

“I truly want and believe that we can win every single game this season,” Golden said.

While it may seem far fetched to expect such perfection out of his team, he has full confidence they can reach it with that little bit of extra effort he wants them to focus on

Although this is Golden’s first year here it will probably be his last. He does not plan to stay for the next seasons to come.

“This is my last stop. I am not really looking for a job, just something to do,” Golden said.

Senior Ernest Bonsu is sad that coach Golden does not have plans to stay because he has already made a notable impact on the program.

“Coach Golden knows what he’s doing and he’s unlike any coaches Delaware has had in the past,” Bonsu said. “He’s changing the Hayes football culture and creating a winning team.”

Another change is the addition of Josh Diehl, the new varsity coach for the soccer team, who plans on changing the way the program is run.

Along with Diehl, the boys soccer team welcomed an entirely new coaching staff. Diehl has focused on raising morality for the boys, and he has done that by focusing on positive reinforcement.

Senior Ben Gibbs is excited about the new coaches and their methods. He has high expectations for what this season could bring.

“All the coaches are so encouraging and I think we have a realistic chance of winning the OCC this year,” Gibbs said.

Although there have been many changes, Senior Addison Carter loves the new environment that the coaches have brought to the team. Carter has high hopes for the season and for the legacy to continue with the new ways of the coaches.

“I love how they elevate our game past the basics through efficient training, positivity, and simply their belief in our abilities,” Carter said.

New Athletic Director comes home

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editor

From Big Walnut to Delaware, Steve Glesenkamp comes home.  Glesenkamp is Delaware’s new Athletic Director (AD).

The previous director, Clint Fetty, has moved on to a different job.

When Glesenkamp found out about the open position, he was eager to apply.

Glesenkamp grew up in Delaware, and also graduated from Hayes. He has lived here his whole life, even while working in Sunbury.

He spent 31 years at Big Walnut and 23 of those years were spent being their athletic director.

Then becoming Delaware’s athletic director “seemed like a good fit for me,” Glesenkamp said. “It’s like home sweet home.”

Being an AD has been his passion for years now. But now he can continue his passion here at home.

His plans for now are just to get to know everyone.

It has been a while since he has been working with everyone here so he wants to “meet new people and build new relationships.” He also wants “to make the whole program better.”

Glesenkamp is excited for the new year and the many more in the future. And Delaware is excited for him to be here.