While most eyes are focused on the match happening in the center of the mat, or the work ethic in practice, there is work to be done on the fringes of the mat.
In the practice room and out of it, Hayes’ wrestling stats are more than just the box scores that fans and coaches care about.
“We put in a lot more work than people believe,” sophomore Ana Moder said. “We’re constantly working during practice from 2:30 till 6.”
Outside the practice room, the girls keep stats at meets and tournaments. The meets which are on Wednesdays, and the tournaments which are on Saturdays and sometimes continue until Sundays, add a lot of hours to their work schedule.
“On meets, we work roughly 7 hours,” sophomore Maddy Poston said. “On weekends for tournaments, we work around 13 hours.”
The girls record pins, takedowns, pin times, scores of matches and back points. They not only record the stats of their own wrestlers, but the opponents as well. That all may seem like a difficult job, but the girls say it’s a lot of fun.
“[Being a stat] is really fun and I have made new friends,” Moder said. “If I wasn’t a stat, I’d probably be at home sitting on my couch,” Poston said.
Moder and Poston have been a stats for the wrestling team since 7th grade for Dempsey’s middle school team. This year though they have a new task; they have to teach two new stats-in-training, sophomores Abby Mays and Ashley Reynolds.
“I think being a stat will be a fun experience,” Reynolds said.
“So far, it’s made me take more responsibility,” Mays said. “I am learning a lot about the sport.”
Being a stat may seem to be all about writing
scores of matches, but it is something more to it than what is in the job description.
“There is an unspoken competition between stats,” Poston said. “It is about looking the best, like dressing the best and what not.”
Not a lot of people see the behind-the-scenes of a wrestling team, but that is what the stats are all about. They love what they do and they love the team as well.
“We love the guys and the team,” Poston said.
“We are sort of like a second family,” Moder said.
The gymnasts have been hidden behind the football pads and basketball hoops.
“I feel that 75% of the student body doesn’t even know that there is a gymnastics team” junior gymnast Loegen Wade said.
If it wasn’t for friends of gymnast or being a member of a club like DElHI nobody would know.
“I knew we had a gymnastics team because [Caylin Morstadt] is on yearbook, so I know some- one who has the pages” junior Josh Allen said . “A lot of my friends, though, don’t know we have a gymnastics team”
These athletes don’t understand why they are not viewed as a sport. According to Wade people cannot see how much athletic ability it takes to be a gymnast.
“People don’t realize…how much muscle you have to build up to do these skills, and how much balance it takes to do skills on a beam that’s about four feet high, 16 feet long, and only four inches wide without falling off” Wade said.
These gymnasts work hard and want the student body to see that.
“I wish it was more recognized”, junior gymnast Angela King said. “We would love more fans to get out there”.
Their home meets are located at the Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheer (COGC).
“The maximum fans that have gone to one of our meets is 5 and I’ve only seen that happen once out of 3 years” Wade said.
But most of the time there are zero fans.“We look into the stands, and all we see are parents,” King said.
One problem is that they do not make themselves known to the students.
“They don’t have meets at the high school,” Morstadt said. This makes it difficult for students to know about it.
They hope that with some atten- tion drawn to gymnastics they will get some support from the students and recognition that they deserved.
“The halls should have posters up for when gymnastics meets are, to get people’s attention that there is actually a gymnastics team at Hayes,” Wade said.
Like any other sport gymnast face challenges, and some face more than others, but that has allowed these girls to grow.
“You have to reach for your goals, and just break through if you mess up,” King said.
The gymnastics team believe they will have their day in the spot light.
When listening to sports fans, it seems as though they are excited for the BCS national champion- ship, or rather a lack of one. That’s right, there is no BCS anymore, which stood for Bowl Championship Series. It is now the College Football Playoff (CFP).
After 15 years of being held prisoner by confusing rank- ing systems, metric statistics (which no regular, everyday fan understood) and computer simulations, college football fans are finally liberated. Real, living people have now de- cided who is ranked first through twenty-fifth.
Under the new CFP format, a committee of 12 mem- bers decided what teams are ranked where depending on Strength of Schedule, Conference Championships, Points per Game, Points Allowed per Game, and of course Win- Loss record.
Of the top 25 teams at the end of the year, the top four teams which were determined December 7, 2014 will be seeded into a bracket format where the first seed plays the four seed and the second plays the third seed.
First seed Alabama will battle fourth seed Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, while second seed Oregon and third seedFlorida State duke it out in the Rose Bowl.
11 percent of sports fans say their favorite sport to watch is college football, according to a poll done by ESPN. Going along with that fact, college football fans will be happy to know that with the playoff system in place, the season will be extended by another week. That may attract some hardcore NFL fans, which will bring more spotlight to the college game.
After the final rankings and official seedings are com- pleted, the semi-final rounds are set to take place New Years Day. One of the games will be the Rose Bowl in Pasa- dena, California, while the other will take place in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. The final matchup then will be held in Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas on January 6.
Even though the opinion of the new CFP systems is posi- tive, there is still controversy over teams who have been overlooked, and conferences that being overlooked. TCU and Baylor of the Big 12 missed out on a chance to get in after they were declared Co-champions of the conference.
TCU fans are feeling bitter about the system after they dropped from 3 to 6 in the final rankings. The Horned Frogs defeated Iowa State 55-3 on December 6, but lost 3 spots, even behind conference foe Baylor.
Baylor finished 5 in the final rankings, and are severely outraged by their fate. They defeated TCU October 11, and finished with a similar record as TCU in conference play. While it may seem as though Baylor deserved the nod, the way the Big 12 is set up, there was no tiebreaker available, which in ESPN analysts minds, hurt their case for the 4 seed.
Of the 25 ranked teams, none of them are outside of the power five conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC, and ACC) are ranked. That means that even a team such as Marshall (12-1) of the Conference USA aren’t getting recognition.
Since the introduction of the BCS system, 19 teams have gone undefeated. Of those 19 teams, 7 were not able to play in the national championship, and 6 of those teams had better records than at least one of the teams vying for the national title that year. The championship game should include the best teams in it, so there is a clear, definite best team in the end.
It is fair to say that there is controversy even in the new era of the college football playoff, but overall, the CFP is better than the old BCS.
The lacrosse team is in progress to their way back to the top by working through the off season.
“We play during the winter to get better, work on our fundamentals, start getting team chemistry,” senior lacrosse player Joseph Sanfilippo said. ”And to have fun and win.”
The games are located at the Continent in Columbus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There are three different teams.
Some grade and previous skill level was used in deciding the separation of the teams, but mainly position was the deciding factor.
“We split the teams this year up by a more of- fense and defense based teams, so that both groups can really start meshing with each other before spring season comes,” junior lacrosse player Gareth Ulmer said.
There are many positives about never let- ting up through- out the year.
“I can keep my skills toned and gain the edge come season,” Ulmer said.
The boys get a lot of work in on their skills.
“Indoor lacrosse helps out with stick skills like pass- ing, catching, and ground balls, defensive positioning and slides,” Sanfilippo said. “Plus the communication and language of what the coaches and players are trying to say helps us out for the spring, when it really matters.”
There are some challenges that they have to overcome. For one they can only play with five players plus a goalie, when typically they play with nine plus a goalie.
“Winter is more like indoor soccer and basketball,” Sanfilippo said. “Lots of pick and rolls, quick ball movement, and fast-paced up and down running.”
These drasticts differences oo the smaller field will help improve the team down the line
“The main difference is the pace is even more sped up than in the spring, so condition- ing plays a huge role,” Ulmer said.
With all this hard work, the lacrosse team is hoping to make another mark on the history books at Hayes.
“I see the chemistry building among our team and people are beginning to step up to fill the roles we need this spring in order to make it back to states,” Ulmer said.
At Colony Lanes the Delaware Hayes bowling team lies in waiting. They practice in order to prepare for the victims who dare come to their home to challenge them during the season.
“The team is really tight this year,” sophomore Alicia Halstead said. “We’ve bonded a lot and have gotten closer as friends, and we are ready for this year.”
There are some new people on the team this year, which have contributed to the bonding. Previously, the team had been bowling together for a few years, but the new blood has brought some new aspects to being a team.
“This year, there [are] a lot of new players,” Halstead said. “It’s been a bit different to adjust to, having new members on the team.”
Even with new people, there is an optimistic tone in some of the players. Athletes can gain the stereotype that it is all about winning. While that may be on the players’ mind at times, it’s not the only thing the bowling team is thinking about.
“[I am] looking forward to having fun,” sophomore Bryan MacDonald said. “Also hanging out with the players on the team after school and practicing with them will be fun.”
The bowling roster is full of talent. Some of the players have aspirations for state competition at the end of the year.
“Some players to watch are Dakota Burglar and Patrick Starr,” MacDonald said.
“I think that the whole boys varsity team is key,” Halstead said. “My friend Taylor [Schurr] and I are going to be key for the girls this year, in my opinion as well.”
The team as a whole has high expectations. The team wasn’t as successful as they would have hoped last year, but in their minds, this year is a whole new year.
“I expect that we will get better as a group and develop our games,” Halstead said.
“I know that we all want to improve our record from last year,” MacDonald said. “Everyone also wants to break personal records like high scores. I mean, who doesn’t.”
Board game club has been active for a year and a half now and consists of both teachers and students.
There are a variety of games played, from social to cooperative or dexterity and speed.
“[The best part is] getting the chance to interact with students in a non-educational setting,” said Kevin West, the club’s adviser. “Just being able to do something, have fun, and have good conversations with kids that don’t relate to content or skills that students are required to learn in class.”
The club meets every other Thursday in West’s room. If interested, one can ask West about the next meeting, or they can just show up.
“Just come try it out for one week and if you like it, come on back,” West said. “If it’s not for you, you lost an hour, hour and a half, of a Thursday afternoon. No big deal.”
The new Varsity Leadership club teaches the student the difference between the right and the wrong way of being a leader.
“We just came up with the idea last year and
now this year we are planning on implementing it when we get back from break,” said Jordan Black- burn, a leader of the club.
Along side Blackburn, Gregory White and James Bibler also run the club.
The main goal between White, Blackburn, and Bibler was to teach the difference between right and wrong.
“… we wanted to get going is that there is a certain way that you can lead that people will respond to that is in a positive way,” Blackburn said. Along side leadership skills, Blackburn wanted diversity.
“One of the things we wanted to start with is having a club that didn’t just have people from sports but from all over the school,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn, Gregory, and Bibler also want to shine the spotlight on the people that lead the correct way.
“We want to start rewarding the kids that do things right, rather than rewarding those that make bad decisions,” White said.
Among the many clubs at Hayes High School Poetry Out Loud is another club that brings out the creativity in students.
Poetry Out Loud has only been here at Hayes for a small number of years. “As a nationwide organization it began in the spring of 2006 and it spread out to all of the high schools,” Gina Puleo said, an English teacher that will be leading the club next year.
Valerie Plessinger currently runs the Poetry Out Loud club with Kelsey Bagley and Gina Puleo as co-advisers.
“To get into the club you just have to have an interest in poetry, and a willing- ness to work hard and succeed,” Puleo said.
“As a club we work together to memorize, perform, and learn poetry,” Puleo said. Students help each other and give each other constructive criticism to make them better performers, break them of their stage fright and to prepare for competition.
The first competition is school wide in February where the winner would go onto states that are held in Columbus and then the nationals are held in Washington D.C.
“We teach students public speaking skills, to read poetry for the tone, the meaning, and the author’s intentions and purposes… also to be confident and pas- sionate and how to be lovers of poetry,” Puleo said.
Although Breakfast Club has a small number of members, those who do attend find it beneficial and want to come back.
They meet every Friday at 6:25 a.m. at Hamburger Inn or Tim Hortons. This club is for kids who need help with math homework.
“The kids that mostly come are the ones with math needs and don’t understand their math homework,” Andy Graham said.
They meet at breakfast places to“start the day with a good meal.” He wants them to be focused for the day.
Graham describes this club as “helpful” to the students. Along with Graham, Randy Turner, another math teacher, is there to help students too. So students will have two math teachers to get help from.
This club usually has 12-18 kids that attend. The biggest number they have had is 36. They are always wanting more.
“Kids like the club. When they come the first time, they always come back a second time,” Graham said.
He also said, “It is about starting the most popular quiz/test day of the week off with a good meal,” Graham said. “While waiting for the meal you can get any last minute questions answered from anyone that attends.”