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.

Marvel puts spin on traditional superheroes

Gayge Carroll • Staff Writer

Ever since Marvel was created in 1939, traditional characters such as Spider-Man and Captain America were white males and were looked up to by kids everywhere. Marvel is now doing away with the old and bringing in the new, which isn’t a bad thing.
Anyone who has seen the trailer for the Avengers movie in 2012 knows that Samuel L. Jackson played the leader of the Avengers. What many people don’t know is that the character of Nick Fury was originally created as a white man, but Jackson’s portrayal did not keep the movie from being successful. According to a Phoenix Arizona news site, KPHO, there are many more changes in the works for Marvel heroes.
Another difference that has been pretty popular is that Spider-Man was changed from being a white male named Peter Parker into a biracial male named Miles Morales who is black and Hispanic.
Everyone knows Thor as “The son of Odin.” According to KPHO, Marvel is turning Thor into a woman. Now this is a big change just for the reason that Thor is known for his masculinity, but by all means, a woman can be a muscular god of thunder any day of the week.
Another change that comic readers will see is that Captain America will be a black male instead of the original white male.
According to ScreenRant, none of these changes matter to what the hero actually is. For example, Spider-Man was a young boy when his parents left him with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Later on the audience finds out that his parents die in a plane crash. He then grows up and is bit by a spider and bippity boppity boo he’s Spider-Man. He then spends his time cleaning up the scum of New York.
Even though Marvel has made many announcements about the changes, they haven’t told anyone exactly why they are doing this.
There has also been talk about the upcoming remake of Fantastic Four in 2015. Instead of Chris Evans playing the Human Torch like he did in the 2005 Fantastic Four, the Human Torch will be played by Michael B. Jordan, according to ScreenRant.
Again, this does not affect the moral of the whole Fantastic Four story because no where in the story line does it say that the Human Torch is black or white. This kind of transformation to modern day culture will be just a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

Cantor puts unique twist on newest book

Nathalie Moorman • Views Editor

River and Sky have lived on Island for as long as they can remember, until one day River spots a boat. From here, their world is turned completely upside down. Before they know it, they are in some foreign place called California. This change is way too much for both of them to handle. California is a strange place where people drive “car caves” and talk on things called cell phones.
Island was Sky’s whole world. It was the only thing she knew. Now she has a grandmother that she has never met who she knows absolutely nothing about. Without River being there for her for every step of the way and helping her with the ups and downs of daily life, Sky is alone, confused and incredibly scared. Sky quickly learns that her life on Island wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was and that everything she has ever known has been a lie.
“Searching for Sky” by Jillian Cantor was totally a new concept for me. Several times during the book I had to stop and think for a minute or so, trying to figure out what object the author was addressing in the book. For example, Sky refers to cars as “car caves.” I had to figure out what the author was referring to. I eventually got it. It wasn’t hard, it was just something new.
Even though this book was a breath of fresh air (so to speak) I couldn’t find a whole lot of “red flags.” There was really nothing major that made me go “AHA I SEE BAD THINGS!”
The main characters, Sky, River, Sky’s grandmother, and Ben, the neighbor boy, all have been well developed but most of the other characters in the novel are seriously lacking character development which unfortunately ended up not allowing me to get fully “engaged” while reading the book.
I give this book a four out of five stars. It was a quick read with lots of detail but character-wise, there were some development issues.

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.

New lunch schedule benefits everyone

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

This year, there have been undoubtedly noticeable changes to the lunch room. There are more options in which line to go to, what options there are to choose from, and there are definitely more options on who to sit with.
While everyone was concerned with how 800 kids were going to fit in a new two period lunch system, it is also obvious that the administration put their best foot forward about working out the best system possible. With a growing student body that is noticeably bigger this year, revamping the lunchroom design as well as the lunch schedule during the day was a large challenge to take on.
The set up of the lines may be the most noticeable; the pizza shop took over the old athletic training room, the panini line was added, and there are signs everywhere to help remember what is served in each line each day. Additionally, the serving lines from last year have been removed, almost tripling the room students have to walk through to get their food.
The food itself has changed as well. The panini line was added, different types of pizzas are available, and the taste of the Chinese food and Bosco sticks have changed for the better.
There are a lot of new choices with the new “Grab-N-Go” option. Chicken Nuggets, corn dogs and hot dogs, several different types of chicken sandwiches, and other options are all new to lunch everyday. For those who haven’t liked the lunch choices in the past or don’t want to wait in line, Grab-N-Go is extremely convenient.
While it may be different to not have a lunch lady serve every lunch to every student, the ability to individually pick lunches gives more of an adult like feel to the cafeteria. It’s nice not to ask someone to serve you food every time you go through the line. Additionally, there is the option of eating in the auxiliary gym, which opens up space for the extra people this year.
Altogether, lunch may be hectic, but once the excitement of the new year calms down, there’s sure to be a natural flow to the addition of people. Hayes is incredibly lucky to have such a concerned administration, who are willing to be so open and creative toward the challenges that come up from year to year.

Don’t sleep on Sleeper Agent

Arden Palmquist • Entertainment Editor

For a band that has been around since 2009, Sleeper Agent was a new band to me. I had never heard of them until Summerfest at the beginning of August. As soon as they started their performance, I instantly fell in love. This only adds on to the list of nobody bands I have fallen in love with.

Sleeper Agent has performed at Coachella, a popular music festival in California, and even was a part of the Vans Warped Tour. The Vans Warped Tour is about eight hours of performers.

The alternative rock band really doesn’t get enough credit for their music. With an upbeat vibe and incredible vocals, it’s amazing to me how they’re not as big as they should be. Sleeper Agent’s music makes you want to dance around and have fun with life.

The band of six is from Bowling Green and several parts of Kentucky. Sleeper Agent includes frontwoman Alex Kandel, Tony Smith as guitar and vocals, Justin Wilson on the drums, Lee Williams on the bass, Scott Gardner on keyboard and Josh Martin as lead guitar.

Their latest album, “About Last Night,” is their second album to be released since Sleeper Agent’s career took off. The album was created by Smith, just spitballing ideas.

Sleeper Agent took some time off and spent five days in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, having fun and writing “About Last Night.” After the five days, they left with ten solid tracks for the album.

I was super excited when Sleeper Agent came on in the hot afternoon at Summerfest. I’ve always had an interest in bands that nobody’s ever heard about or bands that don’t get enough publicity.

And this band definitely deserves some recognition.

Hering brings new ideas to Hayes courses

Sarah Rose • Staff Writer

In the past few years, Hayes has seen several changes to the teaching staff. Perhaps one of the most impactful changes the English department has seen in a while was the exit of Ryan Schey this past year.

Most students know Schey from the Humanities courses as well as the Video Production class, D-Town. D-Town student include Marisa Sulek took the Freshman Humanities course last year with Schey and is taking the Sophomore Humanities course this year with Schey’s replacement, Tom Hering. Since the class has already started, Sulek is aware of the differences between Hering and Schey.

“Mr. Hering… is [energetic], but he’s just not as crazy as Mr. Schey was,” Sulek said.

Even though Sulek may see some differences between the two courses, Hering believes that he isn’t too much different from Schey.

“I think our personalities are similar,” Hering said.

Sulek agrees that there are many similarities between Hering and Schey.

“They both know their stuff,” Sulek said.

Along with the Humanities courses, Hering will also be teaching D-Town. He admits that he doesn’t have a lot of experience with the different techniques of video production, but he has a plan to smooth out this learning process.

“I will lean on [the second and third year students] more than Mr. Schey probably would have,” Hering said.

Meg Vonada, who has had both Schey and Hering in D-Town, said what she thinks of the new teacher now that the class has started.

“I think Mr. Hering is doing a really good job,” Vonada said.

Although this journey in the world of D-Town is different, Hering is up for the challenge. He knows that his part in the class is going to be different than a teacher because of this.

“I know my role will be more as a… producer,” Hering said.

Schey may be missed by many students who had him, but Hering is going to continue the work Schey has done for many years.

The Humanities courses and D-Town will be run differently this year, but Hering plans to widen the spectrum of the classes. Hering has specific plans for how to continue to develop D-Town.

“Every student is required this year to submit to at least one film festival,” Hering said.

Vonada says that she can tell where Hering wants to take the class in future years.

“He wants D-Town to be the biggest thing,” Vonada said.

This year, D-Town, as well as the Humanities courses, will be both new and familiar territory for students. But the changing of the guard has officially occurred, and Hering is here to stay.

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