It’s Finally Here!!

   Findlay, Ohio got a Chick-fil-a on September 6, 2018. Many people have been waiting for this,especially students from Findlay High School.

   Students at Findlay High School really like that we’re getting better restaurants in Findlay. “I’m glad they opened, we’re finally getting better places to eat.” said Jeremiah Richard Tatum, sophomore.  Many students from Findlay High School agree. “Eat more chicken! I’m so excited to eat Chick-fil-a!”said freshman Jessica Collins.

   They are open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 10pm.  It is a family restaurant and they have an indoor play area for children. They have many seats for everyone who comes in, indoor and outdoor seating. About 5,000 square feet, placed between Panera Bread and McDonalds on Tiffin Avenue.

  When Chick-fil-a opened the wait was 1-2 hours, they were packed and the line was out the door! Findlay is coming up, getting new restaurants and stores. Hopefully students get to Chick-fil-a and see their own opinions on it.

Club of the week: Books and Brownies

   Books and Brownies is a book club that meets once a month and talks about the book they are reading while eating a brownie. They meet after school once a month in the Findlay High School library.

   Students who are involved choose what they read then share about what they are reading, and explain the story and their opinions on the book. “We read, meet once a month, then explain the book you’re reading and eat brownies at the end.” Mrs. Brasfield explained how books and brownies works.

   It’s simple on how to get in and join the club. You get into books and brownies by coming into the library after school on scheduled meetings. “You come in and introduce yourself, enjoy yourself and explain your book.” Mrs. Brasfield said.

   Books and brownies is creative because you don’t get assigned a book, you choose what you read and explain your point of view on the story.

   Findlay High School has many different clubs, students can join to see if they would like to make that a priority to them. It’s easy to get in, and students are very accepted in books and brownies. If students enjoy to read, eat brownies or even to make friends, join books and brownies!

 

Two Trump Team Members Found Guilty

   On August 21, Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, plead guilty to 8 charges, including campaign finance crimes.

   Mr. Cohen admitted to paying Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 for her silence. He also coordinated a $150,000 payment by the National Enquirer to former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story.

   He claimed that both payments were made with the intention of influencing the election and they were made at the direction of the, then presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

   This claim implicated the president in a federal crime and goes against previous claims from the President that he was unaware of the payments at the time they were made.

   The plea deal doesn’t require Cohen to cooperate with prosecutors, though he still has the option of providing information to Robert Mueller’s investigation.The deal also states that Cohen will serve four to five years in prison and must pay a $20,000 to $1 million fine

   Within minutes of the Michael Cohen pleading guilty in Manhattan, the first trial of the Robert Mueller probe came to an end in Alexandria, Virginia. The jury found Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign, guilty of 8 out of 18 counts, including five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on the last 10 counts.

   The Manafort trial did not address reports of Russian collusion, the main focus of the Mueller probe, that will be covered in a second trial set to start September 24 in Washington DC. The August trial instead focused on Manafort’s personal finances, including the millions he made advising a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine. The prosecution displayed the lavish lifestyle Manafort lived, including a $15,000 Ostrich Jacket, $1,500 dress shirts, and a flowerbed in the shape of an “M” at his Hamptons estate.

   Prosecutors also had to prove that Manafort has concealed $60 million in 31 foreign bank accounts that he lied to the US government about.

   Witnesses included Rick Gates, a long time business associate of Paul Manafort who served as a deputy under Manafort while he was chairman of the Trump campaign, and accountant Cynthia Laporta.

   Gates was on the stand longer than any other witness. The defense tried to discredit him and paint him as the mastermind behind the crimes.

   Gates also testified that Manafort approached him with the idea of making Stephen Calk, the founder and CEO of Federal Savings Bank, Secretary of the Navy, along with other favors. Federal Savings Bank gave Manafort a sizeable loan during the period in 2016 when Manafort was working pro-bono for the Trump campaign and had no income.

   The prosecution claimed that banks like Federal Savings Bank gave Manafort these loans, adding up to around $20 million, because he added millions of dollars in fake income to his financial statements. The defense denied this, claiming that banks knew of Mr. Manafort’s net worth of over $20 million and that his valuable real estate served as a form of collateral.

   Cynthia Laporta, an accountant for Mr. Manafort who was granted immunity, also testified that she was forwarded documents from Paul Manafort to bank loan official, even though she believed they were falsified.

Ex-Findlay Pitcher onto the MLB

Photo taken by: Austin Steele Billings Gazette

   First Roethlisberger and now another former Trojan looks to put Findlay on the map by displaying his athletic talent on the major league level.

   On June 6th Findlay High School alumni and Ohio State pitcher Connor Curlis was drafted in the 24th round and 709th overall out of Ohio State by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft. “It has been a dream of mine since I was young so to get your name called in the draft was just amazing. For myself to know about how all of my hard work paid off in making my dream come true.

   “It was good to see an area team draft me because they have three teams close or closer to Findlay than most teams do. The Reds obviously being in Cincinnati, the Louisville Bats in Kentucky and then the Dayton Dragons in Dayton. I was in Montana this season which was hard since it’s so far away so my parents only made one trip to see me pitch.” Curlis said in response to if being drafted by the Reds excited him knowing his parents could watch him pitch.

   In his last season at Ohio State Connor was 7-4 with a 3.55 ERA (earned run average) 1.33 WHIP (with hitters in scoring position) in 88.2 innings pitched while striking out 77 and walking just 31 batters.

   When asked about what made him decide to forgo his senior season Connor said, “There was lots of talking between my family and my agent on which was my best choice or opportunity. We all decided that I had three good years at Ohio State and it was time to make my dream a reality and take it to the next level and see what the game of baseball has to offer me. It was very tough decision but I think I made the decision which was best for me and my family.

   Throughout his four years of high school Connor was on the Varsity baseball team for three of them. His Sophomore season he pitched 30 ⅓ innings with a 1.61 ERA, his Junior season he pitched 35 ⅔ innings with a 2.74 ERA, and in his Senior season he pitched for 48 innings and had an ERA of 0.43.

   “It was a good four years representing the blue and gold. I still remember us getting picked to finish last our senior year and we worked hard together and lost in extra innings in the district finals and that game still stings a little bit knowing you were a couple games from state which Findlay has not been to in forever” said Curlis.

   Currently Connor is on the Reds rookie minor league team Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. The offseason is fast approaching and he awaits where his career will take him. Connor has a big potential and even if he doesn’t make it to the majors he has still made Findlay proud of him.

2018 Blue & Gold NFL Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft
Tim Moyer’s
Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold QB USC
2 Buffalo Billls (projected trade with NY Giants) Josh Allen QB Wyoming
3 New York Jets Josh Rosen QB UCLA
4 Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) Saquan Barkley RB Penn St.
5 Denver Broncos Bradley Chubb DE NC State
6 Indianapolis Colts Quenten Nelson G Notre Dame
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
8 Chicago Bears Denzel Ward DB Ohio State
9 San Francisco 49ers Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
10 Oakland Raiders Derwin James DB Florida State
11 Miami Dolphins Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
12 NY Giants (Projected trade with Bills) Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
13 Washington Redskins Vita Via DT Washington
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
16 Baltimore Ravens Cortland Sutton WR SMU
17 Los Angeles Chargers Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
18 Seattle Seahawks Connor Williams OT Texas
19 Dallas Cowboys Roquan Smith LB Georgia
20 Detroit Lions Isaiah Wynn G Georgia
21 Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills) Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
22 NY Giants (Projected trade with Bills) Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
23 New England Patriots (via LA Rams) Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
24 Carolina Panthers D.J. Moore WR Maryland
25 Tennesse Titans Sam Hubbard EDGE Ohio State
26 Atlanta Falcons Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
27 New Orleans Saints Da’Ron Payne DL Alabama
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise St.
29 Jacksonville Jaguars James Washington WR Oklahoma St.
30 Minnesota Vikings Will Hernandez G UTEP
31 New England Patriots Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St.
32 Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Geodert TE South Dakota St.
NFL Mock Draft
Anthony Moyer’s
Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold QB USC
2 New York Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St.
3 New York Jets Josh Allen QB Wyoming
4 Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) Bradley Chubb DE NC State
5 Buffalo Bills (projected trade with Denver) Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
6 Arizona Cardinals (projected trade with Indianapolis Josh Rosen QB UCLA
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Denzel Ward DB Ohio State
8 Chicago Bears Quenten Nelson G Notre Dame
9 San Francisco 49ers Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith LB Georgia
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James DB Florida St.
12 Denver Broncos (via Buffalo Bills) Vita Vea DT Washington
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
14 Green Bay Packers Josh Jackson DB Iowa
15 Indianapolis Colts (via Cardinals) Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
16 Baltimore Ravens Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
17 Los Angeles Chargers Connor Williams OT Texas
18 Seattle Seahawks Mike Hughes DB UCF
19 Dallas Cowboys Jaire Alexander DB Louisville
20 Detroit Lions Derrius Guice RB LSU
21 Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills) Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
22 Denver Broncos (via Kansas City Chiefs) Cortland Sutton WR SMU
23 New England Patriots (via LA Rams) Will Hernandez G UTEP
24 Carolina Panthers D.J. Morre WR Maryland
25 Tennesse Titans Billy Price C Ohio State
26 Atlanta Falcons Isaiah Wynn G Georgia
27 New Orleans Saints Sam Hubbard EDGE Ohio State
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St.
30 Minnesota Vikings Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
31 New England Patriots Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
32 Philadelphia Eagles Isaiah Oliver DB Colorado
NFL Mock Draft
Roman Nikolaev’s
Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold QB USC
2 New York Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St.
3 New York Jets Josh Allen QB Wyoming
4 Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) Bradley Chubb DE NC State
5 Bills (projected trade with Broncos) Josh Rosen QB UCLA
6 Indianapolis Colts Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dernzel Ward DB Ohio St.
8 Chicago Bears Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
9 San Francisco 49ers Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith LB Georgia
11 Miami Dolphins Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
12 Denver Broncos (via Buffalo Bills) Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
13 Washington Redskins Vita Vea DT Washington
14 Green Bay Packers Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
15 Arizona Cardinals Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
16 Baltimore Ravens Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
17 Los Angeles Chargers Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St.
18 Seattle Seahawks Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
19 Dallas Cowboys Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama
20 Detroit Lions Derrius Guice RB LSU
21 Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills) James Daniels C Iowa
22 Denver Broncos (via Buffalo Bills) Cortlund Sutton WR SMU
23 New England Patriots (via LA Rams) Josh Jackson DB Iowa
24 Carolina Panthers James Washington WR Oklahoma St.
25 Tennesse Titans Billy Price C Ohio St.
26 Atlanta Falcons Taven Bryan DT Florida
27 New Orleans Saints Sam Hubbard EDGE Ohio St.
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
29 Jacksonville Jaguars D.J. Moore WR Maryland
30 Minnesota Vikings Isaiah Wynn G Georgia
31 New England Patriots Kolton Miller OT UCLA
32 Philadelphia Eagles Isaiah Oliver DB Colorado

NHL Decides Against Winter Olympics

   In late March of 2017, the NHL (National Hockey League) announced that there will be no break in the 2017-2018 NHL season for 2018’s Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. This decision from the NHL to not include a break for the Olympics ends a streak of five consecutive Winter Olympics with NHL players.

   The NHL conducted polls in both Canada and the United States to determine if fans were in favor of the League taking a break in February to allow players to compete in the Olympics. In the United States, 73 percent said they were not in favor. In Canada, it was 53 percent against the break. This poll was clearly enough for the NHL to decide against taking a break in their schedule. Another contributing factor to the NHL’s decision is the fact that this 17 day break would include a time where the NFL’s season is over, and the MLB’s season is yet to begin, making the NBA the only major professional sport for viewers in America to watch.

   The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was the organization that was paying for NHL players’ travel costs, accommodations, and insurance. A big factor in the NHL’s decision to not allow a break for their players to participate in the Olympics was the fact that the IOC informed the NHL that they would not continue to finance NHL players participating in the Olympics.

   Another reason that the NHL chose to not allow a break in their schedule for players to compete in the Olympics is the fact that the NHL’s schedule is more compressed, which can lead to less rest for players and therefore more injuries. The Olympics are very competitive and physical, which leads to key players becoming injured and teams suffering in their regular NHL season.

   Many NHL players want to compete in the Olympics though. Players such as Ben Bishop, (LA Kings) Jimmy Howard,  (Detroit Red Wings) and Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) are all in favor of playing in the Olympics. They all say that they want to feel the competitiveness of Olympic Hockey, and think that fans want to see them play. Most players that want to compete are saying that they want to go up against the best, and they want the fans to see the best competition. As Jimmy Howard said, “The Olympics are supposed to symbolize the best in the world. That’s in the NHL: Most of the best players in the world play in the NHL.”

   Overall, the NHL’s decision to not allow a break in their schedule to let players compete in the Olympics was a well-informed decision. Their decision could have upset many spectators of the sport, but they made the decision that they thought was best.

A Punishingly good show!

    Blood, revenge, and justice are what drive the Punisher (Frank Castle). Frank Castle played by Jon Bernthal is the fifth Marvel character to be on a Netflix t.v. show following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. He first appeared on season 2 of Daredevil where he shocked New York with his destructive power. In this first season Castle comes face to face with one of his greatest foes Jigsaw played by Ben Barnes. He seeks revenge for the death of his family and doesn’t care about anyone in his path.

    In the newest Netflix series Castle tries to live a normal life six months after finishing his mission of getting revenge on everyone that had anything to do with his family’s death. Little did he know that his fight was just beginning. While Castle served in Afghanistan he did many things that cause him to have nightmares and those actions are beginning to catch up with him. Castle is sought out by supposedly deceased David Lieberman (Micro) which frightens Castle because everyone believes that he is dead.

     Lieberman was attempted to be killed after he sent a video of Ahmad Zubair being killed by Frank’s unit in illegal operation in Kandahar to his superiors which little did he know were responsible for the whole operation. Zubair’s partner Agent Madani continues to look for her partner’s killer and crosses paths with Castle in the process. Lieberman and Castle work together to bring down all those responsible and they are surprised about what they find out in the process. Castle fights to keep his humanity while making everyone who ever wronged him pay for what they did.

    The Punisher is definitely the darkest of all of the Netflix shows, however the story keeps you guessing, scared, and on the edge of your seat with excitement. The Punisher is right behind Daredevil in the line of Netflix Marvel show rankings due to the enticing story and exciting action scenes. This is definitely a must watch.

   Punisher has since been renewed for a second season.

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

2017 is almost over, so let’s take some time to remember this long eventful year. This year was full of surprises, from everything that happened with Donald Trump to the second season of stranger things. Since 2017 isn’t over yet, we still have some events before the new year. For instance, the new Star Wars movie comes out on December 15th.

This year marks the 110th year since the first ball drop in Times Square. The first NYE ball was made out of wood and iron, weighing about 700 pounds. There have been about 7 new ones since then. The first ball drop was in 1907. Since then, celebrations for the new year have gotten crazier.

Countries around the world celebrate with fireworks and confetti. In Estonia, they eat 12 meals for good luck. In Denmark, they smash plates and glass on their friends front doors. The more smashed glass you have, the more popular you are.

2017 has been better than years past. This year, Donald Trump was elected into office on January 20th. For better or for worse, the President of the United states influences the U.S culture. For Donald Trump, well, his actions speak for themselves.  The total eclipse occured on August 21st. Even when it was overcast and hard to see, the eclipse captured everyone’s attention for just a few moments. The amount of money spent because of the eclipse will make you lose your mind.

I asked a couple of students how they felt about their year. Savannah Wilcox, a freshman, said “I think this year was pretty okay. It definitely was better than last year.” Another freshman, Kiarra Brickner says that “ This year has been long and eventful. I’m glad its over.”

As this year comes to an end, look around and be thankful that you made it another year. 2018 is almost here, so good luck in the new year. Happy holidays!

Girls Tennis Recap

How did your season go?

“The season went very well! There were a lot of personal as well as team victories.” Said senior Julia Weigman.

Did the team have any weakness?

“I wouldn’t say so. We all worked together really well and balanced out each other’s weaknesses so that the team could succeed.” Said Weigman.

Did the team have any strengths?

“We played every game, not only to win, but to get better. We never wasted a day, every match and practice were used for improving.” Weigman said.

What advice would you leave for the non-senior members of the team?

       “Have fun and do your absolute best! As long as you leave it all on the courts there is no reason to be upset. The amazing teammates you have will support your either way!” Said Weigman.

What will you miss most about Tennis at FHS?

“I will miss all the Amazing friends that I’ve made. This year was my first year of ever playing tennis and I was nervous at the beginning of the season. However, the support that I had from my partner and all the rest of the team was so uplifting! I felt as if i had been there with them for all 4 years and I’ll cherish the memories that we made together. Said senior Addie Wirt.

“I joined tennis as a freshman, and I was the only one in my grade, However, I always felt so welcomed. I’m going to miss the awesome atmosphere that everyone created when we were together.” Said Weigman.

 

TRAC Quarterback meet in AFC North Matchup

    Two former TRAC quarterbacks face off in the NFL.  Sunday September 10, 2017 Findlay’s Ben Roethlisberger (1996-2000) and Toledo Central Catholic’s Deshone Kizer (2010-2014) met and battled it out in Cleveland in week one of the new NFL season. Ben won this round but there is still another game later this season between the two of them.

    Ben only played one season as varsity quarterback for Findlay and threw for 4,100 yards and 54 touchdowns. In Kizer’s career he was 345 of 584 for 5,684 yards and 56 TDs. He also rushed 151 times for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns.

     Even though Kizer had a rough game he showed flashes of potential. He was sacked seven times, but he was 20/30 for 222 yards and  touchdown, however he threw one interception. He also ran for 17 yards and a touchdown. Ben played well he was 24/36 for 263 yards and two touchdowns, he also threw one interception and was sacked once.

      After the game the two quarterbacks met at midfield and Ben told Kizer “You’re a helluva player. Wish you all the best, stay healthy…we’ll see you again soon.” In a post game interview Ben said, “We’re both from northwest Ohio, both wear number seven, I thought he played a great game. He did some great things against a defense that gets after it, but I told him afterword, what an awesome start. I know it’s not getting a win, but just to play the way he did, I was proud of him.”

      When former Findlay wide receiver and cornerback Jordan Jones was asked what it was like to play against Deshone Kizer he said, “I wasn’t a starter at the time, but I remember the week leading up to the game, we had one of the most intense week of practice ever, and he was a huge part of the scouting report. He was really a man among boys when he was on the field and proved that he was just as good as everyone said he was.

    “I was never scared or nervous, but we knew we had to crank our preparation up to a crazy level. We knew we couldn’t stop him, we just wanted to slow him down.” Jordan was then asked if at the time he believe Kizer would make it to the NFL he didn’t hesitate in saying, “Absolutely. He threw the most beautiful, catchable balls I’ve ever seen from a high school quarterback.”

    Many in the area believe that the TRAC conference is one of the best, so when asked what do you think about a former TRAC opponent making it to the NFL Jordan responded, “I love it. It shows that the TRAC is the powerhouse conference that we always claim it to be, and the teams that play in this area are capable of competing with anyone.” Kizer has already shown a lot of potential so when asked what can Kizer bring to the Browns Jordan said, “A level headed leader, a willingness to grow within the system, a passion for winning, and perhaps most importantly a love for the state of Ohio and a dream of delivering Cleveland a championship.”

     In another interview current Head Findlay Varsity Football coach Mark Ritzler said he had a specific game plan to deal with Kizer, “He did not throw the ball very much in high school. He was much more of a talented runner. Toledo Central Catholic runs the outside zone quite a bit, which gave him and option of running the football depending on what the backside end did. We wanted to make sure he gave the ball off and took it out of his hands. We beat TCC his sophomore year pretty handily and he did not play well against us. He really didn’t do a whole lot over his career against us, but it was obvious he had the physical tools.  Now when I watch him I see someone who looks like he could develop into a good quarterback if he is given some help.” Kizer has already shown potential so Coach Ritzler said his opinion on what the Browns got.

    “My first thought was he will be out of the league in 3 years as the Browns have a way of drafting poorly and driving young quarterbacks out of the league.” Coach Ritzler has coached against many people in his career so when asked if he believed at the time if Kizer would make the NFL he responded, “No, I did not. Charles Woodson (Fremont) and Damon Moore (Fostoria) are the two best players I have ever coached against in high school. Both went on to play in the NFL. Talent wise he might sneak into my top 10…”

    Even though the opinions of Kizer may differ the truth is evident that Kizer is very talented and if he is coached and developed well he will have a bright future ahead of him.