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On the brink of Madness

Starting on March 15, the yearly NCAA Men’s basketball March Madness tournament will begin. The tournament is a yearly spectacle that many people will devote all of their free time to watching all the games they can. This year is even more special than any recent tournament due to the fact that there isn’t really a team that is an obvious front runner. With the tournament ready to begin, many are getting their brackets ready.

Last year, the Duke Blue Devils were the champions; giving coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship. The Blue Devils have been struggling this year to even stay as a ranked team, because they have lost key players due to injury and hard loses in the final seconds of the game. With the team right now struggling to even stay at the top, they are not a favorite to win the tournament.

The favorite this year to win the tournament is Kansas. They are performing well above other teams levels, they’re ranked number one and have a famous basketball program that has won the tournament in situations like this before. With their great line-up of all around great players defiantly helps put them in the driver’s seat going in the tournament.

There are also two Big Ten teams that are given great odds to win the tournament. Indiana and Michigan State are performing exceptionally well this season. Both teams are highly ranked, both being in the top 15. Indiana, ranked 12, is considered an underdog going into the tournament, while Michigan State, ranked 2, is favorite; ranked only behind Kansas. Both teams have a great line-up of seniors that will definitely help them a lot in the tournament.

With less than a week left until the tournament begins, college sports fans are excited to see what will happen this month

So Ben, Where’s the Football?

In honor of the 50th super-bowl, the National Football League is using theme of gold. NFL Stadiums across the country have a golden 50-yard line marker, team logos have golden trim on fan merchandise, and the pro bowl uniforms will have a gold trim on them.

The biggest thing though is that the NFL will be giving away a golden football to every high school in the country that has produced a player or coach that has appeared in a Super Bowl. Each player will personally deliver their football to the high school they attended and played for.

Peyton and Eli Manning, Aaron Rodger, and many other players have already delivered their footballs. Findlay High School has produced a super bowl player, Ben Roethlisberger. FHS has yet to receive a golden football, and people are starting to wonder, “Ben, where’s the football?”

A reason we might not still have the football is for what happened back in 2012. Back in 2012 Ben was being sued for alleged rape charges from in 2008. The Courier around this time also posted a story about Ben. In the story, friends, coaches and teammates said how he never treated women that well even back in high school.         After Ben read this story he was angry with Findlay and he even came out and said that he didn’t live in Findlay but in Cory Rawson, which isn’t even a real town.

Roethlisberger has not said anything about whom he will be giving the football to. With still some time yet before super bowl 50 arrives, there is still time for him to make a choice.

The Royals are Baseball’s King

This year’s baseball postseason featured many teams that have not seen the playoffs for several years including: the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and surprisingly, the New York Yankees.

In the American League Divisional Series, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Astros 3-2 to move on to the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays who beat the Rangers. The Royals went on to defeat the Blue Jays 4-2 to move onto the World Series. On the national league side, the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to play against Cubs in the National League Championship Series who had beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets went on to sweep the Cubs to move on to the World Series.

The Royals went to the World Series last year but lost in game seven to the San Francisco Giants. The Mets haven’t been to the World Series since 2000 when they lost to the Yankees 4 games to 1. The Royals in the 2015 World Series had home field advantage due to the American League winning the All-Star in July.

In game one at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City the Royals sent Edinson Volquez to the mound against Matt Harvey. The game started poorly for the Mets with Harvey giving up an inside-the-park home run on the first pitch of the game to Alcides Escobar. In the 4th inning Travis d’Arnaud’s infield single drove in Daniel Murphy for a run. The next inning right fielder Curtis Granderson hit a home run putting the score at 2-1. In the top of the 8th, Wilmer Flores was safe at first on an error by Hosmer allowing Juan Lagares to score. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, the score was 4-3 in the Mets favor but that would change when left fielder Alex Gordon homered and tied the game at 4-4 sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 14th inning, the game ended when Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly allowing Escobar to score the game winning run for the Royals. The Royals won 5-4.

For game 2 in Kansas City the Royals sent Johnny Cueto to the mound against Jacob deGrom of the Mets. The Mets scored first when in the 4th inning, Lucas Duda singled to left and Daniel Murphy scored, this would be the Mets only run. From that point on it was the Royals game. In the 5th inning 3 singles by Escobar, Hosmer and Moustakas drove in Gordon, Rios, Escobar and Hosmer respectively for 4 runs. In the 8th Alex Gordon doubled to left scoring Moustakas. The final score was 7-1 Royals.

After a day off the series moved to Citi Field in New York for the next 3 games. For their home game, the Mets sent rookie Noah Syndergaard against Yordano Ventura in game 3. Kansas City opened up the scoring in the top of the first when Ben Zobrist scored on a groundout by Hosmer. In the bottom of the first Mets third basemen David Wright homered driving in Granderson. In the second inning Perez scored on a line drive single by Alex Rios later in the inning Rios scored on a passed ball by d’Arnaud.  In the 6th singles by Juan Uribe and David Wright scored Lagares, Flores and Uribe, Granderson also scored on a sacrifice fly by Cespedes. The final score was 9-3 and this would be the only game the Mets would win.

For game 4 the pitchers were the Mets’ Steven Matz against Chris Young. In the 3rd inning Conforto homered. Later in the inning Flores scored on a sacrifice fly by Granderson. In the top of the 5th Gordon singled in Perez putting the royals on the board. In the bottom of the 5th Conforto homered again putting the Mets up 3-1 In the 6th Cain singled in Zobrist. In the 8th inning Hosmer reached on an error by Daniel Murphy allowing Zobrist to score, Moustakas singled in Cain and Hosmer scored on Perez’s single. The final score was 5-3 royals.

For game 5 the pitchers again were Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez. The Mets got on the board first with Granderson’s home run to right-center field in the 1st inning. The Mets scored again in the 6th inning when Duda hit a sacrifice fly allowing Granderson to score. In the top of the 9th everything fell apart for the Mets; Hosmer doubled scoring Cain and Perez grounded out to David Wright scoring Hosmer. The game went on to extra innings and in the top of the 12th the Royals scored five runs. The Mets were unable to counter and the Royals won the game 7-2 and World Series 4 games to 1. This was the first time the Royals have won the World Series since 1985.

To wrap up the World Series festivities a parade was held in Kansas City to celebrate their victory. The parade drew an estimated 800,000 people which is almost twice the size of the city’s population of 470,000. School was also cancelled for area kids as they were allowed to join in the festivities of the Royals big win.

Gaines Runs to All-Ohio Honors

Findlay girls and boys cross country teams had a successful year. The girls and boys teams both made it to regionals. The teams were unable to move on to state as the girls placed 14th and the boy placed 11th. Senior Isaiah Gaines was able to move on and run in the state meet at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus. Gaines set high expectations for himself before state.

“I wanted to be All-Ohio (top 25) but more specifically wanted to be top twenty,” Isaiah Gaines said.

Gaines finished 20th and received all-Ohio honors, an accomplishment he is extremely proud of.

“The course was generally pretty flat and slightly wet. It ran pretty fast; faster than years past.”

The competition was obviously very strong and it was humbling to run against such talented athletes.”

At any state event the atmosphere is buzzing and exciting.

“Everyone was very supportive and excited and it created a very grand atmosphere.”

Gaines was also blessed because he got an offer to continue running at the University of Pennsylvania.

“It is very relieving and exciting. it is nice to be able to enjoy my senior year and not stress about college searching.”

Other runners from around the area had successful years as well. St. Wendelin Junior Nick DeHaven finished 39th at state in the Division II race. Liberty Benton Junior Meghan Bartel placed 48th in the Division II race.

Jordan Jones looks ahead to upcoming games

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Three weeks into the 2015 Trojan Football season and the undefeated Trojans are looking great! In light of the recent success Jordan Jones, who recently has returned from a dislocated shoulder, took time to answer some questions about the season thus far.

How is the season going: “Season is going great! We’ve started with a lot of confidence and all of the work we have put in this summer is definitely showing! We are doing a great job of not letting teams stick around once we get leads in games.” said Senior Jordan Jones

What are some strengths of the team?:“Defense has done a great job preventing big plays. Offense has done a great job making big plays. Special teams have made sure that we are winning the field position battle.”

What are some weaknesses of the team?:“Our biggest weakness is our youth, so most of our mistakes are things that will be fixed with time. We cannot get complacent given our early season success.”

How far do you think the team will go this season?:“The goal is to make the playoffs and make a deep run. It’s something that this group of seniors have never done and really wants to achieve.”

Patriots and Colts, Seahawks and Packers to face off in finals

The American Football Conference final should be an interesting game. The New England Patriots’ record this year is currently 12-4 whereas the Indianapolis Colts currently have a record of 11-5. Score wise, it looks like the Patriots may end up winning, but it could
beeither team’s game.

Tom Brady  is representing the Patriots this Sunday and Andrew Luck is representing the Colts. This will be Luck’s first appearance in the AFC championship, but Brady has played in the AFC before, so there may be somewhat of an advantage for Brady. There also might be a better chance for the Patriots record wise considering they have beat the Colts the last three times they’ve played them with an average score of 48-22.

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The National Football Conference final should also be an interesting game to watch. The Seattle Seahawks’ record is currently at 12-4, the same as the Patriots’ and, ironically, the Green Bay Packers’ (the Seahawk’s opponent). Marshawn Lynch, a Seahawks running back, has had a very strong season. If he finds his rhythm early, Green Bay will have a hard time stopping Lynch, a problem the Packers have struggled with before. Rodgers, representing the Packers, had a torn calf muscle and has been seen limping this season during some of his games. This may be an advantage for the Seahawks and could possibly win them the game.

Tune in this Sunday to watch the AFC and NFC championship finals.

Gaines qualifies for Cross-Country State Championship

Junior Isaiah Gaines qualified for the OHSAA State Cross-Country Championship this season.

Gaines at National Trail Raceway on Saturday, November 1st. His time of 16:09 at the regional meet on October 25th qualified him for the state competition. At state, Gaines achieved a time of 16:20 and finished in 47th place.

“We gained a lot of good guys this year who challenged each other and pushed one another to keep battling,” Gaines said. “Many of these gents backed me through the entire season though theirs was officially over, and I love having teammates that care about me as I do them.”

San Francisco Giants prevail in World Series

Both the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants came off extremely successful seasons going into game one of the World Series. The Giants earned an 88-74 record, and the Royals finished only slightly better with a record of 89-73. The Giants’ successes continued as they began their quest for the pennant, obtaining a three run lead before the Royals even took the plate in game one. San Francisco’s pitcher, Madison Bumagrner, was on fire, pitching seven solid innings and allowing only one run.

After falling short in game one, Kansas City was able to even out the standings, coming back with a win in game two. After breaking a 2-2 tie that stood until the sixth inning, the Royals were able to run the score up to 7-2 during the final portion of the game. Kansas City bagged another consecutive win in game three when they prevailed over the Giants by one run.

The Giants were able to even the board once again when they defeated the Royals and held a seven run lead in game four. In game five the Giants took over the lead in the series when they shut out the Royals 5-0.

Kansas City was able to force a seventh game when they turned the tables on the Giants, winning with a ten run shut out. However their efforts to capture the pennant fell short as the Giants were came back with a win in the final game and prevailed as the 2014 World Series champions.

The Giants were led to victory by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who was named MVP and holds the career lowest ERA in world series history at 2.5. Bumgarner also pitched more innings post season than any pitcher in history. The Royals were able to seize the series with an impressive one man rotation, gaining the lead in the fourth inning and maintaining it through the remainder of the game. The San Francisco franchise is certainly on hot streak, this being their third World Series win in the past five seasons.

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Sports Bio: Joey Staschiak

Athlete: Joey StaschiakDSC_0130

Sport: Soccer

How long have you been playing your current sport: Ten years

What position do you play: Right midfielder

What is your favorite memory from past games: Playing with my older brother Jimmy

How do you work together with other players on your team: We get to know each other which helps us communicate.