The Battlecry Volume 47 Issue 2 Valley Forge High School Winter 2008 Limpin’ Ain’t Easy By Ryan Gelsinger It’s been an average fall season for Athletic Trainer Dave Rauch: two torn ACLs, a handful of concussions, countless bouts of tendinitis, muscle strains, damaged rotator cuffs, the Powderpuff Massacre, and even a separated shoulder; just to name a few. The fall athletic season is often responsible for some of the worst student-athletic injuries (football, predominately) experienced all year. Although football is the more widely known of the fall sports due to its “contest of might” mentality, spectators unfairly overlook the risks athletes in other activities take on a daily basis. Mr. Rauch has personally seen more overexertion injuries—shin splints and tendinitis, (inflammation of the tendons, or fibers that connect the muscle to the bones) for example—in the endurance sports of Cross Country and track than any other sport. According to the University of Maryland’s Medical Research Center, injuries among athletes fall into two distinct categories: overuse injuries and acute injuries, with both types including injuries to the soft tissues and bones. Overuse injuries are caused by a series of small injuries to the same area of the body causing minor fractures, minimal muscle tears, or progressive bone deformities. Acute injuries are caused by sudden trauma, and may include: contusions (bruises), sprains (a partial or complete tear of a ligament), strains (a partial or complete tear of a muscle or tendon), and fractures. (continued pg. 2, see Limpin’) Snow Days!!! By Megan Hurley As winter starts to really bear down on us, you probably wake up each morning hoping for a snow day. You may even go through the age-old tradition of sleeping with your pajamas inside out and running around your kitchen table. But what even has to happen for an official snow day, anyway? Surprisingly, there doesn’t even have to be snow. The decision is made based on things like wind chill, road and sidewalk conditions, visibility, and even what other school districts are doing, as well as other conditions like actual snow. So technically, if it is cold or icy enough, snow does not actually have to be falling. The decision on whether or not to call a snow day must be made very early in the day so parents and students have time to change plans. If you’re hoping for snow, hope that it snows around three or four in the morning, and snows hard! However, you shouldn’t always root for a snow day. If we reach five snow days over the course of the school year, we’ll have to make up any days missed after that at the end of the school year in June. If we have eight snow days, for example, we’ll have three extra days tacked onto school. Until we reach, that point, though, keep rooting for a snow day. To find out for sure when school is canceled, you can either call 440-885-8329, visit the district’s website at parmacityschools.org, or check the local news stations. Limpin’ continued from page 1 According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, both professional and amateur athletes are at an extremely high risk for injuring their lower limbs during play. Whether you’re a soccer player performing hairpin turns on artificial turf or a football player taking part in a powerful, high-speed collision with other players, leg, foot, and ankle injury risks for athletes are very common. In fact, female athletes are more prone to ACL- tears than males due to the shape of the female pelvis and the angle at which the legs meet the hips. A recent study of student athlete sport-related injuries from 2007 states that per 100,000 participants in each activity there were: 2,350 football injuries, 1,239 soccer injuries, 1,184 cross country injuries, 741 cheerleading injuries, 395 volleyball injuries, 176 tennis injuries, and 139 golf injuries. The most frequent sports-related injuries, according to Mr. Rauch, are caused by (a) overexertion, and (b) lack of proper preseason conditioning as well as pregame/ postgame warm-ups and cool-downs, respectively. It’s hard to believe, but some of the more serious game day injuries can be avoided by a little preventive pregame stretching. In his office or patrolling the sidelines, Mr. Rauch watches and waits for the next time he is called into action. Whether it be another torn ACL, a dislocated limb, or a serious concussion, student athletes will always get injured, and another average fall season comes to a close. But the dawn of a new winter season has broken and with it, new sports with new, serious injuries shall ensue. The work of an athletic trainer, after all, is never truly done. If being a physical trainer is a career you may be interested in pursuing see Trainer Dave in his office located by the health rooms after school. Snapshot, Student Life: Geography 101 Kevin Hanna explains the gross national product of Zachefronastan to attentive classmates. The Battlecry Needs Your Help! Do you want to write or take pictures for the student newspaper? Contact Mr. Vojta in room 106 if you want to get involved writing about or taking photographs of school events. We can always use fresh ideas for articles, don’t wait any longer! The Battlecry staff meets every Friday after school, in room 140 in the media center. Stop in to get started. Sports Boys Soccer MVP’s and Coach Griffen Sound Off. By: Alex Alvarez and Bryan Szwec The Battlecry sat down with two time Coach of the Year, Mr. Griffen, and the 2008 team co-MVP’s, Domenic Rowley and Jimmy Lyons, to recap this year’s soccer season and talk about next year’s expectations. Battle Cry: What kind of performance are you looking for from your team next season? Coach Griffen: Well, a lot of the same. We have a lot of the same players returning. But we also have some key pieces we are losing. Like always, we are going to work hard in the off season but I think we have a good chance next year. Battle Cry: Who do you see becoming your next generation of team leaders? Coach Griffen: I believe that would be Tom Lyons, and TJ Spilker. They both have great ability and conduct on and off the field. Battle Cry: What is your philosophy concerning coaching kids at VF? Coach Griffen: You have to relate to them. I like to have fun with them but I set certain expectations. I like those expectations to be met. There is also time for yelling. But overall, I like to have fun coaching. Battle Cry: Do you think soccer is slowly being accepted as a sport that is not just for girls? Coach Griffen: Ha, yeah definitely. I know that people may think that we’re little fairies or something. But we have built a winning program that has gained interest. We work hard and I think that people respect that. Battle Cry: Do you think your success has gone without appreciation because of soccer’s lesser popularity? Coach Griffen: No, because I get compliments from faculty members and other coaches all the time about the team. Also, the turnout for the Normandy game shows that we have support. Battle Cry: Would you like your players to grow mullets and only be referred to by their first names like Pele or Ronaldo? Coach Griffen: Ha, that’s interesting…but I don’t think we have anyone at their level. If we did I think that would be great. Battle Cry: What is your favorite moment on the field this season? Domenic Rowley: Beating Twinsburg down a man 1-0 Jimmy Lyons: Beating Normandy in the Championship Game Battle Cry: What was your biggest win this year? Domenic and Jimmy: Definitely beating Brunswick Battle Cry: Is soccer in your future after high school? Domenic and Jimmy: Yeah, we both want to play soccer in college. 2008 Soccer MVP’s Domenic Rowley and James Lyons flank Mr Griffen. All business, coach of the year Mr. Griffen takes to the field. Sports, continued from page 3 Winter Sports Preview By Max Alvarez This winter, Valley Forge’s sports teams will get another chance at victory. In this article we preview key players and personnel for the upcoming season. Boys Basketball: Last year Coach Ugan’s boys went 10-10 in the regular season. They caught fire in the playoffs and advanced to the district finals versus St. Edwards, and lost a close game, at a score of 60-56. Key players are junior Rob Postoloski (last years lead points scorer), along with seniors Quintin Moore and Brady Stelter. Girls Basketball: Coach Denk and the girls went 9-11 last year, with several key players out due to SCL surgeries. Key players Brittney Matuschek, Faith Dickinson and Amanda Petrusky will have to turn it up a notch defensively to win big games. Boys Swimming: Coach Rock returns for what promises to be another great year. Team Captains Shaun Krall and Gordon Williams expect big seasons from Shawn Hanak, Brandon Gaughn, and Nick Bartelme. Two time state finalist Kevin Lancki returns for another run at a state title. Girls Swimming: Seniors Jaimie Holland, Katie Henthorn and Ashley Eastburn captain the girls swim team this year. Standout swimmer and district qualifier Lindsey Mild returns for another succesful year in the pool. Wrestling: Valley Forge Alumni including Coaches Young, Fair and Vohl take over the wrestling team this year. Seniors including Nick Torres, Ruben Robinette, Andy Moser, Joe Tayah and big man James Meder (three time state competitor) look to make a big impact this season. Football Wrap Up Interview with Coach Laheta By Ben Buckeye What was the highlight of the season? Beating Cleveland South and their Division 1 Quarterback Devonte Payne What did you think about this year that will help you next year? I think we found an offense that fits our program very well. The offense was easier to understand the more games we played and compliments our depth in the skill positions. What was the greatest improvement of this team from last year? Big plays on offense, we were able to complete a lot more passes and runs of 20 + yards. What did you like most about this team? Now that the season is over, I like that we played a lot of younger kids. Next year we will have 25 + Seniors, when last year we only had seven…… you win with Seniors! What do you think your team needs to do in the offseason to improve for next year? We need to be more consistent in our offense lifting. Our kids know how to work hard, but they need to do it on a consistent basis. We also need to find and develop leaders on our team. Student Life The First Rule of Fight Club Is……. By Ben Buckeye, the sportsman Going to boxing club practice was quite an experience. I now have a greater respect for all the people who do boxing club. It was very physically demanding- we had to jump rope, jog, hit three different types of punching bags, practice different types of punches with a partner, and had the option to spar somebody. You are split into groups and you rotate with your group through the different stages. The hardest part for me was to learn when and how to use the different types of punching. The most important part of boxing, I learned, is to protect your face whether you are attacking somebody or blocking somebody. If somebody wants to get in great physical shape then they should think about boxing club. All you have to do is ask Mr. Vojta about it. Boxing club is Mondays and Wednesdays after school. You do not have to spar people and it is open to girls. The people that are in boxing club are from all three high schools, Parma, Normandy, and Valley Forge and Mr. Vojta and Mr. Spooner are the instructors. Ben “The Asian Sensation” Buckeye loads up a big left cross. The photographer is expected to make a full recovery. Student Life Volunteering Her Time: Mrs. Byrne and Key Club Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Key Club’s leader Mrs. Byrne and talk to her about Key Club. Q: What is Key Club? A: A service leader organization that participates in community service activities. Q: What are some of the community service opportunities that Key Club takes part in? A: Key Club volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House once a month for The Cleveland Clinic and makes a meal. They also adopt a family during the holiday season and collect donation and gifts for them. Not only do they participate in these events during the holiday season, they also hold collections for organizations such as the Animal Shelter and make baked goods to sell. All profits from their bake sales go to their adopted family and their wish list. Q: Why did you want to become the leader of Key Club? A: During her high school years, I was required to have a certain amount of service hours in order to graduate. Key Club is a way to continue my community service and influence younger students to volunteer their time for the community. Q: Who do you look up to as a model for community service? A: Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Al Gore Q: What are the benefits of joining Key Club or volunteering your time? A: The time spent volunteering itself is a reward. Also, community service is a good way to broaden your resume, and get you college scholarships. Q: How would a student be able to sign up for Key Club? A: A student can apply between September and November 1st of the school year. There is a $10 membership fee to join the National Key Club. If anyone wants to just be a part of our schools Key Club, they need not apply, only attend the meetings every Wednesday after school in Mrs. Byrne’s room and participate in at least two community service opportunities with Key Club before the school year is over. Mrs. Byrne and members of the Key Club wrap gifts for the “Adopt a Family for Christmas” project. Student Ambassadors: Lending a Helping Hand By Jules Janasko If you’re looking to help out students at our school along with people in the community, a worth while club to join here at Valley Forge is Student Ambassadors. The Ambassadors do a lot of great things through- out the school year. When new students come to our school ambassadors show them around and help them find their classes so they don’t get completely lost. Also, Ambassadors help out and direct students and parents to classes at both freshmen orientation and open house. They also run the Penny Wars at lunch during Spirit Week. Currently, the Ambassadors are working on making blankets that will be donated to local hospitals. They do a variety of different activities throughout the year. It’s too late to join Ambassadors this year but you definitely can next year. Towards the end of the year listen for when applications will be passed out and fill one out. Hopefully, the following year, you will be able to be a part of this club and help people at school and in the community. To get involved see Mrs. Link. Student Life Baby Think It Over By Rachel Silvestro I’m sure that many of you have noticed there has been a recent change in our school. Car seats and diaper bags are now replacing purses and backpacks. Crying little plastic babies are everywhere. What are these robot babies who are taking over our school? They are the core of the parenting simulation program in our Kids Class here at Valley Forge. These model babies are supposed to simulate an infants unpredictable demands along with the time and attention required to meeting those needs. I recently had the chance to take one of these babies home. Although I was not very enthusiastic about the assignment, I thought I would have no problem with taking care of the baby. After all, it was just a doll, and I’d babysat many times and helped take care of my little sister. I never took into account the hours of sleep I would not get or even the disaproving glares and lectures I would get from strangers. While doing this assignment I realized Baby Think It Over is a suitable name because the project really makes you think it all through, whether it is the emotional, social, or physical tolls that a child has on your life. Rachel Silvestro and her Robot Baby, Dwayne, enjoy a quiet moment in the halls of Valley Forge. Valley Forge Student Council Food Drive By Jenny Tran Valley Forge recently held its annual Thanksgiving food drive. Over 2 ½ truckloads of nonperishable food items were collected and donated to Parma Lutheran Church. Approximately 80 local families received food and the remaining was donated to the Parma Hunger Center. Money raised in addition to the food will be used to buy food cards for next year’s families. Thank you to the people who donated food and or money, Mrs. Baker, Student Council, Mrs. Fanter, Mr. Zupancic, Mr. LaGuardia, Mr. Stringer and all who contributed to make this project a success. The families and community appreciate your efforts. With the holiday season upon us and a new year just around the corner, please remember to take time to reach out to the less fortunate. Student Life National Honor Society offers free tutorials. By Kayleigh Sopko, Kelsi Mika, and Bryan Szwec Are you struggling in any of your classes? Do you need help, but you don’t know where to go? Come to the National Honor Society! At NHS you can get tutored by people your own age, who are willing to help you better your education. You can come before or after school, during a study hall or during your lunch period. We are located in the front of the media center under the NHS sign. We look forward to helping you! Seniors Bryan Szwec, Kelsi Mika, and Kayleigh Sopko look over notes prior to tutoring fellow VF students. Shawn Krall and Corey Matousek discuss the The infamous B. Carey and Steve Collins ins-and-outs of open flames and leaky gas discuss weekend plans over lunch. tanks in AST class.