The game is tied, five seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter. Lanphier has the ball, running towards the hoop. The player lifts the ball preparing himself to shoot the perfect 3- pointer. Bang! The crowd gasps and boos. A Southeast player knocked the ball away mid-throw, sentencing the game to overtime.
Team rivalries are everywhere. In baseball, the Yankees vs. Red Sox, in boxing Frazier vs. Ali, and in football Packers vs. Bears. There is no difference with Lanphier vs. Southeast. The two teams go head to head in football, soccer, basketball, and baseball, you name it, they do it.
With a rivalry, there can be a lot of conflicts. Physical fighting is a common problem in the Lanphier and Southeast rivalry.
“A few years ago when the two teams walked onto the field, they collided in the center and it was almost a fight. At City Tournament, we were being beaten by Southeast, one of our seniors at the time got so many fouls that he was benched, and later that night, I heard the Southeast spirit section say, “Haha we got one of their players out!'” says Megan Harter (12).
As if this rivalry’s not juicy enough, the competitiveness on both sides of the coin is enough to replace your favorite reality T.V show.
“I’m usually an aggressive person, so I act like my opponent is trying to kill me, but Southeast takes everything to the extreme, so we fight back with fire,” says football player Rodrick Love (12) in an interview. Students on both teams claim to have seen the other team “cheat” in a game.
“I played football my freshman and sophomore years of high school, but I had to stop mid-season my sophomore year because during a game when the ball was snapped I ran towards the scrimmage line and a Southeast player headbutted my knee taking me out,” says a former Lanphier student class of 2017, who does not want to be named.
Lanphier at this time has a 1/7 record this season in football. Southeast also has a 1/7 record this season. Lanphier students have expressed that everytime they lose a game to Southeast in any sport, it gets a little frustrating.
“There is no compassion in any games,” says Southeast student Noah Wroblewski (11). However, according to Rodrick, who is on the wrestling team, the two teams are like brothers during the wrestling season, hanging out and having fun, despite the intense rivalry that is inevitably waiting for them in every basketball and football season.
High school sports are one of the extracurricular activities that can change the way your high school experience turns out. Sports bring many things to the table such as having fun, building friendships, and being able to work as a team player. At Lanphier, fall sports include football, boys soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, cheerleading, poms, and certain games for the E-sports team. Coaches including Mr. Don Goff, Mr. Mike Garcia, Ms. Hailey Cole, and Mr Joe Casey were interviewed recently and asked questions about their coaching experience at Lanphier and overall.
Mr. Goff , head coach of the varsity football team, had many good things to say about coaching for Lanphier. Goff has been coaching for a total of 27 years and has been head coach at Lanphier for 18 of those 27 years. Although he has coached at Lanphier for 18 years, they were not consecutive.
“Working with players and really getting to see them develop into the player they are going to be” is coach Goff’s favorite thing about coaching football.
Goff’s most memorable moment of all of his years coaching was in 1993. This was the first year of Central State 8 Conference that all sports participate in, and the Lions went undefeated in the conference that year. Goff also had the opportunity to be one of the coaches that coached for all of the Lanphier play- off teams. When it comes time to ending the season, doing all the laundry at the end is Goff’s least favorite thing about being head coach at Lanphier.
“Most of the people return them unwashed, and it’s really just gross.”
The next coach was Mr. Garcia. Coach Garcia, who has been coaching cross country at Lanphier for 29 years (37 years total), also had many good things to say.
“Getting to see young kids improve, challenge themselves, and figure out what they’re capable of really my favorite thing about coaching.”
After coaching at one school for 29 years and counting, you are bound to have a memorable moment. Garcia says there are one too many.
“Every year I say this season is my favorite. It’s very memorable to me when kids come back and show what impact being on cross country has had on them.”
Even after being with teenagers for that long, he is still not hip on technology. His least favorite thing about coaching is not being up to date with how the teeangers are doing things and not understanding why they need to bring phones to practice.
Another team that makes up Lanphier sports is boys soccer. Mr. Casey has been a coach of boys soccer off and on for 20 years, spending 14 of those years at Lanphier. Coach Casey began coaching at Lanphier in 2006. He enjoys sharing his love of soccer with his players and likes to see them improve over the season. A memorable moment for him happened in 2018 when the team beat Lutheran High School in a penalty kick shootout. Hugging goalkeeper Charlie Hunt(Class of 2019), also made the victory memorable for him. On a team, it’s very important that players are fully committed and put in the work to make the team better. Coach Casey says that this can be an issue and makes coaching a lot harder.
Girls tennis also takes place in the fall. Ms. Cole, the tennis coach, is in her second year of coaching at Lanphier High School. Like many other coaches, her most rewarding thing about coaching is being able to see the players progress and better themselves throughout the season. During her first year of coaching, the team won their first match of the season, which goes down as her most memorable moment yet.
“Seeing how excited the girls were really made it memorable.”
Tennis unfortunately, seems to be an underrated sport. Cole says that this is her least favorite thing about coaching tennis because due to this, they don’t always get the recognition that they deserve.
All together Mr. Goff, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Casey, and Ms. Cole have been coaching for 63 years at Lanphier! These sports have each made an impact on Lanphier , and the image that the school itself gets, and will continue to be key factors to Lanphier.
Everyone loves a good Jack-O-Lantern, and Washington Park was a Jack-O-Lantern heaven on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 as they hosted the 15th annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 6:30-9:30 p.m. To view the pumpkins there was a fee. Adults were $7, children ages 4-11 $5, and children ages 3 and under were free. The pumpkins were displayed around the carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden. This was the art club’s 3rd year contributing to the pumpkin display, which had over 2,000 Pumpkins.
Mr. Anthony Wilson is the art club sponsor.
“We were given 20 pumpkins this year, but next year we can get more if more students come to join us,” he said.
The event provided and delivered the pumpkins for the art club.
“You can get into the art club by just coming to the art club. Anyone can join. They meet after school on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month, unless there is no school or a conference,” Mr. Wilson says.
The requirements on the carving was that the designs had to be school appropriate also no painting only carving. Mr. Wilson prepares for this event by making sure the art club has plenty of carving tools and their imaginations! The fun part about all of this is that the pumpkin carved by students get viewed by a very large crowd. Also, at night time, the pumpkins will lite up. The only light in the area will be the pumpkins. The art club joined this event because Mr. Wilson knew it would be a fun way to get dirty and show students art can be made in many different ways.
“This event is a good way to show that kids at Lanphier can have a good time and are very creative.”
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was founded by former Rees Carillon Society Board Member Ms. Brenda Poston. Washington Park hosted an event that goes along with this called “Carve For The Carillon.” This event was for anyone on October 12 and 13 to come out and show their artistic skills by carving a pumpkin. All you had to do was supply your carving tool and then Washington Park supplied the pumpkins.
Washington Park took donations of pumpkins from pumpkin farmers, so that many people could be involved. At night time, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular featured special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique tree of lights, and food vendors. Fundraising proceeds included corporate sponsorships and admissions. Attendance at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular raises $5,000 to $8,000 annually.
Fantasy football has been around for quite some time. It’s a competition played for money or bragging rights. It’s really just up to the players.
At Lanphier High School, fantasy football is a big thing. When you walk through the halls, you are bound to hear at least one person talking about it, if not many talking about it. There’s a group of people that meet up on Sundays to watch the game at one of the members’ houses.
Brady Swan (12) Cannon Garcia (12), and Nathen Melton, (12) are all part of this group; they explained how the game works.
“It’s really like the NFL draft. There’s about six rounds, depending how many people are in your league, but it goes one by one. You decide who picks first and you build an nfl team of players from different teams,” said Cannon.
“Killion Rowden (12) is leading our league right now,” Brady said.
Many football players support fantasy football because they feel like when they watch certain players that play those positions, they can get better themselves. Josh Wright (12) says there’s one thing that’s bad about the fantasy league.
“We aren’t allowed to pick linemen; like what’s up with that? We should be able to because without the line, none of those points will happen.”
Josh is one of the linemen at Lanphier High School, and he is disappointed that have yet to incorporate the line into the fantasy scoring.
But even if they add the line, it won’t matter. People will still come together to play fantasy football and have fun.
Four years, four years of friendships, four years of winning and losing four years of crowds cheering their names, four years of being a part of a team, a family. But the time has come to say goodbye, it’s a farewell and a celebration.
Senior night at Lanphier High School gives students a chance to honor the seniors in fall sports and activities for representing our school to the best of their ability for four long years. It gives the seniors a chance to say goodbye, to the field, the coaches, and most importantly the teams.
“Senior night is a wonderful opportunity to honor their (the teams) hard work for four years at Lanphier and appreciate their parents for helping them achieve their goals,” said Mr. Chris Hampsey the athletic director at LHS.
On October 19, Lanphier’s football team played against Rochester, and during the game, the football team, the band, the golf team, flags and the tennis team were all recognized for their hard work. The students were escorted by a parent or loved one, and each of their names were read aloud. They were handed a rose and shook hands with Dr. Artie Doss and other staff members.
The band got to participate, walk down and shake hands but did not receive roses which people found strange, but when speaking to Caroline Cochrane(12)she said that the band really didn’t mind.
“They asked us (the band) if we would be upset if we didn’t get roses, and we said no because the band will have their own senior night at our last concert.”
There were a few teams missing during the ceremony, the cheerleaders and the poms will be recognized when the winter sports have their senior night. The night was a blast, so make sure you check out the next senior night.
October 21-28 was book fair week. The book fair arrived, with many fun gidgets and gadgets such as scented highlighters, calculators that look like chocolate bars, cool pencils, posters, and most importantly books! The book fair was open from 8:24 – 3:17 each day. This was Lanphier High School’s first book fair, in about 10 years. The goal was to sell 125 books which is almost equivalent to the total of $700, and if this goal is reached the school will receive 55% of the money back. This money will be used to spend on new nonfiction books for the school library.
Although the book fair business hasn’t been too crazy, it has been on track to reach the goal. As of October, 22 Ms. Aly Corcoran, reported that they had sold 73 books, more than halfway to their goal. The library also offered coffee for $1.00, so that anybody could enjoy, no book purchase necessary.
At the time of this article, Ms. Corcoran hadn’t bought any books yet, but definitely planned on buying some. She highly recommended “The Hate You Give” as one of the number one books in the book fair, that she had personally read so far. The book fair was and most definitely great for the students because it encouraged the students to read. They got the chance to actually hold, touch, and view the book before buying it. They get the elementary experience back, and it gave them such a big opportunity.
“Ms. Corcoran has done a lot of impressive work, and I’m very excited that somebody could bring a book fair to a high school since it’s been so long that Lanphier has had one,” said Ms. Monique Davis.
The Battle of the Bands
The Battle of the Bands was a contest sponsored by Heartland Credit Union. It was put on by Channel1450.com. They were holding a competition to see which group or band could record their jingle using the most creativity and best playing.
Mr. Emerson James, who is the band director at LHS, decided to enter the Lanphier’s band.
“I thought it would be a fun endeavor for our band to compete in. It was a blast!”
The band was able to brainstorm ideas. Mr. James and co-director Isabella Mott (12) worked together to spice together all of the footage. The band had to come up with ideas of what they wanted to film.
“It was a lot of fun coming up with ideas and figuring out the direction we wanted to take the video,” said Isabella.
The winner of the popular vote gets $1,000 for their band program. There was also two other smaller prizes, the most creative submission and best technical performance, which wins $250. Any prize the Lanphier band receives could be a lot of help. The band needs more guitar cases, updated instruments, and many other things. So if the LHS band could just win one prize, it could impact them in many different ways.
The band had to create a video with at least six students playing the Heartland Credit Union jingle. It had to be within 60 to 120 seconds long. There were five submissions; Chatham Glenwood High School, Riverton High School, Springfield Southeast High school, and of course Lanphier High school. Each school had to come up with a different idea and go in their own creative direction.
“It was a great experience, and the Heartland song is burned into my brain, but if it helps my band,” said band member Liz Rowe (11) who plays bass drum for the band. It helped bring the band even closer together.
Many teachers were telling their students all about this competition and reminding them each day to vote for Lanphier. Everyday students walked into Mr. Loren Wilson’s class, he mentioned the competition at least once.
“Don’t forget to vote for the LHS band on channel1450.com today, it would really help a lot.”