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.
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.