By Shawn Gunarich
News and Feature Editor
Red Lion’s competition cheer squad has made nationals now for the second year in a row. “I never would have imagined making nationals let alone twice”, Angela Masser English teacher and coach said, “if someone would have told me that last year I would have laughed”.
Red Lion competition cheer has faced some challenges along the way as well with several injuries in the squad, forcing others to step up, like Emma Kurshan who was put at the position of base who holds the flyer in the air and is one of the most important stunt person.”She really stepped up to the plate”, Ashleigh Reinert coach and physical education teacher said,”She really pulled through”.
Nationals will take place this coming February at Disney Florida, where Red Lion will be up against around 50 schools around the United States, “were ready Florida”, Bronson Warner Junior and cheer member, “Bring it on”.
The cheer squad also welcomed some new members as Bronson Warner, Nick Argento and Stephen Tierney, all who are Juniors and all starting varsity football players, all joined for separate reasons but were welcomed all the same as one of the crew. “All the other guys made us feel welcomed”, Stephen Tierney said, “we were part of the crew in no time”.
But while cheer gains they also lose, this is the last year for five seniors who in the past have carried the team, “this is my passion, I want next year’s cheerleaders to have the same ambition and passion as is do”, Judge Kunce, senior and cheerleader. The seniors wish all the best of luck to future cheerleaders.
By Bryce Gunarich
Fantasy football is practically a religion to a lot of Americans. For many years now, people have been doing fantasy football. It’s become a part of our Sundays on a large scale. Fantasy Football is taking over.
Fantasy Football is where people all ages compete against friends, family, and random users to either win money or just bragging rights as they draft NFL players to make a team. A starting team consists of 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 flex (either 1 running back, 1 wide receiver, or 1 tight end) 1 tight end, 1 place kicker, 1 team defense/special teams and 6 bench players (any of your choice).
This is a phenomenon that is storming our country. There is now currently hundreds of blogs, many tv shows, and radio talk shows that are about fantasy football it has become a lifestyle! Fantasy Football is a industry that brings in 1.67 billion dollars in revenue. In the U.S there are 25.8 million users nationally. Many students and even staff participate here at the high school. Many find it fun and competitive.
“It’s a fun way to compete with your friends” says teacher Mr. Blackwell .“I’m very competitive so it makes my Sundays a lot more interesting” “that’s for sure”l.
Blackwell, who is 7-1 in his league and in 1st place says his target players are Julio Jones, Peyton Manning, and Demaryius Thomas and many more.
Other students such as freshman Elijah Workinger and Avery Foxwell say it’s the ultimate way to compete with your friends if you like football. “It gets frustrating but, I don’t wanna stop,” laughs Workinger “It’s so fun.”
“It makes a great conversation with your friends too” says Foxwell.
Fantasy Football is taking over and most likely won’t stop anytime soon. In fact predictions are that numbers will increase rapidly. Its safe to say this is the new trend.
By Paul Jones
We no longer live in a society where people who are tall are stared at. Now, if someone who is tall wants to not be seen, they can.
If you ask most people about what they think of Ryan Schreckengast, they will tell you the same thing. “He is cool but he doesn’t talk very much,” said junior Noah Pillsbury.
That of course does not determine who he really is.
“I’m definitely an introvert to the people that don’t know me well,” junior Ryan Schreckengast said. “I’m pretty quiet and shy until you get to know me. I’m loud and always got something to say to my friends.”
Outside of his height, there is one thing that makes Ryan different from everybody else. His love for basketball.
Whether he’s playing AAU basketball in the spring, training in the fall, or playing for Red Lion Basketball, he is around basketball. However, a love like this does not come out of nowhere. So what exactly did spark his love for basketball?
“Definitely my dad,” Schreckengast said. “He used to take me to some games he played in and also took me to see a lot of Red Lion games when I was young.”
The one thing that makes him different from any other basketball player is his desire. Before games you will not see an introverted person. You will see a man on a mission and a seriousness that is matched by very few.
“I want to win in the worst way in everything that I do,” Schreckengast said. “That competitiveness also pushes me to be a great basketball player. I work on my game almost religiously because I don’t want to be just a good player. I want to be a great player. As for winning, I have to win to feel accomplishment. That’s the sign that all of our hard work has payed off to be great.”
Ryan Shreckengast is just another example of why not to judge a book by its cover. If you are his friend, you might see just a playful and quick witted jokester. If you’re his teammate, you will see someone who cares about the game of basketball more than anything else.
There are many levels to Ryan Shreckengast. Who knows, there are probably some more that none of us know about.
By Paul Jones
Saying the boys team got off to a slow start would be huge understatement. In their tip-off tournament, they played Solanco, a team that the Lions were predicted to defeat.
That however, did not stop Solanco from jumping out to a seven point lead at the end of the first quarter. Solanco’s lead at one point got up to 12 in the second quarter, but Red Lion finally got comfortable and took over the game.
Junior guard Gary Hunt erupted for a quick ten points in the third that helped propel the team forward. Senior guard Bennett Frey chipped in for 13 points and senior forward Wyatt Tyson led the Lions with 14 points.
“Read and react.” That is what assistant coach Zach Bull said the Lions had to in order to be successful in their game against a very good Northeastern team.
“Read and react to what Northeastern is doing. It’s going to be a lot faster than the game last night,” Coach Bull said. Northeastern is one of the most talented teams in the county and present many obstacles to the Lions.
“We got to find their shooters. They have three really good shooters, we got to identify them and know where they are at,” Coach Bull said.
The game started off extremely slow as both teams combined for six points in the first quarter. As the game progressed, Northeastern started to pull away more and more. Red Lion had trouble defending the three ball as Northeastern guard Donovian Maxfield knocked down four three pointers. The game became out of reach for Red Lion in the fourth period as Northeastern outscored the Lions by 14.
By Paul Jones
The Lady Lions proved that it is not about how you start something, but how you finish it. In their season opener on Dec. 5 versus Manheim Township they only scored six points in the first quarter but came back in the end for the win.
Only down by four, the Lady Lions stormed back to win the second quarter 20-6 and go into halftime with a 20 point lead. The slow start could be attributed to the ball just not going into the net.
They received quality looks the whole game and after the first quarter they got most of their shots to go down. The majority of the outside shooting came from junior Amy Maciejewski and senior Courtney Dimoff. The Lady Lions pulled away from Manheim Township easily and won 51-36. Dimoff led all of the scorers with 20 points.
Saturday night, the girls played CD East for the championship of their tip-off tournament. They won 43-33, but something even more special happened. Courtney Dimoff became the 11th girl to score 1000 points in a Red Lion uniform. The team now prepares to play crosstown rival Dallastown, as they try to improve their record to 3-0.
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