Student representatives from both the newspaper and the yearbook staffs attended IUS’ Fall Media Day on Friday, Oct. 25. After the keynote address by Stephen George from Louisville Public Media, those present attended two learning sessions. Media Day concluded with an awards program. Both Clarksville staffs brought home numerous awards including second place in News Organization of the Year and Yearbook of the Year.
Second Place News Organization of the Year Division 2 (schools with enrollment up to 1000)
First place awards:
Analise DeKorte – Feature Photo
Analise DeKorte – Picture Story
Generals’ Delivery Staff – Social media presence
Generals’ Delivery Staff – News/Editorial Graphics
Generals’ Delivery Staff – News Organization Website
Generals’ Delivery Staff – Front Page Design
Second place awards:
Summer Neal – News Story
Bethany Johnson – Sports Photo
Chasten O’Neal – Sports Story
Generals’ Delivery Staff – Staff Editorial
Third place awards:
Summer Neal – Feature Story
Yearbook of the Year Division 3
First place in every category
Best Cover, Best Copy, Best Photography, Best Design, Best Opening Section, Best Theme and Divisional Pages, Best Sports Coverage, Best Advertising Section, Best People Section, Best Coverage of Student Life, Best Coverage of Academics, Best Coverage of Clubs and Organizations
Written by Monica Franklin
Photos by Jessie Stevens
The football team had a successful season this year by ending their 5 year losing streak and winning 3 games this season. The last time the Generals finished with three wins was 2014. They also improved their size this season being able to have a JV team. When they did the draft for sectionals they pulled Providence High school.
“ Providence was the best team in the draft so drafting them was bad for our team. They recently lost their quarterback though and that gives us some advantages but we’re going to try our hardest and play our game,” said freshman Robert Lamar. Lamar is an important part of the team as a freshman. Lamar has four touchdowns for the season and averages 105 yards per game.
“I think we’ll do good in sectionals if we win the first game against providence. I think we will we’ll make it to the championship and it’ll be a good game in the championship,” said senior Clayton Aranda. Aranda averages nine tackles a game and has ten points for the season.
The Generals will play Providence at 7:00 at home on October 25. The game costs six dollars per person and athletic passes are not valid because it is an IHSAA event.
written by Daniel Bartley
Starting the season off strong, the bowling team won its first match of the season against Charlestown. The bowling team, in its fourth year, has won two sectional championships and placed second in sectionals last year.
The team is highly motivated to win this year and is looking forward to building chemistry. Veteran bowler senior Evan Davis said,” We got a few new teammates that I have to get to know, but most of them have already been on the team, so we already have great chemistry.”
First time player seniors Michael Leonhardt is in his first year playing the sport. He said after the win,“ The game started off rough with low scores but we got the job done and won the match.” Leonhardt wants to play this year to improve his game to pursue bowling as a career.
Returning player, sophomore Emily Kaiser said,” I am looking forward to communicating with my team and hopefully creating bonds with my fellow teammates.” There are currently three girls on the team and nine boys. Of those twelve, eight are returning players.
The team’s next game is on Wednesday, October 23 against New Albany as they look to continue the season strong. Sophomore RM Baugh looks forward to this season saying,” Everyone on the team wants to improve and gain chemistry and experience over the season. “
Written by Summer Neal
Bright lights, touchdowns, cheerleaders and bleachers full of screaming fans are all staples of a Friday night, right? Not anymore. The Clarksville Generals football stands are louder than they have been in the past couple of years, but they are still the quietest in our area. Meanwhile stadiums across Indiana and the United States are becoming less filled with screams and filled with more empty seats. 71% of the 31 states that published their state attendance for high school sports had a decrease in average attendance. Some states loss up to $85,000 due to this attendance drop.
Clarksville’s bleachers on Aug. 30 were filled with 450 fans, a low compared to other high schools in our area’s home game average of 550. Although Clarksville’s stands are slowly becoming more and more full, they still have less than schools comparable in size and ability (2018). (Eastern High School, Charlestown High School and Madison High School all at an average of 550) “This year the administration’s relationship with the student body has improved, and we have a much more active student body wanting to help with the games. We are also trying to advertise the games better by having the discounted student passes, theme nights and events like the free student tailgate,” said Athletic Director Levi Carmichael. The Generals defeated Eastern (Pekin) 54-18 on Aug. 30.
Although the Generals fan section is now full, it hasn’t always been like that. Just last year, there was a low average of 350. But many years before that, the stands were always packed to the brim. “Last year we didn’t have as active of a student body working with the administration to get the students involved. Now that we have the more active student body we are more able to allow students to experience the game and support the players and the team to bring the school together,” said Carmichael.
The 2017-18 Indiana High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Football 2A State Finals attendance was down 3,855 fans (19%) from 2016-17’s 20,606 fans. That’s a loss of more than $57,000 for the IHSAA. But it’s not just Indiana, almost every state other than Texas’ attendance for all high school sports are down. Wisconsin’s 2017-18 Football State Finals attendance was down a large 35% from 2016-17.
There are many reasons why students and fans in general aren’t coming to games. One of these reasons is the team’s reputation in the years before and farther into the season, the team’s record. “No one came to the games because of their record,” said sophomore Selena Maldonado,”No one wanted to hang out at the games if we weren’t going to enjoy ourselves.” Last year the Generals went 0-10 extending the losing streak to 4 years. This streak would be broken on August 30 2019.
Another reason why fans do not come to games is conflict of time. Less in football, but in other sports, there are many activities going on at the same time. There may be a home tennis match, golf practice, a volleyball game 30 minutes away and cross country all at the same time, and fans must choose which to go to. Another conflict is jobs. Many students must work to support themselves and their families. “I have to babysit my mom’s friend’s kids on Friday nights, so I can’t ever come to games,” said sophomore Skylar King.
“I didn’t know anyone that was going to the games to hang out with so I just chose not to go,” said Maldonado. Lack of student participation at games is an issue for some schools. Last year the “Clarksville Crazies” student section was never full. This year however, the student section was full, and overflowing. The student council and athletic department hosted a free “student tailgate” with free food, drinks and cornhole to help promote the game and to fill the student section.
“Overall, there are less people coming to events,” said Northern Valley/Demarest (NJ) athletic director Greg Butler to USA Today. “Teams having successful seasons, rival opponents, and tournament games will bring crowds but still not to the extent of crowds in the past.” Unlike professional sports where fans are normally fans of that team for life, high school sports fans are normally only around for along as they go to school there. Because of this there are always new sets of fans for high schools sports, meaning attendance will always be fluctuating, but the numbers have not risen to the numbers they once were.
Written by Monica Franklin
The tennis team had one of its most successful years in awhile. They improved their size as a team consisting of mostly freshmen and sophomores. Even though they are a young team they have improved tremendously winning seven out of thirteen matches. They played well and got better as the season went on, including during conference play and other matches.
Freshman Ethan Neal, who plays No. 3 singles said, “In sectionals we are preparing for the best, but we are just going to go and play our game no matter who we come up against.”
During the draft Clarksville pulled Our Lady of Providence High School. Junior Jake Cummings, who plays No. 1 doubles said,“ I think if we play our game we have a good chance of beating Providence then we will go from there.”
Sophomore Terry Morgan, who plays No. 2 doubles said “ Tennis is going good this year. If we work hard and put in the effort and hit out, we could do good in sectionals.Our coach always says is ‘Winning teams find a way to win, and losing teams find a way to lose’. “