All photos by Analise DeKorte
All photos by Analise DeKorte
Indiana’s Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch visited Clarksville Community Schools on Aug. 22. photos by Analise DeKorte
The newspaper staff is selling shout outs for the final issue. Anyone can shout out to a graduating senior including students, staff, family, or friends. There are 3 options to choose from: $1 for 25 words, $2 for 50 words, or $5 for 50 words and a picture. Newspaper staff will be selling them until May 14 and the issue comes out May 18.
After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-0, the Generals bowling team was the first to finish with an undefeated record. The team then continued onto the sectional, where they posted one of the top 5 scores in the entire state. They then advanced to the regional competition in Evansville, Indiana. With the combination of an unconventional oil pattern on the lane, and an off day for the team as a whole, they were unable to advance to the semi state competition. Despite having a historically dominant regular season, the bowling season for the Generals is now officially over.
Although the team did not have the result that they were hoping for, there is still much to look forward to and be proud of. While the team lost at regional, there were also singles competitions that the players were competing in. Senior Justin Moore finished 2nd at the sectional, and Evan Davis finished 5th. Evan managed to continue competing at semi-state, and finished his season February 3rd at the state competition.
Evan Davis was be the first bowler to compete in the state competition for singles since the General bowling teams inception. He competed in the singles state competition February 3rd in Angleton, Indiana. At this event, Evan was able to finish as the 17th best bowler in the entire state of Indiana. As a whole, this was a season to remember for the Generals. They proved that they were the most dominant team in the conference, and showed that they had talent. Yes, the team did not get the end result that they were striving towards, but the season was still a success. There is also much that can be improved on with the team, as two of the pillars of the team are going to be Juniors next year. Evan Davis and Trenton Murphy are hoping to build on the teams prior success to make for an even better season.
A dark cloud has formed over the landscape of college basketball. Recent allegations have risen out of the shadows about college basketball teams breaking the rules in regard to securing recruits and helping maintain players’ eligibility. Before schools like Arizona, Michigan State, North Carolina,. etc started to raise suspicion it all started with the Louisville’s mens’ basketball team. Louisville was in a lot of hot water with the allegations of the team breaking NCAA rules in order to gain commitments from top ranked recruits. Two scandals including the incidents involving stripper parties which caused the Cardinals to deduct wins from the 2011 through 2015 season. And to top it all off, last week the NCAA took away the 2013 NCAA Championship resulted in the third banner in the program’s history to be taken down.
That enough was a hard pill to swallow, but not only did the Cardinals lose their wins and championship, but late last year, they lost their beloved coach Rick Pitino, along with the athletic director Tom Jurich. Allegedly, recruits were enticed to commit to the UofL with strippers and the promise of sex with recruits and players. Katina Powell was the ringleader behind the parties happening in dorm rooms on the campus. She would later speak of these events in a book, where she mentioned that she was “being paid to hold these parties for the players and recruits.” But that was not the end of the Cardinals troubles. With the involvement of the FBI, later findings would show that Adidas, on behalf of the University of Louisville had paid the father of five star recruit Brian Bowen in exchange for his son’s commitment to the school. However, as of last week, Louisville is not the only school to be in hot water for allegedly paying for commitments.
Other schools in the mix include North Carolina State and their alleged payment for breakout rookie Dennis Smith Jr., before his time at the school, along with Isaiah Whitehead receiving a five figure payment during his time at Seton Hall. But the most recent innocent in regards to the alleged payment to secure recruits would be at the University of Arizona. The situation at Arizona claims that the FBI wiretapping intercepted telephone conversations involving head coach Sean Miller and a man by the name of Christian Dawkins. During the telephone it is alleged that Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure the 7’1” superstar’s commitment to Arizona. No sanctions have been enforced upon the University of Arizona at this time. The incidents do not only involve payment or promised gifts to bag recruits, how about a University using an academic fraud scheme to ensure the eligibility of their players? Over at the University of North Carolina findings would show that there had been “fake” classes that would be ensure that the athletes would be able to play. Even though there were no sanctions against the school for regular students had the ability to take said classes, who’s to say that the same situation is not happening at other universities? But this investigations have shown that at these basketball universities, there is a dark side.
The future of college basketball, as of now, seems very bleak with many of the “blue blood” programs being linked to FBI investigations. The FBI has proven that they will stop at nothing until the landscape of college basketball is washed away with the people who are rocking it at its core. It is heartbreaking to the players who are punished for the actions of few and to have things, like National Championships, taken away. The hopes of the FBI and for many people who love and cherish college basketball is that this dark cloud that has formed will soon break into clear skies and sunshine. But until then, anyone’s favorite team could be on the chopping block.
Following their production of “Zombie Prom”, the theater department will perform “Legally Blonde” starring junior Ari Hart as Elle Woods. Opening night will be Wednesday, March 14, and continue through Sunday, March 18.
Theater Director Dan Bullington believes the production is unique to the area. Bullington said, “We have a lot of girls involved in theater and there are a lot of girl roles. It’s based around a sorority and the main character is a girl. It’s also a fun show, and it’s contemporary. No one else is doing it around here.”
The play is an exciting musical rendition of the film, that has a very similar plot to the film. Ari Hart said, “It’s really great being the lead because it’s a dream role for me.” The Clarksville theater department plans on putting on an entertaining production with the help of an experienced director and a dedicated cast.
Clarksville’s theater department considers themselves a close-knit, family like group that has real chemistry. Senior Baily Gravely said, “What I like about being in plays is that everyone that is on the cast becomes like my family.”
Opening night, the theater department will be holding a spaghetti dinner before the show. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., and tickets for the dinner and play admission will cost $20. After the dinner, the show will begin at 7 p.m.. General admission tickets, without the spaghetti dinner, will cost $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
Lavar Ball is the father of professional basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo Ball. However, his depiction should go much farther than just the father of basketball players. Lavar Ball is a businessman, who over the past few months has put some serious plans into motion. In June, Lavar’s oldest son Lonzo Ball was drafted second overall in the NBA draft to the Los Angeles Lakers. In October, Lavar removed his youngest son Lamelo Ball from Chino Hills High School to be homeschooled, in order to focus on developing as a basketball player. Lavar’s middle son LiAngelo, was arrested for shoplifting in China in November. At the time, he was a part of the UCLA men’s basketball team. After being suspended indefinitely, Lavar pulled him from school as well. Lavar devised a plan for LiAngelo and Lamelo to play professional basketball for Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas in the Lithuanian Basketball League, where they are currently playing.
After pulling two of his three sons from their schools, Lavar Ball now has put in motion a plan to start his own basketball league, the Junior Basketball Association. The JBA will consist of eight teams, made up of top high school prospects that don’t want to go to college before they go to the NBA. These top prospects that would rather play in the JBA instead of college will be able to be paid to play in this league. This idea is genius. Senior Christian Stewart said, “I think it’s a great idea. College athletes should be getting paid anyway, they produce extreme amounts of revenue every year and I think Lavar is capitalizing on it.” This new league has potential to be an enormous organization, and could change the game of basketball forever.
The NCAA has extremely strict policies against paying student athletes. For many top high school prospects, college is simply a gateway into the NBA and not a place to get an education. With the JBA, this allows these players to bypass college and immediately get paid to play. Sophomore Richard Wheatley said, “This is a great idea. Everybody doesn’t want to go to college and this provides a great opportunity for those players.”
The league is intended to consist of 80 players on ten teams. The teams will play in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Dallas. If top high school prospects gravitate toward the JBA, as an alternative to collegiate basketball, it could change the game forever. Lavar has claimed the lowest ranked player in this league will be paid $3,000 a month, and the highest ranked player will be paid $10,000 a month. If top prospects choose the JBA over the traditional route, the level of elite competition could potentially become significantly lower in collegiate basketball.
The JBA, like any other newly founded organization, has its critics, who mostly believe the traditional college route is the more promising. Senior Jalen Valentine said, “College is the better choice between the two because basketball isn’t always promised. The JBA doesn’t provide an education if basketball doesn’t work out.” However, the JBA’s target players are looking to get to the NBA and don’t necessarily care about the education.
Only a small portion of top recruits for the class of 2019 have committed to schools to attend once they have graduated. If players in this class such as Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman agree to compete in the JBA, other players could begin to follow suit. With the incentive of payment available, it is very likely that players will begin to favor this league over college. Student athletes, for all sports, deal with exhausting schedules everyday and this league can provide some of these players with an opportunity to avoid that. For some top recruits whose main objective is to get to the NBA, this league is a great solution. They can earn the money they rightfully deserve while focusing on their craft.
So far the JBA does not have any teams, but the league is still in its early stages of development. The potential of this league is enormous. Lavar Ball is a genius in his own right, and is doing an impeccable job of growing and marketing his own brand.