By: Kamryn Poe
Wednesday, October 4, the New Haven School District hosted the 2017 district softball tournament. New Haven played Community at 6:00 P.M, following the Silex vs. Wellsville game. Community took the lead in the first 2 innings with a score of 2-1, but New Haven did not give up. They hit the field and made the plays. Through the wind and rain, our New Haven softball team won 17-4-- advancing them to the 4:00 P.M. game the next day.
The next night, Thursday, the New Haven softball team was up against Clopton. The score may have ended 11-1 in Clopton’s favor, but New Haven never gave up in this game.
“We did our best and that is what's important,” Maddie Langenberg, freshman, stated.
“Our first game in districts went really well. We all played really well. The second game was tough, but I am very proud of all the girls for the whole season,” junior Olivia Williams said.
“It was definitely a better season than the last couple years, but there is still room for improvement,” senior Emily Scheer commented.
New Haven won 9 games this season, which is 3 more than last year. Teams were beaten that New Haven had not defeated in over 6 years. They worked as a team, and it showed. According to the girls, they had a great season with plenty of memories.
“I don't really have a favorite memory because I made so many,” Hannah Borcherding, freshman, commented.
Some memories that were favorites were during some less-than-normal circumstances. Whether it be Meagan Holtmeyer tripping on her own feet around the bases or falling over fences, or Sarah falling on her face in practice, each memory has a story. Each story starts with a great team, and a great team starts with a leader… or 3.
The New Haven softball team bids farewell to 3 seniors following the conclusion of this season: Liz Hughes, Emily Scheer, and Sarah McKernan. These 3 talented players have brought a spark to the team for the last 4 years.
When asked what these girls would like the underclassmen to remember, here is what they had to say:
"Remember the little girl inside of you that started playing softball, and play for her. Go out to every game and practice looking to have fun and then play to win. Then you will always have a happy memory of your time in high school sports," Liz Hughes, senior, stated.
Emily Scheer added, “I've made some great friendships, some awesome memories, and learned a lot about myself, the game, and my teammates.”
"‘Dream until your dreams come true’-- I've always gone by this quote because my dream was to become the high school varsity pitcher, so I worked hard every week, and my junior year, that came true. I love that I can reflect back on my last 2 years of high school and see how much work I put into my favorite sport and see that my dream did come true of becoming the high school varsity pitcher,” Sarah McKernan said.
When reflecting back on Senior Night, seniors were asked how it went and what it means.
“Senior Night went just as I expected. I loved the gifts everybody got us. It really hit me that softball season is over, and soon I will never play a real game on that field again. My favorite gift, even if it was the simplest, was the jar of dirt my mom got me with a note attached about how I've put my blood, sweat, and tears into this game, which is honestly the truth. I was hoping I wouldn't cry, but by the end of that note, I was,” Sarah Mckernan said.
“Senior Night was bittersweet. It's heartbreaking to know that you just played your last regular season home game ever. The ending team result of this season was the best we have had during my four years of playing. Knowing that it's over hurts, but I'm grateful for all the teammates I got close to and the memories we made,” Emily Scheer shared.
These 3 girls have been a great addition to the team. Each one of them has brought a special spark that will be missed. As the saying goes-- Once a Shamrock, always a Shamrock. Seniors, you will be missed.
By: Alex Trentmann
On Wednesday, October 4th, the English 1A class was visited by Darrell Flora, a New Haven police officer, who came to talk with the kids about drunk driving and driving under the influence. He told many stories to the students about experiences he has had with this matter, warning them of the real-world consequences and dangers.
Officer Flora went over many points throughout his presentation, such as alcohol, which is the most abused drug in America today, and he explained the history of it. He explained how it has been readily available for a very long time, especially during the Medieval era. He then went on to say that it was even used as medicine during the 1800’s and 1900’s.
After that, he discussed the certain processes that your body goes through to stop you from drinking, such as puking or passing out and even alcohol poisoning, which can kill you in one night. Another topic discussed was the different forms of alcohol, such as ethanol, which was the only type to be made for human consumption. Also, Officer Flora went through the brain functions that are lost when you are impaired-- your judgment, concentration, comprehension, coordination, reaction time, and basic motor skills were some of the functions he discussed.
After it was all said and done, Officer Flora, Mrs. Hausmann, and the students were asked some questions about the presentation.
Officer Flora was asked about the reasoning behind doing the presentation, and he answered, “We need to educate the kids now so I won’t have to pull them from a crashed car or have to tell their parents the bad news that they had died.”
Flora was then asked if there was anything he wanted the kids to take away from the presentation and he replied with, “The main point I want them to take away is that they shouldn’t drink and drive.”
The students who watched the presentation were asked what they thought about it, and Bailey Leuthauser responded with, “It was a really interesting presentation. The stories Officer Flora told about his experiences with drunk driving were really interesting.”
The next question that was asked to the students was if there was anything that they could take away from the presentation, and Ariana Ribera answered with, “I learned that drinking can ruin my life and that I shouldn't be drinking while driving, because I don't want to risk my life ending at a young age.”
Samantha Hausmann, teacher of the English 1A class, was asked if there was anything she wanted others to know about the dangers and she replied with, “Students need to realize that their lives and the lives of others matter. It's not about ‘being cool’ or ‘fitting in,’ it's about being alive.”
According to the students, the English 1A class learned a lot about drunk driving and the dangers behind it. Thank you to Darrell Flora and the police department for presenting this matter to the students of this class.
By: Callie Weatherly
As you all may know, October is upon us. Halloween is practically at our doorstep. This is a wonderful time of year for scary movies, candy, and dressing up. Although we may not have scary movies here at NHHS, we do have a costume contest with fun prizes and candy. We have had this tradition for years, and we plan on continuing the tradition for years to come.
In past years, we have had students dress up as some pretty creative things! Back in 2014 the winning costumes were ketchup and mustard, Mario and Princess Peach, and the Harlem Globetrotters.
Then in 2015, the winning costumes were a Jamaican Bobsled team, the Flintstones, Ninja Turtles, and Flo from Progressive.
Just last year in 2016, the top costumes were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Anna from “Frozen”, “Jurassic Park”, party animals, and Napolean Dynamite.
Although those may have been the winners, our past students have some of their own personal favorite costumes:
Patricia Weatherly, class of 2016, commented that the Iron Man costume was one of her all-time favorites. A close second for her was the Six Flags rollercoaster and crew.
LeeAnna Linton, class of 2016, stated that the Six Flags rollercoaster and crew was also her personal favorite; however, she thought it may be a little biased since she was a part of that group.
Julia Unnerstall, junior, mentioned that she loved the Ninja Turtle costumes she and her friends did in their freshman year.
Mrs. Oelrichs excitedly told that in 2014, a group of students dressed up as the Scooby-Doo gang. They even painted a van to look like the Mystery Machine.
Ms. McCroskey said, "I remember Anna Miller's costume from 2016. She was Anna from 'Frozen', and she made the costume herself. It was spectacular-- really, really beautiful."
This year, our contest will be held on November 1st at 7:45 A.M. Mrs. Miller says that all people competing should be in the gym at this time, but that anyone can go in and watch the event.
The judges for this year’s Halloween contest are Mrs. Schlafer, Mrs. Hausmann, and Mr. Pruessner. They will be judging three categories: creative, best effort, and group. As well as those categories, there will be prizes awarded to the three best overall costumes.
Mr. Pruessner explained, “Creative, homemade costumes generally look better than the store bought ones. I like to see that students put effort into making their costume.”
He also mentioned, “I am very excited for this year’s costume contest and I hope the students are as well.”
Mr. Pruessner also made note that the costumes he remembered from past years were the Six Flags rollercoaster and the KISS band.
Mrs. Schlafer commented, “Even though this is my first year to judge costumes, I have always enjoyed the creativity the students have exhibited in their costume designs. When judging I will be looking for costumes that indicate that time and effort has been spent creating the outfit. A unique idea also adds to the overall impression.”
“I always love judging the Halloween costume contest, but it's no easy task. Our kids put a lot of time and effort into creating some fantastic costumes. It's such a fun day!” Mrs. Hausmann stated.
As you can see, the New Haven students and teachers have had lots of fun with this activity in the past. Let's keep up the good work and continue to blow the judges away.
Good luck to all who are competing in the 2017 Halloween costume contest!
By: Lydia Otten
Shoes are a very popular thing in a girl’s life. An outfit is not complete without your favorite pair of shoes. They are almost a necessity.
A survey was sent out to the girls of New Haven High School. There were multiple questions, including, “Are you a shoe person?”, “What is the most popular shoe right now?”, “Where is your favorite place to shop for shoes?”, and “What is your favorite brand of shoe?”
Out of 47 responses, 70% said they are “shoe people,” meaning they enjoy wearing and loving shoes, especially shopping for them.
Most of our New Haven girls are athletes, so they have their favorite athletic shoes.
One junior, Olivia Williams, said, “I love Nike. Nike is probably my favorite brand of shoe. They are quality shoes and are very comfortable. They also offer a wide variety of styles and colors/patterns.”
Some of the girls did not list an athletic brand of shoe. They put either everyday type of shoes or “girly shoes.”
Sophomore Lexy Sidwell said, “My favorite shoe brand is Converse because I like the way they look, they go with most of my outfits, and they come in so many colors and designs.”
The girls were also asked about their favorite place to shop. Two popular answers were Nike and Shoe Carnival. The most popular answer was Dick’s Sporting Goods. Dick’s Sporting Goods has baseball cleats to hunting boots and tennis shoes. There is a very wide variety of shoes you can get from there. It is thoroughly understandable why most girls go and get shoes there.
According to NHHS, the most popular shoes right now are Birkenstocks and Chacos. Liz Hughes, senior, thinks that these are popular because it is still warm out. Liz also said it will be exciting to see what new shoe brands come out in the fall.
By: Kamryn Poe
Dan Terry, a respected New Haven police officer, has been serving for 22 years. He has recently taken over for John Wayne Sheible, who was police chief for 21 years.
Dan Terry started with the New Haven Police Force as a favor to a former police chief he worked under, who, at the time, was the assistant chief in New Haven. After 10 years of police work, Mr. Terry decided to quit due to the small town politics. He started working part-time for the New Haven Police Department when the city council authorized more officers when an officer-involved shooting occurred 22 years ago.
“Chief Sheible had been training me for the past 11 years, preparing me to take over when he retired. Almost everything I am doing now, I had done in some capacity in the past few years. I was well trained and ready to take his position, and while the job is quite a bit busier now and there is much less time for me to get into a squad car and do ‘routine police work,’ so far I’ve been able to handle whatever comes up.”
This promotion meant a lot to Chief Terry-- he earned the trust and respect of those making such an important decision.
“I’m sure it was a tough decision,” quoted Dan Terry. “I know one of the other applicants from Washington P.D. and know his training and abilities. I’m sure he would have made a fine chief. In the end, I believe the fact that I know the city and the people, and more importantly they know me, helped me win out.”
Mr. Terry’s initial reaction to this new promotion was one all can understand. According to him, he was “excited, relieved, and a little concerned, as I kind of miss the days when my only responsibility was routine patrol and detective work.”
Dan Terry has made some changes over the last 11 years while working as second-in-command to Chief John Sheible. Before Mr. Sheible left, the department lost Sergeant Parks, who had over 20 years of experience, and Dave Burke went to the Washington Police-- taking nearly 10 years of experience with him. Within a couple of months, the department had lost 60+ years of training and service.
“We have to teach a whole new group not only how to do police work, but how to do it our way,” commented Mr. Dan Terry. “New Haven is not like police work in St. Louis, Ferguson, or even Washington. People here expect a different kind of law enforcement, one more neighborly. Of course, we have Sgt. Jacki Brown, who has worked here several years now, and Sgt. Darrell Flora, who had 10 years of experience in Washington Police.”
This new job was just a natural thing for Dan to do.
“I can’t say there was any one time I decided to run for the job. After 11 years of running the department when the chief was away on vacation or sick, it just seemed the natural thing to do. It’s not really different than my last position, since, as I said, Chief Sheible was preparing me for this. But now it’s all on me.”
“I worry about the officers when I’m away, making sure they have time with their families, keeping them satisfied with the job and keeping them on top of it. With their families in mind, we did change the shift operation from eight hours a day, five days a week to 12-hour shifts, with more days off. It’s what the officers wanted, to give them more time at home with their own children and families. I, myself, don’t like 12-hour shifts, and struggled with the decision, weighing possible negative effects against positive ones. Making long-range decisions without John to throw ideas at and get feedback is something new.”
In the past, Dan Terry served in the U.S. Coast Guard and, later on, did police work in Gerald. He had many jobs in places like Bourbon (where eventually he served as the chief for 3 years), Owensville, and Gerald again. He then went back to Police Academy (twice), was trained by the FBI as a firearms instructor, and the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad to further his education and training. He then returned to New Haven, where he has been ever since.
When Dan was asked what he missed about working his old job, this is what he responded with: “I miss the fun of car stops. One year I made 14 DWI’s and cracked big-time burglary. I’ve helped put two child molesters away, and gotten several confessions for different crimes. Now it’s calculating traffic stops, overtime payments, maintaining records and coordinating training and scheduling, while maintaining the Uniform Crime Reporting statistics and sending off records of juvenile contacts to the Federal Government watchdog group and all motor vehicle accidents to the proper state offices for insurance purposes. Sometimes I just miss the simplicity of traffic control, or writing a ticket.”
Mr. Dan Terry has been a part of our community for many years and we will continue to appreciate what he does to keep all of us citizens safe.
In 2015, East Central College Art Instructor Annette Green received a call from a friend at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beaufort. He knew she was a skilled artist and had a project she might be interested in.
“The church had been remodeled years earlier,” said Green. “In the process of removing the old wallboard, they found hidden frescoes underneath.”
The church tried to figure out who had painted them or when, but they came up short.
“They were badly damaged,” said Green. “The church tried to find an artist to restore them, but it was just too costly.”
So, the project was scrapped. Some 22 years later, the church decided to reproduce the paintings. Green was excited to be a part of the recreation.
“As a young artist, I had grandiose ideas of painting the inside of a church, similar to Michelangelo,” she said.
When the East Central College alumna started the project, she noticed the paintings looked oddly familiar.
“After a little research, I found the original works of art were done in the 1890’s by two German artists,” said Green. “One is actually hanging in a Lutheran church in New York City courtesy of the Rockefeller family.”
She documented the entire process along the way and presented it to fellow faculty this fall.
While the church may never know who painted the versions in Beaufort, they will certainly know where the replacements came from.
“When the paintings were dedicated, I was very humbled and appreciative of the opportunity that was given to me,” she explained. “I wish to continue painting in the classical tradition, reviving and using the materials and techniques of the old masters.”
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By: Lacie Grater
On November 1st, the New Haven students will have a choice of whether or not they would like to participate in the Halloween costume contest. This event has been around for about 17 years and many students take part in this activity. They can dress up as a group or individually. There will be various prizes, and certain teachers will be chosen to judge these creative costumes.
Some students may choose not to dress up, but there is a big percentage of people that will accept this challenge. While people are still deciding on their official costumes, a few students already know what they would like to be.
Dorian McCarty, freshman, says, “I am going to dress up as an anime character from one of my favorite animes. Her name is Erza. The costume will have handmade armor-- hopefully it will be done in time.”
Senior Emily Knoppe reports that she will dress up as “either a witch or a fairy princess.”
Britany Willimann, senior, states that she will masquerade as a “medieval huntress.”
Abygail Grater, senior, says, “I would like to try and get a group together and create a scene from ‘Beetlejuice’.”
Senior Kimmy McDowell announces that she would like to be a “spider witch.”
Junior Desiree Strehlau says she would like to be ”Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy.”
Some people might not like to dress up for this contest, but there are a few people that like Halloween for other various reasons.
Sophomore Lydia Otten states, “I like Halloween because of the candy!”
Junior Diana Ribera, instead of going out, she says, “I don't think I'll be dressing up since I'm going to stay home with my brothers and sisters watching scary movies. We are going to pig out on candy.”
Many people want to participate but are indecisive about their costumes. They have roughly a month to decide on a costume of their choice, whether it is part of a group or by themselves. Let the competition begin!
By: Miranda Durbin
On Monday, September 25th, ten of New Haven’s high school choir students auditioned for Missouri’s All-District choir.
All-District choir is a gathering of students from all around Missouri that identify different types of music through sight-singing, and singing a select Italian song in front of a table of judges. Students are judged on their accuracy of notes, rhythm, and identification of key signatures.
“It is very tough competition to get into this choir,” Mrs. Katherine Taylor, choral teacher for New Haven schools, mentioned.
Students from schools that span from New Haven to as far as Farmington travel to the selected school to audition. For students that are accepted into this elite choir, they will attend two rehearsals and have one performance.
While scores are not released back to the students, two of New Haven’s choir students were accepted into the Missouri All-District choir. Britany Willimann and Russell Pinnell are the only two New Haven students that were accepted.
Russell Pinnell also has the opportunity to audition for All-State choir. He scored into the top twenty basses section of all students that auditioned in the same section. This allows him the opportunity to not only participate in All-District choir, but he also has the chance to audition for All-State choir.
“[Russell] is, to my knowledge, the first student we have to earn the opportunity to audition for this choir (All-State),” Mrs. Taylor stated upon the achievement.
Russell Pinnell is a junior at New Haven High, and not only participates in choir, but band and marching band as well.
“I felt very confident, especially because it was my second year and I’ve been receiving private singing lessons,” Russell said when asked how he felt about the experience. “It helps people become more confident, face their fears, and have fun too.”
Britany Willimann is a senior at New Haven High and has participated in choir her entire elementary, middle, and high school careers. She has auditioned for district choir before, but this is her first time being accepted.
“I am practically bursting with excitement still,” Britany said, regarding her acceptance into All-District choir.
I asked Britany what she would like younger choir members to know who are considering auditioning for All-District choir, and she responded, “Do not be afraid: I didn’t get in for three years and I still went.”
The New Haven High School choir would like to congratulate these two students on their acceptance into All-District, and wish them well on their endeavors with this new experience.
By: Lexi Oetterer
Monday, September 25, through Friday, September 29, senior Emma Engelbrecht organized a food drive to help support the local food pantry. She heard how empty the food pantry was, so she organized a meeting with the officers of all the classes and clubs to find a solution to help out the food pantry.
There was a list of items that were really needed. These necessary items were worth 2 points when brought it; all less urgent items were worth 1 point. There were incentives to help motivate the students to contribute food. The students were told if they raised 500 points, Mr. Stutzman would shave his beard; at 1,000 points, Mr. Witthaus would dye his hair blonde; at 1,500 points, Mr. Pruessner would wax one of his legs; and at 2,000 points, Mr. A. Peirick would shave his head.
On Thursday, we reached 4,019 points, resulting in the incentives being fulfilled. The teachers involved were asked how they felt about the incentive they had to partake in.
Mr Stutzman replied, “I've had a goatee for about 12 years. It will be different without it, but it's for a good cause. I could not be prouder of our kids and our community for stepping up and meeting a need.”
Mr. Witthaus answered, “I'm just happy that we ended up with the amount of goods we did. I am totally fine with going blonde if it's for a good cause.”
“First, I'm really glad the canned food drive was so successful,” said Mr. Pruessner. “It was great to see all the students and community members supporting the food pantry. But I'm pretty nervous about having to wax my leg. Everyone keeps asking me if I have any idea of how much it's going to hurt but I really don't have a clue. Apparently it hurts a lot. I've never waxed anything before so I just hope that I don't mess something up and make it worse. It should be fun to watch for the students at least.”
Mr. Peirick answered, “I'm not real stoked about it. I am very proud of what our students were able to do in one week. Over 8,000 items for our community is incredible. They earned every bit of me shaving my head.”
Since we reached over 2,000 points on Thursday, another incentive was added to keep the students bringing in food. On Friday, the students were told if they raised 5,000 points, Mr. Hagedorn would shave his head, and they would get a barbecue lunch. The total amount of points by Friday was over 8,000. We don’t have a precise number because people brought in items after the final count on Friday.
“The only reason my wife said this was okay was because it was for a good cause,” said Mr. Hagedorn. “I was wanting to shave my head in the past, but she said that she'd rather I did not. She thought I would look weird and maybe scare the baby. There is a chance that I might keep the bald head if my wife likes it. I could do without the gray.”
Overall the food drive was a huge success, and New Haven High School was able to help out the food pantry.
Emma Engelbrecht was asked how she felt about the turnout of the food drive, and she answered, “The turnout was amazing! We were super excited to get over 2,000 but then to get 8,000 was just incredible! The amount of support we get from our community and students is amazing and we should be so grateful for that.”
By: Grace Soete
Balloon Glows, balloon races, parades, and cotton candy! What more could you want?! Friday evening on September 22 was the Balloon Glow at the New Haven park. Saturday, September 23, consisted of a parade around town, a balloon race, and a lot of tasty treats. Many people came out to view the fun events and hang out with friends and family.
As a spectator of the Balloon Glow Friday night, Makayla Jackson said, “It was very fun and relaxing. My favorite part was the cotton candy from the cheerleaders!”
Natalie Pecaut was lucky enough to ride in a balloon for the balloon race.
“I was more nervous than excited to ride in the balloon because I didn't know how it was going to land. My favorite part was getting to be so high and being able to see all of New Haven at once. I would definitely do it again if I could,” added Natalie.
Early Saturday morning the Marching Shamrocks participated in a parade at Sullivan.
Flautist in the band Sheny Delgado thought, “I think we've played better before but that was our second parade of the day. I was just glad we didn’t have to wear our band uniforms! It was hot enough in a t-shirt and shorts.”
Cheerleader Mikayla Maloney stated, “It was fun to sell cotton candy with my teammates and bond together. I enjoyed selling the cotton candy with everyone.”
Mischki Soete and Jean Oetterer helped the cheerleaders sell cotton candy.
Mischki thought, “It is always fun to watch the girls have fun but also work hard at the same time. They are an enjoyable group of girls to be around, always having fun and smiling. I’m proud of how hard they worked both days.”
The Balloon Glow is always a fun weekend for New Haven. These were just a few of the fun activities to watch and tasty treats to eat.
By: William Hellmann, Cody Lamke, and Mitchell Meyer
The Hermann Cross Country Meet was on Tuesday, October 3rd. Both the middle school girls and boys ran in the meet. At 4:oo the girls ran. Emily Delgado finished in a time of 10:33.32 and got 11th place. Adison Gale ran in 11:23 to finish 23rd and Chloe Grater received 35th place with a time of 11:52.
Then the boys had to run at 4:35. Charlie Roth came in with a time of 8:50.46 and placed in 2nd. Logan WIlliams and Cody Lamke also placed within the top 20 with times of 9:15.93 for 11th place and 9:53 for 18th place respectively. Keegan Wiedemann, David Otten, Lucas Peraino, and Logan Ruediger all finished with times to help the team earn 3rd place out of 10 teams. After all of the athletes were done running, they were awarded their medals and plaque. The Shamrocks will have their next race on Tuesday, October 10th in Owensville at 4:00.
By Colin Steinbeck and Brandon Houston
The middle school lock-in sponsored by the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society is on Friday, October 13th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be games and dodge ball at the end of the event. Students need to bring gym shoes and comfortable clothes. They will also be a costume contest for individuals or groups before food will be served at 6:00.
After eating, there will be games and crafts in the cafeteria. Volleyball and basketball will be available in the gym. This year the STUCO and NJHS are also organizing an obstacle course. Following these activities will be the popular dodgeball tournament.
There is no charge for any of the activities, it is a free event. Only New Haven middle schoolers can only can attend.
By: Dakota Bridges and Isaac Vedder
The New Haven Lady Shamrocks beat the Washington Bluejays on Monday, October 2nd. The 8th grade girls won 47-14. The leading scorer of that game was Peyton Sumpter who scored a whopping 21 points. The 7th grade team also won with a score of 16-4 over the 7th grade Jays in 2 quarters of play.
By: Kenzie Bauer
The New Haven girls varsity volleyball team has played 66 games and competed in 3 tournaments so far this year. The varsity team’s record so far this year is 20-6-3 with only 3 more regular season games to come before districts.
New Haven competed in the Dig for Life Challenge tournament in Cape Girardeau and ended up falling short to play for the championship game. They also competed in the New Haven Round Robin, winning the championship game, and in the Hermann tournament, falling just short of the third place title. New Haven is now preparing for the future, hoping to return to the state tournament again.
Head coach Jaime Hoener was asked how she feels about this season so far. She replied by saying, “Winning our tournament was one of our team goals that we accomplished. It’s always nice to win on your home court.”
When Coach Hoener was asked how she feels about the future for the volleyball team, she replied by saying, “We must continue to improve our game if we’re going to accomplish the rest of our team goals.”
Senior middle blocker Emma Engelbrecht was also asked how she feels about the season so far as well as the future of her season; she replied, “We are doing numerous things well, but definitely have a lot of room for improvement. We need to sharpen up various points of our game to be ready for the postseason. We are fairly inconsistent right now and just need to get better at maintaining a tempo not only from game to game, but also between sets.”
New Haven will soon be traveling to Calvary Lutheran to compete in the district tournament in mid-October.
Senior players Lydia Pataky and Kate Ruediger were asked how they felt with districts right around the corner. Lydia replied by saying, “I am ready, excited, and confident.”
Kate joined in, commenting, “If we play the best we can, I think we will be fine, but I definitely think it is going to be harder than past years.”
By: Isaac Vedder, Dakota Bridges and Will Hellman
The 8th grade girls played Monday, September 25th against Sullivan at 5 in the Jim Perry gym. The girls had to win this game to get into the tourney. The teams in this tournament were New Haven, Sullivan, St. James, Pacific, Union, Owensville, Hermann, St. Clair, and Washington. The girls beat Sullivan 43-14. The leading scorers of the game were Peyton Sumpter with 15 points and Jessica Underwood with 11.
Then the team played St. James on Tuesday, September 26th . They won 42-40 in a close game. Mackenzie Wilson exploded in the 4th quarter for 10 points and 18 total in the game. She also hit a buzzer beater to give the Shamrocks the lead going into the fourth quarter. Mackenzie lead in scoring along with Peyton Sumpter and Jessica Underwood who both scored 8 points.
On Thursday, September 28th, the girls ended up winning the tournament in a nail biter against Owensville. They won with a score of 47-40. Congratulations to the Shamrocks!