By: Lexi Oetterer
On Friday, March 9th, the New Haven pep band went to Missouri State University (MSU) to play during the state basketball games. The band had to audition and be selected by Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) in order to participate.
“Everyone was very excited,” said Grace Soete, a junior and flautist. “We had to submit a video of our playing, and we didn’t hear the results for a couple of weeks, so everyone was excited.”
They prepared by practicing new songs so they had a variety to play, and worked on perfecting the songs they already knew. They also practiced by playing at New Haven’s home basketball games. The time slot they played during the state basketball games was 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The band left after first hour on Friday and didn’t return home until after midnight. They stopped at Golden Corral to eat lunch before they got to the college. Many of the band players said that they really enjoyed the day and thought that it was a great experience.
Senior and flautist Liz Hughes said, “I loved it! It was so much fun, and truly an experience I will never forget. The atmosphere was amazing, especially for the first game we played for, which was the Class 2 State Championship game!”
Audrey Ford, junior and saxophone player, said, “I thought it was a really cool and amazing opportunity for the band. It was a really good bonding time, which is what we have during marching band when we ride the bus in the mornings, which gives us an opportunity for everyone to bond with each other. This time was excluded specifically to the actual band class, which I thought was really nice and represents the relationship we have with each other that is very family like.”
Junior and trumpet player Russell Pinnell said, “It was an exciting, fun experience. I had a great time watching the games and playing the trumpet, and the bus ride was interesting.”
Mrs. Mandy Koch was asked how she felt about the band being selected to play at the state games, and how she felt that they did.
She replied, “I was very excited that we were selected to play and happy for the students that they earned this playing opportunity. Our students never seem to disappoint; I was extremely proud of their performance, behavior, and overall positive attitude about the performance.”
Congratulations to all the band students for being selected by MSHSAA to play at the state games, and good job representing our school in a positive way.
By: Jake Wilson
With a 38-36 quarterfinal loss to Northeast (Cairo) on Saturday, March 3, at Moberly Community College, the Shamrocks’ season came to an end. The green and white finished the season with a record of 18 wins and 10 losses. Here is a lookback at this season.
Senior Emily Scheer led the team in scoring, averaging around 15 points a game. Scheer reached the 1,000-point mark this season against Crystal City in the district semifinals on February 20. Emily also shot around 50% from 3-point range, making 61 on the season.
Fellow senior Lauren Gerlemann led the squad in rebounding, averaging 7 rebounds a game. Gerlemann also reached the 1,000-point mark against St. Clair on Senior Night, February 6. Lauren also chipped in about 12 points a game on the season.
The Shamrocks finished with a record in Four Rivers Conference play of 3 wins and 4 losses. A big win over rival Hermann in the regular season finale knocked the Bearcats out of contention for the conference title.
New Haven finished 2nd in the Montgomery County tournament at the start of the season. They also finished 3rd in both the South Callaway and Hermann tournaments.
When asked about the season, senior Mackenzie Bauer commented, “I thought it was a really fun season that I was able to play in and make unforgettable memories with some of my closest friends. The season may not have ended the way we wanted it to, but the journey and the experience is one that I will never forget.”
Emily Scheer stated, “This season holds a lot of memories and was definitely one that I will never forget. There was a lot of team improvement as the year went on. Beating Hermann in our last home game was one of the most exciting moments of the year. Being back-to-back district champs was also an incredible feeling that we worked hard to achieve. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but we gave it our all and it felt good to go one game further than we did last year.”
When asked about her favorite memory from this season, Gerlemann stated, “My favorite part was definitely beating Hermann in our last home game.”
She also replied, “I thought the season went pretty well overall. I think we all learned a little more and improved our game one last time. I think there were a lot of games we should have won, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. I had a lot of fun playing this game with these people, and I want to wish the best to next year’s team as we 5 seniors leave it to them to carry out New Haven’s Tradition of Excellence.”
Ladies, you really gave our school and community a lot to watch and enjoy this year. Thank you for a tremendous season!
By: Savanna Hanna
Everyone has had a career goal, either when they were younger or now while they are older-- especially New Haven High School teachers and students.
When Katie Borcherding, New Haven’s high school art teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she simply said that she wanted to be an architect. She was then asked why this career interested her so much. She replied,
“When I went to college, I majored in Fashion Design. While in college I interned for two summers at a corporate design house and found myself longing to work somewhere that I could actually create things rather than sitting in front of a computer. I also disliked being stuck inside working on spreadsheets during the summers. I found out that my former high school art teacher was leaving New Haven High School. I applied for the job and was hired. Now I get to create art every day. My days range from printmaking and painting to pottery and sculpture. It's a really fun job.”
Kelsey McCroskey, New Haven’s high school upper English and Journalism teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she was a kid. She said, “When I was in kindergarten, I said I wanted to be Pocahontas when I grew up. Later though, as my brain grew in size, I liked the idea of teaching or being a copy-editor at a publishing house. Ultimately though, I still just want to be Pocahontas.”
Kayla Brumels, sophomore, said that she had wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She was asked if she has changed her mind on this career at all. She replied,
“Yes. I have seen other people succeed in their jobs of being a doctor, so I want to be one because I like making people [feel] better so they can live [their lives] like any other [healthy] human beings.
Lydia Otten, sophomore, wants to become a preschool teacher.
“I have always thought it was the coolest thing ever. Also, I saw teachers get birthday treats and presents from students and I really wanted them. So, I said that is what I am going to do, just so I can get treats,” she said, after being asked why she chose this career. Lydia still wants to become a teacher, but a second or third grade teacher instead.
Devin Buchheit, senior, was asked what he wanted to be and why he chose this career. He responded with, “I really wanted to be in the military. I chose this career because I had always wanted to make a change when I was a kid.”
He was also asked if he was preparing for this career and how he’s preparing. He said, “Yes, I am preparing for it. I am working out, studying properly, and meeting with fellow sailors to get the knowledge and training for when I go out into the fleet.”
Mackenzie Bauer, senior, was asked the same set of questions as Devin. Her responses were, “I always wanted to be a teacher. I always made my mom be my student and I was the teacher when I was younger. I really want to work with children. My junior year, I was a teacher aide for one of the kindergarten classes, and absolutely loved it! Currently I am not [preparing for it]. However, next year at college, I will be given the opportunity to student teach, which I am very excited about.”
Not everybody can be what they want to, but some of these students are either trying to become what they want to be, and some of the teachers are already what they wanted to be.
By: Kamryn Poe
The New Haven Youth League has torn down the old batting cage near Lions Field and has started to build a new one. In the past years, NHYL (New Haven Youth League) has bought new equipment for the teams that play for the city of New Haven. This year, they decided to build a new cage for everyone to enjoy.
In order to create this cage, $17,875 is going towards this project.
“The community has really stepped up and helped get the cage from a long term goal to a reality. The NHYL was not planning to ask for support but instead set aside some funds each year until we could complete the project. Businesses and citizens in the community heard about the project and stepped up in a big way, expediting the timeline of this project,” Chad Seitter, member of the NHYL, commented.
Olivia Williams, a New Haven High softball player, replied, “I think it is so awesome that a new cage is being built. I am very excited to use it in the upcoming softball season. I would like to thank everyone who donated money so this cage could be built. I would also like to thank all the workers for working so hard so we can enjoy it this season!”
“I feel if kids really would like to get better, they would use the new cage more,” Madison Langenberg explained. “Being a pitcher, I'm really thankful and glad that there is going to be a nicer, better cage available to not only hit in, but pitch in as well.”
Tracy Langenberg, member of the NHYL board, had this to say, “The old cage was in very bad shape. The poles were bending, the net was falling apart and the length of the cage wasn’t sufficient for older baseball and softball pitchers to be able to pitch in the cage. The New Haven Youth League board decided to hold a fundraiser to help the league with funding.”
This isn’t the only good news either! The NHYL also plans on making a few other modifications.
“The new cage will not only give needed space for players, but we are also planning a future shed where equipment can be stored and open up some room in the Lions concession stand, so if the city wanted to expand the space there they could as well. Not to mention the covered and lighted cage will give players and coaches the opportunity to work on their skills even if it's raining or dark outside,” Chad Seitter also added.
The NHYL expects the new batting cage to be done this year as soon as possible. We would like to thank the New Haven Youth League for organizing this project, all the workers keeping up the progress, and all the companies who donated money towards this fund.
By: Alex Trentmann
Caleb Gortney, the New Haven High shop teacher, has taught at New Haven for four years. He graduated from Union High School and then went on to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. He teaches the students of New Haven High woodworking, drafting, and also teaches industrial technology to both the high school and middle school.
The first question asked was why he wanted to become a teacher. He answered, “I've wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. I've always found it satisfying helping others and watching them succeed.”
The second question was why Mr. Gortney came to teach at New Haven, and he said, “I came to New Haven because I heard a lot of great things about this school and community. (At that time, we were about to get the Blue Ribbon Award.) I also liked the fact that my class sizes would be substantially smaller than other schools.”
He replied to the third question with, “My favorite thing about New Haven is the pride and charisma that the whole town holds. The community is always there to help whenever needed. This is a great place!”
After that, he was then questioned about what his favorite thing about teaching at New Haven was, and he responded, “My favorite thing about teaching at New Haven is the atmosphere. Students and teachers alike are very friendly and easy going. It makes for a pleasant work environment.”
He was then asked what his favorite memory was, and he answered, “One of my favorite memories is The Washed-Up Has-Beens (our teacher team) going all the way to the end in the dodgeball tournament a couple of years ago. Three years ago to be exact.”
Mr. Gortney also added, “My least favorite memory would have to be me getting hit in the face during my first dodgeball tournament here at New Haven. The real reason why it's my least favorite is because it was recorded and documented for everyone to see over and over again!”
Another question was what some of his hobbies were and why he liked to do these, and he responded with, “Eating and sleeping are two of my favorite hobbies. I do both of these so that I can stay alive! As for other hobbies, I like to ride my motorcycles, work on cars, shoot guns, go camping, go fishing and hang out with my friends and family. I do all of these for mostly the same reasons: enjoyment and relaxation.”
The last question was what his goals in life were, and he replied, “My main goal in life is to become a quality control technician for Ben & Jerry's. (Ice cream taste-tester, for those that didn't know.) If that doesn't work out, I would try to become a professional race car driver. (I like fast cars.) Lastly, if all else fails, I'm banking on winning the lottery! This would be a miracle considering I don't even play the lottery; but you said life goals, right?”
Caleb Gortney, the shop teacher at NHHS, has left an impression at New Haven High by teaching students basic industrial technology. Thank you to Caleb Gortney for keeping the Shamrock spirit alive!
By: Lexi Oetterer
Underage drinking and the usage of drugs is a major problem everywhere in our world today. Many teen deaths happen due to underage drinking and drug abuse. Teens can die from driving under the influence, alcohol poisoning, overdosing, etc. Even in a small town like New Haven, there are problems with alcohol and drugs.
“I really do not feel that Drug and Alcohol awareness has changed positively or negatively,” said Mrs. Mandy Koch. “I feel that it is much more dominant in today's world than it has been in the past… especially among adolescents.”
According to Michelle Castillo, in the United States, 78% of teens have drank alcohol before, and 47% of that number have consumed twelve or more drinks in the last year. Also, 81% of teens in the U.S. have been offered drugs, and of that number, 42.5% have actually taken drugs.
The same researcher also asserts that the average age that teens start drinking alcohol is 14 years old, and the average age teens start abusing drugs is 15 years old.
“I think that discussing alcohol and drug use is necessary for many reasons,” said Mrs. Katie Borcherding. “Aside from addressing the dangers of driving under the influence students also need to be aware that just being in possession of illegal substances can affect them down the road. If charged with an MIP students can lose scholarships, be suspended from athletics and other extracurriculars, and be left with a negative mark on their record that can affect employment.”
Source: Castillo, Michelle. “Survey Reveals Shocking Levels of Teen Drinking, Drug Abuse.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 3 Apr. 2012. www.cbsnews.com/news/survey-reveals-shocking-levels-of-teen-drinking-drug-abuse/
By: Lydia Otten
Missouri Girls State (MGS) is a program that allows young women who have just finished their junior year in high school to study city, county, and state government. MGS is held at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. This year’s convention runs from June 24-30.
Former MGS attendees, who are now seniors, are Michelle Bahena, Mackenzie Bauer, Emma Engelbrecht, Lauren Gerlemann, Natalie Hoerstkamp, Emily Scheer, and Kallie Stubblefield. This year, the girls that were accepted into MGS are Miranda Durbin, Claire Meyer, Lexi Oetterer, Kamryn Poe, Grace Soete, and Olivia Williams.
Former MGS attendees were asked if they had any advice to give this year’s attendees. Emma Engelbrecht responded with, “Be ambitious when you get there. Make new friends and run for various offices.”
Lauren Gerlemann also said, “You get what you make out of Girls State. Try to have fun and learn lots.”
Mackenzie Bauer added, “I absolutely loved Girls State. When my parents came to pick me up, I cried because I didn’t want to leave the new friends I had made. I still talk to a group of the girls, and will be rooming with one next year at college!”
Kallie Stubblefield said her favorite thing about MGS was, “My favorite moment from Girls State was when I was announced as my county's associate circuit court judge. I had to run for the position first, of course, and during my campaign, I had to face a crowd of more than 50 girls and deliver an on-the-spot speech. It was probably the hardest speech that I've ever had to deliver, which made my victory much sweeter in the end.”
Michelle Bahena also commented, “I still talk to many of the girls, and it's true when they say that you'll make friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Olivia Williams was recently accepted in and she said, “I was very excited whenever I found out I was accepted. I really wanted to go to Girls State and I'm so glad I got accepted.”
Miranda Durbin said, “I've heard that you make lifelong friends, and that's exactly what I'm looking for! I also have heard that the entire program is basically a government, and you participate in any area you'd like.”
Kamryn Poe added, “I am a little nervous about meeting new people and "running" for an office position for Girls State. We hope to have one of us girls run for the governor position.”
Congratulations to all of the girls that got accepted into MGS. Have a wonderful time there, and we wish you the best of luck!
By: Olivia Williams
On Friday, February 16, many New Haven High School students attended FBLA districts at Westminster College. FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, is an organization at New Haven that aims at providing students with leadership and business skills. Mrs. Kelsey Anderson is the sponsor of FBLA. Many students involved often participate at districts by giving presentations or taking tests. If the students place high enough in their event, they could move on to State, and then hopefully, to Nationals.
Students who take tests often spend weeks in advance studying. They hope to place high enough to make it to State. Students who choose to give a presentation at FBLA districts put countless hours into making their presentations perfect. They often practice many times in front of family, friends, and Mrs. Anderson.
Students who attended districts were asked what they did to prepare for the competition. Lexi Oetterer, who participated in the PSA event, said, “We came up with ideas, made the video, then the presentation, and then we went over the presentation to see if there were any needed changes.”
Ellie Westermeyer, who participated in Intro to Business Communications, stated, “We got together and practiced a lot.”
Dalton Gerdes, who took a test in Agribusiness, said he studied quite a lot for his test.
Kallista Stubblefield, who took a test in Organizational Leadership, said, “I used my resources and studied terms relating to organizational leadership on Quizlet.”
Below is a chart of students who scored high enough or won their event at districts. These students will be moving on to State. The event(s) they are competing in is also listed below.
The American Legion is looking for someone to run their eat stand for either this spring's high school baseball games, or for their summer schedule. If interested please contact Mike Connor (Legion Commander) for more details at (314) 223-2081.. This could be an individual or an organization. The commitment would not have to be for both the spring and summer schedules. It could be for one or the other.
By: Grace Soete
On Tuesday, February 27, FCCLA took a field trip into St. Louis to visit several well-known and interesting places around the city.
First, the group received a tour of the Peabody Opera House, getting the opportunity to go on stage, in dressing rooms, and backstage. Then the students went to Sauce on the Side, a restaurant famous for their calzones. Their last stop was the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory on The Hill. The group also received a tour of the factory, where they got to see how all the candy is made and got the chance to purchase some candy.
FCCLA sponsor Jamie Miller reflected, “I thought the field trip was amazing this year and have received many positive comments from students. The weather was perfect and the students were awesome-- they definitely represented New Haven well. My favorite part would have to be the Peabody Opera House-- the building was beautiful and I learned many interesting facts about the theater.”
Mrs. Miller continued, “I chose to eat at Sauce on the Side for several different reasons: I wanted a restaurant close to the Peabody, reasonably priced, and I wanted to give the students a new experience. I have heard great things about Sauce on the Side from several different people, and it had even been featured on the Food Network. I thought it was a great choice and the students seemed to really enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Overall, the day went smoothly and I couldn't have asked for a better group of students.”
Julia Unnerstall, a junior, thought, “My favorite part overall was going to Sauce on the Side and eating that delicious calzone!!”
Junior Olivia Williams commented, “The field trip was really enjoyable. The weather was beautiful and it was fun to walk around downtown St. Louis with my friends. The Peabody was very cool and interesting and the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory and Sauce on the Side were delicious.”
Mackenzie Bauer, senior, stated, “I really liked the Peabody Opera House and I thought the inside was beautiful. It was also really interesting that Miss Missouri had her reception there! At the end of the day, my favorite part was the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory! I spent all my money there and loved the free samples.”
It sounds like the group had fun and the students are looking forward to another field trip next year.
By: Lacie Grater
On February 23, a representative from Four Rivers Career Center came to our school to talk to the sophomores and juniors about attending their school next year. Four Rivers has many classes to choose from, such as Auto Tech, Collision, Welding, Graphic Design, Building Traits, IT, Machine Tool, and Health Occupations (seniors). These courses are meant to help you get one step closer into your career choice, if any of these classes interest you.
Current students at Four Rivers were asked what advice they would give to incoming students, and a few of them had some inspirational words to give.
Senior Samuel Knoppe stated, “Make sure you know what you're getting into. Four Rivers sounds fun. With its more lax rules and it shaving off some of your homework (potentially), but you need to make sure the class you choose to take there sounds right for you, and can aid you in the career you wish to pursue. Attend open house when it's available or shadow someone if you want to learn more.”
Keeping it short, senior Jared Clines said, “keep an open mind.”
Senior Hannah White mentioned, “I would definitely choose to do this! It is a great learning experience and you get to meet amazing people.”
What’s something that you can take from Four Rivers Career Center and use in your daily life?
Samuel Knoppe commented, “Learning to approach problems one step at a time.”
Hannah White stated, “I can use my medical terms in my college class and CPR if needed.”
A few underclassmen are interested in taking this opportunity.
Hannah Knoppe, sophomore, has an interest in Health Occupations and stated, “I want to feel like I have the job, because that's how they treat you. Being able to be in this position of going through rotations and shadowing doctors and patients really gives you a feel for what it's truly like in the job.”
Demetri Pataky, sophomore, is interested in Building Traits and mentioned, “I love building things, and I would learn hands on skills better.”
Many of the New Haven High School students that attend Four Rivers believe that taking part in Four Rivers can benefit them in their career choice and can help them learn more than what they already know.
Joyce Ann Steinbeck, 70, of Owensville, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Washington, Missouri.
Joyce was born in Berger, Missouri on May 1, 1947, a daughter of the late Harvey E. & Martha Dena (Menke) Schowe.
She was the widow of Fritz K. Steinbeck. They were united in marriage on May 11, 1968, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven. Fritz preceded her in death on October 13, 2008.
Joyce was a member of St. James Evangelical Church, Stony Hill, Missouri, where she was also a member of the Women's Guild. She was also a member of New Haven German American Club. She worked part time at New Haven Care Center and Mallinckrodt in New Haven.
Joyce loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and also attending school and sport activities for them. She also enjoyed traveling.
Joyce is survived by her three children, Mike Steinbeck & wife Leslie, of New Haven; Mark Steinbeck & wife Cindy, of Odessa, Missouri; and Missy Bergner & husband Tom, of New Haven, by two brothers, Ray Schowe & wife Sandy, of New Haven; and Kenny Schowe & wife Judy, of New Haven, by two sisters, Marian Hale, of New Haven; and Rosa Berger & husband John, of New Haven, and by seven grandchildren, Bryahna, Carlie, Colin, Corryn, and Emily Steinbeck and Lauren & Brandon Bergner. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and infant twin sisters, Linda & Dena.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Evangelical Church, Stony Hill, with Rev. Tom Lloyd officiating.
Burial will be at St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. James Evangelical Church. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
Possible tuition increases for the 2018-2019 academic year were put on hold at the March 5 Board of Trustees meeting, as state education funding is debated in Jefferson City.
“There have been positive developments with the state budget,” said East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer. “We are very hopeful we won’t see a decrease in higher education funding.”
According to the Associated Press, Governor Eric Greitens has proposed giving higher education institutions $92 million less than originally budgeted for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, including a reduction of nearly $450,000 at East Central College.
“Legislators in the College service area have said they hope to reduce the cuts,” said Dr. Bauer. “It’s possible we will even receive the same amount of funding as last year.”
If state education funding remains stable, tuition increases will not be needed.
“Tuition has to be set before March 26, the first day of current student registration for the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Dr. Bauer. “If state funding cuts are made in Jefferson City, the College will need to call a special Board of Trustees meeting to discuss tuition increases.”
Historically, East Central College offers one of the lowest tuitions among community colleges in the state.
By: Diana Ribera
The cheerleaders’ season is coming to an end as the basketball season starts to end as well. This year, the cheerleaders have performed new cheers and stunts that they’ve never done before. They all have different opinions on this year’s season.
When all the cheerleaders were asked how they felt about their season ending, they all said that they were upset about it. However, they also said they were happy because it was a good and eventful year for them, especially since, for the first time in New Haven, a male cheerleader joined the cheer squad-- sophomore Bernabe Ribera.
The girls were asked how they felt about having a male cheerleader for the first time, and junior Megan Boehmer responded with, “I was overjoyed! Lots of males do not think they can do it. Although, when we got our first male cheerleader, I was so happy! It was a very big joy to have him participate with us!”
The cheerleaders were asked what their favorite moment during cheer was, and Lexi Oetterer, junior, said, “One time in practice we were going over one of the floor cheers, and Diana stands in front of me. Well, while we were doing the cheer, Diana just froze while the rest of us finished the cheer. Then, at the end, Diana just looked around really confused.”
Junior Mikayla Maloney responded with, “My favorite moment was when I was doing the splits at practice and my shoe flew off, and we were all trying to be serious but the team ending up bursting in laughter.”
Bernabe Ribera said, “My favorite moment was when we performed our ‘Stomp It’ cheer. The crowd loved seeing something new.”
Many of the cheerleaders had different things that they will never forget. Like Megan Boehmer, who said, “I would never forget the first game. Every year I look forward [to] our first game that we cheer at. This is because we have a new team for the new year.”
Mikayla was questioned on what’s the most important thing about cheer, and she stated, “To not stop trying-- if you keep messing up on a cheer, just believe in yourself and keep trying.”
Megan was also asked the same question, and she responded with, “My most important thing is the team. Without all of the lovely ladies and our one gentleman, then we wouldn't have a team. I care so much about our team. I don't think about us just being a cheer team, but I see us as more of a family.”
Great work, cheerleaders! Great job at cheering on our basketball players in their games, and for hyping up the crowd to join. Thank you for showing great teamwork as well when performing!
By: Jake Wilson
On Tuesday, February 20, in the semi-finals of the Class 2 District 5 tournament, at Elsberry, the Shamrocks defeated Crystal City, 60-25, to advance into the district championship game. With 50 seconds left in the game, a huge milestone was reached for one of our Shamrocks.
Senior Emily Scheer was only 19 points away from 1,000 career points heading into the contest, with her career total standing at 981. With 50 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Scheer was fouled and went to the free-throw line to shoot on a double-bonus. At this point in the game, she had 17 points, with her career total standing at 998. She proceeded to make both of the free-throws, the 2nd one giving her 1,000 career points. She finished with 19 points in the game.
Fellow senior Lauren Gerlemann commented on Scheer, stating, “It has been the best thing ever to have been able to play alongside my best friend. She is there for everyone on and off the court. She works hard every day to improve her game and pushes us all to become better too. She has worked hard to get to 1,000 career points, and I couldn’t be happier that she has reached it.”
In her 3 years as a varsity starter, Scheer has averaged around 12 points per game to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Emily has also been a very efficient shooter throughout her career by shooting 49% from both the field and 3-point range. She has also shot 75% from the free-throw line.
Head coach Doug Peirick stated, “It’s a pretty special season when you have two players reach 1,000 points.” Lauren Gerlemann reached it a few games earlier. He continued, “Emily has worked very hard on her overall game. She has become a really good defender, and her offensive game has improved every year since she started varsity, her sophomore season. At any time of the year whether during the season or in the off-season, you can always find Emily and her dad in the gym working on her game. She doesn’t care about getting any kind of glory for her game, she just wants to win.”
He continued to say, “Emily has made a lasting impression on our program that the younger kids should admire and emulate. She is one of the best that has gone through our program since I have been here, as far as ability, dedication for improvement, and the desire to win.”
In addition to being a standout guard on the basketball team, Emily has also been a standout pitcher and 3rd baseman for the softball team. She has been a 4-year varsity starter, and this year, she had a batting average of .422 with 28 runs batted in.
Scheer commented, “The game of basketball has consumed a great amount of my time over these last 4 years. It’s nice to know that all the time in the gym paid off and really pushed me to improve my game not just individually, but to also be a great teammate. Basketball has taught me a lot, and leaving it behind is going to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I am grateful for all of my coaches, teammates, and family that have helped me and supported me throughout my career.”
Emily, your hard work and commitment to our school has paid off, and we are very grateful for that. Congrats on 1,000 points, and good luck the rest of the year!
By: Savanna Hanna
Students and staff at New Haven High School started but didn’t finish the annual dodgeball tournament that was held on February 14, during school hours from 1:15 until 2:45 P.M.
Each team consisted of 3 boys and 2 girls, or vice versa. The teams could be made up of students from all grades. Each player had to pay a fee of $2 in order to play in the tournament. All these proceeds went towards Special Olympics.
There was a total of 13 groups who competed, each having a personalized team name. Mrs. Borcherding, coordinator of the tournament, was asked if she liked having the yearly tournaments. She responded with:
“I love it. It raises money for Special Olympics of Missouri which is a wonderful organization that many of our New Haven middle and high school students participate in. I think the students like it too. It gives them an opportunity to let out some energy and do something good for others (raising money for Special Olympics of MO). It's also an assembly that gets everyone involved. Whether people are playing or cheering from the bleachers, people get really excited.”
Kamryn Poe, junior, was ecstatic about another year of dodgeball. “I really love playing dodgeball at school. Not only do I get to leave class early, but the money goes to a very important organization that I will happily donate to!”
The tournament was not able to be finished during the time given. Due to this fact, no winner was announced. The game is still postponed until further notice. Good job to those who did compete and we hope there will be even more teams next year!
By: Kenzie Bauer
During the week of February 17th through the 23rd, the varsity boys basketball team competed in the district tournament in Elsberry, Missouri. The boys faced Silex on Saturday, the 19th, defeating them 33-19. On the 21st, the team beat McKinley 49-42, advancing onto the district championship game held on Friday, the 23rd. The boys played Elsberry, losing 51-40.
Senior guard Aiden Bailey stated, “I think that we played great throughout the week. We started off a little slow, but we got around to playing as best as we could. In the championship game, we played as hard as we could, but Elsberry was just the better and more experienced team and out played us in the second half of the game.”
Senior forward Abe Madden claimed, “Making it to the championship game was a cool experience, after not making it last year. I think we played aggressive, but the game just didn’t end up going our way.”
Coach Aaron Peirick gave his thoughts about the week by saying, “During the Silex game, we defended pretty well. They missed some shots too, which helped. In the first half, we just looked bad offensively. We were timid, unsure, and basically just playing scared to lose. We just didn't move the ball like we wanted to, didn't throw it inside enough, or make shots. We did defend pretty good though, which kept us in it. The second half, we looked like a different team offensively. All of our guys stepped up. I challenged Ethan Groner in particular to get it going and he responded. He hit two huge 3s for us and everything kind of started to click after that. Martin Lewis and Jay Eichelberger hit a couple 3s as well to help build our lead. Once we hit a couple of those shots, it opened things up inside and we were able to get some buckets around the rim. I was very impressed with us defensively in the second half. I thought Ethan Groner and Jay Eichelberger did especially nice jobs defensively. John Fleer hauled in a bunch of rebounds down there. We really didn't rebound it that well as a team for a stretch, and we lost a couple loose balls but we just kept fighting on that end and got stop after stop. It wasn't pretty, but I'm proud of our kids’ competitiveness and how they went out and got a win.”
He continued, “As far as McKinley goes, we played great for most of the game. We were shot out of a cannon to start with, which was huge. We turned it over our first 3 possessions, I think, but our next 7 or 8 in a row, we were nails on the offensive end. We just moved the ball so well. Their defense could not keep up with how fast we were moving the ball. We were so good offensively that they couldn't use their defensive pressure to feed their offense. Because they couldn't get in transition from their defense, they had to play against our set defense, which has been fairly stingy lately. We just did so many good things in that first quarter. They made runs at us in each of the following quarters, fueled by our own sloppiness, but we answered each run and never gave up the lead. Abe Madden was a very determined young man all game. He played his best game all year for us. Hit some huge shots, and guarded their best player all night. John Fleer was big inside for us again, like he is every night. I was also very happy with how our guards helped us on the boards. Martin Lewis, Kyle Brumels, and Jay Eichelberger all went hard to the boards. Jay, Kyle, and Martin also kept some pretty quick guys in front of them all night. Jay made a couple key defensive plays for us. Martin hit a big shot and a couple free throws late in the fourth, and when he was settled down, really did a nice job against their pressure and getting us layups. Ethan Groner played hard all night and finished well around the rim. It was just a solid team effort to get that win. We were very happy to be playing for the title.”
Ongoing, he stated, “Elsberry: I was really proud of how hard our kids played Friday. They played as hard as they could, but just ran into a good basketball team. We came out ready to go and never backed down or gave up. It took a couple of possessions for each team to settle in, but once we did, we shot the ball really well. We handled the ball, moved it quick, and finished possessions, which we needed to do in order to keep them out of transition. They had a hard time scoring against our set defense. In the second half, they spread their zone out on us and we had a hard time handling that. We got very stagnant and didn't move the ball like we did the first half. We looked unsure and were pretty sloppy with the basketball. Elsberry is a team that is very athletic and gets themselves going by getting into transition, so us throwing the basketball to them was fuel to the fire. We went kind of cold in the third quarter-- if we could have gotten a few more buckets in that quarter, things could have been more interesting at the end maybe. We never answered their run with a run of our own. We could get a bucket here and there, but never string any stop-score-stop-score together. I thought John Fleer worked really hard inside-- he had some pretty tough sledding with big, physical, athletic guys in there. Ethan Groner shot it good for us and was our catalyst in the first half. All of our guys really battled all night on the defensive end-- we really didn't match up with their size and athleticism that well, but we probably guarded good enough to win. They just got too many buckets from our turnovers. I wish we would have rebounded the ball better too. They also did a nice job closing the game out by hitting every free throw in the fourth quarter. I thought we gave them pretty much all they could handle, but we've [got to] tip our hat to them. They are a good basketball team.”
Lastly, Coach Peirick spoke about his thoughts on the season as a whole by stating, “Our kids were pretty resilient all year. I'm proud of them for that. I thought all of our guys improved as basketball players and grew as people as the season progressed. We got better as a team as the season went on. This is not to say we didn't have our ups and downs, but they just kept focused on the goal of playing for that district title and kept working toward that. The thing I like the most about our team is that we had that stretch through January where we lost a ton of close games but we wouldn't let ourselves give in. We also dealt with a decent amount of injuries and lineup fluctuations because of that. We just stayed pushing forward and were able to string together a pretty good last couple weeks to the season, winning-wise. I think it really shows how tough these guys are that they were able to fight through all of that, physically and mentally, come together as a team, and play their best basketball at the end of the year.”
By: New Haven Middle School Journalism class staff
The New Haven Middle School Shamrocks played some tough sets in their first game sets, but fell short in both the 7th and 8th grade games at Washington Middle School on February 22. Although Washington won against both the 7th and 8th grade teams, the New Haven girls were both able to win the first set of each match, with 8th graders soaring past Washington 28-26.
Coach Mrs. Speckhals commented, “The 7th grade girls really pulled themselves together and played good tonight."
New Haven had their next game against Union on Tuesday, February 27th. The 7th and 8th grade teams both fought hard battles, but eventually came up short of a win. The Shamrocks will have their first home games on Monday, March 5th, at 5:30 against St. James.
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