Fall in Full Swing

by Sarah Rovinsky

Fall is in the air and class is canceled on Friday, October 14. (Sadly, this doesn’t apply to teachers, who will be having a teacher in-service day.) For those of us lucky to have a day off, here are some ideas for a festive start to your long weekend:


Powder Puff: Bellbrook’s Seniors Take the Field

By: Sarah Rovinsky

Bellbrook’s seniors signed up two weeks ago to participate in Powder Puff, which is essentially a role reversal of a typical Friday night football game as girls play football while the boys cheer them on in ridiculous attire. The participants were randomly selected by senior adviser Mrs. Enderson and placed on one of the two teams: purple or white. Both groups practiced separately in the weeks leading up to the game.

The game started October 4 at 7 pm in the Miami Valley South Stadium. After rumors spread that the teams were stacked, the girls proved on Wednesday that they were, in fact, evenly matched. Purple team was the first and last to score, but white team held their own and fought hard. Both teams ending up tying at 12 to 12 after an extremely close match. Afterwards, the teams and student section joined at a celebratory bonfire near the stadium.

The white team was coached by senior football players Nathan Cordonnier, Chad Furderer, Tom Orbash, and Kyle Crouch.When asked about the tie, Nathan Cordonnier replied, “I thought it was for the best. Both teams would’ve talked trash to the losing side. Tonight there were no losers… Both teams played well and hustled a lot. It exceeded my expectations, and was a lot of fun.”

The purple team was lead by Justin Havens, Chandler Wren, Tim Tidwell, and Logan Britten. Justin Havens commented after tying, “I wish we would’ve won but I’m glad we didn’t lose… I think there should’ve been (an overtime) but it’s probably a good thing that we all got home early and could start homework if we needed to.”

Jose Fernandez’s death shocks MLB

by Lauren Redfern

José Fernández was a name the game of baseball loved. Fernández was a starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He was in his third year with the team. He was not only a Marlin but also a Cuban. He was proud of his ethnicity but did not just walk into America. Fernández escaped Cuba after many tries. When he succeeded, his whole life changed and it was for the better. He was rookie of the year in his first year in the MLB, and continued to amaze the country and the city of Miami. In the early hours of the morning of September 25, a boat was found outside the Miami Harbor. Police reported that three bodies were found dead. One of whom was the 24-year-old baseball player.

Fernández was a leader of the city, not just the Marlins. That day, the Marlins organization cancelled their late afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves. September 26, the team took the field without one important player. Fernández was scheduled to take his start that evening on the mound. Instead, the number 16 was drawn on the mound. Every Marlins player wore the number 16 in their teammate’s honor.

Many tears were shed that evening, but one moment was set apart from the rest. Teammate Dee Gordon, leadoff batter, is a left handed hitter. That evening he entered the right-handed box wearing Fernández’s batting helmet. After taking the first pitch as a strike, Gordon exchanged the helmet for his own and stepped into the left hand batter box. The second pitch came and Gordon sent the ball flying over the wall, tallying a home run. His first-ever home run, he touched home plate and immediately pointed up to the sky with tears. Later in a news conference, Gordon said this moment was the “thing” the city needed.

Fernández’s death was a shock to many. He left behind an organization, a city, and a family including his girlfriend who is pregnant with their daughter. In a CNN article, former MLB pitcher Dan Haren stated: “Jose Fernandez is one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever played with. He loved life, he loved baseball… he will be missed dearly.”

Heartbreak and Heath: The Effects of Emotional Trauma On Your Body

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By Rachel Giffin

Researchers at KidsHealth.com have come stumbled upon something that we all inherently know but seem to always avoid talking about: heartbreak affects every aspect of your life, from work to grades to relationships with other people. As human beings, we have or will have experienced this at some point in our lives. Now we must figure out why and how to make life easier on ourselves in light of it.

With Homecoming just around the corner, there are all sorts of romantic endeavors happening all around us. Teenage boys and girls are asking each other to the most exciting event of the fall season, the annual Homecoming dance, and while many dreams come true on this magical night, many, tragically, do not.

There will always be that teenager whose hopes get dashed in the event of not getting asked to Homecoming. Either their date fell through, their potential date didn’t actually have the courage to ask them, or, in a few cases, they were asked as a joke. Either way, it’s an emotional, even traumatizing time for many.

The stress of Homecoming, especially for those without a date, can be overwhelming. Studies show that any amount of emotional trauma can have an effect on our bodies, producing side affects such as migraines, nausea, and lack of sleep.

In a study done by the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that emotional and physical pain are registered in the same section of the brain, which explains why when we suffer emotionally, many times our physical health is also compromised. In very serious cases, such as a death in the family or the loss of a significant aspect of one’s life, the American Heart Association has found that a “broken heart” can lead to death. Given enough emotional stress, the tendons inside the heart can snap, causing the heart to collapse and the result is similar to a heart attack. The good news is that while it still hurts, no matter how bad your emotional trauma is, the chances of dying of heartbreak is actually very rare, though it has been known to happen in a few cases.

Because emotional and physical pain are registered the same to the brain, it’s understandable why we should feel both when we experience disappointment or loss. It explains the many symptoms discussed in an article posted on Our Daily Life, which includes dropping grades, failing friendships, and loss of interest in previously entertaining activities.

So as Homecoming rolls around, it’s an emotional time for everyone, whether you’ve got a date or not. But while it definitely is a memorable event, its outcome isn’t the end of the world, and Monday morning comes and the world exists again just as it’s always done. It’s important then to understand that heartbreak, especially for teens, may hurt, but it’s most likely not fatal.

BHS Cross Country Sweeps Victories at BIT

Joey Derrico

On Saturday, September 24, the Bellbrook High School cross country team hosted their annual Bellbrook Invitational meet. Bellbrook has hosted the fine event for over ten years and it is always a favorite not only among Bellbrook runners but among participants from other schools as well. When asked about the condition of the course, sophomore Clay Cavanaugh, a two-year varsity letter winner, responded, “The course is in great shape. It has many water obstacles compared to other courses and it also has challenging elevation changes.”

This year, fourteen teams competed including several SWBL foes such as Franklin and Brookville. Bellbrook’s main competition came in the form of Brookville for the boys and Princeton for the girls. In the end, after an impressive showing from both the boys’ and girls’ teams, both teams came away with first place finishes. The top three finishers for Bellbrook on the boys side were Justin Boreman, Conner Robinson, and Cole Weslow and on the girls side Madison Pelfrey, Elise Kemper, and Emi Ford. Boreman, who finished third overall among boys, ran a time of 17:06 and Pelfrey recorded a time of 19:55, good for a second place finish among the girls. Bellbrook’s next race was October 1 at Fairmont and the SWBL championships will take place on October 15 at Franklin.

Bellbrook faces Franklin at Homecoming Game

By: Carter Caldwell

On Friday, October 7, the Bellbrook Golden Eagles faced the Franklin Wildcats in the annual Homecoming football game.  The Eagles returned to their home field after a two-week hiatus.  To fuel student involvement, the Football Moms Club sold “Beat Franklin” tee-shirts during lunch, which bore similarities to the white tee-shirts sold during previous basketball seasons when Luke Kennard played for Franklin.  The shirts accompanied the purple-and-gold theme that the student section sported. Additionally, the homecoming court was recognized and the king and queen, Tom Orbash and Natalie Stein, were crowned at halftime.

Franklin proved a tough team to beat last year, beating the Eagles 28-20 on Franklin’s turf. This year, Bellbrook lost to Franklin’s strong team, 51-13.

Zika Now in Southeast Asia

By Henry Wong

The Zika virus is not slowing down and has now spread to 11 Southeast Asian countries. The now infected countries are Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put out a new warning for people to avoid non-essential travel to these and other Zika-infected areas, especially if they are considering pregnancy. Since the virus can be sexually transmitted, it is recommended that men wait six months and that women wait a full eight weeks before conceiving a baby or having unprotected sex if they have been to these areas. The World Health Organization recommends a longer wait for women of six months as well.

Many times those who have been infected with the virus do not show symptoms. Apparently, only one out of five people who have been infected will show signs of the disease. This is problematic because birth defects of babies born to mothers infected with Zika can result. A severe condition where a baby is born with a small head, called microcephaly, is one extreme defect. Other babies could suffer from vision or hearing problems, brain issues or learning disabilities.

Since Zika is mainly spread by mosquitoes, it is advisable to use mosquito repellent at all times. Even those who have traveled to Zika-infested zones have been advised to wear mosquito repellent for three months when returning to the United States. Such a precaution will reduce being bitten and thereby spreading the disease to another victim. There have been thousands of US travelers who have brought Zika to the US, which includes 800 pregnant women, and a reported 134 home-grown cases in Florida.