Bellbrook Football: An offseason look at 2017

By: Sara Wolf

The fact that current Friday nights aren’t occupied with football games doesn’t mean that the football team isn’t putting in work and making improvements for when the season does come. “The team has been putting together the best offseason ever and we are working on the little things,” says 2018 senior Keion Driscoll. Jeff Jenkins, entering into his second season as Bellbrook’s head coach, set up a new offseason routine for the players. The new training schedule started just a month after this past season ended. Players stay after school to lift two days a week, and go to Fast Twitch to improve speed and agility two other days, leaving one school day off a week. In addition, some players are taking a lifting class period with their coach during the school day or have 7×1’s after school to get to know plays better. Many even get a group of players together to go to the field and work out or watch game film on their own time.

What will this next season look like? 2018 Seniors Alex Mumy, Drew Ashurst, and Skylar Golden hope to see their team win league and make playoffs. Driscoll hopes the same. “Besides [winning league], I want to get better than 7-3,” he stated. The team accomplished a record last year of 7 wins, 3 losses. It’s been over a decade since a BHS football team has had an 8-2 record. Senior Jack Campbell reflects on the team’s abilities. “We have the talent to win every game, but that’s a really really hard thing to do. So I want to win league, and compete every game, because we have the pieces to do that.”

Coach Jenkins hopes that this season, his players will work to be better than they were the day before. “I want them to just take the season day by day, not focused on end results or the end of the season,” he explained. “Just focused on the day, getting better each and every day, and making the most out of every day, that’s it.” Many players are handling the offseason with this mindset already, knowing it will channel into their performance in the fall. “I want the team to perform at its highest potential at every lifting, practice, and game. I want us to constantly get better and grow together,” says 2018 junior Brendan Labensky.

This next season shows new challenges like coaching adjustments and the loss of many key players in the 2017 class, but nothing curbs the determination of the players on the team, many of whom are already stepping things up and leading. When asked who on the team leads and pushes others to be better, a wide consensus among varsity returners and their coach was their QB, Labensky. “I see our quarterback, Brendan Labensky, really stepping up as our leader, our go-to guy,” says Jenkins. “I think he’ll have much more confidence this year, physically and mentally, I think he’s in great shape and he’s ready to take on this season and lead this team.”

Labensky is entering into his junior year, having played the quarterback position on varsity for his first year as a sophomore. He had 1018 passing yards in 2016, pushing the school record and earning the trust of his teammates. The faith the team and coaching staff invested in Labensky shaped the course of his success last season. “Before the season started [Jenkins] pulled me to the side and told me that he believed in me and trusted in me being the quarterback,” recalls Labensky. “That meant a lot to me because I never heard something like that from him before. It motivated me to be the best I could and it made me want to make him proud.” 2018 Junior Ethan Knisley says he has trust in Labensky this next season. “He shows great work ethic and knows how to run the team.” Labensky sees a lot of leadership this next year in the hands of his 2018 senior teammates Cole Taylor, Ethan Savey, and Keion Driscoll, along with fellow junior Hayden Bullock. “Savey and Cole are both hard workers and will do whatever it takes to help the team. I think Keion leads the team by example by constantly improving and getting better. Hayden Bullock has made some major improvements as well and I can also see him as a vocal leader this season.”

Each player’s goals keep them pushing through the offseason towards Friday nights. Their goals go beyond just winning. “My goal is to be remembered,” says senior Cole Taylor. “I don’t want to be just another Bellbrook team where we get lost in the shuffle like most of the others. I want our team to flow smoothly together so that when we hit the field, there’s nothing that can stop us.” Golden wants to be able to impact underclassmen teammates. “My goal is to start all games this season as well as to set an example for the younger players on the team.” Campbell, the only returning defensive back, wants to break the school record by having over 10 interceptions. These accomplishments can be made through the strength of the team. “I think every player pushes each other to be better,” explains Driscoll. “We all have the same goals and if someone is slacking, then we hold each other accountable.”

The strength of the team is thanks to their coaches. Like other sports, the players greatly respect their coaches, but the lessons their coaches teach them through the game are what makes football different. “Jenkins has taught me to keep pushing forward even if life doesn’t go your way,” explains Labensky. “He teaches us to respond to adversity by staying focused on the goal and having a short memory.” Campbell says he’s learned that if you want something, you have to work harder than everyone else. He’s also learned a lot from Jenkins’ dedication to his players, and explains a moment he saw it most last year. “I drove by the middle school in the spring or summer before the season, after I had gotten off work. I got off work really late, it was past midnight, and Jenkins was in there watching film. It was just crazy to see how much he cared about us.”

Bellbrook football has worked hard for the season ahead, but is still facing a tough schedule when the season begins. The first two games of the season are home against Tippecanoe and Fairborn. The boys will then have a televised away game as a part of ABC22/Fox45’s Thursday Night Lights series, like they did this past season against Tecumseh. They will go to play Tecumseh again on September 8. “Thursday Night Lights was a good deal for us,” recalls Jenkins. “That really got the community energized and we put on a great show; we certainly played our best that night. That was one that sits at the top of my list.”

Bellbrook Marching Band Announces Show

by Jack Long

On Saturday, May 20, Chris Foster, Director of Bellbrook Bands, announced the 2017 Marching Band show music at the annual ice-breaker. Music selections include Shostakovich’s Festival Overture and selections from Henry Mancini’s The Great Race.

The Bellbrook 2017 Marching Band show is based on an Aesop Fable: the Tortoise and the Hare; the show is entitled “Slow and Steady.”

Over the summer, students and directors will begin work on the show. Competitions start in autumn.

For your listening pleasure:


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Solar Flares and Our Accidental Barrier

by Jack Long

It seems like something out of a science-fiction book—an invisible shield surrounding Earth—but in 2014 NASA’s Van Allen Probes discovered an impenetrable barrier in space.

This barrier, caused by the interaction between very low frequency (VLF) waves and charged particles surrounding the Earth, can block solar flares from entering our Earth’s atmosphere. In an age of modern technology running well, everything, solar radiation can easily disrupt power systems causing mass destruction and riots when the power grids go down.

VLF radio waves are used to communicate to submarines deep in the oceans but also cast out far into the atmosphere.

NASA states they plan to strengthen this barrier by blasting VLF radio waves into the Van Allen radiation belt that is held in place by the Earth’s magnetic field. To read more about the Van Allen Probes and their discovery, visit NASA.org

Track Advances to Regionals

by Kayla Stephensen

At Track and Field Districts, Friday, May 19, Kylee Parker, a senior, broke the 300 hurdles school record set by Hannah Lewis in 2009. Parker remarks, “I didn’t know I was going to break the record but Coach Barnes told me I had a chance.” Maddie Crane, a junior, went to districts for 300 hurdles but unfortunately didn’t make it to regionals. She’s been to districts all three years of her high school career and hopes to make it to regionals for her senior year.

Three freshmen are advancing to regionals with Parker. Lydia Travis, Bailey Sedlak and Sydney Hollingsworth are on the 4×100 meter relay along with Maria Mescher, a sophomore. Hollingsworth commented on the relay team’s dynamics, saying, “We all get along really well and we also work really well together especially since we all played soccer last fall. I’m looking forward to having another opportunity to try and break the school record for the 4×100. All of us on the relay team really want to break it this year. It feels awesome to be on such a successful young relay team because we have a lot more opportunities to improve in future years.” At districts, the runners got 51.22 seconds and the school record is 50.72 seconds. Hollingsworth is also going to regionals for the open 100 meter. She notes, “I don’t have a goal for my PR, but senior year I really want to make it to state!”

Kenna Kramer, a junior, won 1st in high jump at districts and is advancing to regionals along with Riley Allen, a junior pole vaulter, and Hayden Bullock, a sophomore shot putter. The May 24 is pre-lims and finals for regionals will take place on May 26th.

Road Trip Tips

by Kasen Stephensen

The Great American road trip in all of its beauty and appeal is still very intimidating.  Here are 5 tips to help turn a wishful daydream into an awesome vacation.

  1.  Check your vehicle.

Roughly a week prior to starting a trip, make sure that the vehicle being used has a thorough check-up.  Tires should be rotated and fluid levels checked.  Make sure to bring a fully-inflated tire and jumper cables just in case.

  1.  Have a loose plan.

Although having no plan is for the truly courageous, having a loose plan will help make sure the trip is more enjoyable.  This will allow road delays or traffic to make a minimal impact on schedules.  Plan out locations and have a rough idea where to stay.

  1.  Use online resources to plan.

Roadtrippers.com is a fantastic resource for planning road trips.  It allows for one to set up a route and provides information for tourist spots, hotels, and food as well as an estimate of the overall trip cost.  There are also plenty of online road trips that are already created and ready to follow.     

  1.  Ask the locals.

Locals will often know great places to eat, leading to inexpensive and/or great food. They might also know locations of unique attractions that aren’t as well known.  

  1.  Stay in national parks.

Camping is much cheaper than hotels and National Park campsites often have basic hygiene facilities.  Annual passes are available for free for military personnel or dependents or $80.  Passes cover entrance fees but will not cover fees for amenities like camping or utility.  Caesar’s Creek has an office where these passes can be purchased.

10 reasons to join the school newspaper next year

by Connor Robinson

Have you ever wanted to write freely, without being required to adhere to a topic your teacher forced upon you? You can write in a personal journal but why not join a class that allows you to write about anything while earning class credits and being part of a team of students just like you? If this sounds appealing, newspaper staff is definitely for you. Not convinced? Here’s 10 more reasons why you should join.

1: The class is during mentor so it doesn’t take up a slot in a normal school day of seven periods.

2: The only official meeting day is each Monday of every week. This means you are free to use mentor as you normally would the other four days in the week.

3: There is only one assignment due on Friday each week, instead of multiple papers with different due dates like other classes. This means getting into a routine is easy, simplifying what you need to remember.

4: If you turn in all your work you will get an A in the class, it goes towards your graduation requirements. This is an easy way to get credit with work that’s more rewarding than other classes.

5: You have Ms. Bills-Tenney to help you with every step of writing an article, from brainstorming a topic, to editing any mistakes found before publishing it to the EagleView News website.

6: You have an audience that views and comments on your articles. Receiving a positive comment on an article is great feeling, and using the website lets you show your writing talent to the world.

7: You are surrounded by fellow writers every day where you can discuss current events in the school, country, and world, as well as compare writing styles and ideas as you create new articles.

8: You have more opportunities to interact with the student body. Have you ever wanted to poll your fellow students? Or maybe interview them about a current event occurring in the school? You can turn the data from these interviews into an article that shows how students feel about relevant topics.

9: Your grammar and writing techniques are greatly improved. Consistently writing every week while receiving tips from Ms. Bills-Tenney and other writers has a major impact on your writing skills. You will find yourself ready to write about nearly anything after taking the class.

10: Most importantly, it’s fun. You bond with those in the room with you, and make new friends along the way!

Dorm It Yourself

By Elaine King

Tuition. Books. Meal plans. The costs of college add up quickly. Here are a couple basic materials for do-it-yourself dorm room organization, so that college students can keep organized on a budget.

  1. Mason Jars Utilizing mason jars is  very trendy. With some paint, glitter, or lights, mason jars can be used as storage for pens, pencils, silverware, cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc…
  2. Hanging Shoe Organizer Rather than hanging shoes inside these plastic slots, hang the shoe organizer on the back of a door and place snacks inside. Using this organizer saves floor space needed for a shelving unit as well as clutter from food boxes.
  3. Shower Rod To save counter space in the bathroom, hang a shower rod with rings and clips along the wall, or use the shower rod in the shower and attach rings with clips to it to hang hygiene products.
  4. Pill Organizer Fear clutter from Excedrin bottles and allergy tablets? Use a pill organizer and fill each slot with the medications necessary, then cut out and tape the labels from the bottles to the organizer to keep track of what is in each slot. This reduces the space taken up by medications that can now be used for more snacks. The same can be done with spices, salt, creamer, sugar, etc…
  5. Binder Clips Attach binder clips to the edges of desks, night stands, and bathroom counters; place charging cords or hair styling cords inside the clips to ensure that the cords don’t become a tangled mess.