Athlete Highlight: Chandler Wren

By: Sara Wolf

Chandler Wren is a senior who made his mark in Bellbrook football this year as running back.

Sports played: Basketball, Football, Track and Field
Age: 17
Claim to fame: Being Parker Wren’s brother
Bet you didn’t know: I’ve never broken a bone
Toughest opponent / why? Franklin because they have a tough atmosphere
If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life: Forrest Gump
Favorite pregame song: ‘Til I Collapse by Eminem
Favorite pro athlete/ why? Peyton Manning: he is nothing but classy.
Game day rituals: Getting a foot long from Subway, getting my wrists taped, and listening to my pregame playlist
Person who would play you in a movie/why? Obi-Wan Kenobi; he’s my all time favorite Jedi.
Words you live by: “Do the right thing.”
Biggest influence/ why?: Dale Wren because he has a great set of morals.
I am most annoyed by: Negative attitudes
You can’t live without: Chipotle
Most embarrassing moment: Walking into the girl’s bathroom on accident my freshman year
In 10 years, I’ll be: Hopefully married with a 2017 4 wheel drive Chevy Silverado
Best thing about sports: Competitiveness
Worst thing about sports: Bad refs

Love to trade places for a day with: LeBron James
When I’m bored, I like to: watch Friday Night Lights
Worst habit: Overthinking
On your bedroom walls: 3 holes
Talent I’d most like to have: Being able to dunk
Best life lesson you have learned from a coach? Hard work will always give results in time
One of your favorite memories from football: Beating Oakwood 28-0 my senior year
Advice you would give underclassmen: Don’t take anything too seriously

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A Fleeting Fantasy? Fantasy Sports Under Attack

by Jackie Thompson

New York’s Attorney General has banned fantasy football, and Ohio might be next. In the coming days, Ohio lawmakers will review the state’s laws on gambling to determine whether fantasy football is in opposition to them. Some may be shocked to discover that such a trivial issue is under review by state legislators, but fantasy football is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Fantasy sports is protected under federal law, specifically by the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). But what exactly is the legal difference between placing bets on fantasy sports players and placing bets on a real-life game? Sports and entertainment lawyer Jaia Thomas explained to the Huffington Post that fantasy sports are considered “games of skill,” while simply betting on the outcome of a game is considered “a game of chance.” People who play fantasy sports have a wealth of knowledge on particular players’ strengths and weaknesses–not to mention the vast amount of statistics they’ve committed to memory. It’s far more complex, supporters of the sport argue, than simply placing a bet on the favored team. “You have to figure out who to draft, play, trade, and all those things to have a successful season,” Las Vegas-based attorney Tony Cabot told Inc. magazine. “And because you’re doing all that, you’re betting on an outcome you can control.”

Some don’t see this distinction. Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, and Washington all have banned daily fantasy sports, or rather, the practice of placing bets on them. Sports fans in these states can still play fantasy sports; they simply can’t bet on them. As fantasy sports continue to grow in size and in membership, it’s likely that more states will review their gambling laws and make their own decisions about the practice. It’s possible that there might even be a federal ruling on the issue soon.  Until then, get your fantasy fix while you still can.

 

Physicist Credits Bengals Win to Earth’s Rotation

By: Mitch Hughes

On Sunday, October 11, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Seattle Seahawks. The match-up was fairly even as the Seahawks led by only 3 at half. Things took a turn for the worst for Cincinnati in the third quarter, as Seattle went on to score two unanswered touchdowns leaving the score 24-7 at the beginning of the fourth. Unbelievably, the Bengals managed to score 17 in the fourth quarter to tie the game and take things into overtime, where the game was decided by a Cincinnati field goal that bounced off the post to score.

If the comeback and overtime win weren’t remarkable enough, world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to explain that the game-winning field goal happened thanks to the rotation of the earth about the axis while the ball was in the air. According to Tyson, the Coriolis Effect in the Northern Hemisphere forces airborne objects to move approximately a half-inch to the right for every 50 yards south the object travels. Tyson clarified that the stadium is not oriented exactly north-south and the field goal was 42 yards, so the deflection was about one-third of an inch, which in this case was just enough to cause the football to bounce between the posts.

NFL Season Opener

By: Mitch Hughes

Sports fans across the country rejoiced this week as the NFL began its 46th season. The much-anticipated weekend provided fans with nonstop action with sixteen games spanning four days. Though things were just getting started, every game had its fair share of some serious play-making.

On Thursday, September 10, the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the New England Patriots for the first official game of the season. The game was preceded by a good deal of hype surrounding Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady who narrowly escaped a four-game suspension for his alleged role in the team’s “Deflate-gate” scandal in last year’s playoffs. The Super Bowl 45 champion Patriots went on to defeat the Steelers 28-21.

Sunday, September 13 brought with it the majority of the week’s excitement as 13 of the 16 games were played. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 17-10. The Indianapolis Colts fell to the Buffalo Bills 14-27. The New York Jets had a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans 27-20. The Carolina Panthers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-9. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in a very thrilling game. The Green Bay Packers outplayed their conference rivals, the Chicago Cubs 31-23. The Detroit Lions fell to the San Diego Chargers 33-28. The Arizona Cardinals beat the New Orleans Saints 31-19. The Denver Broncos defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a close game. The Oakland Raiders suffered a bruising 13-33 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Tennessee Titans trumped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14 and the Dallas Cowboys mounted a big comeback to defeat the New York Giants 27-26.

Monday’s games were just as unpredictable as the previous days. The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Atlanta Falcons 24-26 and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. This weekend provided NFL fans with the first real glimpse of how their favorite team will likely perform this season, but the NFL is often as unpredictable as it is exciting so one shouldn’t be too joyful or too concerned because a team’s luck can change in a moment’s notice.

The NFL Suspends Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson

by Jackie Thompson

On November 18, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodwell suspended the Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Earlier in September, Peterson turned himself in east Texas after beating his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in order to dole out discipline, according to his lawyer. The child suffered cuts and bruising to thighs, back, and one of his testicles.

“A grand jury, having indicted this case, looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable,” Montgomery Country Assistant District Attorney, Phil Grant, said on September 13. Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of child abuse.

The running back’s charges came at tough time for the NFL because of the Ray Rice case, in which a video of the Baltimore Ravens’ player punching his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, was released. Rice faces an indefinite suspension from the NFL as well. The organization was heavily criticized for their very public and irresolute handling of the case.

Critics emerged again on to condemn NFL Commissioner Goodwell’s decision. According to ESPN, Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin declared that the decision has cost Peterson his career and that, “It wasn’t child abuse. Nobody that knows him and his children believes he ever intentionally hurts his children.”

In a letter to Peterson, Goodwell defends his decision and expresses concern that Peterson does not “fully appreciate the seriousness” of his actions. “You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct,” the letter said, “When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but…defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you…may feel free to engage in similar acts in the future.”

The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers on same day  to fill Peterson’s void, only a day after Tate was dropped by the Cleveland Browns.

Fall Sports Recap

By Mitch Hughes

The leaves are turning and the temperatures are dropping as the regular seasons for fall sports are coming to an end. Our Golden Eagles’ performances this season have been nothing short of incredible as four out of our eight fall sports teams won the SWBL title and our football team is aimed to change that to five.

Although the football team is playing regular season games, an SWBL title appears to be within reach. The team is currently tied for first with Monroe. Both teams are 4-0 in the league and play each other at home October 24th at Monroe. The team has come back from a 0-2 start to the season and is currently 5-2.

The Golf Team played exceptionally well this year finishing the season with an overall record of 8-3 and an SWBL record of 3-2. The team was led by Seniors Miranda Greene, Chad Bacon, Holden Hicks, Dylan Potter, Harry Gildner, Matt Ratcliffe, and Parke Joyner.

The Women’s Tennis team had quite the season, winning the SWBL with an overall record of 7-0 and an SBWL record of 6-0. Key victories this season included a 3-2 victory against a very tough Oakwood team and 5-0 shutouts versus Middletown Madison, Eaton, Valley View, Franklin, and Monroe. The team was led by seniors Hannah Songer, Megan Yates, Megan Bias, and Caroline Wong and junior Rachel Heinz.

The Volleyball team also managed to bring the SWBL title home this fall. They finished the season with an overall record of 19-3 and an SWBL record of 11-1. Defeating Monroe once and Eaton twice were essential to the team’s first place finish.

The Women’s Cross Country Team finished the regular season with a phenomenal finish at the SWBL race that took place at our very own home course this year. Runners Kayla Parker, Asami Ford, Madison Pelfrey, Maddie Crane, and Emi Ford made the 1st team All-SWBL. Runners Lauren Kemper, Kira Barklay and Maria Gerbic made the 2nd team All-SWBL. The team was led by Senior captains Asami Ford and Maria Gerbic and Junior captain Casey Murphy.

The Men’s Cross Country Team also performed very well this season, taking 3rd at the SWBL meet. Connor Robinson and Nico Taylor made 1st Team All-SWBL. Kyle Miller and Cole Weslow made 2nd Team All-SWBL. This year’s team did not have any Senior runners and were led by Junior captains Jeffery Simon, Kyle Okolowitz, and Mitch Hughes.

The Men’s soccer team continued their tradition of winning this year by claiming their 23rd consecutive SWBL title. Spencer Powlette and Josh Mauser led the team in scoring with 9 goals apiece this year. The Eagles were led by Senior Captains Payne Sigman, Peter Cinibulk, Ryan Remaly, and Josh Mauser.

The Women’s Soccer team finished the season with an overall record of 11-2-3 and an SWBL record of 10-0-2. The Eagles tied Monroe’s record for 1st in the league. Monica Hennen led the team in scoring with 8 goals and 3 assists this season.

Teams are now engaged in tournament play.

 

BHS Football Turns Season Around for the Better

by Mitch Hughes

After starting the season 0-2 with tough losses to Miamisburg(38-10) and Xenia(28-14), it appeared as if the football team was in for a challenging year. A start like that would be discouraging to many, but our Golden Eagles looked at the rough start as a wake-up call. Putting those defeats behind them, the team put in the extra effort in practice and aimed for victory as they took on Buckeye Valley, a team near Columbus. Not knowing what to expect, playing a team most players had never even heard of, the BHS football came home with their first W of the season, thanks to a game-winning field goal from kicker Chase Sawyer.

Although things were looking slightly better, the team knew that they would have to continue their progress to have a shot in the next few games. At this point they had yet to play a league game and the true test came with a home game in which they played Brookville. The Eagles trailed the majority of the game until quarterback Alex Fryman found wide receiver, Alec Campbell, open for a big touchdown that would put the team up 17-14 until the final horn sounded. Now 2-2 with two road games ahead, the Eagles had more than hope: they had a real chance. They would surprise Eaton on their Homecoming night with a 31-28 victory made possible by a field goal from Sawyer after coming back from a 0-21 halftime deficit. Eaton was the first of two homecoming games that they would disrupt. The following week they played Valley View, a team that was sure to be a contender for SWBL champ. Not only did Bellbrook win at Valley View, but they showed everybody that Bellbrook was truly a force to reckon with an astonishing 33-0 victory over Valley View.

Now 4-2, its obvious that the tables have turned for Bellbrook, but there are still 4 very important league games remaining in the season. Defensive Back, Nick Barhorst, says, “Well, first off, I think we practiced harder and prepared more for each game. We also had more confidence in our game plan and in our own abilities,” when asked what helped them go from a two game losing streak to a four game winning streak. Barhorst also says, “Each game will be tough, but this weeks game against Franklin and the Monroe game will be our toughest games and our preparation during the week will give us a competitive edge to win those games,” looking ahead for the rest of the regular season.