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High School Sports

Trophy Case by the Pool Entrance (Photo by/ Sarah Deyo)

Trophy Case by the Pool Entrance
(Photo by/ Sarah Deyo)

By: Sarah Deyo

High school sports may be the last time an athlete will play the sport(s) they love. When students play more than one sport, coaches can feel the student athlete is not committed to one specific sport. This makes it hard for athletes to compete in two sports in the same season.

To every coach the perfect team would be one that is filled with athletes who are dedicated to one sport, but with the society today, it is almost rare to see a teenager or child playing only one sport. This leads to the argument on whether or not a student athlete should be dedicated to one specific sport or should play more than one sport.

High school sports require a lot of dedication from both the athlete and the coach, and sometimes an athlete may have a conflict that comes along. Today, it is not uncommon to see an athlete play more than one sport in the same season. One that is linked through the school and one that is on the outside, such as club or AAU sports.

To athletes giving up their week to be dedicated to a school sport is more than enough, and with the possible weekend practices looming in the background, it is almost impossible to do anything else during the season, which brings up the question, should an athlete be required to give up their weekends? Not only is the weekend time to hang out with friends and family but it is time to participate in other activities.

When signing up for a high school sport, the athletic director (AD) or the coach makes it clear that during the season a player should not plan any vacations that could potentially be a hazard to staying on the team because of practices missed. But what happens if over a weekend an individual is in a sporting event outside of high school, is it possible to attend it without penalization?

Even though the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) states that an athlete can get in trouble for skipping a school sport to attend a club-like activity, the organization does offer a waiver to athletes.

In the waiver process, athletes and the AD of the school need to state why the club sport is more important than the practice/game for their school and what the benefits are from the tournament or game.

The athlete must list the dates to be missed, and is only allowed to fill out the waiver once. Once the waiver is filled out, the AD sends in the waiver; there is a chance that MIAA will decline the waiver. The coach needs to be informed about the waiver process.

Every athlete’s nightmare is becoming injured, especially if it could end their career. A great way to stay healthy is playing/doing exercises that use more than one set of muscles. With this fact proven by many doctors, many athletes are playing more sports so they can prevent injuries, but with coaches breathing down their necks about playing more than one sport, it is hard to maintain.

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Student-Faculty Basketball Game

Stiles attempts to steal the ball from AHS senior Tim Christensen (Photo by/ AHS senior David Alexander Elel Jr.)

Stiles attempts to steal the ball from AHS senior Tim Christensen
(Photo by/ AHS senior David Alexander Elel Jr.)

By: Chelsey Sabilla

On April 16, Attleboro High School’s (AHS) Class of 2015 hosted their third annual Senior Class vs. Faculty and Staff Basketball Game in the AHS large gym.

This game served as a fundraiser that gave the senior class funds to help pay for the ceremony after graduation that is held at the Pleasant Street YMCA on June 5. Students, staff, faculty, and families were invited to watch the game and tickets were sold at the door for $5.

Volunteers from the class of 2015 class council were also needed to help coordinate their section of the game. AHS senior Julia Paine, one of the volunteers in charge of the concession stand, said, “I had to sit behind the concession stand table throughout the entire game to sell snacks and drinks for a dollar each.”

AHS senior Charisa Ebert, another volunteer at the concession stand said, “The table was positioned at a nice angle to the basketball court in the gym. Although I was stuck sitting behind the concession stand selling snacks and drinks, it was nice to also watch the game.”

AHS students and families who went to watch the game were very into it. AHS senior Sarah Nordberg said, “It was very competitive. I was surprised the game went into overtime.”

In the end, the seniors were able to defeat the faculty and staff  during the extra period of play with a final score of 78-72. AHS senior and participant Matthew Milliken said, “I didn’t expect us to win this basketball game. I thought that the faculty and staff had some pretty strong players.”

Raffle tickets were also on sale at the game for $5. The first ticket drawn will receive two prime reserved seats and one prime reserved parking spot at graduation , the second drawn will receive two prime reserved seats at graduation, and the third drawn will receive one prime reserved parking spot at graduation.

Class of 2015 class advisor Mrs. Molly Foley said, “This is a fun way to raise money for our after-graduation party. I hope that many people will take advantage of this opportunity to win the best seats or parking spot at graduation for their families and relatives who plan to attend graduation.”

AHS senior Emily Fraatz who paid for two raffle tickets said, “I really hope that my name gets drawn. Winning these prime reserved spots at graduation and/or the parking lot space would really be a nice view for my parents who will be watching me walk across the stage at our graduation.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

This basketball game was a fun and competitive high-spirited event for the senior class, staff and faculty participants.

The AHS faculty who participated were: Mr. Daniel Walton, Mr. William Stiles, Mr. Patrick Parker, Ms. Becky Richard, Mr. Bill Runey, Mrs. Ravesi-Weinstein, Mr. Weston Pondolfino, Mrs. Susan Sherk and Mr. Marc Bonneau. Brennan Middle School student William Runey also played on the faculty team.

AHS seniors who participated were: Charlie Culhane, Olivia Letourneau, Matt Elliott, Matt Milliken, Stephen Deyo, Carly Paras, Tim Christensen, Joshua Ribeiro, Jeff Toomey, Tim Travers, Brenden Massey, Matt Rodrigues, Amy Eklind, Kerri Beland, Ricky Pho, Justin Adams, and Kimberly Runey.

NCAA High School Eligibility Change

High School athletes playing Basketball (Submitted by/ Dawank Patel)

High School athletes playing Basketball
(Submitted by/ Dawank Patel)

By: Jonathan Kermah

High school athletes graduating after the year 2015 who plan to play varsity sports in college might need to work a bit harder in school than before. Recently the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) changed the academic requirements for high school students who plan to play Division I sports.

The biggest change in requirements is an increase from a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) to a 2.3 GPA. This changes it from a C average to a C+. By increasing it, grades become more of a priority.

Although the GPA requirements changed, 16 is still the required number of completed courses. Four years of English, three years of math, two years of physical science, two years of social science, and an additional year of math, science, or English are the key classes required.

There is one small tweak to the course requirements; students are expected to have 10 courses completed by their seventh semester with seven of them in math, science or English. With the new requirements, athletes have to address their core academic classes with more urgency and can’t wait until the last semester to complete a majority of their classes.

AHS accepted the Common Core a few years ago. The graduation requirements are: four years of English (English I, II, III, and IV), four years of Math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II), four years of Science (including Physics, Biology, and Chemistry four years of History, including United States History for all juniors), two years of Foreign Language, ten credits of PE/Health (2.5 credits each year), and five credits of Art.

“I believe this [the new requirements] is a positive change because the NCAA needs to put an emphasis on academics [for the student-athlete],” said AHS coach and athletic director Mr. Mark Houle.

What many young high school athletes don’t realize is that such a small percentage of college athletes go on to play professional sports. In 2012, other than baseball players, less than two percent of college athletes continue to play their sport professionally according to Business Insider.

By raising the required GPA, athletes may understand that college isn’t just about playing sports. Seeing that most players don’t play professionally, and aren’t paid by colleges, the only real way to take advantage of the opportunity is to earn a degree.

Currently Attleboro High School athletes are attending Division II and III schools, but maybe that will change in the future.

Behind the Bruins: A Fan’s Experience

  TD Garden, Boston’s Home  (Photo by/ Marissa Dias)


TD Garden, Boston’s Home
(Photo by/ Marissa Dias)

By: Marissa Dias 

The truth is, not many Bruins fans young or old have the opportunity to attend as many exciting games as they wish to, but when they can, the adrenaline is sure to be pumping throughout the entire game.

“The experience as a whole is awesome,” said Attleboro High School (AHS) junior Hannah Lamothe. “The team, the city and the atmosphere all make us fans feel like we’re doing something right,” she added.

Cold drinks and the aroma of hot dogs and fried dough are sure to entice any fan hungry for refreshments and some great hockey. Screaming fans fill up every seat, making it hard to stay calm throughout the duration of the game; excitement is always thick in the air.

“The whole game everyone is on their feet, cheering for our team,” said AHS junior Kayla Merritt.

The TD Garden, located in downtown Boston, is the home ice arena of the Bruins. The Garden is guaranteed to always be filled to the brink at every home hockey game. “Parking isn’t the best because of all of the traffic,” said Merritt, adding, “but walking through the city and seeing all the sights are pretty cool.”

Navigating through the arena is a difficult experience, but walking through the tunnel into the large open area to watch the puck drop is worth hustling through the crowds and being bombarded with Bostonians trying to make a quick buck.

“The walkways and the lines are crazy huge and a pain to get through but it’s all worth it to watch the game,” said AHS 2014 alumni Kevin Patton.

The players on the ice are role models for both young and old fans including youth hockey players who still look up to their favorite Bruin’s player, Keagin Larkin, an AHS high school junior and a Neponset Valley River Rats hockey player, looks up to the Bruins and especially number 63 Brad Marchand.

“Marchand is by far the best forward on the team,” said Larkin. “Watching the team work together to put the puck in the net when they can is good.  I take what I can away from their play to use with my team,” he added.

The games also inspire younger players to pursue their dreams of playing hockey in the future.  “I love coming to the games,” said Attleboro youth hockey player Noah Lamothe, adding “When I grow up I want to play at this level.”

This opportunity is not guaranteed to come every day or to every fan, so be sure to catch it while you can. The experience of a Boston Bruins fan at the TD Garden is one to remember for all ages.

OPINION: Schools Helping Students

An excerpt from the Attleboro High School program of studies. (Attleboro Public Schools)

An excerpt from the Attleboro High School program of studies. (Attleboro Public Schools)

By: Christine Arsenault

In response to the article in The Page, published Jan. 28, “Schools need to do more to help their student athletes”; athletes in schools aren’t the only people who need extra time to study. Although it’s a good point that sports, AP and honors classes take up an extensive amount of time, especially if a student takes part in all three, there are also school clubs, and students with jobs, who are struggling to keep up their academic performance.

If some athletes are striving for a study period for only themselves, are they also sympathetic toward others who take part in time consuming activities?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) states on their web site that: “secondary school students should have a minimum of 990 hours of structured learning time. Time which a student spends at school breakfast and lunch, passing between classes, in homeroom, at recess, in non-directed study periods, receiving school services, and participating in optional school programs shall not count toward meeting the minimum structured learning time requirement for that student (MGL 603 CMR 27.00 section 27.04 ¶ 2).”

If a study hall were to be instituted, students could have a non-directed study period, but it would also take away from in-class time, which could shorten classes, thus offering less time to cover the curriculum.

The math for each school year with a minimum of 189 full days, for students in Massachusetts, would have a total of 992 hours and 25 minutes of structured learning, not including 25 minutes of passing time, 20 minute lunches and 15 minute advisory/SSR time. This leaves 5 hours and 25 minutes of learning; students would barely make the minimum time for the required seat time. If DESE decided there was going to be a study period during the school day, they would have to compromise the hours by making school days longer or shortening classes or extending the amount of days students are in school. Remember, study halls don’t count toward the minimum 990 hours of learning required.

If a study period were to be offered, it should be open to all students, but it would take a lot of planning time to make it work while still having school end at an appropriate time in June.

KENNA’S WORLD: Buffalo Wild Wings

By: Kenna BeechKenna's World

The restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings recently opened at the new plaza The Pavilion across from Mansfield Crossing in Mansfield. Word quickly spread, and people began raving about it.

A group of friends and I took a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings one night. I didn’t expect anything like what we walked into; neither did Devon, Kim, or Harley. The welcoming chaos included all types of technology.

It was loud, people were hollering at the myriad number of televisions, which seemed to have every possible game blaring all at once. The restaurant has two large rooms for dining and the number of waiters/waitresses was endless. Our group was all told it would be about a 45 minute wait but we only waited 10 minutes before  being seated at a bar-style table.

Our waiter was exceptionally nice but we were all shocked when he asked, “Would you all like a tablet.” We all immediately said yes. He came back and handed us these heavy tablets, which consisted of trivia, poker, and arcade games. The restaurant must understand this generation and all the technology it consists of, because what better idea than to offer everyone an iPad-sized tablet to keep them busy while waiting for their order.

Considering how packed the place was, it was perfect. Everyone, throughout the restaurant was having a dandy time, and were more than content to wait longer periods of time for their food.

Since then I have returned twice. My friends, Harley, Kim, and Devon, have also returned. None of us can shut up about the next time we’ll all return.

The prices were relatively average, for example ten wings cost approximately $10.99.

There are an endless amount sauces and seasonings for the wings, which can be ordered boneless as well. We were all given more wings than ordered in our small (10 wing) dinners. Some of the seasonings were: Salt & Vinegar Seasoning, Sweet BBQ, Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Teriyaki, Mild, Parmesan Garlic, Chipotle BBQ Seasoning, Medium, or Honey BBQ.

There were other food options provided, such as sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and desserts.

The restaurant is located at 321 School St. in Mansfield. The phone number is (817) 453-1748 for reservations or takeout. Their menu can be seen here.

Kenna’s World is the Eagle’s Eye’s column by Teen Interest editor Kenna Beech. The junior discusses topics important to herself and about things important to teens.

Q&A with Teen Author Andrew Goldstein

Goldstein picture

Andrew Goldstein, author of The Football Volumes and Growing Up Green. (Courtesy of Andrew Goldstein)

By: Cameron Merritt

At only 17 years old, Cranbury, NJ native Andrew Goldstein has done what many other aspiring writers his age (and older) can only dream of. The Princeton High School senior already has published a book, 2013’s The Football Volumes, which he wrote while balancing classes and the daily life of a high schooler. He even has a second one on the way.

A former SI Kids Kid Reporter, the young sports journalist already has a long list of credentials, one which few others at this stage can boast. He gave an interview to the Eagle’s Eye to talk about the writing and publishing process, how’s he’s come to where he is, and his best advice for other aspiring young authors.  

QUESTION: In The Football Volumes, you said that it was your grandparents who first got you into football. Who or what first got you into writing, and more specifically, sports writing?

ANSWER: I started by reading [sportswriter] Rick Reilly in fourth and fifth grade, gradually transitioning to Bill Simmons as I got older. They were really the first ones who showed me how much fun writing could be; that it didn’t have to be boring. So I tried writing like they did, liked it, and eventually struck out on my own with the book.

Q: Before you began writing The Football Volumes, had you ever thought of writing a book before? If so, how did what you thought compare with the reality of it?

A: The Football Volumes was the first time I even thought about writing a book. It was about as difficult as I expected to be, although I think that I overestimated how well the concept of the first book would hold up.

Q: What are some of the most difficult things about writing a book while in high school? What are some of the most rewarding?

A: Balancing the workload was definitely the most difficult. If I didn’t feel like writing that day, too bad, I made myself do it. If I just finished my homework at 10 at night and wanted to go to sleep, the book still needed to be done. And since no teacher assigned me to write this book, the prospect of just saying “to hell with this thing” and quitting was constantly an option. Warding that off month after month was definitely challenging.

As for the rewards, this book reassured me that I was on the right career path. I wouldn’t put this much time and effort into something that I didn’t love, and I re-discovered my love for football through writing this book. It also taught me how to manage big projects effectively by breaking them up into smaller goals.

Q: How did you first discover your publisher, KidPub? How helpful have they been in the often difficult publishing process?

A: I just did a web search for publishers, and KidPub came up as a publisher that would take what I had and publish it quickly. I think I really undervalued the importance of choosing a good publisher; I just wanted the thing out as quickly as possible.

They were not very helpful at all in the publishing process. The guy didn’t return my emails for weeks on end, promised marketing support that he never delivered on, and generally left me out of the loop in the process. It was only after I threatened to go to another publisher that he responded to my emails. However, it was a good learning experience. I learned that being meek doesn’t get you anywhere. It taught me that sometimes, if I really wanted something, I would have to make a little bit of noise for it.

Q: How far through the writing process did they finally answer you back and agree to publish?

A: They agreed to publish from the beginning, but they don’t reject anybody. For a fixed price, they will publish anything.

Q: Does having a publishing deal early on make writing easier or put more pressure on you as a writer?

A: It makes writing easier. I don’t like to worry about anything during the creative process other than the creative process. Having a plan in place takes an extraordinary amount of pressure off.

Q: How did you feel the first time you saw a copy of The Football Volumes in print?

A: It was unbelievable. I looked at it for over a minute; just sat on the chair and stared at the cover. It was more shock than anything else. I knew that I wrote it, obviously, but actually seeing it… you never really get over that feeling. Maybe I will someday, but every time I see it I still feel like I did the first time I saw it. My brain just shuts off for a split second.

Q: Now you’ve been working on a second book. Could you tell us a little about that?

A: I actually finished writing the second book; it’s off at the publisher’s and due out sometime in Quarter 2 of 2014. The second book is called Growing Up Green; Living, Dying, and Dying Again as a Fan of the New York Jets. It’s about my personal journey as a Jets fan from age five to where I am now. Through telling my own story, I try to explain the psychology and emotions behind being a sports fan. It’s autobiographical, but I think there’s a part of every sports fan in this book. Plus, I think the concept will hold up a heck of a lot better this time than it did the last time.

I’d also like to mention how much of a pleasure my new publisher, AuthorHouse, has been to work with so far. They’ve been accommodating, extremely friendly, quick to respond to any of my questions, and generally pleasant to work with. Way better than my previous experience.

Q: How soon after finishing The Football Volumes did you start the process of writing Growing Up Green?

A: About three months after. I truly wasn’t planning on writing another one, but the idea just kind of hit me when I was trying to fall asleep at SBC [Sports Broadcasting Camp]. After doing some pre-writing at three in the morning, I slept and forgot about it for a few days. But after that, I took another look at the premise and my life before deciding to do it. The decision essentially boiled down to “I have a good idea that I’m at the right place in my life to write about, and it’s the last year where I can for sure carve out enough free time to do something like this.” When I put it to myself that way, saying “Screw it, I’m doing this” became the only real option.

Q: How do the styles of The Football Volumes and Growing Up Green compare?

A: The Football Volumes was easier to write, just because it was a more familiar style. Watch something on TV, write about it, make a couple of snarky jokes, and I had an entry for the book. Growing Up Green, I think, is a more intelligent piece of writing, just because of what was required to write it. I had to look inwardly instead of outwardly, really challenge myself to come up with interesting things to say about memories which I hadn’t accessed for a long time.  There’s still humor and sarcasm and blatant bias and all the stuff that was in Football Volumes, but it’s a little bit more covert and done in a smarter way, or at least I’d like to think so. Plus, I already had one book under my belt when I started writing Growing Up Green, so I think it’s going to be a bit more polished purely by virtue of experience. No different than playing a sport or learning an instrument in that respect.

Q: What would you recommend more casual fans do if they wanted to expand their football knowledge?

A: I think that one of the places where I went wrong in The Football Volumes is that I made it very inaccessible to casual fans and non-fans. I think that definitely turned some people off. Growing Up Green will be, without a doubt, accessible even to non-fans because, while the topic is football, the themes of hope, despair, blind devotion, and everything else that goes along with being a fan are universals. I’ve learned a lot from The Football Volumes‘ failure to reach non-fans, and I’ve used what I learned to make Growing Up Green a more accessible book.

Q: What are some of the most important lessons you took from writing your first book that you applied to your second?

A: Some of the most important lessons include:

  • Don’t assume everybody has baseline knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Never be afraid to take risks like using humor, rhetorical questions, etc. Even something as simple as italics differentiates your writing from the next guy’s.
  • Your writing is never nearly as bad as you think it is, but it’s never as good either.
  • All of the best writing in the world doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have a concept that’s going to be just as engaging after a year as it was on release. The writing style makes the reader stay, but the concept gets them interested.
  • Prioritize having a cordial relationship with your publisher and market aggressively. Don’t just assume people are going to buy your book just because you wrote one.
  • There are millions, if not billions of other books out there. You have to be able to say, in a few sentences and/or under twenty seconds, why your book is different from all the others.

Q: You’ve been attending Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps since 2007, and this summer will be your final year. How have your experiences there helped you grow and develop as a sports journalist and what kind of affect have they had on you overall?

A: I don’t even know where to start on this one. Like I’ve always said, SBC has been the best week of my year for what will soon be nine years. I remember that at age nine, when everybody else wanted to be Superman or the president or part of N’SYNC, I wanted to be a sportscaster. That was just such a weird thing to carry around with you because nobody else wanted to do that. SBC showed me that there are people who knew exactly who Mel Allen was, people who loved sports as much as I did, people who got it. I’ve made some of the best friends I’m ever going to make at that place and I’ve had so much fun there that it’s unbelievable. Just talking into the microphone attached to the VCRs or computers playing SportsCenter Top 10 re-runs and competing in the PTI tournament just reaffirmed the notion that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’m going to miss the hell out of that place after this summer, and hopefully I can come back one day and be a speaker.

Q: What’s kept you coming back to the Bay State, and the New Jersey camp all these years?

A: The thing that’s really kept me coming back- not just to Boston, but to New Jersey as well- has been the people. When you find a person or a group of people who truly get you, you know it instantly. That describes most of the people at SBC. They still get excited when Jeremy [Treatman, the camp’s founder] shows the One Shining Moment Kobe [Bryant] video, just like I do after all these years. They’re the only people I know for whom sports carries the same amount of disproportionate importance in life as they do for me. That’s what keeps me coming back every year: the people, the broadcasting, and the memories.

Q: Finally, what advice what you give to any other young prospective authors out there?

A: Go for it. Go. For. It. Believe in yourself, never stop improving, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. When I published The Football Volumes, I thought it was the best thing I could possibly write. Now, I read it and I think, “Wait a second, was this really the best I could do? This is it?” And I’ll probably feel that way about this upcoming book before long. I mention this because so many people are discouraged from writing because of self-doubt. I’ve found that not only will you end up being overly critical of what you wrote, but it’s that criticism that pushes you to go for it even more, to try new things and write in different ways. Really, I’d advise them to just write something, make it the best it can be, don’t be someone you’re not, and keep taking chances.

Goldstein’s Growing Up Green is set to be released in the spring and will be available online at bookstore.authorhouse.com for a price yet to be determined and The Football Volumes can be purchased for $14.95 at KidPub’s website or on Amazon.