Will Middlebrooks sends 3 over the fence against the Blue Jays

John Lenz, Sports

April 16, 2013

The Red Sox’s third baseman Will Middlebrooks had the best offensive game of his career against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 7th.  He went 4 for 5 with 3 homeruns and 4 RBIs. Middlebrooks’s first 2 homeruns came off of the national league’s Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.  It is very rare to see someone hit so well against a pitcher who has proven himself to be so good at the sport.  Nonetheless, Middlebrooks hit a 2 run homerun in the 1st inning and then a solo shot in the 5th off of Dickey.  By this point, it was obvious that Middlebrooks was playing th...

World classic baseball brawl

John Lenz, Sports

March 17, 2013

MMA and boxing are the sports that fans tend to go to purely for the fights. You can maybe even squeeze hockey into that category. But baseball is definitely not one of those sports. However, a massive fight broke out on March 9th in the 9th inning between Mexico and Canada at the World Baseball Classic involving just about every member of both teams. Granted, not every player was throwing punches and going for the knock out. Most were seen trying to separate and restrain players.The fight was first initiated when Mexico’s pitcher Arnold Leon threw multiple consecuti...

Start of boys track season

John Lenz, Sports

March 7, 2013

Track has officially started here at Normal Community.  Over 90 boys have been attending the indoor track workouts since January 8th until their first official practice, which was on February 13th.  This is the highest number of athletes NCHS boys track has ever had. Although there has been some inclement weather for the first few weeks of practice, that hasn’t set them back one bit.  The track team practices indoors when the weather is not cooperating.  Obviously, their exercises are more limited indoors, but they are able to do some exercises such as stations in w...

Will Chris Carpenter be out forever?

John Lenz, Sports

February 12, 2013

Chris Carpenter is arguably the best starting pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals have on their roster currently.  However, it has recently been released to the public that his pitching career could soon be coming to an end. Carpenter has been struggling with nerve damage for the past few years.  It forced him to miss all but the tail end of the 2011 season, as well as the first half of the 2012 season.  According to USA Today, the injury causes him to feel numbness and tingling throughout his throwing arm, shoulder, and neck.  According to Science Daily, if nerve damage ...

Novak Djokovic kicks tennis ball in Australian Open

John Lenz, Sports

February 12, 2013

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is not one who is famous for his explosive temper.  However, on January 27th, he surprised the Australian crowd by kicking a tennis ball out of frustration just seconds after loosing an intense point. Djokovic was playing Andy Murray in the finals of the Australian Open when he booted the ball across the stadium.  After losing a 16-shot rally by missing a routine forehand long, he reared his left foot back and gave the ball the ride of its life, as well as giving a lucky fan a souvenir.  And what a kick it was.  The ball was measured t...

Upcoming 2013 NCHS baseball season

John Lenz, Sports

February 8, 2013

The NCHS baseball team set the bar for themselves pretty high after last year’s stellar performance.  Last season, they made it to the Regional Championship, where they lost to Moline.  Their record at the end of the season was 17-20. Our baseball team will have to fill in for those who graduated.  6 of the 9 starters were seniors last year, and are therefore no longer apart of the NCHS baseball team.  Of those 6, only 1 got a baseball scholarship.  Eric Fight received a scholarship from Heartland Community College.  Fight was a starting outfielder when he was...

Ray Lewis’ murder accusation

John Lenz, Sports

February 4, 2013

On January 31, 2000, current Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was reported to have been a part of a fight that caused death of two men.  The fight resulted in the stabbing of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar.  Although Lewis was never proven guilty of the murders, many are still asking the question, “Did he do it?” According to Sports Illustrated, the fight took place at a Super Bowl party in Atlanta, Georgia.  Shortly after the murders, the Atlanta Police Department interrogated Lewis as well as two of his friends, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.  Oakley a...

The death of one of baseball’s greatest

John Lenz, Sports

January 29, 2013

We lost one of baseball’s greatest players of all time when Stan “The Man” Musial passed away on January 19th.  He died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Ladue, Missouri at the age of 92.  His family was at his side when he passed away. Musial played for the St. Louis Cardinals for the entirety of his MLB career.  Francis Slay, the mayor of St. Louis, ordered all flags to be at half-staff to honor Musial’s death.  The mayor also went on St. Louis Publi­c Radio: “St. Louis has lost not just baseball’s ‘perfect knight’ but also its own fa...

Nobody Elected into MLB Hall of Fame

John Lenz, Sports

January 21, 2013

There were a handful of players who were expected to easily make it into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.  However, in an unexpected turn of events, nobody made the cut. The favorites were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Craig Biggio, and Sammy Sosa.  Unfortunately, none of these players were able to obtain the required number of votes to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. Pitcher Roger Clemens has 24 years of major league experience under his belt (1984-2007).  In 1986 he was crowned the American League MVP after recording 24 regular season wins and leading the...

Scared Hitless wins intramural volleyball championship

John Lenz, Sports

December 24, 2012

After almost 2 months of intramural volleyball play, a champion was crowned. Scared Hitless overcame Semi-Pro on December 12th in an intense three set match with a score of 20-25(L), 25-21(W), 15-10(W). Although Semi-Pro had more volleyball experience than their opponent, Scared Hitless still came out on top. Semi-Pro had multiple players who are on the Illini Elite volleyball team. Illini Elite is one of Illinois’s most competitive and intense volleyball programs in the state. Those who make the team are considered to be the best of the best. Scared Hitless, o...

Pederson makes school history

December 10, 2012

Senior Carly Pederson made NCHS history on November 3rd by breaking the school record for fastest cross-country time.  Pederson ran a time of 17:14.6 at the 3-mile IHSA state cross-country race and placed 28th. She also broke her personal best time; which before November 3rd, was 17:36.  Pederson says that breaking the school record, as well as her previous personal best, was the single best moment of her cross-country career thus far.  “Seeing my teammates at the end and having my best friends and my teammates at the finish line was the best way to end the season....

Senior Luci Weis executes a hard bounce pass to a teammate in their game agianst BHS.

Lady Iron Basketball produces first win of the season

November 28, 2012

NCHS turned out to be too much to handle for the BHS Raiders in Tuesday’s girls basketball game.  The Lady Iron came out on top with a score of 38-32. Both teams had exceptional defense throughout the game; allowing very few open shots. A combination of quality defense by BHS and poor shot selection by NCHS resulted in only 6 points for the Lady...

Abby Bender (12) sets up a play as point guard

Lady Iron Basketball falls short against Central Catholic

November 20, 2012

The Lady Iron basketball team once again fell short at their game against the Central Catholic Saints.  The Saints came out on top with a score of 67-22.  The Saints’ defense was clearly their strong point.  They were using full court press (defense from baseline to baseline, versus letting them come to half court before applying pressure), which...

NCHS walks onto the court for tip-off.

Bad start for Lady Iron Basketball

November 18, 2012

The season opener on Monday for the Lady Iron basketball team definitely could have gone better.  From tip off until the end of the 4th quarter, NCHS was at the mercy of the U-high Pioneers. Nothing seemed to go in favor of the Lady Iron.  U-high scored first, followed by an immediate NCHS turnover and another Pioneer basket.  This seemed to set the...

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