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Let, second serve: Iron Tennis warms up for new challenges

Let, second serve: Iron Tennis warms up for new challenges

March 25, 2020

Despite the core of last year’s boys tennis team graduating or otherwise not returning for the 2020 season, the Iron Tennis program remains determined to repeat their 2019 success.  In 2019, the program won the Big 12 Conference, an IHSA Class 2A Sectional, and qualified six entries to the State tournament.  “We’ve lost a lot of key players - we know that,” Muneeth Narra (‘20) said, “but we hope to compete just as strongly as we did last year because we have a great group of younger guys coming through,”  In years past, the focus of the season has been to improve on the one prior; but after such a successful ’19 campaign, this year’s goals center around not building, but maintaining those levels. Of last season’s varsity players, four will be coming back. Despite the turnover - which included three-year State finalist and captain Parker Honegger - the team retains key personnel from last year, who will be relied on to provide leadership throughout the season. 

Coach Short, Ironmen seniors offer opinions ahead of baseball season

Coach Short, Ironmen seniors offer opinions ahead of baseball season

March 25, 2020

After graduating 14 seniors, the Ironmen varsity baseball team began their 2020 season with clear goals and high hopes.  The goal isn’t “really about doing any better than last year,” Head Coach Ryan Short said, but “just trying to do as well as this group can.” Prior to the postponement of the season, Short was optimistic about the team’s potential, saying he  “think[s] this group can do really well.” After last year’s exit on a rainy day in the Regional Championship game against Moline, Short is determined to make it a step further this year, and he thinks the Ironmen are up for the challenge. On their journey to Regionals, Short hopes to win the Big 12 Conference since NCHS is currently half a point ahead of Peoria Notre Dame for the all-sports trophy. “We spring sports need to pull our weight,” Short said. Short believes that the key to the team pulling its weight and reaching its full potential is camaraderie and chemistry, something he doesn’t think will be an issue for this group, which will make it easier to focus on and achieve season success.

Lacrosse meeting reveals new details for the first co-op season

Lacrosse meeting reveals new details for the first co-op season

December 11, 2019

Local high school students interested in joining the Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse co-op attended the newly formed organization’s first informational meeting on Thursday, December 5 at NCHS. The addition to the athletic program will be comprised of students from all three public high schools: Normal Community, Normal West, and Bloomington. The ...

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