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Sports Beans

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

January 29, 2013

  Jelly Belly created Sports Beans for athletes everywhere. Sports Beans are jellybeans that give athletes a quick boost of energy. The four main flavors are: Berry, Fruit Punch, Orange, and Lemon Lime. There is an assorted flavor pack that includes all four flavors. Along with these four basic flavors, there are two Extreme flavors: Cherry and Watermelon. Sports Beans have carbohydrates, electrolytes, vitamin...

How to reduce soreness

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

January 29, 2013

Coaches push athletes everyday to do their best. But are they pushing too hard? Athletes are always saying that they are sore and tired. While coaches are looking for this outcome, being sore is not always the best thing. But since we can’t change the coaches’ minds, here are some tips from Ben Greenfield, a fitness and triathlon expert and host of the Get-Fit Guy podcast, on how to reduce that soreness. Before yo...

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 Musi...

Wildcats’ fans going wild

Kalin Redd, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2013

If you’re a Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, you should start saying your prayers.  Their mediocre record has their fans weeping in sorrow.  Coach John Calipari said, “Whoever has Kentucky ranked in their top five in the preseason poll needed to be drug tested.”  Nobody is disagreeing with him now, according to USA Today. Coach Calipari’s Wildcats 10 wins and 5 losses are nowhere close in comparison to last ...

NHL lockout ended

Tyler Durbin, Sports

January 21, 2013

National Hockey League fans can breathe easy now that the NHL lockout has ended after 113 long days. The NHL had been locked out since September 15, 2012.  The lockout was a labor dispute between the players and the owners. The main reason for this lockout, like most lockouts, was money. Secondary reasons for the lockout were formation of player contracts.  NHL fans are far too familiar with lockouts after the 2004-2005...

Ray Lewis’ ride is one for the record books

Tyler Durbin, Sports

January 21, 2013

The National Football League is going to lose one of the best linebackers in history at the end of the Baltimore Ravens’ season. Whether the Ravens win the Super Bowl or not, Ray Lewis announced that this will be his last season playing in the NFL. Lewis is recognized as one of the best linebackers to ever play football.  He has played all of his 17 seasons for Baltimore. Lewis played three years for the University of...

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...

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 compe...

Once again the BCS is questioned

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

There will be questions surrounding college football for another year. The Bowl Championship System, or BCS, has been under a lot criticism from the general public the last few years. The BCS creates five bowl games at the end of the season for the teams in the BCS rankings.  It ranks teams mostly on computer methods and a few other polls; Therefore it cannot factor in the human view of teams. If a highly ranked team lost...

First time ever freshman wins Heisman

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football every season. It is the most prestigious award and mosted anticipated award in college football. History was going to be made regardless of which of the three finalists won this year. The three finalists were quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who would be the first freshman ever to win the award. Linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre...

Ironmen swimming and diving

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

December 17, 2012

Winter sports have begun! One of those sports would be Ironmen Swimming and Diving, whose season started on November 19th and ends February 23rd. The team consists of thirty-seven swimmers and two divers. The meets this season are mostly away, but there are some invitationals in town that you can attend. One of the invitatational would be the Bloomington Invite, which will be on December 15th and is held at Bloomington High ...

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 care...

Big Ten let lead slip away

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 6, 2012

For the first time in Big Ten-ACC Challenge history, the competition ended in a tie. The Challenge started in 1999 and was dominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference, better known as the ACC, the ACC won the first ten match ups.  Recently though, the Big Ten had responded with three straight wins before this year’s tie. Since it was a tie, the Big Ten retains the title, but it has to feel like a loss for the Big Ten. The...

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

December 5, 2012

The Illinois State Men’s Basketball team is off to a hot start in the early season. The Redbirds started 5-0 before falling to Northwestern for their first loss in the championship game of the South...

Lady Iron swimming and diving recap

Lady Iron swimming and diving recap

November 29, 2012

Lady Iron Swimming finished their season on a rather high note. They won the Big 12 Conference for the third year in a row, which is a huge accomplishment considering 3 years ago was the first time they ...

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