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The NBA is heating up

Nick Tomaski, Sports Desk

March 18, 2013

Good news for all you NBA fans: basketball season is about to get interesting. The season is at that point where no team is going to be able to jump four spots in the standings. That being said, there isn’t a shortage of major storylines by any means. Players like Chris Paul and Kevin Durant have to make their final cases for the MVP (even if it may be next to impossible to catch King James). The Lakers have caught...

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...

Athlete of the Week: Lance Bergmann

Athlete of the Week: Lance Bergmann

March 17, 2013

Senior Lance Bergmann has swum for the Ironmen all four years, for three of those years, Bergmann has represented the school at the IHSA State Swimming and Diving competition in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bergmann...

NFL Combine: Is it valuable?

Tyler Durbin, Sports

March 13, 2013

The NFL’s season games are over, but football is not. The NFL draft is near, which means there is plenty of time for football gurus to study and talk about potential NFL stars. A major step for the players coming from college to the NFL is the Scouting Combine, which is a showcase of amateur players to demonstrate their physical abilities to potential interested teams. The Combine has many tests for the athletes, but...

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 indoor...

Ironmen outscore Danville in round one of playoffs

Ironmen outscore Danville in round one of playoffs

February 27, 2013

The Ironmen (24-6) added an addition to their current 20 game-winning streak by beating the Danville Vikings, 63-40 in runaway victory for the unstoppable Ironmen This win will put the Iron in the final...

Successful boys senior night

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 26, 2013

The boys basketball team added to their winning streak to make it 19 straight wins with a 53-45 victory over the Urbana Tigers. This was the last game before the team started postseason play and it was also Senior Night. The student section was the strongest it has been all year to send the seniors out with a bang. The Ironmen have six seniors on their roster: Callen Boddie, Marquet Newsome, Trevor Seibring, Randy Heideman,...

NCHS Students Sign National Letter of Intent

NCHS Students Sign National Letter of Intent

February 25, 2013

February 6th, better known as National Signing Day, could be the turning point in many young athletes lives. National Signing Day is when prospective college athletes sign their Nations Letter of Intent ...

National Signing Day: college football

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 25, 2013

National Signing Day has come and gone, and the future of many teams has changed in a big way. National Signing Day is the first day that high school seniors can sign an agreement, better known as a Letter of Intent, with a college that is a member of the NCAA. Many athletes make verbal commitments to schools, but they are not locked in until they sign their National Letter of Intent. Therefore, a player can make a quick switch...

Just take a deep breath

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2013

You start getting ready for your big event. Your stomach twists, your hands get sweaty, and your heart starts beating faster and faster. These are your nerves, anxiety, and excitement all put together. So how do you calm all of these feelings down? You always want to focus on the outcome (hopefully it’s winning), but if you put too much thought into the end result your performance might not be the best. Just focusing...

Stepping up to new levels

February 22, 2013

Saturday morning, Normal Community Step Team members woke up early to drive one and a half hours to their first competition in Tuscola, Illinois. The team was one of two teams to compete in the step category and placed second place right under Waubonsie Valley High School from Aurora, Illinois. The Step Team this year is also the first team from Normal Community to ever compete in step. NCHS also competed in the hip-hop category...

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 Tod...

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...

Big 12 Swim Conference

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2013

It may be called the Big 12 Conference, but for swimming only seven teams compete. These teams include NCHS, Normal Community West,  Bloomington, Champaign Central, Champaign Centennial, Danville, and Urbana. The meet is the last meet for junior varsity swimmers and divers. This divides the competition into two different categories where both varsity and Junior Varsity can place. The winner for both varsity and junior...

Should concussions be taken more seriously?

Nick Tomaski, Sports Desk

February 12, 2013

In the midst of the 20th century, a new, revolutionary sport called football is opening up as an exciting and crowd-pleasing game. Ever since football’s creation, players have been suffering from severe head injuries called concussions, which are traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that shakes the brain inside the skull. Back during the birth of the NFL...

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