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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...

NCHS defeats rival West

NCHS defeats rival West

February 10, 2013

The Normal Community Ironmen boys basketball team stomped their rivals, the Normal West Wildcats, with a final score of 49-39. The rivalry game took place on January 22nd. West won the tip off at the...

Tiger still the best?

Kalin Redd, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2013

Tiger Woods, known most for being an adulterer and probably the most hated golfer in the PGA Tour. He picked up his first win of 2013 in the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego on Monday, January 28th. Woods is still showing signs that he is still one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game of golf, even with all the controversies that he has been going through. Woods started playing golf at a very young age. Tiger’s...

Intercity swimming and diving

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

February 8, 2013

Five teams came together at Normal Community West High School to compete for the Intercity swim title on Tuesday January 22nd at 5:00 PM.  The teams included: West, U-High, Central Catholic, NCHS, and Bloomington. West came out on top with a score of 563, but the Ironmen placed third with 466 points. The Ironmen started off strong with the help of the 200-yard medley relay placing second overall with a time of 1:43....

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,...

Ironmen impressively win 11th straight

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 4, 2013

Some may have thought that the Ironmen Boys basketball team might have not been ready to play Danville on Friday night after their four game sweep at the Rockton tournament the previous weekend. The Ironmen had rattled off 10 straight wins and Danville didn’t slow them down on their way to 11 straight. The Ironmen used solid post play along with good outside shooting to take care of Danville, 59-39. The game started a...

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....

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