The NCLA Falcons Wrestling Season Goes Out With a Bang
Gideon Van Dyke
January 31, 2020 – The NCLA falcons Wrestling Team wrestled their last official match before regionals this past Tuesday night at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
The match at Wesleyan was a quad match meaning there were four teams present and each team wrestled Middle and High School matches making the match go on for many hours. Some highlights of the night were Isaac Woodlief won most of his matches with a pin.
Before the match head coach Mat Tuddle stated, “Let’s wrestle just as hard as we did in our last match and as we did on our first match lets go make all the effort we have put in this season pay off let’s leave it all on the mat.”
The team only had five wrestlers and out of them, only two wrestled. The matches that were wrestled were only in the lighter weight classes. Isaac Woodlief, the teams 152, and Chris Hungerford, the teams 120, got some good mat time the teams 220 and heavyweight wrestles ended up with three forfeits that night.
The team has grown in many ways since the season has begun they started with almost 18 wrestlers and due to injuries and some people quitting the team was down to seven wrestlers.
When asked about his favorite memories of this past season, Sophomore Nick Hurst stated, “My favorite memory with the boys is when we were bumping to Sweet Home Alabama on the bus on the way to a match.”
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Biggest Turnout for Golf in NCLA History
Gideon Van Dyke
February 28, 2020 – The Middle School and High School golf teams are coming back for their spring seasons.
“My expectations for this season are to gain everyone a lot of experience, to grow to get a little better, and have fun,” said Coach Christopher Walsh.
Last year the high school team made a major achievement last year by making it to the 1A regionals tournament.
The team has a lot of talent returning, “It looks like I am having a return of all my high school and middle school players from last year but we have a lot of new players we are having the largest tryouts for golf in this school’s history,” said Walsh
On the topic of the turnout for tryouts, the middle and high school teams combined have over 30 students trying out for the teams this week.
The High School team’s first match is on Mar. 4. and the Middle School has one next week. Both teams are using the Pine Knolls course in Kernersville as their home course for this season.
“My hope for the season is that I can hit the ball and not Clarice,” said junior, Annie Ellis.
Conference Championships Will set up BCS
December 5, 2020 – The College Football Conference Championships are about to start this week. It will be an exciting week with many teams looking to make it into the BCS playoffs.
On Friday in Santa Clara, California, the Pac-12 championship will take place between Oregon and Utah. Utah clinched the Pac-12 South Division with the win over Colorado. Oregon is 10th in the country in rushing defense, but allows 106.3 rushing yards in a game. Utah has the best rushing defense, 3rd best scoring defense, and then 14th ranked passing defense.
Jackson’s Pick: Utah
Then in Arlington, Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma faced off again, where Oklahoma beat Baylor 34-31 after a 23 point deficit on November 16. The Big 12 championship will be on December 7, Saturday, at AT&T. This will surely be another great game because these two teams match up great with each other. Baylor will sure be out for revenge from their last meeting!
Jackson’s Pick: Baylor
In Atlanta, Georgia and LSU will face off for the SEC on December 7 as well. This is sure to be a great game because both of these teams are both sitting in the recent AP Top 4 rankings. Georgia is currently an underdog to the LSU Tigers. LSU leads the SEC in scoring offense and has the quarterback that has the single-season passing yard record.
Jackson’s Pick: LSU
Down in Charlotte, North Carolina will be the ACC championship between Virginia and the reigning champs, Clemson. The Clemson Tigers have won 5 in the last 8 years and 4 of them being consecutive. Obviously Clemson is the considered favorite by a lot to win this game. The Tigers have only given up 121 points all season, while Virginia’s defense has given up 116 points in just its four November games. It is safe to say who will win the ACC.
Jackson’s Pick: Clemson
Finally in Indianapolis, Wisconsin and the #1 Ohio State will face off for the Big Ten championship. Ohio State is currently the favorite by 18. The two teams faced off earlier in the season with an Ohio State win 38-7. Everything about Ohio State is great at this moment, they are just coming off a 56-27 win over Michigan. This will be the third meeting between Ohio State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.
Jackson’s Pick: Ohio State
No Summer Games This Year
April 1, 2020 – The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years. They bring all the countries of the world together. This year will be different because of a major issue that has risen. The US now has “more than 210,000 people in the United States have been infected.” said CNN.
“The pandemic is the ‘greatest test’ the world has faced since the end of World War II,” according to CNN and the secretary general of the United Nations.
With the pandemic becoming more and more of a problem, the biggest event in the world decided to postpone the games until 2021.
“The decision to postpone the Games, but no later than summer 2021…to have the Olympic flame staying in Japan until the opening of the Fames and to keep the name Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.” said the International olympic Committee President.
The postponement of the games also comes with a heavy price to pay.
“The Olympics would bring the total cost to about $15.3 billion…”said Forbes. Compared to “ the Rio Olympics cost $13 billion…” said businessinsider.com.
The Olympics set a new date for Jul. 23, 2021, through Aug. 8, 2021, and the Paralympics to be on Aug. 24 though Sept. 5,2021, but anything can happen at any time.
“The virus could last into next year’s fits with the predictions of some experts.” said statnews.com and Nancy Messonnier who works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.