NCLA Slugger Season Begins
By: Cheyanne Alston
Workouts for Baseball have already begun but tryouts will be happening the week of february 18th. After which, practice will be happening everyday in order to get ready for the first games in the middle of march.
“I would like to see our seniors become more vocal in their leadership roles like Michael Walsh and Matthew Ritchie, but our most experienced players are Reily Porto and Spencer Lewis. If they can find a way to lead their teammates to getting better at the sport, then we could see a huge increase in our overall skill.” Phillip Landphair, NCLA teacher and Baseball coach
This year is the first year that the NCLA Baseball team will be playing under the State Athletic Association. This means the programs this years team plays against will have more experience than previous years and we are excited to see how the team fairs this year.
“I think with the new territory of the state association, we can expect to have a down year as we acclimate to the newness of our surroundings. With that said, our players have been getting better every year and are growing in experience. So while things might be difficult at the beginning of the season, I think we can find footing and put ourselves in a position to win some good games deeper in the season.” Phillip Landphair
This years team better be prepared to work because the coach Phillip Landfair said in an interview one of his personal goals for this year is
“to get a more strict with the way that I handle the players as they need to focus to continue to get better. While we should have fun, that shouldn’t come at the experience of improving our game.”
High School Girls Soccer Season Preview
By: James Wilson
The High School Girls Soccer Team is gearing up and getting ready for the season. The High School Girls soccer team is one of the better sports this school has to offer.
The Girls team has three seniors; Camille Leake, Charlotte Bullock and Natalie Peters. All of these ladies are long time soccer players that are committed to the game.
Their season consists of 14 games, they have their work cut out, but they have what it takes because they have repeatedly won games and shown their offensive prowess.
Bullock is a CDM or Center Defensive Mid player, “I like defense because it’s nice to get assists, without defense offense wouldn’t be able to have clean goals”
Camille Leake got 26 goals in her 10 games in her Junior season, and is hoping to get even more this year. Leake is a strong finisher who also loves to get her teammates included, in a 15-0 win against Winston Salem Christian every single player scored a point, she enjoys getting players involved because it keeps the confidence up.
For the students, go out to support the ladies and cheer for the team their season is short so don’t wait to catch a game!
NBA Deadline Trades!
By: Brooke Bandy
Tobias Harris enjoying his time on his new team the Philadelphia 76ers
NBA trades are ended on Thursday, February 7, so here’s the rundown on all the switches and deals.
The LA Clippers traded Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to the Philadelphia 76ers. In return, the 76ers get Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2021 first round pick, and a 2021 and 2023 second round pick.
The Lakers traded Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk to the Detroit Pistons and got Reggie Bullock. The Pistons also get a 2021 second round pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers trade Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Wade Baldwin IV, Nik Stauskas, and a 2021 and 2023 second round pick.
The Washington Wizards got Trevor Ariza and gave the Phoenix Suns Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers.
The Dallas Mavericks got Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Trey Burke from the New York Knicks. In exchange, the Knicks got Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first round picks.
The Houston Rockets traded Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, and in return got draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic. The Bulls also got draft rights to Jon Diebler Cash.
The Bulls also traded with the Rockets, getting Michael Carter-Williams and giving Houston a future second round pick.
In yet another Bulls trade, the Grizzlies received Justin Holiday and the Bulls got Marshon Brooks, Wayne Sheldon, and a 2019 second round pick, as well as a 2020 second round pick.
The Memphis Grizzlies gave Marc Gasol a new home in Toronto, the Raptors offered Jonas Valanciunas , Delon Wright , CJ Miles and a second round pick. An awkward trade in some ways, but a team trying to stay on top cannot get lazy with trades.
A massive triple team went down during the trading period between the Cavs, Bucks, and Wizards. The Cavs get Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, 2021 first and second round picks, and a 2022 second round pick. The Bucks get George Hill, Jason Smith, and a 2021 second round pick. The Wizards get Sam Dekker.
In a Bucks and Wizards trade, Washington got draft compensation and the Bucks got Jodie Meeks (who will be waived), afuture second round pick, and cash consideration.
The New Orleans Pelicans get Wesley Johnson and trade Alexis Ajinca to the LA Clippers.
Houston received Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight from the Phoenix Suns. in exchange, the Suns got Ryan Anderson and draft rights to De’Anthony Melton.
The Cavs ended up getting Sam Dekker, draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis, and cash considerations from the Clippers. The Clippers got draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko.
Otto Porter Jr. was sent to the Chicago Bulls from Washington in exchange for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, and a protected 2023 second round draft pick.
The Pelicans traded Wesley Johnson to the Wizards to get Markieff Morris and a 2023 second round draft pick.
The Mavericks traded Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. This angered Los Angeles Lakers small/power forward, Lebron James. Barnes was traded in the middle of a game against the Charlotte Hornets. “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right??? Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am.” (espn.com) James captioned and Instagram video, in which he ranted about the trade.
NBA All Star Game in Charlotte!
By: Nick Williford
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game between Team Lebron and Team Giannis a will be the 68th edition of an exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019.
This is the second time the NBA has used the “All Star Draft” format. A player from the East and West are voted upon and they get to draft from a pool of voted NBA All stars. The is the first time that the all-star draft was televised so we can see who got picked first and who got picked last.
The game will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the home of the Charlotte Hornets and Kemba Walker, an all-star partaking in the game on Team Giannis as a backcourt starter.
This is the second time that Charlotte will host the All-Star Game because the first time was in 1991.
The game will be played on the network TNT for the 17th year in a row. Previously TNT hosts have been critical of the Dunk Competition that happens the day Team Giannis should win because of their explosive players.
Kemba has declared that he wants to go for all-star MVP, so he will be the 2nd Charlotte Hornet all-star to win All-star Game MVP.
The all-star game being in Charlotte could help Kemba Walker decide to sign to the Hornets again.
Victor Oladipo was injured before the game, and De’Angelo Russell was given his spot. Some of the players that have gotten picked might not get many minutes because of the immense amount of talent that is starting.
As for the NBA players getting into the game, Ben Simmons was a mistake, he has yet to be good at Power Forward, and has been even worse as a point guard, he keeps forcing that position but he will have to eventually play his natural position. NBA Point Guards have expectations, long range shooting, near perfect free throw shooting and Ben Simmons is terrible at these positions. His propensity to get assists is not enough for being a point guard, Lebron gets assists and he doesn’t play point guard. Simmons needs to accept his play and play where he belongs.
The roster is down below.