It seems like just yesterday school was starting, and now we are on to 2nd quarter. Many fun events happened in 1st quarter, and it flew by in the blink of an eye. From hanging out at football games, to cheering loudly at volleyball matches, to planning homecoming proposals, and dancing the night away, 1st quarter was eventful.
From homecoming with crazy outfits, (such as cut off jeans and inflatable t-rex costumes), to the homecoming games with hilarious posters and competitive attitudes. All of these events have made 1st quarter very memorable and a great start to the year.
I spoke to Mr. Field to hear his thoughts on quarter one, this is what he said. “My favorite moment of the first quarter may be lunch and our new cafeteria program with Aramark! I think it has been a really positive change for our district. Homecoming games were a blast, and the Spaniards were awesome to have in the building for another great exchange! The Principal’s Advisory Council and School Leadership team have also had some insider meetings that were great to be a part of. There is just a lot of good stuff going on!” I also asked him if he could describe quarter one in three words what would they be, he responded with, “unseasonably warm days.”
The staff at The Bolt could not agree more!
Ashlyn is a sophomore at SVHS. She is also The Bolt's Sports Editor.
The Scholastic Bowl season has just begun, and they are already on fire! Both J.V. and Varsity teams are undefeated with a record of 6-0. The teams they have defeated so far are: St. Teresa, Springfield Southeast, Taylorville, Decatur MacArthur, Argenta-Oreana, and Eisenhower.
As I interviewed Coach Scan, he told me that his favorite thing about coaching the team is: “Simply just watching them be competitive, having fun, and being such great sports!” Coach Scan’s answer to my question of who the team’s rivalries are was: “Maroa-Forsyth, St. Teresa, and Mt. Zion. Warrensburg-Latham has also always been a big rival with us.”
The Scholastic Bowl team has a total of 18 kids between Varsity and J.V. Four of the team members are seniors, with one of them being Varsity Captain, Jachin Wiese. I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the season. “We have a lot of matches remaining in our fall tournament and in our conference during the winter months. Win or lose, I hope they all continue having fun and being great representatives of Sangamon Valley!” Everyone is very excited to see what this group of exemplary students has in store for the rest of the year!
Lexi is a senior at SVHS.
The students and staff at Sangamon Valley High School always go all out for Homecoming Week, and they always have a lot of fun. What better way of starting out Homecoming Week than with ‘Merica Monday? There was a lot of red, white, and blue. Everyone added a little touch of Patriotic flair into their apparel, and went all out for ‘Merica Monday.
The next dress up day was Country vs. Country Club. There were a lot of people with cowboy hats and boots, but there were also a lot who pulled off country club look. All showed their true colors.
The third day was Wacky Tacky Wednesday. There was a lot of wackiness going on this day with people wearing mixed matched patterns, shades, and colors. There were also a lot of people who dressed up as the other gender, which was wildly entertaining for all. From guys in dresses, to people that threw on random clothes, all were definitely a sight to see.
The fourth day was Character Day. A good majority of the school dressed up with their friends in groups. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun as they embodied someone completely different from themselves.
Then finally, the fifth day was Class Colors. The freshman sported their white, the sophomores decked out in grey, the juniors showed off their spirit in Columbia blue, and the seniors filled the gym with navy.
After cheering on the team at the volleyball game on Tuesday, everyone headed outside for the pep rally and bonfire. All of the fall athletes were announced, then all the cheerleaders and senior boys went onto the field and performed their dance. The dance is always hilarious, and leaves the students laughing long after the performance is over. After the dance is over, everyone went over to the fire and the fire department set it ablaze for everyone to hang around to talk, take pictures, and keep HOT on the warm fall night.
Homecoming games were on Friday. The games that we played consisted of Chinese get-up, tug-of-war, volleyball serving relay, and dribbling around the chairs. The games were a blast and the Seniors, who won most of them, took home the 1st place trophy. We interviewed a few people about Homecoming games. We asked Senior Riley Becker what she thought about her last Homecoming games and she said, “It was nice, it was a lot of fun but kind of sad knowing it was the last time that my whole class was getting together.”
Then we asked Freshman Andrew Blair the same question about his first Homecoming games and he replied with, “It was pretty fun and exciting.” When we asked them both about their favorite part of the games, Andrew replied, “My favorite part was when the whole school made a circle swinging and singing to Sweet Caroline.” Riley told us her favorite part was tug-of-war.
Homecoming games were a blast with a lot of close ties between all the classes, but of course, like always, “The Perfect Storm” Seniors won almost every game with the support of their class sponsors Mr. Scan and Mrs. C.
We also had a chance to chat with Paige Coss, Homecoming Queen. When asked how it felt to be crowned queen, Paige replied with, “I felt very excited to be queen and to take part in all of the fun that comes with it. I was also surprised and thankful that out of the 4 great candidates, I was chosen to be queen.” And to that, thank you Paige! You made a wonderful Queen for our Homecoming.
After Homecoming games end, everyone gets on top of their floats and firetrucks, to start the parade around Niantic. The band led the parade after a police car playing their cadence and “Thriller”. Then behind them, where fire trucks and floats with the fall athletes and anyone else who wanted to enter into the parade. Soon after the parade was a chilli dinner, and then the football game vs Arcola.
The football game started at 7:00 p.m. that night after the band played to open the night. The game had a lot of good plays, however, Arcola won 48 to 6. We did, however, put up a good fight. When Braden Campbell, Senior, was asked how he believed we did, he said, “We, as a team, did good. They were just better than we were.” Nice try, boys!
Finally, the week ended with the dance. Everyone looked their absolute best for their dates. When we asked Freshman Elizabeth Resmen about her first homecoming she replied with, “It was great! It was really interactive and fun.” Then when we asked Hope Musgrave, Junior, how her homecoming went she said, “Good!” We also asked Senior Cara Smith, and Sophomore Vanessa Templeton what was their favorite part of their homecoming night. Cara said, “All the songs that had the dances to them like the ‘Cupid Shuffle’”. Then Vanessa told us, “Being able to be with my friends”. Everyone looked to be having a blast.
We need to give a special thank you to all the staff and faculty that put their time and effort into Homecoming week. A HUGE thanks to Mr. Scan for his exemplary planning. It was an excellent week full of fun memories.
Katelyn is a junior at SVHS. She is also the Student Life Editor.
Sangamon Valley Publications Club is excited to welcome Mr. Elliott and Miss Jones to our school. Both new staff members will be taking on big roles this year. We were lucky enough to get to chat with both of the new employees to learn more about them.
Mr. Elliott will be taking over the roles of the Dean of Students and Activities Director for our district. One of his job duties entails planning school events, like concerts and sporting events. He also considers himself to be a hall monitor, and he runs eligibility reports. Prior to coming to SVHS, he's worked in Rantoul, Champaign, and Monticello. He also has experience coaching, as he has coached various sports. In our interview, Mr. Elliott said that he has attended Mason Community College Arizona, Parkland, University of Illinois, and Eastern Illinois University. We would also like to congratulate Mr. Elliott, as he and his wife are expecting a baby girl!
Another new face at our school is English teacher and Publications Advisor, Miss Jones. Miss Jones is a recent graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and this is her first teaching position after graduating. In 2014, she graduated from Argenta-Oreana, and she still lives in that area. Miss Jones is also the JV volleyball coach and the head middle school volleyball coach. In our interview, Miss Jones said, “I am excited to be joining the Sangamon Valley High School staff. All of the students are great and I am thankful for the opportunity to teach here.”
Welcome to our district, Mr. Elliott and Miss Jones!
Zoi is a freshman at SVHS.
There have been some recent changes to Sangamon Valley this year. One of those changes includes our lunch. We used to not have a company that we got our lunch through, and now we have Aramark. They have given us more options to choose from, like our everyday pizza, fries, and chicken nuggets. We also get more than one option when it comes to the main dish. We have more than just the same kind of salad everyday, as well. Mr Field stated: “Before, we weren’t getting the bank for our buck.” Everyone seems to be very satisfied with our new lunch this year and we hope that it keeps getting better and better.
We also have a lunch director, Kelly Rice. She came from Taylorville and is enjoying Sangamon Valley so far, except for the heat. Kelly said that being a lunch director is new to her this year. We haven’t seen ale cart this year, but are hoping to soon. Last year, we had strawberry milk and Mr. Field loved it. He said that it was pretty darn good and he hasn’t seen it this year, but hopes to. Mr. Field said, “I’m going to ask Miss Rice if we can get some strawberry milk up in this joint.” Maybe we will see some strawberry milk shortly, especially for Mr. Field. Our hope is that everyone is enjoying the new lunch this year!
Remi Mendenhall & Jalynn Ethington
Remi is a sophomore at SVHS. Jalynn is a freshman at SVHS.
Stay tuned for a new edition of The Bolt coming at you soon! Until then, check out this new picture of our new Publications editor staff. Logan Brisch will be taking over our News Department. Beth Stacey will be our new Editor and Chief. Ashlyn Brickey will be our Sports Editor this year. Katelyn Blok will be rocking it as our Student Life Editor.
Despite last night's regional loss, the TCSV Girls Basketball team had a lot to celebrate this year. For the past few years, the girls basketball team outperforms the competition and has taken first place in many tournaments.
The girls basketball team had an excellent tournament season this year, getting first place in the TCSV Holiday Tournament, Macon County Tournament, and the Clinton Turkey Tussle. It's impressive to win one of those tournaments, but even more so to win 3 tournaments.
The Macon County Tournament brought high intensity theatrics to the court as the game against St. Teresa was sent into overtime by a buzzer beating 3 point shot from Ashlyn Sturdy. After coming back from a 10 point deficit, a shot by Ashlyn Sturdy at the final buzzer tied the game and brought it into a tension-filled overtime. The four minute overtime was filled with close calls and ended with another victory under the TCSV team’s belt
Words with Coach Nika
We reached out to Tony Nika, the coach for the girls basketball team, for his thoughts on the season and his expectations for next year.
Q: How did you expect the team to do this season?
A: I thought we would be very competitive, but I was unsure of how much success we would actually have. If you would have told me that we were going to win 3 of our 4 tournaments I probably would have had trouble believing it. I thought we could be a 20 win team but I did not expect to have as much success in terms of winning tournaments. Luckily for our sake, the girls have taken what we have taught them to heart and given perfect effort to succeed.
Q: What was your biggest fear in the tournament?
A: My biggest fear was the element of the unknown and fatigue. It was hard to gauge how good we could be with just two weeks of practice and summer in which not everyone could attend our practices and games at the same time. But the girls showed some grit and beat some really good teams and became champions in our first year, beating 3A Clinton by 19 on their own court in the title game. With the other 3 tournaments, playing 3 competitive tournaments in 3 and a half weeks is a real drain on the girls and even myself.
Q:What are your expectations for next year?
A: Next year we hope to be continuing to do what we do. We will be losing two great senior leaders, Grace Honeyman and Anna Sagle, but we think we can still be competitive with All-Staters like Ashlyn Sturdy and a great group of players coming back. We know we will have to have a good summer of hard work, but like this year, if the girls buy into what the coaching staff is preaching to them, we can be very successful. It will come down to one thing: are they willing to put in Perfect Effort. If they are willing to do that, we can be right back where we are now, and maybe even better.
Goodbye Grace Honeyman :(
In the final home game against Mt. Pulaski, Senior Grace Honeyman was honored for her time with the program. If you did not know Grace, Coach Nika wants you to know that
"she is the epitome of a team player. She always did whatever I asked of her for the good of the team and she did it to the best of her ability. As a freshman, she was asked to come up to the varsity and try and provide an offensive spark. As a sophomore, she was asked to be a defensive stopper and feeder to the posts. As a junior, she was asked to play some power forward and guard all 5 positions. And as a senior, she was asked to play center, even though she was the 2nd shortest starter on our team. Grace is one of those kids who provides attributes beyond the traditional stats. She's an amazingly hard worker, brings a great attitude, and is the best teammate you can have. I cannot put into words how honored I am to have coached her. She is what we look for in a TCSV player: someone who gives perfect effort and someone who accepts their role and does it to the best of their abilities. I'm forever grateful for what Grace Honeyman has done for our program."
The team’s senior night game was close, but in the end we came out victorious. The match was close, ending with a score of 56-52, increasing our win count to 22 after the tournament. The game went down to the wire. We were down by 11 as the 3rd quarter started to come to a close, but we came back by scoring 9 points in a row before the game entered the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter we went back and forth before Ashlyn Sturdy scored a 3 pointer only a few minutes before the buzzer to seal the deal for another win.
Every year the TCSV Girls Basketball team outperforms expectations and this year they carried on that tradition by getting first in 3 out of the 4 tournaments they entered. Their current record is 24-6 and although their season is over for this year, they have a lot of celebrate.
Story by Caleb Incarnato
When students leave for break, many of them enjoy time off and a few weeks of sleeping until noon. All except the Basketball Boys. All through break, STORM Basketball hit the court to work on their game, and their hard work has not gone unnoticed. (Also, did you guys see the new lights in the gym?)
On January 8, STORM Basketball took on Mt. Pulaski at home. Although the final buzzer signaled the end of the game, another loss for us, the players were more upbeat than usual as they have been reflecting on their progress throughout the year. We got a chance to talk to Coach Viele to get some of his words on the JV game.
"We lost, but I felt that we should have done a little better because we had played them the night before and did way better. These back to back games are taking their toll on our boys, but they keep fighting."
It's tough to watch a losing season. It's even tougher to get up every day and practice knowing that it's a losing season. But, losing has made some of our players better. Our season has given us the drive and motivation to get better. We have been hitting the weight room to gain a little weight to help us with defense and we have been hard at work trying to improve our communication when we make drives down the lane.
People have to remember that we have a really young team with no seniors on the team and a team composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores. Regardless of the way the games go, it's always nice to see the stands packed with friends and parents coming on out to support our boys.
We caught up with Stanley Smith, sophomore on the varsity team, to talk about his performance and the team's progress through the season.
“It has been a rough season and there has been a lot of games we could have won.” "We start off strong and we finish strong, but the middle seems to be where we lag behind. It's a work in progress, but we keep looking towards the future as we can see ourselves getting better."
One of the major areas of improvement that is evidence when watching a game is chemistry when making a break away. Too many times, especially in the middle of the game, our ball movement was thwarted by the opposing team or we just threw the ball way beyond someone. It takes time to get the ball moving and sometimes it's hard to anticipate a teammates moves, but it's tough to watch a break away down the court only to throw the ball away out of bounds because someone broke right when the other player thought it was going to break left.
We caught up with Coach Myers, varsity coach, to ask him for his thoughts on the season. He reported that "we've gotten a lot better on defense and offense. Unfortunately, it does not show up on wins and losses, but I am seeing these boys get more focused and locked in to make those plays. We have a lot of miscommunication on break aways, but I also see our leaders in the team stepping up to try and fix those in a positive way, so we should start seeing more wins in the next couple of years."
All in all, we are looking forward to wrapping up the last few games by celebrating our progress this year and our continued efforts moving forward. Just like Coach Myers says, "I look forward to February because it is by then that you will see us playing our best game."
Don't forget to catch Senior Night for the boys on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 here at home.
Story by Madison Goodwin and Kaden Emerson
SV boys and TCSV girls are back in action.
Down by 10, 2 minutes remaining. Full court press from the defense making it tough to even get the ball in play.
These are the moments that we need you the most. Yelling for the home team, cheering us on. Rooting for an upset or a break away. These moments give us strength to overcome our opponents and send us to victory. Those are the moments that we need more students coming out to games showing their school spirit.
The pep band is back with their crowd favorites pumping up the crowd and performing a fun halftime show and the cheerleaders reaching for the stars, literally, as they perform aerial stunts.
If you haven't made it out to a game, catch the next few before break. We want to see you out there cheering on the home team and packing the place. If not for the thrill of the game, at least come out to hang out with friends and create memories. Besides, what else do you have to do?