Ashlyn Sturdy, a Sangamon Valley senior, can be described in two words: hard working. Her dedication to her education and basketball has set her apart from the rest. She has earned many honors in her time as a basketball player and a student, with the most recent being the honor of winning WCIA’s Athlete of the Week. The Bolt staff caught up with Ashlyn to see how she feels about receiving this prestigious award. Ashlyn responded with: “I feel super honored and excited; it is super cool!”
Ashlyn’s favorite games are the close ones. Ashlyn told The Bolt, “It is always great when you have a good game, but it is much more exciting to win the game. The best feeling is to win and have a good game because of the excitement and adrenaline rush.” Close games are fun, but what does she do after having an amazing game? After a good game, she usually can’t sleep because her adrenaline is rushing, but she does enjoy a good snack. Nerves are always a factor when playing sports, but they aren’t really something that Ashlyn has to deal with. If she is nervous before a big game, she will grab a snack and listen to some music.
Ashlyn also has great advice for future captains. “A good captain has to set an example for others to follow, and be more concerned with the success of the team than their own. They also need to put other players in positions to be the most successful they can be,” said Ashlyn. To be an athlete, one has to be dedicated. According to Ashlyn, “Being an athlete makes you a harder worker and have a better understanding of time management. It also makes you a nicer person because sportsmanship is a necessity.” Her two reasons for being part of a team sport are: “If you are having a bad night, there are other people to pick you up. It’s a lot more fun to be successful with others than by yourself.”
Ashlyn has had many inspirations along her way to success. Her sports hero is Tyra Buss, and her favorite sports quote is, “You miss every shot you don’t take.” Ashlyn is not going to be done with basketball after her time at SVHS. “I am going to continue playing basketball in college. I haven’t decided where yet,” Ashlyn informed The Bolt staff. We are beyond proud of her and wish her the best in the rest of her season.
Beth is a sophomore at SVHS. Beth is also The Bolt'd Editor in Chief.
TCSV Girl’s Basketball season is more than halfway over, and it is going as well as a coach can hope so far. Their record is 17-3, with a Macon County Tournament Championship. The girls played St.Teresa in the championship game for the second year in a row on Saturday, January 11th. Despite the fact that TCSV ended with a big lead, the game was still intense to watch.
Head Coach Nika weighed in on his opinion of how the game went for the Tornadoes on Saturday, “It was a fun game for us, it was real fast paced in the beginning, which I felt played more to their strength.” Although there was bad weather, the support of the team was still excellent.
Freshman Sarah Finley was “very excited about winning her first Macon County championship.” Ashlyn Sturdy was one of the very helpful assets to the girls win over St.Teresa. “She’s probably the best player our program has ever had,” says Coach Nika. The Tornadoes still have business to get done which includes “bringing home another regional title and hopefully compete for a Sangamon County title as well,” says Ashlyn.
Faith is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley.
Many student athletes walk through the halls everyday at Sangamon Valley, but very few make the commitment to continue their athletic careers beyond these walls. It takes a lot of dedication to be able to become a college level athlete, and it is not right for everyone. The most recent athlete to achieve this honor is Jacob Trusner, Sangamon Valley High School senior. He recently signed with Illinois College to play baseball. The Bolt staff caught up with Jacob to find out his thoughts about his decision. When asked why he chose Illinois College he responded with, “I really like how personal the coach is to players. They also have nice facilities.”
When Jacob first found out about the offer, he was, “relieved because [he] was hoping this would happen.” Playing after high school has been Jacob’s dream since he has started playing baseball, and he enjoys playing the sport. While baseball was a big part of his decision, academics were a big factor as well. Jacob plans to major in marketing because of his love of travel and interacting with people. He is excited to attend Illinois College for many reasons, especially their nice facilities that have been updated recently, and the fact that it is a small campus. While this is exciting, he still has his senior season to look forward to as well. His goal for this season is to, “comeback and win the conference championship and go far in the playoffs.” All eyes will be on him for his last year as a TCSV tornado, and his future career as an Illinois College Blueboy. The Bolt staff wishes him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
Beth Stacey & Remi Mendenhall
Beth Stacey is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley. Beth is also our Editor-in-Chief. Remi Mendenhall completed the interview with Jacob.
The boys basketball team is not doing as well as they would like, but there are big improvements coming. Dakota Floyd said, “The season is going good, there are just some rough patches.” The boys currently 3-10 for the season. The boys had the score of 54-35 against Blue Ridge, and Coach Viele said that has been one of their best games of the season. This is Coach Viele’s first year coaching varsity, and he said it has always been his dream.
Dakota Floyd said, “I like the coaches because they have brought in a lot more players and it has been a positive atmosphere so far.’” The team is improving more and more each day. They are preparing to be as competitive as possible for regional time. The boys are hoping to make it through regionals this season, and to go to sectionals. The boys next home game will be January 21st. Junior Varsity starts at 6:00 PM, and Varsity is to follow. They will play Cerro Gordo.
Remi is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley.
The 2019-2020 basketball season is just around the corner. The boys and girls are ready to get their game on.
Coach Nika is ready for the season and is ready to see what the girls have to bring to the table this year. “Our squad is looking to have some great height in it with Rebecca Moxely and Sarah Finely,” Coach Nika said. The girls basketball team with consist of mostly seniors and sophomores with some freshman, and there are no juniors this year. The TCSV girls basketball team is hoping to have an astonishing season like they have in the past.
The boys are looking to have a good year too. This year there are going to be some seniors as of last year they didn’t have any. The team at the moment will consist of nine seniors, thirteen juniors, seven sophomores, and six freshmen. Coach Viele is looking forward to having a big number of players for the season, and being able to have a wide variety to choose from. “There will be a good mix of guys with experience and a good number, those two factors are always good to have.” said Coach Viele.
Be sure to check out the boys first home game on December 3, 2019 and the girls at Tri-City on November 25, 2019.
Remi Mendenhall & Faith Buoy
Both Remi & Faith are sophomores at SVHS.
Both the football and volleyball seasons are coming to an end. While the seasons may not have gone how either teams planned, the important thing is that they improved, they had fun, and they played their hearts out.
The volleyball team is going to miss their seniors this year, Olyvia Benton and Piper Hill. Coach Jones said, “There was definitely improvement this season and that’s all I can ask for.” Coach Jones really enjoyed her first year coaching at SVHS. "Both seniors will be greatly missed," Coach Jones added, "They were both great leaders on and off the court." The senior night volleyball game will be held tonight, October 24, 2019 versus Cumberland.
The football team definitely has a lot of seniors that will be missed. “Senior night is always a special night but, it’s also a sad night,” Coach Lee said. There are five seniors that have been on the team for all four years, and all together with the practices over the four years, they have spent over 200 days together, which doesn’t include the off season.
Seniors Robbie Campbell and Nick Finley said, “We are definitely going to miss high school football and all of the team. We do wish the season went a little different, but it is what it is.”
Senior night for football will be held October 25, 2019. Be sure to go cheer on our seniors for their very last high school game.
We would also like to recognize all of the hard work and effort that senior cheerleaders, colorgaurd, and band members put in this season. The Class of 2020 is sure graduating a lot of great students!
Remi Mendenhall & Faith Buoy
Both Remi & Faith are sophomores at SVHS.
Friday the 13th and a full moon didn't stop SVTC Football from playing! The Storm had a tough loss to A-O, but take a look at some great pictures from the game!
This year's Storm Football team is about to take the field and they are coming back stronger than ever. The Bolt decided to sit down and interview Head Coach, Mr. Lee, and Assistant Coach, Mr. Spath, about their thoughts on this year's football team.
When asked, “How do you think this season is going to play out?” Coach Lee told me, “I think this will be a winning season for us. I am hoping we compete for the conference championship and make it back to post-season football.” Then, Coach Spath said, “I am very optimistic on our team. I believe that Cerro Gordo is going to be a good measurement of how far our team has come. I know that there are going to be ups and downs throughout the season, but I have a lot of faith in our players and coaching staff.” Sounds promising, coaches!
Our next question for the both of them was “What kinds of things would you like to improve upon this year?” Coach Lee said, “I want to have a better defense. In order for us to win more games, we need to spend less time on defense and keep other teams from scoring.” When we asked Coach Spath the same question, he told us, “We can only win through togetherness! I think in the past we have had good teams, but this year we seem to have a lot of talented athletes. If everyone is on the same page the entire season we will be pretty exciting to watch.”
We then asked Head Coach Lee, “Who stood out during this year's summer camp?” He had to think about it for a while but said, “Since summer camp and the season has started, Skyler Manion has made a lot of progress as has one of the Tri-City boys, Kaiser Ater.” Way to go boys! Keep up the good work.
Finally, we asked Coach Spath why he decided to be the assistant coach here at SV. He answered, “Getting to work with students outside of the classroom and being on a great coaching staff that is extremely supportive made me want to coach here.” Thank you Mr. Spath for all you have done for the football team and the school, we all appreciate it.
Come out and support your football team at our home games which are, August 30th, September 20th, October 4th (which is our homecoming game), and October 25th (senior night). Wear your blue's and grey's and come on out to cheer for your team!
Katelyn Blok is a junior at SVHS. She is also The Bolt's Student Life editor.
There were some big changes with the SVTC volleyball team this year. Sangamon Valley High School is very pleased to welcome Coach Abby Hunt and Coach Alexa Jones to our school.
While talking with seniors Olyvia Benton and Piper Hill, they both agreed that having new coaches was a big change, especially after having a set routine for the last three years. In the interview, Piper Hill told us: “It isn’t just the coaches that changed. We have new drills, and a completely different line up than last year. Some are playing different positions as well.”
Other than all the new changes, Coach Hunt says “Practices are going very well. We have our days when you can tell the girls are ready to get a game under their belt and I get that. Practices can get ugly at times, but in the beginning of the season, I think that’s a good sign that we’re just ready to play.”
Coach Hunt and Coach Jones may be new to our school, but they’re not new to coaching. As I interviewed Coach Jones, she told us, “I played four years of varsity at Argenta-Oreana, and during my years as an upper classman, I also helped our head coach with the junior high team. I also played club, which was a great experience. I have one season of coaching at Argenta-Oreana Middle School under my belt. We went 14-9 during the season I coached at A-O. I had a great group of girls and they made me excited to coach at every practice and game. I’m excited to be coaching the JV team and I think we will see a lot of success this season. The girls are working hard in practice and they have all improved. In addition to coaching JV, I will also be taking over the middle school program as the head coach, which will start in December.”
When continuing the interview with Coach Hunt, we learned that Coach Hunt had a lot of coaching experience. Coach Hunt said: “I started coaching back in 2010 as a club coach and coached club until 2012. I coached for the Capital City Area club out of Lincoln Land as one of the HS coaches. We coached school teams, so I had the Carlinville/Raymond girls. Then in 2012, I coached the Tri-City JH team. Those girls would have been the graduating class of 2016, 2017 & 2019. I then took a couple of years off to finish out school in Macomb. In 2015 and 2016 I was a volunteer assistant for Tri-City’s JH team. In 2017, I came on as the head coach for the JH and still am!”
The new volleyball coaches have some big shoes to fill, but they are optimistic and excited to rebuild the program. They have a goal to create a volleyball culture at SVHS, and those of us in The Bolt staff are sure that they will achieve their goals. We are excited to see the success of both the JV and Varsity volleyball teams this season.
Editor's note: Interviews took place before the first game. JV won against Morrisonville in 3 and Varsity lost in 2.
Article by Lexi Lowe
Lexi is a senior at SVHS and a member of Publications club.