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This past Friday, March 10, John Hayden, Dean of Students and Head Coach of the Apex Cougars Men Lacrosse team won his 250th win, at Apex Friendship High School. I sat down and asked him a few questions about his experience with Lacrosse.
After a supposed technical issue the high school basketball brackets were released last Sunday in the evening which revealed Apex men’s basketball (17-10) would travel to Hoggard high (18-9) in Wilmington, and Apex women’s posted a high enough record (20-7) to host Rolesville(16-11) at home in what would end up being the last women’s basketball game at home in the Cougar Den.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, NC State made it official that Mark Gottfried had been fired as the Head Coach of Men’s basketball; however will finish the season with the Pack. Gottfried had three years left on his contract, worth about $2.28 Million. Debbie Yow spoke on the issue stating that “Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program. While it has been my long time practice to evaluate the body of work at season’s end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward.”
This year’s Super Bowl featured arguably the two best teams in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. The game showed off Tom Brady’s excellence as he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit. The Patriots defense had the allowed the least amount of points per game all season while the Falcons offense scored the most points per game this season. Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck walked into this game looking to cement their legacy as the greatest-coach duo of all time. No quarterback or coach has ever won five Super Bowls before, and they looked to become the first to achieve the feat.
The game started off more than just slow for Brady and company, failing to put up a single touchdown all first half. On the other side Atlanta dominated all half, extending their lead to 21-0 after Robert Alford picked off Tom Brady on a rare Brady super bowl interception that he took to the house, this was thought to be a soul crushing pick six for the Patriots. Matt Ryan and the Falcons rushed and threw all over the Patriots’ defense in the first half entering halftime with a 21-3 lead. The second half was opened up by the Falcons marching down the field and stretching the lead to 28-3. Hope was beginning to be lost in New England as even some players admitted after the game that they had begun to start doubting a comeback after the fourth touchdown of the day. A twenty-five point comeback was looking near impossible at that point as the Patriots struggle to gain any momentum at any point during the game.
Growing up in Massachusetts, it wasn’t hard to become a fan of the professional sports teams in the area. The Red Sox won eight World Series, the Bruins and Celtics were always interesting, and the Patriots were a modern-day dynasty. Everyone in New England loved all of these teams, especially Tom Brady and the Patriots. Tom Brady is talked about as a god and the best quarterback of all time. I never really gave any thought to what everyone else in the country thought of Tom Brady and the Patriots; I had no idea that being a Patriots fan would attract so much unwanted attention. Every time I mention anything about the Patriots, I get bombarded by NFL fanatics telling me that Tom Brady sucks, Bill Belichick is a cheater, and the Patriots get away with penalties because the referees are biased. To me, all of this is nonsense, but this seems to be the general belief of every non-Patriots fan.
After earning The Iron Devil for all of his hard work over the 2016 off-season, junior Grayson Allen has been officially stripped of his Duke Basketball captain position because of his misconduct during Duke’s game against Elon on Dec. 21. Only sixteen minutes into the game, Elon guard, Steven Santa Ana, tried to get around Allen, but Allen was not having it. He stuck his foot out to trip Santa Ana and an immediate technical foul was thrown on him. This is not the first time Allen has done this, he tripped two other players in February last season, and this seems to be strike three. On top of the technical foul, Allen threw a full-blown tantrum on the bench after he was pulled from the rest of the first half. In the post-game conference Coach Krzyzewski said, “what Grayson did was unacceptable,” and continued to say that Allen apologized to Santa Ana and, he got his punishment, never mentioning any suspension time.
Later Allen was suspended “indefinitely” because of his actions. This “indefinite” suspension did not last long though; Allen only sat for one game and played against Georgia Tech only fourteen days after the Elon game. There is some speculation about Coach K’s reasoning for lifting this suspension, but he has said no comments about it.
This controversy around Allen could not have come at a worse time in Coach K’s career. Only a few days before the Allen incident, Duke announced that Coach K will be taking a leave of absence to undergo surgery to remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his back. He is expected to be in recovery for about a month. During this time associate head coach, Jeff Capel, will be leading the team and his first game will be Saturday the 7, against Boston College. The team is currently 1-1 in ACC play, so hopefully Grayson Allen keeps his feet to himself, and Capel can hold down the fort.
The Cleveland Indians were hoping to extend the Chicago Cubs losing-streak to 109 years without a World Series Championship title. With over forty million people watching at home and 35,000 people at the game including Bill Murray, LeBron James and Chance the Rapper, Progressive Field was the most exciting place to be on World Series night. The close game lasted four-plus hours and was extremely intense.
On the fourth pitch of the game Dexter Fowler hit the first homer to get the Cubs a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, the Indians finally scored to tie, but right away in the fourth the Cubs pulled ahead to make the score 3-1.
After batting in two more runs, the Cubs seemed to have a good enough lead. Pitcher Jon Lester was replaced by Kyle Hendricks, and both Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis earned runs to cut the deficit to two, 5-3. This did not bring the Cubs down though. During the sixth inning only one run was scored; catcher David Ross, playing his last game of his career, had a beautiful homer to make the score 6-3. The pressure was on for the Indians.
The voting has begun between the five finalists for the HighschoolOT.com Student Section Showdown. This year’s finalists are the Heritage Hooligans, the Leesville Road Loonies, the Millbrook Maniacs, the Panther Creek Catamount Chaos, and our very own Apex Cougar Crazies.
Our submission came from seniors Grayden Beaufort, Buddy Gelston, and Garrett Hudson. The beat was produced by Beaufort, and the song was rapped by both Beaufort and Gelston while the video was filmed, edited, and produced by Hudson.
Fans have until Oct. 17 at noon to vote for the best football student section. Votes for the Apex Cougar Crazies can be submitted through the HighschoolOT application or by texting “HSOT Apex” to 313131.