McNicholas athletes prepare for winter seasons

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With the winter sports’ season beginning in December, tryouts are over and practices are in full swing for eight McNick sports. The Milestone offers a first look at what fans can expect from every team this winter:

Men’s Basketball: Varsity Basketball Coach Tim Monahan said fans can expect an exciting season from the Varsity Men’s Basketball Team. Three senior starters are returning this year: Austin Ernst, Richie Day, and Scott Sage. Quite a few underclassmen will be getting playing time this year as well.  The team is preparing to start off their season against Turpin on Dec. 1. Monahan also said that the team has been offered a new opportunity this season for the Varsity and JV teams to compete in an out-of state tournament.

“This year is our first time ever at McNick that we have been invited to an out-of-state invitation tournament,” Monahan said. It is the UNDO Holiday Tournament in West Virginia and it takes place for three days over Christmas Break. “The coaches and players are excited about the opportunity to travel out of state to compete.”

Women’s Basketball:  The team only lost one senior from last season, and Varsity Coach Gregg Flammer says he is looking forward to this season because the team has come together so well since last year.  Three seniors will be stepping up to lead the team: Katie Rogers, Lauren Lamping, and Katie Robinson. The team won their first game on Nov. 24 against Turpin, and their next game is on Nov. 28 against Anderson. Coach Flammer is confident this season is going to be a good one.

“Every new season is exciting and this one is no exception,” Flammer said. “If we come together as a team, play hard, play smart, and play together we will have a successful season.”

Wrestling: The wrestling team is going to be kicking off their season on Dec. 1 at the Williamsburg Tournament. Head Coach Jason Babinec says that they have a strong team, and he is looking forward to a successful season.

“You can expect excellence from our wrestling team this year,” Babinec said. “This year’s team has more athletic talent than the years in the past.”

Babinec said that this season the team hopes to win the King of the Hill tri-meet and send three wrestlers to the state meet. He said they have a lot of meets to win to get there, and the wrestlers would love to have support from the student body to cheer them on.

Dance Team: This year the Rockettes are introducing three new routines featuring music by Pitbull and FUN. The Dance Team will be performing at multiple half-time shows for both men and women’s basketball games. They will also be attending five competitions. This year’s president is Courtney Dunne and the officers are Kayla Woods, Katie Weiler, and Hayley Coldiron. Coach Erin McGrail said this year they have a smaller team, but a powerful one.

“This group of dancers is extremely dedicated and talented,” McGrail said. “All of the dances are high energy, high skill level and highly entertaining. They are taking on harder, more exhausting choreography and making it look effortless.”

Cheerleading: For cheerleading, the winter season is more of a halfway point than a beginning. The squad has cheered together in football season and took second place at the Franklin High School Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 18.

“As we enter into the winter season we are starting to slow down with competitions and the focus becomes cheering at games,” said Coach Amanda Miller. “One of the best things about basketball season is being completely engaged in the fans. Since the girls cheer right in front of the student section it allows them to connect with the fans and get everyone involved in the cheers.”

The cheerleaders will cheer at every home game and most away games, and are lead this season by Liz Truesdell, the only senior. Fans can look forward to seeing some new cheers, as well as the old crowd favorites like “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.”

Bowling: Bowling Coach Brian Combs is excited for this bowling season because he has enough bowlers to make up a Varsity and a JV team. Four seniors are returning, including Zeb Bolling and Tristan Dumont, who Combs expects to be their top scorers.

“The team this year has a great mix of experience and enthusiasm,” Combs said. “Our goal as always is to win the GCL Central.”

Besides their regular season matches played at Cherry Grove Lanes, the Bowling Team will also be playing in the GCL Tournament at Colerain Bowl in January. They won their first home match against Anderson on Nov. 20, and are preparing to play their next game on Nov. 27.

Swimming: This year the Swim Team not only gained a few new swimmers but also a new head coach, Tessa Lengerich. Lengerich said she is excited to be coaching, and they will have a strong team this year,  led by senior captain Olivia Fitzpatrick.

“We have a great group of athletes ranging from competitive committed swimmers who compete year round on a club swim team to athletes who’ve never swam competitively at all, and a little bit in between,” said Lengerich. “Fans should expect our girls to dominate in the pool as we strive to repeat as GGCL champions for the 4th year running!”

The Swim Team is preparing to kick off their season at their first meet on Dec. 1.

Diving: This year the Diving Team has gained three new members. Two divers are returning from last year: Maddie and Abby Mitchell. Abby said they’re expecting to have a good season, and she is excited to start the season at their first meet on Dec. 5. Besides their regular season meets, the team will compete at Sectionals, and may be able to advance to the District and State meet.

“As a team, our goal is to learn new dives and hopefully have as many people advance as possible,” Abby said. “My personal goal is to make it back to state.”

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