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Two Takes On One Sport

February 28, 2017
By the Middle School Journalism Club


Fast Break Revelation


On the basketball court, two things can happen that I find pretty exciting. The first is getting a fast break and tearing down the court all by yourself; the second is getting caught in a swarm of teenage girls who are all striving to get the ball. (I have a scar on my neck from getting scratched during one of those swarms.) Though volleyball has been and always will be my favorite sport, I have to admit that basketball’s movement and intensity gives me something that, combined with a beyond amazing coach, has changed the way I carry myself as a person.

Until I started seriously playing basketball, I didn’t know that I could be caught up into a feeling of being aware of only one thing: getting the ball. It’s a weird feeling, to be snatching and shouting in the midst of this girl-horde, and to suddenly feel totally focussed and zeroed in. It’s like suddenly entering the eye of a storm, where you are oblivious to everything except one round orange rubber circle. Amazing!

Maybe I would have these thoughts about basketball no matter who was coaching me, but I don’t think so. Within this past school year I have been able to spend a good chunk out of my time getting to know Coach Brock. He has coached me on more things than just basketball; he was also the middle school volleyball coach, and between the two seasons plus the two classes I have with him, he has taught me many more lessons on life and has had an impact on my faith in God. You can always count on him to take your opinions and ideas into consideration when making decisions, he tries not to let the small stuff get to him, and he handles himself greatly under pressure. Mr. Jackson Brock is humble enough to know that he is no better than anybody else and wise enough to know that he is beautifully, wonderfully, and differently made than anybody else. I could not be any more proud to call him not only my coach but a role model.

Basketball comes with many rules and regulations just as any other sport would. But for me personally while I’m in a game, the sport of basketball has really allowed me to wake up to a world beyond rules and regulations. It’s helped me realize what I can and can't handle, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Getting caught in a swarm of teenage girls and getting a fast break down the court is alike in many ways because that is when you realize it is now just you and the ball; no one has to be there and stop you unless you let them get in your way. Much like life, you can strive to be the best you can be and be in a fast break down the court of life where you realize God is what controls your life and no one can stop you in the process of his plan unless you let them get in the way. It’s Coach Brock who’s helped me see this.

As far as advice goes, I would most certainly recommend playing girls basketball while you're in middle school. It is a great experience with an opportunity to make lifelong memories with lifelong friends and you also get the chance to grasp a love for the game and the rules before you get in high school.   

Nothing Without It


If I didn’t have basketball, I would be incomplete as a person. I’ve played it my whole life; there’s never been a time when I wasn’t playing. It’s just basically who I am.

It started when my family would always go to my grandparents’ house in Mount Olive, and we would go outside and play basketball: me, my brother, my cousin, my dad, and my uncle. My grandpa would sometimes play, but always, I was the only girl. When I was little, we did as much laughing as we did playing, but as I got older, our family games became more competitive and serious. They would start stealing the ball from me and blocking my shots, and they didn’t let me score as easily as they had in the past.

When they did this, I got mad, every time. Eventually, I realized that even though I’m not always going to score or be the best, I still love the game. I had to start learning my own skills and figuring out how to get by them, how to shoot properly: all the basic techniques. I learned from my family and watching the NBA almost every time a game was aired. I learned crossovers, good shots, good passes, and pump fakes. The only thing I can’t do—yet—is dunk.

When the opportunity to play basketball with a school team came along, I took it. This year, I played shooting guard for the Lady Crusaders; we won more than we lost. I want to play competitively in college, and from there, get drafted to the WNBA. I get my height from my dad, who’s over six feet tall, and I’m already five inches taller than my mom. I know good grades, good skills, and a good attitude will be the main things that I have to achieve to be able to play at that high level.

If I didn’t have basketball, I would be incomplete as a person. I’ve played it my whole life; there’s never been a time when I wasn’t playing. It’s just basically who I am.


Get Your Brain Working!

January 13, 2017
By The Middle School Journalism Club

By Sydney Jorgensen


If you ever had Mrs. Ellis for math, you might remember...REBUS PUZZLES! Every once in a while, Mrs. Ellis will pull out these visual wordplay puzzles to get our brains working. When she does, students know what's coming: a lot of confusion followed by a lot of fun! Here are some rebus puzzles to try for yourself. (The answers are at the end.) Have fun!

Answers: 1. a bundle of nerves; 2. small potatoes; 3. pinching pennies; 4. back on one's feet; 5. birds and bees; 6. finger in the pie; 7. one in a million; 8. grey matter; 9. too funny for words (2 funny 4 words); 10. not worth a red cent

Why Middle School Might Be The Most Important Time In Your Life

January 11, 2017
By The HCA Middle School Journalism Club

Writers: Aeryal Lewis and Charlize Bryan

Many people can tell you why middle school might be the hardest time in your life—but the most important? We say that only middle schoolers can tell you what’s truly important to middle schoolers, and as middle schoolers, we say: responsibility and friends.

Responsibility is important in middle school because for the first time you’re dying under piles of homework. Grades seem real for the first time, and you actually feel like you’re earning them for yourself. Now, you’re studying for hard tests, real exams, but like a blind person trying to play cards, you don’t know what to expect.

Friends can help you with the torturous studying for that big exam you have coming up. The responsibility of middle school would be unbearable if it wasn’t for friends.  When you feel sad, because of a bad grade, they can cheer you up. When you feel stressed and confused, friends can give you (sometimes) good advice. Middle school is the best time to make friends.

It’s so funny when you’re taking a test, and your friends who aren’t in your class are outside the door waving to you through the little window. There’s happiness in knowing that a) you’ll at some point escape from that room, like they obviously have, and b) when you do, there’ll be someone there to greet you. As you talk and walk in the hallway (which you could never do in Lower School), nothing seems more important than this.


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