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Friday, February 27, 2009

Regional Champions!

Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen basketball team for your Regional Victory! The Norsemen have now advanced to Sectional Semifinals to be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:30 p.m. at Somonauk vs Chicago (Academy of Scholastic Achievement).

Ticket Information
Pre-Sale Tickets for Tuesday's Sectional Semifinal game will go on sale for players, faculty, and staff on Monday, March 2nd at 9:30 a.m., students from 10:00-11:30 a.m., and general public from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00.

Date: 2/27/09
Opponent: Somonauk Bobcats
Score: 55-51 Win

During the regular season the Norsemen lost five games, two of which came to the Somonauk Bobcats. In these two games Newark was missing their starting point guard Kurt Anderson. On Friday, February 27, 2009 the Norsemen were given a third opportunity to beat Somonauk in the regional championship. This time Kurt Anderson was able to play, and Newark squeaked out a 55 to 51 victory.

Newark had a shaky start to the game and Somonauk was able to take an early 19 to 11 lead. The Norsemen kept fighting and eventually took a 24 to 20 lead. By the end of the first half Newark had a 29 to 20 lead. The Norsemen were able to to extend the lead to 16 points in the third quarter. Then the game began to get interesting. Somonauk cut the 16 point lead down to three, but Newark was able to hang on and win the championship. This was the first boys' basketball regional championship since 2001.


Congratulations to Laura Johnson for placing 3rd in State in the Class 1A Three Point Shooting Competition! Laura advanced to the final round after making 12 out 15 baskets at Illinois State University. Way to go!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Norsemen Advance to Regional Championship

Opponent: Serena Huskers
Date: 2/25/09
Score: 62-58 win

In the semi-finals of the regional tournament the Norsemen squared off against the Serena Huskers. This was the fourth time these two teams have met. The crowd was big for both teams, but the Norsemen were able to feed off the energy provided by the crowd and take a 25 to 11 first quarter lead. Kyle Anderson then had a two handed dunk and Newark took a 33 to 19 lead into halftime. Serena came out with much intensity in the second half and put the Norsemen on their heels. With 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter the Huskers cut the lead to one point. Serena was then forced to foul and the Norsemen hit their free throws to win the game 62 to 58.

On Friday, the Norsemen will face Somonauk at Hinckley at 7:30PM for the Regional Title. Best of Luck Norsemen!

Submitted by Kurt Anderson

Softball/Baseball Meeting

There is a mandatory Softball/Baseball meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the student center. This meeting is to collect fees, physicals, go over the IHSA codes and steroid forms. At least one parent must be in attendance to sign the forms.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Norsemen Advance to Regional Semifinals

Opponent: Leland-Earlville
Date: 2/23/09
Score: 62-44 win

The Norsemen began their Regionals against the Leland-Earlville Panthers. In the previous week Newark beat the Panthers easily, 66 to 45. Despite being the favorite to win, Newark didn't take them lightly. Right from the tip-off the Norsemen took control by draining multiple three pointers. At the end of the first quarter the score was 20 to 7. Newark continued to ride the momentum and took a 46 to 12 lead into halftime. In the second half the bench players were able to get some good minutes and the Norsemen won 62 to 44. Levi Sores had one rebound and two points. Kurt Anderson had 24 points.

On Wednesday, the Norsemen will face Serena at Hinckley at 6:00PM in the Regional Semifinals.

Submitted by Kurt Anderson
Photo from Senior Night by Nick Bond

Friday, February 20, 2009

Congratulations to the Girls' Basketball team for a successful season

The Lady Norsemen ended their season on Thursday, February 19th, against Hinckley Big Rock 46-47 during the Sectional Championship.

The Lady Norsemen had many season highlights including a Regional Championship, Regular season Conference Championship, First Place at the Lisle Christmas Tournament, and Second Place at the Little Ten Conference Championship. The Lady Norsemen put an exceptional 26-5 overall season record and 8-0 conference record into the record book.

Additional highlights include Lauren McNanna's selection to the Lisle All-Tournament Team, Laura Johnson on being named Lisle Tournament Most Valuable Player, and Sam Akre scoring over 1000 career points.

The team will greatly miss our seniors Sam Akre, Laura Johnson, Niki Dowling, and Kelli Larson during the 2009 Basketball Season.

Congratulations girls and good luck in your future!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lady Norsemen Advance to Sectional Championship

Date: 2/16/09
Opponent: North Shore Country Day
Result: Won 63-25

Lauren McNanna led the way with 18 points and Sam Akre added 15 points. The Lady Norsemen led 16-2 at the end of the first quarter and 34-9 at halftime. They got good production out of some of the younger players, which is exactly what they needed with leading scorer, Laura Johnson, out due to injury. The Lady Norsemen played really well on both ends of the floor and executed what needed to be done. With this win the Lady Norsemen improve to 26-4 on the season and advance to the Sectional Championship game on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30PM in Serena against rival Hinckley-Big Rock. Come support your team!

Submitted by Lauren McNanna

Friday, February 13, 2009

Regional Champions!

Photo by Megan Devick

Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen basketball team for your regional victory! The Lady Norsemen have now advanced to Sectional Semifinals to be held on Monday, February 16th, 6:00 p.m. at Serena.

Date: 2/12/09
Opponent: Serena
Result: Won 52-21

Lauren McNanna led the way with 16 points while Sam Akre added 15 points. The Lady Norsemen came out ready to play and their defense was solid the entire game. They led 28-12 at halftime and pushed the lead to over 30 points in the second half on their way to the 31 point victory. This regional title is their sixth in the last nine years and third in a row. Their next game is Monday, February 16, 6:00 p.m. in Serena against the winner of the North Shore Country Day regional. Come support your team!

Submitted by Lauren McNanna

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lady Norsemen Advance to Regional Championship

Date: 2/10/09
Opponent: Paw Paw in Regional semi-final
Result: Won 56-21

Laura Johnson led the way with 21 points, Lauren McNanna added 12 points, and Sam Akre had 10 points. The Lady Norsemen struggled shooting early, but were able to hit shots late in the first quarter to grab an early lead. They went into the break with a 31-13 lead and extended that in the second half. The Lady Norsemen's defense was solid and was a big reason for their win. With this victory, the Lady Norsemen advance to the Regional Championship game on Thursday, February 12 in Earlville against Serena. Also Laura Johnson and Sam Akre advanced in the 3-point shooting contest. Come support your team!

Submitted by Lauren McNanna
Photo by Megan Devick

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Good Luck at Regionals!

Good luck to the Lady Norsemen as they begin regional play on Tuesday, February 10th in Earlville at 6 pm!

Date: 2/7/09
Opponent: Putnam County
Result: Won 84-10

The Lady Norsemen came out ready to play Saturday afternoon as they had five players in double figures. Sam Akre led the way with 19 points, Laura Johnson and Tara Bernard added 12 points apiece, and Niki Dowling and Miranda Schmidt each had 10 points. They Lady Norsemen came out firing and jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. They ended the regular season with a record of 23-4 and hope to take their momentum into the postseason. The Lady Norsemen start regional play on February 10 in Earlville against the winner of LaMoille and Paw Paw at 6 pm.

Submitted by Lauren McNanna

Monday, February 2, 2009

Conference Champions!
Date: 1/31/09
Opponent: Serena
Result: Won 65-28

The Lady Norsemen had four players in double figures Saturday night against Serena. Laura Johnson led all scorers with 15 points while Kelli Larson, Sam Akre, and Lauren McNanna had 14, 12, and 11 points respectively. The Lady Norsemen jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter lead and pushed that to 38-14 at halftime. After the first quarter, the game was never very close as everyone came out to play hard on Senior Night. With this win the Lady Norsemen captured the regular season conference championship as they finished 8-0. Their overall record is now 22-4. Their next game is Saturday, February 7 at home against Putnam County.

Submitted by Lauren McNanna
Photo by Megan Devick