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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cheer, Cheer for Old Newark High!

Boy's basketball has begun and that means that the cheerleaders are getting ready to lead the crowd with great chants! Miranda Linco is the coach of these cheerleaders, and she does a wonderful job with the cheers and choreography for the thirteen girls on the team. Coach Linco graduated from NIU and was on the dance team for two years. Sarah Greg will be the assistant coach this year. She cheered at Yorkville High School for all four years. Seniors Hopi Horvat and Lindsey Tollefson are the captains this year.

The girls are looking forward to this season. Junior Savanna Flowers said, “I’m looking forward to doing jazz dances at half time. It’s something we added this year and we all are looking forward to performing.” This will be Savanna’s second year of cheering here at Newark. When asked what her favorite part of cheerleading is, she responded, “I love having a unified team. We are one big family and I love being with all the girls on the team.”

Newark’s first home basketball game is on December 9, at 5:30 against Dwight High School. They will also be participating in the Plano Christmas Classic on December 22-30. Come out and help these girls cheer on our boy’s basketball team!

By Rachael Lape and Missy Friestad

Dribbling into a Great Season

The girl’s basketball season is off and dribbling. The girls had a great season last year, and they are looking to carry that over into this year. Coach Dale Skelton returns out of retirement to coach the girl’s basketball team after last year’s coach Brian Holman decided to take his teaching and coaching talents elsewhere. Meghan Petges will return as the varsity assistant coach and head coach of the JV squad. The team has Fikri Rachman, the school’s foreign exchange student from Indonesia, as their manager.

The team is down in numbers with only an 8-woman roster this year. What they lack in numbers, they make up for in will to win. The team started off their season in Somonauk for the early bird tournament where they went 3 and 1, beating Seneca, Sandwich, and Plano. Their one loss came by way of Wheaton Academy. As of press time, their record is 4 wins and 1 loss.

By Caleb Dierzen

Turkey Basketball

Basketball season has finally begun. The Newark Norsemen boy’s basketball team participated in the Leland G. Strombom Thanksgiving Tournament held in Sycamore to start off their season. They played some tough competitors over the weekend. They played Burlington Central on Tuesday, losing that game 76- 42. The Norsemen played Jefferson next, losing to them 58-43 in a game they had a chance at, but Jefferson pulled away at the last couple minutes. The Norsemen then lost another nail biter to Dundee Crown in the closing minutes 52- 41.

Then finally, in the fourth game, the Norsemen won their first game of the year against Noble Hansbury College Prep High School in a 85- 47 blow out. Evan Schomer said, “ We really came together as a team that final game to play our hardest and to have a fun time!” The Norsemen really focused on moving the basketball that game. Will Clausel ended up having quite a few assists. He stated, “It seemed like every pass was going for me.” Everyone was scoring points left and right. Good luck Norsemen in the upcoming games.

By Karter Kunkel and Ian Cerney

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheerleading: A Front Row Seat to the Action.

Grab your pom-poms, blue and white ribbon, and your school spirit. You guessed it, the cheerleaders are getting ready. As the 2014-15 basketball season is approaching, the basketball players are not the only ones getting ready, so are the cheerleaders. The cheerleaders play a big role in the basketball season. They get the team and crowd pumped up. No matter what score, they always have an encouraging cheer.

The cheerleading team has a 13-woman roster, consisting of seniors co-captain Lindsey Tollefson, co-captain Hopi Horvat, Makaila Butuso, Bailey Fletcher, juniors Sara Hipsman, Sarah Moutray, Mackenzie Fletcher, Savanna Flowers, sophomores Autumn Bolte, Taryn Shankle, Kylie Eike, and Freshmen Maggie Komes and Bailey O’Toole.

This will be coach Miranda Linco’s second year coaching at Newark High School, and when she was asked what her favorite part of coaching cheer is, she said, “The opportunity to watch the girls improve upon themselves with pride.”

By Caleb Dierzen

Shooting for the Stars

Basketball is up and running once again. Both the girl’s and boy’s basketball teams have a lot of potential coming into season. The girls will be starting their season off in the Somonauk breakout tournament November 17- 23. The boys will kick off their season at the Sycamore Thanksgiving Tournament November 24- 28.

The girls will be coached by Meghan Petges (JV) and Dale Skelton (Varsity.) The girls will be participating in the Lisle Christmas Tournament.

The boys will be coached by Rob Scott (JV) and Rick Tollefson (Varsity.) The boys will be participating in the Plano Christmas Classic in late December, as well.

Come out and support your Norsemen this year! Good luck to both teams this season! GO NORSEMEN!

By Rachael Lape and Missy Friestad

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lady Norsemen Advance to Sectional Championship
Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen Volleyball Team for your IHSA Class 1A Sectional Semifinal victory Tuesday night against Winnetka (North Shore Country Day). The Lady Norsemen have now advanced to the Sectional Championship game vs. Elgin (Harvest Christian Academy) to be held at at Elgin (Westminster Christian) on Thursday at 6PM. Come Cheer Your Lady Norsemen Team!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Regional Champions!
Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen volleyball team for your 25-17, 27-25 regional victory against Indian Creek! The Lady Norsemen have now advanced to the Sectional Semifinal to be held on Tuesday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. vs Winnetka (North Shore Country Day) at Elgin (Westminster Christian).

The Norsemen Look to Bounce Back

One of the most exciting times of the year is almost upon us. Basketball is about to start. This year both the girls and the boys’ teams will enter the association with high expectations. After coming off two disappointing exits in the regional finals last year, the teams this year will look to bounce back with a chip on their shoulders.

The Lady Norsemen will get started first this year, with practice beginning on November 3. After two weeks of practice, the varsity will be off to the Somonauk Break Out starting, on November 18, while the JV will compete at the Putnam County Invite, starting November 17. The first home game of the year for the Lady Norsemen will be against Fieldcrest on November 25.

Meghan Petges, a social studies and a RTI teacher at Newark, will again coach the Lady Norsemen JV. The Lady Norsemen will have a different head coach this year, however, but not a new one. Coming out of retirement, Dale Skelton, a former P.E. teacher at Newark, will once again lead the varsity girls after last year’s head coach, Brian Holman, left for a teaching and coaching position at Spring Valley Hall.

The Norsemen will get underway with practice on November 10. Rick Tollefson and Rob Scott return to coach the varsity and JV respectively. For the third year now, the varsity boys will return to the Sycamore Invite to open their season on November 24. The Norsemen then will travel to Somonauk to open conference play on December 5 and then on December 9 the first home game will be against Dwight.

When sophomore Steve McGrath was asked what he was looking forward to most this year, he replied, “I’m definitely most excited for the [Plano] Christmas Classic. I’ve always gone there every Christmas since I was little, so being able to play in it now is pretty sweet.” The Plano Christmas Classic for the Norsemen will take place in late December.

By Matt Eike

Cheers to a New Season

As November begins, so do winter sports at NCHS. With tryouts complete, the cheerleaders are ready to begin this season. Senior Hopi Horvat stated, “I am most excited for the changes we’re bringing to halftime, and I’m looking forward to being together as a team again.” After the revival of the NCHS cheerleading squad last season, the cheerleaders are well prepared for their next season. “People can expect improvement. Last season was rough because we sort of established a new program. This year, I think we’re going to hit the ground running,” said Horvat of the upcoming season.

The cheerleaders have been keeping busy on the off-season, however. Junior Mackenzie Fletcher said, “The cheerleaders during the off season have been prepping for this season. Some of the girls even started a tumbling class over the summer to get ready for the season.” When Fletcher was asked how she would like to see Coach Miranda Linco improve this season, she stated, “I don't think our coach needs to change anything from last year. She did what she came here to do. She started a new cheer squad and continues to improve and encourage us.”

Coach Linco is excited about this season with the NCHS cheerleaders. She stated, “My plans for this season are to push my girls further than they think is possible. Nothing is more satisfying than watching their pride after accomplishing goals they never thought were tangible.” When asked what people can expect from the cheerleaders this season, Coach Linco said, “Our fans can expect dedication and support this season. We have a great group of girls who are excited to cheer on our Norsemen and represent our school with pride and dignity!”

By Lindsey Tollefson and Caitlyn Rowe

We Are The Champions

The Newark High School gym was packed to the walls on Friday, October 10. The Little Ten Conference Tournament was held on the Norseman's home floor. There was a lot of energy leading up to the anticipated match against top seeded Newark and second seeded Indian Creek.

The Newark Kill Club transformed the gym into a loud and competitive atmosphere. The first game started as a toss up between both teams. One member of the Kill club, sophomore Steve McGrath, said, “There was a loud and intense crowd there. There was high energy and positive vibes!“ Senior Austin Dike said, “I knew the girls would come out with the W. I counted on them to bring the win home, and they did exactly that.”

The Timberwolves started off with a 9 to 7 lead, but the Norsemen came back quickly to tie it up. Both teams started off slow from the serving line, but made up for it with strong defense. The Timberwolves and Lady Norsemen had a strong defense in serve receive and digging.

The long rallies, aggressive swings, and tough defense ended with a Newark win with 26 to 24. The girls went into the next game ready to dominate. They got off aggressive and loud. High energy on the Norsemen’s side helped boost them into an early run against Indian Creek.

Both teams battled hard. Newark came out on top with a 25 to 22 win. The very competitive match led the girls into a strong couple of weeks up to postseason.

By Rachael Lape and Maddie Friestad

The Golf Season is Coming to an End

The 2014 golf season is now over. The golf team had the best season the team has ever had. The team won 9 matches and lost 5. They also came in third in the Norseman scramble, third at the Putnam County scramble, eighth at the Dwight scramble, a seventh at regionals, and a second at the conference tournament.

The season started out a little shaky. There was only a 9-player roster, a huge drop from the 16-player roster of last year. The drop is due to having 3 seniors graduate and having a few player not return to play in the 2014 season. So the team was definitely down in numbers, but that did not discourage the players at all. What the team lacked in quantity, they made up for in quality. Senior Karter Kunkel had a few words on the season: “it was a really fun and exciting season. I am glad I got to be a part of it. I could not have asked for a better season to end my high school career on.”

After this great season, it will be exciting to see what Coach Hissong and the Newark golf team has in store for us in the coming years.

By: Caleb Dierzen

Little Ten Conference Soccer Tournament

With the Norsemen soccer regular season coming to an end, the Norsemen prepared for their conference tournament starting October 6th. Coming in to the tournament off a 10-3 Norsemen win over Plano, Newark had confidence and it showed for their first match against Paw Paw, with Newark picking up a 4-2 victory. The Norsemen would move on to face a very talented Hinckley Big-Rock team. Right out of the gate Newark took a 1-nothing lead but failed to score any more and lost the match 4-1 sending Newark to the 3rd place game.

In the third place game Newark was set to face a good Serena team that they had already played twice before. Newark lost their first match against Serena in the Paw Paw tournament, a tournament that Newark won. Later in the season Newark faced off against Serena on their Homecoming game. In a game that defender Mitchel Schmidt described as “intense”, Newark picked up the victory 2-1.

Early in the third place game Newark took a 1-0 lead off of a penalty kick. Shortly after, Serena tied the game. Again, Newark took the lead and Serena came back and tied it. Nearing the end of the game with it tied 2-2, Midfielder Matt Eike put a beautiful shot on goal from the corner to take the lead with 40 seconds remaining in the game.

Newark finished the season strong with a first ever showing in the regional championship. Congratulations on a great season from all of us here at NCHS!

By Steve McGrath and Austin Dike

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Little Ten Conference Champs!
Congratulations to the Lady Norsemen Volleyball Team for placing 1st at the 2014 Little Ten Conference Tournament Friday night! The Lady Norsemen (16-7) took on #2 seeded Lady Timberwolves and finished with a win in two games with scores of 26-24, 25-22.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Attention all winter athletes and parents/guardians: It is now time to register for winter sports. Registration is due for Girls Basketball and Cheerleading by October 27, and for Boys Basketball by November 3, including submission of a physical from your doctor and payments. Registration is being handled exclusively online this year. Below are the instructions you will need to follow in order to complete the entire registration process. At this time, registration will only be permitted for winter sports. Spring registration will be opened at the appropriate time and you will be notified.

To register online use the following instructions:
  • Go to http://il.8to18.com/NewarkHS and select the registration tab.
  • Click on "Create An Account" and enter your own email and create your own password, OR click on "Log Me In" if you already have an account. (Please be sure to remember this password as you will use this for the years to come for all of your children.)
  • Click on "Begin Registration"
  • "Select Activity"
    • Choose the sport your child will be trying for/participating in.
  • "Select Participant"
    • Add a New Participant (or choose your child once created)
    • All information on this page is for the student, i.e. cell phone, email.
  • "Roster Details"-This must be completed at time of registration.
    • You may be asked for t-shirt size, short size.
    • Height and Weight will be used for rosters.
  • "Primary Parent/Guardian Information"
    • Fill out the Parent information on the next page.
  • "Physical Form"
    • If you need a form to take to the doctor you may print it here.
    • Remember your athlete must have a current physical in order to begin tryouts/practice.
    • All completed physicals must be brought to the Winter Sports Meeting on either Wednesday October 29, for Girls Basketball and Cheerleading or November 5 for Boys Basketball, before participating on a team for practice or competition.
  • "Legal Form"
    • At this time by clicking on the boxes, you are agreeing and consenting to all information provided.
    • You may click on the form to read or print. Please note that when there is a parent/guardian and student check box- they must both be checked to move forward.
  • "Summary"
    • At this time you can see what you have registered for.
    • Click on "Finish" to complete your registration(s)
  • The participation fee must be paid online.
  • Your student will not be able to participate in practice or in competition without completely registering online, having a physical on file with the Athletic Director, and paying the participation fee online.

Please contact Athletic Director Carol Navarro if you have any questions by email at cnavarro@nchs18.org


The golf team at Newark High is eight meets into the season, and the Norsemen are “looking better than expected!” said, Karter Kunkel. “Every time we play, we improve in some way,” sophomore Caleb Dierzen said.

The golf team was on a four-game win streak
before losing to Reed Custer September 4, by a couple strokes. The next meet for the Norsemen was a tri-meet with Indian Creek and Harvest Christian. Despite Karter Kunkel’s 37, a school tying record, and Tyler Kaufman’s 42 in the tri- meet, Indian Creek ended with a 164, the Norsemen got a 177, and Harvest Christian got a 210.

On September 15, the Norsemen participated in the Ottawa invite. The meet was supposed to be 18 holes, but with the rain it turned into a 9- hole meet. When we asked Coach Hissong about how he felt about how the team played at Ottawa he replied, “With the rain and the cold weather being a factor, we played overall decent. There were scores that came in, that were possible, we just needed to adjust.” The Norsemen came in with a 196 and finished in 9th place.

On September 15, the Norsemen played against Putnam County in a match. The Norsemen got a 192 and Putnam had a 195. The Norsemen pulled through to beat Putnam in an away match. Next up for the Norsemen was a meet against Wilmington and IMSA on September 18 at home. The Norsemen swept through that tri-meet with Cam Myre bringing in a 40, Karter Kunkel and Zach Ward with 43’s, and Seth Larson with a 46. The total score was a 172, which is the lowest score of this year for the Norsemen!

The Norsemen participated in the Little Ten Conference tournament that was at Orchard Valley Golf Course. The Norsemen as a team finished 2nd, right behind Indian Creek by 5 strokes. Cam Myre came in with 2nd overall score with an 83 on 18 holes, Zach Ward came in with a 87, Seth Larson with an 88, and Karter Kunkel with a 93. “With scores like these, we will definitely be a competitor in regionals,” stated by Coach Hissong. The Norsemen have the Dwight invite and a meet with Hinckley and Earlville in the end of September. In October, they will compete in regionals. Good Luck Golfers!

By Karter Kunkel and Ian Cerney


The Newark soccer team has made a great impression with the games played so far. Junior Austin Green says, “We’re the best we’ve ever been. We have great team chemistry and it’s only going to get better.”

The Newark Soccer team has been to a couple tournaments and placed well at all of them. The team brought home a first-place trophy at the Paw Paw tournament on August 30.

Other than tournaments, they have had a handful of games against some tough competition. They are 5-5 overall. In conference they are 3-1. They have played Plano, Ottawa, Streator, and DePue in nonconference. Their conference games have been against Kirkland-Hiawatha, Earlville, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Paw Paw.

The team is looking forward to upcoming competition. A nonconference match against Princeton will be on October 2 at home.

Then the team will be going into the conference tournament. The games from October 6 to 10 games will be played at home also. Come out and support the Newark Norsemen Soccer Squad!

By Rachael Lape, Maddie Friestad, and Marissa Friestad

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kicking off a Great Season

The Newark Soccer team is ready to kick off a great season. This year is the second year of the Newark and Seneca co-op. We asked head coach J.R. Veliz what he thought about the co-op.

“I think it’s great! The Seneca kids bring a lot of talent to the team. Between both schools we should put together a pretty good season this year!” said Coach Veliz.

When talking to senior midfielder Matt Eike,who is also the captain, we asked him what his expectations for the season were. “Our teams goal is to be well above 500% win percentage, but we’re just going to take it one game at a time,” replied Matt. We also asked him what his responsibilities as a captain were. Matt jokingly responded, “To lead stretches. But mainly to relay information from referees back to the players. I also have the responsibility of being a team leader with my words and my actions.”

We also talked to junior goalie Kevin Klock. When we asked him what his favorite part of the game was, he responded, “to see a great formation with great ball control.” When asked who he tries to model his game after, he said, “Tim Howard because he is a fabulous goalkeeper and a proud American.”

By Austin Dike and Stevie McGrath

Setting up for a Great Season

The Lady Norsemen have been busy getting ready for the season ahead. They participated in summer league games at the Great Lakes center and went to the Lincoln Land tournament. Official practices started August 13.

The first volleyball game was at home against Aurora Christian on August 28. The varsity team won two out of three games.

Coach Grayson has added a few new games to the schedule. The Lady Norsemen will be picking up two new games with Harvest Christian Academy and Rosary.The team will also be competing in the Manteno tournament on September 6, the IMSA tournament on October 4, and the IC tournament on October 25. The team has a challenging and exciting season ahead. Come out and support your Lady Norsemen!

By Rachael Lape, Madison Friestad, Marissa Friestad

Teeing off Towards a Great Season

The Newark High School Golf Team started off its season on Monday, August 18. This team, coached by Mr. James Hissong, looks great so far this year, according senior Karter Kunkel.

In the previous season, the team was above even in the win/loss category making it an overall successful season. The run Sophomore Jack Clausel made into the post season, making it to sectionals, meant last year will be a hard one to beat.

With all the work the golf team plans to put in for this season at Whitetail Ridge Golf Course, they hope to set an even better record than last year. Members are Seniors Karter Kunkel, Dylan Emerson, and Zach Ward; Juniors Tyler Kaufman, Neal Smith, and Seth Larson; Sophomores Cameron Myre and Caleb Dierzen and Freshman James Martin.

These members plan to use the regular season as purely practice in preparation for a regional run starting October 7, 2014.

By Ian Cerney & Karter Kunkel

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New for 2014-2015: Athletics2000

This year, for the first time, the entire NCHS athletics program will use Athletics2000/8to18.com to maintain all athletics-related information. This includes a new online sports registration page, fees handling, rosters, downloads, game schedules, game scores, photo galleries and more. The new athletics site may be accessed through the following link: http://il.8to18.com/NewarkHS. We hope that students, parents, coaches, and community will find this site convenient and comprehensive. Please be aware that athletic games will no longer be found on the Newark calendar, instead they will be located on the Athletics2000 website. Please make the change on your favorites list and/or bookmarks to help you stay current and on top of all things athletic.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sports Information Night

There will be a mandatory meeting for fall athletes and their parents on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. At this time sport fees must be paid, sport physicals and athletic codes must be submitted to participate in practices and games for the 2014 fall sports seasons. The sport fee is $50.00 per sport, with the exception of golf being $100.00.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Newark Lady Norsemen Softball

The Newark Lady Norsemen have enjoyed a great start in their season! In the beginning of the season they faced many game delays and cancellations due to rain and weather conditions. So far, the Lady Norsemen have won twelve games! They have come out of three conference games a little short against Serena, Somonauk, and Earlville. They are left with three games in regular season play and one round robin tournament at Putnam County. Then, they will be rolling right into the regional games and hopefully onto a road to a strong post season! The regional ran Monday, May19th through Saturday, May 24th. This year, Newark hosted the softball regionals. This year’s team is losing two seniors. They are Kristine Zitt and Megan Malone. Both girls have played four years of softball and will be missed next year. Newark is looking forward to a great post season, and some good teams to come next year!

By Maddie Friestad

Ending with a Bang!

The Newark Norsemen Baseball team has been on a roll lately, and they are not looking back. They have their eyes on the regional, which began on May 19th at Dwight. The Norsemen have had a good couple of weeks leading up to this point in the season. They have won 11 out of their last 16 games, with two blow out wins against Paw Paw, two wins against LaMoille, and one win against Earlville. The Norsemen are 14- 10 so far this season. If the Norsemen win the first regional game, they move on to play Serena. Way to go Norsemen! Good luck at the regional!

By Karter Kunkel

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sports Bash

The 3rd Annual Sports Bash will be held on Friday May 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. celebrating the seasons of Golf, Soccer, Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Cheerleading, Baseball, and Softball. Dinner will start at 6pm with awards to follow at 7:15pm. We invite everybody to come down and celebrate with us! Download the team assignments flyer.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Make Up Your Mind, Mother Nature!

Softball is one of the most difficult sports to be able to get games in on their scheduled days, because it all depends on the weather. This spring, Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind. There was a continuous amount of snow and cold dumped on us, and then once that melted, rain and storms made their way through Illinois, followed by a little more snow. Games keep getting canceled and the softball team has only managed to play a few of their scheduled games so far. Luckily, they’ve won most of the games they have played so far, and hopefully they continue to do so. Good luck with the rest of your season, ladies, and may Mother Nature be ever in your favor!

By Madeline Hoddy

Opening Day

Opening day is under way for the Newark Norsemen baseball team! For opening day, the Norsemen had to face the crusaders of Marquette. Unfortunately, the Norsemen fell short of the win on the first of April. The Norsemen had three games canceled that week, one against Plano that Friday, and then a double-header the next day in Hiawatha. Finally, the Norsemen got to play at Indian Creek on April 7th; Kendall Endres started at pitcher that game and didn’t let Indian Creek score through five innings. The Norsemen were leading 2-0, and then Indian Creek went on a rally in the 6th and 7th innings. The Norsemen could have had revenge on Indian Creek the next day at home. Indian Creek started off the game with an 8-0 start after the first inning. The Norsemen were starting a comeback, but fell short. The final score was 8-4. On April 10th, they played at Hinckley Big Rock and lost 8-1. But then the Norsemen had their revenge on April 11th, when they won 7-3. The Norsemen had a double header on the 12th. The double header was against Faith Christian Academy and the Norsemen won both games, the first game 21-1 and then second game 13-5. The Norsemen have their confidence up this month! They played Lamoille on April 16, and blew them out of the water 13-0 in five innings. The Norsemen are on a four game winning streak and hope to continue this into next month.

By Karter Kunkel

Cheerleading Tryouts

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Lady Norsemen Cheerleading team? Tryouts are right around the corner! Incoming freshmen, current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are invited to tryout for the 2014-2015 season. Tryouts will be held May 13th-May 15th in the gym from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bring your best moves, water bottle, hair up, fitness attire, loudest voice, and your best smile! Captains and coaches will be there throughout the tryout process for assistance. If you have any questions, the coaches’ contact information is listed below and flyers are posted around the school. We hope to see you there!
Clinic #1 – Tuesday, May 13th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Clinic #2 – Wednesday, May 14th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tryouts – Thursday, May 15th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stepping Up to the Plate (If it’s Visible Under All the Snow)

It’s that time of year again when the snow begins to melt and softball season begins. Well, that’s usually how it goes. This year, with the amount of snow we’ve been getting, it’s unlikely that the girls will be able to get out to the field for quite some time. The softball season began on March 3rd, and there are 13 girls on the team. Mr. Holman, the softball head coach, called the team this year, “all-stars,” and has been working the girls hard to get them ready for the season. Best of luck to the 2014 softball team!

By Madeline Hoddy

Basketball Recap

The Newark basketball team recently entered the best part of the season, March and the state playoffs. They played Paw Paw on Valentine’s Day, but after the cancellation of LaMoille they took a two-week break into the Regionals. The Norsemen were granted a two seed for their efforts in the regular season. They faced off in the semifinals against a familiar foe, Somonauk. In a back and forth affair, the Norsemen finally broke free after Steve McGrath’s steal and layup, putting them ahead by three with fifty seconds left in the game. The boys put Somonauk away after a flurry of free throws, and walked out with a 50–42 win, which put them in the Regional final, where the Mooseheart Ramblers waited. Mooseheart, with three players 6’7” or taller, were a tough opponent, and the team knew they would have to play an almost perfect game to win. The Norsemen slowed down the pace, taking three minutes off the clock with each possession. They went into the half trailing 11-10 having successfully slowed the game down and frustrating Mooseheart’s 6’10” center Makur Puou, holding him to three points at half and five total. The third quarter was higher scoring, with twelve points from Mooseheart and eight from Newark. Jack Clausel keyed a run with seven consecutive points in the stanza, and Grant Riehle-Moeller consistently out rebounded the much taller Ramblers. In the fourth, the game found its slower pace again. Matt Eike’s three-pointer early in the period was the lone basket of the entire quarter. The team had a shot to tie it with 4.7 seconds left, but the pass was intercepted and that ended the game. The Norsemen bowed out 25-22.

The team was proud of all the effort that they gave during the season, and they made many memories during the course of the season. Four of five starters return next year, with Grant Riehle-Moeller being the only senior this year. He will be missed; Grant was a great player during his time at NHS. Thanks to everybody who came out and supported the team during the season, the boys are very grateful for everything the community did for them this season.

By Jack Clausel and Zachary Robert Bond


After reviving the cheerleading program at Newark High School after a year without cheerleaders, a number of students said the program was off to a good start. At the beginning of the season, they explained everything they wanted for the season to their new coaches, Miranda Linco and Ms. Amanda Eibl, and got to work right away. Along with getting out the uniforms this year, the girls also received brand new warm-up jackets (bedazzled with the words “Newark Cheer” on the back) and warm-up pants.

Their first game of the basketball season was at the Thanksgiving Tournament at Sycamore High School in Sycamore. Not only did they cheer there for the first time, they also performed their first half time dance routine. Different routines included different formations and different songs. One of the favorite formations was a “V” formation where the girls gathered to make a large V on the gymnasium floor. Some songs they chose to dance to included a remix of “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Right Now” by Rihanna. They even danced to a couple of medleys like their Christmas dance, for example not only did they dance to a variety of songs in one dance, but they also wore Santa hats and ugly Christmas sweaters. Their last dance included a medley as well that included songs such as “Timber” by Kesha, “Counting Stars” by One Republic, “Shake It” by Metro Station, and “Burn” by Ellie Goulding.

After cheering at Sycamore, they headed to other games that included big wins for the Newark Norsemen basketball team at Chicagoland Jewish High School in Deerfield and a recent big win against Somonauk on the first night of regionals at Somonauk on February 26th. Make sure to look for the cheerleaders at halftime and on the sidelines at next year’s Newark Norsemen basketball games!

By Hopi Horvat and Mackenzie Fletcher

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ending The Season Strong

In the past month, the Norsemen had a pretty slow schedule after weather cancelled a slew of games. The team played only six games in the month of January. They lost to Dwight on the 3rd of the month; therefore, rebounding to play some stifling defense against Plano for an eight point win. Later, the Norsemen welcomed conference rival, HBR, to the home gym for a game with the Royals. Our team shot the ball well, scoring almost 70 points in a 62 – 28 win. After beating HBR, the Norsemen traveled to Seneca where they were outclassed by the Irish, losing 63 – 39. After the Seneca defeat, the boys made the long haul to Hiawatha; there, they led at the half 35 – 14 behind Jack Clausel’s 21 points. They ended the game with a 71 – 28 final score. The team then took two weeks off after the game against Lamoille was cancelled due to weather. They then took on conference foe, Indian Creek, in a game to see who has the best conference record. The Norsemen trailed at that the half but closed out the second half strong, winning by eight with a score of, 66 – 58. Evan Schomer played the role of hero in that contest, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Before mid-February, the Norsemen played in the Little Ten Tournament. They won the opening round game against Lamoille, 70 – 34. Matt Eike was the leading scorer, pouring in 20 points. The quarterfinal matchup was against Paw Paw. The Norsemen came out flat, but rallied in the fourth to win by seven. Jack Clausel led all scorers with 20 points. Then in the championship game, the Norsemen took on the Bobcats of Somonauk. In a game for the ages, the Norsemen dropped a close decision, losing 64 – 57. Jack Clausel was the leading scorer with 21 points, and Evan Schomer dropped 17 in a losing effort. After the hard fought loss against Somonauk, the Norsemen travelled to Putnam County to play the Coaches vs Cancer Shootout against Roanoke Benson. The Norsemen were down three at the half, and then were outscored by seven, losing 58 – 48. Two games remain in the season; then, the postseason comes. So come on out and cheer on the Norsemen!

By Jack Clausel and Zack Bond

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team finished the season with 20 wins and 8 losses. It was a season to be proud of and the girls showed heart and devotion during the games. The girls finished their regular season games strongly with a 63-7 win against IMSA, and 62 to 14 against Gardner South Wilmington (GSW). The last regular season game was against Aurora Central Catholic. They pulled off this close game with a final score of 50 to 46. Regionals began, and after defeating GSW, the varsity squad advanced to the regional championship against Serena. The girls fought a hard battle, but came up short with a respectable ending score of 61-48. No matter what, they always were doing their best on and off the court and have left some great impressions and memories with the Newark basketball program. Congratulations on a great season ladies!

By Maddie and Marissa Friestad

Monday, February 3, 2014

Norsemen Basketball

The Norsemen Basketball team traveled to Plano over Christmas break to participate in the Plano Christmas Classic. The boys were seeded 13th in the tournament and opened up action against a Little Ten opponent, Hinckley – Big Rock. The Norsemen won in dominating fashion, 58 – 23. The next time the boys took the court, it was against Kaneland, the 4 seed and one of the favorites in the tournament. They found themselves down 17 – 10 at the end of the first quarter, but made a big run in the second to take a 30 – 28 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third quarter, and held off a comeback attempt in the fourth to beat the Knights 57 – 50. After Kaneland, they faced off against a familiar foe, Aurora Christian. The week before, the Norsemen beat Aurora Christian by 1 at Newark. This time, the case was different. Aurora Christian jumped out to a 12 – 0 lead early in the game, and they couldn’t recover, losing 62 - 53. After Aurora Christian, they played Seneca. Saddled with foul trouble, the Norsemen had key players out of the game for long stretches at a time, and Seneca took advantage, bullying the team on their way to a 69 – 40 win. After Seneca, they squared off with Coal City, the 3 seed. The team had complete control of the entire game, and barley held off a big run in the waning minutes to win 56 – 55, and ultimately winning 7th place in the 24 team tournament. They finished highest of all the 1A and Little Ten teams. The next Friday, the team traveled to Dwight to take on the Trojans. They came out flat and it stayed that way, losing 57 – 43. After Dwight, the Norsemen played Plano at home. They jumped out to a 16 - 2 advantage early into the second quarter, and Plano never got within 5 of the lead, the Norsemen winning by a final score of 50 – 42. The team is just hitting their stride and starting to get some wins, so come out and watch the boys play!

By Jack Clausel and Zack Bond

Lady Norsemen Basketball

The varsity basketball program is in full swing! The girls worked hard to prepare for the season during preseason. They are continuing to work hard and improve everyday. The team is undefeated in conference and recently placed 5th in the Lisle tournament. Senior Nicole Lawrence was asked how she thought the team has grown this season. She answered, “Throughout the season the team chemistry has progressed as well as communication.” This group of seniors has been playing with each other for four years now. The five seniors had a very successful season their sophomore year. The girls plan to continue to work hard and improve for the games to come. They will compete in their conference tournament January 20th-24th. Good luck the rest of the season, ladies!

The junior varsity team has had a great season so far. The girls have competed and placed 1st in both tournaments they have participated in (Putnam Country Trny. and Earlville Christmas Trny.) They are undefeated in conference and are continuing to grow as players. The girls love playing together and are excited to play together in the future. Sophomore Rachel Jacobson says, “I love playing with the girls. We have a lot of fun together and we always have each others backs on and off the court.” The girls will compete in their conference tournament at Serena High School, January 18th.

By Marissa Friestad

Educator Night

On January 9th and 10th the varsity boys and girls varsity basketball teams did an Educators night! The players each picked a person that worked with them in some way, and that has made a huge impact in their life. For the athlete to have an educator nominated, they needed to write a paragraph about how they influenced them in some way. To show honor to the educator, the athlete would escort them out to center court and present them with a T-shirt that had the players’ number on the back. For example, my Educator was Rob Scott, JV head coach of the boys basketball team. My freshman year was his first year coaching for us. My sophomore year with Coach Scott we were watching a high school basketball team together and we witnessed a kid, no taller then I was, dunk. After we saw that, Coach Scott leaned over to me and said, “I could definitely see you doing that by your senior year.” And to this day he still tells me to keep working at it. He tells me he always believes in me, which means a lot. And I’m sure that these Varsity players have memories as good as mine with their educators.

Below listed are the Boy’s varsity basketball players and underneath their name is their educator:
  • 11 - Grant Reille-Mohler (Senior)
    Mike Gaul – Trainer, Trinity Wellness
  • 5 – Matt Eike (Junior)
    Sharon Adkins - Social Studies Teacher, Millbrook Junior High School
  • 4 – Karter Kunkel (Junior) and 24 - Evan Schomer (Sophomore)
    Rob Scott - JV Coach, Newark High School
  • 22 – Noah Nichols (Junior)
    Priscilla Jorstad - Language Arts Teacher, Lisbon Grade School
  • 15 – Zach Anderson (Sophomore)
    Carol Navarro - Science Teacher, Newark High School
  • 42 – Jack Clausel (Sophomore) and 20 – Mitchel Schmidt (Sophomore)
    Aaron Sovern - Coach, Hoop Stars/Hustle Camp, Currently Athletic Director at Yorkville Christian HS
  • 21 – Kendall Endres (Sophomore)
    Brian McGrath - Coach, Winter Travel Team
  • 3 – Will Clausel (Freshman)
    Duane Ramey – Coach, Millbrook Junior High School
  • 2 – Steve McGrath (Freshman)
    Matt Akre – Coach, Winter Travel Team
  • 10 – Dimitri Milakis (Freshman)
    Amanda Eibl – Science Teacher, Newark High School
Below listed are the Girl’s varsity basketball players and underneath their name is their educator:
  • 2 – Marissa Friestad (Sophomore)
    P.J. McKinney – P.E. Teacher/Coach, Lisbon Grade School
  • 10 – Lexi Zeznanski (Junior)
    Carol Navarro – Science Teacher, Newark High School
  • 11 – Kelsea Zitt (Sophomore)
    Jeff Eddy – Coach, Millbrook Junior High School
  • 13 – Nicole Lawrence (Senior) and 20 – Jasmine Mitchell (Freshman)
    Kris DeGraaf – Teacher/Coach, Lisbon Grade School
  • 14 – Kristine Zitt (Senior) and 33 – Lindsey Larson (Senior)
    Dale Skelton – P.E. Teacher/Coach, Newark High School
  • 22 – Sarah Bogden (Junior)
    Duane Ramey – Coach, Millbrook Junior High School
  • 23 – Kaylynn Shankle (Junior)
    Demetra Turman – Teacher/Principal, Millbrook Junior High School
  • 24 – Alexa Myre (Senior)
    Ursula Goldman – English Teacher, Newark High School
  • 25 – Alicia Cihak (Senior) and 15- Megan DiClementi (Sophomore)
    Brian Holman – Math Teacher/Coach, Newark High School
  • 30 – Rachael Lape (Junior)
    Tonya Grayson – Teacher/Coach, Newark High School
  • 34 – Jessica Hager (Junior)
    Ray Eddy – Coach, Millbrook Junior High School

By Karter Kunkel

Heartland Bank Donation

Special thanks to Heartland Bank for donating $1 for every free throw made at all home basketball games. Friday night they gave us $85 and they will add the last few games to that total.