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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Play Ball!

Snow will not stop the Norsemen baseball team as team open gyms will be going on all throughout February. The ball club has high hopes for this 2015 season as all players are making a return to the diamond.

The season gets underway Wednesday, April 25, against Dwight at 4:30 where the Norsemen are looking for a bit of revenge after dropping regionals to Dwight last season.

In that short time the team has a lot of things they need to straighten out, “The decision for starting catcher is still in the air” says Assistant Coach Hacker, and the team has to figure out how to cope the first nine games without All-Conference First Baseman/Pitcher Kevin Klock, look for sophomore Conner Christian to play a big role on the bump in the early going.

“This is a great group of kids we have here. This is one of the best teams I’ve ever had here at Newark.” Said the head coach J.R. Veliz. “I’m excited as all players are returning this year and they bring with them some quality experience. It seems like every year we have a ton of youth but this year have a lot of upperclassmen of the team that will make a difference”.

This team has the potential to be something potent. Look for them to make a run for the conference title maybe even a run towards state.

By Ian J. Cerney and Steve William McGrath

Norsemen Basketball

The Newark Norsemen took to the court over the break at the famous Plano Christmas Classic, a 24-team tournament featuring the area’s best teams.  The Norsemen were ranked 13th out of the 24 teams in the tournament.

After breezing past Forreston in the opening round game, the boys met Aurora Christian.  ACS took it to the Norsemen in this contest, winning by 16 points.  After this disheartening loss, the boys rebounded with a strong effort against St. Bede Academy, running away with a 15-point win.  The Norsemen’s next opponent, Yorkville, took advantage of a rough second quarter and won a hard-fought challenge by 9 points.  Again, the ever-resilient Norsemen came back and beat Genoa-Kingston in a high-scoring affair, 90-84. Four Norsemen scored at least 18 points, highlighted by Will Clausel’s 24.

After Genoa, the Norsemen have sputtered, losing a barnburner to Plano, squeaking out a win against conference foe Hinckley - Big Rock, and losing to Seneca on their home floor.   “We just didn’t play well.  We can rebound from this and should continue on our winning ways,” said starting guard Will Clausel.  With Kirkland Hiawatha coming to town on January 16, and a sizable break coming up, look for the squad to get to work on correcting those problems.  Starting February 2, the Little Ten Tournament kicks off, so come out and support the Norsemen.

By Jack Clausel

Lady Norsemen Basketball

The Lady Norsemen Basketball team has been on the rise since the start of the season, and over the break they didn’t slow down.  They held their own in the Lisle Christmas Tournament, going 2 - 2 against top competition.  Kelsea Zitt, a junior guard, is quoted saying, “It was fun to play.  I’m just glad we won some games.”

The Lady Norsemen continue to run the rest of the Little Ten Conference ragged, staying undefeated through five games. There are only two home games remaining in February, so come out to support the Lady Norsemen!

By Jack Clausel