Sports

Overview: Hermon Boys Basketball

By Isaac Varney, Ethan Rudnicki, Wyatt Butler, Staff Writers / 01/27/2020

HERMON ME – The Hermon boys basketball team has had their fair share of tests to challenge the leadership of the five returning players and also has tested the new and inexperienced players stepping into big roles getting big minutes. So far, the team has done a good job building an 11-2 start only losing to Winslow by 2 points and Ellsworth by 1 point.

Hermon has fought to win games by playing excellent defense. Only allowing teams to score 37.2 points per game on average makes it hard for teams to beat them. Saturday night, the boys snapped Caribou’s 26 game win streak by holding Caribou who averages 75 points per game to only 42 points.

Hermon’s offense consists of many scorers, starting with junior point guard Wyatt Gogan. Gogan is debatably the most athletic kid on the floor every night and has stepped into his new role as point guard very well creating scoring opportunities for others and scoring big shots when need be. Next is Eli Reed. Reed is a knockdown three point shooter who also has size that makes him hard to guard off the dribble. Then we have five man Zach Tubbs. Tubbs is a force to be reckoned with in the paint using his size and quick agility for a big man to score at will. Dangerous player for teams to guard because he can also step outside and hit the three ball. Also we have Isaac Parent. Parent is a workhorse who uses his speed and quickness to his advantage and is also a high percentage free throw shooter. To go along with them we have the combination of Trey Brown and Jaeden Henderson who are both new to the team as of this year who were forced to quickly learn and follow the expectations of the program. They have done a good job of adjusting and are both very capable of shooting the ball. Finally we have Captain Isaac Varney. Varney has just reached his 1000 point milestone and has been a varsity starter all four years who has stepped up his game this year becoming a scorer and relentless rebounder. Varney said, “I am proud of what the team has accomplished so far this year. We’re taking steps in the right direction. We’ll be a force to be reckoned with come tourney time.”

Over the course of the season the team has learned that it takes commitment, discipline, leadership, accountability, and pride to get the job done game in and game out.

 

Now the program is looking to find consistency to take this team to another level. Like  Michael Jordan says, “Practice like you’ve never won, play like you’ve never lost.”


Hawk Sport Corner: LEBRON JAMES – TOP 10 PLAYS OF HIS CAREER

By Ethan Rudnicki, Isaac Varney, Wyatt Butler, Staff Writers / 01/18/2020

Welcome to Hermon Hawk’s top ten plays of Lebron Jame’s crazy career.

#10:

2010 playoffs first round vs Chicago in Cleveland – With Game 1 of the 2010 playoffs bringing tons of hype to the 1 v 8 match up, it was bound to be a good game in the east between young Derrick Rose and young Lebron. Cleveland had it going on early up 6 with 2 minutes to go in the first when Lebron completely took control, he got the ball in his hands and had his eyes set on the hoop. He drove by everyone and laid down a ferocious dunk to put his team up 8 and really get the momentum swinging the Cav’s way. The Cav’s went out to dominate this game and most of their points came while the fans were hyped about Lebron’s dunk.

#9:

 2011 season vs Knicks – With the Knicks and Heat colliding in the regular season it was bound to be a good regular season conference match up. The Knicks were fighting for a playoff spot while Miami easily had a spot in the bag, but this meant the Knicks would play hard and were actually favored in this game. Early on, the Heat put up a layup that was blocked and the Knicks had a chance for an easy fast break basket. When they went to pass it down the floor Lebron jumped up and intercepted the pass. While still in the air, Lebron threw the ball behind his head directly to his wide open teammate for a momentum changing basket. Which eventually led to Mindexiami crushing the Knicks’ playoff dreams.

#8:

2011 regular season vs New Orleans Pelicans – With this game being looked upon as a semi possible finals match up all eyes were on this regular season match up, Chris Paul vs Lebron. It was kind of leaning New Orleans way towards the end and Miami was down 1 with a minute left in the third when Lebron dribbled around everyone and with the shot clock winding down turned around and pulled up on a deep fade away from behind the backboard up and over and in to give Miami the lead going into the fourth quarter…They would keep this lead and go on to win the game.

#7:

2010 regular season vs the Wizards – With this game not being looked upon as a huge game in Lebron’s career or even a huge game in that season it was a big play and a big turn around for the Cavaliers. With the Cavs down 1 with 10 seconds to go they needed to inbound and get it to their star player…Lebron. They got it to him and he literally took all the Wizards on 1v5 drove to the hoop and layed it up behind his head to beat the buzzer and send Cleveland home with a 1 in the win column.

#6:

2010 regular season against the Mavericks – Lebron started this regular season game off slow against the Mavericks. But with the scored all tied up at 19 with 3 minutes to go in the first, Lebron knew it was time for him to step up and actually do something. He got the ball in the corner, faked one man, drove to the basket on the baseline where he was met by another big man, and jumped up and while in the air switched his ball hand and dunked on the big man. This takes so much skill and concentration and really shows how much Lebron wanted this one basket.

#5:

Regular season vs. Bulls 2012 – This game was highly praised for its intensity and back and forth between star Lebron and reigning league MVP Derrick Rose. But there was one specific play that was replayed over and over and is still replayed over and over. Lebron James was already hot and needed something to get the fans pumped up. His teammate Dwayne Wade gave Lebron a look and Lebron knew to go to the hoop, Wade threw a perfect alley oop for Lebron, but Lebron had a little company under the hoop, in the backup Bulls point guard, John Lucas. So what did Lebron do? Oh you know he just literally jumped over him and caught and dunked the alley oop. A crazy play that will always be looked at and replayed around the world.

#4:

2014 NBA finals game 2 – The finals was here and San Antonio easily took game 1 on the road vs Miami, now it was Miami’s turn to answer or they could be down 2-0 going to San Antonio. The Heat were up by 20 points with 8 minutes left and were not trying to let the Spurs back into the game. So, when Tony Parker passed the ball to Matt Bonner in the paint and Bonner went for a momentum changing block over Lebron James, Lebron was not having it and jumped up as high as he could and his hand met the ball and sent the ball flying back. The Heat did win this game, but it would be the only game of the series they would win and would lose the finals.

#3:

Regular season vs Celtics 2013 – Celtics vs Heat was the match up of the East that everyone wanted to see for a solid three years. Every time they played it was nationally televised and everyone watched. Well, in this specific game, Lebron saw it as a chance to shine at the garden and caught a high alley oop from Dwyane Wade, but Jason Terry was under the hoop trying to contest it, but this was a minor problem for Lebron who completely posterized and bodied Terry making this one of Lebron’s most known plays of all time.

#2:

Eastern Conference Finals 2007 – A decisive game 7 was held in Detroit for the Eastern Conference Finals. The stage was set, winner punched their ticket to the finals. The Pistons led all game and were up four with 30 seconds left. It was Cav’s ball, Lebron quickly got two under the hoop to cut it to a 2 point game. Then with no time to give Lebron got a quick steal and got another quick 2 to tie the game with 10 seconds left. The pistons in-bounded the ball for the win but Lebron saved the day again and stole the ball and scored again with 4 seconds left to give the Cav’s the lead, the win, and the ticket to the finals. Even though the Cav’s did lose in the finals seeing Lebron show his heart and love for the game in the last 30 seconds was fun for anyone and will forever go down in history as one of the most clutch plays ever.

#1:

 2017 NBA Finals Game 7 – With the time winding down in game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors has a chance to get the go ahead bucket and win the finals and it seemed like destiny, a wide open layup for NBA veteran Andre Igoudala. It was for certain this layup would go in but out of nowhere came Lebron to block the snot out of Igoudala off the backboard and sealed the championship for the Cav’s. When asking Mr. Woodside about this play, he said, “I think the Lebron block was the most iconic thing that ever happened in Lebron’s career, because everyone and anyone can remember and recall this moment in Lebron’s career.”

Overall these are the top 10 plays in Lebron’s career. Some people might put other plays above these and are entitled to their opinion. But Lebron has many iconic plays and this list only had room for 10.


Hermon High School Concessions Season in Full Swing

By Halie Jackson, Lexi Meeker, and Grace Page, staff writers / 01/02/2020

Looking for community service hours while helping the school and the community? Concessions is for you!buttery-cinema-concessions-date-night-276119.jpg

What?

Every year a concessions table is a set up, where snacks such as popcorn, hotdogs, chips, pretzels, candy, and drinks are sold. Concession snack prices range from $.50 to $2.00. The students who volunteer will be selling these items to local friends and family as well as supporters of the other team. The concession business is run by each class, all students are encouraged to help out and support a good cause. Basketball fans also look forward to the reliable treats!

 

When? 

Varsity basketball home games are where concessions take place, see future dates below:

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JAN 4 3:00 PM JAN 4 4:30 PM
JAN 16 7:00 PM JAN 9 7:00 PM
JAN 18 1:30 PM JAN 18 4:30 PM
JAN 24 7:00 PM JAN 25 7:00 PM
JAN 31 7:00 PM FEB 1 2:30 PM
FEB 3 7:00 PM FEB 4 7:00 PM
FEB 5 7:00 PM FEB 6 7:00 PM

Where?

Hermon High School lobby, located between the school store book closet and the JROTC room.

Why?

Students will earn community service hours while having time to communicate and bond with other classmates! These events are important to the Hermon community, therefore it is a beneficial way to show your support. The senior class oversees the production of the concession season and each class take turns operating the concessions table at home games. The money made is then divided between classes to help pay for class activities, prom, and graduation. It is important to help to support your class and those other classes!

Extras!

Students can earn up to 4 hours of community service per game for participating in concessions.

If you are looking to sign up to participate in concessions, contact Mrs. Garbe in room 110, Mrs. Biehn, OR your class advisors. (Freshman: Mr. Garbe & Mr. Adams, Sophomores: Mrs. Parent and Ms. Shapiro, Juniors: Ms. Trenckmann & Mr. Stahl, and Seniors: Mrs. Garbe & Mrs. Biehn).

By participating in concessions it’s beneficial to the volunteers and the community! It is helpful for everyone coming to the games for the convenience of food and drinks, and getting hours for doing this act is worth it.


Hermon Hawks Football: Senior Night Recap

By Travis Spell, Staff Writer / 12/05/2019

Senior night is a very special moment in high school sports because it takes time to recognize those seniors who devoted so much time and effort into their respective sports. All of those hours spent preparing and getting better do not go unnoticed, and they bring teammates together by working out together in the off season.

“As an athlete walking out onto the field and looking into the stands, seeing your family and friends there to support you, can be an emotional roller coaster, ” said senior football player Ian Facella.

This night is bittersweet because everything seems to flash before the player’s eyes, and they can reflect on all the years they have been playing this sport; it marks the end of a long road that they and their brothers started together.

Seniors Gabe Diaz, Marco Vera, and Ian Facella all agreed that through the past 3-4 years they have become very close because they have been through so much together and accomplished great things as a team.

After finishing this game there will obviously be things athletes miss, and when asked about this Gabe Diaz and Marco Vera said that they miss, “Coach Gallant, spending time with teammates, and the team atmosphere.”

Football is such a special sport that is unique from others with the fact that you can tackle people without getting in trouble, but the bond is like no other. Every sports team is a family, but being a part of a football team and spending all of those hours together makes senior night that much more special.


Hermon Hawks Football Finds their Identity this Season

By Travis Spell, Staff Writer / 10/15/2019

The 2019 Hermon Hawks varsity team is currently 4-2. After a tough season opener loss to the Hornets of Leavitt in a very hostile environment that had parents and fans screaming all night long the Hawks returned back to Pottle field to prepare for their home opener against Waterville. The team put on an impressive showing in what was an easy victory to go 1-1 on the season, the following week they were back on the road to Rockland to face Oceanside.

Head coach, Kyle Gallant said, “The season started out rough, but we are getting better and better each week.”

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The team has a mix of experienced and inexperienced guys on the field and the team is trying to find their identity. Gallant highlighted that some freshman have made big plays but also make freshman mistakes such as not being able to defend the pass very well or making tackles. 

When we compared the differences between this year’s team and last year’s team Gallant said, “last year’s team was very experienced and had guys in positions that they have already played in. This year, there are new guys in new spots and others that haven’t played at the varsity level yet are now stepping up to the challenge to try and help out as much as they can.”

The seniors on the team do a good job at giving their time back to the community, and the team is willing to lend a helping hand to each other. On the field the offensive shows spurts of what they are capable of doing but hasn’t been very consistent yet. Along with that, Gallant said, “We take our capability for granted and we don’t play to our fullest potential every game.”

Some goals Gallant had for the team at the beginning of the season were, Win a state championship, be committed to the cause, and play Hermon Hawk football. Things have definitely changed since then, because the goals are now, continue to get better, learn how to be gritty and fight for what you want, learn that not everything is handed to you and to obtain what you want you have to fight. Gallant added, “We have to start with the goals now to make it to the goals we started with.”

The Hawks traveled to Rockland to face Oceanside and barely escaped with a triple overtime win. After that nail biter the Hawks returned home once again to face the Nokomis Warriors in what was a fairly easy home win but the following week was a struggle when Bucksport came into town for homecoming and gave the Hawks some struggle and handed them their second loss of the season. 

Coach Gallant preached to the boys all week that they were going to find their identity and finally start playing real football and that is exactly what they did with a very impressive road win against Mademok.

The 4-2 Hawks will travel to the 5-1 Winslow Black Raiders for the battle of 1 and 2 in the conference this Saturday.