Warrior Update; Episode 6; 10/25/2019

Warrior Update; Episode 6; 10/25/2019


Today on Warrior Update, dance team teachers peer partners, cross country heads to sectionals, and we check in with
middle school flag football teams. It’s Friday October 25th, I’m Parker Collins
and this is Warrior Update. Middle-school wrapped up their flag
football season this week. Sarah Carroll reports. In the spring of 2018, district
204, along with Naperville district 203 made the switch from tackle football to
flag football at all of its middle schools. The move was made citing
decreasing participation numbers and safety concerns. Now in its second year,
each middle school fields one team consisting of seventh and eighth graders
in a 12 game season. It’s been going well. We had some… whenever you create
something new, the first time you try it, we had some hiccups or issues but all
the coaches and kids and staff has been supportive and really our decisions are
based on what’s best for kids and year two was better than year one. So I’m sure
year three we’ll make a few more changes and and it’ll be great again next year.
You got to catch your breath quickly and just keep watching the game to see where
you’re gonna be. You can move the ball a lot. One thing that really changes for me
is probably like just like the blocking rules. I feel like it’s almost harder to
block because you can’t get a better grip on them. You have to just hit him a
couple times with the pad. It’s still football. We’re still drawing up plays.
We’re still strategizing. We’re still blocking but with shields. So
there’s a lot of similarities but there is definitely a reduced amount of
contact so we’ve seen a lot less injuries and kids getting hurt. So in
that aspect it’s been a lot better. Overall the student-athletes are
learning and having fun playing. A lot of fun everybody gets to play. A lot of
scoring, a lot of passing, so it’s a-you know almost like backyard playground
football and kids enjoy it, so we’re having a good time. For Warrior Update, I’m Sarah Carroll. The dance team invited some extra guests
this week. McKenna Strahan has more. Waubonsie Valley’s dance team organized a unique experience for peer partners last week.
Dancers worked with students to perform at Waubonsie’s football game on Friday
night. I think it was a great experience especially for the dancers. We were able
to promote a really inclusive environment making sure that everyone is
welcome to dance. A lot of people are kind of new to dance
kind of intimated by the concept. We were able to make that
transition smooth for them. It was honestly a really heartwarming
experience to just see their faces light up during practice when we were teaching
and on the field. For Poch, putting together the dance had a personal touch.
So my brother Benjamin has autism and he was a big part of the Warrior community when he was here. He graduated in 2016 and was involved in things like Special
Olympics best buddies and I really wanted to bring a light to the dance
team to add that inclusivity and positivity to our team and the football
experience. It’s important to do something like this because at Waubonsie, we all support an environment that is inclusive for everyone and we wanted to
make sure that dance team is a good symbol of that. I was really pleased with
the turn out, especially at being the first time and the peers definitely
seemed to have a really good time at practices and at the games. We as dancers
felt very fulfilled we felt that we were helping our community by including non
dancers into a Friday night lights situation or Spirit Squad and we wanted
to make sure that someone else could experience that that isn’t necessarily a
part of it making sure everyone’s feeling welcomed. For Warrior Update I’m
McKenna Strahan. And now, a word from our sponsors Boys cross-country took second at the
DVC Championships this weekend. Warrior Update has more. Boys cross-country is
headed to regionals. The team has been consistently ranked in the top ten for
most of the season, an improvement from last year. So we’ve won pretty much
every meet, got second maybe on a couple off days but the team we’ve just done like a
really good job like bringing the pack up because last year was kind of just me
and Zach up front together, but this year we have like a pack of four or five
like all up together. Everyone’s like motivated off the single
goal of going to state. The goal for the team would be to carry that success from
the regular season into the postseason. I think to place sixth in state this year
and then post season we go to Nike cross regionals and Terre Haute and we’re
gonna compete in the varsity heat just to make our name out there more and
Midwestern rather than just Illinois. While we’ve run some good races this year
and we’ve put ourselves in front of teams who have been ranked within the
top 10, so I think placing somewhere making it first making it down to state
because our team hasn’t made it down a state in a long time and then placing
within that top 10 would be good showing for Waubonsie because we haven’t a) made it
to state recently so making it in our first year and making it to the top 10
right away would be just a kind of a cool experience for everyone involved. I
just think it’s like the culture this year is totally different than what it’s
been before. We have like only guys that want to work hard. There’s nobody show
enough to like goof around just mess around. We all want to be there and that
really makes a difference. We’ve had a solid group of runners every single meet
so I think the fact that we’ve had runners all season who’ve been trying
all season and have been getting around consistent times or improving the whole
year has sort of helped maintaining a good state ranking because it can
fluctuate and it does all the time but I think because of our consistency within
our team and like the hard work and it’s just sort of led up to this. For Warrior Update, I’m Aliah Mendoza. Girls volleyball wraps up their regular season
Chris Chung has more. After two years of finishing as regional champions, girls
volleyball has come back strong for another season. So far our team has done
a good job of staying competitive. We’ve got a pretty good record. A big
part of it is staying focused that practice that’s something we stress a
lot and then talking about during games focusing on point for point and then set
by set instead of looking too far ahead you have to be in the moment. The team
has a unique dynamic which has yielded success for this season. My favorite part
about this team is just the personalities. We have a lot of goofy
personalities and everyone just meshes really well together and that helps
obviously when we get on to the court because we feel comfortable with each
other and we were really just bonded so we want to do well for each other. This
year the team has its goals set on the horizon. I think that the team’s gonna go
pretty far because we are seeded third in sectionals and we lost to Benet in
the semis last year but I think this year we have a good shot. The goal is
definitely to win regionals. We’ve done that for two years in a row so we
definitely want to have a three-peat with that and then coming into
sectionals we want to make it past where we have in the previous years so we want
to make it past that first round of sectionals and everyone has that drive
to end the season on the highest note possible. Girls volleyball will host the first round of regional play and will bonds
ease main gym on Tuesday October 29th. For Warrior Update, I’m Chris Chung. What’s up guys! I’m Tyler and I’m Reagan,
and today we’re gonna be carving pumpkins… a little differently. And it’s back. Dance Friday. That’s all for Warrior Update. I’m Parker
Collins. Happy Halloween, and thanks for watching. This is warrior update and I did the last bit bit too fast, didn’t I? It’s Dance Friday I’m not happy about it.
Chris Chung has more…Warrior Update wraps up their regular season. Warrior Update…I
feel like I have to shout because you guys are so far away. Warrior Update is done with Warrior Update.

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