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By Jenna Haroldsen
Ranked 1 in State going into the season, Payson’s Wrestling team is playing for keeps this year. Their first tournament of the season, the Millard Ironman, was November 30 and December 1. With only 4 seniors, all of which are Captains, they are expecting to do well this season.
“We have a strong team this year and we seniors have a lot of experience,” said Wrestling Captain, Devan Judd.
The majority of this year’s team consists of sophomores and juniors. The 4 captains this year are KK Loveless, Taris Schramm, Jed Melon, and Devan Judd. The new PHS Head Coach replacing Chris Loveless, is Jeb Clark.
By Braden Clark
It is easy to say that our girls team had an abysmal season last year, so to say that they can only improve from last season will be an easy feat. With a record of 1-18 they could possibly win more games they did all of last season in their first week. Returning starters Katelyn Hamilton and Katelyn Hannifan look to lead the Lady Lions to a season they haven’t had in a long time.
“Expectations this year is that we’ll go far because we have worked harder this year and Payson High should plan on seeing us in state this year,” said Senior Brenae “Bonesaw” Rosser.
Losing two of their leading scorers from last year Taylor Quist and Tess Spencer, “Katelyn Squared” look to take the roll of leading scorers for the Lions. Hamilton coming off a team leading 19 three pointers is a threat from deep. Along with Hamilton’s precision from deep also Hannifan is also a threat from deep hitting 11 threes, second on the team behind Hamilton, the Lions will look to unleash fire upon opposing teams from the three point land.
Everyone knows that you must have a successful front court to ever win a championship, and the Lady Lions have two seniors patrolling down in the low post. Brenae “Bonesaw” Rosser and Priscilla “Chicken Wing” Hales will look to lock down opposing centers and forwards.
“Like I said before we’ve worked harder than ever before, and we are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” said Rosser.
If I have learned one thing over the years with these girls is that they know how to win, freshman year they tied for the championship and successful seasons over their sophomore and junior seasons. My prediction this year is that if they don’t finish top two in region it will be a disappointing season, I have expectations for my girls this year and I look forward to ride the bus all the way to Dixie State this year.
PAYSON — What was a nail-biter heading into the fourth quarter ended up being a solid victory for Provo's boys basketball team.
Down the stretch, the Bulldogs ratcheted up their defensive pressure and made plays at the offensive end of the floor to open their 2012-'13 campaign with a 40-30 road victory over Payson Tuesday night.
A season ago, Payson won the Region 12 championship in 3A, while Provo finished second in Class 4A's Region 8. The Bulldogs ultimately advanced to the 4A semifinals in 2011-'12, and now, legendary Provo coach Craig Drury hopes this year's squad can rise to the level of last year's successful squad.
“Last year we were pretty good," said Drury. "I’m just trying to get these guys into the same category as the last team was."
It's still very, very early, but so far so good.
Provo succeeded against Payson by producing an incredible defensive showing. Payson was known last year for its potent offense, which was due in large part to senior guards Clint Bateman and Tanner Newbold. Payson managed only 30 points against the Bulldogs, however.
Provo raced out to a nice lead, and really put the pressure on the Lions to make plays offensively. Provo is a very long team, and that length prevented Payson from easily getting into its offense.
Taking an 11-7 lead into the second quarter, the Bulldogs gave up a 5-0 run, which was initiated by Payson sophomore guard Brycen Wood. He looked to be a very bright spot for Payson fans; he played hard, kept his head up, distributed the ball very well and knocked down a couple shots as well.
Provo took an 18-16 lead into halftime behind a buzzer-beating floater from junior guard Wesley Bosco.
Tuesday's game got tied up at 19 with 5:00 left in the third, but Provo grabbed a 2-point lead and didn’t look back. The Bulldogs pushed the ball hard on the offensive end, and made Payson commit a lot of fouls. Defensively, the Bulldogs picked up their effort and really disrupted the flow to Payson’s offense.
The game got a little heated toward the end, as both teams started fouling more on defense. Payson had plenty of opportunities to make a run, but kept committing offensive turnovers while losing rebounds on the defensive end.
Bosco scored 14 points to lead Provo offensively and Cole Gordon added 11 points. Bosco also had four assists and two steals, while Jordan Maw contributed six rebounds and three steals.
This month everyone is trying to give a little more and do some good for the Payson community. The students over at Payson High School are giving back by having their annual Penny Wars.
Penny Wars is a competition between the seniors, juniors, and sophomores to see who can get the most points for their class. The points are based on the different coins and bills students put into their respective classes jars. Pennies that students put into jars are worth positive points for their grade. Any silver coins or dollar bills are negative points towards the other classes. The winning class gets bragging rights on the other classes for the rest of the year. But that’s not the real reason everyone gives money to Penny Wars.
The real reason for Penny Wars is to help families in the Payson community, who can’t afford Christmas for themselves. The process of selecting a family to help is done by choosing some of the families of students at the high school who need it. Then after that it is expanded out to the families in the Payson community who could use some help this Christmas season. So everyone get out there and give some hope to those in need, just give a little of your pocket change or car change any little bit can help.
Penny Wars goes from November 26, 2012 to December 7, 2012 if you want to donate money find a student council member they will be carrying jars around for each class to put money into. Other than Penny wars there are many other ways to give back to the Payson community. So don’t forget the reason for the season and give a little help to someone in need.
By Emily Garrett
On Wednesday October 17, the PHS choirs stepped on stage and harmonized energetically for the first choir concert of the year. With the theme of Folksongs, Foolery and Fun, they stole the attention of the audience with their singing and choreography.
Throughout the concert the two audition choirs, Chamber(Trouveres) and Concert(Bel Coro), as well as Synergy performed their musical selections. As the theme suggests, the songs were based on having fun and messing around, a task that the choirs conquered easily while still keeping proper concert etiquette.
More than once, the choirs had sections in their songs where they were clapping and stomping, and keeping rhythm exact with the accompaniment is necessary in making the songs sound good. Some of the songs performed were Polly Wolly Doodle, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Cindy. In the last song, a few couples from the choir came to the front of the stage and stepped to a folk dance that portrayed the fun of the song.
“I was so pleased with how the choirs performed last Wednesday. They exceeded my expectations! Our goal for this year is to “Go For Gold”, meaning always striving four our personal best and our team best. Everyone gave their all on Wednesday night and we achieved our gold!” said Mrs. Morgan.
Who ever said that a choir concert is straight singing? While there is singing, it's not only vocals. Generally, the piano accompanies the choir, though there are a few times with the advanced choirs when they sing a capella. In these instances, the voices sometimes sound like instruments by themselves. In this concert, there were songs when there was a violin, guitar, and bass guitar being played, as well.
Despite this being their first concert this year, the choirs all did an outstanding job! Come attend the future concerts to support our singing lions with their amazing voices.
By Cherilyn Elder
Have you ever seen CO2 dragsters racing across a tile floor being guided by a string? The sight is amazing to behold.
On October 22 and 23, Mr. Nielson’s physics classes raced their C02 cars. Two cars race each other using a machine and CO2 cartridges to push them. A string connects the cars to the machine and guides the cars in a straight line. The machine measures the speed of both cars. The winner gets extra credit for having an amazing car.
The students had different feelings about this project.
“CO2 cars are like death-definitely not my best friends,” said Jessica Barker.
Making these awesome cars is a long and sometimes hard process. Mr. Nielson taught his students Newton’s three laws of motion to help them make a faster car.
The first step in making the cars is to think of several ideas and write those ideas down. Then the student’s favorite design has to be chosen. Favorite meaning: best looking, fastest looking, or easiest to make.
The blueprint has to be drawn with exact dimensions and look exactly how the car will look. After the design is complete and the materials are picked out, then the work begins.
The drill press and band saw are the first tools used to make the car. The drill press makes the holes for the axles and wheels. The band saw cuts the design into the piece of wood.
When the car looks like the drawing, then you get out the sand paper and start sanding all the edges until they’re smooth. After the car looks and feels soft, or as soft as wood can feel, you get to choose a paint color and the design that you want on your car. Once the paint is dry, the axles are put through pieces of straws to let the wheels turn smoothly. The axles are then placed through the holes in the car so the wheels can turn easily. Then the wheels are put on with the gold washers in between the wheel and the car to keep them from rubbing against the wood. The eye hooks are added to the bottom of the car for the string to go through and guide the car.
Once the car has all of its parts and looks amazing, you are ready to race!
“It was a great hands-on experiment that helped the students apply what they learned in class,” said Andrew Putt.
By Megan Ballamis
Payson High’s HOSA club is a great way to experience health occupations. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. The student leaders of the club are Keaton Evan, Sarah Wood, Sarah Brown, and Jens John.
HOSA club does a lot of things that give you good experiences. They volunteer at the hospital, do opening socials, go on hikes and many other fun things. They recently went to the Mountain View hospital to volunteer at the womens center.
“We went to help at the fair the hospital was hosting at the womens center. I got to talk to people who worked there and it was lots of fun,” said HOSA member Jenna Haroldsen.
On October 19 the HOSA club went on a hike to the summit of Mount Nebo.
“We chose to hike Mount Nebo because it is the 2nd highest in Utah and is hard to hike all the way to the summit. Most people don’t usually hike that far up,” said Mr. Blake.
HOSA does a lot of activities that promote being healthy and many activities that expose you to many different professions. On October 31 they are going to Apple Valley Vision to experience some of the things an Optometrist does.