LeBron and the Cavs had a tough first series of the NBA playoffs against the Indiana Pacers going into 7 games when LeBron put the Pacers down with a win at home in game 7. The Cavaliers had what looked like was going to be tough series ahead of them, but with LeBron James on the roster… anything can happen.
The Cavs are the 4th seed in the NBA Western Conference; the Raptors are the 1st seed in the Western Conference. But last year when the Cavs and Raptors met, it was all the LeBron show as they swept the Raptors 4-0 in a 7 game series.
But this season many people thought that would go differently with Kyrie not with the Cavs anymore, and many roster changes with inexperienced players. LeBron James showed why you should never doubt his team.
The Cavs started the series in Toronto because they had home court advantage the first two games because of being a better seed. But even with home court, Drake trash talking, LeBron showed up the home crowd with a triple double and ceased an overtime win 113-112.
After winning game 2 in Toronto in dominant fashion 128-110 the Cavs and LeBron started to look very promising in this series and to advance to the conference finals. The Cavs had the next two games at home in Cleveland where LeBron gave the fans what they wanted by hitting an impossible shot at the buzzer for the win--making him have the most postseason game wins in NBA history.
To finish off the series, LeBron and the Cavs played tremendous basketball, not missing a three pointer nearly the whole first half.
J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, and George Hill were on fire from downtown. The Cavs cruised to a 128-93 victory to end the series and advance to the conference finals where they will face the new home to an injured Kyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics.
By Dylan Sheely
Both the CCA girls and boys track teams have officially entered the ‘championship phase’ of their seasons this past weekend. This is known as the period of time between the Drake Relays and state championships in which teams compete for Drake, conference, district and state titles.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were able to send athletes to the first phase of this piece of the season: The Drake Relays. The Drake relays are one of the biggest track and field events in the nation. High school athletes, as well as college and elite/olympic runners come together to compete against their respective groups.
For the Clipper girls, Ainsley Schrock qualified in the discus. Schrock came into drake with a personal best throw of 127’ 9’’. She was able to throw 116’ 4’’ and place 16th. She is currently second in 3A and will look to have continued success into the state championship meet.
The Creek boys were able to qualify for two events with Seb Johanson in the 110m high hurdles and the quartet of Matt Brimeyer, Johanson, Trevor Stockman and Alex Figueroa in the 4x100 meter relay.
In the high hurdles, Johansson entered Drake with a season best time of 15.04. This brought him in ranked 15th in the state. At Drake, he ran a 15.51 , which was good enough for a top 20 finish.
The 4x100m relay team previously ran a 24th in 3A time of 45.07. They put together a 45.55 at the Drake relays and now look forward to the state qualifying meet next Thursday in Pella.
By Olivia Smyka
Photo Courtesy Of The International Association of Athletics Federations
A hundred years ago, Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen was born in Lage Vuursche, a village located in the Netherlands. According to Quartz Media, Blankers-Koen had a passion for sports since she was seventeen. She first started competing in the Olympics in 1936. Since then, she broke many world records. Many of her achievements were made after she became a mother.
According to The Independent, she had a son in 1941, and a daughter in 1946. She also received criticism for being both a housewife and athlete. One journalist even wrote that she was “too old to make the grade.” But she ended up winning four gold Olympic medals and teaching many that housewives can be strong and achieve anything.
Other athletes would later follow her lead. One example is Kikkan Randall, who (according to Bustle) had a son in 2016 and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier for the U.S. team. In the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, Kikkan Randall helped the U.S. earn its first gold medal in the women’s team sprint event, according to NBC Olympics.
By Ryan Navara
April’s biggest event, The Masters, has come to an end, after some wild rounds of golf from Thursday to Sunday.
But some chaos happened before the first round had even started, at the par 3 challenge Wednesday evening. Tony Finau made a hole in one on his shot, and was celebrating. But as he was celebrating his ankle popped out and was dislocated, he immediately popped it back in, but later stated that there was immense pain. He still ended up playing and actually finished in the top 10.
It had been a while since Tiger Woods had played in The Masters, but this year after placing top five in his last two tournaments coming into this event, he looked ready to go. He was a favorite among few others to actually win, saying the course set up perfect for his play style, long drives, and easy second shots. Wood’s game didn’t quite pan out that way; he was even par or +1 nearly the whole tournament ending at +1. Not the way he wanted it to go, but still good to get back.
Rory McIlroy was trying to go for the grand slam by winning The Masters, which is the only Major Championship he hasn’t won. He looked like there was a gap starting to open when the final round came as he was in second with three shots out, but he ended up shooting +2 and got passed by three other golfers and tied for fifth.
The biggest story of the final round involved Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Rickie Fowler started the day -9 and five shots out of the lead. That changed fast as once he reached the back nine he got closer and closer and missed a birdie put to tie at one point, but still managed to battle all the way to a 2nd place finish at -14.
Jordan Spieth, was the bigger story, starting his round -5 with the leader at -14. A full nine shots out, and what looked like an impossible comeback, nearly was made possible. Spieth caught fire and worked his way up quickly, hitting long birdie putts and hitting consistent fairways. He was one shot out heading to the 18th hole, where his first hit went into the trees. He poked his ball out and somehow got onto the green in three shots, where he barely missed his par put which finished him at -13, and got a huge roar from the crowd after the amazing effort he showed in his last round.
But the tale of the tape was first time Major Championship winner Patrick Reed. Reed shot an amazing -15 and held off some comeback runs at the end, to secure his first Major and Green Jacket.
This is why The Masters is a tradition like none other.
Loyola Chicago Guard Clayton Custer drives in for a layup. Photo Courtesy; SI.com
After all the Upsets, Heartbreaks, and Blowouts, The final four teams have been set.
Loyola-Chicago, Kansas, Michigan, and Villanova will duke it out for that coveted championship trophy. There are favorites right off the bat as Loyola have been the story of the tournament. The 11 seed has went on to upset 4 teams and hope to continue that streak against Michigan.
When it comes to complete talent, both Villanova and Kansas are favorites as they are some of the best recruiters in the nation. Many believe Nova will take the win, but Nova will be on high alert as Kansas is riding on the hot hand of Malik Newman who scored 31 points in the last game against Duke and had all of Kansas’ 14 overtime points.
Michigan and Loyola can’t be counted out yet, as they are displaying some of the best team ball seen in tournament history. Michigan’s Jordan Poole is really making the most of his tournament, as the freshman is stepping up big time for the senior littered team. This strong Michigan side can be easily challenged by Loyola’s strategic defense, and great ball rotation.
The games will be played this coming Saturday, and the finals will be set based on the winners of these games.
LeBron James, known for being one of the best basketball players ever, has his struggles like everyone. How does he handle his 82 game seasons and rough schedule? A few seasons ago, LeBron faced some very tough physical issues with his back and core strength, and his numbers showed that.
In the 2014-15 season, according to analysts, LeBron statistically had the worst season of his career, having the least dunks of his career and also the lowest averages of his career.
Plus, his overall explosiveness was at an all time low.
Although he still made the NBA Finals where he and the Cavaliers fell short to the Warriors, things weren’t going the greatest for him. There had to be something fixed, and that is when LeBron reached out to a former Navy Seal for the fitness that he needed to regain. The Naval trainer has reformed LeBron’s core strength in his abs and back and has also made slight weight cuts to make it easier to stay in shape.
Donnie Raimon was a Seal for 15 years and helps LeBron behind the scenes, and is now finally receiving some spotlight for his amazing biomechanical work. This isn’t the one and only reason LeBron has fixed his issues and problems; according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, LeBron spends seven figures on personal fitness a year with many different ways for him to stay healthy factoring into that, like hiring a cook, trainers, and equipment.
“LeBron just takes care of his body really well, and that is how he plays the way he does,” Coach Ty Lue said about LeBron to ESPN reporters in an interview.
LeBron, in the season after 2014-15 , won his 3rd NBA Finals Championship of his career and came back from a 3-1 series deficit, averaging over 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. He carried his team alongside Kyrie Irving to the Championship.
More recently, he has been open about the story of the guy who may have changed his career.
LeBron says he feels like at this point, he might be playing the best basketball of his career, in an interview less than 2 weeks ago LeBron made a comment saying he loves the way things are going. But when LeBron is feeling good, the Eastern Conference better watch out, because he can be a tough one to take down when the Playoffs roll around.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Yoder (Your Prep Sports
After a season filled with many ups and downs, the CCA Boys Basketball team enter the winner take all situation that is the post season tournament. After a 9-12 record in the regular season, the team looks to build onto the late success they had in the regular season and make a run deep into the playoffs.
Leading the Clippers into the playoffs is senior point guard Darius Moore. Moore transferred into CCA this summer and has seen a much larger role than he found himself in at his old high school. He has adapted that role well and is currently stuffing the stat sheet for CCA. Over the final four games of the season, Moore averaged nearly 22 points a game while also dishing out just over 4 assists a game. He also broke the school record for points at 41 back in January.
The Clippers have shown over the course of the season that they aren’t afraid of the big moment. While some teams cripple under pressure, CCA have found themselves in 12 games resulting in 10 points or less this season; they currently hold a record of 7-4 in those games. This ability to finish tight games will surely help them down the stretch of post season play when the competition steps up.
A lot of people may broadly look at CCA’s record and assume their season will soon come to an end. However, if you dive deeper, many of this teams loses came in the beginning of the season, before christmas break. One can chalk this up to many different things, some of which being that they are a relatively young squad or that they had a new point guard in senior transfer Darius Moore. This means that it took that stretch before break to really find their groove and chemistry as a team. No matter what the reason, CCA seems to be playing their best basketball right now, and while other teams may be fatigued after the 21 game regular season, the Clippers are ready to come out firing this postseason.