By: Landon Moore, Sports Editor 2016-2017
On Tuesday, May 31st James River’s loss to Cosby wrapped up an otherwise excellent season for the Rapids baseball team. This season they rattled off a 10 game win streak, along with an 8-3 victory over Clover Hill in the first round of playoff action.
With a very good season including lots of talent amongst the team, junior Tanner White reflects positively on this season.
“It was tough in the beginning, then everything started to click and we won 10 straight [games] which really got the ball rolling,” White said.
Now it is time for the team to prepare for the next season, which looks optimistic and promising.
“There is a lot of potential next year, it looks very good with lots of young players,” White said.
For now, they need to keep working hard and practicing whenever possible.
“We need to get swings and reps to be in mid-season form by the beginning of next season,” White said.
Until next season the boys will train hard to improve and work off of this season’s momentum.
By: Landon Moore, Staff Writer
Senior baseball player Korey Singh has played for James River since his freshman year and in eighth grade he played for Midlothian High School. He plays first base, and occasionally plays designated hitter, where he only hits and does not play the field.
Singh has played baseball since he was five years old because his father loved the game and he wanted to be just like him.
Before the game, “The team usually goes out to eat and I like to listen to music and just have fun,” Singh said.
Singh suffered a torn labrum and a fractured shoulder in January of this year. He has worked very hard to come back from that injury, attending physical therapy three times a week since it occurred. He should now be ready to come back to play by midseason.
Playing under many coaches throughout the years, he says he can not pick a favorite.
“All the coaches are great and tell you when something is not right so you can fix it which is really helpful,” Singh said.
He recently committed to James Madison University (JMU) for baseball. With a new school comes lots of excitement for Singh.
“ I cannot wait to become part of a new family and playing in a new place will be exciting”. He chose JMU over a few division three schools for many reasons,” Singh said. “JMU has some of the best coaches in the state, great facilities, and a really good school all around.”
Life after baseball is always a second option for Singh who does not want to leave sports after baseball.
“I would love to be a sports commentator,” Singh said.
By: Landon Moore, Staff Writer
Teen concussions are on the rise across America and the risk is only becoming higher. According to the Head Case Company, one in five high school athletes suffer a concussion during the course of a sports season. Many athletes here at James River suffer them also.
Concussions can happen when you least expect them, just like they did for softball player freshmen Robyn Bennett, who on October 27th, 2014, was hit by a pitch to the head.
“I slept a lot, had bad headaches, was nauseous, and was very sensitive to light and screens,” Bennett said.
This being her first concussion, she did not know what to expect, but advises others to not give up.
“You have to push yourself and not quit because your head hurts a little. You have to stay positive.”
With 33 percent of high school athletes that suffered one concussion suffered another in the same year, the need for safety is greater than ever.
“Communication is key. You have to tell people to be careful.” said Bennett.
Students receive concussions not just during sports, though.
“Many concussions come from NJROTC, theatre, and anywhere where activity is being done,” James River nurse Liz Klement said.
There is a very detailed protocol for situations like these.
“For sports related concussions they go to the trainer, and an email is sent to the clinic but for non sports related concussions, they must bring in a doctor’s note and go through a neuro check which consists of multiple questions to see the severity of the concussion,” Klement said.
There are three times as many catastrophic high school football injuries as in college. Freshman football player, Jarvis Chandler says form is important.
“To keep young athletes safe, coaches must teach great form to reduce concussions,” Chandler said.
Many safety improvements have come to the game at the pro level, such as improved helmets fit to some players specially proved to be very beneficial to player safety.
Rapids basketball coach, Warren Kempf, who suffered a concussion playing basketball in high school says people are “Overly sensitive about concussions” and “Players get kept out of the game when they are fine.”
What should be done when a concussion is suffered? “Students need to let their parents or teachers know if they feel they have suffered a concussion,” Klement said. “The best thing to do is sit in a dark quiet room to let the brain heal.”
By: Keeshawn Capers, Staff Writer
Freshman Thomas Jordan was the only underclassman this year to make the varsity baseball team. He is the starting shortstop and has been practicing and training vigorously to prepare for the start of the season to hopefully eventually win the state championship. I sat down with Jordan to ask him about his expectations and goals for this years baseball team as they begin to get to know each other and start to build their overall team chemistry.
Q: How did it feel to be the only underclassman to make the varsity team and who do you feel had an important role in helping you achieve this big accomplishment?
Jordan: “It was an honor and really exciting for me, and I would say that my coaches and teammates push me and help me to get a lot better and really want the best for me and the team.”
Q: What do you hope to be able to achieve as a player and what are one or two things you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Jordan: “I want to win the conference championship as well as states and I practice hitting and fielding for game-like situations, but in the end, I just want to improve as a baseball team and to just help the team by doing whatever they need from me.”
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from, and who do you feel helps you when you play?
Jordan: “I think that my dad helps me a lot when he tells me what things in the game I did well ,and Derek Jeter because I model my game after him and I watch him in order to help me improve on different techniques, and he plays the same position as me so I look up to him as a role model.”
Q: What is your role on the team and how much experience do you have playing baseball?
Jordan: “I’ve been playing baseball pretty much my whole life and my role on our team is to do whatever I can to help the team and to own up to my responsibilities on the field as the starting shortstop.”
Q: How are you doing transitioning from the JV Baseball team last year in eighth grade to this year’s varsity team, and what are some advantages and disadvantages of your transition?
Jordan: “I think everything is pretty neutral for the most part, but I do like the fact that I get to face better competition, which in my opinion, makes me better in the long run. This could also be my only disadvantage as well because everything goes up a level; players are bigger, stronger, faster, and much more athletic.”