Do you get enough sleep to perform at your best?

by Pat Clark

Whether it be working out, playing in athletic events, or sitting in a desk for 8 hours at school, one things is for sure: sleep is important. The amount of sleep you get dramatically affects your day performance, or does it?

Why do most experts say sleep is important to perform at your best? Well according to the national sleep foundation during the day when you exercise it depletes energy fluids and break down muscles. What most people do to recover is hydration and eating right. Sleep is way under looked.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, deprivation increases the chances of fatigue, low energy and poor focus at gametime.   The National Sleep Foundation also has recommended amount of sleep based on your age. 

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I asked students and athletes whether they thought it affected them and coaches to see if they could see a difference. Then science has its own opinions but does that apply to everyone. According to Sophomore Blake Davis it does.

“From personal experience when I don’t get enough sleep I can’t function right especially during any athletic event,” Davis said. “I have less energy.”

Another study from sleep.org said that basketball players who get an extra 2 hours of sleep before game day have increased speed of 5% and their accuracy by 9% which can dramatically affect how the play during the game.

But for some, sleep doesn’t seem to affect their game. Just ask senior hockey player Erik Sitar.

“Normally I don’t get a lot of sleep and I think my body has just adapted to it,’ Sitar said. “’cause I feel like I always have plenty of energy during games and practice.”

If you have trouble sleeping the night before a big game try taking a nap before the game. According to a Stanford Medicine article,  “everyone in the league office knows not to call players at 3 p.m…It’s the player nap.” 

Want some more tips from pros? 

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The Path to an Eagle Scout

by Pat Clark

The Boy Scouts of America is a group “you usually join in elementary school that does certain projects and by completing those projects you can earn badges and earn your way up the ranks” explained senior Nick Weigle .

Nick Weigle has done just that by earning the highest rank, Eagle Scout.  

Becoming an eagle scout takes numerous years and a lot of time.

“It sure does take a lot of time, but you get used to it,” Weigle said. “It becomes part of your life.”

Weigle said you need 21 merit badges and also. need to complete a “final project” which takes a long time.

Being in Boy Scouts in high school can be embarrassing for some as it can be “childish” or “lame,” but Wiegle said that most of his friends didn’t know he was still in Boy Scouts until a MLive article was published honoring him as the rank.

“My friends didn’t really know I was a Boy Scout and I liked keeping it that way,” Weigle said as he started to smile. “When the article on MLive came out I was surprised in that my friends didn’t make fun of me or hardly talk about it…I even got a few congratulations.”

Wiegle expressed gratitude for his Boy Scout experience.

“It definitely has helped shape me as a kid growing up because it was a way for me to give back to the community in a way I enjoyed doing.”

Nicks dad, Matt, also commented on the subject saying “I’ve seen Nick grow in his leadership abilities and his critical thinking skills as he has gone along his path to Eagle.”

Overall, Nick is glad he kept with Boy Scouts and called it “a cool experience.”

What motivates you to lift?

by Pat Clark

Motivation is needed for many aspects of life, whether it be school, working a job or in this case weightlifting.

Thanks to Coach Tully, who is changing the culture around weightlifting, lifting has become a big part of athletics here at Grandville High School here at Grandville.

But, there needs to be something that drives an athlete to get in the weight room and grind multiple times a week. The idea of motivation had never occurred to many students until they were asked the question, “What motivates you to lift?” and they were forced to reflect.

Senior Matthew Clark said, “whenever I’m in the weight room my motivation comes from me wanting to be the best athlete I can be for me and my teammates.”

Senior Bret Chesla said his motivation came in his sophomore year, to be exact. He said “freshman year I came in not knowing my place in the weight room. I wasn’t that motivated. But what motivated me was to become the best baseball player I could.”  

Now it was time to ask the man who runs all the weightlifting sessions for the school, Tully Chapman or as most people call him “Coach Tully.”

Tully said his motivation came from a middle school coach.

“I started in middle school with a guy named Jim Fast who taught me how to lift weights,” Tully said. “I learned how to lift weights, and all of my friends did that, so I started doing it and really loved it.”

He also credited his high school football coach

“[He was] a good strength coach, I wouldn’t say everything we did was right, but we didn’t have the research we have now.”

Tully said his main motivation came from following his l football coach’s path.

“He played division 1 football at Michigan State and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Tully said.

As you can see, people have different reasons as to why they lift weights.  Find yours and the drive to become a better athlete, person, or classmate becomes easier. 

Get to know new teacher Mr. Cook

by Pat Clark

Grandville High School has welcomed new teachers into the district this year. One of the many is Mr. Cook. Mr. Cook is married to Jackie Cook who is also a teacher in the district. Together they have a young son whose name is Braeden.  Mr. Cook used to live in Warren, Michigan and taught at Warren De La Salle High School.

Mr. Cook teaches Composition through Literature 9 (CTL9) and Composition through American Literature 10 (CTAL10) and is enjoying Grandville thus far.

When asked why he and his family came to Grandville Mr. Cook explained “it was a great opportunity and a great place to live. My wife and I were looking for a nice place to raise our son.”

Mr. Cook also explained that “this provided us for better opportunities professionally.”

Mr.Cook is also the new head coach of the varsity baseball team. When asked what he does when he’s not teaching or coaching baseball he said, “I really like hanging out with my family.”

Mr. Cook hopes to continue growing relationships with the staff and students at Grandville High School.

Before teaching Mr. Cook attended Albion College where he got his undergraduate degree in history and English. Later he attended Madonna University to get his masters degree.

Grandville hockey busy at work in the weight room

by Pat Clark

Grandville hockey has been a strong team in the past couple of seasons with trips to the final “frozen” four in the state tournament the past four years.  Hard work and dedication in the off-season can be attributed to the bulldogs success.

“It gives a chance to compete better when we go down and play teams from east side,” defensemen Hunter Dood said. “Especially the Detroit area teams.”

The hockey team has workouts five days a week during the summer and during the fall.  They also train regularly during the season to keep their body in tip top shape. The bulldogs training regime includes lifting weights, conditioning and four-man groups on the ice.  Although not required to go, most hockey players feel obligated in order to keep the success going.  

Senior forward Shane Haggerty praised workouts saying they are “definitely getting me stronger…I feel the most benefit on the ice in that my skating has improved.”

Dood and Haggerty agreed if they hadn’t gone to workouts they wouldn’t be in the physical condition they are in today.  The Grandville hockey team hopes to have another postseason run this year in hopes that all of their training has paid off. 

 

JV Tennis to rely on leadership to continue success

by Patrick Clark

After a successful past season for the JV tennis team, which included an OK Red Championship the bulldogs have even higher expectations with no excuses.

This year has the same expectation. With a second place finish in their first tournament, hopes are high for the Dawgs.  

Seniors will play a big role in helping the team achieve that.  Seniors Owen Farney and Spencer Woodruff will help the dawgs to victory this year.  The pair of seniors at first doubles will be a force to be reckoned with.  Their roles on the team won’t just be to win but also help lead a young team while having tons of fun during the season.  

Sophomore Caleb Sheehan described the seniors as “ leading by example, with their hard work,” and, “They make practice fun and exciting.”

Senior Spencer Woodruff described the role as “ it’s not that much of a vocal role, but we as seniors set the tone by dominating on the court and showing the underclassmen how to work hard.”

Other Seniors include, Trent Balley, Lance Aidif, and Matthew Kocsis who will also help lead the team.  With this senior leadership the bulldogs hope to have a successful season.