The Crusade The Student News Site of Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:48:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Senior’s Next Steps Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:44:12 +0000 Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy has seen the growth, maturity, and spiritual development of many seniors through its history. As the stress of the outside world can become more apparent with each year, students may want to know what exactly lies beyond the doors of ILCA. 

Past students such as Trinity Blackwell struggle with the various opportunities and challenges that may be present in her adult life.

“I looked forward to college classes the most. There’s a lot more freedom during the class itself. You’re welcome to discuss any topic respectfully,” Blackwell said. 

College is the culmination of years of prior study, fused with the chance to discover more on certain subjects and even oneself. This may result in students’ stress moving forward. 

“I think most people are stressed by figuring out what they want to do in life. I personally already know. My biggest stress is figuring out where I want to transfer to and how to pay for it,” Blackwell said. 

Along with this stress comes the idea that college will present new challenges that students have not faced in high school. Blackwell explained one issue facing many adults today: time. 

“Everything is completely up to you to do work. Sometimes you get reminders from professors, but it’s nothing like high school in that sense. The only reason you get reminders is because they forgot to explain something about the assignment. Also, time management is up to you. You make your own schedule. If you miss something it’s all your fault, Blackwell said. 

Some issues will be better handled with high school knowledge. Camden Barker knows that ILCA has made his transition easier.

“Schooling at Immanuel taught me to shut up and listen. I always had trouble with instructions doing school work because I would never stop talking. A lot of my schoolwork has been easier to me because I have stopped talking and just listened to people and instructions,” Barker said.

He admits that there were even opportunities at Immanuel that he wished he would have utilized more. 

“I wish I used the teachers more for help. Every teacher at ILCA is there to help you succeed when you get out of high school and I wish I asked for help and more knowledge before leaving,” Barker said. 

When separated from ILCA, Lia Carr relies on new friends, who he says, “give the best advice”.

He quickly understood that the challenges of college would need new solutions previously unused. 

“[There are] more severe consequences. In high school, you have your parents and teachers, and friends constantly surrounding you. In college you are for the main part on your own,” Carr said.

There is a bright side, however, to the difficult circumstances awaiting new students. As freshmen move into their dorms and prepare for new experiences, they also experience new feelings of diversity.

“[I enjoy] being more independent. I love the diversity in college. In high school, I had friends from across town. Now I have friends from Mexico City, Poland, and Norway,” Carr said.

Drexel King has always looked forward to life on his own, and fantasies about what life has in store. He looks forward to “freedom, making money, and just someday being able to kick back and enjoy life.” 

As college brings on the idea of future possibilities, Drexel also looks forward to life after school.

“5 years from now I hope to be out of college and blazing a trail to start my career. In 10 years I want to have a stable job and be making a comfortable amount of money to enjoy life outside of work,” King said. 

He looks back at the guides he had in high school and understands how he would not be where he is without them.

“When I look back at the teachers I miss from ILCA the most (that are still there) I would have to say, Mr. Mueller. He’s a really good guy and I’m sure some kids are annoyed when he seems strict or overbearing, but he seriously cares about us and he has your best interests in mind,” King said. 

Seniors that come and go will undoubtedly take with them the memories and experiences of high school. While the future seems far and uncertain for new students, the prospects of change and opportunity can be welcoming. Understanding the fears and doubts of incoming high school students, King gives his best advice for anyone in need.

“For high school freshmen, I would say to not do something because it is what seems popular or cool. Be unique and be yourself, don’t get caught up in what other people think of you. For seniors, take a chill pill and relax if you are worried about college. It definitely has not been a cakewalk but if you put aside some time to study and work hard, you should do fine. And if not, then that’s alright too because there is an option for everybody and maybe traditional college isn’t for you,” King said.

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The Pope and the Temple of Wealth Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:29:38 +0000
Stacy Long as she teaches students the proper applications of the Bible

On October 3, Pope Francis unveiled his Encyclical Letter which is a letter sent out to the Catholic Church by the Pope. The letter touched on many issues that were related to capitalism. Statements on capitalism stood out as being negative or dismissive of it in favor of socialist based beliefs.


In his letter, The Pope made statements about capitalism that painted it as a failure. Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy teachers pondered on capitalism’s success in general. 


High school math and economics teacher, LaDonna Thompson let on about her view of capitalism and the changing tides of today. 


“I think (capitalism) is better than any other (economic system), I hate the way things are going these days, it looks like we are kinda moving away from it. I don’t think (the increase of  socialism) a good thing.” 


The school’s counselor and 6th grade religion teacher Katherine McGrew, let on about capitalism in a slightly different way.


‘If you wanted to open a small business you could go and do that…we very much encourage (free market options), so in that sense it is awesome. But in the sense that any good thing is open to temptation, people get very greedy. The Bible is full of God saying “don’t build up for your fortune here but build it in heaven.”’  


 The school’s English teacher, Dr. William Korver, had a more contextual response. 


“Christian to Christian, Jesus said give money to the poor, It’s true. He told the rich young man “give all your possessions to the poor.” He said that because his god was not God, his god was wealth. If we make it a god it’s responsible to sacrifice it.” 


In his letter, the Pope flatly rejects the absolute right to property for individuals, stressing instead the social purpose of resources and wealth. 


“The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property. The principle of the common use of created goods is the first principle of the whole ethical and social order.” 


As a Lutheran school, it is a given that there exist theological differences between ILCA staff and the papacy. The question of if this was a divinely or theologically inspired statement was raised. 


McGrew considered the statement to be somewhat sound.   


“I don’t think you force taking away land, I do think it is Christian then to tax (the wealthy) on wealth in a fair way because they (the top one percent) are still going to have so much left. And our tax burdens are harder on the middle class because we have a set rate and not all those loopholes.”


9th to 10th grade religion teacher and 6th grade science teacher, Stacy Long had a negative view on the Pope’s opinion. 


 “Nations founded on God’s word should focus on the worth of each person through Christ, meaning a citizen’s contribution should be personalized, valued and rewarded as an individual contribution, not as part of the whole,” Long said. 


The reactions that ILCA staff had to the Pope’s statements are not all uniform. It reflects the nature of Protestantism and having biblical-based conclusions and personal opinions grounded in Biblical truth. Nevertheless, ILCA staff will stay informed on future papal controversy.

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Halloween Cancelled? Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:30:57 +0000 Every year, kids all around the world participate in Halloween festivities. This year, however, the experience is expected to be much different due to COVID-19. Students at Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy (ILCA) are facing similar circumstances.

Emily Farrell, a junior at ILCA, has always looked forward to Halloween.

“It’s my favorite holiday.” Farrell said.

Although her plans for the night are already altered because of her work schedule, Farrell’s previously scheduled Halloween party has been called off as an extra precaution  in light of COVID-19.

“I was planning to get together with all of my friends, but unfortunately we had to cancel so that we could make sure that everyone stayed safe.” Farrell said.

Lily Clark, a sixth grader at ILCA, is also celebrating Halloween a bit differently this year. Instead of performing at the City of Broken Arrow’s Night Out Against Crime or attending her church’s annual fall festival, she will get to spend the evening at home with her family.

“This is the first year that I actually get to spend Halloween at home. It’s kind of nice, but I also wanted to do more Halloween activities with my friends.” Clark said.

Although she has mixed feelings about her current situation, Clark believes that these changes are necessary.

“I’m okay with all of the changes because we need to try our best to keep people from getting sick” Clark said.

Clark’s brother, Jacob, a freshman at ILCA, believes that taking extra precautions is necessary during this time as well.

“I think it is very necessary to make sure that we keep as many people from being exposed to the virus as possible.” Jacob said.

Meg Andresen, a seventh grade student at ILCA, is also in favor of being cautious in order to reduce the risk of potentially spreading the virus. Andresen’s plans for celebrating Halloween this year have not been altered. However, she is concerned about future holidays.

“I’m a little worried that our family won’t be able to visit my grandparents for Christmas, but I also want them to stay healthy.” Andresen said.

Despite the uncertainty about the virus and the imminent changes it will bring, the students at ILCA remain optimistic and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep others safe.

“I know things are going to get better. Until then, we just have to watch out for each other.” Farrell said.

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A Surfeit Without A Sea Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:07:49 +0000
Immanuel Students look to help get the annex back in order through their laborious cleaning. 

Nearly three weeks ago, multiple skunks trespassed near the annex for shelter. This led to the foul smell of skunk being plastered all over the annex. This was due to skunk mating season. Classroom experiences were affected, forcing multiple actions to be taken to deal with the situation.  


The amount of skunks varied over time with one being trapped initially. Later two more skunks appeared and were caught and released into the wild. The skunks needed a safe area to conduct mating during the ongoing season. 


Band director Matthew Lollman’s reaction to the question of if he knew about the current mating season came down to an informative “yes.” The smell was produced in order to keep the skunks safe from animals. Nevertheless, Immanuel personnel were alerted to their presence due to the odor. This caused many articles of stored student and athlete clothing to be in need of a wash, which was done by teachers in their own homes. 


 “It did attach to the athletic uniforms and the band instrument cases” Choir Director Mary Shultz said.


At first the smell was bearable with classes continuing in the annex. As time went on it proved to be overpowering to staff and students which required relocation of all classes originally based in the annex. 


Art teacher Stephanie Hipskind said, “Initially there was just a light aroma of skunk and then a week ago Friday (September 11) it became very strong and we had to move classes.”


The stench extended beyond classrooms as the smell affected the entire building and the surrounding areas of the playground to the back of the annex and near the parking lot to the annex’s front.


The actions taken to clean the up annex from the smell were many. It started with uprooting everything in Lollman’s room as well as clearing out the uniform storage closet. 


Principle Stephen Zhender had a positive view of this necessary cleaning as a chance to reorganize stock. 

“It’s probably going to be a good time to get rid of items that we haven’t used for many years.” 


 Following those actions, the skunk-stained-carpet was treated with ozone as cloth is susceptible to lingering odors. During the cleaning, preventive measures were taken on September 12 when Zhender and many parents came together to surround the building’s areas susceptible to animal intrusion in order to prevent more mayhem. After the carpet cleaning, annex classrooms were cleared for use and Lollman’s room was put back together in a cleaner environment.

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Football Falters Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:55:57 +0000 For years, Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy’s (ILCA) football team was the highlight of Friday night. Now, a lack of participation is what prevents ILCA from dominating the turf. Caleb Siegele, a part-time sophomore at ILCA, was a long-time member of the team.

“I mainly played football because I didn’t really know what it was. I started liking it so I played it for about three years.” Siegele said.

When Siegele first discovered that football was out of the picture for the 2020 season, he was devastated.

“It’s pretty crappy. I think football is a great sport, but that’s just the way it is. Not enough people played.” Siegele said.

Although he is unable to participate in his favorite sport, Siegele has found other ways to occupy his time. He continues to watch football on the professional level, but additionally, he has taken up running. This fall, instead of facing opponents on the field, he is competing alongside ILCA’s cross country team. Nevertheless, Siegele will always miss football and the opportunities that came with it.

“There were a lot of great people who played with me. I really liked my teammates and coaches.” Siegele said.

The inability to field a team has come as a surprise to both players and fans. Melissa Stephens, a long-time supporter of ILCA’s football team, was particularly upset when she first heard the news.

“I was really bummed out. There’s just something about playing football. It’s fun.” Stephens said.

Another prominent figure disappointed by this upsetting loss is former coach, Billy Daves. Daves served as the head coach of ILCA’s football team for two years. 

“I was sad to hear that not enough guys wanted to come out and play. We had a lot of fun. It was amazing to watch them improve.” Daves said.

Daves hopes that the football program will be revived despite this season’s outcome. Fortunately, he isn’t the only one looking toward the future. ILCA’s Athletic Director Taylor Mueller is working tirelessly to ensure that this does not mark the end of football at ILCA.

“I try to talk to kids every day when I can. I try to recruit kids from our own student body to do this or that. You also want them to be passionate about it too, because it’s better for everyone if they are.” Mueller said.

As it stands, ILCA is without football this season. However, there is still hope for the years to come.

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Immanuel After COVID Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:40:21 +0000
Immanuel welcomes David Pridgen despite challenging times.                (Jackson Bush )

The sun rises on another day of students bustling from their cars to their classrooms as Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy opens for the school year. The times have changed, however, and new circumstances set this year apart from any other. Headmaster Stephen Zehnder reflected on some of these differences.

“We were very hopeful to open during the Coronavirus pandemic. We lost 10 total families in the entire school,” Zehnder said.

Families had to make tough choices this summer, including the decision to have their children remain home for the school year.

“Since I became headmaster in 2016, the school has seen an increase of students every year until now,” Zehnder said. 

While the infamous virus may have inhibited the return of some students during this school year, Zehnder is hopeful for potential growth in the coming years. 

“We try to add better curriculums for students, bring in new tech, and add to the school with new programs,” Zehnder said. 

These new programs include both the Discover Immanuel program (where new students have the opportunity to experience the school at a lower cost) as well as the Fine Arts Academy, which supports the development of musical talent in an extracurricular setting. 

“With our programs, we can bring in more financial aid for the goal of finding a high school building,” Zehnder said. 

Zehnder looks forward to the addition of a high school facility but does not see this culmination in the foreseeable future.

“We’ll keep focused on what God wants us to do, and he will bless us,” Zehnder said. 

Before the Coronavirus, Immanuel strived to gather many young minds under one roof. Mrs. Katherine McGrew was the headmaster from 2002-2016 and has seen the growth of the school from its inception. 

“We always tried to market the school for smaller class sizes. At the time, schools were less safe, and parents were scared. I sometimes feel bad for marketing this way,” McGrew said. 

Marketing becomes invaluable for growing a school such as Immanuel, and it must evolve to fit the newest concerns of parents and students alike.

“Our school has always tried to bring in new families by trying new things-new programs-and in doing so we became a hallmark of small Lutheran school,” McGrew said. 

While the initial growth of the school hinged on the marketing efforts of a small foundation, Immanuel now wishes to grow beyond these limitations. With the planned future of a high school building, the question is whether or not students will choose to stay for high school. 

“We need to continue to have special programs in the high school. We also need to focus on middle school and make it cool,” Mcgrew said. 

Mrs. Ginger Hendricks, who has served as the science teacher for eight years also agrees with this sentiment.

“I believe parents need to invest in their child’s education. Come be a part of your child’s classroom,” Hendricks said. 

The essence of gathering students for the school also allows for the inclusion of specific kinds of students.

“We are geared toward the excellence of students’ abilities,” Hendricks said. 

A key target demographic is the high school, and senior Emily Clark has had years to learn how the high school system operates. 

“The elementary is doing great, but they start to leave once they get older,” Clark said. 

Emily is currently enrolled in dual credit courses outside of Immanuel, and she believes that added classes could increase the student population.

“The environment is great, but if one student decides to leave, their close friends will want to leave also,” Clark said. 

The expressed interest in students’ safety and comfortability is apparent at Immanuel, and both students and faculty hold onto hope that growth will continue for the years to come.

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Runners Get Set Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:35:10 +0000 For the past year, Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy (ILCA) has been leaving a trail of destruction when it comes to athletics. Volleyball,  football, and basketball have flourished this year and shattered records set before them. Springtime is making its way to ILCA with spring sports starting up. Sadly, golf at ILCA will not be pursued due to a lack of interest. Track, on the other hand, is expanding with every practice. This year, first time track and field coach Taylor Mueller will be directing the track practices with help from outside sources.

Track and field has been expanding every year since first beginning in 2012. For the past few years, the track team has been smaller than desired. This year, Emily Clark, a junior at ILCA, is looking forward to growing with her teammates.

“I’m really happy that we even have a team. Now we have the possibility of placing as a team because we have never done that,” Clark said.

Track and field are heavily based on endurance and strength. For students, a full-year elective weightlifting class was introduced to help students further themselves in their sport. Most sports at ILCA require their players to be inducted into the class to maintain the rigorous effects the sports have on the body. Track and field require all parts of the body to be strong and mobile. Emily Clark gives some credit to weightlifting teacher Coach Clark for helping her further her success in track and field.

“I first started noticing the effects of weightlifting in the past season of cross country. Over the summer I did it pretty consistently and in cross country, my time went way down,” Clark said.

Drexel King, a senior at ILCA, is a first-time track and field athlete. King previously played basketball for ILCA and is ready to put as much work in for track and field as he can.

“I think we can be really good if we work hard and get better,” King said.

Due to King never being involved in track before, he is open to trying the field portion of track and improving on every aspect.

“I want to improve on pretty much everything because I have literally never played track before. I’m just putting in practice time,” King said.

Nik Penka, an 8th grader at ILCA, is an experienced track and field player. Penka is excited about the upcoming track season and strengthening friendships.

“I really like track and field and love going to meets. Being with friends makes it fun,” Penka said.

One goal for Penka this track season is to never quit. He intends to keep his drive to be the best on the middle school team.

“You just have to push yourself. Every time you feel like you have reached your max speed, you just have to try and keep going and get faster. I’m just trying to beat Ramsey Al-Rawi,” Penka said.

Track and field is an exciting sport that provides several unique events that push each athlete to their limits. This year, the track and field team will strive to become better in hopes of winning the state championship. The season will not be easy, but the track and field team will continue to improve and show other schools the winning state-of-mind ILCA possesses.



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TikTok and Its Trends at ILCA Sat, 07 Mar 2020 15:09:20 +0000 With the start of 2020 comes the official embarkment of the future. 20 years ago, people had visions of flying cars and holographic phones. They visualized cities in the sky, instant transportation, and hover cars. While these visions never became a reality, something like it could be coming soon.

The US has been revolutionized by technology in the last 10 years and continues today. Society has become almost completely automated from watches to refrigerators. Technology runs the modern world.

Proof of this can be seen in the youth. 

Social media plays a massive role in communication amongst middle school and high school students. This leads to a plethora of fads on all the different platforms.

These are seen even in Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy (ILCA). 

With a significantly smaller student population compared to public institutions, one would expect ILCA to be missing out on some of the most popular trends. While this is somewhat true, students are still involved in most of the popular trends of today.

Nonetheless, according to a survey conducted involving the majority of the ILCA middle school and high school students, students are only lacking in the Nike Air Force 1 trend. Less than 10% of the students surveyed own a pair of Nike Air Force 1’s.

Sophomore Christian Thomas owns a pair of black Nike Air Force 1’s and says, “They are very easy to match with any fit because of the basic look. I like them a lot.”

The trend of wearing these shoes really started after TikTok celebrities made them a part of their look along with the explosion of the VSCO girl trend a few months ago (a trend that led many teen girls to pick up a pair of white Nike Air Force 1’s).

This footwear trend led to people creating “custom” versions of the basic shoe by painting or through a process called hydro dipping. Videos of people creating “custom” Nike Air Force 1’s began to pop up everywhere, especially on TikTok. Teens enjoy watching them because they are seen as satisfying and/or interesting. 

35% of middle school and high school ILCA students reported that they have seen at least 1 Nike Air Force 1 “custom” video.

The majority of trends like these are able to be prominently displayed through TikTok’s platform. TikTok has been around since 2017; however, in the past year, it has become a place where almost every teen seeks fame or entertainment. 

Through TikTok’s unique platform, trends are able to thrive for a few weeks and then are replaced by others.

With over 1 billion users, TikTok uses its extremely high-usage rates in its account holders to make “fame” attainable for all. It is extremely easy for anyone to achieve thousands or even millions of views on the app.

Sophomore Cade Carpenter states, “I made a how-to video and got over 4 million views.” 

Eighth-grader Dayla Hook says in reaction to Cade’s success, “He just made a video that people thought was helpful that no one else made.”

All one has to do is post a video of them following a trend by doing a dance or a challenge and then it is entered into TikTok’s algorithm used to show its users videos. 

Over 60% of ILCA middle school and high school students reported having and using the app, and the majority of them know at least 1 TikTok dance. 

It is uncertain as to what the future holds for teens, but TikTok and its trends have become a norm at this point in time.

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The “Code breaking” Astros Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:58:57 +0000 Many professional sports teams have tried the “tanking” method. The tanking method is when a team struggles to win and decides it might be best to start over. They bench their best players, and purposely lose a majority of the games so they have the possibility of having the first pick of the draft the next year and then build around a young star. Many teams have tried this but it does not always succeed, but for the Astros, however, it seemed like they pulled off one of the greatest tanking and recovering stories ever.

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Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate in the outfield against the Orioles in 2018, a year they cheated in.

The Astros were not a contestant for the World Series so they decided to tank around the beginning of the 2010 season. They finished last place in their division in 2011, 2012, and in 2013. This gave them three straight years of being awarded the first-round pick of the MLB draft. In 2011 they picked George Springer (with the 11th player in the first round). In 2012 they picked Carlos Correa, in 2013 Mark Appel, and in 2014 they drafted Brady Aiken. In 2015 the Astros finished second place in their division, and in 2017, the Astros finished in first place in their division and held one of the best records in the MLB (Major League Baseball). Unbeknownst to the world, the Houston Astros accomplished this by ways of cheating.

It all started with a newly recruited intern who used an Excel program which he modified, in 2016. The program was called “Codebreaker” and was often referred to as “Dark Arts” among the coaches and players. It worked by either interns or analytics watching live feed games and then writing down catchers signals, followed by what pitch was thrown. Then at the beginning of the 2017 season, the Astros used a live feed camera from the replay room to decode and signal pitches to the bench. In June of 2017, a group of players wanted an improvement with “Codebreaker,” thus creating the notorious trash-can-banging operation. An Astros employee would sit in a room adjacent to the dugout, watching the monitor that was hooked up to the camera in the outfield. When he saw a slider or another type of pitch that the Astros highlighted for that game, he would then bang a bat on a trash can loud enough to alert the player about to swing.

The Astros went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series that season. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that shows the Astros cheated during the World Series games. The next season the Astros finished first place in their division. During the AL West Championship, the Cleveland Indians spotted an Astros employee taking pictures of their dugout. The Indians warned the Boston Red Sox (the team the Astros would face in the AL championship) about the Astros suspected cheating. The Astros would lose to the Red Sox, but during the season the Astros relocated the replay review room closer to the dugout. The next season, the Astros had the best season yet, with a record of 107-55. The Astros made it to the World Series, they would go against the Washington Nationals, who were being warned about the possibility of the Astros stealing signals. Many Nationals players confirmed that they were being told from numerous baseball players around the league, that the Astros could be cheating, so the Nationals created new signals and made more signals for the catcher. The Nationals ended up pulling off the upset and beat the cheating Astros. Then shortly after the season was over, a former pitcher for the Astros, Mike Fiers, said that they did cheat during the 2017 season and in the World Series.

“I am still going to be an Astros fan, I know what they did was wrong but it’s not going to stop me from liking them,” fifth-grader Nolan Long said.

The Astros have been fined five million dollars, the largest fine the MLB can issue. They lost both their first and second-round picks of 2020 and 2021, and GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch have been suspended for a year, but the Astros decided to part ways with them. Although the Astros punishments are definitely harsh, many players not just in MLB but in the NFL and NBA do not think it is enough.

“In the Olympics, if players cheat they can’t have a gold medal. But they still have a World Series title,” Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish said in an interview with the public.

“It’s sad for baseball. It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. I lost some respect for some guys,” Angels outfielder Mike Trout said in an interview with the public.

“I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be irate!” Lebron James said on his twitter.

The five million dollars seems like a small piece compared to the 300 hundred million they made in 2018. The loss of the first two rounds of the draft for the next two years could damage the Astros significantly down the road. The players, who partook the most in the cheating scandal were all granted immunity for in exchange for full cooperation with the investigation.

“It was the players who benefited and I believe that it was the players who carried it on so they should be the ones being punished the most,” seventh-grader Abe Lang said.

During the 2017 season, the Red Sox were caught cheating by using Apple Watches.

“I saw a guy say that if the MLB did an investigation throughout the whole league, there would be multiple teams found guilty of cheating,” seventh-grader Hudon Long said.

So far in MLB’s spring training, the Astros have been hit seven times by a pitch (the most out of any teams). Some MLB players around the league have said that some of the Astros “need a beating.” At the spring games, the Astros have been booed throughout games and hassled nonstop by jeering fans. The only way for the Astros to shut them up is to have a great season of hitting without using the “Codebreaker.”

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Scholarships at ILCA- (Liam Carr) Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:25:42 +0000 Two senior athletes Liam Carr and Brena Brown at Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy recently received athletic scholarships for Concordia University Seward, NE.  There is no doubt that this is a special opportunity for the two of them and the future promises to be bright. 

Senior Liam Carr received and signed on for a football scholarship at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.  

Carr said he wasn’t shocked when he heard the news and explained.

“I had been talking with the coaches for a couple of months and then a few months back received a letter of intent.”

Carr admitted that he was a little nervous and added, “The guys will be bigger than what I’m used to, and a lot stronger as well.”

Carr described how he likes the idea of going to Concordia and wouldn’t have chosen any other college. 

In the end, Carr described how of course he hopes to be successful in college but knows, “I will have to work harder.”

Carr’s father Vince Carr expressed similar feelings.

Vince said, “We were very proud of Liam receiving the scholarship and since he is a Lutheran church member, he also received a Lutheran Heritage scholarship.”

Carr described how he thinks Liam is both excited and nervous for this opportunity.

“Starting college is a new experience but he loves the town and the people there and is already quite familiar with the college since his brother went there.”

Vince said, “Liam has worked hard for this opportunity.  He has loved football his whole life and always spends time drawing up new plays, even during church.”

Vince in the end believes that Liam will be successful just like his brothers were, but not without some adversity along the way, that he will have to overcome. 

Liam’s parents were not the only ones excited and proud of this moment, but also Liam’s longtime high school football coach, Billy Daves. 

Daves claimed that he was elated when he heard the news.

“I was aware throughout the season that Concordia was interested in him so I am glad it worked out.  I am proud of Liam for this opportunity and I know Liam will be successful in college.”

Daves described his first interaction with Liam in the summer of 2017 and said, “I knew Liam was a very good teammate and one who would help out others.”

In the end, Daves admitted, “I cannot speak to what my contribution was to this moment but I am humbled to be a part of it.”

High school teacher and another coach of Liam’s at Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy, Mr. Taylor Mueller expressed his thoughts on Liam’s scholarship.

Mueller said he wasn’t shocked when he heard the news. 

Similar to Daves, Mueller began to notice Liam’s potential and leadership qualities early on, “when he displayed great leadership potential during games.”

“Liam is both excited and nervous for this opportunity.  It’s a new experience and a full-time job, but Liam has the right kind of attributes for it.”

Mueller said, “Liam should always strive to be better and enjoy the moment.”

Liam broke many records during his time playing football at ILCA, his friends and family expect no different come this fall.  This accomplishment and momentous occasion also came true with senior Brena Brown who will be discussed in the next story.

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