Knights in the News
By: Crestview Local Schools
By Payton Knittle
Crestview FFA held a Christmas party last Thursday night for its members. Each member that attended was supposed to bring a gift for the white elephant gift exchange. The members also played games and enjoyed time together. Senior member Emilio Deleon said, “I had a great time at the Christmas party. The food was good, and I had fun playing games with everyone.”
KBA starts off this Sunday with five Crestview teams participating. KBA is Christian basketball league where the students show up and play one game. Then between game one and two someone will share some verses or stories from the bible and pray. Then after the verses and praying they play game two and three. Crestview senior Kaleb Myers said, “I like playing KBA with my friends. It also give students a chance to learn a little bit about God too.”
Over Christmas break the boys and girls basketball went strong on the court. The girls beat Kalida 63 to 55. The boys lost a close one to Miller City 62 to 60. The boys lost another close one against Ottoville 52 to 49. The boys bounced back and won a close one against Delphos St John’s 50 to 48.
By Payton Knittle
Crestview FCCLA had a breakfast with Mrs. Putman’S Special Education class on December 16. The FCCLA members made pancakes for the kids to come down and enjoy in Mrs. Sawmiller’s room. They also made pillows and did crafts with the kids. Crestview senior and FCCLA president Braden Van Cleave said, “I enjoyed making the pancakes and then sitting with everyone having a good time together.”
Crestview senior Cora Millay signed a letter of intent, December 14, to play softball at Spring Harbor University. Spring Harbor University is in Spring Harbor Michigan, they are in the NAIA. Millay was recognized first team All-Ohio softball player this past season. The Lady Knights also put a wonderful season together last season by winning a State Championship. Millay said, “I am very excited because it’s the only chance to play at a high level of competition other than high school softball.”
KBA is a Christian basketball league for kids in Van Wert and Mercer country schools. Crestview has four teams with a team mixed with Lincolnview, Van Wert has three teams, and Parkway has one team. The games are played on Sunday’s beginning on January 8. Three games will be played each Sunday for six Sundays then a tournament will be held. Crestview Senior Lance Camp said, “I can’t wait till KBA starts. I love playing but also love having fun with my friends. A lot of memories have been made playing.”
By Payton Knittle
Crestview High School began first semester exams yesterday and today. Exams will continue next Monday and Tuesday before Christmas break. Teachers also have the opportunity to give exams during the two weeks after break. This format was to allow the exams to be spread out and give the teachers the option to give exams before Christmas break. Crestview Senior Jacob Painter said, “They seem a little unorganized, but I’m prepared for them.” Each exam will be done in a block period (roughly one hour and 40 minutes).
The Crestview High School Christmas Concert was Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Crestview auditorium. Jazz band, high school chorus, Knight Vision and the concert band all performed that night. Also the middle school had their Christmas concert last night. As sixth grade band, middle school band, sixth grade swing choir and middle school swing choir performed their holiday classics.
The Crestview Knights basketball team started up the season strong with a win over the Parkway Panthers JV and varsity teams last Saturday night at Parkway. The varsity won 54-44 and the JV won 58-49. The Knights’ next game is at Columbus Grove tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m. for JV. Crestview junior Trevor Gibson said, “I feel we are well prepared for the game and our team gets along good so we should be fine.”
By Payton Knittle
This evening Crestview Elementary will be performing its annual Christmas program. It will start at approximately 7 p.m. in the elementary gym and it is directed by music teacher Lindsey Newlove. Elementary students will sing many seasonal favorites in their performance.
The Crestview FFA has been selling beef sticks for a month now. Each beef stick is one dollar and there are 10 different flavors from sweet to spicy. Each beef stick sold helps the FFA to pay for FFA weeks and classroom projects. Sales will continue until February 18.
The Crestview baseball team has kicked off their off-season workouts. They started hitting last week and also had throwing this last Sunday. Jacob Painter senior baseball player said, “I enjoy the off season workouts because it’s a chance to get better but also a time to bond with other teammates.” They have hitting Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, also pitching and catching on Sundays. Their hope is that their off-season workouts produce a successful spring.
By Nick Henry
The Crestview Knight football team made history Saturday night by winning in the second round of playoffs, an accomplishment no other football team has done in Crestview history. The Knights beat the Arlington Red Devils by a score of 28-7 at Lima Stadium. Senior lineman Emilio Deleon said, “It feels amazing to know that we are the best high school football team to go through Crestview.” Crestview now moves on to the Regional Final game and will play the McComb Panthers at Lima Stadium, on Saturday at 7pm. Last year the Knights got knocked out of playoffs by McComb in the first round, and will look to make the outcome a little different this year.
Mary Poppins the musical was a sell-out crowd on Friday night with great performances from all the cast members. Lead roles in the musical were played by Cora Millay (Mary Poppins), Joel Germann (George Banks), Griffen Waltmire (Bert), and Courtney Cearns (Mrs. Banks). The musical was a success in all aspects ranging from singing to acting. Senior Kristen Etzler said, “I’m glad I decided to join this year because I enjoyed performing on stage and making new friends.”
The Knights scholastic bowl team competed in Paulding this weekend in an NWC match. The Knights placed fifth in the competition but have more matches coming up. Senior Joel Germann said, “We definitely didn’t have as much success this year as we did in the past, but we only had two letter winners back so we are starting over as a varsity team. We also have a very specific knowledge set between the members so some of the topics we aren’t as good at. We have a lot more competitions and will do better in the year.”
The Mary Poppins crew rehearses a song-and-dance number. (Photo submitted.)
By Nick Henry
The Crestview Knights football team made their first game of playoffs look easy as they won 54-20 against Tiffin Calvert. The Knights outgained Calvert in yardage 459-175 in the first half and 570-341 at the end of the game. Senior Tyler Riggenbach said, “Nothing is stronger than the bond of a football team, and I think that is why we came out on top, our bond was stronger.” The Knights will face Arlington next Saturday at Lima Stadium at 7 pm.
Getting closer is Mary Poppins the musical that is being put on by Crestview High School. The musical is being shown on Friday November 11 and Sunday November 13. For some students it will be one of their last performances. Senior Ashley Dealey said, “I really like talking backstage with all of the cast members and making new friends.”
Crestview also inducted its newest group of National Honor Society members. To be inducted into NHS the student has to maintain a 3.5 GPA, having three letters of recommendation from faculty and community members, and completing an interview with the Crestview NHS Faculty Board. Senior inductee Derek Biro said “It feels good to be apart of a group that recognizes academics.” After becoming part of NHS you must complete 25 hours of service during the school year.
By Nicholas Henry
Crestview High School will be putting on the musical Mary Poppins on November 11 and 12. Joel Germann said, “I am really excited about the upcoming musical and I think it will be one for the books.” The Crestview students will be acting and singing in the musical for all to see. Everyone is welcome to come watch a great show. Tickets went on sale Monday for seven dollars each.
The Crestview Knight football team finished its regular season games against Paulding on October 28 and will now move on to its postseason play. Their regular season record was 7-3 and finished 6th in the playoff rankings. Senior linebacker Braden Brecht said, “I think we have a good chance of making a deep playoff run this year.”
Crestview also had students get the chance to dress up for Halloween last Friday. Students participate in this every year and get a chance to have fun with their imagination. Students also had a chance to win a prize for best costume. Senior student Derek Biro said, “I thought there were a lot of good costumes and they were very creative.”
By Danny Pawlick
The football game against Bluffton last Friday night was senior night; a night to recognize the seniors in marching band, cheer, and football. That night was not only to acknowledge the seniors, but it was also another victory for the Knights with a 41 to 21 win over the Pirates. “Being a senior is really stressful, but I’m really excited for senior night because it’s the first time we get acknowledged as seniors,” said senior band member Kalissa Leal. When asked what she would miss, Leal said, “Friendships, music, and marching.” Leal plans on studying contemporary Christian music, possibly in Oklahoma, but is unsure as to which college she will be attending.
Art class is currently working on self-portraits. Junior Rosa Muller Gutoff said that she likes to draw or paint just about everything, but especially people. “I like art,” said Muller Gutoff. So far there have only been two projects. Both of the projects were self-portraits.
This Saturday Knight Vision and jazz band will travel to Bellmont for a clinic where judges will critique them and provide information on how to prepare themselves for competitions later in the year. There are about 40 people in Knight Vision this year, and 12 in the jazz band. Senior Knight Vision member Ethan Waddles said that there a lot of freshmen. “It will be a good show this year,” said Waddles.
By Danny Pawlick
Both the girls and guys teams for cross country earned runner-up last Saturday at Columbus Grove’s NWC Meet. “It was pretty baller,” said senior Brooke Ripley, regarding the outcome of both the girls’ and boys’ teams. There were seven other schools competing. Junior Ashley Bowen also beat the school record with a time of 18:54 and won the conference meet.
The football team played great last Friday night at Delphos Jefferson, but unfortunately fell to the Wildcats. The final score was 12 to 20. Sophomore Josiah Irwin said before the game, “Yeah, they’re a tough team, but I think we can take them.” There are still two games left of the season against Bluffton and Paulding.
Sophomore Chelsea Taylor from the Knights cheer squad said, “Yes, we’ve been working on new stunts and putting together a lift crew,” regarding basketball season. The majority of the football cheerleaders will also be in basketball cheer. The cheerleaders go to competitions, about two in the summer and three in the winter. “We improve every time,” said Taylor.
Photo caption: Several of the football team members watch from the sidelines during the game against Delphos Jefferson last Friday night at Delphos Jefferson during first quarter. (Photo submitted.)
By Danny Pawlick
The Crestview Marching Knights started off their competition season on a good note. Last Saturday they traveled to Maumee to compete against six other schools in the class C division. They earned fourth place and were only eight points away from getting third. They were also only three points away from beating the school record and received an overall rating of II. On October 15, they’ll be traveling to Marion Local to compete in their last competition for the season. “The one we just had was a lot of fun, and I hope that we can beat the school record because that would be super dope,” said senior band member Emma Saylor.
Mr. Hurst’s junior AP English class has been working over the past couple of weeks in pairs to create their own TED talks presentations. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Each group of students gets to create their own topic and share the importance of it. “I like this class because we have to be confident, and we can express our own thoughts and opinions,” said Tyler White, a junior AP student.
The Scholastic Bowl team attended the annual Whiz Quiz this week on Tuesday. The Whiz Quiz is a televised tournament on Channel 44 that the top five scoring members of the team go to and compete in. “It’s definitely one of my favorite competitions,” said senior Joel Germann. “It’s fun and it’s televised and we get food there.” This is the first tournament or competition of the season for the Scholastic Bowl team.