Signing Day

by Aiden Mihill

Wednesday was National Signing Day, where students from across the country sign letters of intent to play for their colleges. Lassiter honored their fall and winter sports, and cheered as 7 Trojans signed to colleges.

Swim and Dive led off, and had 3 Lady Trojans sign to universities. Allison Brown committed to Georgia Tech, Francie Carson signed to UGA, and Bridget O’Shaughnessy committed to Army West Point. The 2-time defending state champion Trojans continue their swim and dive season throughout the winter.

Next, 3 time letterman Ellie Kean took the stage to commit to North Georgia. The back-to-back champion softball team finished their season with a victory over River Ridge.

David Panone, representing Lassiter wrestling, signed onto Belmont Abbey, a D-2 school in North Carolina. Panone went 143-10 as a Trojan, and was named a Fargo All American. Wrestling continues their season throughout the winter, closing in early February.

Volleyball was the last sport to come to the stage, sending 2 seniors to universities. Katie Bochniak signed on to attend Troy, a university in Alabama (fittingly named the Trojans). Katie had over 2000 assists and appeared in multiple State championship games for the Trojans. Kate Kudlak, who was a key piece to the Trojans’ deep postseason runs, committed to Colorado School of Mines, a D-2 school. Volleyball ended their season with a loss to Sequoyah in the state semifinals.

Allatoona vs Lassiter Game Recap

By Aiden Mihill

ACWORTH – Allatoona used a strong running game and stellar defense to destroy Lassiter, 49-17, on a rainy Homecoming night. The Trojans, without starter Bryson Harrison due to a throwing arm injury, turned to freshman Levi Mundt for this game, who played well in his Lassiter debut, going 4-14 for 128 yards and a touchdown to Danny Curran on an 82-yard score. Lassiter’s two junior running backs, Sam Gadsden and Jaheem Murray, combined for 98 yards on 24 carries. Allatoona used a dominating performance on the ground, getting 5 total rushing touchdowns from 3 different players, including multiple of 55 yards or more. The Bucs also blocked a punt just 5 minutes into the game and returned it for a score, and forced a fumble deep in Lassiter territory to go along with multiple fourth down stops. Lassiter next faces Kell at the Frank with a spot in the state playoffs on the line. Allatoona, already in the playoffs, hosts Pope next Friday for the 2nd seed in region standings.

Softball State Championship Recap

By Aiden Mihill

COLUMBUS, GA – Lassiter defeated River Ridge, 7-4, to become State champions for the second year in a row. Gracyn Tucker had a 3-run home run and Ellie Kean launched a 2-run shot for the Trojans, as they capped off a run beating Winder-Barrow, Glynn Academy, Creekview, Cambridge and River Ridge to take the 6A title. The Knights led 2-0 after 4 innings, but a 5-run 5th gave the Trojans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Lillian Holhouser added an RBI as well, to cap off the Trojans’ 34-2 season. Congratulations to Trojan Softball!

Lassiter Uses Big 1st Quarter, Defense to Crush Osborne 16-3

By Aiden Mihill

MARIETTA – Lassiter scored 13 points in the first quarter and forced 3 turnovers to go along with 5 sacks, as the Trojans beat the Cardinals of Osborne 16-3 on Friday night. Lassiter’s Bryson Harrison went 12 of 18 for 140 yards and 2 scores through the air, both in the first quarter. The defense was stringent all night, forcing 7 tackles for loss against a Cardinals team that has struggled offensively all season, scoring just 30 points in their last 5 games. The Osborne defense played well, forcing 2 fumbles and getting both back. They held Lassiter to under 250 yards, which no team has been able to do to the high-powered Trojan offense other than Kennesaw Mountain (who won 51-7). The Cardinals could never muster the offensive momentum to score, giving the usually struggling Lassiter defense a good reprieve from high-scoring shootouts.. The Trojans, now 4-4 and at .500 for the first time this season, have a bye this week before taking on the Allatoona Bucs in Acworth in what should be a good game for 3rd in the region standings. Osborne falls to 1-5 on the year (0-5 in region play) and goes at South Cobb this Friday.

The Curveball of Covid-19

By: Amanda DeMouey

Before the global pandemic, sporting events were fun community get-togethers, allowing us to enjoy time with friends and family. Once Covid-19 turned the world upside down, these activities developed temporary setbacks and our lives were forever changed.

In the spring of 2020, many sports leagues were canceled, and those that remained experienced unique seasons. This carried through to the fall, impacting sports such as softball, football, and volleyball. According to Katie, a Lassiter athlete, during the season, “Practices required masks, social distancing, and routine temperature checks.” Moreover, games often limited spectators to low capacities, and, according to Katie, “We were all definitely missing the typical Lassiter enthusiasm.” With these unforeseen restrictions, high-school sporting events instantly sunk to a quieter, lower-intensity atmosphere. What is a game without fans cheering on their favorite team? Although activities were nowhere near as exciting and entertaining, high school teams persevered.

Fortunately, this fall, high-school sports have nearly returned to what we are accustomed to. Practices are no longer surrounded by as many cautionary measures. Though social distancing and face masks are often recommended, these restrictions no longer engulf our everyday interactions. Now, more than ever, fans are encouraged to attend games and support high schoolers; this motivation was greatly missed last year.

How will Covid-19 impact the future of high school sports? Will we ever revert to our old normal? More than anything, athletes and the community are increasingly grateful for the opportunity to participate in activities and social gatherings. Though society naturally has stricter health precautions, this past year has proven that it is possible to return to normal, with little change in our daily customs.

 Lassiter Volleyball Program Gets a Reboot 

By: Amelia Wilson 

Lassiter Volleyball Program has some changes this year; it starts with a new gym, and new coaches have joined the spotlight. Darby Dunn, the new JV Volleyball coach, started her journey in Mississippi and moved to Georgia due to her husband’s job. After finding her place in the Special ED department at Lassiter, Dunn met Kristen Hunt, who works in the Media Center, and soon they decided to take up the responsibility of coaching the JV Volleyball team together. Not only does Mrs. Dunn have high hopes for a victorious season, but she is also hoping to “watch the girls grow and develop as a team,” she said during an interview. Shortly after this interview, her team went on to win against Wheeler High School in the third set, 15-11. 

Coach Marc, the new Varsity girl’s coach, himself was not open for an interview, but several of his players, including Andrea Garzon-Peta, #3, Kate Kudlac, #9, and Claire Billups, #6, all gave me their thoughts. When asked about Marc’s coaching, Andrea says, “I like Coach Marc, I think he is really hard on us because he expects a lot out of us, but I think that is what we needed to improve, although sometimes practices are really hard.”  Kate adds, “I think he has adjusted or has started to adjust to the team and how we need to be coached… I like it.” Not only do they agree on the caliber of Marc’s coaching, they all share the drive to reach state and regional competitions this year and based upon their win-heavy season so far, their dream could easily become a reality. Soon after this interview, the Varsity team went on to beat South Cobb in only three sets.

New Women’s Flag Football Team

By: Caroline Alligood

Lassiter has announced a new sports team coming this fall, a women’s Flag Football team! 

An informational meeting was held on August 19th for anyone interested in joining the team. The first two games of the season will be against region rivals Pope and Walton on October 18th. The times for the games are at 5:30 pm (against Pope) and 7:30 pm (against Walton). These games will be held at home. The season will contain eight games in total with the last two games on November 8th. The team will compete against Pope, Walton, North Cobb, Osborne, Hillgrove, Marietta, Wheeler, and South Cobb this 2021 season.

Julia Allen, a sophomore at Lassiter, is planning on joining the team this fall and said, “I first heard about the team in July. My friend’s mom said we need to have a team. I am interested in joining this year because my sister played, and it looks pretty interesting.”  

Participating in extracurricular sports is not only a chance to learn a new sport, but also a great way to meet new people. As Julia noted, “I am excited to make new friends and to play a new sport.” Best of luck to the flag football team this year and go Trojans!

Penalties, Special Teams Blunders Cool Off Hot Start By Trojans

By Aiden Mihill

WOODSTOCK – Lassiter kicked off their football season Friday in a 35-16 loss to River Ridge. The defense showed a lot of promise, especially in the first half, while holding the Knights to just seven points. Evan Scherer showed off in the season opener, recovering a fumble and breaking up four passes. The only scores of the first half were on long runs, a sixty-seven yard touchdown scamper for Ahmere Morrison just three plays into the game to give the Knights an early lead and a twenty-five yard run by Jaheem Murray to equalize late in the first.

After a punt-heavy second quarter, the Trojans took a 10-7 lead off a Drew Campbell field goal from forty-one yards out early in the third. The defense forced a long field goal from Santiago Luzardo, which was missed, but a roughing penalty followed by a conduct call brought the Knights within striking distance of the endzone, which they pushed in on a six yard pass by QB Carson Lathem. It was all Knights from there, as they scored three more touchdowns, two from blocked punts, and pulled away for the win.

The major focus point of the win for River Ridge was a dominating performance on special teams. The Knights blocked two punts by Luke O’Malley that resulted in 14 points, and forced a missed fifty yard attempt by Drew Campbell. Lassiter’s head coach Sean Thom had this to say about the poor special teams performance: “It’s gotta get better. You know, we preach, special teams, we lost that special teams battle.” Lassiter hopes to move back to .500 on the year when they play Lambert in the Frank this Friday.

A glance at the season

Natalia Bass , Co-Blog Editor/ Editorials Editor

Football season is now in full swing as high school teams face each other in the regular season. Lassiter has already played against Harrison, Pope, Kell, Wheeler, Kennesaw Mountain, Walton, and Roswell High School. In fact, they celebrated a win against Kennesaw Mountain on October 4th, the first victory of the season! Despite this, there are still a few games ahead. On the 25th they will be up against Woodstock, which will be an away game. On the first of November, Lassiter will play Etowah High School, which will also be away. Finally, to finish off the season, Lassiter will play Cherokee High School, which will take place at Lassiter. With a school spirit that can hardly be contained, it is clear that the support for our Trojans will not waver as the season comes to a close.

Sideline style

Audrey Smiles, Staff Writer

This month, Pittsburg Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing an apple watch on the sideline of the Steelers vs Bengals game. Roethlisberger was fined because of the rule that prohibits wearing or using any sort of electronic device that is able to transmit any kind of messaging, which even applies to injured players such as himself. Compared to Troy Polamalu’s fine of $100,000 for using his phone on the sideline, and Ray Farmer’s four game suspension, Roethlisberger has the easiest punishment by far. Roethlisberger plans to appeal the fine ,but the odds are not in his favor seeing as he is photographed numerous times wearing the device. On the other hand, Roethlisberger could win his appeal by simply arguing, “I can’t text anyone because have you seen my left arm?”, which is currently broken. Only time will tell what will happen with Roethlisberger and his fine, but let us hope he has learned his lesson.