Wednesday, November 20, 2013

High School newspaper gets in trouble by 'their own' school for being sensitive

Did you see this story?  Pennsylvania students ban 'Redskins,' get sent to principal A high school newspaper staff in Philadelphia was "called to the principal's office" for trying to be sensitive.  Is this a case of political correctness gone amuck?  You should really read this article.  I would be interested to see what you think about this topic.

Super Star Blogger

I've gotta give a major shout-out to blogger Fernanda Hurtado.  Her blog is awesome.  It has to be one of the most visually pleasing blogs I've seen this year.  She really knows how to use several media platforms.  Nice work.  Great galleries.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Congratulations to our teams

It was a great weekend for Mason soccer.  The girls' team led by Chronicle editor-in-chief Chloe Knue turned in a valiant effort but fell short in the state championship game to Walsh Jesuit.  It was the second year in a row that the Comets made it to a state final.  That is impressive.  On the boys' side the team captured the state championship with a 1-0 victory over Mentor.  Congratulations to our teams, the players, and the coaches. 

Super Star Blogger

I have to give a shout out to Lindsay McCalmont for her blog this week.  Lindsay's blog lay-out is impressive and very easy to read.  She is also getting very skilled at integrating media in her blog.  This week's post is impressive. Lindsay really does a nice job talking about a topic I've acutally heard about before. Face Blindness, yes it is real. Check out her blog.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yes, Madison, he's back...

Season Premier, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10:00 on The Animal Planet @animal planet #findingbigfoot

Chronicle is the home of champions

Erin Brush can add another state title to her name.  Not only is Erin a phenomenal sports editor for The Chronicle - she is once again a state cross country champion.  That means Erin has two state cross country championship medals and a state track and field medal in her trophy case at home.  Erin Brush - you're amazing ! Check out Erin's blog

Super Star Blogger

The blogging just keeps getting better and better but this week my shout out goes to Sheila Raghavendran.  Sheila's blog has really turned into a multi-media experience and the variety on her blog is excellent. But this week she wrote one of the best blog entries I've read all year.  This is simply a great entry - one worth reading.
I never thought potholders would find their way to the blogs but if you take a moment to read this story you'll never look at potholders the same.  Read it....go on read it.

Chloe is at it again - congratulations

Mason girls back in final on Knue's overtime goal
Written by Matt Mulcahey Enquirer contributor
Nov. 5, 2013 |
BELLBROOK, OHIO — A sense of déjà vu permeated Tuesday’s Division I soccer state semifinal at Bellbrook High School.
That was just fine by the Mason Comets, who would happily relive the game’s result every season into eternity.
For the second consecutive year, the Comets beat Pickerington North, 1-0, in the first overtime period to advance to the state championship game.
The winning score came with two minutes left in overtime when a shot from senior forward Chloe Knue emerged from a cluster of players in the center of the pitch 15 yards out and slammed into the lower right corner of the net.
 Junior forward Rachel Holloway started the scoring play by beating her defender wide off the dribble and then crossing the ball back into the center.
“A little chaos ensued (after that),” Mason coach Andy Schur said. “(Senior forward) Taylor Sheppard kind of got a little touch on the ball and then it wound up on our best goal scorer’s foot and we’re very happy that it did.” The Comets advance to Friday’s championship game at Columbus Crew Stadium, where they’ll face Walsh Jesuit (19-0-3), which beat Rocky River Magnificat 1-0 in the other semifinal.
Mason (18-2-2) enters that title game with a streak of six consecutive postseason shutouts. That’s more than eight hours of playoff soccer without yielding a single goal.
“Our defense has played so strong, and it’s not just our backline. Our midfield has done a great job of helping defensively,” Schur said.
Pickerington North (19-1-1) had two golden opportunities to end Mason’s shutout streak.
The first came in the 34th minute when a tripping call gave Panthers senior forward Morgan Bittengle a penalty kick.
Bittengle booted that kick right down the middle, where it landed in the breadbasket of Mason sophomore keeper Toni Bizzarro without her having to move an inch.
The Panthers’ last, best chance came in the 86th minute when a shot by junior forward Megan Marasco deflected – in seeming defiance of the laws of physics – off the top right corner of the goalpost and out of play.
“In a match like this when both teams are really high-quality and hard workers, it’s probably going to come down to one play,” Schur said. “They hit the post and got a little unlucky and we were able to stick one in there.”
STAR OF THE GAME: Knue. The senior has scored 16 of the Comets’ 42 goals this year. That’s nearly 40 percent.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Toni Bizzarro’s penalty kick save.
“It was obviously a big moment for us,” Schur said. “She’s just very solid back there and the kids believe in everything she does.”
 QUOTABLE: Schur on his team’s back-to-back state title appearances: “It’s been a combination of great kids coming into the program, the kids buying into what we’re doing and a little bit of luck, too. But all the credit for the success goes to the kids and how hard they work.”
Knue on the role depth played in the Comets’ victory: “Our subs wear other teams out and I think that really does help us when we have fresh legs running at the defense every few minutes.”
FREE KICKS: Pickerington North entered the game with 93 goals this year, more than double the Comets’ offensive output. ... Mason lost to Perrysburg, 1-0, in last year’s title game, which was the first in Comets history.