December 2017 Finished

Page 6 The Dog Pound Music department presents holiday concert Bowling season gets rolling by Andrea Barrett Every year, the LCHS music department puts on a holiday concert in December. The band, orchestra, and choir have a fun time preparing and performing wintery songs. Students in these groups start practicing music for the concert in late October. The concert choir and chamber choir each prepared three songs for the concert, including “That’s Christmas to Me”, recorded by Pentatonix, and “Silent Night.” Some songs the audience recognized quickly; other music was new to most. The concert band performed one song entitled “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Reed. This piece required a lot of practice and was challenging for the students. As soon as the band began work on the piece, director Curt Ohrlund said, “It’s going to be AWESOME once we get it all put together.” The orchestra perform two songs as well. Freshman Caroline Meis shares, “We played some pretty cool music. One song is by the Trans- Siberian Orchestra, so that’s pretty awesome.” Some students look forward to this concert because they get to sing/play well-known Christmas songs or just warm winter songs for the audience. Sophomore Anthony Lamoreux says that he was excited to hear the band play and what they had to share. The students involved in music enjoy performing for each other and listening to the other ensembles. In the days leading up to the concert, senior Kody Koerselman shared, “I have three timpani solos and they are going to be good.” This concert was a great opportunity to hear music students like Koerselman show off their talents. Spanish teacher Jill Bomgaars loves to listen to the music students perform. “I look forward to the holiday concert every year because it’s a great opportunity to see four incredible ensembles perform. The beautiful music they share with the audience inspires us to embody the Christmas Spirit,” Bomgaars said. If you missed the concert on December 18, KLEM (1410) will rebroadcast it on December 23. This season the bowling team has about 30 boys and 25 girls, many with experience and others brand new. Last year the girls and guys varsity both finished 11-0, while the girls JV finished 8-0 and the guys JV finished 7-0. Returning letter winners include Siarah Augustine, Caitlynne Peters, Lexi Schroeder,AbbyWhiddon, and Steph Williams for the girls, and Riley Augustine, Noah Holder, Kody Koerselman, and Blake Rush for the guys. Returning award winners from last year include Alison Zimmerman with Most Improved, Lexi Schroeder and Trey Whiddon with the Strike Award, and Steph Williams and Kody Koerselman with Bulldog Spirit. This year the bowling team is being coached by Gary Brady, Gail Swanberg, and Kellie Bork, who has filled the vacancy from Barry Borcher’s retirement. Bork decided to be the bowling coach for several reasons: “ I wanted to try something new that I had not done before. It is a new adventure, and I was interested in the idea when it became available. Many of the kids on the team I know from school, and they are so positive and fun, and I thought it would be enjoyable to be surrounded by that!! I also knew that Coach Brady and Coach Swanberg would be great to work with as they had already established a great environment and culture.” Freshman Riayn Hobelheinrich says, “Bowling is something that I have always liked to do.” Junior Leah Volkert says, “I went out for bowling because I thought it would be fun and it’s something I could enjoy with my friends.” Junior Rhonda Perry also agrees with Leah. Senior Riley Augustine says, “I have been bowling since I was a freshman, and I have liked it ever since.” Senior Hannah Kliever says, “I like making new friends in all the different grades. I have also been bowling since freshman year, and I love improving.” Most of the bowlers said their favorite thing about bowling is making memories with new friends and also making memories with the team. This season Bork is looking forward to creating a positive atmosphere: “I want them to enjoy their experience and make it one that they feel good about. I want them all to improve their skills and get better, while putting the team first in our successes.” “And lastly, this has been a very successful program here at Le Mars and the expectations are high. We as coaches want our kids to continue the tradition and also to strive for their very best.” by Siarah Augustine Coach Dave Irwin welcomed nine seniors back to this year’s boys basketball team: Gabe Eckstaine, JT Engebretson, Logan Lancaster, Will Pottebaum, Dylan Rarrat-Kass, Jack Ruhland, Zach Spieler, Tyler Szczech, and Caden Washburn. Juniors Jacob Bixenman, Alex Irwin, Josh Williams, and Austin Wurth, along with sophomore Tate Westhoff round out the rest of the varsity squad. Irwin is in his 16th year of coaching boys’ basketball at LCHS. Last year the guys finished 16-7 and 11-3 in conference play; Will Pottebaum was named 1st Team All- Conference and 1st Team Sub- State. Coach Irwin said, “The boys have practiced hard and are making good progress.” The guys have set high goals. Senior Tyler Szczech said, “Most of the guys on the team are seniors, so we are going to make the most of the season.” Senior Logan Lancaster is looking forward to “playing for our trip to state to get the bad taste out of our mouths from last year.” Senior Will Pottebaum is looking forward to the “possibility of going to state again.” Senior Gabe Eckstaine said, “I enjoy finally being able to compete in a sport again and am ready to make a postseason run with my teammates.” BBB team off and shooting by Breanna Martin