By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) Now that winter is underway, Nease’s Winter Guard is competing in more and more competitions. After starting their practices in December and working hard through to the new year, Nease’s Junior Varsity and Varsity Guard team traveled to Flagler Palm Coast High School to take second place in their division. On the 2nd of February, they competed at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, taking fourth place in their division. As the season progresses, the Guard will continue to have more competitions, and with practices every other weekday, they will develop their show to perfection. Breanna Miller, a member of the Varsity Winter Guard team, says that Guard practices at this point in the season are “intense.” Miller also mentioned the theme of this year’s show to be about survivors. The Nease Winter Guard has proven successful in many, if not most, of their performances. The biggest of these is their annual performance in Dayton, Ohio at the Color Guard World Championship. Last year, they placed sixth in the second round of the semifinals, proving themselves to be a world-class winter guard. For the team, just being able to compete at in a competition so immense is a-once-in-a-lifetime experience. Miller recalls the trip to Dayton as being “so much fun” and “honestly the best.” Cover photo credit: Brady Lorch
If you read our October 2018 issue, here are the digital copies of the photos from “Fans in the Stands”! Photo credit: Hannah Favorite
Nease High school students are involved in countless sports teams, their hard-work and dedication has taken some teams to districts, states, or even nationals. After school, countless hours of practice were put into this year’s football season, as well as practices before the season started. The team’s hard work paid off, as they played to victory in 2 games of their season. Nease’s girl golf team won District 6 Championship. Nease’s girls swung their way to Districts where they won runner up and placed fourth at states. They played a score of 308 at districts in total. Our competitive cheer team had been working around the clock. They won first place — Small Varsity Division at the UCA All Out Championships at UNF. Not only were they awarded first, but also the title of Grand Champion. ROTC is not just one of the academies offered at Nease, but also a competitive sport. Some of their competitions include drill, air rifle, athletics, and orienteering. This year they made it to nationals and won seventh place. As of April 2017, the varsity team went to bat at a total of 18 games and left as the victors of 11. The JV team won 8 games and lost 6, and tied with another school at 1 more. Out of the hundreds of wrestlers, 11 of Nease’s own wrestlers won a spot at regionals this year. 3 of those wrestlers qualified for states. This years spring softball varsity team won a total of nine games this year. Coach Owens said that the girls, “have a shot at least second place, and I think we can win in all” at districts. If the girls win at districts, they will move on to states. Our girl soccer team ran all the way to states in this 2016-2017 school year. Ultimately, they lost the tournament during the first game and were unable to continue. With freestyles, relays, butterflies, and more, our swim and dive team made it to states this year. With meets about twice a week, they made it to states. Five swimmers swam their way to states this year: Jane Wadhams, Lily Short, Ryan Rabalais, Katherine San Juan, and Ria Malhotra.
Nease baseball is swinging into action; they have currently won 7 of the 12 games played. The season began in January and will continue until May. Nease High School boys experienced a hard loss to their strongest rival, the Ponte Vedra Sharks, during their football season, and have redeemed themselves by taking the victory in their basketball season. Now to end the year, the baseball players were put to the ultimate test in their game against Ponte Vedra. They have come out on top with a winning score of 4-3. Varsity player, Nick Mueckay (Junior) said, “The Nease baseball team is more than a team – it is a family. We respect and encourage each other; it is like we are a big group of brothers playing the game we love.” Nease softball girls are midway through their season, as well. They have won a total of 4 games out of 9; however, they have 8 games left to make a winning comeback. Varsity player Courtney Furst, was awarded “Player of the Game” against Matanzas, in the month of March. She received this award after her diving play at 2nd base, and got the out at first on defense and a double with 3 RBIs at the plate.