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Celtics Stay Red Hot

With 22 wins and just four losses, the Boston Celtics have the best record in the NBA.  After losing their first two games – and Gordon Haywood to an injury — people began to write them off. But the Celtics rattled off 16 straight wins and several players have stepped up and filled their roles better than expected. Kyrie Irving has  been the leader of the pack, averaging about 24 points per game and taking over as the Celtics “go to” man every night. His partner in the back court, Jaylen Brown, has been terrific in his second year in the NBA. Brown has found his stroke from beyond the arc and is averaging 14 a game and shooting 40 percent from 3 point. The biggest surprise is rookie Jayson Tatum. The kid is only 19 years old but looks like he’s been playing in the league for five years. He’s shooting 51 percent from 3 point range and scoring 14 points a game. He has stepped up in Hayward’s absence.

The Celtics haven’t lost to a western conference team yet and could remain the best team in the NBA. In my opinion, NBA basketball gets really good right after Christmas so we’ll see how the Celtics continue to play down the stretch of the first half of the season.

Patriots Win Six Straight

The New England Patriots are finally shaping into the Super Bowl contenders we expected. They have won six straight games dating back to their 23-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and they haven’t looked back since. Two of the wins came on the road, in Denver and in Mexico City. 

Over the last couple of games, the Patriots have really shut down their opponents on defense, allowing  just 12.5 points per game. The offense has been on fire all season long and there is no sign of them slowing down. Brady at the of age of 40 is having yet another MVP caliber season, leading the league in passing yards with 3,146 yards and 22 touchdowns to only two interceptions.

Out of the backfield, Dion Lewis has been spectacular these last couple of games, catching touchdowns, rushing, and returning kicks to become one of the many featured running backs this year for the Patriots. Lastly, Brandin Cooks has started to look like the receiver we traded a first-round draft pick for last summer. He’s caught 45 passes for over 750 yards and four touchdowns. Brady has been connecting with Cooks often; his 64-yard touchdown reception on Sunday was the longest this year for the duo.

As the Patriots look to continue this hot streak, a few things will be  important. The first is staying healthy. The Pats have lost a few key players already to injury in Julian Edelman in August and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.  Second is to continue playing well on the defensive side of the ball. This team is very dangerous when all three phases of the game are clicking as we saw last Sunday night in Denver. Lastly, they must win home field advantage throughout the playoffs since it’s very difficult for opponents to win in Foxboro. 

Students Hit High Notes at Competition

HHS sent its largest group in years to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District Senior band, orchestra, chorus, and composition competition. While all students performed very well at the Nov. 18 audition, according to music teachers Mr. Harden and Mr. Wade, the following earned a high enough score to be accepted into the ensembles:
  • Peter Bell, Composition
  • Dan Butka, Concert Band
  • Madison Carroll, Chorus
  • Bridget Fairweather, Chorus
  • Kyle Knight, Chorus
  • Mikenzie Matheson, Chorus
  • Joe Mignosa, Composition
  • Erica Perry, Concert Band
  • Jameson Sheridan, Chorus
  • Jake Sledziewski, Concert Band
  • Fred Trankels, Chorus
Madison, Mikenzie, Bridget, Erica and James earned a top score on their respective instruments/voice parts and qualified to audition for All-State.  Peter and Joe will have an opportunity to present their original musical compositions at the All-State conference as well.
Congratulations, everyone!

The Modern Role of the Pledge of Allegience

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

More than a century ago, a minister named Francis Bellamy wrote this pledge for a popular magazine to honor the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World. His pledge was published on September 8, 1892 in The Youth’s Companion and was put into public practice around the country the next month when millions of children recited it in school in honor of Columbus Day. Interestingly, Bellamy intended for his pledge to serve as a statement of national allegiance for any country. Also fascinating is that the 1892 Pledge of Allegiance was originally meant to unite the citizens of the United States who had been engaged in the Civil War only 30 years before.

That the Pledge of Allegiance was once meant to unify the American public is particularly ironic in the present day as the Pledge has become a symbol of conflicting opinions within the country. Some argue that saying the Pledge in schools goes against the American principle concerning freedom of belief, while others argue that saying the Pledge is an important gesture of respect for the country. Additionally, since the phrase “under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954, public opinion has been divided over whether this religious reference clashes with the American principle of separation of church and state. In order to form an opinion on these issues and the role of the Pledge that students across America say every day, it is revealing to look further into the history of our country’s statement of national allegiance.

After Bellamy’s Pledge was recited nationally on Columbus Day in 1892, it became a popular saying at schools, public events, and even Congress. Since its introduction, however, the Pledge has been revised in numerous ways, often for political reasons. In 1923, for example, the National Flag Conference changed the phrase “my flag” to “the Flag of the United States” in order to make certain that American immigrants would be pledging allegiance to their new country rather than their former nations.

Perhaps the most controversial revision to the Pledge was made in 1954 when Congress added “under God” to the Pledge. This revision was prompted by the urging of various Americans, including those in the Catholic-affiliated group, Knights of Columbus. Behind the decision to reference religion in the Pledge was the desire to reject the atheist communist movement in Russia at the time. To justify his approval of this revision, contemporary President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated: “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”

Over the years, several cases have been taken to state and federal court concerning the use and wording of the Pledge of Allegiance. In the 1943 ruling, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Supreme Court established that it is a breach of the first and fourteenth amendments to compel individuals to say the Pledge. In 1998, Florida man Michael Newdow sued his local school board for the reference made to religion in the federally accepted Pledge, and continued to fight for a removal of the “under God” phrase until his case reached the federal Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals in 2010. However, at this point, the court ruled that the Pledge does not explicitly say that the US government itself supports monotheistic religion. In 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts affirmed that the Pledge does not conflict with separation of church and state, arguing that it does not undermine the rights of atheists because the phrase “under God” represents national loyalty rather than religious endorsement.

Though some Americans have argued against modern use of the Pledge of Allegiance, judicial rulings have established a firm place for it in schools and other public places. By law, no individual is required to say the Pledge. However, is there social backlash for those who refuse to say it? Millions of American citizens recite the updated version of Bellamy’s 1892 Pledge every day, perhaps without truly reflecting on why it was written and the agendas of those who have altered it. In a time where there is so much division in the country and a resurgence of nationalistic fervor in some political groups, it is important to question and analyze the role of long-established national customs in the modern world.

Works Cited

CNN Library. “Pledge of Allegiance Fast Facts.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Apr. 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/04/us/pledge-of-allegiance-fast-facts/index.html.

Greene, Bob. “The peculiar history of the Pledge of Allegiance.” CNN, Cable News Network, 23 Dec. 2013, http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/22/opinion/greene-pledge-of-allegiance-salute/index.html.

Independence Hall Association. “The Pledge of Allegiance.” Ushistory.org, Independence Hall Association, 4 July 1995, http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm.

Jones, Jeffrey Owen. “The Man Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 1 Nov. 2003, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-man-who-wrote-the-pledge-of-allegiance-93907224/.

Fall Sports Update: Tournament Time!

Football

After a bumpy start to the season, the Indians drew a tough tournament opponent in Dennis-Yarmouth, and suffered a 42-7  loss in the Division 5 South quarterfinal. Still, the team is approaching its remaining games with heart. The Indians will have the home field advantage for the Thanksgiving Day game against Norwell.

Cheer

Competing for the first time in the co-ed division, the team worked hard in two invitational to prepare for league championships. At the South Shore Cheer Invitational at Abington High School on Nov. 1, the squad celebrated a first place finish. At the Patriot League Cheer Championship on Nov. 5, the team was crowned Patriot League-Fisher Division champions. And at the challenging state competition on Nov. 19, the squad came in fourth.

Boys Soccer

With a 7-8-3 record, the team earned a tough first round matchup in the Division 3 South Tournament. Seeded 16th, they faced top seed Seekonk (15-0-3) on their opponent’s home turf  Nov. 4. Despite strong leadership by captains are Garrett Madison, Joe Doyle and Ryan Hennessy, the team lost -2-1.

Girls Soccer

After finishing 9-4-3 in the regular season (1-1-3 in league play), the team earned 7th seed in the Division 3 South Tournament. They played 10th seed Rockland Nov. 4. Senior Captains Alyssa Frates, Hannah Levin and Marisa Shoulla tried to  capitalize on the home field advantage, but the team fell short, 3-1.

Cross Country

The team performed strongly at the Patriot League Meet on Oct. 28.  Junior captain Nick Courtney finished 18th overall with a time of 17:48.8 on the 5,000 meter course at Pembroke High School. Freshman Chris Pacino was 23rd with a time of 18:01.5. Junior Alyssa Nee finished 12th among the girls in 28.02.8. All three were named Patriot League All Stars.

The MSTCA Frank Mooney Coaches Invitational, held Nov. 4 in Wrentham, was the final meet before the Divisional Championship on Nov. 11. The girls have seen excellent performances by Nee, Audrey Wheeler and Erin Flynn while the boys have been lead by  Courtney, Pacino, and Tomas McDonough.

Golf

The team had a strong start, going into Homecoming with a 10-2 record and three matches to go. The finish wasn’t as solid  as the boys had hoped, though, and they ended up 11th at the Division 2CC Tournament. Captain Drew Zielinski led the team with an 81 in the match.

Volleyball

Behind senior captains Taylor Scott, Cassie Calabro and Morgan Lundin, the squad ended the regular season 9-11 and fell just short of a tournament spot. Needing to win its last four games to qualify, Hanover took down Abington, Norwell and Plymouth South before losing to Rockland on Oct. 26.

 

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Field Hockey Season Ends in First Round of Tourney

Going into the first round of the Division 2 South tournament, the field hockey team had never even heard of Dighton-Rehoboth High School, never mind how their field hockey team shaped up. But the Indians quickly found out how tough an opponent they had.

Hanover entered the tournament in the 19th seed with a 8-6-4 overall record. Dighton-Rehoboth High earned the 14th seed with a record of 9-6-2.  The Nov. 1 game took place on a grass field, which Hanover was not used to. Throughout the entire season, the team had only played on grass in two of its 18 games. Going into the game, the team knew it had to face this obstacle head on and play hard.

After 60 minutes of tough field hockey from both teams,  the Indians fell short when the buzzer blew. The final score was 2-0, and the season was over.

Led by Captains Alyssa Wilcox, Abby Hammett and Alesandra Paluzzi, the team should be proud of a great season. Graduating seniors have brought a lot to the program and put in a lot of hard work and dedication to become great leaders this year. We will miss you!