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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Students Waiting on Board Approval for England Trip

Wynford Plans Trip to London, England for the Year 2016

By: Michaela Lloyd, “Royal Times” 
Wynford’s English department is planning a once-in-a-lifetime oversea trip for the junior and senior classes of 2016. The plan is to travel to London, England for a nine day adventure, exploring several of England’s greatest tourist attractions: Big Ben, Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stonehenge, and even the Crown Jewels! The trip will be run through the company CHA, renowned for their specialization in educational tours for schools. This nine day excursion comes at the price of $3,749, but keep in mind the more money raised from fundraising, the smaller the price tag will be. Included in the price would be round trip airfare, seven nights in three and four star hotels (days one and nine are counted as departure days), a full-time CHA tour guide, breakfast and dinner every day, private motor-coach transportation, and guided sightseeing tours of the locations listed above (as well as some other additional places). Adults can also chaperone for the trip for an additional $342. More information, and fundraising progress will be disclosed as the trip draws closer, for any additional information contact Mr. O’ Brien. Wynford’s students are eager for the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to the foreign land of England and learn about the historical sights and locations they will be able to view, in person, during this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Alumni Activities

Wynford Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Alumni Follies 

By: Michaela Lloyd, “Royal Times”
The 50th Anniversary Royal Follies took place Sunday, March 16 in the high school auditorium. It was put together delightfully by Heidi Kauffman, who also hosted it alongside Mark Light. The Wynford Jazz Band began the performance, which then led into a comedy skit starring Nikki Miller and Cherrie Wilson. Next, Dr. Sean Teets sang the song, “Come Ready and See Me”, drawing much applause from the crowd. Then the Wynford twirlers came out onto the stage and did a wonderful twirling routine that kept the audience captivated. The next talented performer, James Buck, sang the classic song, “Danny Boy”. The Royal Singers came out and sang, followed by an amazing saxophone solo performance by Dave Miller. The alumni Royal Singers came onto the stage and sang, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, then passed the floor onto the Wynford Jazz Band who performed, “Watermelon Man”. The next musical performance was by Wendy Main who entertained the ears of the numerous people that attended with the song, “Hard Hearted Hannah”. The next act was a musical skit starring Steve Garberick, several girls and a special audience guest, Michael Crall. Following was a great performance by Liz Brown who sang, “Jewel Song”, providing a tough act to follow for the next performance by the cast who sang the “Wynford Fight Song”. Afterwards a harmonious piano solo of Beethoven’s “Adiago” from Moonlight Sonata by Lional Reinhard soothed the audience. The next performance was a skit called, “Preacher and the Bear”, starring Wendy Main and Cherrie Wilson. After the skit an entertaining performance of, “Henhouse 5+ Too”, made everyone laugh. The line of adults making loud chicken noises seemed to tickle the audience to the point of laughter. After this entertaining skit, Kathy Grochowalski and several of her teacher friends got on stage to tell of the many adventurous jobs they would do if they had not become a teacher. Next, the Royal Singers performed a song and encouraged cast members of past Wynford productions to stand up. Afterwards Cherrie Wilson read a touching letter from a father to a child in the armed forces called, Father’s Prayer. The alumni came out and sang, “What’s More American?”, for a final performance before the curtain call. Special thanks is due to Patricia Neff, pianist; director of the alumni singers, Dr. Sean Teets; director of the Wynford Royal Singers, Mark Heydinger; director of the Wynford Jazz Band, Carl Copeland; and the Wynford students who were in charge of lighting and sound. This smooth running show met the expectations of each and every person who attended and left the audience with nothing but good things to say. Wynford’s 50th Anniversary Follies were a huge success, and a great way to celebrate Wynford High School’s long history.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Girls Varsity Basketball

Wynford's Tourney Trail Comes to an End

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Wynford Royals (19-7) held the game in touch for three quarters, but fall to the Africentric Lady Nubians (23-3), 52-32, in the Regional Semi-Final contest. The Lady Nubians averaged 77 points per game this season and were held well below their average with a similar game plan as last seasons contest, shorten the game. "A deliberate offensive and defensive game plan was crucial for us to be able to compete late in the game", Coach Amy-Taylor Sheldon said. Numerous times during the second half of the game Africentric stood at half-court dribbling as the Lady Royals stayed put in their 2-3 zone running time off the clock. "Wynford is so well coached, deliberate, and patient." Head coach William McKinney said. "This is one team that we play and have to think about slowing down the game".
Wynford's students and fans came out in full force to support the Royals, and the excitement could be felt early. Using patience and controlling the tempo of the game, the Royals were able to keep the Lady Nubians high powered offense in touch; trailing 14-9 at the end of quarter one. 
The second quarter looked as if the Royals game plan was having an effect on Africentric's offense, but Wynford could only manage to get within three points of the the Lady Nubian's two different times during the second quarter. The first on Brenna Quinn's two point field goal, cutting the lead to 14-11, forcing Africentric to take an early timeout with 7:19 remaining in the second. The second was Beth Delong's baseline three cutting the lead to three again, 17-14. Unfortunately, Africentric's pressure defense forced the Royals to commit some costly turnovers before halftime. A seven point run increased the Lady Nubians lead to 10, 24-14 at halftime. 

The second half played into the Royals game plan as the Lady Nubians began stalling. After Wynford forced a couple of turnovers using a trapping defense, the sharp shooting of Meghan Harrer and Wynford's great team defense kept the Royals within winning distance. Harrer hit two big threes during the third cutting the Nubian's lead to five, the closest the Royals would get during the third quarter, 28-23. "During the stretch, a couple of key turnovers and missed shots eliminate two or three key possessions for us", Coach Taylor-Sheldon said. "In this type of game it makes a big deal". The third quarter was the only quarter that the Royals outscored Africentric, 9-7, but the Nubian's held on to a 31-23 lead at the end of the third quarter with a big three at its end. 
The Lady Nubian's numerous offensive weapons were just to much for the Lady Royals during the fourth quarter. Giving up a steal to start the fourth quarter increased Africentric's lead to 10. They would not look back from here continuing to increase their lead. Coach Taylor-Sheldon was happy with the teams performance this year. "We came a long way this season in our mental and physical toughness, didn't back down from anyone and accomplished all of goals this season".
The Royals were lead by seniors Quinn and Harrer in scoring with 12 and 9 points, respectfully. Africentric was lead in scoring by Sierra Harley with 17 points. Africentric advances to the regional finals taking on Archbold, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wynford Junior High and High School Band

March is Music in Our Schools Month

By: Emilee Hoover, “Royal Times”
On Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Wynford Junior High and High School Bands performed for parents, family, friends, and music enthusiasts. The junior high band performed first playing “Ancient Airs and Fanfares” by Robert E. Foster, “Entrance of the Tall Ships” by James Swearingen, and “The Happy Band Rag” by Arthur Pryor arrangement by John Kinyon. Junior high band members, Eleni Smock, Victoria Hoerig and Seth Karcher, were recognized as members of the 2014 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 2 Honor Band. The high school band performed “March and Procession of Bacchus” by Leo Delibes arrangement by M. Williams, “Anthem for the Winds and Percussion” by Claude T. Smith (OEMA Large Ensemble Class C requirement), “Joy Revisited” by Frank Ticheli, and “Nicaea”. The first three songs performed by the Wynford High School Band were required OMEA contest program selections. During the performance, Aryn Copeland, Caleb Rettig, Dakota Frazier, Michaela Wagner, Jarrod Jones, and Conner Hickman were recognized as OEMA Solo and Ensemble Contest Award Winners. The Wynford Junior High and High School Bands performed outstandingly, and the high school band would like to remind everyone that they will be performing at District 2 OEMA Large Ensemble Adjudicated Event on Friday, March 7th, 5:00 p.m, at Oak Harbor Middle School Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Future Chef Competition

Avery Langenderfer Wins First Future Chef

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
Wynford's new food service company, Sedeko, held its first annual "Future Chef" competition for the elementary students. Caleb Duty, Wynford Food Service Director, was finally able to make the event happen after two cancellations due to our lovely winter weather this year. Competitors in the event were Zane Burns, 4th grade, Emma White, 4th grade, Tori Carman, 6th grade, Avery Langenderfer, 4th grade, and Dylan Jones, 4th grade. All future chefs had a recipe of their choice to prepare, and all the ingredients were provided by Sedeko. Each chef was given a quick tour of the elementary kitchen and shown their work space in which they were going to prepare their dish for the judges. After the tour of the kitchen, all the chefs came out of the cooler with their ingredients. They had one hour and forty-five minutes to prepare three different presentations, a display of the finished product, a sample plate for judges, and a platter for the audience to taste. As the dishes were finished, each chef went in front of the judges; Tami Baumberger, Family Consumer Science Teacher at Shelby High School, Maria Stuckman, Bucyrus Elementary Social Worker, and Mary Meadows, Assistant Food Service Director at Bucyrus High School. The judges asked each chef a series of
questions related to the chef's recipe, and they were graded on a score sheet based upon a point system. Lori Pennington, Bucyrus Food Service Director, along with Duty, tallied up the score sheets when the competition came to an end. Avery Langenderfer prevailed as the winner with his "Royal Mojo Chicken Wrap." Burns created an excellent early morning "Breakfast Tortilla Wrap," while White created a very attractive " 'Crabby' Turkey Salad Croissant." Carman created a nice summer time "B.L.T. Salsa Wrap," and Jones prepared a healthy "Chicken Panini." A special thanks goes out to the the three Sedeko staff members that helped with the event, Chris Stahl, Donna Hamilton, and Pam Hoffman. This event is scheduled to be an annual event for Wynford. "Being the first year for the event, it went well." Duty said. "But I have some changes that I would like to implement in future competitions." This was a great experience for our young chefs. We are excited to see our participant numbers increase and what delicious creations our students prepare in the future.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Girls Varsity Basketball

Buzzer Beater Advances Royals to Regionals 

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The district championship game started out in very sluggish fashion for both the Wynford Lady Royals (19-6) and Oak Harbor Lady Wildcats (20-5). The finish was more than could be imagined as Wynford's Meghan Harrer hits a 30-foot jump shot at the buzzer, touching nothing but net, to defeat Oak Harbor 40-37. 
It appeared that Oak Harbor was going to take the final shot of the game with :9 remaining and possibly having the final possession, but a baseline drive turned into a desperation pass which ended up as a jump ball. Luckily, the possession arrow was in favor of the Royals. Coach Taylor-Sheldon called a timeout setting up a play 94 ft. from the Royal's basket.  Brenna Quinn's in bounds pass to the Wynford's foul line with 2.4 seconds remaining was deflected by a Lady Wildcat into the hands of Alyssa Harrer which was quickly passed to her sister, Meghan, where a dream finally came true. "I always mess around in practice and shoot half court shots", Harrer said. "I think that's its never gonna happen in a game, but it finally did and it went in." 
The first half of very sloppy basketball for both teams saw the Royals only manage to score two points where they got great looks at the basket but could not get shots to fall. Oak Harbor held a five point advantage at the end of quarter one, 7-2. Each coach created great game plans coming into the contest which found Wynford having difficulty with a tough 1-3-1 half court trap, and Oak Harbor having difficulty with a box and one on its top scorer, Andrea Cecil. 
Wynford put together a run starting at the 3:31 mark in the second quarter as they trailed Oak Harbor, 12-4. Wynford used there inside post presence, feeding Brenna Quinn in paint, scoring seven points to bring the sloppy first half of basketball to a close with Oak Harbor leading 13-11. There were a total of 22 turnovers in the first half alone.
The Royals obviously made some changes during halftime. Coach Taylor Sheldon said, "Our biggest change in the second half was forcing Cecil and Oak Harbor to take shots we wanted them to take and not allowing Cecil to penetrate and score. She obviously got her points but she earned them from the line."  Also, "Beth DeLong and Sarah Stenson did exactly what was asked of them coming into the game, guarding Cecil." The Royals controlled the tempo of the third quarter, and it started with a big three by Harrer giving Wynford their first lead of game 14-13. Wynford continued to look inside to Quinn and outside to Harrer for scoring opportunities. This created good looks for the Royals where Harrer hit shots from the outside and Quinn controlled the offensive glass.  Wynford outscored the Wildcats 14-9 in the third quarter with Harrer and Quinn scoring all 14 points and the Royals leading 25-22. 
The fourth quarter found each team sharing the lead. As fouls continued to add up, each team now in the bonus and heading to the foul line, it looked as if the game could be won there. Wynford was great from the line in their district semifinal game, but were only 4 of 11 down the stretch while Oak Harbor used the line to their advantage connecting on 8 of 10 keeping them close during the fourth quarter. The Royals held an early six point advantage in the fourth at 32-26, but the Wildcats would just not give in. The lead was then later cut to three on a 3-pointer by Cecil, 32-31, when she would later foul out with 1:55 remaining in regulation. After both teams traded points at the foul line, Oak Harbor took a 37-35 lead with :22 remaining. The Royals Ellie Richmond misses a layup and Quinn followed with the put back tying the game at 37-37 with :9 left and the rest was left up to Harrer's final buzzer beater.
The Royals were led in scoring by Quinn's 22 points and Harrer's 12. The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Cecil's 17. The win advances the Royals to regional semi-final action at Lexington High School on Wednesday March 5th, 7:00 p.m., where they take on Columbus Africentric.

Announcement: Wynford Athletic Department

Girl's regional semi-final basketball tickets for Wednesday March 5th, 7:00 p.m. contest go on sale starting Monday March 3 during school hours. Tickets will be sold until Wednesday March 5th at 12:00 p.m. All presale tickets for the game will be $6.00, and all tickets at the door will be $8.00. Thank you for your support and Go Royals!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Boys Varsity Basketball

Eagles Eliminate Royals in Sectional Final

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Colonel Crawford Eagles were too much to handle for the Wynford Royals. The Royals put together three successful quarters against the Eagles; unfortunately the game involved four quarters for the Royals. Wynford played a solid 24 minutes, but the Eagles played a complete 32 minutes. Coach Steve Mohr was pleased with the Royals effort. "We give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter. Its a cliche, but the games 32 minutes long. As well as we played for 24 minutes to keep within touch, we weren't quite as good as Crawford on the offensive end."
The first quarter saw the Royals get out to a 5-0 lead, but the Eagles stopped the run with a steady dose of three's and inside post play. The Royals, Hunter Miller, had the hot hand as he kept the Royals close with 10 of the his 12 points for the Royals in the first quarter. The Eagles lead after one quarter of play, 16-12.
The second quarter found the Eagles jumping out to a quick nine point lead 21-12 as the Royals were forced to call a timeout to slow the Eagles momentum. Crawford increased their lead to as many as 13 points during the second quarter, 25-12, when Wynford had difficulty scoring. The Royals managed to put together a run before the half cutting the Eagles lead to seven before intermission, 27-20.
The Eagles came out a little sluggish on the defensive end of the court to start of the second half and the Royals took advantage of their effort. Wynford outscored the Eagles in the third 18-17, and managed to get within three of Crawford during the third quarter. Alex Crall and Mason Davis hit back to back threes to bring it to, 39-36, in favor of the Eagles. This was as close as the Royals would get with the Eagles holding on to a 44-38 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was the difference in the game. Crawford outscored the Royals 20-3 in the fourth quarter by increasing their defensive intensity and getting to the foul line. Crawford's defensive pressure forced some crucial turnovers by the Royals, and the Eagles converted on 19-22 from the foul line was the difference in the game. "Their defensive intensity made it difficult for us to get into our sets and reverse the basketball, and they got to the line and hit their foul shots. That was the difference in the game.", according to Coach Mohr. 
The Royals were lead in scoring by Hunter Miller with 18 points and Mason Davis and Jake Glowaski with 9. The Eagles now advance to district play at Ashland University while the Royals disappointing, 8-16, season comes to an end with the 64-41 loss to the Eagles.