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Burnt out basketball?

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    The Heat are set to face Orlando in the season opener.

   Just three years ago, the Miami Heat were basking in the glory of their third NBA Finals victory, hurdling the elusive back-to-back championships that many elite teams fail to reach. Now, they face an entirely new challenge: simply making the playoffs.

   Franchise player Dwyane Wade explored his options in free agency this year, ultimately deciding to play for his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls. In wake of Wade’s departure, all-star center Chris Bosh has anticipated becoming the leader of the Heat. However, he was unfortunately deemed unfit to start the season due to an ongoing issue with blood clots in his legs. With the sustainability of his career in question, Bosh will certainly be out for the season.

   This leaves Hassan Whiteside as the Heat’s best player and presumed team leader. Listed as seven feet tall, the immensely talented center was drafted out of Marshall University, as the hope to lead Miami to success this year. It will be a tough challenge, as the Southeast division looks to be one of the premier divisions in the NBA with teams like Atlanta, Washington, and Charlotte being playoff contenders that are projected to finish in a higher placement in the standings than Miami.

   Seemingly adding insult to injury, according to the National Basketball Association’s website, it was revealed that Josh McRoberts suffered a broken foot during the playoffs and will be unable to play at the beginning of the season. Given this information, Miami is left reeling as to what they can do to make any marginal improvement from last year.

   They look to an experienced coach coupled with a youthful roster to make magic happen, centering their offense around Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and a close quartered offense that will feature a high tempo and a lot of tight passing that will lead to a high number of layups and close shots.

   The Heat open their season this year on Oct. 26 at home against the Orlando Magic.

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    Two SGA members bask in the fun of the annual school decathlon.
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  1. Two SGA members bask in the fun of the annual school decathlon. 
  2. A team races across the plank race, one of the obstacles that teams had to complete during the decathlon.
  3. Students participate in the snake race, a race in which an entire team must connect and lie down to form a chain is performed by a team including Junior, Jordan Khan.
  4. Atlantic’s own JROTC team constructs a human pyramid, one of the more popular decathlon events.

Photos courtesy of SGA.

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Jackson Destine raps his way into student of the week!

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Junior Jackson Destine is the perfect example of a student having a dream and following it. Jackson states, “I come from a tough background” so he uses his rap music to express and describe his troubles and tribulations that he experiences.

“I wanted to create a positive flow and create an overall sense of positivity to pick people up,” said Jackson. He jots down lyrics in between his wrestling matches, using the sport as a sense of inspiration and focus. Jackson used his rapping skills to create a school “anthem” for the SOAR (Safety, Ownership, Act responsibly, Respect) program.

ATL S.O.A.R. – Jackson Destine

 

The rap has caught on throughout the school, with the Eaglettes dance team creating a special moveset for it that will be seen in the first pep rally of the year, which takes place on Oct. 13. “I hope that my music can inspire kids at school to pay attention in class and have good behavior once they hear the rap,” said Jackson.

Very excited for the school to hear his music and hoping to break into the online rap scene, Jackson said, “I use Kodak Black as an inspiration. His story is relatable to mine and he’s proven to me that you can achieve what you put your mind towards.” Jackson has achieved a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average thus far throughout high school, having straight As.

He hopes to be able to garner attention through his football and wrestling skills in order to be awarded a scholarship to a college. He says that furthering his education is something that he values highly.

Make sure to congratulate Jackson this week on being named student of the week!

Tragedy Strikes In Miami

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Tragic news broke out of Miami Beach early Sunday morning, with the announcement of Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death.

Fernandez, only 24 years old, was found dead after his boat crashed into the entrance of Miami Harbor. The driver of the boat was traveling roughly 40 miles per hour in the dark hours of the early morning, thinking that he was travelling parallel to the entrance of the rocky harbor, when the boat hit the rocks head-on.

Divers recovered two of the bodies under the boat, with the other body having been launched thirty feet onto the rocks.  

Fernandez defected from Cuba at the age of fifteen, on his fourth attempt in 2008, and was drafted by Miami in the 2011 MLB entry draft. Fernandez was becoming one of baseball’s most electric pitchers, with a high velocity fastball and a wide array of tantalizing pitches in his arsenal. Though very young, many pundits placed his career on pace for one of a hall of famer. In each of his four seasons, Fernandez had a sub-3.00 Earned Run Average and led the Marlins in wins and strikeouts.

In his final start, Fernandez pitched a gem against division foe Washington, delivering an eight inning, twelve strikeout win.

Major League Baseball and all thirty of its teams sends condolences to Fernandez’s family and his pregnant girlfriend that he leaves behind. Fernandez was known for his passionate approach to the game of baseball. Praised by his teammates for a fantastic work ethic, he always strived to be the best.

When you watch kids playing Little League… that’s the joy that Jose played with — and the passion he felt about playing”, said Don Mattingly, Marlins Manager, in regards to his joyful outlook on life.

Jose Fernandez delivering a pitch
Jose Fernandez delivering a pitch

Jose will be greatly missed in the South Florida community as a player, and above all, a man that loved life.

Cats on the prowl

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    Jussi Jokinen scores a tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu have ushered in a new era of change, designing a new logo and jersey for the Florida Panthers for this upcoming season. Basing the logo off of the symbol for the 131st airborne regiment, the logo takes on a shield design that holds the image of a Florida Panther surrounded by a midnight blue and a “Florida” wordpress logo in a sea of crimson. This marks the first major change to the look of the team, wearing the same logo since the team’s inception in 1993.

Along with a new logo, the “Cats” will be fielding a largely new team, especially on defense, after the signings of highly touted free-agents Keith Yandle and Jason Demers. The two free agents will join 2014 rookie of the year Aaron Ekblad, in what hopes to be a strong defense that will stifle teams. On the backend of the defense lies 37 year old all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was in consideration for the Vezina trophy in 2015.

Florida, defending champions of the Atlantic division, was met with a disappointing first round playoff exit from the hands of the New York Islanders in a hard fought six game series. Redemption is on the minds of star players Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, the young stars of the blossoming team, as they face the Islanders for the first time in the new season on Nov. 12 at the BB&T Center.

Barkov, 22, aims to become one of the elite centers in the National Hockey League, having scored 28 goals and 31 assists in 62 games played in 2015. With intention to play a full season for the first time in his young career, higher point totals appear to be on the horizon. Gerard Gallant, head coach, remarks “There’s not a whole lot of work to do with him. You leave him alone and let him play his game. We’re happy with him. We don’t have to talk to him too much, and I think that’s how he likes it.”

Playing alongside Barkov is the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr. Clocking in at 44 years of age, Jagr continues to produce at a level of play unthinkable for a player of his age, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Jagr prides himself on his extreme work ethic, spending many late nights in the gym and even containing a clause in his contract to include 24/7 access to the team arena so that he can practice when desired. Jagr will be playing on Barkov’s right side on the first line.

Much of the Panthers’ success will ride on their younger players. General Manager Dale Tallon built the current team through drafting, rather than trading for players. Drafted players include Nick Bjugstad (2010), Jonathan Huberdeau (2011), Vincent Trocheck (2011), Aleksander Barkov (2013), and Aaron Ekblad (2014). All said players are under the age of 25 and signed to long term contracts, with the goal to lead the Panthers to an eventual Stanley Cup championship. The plan is already in the works, with the team marginally improving every year since 2013.

The Panthers will valiantly fight off the improved Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins to try to reclaim their division title and make a hopeful run for the Stanley Cup.

The season begins on Oct. 13 against the New Jersey Devils in Sunrise, Florida.

Miami Dolphins: A season destined for success?

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    Wide receiver Leonte Carroo (88) is tackled by cornerback LeShaun Sims (36) in a preseason game against the Titans

   Following an inconsistent offseason that included the signings of running back Arian Foster and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the Miami Dolphins aim their sights on a playoff spot this year, following a disappointing 6-10 campaign in 2015. The Dolphins opened their season on the road in Seattle, squaring off the highly touted defense of the Seahawks. First year head coach Adam Gase looked to get off to a strong start relying on strong defensive line and wide receiving units. The Dolphins allowed only twelve points against the Seahawks, but lost due to a last-minute drive that ended with Russell Wilson throwing a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin.

  Jarvis Landry seeks to lead the receiving group, building on his statistics from last year in which he caught 110 receptions for 1,157 yards and 4 touchdowns. Adam Gase will attempt to use Landry in a more positional role this year, hoping to be able to line him up wide against mismatched cornerbacks. Miami also intends to conduct a high-octane offense that proved successful in a 27-10 preseason win over the Giants, with seventeen of their points scored in the second quarter.

  Ensuing a last place finish in the AFC East, Miami hopes to gain ground within the division following the announcement of Tom Brady’s four game suspension, leaving rival New England grasping for offensive answers following his omission. However, in the match against New England, the Dolphins’ defense struggled, and the team lost 31-24.

  There are still questions surrounding quarterback project Ryan Tannehill. The Sports Daily states “With an array of young weapons, a nice rotation at running back, and what should be a strong offensive front, Miami could light up the scoreboards this season. Tannehill has statistically gotten better every year and has two 4,000 yard seasons behind a patchwork line.” Tannehill, drafted from Texas A&M University as a wide receiver-turned quarterback, has been a consistent option for the Dolphins to rely on, with hopes that he will become the franchise quarterback for the future.

  Philosophy teacher Josh Childs, a fan of the Dolphins, thinks that the defense looked strong in the opening week loss to the Seahawks. “They held the rushing game to a minimum, which immensely helped them in the first three quarters of the game. I really think that despite being in a tough AFC East division, they can ride their defense to a very successful season,” said Childs.

  Math teacher Russell Williams is not as optimistic for the coming year, expecting a mediocre team that finishes with seven wins and nine losses. “The offensive line is a glaring hole on the team, they really need to block efficiently if running back Arian Foster has any hope of doing well.” Despite several weaknesses on the team, fan enthusiasm remains high.

  Be sure to tune into Miami’s week three matchup against the Cleveland Browns on September 25 at 1:00 PM on CBS.

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