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Viking Vibe

Students at Amherst Regional High School are sharing the “Viking Vibe” with the rest of the greater Amherst community. 

Over the past several years several things have happened in the world of teaching English:  (1) students want their writing to matter and (2) students think no one wants to hear what they have to say. 

This project is going to provide an opportunity for students to write about what is important in their lives, current events, opinions and events. 

 

HL: Our journey

By Jason Morse

Tip off began against the Millwood Knights for the first game the ARHS Vikings played of the 2013-2014 Provincial Championship. We defeated the Knights with a score of 89-19, the most points we have scored since I’ve been playing at the provincial level.

Since we had such a big win Thursday night, Friday night’s game wouldn’t be the case, since we took on the BEC Bears. Going into halftime we were tied 30-30. I said“We couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives”. After a poorly shooting performance in the first half, the second half was not the case as we outscored the bears 35-29 to pull away with victory with a final score of 65-59. “One of the hardest games I have every played in.”

As we went into the final game of my high school career we played the Central Kings Gators. Both teams fought hard to try and win the provincial title and they did but it was the ARHS Viking would start to pull away after the end of the 3rd quarter the Viking would be up by 10 and with 2 minutes left of the 4th I knew that we had done it, we have won the provincial title back-to-back. “I couldn’t asked for anything more to cap off my career with a 3rd place finish in grade 10 “my rookie year” 1st place finish in grade 11 and finally a 1st place finish my grade 12 year”

 

HL: Vikettes win gold in Hants East

By Lauren MacEachern

The ARHS Varsity Vikettes won gold last weekend at the Division 2 NSSAF Provincial Championships in Hants East, making all their hard work worthwhile.

For the first time ever in ARHS basketball history, the girls won for three consecutive years, defeating the Central Kings Gators 68-32 in the final. The three seniors on the team, Danielle Young, Ashley MacEachern and Lauren MacEachern finished their last game with the satisfaction of winning gold all three years of their high school career. “I am very proud of my teammates and to have represented our school, winning three years in a row is something not many people get to accomplish.” said MacEachern.

As the three captains of the team start preparing to part ways, Danielle is going to Mount Saint Vincent, both Ashley and Lauren heading to Mount Allison, after being on the same team for five years and capturing six provincial titles say it’s bittersweet. “Spending so much time together and accomplishing so many things makes it really hard to know that we will be playing against one another next year rather on the same team, I love both of them so much it really won’t be the same without all of us being together. Being together winning our last high school championship was the best way it could have ended” said MacEachern.

 

HL: Victorious weekend for Basketball Vikings

 

By Matt McCrossin

Mostly all of Amherst has already heard about the massive provincial weekend that ARHS basketball teams had last weekend.

Not only did both the Vikings and Vikettes win their provincials, but they both repeated as champions: the girls even won for their third straight year.

The Vikings hosted provincials this year and went in the number 1 seed, after a blowout win vs. Millwood 89-19 on Thursday they played the BEC Bears in the semifinal which was a close one.

In the first half the Vikings struggled to score, that’s when yours truly was substituted into the game and made back to back three pointers to help bring the game even at 30-30 at halftime.

The Vikings came out and “buckled down on defense” for the second half to win the game 62-54.

After watching a very exciting semi-final between Dr JH Gillis and the C.K Gators where Central Kings pulled out the win to set up a rematch of last year’s provincial final.

Both semifinals turned out to be the exciting games, the Vikings were able to win relatively easily 63-49 to send all seven Grade 12s off with a provincial title win in their home gym for their final game.

 

HL: Vikings Go Back-to Back

By Caleb Hayes

This past Saturday the ARHS Vikings successfully defended their NSSAF Division 2 boys basketball provincial championship, defeating their rival Central Kings in the final by a score of 62-49.

The Vikings defeated the Millwood Knights and the BEC Bears on their road to the championship as well.

Sending off 7 of their 12 players, this was a special way to go out. For the past 6 years these 7 grade twelves: Jason Morse, Willie Legere, Kirk Jessome, Adrian van Vulpen, Matt McCrossin, Marcus Kindervater and Caleb Hayes have been playing the sport they love together. Defeating their rivals for the second straight year made their last game together that much more special. The Vikings have now won their past 5 provincial championships by taking down Central Kings in the final. In a pre-game speech, coach Thomas Skabar said to his team, “We've beaten them four times in a row in the provincial final, so you guys should know they're talking about the same thing right now and how they're ready to take us down finally.” It was a bittersweet sight when those seven players were subbed in and out at the end of the game, knowing it was their last high school basketball game. 

With 5 solid returning players next season the Vikings have something in mind they've never been able to accomplish, the three-peat.

 

 

 

Organizations: Vikings, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: Amherst, Hants East, Mount Allison

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