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posted Oct 30, 2013, 7:02 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 7:13 AM by Unknown user ]

Paige Sudlow

         Although fall, what many consider to be the busiest season of the year is coming to an end, winter brings multiple different activities to the Knight Life at VB. Boys and girls basketball and wrestling will be starting up, while show choir and quiz bowl continue to prepare for the start of their season.

Boys basketball will feature five returning lettermen including Ross Adolph, Adam Endicott, Draeton Fasone, Daniel Roberts, and Mac Williams.

Williams led the team in field goal percentage last year at 55 percent which ranked seventh in the BVC. Fasone led the team in free throw percentage at 82 percent, ranked third in the BVC.

Third-year coach Marc Bishop will work with his players to establish a “Team Above Self” attitude, and will seek improvement every day.

Girls’ basketball is looking for a promising season with Coach Micheal Daniels coming back for his fifth season.

The Lady Knights will bring back five returning lettermen: Seniors Paige Sudlow, scoring a total of 146 points last season, and Madi Endicott, grabbing 50 rebounds last year, juniors Rachel Wymer and Nikki Miller, and sophomore Taylor Gilliland, leading 3-point percentage in the BVC with 48.3 percent.

Coach Daniels hopes to improve on the rebounding end, and finish over 500 for this coming season.

As for wrestling, second-year coach Bryan Whitticar simply expects his wrestlers to win. He believes that multiple wrestlers could be heading to state this season, and he knows they'll compete.

State qualifier from last year, Chance Sonnenberg will be returning for his junior year, along with classmate Isaac Sexton, who is a two-time district qualifier. Senior Austin Corey was also a district qualifier last year, as well as sophomore Payten Whitticar.

Coach Whitticar has high hopes for his team with 6 returning letter-man, with a lot of experience under their belts.

Quiz Bowl has been practicing for a few months now, but matches will start up here soon.

The team finished with a 5-7 record last year, but has seniors Matthew Bado and Natalie Risser returning for their last season.

Advisor Louise Teaman is coming back for her 10th season at Van Buren, and hopes to improve from their record of last year.

Show Choir kicked off the season with their Preview Night on October 23rd.

The Association brings back twenty-two returning lettermen with seniors Joel Shumacker, Mary Davidson, Michelle Flanagan, Ayasha Keckler, Matthew Wilkins, Natalie Risser, and Courtney Van Horn. The Essentials also have many returning lettermen including two seniors, Matthew Bado and Drew Patterson.

Director James Vaughn has some expectations for his performers; perform, entertain, and to have fun. With this being his 14th year, Vaughn knows what to do to make his performers top-notch.

The buzz at VB doesn’t stop after the fall, as  winter brings plenty of activities during the cold whether. So put some boots on, grab a scarf, and support some fellow classmates!