Tom’s Take: Football Regular Season Wrap-Up, Playoff Predictions

Tom Hartbeck Turret staff writer

As I watched the Cadets play Rock Bridge High School this past Friday, I found myself saying, “We might actually lose.” In a game where CBC was down 13-3 at halftime, and staged a lack luster performance in the first half, I saw the Cadets come back and show who they really are by rallying to beat the Bruins.

“Our goal was to win the fourth quarter,” said senior NaMonte Hawthorne and junior Miles Taylor.

CBC did just that. The fourth quarter was a 16-0 shutout. Senior Mike Jones turned the tables on the Bruins with two crucial fumble recoveries. Rock Bridge’s Oregon commit Alex Ofadile and CBC’s Army commit, senior Calen Taylor were standouts on the field.

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CBC Soccer: The Tradition Continues

Jordan Kahrhoff, Turret staff writer

Terry Michler ‘65 is in his 44th year as the head soccer coach at CBC High School. Michler played three years on the varsity team at CBC and remembers the players’ desire to win even then.

“The one thing that has stayed consistent in all of those years is a winning tradition and mentality,” said Michler.

That winning tradition is still evident. CBC (11-6-3) has had somewhat of a difficult and frustrating start to the season.

“We started slow but now we’re playing better,” Michler said. “Right now there is a disconnect with how we are playing and the results. We’ve been playing very well but have not been achieving what we desire, which is to win.”

Michler explained that there are many players that have made an impact on the team so far this year, but two Cadets stand out. The first is senior Brendan Fisher. Fisher was a JV player last year and has stepped up into a leadership role on the varsity team this year.

“He puts his nose in it,” Michler said as he described how Fisher plays. “He’s a hardworking player who gives us everything.”

Fisher’s focus may be one reason for his success.

“With this being my last season playing CBC soccer, my mentality has just been to leave everything out on the field each and every game,” Fisher stated. “There are no second chances anymore.”

According to Michler, another player making a great impact is junior midfielder, Niko Karidis, who controls the tempo in which the Cadets have played this year.

Michler pulled up three sophomores from the B Team to help with the season. Sophomores Joey Crawford, Cameron Meyer, and Ryan Gerteisen were the players Michler called up to give the team a little push towards the end of the season.

Gerteisen’s experience on the team has been a little different than the others. He is now able to play alongside his brother, Senior Kurt Gerteisen.

“It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to soccer every day,” Ryan said. “Michler has taught us to play quick, clean, and simple.”

Ryan said he enjoys playing with his brother, “​Playing with my brother has taught me to know what I want to do with the ball before I get it and play strong.”

This year’s team is a little different from years past. The roster for this year’s varsity team has seventeen seniors on it.

“We knew that there was a possibility of this many seniors on the roster,” Michler explained. “Tryouts took two weeks this year and at the end of every look, the senior was the best for the job.”

Michler believes with this many seniors on the roster that it brings a sense of experience to the team.

“There is a sense of urgency and a desire to win because it is their last year here at CBC,” Michler stated.

Next up for the Cadets is Parkway North on October 28.

Live Aid is Team Effort with Visitation Academy

Jack Stark, Turret staff writer

Music for Charity (Live Aid) was an event that CBC hosted in association with Visitation Academy on May 2. Live Aid consisted of roughly 20 acts, some of which were acoustic. The main performances were hosted in the Gundaker Theater while the acoustics took place in the black box theater along with any Open Mic performances. Bands performed three songs of their choosing and were assessed by four judges based on their skill, as well as by the audience based on their popularity. The audience voted for the bands they liked the best by donating money to charity in honor of the band.  The top three bands with the most donated money were declared the winners.

Senior Garrison Krotz, Music for Charity President, has organized and run the event for the last two years. Mr. Mike Krussel, CBC’s director of campus ministry announced that since he has taken over as president the amount of money raised has skyrocketed from around $1,500 to $4,000.

Live Aid has definitely changed a lot over the years.

Jake Strate, bassist and lead singer for “The Motifs” said, “Garrison is doing a good job running Live Aid. I really liked the addition of Guitar Hero in Ross Hall for extra entertainment and teaming up with Viz really helped get new faces and more volunteers and bands.”

Other event changes included pairing up with Visitation Academy, moving the acoustic bands to the black box, and a special performance by a band of teachers “Lack of Principals” which included Mr. Ray Benton, Mr. Marc Strathman, Mr. Ed Goetz, Ms. Andrea Mahon, Ms. Danielle Nygaard and Ms. Lisa Pride.

The winner of both the “Best Band” and “Most Popular” categories was “The Moment” which featured Krotz.

“With Garrison Krotz as both president of Music for Charity and winner of the 2014 Live Aid, he and his band will be missed next year,” said open-mic performer Sam Kurtz.

Live Aid is always adding new elements to it and always taking away others, and

with junior Devin Cargill and junior Tommy McAndrews as the new president and vice president  respectfully, Live Aid will continue to grow and raise even more money for charity.


Coming Out Victorious

Alex Wittke, Turret staff writer

The CBC bands, over the weekend of April 4 to 6, performed at Chicago to compete at the Heritage Festivals located at Bolingbrook High School and took first place in all their categories.

At CBC there are three different band groups. First is the Jazz Band which is the elite band that meets every morning to practice. Next is the Studio Band who meets as a class during the school day. And last is the Drum Ensemble who also meets during the day.

In 2012, Ray Benton joined the CBC music department staff. After working with the students in band, he saw how much talent they had and decided to take 50 kids in the elite band to a competition and split them up into two different elite groups to show off their talent.

In 2013, Benton decided to do things differently. Instead of having two Jazz band groups, he decided to have an upbeat band and a concert band. The second elite group he made into a class and called it Studio Band.

Both groups are elite bands so Benton decided to show their talents by having them perform in various competitions.

“Each kid has his own unique talent and when you combine those talents, a harmony explosion happens,” said Benton. “I wanted to show the world what these young men could do so band competitions around the nation were the best idea I could come up with!”

A true band can’t play well together unless the members of the band all get along with each other.

“It was a long trip up to Chicago so we had plenty of time to bond with each other. That’s exactly what we did and it paid off,” said Joe Amsler, senior guitarist in Studio Band.

The competition was big and tough. They had to perform against 30 other top-performing bands, but the Jazz Band and Studio Band weren’t nervous at all.

“We knew we had it in the bag all along,” said Amsler. “That may sound cocky, but when you spend six hours on a bus together and every morning together, you get to know how well each other can play.”

The two bands took first place in all their respected categories making them an undefeated band in all competitions and the No. 1 band in the state of Missouri.

Hammond Shines in Teen Talent Competition

Kirkland French, Turret staff writer

On April 4, 2013, CBC sophomore Antonius “TJ” Hammond was selected to be a finalist in the fourth annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition which was held at the Fabulous Fox Theater.  He performed an original dance that he choreographed in only a few days. Hammond earned a $1500 scholarship from The Big Muddy Dance Company because of his performance.

When asked about the experience Hammond responded, “It was a good experience and I got to meet new friends.”

Hammond performed his dance for a crowd of thousands of people; however, this was not his first time performing in front of a crowd of this size. Hammond is a part of the Cerre players and participates in many of the theater productions at CBC. He is also a part of the Muny’s kid actors and has been in various productions at the Muny and the Fox.

Hammond encourages all students that like to participate in contests like this to go for it because “it allows them to show their talents in a way that they wouldn’t be able to at school.”