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Tar Heels Get Redemption, Win National Championship

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the University of North Carolina and Gonzaga University battled for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.

The game tipped off at 9:20 p.m. EST from the University of Phoenix Stadium. According to NCAA.com, over 76,000 fans attended the game. Another 22,998,000 fans tuned in to watch the game.

It was no easy task for either team to make it to the championship game. UNC defeated the University of Oregon in the Final Four 77-76, while Gonzaga defeated the University of South Carolina 77-73.

UNC was propelled to victory from a stud performance from senior forward Kennedy Meeks. According to ESPN.com, Meeks scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ victory.

Gonzaga received a star performance from junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss in the win over USC. According to ESPN.com, Williams-Goss had 23 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the Bulldogs’ victory.

After advancing to the championship game, each team turned their attention towards bringing the trophy home with them.

“I was surprised to see Gonzaga go to the Final Four because they lacked competition during the regular season. Last year and the season before they lost in the second round because of their lack of talent against the better competition,” senior Brandon Bradsher said.

After the first 25 minutes, the Bulldogs held the lead. UNC roared back in the second half and defeated Gonzaga by a final score of 71-65. The Tar Heels received outstanding performances from Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II.

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UNC’s Kenny Williams celebrates their National Championship victory. Photo courtesy of footwearnews.com

According to ESPN.com, Jackson posted 16 points while Berry added 22 points for the Heels. Berry was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

“I was surprised to see Berry named MOP,” Bradsher said. “I thought Jackson was going to get it.”

The victory was bittersweet for UNC, having lost last year’s championship at the buzzer to Villanova.

“‘I wanted to see this confetti fall on us,’” Joel Berry II said in Mike Lopresti’s article on NCAA.com.

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Joel Berry II celebrates UNC’s National Championship by cutting his piece of the net. Photo courtesy of USAToday.com.

“This national championship, after all, does nothing to avenge the ache for Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, seniors last season whose collegiate careers ended in that gut-wrenching loss to Villanova. But the Tar Heels themselves believed it. They started a group text and labeled it ‘Redemption.’ Theo Pinson turned an agonized picture of himself, head covered by a towel as he sat disconsolately in his locker room, into his screen saver,” Dana O’Neil wrote in an article on ESPN.com.

Ravens’ Free Agency Woes Highlight Areas for Improvement

The Baltimore Ravens began their preparations for the upcoming 2017 NFL season on March 9, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. when the NFL free agency period began and the front office set out to improve the team by parting ways with some players and bringing new faces to Baltimore.

After finishing 8-8 in last year’s season and not making the playoffs, there are some improvements that need to be made this offseason.

Always a defensive-minded team, the Ravens will look to improve their secondary. The Ravens will also need to replace linebacker Zachary Orr after he announced his retirement.

If the Ravens hope to be more successful next season, they will need to protect their quarterback Joe Flacco. That starts with an offensive line that according to NFL.com allowed Flacco to be sacked 33 times last season. According to ESPN.com, Flacco was the 15th most sacked quarterback last season.

In the first weeks of free agency according to baltimoreravens.com, several key players signed deals elsewhere in the league. Wide receiver Kumar Aiken signed a deal with the Indianapolis Colts followed by defensive end Lawrence Guy when he signed on with the New England Patriots.

Then, fullback Kyle Juszczyk signed a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, and right tackle Rick Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions. Offensive guard Vladimir Ducasse is also headed up north to Buffalo, NY to play with the Bills.

Although the Ravens lost several key players to opposing teams this offseason, they have already brought in a few key replacements. The Ravens made a few moves on the defensive side of the ball signing former Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback Brandon Carr to a four-year deal. Tony Jefferson, a safety, who played with the Arizona Cardinals last year, also signed a four-year deal.

So far, the Ravens have done a decent job bringing in players that will help the Ravens compete next season but there is still more work to be done.

According to an article by Jordan Heck on sportingnews.com, the NFL draft is set to kick off on April 27, 2017.

The Ravens have the 16th pick in the first round of the draft. “The Ravens need to find their next great edge rusher at OLB. The Ravens need Breshad Perriman to step up soon but might be looking for more help at WR regardless. The cornerback spot will likely get at least one look if not two in this year’s draft,” Lance Zierlein wrote in an article on NFL.com.

According to draftsite.com, the Ravens will have one pick in each of the first six rounds. However, the Ravens are slated to have two picks in the third round.

There are dozens of sites that feature mock drafts for the upcoming 2017 NFL draft. Each one is different. Many have the Ravens focusing on defense; others have them selecting a wide receiver, offensive linemen, and cornerbacks.

Electrifying wide receiver John Ross from Washington is someone the Ravens have been projected to select in several mock drafts.

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John Ross running his 4.22-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, photo courtesy of USAToday.com.

 

Chase Breadwood wrote in an NFL.com article that “Ross told NFL.com that he has visits scheduled next month with the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.”

According to USAToday.com, Ross ran a 4.22-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Ross’s time was the fastest ever recorded at the combine.

It will be too difficult to predict what will happen between now and the draft and even harder to predict whom the Ravens will be selecting. Until then, people can only speculate as to whom Baltimore will select when the 2017 NFL draft begins on April 27 in Philadelphia.

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As Seen In Room 129: Final Exams Are On The Horizon

Although it may not seem like it, final exams will be here before you know it. Mrs. Cobb’s ninth grade biology classes are completing a genetics lab that will count as part of their final exam.

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Math Team is the Newest Team on Campus

Ms. Mullally, head of the BL math department, recently created a math team at BL that meets once a week in room 134. The team consists of students from grades 9-12 to compete against each other by answering math problems in small teams.

“Matt Kleiser knew other schools in Maryland were competing. Also, Jimmy Magee and Parker Hopkins competed in middle school. They were all interested in starting a math team. Alex Young was also interested in starting a math team,” Mullally said.

Since several boys had expressed their interests in starting a math team, Mullally registered the team after President’s Day weekend.

“It’s a club for guys who want to work on math problems as a team and better their math skills,” Magee said.

Magee explained that he wanted to join the math team because it would be an easy way to keep his math skills sharp.

“The math team is great. We meet during lunch and Ms. Mullally gets us food. We also get to do math within a competitive environment, two of my favorite things,” Magee said.

“It’s not hard math for the most part, but it has helped my creative sense improve. It makes me think outside the box,” Magee said.

The math team is a new club that offers participants a competitive work environment and a team to work with.

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One group of mathletes enjoy their pizza lunch while working together on math problems.

“It’s fun to do math with a bunch of other guys. It helps improve camaraderie with my peers,” Ethan Norman said.

The math team was assembled a few weeks ago but already has about 30 participants.

“I joined because it was a cool new club that got a lot of attention. A lot of my friends were also joining the club,” Mark Lopez said.

“It’s definitely helped me improve my math skills. Most of the math involved is stuff I learned five or six years ago, so it’s a good way to refresh that material,” Lopez explained.

If you think the math team is right for you, swing by room 134 on Tuesday, March 21. Go join the mathletes for their second Maryland Mathematics League competition!

This Week in Pictures: Math Team Converges in Ms. Mullally’s Room for Pizza and Math

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Senior Evan Ellwanger works through a problem on the board after enjoying a pizza lunch.