The Spring Break Issue

the axe magazine online issue 9

18 March 2021

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– IN THIS ISSUE –

SOUTH SOCCER, By Bettina Wu

HYBRID LEARNING, By Naomi Saenger and Soju Hokari

SPRING BREAK ESCAPES by Helen Evans

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The Axe Report is Back! • Podcast Recommendations • March Madness • South Ultimate

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Land Acknowledgement

Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.

In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.

During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.

We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.

Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.

mission statement

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NEWS

South varsity men’s soccer plays Churchill on Monday night in a close game that ended with South up 3-1. The game was the first to have in-person spectators since the start of the pandemic. Photo by Soju Hokari.

KIcking it up, FTW

With practices, games, and a live audience, South soccer is getting an abbreviated version of the season it missed last fall.

By Bettina Wu

For the past few weeks, South’s five soccer teams have been practicing and competing against high schools in the Eugene-Springfield area in an abbreviated fall season. Along with the return-to-play come significant changes in the structure of both practices and games.

South sophomore and JV girls’ soccer player Marleigh Hudlow listed some changes on the team since fall 2019.

“Masks are definitely a huge thing,” she said, “and it’s very different playing with them. We aren’t allowed to share things anymore… no swapping pennies [jerseys], and we have to space our stuff out more to try not to get near each other when we take drinks. We also do a lot more personal improvement drills or one-on-one to try to minimize contact.”

Until Mar. 12, spectators were not allowed at 4J games. Hudlow, however, was unfazed.

“While it was a bit weird at first, I don’t think that it affected my game very much,”

Hudlow said. “I would usually block out a lot of the sounds from the fans… but it can be a little sad sometimes without the cheering.”

As an alternative to in-person attendance, 4J is livestreaming all games for fans to view from the safety of their own spaces. The one-camera setup, while relatively old-fashioned, pans around to follow the game. The game schedule and live streams can be found on the SEHS athletics webpage.

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Parents of South and Churchill Varsity men’s soccer players watch as the teams warm up for a soccer game Monday night. Spectators watching soccer games from the stands must sit spaced out from each other. Photo by Soju Hokari.

On Monday, following Lane County’s move to “moderate” COVID-19 risk last week, South had its first game with spectators in the stands. A limited number of tickets were given out to players on each team to distribute.

“Tickets are only good for the game for which they are stamped for,” varsity boys’ soccer head coach Pete Peterson said. “The stands are swept in between back-to-back games. No one can watch additional games with that one ticket.”

As expected, there are many safety protocols that must be followed during these games. Masks must be worn at all times throughout the duration of the game, and audience members must be spaced apart. Entrances and exits are designed to minimize contact between spectators and players.

Despite all of the complications COVID-19 has caused for the soccer season, teams are still finding it possible to make the most of the game.

"All things considered,” Peterson said, “our three South Eugene boys’ soccer teams are enjoying a successful season... Our hopes for each team are for each to have meaningful, competitive [and maybe even] undefeated seasons.”

Soccer is not the only school sport returning to the playing field. Fall sports such as volleyball, cross country and football are currently holding practices and games, while other winter and spring sports teams at South are starting to open sign-ups and schedule practices for their respective seasons.

Hybrid Learning

(From left) Camas teachers Eric Freeman, Tom Cramer, and Carly Leavitt. As a teacher who likes to plan his classes, Freeman feels a little overwhelmed with the rapid changes being made to the hybrid learning model. But with so much change, he is hopeful that 4J will decide to bring back two important parts of the school day. “I think that [in-person PE and music] would really complete their education,” Freeman said. Photo by Naomi Saenger.

back to school, 2.0

Teachers at Camas Ridge Elementary prepare to teach face-to-face for the first time in more than a year.

By Naomi Saenger and Soju Hokari

With most teachers having received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, elementary schools across 4J will begin welcoming students back for hybrid learning on Apr. 5. At Camas Ridge Community School in South Eugene, preparations are already underway for the return to in-person instruction, but plans for a return are not without some downsides.

“A fire drill will have lines that are like a hundred feet long,” third grade teacher Freeman said with a laugh.

Logistics as students move into hybrid learning will be increasingly difficult, and even mundane tasks will take more effort.

“Every time we try to put together a bin or something for kids to use it won’t work,” first grade teacher Tom Cramer said.

In a hybrid model, teachers are having to shoulder additional responsibilities, as they attempt to teach two cohorts of around 15 students – one online and one in-person – at the same time. It’s a hard proposition that is forcing teachers to prioritize.

In Cramer’s class, students who are in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays will be taught all day, while those who are online will be given mostly asynchronous assignments. On Thursdays and Fridays it will flip-flop.

“They want us to focus on the kids who are in-person,” Cramer said.

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Desks are spaced over six feet apart in fifth-grade teacher Carly Leavitt’s classroom. While preoccupied with trying to figure out how to effectively teach when students are always six feet apart, Leavitt is optimistic about the return to in-person instruction. “Teachers, we’re problem solvers,” Leavitt said, adding that teachers would have to make do with the hand they were dealt. “We can’t put the blame on anyone. It’s a pandemic.” Photo by Naomi Saenger.

Parents and school board members have been voicing their confusion around hybrid learning at recent school board meetings, and it isn’t just them. Teachers are also frustrated that there seem to be two different messages coming from the government: one that kids pose very little transmission risk, and another that schools should be instituting very strict measures to prevent transmission.

“These things are in total contradiction with each other,” Cramer said.

But while the transition will be difficult for students and teachers alike, fifth grade teacher Carly Leavitt doesn’t doubt that everyone will make it through.

“I really thought we would last two or three weeks with [Zoom],” Leavitt said. But students have persevered through almost six months. “They keep showing up.”

Camas Ridge Elementary teacher Tom Cramer stands in the door of his classroom on Mar. 12 as he prepares his classroom for in-person hybrid learning. “There’s a whole set of logistical things that are going to be hard,” Cramer said. But he was not deterred. “I like the idea that we’re doing something different … we don’t want to sit in front of the computer the entire year.” Photo by Naomi Saenger.

Camas Ridge Elementary School sits empty before the start of in-person classes. Photo by Soju Hokari.

Arts

Illustration by Natasha Dracobly

Listen up!

Spring Break blues? The right podcast can inspire and engage.

By Naomi Saenger

Spring break this year will bring an ample amount of free time, and I will be spending that time listening to my favorite podcasts. From Emma Chamberlain’s Anything Goes to the hard-hitting news of The Daily, here is a list of podcasts specifically crafted for high school students. Enjoy these on your spring break road-trip, on a walk with your dog, or after a long day of AP test prep.

Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers

One thing that is always on the mind of a high schooler is life after graduation. The number of different paths you can take after your schooling are endless, but this podcast focuses on getting into the typical four-year college. Inside the Admissions Office will tell you everything about how to get into college, which school is right for you, and the top former admissions officers’ best advice. Episodes are typically around 30 minutes long. A good episode to start with is “What it Takes to Get Admitted to a Top School.”

The Daily

This podcast is your best bet for getting informed about world news quickly and easily. Created by The New York Times, The Daily gives you a brief rundown of an important or complex issue. Every episode runs about 30 minutes. A good episode to start on is today’s episode, or if you’re looking for a broader gamut of topics, “The Year in Good News.”

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Author Naomi Saenger hikes with her dog and listens to a podcast on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Call your Grandmother

This is the ultimate feel-good podcast where you learn a little and smile a lot. The two hosts, who are grandmothers themselves, interview a grandmother and grandchild pair every week. The topics are broad, and each episode runs about 30 minutes. The best episode to start on is “Rita and Rachael.”

Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain

YouTube star Emma Chamberlain has made her mark on many social media platforms, but somehow her podcast tops them all. Anything Goes is incredibly down-to-earth and easy to listen to, and gives you the feeling of being on the phone with Chamberlain. Chamberlain is hilarious which makes the podcast go by quickly. Each episode runs about one hour. I would recommend starting on “Why I Deleted Twitter.”

Small Spring Break Escapes

A few ways to make the most of this pandemic Spring Break.

By Helen Evans

Spring Break is just around the corner, a time for all of us to pull ourselves out from under our piles of school work and take a second to breathe and enjoy everything that Oregon has to offer. In the past, Spring Break has been the time for big family vacations and large social gatherings, but this year is going to look a little different. Here are a few ways to enjoy your much deserved break, while still staying local. Grab your parents, your favorite sibling and maybe a close COVID bubble friend and go for a small Oregon adventure.

Hobbit Beach on a sunny day. Photo by Helen Evans

The Oregon Coast

On a warm and summery day, a beautiful paradise of cool sands, refreshing winds and a breathtaking view of the Pacific lies only an hour away. One of my absolute favorite day trips was when a couple of my friends and I packed up the essentials and headed to the coast. We ordered a pizza to go and hiked out to a beach where we sat on the sand, enjoyed the sun, flew kites and listened to the crashing of the waves.

A few favorite destinations:

  • Hobbit Beach (.5 mile hike to get to, but so worth it) between Florence and Yachats

  • South Jetty Beach, (the main beach in the Florence area) located along Sand Dunes Road

  • Heceta Head Lighthouse (smaller beach, more sheltered) just north of Florence

A Bluebird day at Hoodoo Ski resort. Photo by Helen Evans.

Snow Day!

If the mountains get a particularly frosty spring week, throw on some warm clothes, hop in the car and head up to the snow. Salt Creek Falls (just outside Oakridge) has some well known sledding spots; Waldo Lake is great for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing, and Crescent Lake has many great snowmobiling trails. If you are looking for a more fast-paced activity, both Willamette Pass and Hoodoo offer day passes and ski/snowboard rentals to any who want to enjoy the snow.

The Knickerbocker Bridge and Alton Baker Park on the Riverbank bike path system. Photo by Soju Hokari.

Bike Paths

Eugene has an amazing bike path system connecting downtown to surrounding parks, with views of the Willamette River along the way. Pack a lunch at home (or swing by a local restaurant to pick up an order to go), hop on the bike path and find a nice sunny spot to enjoy your afternoon.

Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock overlooking the Crooked River. Photo by Helen Evans.

Let's Go for a Hike

Getting outside, breathing the fresh air and escaping the city life can be one of the most exhilarating experiences. We are all incredibly lucky to be living in Oregon, where short but beautiful hikes exist around every corner. Hike a few miles to a hidden lake, waterfall or a sweeping panoramic view to enjoy the serenity over a snack and a few snapshots.

  • Smith Rock State Park has huge rock formations, views of the high desert and super cool rock climbers everywhere.

  • Threemile Lake Trail is a beautiful coastal hike that leads to a hidden lake located only a half-mile away from the beach. Just as the name promises – three miles out, three miles back.

  • Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion in the Portland area is a 5-mile round-trip hike that leads to a historical museum inside an old mansion with views of the city. Timed tickets are required due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Post-escape celebrations. Photo courtesy of Helen Evans.

Escape Rooms!

Springtime in Oregon generally means a hearty serving of rain, with a small side of sunshine. So if there's simply no option for outdoor activities amidst the torrential downpours, grab your friends and family and explore the Eugene-Springfield area’s growing number of escape rooms. For those who don’t know what an escape room entails, you and your companions are put into a room with an hour to scour the room, search for clues and solve a series of puzzles with the goal of, you guessed it, getting out. Most rooms have different themes, and the puzzles are often part of a fictional story or crime scene. Escape rooms are the best way to escape a rainy day and to delve into a world of unsolved mysteries and mind-bending riddles.

Local escape rooms

  • Portal Escape Rooms (downtown Springfield)

  • Escape the Room Oregon (The Booth Kelly Center, Springfield)

  • Trap Door Escape rooms (5th Street area)

  • Mental Mansion Escape Rooms (near South and the Meridian Building)

Sports Commentary

The author's bracket. A larger version can be found here.

A Guide To The Madness

The NCAA Tournament starts this week. Time to prep that bracket!

By Ivan Freck

It may be a year late, but there will finally be a new national champion crowned in college basketball. This year’s tournament will look a little different than normal, taking place entirely within the state of Indiana in order to reduce virus transmission from travel, but that does not mean there will be a lack of madness. Above is my bracket, and here are the reasons I believe these teams will make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

West Region

1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (vs 16 Norfolk State, Mar. 20, 6:20 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 1.201 Points per Possession

Gonzaga is hoping to ride the most efficient offense in this country to the end of the first undefeated national champion title in 45 years. Their efficiency, average points per game (92.1) and field goal shooting percentage (55.1) are the best thus far in this century. Defensively, they were top 15 in the country in giving up fewest points per possession. Additionally, Gonzaga has won 23 consecutive games by double figures. Good luck defeating them!

Reason For Concern: 36.5 Percent Three-Point Shooting

It’s hard to find a weakness with this team, but merely being “good” at making three-pointers could lead to their being outgunned in a shootout. It is going to take a statistical anomaly to topple the Zags before the Final Four at the earliest, especially in what is probably the weakest region overall.

12 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (vs 5 Creighton, Mar. 20, 12:15 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 119.0 True Shooting Percentage

In a section of the bracket where I could see all four teams making the Sweet Sixteen, UC Santa Barbara stands out for their overall consistency. They play slow and have good defensive numbers, but still manage to play solid offense, which is a good recipe for making an upset or two.

Reason For Concern: 33.8 Percent of Shots that are Three-Pointers

The Gauchos do not take many three-pointers, which bogs down their efficiency a tad. That is especially scary when facing a team like Creighton that is so dangerous from deep. They could be outmatched if their opponents are able to get a lead that forces them to pick up the tempo.

6 USC Trojans (vs 11 Drake, Mar. 20, 1:30 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 39.4 Percent Shooting Allowed

USC will be able to ride the talents of superstar big man Evan Mobley and a strong interior defense (averaging 5.3 blocks per game) to potentially make it to the second weekend of the tournament.

Reason For Concern: 34.2 Three-Point Shooting Percent Allowed

Despite being stout inside, the Trojans have struggled mightily to defend beyond the arc, especially during a late season swoon that saw them not only lose four of their last eight games, but also come close to dropping two more over that stretch. If they can tighten up their defense on the perimeter (or have better luck through opponents missing wide open shots), USC has the talent to go on a run.

2 Iowa Hawkeyes (vs 15 Grand Canyon, Mar. 20, 3:25 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 1.164 Points per Possession

Iowa runs a classic inside-out offense capitalizing on throwback center and presumptive National Player of the Year Luka Garza and multiple potent distance shooters on the perimeter. By forcing opponents to pick their poison and sell out to stop one aspect, Iowa’s scoring attack ranks third in the nation.

Reason For Concern: 0.989 Points Allowed Per Possession

While their offense can put big numbers on the scoreboard, their defense is vulnerable to allowing just as many. One bad shooting night could leave the Hawkeyes with nothing to fall back on at the other end of the floor.

South Region

1 Baylor Bears (vs 16 Hartford, Mar. 19, 12:30 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 41.8 Percent Three-Point Shooting

Considered the 1B to Gonzaga’s 1A for much of the season, Baylor’s offense stacks up nicely against the best of the best, as they not only lead the nation in three-point shooting, but also grab a healthy serving of offensive rebounds.

Reason For Concern: 75.1 Points Allowed In Their Past 7 Games

Since coming off of a COVID-related pause in the season, Baylor’s defense – which was once considered perhaps even stronger than their offense – has been hemorrhaging points at an alarming rate. It remains to be seen whether the defensive issues get sorted out so the Bears can get back to the elite level of defense they were playing at the beginning of the season.

12 Winthrop Eagles (vs 5 Villanova, Mar. 19, 6:57 p.m.)

Where They Shine: +9.0 Average Rebounding Margin

Winthrop was able to overpower its competition by playing strong offensive basketball and dominating their opponents on the boards. Their first round opponent, Villanova, is also looking vulnerable after losing point guard Collin Gillespie to a torn MCL, making them a prime target of the vaunted 12 over 5 upset.

Reason For Concern: 1 Game Played Against Tournament Teams

The Eagles’ 23-1 record is sparkling on paper, but they’ve played just one team that made it to the NCAA Tournament – an eight-point win over UNC Greensboro all the way back on Dec. 1, begging the question: Will they be able to hang with the tougher competition in this tournament?

3 Arkansas Razorbacks (vs 14 Colgate, Mar. 19, 9:45 a.m.)

Where They Shine: 77.1 Possessions per Game

Arkansas can and will run you off the floor. The lightning fast tempo can make it challenging for less offensively gifted teams to keep up, as they’ve shown by winning twelve of their last fourteen games. Their defense may give up a decently high total, as well, but nothing outlandish considering the speed of their games, and the fact that they force a lot of turnovers.

Reason For Concern: 45.6 Percent Shooting

Considering the high-flying nature of their offense, the shooting splits across the board range from decent to underwhelming. The Razorbacks will have to be a little more consistent in order to outlast the myriad deadly offenses that await on their bracket path.

2 Ohio State Buckeyes (vs 15 Oral Roberts, Mar. 19, noon)

Where They Shine: 1.108 Points per Possession

Ohio State can keep up with the other title contenders, thanks to their half-court offense. This could be crucial in high-leverage possessions, when fast break points are hard to come by. They’ve beaten every other Big Ten team in the tournament field at least once, a testament to the level they can reach at peak performance.

Reason For Concern: 1.012 Points Allowed per Possession

There are several teams that fit the description of “all offense, no defense” that will have to overcome deficiencies on their side of the court to find success. Ohio State may have the worst defense of them all: Averaging a paltry 4.5 steals per game, they often struggle to string defensive stands together. This weakness makes them very susceptible to blowing big leads – a common trend throughout the season.

Midwest Region

1 Illinois Fighting Illini (vs 16 Drexel, Mar. 19, 10:15 a.m.)

Where They Shine: 49.9 Percent Shooting

Illinois is currently playing some of the best basketball in the country as they ride a 14-1 winning streak into the tournament. This includes eight wins over tournament teams from the Big Ten. They are a complete team, boasting a sound offense, solid defense, and excellent rebounding to boot. It is not a stretch to say that they are the second best team in the country right now behind Gonzaga.

Reason For Concern: -1.6 Average Turnover Differential

This may not seem like much, but being sloppy with the ball could prove disastrous against tougher defensive-minded opponents. But with everything else rock solid across the board, Illinois has high hopes for their first tournament since 2013.

4 Oklahoma State Cowboys (vs 13 Liberty, Mar. 19, 3:25 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 16-4 Record in Games Decided by 10 Points or Fewer

Oklahoma State has proven to be masterful at eking out wins in the kind of high-stress games that define tournament play. Freshman point guard Cade Cunningham has elevated this team to a popular pick to make the Final Four.

Reason For Concern: 1.011 Points per Possession

A dirty secret behind Oklahoma State’s success: Their offense has the tendency to get stuck in the mud. The Cowboys are lackluster behind the arc and commit turnovers on a little more than a fifth of their possessions. Liberty could have a shot to score an upset in their second straight tournament, but the other two teams (Tennessee and Oregon State) aren’t quite as threatening.

6 San Diego State Aztecs (vs 11 Syracuse, Mar. 19, 6:40 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 38.1 Three-Point Shooting Percentage

San Diego State plays strong defense and makes three-pointers, the textbook example of a good post-season team. This could come in handy against a Syracuse zone defense built around befuddling opponents who aren’t used to attacking its weaknesses. In an especially wide-open half of the bracket, the Aztecs have as good a shot as any to break away from the pack.

Reason For Concern: 101.9 Defensive True Shooting Percentage

While their overall defensive shooting numbers are excellent (39.2 percent is good enough for eleventh in the nation), the advanced metrics aren’t as kind. True shooting’s weight for three-pointers and free throws shows that they may not be quite as gilded defensively as they appear on the surface.

2 Houston Cougars (vs 15 Cleveland State, Mar. 19, 4:15 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 58.5 Points Allowed per Game

Houston is primed to get into rock fights and win them. They can really put the clamps on defensively and scoop up a ton of rebounds, as well. Many teams will not be able to match their physicality while scoring as efficiently as they do.

Reason For Concern: 21.8 Free Throw Attempts Allowed per Game

If a team is able to withstand the persistent pelting of pebbles pitched by Houston, opportunities to exploit them by getting easy points at the foul line are available. Keeping them off of the offensive glass and taking points where they can be gotten will be critical.

East Region

1 Michigan Wolverines (vs 16 Texas Southern, Mar. 20, noon)

Where They Shine: +9.6 Field Goal Shooting Percentage Margin

Michigan has been one of the steadiest teams in the country this year, often by doing the simplest things like just shooting better than their opponents. They don’t commit many fouls, and can win simply by executing their game plan better than the opposing team.

Reason For Concern: 2-3 Record in their Last 5

At one point in late February, the Wolverines were starting to look like the second-best team in the country. But since then, they’ve fizzled out a bit with three of their four total losses of the season. The floor for their level of play has also gotten lower after second-leading scorer Isaiah Livers went out with a foot injury. Michigan feels the most vulnerable to getting upset before the Sweet Sixteen, with two potentially dangerous teams in LSU and St. Bonaventure on their path in the second round.

4 Florida State Seminoles (vs 13 UNC Greensboro, Mar. 20, 9:45 a.m.)

Where They Shine: 115.0 True Shooting Percentage

In recent years, Florida State has been defined by their athleticism, so their strong shooting numbers – combined with their tenacity on offensive rebounds – have a tendency to overwhelm opponents who can’t match up.

Reason For Concern: 4-5 Record Away from Home

This Florida State team has only mustered a single win over a tournament team outside of Tallahassee: a narrow victory over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Questions remain about their ability to put together a consistent product in the NCAA Tournament.

6 BYU Cougars (vs 11 UCLA, Mar. 20, 6:40 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 20-3 Record Against Teams Other Than Gonzaga

Half of BYU’s losses have come against the Zags, including a game that gave Gonzaga the toughest challenge they’ve had all year in the WCC Tournament. The Cougars can play both inside and out on offense and do a good job of pulling defensive rebounds down and limiting second chances for their opponents.

Reason For Concern: 15.6 Percent of Opponent’s Possessions End in Turnovers

BYU’s defense is passable, but they don’t force opponents to make many mistakes handling the ball. That could put a lot of pressure on the offense to make the most of their own possessions, which reduces their margin for error.

2 Alabama Crimson Tide (vs 15 Iona, Mar. 20, 1:00 p.m.)

Where They Shine: 30.2 Three-Pointers Attempted

Alabama plays at the eleventh-fastest pace in the country, and shoots a ton of threes. On top of that, their defense is one of the twenty most efficient in the country. Three-pointers plus defense is a good combination, because the threes can raise a team’s ceiling of variable outcomes, while good defense can raise a team’s floor.

Reason For Concern: 27.7 Percent Opponent Offensive Rebounding Rate

The Crimson Tide give up a decent number of offensive rebounds, limiting the effectiveness of one of their biggest strengths as a team – their defense. They will likely need to be stronger on the glass to win in the region that may have the highest number of teams that can plausibly make the Final Four.



Signs of Life

Back on the Turf

South men’s Ultimate Frisbee plays against Bend’s Summit High School at South on Sunday. While comparatively inexperienced, Summit’s offense found ample opportunity in both dump swings and deep shots, and their defensive cup was hard for South’s offense to break. The competitive game ended with an 11-9 win by Summit; afterward, the two teams played again in a for-fun, no-score game. Photos by Soju Hokari.

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