No matter where the Cavemen finish in the state tournament, many are calling this season a success. Here are three reasons why.

The Cavemen made the playoffs.

Many students and even adults questioned whether the team would make the playoffs. American Fork football barely missed them last season and, on paper, this team wasn’t much better. They had lost many key players. However, they stepped it up with starting quarterback Tanner Smith, who dominated opposing defenses, not to mention Lopini Katoa who can truck defenders and, against Lone Peak, scored a season high six touchdowns.

Not only did the team make the playoffs but they went undefeated in region play and lost only two games this season—both losses were by less than eight points.

The Cavemen won every region game.

A region win came against Riverton, 35-18, when the defense allowed just two touchdowns. AF took down Westlake on homecoming weekend, rolling past them with a score of 44-28.

Next region win came against rivals Lone Peak. The school had been anticipating this game for a year. AF had not beaten Lone Peak under Coach Behm, but that changed with a 51-24 win, behind Katoa’s eye-popping six touchdowns. In Herriman, AF had a nail-biter that went to overtime—Jackson Nadauld stepped up and kicked a 31-yard field goal for the win, 24-21. AF beat Lehi and Pleasant Grove for the division crown.

The Cavemen had some of the top players in the region.

Smith has 2,644 passing yards, the most in Region 4. Katoa has the most rushing yards—1,333—and the most points, a total of 144. Worley has 764 receiving yards, the second most in the region. Nate Heaps has also been a big factor with 617 receiving yards, fourth in the region.

The defense has been a force. Nate Honey has 90 tackles on the season, which is second in the region. Riley Phillips had seven sacks, which tied him for third in the region. Nick Bernardo had 6.5 sacks, placing him fourth in the region.

The Cavemen have also been great at taking the ball from opposing offenses. Ben Cummings had four interceptions, tying him for first in Region 4, according to maxpreps.com.

In kicking, Jackson Nadauld has made the most field goals this season, succeeding on seven of nine attempts this season.

PROVO — American Fork had played well for four quarters against Lone Peak Friday night at the Marriott Center, and the Cavemen were not going to let the Knights steal this game away from them, and junior Spencer Johnson made sure of that.

Fred Jackson was the star all night for the Lone Peak Knights, and American Fork was doing all it could to stop him. Finally in the second overtime, Jackson fouled out.

Johnson, on the other hand, just kept getting fouled and kept hitting free throws, going 16 of 17 from the line, and American Fork hung on for the 77-73 win.

For American Fork, however, the game should not have gone to overtime. The Cavemen had a slim lead practically the whole game until the final minute when Jackson hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie it. The teams traded points before going into overtime tied at 62-62.

American Fork had a four-point lead with just under two minutes left in the first overtime when sophomore Christian Popoola, who finished with 20 points in the game, scored four straight points with a lay up and two foul shots to tie the game.

With 10 seconds left in the first overtime, AF’s Cameron Poulton stole the ball, passed it down court to Brayden Harris, who passed it to Brendan Bailey for the open baseline jumper but it just rimmed, sending the game into the second overtime tied at 66.

The Cavemen, who had lost 16 of their last 19 games to Lone Peak, outscored the Knights 11-7 in the final OT to earn the win.

Johnson led the Cavemen with 33 points and Dallin Harley added 17, while Lone Peak’s Jackson led all scorers with 34 and teammate Nick Curtis added 11.

The Cavemen (9-5, 3-0) will host Herriman Tuesday, while Lone Peak (11-4, 3-1) travels to Pleasant Grove next Friday.

When you think of fall sports, your mind usually goes to the sports on the field, but unlike the rest of the fall sports, volleyball is inside, on the court. This season, the girl volleyball team has had a more successful season than usual, with 6 winning games. Shantell Durrant, head coach of the team commented on their season by saying, “I think that we made some giant strides this season. Coaches from other schools (Pleasant Grove and Lone Peak) have made comments about how much better our team was this year compared to previous years. In addition we won 6 matches this season, which is a vast improvement from past years.”

When the players are on the court, you can tell how tied together they are. Teamwork is the key of the sport, along with trust and encouragement. Jasay Whitehead, Senior, who has played for AF all four years said, “My teammates are my very best friends. They push me and encourage me. We build each other up and push through things together…. I am going to miss the friendships I’ve created and having a team to share my love and passion for this sport with!” Usually, when we get caught up with sports, we are interested in points, scores, and wins, but with these girls, it’s all about being a part of a team, and being able lean on one another. Continuing, Coach Durrant commented, “As a coach I can see the talents that these players have and how good they are…. I am very proud of how far the girls have come and I am excited for the many years to come!” Congrats to the girls volleyball team on such a successful season!

 

Hope Week: How Would You Define Hope?

Hope Week is a week full of fun activities sponsored by the Hope Squad. What is the hope squad you may ask? The Hope Squad is the suicide prevention group at American Fork High school. The Hope Squad is a peer nominated group of students whose sole purpose is to notice what is going on around the school and to help those who might be struggling. Does Hope Squad really help?
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“Hope is what keeps people going. It is what defines us as Human. It is what makes us aspire to be great. Without hope, we are nothing.”-Larissa Anderson

“Hope is facing your trials in the dark to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.”-Katelyn Lucretia Bodtcher

“Hope is what keeps people moving forward; waking up in the morning. Hope Allows you to know that you can face whatever comes our way. Hope is what keeps us alive and motivated.”-Natalie
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“Believing in the possibility of a positive outcome to a negative situation.”-Levi Davis

“Something seemingly impossible that you wish for and hopes for it to become a reality.”-Coleman Decker
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Sadies

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The end of October can mean several things for AF high. The end of the term, Halloween, sweater weather. But there is one event that stands out from among the rest. Sadies. The first girls choice dance of the year.

The origins of the Sadie Hawkins dance go back to the late 1930’s. It began as a pseudo-holiday. On that day, namely November 13, girls were allowed to ask boys on dates, and even elope with them. It was part of the continuing women’s liberation movement, and it was widespread across America. As it was unheard of for a women to ask a man on a date, let alone propose to him, before this time, girls looked forward to this day every year, and took advantage of it. Shortly after this, high schools across the country started holding the Sadie Hawkins dance. The first girls choice dance in history. Things have really changed in the last 80 years, as we now have 3 girls choice dances each year, including Sadie Hawkins.

This year the theme was, the nifty fifties, so everyone showed up looking like greased lightning. After a plethora of day-dates and dinners, almost everyone agreed that the dance was the highlight of the evening. Each date was different, but overall the consensus was the same: a night, with great company, music, and fun.

Fall

Well people fall is finally here! The leaves have changed, its starting to snow in the mountains, people are wearing beanies, sweatshirts, having fires. Now that its starting to get cold your probably gonna wanna button up for those last football games that we have! A lot of people would say that fall is one of their favorite season! As Tanner Allred said “ Fall is one of my favorite seasons because its the anticipation for ski season! The snow capped peaks, bright fall colors just make everyone in a good mood and ready for the winter! I know I am for sure!” Hyrum Giles said “fall is definitely the best season because i can finally wear all my cool sweatshirts and winter clothes I’ve been dying to wear since i bought them in the summer! Its also great time to go have fires up the canyon with you friends and cuddle up next to the fire with someone you like, and snowboard season right around the corner of course!” So you heard it! Go have fun while you can before it snows and enjoy this amazing weather!

 

This week our Shakespeare team is off to Cedar city to participate in the Shakespeare Festival. Their choice in play: Julius Caesar. Earlier this week they delighted us with a feast to honor the King of the evening. There they did scenes from their ensemble of performances that will dazzle the stages in the City of Cedar in the coming days of the festival. The food was fit for a king, the entertainment fantastic, and the entire atmosphere reeked of renaissance style. Of course this couldn’t have happened without the amazing director, Mr. Johnson, and the students that worked so hard to put this together for us. We asked a few of the students, why did _MG_9823you choose to do Shakespeare, and what hard work was put into the production. Matthew Assante, a member of the ensemble, said, “I chose to do it because it would be the last show I’m in this year, and I really wanted to connect with some of the cast members, and I’ve never done shakespeare before so it’s the first time.” He continued, “The hardest thing is probably the language of shakespeare sometimes it is kind of hard to understand and totally grasp the message, but once you get it you get it pretty well.” Nathan Hill, playing Mark Antony, said,” I really love the language. I think it’s really applicable to today’s world. Everything that Shakespeare wrote about we can still apply in our lives today.” When asked what the hardest thing about Shakespeare he replied,” Just probably trying to understand everything because it’s not exactly the same language and things like that as it is today.” Cami Thomas is a firecracker member of the ensemble she said, “Shakespeare is really cool because it expresses every emotion that humans have to offer, I love going to shakespeare and competing because it brings me closer to the people in the department that I’ll be with for the rest of the year. I think shakespeare is kind of the basis for a lot of acting a lot of playwrights build upon shakespeare so it’s a good place to start at the beginning of the year.” She says the hardest thing after getting past the language is making it real to you. “When first looking at Shakespeare it doesn’t feel like it’s natural to say these words, so you have to find those emotions in yourself,so that you can use them to relate what those words are trying to say.” As Shakespeare said himself, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” These students worked hard and overcame the language and emotion. Based based on their performance, it looks like their hard work has paid off and they have become a fantastic team. The soon to be award winning team is on their way, and it looks like they’ll make AF proud. Good luck Shakespeare team!

Cavemen Victory causes Great Blow to Knight’s Season: Could this be their best Season?

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The date is September 25th, the clock begins to fade away, and with every minute that passes excitement increases; finally the clock hits zero and the students storm the field, their jubilant, American Fork has won the rivalry game for the first time in years.

What does this victory mean for the rest of the Cavemen’s season? According to head coach Aaron Behm, “I think that means that every game from this week out is as big as Lone Peak…now we’re playing Herriman, and because of that win, that game is just as big.” The impact of this game for their season is important, but for AF High, the fact that the Cavemen won the much anticipated rivalry game for the first time in eight long years far overshadows the statistical side. According to many Cavemen, American Fork didn’t just beat the Knights, they “destroyed” them, and that statement might not be that far off, according the 51-24 final score.

Though, this game is not the only indicator that the Cavemen could potentially have their best season in years. So far, the Cavemen are 5-1, and the Knights have fallen well behind, and are currently 2-4. Will this be our best season yet? Only time will tell, but no matter what, the Cavemen’s Football is sure to be interesting this year, and is sure to leave the fans screaming, “Proud to be a Caveman.”

The Cavemen will face Herriman next on October 3rd.

September 29 Update!

AF vs. Orem

The football game was awesome! It was a home game against Orem. We won 35 to 17.

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Real Advice to All Students

Advice, especially directed toward students, is usually just an echo from other people and the common popular opinion. We aren’t all the same people though, and what we crave to hear isn’t going to be the same, bland thing. Sometimes students don’t really want to get involved, and sometimes just encouraging them to try their hardest won’t give them the passion they need to be able to. I went up to many students and asked this question, what personal advice would you give to all students to help them?

Brianna Bennett, a senior, said, “Sometimes in high school you feel like you can’t do it anymore, and there is too much stuff, but just take it one day at a time and take time for yourself; like listen to music, draw, or hang out with friends. Then do what you need to. Realize who your true friends are from the start so you won’t feel let down in the rest of your high school experience. Remember that no one is smart in the same ways, so dont worry about having perfect grades. Having a better GPA then someone doesn’t mean that you are better and having a worse GPA does not mean you are worse. Follow your dream, and even if you don’t know what that is follow your heart, because that will make you the most happy instead of doing what everyone else wants you to do.”

Leslie Vogelsberg, also a senior, said that “The greatest advice given to me was to not care much about what others think.”

Kendra Squire, a senior as well, said, “You don’t need and shouldn’t worry about everything so much right now; this is only one part of our lives, and life really starts when we leave.” She also said that this experience does not define us.

Naomi Blakeley, a junior, said, “Just being kind and respectful to others will get you the farthest in life.” She also said to find what you truly love in highschool and dont be afraid to chase after that.

And last but not least, my personal advice to you is that others love doesn’t mean or define anything; and you don’t need other people to believe in you in order for you to succeed. There are always going to be people that love you and accept you, and even though that sounds beyond cheesy, that’s real. Never look at your dreams and feel like you could never do that or become that; because the truth is that there is truly enough space in the world for all of us. High School is one miniscule part in our life, and its here so that we discover the kind of person we want to be. Make every single mistake in the world. Wait for something that you feel so passionate about, you can’t help but do it.

In the end, instead of listening to just the normal advice, find your own advice, because that is the advice that will actually help and shape you. The only thing defining you and your life, is you!