We had quite a phenomenal season last year, ending with a state tournament run, grabbing a large 4th place trophy in Peoria. It was a tremendous ride and I enjoyed my seat to watch the players excel so much. Good luck to our last year's seniors as they continue their work in life, school, and athletics.
This year we are excited to have a couple of starters back and a whole lot of tremendous athletes to join them. Dylan Patrick (Sr) has already accumulated well over 500 points in his career and is looking forward to a strong senior run. He averaged 11.9 points per game, 79% from the charity stripe, over 50% from inside the arc, 4 boards, 3.1 assists, and over 2 steals a game. Patrick is joined by now varsity veteran starter, Beau Brown (Jr). Big Beau Brown had 11 points as a freshman and came out huge his sophomore year as the big man for the Newark State team, averaging 7.9 points per game (269 points). He shot an amazing 60% from inside the arc, 81% from the free throw line, and grabbed over 3 rebounds in every game. Rhys Pepino is the other senior on the team and looks to contribute in great ways with his hustle, enthusiasm, and grit. Corey Jacobson (Jr) was the sixth man of last year's team as a sophomore and poured in almost 150 points off the bench for the state team and grabbed over 2 boards a game. Jacobson played in all 34 games for the Norsemen last year and looks to be a big part of the 2017-18 team. Connor Swanson (Jr) is the only other player that had significant time on the varsity last year, playing in 23 of the games throughout the season. Connor looks to have a break-out varsity season this year. Others athletes on the Norsemen squad include juniors: Brett Myre (6'0"), Jacob Slivka (6'0"), and Kevin Samion (6'0") and sophomores pulling double duty on JR and Varsity: Zak Akre (6'0"), Jacob Chapman (5'9"), Nate Christian (5'11"), and Alex Tollefson (5'10").
NEW WEBSITE PROMOTING THE KIDS
The tagline for the new website and for our broadcasting purpose is, "It's for the kids!" That is why we as parents work so hard to encourage, love, and promote our student-athletes. We know that the lessons that they have and will learn through their experiences as a teammate and competitor will shape their lives forever. We love being a part of that! So, with that in mind, I have created a website that will paint a broader brush than just the Newark Norsemen. As you all know, I absolutely love Newark and bleed blue. However, I have been given the opportunity and privilege to broadcast all 40 games in the main gym at the Plano Christmas Classic and that will cover a significant amount of teams. In addition, I am adding a portion of the website dedicated to all of the schools in the Little 10. It will be a work in progress, but I hope to be expanding the website and information in order to help our high school kids get promoted to the next level (both in life and in sports' opportunities). There is a simple link on the homepage to access the Newark Norsemen Basketball page, and thus be able to watch all of the broadcasts.
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Phil Chapman is an avid basketball fan that has served as the voice of the Newark Norsemen over the last three seasons. Phil will be broadcasting the games at the Plano Christmas Classic