NHL Playoffs in 2019: The Greatest Show On Ice

posted Apr 18, 2019, 10:50 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 10:51 AM ]

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in- Chief

Posted April 18th, 2019

The playoffs for the NHL started on Wednesday, April 10 with five games kicking off! The three other games followed on Thursday. In the Eastern conference, the Calgary Flames are facing the Colorado Avalanche, the San Jose Sharks are facing the Vegas Golden Knights, the Nashville Predators are facing the Dallas Stars, and the Winnipeg Jets are facing the St. Louis Blues. In the Western conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning are playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins are facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals are facing the Carolina Hurricanes, and the New York Islanders are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL playoffs are best out of seven games and then they go on to the next round. As of Saturday, the Sharks-Knights, Bruins-Maple Leafs, Flames-Avalanche, and the Stars-Predators are tied 1-1. The Blues are leading the Jets 2-0, so are the Blue Jackets against the Lightning, another team is Capitals against the Hurricanes, and finally the Islanders are winning against the Penguins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are predicted to win the Stanley Cup after their killer season, but at this rate it’s not likely.

Boys and Girls Basketball: Review of the Season So Far

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:54 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted February, 26th, 2019

The girls' varsity basketball team is having a wonderful season, rarely losing any games and posting a 21-3 overall record. The boys' team, however, is facing a rebuild, according to their coach Mr. Grimm. I had the chance to sit down and talk to Mr. Grimm where he told me that the boys learned a lot of lessons this year yet the coaches are still looking for consistency. Mr. Grimm explained to me that Slinger has a young team compared to the other teams they play against, and while other teams have multiple seniors starting the game Slinger has one senior starting.

The boys’ team overall record is 5-17 and their conference record is 3-15. The team won a big victory early on in the season against Whitefish Bay, which was a big highlight to the season. They’ve also had close games against West Bend East, Cedarburg, West Bend West, and Hartford.

This Thursday, February 28th, the Lady Owls face Beaver Dam in playoff competition.  Good luck everyone!

Ice Bears season comes to an end

posted Feb 26, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 4:48 AM ]

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted February, 26th 2019

The high school hockey team that’s combined with other local teams recently played their last game of the season. The Ice Bears earned their spot in the playoffs, visiting Homestead on Friday the 15th. The Ice Bears scored an overtime victory, winning 4-3. In the next round of the playoffs they visited USM on Tuesday the 19th and faced a tragic loss of 10-1. This loss brought an end to their playoff reign. Better luck next season!

Green Bay Packers Hire Matt LaFleur

posted Jan 28, 2019, 10:55 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By:  Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted January, 28th, 2019

Hello Nite Crier readers! Today I will share a little news about the new Green Bay Packers Head Coach.

The new coach for the Green Bay packers is Matt LaFleur.  He was previously the offensive coordinator the Tennessee Titans.  He ended last year's season with the Titans in the 25th offensive in the NFL.  He has a vast experience coaching QBs and has had prior experience with other top coaches.  President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy announced:

“We are very excited to welcome Matt as the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers…

We found a coach with the background and experience that we think will get us back to playing winning football. We’re also excited about the person—he is bright with a great work ethic and a perfect fit for Green Bay and the organization.”

The Ice Bears are back in action!

posted Dec 4, 2018, 10:32 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 4:48 AM ]

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Updated December 5th, 2018

The high school hockey season is upon us! JV had their first game on November 17th against the Fond du Lac Springs and won 6-3. On November 29, JV won their game 7-3 and varsity tied their game 2-2. Both games were against Fond du Lac. Both JV and varsity have two games this weekend. On Friday JV’s game is at 6 o’clock and varsity’s game is at 8 o’clock. Both Ice Bear squads will take on Cedarburg at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center this Friday. Then on Saturday, the Ice Bears take on Fox Cities at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center. JV’s hits the ice at 3:15 while the varsity’s game is at 5:15. Come out to support your local Ice Bears hockey team.

SHS Cross Country closes out on another successful year.

posted Nov 19, 2018, 12:42 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted November 19th, 2018

Good afternoon(if it’s not afternoon for you, it’s afternoon for somebody elsewhere) Slinger High. Today I will discuss the concluding results of this years Slinger Cross Country, lead by Mr. Strand.

As of the result of the Cross Country for Males, they had multiple invitational wins involving our home meet known as the Owl Invitational. Slinger Boys Cross Country earned third in conference, with 5 selected runners for all-conference. The all conference runners included: Cael Grotenhuis, Noah Jagielski, Aaron Simays, Tyler Ott, and Evan Sievers. The boys also placed first at the Sectional Championship in Manitowoc. Last but not least, they placed 11th at State with the best team finish in school history.

As of the result for the Cross Country for the girls, they won the Owl Invitational  as well. Of the many runners, two were selected for the all conference team: Makaila Groves and Paige Fassbender. The Girls also took third at sectionals and the top two teams made it to State. They were defeated by West Bend West by 5 more points. Makaila Groves was the sole member of the girls team to qualify for State, and was observed to be the “Lord of Haste” from Washington County in the State meet.

This concludes 2018’s Cross Country results for Slinger. Have yourself a stellar day.

SHS Golf Team Closes Out Season With Great Accomplishments

posted Oct 23, 2018, 4:46 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Elizabeth Briggs, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Girls Golf began to close with the North Shore Conference for both the JV and Varsity teams on September 17th and 18th. Slinger placed 3rd in the JV Conference even though all team members had began golfing only 14 months before. This is only the second year of Girls Golf at Slinger High School so this was a great accomplishment. One of the golfers placed individually as well. There was also a scramble a couple days later for golfers at Hartford which was the last time playing. The banquet for the team took place at the Mineshaft on October 11th where the girls had one last get together.

SHS soccer team scores some big wins in the North Shore Conference

posted Sep 20, 2018, 4:32 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted September 20th, 2018

This last Tuesday, the 18th of September, Slinger’s JV and Varsity soccer teams kicked off against West Bend East in two exciting conference matches.  Slinger won the JV game with a score of 3 to 1. All three of Slinger’s goals were scored by senior Kevin Kuchinka giving him his first hat trick in his career at Slinger.  In between games, all of the players announced their parents and presented them with a rose for parents night. Following this, the stadium lights came on and the Varsity teams took the field.  A thrilling match followed after which Slinger’s Varsity squad came out on top with a score of 3 to 1. The goals were scored by Mauricio Gundrum, Nathan Kemp, and Owen Martin. This brings Slinger’s Varsity record to 2-4-2 for the season.

Slinger Girls Golf Team Takes on the North Shore Competition

posted Sep 18, 2018, 5:03 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Elizabeth Briggs, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted September 18th, 2018

The Girls golf season began at the beginning of August and will continue through to the first weeks of October with Sectionals and State. The season has been going well so far with 13 girls being enough to have a Varsity, JV1, and JV2. This has only been the second year for girls golf at Slinger. For meets, there is a JV1 meet on Monday against Meekwon and JV2 on Wednesday against Hartford. This Monday and Tuesday also, the girls will compete in the North Shore Conference against other conference schools at Hartford Golf Club. Good luck to those at the conference!

NHL vs High School Hockey

posted Feb 28, 2018, 12:43 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Staff Writer

Posted February 28th, 2018

This weekend I attended my first NHL game. It was a very different experience from the high school hockey games I frequently attend (I have to put that activity pass to use) and in case you’re wondering the differences between them, I’ll let you know in this article.


The first and most obvious thing that I noticed is the theatrics of it all. In other terms, the NHL is much more of a hyped up event than high school hockey is, with the pre-game video and dramatic lighting. I know this is due to budgets, the fact that the admission cost and attendance has everything to do with it. I just found it odd to go from high school hockey where the most they have is a flag to an NHL game where they dim the lights and then turn on the home team’s main color in strobe lights.


Going back to the ticket thing from earlier, the admission price is a huge difference. To go to an Ice Bears game it’s $2 or free, depending on if you have the activity pass or not. We were in the one hundred section in the Xcel Energy Center and those were over $200 each. The cheapest ticket prices I could find were $55. That’s just with the Minnesota Wild, more popular teams would be much more expensive.

I also found it odd that high school hockey is treated with more equality. For example, the lineups for both teams are announced during the start of the game. In the NHL the visiting team’s lineup was announced before the game even started and the home team’s lineup was announced during the beginning of the game where they were greeted with cheers and had pauses between each player.

Another thing is fighting. If you’re a hockey fan, you know how important the fighting is. Hockey is the only non-combat major sport that allows fighting, and if you watch the sport, you know why. In NHL hockey fighting is allowed with penalties as consequences. In high school hockey fighting is not allowed, and if you’re caught fighting, you get game suspensions. I’m talking like two or three game suspensions in high school hockey compared to a two to five minute penalty in the NHL.

The zamboni, the machine that cleans the ice, is something that’s different that surprised me. At high school hockey games there’s only one zamboni that cleans during the second intermission at JV games and during every intermission at varsity games. In the NHL, there’s two zambonis (and the fan cart) that cleans after warm ups, during the first intermission, during the second intermission, and at the end of the game. In this way, varsity games are similar to NHL games.

Intermissions are also something that’s different. At NHL games there’s two intermissions that are eighteen minutes long each. At the JV games the first intermission is one minute long and then the second intermission is about ten minutes. It depends on how long they take to use the zamboni, then the referees have to be on the ice before the players. At varsity games the intermissions are also about ten minutes due to the fact that they use the zamboni in the first and second intermission.

These are just some of the many differences I noticed. Although there are some differences between the two, both are games that I enjoy and would frequently attend if I had the chance.

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