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A Perfect Music Department Varsity Orchestra features eighth and ninth grade string players along with the best of the winds and percussion — and their sound is the best too. By combining the squeak of the violin, the blare of the trumpet, the squawk of the clarinets, and the shrill of the piccolo, somehow Mr. Parlette came out with a number one orchestra. It didn ' t come without problems, however. Half of the time, Mr. Parlette was trying to shut the trumpets up (an impossible task). Also, lubricating keys, soften- ing reeds, and raising stands took up the per- iod ' s time. But by some miracle, they got in a minute or two of practice and obviously that did it! What group of kids search the music folders for a suitable arrangement ' Which students stay after school, missing the bus and supper, to prac- tice? How many people blow out their brains 24 hours a day playing their music over and over again? Who pull out their hair before contest day, then end up with a gold medal to show off? What musicians would go through all this? The ensemble contestants would! NISBOVA competition gives wind ensembles a chance to test their skill in performance Suite Sixteen is an all-string group made up of nine violins, two violas, four cellos, and one string bass. On certain days, these string musi- cians lugged their stands, chairs, and music to Mr. Werking ' s room to practice their pieces. The idea was taken from a similar string group that performs in Minneapolis. Most of Suite Sixteen ' s music comes from pieces that this group plays. They performed at the spring con- cert and also at NISBOVA. Suite Sixteen makes its Portage debut 46
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Varsity Gridders Sweep City NINTH GRADE CITY CHAMPS (LEFT TO RIGHT): (FRONT) G. Mann, G. Gordon, H. Brown, G. Curry. J. Heller, M. Finken, R. Walters, J. Williams: (SECOND) Coach Don Schaffer, A. Green, T. Underwood, A. Norton. B. Jones, L. Vandyne. T. Smith. B. Mazelin, K. Fadus. Coach Bob Denny: (THIRD) R. Coe. F. Underwood. R. Walker, K. LItchin, D. Chrzan. B, Miller, J. Sills, C. Roth, R. Georgi. Not shown: M. Hershberger, G. Shepherd. The freshman team won its first individual football title in 13 years, repeating the title of last year ' s co-champion by winning six games without a loss. The team was built around a strong defense that allowed only 18 points all sea- son, with an average of only three points per game. The most exciting highlights were the game with Miami, in which they clinched the south divi- sion for Portage, and the city championship game, where the action was never dull in the rain. Honorary captains T. Smith, A. Green Outstanding offen- sive: Green Outstanding defensive players J. Williams, F. Underwood Smith kicks pigskin SCOREBOARD - -9th RAMS OPPONENT 1 12 Fairfield 6 Franklin 32 Kekionga 8 Miami 6 8 Geyer 6 CITY CHAMPIONSHIP 12 Jefferson 8 Green in action Green on the run 48
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