Articles by Chris Ostrander

Platooning their way to greatness

John Carroll University men’s basketball team does not follow the traditional standard in basketball. Rather than running a usual sub-package, JCU employs a much different strategy.

Two in the Box: Let the celebration begin

It is about time that the NCAA football enters the 21st century. They still don’t have a playoff format as Ohio State and the team that has not been beaten in regulation, LSU, backed into the National Championship. Also, it is somehow illegal for 18-22 year old kids to act their age and celebrate.

Two in the Box: The heartbreak kid

It was inevitable. The Cleveland Indians run was going to end sooner or later. Unlike the thousands of Indians faithful that could see a World Series championship, I knew that Clevelanders should not get overexcited about their team’s success.

Offense missing in football loss

In JCU’s third straight game against a nationally ranked opponent, the Blue Streaks could not take advantage of Capital’s missing starting quarterback and wide receivers as Capital cruised to a 37-13 victory.

Two in the Box: Getting hit by the stick

My question is, when will the powers that be finally create a system of punishment for these athletes that will actually hold them accountable for their wrongdoings?

Graduate returns to make impact on and off the field

It is a rare occurrence to return to your alma mater to coach after your playing days. Dejan Mladenovic, a 2006 graduate of John Carroll University, was lucky enough to return as the men’s soccer graduate assistant.

Football defense shines in historic win

Both JCU and Heidelberg played a sloppy game which both teams totaled 17 penalties for 175 yards. The 21-6 win marked the Blue Streaks’ third in a row dating back to last season and was the fourth game in the last five where they did not allow a touchdown.

Men’s and women’s soccer edging way up standings

Last season, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team started the season with an 11 game winless streak. The 2007 season has been a turn around of sorts as the team has started 3-4. This is why senior captain Alex Bernot is not ready to jump on the panic button.

Late rally gives JCU win over defending national champs

Bases loaded, two outs and a tie game. This is a situation that every baseball player dreams of when they are growing up. This was the situation that John Carroll University senior first baseman Warren Ciabattoni faced in JCU’s second game of their doubleheader with defending Division III national champions Marietta College on Saturday.

Softball’s playoff hopes fall short

It is rare for a team chasing a playoff spot to have the opportunity to play the team that holds the very spot they are chasing. This past weekend John Carroll University’s softball team had the opportunity to take over Mount Union’s spot in the standings. However, JCU was swept by Mount Union.

Two in the Box: Mock Draft 2007

1. Oakland Raiders - JaMarcus Russell QB, L.S.U. - Oakland’s quarterback situation was more than lackluster last season. Russell is a big, athletic quarterback who can give Oakland an edge under center from his first day on the job.

Softball earns first sweep of season

Muskingum College ended John Carroll University’s three game winning streak, but the two losses to the Fighting Muskies wasn’t all bad for JCU’s softball team.

Two in the Box: Living the suite life

My Easter break afforded me a rare opportunity. I scored a suite ticket to a Buffalo Bandits indoor lacrosse game. However, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Softball continues see-saw season

So far the 2007 softball season for John Carroll University has been a tale of two teams. JCU either gives a dominating performance or drops narrow losses. JCU spent their spring break trip to Florida flip-flopping wins and losses, and the streak continued this Sunday as JCU faced Kenyon College.

Two in the Box: Art of the hockey fight

In light of the recent Buffalo Sabres-Ottawa Senators series, I’ve been contemplating fighting in the NHL. A lot of people misunderstand fighting and ice hockey. Regardless of the fact that the NHL has dropped out of the limelight, there seems to be a lot of support for the NHL on the campus of John Carroll…

Wrestling takes third at OAC’s

Regardless of lack of inexperience, the John Carroll University wrestling team battled to a third place finish at the OAC wrestling championships this weekend. Entering the tournament, only junior Adam Pizzurro and senior Ryan Summers had ever wrestled their way to a conference final. By the end of their tournament JCU had three more wrestlers that had made championship match appearances.

Two in the Box: True athletics

All year long the sports media, particularly the king corrupter, ESPN, pump sports fans full of mostly useless information about sports that we, as fans, love. I warn any baseball fan because in the next few weeks the talking skeleton, Peter Gammons, will be providing useless prognostication for a season that won’t end until there is snow on the ground, again.

Dynasty hopes to carry on

Every OAC school fears late February because there is a wall of banners in the Johnson Natatorium that tells them to fear John Carroll University come OAC tournament time.

Make SUPB the thing to do

I have to say that after two and a half years on campus all SUPB has done for me is hook me up with a few free T-shirts. It has not been my “something to do."