Articles by Dale Armbruster

Columns: Senior column

In 18 days, my time at John Carroll will end. It was the longest and most sleepless four years of my life. After countless hours of work and school-induced stress, my hairline will never forgive me.   But you know what? I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world, because I’ve lived a…

Hello friends: A Masters Preview

  The best weekend in spring is upon us. Welcome to Masters week, everyone.   Golf’s most beloved event will tee off Thursday with considerable intrigue. For the first time since 1994, Tiger Woods will not participate in the Masters. Welcome to the new wide-open era of golf.   Twenty different players have won the…

Columns: A better campus starts with you

Pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Brace yourself, because this might be a shock to your delicate system that never hears this. You are not that important. How do I know this? Well, if you’re reading this column, you’re most likely a John Carroll student; which lately seems to make you among…

Blue Streaks off to historic conference start

  The John Carroll University baseball team played eight games in six days to start their season. In the three weeks since, the squad has only played six games.   The good news: their post-Florida record is still perfect.   After a hard fought 4-1 win against Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, March 27, the…

Season recap: Women’s basketball caps off historic season with NCAA win

After a tumultuous offseason, the John Carroll University women’s basketball program entered the 2013-14 season with a laundry list of questions that needed to be answered.   What style would new head coach Kelly Morrone bring to the team? Would the veterans on the roster buy in to her message?   The Blue Streaks answered…

Leous buries four goals in win over St. Vincent as JCU stays perfect at home

The young roster of the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team had worked to a near perfect record through their first five games. Returning home Saturday, March 15 they once again did not disappoint.   Freshman Stephen Leous recorded his fourth hat trick of the season as JCU held on for an 11-9 victory over…

Netflix binge-watching list

  If spending hundreds of dollars in a tropical location is not your thing, chances are you’ll be sitting at home over spring break. Never fear, Netflix can be your best friend during an inexpensive spring break. Here are some great shows to binge on while you feed your television addiction on your week off.…

Blue Streaks clinch first OAC title in program history

  Sometimes a historic athletic achievement cannot be properly celebrated due to the circumstances surrounding it.   While most headlines may show that the John Carroll University women’s basketball team is the second seed in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, one fact is undeniable:   For the first time in 44 years, they are champions.…

Plain Daler: It’s Game Day, JCU

    One of John Carroll’s athletic teams just won their first conference title in program history, and yet, I’m not happy.   I know what you’re thinking: Is he insane? What is his problem?   To be blunt, JCU, you are the problem.   The women’s basketball team ripped a nearly half-century old monkey…

Spahar rewrites record book with historic effort in 2013-14

  The veteran forward snatched the pass from her long-time running mate, turned and let the ball fly from the free-throw line.   The ball passed through the bottom of the net, and with it, a scoring record was toppled.   That shot with 3:19 remaining in the second half against Marietta College put senior…

Men’s lacrosse beats Concordia 9-7 in first game in program history

    History was made Saturday afternoon as the John Carroll University men’s varsity lacrosse team debuted after nearly 17 months of development and work.   The young Blue Streaks struck early blows and rode freshman Keegan Flinter’s late goal to defeat the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons, 9-7, at Don Shula Stadium.   Despite the…

Wrestling middleweights battle, but JCU falls to Baldwin Wallace, 29-11

  Rivalries were renewed Tuesday night when Baldwin Wallace University visited the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center for a wrestling dual meet.   Despite strong efforts from its middleweight wrestlers, John Carroll University fell to the Yellow Jackets, 29-11.   It was the third consecutive home loss for JCU, following late collapses against the University of…

Dominant women’s basketball beats Capital, remains atop OAC

  With the first conference title in program history in their sights, every remaining game for the John Carroll University women’s basketball team is vital.   On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Blue Streaks struck a blow against Capital University, a major Ohio Athletic Conference rival. Senior Missy Spahar scored 18 points and racked up 12…

CN Sports Roundtable: The Super Bowl

The moment everyone has been waiting two weeks for is almost here. The annual most-watched sporting event, the Super Bowl, is upon us. A rich tradition filled with heroes and goats, the game is bigger than any one man.   There will be a lot on the line for both teams. Can Peyton Manning solidify…

Dolciato moves on after 24 years with football program

The winds of change have hit the John Carroll football team for the second consecutive season.   Associate head coach and senior offensive coordinator Ron Dolciato is leaving the program after 24 years as an assistant for the Blue Streaks. He has accepted the head coaching position at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.  …

Mount Union’s late comeback downs JCU wrestling

The calendar turned to 2014 nearly a month ago, but the John Carroll University wrestling team had not hit the mats yet in the new year.   The young Blue Streaks fought hard, but lost a winner-take-all match in overtime to No. 11 University of Mount Union, who took the dual meet by a final…

The Plain Daler: How I met my hockey team

If you know me well, hockey has never been my thing. I’m a Clevelander. I live for the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. I didn’t grow up with a hockey team. The Lumberjacks were fun, and I enjoy the Monsters, but I never really paid too much attention to either team.   This year, something changed.…

‘Smaug’ takes ‘Hobbit’ series to the next level

“You certainly have changed, Bilbo Baggins.” Those words by Gandalf the Grey accurately describe the second installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy. As “The Desolation of Smaug” opens, director Peter Jackson gives a positively Hitchcockian wink to the crowd as he walks out of a bar in Bree, gnawing on a piece of meat. The scene…

No. 24 Blue Streaks stifle Cardinals, capture 28-0 Homecoming win

In recent years, the crowds at Don Shula Stadium shrunk as John Carroll University’s football team underwent a rebuilding phase. But after two dominating wins on the road to start the season, the Blue Streaks had a chance to make an impression in front of over 3,100 fans on Saturday evening. They did not disappoint.…

Defense crushes Yellow Jackets in Gold Bowl win

Over the years, football has evolved into a high-scoring sport dominated by the passing game. On Saturday night, John Carroll University turned back the clock. Senior DaQuan Grobsmith rushed for 115 yards and the Blue Streaks defense forced three turnovers in a 27-7 victory over the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets in Berea, Ohio on…

Plain Daler: A Lasting Impact

This past Tuesday, I was reading The New York Times online and a headline caught my eye. The question: will I let my son play football? Immediately, as if by reflex, my right shoulder sent a tiny shooting pain all the way down to my fingers. Former New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott…

JCU baseball enjoys home stretch, wins three of four

When the John Carroll baseball team worked out in the offseason, head coach Marc Thibeault unveiled a new philosophy: his team would be accountable, blue-collar, competitive, relentless and tough. Midway through April, that philosophy seems to be taking hold. The Blue Streaks split a doubleheader with the Mount Union Purple Raiders on Friday, April 12…

Blue Streaks bounced early; Otterbein ousts JCU men, 82-74

With his sleeves rolled up and his tie long forgotten on the bench, Mike Moran walked off the floor at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center for the last time this season. It certainly could not have been the way that the longtime men’s basketball coach saw his 21st season ending, but the darkest year in…

JCU men stumble on the road against the Quakers

In late season situations, teams often rely on their veteran players to lead the team down the stretch. On Saturday afternoon, a group of underclassmen carried the weight for the men’s basketball team. Sophomore David Hendrickson scored 15 points off the bench, but it was not enough, as John Carroll fell to the Wilmington Quakers,…

JCU braves blizzard, but freezes against Capital

Late season road trips are usually difficult enough for basketball teams. Introduce a blizzard and a home team with momentum into the mix, and the circumstances change considerably. Freshman Danny Wallack scored 16 points, but it was not enough, as the John Carroll men’s basketball team fell to Capital University (15-6, 12-2 OAC), 82-61, in…