Articles by Tim Ertle

Tim's Turn: NBA? No Thanks.

I’m still bitter LeBron James left Cleveland, but after watching the NCAA Tournament the past few weeks, I care less and less about his departure. Quite frankly, I had to be reminded early last week that James and the Miami Heat were coming to Cleveland.
I went to the Cavs/Heat game at Quicken Loans Arena…

Blue Streaks News and Notes

Women’s Basketball
After earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors for the fourth consecutive year, Blue Streak senior Lee Jennings earned national recognition last week as she was named to a pair of All-America teams. named Jennings a first team All-American, making her the first player in program history to earn that honor. Additionally, she was…

Softball team on a mission to defend OAC crown

After going 10-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference during the 2010 regular season, no one gave the John Carroll University softball team much of a chance to do some damage in the conference tournament as the third seed.
JCU was 2-4 against the other three teams in the postseason tournament, but coach Erin Brooks’ team…

Tim's Turn: The coolest thing

While taking in the NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena this past weekend, the guy behind me said the event was “the coolest thing he had ever seen in sports.”
I got to thinking what the coolest thing was that I’ve ever witnessed, and I realized I’ve been fortunate enough to see some pretty cool…

Wrestling team takes fifth at Ohio Athletic Conference Championships

The John Carroll University wrestling team wrapped up the 2010-11 season on Saturday, placing fifth in the seven-team field at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
The University of Mount Union  claimed five individual champions en route to capturing the team title. The Purple Raiders victory ended a…

Women’s basketball lives another day

When the John Carroll University women’s basketball team knocked off Baldwin-Wallace College in the quarterfinal round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night, few should have been surprised.
After all, the Blue Streaks went on the road and beat B-W in Berea, Ohio on Feb. 9.
But to do it a second time,…

After All-Ohio Championships, indoor track and field team ready to put it to the test against OAC best

The John Carroll University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships this upcoming weekend and they aim to end the season by winning the conference tournament.
The OAC Championships will be hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. The competition will begin on Friday, Feb. 25…

OAC Swimming and Diving Preview

John Carroll swimming head coach Matt Lenhart knows how Ohio Northern University’s coaching staff feels – he’s been there before. The Polar Bears have dominated the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in recent years, winning the last five team titles on the men’s side and back-to-back women’s titles.
Lenhart admits both will be tough to beat…

Tim's Turn: I’m psyched … and in the minority.

When you live in a town where the most recent NFL season ended shortly after it started, and the NBA team gives you next to nothing to celebrate – except for finally ending the longest losing streak in the history of the league – you have to look around for positives.
For me, that means…

Tim's Turn: It surely happened

Shortly after Auburn University defeated the University of Oregon to win the BCS National Championship, ESPN’s Bill Simmons tweeted, “Congrats to Auburn for winning the 2011 title. And congrats in advance to Oregon for winning it retroactively in 2013.”
Auburn was led by Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton, the do-it-all quarterback who was ruled ineligible…

Wrestling team preparing for Florida training trip

By Claire Olderman
This past Saturday, 17 members of the John Carroll University wrestling team attended the 45th annual Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Invitational and came away with better results than a year ago – a sign that the young Blue Streak team is maturing and making strides toward becoming the team they aspire…

Tim's Turn: Starting salaries need to slow down

Like most seniors, I have one eye on making sure I do everything I need to graduate and one eye toward what’s next, whether it be graduate school or going out and finding a job.
If I decide to go look for employment, I often wonder what kind of money I have the potential to…

JCU football team drops heartbreaker to Heidelberg

Great offensive numbers plus bad defensive numbers equals an awful lot of points. That formula appeared to fit last Saturday’s game to a tee when the Blue Streaks took on the Student Princes of Heidelberg University.
In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of combined offense and ten touchdowns, it was ironic that…

Ross has high expectations for himself, JCU football program

John Carroll fifth-year senior Frank Ross came to John Carroll University in the fall of 2006 as a self-proclaimed “scrambling quarterback who was a good athlete, but had only a decent arm.”
Calling himself a “good athlete” seems to be selling himself short. Good athletes don’t break school records as Ross has done. 
After switching…

Tim's Turn: Race has nothing to do with it whatsoever

I was just getting over LeBron James leaving Cleveland and taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. 
Tomorrow will be the three-month anniversary (but who’s counting?) of that fateful day when he made his decision on national television to join the Heat. 
But just when I was starting to move…

Tim's Turn: NCAA has it all backwards

Just a few weeks ago, University of Florida football player Chris Rainey became the 27th football player in the past six seasons to get arrested. 
Rainey was charged with aggravated stalking after he sent a girlfriend a text message that, when cleaned up for print, read “Time to die.”
When police arrived, he told his…

Tim's Turn: I’ve reached the breaking point

I love the Cleveland Browns. I can’t say that enough or with enough enthusiasm. It’s sickening how much I love them. 
I love them. I love them. I love them. You get the point.
But it’s getting to be quite clear that they don’t love me back and it’s getting old.
Every Sunday it’s the…

Blue Streak men’s and women’s soccer round-up

 The John Carroll women’s soccer team has one goal in mind: improve upon their semifinal exit in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament from a year ago.  
The Blue Streaks totaled a 3-8-1 record a year ago in non-conference play before going 6-2-1 to finish the season.
The women are well on their way to…

Blue Streaks women’s soccer protects home turf at Carroll Classic

After an 0-3 start to their 2010 season, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team got in the win column twice over the weekend.
The Blue Streaks defeated Grove City College by a score of 2-0 on Sept. 10 in game one of the 2010 Carroll Classic. They then knocked off Oberlin College on Sept.…

John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekly round-up

Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team, participating in their second race of the young season, took third of six participating teams at the Ric Sayre Invitational.
Three Blue Streaks finished in the individual top 11 to propel the team to their finish.
Junior Jake Smith finished fifth overall with a time of 26:33.06,…

Tim's Turn: Make no mistake: This is a football town.

Three days from now, nearly everyone in Cleveland will gather around their television sets to watch the Browns battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – a battle of two teams that combined to win eight games last year.
On paper the Browns should win. That’s on paper though, and as I know quite well as a…

Football team drops season opener to Case

After nearly a quarter of a century, one of Cleveland’s biggest football rivalries was renewed last Saturday night at Case Field on Cleveland’s east side. 
John Carroll University kicked off the 2010 football season just down the road. In the end, the host Case Western Reserve University Spartans outlasted JCU, 30-13.
John Carroll (0-1, 0-0…

JCU Sports: Weekly Round-Up

Men’s Golf
After being considered one of the favorites for the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the John Carroll University men’s golf team finished in a tie for fifth place, 22 shots behind the top team from Otterbein College.
Of the five Blue Streaks that were competing, four fired a 79 on the first 18…

Baseball team still in race for tournament berth

By Jimmy Burry
The sun is about to set on the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season for the John Carroll University baseball team, but the conference tournament is on the horizon. The Blue Streaks currently sit in third place and are in line to be one of the four teams that qualify for the postseason…

Tim's Turn: It would mean everything.

My family is in the process of moving, so I went home Sunday afternoon to help out with some projects around the house before we put our house up for sale. 
As I was painting, I had the television on in the background and they interrupted regularly scheduled programming to broadcast LeBron James receiving his…