Articles by Tim Ertle

Baseball team hovers towards top of OAC

By Brendan Gulick
The John Carroll University  baseball team has only known one formula this season – win under pressure. All season long, this persistent squad has risen to the occasion. Their most recent doubleheader against Mount Union College was certainly no exception.
In game one, the Blue Streaks answered offensively in the home half…

JCU golf teams partake in conference tournaments

Last year, the John Carroll University men’s golf team captured the Ohio Athletic Conference Fall Tournament title, as well as winning the conference’s spring invitational.
When it came time for the 2009 OAC Tournament, the one that has a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships on the line, the Blue Streaks crumbled.
After day…

Pitching duo has JCU in the OAC hunt

It always helps to have good pitching. The John Carroll University softball team learned that this week, as the team was the beneficiary of solid performances from sophomore Brittany Danilov and senior Sam Thompson.
JCU’s formidable one-two punch combined to shutout opponents in three consecutive games before slipping up in the second game of a…

Grades don’t matter

As we end the semester, many of us are worried about grades.
For those who are football fans, many are very concerned about a different grade: the ones that are handed out by NFL Draft “experts” after the completion of last week’s draft. Me? I couldn’t care less.
 I love the draft. As a Browns…

Softball fights for sixth straight win

Good times continue for the John Carroll University softball team as they have won six consecutive games.
They swept a pair of games with Muskingum College and Capital University this past week, with the two wins over Muskingum marking the first time JCU swept a doubleheader with their conference foe since 1990. 
Continuing their trend…

Tim's Turn: The pros and cons of being famous

I love the Cleveland Browns as much as anybody. Because of this, and I know “hate” is a strong word, I hate Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more than anybody.
He’s a heck of a football player and yeah, I wish he played for the Browns. He’s probably a tiny bit better than Jake Delhomme, fresh…

Softball team continues to find a way in close games

The John Carroll University softball team continued their season-long trend of playing in closely contested games this past week, going 3-1 in their four games which were decided by a combined four runs.
As if the extremely competitive games weren’t enough themselves, JCU had to do it against a pair of rivals: their cross-town and…

Baseball team goes 5-3 in Florida trip, scoring 67 runs in eight games

As is the annual tradition, the John Carroll University baseball team headed south over Spring Break to get out of the cold and play some ball.
The Blue Streaks went to Port Charlotte, Fla. to participate in the second Snowbird Baseball Classic and returned north with a record of 5-3.
JCU opened the season with…

Tim's Turn: Guys with the best seats in the house

How would you like to be Jim Nantz right now?
The 50-year-old Nantz is going to be extremely busy these next couple of weeks. He just finished broadcasting the Big Ten tournament on Sunday, and he will have little time to rest over the next couple of weeks.
Before you start to feel too bad…

Tim's Turn: Farewell, for now, Z

Let’s take a quick jog down memory lane, back to June of 1996. 
My hometown Cleveland Cavaliers have two picks in the first round of the NBA Draft this year, having acquired the Washington Bullets’ first round selection in exchange for Mark Price. The Cavs are in rebuilding mode, but they own both the 12th…

Streaks are hot: six wins in a row

Payback sure is sweet.
This past week, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team avenged two losses from earlier in the Ohio Athletic Conference season, defeating both Mount Union College and Wilmington College.
With the wins, JCU improved to 11-3 in the OAC and moved into sole possession of first place, one game ahead of…

Tim's Turn: The Best Rivalry?

Last night, Duke and North Carolina met for the 228th time to compete in a friendly game of men’s basketball in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1920. The two teams meet twice a year, and if fans are lucky enough, they’ll face off a third time in the Atlantic Coast Conference…

Tim's Turn: It’s been a long road back

We often joke, especially those of us from Cleveland and Buffalo, that we have endured more than anyone should ever have to. We are referring to what we consider to be catastrophes. They even have names: The Drive. The Fumble. Game Seven. Wide Right. Hull in the crease. 
We call them catastrophes, but really they’re…

Winter Break round-up

 The John Carroll University wrestling team had a busy Winter Break, first traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to compete in the 2009 Citrus Open, hosted by Cardinal Gibbons High School. 
The Blue Streaks, paced by senior Ben Adams, finished fourth out of the twelve competing teams. Adams won the 184-pound bracket in convincing fashion,…

Tim's Turn: Coming up with my sports wish list

‘Tis the season for wish lists, so I composed my own sports wish list – things that would make my life as a fan so much better.
First and foremost, I wish we had a playoff system in place for college football.
The BCS dodged a major bullet on Saturday when Texas knocked off Nebraska…

Tim's Turn: One last go-around with ‘The Kid’

Of all the things that passed along the bottom ticker on ESPN last week, one thing in particular caught my eye: Ken Griffey Jr., who will celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday, is returning to the Seattle Mariners for his 22nd season.
It’s tough to believe that ‘The Kid’ is going to be 40, and…

JCU Sports: Weekly Round-Up

Men’s Soccer
Using a 2-0-2 stretch over their past four games, the John Carroll University men’s soccer team has moved themselves into fourth place in the conference standings.
After last night’s contest against Baldwin-Wallace College, only Saturday’s showdown with Muskingum College remains on the regular season schedule.
This past four-game stretch opened with back-to-back ties…

OurView: Take it from me, parents just don’t understand

People often joke about what people do to get their 15 minutes of fame – but this past week I saw a few stunts that went a bit too far. It’s one thing to embarrass yourself on one of those reality shows or do something so bizarre that it merits media coverage, but the new…

JCU Sports: Weekly Round-Up

Women’s Soccer
     The John Carroll University women’s soccer team could be headed back in the right direction after posting three straight wins this week in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
     After losing their previous four matches, JCU returned home for a two-game home stand seeking an offensive spark as OAC play heats up. 
    They opened the…

Tim's Turn: Enjoy this one

As we approach the start of another NBA season, people start to toss around the question “Which team has what it takes this year?” However, with this being the last year LeBron James is under contract in Cleveland, the question that seems to be asked most is “Will he stay or will he go?”

JCU sports weekly round-up

Men’s Soccer 
The John Carroll University men’s soccer team continues to get by, even with an all-star team on the injured list.
Junior goalkeeper Mike Telzrow has been superb since taking over for the injured Matt DeMarchi.
In six games started, Telzrow has allowed just four goals. A lot has to do with good defense…

JCU knocks off the ‘Berg

It was a total team effort this past Saturday night in Tiffin, Ohio as the Blue Streaks football team went on the road and knocked off Heidelberg University, 30-27, in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest.
Senior quarterback Jeff Javorek, fresh off a five-touchdown performance a week earlier against Baldwin-Wallace College, got the Blue Streaks on…

Tim's Turn: How shallow will we go?

Famed Ohio State University head football coach Woody Hayes used to operate under the adage that “you win with people,” suggesting that character and work ethic would eventually overtake pure talent.

Women’s golf season preview

So far:
The Blue Streaks began their season a week after the men’s team, and had pretty good success for such a young team.
In the two-day event, they were tied for sixth place in a ten-team field after the first round.
However, a rough day two dropped them back two slots to an eighth…

Women’s volleyball season preview

So far:
Coach Cally Plummer’s squad has jumped out to a 7-4 record to start their season. Not bad for a young team that is yet to play at home inside the DeCarlo Varsity Center.
They participated in the Elmhurst College Invitational and split their four matches.
This past weekend, they were victorious in three…