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Columns: Senior Column

How am I supposed to summarize the last four years of my collegiate career in just one column? Truth is, I can’t. And that’s part of what makes writing this final column so difficult.   As I sit down to write this column – the last column I’ll write for who knows how long –…

Mentz's Minute: This is goodbye

Truth be told, I don’t know how to start this column. I’ve written dozens and dozens of columns before, most of which have been about sports. But this column is different, and I know exactly why: it’s the last column I’ll ever write as editor in chief of The Carroll News.   I started writing…

Blue Streaks open season with loss to CWRU, split with Allegheny

  While waiting for frozen baseball fields to thaw out in Ohio, the John Carroll University baseball team opened their 2014 season on the road in Beckley, W.Va. this past weekend. The Blue Streaks fell to Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Feb. 21 before splitting a doubleheader with Allegheny College on Saturday to start…

Mentz's Minute: Collins, Sam setting precedent

Last February, few people knew who Jason Collins and Michael Sam were. And frankly, no one cared.   After all, at the time, Collins was a bench player for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and Sam had just completed his junior season of football at the University of Missouri. Both were athletes, one professional and one…

Mentz's Minute: Thanking the Captain

In the entire history of the sport of baseball, there have been hundreds of thousands of talented, unique players. Therefore, standing out among the rest of the competition isn’t exactly an easy thing to do, yet that’s exactly what Derek Jeter has done for nearly two decades now – and for all the right reasons.…

Mentz's Minute: Cleveland, we have a problem

As recently as three months ago, there was optimism in the Cleveland air surrounding the Cavaliers, their playoff chances in the 2013-14 season and perhaps even the idea of LeBron James returning home in the summer of 2014.   Fast-forward to present day, and that optimism has been buried by snow, frozen over and completely…

Columns: The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

Come one, come all – and welcome to the 2014 Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes. For the price of roughly $120 million, give or take, your baseball team can have its very own Tanaka. I know what most of you are thinking: What/who in the name of Zeus is Masahiro Tanaka? Let me explain. Masahiro Tanaka is…

Mentz's Minute: No Fun League strikes again

From the beginning of September through early February, almost every single Sunday is highlighted by a full slate of NFL action. With each NFL game comes a unique gameday experience, and that experience begins as soon as you arrive on site of the home stadium. Tailgating is an essential part of the gameday experience; anyone…

Columns: Making the case for Manning

When it comes to debating sports, one of the more popular and overdone questions is, “Who’s the best quarterback in NFL history?” Ask a group of people for their opinions and you’re bound to get answers ranging from Joe Montana to John Elway to Johnny Unitas to Tom Brady. Dan Marino? Maybe. Brett Favre? You…

Mentz's Minute: Notes and tidbits from the 2013 MLB season

  “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, then you’re in bad company,” French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said. I’m not going to pretend that I ever read any of Sartre’s work (except what I was assigned for class, of course). But, as baffling as philosophy is to me as a whole, I’ve got to admit that…

Mentz's Minute: Say it ain’t so, Mo

The old adage goes, “all good things come to an end,” and that’s certainly the case for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old Yankees pitcher is just days away from his final pitch in pinstripes, as he announced before the 2013 season began that this season would, in fact, be his last. In…

Mentz's Minute: Johnny Football and the giant media-stalk

Odds are that if you’ve ever watched an episode of SportsCenter in your life, you’re more than familiar with some of the following names: Tim Tebow, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and now, Johnny (Football) Manziel. As quarterback of one of college football’s best teams, Texas A&M, it’s understandable that Manziel would receive some attention (and…

Mentz's Minute: The final chapter

Hello, hello. It’s been a while since I’ve done this; so, in the words of DJ Kool, let me clear my throat, y’all. Now, in the words of Ari Gold, lets get down to business. Finally, in my own words, let me say this much: It’s great to be back in Cleveland, a city that…

Mentz's Minute: Thank you, Jason Collins

On April 15, 1947, a 28-year-old Jackie Robinson sent shockwaves around the world by breaking racial barriers and becoming the first African-American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues. Sixty six years later on Monday, April 29, Jason Collins of the NBA’s Washington Wizards broke down yet another controversial cultural barrier. Unlike Robinson, Collins…

Father Niehoff discusses the future of JCU

John Carroll University’s president, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. was the special guest at the Student Union meeting on Tuesday, April 23. He spoke about the successes of the past school year, and what he is looking forward to for John Carroll University’s future. The Carroll News also sat down with Niehoff to catch up…

Konsler walk-off single ensures series split with Marietta

When the John Carroll University baseball team suited up to take on the visiting Marietta Pioneers on Sunday, April 21, the Blue Streaks knew that the task in front of them was far from simple. After all, the Pioneers were the defending back-to-back Division III National Champions and had a combined record of 115-19 over…

Mentz's Minute: With Mike Brown at the helm, what’s next for Cavs?

When Byron Scott was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 18, the Cavs’ upward climb from cellar dweller to eventual title contender was immediately put on pause. What once seemed like an incredibly bright future for the Cavs was now suddenly in question, as this young and upcoming team momentarily had…

Mentz's Minute: Cherishing the gift

As a sports guy, I was originally planning on writing this column about Kyrie Irving and the future Cleveland Cavaliers. But, as we’ve all learned by now, life doesn’t always go as planned. And life sure as hell didn’t go as planned for the runners who competed in the Boston Marathon this past Monday, April…

Track and field teams impress at Homon Invitational as tune-up

Men’s Track and Field [Written by Gabriella Kreuz] The men’s track and field team is showered with talented runners and jumpers who often bask in the most glory due to their high scoring. But this weekend at Mount Union’s John Homon Invitational meet, it was the throwers who came out and put on the show.…

JCU baseball dominates Wilmington in doubleheader

The John Carroll University baseball team put together an impressive weekend on the road, as they swept the host Wilmington Quakers in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 6. The Blue Streaks used a late three-run rally to win the first game 5-3 before manhandling the Quakers in game two by a final…

Mentz’s Minute: Go back to your roots, baseball

If you know me at all, you know this: I’m obsessed with baseball. I started playing the game at the age of five, and now I coach my local 18U team back in my hometown of Fairport, N.Y. To put it simply, my entire life has been surrounded by the sport, and it is, in…

JCU Track and Field squads impressive in North Carolina

Men’s Track and Field [Written by Haley Turner] The first meet of the outdoor season proved to be a great starting point for the men’s track and field team. The men traveled to sunny Charlotte, N.C. for the UNC-Charlotte 49ers Classic. Despite being a Divison III school, the Blue Streaks held their own against some…

Blue Streaks baseball goes 2-1 on weekend road trip

The John Carroll University baseball team has become accustomed to life away from home, and considering each of their first 22 games this season takes place on the road, the Blue Streaks have had to learn how to win all over again. The Blue and Gold continued their early season road trip this past weekend,…

OurView: Life and it’s unexpected ways

Growing up, every kid aspires to be something great. Everyone knows the typical desires – some of us want to be firemen, some of us doctors, some of us astronauts. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a professional baseball player. I had dreams at night of playing center field…

Mentz’s Minute: Embrace the inevitable: Baseball season is back

At the close of every baseball season, I take some time to brace for the upcoming winter weather. Like most people, I can’t stand winter weather. I hate it. Despise it. Having grown up in Rochester and attended school in Cleveland, it’s safe to say that I’ve dealt with more than enough New York and…