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Wrestling continues early season surge with strong performance at Trine Invitational

 
The John Carroll University wrestling team, along with 10 other teams, traveled to Angola, Indiana to take part in the Trine Invitaional on Saturday, Nov. 15.
 
Six Blue Streaks fought their way to titles, while four placed in their individual weight classes.
 
Junior Dan Mirman, competing in the 149 pound weight class,…

JCU heroics kick season off on winning note thanks to clutch play

 
At the Nan Nichols Classic at the College of Wooster, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team came out in fantastic fashion. The Blue Streaks beat Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Nov. 15, 58-57, and defeated Adrian College 74-71 on Sunday, Nov. 16.
 
Just when JCU’s opponents thought they only had one more year…

Blue Streaks split first two games of season in Raddisson/PNC Invitational

 
 
The road back to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship for John Carroll University’s men’s basketball team began in Scranton, Pennslyvania in the Radisson/PNC Invitational with a contest against Alvernia University on Saturday, Nov. 15. In the team’s second all-time meeting with the Crusaders, the Blue and Gold dropped their first contest of the…

After close loss to Mount Union, JCU is tournament bound

 
For the 25th straight year, the Ohio Athletic Conference title belongs to the University of Mount Union.
 
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the John Carroll University football team fell to the Purple Raiders, 31-24, after time ran out when the Blue Streaks spiked the ball with under three seconds left –– an illegal play…

Blue Streak pride

 
In writing this column a few hours after the John Carroll vs. Mount Union football game, I’m still full of anger, frustration, disbelief—the list goes on. 
 
And keep in mind, I am just one of the radio broadcasters for WJCU, so I can only imagine how the team feels after this loss.
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JCU vs. Centre College: NCAA Division III Tournament first round preview

The John Carroll University football team hosts an opening round NCAA Tournament game for the second consecutive year on Saturday, Nov. 22 at noon at Don Shula Stadium.
 
In last year’s contest, the Blue Streaks fell to St. John Fisher College, 25-16, in a game in which weather played a huge factor.
 
This…

JCU cross country teams qualify three runners for Nationals

Women’s Cross Country
 
The majority of the John Carroll University women’s cross country team concluded its season with a solid eighth place finish (235 points) amongst 35 teams that competed at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championship Meet this on Saturday,  Nov. 15.
 
The seven runners representing JCU did…

Blue Streaks perform flawlessly in a perfect weekend with two home victories

 
Women’s Swimming
 
Continuing its early season success, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and 3-1 overall, this past weekend. A dominating 132-54 win over Defiance College on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the William H. Johnson Natatorium reflected the team’s continued improvement.
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Volkmann earns 300th win to kick off 2014 season

 
 
The Bob Del Rosa Duals presented the John Carroll University wrestling team with an interesting situation to open up the 2014-2015 season. The duals started the final year for head coach Kerry Volkmann, who announced his 28th year will be his last, and kicked off a season with high expectations.
 
After beating St.…

JCU falls short in season-ending loss to Heidelberg

 
The John Carroll University men’s soccer team needed to win the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game against the Heidelberg University to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
 
Despite the 5-4 loss on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Blue Streaks hoped for an at-large bid to be a part of the NCAA Tournament.…

John Carroll vs. Mount Union preview

 
 
The John Carroll University football program hasn’t even earned a share of an Ohio Athletic Conference title since 1994. Every year since then, the University of Mount Union has the title of conference champion.
 
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Blue Streaks will attempt to unseat the 25-time conference champion Purple Raiders.
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Cleveland Indians’ offseason outlook

 
 
 
After the 2014 campaign ended with an 85-77 record, the Cleveland Indians have a lot to be optimistic about, despite ultimately failing to reach the playoffs.
 
The 2014 season saw breakout performances from pitcher Corey Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley, who are candidates for the American League Cy Young award…

Blowout victory over Otterbein conference championship next week

 
 
The Blue Streaks sent their seniors off in emphatic fashion with a resounding 66-13 win over Otterbein University to earn a 9-0 record on Saturday, Nov. 8. Now, they are getting ready for a top-10 showdown against rival the University of Mount Union.
 
Even more impressively, JCU has outscored its opponents 348-34…

Upside down NFL

What is going on in the NFL?

I looked up at the standings on Monday morning and found that the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions are both in first place.
 
That must be a misprint. The  Browns haven’t won a division since 1989 when they were in the now nonexistent AFC Central, and…

Akerly saves day with late goal on senior night

 
 
Heading into the bout on Saturday, Oct. 25 against Capital University, the Blue Streaks and the Crusaders were in the midst of a heated battle for fourth place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
 
The two teams proved to be evenly matched, as they played 109 minutes of back and forth soccer. Then,…

Blue Streaks earn 20th victory of season in 5-set thriller

 
History has been made once more at John Carroll University.  The volleyball team notched its 20th win of the season against the Capital Crusaders on Saturday, winning in five hard-fought sets, 21-25, 28-26, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12.
 
While many of JCU’s recent matches have come down to the wire, JCU has gotten into the…

Swimming and Diving split with OAC champs ONU in season openers

Women’s Swimming
 
Ohio Northern University came into its season opener against John Carroll University at the Johnson Natatorium as the defending Ohio Athletic Conference Champions and with all the confidence in the world,  having beat JCU by nearly 100 points in last year’s meeting.
 
That didn’t faze the Blue Streaks, as the hosts…

JCU clinches first OAC regualr season title since 2005

Nine years have passed since the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champion has been the John Carroll University men’s soccer team. The wait is over.
 
In its last away conference game, JCU defeated Capital University, 3-2, to extend the team’s winning streak to 11. The Blue Streaks improved to a perfect 7-0 in the…

Special teams key in JCU’s 71-7 victory over Capital

 
Be it offense, defense or special teams, the John Carroll University football team dominated Capital University, defeating the Crusaders 71-7 at Don Shula Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25
 
The beginning was a repeat of the previous week, as senior Aramis Greenwood returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the second consecutive game,…

A game to remember

On Sunday, Nov. 2, Lauren Hill will play in her first and final collegiate basketball game.
 
As a standout high school basketball star, on her 18th birthday, Lauren said she wanted to “do something memorable.” So, she called the Mount St. Joseph University coaching staff, and officially committed.
 
While she was happy with…

The 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers: Can LeBron and Irving spread the Love?

 
The Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA Championship contenders once again.
 
Up until three months ago, if you had told somebody that, they probably would have laughed in your face.
 
Then, the Cavaliers lured LeBron James back to his hometown team and traded Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
 
The acquisitions…

Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What to look for

 
It’s hard to believe that week nine of the NFL season has arrived, but what is even harder to believe is that the Cleveland Browns are contenders. Yes, those Cleveland Browns.
 
The Browns (4-3) will have a chance to add to their success with the underwhelming Tampa Bay Buccaneers making a trip to…

Blue Streaks bounce back from loss with win over Wilmington

 
After a 3-1 loss to Otterbein University on  Tuesday, Oct. 7, the John Carroll University women’s soccer team responded on Saturday, Oct. 11 with a 2-1 win over Wilmington College.
 
The Blue Streaks, who had recently been defeated after a seven-game undefeated stretch, were placed in an uncomfortable position right off the  bat…

Blue Streaks fall to top two teams at Wittenberg Tri-Match

 
 
Three top teams faced off in Springfield, Ohio this weekend. Unfortunately, the John Carroll University volleyball team would fall to two of the top teams in the country.
 
The Blue Streaks battled, but ultimately fell in five matches to Washington and Lee University.  JCU would ultimately be swept by No. 5 Wittenberg…

JCU thwarts Wilmington College behind Potocnik’s hat trick

 
With Ohio Athletic Conference play in full swing for the John Carroll University men’s soccer team, each game becomes more important.
 
In JCU’s 24th all-time match up with the Wilmington College Fightin’ Quakers, the Blue Streaks improved to an impressive 10-3 record on the season, maintaining a perfect 3-0 mark in the OAC…