Sports

Relieved by the return

  Toward the end of the MLB season last year, I found myself not caring. I was legitimately ashamed. While I never really considered myself a huge fan of the NHL, I consider my fandom toward the NBA, NFL and MLB to be borderline die-hard. Yet, last season, that fandom faded quickly, and I began…

Two title winners highlights successful weekend for Blue Streaks

This weekend was unusually cold and snowy for April. These conditions made the John Homon meet at the University of Mount Union tougher than usual. What was originally planned to be a two-day competition stretched from Friday through Sunday.   The two titles earned for the Blue Streaks were collected by senior Emmy Jenkins and…

Bats come alive for JCU in big wins over Wilmington

After combining for 18 runs over their last seven games, the John Carroll University softball team exploded to score 16 runs in just two games against Wilmington College on Sunday, April 10. The Blue Streaks used some clutch, two-out hitting to add on some insurances runs, defeating the Fighting Quakers 9-3 in game one and…

Blue Streaks start OAC play on right foot

  The weather may have been unusual, but the offensive production for the John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team was at status quo.   A 19-4 routing of Wilmington College kicked off JCU’s Ohio Athletic Conference portion of the schedule.   The Blue Streaks traveled south to Wilmington, Ohio for the conference opener, escaping the…

JCU bounces back with big away victory

  Coming off back-to-back losses, the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team responded on Saturday, April 9, defeating Wilmington College, 18-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for the Blue Streaks.   JCU wasted no time in getting to work against Wilmington, outscoring the Fighting Quakers 5-0 in the first quarter.   After a nearly…

Blue Streaks bounce back with sweep over Polar Bears

  The John Carroll University baseball team entered their doubleheader against Ohio Northern University on Sunday, April 3, on the heels of a three-game losing stretch.   That losing streak was wiped out as JCU’s offense exploded in a 13-3 game one victory over ONU, followed immediately by a second victory, this time 2-0, over…

Wade’s walk-off hit highlights split with ONU

  Behind a walk-off double off the bat of senior Christine Wade, the John Carroll University softball team won game one of a doubleheader with Ohio Northern University. Although the Blue Streaks fell to the Polar Bears in the second game, 4-3, Wade’s walk-off was the moment to remember.   In game one, ONU scored…

Blue Streaks fall in close contest with Titans

  Two high-powered offenses squared off in Don Shula Stadium on Saturday in a matchup of the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team and Illinois Wesleyan University.   Expectations did not match the outcome.   The Blue Streaks’ defense put forth an outstanding effort, but the offense could not follow suit, leading to a 11-7…

JCU continues hot streak with big win

  There was no warm welcome for Southwestern University when they made the 1,400 mile trip to University Heights, Ohio. In a brisk night match-up on Friday, April 1, John Carroll University exploded to an 18-8 win over the Pirates.   Sophomore Gina Vilsack and freshman Jillian Millard led the way for the Blue Streaks…

The Tournament returns

Anybody who talks to me at all during the months of April-July probably knows about “The Basketball Tournament.” Now in its third year, “TBT” is a winner-take-all basketball tournament that is open to literally anybody. Two friends of mine and myself joined TBT in 2014 when the field was just 32 teams and the grand…

Blue Streaks falter as Spartans sweep three-game set

  Following a 5-3 start to the season in Florida, the John Carroll University baseball team has lost four straight games, including three losses in a row to Manchester University this past weekend.   The Blue and Gold hit the road on Friday, March 11, bound for Kokomo, Indiana for a three-game series against the…

My final four

Today is the day. The NCAA Tournament has officially started.   Sure, we’ve had some fun these past two days with what the NCAA wants us to call the “first round,” but the real games begin today. Over the next four days, 48 games will be played, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yet, despite…

Narrow defeat lengthens losing streak

On Saturday, March 12, the John Carroll University men’s tennis team hosted Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The Yeomen narrowly defeated the Blue Streaks, 5-4.   First off was the doubles matchups. The two person team of sophomores Dillon O’Brien and Scott Adsit suffered one of two doubles losses on the day for the Blue…

Scoring outburst lifts JCU to bug win over Elmhurst

  Putting the ball in the net is a feat easier said than done. On a Saturday, March 12 afternoon contest with Elmhurst College, the John Carroll University Women’s Lacrosse team made it look easy.   The Blue Streaks offered a 21 goal offensive performance in the 21-5 victory over the Blue Jays from Elmhurst.…

Blue Streaks split weekend matches

The John Carroll University women’s tennis team took part in two contests over the course of two days last weekend. On Friday, March 11, the Blue Streaks dominated the College of Wooster, defeating the Fighting Scots, 9-0. JCU followed up that performance on Saturday, March 12 by losing to Oberlin College, 7-2.   On Friday’s…

Getting excited for MLS

I know the NBA and NHL are headed down the final stretch, and trust me, I’m excited as could be, but I’ve got my eyes set on the MLS.   The Major League Soccer season kicks off on March 6 with a replay of the MLS Cup last season. The Columbus Crew will face off…

Blue Streaks handle Fighting Muskies, rally past Crusaders

    A frustrating late season 3-game losing streak nearly spoiled 21 straight wins for the John Carroll University men’s basketball team.   Then, senior Simon Kucharewicz took control.   Guided by a double-double by the Midpark High School graduate, the Blue Streaks ended the regular season with a 99-76 victory over Muskingum University on…

Broken records highlight long weekend

The three-day Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships produced a third place overall finish for the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team.   The University of Akron’s Onacek Natatorium was the venue for the 2016 OAC Championships that featured seven different programs from around the conference.   On Thursday, Feb. 18, JCU…

JCU’s season comes to an end with first round loss

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team was on a high after beating Muskingum University in the final seconds on a jumper by sophomore Shmoo Pryor.   With the win over Muskingum in the squad’s final regular season game, JCU earned the right to host a first round game in the…

JCU ends season with second place finish

The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete for three days at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend. A second place finish for the team and a first place recognition as the OAC Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year for head coach Mark Fino…

JCU bounces back with close win over Marietta

  After scoring just nine points in the first quarter, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team battled back on Saturday, Feb. 13 to outscore Marietta University by 10 points over the final three quarters, going on to earn a 57-56 victory over the Pioneers.   Marietta dictated the scoring early, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to…

JCU places 11th against tough competition

  The John Carroll University women’s track and field team earned 32 total points at the All-Ohio Championships in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 13, placing 11 out of 17 teams.   For the Blue Streaks, the highlight of the day came during the 4 x 400. Juniors Joy Nyaanga and Sara Martinko, sophomore Noelle…

Blue Streaks place well at All-Ohio meet

  Despite no individual Blue Streaks earning a first place finish, a strong showing overall from the John Carroll University men’s track and field team resulted in a sixth place finish at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.   Although there were no first place finishes, plenty of…

The NBA gets it right

On the Sunday night between the AFC and NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl,  the two contests competing against each other on the television sets of most fans were the NHL All-Star games and the Pro Bowl.   I wrote my column the following Monday and which game had won my favor (the NHL…

Blue Streaks lose second straight in away bout with Pioneers

  One year ago, the John Carroll University men’s basketball team knocked off Marietta College, the previous top dog in the Ohio Athletic Conference, at home in a thrilling win.   On Saturday, Feb. 13, the opposite outcome happened.   Playing in a hostile environment on the road, the No. 3 Blue Streaks succumbed to…