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ALEXANDRA KEMPER – Staff Writer

 

Prior to Thanksgiving break, the Swimming and Diving teams travelled to Selinsgrove, Pa. in a continuation of their Landmark Conference dual meet season.

Jenny Stein (’18) is becoming more and more valuable with each additional meet.

The young rookie took two individual victories and joined Monica Callaghan (’18) making Ranger history by showing their skills diving in for the first time at a collegiate pool.

Despite the loss, the Rangers showed enormous strength in their 114-71 dual meet loss at Susquehanna on the 22nd. Both Stein and Callaghan took the first-ever Ranger dives at the end of the Landmark Conference meet.

Callaghan scored an 88.20. Stein pulled a 255.45, setting the bar high for the earliest Ranger diving records.

Stein showed a great deal of stamina and pride against the Crusaders. Her dives were her final event of the meet after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:07.07 and the the 100-yard freestyle stopping the clock at 57.36.

Jordan Jessup (’17) also brought home a first place victory. Jessup finished the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.60, beating out the competition by only three-hundredths of a second.

The men’s team fell in a 111-74 contest against Susquehanna. Mike Smoliga (’16) finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and Sebastiano Pigazzi did the same in the 50-yard freestyle. Niklas Anderson followed suit in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

The Swimming and Diving teams will host the three-day Ranger Invitational Meet, which begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon, at the F.M. Kirby Pool before a competition hiatus until the new year.

 

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ALEXANDRA KEMPER – Staff Writer

 

The Drew University Women’s Basketball Team defeated the Centenary College Cyclones on Nov. 22, 71 to 57 on home court. Overall, the Rangers outshot the Cyclones from the free throw line 17-of-19 to 1-3, respectively.

Breanna Wilson (’15) contributed to the win with 15 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. Courtney Stephens (’16) also showed her skills with the team-high of 17 points, 11 of which were through foul shots. Ryan Jackson (’17) has become a major presence for the team, serving as a forward, she contributed 12 points and six rebounds.

Wilson led the Rangers to a comfortable lead early on in the game. At the same time, Jackson was putting together a career game. She took the Rangers to the half with 10 of their 30 points and five rebounds. Centenary had only managed 18.

That all changed when Centenary came out of the locker room with a determination beginning the second half with a 7-0 run.

This burst of energy was silenced by Hannah Miller (’16) when she sunk a three-pointer. Miller’s basket led Drew on their own 7-0 run which gave them a 37-25 lead over the Cyclones.

The Rangers were fired up when Courtney Trzasko (’17)  swished two straight 3-pointers followed by Wilson who added one of her own. That series saw the Rangers sink more baskets from deep than they did in all of the previous half. Five minutes left in the game and Drew was leading 61-50. Drew managed to hold their lead for the victory.

This past Wednesday evening the girls won their fourth straight game with an 80-54 victory over The United States Merchant Marine Academy in the Landmark Conference opener here at Drew.

Stephens led the way with her first double-double of the season and 10th of her career. She managed 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rangers now hold a 4-1 record overall and a 1-0 record in conference. Drew led coast-to-coast against the Mariners thanks to double-digit scoring efforts from Wilson, who brought in 19 points, and Jackson who added her career-high of 18 points. Miller also was a contributing factor with 15 points.

“We feel good because we’re improving every day,” said Head Coach Brittany Gaetano. “We’ve been getting quality minutes from a lot of different people, we’re playing team basketball, and we’re really focusing on our defense and the team is doing a great job with that.”

The Rangers won four straight games for the first time since starting last season with a 4-0 record. Gaetano’s team knows all about momentum and how it can affect their game positively, but it’s not necessarily all about the wins for these girls. It seems to be much more than that and the daily improvements are exactly what’s helped them achieve their record.

“We focus more on the way we play rather than the results,” Gaetano said. “We work hard each day and it’s nice to track our improvement.”

The Rangers got off to a quick start going up on the Mariners 11-4 in the first six minutes of the game forcing USMMA to take an early time-out. Getting back onto the court, the Mariners took their first basket but could not stop the Rangers from scoring. Michaela Keegan (’18) scored her first bucket from the baseline and Wilson helped the Rangers acquire a nine-point lead with only nine minutes left in the first half.

Drew entered the locker room with a 35-21 lead. Jackson once again showed everyone her skills, going 4-of-5 in field goals for eight points in the first half. The scoring in the first half was spread across five players, with Miller leading all scorers with 10 points.

The Mariners came back to the court ready to score and were actually able to take the first basket in the second half. On the next possession Miller picked up exactly where she left off by swishing a right side baseline three-pointer. Seconds later, Wilson followed suit with an elbow three-pointer.

With back and forth runs between the two teams, Jackson was able to collect two offensive rebounds in just the first five minutes of the second half. Trzasko netted her first basket of the game on a left baseline three-pointer. The Rangers didn’t give USMMA a chance as they continued to deliver, taking a 54-33 lead. With eight minutes left in the game Stephens collected her 10th rebound for her 10th career double-double. The Rangers continued to destroy the Marines and took another victory, making it look easy.

The Rangers begin a month-long, five-game away stint tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Goucher College.

 

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Kirby Clark – Sports Editor

 

In recent years, technological advancements have played a significant role in changing the way sports are played, particularly at the professional level.

The introduction of instant replay was designed to level the playing field and ensure fairness in the sports world and in the events during which it has been used.

In many instances of controversial calls that are sent to be replayed, replay is used to determine matters like a ball being in or out.

The usage of instant replay, however, can result in unfavorable results in instances where it is used to confirm or dispute calls that are not so easy to measure and that focus more on subjective rule interpretation.

The use of instant replay has changed sports at the professional level to such a great extent that in many cases, it, along with other rule changes over the years, has changed sports from their early roots.

Replay technology was first introduced as part of media broadcasts of sporting events in 1955 when Hockey Night in Canada was broadcast on CBC Television. A “wet-film” (kinescope) replay was used and shown seven minutes after the initial play.

Videotape was first used in replay in 1956, despite its inability to replay film instantly or with slow motion or freeze-frames, and its difficulty to rewind.

Instant replay has now become the norm, and a crucial part of rules across many sports, however, due to its high equipment cost, it is usually used only at the highest tiers of sport.

The introduction of instant replay has changed the certainty and definition of rules. In the past, for example, if a referee says a tackle is illegal in football and a coach disagrees, the coach could argue the call, but usually without success because there was no way to review the play. Thus, the game moved on regardless of whether or not the right call was made.

Now, endless review can be conducted and the play can be analyzed and reanalyzed to ensure the call was made correctly. As a result of the increased level of scrutiny and analysis that can be done to plays in all sports, the rules created by sports governing bodies have had to be adapted to interpret calls in more situations because calls can so easily be revisited.

When a call is disputed, it requires all aspects of the rules of the game to be reviewed in the context of that specific play, which has over time forced the rules to become more and more specific and leave less and less room for the referee to interpret what occurred during the play.While replays are certainly beneficial to upholding standards and integrity in the way sports are played, they have added significant delay to many contests. Replays that can be watched over and over again by referees, officials and umpires cause major delays in the game.

These delays aren’t making the game slower, but they are adding significant amounts of dead time, particularly in live viewing.

In response to these downfalls, many critics of instant replay now say referees should be able to watch footage of plays only once or twice. By making this change, it will allow for blatantly wrong calls to be reviewed, but not to allow the same amount of debate over how rules are interpreted. If a call is definitely wrong, it will be seen and changed. In other instances, limited replays will prevent unnecessary scrutiny over controversial calls.

In theory, the role of replay in sports is indicative of the constant struggle between using technology as an assistive tool and used so much that it becomes a hindrance to the game.

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ALEXANDRA KEMPER – Staff Writer

 

 

The Drew University men’s basketball team has seen a lot of action over the last two weeks. On Nov. 22, the guys outshot, outrebounded and dominated Vassar College 80-60. This was the first Ranger victory over the Brewers’ for men’s basketball since 1991.

Kevin Herring II (’16) led the pack with 20 points, nine of which resulted from three-pointers. Ozan Yucetepe (’16) was a close second with 19 as his career-high, and captain Mike Klinger (’16) followed up with another double-digit 17 points. The Rangers had 40 rebounds to Vassar’s 30 and held control over the game.

Jason Huelbig (’16) set the pace offensively and took his only net of the game by running baseline, taking contact with a spin and still taking the basket, despite a foul. He then took seven rebounds throughout the game. Drew opened fast with a 16-2 lead right off the bat.

Drew entered the half leading 42-30.When they emerged from the locker rooms, Vassar decided it was time to play real basketball. No more careless fouls and sloppy plays. This was a different team.

The team immediately began to rebound from their halftime deficit and place offensive pressure on the Rangers. Yucetepe and an opposing forward had been battling ever since the early technical. The two got physical in the post and Yucetepe kept on him until he snatched the ball away, turned and netted a floater for two.

Vassar would never quite overcome the 16-2 run that kicked off the game despite their improved performance in the second half. Drew finished the game with another straight run taking their third straight victory by 20 points.

The boys were not so lucky when they faced off against King’s College in Pennsylvania on Nov. 25. They lost 74-59 in a non-conference game.

This time it was Huelbig leading the team with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Unfortunately, Drew’s unusually low shooting percentages from the floor, beyond the arc and from the free throw line allowed the Monarchs, who are 4 and 1, to take control early on, gaining a 17 point lead with less than six minutes to go in the first half.

Drew refused to allow the Monarchs to hold such a lead and in the final five minutes, bringing the score to 38-30.

Before the half, Huelbig and Kevin Michael Miller (’16) established a presence in the paint, each netting 10 points, keeping the Rangers in the game.

The Rangers trailed for the entire game, and their attempt to make a run back into contention using the three-point shot did not go as planned. While the shots weren’t falling for Drew, King’s went on a 7-0 run to gain a larger lead early in the second half. The Monarchs finished shooting 51-percent from the floor en route to the non-conference victory.

Drew cut the lead to single digits with just under ten minutes to play with a three-point by Robby Bier (’15). To the Rangers’ dismay, the Kings regained their double-digit lead quickly and held it for the remainder of the game. Kings’ College held a 43-32 rebound advantage and scored 15 bench points compared to Drew’s six.

Klinger finished with 12 points, passed out three assists, while Huelbig added four rebounds and three steals. Yucetepe led the squad on the boards with nine and Miller came up with two blocks in the loss.

Drew regained their victorious title on Wednesday evening when they went head-to-head against the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the Landmark Conference opener. Herring again led the team to their 88-71 victory with his three-pointers in the packs 18-2 opening run.

Herring was one of three Rangers taking double digits with 21 points, 5-of-8 three-pointers. He single-handedly gave the Rangers a comfortable lead, steering them away from a back and forth game in the second half.

The junior drained three consecutive field goals from beyond the arc and scored 11 straight points to help Drew gain as much as a 19-point lead with nine minutes to play in the game.

Merchant Marine fell to 1-5, 0-1 with the loss. In a game that saw 11 lead changes and seven ties, neither side led by more than six and Drew took just a 38-37 lead into halftime. Yucetepe led the way in the first half, scoring all 20 of his points during the first 20 minutes. Klinger scored a game-high 26 points with incredible percentages in all three areas of the court.

As a team, Drew shot 60-percent from the floor and made 14-of-22 shots from downtown for a .636 percentage. They kept the theme of high percentages consistent from the free throw line, through the entire game, with a 14-of-19 mark.

The 14 three-pointers are tied for sixth most in a single game in school history, which is already the second time the Rangers cracked the top 10 in the category this season.

The first was when the boys set a new school record with 22 three-pointers on Nov. 16 against Penn State Abington.

While Drew was heating up from the perimeter, USMMA was busy winning the battle down low with a 34-24 advantage in points in the paint. The Rangers held strong, out-rebounding the Mariners 31-25. USMMA hit just 4-of-21 attempts from long range.

Klinger added six assists in the victory, while Steve Hydzik (’15) led the team in rebounds. Merchant Marine’s had their shining stars as well. David Smith led three Mariners in double-figures with 20 points and six boards.

Drew now holds a 1-0 record in conference and a 4-2 overall record.

Drew returns to action tomorrow for a Landmark Conference game at Goucher College at 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live on the Landmark Digital Network for fans who are unable to attend.

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Outside of competing on the field, there are other aspects of intercollegiate athletics that can serve as valuable foundations for the development of many skills and qualities. These qualities can be beneficial to athletes as they enter the working world.

With competition comes learning to be an appreciative winner and a gracious loser, developing a sense of confidence and resilience, the understanding of the hard work and commitment needed to attain success and the value of being a part of a team environment with many people working towards one common goal.

Athletic competition is all about teamwork, multiple people cooperating to achieve a common goal, which is usually winning. In the working world, the ability to work well with others is also a critical skill and a skill that is often emphasized heavily by employers and interviewers. In their sport, athletes are forced to overcome challenges on a daily basis and understand how to be resilient in the face of adversity and difficult situations.

“Probably the biggest things that I have learned from soccer that easily transfers in the the work place is the value of leadership and time management,” said men’s soccer captain Mike Pezzuti (’15). “Playing a sport and being a student you need to always be planning ahead and be able to prioritize your schedule. In terms of leadership, soccer has helped me learn different ways to be a leader such as times you need to be a vocal leader versus other times you need to lead by example.”

He added, “I have learned that every decision that I make, whether it be on or off the field, can have implications on so many people. Learning this was extremely valuable because decision making is such a big part of being successful in athletics but more importantly it is so valuable in any workplace.”

Alex DeSousa (’15) shared her own experiences from integrating athletics into the working world through internships. “Athletics has taught me time management and strong work ethic. It has been mentioned that athletes are achievement-oriented and manage work well and I see that transferring in aspects of my everyday life. Being an athlete, I also believe, has taught me how to be a strong communicator and receive constructive criticism well. In the working world, these are four qualities I believe make resilient employees for employers.”

Athletic competition can also serve as a talking point during an interview, particularly when being interviewed by another former athlete, because of the shared experiences. “You can connect with people on a more personal level in interviews,” DeSousa said. “Especially in the finance world, a lot of people who play sports are involved and it is a way to have a personal connection, as well as a conversation starter on your resume. Also, many workplaces have leagues that employees are involved in and it creates a positive camaraderie amongst your peers.”

There are a lot of other parallels that can be drawn between aspects of being a member of a sports team and the working world. Director of Athletics Jason Fein discussed how participating in events, like the recent mock interview night, which was sponsored by the Career Center, can be seen as the equivalent to practicing for games.

“Student-athletes can really benefit from the mock interviews the same way they do at practice in their sport,” Fein said. “It provides an opportunity to see where you are in the process and how prepared you are for a true interview type situation. You’ll get feedback that you can use to go back and refine your interview skills, so that when it really comes time to interview (game time, if you will), you’ll be better prepared than if you had just tried to ‘get into the game’ without any practice.”

Because of the rigorous demands of being an intercollegiate athlete, there are often times when athletes miss out on career development opportunities because of athletic commitments. Despite this, athletes are exposed to an environment that fosters many skills necessary to pursuing a successful career every day they attend practice, participate in competition, or interact with their teammates.

 

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