DC Wrestling Regionals

The Defiance College Wrestling team concluded their 2019-2020 season this weekend by competing at the NCAA DIII Central Regional Tournament. The Regional Tournament was held at Adrian College (Adrian, MI). A total of 18 Division III schools from the Central Region competed within the tournament. The Yellow Jackets placed 15th out of 18 teams overall during the weekend.

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Representing the Yellow Jackets at the NCAA Division III Central Regional Tournament was juniors, Rosendo Beltran and Alex Smith, sophomores, Cortez Bradley, Mason Morris, Rigo Villa, and Hunter McNutt. Rounding out the competitors for the Yellow Jackets are freshmen, Cameron Pollard and Seth Majewski. 

Beltran was the highest competitor for the Yellow Jackets. The junior competed in the 125lb weight class against opponents from Otterbein University (Westerville, OH)  and Alma College (Alma, MI). Beltran ended his season with a 3-3 record, placing 6th place for the 125lb weight class overall. The junior picked up a win over his opponent from Otterbein University (Westerville, OH) with a decision score of 9-3 in the consolation bracket. Beltran lost his final match of the day to his opponent from Alma College (Alma, MI) by a 2-1 decision loss.

Junior, Alex Smith competed for the Yellow Jackets in the 144lb weight class. In his opening match, Smith competed and fell to two-time, All-American, Brendan Ladd of Alma College (Alma, MI). The junior picked up one win for the Yellow Jackets for the weekend against a competitor from Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN). 

Sophomore, Cortez Bradley represented the Yellow Jackets in the 149lb weight class. Bradley went 1-2 for the Yellow Jackets, picking up his win on the weekend with a 16-14 decision win in his consolation match.

Sophomore, Hunter McNutt, represented the Yellow Jackets in the 197lb weight class and finished his season with a 17-6 decision win over an opponent from Olivet College (Olivet, MI).

Freshmen, Seth Majewski competed for the Yellow Jackets in the 133lb weight class facing a competitor from John Carrol University (University Heights, OH). The freshmen picked up a win over this opponent for the Yellow Jackets.

Freshman, Cameron Pollard competed in the 157lb weight class. Pollard finished the weekend for the Yellow Jackets with a 1-2 record picking up a win over a competitor from Muskingum University (New Concord, OH).

Congratulations to the Yellow Jacket Wrestling Team on a great 2019-2020 season! 

Written by: Hailey Krawczyk

DC Women’s Volleyball: Season In-Review

 

The Defiance College Women’s Volleyball team has officially wrapped up the 2018-2019 season. The Yellow Jackets fell 3-2 in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN) on November 6th, 2019.

The Yellow Jackets opened their season by playing in 3 different non-conference tournaments. First off, the team traveled to Capital University (Columbus, OH) to play in the Pam Briggs Classic. Here, the team went up against four different schools. The Yellow Jackets left this tournament with wins over Lawerence University (Appleton, WI), tournament host, Capital University, and St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY).

Following the Pam Briggs Classic, the Yellow Jackets traveled to the Penn State Behrend Tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jackets faced off against a total of four other Division III teams bringing home wins over tournament host, Penn St. Behrend (Erie, PA), Bethany College (Bethany, West Virginia), and Fredonia State University (Fredonia, NY).

Wrapping up non-conference tournament play, the Yellow Jackets traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH), where they faced off against three more Division III schools. The Yellow Jackets brought home two wins over Wilmington College (Wilmington, OH) and tournament host, Ohio Wesleyan University. Following tournament play, the Jackets battled against five other non-conference schools, picking up three more wins.

Moving into the regular season, the Yellow Jackets finished the season with an overall record of 17-12. The team finished with a conference record of 5-4, taking 5th place in the HCAC Women’s Volleyball Standings. Victories include 3-0 win over Manchester University (Manchester, IN), 3-2 win over Franklin College (Franklin, IN), 3-0 over Anderson (Anderson, IN), 3-2 win over HCAC rival, Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH), and a 3-0 win over Mount Saint Joseph University (Cincinnati, OH) on Senior Day.

Alongside taking 5th place in the HCAC Women’s Volleyball Standings, several members of the team placed in individual statistics. Sophomore Delaney Monin, finished 5th in Kills per Set averaging 3.28. Monin also finished the season with a total of 364 Kills, ranking 3rd in the conference. Junior Morgan Porter, finished 2nd in the conference with Digs per Set, averaging 6.20. Porter finished the season with 688 Digs. Brianna Wheeler and Abigail Cronin both ranked in Service Aces per Set. Wheeler took first with 0.52, and Cronin took 5th with 0.41. Wheeler also finished the season averaging 9.14 Assists per Set. Topping off individual statistics is Freshman Mackenzie Umbaugh. Umbaugh ranked first overall in the Conference in Solo Blocks.

The Yellow Jackets plan on working hard in the offseason to prepare themselves for next season, hoping to finish higher in the conference and go further in the HCAC Tournament.

Written by Hailey Krawczyk 

 

 

 

DC Women’s Tennis: Season Review

Defiance College Women’s Tennis team recently ended regular season play to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) competitor, Mount St. Joe. Overall, Defiance College finished seventh in the HCAC. The Yellow Jackets finished with an overall record of 3-13 and a record of 2-6 in Conference play.  

Victories include a 6-3 performance over Lourdes University (Sylvania, OH), a 6-3 win over Manchester University (Manchester, IN), and a 9-0 win over Earlham College (Richmond, IN).  

Throughout the season, the team faced several challenges. According to Junior, AJ Brenemen, the biggest challenge of the season was “facing inexperienced” and “learning how to work with a different team dynamic,”  This season’s roster consisted of a freshman, sophomore, two juniors, and two seniors. Out of the six rostered players, only three athletes had actually played tennis before. The inexperience caused the team to turn their focus on learning how to compete within the competition in the HCAC.  

During practices, the Yellow Jackets focused on an abundance of skills. According to Freshman, Destiny Oshodin, “Practices were very fun. We worked on serving, hitting cross-court shops and down the lines, volleys, and overhead shots.” The Yellow Jackets also worked on learning how to keep the ball in play and practiced playing in doubles.  

The skills covered at practices allowed for the team to learn, grow, and implement them into gameplay. The grit and difficulty of practices and matches also led the team to learn how to face adversity. The Yellow Jackets kept on fighting through practices and matches. 

As the Fall 2019 season came to a close, the Yellow Jackets have already put a lot of thought into their goals for next season. The team is determined to bump their standings in the HCAC up to a top contender spot.  

Alongside improving their HCAC standings, the team is striving to make it to conference play. Conference play would possibly allow the team to win the conference.  

In addition to the team goals, there are also several personal player goals. These range from learning and improving upon different skills such as hitting, give their best effort towards practices and games, and winning more doubles and singles matches.  

With all of these goals, the Yellow Jackets will set themselves up for success for next season.  

Written by: Hailey Krawczyk  

Mid-Season Drop in with Women’s Golf

This season, the Women’s Golf team faces what some people might consider a setback–the number of players on the roster.

The Women’s Golf team consists of just two members; Shelby Mercer and Maricella Najar. Mercer is a Sophomore and Najar is a freshman. 

DC’s roster number can be discouraging at times, but with a positive attitude and hard work, Najar and Mercer are determined to make this Fall season a season to remember.  

The members of the golf team have been working together to compete at a high level despite the talent and numbers that are present in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). 

 All of the Yellow Jacket’s competitors in the HCAC all roster five or more members to a team. With the decrease in rostered players for DC, the team realizes just how important it is to stay focus and determined. Keeping a positive mindset going into practice and matches is key for the program. 

According to Mercer, the Yellow Jacket’s season is going well. Practices are the best for getting more work in on fixing their swings, correcting their grip and posture, improving ball control, and perfecting putting and chipping. 

These practices allow them to encourage one another to keep pushing to reach their goals. Practices put the focus on each member’s strengths and weaknesses. By determining those and working hard to improve them, the Yellow Jackets grow together as a team.  

“The season is going well. I have had some amazing shots and every time I play, I just keep getting better.” Mercer remarks.  

As the season continues on, Najar and Mercer maintain their focus, determination, and competitiveness. The team has big plans for their upcoming matches as they approach the end of the Fall season. 

By far, the Yellow Jackets are most determined to beat conference rivals, Bluffton.

According to Mercer, the Women’s Golf rivalry between Defiance and Bluffton runs deep. “I take rivals seriously so I make sure I play my very best going up against them.”  The team wishes to outscore Bluffton and overtake the Beaver’s standings within the HCAC.  

Like any team in the HCAC, the Yellow Jackets wish to finish at the top of the conference this season. According to the HCAC Women’s Golf Standings, Mount St. Joseph University Lions (Cincinnati, OH) is top of the packholding the first place spot.

Following behind the Lions, is Anderson University (Anderson, IN), Hanover College (Hanover, IN), Franklin College (Franklin, IN), and Manchester University (Manchester, IN). 

DC’s rival, Bluffton sits one spot ahead of the Yellow Jackets, ranking seventh overall. The Yellow Jackets are determined to bump their standing prior to the offseason and tournament action.  

Working hard day in and day out, constantly pushing themselves to better their swings, and dedicating themselves during practice and matches, the Women’s Golf team strives towards excellence.  

For additional information on the men’s or women’s golf team, contact Coach Allen Curtiss at (c) 419-956-7055 or acurtiss@defiance.edu

Written by: Hailey Krawczyk  

The Defiance Yellow Jackets: Year Two of Esports

There are currently 39 people on the Esports roster at Defiance College and Head Coach Corey Parks is looking for more. 

The focus of Coach Parkhas this year is to recruit as many people as he can. “If you like video games, come on down to the esports program,” Parks said.  

Esports is any electronic game that has a group of people to play. Much like any sporting event, there are set dates for when the team plays. “You compete throughout the course of one or two months; then you have playoffs and if you make the top eight…[those] teams will go to one specific spot to compete and that’s your league,” Parks said. 

 “The thing about esports is that games can pop up left and right; it really just comes down to the communities,” Parks said. 

The games that the esports team play throughout the year include: Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and Melee, Counter-Strike, Fortnite, and Rocket League. 

Coach Parks plans to incorporate the streaming platform called Twitch this year. “So being able to increase our stream for people that know what’s happening is probably one of the biggest goals right now along with the great overall experience in the program,” Parks said. 

  Along with Twitch, Parks wants to recruit a broadcaster to talk about what’s going on throughout competitions. “Most programs have a Twitch and they also have a broadcaster, but I really want to push to the next level and get people out here that know their stuff so we can really grow our stream,” Parks said.  

Parks explains how he came to the realization that the people watching need a broadcaster to know what’s going on during competitions, “I was so caught up in the world of esports that I thought everyone else knew what I knew.”  

Along with his big goal to set up a stream, Coach Parks just wants everyone in the program to have fun.  

Parks is very experienced in the world of esports, and even just gaming in general.  

Parks started playing video games at age 10 years old, entered his first competitive scene at 15 for Counterstrike, and went professional at age 18 

For more information contact Coach Parks at cparks@defiance.edu.  Or stop by the esports arena which is located in the downstairs area of the Pilgrim Library. 

Written by: Seth Pearson

DC Athletes and Coaches on Supplementation

Defiance College employees and student-athletes are weighing in on the dangers of supplementation when it comes to athletes.

Reed Guerin, an admission counselor at Defiance College and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, discusses some of his opinions when it comes to supplementing and collegiate athletes. Guerin stated that he does not find supplements to be “essential” to athletic performance in collegiate athletics. Guerin discussed some of the biggest issues that he finds when it comes to student-athletes and their supplementation. He discusses the “importance of knowing what you’re putting in your body”. Guerin stated that the best “supplements” student-athletes can use and place emphasis on are hydration, food, and sleep. By taking care of the body in these three things, the student-athlete will see better results in their athletic performance.

Head softball coach and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Megan Warren stated that her biggest fear when it came to student-athletes and supplements is that “student-athletes might fail a drug test because they took a supplement thinking it was okay and it had an illegal substance in it. The supplement industry isn’t regulated so this happens more than people think”.

Students shared differing opinions on the issue.

Mason Rapp, a senior integrated social studies and history major stated that “as long as they aren’t steroids, I don’t care”.

Makenzie Wilson, a freshman nursing major, states that even though she “doesn’t do it, she doesn’t see a problem with supplementing athletes, assuming the supplements being used are legal and safe for the athlete”.

“It’s stupid and a waste of time. During 5 a.m. practices, the teammates who supplemented themselves prior to practice are hyper for practice and then fall asleep in class”, stated sophomore integrated math major, Hali Geraci.

One student voiced concerns regarding the supplements she was instructed to take by an online trainer. Erin Breece, a sophomore sports management major, stated that “certain supplements have side-effects that can cause major damage if not taken correctly. For example, I was told to take creatine and pre-workout. They didn’t make me feel any better athletically instead, I felt bloated and itchy”.

Finally, sophomore exercise science and psychology major Zach Johnson recognizes that supplementation is not essential if the student-athlete is eating and hydrating in the correct ways. Johnson added that “as long as student-athletes are being smart about it and taking the time to make sure the substance isn’t on the NCAA’s banned list, I don’t see a problem with people taking them”.

The NCAA publishes and updates a list of banned substances for student-athletes each year. This list includes substances such as stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics, and street drugs. While the NCAA does publish an extensive list, it is still the responsibility of the student-athlete to pass a drug test. To view the list, visit http://www.ncaa.org/2018-19-ncaa-banned-drugs-list.

Written by Jordan Osborne

Student-Athletes: Balance is Key

Collegiate student-athletes face many pressures within their day-to-day lives. Student-Athletes are required to take at least 12 credit hours and the GPA of the team is of the highest importance as most schools give out athletic department awards based on the academic success of each individual team. Student-Athletes also spend a certain amount of hours in the library each week, fulfilling study table requirements and working hard towards goals that they set for themselves.

Here at Defiance College, most of our student population is comprised of student-athletes. At any given moment, a trip to the library during a school day would introduce you to a building full of student-athletes attempting to complete study table hours between classes. The NCAA Division 3 philosophy statement features language that student-athletes hear all the time, stating “Colleges and universities in Division III place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs”. The priority of a Division 3 institution is to place academics and overall experience of student-athletes at the most urgent level of the pyramid as Division 3 athletics are to be an “integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience” the philosophy statement describes. Division 3 student-athletes do not earn athletic scholarships but can earn academic scholarships. Due to this, it makes sense that Division 3 student-athletes are subjected to hours of study tables and are held to higher academic standards.

The student-athletes here at Defiance are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities on-campus, working to build resumes and prepare for the ‘real world’ following graduation. You’ll see many student-athletes working as presidents or managers for clubs on-campus such as the president of the Student Academic Advisory Committee is senior baseball player, Mason Rapp and the president of Student Senate being senior softball player, Ely King. Student-athletes also fill several jobs on-campus such as many of the tutors are student-athletes and every member of the Resident Assistant staff play one sport or the other. Ely King, president and active member in many organizations plus a Resident Assistant, discusses one of the biggest benefits for being a Division 3 student-athlete, stating that “being D3 allows athletes to expand their skill set and gain experiences through athletics but also through other organizations that have allowed them to be well rounded individuals”.

Freshman softball player, Kalin Hubble commented that the hardest part of being a student-athlete is “learning the ability to balance and organize what I have to do throughout the week. I have to balance academics and self care all while planning around what the team has scheduled”.  Learning how to balance all sorts of team activities on top of the priorities that student-athletes owe to their academics and other activities is one of the hardest lessons for students to figure out. Overall, the experience is worth-while as Hubble stated that “the ability to play the sport I grew up loving while expanding new understanding to future career paths and to form a family with those you play with, creating bonds that could last a life time”.

Student-athletes face a whirlwind of different commitments every day. The Division 3 student-athletes of Defiance College excel in all aspects, on and off the field. By upholding the values of NCAA Division 3, students are able to further develop their education and to compete in athletic events that create experiences that allow them to grow into successful adults who can change the world.

Written by Jordan Osborne