Into the Archives: Coach Mee

One of Defiance College’s most storied and successful coaches will be returning to DC for Homecoming on October 5-6 this year.   In his post-DC career, Mee spent 25 years with the Washington Redskins organization.

His success as a coach is reflected in his DC record in 1964-66: 18-8 in football, and 38-11 in baseball.  The 1966 football team was the only one in all of Ohio to go undefeated that year.   The 1964, 65 and 66 baseball teams all took the Mid-Ohio Conference title, and the 1966 team nearly made it to the national playoffs.

After leaving DC, he became an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, and left there in 1970 to be a scout for legendary coach Vince Lombardi for the Washington Redskins.  Then he spent two years as head coach of Earlham College, and rejoined the Redskins in 1972 as an assistant coach for the rest of the 70s.  In 1981 he began a long run as Director of Player Personnel, spending a total of 25 years with the team.  He is a member of the NFL Scouts and Indiana Football Halls of Fame, as well as becoming a member of DC’s Hall of Fame in 1982.

Mee will be attending several DC Homecoming events, including a reunion of his 1964-66 baseball players, as well as the football game against Franklin.

Sources consulted for this story:

Indiana Football Hall of Fame site:  http://www.indiana-football.org/?q=node/504

Defender, January 10, 1964:  https://tinyurl.com/ycxr4sco

Defender, 10-22-82:  https://tinyurl.com/y9osnwvo

Written by Barb Sedlock

DC Baseball Looks Forward to Starting Season

(Defiance, OH) Spring is upon us, and that means that our very own Defiance College baseball team is gearing up for another season. The Yellow Jackets are excited to start, after about a month of being kept indoors for practices.

The Jackets are looking to improve on their previous season of 14-25 last season, and 11-14 in conference. They have been preseason ranked 9th in the conference, but this does not mean much to the players. They are coming back with a veteran infield, and some young talent that is making the season look like it will be a good one.

Before looking at the team itself, there have been a few changes to the conference schedule for the HCAC. Now, our Yellow Jackets will only play conference teams twice, instead of a three game series. This allows the Jackets to have an extra nine non-conference games, which has helped improve the strength of schedule with teams like Carthage, Marian, Ohio Wesleyan, and even the University of Toledo.

The conference tournament will also now be taking 5 teams into it, giving the top seed a buy, instead of just 4 teams. This gives the Jackets hope, because they have always been in the hunt towards the end, but cannot break the top four.

The Jackets are looking forward to having some returning talent this upcoming season, including a veteran infield. This will be led by Senior Glen Collier, Junior Micheal Gilliland and Tyler Weaver, and Sophomore Tyler Weaver. The Jackets also have Alek Menyhart, Micheal Reese, Daniel Tomalak, Jon Brown, and Troy Konwinski adding depth to the infield, and competing for a starting role.

The Jackets also have Mac Edwards, EJ Kissel, and Kody Fuller returning for time behind the plate, who will be challenged by newcomer Benny Bucklew. The Jackets also have Mason Rapp, Zach Johnson, and Derek Angelone to help add depth to the roster.

The outfield will be led by Junior Tanner Stippich, who has seen plenty of action in his first two years at Defiance. Grant Vickery will also be roaming the outfield, along with newcomer Nate Kaffenbarger, and transfer Garrett Sierra. Christian Meister, Luke Thomier, Tyler Hines, and Nolan Kestner will look to challenge the other outfielders and add depth to the roster.

The pitching staff will be led by first team all HCAC Paris Creek. Following Creek, Troy Konwinski will be  a staple to the staff who was the only other player to throw above 10 innings. The Jackets will also have Cody Nelson, Parker Houk, Kody King, Jon Brown, Garret Enders, and Zac Brazen who are all returners on the bump. They will also look to their young talent to help out, Micheal Reese, Jack Powell, Daniel Tomalak, Cohen Nies, along with the two transfers Grant Curavo and Will Bohlman.

We were able to catch up with First Team HCAC member Paris Creek, who had this to say, “I’ve been in the this program for three years and each year we talk about the talent we have, but have fallen short of our goals. As a leader on this team, I believe that we have the talent and will work harder, to go far and prove a lot of people wrong”

We were also able to catch up with Senior pitcher Cody Nelson, who had this to say, “The HCAC looks strong like always, but we have a lot of young talent that they will overlook. We are led by good leadership and coaching, and we are ready for anything our schedule has to bring.”

The Jackets start off their season THIS Wednesday at Sienna Heights for the season opener, before their trip down to Ft Myers Florida for Spring Break. If you see a baseball player, wish them good luck, and as always Go Jackets!

Written by Zack Bires

CAB End-of-the-Year Celebrations

As the end-of-the-year approaches, the Campus Activities Board has begun to put together different activities to celebrate the end of the school year.

On Sunday, April 22nd, CAB would like to congratulate DC seniors on Senior Sunday! From 6-10 p.m., come join CAB and DJ Mudd for a fun night of celebrating the hard work put on by students this semester. There will be water-balloons, capture-the-flag, and volleyball tournaments and competitions that will lead to prizes for the winning students. There will also be the big inflatables that everyone loves and a campfire to keep everyone warm.

Join CAB again on Friday, April 27th from 8-10 p.m. for a hypnotist or a magician!

Can’t wait to see you all there, keep working hard and finish out the semester strong!

March Madness Sweeps the Nation

March is here and that means basketball is filling the television of viewers across America. People around the office, school, and at home have completed their brackets in hopes of choosing the correct team to win the championship. At this time of the year, many sports fans gather to watch and cheer their team onto victory. According to the Statistics Portal (n.d.) in 2016 there was 9.33 million people watching March Madness. With that in mind, it is easy to say that Netflix and Cable come secondary to basketball during this month.

Teams that have made the tournament this year that are popular on campus include Cincinnati, Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State. Junior DC student Jordyn Worley expressed her love for March Madness during an interview. She stated, “Michigan is my favorite team because they play with such team chemistry.” She also explained that outside of basketball the team is involved with the community and is always helping others. This week Michigan clinched a spot in the Final Four and Worley explained, “I get so excited at this time of year watching my favorite team play and I can’t wait to watch them win the championship.”

With March coming to a close and Final Four teams being named this week the road to the championship is slowly coming to an end. Many brackets across the world have been spoiled with multiple upsets including UNBC win over Virginia in the first round. With this in mind, will an underdog like Loyola Chicago rise to the occasion or will number one seed Villanova hold the top spot?

Written by Madysyn Creighton

Gun Control: Is it Needed?

The issues surrounding guns and the need for more rules and regulations have become a serious concern in America. The problems with guns and the horrific results that have been associated with them are at the forefront for controversial discussions. With the rising number of school shootings ending in death or injuries as a result of firearms thousands of people have joined to rally for a change.  On February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida a school shooting occurred killing seventeen students. Emma Gonzalez, Parkland shooting survivor, lead a rally for The March For Our Lives. She spoke in Washington D.C. expressing personal hardship that she experienced while also speaking on behalf of those that lost their lives. She stood on stage in silence for six minutes and twenty seconds to illustrate the time it took for some many too lose their lives. She demonstrated remarkable strength and courage to present during this march.

DC senior Sydni Smith expressed her views on the numerous school shootings that have taken place and the issues surrounding firearms. Smith stated, “I believe everyone has the right to own a gun, however I do feel there needs to be restrictions with the type of weapons someone may own.” Additionally, she argued that with the alarming amount of school shootings that have occurred this year something needs to change in regards to firearms. As shootings across the world continue to increase a need for changes within the school system is a rising concern. Similarly, some sort of change in gun regulations is needed in order to prevent this issue from ongoing occurrence.

Written by Madysyn Creighton

DC Drops Pair to St. John’s; DC Drops Final Day of Spring Break

(Fort Myers, Florida) DC continued their season with a two game match up a very notable St. John’s. St John’s started off hot in the second inning, plating 6 runs in the second inning against Will Bohlman. St. John’s stayed hot, adding 2 in the 4th and 6th, and an extra insurance run in the 5th and 7.

The Jackets did their best not to roll over, but they could only put together 4 runs of their own against good pitching, with 1 coming in the 3rd, and 3 coming in the 4th. Zac Brazen, Kody King, and Parker Houk all threw for the Jackets along with Bohlman. Troy Konwinski and Jude Neary both had multi hit games, while Nate Kaffenbarger and Daniel Tomalak both had extra base hits. Tomalak’s double was his first collegiate hit. The Jackets dropped the first game 12-4.

The second game the Jackets were able to limit St. John’s offense, but they couldn’t figure out how to put runs on the board for themselves. The Jackets got a great start from freshman Cohen Nies, who was able to throw 5 innings of 1 run baseball. Nies was followed by Grant Curavo and Cody Nelson, and finally freshman Tyler Hines. Hines was able to strike out 2.

The Jackets only had 3 hits total this game, and two being the first collegiate hit for Jon Brown and Lucas Thomier. Ben Bucklew had the other hit.

We were able to catch up with Cohen Nies, and he had this to say, “They were a good team. Both teams played well in the end they executed better then we did and we got better as a team.”

(Fort Myers, Florida) The Jackets were not able to finish there trip as they wanted with a double header against another tough opponent in Alvernia University. Paris Creek got the nod for the first game coming off of 4 days rest. Alvernia was able to jump out to a 1-0 lead, but the Jackets answered back. Alvernia’s bats stayed hot though, putting 3 on the board in the 3rd, 4 in the 5th, and 2 in the 6th. The Jackets were able to get a rally together in the 5th, scoring 4 of their own, but it was not enough, as the Jackets fell 10-5.

Paris Creek was followed by Tyler Hines, Jack Powell, Parker Houk and Kody King for the pitchers. Nate Kaffenberger, and Jude Neary both had multi hit games, with Kaffenbarger hitting a double.

The Jackets came into the second game wanting to end the trip on a high note. The second game was more of a pitchers duel. Alvernia’s hot bats were quiet until they scored 1 in the 3rd and 4th, and 2 in the 5th. The Jackets put together a 2 run inning in the 4th, but that is all they were able to do.

Jon Brown got the nod for the Jackets, and threw extremely well. He threw 4.2 innings, giving up 2 runs, but striking out 5. He was followed by Micheal Reese who threw 1.1 innings and struck out 1. Everitt Kissel was the only Jacket with multiple hits, and had one RBI.

We were able to catch up with Jude Neary after the game, and he had this to say, “Alvernia is a great team that does all the little stuff right. They’re one of the best teams we’ll play all year and I thought we played them very well. Overall the Florida trip was a great experience and we found out we have a very talented team. With that being said we still need to work on doing the basic and fundamental things extremely well to put pressure on other teams.“

Written by Zack Bires

 

DC Baseball Starts Season in Florida

(Ft. Myers, FL). The Defiance College Yellow Jackets started off their spring trip in Fort Myers Florida on a high note with 2 game sweep of the Hiram Terriers. The Jackets were led by Junior ace Paris Creek, who threw an incredible game. Creek threw 6 innings, only allowing two hits, and giving up two walks, while striking out 1. The Jackets were not able to get their runs until the top of the 7th inning, which was led by Mike Gilliland with a single, followed by Glen Collier with an RBI double, and Tanner Stippich added another RBI double of his own, giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.

This lead was more than enough, as Will Bohlman came in and shut the door, earning his first save as a Yellow Jacket. Gilliland and Stippich were the only pair of players to have a pair of hits in the first game.

Offense did not come at a short in the second game. The Jackets had multiple big innings, including scoring 4 in the 1st and the second inning, and adding 7 runs in the 4th inning. The Jackets were able to keep Hiram at bay until later in the game, where Hiram was able to put a big inning together in the 7th inning, but Jackets were able to squelch the rally and take the game 16-11.

Sophomore Jon Brown was the winning pitcher, throwing 5 innings, only allowing two runs, and only giving up 3 hits. Zac Brazen, Cody Nelson, and Grant Curevo all threw to help shut the door. Garrett Sierra, Gilliand, Collier, Troy Konwinksi, Nate Kaffenberger, and Jude Neary all had multiple hits, while Collier and Konwinski all had multiple RBI and extra base hits.

We caught up with Junior Micheal Gilliand after the game, and he had this to say, “You know anytime you can start off a stretch of games with a sweep of a DH, it’s a huge tone setter. Our pitchers came out and had very efficient outings and threw a lot of strikes and we played great defense behind them which are two huge keys to winning ball games. We are looking to build off of this and keep the train moving.”

(Fort Myers, Florida) The Jackets continued their spring trip with a double header against Finlandia University Lions. The first game of the two game series was a pitching duel, as junior Troy Konwinski got the nod on the mound, and threw an absolute gem. Konwinski threw all 7 innings, striking out 7, and only gave up 5 hits.

The Jackets lone run of the game came from Tyler Weaver scoring off an RBI single off the bat of Michael Gilliland. The Jackets were not able to put anything else together, even though they had a few other opportunities. The Jackets were able to take the first game with a score of 1-0 and improved to 4-0 on the season.

The second game did not go as well for the Jackets, as they dropped their first game of the season. Freshman Michael Reese got his first collegiate appearance on the mound. The Lions were able to capitalize and score early, putting two runs on the board in the first inning. The Jackets were able to answer back with 1 of their own, but Finlandia stayed hot and scored 5 in the 3rd, and 2 in the 4th. The Jackets answered back in the 4th with 2 of their own, and added 3 more, but it was not enough, as the Lions took the 2nd game 9-6.

Reese only lasted 2.2 innings, giving up 7 hits and 7 runs, 6 earned runs, who was followed by Daniel Tomalak, who threw 1.1 innings, giving up 2 runs. Freshman Cohen Nies finished the game with 3 scoreless innings. The Jackets were only able to put 6 hits up on the scoreboard in the second game.

After the game, we caught up with Troy Konwinski after his great outing, and he had this to say, “I struggled in the beginning of the game in terms of throwing strikes and getting guys out early, our defense had to bail me out quite a few times. We never lost energy and fought hard all game. Our offense came up big towards the end of the game to get us the W.”

Written by Zack Bires