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

DCMB Falls to Earlham in Final Home Game

(Defiance, OH) The Defiance College Men’s Basketball team played in their last home match against the Earlham Quakers on this past Valentine’s Day. The Jackets came into the game looking to end a downhill skid against the Quakers, who came into this event at 3-12 in the HCAC.

Earlham came out with a flare to start the game, going on an 8-0 run. The Jackets were able to put a run of their own together, though throughout the half fighting back to go into halftime trailing 35-29.

The Jackets fought away at Earlham’s lead throughout the second half, putting together a few runs of their own, including a 7-0 run that put the game at 50-47 Earlham. The Jackets were able to continue to fight, and were down 2 with several seconds left. They were not able to pull off a buzzer beater, and lost to the Quakers 68-66.

The Jackets only shot 33.8% from the field versus Earlham’s 46%. The Jackets were able to collect 41 rebounds and force 17 turnovers. The Jackets were also helped with 30 points off the bench tonight.

The Jackets were led in scoring by Allante Wheeler who had 17, and Avion Franklin followed up with 14 of his own. Randall Aikins Jr was able to add 16, along with Ben Singer adding 13. Wheeler also led with 8 boards, followed by Jordan Maschino with 6, and Aikins and Noah Goodrich with 5 of their own. Several players were able to add 2 assists of their own for the Jackets.

After the game we caught up with freshman Elijah Pennington, who had this to say, “We played really hard, but we came up just short against the Quakers.

The Jackets play their final game this Saturday, against the Hanover Panthers, at Hanover. If you see a Men’s Basketball player, make sure you say goodluck. As always, Go Jackets!

Written by Zack Bires

DCWBB Concludes Season at Hanover

(Hanover, Indiana)- The Yellow Jackets concluded their 2017-18 season on Saturday afternoon as they traveled to Hanover, where they dropped the contest 81-66.

The hanover Panthers started out strong with a 10-0 run to start the game off with a score of 14-2 with 6 minutes remaining. The Yellow Jackets struggled to get things going as the first quarter ended with the Panthers up 33-8.

DC looked to get something going with a bucket from Sam Ervin. Hanovers offense kept the energy up as they brought the score to 43-14. Sidney Faine closed out the half for Defiance as she connected form deep to bring the score to 51-24 at the half.

The Yellow Jacket offense looked alive in the third quarter as a small run led by Ervin cut the deficit to 24 points with 3:22 left. Brittany Osborne connected late in the quarter to end the third down 65-39.

In the last quarter, Defiance had a 6-0 run started by Schalk to pull it within 20 points. Senior Mekai White hit a three pointer with 8:16 left. The Panthers held on to their lead to end it with a score of 81-66. Senior Whitney Schalk had this to say, “I’m not going to talk about the emotions of going into your final game and how it slowed us to start. Then once we relaxed, we just played the game. The entire second half was a half of basketball we can look back on as our last game and be proud of our efforts. In the last 20 minutes of my basketball career…I had fun with my family on the court.”

Sam Ervin lead with 16 points, while senior Whitney Schalk added in 12 points and 7 assists. Brittany Osborne ended the game with 9 rebounds to add.

Written by Jessi Davis

#METOO #TIMESUP

Throughout the years, social injustices have begun to amass strong groups of vocal supporters who work to fight for equality on different platforms. Recently, women’s rights and sexual harassment have gained thousands of supporters from all walks of life.

The Me Too Movement was started in 2006 by Tarana Burke who created the movement to let women know that they are not alone and that their sexual harassment does not go unnoticed. Stars like Alyssa Milano then began to encourage people to tweet #metoo to allow people to see just how many are affected by sexual harassment and how big of a problem that it is. Lately there have been many examples of sexual harassment within the media. Accusations of sexual violence have been thrown in all sorts of ways, filling the media with the hashtag #metoo.

In November of 2017, a letter was published in Time magazine in response to the women who had stood out against Harvey Weinstein voiced the suppressed words of 70,000 women. Later, more women, especially stars, signed the letter and started working towards a platform that allowed for sexual harassment to be faced head on. At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, several stars, especially women, wore black and brought guests with them who could help advance the Me Too Movement. Following the Golden Globes, stars attended the Grammys in all white or wearing white roses.

Haleigh Parrish shared why this movement is important to her, saying that “the me too movement is important to me because it sheds light on something important that many women face in the workforce but are too afraid to come forward with. It’s a movement that is empowering women and men alike who face sexual harassment and rape culture, allowing them to have power over the situations that have happened to them and taking power away from the abusers. For me, it may make someone who thinks they have power over me think twice about contributing to harassment”.

By creating a public stance on the issues, women are being empowered and are working towards equality through the resolution of issues regarding harassment. Being a women does not equate to being a minority and the members of the Me Too movement are working towards ridding the world of inequality.

Written by Jordan Osborne

DCWBB Comes Up Short on Senior Day; Drops at Earlham

(Defiance, Ohio)- The Yellow Jackets women’s basketball team came up short on Senior Day as they were defeated by Transylvania, 95-58, in the Weaner Center.

Opening the game was Stamm with the first of the seven threes she had on the day. The score was tied at 6 with 6:42 remaining. The Pioneers went on to score five straight points to end the quarter up, 25-19.

DC had a hard time converting in the second quarter, only getting 12 points compared to Transy’s 24. After a 12-2 run for the Pioneer’s, Transy extended their lead to 49-31 going into halftime.

A few threes from the Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to 13 with 6:17 left in the third. Transy’s defense came alive and looked to be too much for DC. After going scoreless for almost 4 minutes, DC’s Lauren Rogers ended the drought with a jumper. The third quarter ended with the Pioneer’s up, 68-44.

Transy kept up their lead to eventually get the victory on the Yellow Jackets senior day, 95-58. Senior Makai White had this to say about the game, “This is a very emotional day, but just another chance to try and take down one of the best teams.”

Shelby Stamm led scoring with a team best of 22 points while Sam Ervin added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Whitney Schalk added in 10 assists in the loss.

(Richmond, Indiana)- The Defiance College Women’s basketball team dropped a match,74-49,  in HCAC play at Earlham on Wednesday evening.

DC started the game out strong with a triple from Ashley Lee. Earlham hit a three to tie it before Stamm hit a jumper. Schalk and Stamm aided in bringing the score to 11-7 with DC leading. The Yellow Jacket lead grew to 7 points before the Quakers ended the first quarter on an 8-1 lead to tie it up 16-16.

To begin the second quarter, Stamm and Lee went 3 for 4 from the free throw line getting a 3 point lead. The Quakers started on a 6 point spurt before Ervin ended it with a layup. Earlham then went on a 17-6 run to take the 39-27 lead heading into halftime.

Earlham came out of the locker room and scored the first 5 points of the second half to up the DC deficit to 18 points. A pair of free throws by Stamm ended the 5 point spurt before the Quakers hit a jumper to bring their lead back to 18. Earlham scored four points to get their biggest lead of the game, 51-31 with 4:21 left. Rogers hit a triple before Earlham hit 11 straight points to keep a hefty lead, 62-34, heading into the final quarter.

Earlham started it out with a layup but DC’s freshman Cassidy Yant knocked down a triple to make it a 64-37 game. MIdway through the fourth they exchanged points, but Earlham had the lead 70-41. Defiance started to look alive by hitting 8 points but it was far too late. Earlham won the contest 74-49. Sam Ervin had this to say about the game, “it was a close game at first but they adjusted to our defense and we struggled against heir press.”

The Yellow Jackets wrap up their season with a game at Hanover on Saturday February 17th at 1:00 pm.

Written by Jessi Davis

A Voice for Student-Athletes: SAAC

(Defiance, OH) Hey DC! Today we get to spend some time together talking about an underappreciated and quite incredible organization on campus. This is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, or SAAC for short. SAAC is an organization, specifically for student athletes on campus, and it gives them an opportunity to not only give back, but also have a voice in their college experience.

To give a little background about SAAC, each team gets to have representatives for this organization. They meet around 1-2 times per month, and talk about current issues going on in the NCAA, ways to improve the conference and the overall college experience, and help support all the student athletes on campus.

Members of SAAC have a direct voice in what happens in the NCAA. All members of SAAC have a chance to vote on legislation that is put together by the NCAA. Each member consults their team about what the legislation entails, then SAAC votes as a group, and sends it back to the NCAA, who then bases their decision off of all the SAAC’s around the world.

SAAC does not just handle formal issues though. They also give back to the community. One thing that DC’s SAAC does is participate in Unified Bowling, where one collegiate athlete will be paired with someone who has a mental disability, and they go out and compete in a bowling tournament. DC sponsors 4 total students, so we have 4 student athletes currently participating in Unified Bowling.

SAAC also does more than community service, but they do things to try and make the student athlete experience here at DC better. As a group of students, they organize specific games where they will make signs for a team and work on getting a big crowd there, or having little kids at the game for our student athletes. They also put on a full week of appreciation for our athletes here on campus, where athletes are spotlighted for excelling in the classroom and on the field. The organization also funds game nights for athletes, and even an ice cream night from Eric’s that is free of charge for all athletes.

DC just had a student athlete elected president of the entire HCAC’s SAAC. Mason Rapp, a junior on the baseball team, was elected recently to lead the HCAC for this upcoming year. We had a chance to meet up with Mason and he had this to say, “To me it means I get to wake up every single day and represent our student athlete body and continue the goal to make this campus even better for student athletes.”

Another person who has an extreme passion for DC’s SAAC is volleyball’s assistant coach, Alicia Kalik, who had this to say when asked about why SAAC is an important organization, “SAAC is a group comprised of student-athletes who work together to enhance the experience and opportunities for all students on campus. Student-athletes involved in SAAC are the voice of student-athletes both on campus, in the conference, and through the NCAA.”

If you are a student athlete, and are interested in joining SAAC, please contact Whitney Schaulk or any other SAAC executive board member and take the correct steps in joining this incredible organization.

Written by Zac Bires

The 18th Annual Empty Bowls

The Social Work program is at it again. The junior social work majors have been working diligently towards another successful Empty Bowls event. On February 15th, from 4 pm- 7 pm. at the K of C, the Defiance College Social Work program will be selling bowls and soup to donate to the PATH center. For DC Students and employees, admission is $8. Admission for children 12 and under is $6. For others, admission is $10. Admission includes a bowl made by Defiance alumni, Brandon Knott.

Senior social work major explained why Empty Bowls is worth all of the effort, saying that “it’s a longstanding community tradition in it’s 18th year that directly supports the local homeless shelter, PATH. The event brings together community members, business donors, and students for a cause bigger than any single one of us. All monetary proceeds benefit the PATH center as well as additional food donations. The outreach of PATH is powerful and especially vital in a small, rural region”.

Please consider joining the social work program tonight! Help donate to those who need it and help make a difference in someone’s life!

Written by Jordan Osborne