Category: Sports Blog

Baylor Falls and Yale Rises


By Patrick Codo

The 12th seeded Yale Bulldogs took on the 5th seeded Baylor Bears. The Bears were trying not to repeat history by getting eliminated in the first round like they did last year to Georgia State when R.J. Hunter hit the game winning shot to send Baylor home early. This year the Bears did go home early but it wasn’t by a buzzer beater. It was by a Yale Bulldog’s team that hasn’t made the tournament since 1962. The Yale Bulldogs were crowned Ivy League champions.  This win for the Bulldogs was their first in the N.C.A.A. tournament. It was huge for the Bulldog’s as Yale Sophomore Guard Makai Mason stated “I thought we played really well together throughout the game you know we had some reserves coming to the game, hit some really huge shots, Trey Phills, and Blake Reynolds, as well as Sam Downey played really well, so just trusting each other throughout really helped us get it done today”. Therefore Mason had a huge game today by scoring 31 points, having 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He was 9 for 18 for field goals and 11 for 11 at the free throw line. His point average is 15.8 points a game but today was a big one for the Sophomore 6’1 Guard. For the Baylor Bears their leading scorer was Taurean Prince who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Some people put Baylor to beat Yale and think Baylor was going to blow them out right? Wrong, these two teams went neck and neck throughout the game. The Bulldogs went into half time with a 39-34 lead. Then Yale steps on the gas pedal and builds up to a 13 point lead. Although Baylor wouldn’t go down without a fight, they were able to cut the scoring to 77-75. There was 10 seconds left when Baylor tried to tie the game but Senior Guard number 11 Lester Medford tried to be the hero but had himself a late costly turnover. Yale iced the game at the line with two key free throws to make the final score 79-75. The Bears were out rebounded by the Bulldog’s. Taurena Prince had a good reason why that happened. Prince said, “You go up and grad the ball off the rim when it comes off, and then you grab it with two hands, and you come down with it, and that’s considered a rebound. So they got more of those than we did”. Well that is exactly what you are suppose too do in Basketball, rebound the ball when it is there. When it comes to playoffs in any sports there are no bad teams, and the teams with the higher seed tend to think they are going to blowout their opponents. Baylor thought Yale would be an easy opponent, well they were wrong. The Bulldogs will take on the Duke Blue Devils in the 2nd round who beat U.N.C. Wilmington 93-85 in their first round matchup.

Kenny Williams needs to resign


by: Peter Bobrinskoy

The Chicago White Sox have become a laughingstock the past few days. It started four days ago when Kenny Williams told designated hitter, Adam LaRoche that he needed to scale back the amount of time his son, Drake could be in the team’s clubhouse. This occurred after last year when Drake was in the clubhouse every game including spring training. Drake is homeschooled and spends a lot of time with his father Adam. When Adam LaRoche signed a contract with the White Sox last year, he stated that he would only play for the White Sox if it meant his son could be with the team all season. President of baseball operations, Kenny Williams agreed.

Then four days ago happened and all hell broke lose. The White Sox had a team meeting and it was reported that ace pitcher Chris Sale went off on White Sox President Kenny Williams. Stating that he lied to the team about people having a problem with Drake being in the clubhouse. Kenny Williams first said that some of the players complained about it, then he said it was a coach, and then he said it was someone in management. The fact is that after it was reported that Laroche retired after being told he couldn’t have his son in the clubhouse, many of his former teammates and current teammates came out and said that Drake was never a problem or a distraction in the clubhouse.

This is just an avalanche problem for Kenny Williams. He screwed up big with with how he handled this situation. There’s also another reason why Kenny Williams needs to go. He is a terrible president. Yes he was the General Manager when the White Sox won the 2005 World Series but the White Sox have been awful since. The team has been to the playoffs once since then. His lack of concentration on amateur scouting, player development, and their minor league system has lead the White Sox to complete irrelevance the last four years. From 2006 to 2013 Kenny Williams’ teams have tried to buy success by over paying free agents and throwing away assets for short term help. He has been awful. Since 2013, his teams have a combined record of 212-274. He failed to rebuild the team after losing 99 games in 2013 and the White Sox have been a joke. The crosstown Cubs had been just as bad in that three year span however during that time, they built one of the best farm systems in  baseball and are now in a place where they will be contending for the next 10-15 years. Kenny Williams has been given such a long leash and it has made no sense. Last year after the White Sox went on an offseason spending spree bringing in Jeff Smardzija, Mellky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, and Zach Duke, the White Sox went on to win 76 games and after the season the team did not fire manager Robin Ventura who should have been let go two years ago. Kenny Williams is very bad at running a baseball team.

The combination of this Adam La Roche situation and the poor play of the White Sox over the last ten years should mean Kenny Williams needs to leave. The star and face of the franchise, Chris Sale has spoken and is fed up with Kenny Williams. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf needs to man up and fire this awful president. What some people think might be Reinsdorf’s biggest strength, his loyalty, is actually what is his biggest weakness. Reinsdorf needs to hold people accountable and needs a fresh start with the White Sox management. We have seen bad enough baseball for too long and a change is needed.

Salukis fall to Bulldogs on Senior Day


By: Steve Maves

The Southern Illinois Salukis fell to the Drake Bulldogs 71-64 on Saturday in the regular season finale and final home game of the year.

The game started out very sloppy for the Salukis and the Bulldogs as the first quarter ended with Drake leading 12-9. Southern shot just 3 of 19 from the field and were unable to really get anything clicking offensively. Drake wasn’t really any better in the first quarter as they committed 8 turnovers and shot 6 of 17 from the field.

In the second quarter things started getting better for both teams as Drake outscored SIU 23-19 on the quarter, but even after a half of sub-par play the Salukis found themselves down only 7 at the break.

SIU Senior Dyana Pierre (0) battles Drake’s Lizzy Wendell (3)

on the opening tip in her final game at SIU Arena.  

In the first half Southern shot just 11-37 from the field including 3-15 from three-point land and with early foul trouble from senior Dyana Pierre SIU had no answer for Drake in the post. Drake scored 22 first half points in the paint compared to just 10 for Southern.

In the second half Drake came out quick and was able to build on their lead, but SIU was not going down without a fight and every time Drake made a run the Salukis were able to do the same but were never get over that hump to get the lead back.

In the 4th quarter SIU was down eight with 8:45 left and with a quick 7-0 run they were within one point, but were never able to get that close again as after a Drake timeout the Bulldogs took all the momentum away from the Salukis.

SIU was forced to foul sending Drake to the foul line where they were money down the stretch extending their lead and pulling out the 71-64 in.

After the game the 4 seniors were recognized for their outstanding careers and involvement to make the program better.

Seniors:

Azia Washington a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo (Blue Springs HS)

Blair Stephenson a native of St. Louis, Mo (Cardinal Ritter HS/ Lake Land CC)

Dyana Pierre a native of Port St. Lucie, Florida (Lincoln Park Academy HS)

Cartaesha Macklin a native of Mayo, Florida (Lafayette HS)

Even though I only had the chance to watch these women play for one season it was an honor and a lot of fun to watch the leading scorer at SIU play and watch how well they played all year and I can’t wait to see how they do in the MVC Tournament and seeing the talent they have coming back it will be a great group again.

Next Games (MVC Tournament, Moline, IL)

Drake will play either Evansville or Illinois State on Friday March 11th at 6 pm

SIU will play Loyola on Friday March 11th at 2:30 pm  

SIU outlast Eldred and Iowa


By: Matthew Schneider

On Friday afternoon the Salukis (5-3) took on the Iowa Hawkeyes (2-4) at Itchy Jones Stadium in in Carbondale. This matchup is one that we don’t see too often because the last time these two teams went off was in Florida all the way back in 2009. Joey Marciano the left hander was on the mound for the Salukis and in his last outing took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Western Illinois. C.J. Eldred is the starting pitcher for the Hawkeyes and he came into the game on Friday with 2.00 era. Southern Illinois was able to win this game 2-1 but it took longer than 9 innings as it took a sac fly for the Salukis in the bottom of the eleventh to pull this game out.

Despite this Saluki offense producing very well so far in this season it was the pitchers for Southern Illinois and Iowa that were dominant in this matchup. The Saluki Starter Joey Marciano had another great game. He finished the game pitching seven and one-thirds innings giving up no runs on only two hits and he walked four. He also struck out seven Hawkeyes. With a performance like that you would think that Southern Illinois would have no problem winning this game but C.J. Eldred was even better. He didn’t allow a hit until the eighth when Hunter Anderson hit an infield single up the middle. C.J. Eldred went nine innings gave up only two hits while walking one and striking out four Saluki hitters. Both starters were so dominant that it came down to some smart hitting and of course relief pitching were going to be key going into extra innings.

The top of the tenth was finally when we saw the first run come across as third baseman Mason McCoy drove in Corbin Woods off of Saluki pitcher Ryan Netemeyer to make it 1-0 heading to the bottom of the tenth. In the bottom of the tenth saw Jake Hand lead off the inning with a single to left field. Eldred the staring pitcher was finally pulled for Zach Daniels after Eldred gave up the single to Hand. With two outs now and Hand at third base pinch-hitter Ryan Smith took a first-pitch fastball right up the middle for a two-out single to tie the game at one. Anthony Shimkus came on for Southern Illinois at the top of the eleventh at sent Iowa down in order. Iowa brought in Tyler Radtke to try and stop SIU in the bottom half of the eleventh. The first batter Radtke saw was third baseman Ryan Sabo and he hit him in the arm to send him to first base. SS Will Farmer was up next for SIU and he was showing bunt. He then pulled back his bat and swung and drove the ball into the right-center field gap for a double that put Ryan Sabo at third for nobody out. Then with one out Dyllin Mucha hit a sac fly into centerfield for a walk-off win.

This game despite playing two extra innings was a quick as it finished just over three hours. Tyler Radtke (0-1) picked up the loss and Anthony Shimkus (3-0) got the win for the Salukis. Iowa will play the Salukis this weekend and then head home for the next week. Southern Illinois will go travel to Belmont on Tuesday before they come back to Carbondale to face St. Johns for the weekend.