Tag: SIU

Saluki Womens Basketball opens exhibition play

By Jeremy Sneed

The Salukis took home their first win of the season tonight against the Maryville Saints.  Though an exhibition game, there was plenty to be learned.

With Dyanna Pierre and Azia Washington out for potentially a few weeks, the first thing the Salukis needed to learn was how they could perform without their two best players.  Well the answer to that question, is not very well.  The Salukis did win 66-60 but the game should have never been that close.  Maryville is a Division II school and SIU was listed as one of the best school’s in the Missouri Valley Conference Pre-season Poll.

It seems as though the Salukis felt overly confident going into this match-up thinking Maryville didn’t stand a chance. However, the Saints came back multiple times to make it a close game, including a 12-9 run to end the first quarter only trailing by three – a small gap the Saints pushed the Salukis to again later in the game.

Needless to say, the game was very ugly on both sides. There were a total of 33 turnovers in this game, 19 of which were by SIU.  It will be very tough for the Salukis to get at least 4th in the conference with 19 turnovers.  After the game, Coach Stein was critical of the team saying that the two things they need to work on are controlling the turnovers and hitting free throws.  The Salukis only went 9-21 from the line for a 42.9%.  Coach Stein’s synopsis of the game was stated simply, “Way too many turnovers.”  I would have to agree.

Looking past the negatives, players like Rishonda Napier, Cartaesha Macklin, and Kylie Gielbelhausen were the bright spots in tonight’s game.  Napier looked smooth as butter tonight, besides having 5 turnovers of her own, swiftly moving past defenders at will.  Throughout the night Napier was a problem to match up with, crossing over and going behind her back to create opportunities for her and her teammates on the court.  Napier finished the game with 10 points on 4-9 shooting and 8 assists.

Gielbelhausen gets my vote for player of the game for her performance tonight.  She only shot 6-16 but she had 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals.  Pretty much she did everything out there – without her this game would have been completely different.  Macklin shot 50 percent from the field scoring 15 points and adding 10 rebounds.  If the Salukis get more performance like the ones Macklin and Gielbelhausen put on tonight, they should be in good shape while Pierre and Washington are out.

While the ladies do need to watch the turnovers and shoot better than 42% from the free throw line, key players like Napier and Macklin stepped up and helped the Salukis to their 66-60 victory.  Post game, not only did Napier and Gielbelhausen sound optimistic about the season, Coach Stein did as well.  Regarding her team being ranked 4th in the pre-season poll and she replied with, “It’s fair,” adding that those were the teams that finished ahead of the Salukis last season and “the plan is to win it all.”

The Salukis will continue exhibition as they take on the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers at 2 p.m. November 7 at SIU Arena.

Same October just different faces

By Matthew Schneider

October is here and in full swing. The cool October air brings us with two things: pumpkin spiced everything and postseason baseball. This postseason will be as exciting and entertaining as any other postseason. There will be many of the same teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The good thing about this postseason is the array of new teams like the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. The New York Yankees are back in the playoffs but without a familiar guy named Derek Jeter. Let us not forget about the Pittsburg Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays who can make some noise in the playoffs as well. This postseason should be just as exciting as others. The only difference is the new faces we get to see.

This postseason features the up and coming youth of baseball. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are power hitting rookies for the Cubs. Both of them are under the age of twenty-five and are combined hitting 42 homers and have 142 RBIs. This combined with a great one-two punch of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta make the Cubs a threat in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon brings playoff experience and the leadership of Anthony Rizzo makes this team very scary. The Mets have a young and dominant starting pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Matt Harvey are a great threat as pitcher and Yoenis Cespedes has brought a much needed offensive push. David Wright coming back from injury helps this offense.

The Dodgers have the best starting pitcher duo in Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke. Los Angeles has not been a threat in the postseason but I will take Greinke and Kershaw to start for me than any other duo in baseball. Toronto has made moves to make them immediate threats in the postseason. By acquiring Tulowitzki and Price via trade they are contenders that are not pretenders.

The national league central has finally become a relevant division in baseball. The Cardinals won the division but both the Pirates and Cubs have clinched playoff berths making this division something to pay attention to now. This division has been for a long time filled with mediocrity with one superpower known as the Cardinals. This division was an exciting one to watch and I hope that it can continue into October

This postseason is guaranteed to have the same great pitching duels, the great walk-off wins, or the refreshing Gatorade baths. The only differences is we see a changing of the guard. We see new teams being built up and new faces are emerging to claim their spot as top players in this league.


Postseason Predictions:

National League

NL Wild Card

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.

Winner: Cubs


New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

Winner: Mets in 5

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

Winner: Cardinals in 5


St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets

Winner: Cardinals in 6

American League

AL Wild Card

Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

Winner: Astros


Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Winner: Blue Jays in 4

Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros

Winner: Royals in 4


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

Winner: Toronto Blue Jays in 6

World Series

Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Winner: Cardinals in 6

The Cardinals win the world Series because of their experience in this position. The Blue Jays are a talented team but the Cardinals have been in this position. The Cards know what they are doing and how to get it done when it matters most.

Bears trade Jared Allen and Jon Bostic

By Peter Bobrinskoy

Yesterday Chicago Bears General Manager, Ryan Race made some big decisions in trading defensive end, Jared Allen and linebacker Jonathen Bostic. These were great decisions.

For too many years the Bears have put way too much effort into free agency and not enough into the NFL Draft. Phil Emery, the former General Manager of the Bears who was fired after last season, was the king of over paying free agents and trying to buy success. Although he said it in his introductory press conference, he never made the Bears a draft-driven team. By being active in free agency, he cost his team compensation draft picks and would continuously trade up in the draft costing the Bears even more precious picks. He tried to win in free agency and it cost the Bears drastically.

Jared Allen is a perfect example of why Phil Emery was awful. Before the 2014 season, Phil Emery signed Jared Allen to a four year $32 million contract and it was a disaster. Allen did not live up to that huge contract and ended last season with five sacks. Ryan Pace wanted to cut Allen prior to this season but couldn’t because of all the guaranteed money Phil Emery put in Allen’s Contract. So Pace did the next best thing, he ate the $11 million off the signing bonus Allen received and traded him to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth round pick. Now sixth round picks aren’t the sexiest thing in the world but it’s a step in the right direction for a team that needs to start focusing on the draft.

Later that day Ryan Pace cleaned house even more when he traded former 2012 second round pick, Jonathen Bostic to the Patriots for another 6th Round Pick. Bostic, another Phil Emery project, did not live up to expectations of replacing future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher and instead had a two-year career with the Bears filled with inconsticency and injuries.

In conclusion it’s up to Ryan Pace to rebuild the Bears. Early signs are not looking good with Pace making similar mistakes to Emery of overpaying free agents, (i.e. Pernell McPhee and Antrell Rolle) but replacing Allen and Bostic is a step in the right direction.

WIDB Talks to Saluki Craft

Saluki Craft Door

The entrance to Saluki Craft, found at:
715 S University Ave Ste 102
Carbondale IL 62901


WIDB.net may be a student-run radio station but Saluki Craft is a student-owned business.

WIDB staff members, Stephanie Wiewel and Sarah Maher, spoke to two of the part-owners of Saluki Craft about how they got their start as well as the experiences that go along with owning a business.  All of this is being done while the four student-owners are still taking classes at SIU. 

 This summer, Saluki Craft opened on ‘The Island’ in Carbondale.

For more information you can call Saluki Craft at (618) 490-1576, send an email to salukicraft@gmail.com, or head over to their webpage.


Customers can use the laser cutter owned by Saluki Craft. The laser cutter is the largest in Southern Illinois and has large air compressors to prevent burn marks on the material being cut.


The interior of Saluki Craft was redesigned and reorganized by the new student owners before opening.