What Happens Next?

By: Glenn Brown

            A question that we as sports fans and sport journalists ask ourselves all the time is, “What is going to happen next in the world of sports journalism”? Writers pride themselves on developing great stories and articles that reflect on games, athletes, and many sports events. A couple of years ago, sportswriters and sports reporters used to be viewed as insiders, or the fans eyes into the sports world. There was no way people knew how to share information with the world about sports; other than the people whose actual job was to cover sports. As a fan of many sports, I would study and read countless articles and reports pertaining to my favorite teams and players. It was really easy to do this 10 years ago, but I believe social media has ruined a lot for the world of sports journalism. We have attacked this subject countless time throughout the year and mostly this semester. I have talked to numerous people about what they believe what is going to happen to the business of sports journalism. Will it become extinct in 5-10 years? Are the articles being written pure or just for show? These are the questions that I continue to have and look at every time I see an iconic sports journalist die who brought great authenticity to the world of sports journalism. Is the writing dying with the each of these figures, or are we as the new generation forgetting our roots and what it means to actually write something for the soul and not profit? One of my writing professors gave me a great take on why journalism as a whole is declining. “Everything and everyone around us has something to say in today’s society, but not a lot of people are saying the right thing”. “There are too many journalists trying to take the world by storm, and these are the same people whom are doing the opposite by forgetting the history of journalism as a whole. These words were very similar to one of my co-workers who aspires to be a sports journalist and then an eventual sports broadcaster. “Sometimes I feel sad because of the writing that I read”. He felt as though people in this world are getting away with crappy writing and mechanics. It’s like an all-star pitcher who is consistency winning games, but due to his mechanics it seems as though he may break down sooner than later. The same can be said for today’s society of sports journalism when it pertains to the writers consistently putting out their product (writing articles/reports), but whose time is sure to run out because of improper managing of what they were given.

Rowan University Men’s Intramural Soccer SAE defeats Phi Kappa psi

By Sierra Morrison

Glassboro, N.J. – Last night, Rowan University Men’s Intramural Soccer SAE defeated Phi Kappa psi, 1-0.

SAE remains undefeated and their record is 4-0. Phi Kappa psi loss to SAE brings their record to 2-2-0. Overall, SAE is averaging 2.75 points per game. Currently, SAE is tied with Tau Kappa Epsilon for 1st place.

“There isn’t one specific player that attests to SAE’s success,” said Luigi Buffolino, the team’s captain. “The whole team has had an impact on the 4 game win streak and the shutout.”

To date SAE hasn’t allowed any of their opponents to score. Prior to defeating Phi Kappa Psi, they shutout out the following opponents: DKE 5-0, Tau Delta Phi 4-0 and Sigma Pi, 1-0.

Buffolino attributes the team’s success by making starting line-ups, substituting and emphasizing teamwork.

“Our defense been playing well allowing no goals,” said Buffolino.

SAE next match is against Phi Kappa Alpha who is 2-2-0.

Buffolino expects SAE to defeat Phi Kappa Alpha and reach the playoffs and the eventually the Championship by keeping up the way they’ve been playing and not letting up any goals.

What it’s like to be an Intramural Referee

By: Glenn Brown

As sports fans we don’t agree with a lot of calls that we see on television and in real life concerning sports and sporting events. We like to think of ourselves as experts and referees when viewing a particular sport. This can come down to being fans of the sport or if you played the sport we like to compare experience with the future.

A lot of people believe that they can make the right calls during crucial times of the games. This is the general consensus among many sports fans. There’s jokes about referees as being “blind” when a particular call isn’t made in their teams favor or one that can effects the game greatly. As a former intramural and youth sports referee, I can tell you that it is the opposite when you step on the field or court wearing that zebra stripe shirt.

While sitting down with a few of my Rowan University Intramural referees, we noticed that we had a lot of things in common regarding referring, but the most common trait that each member possessed was patience. In order to become a good referee or even an average one, you need to have patience and confidence.

After talking to my friend Morgan Olsen who has been a referee for over three years at Rowan University, she had this to say about the job and experience.

“As referees we have to keep our composure and be patient with the participants at all times,” said Olsen. “They (the participants) will hurl insults at you all game and we have to deal with that my continuing to be stern and making the right judgment calls.”

Another one of my colleagues is Wayne Roberts, who referees in intramural basketball. Roberts has a great take on being a referee and sports fan.

“Sometimes it can be weird stepping on to the court and not playing, but without your calls and direction, the game cannot be played correctly,” said Roberts. “We pride ourselves on making the correct calls when it comes to each sport that we’ve played or the sport that were a fan of.”

It’s a respect factor that we have for the game and no matter how annoying or disrespectful the participants may be, we have a job to do at the end of the day. I can honestly say that when the games are close and tight, that is the most enjoyment I have refereeing as I feel like it’s the real thing.

Journey for the JimmyJohners to the Playoffs

By Bryan Vientos
Senior Tyler Yeh and captain of JimmyJohners had bright hope for the season,which only involved 5 games and then the playoffs. Unfortunately, they didn’t start off too hot, losing their first game by 27 points but this didn’t discourage the team.

“ It was our first game playing together and with only one sub it was difficult to match the other team stamina,” Yeh said.

The second game didn’t seem to be going right again, with two JimmyJohners players not able to make the game. This put a lot of pressure on Yeh to preform playing with a man down but luck would have it the other team faced the same issue with their team members. The game was played four versus four with the JimmyJonhers taking complete control over the game winning by 14 points with leading scorer Jerry C. with 18 points. His 6’4 height definitely played a big factor in this turn out. The overall competitiveness was electric throughout the division. Unfortunately in game 3 the JimmyJohners tied in OT, which wasn’t hurtful until the end of the regular season.

The JimmyJohners went on to win their 4th game, which only put more pressure on the 5th and final game of the regular season. The top 2 teams advance to the playoffs and since the JimmyJohners tied there 3rd game they were tied for 2nd. This meant they had to outscore the other teams previous scored more than 15 points against the 5th and final team. Unfortunately, the chances of the JimmyJoners making the playoffs was over before the 5th game even start. The referees warn each team before the game there isn’t any dunking in warmups and Jerry had dunked the ball, which lead to a technical. This technical pushed the Jimmyjohners out of playoff contention and only heartbreak for Senior Yeh not able to receive any silverware before graduation.

From Ventnor to the C.A.L

By Glenn Brown

 

            As Ryan Klein walked on to the field that day of the Varsity Championship Game, he saw more than just 12-year-old playing for a youth football championship. He saw greater things and better pastures for each of the kids suiting up for the Ventnor Pirates. As each team warmed up he started to rattle off something different than the names on the back of each youth’s jersey. “St. Joes (St. Joseph’s High School in Hammonton, NJ), Prep (St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ), and Spirit (Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ)”. These are three of the top catholic high schools in South Jersey. The Ventnor Pirates Youth Football Program located in Ventnor City, New Jersey has sent many of their youth football players to these three high schools in Atlantic County. I played numerous years for this program and was fortunate enough to be granted admission to one of these schools. A bunch of my teammates that I have played with throughout our years also attended these high schools and we continued the dominance at these programs. Even though we all split up between the three schools, we’ve always continued to keep in contact throughout high school as we all had to compete against each other while in high school. While attending these high schools between 2008-2012, me and my teammates won numerous individual awards in football, received scholarships for football, and some of us even one state titles. Without the growth and guidance of our coaches and community in Ventnor, none of would’ve achieved the success that we’ve had. One of those teammates who starred while playing for the Ventnor Pirates is former Rowan Profs football player Evan Stevens. After speaking with Evan over the phone, I was left intrigued about his grace that he showed for the Ventnor program. “The coaches in Ventnor instilled the discipline and winning mentality that I still carry with myself today as a man. Who knew that a bunch of kids from a surf town like Ventnor would take over the South Jersey football landscape as one collective group.

Youth Programs Influence On Kingsway Hockey Player JJ Fogelman

By Bryan Vientos

            JJ Fogelman is a Senior at Kingsway High school and plays for the varsity hockey team. Fogelman has been a varsity player since freshman year and was getting more play time then most first year varsity players. He plays defense but has an itch for scoring goals but his main focus is getting that perfect pass to his forwards. So far this season his team is 14-5 and his stats are 5 goals and 15 assists. Like I said his main focus to is help his teammates get in a better position to score but at the same time keep the puck out his goalies net.

Youth Programs had a lot of influence on Foelman and his favorite was the Hollydell Hurricanes. Fogelman said, “Youth hockey has helped him a lot throughout the years, being on the ice 4 out of the 7 days just for youth hockey really got me better because of all the practices and being in games where kids were better than me definitely taught me how to be a better skater and have more iq on the ice.” That being said, he only went on to explain why he chose hockey and his reasoning was that he’s always loved to watch it as a kid. This only pushed him to continue on through youth programs then to high school level hockey.

JJ’s influence to his high school program has not been quiet, he has been awarded with the Coaches Award and this years Defenseman of year award after a great season. Fogelman said,  “The Coaches Award is so far my proudest moment after being acknowledge for his great character on and off the ice.” The love for the youth hockey club has not only shaped a young man but continues to push him to the next level.

From Pennsauken High School to Rowan University

Cortes, Hofbauer

Giselle Cortes in the upper left hand corner. Kelly O’Brien in the right upper corner. Rachel Hafbauer in the bottom left corner. Taylor Gretz in the bottom right corner. Photo from Rowan University.

By Sierra Morrison

Pennsauken N.J – In their season opener held March 1, Rowan University Women’s Lacrosse defeated Ursinus University 12-7. Since then the women’s lacrosse team has played two more games. They recently lost their most recent game against Salisbury University, 6-16 and are on a 2 game losing streak. Despite being 1-3 women’s lacrosse player Giselle Cortes (Sr.) expects a turn around as soon as they travel to Florida.

Women’s lacrosse next scheduled games will be in Florida on March 14 and 17 playing against Western New England University and Denison University.

For Cortes, her roots began in High School. Cortes went to Pennsauken High School and was selected female athlete of the year her junior year (2012) for garnishing 1st team all conference honor for both field hockey and lacrosse. Also, she became the youngest to receive that award as its given senior year. By the time Cortes was a senior in high school, she was again selected female athlete of the year and became the first female to receive it twice.

I think what got me there again was not only getting 1st team all conferences honors in both field hockey and lacrosse but also, I broke the scoring record for field hockey overall and had the most high scoring season,” said Cortes. “In lacrosse as well by the end of senior year I became the all time scorer. Furthermore, what probably really allowed me to receive the award was that I was awarded The Iron Award (consisting of a sword and plaque), this award was the second biggest in which I became the second female athlete to receive it in over 20 yrs.”

 It should be noted that lacrosse wasn’t Cortes primary sport.

“I played field hockey during the fall, then my junior year I began to pay basketball in the winter, and Lacrosse in the spring,” said Cortes. “By my senior year, I was in mid season of basketball, although I loved it I knew at the time I needed something more to prepare myself for lacrosse and the collegiate level, so I quit during mid season and indoor track.”

After graduating from Pennsauken High School, Cortes went to Rowan University and continues to play lacrosse.