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Men’s Tennis Takes On ITA Regionals in Allendale

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 9, 2019

Five upperclass members of the men’s tennis team traveled to Grand Valley State University on Saturday, Sept. 28, to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Region Championships. Lewis’ David Ambrozic, Pedja Trifunovic, Juan Ramirez Meija and Oskar Lusti competed in the men’s singles A bracket and Jonathan Maghirang competed in the men’s B bracket.  

In singles competition, Ambrozic advanced past the first round by knocking off J.L. van Antwerpen of Davenport University 6-4, 6-4. In his second match, he took on Adham Gaber of Southwest Baptist, and after rallying in the second set, Ambrozic fell 6-3, 1-6, 10-4.  

Trifunovic, Ramirez Meija and Lusti each fell in their opening matches to competitors from Drury, Findlay and Southwest Baptist respectively. However, each player bounced back in the consolation bracket. Trifunovic defeated Northwood’s Ben Brandherm 6-2, 6-1, and Lusti took down Tomas Martinez of University of Illinois Springfield 6-4, 3-6, 10-4, while Ramirez Meijaw walked away with a default win against Purdue Northwest’s Leon Kah. Jonathan Maghirang dropped both of his matches to Bellarmine’s Eli Franks and Purdue Northwest’s Gregory Kvint 6-0, 6-1. 

In men’s A doubles, juniors Ambrozic and Lusti made a good run defeating University of Indianapolis 8-4 in the first round and Northwood 8-3 in the second round. They were stopped by Nico Hadeler and Gregor Kokalj from Drury University in a thrilling 9-7 quarterfinal match. The Drury duo continued on to earn runners-up in the tournament. The doubles team of Ramirez Meija and Trifunovic unfortunately fell short when they dropped their first round to Findlay’s Tomas Kmetko and Jorge Barnuevo 8-5.  

The regional tournaments wrapped up both the men’s and women’s tennis schedules for the remainder of the fall season. They will pick back up in the spring to take on competitors across the Midwest, including the GLVC, in team competitions to be concluded with NCAA tournament play. 


Men’s Club Hockey Suffers Back-to-Back Losses to Bradley

Daniela Navarrete, Reporter

Oct. 7, 2019

The men’s club hockey team fell against Bradley University on the double header that took place Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Canlan Ice Arena in Romeoville, Illinois.  

During the first period of the first game, Bradley’s forward Cole Harris scored just 44 seconds after the puck dropped. In the second period, freshman forward Matthew Moro scored the first goal for the Flyers in the 35th second. Soon after, forward Kam Etchinson and Brennen Peters scored for the Braves at 1:40 and 3:21, respectively. Next, junior forward Matthew Ernsting scored at 4:46 for the Flyers, followed by senior forward David Pickell at 12:13. Lewis came out short in the last period as Bradley scored two unanswered goals. The final score was 5-3 as the Braves upset the Flyers. 

When the team is behind on the scoreboard, the Flyers rely on cheering to keep up the same energy they had at the start of the game. “When we are down I will make sure we get louder on the bench,” said sophomore defender Dylan Parshall. “This motivates the guys and lights a spark that we will hope to build on.” 

Unfortunately, on Saturday evening the Flyers lost to the Braves 5-2. Lewis started off right with a goal by freshman forward Conor Johnson at 1:16. Then during the second period, the Braves scored twice: forward Brennen Peters at 11:18 and defense Sam Lucchese at 12:29. The last period ended with a goal by senior forward David Pickell at 13:04 which fell short of the three goals made by the Braves. 

As part of the American College Hockey Association, Lewis University belongs to the Northern Collegiate Hockey League which plays against many teams from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Despite their recent loss, the Flyers are currently seeded number one in the conference standings.  

The Flyers’ biggest rival is DePaul University. “It is always a heated match up,” Parshall said, “and now that our old assistant coach is their head coach, it will add fuel to the fire and make it a much more fun game.” The Marian University Sabres are also one of their toughest competitors as they always make a successful playoff push, usually making it to the national championship. 

The Lewis men’s hockey team hopes to make the best of their playoff run. “It has been tough during the past couple of years with our playoff pushes,” Parshall said, “but I think with the group of guys we have this year, it will be no problem.” 

The season runs from mid-September to February and the Lewis men’s club hockey team still has 20 games left to play. The Flyers will come back to the ice rink for their next set of games against Concordia Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ozaukee Ice Center, in Mequon, Wisc.  


Flyers Open GLVC Play

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor

Oct. 7, 2019

The women’s volleyball team opened up GLVC play over the weekend, hosting Truman State and Quincy at home. The Flyers came out strong with two wins to start the conference season, both in the form of a sweep.  

It was a dominant first match as the Flyers defeated Truman State 25-14,25-21,25-16. Being the first match of the season in Neil Carey Arena, there were some nerves to start, but the Flyers overcame those nerves early and took control of the first set.   

After a compelling second set, the team found themselves in a dogfight. While Lewis would have control throughout the set, the Bulldogs refused to go down without a fight. Truman went on a late run to bring the game within two, making it 22-20 Flyers. Lewis scored three of the final four points giving them the 25-21 set win. 

The third set was much like the first set, a very lopsided affair. Lewis would break the 9-9 tie by going on a 9-4 run to open the game. Truman tried to make a late push, but the Flyers finished the game by scoring the final five points, putting the exclamation mark on the match. 

Lewis also controlled their second home match of the season. The opening set against Quincy proved to be the closest set between the two teams, but the Flyers earned a win, taking the set 25-19. The Flyers never trailed in the middle frame building a 13 point lead. Lewis took the set 25-11. After trailing early, the Flyers went on to win the third set 25-15. Redshirt freshman Mikah Freppon dished out 28 assists and an ace in the dominant win over Quincy.   

The team has a little extra motivation now that they have entered conference play. “One big motivation for this conference season is one of our teammates, Caroline Stefanon,” said Freppon. Caroline tore her Achilles in a preseason tournament which will sideline her for the rest of her senior season. “We are so team oriented that we strive to succeed not only for ourselves, but for her” Freppon added.  

The Flyers hope to carry the momentum of the weekend into the bulk of their conference season. The team returns home on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to take on another conference powerhouse, University of Illinois Springfield.  


Cubs Eliminated From Playoffs; Maddon Tenure Ends

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor

Oct. 7, 2019

The Chicago Cubs have been officially eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Chicago had an up and down season, but a late slump in the last month which included a nine-game losing streak ended their season. 

Cubs front office announced that manager Joe Maddon would not return for the 2020 season, ending his tenure in Chicago that brought the Cubs their first World Series win since 1908. Theo Epstein said in a WGN news conference, “It is in the best interest of the Cubs to move in a different direction, we thank Joe for his time in Chicago.” 

Players had mixed emotions on the news. The majority of the players thanked Joe and wished him the best of luck going forward. Second baseman Javier Baez took the time to acknowledge that Joe Maddon allowed him to be himself, and he thought that played a huge role in his success. 

Maddon had a record of 471-338 during his tenure. He managed the Cubs to a 2016 World Series Title and three trips to the National League Championship Series. Chicago had more success under Maddon than any other manager in recent memory, but Maddon ultimately lost the locker room and the front office during the 2019 season. 

The Cubs finished the season with an 84-78 record. Chicago finished third in the National League Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.  An 8th overall finish in the National League was disappointing as the Cubs have one of the biggest team salaries in the entire MLB. To put things into perspective the Cubs have a $241,562,998 payroll and the Cardinals have a $172,152,164. St. Louis won the division and the Cubs missed the playoffs which has Cub fans wondering how all the money they spent did not pay off. 

While the Cubs may have let their fans down this season there is still optimism that moves will be made in the offseason to get the Cubs back on track. Two moves to watch out for are the new manager that will replace Maddon, and if the Cubs decide to pay Kris Bryant or let him test the free agent market. The Cubs will have to find some pitching help next season, but they could bounce back if the front office makes the right moves this offseason. 


Men’s Soccer Pushes Through Weekends on the Road

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 7, 2019

The men’s soccer team finished out their four-game away stint with games against Maryville on Friday, Sept. 27, and Missouri S&T on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Flyers dropped the matchup against the Maryville Saints 0-1 to tally their first loss of the season, but rallied back from behind to draw a 2-2 tie with the Miners after double overtime. 

The Flyers saw tough competition against Maryville as the team is ranked sixth in Division II and entered the contest 6-0, four of their wins during GLVC play. Playing in their territory did not help, but it’s something the team has gotten used to after traveling often throughout the beginning of the season. “We had six out of our first eight games on the road, then were home for four, then back on the road for four, so the schedule is not in our favor this year,” said head coach Evan Fiffles. “But to be a successful team, you need to learn how to get the result on the road.” 

In the first half of the game, Lewis managed to hold off Maryville’s offense. The first two shots came from the Saints in the 26th and 30th minute, but both went wide. Lewis’s Conor Mohr-Condron then responded with a shot of his own, but it was saved by the Saints’ goalie. Both teams got off one more shot before the end of the half, but once again Maryville’s went wide and Lewis’ Jayson Iniguez’s was blocked.  

The Flyers kept the pressure on at the start of the second half with a shot on goal by Timm Adler that went wide, but the Saints were able to move the ball back down field in the 40th minute to produce a goal by Rasmus Tauts. The goal was followed by multiple Lewis corner kick attempts, all of which were cleared out of the zone, and shots on goal by Matthew Beaulieu, Claude Kameni and Iniguez, none of which found the back of the net. 

On Sunday, Oliwer Mattiasson opened the offensive push for the Flyers with a shot attempt. But the Miners’ Bertram Gjelfort responded by scoring a goal in the 19th minute. In the 25th minute, Iniguez also had a shot on goal that was saved by the Miner’s goalkeeper, and Missouri S&T once again moved it back down the field to earn their second goal by Tim Schreffl minutes later. Here, the Flyers went on an offensive rally with six shots, two on goal. One shot by Konrad Malinowski found the back of the net, putting Lewis on the score board. 

Lewis kept this momentum in the second half, outshooting the Miners 7-0. Iniguez sealed the tie in the 76th minute with his first goal of the season. Two more Lewis shot attempts that followed the goal were both saved by Miner goalkeeper Nick Posey, forcing the game into overtime.  

The Flyers spent the first half of the first overtime period on defense, fending off two shots, one of which was on goal but saved by keeper C.J. Couper. Aris Oluwatuyi had the first opportunity to take the lead in the fourth minute of double overtime, but his shot went wide. In the 8th and final minutes, Mohr-Condron and Oluwatuyi managed two more shots, but were unable to capitalize, leaving the 110-minute game at a draw.  

The tie pushed Lewis’ record to 5-1-2 overall and 2-1-2 in conference. The team hopes that their next two home weekends will help them continue the success they jumped out to with the five-game winning streak that opened their season. “We’re happy with the start but know we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to get better,” said Fiffles. “It’s a long season.” 

The team returns home on Friday, Oct. 11, to take on University of Indianapolis, and again on Sunday, Oct. 13, for Alumni Day to play Bellarmine before their next four game away stretch.  


Bears’ Defense Is All That Matters – An Opinion

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 7, 2019

Chicago is excited about the Bears again now that they’re on a three-game winning streak after dominating the Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 29. It was a 16-6 win even without lead quarterback Mitch Trubisky, starting defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and defensive end Bilal Nichols. The defense, who performed without two starting linemen, brought back Bears fans’ Super Bowl hopes after the team’s disappointing season opening flop against the Packers. 

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky walked off the field Sunday with a left shoulder injury when a play resulted in a fumble. Trubisky reached out for the loose ball in a recovery attempt but also in an awkward attempt to catch himself which led to him standing in a shoulder sling for the remainder of the game. He was replaced by Chase Daniel, a quarterback who did an adequate job nudging the ball down the field and keeping the offense scoring just enough to remain in the lead.  

However, the real show came from Chicago’s defense who sacked Minnesota’s quarterback Kirk Cousins a total of six times, once with Khalil Mack stripping him of the ball for a turnover. But this game, it wasn’t just the headliners that were making an impact; backup starters Nick Kwiatkowski, Roy Robertson-Harris and Nick Williams combined for at least four of the team’s sacks. "I could go on and on with the defense,” coach Matt Nagy said, “but there's a lot of guys.” 

This is painting a new picture for Bear’s fans as expectations for the team were high, even considering Super Bowl contention, before a mediocre preseason showing. Last year’s Bears team led the league with 27 interceptions and sat at first in points allowed. To add to that, the roster saw few changes heading into this year, except that of a consistent kicker.  

Now, we are starting to see this defense come alive again. In the last four games, there is still yet to be a team that breaks 100 rushing yards. The Vikings managed a sad 40 yards rushing, and even Denver’s Phillip Lindsay who came into the September 15 matchup ranked first in the NFL in rushing yards at 134 managed only 36 yards on the ground. 

While Daniel got the job done, this game against the Vikings made it apparent that it doesn’t take a star quarterback for Chicago to make a good run at the postseason this year. The defense will make anyone look good and give them the time and cushion they gave Daniels to play with confidence and ease. "I've been in the league 11 years,” Daniel said, “that's one of the most dominant performances I've ever seen of any defense." 

After going to head-to-head with the Raiders who sit in second in the AFC West, the Bears will gear up to take on NFC South frontrunner the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. 20. Only time will tell, but my intuition tells me that the Saints’ 102.5 rushing yard average will be reduced considerably when they visit Soldier Field. 


Four women’s tennis players compete at ITA Regionals

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Sept. 30, 2019

The women’s tennis team traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 20, to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional tournament. The tournament, hosted by Davenport, saw teams from all over the GLVC and GLIAC conferences.  

In the competition, junior Aleksandra Sredojevic and sophomore Joie Reisch both competed in the “A” singles main draw, but both dropped their first matches to knock them into the consolation bracket. Sredojevic lost a hard-fought match against Ferris State’s Brittany Lavenant 4-6, 6-4, 6-10, and Reisch lost to Drury's Viktoriya Zheleva 6-3, 6-2. 

Sredojevic, however, put up a long fight in the consolation bracket, defeating contenders from Maryville, Southwest Baptist, and Michigan Tech to advance to the semifinals which were unfortunately called due to the weather. Reisch completed the day with a 1-2 record, dropping her second set in consolation to Hillsdale’s Katie Bell. 

Two other Lewis team members, freshman Jovana Vujanic and sophomore Sophie Davis, competed in the “B” bracket. Vujanic went 2-1 in singles, beating Maryville's Ashley Dowden 4-6, 6-1, 10-5, and Illinois Springfield's Lucy Pineiro 6-4, 6-3. She then dropped her next match against Grand Valley's Olivia Hanover 6-3, 2-6, 1-10. 

Davis went 1-2 in her singles matches, losing to Tiffin's Anais Geslin in the first round 6-1, 6-0. She stayed alive in consolation by defeating Davenport's Sophie Gossett 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, but then fell in the next match to Ferris State's Morgan Waller 6-4, 6-1. 


Spooky Weekend in the NFL

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor 

Sept. 23, 2019

Friday the 13th sparked a spooky weekend for the NFL. On Sunday, there were multiple missed extra point attempts, laundry (flags) all over the field and controversy. There were also some vicious hits that caused players significant consequences. 

The Bears game might have been the wildest of them all. In the final minute of the game, Denver scored a touchdown that put them within one. Denver opted to go for two instead of tying the game with an extra point. The Broncos were then penalized for too many men in the huddle. Denver opted to try the point after because the penalty backed them up. 

As the Broncos kicker missed the PAT, another flag was thrown. This time, the Bears jumped offsides and gave Denver another chance to take the lead. Quarterback Joe Flacco hit Emmanuel Sanders for the two-point conversion which gave the Broncos the lead. What would happen next was even spookier. 

The Bears got the ball with less than 50 seconds to go. Chicago struggled on offense all game so to fans it was little to no surprise that they would lose this game. Coach Matt Nagy used the plays he had left in his playbook to help drive the Bears into field goal range. Chicago called timeout with one second to go which set up a game-winning field goal attempt. 

Bears fans across the country had chills due to the double doink that ended last year’s season. Kicker Eddy Pineiro was not spooked out however, as he was able to make the game winning field goal with ease.  

Friday the 13th started the weekend which had the most penalties dating back to early last year. During the weekend, there were also hits that caused fines across the league. Two quarterbacks suffered significant injuries that will hinder or end their season. All of this just seems eerie to me. 

Some would say that there is no correlation between Friday the 13th and the spooky NFL weekend, but I have watched enough football in my day to know that something was in the air this weekend and it wasn’t just the football. 


Bears Panic as Packers Prevail

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

The Chicago Bears opened their season with a disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers. Mitch Trubisky struggled to complete passes while the Bears defense did everything, they could to keep the game close but in the end the offense could not pull through as the Packers won 10-3.  

In the first quarter things looked promising for Chicago as they took an early 3-0 nothing lead with an Eddy Pineiro field goal. On the next dive the Bears defense forced a three and out which clearly made Aaron Rodgers frustrated. However, Chicago could not capitalize on this. After gaining a first down the Bears were forced to punt. The Packers were once again forced to punt which ended the first quarter.  

Aaron Rodgers got the ball in the second quarter after yet another Bears three and out. Rodgers took advantage of this and drove the Packers down the field to score. Rodgers completed a pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. The touchdown put the Packers on top 7-3. Chicago fans began to shout boos at the team because they could not move the ball on offense. The defense would keep the Packers scoreless for the remainder of the second quarter, keeping the score 7-3 going into halftime.  

The third quarter was a quarter won the by the defense of both teams. Both the Packers and the Bears defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter. Bears fans became angry with the lack of offensive production. Soldier Field was rocking for all the wrong reasons in the second half. Fans were not used to seeing a team that struggled to score the ball, as last season the Bears offense was one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.  

During the fourth quarter things did not get better for the Bears on offense. The Bears failed to convert on three short third down plays. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would tack on a field goal with only five minutes left in the game to make the score 10-3. Chicago had the ball in scoring position with two minutes to go in the game but Mitch Trubisky threw an interception in the end zone to former Bear Adrian Amos. Chicago would get one more chance to tie the game up but would not be able to get a first down. This would end a night that all Bears fans wish never happened.  

After the game coach Matt Nagy said “Three points is ridiculous. It starts with me, so this — I just told the guys in there, this is not who we are. I was proud of our defense. I thought they played their a** off tonight. Offensively, not good enough. And we're going to fix it. Our guys know that.” The Bears will play the Redskins on September 23 for their next contest.  


Hoerner Brings New Hope - Opinion

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

For the first time since 2014, Chicago Cubs fans are anxious in their seats about the possibility of the team falling short of making the playoffs this year. With only four series to go, the Cubs trail the Cardinals in the NL Central by four games with 77 wins. Meanwhile, the Nationals in the NL East are the leading contenders for the National League wild card.  

While the team continues to trail in the race, they also continue to lose some of their top players to injury during a crucial time in the season. Kris Bryant is currently on a day-to-day watch with a knee injury, and shortstops Javy Baez and Addison Russell are dealing with a hairline fracture of the thumb and a potential concussion respectively. Baez and Bryant sit at five and six in the team’s stats for hitting average and on base percentage. 

But if there’s any silver lining to injury, it’s that Nico Hoerner, the Cubs first round draft pick in 2018, got his opportunity to step up to the big leagues. And he showed out, helping the Cubs break a three-game losing streak. While many people will say it’s crazy to ride the high of Monday’s game against the Padres and claim that Hoerner will be the Cubs’ postseason savior, I’m quick to jump on the bandwagon.  

While the bullpen has been a major lowlight of the season, the Cubs’ offense has also struggled in the numbers. The Cubs sit at 13th in the MLB in runs per game with 4.92. They also sit at 17th in batting average at .251, lower than the National League’s overall average. Not to mention, the leadoff hitters are nowhere in the stats which isn’t helpful for the RBI-seeking batters to follow. 

Hoerner’s Monday debut wasn’t as celebrated as some of the first-round picks before him such as Bryant and Baez, but he made an instant impact on the Cubs’ offense. In their 10-2 win, he swung 3-for-5 and earned four RBIs, one on a two-run triple. “You could have put a spotlight on him the entire evening,” said manager Joe Madden.  

While it doesn’t get much better than starting off with a 1.000 slugging percentage, I think it’s more than Hoerner’s offensive abilities that will make him a threat and fan-favorite moving forward. In Monday’s matchup he also played a solid defense, making two smooth stops in the outfield grass that he turned into outs at first.   

Beyond his batting and fielding abilities, Maddon has had everything good to say about Hoerner as a player and a person. “First of all, he's very smart, a very bright kid,” Maddon said. “And then he's really mature beyond his years. Gosh, it's really like talking to guys who have played for the last 10 years in the major leagues.” 

In my opinion, this is what you call the “it” factor for athletes, and it is a difficult attribute to find in young players. A lot of times baseball is all about the stats, but the stats don’t come if you’re unable to adjust quickly to new pitchers and an entirely different game pace. It takes a heads-up player who is really comfortable in their own cleats and also someone who is able to compartmentalize and perform in high-pressure situations.  

If Hoerner can come in under the pressure he did and go 3-for-5, I’d like to see what he could do with 500 Cubs at bats throughout a season. For now, we will continue to see Hoerner own the field at short stop, but I think next season he could be a serious contender for second base, a position that has struggled to contribute to the Cubs offense.  

With Hoerner in the lineup and word of Bryant hitting the field again soon, the Cubs will have a good chance at beating out the Nationals for the wild card spot, especially taking into account that the Nationals are about to take on the second-hardest remaining schedule among playoff competitors. Though they’ve got their work set out for them, the Cubs even have seven head-to-head opportunities to cut their four-game gap between the Cardinals in the NL Central.  


Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Sweep Home Opener

Daniela Navarrete, Sports Reporter 

Sept. 16, 2019

The men and women’s cross country teams claimed victories at the Earlybird Classic held at the Lewis Cross Country Course on Friday, September 8. The men’s team had eight finishes in the top 15 out of 30 runners, while the women’s team posted a perfect score. From their seven top ten finishes, the first six were Lewis runners.  

After a close race, Lewis junior Peter Freeman was the top finisher for Lewis in the 6k as he placed second by .7 seconds with a time of 20:51.3. Freshman Payton Goudreau came in third with a 21:04.0, followed by sophomore Trey Houmes at 21:11.9 in fourth. On the women’s team freshman Katelyn Gall came in first in the 5k with a time of 20:02.07. Sophomores Ashleigh Macleod and Jackie Eck placed second and third with a 20:08.05 and 20:24.0, respectively.   

According to James Kearney, head coach for Lewis men’s and women’s cross country programs, the team raced without their top five runners on the women’s side nor with their top eight on the men's. However, he felt the ones that ran, competed pretty well. “I think our boys could have done a little more, but I am really excited about how they will develop throughout the season. On the women’s side, I am totally blown away by their performance,” Kearney shared. 

Kearney said the Earlybird Classic was more of an opportunity for the younger athletes to showcase their skills in their first college race. In high school, cross country men usually run 5k, but the average distance at a regional or national college event is 10k so basically they double the run. The women will run three miles in high school, (a little under 5k), yet in college they will race 5k or 6k. 

Both Lewis cross country teams have a strong core of sophomore and junior runners that yields positive hopes throughout the season. The women’s team goals for this season are to finish top four in the conference and top ten in the regional level. “I think these are achievable and attainable goals. We have the talent, we just have to make the new people fit,” Kearney said.  

On the men’s side, the ultimate goal is to make NCAA Division II Championships. “We had national appearances in 2016 and 2017; last year we were the runner-up team by one spot. This year we just got to work and get better every day, either at practice or at a race.”  

Next week, Lewis men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to the course at the Michigan State Spartan Invite. Kearney says it will be a great challenge for the whole team. “There are going to be around 30 or 40 schools of all levels. It is going to be an interesting event to test ourselves against the best; we are going to push forward and strive to make an excellent performance. This is why I will have everybody in our rosters running.”  


Flyers Go Undefeated in Florida

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

The Lewis University Women’s Volleyball team traveled to Florida to compete in the NOVA Southeastern tournament. Lewis would play Millersville, Shaw, Palm Beach Atlantic, and Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.  

In the opening match the Flyers beat Millersville in three set match. Senior outside hitter Alexandra Preuss led the team in kills with 11. Junior middle hitter Ava Venema led the team with five blocks while Junior setter Hayley Sobieralski dished out 21 assists.  

The second match for the Flyers was a little more exciting. Shaw proved to be a more competitive team however, the Flyers would still win the match three sets to none. Freshman outside hitter Megan Schlechte would lead the team in digs tallying 11. Redshirt freshman setter Mikah Freppon ran the offense providing 19 assists while another Redshirt freshman led the team in blocks with two, middle hitter Farah Taki.  

Palm Beach Atlantic proved to be the toughest task for the Flyers on the weekend. Palm Beach Atlantic came into the contest ranked 15th in Division II while Lewis came into the match ranked 7th. The Flyers got off to fast starting by taking the first set 26-24. However, the Sailfish took the second and third set from the Flyers. Lewis would win the fourth set 25-20 to force the match deciding fifth set. The Sailfish would jump out to a 14-10 which put them one point away from upsetting the 7th ranked Flyers. Junior libero Jamie Poppen would lead the charge with a strong serve as the Flyers would score the final six points which ultimately won them the match 16-14. This proved to be an exciting and nerve-racking contest for Lewis.   

Puerto Rico-Mayaguez would be the fourth and final team to play the Flyers. The Flyers would take the first set 25-13 however, the next two sets would be a lot closer. Lewis would edge out Puerto Rico 25-22 and 28-26 in the final two sets of the match. With this win it secured the perfect weekend for the Flyers.  

Junior middle hitter Ava Venema was named tournament co-MVP. Venema was asked about what the team could take away from the tournament and said “What we can take away from this trip is that although we started off strong we have not reached our ultimate goal yet. We need to keep working hard in the gym and pushing each other to keep getting better.” 

Senior outside hitter Alexandra Preuss and senior right-side hitter Colleen Wilhelm were also selected to the all-tournament team. The Flyers will travel to New York to take on Holy Family on September 20th.  


Parnello Helps Clinch First Win in OT

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Sept. 16, 2019

The women’s soccer team began their season with a weekend split, dropping their first game to Ashland 2-0 on Friday, Sept. 6, and then outlasting Tiffin to take home a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday, Sept. 8. Senior Kailey Parnello found the back of the net only 27 seconds into overtime to stop the Dragon’s rally.  

“Overtime is golden goal, so the team's mentality is to come out strong offensively and sell out on every play,” Parnello said. “My mentality as a forward is to work as hard as I can to get my teammates or myself in a position to score a goal as quickly as possible.” 

Friday’s matchup started slow for the Flyers as Ashland maintained constant pressure upfield. In the first half, the Eagles outshot the Flyers 9-3 with the first attempt only 47 seconds into the game. This offensive push proved to be worthwhile for the Eagles as they found the back of the net in both the 19th and 36th minutes to claim the lead in the first half. The Flyers had two chances to retaliate with shots on goal by Alissa Waits and Allie Mikos, but both were blocked by the Eagle’s goalkeeper, Hannah Lee.  

In the second half, Lewis applied more pressure both offensively and defensively. The Flyers held Ashland to only four shots and set up multiple attempts to score on corner kicks. Parnello and Karlie Cummins put up two more shot attempts but the first was saved and the second soared wide leaving both teams with a scoreless second half.  

Despite Friday’s loss, the Flyers came out hot against Tiffin the following Sunday. Mikos made her presence known scoring a goal less than two minutes into the game on a pass from Christine Szymanski. Nearly halfway through the first half, Cummins added to that lead with an assist from Mallory Richardson. The Flyers continued to put pressure on their goal, outshooting Tiffin 13-3 in the first half. However, the Dragons responded in the 24th minute to cut Lewis’ lead to one going into the second. 

Junior Mirandi Nirchi pulled through with the third goal of the day on an assist by Maddie Levins, but the Dragons responded in the end of the half with two goals in under 10 minutes pushing the competition into overtime. At this point in the game, the momentum was still on the Flyers’ side as they were outshooting the Dragons 30-7. Parnello made quick work of the ball on a pass from Levins to seal the win in overtime. This was one of nine shots Parnello took on the day.  

With so many players contributing to put points on the board, it was obvious that the team’s win against Tiffin was a whole team effort. “We return most of the team from a successful season last year, so we have high expectations for ourselves,” Parnello said. Aside from their Michigan preseason scrimmages, these two games are the only non-conference competitors they will see this season before their 16-game conference run. But the team knows they have the ability to hold their own in conference play. “There are no easy games in our conference, therefore, every game will be a battle,” said Parnello. “We think that if we stay healthy and keep up the team chemistry, we could have a very good year.” 

The Flyers follow up their opening home weekend and first conference matchups with a four game away stretch beginning with University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, Sept. 20.


Men’s Soccer Kicks Off Season With Home Win

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Sept. 9, 2019

The men’s soccer team pulled out a 1-0 win against Purdue Northwest to open their regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Lewis’ stadium. Midway through the second half, freshman Oliwer Mattiasson put the Flyers on the board with the only goal of the game, and Mattiasson’s first collegiate goal.   

In the opening half, the Flyers split possession with the Pride but managed to keep pressure on their goal keeper. Lewis managed two shots early in the half, and two just after the 40-minute mark. Junior Jimmy Mwanga had an opportunity to score in the final 90 seconds as a ball bobbled around in front of the net, but Purdue Northwest’s Raul Garrido Garcia made the save.  

Lewis kept the pressure in the second half with two shots in under eight minutes followed by three aggressive corner kick attempts. In the 61st minute, a foul occurred at midfield. Junior Abdul Ganiyu-Iddrisu played the ball quick and freshman Aris Oluwatuyi sent the ball upfield, giving Mattiasson the opportunity to score inside the far goal post.  

The Pride tried to even the score but freshman goal keeper C.J. Couper kept his ground, making a save in the final two minutes of the game.  

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the Flyers traveled to their first away matchup against non-conference rival University of Wisconsin Parkside in Kenosha, Wisc.