Flyers Go Undefeated in Florida

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor 

Nov. 11, 2019

The Women’s soccer team got the help they needed in order to get into the GLVC tournament. The Flyers enter the tournament as the eighth overall seed and will face off against the number one overall seed McKendree University.  

After an up and down season the Flyers were able to win their final game of the season against Southwest Baptist. This win and some help from a few other GLVC allowed them to slide into the tournament.  


Lewis will enter the tournament with a record of 8-7-3. The Flyers are also 2-2-3 when facing other GLVC teams. It is the eighth time the Flyers have appeared in the tournament and the team is chasing their second GLVC title having won the inaugural tournament against Quincy in 1995.  


The Flyers are 3-6-1 all time in the GLVC tournament. The team fell to Truman State in last year’s playoff by a score of 3-1. McKendree leads the series vs Lewis 7-2. Despite the losing record to the Bearcats the Flyers are optimistic about upsetting the no. 1 overall seed.  


Lewis is looking forward to challenge and excited to be in the post season. A win against the Bearcats would set a semifinal appearance.  It would only be the second time that Lewis would have made it to the semifinal.  


The team is led by their seniors who have played a crucial role in the team’s success this season. Lewis also has a strong group of underclassmen that have greatly contributed to some of the teams brightest moments. They are going to need all of this and more to help them defeat this year’s GLVC powerhouse in McKendree University.  


Nationals Stun Astros in Game Seven

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor

Nov. 4, 2019

The Washington Nationals made history by upsetting the Houston Astros in game seven of the World Series. Washington was the underdog all season and the same held true going into the World Series.  

Houston started the series off at home and jumped out to an early game one lead but the Nationals would rally back. Washington eventually went on to win the first game of the series on the Astros home turf.  


Game two started off the same. Houston was able to capture an early lead to only once again have the Nationals rally back and win. The Astros would then have to travel to Washington to continue the series. Houston found themselves in territory that they did not want to be in having lost both of the opening games on their home field.  

Despite losing the first two games at home, the Astros would rally and dominate game three  


Game four would be another close game. It wouldn’t be until the later innings for things to get interesting, however. It would be the Astros who would again pull out the victory to even the series up at two games.  


The road team would win again in game five which put the Astros on top 3-2. Game five was a low-scoring affair and ended up being the worst rated game of the whole series.  


The sixth game of the series was a real nail-biter. The scoring would again happen late as the Astros took a two-run lead in the first. Washington would respond by going on a run of their own, scoring seven unanswered runs, four of which came in the last three innings. All the drama with the road team winning every game continued as the Nationals forced a game seven.  


During the final game of the World Series, the Nationals found themselves down two runs again. Houston would make a controversial pitching change which didn’t allow Gerrit Cole to pitch in the game and it would cost them. The Nationals would once again rally as a team late. Houston would be unable to respond once again and the Nationals became the first team to win all their World Series games on the road while winning the series. 


Women’s Volleyball Goes 3–0 at Crossover

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor

Oct. 28, 2019

The women’s volleyball team competed at the Midwest Region Crossover where they won all three of their matches. The GLVC competed against the GLIAC and GMAC during the event. The Flyers would defeat Findlay, Grand Valley State and Hillsdale.   

Findlay was the first competitor and they were not a match for the Flyers who won the match 3-0.  Freshman outside hitter Megan Schlechte led the team with 8 kills, 3 aces and one block. Junior setter Hayley Sobieralski ran the offense to perfection connecting with her hitters 22 times. Sobieralski also added two blocks during the stanza. The Flyers dominated all three sets winning 25-12, 25-17 and 25-20.   


On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Flyers played their first match against Grand Valley State University. GVSU was able to snatch the momentum in the first set. The Flyers faught back but ultimately the Lakers took the first set by a score of 25-22. Despite the opening set loss, the Flyers came out swinging in the second set. The lead grew as large as 14 points during the stanza as the Flyers never trailed. Lewis won the set in dramatic fashion 25-13.  


The third set was also controlled by the Flyers. Lewis capitalized on an 8-2 run midway through the set. Grand Valley attempted to re-gain the momentum, but they would be unsuccessful as the Flyers took the set 25-20.   


The women came out strong in the fourth and final set. They opened the set by scoring five of the first seven points. The Flyers never looked back, taking the set 25-17 to secure their second win of the tournament. 


Hillsdale was the final opponent of the weekend. Strong serving proved to be important during the first set as the Flyers controlled the set from the opening serve. Lewis used this run to win the first set by a score of 25-19. The second set would be more of the same. The Chargers tied the set up at 13 before a 9-3 run by the Flyers. Lewis took the second set as well with a score of 25-22.  


During the third set the Chargers fell behind again, but this time they capitalized on a 13-4 run. The Flyers tied the game up at 20 before Hillsdale scored the final five points of the game to take the set 25-20.  


In the fourth set, the Flyers used a run to cut the lead to five, but the Chargers would prevail after controlling the set. A fifth and final set would be needed after the Chargers 25-18 victory. 


Junior middle hitter Ava Venema would be a big contributor for the Flyers in the final set. Venema provided two kills and two blocks in a crucial run that helped Lewis gain some separation. Hillsdale faught their way back, but ultimately Lewis took the set 15-10 after scoring the final four points.  


While Venema was excited about how the team overcame the tough competition over the weekend, she expressed that a lot of work still needed to be done in their gym. “We have the talent in our gym to beat the strong outside competition,” said Venema. “Although we started off strong, we have not reached goal yet. We need to keep working hard in the gym and pushing each other to keep getting better.” 


Lewis will take a road trip to the University of Southern Indiana and McKendree this weekend to continue their conference season. 


Soccer Battles Through Tough Weekend

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 28, 2019

The men’s and women’s soccer teams embarked on one of their last away weekends of the regular season, playing games against McKendree on Friday, Oct. 18 and Southern Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 20. The men’s team suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses while the women’s team dropped their first game 1-0 and settled for a 1-1 tie in double overtime at the end of Sunday’s matchup. 


“Being on the road definitely takes a toll on us physically and mentally,” said Junior Christine Szymanski. The games bumped the women’s record to 4-4-3 and the men’s record to 4-5-2 in the GLVC, knocking them both into ninth place in conference standings. 


The women were the first to see the field on Friday, holding off the Bearcats in the game’s first 45 minutes even though they trailed 6-3 in shots. McKendree kept constant pressure on Lewis’ side of the field, also registering five corner kicks to the Flyers’ one. The stalemate broke in the 53rd minute when the Bearcats found the back of the net. Lewis’ rally attempt came up short despite leading in shots 6-3 in the second half. The team also battled being down a player for the final 18 minutes after Cali Havelka-Vanderplow received a red card. 

The men’s team saw the first chance at scoring on Friday with a shot on goal near the 15th minute mark that was saved by McKendree’s goalkeeper. However, their attempt was answered with a Bearcat goal in the 26th minute shortly after McKendree’s first shot attempt. Despite the Flyers’ ability to outshoot them 9-8 in the contest, the Bearcat’s handed Lewis their 3rd consecutive loss.  


The women’s team came out strong on Sunday, looking to avenge their loss. Szymanski pushed the Flyers into the lead in the 16th minute on a cross-field assist from Courtney Sengstock. With their pressure on offense, Lewis left the first half leading in shots on goal 3-1 and holding off USI’s 4-0 corner kick advantage. In the second half, the Screaming Eagles responded with four early shots, two of which were on goal. They finally tied the score when their forward beat Lewis’ goalkeeper Lucy Clark in a foot race to the ball. The Flyers had multiple shot attempts after the game was pushed into overtime, but were unable to capitalize. The Screaming Eagles found the back of the net in the second overtime period, but the goal was declined due to an offsides call.  


The men also came out hot against USI with the first three shots of the game, but an early Screaming Eagles corner kick resulted in a penalty in the box, allowing for USI’s Eric Ramirez to score on a penalty kick. The Flyers continued their offensive push in the second half with shots from Jimmy Mwanga, Konrad Malinowski and Sebastian Arguello, but none made it past the Screaming Eagles’ defenders.  


With the season coming down to the wire, both teams are making their final push to earn spots in the top of the conference in order to attend the GLVC championships. “We have the opportunity to make postseason,” said Szymanski. “These next two weekends are very important for us to pull out wins.” 


Both teams are looking to bounce back in their final two weeks of the regular season. Following their final travel trip to Kansas City, Mo., the Flyers return home to take on Drury on Friday, Nov. 1 and then Southwest Baptist on Sunday, Nov. 3 for senior day.  


The Saints Came Marching In

Matt Vogrin, Sports Asst. Editor

Oct. 28, 2019

The Chicago Bears suffered a big loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. 20 and with the loss the Bears record dropped to 3-3.  

Chicago asked a lot out of quarterback Mitch Trubisky who made his first start since his shoulder injury suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. Trubisky threw the ball over 50 times in the loss to the Saints. The Bears only ran the ball seven times, which was a franchise low for rushing attempts in a game. While this seems like a lot of problems, it was only the beginning. Chicago is known for their defense and its ability to create turnovers, however, their top tier defense allowed 36 points to a team playing with their backup quarterback, running back and wide receiver.   


Things started off bad for the Bears during their first possession when their punt was blocked, which unfortunately led to a Saints safety. The Bears then gave up a touchdown on the Saints opening drive which put them down 9-0. On the Saints kickoff following their touchdown, Chicago showed some fight when Cordarrelle Patterson returned the Saints kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. An Eddy Pineiro field goal would put the Bears on top 10-9 early in the second quarter, but the Saints would respond with a field goal of their own to take the lead 12-10 going into halftime.  


The game would get ugly for the Bears in the third quarter. New Orleans dominated time of possession and scored touchdowns on both of their drives. These scores opened the game up and gave the Saints a 26-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.  


In the final quarter, the Saints would add to their lead with a field goal and a Latavius Murry four-yard rush. In the blink of an eye, the game would go from 10-9 Bears to 36-10 Saints. The Bears were unable to get a first down from 11:33 in the second quarter until 3:00 in the fourth quarter. The offense was almost non-existent until garbage time when Mitch Trubisky connected with wide receiver Allen Robinson for a seven-yard touchdown. Trubisky would connect with Javon Wims on a six-yard touchdown after the Bears recovered an onside kick. This is where things would end sadly as the Saints won 36-25. The Saints came marching into Chicago with a bunch of backups and left with a dominating win over one of the best defenses in the National Football League.   


Following the loss to the Saints, head coach Matt Nagy was asked about the frustration in the locker room. “The team is clearly frustrated but that is why we built the team this way…for situations like this, and we have to figure out how to turn things around,” said Nagy. “Every week matters and we just have to figure out a way to walk away with a win, it’s as simple as that.” Nagy did talk about the offensive struggles but said that he would have to go back and watch the film to get a good understanding of exactly what the Saints did on defense to stop them. “It is easy math for play calling, when you are only getting 0,2,3 yards a carry you have to start throwing the ball otherwise you aren’t going to pick up any first downs.”  

Chicago’s next game is in Philadelphia where they will play the Eagles who have been struggling as of recently. This will be a big test to see how the rest of the season may fair for the Bears who had Super Bowl hopes after last year’s disappointing loss to the Eagles in the playoffs.  


Cross Country Hosts Nationally Ranked Teams at Crossover

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 28, 2019

The men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Fifth Annual Lewis Crossover at the Lewis Cross Country Course on Saturday, Oct. 9. The men’s team competed against 11 nationally ranked teams while the women’s team saw six nationally ranked teams and eight regionally ranked teams, making it the largest Division II meet in the country. 

The men placed 24th out of 35 teams with 669 points led by sophomore Anthony Pena who rounded out the top 100 in the 8K race. Pena crossed the finish line with a time of 26:58.8 followed by junior Ross McCormick at 27:07.1. Freshmen Daniel Arimi, sophomore Joshua Beyler and junior Daniel Laskero trailed closely behind to contribute to the Flyer’s 27:17.2 average race time.  


On the women’s team, junior Kassady Learn led with a 45th place finish in a time of 23:42.1, helping the team earn a total of 607 points to clinch 23rd out of 38 teams. Junior Stephanie Jarvis was only a few steps behind earning 59th in the competition. Other runners in Lewis’ top five included senior Abby Tripp, junior Arianna Amill-Ramos and freshman Grace Girard who helped make up their average 6K race time of 24:45.5. 


The race provided great preparation standards for the team as they get ready to travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships the second weekend of November. “I thought that the Lewis crossover went pretty well for me and our team given the conditions of the course and the weather,” said Learn. “One thing I am looking forward to as the season continues is being able to see all the work we have put in over the past couple months show in our final races of the season.” 


The teams hit the course again on Saturday, Nov. 9 at University of Southern Indiana where they will once again be racing the top competitors in the region. 


Swimming League Kicks Off First Ever Professional Meet

Daniela Navarrete, Reporter

Oct. 28, 2019

The inaugural competition of the International Swimming League (ISL) took place Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. The meet made history for professional swimming as this new competition concept has never been witnessed before: a swim “show” formatted after regular team-based competitions. 

The ISL was primarily funded by Ukrainian billionaire Konstantin Grigorishin, who is also the head of the advisory board of the league. He is the largest investor of Energy Standard Group, a Ukrainian utilities firm, and his assets are estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.3 billion. 


As a swimming enthusiast, he wanted to create a different competition format so the audience would enjoy the sport as much as the athletes. “Why is swimming such a popular sport but the competitions are so boring? Why is swimming such a popular sport but there is no money in swimming?” said Grigorishin in an interview with “Is it possible to fix this situation?” 


The solution Grigorishin implemented displayed a great atmosphere for everyone watching the meet. A live DJ stayed on the pool deck the entire session and only stopped the music before the start of each event. Right after the swimmers dove in, he continued playing. This kept the audience excited, even during breaks. 


Also, a hyped host announced each athlete’s lane assignment before an event, including a continuous change of lights. As for the athletes and coaches, each team had a “team box” with their logo by the competition pool in which they could cheer for their teammates while they race. At the end of each session, fans had the chance to take pictures and get signed merchandise with swimmers as they left the aquatic facility. 

ISL’s first stop in Indy had four of the eight teams competing. Energy Standard won the meet with 539 points, followed by Cali Condors with 457. DC Trident finished with 330.5 points and Aqua Centurions with 300.5. The women’s top scorer was Swedish Olympian and World Record Holder Sarah Sjostrom with 54 points, who swims for Energy Standard. She also was named MVP of the meet. The top men’s scorer was South Africa’s 200 fly 2012 Olympic champion Chad le Clos with 43 points.  

All eight teams included swimmers from all around the world; yet, four of them are US-based (DC Trident, Cali Condors, LA Current and NY Breakers) and the other four are based in Europe (Energy Standard, London Roar, Iron and Aqua Centurions). They will face each other in a series of meets alternating American and European venues: first in Indy, then Naples, followed by Dallas, Budapest, Washington DC and London. The best two US and European teams will advance to the championship final which will take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 20 and 21.  


Swimming is one of the most watched sports during the Olympics; therefore, the ISL is a big step for professional swimming to attract more fans and keep them interested in the sport not only every four years, but year-round. In five years, ISL hopes to create a fan-base of at least 100 million devoted followers. Although there are some improvements the league needs to work on such as the lack of investors and sponsorship deals, overall the first meet was a success. Swimming is not a spectator sport; perhaps the ISL will make it one. 


Flyers' Swimming Claim Second Win Over Illinois Wesleyan

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Oct. 21, 2019

The men’s and women’s swimming teams swept their meet at Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, Oct. 12, defeating the women’s team 169.5-110.5 and the men’s team 213-43 at IWU's Fort Natatorium. The men’s team dominated, winning all 14 events of the afternoon while the women’s team won 11 out of 16 events.  

The men’s team had two frontrunners who won three individual events each; junior Ruben Van Leeuwen claimed titles in the 50-yard backstroke, the 100 freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly and sophomore Filip Borkholm won the 200-yard individual medley, the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Junior Brock star also tacked on two more first place finishes alongside Jackson Mugg, Adrian Wlodarz, Guillaume Bolivard and Rhys Taylor who all added one. The 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams opened and closed out the meet with wins to sweep the score board in every category. 

On the women’s side, junior Stephanie Palczynski and senior Ebony McCray led the charge earning first place in two individual events each. On top of Palczynski’s wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke races, she contributed to wins for both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams. McCray also contributed to the team’s 200-yard medley relay win after earning first in the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly. Other Flyers that added to the team score with individual first place finishes were freshman Mariia Melnichuk and juniors Shelby Gertson and Maria Rodriguez. 

The meet marks both the men’s and women’s second wins of the season, the first coming over Lincoln College. Competition picks up at the UIndy Quad Meet on Nov. 8, where the team will see three GLVC competitors: Bellarmine, Missouri S&T and University of Indianapolis.  


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.”