Rodriguez returns amid controversy

April 9, 2015 5:30 PM

STORY BY ELYSE WHEATON

Elyse Wheaton can be reached at elyse.wheaton@drake.edu

Elyse Wheaton can be reached at elyse.wheaton@drake.edu

Alex Rodriguez, more commonly known as A-Rod, one of the New York Yankees heaviest hitters, is coming back to the world of baseball.

He was suspended the whole 2014 season after it was uncovered that he was receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a clinic in South Florida.

Rodriguez received the longest suspension Major League Baseball (MLB) has ever handed down.

This repeat offender is going to find it extremely difficult to get the fans and coaches back on his side due to his major break of the rules. (more…)

An assessment of Drake Track and Field’s performance expanded

3:00 PM
Rogan is a first-year news/internet journalism major and can be reached at adam.rogan@drake.edu

Rogan is a first-year news/internet journalism major and can be reached at adam.rogan@drake.edu

An article that ran in last week’s issue of the Times-Delphic raised some red flags amongst the Drake University athletic community, particularly the track and field team.

The article, “Track and Field team hindered by recruitment woes,” discussed what appeared to be the struggles that Drake’s team has faced this year in competitions. However, these ‘struggles’ are more superficial than they are real.

In team track and field competitions, coming home with the most points and getting the win is not often the main goal. The original article points out the fact that both the men’s and women’s track teams have only won one competition apiece this season, which is misleading. (more…)

Spring Season provides experience for young Men’s Soccer athletes

April 8, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

MEN’S SOCCER ended the 2014 season with a record of 5-11-3, while finishing 3-3 in conference play. Five freshmen were redshirted during those games, retaining a year of eligibility. This was done in the hopes of making the Bulldogs more experienced and competive in the seasons to come. Those players will be facing some of their first collegiate matches this spring. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

MEN’S SOCCER ended the 2014 season with a record of 5-11-3, while finishing 3-3 in conference play. Five freshmen were redshirted during those games, retaining a year of eligibility. This was done in the hopes of making the Bulldogs more experienced and competive in the seasons to come. Those players will be facing some of their first collegiate matches this spring. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The spring season has kicked off for the Drake Men’s Soccer team, acting as a preseason for next year.

Teams are only allowed to play matches on five different dates in spring, but Drake will play a total of seven matches this semester, as they have two doubleheaders planned. These games allow teams to face off with other schools, see how well they match up and give them the chance to practice different strategies in-game without being penalized for mistakes.

“Spring is great because it’s a time to improve the team, but improve the guys individually. Whereas in the fall sometimes you’re just surviving game to game,” head coach Sean Holmes said. “It’s better for teaching.”

Inexperienced players reap the greatest benefit from these games, as they are able to play some much-needed minutes on the field.

“Especially for the younger guys, it’s just getting experience under their belt and getting confidence. Everyone is just improving in terms of their decision-making. I think that’s the biggest thing, when you’re transitioning into the college game,” said sophomore forward Ben LeMay. “Guys are making good steps, good strides … and just playing as a team rather than individuals.” (more…)

By the skin of their teeth, Men’s Golf wins by one

April 5, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

It’s not everyday when a freshman is the hero of the day, but that’s what happened on March 30 for the Drake University Men’s Golf team.

Freshman Matt Lavery shot a two-over, 74 in windy conditions at Des Moines Wakonda Club, the lowest score on the day between Drake and Creighton University, leading the Bulldogs to victory, by one stroke in their second dual of the season.

The final score read 310-311, Drake just barely slipping past the Bluejays for their second win of the season.

The second and third best scores of the day belonged to Creighton’s John Spellerberg (76) and Trey Pettite (77). Will McDonald of Drake and Jonah Buss of Creighton each posted a 78 on the scorecards.

Creighton’s Ben Rogers finished his round with a score of 80, the highest of the counted scores for the Bluejays, as only the four best scores are counted in team collegiate golf.
79s from seniors Dane Worley and Devin Leland and freshman Drew Ison finished off the Bulldogs’ score of 310, a day of consistent scores proving to be all that Drake needed.

This win followed up on the Bulldogs middle-of-the-road eighth place finish at the Jackrabbit Invitational two weeks ago in a field of 15 teams.

The matchup was also the second time the Bulldogs have competed in a dual with Creighton this season, Drake winning 300-319 on October 28. This is the third consecutive victory against Creighton for the Bulldogs.

Drake’s next competition will be at the Bradley Invitational in Peoria, Illinois this weekend, facing off with their hosts, conference rival Bradley University.

Daniel Norris: Baseball’s Mystery Machine

April 4, 2015 5:00 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

As March Madness is coming to its close, Opening Day of America’s national pastime is just a short week away. That’s right, baseball season is upon us and that means that sports will get a lot more zany, quirky and interesting.

Many players simply avoid stepping on the foul lines and have routines on the mound or in the batter’s box, while some others take it to the next level.

By now, I’m sure that many of you have heard the story of Daniel Norris, the top prospect and starting pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays system.

He lives in a 1978 Volkswagen van during the offseason, cooking on a hotplate and spending his days at the beach. This is despite the fact that he got a hefty signing bonus thanks to his 95-mile per hour fastball.

Now that he’s looking to enter the majors, however, he has to move into an apartment per team request. It is the more ‘professional’ thing for him to do.

But he’s not the only quirky major leaguer, or even the weirdest. Baseball is a sport full of ritual and routine, and some players take it to the extreme. (more…)

More pros coming to 2015 Relays

3:00 PM

STORY BY EMILY LAMBIE

With the second wave of additions to the Drake Relays roster, 20 more elite athletes have been added. Ten of them are ranked as the best in the world, eight of which are Olympic medalists.

In addition, Chaunte Lowe, Brandon Couts and Steve Lynn are being added into the Relays Hall of Fame.

Additions were made to the 100-meter hurdles event, including Des Moines native Lolo Jones. Alongside Jones, world No. 1 and reigning U.S. champion and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson will be competing and Kristi Castlin will return to defend her title. The Women’s 100-meter hurdles alone will feature the world No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 ranked athletes, one of the best fields in Drake Relays history for any event.

“I’m excited that Lolo is not only going to be coming home and run in the shuttle, but we can confirm that she has all the plans and is ready to run in the open event,” said Drake Relays Director Brian Brown at a press release. (more…)