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Archers 2015-16 baseball season review, thus far

Posted on 22 April 2016 by admin

Baseball team prepares to continue fast finish to regular season following 3-5 start

By: CHRISTIAN HARGAS
Sports Editor

 

The STLCC Archers baseball team began the 2015-16 regular season with a road trip to Mississippi and Louisiana. Playing in Biloxi to Baton Rouge, the Archers started the new campaign losing five of its first eight games to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Baton Rouge Community College, Georgia Highlands College, Volunteer State Community College, and Bossier Parish Community College.

Following the 3-5 start to the season, the Archers returned to Missouri and won eight of their next 10 games, including an eight game winning streak with seven of those eight consecutive wins at home. During the 8-2 run, the Archers scored 78 total runs [7.8 runs per game], including a game on Wednesday, Mar. 9 against Ridgewater College where they scored 22 of those 78 runs.

The Archers would lose four of their next five games following the 8-2 stretch and averaged 4.2 runs per game while allowing an average of 6.6 runs during that five game span. A home game against Jefferson College, originally scheduled for Friday, Mar. 18, was suspended due to inclement weather and resumed on Tuesday, Apr. 12, at Meramec. The Archers lost the game 14-12 in nine innings.

With a 12-11 record through March 22, the Archers won 15 of their next 19 games to improve their record to 12 games over .500. During the 15-4 span, the team had one five game and one six game winning streak.

The Archers completed two consecutive double-header sweeps against North Central Missouri College on March 9-10 [outscoring North Central Missouri College 37-5 during the four games]. They are currently on a three game winning streak following their latest loss to Three Rivers Community College on Thursday, Apr. 14, 9-8.

The Archers’ regular season record stands at 27-15 with 12 games remaining on the schedule. They are 8-4 against conference opponents, 11-11 on the road, 2-0 on neutral fields and 14-4 at home. Offensively, they have collectively scored 315 runs and amassed a .296 batting average with 35 total home runs as a team. Through 42 games, they have a .403 on base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage collectively.

Sophmore outfielder Cory Canterbury leads the team with 56 hits, individually, leading with two triples and nine stolen bases on the season. Centerbury’s 42 runs batted in ranks second on the team behind freshman infielder/outfielder Kyle Stevens [leading with 47]. Stevens, also leading in doubles with 15, and sophomore catcher/infielder David Prost lead the Archers with nine home runs on the season.

The Archers’ pitching staff has amassed a collective earned run average of 4.60 [conference average is 5.09]. They have recorded three total shutouts this season and allowed a .263 opponent batting average [conference average is .266].

Pitchers Joseph Lodes, Seth Mesey, Joey Reeves, Ben Stephens and Jordan Yakel all lead the staff with four wins. Freshman pitcher Stephens is undefeated on the season and leads the team with a 1.56 ERA and two saves through 34.2 innings pitched. Sophomore pitchers Yakel and Mesey lead with 48.0 innings pitched, individually, this season.

With 12 games remaining, currently 12 games over .500, the Archers face Lewis and Clark Community College at Meramec on Thursday, Apr. 21. Following that, they travel on the road for four consecutive games against Crowder College on April 23-24.

The Archers split four games against Mineral Area College with two at home and two on the road on Thursday, Apr. 28, and Saturday, Apr. 30. They close the 2015-16 season on the road against Southwestern Illinois College on Tuesday, May 3.

 

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2015-16 STLCC Archer Madness: Dodge Fathers win dodgeball championship

Posted on 22 April 2016 by admin

Meramec campus hosts dodgeball tournament to raise money for ‘Make a Wish’ foundation

By: CHRISTIAN HARGAS
Sports Editor

 

No blood, no tears, but plenty of sweat and enjoyment. Music was blasting; people were laughing. This was the setting of the 2015-16 STLCC Archer Madness Dodgeball Tournament in the Meramec Physical Education building on Friday, Apr. 15. 10 teams entered the tournament, one came out victorious; the Dodge Fathers. Led by team captain Erik Muschinske, the Dodge Fathers were stoked about the win, Muschinske said.

“I had to get out towards the end, but I put my trust in my teammates and they got it done,” Muschinske said. “I was scared for a second, like ‘oh my gosh’, then they got it and we were going crazy.”

Sponsored by Campus Life, this event was student led and initiated, Campus Life Manager Carolyn O’Laughlin said.

“They [campus life] told us what they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it, and we helped facilitate that,” O’Laughlin said. “The Student Activities Council and Student Governance Council came up with the dodgeball idea. So, the folks who made all the arrangements were in these organizations.”

Meramec student and head chair of the Archer Madness Dodgeball Committee Camille Hernandez said they wanted an enjoyable, but more competitive, event for April.

“We were planning a fun event for April,” Hernandez said. “Something where the students can interact with each other. We had a dodgeball tournament in my high school, and I kind of knew how it worked. I wrote up a proposal for the basics of a dodgeball tournament; people seemed to like and agree with it. We ended up going through with it.”

Another team entered in the tournament was called “The Write Stuff”. They were composed by a couple of student workers and Cindy Clausen from the academic center, Jeannine Vesser, writing tutor, said.

“Our student worker, Nicole, thought it was a good idea for the writing center to form a team,” Vesser said “We sent out an email to the library and the academic center. We had fun, but we should have practiced. We should have had more people on our team.”

Meramec Human Services and Addiction Studies student Mallory Mason said participating in the event was very stressful, but fun.

“Dogeball was my team name,” Mason said. “My anxiety was bad. Being the last one on the court was very high; my blood was pumping. I was like ‘oh gosh,’ but I was ready.”

Sitting at the top of the bleachers, Forensic Psychology student Rose Glisson said the event was pretty exciting with a lot of laughs at friends getting hit.

“[I was rooting] for my friend’s team,” Glisson said. “I think they were called ‘the Cream Team,’ but they already lost.”

The music for the event was provided by TKO D.J Marlon Cross. The energy in the room was great, Cross said. There was not a certain playlist of songs for an event like this, but rather high energy, upbeat music such as techno or hip-hop.

“Everybody is attentive, participating and rooting for people,” Cross said. “I play more of a freestyle [music], so I really kind of judge what I play based on the room and the crowd.”

The outcome of the event, O’Laughlin said.

“I think that traditional wisdom says that Friday afternoon events at STLCC, and nobody will come, nobody will be here,” O’Laughlin said. “But look at this, we got more than 100 people. We had 100 shirts and now they are all gone; people are engaged.”

The most difficult part of the event was getting teams to sign up as complete teams, Hernandez said.

“We need six to eight players for each team,” Hernandez said. “Sometimes, people do not have enough people for those teams and sometimes people are not available during the time.”

It [event] was a step-by-step process, always having something that is concrete first and simple first, before adding your colorful balloons and confetti, Hernandez said.

“This is our first time doing this and there are a lot of problems we are working through,” Hernandez said. “But we are definitely learning from this event. Always have a concrete, very simple, non-colorful idea to start with and tell your whole team about it and how you exactly want it to play out.”

In terms of hosting another dodgeball event, it always depends on what the students are doing, O’Laughlin said.

“Look at the interest,” O’Laughlin said. “There are first year students here [who are] interested, feeling good about this. Students who are jazzed and excited about things going very well could end up being here another year. The students guide us as to what activities are going on and we help them get there.”

 

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Lady Archers 2015-16 softball season review, thus far

Posted on 22 April 2016 by admin

Softball team sets sights on strong regular season finish, Region XVI Tournament

 

By: CHRISTIAN HARGAS
Sports Editor

 

The STLCC Lady Archers began the 2015-16 softball regular season by losing three of their first four games, including a double-header loss on the road against Kaskaskia College.

Following a 1-3 start to the campaign, the Lady Archers won seven of eight games during the 2015-16 Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic hosted in Myrtle Beach, SC. They scored 53 total runs [6.6 per game] and had 87 total hits averaging a .689 batting average during the eight games in South Carolina.

Returning from the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic, the Lady Archers lose two straight games to conference opponent East Central College on Monday, Mar. 21, including a 25-5 loss in game two of the double-header.

They would finish the month of March with a seven game losing streak, losing nine of their last 10 games overall. During 1-9 stretch, the Lady Archers averaged 1.7 runs per game [39 total runs scored] and had 33 total defensive errors.

With a record of 9-13 through March, the Lady Archers won 14 of their last 20 games played during the month of April, including a six game home winning streak to start the month.

On Friday, Apr. 8, and Saturday, Apr. 9, STLCC defeated Cottey College four consecutive times, outscoring them 70-12 during that span [STLCC scored 44 of the 70 total runs in the second double-header].

Since then, the Lady Archers are 2-2 following a double-header sweep of East Central College before losing two games to Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Overall, the Lady Archers’ record stands at 23-19 on the season [.548 winning percentage]. They are 6-8 against conference opponents, 8-8 at home, 8-10 on the road, and 7-1 on neutral fields.

Offensively, the Lady Archers are batting .330 as a team with 24 collective home runs [fourth in the conference] and 301 total runs scored through 42 games.

They have a .400 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging percentage collectively.

Individually, sophomore infielder Kelsey Brodbeck leads the team with 76 total hits, 44 stolen bases [Lady Archers have 68 stolen bases as a team], and batting with a .510 average at the plate.

Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Abbey Holtkamp leads the team with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 45 runs batted in on the season.

Pitching, the Lady Archers amassed a 4.55 earned run average as a team [conference average is 5.60]. The pitching staff has recorded one shutout this season and has allowed a .346 opponent batting average against them.

Sophomore pitcher Tiffany Link led the team with 12 wins and 18 complete games on the season. Link pitched 130.0 total innings, had a 3.76 ERA, and led with 84 strikeouts.

Sophomore pitcher Kayla McMahon was second on the team with five complete games, and tied for second with eight wins on the season. McMahon’s 3.23 ERA over 56.1 innings pitched led the staff.

The Lady Archers have eight games remaining in the regular season, four at home and four on the road.

They finish the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, Apr. 20, against Lewis and Clark Community College before playing the last four games on the road.

The Lady Archers close their road schedule against Missouri Baptist University-JV on Saturday, Apr. 23, and Lewis and Clark Community College on Wednesday, Apr. 27.

The 2015-16 softball Region XVI Tournament begins on Friday, Apr. 29.

 

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Lady Archers lose double-header to Waubonsee Community College

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Lady Archers lose double-header to Waubonsee Community College

Posted on 31 March 2016 by admin

13 defensive errors contribute to team ‘giving the games away

By: CHRISTIAN HARGAS
Sports Editor

The STLCC Lady Archers softball team lost both games of a double-header against the Waubonsee Community College Chiefs on Saturday, Mar. 26, at the Meramec campus. The Lady Archers were defeated, 4-3, in game one followed by an 8-7 loss in the second contest.

The Lady Archers’ defense committed 13 errors on the day. The errors on the field were one of a few contributing factors that led to the losses, Head Coach Shawn Summe said.

“I mean [in the first game], we gave up zero earned runs, they [Waubonsee] scored on errors,” Summe said. “I thought we gave it away more than they earned it. I thought Tiffany pitched really well and deserved the win. I also thought we had some quality at-bats, we were hitting the ball really well. I thought we gave the second game away too.”

Sophomore starting pitcher Tiffany Link pitched seven full innings in game one, gave up zero earned runs on seven hits, and struck out two of the 33 batters faced. Sophomore infielder Abbey Holtkamp hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. Being prepared during every at-bat is instrumental to being successful at the plate, Holtkamp said.

“During every at-bat, my coach always tells me to have a plan,” Holtkamp said. “During that at-bat, I was looking for the first pitch right there and it was where I thought it would be. I just swung and luckily it carried over the fence.”

Holtkamp’s home run in game one was cause for optimism, Summe said.

“At that point, I thought we were going to put them [Waubonsee] away and this was going to be a good way to start,” Summe said. “But it just did not happen.”

Freshman shortstop Liz Miller led the team with three hits and four runs in the second game. Miller’s hit in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed for more scoring opportunities, Summe said.

I was happy for her because she needed it, she needed the confidence building,” Summe said. “We got it rolling after that, we scored four runs in that inning and that kind of opened some flood gates to score some runs.”

The team’s offense appeared to be clicking during the two games, but the defense was the main problem, Sophomore outfielder/infielder Sarah Hillis said.

“I felt that offensively, we hit the ball very well today,” Hillis said. “Defensively, however, we need to work a little bit more at staying down on the ball and working more on routine plays. Overall, I did not think it was a bad day, but the errors have got to stop.”

The Lady Archers had opportunities to score during both games, but missed on some of those opportunities. It is just something that is part of the game and it happens, Summe said.

“Sometimes, it happens and sometimes it does not happen,” Summe said. “Sometimes, we put the ball in play really well and they just made good plays. At times, we just did not come through. You just expect them to do it later. There is a lot of game left and you have to have that mentality of ‘she got me this time, I will get her next time’.”

Sophomore pitcher Katie Brinegar got the start during game two and allowed one earned run through three innings. Inconsistent movement of pitches was a contributing factor to the frustrating start, Brinegar said.

“Well, I had movement,” Brinegar said. “But it was just not working at the times I wanted it to work.”

A few good looking pitches not getting called by the umpire also contributed to the frustration, Brinegar said.

“My curveball was working really well, I was really proud of it,” Brinegar said. “I had really good movement with it and would have been perfect right on the line, but she [umpire] did not call it and that was very frustrating.

With six defensive errors in the first game and seven in the second, feeling like they gave the games away, the team still feels confident in their abilities to make the necessary adjustments, Summe said.

“It is not easy, but the goal is to be better at the end of the year,” Summe said. “We will get back this week and go from there. There is a lot of season left and we are not worried, we just have to refocus and get some people going in the right direction.”

Holtkamp agreed.

“We just need to make sure that if we make mistakes, we need to come back from it and not hang our heads and give up,” Holtkamp said. “We just have to keep trying and get the next one.”

The Lady Archers just have to be able to pick each other up when they are down, Hillis said.

“If they make an error, you have to be able to go up to them and say ‘it is alright, you will get the next one’,” Hillis said. “Just try your hardest and keep everyone as upbeat as possible. Once we get everybody moving in the right direction, we will be unstoppable.”

 

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Christian’s Corner

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Christian’s Corner

Posted on 14 March 2016 by admin

Beating the odds

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Lady Archers split double-header against Southwestern Illinois

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Lady Archers split double-header against Southwestern Illinois

Posted on 14 March 2016 by admin

Lady Archers win game two by six runs after losing game one by nine

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Lady Archers win 2015-16 Region XVI Championship

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Lady Archers win 2015-16 Region XVI Championship

Posted on 14 March 2016 by admin

Last second rebound clinches ‘third regional championship’ in five seasons

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Lady Archers defeat Wentworth Lady Dragons on Cancer Awareness Day

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Lady Archers defeat Wentworth Lady Dragons on Cancer Awareness Day

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

STLCC head into Region XVI Tournament following 46 point victory in home finale

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Meramec Ultimate Frisbee club flying high for spring 2016 semester

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Meramec Ultimate Frisbee club flying high for spring 2016 semester

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

Club members encourage interested students to get involved and ‘enjoy the game’

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Meramec campus offers free gym, weight room and swimming pool hours to students

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Meramec campus offers free gym, weight room and swimming pool hours to students

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

Campus facilities are available to students every day of the week at various times

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