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E-town Men’s Soccer And Their Goal To A National Championship

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Just five days after they won their first Landmark championship by defeating Catholic one to nothing at home, the Blue Jays are headed to Cortland, New York to face the Williams College EEFS in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“The championship was fun, after going to the finals the last four years and finally being able to get over the hump to win it, definitely felt good. The team and I, we feel good about the first game. Williams is going to be a tough matchup, but we’re a good team too, so I think it’s going to be a good game. I think we’re going to be able to get by them in the first round,” Tyler Colasanto said.

Sophomore Clark Williamson scored his first career goal off of this corner kick in the 63rd minute to seal the victory for Elizabethtown.

Head coach Skip Roderick has his unit more than ready for the first round on Saturday. The Jays have not allowed multiple goals to an opponent in over two months, which has the team feeling more than confident to win a national championship.

I think we just have to keep playing the way we have been playing. We haven’t lost in 12 to 13 games. We came in really hot, we haven’t given up a goal in a long time, and we’ve been playing really well. We feel pretty confident that there’s not many teams out there that can beat us right now.” Andrew McGowan said.

This poster of soccer balls represents the appearances the Jays have made in the national tournament. 33 out of the 34 soccer balls are highlighted in blue. The one that’s highlighted in white, is the 1989 season where the Jays won their first national championship. Now while they will have a soccer ball for 2018, much like 1989, they hope to have those numbers in white as well. Reporting live from the soccer field at Elizabethtown College, I’m Anthony Carter,

Hershey Bears Team Autograph Night

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Trick or treating may be right around the corner, but fans at the Giant Center were able to receive something just as good. The Hershey Bears hosted a team autograph night after their game on Sunday. Fans were able to go on the ice so they could meet and take a photo with the players, coaches, and of course, COCO the mascot. Bears left winger, Mason Mitchell says that he loves meeting with the fans because their energy helps the team succeed.

“Playing at home here is obviously amazing. We probably have the best home base in the American Hockey League and it gives you all of the courage and energy to get going throughout the game. It’s awesome to be playing at home,” Mitchell said.  

The Bears were able to get out to an early lead by scoring a goal in the first minute. Their defense was able to keep the Phantoms out of the attacking zone. Goalie, Vitek Vanecek recorded 35 saves. Sovaj Beni enjoyed his first time at a Bears game, and he says that he likes the energy at the Giant Center.     

“The atmosphere was fun, everyone was very electric, very energetic, and everyone was very involved with the game. I loved it. I will definitely come back,” Sovaj said.

“You really do feel it, whether it’s a fight or a hit, or something that you do with the energy that they bring, to give you that extra push is incredible. It’s awesome to be playing at home and doing that,” Mitchell said.

The Hershey Bears were able to knock off the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3-1, in front of a crowd of over 8000 fans. The Bears will return to the ice, at this stadium behind me, on Friday when they face against the Rochester Americans. Reporting from the Giant Center in Hershey, I’m Anthony Carter,

Throwback Story as a thanks to Professor Connolly

Professor Dan Connolly helped change the perspective of journalism for aspiring sports writers in Com 370.

Despite spelling errors in my blogs, along with posting two minutes before the deadline, Connolly  always inspired me to enter the sports industry. He emphasized how serious it was, that misspelled words can leave you out of a job.

His guests, Jeff Lantz and Brittany Ghiroli, work in professional baseball and gave us advice on how to approach jobs after graduation.

So as a thank you to Professor Connolly for his dedication and brutally motivating critiques, here’s a throwback feature story about him, from an alumni luncheon last year.


– Newspapers Could Quickly Vanish Soon, and Migrate To Digital – 

, Dan Connolly believes that in the 17 years he has been writing for newspapers, the push for digital tabloids could quickly change global journalism.

Since graduating from Elizabethtown in 1991, Connolly became a baseball reporter for The Baltimore Sun – covering the Baltimore Orioles for ten seasons. Connolly loves his job and says there is nothing else in the world he would rather do besides write – but understands that his medium is rapidly changing.

“I’m in my forties so I still read newspapers,” Connolly said referring to the change between paper and digital tabloids. “Older generations may still be used to a physical paper whereas the younger generation can easily look up an article on their phone or on their computer.”

The Baltimore Sun as well as a majority of newspaper websites, have a paywall on their website that makes the reader pay for a subscription to read a certain amount of articles and if not, you would normally not gain access to the site. The paywall system denotes an example on how newspapers may migrate to the digital age and likely costing consumers more to read online than to receive a physical copy.

Readers of online media has access to video, live interviews and stats, whereas a paper copy of an article only gives you the story of the game, a photo and the box store. Connolly noted that reporters who are assigned to a sports game have a deadline to meet and breaking news stories to write quickly where it can be posted and on the top page of Google News for quick searching. It shows the upside that the digital media has over tabloids that can potentially change several jobs around the world.

But despite the current rise and impact of digital tabloids, Connolly believes there will be some space for physical newspapers in the near future due to the popularity it has and the connection it brings to certain people.

“I think newspaper the genre will stick around because I think people will still want a different voice.”

The Underlying Issue Surrounding National Anthem Protests

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick brought attention to a racial issue, that most small town areas have trouble adjusting to like Elizabethtown.

Kaepernick sat for the national anthem because of the way African Americans are perceived to be wrongfully treated. His motives were not initially intended of gaining national exposure, but Kaepernick knew it was the proper platform to spark a discussion.

“We have to have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people,” Kaepernick told reporters after their preseason game in 2015. “If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued an ultimatum to his players that if they knelt during the national anthem, then they will be benched. Much like President Trump and the people who are cancelling their sunday football package, Jones strongly believes that kneeling is unpatriotic and is disrespecting the military.

“We believe that our players should stand for the national anthem,” National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said at an annual owners meeting in October . “We have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point. What we try to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they’re protesting and try to address that matter.”

Elizabethtown College is a small private school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The town hosts about 11,000 residents, where 85 percent of the students at the college are white. 2.9 percent of the students on campus are black.

Elizabethtown has had several racial incidents on their campus in the past. Most recently, an African-American student reported that someone wrote a racial slur on her door whiteboard. The college quickly resolved the issue, and reiterated their zero-tolerance policy against racial and bias related incidents.

“I have to face it every day because me and [Jamil] are the only two African-American teens in our class classes,” Jalil Pines-Elliott, who has a twin brother, Jamil, said on the pressure of being black in the Lancaster community. “But being from Philly, you’re just built with that toughness and we just have to learn to deal with it.”

Jamil and Jalil are junior basketball players at Elizabethtown. They grew up in North Philadelphia where they graduated from Germantown Friends High School. GFHS is also a mostly white school, so transitioning to their college’s atmosphere was not new to them.

“It’s almost a culture shock,” Jamil said. “We went to an all white high school, after coming from a predominantly black middle school, so we were used to seeing people who look like us.”

Both Jamil and Jalil, as well as other students of color, are involved in a program to help promote diversity. Even with their group, Jalil feels comfortable knowing that he has peers around campus that can help him in need.

“Even though this campus is predominantly white, we still have groups of friends that we can go to for support if there is ever any dangerous issues,” Jalil said. “ My experience at Elizabethtown has continued to be pleasant, but I think that there are still some things that should have changed in my three years here.”

Racial incidents are not something new on college campuses. Identity Evropa is a self-identified white supremacist group. They have been designated as a racist hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to its website, their mission is to, “spread support for white nationalism.”

The group specifically targets college students across the United States, by hanging posters  around their school with a slogan, “project seige.” Millersville University, Stockton University and Elizabethtown reported the postings on their campus to local authorities. Elizabethtown’s campus security confirmed the surveillance video, that the people were not associated with the college.

“I think people on this campus should be more aware,” Jamil said. “There’s issues that color people face everyday and not a lot of people are informed of it.”

Situations like Identity Evropa is an example of what the players are trying to fix – by using popular sports platforms. The demonstrations have affected the NFL’s television ratings, to the point that the league are proposing million dollar donations to social causes and organizations, like the United Negro College Fund and Dream Corps. The incentive of course would include players to stand during the anthem.

49ers safety, Eric Reid was one of Kaepernick’s teammates that supported him when the protests began. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former N.F.L. wide receiver Anquan Boldin, are a part of a so-called players coalition group, that was intended to help increase the conversation. Reid was a member of the group, but withdrew because of Jenkins’ change of mind to stand after the proposal was introduced.

“The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents N.F.L. athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism,” Reid said in a Twitter post. “However, Malcolm and Anquan can no longer speak on our behalf as we don’t believe the coalition’s beliefs are in our best interests as a whole.”

Reid reassured fans that he would continue to kneel, and hopes that the league will rescind their offer that he views as a bribe.

“At no point did I say the donations were contingent on me ending my protest,” Reid said. “[Goodell] is trying to buy our silence.”

President Trump has continued to attack the league on Twitter, stating that their lack in forcing the players to stop protesting, is the reason behind their declining ratings.

Nevertheless, the conversations will likely continue across the N.F.L. and other professional sports leagues. The demonstrations by the players are even influencing the younger generation to bring attention to racial inequality. Jamil and a few of his peers from Elizabethtown, participated in the March for Racial Justice protest in Washington D.C. back in September. Thousands of supporters silently marched a mile from Lincoln Park to the United States Capitol.

“It’s just something that this country as a whole has continued to ignore,” Jamil said. “It’s staring at them right in their face.

We have to continue to be resilient.”

Butera Remains Optimistic In Future of AFL Despite Gladiators’ Hiatus

Just when the Arena Football League were taking steps forward in building new franchises, the Cleveland Gladiators announced that they will suspend play until the 2020 season.

The surprising news came late Tuesday afternoon, after the Quicken Loans Arena released a statement that they will undergo construction in the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Gladiators.

“The Q Transformation project will bring many positive impacts and improvements for decades to come,” Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski said in a press release. “The Gladiators have established a strong level of support, but  it is important for our community and the long-term future of the Q as an important community asset.”

The Gladiators finished last season at 5-9 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Storm. QB Arvell Nelson had a career year by throwing for 3,084 yards, 61 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions.

Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera, who will be entering his third season at the helm, realizes the effect of Cleveland not playing for two years – but remains optimistic on the future of the league.

“The Gladiators are a historic AFL team and remain an important part of the AFL,” Butera said. “We remain committed to continued growth for the 2018 season and beyond.”

Two months ago, the league announced that Albany will be the newest franchise to join next season. The name has yet to be announced, but would have been the sixth team in the league before the Gladiators temporarily folded.

For an indoor football league that has lost 12 teams and only gained three (Baltimore Brigade, Washington Valor, Albany) since 2014, concerns among the fans began to rise on the future of the AFL.

“Last year we made a strategic decision by focusing on building ownership,” Butera said at media day before ArenaBowl 26 between the Tampa Bay Storm and the Philadelphia Soul. “Although we had fewer teams, we had better teams. I think in terms of the quality of play, the excitement, and the fact that so many games came down to the end, we’re really seeing the league grow.”

Butera also stated that they are in talks with other cities in bringing the 50-yard sport to their town.

“I think we’ve built the foundation so it’s just going to be all about growth,” Butera said. “The AFL has significant expansion opportunities and strategic initiatives which are currently under discussion.

“We believe the future of the AFL is very bright.”