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Transfer pitcher tears up batters, builds up relationships

Transfer pitcher tears up batters, builds up relationships

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports

"Strike, you’re out!" Another batter retired, another strikeout recorded for second-year pitcher Ilissa Hamilton. As she stands atop the mound, Hamilton reads the batter and takes advice from her catcher for the next pitch. Every throw matters for Hamilton, as she whizzes fastballs passed batters an...

Every moment matters for fourth-year shortstop

Every moment matters for fourth-year shortstop

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Sports

“Going, going, gone.” The crack of the bat leads to this exclamation from everybody in the ballpark, but few have actually seen a five-year-old hit a home run. Yes, that’s right; at the age of five-years-old, Alex Capetillo, fourth-year student and baseball player, hit his very first home run, ...

Second-year tennis player strikes adversity to the side

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Men's Tennis, Sports

Some say it’s the competitive nature of sports, others say it’s to stay fit, but for second-year tennis player Sam Concannon, the relationships formed from playing on Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team are what drive his dedication to the sport. The friendships he made through the team’s...

Jump, run, jump again: Fourth-year runner reigns supreme

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

“Hey, you’re tall and skinny, go jump those hurdles!” This may have not been the exact phrasing given to fourth-year hurdler Grant Mlack by his middle school coach, but it was something close. His coach was not wrong, however, in assessing Mlack’s abilities as a hurdler, as he was a natural...

Third-year shortstop has humble roots

David Chang, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

Third-year shortstop Rocco Maue lives by the saying, “You never know who’s watching, so always do the right thing.” Maue believes his greatest strength is his work ethic, both on and off the field. He said, “I may not be the most talented … I try to outwork [everyone else].” Maue’s...

Fourth-year swimmer finishes his final year with a splash

Fourth-year swimmer finishes his final year with a splash

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

Fourth-year swimmer Drew Hamilton doesn’t know why he loves the pool. He never had a family member swim competitively, and he cannot remember how he discovered his love for it. Swimming just came to him. One defining moment in his career came in high school at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton,...

Third-year shortstop wipes off the dirt

Third-year shortstop wipes off the dirt

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports

"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed," said third-year shortstop Nicole Doyle, sharing a quote that empowers her. Doyle believes she thrives in any situation because she is not afraid: not afraid of players, not afraid of playing...

Fourth-year softball player builds memorable relationships

Niko Kamlet and Andrew Ford

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports

Fourth-year student Grace Tritchler’s favorite part about softball is its ability to unite people and form friendships and lifelong bonds. “I’ve met some of my best friends through this sport,” said Tritchler. “Especially here at Case [Western Reserve University].” She also mentioned...

Fourth-year runner thrives in nature

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Sports

Nature: the physical world and everything in it, such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans and stars, that is not made by people. Some people like the city, while some like nature, and Ben Whitman, fourth-year runner, sides with the latter. The trails of nature have led Whitman to the runner he is...

First-year swimmer slices through the water

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Sports

As some people are just meant to play basketball or hockey, some people are simply born to be in the water. This accurately describes first-year swimmer Noah Beene, who recalls swimming lessons with his mother at just three months old. As Beene grew in age, he showed incredible growth in his swimming...

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