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Fourth-year wrestler driven by competitive nature

Fourth-year wrestler driven by competitive nature

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Gavin Dersh-Fisher is a fourth-year student and wrestler on the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team. Last season, he earned a 21-13 record along with National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American recognition. He decided during his second year of college to switch into polymer ...

Fifth-year basketball player returns after season long injury

Fifth-year basketball player returns after season long injury

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Kara Hageman is a graduate student and forward on the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team. She retained a year of athletic eligibility due to a year-long injury in her fourth year but is back with a passion to succeed. She graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and is c...

Third-year basketball player grows with experience

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Monty Khela is a third-year guard on the men’s basketball team. He is a biology major who plans on attending medical school to become a doctor. Additionally, he is a research assistant and a teaching assistant. In his free time, he likes to work out and watch Marvel movies. What is your favorite ...

Life’s imperfections are what make it great

Life’s imperfections are what make it great

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Alicia Marie Gonzales is a third-year guard on the women’s basketball team. She has played basketball since the first grade and has continued to better herself at the sport despite suffering injuries. Off the court, she is an active member in Phi Mu, Theta Tau and the American Society of Civil Engi...

To China and back

To China and back

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball

Haley Sims is a third-year volleyball player who plays middle hitter. She has dedicated her life to volleyball since sixth grade and has not looked back. Off the court, she is involved in Alpha Chi Omega and Theta Tau. Her family experiences have led her to study biomedical engineering to better understand w...

Second-year swimmer finds his poker face

Second-year swimmer finds his poker face

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Swimming, Sports, Top Stories

Jonathan Liu is a second-year swimmer who swims the breast and butterfly strokes. He loves swimming for the friendships he has formed through the sport and the time management it requires, which keeps him more organized. Although he was an avid video game player in high school, he has found a new ho...

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...

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