The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The entire men’s lacrosse team earns the “Pioneer Performance” this week, as they defeated Elmhurst College 14-4 at home on Friday. That was the team’s last home game of their inaugural season, and they finished at an undefeated 6-0 (currently 7-4 overall). With three games left on the season, the Pioneers need one more win to finish over .500 in their first season, and their next game comes Wednesday at rival Centre College.

Matchup of the Week: Sitting at 9-9 on the season, and 3-3 in HCAC play, the baseball Pioneers will look to improve their record when they host conference opponent Hanover College this Tuesday. This game comes after a tough double-header at Manchester University, where the Pioneers dropped both games. With three out of the last four Pioneer losses coming by only one run, look for Transy to improve their luck on Tuesday.

Player to Watch: After being named HCAC Golfer of the Week for the week ending on March 18th, look for Jantzen Latham to lead the Pioneers as they compete in the Emory Invitational on Monday. This comes after Transylvania Golf was named 12th in the newest Golf World/ Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, up four spots from the last poll.

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PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams claimed the first wins of their respective program histories during this past week. On Wednesday, the men bettered Alma College 7-6 at home (at Bryan Station) and went on to a two game win streak when they topped Beloit 10-9 Sunday, bringing them to 2-2 on the season. The women’s team played the first game of their program’s history at Wilmington College in Ohio and won a resounding victory 16-2.

Matchup of the Week: This Thursday at 4pm both the men and women’s tennis teams will square off against rival Centre College. The Pioneer women will be travelling to Danville for the matchup but the men will remain at home to take on the Colonels. Both teams remain winless early on in their seasons, and need to capitalize on this opportunity to claim a win over Centre to gain some valuable momentum.

Player to Watch: Currently 2-1 on the season, the Baseball Pioneers will head to Centre College to face the Colonels at 6pm on Tuesday. Junior Catcher Sam Liggett leads the team in both batting average and slugging percentage three games into the team’s young season, and his continued efforts will be essential if the Pioneers hope to remain above .500 on Tuesday by topping the Colonels.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The Transylvania Equestrian team had arguably their best showing of the year over the past weekend at the Hunt/Seat event hosted by UK at Lakeside Arena in Lexington. Specifically, Kate Hindman and Ashley Montgomery performed exceptionally, with Hindman competing in Intermediate Fence and Open Flat (finishing fourth and fifth respectively) and Montgomery placing first in her class in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.

Matchup of the Week: The baseball Pioneers look to bounce back from their loss to Birmingham as they travel to rival Centre on Wednesday night at 5:30pm. A pair of juniors (Sam Liggett and Zach Bynum) have jumped out to lead the team offensively early in the season, and look to continue the trend against the 2-3 Colonels.

Player to Watch: The Pioneers lacrosse squad will look for their first win of the season against Alma College, here in Lexington at Bryan Station High School. Clay Douthat leads the team in both goals (with three in two games) and shots on goal and the Pioneers will need his contribution to continue as they look for the victory this Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Collins pitches book idea

Abby Ferguson

Sports Editor

Sportscaster Bryant Gumbel once said, “The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.”

Transylvania rising senior Cory Collins, a former player and lover of the game, has decided to take this May Term to write a book on baseball in hopes of rediscovering this “love.”

“My goal is to, in a sense, redefine the way we look at baseball players and raise awareness about the actual people behind the names on the jerseys, the big dollars, and the wins and losses,” said Collins.

One of the main reasons behind piecing this book together was to uncover the human narrative.

“I’ve always been drawn to the stories untold and the journeys that underlie the faces we see before us. I felt like those narratives were completely missing from modern coverage of baseball,” said Collins. “I want to help change that way of reporting. So this was my idea for throwing a stone, that in a perfect world, would at least cause a small ripple effect.”

Collins’ first step was to head back home to “rediscover why baseball had once meant so much to me as a child and player. It’s basically been an exercise in finding myself and my relationship to the game. I think I’d lost touch with why I’d grown to love baseball so much, or why I’d gone through so much to play it all those years.”

His time at home proved to be useful because it helped to shape the themes within his book.

“Talking to the kids and hearing their accidently profound reasons for loving baseball has helped me to see the themes that will carry the rest of the book, and more precisely frame the questions I need to ask these players who now do it for a paycheck,” said Collins.

With the rise in dependence on technology, Collins believes the true essence of the game has been “lost in translation.” He is traveling around the state of Kentucky to discover the untold stories of the game.

“I think modern media and modern obsession with statistics has created a distance between fan and player, and subsequently, we’ve lost the stories. That’s why I’m talking to minor league players, as well as children of the game,” said Collins. “I’m hoping to illuminate some unique stories that prove the ‘love of the game’ hasn’t gone extinct.”

The next leg of his trip is in Louisville where he will be covering the Louisville Bats’ 8-game homestand. During his time there he will interview catcher Corky Miller, first baseman Neftali Soto, and third baseman Chris Valaika.

“My hope is that, from this experience, I’ll be able to retell and give to the baseball world three amazing stories of what baseball means to these guys,” said Collins. “I truly believe that behind any player that makes it to this level, stories of perseverance, triumph, and love for the game must be present.”

An early highlight on his trip to Louisville was his opportunity to sit down with the manager of the Bats, David Bell, who played in the Major Leagues for 12 years.

“I’m just trying to adapt to the opportunities I’m given,” said Collins. “Being able to walk in the clubhouse, the dugouts, and the locker rooms… it’s kind of unreal… something I always dreamed of in a much different way as a kid.”

With such a unique experience, Collins hopes to gain a better understanding of himself and the game.

“Immersing myself within the game brought that child back into my heart, and it’s been extremely rewarding to have those romantic feelings again,” said Collins. “Going forward, I hope to continue discovering more about what makes this the greatest sport in the country.”

Collins also hopes to have a more practical approach to this experience.

Rising senior Cory Collins took May term to rediscover the game of baseball and write a book on his findings.

“I hope I’ll come away from this daunting task as a more promising talent in the field of sports writing, and a better person for having heard more voices of humanity,” said Collins.

“Baseball is a sport I love, but I fear that the magic of what once made it America’s pastime has been lost in the last decade, or so,” said Collins. “Consider this my small, modest attempt to recapture that magic.”

Collins will serve as The Rambler’s Sports Editor for the 2012-2013 publication year.

 

 

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