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DU athletes earn record-high GPA

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Dominican’s athletes together achieved a record-high GPA in the 2011 fall semester. Ken Trendel, assistant to the directors of athletics and sports information director, has been keeping records of the athletic department’s GPAs each

Nicole Foley, DOMINICAN STAR

semester. Trendel said that the overall department GPA was 3.1650 last semester. This is the highest it has been since the 2006-2007 academic year, when the GPAs in the athletic department started to be determined by a more scientific system in which a more accurate average is found. It is a more scientific cumulative GPA, taking the total number of quality points earned in each semester by all the student-athletes, and then dividing by the total number of credits attempted. Prior to this system the total GPA was taken, non-weighted, and divided by the total number of credit hours. The athletic department has never reached a 3.10 prior to this semester. The previous highest average was a 3.09. The teams that had a GPA above the department average included men’s basketball (3.1672), women’s basketball (3.3596), women’s cross-country (3.3625), men’s soccer (3.1998), women’s soccer (3.3639), men’s tennis (3.2145), women’s tennis (3.2574), and women’s volleyball (3.4393). How did these teams who were busy in-season during the fall semester manage to achieve these GPAs?

Sophomore tennis player, Rachel Taddy, explained: “I balanced school and tennis just by keeping busy and staying organized. I used a lot of sticky notes to remind me of things I had to do.

Sophomore soccer player, Patryk Pliszka, said, “I just kept a consistent schedule every week of exactly when I’m going to do what; I even scheduled my naps!”

“There’s a lot more to being student-athlete. Family comes first, then school, and the sport comes last. If your priorities are in order you will succeed,” senior volleyball player, Evelyn Gamboa, said.

Why so high this semester? Many athletes simply adjusted their lifestyles.

“I changed my routine in a lot of ways. Time management was definitely put into play, especially because of my two jobs,” junior cross-country runner Janette Zetina said. “Also, I did a lot of re-prioritizing and I used the resources at school.”

Through being pushed by coaches and teammates, trying to reach a team GPA goal, being able to manage time, and keeping priorities straight, Dominican’s athletes prove that they can succeed both on and off the court or field.

Lauren Reiniger, Staff writer

Women’s Basketball Team Falls to MSOE for a Second Time

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Nicole Foley, DOMINICAN STAR

This past Tuesday, the Women’s basketball team played against Milwaukee School of Engineering for a second time and unfortunately failed to pull off the win.

Earlier in the season, the girls played this tough opponent in November losing to them by only two points with a score of 46-48. Tuesday was their chance to pull through and get back at MSOE.

Before the game in the locker room, teammates shared inspiring words with each other to hopefully get pumped enough to win. “Today’s a big game. We really want to win,” Sarah Budz said.

 

The game was close for both halves, with Dominican holding the lead for the majority of it, but ultimately lost by two points with a score of 55-57. Ashley Oliver and Kayla Blom led Stars, scoring 11 points each.

With this loss MSOE is now two games ahead of DU in the division. Regardless, the Stars keep their heads held high for the next few games with hope of making it to the playoffs.

- Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Men’s shots rimming out

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This season, men’s basketball falls far from a successful season with only three wins out of their 18 games so far.

With six games left the team works hard to do their best. “We’ve had our ups and downs but we work hard everyday to improve,” Coach Mark White said. However, the team has not won a game since Jan. 2 and lost all three of their last home games.

Freshman James Stawarz said: “As a freshman I am pretty upset about having a not so successful season so far. It’s tough not having very many wins when you set your expectations at a high level.”

The team practices at least six days a week and when they are not having a mandatory practice scheduled with their coach, the men can be seen playing together any chance they get at open gyms. They work on everything from defense
transitions to individual position plays and include many scrimmage games in their practices to make sure they are always on top of their plays.

With the team working so hard it is surprising to see the outcome of the season. White said, “This year we have a young team, so we’re still working on coming together and learning how to play with each other.” The team is made up of nine
freshman and sophomores and only four upperclassmen.

“The older guys have basically been through every situation there is in college basketball. They know that things will get better and there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Stawarz said. “They tell us to keep working hard and good things will
come. They are what keeps me going and positive about our season.”

With only six games left, the team is pushing harder than ever to win. They may not have had a completely successful season so far, but they refuse to give up or give in to pressure.

- Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Stage Set for Super Bowl Rematch

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The New England Patriots (13-3 regular season) will square off against the New York Giants (9-7 regular season) in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. The road to the big game was markedly different for each team – the Giants squeaked into the playoffs on the heels of a 31-14 victory over the Cowboys on the last week of the regular season, while the Patriots have been cruising through games as of late and haven’t been defeated since Nov. 6.

Once in the playoffs the two again had different paths – the Giants, as the 4th seed in the NFC, had to play three games to make it to the Super Bowl, beating the Falcons (24-2), the Packers (37-20), and the 49ers (20-17). Meanwhile the Patriots enjoyed a first round bye, returning to action to beat the Broncos (45-10) and the Ravens (23-20). It marks New England’s seventh trip to the Super Bowl, while New York has been to five – their most recent including 2007’s dramatic Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, who will undoubtedly be eager to avenge the loss.

The Patriots are familiar with the Super Bowl routine, having been to five since the year 2000 and ranking second in the league for regular season passing yards and passing yards per game. The offensive capabilities are undermined by their performance on defense, however – they ranked second to last in overall defense during the 2011 season. Averaging 32.1 points per game helped make up for a statistically weak defense, however, and the Patriots averaged an astonishing 428 total yards per game.

The Giants, on the other hand, forced a respectable 20 interceptions and 11 fumbles on defense, en route to a turnover ratio of 7, the sixth best in the NFC. The Giants also find themselves tied for second in the league in interception returns for touchdowns. New York showed its formidable defense during the playoffs, holding their opponents to 2, 20, and 17 points in each of their three games – an average of just 13 points per game, an impressive figure.

The play off the two opposing quarterbacks, Tom Brady (NE) and Eli Manning (NYG) is another talking point ahead of the big game. The last time the two met in the Super Bowl (2008), Brady had a q.b. rating of just 82.46, well below his norm. It was Manning who won the day, hitting Plaxico Burress with a go-ahead touchdown pass with just 35 seconds left on the clock en route to a q.b. rating of 87.25 – outplaying Brady in the year’s biggest game. Brady is coming off a weak game against the tough Ravens defense in which he threw for only 239 yards and two interceptions. Manning, meanwhile, had
to contend with the ever-dangerous 49er defense but did well, putting up 316 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. It remains to be seen which Super Bowl winning quarterback will have the last laugh when the teams clash at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 3.

- Serek Hahn, Staff Writer

Dominican Women’s Basketball: Stars Getting Better

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The women’s basketball team is flying high winning more than half their games half way through the season.

During break the women’s team had five games, winning three of them. The wins came against Knox College, Bethany Lutheran College and Benedictine University. However they did lose against North Park University and Concordia University Wisconsin.

The Stars had a rough beginning of the season, winning only one of their first three games, yet they have bounced back from those games. Many of the games they won have been close with small points differential between the teams. However in other games the girls have soared above the opponents winning their last game by 12 points.

Ashley Oliver, Katie Budz and Sarah Budz are the team’s top scorers. Oliver, a sophomore guard, is the leader with a total of 198 points this season. Katie Budz, another sophomore guard, is 30 points behind Oliver with 168 points and Sarah, a senior guard, is closely behind with 153 points this season. Kayla Blom, also a senior guard, is another high scorer with 121 total points.

When the team isn’t playing they are practicing hard to work on plays and become closer as a team. The women can always be seen at together at open gym working on their skills and in the workout room to stay in shape.

The women’s team has 10 remaining games this season. Six of the games will be played at home, hosted in the Igini Sports Forum. The battle for Division Street against neighboring Concordia University Chicago will be played on Feb. 1. This is one of the best games of the year as the two schools play for the Division Street bragging rights.

- Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

3 Blackhawks Selected for 2012 All-Star Game

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Hawks were selected for the NHL All-Star Game. Trailing Vancouver by 2 points in the Western Conference since Jan. 13, the Blackhawks will send one less player than they did last year when they sent four Hawks for the 2011 All-Star Game.

Team captain Jonathon Toews will be joined by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa in Ottawa, Ontario for the All-Star Weekend on Jan. 29. Fan favorite and Canadian International Toews was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying that Patrick Sharp, last year’s All-Star Game MVP, should have been picked but was left out of the selection due to injury. This would have brought the number of Blackhawks in the All-Star Game up to four, tying the record number set last year.

Leading the Blackhawks in assists, Hossa has been selected for the fifth time to appear in the All-Star Game, while both Kane and Toews have played in two others together in both 2009 and 2011. The All-Star Game will start at 3 p.m. from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa and will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network.

- Serek Hahn, Staff Writer

Oakland Raiders Best the Bears

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The Bears at the Raiders game on November 27 was certainly one for Bears fans to forget. The Bears lost 20-25 after a lackluster first half performance, despite an impressive showing by the defense. Coming off a five game win streak, the Bears had high hopes for their matchup against an injury depleted Raiders team.

Caleb Hanie, starting in place of the injured Jay Cutler, was the focus of attention leading to the game. His performance was a tale of two halves – a mistake prone first half that saw him throw three interceptions was followed by a much better second half that saw an 81 yard pass to Johnny Knox and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis. He ended the day with a QB rating of 56.9, 254 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

The offense in general put up 401 total yards, the highest yet this season. Matt Forte had a quiet day, but he, Marion Barber, and Caleb Hanie combined for a very respectable total of 172 rushing yards. Mike Martz, the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, called 27 running plays and 36 passing plays – a ratio that is to be expected when trailing throughout a game. That totals up to an impressive 6.4 yards per rush, but only 5.7 yards per pass.

The defense fared much better. They did not allow a touchdown until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, when Raiders running back Michael Bush punched in a 3-yard touchdown run. The rest of the Raiders scoring came from the foot of Sebastian Janikowski, who came through for six field goals throughout the game.  The defense also recorded an interception and three sacks on the night.

Up next for the Bears (7-4 on the season) are the Kansas City Chiefs (4-7 on the season). The Chiefs have been struggling to put points on the board without starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who is out for the year with a hand injury. Bears fans will undoubtedly be confident and eager to build off the momentum of a much better second half against Oakland – while being wary of the offensive mistakes that plagued the team during the first thirty minutes.

- Serek Hahn, Staff Writer

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