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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


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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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

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

Women’s Basketball: Early Season Report

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The Dominican women’s basketball team is kicking off the season with a tied record.  With three wins and three losses the team is looking good so far.

After winning their division last year, they have a lot to live up to.  Practicing almost every day with new drills and practice games, the women are working hard to reach the school’s expectations.  “We’ve already had one sports team [men’s soccer] prove that Dominican athletes really are STARS and it would be awesome to see another team make it far,” Dominican sophomore Sylvia Gomma said. Gomma attended all of the men’s and women’s soccer games this fall and also went to all of the home basketball games so far this season.

With 18 games left in the season the team is working hard to prepare for their future opponents.  Starting guard Ashley Oliver said, “For the future I feel as if we will try our hardest and leave everything out on the floor.”

Wisconsin Lutheran College and Concordia University Chicago are the STARS’ biggest opponents this year.  These games will be extremely important to the women’s advancement in the division.  And with each game the women create a stronger bond, getting to know each other and the game a little better with every cheer, every whistle and every bounce of the ball.

These next 18 games are crucial for the team’s advancement in the division and having family, friends and classmates there to cheer them forward makes everything they do that more important.  There are eight more home games this season so get out there and support the team!

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Dominican Dismantles Greenville

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The Dominican University Stars trounced the Greenville Panthers 4 – 0 in the first of the team’s appearances in the 2011 NCAA Championship Friday, Nov. 11. The Stars dominated in the first half, forcing the Greenville keeper to make eight saves in the half and adding a goal in the 24th minute. Freshman forward Logan Marvin sent the ball over the goal line with the Greenville keeper scrambling to try to clear it off the line. The Stars looked sharp – maintaining possession and limiting the Panthers to just two shots in the first half on a chilly afternoon.

After the halftime break things looked like they could go differently. The Panthers came out of the half with guns blazing, showing better possession and looking more dangerous in the attacking third. Freshman forward Ryan Ybarra would change once again putting momentum back in the Stars’ hands in the 68th minute, when he cut in from the flank, beat two Greenville defenders and launched the ball into the back of the net to top off a tremendous solo effort.

It would be only eight minutes until the next Dominican goal put the game beyond doubt. Senior midfielder and forward Edwin Lagunas was taken down roughly at the top of the 18-yard box, setting up a dangerous free kick opportunity. Junior defender Andy Lynch seized the opportunity and sent a tricky shot to the near post and into the back of the net for Dominican’s third goal of the day.

Senior midfielder and forward Lio Tovar completed the goal glut in the 82nd minute, ripping a bouncing ball in the box into the goal to complete a three goal run in the course of 15 minutes. With a 4-0 lead after 82 minutes victory was all but assured – all the Stars had to do was weather some late desperate Greenville attacks. The Stars did well, and sophomore goalkeeper Dan Cimicata made a save in each half to earn his eighth shutout of the 2011 season.

The Stars go on to play Hope College on Nov. 12. Dominican beat Hope 2-0 on Sept. 9 and hopes to repeat the performance at the West Campus Field.

Serek Hahn, Staff Writer

New head coach pushes DU women’s tennis towards future victories

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Courtesy of DU Athletics Dept.

Coach Lenno Lasn eats, sleeps and breathes tennis. Which makes him a great fit for his new post as head coach of the Dominican Stars women’s tennis team and the assistant coach of the men’s tennis team. 

Lasn started playing tennis when he was seven and got more competitive in tennis as his talent progressed. He played competitively for about 15 years, hitting a tremendous peak in his college years.  After winning the tennis national championship at the College of DuPage, he received a full-ride scholarship to Queens College.

With 13 years of coaching experience, Lasn has now taken his talent and shared it with Dominican students “I always loved tennis, and I love coaching,” he said.  Bringing his talent to the Stars has proved to be well worth it as the girls are now fourth in the conference and “can definitely compete for the conference championship,” according to Lasn. 

Emily Hereford, a junior on the tennis team, is excited to be working with her new coach and admits that he brings a new voice of encouragement to the team.   “He has definitely brought a sense of experience and unity to our team and knows exactly what we need to work on at practice,” Hereford said.

Last year the women’s team ended sixth in the conference, and the girls have stepped up their game since then.  Rachel Taddy and Marbeya Berner, both students, are undefeated and are keeping the momentum. Head men’s tennis coach Joe Segreti said, “Under Coach Lasn’s leadership, the women are enjoying one of the best seasons in recent memory and have their sights on finishing amongst the NAC’s elite.”

“I think I speak for the entire team when I say we would not be doing as well as we are without the help of Coach Lenno.  He knows what each player needs to improve on and takes the time to focus on those things,” Hereford said.

Lasn continues to push the girls to do their best all time, scheduling practice six days a week and making sure that they get the most out of every practice they have.

So far the team is proving to be a success and Lasn has worked hard to get his team ready for the end of the season.   “We are very lucky to have Coach Lasn at Dominican. He brings a wealth of experience and passion to the team,” Segreti said.

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor