Hiram Men’s Lacrosse Season Preview

By Coach Brian Jenkins

The Hiram College Men’s Lacrosse team is set to faceoff for their 4th season of competition in 2016.

Head Coach Brian Jenkins returns for his 4th season to lead a team that went 3-10 & 1-7 within the NCAC last season. He will also be assisted by 1st year Defensive Coordinator Kevin Lerg & Asst Coach Brian Lind.

Hiram will be led by senior tri-captains Chris Lekan, Greg Summers & Spencer Wittenmyer. Summers, a senior attackman was named Honorable Mention All-NCAC last season.

Summers (23G / 6A) was the teams leading scorer last year & will be looked upon to continue as a top scorer. He will be joined on the attack by Lekan (10G / 10A), sophomore Nick Rollason (16G / 8A) & junior Garet Johnson (4G).

In the midfield, junior Charlie Haley will lead a young but capable unit. Haley will be the teams main faceoff taker. Last season, Haley won 48% of his draws. Joining Haley will be Sophomores Jonah Austin (2G) and Evan Pinney (7G / 7A) & Freshmen Justin Dionne, Scott Sangston & Jared Wright.

On the defensive side of the field at the midfield, junior long pole Josh Good will be working with freshman Nick Jericho as a solid unit, with senior Aaron Acus-Souder adding support. Our short stick defensive middies will be anchored by juniors Kolton Oiler & Jake Sellstrom along with sophomore Marcus McNeal & Freshman Alex Meeham.

On close defense, the Terriers will be looking toward a veteran group of players to support this end of the field. Led by seniors Wittenmyer, Matt Pozderac & sophomore Jacob Ziegler. Chris Boardman should also help with stabilizing the group.

In the net will be senior 2014 Honorable Mention All-NCAC Sawyer Lott. Lott holds every goalie record at Hiram. Lott will be backed up by junior Mike Malloy.

“I feel the 2016 season is looking bright & if we play to our potential, we can have a very successful season.” Coach Jenkins added.

The Terriers start their season at home on Wednesday, March 2nd vs Thiel College at 4:00pm on Henry field.

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Little Things are Big Thing

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By: Bella Latine

The Hiram College Softball Team is anxiously awaiting March 6th, the day they get to showcase all the hard work they have put in during the preseason. On March 6th, the Terriers will step out on the field in the Kissimmee, Florida sun to face the Carroll University Pioneers, their first opponents of the 2016 season.

There are high hopes weighing on this season by the coaches and athletes. The Terriers have been preparing for this season for the last 20 weeks by completing rigorous lifting and running plans and practicing six times a week. “We can tell that the girls put in the work this off season,” says Coach Mangola, “I think we are going to be successful this year. I have a good feeling.” Coach Mangola isn’t the only one who is excited for success to strike this season. The team has six seniors, five of which have played since their freshman year. The team looks up to these girls as leaders and role models. When asked what it is going to take to be successful, senior middle-infielder Nicole Hoy said, “We need to communicate and embrace our failures while keeping our composure and staying focused on the next play or game. We’ve worked so hard, we need that to show.” All the seniors agree that the entire team has put a tremendous amount of effort into this pre-season and that is going to help us be successful. Jess Wahl, senior middle-infielder explained that, “Once we start coming together and working as a team, we are going to see results. We need to enjoy every second of being out on the field together and working toward our goals.” The Terriers are full of potential and will be striving to meet their goals together.

Along with all the physical work the Terriers have put in, they have also been working on their mental game. “Being mentally strong is going to be a huge part of our success,” stated Meghan Garland, senior pitcher for the Terriers, “Even when things aren’t going our way, we need to stay mentally strong and positive.” The team has taken time to write down their individual as well as team goals and practiced visualization and positive self-talk. To the Terriers, the mental game is just as important as the physical game. Coach Mangola has stressed to importance of always getting better. “Throughout practices and games our at bats should get better,” she states, “We need to make adjustments early on to make sure we are mentally prepared for the positions we will be in.” Kali Stover, senior infielder, is excited to start playing games with the same energy that is brought to practice. “If we bring that positivity and energy to the games, there is no stopping us,” she said.

Even with a small group of women, the team is full of potential and talent. The key for the Terriers will be coming together as a team and communicating well with one another. If we bring positive energy and mental focus to our games and learn to let go of mistakes, we will be a force to be reckon with. This year our focus is going to be on the little things. If we focus on the little things, they will add up to big things and that will win us games. We are so excited to start this season and to make the Terrier Family proud.

New Beginnings

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By: Alyse Gillentine

A lot has been happening with Women’s Lacrosse in this 2016 season! With our new coach and new players, everything is looking up for us. As a team we’ve come a long way since fall-ball. We have grown closer as a team and have  learned how to work together. Practices have been going really well too, we are improving our communication skills and of course stick skills. Our first game is on March 2 and the first draw begins at 7pm against Muskingum. Muskingum has a new coach this year as well so we do not know what to expect this game, but our team is confident that we won’t let them take us down without a fight!!

Women’s lacrosse has also changed up their social media pages. We now have game countdowns, inspirational quotes, and some silly pics from the team. The instagram name is @hiramwlacrosse, we hope to get some more followers, and we want to reach out to family and friends of our players.

The Lady Terriers are pumped to get out on the field on March 2 rain, snow, or shine. We hope to see some fans in the stands cheering us on!

Exceeding Expectations

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By: Kyle Deckerd

 

The Men’s Basketball Team is excited to wrap up our season seeded third in the NCAC. We had a successful season finishing with an 18-7 overall record and 12-6 mark in the NCAC. The 18 wins for the Terriers are the most since 1973-74 and the 12 conference victories are the most since Hiram joined the league in 1999-00.

 

The Terriers are making their first appearance in the NCAC Tournament since the 2011-12 season and the second time hosting a tournament game, the previous being 2008-09. This season the Terriers accomplished some amazing things. Along with their accomplishments, the Terriers were able to take down OWU who was #4 in the country and also defeated conference rival Wooster, which hadn’t been done in 20 years.

 

The Terriers took on Kenyon in the quarterfinals, won 95-87, and recorded the first NCAC tournament win in school history. Though we fell to Wooster in the semi-finals the Terriers are proud of all their accomplishments this season and hope the best for our graduating Seniors.

Musial Award

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By: Rachel Ellis

Saturday, January 30, was a very special day for our team. Before our tipoff against Ohio Wesleyan, Lauren Hill’s parents presented the entire team with a Musial Award in Sportsmanship for our involvement in Lauren’s “One Last Game” during the 2014 season. It was an emotional moment for our coaching staff, team, and the community of Hiram. It was an honor to receive such a prestigious award and having Lauren’s parents present, the award made the moment not only memorable but also meaningful.

Receiving a Musial Award was just one of the many highlights of our season. As a team, we beat the record for most conference wins, in a season, with six while tying the most games won with 12. We ended the season with the 6th seed in the NCAC tournament and despite falling in the first round it has given us motivation to work even harder to go further next season.

Last One, Fast One!

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By: Rachel Patten

February 10th through the 13th the Hiram College Water Dawgs travelled to Denison to compete in the NCAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Our team prepares for all season this meet. The events are divided up throughout the course of three days. Each swimmer is then able to swim three races in preliminaries. If they finish in the top 27 swimmers during preliminaries, they are able to swim their event again later that day at finals to score points for our team. We had many swimmers make it back to finals over the course of the meet including Rachel Patten, Marian Bade, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, Meagan McCoy, Daniel Essel, Julian Gilbert, and Reeve Bowling. In addition to having many people make it back to finals, we also had multiple lifetime best times as well as times added to our Top 15 Times. Our season total for lifetime best times was 97, our total season best times reached 372, our college best times through the season reached 81. Hiram also has a list of top 15 times per event by which we added 29 new top times. This season was full of great times, both in the water and out!

Costa Rica Bound

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By Josh Lubich

The Hiram Men’s Soccer Team is continuing a successful offseason. The team will soon begin their spring season, allotting the opportunity for outdoor practice and live game play. We are also excited that the Men’s Soccer team is planning a big trip over the summer to Costa Rica. This trip will benefit the team by allowing us to play in games, experience a new culture, and bond us further as a team. I want to give some well-deserved praise to our coaching staff  who have worked extremely hard in order to make this trip a possibility. The team is continuing to try and raise money to help fund the trip and are really looking forward to the summer.

Sunday, February 21st the team concluded the 2015 season with our senior banquet.  This banquet was a great way to celebrate the season and look back on some great accomplishments, but more importantly appreciate the seniors and everything that they have given to the program. Once Terrier always a Terrier.

Hiram Women’s Soccer Team is Accomplishing Big Things

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By: Delaney Strycek

 

Currently the women’s soccer team is in the off-season working to prepare for their spring season, which is approaching fast. In our off-season, the women have been in the gym lifting and conditioning. Starting on Monday March 14th we will be hosting the Terrier Run. This is a fundraiser that we have been working on since winter and following the run we will begin spring practices.

In other news, the women’s team was awarded the Silver Award in Team Ethics and Sportsmanship from NSCAA. To be eligible the team must not have had any red cards during the entire season and then the percentage of yellow cards is calculated. The Terriers award falls into the 11-30% range, allowing us to be eligible for this award. Another exciting award was given to a few players on the team;  junior, Allie Glatt and junior, Katelyn Mauch were named Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association. Glatt earned the First Team Academic All-Ohio honors and Katie Mauch was named Second Team Academic All-Ohio. Along with this, Glatt broke the single scoring point’s record having scored 31 goals. She also tied the single season school record in assists being 7, which is the second most in a single season history earning her a Second Team All-NCAC spot. Mauch scored 9 goals, 2 assists, which gained her 20 points during this past season earning her the honor of Second Team All-NCAC after her career year.

A New Reign

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By: Quentin Anderson

A new year at large and new people in command, Coach Henry Stanford takes the reigns on what is going to be a successful group of men. Coach Stanford is not alone in his command; Coach David Price is assisting head coach Stanford in leading this team to victory. Both coaches, along with the rest of the coaching staff, are determined that 2016 will be one of, if not the most, successful years in Hiram football history.

Since early January, the returning Terriers have been in the weight room with Coach Moses. The players are putting up record numbers and seem to be unsatisfied with the four wins and six losses in 2015. Look for the Hiram Terriers to be one of the strongest, fastest, and most explosive teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference for 2016.

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into recruiting great athletes. After recruiting one of the best classes that the Hiram Terriers has ever seen in 2015, the coaching staff is looking to top last year’s success with an even more remarkable recruiting class. The Terriers are already off to a great start in their search for some of the nations most talented football players, already having visited cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and California with Michigan and Maryland visits to come.

Moving Forward

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Hiram College Cheerleading looks to be moving into a new direction for the 2016-17 school year. Head Coach Terry Clutter has decided to step down for the upcoming season. We are now excited to welcome Mrs. Brittany Wiley to Hiram College as the new Head Cheerleading Coach. Coach Brittany will gain assistance from Jennifer Clark, who is a professor in the biology department as well as the NCAC Faculty representative. Coach Brittany is a Hiram, Ohio native, who has previously coached All-Star Cheerleading and private tumbling sessions. In combination with Clark’s background in Tumbling and Gymnastics they have big plans for our squad during our up-coming fall-spring season. Coach Brittany will officially start her role as Head Coach this April during tryouts. As Hiram college cheerleaders move forward in a new direction they are looking to recruit incoming and already enrolled, men and women interested in accompanying them on their journey to an amazing season!