Hot Take on Harden: He Won’t Win

By Sebastian Lewis

James Harden will not win a championship with his current style of play.

James has been playing a give me the ball and get out of the way style. While it is winning in the regular season and keeping his team’s head above water while they are suffering from injuries it will not work in the playoffs.

Harden’s historic run did recently come to an end after his game against the Atlanta Hawks. In the span of thirty two straight games Harden was scoring at least thirty points. There is only one other player that has done that in more consecutive games. It was Wilt Chamberlain who did it in 65 straight games.

But back to how James can’t win the way he is playing. I feel as though his best chance to win was last year when they had a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors but Chris Paul got hurt and the Rockets dropped two straight games and lost the series.

The only other way he could have won a championship is if he had stayed in Oklahoma city for another year or two after they lost to the heat in the finals but the thunder traded him in the offseason.

But let’s take a closer look at his style of play. At one point he scored 298 straight unassisted points. That means either he brings the ball up or whoever does bring it up passes it to him and he takes his man off the dribble usually ending in a step back three pointer.

He really only passes when he absolutely has to. He still is averaging 7.6 assists per game but that is down from his previous years were he was more of a facilitator.

As of right he has played 56 games in a 82 game long regular season and he is only 88 shot attempts away from the same amount he took last season. He is averaging about 4 more shot attempts this year and his points per game are up by about 6 points right now but his assist did slightly decline with the way he is playing right now.

I am going to say it one more time even though his isolation type of play is winning games right now in the regular season it WILL NOT work in the playoffs when  a team can game plan for you during seven game series. He will have to change something in the way he plays when the playoffs come around.

He is making a hell of a case for MVP because the Rockets would not be the fifth seed right now of it were not for him, but that man Giannis has his team as the number one seed in the east right now but that is a different argument for a different day.

Get to Know Dr. G

By Andrew Coffman

Dr. Joey Gawrysiak always loved video games. “When I was in high school I would keep a T.V., an Xbox, a controller, and a game in the backseat of my car,” Gawrysiak said. “I kept all that stuff in my backseat so no matter what house I ended up at on any given night or weekend, I could plug my own Xbox in and play on my own T.V.”

 

While Gawrysiak attended the University of Georgia he competed compettively his freshman and sophomore years in the game Halo. “We would travel to South Carolina and Tennessee to compete in regional tournaments.”

 

It was actually during one of these tournaments that Gawrysiak realized that esports could go from being relatively unknown to something really big in the future. “There were 400 people in a convention hall crowded around Xboxes that were screaming and yelling and showing real passion. And I thought, wow this is a real thing. There is something to this, I don’t know what it is, but there is something to this.”

 

The director of the esports program at Shenandoah did not have a straightforward path to earning that title. Gawrysiak started as a high school teacher in his home state of Georgia. “I taught math for two years and I was also the assistant athletic director and an assistant varsity coach for baseball and football at Clarke Central High School.”

 

In 2015, Gawrysiak’s first year teaching an FYS class called Global Gaming, he realized that the passion he once saw while he was enrolled in college had expanded and was just as strong today. There was no esports club or team at the time and students approached him to support the creation of such an entity. After the club fell through Gawrysiak was approached again in the fall of 2017 by another group of students who were dedicated to make the club stick. “I had some students who really wanted to push for an esports team, so I said let’s do it and here we are today.”
On any given afternoon during the week you can find Dr. Gawrysiak in the basement of the Health and Life Sciences Building coaching the esports team in their inaugural season. While esports is still in its relative infancy as a sport, Gawrysiak has a one main goal for those who still unaware of what esports are. “It’s about educating as many people as I can so they can make an informative decision on what this esports thing is.”

 

 

 

 

 

Shenandoah’s Most Prolific Passer Looks to Further His Career

By: Andrew Coffman

 

In the early spring of 2015 after most workouts you would find Hayden Bauserman in his truck, alone. After transferring to SU midway through the 2014-2015 school year Hayden didn’t live on campus and barely knew any of his teammates. “At first it was really intimidating. I didn’t really know anyone and I didn’t really have any friends. I went through some really rough times.”

 

Finishing his freshman campaign with average stats and a losing record, some still had doubts if Hayden was the right man for the job.

 

Nearly 4 years later the same player who once isolated himself from his teammates became the most prolific passer and one of the greatest leaders in SU history. He has broken every significant passing record and will potentially be in the NFL, but not many know Hayden outside of football.

 

Hayden graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was a member of the Environmental club. He routinely volunteered through the football program at local elementary schools and was staple in the Shenandoah Community.

 

After his playing career concludes Hayden said he wants to stay around the game. “I’ve never wanted to work a conventional 9-5 job. I’d love to coach football and if the opportunity for me to coach at SU ever arose I would take it in an instant.”

 

Hayden has recently been in talks with multiple NFL and CFL teams prior and after the two pro-days he participated in at Richmond Univeristy and the University of Virginia. He’s looking to extend the moment from this past season and the pro-days into a professional career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player Spotlight: Wesley Starling

Today we welcome Freshman Wesley Starling from Hampton, Virginia. Wesley is a class of 2022 Midfielder here at Shenandoah University

What is your major?

I am a business major. I want to start my own business when I am older, I would really like to own my own restaurant.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class here is College Algebra.

Who is your favorite professor?

My favorite professor is Professor Anderson, by far.

Why did you choose to come to Shenandoah?

I came to Shenandoah because I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a collegiate athlete. I emailed the coach and asked him if I could try out for the team and I ended up making it.

What has playing soccer at Shenandoah meant to you?

It means a lot because I have worked very hard to get here and there were many times where i thought I would never make a college roster.

What is like being a Walk-on for the soccer team?

It has been very challenging at times, but there were three walk-ons who tried out for the team and I was the only one to make it on the squad. This really boosted my confidence because it made me realize I have what it takes to make it on a college roster. Being a walk-on, I feel like i have a target on my back and it just makes me work harder.

What are your future plans here at Shenandoah?

In the classroom, I am going to continue to take many business classes as I can and learn as much as I can. On the field, I want to win an ODAC championship and make it to the NCAA tournament.

What is your favorite thing to do when your not playing soccer?

I like to hang out with my friends and cook. I like to cook because it is really fun and it is really satisfying when someone tells me my food tastes good.

What is one interesting fact about you?

My nickname is Peanut.

 

Chris Oates – Against All Odds

Local Winchester resident Chris Oates thoroughly enjoyed his stand out High School basketball career at Millbrook High before going on to play college basketball. It wasn’t until his Sophomore season when Oates realized he had the talent to play college basketball. He was heavily recruited by a bunch of Division 1 and Division 3 schools such as American University and Boston University. As recruiting slowed down, family friend Erick Green reached out to Oates about the potential of playing at a Division 2 school in West Virginia. Soon after, David & Elkins become the home of Oates as he received a full scholarship to play college ball after averaging an impressive 15.7 points, 4.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game as a senior. However, this was the beginning of the end for Oates at David & Elkins as a series of unfortunate events lead him to transfer after his Freshman year.

Oates preaches that the coaches whom recruited him were like family. The Assistant Coach for D&E that Oates had grown close with was let go due to cuts in the athletic department. Shortly after the Head Coach resigned for reasons that are still unknown to himself and the rest of the team. After not feeling wanted by the new Head Coach, transferring was constantly on his mind. Just four games into the season Oates was diagnosed with a heart murmur and with his health in best interest he was sidelined for the remainder of the season. Oates said nothing hurt more than having to sit out the majority of his freshman career. Playing college basketball was always a dream of his and to have it start out on this note was devastating. The pain of not playing basketball hurt more than anything.

Oates admits he struggled being in a relationship with a girl that attended another school and that by holding onto his friends from high school really held him back in his freshman year. “I was at a school with 800 kids, no social life, no parties. Video games and basketball ruled my life and basketball was taken away from me so quickly” said Oates. Watching his friends enjoy nights out from the view of his Snapchat really made him miss home, wishing that he could be somewhere other than the small town of Elkins. After a long day of studying for his finals at D&E Oates was set to drive home in the early hours of the morning to attend a surprise 80th birthday party for his beloved grandmother. Mentally and physically fatigued, Oates uncharacteristically forgot to put his seatbelt back on after stopping for gas at Sheetz. Oates crashed into a tree whilst travelling around 75 mph on State Route 127 in Hampshire County of West Virginia.

Oates suffered numerous injuries and is lucky to still be here today. A fractured vertebrae, cuts all over his head, left hand and both arms ultimately prompted his decision to transfer out of D&E. Christopher Newport University and Susquehanna University were two successful Division 3 programs that Oates looked at but instead decided to return home to Winchester to play for the Shenandoah Hornets where his brother Andrew was a member of the coaching staff. “Andrew is kinda like the person who puts everything together and kinda calms me down when things get too up or too down” said Oates. The transition from D&E to SU was “easier than ever” for Oates. He had High School friends still in the area, so he immediately felt comfortable and as clique as it sounds felt at home. Oates did not move into the campus dorms and instead opted to stay at home to be with his family and avoid paying unnecessary housing expenses. Oates said, “The most difficult thing to do was not being on campus. I miss a lot of things that happen on campus and in the dorms. At times that really took its toll on me as yet again I felt like I was missing out on the real college life.”

Just as Oates settled in to life at Shenandoah, he had high hopes for the remaining few years of his college basketball career. Early in his Junior season it was just another day, another practice, another opportunity to get better and play the game he loved. Fast approaching 100% fitness again Oates in tragic circumstances went down with a compact fracture and dislocation of the fibula and tibia, resulting in 2 plates and 11 screws being inserted to support his ankle. He missed the entire season and will not be cleared for 5 on 5 activity until next August at the earliest. Just as things were getting back on track, he was struck by another unfortunate event that will impact him for the rest of his playing career. “This year was tough, mentally along with physically. The whole experience has been eye opening because it gave me a taste of how meaningful playing basketball is and having it taken away so abruptly with no warning sucked.” Oates has missed an abnormally large amount of his playing career and says there were times like after his accident where he even questioned whether or not he wanted to play the game he loves again. As history shows Oates chose to persevere against all odds and decided that if he has made it through what he has so far in his life, he can make it through this.

So it begins, 12 long months of mental and physical torture as Oates prays he will be able to complete his first and final full season of college basketball. Many have doubted whether he will ever be the same player that he once was or even half of that, but Oates uses all this as motivation to prove everyone wrong. “It’s kinda motivational for me to try and come back better than ever”. Oates claims his rehab has been going great, “I see improvements every single day whether it is a big or even minor improvement”.

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His running motion is starting to develop again, and he expects to slowly be able to ease back into jumping and basketball activity by the end of April. Oates admits that at times the long process of rehab is exhausting and frustrating. “To be honest, everything is just going slow, there’s some days where I feel like nothing is wrong and that I’m completely normal and then there’s days where I’m in pain doing something, I’ve done before.” Without the support of his family Oates doesn’t think he will be where he is today, they are always by his side through thick and thin.

Oates started out his college dream in West Virginia and found his way back home to here in Winchester. It took a heart murmur, a near death car crash and both fracturing and dislocating his ankle to realize what was important in life. He describes his college experience in one word. “Growth”. “It’s weird too like my whole high school career I was saying man I just wanna leave so I can grow up, while I did that at D&E it took me coming home to actually realize that none of that party stuff is important besides getting better as a person and as a player.” I look forward to tracking Oates’s rehab and hopefully seeing him take the court for the Hornets in his much-anticipated Senior season. I have complete faith that once again, Chris Oates will rise against all odds.

Inside the Life of a Possible Esports Prodigy

By Nathan Lewandowski

Glenn Lewandowski never cared about getting money to play the video game called rocket league, never paid much attention to the people who are making that money, and certainly never pictured being one. The fifteen-year-old kid just wanted a cheap game to play with his best friend and brother.

 

Less than three years later that all changed when Glenn got a message from a member of PeepSquad; a professional rocket league team that wanted to give him a tryout.

“I thought it was some sort of scam at first” Glenn recalls. “Once I found out it wasn’t I couldn’t believe it. I’m fifteen, and yet they thought I was skilled enough to compete with the big boys.”

 

Esports is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and possibly the world. New technology, software, and YouTube has given way for video gamers to not only make money doing what was once a hobby, but also for some to make a living doing it. Whether you get sponsors for your YouTube channel or get picked up by a pro team, if you have the talent, you will get recognized. And Glenn, aka “ScapularMist263” or “Scap” for short, certainly has that talent.

 

Scap mostly just played for fun and love of the game before the tryout. “I just enjoy playing [Rocket League] so much because there’s no end to the game. You can beat other people but never the game. There is always something that you can get better at. It was definitely a magical moment and eye-opening trying out for a Pro team. It’s made me work harder to get better.”

 

Ever the perfectionist, Scaps love for rocket league has grown even more since trying out for PeepSquad. “I love the game even more now. Rocket league is such a great game to me because there is no correct way of doing anything, no correct style of playing, always multiple ways you can play out a certain situation.”

 

Yet the possible fifteen-year-old prodigy doesn’t even know if he’ll choose to go pro, given the opportunity “I’ve had my heart set on joining the military for years now. My cousins, uncle, and oldest brother all joined the military; I feel like serving my country is kinda in my blood.” While nothing has even been offered to Glenn yet, he is quick to note that his decision between joining the military or becoming a professional gamer is anything but decided “I obviously have no idea what the future holds, but I’m incredibly grateful and blessed to be in a position where I have multiple options to be successful regarding my future.

 

It may be easy to think of what will become of Glenn Lewandowski, but he’s not trying to hear those projections or expectations. Scap is just trying to stay in the moment “In all honesty, I’m just focusing on doing my chores and passing my classes so my mom doesn’t get on me.” he says with a laugh.

New Coach, New Start For Men’s Soccer

By Alex Horvath

Coming off of a tough 6-10-1 record in 2018, Shenandoah Men’s soccer is looking towards new head coach Zack MacDougall to lead them in the right direction.

Shenandoah returns multiple key players from last year including Chance Hollins (LB), Sam Fischer (GK), Cody Kilbourn (M), and Andrew Kappel(B).

They welcome first year coach Zack MacDougall to the program from ODAC rival Randolph College where he graduated from and was an assistant coach.

He moved around the country due to military in his family, but he is glad to be back in Virginia. When asked why he chose to come to coach at Shenandoah he said, “The people, the facilities, and the academics.” Coach MacDougall is very excited for his first season here and has high expectations for his squad. His goals include getting into the ODAC tournament and completing consistently at that level.

I got a chance to speak to star Freshman Midfielder Chance Hollins. Hollins had an impressive freshman campaign, posting three goals on the season. Hollins said “We are going to be a major threat to the ODAC next season. We are returning a lot of really good players and I really like how Coach MacDougall is working with us.”

I was also able to speak to Freshman Wesley Starling. He said “I thoroughly enjoyed my freshman season here at Shenandoah. I’m looking forward to working with Coach MacDougall and I’m really excited to be able to make an impact on the field this year.”

Shenandoah kicks off at home vs. Mary Baldwin on Friday, August 31st

Photo courtesy of SU Hornets

2019 Shenandoah Men’s Track and Field Season Preview

By Mariah Graves

With the 2019-20 outdoor track season swiftly approaching, this year’s recruiting class for the men’s side is loaded. Junior captain Elijah Morton already believes the team is much more talented than last year and expects a breakthrough.

 

Indoor Season Highlights:

Morton broke the school record for the 60meter dash during this year’s indoor season. Sophomore Jason White broke the school record for triple jump at the first indoor meet and was placed into the top-10 in the ODAC. Freshman Wilson Jackson III placed first in the 200 meters at Shenandoah’s first home meet. Lastly, Tyler McCarthy came in third of all of Division III in the 3,000 meters.

 

Last year to this year:

Head Coach Andrew Marrocco, says, “We didn’t lose any talent, we added a couple new freshman that are going to help tremendously.” Freshman Tucker Kindig is learning to throw the javelin to add to his duties with the hammer, weight, and shotput. The team has gained other talented freshman since last year; in every event from throws, to sprints, to distance that have the potential to do well in this upcoming outdoor season.

 

What to expect:

Senior Justin Meyer, is looking really strong in the steeplechase, sophomore Reed Davis is also having a big breakthrough year on the distance side. Coach Marrocco is hopeful that he will perform in the 5k and 10k this outdoor season.

 

Morton says, “The men’s team is not only going to have a breakthrough but many records are going to fall.” There are plenty of school records that are accomplishable for this team. All they need to do is have faith in themselves and treat each practice like it’s a track meet. The team is also expected to finish strong at the conference championships (ODACs). Many of the athletes have already pushed themselves into the top-10 list for the ODAC.

 

Bold Predictions:

Men’s track and field will score top three overall in the ODACs, every team member will be ranked high in the ODAC and the relay teams including the 4×100 and 4×400 meter will perform very well this season.

 

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Come Back Season for Hornets Women’s Tennis Team

By Miles Green

The Shenandoah University Women’s Tennis team didn’t make the conference tournament last year. Limited by roster size, the Hornets had a strong mid-season push, that was eventually halted by injury and illness.

 

Senior Elizabeth Pardo, a former field hockey stand out, decided to try her hand at tennis last year and success followed. “She got her opponents to lose the match, as opposed to her winning” Coach Hubbard said. The team has yet to determine where a similar spark will come from this year.

 

As far as this season is concerned, Hubbard understands that Shenandoah Women’s Tennis is a contender for the 8thspot in the ODAC and looks forward to the challenges this season will bring, “We’d like to have a winning season…and make the tournament… we’d always like to see a player from each of our teams make a post season honor.”

This year’s squad will be led by Captain Emma Crue, SU’s highest graded player. “She doesn’t see being captain as a prize role” says Hubbard. “She is ready to do whatever it takes to lead her team in the right direction.”

 

Shenandoah opens its 2019 season this Saturday Feb. 16th, with a 7:30 non-league home match versus PSU-Altoona.

 

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Women’s Lacrosse 2019 Season Preview

By Thomas Graziano

Despite graduating five seniors, all of whom were All-ODAC captains last year, SU Women’s Lacrosse head coach Lindsey Lutz is excited for a “fresh start” on the 2019 season.

 

Lutz is particularly excited about the addition of Taylor Paige,a new full-time assistant coach who has come to SU from ODAC rival Bridgewater College.

 

The Hornets have only one returning senior, Nakona Wolfe, so Lutz hopes to see a lot of leadership out of the 2020 Junior Class.

 

The Hornets have some returning players that Lutz is hoping will have a great impact from on the offensive side. The offensive team will be led by former All ODAC conference player Cassie Arndt, last year’s ODAC rookie of the year Allyson Bittinger and All ODAC Tournament player Jordyn Miller.

 

On the defensive side for the Hornets, they will be led by Juniors Emma Hardisky and Jess Spindler.

 

“There is a high competitive edge and competitive standard that I see from our team at practice, I’m excited to get them on the field and see that come to life.”

 

Although the team suffered a loss in leadership, Lutz is very excited for some of the younger players to step up and fulfill those roles that need to be replaced. “They have been working very hard for two years and I can’t wait to see them step up and fill those roles on the field.”

 

Lutz has been focusing on the level of stick protection for the younger players, she wants to have the younger players prepared for the transition from high school to the college game.

 

As Lutz looks for a brand new set of captains during the preseason with the addition of a new assistant coach, she hopes it will bring new insight and style to the tea.

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