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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

The Gun Show || The Year That Was

A Summary of The Gun Show’s Most Impactful Stories


With the semester coming to a close, it is only natural to look back at the year that was. To say we had a substantial amount of news in sports would be an understatement. We saw everything from sex scandals to praises on the Cuban dictatorship to different Monmouth athletes coming out of college and entering professional sports.

This week, I will try to narrow down the year’s most impactful stories and sum them up a bit. It is my hope that this sum-up will cause you to reminisce a bit on the school year that was, and even how much sports has influenced the news we remember.

Just attempting to narrow down nearly 30 editions of “The Gun Show” was quite a hard task, but hopefully you have hung on to the hard copies and made some further assumptions yourself.

Before I begin with the summary, I would just like to thank all of you readers for sifting the pages of The Outlook to the back every week just to see what sort of opinion I had that week on the wide world of sports.

Hopefully in the next year, you will see many more opinionated articles that you can agree with me on; or maybe you may come find content that you strongly disagree with. Either way, this has shown the power of op/ed, even in sports. So finally, I would just like to reiterate my appreciation for all of my faithful readers.

So this year in sports, we have had!

1.) The Sandusky Scandal: On November 4, 2011, a scandal that would soon rock the world was unveiled to the public. Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator (and a member of Joe Paterno’s staff for 33 years), Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. This story rocked the whole sports world students rioted, parents cringed and the football world was deeply affected. This was also the final “stamp” to the Joe-Pa era as the elderly man succumbed to cancer a few months later.

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Baseball Sweeps Four-Game Series Against the Mount

MU faced a tough line up this past week as they competed against the non-conference Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Tuesday and competed in two double headers Friday and Saturday against NEC opponent Mount St. Mary’s.

Starting off for the Hawks was right handed pitcher Jon Shippee. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead in the first inning scoring three runs off three hits.

Senior left fielder Ed Martin led off in the first inning by hitting a single. Next was senior right fielder Jamie Rosenkranz who got to first due to catcher interference. Sophomore second baseman, Jake Gronsky, nearly tired the game up by hitting a ball to the fence but it was caught.

Junior third baseman, Danny Avella, came up to bat and hit a sac fly deep to right field advancing both Martin and Rosenkranz. With two outs, senior designated hitter Chris Perret was able to connect for a single scoring Martin from third. Next was senior first baseman Owen Stewart who walked on four pitches bringing sophomore shortstop Jon Guida to the plate with the bases loaded.

Guida hit the ball in front of the home plate forcing a fielder’s choice ending the Hawks’ threat. Monmouth would not get another hit until the seventh when senior center fielder, Josh Boyd, connected for a single.

The scoreboard did not change again until the sixth when Rutgers was able to score making it a 4-1 game. After this run crossed the plate, Shippee was replaced by freshman righty T.J. Hunt. Shippee closed his line with 5.2 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits. Hunt was unable to calm the Rutgers offense as he pitched 1.1 innings serving up two earned runs against seven batters. Relieving Hunt in the eighth was fifth year senior John McDonald who pitched one-third of an inning allowing one earned run. Coming in for McDonald was freshman righty Adam Yunginger who finished off the eighth with only one hit and one walk held to his name. Right-handed freshman, Chris McKenna, pitched in the ninth giving Rutgers their final run off two hits bringing the final score to 8-1 in Rutger’s favor.

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Softball Falls in Three NEC Games Over Weekend

sports-softballThe softball team was swept by Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent Bryant on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Monmouth 7-4 in the first game and 5-4 in the second in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

In game one, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Alicia Desanto singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Desanto advanced to third on another wild pitch. Tish Derer doubled to center, bringing Desanto home. Kaitie Schumacher came up next and singled to knock in Derer.

The Blue and White added another two runs in the fourth. Chelsea Paprocki led the inning off with a solo home run. After a couple outs, Derer singled to shortstop. Schumacher doubled to center and Derer scored.

Derer and Schumacher combined for six hits, three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kayla Weiser and Desanto added two hits each.

Alissa Schoelkopf took the loss and her record fell to 7-3 in 2012. She pitched five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two. She had five strikeouts.

In game two, the Hawks tied the game at with a four-run sixth inning. Schumacher doubled to start the inning. Weiser singled to put runner on the corners for Vanessa Cardoza. The freshman singled to shortstop and Schumacher scored to give the Hawks their first run of the day. Colleen Kelly flied out next and both runners moved up a base. Kayleena Flores stepped up with runners on second and third and one out. A wild pitch brought Weiser home and moved Cardoza to third. Flores singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, Cardoza scored.

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Hawks Reach NEC Tournament With Win Over the Mount

hawks reach nec tournament with win over the mountMonmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team qualified for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament on Friday after dispatching rival Mount St. Mary’s 11-6 on Kessler Field.

The Hawks, 7-10 6-3 NEC, used a complete team effort to defeat Mount, who also owns a 7-10 and 6-3 league record. The Hawks were led offensively by seniors Olivia Salata and Alex Marino, each who registered five points in the win. The Hawks were accurate with the ball, putting 18 of 21 shots on net and holding Mount to just six goals.

“This was probably the best I’ve seen our team play overall,” said MU Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Our offense settled and got good looks. They took great shots and moved the ball well together along with doing a a tremendous job tackling back. I thought some of the turnovers we created early created goals for us. Our midfield ran the field well and put pressure on them. Defensively, we did a nice job handling their drivers.”

MU expanded its lead to 6-1 on a pair of Sam Lillo goals, but Mount got those two back with two consecutive scores within 85 seconds of one another. After Coach Wescott called a timeout the Hawks regained their composure, scoring two straight to push the lead to 8-3. The two teams traded goals over the remaining 13 minutes, with MU coming out on top 11-6.

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Men’s Tennis Falls to FDU in Championship

The men’s tennis team fell to Farleigh Dickinson on Sunday 4-0 in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship match at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Knights were the number one seed in the tournament and the Blue and White were the third seed.

The Knights won the doubles point and the first three single matches finished.

In the No. 1 singles competition, the Knight’s Arvis Berzins defeated Freddy Marcinkowski 6-2, 6-4. In the No. 2 singles matchup, Ibrahim Shams topped Monmouth’s Francis Jedlinski 6-0, 6-1. Yuri Gricheno of the Knights faced Laurence Heads in the No. 3 singles match that went unfinished. The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matchups also ended unfinished. In the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles competitions, FDU defeated Monmouth 8-2. The No. 2 doubles matchup ended unfinished.

The Hawks finished the season with an 8-12 record, 5-4 in the NEC.

Farleigh Dickinson is 15-8 overall and 7-0 in the NEC. They will go on to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Men and Women’s Track Record First Place Finishes at Rider

On Saturday afternoon, both the Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field squads claimed the team title at the Rider Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J., while a trio of distance runners competed at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University, which included ECAC qualifying marks for a pair of Hawks.

On the men’s side at Rider, Monmouth (266) defeated the host Broncs by 115 points to take home the trophy, while the Monmouth women (234) topped NEC foe Sacred Heart by 37 points to claim the top spot.

“We needed to take a step forward as a team this weekend, and for the most part we definitely did that,” commented Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We still need to get stronger in some areas, but overall it was a very positive day.”

The Monmouth men scored in 20 of 20 events, winning all three relays, two individual events on the track and six field events to highlight the day. Senior Vincent Elardo won three events - shot put, discus and hammer throw, all with performances that move him up among the top performers in the East.

Junior Ford Palmer qualified for IC4As in the 800, pulling away late in the race to win in 1:51.73, a time that ranks fifth in school history. Palmer came back later to anchor the winning 4x800 relay, joining with Colin McDonald, Andrew Langille, and Garth DeBlasio to win in 7:51.50.

The Hawks also won the 4x100 relay, with Josh Lewis, Geoff Navarro, Mike Drake and Ben Boyd running 41.78, while the 4x400 team made it a clean sweep of the relays, with Aaron Aquino, Jon Marques, Bayaan Oluy­adi and Joe DiBianca closing out the day with a win in 3:18.35.

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Softball Wins Three of Four, Sweeps Rival FDU

sports-softballpicThe softball team went 3-1 last week, splitting with Villanova and sweeping a Northeast Conference (NEC) double-header against Farleigh Dickinson.

The Hawks (16-14, 7-5) are in fifth place in the NEC. They are two games behind the conference leader, Robert Morris. Monmouth also trails Long Island University - Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

MU defeated their conference rival 6-5 in the first game and 8-0 in game two. Monmouth never trailed in either game.

“These were very big wins for us. We control where we want to be at the end of the season, so if we just go out and take care of our business and not worry about anything else, that’s all we can do,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “We need to focus on one NEC game at a time and do what we did against FDU. Everyone needs to focus on their job and their job only and get it done. When we do that you saw against FDU the outcome that we can produce.”

Kate Kuzma led the team over the Knights (23-14, 5-7) with five RBI’s. She went three for eight with a double, triple and homerun. Kuzma also caught both games.

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Baseball Team Splits Four Game Series With CCSU

Monmouth University’s baseball team had a six game straight stint this past week against three different opponents. While most teams may feel pressured when it comes to playing six games with­in the span of five days late in the season, the Hawks kept their cool. “I don’t think we feel any pressure, we’re 30 on games into the season and we all elected to play this game,” Coach Ehehalt states, “We’re going to deal with the pressure that comes with it.”

With that said, the Hawks opened up their week with a one game series against Temple Uni­versity. This game was meant to be played on Saturday, March 31 but was postponed due to rain. Coach Ehehalt handed right-hander Jon Shippee the ball, de­claring him the starter. Shippee went a career best seven innings, fanning five in the process. When asked what he attributes to his daily improvement, Shippee responded “I haven’t started con­sistently in a while. I’m just start­ing to get back into the groove of things.”

MU won the contest, 3-2, but had trouble securing their victory in the ninth. Freshman Charlie Battis relieved Neil Harm and got the first batter to fly out to right field. The next batter got on base due to a fielding er­ror by Battis. he then moved to second on a wild pitch. The next Temple player at bat also reached first base on an error by Guida, moving runners to the corners. At that point, Coach Ehehalt had figured Battis had enough and brought in Joe Loiodice to fin­ish off the Owls. Loiodice struck out the first batter and walked the second. The bases were now loaded and Monmouth was one swing away from losing their lead. Fortunately, Loiodice did not succumb to the pressure and got the last batter of the game to ground out to third.

Scoring runs for the Hawks were Jake Gronsky, Danny Avel­la and Owen Stewart. The RBI’s came off the bats of Avella, Chris Perret and center fielder Josh Boyd.

After this win, the men had no time to relax since they were scheduled to host Rider Univer­sity in non-conference play on Wednesday.

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Women’s LAX Wins Back to Back

womens lax wins back to backThe women’s lacrosse team added two wins to their record this past weekend after they defeated Wagner University and Long Island University. The Hawks traveled to Staten Island on Friday and came up with a big win, defeating the Seahawks 20-13.

MU dominated the first half, outscoring Wagner 11-5, but almost blew their lead in the second half managed to hold on. The Hawks drew first blood scoring the first three goals in the first half within the first five minutes. MU and Wagner exchanged goals throughout the first half, but the Hawks finished off the half with three consecutive goals.

In the second half, Wagner opened up with two consecutive goals but the Hawk’s responded with six additional goals throughout the next ten minute span. Wagner then added five goals in a row, decreasing the Hawks lead to five with four minutes left in the game. The run by Wagner wasn’t enough as MU added two more goals to officially seal it.

Attack Sam Lillo’s eights goal were good enough for her to be named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The eight goals tied a game record for the Hawks. Alex Marino scored two goals and added four assists and Kayleigh Gibbons had two goals and assists. Erica Abendschoen and Cassie Campasano each added two goals to the 20 goal effort. Goalie Katie Donohue racked up eight saves.

“Personally, my shot selection has gotten better. I have had better opportunities, and the attacking unit has been working a lot better together creating goals and assists,” Lillo said.

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Women’s Tennis Falls to RMU and The Mount

The women’s tennis team played consecutive NEC opponents this past weekend as they faced off against Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the team lost both matches.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks fell 4-3 to Robert Morris. Dana Ferrari, Brooke Verdiglione, and Jessica Slinger all picked up singles victories for the team, but the doubles match-ups did not see the same outcome. Ferrari and Slinger fell 8-6, while freshmen Ashley Sandler and Sarah Turner fell 8-5.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hawks lost to Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 5-2. The Hawks dropped both doubles matches again, while Sandler and Slinger were able to come away with victories in single matches. Freshman Following these two losses, the Hawks closed their regular season with a 3-16 record in dual meets, while recording a record of 3-6 in the NEC.

Next up for the Hawks will be the NEC tournament, which will begin this Friday. The starting time and opponent is still to be determined.

The Gun Show || Freedom of Speech or Lack Thereof?

Another Issue in the Unfiltered World of Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen


In an average baseball conversation, do you normally discuss terms like riots, communism, dictators, misinterpretation and oppression? Well this is not out of the ordinary in today’s baseball world after Ozzie Guillen, the new Miami Marlins manager made extremely controversial statements to Time magazine.

“I love Fidel Castro,” he said. “A lot of people have wanted to kill [him] for the last 60 years, but that (SOB) is still here.”

Immediately, the Cuban and Cuban-American communities went into mayhem. Prominent figures in all walks of life have called for his resignation. Riots were scheduled to appear outside of the Marlins’ new stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami.

MLB officials were also disgusted with the statements, handing Guillen a five game suspension.

“Major League Baseball supports the decision by the Marlins to suspend Ozzie Guillen. As I have often said, Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities. All of our 30 Clubs play significant roles within their local communities, and I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s many cultures deserve. Mr. Guillen’s remarks, which were offensive to an important part of the Miami community and others throughout the world, have no place in our game,” said Bud Selig in a prepared statement on the issue.

Upon learning about his suspension and the devastating effects his comments had on the baseball community, Guillen issued a disheartened apology. Many even came to question the authenticity of the apology.

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