Soccer Players Fujuimoto and Gunzelman Named Pirate Anchors

Written by Claire Booher
Megaphone Staff Writer

Each year two student athletes are awarded for their hard work on and off the field. The Anchor Award is given to the students who show exemplary academic and athletic skills. They have the fortitude to go above and beyond with their physical and mental skills.

The student Athletic advisory committee presents the award to one male and the one female who they believe embodies the values of student-athletes here at Southwestern University. They nominate several athletes, and then the student body, faculty and staff vote for the winners.

This year, the award was presented to two soccer players. The 2008 Anchor Award was given to seniors Cory Fujimoto and Amanda Gunzelman. With their amazing athletic and academic history, both Gunzelman and Fujimoto were chosen by the committee and the Southwestern community because they believe that these two individuals represent Southwestern student-athletes.
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Men's Basketball Finishes 6-9 at SCAC

Written by Jim Surface
Megaphone Staff Writer

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament did not treat either the men’s or women’s basketball teams well this year.

After the men split conference games at home against Hendrix and Millsaps, they needed two consecutive victories to insure a berth in the conference tournament.

On Friday, Feb. 22 the Bucs traveled to Colorado Springs to face the winless Colorado College Tigers. Pirates’ sophomore Zach Bergstrom led the team with 12 points, shooting 3-6 from the three-point arc, while seniors Mike Powell and Ben Schleif each reached double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively, as Southwestern eked out a 72-71 victory to keep Colorado College winless.
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Lacrosse Seasons Look Promising

Written by Sam Marsh
Megaphone Staff Writer

This has been a busy week for the Bucs’ Lacrosse team. In the thickest part of the season, there isn’t much rest, but the Bucs are thriving. On Tuesday, they faced the Westminister Griffins, the top-ranked team in the nation.

At the final whistle, the score was 9-5 for the Griffins, but there was celebrating in Georgetown. For the 12th-ranked team to hold the top team to nine points was completely unexpected. The Bucs shut down the Griffins’ offense and stayed close in almost every statistical category.

At the end of the first half, the score was only 3-2, and spirits were high by the Bucs bench. Sophomore Connor Hanrahan had an amazing game, earning the game ball. The midfielders came into their own throughout the course of the game, working well on both ends of the field, as well as in transition. Continue reading

Swimmers End Season With Strong Finish

Written by Sam Marsh & Lorena Saenz
Megaphone Staff Writer & Sports Editor

This past weekend the Bucs swim team competed in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet in Southlake, Texas.

It was held at Southlake Carroll High School, and co-hosted by Austin College, Trinity University and Southwestern. This was a year of great improvement from recent years, showing growth in the program.

Senior Kyle Marshall had plenty to say: “I felt that this was the best SCAC meet that we have had in a while. We have an awesome group of first-year men who did an excellent job this weekend. We scored more points as a men’s team this year than we have in a long time. The women also did a fantastic job. They had a lot of girls come back and swim in the finals and it was exciting to see how great they did.”
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Handball Continues to Impress

Written by Claire Booher
Megaphone Staff Writer

While basketball and swimming have been making a name for themselves in the SCAC news room, Southwestern’s intramural handball team has been burning up national sports arenas.

The handball women and men have been working hard and have had great results, winning 70 percent of their matches.

After six consecutive years of ranking in the top ten handball teams, Southwestern is shooting for its seventh year in a row.
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Spotlight: Zach Bergstrom

Written by Claire Booher
Megaphone Staff Writer

While most of us were recovering from finals this past break, sophomore Zach Bergstrom, along with the rest of the SU men’s and women’s basketball teams, was hard at work.

So far the men’s team has had a very average season. Their record is 4-4 in conference and 8-9 overall.
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Swim Team Finishes Hardest Training Block

Written by Allan Smith
Megaphone Staff Writer

The SU Men’s and Women’s swim team competed well in their last two meets despite being in a heavy training block in preparation for the SCAC Championships in February. The Pirates turned in many good performances at their meet in Orange, CA against Chapman University on Jan. 6.

On the men’s side, first-year John Prater had an excellent meet, earning three lifetime bests and winning the 500 freestyle. Taylor Steele also swam well with wins in the 100 and 200 freestyles and two season bests, and first-year Dustin McCammon also posted a pair of wins in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke with season best times. The team finished with an 87-87 tie vs. Chapman.

“I was disappointed that the guys couldn’t pull off the win, but they raced well,” said Coach Steve Brandt.

“We didn’t lose any close races throughout the meet, and John Prater and Taylor Steele have really turned a corner. We are really starting to see the fruits of their training pay off.”

The women also had some great performances in a 119-74 win over Chapman. Alana Bergfield and Jessie Carrier had a combined 6 wins, including victories in the medley relay. First-year Sam Kessler picked up wins in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and first-year Michelle Comerota won the 1,000 freestyle.

“It was a good chance to see the women race some off events and race well off the training block,” said Coach Brandt. “Katie Coleman continues to make a lot of strides forward, and I was glad to see her do well.”
In the Pirates last home meet vs. McMurry last Saturday, the women picked up a 125-100 victory while the men showed some solid performances despite a 71-114 loss. Alana Bergfield and Jessie Carrier again combined for 6 wins, leading the way for the women. First-year Kassie Kruesly won the 200 IM, and Michelle Comerota won the 100 freestyle. For the men, Dustin McCammon and Taylor Steele combined for 3 wins. John Prater won the 100 backstroke in a gutsy effort, earning a lifetime best. Prater also posted a lifetime best in the 200 freestyle.

“This really sets the tone going into SCAC. I look forward to seeing everyone swim even faster times once we begin to taper,” said Coach Brandt

The Pirates next meet is January 25-26 at Trinity. The SCAC Championships will be held on February 14-16 in Southlake, TX.

Handball Competes at State Tourney

Written by Matt Trawick

The Southwestern University handball team competed in the Texas State Handball Championship earlier this month, giving yet another strong performance in intercollegiate competition. This is their first tournament since the Buc handball team won the National Division II title last spring in Canoga Park, California, which was the sixth consecutive year that the Pirates have ranked among the top 10 collegiate teams (in any division) since the team’s start in 1999.

The team brought 22 players to the UT tournament, 12 returning from last year’s team and 10 new players. Notable returning players are men Brian Kasper, Winston Pool, Juan Carreon, and team captain John Yi; and women Kelly Parmet, Casey Grier, and Jennifer Huntsman.

“I didn’t know what to expect at the beginning of the semester,” Yi said, “because we added
about 15 new players to our 13 from last year. But everyone practiced hard and I think the results speak for themselves!”

The results do speak for themselves: Rachel Gibson won in the women’s novice division; Lauren Kjolhede took second. Brian Kasper and Matt Kauffman took first and second place in the B contenders bracket, respectively, and Winston Pool won the C contender championship. Juan Carreon took second place in the Men’ C division, and Matt Trawick took second in the Men’s Novice division. The team also had several semifinalists, including Anabel Aviles, Suresh Thomas, Eamon Briggs, Clay Hillin and Kristin Kukura.

Making their presence known, six new players brought home trophies, which bodes well for the future of the program, especially since handball is such a difficult game to master. The fine motor skills and quick wits seem to come naturally to Southwestern students, however, so the Pirates might not be too far away from a National Division I Championship. The Pirate handball team will travel to College Station to compete in the Aggieland Classic handball tournament this weekend, and are looking forward to defending their title at the National Tournament this spring.

Soccer Season Ends

Written by Clair Booher

After an exciting season, the men’s and women’s soccer team season came to an end at the hand of the Trinity Tigers. Although both teams are disappointed, they have every reason to hold their heads high. Both teams have had an impressive season and proudly finished 2nd in conference.

The women played Trinity first on Saturday to determine who would place first in conference. They fell victim to unfavorable penalties called by the referee. In the first ten minutes of the game, Trinity was given a penalty kick and scored. Trinity was then given a free kick in the 34th minute and scored. These two unfortunate plays weighed heavily on the Lady Pirate’s mentality. Even though the second half was well fought, Trinity scored two more goals and sealed their place at the top of the SCAC conference. The Lady Pirates still finished second in SCAC, moving up three places from their 5th place finish last season, and will most likely have some players recognized in post conference awards.

The end of the season for the Lady Pirates also brought an end to the soccer careers of four seniors. Senior defender Amanda Gunzelman, defender Andrea Garcia, defender Mimi Tan, and midfielder Jess West played their last game for Southwestern.

Gunzelman, a senior captain this year, finishes her career having started as a defender since her freshman year. Gunzelman was also just named to the ESPN The Magazine academic all-district second team along with junior Casey Greir. Garcia was also a senior captain this year and a great team leader. Tang was a third team All-SCAC award winner as a first year and All-SCAC second team as a sophomore. West, after being abroad in China for a year, rejoined the team as a senior and made a great impact.

The men’s team played after the women’s team in a back and forth match with Trinity. The referee was once again not on SU’s side when Trinity scored their first goal off of a penalty kick in the second half. With less than five minutes left in the game, Junior David Lozano tied the game and took it to overtime. This was the first time the nationally ranked Trinity was taken into overtime this season. Unfortunately, with 21 seconds left in overtime Trinity scored and ended the game. The match was back and forth and was hard fought. The Pirates proved that they have what it takes to play against some of the best in the nation. Although the Pirates were disappointed, they still finished 2nd the SCAC conference and also have the opportunity to win post-season SCAC awards.

The men’s team also has to say goodbye to ten seniors this year. Defenders Troy Hutchens and Nate Ellis, midfielders Brian Kasper, Scott Smith, Kyle Strine, Daniel Webb, Cory Fujimoto, and Preston Hollis, and forwards Ben Hoffman, and John Yi. Hutchens and Ellis have both helped the Pirates have a dominant defense and both started the majority of their careers at SU. All the midfielders have their own strengths that have greatly helped the team. Strine was SCAC third team All Conference three years in a row, and many others can expect recognition this year.

All these seniors will be very much missed and contributed great to the success of the Pirates. Both the men’s and the women’s soccer teams have every reason to hold their heads high at the end of this season. With this successful year, both teams have every reason to believe that they can be win conference next year and make it far in the playoffs.

America's Team Once Again

Written by Martin Irish

One play. One yard short. One botched hold and an unsuccessful run to the corner was all it took to end the Cowboys’ season.

Tony Romo had the season slip right through his hands. He single handedly broke the hearts of all of fans in one second. This is the kind of play that could potentially stick with a player for their entire career. Tony Romo should be hated. He should be outlawed from the city of Dallas. And considering that the Cowboys are America’s Team, he should have been deported.

Romo was probably the fastest player ever to gain respect in the NFL. If you watched any sports shows after just three weeks of his first start, you would have thought the guy had a couple of Superbowls under his belt already. He also could have lost that respect faster than anyone. Cowboys fans still, to this day, cringe at the thought. After the botched hold it would not have been ridiculous to predict the end of Romo’s career. Somewhere else? Could he become a head case? Will it linger forever? Canada?

It would have been easy for many of these to occur. Somehow, they did not. The Cowboys look more promising than at any other time this decade. They are 6-1 and their only loss has come at the hands of the dominant New England Patriots. Tony Romo and the Cowboys have come from the depths of despair of that missed PAT better and stronger so that there is never even the opportunity for tying field goals.

There were few questions about whether or not the Boys had the talent in the off-season. So far the Cowboys have been dominant. The two back system with Julius Jones and Marion Barber III is working. Tony Romo has coped well without Terry Glenn, who underwent knee surgery during the preseason. He has done this without relying on Terrell Owens. Romo has spread the ball more to Jason Whitten and Patrick Crayton, who have accounted for eight of his 15 touchdown passes so far this season. Romo is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and has a 93.5 passer rating.

Tony Romo is good once again.

He supposedly has a great relationship with T. O. This looks especially beneficial to the team with the calmest time we have seen from the notorious receiver. While the Cowboys offense is among the leagues best, and picking Tony Romo up for your fantasy team could quite possibly be the pick of the century, the Cowboys defense is surviving.

Terrence Newman and hard-hitting Roy Williams are underachieving, but with the offense clicking, the defense has little pressure. A few stops here and there, and they can chalk another W in the win column.

Tony Romo has officially put last season’s despair behind him. He will not be a Bill Buckner. He has somehow survived his unforgivable mistake. If he had played poorly this season, you would have heard how that one play still messed with his head. You would hear calls for his trade. You would question the management for keeping him. The man that everyone was so quick to praise would have immediately become the man that was impossible to like.

Fortunately for Tony Romo, the Cowboy’s and their fans they will never have to experience that. The Cowboys are set to make another run at the Superbowl. After a few years of mediocrity and disappointment, America’s Team is not a dying franchise. They are back in business and their fans couldn’t be more ready.

Cross Country Prepares for Conference

Written by Allen Smith.

The SU Men’s and Women’s cross country teams have been working hard to prepare for the SCAC Conference Championships this Saturday at the SU Golf Course. The course features a steep 300-m hill that is sure to slow many of the runner’s times, and make it a strength race. The women will race at 9 a.m. and the men will race at 10 a.m.

The women have been battling injuries late this season, but still remain one of the top teams in the conference. Tami Warner led the team to a 6th place finish at the Texas Lutheran Invitational with a 6k time of 25:20. Jessica Ratclife, Kristin Lahaie, Ursula James and Elly Martinez are expected to contribute greatly to the team on Saturday.
Despite losing Junior Kelly Parmet and First-year Lili McEntire to injury, the girls are still optimistic about conference.

DePauw comes in as the favorite on the women’s side after being ranked 13th in the nation in the latest NCAA D3 poll. Trinity is another team that is picked to do well, though Southwestern is hoping to battle it out for 3rd.

On the men’s side, Colorado College comes in as the favorite after being ranked in the top 35 nationally. DePauw, Centre, Trinity, Sewanee and Rhodes are expected to be tough as well.

Southwestern is hoping to take advantage of their pack running strategy that has worked well all season. At the Texas Lutheran Invitational, the top five men for Southwestern finished within 1:07 of each other to grab 4th place in a meet that featured D1 schools Texas State and Prairie View A&M. Junior Ben Sloan led the Pirates at TLU with a season best time of 28:36. Josh Gideon, Addison English, Allen Smith and David Pruit rounded out the top five.

“Conference is going to out of this world,” Sophomore David Pruit, who has finished as the Pirates 5th runner the last two races, said. “It will be quite an adrenaline rush for all parties involved.”

This monumental meet marks the second time Southwestern has hosted the conference championships in the last 10 years. The team has been training regularly on the course to prepare for the challenges it will provide. The course is undergoing some final preparations this week to get rid of certain rocky areas.

Southwestern students and faculty are encouraged to come out and support the men’s and women’s cross country teams this Saturday morning. Once conference is over, the Pirates will participate in the Jameson 5k road race next Saturday, which will take place on the Southwestern campus. The following week, they will travel to Williamsburg, Virginia for the South/Southeast Regional Championships.