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Bulls embark on unlikely playoff push James Poellnitz Staff Writer

It seems like only yesterday when the Chicago Bulls were among the worst teams in the league. On Feb. 18th all that changed. On this date, the Bulls sent Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons. At the time of the trade, the Bulls were 23-30 and losers of eight out of 13. This created a spark that catapulted the Bulls to a 41-41 record and the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. It took the Bulls about a month to fully get going with their new additions to the team. An injury to Luol Deng also didn’t help. With Deng out, Salmons stepped in and played big-averaging 18.3 points per game. Along with Miller,

Photo courtesy of Bulls rookie point guard Derrick Rose dropped 36 points in his playoff debut.

the Bulls became a deeper team with better offensive possessions. With the Bulls looking like a complete team, they showed the entire league how dangerous they could be. Especially at home. The Bulls finished 28-13 at the United

NFL Draft preview Billy McKay Staff Writer

The 2009 NFL Draft takes place April 25-26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This year, the Detroit Lions have the first pick after finishing the season 0-16. Teams with multiple picks in the first round include Detroit, Denver and Buffalo. Over the previous six drafts, the Lions have picked a wide receiver with their first pick four times. The Lions do not have a franchise quarterback, so many experts have them taking Matthew Stafford, a quarterback from Georgia with the first pick overall in this year’s draft. Currently, Daunte Culpepper is the starting quarterback for the Lions. Culpepper is a three-time pro bowler. However, in 2005 he injured his knee and he has never been the player he once was for the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit also picks again at 20. With the second pick in the draft, the St. Louis Rams are most likely going to take an offensive lineman after losing Orlando Pace to free agency. Pace had been with the team for 12 seasons and a was a seven-time pro bowler. Some draft experts have the Rams taking Jason Smith from Baylor to protect the blind side of the quarterback. The Kansas City Chiefs have the third selection in this year’s draft. The Chiefs are looking for a defensive player who can put pressure on the quarterback. Therefore, they will most likely take the best prospect on the draft board, linebacker Aaron Curry from Wake Forest. The Chiefs recently acquired Matt Cassel, who

filled in at quarterback last year for the Patriots after Tom Brady suffered a leg injury. After signing TJ Houshmandzadeh, the Seattle Seahawks do not need a number one receiver. Having that said, the Seahawks can either draft a quarterback to be the understudy of Matt Hasselbeck ,who has played 11 years in the NFL or draft an offensive lineman. Experts have them taking either Mark Sanchez, a quarterback from USC, or Eugene Monroe, an offensive tackle from Virginia. The fifth pick in the draft belongs to the 4-12 Cleveland Browns. It is being speculated that they would take a wide receiver and the best receiver on the board is Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech. Crabtree has the potential to be like a Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. The Chicago Bears, who are notorious for being very conservative in the offseason, made a huge splash with the trade for Jay Cutler from Denver. Therefore, they will not have a first round draft pick, and they will have to search hard for quality players later in the draft. Their main needs are at wide receiver, offensive line/ defensive line and in the secondary. Local guys who are being looked at in the first round are Larry English, a linebacker from Northern Illinois and Vontae Davis, a cornerback from the University of Illinois. Both players have the potential to be quality NFL players. Billy McKay can be contacted at

Center winning 14 -of-16 at home after the trade. They now have a first round playoff match up with the World Champion Boston Celtics. At the end of the season, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said that there

was no way Kevin Garnett would be ready for the playoffs. As the season was coming to an end, after missing weeks, Garnett came back and played. It seemed everything would be alright for the Celtics. Coach Rivers saw him run in practice, and it looked as if the injury got worse. Now, there is talk of surgery which would end his season. With the reigning Defensive MVP out, it is the time for the Bulls to make a run. The Celtics are not a good defensive team without Garnett. The Bulls took full advantage of that in the playoffs in game one. Derrick Rose led his team to a 105-103 victory with a 36 point, 11 assist effort. The Bulls also held Ray Allen to four points on 1-of-12 shooting including 0-of-6 from three. Game two was just as close, as it took a three from Ray Allen with two seconds left to decide the outcome as the Celtics

won 118-115. The Bulls were led by a playoff career-high 42 points from Ben Gordon, but the Celtics answered with a triple-double from Rajon Rondo with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists. Allen also added 30 and Glen Davis had a career high 26 points. The Bulls have proved that they can hang with the Celtics. With three of the five remaining games at the United Center, the Bulls have a great chance of winning the series. The Bulls have been playing with confidence for the last month and have a good chance at making some noise in the playoffs.

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UEFA Champions League down to final four could be in doubt as Persei is fightStaff Writer ing a groin injury while Adebayor, a hamstring of the The UEFA Champions same variety. League entered its version The lone repof the Final Four, as three resentative not of of the Premier League’s best English premier is will cast their lot for a place Barca. The La Liga at the Stadio Olimpico on the leaders are paced May 27. by a creative and Defending champions inventive attack Manchester United lead a trithat is led by the fecta of English squads that aforementioned include Arsenal and ChelArgentine Internasea. Barcelona is the Premier tional Messi along League’s only obstruction to with Henry as well another English champion. as Samuel Eto’o, At the Camp Nou, Messi La Liga’s leading leads a star studded attack goal scorer. minded squad in the first leg Chelsea is flying against the imposing physi- Photo courtesy of high after a clascality of Chelsea on the April sic Quarterfinal 28. While the Blues will Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks to help his squad against English carry the second leg on the keep the UEFA Champions League title in Old Trafford. mates Liverpool May 6. that saw them pass And Old Trafford will host became the first English team to through on a 7-5 aggregate. While the first leg on the April 29, in win at the Estadio de Dragao in Barca easily handled Bundesliga an all English League affair, as Porto, Portugal. power Bayern Munich 5-1 on agManchester United welcome the Pacing the champions is reign- gregate. young and quite upcoming Arse- ing player of the year Christiano This go around at the Camp nal squad. The Gunners will look Ronaldo. Running mate Wayne Nou as well as Stamford Bridge to their home crowd at the Emir- Rooney and Bulgarian Interna- will come down to Chelsea’s ates on the May 5 for the second tional Dimitar Berbatov will pace ability to muck the match up and leg. a United attack against a pair of bring their physical nature to the Manchester United have a French Internationals in Gael smaller, but quicker Barca squad. schedule into the final month that Clichy and Bacary Sagna. The smart money is on a reis the envy of many clubs. Not The most talked back end in fut- match of last year’s final as Manonly are the Red Devils in con- bol right now is that of Manchester chester United and Chelsea aptention for another Champions United’s back four. The sporadic pear to be on another collision League crown, but they are a Pre- bunch has caused eye soars for course, this time in Rome. mier League to boot as well. the Red Devil faithful with the Arsenal is coming off of a play of Patrice Evra as well as dominate victory over peren- Gary Neville. They will be tested nial Spanish power Villareal and by the striking duo of Robin Van Manchester United defeated F.C. Persei and Emmanuel Adebayor. Ervin Olson can be contacted at Porto on a 3-2 aggregate. United Although, the twosome’s fitness

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Surprising start to MLB season James Poellnitz

Fighting Fish?

Staff Writer

In an offseason of big contracts, stunning steroid allegations and “Manny being Manny,” the 2009 season was highly anticipated. Two weeks into the season, let’s take a look around the majors:

Big problems in the Big Apple? The New York Yankees were the biggest story of the offseason. They were the biggest winners in free agency, adding Mark Texiera, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett to bolster a hurting rotation and an already stacked line-up. Alex Rodriguez admitting to taking steroids shocked many around the league. With the season underway, both A-Rod and the Yankees needed a strong start to make all the bad news go away. The Yankees then discovered that Rodriguez needed surgery for his hip and that he could be out until the middle of June. Without their star third-baseman, the Yankees have started a little slow. Just this past weekend they lost a game to the Cleveland Indians 22-4. While Burnett has looked good so far, both Texiera and Sabathia have gotten off to slow starts. The bullpen has been shaky and outfielders Xavier Nady and Hideki Matsui are injured as well. With the City of New York in panic mode already, the Yankees must get A-Rod back sooner, rather than later, if this team hopes to make the playoffs. The New York Mets also made a splash in the offseason by addressing their biggest problem from last season: the bullpen. They added the single-season record holder in saves, Francisco Rodriguez and all-star closer JJ Putz to put games away. The past two seasons, the Mets have blown playoff chances at the end of the season. Jerry Manuel will start his fifth season as manager with full control and has to get this team off to a great start. They also strengthened their rotation by bringing back Oliver Perez and adding Livan Hernandez. Gary Sheffield was added recently to bring in a right-handed bat to balance a mostly left-handed line-up. So far it’s been a rather slow start for the Mets, as the defense has been shaky and the pitching has been inconsistent. The defense should improve, and everyone in the rotation must improve in order for this team to compete with the World Champion Phillies and the surprising Marlins. When looking at the league

right now, the biggest question is, “Are the Marlins for real?” As of April 20th, the Marlins were off to an 11-1 start and had the best record in baseball. According to ESPN analyst Peter Gammons, “one major league scout said that the Marlins have the best rotation in the National League.” Even better than the rotation has been the offense. Most believed that the Marlins would score runs with Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu in the middle of the order, but the biggest surprise has been Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio currently leads the league in stolen bases and has been a huge spark in the leadoff spot for this team. Everyone on this team is hitting, and the strong offense is likely to continue. If the pitching staff stays consistent, there is a great chance that the Marlins win the National League East and may even make some noise in the playoffs.

Perennial cellar dwellers on the rise Other than the Marlins there are a few teams that have gotten off to quick starts. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners are sitting atop their respective divisions and the Kansas City Royals are tied for the division lead in the American League Central. The offense has become a huge factor in Toronto. Coming into the season there were only two established bats in the line-up in Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. The emergence of Adam Lind, Aaron Hill and Travis

Snyder along with the return of Scott Rolen has them leading the league in hits and runs. After Roy Halladay, the Blue Jays’ rotation is questionable. Ricky Romero has been solid and David Purcey has plenty of upside but it’s not likely that they will be able to overcome the Yankees, Red Sox

and Rays. This offseason, the Mariners went about cutting their declining veterans and going young. They also made small additions in bringing back Ken Griffey Jr. and added Endy Chavez, Franklin Gutierrez, Russell Branyan and David Aardsma in the bullpen and are now looking at an 8-5 record and a shot at the division. The Royals pitching staff has been the surprise of the team so far. Gil Meche, Kyle Davies and Zach Grienke are playing as good as any front three in any rotation in baseball right now. The addition of Coco Crisp at lead off, paired with the move of Mark Teahan to second base has helped keep the Royals competitive. The Royals might compete, at least until the all-star break, but it’s hard to imagine everything going right for them. There is currently a three-way tie for first place in the AL Central, with the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Royals sitting at 7-5. The Minnesota Twins are only

Competitive AL Central one game back at 7-7 and usually float around the top of the division all year. Many experts see the winner of this division winning around 86 games. This looks to be a competitive division all year. The White Sox have a strong bullpen and solid starting pitching. Mark Buehrle heads a list of starters that have the makings of one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. T h e Sox bring back last year’s biggest surprise in Alexei Ramirez, and Carlos Quentin. Paul Konerko, Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye lead the team into yet another season of high homerun totals. Two young starters in rookie second basem a n Chris

Getz, and Josh Fields, taking over for the departed power-hitting Joe Crede, have Sox fans believing that this year

is not a rebuilding year. There may not be a more dangerous offense in the American League than the Tigers. With the clutch hitters on this team and Miguel Cabrera in the middle, they can make some noise in the AL Central. The Royals will need career years from their top three starters, as well as a few of their young hitters in order to stay in contention. The biggest variable for Minnesota is the return of Joe Mauer. He is likely to come back in the middle of May and this offense needs him

badly. The pitching and defense are among the best in the league so they shouldn’t do anything to beat themselves. The pitching just isn’t going to be good enough for Cleveland to compete this year. Cliff Lee isn’t likely to top his Cy Young performance of last season and Fausto Carmona and Carl Pavano are struggling early in the season. This is a team where health is always a concern but Travis Hafner looks like he’s back to his old self, and Victor Martinez is playing more first base in hopes

LA powerhouse of keeping Hafner healthy. This team needs at least one more arm in their rotation before they can fully contend. Even though the Marlins are the hottest team in baseball, the Dodgers are pretty close too. At 10-3, they are clicking on all cylinders. The pitching is at its best right now with Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw only getting better and Jonathan Broxton dominating in the ninth. The offense has been impressive as well, despite a slow start from Manny Ramirez. Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and James Loney have been great and the pickup of Orlando Hudson to play second was huge as he leads the team in batting average, sto-

Third straight Cubby crown? len bases, hits and runs. The Cubs are likely to be around at the end of the season as

well. Some see them as the favorite to win the World Series. The only real weakness on this team is the bullpen. Manager Lou Paniella hasn’t established roles in his bullpen so for now he is just trying things out. The offense is stacked a n d t h e

starters are strong. This is a team built for playoff success. While the Cubs appear to be the frontrunners to win the division, pay attention to the St. Louis Cardinals. They have the number one offense in the National League right now, and with Albert Pujols driving in runs, this team can

LA letdown compete with anyone. The team that had arguably the best pitching staff for the last three years has been inconsistent through the first three weeks of the season. Other than Joe Saunders, no pitcher has been consistent. With John Lackey, Ervin Santana, and Kelvim Escobar on the disabled list, and the sudden death of Nick Adenhart, this team needs to fall back on their offense. The problem is, there is no offense right now. Vladimir Guerrero was just put on the DL and that hurts an already weak offense. The only way the Angels can pull this together is if they get healthy fast. It helps to be in the division that they’re in. If they can be close to .500 by the break; they should be able to catch whoever is atop their division. We should be in store for another wild ride in the MLB.

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Siedlaczek sets high standards for others Staff Writer

Senior Jamie Siedlaczek of the women’s golf team continues to show excellence on golf courses, but her abilities and accomplishments don’t end there. Born and raised in Canton, Mich., Siedlaczek first experienced golf when she was 6 yearsold. From then on, there was no stopping her game. Siedlaczek relives the moment golf entered her life, “My first experience with golf was when I was about 6 years-old and my dad handed me a driver on the range. When I hit that first pure drive, I was hooked!” Jamie is a double major in Accounting and Finance. She is also involved in several other organizations, and has an overall 3.97 grade point average. Siedlaczek participates in Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has been an RA for three years now, She also became an active member of the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi last semester. “I enjoy all of my activities, but still had to prioritize them. School and golf have always

remained at the top of my priority list. My philosophy is to just keeping smiling and make sure that I find something positive in each activity and interaction,” said Siedlaczek. Siedlaczek has accumulated many awards both golf and school related. During her freshman year, she was awarded GLVC freshman of the year, which was the start of several more honors. Every year she has received

students that you can only hope that someone in return can replace her, she was the best student athlete I have ever been around.” Siedlaczek has been a very important part of the women’s golf team for four years now. According to Steffey, “Losing her is immeasurable; she’s a leader, a solid teammate that people can talk to for athletic or personal problems.” Siedlaczek’s life at Lewis will not finish once she graduates. “After graduation, I plan on beginning in the MBA program here at Lewis. From there, I hope to take the CPA exam and begin work for a public Photo courtesy of accounting firm. Down Sports Information the road, my dream is to work for a small, family Jamie Siedlaczek is set to finish a very successful academic and athletic career at Lewis. owned business and help it to grow into a profitable and financially stable company.” ing different courses around the “It was my extreme pleasure to Siedlaczek is both excited and country and traveling with the coach Jamie for four years and I nervous for her upcoming gradu- team. I will miss that feeling of feel coaching her was the highation. “As I mentioned, golf and standing on the first tee, my heart light of my tenure,” said Steffey Lewis have been wonderful ex- pounding and blood racing,” said periences, but I am reaching that Siedlaczek. point in my life where I am ready One of the people most affectto tackle the next phase of life. ed by Siedlaczek’s departure is Kevin Meyer can be contacted at As far as golf, I will miss play- Coach Steffey himself.

Kevin Meyer

is to just keeping smil“Myingphilosophy and make sure that I find something positive in each activity and interaction,” said Siedlaczek. a gold medallion at the Brother David Delahanty Award Ceremony along with being named All-Academic GLVC. This semester at the Delahanty Awards, she received the Senior Student Athlete Award along with fellow senior Nick Veselka. As a sophomore, Siedlaczek was named to the National Golf Associations Division II All-American Scholar team. Her most recent golf related award came in October when she was awarded GLVC golfer of the month. Skip Steffey, head coach of the women’s golf team, describes what he felt about Siedlaczek: “She’s one of those

It’s FOUR the Flyers

Tennis teams clinch GLVC tourney berths Matt Kral

Assistant Sports Editor

Antonia Steinmiller Staff Writer

Lewis University’s All-Girl cheerleading team brought home a fourth place trophy on April 12, 2009. The Flyers competed in the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. “I am so proud of those girls,” assistant coach Brandon McGhee said. “They really worked hard the last couple of weeks and I couldn’t be any happier.” Lewis competed in Division II. The competition is split by Divisions IA, I, II, III and Junior College. There is also a mascot division as well. Ten teams started off in the All-Girl Division II section, and five teams made it to finals. Preliminaries were held on April 9, and finals were held Friday, April 10. Lewis clinched the fifth place spot during prelims. Last Friday, Lewis All-Girl

Photo courtesy of Sports Information Lewis brought home fourth place at the NCA College National Championship.

competed in finals. Finals are held overlooking nearly 1,000 spectators. Lewis hit a near flawless routine, with only one minor tumbling touchdown. They had a raw score scored an 8.261 out of 10.00. The minor tumbling touchdown cost them a deduction of .05 giving them a final score of 8.211. This score was strong enough to lock down fourth place in the nation.

This is Lewis’ highest ranking in the NCA College National Championship. A video of Lewis All-Girl is posted on

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Lewis’ men’s tennis team has garnered its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament berth in six years following a win against Quincy on April 17. Squaring off against Quincy, Lewis was carried by redshirt freshmen Uno Lapimaa and Tonis Irdoja, each with two wins in the match against the Hawks. In addition, senior Ben Karas picked up two victories, including the match-clinching victory. Lapimaa took victories in the No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0 over Quincy’s Rodrigo Marroquin and paired with Irdoja for a No. 1 doubles match over the team of Quincy’s Baxter Grace and Brian Silverstein 8-2. Irdoja took a victory in the No. 2 singles against Alonso Marroquin 6-0, 6-0 along with the doubles match with Lapimaa. Karas paired with freshman Balazs Somogyi claimed a 9-8 victory in No. 2 doubles and also came away with the victory in No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Quincy’s Grace, securing the match for the Flyers. Lewis takes on No. 1 Drury in

the opening round of the GLVC Tournament today, April 24. Having already clinched a GLVC Tournament berth, the Lady Flyers took on Quincy in GLVC action on April 17. Graduate student Melanie Sandberg and freshman Katie Hargrove helped the Flyers along the way to a 5-4 victory, each contributing two wins. In the No. 2 singles, Sandberg defeated Quincy’s Lauren Henry 6-1, 6-2 and also picked up a victory in the No. 1 doubles, paired with Hargrove to defeat Quincy’s team of Henry and Anele Novak 8-5. Hargrove took her second victory in the No. 3 singles by beating Michelle Bertelsman 6-1, 6-1. The Flyers also took wins in the No. 3 doubles and No. 3 singles with sophomore Clare Kessler and freshman Maggie Novack pairing up to defeat Bertelsman and Bernadette Hayden and Lewis senior Agata Wojciechowski winning 6-2, 6-0 over Novak. The Flyers finish the campaign 10-10 and 4-6 in GLVC play and begin play in the GLVC Tournament against Drury on April 24.

Matt Kral can be contacted at

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Softball finishes lengthy road stretch Jason Beneventi Sports Editor

After playing their last 14 games on the road, the Lewis University softball team may have a hard time remembering where to show up for their two home games against Judson on April 23. The team gets a much needed travel rest as they look to cap off the regular season on a high note at home. However, being on the road

did not phase the Flyers, as they went 15-7 in neutral games away from Romeoville and 12-5 on their opponent’s home turf. Lewis started off the 14-game road stretch with five straight wins, sweeping conference challengers Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana in the process. During the winning streak, the Flyers dominated their opponents, outscoring them 32-6. Following a 7-0 loss to UWParkside, the Flyers first loss of

Photo courtesy of Sports Information Sophomore slugger Stephanie Harmon leads the team with eight home runs.

the trip, the team rebounded in its following match against Bellarmine. Senior Courtney Lyons pitched a four hit shutout as the Flyers platted two runs in their last at bat to earn a 2-0 win. Senior shortstop Kelly Dianis led the top of the seventh off with a homerun to put the Flyers up by one and freshman catcher Mary Giancarlo doubled down the left field line with two outs, driving in pinch runner Traci Freitag from second. Sitting at 11-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Lewis dropped their next three conference road matches. Bellarmine bounced back to take the second contest from the Flyers 6-4 and Northern Kentucky put their home field advantage to use, sweeping the Flyers by scores of 5-1 and 1-0. Following the recent losing streak, Lewis holds the No. 5 spot in the GLVC. They trail fourth place St. Photo courtesy of Joseph’s (Ind.) by only one Sports Information game. Sophomore Stephanie Senior pitcher Courtney Lyons boasts a stellar 2.21 ERA in 24 appearances. Harmon continues to lead the team in many offensive categories, including slugging efficient pitching staff in ERA regular season. The home doupercentage (.526), runs scored (2.21), wins (9), appearances bleheader is scheduled for noon. (29), hits (36), RBI’s (28), home (24), complete games (16), The GLVC Championship tourruns (8), total bases (67) and shutouts (6), saves (4), innings nament begins on May 1 in East walks (18). pitched (130.1) and strikeouts Peoria, Ill. Lyons has established her po- (126). The Flyers are 29-16. sition as the staff ace, putting up Lewis hosts Quincy, the stellar numbers on the mound GLVC conference leaders at Jason Beneventi can be contacted at this year. She leads Lewis’ very 14-3, in their last series of the

Women’s golf to compete at GLVC Championship Kevin Meyer Staff Writer

The women’s golf team participated in five tourneys over the last two weeks to prepare for their upcoming GLVC championship event. The team started with the rain shortened Northern Kentucky Invitational in Franklin, Ky. March 28-29. They were led by senior Amy Sachs (Willowbrook, Ill.), who shot a first round 81. Lewis finished 17th in the tourney won by Indianapolis. Their next tourna ment was the one day St. Francis Spring Invitational in Lockport. on March 4. The Lady Flyers finished second with a total score of 359, just two shots behind champion Chicago State. They were led by senior Jamie Siedlaczek (Canton, Mich.), who tied for second overall with a score of 87. Sachs was second on the team and shot a 89 to come home fifth as an individual.

At their first of two tournaments last weekend, the Flyers participated in the Blackthorn Big Time Challenge in South Bend, Ind. Sachs led the team with a final score of 161 and a sixth place finish. Siedlaczek was one shot back of her, and she contributed to the Flyers finishing second overall in the tourney. Bethel College went on to win the tournament. At their most recent tournament, the Aviator Classic, hosted by Lewis last weekend, Siedlaczek and Sachs both managed to finish in the top 10. Siedlaczek tied for seventh overall with a final score of 160, while Sachs was a shot back in safety in the top 10. “As usual the two seniors stepped up in adverse conditions to post great scores with top 10 finishes for each,” head coach Skip Steffey said. “Hopefully we can get a couple more people to step up at conference and try to

get a top four spot.” The Lady Flyers have one more tournament scheduled, the Great Lakes Valley Championship this Saturday and Sunday. This will determine whether the Flyers continue their play this season or if individuals move on to national tournament. 
 The men’s golf team competed in the final four tournaments of the season. In the Parkside Invite at the Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ind. from March 28-29, the Flyers were led by Senior Greg Roderique (Aurora, Ill) and sophomore Logan Watts (New Albany, Ind.). Rodenrique and Watts each shot a 75 in the first round and followed up with a 79 to finish with a total score of 154, good enough for ninth place overall. Lewis finished in sixth place out of the six teams competing. The Flyers were undone by a scorecard mishap. The scorecard

disqualified Peter Tanaka’s score which hurt the overall score of the Flyers. Such a scorecard problem is common in golf. Coach Dennis Troy believes, “Parkside was just not very good, we didn’t play our best, and we were really done in by the unfortunate scorecard mishap.” The Flyers continued their play at the Great Lakes Valley Championship on the Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ind. from April 9-10. They were once again led by Watts and Roderique, who tied for 12th place overall by shooting three consistent rounds and each ending with a total score of 224. Their performances helped the Flyers earn a sixth place finish out of the 12 teams participating. The team scored a total score of 914. In their final tournament of the year, the men’s golf team ventured to Noblesville, Ind. to play in the Great Lakes Regional No.

3-held at Purgatory golf course last Sunday and Monday. The weather was not on any team’s side as the cold, rain and wind played a heavy factor in the scores. “If you were facing the wind, some par fours couldn’t be reached in two today,” said Troy, “But the guys struggled and it’s disappointing. It feels anticlimactic after they battled so hard at conference.” The Flyers were led by Junior Paul Dagy’s (Oak Forest, Ill) total score of 156, which gave him a tie for 41st overall. Playing in his last tournament at Lewis, Roderique shot a combined score of 181 to end his career. Lewis as a team finished 15th, while Ferris State edged Indianapolis for the top spot.

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Chicago’s bid for the Men’s volleyball from page 28 2016 Summer Olympics Rambler timeout. Following the stoppage, Loyola went on a 5-1 run. Senior Alex Vigansky knotted the score at 11 with his 11th kill of the match, but this would be the last point the Flyers would earn. Loyola finished with four consecutive points and kissed what would have been a remarkable Flyer comeback goodbye. Muesenfechter tallied a teamhigh 20 kills on a .371 hitting percentage. Senior libero Nick Perakes added 10 digs. The Flyers squared off with IPFW on April 18 in an emotional three set victory in Neil Carey Arena. Six Lewis seniors saw action

Colleen Henry Staff Writer

Where will the 2016 summer Olympics be held? It might just be in the Windy City. Chicago is not, however, the only possible location. In addition, and the city of Chicago has to prove that they can indeed hold this important event. The final decision for the location is to be made on Oct. 2. Chicago is one of four possible locations to hold the 2016 summer Olympics. Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro are the other final candidates. Many strides have been made to hopefully push Chicago to the front of the pack, including a visit from the International Olympic Committee, which started on April 2. Michael Jordan took part in a promotional video, and he intends to be a part of the process as it continues. Alos, Oprah Winfrey made a personal appearance at the gala on April 6. Holding the Olympics in Chicago will not be an easy task.

According to a survey done by the bid committee, approximately 78 percent of Chicagoans are in favor of having the Olympics in Chicago. While that is well above the majority, that still leaves 22 percent who are uneasy about the idea. Protestors walked the city streets while the Olympic Committee was visiting, hoping to have their opinions heard.

A concern of a coalition, Communities for Equitable Olympics, is the fact that Mayor Richard Daley and the 2016 bid team did not get full approval from the City Council before the Olympic Committee paid its visit. “Chicago has not honored its promise. They told us that we will have our concerns heard and a legally binding agreement

to prove it. We don’t have it,” said Denise Dixon, the executive director of one of the coalition groups called Action Now, to the Chicago Tribune. Another roadblock to hosting the Olympics in Chicago is how much it all would cost. The projected cost for the games is about $3.3 billion. As this recession continues, money begins to be a huge question on many in-

in their last home match and would not be stopped short of anything but a win. The team out-hit IPFW .380 to .157, hitting an astounding .613 in the opening set. With the regular season coming to a close, the Flyers have their sites set on a MIVA tournament championship. They are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face either Ball State or Quincy on April 30. The tournament will be held at Ohio State University. Lewis is 21-7 (7-3 MIVA). Jason Beneventi can be contacted at

dividual’s minds. Many are in support of the Olympics. However, they do not want taxes to be raised because of it. Even though the games would not be for another seven years, Chicagoans are still hopeful that this might help the struggling economy. Colleen Henry can be contacted at

Baseball from page 28 an RBI double from Michael Graves scoring Mike Finigan. After that runs were non-existent. Joe Scumaci (5-3) pitched strong for Lewis only giving up that one run on six hits over seven innings for his sixth complete game of the year. Offensively, the Flyers managed four hits with two coming from Jeffrey Ithal. Chris McCall and Richie Forkin each hit one. In game three, the Flyers finally got the bats going as they exploded for a 9-3 victory. The Flyers scored first in the second, taking advantage of some sloppy play from Kentucky Wesleyan. Householder led off the second inning by reaching second base on an error in left field by White. After stealing third, Bingham brought him in with a sacrifice fly. In the third, the offense put up seven runs. It began with a hit batter, an error and a single to load the bases. Cameron Anello was next up, and he singled home two. After a fielders choice, another error brought Vucsko home. Householder followed with a single bringing in Anello. Bingham then singled to load the bases and Mike Wido walked to bring in McCall. Forkin capped off the inning with a two-run single scoring House-

holder and Bingham. Chris Brigham (4-4) was solid for Lewis going seven innings, giving up three runs while striking out eight. Householder led the Flyer offense going 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Vucsko, Forkin and Bingham all had two hits as well. For Kentucky Wesleyan, Josh Keehan (0-1) was roughed up. He only lasted two innings, and his defense didn’t help with three errors on the day. In the finale of the four-game series, offense was at a minimum once again as Kentucky Wesleyan won 3-2. On April 15, Lewis had a double header against Quincy, but they came up short, losing both games. The first game was a pitching duel as a run in the seventh proved to make the difference as Quincy won 2-1 It was another great outing for Scumaci as he went seven innings, giving up two runs (1 earned) and striking out six. McCall went 1-3 with the lone Flyer run coming on his solo shot. Game two was even closer than the first, with nine innings needed to decide this one. Both Lahey and Brett Zurliene pitched seven strong innings of scoreless baseball. It wasn’t until the ninth that a run was

scored, as Quincy finally got something going. Matt Scoggins got it started with a one-out walk and a stolen base. After a sacrifice bunt, Brandon England brought him in with a single to give them the lead. The Flyers tried to respond in the ninth by loading the bases with two outs, but they could not capitalize as Sean Ruane struck out to end the game. The Flyers look to get their offense going as they close out the regular season with six road games beginning with a double header against Grand Valley State on April 28. Lewis is 16-24 (4-15 GLVC). James Poellnitz can be contacted at jamespoellnitz@yahoo.

Photo courtesy of Sports Information Junior Scott Householder circles the bases after hitting a homerun. He has two dingers and 21 RBI’s on the season. Householder is also tied for the team-lead with eight doubles.

The Bulls look to upset Boston in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. Revisit the teams roller coaster ride on page 23. Volume 32 Issue 12

Friday April 24, 2009

Flyers clinch No. 2 seed in MIVA Jason Beneventi Sports Editor

No team wants to enter its conference tournament without some sort of momentum heading in. After suffering a five set loss to No. 15 Loyola on April 15, the No. 12 Lewis men’s volleyball team regained their winning mentality and secured a first round bye in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament with a victory over IPFW on Senior Day (30-26, 3024, 30-24). Following the team’s seventh straight victory, the Lewis men’s volleyball team went 2-2 in their recent stretch of conference matches. A four-set loss to No. 11 Ohio State (30-24, 19-30, 30-26, 3023) ruined an otherwise unblemished home mark. Junior setter Mike Iandolo suffered an apparent lower body injury midway through the match, forcing him to the sidelines. Senior Jordan Vidovic stepped in and jumpstarted the Flyer offense, setting up a few back-row attacks. He finished the match with 10 assists, but the team could not overcome its 15 service errors. Senior Drew Pickering led the Flyers with 16 kills. The Flyers got back to their winning ways on April 8, taking care of Quincy in short order. Lewis swept Quincy (30-18, 3024, 30-25) in a road match that only lasted 1:15. Sophomore Brian Muesenfech-

Photo courtesy of Sports Information After finishing with a 7-3 record in the Midwetsern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Lewis secured a bye in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

ter and Pickering powered the Flyer attack, each earning nine kills. All three Lewis setters contributed in the team’s 20th win. Iandolo paced the Flyers with a team-high 20 assists. Vidovic notched seven assists and redshirt junior Andy Frontz followed with

six assists. Lewis clashed with local conference rival Loyola in their final meeting of the regular season, but to no avail. After disposing the Ramblers in four sets back on Feb. 17, Loyola earned their fourth MIVA victory. The Flyers found themselves

in an inopportune position after dropping the first two sets. Refusing to go quietly, Lewis hit .344 in the third and fourth sets to even the match at two sets apiece. Trailing 6-5 in the decisive fifth set, senior Billy Sahagian provided the Flyers with their first

lead after two consecutive kills, each set by Iandolo. Junior Nathan Klaas capped the four-point swing with a kill that forced a

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LU baseball sixth in GLVC East Billy Sahagian Men’s James Poellnitz Staff Writer

The Lewis men’s baseball team had a six game home stretch from April 10-15. While the pitching was solid, the offense continues to struggle as the Flyers lost five of those six games. Their record fell to 1521 (3-12 GLVC). Game one against Kentucky Wesleyan was a well pitched game but the Flyers lost 3-2. Kentucky Wesleyan struck first, getting an RBI single from Jordan White. The Flyers struck

next in the seventh, with a one out double from Mike Fedoruk. A groundout by Ryan Wischover got Fedoruk to third and a wild pitch brought him in. Kentucky Wesleyan followed with two runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Jeremy Kuester and Brannon Pendergraft. The Flyers got another run in the bottom half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Tim Bingham to make it 3-2. They managed to get two guys on in the ninth, but they couldn’t get a run in. Pat Lahey (2-6) pitched well for Lewis, going 7.1 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 ER) and

striking out six. However, he didn’t get the run support for the win. The offense managed nine hits, but they also left nine men on-base. Mike Vucsko led the Flyer offense, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Scott Householder also added two hits as well. Game two was another pitching battle that the Flyers lost 1-0. Kentucky Wesleyan got their lone run in the first off of

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• Finished with 11 kills and posted a .474 hitting percentage on Senior Day. • Ranks fifth in the MIVA in hitting percentage (.423).

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• Leads team in blocks (90) and blocks per set (1.17).

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Sports section of the Lewis Flyer from our April 29 issue.

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