September 13, 2013
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Athletes giving back It seems as though the professional sports world never stops receiving criticism. There’s always something coming up that gives athletes a bad name. Taylor Crum Whether it is Assistant the use of Sports Editor steroids or the fact that athletes get paid unbelievable amounts of money, the sports realm is always taking hits. Don’t get me wrong, I do not agree with steroid usage, and I do not believe an athlete should get paid more than those who help people for a living – like doctors, policemen or firemen. However, there are a lot of great things to boast about in the sports domain instead of always focusing on the negatives. One of the best things about sports is the charity players give. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing an athlete I adore help those who are less fortunate. So instead of using this column to rag on athletes because they are overpaid, I’m going to praise the athletes who use their wealth to spread joy to others. First up, Albert Pujols. As much as I complain about him being a traitor because I’m a die-hard Cardinals fan, you have to hand it to the man. He’s a great person. He created the Pujols Family Foundation, which raises money and awareness for families with children living with Down syndrome. This foundation is near and dear to my heart because my best friend’s brother has Down syndrome. No one will ever know the challenges a family goes through when their child has this disease. It’s a full-time job that can never be retired from. Next is Jason Witten, tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and my favorite athlete of this era, who created a foundation called Jason Witten’s Score Foundation. This foundation has done numerous things for different causes. It has provided family abuse shelters with positive male mentors. It gives back to the Boys & Girls Club by promoting youth learning and wellness. It has also provided an emergency waiting room in Niswonger Children’s Hospital of Johnson City, Tenn. Other athletes help fight childhood cancer, a disease that breaks my heart to think about. Whether you consider NASCAR a sport or not, Jeff Gordon is one athlete who gives back to those who are affected by this terrible disease. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation gives those with childhood cancer the ability to obtain a superb level of primary care and gives to medical research to find a cure. There are many kind-hearted athletes who really care about others more than themsleves. It’s comforting to know that there are athletes who use their talents to change the lives of others. If every athlete used their privileges for the greater good, professional sports and athletes would not be downgraded as much, and the world would be a much better place. email@example.com
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Through the first two games of the 2013 season, the Racers have had extreme ups and downs. In the first game, they were throttled by a far superior Football Bowl Subdivision team. The next week, they handed down an even bigger beating of their own, defeating the NAIA Campbellsville Tigers. This week, however, the Racers finally square off against an Football Championship Subdivision opponent as Missouri State visits Roy Stewart Stadium tomorrow evening. Head Coach Chris Hatcher said those first two games helped find out who the team is. “I consider (the last two weeks) as preseason games as we head into FCS play,” Hatcher said. “I think we made some improvement in areas, but the goal these last couple weeks was to find out who we are as a football team and what we’re going to be good at.” After suffering a big loss at Missouri to open the season, the Racers responded last Saturday night, defeating NAIA opponent Campbellsville 83-14. Senior running back Duane Brady led the attack with four first-half rushing touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Maikhail Miller also had a big first half, completing 17 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and 240 yards through the air. Brady gave all the credit to his offensive line. “We had great blocking on the perimeter so all I had to do was run the ball and make a couple cuts,” Brady said. Midway through the second quarter, the Racers found themselves with a 48-0 lead and an opportunity to insert several backup players into the game. Freshman running back Marcus Holliday took advantage of the rare playing time, leading the team in rushing and scoring his first career touchdown. He finished the night with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. “We have high hopes for Marcus,” Hatcher said. “In the situation that we’re in, he’s a redshirt freshman and he’s got two experienced running backs Kate Russell/The News
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Senior Duane Brady (6) helped lead the Racers to an 83-14 victory. The team broke Murray State’s modern day scoring record.
Racer One, jockey bring original flair this season
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Cheering for Racer One as he rounds the track at Roy Stewart Stadium is one of the oldest and most exciting traditions for Murray State students. Yet, never has a jockey been a Murray native – until this year. Senior Brooklyn Hjerpe did not even know she was the first rider from Murray until after she secured the position. It is a dream she has had for several years now. “When I was a little girl we used to come up here and I’d watch Racer One go around,” she said. “I knew I wanted to be Racer One one day.” She also brings something else unique to the table. While most riders are required to get to know horses provided by the University, Hjerpe actually saddles up on her own horse. Diego – Racer One to Murray State fans – is a horse she adopted seven years ago. At the age of two, he survived Hurricane Katrina. She was not originally going to ride her own
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horse if she got the position. Gary Atkerson, a lecturer at Murray State, oversees the care and handling of Racer One. He said riders typically use a horse provided by the University. However, exceptions are made if the jockey does not feel comfortable atop those horses. That was the case this year, and the seven-year relationship Hjerpe developed with Diego allowed her to bring him in. First, though, Hjerpe had to beat out six or seven other candidates. She had to go through riding tryouts and an interview session. “It’s really important to being able to stop the horse and control the horse,” she said. “I just got on different horses and ran them and brought them back down.” A week later she found out she would be the one to suit up at home games. She now spends countless hours training her horse throughout the week. “We like to try to ride the horse about five days a week,” Hjerpe said. “Some days if he’s acting
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Expectations were high as the women’s golf team hosted the Drake Creek Invitational in Ledbetter, Ky., Sept. 9-10. The Racers won the tournament overall by 28 shots, and senior Delaney Howson led the rest of the field by 13 shots. Head Coach Velvet Milkman said she was confident before the tournament got started. “I knew it was a tournament that we could win because we were comfortable on that golf course,”
Milkman said. “Delaney is our senior, a very good player. I anticipated her to do very well. I knew she could win if she played to her potential.” Howson is not unaccustomed to winning on home turf. After winning the Time Warner Classic at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray last season, she set her sights on this week’s tournament. “I guess throughout my four years I had wanted to win both of our home tournaments,” Howson said. “I had won Miller last year, so I made it a goal to win Drake’s home tournament.” Howson is the first Racer to win
this tournament individually, and was named OVC Golfer of the Week.
Winning by that much just showed we’re here to compete even though we’re young. - Delany Howson Milkman spoke highly of Howson, while also giving credit to the
rest of her young squad for the team win. “I’m very proud of her, but I wouldn’t have been able to win this event if the team hadn’t played well all around,” she said. Sophomore Sophie Hillier placed sixth in the tournament, while freshmen Sydney Trimble and Jackie Van Meter shared fourth place overall. They all accompanied Howson on the AllTournament team. “We have a very young team this year, and for us to go out and win by 28 shots, it was a little shock-
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RACER From Page 1 silly, you have to adjust what you want to do according to how he’s acting. For the most part we trot him a lot and get him to build up his muscles.” Training involves more than keeping the horse in good physical shape, though. He also has to become mentally acclimated to the surrounding atmosphere. “This takes a very special horse,” Atkerson said. “99.9 percent of horses would not be able to do this job.” He said the smarter the horse is, the more aware he will be. “We really need one dumber than a rock to do it,” Atkerson said. “Her horse is extremely intelligent. That’s one of the problems he’s having, is he’s thinking too much.” To help calm Racer One down, his team has to simulate as much of gameday as
possible. They wave flags around him and the band plays live to get him used to the beating of the drums as he rounds the track. During his debut last week, Racer One showed a bit of uneasiness toward the crowd and band after touchdowns. Hjerpe was able to control him and help him through it, though. “Just smile and push him forward, that’s all you can do,” she said. “He trusts me pretty well, so usually if I can encourage him to go on, he will.” Atkerson said the horse can tell if the jockey has control, and that affects everything. “If the rider can maintain control of the horse and has confidence in the horse, then the horse feels that and goes on and does his job,” he said. Hjerpe said it takes almost all day to get him ready. She will ride Racer One early in the day, then stretch and groom him. After she goes home to get ready, they bring the horse to
the stadium about two hours before game time. The rest of the team walks Racer One around the track while Hjerpe meets the fans. Atkerson said the program has changed drastically since the first time he had the job 20 years ago. “It’s a show now,” he said. “Before it was simple. We just bring the horse over here, saddle up, score a touchdown and run around.” Now, he said, there are activities going on all around for which his team has to adjust. Atkerson said most people do not realize how unique and difficult their task is. He has known Hjerpe since she was a freshman, and he said that has helped everything. “It’s been easy to work with her, and she’s a very talented horse person that we’re very fortunate to have,” he said. “I couldn’t do this job without this young lady. She is the star, and we’re just support players. She makes it work.”
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FIRST From Page 1 ing,” Howson said. “Usually your first tournament as a freshman can be a little shaky, but they were very consistent and showed a lot of maturity.” Hoswon said the team expected to have a pretty good chance of winning. “Winning by that much just showed that we’re here to compete even though we’re young,” she said. As for the rest of the season, both Howson and Milkman said the combination of this win and continued hard work will move them forward with confidence. “We still have to continue to work very hard,” Milkman said. “We’re off to a good start, but there’s still room for improvement. But I’m pleased with where we started and know there’s potential to do well for the rest of the year.” Milkman said she expects the confidence gained will feed over into the next event against Louisville. The Racers will compete in the Cardinal Cup Monday and Tuesday.
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From Page 1 who happen to be really good in front of him. If something was to happen to the other two we’d have no problem sticking him in the game.” Junior linebacker Chavez Sims also had a big game, racking up four sacks and six tackles, while also forcing a fumble. The Mize, Miss., native transferred to Murray after playing two seasons at Jones County Junior College. In his first year at Murray State, Sims missed most of spring practice due to illness. After returning to Murray for fall camp in August, Sims had to leave the team due to the death of his mother. “He’s a guy that hasn’t practiced a lot, but you’re talking about a fine young man and a hard worker,” Hatcher said. “He really played well the other night, and he’s really starting to come into his own, and that’s something we need at that position.” The Racers now prepare to open their FCS schedule with Missouri State. It will mark the eighth meeting between the two teams - the most
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The Racer had no trouble stopping the Tigers’ offense in route to their 83-14 victory Saturday. recent coming last year when Murray State narrowly escaped Springfield with a 28-23 victory. The Bears are off to an 0-2 start after dropping games to Northwestern State and Iowa. They are looking end to 10game, non-conference losing streak dating back to the 2010. Missouri State is led by a stout defense returning 10 starters from
last season. Its defense revolves around AllAmerican safety Caleb Schaffitzel and senior defensive back Sybhrian Berry, who registered 10 tackles last week against Iowa. “Defensively, they have one of the better fronts that we face all year,” Hatcher said. “Offensively, they do a good job of being balanced and mixing the
passing game in with the running game. They’re just a solid team and it shows.” With the first two games of the season under their belts, the Racers will look to see how they stack up against more evenly matched competition. The Racers and Bears kick off Saturday at 6 p.m. at Roy Stewart Stadium.
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Season opens with new field Taylor Crum Assistant Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The softball team has its first matchup of the fall season this weekend when they play a double-header against St. Catherine at home on its new field. Head Coach Kara Amundson has been preparing the Racers for the new season and said she could not be more excited to see how the fall season takes place. “We’ve only been going at it for about two and a half weeks, but what I have seen so far that excites me is a lot of different players that can contribute in a lot of different ways,” Amundson said. “There are a lot of returners and new players who are bringing a lot of really good things to the table right now, so I’m excited to see what they do this weekend.” In preparation for the season, Amundson said the team is working hard in practice. “Getting out there and practicing and working on some different fundamental stuff this past week, we finally were able to put some key defensive plays in and just trying to get a lot of hitting drills done,” she said. The Racers will have a tough start to their season, considering the first competition of the 2013 season is a doubleheader. Amundson said playing doubleheaders is tough for everyone involved. “I think the toughest thing for a player is making sure they stay fo-
After several delays in construction last semester, Racer Field is finally read to serve as the new home for softball games. cused the whole entire time,” Amundson said. She said softball games usually last anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. The team is usually at the field about two hours before the game to warm up. So, the team can be outside for as many as four or five hours, and Amundson said staying focused the whole time is difficult for the team. She said it is easy to lose focus because these games do not really count against the record.
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“It’s our job to kind of keep them in the game,” Amundson said. “I think the fall season is much different because all of these games are just exhibitions.” Despite the long hours in the dirt, Amundson said she and the team could not be more excited to be starting its new season on its new field. “It’s incredible,” Amundson said. “Our weight room and our coaches’ offices are all right here, so being able to just walk upstairs and see a firstclass facility that’s ours and something we can take pride and
ownership in is pretty awesome.” Amundson said the atmosphere will be different this year just because of the location of the field. “If you asked a lot of the regular student body where the softball field was last year they’d have no idea,” Amundson said. “It’s visible, so we’re pretty excited to get some new people stopping by a couple of our innings and seeing what kind of fan base we can get out there.” The team will take to Racer Field for its doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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The soccer team has not played a game for nearly two weeks, but it has been making adjustments to its gameplay. Though the Racers are off to the best start in program history, Head Coach Beth Acreman has used the time off to train and try to improve. “We’ve enjoyed our little break in the middle of the season because it gives us a chance to really train,” Acreman said. “When you have games on the weekend, you have to manage fatigue. We didn’t have to worry about that too much, so we trained the girls hard.” The Racers’ defense has yet to allow a goal this season, but Acreman said the team has to become more disciplined, especially on the back line. “We’ve had some successful results, but we weren’t looking as clean as we needed to,” Acreman said. Acreman said they found their weak areas when she brought the team in to watch game film from this season. “Sometimes the girls aren’t reading the game as well as we need them to, so watching film showed them that,” she said.
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Senior Rebecca Bjorkvall takes the ball away from a UALR opponent. Senior midfielder Shauna Wicker said watching herself and her teammates on game film was an eye-opening experience. “It’s crazy because you sit back, watch yourself and say, ‘oh that does happen,’ ” Wicker said.
The focus for the past two weeks has been defense, but according to the coaching staff, inter-squad scrimmages allowed them to see how the team was learning. Sophomore defender Taylor Stevens said the scrimmages did more
for the team than just show the defensive improvements. “The scrimmage was good because those who aren’t in the starting lineup got a chance to see what it’s like to be on the field for a full game,” Stevens said. “They’ve been really competitive. I think that’s why we are so strong because the starters are being pushed by the subs.” Wicker said the team enjoyed its break, but they are ready to return to the action. “I’m missing games,” Wicker said. “I’d rather play any day, but we’ve been able to come together as a team and it will help us later.” Coach Acreman’s goal for the final three non-conference games are to worry about their own team and not who the Racers are playing. “We need to work with the ball more and become more dangerous in the attacking side,” Acreman said. The Racers’ first opponent on their weekend road trip is South Alabama, who has lost one game this season. “South Alabama has had a couple of players score multiple goals this season, so we need to shut them down and show what we have been working on,” Acreman said. The Racers travel to play South Alabama today at 7 p.m.
There are no rules There is a photograph of me floating around in my parents’ wallets and deep in their Facebook pages. I had bright red curly hair, fat cheeks and I’m dressed Lexy Gross in full Dallas Editor-in-Chief Cowboys’ attire. That photo haunts me to this day. What it proves is the undying love for football I have experienced since birth. Whether it’s the Cowboys, the Racers, Notre Dame or the newly formed McCracken County Mustangs, I follow and support with vigor. Something about football, something about the game and the thrill of watching a touchdown pass in what feels like slow motion is enlivening. My brother, Levi, plays for McCracken County in Paducah, Ky., and I don’t know how many times I’ve bored my friends telling them about his accomplishments. As the sophomore junior varsity captain and varsity second-string linebacker, Levi has worked hard and his family has supported him every step of the way. Recently, I covered McCracken County’s first home football game for Paducah Life Magazine. The beginning of an era, local newspapers called it. It most definitely was. I can’t begin to describe the rush of keeping statistics, live-tweeting games or trying to remember exactly what the consequence is of a given penalty. I loved running down the bleachers in the fourth quarter from the press box, going out onto the sidelines and quickly forming interview questions before the last quarter ended. All I know is, it’s my dream job. It’s never mattered to me how much of a difference the score is, whether I drove to Trigg County and took photographs in 20-degree weather. What mattered was the overwhelming happiness I experienced when I read through my story the next day. It’s a surreal experience, and for some reason writing news hasn’t led me to the same place very many times. I know I’ve had success in writing news and I know I’ll probably do well down the road. And I don’t dislike it – but every time I even attend my brother’s games I’m reminded how different it would be to focus on sports. I was overwhelmingly jealous of fellow reporters at The Tennessean, where I interned over summer. While I attended press conferences, they were attending Tennessee Titans practices. They reported on how well Jake Locker was predicted to play in the upcoming season. They even asked questions no one else would after four Vanderbilt football players were kicked off the team. I know I may never be a sports writer down the road, or ever continuously cover football as a beat. But if somehow, I could even string one game a season, I would be happy. A quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald sums it up perfectly. “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. “There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volleyball wins on road, struggles in home game Taylor Crum || Assistant Sports Editor email@example.com
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The Racers lost their home opener against Evansville Tuesday night.
The volleyball team has faced extreme highs and lows this season after playing different caliber teams. After being defeated in their first tournament this season, the Racers came home last weekend with a tournament win under their belt, beating all three teams they faced. Head Coach David Schwepker was ecstatic about the team’s success. “I loved it, of course,” Schwepker said. “We pulled a really hard match out on Friday night, and then we stayed very stable for most of the day on Saturday.” Schwepker said there was a major difference in the way the Racers played in the first tournament and the tournament they competed in lsat weekend. “I think what we did was we gave a lot of
good offense to the teams instead of just giving them easy balls,” Schwepker said. He said during the previous weekend, the team was always on the defense, but for this tournament, the Racers put other teams on the defense. However, after coming home with spirits high, the Racers took a tough loss against Evansville Tuesday night. Schwepker said he was disappointed because of the way the team lost. “There was a point where I think we gave up,” he said. “We can take a loss if we can learn from it. It’s kind of hard to take losses if we keep doing the same thing over and over.” Schwepker could not deny that the Racers faced a hectic week. “It’s just kind of a whirlwind week,” Schwepker said. “We don’t really get a lot of down time to work on anything.”
The Racers will continue the busy week with a tournament in Dayton, Ohio, this weekend. “It’s a rough time for athletes when there’s a bunch of traveling,” Schwepker said. “Sometimes I think being at home is more distracting, though. Crowds are awesome, but a lot of times when you’re on the road you’re in your own little bubble.” Schwepker said he is optimistic about the upcoming tournament, when the Racers will meet Indiana State, Wright State and Robert Morris. “We’re going up there to compete and we’re going up there to win,” Schwepker said. “I would like to think that every tournament we’re in we have a chance to win.” The Racers will take the floor at 3:30 p.m. today against Indiana State and finish off the tournament Saturday against Wright State and Robert Morris.
Final round leaves men’s golf Runners finish third, fifth third at opening tournament in Eastern Invitational Staff Report The men’s golf team kicked off its 2013 season this week in Pineville, Ky., taking third in the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick Off at Wasioto Winds Golf Course at Pine Mountain State Park. Heading into the third and final round on Tuesday, the Racers found themselves in second place, four shots off the lead pace set by UT Martin. The Racers faltered in the final round, however, posting their highest team score of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Skyhawks proceeded to post the lowest round of the day and won the tournament with a combined score of 853. Walters State Community College finished second, shooting 884, and the Racers rounded out
the top three with 888. Morehead State, Pikeville, Bellarmine and Spalding rounded out the finishing order. The Racers were led by junior Jordan Smith and sophomore Preston French, who posted scores of 217 and 218 respectively, good for seventh and eighth place finishes. Other Murray State scores included sophomore Chasten Howard, who finished 17th with a score of 224. Sophomore Jared Gosser took 21st with 225 and freshman Matthew Zakutney finished his first collegiate tournament with a score of 245. The Racers now look ahead to Sept. 23-24 when they compete in the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville. The tournament will take place at the Cardinal Golf Club Course in Simpsonville, Ky.
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The cross-country teams met their own expectations in the Eastern Illinois Invitational Sept. 16. Junior Abbie Oliver presented the fastest time for the women’s team and sophomore Cole Cisneros led the men in the 8K course. The women finished third out of 12 teams, six of which were OVC schools. Southern Illinois took first place, while Eastern Illinois finished second. For the men, the Racers came in fifth place, while Eastern Illinois took first. Out of 138 runners, Oliver placed 10th with a time of 18:46.94. Junior Brittany Bohn finished close behind Oliver in 12th with a time of 18:46.01. Sophomore Alicyn Hester, senior Carolyne Tanui and sophomore Leah Krause all finished in the top 30.
Cisneros finished 29th in his first 8K with a time of 26:43.92. Freshmen Mitch Harris and Neil Yocky followed Cisneros, finishing within three seconds of one another. Head Coach Jenny Severns said the teams are doing well, considering they are ahead of where they were this time last year. Severns said she is confident that her runners will continue to improve. “I’m content with where they are, but I’m not satisfied,” she said. Oliver said the fast times so far this season give her some confidence. “I just don’t want to get over confident,” she said. “I just work hard and hope to come back the next week with an even better time.” Severns said the entire team is improving each week and she expects a lot out of this team come October. Both teams have a week off of competition before the Saluki Invitational.
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