Author: Cole Hatzky

Davis off to strong senior season

NAME: Kap Davis

SPORT: Baseball

HOMETOWN: San Diego, Calif.

HIGH SCHOOL: Point Loma High School

MAJOR:Biology

WHY YOU CAME TO ST. OLAF: I wanted to experience a different setting for college. In addition, I got to play baseball and recieve a quality education from St. Olaf.

BASEBALL HISTORY:I started playing as soon as I could pick up a baseball and a bat, so probably around five years old. I haven’t stopped playing since.

PRE-GAME RITUAL: I listen to music and visualize success.

PUMP-UP SONG: “A Tale of 2 Citiez” by J. Cole

FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Departed”

FAVORITE TV-SHOW: “Game of Thrones”

FAVORITE BOOK: “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Russell Westbrook and Carlos Correa

FAVORITE FOOD: Burritos

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN BASEBALL: Basketball, but I also enjoy soccer.

RANDOM FACT: I like to cook.

PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: Apply to graduate schools for physical therapy.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE:A comeback walk-off win against UW-La Crosse my sophomore year. I hit the game-tying double and later in the inning scored the game-winning run.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: “Don’t worry, just win.”

GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: Make the MIAC playoffs.

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Escher prepares for final season

NAME: Paul EscherSPORT: Track and Field/Cross Country HOMETOWN: La Crosse, Wis.HIGH SCHOOL: Logan High School MAJOR: Religion/Pre-medRUNNING HISTORY: Six-time All- American and three-time NCAA Div. III National ChampionPRE-MEET RITUAL: I like to say a prayer before the race, and I tend to kick my legs nervously while I wait for starting commands.PUMP-UP SONG: “Intro” by The xx FAVORITE MOVIE: “Cornhole: The Movie”

FAVORITE TV-SHOW: “Law and Order”FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Chris Solinsky FAVORITE FOOD: Texas Roadhouse cinnamon butter

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN RUNNING: CornholeRANDOM FACT: I’m a picky eater. PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: Run a little before I have to go be an adult and get into medical school.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE: Winning my first national title as a junior and getting a surprise fourth place finish as a team at the NCAA Div. III Indoor Track and Field Championships with Jake and Grant. BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: “Run fast, turn left.” BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SPORTS: In college, you’re more con- fident in your ability to wear short shorts and no shirt because it is comfortable, despite the student newspaper publishing April Fools stories about how everybody on campus hates it.

GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: Make the national meet, run fast in the 1500-meter race and enjoy my last collegiate season.

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Ole men compete at Hamline Invitational

The men’s track and field team hit the outdoor season in full stride on April 3 at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul, Minn. The meet was unscored but pro- vided an opportunity for the team to gain footing before moving on to later meets in the outdoor season.

Brian Klein ’16 and Henry Burt ’16 opened up the meet in the 5-kilometer race, with Klein finishing with a time of 16:25.16 and Burt with a time of 16:38.18. Dan Buchmeier ’19 closed out the dis- tance events with a time of 10:35.71 in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Paul Escher ’16 led the Oles in the middle distance events, finishing third in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:55.43. Austin Redfield ’16 and Ryan Van Mechelen ’16 also competed in the 800-meter race, finishing with close times of 2:02.57 and 2:02.49 respectively. Paul Timm ’18 led the Oles in the mile race, winning the second heat with a time of 4:07.13.

Kevin Skrip ’16 and Joe Pugh ’18 placed fourth and 12th in the 400-meter dash, with Skrip running a 49.52 and Pugh coming to the finish line with a time of 51.41. Logan Weiss ’19 won his heat in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.50, plac- ing him in 12th overall. Robby Holmes ’18 closed out the sprint events, finishing with a final time of 59.13 in the 400-meter hurdles.

In the field events, Chris Frick ’19 jumped a distance of 5.94 meters in the long jump, while Nathan Kurtz-Enko ’19 and Nick Woods ’17 placed 11th and 12th in the shot put with distances of 13.92 meters and 13.80 meters respectively.

The Oles look to improve on a stellar cross country and indoor track and field season, with their success granting them a tie for second place in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year award standings. The award honors

the most successful programs in the 2015- 16 Division III cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field seasons. The men’s next competition will be the Ashton May Invitational, held at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Saturday, April 9.

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Baseball and softball teams open MIAC play

With their annual spring break trips behind them, both the St. Olaf baseball and softball teams opened up MIAC play this past weekend, with the softball team taking on the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, April 2, and the baseball team taking on Concordia College on April 3 in a double-header series.

The softball team struggled to get any- thing going in its MIAC opener against the 23rd ranked Tommies, losing the first game 8-0. Stephanie Borndale ’16 and Jessica Bentley ’18 led the Oles on the offensive side of the ball, each finishing 1-for-2.

The Oles lost the second game 7-0, fac- ing a tough Tommie pitching staff that only allowed one hit, coming from Emily Carr ’19.

The baseball team was on fire coming out of the gates in its first game against Concordia, quickly gathering a 12-0 lead heading into the sixth inning. This lead soon dwindled, with Concordia tying up the game 12-12 with a seventh inning grand slam. The Cobbers scored the win- ning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after St. Olaf walked the Cobber batter with bases loaded, ending the game with a final score of 14-13. The Oles were led by Sam Stuckmayer ’19, who finished he game 3-for-5 with seven RBIs and two home runs. Kap Davis ’16 also played a strong game, finishing 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

The Oles won the second game with a final score of 12-11, coming back from a 5-1 deficit by scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning. Both Stuckmayer and Nate Bauer ’16 hit grand slams to lead the Oles’ rally against the Cobbers. Pitcher Kade Cronin ’17 picked up the win for the Oles, allowing only three hits in the final two innings. The baseball team, now 5-9 overall, will play a double header against Bethel University on April 9, while the softball team, now 5-6 overall, will face Concordia

College on April 9 in a double header.

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Leicester City embraces role as England’s dark horse club

It isn’t often that the Barclays Premier League experiences any underdog surprises, with only five of its 20 teams having claimed the title since the league’s inception. The league is notoriously difficult to navigate without the proper players, manager and funds, which is a major reason for the lack of lower-tier teams among past champions. Clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, having claimed victory after victory throughout their histories, practically swim in money, with the best players in the world continuously seeking out a spot on the squad. Fans have come to expect the same outcomes every year despite the best efforts of lower tier teams, so the fact that Leicester City F.C. has led the league since the opening week has shocked the entire fabric of football.

Leicester City, also known as the Foxes, is a relatively small club based in the heart of England. The club, having been promoted into the top league of English football just two years ago, was founded all the way back in 1884, making its historical run all the more special. Under the leadership of Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester has survived contest after contest in what is arguably the most brutal league in the world. Many skeptics saw the team’s early success as nothing more than luck, expecting it to soon fall back to the middle table, but the Foxes currently hold a five point lead over the equally-as-surprising Tottenham Hotspur. Leicester has lost only three games throughout the season, with two of these losses coming from a disappointing Arsenal squad. The remaining schedule favors the Foxes, who are now expected to finish within the top four, a finish that will guarantee them a place in the UEFA Champions League.

One of the main reasons for Leicester’s success has been its scrappy play and lineup. Most of the team’s members have stayed with the club since before its promotion into the top league, and many of them have worked their way up from the lower rungs of English football. The team’s frontman, 29-year-old Jamie Vardy, who was a factory worker back in 2005, began his career in the eighth tier Northern Premier League before working his way up to his position on Leicester City. Vardy now finds himself leading the league in scoring, a feat which seemed entirely impossible at the beginning of the year, considering the amount of world class strikers that compete in the Premier League. Vardy’s main help comes from Riyad Mahrez, Leicester’s other striker. The pair has combined to score more goals than this season than some Premier League clubs.

The Foxes are only the 33rd team in the league’s history to score 32 points in just 15 games, and they continue to seek the top place as the season comes to a close. If this trend of success continues, Leicester will be the first team to win since the inception of the league besides the other five teams that have maintained a vice grip on the league championship. The last team to surprise the league was Nottingham Forest back in the 1970s, a club that failed to maintain its form as top clubs began to accumulate the best players and the most money. For Leicester to avoid the same fate, the club will need to maintain the core squad that has propelled it to a historical run. With Vardy now signed on for another seven years, the future looks bright for an underdog club that has taken the league by storm.

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