Author: Cole Hatzky

Mathison opens season with a bang

NAME: Jake Mathison

SPORT: Baseball

HOMETOWN: Northfield, MN

HIGH SCHOOL: Northfield High School

MAJOR:Economics with emphasis in finance

BASEBALL BACKGROUND:I have been pretty much playing since I could walk. Baseball runs in my family as my brother played baseball for the Oles in 09. My first word was actually ‘ball.’

WHY I CAME TO ST. OLAF:It was close to home, had great academics and I had an opportunity to continue my baseball career.

PRE-GAME RITUAL: I put my cleats on in the same order, starting with the left and then the right. I also listen to music, do team stuff, say a prayer during the national anthem and then I play.

PUMP-UP SONG: Any Mike Stud song

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Dumb and Dumber”

FAVORITE TV-SHOW: “Friends”

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Marcus Stroman

FAVORITE FOOD: Steak

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN BASEBALL: Basketball

RANDOM FACT: I’ve never been out of the country.

PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: I’m unsure, but I hope to either play more baseball or find a career in my area of study.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE:Throwing a shutout against Wisconsin-Whitewater my freshman year. They went on to win the National Championship and the game was the only one where they were shut out.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: “Have fun and enjoy the moment.”

GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: Make the playoffs, win the MIAC and make it to the NCAA Tournament.

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Ole tennis rolls over Concordia College

The men’s and women’s tennis teams continued their early season success against Concordia College-Moorhead on March 12 in Fargo, N.D. The women (6-1, 4-0 MIAC) cruised to a 9-0 sweep of the Cobbers, while the men (3-2, 1-1 MIAC) finished the day with a 7-2 victory.

The Ole women swept the singles competition, winning every match in straight sets. Margaret Zimmerman ’18 won the No. 1 singles match against Concordia’s Brittany Glatt with a score of 6-1, 6-2, while Maya MacGibbon ’16 and Erin McDonald ’18 won the No. 2 and No. 3 matches, winning 6-0 in two straight sets. Kellis Brandt ’19, Bailey Kent ’16 and Sophia Skoglund ’18 rounded out the singles matches, sweeping their opponents in two sets. The Oles also swept the doubles matches, with MacGibbon and Alisa Hall ’16 defeating the Cobbers 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. Zimmerman and McDonald followed up with an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 match, while Brent and Kent went on to win 8-3 in the No. 3 match. The women’s next match will be against Hamline University at home on April 2.

The men started the day off with four straight singles victories. In the No. 1 match, Joey Kronzer ’16 defeated Concordia’s Isaac Toivonen 6-2, 3-6 and 10-7. Ben Carlson ’16 followed up with a two-set sweep in the No. 2 match, winning 6-2 and 6-1. Christian Beck ’18 and Mike Schroeder ’16 rounded out the Ole victories in the singles competition, with Beck defeating his opponent 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 and Schroeder winning 7-6, 7-4 and 6-1. The Oles swept the doubles competition, with Kronzer and Beck winning 8-2, Carlson and Danny Hogan ’18 capturing a close match, 8-6, and Schroeder and Keenan Gladd-Brown ’16 sealing the final victory, 8-2. The Oles’ next competition will take them south to Hilton Head, S.C., where they will take on Virginia Wesleyan College, Buena Vista University, North Central College, Millikin University and Greenville College in a five day competition from March 20-25.

hatzky1@stolaf.edu

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“Creed” brings Rocky films to new generation

It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t seen the classic film “Rocky.” The film is an American classic. It holds a premier place in American pop culture, with references to the film often thrown about in everyday discourse. “Rocky” is arguably one of the reasons the sport of boxing remains popular, despite the film’s overly romanticized plot. Even the sequels to the 1976 original have a special place in the hearts of Americans, with many of Rocky’s opponents going down in history as some of the greatest villains in the history of the western world. Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboa’s Soviet opponent in the 1985 sequel “Rocky IV,” is hands down the second most evil villain of all time, coming in close behind the Icelandic National Hockey team in “The Mighty Ducks 2.”

Despite the earlier success of the Rocky franchise, the last two installments, “Rocky V” and “Rocky Balboa,” were failures. The films were too cliché and pushed too hard to capture the essence of the first four “Rocky” films. It was no surprise that many critics were surprised when director Ryan Coogler announced plans for a movie entitled “Creed,” which focuses on the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa’s opponent in both the original “Rocky” and its direct sequel “Rocky II.” With the last two films floundering at the box office, there was no doubt that “Creed” was in the perfect position to fail, yet the film defied these odds in a way entirely unique from the original films.

The old magic is still there, but Coogler’s choice to focus on the legacy of Apollo Creed as opposed to Rocky Balboa is what allows the film to flourish independent of its predecessors. Michael B. Jordan, starring as Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, has certainly set himself up to be the next face of the franchise. Jordan’s attitude and demeanor create a character with as much charisma and personality as Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa without attempting to become an exact copy of either Creed or the Italian Stallion.

Despite Jordan starring as the main character, Sylvester Stallone nearly steals the movie as a sad, washed-up Rocky Balboa. Stallone, whose acting in the original films didn’t necessarily require the most refinement, impressed critics with his nuanced and sympathetic portrayal of the broken-down ex-fighter. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in this year’s Oscars. It was quite moving to see his character, originally full of pride and fighting spirit, in the position of a mentor rather than a pugilist. This reversal of roles allows Jordan’s character to flourish in a movie series that created one of America’s most beloved characters.

Many critics felt that Jordan should have been nominated for Best Actor. There was much controversy, especially considering the racial issues swirling around the Oscar selection process, but the push for Jordan to be nominated was a bit far-fetched. The acting from both Stallone and Jordan was good for a sports film, but it is hard even to say that Stallone should have been up for an award. The two are dynamic in a film that requires nothing less, but neither of the performances deserve to go down in Oscar history.

Either way, “Creed” has certainly set itself up to continue a franchise that has captured the attention and dreams of Americans for decades. Fans have plenty of reason to hope that “Creed 2”, which is set to hit theaters sometime in 2017, will live up to these expectations.

hatzky@stolaf.edu

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Beaman continues title hunt

NAME: Garrett Beaman

SPORT: Wrestling

HOMETOWN: St. Paul Park

HIGH SCHOOL: Henry Sibley High School

MAJOR:Exercise Science

WRESTLING BACKGROUND:I began wrestling when I was two years old.

PRE-MEET RITUAL: Before every match, I remind myself of my potential and how far I’ve come in my career and that losing now would be unacceptable.

PUMP-UP SONG: “Shell Shocked” by Juicy-J

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Tombstone”

FAVORITE BOOK: “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Justice League Unlimited”

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Brian Urlacher

FAVORITE FOOD: Venison steaks

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN WRESTLING: Football

RANDOM FACT: I really love to cook.

PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: I plan to travel a little, then find a solid job as a personal trainer and start a family.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE:When I won the NCAA West Regional Championship.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: The best advice I’ve ever received was from my dad. He told me, “Beamans never quit. A loss is a loss, but when you quit, you become a failure. That is why we never quit.” And that has pushed me to win and never give up when competing.

GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: I want to become the national champion.

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Track and field teams take off at MIAC’s

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the MIAC Indoor Championships at Carleton College on March 3-5. With both the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and the outdoor season looming on the horizon, the teams looked to hit their stride against a host of tough MIAC competitors. The men finished in second place behind the University of St. Thomas while the women finished in fifth place after three days of competition.

After the second day of competition, the Ole men were in second place after stellar performances from a number of athletes. Paul Escher ’16 won the mile run with a final time of 4:14.70, with teammate Joe Coffey ’17 coming in second with a time of 4:15.65. Paul Timm ’18 finished third in the 5000-meter race after running a time of 15:00.24. James McFarlin ’16 and Kevin Skrip ’16 led the Oles in the 400-meter dash, finishing in fifth and sixth place, while Sean Bjork ’17 finished second in the 800-meter dash to round out the middle distance events. William Anderson ’19, Joe Pugh ’18, Ryan Van Mechelen ’16 and Tayler Aarness ’19 finished third in the distance medley relay with a final time of 10:32.05 while Eli Knutson ’19 took home sixth place in the heptathlon with a total score of 4,146.

The St. Olaf women were fourth after the second day of competition, taking home the MIAC title in the distance medley relay. The team, composed of Abbey Schnaith ’16, Hayli Marquette ’19, Suzie Hoops ’17 and Piper Bain ’16 finished with a final time of 12:39.28. After winning the pentathlon on the first day of competition, Madison Van Wylen ’16 finished fourth in the high jump and fifth in the long jump, while teammate Abbey Stets ’18 finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.34. Morgan Philippi ’16 placed fifth in the 5000-meter race as fellow senior Michaela Bolden ’16 placed fourth in the hammer throw.

The Ole men opened up the third day of competition looking to close the gap between themselves and the Tommies. Jake Campbell ’16 dominated the 3000-meter race with a time of 8:19.65, and Timm came in sixth place with a time of 8:42.28. Aarness came in 11th in the same race, just missing the top ten with a time of 8:48.32. Escher, Bjork, Jacob Eggers ’17 and Coffey placed second, third, sixth and ninth place in 1000-meter race, rounding out the distance events for the Ole men. McFarlin, Skrip, Justin Elstad ’18 and Pugh finished second in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:21.70, while Skrip finished second in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:21.52. Nick Woods ’17 finished fifth in the shot put to place the Oles in second place in the overall team scoring.

The Ole women slipped to fifth place after the third day of competition but won the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:01.15. The relay team was comprised of Stets, Jena Moody ’18, Hoops and Van Wylen. Stets also finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.50, putting her in fourth place. The women ended the day with a third place finish in the 800-meter relay, with Van Wylen, Stets, Lillie Meakim ’18 and Marquette rounding out the Ole lineup.

Both teams now focus their attention on the NCAA Indoor Championships and the outdoor season as athletes look to rest before the second half of the season begins.

hatzky1@stolaf.edu

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