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Archive for April, 2008

It is that time of year, when we say goodbye for a while. The WQAQ Sports department had their final meeting of 2007-2008 last night and it was an emotional affair as the department heads, Seth Rothman and Steve Tisi held their final meeting. They have done an elaborate job over the last couple years and it’s going to be sad not seeing them around this campus and at these meetings every week.

I was awarded the award for Best Sports Show of the Semester last night for Teeing It Up with Jeremy Schilling. I am honored to have that award and hope to be able to continue the success of TIU and make it better as time goes on.

So let me link you all to the WQAQ Sports Site, cause its one heck of a site.

Take care, and thank you WQAQ!

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(Editor’s Note: This article can be found here on the WQAQ Sports Site.)

Golf Readies for NEC Championships
By Jeremy Schilling

The Quinnipiac Bobcats Golf team played twice in the last week as they gear up for this weekend’s Northeast Conference Championships. In the Peacock Invitational held on April 22 in Neshanic Station, NJ, the Bobcats finished 9th out of 12 teams. And in the Northeast Invitational held on April 24-25 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, they finished 3rd out of 10 teams, their best finish of the spring season so far.

At the Peacock, the Bobcats finished with a team score of 320. Monmouth University won that portion of the competition with a score of 295, a 5 stroke win over Rider. Individually the Bobcats were led by Jayson Loranger who carded an 18-hole score at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course of 76. That gave Loranger a 9th place finish overall in the individual portion of the competition. He was followed by Ryerson Stinson who shot 78, Ryan Reynolds with 79, Ben Cook with 87 and Kyle Chumas with 91.

At the Northeast Invitational held on the Green Valley Golf Course, the Bobcats shot a team score of 608 tying them with Central Connecticut State for 3rd place. The winner was Bryant University who shot a team score of 590. Individually for the Bobcats they were led by Brady Giroux who shot a 36-hole score of 146 that left him with a 4th place finish in the individual competition. He was followed by Charlie Niland with a 152, Jayson Loranger with a 155, Ian O’Connor with a 156 and Ryan Reynolds with a 162.

Now the Bobcats look to cap their season off right with a good showing at the Northeast Conference Championships this weekend. When asked to respond to his team’s play in these last two events and for a preview of the NEC, Head Coach John O’Connor said, “We had two good showings at the tournaments and I feel very eager and optimistic about the conference tournament this weekend. The guys are playing better than they have all season. We have three sub par rounds this season and I know we can add to that list. Ian O’Connor and Ryan Reynolds shot two under par rounds and Brady Giroux shot three under par at the URI event. Freshman Charlie Niland is beginning to show that he can go low while walk-ons Jayson Loranger and Ryan Reynolds have both had top ten finishes. The conference has seven good teams and any one of the teams can win. I’m hoping its Quinnipiac!”

If Coach’s hopes come to fruition they will have to do it this weekend, May 2-3, on the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hershey, PA. Tee Times both days start at 9 a. m. After struggling out of the gate and for most of the season, the Bobcats will be looking to end their season on a high note with a good showing in front of the best the Northeast Conference has to offer. Now they just need to execute and go low.

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It’s happened again. For the second time this semester, a play involving a Quinnipiac University Bobcat athlete has ended up being the #1 Top Play on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

QU Baseball’s Brian Monack’s over the wall catch was sensational. In the words of ESPN’s Steve Levy: “”How good is that? That play took place on Friday, and it’s still number 1 on Monday night and Tuesday morning!”

You can watch the SportsCenter highlight here.

And here’s the YouTube video of it featuring the radio call on WQAQ by Seth Rothman.

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If you didn’t notice, Adam Scott and Annika Sorenstam both won over the weekend on their respective tours. Both wins came in playoffs. Both tours, the PGA and LPGA Tours have a player that is far and beyond the #1 guy — Tiger and Lorena Ochoa. Both tours have had other players who have made a run at #1 at some place and time in this decade — Vijay, Phil, Ernie and yes, David Duval earlier in the decade on the mens tour — and Annika on the ladies tour.

We have been searching, however, in the past 3 years or so, for a consistent rival to Tiger. And if that is the Adam Scott’s, Trevor Immelmans’s, and so forth, bring it on. But the best thing for men’s golf right now could be a consistent rival that would permit us to write a continuing storyline that stretches through all the majors. Be patient — I think it may be coming.

Meanwhile, the women’s tour HAD a bona fide #1, in Annika. Then she got hurt, and Lorena got to #1. If Annika can get back healthy, and she says she is, and continue her great play (she’s already won twice so far this year) women’s golf could be in for some fun.

Golf has potential to have a very interesting summer. And lets see it happen.

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Bobcats Play in Rhode Island and Maryland, Get Two Top 15 Finishes
By Jeremy Schilling

The Quinnipiac University Men’s Golf Team played in two events over the last 2 weeks and came out with two top 15 finishes. They started out April 12-13 at The New England’s where they finished in 10th place, and then the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational where they finished in 13th place.

At The New England’s, where the Bobcats finished 10th, Yale University topped everyone with a team score of 583. The Bobcats shot 641. Quinnipiac was led individually by Charlie Niland who tied for 39th overall with a 36-hole score of 159. Next was Ryan Reynolds with a score of 160. He was followed by Ian O’Connor with a 163, Brady Giroux with a 164, and Jayson Loranger with a 165.

Next, on April 18-19, at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational, the Bobcats finished 13th with a team score of 919. Longwood University won the team portion with a score 863. Individually for the Bobcats they were led by Jayson Loranger who had a 54-hole score of 227, placing him 28th overall in the individual portion. Next was Ryan Reynolds with a 233, Ian O’Connor with a 235, and Brady Giroux and Charlie Niland who both had 236.

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Two interesting articles on Tiger Woods, who as we all know by now will miss about 2-3 tournaments because of having left knee arthroscopic surgery.

According to Golf World Insider Tim Rosaforte, “The hush-hush operation, performed by Dr. Thomas Rosenberg in Park City, Utah, was deemed a success — but there was some cartilage removed this time, an indication the knee is deteriorating under the torque Woods puts on it. So while his passing of Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record was considered a mere formality after his win at Southern Hills just last August, there is now the haunting question in the back of everyone’s mind about whether the fragile knee could become Tiger’s Achilles’ heel.”

He went on to say, “While the problem is not career threatening, experts are saying this will not be Tiger’s last knee operation. “This is something that’s a chronic issue for him,” Neal ElAttrache, a noted orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know if you’ve seen the last of surgical issues with Tiger’s knee.””

Meanwhile, ESPN.com’s Bob Harig says that this injury should remind all of us that we should never take what Tiger’s done for granted.

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Bruce Honors Danny

As the E Street Band returned to the stage in Tampa and Orlando this week, they honored Dan Federici. Between the video tribute, the setlists to match and a crowd’s energy that we haven’t seen in a very long time they were quite possibly some of the most emotion Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shows we’ve ever seen.

You can read about these setlists at the Backstreets.com Setlists page.

To see the Tribute video that has began both shows here.

And to read Bruce’s eulogy to Danny that he said at his funeral, go to the Brucespringsteen.net main page.

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