Jun 26

The New Look of Metro’s Campus Center

By: Angela Wolfe, Editor-in-Chief, Metro Campus

MCC Artist Rendering

Artist rendering of new Metro Campus Center (MCC)

If you have recently visited Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus Center (MCC), you know that the three-story-structure is in need of major repairs and renovations.
Lucky, Tri-C administration agrees, and considers this a “high-priority project.” Which has lead to the approval of $31.2 million for a complete overhaul of this, as leadership refers to as, “vintage building.”
According to a statement from the Metro Campus President, Michael Schoop, “The project will consist of a complete renovations of the entire MCC and its immediate surrounding site work. Existing functions in the MCC include: central food service and cafeteria; early college programming; the student life department; the women in transition program; and part of the Public Safety department.
After renovations, new functions in the MCC will include: enhanced food service and dining facilities; a Welcome Center; campus administration; A large event space and related amenities for Internal and external events; student lounge space; study rooms; and the entire Public Safety Department.”
Also, in the college’s effort to promote environmental responsibility and efficiency in the use of resources, this project is targeting as a minimum LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Which means, not only will institution be saving money and resources in the long-run, but will also have a positive impact on the health of the beings within, all while advocating for clean, renewable energy.

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Jun 26

Tri-C to Sex Offenders: YOU MUST REPORT!

By: Angela Wolfe, Editor-in-Chief, Metro Campus

A change in Tri-C’s admission policy adopted June 25 by the Board of Trustees would prohibit some sex offenders from attending the college.

The Board adopted the Student Sexual Offense and Child Victim Admissions Reporting Policy in the wake of several stories in The Voice student newspaper about sex offenders on campus and an allegation of sexual misconduct that occurred on the Metro Campus involving a high school student enrolled at the college.

Following the meeting, College President Alex Johnson said, “The policy is the foundation, and it’s important that we had the Board to acknowledge that.

In the resolution prepared by Renée Richard, Vice President of legal services, it states, “The primary goal of the Student Sexual Offense and Child Victim Offense Admission and Reporting Policy is to require all current, returning and prospective students, whether credit or non-credit, who have been declared sex offenders under any state law, including child victim offender’s, within the past 15 years to self-report such offenses to the college upon application for admission, registration for classes (initial and continuing) or re-enrollment in the college.”

“Blanket policies are never good,” said Gary Larkin, Coordinator of Case Manager Services at Towards Employment, an ex-offender reentry assistance program. However he went on to say, “There is obviously a problem with sex offenders not reporting Tri-C as their school, otherwise, the policy that was just implemented would not have occurred, so, the Tri-C sex offender self-report policy is fair.”

The administration is standing on the rights they reserve to deny, defer, or place conditions upon admissions and or registration based on the nature and circumstance of the crime. Under this autonomy, the policy states, “Applicants with violent sexual offense convictions as designated by the tier status of the offender, and Child-Victim Offenders will not be admitted. “

Lt. Ronald Wynne, Campus Police Officer who has been involved with investigating student sex offenders feels it is a good policy. “It’s very important and it’s going to benefit the entire college community,” he said. ”Especially with the College Credit Plus Program that allows 8th and 9th grade students on our campuses.”

Isaiah Hunt, Student Ambassador at the Eastern Campus, said the college did the right thing in approving the policy. “The college took the right steps to protect our student body, mainly our minor students. So far they’ve only experienced school with peers of their own age and being around this many unsupervised adults is new to them,” he said.

This policy will become effective Fall of 2015. The Voice will continue to cover this story as more details about the processes and procedures to ensure sex offenders are reporting becomes available.

*Below you will find a link to the newly adopted policy.

Student Sexual Offense and Child Victim Admission Reporting Policy

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Jun 24

Student Spotlight Profile: John Gallagher

By Robert Fenbers

Western Campus Editor

 

John Gallagher, Associate of Science

 

John Gallagher graduated James Ford Rhodes High School in 2009, but it was the decision he made his junior year that would not only change his life, but become his greatest accomplishment thus far. After a grueling six years in the military that tested his mental, physical and spiritual health, he now looks for a new beginning as he finds his way to Tri-C.

Following in his Grandfather’s footsteps, Gallagher decided to join the United States Army. “I am a very strong leader so I thought that it was a natural fit for me,” Gallagher said. His decision also added to the long line of family members who had already served. He was sworn in on the first day of his senior year.

Upon his arrival to the military he underwent many challenges ranging from basic training to a deployment in Afghanistan. During his six years in the military he faced scrutiny for his Catholic beliefs and was challenged physically and mentally in training and on missions. He found times especially tough when he questioned his faith and had few support besides his friends and family back home. Still he persevered and understood his worth.

“All the experiences have made me comfortable being who I want to be,” Gallagher said.

As he began to work his way up the ranks of The United States Army, he ultimately reached E4 Specialist and worked on military aircrafts. He became more focused and determined in his goals. He took up hobbies like ballroom dancing and bodybuilding, a rare mix.

Having always maintained a 3.0, even with deployment, education has always been important to Gallagher, who was excited to learn that all his classes and tuition would be paid for by the military. While in service, he attended numerous military schools and a few Community Colleges, including Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina where he earned his Associates degree.

After his six years of service he decided to move on with the next chapter in his journey. He was honorably discharged earlier this year and enrolled for summer semester at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He again was following in his family’s footsteps as his father graduated Tri-C in 2012.

He admits he was a little nervous the first day. “I was a little curious to see how things were. This wasn’t going to be like a military town.” After a few weeks of classes he has gotten accustomed to the simple offerings of the college. He was especially fond of the closeness in proximity each building is to each other at Western Campus. “Its very user friendly.”

Though he is just getting used to Tri-C, he also has been accepted to The Ohio State University, where he will attend classes in the fall.

As he continues his adjustment into “civilian life”, he hopes Tri-C will be the transition that helps him continue on the right path.

Student Spotlight John Photo

Gallagher has found his way to Tri-C after six years with the United States Army.

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Jun 19

President Liss to Transfer, Tri-C West to Begin Search for New President

By Robert Fenbers

Western Campus Editor

     As first heard here, President Ron Liss will no longer be the president at Tri-C Western Campus. He will be transferring to Workforce, Community and Economic Development, where he will become a special advisor and vice president.

     In a statement released by President Alex Johnson, Liss was recognized for the skills he brings to his new field of work. “This change will capitalize on his expertise in the area and provide opportunities for the growth of our workforce efforts,” Johnson said.

     There were about 100 staff and faculty present during the announcement. Though there have been rumors, this change comes as a shock to many. Liss, only in his second year at the helm of Western Campus made tremendous strides during his tenure. Liss showed interest in student activities around campus. It was his desire to serve the students and to make them feel at home while coming to Tri-C, that helped win over so many at Tri-C. He recently helped bring a brand new student lounge in the lower atrium to help students be able to study and have a place to relax and enjoy.

     Dr. Janice Taylor Heard will serve as interim Western Campus president until a new president is chosen. Dr. Taylor Heard brings much experience to her interim position. She has worked with higher education for 25 years and served as a member of the Western Campus leadership team for eight years. She was most recently the dean of academic affairs.

     A search firm will be hired to seek out a new president for Tri-C Western Campus. The college hopes to have a new candidate announced by Dec. 2015

Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus begins another presidential search

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Jun 18

Rumors Swirl of Possible Western Campus C.O.P. (Change of President)

By Robert Fenbers

Western Campus Editor

     Sources have told The Voice that a major announcement is scheduled to take place at Western Campus on Friday, June 19th around 10:00 am.

     President Ron Liss has been with the Western Campus for two years. He arrived at Tri-C after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. President Liss has been a key part of many successful additions to the college, including the new student lounge at the Western Campus. He has been noticed for his care and desire to help the students of Tri-C.

President Dr. Ron Liss

President Dr. Ron Liss

The Voice will have more information as it becomes available.

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Jun 15

Tri-c Tuition Increase; Ways to Save

By Jennifer Artinoneedtoknow

The board of Trustees has finally reached a decision to raise tuition for those who go to Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This tuition increase goes into effect in the Fall 2015 semester at a total of $3.33 raise per credit hour. The total semester cost for a full time student will raise $107.87 more for the semester. A few other community colleges, such as Lorain County Community College and Lakeland Community College have also raised their tuition. Tri-c is still known as the second lowest tuition rate college in Ohio as well as programs to assist students in reaching greatness.

Most full time students enrolled with an average of 30 credit hours as a full time student will be looking at a total of $3,236 a year. Though it seems like a lot per credit hour, Tri-C has taken other steps to lower student costs such as the Tuition Guarantee program which locks tuition rates for three consecutive years, regardless if tuition continues to raise. This is only eligible for first-time students who are going to school full time. Another program that Tri-C is launching is the 15+ Perks program, which will give financial incentives for students enrolled full-time in heavier course loads and successfully complete each course. As most students know, Tri-C has also teamed up with Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority which provides free public transport for students enrolled in at least one credit hour per semester. Tri-C has also been awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships annually with the Tri-C Foundation. Some students may not know of these programs and should take action to start utilizing these programs as they are provided for the students to aid in becoming successful.

Some students may be apprehensive about tuition increases and what it means for the future of their academic career. Four-year universities have been limited with tuition increases of no more than 2 percent annually. Community Colleges have an increase cap of $100 annually per full-time student.

Lorain County Community College raised their tuition in January by $3.84 per credit hour for a total of $122.18 total increase annually for a full-time student which went into effect this summer. Lakeland Community College tuition increased in April at a rate of $2.75 more per credit hour for a total of $112.30 increase per credit hour.

Students may find that the increase of only $107.87 annually to be unnoticeable with aid programs and scholarships that Tri-C offers. This increase in tuition and fees will aid students down a successful path as Tri-C encourages help in reaching for your goals. In order to take advantage of these programs that Tri-C offers, ask your campus enrollment center and financial aid office for information regarding the 15+ Perks program and Tuition Guarantee program as well as the U-Pass Transit program.

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Jun 03

Chemistry and Trust Guide Challengers to 36 Win Season

By Robert Fenbers

 

It has been a few weeks since the season ended for the Challengers and what a difference a year makes! This time last season, the Challengers were left in a complete mess, uncertain of their head coach’s future with the team. Looking to turn the page, Tri-C underwent a complete revamp of coaches, including bringing in the highly successful Evan Agona as their head coach.

“I think the first thing with the new guys and the transition is getting their trust,” Agona stated way back in spring training. He and his staff made it clear that they would be there for his players and that he wanted them to succeed. Almost immediately, players started noticing the difference in trust with the coaches.  “He was really strict he pushed us hard, but he pushed us in the right ways to get victories,” said second year outfielder Brady Hoba.

Some players were upset that their season last year was such a disaster. “We couldn’t have been any worse than we were the year before,” said pitcher Connor Ryan. Ryan, like most players on the team, felt they could have been better. “No one took us seriously last year.”

This season had a different feel to it, from the beginning of fall practice through spring training and when it mattered most, the regular season. The Challengers came out swinging, ready to put the debacle of last season behind them. Opening up in Carolina as they usually do, they quickly realized they had a powerful offensive line up, behind the hot bat of second year right fielder Ben Szymczak. The Challengers took Carolina by storm winning their first five games in row. Szymczak hit a home run the first at bat of the season. “He was our steadiest guy all year and a guy that as our leadoff hitter set the tempo for each game offensively,” said Agona. Szymczak earned Player of the Week for (March 9-22) and would eventually earn All-Conference honors as well.

With a new confidence, the Challengers encountered some adversity in the form of a two game losing streak. They kept their confidence and would eventually finish up their southern road trip with a record of 6-4 as they prepared for the next few games, including their home opener against Erie Community College. They would split their next two games against Malone University JV.

The boys were glad to be home and excited for their home opener. The game would stay close until the seventh inning when the Challengers blew the game open with nine runs. Pitcher Connor Ryan also gave a solid performance with five strikeouts and only six hits allowed. This would be a theme as Ryan would go on to average almost six strikeouts per game. The Challengers would defeat Erie Community College 12-0.

Their next game, a day later would yield the same result with powerful hitting and great pitching. Lorain County Community College proved to be no match for the offensive firepower as the Challengers exploded for another nine run inning, this time in the fourth inning. They would then tack on another five runs. Pitcher Stephen Stoneman picked up his first victory after only allowing two hits in five innings. The Challengers went on to defeat Lorain County Community College 16-1.

The Challengers were thriving off of their new coaches and their overall chemistry on the field and in the dugout. They would string together two more victories against Clark State Community College and Ashland University JV, bringing their record to 11-5 as they prepared to enter conference play.

Pitching played a huge role in the success of the team, thanks in part to the focus and determination from new pitching coach Bob Merritt. Ryan was thankful for Merritt’s willingness to help him get back to where he was before undergoing two knee surgeries one in April 2014 another in October 2014. “He and Agona pushed me to get back to where I was, they knew what I was capable of. Coach played a huge role in me stepping up and having the season that I did,” said Ryan.

As conference play began, the boys continued their winning ways taking three out of four in their series against Lakeland. Pitcher Kyle Warner added to his win total by only allowing four hits and striking out four. He improved to 4-0, as the Challengers improved to 14-5 and caught the attention of the conference and a national powerhouse.

After a hard fought victory against Notre Dame JV, the Challengers would travel to nationally ranked Sinclair Community College looking to make a statement. The problem was Sinclair was the one that made the statement.

Both teams came out strong in the first inning with Sinclair taking a 5-3 lead. They would add on six more runs, as the Challengers found themselves getting overwhelmed within minutes. Kyle Warner’s perfect 4-0 record would be put in serious jeopardy. As Tri-C fought back with three more runs, Sinclair ended their hopes of victory with an eight run fifth inning. The Challengers were defeated 19-6 in the first game of the series and it looked like they would need to go back to the drawing board to beat the conference’s best.

As the second game of the series was underway, the Challengers again trailed after the first inning, this time it was 2-1. Another big inning from Sinclair brought the score up to 7-3. As the game continued, it was clear that the Challengers were playing catch up. Tom Keaney gave up nine runs as the Challengers were defeated 9-5.

The third game of the series was familiar, another early lead for Sinclair as the Challengers were stymied on offense. Trailing 5-0 after four innings, the boys were trying to get a hit, let alone a run. Sinclair pitcher Alex Anders would have none of it as he allowed only one hit. The Challengers would fall 6-0 and go on to be defeated by that score. In addition to an abysmal offense performance the defense allowed four errors.

It would seem that this moment was too big; that the Challengers were not ready to compete with the likes of Sinclair. In the series, their hitting had been lack-luster and their pitching even worse, but they refused to fold. As the fourth game began, the Challengers again found themselves trailing early, but this time they fought back. In the fourth inning trailing 2-1, the offense returned as they drove in four runs. They would take a 5-2 lead going into the seventh inning. After tacking on another four runs and withstanding a few runs from Sinclair, the Challengers would go on to win the game. The series was difficult and it was not the result that Coach Agona and the boys were looking for, but winning the last game of the series gave them confidence going forward.

The Challengers were at home their next three game against less than stellar competition. Perhaps taking out their frustrations from the previous series, the Challengers dominated all three games, defeating Malone University JV 11-2, 10-1 and Notre Dame College JV 11-5. They continued their winning streak with two conference victories over Owens Community College, but were defeated twice in a row by Owens in the third and fourth games of the series.

At the halfway point of the season, the Challengers were 21-11, having already eclipsed there win total of 12 from last season.

The Challengers would take 2 of their next three games against Walsh University JV and Baldwin Wallace JV. With a 23-12 record, they began a series against Lakeland Community College with a fairly easy 9-4 victory. They would however go on to lose their next 3 games in the series, including an ugly 14-4 loss.

After splitting a pair of games against Delta College and defeating Ashland University JV, the Challengers were 26-16 and in second place in the conference behind Sinclair as the season was winding down. The team was searching for momentum as they were preparing for another showdown with Sinclair and the playoffs.

The Challengers dominated their next series against Owens, including Ben Szymczak’s 2 RBI’s, triple and stolen base in game one. The offensive firepower was too much for Owens to handle. The Challengers had won 30 games in a season and they weren’t done. They would go on to win their next four games bringing their winning streak to 9 games as they prepared to welcome the Sinclair Tartan Pride to Mottl Field for their regular season finale.

In their final series of the season, Tri-C proved they could hang with the best of the best.                 The first game was a classic. After a 30 minute delay, due to a miscommunication on the start time with the umpires, the series finale was underway. The Challengers came out strong and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead going into the top of the fifth inning. Sinclair finally broke through and scored in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Connor Ryan gave the Challengers a brilliant effort as he gave up only three hits in 7 innings pitched, also tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had a few costly errors, which gave Sinclair some momentum. As the two top contenders in the OCCAC went at it, this one would need to be decided in extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning with a 1-1 tie, both teams came out swinging, literally, as they drove in two runs each. Tri-C was in a dogfight and they were loving every minute of it. Coach Agona had been preparing the boys all season for these types of moments and it seemed they were finally breaking through. In the tenth inning, the Challengers found out why Sinclair has been the best team all season; Tri-C gave up the winning run in the top of the tenth. They had no answer for Sinclair in the bottom of the inning and after such a hard fought game, they were defeated 4-3.

After the marathon in game 1, both teams had about 30 minutes to prepare for the second half of their doubleheader. Tri-C had to put the heartbreaking loss behind them and focus on taking Game 2. As the game was underway, it seemed Tri-C was having a hard time forgetting about the loss. Pitcher Tom Keaney gave up two quick runs and put the Challengers in a quick 0-2 hole. The boys quickly answered back with a run of their own making it 2-1 Sinclair after the first inning. Keaney settled down after that, only allowing 3 hits all game. He wasn’t the only one getting into his groove as the Challenger’s bats came to life as they pounded Sinclair for 7 more runs in the next two innings. Heading into the fifth inning with an 8-2 lead, Tri-C was determined to finish the job. The game was an offensive showcase for Tri-C. They defended their turf. It was not just hitting, Brady Haba came up huge with two stolen bases. Even after his rough start, Keaney pitched another great performance, tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had not only defeated Sinclair, they dominated them.

The next game brought a new day and a new opportunity to showcase their talent against Sinclair. With the weekend series tied at 1-1, it would be another offensive showcase for both teams. The Challengers came out on fire again, as they carried over the momentum from the previous day’s games. Compiling seven runs in the first 3 innings, the game seemed already decided. Brady Hoba’s 3 RBI’s and two triples, one each from John Izquierdo and Eric Roder capped off the offensive firepower. The dominant pitching continued as Kyle Warner held Sinclair to only 5 hits. He would give up a home run in the fourth inning to Sinclair’s Tyler Cowles. Pitching has been a focal point this season for the Challengers. Tri-C was too much for Sinclair as they defeated them for the second time in a row. After the 8-1 victory, their confidence was at an all-time high.

It was the final game of the series, which would also be the final game of the regular season. The Challengers had all the momentum and looked to take three out of four games from Sinclair, but the Tartan Pride had other ideas. Sinclair quickly struck with one run in the first inning. Tri-C answered back with two runs in the second. Daniel Sexton was on the mound for Sinclair, he went into the game with a perfect 8-0 record. His performance was key as he only allowed 4 hits. Brady Haba was able to briefly get the best of him with a homerun. As the game entered the third inning, it was blown open by an onslaught of hits by Sinclair. Challenger’s pitcher Ryan Andrzejczyk gave up six runs, making it a 7-2 game. The Challengers answered back with one run in the bottom of the third. The Tartan Pride tacked on two more in the sixth and another two in the seventh inning, capping off the blowout as Sinclair defeated the Challengers 11-3.

The Challengers finished the regular season with 36 wins, tripling their win total from last season. They defended their home field all season as they went 24-6 at home. “We like playing at home, our infielders especially love playing on the surface; we played tremendous at home,” said Agona. Hoping to build off their regular season home success, the Challengers would host the Sub-District Tournament. They welcomed Owens and Lakeland along with Vincennes University.

Tri-C opened the tournament against Vincennes University with an early 10 a.m. start time. The game was tied 2-2 after the third inning as the pressure mounted on both teams. For Challengers pitcher Conner Ryan his day most likely began earlier than most. “I had an ECON final at 7 a.m. before that,” said Ryan. Still, there were no excuses as Ryan and the Challengers hung with Vincennes, as it was 3-3 heading into the sixth inning. But then Vincennes took over the game scoring 3 runs in the sixth. They went on to defeat the Challengers 6-3.

In their elimination game, the boys from Tri-C looked to salvage their impressive season against a foe they had seen many times before, Lakeland. The game was close through four innings as the Challengers led 2-1. But similar to the first game things got out of hand; pitching was again pounded for five runs in the fifth inning. The Challengers would fight back with a run in the sixth and seventh inning, but it was not enough. They were defeated 6-4, left wondering how they let their impressive season end so quickly. Coach Agona offered his thoughts on the early playoff loss. “I felt that we underachieved in the Sub-District Tournament, but that’s baseball; you got to come out and play your best baseball.”

In addition to Szymczak’s All-Conference honors, Eric Roder, Gabriel Vargas and Connor Ryan also received All- Conference honors, with Roder receiving All-Region honors as well.

The Challengers will be losing nine sophomores after this season, with a few joining each other at Lake Erie College.

This season coach Agona and his staff not only brought back winning to Tri-C, they brought back the joy of the game.

Challengers Baseball Photo

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May 19

Challengers Split Series with Sinclair

By Robert Fenbers

In their final series of the season, Tri-C proved they could hang with the best of the best, while earning some respect along the way.

 Game 1:                                                        

After a 30 minute delay, due to a miscommunication on the start time with the umpires, the series finale was underway. The Challengers came out strong and jumped out to an early 1-0 going into the top of the fifth inning. Sinclair finally broke through and scored in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Connor Ryan gave the Challengers a brilliant effort as he gave up only three hits in 7 innings pitched, also tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had a few costly errors, which gave Sinclair some momentum.

As the two top contenders in the OCCAC went at it, this one would need to be decided in extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning with a 1-1 tie, both teams came out swinging, literally, as they drove in two runs each. Tri-C was in a dogfight and they were loving every minute of it. Coach Agona had been preparing the boys all season for these types of moments and it seemed they were finally breaking through.

In the tenth inning the Challengers found out why Sinclair has been the best team all season; Tri-C gave up the winning run in the top of the tenth. They had no answer for Sinclair in the bottom of the inning and after such a hard fought game, they were defeated.

            Sinclair 4 Challengers 3

Game 2:

            After the marathon in game 1, both teams had about 30 minutes to prepare for the second half of their doubleheader. Tri-C had to put the heartbreaking loss behind them and focus on taking Game 2.

As the game was underway, it seemed Tri-C was having a hard time forgetting about the loss. Pitcher Tom Keaney gave up two quick runs and put the Challengers in a quick 0-2 hole. The boys quickly answered back with a run of their own making it 2-1 Sinclair after the first inning. Keaney settled down after that, only allowing 3 hits all game. He wasn’t the only one getting into his groove as the Challenger’s bats came to life as they pounded Sinclair for 7 more runs in the next two innings. Heading into the fifth inning with an 8-2 lead, Tri-C was determined to finish the job.

The game was an offensive showcase for Tri-C. They defended their turf and could have very well won both games, if not for those costly errors. It was not just hitting, Brady Haba came up huge with two stolen bases. Even after his rough start, Keaney pitched another great performance, tallying 6 strikeouts. The Challengers had defeated Sinclair.

Challengers 13 Sinclair 3

            Game 3:

            A new day and a new opportunity to showcase their talent against Sinclair.

With the weekend series tied at 1-1, it would be another offensive showcase for both teams. The Challengers came out on fire again, as they carried over the momentum from the previous day’s games. Compiling seven runs in the first 3 innings, the game seemed already decided. Brady Hoba’s 3 RBI’s and two triples, one each from John Izquierdo and Eric Roder capped off the offensive firepower.

The dominant pitching continued as Kyle Warner held Sinclair to only 5 hits. He would give up a home run in the fourth inning to Sinclair’s Tyler Cowles. Pitching has been a focal point this season for the Challengers.

Tri-C was too much for Sinclair as they defeated them for the second time in a row. Their confidence was at an all-time high.

Challengers 8 Sinclair 1

            Game 4:

            It was the final game of the series, which would also be the final game of the regular season. The Challengers had all the momentum and looked to take three out of four games from Sinclair, but the Tartan Pride had other ideas.

Sinclair quickly struck with one run in the first inning. Tri-C answered back with two runs in the second. Daniel Sexton was on the mound for Sinclair, he went into the game with a perfect 8-0 record. His performance was key as he only allowed 4 hits. Brady Haba was able to briefly get the best of him with a homerun.

As the game entered the third inning, it was blown open by an onslaught of hits by Sinclair. Challenger’s pitcher Ryan Andrzejczyk gave up six runs, making it a 7-2 game. The Challengers answered back with one run in the bottom of the third. The Tartan Pride tacked on two more in the sixth and another two in the seventh inning, capping off the blowout.

Sinclair 11 Challengers 3

            The Challengers came into the series against Sinclair eager and ready to show their skills. They did just that as they split the series 2-2, including their classic opening game. They finished the regular season 36-18, a powerful statement in Coach Agona’s first season as the Challengers head coach. They will now host the Sub-division tournament as their post season begins.

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May 05

Minor Tri-C Student Speaks Out About An Alleged Sexual Attack On Campus…

By: Angela Wolfe, Metro Editor-in-Chief

An allegation of kidnapping and forced rape of a minor student took place here at the Metro Campus. According to the police report obtained by the Voice News from the Tri-C Police Department, what started out as sketchy consensual relationship between a 29 year old male student and a minor female High-Tech Academy student quickly turned into…

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May 01

Confident Challengers Prepare for Season Finale Showdown with Sinclair

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John Izquierdo delivers a pitch during a game. Photo by Emily Rohm

By: Robby Fenbers

Of all the uncertainty going into this season, there was one thing the Challengers knew wouldn’t change, their toughest opponent would be Sinclair.

The Challengers have held their own all season in the OCCAC conference (11-9) and sit in 2nd place behind Sinclair Community College. Having already shattered their 12 win total from last year with 32 wins and currently on a 7 game winning streak, Coach Agona has the boys believing. “We have the right guys that we feel like can compete with anybody we play against,” says Agona. He has watched his players make tremendous strides this season, especially with the team’s chemistry, which doomed them last year.

The Challengers will need all of their firepower including Ben Szymczak, who has 5 Home Runs, 11 Doubles and 29 RBI’S, if they are going to keep up with Sinclair. The Tartan Pride as they are known, have won 6 of the last 7 OCCAC championships, including last year’s title. They have continued their championship play into this season as they sit with a 41-17 record (18-2) in conference.

Having already faced Sinclair this season, Coach Agona observed the teams play in the four game series in early April. “The first game they took it to us pretty good, the second and third game was competitive but we made a lot of mistakes that allowed them to pull away and win those games,” said Agona, mistakes that the Challengers will surely have to avoid come May 1st and 2nd. In their final game of the series the Challengers came out on a mission and took down Sinclair; perhaps sending a message that they would be ready next time they meet. “We played our game, we executed and got a good pitching performance and were able to beat those guys,” said Agona.

The games will take place Friday at 3pm followed by a second game at 5:30pm. Saturday at 1:00pm followed by a second game at 3:30pm. Come down to Mottl Field and watch as the Challengers wrap up their impressive regular season in this conference showdown.

The Challengers have an impressive 20-4 record at home, where they will gladly welcome the Tartan Pride.

Postseason notes: Since Sinclair has already clinched the regular season title; they automatically advance to the NJCAA Region 12 District Tournament in Battle Creek, MI. The tournament will take place Wed. 5/13/15- Sun. 5/17/15

The rest of the OCCAC conference in addition to Vincennes University in Indiana will play in NJCAA Sub-District Tournament hosted by Tri-C. This tournament will take place Fri. 5/8/15- Sun. 5/10/15.         

All stats courtesy of OCCAC.ORG

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