Sports

Northwestern baseball embraces young talent

By Darren Zaslau
Medill Reports

The Northwestern baseball team has 18 underclassmen on the current roster. As the Wildcats embark on the second half of Big Ten Conference play, they will be relying heavily on them to contribute to the team’s success. After hosting Michigan State this weekend, Northwestern will travel to Penn State and Purdue before concluding its Big Ten Conference regular season schedule at home against Iowa.

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Orland Park Teen Wants Everyone to Play Baseball

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Orland Park has a special resident who thinks beyond himself when it comes to improving his community. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Stack is on a mission to building a handicap accessible baseball field.

After hearing about a Challengers Field in nearby Tinley Park, IL he asked why his town of Orland Park, IL didn’t have a field that was handicap friendly. When it was apparent that the idea for one was never thought of, he decided to take action.

Zachary’s mission is to share his love for the game of baseball by making it accessible to those who haven’t always been able to play due to their disabilities.


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Northwestern men’s golf prepares for Big Ten Championships

By Darren Zaslau
Medill Reports

The Northwestern men’s golf team has already started its preparations for the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

After finishing in second place last year, the Wildcats are looking to capture its first Big Ten title since 2006. The Big Ten Championships will be held at the Baltimore Country Club, in Baltimore, Md., from April 27–29.


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ParkWhiz finds Cubs fans better parking on opening day

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

When heading to a Chicago Cubs home game, you might want to check to see if you’ll have a place to park before you leave. Too often fans make the mistake of waiting until they arrive in Wrigleyville to shop around the available parking.

With limited parking spots and prices starting around $50 a space, fans are in need of a different option.

ParkWhiz is an on-demand parking app co-founded by Aashish Dalal, a Northwestern graduate. It finds your affordable parking near an event or by simply entering your destination.

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Is Glen Ellyn’s Ethan Cepuran the future of Illinois speed skating?

By Chris Kwiecinski
Medill Reports

Ethan Cepuran was simply trying to make it through the 2018 Junior World Championships with at least one top-20 finish.

After two days of skating against some of the world’s best up-and-coming speed skaters, the Glen Ellyn native hadn’t finished better than 25th. He even described his performance as poor.

Then, came the mass-start event.

Cepuran, who originally didn’t have spot in the mass start – an event where all competing skaters race at the same time – won silver in the race to secure that elusive top-20 finish.

“I was skating, and then I was on the podium,” he said. “It was all kind of a blur.”

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Wrigleyville memorabilia shop brings history to life

By Sarah Foster
Medill Reports

Tom Boyle can’t help but poke through his shelves. He’s in search of a movie poster that only he can visualize. It’s somewhere among the newspaper clippings, the vinyl records, the buttons and the books.

“Let me see,” he says, furrowing his brows and shuffling through his inventory.

After searching for a few minutes himself, he sends his colleague over to the other corner of the store, hoping he can help find it. Poking and prodding through the posters, the pair finally pull it out of the pile: “A Stratton Story.” Their eyes glance over the picture depicting the 1949 film about an injured baseball player. They notice the faded red-and-white hues and the way James Stewart embraces June Allyson.

“This is it,” Boyle says with a smile.

But they weren’t searching through their inventory for fun. They were hoping to retrieve the poster for a customer, who has the same last name as Stewart’s character.

“It’s like finding a home for abandoned children,” Boyle said. “When we can find a good home for these items, it makes us happy.”

Intimate customer service and an ability to provide rare items from the past are exactly how Boyle’s store, a memorabilia shop called Yesterday, has managed to stay open for 42 years.

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Coach Niraj Patel readying his team to take on the upcoming season

By Annanya
Medill Reports

The Naperville Baseball Academy, always a home for one of America’s favorite sports, has a growing second life as a cricket center for Chicago United, one of the major  area clubs.

Coach Niraj Patel is readying his team to take on the upcoming season if games against other clubs in the region.

Patel, who represented Rajasthan Royals when they won the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008, now permanently lives in Chicago.

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Your Senator Filled Out An NCAA Bracket – You’ll Never Guess Who They Picked

By Brian Baker
Medill Reports

Shortly before the NCAA Tournament tipped off last Thursday, Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner sent a tweet that included a picture of his bracket. “Just filled out my #MarchMadness bracket. @UVA’s going all the way,” it read. The University of Virginia did not go all the way.

Millions of Americans participated in the annual ritual of filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament last week. By the weekend, many were ripping them up.

On ESPN’s website alone, 17.3 million brackets were submitted. The reasoning behind selections can vary from school mascots to favorite team colors. For politicians, who are increasingly joining in on the bracket fun, the rationale seems clear: pick the school from your home state.

Senator John McCain, from Arizona, picked the University of Arizona. Former President George H.W. Bush, who lives in Texas, picked Texas A&M. Indiana Senator Todd Young picked Purdue University. Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto picked Nevada.

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Cricket in Chicago kicks off league games in April

By Annnaya
Medill Reports

Cricket is all the rage in Southeast Asia where India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka  revere this pastime as more than  a major league sport  and something closer to a religion.

Actual shrines in India are dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game’s greatest players.

Immigrants who move here miss the sport. So cricket lovers in and around Chicago who are from the Asian subcontinent got together and decided to start a cricket league. The American Cricket Conference was born in 2001. Continue reading

No longer a local afterthought, Loyola soaks in support as it readies for the Sweet 16

By Patrick Engel
Medill Reports

Two white charter buses turned east on Loyola Avenue off Sheridan Road, with the blue lights of police cars leading the way, and pulled into a driveway in back of Gentile Arena.

About 500 fans and students had congregated on an adjacent turf field in the previous hour, waiting for this very convoy. Around 4:15 p.m. on a mild but windy Sunday in Rogers Park, as “All I Do Is Win” fittingly blasted over temporary speakers, a momentary lull came over the crowd. Heads turned. Arms waved. Phones became cameras. Everyone cheered and clapped.

The carriages carrying one of this year’s best Cinderella stories had arrived.

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