Young baseball fans often dream of playing shortstop for their favorite Major-League teams. Chicago Cubs. However, for 11-year-old Vincent Stio, this dream is trivial. Instead, Vincent wants to be where the real action is, behind home plate calling balls and strikes.
“Umpires actually get to call the game, which is more fun,” said Stio in a phone interview from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. “When you’re a hitter, you only get a few chances to bat or field.”
Although the Chicago Cubs decided to bring back infielder Addison Russell for the 2019 season, Wrigleyville Sports will not bring back its Russell merchandise, according to a store manager.
Russell, 25, was suspended 40 games on October 3 for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. As a result, Wrigleyville Sports has taken a stance by removing any merchandise that says “Russell” from their stores.
“Ultimately everyone made a decision to send it all back to the warehouse. Even if people come in looking for it, it becomes a question of should we sell it?” said Rhiannon Foard, one of the managers of Wrigleyville Sports.
Despite recording her 1000th career rebound for Northwestern women’s basketball, senior center Pallas Kunayi-Akpanah and the Wildcats narrowly missed completing the season-sweep against Nebraska Thursday, losing by a score of 71-64.
Nebraska was able to jump out to an early lead thanks to stand out first half shooting performance. The Cornhuskers shot 58.3 percent in the first half, scoring a massive 40 points against a Northwestern defense that has been one of the most effective in the Big 10 Conference this season.
Meanwhile, with only 26 points along with a 34 percent shooting percentage in the first half, Northwestern needed to turn things around. Midway through the third quarter sophomore guard Lindsey Pulliam scored a crucial basket through traffic, ultimately drawing a foul. Pulliam fist pumps and yells over to her teammates, clearly indicating a change in momentum.
Despite a fourth quarter surge from Northwestern University women’s basketball and a standout performance by freshman guard Veronica Burton, the Wildcats fell just short against conference rivals Minnesota with a score of 61-54 on Thursday.
As temperatures outside Welsh-Ryan arena eclipsed 0 degrees at tipoff, Northwestern started the indoor game cold. The team was clearly thrown off by Minnesota’s high pressure defense as the Wildcats turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter alone.
“Turnovers forced us into not getting enough possessions and shots,” said Head Coach Joe McKeown. “Our passes weren’t sharp and crisp and we threw some into places I didn’t know existed in Welsh-Ryan.”
Northwestern Women’s Basketball are in the midst of a bounce-back season. This interactive timeline outlines the team’s highs and lows thus far while also looking forward to an exciting second-half of the season.
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Photo at top: Northwestern Women’s Basketball Team embraces before a crucial game. (@nuwbb/Twitter)
Senior center Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah once again dominated with an all-encompassing performance Sunday, as her 21 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks led Northwestern Women’s Basketball to a 72-46 victory over conference rivals Wisconsin.
However, Wisconsin was able to limit Pallas’s scoring in the first half thanks to 6-foot senior Marsha Howard and 6-foot-2 freshman Imani Lewis, two players whose strategy is to use their size to their advantage by out-rebounding their opponents.
Wisconsin’s dynamic duo limited Pallas to six points in the first half. Realizing that she needed a new game plan, the 6-foot-2 senior came out of the locker room for the second half with increased intensity.
“I started spreading the floor harder. When I create that open space, it’s easier for my teammates to find me,” Pallas said. Continue reading →