D1 Athlete or Coach: Do you have what it takes?

Many kids grow up with the desire to play sports at the Division 1 level, which is the highest level of collegiate sports. Although, this may be a dream for many, it will only become a reality for few. Yes, talent does play a huge factor in getting to this level; however, there are other small components that separate D-1 athletes and Coaches from other collegiate divisions. We were able to sit down with Campbell University Assistant Coach and former Campbell Camel Mike Delucia, and talk about what it takes to be an athlete and a coach at the D1 level.

Written and Interview By: Erick Gaylord

Overcoming Failure: Baseball vs. Life

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Baseball is a game of failure. It will also teach you many valuable lessons about life. Imagine failing at 70% of everything you do. How would you deal with it? Welcome to the life of a baseball player. In baseball, getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats is considered successful. In fact, so successful, numerous Major League Baseball players have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame at the end of their career for getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats (failing 70% of the time). However, baseball is not the only place failure is experienced. In life, there are many challenges, obstacles, and failures that we must overcome as well. There are many ways to deal with challenges and overcoming failure. No matter how you go about dealing with these challenges, there is one key component you must have, or develop to overcome these obstacles: Mental Toughness. Not only is mental toughness important in baseball; we need to be mentally tough in life too.

Checkout the interview below with Kyle Prats as we talk about overcoming failure in baseball and life through mental toughness:

Interview and written By: Erick Gaylord

ANDREW WITCZAK: ROAD 2 RECOVERY

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On Saturday, April 18, 2015, in a conference game against Charleston Southern, Andrew Witczak gets the start on the mound for the Camels. He cruises through the first inning and goes back out for the second. With no runners on and one out, the second batter of the inning steps in the box. Andrew works the batter to a 1-1 count; steps back on the rubber to get the sign from the catcher for the next pitch. The catcher calls a fastball; Witczak nods his head up and down to confirm the sign. He starts his wind up towards home plate, as he throws the pitch, he felt something completely unorthodox happen in his arm as the balled flopped out of his hand and bounced on the ground. That was it! Little did he know, he would be out for the rest of the season with one of pitchers most feared injuries, Tommy John. Over the next eleven to twelve and a half months, Andrew would be on his “Road 2 Recovery.”

 

By: Erick Gaylord 

 

While You Were Gone… March 13-15

This weekend was filled with great events mostly revolving around food and who doesn’t love that?!  Friday night started off with a showing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.  While the majority of students probably already saw this blockbuster film, this was a great opportunity to see it again.  Just like Catching Fire, this movie had a cliffhanger that makes us all want to watch the next one as soon as we can.

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Early Saturday morning, the Math and ITS department put on a Pi-K.  Students and faculty ran for the opportunity to celebrate Pi- day in a race to get eat pie.  While Pi Day celebrations are held every year, this year it was special because not only was it 3.14, but it was 3.14.15, the first 5 digits of pi.  To make the race even more interesting, they celebrated at 9:26.53 a.m. which are the next digits in Pi.  This year was the ultimate celebration in Pi Day history and the Pi-K was a great way to celebrate.

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While students still came out to the Pi-K in the rain, CAB wasn’t too sure about having Medieval Festival in the rain and they post-poned till Sunday at 3 p.m. in Academic Circle.  Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day and it was great that they post-poned because it truly felt like Spring had come.  Medieval Festival was complete with food such as corn dogs, turkey legs, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, soft pretzels, and root beer.  Goblets were provided for students to sip and they were heard saying that this event had the best food of all events so far this year.  The activities were great fun as well.  From taking pictures in a stockade to jousting with friends and foes, a great time was had on Sunday afternoon.

In sports this weekend, The baseball team had three wins at home while the girls lacrosse team lost.

This week is Spring Fling and there are some great events happening.

Monday: The Rock-n-Roll Ball/Bubble Ball will take place at 6 at the Football Field.  This event is where you can wear an inflatable ball and play soccer.  Running into people and knocking them over is allowed!

Tuesday: Baseball at 6 p.m. A coupon for a free Taco Bell taco will be given out.  At 7 p.m. in the Rumley Center, you can get a Spring Fling T-shirt and tie-dye it.  Sundaes will be provided.

Wednesday: Men’s Tennis match at 2 p.m.  A State Fair Festival is at 6 p.m. in Saylor Park.  There will be games, a pig pickin’ and a bonfire.

Thursday: A Relay for Life Team Captain Meeting will be held in the Trustee Room at 5 p.m.  At 8 p.m. is the Preferred Parking Comedy Show in Turner Auditorium.  Come, enjoy a few laughs, and get Connections 200 credit.

Friday: A Double feature of both Captain America movies starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Men’s Tennis match at 10 a.m. Spring Formal in Garner at 8 p.m.

Written By: Hannah Gooding

Throwback Thursday

100 Years Ago…

The year is 1914, and the world of baseball is in the spotlight. Baseball stadium Weegham Park, later to be known as Wrigley Field, opens in Chicago, and Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Red Sox. Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States makes Mother’s Day as an official holiday in this year. WWI is raging in Europe; however, America declares neutrality.

In the Creek, the baseball team is a proud facet of the school, and students are thrilled for their season. The baseball team can be seen in the below picture. In the 1914 Pine Burr yearboook, they said, “A few years ago the most conspicuous figure in high-school and college life was the best debator, now the best athlete claims equal consideration….a recognition of a strong body in which to build a strong mind” is essential. There were policies in place that prevented the athletes to compete in games that interfered with their “recitations”, putting an emphasis on education, but recognizing the merits of physical activity.

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Written by Marisa Linton

Photo: 1914 Pine Burr, pg 58