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

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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 

 

Jam Session

Come out to the Jam Session, hosted by CAB, in the Wallace Student Center on March 17th, 2016 at 8pm. Xzavier Williams, a returning participant of the Jam Sessions believes, “ the overall talent that comes out is very good and it is a lot of fun to watch the talent. It is also a lot of fun to meet new people and hang out with friends.” Xzavier loves to sing, and perform songs that he has written himself. If you enjoy singing or even just playing an instrument this is a great event to network and socialize with other talented students.

Below: Xzavier Williams performing his songs.

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By: Emily LaBonte

My Cheer Experience

Cheer leading, typically thought of as a girls sport, or not even a sport at all, but not usually associated with males. This stereotype is very untrue. Cheerleading has tons of males involved in it, especially during the competition aspect of it. Cheer involves lifting people in the air, not throwing a 2lb ball. There are extensive workouts because it involves and requires all of your muscles to be used. A little background on myself, I have never cheered a day in my life until my senior year here at CU. I did pageants, modeled, sang, and played soccer and basketball as a young child. In high school I was competitive dancer for all four years. Again, the stereotypes of dance are untrue; it requires for a person to be conditioned and physically active. I came back to Campbell this year wanting to find a way to get active and get back in shape. Cheer I thought was a good option. Little did I know how much physical activity it entailed, I love cheering. Collegiate cheering is much different from high school and competition cheer. From the way we stunt, to the way we tumble, and also to the rules that we have to follow. One thing that differs us from competition cheer is the fact that we only get one chance to prove ourselves in the cheer world. One competition to show off all of our skills that we have worked so diligently on during the year. From my perspective I look at the football and basketball games as simple practices and ways to keep ourselves involved. Cheer is honestly based off of muscle memory, hitting the same stunt 40 times in a row, and then doing it after a month without practice and hitting it comes from muscle memory. If we are being completely honest here, my favorite part of cheering is the chants and showing spirit at the games, it’s the stunting and building relationships with people that I otherwise would not even speak to if it wasn’t for cheer. The feeling of putting on that uniform on game day is so different. Even if some may argue that statement, putting on that uniform knowing you’re a representation of your university, makes you want to go out and hit all of your stunts, and land all of your tumbling. Cheering for me isn’t just about the scholarship, or working out, or even putting the hard work in, it is honestly all about the friendships, and  being a part of something bigger. Walking around campus and people recognizing me because I stand on the field or on the court with a uniform boosts my self-esteem. Cheering during a game is so much fun because you are the one who starts the chanting, you are the one who tries to get the crowd pumped for the game. Win or lose a game, WE ARE CU! GO CAMELS!

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Written By: Austin Ivory Phelps

Q&A With Campbell Faces

Isaiah Page is a senior mass communication student from Ontario, Canada who plays on the men’s soccer team.

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Q: What is your favorite color?

Blue

Q: If you could be anyone for a day who would it be?

Drake

Q: What made you want to be on the Campbell men’s soccer team?

I grew up playing soccer and I got an oppertunity to come play in the states and I decided to take it.

Q: What is different about being in the US than Canada?

Smarties are different. The things you guys think Smarties are, are not Smarties.  There’s lots of differences.  It’s just a different culture here.

Q: Which do you like better, US or Canada?

Canada

Q: What’s your shoe size?

11

Senior night for men’s soccer is on Wednesday November 4th so come out to support senior soccer players like Isaiah.

Interview By: Hannah Gooding

On the Road Again…

Justin Josey shares his experience as a commuting student. Josey explains the advantages as well as the disadvantages of living at home.


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When I first started college two years ago, I had not planned on becoming a commuter. I was looking forward to living the standard life of a college student. I could not wait to move out, live on my own in a small dorm room with another person, and eating at the Marshbank. That all changed, when I discovered I would be flipping the bill for my entire college career, so in order to save a brand new car in room and board fees I decided to keep living from home.

Those first couple of weeks were hard for me, as I felt isolated from the events going on around campus. I felt like I was missing out on what would make the college experience. It did not make it any easier seeing all my friends post pictures of things like, “OMG, so much fun, #lovemyroomate” or any picture with happy smiling faces with some upbeat caption. There was so much of the happiness and loving living on campus it made me sick, I hated feeling as if I was missing almost everything that seemed to be going on.

Fast-forward two years, and I am a happy commuter. It takes time, but becoming involved on campus was what made me feel like I belonged to this university. Even though I do have an hour commute both ways daily, I have learned to enjoy the trek. It took some practice, but now I have my schedule set up, so I spend the most amount of time on campus, to minimize wait time between classes and school events.

However, commuting does have a downside, as I do not have a place to go during the day. There are times when my friends are in class, homework has been finished, and I just do not feel like turning on Netflix or YouTube. For me I either will get in to a little trouble or start crashing in the library to take a nap, as there is no place for commuters to go if they want to relax between classes on campus.

Then there is the threat of snow in the winter. Spring semester so far has been the worst for snow days. Those days, I am glued to my phone checking either emails or weather reports making sure I have enough time to beat the storms. After all, I am from around here, so my driving skills in the snow are so advanced, that I might as well be the driver of the burning car in last year’s snow.

Each year I have averaged about 15,000 miles on my car. I can probably navigate my commute down 401 blindfolded. I have saved so far an easy $16,000 in cost, and I am still getting the college experience -without having to deal with the spotty wifi and stomach the food daily at marshbanks.