Eleven games in and the records of Chapman’s basketball teams remain flawless. The women’s team moved to 5-0 with a rout of Pomona-Pitzer last night and the men’s team is now 6-0 after a win over the Sagehens on the road.
As it starts to cool down and we go from an 80-degree fall to a 70-degree winter, Chapman winter sports are just beginning to heat up. With exciting new and returning talent on both the basketball and swim and dive teams we have some promising seasons ahead of us. Although we are not planning on a lot of rain here in Southern California, we are planning on reigning in some championship titles come spring time.
As the Chapman cross country team prepares for the SCIAC Championship this Saturday in Chino, take a moment to acknowledge the youthful majority that has helped propel the team through the 2017 season. With only four juniors, five sophomores and no seniors; the nine freshmen have had to quickly step up, and they have done nothing but succeed.
Imagine walking into Allred Pool for a water polo game this spring and hearing, “In goal, a five-nine junior from Huntington Beach. Number 1A…Miss Huntington Beach!” She probably won’t be introduced that way at the pool but junior Alyssa Welfringer will be hearing some form of that introduction a lot for the next year.
Life in the cage – what is it really like? Goalkeepers have such a different perspective on the game, how different are their mindsets and their jobs than the rest of the players on the team? Junior Maeve O’Connor, women’s soccer goalkeeper, senior Sean Augustine, men’s soccer goalkeeper, and sophomore Wesley Hertel, men’s water polo goalkeeper, provided some insight into their lives in the cage.
As you enter the Lastinger Athletics Complex and stroll past the weight room you will see a hall of offices, leading the hall is the football office. This is a place where you can always catch ESPN on, find an abundance of snacks including my personal favorite jar of peanut butter pretzels, and have a nice chat with the one and only Head Coach, Bob Owens.
Signing day. One of the most special and memorable days for a student-athlete. I can remember mine like it was yesterday. My family, friends and classmates gathered in my high school gym as I signed my letter of intent to be a college athlete.
Playing with a purpose. Every point matters. A chip on our shoulder. These may be cliché but the sayings have never held truer for the Chapman University women’s volleyball team, especially its seniors.
Never would I walk up to a 5-11, 280 pound defensive lineman and ask him to drop into the splits, at least that’s what I thought until I found out about Austin Pyka. A well-rounded student, a walking sports almanac, a rice enthusiast, this Chapman University senior from Anaheim Hills is far from ordinary.
Introducing our new weekly series, Panthers Unleashed. Every week, we'll bring you a new story from Chapman student-athletes and teams. A Q&A with the fall captains kicks off the series as they all prepare to head back to class and take the field.