It’s no secret that the women’s tennis team is made up of mostly freshman – 12 to be exact. Out of 14 total players on the team. That means over 85 percent of the team is experiencing playing at the college level for the first time. What keeps them motivated during a season that might not be going their way? Knowing they’re in it together.
The situation was a coach’s nightmare. The reaction from the squad was everything a coach could dream of. When circumstances left the Chapman women’s lacrosse team without a goalie, sophomore Haley Reinhard willingly stepped between the pipes.
Whether it be the mood boosting bunny ears worn in the dugout, or just true grit that propels them, the Chapman University softball team has the ability to rally. The Panthers had back-to-back walk off victories, a 7-6 walk off to split the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps doubleheader on Feb. 24 and a 10-9 first game walk off in their Feb. 25 sweep over Occidental.
Ever heard of March Madness? Well this is Frantic February. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are gearing up for SCIAC Postseason Tournament action as we head into the final few days of the shortest (but what feels like the longest) month of the year.
As we enter February it is time to spring into the second edition of Captain’s Corner, student-athletes are already well into preparation for the upcoming months on the track, on the court, and on the field.
1,000 points. Something only a few basketball players will ever achieve during their four years playing college basketball. Chapman women’s basketball senior Jaime Hum-Nishikado has joined the elite group of eight women who have accomplished this feat since the Panthers joined the ranks of the NCAA Division III in 1994.
January hasn’t quite come to an end but the Chapman student-athletes in spring sports are already hard at work. Every spring sport is already out on the field, on the court, in the pool or on the golf course in preparation of the new season. With a couple handfuls of spring sports, we’ll split it into two Captain’s Corners as we roll into the spring season.
“I was told I should try diving because the high school team needed more people, I was like ok, why not?” These are the famous words that kick started the prosperous career of Chapman diving sensation, Kellyn Toole.
From rivals to teammates. Chapman men’s basketball juniors Josh Mendoza and Sean Comer haven’t always been on the same side of the court. Go back a few years and you’ll see that they were rivals in their high school days.
Over the break, we witnessed Lucy Criswell's role evolve into something new. It's only fitting that we begin a new year of Panthers Unleashed with a profile on how her role has changed from her freshman year to now.
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.