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The Sputnik // Wednesday September 28
Kyle Denton // firstname.lastname@example.org
Gryphons spoil Brantford’s homecoming
Kyle W Brown Editor-in-Chief A packed Arnold Anderson Stadium wasn’t enough to propel the Laurier Golden Hawks baseball team over Guelph this past weekend as the Gryphons stole both games in a doubleheader. A part of Laurier Brantford’s annual Homecoming festivities, hundreds of fans dressed in Laurier purple and gold to take in the contest. Father of Brantford, Walter Gretzky, was present and threw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Laurier president Max Blouw addressed the crowd. The first game got off to a rocky start, as shaky pitching by Jordan Petruska led Guelph to a big lead in the third. Already up a run, the Gryphons loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third. The Gryphons picked up a second run as Petruska hit Anthony Interisano, and then Josh Kennedy hit an infield single to move the lead to 3-0. The Gryphons went on to score two more in the winning, and mount a large early lead. Laurier started to answer in the bottom half of the inning, as back-to-back walks loaded the bases with one out. Darnell Ducket followed that up with a two-RBI double, and the Hawks looked to be in a good spot. On the double, however, Ducket rounded second and went to third, not realizing that Jonathan Brouse had held at third. Guelph was able to tag both runners amid the confusion at third, and the threat ended for Laurier. Down 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh, and final, inning, Laurier put two men in scoring position with just one out. A balk brought one man home, and a sacrifice fly to centerfield brought the Golden Hawks to within three. Guelph clamped down then, however, and finished with an 8-5 win. Following a break between games which included a homerun derby for Laurier Brantford students and staff, the two teams got back to action. It was a pitcher’s battle through and through, with Laurier taking the lead early off a RBI by Ducket which plated Tino Silvestri. Guelph answered back the following inning, however, and the two teams remained deadlocked. Guelph’s Kennedy broke the tie in the top of the seventh with a solo homerun over the high leftfield wall, and Laurier was held in check in the bottom, to give Guelph their second win on the day. Following the game, Greg Stewart, Laurier Brantford’s Director of Athletics, Greg Stewart said he was happy with the fan base. “It’s hard to gauge an exact number, but the stands looked full, and the beer tent looked full, so I’m happy with the turnout,” Stewart said. When asked about the possibility of baseball becoming the new face of Laurier Brantford’s homecoming, Stewart said that anything is possible. “We don’t have a defined homecoming plan, so each year could be something different,” Stewart said. “There are some baseball fans here, but I think next year we might go back to hockey, as the arena’s a bit closer to campus and we’ve seen success with it.” Meanwhile, Golden Hawks manager Scott Ballantyne thanked the Brantford crowd. “We’d like to thank the students and staff of the Laurier Brantford campus for hosting such a great event on Saturday,” Ballantyne told Laurier Athletics. “The crowd was great and made for a fantastic atmosphere. We’re just disappointed that we couldn’t bring home a win for the home crowd.”
Darnell Ducket caught in a rundown at third. (Photo by Cody Hoffman)
Kyle Denton Sports Editor Now that students have eased their way back into another semester at Laurier Brantford, routines and schedules begins to take form over the course of each given week in a student’s life. Whether your schedule includes sleeping in late, study sessions at the library or going out Thursday night, fitness and health can not always take a back seat. With that being said, go ahead and cheat once a week. Maybe have some pizza on Saturday night or McDonald’s breakfast on Friday morning, but counter these often unavoidable decisions with fitness on a regular basis. Although Wilkes House isn’t the most appealing workout centre, there are plenty of options and alternatives to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The cardio section in Wilkes is certainly lacking, with only 3 treadmills and 5 elliptical machines, but if jogging is an interest of yours then there are plenty of great routes around campus. One in particular is the Grand River Trails that start near the skate park between the casino and the Grand River. Also, because the campus is integrated so fluently throughout the town, running through the suburbs makes for an often quiet and pleasant run. However, as with any activity, caution must be taken at night around town, through busy streets and especially by the river. Jogging during the day as well as jogging with a friend not only provides a safe workout but also can be a needed jolt of motivation. If you are interested in jogging but consider yourself a beginner, why not try the Learn to Run club at Laurier Brantford. They start at a beginner’s level and work their way through steps and goals to build a solid foundation throughout the course of the semester. If sports are your way of staying fit, then hopefully you signed up for intramurals. If you didn’t, there are a ton of sports clubs at your disposal including the badminton club, basketball club and powder puff football. However, if you strictly stick to weights then you can always use Wilkes’ weight room. To avoid an overcrowded weight room, avoid going at night. But if Wilkes’ still doesn’t satisfy your needs, there are a plethora of gyms scattered throughout the city all ranging in different price variables. For a student’s budget I would suggest Fit4Less, however if you have the bankroll, the Athletic Club is the best quality. Regardless, your best value is using the Wilkes Recreation Centre, which is included in your student tuition, that is, if you can stand the spatial limitations. The point is that there are plenty of options to help a student stay fit at Laurier Brantford. With different classes and clubs as well as options outside of the school’s control, a student has many weapons to help counter the inflated calories of beer, pizza and everything else appetizing. For more information on all the clubs and activities mentioned, check the Athletics and Recreation on the Student Affairs website. As of the week of September 26th, fitness classes are free at the Wilkes House Athletic and Recreation Centre.
Laurier Brantford students cheer on the Golden Hawks at Homecoming this weekend. (Photo by Cody Hoffman)
A Laurier player slides into third in OUA action as the Golden Hawks fell to Guelph. (Photo by Cody Hoffman)