As a sports reporter for my college newspaper, The Ramapo News, I won first place in sports writing from the 2022 New Jersey Press Foundation College News Competition for my article, “Not all injuries are visible: Mental health and college athletes.” This article focused on the silent struggles of student-athlete mental health, and was important since the college athletics community was, and still is, facing a silent epidemic after five NCAA female athletes died by suicide last spring. My other article that placed first was "Women's basketball team falls late in hard-fought battle against Kean." In 2023, I was awarded second place in the New Jersey Press Foundation College News Competition for my follow-up article, "Mental health still an issue for college athletes" and my article on men's college basketball, "Kansas comes out on top after historic championship game."
In addition, I was awarded the North Jersey Media Group Scholarship for the 22/23 academic year. As well as being a presenter at the 2023 New Jersey Communication Conference and Ramapo College's Scholar Day, speaking about my paper that focuses on improving college athlete's mental health where my paper won best in conference.
I also gained experience as a sports reporter while interning at The Coast Star Newspaper in Manasquan, New Jersey. I covered summer basketball games, a start-up youth saltwater fishing club and researched the rise in the use of electric bikes. My classes at Ramapo, including sports copy editing, digital sports production, and advanced sports reporting, also trained me to write and produce sports packages for print, broadcast and digital news outlets.
Duke Men's Basketball "Coach K" Mike Krzyzewski is a Naismith Hall of Fame coach, a five-time national champion at Duke, and a six-time gold medalist as head Coach of the US Men's National Team. Look back at his career as he heads into his final season.
Connecticut (UConn) quickly rose to prominence after Coach Geno Auriemma was hired in August 1985. Since then, he has led UConn to 11 NCAA Division 1 national championships, the most in women's college basketball history. He has also won eight national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards.
The Hurley family is basketball royalty, with two generations of excellence spanning high school, college and NBA basketball. Bob Hurley coached both his sons through successful careers at St.Anthony's High School and as a Hall of Fame coach.
The crowd went wild Sept. 28 as New York Yankee Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run this season, breaking a six-decade American League record held by fellow Yankee player Roger Maris. Judge made history as he broke Maris' 61 home run record in 1961.
There is a new era of college basketball approaching as Hall of Fame coaches are retiring one by one and a new generation of coaches are taking over. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is taking the biggest hit after already saying goodbye to four coaches in the past two years.
My senior capstone project, called The College Athlete Chronicles. The purpose of this collection of articles is to share, highlight and bring awareness to things happening in college athletics that goes beyond just the big games, key plays and feel good moments. The College Athlete Chronicles focuses on going another level deeper than the surface level. I wanted to use this platform to combine powerful topics about sports and politics, sports and identity, sports and race, and more. I used...
Take a look back in sports history to hear some of fans favorite sport memories throughout the years.
One of the biggest moments of March Madness was New Jersey’s very own, Saint Peter’s, a small university located in Jersey City. The Peacocks stunned No. 2 seed Kentucky in the first round of the tournament, and one of the greatest upset in the tourney’s history. They proved not to be just a one hit wonder as they turned around and won again against No. 7 seed Murray State. With this Cinderella run, Saint Peter’s became the third No.15 seed to ever reach the Sweet 16. They are also the...
Mental Health in Athletics
On the checklist of everything a college athlete must succeed at, mental health is usually not included. Instead, mental health is becoming the quiet crisis in college sports.
Six deaths in a year is too much. One death is even too much. These young student athletes play in college to continue playing the sport they loved as a child, not to face mental battles that make them question if their life is worth living.
My proposed campaign is to raise awareness for student athlete mental health at Ramapo College. It will be called More Than Sports, because every college athlete is more than what their sport defines them as on the field. The main message of my campaign would be to try and eliminate the stigma surrounding the conversation that surrounds mental health and make it a more open conversation. It is a quiet crisis among college athletes, as most of the time, players will stay quiet about their...
Katie Meyer was a team captain who led the Stanford Cardinal Women's Soccer team to the 2019 national championship after making two saves in a penalty shootout against North Carolina to secure the team's third title. Three years later, on March 1, 2022, Meyer was found dead in her dorm room by suicide.
College & Professional Sport Stories
The NCAA Men’s Final Four usually delivers fantastic games, which then lead to an exciting National Championship game, and this time was no different. This year, the Final Four was not just a showdown of good teams and players, but also coaches. There was a combined total of 22 Final Four appearances amongst the coaches from each team. Collin Gillespie, a fifth-year senior and winner of the Bob Cousy Award for best point guard of the year, tried his best to lead Villanova to victory. But...
Here’s the thing, there was going to be panic when Mike Krzyzewski, Duke's head coach since 1980, announced his retirement, and then again when he coached his final Blue Devils game. In fact, if the cost of a ticket to attend his last definite home game was not over $5,000, there is no question that I would have taken a flight to Durham to witness the historic game in person.
After how this past week went, there is zero reason to suggest why there will not be more crazy moments to come out of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. All that is guaranteed is the start to the madness will resume on Thursday, March 23 with the first match-up between No. 3 seed Kansas State and No. 7 seed Michigan State at 6:30 p.m.
While Saint Peter’s joined the list of schools who have etched themselves into March Madness folklore last year, both FDU and Princeton have followed in their footsteps this year. The schools may be different sizes, have different campus styles and be known for different things, but the one thing they all have in common is being bracket busters from New Jersey.
The thrilling games of March Madness in the men’s college basketball tournament have yet to slow down. The Sweet 16 round was played on Thursday March 24 and Friday March 25, and the Elite Eight took place over the weekend on March 26 and 27. It has set the stage for the final four teams that remain, which include Duke, UNC, Villanova and Kansas.
The 2022 NCAA College Basketball Tournament is named March Madness for a reason, and it has certainly lived up to the hype so far. The first round of 64 and the second round of 32 games in the men’s field have all been completed this past weekend. The games were full of bracket-busting upsets, leaving zero correct brackets, having classic Cinderella runs and providing some heartwarming and heartbreaking storylines. One of the biggest moments of the tournament so far happened in New...
It has set the stage for the final four teams that remain, which are Florida Atlantic University (FAU), University of Connecticut (UConn), San Diego State and Miami University. Who would have predicted that? No matter who wins, one way or another, history will be made.
Suzanne Zaugg placed third overall in the 1,500m race with a time of 4:54.10, which is fifth-best in program history. Zoey Cassavell placed ninth overall. Zaugg and Cassavell finished fifth and eighth in the 800m race. In the 400m hurdles, Barbara Exilus earned a fifth-place finish.
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s head coach since 1980, coached his final Blue Devils game at home on Saturday evening, March 5, against North Carolina. No school athletic program has sustained as much success under one coach as Duke under Coach K.
The 2021-22 NBA regular season ended on Sunday, April 10. This final day had quite an impact on the NBA Play-in Tournament and playoffs that are starting to take place. An interesting twist to the tournament is that two teams that were favorites to win it all — the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets — did not have the expected seasons they were supposed to. While the Lakers did not even make the playoffs, the Nets will have to survive numerous challenging teams — and a play-in game — to...
All of these accomplishments will be forgotten about in light of the postgame punch Howard threw on Sunday, Feb. 20. After what seemed to be a normal ending to a game, it quickly switched gears and turned into an unexpected physical conflict. The University of Michigan lost to Wisconsin 77-63. As the teams lined up to shake hands, Wisconsin’s head coach Greg Gard attempted to grab Howard’s arm to talk to him about why he called a timeout with seconds left in the game even though his team...
When the Los Angeles Lakers first started the 2021-22 season, they were one of the favorites to win the Western Conference and possibly the NBA Finals. Now, the Lakers are struggling to make the playoffs. They stand in ninth place with a record of 28-36. The team just obtained their first win since the All-Star Break — which took place on Feb. 20 — this past Saturday night, March 5.
The rumors had been swirling about Tom Brady's retirement On Jan. 23, 2022, the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and Los Angeles Rams took the field to play in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs. The game seemed to be slipping away from the Bucs, but as usual, Tom Brady, the Bucs quarterback, refused to go down without a fight.
Rick Pitino. You hear the name and it can go one of two ways. You can picture one of the best coaches in NCAA history who has won 770 games and two national championships and made seven Final Four appearances or you can picture a man who survived numerous coaching scandals before finally facing his fate.
While the main focus this Sunday, February 7th, was on the Super Bowl, some of the spotlight was also on the food that people were making in preparation for the big game.
More Than Sports
On Friday, Netflix dropped a 90-minute documentary called “The Redeem Team.” The story focuses on the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team that won gold in Beijing, but also on the moments of love, pain and heartbreak that occurred along the journey Team USA took to reclaim the basketball court at the international level.
Over the past few years the NFL has taken steps to improve its record on social justice issues. However, the league still comes up short when it comes to placing African Americans in leadership positions on its 32 teams. Brian Flores and David Culley, two of the three African American head coaches in the NFL, were both recently fired after their team’s seasons came to an end. Culley was the head coach of the Houston Texans, while Flores was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Currently,...
Most times sports are viewed as something that can build a person up, but more than you think they can also lead to body image issues and eating disorders when the pressures are put on by coaches, teammates, or even the athlete themselves.
During this time last year, major gaps between the men’s and women’s NCAA college basketball tournaments were being exposed. It all started with Sedona Prince, a member of the University of Oregon’s women's basketball team, posting a TikTok of the weight room the women's teams were provided. The men’s weight room was stocked like it was an actual gym, whereas the women were provided with a singular triangle stacked weight rack.
In today’s world athletics in the NCAA draw in approximately one billion dollars every year for the organization. Staggering amounts of money go to the coaches and administrators, making the NCAA very profitable. However, the NCAA has barred the great athletes, who make the organization work, from making any money. In recent years the debate has come to the surface once again. Should college athletes be paid?
Remember in February when it was released that the then 31-year-old, two-time Olympic gold medal winner and eight-time WNBA All-Star, Brittney Griner, was arrested in Russia for allegedly possessing cannabis oil in her luggage after arriving in Moscow from New York City? Well now, it has been more than eight months since the Phoenix Mercury star attempted to enter Russia and instead wound up facing drug charges that will imprison her for nine years.
For the 2022 Beijing Olympics, the NHL pulled its players from participating in the Winter Olympics due to COVID-related interruptions of the season. When the USA Hockey organization announced the 25 player roster, it consisted of 15 college athletes and the rest of the players being from the European pro leagues and North American minors. This 2022 roster was made up much like it was back in 1980 when the United States won gold. Similar to the “Miracle on Ice,” while the 1980 Russian team...
Apparently, all men are created equal. Not all weight rooms are though. In the latest news, the NCAA did a horrible job making an equal environment for the male and female athletes participating in the March Madness college basketball tournament.
While at some points fitness TikToks, Facebook posts, or Instagram posts can help inspire one to start becoming active, meal prep or find a new workout they like, it also poses an area for serious harm. Fitness related content on social media can affect male and female body image and ideals leading to numerous problems, like dangerous diets, guilt, overexercise and the usage of drugs and supplements.
This past year across the nation we saw the Black Lives Matter movement reach a new peak in raising awareness for injustices that occurred. Sports crossed into this movement as acts of solidarity occurred in the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL and several other leagues to promote equality as they returned to action from a halt that occurred due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
My Experience as a College Athlete
It is almost time to hang up the stick and say a final goodbye to the game of field hockey after 12 years. It felt like just yesterday my mom put a stick in my hands for the first time and signed me up for the fifth-grade team. I was simply a kid who was playing for fun. Now I am 21, and the sport has become a part of my identity. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve spent over half of your life invested in the same sport. There is no doubt that senior year is hard for everyone, no...
My freshman year of college as a student athlete was a blindsiding experience. I felt like I was thrown to the wolves and had to figure it all out for myself. Now, as a senior, there have been quite a few things I have learned over the course of four years. Here are some tips for how to survive your college career as a student athlete.
Several sport programs at Ramapo College practice on stadium field, an on-campus facility that was renovated in 2008. The renovation included an upgrade with an installation of a turf, but the field still lacks having lights, an addition that should have been made with the renovation. Several college athletes seem to feel that lights would prove beneficial when it comes to balancing classes, clinicals, internships, and other things, all with their sport. Most classes are scheduled in the...
Ramapo Athletics Game Stories
It was a tough loss for the Ramapo College women’s basketball team on Monday night as they fell to Kean University for the second time this season. It was a battle until the end, but Kean was able to hold the lead and take home the road win, defeating Ramapo 66-58. Ramapo started the game off strong and took the lead first. They were able to firmly maintain this lead up until the last two minutes of action in the first quarter. It was at this point Kean was able to make a 9-0 run, led by...
With both wins, Traore became a five-time NCAA All-American. He won the 200m race with a National Division III Record and NCAA Championship Meet record time of 20.72 seconds. In the 400m race, he posted a time of 46.85 seconds, which is second all-time in NCAA Division III. Both times break his own program records.
This past weekend, the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams competed at two meets. The Roadrunners were split up as some traveled to Moravian College for the Greyhound Invitational while others went to compete at Princeton University in the Larry Ellis Invitational. At the Greyhound Invitational, the women had a notable performance. Gbarper Dwah finished first overall and now holds a new school record in the 100-meter dash at 12.13 seconds. Dwah’s time tied her for the 14th...
The Ramapo men’s basketball team faced two tough losses this week as the Kean University men’s basketball team defeated Ramapo in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action, 80-56 on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and the Stockton University men’s basketball team defeated Ramapo in another NJAC match-up Saturday, Dec. 3, 76-72. The Roadrunners now stand at 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
With seconds remaining in overtime, Karly Wittenbauer grabbed an offensive rebound for Ramapo and immediately put the shot back up as it swished in. Peter Gorman led Ramapo with a career high of 34 points while dishing out seven assists. Jordan Myers posted 15 points and collected five rebounds while Shane Rooney pulled down nine rebounds.
Although the NBA Draft is not taking place until Thursday, June 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y., college basketball players are already declaring whether they are staying, going or testing out the NBA draft waters before deciding. The process moves quickly as April 23 represents the deadline for athletes to apply and June 1 serves as the last day to withdraw from the draft and uphold their college eligibility. The NBA Draft Combine will be held from May 15-21 in Chicago.
With less than eight minutes left to play in the second quarter, a layup from Jada Thompson pushed Ramapo’s lead to eight, 20-12. Rutgers-Camden came back to tie the game at 20 with an 8-0 run before a pair of free throws from Karly Wittenbauer gave Ramapo back the lead. Ramapo wrapped up the second on a 8-1 run to take a seven-point lead into halftime, 28-21.
The Ramapo College women’s basketball team improved to a 4-0 overall record in non-conference action with a 61-47 win over York College on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and a 77-51 win over Centenary University on Saturday, Nov. 19 at home.
The Ramapo College women’s basketball team returned to the court Wednesday evening at home in a game against Saint Elizabeth University at 5:30 p.m. They opened their season with a big win, defeating the Eagles, 73-52.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter the Golden Wolves pushed the score. They earned 24 points to pull away from the Roadrunners for the 17-point victory.
After a neck-and-neck first and second quarter where the game was tied at 28 at halftime, Ramapo found themselves down six early in the third before calling a timeout. Out of the timeout, Jackie Ventricelli and Jada Thompson scored back-to-back baskets for the Roadrunners to shrink the Rowan lead to just two.
Not long after the Ramapo College men’s basketball team had earned the No. 9 seed for the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Basketball Tournament, the players took their new ranking to play against the No. 8 seed, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The game was set for Saturday, Feb. 19. The last time the teams played one another, Ramapo defeated TCNJ by a 10-point margin during the regular season. However, this would not be the case on Saturday, as Ramapo fell to TCNJ, 81-74, after...
The Ramapo College women’s basketball team headed into the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Basketball Tournament ranked as the fifth seed. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Roadrunners traveled to take on No. 4 seed William Paterson University. During the regular season match-ups, Ramapo had lost both times, one game by two points, and the other by three. The Roadrunners went into this game with hopes of finally pulling the victory, but were unable to do so. Ramapo lost, 63-57, ending their...
The Ramapo College women’s basketball team improved to an undefeated 7-0 overall record in non-conference action with a 72-68 win over Kean University on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and a 68-65 overtime win over Stockton University on Saturday afternoon.
The Ramapo College men’s soccer team had a good week, collecting a win and a tie over the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) competition. On Wednesday, the Roadrunners posted a 3-2 win over rival Kean University at home. It moved Ramapo to 2-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the NJAC, while the Cougars fell to 5-6-3 overall and 1-2-2 in the conference.
The Ramapo College women’s basketball team showed no signs of slowing down on Friday night after they earned their second win of the season over Old Westbury College, 76-29. The Roadrunners move to 2-0 overall while the Panthers fall to 0-1 overall.
This is the second straight season Traore has been honored with this major award during the indoor season. He defended his titles from a year ago in the 60m and 200m events and posted a NJAC Championship Meet Record time of 21.35 seconds in the 200m dash.
For the men, Cheickna Traore defended his 60-meter and 200-meter indoor titles. He won his second NJAC Indoor 60-meter title when he clocked in at 6.81 seconds, just one one-hundredths of a second off his own NJAC Championship record time. Traore defended his 200-meter dash crown with a meet record time of 21.35 seconds.
On Saturday afternoon, the Ramapo men’s basketball team fell to Rowan University, 97-66 at home. The Profs improved to 17-3 overall and remained undefeated (13-0) in the conference while the Roadrunners moved to 8-12 overall and 4-9 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).
At this point in the season, Rowan seems to be the Roadrunners’ kryptonite. They are the only in-conference team Ramapo has lost to twice. In their first match-up, Rowan defeated Ramapo to snap an eight-game win streak for the Roadrunners.
It was a tough loss for the Ramapo College men’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Farmingdale State College on the road in their first game of the season. It was a battle until the end, but the Rams were able to hold the lead in an overtime win, defeating the Roadrunners 74-68.
On Tuesday, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Men’s Soccer Semifinal between No. 2 Ramapo College and No. 3 Rowan University played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw. The game was sent into penalty kicks and the Profs came out on top, 3-1, and advanced to the NJAC Championship game on Friday, Nov 4.
The Ramapo College women’s soccer team won 4-0 on the road this past Saturday against Neumann University. The first goal for Ramapo was unassisted and scored by Shayna Kenduck in the 23rd minute of the play. The Roadrunners scored another goal in the first half by Emma Piskaldo, which was assisted by Sam Ingannamorte. The goals scored by Kenduck and Piskaldo were both their first goals of the season.
The Ramapo College men’s soccer team won 1-0 on the road this past Saturday against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). With this win, the Roadrunners earned their first victory of the season and are 1-0 in conference play. Gavin Mullin, who scored the game-winning goal, shared, “The biggest thing we are taking away from this game against TCNJ is the feeling of winning. After having a slow start to the season, getting the first win is something we desperately needed.”
On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Ramapo College women’s soccer team took home their first conference win of the season against New Jersey City University (NJCU). The Ramapo College men’s soccer team played to a 2-2 draw against NJCU at home this past Saturday in another NJAC match-up. The women’s team improved to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference with this win, and the men stand at 1-6-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference with their tie.
On Saturday, the Ramapo College women’s soccer team was defeated 6-0 at home by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Going into this game, TCNJ was ranked No. 16 in both the D3Soccer.com Top 25 and United Soccer Coaches Top 25 polls. TCNJ held a 25-4 shot on goal advantage over Ramapo, including seven corner kicks compared to Ramapo’s one. The Roadrunners’ goalie, Emma Conlan, recorded 19 saves throughout the game.
The Ramapo College men’s soccer team was defeated 5-2 on the road on Saturday by Montclair State University (MSU). The Roadrunners are now 1-2 in conference play and 1-6-1 overall after the loss. MSU scored first and early in the matchup with a goal by Anthony Viola. The Red Hawks scored again, ending the first half with a goal by Ian Chesney on a penalty kick.
On Saturday, the Ramapo College women’s soccer team was defeated 3-1 at home by Montclair State University (MSU). The Roadrunners fell to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in conference with this loss. The Red Hawks remain undefeated with a perfect 10-0 overall record and 3-0 in conference play. In the first four minutes of play, MSU scored with a goal from Emmi DeNovellis. It was DeNovellis’ first goal of the season, as she netted the ball in the top corner of the goal from 30 yards away. Her teammate,...
The Ramapo College men’s basketball team won their first game of the season 68-58 over Sarah Lawrence College in non-conference action Wednesday, Nov. 16.
It was a rough game for the Ramapo College women’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 15, as they fell to Rowan University for the second time this season. The game started off close, but Rowan was able to break away with the game in the end, sending the Roadrunners home with a 70-53 loss. Rowan held a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Additionally, in the second quarter Rowan outscored Ramapo by almost double, scoring 23 points to their 12. At one point both teams were tied at...
The Ramapo College men’s soccer team is picking up speed as the season continues to progress. On Oct. 19, the Roadrunners won 2-1 over Rutgers-Newark on their home turf, and on Saturday, they hosted New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rival Stockton University and won 4-2. The Roadrunners now stand at 4-6-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the NJAC, sitting in second place in the league.
It was a tough loss for the Ramapo College men’s basketball team on Saturday Feb. 5, as they fell to New Jersey City University (NJCU) for the second time this season. It was a back-and-forth game until the end, but NJCU was able to hold the lead for the last minute of the game, taking home the road win, defeating Ramapo, 57-55. Ramapo started the game off strong with Mansfield Warren hitting a three-pointer and then a lay-up, building a 5-0 lead for the Roadrunners. NJCU quickly put a...