At a Crossroads

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IU, Purdue, Butler, and Notre Dame compete each year in the Crossroads Classic. [NCAA]
By Andrew Harvey and John Wagoner

Over the years universities in Indiana have been a dominant force for basketball. From Larry Bird playing for Indiana State to Bonzie Colson who plays for Notre Dame. The state of Indiana has produced many current NBA stars such as Mike Conley (Lawrence North), Eric Gordon (North Central), Gordon Hayward (Brownsburg).

Indiana University has a very famous history and an up and coming program. The 2016-17 season has proven to be a challenge for the Hoosiers. The defending Big Ten season champions have started the season off on a rocky road. The struggling Hoosiers are now 5-6 in the Big Ten and are 15-9 overall. Unfortunately, key injuries have plagued IU as of late.

Purdue University also has an impressive history and a successful basketball program. The Boilermakers, currently 3rd in the Big Ten and ranked 16th nationally, have started the 2016-17 season off well. The talented boilermakers are 8-3 in the Big Ten and are 19-5 overall. Players to watch the remainder of the year include the impressive Caleb Swanigan and the role that Isaac Haas has to fill on the deep post.

The University of Notre Dame has had the most successful season in its program history. This season, Notre Dame is 17-7. They have had great performances all season with wins that include Colorado, Iowa, and 9th ranked Louisville. Their leading scorer is Bonzie Colson, a junior guard from Massachusetts. He is averaging 15.5 points as well as 10.7 rebounds. His versatility along with contributions from Steve Vasturia, Matt Farrell, and V.J. Beachum leads to a very successful and high scoring offense.

Butler University has had a dominant season as well. They are 18-5 with a major win over the number 1 team in the nation, Villanova. Kelan Martin, a 6-7 junior guard leads the team in points with 16.3. They recently lost to Creighton but have an opportunity to redeem themselves later in the season. Even with not the best record in the Big East, they could easily be in contention for the title.

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Play to Win? More Like Sit to Get Paid

Posted on February 8, 2017

By Max Egenolf and Henry Woodcock

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Leonard Fournette of LSU (left) and Christian McCaffery of Stanford (right) elected not to play in their respective bowl games for fear of injury. [ESPN]
Recently, there has been a lot of controversy over college football players not deciding to play in their bowl games in order to keep their draft stock high. A few elite college players such as Christian Mccaffrey, Leonard Fournette, and Jabril Peppers  decided skip in order to not risk injury and start preparing for the 2017 NFL draft. A few years ago this would be unheard of, but as of a few years ago it is starting to become more and more prominent due to Notre Dame star Jaylon Smith tearing his ACL. Smith was headed to be a top-five draft pick with millions guaranteed. However, Smith got hurt in his last game and his draft stock fell to the 34th spot.

From a player’s standpoint, the option seems practical to go pro and not play in one’s last game in order to improve their draft stock. However, the main question is do the benefits outweigh the side effects. The benefits are possibly making a few extra million dollars if one would not get hurt. The side effects is letting not only your team down, but letting your school down. Having a Heisman type player who is a pivotal part of the team contributing every week, then when you need them the most they are not there for you. It must be disappointing for the school and fan base who has supported these players in giving them a free education and constant support.

The thing that most people do not realize is that in the game of football their is a certain respect everyone has for their teammates and a brotherhood. By doing something like this, it causes distrust and for the teammates to shun the “star player” of the team. Is losing respect, friendship, and love of fans worth a few extra million dollars? Apparently to these players it is and one cannot sit back and blame them for this because 99.9% of people are not in the shoes they are in, but people know how it feels to let down their team and that is not a feeling most people like. Hopefully the decision is something the players will not regret in the future, letting down millions of fans for millions of dollars.  

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Champions League Preview

Posted on September 30, 2016

By Colin Hinkle

aA great day for any soccer fan, The Champions League Draw occurred August 25th in Monaco. The teams for the UEFA Champions League were announced. The Champions League is a tournament featuring the best teams in Europe. Each team that qualifies for the group stage of the competition plays one home and one away game against the other three teams in their group (“Champions”).

There are eight total groups. The top two teams of each group then qualify for the knock-out stage. Each knock-out stage fixture is a two game affair, which each team in the fixture playing one home and one away game against their opponent. The final is the only exception, where it is one game played at a selected stadium by UEFA, or the Union of European Football Associations, which governs this competition.

According to UEFA.com, the groups are as follows:

Obviously perennial powerhouse Barcelona will have a good year, but Premier League underdogs Leicester City have a shout to win their group in my opinion. Hopefully this year’s rendition of the tournament will provide some great, quality soccer.

Winners and Losers

Here is a list of teams that received a favorable drawing and ones that should be looking forward to next year:

  1. Winner: Leicester City. Last year’s English Premier League cinderella story actually now has a good chance of winning their group. While they have lost their star midfielder N’Golo Kante, they have most of their core team still together.
  2. Loser : FC. Barcelona. While they do have the arguably best attacking force in the entire world, they did get drawn into a very tough group. Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach are very tough opponents, and Celtic won’t go out without a fight either.
  3. Winner: Bayern Munich. While they did bow out to Atletico Madrid who also happen to be in this group, Bayern Munich look to be in good shape. PSV Eindhoven are a solid team but are not near the quality of the German Giants

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Rushing Forward with the NFL Season

Posted on September 30, 2016

By Andrew Harvey

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As the NFL season recently started, many NFL fans are very excited to get in good spirits for the start. The season started on September 8, 2016 when the Carolina Panthers took on the defending Super Bowl champion, Denver Broncos. The Broncos were victorious in an exciting season opener.  During the preseason there were some major injuries. Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo injured his back and will be out for 6-10 weeks. Rookie QB, Dak Prescott will take over the position during his absence. Vikings starting QB, Teddy Bridgewater completely tore his ACL, and dislocated his knee. He was ruled out for the season last week. There are also a couple of suspensions. Patriots QB Tom Brady was suspended for four games in his role in the deflategate scandal. Also, Steelers RB Le’veon Bell is suspended four games as well for using performance enhancing drugs.  The Colts made some adjustments and additions during the offseason as well as many other teams.

        The Indianapolis Colts started their season with a home game against the Detroit Lions on September 11 with a loss 39-35. The Colts come into this season with an upgraded offensive line that they got through the draft. Their first round pick (19th overall) was Ryan Kelly, a center from Alabama. They continued to go with offensive lineman with Le’Raven Clark from Texas Tech, followed by Joe Haeg from North Dakota State, and Austin Blythe from Iowa. The front office made it clear that they were trying their hardest to upgrade the offensive line. They also drafted safety T.J Green from Clemson (57th overall) with their second round pick.

It was a crazy offseason for the league with over $1.9 billion spent on free agents. At the beginning of the season, no one knows who will take home the Lombardi trophy, but it is always exciting to guess. With many additions and players lost in free agency, I predict that the Broncos will not win the Super Bowl. I say this because the best quarterback in my opinion, retired after his 18th year in the NFL. My prediction for the AFC South is the Texans will win the division  but lose early in the playoffs. This will be possible if their new quarterback, Brock Osweiler get a handle of the offense and he targets star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins a lot. Finally, the team I predict that will win the Super Bowl is the Carolina Panthers. This could be possible because they were at the Super Bowl last season and they have Kelvin Benjamin back, who had 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns in his rookie year before tearing his ACL last year. Also, I think that Cam Newton will win the MVP again because of his ability to run the ball and pass with precision.

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Passing the Torch

Posted on May 12, 2016

By Tiara Schafer

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Rio de Janeiro plays host to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. [Olympic]
As of April 27 there are exactly 100 days until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Some of the more popular sports that are featured on this international stage are basketball, diving, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis track, volleyball, and wrestling.

Cardinal Ritter students are all so excited! Many of our student athletes will be tuning in to watch their favorite athletes compete on the international stage. This year is especially exciting for the Ritter community, as our very own Sarah Bacon may be competing in the Olympic trials for a spot on the USA Diving team. The games bring with them a lot of attention from people all over the world. As the games get closer, many celebrities and athletes have even taken to social media to add to the hype. American swimmer, Ryan Lochte, tweeted:

We’re only #100DaysOut from the Olympics! Are you ready to cheer on @TeamUSA on @NBCSports in August? #RoadtoRio                                                                                               

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April Showers Bring Raider Crowd(ers)

Posted on May 12, 2016

By Jim Melton

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Taylor Merrill stays alert at third base during Ritter’s game against Central Catholic. The Raiders won 11-5. [Cardinal Ritter]
From Friday night lights to hot natatoriums, Ritter students are always flocking to sporting events. Whether it be for support or just general appreciation of a sport, it is never a surprise to find a Ritter kid cheering on their fellow classmates. Although the more popular fall/winter sports such as football and basketball have ended, there are plenty of spring sports many students and fans can venture out to see.

Recently, I attended a Ritter softball game against Central Catholic High school at Eagledale Little League field. The sun was high in the sky, the smell of soft pretzels was in the air, and I saw about six dogs which is pretty lucky. Watching Taylor Faulkenberg slap the side of her leg whenever she pitched, as well as observing Delaney Mckee catching fly balls was amazing and mesmerizing. It should be noted to readers that I run out of breath even while climbing the stairs, while these softball girls are playing their games under scorching pressure and temperatures. These girls easily won their game against Central Catholic 11-4, and I was proud and excited to be watching them work hard while sitting and eating two pretzels. If you are interested in that sort of thing, then I highly recommend a trip out to the field.

Obviously, softball is one of the many spring sports you can venture out to witness for yourself. Girl’s tennis is in full swing, and player Stephania Rodriguez states that, “There is more to tennis than people think, and all the Raiders should come out to see the hard work and determination that these girls have.” Rodriguez explains that matches can last up to three hours, and this fact alone shows how intense the game can be. She requests that students come and support this sport. Other spring sports that you (yes you!) as a student can be fanatic about is boy’s volleyball, baseball, girl’s track and field, and possibly ping pong (is that still a thing?).

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Drafted

Posted on May 12, 2016

By Sidney Nash

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Chicago played host to to the NFL Draft this year. [USA Today]
The 2016 NFL draft arrived in Chicago in full fanfare for an event never before hosted in the Windy City. The draft itself includes 253 picks spread across three nights, and this year’s talent appeared to be above-average. The two quarterbacks at the top of the list, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz (from California and North Dakota State, respectively), were projected early first rounders and were drafted as predicted. Jared Goff is the former quarterback of California and Carson Wentz a quarterback from North Dakota State.

Along with the quarterbacks, the 2016 class was strengthened by the talents of  two elite left tackles, Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley. Tunsil, however, was not without controversy. Just before the start of the draft, Tunsil’s Instagram account, since deleted, posted messages between Tunsil and a member of the Mississippi football staff. The messages showed Tunsil asking for money and discussing the payment of his mother’s electric bill, all which are ruled illegal by the league. The posts went out almost immediately following his selection by Miami. Tunsil did not confirm whether the messages were real, but Hugh Freeze, the Ole Miss coach, has since confirmed the story to be true.

Even with the controversy, the event itself proved to be a great time for many in attendance. Mr. Hunt, Mr. Powers, Mr. Gough, and Coach McClain all attended the draft. It was a memorable experience for them, taking in the sights and sounds of the city while sitting steps away from the some of the nation’s top athletes. Said Mr. Powers of the experience, “Going to the NFL Draft was such an amazing experience. There was a lot of energy and I even got to meet some of the draft picks. I would definitely love to go back someday.”

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Tennis Season in Review

Posted on May 12, 2016

By Stephania Rodriguez and Adrian Cunanan

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The Lady Raiders continue to win during the tennis season. [Cardinal Ritter]
It’s that time of year again and the Lady Raiders are on the tennis courts for Spring 2016. The Lady Raiders started off the season coming up short against Ben Davis but claimed a 4-1 victory over Perry Meridian later that week.

All told, the Lady Raiders have compiled a 14-7 record with an unblemished 6-0 record in conference play, defeating Scecina, Beech Grove, Lutheran, Park Tudor, Speedway, and Monrovia. This great record shows the hard work and dedication shown from the players. Many athletes will agree that there are times where it is very difficult to be a student athlete. Like in any other sport, one may never know in tennis what time the matches may end it can interfere with studying time and any other social activities. Some matches even last around three hours. Nonetheless, all of the girls love playing and representing Cardinal Ritter.

Amy Kurucz, a Junior Varsity player for the team, says, “I think this season is going…very well. Everyone has been working so hard and has improved since the beginning of the season.” She also added, “I think that the tennis team is very supportive, hard working, and very fun. Chay Chay!” Myka Radecki, a varsity player for the Lady Raiders, had this to say about the season and the team: “I think it is going well and that we will become a strong team. We are all juniors and one sophomore on varsity and we have been playing these positions for a while so it should be fun.” With a winning record this year and solid performances against conference teams, the girls plan have stepped it up this season.

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Super Bowl 50

Posted on March 11, 2016

By Gus Esterline

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Manning hoists the trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. He has since retired. [AP]
Super Bowl 50, the season finale between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, provided plenty of entertainment for fans throughout the country. Perhaps the biggest headline for the event was the status of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who had yet to decide on retirement by season’s end.

The Carolina Panthers came into the Super Bowl as heavy favorites. Led by the dual threat quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly, it was clear to fans and NFL personnel that the Panthers were poised for success. Although the Panthers had the most potent offense in the league, many on the Broncos sideline were eager to show off their staunch defense, which rated among the best of all teams. Critics spoke to the strength of the Broncos defense often before the game, and knew that a Broncos win would only be secured with solid performances by on-field defensive players like Von Miller. In short, the defense would have to show up. They did just that.

The Broncos started the game with a field goal before forcing a fumble for touchdown. That defensive recovery would prove pivotal, as multiple mistakes by the Panthers proved too much to overcome. Miscues plagued Newton and the Panthers, combined with amazing play from the Broncos defense. Midway through the fourth quarter, a Broncos victory was all but sealed at 24-10. Super Bowl MVP honors were given to Von Miller, who had two sacks and two forced fumbles. More importantly, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl ring with his second team before announcing retirement days later.

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In the Dugout

Posted on March 11, 2016 by cardinalritternews

By Nick Leverenz

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Cardinal Ritter baseball looks forward to multiple upgrades to their field.

Since the last baseball season, 2014-2015 season, McCracken Field has had some major improvements. The dugouts were redone completely and are a lot bigger than before. The size of the old dugout was so small that the baseball team was cramped inside and stepping all over each other to get out. We also will be fixing the pitchers mound so that it does not have a lip, a dip or hill, on it. This has been worked on over the past few years, but hasn’t actually come out the way intended.

This year Mr. Sims, Teacher as well as Assistant Athletic Director, has put a lot of effort as well as time into working this out and it should be done by the first day of actual baseball practice, March 16th. Also the fences in front of the dugouts will be cut in half to make paying attention to the game more important. This means you have to pay attention so that you don’t get hit by a foul ball. Lastly it is planned to have fences put in that go down the out of bounds line, which if you didn’t know that is five to seven feet from the foul line.

These improvements will be a huge benefit for the team as well as to those who watch the game. The new out of bounds fence will keep watchers and overseers safe. The baseball team  owes a huge thanks Mr. Sims as well as Coach Scott who donated tireless hours into making this field look better as well as more enjoyable to play on.

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