Monthly Archives: May 2008

Letter From the Editor

Dear Loyal Readers,

As Steve and I graduate from Quinnipiac and the radio station we have called home since August 2004, we are left with the memories, the experiences, and the camaraderie that marked our time at the “Soundtrack of Quinnipiac.”

It has been our honor to lead coverage of Quinnipiac’s sports teams for the last 3 years. In our time here, WQAQ’s Sports Department graduated from a broadcast only operation to a broadcast, online, and print operation. We have grown from a department numbering only five hearty souls to one numbering over 30. We have expanded our game broadcast schedule by over 70 contests, and have earned awards from the Quinnipiac University Athletics Department for our efforts.

Our station has grown exponentially in the four years Steve and I spent there, and the Sports Department has led that charge. It has not only been a joy to lead this department, it has been a privilege for which we both are extremely grateful.

We would be remiss if we did not thank a number of administrators and faculty members at Quinnipiac. Jack McDonald, the Director of Athletics and Recreation, has been a monumental help to the entire WQAQ Sports Department. He is a steadfast believer in student media, and we are forever indebted to him for that. His leadership makes him one of the greatest Athletic Directors in the United States – Quinnipiac and WQAQ are extremely lucky to have him on our side.

Also thanks to Ken Sweeten, Chuck Menke and the entire QU Sports Information Staff. Without their assistance, WQAQ’s broadcasters would have been at an impasse. Sweeten’s assistance before, during, and after every broadcast was essential, and not a day went by we were not amazed with the helpfulness Sweeten’s team showed. We must also thank Daniel Brown and the Student Center staff, and Professor David Valone, the faculty advisor to WQAQ.

When students return to campus in August, Mike Radomski and Mike Silverman will be leading this great sports caravan. Indeed, this department is in splendid hands – bigger and better things are sure to come.

If we may offer one piece of advice to the students returning in the fall: soak up the experience. There is nothing like the college experience, and it goes entirely too quickly.

In closing, there is just one more thing left to say:

Let’s go Bobcats.

Sincerely,

Seth D. Rothman
WQAQ Sports Director ’05-’08

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Steven J. Tisi
WQAQ Sports Director ’06-’08

Bobcats finish 9th at NEC Championships

By: Jeremy Schilling

The Quinnipiac University Golf team finished up the spring 2008 season with a 9th place finish at the NEC Championships on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in Hershey, PA. The team scores for this tournament are calculated by adding together the best (lowest) 4 scores from each day. The Bobcats finished with a total of 912 over the 3-day, 54 hole tournament, with their scores being 311 on Day 1, 300 on Day 2, and 301 on Day 3.

Sacred Heart won the team portion of the competition with a score of 870. Long Island University and Central Connecticut State followed. 11 teams in total participated. The individual winner was Monmouth University’s Anthony Campanile, (who has his roots in the Jersey golf scene) who shot a 54 hole total of 212, 4 under par. He defeated Sacred Heart’s Patrick Fillian by one shot. In total, only 4 players finished under par.

Individually for the Bobcats, they were led by Ian O’Connor, who tied for 14th place overall with a total of 224. Brady Giroux followed with a 54-hole total of 225. Rounding it out for Quinnipiac were Ryan Reynolds, Charlie Niland, and Jayson Loranger, who all had scores of 235.

That concludes the spring 2008 golf season, and 2007-2008 school year for the Bobcats. That also concludes the college golf career for Kyle Chumas, who graduates in the coming week. The rest of the Bobcats’ now have the summer to work on their games and make themselves better for the upcoming fall season that will be here before we know it.

Baker the Elder Statesman for Bobcats

                                                            By Zach Smart

A look into Jeremy Baker’s cell phone says it all.  Every significant player to emerge from the Washington, D.C.-area, all of whom Baker still maintains close ties with, is somewhere along the list.  Roy Hibbert.  From Michael Beasley, the surefire first-round pick in this year’s NBA draft, to Roy Hibbert, who’s also certain to be playing in a district far from the 2-0-2, 2-4-0, or 3-0-1, next year, Baker never keeps his homeboys far from his presence. 

He’s more D.C.  than the Whitehouse.  Maryland-bred players know Baker like a surrogate family member.  Hooping on some of the city’s toughest courts and most competitive tournaments while playing alongside Hibbert and company on the Blue Devils AAU circuit, Baker has been there every step of the way. 

His pin-point passes and hounding defense, however, has taken the 6-foot-2 combination guard well beyond his D.C.  roots.  Baker spent his first two seasons in the country’s woodworks, helping a pair of junior colleges in Texas and Kansas garner some national visibility.

The cousin of former Quinnipiac point guard Rob Monroe, who authored a legendary four-year stay with the Bobcats, and the childhood friend of DeMario Anderson, the super-athletic mid-major All-American who averaged 21 points in leading the Bobcats to a playoff berth this season, Baker seems like the next D.C.  product primed to make a big splash on the Quinnipiac landscape. 

Oh and while we’re on it, Evann Baker, the Quinnipiac guard who averaged 11 points and handed out 70 assists en route to being named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie team, is the younger brother of Jeremy.  Evann is the third oldest Baker in a basketball bloodline that stems from 4th and Delafield. 

Baker is a transfer via Garden City Community College, a member of the mega-competitive Jayhawk Community Conference.  After surfacing as one of the conferences leaders in assists (3.5) while shouldering the onus to lock down the opposing team’s top scorer, Baker concluded his stop at Garden City a first team All-Conference selection and JUCO All-American candidate. 

The Bobcats will need every ounce of this defensive prowess.  They registered amongst the worst in team defense in the NEC last season, notorious for surrendering career nights to wild cards like Mark Socoby (Maine), Eric Gilchrese (New Hampshire), and Joe Seymour (Central Connecticut State).   The emphasis on perimeter defense was sorely lacking at times.  The Bobcats will look to right the ship by plugging “JB” (as he’s known to the Quinnipiac outside world) into the starting lineup. 

Moore has said he’s comfortable with Baker operating the offense or holding down the swingman position.  On a team that’s front-loaded with guards, Baker is likely to be plugged in as a small forward next season.  With last year’s starting point guard, Casey Cosgrove, weighing his transfer options,  Baker could also be called upon to operate the offense. 

Quinnipiac’s image was recently tinged with reports of an ailing Academic Progress Rate.  In the NCAA’s recent APR announcement, it was declared that Quinnipiac will lose two scholarships over the next two years.  Three of the five seniors from the 2006-2007 Quinnipiac team that former coach Joe DeSantis molded failed to graduate and it has slightly hampered the program that Tom Moore (the former UConn assistant) inherited this season. 

Baker, who had to sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules, clocked a 2.5 GPA in his first semester at the University.  A sociology major with the emblematic sociologist perspective, Baker said he’d like to revive the image.  With Baker, along with guards Andrew Cashin (Dean’s List) and Steve Robinson (Dean’s List) setting the tone in the classroom this year, Quinnipiac hopes to right the ship in that department as well. 

From Nate Pondexter to Anderson, the Northeast Conference school situated in Hamden, Conn., has become a pipeline for some for some of the city’s most overlooked players. 

And with the recent signing of Harold Washington, a guard from Brandywine, Md., it looks as if the beat will continue. 

Baker has seen his buddies and former teammates prosper at that next level.   Still unknown outside of the D.C.  landscape, it appears to be Baker’s turn.