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Coming into this weekend, the Hopkins baseball team sat at the top of the Centennial Conference standings. They were up by two games over second-place Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) Diplomats with a doubleheader against the Diplomats Saturday after Friday’s game against Swarthmore College was postponed.
As a National Basketball Association (NBA) fan watching the playoffs, I want there to be intrigue, upsets and games that go down to the wire, but unfortunately most of that does not come until the Conference Finals and NBA Finals. Meanwhile, I overhear all the drama of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs and wish I was a fan of the NHL so I could: 1) Enjoy the early round matchups and 2) Understand the history of what happened in the first round.
This past weekend, the men’s track and field team stayed close to Baltimore to compete against Division I competition at the Towson Invitational. Not only did Hopkins perform well against stout competition, they won the entire meet, besting the second place University of Maryland, Baltimore County Golden Retrievers by 12 points.
In the Round of 32 in this year’s National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Basketball Tournament, there was only one upset, and that was No. 5 Auburn University steamrolling No. 4 University of Kansas, so it was not even that surprising of a victory. While this means we may not have a Cinderella team coming from outside the Power Five conferences, it also means we will have some highly anticipated matchups in the Sweet Sixteen.
The Hopkins baseball team had its second consecutive 3-0 weekend this past weekend. The weekend started on Saturday with a doubleheader against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles. In the first game, the Blue Jays took advantage of a walk-off single by sophomore infielder Matthew Ritchie in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the opener.
With about 20 games remaining for most of the teams in the NBA, the MVP discussions have begun to heat up, and three top candidates have separated themselves from the field as leading candidates for the award. The three leading the way are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George and James Harden.
On Saturday, the Hopkins women’s basketball team took on the Ursinus College Bears in the Blue Jays’ Senior Day game. It was likely the last home game for the seven seniors on the team: guards Lexie Scholtz, Madison McGrath and Lillian Scott; forwards Marissa Varnado, Maggie Spitzer and Rory Cole; and manager Sophia Way.
Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training this week for all 30 MLB teams. By next week, all rostered players will have reported to either Arizona or Florida for the start of the MLB season, but barring major developments in the next week, there may be some superstars who will still not be on a team.
The Hopkins women’s basketball team traveled up to Gettysburg, Pa. last Thursday for a game against the No. 20 Gettysburg College Bullets. The game was a rematch of last year’s Centennial Conference Championship, which the Bullets ended up winning to take the Conference title.
This past Friday a video from February came out of Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in what appears to be a hotel hallway. The NFL immediately put Hunt on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning he is not allowed to play in any games until a further investigation is completed. The Chiefs cut Hunt later in the day, saying they had asked Hunt about the incident when it first happened and he denied it happened.
In what has become one of the most intense rivalries in the Centennial Conference, last Thursday night, the Hopkins men’s basketball team took on the Swarthmore College Garnet in Goldfarb Gymnasium. The last time the two teams met, it was in the Conference Championship, where the Blue Jays took down the Garnet at Swarthmore to claim the Conference Championship. The last time the two teams met in Goldfarb, the game went to double overtime and was eventually decided by a three-pointer by now senior guard Michael Gardner with eight seconds left to win the game 93-91.
This weekend, the Hopkins volleyball team traveled up to Wellesley, Mass. for the NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays opened the tournament against the Eastern University Eagles, a team they faced twice during the regular season. In the first matchup of the regular season, the Blue Jays came out on top of a five-set match, but Eastern got its revenge later in the season with a victory in straight sets.
This weekend, the women’s soccer team hosted the Centennial Conference playoffs, where the top five regular season teams faced off in a single elimination tournament to determine who would win the Conference and earn the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns were 2-5-1 this season, which is not good by any standards, unless you are the Browns in which case those two wins double your previous win total from Jackson’s first two seasons combined.
The newest craze in baseball is “the opener” where a pitcher who is normally a reliever starts the game and pitches the first one or two innings for a team before they bring in their starting pitcher who throws the length of a normal starter.
The women’s soccer team had their Senior Day game Saturday against the Ursinus College Bears and asserted their dominance for the duration to win 5-1. The last regular season Saturday home game gave the team a chance to honor their six seniors in a ceremony before the game.
The Opposing Viewpoints series is a space for students with diverse perspectives to answer pertinent questions in conversation with each other.
This past weekend, the women’s cross country team dominated the Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle. They competed against other top Division III teams, including State University of New York at Geneseo, who followed right behind the Jays in second place. The Blue Jays beat Geneseo by 51 points.
This past Saturday, the Hopkins men’s soccer team played host to the then No. 16 nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. The Blue Jays managed to take down the Diplomats through an unending offensive onslaught by a final score of 4-1.