Not many kids have to make a life-altering decision when they graduate high school other than choosing a college to attend. Three members of the Stony Brook baseball team had to deliberate over something far bigger.
They each were drafted by a Major League Baseball squad, giving them a shot at a career of performing in front of thousands upon thousands of fans, day in and day out.
Should they sign a professional baseball contract or accept an athletic scholarship to Stony Brook University?
Johnny Caputo, Daniel Zamora and Ryley MacEachern took a chance and picked Stony Brook.
Now, while hitting the books at the same time that they pitch and swing at baseballs, they must earn that chance again at being picked up by a Big League team.
Who gave up the chance to play professional baseball?
Spring is right around the corner and that only means one thing: Stony Brook Baseball is back. It’s been around for 100 years and some of the pictures just look right.
The Baseball team takes the field at home for the first time on March 1st when they take on New York Institute of Technology, as Joe Nathan Field gets set to host another season of baseball.
They have lost two straight series, taking only one game of three against both Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette. But they finished 20-3 at home last year, an incredible record.
This story would be fun because the star pitcher, sophomore Tyler Honahan, is a candidate for America East Pitcher of the Year. Seeing what it takes to get there during games and what he does that makes him a candidate for one of the highest honors in the conference.
Another nice story for the Seawolves is that this team has been one of the greatest in the conference for a long time, even making it to the national stage with their College World Series appearance in 2012. It would be interesting to capture what it takes to get to the highest stage in college baseball.
The one thing that is nice about Athletics is that we will have access to the players and manager Matt Senk to talk to them about their experiences.
Hundreds of Stony Brook University’s nerdiest students gathered in the Student Activities Center Ballroom to share their love for video games, role-playing games and anime on Friday for the university’s second annual NerdFest.
Students were able to unwind after a week of hard work, share some snacks, play games with friends, or even meet some new faces while enjoying the freedom to express their inner nerd.
“Nerds are a lot more fun than people give them credit for,” Joe Bucci, 19, a biomedical engineering major at Stony Brook, said. “It seems like a fun place to hang out for a couple of hours.”
The Stony Brook Gamer’s Guild brought NerdFest to the campus for the first time last spring. It made such a big impact on the student body that they brought it back this semester.
NerdFest 2.0, as it was called this year, set up a variety of tables to cater to the different levels of interest of all the attendees. Clubs, like SBU Gamer’s Guild and the Animated Perspectives club, set up to advertise what they were all about and even included hands-on activities for students to enjoy. Among the most popular activities were game systems that were set up at three different tables with games like Wario Ware and the Super Smash Bros. series.
Video game stations were accompanied by role-playing games, or RPGs, set up at different tables around the ballroom floors. Groups of 10 students met at these table to show off their skills as masters of mythical worlds.“Eldrich Horror” was among the most popular games of the night. In this game, players created teams to investigate the mysteries of the world and fight off evil creatures.
Jacqui Albin, 20, a junior psychology major, said she attended NerdFest in hope to promote her idea of bringing a new convention to Stony Brook called “WhatCon.”
After I-con, a science fiction convention held on Long Island, stopped coming to Stony Brook, Albin has been pioneering to bring something similar back to the campus.
“WhatCon is short, memorable and east to advertise,” she said. “It’s been brewing in my head ever since I found out that I-Con left the campus.”
Albin has been attending conventions and cosplaying since she was in high school. She said that bringing back a small convention to Stony Brook will help make the campus more lively and fun.
Albin was not the only student at the convention advertising her ideas for fun and creative events on campus. Stony Brook’s Human v.s. Zombies also made an appearance at NerdFest. SBU HvZ is a huge game of tag played every semester by a large group of students who run around campus with Nerf Guns trying to rid the campus of “zombies.”
The game starts out with one infected student who grows the zombie army by tagging students dubbed as “human.” Moderators of the game send out group texts of “missions” that players can join in on throughout the weeklong event.
“A lot of new students are on campus every semester and some don’t know,” Asher Kaufman, 21, a moderator of HvZ and computer science major, said. “Hopefully us being here will help them realize that we’re still here and they should come join and play.”
The crowd was roaring and stopping, chanting throughout the game. “Defense, Defense, Defense,” echoed throughout the arena. “Go, Fight, Win,” the crowd chanted.
Every time a player got a free throw, the crowd lifted up its arms and hollered “whoosh” in encouragement — the sound a basketball makes when it goes through the hoop.
With five minutes left on the clock, UMBC starting to pick up the heat, scoring 10 points within three minutes, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the Seawolves.
With one minute left, UMBC still tried their best to catch up until the buzzer rang.
The Seawolves won 74-41.
This is now the fifth time in a row that the Seawolves have defeated the Retrievers.
After the game, the Seawolves met with fans in the main lobby.
The girls sported pink in honor of Play4Kay, an effort that supports the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the V Foundation, in the fight against women’s cancers.
Senior Sabre Proctor dominated the court, scoring 17 points.
Both teams also sported pink headbands, shoes and other apparel in honor of Play 4Kay. Pkay 4Kay is a cancer fund in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association committed to finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancer. The scoreboards and screens around the court were also covered in pink for the night, as well as the Stony Brook Dance Team’s pom poms.
There were a couple of give-away’s during the night too. Jamba Juice gave away 250 smoothies to the lucky fans who arrived early enough.
Division I basketball is always exciting to watch, however this game will be particularly awesome because there are a bunch of fun promotions, including 250 free smoothies courtesy of Jamba Juice.
Who doesn’t love drinking delicious smoothies while watching some good athletics?
The game should be a good one too and hopefully a win for Stony Brook. The Seawolve’s current record is 13-10 and UMBS’s current record is 8-15, according to ESPN’s Women’s Basketball standings..
Based on those records there is a good chance that the Seawolves will come out on top!
Another exciting game about the basketball games is how interactive the games are!
Stony Brook athletics the fans who will be tweeting during the game to use the hashtag #beLIeve.
Why is this something that we should cover?
Well, there will be a lot going on. Basketball games alone are good to cover because the fast-paced game is great for live tweeting.
Also, all of the give-away’s are perfect for tweeting pictures of happy fans! There will be a lot of good photo opportunities and with the hashtags and twitter handles, like SBAthletics and StonyBrookWBB, there is the potential for a lot of interaction.
The games are always a lot of fun. So let’s all go out, sport our red, grab our phones and go, go, go Seawolves!
The Seawolves will have one of their last chances to not only prepare for the all-important America East Conference tournament, but to show what they are made of in front of a raucous home crowd at the new Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Stony Brook has only lost at home three times all season long, and look to continue that success as the year draws to a close.
The arena is the newest addition to the Stony Brook Athletics family. It is located at the corner of the academic mall, within the Indoor Sports Complex, which is adjacent to the newly-named Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center, Stony Brook’s gym.
Stony Brook Orthopedic will be giving out free rally towels to fans in attendance.
It will also be Asian Culture Night, as senior forward Sabre Proctor and company look to take down UMass-Lowell, a team that the Seawolves beat earlier in the season by just four points.
Stony Brook will also be hosting You Can Play Night , which is an initiative to make sports a place where anybody, regardless of sexual orientation or any other beliefs, could play.
The Seawolves have done a lot with this project, including making a video to show its main tenets.
This would be a good event for a mobile journalist to cover for both timeliness and venue. People are still trying to get their first look at Stony Brook’s new arena.
Seawolves fans who cannot make the game would also enjoy updates on their favorite team, as they play one of the most important games of the year.
A mobile reporter can be the first to break the score to Stony Brook’s fan base, bringing the news of momentum swings and individual player performance, along with providing updates on other festivities that may take place throughout the night.
There is no better place for the Stony Brook faithful to check in on the game if they are not there themselves than online, as they can find the most important information about what is taking place, instantly.
National media will also be at the game, as ESPN 3 will be broadcasting the contest live on the internet for everybody to see.