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Men’s basketball earns blowout victory in season opener

By Connor Iapoce

Sports Editor

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Titans guard Lamont Williams jumps over Delaware Tech players for a layup in a 98-66 win. Photo by Connor Iapoce.

The County College of Morris men’s basketball team opened its 2017-2018 season  Saturday, Nov. 11 with a 98-66 home win against Delaware Technical Community College.

Led by Anthony Obery in his fourth season as head coach, the Titans coaching staff consists also of recruiting assistant Anwar King in his second season, assistant coach Antoine Obery in his second season, and assistant coach Kory Roberson in his first season.

“It was a pretty good game,” said freshman point guard Abraham Kromah. “It was nice to get my guys involved. Everybody played hard today. It was good competition.”

The Titans came out strong offensively in the game to put up 48 points in the first half. The team also dominated the second half with 50 points. They restricted Delaware Tech to only 33 points per half.

“At times we lost intensity, but we brought it back up,” said sophomore guard Lamont Williams. “That’s why we had a 30 plus point lead in the win tonight. It was a good game.”

Key offensive players in the win against Delaware Tech include Lamont Williams and Ranell Bell with each putting up a team-leading 20 points and Abraham Kromah adding 13 points total. Nicholas Whitaker was a key defensive player with eight defensive rebounds, three blocks, and four steals.

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Forward Andrew Sciancalepore sinks a basket in a win against Delaware Tech. Photo by Connor Iapoce.

“I feel like we did what we were supposed to do,” said assistant coach Anwar King. “A lot of people don’t know about County College of Morris on a regular basis, but this is a totally different team.”

The Titans statistics thus far into the season include a 44 field goal percentage, 50 three-point field goal percentage, 67.9 free throw percentage, and 51 rebounds per game.

“The key to success is just to bond,” Kromah said. “We have to play hard together, play good defense, and everything will fit for the team to succeed.”

Williams said that the team needs to work as a cohesive unit to be as efficient as possible.

“We just have got to love each other on the court and off the court,” Williams said

Assistant coach Anwar King is not looking forward to any specific game, as he believes that every game will matter this season.

“Nobody is used to County College of Morris being a name in the junior college scene,” King said. “The coaching staff and the athletic staff has done a lot of work to change things around here. We are looking forward to every game.”

King said that he is confident in various players to step up when needed.

“Every game is going to have somebody different that’s going to step in when we need them to get us over those humps,” King said. “We have loads of talent at literally every position.”

Some of the team members are hoping that they will be able to earn a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship tournament in March in Danville, Illinois.

“We are going to nationals,” Kromah said. “Of course we are going. Nothing less for this team.”

King believes the only thing that will stop this Titans team is themselves.

“As far as expectations on the season, I don’t see anybody stopping us but us,” King said. “The sky’s the limit for us this year. As long as my guys compete on a day-in, day-out basis whatever happens is what happens. I know we’re not going to be the same team that everybody knows us for.”

CCM Titans men’s basketball team competes in the Division II level in the Garden State Athletic Conference as well as in the NJCAA Region XIX.

The Titans next home game is at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 against Valley Forge Military College on the basketball court in the Health and Physical Education Building.

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William Paterson student arrested, suspected of theft on CCM campus

By Caroline O’Brien

Contributor

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CCM’s Health and Physical Education building. Photo by Arianna Parks.

Two students of County College of Morris helped to identify to police Jeffrey Yuen, a 22-year old William Paterson University student, who is suspected of stealing a wallet from the men’s locker room Health and Physical Education Building and was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a report by the Randolph Police Department.

Yuen was arrested on CCM campus for alleged theft as well as alleged possession of marijuana and use of paraphernalia.

Yuen allegedly stole men’s soccer defender Bektesh Hadzovik’s wallet from an open gym locker Monday, Sept. 25 and used a debit card from the stolen wallet to pay for a meal from Nathan’s Famous in the Rockaway Mall food court. Hadzovik was notified by his PNC bank application and contacted the establishment for information. An image from the establishment’s security cameras was used to identify the suspect three weeks later in the HPE building.

Hadzovik filed a police report the day Yuen was accused of stealing his wallet. Using only the fuzzy, pixelated security image from Nathan’s Famous, Hadzovik and his soccer teammate, goaltender Gabe Lazarre, identified the suspect in the locker room three weeks after the initial incident. The students then notified a concerned faculty member who promptly alerted public safety.

“It took a long time to catch him,” Hadzovik said. “He showed up at school, and we realized it was him.”

Hazovik and Lazarre waited outside the locker room for public safety. Yuen snuck out through an emergency exit in the back of the building and ran right into two public safety officers. The public safety officers kept Yuen there until police arrived several minutes later.  Yuen was arrested and transported to Randolph Police Headquarters. The defendant was fingerprinted, processed, and served with a complaint summons. Yuen was released pending a first appearance at Central Judicial Processing Friday, Nov. 3.

“We were standing here, and we saw him run past the building, but public safety and cops already had it blocked off,” Lazarre said.

The two athletes said they will be more careful with their belongings and use locks in the locker room; they encourage other students to do the same.

Editor’s Note: Tips and suspicious activity can be reported to the public safety department on its 24/7 line at (973) 328-5550 or at publicsafety@ccm.edu. Anonymous witness report forms can be filled out at http://www.ccm.edu/public-safety/ .

Women’s soccer season cut short at region semifinals against Essex

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

A region title push by the women’s soccer team at County College of Morris ended when the Titans lost 3-1 to Essex County College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division I semifinals Saturday, Oct. 21.

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Midfielder and defender Amanda Lawrence. Photos Courtesy of CCM Athletics

CCM finished its season 1-4-1 in region play and 6-5-1 overall.

The bottom seed in the four-team Division I tournament, the Titans met the top seeded ECC who later won the region title 1-0 against Sussex County Community College Saturday, Oct. 28, advancing to the district tournament with a record of 6-0-1 in the region and 10-2-1 overall.

CCM met ECC one other time in the fall 2017 season, a 7-1 defeat Thursday, Sept. 21. Before the region semifinal, Athletic Director Jack Sullivan guaranteed that the result of the rematch would not be a similar blowout.

“I think that our team was not really as cohesive as they are now,” Sullivan said. “It was the toward the beginning of the year, and you’re facing an athletic team that may have a bit more speed. And you’re not prepared, and you’re not on you’re not on your A-game, I think that you’ll get a score like that. I guarantee that it won’t be 7-1 this time.”

Forward Samantha Corrales and midfielder Stephanie Williams earned a spot on the Division I first all-region team, and defender Reanna Cope made second team all-region

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Defensive back Raenna Cope.

Corrales lead the division in goals with 17, eight more than the division’s second-leading goal scorer Gabby Sarni of Sussex County Community College. Corrales also ranked 38th nationally in goals scored for NJCAA Division I teams. Williams, the Titans’ second-leading goal scorer, recorded four goals and led her team in assists with 10.

Goalkeeper Kayla Beal, who made an starting appearance in the net in 12 of her team’s 13 total games, finished the season with 1.47 goals against average.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any of this at all,” said Corrales, a criminal justice major at CCM. “I wasn’t expecting to have these awards. I wasn’t expecting any of this. I’m very proud of myself because I was out for one year for ACL surgery, so when I came back, it was more of me, myself, I did this, and I’m happy. But I couldn’t have done this without my team, and I can’t take all the credit for it. My team supports me. So I’m very proud of myself, and I’m also very proud of my team for helping me get to where I was.”

Corrales said unlike the region semifinal, her team was not prepared for ECC in the Sept. 21 match.

“It was 80 degrees outside, so it was really hard to keep up with them,” Corrales said. “We weren’t prepared for their skills. And then, the second time we played them, the week before, we had a really good week of practices. We ran; we did sprints; we did agility work, skill work, and then, when we came to the field, we knew that they weren’t ready for us as we weren’t ready for them last time. When we were playing, we moved the ball very well. We played as a team.”

Head Coach Roger Stephens said that he thinks the Titans would have advanced past the region semifinal had they not faced ECC in the first round.

“If we had any other round in that tournament, we probably would have gone to finals,” Stephens said. “They played great against Essex. The only thing is when you play a team that’s that good, you not only need to be playing their best, which they did. You need to have a little luck, too.”

Stephens said that Williams, a two-time all-region player, was probably his team’s best all-around player this season.

“The great thing about this team was they got better game in and game out,” Stephens said. “They were a far better team at the end of the season than they were at the beginning of the season, naturally, a compliment to them as players, and they bought into everything we did. And they had a great focus and enthusiasm. They took care of business. It was a nice team to coach this year. It really was.”

Seven players on the Titans’ roster played their second season this year and will therefore be ineligible to play next season. Corrales, a freshman who plans on returning in 2018, said that her team will need to replace the sophomore players to move past the region semis next year.

“I think we’re going to have to find players of the same skill work that we had this year because we lost very good players this year, players will skill work, ball movement, speed,” Corrales said. “And we just have to start from the beginning. We can do this. We want to get to districts. We want to go to semis. We want to go to [nationals in] Florida.”

Men’s soccer ends winning season with loss in playoffs

By Connor Iapoce
Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team at County College of Morris concluded its fall 2017 season Saturday, October 21 with a 3-0 loss against Ocean Community College in the first round of the playoffs.

The Titans finished with a record of 7-5-5 in overall conference play and 3-5-4 in National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX play.

They had a 2-1 home win against Ocean at the end of September already on the record.

At the time of the win, Ocean was leading the conference while the Titans were attempting to break a six-game winless streak.

 

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Defender Liam Coffey fights for the ball in the game against
Sussex County Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Photo by Brett Friedensohn

“The game that stood out for me the most was the game where we played Ocean at home,” said Liam Coffey, Titans right back defender. “It was super disappointing when we lost to Ocean in the playoffs and realized our season was over. We all thought we were capable of accomplishing a lot more.”

The playoff loss followed a seven-game undefeated streak following the first Ocean game, with four wins and three draws making up the record.

During the playoff game, the Titans went down a goal early in the first half at the three minute mark and it was an uphill battle for the rest of the game. Ocean would score another goal at the 20 minute mark and a third, final goal in the 50th minute of the game. The Titans were unable to answer offensively, with eight shots total and only six shots on goal.

“We gave ourselves a good opportunity,” said head coach Kevin Rosenberg after the playoff loss. “We drew a seed in a matchup against a team that we had already beaten. We felt pretty good going into the game with a good three days of training in preparation for it. Then, we had an unexpected injury with Bektesh Hadzovic, and we had to shuffle around a couple things lineup-wise.”

Despite the tough playoff loss, the Titans ended the season with a win percentage of .531.

“The lineup changes threw us for a little bit of a loop and we got off to a little bit of a slow start and then that was it,” Rosenberg said. “We couldn’t recover from our slow start with the early goal. We kind of had to chase the game the rest of the way, and it didn’t work out as well as we would have liked.”

In his first year as head coach, Rosenberg admitted to the struggles faced with a two-year soccer program as opposed to a four-year in terms of getting all of the players, both rookie and veteran, on the same page in a shorter period of time.

“None of the players have been there for a long time and when a new coach comes in, there is very little stability in what is going on,” Rosenberg said. “So getting everybody on the same page as quickly as we did was a challenge for all of us. It was something that we never had to do before. I thought that we did it fairly effectively.”

The returning sophomores were a big help in the turnaround of the team, invoking leadership roles to teach first season freshman the workings of college soccer, according to Rosenberg, who said that after a tough season last year, the returning sophomore players stepped up and Rosenberg believes “deserve a pat on the back.”

Overall, Rosenberg said he is satisfied with his first season as head coach and particularly, the development of the team from beginning to season end.

“I am very pleased with the development of the team this year,” Rosenberg said. “Obviously, we were not pleased with the way that it ended, but very rarely, unless you win the whole thing, are you pleased when it ends. Throughout the course of the season, I think that we set ourselves up pretty well. We got the program back on the right track.”

Rosenberg and Athletic Director Jack Sullivan both believe the future of the program is strong in terms of recruitment and work ethic.

“They’re a great group of young men, and I believe we have the right man in position right now,” Sullivan said. “He’s going to do a great job bringing in quality student athletes. I’m impressed with the work ethic. I think the coach has established a very nice culture. They worked very, very hard, and they were serious about what they were doing this season.”

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Right winger John McEvoy dribbles the ball down the field against SCCC. Photo courtesy of CCM Athletics  

Recruitment efforts to find the next wave of student athletes is underway under the guidance of Sullivan and Rosenberg.

“I don’t think it will take a Herculean effort to get the program going in the right direction,” Sullivan said. “Morris County is great at soccer, so I think right at our doorstep, we have to get kids to come here and commit and keep working hard.”

Seven starting freshmen will act as veteran returners on the team next season.

“All of those kids got very valuable experience; they’re hard workers and I think they got a taste of success this year,” Rosenberg said. “Hopefully, it leaves them hungrier for more and I think we are going to have a tremendous recruiting class coming next year. The sky’s the limit, to tell you the truth.”

CCM volleyball headed to playoffs

By Brett Friedensohn

Editor-in-Chief

Middle hitter Makenna Boutmy serves against Bergen County Community College. Photo by Brett Friedensohn.

The volleyball team at County College of Morris has advanced to a four-team tournament to determine the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division II champions.

The Titans’ lost their last regular season game in a three set shutout to Lackawanna College Saturday, Oct. 14, setting their record at 1-5 in the region and 3-11 overall.

Despite the losing record, CCM advanced because their division only has four teams.

Athletic Director Jack Sullivan said that the team may pose a threat to others come the postseason.

“I think anything can happen,” Sullivan said. “I really do. I think these girls are starting to gel. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did knock somebody off in the playoffs as well. I think they may underestimate our ladies a little bit, so I wouldn’t go to sleep on CCM.”

After her team dropped to 3-7 with a loss to Ocean County College Wednesday, Sept. 27, Head Coach Amy Berry said that the Titans had improved on communication, which she said they needed to work on after losing their first two games this season.

“I think that’s definitely improved a lot. As a result of that, the wins have come, but I think that now, we have to tweak a little bit some more specific volleyball specific kinds of things. But they’re picking it up.”

Freshman middle blocker Makeena Boutmy said that one of the reasons this did not work at first was because of the large turnover in players. The team only has three returning players on their roster of 11.

“Every year, there’s new players, so it’s hard for chemistry,” said Boutmy, a criminal justice major. “But either way, we’re doing our best.”

Sophomore front row hitter Sophia Meola said after the loss to OCC that she liked her team’s odds at making the playoffs.

“I think we have a chance,” said Meola, an exercise science major. “We’re using this as a chance to get all our kinks out and be able to play in the playoffs.”

Berry said that one area in which the team can improve is placement.

“I think that’s definitely improved a lot,”  As a result of that, the wins have come, but I think that now, we have to tweak a little bit some more specific volleyball specific kinds of things. But they’re picking it up.”

The semifinals are set for Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Women’s soccer team hopeful for rebound after mid-season losses

By Connor Iapoce
Sports Editor

The women’s soccer team at County College of Morris performed strongly with a three-game winning streak at the start of their season, but these impressive wins were soon followed by a four-game losing streak before the Titans won again.

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  Keisy Ramos and Kylie Scinto defend against Mercer County Community College in a 4-1 win for CCM on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Photos by Brett Friedensohn

Their overall National Junior College Athletic Association record is 4-4 with a Region XIX record of 1-3 at presstime. Regardless, players and coaches are impressed with how the team is shaping up this year.

“I can’t fault their effort and determination and just their focus coming in that they want to get better every game,” said Roger Stephens, head coach of the Lady Titans. “I mean, that’s the key. If you have that kind of motivation, you’re just going to get better.”

Stephens, the assistant director of athletics at CCM and a veteran coach in his 25th season with the soccer program, is supported in turn by a staff of three newcomers in their first season on the team, consisting of assistant coach Vincent Catizone, assistant coach Alex Katz, and assistant coach Vincenzo Bernardo. The team also has two student assistants, Taylor Fehnel and Zabrina Gale whose two-seasons limits imposed by NJCAA expired last year, in their first year with this role.

“I mean, the real key to success is just, number one, you want to get the best staff you can,” Stephens said. “Number two, it’s all about recruiting at the college level. If you’re not getting out beating the bushes all the time, you’re not going to get those extra players from different schools. The other part of it is just the preparation and the professionalism that I think our staff brings everyday to practices and games.”

The Lady Titans have an impressive roster consisting of eight returners and nine rookie players. They are led by three sophomore captains, Amanda Lawrence, Stephanie Williams, and returning captain Raenna Cope.

“Being a Titan gives you purpose,” said Raenna Cope, a sophomore business administration major and center back captain. “It’s not like just coming to school and going home, it’s like a whole other family.”

Freshman striker Samantha Corrales is the team’s leading scorer with 11 goals and one assist for a total of 19 points at presstime. She recorded a hat trick in her team’s 4-1 win against Mercer County Community College Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Striker Samantha Corrales chases a mid-air ball at the game against Mercer County Community College Wednesday, Oct. 4.

“Another key is our leading scorer Samantha Corrales, who got [Garden State Athletic Conference] player of the week the second week of the season, which is phenomenal when you consider there are teams in the region,” Stephens said. “We also have three first-year all-region players who are returning this year, so hopefully they have a second shot at it.”

The season started strong during the home opener against Cumberland County College Saturday, Sept. 2. The match was a high scoring offensive win for the Titans with a final score of 7-1.

Defense would subsequently prove to be a strong factor in the success of the Titans, during a series of four away games in the schedule.

The following two games played were both strong defensive wins, including two impressive shutouts for sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Beal.

Beal averaged 1.7 goals per game at presstime. The Lady Titans average 1.86 goals per game, according to NJCAA statistics.

A 1-0 win Saturday, Sept. 9 against Bucks County Community College was followed by a 3-0 win against Middlesex County College Thursday, Sept. 14.

Bernardo is new to the organization, but he is no stranger to the sport of soccer, having played professionally in Italy and Guatemala. Bernardo said he is still growing into his role in the new environment, but he is impressed with his team’s players’ own growth both on and off the field and is excited for what is to come at the end of the season.

“My prediction is obviously just to play good soccer every game that we have,” Bernardo said about his predictions for the season’s outcome. “We obviously want to win; we want to be competitive, so that’s always the goal. But the short term goal is to get better each practice and win each game that is coming up.”

An away loss of 0-1 at Rowan College at Gloucester County Saturday, Sept. 16 was followed the next week by an away loss of 0-1 at Sussex County Community College Thursday, Sept. 21.

“I think we can do great things,” said Lawrence, a sophomore human services major and outside left midfielder.  “I think we are kinda at a little standstill right now, but once we get our heads back into it, I think we can go pretty far. We have great potential.”

The biggest deficit for the Titans this season came against Essex County College with a 1-7 away loss Tuesday, Sept. 26. Stephens referred to this game as a blip in their performance, not a result of lack of team effort or determination.

The latest game for the Lady Titans was a double overtime loss against Rowan College at Burlington County. The score was 1-1 through regular play after a goal by Lawrence in the 82nd minute to tie up the match. The Lady Titans would allow no goals through the first overtime but trailed after a game-winning goal for RCBC in the second overtime, making the final score 1-2.

The Lady Titans are focused on improvement both on and off the field. Stephens said the players regularly condition in the weight room to improve their fitness. The captains emphasized the importance of communication in a game setting.

“The key to success is communication,” Lawrence said. “Being on the same page with the girls, especially having a deep team bond.”

“I would say, finding each other on the field is a key to success,” Cope said.

The captains say the team is close-knit and bond outside of school, which helps them find success on the field. A Titan is more than just a competitive player on the soccer field.

“Being a Titan makes you want to be successful, because you know, you have your name to it,” Lawrence said. “You’re associated with the school; you’re associated with yourself, and you want to win. You want to do good things.”

The coaching staff’s ultimate goal this season is to reach the NJCAA regional tournament.

“Ideally the focus is always to get to the region tournament and beyond,” Stephens said. “Then, the bottom line is you’ve just gotta get focused and get better every game and every day you step on the field, whether it is practice or a game.”

The Lady Titans’ next home game is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 against Raritan Valley Community College.

CCM lacrosse looking to gain wins, experience

BY BRETT FRIEDENSOHN
News Editor

The lacrosse team at County College of Morris is looking to redeem itself from the 2016 season when it finished its season 1-5 in the region and 2-14 overall and looks to achieve a playoff spot by finishing .500 or better either in region play or overall for the first time since 2011.

The Titans lost 2017 season opener Wednesday, March 8 to Ocean County College 30-2, their largest deficit in more than six seasons. Their 14-2 loss to Union County College Wednesday, April 5 brought their record to 0-2 in the region and 0-5 overall.

Head coach Angel Lastra, who made the transition to the helm of the team this season after working as an assistant coach last season, said after the first game that despite early challenges, he remains optimistic.

“Being in charge of everything is definitely difficult, but like I said, it’s a new challenge, and it’s something to push forward,” Lastra said. “The first game was only our first game. It was my first time head coaching, and it was their first time with especially my philosophy, but it’s just something that you need to push through, and it was unfortunate that the score was that way, but we’re moving forward.”

Lastra said that his philosophy entails discipline and that his players need to work on skills including communication and plan execution.

“I have the game plan in plan,” Lastra said. “It’s just implementing, just talking, just communicating, just following; it’s just the gameplan, not causing penalties, catching and throwing are probably the biggest things that we need to work on.”

Co-captain and attacker Paul Bokun said that he expects this year’s team to be better than last year’s because of his teammates’ focus and Lastra’s leadership.

“Last year, it was more of a club team; a lot of us just didn’t really give a s***,” said Bokun, a business administration major at CCM. “We all just drank and chilled, and now, this year, we’ve got a real team; we have a coach that actually cares, and we’ve got a bunch of players that are on the same page.”

Bokun said that after the season opening loss, he and his teammates should stay positive in order to improve.

“We let up 10 goals in the first quarter, and then, everybody just rolled over on their backs, and it wouldn’t have been like that if we had just kept with it and not given up. If we didn’t give up, that game would have been 20-10; we probably wouldn’t have won, but it probably wouldn’t have been a s*** show like it was.”

Co-captain and midfielder Anthony DeLaurentis agreed with Bokun about his team’s attitude towards the game.

“It’s actually trying to develop a program,” said DeLaurentis. “It’s not just come and get babysat by a coach.”

DeLaurentis said that one of his team’s struggles was the freshmen’s adjustment to the program.

“There’s a lot of first year kids, so it’s hard for them to come in, and they’re fresh out of high school, and they’re not used to playing on the college level yet,” DeLaurentis said. “It’s not even that it’s that much harder, it’s a lot more running, it’s a lot faster, it’s a lot more physical. It’s the little things that kids have to get used to, and that’s a big thing this year is that our coach has focused on those little things to get us all working all together.”

Students can see the last home game of CCM lacrosse at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 against Brookdale Community College on the upper soccer field next to Parking Lot 1.

CCM baseball team off to hot start

BY ZACK MARTINO
Contributor

While the temperature has yet to truly get hot, the County College of Morris baseball team has been scorching their competition to become 17th in the nation among Division II junior college baseball teams.

The Titans’ 5-0 win over Lackawanna College brought their record to 4-0 in the region and 18-2 overall.

Titans head coach Brian Eberly credits the strong season opening to the team’s solid play and composure.

“I think we’ve been playing fundamentally sound,” Eberly said. “We’ve been getting good pitching. If we’ve gotten behind in some games, like we did last game against Brookdale (Community College), who is the number one ranked team in Division III of junior colleges, we don’t panic or get too down on ourselves. It seems like, overall as a team, we have confidence and go into games expecting to win.”

Liam Duffy, the Titans catcher, attributes the high intensity play level to unfinished business from last season.

“The reason for the success is that last year’s team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the regional final last year to Mercer County College,” Duffy said. “Basically, the entire team returned from last year and we kept that burning feeling inside of us to make us train harder than all of our opponents this offseason. We have had numerous amounts of wins this season against nationally ranked teams and look to continue our success as the season goes on.”

Left-handed starting pitcher Alex Busby agreed with his coach about fundamental plays being a key to victory but added that team chemistry and working together are helping fuel the winning effort.

With early success, Eberly voiced confidence that the team would keep the spirit going to maintain a strong season.

“We still have some of our biggest conference games coming up,” Eberly said. “So, I think the competition that we still have to play will help keep us focused, because we know we still have a lot of challenges ahead.”

Duffy also said the team will continue to succeed this season, citing their work ethic and positive attitudes as major assets to that end.

“With our team having this success, I am not nervous about the team losing its edge,” Duffy said. “We have a team full of motivated players who are all hungry for winning. With every day that comes, we look forward to working harder than we worked the day before. Everyone wants to get better and a lot of kids want to go on and continue their career at a four year college or university. Our team is full of great attitudes and I am confident that the team’s success will continue and we will continue to get better.”

Busby credited the probable success of the team to his coach’s ability to motivate the team members.

“I think we’ll be fine,” Busby said. “Coach Eberly really emphasizes staying level with emotions. It keeps us level and keeps us winning. I think we have a lot of energy on becoming the best and the road to that is just staying motivated, practicing hard and just keep doing everything right.”

As of now, Eberly is going to allow the team to continue its role, not make any drastic changes and believes they could get even better.

“I think we’re going to continue to let things play out in terms of who plays where and what our lineup looks like on a daily basis,” he said. “But I think we’re getting a pretty good feel for who we are. We’ve got a couple guys coming back from injury. So I expect that we should continue to improve.”

To see the baseball team in action, attend their next home game as the Titans host Mercer County Community College for a doubleheader at noon Saturday, April 15.

CCM baseball warms up for 2017 season

BY ZACK MARTINO
Contributor

After a 2016 baseball campaign that included a trip to the Region XIX DII Championship Game, the County College of Morris Titans are getting ready to build off of that in the 2017 season.

The Titans narrowly lost to Mercer County College 6-7 in the championship game last season and head coach Brian Eberly said he believes the experience gained from that run can help make this season a successful one.

“I think last year we were, for as well as we did, we were predominantly freshman and we’re returning the bulk of our team,” Eberly said. “Our top arms are both back. Eight out of the nine guys in our lineup are back. Just that experience factor I think is going to be big for us. We brought in a number of transfers and talented recruits that are going to supplement what we’re already bringing back. But as far as just the quality of returners, I think we are set up. As far as compared to my previous teams here, on paper this should be the best team I’ve had.”

One of those returning players is starting pitcher Alex Busby who is in his second season at CCM. He also said that despite losing a few players, those newly added could add a lot to the team.

“We lost a few guys but we picked up a couple more, so I have big expectations,” he said.

Both Eberly and Busby think the biggest aspect of the game the team will excel with, besides experience, is pitching. The two also agree that the newest editions to the pitching rotation will greatly benefit the team.

“I think our pitching will be much improved,” Eberly said. “I think we are a lot deeper. We have Alex Busby and Jim Fluke returning from last year. We brought in a couple Division 1 transfers and a talented group of freshmen that I think make us a lot deeper.”

Busby said he recognizes that their pitching crew is going to need to be more robust, but he is not worried about the challenge.

“Our pitching is definitely going to be something great this year,” said Busby. “A lot of the freshmen are going to have to step up and stuff like that, but I think they can do it. We’ve picked up a couple transfers and everything that are going to be big parts of the staff. Hopefully that can make something roll.”

Despite the team having recent success, some students at CCM have yet to attend a game. One of these such students is liberal arts major at CCM, Troy Curtis.

“I would definitely be interested in seeing the team play,” he said. “I wanted to go last year but I just never got the chance.”

Curtis also insists on his fellow classmates to go out and support their team.

“I do think it is important for CCM students to know about their teams and support them,” he said. “I know if I was playing a collegiate sport, I would want people to come to my games.”

There is one game in particular that Eberly has in mind and CCM students should too.

“Mercer for us is the big competition,” Eberly said. “That’s who eliminated us in the championship of the region last year. That’s certainly a date that I have circled on our calendar.”

Students can go out and catch the doubleheader on April 15 starting at 12:00 p.m. at CCM.

Alpha Beta Gamma’s crusade to strike out Lupus

BY BETH PETER
Editor-in-Chief

Bowling got a benevolent twist as Alpha Beta Gamma, the business honor society at County College of Morris, held a fundraiser to knock out Lupus.

At the newly renovated Circle Lanes in Ledgewood, ABG hosted roughly 40 people on Saturday, Feb. 25. It was $20 to attend, which covered bowling and shoe rental, along with providing a $5 credit toward the arcade. The funds will be distributed to the Lupus Foundation of America, according to Devin Gribbon, business administration major at CCM and vice president of ABG.

Moe Rahmatullah, business administration major at CCM and president of ABG, said the group chose this particular cause because of their ties to it through a collaborative fundraiser with Alpha Mu Gamma, the language honor society.

“We helped them out with [a Lupus charity walk], raising $4,000 for Lupus in the process,” Rahmatullah said. “ABG is an honor society with a commitment to philanthropic work and when the opportunity presented itself, we were eager to help out.”

The second Lupus walk is currently in the planning stages, and Rahmatullah said the target goal is $10,000.

“As such, both clubs have committed to independently raise funds before the Walk so that we can hit our more ambitious goal,” Rahmatullah said.

Gribbon organized the event, the main struggle of which she said was amassing enough interested participants.

“Our fundraiser was held Saturday morning at 10 a.m., which is when students usually like to sleep in,” Gribbon said. “By contacting local newspapers, local community colleges, and distributing flyers at local businesses I was able to get a pretty good turn out.”

Rahmatullah agreed that marketing was their biggest struggle, but commended Gribbon for her competence handling their first major event since her appointment as vice president.

“This was mostly her event from beginning to end, from booking to marketing to execution,” Rahmatullah said. “She did a really great job managing things.”

Michael Gosden, exercise science major at CCM, attended the event and said he was impressed with the uniqueness of it.

“The fact that it was an active off-campus event really stood out,” Gosden said. “I feel like most events are walking around and getting information at tables or buying food or things. This one you were buying an experience.”

Gosden, president of the Alpha Kappa Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, said that he was impressed with the crowd they pulled as well.

“As a student leader, you get an idea of who goes to events but this one had a lot of new faces,” Gosden said. “Devin reached out to the PTK chapter at Passaic County Community College and a lot of them were there.”

While the ultimate goal was to raise money for an important foundation to ABG, Gribbon said she hopes the event can be used as inspiration for others who may be debating organizing something similar.

“I hope this event can inspire others to make a difference not only in their community, but also in the world,” Gribbon said. “A small event like this one can make a difference in someone’s life, and that makes all the hard work worth it.”