Articles written by: Kristopher Lodes

Football / Metro / Mount Pleasant / Sports
Monroe resident Diane Gilertson, 63, left, dances with Central Michigan University football tight end Deon Butler to the oldies hit "Shout!" during a victory dance following the 2013 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games closing ceremonies Friday night at the Student Activity Center.

(Victoria Zegler/File Photo)

Special Olympics Michigan: Supporting the home team, CMU football players inspired while volunteering

Special Olympics Michigan impacts the lives of many young athletes, but it’s the athletes who aren’t participating who might be most affected during the summer games. In 2010, Central Michigan University tight end Deon Butler didn’t know volunteering for three days […]
Academics / News / Sports
The CMU softball team used a two-run home run by sophomore Trista Cox in the eleventh inning to beat Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game, 4-2. (Photo Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

CMU athletics pass APR score in all sports: Softball receives perfect score, other teams last in MAC

The NCAA has released its 2012-13 Academic Progress Rates and Central Michigan University’s 16 varsity sports have all surpassed the 900 point mark. The APR is a “team-based metric that accounts for eligibility and retention for each student-athlete, each term,” […]
Baseball / Sports / Top Stories
The Chippewas celebrate a run scored during the eighth inning of Tuesday's Clash at Comerica. (Photo by Greg Cornwell)

CMU baseball aiming to end season strong against rival WMU, secure No. 1 seed

As the Chippewas fight for a No. 1 overall seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament next weekend, their rivals at Western Michigan University are aiming to secure one of the three final spots left. “It’s going to be a big […]
Baseball / Sports / Top Stories
Central Michigan baseball coach Steve Jaksa shakes hands with MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. following the fourth annual "Clash at Comerica," Tuesday.  (Photo by Greg Cornwell)

CMU baseball wins first ‘Clash at Comerica,’ sweeps MSU

DETROIT — Despite Central Michigan University baseball’s outstanding all-time series against Michigan State University in 2014, the Spartans have been actively trying to take the spotlight away from the Chippewas by focusing on the fundamentals. Since 2009, CMU and MSU […]
Baseball / Sports

Walks lead baseball to clinch home series against Toledo

University of Toledo used two pitchers in the first inning, giving Central Michigan University baseball the opportunity to score six runs on one hit in a 10-4 win over the Rockets, Sunday. Rockets starter Kyle Slacks walked five out of the seven […]
Baseball / News / Sports
The Chippewa dugout gestures towards the pitcher’s mound Saturday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium. The Chippewas defeated Buffalo in a doubleheader Saturday April 5, but lost Sunday. (File Photo | Greg Cornwel)

Baseball team using rituals to build camaraderie, successful results

The count is two balls and two strikes with two outs, when something catches the eye of CMU’s opposing pitcher. He sees 30 players, wielding a bow and arrow directly at him. This is one of the odd rituals the Central […]
Right handed pitcher Pat Kaminska pitches to Ball State  Saturday April 19 at Theunissen stadium. (Andrew Whitaker | Assistant Photo Editor)

Baseball hosts Toledo fresh off non-conference win

After ending a three-game losing streak with a 16-10 win at Oakland Wednesday, Central Michigan baseball is looking to end a four-game Mid-American Conference losing streak. Toledo is in town today, two days after the Chippewas (27-18, 12-6 in MAC) […]
Baseball / Sports
Baseball looks to Aldred to bounce back

Baseball looks to Aldred to bounce back

After a rough weekend for the Central Michigan baseball team, the men are looking to rebound on the road at Oakland today. The Chippewas were swept by Ball State at home last weekend, losing hold of their first-place conference standing which they […]
Baseball / Sports
Left handed pitcher Adam Alfred pitches against first baseman Ryan Krill Wednesday afternoon. Central Michigan beats Michigan State with a final score 7-5. (Andrew Whitaker | Assistant Photo Editor)

Top two MAC teams clash at Theunissen Stadium this weekend

It’s No. 1 versus No. 2 in the Mid-American Conference this weekend when baseball hosts a three-game set against Ball State. Central Michigan has held the top spot overall in the MAC from the beginning with an 8-0 start to conference play and […]
Baseball / Sports
Run Regnier Run: Quick moving junior steals bases with relative ease

Run Regnier Run: Quick moving junior steals bases with relative ease

The pitcher winds up and delivers home. As the ball smacks the catcher’s mitt, Nick Regnier is barreling down to second base. To prevent the junior center fielder from stealing, the catcher needs to make a perfect throw in a […]
Columns / Columns / Voices
COLUMN: If you’re good at something, never do it for free

COLUMN: If you’re good at something, never do it for free

It’s a vicious cycle juniors and seniors have been dealing with for years. You need experience to get a job out of college. In order to get the experience, you need an internship. We are so desperate for this experience […]
Baseball / Sports
Nick Regnier, Junior from Novi, hits a ball into the dirt.    (File Photo | Max Barth)

Baseball looking to repeat against Michigan State, clinch series

Since 2009, Central Michigan and Michigan State have been playing a three-game series with each team hosting a game and one taking place at a neutral stadium. The Chippewas won the inaugural series, but haven’t won it since. They have a […]

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