Gracie Edmonds

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Gracie Edmonds will be an eighth grader at Goshen Middle School.

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July 17, 2013

Montclair State University (New Jersey) and Goshen College (Indiana). Two completely different places share a common interest, teaching students about Sports Journalism. This is the first year for the Goshen College Campus.

673.2 miles away from Goshen a camp just like ours is going on. Teaching the exact same foundations for sports journalism, at the same time too. The fact that both camps are doing the same thing right now amazes me.

Write on Sports is a great program encouraging students to write by writing about sports. This program is fantastic because it allows students like me, and students all the way in New Jersey to be connected. Learning the same things, doing the same projects. It is really cool.

There are three Write On Sports camps. Two in New Jersey and one on the Goshen College campus going on right now.


July 15, 2013

GOSHEN Ind.- This morning, July 15,2013 at approximately 10:30 am, Write on Sports had the opportunity to interview Natalie Newell.

Natalie Newell is a pitcher at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. She is an athlete who takes both her game and her grades very seriously.

I talked with Newell about her Academic All-American award. She talked about how important time management is in completing your work. Earlier in the camp we were able to go to Notre Dame and interview athlete Jewell Loyd. She also talked about how one of the big changes from high school to college was academics.

The similarities between the two don’t stop there. Even though Loyd plays basketball and Newell plays softball, they both talked about the differences between high school and college games in closely related ways.

One of the ways both described a change in their sport was the speed of the game. They both said that the game was faster and there were no breaks. The two players also described a change in the size of the girls. They were bigger, faster, and stronger. Newell talked about how the harder game “challenged me to step up my game.”

The two players are from different colleges and play different sports. Yet, they have the same thoughts about the change. Are the two players really that different after all?

July 11, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind.РYesterday, July 10, 2013 around 4:00 pm, Write On Sports had the opportunity to interview three Silverhawks players pre-game. Fidel Pena is #23 and plays infielder, Alex Glenn #28 is an outfielder, as well as Pitcher #19 Jesse Darrah. They explained how they work hard during training so they are prepared for the games.

The Players warmed up with the catchers playing a game of catch, batting practice for the batters, a run for the whole group, and many drills. They started warmups at 1:00 pm and they don’t go home until after 11:00 pm.

Pitching Coach Wellington Cepeda talked about how most people think the players get there a little before the game. That’s not the case. Cepeda said, “It’s like a regular job.”

Some of the players work out or ice their muscles after a game to cool down.

The players went into the game prepared. They explained their feelings in two words: ready and excited.

They went into the game against Kane County Cougars with a positive outlook and ended with a positive outcome. Silverhawks prevailed 7-2.

July 9, 2013

Today July 9, 2013 10:00 am at the Goshen College Newcomer Center, Write On Sports had the opportunity to interview professional marathon runner Justin Gillette. ¬†Justin Gillette started running February 14, 1996. He’s run 133 marathons. He finished 126, winning 64 first place and has placed others spots 62 times. What about the seven he didn’t finish?

I had the opportunity to talk to Justin about feelings before and after a race. Some of the words he used to describe the feeling were nervous, pumped, and excited. Justin said, “You’re really excited because you don’t know if you will finish or drop out.”

He also talked about how he knew he wasn’t going to finish those seven races. The feeling of I can’t do this set in. IS this what causes runners to drop out? “It’s really tiring and at the end you’re really thirsty.” said Justin.

There are many reasons for racers to drop out. Sometimes they are small like fatigue or thirst.