Student Blog 2013

Articles written by our campers. Enjoy!

Natalie Newell has set the pitching record of 15-7 beating her coach. But it all started with basketball. Newell wanted to play basketball but one day a coach from a local Little League softball team called to ask if Newell and her sister wanted to join and Newell’s mother said yes.

Now Newell plays for the Bethel College Pilots and the upgrade in the team’s performance and the game speed challenges Newell to upgrade her game and how she plays it.

Natalie is inspired by her parents and Jenny Finch. She is inspired by Finch’s quote, “Dream big and believe.”

How would you describe perfection? Perfection is something you have to work for. The Silver Hawks worked hard enough to reach perfection. Write on Sports camp went to one of their games against the Cougars. Not everything was perfect, but it was still a great game.

One perfection was how the batters didn’t always swing at the ball. They waited for the perfect opportunity to swing and hit the ball. Not every strike is made from swinging and missing the ball. But it’s certainly better than swinging and missing three times in a row.

The second perfection was the outfielders. It’s truly amazing how perfectly they could catch a ball. They catch the ball with incredible accuracy.

The third perfection was the pitcher’s throws. Some of them were really fast. Some of them may have curved. It takes a lot of practice to be able to control the ball so easily.

In the end, the Silver Hawks won 7-2. But that wasn’t the most important thing about the game. They’re still in the minor league. But if they work hard enough, they have a chance at making it to the major league.

As a child Jack Nolan was very into sports in his home town of Boston.  He would take a tape recorder and do his own “broadcast” on the games of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics.

Later on, after the games Nolan would stand in the middle of the park and play his “broadcastings” and although people would laugh and joke at him he was determined.

A reason that Nolan wanted to be a broadcaster was because he thought it sounded like “fun.”

Nolan wanted to become a broadcaster because he was very talkative. “I like to talk,” said Nolan.

Although he likes to talk freely Nolan knows that in order to have this career you have to be a good writer.

“The key to communication–any communication–is good writing,” says Nolan.

Goshen, Ind. 7/10/13 — Yesterday, Write on Sports went to Notre Dame to interview Jewell Loyd. We talked to her about her basketball life. Loyd’s favorite thing about playing a game is being with her teammates and winning.

We asked Loyd what interested her in playing basketball. She said she loves her big brother, so she followed what he did.

“I did everything my brother did and so when he played basketball I did,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd talked about her pre-game routine, which she says she does it before every game.

“Before every game I watch Kobe (Bryant) highlights, drink apple juice, and then pray,” said Lloyd.

Jewell Loyd has many people to look up to coming into her sophomore year as a basketball player at the University of Notre Dame.

Loyd’s mom was a major role model in her life. Her mom was an English teacher who helped her with speaking in public. Her mom also helped her with her confidence on and off the court.

Loyd’s older brother also was a person that she looked up to. “Whatever my brother did, I did,” said Loyd yesterday at our interview. “If my brother played soccer, I played soccer.” Her brother was a great role model and motivator.

Loyd also looks up to some famous professional basketball players like Kobe Bryant and Skylar Diggins. Loyd said she watches Kobe highlights before each game. “Skylar is like a big sister to me,” said Loyd. No mater how successful or good people are, everyone always has people they look up to.

NOTRE DAME, Ind.–Jack Nolan, Notre Dame athletic broadcaster, thinks that academics are equal to athletics at Notre Dame.

Yesterday during an interview with the students of Write on Sports camp, Nolan told the students that one of the reasons he enjoys working at Notre Dame is that the athletes are “student athletes,” meaning that school comes before sports.

“They try to get you to succeed in everything,” Nolan said.

Notre Dame helps their athletes by giving them a plan in case their career as an athlete doesn’t turn out like they hoped.

“It helps the athletes face the music,” Nolan said.

Students who play sports don’t just practice their athletics during the day, they also attend a variety of classes, all of which help them learn important things that can help them in life such as speaking in front of large crowds. Nolan explained that many of their athletes are very successful in life, with careers such as CEOs of companies or lawyers.

South Bend, Ind.–Who is going to win, the Cougars or Silver Hawks? A lot of people were questioning themselves during the intense game. With both teams being really good and both teams having a lot of fans, everyone was excited.

The first person to bat was Gioskar Amaya who was playing for the Cougars. While his turn batting Amaya got out. Later on it was Jeimer Candelario’s, who was the fourth batter on the team, turn to bat. He got 3 balls and 2 strikes. Then after his bad start he hit the pitched ball really hard and got a home run. In that first round of the Cougars batting they got 2 home runs.

First batter for the Silver Hawks was Fidel Pena. He got out after 3 balls and 2 strikes. Later on Brandon Dury was next and he was the fourth batter on the team. Dury hit the ball and while the Cougars were after it Brito, which was on first base, went for home and he made it. The first round of the Hawks made two home runs.

During the third turn of the Hawks batting they scored a home run. In the fourth round niether teams made any scores. The game ended with the Silver Hawks win of 7-2.

SOUTH BEND, Ind.– Yesterday, 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.

Jack Nolan always knew he wanted to be a reporter.

When Nolan was just nine years old he was going to Red Sox games and was using his own recorder to record what he thought about the game. He even eventually started giving out stat sheets to all the people in his section.

Once in high school Nolan decided to join the school newspaper. He then also decided he wanted to be a sports announcer because he knew he wasn’t good enough to play in the major leagues or in college. Nolan stated it’s a way to stay with sports.

After he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 he worked for WNDU-AM from 1982-1999. Before doing WNDU he worked at the Atlanta station CNN as an anchor and sports producer. Now he is the voice of Notre Dame.

Who would have thought someone so successful started as a little boy with a dream and a tape recorder?

Jack Nolan is definitely qualified to be an announcer.

Nolan’s first announcing job came when he was nine years old. He would record himself announce Boston Red Sox baseball games and later play them for everyone to hear over the loud speaker on his train rides home.

He did admit his announcing job for the Red Sox was self proclaimed. He would also hand out players stats for everyone in his section to read before the game.

Nolan would not have been able to put his early childhood recordings on his resume.

But he could put that he worked for his high school newspaper and got a job as a news anchor for a local CNN station in Atlanta right out of college.

Nolan worked for CNN less than a year before being offered a job to co-host WNDU-AM’s popular radio sports talk show in 1982. He was on the show until 1999.

At the same time Nolan started doing play-by-play for Notre Dame men’s basketball games and has been doing that for Notre Dame on TV or radio for more than 32 years.

NOTRE DAME, Ind.–Yesterday the Write on Sports camp got to interview Jewell Loyd on the Notre Dame campus.

Loyd, of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, talked with the students from the Write on Sports camp. One thing that she talked about was her pre-game ritual that includes watching “Kobe highlights,” drinking apple juice at the bench, followed by a prayer.

Also in the interview was Jack Nolan, voice of Notre Dame athletics. A few times during the interview Nolan referred to Loyd’s calm and humble interview style, which Loyd credited to her mom.

Even when Loyd won the Freshman of the Year award this past season at Notre Dame, she was able to keep a humble attitude.

At the end of the interview students were able to ask questions of Loyd and get a strong feel of her humble personality on and off the court.

Write on Sports camp is a really fun camp. If you like writing or sports this is the place for you. There are lots of activities you do here. You will get to interview reporters and athletes. After you interview them you will write a blog or article on the guests. At the camp you get delicious lunch with desert, soda, and soft serve ice cream.

I like this camp and will be here next summer and let my friends know about this camp. This year we got to go to Notre dame and to see a Silver Hawks game. We met athletes Lloyd Jewell a women’s basketball player, Justin Gillete a marathon runner, and Natalie Newell a soft ball player. We also met  Jason Samuel the manager for the radio station 91.1 The Globe and Anthony Anderson a reporter for the Elkhart Truth.

I remember the first time I walked thru those doors I was nervous but about the 4th day everything changed. Now its the last day and I don’t want to leave.