Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
In a weekend packed with losses to U.P. rivals, the Wildcat Nordic skiing team brought home the only victories of the weekend at the Michigan Tech Challenge against the host Huskies and UW-Green Bay.
“The skiers raced very well for just getting on snow a few days earlier,” said Coach Jenny Ryan. “Their technique looked good and they skied hard.”
The women won both the classic and freestyle races while the men won the freestyle, but finished second to MTU in the classic. The women were led by junior Christina Gillis who won both 5k races.
“I by no means expected to win both or even one of the races this weekend,” said Gillis. “I am sure as the season continues [the] results will vary. We have a strong squad and the fastest girl can vary day to day.”
The Wildcat women show their strength with five top-10 runners in the freestyle and four in the classic. This highlights the depth of the team, which is important for any racing sport.
Wildcat Laura DeWitt also placed in the top 10 in both races as an open participant. She will be competing for the ‘Cats as she will be a full time student next semester.
The men did not have as much success as the women, as they won the freestyle race on Saturday, but finished second to the host Huskies in the classic on Sunday. The men were led by two newcomers to the team, George Cartwright and Chris Bowler. Cartwright finished third in the 10K freestyle with a time of 30:36.3 and Bowler grabbed the third spot in the classic with a 32:22.6. Senior Tim Cook also finished in the top 10 for both races.
The next action for the Wildcat teams are at the US National Championships, starting January 2 in Anchorage, Alaska.
“The athletes all headed home for a few weeks before departing for
Alaska. They have a training schedule to follow with hard workouts to get used to skiing fast on snow and easy workouts to keep up their fitness,” said Ryan.
The team will leave for Alaska on December 29.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
HOW THEY GOT THERE: California enters semifinal play with an upset victory over West Liberty 57-35, while Northwest Missouri State narrowly won over Central Washington after a blocked extra point sealed their fate, 21-20. Cal suffered three losses in regular season play, all of which were non-conference games. NWMS only lost to Abilene Christian, which they later defeated in round two of the SR4 playoffs.
KEY MATCHUP: It has been said that offense is for scoring points, but defense is for winning games, and the two defenses of this game will definitely decide the victor of this semifinal matchup. Both teams have made their way to the QB for numerous sacks. NWMS outranks Cal with 43 sacks to the Vulcans’ 34. Sean Paddock and Roberto davis have led the Bearcats with 6.5 and 6 sacks respectively. However, The Vulcans have recorded more tackles for a loss than the Bearcats, 95-83. Team leaders in this category for the Vulcans include Thomas Mulabah and Dontey Brown, with 10.5 and 9.5 tackles for loss. While NWMS ranks higher nationally in total defense, Cal shut down the number one offense in the nation with the defeat of West Liberty. With the championship game one win away, both teams will have a tighter defensive strategy than usual, and the matchup will be an exciting one to observe.
PREDICTION: When the victory of a game means a team advances to a championship, you never know what to expect. Both teams will do whatever they can to seal the win. However, after reviewing the playoffs, the Vulcans have not played a team with a worse overall record. They have either had the same, or a worse record than their opponent, yet they have come out of all three games victorious, including the last game’s three-touchdown win over West Liberty, the number one offense in the nation. Although defense will be strong for both teams, California gets the trip to the NCAA Division II Championship, with a final score of 27-24.
SR2 Champions Carson-Newman Eagles vs SR3 Champions Grand Valley State Lakers by Brice Burge
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Eagles pulled off a 24-21 win for their first ever victory at University of North Alabama, a team that was considered by some the favorite to win the championship. Grand Valley also won on the road this weekend at the defending-no-longer Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 24-10 in a game reminiscent to the Colts-Bears Super Bowl a couple of years ago. The Eagles are bringing with them a twelve game winning streak as they have not lost since week 2 at UNA, while the Lakers are running full off revenge victories over UMD and Hillsdale, the last two teams to beat the Lakers (UMD in last year’s SR3 final and Hillsdale in week 7).
KEY MATCHUP: CN ball control offense vs. GVSU front seven. You either live or die by the veer offense style of the Eagles, but with a high tempo offense, you can always spend the time to slow down your attack. If the Eagles can keep the Laker Offense off the field and plow through the front seven early in the game to attack the injury depleted GVSU secondary, CN can win this game very decisively. However the GVSU D-line showed the Bulldogs who was the best team in the Midwest by holding UMD to only 156 yards on the ground with two sacks and helped cause four interceptions.
PREDICTION: The Eagles shocked a lot of people with being able to handle the Lions passing attack and I think they will have one more surprise in them this week: the ability to pass from the pocket. Everybody knows that the secondary from Grand Valley is not as strong as it should be and to attack the secondary while providing the run from the veer option should give a balanced offensive attack, something Grand Valley hasn’t seen most of the year. Carson Newman scores a TD within the final 5 minutes of the game to give the Eagles a 28-27 win.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
HOW THEY GOT THERE- No.3 California comes into the matchup with a slim victory in round two, 26-21 against Shippensburg. The three losses they suffered in the regular season were non conference games. Their opponents, No.1 West Liberty gave up a number of TDs in the second round, but scored a bunch more to take the win, 84-63, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
KEY MATCHUP- This game is going to be a battle of the offense: WLS throwing the ball against California running it down the field. The Hilltoppers are ranked number one in total offense in the nation, mostly because of their passing game averaging 382.18 ypg. The Vulcans will have to fight back on the ground with rushing, which so far has accumulated 2087 yards and 24 touchdowns. More specifically, what to watch for will be California’s rushing leaders: Bacco (629+ yards), Brown (615+ yards), and Portis (383+ yards) against West Liberty’s key players in passing/receiving: Amedro (4580 passing yards), Travis (1055+ receiving yards), and Walls (1176+ receiving yards).
PREDICTION- Along with home field advantage, West Liberty is a team that has players shattering records left and right. Zach Amedro alone has set two records in the WVIAC for passing yards and touchdowns in a season (47). California is a very skilled team as well, but I don’t think they can compare to the Hilltoppers’ offensive drive. I give this game to West Liberty in a blowout victory 52-18.
Super Regional 2- #1 University of North Alabama vs. #2 Carson-Newman by Brice Burge
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Lions were able to double up Arkansas Tech 70-35 at home while the Eagles put away the third Gulf South Conference team of West Alabama. UNA won the GSC this year, losing the final game of the season to UWA while Carson-Newman won the Southern Athletic Conference. These two teams met up earlier in the season with UNA winning 31-14.
KEY MATCHUP: Preston Parker, TJ Porter, and Mico McSwain vs. the Eagle secondary. The top three WR’s for the Lions have been lighting up the scorching DB’s all year, including combining for 255 yards on 21 catches in the week 2 contest of these two teams. Parker and Porter are dealing from recent injuries (Porter receiving a concussion in the regional semifinals) which should help the Eagles who were last in the SAC and ranked 129 in the country. However, it the Eagles can shut down the passing game, the defense can stop the run, as CN gives up only 109.8 yards on the ground a game.
PREDICTION: The biggest key to this game is Time of Possession, because Carson-Newman can keep the highly potent offense of the Lions off the field. The Eagles will avenge their second week loss with some big yards from RB’s Wakefield and Inman and QB Good and win their first playoff game against UNA since 1997. Carson-Newman 30 North Alabama 21
Super Regional 3- #1 University of Minnesota Duluth vs. #2 Grand Valley State University by Brice Burge
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Both teams won big games against quality opponents last week with the Bulldogs whomping RMAC champs Nebraska Kearney 42-7 and the Lakers getting sweet revenge for their one loss of the regular season against the Hillsdale Chargers 44-27. Both teams won their respective conferences with a 10-1 record. These teams are no strangers of each other, as they fought each other in last year’s regional final with the Bulldogs winning 19-13 in 2OT.
KEY MATCHUP: Berezik and Gates vs. the Bulldog front seven. The two tailbacks have been solid for the Lakers as they average 161.2 ypg between the two of them but also allows Harlon Hill candidate Brad Iciek to do a solid job at QB. Last year’s playoff game against the UMD proved that an uncomfortable Iciek can lead to problems. The Lakers have had only two game-clinching fourth quarter drives this year, one at Ferris State and one at home versus Northern Michigan. However in the regional semifinals, the ‘Dogs showed the strength to handle a solid running team in the Lopers on their home turf, holding UNK to only 158 yards.
PREDICTION: It actually looks like Hillsdale will get the last laugh here, as their regular season win over GVSU gave UMD the higher seed. The home field, plus the injury depleted Laker team just cannot hold up to the #1 seed in the Midwest. The Grand Valley Revenge Tour gets derailed by the Repeat Express. 34-24 Minnesota Duluth
Superregional 4- #2 Northwestern Missouri State vs #1Central Washington by J. Naracon
HOW THEY GOT THERE- CWU was given the # 1 seed after an undefeated season. NWM State entered the playoffs with the #2 seed. NWM State’s only regular season loss came during the first week of play from Abilene Christian, which NWM State just defeated in the previous round 35-10. Both NWM State and CWU enter the game with at least a three touchdown win over their previous opponents
KEY MATCHUP- It’s no surprise the test for this game will be the Bearcat’s offense against the Wildcat’s defense. NWM State has been superior in rushing and passing touchdowns, collecting 29 rushing TDs and 39 through the air. On the other hand, CWU’s total defense is ranked second in the nation. They have sacked the quarterback 25 times, and in the previous game against Tarleton State, held the rushing offense to minus 14 yards. Both teams should make this game an interesting one to view.
PREDICTION- The Bearcat’s defense will be a tough matchup for the Wildcat’s offense, despite the previous key matchup. Northwestern ranks higher in a many aspects of the game, so I give this game to them. NWMS 20 CWU 17
Monday, November 23, 2009
Part 2 - The interview with Walt Kyle continued..... then Brice joins Pete to discuss the latest on the NMU hoops teams.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Part 14 Final
The Northern Michigan Wildcats fell to the Hillsdale Chargers at the NCAA Regional quarterfinals by a score of 3-2 in a very close match on Thursday, losing in the opening round for the second straight year.
Hillsdale won the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-22, but Northern retaliated to win sets three and four 25-17 and 25-21. The last set of the game was by far the closest and most competitive. The lead went back and forth between the two teams, but the Chargers took control after an 11-11 tie to knock down the Wildcats efforts for a comeback, winning the set 15-12. This is the third time this post-season the Chargers have defeated a team they lost to in the regular season. Northern Michigan ends their season with a record of 19-12, while Hillsdale advances to play the University of Indianapolis in the semifinals on Friday.
The GVSU Lakers started out the game strong after winning the first set 25-21, but that would be the only point in the match where they would have the lead. The SVSU Cardinals dominated the last 3 sets of the match 25-15, 25-20, and 25-18, ending Grand Valley’s season with a record of 16-13. The Cardinals advance to play the Lewis Flyers in the semifinals on Friday.
The Lewis Flyers destroyed the Ferris State Bulldogs in the NCAA Regional quarterfinals 3-0 on Thursday, ending Ferris’ season 19-12.
The Flyers took control of the game right from the start and refused to let the Bulldogs take the lead. Ferris made many attempts to overcome Lewis’ domination, but the Flyers kept a tight hold on their lead, winning each set 25-20, 25-27, and 25-21 respectively. This was Ferris’ first appearance at the NCAA regional since 2006. Lewis advances to play SVSU in the semifinals on Friday.
The University of Indianapolis defeated Michigan Tech 3-0 in the NCAA Regional quarterfinals, advancing to play Hillsdale in the NCAA semifinals on Friday.
The UIndy Greyhounds had a 4-point lead for the majority of the game until the last set, when the Huskies had their first lead. Tech came back from being under 6-1 to tie it at 8-8. The set continued back and forth until the Greyhounds had a 4-point run to make it 20-15. UIndy ended up winning all three sets 25-20, 25-19, and 25-20, ending Michigan Tech’s season with a record of 14-15 and advancing to their 3rd straight NCAA second-round appearance. UIndy defeated Hillsdale in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA’s.
The winner of the UIndy/Hillsdale game will advance to the finals to play the winner of the SVSU/Lewis game on Saturday, November 21.
Cat Chat semis predictions: One more match for only one GLIAC team: the Saginaw Valley Cardinals. SVSU has the depth and position players to defeat the #11 ranked Lewis flyers, and will win it in 4. However GLIAC champion Hillsdale, despite proving themselves in the conference tournament and opening round, will fall to the strongest team in the Midwest in 4.
Cat Chat finals predictions: UIndy 3 SVSU 0. The Greyhounds are just too strong for any GLIAC team this year.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
#1 Minnesota Duluth vs. #4 Nebraska Kearney
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Bulldogs were given the top seed after a 10-1 season and an undefeated Northern Sun schedule. The Lopers are 11-1 after a come from behind victory against SVSU to win their first playoff game in 29 years. Both teams one loss came from non conference opponents: UMD losing to Central Washington (11-0 top seed in SR 4) and UNK losing to Wayne State College (8-3 NSIC). This will be the first matchup between the two teams.
KEY MATCHUP: Loper O vs. Bulldog D- It may sound like a cop out to put one side of the team against the other, but when UNK is putting up 475 ypg for the eighth most yards in the country and the Bulldogs are ranked fourth in total defense giving up only 276 ypg. Seven players for Kearney are on the first or second all RMAC teams and Robbie Aurich, NSIC defensive POTY, leads six players on the first team NSIC North. The overall depth that both these programs have on these respective sides of the ball will be great to watch.
PREDICTION: The awesome O against the dependable D almost always ends up with the defensive team coming up with the win, and usually pretty comfortably. Being the defending NCAA D2 champions on your home turf just continues to spell problems for the Lopers. UMD 35 UNK 17
#2 Grand Valley vs. #6 Hillsdale
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Lakers were given the first round bye after a 10-1 overall record and the GLIAC championship. The Chargers won on a Petro field goal in overtime on the road against MN State-Mankato. GVSU’s only loss came on the road at the Chargers homecoming 27-24, giving GLIAC fans the rematch they’ve been itching for, especially the Hillsdale fans; they’ve already bought out the visiting seating areas and some on the home side as well.
KEY MATCHUP: Panizzi (Hillsdale RB) vs. Grand Valley D-Line – Panizzi is the best power running back in the GLIAC by far. His ability to grind out first downs (Hillsdale is #1 in GLIAC for third down conversion) helps the Chargers dictate their pace. However GVSU leads the GLIAC in sacks and opponents third down conversion.
PREDICTION: Not many teams can come into Allendale and play well, ask Ashland. But this Charger team, led by GLIAC Coach of the Year, Keith Otterbein, will have a strong second half to make this game exciting. Grand Valley 31 Hillsdale 27
The Northern Michigan University women’s volleyball team is headed to the University of Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. This is the second straight appearance for the Wildcats, as they lost to the UIndy Greyhounds in the opening round last year.
“(We’re) really excited to play at the NCAA Regional Tournament. It was the team’s goal to make it back to the tourney and compete at a higher level,” said NMU head coach Dominic Yoder.
Northern is one of six GLIAC teams, along with Hillsdale, Saginaw Valley, Grand Valley, Ferris State, and Michigan Tech, to advance to the NCAA regional. The other two teams, the top seeded University of Indianapolis Greyhounds and the Lewis Flyers, compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Indianapolis grabbed the top spot in the regional after a 3-1 victory on Sunday over Lewis in the GLVC Championship, giving the Greyhounds their 21 straight win this season. This will be their third straight NCAA appearance.
The NMU Wildcats, who tied for second place in the GLIAC North with Grand Valley, will be paired up in the quarterfinals against the fifth-seeded Hillsdale Chargers, who are coming off of five straight wins and their first GLIAC Championship Tournament title after beating Saginaw Valley Sunday 3-2. Despite Hillsdale’s tournament title, Hillsdale is seeded below both SVSU and NMU. Of the six GLIAC teams that advanced to the regional, Hillsdale is the only team from the GLIAC South. The GLIAC North had 56 conference wins to only 40 for the South. The Chargers lost to NMU 3-1 in Marquette and went 1-2 in the GLIAC-GLVC crossover tournament last month.
“It will be fun to play (against) Hillsdale again. They have a very competitive team that is playing very well,” said Yoder.
Indianapolis will host the regional, which lasts from Thursday, November 19 through Saturday November 21.The quarterfinals begin at Indianapolis on Thursday at 12pm. The match-ups and times for Thursday’s Quarterfinals are as follows:
Match # 1: No. 3 Saginaw Valley (21-9, 12-4 GLIAC) vs. No. 6 Grand Valley (16-12, 11-5 GLIAC) at 12pm Cat Chat prediction: SVSU 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20)
Match # 2: No. 2 Lewis (30-4, 14-0 GLVC) vs. No. 7 Ferris State (19-11, 10-6 GLIAC) at 2:30pm Cat Chat prediction: Lewis 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19)
Match # 3: No. 4 Northern Michigan (19-11, 11-5 GLIAC) vs. No. 5 Hillsdale (23-7, 12-4 GLIAC) at 5pm Cat Chat prediction: NMU 3-2 (21-25, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22, 15-12)
Match # 4: No. 1 Indianapolis (35-1, 13-1 GLVC) vs. No. 8 Michigan Tech (14-14, 10-6 GLIAC) at 7:30pm Cat Chat Prediction: UIndy 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The tempo was off, no one was in tune and the words never seemed to line up, but for the members of the football team and marching band, it was the perfect symphony of the bond between the two groups.
After the 41-14 victory over the 4-7 Indianapolis Greyhounds, a group of five players, led by senior running back Mark Bossuah, guided the team across the field. As soon as the band ended their song, a shout rang out from the trumpet section: “BOO!” “SUAH!” responded the rest of the band.
As the band shouted out the team’s top rusher, #21 himself climbed up onto a bench to show his gratitude to his fans.
“Mark's a great guy and very easy to get along with,” said senior trumpet player Marty Fredrick, the creator of the cheer. “I thought it would be good since he's such a prevalent player on the team. Mark also stands out to us quite a bit because he's got such a memorable last name.”
The two Wildcats met each other in their HS 390 class, an upper level history class. The two started talking when Fredrick wished Bossuah good luck before one of the football games. Soon after, the two built a special bond between two different kinds of players and fans.
“Marty would tell me how much he loved football and I would then tell him about how much the music in the band pumped me up,” said Bossuah.
It was once a common practice for the football team to approach the band at some point in the season to sing in appreciation for all of the work the Pride of the North put in throughout the season; however, the last time the singing happened was before 2006.
The special thing about this specific sequence of events is the bridge it creates across certain social barriers. For as long as there have been marching bands and football teams, there have been the cliques that separate the two. For Northern, the uncharacteristic bond is a celebrated difference from the norm.
“If anyone’s school was like mine, the football team and the band didn’t really have any sort of connection or bond,” said Fredrick. “[It was] simply because of cliques and the coolness factor that always is there in high school.”
The Pride of the North is losing 15 seniors this season: Fredrick and his wife Kaylynn, Drum Major Sarah Moulder, Mellophones Jen Boese and Mary Ann Rotter, tenor saxophones Jill Van Landghen and Trista Zdroik, Color Guard Cathy Crane, trombone Ashlee Yziquierdo, clarinet Erin Jones, trumpets Garrett Romero and Katie Miedona, and drumline Steve Boniface, Tyler Clark and Rachael Wilber.
The losses of Marty and Garrett will be especially missed as the two are some of the top hecklers from the band. In addition to the music played at the game, the heckling is another way the band tries to help out the team.
“The heckling started simply as a measure of trying to help the team out by demoralizing the opposing team,” said Fredrick. “[We’re] basically trying to get them to think more about the band rather than the football team.”
As the season ended for both band and team, the respect and bond the two groups had for each other culminated in one magical moment: a group of 200 Wildcat players, singing their best, “for Northern’s glory, for the green and gold.”
Monday, November 9, 2009
Part 2 - A feature on former NMU and olympic hockey player Eric Le Marque, plus recap and analysis of NMU hockey's weekend series with Ohio State and a preview of the upcoming GLIAC tournament for NMU Volleyball.
Full Interview with Eric Le Marque
The cross country team ended their season as well last Saturday at the NCAA Midwest regionals, finishing 13th. Freshman Olivia Juntilla was the first Wildcat to finish with a 23:52. Jenny Wiedmeyer, Bibiane Mahy, Rita Woitas, and Kristin Schulz also scored for the ‘Cats. Grand Valley won the regional scoring only 23 points and Ferris State’s Christine Muir was the individual winner with a 21:34.
The Swimming & Diving team fought a tough rivalry meet against former NMU coach Jon Wilson and his new team in UW-Oshkosh, as the Wildcats fell to the Titans 117-120. The meet came to the very last event, as the 200 Free Relay team of Sawka, Klin, Backman, and Stedman was .18 seconds behind the host team. Next action is at the Calvin College Invite in Grand Rapids. Box score
Super Regional 3 Preview
3 GLIAC teams made the Super Regional 3 playoffs in football, bringing with it some much deserved respect for the conference. Grand Valley (10-1, L31-19 @ GV) gets the bye, while Saginaw Valley (9-2, W23-20 @ SV) is in the fifth seed and Hillsdale (9-2, L35-24 @NMU) gets the sixth and final spot.
#5 SVSU @ #4 Nebraska-Kearney (10-1 RMAC champs). SVSU has the advantage in terms of playoff experience as the Cardinals are 4-5 in the postseason, while the host Lopers are 2-6 all time and 0-4 at home in the playoffs. The home team will want the ball on the ground as the UNK led the RMAC in rushing offense (258.1 ypg) and rushing defense (76.3 ypg). However the rushing D of SVSU is nothing to laugh at either giving up only 88.1 ypg. Winner will play defending D2 champs UM-Duluth.
Key matchup: Dowdell vs UNK secondary: The Indiana State transfer has 11 TD’s and picks this season and is 10th in the GLIAC for passing efficiency while UNK gave up the least amount of passing TD’s in the RMAC this year. In the last 5 wins for the Cardinals, Dowdell was 53-92-3 with 6 TD’s, but the opponents’ combined overall record was 16-38 with 13 of those wins by Ashland and Findlay. UNK got 14 picks, and gave up 218.1 ypg this season.
Prediction: Saginaw Valley’s only shot to win is with a balanced offense and I just don’t think Dowdell can open up the passing game enough to do this. UNK wins their first home playoff game 17-10.
#6 Hillsdale @ #3 Minnesota State (10-1, NSIC south champs) This is the first home playoff game for the Mavericks, while the Chargers will play their first postseason game since the NAIA playoffs in ’88. MSU was the first seed in the regional until a last week loss at the hands of St. Cloud State sent them to the 3 seed. Hillsdale barely hung onto a playoff spot as their SOS fell like a rock the last weeks of the season, but had the huge win over Grand Valley at their homecoming earlier this season. Turnovers will be the big key for this game as MSU had a +14 TO ratio, but was -3 with 9 fumbles in their loss and 2 overtime games this year. Winner will play Grand Valley in Allendale.
Key Matchup: Hillsdale Passing vs. MSU defense: Troy Weatherhead is probably one of the most underlooked QB’s in the GLIAC with Iciek and Cundiff getting a lot of the fame, but Weatherhead leads in passing yards and is third in efficiency. He also has two of the top WR in the GLIAC with Kegg and Holmes (1&3 in GLIAC with receptions). MSU has given up over 200 ypg in the air this year and has only 9 picks.
Prediction: Hillsdale o-line can handle the Mavericks pressure and when the passing gets old, the power running backs of the Chargers will win it. Hillsdale 27- MSU 14
Monday, November 2, 2009
Part 2 - Nick Mankoci and Sean Kelly join Pete to break down the Wildcat hockey team's weekend series with Miami and preview Ohio State. Then Brice Burge joins Pete to discuss the latest on the NMU soccer team.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
By Mike Hanold
Baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, but when the leaves change and the temperature falls, football reigns supreme. Nothing compares to tailgate parties and roughing it out in minus 30 degree weather to show your loyalties to you’re favorite NFL or college team. With teams like the Packers and Wolverines in their minds, so many individuals turn their attention away, even to a point that our NMU Wildcats get lost in the mix.
I’m a junior who just transferred this year from Gogebic Community College (which had no football program) and I was very excited to learn that Northern Michigan has a Division II football program. Granted, NMU has mostly D2 programs, but as a fan and former player, I enjoy football because I love the game.
What concerned me was how low some individuals, students and community members alike, thought of the football team. I was a little discouraged when I heard “oh they suck” or “they never were anything”. Despite these remarks, I decided to go to the home-opener against Tiffin to have a look for myself. I believe they have proven the critics wrong! A team that “sucks” couldn’t put up 62 points on their opponent and go on to outscore their opponents 158-68 at home. The Wildcats strong performances against ranked teams such as Wayne State at home and Saginaw Valley State at their homecoming convinced me that these guys are for real.
What surprised and disappointed me the most was the attendance. Did I expect to see crowds like last year’s Miner’s Cup every game? No, but when you’re only drawing a paltry 2,800 fans (double that for homecoming) in an 8,000 seat stadium, there is an issue. There is an issue when the rival team’s fans equal or outnumber the NMU fans or the band is bigger than the student section like on Armed Forces and senior day last year. Even so, there is certainly an issue when there is an “oh they suck” attitude lingering around the Wildcat fan base and the community.
Ferris State, for example, hasn’t always been a dominant team, yet they turn capacity or near-capacity crowds and most of their fans stay loyal through the bad years. That is the tradition that is missing from this school. It takes not only the current students, but the community, alumni, families, etc to make a winning team possible. The players need to know that they are wanted by their fans in order to succeed. In my high school football days, we could be down 30-0 in the third quarter, but just hearing the crowd cheer us on made that score disappear. The 1974 Wildcats went winless, but turned it around for the championship the following year, so it goes to show you that anything is possible.
When you cheer on the Cats, you’re not just supporting the team itself, but you’re supporting the band, the cheerleaders, the former and current Wildcat students and everyone that makes NMU as strong as it is. Though it is true that it has been awhile since we’ve won it all, there is always hope. Before you go and jump on the “oh they suck” bandwagon, just remember, this year could be the year. They can be something, that is, if you help make it happen.
With that being said, let’s make it happen on November 7th against Indianapolis. This game is so important not just because it’s the final game of the season, but for our seniors, it maybe their final game ever. I can’t think of a better way to thank our seniors than to fill the dome with 8,000 screaming fans cheering on a Wildcat victory. Let’s make this game a memorable one. Even if you are not a football fan, do it for your school pride. Together we will make it happen.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Part 2 - Sean Kelly and Nick Mankoci break down NMU hockey's series with Bemidji State and look forward to next weekend's games versus Miami. Then Brice Burge has highlights of Senior Day for NMU soccer.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Part 2 - The interview with NMU Quarterback, Carter Kopach. Then Sean Kelly joins Pete to recap NMU hockey's season opener versus Michigan Tech, and Brice recaps Cross Country's weekend at the UP championship.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Part 2 - Sean Kelly and Nick Mankoci join Pete to preview the 2009-2010 NMU Hockey Season.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Part 2 - Mark Bossuah joins Pete in the studio for a sit-down interview. Then Pete and Brice recap the soccer team's weekend games.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Part 2 - Brice sits down to talk NMU Volleyball with Coach Dominic Yoder and Mandie Meyer.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Part 2 - Interview with NMU Associate Athletic Director, Carl Bammert regarding the new field turf and a sit-down interview with NMU linebacker, Nathan Yelk.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Cat Chat will be at the home opener against Tiffin this Saturday. We'll have an interview with NMU President, Les Wong at the game and will be looking to film several promos to air on the show. Look out for the Cat Chat crew at the Fall Kickoff and game and you might just be in one!
There will also be live updates on Twitter from the football game so if you aren't able to attend we've got you covered.
Our first show will air this week so stay tuned for air times.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We're back for another year and our first taping will be held Sunday, September 13. The show will include highlights of NMU Football's home opener against Tiffin as well as include predictions for the season.
When the the taping is finished the show will be put on YouTube and will also air on WNMU Channel 20 in Marquette. Stay tuned for more updates.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Cat Chat is entering its second year on the air, and is open to all NMU students. The show airs on WNMU channel 20 in Marquette as well as on YouTube.
Students will get a chance to take part in the filming of the show as well as opportunities covering NMU sporting events. Positions include directing, audio mixing, on-air analyst, camera, floor directing, field reporting, interviewing, blogging, creating video packages/feature stories and more.
We are also looking for local bands/musicians who would be interested in creating original scores and music for the show.
This is a great chance to get experience for a resume.
For more information send us an E-Mail at CatChatTV@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.CatChatTV.org
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Then Brice Burge joins Pete and Sean for a round table preview of the NCAA Tournament with Final Four and upset picks.
Part 1 - Hockey
Part 2 - NCAA Tournament
Part 3 - NCAA Tournament
Stay tuned for video updates this weekend from Detroit!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Stay tuned for the next edition of Cat Chat as we recap the series and preview the NCAA Tournament! The new episode will be up late Monday Night on YouTube and will air on WNMU Channel 20 in Marquette at 9 PM Tuesday and Thursday.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Positions on the show include being an on-air analyst, directing, audio, floor directing, camera operator, filming at NMU sporting events, voice overs for highlights and packages, interviews, and more.
Meetings will be held on Friday, January 30 at 1 PM in the TV Studio at the McClintock Building, as well as on Monday, February 2 at 6 PM. A taping of the show will follow Monday's meeting.