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Women’s Basketball Looks Forward to Upcoming Season

The Lady Hawks are excited about their prospects in the upcoming basketball season.

Coming off a season in which they finished 4th in the conference standings and hosted a home playoff game which they ended up losing 60-68, they are looking to improve on last years disappointing end to the season.

Head Coach Nicole Bullock said she is excited about some of the teams new additions.

“Obviously if you look at are roster now were deeper in a lot of areas but were still young,” Bullock said. “Allowing Macy and Ashley to be leaders of the group and continuing to push are newcomers to expand there game at the collegiate level.”

Macy Kisner and Ashley Schroeder have re-joined the team for their 4th and final season, both earning all-conference 3rd team honors last season.

Bullock also mentioned the newcomers who “bring a lot of energy, passion, and excitement to the game.”

“It’s just a matter of making that high school to college level transition in a timely manner,” she said. “So the quicker we can do that and allow them to still be successful with what there good at will be advantageous to us.”

The Lady Hawks have started there season off 0-2, losing close games to SUNY Oswego and Fredonia. They take on Medaille University tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Hafner.

Hawks Drop First Football Game

The Hilbert Hawks football team lost the first game in school history to Dennison University, dropping the contest by a score of 63 – 0.

While the Hawks first game did not go as planned, the team learned some lessons and will use the experience to help them improve throughout this first seas, head coach Jim Kubiak said.

“I told them that that was a good football team and they put it on us,” he said. “What can we do, what can we learn from that? What can we adjust? How can we grow? We got Willamette coming in here next week and really the most important thing now is to look at what we did and how to improve going into the next football game.”

While the Hawks had a tough day, there were some silver linings. Linebacker Taivaughn Roach recorded 13 tackles. Quarterback Jerimiah Caviness went 5 for 9 for 78 yards with 6 rushing yards. And running back Jalen Henlon rushed for 55 yards on 19 attempts.

Caviness said he sees the first game as a learning opportunity and that the team need to focus on next week.

““Definitely our discipline, our team discipline,” he said. “We got to come together as a team. We got to be more disciplined.”

The Hawks face Willamette University this Saturday at St. Francis’ Polian Field. Tickets to the 12 p.m. game are free to students, staff and faculty with Hilbert ID and $5 for general admission. Hilbert College Athletics Hall of fame inductees will be honored at half time.

Hilbert Honors Sisters of St. Joseph

On the 65th anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph founding Hilbert College, the college honored the sisters with the unveiling of the new FSSJ wall in the Bogel Hall foyer.

The wall includes a timeline of Hilbert all the way from it founding to present day, an interactive touchscreen tv, which has videos promoting Hilbert as well as pictures of people from the college from past and present.

In attendance were the current Franciscan Sisters as well as college President Michael Brophy, Dr. Diedre DeBose and other Hilbert College faculty.

DeBose gave a glowing speech in honor of the sisters.

“Thank you all for the sacrifices that you made. You have dedicated your entire lives to ensuring that others are ok,” she said. “Thank you for your commitment to servitude, simplicity and  joy.” 

Q&A: Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre

In late March The Scribe had a sit-down interview with men’s head basketball coach Rob deGrandpre, whois in his 20th year at Hilbert, and 19th season coaching. We discussed the challenges with inconsistency this season along with what he plans to improve on for next season.

TS: How would you describe your time at Hilbert?

Rob : It’s been a long run, but it’s been it’s a labor of love. You know, I remember when I got here back in 2002, I got hired in September, which is a little late for a basketball coach. When I first met the team, there were two twins that showed up to the meeting and they were both about 5 foot one. They were tiny. Obviously, there was a lot of work to do, but you know little by little we got through that first-year. Didn’t know if we would ever get a win; we didn’t have much to work with, but. You know then the following year we brought in a really big recruiting class and then it was just brick by brick, you know the foundation was put in place. Then one win turn into five wins, five wins into ten wins, ten wins into 15 wins. We really got it going probably around the 2011-12 year. I’d like to think we’ve been on the upswing ever since. The last decade has pretty good.

TS: Why do think it was hard stringing together consistent wins?

Rob: In general, we were very young. Great group of guys, you know, nobody was afraid of any work or anything like that, but it was the setbacks I guess, of the COVID year were really, probably a little more to overcome than what we had initially thought. It wasn’t so much that we had lost players to graduation, it was more of last year we just didn’t get a full season in. and in terms of growth and development, we really had to do a lot of that this year. So we were a little behind the 8 ball. You know, we had some signature wins, no question about it. Beating La Roche and Penn State Behrend on the road were a great wins. Even late in the year, winning down at Pitt, Bradford and winning at home to close the year against Mount Aloysius, those are some just some really great wins. Yeah, it’s a long season. It’s a tough season. Our league was good this year, really good and. You know, I think I think our young guys really got a lesson. You know, it was an opportunity to. play a lot of young people and and watch their growth and I think the future looks pretty good with what we have

TS: Do you think those reasons also attribute to the win loss consistency within the past couple of years a whole?

Rob: You know, we had a heck of a backcourt for four years with Messiah Phillips and Hunter Martino. Those guys were really good four-year players. When you graduate guys that are four year impact players, the next class that comes, there’s going to be a learning curve. It takes a little bit of time. You know, we’d all like to, be able to just continue on with, what you have. But sometimes you have to go through a little bit of the bumps and bruises along the way. We have talent, there’s no question we have some talent, it’s the chemistry component of putting the whole thing together and and making sure that you know it works. You know, the season starts on October 15th and. You know, you get up three weeks to really, you know, develop somebody. That’s not enough time. Once the season really gets going with, you know, this year we started, you know, our first game was on November 9th. We played a very good Alpha University team here at home and last by five had had our chances. You know, Alfred University had a great year in the in the Empire 8 Conference. So I I think it kind of goes in waves a little bit. But you know, I go back to you know. If you wanna go back six or seven years, we had a we had a really good stretch of probably 3 20 win seasons in a row and you know regular season Title 3 appearances in the championship game, this close to going to the NCA, it’s and. You know, consistency is hard when you’re on top of the mountain. Everybody wants to knock you off. You know, I thinkthe league’s gotten better you know kudos to the AMCC i mean there’s really no nights off you know you have to come to play.

TS: Those three years you mentioned you lost in the championship all three years. What went wrong in those games?

Rob: The first time around, we lost to a very good Penn State Behrend team on their homecourt. I don’t know if people were shocked that we were in that game, but we certainly deserved to be there. That was the eyeopener. That’s the moment that I think the players realize. Hey, you know we’re one step away from getting what we’ve all worked hard for. The second year believe it or not, it took a half court shot at the buzzer to send the thing into overtime where we fell to Medaille unfortunately. And then the third one we were the number one seed, we hosted and played a very good Pitt Greensburg team, a team that we had beaten twice during the regular season, significantly well. I think we felt good about it. But they had a very good game plan and we lost that game by two points. And you know, it was a tough one. That was a tough, I think. I think that moment for me was, you know, this this is hard. Winning is hard and everybody wants to win everybody likes to win but there’s so much that has to go into it you know for everything to come together and to have you know that magical season where you where you really get what you want and that’s a championship.

TS: What went wrong in the playoff game vs La Roche?

Rob: I think they shot the ball really well, you know. We struggled to score at times. They zoned us a little bit. We did have a really good performance from one of our freshmen, Nevada Eldridge, who really emerged late in the year for us. You know, again, freshman doing this giving us an awful lot, but really came into his own as the season played out and we got closer to the finish line. He was a handful for a lot of opponents. He did a great job and we had a hard time getting him the ball and places where he could score. So just one of those nights where shots weren’t falling. I think we got good shots. The guys that needed to make shots got good looks. It was just a tough game. They’re really good. Yeah, they’re really good and you know, we just had a cold night shooting.  And sometimes those nights happen. We got off to a great start. You know, it was pretty tight until about 8 minutes to go in the first half and they really extended the lead. You know, a lot of long faces in the locker room at halftime that we had to wake up. Hey, we got 20 more minutes to play and we made our runs. We got it down, I think seven or eight a couple times. But we just couldn’t get over the hump at the end and you know, they were a really good team. A lot of size, a lot of athleticism, a lot of different guys that can score inside, score from the perimeter and you know kudos to them. They were good for a reason.

TS: What do you plan on doing differently next season in order to get more wins?

Rob: Were expecting a majority of are guys back. Now it’s another year of growth. The nice part about it is all of our young guys when they come back in the fall, I don’t think their heads will be spinning. They’ll know what the expectations are and what our standards are in terms of excellence. It should be a pretty seamless transition. We do have an unofficial preseason trip to Canada planned for some exhibition games. So that might give us a leg up a little bit on the 2022-23 season. So we’re looking forward to that for sure. Good to get those early tests in good to get those early practices in and should really prepare us for what I think could be a positive step forward with the next season. Recruiting is everything we do have some holes to fill. We’ve got to be a little bit better with the back court with some of our decision making and taking care of the ball and then passing the ball and and you know we have guys that can score but they got to get the ball where they can score and that really falls on you know on our point guard play so

Womens Basketball Looks Toward Next Season

The Hilbert College Women’s basketball team season ended in a 60-68 loss in the conference tournament to Alfred State.

Coming off an abbreviated season last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Lady Hawks had a lot of turnover from the previous roster. With a first year head coach and a team with many freshman, the Hawks had to find their way as a team.

The Lady Hawks finished the regular season 8-18. They had 2 All conference 3rd team selections in Ashley Schroeder and Macy Kisner. Kisner also won conference defensive player of the year.  

Youth and inexperience came up as one of the biggest reasons for the Lady Hawk’s struggles early in the season, players and coaches.

“We had a new coaching staff, we had a lot of freshmen, and we had a lot of people who had never really played in an actual collegiate game, even are sophomores,” Head Coach Nicole Bullock said. “They played scrimmages, but not a game. We had a lot of challenges to overcome just off the cuff.”  

“Throughout the whole season, it was a lot of adjustments that need to be made because of a new Coach coming in, majority of the girls hadn’t actually played college basketball,” Schroeder said. “Macy and I were the only two who had played consistently out of everyone on the team. And so there was, like a lot of just like trying to figure each other out, trying to figure the game out like it was just very new for a lot of people.  And then once we started figuring things out like we started going on a couple of winning streaks and we started doing a lot better, playing a lot better together as a team.”  

Leadership came up as a reason for the second half turnaround, Bullock said, pointing to Alesia Hamm along with Kisner and Schroeder as players who took on leadership roles.

“I think we have a couple different leadership styles for kids on our team,” Bullock said. “Alesia Hamm is probably our best leader by example. Not the most outspoken person but she is consistently our hardest worker and always giving her best effort.”

Bullock said Schroeder excelled as a leader.

“As a point guard, that’s a natural leadership position,” she said. “She does a really good job of trying to be a positive leader. She will put people where they need to be, remind them where they need to be, but then also is the first person to give you a high five, first person to congratulate you on a good move.”

Kisner also showed a lot of spirit during games.

“Macy is probably our sassiest leader and I say that as an endearing term,” Bullock said. “She just has this real competitive edge to her and kind of allows everybody to feed off that energy. So I think leadership wise those three would probably fit where we’re trying to do.“ 

The Lady Hawks went 7-5 in the second half of the year, good enough to lock up the conference’s No. 4 seed in the conference tournament, and a showdown with Alfred State. Late into the contest the Lady Hawks trailed by 6 with less than half a minute to go in the game and opted to attack the basket instead of attempting a three pointer.

“Whether we got a three or whether we gotta two, it was still gonna be a two possession game. We had not shot well from the floor in general,” Bullock said. “We were not shooting well from the three, so I wanted to get a quick two, possible 3-point play and then get right back into our pressure defense and allow our defensive player of the year and other people do what they do, and if we couldn’t, then we were going to foul and get it back…. Could have gone either way. Could have gone for the three and then allowed to at least get a rebound or facing a rebound and get a quick put back and still would have had it. But I was really trying to get to the free throw line and get the clock stopped as quickly as possible.” 

Kisner said they are best when attacking the basket.

“We’re not a great three-point shooting team,” Kisner said. “If you look at our shooting percentages. It’s not great, and one of our strong points is going to basket and getting to the free throw line. So she was going for the ‘And one’ for that three-point play… getting fouled there is a win win situation, the clock stops, and you have a chance to get points.” 

With another year of experience under everyone’s belt and with incoming recruiting class the Lady Hawks are optimistic in building on their win total next season, Bullock said. 

Q&A: SGA President Kody Harrison

In early February The Scribe had a sit-down interview with Student Government Association President Kody Harrison. We discussed the challenges he has with being President along with the successes and what he plans to accomplish for the current semester. Already Harrison and SGA have accomplished one of their goals. They eliminated 11 of the organizations 20 positions, bringing the total number of seats in student government to nine.

This is Harrison’s first term as President . He has previous experience being involved in SGA as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative.

The Scribe: What changes do you plan on making in student government during your first semester?

Kody Harrison: We were just restarting SGA and got rid of a lot of positions because we felt as if some people were not doing enough work. We thought consolidating and having fewer positions would be helpful to the association. It’s definitely gotten easier. we built a foundation last semester.

TS: What have been some of the biggest challenges for you so far?

KH: Most of the struggles were the mask. It was a little difficult because there were students who were having problems with those new rules, and they did come to us about it. And so, we did bring them up to administration. But they said that that’s the best policy that they came up with. The most civil, I guess. We also had some social distancing issues with our meetings and events but other than that it was pretty smooth sailing.

TS: How did SGA handle the challenges presented during the height of the pandemic?

KH: Last semester we did welcome week. Most of the events were outside, since we’re able to take off the mask. I don’t think we did too much stuff indoors because we didn’t want students feeling that they were being forced to wear a mask or anything while trying to have fun and engage.

TS: Besides planning Bert Fest, what other goals are you hoping to accomplish this semester?

KH: We’re trying to get clubs more involved, so students know about the clubs because. I feel like the clubs are still kind of low in numbers, so we are trying to get these  clubs out there and try to get more clubs engaged with the community because we think some clubs are clubs but they don’t hold any events or anything, so we’re trying to get them to be more out in the open.

More on the administrative side of goals that we’re talking about different majors that we might be wanting to bring on campus or different issues that we see on campus that we’re trying to solve. So that could be like the whole new athletic programs coming out of campus. How is that going to look for Hafner? What are we going to do with Hafner and how are we going to restructure it if we’re going to build off? And then right now currently we are working on upgrading the lower campus center. So, we’re getting new floors for the Campus Center which students voted on which floor they wanted, which was light gray. We’re going to get new furniture in there. We’re gonna get a fridge in there. Microwave. Trying to liven up the place a little bit because it’s a  little bland. We want to put in a little fireplace area. Making it warm and cozy  so you can come down there and hang out with friends, maybe bring down their food from the dining hall and just chill out between classes.

TS: Election season is right around the corner. Are you planning on running for a second term?

KH: I think so because I feel like a put a lot in a lot of work and I want to see it pay off. If I don’t run for the presidency I may run for a different position.