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Men’s Basketball Sees Shortened year as an Opportunity

Players on the Hilbert Hawks men’s basketball team are disappointed about another shortened season, but are keeping their heads high while playing a few games this year.

The team had their season shortened with Covid-19 restrictions in place, only allowing them to get seven scrimmage games for the whole season.

Not only was their season cancelled, but Covid restrictions were also an obstacle. Just like every team, masks have to be worn in practices for precaution. “Athletes were no longer allowed to get extra gym time whenever they pleased, unless there was a scheduled practice,” said Wendell Abellard, a sophomore guard.

However, this short season allowed for them to improve on team bonding, Abellard said.

“Our team has improved on team chemistry… this year we found ways to get guys together and do activities outside of basketball,” Abellard added.

With just these few scrimmages, head coach Rob DeGrandpre is using these games as an evaluation for next season. The team has improved in just these few games, sophomore Jessie Price said.

“Coach is trying to give everybody an opportunity so he can understand their strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities for next season,” said Price.

DeGranpere, Price and the rest of the team hope to use this year as a learning opportunity that it will make them a stronger unity next year.

 “We are making sure we truly understand the system we’re playing in such as: learning offensive sets, and different kinds of defensive plays,” Price said. “The goal is to have all played with each other and understand everybody’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Hawks Baseball Splits Season Opener Double Header

The Hilbert Hawks baseball team is fired up after their first win of the season and hopes to keep the momentum going forward.

The team claimed its first victory of the season last Tuesday against their rival D’Youville College in their double header played at Gowanda high school. With their season being canceled last spring because of Covid-19, their last game played was over a year ago in Myrtle Beach. These men were eager to get back to the game they love to play, and it showed in their first game back. Even after losing the second game in the double header, they are not hanging their heads.

“I thought both games went well even though we went one in one… it felt amazing to finally play a real game again with all my friends,” the returning junior James DiSanti said.

DiSanti had the first run of the season on Tuesday during the first game and had some pretty other remarkable plays throughout the duration of the game at third base.

“ I really felt the best I’ve felt all year long… this had to of been one of the best days of the year to finally be able to step on the field again feeling like that,” DiSanti, who missed time last year with a knee injury last year, said.

The whole team did their best both games despite the shortcomings they experienced last year.

Misael Guzman Caez, a new player to the team, had good things to say about his teammates. “I think both the team and myself did good,” Guzman Caez said. “We could have done better things as a team like hitting the ball better… It feels great being out there again playing baseball.”

On the offense side of things, the hawks held their own in both games posting up ten combined hits after being sidelined the last year due to Covid-19.

In Game 1, Aydan Rolph shined in relief facing eight batters giving up only one hit and no runs earned. On the defensive end, the hawks kept the mistakes to a minimum while posting up only two errors in 14 innings on the field.

Leadership plays a huge role on this team. “There are plenty of leaders on our team, and our leadership will improve,” Guzman Caez said.

Just like every year, the Hawk’s main goal is to win the AMCC championship at the end of the season. “We have a tight group and with what we have, there is a good chance we can get there,” said DiSanti.

Bridging the Gap: Mental Health and Sport Psychology Best Practices for College Student-Athletes

Dr. Chris Siuta here at Hilbert College held a seminar last month explaining the types of mental health disorders, and methods to help students on campus that are struggling with their mental health.

Suita, Hilbert’s director of counseling, health and wellness, said athletes in particular can be under a lot of stress when it comes to playing their sport, getting homework done, and still maintaining a social life. Mental health is a major part of student athletes and includes mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, body dysmorphic, and many more.

 “Having the wellness center engaged with the student population, and that they know we are active and constantly looking for ways to help and guide throughout the semester and continue to embrace and reach the masses as much as possible because days and weeks go by quickly and you tend to forget that you’re off the radar,” said Siuta.

Siuta focused his presentation on consulting in sport psychology with many different disorders that individuals may run into. He stressed that attention and concentration and how these types of trainings and routines can help with your needs. Goal setting, confidence, motivation, and visual-motor behavior were all mentioned in regards to improving mental health as well.

Covid-19 is not going anywhere anytime soon, and changes to individuals’ everyday lives can be destructive to mental health. Not being able to socialize and live our normal lives is frustrating and mentally draining at times.

With some classes being hybrid, students tend to get in a rut. But, the Health and Wellness Center at Hilbert College is there for every student who just wants to talk Siuta said.

 “Even with just one meeting I can give a boatload of strategies to take with you to hopefully bridge the gap of whatever is occurring in your life… my services here on campus are private and confidential,” he added.

The Health and Wellness Center is always encouraging students on campus to come and talk even if it is just one time if they need someone to vent to. You can reach out to Dr. Chris Siuta by email; and make an appointment to meet up and talk.