Hawks Softball Gets Back on the Field

The Hilbert Hawks softball team has been practicing hard with restrictions in place as they begin their spring season.  

“I am excited to be able to watch their games again, because all of my roommates play and I can sort’ve live the sport through them,” said junior psychology major, Kaylea Schiedel.

Since the first team meeting in September of last year, it was apparent to players that coming back with COVID-19 still in place, the experience would be vastly different. Safety is the biggest priority, said sophomore Sydney Schiedel, who plays second base.

“It is definitely different. There are a lot of things that make it tough. Twenty five percent of the team gets tested each week. Before games, we have to have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the game,” said Schiedel. “Plus, we had to split into two pods, so we can only have 10 people in each pod to maintain physical distance from each other,” Schiedel stated.

One thing that continues to remain a top priority this season is the importance of teamwork and treating everyone with a fair opportunity both on and off the field.

“The captains are naturally those who are making this season turn out to be a success for our team. There is naturally some tension between players fighting for a spot, but the captain’s do a good job of making sure we are all playing together and feel like a team,” said Schiedel.

Schiedel said that last season effected eligibility to play this season, as seniority for players is determined by the years that an athlete is actively playing. This caused much frustration amongst those returning players and new players, both first-time freshman and transfers.

“I’m a sophomore in the classroom, but I’m a freshman on the field because I got my year of eligibility back last year since our season was cancelled. So now there’s a lot of girls that are freshman and have never played an actual collegiate game here at Hilbert. This is where it makes it confusing and caused frustration amongst being able to get a spot this season,” said Schiedel.

HAWK Radio Welcomes New Shows

Hilbert College students involved in the campus radio station program, HAWK Radio, will continue to produce shows coming to you live from Franciscan Hall this spring semester.  The club features students that have an interest working in radio.  HAWK radio features genres from modern music to rock music to hip hop music.

HAWK Radio will welcome back all their shows from the previous semesters plus a new show this semester.  Digital media and communication students Adam Connelly and Andrew Wozniak continue to bring you all your weekly sports information and updates on Double-A Sports Talk at 2pm on Tuesdays. 

“We wanted to do a sports show because we both like sports.  Don said that it would be great to get sports content like MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA on HAWK Radio,” said senior Adam Connelly. 

Sonja Lee continues to bring everyone inspiring views on life with her show Eternity Matters at 2pm on Mondays.   The 70’s funk and alternative music carries on with Morgan Rush’s Underground Rush show on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.  HAWK Radio News anchor Ryan Zunner continues to bring us all your local and nationwide news on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.  Freeland votes takes place on Thursdays at 11 a.m. with Andrew Snavely and Hawk Rock Block takes place on Thursdays at 12 p.m. with Elliot Klein.

 Hawk Pop Hits with juniors Kaitlyn Barone and Tori Kurdziel will be a new show this semester.  Featuring all your favorite pop music from the early 2000s.  You can tune in to their station on Thursdays at 1p.m.   

“I joined HAWK radio to have a good time with my friends,” Junior Tori Kurdziel said.

Hilbert College alumni Zach Jezioro said HAWK radio helped him get experience being on the radio in a low-pressure situation.

“The best part was probably just being in the studio,” Jezioro said…  “I did the sports report so just talking about the biggest topics in sports was fun.  I love sports and it’s my passion!” 

If you are interested in joining HAWK Radio you can contact digital media professor Don Vincent, the club is open to all students.  You can follow HAWK Radio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.  For more information you can visit the website.  You can listen to the HAWK Radio music player at http:///listen.shoutcast.com/hawk-radio-hilbert-college.m3u.  New shows are always welcomed! 

Editor’s note: Author, Kaitlyn Barone, has a show called Hawk Pop Hits

Hawks Baseball Splits with Hiram

The Hilbert Baseball team took on Hiram College at Gowanda High school this week, splitting the double header with the Terriers.

In game one there was a lot of offense from both teams. Getting the start game 1 would be Josh McTigue, who threw four innings, taking the no-decision. Bullpen pitcher Aydan Rolph picked up his second win in the short season, as the Hawks would battled back and forth in a intense offensive game.

The Terriers Would score the first run of the game giving them one run lead until the bottom of the third. After a couple of misplayed balls James Disanti would place a single into left field scoring 2, the next batter Misael Guzman would drive in another run off another Hiram error making the score 4-1 Hilbert.

But Hiram was not out of the game, answering with a four run fifth inning putting the Terriers up 5-4. In the bottom half of the inning Misael Guzman would step up to the plate with two runners on and send a 3-run home run over the centerfield fence, putting the hawks back on top 9-5 in the 5th inning.  Aydan Rolph would blank the Terriers in the 6th inning. Hilbert added three more runs on two extra base hits. A home run by John Wilson and a double by Brandon Job put the hawks up 12-5 headed into the 7th. The Terriers would not go down quietly scoring two runs in their last chance falling just short to the Hawks 12-7

In the second Game everything would go Hiram’s way. In the first two innings Hiram would score four unearned runs. The Hawks would try to get back into the game with back-to-back singles by Shawn Romanowski and Brandon Job,sending the nine whole hitter Frank McCabe up to the plate with two outs. McCabe hit the first pitch in his at bat one hoping the fence scoring 3 runs on a stand-up double. That would be all the scoring in the game for the Hawks. Hiarm would rally in the fourth inning scoring eight runs on six hits. The Hawks would fail to Hiram the second game 18-3.

Hilbert (2-4) will hit the road for another away series traveling to Oberlin, OH to face Oberlin College (0-0) with first pitch set for 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Hawks Baseball Drops Two to Wells

The Hilbert Hawk’s baseball team was on the road for the second series in a row to start the young season, taking on Wells College in Aurora, NY.

Hilbert would start the day of hot when Misael Guzman would launch a two-run homerun over the right field wall giving the Hawks a 2-0 in the top of the second. Wells would respond quickly in the bottom of the second tallying 5 runs on 3 extra base hits. The Hawks would try and rally back scoring two more runs in the first game but couldn’t hold Wells from tacking more runs on the board. Misael Guzman would give up 8 earned runs on the day giving him his first loss at Hilbert in a 4-8 defeat.

The second game was a great pitching duel, as Josh Mctigue would make his first start since the 2020 shortened season. The Hawks would only score 1 run on 3 hits, two coming from the freshman Colton Davis.

Mctigue threw four innings only giving up two earned runs. Hilbert would drop game two with a score of 4-1.

The Hawks(1-3) will be traveling to SUNY Fredonia(1-0) Saturday to play a double header march 27th, with first pitch at 12:00 pm.  

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; csiuta@hilbert.edu and make an appointment to meet up and talk.

Hawks Baseball has High Hopes

The Hilbert Hawks are fueled up and ready to play a full schedule of games this spring.

With their season being cancelled last spring due to Covid-19, the men’s baseball team are ready to get back in action. They played a total of 11 games and went 6-5 down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Ripken Experience tournament. They were eager to see how they would do during conference play before all sports were cancelled due to the pandemic.

When asked about the current roster in comparison to last spring, head coach Drew Fittry sounded quite optimistic, even after the long break.

“I thought we saw a lot of growth last spring that was our best start to a season that we have ever had, the first winning season,” Fittry said. “We only lost 4 seniors and we have a pretty solid incoming class that came in. I see some guys making immediate impacts on the program just having another year under our belt with a lot of guys that understand our system.”

The shortened season adds fuel to this spring’s fire on the diamond. Fittry is hopeful last year’s start has given the team the ingredients to develop a winning attitude on the field, he said.

“Now that we have seen that success, we know what we’re capable of doing and we’re expecting even more this year.” Fittry said.

The Hawks still have seven out of nine players that were on the starting roster from last year as well as the same pitching staff.

“Having that many returning starters always helps,” Fittry said. “Whenever you can kind of have that chemistry in place to begin with makes this a lot easier as a coach and when you are out there playing.”

The Hawks have unfinished business to do this year in the AMCC.

“We’re looking at this year as a redemption season. We fully expect to turn some heads within the league” Fittry said.

Fittry prioritizes the health and safety of his athletes and assistant coaches in order to give the boys a full season that they have been waiting for. Each week 25% of the roster gets rapid tested to ensure the health and safety of the team and is mandated by the conference.

Now that Hilbert baseball has a brand-new field, the athletes and coaches are excited more than ever to play on the diamond. Will the fields be ready by opening day? Maybe, it depends on the snowfall and if the finishing touches are done. Their first game is March 9 vs D’Youville at D’Youville. Their first home game is March 27 vs. La Roche University. The first home game has possibilities of a ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand-new field.

Hilbert Baseball prepares for Opener with Covid Restrictions Still in Place

The Hilbert College baseball team is getting ready to start their 2021 season, with the  team hungry to start playing games again after their 2020 season was ended short due to the Covid 19 pandemic that took the world by surprise.

The season is set to kick off March 9th at D’youville college, in a doubleheader. The team has been practicing for about a month now and is doing its best to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming game and season while still dealing with protocols in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Hilbert College Head Baseball Coach, Drew Fittry, said the team has been preparing for the season despite the challenged that covid protocols present.

“Covid made it tough for a lot of teams to prepare the right way,” Fittry said. “We have done a great job adapting and we are in a better spot than the Pennsylvania schools in our conference because we got to start practicing almost a month before them due to Covid.”

Covid has brought many challenges to the college sports world but the Hawks have had better opportunity to gear up for the season because of the different restrictions by certain states.

The team has a set of goals lined up for their upcoming season, hoping to make history within the Hawks Athletic program, and believe they have a great chance to do so, Fittry said.

“We need to take baby steps throughout the season and make sure were doing the little things right,” he said. “I want to make it to the postseason and make a run there, we have a great group of guys and a great chance of achieving this goal.”

The Hilbert baseball team would make program history by winning an AMCC postseason game this year. Out of the 17 years that the baseball team has been in the AMCC, they have not won a postseason game, but the coach and his players believe they have a great shot to win one this season.

This season for the Hawks baseball team will take a lot of work to get through. The games early in the season will have to be planned around the snow and rain typical to a Buffalo spring. Also, there are many Covid regulations that the team has to follow like testing the whole team when they play a school in Pennsylvania. On top of all of this, the team has to remain focused and shut out distractions in order to reach their goal of being at the top of the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Still, Michael Contini, a pitcher on the team said he sees this year as a great opportunity. “We have a great group of guys with a lot of talent, as long as we work hard and play up to the standards that we know we are capable of, we will have a great season,” Contini said.

Editor’s Note: Zack Panfil, the article’s author, is a member of the Hilbert baseball team

Hawks Baseball Set for Tuesday

After not playing a single game fin over a year the Hilbert Hawks baseball team will lace up their cleats on Tuesday.

The Hawks will be taking on cross town rival D’Youville. Their season was cut short last year due to the globe pandemic Covid-19, their last game played March 7th, 2020, where the Hawks swept a two-game series against Geneva College (PA) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina winning 3-1 and 10-4. The Hawk would set a record in the first 11 games of an early season last year going (6-5) being the first team in Hilbert history to come back from spring break with a winning record.

Players to watch this season would be Zach Crane, Jonathan Wilson, Josh McTigue all three being named on the Division III players to watch list. Crane (Pitcher) had to great starts last year going 2-0 on the young season (0.69 Era, 13.0 IP, 12 SO). Wilson (Utility) had a great start to his season being the top bat in the Hawks line up ( .436 AVG, 10 XBH, 11 RBI). He will be looking to have another great season. And McTigue would have two starts in the 2020 season picking up his first collegiate win. McTigue was a very effective arm in those two starts (3.86 Era, 11.2 IP, 9 SO).

Head Coach Drew Fittry said he is excited to see what these players can do in a full season.

“I couldn’t be happier for Zach, Jon, And Josh,” Fittry said.