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  • Sports in a minute

    Sports April 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Early Wake-Up Call The George Mason University softball team jumped out to an early lead in both games against the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers in Wednesday’s doubleheader. While they took the first game 5-1, the Patriots were unable to follow through, losing 11-3 in the nightcap. Mason moved to 15-20 on the season while the Mountaineers stayed at two games above .500 at 22-20. Sophomore center fielder Alyssa See punched in three hits and scored two runs in the first game as the Patriots tallied four runs in the first inning. The Mountaineers scored a run in the bottom of the third inning, but Mason quickly regained the four-run advantage by scoring one in the fourth inning. Sophomore first baseman Katie Rynex, the team’s leading RBI producer, hit a two-out single to score See from second base. Anderson, who gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven batters, retired the side in the last two innings. The Patriots again gained the early advantage, scoring a run in the first inning of the second game. Sophomore second baseman Tori Dudley led off the game with a single and made her way around […]

  • The final homestand: Panthers continue to dominate Mason with sweep

    Sports April 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Alumni/Senior Weekend did not get off on the right foot for the George Mason University softball team as the Patriots dropped both games on Saturday against the Georgia State Panthers, falling in a tougher position as they fight for a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. The Panthers won the first game 3-0 and cruised in the second game, 6-0. Falling to 15-22 overall and 4-8 in conference play, Mason was shut out for the first time since April 3. The Panthers, on the other hand, continued to create separation from the rest of the conference, improving to 31-14 on the year and 10-4 in the conference. Georgia State is second to the Hofstra Pride in the CAA standings. Freshman right fielder Whitney Phillips started the Panthers’ scoring in the first inning with her third homerun of the season. The solo blast came with two outs. The Panthers scored two more runs in the third inning on a two-run triple from freshman center fielder Audrey Mason. Mason scattered four hits in the seven innings while senior starting pitcher Becky Anderson limited the Panthers to five hits and three runs in her complete game. […]

  • Rogers and Kvidahl push Mason to semifinals: Sophomore named First Team EIVA All-East

    Sports April 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-East first team, sophomore middle blocker Lance Rogers defended his recognition with a solid performance on Saturday as the George Mason University men’s volleyball team swept the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders 30-19, 30-28, 30-23 in the quarterfinal round of the EIVA Tournament. Mason will head to University Park, Pa. next week as they meet the Princeton Tigers in the semifinals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Penn State University’s Rec Hall. “Last few weeks we’ve been playing better and better,” said Head Coach Fred Chao. “I think this is one of the best representations so far. Last week against Penn State was really good for us for a stretch, but I think the timing is good since we’re playing better.” The Patriots improved to 8-18 while the Scarlet Raiders, the Hay division’s top team, fell to 13-13. Mason, the third seed, hosted the first ever tournament match at the RAC; in front of 223 fans, the Patriots’ offense ignited from the get-go. Chao acknowledged the team’s early start to help them stave off the late Scarlet Raiders rally. “It’s extremely important because Rutgers is a great team and […]

  • Student threatens South Park over Islam

    News1 April 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Rachael Dickson, Four Years After Final Four Editor A former George Mason University Student posted a warning online to the creators of South Park that has been perceived as a threat by many, including Comedy Central. The message, posted on April 15 after a recent South Park episode in which the prophet Muhammad was shown in a bear costume, said, “We have to warn [Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park] that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.” Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed in 2004 after he produced a film criticizing the treatment of women in Islamic societies. Because of the message, the latest episode of South Park aired with the Muhammad character censored. The author of the note, Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, was born Zachary Adam Chesser, he confirmed in an e-mail correspondence. He attended Mason as a freshman for one semester in 2008. “I did not think [my comments] would garner quite this large of a reaction, but they were […]

  • Kaleidoscope secures Mason Day gig

    Lifestyle April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Pearson Jones, Asst. Style Editor There can only be one. Five bands came to compete in George Mason University’s musical gauntlet, but only one would go onto the final stage. Last Thursday, House of Echo, Rites of Ash, I Am the Kaleidoscope, Find the Focus and The Automatics shared two dueling stages in Dewberry Hall. The rules were plain and simple. The last band standing would be promised a gig of musical prominence at this year’s Mason Day fesitivites. Plugged in and tuned up, the feuding bands met on Mason’s campus to determine who would open up for Cobra Starship during their Mason Day concert. In the end, I Am the Kaleidoscope was hailed the victor by three judges. Dewberry Hall was far from being a packed house but the bands still performed like they had sold out Madison Square Garden. All the bands proved they had the necessary energy to keep up with a crowd as large as Mason Day’s. I Am the Kaleidoscope’s presence, though, was the only one that wasn’t at risk of being eclipsed by an already well-known band like Cobra Starship. I Am the Kaleidoscope was set to play in the third slot for […]

  • Powell's Playbook: Coach knows what is best

    Sports April 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

    By John Powell, Asst. Sports Editor There is a difference between coaching and managing, but neither a coach nor a manager can teach the intangibles. Coaches have to teach the game to players; managers merely have to get all the moving parts to work together. Now managers cannot be in high school or intramural or club teams because their focus is on teaching how the game is supposed to be played. You might think that coaches have less to concern themselves with because of how little they are comparatively given, but they certainly have the hardest job in all of baseball. Now that I have started to coach at my old high school in Fredericksburg, Va., it kills me to watch a bad play unfold. When I was on the field, I could talk the team up, get some screaming going in the dugout and keep the emotions high everywhere. When my friend and I were in the dugout, you seldom heard us silent. From the coach’s viewpoint, you can teach guys where they are supposed to be on a play, how they need to think ahead of the play and you can try to keep them at a high […]

  • One-hit wonder: Mason blanks Maryland Eastern Shore in doubleheader

    Sports April 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Senior starting pitcher Becky Anderson continued her mastery over Maryland schools. In her latest outing, Anderson had a no-hit bid with two outs in the fifth inning, but was unable to register her second no-hitter of the season. Regardless, the George Mason University softball team went on to sweep the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on Wednesday at the George Mason Softball Complex by a score of 8-0 in both games. The Patriots snapped a six-game losing streak to improve to 11-16 on the season while the Hawks fell to 1-17. After losing her last two decisions, Anderson was back in the win column, improving to 4-3 on the season. While Anderson was dominant throughout the first game of the doubleheader, the Mason offense was looking to respond after an abysmal showing in its last five games, having been shut out in four of those games. The team entered the day with just one run in the past 33 innings and struggled in the early going as they were blanked in the first two innings on Wednesday. The Patriots ended their misery as they put up four runs in the third inning and never looked […]

  • The inner lane with Kimmy

    Sports April 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Kimmy Moss, Broadside Correspondent You may know me as the future 800-meter U.S. Olympian in the 2012 London Games, as you may have read in the paper a few weeks ago. While it is quite an accomplishment, considering the fact that I was able to qualify easily, one must ask, “Really? Craigslist?” Before I go any further, though, please, please tell me that you realized the article published two weeks ago about how I’ll be competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics was completely false. Other than lifting the minivan over my head, that is. Obviously, that was fabricated too. Regardless, how cool would that be? Anyway, just to clarify: hopefully you were clued in to the fact that the Olympics article I was featured in was published in the Roadside, a parody of Broadside, as an April Fools’ week treat. And hopefully you enjoyed it. Even though, from a personal standpoint, that article only slapped me in the face with the reality that I have not reached a lifelong dream to participate in the Olympics — thanks a lot, Roadside — it has, on the bright side, provided a nice transition for me to start writing for Broadside. However, […]

  • Double trouble in the middle infield: Sophomore middle infielders look to build off impressive first year

    Sports April 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Sophomores Rachael Davies and Tori Dudley may not ride a tandem bicycle, but the two coalesce as a formidable pair of middle infielders for the George Mason University softball team. While Davies and Dudley continue to develop for one of the emerging teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, the two players offer distinct resumes prior to their arrival at Mason. Davies, the shortstop, had a torrid start to the 2010 season, where she batted a then CAA-leading .471 in the first 12 games. Since then, she has cooled off as her batting average dipped to .343, but she remains a key player on the team’s offense, leading the team with a .443 slugging percentage and 59 assists on defense. Davies is one of the local products, hailing from Manassas, Va. after having played four years at Osbourn Park High School. While receiving offers from Monmouth University, East Tennessee State University and James Madison University, Davies felt that Mason was more suitable for her. Davies had excelled at Osbourn Park, being named to the all-district first team and all-region second team three times in her four-year career. Davies batted a career line of .400 during […]

  • Sports in a minute: Mason Pitching Continues to Dominate

    Sports April 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

    By Brian T. Chan, Sports Editor Senior starting pitcher Becky Anderson allowed a one-out single in the first inning and was untouchable after that as she recorded back-to-back one-hit performances, leading the George Mason University softball team to a 3-0 win over the Towson Tigers in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Mason battled closely with the Tigers in the second game, but the Tigers mounted a five-run fifth inning to go on to win 9-1, splitting the doubleheader on Saturday. The Patriots moved to 11-17 overall and 2-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Tigers went to 23-11 on the season and 6-2 in the conference. Sophomore shortstop Rachael Davies launched a two-out solo homerun in the first inning for the Patriots. That was the team’s only hit in the game. After allowing the lone Towson hit in the first inning, Anderson completely shut down the opposing offense. In four games against Maryland schools, Anderson allowed just one earned run on six hits in 24 innings while striking out 22 batters. In the latter game, sophomore starting pitcher Miranda Cranford threw valiantly from the mound, allowing just one run through four innings, but the Tigers were a handful […]