Sports

Colin Johnson ’13 serves the ball during practice this week.
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Tennis set to bring home the hardware

Grinnell’s men’s tennis team has had a long history of success in the Midwest Conference dating back to 2000. This weekend, they may be on their way to possibly their 10th consecutive conference title. The team will travel to Madison, Wis., to play Carroll University on Friday morning in the semi-finals of the championship tournament….

Nora Brusette Buccino ’16 competes in the hurdles Saturday at Central in Pella. 
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Track and field running smoothly

In a season plagued by bad weather, practicing for outdoor sports has definitely been a bit more difficult. “We’re so fortunate to have the indoor facility we have. We’ve been able to train inside, but it’s also really hard. For example, with the 4x100m handoffs, you really need to know the markings and curvature of…

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Sports debate weather or not to play

Spring seems to finally be arriving in Grinnell. Daffodil tips are poking through the dirt outside of Burling and the forecast is in the 70s for early next week. But in a town where weather can fluctuate from 27 to 75 in a matter of days, there is a possibility that winter could rear its…

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Spotlight: Walker Bell ’15

Walker Bell ’15, of Newberg, Oregon, hit his career-first homer last weekend in an 8-2 win over Illinois College. Bell additionally set a Grinnell College school record April 4 and was selected as Grinnell College’s Athlete of the Week this week. Bell went 6-of-6 during Grinnell’s 14-8 win over Knox College, breaking the previous hit…

Andrew Platt '13 pitches during practice.
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Baseball pitches new strategies

This past weekend, the Grinnell baseball team hosted Illinois College and went undefeated in games in which they scored a run. However, the Pioneers only scored in two of the four games, resulting in a 2-2 weekend and changing their overall record to 8-14 and 3-5 in conference. The Pioneers pitched remarkably well, allowing 14…

Lindsay Fujimoto ’15 bats during Tuesday’s games against Cornell.
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Softball takes hits, keeps swinging

With a 0-21 record, two torn ACLs and a relatively new team and coaching staff, Grinnell softball players have acknowledged that the odds are not in their favor. However, the women have maintained their drive to win and improve despite all their setbacks. With only 12 players on the team, with three being brand-new to…

Frisbee teams “disc-uss” season

Seniors Hannah Bauman, Carla Eckland and Kelly Helbach have never attended Block Party. The past three years, they’ve been at Nationals for ultimate frisbee instead. This year, they’ll be missing Block Party again, for the same reason. It’s been a successful season for both the men’s and women’s teams so far this year, despite lackluster…

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Spotlight: Diana Seer

Diana Seer ’15, from Saukville, Wisconsin, raced the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:53.31, the second-fastest time in school history, this past Saturday at the Cornell College Invitational in Ash Park Stadium. How does it feel to chase down the school record? Coming into Grinnell, I didn’t know where I would be in terms of my position…

Athena Carlson ’15 pole vaults at practice this week.
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Track and field on fast track to success

The Pioneer men and women’s track teams are out of the gates and off to an impressive start this season. For many members of the team, fitness preparation for the spring began during the winter indoor season, prepping the team physically and mentally for outdoor competition. The preseason-training period culminated in a weeklong training trip…