I've said it before and I'll say it again: the women's soccer team is on the way up. The Spartans ended the 2009 season with a long list of accomplishments - regional ranking, finishing above .500 for the first time since 2003, and securing the most UAA wins for Case Western Reserve University since 1993 -- just to name a few.
A third-place finish in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Championship and a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship has the Spartan women foaming at the mouth to prove they're ready to do it all again. Led by a trio of talented senior captains-Justine Jeroski, Andrea Fischione, and Cindy Spahn-the veteran squad has the speed and determination to make a statement.
"We've got our eye on one of the top two spots in the region because that's what will guarantee us an NCAA bid. We don't want to be left out like last year," said Kelly.
It's that time of year again as everyone starts gearing up for fantasy football. What was once a niche sport for the diehards in the 1990's has since become a right of passage for teenage sports fans. With the apparent golden age upon us, fantasy sports popularity doesn't seem to be nearing a stop - according to private studies fantasy football costs corporate America over $10 million a year.
Looking forward to the Spartans' quest for a fourth straight UAA title, The Observer sat down with the voice of Spartan athletics, Otto Penicka. Penicka, who can be found roaming the halls of the Veale Center and overseeing the issue room, is the current announcer for Spartan football, track and field, wrestling and some basketball.
Cindy Spahn is a senior captain on the women's cross country team, as well as a member of the track and field team. Spahn calls Fairfax, VA home but she moved to St. Louis, MO during high school. Spahn is a Chemical Engineering Major. Peter Cooke: So when did you first start running? Cindy Spahn: Since middle school, so I guess that's 11 years.
Washington University in St. Louis: Last season finished as NCAA Division III runner-up, obviously the biggest UAA powerhouse. Predicted to come in first in the UAA conference for this 2010 season- they will be the team to beat. Junior forward Emma Brown is the player to watch - quick and unpredictable, she clearly deserved the All-UAA honors she received last season.