Spring teams cleaning up titles

by Beacon Staff • March 22, 2006

Everyone is in a better mood and, generally, people seem happier because of improving weather.

Even though this better weather has nothing to do with how Emerson's sports squads will perform in their upcoming seasons, there are two teams which should be capturing championships soon: men's tennis and women's softball.,Spring is without a doubt the best time of the year.

Everyone is in a better mood and, generally, people seem happier because of improving weather.

Even though this better weather has nothing to do with how Emerson's sports squads will perform in their upcoming seasons, there are two teams which should be capturing championships soon: men's tennis and women's softball.

With all respect to men's and women's lacrosse at the school, the programs are not yet established. Both teams will have great seasons in the years to come.

Maybe men's lacrosse will get a few breaks and upset a couple of teams and have a great season. But we'll have to wait and see.

For men's tennis, it is a difficult task to determine if they are going to win a third consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship. I have to analyze film, get interviews from players and coaches and, above all, assess the talent at the other schools in the conference.

Just kidding; it doesn't take that much effort.

All I have to do is ask senior captain Mike Huddleston the following question: "Are you guys going to win it all?"

He said yes, and I believe him. Why shouldn't I? The squad has done it too many times for me to call the players liars.

The men's tennis team has won two consecutive GNAC regular season and playoff titles in the past two years. They're talented, focused and experienced as a team, a daunting combination for any squad to match.

It's not that the team is simply good, which it is. It dominates.

Last season, the squad went 11-1 and lost only two games in the playoffs. If you add up the individual games of every player, their record is 66-5. I think that speaks for itself.

The players on the team overpower and outplay their opponents.

The only way to make this season's matches even for other teams is for Emerson to go barefoot and use wiffle ball bats instead of tennis racquets.

Not only that, but I am submitting a proposal to the GNAC offices that Emerson men's tennis must wear blindfolds.

Even with that, it will probably finish 10-2.

Duke has men's basketball, USC had football and Emerson has men's tennis. It's the star program of the college.

The team wins often, but it doesn't care who notices. Be that as it may, they deserve more recognition.

Huddleston himself has proven to be one of the best athletes at Emerson. Very few can match his hardware: two GNAC titles, soon to be three.

The women's softball team is well on its way to doing the same thing.

It has been one of the best teams at Emerson recently with a 52-29 record in two years.

The players have the talent and are not lacking confidence. A 7-3 spring training record is undoubtedly impressive.

They're not being arrogant, though. The squad can back up its mouth with skills and results. They just don't have the bling to match men's tennis.

It's like my dad used to tell me: "It's not bragging if it's a fact," and the squad has the facts.

Based on the team's stats so far, it seems like players know what they're doing. They play strong defensively and pitch very well.

Junior pitcher Heather Drobiarz said their bats have to wake up. The only question is: can they?

If they can, Drobiarz will be right about that "untouchable" thing she said in last week's Beacon.

However, if they don't, that'll go down as one of the more inaccurate statements made by an Emerson athlete.

Regardless of its offense, it does have a great pitching staff. The highest earned run average (ERA) on the team is 2.00.

If that's the "worst" ERA, the team's in pretty good shape. Better than most teams I'm sure.

The women's softball squad must get some gold to match men's tennis. The confidence and ability level are there for it.

If not, it could be a long summer for the queens of the diamond.