Sports Column

Not only does May mean exams and graduation, but it also means it’s playoff time in the NAC. The baseball team got off to a tough start in the tournament with a loss to Thomas but rebounded nicely with back to back wins on Sunday against Colby Sawyer and a come from behind elimination game once against Thomas.

 Softball had a tough time handling Husson and was eliminated after going 2-2 in the tournament.  The ladies lacrosse team is going to the NCAA Tournament after winning their second straight NAC Championship.  The men will join them after winning their third title in four years by stomping over New England College 17-5 at Spartan Stadium.

In professional sports, the first round of the NBA playoffs came to an end last Friday when the depleted Chicago Bulls went on the road and knocked off the Brooklyn Nets in game seven.  The heat made quick work of Milwaukee, as did the Spurs, who swept the Lakers in an embarrassing series for one of the most successful franchises in history. 

The Knicks lost game one to Indians in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, as the Heat hosted the Bulls on Monday night. The Thunder staved off a tough Memphis Grizzlies side in game one of their semifinal in the West.  The Spurs played the upstart Golden State Warriors and their shining star, Steph Curry.

NHL Playoffs have also begun. Most series have been incredibly competitive; perhaps due to the fact the regular season was cut short due to a players strike at the beginning of the year. The Penguins and Blackhawks have the two top seeds and have leads in their first round series’. There have not been any major upsets so far, but in the battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup, anything can happen.

The Kentucky Derby was Saturday on a muddy track at Churchill Downs. Orb came from behind to take the “Run for the Roses” as he now looks forward to The Preakness Stakes and to become toe first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Baseball has been starting to heat up after about a month of competition.  Early surprises in the American League East have been abundant as the new-look Boston Red Sox lead the division, ahead of the injury-depleted/veteran-savvy Yankees. The Blue Jays, who spent so much in the off-season have been disappointing and are in last place. In the National League, the Colorado Rockies have been the biggest surprise, hovering near the top of the NL West.  Of course, with so much of the season left to play, lets just sit back and enjoy.


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