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Muskie Softball Struggles in Rebel Spring Games

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The Muskingum University softball team came back from the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, FL with an unexpected 2-10 record.

While the team didn’t come back with the record they wanted, they fought hard throughout their 12 games in Florida. Eight of the 10 losses were close games, with the Muskies losing by less than three runs.

Senior pitcher Haley Dotson said that while Muskingum Softball always has a tough strength of schedule in the Rebel Spring Games, the close losses showed their potential.

“When we played the nationally ranked teams, we hung with them, we should have won those games,” said Dotson. “I think these games we realized how good we were and how good we could be.”

The team hit and pitched well with a .271 team batting average and 2.67 overall earned run average. Dotson and sophomore Rachel Eberling pitched to a 2.58 earned run average. Sophomore infielder Cassie Thomas hit well, leading the team with a .351 batting average. Head Softball Coach, Kari Winters, said while the hitting and pitching were solid, the Muskies lacked clutch hits to push runners across home plate to go along with their inconsistent infield defense.

“We have to be a wall in the infield,” said Winters. “Infield errors lose you ballgames just like outfield errors do. We really need to clean it up.”

The two wins for the Muskies came against Bridgewater on March 5, 3-0, and against Montclair State on March 9, 11-3.

Listen to the March 14 Muskie Sports Blast featuring softball team members.

Senior centerfielder Dakota DeAmicis said the team had a good week of practice preparing for Ohio Athletic Conference play.

“Coming [home] from Florida, you’re definitely not going to see that team anymore,” said DeAmicis.  “We’re going to be playing Muskingum softball how it should be played traditionally, physically, and mentally. [If] anything, we’re going to come back a lot stronger and faster then you’ve seen.”

Dotson echoed that sentiment, stating while opposing teams may look at their losing record as an easy win she wanted “to prove everybody wrong” and play tough.

Winters said in this weeks’ practices, she emphasized playing with intensity that they didn’t have in Florida.

“You have to play with some fire and you have to play with some heart and most importantly, a purpose,” said Winters.  You can’t be scared to win, you have to be scared to lose.  If you played scared to lose and are not willing to lose, you’re going to beat teams.”

Winters said the team is also focusing this week on being mentally tough offensively and defensively.

Senior infielder Jess Matthews said this team will be better in the incoming weeks.

“I have complete confidence in my team and in their strength and heart and passion that we will come back and beat the teams that are doubting us,” said Matthews. “I love a challenge and I know my teammates do too. I’m ready to see what we are going to do.

The team will kick off their home schedule this week with a doubleheader against Thomas More on Saturday, March 18 with an eye looking towards OAC play.  First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1 p.m., with WMCO pregame starting at 12:30 on the Orbit.

“It’s Glenn, Like John Glenn:” Reporter’s Connection to First American to Orbit Earth

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1010 WINS anchor Glenn Schuck was named after famous Muskingum student John Glenn. Schuck has over 30 years of broadcasting experience.
1010 WINS anchor Glenn Schuck was named after Sen. John Glenn. Schuck has over 30 years of broadcasting experience.

For Glenn Schuck, when growing up in New Jersey, he often corrected people about how to spell his first name.

“It’s Glenn, like John Glenn,” he would say, proudly stating he was named after the first American to orbit the earth.

Schuck, now a reporter in New York  City with over 30 years of broadcasting experience, currently serves as an anchor for 1010 WINS, the No. 1 news radio station in the country. Schuck was the first radio reporter to visit the site of Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks with then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Schuck’s parents named him after Sen. John Glenn’s 1962 historical achievement. Both of Schuck’s parents were in attendance at the March 1 Manhattan parade to honor Glenn’s flight, a parade which showered him with over 3000 tons of ticker tape.

Schuck’s father was from the Bronx and his mother was from England, but both understood the importance of what New Concord native Glenn achieved on the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 mission.

“They were so caught up in the heroism and courage he displayed and how amazing they thought the accomplishment was that they sat down and said, ‘You know, we maybe [would] like to name our next child after him,’” said Schuck.

Even though his parents didn’t have any personal connection to Ohio, the Schuck family understood how significant Glenn’s accomplishment was. Schuck’s mother was particularly touched by Glenn’s achievements.

“She talks about it all the time, how much it affected her,” said Schuck. “She stood there in awe of John Glenn and what he achieved and it immediately popped in her head that she wanted to name me after him.”

Schuck has two brothers and one sister, but is the only one of his siblings not named after a family member.

After Glenn learned Schuck was named after him, Glenn often sent Schuck signed letters and pictures. Glenn even gave him a picture signed by Neil Armstrong after his moon landing mission in 1969.

Schuck met Glenn in 1998 in New York City during a second ticker-tape parade honoring Glenn going back into space on the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Although Schuck only met Glenn the one time, he spoke to him numerous times over the phone beforehand. Glenn even helped him get in contact with Edgar Mitchell for a high school newspaper feature article Schuck was writing. Mitchell was a central figure in the 1971 Apollo 14 mission, where Mitchell was the Lunar Module Pilot.

“These are the kind of things [Glenn] did,” said Schuck. “If I called and asked for help, he would facilitate [that help] pretty quickly.”

After Glenn’s death, Schuck was the first reporter 1010 WINS called on Dec. 8. Schuck not only oversaw the station’s 24-hour coverage of the event, but also did numerous on-air interviews about his special connection with Glenn.

“It was a sad time but at the same time…[I] had a lot of pride in the fact that I had that connection with him,” said Schuck.

Schuck said for as much as Glenn accomplished in his life, he was in awe of his bravery and impressed with his ability to remember everybody he met. He said Glenn is on his own personal list of the biggest historical names of the 20th century.

“You wonder if you will ever see somebody like John Glenn ever again in our history in terms of what he achieved,” said Schuck. “[He was a] family man, a political man, the courage that he displayed, what he did for the space program, [for] the world really. Will we ever see anybody like this man again? I don’t know. Probably not in my lifetime.”

Schuck said he is honored to carry Glenn’s name and wants to come to the New Concord area to explore the town where Glenn was raised.

He hopes to visit the historical places which focus on Glenn and his life, including Glenn’s Cambridge birthplace as well as namesakes like John Glenn High School, Friendship Drive, the John Glenn Gym on Muskingum University’s campus, and most notably the John and Annie Glenn Museum located on Main Street in New Concord.

Glenn Schuck is pictured (second from the right, back row) with members of WMCO and Orbit TV at the 2016 CBI conference in Philadelphia.
Glenn Schuck is pictured (second from the right, back row) with members of WMCO and Orbit TV at the 2016 College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia.

This article is featured in the March 2017 issue of The Black & Magenta.