Ravens baseball seeks a change in team culture

Carleton Ravens baseball has sky-high aspirations for where they want their team to go, starting with more public recognition and more support from the university. They are striving to be a more reputable athletic program and behind their head coach and president, they plan on achieving it. Despite playing a vastly popular sport in Canada, the team is classified as a competitive club at Carleton, having yet to reach varsity status. Varsity clubs are given more funding from the university, and generally receive more attention from both the university’s students and the general public. Carleton currently has 15 varsity teams and 18 competitive clubs listed on its website. As well, most competitive clubs have to leave the bulk of team […]

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Ravens baseball team hits the road for U.S. trip

The Carleton Ravens baseball team embarked on their first-ever United States weekend road trip this May. This Ravens team has rarely played this time of year, as their regular season usually ends around October. The trip began with a double-header hosted by the SUNY Canton University Kangaroos, a New York junior varsity team. The first day of the road trip was hampered by cold and stormy New York weather. Michael Bannon, starting pitcher for the Ravens, said the weather can have an impact on the game. “It’s tough to find your arm in this type of weather, the rain makes the ball a little more slippery and the mound has more give, therefore our cleats can’t dig in,” Bannon said. […]

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Leaving the Nest: Nodwell celebrates three seasons

Ethan Nodwell has donned a Ravens baseball jersey for three years, during which he was the first baseman, went to Nationals once, won Hitter of the Year in 2015, and is nominated for the award again this year. Over celebratory drinks at Oliver’s Pub to honour his career as a Raven, the fourth-year communication and media studies student shared some of his thoughts about his time on the field and what his future looks like beyond Carleton. The Charlatan (TC): Tell us about why you decided to try out for the team during your second year at Carleton? Ethan Nodwell (EN): I took my first year off because of an injury, and by the time second year rolled around and […]

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Letter: Sports should be a source of national pride, not shame

The recent celebrations for the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans as they move on to American League Championship Series (ALCS) has been tinged by disappointment for them both, since the actions of a crowd member during the game on Oct. 3. Anyone who has been paying attention to the news recently will know what I mean when I say that today, I am disheartened to be a Toronto sports fan. During the seventh inning of the “win or go home” wild card game between Toronto and Baltimore, a Jays fan took it upon himself to throw a beer can in the direction of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, as he was in the process of catching a deep […]

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Letter: Carleton baseball deserves more recognition

Some sports are more popular than others, we all know that. But when the question most frequently asked about our baseball team is, “we have a baseball team?” that’s a problem. Yes, we do have a baseball team, and they are actually quite successful. Playing in the Northern Division of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA), the Ravens finished third at nationals and had two players nominated for end-of-season awards, top pitcher Wil McIntyre and top hitter, past team member, Ryan Kerstains. Yet when you go onto the GoRavens website, which is supposed to the “home” of Carleton’s athletics, there is no mention of baseball under the dropdown menu that displays all the sports teams. The reason for this exclusion lies […]

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