Sports

Opinion: A New Opportunity: Establishing a Relationship Between CMF and Lancer Athletics

by: Justin Peters  There is a dearth of on-campus media coverage for Lancer varsity teams, and it needs to be addressed. The University of Windsor campus community deserves quality coverage of varsity sport. If it weren’t for the news pieces written by students in Dr. Craig Greenham’s Newsroom course that supplies content to the Lance, students wouldn’t be plugged into our sports scene. This year is a bit of an exception, given that our Lancers are not actively competing. Moving forward, however, students should make the most of our opportunities to provide and consume coverage. As vaccines become more widely

By |Fri, Apr 16th, 2021, 11:34AM|Arts + Culture, Opinions, Sports|

Lancer Quarterback Set to Showcase Talents at Upcoming CFL Combine

by: Justin Peters With the Canadian Football League (CFL) combine right around the corner, Lancer quarterback Sam Girard is poised to prove why he is the top Canadian quarterback available in this year’s draft. As an Academic All-Canadian, Girard is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Kinesiology. Based on his commitment to both his academic studies and his athletic gifts, Girard has what it takes to be successful at the professional level. Lancers head coach Jean-Paul Circelli lauded his pivot’s work ethic both on and off the gridiron, mentioning how Girard leads by example. Circelli highlighted how Girard exerts considerable

By |Fri, Apr 16th, 2021, 11:08AM|News, Sports|

OPINION: Table Tennis Should be a Varsity Sport

by: Derek Marshall When is the last time the University of Windsor, or U Sports for that matter, added a new competitive varsity sport to the lineup? No seriously, I’m asking, because I don’t know, and it is hard to pin down an exact date. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that it has been a while, especially considering the rate at which society is constantly evolving. To the outside observer, the university sports menu looks stagnant.  It feels like the same 12 varsity sport offerings have remained constant through time. So, it is time to mix things up. U

By |Fri, Apr 9th, 2021, 3:39PM|Opinions, Sports|

The Grand Return to Sport

by: Derek Marshall As the saying goes, you don’t really know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Many members of the University of Windsor community find this to be true when it comes to Lancers sports. The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined the traditional sport competitions that are usually part of the campus buzz. It’s contributed to this dearth of campus experience – we all feel it, not just the students. Looking forward, however, this break from varsity athletics may result in a revitalized appreciation for campus athletic competitions.  Could this be a rare silver lining in what’s been a pretty

By |Fri, Apr 9th, 2021, 3:37PM|Opinions, Sports|

Look Out for Esports

by: Derek Marshall While the COVID-19 pandemic has functionally limited the vast majority of Lancer varsity teams for past year, a new team has emerged amidst the restrictions. From the beginning of the fall semester, Lancer Gaming, the University of Windsor’s esports team, has been the only university team competing against other academic institutions. For those that aren’t aware, esports is the term used to describe the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Lancer Gaming competes against 16 other teams in the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports (OPSE) organization. OPSE is comprised of provincial universities and colleges. The organization has $24,000 in

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:22PM|News, Sports|

Restricted Assessment: Recruitment Amidst the Pandemic

by: Derek Marshall The recruitment of student-athletes can be a daunting task for varsity coaches during a normal year, let alone during a global pandemic. With the variety of ever-changing restrictions imposed by various levels of governing bodies, the difficult yet important task of student-athlete recruitment has changed over the past year. Rather than relying upon in-person observations of sought-after athletes at tournaments and games, coaches must now rely upon highlight tapes, game films and if regionally permitted, streams of live competitions. “There’s been no face-to-face contact interaction by coaches with specific student-athletes,” said Mike Havey, Director of Athletics and

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:10PM|News, Sports|

A New Look for Lancer Men’s Volleyball

by: Derek Marshall The Lancer men’s volleyball team taking the court, should there be a season beginning this September, is projected to be vastly different than the team that left the court last February. It has been nearly one year since their last competitive match, which equates to one entire season of competitive play forgone for the team. Coach James Gravelle and former team captain and first-team all-Canadian Pierce Johnson agreed that had the team been able to compete in the 2020-21 season, they were optimistic about their chances for victory. “It was looking to be one of our stronger

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:05PM|News, Sports|

A Different Kind of Loss: Lancer Men’s Volleyball and COVID-19

Photo Credit: Robin Kasem By Shaun Smith The Lancer men’s volleyball team was primed to make a run at the 2020-21 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship. They never got the chance. Rewind the clock to February 29, 2020. 11 pm, Kingston. Coach James Gravelle and his Lancers, ranked third in the OUA West, had just lost a tough quarterfinal match against the defending OUA champions Queen’s. In spite of the immediate disappointment, optimism for the future of the team, and the next year, in particular, remained high. In 2019 the Lancers had won the OUA bronze medal, and a strong

By |Tue, Mar 9th, 2021, 1:12PM|News, Sports|

Black History Month: A Time for Appreciation, Education, and Celebration

by: Justin Peters The month of February brings cold weather and a much-needed reading week. But more importantly, February ushers in a focus on Black History throughout the University of Windsor campus and the greater community. During the month, groups and teams within the Lancer community possess one common goal: to promote on-going learning about Black History and culture. Sharing history and culture is important. It helps to facilitate a deeper understanding of one another and allows individuals to connect on a socio-cultural level. Thus, Black History Month is incredibly important at the University of Windsor and the greater Windsor

By |Fri, Mar 5th, 2021, 12:29PM|News, Sports|

The New Home for Lancer Recreation: The Inside Scoop on the $73 million Project

by: Justin Peters  Despite the delays, deferrals, postponements and cancellations the University community has faced as a result of the pandemic, construction on the Lancer Sport and Recreation Centre (LSRC) is well underway and could provide some much-needed optimism for students, staff and faculty. The inauguration of the $73 million athletic centre is set for spring 2022. The development of the LSRC experienced a 27-day delay at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, but has since made up for the lost time and is expected to open its doors to the public in May of 2022, on schedule.

By |Wed, Mar 3rd, 2021, 1:46PM|News, Sports|