Wrestling team has its eyes on the prize

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When Richland’s wrestling program was revived last season, no one really thought it had a chance to regain glory it had before. This isn’t the first time that Richland shocked the world.

The Thunderducks are currently warming up during the offseason. Returning wrestlers are excited to be back and are ready for battle. The new wrestlers are also excited to be here and wrestle closer to home.

Hall of Fame wrestling coach Bill Neal said, “We had to get stronger in a couple of weight classes. We filled in the other weights pretty solidly.”

 Matt Gonzales left, and James Toe engage in a team building exercise during wrestling practice on Sept. 21 in Guadalupe Hall.

Matt Gonzales left, and James Toe engage in a team building exercise during wrestling practice on Sept. 21 in Guadalupe Hall.

When asked about last year’s competition with the other schools, Neal replied, “They’ll be expecting us this year. We snuck up on some of them and wasn’t ready for us.”

The T-Ducks will have a scrimmage at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas on Oct. 28. On Nov. 2 the T-Ducks host an afternoon match for all the Richland community to see.

T-Ducks still No.1

The men’s soccer club remains undefeated after taming the Lions of Mountain View, 3-1 on Sept. 19. Defender Mateo Gutierrez scored twice (one in each half) while forward Joshua Peloquin scored in the 65th minute of the second half. A few days prior, T-Ducks forward James Sasay produced another four-goal game and midfielder Erwin Regules scored a couple himself. Richland steamrolled Ranger College, 8-0.

BIG D tallied a BIG “L”

The Denver Broncos currently own one of the NFL’s best home records. Players, fans and of course the weather all contribute. The Dallas Cowboys’ momentum was severely disrupted in their game against Denver by an hour long delay due to thunderstorms striking the Denver area. Once play resumed, Denver’s Orange Crush took care of business, 42-17, handing the Cowboys their first loss of the young 2017 season.

 Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s future schedule is still in doubt.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s future schedule is still in doubt.

Dak Prescott wasn’t pleased with his performance completing 30 out 50 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott threw two interceptions, one late in the fourth quarter when he threw a pick-six to Bronco cornerback and Richardson Berkner product Aqib Talib for 103 yards and the touchdown.

Ezekiel Elliott experienced his first awful game in his young career. Only running for eight yards, Zeke was blasted by the Cowboys and former players. LaDainian Tomlinson said on the NFL Network, “I didn’t like that. He absolutely quit on this team today. There are going to be times where you aren’t going to have room to run.” As we still wait on the court’s decision, Zeke’s chemistry with his teammates needs to improve. In other words, Zeke better get his act together and fast!!

Child struck by baseball

It’s always frightening to hear stories about the fans getting injured at a sporting event. At Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. a 2-year-old girl was hit by a foul ball from Yankee third baseman Todd Frazier. Play was stopped as fans immediately called for help and she received medical attention. The child was sent to the hospital is doing OK. We have seen these accidents happen too frequently and it’s causing some anger from the public’s perspective.

Sure, fast baseballs and broken bats injure fans when they’re least expecting it, yet Major League Baseball hasn’t done anything to prevent it.

The National Hockey League made changes when a Columbus, Ohio girl was struck in the temple by a rapid, deflected puck at a Blue Jackets hockey game on March 16, 2002. Brittanie Cecil died just two days before her 14th birthday. This incident forced the NHL to surround the outside of the rink with netting to protect the fans.

There are baseball fans who got hit by screamers and later died of their injuries. Fans go out to watch a baseball game and expect to have a great time but it’s also important that the fans are protected. When will the idea of extending these foul nets at ballparks finally catch the league’s attention? Never mind what the league officials think, they should worry about what the public thinks. This 2-year-old getting struck was the last straw and it’s time for a change. Extend the nets or expect the attendance to drop.