Central Sweeps on Senior Day

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut softball team honored their senior class of 2014 Sunday in the best possible way: by sweeping conference opponent Mount St. Mary’s 3-2 and 2-0 to clinch their second straight Northeast Conference tournament appearance.

“This was a really big win for us,” said Arielle Bruno, one of four seniors honored before the game. “We’ve struggled all year, and we know we had to win both games to go the NECs, so we’re really excited about it.”

Tessa Brown, Emily Pogemiller, Julie Marks and Bruno were acknowledged before game one’s first pitch for the work and effort they have put into the team in their four years in New Britain.

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Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series Over Wagner

by Sean Begin

The Central Connecticut baseball team has won the first two games of a weekend Northeast Conference series twice this year, against both Mount St. Mary’s and Fairleigh Dickinson. In both of those series they dropped the third and fourth games.

But over the weekend, the team managed to earn their first weekend sweep of the season to push them back to a .500 NEC record, thanks to some good starting pitching and even better efforts from the bullpen.

“We took a team that was limping a little bit and we came out, got up, got ahead, stretched it, and played good defense and walk away with a relatively comfortable win,” said head coach Charlie Hickey after the teams’ 7-0 win on Sunday.

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Football Closes Spring Practice with Blue-White Scrimmage

by Sean Begin

After going 10-23 the last three seasons, Central Connecticut knew it was time to hit restart on the football program. In January they named Pete Rossomando as new head coach who, in the months since, has brought in a deep recruiting class, a new coaching staff and an entirely new playbook.

For the past four weeks, Rossomando and the team have been learning that playbook with their spring practices, which culminated in the annual Blue-White spring game, held Friday night at Arute Field.

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Oh, Donald Sterling

by Sean Begin and Navindra Persaud

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling cast a dark shadow upon his team with racially charged remarks that he allegedly made, as first reported by TMZ.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” said the man alleged to be Sterling in the audio clip.

The comments were recorded by Sterling’s then-girlfriend and mistress, V. Stiviano, who is currently being sued for almost $2 million by Sterling’s wife for embezzlement.

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Volleyball Adds Depth with 2018 Recruits

by Sean Begin

When Central Connecticut volleyball takes the court again in the fall, it’ll be without the presence of seniors Veronika Ban and Amalia Ashley. They will, however, feature four freshman recently signed by head Coach Linda Sagnelli, all of whom add depth to a team fresh off its second straight conference finals appearance.

“Our program has a high standard for athletic and academic success, and we are proud of the academic and athletic performance of  this incoming class,” said Sagnelli in a statement released through the athletic department.

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Biekert Cements Legacy with Pair of CCSU Records

by Sean Begin

When Brian Biekert crossed the finish line of the 1,500 meter race at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic in 3:45.28 on April 12, he did so besting a Central Connecticut record that stood for 50 years.

“I know the guy pretty personally who holds the record, so I kind of wanted to take it from him,” said Biekert of the accomplishment. “It was cool, and it was always a goal since two years ago when I broke the indoor mile.”

The previous record of 3:46.40 was set by Jim Keefe in 1964. Biekert’s time was good for fourth at Bucknell.

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