This was an historic season for your very own Dragons football team! They have finished the season undefeated in conference play and beat long time rival Findlay in the GMAC championship game breaking a 20+ year losing streak and on top of all that they’ve made the NCAA division 2 playoffs which has never been done in school history. After all those great accomplishments the Dragons have also earned themselves a championship ring and the seniors get to choose the ring design.
TU women's indoor track and field team is jubilant after its big wins at the G-MAC conference at the University of Findlay Feb. 22-23.
by ASHLIN LINDSEY
Tiffin University's women's indoor track and field team won first place in the Great Midwest Athletic conference held at the University of Findlay on Feb. 22-23.
The women hit a fantastic score of 188.50 overall, reaching five short-term marks in the conference, two all-time, and hitting two personal records. This event is the first time the indoor track and field team won the G-MAC conference.
Freshman Marisa Gwinner, hit her NCAA personal record in the high jump and took first place, setting an all-time personal record of 1.75 meters.
Senior Brittany Holbrook placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.72 seconds.
Junior Shalbe Evans took first place in the long jump with 5.61 meters.
Senior Kirsten Camp won the pentathlon with 3.459 points.
Gwinner said she tells herself to never forget why she started competing, "Sometimes, being a college athlete you get so tired of doing the same things everyday, but I just sit back and think I started track because I wanted to compete in college. I want to be All-American all four years of school," she said. "I want to be so many things that I can't let my mind get stuck on being tired. I always like to think during competitions to "focus, breathe, compete" because sometimes emotions can get the best of us and can throw us off focus and that's never good, you have to be mentally strong in any sport.
Coaches Keith Reiter and Dennis Martin said they were happy for the team and all its accomplishment and are honored to be coaching at Tiffin University among a great group of athletes.
by NICK WATSON
Taking the pledge to spread the word to end using the word retarded. That is what the students at Tiffin Columbia did Wednesday after attending a presentation by TU athletes who urged them to be more sensitive toward people with disabilities.
About 74 Tiffin University athletes who are members of the Student athlete advisory committee gave gave a short presentation to classes to get the high school students to join the campaign to end using the word retarded.
The athletes showed the students a short video pf how some of the people with disabilities felt when hearing the word used in a disrespectful way.
The high school students joined the campaign but using their phones to go to the website and follow the campaign.
The athletes then asked the students who had twitter to make a tweet following the hashtag #takethepledge
When asking the president of SAAC, Dominique Wagner, on what made her decide to bring the spread the word to end the word here at Tiffin, she replied, "Its something that I've always been passionate about, and being president this year I had the platform to be able to do something that I was passionate about."
if you want to learn more about the campaign and take the pledge click the link below and follow the spread the word to end the word website.
by MACKENZI RICKMAN
The final four for the NCAA women’s basketball which was held in Columbus over the weekend, and a number of Tiffin University students represented the college, giving up their free time on Easter weekend in order to help out at the event.
The Final Four of women’s basketball is always a huge event. Wherever the event is held it always produces a good outcome and this year it lived up again to its expectations, with two semifinal games on Friday night and the final game on Sunday going down to the wire.
The two finalists Notre Dame and Mississippi State ended with one player rising above the rest by shooting two clutch shots to win the championship. It really could not have got much better than this.
Dr Bonnie Tiell, professor of sports management and business decided to involve the college and contribute her free time along with a few students to offer some helping hands at the event.
Six students were chosen and took part in the event where they would help out with mini games, mingle with the public at the event and even have a chance to meet some of the future stars gracing the WNBA.
“Being able to hear about the athlete’s side of the story and how they dealt with fame was beneficial,” said Tiffin University student Chris Herlily.
The city of Columbus was packed full of people and even had WBA legends, including non-other than Kobe Bryant at the event, not only watching the games but taking part in everyday the activities as well as games, interviews and a chance to meeting the fans.
Senior TU student Jenna Huffman attended the game separately from Dr. Tiell’s group.
“It was a good game," Huffman said. "And we received front row seats."
A great day for students who had traveled many hours to Columbus to support their team.
by DIANA ODUHO
Students, faculty and staff were present and dressed to impressed April 17 as Tiffin University’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 3rd annual Green and Gold Awards. The awards ceremony, which was sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Corporation, celebrates the accomplishments of TU’s student-athletes on and off the field.
The student body nominated student, faculty and staff for respective awards, and the winners were chosen by a committee. Stephanie Smith and Holly Bigg are the SAAC advisors that helped make the night possible.
“The Green and Golds were very good this year. It’s awesome to see all the athletes come together and all be appreciated and dress up and look nice,” said Nini Wagner, a member of SAAC. “Because we’re athletes we don’t get to do that much!”
Some highlights of the night were James Ngandu (Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country) winning a high of three awards, and Nehemiah “Nemo” Hill winning the “#1 Dragon Fan.” James was extremely appreciative, thanking his coaches for the opportunity to come here and be a Dragon. Nemo is a second-grader who has created a relationship with Tiffin and specifically the football team through the Dragon Buddy program and received a standing ovation.
Below are the awards and winners from the night:
photo courtesy of TIFFIN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
by: AMANDA TRAXLER
After two days of hard competition, our Tiffin University Men’s Indoor Track team placed second overall to be named the National Runner-up’s at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track meet in Pittsburg, Kansas.
"I am really proud of the way these guys handled themselves throughout the weekend," said Head Coach Jeremy Croy.
Tiffin University was in second behind Pittsburg State with two events left in the competition. The Dragon’s were behind by only one point going into the 4x400 relay and the triple jump.
Pittsburg did not have a 4x400 team so the Dragons had a chance to win their third national title if they placed. The Dragons were not able to get any points as their relay finished ninth and Jalon Monigan finished 11th in the triple jump.
“It was a great opportunity to be able to compete with schools from all across the country,” said senior Mackenzie Rickman.
In order for athletes to compete they have to be top 16 in their event out of all the schools in their division.
“TU has the most qualifiers representing for most of the men’s track events,” Rickman said. “We have been so successful at the national level because we have had the most qualifiers in our division.”
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by AMANDA TRAXLER
Tiffin University's men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the cheerleading squad, celebrated the careers of their graduating senior's on Saturday.
The men's basketball team celebrated seniors Alex Brown and Trent Lucas, while the women's team celebrated lone senior Kiley May.
Tiffin University cheerleading also celebrated the career of senior captain Jessyca Toland.
Both the men's and women's team fell short in the final game of their season. The men's team lost in overtime 88-86 to Saginaw Valley. The women's team fell to Saginaw Valley 67-66.
video excerpt from ESPN archives
by Mackenzi Rickman
Tiffin University athletes, senior Mackenzi Rickman and sophomore Erick Snell race the 60m hurdles at Grand Valley University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Feb 25. At the finish of the race, Snell made an impressive effort as he dives at the line to achieve a second place finish behind teammate Rickman. Thanks to his effort the team racked up the most points.
by CHARLES HOLLAND
Tiffin University Football has new plans entering this offseason as they transition into a new conference.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a competitive field of play in all athletics in Division II. Tiffin University has been a member of this conference since 2008. The Dragons say farewell to the GLIAC as they move to local competition.
Tiffin University Football finished the 2017 season with a record of 6-5 at. That record serves as their second above average finish in the last three seasons. The winning could either become a trend or instantly fold due to the sudden change.
All athletic departments at Tiffin University will be transitioning from the GLIAC to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Fortunately for the football program they will see some familiar faces within this new conference.
The GMAC was established in 2012. fairly new but host from the East South Central States and Great Lakes. The conference has nine different football programs that compete in it, and a few are former members of the GLIAC conference.
Some of the former GLIAC teams that compete in this league are Walsh, Ohio Dominican, Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, and Malone Univ.
“I’m excited for the season, even though we still have spring ball coming up soon, it’s nothing like game day,” says junior defensive back, Ross Moore.
Coach Gary Goff looks to lead the men into another winning season as goals for their program rise.
“We have a new trend this off season, Bring The Fire. Nothing but conference championship and playoff goals” Goff said.
The Tiffin University football program has never competed in postseason play since their debut to the NCAA back in the 2008-9 season. However, with the last few seasons ending positive, there is hope.
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by AMANDA TRAXLER
Tiffin University’s men’s basketball game fell to the Lake Superior State Lakers on Saturday 80-76.
The Dragons led the Lakers going into the second half of play, but that lead was slowly taken away as the Lakers made their move.
The game was both physical and aggressive from both sides with 41 total fouls, three technical fouls, and Tiffin’s Austin Adams leaving the game in the first half with an injury.
The Dragons are away for their final road game of the season where they will play the Purdue Northwest Pride and the Grand Valley State Lakers.