Monthly Archives: May 2012

Behind the Baseball

Fans of Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball can keep up and track the team by using several different sources, but in order for this to be possible someone has to keep the close eye on the collegiate team.
This is the job of media relations intern Kelvin Queliz. Queliz has been a member of the media relations team since October of 2011. He is the primary contact regarding all media relating to baseball, women’s volleyball, and women bowling. His duties include making media guides, game notes, press releases, statistic records and game recaps.
Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball could not have found a better occupant for this job. He has three years experience dealing with baseball statistic as a undergrad. In addition to that, he also played the sport for four years in high school and two years at the colligate level, which makes him very familiar with regulations and proceedings of the game.
A native of New York, Queliz received his bachelors’ degree from the University of Delaware with a major in Sports Management and a minor in legal studies. He worked as a student intern in the media relations department at the University of Delaware for the past four years while also assisting with the sports marketing team. He also spent his undergrad semester as a sales intern for the National Basketball Associations team 76ers of Philadelphia.
During the spring, baseball is his main priority being that it is the only sport that is in season during the time. Anytime the media wants to speak with a player or coach they must first go through Queliz, because he is responsible for any information released to the public on the team. Any time the team travels to an away game he is right there keeping tabs on them.
“My favorite part of this job is being able to travel with team. So far this year we have traveled to Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Reno just to name a few; all places I would have normally visited.” Said Queliz
Being the media representative is not all fun games, it comes with a lot of responsibility. All media must be confirmed by the media represent, it’s his job to make sure that the facts published by the press are accurate and in good standings with the university image. Any time information has been published that is not confirmed by the media representative, he is allowed to force the source to remove the information from public view.
“They have to go through me because no press can talk to the players or coaches directly. I’m responsible if something wrong is publish and it could possible hurt the image of not only the baseball program but the university as well.” Said Queliz
So the next time you pick an article regarding the Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball team keep Kelvin Queliz in mind because without him that information may not have even been available.

Alice Essien

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Baseball requires than physical skills

Winnie Sanders

Journalism 210

Follow-up Story to Baseball Tryouts

College baseball tryouts represent an opportunity for a non-scholarship players to make a positive impression on a baseball coach and win a spot on the team.

In many cases, this can be a difficult task.  There may be only a few openings that dozens of players are trying to earn. To have a chance, you must quickly demonstrate that you not only have the skill but you are physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared.

Perhaps no college sport has better exemplified the undefined nature of athletic scholarship distribution than baseball, where some players traditionally can  receive either a partial or even a full scholarship.

For years, some coaches have signed a handful of high school athletes to what were viewed as tryout scholarships. At some school the program is allotted a specific amount of money to offer to a certain amount of players so that it will secure their enrollment at the university, but then they choose to evaluate the players during fall practices to determine their strengths and weaknesses and when they be given the opportunity to play.

“This isn’t the case for the guys wanting to be a part  of the Bulldog baseball team, we strongly encourage non-recruited walk-on athletes  to par-take in the tryout process”, said baseball correspondent Kelvin Queliz

The only mandated requirements that the baseball team as well as the university has is that each athlete is cleared by the Clearinghouse, the registrar receives a copy of their high school or college transcripts, and a physical from a doctor but once they step out onto the field the coaches are looking for other qualities.

According to Major League Hall of Famer Yogi Berra,” 90 percent of this game is half mental”

Although this may not make sense to some, to athletic individuals who designate a certain amount of time a day to perfect their chosen craft in order to demonstrate the physical capabilities that it takes in this sport one must mentally prepare themselves first.

Just like any other sport one must be polished, condition the body and be a hard worker but they must maintain a sense of composure, knowledge of the game, and alertness so that they can quickly react to any given situation.

Mental stability is a large key factor in the sport because one must demonstrate that they have the willingness to work with others, came compose themselves, manage responsibilities, and take part in a leadership role on and off the field.

So don’t just go out there and play the game–be the game because baseball requires more than just to physical skills, it requires something that each and every one of us has…a heart and the passion to do what we love.

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The players also need to have the ability to entertain and be encouraged by their Bulldog Fans as seen here at last Friday’s game.

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Shown here is a list of some of the physical, mental, and emotional things that a college baseball coach might be looking for during the tryouts.

This moment will be as bittersweet as the rest

Winnie Sanders

5/2/2012

Journalism 210

Personality Profile/Narrative

The field was dry as the sun glistened down onto the diamond so beautifully as if it were bouncing off of a class ring.  Just the thought brings back so many memories of the blood, sweat, and tears it took to get to that point.  Every inch of  that place has a memory that lives inside his beating heart.

Justin Gordey, a senior who has played his heart out for five years on the J.C. Love Field talks about his role models, his career, and a bittersweet goodbye.

Remembering how over the years teammates, coaches, and friends have been their both athletically and academically. College is not about letting others find out who you are, it’s about you finding yourself  and though everyone has mentors to help guide along the right path there are always people that look up to us.

There are numerous levels of baseball: little league, high school, college, the minors, and the major league and the little leaguers always look up to the older, more mature players but even they have a role model that they aspire to be like.

Senior Justin Gordey said, ” As I plan to end my 20 year baseball career after this year, I have always aspired to be like my father, Jim Gordey, a retired major in the United States Air Force and Captain for Southwest Airlines.”

A bond between a father and son is one that can never be broken but Gordey has also formed a relationship that no matter where he goes in life he’ll never forget.

” Playing baseball for Louisiana Tech has affected my life tremendously because  I’ve gotten to form bonds with over 60 guys over the last five years and that bond and sense of family has affected everything that I do, said Gordey.”

A team is like a family of individuals that comes together from across the country for one reason…to become one. Belief and faith that this diverse group of guys can set aside their differences for the common cause of playing the sport that they all love is not an easy task but with a strong support system anything can be accomplished.

” If it weren’t for my family and mentors like Matt Slate, a pastor at the Bridge Community Church, I don’t think that I would have been able to achieve my personal and professional goals throughout my life and the last grueling years of college, said Gordey.”

Picturing an empty field or walking off of Louisiana Tech’s campus for the final time as a student only makes him wonder what the future has in store and what legacy to leave behind to the players that will follow.

“If I could give any piece of advice to little leaguers that dream of playing as long as I have, or someone just in the pursuit of success, I leave them with this little nugget- find your passion and don’t let it go. Love life every day, every minute, said Gordey.”

Lives have forever been impacted, not only the life of this Louisiana Tech University student but others around the area and country as well, because this young man decided to follow his passion and to live life to the fullest and as this chapter closes, it’s not a bittersweet goodbye to a 20 year journey but the first start on a new path.

 

won or lose. It’s all about playing the game, having fun, and making lasting memories.

Senior Justin Gordey prepares to lay down is bat and glove for the final time.