The Rocket

Justin Kraus
I am Justin Kraus and I am the new sports editor for the Rocket. This will be my first year as editor, but my third year contributing for the sports section. I wrote for my high school's paper, so writing for the Rocket was something that was always on my mind. I put it off until my sophomore year, when I wrote a few articles. I really started contributing my junior year, covering cross country first. Since then, I moved up the ladder covering different sports, before being elected the sports editor last spring. Becoming sports editor was an amazing experience for me to be able to bookend my career at Slippery Rock. I enjoyed covering sports as a contributor greatly, and now I can even further that, and I can't wait to get started. Being able to meet dozens of players and coaches has not only expanded my world view, but made me more personable and a much better writer. Everyone at the Rocket has outstanding work ethic which makes the paper run smoothly, and it is something I love watching happen. I have to give almost all the credit for where I am to the Rocket's new Editor in Chief, Cody Nespor. Cody taught me all I would ever need to know to run the sports section and I am forever thankful. Previous Rocket staffers Jordyn Bennett and Ryan Barlow also helped me with so much throughout my years as a contributor, and they are off chasing marvelous careers right now. Last year, our legendary advisor Dr. Zeltner retired after 20+ years on the job, and was fantastic at it. Now with Dr. Fleming at the helm, I am very excited to see where the paper will go in my final year at the Rock, especially with other media being involved like the Rocket Sports report. My assistant, Steve Cukovitch, and I are very excited with the opportunity we have been presented, and we will make the most of it. We, along with our contributors, will make sure we have the most inclusive coverage of sports that SRU has ever seen.

Justin Kraus, Sports Editor

May 05, 2018
Sports editor says “lol, bye” (Story)
May 02, 2018
Rock women looking forward to hosting PSAC championships (Story)
Apr 30, 2018
Rock beat pride in spring game hampered by weather, injury (Story)
Apr 19, 2018
#ItsOnUs awareness spreading throughout PSAC student-athletes (Story)
Apr 17, 2018
Baseball splits doubleheaders against no. 11 Mercyhurst (Story)
Apr 05, 2018
Spongebob and noodles: Abraham Mow’s freshman season (Story)
Apr 03, 2018
Baseball sweeps four games over four-day period (Story/Media)
Apr 03, 2018
Track teams hit 26 PSAC marks at NC State (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
Rock baseball ties a pair of records in rescheduled doubleheader (Story)
Mar 27, 2018
Rock baseball braves Spring chill to avoid sweep (Story)
Mar 22, 2018
SRU alumnus Brandon Fusco signs contract with the Atlanta Falcons (Story)
Mar 22, 2018
Rock football shows off their talent at annual Pro Day (Media)
Mar 22, 2018
Power pitching and hitting lead Rock baseball in Florida (Story)
Mar 08, 2018
Athletics are an important part of the SRU experience (Story)
Mar 06, 2018
Steve-O revisits SRU with a much different tone (Story)
Mar 06, 2018
Men’s basketball has tournament run end in Erie (Story/Media)
Feb 26, 2018
Men’s basketball seeking first playoff win in three years (Story)
Feb 25, 2018
Men’s basketball drops final regular season game (Story)
Feb 24, 2018
Dress for Success proves both important and popular (Story)
Feb 18, 2018
Men’s basketball powers past UPJ with style and substance (Story)
Feb 18, 2018
Senior day not enough to stave off UPJ (Story)
Feb 16, 2018
Final presidential candidate from Fisk shares thoughts with SRU (Story)
Feb 15, 2018
Simmons breaks record, basketball drops crucial game (Story)
Feb 12, 2018
Tennis impressive in both victory and defeat over the weekend (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
Tennis spring season starts (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
New coach and new faces to propel LAX (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
Lutz’s home life always a priority along with football (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
Lutz lectures players on how to properly date during college (Story)
Feb 07, 2018
SRU head football coach inducted into high school Wall of Fame (Story)
Feb 05, 2018
Chief Wahoo is a racist artifact that should have been dealt with long ago (Story)
Feb 03, 2018
Former SRU slugger signs $4 million dollar deal with Nationals (Story)
Jan 30, 2018
2018 Rock football recruit tracker (Story)
Jan 26, 2018
Rock basketball halts Gannon’s win streak at nine (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
Height not an overwhelming factor for PSAC basketball (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
Sophomore guard wins Athlete of the Month (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
Rock football alumnus remembered for personality (Story)
Dec 05, 2017
Senior wide receiver found niche in 2017 (Story)
Dec 04, 2017
Men’s basketball picks up first conference win (Story)
Nov 19, 2017
Men’s basketball falls to Kutztown (Story)
Nov 19, 2017
Men’s basketball almost sinks no. 8 Shippensburg (Story)
Nov 17, 2017
Rock football excluded from Division II playoffs (Story)
Nov 15, 2017
Volleyball season concludes after many close losses (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
Men’s basketball starts off season with two wins (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Volleyball drops final home game in five sets (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
PSAC pegged as one of Division II’s toughest conferences (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
Marcus Martin winding down historic career (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
Success with Less: Slippery Rock men’s basketball has one of the best turnarounds in Division II (Story)
Nov 07, 2017
Rock football embarrasses Seton Hill (Story)
Nov 05, 2017
Rock basketball hangs tough against Pittsburgh (Story)
Oct 27, 2017
Buying pink shirts won’t cure breast cancer (Story)
Oct 27, 2017
Rock football looks to bring back the milk jug (Story)
Oct 24, 2017
Football game versus IUP broke attendance record (Story)
Oct 23, 2017
Rock volleyball drops set of conference games at home (Story)
Oct 21, 2017
Rock football falls at Edinboro (Story)
Oct 16, 2017
Volleyball drops pair of conference games (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Double homecoming for men’s soccer coach (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
It runs in the family (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Brotherhood (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Top ten showdown at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium (Story)
Oct 09, 2017
Football hangs on at Mercyhurst to stay undefeated (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
America’s gun problem a multi-faceted, undefinable one (Story)
Oct 04, 2017
Rock sends three tennis players to PSACs (Story)
Oct 02, 2017
Volleyball drops two games, falls to 8-8 (Story)
Sep 30, 2017
Two of a kind (Story)
Sep 29, 2017
Field hockey gets seventh win for first time in three years (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
No. 18 Rock to host no. 5 California (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Men’s soccer fights to another tie (Story)
Sep 24, 2017
Women’s XC places seventh out of 19 (Story)
Sep 24, 2017
Slippery Rock hangs on to beat Gannon (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Women’s basketball head coach inducted into high school hall of fame (Story)
Sep 17, 2017
Field hockey loses fast-paced game to no. 3 Shippensburg (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
Ranked again, no. 25 SRU faces struggling Lock Haven (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
In a league of their own: SRU’s club baseball team celebrates winning national championship (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
SRU puts a new ‘spin’ on SC’s top 10 (Story)
Sep 11, 2017
Volleyball sweeps for second straight weekend (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
Second half explosion leads women’s soccer to 7-0 victory (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
Field hockey shut out again (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
Rock knocks off no. 24 West Chester (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
Field hockey unable to come back from early 1-0 deficit (Story)
Sep 05, 2017
Field hockey gets second win of season (Story)
Sep 05, 2017
Volleyball brings it all together with 4-0 start (Story)
Sep 03, 2017
Rock women are runner-ups at Marty Uher invitational (Story)
Sep 03, 2017
Rock loses evenly-matched contest 2-1 (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Van Alstyne takes over LAX program (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Sixth-year senior wins starting QB job (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Volleyball searches for success with new approach (Story)
Aug 29, 2017
Women’s cross country looks for all-around success (Story)
May 21, 2017
Rock alumnus Matt Adams traded to Atlanta Braves (Story)
May 04, 2017
Junior pitcher’s improvement a sign of team’s success (Story)
Apr 30, 2017
The Rock is victorious in spring game against The Pride (Story)
Apr 29, 2017
Rock splits doubleheader to move into three-way tie for second (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Rock baseball stands at second place after split (Story)
Apr 21, 2017
Slippery Rock chosen as host for DII fall sports festival (Story)
Apr 19, 2017
Baseball splits out of conference doubleheader against Huskies (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
PSAC partners with Stretch Internet to introduce digital platform (Story)
Apr 03, 2017
Offense powers Rock baseball to extend win streak to 10 (Story)
Mar 29, 2017
SRU field hockey continues its tradition of academic achievement (Story)
Mar 26, 2017
Power and pitching pushes Rock win streak to eight straight (Story)
Mar 05, 2017
Rock drops two of three in weekend series versus Kutztown (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Rock falters 93-65 in regular season finale (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Rock outlasts Edinboro 64-60, improves standing with playoffs looming (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
Rock head coach elected president of American Baseball Coaches Association (Story)
Feb 01, 2017
Rock’s tough defense leads to 52-44 win in white out (Story)
Jan 29, 2017
Second-half push leads The Rock to blowout win (Story)
Dec 12, 2016
Rock basketball storms back to cross-over win (Story)
Dec 01, 2016
Parsons places 68th at nationals, wraps up productive cross-country season (Story)
Nov 16, 2016
Rock basketball’s unique recruiting demonstrates successful formula (Story)
Nov 16, 2016
Parsons ready for second run at nationals (Story)
Nov 06, 2016
Parsons qualifies for nationals, Rock finishes 13th at Atlantic Regionals (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Men’s cross-country looks to run as a team on home course at regionals (Story)
Oct 25, 2016
Men’s cross-country finishes eighth, Parsons makes All-PSAC team (Story)
Oct 19, 2016
PSAC championships bring huge opportunity for men’s XC (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Men’s cross-country places third at home (Story)
Sep 26, 2016
Men’s cross-country takes fifth at Lock Haven, Parsons tops field (Story)
Sep 18, 2016
Men’s cross-country finish 10th in Kutztown (Story)
Sep 04, 2016
Men’s cross-country places second in season opener (Story)
Aug 27, 2016
Men’s Cross-Country Ready for Challenging Season (Story)
Apr 28, 2016
Rock men shine at home (Story)
Apr 18, 2016
Men’s track competes at Bucknell and Westminster (Story)
Apr 12, 2016
Rock sends two men to Liberty Invitational (Story)
Apr 05, 2016
Men’s track perseveres through tough weather (Story)
Mar 30, 2016
Men’s track sends athletes to Raleigh and Cal U over weekend (Story)
Mar 16, 2016
Rock men start outdoor track season strong (Story)
Mar 01, 2016
Rock men finish as runner-ups at PSAC Championships (Story)
Feb 21, 2016
SRU men’s track hits 21 PSAC qualifying marks at Kent State (Story)
Feb 08, 2016
Men’s track claims four events at YSU Invitational (Story)
Feb 01, 2016
Rock sends three to PSU national invitational (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Top ranked teams set the tone for D-II football tournament (Story)
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