The Rocket

Oscar Matous
Greetings and salutations. My name is Oscar Matous and I am the Sports Editor for The Rocket. My roots in The Rocket go back to the early weeks of the spring 2016 semester. I had just finished my first full semester of college in the fall of 2015, and was looking for more activities to do besides just sit in my room and consume large amounts of pizza. Being the naïve college freshman we all are, I hesitated to join The Rocket in the fall of my freshman year because I assumed there was an unwritten rule that everyone “had” to be a journalism/English major. Then the power of Division II sports journalism shined upon me like a rose on a sunny day. I received a mass email from the Communication Department saying that Ryan Barlow, the Sports Editor at the time, was looking for contributors to cover spring sports. I told myself to just go for it and I set up a time to meet with Ryan and his Assistant Sports Editor at the time, Cody Nespor. I knew I wanted to change my major to journalism sometime throughout that semester anyway, so I figured that I should get involved with the paper sooner rather than later. In addition to finding out that The Rocket is comprised of a number of non-journalism, and even non-communication majors, I soon discovered that I made the best choice of my entire life. Shortly after meeting them, Ryan and Cody gave me my semester assignment—to cover the tennis team. I prided myself in going to their matches during Slippery Rock’s lovely, yet unpredictable, spring weather. Since then, I have, in some fashion, covered almost all of the NCAA Division II sports SRU has to offer and have yet to meet someone (Rock Athletics does not count) who has covered the women’s soccer team as much as I have.

Throughout my collegiate journalist career, I have worked under some amazing Sports Editors including Ryan, Cody, Justin Kraus, and Steve Cukovich. Without these gentlemen, I would not be where I am today. I look forward to bringing my experience and charisma to The Rocket this year to make our beloved student-run newspaper even greater than it already is.

In addition to my duties here at The Rocket, I am the Sports Programming Director for WSRU 88.1 FM, Slippery Rock’s local, student-run radio station. In my free time, I am rooting for all Pittsburgh sports, watching ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ or having an epiphany from Dr. Harry’s divine knowledge, all while sporting a pair of my trusty Crocs.

Oscar Matous, Sports Editor

Apr 18, 2019
Meredith’s, Papa’s ‘Rock solid’ history (Story)
Apr 18, 2019
A ‘hard hitting’ topic (Story)
Mar 26, 2019
Baseball swept by Gannon (Story)
Mar 21, 2019
Messer’s path to 1K (Story)
Mar 07, 2019
Edinboro loses to… Edinboro? (Story)
Mar 07, 2019
3/7/19 Blotter (Story)
Mar 06, 2019
Rock prepared for showdown with Mercyhurst (Story)
Feb 21, 2019
Messer confident in team heading into season (Story/Media)
Feb 21, 2019
Lueken looks to improve diversity (Story)
Feb 17, 2019
Rock picked third in PSAC-West (Media)
Feb 17, 2019
Tennis wins first match of Spring season (Story)
Feb 14, 2019
Rock sinks streaking Lakers (Story)
Feb 13, 2019
Grady assumes role of head coach (Story)
Feb 12, 2019
Grady confident in team without Till (Story)
Feb 11, 2019
Rock bounces back with win over Seton Hill (Story)
Feb 08, 2019
Till hurt as Rock drops away contest to IUP (Story)
Feb 07, 2019
Former Steeler finds his home at The Rock (Story/Media)
Feb 07, 2019
Behind Welch, tennis heads into spring season (Media)
Feb 05, 2019
Slippery Rock baseball alum hired by Astros (Media)
Feb 03, 2019
Rock women’s basketball upsets Cal U (Media)
Feb 03, 2019
Men’s basketball clinch playoff berth with win over Cal-U (Story/Media)
Feb 02, 2019
Tennis returns to action, loses to CMU 7-0 (Story)
Jan 30, 2019
Hinderliter reaches career milestone (Media)
Jan 28, 2019
Reynolds let go, Grady to remain as acting head coach (Story)
Jan 27, 2019
Men’s basketball wins 12 in a row (Story)
Jan 25, 2019
Rock Football loses two coaches to D-I schools (Story)
Jan 24, 2019
Men’s basketball catches fire during midseason run, overcomes early season obstacles (Media)
Jan 24, 2019
Rock wins eleventh straight (Story/Media)
Dec 06, 2018
Vernick has sights set on next season (Media)
Dec 06, 2018
Hills ready for the next step of his career (Media)
Dec 06, 2018
From Piraeus, Greece to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (Story)
Dec 06, 2018
Rock football defied the odds all season (Story)
Dec 05, 2018
Rock football ends season with a ‘nail-biter’ (Story)
Nov 28, 2018
Chapla continues record-setting season (Story/Media)
Nov 27, 2018
Rivers-Hills duo dominate New Haven, advance to NCAA quarterfinals (Story)
Nov 15, 2018
Grady gets first win as acting head coach (Story)
Nov 13, 2018
Men’s basketball opens up 2018-2019 season with two straight losses. (Story)
Nov 08, 2018
Acting head coach Grady confident in new team (Story)
Nov 08, 2018
Rock Football prepared for undefeated West Chester, Lutz says (Story)
Nov 06, 2018
Rock Football handles Gannon with ease, wins 48-7 (Story)
Nov 05, 2018
Transfer running back finds success at The Rock (Story)
Nov 04, 2018
Reynolds placed on administrative leave, Grady to serve as acting head coach (Story)
Oct 25, 2018
10/25/18 Blotter (Story)
Oct 25, 2018
Rock football prepared for perhaps toughest opponent yet (Story)
Oct 23, 2018
Rock football retains possession of the Milk Jug (Story)
Oct 17, 2018
From third-string to starter: Roland Rivers III’s journey to being one of the PSAC’s top quarterbacks (Story/Media)
Oct 11, 2018
Rock football prepares for homecoming game against Edinboro (Story)
Oct 11, 2018
A “Rocky” History (Story)
Oct 09, 2018
Rock football upsets No. 14 IUP (Story)
Sep 26, 2018
Rock Football looks for third straight win (Story)
Sep 24, 2018
Rivers connects for five touchdowns, Rock Football wins 49-26 (Story)
Sep 23, 2018
Backup goalie named PSAC Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week (Story/Media)
Sep 13, 2018
Renovations to James Egli Field and SRU Softball Complex are making progress, Director Lueken says (Story)
Sep 13, 2018
Injury-ridden Rock Football looks for week three turnaround (Story)
Sep 10, 2018
Late offensive miscues cost Rock football their first loss of the season (Story)
Sep 07, 2018
Rock quarterback looks to keep his team competitive in 2018 (Story)
Aug 30, 2018
Lutz confident in his team heading into week one (Story)
May 03, 2018
Rock baseball finishes strong and looks for success in the playoffs (Story)
May 03, 2018
Martin & Park sign NFL priority-free agent contracts; Johnson invited to mini-camp (Story)
Apr 27, 2018
Women’s club ice hockey sends six players to all-star event (Story)
Apr 25, 2018
Rock baseball completes season sweep of IUP (Story)
Apr 13, 2018
Rock senior breaks all-time SRU strikeout record (Story)
Mar 31, 2018
Athletic trainers address mental health concerns among student-athletes with yoga sessions (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
Rock women’s basketball looks to win first playoff match up since 1996 (Story)
Feb 15, 2018
Rock women’s basketball wins against Clarion (Story)
Feb 02, 2018
Rock women’s basketball crumbles at the Claws of the Crimson Hawks (Story)
Jan 25, 2018
Soccer senior midfielder enjoyed career in the States (Story)
Dec 04, 2017
Rock women’s basketball’s rally falls short (Story)
Dec 04, 2017
Should employers be forced to provide free contraception to their employees (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
Slippery Rock rights the ship against the raiders (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
Women’s soccer season ends after first-round exit (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
Women’s basketball picked sixth in conference (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
Slippery Rock takes in three transfers from Harford (Story)
Nov 03, 2017
SUMA hosts second annual powder-puff football game (Story)
Oct 31, 2017
Women’s soccer to battle three-time defending champion Warriors in first round of playoffs (Story)
Oct 30, 2017
Defense a big reason for women’s soccer’s playoff appearance (Story)
Oct 24, 2017
RockOUT hosts annual drag show (Story)
Oct 15, 2017
Women’s soccer gets eighth win (Story)
Oct 11, 2017
Field hockey climbs to national rankings for first time since 2014 (Story)
Oct 01, 2017
Women’s soccer upsets ranked opponent (Story)
Sep 30, 2017
Students decorate ‘cupcakes for a cause’ (Story)
Sep 26, 2017
Women’s soccer battles heat to 1-0 loss (Story)
Sep 20, 2017
Women’s soccer falls to nationally ranked Kutztown (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
Families, students will celebrate during weekend-long traditional festival (Story)
Sep 03, 2017
Women’s soccer can’t hold early lead, tie in OT (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
UPB welcomes back SRU students (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Women’s soccer strives for more success (Story)
May 04, 2017
Track senior nearing end of great career (Story)
May 04, 2017
SRU Theatre Department to host “Brave New Plays” (Story)
May 02, 2017
Rock baseball led by Falascino in game one, game two rained out (Story)
Apr 30, 2017
Rock loses both games of a doubleheader against Edinboro on Senior Day (Story)
Apr 28, 2017
SRU clubs host annual Spring Fling event (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Rock softball splits doubleheader with Mercyhurst (Story)
Apr 19, 2017
Rock-solid pitching leads softball to doubleheader victories (Story)
Apr 15, 2017
Rock softball splits doubleheader with Edinboro (Story)
Apr 11, 2017
Rock offense falters against Seton Hill Griffins (Story)
Apr 06, 2017
Rock softball blanks Cal-U in road doubleheader (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
Freshman basketball star decides against competing in track and field (Story)
Mar 26, 2017
Rock softball splits double header with Lock Haven in home opener (Story)
Mar 23, 2017
Women’s basketball remains optimistic for next season (Story)
Feb 26, 2017
Women’s basketball ends season with ninth straight loss (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
90-46 blowout gives women’s basketball eighth loss in a row (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Black Action Society hosts Soul Food Tuesday (Story)
Feb 20, 2017
Rock softball loses four of five in South Carolina early season tournament (Story)
Feb 16, 2017
Clarion hands SRU sixth straight loss, Rock falls out of playoff picture (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Senior Carpenter hopes to return from injury before season’s end (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Second-half collapse leads to fifth straight loss for women’s basketball (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
Rock falls at home to nationally-ranked California (Pa.) (Story)
Jan 26, 2017
Late fouls prove costly for women’s basketball on the road (Story)
Dec 10, 2016
Women’s basketball ends home stand with 74-43 victory over Millersville (Story)
Dec 03, 2016
Rock women give up 28 points in 4th quarter, lose 85-78 (Story)
Dec 01, 2016
Defense falters in fourth quarter as Rock loses out-of-conference game to Malone (Story)
Nov 14, 2016
Women’s basketball opens up season 2-0 (Story)
Nov 11, 2016
Rock women’s soccer has another successful season (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Two key players transfer to rival IUP (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
Women’s soccer to take on East Stroudsburg in PSAC quarterfinals (Story)
Oct 30, 2016
Women’s soccer loses 4-0 on senior day (Story)
Oct 19, 2016
Despite early lead, women’s soccer loses 3-1 (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Women’s soccer comes from behind, wins 3-2 (Story)
Oct 08, 2016
Women’s soccer match ends in a stalemate against no. 3 ESU (Story)
Sep 27, 2016
Women’s soccer handles Gannon with ease (Story)
Sep 24, 2016
Men’s soccer takes down Wheeling Jesuit (Story)
Sep 21, 2016
Women’s soccer sinks Lakers (Story)
Sep 13, 2016
Women’s soccer takes down rival Cal-U (Story)
Sep 11, 2016
Raiders steal victory away from women’s soccer (Story)
Sep 03, 2016
Women’s soccer loses 1-0 on early goal (Story)
Sep 02, 2016
Women’s soccer falls to the Falcons of Notre Dame College (Story)
Aug 31, 2016
Women’s soccer hopes to remain strong in 2016 (Story)
Apr 24, 2016
Season finale win has Rock looking at national tournament (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Rock grounds Golden Eagles in PSAC-West finale (Story)
Apr 17, 2016
Tennis falls 9-0 to ranked opponent (Story)
Apr 14, 2016
Tennis wins close conference match against Boro (Story)
Apr 13, 2016
Tennis dominates Grove City on senior day (Story/Media)
Apr 13, 2016
Rock tennis cruises past Seton Hill (Story/Media)
Apr 04, 2016
Rock tennis stung by West Virginia State Yellow Jackets (Story)
Mar 30, 2016
Lakers sink Rock tennis (Story)
Mar 24, 2016
Rock cracks at claws of Crimson Hawks, shutout 9-0 in 2016 home opener (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
Tennis wraps up spring trip (Story)
Feb 28, 2016
Tennis drops match to D-I opponent (Story)
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