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The madness of March

Graphic by Nate Rosen

When March rolls around, the madness begins. From March 17th to April 7th, there will be a sense of craziness that lingers in the air. This time of the year for sports fans is paradise.

Following Selection Sunday on March 16th, which outlines the 64 teams that will be playing in this year’s tournament, begins the creation of a plethora of brackets.

March Madness is the playoff system for division one college basketball which consists of a bracket that is split into four quadrants with teams seeded one through 16. Here, the one seed plays the 16 seed and so on. Once you lose you’re out, and this is where the cinderella stories begin; the teams that have upset the higher seeds and have advanced deep into the tournament.

16 teams remaining is known as the “Sweet Sixteen,” eight teams is the “Elite Eight.”

Followed by the “Final Four” which is the last team left from each quadrant. Thus leading up to an epic and much anticipated championship game.

Todd Goldstein ’14 believes that the team to beat is Wichita State. After captivating a 31-0 regular season record, “They’re no longer an underdog and they should be a one seed,” Goldstein said.

Jonas Piekara ’16 also believes in Wichita State when making a bracket. “Well at first I make a bracket for my favorite team (Syracuse) and then I make a bracket for who performed the best this season which was Wichita State. I have faith in the Shockers,” Piekara said.

However, others don’t believe in Wichita State. “The Shockers ain’t gonna shock nobody. I’ve got Duke going all the way,” Ryan Baer ’16 said.

Whoever your team may be, make sure to create a couple brackets because this year’s March is going to be filled with madness.

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Chase Gornbein, Staff Writer

Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible.

Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on the track (like with his unreal under-five-minute best mile time). Not only does he enjoy the difficulty of running, but the relaxation it brings along as well.

“I enjoy running because I have the ability to release all of my emotions and let it out on the track,” Gornbein said.

Another way that Gornbein has recently decided to do this is by writing for Inklings. He compares letting his emotions out by running to letting off steam by writing, the only difference being that the track has become the pad of paper.

“I always loved reading the school paper and thought it’d be a really unique experience to try writing for it,” he said.

Although this is his first year as an official Staff Writer, his career actually debuted last year with a story about a Staples student auditioning for “The Voice.”

        Although he started simple, Gornbein’s big dream is to be a journalist for the New York Times.

He hopes that the skills he has developed through challenging himself in running will carry into his writing.

For example, Gornbein says that the discipline he has acquired from running has helped him to “stick to a structure and be organized” in writing. He hopes that his mastered discipline will work to his advantage in someday obtaining a job writing for the New York Times.


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