Ren Schmitt
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Sports Editor
Ren is the sports editor for the OGB, and he is an English major and journalism minor. Ren lives in a constant state of suffering, as he supports Atlanta sports teams. Watching and covering baseball is his passion, and he hopes to someday witness the Deacs or the Braves take home a title.
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ARTICLES BY Ren Schmitt
Baseball Powers Past Davidson
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After being swept over the weekend by the North Carolina Tarheels, the Demon Deacons baseball rebounded on Tuesday, April 4 against the Davidson Wildcats, scoring 15 runs and collecting 19 hits en route to a 15-5 win. The Wildcats came to town on the back of an impressive series sweep of University of Rhode Island, […]

April 5, 2018
Predicting 2018 MLB Awards
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Award predictions are a staple of preseason reporting across all professional sports, and the fallibility of these predictions is simultaneously mocked and celebrated, as expectations are built to be both challenged and affirmed.

March 29, 2018
Baseball Defeats Top ACC Opponents
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After a somewhat rocky start against non-conference opponents, the Wake Forest baseball team managed series victories against two formidable ACC opponents — Florida State and Louisville — and the team now appears poised to make a run as a sleeper in the ACC.

March 22, 2018
Students React to the Reality of School Shootings
News · By

Wake Forest students joke frequently about the comforting insularity of the “Wake Forest bubble,” and much of the time, students can indeed live in blissful ignorance if they so choose.

March 22, 2018
Baseball Avoids Total Sweep at Santa Clara
Sports · By

The Wake Forest baseball team traveled to Silicon Valley over the weekend to face the Santa Clara University Broncos in a three-game series. The Demon Deacons fell short in two close contests to begin the series, but they came away with a 3-1 win on Sunday, Feb. 25, to avoid the sweep.

March 1, 2018
Spotlight: Griffin Roberts
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Griffin Roberts dominated as a closer during his junior season in 2017, posting an ERA of 2.19 and holding opponents to a batting average against of .160. As the Demon Deacons look to repeat their 2017 success, Roberts has assumed a new role on the team, shifting from the bullpen into the starting rotation. 

February 22, 2018
Three Wake Forest Baseball Players Suspended Indefinitely
Sports · By

On Thursday Feb. 15, the Wake Forest baseball team announced that it had indefinitely suspended three veteran players, just 24 hours before the team’s season opener against Georgetown.

February 22, 2018
Wake Forest Baseball Begins its 2018 Campaign
Sports · By

The Demon Deacon baseball team sits at 2-3 after opening their season over the weekend with a solid showing, going 2-2 across four games against Georgetown, Navy and Gardner-Webb and dropping a game on Tuesday night at Davidson 3-1.

February 22, 2018
Negin Farsad Illuminates Social Issues Through her Commentary
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Self-deprecating, bubbly, raunchy—these qualities often characterize comedians, but these traits may not typically be attributed to Muslim Americans. Social justice comedian Negin Farsad, however, challenges stereotypes like those for a living.

February 22, 2018
Yu Darvish Signs Long-Term Deal with the Cubs
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Free agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish signed a six-year deal worth $126 million with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Feb. 10.

February 15, 2018
Brewers Acquire two Excellent Outfielders
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On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Milwaukee Brewers worked some offseason magic, managing to acquire Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in very quick succession.

February 2, 2018
Andruw Jones Deserves More HOF Consideration
Sports · By

The 1996 World Series pitted the two most dominant teams of the 90’s — the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees — against one another. Each club featured its share of future Hall of Famers, but it was not Yankees legend Wade Boggs or Braves ace Greg Maddux who stole the spotlight in Game […]

January 25, 2018
Powerhouses Prove Fallible in NFL’s First Week
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Week 1 of the 2017-18 NFL season further proved that no matter the opponent, in this league winning is no simple task. Several preseason favorites lost or struggled in their opener, and the acquisitions in the offseason and draft allowed others to defy expectations.

December 15, 2017
North London Derby returns this weekend
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On Saturday, Nov. 18 one of the Premier League’s great rivalries will add another chapter to its storied history.

November 17, 2017
Houston Astros claim their first World Series
Sports · By

In June 2014, Sports Illustrated magazine made an audacious prediction. Pictured on the cover of the issue in question was 24-year-old rookie George Springer of the Houston Astros, the text beside him boldly proclaiming, “Your 2017 World Series Champs.”

November 10, 2017
Clayton Kershaw deserves postseason respect
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Since his first full season in 2009, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has inarguably been the most dominant pitcher on the planet.

October 26, 2017
Bullpen leads Yankees to victory over Twins
Sports · By

The winner-take-all Wild Card game, while cripplingly stressful for fans of the clubs involved, has been hugely successful in kicking off the postseason with exciting baseball since its institution in 2012.

October 6, 2017
MLB Predictions: Wild Card teams set to face off
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The sun is setting on the 2017 MLB regular season, and the playoff picture becomes clearer each day.

September 28, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Hailey Brooke McFadden
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Hailey Brooke McFadden is a junior defensive specialist and libero from Holly Springs, NC. Last season, McFadden played in each of the team’s 31 games, and this season she has already totaled 43 digs.

September 28, 2017
Ronald Acuna could become baseball’s next superstar
Sports · By

In 2013, the Atlanta Braves appeared to be on the cusp of a run of continued success.

September 21, 2017
Powerhouses prove fallible in NFL’s first week
Sports · By

Week 1 of the 2017-18 NFL season further proved that no matter the opponent, in this league winning is no simple task.

September 14, 2017
Demon Deacons thump Presbyterian in opener
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In the first game of their 2017-18 campaign, the Wake Forest football team took on FCS (Football Championship subdivision) opponent Presbyterian.

September 7, 2017
Astros organization challenged by Hurricane Harvey
Sports · By

As baseball approaches its final month of the 2017 regular season, the postseason picture appears murkier than ever.

September 1, 2017
What you can really expect for your Freshman year
Life · By

Congratulations, you have officially made it to campus!

August 26, 2017
Demon Deacon Dictionary
Life · By

Wake Forest is known for it’s rigorous academic standards in the classroom, but new students may be unaware that there are many lessons to be learned outside of academic buildings as well. The Old Gold & Black has compiled a brief dictionary for students to review as they settle into campus life.

August 24, 2017