If it isn't broke, the adage goes, don't fix it. With seven straight playoff appearances that included runs to a state title (2013), semifinal (2011) and quarterfinal (2015), Batavia's football program under coach Dennis Piron appeared to be a smooth-running machine. Sometimes, though, another look makes sense. That's why defensive coordinator Matt Holm and assistants Billy Colamatteo and Dan Cadena went back to the drawing board last fall.
It's been a while. Aurora University hasn't qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament since the 2012-13 season. But this year's team, featuring a high-octane offensive attack triggered by a couple of local talents in Kaneland graduate Ty Carlson and West Aurora's Matt Dunn, could be poised for a breakthrough season. In a preseason poll of Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference coaches the Spartans have been picked as the favorites to win the title.
West Aurora's Latrone Kirkwood Jr. was as surprised as anyone late last summer when Traevon Brown transferred in from East Aurora. The two juniors share the same position as point guards. Could this be a potential team chemistry problem for the Blackhawks? Both players insist it isn't an issue and won't be. It's all good, they say. "I've known Traevon since I was 10," Kirkwood said. "We both grew up on the East side. I went to elementary school over there before moving here in sixth grade."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".