Donald Crocker

Multimedia Sport Journalist with hands-on experience reporting for high school newspaper, television and radio. Freelance reporter for local newspaper. Proficient photographer and video producer. Experience both in front of and behind the camera. Excels at beat writing, feature stories and columns while meeting deadlines.

Butler baseball: New roster, new outlook, new season

Connor Schultz fires in a pitch in a game last season. The Bulldogs start their season on Feb. 14. Collegian file photo. Following a 26-26 season in 2019, the Butler baseball team is looking to return to the Big East tournament. The Bulldogs finished sixth in the conference last year with a 6-11 Big East mark. In this year’s preseason coaches poll, Butler was picked to finish fifth. During head coach Dave Schrage’s three-year tenure at Butler, the Bulldogs have not had a losing season. But t

After a long journey, H-F grad signs to pro basketball team in Turkey | HF Chronicle

Jeremy Saffold’s basketball career has practically seen it all. From playing Division II basketball after high school to now playing for a professional team in Turkey, Saffold has been through a lot. Saffold would then move onto to the sophomore basketball squad. Condotti moved up as well to coach the sophomore level. Saffold then spent two years at the varsity level. After graduation, he played Division II basketball with the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers. After four years playing for the Ranger

Glorification of drugs in hip hop have went too far

Juice Wrld, or Jarad Anthony Higgins, was a Chicago-based rapper. He went to the same high school as staff reporter Donald Crocker. Photo courtesy of flickr.com. Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known as Juice Wrld or Juice, took the rap world by storm during his successful and short-lived music career. His debut album “Goodbye & Good Riddance” went platinum and his second album “Death Race for Love” reached number one on the Billboard 200. Higgins and I both went to Homewood-Flossmoor High Scho

Butler Esports travels to New York City, competes in 2019 Big East Invitational

Butler Esports (right) finished fourth at the 2019 Big East Rocket League Invitational in New York City. Photo courtesy of ButlerEsports Twitter. Four members of Butler Esports made the trip to New York City Dec. 6-8 to compete against nine other Big East schools in the 2019 Big East Rocket League Invitational. Butler came into the tournament as the defending Big East conference champions. On Dec. 7, Butler competed in a double round robin format within a group of three teams: Georgetown Unive

Overtime: Bears fans ride rollercoaster that is watching the Bears

Mitch Trubisky runs the ball during a game against the Cowboys. The Bears drafted Trubisky with the second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Daniels / Getty Images. Horrible. Disappointing. Disaster. No progression. Amazing. Not very good. Embarrassing. Time to tank. Brutal. Satisfied. Undefeated for the rest of the season. These are some of the few phrases or words I’ve tweeted during Bears games due to a lack of consistency throughout this season. I went from completely

Butler basketball: 10 stats to know

Aaron Thompson calls out a play during a game last season. Thompson led the Bulldogs in assists last season with 142. Collegian file photo. Last year, the Butler men’s basketball team missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. Here are ten important numbers going into the 2019-20 season that could play a factor in whether the Bulldogs miss the tournament for a second straight year. Senior guard Kamar Baldwin’s ranking in scoring in the Big East last season after scoring 17 point

H-F star pitcher Schlaffer celebrates draft by Cubs | HF Chronicle

Tyler Schlaffer has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs from the sandbox. Ever since he was little, the Homewood-Flossmoor High School alumnus dreamed of playing for that major league baseball team. Cubs draftee Tyler Schlaffer with his parents, Augie and Sandy. Schlaffer finished his senior season at H-F High School with a 7-3 record and a 1.81 ERA. (Donald Crocker/H-F Chronicle) Now he's celebrating his literal dream come true, after being drafted by the Cubs in early June. When Sc

H-F beats Lockport to finish off senior night | HF Chronicle

All athletic trainers, cheerleaders and poms dancers who will be graduating later this year were recognized with their respective loved ones before the game Friday. Senior Trace Williams ended the night with 11 points but two of those were bit more special than usual. After a steal early in the fourth quarter, Williams finished the break with a slam. “I told my dad before the game, I was gonna get one for him. So, I had to at least try,” Williams said. “He’s good once he gets his back on you,
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