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‘Teamwork, dedication and discipline’: rugby face DI team, heads to nationals

‘Teamwork, dedication and discipline’: rugby face DI team, heads to nationals

Caitlin Golden, Staff Writer
April 12
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Despite a loss to Indiana University Saturday, the rugby team is thankful. USI’s rugby team is Division III, but head forward coach Patrick Oyodo said he appreciated the chance to compete against a skillful team like IU. The DI school has more players than USI, Oyodo said, which gives IU an adv...

Quidditch travels to first national tournament

Quidditch travels to first national tournament

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 12
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The USI Quidditch team spent 14 hours in a car together on the way to its first national tournament. “We were sort of forced to have an incredibly late start (driving) on Friday,” coach Keller Stevens said. “But we didn’t want to have anyone miss class.” The team left Evansville around 4 ...

Track and field opens outdoor season

Track and field opens outdoor season

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 5
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Emily Roberts didn’t expect a record-breaking finish at the Washington College Invitational. She had been sick earlier that week and her only goal was to have a good race. “I was thinking I could (earn a personal record),” she said. “But it wasn't in my mind that I would be getting the reco...

‘Come together’: Dance team combines multiple styles, heads to nationals

‘Come together’: Dance team combines multiple styles, heads to nationals

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 5
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Alyssa Smith The dance team struggled with unity at the beginning of the year. “It’s a very young team. We have a lot of new members this year,” Jennifer Guebert said. “They are each individually very talented, but the goal is to get them to all look like one unit.” More than half of t...

Golf breaks multiple records

Golf breaks multiple records

Caitlin Golden, Staff Writer
March 30
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Brittanie Garrison broke a 12-year-old record during the last golf tournament, a feat she attributes partly to the weather. “It was perfect weather, especially Friday, and it wasn’t very windy, and I hit the ball well,” she said. “It was like everything was going right.” Garrison shot ...

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

‘Pay it forward’: Softball team plays for special causes

Caitlin Golden, Sports Writer
March 29
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The softball team decided to honor senior infielder Toni Braun’s grandmother, Vicki Tuggle, this year. Tuggle became paralyzed   three years ago. Braun said she’s excited for Tuggle to see her play again. “It’s cool to have a lot of family and friends and have a lot of people to come out for it,” Bra...

Respect the ribbon

Respect the ribbon

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 29
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  Kate Bruggenschmidt died in an ATV accident in the hour or so she had between her doubleheader softball games. Her mother, Ashlee Bruggenschmidt, said the support of friends and family afterward came almost immediately. A fews days later, the idea of “Play for Kate” developed. The second ...

Take a walk

Take a walk

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 23
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Don’t be like me. Don’t work more hours in a week than you know deep down you can handle. Don’t pay for access to the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center and then only use it for the one required health class. Both archery and quidditch team members have said they...

‘Surviving and thriving’: Quidditch team prepares for Consolation Cup

‘Surviving and thriving’: Quidditch team prepares for Consolation Cup

Sarah Loesch, sports editor
March 22
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Keller Stevens knows every angle of quidditch. He joined the team as a player, became a captain and now, after graduating from USI, co-coaches the team. “Speaking captain” was a lot of fun, he said. This role is appointed to a member of the team who speaks to referees and officials...

‘Not every champion is a prodigy’: Johnson, mom twirl through life together

‘Not every champion is a prodigy’: Johnson, mom twirl through life together

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 22
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For Rachel Johnson, the hardest part of twirling isn’t the tricks or skills. It’s the loneliness. From age six to 17, she practically lived in a gym between training with her mother and her coach. “It was just really lonely,” Johnson said. “I think that as a child, you’re looking to buil...

Aim, release, follow through: archery club continues to grow, open for all

Aim, release, follow through: archery club continues to grow, open for all

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
March 15
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The first aspect of archery that struck Shelby Hammel was the sound an arrow makes when it hits the target. She joined the archery club in the fall of 2015. But before that, she had never touched a bow. “I had just shot guns before, so shooting a bow, you have to put more muscle into it,” the ...

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