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‘Strong team community’

‘Strong team community’

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
September 7, 2016
Filed under Sports

This year the quidditch team introduced a new president, sophomore Ashlen Bellin. The Shield sat down with her to talk about her start in quidditch and this years team. The Shield: What position do you play on the team? Ashlen Bellin: I’m primarily a chaser, but sometimes a beater if it’s needed. Cha...

‘The spirit of the game’: Women’s ultimate frisbee prepares for fall season

‘The spirit of the game’: Women’s ultimate frisbee prepares for fall season

Sarah Loesch, editor-in-chief
September 1, 2016
Filed under Sports

The women’s ultimate frisbee team started practices earlier in August and are preparing for their fall season. The Shield sat down with junior captain Samantha Strunk to hear more about her reason for joining the team and the team’s plans for the year. The Shield: How long have you been a member ...

‘Treat them like it’s Division I’: Soccer coach discusses coaching philosophy, start to season

‘Treat them like it’s Division I’: Soccer coach discusses coaching philosophy, start to season

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
September 1, 2016
Filed under Sports

After graduation Taylor Stevens knew she wanted soccer to be a part of her life. Stevens graduated in the spring from Murray State University and is now the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team. “Coaching was pretty much the closest thing I could do (to playing the game),” she said. S...

Coaching gold medalists: Local coach discusses time with olympian

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
August 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

The Shield talked to USI alum Dave Baumeyer, the Reitz High School swim team coach and gold medalist Olympian Lilly King’s former coach about what it was like to coach an olympian and his time at the USI. The Shield: What have these last few weeks been like since the Olympics? Dave Baumeyer: It’s...

‘He wasn’t just a coach’: Golf scramble to honor Bisesi, raise money for women’s golf

‘He wasn’t just a coach’: Golf scramble to honor Bisesi, raise money for women’s golf

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
August 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

The golf teams host a scramble each year to raise funds for the team, but it has been renamed in honor of Bisesi. The cost will be $100 per person on each four-person team and registration is due today. Teams will participate in an 18-hole scramble and have a meal afterward that is included in their fee.

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Introducing intramural: RFWC brings new programs for fall

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
August 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

The Recreation Fitness and Wellness Center is introducing multiple new programs to start out the new semester, as well as returning annual events with new twists.

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Court to coach: Former USI player joins staff full time

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
August 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

Basketball became the main sport in Stephanie Carpenter’s life during second grade. Carpenter graduated in 2014 with a criminal justice major and accounting minor, the USI alumna is now back on the court as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

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Enjoy the stroll

Enjoy the stroll

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 26, 2016
Filed under Sports

A blank document has been open on my computer all day. I’m not sure how to start, or I guess how to end. This is my last column as sports editor at The Shield. Anything I write in the future will be from a different seat in the newsroom. I’m ready for that new seat. I owe my experience and a lot of confiden...

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 20, 2016
Filed under Sports

Junior computer science major Haley Hodges now holds the single-season home run record for the university. The pitcher/infielder sat down with The Shield to talk about when she discovered softball and this year’s season. The Shield: What got you started playing softball? Hodges: It was a little town...

Branching out

Branching out

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 19, 2016
Filed under Sports

The upperclassmen on a team are like the roots of a tree. They keep the team grounded and they provide a base for growth. While it may seem odd to put the upperclassmen at the bottom of a metaphor, the base should be the strongest part. While talking to Haley Hodges, an upperclassman on the softball team, she...

Triumph together

Triumph together

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 12, 2016
Filed under Sports

During interviews with members of the dance team, I found myself thinking about how amazing teams are. Teams might be one of the foundational aspects of a sport, but it’s also an extremely complex part of the activity. Teams are complex because you’re dealing with more than wins and losses. You are d...

‘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, 2016
Filed under Sports

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...

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