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

Lauren Maurer (middle), a senior chaser on the quidditch team, makes her way down the field with the quaffle as Kara Kanzler follows behind. The two competed with the team in its second-annual Eagle Cup, a tournament hosted by the university.

Sarah Loesch, sports editor

March 22, 2016

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...

Column: Share the love

Column: Share the love

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

January 26, 2016

Imagine NCAA sanctioned sports and club sports as fraternal twins. They share 50 percent of the same DNA, but there are visible differences which aid in distinction. Those differences mostly fall under technicalities and surface-level differences. In the way fraternal twins can be easily differentiated ...

Rugby continues strong season

Members of the rugby team huddle before a practice in September. The team won a state title Saturday at the Indiana Rugby Football Union tournament in Indianapolis.

Mackenzie Drew

November 4, 2015

This story was incorrectly attributed in print. It was written by Mackenzie Drew.   USI’s rugby team named Tyler Pipes as new head coach. “He’s doing a great job this year and I’m really impressed,” said Jon Stinnett, head captain of the team. Some players such as Stinnett know Pipes not only as the new coach but as a form...

Women’s rugby nears club status

Freshman psychology major Dajha Brown works on a drill at the rugby practice on Tuesday. Coach Tyler Pipes and Assistant Coach Adam Kunkel man the drill before sending the team off to run laps. Brown was one of two women at the practice who are working to put together a women’s rugby club sport.

Sarah Loesch

September 23, 2015

Dahja Brown finally found a sport she connected with in her senior year of high school. “I literally tried every sport at my school and didn’t make the team,” she said. “I tried rugby and I actually liked it and was good at it.” When Brown, a freshman psychology major, came to USI she w...

Ultimate is competitive but close

Ultimate is competitive but close

Sarah Loesch

April 7, 2015

The men’s Ultimate Frisbee team has had a good spring season, but the players think they could do better. The team is heads into its competition this weekend 6-12. The team will have the chance to add more wins to its record as it faces Division I opponents. Team president Sam Engels, a junior, said the ...

Rugby wins first two games of season

Caitlin Golden

March 30, 2015

The USI rugby team started its spring season March 21 and 22, with wins against the University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University. They traveled to Nashville to participate in the 33rd Annual Nash Bash, a rugby competition that gives teams the chance to play others they would not normally come head...

‘This isn’t a joke’: Official club sport to host first tournament

'This isn't a joke': Official club sport to host first tournament

Sarah Loesch

March 25, 2015

The USI Quidditch team is excited for the opportunity to show the USI community what it is all about. The team, which was founded in 2013, is a member of U.S. Quidditch, the governing body for Quidditch in the United States. Almost 200 teams around the U.S., including USI's, are members of the organization...

Club sports receive extra money from USI

Dennis Marshall

October 18, 2013

USI club sports gained an extra $25,000 from the university. The majority of the money goes to providing insurance for the athletes. In addition to purchasing insurance, the money will be used to make traveling safer for the club teams.  Some of the funding will also be set aside because the university...

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