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Enjoy the stroll

Enjoy the stroll

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

April 26, 2016

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...

Branching out

Branching out

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

April 19, 2016

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

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...

Take a walk

Take a walk

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

March 23, 2016

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...

United unit

United unit

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

February 23, 2016

One of the most rewarding aspects of athletics is team camaraderie. I didn’t play sports competitively for a majority of my life, but even from a fan’s standpoint, it’s rewarding. I’ve been a part of something I think matters and with people who I think are the greatest at what they do. Th...

Balance the blame

Balance the blame

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

February 16, 2016

Blame does not usually belong to one individual. Oftentimes, it ends up on the shoulders of a person whose control only goes so far. I don’t like blame the coach mentality, but maybe more than that, I don’t understand it. After the men’s basketball team lost 89-80 to Maryville University, I s...

Respect your elders

Respect your elders

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

February 9, 2016

This year’s hall of fame class embodies talent. They have the ability to be role models for student athletes who are currently in the same situations the alumni already lived through. I think the true benefactors of the USI Athletic Hall of Fame are current student athletes. It gives current athlet...

Start solid, stay solid

Start solid, stay solid

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

February 3, 2016

Almost every post-game interview I have done with the women’s basketball team lately has included the phrase: “We have to play for 40 minutes.” What this boils down to is the team, coaches and players alike believe the current losing streak stems from an inability to finish and/or start strong. ...

The importance of a ride or die

The importance of a ride or die

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

December 9, 2015

Owen stepped in and kept the team level-headed and focused for an important game.

Come see what I see

Come see what I see

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

December 1, 2015

I see a lot from my seat at the press table during basketball games.

Scrumming Eagle

James Powell

September 29, 2015

Rugby is one of the most beloved sports found at USI. It combines a majority of things we as humans love: throwing, kicking things and hitting people we don’t know. Currently women’s rugby is nearing club level recognition by the university. This is not the first time women’s rugby has come to c...

The Verbal Commitment: University has more than just revenue sports

James Powell

September 23, 2015

At USI we are lucky to have 15 NCAA recognized varsity sports. However, most students are unaware the university has them. It is fairly common for most students to only recognize the big three: foot- ball, basketball and base- ball. Throughout the NCAA the big “TV sports” gar- ner all the a...

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