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2020 athletic season ends amid Coronavirus concerns; Eagles fly home

In their four years on the Eagle team #23 Sara Loomis, #33 Sarah Hart, #21 Jodi Johnson and #4 Renee Stimpert won the national championship in the 2016-2017 season with an undefeated record, were national runners up in their 2017-2018 campaign, had an undefeated 2019-2020 senior season, and achieved an overall four-year record of 133-4

Evan Laux, SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE COLLEGIAN

March 24, 2020

On March 17, “An Open Letter to Eagle Nation” was posted on the Ashland University athletic website, goashlandeagles.com by Director of Athletics Al King. The final lines of his solemn letter offered a glimmer of hope and positivity amid the sea of disappointment that AU athletes and community...

Women’s lacrosse hopes to take on second season with full-force

Senior Sofia Michael in a game during the 2019 season.  Michael led the team with 60 goals a season ago.

Mason Jones

March 4, 2020

As their 2020 campaign commences, the Ashland University women’s lacrosse team looks to improve from their season a year ago as they posted a record of five wins and 11 losses. Last year was the inaugural season of women’s lacrosse at AU, with some players learning how to pick up a lacrosse stick...

Stuart Brdicka, cultured in Tennis

Stuart Brdicka competing at the Spreng-Smith Invitational in October 2019.

Paul Murray, Reporter

March 4, 2020

Stuart Bridicka was born to play tennis. From the moment he took his first steps, he was surrounded by the culture of tennis. His parents Ed and Barb Brdicka were avid tennis fans, and they would often bring a young Stuart to their recreational matches. His oldest sister Meghan was emerging...

Softball team sees huge roster change

Junior OF/INF Alli Hylton steps up to the plate during a game last season.

John Margida, Reporter

March 4, 2020

The Ashland University softball team is coming off a successful 2019 season where they finished 33-22 and made the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the second time under third-year head coach Emyln Knerem. The Eagle roster this year will look a lot different with the...

Aleksi and Sapcanin headed to D-II Nationals

Sophomore Franci Aleksi recorded a program-record time of 15:34.75 in the 1650-yard freestyle at the GLIAC Championships on Feb. 22.

Evan Laux, SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE COLLEGIAN

March 4, 2020

With a combined distance of almost 10,000 miles away, Ashland University sophomore Franci Aleksi and freshman Amar Sapcanin are definitely far from home. But that does not mean that they have not acclimated to the atmosphere of midwest Ohio. In fact, the two are already making their mark on AU athletics...

Hall of Fame exhibit to be rectified in Kates gym; softball field in talks

The hall of fame exhibit will feature kiosks that allow viewers to view Eagle athletic history, past and present.

Evan Laux, SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE COLLEGIAN

February 20, 2020

At the conclusion of the basketball and wrestling seasons this spring, Kates gymnasium will see its next quality of life renovation after last fall’s creation of the Rinehart room: a hall of fame exhibit devoted to both past and present Ashland Eagle athletes. The Tom Wurster Hall of Fame and Sports...

Bringing new opportunities to campus: sports added in recent years

Women’s lacrosse saw its first season at AU in spring 2019.

Christine Jenkinson, NEWS EDITOR FOR THE COLLEGIAN

February 20, 2020

In the past four years, Ashland University has added five new sports to the athletic department roster: women’s lacrosse, Esports, STUNT and the readmittance of men’s soccer and men’s tennis. Al King, athletic director at AU, reports to the president with any sports-related ideas - such as adding...

Baseball team enters season with high hopes

Senior pitcher Chance Hitchcock.

John Margida, Reporter

February 20, 2020

After competing in the Division II College World Series with a 48-15 overall record last season, the Ashland University baseball team is primed for battle entering their 2020 campaign. The Eagles were able to overcome slow starts in both the Regional and Super Regional last summer to get themselves...

“Rod with the three”

Senior guard Rodrick Caldwell began playing for AU in 2018 after transferring from Division I BGSU.

Brooke Young

February 20, 2020

Rodrick Caldwell. A name that conjures up thoughts of offensive fire, 3-point shots, and an unmistakable presence on the court. Yet, to those who know him best, another adjective also comes to mind: calmness. Level-headedness. Even-keeled. All of these words have been used to describe the approach...

Men’s Basketball makes a home stand comeback

Aaron Thompson against Saginaw Valley

Brooke Young

February 6, 2020

Ashland University’s Men’s Basketball team has started to make a comeback in their recent home game stand. Despite a rocky start to the conference season, the Eagle Men are beginning to make a comeback on the hardwood, winning four straight games during their homestand. “We establish who we are,”...

Tennis teams enter spring semester under Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton was named Interim Director of Tennis Operations after head coach
Lexi Bolecky’s departure.

Mason Jones

February 6, 2020

The new year has just begun, but for the Ashland University tennis team, the athletic year is half over. The AU men’s and women’s tennis teams are now beginning their spring season of play, with the men having dual matches and the women playing to finish strong. The Eagle men are just beginning...

A new type of athlete: how Esports arrived on college campuses

Two Esports athletes play Super Smash Bros.

Evan Laux, SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE COLLEGIAN

February 6, 2020

1972 was a year for the books. The first-ever standing U.S. president made a diplomatic visit to China, the last American ground troops left South Vietnam, five men burgled the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers ending...