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The other side: nursing and athletics

Chris Bils

April 24, 2014

Noelle Yoder came to Ashland University for two things: nursing and basketball. Less than a semester into her first year at AU, she found out she was going to have to quit one of them if she wanted to graduate on time.“They told me that I could do nursing and basketball, and then in December (2012) ...

Ashland athletics are more than football and basketball

By Kevin Stoicovy

August 15, 2013

It is no secret that Ashland Univeristy has great athletics. But some of Ashland’s more exciting sports seem underhanded to mainstream athletics.With recent success in “mainstream” sports such as football and basketball, it isn’t uncommon to see many students showing up at Jack Miller Stadium or Ka...

‘AU Eagle Basketball’ secures a national championship

By Chris Bils

March 30, 2013

“AU Eagle Basketball” cannot be explained in a sentence. It cannot be accomplished with just one person. It is not just the five players on the floor at any given time. It is the vision of one woman—head coach Sue Ramsey—and what she calls playing the game the right way, and it takes a whole team...

Ashland and Dowling set to battle for a national title

Ashland and Dowling set to battle for a national title

By Chris Bils

March 29, 2013

When Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey sat in the press room following her team’s 66-54 win over Western Washington in the Final Four, she talked about how playing the Vikings was like looking in a mirror. That won’t be the case tonight when the Eagles take on No. 10 Dowling (30-3) for the national ...

Ashland one step away from a national title

Senior forward Ashley Dorner fires over Western Washington's Aleisha Hathaway in the second half of Ashland's 66-54 win in the Final Four. Dorner had six huge points to help hold off the Vikings.

By Chris Bils

March 28, 2013

All year, the Ashland women’s basketball team has had one goal: to get back to the national championship and win it. Wednesday night, the first part of that goal was accomplished when the Eagles took down Western Washington in the Final Four, 66-54. Second-ranked Ashland (36-1) led from start to finis...

Furious comeback takes Eagles through to the Final Four

By Chris Bils

March 27, 2013

It just felt like nothing could go right for Ashland in the first half of Tuesday’s Elite Eight game against Gannon. Shots were not falling, easy passes were slipping into opposing hands and back-to-back National Player of the Year Kari Daugherty had just five points on 1 of 7 shooting from the field....

Ashland ready to face familiar foe in Elite Eight

Sue Ramsey and Cleve Wright have coached against each other since Gannon was in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Golden Knights left in 2008.

By Chris Bils

March 26, 2013

Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey and Gannon head coach Cleve Wright have known each other for a while. The two used to battle twice a year when Gannon was in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. “Yeah, long time,” Ramsey said. “I can’t even add up the years.” Wright is in his 11th...

We’re number one!

By Chris Bils

March 21, 2013

Set aside the speed at which they can run or swim, the distances that they can throw and the heights they can vault and jump. Forget about all of that stuff for a second. College athletes are amazing. They have all of the classes and commitments as most regular students, and then they have more: morning...

Ashland survives, reaches Elite Eight

Ashland survives, reaches Elite Eight

By Chris Bils

March 19, 2013

With 11:46 to play in Monday’s NCAA Midwest Regional Final at Kates Gymnasium, it looked like the dream might be about to die. Ashland found itself down 50-42 and struggling to stop the bleeding after Wayne State came out of halftime on a 24-6 run. Senior forward Kari Daugherty—who scored a comb...

Daugherty keys win over Michigan Tech

By Chris Bils

March 17, 2013

It’s a cliché in college basketball that it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season. Ashland knew it would not be easy to take down Michigan Tech for the third time in Saturday’s Midwest Regional semifinal, but Kari Daugherty was simply amazing in a 67-54 win over the Huskies. The senior f...

Ashland takes care of business in first round

By Chris Bils

March 15, 2013

On a day when upsets ruled the Division II women’s basketball landscape, Ashland held tough and moved on to the second round with a 70-56 victory over Indianapolis. The Eagles (32-1) rode behind the stellar play of senior forwards Kari Daugherty and Daiva Gerbec. Daugherty had a game-high 31 point...

Breaking down the competition: NCAA Midwest Regional

Breaking down the competition: NCAA Midwest Regional

By Chris Bils

March 13, 2013

It’s tournament time. For the second year in a row, the Ashland women’s basketball team has the top seed in the Midwest region and will host the regional tournament, which starts Friday at Kates Gymnasium. The Eagles are ranked No. 2 in the country, 16 spots ahead of the next closest team in the regio...