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Ashland’s ultimate balancing act

Chris Bils April 23, 2014

Ashland University junior wrestler Kurt Schaefer is lying face-down on the practice mat, and holding him there is junior All-American 197-pounder Joe Brandt. Schaefer is a good wrestler in his own right...

Student-athletes’ worst nightmare

By Chris Bils August 14, 2013

The text did not reveal much, only that something important had happened.Of the 25 players on the roster who received Ashland University men’s soccer coach Jon Freeman’s message May 28 asking to call...

Drew Windle holds up his first-place trophy at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past spring. Windle took first place in the 800.

Spring sports recap

By Chris Bils August 14, 2013

When all was said and done, 2012-13 was the greatest season in the history of Ashland University athletics. Women’s basketball brought home the first team national championship in school history. Great...

Ashland athletics are more than football and basketball

By Kevin Stoicovy August 14, 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...

A closer look at the cutting of AU men’s soccer

By Chris Bils August 14, 2013

Ashland University expects to save $382,558 by next year by cutting the men’s soccer program, according to university President Frederick Finks.Many changes were made this summer due to difficulties...

Crews worked all summer in Kates to have it ready for the first home volleyball game of the season. A new floor, bleachers, lighting, basketball hoops, scoreboards, and even new paint on the walls were a part of Kates transformation.

Kates construction completed

By Teresa Williams August 14, 2013

Kates Gymnasium experienced extensive renovations over the summer. With a new floor as well as upgraded bleachers, lighting, and sound system, the gym will serve as a spotlight for the Ashland University...

Changing the culture

By Chris Bils August 14, 2013

The 2012 season of Ashland women’s soccer was full of frustration. After getting all the way to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship in 2011, the team got back...

Gazing into the future

By Chris Bils August 14, 2013

All it takes is a few minutes with Ashland head volleyball coach Cass Dixon to realize she has lofty goals. She doesn’t even have to say what they are.Watch her roam the sideline sometime. To the untrained...

‘AU Eagle Basketball’ secures a national championship

By Chris Bils March 29, 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...

A memorable press conference

By Chris Bils March 28, 2013

Yesterday’s national championship press conference was, well… different than I expected. I mean, nothing interesting ever happens at these things, right? It’s just a chance for a few players and...

Ashland and Dowling set to battle for a national title

Ashland and Dowling set to battle for a national title

By Chris Bils March 28, 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....

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.

Ashland one step away from a national title

By Chris Bils March 27, 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...

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