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She’s a girl: An underestimation of women in sports

Megan County, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Filed under Sports

It’s the start of a new track season at Illinois Wesleyan University, and 17-time All-American athlete, Lauren Alpert-Zeunik, physical therapist, doctor of physical therapy, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, walks into the field house of her alma mater to train her athletes. She hears whispers from new, an...

2016: This year in sports

2016: This year in sports

December 6, 2016

Christian Gralak, Brett Starkopf, Spencer Jones...

Revenge of the Benchwarmer

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

September 29, 2016

Filed under Sports

I've been around sports my entire life, though I wasn't necessarily good at them. In grammar school I only made the boys softball team because they couldn't reject me. It was kind of like the No Child Left Behind act of extracurricular activities. No matter how much I dropped a pop fly, or ran the wrong way on the bases, they...

History repeats itself with athlete protests, social injustice

History repeats itself with athlete protests, social injustice

September 28, 2016

The relationship that sports and social issues have is natural. The two will always be intertwined beca...

NFL Predictions 2016: NFC South

NFL Predictions 2016: NFC South

June 21, 2016

Carolina Panthers: 15 – 1   The Panthers had a great season in 2015, going 15 – 1, making i...

“Life is a Team Sport”: Participation Trophies Are Real Enough

“Life is a Team Sport”: Participation Trophies Are Real Enough

February 2, 2016

Participation trophies are for exactly that, participating. That too, deserves an award - even if som...

Jimmy Butler Selected for 2nd All-Star Game

Jimmy Butler Selected for 2nd All-Star Game

February 2, 2016

Jimmy Butler, the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player, was selected to his second consecutive All-S...

The Participation Dilemma

The Participation Dilemma

February 2, 2016

I’m not a fan of celebrating mediocrity. There is nothing to gain from singing the praises of averagen...

All-Star Game Voting is Pointless and Stupid

All-Star Game Voting is Pointless and Stupid

January 19, 2016

Out of the big four sports in the U.S., the NHL is hurting the most in fan support while still tryin...

A View into the World of “Ronaldo”

A View into the World of “Ronaldo”

November 17, 2015

A plethora of superlatives come to mind at the thought of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. I’ve been...