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Op-ed: Saying goodbye to my student-athlete family

(04/29/17 9:10pm)

I wasn’t going to write this column. I thought I had said everything I needed to say about my AU sports journey in my last column about my dad. That column flowed easily, my emotions and gratitude for my father and my family pouring out of my head like a rushing river. But, as I sat down to write a paper one night in the library with my swim teammates, I became overcome with another sensation of gratitude. And those feelings needed to be documented as well.

AU ends NCAA wrestling tournament run despite two early wins

(03/19/17 10:13pm)

The NCAA tournament, the prime event for college wrestlers during the season, offered a different kind of stage for AU sophomore Josh Terao. During the regular wrestling season, Terao wrestled in front of a couple dozen fans in Bender Arena. Bender provided Terao a spotlight, but the atmosphere at the NCAA tournament in St. Louis on March 16 offered a new chance to shine. Terao readied himself, shaking out his limbs, on Mat 8 as he prepared for his second contest of the tournament and continued towards his goal of becoming an All-American.

AU Hall of Fame induction highlights three storied athletic careers

(02/08/17 4:44am)

Samia Akbar graduated from AU in 2003, seven years before the School of International Service building became the modern AU landmark that it is today. Yet, standing in the new, renovated building during the cocktail hour of the 2017 AU Athletics Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Akbar said the memories of her time on campus as both a student and a runner came rushing back to her.

Binghampton takes down AU wrestling in EIWA home dual

(02/07/17 3:13pm)

Midway through 285-pound junior Brett Dempsey’s wrestling match against Binghamton sophomore Connor Calkins, Sunday’s team dual looked to be close. Binghampton had captured a win in the 184-bout, and AU responded with a victory just one weight class up. Dempsey and Calkins were battling for team points as well as individual success at 285, and with less than two minutes to wrestle, the men were tied.

Three Eagle athletes to be inducted into AU Athletics’ Hall of Fame

(01/20/17 6:03pm)

Keira Carlstrom D'Amato stood at home plate on a baseball field in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, preparing to defend her Patriot League cross country title in 2004. The field, she thought, was a strange place to warm-up for the 6k race that awaited her, but she followed her coach’s instructions anyway.

AU defeats Youngstown State 77-62 at Bender Arena on Saturday

(12/12/16 9:42pm)

When the intensity increases and the pressure mounts, AU puts the basketball in the hands of a freshman. And even on Saturday, as the Eagles propelled themselves to a comfortable 77-62 lead against Youngstown State, they still ran behind the confidence, success and adrenaline of freshman guard Sa’eed Nelson.

AU men’s basketball defeats Western Illinois in first home win

(11/30/16 8:17pm)

After a game of back-and-forth basketball, missed free throws and low scoring percentages, AU’s 57-50 win against Western Illinois on Tuesday night proved to be a game of firsts. For the first time in program history, the Eagles took on an opponent from the Summit League conference and recorded a win for the first time this season.