High school football renews rivalries

This week marks the long-awaited end of Illinois’ eight-month high school football hiatus. The Land of Lincoln has been without high school football since Naperville defeated Wilmette Loyola 13-10 in the IHSA Class 8A State Championship Game in DeKalb ... Continue Reading →

Former Terrier returns to town

A “Flyin’ Illini” team member will be landing in Carbondale Friday for a book signing that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. Former NBA player Stephen Bardo is in Carbondale promoting his new book named “The Flyin’ Illini: ... Continue Reading →

Saluki football opens season

It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for all summer. The Salukis’ sports season officially begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the kick off of SIU vs. Taylor University at Saluki Stadium. The Salukis find themselves in luck with their first game. Taylor ... Continue Reading →
(Left to Right) Junior Taylor Pippen, senior Kat Agson and sophomore Meg Viggars retrieve volleyballs after a drill Monday in Davies Gym. The Salukis open their season Friday at the Illini Classic in Champaign.
Ian Mullen • Daily Egyptian

Volleyball starts season with excitement

SIU’s volleyball team was picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference, but the players want to prove the polls wrong. The Salukis made the conference championship match as the third seed of the tournament last year, but fell 3-0 to Wichita ... Continue Reading →

Pulling all the stops for a sellout

With expectations rising for the football team, Athletic Director Mario Moccia hopes the number of attendees at Saluki football games is on the rise too. In 2013, the average attendance at SIU football games was 8,554. That is just over half of the full ... Continue Reading →

New coach brings new start for XC

The 2014 SIU men and women’s cross country teams face a major change to their program. Coach Matt Sparks has taken a coaching position at the University of Notre Dame after winning two Missouri Conference Championships in two years while coaching the ... Continue Reading →
Senior Tay Willis, is transitioning to wide receiver for the 2014 season after playing running back for the Salukis in 2013. Willis had 23 catches for 173 yards last
season. SIU will play Taylor University at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Saluki Stadium.
photo illustration by Evan Fait • Daily Egyptian

Receiver ready to show off speed

The Saluki offense will be fast this season, and one senior receiver is ready to set the pace. Senior wide receiver Tay Willis enters his final season with SIU in a new position. Willis played running back in 2013, rushing for 321 yards, which was second-best ... Continue Reading →

Saluki senior returns as coach

This summer the SIU men’s tennis coaching staff experienced addition by subtraction from its roster. Rafael Cuadrillero’s 6-2, 6-2 loss to Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship semifinals on April 26 ended his career ... Continue Reading →

SIU expands borders for student-athletes

When sophomore Polina Dozortseva decided to travel halfway across the globe from Moscow to attend a school she had never seen, she said she felt a bit nervous and alone. She was not the only Saluki making an international transition. Dozortseva is just ... Continue Reading →

Former Rambler coaches Salukis

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Diver works through offseason

Senior diver Kegan Skelton likely would have spent his summer as a lifeguard if he didn’t cross paths with West Virginia University’s diving coach. Skelton trained this summer in Minneapolis with University of Minnesota diving coach Wenbo Chen and ... Continue Reading →

Saluki gains equal losses for local high schools

Three area high school football programs faced tall tasks this summer in finding replacements for talent moving on to the next level. Wide receivers Brant Hill of Marion, Michael Aschemann, of Carterville and running back Phillip Frangello, of Carterville ... Continue Reading →
Senior golfer Whitney Nugent observes sophomore golfer Savannah Myers putt Saturday during an intra-squad match at Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center. Nugent and senior golfer Kris Grimes are set to lead the team after the departure of Ashleigh and Cassie Rushing. The Salukis’ first match will take place Sept. 8 at the Drake Creek Invitational in Paducah, Ky.
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Golfer prepares for final season

Senior Whitney Nugent’s career as an SIU golfer may not have been eventful so far, but the redshirt senior still has reasons to be satisfied heading into her final semester as a Saluki. Nugent is from Harrisburg and said playing for the Salukis was ... Continue Reading →
Catcher Matt Jones gets dressed in the locker room Tuesday before the Southern Illinois Miners’ game against the Frontier Greys at Rent One Park in Marion. Jones, who started 113 games for the Salukis, signed with the Miners June 12. “The transition has been easier staying in the same part of the country,” Jones said. “It’s been a lot of fun playing at the professional level and it’s nice to be close to home.”
Lewis Marien • Daily Egyptian

Jones transitions to Frontier League

Catcher Matt Jones’ first home series of his senior season was played at Rent One Park in Marion, but now he’s calling it home in a different uniform. Jones played two seasons with the Salukis. He started 113 games and hit .282 with 4 home runs and ... Continue Reading →

Talented freshman joins Saluki golf

When the time came for golfer Alice Ho to choose where she would continue her education, she had no shortage of choices. After considering her sister’s school Ohio University and The Ohio State University, Ho chose SIU. Ho picked the university because ... Continue Reading →
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