Saluki swings into consistency

After competing in all 12 tournaments her freshman season, one women’s golfer has stepped back into the starting five. Sophomore Mattie Lindner has played well during the spring semester. In the fall, Lindner traveled with the team for three tournaments, ... Continue Reading →
Nick Apple, of Chicago, attempts to complete a grind March 18 at the hockey courts on Wall Street. Apple is a member of
Skate Society, a sport club at SIU that focuses on the skate culture of Carbondale.

Skateboarders intend to improve image

  The stereotypical image of long haired men rolling down public streets on skateboards has been a headache for city officials in America for decades. The SIU skateboarding sport club, known as Skate Society, hopes to reverse that idea. The club ... Continue Reading →

Kid in a candy store

I had one of the best experiences of my life last Friday. The men’s basketball All-Century Team was honored in a banquet, which featured the best 25 players and four coaches in Saluki basketball history. It was a group of 29 people who each touched ... Continue Reading →

No nursing major forces student athlete transfers

Imagine high school athletes making the necessary grades while performing well enough to be granted the opportunity to play Division I athletics in the sport they have played their entire lives. Now after all the hard work is put in, it is realized the ... Continue Reading →
Freshman wrestler Will Meador of Carbondale High School, left, waits out the clock while holding down freshman Deairis Tipler of Cahokia
High School Saturday at the 53rd annual Murdale Wrestling Tournament at Carbondale Community High School. Meador defeated Tipler
by a 9-7 decision to advance to the next round in the 132-pound tournament. The Murdale Wrestling Tournament featured wrestlers from
18 schools in the southern Illinois and St. Louis area.

High school wrestlers converge on Carbondale

Eighteen high schools from around Illinois came to Carbondale High School Saturday for the 53rd annual Murdale Wrestling Invitational. The tournament featured nearly 200 wrestlers in 14 weight classes ranging from 106 to 285 pounds. Wrestlers from 10 ... Continue Reading →
Aline Opala, a graduate assistant for the women’s tennis team, re-strings rackets Tuesday at Lingle Hall. As a graduate
assistant, her job consists of helping head coach Audra Anderson and assisting players. Opala, who studied law in France and
is attending graduate school for sports studies, said she has enjoyed her first year here at SIU.

Opala brings cultural background to SIU

As an older sibling who was raised in a sports family, Aline Opala has traveled around the world and has landed a position as the SIU tennis graduate assistant. Opala has entered her first year as an assistant to head coach Audra Anderson. Although this ... Continue Reading →
Seniors John Lantz, left, and Kory Faulkner watch from the sidelines Saturday during the SIU game against Missouri State University. Lantz and Faulkner have lived together since their freshman year at SIU.
Sarah Gardner | THE WEEKENDER

Senior duo uses football to create lasting friendship

Saturday marks the last time 17 seniors will sport their Saluki maroon and step onto the turf of Saluki Stadium to go into battle in front of the crazed fans who breathe Saluki football. When two freshmen stepped on that field five years ago, neither ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Tay Willis holds off a Youngstown State University defender Sept. 28 during the Salukis’ 28-27 loss at
Saluki Stadium. Willis has tallied 272 total rushing yards and 138 total receiving yards this season for the Salukis. SIU will
travel to Macomb, Ill., Saturday to take on Western Illinois University at Hanson Field.

Salukis need players to step up beside West

Throw him to the wolves. This was coach Dale Lennon’s response to how he would prepare redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West for the possibility of the teams’ excessive pressure based on his lack of experience. “That’s the only way to see if ... Continue Reading →
Grey Dawg and Brown Dawg entertain the crowd by play-fighting Oct. 11 during an SIU volleyball game against Drake University
at Davies Gym. Grey and Brown Dawg appear at football, volleyball, and basketball games to interact with fans and help cheer on
the Salukis.
Sarah Gardner | THE WEEKENDER

Dog days of Saluki mascots worthwhile

Giving hugs and high-fives while mingling with kids on the courts of the arena, or grass of the stadium—the SIU dawgs play a phenomenal role in Saluki sports. The Grey Dawg and the Brown Dawg produce school spirit for everyone’s enjoyment. On game ... Continue Reading →
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West
makes a short pass to junior running back
Tay Willis Saturday during the Salukis’
31-10 loss to North Dakota State University
at Saluki Stadium. West entered the
game in the third quarter after starting
quarterback Kory Faulkner sustained
an injury to his throwing hand. After an
examination revealed on Monday that
Faulkner fractured his right index finger
and would be out indefinitely, Saluki
Athletics announced that West would be
making his first start Nov. 2 at Western
Illinois University. In three appearances this
season, West has thrown 108 yards and has
completed two touchdown passes.

Bye week comes just in time for Salukis

Some may think the Salukis’ playoff chances were fractured along with senior quarterback Kory Faulkner’s index finger, but the Salukis are right where they want to be. The team may have lost Saturday’s game and starting quarterback, but there’s ... Continue Reading →

Rugby club inching closer to clinching national bid

  The men’s club rugby team is only a few wins away from an appearance in the national tournament, making them the first SIU rugby team to ever do so. Club president Carson Pearce, a junior from Plainfield studying aviation technologies said the ... Continue Reading →

The art of the curveball

When baseball pitchers are taught to try and fool a batter, a curveball is often the pitch to learn. “It gives you an upper hand on the hitter,” Todd Eaton, SIU junior relief pitcher, said. “If you can get the pitch to move and miss barrels it helps ... Continue Reading →

Club anticipates bright future

Lacrosse is a sport that has typically seen more East Coast popularity in the past but has recently become more prevalent in the Midwest. However, the SIU men’s lacrosse club is eager to start its season show the country what the Midwest has to offer. “We ... Continue Reading →

Benitez leads swim team quietly

Pamela Benitez lets her swimming do the talking. As a quiet leader, the junior freestyler has anchored the women’s swimming team since her first semester as a Saluki in the spring of 2012. Before she stepped foot on SIU’s campus, Benitez made a name ... Continue Reading →

Walkers continue athletic legacy

They may be known as the Walkers, but this family does not maintain a slow pace. SIU swimming coach Rick Walker, one of the family’s anchors, has done it all both in and outside the pool. He has been a member of the United States national team and has ... Continue Reading →
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