Successful weekend could spur Salukis’ season

The first week of Saluki basketball is best described as a microcosm of what the rest of the season could look like. A close loss on the road, against a good team, was followed by a decisive win on the road, against a bad one. This team’s consistency ... Continue Reading →

Recruiting pays off for Saluki volleyball

Three high school volleyball players have signed on the dotted line and will make Carbondale their home next fall. Abby Barrow, Anna Himan and Gabriella Shepherd each signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Salukis and help a program coming ... Continue Reading →

Salukis give back to local youth

Baseball camp benefits coaches, players Saluki baseball will host a youth hitting camp Jan.11-12 for players ages seven to 18 at the Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale. Hitting coach Ryan Strain primarily will run the camp, but the entire coaching ... Continue Reading →

Dodgeball hurtles from the playground to the Rec

After weeks of hard work and preparation, and arduous minutes of dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and more dodging, an SIU dodgeball champion was crowned in the top league Dec. 5. Team Chuck defeated People’s Elbow in the final match, with the winner ... Continue Reading →

Salukis separate for more individual swims

The Saluki swimming and diving team will split in half this weekend to compete in the Missouri Invite in Colombia, Mo. and the Phoenix invite in Chicago. Saluki swimmers had to qualify to go to the Missouri Invite with their best times of the season. ... Continue Reading →
SIU softball assistant coach Buddy Foster, of Murphysboro, hits balls to outfielders Wednesday during the team’s defensive practice at Charlotte West Stadium. Foster, who was head coach Kerri Blaylock’s assistant from 1999 to 2005, returns to SIU after coaching stints at Bradley University, the University of Kansas and SIU-Edwardsville. Foster’s responsibilities will include recruitment and assisting with pitching and hitting.

Foster returns to Saluki softball

As a former SIU coach who has coached multiple schools and spent a countless amount of time on the field, Buddy Foster is being welcomed back to SIU as assistant coach. From 1999-2005 Foster stood alongside head coach Kerri Blaylock, who has been at the ... Continue Reading →
Senior forward Bronson Verhines, left, and junior guard Dawson Verhines pose for a portrait Monday at SIU Arena. The Verhines brothers, who come from a rich basketball tradition in their hometown of Woodlawn, are the first brothers to play for the Salukis at the same time since the Abrams brothers played together during the 1976-1977 season.
Sarah Gardner | THE WEEKENDER

Brothers fulfill Saluki dream

About 55 miles from the steps of SIU Arena sits Woodlawn, a town of about 700 people with a rich basketball tradition and the lifelong home of the Verhines brothers. Bronson and Dawson Verhines are enjoying the ride of their first season as members of ... Continue Reading →

Behind the sidelines

Working day-to-night shifts seven days a week, taping body parts and monitoring athlete’s health, the SIU athletic trainers devote an enormous amount of time to keeping athletes healthy. Trainers must not only be on call during the season, but work ... Continue Reading →
A construction crew works on a dugout Friday at Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium. The new dugouts are part of the $4 million project to renovate the baseball stadium. The renovations are to be completed by the upcoming baseball season.
Lewis Marien | THE WEEKENDER

Itchy Jones stadium expands possibilities

SIU baseball players will be the first in the nation to experience a new and improved kind of playing surface when the renovations to the stadium are complete. Associate athletic director Andy Pettit said the turf is the first of its kind to be laid down ... Continue Reading →
Junior guard Cartaesha Macklin goes up for a shot
Tuesday during the Salukis’ 69-71 loss against Austin
Peay State University at SIU Arena. Macklin tallied 20
points for SIU, but the Salukis’ 21 turnovers contributed
to the loss to the Governors.

Jumper buries SIU in final seconds

The SIU women’s basketball team fell short against Austin Peay State University Tuesday, despite a fight until the very end. APSU sophomore guard Tiasha Gray scored in the last 1.9 seconds of the game, making the final score 71- 69. The last time SIU ... Continue Reading →

Long loyal to team, country

One diverse SIU student is balancing his time between the basketball court and his ROTC responsibilities. Senior Colby Long, a Cadet Operations Sergeant Major at the SIU ROTC, maintains his schoolwork, training, and social life all while wearing a Saluki ... Continue Reading →

Pups look to hang with the Dawgs

Many athletes may fall in love with the sport they play from admiring the person they look up to the most: his or her favorite athlete. However, at a young age, only a few may have been given the chance to meet that athlete and spend time with them. Saluki ... Continue Reading →

Men’s golf making the most of downtime

The Saluki men’s golf team began working out to get physically and mentally stronger for the spring season. The team is training at the Troutt-Wittmann Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for roughly an hour. “The kids are working in the ... Continue Reading →
SIU alumnus and Liberty Wealth Management owner Joel Sambursky poses for a portrait Tuesday in his office on Reed Station Parkway. Sambursky, a former football star, holds the Saluki record for most passing yards and rushing yards for a quarterback.
Alexa Rogals | THE WEEKENDER

Sambursky remains humble after great achievements

Alumnus Joel Sambursky has gone from football field to boardroom during his time in Carbondale. Sambursky, 31, is a big name in SIU football, holding the school record in most passing yards and most rushing yards for a quarterback. He is now a member ... Continue Reading →
Senior guard Desmar Jackson answers questions during an interview Wednesday for the Missouri Valley Conference media day at Loyola University. Jackson was named to the MVC Preseason All-Conference Team. SIU is picked to finish 8th of 10 in the preseason poll.
Sarah Gardner | THE WEEKENDER

Media day kicks off MVC basketball

Missouri Valley Conference media day is the unofficial start to the basketball season, and all eyes are on the Wichita State Shockers, who made a trip to last season’s final four in Atlanta. There are the usual suspects that fans will know in the Valley ... Continue Reading →
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