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A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

By Caleb Motsinger

February 16, 2012


Filed under Sports

The sky seemed bigger at Lusk Creek Canyon as I stood atop one of the sandstone cliffs, patiently carved through time by the creek as it meandered into the Ohio River.The Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness Area, located in Pope County, is only an hour southeast of SIUC's campus. The hike from the road is a ...

Season starts Friday for Saluki baseball

Season starts Friday for Saluki baseball

By Joe Ragusa

February 16, 2012


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The SIU baseball team hasn't made it to the NCAA regional tournament since 1990, before several players on the team were even born. But coach Ken Henderson says he's prepared his team to change that."I told our kids there's no reason that this can't be the team. It's been 22 years; it's going to happen...

Women’s Missouri Valley Conference Championships returns to Carbondale

Women’s Missouri Valley Conference Championships returns to Carbondale

By Caleb Motsinger

February 15, 2012


Filed under Sports, Swimming

The Saluki women's swimming and diving team will defend its home turf once again as competing teams begin to flood Carbondale for three days.SIU will host five MVC women's swimming and diving teams in preliminary rounds at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium beginning 11 a.m. today through Saturday, with the final...

Women’s golf coach signs new additions to team

By Brandon Willingham

February 15, 2012


Filed under Golf, Sports

Women’s golf coach Alexis Mihelich was hired in August, and she said it made recruiting for the 2012-2013 season difficult.“Mostly, all of the really top, best regional players were already verbally committed,” Mihelich said. “So I just had to be really selective in making sure that the ones that weren't...

Winter weather no match for Pamela Benitez

Winter weather no match for Pamela Benitez

By Caleb Motsinger

February 14, 2012


Filed under Sports, Swimming

Dedication and work ethic can take a college athlete far in their career, and for freshman swimmer Pamela Benitez, it has taken her 2,500 miles away from her home in El Salvador.Benitez said the geographic transition has been a new experience for her. With the recent drop in Carbondale's temperature, ...

Creighton rolls over the Salukis

Creighton rolls over the Salukis

By Joe Ragusa

February 14, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Creighton overcame a slow start Tuesday against the Salukis and put up record numbers in the process.The Bluejays beat SIU 88-69 Tuesday at the SIU Arena, setting a Missouri Valley Conference-record of  77.5 percent shooting from the field.“They got away from us and we panicked,” said coach Chr...

Swan, Drinkard leg injuries could bench for season

Swan, Drinkard leg injuries could bench for season

By Joe Ragusa

February 13, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The season could be over for two Saluki basketball players.Sophomore forward Davante Drinkard is suffering from a stress fracture in his foot while freshman guard Josh Swan has shin splints.Neither player has played since Jan. 24, and coach Chris Lowery said the coaching staff won't rush them back on...

Creighton shows signs of weakness before match-up against Salukis

By Joe Ragusa

February 13, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Creighton was on top of the world after its 102-74 demolition of Illinois State Feb. 1. The Bluejays were at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 11-1, they were the only nationally ranked team in the Valley, and they already dismissed their only real competition for the Valley titl...

Salukis celebrate equal opportunities

Salukis celebrate equal opportunities

By Brandon Willingham

February 13, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Decades ago, being a woman often meant household duties, but for the past 40 years, more opportunities, both athletic and educational, have become available to females.Feb. 1 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, an educational amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The SIU women's basketball t...

Salukis capture four wins during Cyclone Classic

By Akeem Glaspie

February 12, 2012


Filed under Sports, Track Cross Country

The SIU track and field team captured four wins during the three-day Iowa State Cyclone Classic event Saturday.The meet, which began Thursday and ended Saturday, was held at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa. More than 50 schools competed, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Miami and Misso...

Saluki women continue dominant doubles play

By Akeem Glaspie

February 12, 2012


Filed under Sports, Tennis

The SIU women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 Saturday after it defeated Austin Peay 4-3.The Saluki women improved their doubles record to 6-0 during the meet, held in Clarksville, Tenn. Coach Audra Nothwehr said their doubles success is a result of hard work during the first part of the season.“We fo...

Indiana State breaks NCAA record in win over Salukis

Indiana State breaks NCAA record in win over Salukis

By Joe Ragusa

February 12, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Salukis fell to ninth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in record-setting fashion against Indiana State.SIU (8-18, 5-10 MVC) fell 78-68 to Indiana State (15-11, 6-9 MVC) Saturday in Terra Haute, Ind., behind a NCAA record 12 consecutive three-pointers from the Sycamores.Indiana State guard ...

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