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Salukis blow late lead against Northern Iowa

By Joe Ragusa

January 31, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Salukis let a second half lead slip away against a Northern Iowa squad that played without its leading scorer.SIU (7-16, 4-8 Missouri Valley Conference) fell 58-49 to Northern Iowa (15-9, 5-7 MVC) in Cedar Falls, Iowa Tuesday night. The Salukis held a five-point lead with 11:55 left to go in the...

Diving into SIU Athletics

Diving into SIU Athletics

By Caleb Motsinger

January 31, 2012


Filed under Sports, Swimming

As he dives head-first into life at SIU, Kegan Skelton juggles the life of a college freshman with the responsibility of a collegiate athlete.With the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament only two meets away, Skelton said he has found himself in the midst of a whirlwind full of undergraduate studie...

Coach Rick Walker: two and a half decades as a Saluki

Coach Rick Walker: two and a half decades as a Saluki

By Caleb Motsinger

January 31, 2012


Filed under Sports, Swimming

As swimmers take their mark and the tension thickens in the final seconds before the race, Rick Walker watches his athletes as they dive into the water with the look a worried parent."I have a personal connection with each and every one of my athletes," said Walker, SIU men's and women's swimming and diving ...

Basketball reaching new historic lows in recent losses

Basketball reaching new historic lows in recent losses

By Joe Ragusa

January 30, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The men’s basketball team’s resume this season includes school records for the widest margin of defeat and second-fewest points in a game.The way the coaching staff talks makes it seem like they’re just too tired.“We were running with bricks on our feet, and they were sprinting,” head coac...

Salukis draw Ball State for BracketBusters

By Joe Ragusa

January 30, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

ESPN’s BracketBusters paired the Salukis and Ball State to play against each other when the match-ups were announced Monday.SIU will take on Muncie, Indiana’s Ball State Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. according to the Saluki Athletics website. The match-ups for ESPN’s tenth annual BracketBusters event are b...

Salukis take on top placers, record personal bests

Salukis take on top placers, record personal bests

By Akeem Glaspie

January 30, 2012


Filed under Sports, Track Cross Country

Athletes on the SIU track and field team set multiple personal bests during the Rod McCravy Invitational Friday and Saturday at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.The SIU men competed against NCAA Top 25 teams such as No. 11 Ohio State University and No. 21 University of Mississippi. The Salu...

Moccia discusses potential pairings

By Joe Ragusa

January 29, 2012


Filed under Basketball, Sports

BracketBuster match-ups announced later todayESPN’s BracketBusters, played during three days in February each year, adds a wrinkle to the scheduling process for hundreds of college basketball programs.“BracketBusters is a pain,” Athletic Director Mario Moccia said.The BracketBusters pairings will be announced today, and since...

SIU swimmers and divers fall to Western Kentucky

SIU swimmers and divers fall to Western Kentucky

By Caleb Motsinger

January 29, 2012


Filed under Sports, Swimming

SIU swimming and diving teams hope to improve after sinking to Western Kentucky Saturday at the Dr. Edward J. Shea NatatoriumThe SIU men and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Western Kentucky Saturday at home, with a 176-124 margin for the men and a 181-116 margin for the women.“(We were) comin...

Former walk-on looks to finish career strong

Former walk-on looks to finish career strong

By Akeem Glaspie

January 26, 2012


Filed under Sports, Track Cross Country

Now in his final semester at SIU, senior distance runner Daniel Dunbar has had a tumultuous run.During his career as a Saluki, Dunbar went from walk-on, to nearly off the team, to an all-conference performer.Dunbar has earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors three times, though his running career almost never be...

Football recruits start to roll in

By Joe Ragusa

January 26, 2012


Filed under Football, Sports

Saluki football is mum on the topic of mid-year transfers, but that hasn’t stopped any of the recruits from saying they’re coming to Carbondale.The mid-year transfer deadline was Jan. 15, which means players who signed before then are enrolled for the spring 2012 semester. Sports information dir...

Preseason polls predict softball success

Preseason polls predict softball success

By Brandon Willingham

January 25, 2012


Filed under Softball, Sports

The SIU softball team returns with a strong offensive base from last year's squad in expectation of a strong 2012 season.The Salukis ended their 2011 season with a 4-1 loss to Drake University, which placed them third in the Missouri Valley Conference. They finished the season 36-17 overall, and 17-6 i...

Hampton bolts to the NFL

Hampton bolts to the NFL

By Joe Ragusa

January 25, 2012


Filed under Football, Sports

Jewel Hampton's stint with the Salukis comes to a close as the transfer from Iowa decides to make a run to the NFL.Hampton declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft Jan. 17 and signed with an agent, closing a one-year career at SIU where Hampton piled up 1,121 rushing yards and a Missouri Valley Confer...

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