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Du Quoin competition celebrates motocross in Southern Illinois

Du Quoin competition celebrates motocross in Southern Illinois

By Caleb Motsinger

February 20, 2012

Exhaust filled the cavernous dome of the Southern Illinois Center as fans crowded the high-rise bleachers Saturday for the sixth annual Mid-America Arenacross in Du Quoin.Hundreds of dirt bike riders from 26 different classes competed early Saturday morning in an attempt to qualify for an evening rac...

Seck still optimistic about this season

By Joe Ragusa

February 20, 2012

Senior forward Mamadou Seck is an optimist in the purest sense of the word, though his team is on the cusp of losing the most games in school history.“We still have a chance to go to the (NCAA) tournament. I still believe we can do it,” Seck said. “In our conference, there is no mega-team, or any ...

Salukis split doubleheader at home

Salukis split doubleheader at home

By Akeem Glaspie

February 20, 2012

The SIU men’s tennis team earned a split with Austin Peay University and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in a doubleheader this weekend.The Salukis lost to Austin Peay 4-3 Friday in front of  home crowd at Sports Blast. Singles play prevented the Salukis from capturing the win as their t...

Salukis compete in Friday Night Special

Salukis compete in Friday Night Special

By Akeem Glaspie

February 20, 2012

The SIU track and field team competed in the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special, where they captured several top-five finishes. The meet was not scored but individual marks were taken.The meet was held on EIU’s campus at the Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse and included the University of Illinoi...

Oliver makes history, SIU loses to Wichita

Oliver makes history, SIU loses to Wichita

By Brandon Willingham

February 20, 2012

Junior guard Teri Oliver tied the SIU single-season record for most 3-pointers in SIU's loss to Wichita State.The Salukis (7-19, 3-12 Missouri Valley Conference) fell short Friday in their biggest loss of the season, losing 74-46. Despite the loss, Oliver hit four 3-pointers in the game to total 79 f...

Saluki women grab third in MVC swimming and diving championships

Saluki women grab third in MVC swimming and diving championships

By Caleb Motsinger

February 19, 2012

The resonant sound of cheering fans and the shrill ring of cowbells echoed throughout the Edward J. Shea Natatorium for three days during the Missouri Valley Conference women's swimming and diving championships.Host SIU and the other four teams that make up the MVC — Missouri State University, Illinois State ...

Salukis lose to Ball State on Bracketbuster weekend

By Joe Ragusa

February 19, 2012

The Salukis let Ball State run away early Saturday.SIU (8-20) lost 71-62 against Ball State (13-12) Saturday in Muncie, Ind., in the annual BracketBusters game. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead with a 24-2 run in the first half that included five 3-pointers.Ball State connected on 10-of-20 from...

Softball wins two, falls short against Jaguars

By Brandon Willingham

February 19, 2012

A sunny, 60-degree opening day of the Jacksonville State Invitational ended in two victories for the SIU softball team Friday, but the next two days ended in a loss and a cancelled game because of bad weather.The Salukis (4-2) totaled 17 hits, including four home runs Friday, and drew 10 walks in only 12 inn...

Women’s tennis team improves to 9-0 in doubles play

Women's tennis team improves to 9-0 in doubles play

By Akeem Glaspie

February 19, 2012

The SIU women's tennis team crushed Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 6-1 Sunday, making the Salukis 9-0 in doubles play.The meet, the first at home of the spring season, was held at the Sports Blast, where fans cheered on the Salukis. Coach Audra Nothwehr said her team fed off the crowd's energy...

Baseball takes 2-of-3 from North Florida

By Joe Ragusa

February 19, 2012

The Saluki baseball team lost the first game of the season Friday but came back to take the final two games of its weekend series against North Florida.SIU fell 7-4 in the first game. North Florida took a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Salukis came back to tie with a three-run top of the fifth. ...

A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

A venture into Lusk Creek Canyon

By Caleb Motsinger

February 16, 2012

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

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...

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