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Salukis take on top placers, record personal bests

Salukis take on top placers, record personal bests

By Akeem Glaspie

January 30, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Nationally ranked tennis duo gains experience

By Akeem Glaspie

January 24, 2012

Despite limited playing time together, Saluki doubles partners Brandon Florez and Martijn Admiraal began the season highly-ranked.Junior Florez and freshman Admiraal had never played a tournament together when they entered the doubles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regionals in Octobe...

Mamadou Seck on and off the court

Mamadou Seck on and off the court

By Leah Stover

January 24, 2012

Judging by Mamadou Seck’s attitude Sunday, you never would’ve known that his team had just experienced the worst loss in SIU history.Seck, Saluki starting forward, didn’t seem upset or disgruntled. Instead, he sat on his couch with his wife Gretchen to his left, and both smiled as they looked ...

a midwinter journey through a southern illinois swamp

By Caleb Motsinger

January 24, 2012

Hazy winter skies and below freezing temperatures can make the natural world a cruel place.The days are short and the nights are cold, and in rural southern Illinois, wintertime entertainment can be limited.Venturing down to the Cache River Natural Area early Saturday morning was my way of fighting off those pesky wint...

Bocot’s spark off the bench lifts Salukis over Bradley

Bocot’s spark off the bench lifts Salukis over Bradley

By Joe Ragusa

January 24, 2012

The Salukis returned home and toppled Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley just three days after the worst loss in school history."We sat down and just put everything on the table. We just can't have a showing like we did against Wichita (State)," senior guard Justin Bocot said. "Whatever everybod...

Salukis grasp total control of MVC weekly honors

By Brandon Willingham

January 23, 2012

The SIU women’s basketball team dominated the Missouri Valley Conference weekly awards Monday with freshman guard Cartaesha Macklin named Newcomer of the Week and junior guard Teri Oliver named Player of the Week.According to the Saluki Athletics website, this is the first time SIU has received b...

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