Sports

After 68 years, Alumni Gym hosts its last athletics events

2/28/18 6:43pm

Opened on Jan. 14, 1950, Alumni Gym was built to honor the Elon University alumni who lost their lives in World Wars I and II. It has since remained the centerpiece of Elon athletics, hosting the greatest players to wear maroon and gold whose records still stand today.

Elon falls to JMU in final men's game inside Alumni Gym

2/26/18 11:11pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team was unable to send Alumni Gym out on a high note,  falling in the closing act of the storied facility to the Dukes of James Madison University 90-84. Senior forward Brian Dawkins was hot early in the first half. He scored eight of Elon’s first 10 points. He would finish the first 20 minutes with 13 points and an assist. However he was unable to help out down the stretch, fouling out with 1:48 to go. Dawkins ended his final home game as a Phoenix with 25 points and an assist. 

Men’s basketball comes up short against Northeastern

2/25/18 12:00am

The Elon University men’s basketball team fell to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Northeastern University on Saturday night at Alumni gym 81-59, marking the team’s fifth consecutive loss as it gears up for next week’s CAA tournament in Charleston, South Carolina. The Phoenix struggled to find its groove early, largely due to Northeastern’s suffocating defense that generated twelve points off ten turnovers in the first half. This saw the visiting Huskies lead for 17 of the first 20 minutes, and head into the halftime break with a 41-28 advantage. Northeastern was able to maintain control of the game throughout the final 20 minutes, effectively pushing its winning streak up to seven games. 

Baseball pulls out win against Marshall, evens weekend series

2/24/18 8:09pm

The Elon University baseball team (2-5) won its second game of the season against the Marshall University Thundercats 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Latham Park.  The game was filled with strong defense as the Phoenix put up zero errors and one double play. Sophomore starting pitcher Kyle Brnovich earned the win, giving up one run after pitching 7.2 innings.

Neil Payne named next women's soccer coach

2/22/18 8:41pm

Neil Payne, associate head coach of the Texas Tech women's soccer program, has been named the next head coach of the Elon University women's soccer program.  Finishing his third season at Texas Tech before coming to Elon, Payne oversaw the Red Raiders win their first Big 12 Championship and helped the team reach the NCAA tournament in back-to back years. 

Solid pitching gets Elon baseball its first win of the season

2/20/18 8:33pm

The Elon University baseball team (1-3) got into the win column for the first time in the young season, beating Radford University 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at Latham Park. Sophomore right-hander Mason Daniels took to the bump for the first time this season for the Phoenix. In his first game action since 2016, missing last season following Tommy John surgery, he completed 3.0 innings of work.  

Take me out to the ball game: preview of the 2018 Elon baseball team

2/20/18 6:00pm

After finishing last season with a 24-32 (12-12 in conference) record, the Elon University baseball team looks to make some desperate changes to their process to prevent capturing the fourth consecutive losing season under the leadership of head coach Mike Kennedy.  Kennedy, who graduated from Elon in 1991, enters his 22nd season as the head coach at his alma mater. With a career record of 678-524-3 (.564), Kennedy has won the most games in program history as head coach, but he will have to make some changes to halt the skid.

Grabbing attention off the court

2/20/18 2:00pm

Junior and basketball player Tyler Seibring said he was humbled to hear his article, “Just for the Record: The Chronicles of a Mid-Major Basketball Player,” reached so many people in the Elon University community and landed on the desk of none other than President Leo Lambert.   Accumulating over 30 retweets and close to 100 likes on Twitter, the article gave readers the chance to briefly step into Seibring’s rather large shoes and learn more about his life as a semi-recognized athlete. 

Club baseball finds triumph in tragedy

2/20/18 11:47am

Four months after Elon University was left in shock following the suicide of junior Breslin Wiley,  the team is practicing with a different mentality than in years before.  Many of those closest to Wiley were his friends and fellow teammates on the club baseball team who were left to console one another. They’re approaching each day with a new appreciation for life and love for one another that they will never take for granted.

Answering the call: two freshmen bring energy to a veteran team

2/19/18 8:04am

They might not have the most recognizable names on Elon University men’s basketball team, but they are making a name for themselves on the court. Two freshmen have been averaging eight minutes per game and helping the Phoenix squad capture much-needed wins as March approaches. Freshman guard Seth Fuller and freshman forward Simon Wright are both making the most of their first seasons playing on the team. 

Elon dominates College of Charleston in Play4Kay Game

2/12/18 8:16am

Capturing its 16th-straight win in Alumni Gym, the Elon University women's basketball team dominated the College of Charleston 97-44 in their annual Play4Kay game. Just shy of the centennial mark, the Phoenix set the record for most points in a Division I conference game.    Five Elon players finished the night in the double figures. Senior guard Shay Burnett and freshman forward Jaylin Powell each had 15 points on the night, sophomore center Ra'Shika White scored 13, and sophomore guard Lexi Mercer and senior center Malaya Johnson each captured 10. This is the third time this season that the team has had five players reaching double figures.

Softball begins season with back-to-back losses

2/9/18 10:00pm

“We’ve got a couple good freshman in our lineup,” seven year veteran head coach Kathy Bocock said. “We are excited for them.”  After a 49er run tied the game again, a Charlotte RBI double and a couple of wild pitches from Elon closing pitcher Kenna Quinn allowed two runners to score, the 49ers were able to put away the Phoenix by a 2-5 margin.

Elon falls to Hofstra in low-scoring performance

2/8/18 10:33pm

The Elon University men's basketball team entered tonight's game in fourth place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) standings at 6-6, just one game behind 7-5 Hofstra. But the Phoenix couldn't get things moving offensively, falling to the Pride 48-67 in Alumni Gym. After scoring the first field goal 24 seconds into the game, Elon was held scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of the game. Senior guard Dmitri Thompson ended the drought when he buried a three. He had the first five points for the Phoenix. 

Elon football holds signing day event

2/7/18 10:34pm

On the evening of National Signing Day, the Elon University football team held a signing day reception in the Walker Room of Alumni Field House. Head coach Curt Cignetti talked about the recruits that he and his team will be welcoming in the fall and took questions from the fans in attendance.

Saturday's basketball game postponed due to possible mumps outbreak at JMU

2/6/18 5:29pm

The Elon University men's basketball game against James Madison University Saturday, Feb. 10 has been postponed. JMU announced they would not be competing this week after members of the team could have been exposed to a possible mumps outbreak on campus.  In a press release on Tuesday, Feb. 6, the athletics department said the postponement was to prevent "potential exposure to opposing players."

A day in the life of Elon Cheerleading

2/6/18 11:57am

There are lots of sports teams at Elon, but one that often gets overlooked is the Phoenix cheerleading team. Tumbles, cartwheels, cheers and other stunts are all a part of a cheerleader’s game day routine – though the careful detail is sometimes not seen from the fan’s perspective.

Women's basketball ends James Madison's 11-game winning streak with a 50-43 win

2/4/18 7:21pm

James Madison University's 11-game winning streak ended today after the Elon University women's basketball team won 50-43.  Though the game started off with several turnovers from both teams, Elon managed to end with 16 points in the first period— a 10 point lead over James Madison. It was an important game for the Phoenix as they lost their first match against the Dukes, so there was no room for anything but a strong start and an even stronger finish.

Elon uses hot start to cruise past Delaware

2/3/18 11:53pm

In the past, the Elon University men’s basketball team has had no trouble containing the University of Delaware.  Tonight’s contest was no different. The Phoenix handled the visiting Blue Hens 89-76 to extend their all-time record to 7-1 against the University of Delaware.