Alex Simon


Alex Simon, from Redwood City, California, is the Sports Director for Elon News Network. He is a Broadcast Journalism major with minors in Sport & Event Management and American Studies. Alex loves In-N-Out Burger and long walks on the beach.


Recent Articles

No-hitter signals Welhaf's comeback

2/21/17 2:14pm

The Elon University baseball team’s Saturday afternoon game against Longwood University was still in progress, the unspeakable performance of redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf nearing completion. And yet, even though there was no guarantee Welhaf would be able to finish off Elon’s first no-hitter since joining Division I, head coach Mike Kennedy almost was overcome with emotions. “[Assistant coach] Robbie [Huffstetler] and I are sitting here and I’m trying to make sure I don’t bust out in tears because you’re happy for a guy that sticks with it,” Kennedy said.


Welhaf throws 1st no-hitter in Elon D1 era

2/18/17 8:18pm

Redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf threw the first no-hitter in the Elon University baseball team’s Division I era Saturday afternoon, needing 100 pitches to beat Longwood University 7-0 at Latham Park. Welhaf struck out a career-high eight in Elon’s 7-0 win over Longwood, with just a walk and a hit-by-pitch against him.


Men's basketball drubbed at Towson 85-56

2/16/17 10:53pm

TOWSON, Md. — In a big Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup, the Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t stop Towson University junior guard Mike Morsell and fell to the Tigers 85-66 Thursday night. Morsell scored 32 points on the night, including 21 in the second half, to lead Towson to its 10th win in its last 11 games, a stark contrast from when the Phoenix beat the Tigers Jan.


Elon's Dawkins stepping up on Saturdays

2/15/17 1:30pm

With a few minutes to wind down and finally control his heart beat, Elon University head men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny couldn’t stop his quick laugh when recalling the final play of the Phoenix’s game Saturday night. Elon up by one, four seconds left, and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) leaders University of North Carolina at Wilmington got the ball to Preseason CAA Player of the Year redshirt senior guard Chris Flemmings on the right wing. And, off of a defensive switch, who did Elon have on the explosive 6-foot-5, 185-pound NBA prospect?


Triple threat: Elon's 3 1,000-point scorers

2/14/17 5:16pm

With a turnaround layup in the second quarter Sunday, Feb. 12, Elon University women’s basketball senior forward Jenifer Rhodes became the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 points in her career. And, with that, she joined senior guard Lauren Brown and junior guard Shay Burnett as Elon players to reach quadruple digits this season, the first time in school history that three players did so in the same season.


Women's basketball falters in 4th in loss at JMU

2/13/17 10:32am

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Just when it seemed like the Elon University women’s basketball team would finally avenge its demons and defeat conference kingpin James Madison University for the first time in school history, it all fell apart, as Elon crumbled down the stretch and lost to the Dukes 61-54 Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Elon took a 44-41 lead into the fourth quarter and made the first basket of the frame to push its lead up to five, but James Madison’s stagnant offense finally clicked again, rolling through the Phoenix on a 16-2 run to jump from down by five to up by nine. Elon’s offense turned anemic as the Dukes heated up, turning the ball over six times in the fourth while only making three shots.


Elon clamps down in end to pull off upset of UNCW

2/11/17 11:49pm

On the final play, with the Elon University men’s basketball team leading the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) leader University of North Carolina at Wilmington by one with 4.3 seconds left, Elon redshirt junior forward Brian Dawkins switched off a screen to guard Preseason CAA Player of the Year redshirt senior guard Chris Flemmings. But as Flemmings drove, Dawkins stayed with him, and junior guard Dmitri Thompson poked the ball loose of Flemmings to bleed the clock out and secure Elon’s 77-76 win Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gym. “You know what’s cool about it is you trust your players,” said head coach Matt Matheny.


Elon freshman arrested for breaking or entering on motor vehicle

2/9/17 9:09pm

Elon University freshman Myles Miller was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with two counts of felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle and one count of misdemeanor larceny. In the magistrate's order, Elon Campus Police Detective Joel Thomas claims Miller entered two vehicles Monday, Feb. 6, and took a car stereo face plate from one of the vehicles.


Little resigns as men's soccer coach

2/7/17 10:42am

Elon University head men's soccer coach Chris Little resigned from his position Tuesday morning to become the Director of Coaching for the academy of the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC. In his three seasons as head coach, Little led the Phoenix to a 30-18-9 record, earning one NCAA Tournament appearance and getting the school's first win in an NCAA Tournament match in 2015. Elon won a share of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship in 2015, a season in which the Phoenix reached its highest-ever national ranking, at eighth. He becomes the second consecutive men's soccer head coach to leave the program for an MLS academy director job after Darren Powell left after 2013 to lead Orlando City SC's Academy.


Hot 2nd half leads Elon to rout of Towson

2/3/17 10:22pm

The Elon University women’s basketball team used a second half onslaught from deep to roll to an 83-55 win over Towson University Friday night in Alumni Gym. And, with the win, the Phoenix started the second half of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with its 13th win in the last 14 games, a streak that has “I’m so excited that we came out focused and ready to handle business today,” said head coach Charlotte Smith.


Swoope's late 3 gives Elon 5th-straight win

2/2/17 10:56pm

With a wide-open look a result lightning-quick press break just a few seconds after James Madison University had tied the game, sophomore guard Dainan Swoope buried a 3-pointer that clinched the Elon University men’s basketball team fifth-straight win, a 67-61 defeat over the Dukes Thursday night in Alumni Gym. After James Madison hit two free throws to tie the game at 59 with 2:08 left, Swoope drilled the 3-pointer seven seconds later, the exclamation point to his team-high 17 points on the night, including 14 in the second half.


Football signs 14 in Cignetti's 1st class

2/2/17 9:46am

The Elon University football team announced its 2017 signing class Wednesday, as head coach Curt Cignetti’s first touch on the program brings in 14 players. Most noticeably, both quarterbacks — Butler’s Davis Cheek and Southern Durham’s Jalen Greene — have already enrolled at Elon and started classes Monday.


CAA pulls women's golf title from NC because of HB2

2/1/17 6:09pm

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) has made its first major move in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, moving its neutral-site 2017 women’s golf championship out of the state. And, while Elon University released its 2017 football schedule with a game against the State University of New York at Albany Sept. 30, Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in a phone call that the issue is not fully resolved.


Football releases 2017 schedule

2/1/17 8:35am

The Elon University football team’s schedule for the 2017 season was released Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Phoenix will play the same eight Colonial Athletic Association teams it played last year, with the locations flipped from 2016.


Sophomore taking star turn

2/1/17 8:30am

When Elon University head men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny was recruiting sophomore forward Tyler Seibring, Matheny felt confident that he had a found a quality player for the basketball program. “When we saw him in the recruiting process, he’s exactly what we want in the system,” Matheny said. And now, firmly entrenched in second season through the Colonial Athletic Association, Seibring is blossoming into Elon’s best all-around player, leading the team in points, rebounds, blocks and minutes played. And, for Matheny, Seibring’s been a perfect fit at Elon, able to contribute in every facet of the game from the moment he stepped on campus. “He fits so well with his ability to pass — everybody can see he can shoot, but he can pass with his right hand, he can pass with his left hand,” Matheny said.


Swoope's late burst leads Elon over William & Mary

1/21/17 10:59pm

With the game tied with less than three minutes to go, the Elon University men’s basketball team turned to sophomore guard Dainan Swoope, who scored 10-straight points for the Phoenix to catapult Elon to a 71-62 win over the College of William & Mary Saturday night in Alumni Gym. And, for head coach Matt Matheny, the team’s response to a 22-point first half — the lowest scoring half Elon has had this season — was the biggest takeaway from the night. “For our guys to go through what was a jagged, rough first half and to come out and start the second half the way that they did, and then to defend for 40 minutes against what I think is a very good offensive team, makes me as a coach proud of how hard they’re working and how well we played tonight,” Matheny said.


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