Tommy Hamzik


Tommy Hamzik, from Cleveland, Ohio, is the Executive Director of Elon News Network. He is majoring in Print and Online Journalism with a minor in Political Science. He has a strong passion for both sports and writing. In addition to reporting, Tommy enjoys vacationing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and eating at Taco Bell.


Recent Articles

Elon makes strides early in CAA play

1/17/17 11:00am

In assessing the Elon University men's basketball team's performance through six Colonial Athletic Association, coach Matt Matheny has looked past the statistical strides and been pleased with the way the Phoenix has approached games.


Elon falls late to JMU in men's basketball

1/14/17 8:29pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The set-up was what the Elon University men's basketball team wanted, after a 3-point shooting parade and enough defensive stops gave the Phoenix the ball, down one, with a chance to win. The shot didn't fall.


Phoenix gets out to fast start, cruises by Hofstra

1/12/17 10:37pm

It was clear early on that the Elon University men's basketball team was well rested. The Phoenix delivered its best shooting performance of the season and its highest scoring output in three seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as it romped past Hofstra University 96-80 on Thursday night at Alumni Gym. Sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana stayed hot, pouring in 29 points on 11 of 16 shooting, while sophomore forward Tyler Seibring scored 22 points and sophomore guard Dainan Swoope supplied 18. The victory comes after four days off for the Phoenix, which played four games in eight nights culminating with a Jan. 7 victory over Towson University.


Weather delays lead to crazy travel day for Elon women's basketball

1/8/17 8:26pm

While most Elon University students were outside enjoying the eight inches of snow Saturday afternoon, the women's basketball team was stuck on a plane. What should've been a simple, hour-long flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh-Durham International Airport turned into a 12-hour process from the time the team left its hotel to when it arrived back on campus, making the day between Colonial Athletic Association games just a tad more stressful than usual.


Elon snaps CAA skid, tops Towson

1/7/17 11:26pm

As sophomore forward Karolis Kundrotas scored on four consecutive possessions, he slowly felt a weight lifted and a sense of relief coming upon him.  Kundrotas provided the nine-point burst that turned the tides in favor of the Elon University men’s basketball team, powering the Phoenix to a 72-61 victory against Towson University on Saturday night at Alumni Gym as it snapped a three-game losing skid in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. The start wasn’t ideal — Elon missed its first nine from the field — but Kundrotas helped spark a promising result against a stifling Towson defense that’s given Elon fits in past years. In fact, in each of the last two years, Elon’s worst shooting performance of the season came against Towson.


Elon can't crack UNCA's defense in loss

12/6/16 11:44pm

The Elon University men's basketball team simply couldn't break into the University of North Carolina at Asheville's defense. UNCA held Elon to its lowest scoring total of the season, as the Phoenix fell 78-67 in non-conference action Tuesday night at Alumni Gym.


Community celebrates Danieley's life at memorial service

12/3/16 9:13pm

About 400 people gathered in Alumni Gym on Saturday afternoon for a memorial service remembering President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley, who died Tuesday at 92. Elon University President Leo Lambert delivered opening remarks, followed by hymns, scripture readings and remembrances.


Danieley celebrated at Elon men's basketball game

11/30/16 9:19pm

The moment was coming, no matter if senior Luke Eddy wanted it to or not. He was dreading it, knowing how that time was usually reserved for one man, and that man wouldn’t be around to experience it. “That media timeout will be extremely difficult,” said Eddy, the guard for Elon University’s men’s basketball team. The under-eight media timeout of the second half, that is, when the student section cranks up its “Doctor Danieley” chant in honor of President Emeritus J.


Charlotte edges Elon in high-scoring affair

11/14/16 11:46pm

When it came down to crunch time, the Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t limit the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s freewheeling offense. In a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, the 49ers outlasted the Phoenix 100-95 in nonconference action Monday night at Alumni Gym despite sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana’s career-high 32 points. Santa Ana’s burst of seven straight points cut Charlotte’s lead to one with 3:30 remaining, but the 49ers responded with a basket by freshman guard Quentin Jackson and a breakaway dunk by freshman forward Najee Garvin that prompted an Elon timeout. After sophomore forward Tyler Seibring missed a corner 3-pointer, junior guard Hudson Price buried a 3 from atop the key to put Charlotte up 96-89, effectively sealing the victory. “Defense was a big emphasis for us this offseason and something we’ve been stressing,” Santa Ana said.


Defense carries Elon women's basketball to win over Rutgers

11/14/16 11:39pm

The gravity of Monday night's victory wasn't lost on junior guard Shay Burnett. The Elon University women's basketball team recorded one of the biggest victories of its Division I era, toppling visiting Rutgers University 66-54 at Alumni Gym. Burnett had 20 points, and senior guard Lauren Brown added 13. "We definitely made history beating Rutgers," Burnett said.


Internally, FSL seeks to unite

11/8/16 4:18pm

Senior Michael Goldstein didn’t hide the frustration in his voice, disheartened by the recurring problems that face Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) and the lack of solutions proposed by those involved and not. He’s heard them all before. Fraternities and sororities aren’t as inclusive and diverse as they should be. Only a handful of members are committed to changing the culture. And not every organization holds itself to as high a standard as others.