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SPORTS 11/13/15 4:00pm

Lone freshman enters spotlight for Elon

There’s only one freshman on the Elon University women’s basketball team this year, and according to senior guard Josepha Mbouma, the Phoenix may have found a gem. “If we’re only to have one freshman, we got the perfect one,” Mbouma said. The “perfect one” is guard/forward Nikki McDonald, who comes to Elon from Atlanta. And she’s been making heads turn throughout the preseason practices.


SPORTS 11/13/15 3:55pm

Diehl highlights men's soccer award winners

Eight Elon University men’s soccer players were named to All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)cq jsteams, as released by the league offices Nov. 12. Senior defender Nathan Diehl was named CAA Defender of the Year and in addition to being named First Team All-CAA alongside fellow Phoenix senior midfielders James Brace and Miguel Salazar.


SPORTS 11/13/15 3:00pm

Column: Sophomores ready to fill big roles

Elon University women’s basketball coach Charlotte Smith threw Shay Burnett and Malaya Johnson, the team’s two freshmen, right into the fire last year. And they produced. Burnett, a guard, led the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game, and Johnson, a forward averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.


SPORTS 11/13/15 2:00pm

Phoenix looks to regroup heading into CAA tournament

Senior defender Nathan Diehl’s game-winning header in the second period of overtime against College of Charleston Oct. 31 clinched the Elon University men’s soccer team a share of the regular Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and its place as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.


SPORTS 11/13/15 1:00pm

Column: Elon posts could be team strength

Elon University had a number of issues on its men’s basketball team a year ago. Injuries, the transition to the Colonial Athletic Association and post play were among them. The first is uncontrollable, but the latter two shouldn’t be of concern as the Phoenix sets sail on a new year.


SPORTS 11/13/15 12:20pm

Football's 2016 CAA schedule released

The 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football schedule has been released online, revealing the Elon University football team’s eight conference games. The University of Delaware sent out a release late Thursday night stating that the CAA announced the league schedule for 2016, which was posted in a grid linked to the website. The Phoenix will open CAA play Week 4 by traveling to the College of William & Mary Sept. 24.


SPORTS 11/13/15 12:00pm

Women’s basketball carries tough defeat into new year

Even as the new season is set to begin for the Elon University women’s basketball team, there has been a focus on the way last season ended. In the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament semifinals, the Phoenix faced off against James Madison University, and had multiple chances to win the game late. But Elon was unable to make three potentially tying baskets in the final minute, including two 3-point tries from senior forward Same Coffer ’15 in the last 20 seconds, and lost 63-60. The Dukes would go on to win the CAA championship the next day, leaving an image that head coach Charlotte Smith decided to use. “Last year, after the season, Coach Smith actually put posters on our lockers of JMU holding up the trophy,” said senior guard Josepha Mbouma.


SPORTS 11/13/15 11:00am

Europe excursion has Elon gelling

The Elon University men’s basketball team is in the middle of roster turnover, with five freshmen joining the already young roster. With so many new faces in, getting players to gel together was going to be quite the challenge for head coach Matt Matheny. But, according to Matheny, the study abroad trip they took to Europe in August has the chemistry better than every before. “I think it’s at an all-time high,” Matheny said.


SPORTS 11/12/15 10:49pm

Stadium becomes shelter as community celebrates Elon junior

No one said anything, because no one knew what to say. No cameras flashed. No cellphones glowed. The only lights were the streetlights and the dozens of candles brought by those in attendance, and of the shooting star one person saw as he arrived. Gathered in remembrance of junior Demitri Allison, a wide receiver on the Elon University football team, hundreds stood in silence.


SPORTS 11/12/15 1:18pm

Mother remembers Elon junior's kindness

The mother of Demitri Allison remembered her son as a “kind and gentle, thoughtful person who was so humble,” speaking the day after he fell to his death from a 10-story building. Allison, 21, was an Elon University junior who died Wednesday afternoon after falling at a residence hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Cornelius, N.C., Allison was a wide receiver on Elon’s football team. Dave and Lisa Hartman took in Allison eight years ago when “he was going through a rough time,” and he became a part of their family, Lisa Hartman told Elon Local News and The Pendulum in a phone interview Thursday. “We were really proud of Demitri,” Lisa Hartman said.


SPORTS 11/11/15 9:29pm

Elon athletes tweet respects after football player's death

Junior Demitri Allison died Wednesday after falling from a 10-story residence hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allison, a member of the football team, left campus Tuesday and friends, teammates and family asked police to look for Allison because "they were concerned for his well-being and emotional state." Shortly after Smith Jackson, vice president for student life, sent an email to Elon University students regarding Allison's death, a number of athletes took to Twitter to pay their respects to Allison.


SPORTS 11/11/15 8:00pm

Elon junior dead after fall at UNC Chapel Hill

An Elon University student died Wednesday after falling from a 10-story building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to an email from Smith Jackson, vice president for student life. Demitri Allison, 21 and a native of Cornelius, N.C., was a junior management major and wide receiver on the Elon football team. There will be a gathering of friends at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Rhodes Stadium open to all.


SPORTS 11/7/15 5:55pm

Football falls behind quickly in 34-13 loss to William & Mary

The Elon University football team gave itself a deficit it could not overcome, falling to No. 12 College of William and Mary 34-13 Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. “I didn’t think our energy was quite what it needed to be from the start,” head coach Rich Skrosky said.


SPORTS 11/7/15 4:27pm

Volleyball swept at College of Charleston

The Elon University Phoenix volleyball team lost to the College of Charleston Cougars on Friday, 3-0 (20-25, 17-25, 17-25). The loss marks Elon's second to College of Charleston after a 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 20-25, 24-26) loss on Oct.