Sports


SPORTS 7/10/15 3:15pm

Baseball assistant leaves, CAA commissioner to retire: Elon athletics notebook

One third of the trio is gone. Elon University associate head baseball coach Greg Starbuck has taken a position as a volunteer assistant at Clemson University, new Tigers coach Monte Lee announced Tuesday. Starbuck, 51, spent the last 17 years at Elon as the recruiting coordinator and batting and baserunning instructor. At Clemson, he'll work with hitters, infielders and catchers. The move breaks up one of the longest-tenured coaching staffs in all of Division I baseball.


SPORTS 6/23/15 1:45pm

Breaking down Elon 2015 men's, women's soccer schedules

In the last month, Elon University has released its men’s and women’s soccer schedules for this fall. It’ll be the second year in the Colonial Athletic Association for the Phoenix, which the men thrived in during the regular season but the women struggled. Let’s break down both team’s schedules. Men’s soccer (2014 record: 9-6-4) After exhibition games at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University, Elon heads to Duke University for the John Rennie/Nike Classic.


SPORTS 5/23/15 12:44am

Baseball ends season with 4-1 loss to Delaware

Offensive struggles continued for the Elon University baseball team Friday at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, resulting in a 4-1 loss to the University of Delaware. After Elon broke up Delaware starting pitcher Vila Colman’s no-hitter in the top of the seventh inning, senior Ryan Cooper hit an RBI single in the eighth to give the team its lone run of the ballgame. The Phoenix only collected two hits by the end of the game but had its share of scoring opportunities. In the top of the seventh, senior Ryan Cooper led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second when the next batter, sophomore Nick Zammarelli, singled through the right side.


SPORTS 5/15/15 2:52pm

Found at fault of sex offense, Elon football player still started

UPDATED: May 19, 10:38 p.m. An Elon University football player found responsible for a sexual offense last spring by the Office of Student Conduct still started every game last season. Though junior Adrian Jabril McClendon, then 19, was charged by the state in March 2014 for sexual battery and false imprisonment, a spokesman for the team said this week he had no knowledge of the incident. Smith Jackson, vice president for student life, released a statement Monday night saying the athletic department knew of the situation and handled it promptly. “Federal student privacy laws prevent the university from discussing details of specific student conduct cases,” Jackson said.


SPORTS 5/12/15 11:19pm

Baseball drops regular season finale 7-0 to ECU

The Elon University baseball team has a formidable offense. But for just the second time all season, the Phoenix failed to score a single run, losing 7-0 Tuesday against East Carolina University. Although the Pirates blanked the Phoenix on the scoreboard, the Phoenix had its share of opportunities.


SPORTS 5/10/15 5:32pm

Baseball comeback falls short against Delaware on Senior Day

Pitching struggles dealt the Elon University baseball team an 11-9 loss today on Senior Day. A plethora of offense kept Elon in the game, but the Phoenix could not overcome a five-run deficit going into the bottom of the ninth. From the beginning of the game, it was clear senior starter Jake Stalzer was in for a tough outing.


SPORTS 5/10/15 1:04am

Late surge by Delaware hands Elon baseball team 10-4 loss

A disappointing sixth inning for senior starter Lucas Bakker led the Elon University baseball team to a 10-4 loss to the University of Delaware. After recording the first out of the top of the sixth, Bakker allowed a single, two walks and two doubles to give the Blue Hens a 6-3 lead. Bakker surrendered six earned runs on 10 hits, three walks and two wild pitches across five and third innings of work.


SPORTS 5/8/15 2:29am

Softball season ends with 13-2 loss to JMU

When facing two win-or-go-home games at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Thursday, the Elon University softball team won the first 8-6 against Towson University. But James Madison University sent Elon home in the second game, ending the season for the Phoenix by a count of 13-2. In the second game, the Dukes scored eight runs in the second inning and five runs in the third, facing four different Elon pitchers in the two innings. Junior Kayla Caruso started the game inthe circle for Elon but left the game with two outs in the second after giving up four runs.


SPORTS 5/4/15 8:46pm

Jack Isenbarger begins a business in basketball

Former Elon basketball player Jack Isenbarger has heard the sound of dribbling all of his life, but it's who he's shooting hoops with now that's changing the rhythm of his game. "Any time I can do something where it involves youth and basketball, I'm all about it," Isenbarger said. Isenbarger started the Alamance Basketball Academy in February, teaching the fundamentals of basketball to the youth of Alamance County. "It was something that just made sense really," he said.


OPINIONS 4/30/15 11:04am

Closing the gap between job needs and getting degrees

Just over a week ago, business policy group ReadyNation released a report saying Illinois could be short 150,000 qualified workers in a variety of fields by the year 2020. ReadyNation says the number 150,000 comes from the fact that 69 percent of the 2.3 million job openings in Illinois require postsecondary education, but only 62 percent of Illinoisans have reached this level of education, creating a 7 percent gap — or 150,000 workers. Inevitably, this is a situation that brings a plethora of economic issues for the state of Illinois, such as making the state less competitive, and the apparent solution, according to Sean Noble, state director of ReadyNation, is putting more funds into early childhood education.


SPORTS 4/27/15 8:42pm

Aaron Mellette Returns to the NFL

Former Elon football player Aaron Mellette is back in the National Football League. The two-time first team FCS All-American announced Monday evening that he signed a deal with the New York Jets via Instagram. "\0x2028All I can say is how blessed I am for being afforded another chance to pursue my dream" he wrote as the caption.