SPORTS 9/3/15 11:46pm

Defense wears down in blowout at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM - After one quarter of play for the Elon University football team, the defense was standing tall against the Wake Forest University offense, allowing just three points. But the Demon Deacons had possession of the ball for 9 minutes and 33 seconds in the first, and the amount of time spent on the field came back to haunt Elon's defense in the second quarter. Wake Forest scored 21 points in the 2nd quarter and never looked back, defeating Elon 41-3 Thursday night while gaining 591 yards of total offense. "If we want to be a dominant-style defense, we have to do it for 60 minutes," head coach Rich Skrosky said.

SPORTS 8/28/15 11:28am

Elon officially announces 2015 men's basketball signees The Elon University men’s basketball team on Thursday officially announced the addition of five freshmen to this year’s team. Leading the way is Ardey Kell High School star Steven Santa Ana, who signed last fall.

SPORTS 8/26/15 4:00pm

Experienced secondary ready to shine for Phoenix

When Chris Blair arrived at Elon University last spring, he said the other defensive backs on the football team knew more about him than he knew about himself. “[Junior linebacker] John Silas welcomed me into his apartment and told me to move in with him,” Blair said. The camaraderie is hoping to translate to some onfield success for Elon this fall, as Blair and seniors Miles Williams and Julius Moore will anchor what should be a strong secondary. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) did not welcome Elon kindly in the 2014 season.

SPORTS 8/26/15 3:15pm

Finding, mastering a role

A scrawny high school freshman named Jerry Tolley, sitting on his bicycle, leaned against the Edenton High School building on the first day of football practice in fall 1957. The legendary coach Bill Billings, who won four state titles at Edenton and later collected 10 unbeaten seasons as a coach in Delaware, approached Tolley with a skeptical look. “Tolley, what are you doing?” Billings inquired. “Well, I want to be a manager,” Tolley replied. Billings snapped back.

SPORTS 8/26/15 1:45pm

Column: Elon volleyball to reap benefits of deeper bench

There were a handful of games in September 2014 in which the Elon University volleyball team dressed eight or fewer players. Not exactly a recipe for success. It also shouldn’t be a problem for this year’s Phoenix. With six new additions — including Michigan State University transfer junior and outside hitter Ebony Scott — Elon has a full roster and won’t see too many empty seats on the bench for games this year. There really isn’t anywhere to go but up for Elon after a 6-26 season and 1-15 mark in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.

SPORTS 8/26/15 1:00pm

Title aspirations linger after Vargas departs

The 2014 cross country season was the longest in Elon University’s history. The impact of the success in 2014 can be felt as the 2015 season dawns for the Phoenix. In head coach Nick Polk’s office hang two plaques: one is for the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the other is a 2014 All-American plaque.