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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.


SPORTS 8/26/15 8:30am

Some long road swings

The Elon University women’s soccer team had a difficult end to its season in 2014. After a victory over the University of Delaware on Senior Day, the Phoenix had to travel to the College of William & Mary, Towson University and James Madison University to conclude its season. The result: three losses, two of which were shutouts, on the road in the span of seven days.  Any hope that the team wouldn’t have an end-of-season road trip again was thwarted when the schedule was released.


SPORTS 8/26/15 7:44am

Column: Elon men's soccer searching for a happier ending

The scene was depressing, with blank stares across many Elon University men’s soccer players’ faces as they coped with their loss to Northeastern University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament. Their chances at a fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth had all but disappeared. Without a doubt, that loss still stings.


SPORTS 8/23/15 1:06pm

Rich Skrosky stays mum on Elon quarterback battle

We're inside two weeks of the Elon University football team's season opener at Wake Forest University, and Phoenix head coach Rich Skrosky still isn't saying who will be the team's starting quarterback. Redshirt freshman Connor Christiansen and true freshman Daniel Thompson have been competing since spring practice.



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