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A Truly Perfect Game

April was a banner month in Women’s Sports. On April 4th, Stanford took home the trophy from the NCAA Division I women’s tournament when they defeated Arizona, who had just come off a shocking, semi final upset of heavy favorite University of Connecticut. On April 15th, Texas center, Charli Collier was drafted #1 overall by the Chicago Wings in the WNBA draft. All across the nation, women’s collegiate and professional sports are in full swing as the country continues to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic. But on April 11th, in a quiet little Arkansas town, a single athlete immortalized herself in the halls of sports history.  It was a bright sunny day in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. North Texas senior Hope Trautwein...

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The History of the NCAA

You’ve likely heard of the NCAA. It’s the massive governing institution whose name you have probably seen attached to some of your favorite college championship sporting events. You’ve probably noticed its logo plastered on every court of the men and women’s championship basketball tournaments. Perhaps you’ve heard about it when there are regulation infractions in college sports. Maybe you’ve heard it talked about negatively as the conversation around student athlete rights continues to be had in the national sports media and the public square. But what is the NCAA exactly?  The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, is a governing body of University Presidents and decision makers that preside over athletic competition among its member schools. Nearly 20,000 schools operate...

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NCAA Division II Player of the Year, Annie Wolfe

Annie Wolfe didn’t exactly turn the heads of many College Volleyball programs. She was a solid part of an excellent squad from Omaha Marion, but she lacked the eye popping stats and resume that typically court the best programs in the country. UNK Volleyball coach Rick Squiers even admits to not recognizing the impact Wolfe would have on his program when she first joined. Prior to Wolfe’s first year on the team, the 2012 Loper Volleyball team was coming off one of the most successful seasons of Squire’s tenure. They posted a 35-3 record and an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2012 NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament. Wolfe, who’s freshman year was 2013, was recruited as a role...

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The Real Nebraska Antelope

Situated on the plains of central Nebraska, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has been known as the Lopers for over a century. The moniker,  the origins of which is not totally clear, was born out of a misnomer and is one of the longest running mascots in the state. The name has ties to an Arizona school and uses a hand gesture that may have originally been made to mock a certain school in Texas. The name has been consistent through several official school name changes and has represented a spirit of independence, durability, and athleticism that has represented the school and central Nebraska for many years.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney mascot can trace its name back...

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Jennifer King: A Trailblazer for Women in the NFL

If you had met Jennifer King near the beginning of 2018, you probably would have assumed that she had likely found her calling. Coming off of a USCAA Division II championship and being voted the USCAA 2018 Coach of the Year, just about anyone would expect the talented young coach would be buckling down for the long haul in basketball. Perhaps she would be settling in for a long tenure with Johnson and Wales --the North Carolina university she had brought from irrelevance to Champions in two years-- or even eyeing coaching opportunities at Division I programs and beyond.  But near the end of 2018, you might have instead caught Jennifer glancing out of the gymnasium at a black fenced...

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