Delta High School senior Caleb Elliot poses on the football field Jan. 21 at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind. The senior was a finalist for the Man of The Year Award. The award, given by the Indianapolis Colts youth program, goes to a high school football player who show’s leadership on and off the field. Jacy Bradley, DN
COLTS HIGH SCHOOL MAN OF THE YEAR

Delta's Caleb Elliott a finalist for Colts' High School Man of the Year

Who is Caleb Elliott? Most high schoolers might be asleep at 9 a.m. on a winter Saturday morning. But not Elliott. The senior hops out of bed and gets dressed. He heads to the school he’s been to all week. Elliott, a wide receiver and point guard for the Eagles football and basketball teams, is not going for a practice. Delta runs a program called “The Future Eagles.” It allows elementary kids to play team basketball inside the school’s gym.




Senior forward Annie Rauch (left), redshirt senior guard Anna Clephane (middle), and graduate student Thelma Dis Agustdottir (right) celebrates a made basket in a game against Akron Jan. 25 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals dominated the Zips as they won 89-66. Brayden Goins, DN
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Ball State zips past Akron at home

“I think we were that good,” head coach Brady Sallee said. “I don't think Akron was necessarily bad. I just think we were that good.” For Wednesday night's midweek Mid-American Conference (MAC) play it was the second-seed Ball State Cardinals and the third-seed Akron Zips. On paper, this game should be close, but it was anything but.




Redshirt sophomore foward Mickey Pearson Jr. contemplates his next move during a game against Buffalo Jan. 24 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals fell to the Bulls 65-91. Katelyn Howell, DN
MEN'S BASKETBALL

Ball State suffers first home loss of the season

Ball State turnover. Buffalo layup. Ball State turnover. Buffalo miss, but then another Ball State turnover. Buffalo 3-pointer, Ball State answers. Then back-to-back turnovers lead to back-to-back 3-pointers. Coach Lewis calls a timeout. The score is 12 - 3. Ball State (13-7, 4-3 MAC) could never recover from this sloppy start in its 26-point loss at the hands of Buffalo (10-10, 4-3 MAC), who never seemed to cool down, shooting 59.7 percent (37-of-62) from the field and 50 percent (11-of-22) from the perimeter.




Redshirt junior guard Jarron Coleman goes for a basket in a game against Buffalo Jan. 24 at Worthen Arena. Coleman had four rebounds during the game. Amber Pietz, DN
MEN'S BASKETBALL

Four takeaways from Ball State's 26-point loss to Buffalo

Ugly, ugly and, yes, even more ugly. Before going on a two-game road trip, Ball State faced Buffalo at Worthen Arena in a weeknight Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup. The first few minutes were a sign of what was ahead. Considering the loudest moment of the night was a fan hitting a halfcourt shot during a timeout, this was a game that fans wish never happened as the Bulls defeated the Cardinals 91-65. Here are four takeaways from Ball State's first home loss of the season.


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STUDY ABROAD:

The top 10 study abroad locations offered by Ball State

For the last couple years, COVID-19 has been an excuse for dismissing travel plans due to borders being closed and high chances of getting sick. Though COVID-19 is still a problem all over the world, life is beginning to return to normal, and with that, more study abroad opportunities are opening.







First-year computer science and physics major Elaine Ulsh poses in the photojournalism studio in the Art and Journalism building on campus Jan. 18. Jacy Bradley, DN
OCD

Living in a Frenzy: Addressing My Experience with OCD

Society needs to stop treating mental illness like a personality trait or a lifestyle. It can be crippling. OCD can be crippling. People are obsessed with the idea that having a mental illness such as OCD makes you different, and that it makes you stand out. But once you have it, all you really want is to fit in.



MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Cardinals survive late push from Tusculum behind Phillips’ career-high 16 kills

With fifth-year middle blocker Felix Egharevba and fifth-year outside attacker Kaleb Jeness unavailable, Phillips provided a boost on offense for Ball State Men’s Volleyball Saturday, with his career-high and team-high 16 kills. Early in the match, it seemed as though it would be the second straight sweep for the Cardinals (2-2, 0-0), who were up two sets to none on Tusculum (2-5, 0-0).


Sophomore Mariya Polishchuk prepares to go for the ball in the women's tennis MAC Champtionship match against Toledo May 1 at Cardinal Creek Tennis Courts. Amber Pietz, DN
WOMEN'S TENNIS

Planisek, Ball State Women’s tennis begins season with win over IUPUI

There were no first-match jitters for the Ball State women’s tennis team today.  Ball State (1-0) took on the IUPUI Jaguars (0-1) in the season opener at the Muncie Northwest YMCA, where Ball State didn’t drop a single match or set. It was a match where the Cardinals had a more talented team, but that doesn’t mean there aren't important takeaways for the team going forward.


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