Sophomore center Payton Sparks shoots a layup in a game against Ohio at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse March 9 in Cleveland. Jacy Bradley, DN

Sparks commits to Indiana University

Sparks averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this season while accumulating 29 blocks and 59 assists. He was named to the All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) Second Team this season as the Cardinals went 20-12 (11-7 MAC) and lost to Ohio 90-70 in the first round of the MAC Tournament – the Cardinals second-consecutive first round exit from the postseason.

Ball State Cardinals gymnastics teams waves thank you to the crowd for attending their meet against Central Michigan Feb. 26 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals’ winning streak reaches 11 with a 196.100-196.075 victory over the Chippewas. Madelyn Guinn, DN

Following a record-breaking 2023 season, Ball State is NCAA Regionals bound

With a Co-Mid-American Conference (MAC) Regular Season Championship, a second-place finish at the MAC Championship Meet and a nationally-ranked 34th-best NQS score of 196.395, Ball State earned an at-large team bid to the NCAA Regionals in Norman, Oklahoma, the first time since 1999  the Cardinals will compete at regionals as a team and just the second time in program history.


Success in the nest

 “There’s nothing better than being able to play in front of your own fans and I think our guys thrive off that. Just knowing that we got a lot of season to go and some of it’s going to be played here, it’s always good to get in front of the fans,” said the reigning National Coach of the Year, Donan Cruz. 

Protesters cross the scramble light holding signs during the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event March 18. The event was hosted by Black Women’s Voices. Olivia Ground, DN

Black Women’s Voices is a safe space for Black women to talk about their community

Eight women sat around a table at Bracken Library in August 2020 with the same thought in mind: the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot by police, wasn’t as respected as others, and there was no space on Ball State University’s campus to talk about what was happening in the Black community. That day, the eight founders: Star Gooch, Olamide Awoola, Makayla Atwater, Jordyn Owens, Kye Wilson, Trinity Mitchell, Jaylyn McDonald and Francesca Fontus, decided to make that space by creating the Black Women’s Voices organization, official in February 2021.

Ball State players celebrate after fifth-year utility player Amelia Daniel hits a walk-off single to win the game in a game against Central Michigan March 26 at the Softball Field at First Merchant Ballpark Complex. Daniel's RBI in the game was the game winning run. Brayden Goins, DN

Ball State sweeps Central Michigan in first home series

In Ball State’s first home series of the 2023 campaign, the Cardinals were able to bring out the brooms as they swept Central Michigan. “There's something special about this team when we're playing at home,” head coach Lacy Schurr said. “You know, this is my third season [as Ball State head coach] and there's something about being at home. If we have strikes and outs left on the board, we're still in the game.”

Graduate student Danilo Kovacevic swinging through a shot. Ball State Athletics, photo courtesy

Cardinals drop road matchup against Buffalo

At the halfway point in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) season, Ball State men’s tennis (10-7, 2-3 MAC) is left with some work to do if they want to make the postseason conference tournament. After Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Bulls (6-6, 2-3 MAC), the Cardinals are tied with Buffalo for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. 

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