Pendleton Heights head coach Adam Ballard coaches his team during a timeout Jan. 20 at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind. Zach Carter DN

Delta edges Pendleton Heights 60-56 in Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Game

On Friday, the Delta Eagles (10-5, 1-2 HHC) welcomed Pendleton Heights (4-11, 0-4 HHC) to Muncie as the two Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) teams would battle it out in a game that came down to the final minutes. The hometown Eagles would not disappoint as they outlasted the Arabians 60-56. Even though every win is good in high school basketball, this win was special for the Eagles. 

Redshirt junior guard Jarron Coleman looks to pass the ball in a game against Illinois State at the Indy Classic Dec. 17 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Coleman had seven assists during the game. Amber Pietz, DN

Opportunity for growth after Ball State's road loss to Kent State

Ball State (13-6, 4-2 MAC) went on the road to take on battle-tested Kent State (16-3, 6-0 MAC) in a matchup of the two teams atop the Mid-American Conference (MAC) standings, and Kent State put on a clinic. The Golden Flashes clicked on just about every aspect of the game, while the Cardinals had trouble on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Michael Lewis acknowledges that this was their first real test of the season. 

Senior Parrish Simmons returns the tennis ball to his opponent's side of the court in a Ball State vs. Eastern Illinois match, Jan. 20. The matchups began with doubles and ended with singles. Nathan Abbott, DN

Ball State Men’s Tennis opens campaign with sweep of Eastern Illinois

“I felt that we were prepared and ready to go,” said Ball State Men’s Tennis head coach Bill Richards after the Ball State Men’s tennis team dominated its home match versus the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Friday to open the 2023 spring season. After a couple of weeks off around Christmas, the Cardinals had packed a lot into the past couple of weeks to prepare for their first match, and being ready to compete was a huge emphasis in practice.

Sophomore Ally Becki drives up the lane against Buffalo on Jan. 18. Becki led in all statistical categories except blocks for Ball State in the 81-59 victory. Ball State Athletics, photo provided

Cardinals top Bulls with solid shooting performance

March 12, 2022. The stage was set, and the Ball State Women’s basketball team was set to play Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship. Buffalo wins 79-74. January 18, 2023, the first meeting between the two teams since the MAC Championship. Ball State Women’s basketball team defeats Buffalo 81-59.


Ball State wins nail-biter in Worthen

“Three games in a row here that we'll be thanking the crowd. They played a huge role tonight. Their energy, their noise, they tried to help the officials. The whole thing. I love it,” head coach Michael Lewis said. “The students were fantastic. We're going to try to continue to play hard and compete and put a product out there that those people appreciate.”

Wapahani Boys Basketball celebrates with the 2023 Delaware County Tournament trophy after defeating Yorktown 62-45 on Jan 14. Daniel Kehn, DN

Wapahani girls, boys basketball make history in Delaware County Championship

“Jobs not done,” said junior Isaac Andrews after his team, Wapahani, defeated Delta in the quarterfinal round of the Delaware County high school basketball tournament Jan. 13. The Wapahani girls squad also made the championship on their side of the county tournament. After the boys team won, their head coach, Matt Luce, wanted to see history. The Raiders had never had both teams win the championship in the same year. Until now.

Ball State Men's Volleyball Head Coach Donan Cruz claps after the Cardinals score a point in NCAA Semifinals against Hawaii May 6 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Ball State lost to Hawaii 2-3. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State falls in four sets in season opener against Hawaii

Heading on the road to play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation is how Ball State Men’s Volleyball spent their opening night for the 2023 season. In a four-set match, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-0, 0-0) took down the Cardinals (0-1, 0-0) in what is now the fourth match between the two programs in the last calendar year, with Ball State winning the first two in Worthen Arena and the Rainbow Warriors winning the third match in the semifinal of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball tournament.

Second-year journalism major Grayson Joslin holds his hat outside Worthen Arena Jan. 11. Jacy Bradley, DN

OPINION: Ball State has had the same logo since 1990; it's time for an update to the Cardinals identity

Originally named the Hoosieroons, the then-named Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division changed its athletic identity to the Cardinals in 1927. Since then, the identity of Ball State’s athletic teams have evolved, culminating with the current athletic logo used since 1989, per a previous Daily News article. The logo replaced a logo that had been used for over 30 years, per Chris Creamer’s Sports Logo Website. This logo, affectionately called “Dancing Charlie,” was the symbol of Ball State athletics as the Cardinals became a Division I school in football and a mid-major powerhouse in men’s basketball.

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