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Cardinals continue winning ways, top Dayton 5-2

Ball State Men’s tennis is stringing together a winning streak as conference play nears. Wednesday was their fourth win in a row and it came against the Dayton Flyers (7-6, 0-0) in a dominating performance. Head coach Bill Richards put some players in different situations, as the lineups were shuffled around but the Cardinals (7-3, 0-0) didn’t miss a beat.

Redshirt-junior guard Jarron Coleman celebrates Ball State defeating Kent State Feb. 21 at Worthen Arena. Coleman scored nine points during the game. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State tops conference leader at home, wins 82-70

Jarron Coleman with the rebound. He swings it to Jaylin Sellers up the court. Sellers pulls up for a 3-pointer… it’s good. The packed Worthen Arena roars with cheers as Kent State calls timeout. That moment was likely the most pivotal moment of the game for the Cardinals (20-8, 11-4 MAC), as they mounted a 16-5 run to start the second half to propel themselves to victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes (22-6, 12-3 MAC). 

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

Cardinals earn second sweep in as many days over Oakland

After sweeping Western Kentucky on Saturday, Ball State women’s tennis put together another unblemished performance against Oakland (0-4) on Sunday, winning 7-0. The Cardinals (6-2) used this weekend to get everyone on the roster involved. It was a common theme across both matches. On Saturday, second-year Ella Hazelbaker made her first start of the season at third doubles with fourth-year Amy Kaplan. Today, the pair moved up to the first doubles slot and picked up right where they left off, winning 6-3. a

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Field General: A history of Black quarterbacks

The NFL, founded in 1920, has a history of racism, whether blatant or subtle. Perhaps the most prevalent case has involved Black quarterbacks and the question of whether a Black man was capable of playing the position. Black quarterbacks have faced racism in the form of stereotypes such as the perception that they lack intelligence, dependability, composure, character or charisma and are unable to be “counted on” to lead their team. The reason this year's Super Bowl was such a big deal is that ever since the NFL began, Black quarterbacks have been disrespected and told they needed to stop playing the position they worked so hard for their entire athletic life because they couldn’t succeed. 

A jammer from Cornfed Roller Derby All-Stars makes her way around the circle Feb. 18. There is one jammer from each team during each jam, or round, of roller derby. Elissa Maudlin, DN.

Cornfed Roller Derby All-Stars defeat Rockford Rage Roller Derby at home

The wheels of skates scratch the hard flooring of the Delaware County Fairgrounds Memorial Building. Whistles blow from the referees, often shouting things to the players. Bodies push, collide and fall abruptly to the ground with a sharp thud. The crowd cheers and grimaces. The Cornfed Roller Derby All-Stars played Rockford Rage Roller Derby on Feb. 18. Cornfed maintained a steady win against Rockford throughout the bout in a game of high-speed skating, shoving and scoring.

Graduate student Danilo Kovacevic hits the ball in a doubles match with fourth-year Parrish Simmons against Marquette Oct. 7 at Cardinal Creek Tennis Center. Kovacevic and Simmons beat Marquette 7-5. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State uses fast start to blow by Xavier

The Ball State Men’s tennis team capped off a successful week for the team on Friday, defeating the Xavier Musketeers 6-1. Coming into the match, the Cardinals (6-3) were fresh off road wins against Niagara on Sunday, and Purdue on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Musketeers (6-3) had won six of their last seven, including a 4-3 win over Cleveland State, a team Ball State lost to 1-6. 


Delta Boys Basketball sectional preview

“We’re definitely quicker as a team, so I think that’s going to help us in March. If we just keep playing together, we’ll do great things and hopefully win a sectional title,” senior guard, Blake Jones said. 

Redshirt Senior infielder Jazmyne Armendariz throws the ball to first base during a practice Feb. 14 at the Softball Filed at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Zach Carter, DN

Ball State’s 2023 Season is here and the Cardinals are "chomping at the bit"

Ball State Softball’s first two seasons under head coach Lacy Schurr’s direction have been two different stories. In her first season, the COVID-19 season, the Cardinals went 37-18. The team broke a handful of program records including the most Mid-American Conference (MAC) wins (31) and the longest MAC winning streak with 16 games. Ball State also broke multiple statistical records including the best batting average (.329) and on-base percentage (.415) for a single season. 


Going for gold

“He’s the hardest worker in the room and it’s been that way all summer,” Bradley said. “I’m not surprised at all that he qualified for state.”

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