Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything

Games played in empty gyms (and stadia) became the norm in 2020, as the novel coronavirus pandemic made for major changes in sports. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Micah Weathers |
Sports contributor

The year 2020 pushed through the tough defender of COVID-19 with its abbreviated slate of sports competitions in front of usually very small audiences, or none at all. Continue reading “Sports stories of the year: Pandemic touched everything”

AU men’s basketball team moves into the top-20 of NABC Division II poll

Sophomore Lee Flenor (3) has been a big spark for the Jaguars in their first two games with a 9.5-point average, helping AU to a No. 16 ranking. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

The Augusta University men’s basketball team received the No. 16 ranking in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll this week, moving up seven spots from their previous ranking of 23rd. Continue reading “AU men’s basketball team moves into the top-20 of NABC Division II poll”

Arnold, Crawford, Lucas-White lead Jags past Emmanuel

Guard Miguel Arnold (5) nails a three-pointer en route to a 25-point night for the Jaguars in the win over the Emmanuel Lions. (staff photo)

By Justin Brosemer |
Sports writer

The Augusta University men’s basketball team earned a 97-83 victory against Emmanuel College on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Continue reading “Arnold, Crawford, Lucas-White lead Jags past Emmanuel”

Vice President Pence holds “Defend the Majority” rally in Augusta

Vice President Mike Pence joined Senator David Perdue for “Defend the Majority” rally in Augusta, Thursday, Dec. 10. (photo by Rakiyah Lenon) 

By Rakiyah Lenon

Vice President Mike Pence flew into Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, to campaign for the incumbent Georgia Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.  

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Lopsided foul calls hurt AU against No. 16 UNG

Center Kennedi Manning (24) powers to the basket for two of her 20 points for the Jaguars against the Nighthawks. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

The Augusta University women’s basketball team suffered an 87-76 non-conference loss to the NCAA Division II No. 16 ranked University of North Georgia, Tuesday night, Dec. 8, at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Continue reading “Lopsided foul calls hurt AU against No. 16 UNG”

West leads AU women to win over UNC Pembroke

Zairya West (0) led the Jaguars with 17 points and three assists in the 77-51 win over UNC Pembroke. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Jack Johnson |
Contributor

The Augusta University women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Carolina at Pembroke 77-51 at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Dec. 5 in the Jaguars’ second game of the season. Continue reading “West leads AU women to win over UNC Pembroke”

Fall 2020 commencement to be held with no guests

After extensive discussions, Augusta University has decided to exclude guests from its Fall 2020 Commencement, which will be held next Friday (Dec. 11) at James Brown Arena with three socially distanced sessions. Only the graduating seniors, faculty and administrators will attend the sessions with two colleges going at a time. The decision was made because of the recent national spike in COVID-19 cases and warnings that the situation will get worse during the winter holiday season. An email was sent Friday afternoon, Dec. 4, to AU students, faculty and staff from Dr. Zach Kelehear, interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, stating the following:

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The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 6

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Bell Ringer Sports Editor Carlos Rodriguez discusses Augusta University men’s basketball on this edition of The Sports Squad. Joining Rodriguez are Chad Cook, former Jaguar hoops player and color commentator of AU basketball telecasts, and David Bulla, AU Department of Communication chair and former high school and college basketball coach. They analyze the Jaguars’ 87-72 win over Lander University in the season opener. The Sports Squad is a production of Bell Ringer-Phoenix Media. The producer is Lauren Salsman. The assistant producer is Hannah D’Arco. Continue reading “The Sports Squad: Season 3, Episode 6”