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”

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”

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”

Second-half comeback lifts AU over Lander in season opener

Darren Lucas-White (11) goes up for two of is 22 points as AU rallied from 15 down at the half to win by 15 against Lander. (photo by Viraj Bulla)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

The Augusta University men’s basketball team successfully completed a comeback in the second half to defeat Lander University 87-72 on Wednesday night, Dec. 2, at Christenberry Fieldhouse in the season-opener for both teams. The game had no spectators, giving it a practice-like atmosphere. Continue reading “Second-half comeback lifts AU over Lander in season opener”

Cheerleader Moreno juggles academics, cheering and the new normal

Carmelita Moreno, a junior and Grovetown High School product, and Augustus work an AU basketball game in the holiday season. (photo by AU Athletics)

By Taylor Ferguson |
Sports writer

Not only is Carmelita Moreno a junior health, society and policy major who is minoring in Spanish, but she is also a cheerleader for Augusta University. Continue reading “Cheerleader Moreno juggles academics, cheering and the new normal”

From soccer player to XC runner, AU’s Taylor has perfect season in imperfect 2020

Augusta’s Mackenzie Taylor nears the finish line en route to the Peach Belt Conference championship. (photo by David Troyer, special to the Bell Ringer)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

In a year far from perfect, Augusta University women’s cross-country runner Mackenzie Taylor remained perfect. Continue reading “From soccer player to XC runner, AU’s Taylor has perfect season in imperfect 2020”

AU men’s basketball set to take on Lander in season opener

Tyshaun Crawford, the 7-foot-1 center, goes in for a dunk last season, when he averaged 13.6 points and 9.2 rebounds a game for the 21-8 Jaguars. (photo by Carlos Rodriguez)

By Carlos Rodriguez |
Sports editor

The Augusta University men’s basketball team will start off the 2020-21 season on Wednesday, Dec. 2, against Lander University at Christenberry Fieldhouse with the tipoff at 6 p.m. Continue reading “AU men’s basketball set to take on Lander in season opener”