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Youth is an advantage for women’s tennis this fall

By Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell.edu This year, the Grinnell women’s tennis team welcomed three new players: Milica Cvrkota, Ali Hickey and Abby Nielsen, all ’21. Already, these new players have established themselves as valuable members of the team. According to Head Coach Paige Madara, two of the three players have won Midwest Conference Women’s Tennis Performer…

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Get to know what intramural sports are offered this fall

By Quan Tran tranminh2@grinnell.edu As varsity sports come into full swing, students who admire sports from the stands often forget a fun way they can get involved in athletics: intramurals. This school year’s intramural sports offerings are a fun collection of games for people with any level of athletic skill. “For students who enjoys sports…

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New coach Eric Ragan brings new approach to volleyball

By Amelia Johnson-Post johnsonp@grinnell.edu New Pioneer volleyball coach Eric Ragan ’12 is bringing a new energy to the Pioneer volleyball team. Ragan’s system emphasizes communication, inclusivity and non-punitive instruction during practice. After qualifying for the conference tournament last year, the team is hoping to achieve back-to-back winning seasons, something the team has not done since…

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Meet Elaine Marzluff, Faculty Athletics Representative

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Elaine Marzluff does more for campus than teach chemistry — she also now works as the faculty athletics representative (FAR). Her role is to serve both academic and athletic interests by working closely with student athletes, coaches and faculty. There are two components of the role of the FAR. The first…

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Fall into sports 2017

Women’s soccer By Jackson Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu The Grinnell women’s soccer team is entering fall 2017 with elevated expectations following their spectacular run in the 2016 Conference Tournament. The team has a balanced mix of returning players spanning every position on the field. It seems likely that they will continue to compete for a top spot…

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This year in sports: Get to know some first-year fall athletes

By Jackson Schulte schultej@grinnell.edu On Wednesday, Aug. 23, first-year student-athletes gathered with each athletic team in Darby Gymnasium to learn about how life as both a student and an athlete works at Grinnell. They listened to speeches from Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members and Director of Athletics Andy Hamilton ’85. After finishing up the…

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Women’s soccer aims to best last year’s stellar season

By Mayo Sueta suetamay@grinnell.edu After an incredible season last year, the current women’s soccer team is determined to keep the success alive and ready to get the ball rolling for the upcoming season. “[The team hopes to] win the conference title, host the conference tournament and win the conference tournament championship,” wrote Kirsten Koester, head…