Ian Wenik

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Wenik | Learning to say "yes"


Penn women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose didn’t have much to say to me when I asked him what changed in the second half of his team’s 8-0 win over NJIT, the first game I ever covered (they only scored three goals in the final 45 minutes).

Penn track and field reunites heading to George Mason Invitational

One week after splitting up to opposite coasts for the Florida Relays, Sam Howell Invitational and Stanford Invitational, the Red and Blue will be competing as one unit at this weekend’s George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va., albeit without a number of key contributors.

Calgary Flames make chilly debut at Penn's Class of 1923 Rink

The madness of the NHL Trade Deadline in Philadelphia, which passed at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, did not limit itself to the Flyers’ offices at the Wells Fargo Center.

It touched Penn’s campus as well.

After scheduling quirks forced the Calgary Flames away from the usual venue in which teams visiting the Flyers practice and to Penn, a pair of the squad’s sessions at the University’s Class of 1923 Arena quickly verged into the surreal as the team’s management wheeled and dealed earlier this week.

On Sunday, the Flyers hosted their annual Flyers Wives’ Carnival, a massive charity event that took up the entire floor at the Wells Fargo Center and featured a Ferris wheel that fit inside the building by — quite literally — an inch.

Penn basketball searching for Saturday cure

What’s the cure for a hangover?

Penn basketball is in  need of some relief after following up big Friday victories on its first two Ivy weekends of the season with equally deflating losses the day after.

The Quakers (7-12, 3-6 Ivy) will take a crack at finding a cure on their own floor when they host Yale and Brown for a back-to-back at the Palestra.

Last Friday, the Quakers took advantage of a second-half rally to stun Cornell in Ithaca, winning, 71-69, on a floater by junior guard Tony Hicks with only four seconds left.

Saturday, though, Hicks and pretty much all of his teammates — save for freshman forward Sam Jones — went MIA.

Penn basketball sputters from the start, falls to Monmouth

For a moment, it looked as if Penn basketball had turned a corner when it gave then-No. 5 Villanova a serious scare at home on Saturday.

Apparently not.

Playing to a mostly-empty Palestra crowd, the Quakers came out sleepwalking against Monmouth and paid dearly.

Wenik | Penn basketball needs to find an offensive identity

Take a step back into the world of 1990’s rap, if you will, and pause to consider Penn coach Jerome Allen surveying the state of his team with a withering look somewhat akin to the gaze of the Nurse Ratched figure in Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” video.

“I don’t really know where we’re at,” he said when asked to describe his team’s progress following last night’s 82-67 loss to La Salle.

Wenik | Once again, Penn basketball falters when it matters against Wagner

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The past two seasons, Penn basketball has come up short against Wagner when it mattered most, failing to execute with the game on the line and then coming up short in overtime.

But this year’s 64-61 loss to the Seahawks hurts so much more.

The Quakers came out like gangbusters in this one, shooting 11-for-18 in the first half.

Wenik | Cheers to 23 seasons of Al Bagnoli for Penn football

The way Penn football celebrated at midfield after defeating Cornell, giving retiring coach Al Bagnoli a ceremonial Gatorade shower, you’d almost have thought the Quakers somehow managed to capture a 10th Ivy title for their leader on some sort of technicality.

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