Riley Steele


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Steele | A season in review, before it even happens

When my colleagues and I interview the coaches and players that comprise Penn Athletics, it’s fair to say that our conversations are more often than not devoid of anything, to put it bluntly, bold.

Luckily, I get to have a less stringent filter.




Steele | With McLaughlin in charge, it’s stability Penn can believe in

If Penn Athletic Director Grace Calhoun was using the past year to build the platform for a presidential run, her campaign slogan would be simple: Change you can believe in.

After Steve Bilsky’s two-decade tenure atop the Penn Athletics mountain, Calhoun took over a program last July that had myriad parts going nowhere.









Penn club tennis heads to national championship

There's a team from Penn competing for a national championship this weekend. But nobody would be surprised if you didn't know that.

While a variety of the University's perennial varsity teams are in the midst of quests for Ivy League titles and bids to their sport's respective end-of-season tournaments, Penn club tennis will take part in the United States Tennis Association's Tennis on Campus National Championship in Cary, N.C., beginning on Thursday.

Competing against teams from 63 other schools from across the nation, the Quakers are accustomed to the pressurized environment that accompanies playing at nationals, having qualified for the tournament in each of the past four seasons.


Penn baseball takes on Villanova seeking redemption

After powering through the Ivy League’s four Red Rolfe division squads, Penn baseball returns to Philadelphia for a slight changeup in its action.

Only two days after completing a four-game sweep against Yale and Brown by a combined 52-10, the Quakers return to the diamond on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic against Big 5 rival Villanova.

The midweek matinee marks the second time this season Penn (12-9) and the Wildcats (11-15) face off.



Former Penn football star signs with Detroit Lions

Brandon Copeland is heading to the Motor City.

Following a standout performance at the NFL Veteran Combine in Arizona, the former star Penn football defensive end signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions late last week.


Penn baseball easily takes down St. Peter's, 11-4

As Penn baseball opened up its April slate on Wednesday afternoon, Saint Peter's stood no chance of fooling the Quakers at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Behind senior infielder Mitch Montaldo's two home runs and three RBI and a masterful outing by senior pitcher Dan Gautieri, the Red and Blue scored their seventh win in their last eight contests with an 11-4 victory over the Peacocks.



Penn women's hoops falls in WNIT Second Round

Everything about the context of Sunday's game was the same as Penn women's basketball's contest against Temple in January: the two teams doing battle, the Palestra serving as host and a Big 5 matchup coming down to the wire.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, this time around, the end result was different.

Despite yet another double-double from Ivy League Rookie of the Year Michelle Nwokedi, the Red and Blue faltered down the stretch, giving up a backbreaking three to Owls' freshman guard Alliya Butts with 3:04 remaining en route to a 61-56 loss in the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

"They know it's their last game," coach Mike McLaughlin said.



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