I wish I could start this column out with a heartwarming anecdote, a poignant quote from a press conference from years past that still resonates with me or something of the sort. That would be journalistic gold. I know because that’s the format I use for most of my stories.
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With just four games left of the 2017 softball season, senior right fielder Leah Allen is doing all she can to cement her legacy as one of the greatest players to ever grace Penn Park.
They say that you learn everything you need to know in life in kindergarten. Treat others as you want to be treated, play fair, clean up your own mess, naps are good — the list goes on.
Consider the stakes raised.
Perhaps the most significant achievement Penn claims is being the first university in America. While that is no small feat, Penn Athletics is reaching another milestone this week.
The NCAA mandates that Division I athletes can only practice for 20 hours per week. Being a student-athlete at Penn, however, is so much more than just another large weekly time commitment: it’s an identity.
As 2015 softball grad Jen Retzer recovers from brain trauma, team supports her every step of the way
Sometimes in the wake of tragedy, there is fortitude. The Penn softball team has found such strength from its former teammate Jen Retzer, who graduated in 2015, and sustained a traumatic brain injury while skiing last month at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.
In the infamous words of Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”
After a two-week hiatus from competition, Penn women’s tennis is itching to get back on the court. This weekend will take the Quakers (1-2) south to face Virginia on Saturday and Old Dominion on Sunday.
In a pair of weekend matches against non-conference foes Wisconsin and Rice, Penn men’s tennis rode the full emotional spectrum from elation to frustration.
You don’t get named “the Cathedral of Basketball” if you don’t have a long and storied history — nine decades worth to be exact. And you don’t get nicknamed “Palestra Voice” if your history isn’t almost as robust.
Imagine a sport where every single team in the conference was nationally ranked and half of them were within striking distance of winning a collegiate national title every season. No, this isn’t SEC Football, it’s Ivy League squash.
As we get deeper into the second semester, we’ve started to get a firm grasp on the true makeup of Penn’s winter sports teams. Though there unquestionably is still time for certain teams to flip the script, we’ve already seen enough from most squads to judge whether they’re contenders or pretenders at this point. With that said, our sports editors take to the roundtable to debate: which Penn winter team has exceeded expectations the most so far:
Although there was no love lost between the Williams sisters in Australia on Saturday, tennis feuds were alive and well in the city of Brotherly Love last weekend. In their 2017 home opener, Penn men’s tennis defeated Georgetown and Philadelphia rivals Temple 6-1, each.
If there were ever a football version of on-campus recruiting, the East-West Shrine Game would come pretty close. Every year, 121 players with NFL ambitions from the nation’s top FBS and FCS programs are invited to play in the All-Star game preceded by a week of practices and one-on-one interviews with professional scouts from all 32 NFL franchises in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Last Wednesday night, I stood crammed in the aisle of a coach bus carrying 50-some members of the swim team nine hours across the state to an invitational meet at Kenyon College. Somehow, every single swimmer neglected to bring DVD’s, so we spent the ride studying and talking amongst ourselves a little more than usual.
Excitement was running high in the Palestra on Wednesday night as Penn women’s basketball opened its home slate against Binghamton. The night began with the unveiling of the Quakers’ 2015-16 Ivy League Championship banner, the program’s fourth addition to the Palestra’s rafters.
The last game of the Penn men’s soccer season was supposed to take place on Nov. 12 against Harvard. There would be fanfare, family members and a pre-game recognition of the team’s three graduating seniors: forward Alec Neumann, midfielder Matt Poplawski and goalkeeper Nick Savino.
I set out to write this column about nutrition. As you’ll soon read, that’s not what happened.
The farewell tour. The victory lap. The last hurrah.