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Swimmers not in SHAPE

the covered-over pool in SHAPE

Allison Irons, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

The SHAPE athletic facility recently reopened on Aug. 24 for the campus community. There are new guidelines in place in order to keep students and staff safe. The facility is currently in the first phase of reopening athletic facilities to the campus. Phase one is the reopening of the campus. Athletic...

Documenting a long history of sexual abuse

Athletes featured in the documentary

Allison Irons, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

On June 24, 2020, Netflix released its newest documentary, “Athlete A.” The documentary gives an in-depth view of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and downfall of USA Gymnastics. It follows the journalists of the Indianapolis Star who began reporting and publishing the first stories of the scandal. The...

Ally-Oop! Tennis

Ally-Oop! Tennis

Allison Irons, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

The 140th US Open was held in a “bubble” this year, the first time in the competition’s history. This was to use to stop the spread of COVID-19 while players spent their time at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and hotels in Queens, NY. This was the first time in the US Open’s...

Fall sports season in limbo

Fall sports season in limbo

Allison Irons, Sports Editor

September 15, 2020

On July 20, NVU President Elaine Collins sent an email to NVU students and staff announcing the cancellation of NAC competition for fall sports “due to due to health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Hearing that a sports season is cancelled is heartbreaking for anyone involved...

Ally-Oop! MLB during COVID

Ally-Oop! MLB during COVID

Allison Irons, Sports Editor

September 15, 2020

The MLB is halfway through its shortened season due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when the season was put on hold and later continued. As an avid baseball connoisseur, I was excited that the MLB decided to hold a season this year. I have always...

Life as a DIII athlete is rewarding, exhausting

The author on the tennis court

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

May 3, 2020

Life as a Division III student-athlete is demanding. Athletics has become a large part of my college career, but it’s also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. When I enrolled at NVU-Johnson, then Johnson State College, I wasn’t planning to play any sports at the varsity level....

Johnson Athletics finds fun ways to celebrate DIII week

NCAA Division III week is held every year to celebrate college athletics.

Patrick Bell, Sports Editors

May 1, 2020

Despite  the Covid-19 pandemic sending students off campus and the cancelations of intercollegiate athletic seasons, the NCAA’s Division III week still took place from April 13-19 at NVU-Johnson, as well as many DIII institutions across the nation. According to the NCAA website, DIII week is...

COVID-19 cancels and changes athletics across the globe

Sights from outside Amherst College gym where spectators were banned from attending regional games from the DIII women's basketball tournament.

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

May 1, 2020

The sports world has been drastically impacted by COVID-19. All around the world, athletic competition came to pause in order to help combat the virus. In the month of March, there were discussions in the athletic world about how they would continue going forward. There were some discussions about...

College athletics: it’s Pay to Play

College athletics: it's Pay to Play

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It conduct collegiate sports and give student-athletes a chance to compete at the national level all around the United States. But a conversation that has been coming up for decades is the controversial topic of...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

Well folks, he actually did it. Tom Brady is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, announcing to his fans and teammates that he would leave the New England Patriots after 20 seasons with the team. A couple weeks of weeks ago I talked about the possibility of this happening, as the feeling was that there was a...

Floyd Davis named NAC Rookie of the Year

Floyd Davis named NAC Rookie of the Year

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

April 10, 2020

The men’s basketball team had many highlights from their 2020 campaign, but one of the biggest highlights was when Floyd Davis, freshman from Riverdale, Georgia, earned the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie Of The Year award in February.  Davis had an historic season, scoring 10.1 points,...

Women’s basketball 19-20 season recap

Women's basketball 19-20 season recap

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

April 10, 2020

  The women’s basketball team had a tough but rewarding season as they earned their way to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament for the first time since 2017. To start the season, the team lost its first 17 games. Many games were close in score, but ultimately the Badgers weren’t...

Men’s basketball 19-20 season recap

Men's basketball 19-20 season recap

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

April 10, 2020

For the NVU-Johnson men’s basketball team, the 2019-2020 season is one to remember as they finished their year in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The first half of the season was a mixed bag. They won key games against Vermont Tech, Curry College, and Maine Maritime Academy, and fell...

The History of the NAC, part two

The History of the NAC, part two

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

March 15, 2020

Editor's note: this is the second installment in the history of the North Atlantic Conference. See part 1 here. In order to retool and strengthen the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), newly appointed commissioner Marcella Zalot needed to start looking at institutions that were unhappy or just looking ...

Badger briefs NVU-Johnson athletics 2/20/2020

NVU Athletics, Contributor

February 20, 2020

Women’s basketball clinches playoff berth against Owls The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s basketball team clinched a playoff birth for the 2020 North Atlantic Conference playoffs on Saturday, Feb. 15 after cruising to a 75-69 win over the Owls. Junior Ellery Kiefer led the way for ...

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 20, 2020

The Boston Celtics have had quite the steady season so far. And if you ask any Celtics fan, that could probably be one of the biggest things that they were hoping for this year. The last two years have been a wild roller coaster ride filled with joy, fear, puke and sadness. It all started in the...

Badgers recruitment update

NVU Athletics, Contributor

February 20, 2020

Men’s soccer earns commitment from Aidan Kelly The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s soccer program and Head Coach Shane Bufano have tabbed their second commitment for the 2020 season on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Aidan Kelly has signed the necessary paperwork and has committed to the NVU-Johns...

Loeffler named new XC coach as Woods steps down

Shawn Woods

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 20, 2020

Starting next season, Kim Loeffler will be taking over for the men’s and women’s cross country team. Loeffler is no stranger to NVU-Johnson, as she is currently the women’s triathlon head coach. Under her leadership for the last two years, the triathlon team has gained instant success. In their...

The history of the NAC and its future

Former NAC Athletic commissioner Julie Muller

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 20, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article is the second of a six-part series devoted to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, its evolution, and the issues confronting it today. This particular story is the first of a two-part feature about the NAC. The North Atlantic Conference is a NCAA Division III...

Badger Briefs

February 10, 2020

Streeter helps lift men’s volleyball past Mount St. Vincent The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s volleyball team captured the 3-1 win in the final match of the day on Feb. 1 at Eastern Nazarene as they faced Mount Saint Vincent. After the Dolphins claimed the first frame 25-23, the...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, is officially a football bachelor. The Patriots had a disappointing season. They started hot, winning their first eight games, but their offense became more and more of a liability and struggled to finish the season strong. They dropped to the third...

Men’s volleyball second season underway

Jesse Streeter

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

In their sophomore season as a program, the men’s volleyball team is back and hitting again with some new and familiar faces under second-year head coach Keven John. There is reason for optimism and hope in their second year. In their inaugural season, the team was competitive in many of their matches...

Renovations taking place in SHAPE

Upstairs at the new Wellness Suite

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

Construction is underway in the SHAPE facility for a new wellness suite. The project aims to convert the racquetball and mixed martial arts rooms that are downstairs into a workout space that is specifically for the athletes who participate within the NVU-Johnson athletic program and members of the...

NCAA for dummies: a brief history of intercollege athletics

2019 DI men's basketball national championship game

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article is the beginning of a series devoted to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, its evolution, and the issues confronting it today. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a member-led organization that regulates collegiate sports to benefit over hal...

Badger Briefs NVU-Johnson Athletics

NVU Athletics

December 12, 2019

Men’s basketball grabs first conference win on the road against Mariners A strong start carried the Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s basketball to a convincing 74-60 victory over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Badgers took the early lead and never looked back in their fi...

Women’s volleyball closes the door on historic season

2019 women’s volleyball team

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

The gym is quiet once again for women’s volleyball at NVU-Johnson, but this year’s team made quite some noise by making the North Atlantic Conference playoffs for the first time ever. The team ended the regular season with a 13-12 record, 4-2 in conference play, which earned them a three seed...

Badger 4 Life campaign launched to raise money for athletic programs

Chad Copeland

Patrick Bell

November 22, 2019

The Badger 4 Life Giving Challenge has launched at the Johnson campus. The campaign works through the platform Give Campus to raise money for the athletic department for things like equipment, travel costs and uniforms. Donors can donate to the team of their choice, or to the athletic department. At ...

NAC weekly awards spotlight

November 22, 2019

Davis named NAC Rookie of the Week The North Atlantic Conference office announced early Monday, Nov. 18 that first year men’s basketball player Floyd Davis has been named NAC Rookie of the Week.   Davis averaged 6.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.5 assists per game this week. Afte...

Badger Briefs 11/07/19

NVU-Johnson Athletics

November 7, 2019

Gray paces women’s cross country at NAC Championship The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s cross-country team competed in the North Atlantic Conference Championship hosted by Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Saturday morning. The Badgers finished 6th overall. The Badgers were led...

The wild time that was the 2019 World Series

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

The Washington Nationals have come out of the shadows of the Major League Baseball big teams to have their first appearance in the World Series. This is the first time in their franchise’s history to win the World Series, a National League pennant and their first Wild Card berth. The Nationals beat...

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