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SUNY-Delhi joins the NAC

SUNY-Delhi joins the NAC

Patrick Bell

December 14, 2018

State University of New York-Delhi was named the ninth member of the North Atlantic Conference, starting in 2019-2020. Delhi joins the NAC along with Northern Vermont University-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon, SUNY Canton, Thomas College, Husson University, UMaine-Farmington, UMaine-Presque Isle and Maine Maritime Aca...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

December 6, 2018

For the last 13 years, the NFC East division has been the definition of parity in the National Football League (NFL), as it hasn’t had a repeat winner during that stretch. However, heading into the 2018-2019 season, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared poised to break that streak. Unfortunately, their...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

December 6, 2018

Over the weekend, I watched the most recent ESPN 30 for 30, a documentary series that covers a wide range of sports stories. This particular story was about the life and death of Junior Seau, a defensive Hall of Fame player that played nearly 20 seasons in the NFL for three different teams. It was a t...

John named NAC Coach of the Year

John named NAC Coach of the Year

Patrick Bell

December 6, 2018

In his first season as head coach of the women’s volleyball program at NVU-J, Keven John was named North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. He inherited a program that hadn’t won a game in their previous season and hadn’t been that successful in the seasons prior. This season, his team earned...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

November 9, 2018

Traditionally in professional sports, a team can never have too much talent. Acquiring and developing as much talent as possible is essentially the primary directive for roster construction. But can a team, particularly in the National Basketball Association (NBA), have too much depth? During the openi...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

November 9, 2018

As the Los Angeles Clippers took the floor against the Denver Nuggets to start the season, it was the first time they had played a game without star players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in the lineup. Instead, their roster consisted of role players at best that play hard and do some t...

Men’s basketball has high hopes for success

Chad Copeland

October 25, 2018

The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s basketball team has a new look for the 2018-2019 season. The Badgers have 11 new faces on this year’s roster with seven returning players. The Badgers have put the time in this pre-season and the new players have acclimated well to the transition to...

Badger Briefs

NVU-J Athletics

October 2, 2018

Badgers XC competes in Vermont State Meet LYNDONVILLE,Vt.- The Northern Vermont-Johnson men’s cross-country team competed in the Vermont State Meet on Saturday morning hosted by Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. Kenneth Chandler(Morrisville, Vt.) was the top finisher on the men’s side for the ...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2018

It’s the month of October, and that means the NBA season is right around the corner. I’m excited for this season for many reasons, so I’ll take the time in this column to discuss them. Let’s start with talking about my favorite NBA team, the Boston Celtics. The anticipation for this season...

Whitmore taking on new role as men’s tennis coach

Whitmore taking on new role as men’s tennis coach

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2018

Used to wearing multiple hats, Associate Dean of Students Michele Whitmore has donned yet another: she is now the men’s tennis team head coach. Whitmore isn’t new to the tennis scene. She has been the women’s coach for the past nine years and counting at NVU-J. Whitmore currently ranks first...

Eckman hired as new associate athletics director

Eckman hired as new associate athletics director

Patrick Bell

October 2, 2018

Greg Eckman has been promoted to associate athletic director of athletics at NVU-J. “Greg Eckman has earned this opportunity,” said Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura. “Greg is perfectly positioned to take on the additional leadership role of running the day-to-day operations...

Badger Briefs

NVU-J Athletics

September 18, 2018

Johnson Leads Age Division at Inaugural Triathlon Race SOUTH BERWICK, ME — The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s triathlon team soared at the Pumpkinman Triathlon on September 8th and 9th in South Berwick, Maine. The team featured top-place finishes in their first event in the Badgers’ i...

New coach Keven John setting up volleyball for success

New coach Keven John setting up volleyball for success

Patrick Bell

September 18, 2018

Volleyball is growing at a rapid pace at NVU-Johnson. New this year to campus is men’s volleyball. It’s a sport, described by many, that is growing quickly at the high school and collegiate level.Vermont has only one other Division III men’s volleyball team, Southern Vermont College. With no...

Women’s soccer looks to remain competitive with young squad

Women’s soccer looks to remain competitive with young squad

Patrick Bell

September 18, 2018

Third-year head coach Andrew Lafrenz and the women’s soccer team are looking to work hard and grow this season. Being a young squad with only one senior on the team is a big challenge to overcome. But with those challenges can lead to new, exciting opportunities. “The challenges are that we...

Men’s soccer aims for success

Men’s soccer aims for success

Patrick Bell

September 18, 2018

The men’s soccer team season is underway, and is looking to be the best under second year head coach Shane Bufano. In his first year, Bufano had to bring in close to 20 players to add to the five returners, as part of the rebuilding process. Some, he says, weren’t ready to play Division III soccer...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

May 10, 2018

Over the weekend, a friend of mine texted me a picture of his hypothetical soccer lineup of the best current 11 players from all over the world. There was a catch though, and that catch was that you could only have one player from each home country be in that lineup. After my friend sent that picture,...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O’Leary

May 10, 2018

As I have been writing this column over the past two semesters, I have often analyzed the current state of the professional sports teams I am most passionate about. But due to the structure of our production schedule, the subject matter can be outdated by the time each issue is released. So, for the...

Badger Briefs

JSC Athletics

May 10, 2018

Castleton takes doubleheader sweep over Johnson JOHNSON, Vt. – The Johnson State College softball team split a doubleheader with Lyndon State College, winning 11-0 and falling 8-6 in extra innings on Saturday afternoon at Minaert Field. Game 1: Johnson 11, Lyndon 0. Johnson got on the board early, s...

Sports banquet honors student-athletes and coaches

Sports banquet honors student-athletes and coaches

Patrick Bell

May 10, 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, the JSC sports banquet took place in the SHAPE varsity gym to honor the student-athletes, coaches and athletic department for their successes on and off the playing surface. Kylie Aither was the recipient of the Richard E. Anderson award, one of the biggest awards of the night....

Badger Briefs

JSC Athletics

April 26, 2018

Men’s lacrosse loses on senior night to New England College BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Johnson State College men’s lacrosse team fell to New England College 25-0 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Saturday evening at the University of Vermont. The Badgers drop to 0-9 (0-6 NAC) on the season while t...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O"Leary

April 26, 2018

Heading into the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, the Boston Red Sox were largely overlooked as a legitimate World Series contender. Even the most devoted fans had tempered their expectations after the team’s disappointing playoff performances each of the past two seasons. However, it has taken...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018

The injury bug has hit the Boston Celtics hard as they head into the first round of the 2018 playoffs. With many players on the team out for the foreseeable future, it has allowed other players on the roster to play big minutes. Since Kyrie Irving went down for the season with his injured knee, Terry...

Annual rugby tournament honors former player

Annual rugby tournament honors former player

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018

Every year, the women’s rugby team hosts a tournament to celebrate one of their former players. The annual Alyson Finn Memorial Tournament will take place Saturday, April 28, on the rugby pitch at JSC at noon. A bittersweet celebration dedicated to a founding member of the women’s revived rugby...

Badger Briefs

JSC Athletics

March 29, 2018

Men’s tennis loses in opener to Castleton STOWE, Vt. – The Johnson State College men’s tennis team fell to Castleton University 0-0 in their season opener on Saturday at Topnotch Resort. Doubles The Spartans took all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. The team of Quentin Barthe and J...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Tom O'Leary

March 29, 2018

For Major League Baseball (MLB), spring training represents a period of refreshed optimism for each team regardless of the prior results. It is also a time when each team hopes to address the questions that remain from offseason roster changes, position battles, and lineup construction. Typically,...

The Pat-Down

The Pat-Down

Patrick Bell

March 29, 2018

On the early morning of March 22, sources told ESPN insider Jeff Goodman that Dan Hurley, University of Rhode Island’s men’s basketball coach, was leaving to go to the University of Connecticut on a six-year deal. Being from Rhode Island and living 15 minutes away from the campus of URI, I have...

New triathlon head coach aims to jump-start program

New triathlon head coach aims to jump-start program

Patrick Bell

March 29, 2018

On March 6, JSC announced that they hired Kim Loeffler as the new triathlon head coach, the first in program history. Jamey Ventura, the director of athletics at JSC, notes that the search committee had a hard time with the application process, not because they couldn’t find anyone for the position,...

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

Thomas O’Leary

March 15, 2018

Currently, one of the most incendiary debates in the sports world is whether or not college athletes should be paid. The conversation focuses most acutely on Division I men’s basketball and football players, whose efforts produce revenue in a billion-dollar industry for nearly everyone but themselves....

Lacrosse team in full rebuild mode with new head coach

Lacrosse team in full rebuild mode with new head coach

Photo and story by Patrick Bell

March 15, 2018

The JSC lacrosse season is here with new faces and a new coach, Steven Foote, who coached last year at the College of Southern Maryland. His primary goal is to improve last year’s team, which lost every game. “It’s great here,” he said. “I like the small campus atmosphere. I like the student-athletes...

JSC Athletics

March 15, 2018

Men’s lacrosse loses in opener to Salem State SALEM, MASS. – The Johnson State College men’s lacrosse team fell to Salem State College 21-1 in their season opener Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Badgers slide to 0-1 on the season while the Vikings move to 1-2. 1st Quarter The Viki...

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