Author: Matt Merkel

How to be a first-time rugby fan

BY MATT MERKEL SPORTS EDITOR Franciscan University athletics has been a roller coaster of success and failure over the past few years. Lovable bottom-feeders such as the basketball team have teased us with that elusive win for two years, while…

Men’s tennis makes history

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BY MATT MERKEL After only three years at FUS, the men’s tennis team is eligible for the NCAA tournament after beating Penn State Behrend 5-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships. FUS raised their winning plaque and are now…

Sports Column: Lebron James

BY MATT MERKEL Lebron James is the most-followed athlete on the face of the Earth. Everyone had an opinion about him when he was in high school. Everyone wanted to compare his potential to those of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain…

Sports Column: Time to let go

BY MATT MERKEL It was a weird month for me. My childhood hero, Michael Jordan turned 50 years old, and it left me wondering about one of the most amazing legacies on the planet. Unfortunately, he is also a symbol…

Senior caps her swimming career

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BY MATT MERKEL The Lady Barons swimming and diving team has been in top form this season. They currently sit in first place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with a record of 4-3. They are lead by first year…

Calling all triathletes!

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By: Matt Merkel Franciscan University of Steubenville has a new Triathlon Club on campus. Recently begun by Chris Radlicz, a sophomore pre-med/biology student and experienced triathlon participant, the Club is open for students of all different levels of skill and…

Bill Jones: A Baron Legacy

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By: Matt Merkel Franciscan University of Steubenville student Bill Jones received the title Fastest Runner in Ohio when he won the All-Ohio meet on September 29, 2012. Two weeks later, in Oberlin, Ohio, Jones broke the Franciscan record for the…

Men’s Tennis: First Ever Fall Ball

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By: Matt Merkel Franciscan University of Steubenville’s men’s tennis team recently finished its four-week fall season. This short series of matches counts toward the Baron’s spring tennis season. The men will get 20 weeks a season to split between the…