Winter 2016

"I still have that competitive blood."

When Bev Ball’s friends join the 85-year-old swim coach at a restaurant in Abilene, Texas, they know what to expect: She will run into someone she’s gotten to know – or coached – over six decades spent by the local pools.

Seeing it through

Chaz Davis lost his sight after one cross country season.But he couldn’t give up on running, and his team didn’t give up on him.

Those Magic Moments

In honor of the 45th anniversary of Title IX, a celebration of the 45 top shots, serves, scores and final seconds in NCAA women’s championships.

Bruins finish perfect season

For only the eighth time in NCAA men’s water polo history, a team completed a perfect season. When the University of California, Los Angeles, defeated the University of Southern California, 10-7, on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles, the Bruins capped a 30-0 season and extended their overall winning streak to 33 games.

Wheeling Jesuit wins first national championship

The Wheeling Jesuit University women’s volleyball program had been on the cusp of a championship for nearly half a decade. After reaching the NCAA tournament quarterfinals or semifinals for four consecutive seasons, the Cardinals finally broke through this year.

Grand Valley State wins fifth title since 2009

Even amid Grand Valley State University’s recent success – winning four NCAA Division II national titles since 2009 – coach Jeff Hosler treats every season as its own journey.

Adams State tops rivals for national championship

In the preseason, Adams State University boasted the No. 1-ranked men’s cross country team in the nation. But it was the women’s team that brought home the national championship for the Grizzlies at the Nov. 21 Division II Cross Country Championships in Joplin, Missouri.

Explosive offense gives Pfeiffer national title

All season long, Pfeiffer University’s offense fueled its success. Junior forward Nathan Regis, who led the nation in goals with 32, was the catalyst for the potent attack. Regis tallied two goals in the championship match of the Division II men’s soccer tournament, and the Falcons captured a 4-0 win.

Colorado Mines finally reaches the finish line

The Orediggers brought home the first national championship in the school’s 127-year athletics history.

Northwest Missouri State wins in front of record crowd

More than 16,000 people flocked to Kansas City’s Sporting Park to watch the Bearcats roll to a 34-7 victory.

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