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Womens soccer coach Scott Mejia explains a drill at the beginning of practice at Thorson-Lucken Field on Wednesday,
Oct. 14, 2020.

Coaches share their experiences in honor of national coaches day

Stuti Shrestha October 23, 2021

Oct. 6, National Coaches Day, several Augustana coaches reflected on their experience of being a college coach. Football head coach Steve Bell knew he wanted to coach when he was in college.  “My...

Football beats North Park at homecoming game

Football beats North Park at homecoming game

Jannae Mehaffey October 14, 2021

The Augustana football team had their homecoming game this past weekend and beat North Park 17-14. Every team in the conference is competitive so junior Xavier Buckley believes any win against a...

Vikings football falls in spring opener

Nick Gainey April 16, 2021

The Augustana Vikings varsity football team took the field for the first time in 506 days to take on the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans (IWU) at Charles D. Lindberg Stadium on March 27. Despite the...

Football quarantines due to positive COVID-19 tests

Sydney Krueger October 30, 2020

Due to the pandemic, athletics have been presented with new challenges they have not had to deal with in the past. Augustana’s head football coach, Coach Steve Bell, recently tested positive for COVID-19....

Knut Erickson Award winners speak out on how to balance academics with sports

Jannae Mehaffey October 25, 2020

The Knut Erickson Academics Award is an award given to the top male and female student athletes who attend the blanket award ceremony every spring. The athletes who qualify for an academic blanket are...

Activism in athletics: what student-athletes are doing to promote social justice

Anjelica Ortiz October 9, 2020

Ever since the death of George Floyd, people all around the world have been protesting and calling for justice for lives lost at the hands of police. This has sparked outrage among the general public,...

Staying in shape during quarantine

Nick Gainey October 2, 2020

Due to Illinois COVID-19 regulations, many athletes, both in and out of season, lost access to gyms and other practice facilities.  Despite the circumstances, athletes continued to work and improve in...

Senior Alek Jacobs and starting quarterback for the Vikings practices his throws during drills in their practice on Wednesday September 10th, 2020 at Thorson-Lucken Field.

Playing in a pandemic

Margaret Cecilio September 22, 2020

COVID-19 has uprooted the daily lives of all Augie students, and our student athletes are no exception. Last school year, the spring athletes had their seasons cut short and left campus unexpectedly in...

Saints controversy about more than football

Madison Williams January 29, 2019

The Los Angeles Rams received their first Super Bowl bid since moving to the west coast, but this isn’t what made many headlines the day after the NFC Championship game versus the New Orleans Saints.  It...

Augie Talks with Luke Sawicki

Sarah Major October 18, 2018

1. When did you start playing football? “I started in second grade and played pad football, and then I played flag football when I was five or six.” 2. Did you play any other sports? “I grew up playing...

Football team reflects on their 1-9 season and prepares for the future

Madison Williams December 14, 2017

The Augustana football team ended their 2017 season with a 1-9 record, but they aren’t letting these numbers define them. Instead, they are using their record as motivation for improvement for the next...

Augustana Adds eSports

December 14, 2017

Although the NCAA does not officially recognize eSports as a team sport yet, the number of collegiate teams around the nation has grown exponentially over the past few years. After working to get the proper...

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