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After earning five All-American Scholar recognitions from the Women's Golf Coaches Association earlier this summer, Morehead State women's golf has claimed another recognition for the team's efforts in the classroom, receiving the WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award for the 2019-20 academic year.

Awarded to the top-25 teams in Division I, II, & III and the top-10 teams in the NAIA ranked by cumulative GPA, the Eagles ranked 19th in Division I with a 3.82 team GPA during the 2019-20 academic year, a mark that also led all Morehead State programs in 2019-20.

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Three individuals who combine to own numerous game, season and career records, plus the winningest football head coach in the history of the school, comprise the 2020 Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame class.

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After posting the highest team spring semester (3.91) and 2019-20 academic year (3.82) grade point averages, Morehead State women's golf adds five Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars to the team's list of academic achievements during the 2019-20 season.

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For the 10th and 11th times in program history, a Morehead State golfer has earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors with the selection of redshirt junior Ryan Gillum and junior Joe Muschong by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the 2019-20 season.

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Morehead State Rifle's Alexa Potts has joined elite company. The recently graduated Potts has been named a First-Team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer League in tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor, Jr. was tabbed to the FCS Preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal.

A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to MSU from Kansas, he tackled foes in the backfield 18 times in 2019, a figure which ranks second among the program's best defenders. His sack total reflected 5.5 quarterback takedowns.

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Morehead State Athletics is excited to announce the launch of the Legacy Club, an exclusive membership group geared toward student-athlete alums and former support staff of all eras.

The Legacy Club is a part of The Eagle Family Fund and provides former MSU student athletes the opportunity to maintain a lifelong connection with MSU Athletics.

Alums can become a charter member if they join The Legacy Club in the inaugural year (2020-21) or the first year post-graduation. Membership is only a $100 contribution (or just $8.34 per month).

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Following a freshman campaign that saw her capture three individual top-10 finishes while leading her team to four top-five placements, Morehead State women's golf's MacKenzie Neal garnered postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Despite an unorthodox semester with a majority of academic work from home online, Morehead State student-athletes performed exceptionally admirable for the spring 2020 semester and for the entire 2019-20 academic year.

Fifteen (15) teams had combined team grade point averages at 3.0 or better for the spring, while 13 achieved team GPAs of 3.0 or better for the entire year. Morehead State's overall department GPA was 3.43 for the spring semester and 3.28 for the year.

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Morehead State University recognized the academic excellence of the more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9.

The MSU Spring Commencement Program is online at http://bit.ly/3fIKe8W

Since MSU's Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University invites you to participate in a special ceremony to recognize and honor their achievement later this year.

This event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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Morehead State women's golf alum Sarah Debnekoff certainly knows the concentration it takes to be successful on the course. She also knows now the concentration it takes to help critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debnekoff, who finished her four-year Eagle career in 2017-18, has literally been on the front lines of the pandemic, helping patients breathe. Debnekoff, from Rancho Cordova, Calif, is a respiratory therapist at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

She admits the challenges built up.

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This past week has altered our communities in ways never before experienced. We have transitioned from the security of our routines to uncertainty of what the upcoming days will bring. The NCAA's decision to cancel the postseason for all sports has brought forward a range of emotions to our coaches and athletes. I share their pain, frustration, and sorrow because I see the dedication and commitment they invest in their passion daily.

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After a rookie campaign during which she blocked 82 shots, swiped 48 steals, and averaged over eight rebounds per game, Morehead State Women's Basketball freshman Ariel Kirkwood has been tabbed as the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

The six-foot guard also earned All-OVC Second Team and All-OVC Newcomer honors, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

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With the addition of beach volleyball as a sponsored sport by the Ohio Valley Conference brings with it the opportunity to make history and Morehead State beach volleyball has done just that following the season's opening weekend.

Tuesday afternoon, the conference announced its inaugural Pair of the Week honors as Morehead State's Hannah Keating and Trinity Miller claimed the award after leading the Eagles to an undefeated and unblemished weekend at the Principia College Beach Bash.

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Despite sophomore forward Ellie Jo Johnson recording her first-career double-double and junior gaurd Jazzmyn Elston posting her fourth consecutive double-figure scoring effort, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell to Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky, 64-58, on Saturday evening at McBrayer Arena.

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After setting a program record for flights won (18) in an event at last season's Principia College Beach Bash, Morehead State beach volleyball exceeded that mark this weekend, sweeping each of the four matches played at this season's iteration.

The Eagles (3-0) captured all 20 flights played across four 5-0 decisions with the Eagles taking matches with Principia, Stevenson, Bryant & Stratton College (Ex.), and Park University. Morehead State also captured victories in three extra flights during the weekend to up the team's flight victory total to 23.

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Behind the long ball, Morehead State overpowered Southern Illinois en route to an 11-7 victory Saturday, evening the teams' series at a game apiece. The Eagles (4-5) benefit from a pair of home runs in a five-run eighth inning to put away the Salukis (6-5) in a back-and-forth affair at Allen Field.

Morehead State tallied three total home runs in the game as sophomore pinch hitter Zach Boyd and senior rightfielder Arthur Sells collected their second homers of the season while redshirt junior shortstop Logan Goodnight connected on the first home run of his Morehead State career.

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Morehead State men's basketball was tied with Ohio Valley Conference co-leader Austin Peay midway through the second half, but a surge in the final nine minutes by the host Govs pushed them past the Eagles 67-58 at the Dunn Center Thursday night.

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After leading Morehead State women's golf to its first championship since 2015-16 at the Oyster Shuck Match Play, redshirt junior Bridget Connolly earned Ohio Valley Conference Golfer of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.

"We are very proud of Bridget and are thrilled for her success," said head coach Stephanie Barker. "She works diligently on and off the course and was quite impressive in all her matches."

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For the first time since 2016, Morehead State women's golf claimed victory, sweeping the Oyster Shuck Match Play event Monday and Tuesday.

The team championship is the first for the program since taking the crown at the Murray State Invitational during the 2015-16 season.

Entering the event as the No. 2 overall seed, the Eagles strung together three consecutive victories en route to a team championship.

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For the second consecutive week, Morehead State Women's Basketball's Ariel Kirkwood has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.

The OVC announced the honor on Tuesday morning after the six-foot guard distinguished herself from other league rookies during the previous week by posting back-to-back double-doubles in games against Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. For the week, Kirkwood averaged 11.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, and 2.0 assists.

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Morehead State football bestowed its 2019 postseason awards on seven individuals recently.

The awards include the Phil Simms Offensive MVP (Issiah Aguero), Dave Haverdick Defensive MVP (Vaughn Taylor, Jr.), John Christopher Special Teams MVP (Andrew Foster), Appel Academic Award (Cam Marriott), Mike Gottfried C3 Award (DJ Niculescu) and the Offensive (Mykah Williams) and Defensive (Isaac Armstrong) Scout Team Players of the Year.

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Morehead State Women's Basketball guard Ariel Kirkwood has been tabbed as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.

The six-foot rookie boasted averages of 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks during the Eagles OVC games at SIUE (Feb. 6) and Eastern Illinois (Feb. 8)

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For the first time in program history, Morehead State Rifle has risen to the pinnacle of the Ohio Valley Conference.

After winning the 2019-20 Smallbore title on Saturday, the Eagles claimed the overall championship on Sunday as the teams competed at UT Martin.

Morehead State fired a 2293 in Smallbore and added a 2350 in Air Rifle on the final day for a winning aggregate of 4643. The Air lineup included all women and was a school standard for an all women's squad. MSU upended perennial champion Murray State, which had won four straight, by nine points.

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Playing in its second overtime in as many games, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team suffered a 67-62 setback at Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Lantz Arena.

Facing a six-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, guard Jazzmyn Elston sparked the Eagles' offense as she tallied nine points in the quarter. The junior gave Morehead State a two-point lead at 55-53 on a pull-up jumper with 50 seconds remaining, but the Panther managed to tie it on a layup by Lariah Washington 14 seconds later.

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A former Morehead State Eagle tight end has reached his dream of playing professional football.

Jake Sutherland, who played at Morehead State from 2014-17 with more than 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns, was selected to play for the New York Guardians of the XFL, which starts the 10-game season Feb. 9 against the Tampa Bay Vipers at home in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the same facility the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play their home games in.

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The Ohio Valley Conference will recognize former Morehead State Women's Basketball sharpshooter Kandi (Brown) Parker during the 2020 OVC Championship Tournament as a legend of the league.

The OVC is in its sixth consecutive year honoring its 12-member school's student-athletes that have been successful. During the event set to run from March 4-7 at Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., the OVC will display signage, read P.A. messages, and highlight Parker in a feature in the event's program.

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After leading his team to a pair of league wins this past weekend, Morehead State senior guard Jordan Walker has earned the Ohio Valley Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolade this week.

Walker, the 6-footer from Indianapolis, led MSU to a 90-74 win over Southeast Missouri with 21 points and five rebounds to go along with three assists. Walker hit a trio of three-pointers.

On Saturday, Walker erupted for 17 second-half points and netted 22 overall while also leading the team in rebounds with seven as MSU topped UT Martin 85-77.

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Firing a season-best aggregate score, the Morehead State rifle team defeated visiting Georgia Southern 4,667-4,413 Friday at Button Rifle Range.

The Eagles' total included a 2,354 Air Rifle scorecard and a 2,313 Smallbore score. Senior Alexa Potts paced the team on both guns, notching a 594 in Air and a 581 in the Smallbore range. Her 193 standing total was a team high.

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Sophomore Ellie Jo Johnson scored a career-high 16 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team fell to UT Martin, 82-64, in Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles led the Skyhawks 23-21 through the first quarter as they knocked down 10-of-21 (.476) shots from the field - all of which came from inside the arc.

UT Martin opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run to pull ahead 41-31 at the half on its way to the win.

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