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Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Jazzmyn Elston bucketed a career-best 30 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team came up short, 82-75, against league-leading Tennessee Tech at the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday evening.

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After serving in an interim role since April, Jaime Gordon will now assume the full-time position of Director of Athletics at Morehead State. Gordon's appointment is effective February 1.

Gordon, who recently concluded his 17th season as the head coach of the Morehead State Volleyball program, is the winningest coach in the school's history in any sport. He has guided the Eagles to 309 victories since 2003.

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Five Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 postseason all-Pioneer League Teams.

Junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor Jr., and sophomore return man Ian Holder were first-team picks (both players also made the first-team in the PFL's own postseason lists). Junior wide receiver Landon Hurst and senior offensive lineman Josh Poe earned second team nods, while junior Andrew Foster made the third team as a punter.

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The Morehead State Soccer team has been awarded for its performance in the classroom during the fall 2019 semester, receiving the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches.

For a team to be considered for the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA roster.

The Eagles turned in a composite team GPA of 3.5 in the fall.

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Former Morehead State all-star basketball athlete Kenneth Faried has been named to the Lou Henson All-Decade Team as presented by CollegeInsider.com.

The All Decade Team identifies the 40 outstanding players who competed for mid-major college basketball programs between 2010 and 2019. The voting panel consisted of 21 Division I head coaches, four athletic directors and six senior members of the College Insider staff. The Ohio Valley Conference makes up 10 percent of the list as he is one of four players, joining Murray State's Isiah Canaan and Ja Morant and Belmont's Evan Bradds.

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Former Morehead State men's basketball center Kenneth Faried has agreed to terms with the Zhenjiang Guangsha Lions hoops club in China.

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When no other colleges would take a chance on a young golfer, Morehead State's long-time head coach Rex Chaney did, and now 25 years after his career finished, Shawn Armstrong is heading into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Armstrong will be inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with two other Athletic Hall of Fame members, on the night of Oct. 18 at the University's banquet also honoring Alumni Hall of Fame members and the Founder's Award for University Service. All will be honored at the Homecoming football game at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 19.

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Nearly 50 years after he competed, Dave Neely is still among rare company in the history of the Morehead State track and field program.

An accomplished high jumper, Neely is now one of the newest members of the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame and the first-ever field-only athlete be inducted.

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With the opening game of the 2019 season for Morehead State football less than a week away, fans who live outside the region or can't make it to Jayne Stadium have plenty of ways to follow the Eagles this year.

All six home games will once again air live on ESPN+, a subscription package that costs just $4.99 per month and includes a plethora of additional exciting programming. All 12 games will air live on the Eagle Sports Radio Network on WIVY-96.3 FM as well as WMST-1150 AM, and all games can be heard via links on http://MSUEagles.com

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Adam Gage has joined the Morehead State men's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Gage comes to Morehead State by way of the College of Central Florida where he served as a volunteer assistant with the men's basketball team under Head Coach Tim Ryan.

Gage, a native of Beverly Hills, Fla., graduated from Florida Gulf Coast with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2018. In his four years at FGCU, he was a student manager and was a part of two Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title teams and two tournament championship teams.

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Morgan and Lauren Melzer share a special bond. Not only are they sisters, but they both got the opportunity to play college soccer together on the same Morehead State team. Now they are both excelling in their careers post-college - one making positive strides in human healthcare with the other excelling in animal healthcare.

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The Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll is awarded to students who have been eligible during their entire competitive athletic season as well as achieving a minimum 3.25 grade point average during the academic year.

100 student-athletes at Morehead State did just that for the 2018-19 season.

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The Morehead State Soccer program has hired former Nebraska goalkeeper Lauren Smith as a graduate assistant coach.

Smith, who is a native of Glenview, Ill., played four seasons for the Cornhuskers in goal. During that time the Nebraska Soccer program racked up 37 wins and qualified for the NCAA Tournament during her sophomore campaign in 2011. In the classroom, Smith was recognized as Academic All-Big Ten as a junior and senior while also achieving six-time status to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during her four years.

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Two Morehead State women's basketball alums, and former teammates, will be bestowed a prestigious honor this weekend when they are inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Robin (Harmon) Newsome and Irene (Moore) Strong (both of whom played at MSU from 1978-82) are part of the class of 2019 who will be inducted on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown. The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Elizabethtown.

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With the opening of fall camp set to begin this week, the Morehead State football program has added 23 freshmen for its upcoming 2019 season. In addition to the freshmen newcomers, there are nine transfers planning to join the 2019 roster, giving the Eagles 32 new players.

Of the 32 additions, there are 20 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and one kicker.

On the offensive side, the Eagles inked players at wide receiver, tight end, slot receiver, offensive line, quarterback and running back.

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As Morehead State beach volleyball prepares for its fourth season of competition, a new and familiar conference affiliation is on the horizon.

"This is a big day for Morehead State and the Ohio Valley Conference," said interim director of athletics and head coach Jaime Gordon. "Establishing beach volleyball as an OVC Championship sport will have a positive impact on our student-athletes."

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Morehead State senior offensive lineman Josh Poe has been selected as a member of the official 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team.

Poe, a 6-4 lineman who has played guard and tackle, was a mainstay on the front line last season, starting all 11 games. He was named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

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Both Morehead State track and field teams rank among the top academic units in the nation as the men's and women's teams both earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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A Purdue University alum, Morgan DePlanty, ATC, has joined the Morehead State staff as assistant athletic trainer. She will work directly with the women's basketball program.

DePlanty recently earned her Master's Degree in athletic training from Illinois State, where she served as a graduate assistant in the sports medicine department working with the football and softball teams.

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Six Morehead State athletic programs achieved a perfect score in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate reports, while all teams made significant improvements to their multi-year APR totals.

It marks the second consecutive year that six teams have achieved perfect single-year scores.

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While there are still a few weeks remaining for the 2018-19 athletic seasons, Morehead State celebrated the achievements of its student-athletes at the annual awards banquet Monday night.

Fifteen honors were bestowed with a pair of athletes earning two wards each. Awards presented were Penny Wars, Team Community Service, Team Academic, Male and Female Scholars of the Year, Male and Female Breakthrough Performance, Freshman of the Year, Best Male and Female Individual Performance, Mr. and Miss Eagle, Coach of the Year, Best Victory and the Laughlin-Miller Award.

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Morehead State Athletics is excited to host its 2019 Swing into Spring Event that will feature a beach volleyball matchup against Louisville, baseball taking on Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois, and the MSU football team hitting the gridiron for their annual spring game.

Fans are invited to attend all events free of charge and are encouraged to set up tailgating spots in designated areas.

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The Morehead State men's basketball program will host the Eagle Day Camp this summer.

The Eagle Day Camp will take place in Johnson Arena and run from June 10-13 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The price is $65 per camper and will include a camp t-shirt, a picture with head coach Preston Spradlin, and ample opportunities for prizes, autographs, and more.

For more information on registration and payment, please visit http://abcsportscamps.com/msueaglembb

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Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson has accepted the position of Director of Athletics at Lincoln Memorial University.

Hutchinson, who has served as Morehead State's Director of Athletics since 2004, will begin his new role in April.

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After a stellar offensive week, Morehead State senior center-fielder Connor Pauly has been tabbed the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

It is the second weekly award in his career after earning the same honor last year on April 9.

Pauly registered multi-hit games in all five contests last week as the Eagles went 4-1, including a win over Big 12 foe West Virginia and a series sweep against OVC rival Eastern Kentucky.

His prolific production included a .478 batting average (11-for-23), four home runs, 13 RBI, two doubles and 1.087 slugging percentage.

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Morehead State Women's Track & Field junior Caitlin Cunningham's event victory and freshman Dakorria Winstead re-writing the school record book were the main talking points from the Marshall Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Cunningham took home the overall victory in the 3000-meter run, coming home with a time of 9:59.78. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native edged out her closest runner, SIUE's Aly Goff, by a mere six-hundredths of a second. With today's performance, Cunningham moves into third all-time in program history in the 3,000-meter run.

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The Morehead State softball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday in the second day of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament hosted by Kennesaw State at Bailey Park.

The Eagles dropped a 6-2 decision to Chattanooga in the morning game before falling 6-1 to Ohio in a mid-day meeting.

With the losses, Morehead State drops to 0-3 to begin the 2019 season.

CHATTANOOGA 6, MOREHEAD STATE 2

The Mocs broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth as they connected on five of their seven hits, including a three-run home run, to pull ahead 6-2.

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Morehead State Women's Track & Field freshman Dakorria Winstead set an MSU record for the 60-meter dash, timing in at 8.08 seconds at the Thundering Herd Invitational Saturday afternoon.

The Owensboro native's performance surpassed her performance the week previous at the Marshall Women's Classic, where she also set a then-best school record (8.22 seconds) in the same event, alongside junior Maya Andrews, who clocked in with an identical pace.

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Morehead State cheerleading added to its unmatched success this weekend at the UCA National Championships in Orlando as the coed squad won its fourth consecutive title, while the four-person all-girl stunt team also claimed a national championship.

The coed unit won an unprecedented 27th national title since the program began competing in 1988.

The stunt team of Priscilla Thorn, Shelby Snider, Madison Paige, and Raven Marti also rose to the top, winning its first national title.

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In conjunction with National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Morehead State Athletics and the Rowan County Library have partnered for limited edition "One Town One Team" library cards to promote community engagement, literacy and the use of public libraries.

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