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Morehead State's men's golf team finished the 2021 Fall season on the highest note it could. The Eagles won a scorecard playoff with Northern Illinois Tuesday to claim the top team honor at the Xavier Invitational at the Maketewah Country Club.

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Morehead State cross-country participated at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Friday morning.

The event was hosted by Vanderbilt University at Percy Warner Park and featured eleven teams. The men competed in an 8000-meter race, while the women ran a 5k.

Sophomore Kyle Embry, who posted a time of 26:33.9, as well as sophomore Michael Dunagan who finished in 27:09.4, led the men's team.

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Led by a pair of top-five finishes, the Morehead State men's golf team shined in its season opening event at the Eastern Kentucky Intercollegiate this weekend.

The Eagles improved with each round. MSU fired a 284-283-277 -- 844. They topped host, and former OVC rival Eastern Kentucky, by six strokes on the Colonels' home course.

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Morehead State's senior punter Andrew Foster has been named once again on the preseason watch list for the Football Championship Subdivision Punter of the Year, presented by the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native is one of just 20 punters on the initial lists. He was also a finalist on the list prior to the 2020 season.

The FCS Punter of the Year Award winner will be voted on by the FCS Punter of the Year Award/Ray Guy Award Committee and will be announced after regular season play concludes.

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Graduate student Katie Kiolbassa found the back of the net for the first time in her career Sunday at Purdue Fort Wayne, but it wasn't enough to offset three first-half goals by the host Mastodons as Morehead State soccer squad fell to 1-1 on the 2021 season with a 3-1 setback.

"I thought we played much better in the second half, created more chances, and scored a goal," said head coach Warren Lipka. "We simply gave away two goals in the first half. Hats off to Purdue Fort Wayne. They finished their chances."

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Morehead State volleyball's Olivia Lohmeier, Bridget Bessler and Abby Hulsman have been chosen to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference volleyball team, while the defending conference champions have been voted to repeat the feat this fall.

The Eagles garnered 17 first-place votes to handily be the preseason favorites. MSU also led the conference in preseason individual selections.

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Micah Johnson, a standout receiver himself with NFL playing experience and 10+ years collegiate coaching on his resume, has joined the Morehead State staff as the wide receivers coach.

Johnson played three years in the NFL after a standout all-conference career at South Dakota State. He has made coaching stops at Quincy (Ill.), Minnesota-Morris, Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Grinnell (Iowa), as well as two state titles at the high school level.

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Having a solid year on the football field and a solid career in the classroom can indeed earn one a prestigious honor.

Morehead State senior linebacker Cameron Barrett is one of just 54 student-athletes who have earned spots on the 2021 Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He is one of only five selected among the 54 from the Pioneer Football League.

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Sporting 250-plus career victories, four National Tournament appearances and one Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honor, Cayla Petree has been tabbed to head the Morehead State women's basketball program.

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The longest tenured assistant coach for Morehead State men's basketball has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. Jonathan Mattox, who began his Eagle coaching career as graduate manager before rising in the ranks, is the new Associate Head Coach with Preston Spradlin.

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Even with unorthodox competition and practice schedules for many programs, Morehead State student-athletes maintained academic excellence in the spring 2021 semester with a 3.16 department-wide GPA.

Among its student-athletes, 76 achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs during the spring. The football program led the way with 12 perfections, while baseball (10) and softball (9) followed close behind.

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Morehead State head women's basketball coach Greg Todd has resigned his position to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky.

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Morehead State track competed in its final meet before the OVC Championship with a performance in the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Kilani Harvey led the Eagles with a pair of record-breaking runs as she bested her own marks in the 100m and 200m events.

Harvey started the weekend by shaving .11 seconds off her old 100m record with a time of 12.04 seconds before running the 200m in 24.67 to best her old mark of 25.09 in the event.

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Morehead State senior cheerleader Raven Marti is already in a class of her very own. Now she's ready to go out in style in helping lead Morehead State to even more national titles.

The only college athlete to ever win an All-Girl team title, All-Girl Partner Stunt title, Coed Team title, and Coed Partner Stunt title, Marti is looking to leave a lasting legacy on the program known as the #DoanDynasty.

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Trinity Spear is a sophomore outfielder on the Morehead State University softball team, originally from Snellville, Ga., outside of Atlanta. She is new addition to the team as she transferred in from USC Upstate in the Fall.

While being new to the squad, she quickly found herself being an essential player on the team, starting in 29 of 30 games this season. So far she has made an impact in more ways than one.

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Tray Hollowell, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a four-year standout at perennial Southern Conference power Wofford, has chosen Morehead State for his final season of eligibility. Hollowell will graduate transfer and be ready to play for the Eagles in 2021-22.

Hollowell helped Wofford to a pair of postseason appearances in his four years, including winning a game in the NCAA Tournament and going 30-5 in 2018-19.

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Kilani Harvey is a freshman sprinter from Orlando, Fla., on the women's track and field team. Although she is a transfer from Highland Community College (Kan.), the NCAA granted all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, so she isn't a rookie.

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After claiming the program's first Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, Morehead State Volleyball opponent and match information has been released for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

The Eagles matchup with the Creighton Bluejays in an opening-round match slated for 3:30 p.m. ET at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The match features in the upper left quadrant of the 48-team bracket with the winner of the match advancing to face No. 8 overall seed Florida.

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While it wasn't the result the Morehead State men's basketball program had hoped for, the Eagles fought to the finish in a physical battle with West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament first round at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday night.

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Awards keep coming in for the Morehead State men's basketball program. Today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district teams with freshman Johni Broome being named First-Team All-District 18, and Preston Spradlin earning the district's Coach of the Year.

District 18 includes the Ohio Valley Conference.

Broome, the OVC Freshman of the Year, helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010-11 by ranking first among conference freshmen in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

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Trailing 31-3 at new PFL foe Presbyterian Saturday, the Morehead State football team kicked in a different gear. But a second-half rally came up short as the Eagles fell 31-16 to the Blue Hose at Bailey Memorial Stadium in both team's conference opener.

The Eagles got behind 24-3 at the half, but a pair of touchdown connections by junior quarterback Mark Pappas gave the visitors some life. A 50-yard strike to senior transfer receiver BJ Byrd and a 15-yard scoring toss to sophomore slot man Matt Guilfoil, his first career touchdown, accounted for the Eagles' second-half points.

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Morehead State baseball continued its upward trend in 2021 and opened the Ohio Valley Conference portion of the schedule with a 5-2 win over eastern Kentucky at Allen Field Friday afternoon.

The Eagles have now won six of their last seven games, four straight, and evened their record at 6-6. The Colonels slipped to 4-8. Morehead State has now won nine straight home games in the series since 2015.

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Eddie Childress, a member of Morehead State men's basketball's Ohio Valley Conference champion squads in 1982-83 and 1983-84, has passed away. Childress was 60 years old.

Services for Childress will be held at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind., at Noon ET on March 13.

A native of Muncie, Childress attended Muncie South High School before enrolling at Morehead State in 1979-80.

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Freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner recorded four hits, senior designated hitter Arthur Sells notched four RBI and junior third baseman Stephen Hill scored four runs as the Morehead State baseball team won its third straight game Tuesday night, coming out on top 12-9 in a slugfest over Ohio at Allen Field.

Sells opened the Eagle run-fest with a two-run double in the first and closed the night with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. In between, Feltner had a pair of RBI singles, and senior second baseman Bryce Hensor cranked his first home run of the year, a two-run shot.

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Belmont's Grayson Murphy hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but Morehead State hit 13 of 14 free throws in the extra period as the Eagle men's basketball team ended the regular season with an 89-82 victory over the Bruins at Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

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Morehead State's rifle program is the recipient of the 2020-21 Ohio Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award. It is the program's fourth all-time Sportsmanship Award.

Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.

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In what could be dubbed an instant classic, Morehead State men's basketball shook off a huge early deficit and then weathered overtime to edge Austin Peay 75-74 at Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

In overtime, APSU's Terry Taylor missed the back end of a one-and-one with 0.9 seconds to go, the only free throw the Govs missed all day, and Eagle junior guard Skyelar Potter skied for the rebound to seal the victory. Potter led MSU with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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Morehead State's Johni Broome continued to wreak havoc on league opponents this past week, and he has been honored for the fifth time as the OVC Freshman of the Week.

On Saturday, Broome helped the Eagles to their ninth consecutive victory, pouting in 22 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds in a 19-point win at Tennessee Tech.

Broome had 17 points and eight rebounds by halftime and finished with his fourth 20-point effort in his first collegiate campaign.

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Combining to shoot 11-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three, redshirt sophomore Lauren Carter and sophomore Ariel Kirkwood each poured in 17 points to lead Morehead State women's basketball against UT Martin Saturday.

Kirkwood tallied her 17 points behind a career-best shooting performance from behind the arc, draining a career-high three treys on the afternoon. Carter totaled her points off a career-high-tying six field goals, including a season-high-tying two three-pointers. She tallied 13 second-half points, helping Morehead State erase a 21-point second-half deficit.

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For the fourth time in his young career, Morehead State's Johni Broome has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week. He is the first freshman since Ricky Minard in 2000-01 to earn at least four weekly awards for the league's top frosh.

Broome, from Plant City, Fla., was nearly unstoppable in a national TV game at Eastern Illinois Thursday, helping MSU to its largest win ever in Charleston. He was 9-of-11 from the field, scoring a game high 20 points while coming up just one rebound shy of his fourth career double-double.

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