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Basketball Player Maylinn Smith: ‘My Dad Embraced GCU’

February 24, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

Randy Smith, 54, who died unexpectedly three weeks ago, could be heard and seen at the home games of the Antelope women’s basketball team and was a true fan. “Basketball is just a game,” his daughter says, “but to know that he touched people through the game means so much more.”

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Employee’s Company Takes Idea and Runs With It

January 27, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s faculty and staff are doing amazing things every day, taking on the world with a great support system behind them. One such staff member is Military Enrollment Counselor Chris Kirk, who is making the most of a helping hand from a club on campus. Kirk serves as vice president of an innovative new sports memorabilia company called The Fan Post. Together with founder Ken Sandy and director of media relations Brandon Hesterman, they design and sell mini football goal posts and basketball hoops, suitable for games of finger football and basketball.

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GCU Wheelchair Team Set to Take Its Best Shot

January 23, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. James Beggs is looking for a few good roll players. The kind who can really wheel and deal. Ones who won’t just sit there and take it. The esteemed College of Arts and Sciences professor will be prowling the sideline, coaching a team from Banner Health and GCU against the Banner Phoenix Wheelchair Suns during a scrimmage at halftime of Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game at GCU Arena. “Although there is no ‘i’ in ‘team,’ it has occurred to me that there are three ‘i’s’ in ‘annihilation,’” says Beggs, who hopes his squad can avoid that fate.

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GCU’s Athletic Trainers: The Team Behind the Teams

January 20, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If there’s one thing GCU’s head athletic trainer, Geordie Hackett, would want people to know about his staff, it’s that they are a team — just like any of the Antelope sports teams that they work with. “Just because I’m the head trainer doesn’t make me more important than any of the others on my team,” Hackett says. “This is my extended family.” The rest of the team is rounded out by people Hackett feels have great character and are trustworthy. With the 21 men’s and women’s sports teams at GCU, Hackett can’t handle it all on his own — nor would he want to.
The team of seven divides and conquers, with each person taking on sports based on familiarity or special training.

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Carazo, ‘Lopes Wrestlers Begin Championship Quests

December 29, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The unfinished business of an NCAA championship at 174 pounds begins Saturday for Victor Carazo at the annual Grand Canyon Duals, which will bring five of the best teams in Division II to GCU Arena. The fifth-ranked Antelopes have their best team yet under Head Coach R.C. LaHaye.

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26.2 Miles Later, a Feeling of Accomplishment

November 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It is logical to think that there are only two reasons to run: toward something or away from something. But what if there were a third reason? To run for something? GCU’s Eva St. Arnauld, director of student success for the Center for Learning and Advancement and coach of the Antelope dance team, felt there was a third reason and decided that she had something to run for: to inspire others. On Nov. 6, St. Arnauld ran in the New York City Marathon, something that very few people — even avid runners — get the chance to do.

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Slideshow: Canyon Crazies Leader Sees Big Things Ahead

November 14, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

LAS VEGAS — If Jared Bearden has his way, the electric atmosphere inside GCU Arena for the Nov. 5 men’s basketball exhibition game against Arizona State University will be the rule and not the exception. Bearden, a junior, is the president of the Canyon Crazies student fan group, and he says he’s just getting warmed up. “This can go way beyond being a club,” Bearden said Friday at a tailgate party before GCU’s game against the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. “This can be what we stand for. It should be more than just games.

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MyGCU: Caelen Hiller

November 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

After a knee injury sidelined Caelen Hiller, she feared not being able to play volleyball every again. When reconstructive surgery infected her with MRSA, the situation threatened more than her volleyball career. Two years since her month-long stint in the hospital, she has fought back and doesn’t take a single moment on the court for granted. “Every day is a blessing,” she says.

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Arena’s Men’s Basketball Opener Had Sizzle

November 07, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Was that a Suns game on Saturday night? With purple everywhere and a loud crowd of 4,702 including several guests with ties to the local NBA team — Jerry Colangelo, Al McCoy, Dick Van Arsdale and Josh Childress among them — the men’s basketball exhibition game between GCU and Arizona State University had a playoff-type atmosphere. It was the place to be for hoops fans, and the Antelopes hung with the much bigger Sun Devils well into the second half before falling, 89-69.

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Hear the Thunder: ASU vs. GCU Nov. 5

November 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and ASU face off in a cross-town showdown Saturday November 5, 2011. GCU students get pumped up for the first Men’s basketball game in the new arena! Can you Hear the Thunder?

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