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National Stage Awaits Top Antelope Athletes

March 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Next weekend has been circled in red for weeks and months on the calendars of GCU athletes in wrestling, swimming, and track and field. National qualifiers will head off to the NCAA Division II championships, in far-off places such as Kearney, Neb., San Antonio and Albuquerque. It doesn’t get any bigger than this, and in the final preparations there is no room for doubt, only determination.

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Slideshow: Antelope Basketball Hits Big with Halftime Show

February 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

With the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the Sol Patrol and artist Erik Wahl performing, halftime at last Saturday’s men’s basketball game was as good as it gets. Wahl’s on-the-fly portrait of Michael Jordan was won by Emilia Smith, who works at Casa de Suenos, an independent-living facility for at-risk youth. The artwork will be displayed at Casa’s group home in central Phoenix.

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Seniors Expect Big Things From ’Lopes Baseball

February 02, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Seniors Tyler Bair and Colin Courtland have a feeling that a breakthrough season is on the way for GCU’s baseball team. The Antelopes are ranked ninth in the West Region and have been picked to finish second among five teams in the Pacific West Conference, behind Dixie State College. They’ll begin to see what they’ve got at 4 p.m. today and Thursday against visiting Arizona Christian University (formerly Southwestern College).

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Wilcox, GCU Wrestlers Aiming Even Higher

December 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

GCU wrestler Todd Wilcox has a record of 10-2 this season, and he says the 2 matters more to him than the 10. “You definitely learn more from your losses,” he says, “and it’s better to lose now than in the postseason. I want the tough competition.”

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Game Time on the Crazy Couch!

November 22, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

“Vertically challenged” people like me struggle watching basketball games. Last Friday at the first men’s basketball game, I had the best seat in the house. Two words: Crazy Couch.

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Bring on the Devils, GCU’s Wrestlers Say

November 09, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

If you’re thinking R.C. LaHaye, GCU’s feisty wrestling coach, is happy just to be swapping holds with ASU, forget about it. When the Antelopes and Sun Devils square off for the fourth time in Saturday’s dual meet in Antelope Gym, know this: He’s in it to win it.

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Black Hole Needs Students to Bring the Crazy

October 29, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Crazies Club held its first rehearsal party Tuesday evening. The club is a cheering group affiliated with the Black Hole, the newly designated student section of seats in Antelope Gym. Club members lead student cheering during sporting events.

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Gold-Medal Wrestler Takes on New Challenges

October 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Olympic gold-medal wrestler Henry Cejudo has his sights set on another gold — and another goal. Now he’s enrolled at GCU, taking three classes on campus and one online, while starting to train for the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Running With the ’Lopes: Fast Times Indeed

October 12, 2010 / by / 3 Comments

Let me tell you what it’s like to be 54 years old and running in a footrace with highly trained college athletes. It’s like riding a bicycle in the Indianapolis 500. It’s like being a cinnamon roll in a health-food store. It’s both a megadose of humility and a profound statement on the irreversibility of the aging process.

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Kenyan Runner Mutai Landed in Lap of GCU

October 08, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

How do you recruit a gifted Kenyan distance runner to come to Phoenix, Arizona? If you’re Kim Sims, you just answer the phone. The GCU cross country coach took a call from Kip Mutai last spring and has been praising the miracle of telecommunications ever since. Mutai, a two-time junior college All-American at Gillette (Wyo.) College, was looking for a school where he could continue his running career.

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