Pranav Desai

Pranav Desai

Pranav is an avid sports fan who also enjoys writing. Now in his second year as Sports Editor for The Cord, he is aiming to make the sports section better than ever. His ideal career would involve sports in some way, and he hopes that the Cord can help him reach that goal in the future.

Articles by Pranav Desai

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Men’s basketball team recruits five new Golden Hawks

The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s basketball team have added five new recruits for the 2018-19 season. Head coach Justin Serresse will work with two new guards and three new forwards going into his third year with the Hawks. “We wanted to have one player at each position and we somewhat did it. I’m happy with that because knowing that we’re […]

by Pranav Desai· · Basketball, More Sports, Sports ·
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Laurier athletics announces the class of 2018 for Golden Hawk Hall of Fame

Nine new athletes will officially be inducted into the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawk Hall of Fame on Sept. 28 at the Tannery Event Centre, located in Kitchener. The inductees, featuring one builder, two teams and six athletes, will forever become a part of Laurier history. The six athletes include swimmer David Hughes, women’s soccer player Ali McKee, women’s volleyball […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·
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Editorial: Opportunities abound if you take a look around

The one piece of advice that I constantly received in high school from friends and teachers was to get involved in extracurricular activities. Even when I said that I wasn’t interested in any of the clubs at my high school, I was always told that it’s better to get involved in something since it’ll look good on my resume and […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Opinion ·
Sports in brief: An update on Waterloo athletics

Sports in brief: An update on Waterloo athletics

Kitchener Rangers player deals with racism on the ice  Kitchener Rangers winger Givani Smith was suspended for the Rangers’ final two games of the season at the beginning of May due to an obscene gesture made by the Toronto native in a game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  Smith, who is one of the few black players in the […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·
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Kelly Paton hired as new head coach and manager of Laurier women’s hockey

The Wilfrid Laurier University women’s hockey team has a new head coach. On May 11, 2018, the Laurier Department of Athletics announced the hiring of Kelly Paton as the new head coach and manager of women’s hockey operations. Paton coached the Western Mustangs for the past two seasons and led the Hawks’ rivals to a U-Sports silver medal in 2017. […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Golden Hawk defence represents at Canadian Football League draft

The annual Canadian Football League draft took place on May 3, 2018 in Toronto and as usual, Wilfrid Laurier University was very well represented. There were three Golden Hawks selected among the 69 players taken during the draft. The first Laurier player to come off the board was defensive back Godfrey Onyeka, as he was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
Taking a look at the top moments of the year in sports

Taking a look at the top moments of the year in sports

Sports Editor Pranav Desai looks at the best moments from Laurier athletics in 2017-18 Women's Curling It was a great end to the year for Laurier athletics as the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s curling team took home their tenth OUA championship to cap off a great year. Beating some tough teams on their title run, the Hawks proved that their […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Bettina Boucher receives a one year suspension for violating doping regulations

Wilfrid Laurier University’s middle-distance and cross-country runner Bettina Boucher has been handed a one-year suspension for violating doping regulations. On March 28, 2018, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced that there was ephedrine, a stimulant that can boost a runner’s capabilities, found in Boucher’s urine in January after a tournament in Windsor. Although the use of a […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Hawks end successful season with an impressive showing at the Nationals

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s curling team were looking to add a fifth national title to their collection as they competed at the U-Sports National Curling Championships from March 24 to March 28 in Leduc, Alberta. The team consisted of Kaitlin Jewer at skip, Riley Sandham at vice, Kelly Middaugh at second, Bridget Ribeau at lead and Susanna Wright […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
Hawks fall behind at U-Sports National Curling Championships

Hawks fall behind at U-Sports National Curling Championships

Wilfrid Laurier University began day three of the U-Sports National Curling Championships against the red hot Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The WolfPack had a 3-1 record going into the game, coming off of three consecutive wins after losing their opener. The game started off as a back-and-forth affair, as both teams exchanged one-point leads. However, things started going downhill for the […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·