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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The Centre for Women in Science hosts simultaneous chess exhibition

On March 13, 2018, the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University hosted a simultaneous chess exhibition at the Science Building Atrium. Woman International Master Natalia Khoudgarian took on 30 students at the same time, playing chess against each student simultaneously. The 30 chess boards were organized in a rectangle in the Atrium and Khoudgarian moved from one […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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The Laurier cricket club continues its growth as the Hawks look to soar at the ACC Nationals

The Wilfrid Laurier University cricket club is on the rise. In the first year of the club’s launch, both the women’s and men’s cricket teams are exceeding expectations. The women’s team took part in the first ever Women’s Cricket Tri-Series hosted by Canadian College Cricket on March 7. The Hawks advanced to the finals of the tournament after getting by […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Laurier graduates Brent Laing and John Morris accomplish their Olympic dream

Competing at the Olympics is every athlete’s dream, and two former Golden Hawks got to live out that dream this past February. Laurier graduates John Morris and Brent Laing represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Laing curled for the Canadian men’s team, while Morris took part in the first ever mixed doubles tournament at the Olympics. While […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·
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Nicole Morrison’s captivating career ends with the Hawks’ playoffs hopes

Nicole Morrison’s legendary career with the Golden Hawks has come to an end. The Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball team’s season had an unfortunate finish with a loss against the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the OUA playoffs last Wednesday. The season’s conclusion not only marked the end of the year for the Hawks, but it also meant that a number of […]

by Pranav Desai· · Basketball, Sports ·
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Hawks beat the odds to win tenth OUA championship

A tenth OUA championship victory was anything but easy for the Wilfrid Laurier women’s curling team. The Golden Hawks overcame the Queen’s Gaels in the finals by a score of 5-3 to take home their sixth OUA title in the last eight years. But you can argue that the Hawks’ biggest challenge came before they even got to the final. […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·
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Hawks meet expectations at Brock Invitational to start the season

Both the men’s and women’s Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk curling teams excelled at the Brock Invitational tournament this past weekend. The men’s and women’s teams picked up three wins each and finished with a respectable 3-1-1 record. The men’s team started the tournament with a 6-6 draw against their cross town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors. They followed that up with […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Laurier graduate Jessica Platt comes out as first openly transgender player in the CWHL

Wilfrid Laurier graduate Jessica Platt, who currently plays as a forward for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), recently came out as transgender. The former Hawk publicly announced her decision to come out through an Instagram post on Jan. 10, 2018. Platt is now the first openly transgender player to ever compete in the CWHL. It’s […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Rick Osborne retires after 15 years of coaching

The Wilfrid Laurier women’s hockey head coach, Rick Osborne, has announced his retirement after an extraordinary 15-year career. Osborne will continue the 2017-18 season behind the Hawks’ bench and will retire at the end of the year. For Osborne, retirement is something that he had been contemplating since the conclusion of last year. “What I was looking for is [that] […]

by Pranav Desai· · Hockey, Sports ·
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Hawks continue hot streak after emphatic 9-0 win against Waterloo

The Wilfrid Laurier men’s hockey team demolished the Waterloo Warriors in another Battle of Waterloo, as they came away with a massive 9-0 win on Thursday, Nov. 30. Laurier has now racked up five straight wins against their rivals down the road. The Hawks dominated from start to finish and put together their best performance of the season. The goals […]

by Pranav Desai· · Hockey, Sports ·
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Fall 2017: Laurier Sports Review

Football   A The Wilfrid Laurier University football team couldn’t quite repeat last year’s success, as they ended up falling in the Yates Cup against Western. Although it was an unfortunate end to a great season, one couldn’t have expected much more from the Hawks. The Western Mustangs were simply the best team in the OUA this year and they even […]

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