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Athletic complex set for August

According to Peter Baxter, Wilfrid Laurier’s director of athletics and recreation, the Athletic Complex fitness centre expansion that began in September is on pace to meet its mid-August completion deadline. Despite minor obstructions, the demand for the expansion has been apparent based on the highest traffic ever recorded at Laurier. “The AC should be available for us to take possession […]

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Laurier’s ‘Oustanding’ woman

Olympian and TV personality Kelly Vanderbeek stood in front of nearly 250 people March 21 with one main message. Be bold, use your community and don’t be afraid to fail. At this year’s annual Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) Award luncheon, Vanderbeek delivered the keynote speech on the importance of utilizing the community surrounding people striving for success. This came […]

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A guide to winning your NCAA March Madness bracket

A season where No. 1 ranked team after No. 1 ranked team fell down the rankings ladder, where the underdog upset became a weekly rite of passage and the sentimental statement that, “this year’s NCAA tournament is anyone’s game” becomes repeated ad nauseum, this year’s March Madness has shaped up to be one of the best for not only entertainment, […]

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Female athletes recognized by annual WLU award

All three athletes couldn’t believe it when they got the call last week saying that they were finalists for the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) Award. Carmen Baker from the women’s rugby team, Doreen Bonsu from women’s basketball and Fiona Lester from women’s hockey were announced finalists for OWL, with the winner to be announced March 21 at a luncheon […]

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PowderPuff more than just a tournament

Picking up where it last left off, Laurier Lettermen’s annual PowderPuff invitational tournament continued last weekend after being postponed due to a snowstorm on Feb. 8. And according to Lettermen president, Andrew Barbati, and executive coordinator, Drew Galpin, this year’s PowderPuff season was certainly worth the extra work. “It might only be two weekends of a year, but it’s an […]

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Sports in brief

Sports in brief

Outstanding Women of Laurier finalists announced Women’s rugby captain Carmen Baker, women’s basketball forward Doreen Bonsu and women’s hockey captain Fiona Lester were shortlisted Monday afternoon as finalists for the annual Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) Award. The OWL Award recognizes a female Laurier student who combines athletic and academic achievement while showing commitment to leadership and development of young […]

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Soccer should be about skills, not score

Recently, it was announced that the removal of scores and standings will be mandatory for Ontario youth soccer players under the age of 12, as of 2014. The movement is part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s (CSA) Long-Term Player Development plan (LTPD).  I am not here to explain or justify the program. I am here to explain why the current […]

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Sports in brief

Daniels named OUA West MVP Star Laurier netminder Ryan Daniels was honoured with the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West MVP award, the top goaltender award and was named an OUA first-team all-star last week. This is his third all-star award and second time on the first team — he was named a second-team all-star last year. Laurier head coach Greg […]

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‘Experience’ year for WLU curling

  It was a year of learning for Wilfrid Laurier curling, as both the men and women’s seasons came to an end last weekend. From Feb. 14–18, the Hawks competed at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) curling championships in Guelph. Both teams finished with a 3-3 record through round robin play and did not advance to the semifinals. The men’s […]

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Last rock sinks women’s curling

GUELPH, Ont. — For the first time in three years, the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) women’s curling championship will not see Wilfrid Laurier on the podium. Sunday afternoon featured two games with a lot on the line. The McMaster Marauders (4-1) were playing the undefeated Brock Badgers (5-0) for an opportunity to play a tiebreaker game. Laurier, who had a […]

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