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Iona Athletes recommend their favorite movies

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

An athlete’s life consists of keeping in top shape and practicing their craft to make sure they stay on top of their game, but they also have free time to do what they please. One thing a lot of people are doing nowadays is watching movies or shows on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu,...

Solis’ plans for international glory sidetracked

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

Iona College senior Gerom Solis is one of the many athletes affected by the widespread cancellation of sports worldwide, but in a different way compared to his teammates. Solis has run for the Gaels for all four of his years at Iona, with a plethora of wins and honors under his belt, including first...

Women’s basketball adds six new players

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

Similar to the men’s team, women’s basketball head coach Billi Chambers announced six new additions in a major influx of talent on April 23. Chambers’ additions include Jenae Dublin, Kika Hodge-Carr, Hannah King, Anouschka Meijer, Jessica Rogers and Olivia Vezaldenos. Each and every player...

ESPN documentary gives inside look at Michael Jordan’s career

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

ESPN has aired six episodes of “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s. The documentary follows the story of Michael Jordan from his rookie year in the league to his second retirement from basketball in 1998, as well as showing...

Despite Pitino’s record, he has some big shoes to fill

Gerald Sullivan, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2020

It’s not often that a hall of fame coach is the one with big shoes to fill. Rick Pitino is a former national champion and one of two coaches to bring three different schools to a Final Four. He has coached college basketball giants like Louisville and Kentucky, professional teams in Europe and...

“The Last Dance” provides freshness to an age-old tale

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

“The Last Dance” is a fresh perspective on a tale everyone knows – or thought they did. The long-awaited documentary series kicked off on Sunday with episode one introducing the viewers to the history, the meaning and, of course, the superstar everyone knows: Michael Jordan. It does a great...

Pitino recruits eight newcomers for Gaels

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

Rick Pitino recruited eight new players to the Iona College Gaels on April 16, one month after being brought on. Each and every signing was hand picked by Pitino to create the team he thinks will bring the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship back to the Hynes Athletics Center. The eight...

Athletes make the most of the situation

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

Quarantine has been a hassle for some and a blessing for others. Online video chat applications such as Discord, Skype and Zoom are the main ways of communication and learning available during these times. But for athletes, this isn’t enough. Athletes need to stay in shape, but being confined in...

Aussie athlete thrives through time zone troubles

Frances Hoey, Staff Writer

April 17, 2020

In the midst of these unforeseen circumstances, the switch from traditional college programs to online courses can be daunting for any student. However, when that student is also an international athlete, the challenge gets much more difficult. Gabrielle Toth, a freshman on the Iona women’s cross-country...

The troubles of cancelled leagues

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

The sports organization world has been scrambling and brainstorming how to continue their leagues through the coronavirus pandemic. Leagues from across the nation like the NBA, XFL and NHL, to leagues across the world like the English Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 have been shutting down and cancelling...

NCAA extension creates difficult decision

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

NCAA announced on March 30 that spring-sport college athletes all over the United States will receive an extra year of eligibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” Council chair M. Grace Calhoun,...

Hard work, determination help Rachu lead team

Frances Hoey, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

Hard work and determination have become the headline for Iona Women’s Basketball senior Morgan Rachu’s success. As the Gael’s leading three-point star, it is hard to believe that the Wisconsin native’s basketball career was not always expected to reach this level. Coming out of high school,...

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