Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you had a great holiday season/break!
A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:
This article discusses the Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University selecting Han-Sup Han as the new director of forest operations and biomass utilization. This is a newly created position, and I think we can all say that we wish Mr. Han much success! #NAUStrong
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi came out on the 19th. I thought it was a great movie and worth a watch (Disclaimer, I am a Star Wars fan, but not a super fan).
Off Campus Life:
Time to hit the slopes! Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!
If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above
article. You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the
TuneIn app. Go Jacks!!!
The Lumberjacks have bagged themselves a Cougar! Mike Marlow, the former Deputy Athletic Director at WSU (Cougars) was announced as NAU new Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU on Dec. 13th. Much success, Mr. Marlow, we’re all counting on you! #NAUStrong
Men’s Basketball 3-12, (0-2):
The Jacks dropped their first 2 Big Sky Conference games to Montana (69-87) and to Montana State (73-76 in OT). They will hit the road to take on Weber State tonight and Idaho State on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Basketball 3-10, (0-2):
The Lady Jacks dropped their first 2 Big Sky Conference games to Montana (62-70 in OT) and to Montana State (39-81). They will return to Flagstaff to take on Weber State tonight and Idaho State on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!
Swimming and Diving:
The Aqua Jacks won against San Diego on Dec. 16th. Up next, the Aqua Jacks will travel to Tucson to take on the Wilcats on the 5th. Go AquaJacks!!!
Football (7-5, 6-2):
Update: Coach Sours apparently will be staying in the wake of Lisa Campos accepting the Athletic Director position at UT San Antonio.
NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this
season. The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university
and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the
remainder of the season. Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky
history (118 wins (81 Conf. wins) and counting). I remember playing
football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our
practice. We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did
remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never
known an NAU football program without Coach Sours. We wish you the best
Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us. You truly
are a Lumberjack Legend!
Well, that was embarrassing. The Jacks laid an egg in the Skydome in the playoffs, losing to the University of San Diego 10-41. Obviously not the way you want to end a season, but that’s just what happened. Thank you, Jacks for a great season! Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Soccer (9-10-1, 4-6-1):
They came up short (0-1) against Portland State in the Big Sky Championships. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball (13-15, 9-7):
The Lady Jacks lost in the Big Sky Championships to Portland State (1-3) in Sacramento. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!
The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their
rings in Sept. Way to go, Jacks!
The Defending NCAA Champions successfully defended their NCAA National Title (74 pts) this past Saturday. Baxter, Day, Lomong, Trouard and Beamish also earned All-American honors with their performances. Way to go Jacks!!!! We are proud of you!!!! #NAUStrong #GoJacks
Cross Country Director Michael Smith was named National Men’s Coach of the Year! Way to go, Michael!
The Lady Jacks will be off until Feb. 12th when the go to UC Riverside for the Battle at the Rock. Go Jacks!!!
Winter 2017 Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 3-12 (0-2)
Basketball (Women) 3-10 (0-2)
Swimming and Diving –
First Place Finishes (Team) – 4
First Place Finishes (Individual) – 42 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (5), Tonya Kurach (2), Roni Houck (4), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (4), Kimmy Richter (5), Monique King (5), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (2), Sarah Takach (3)).
Fall 2017 Sports Season:
Football – 7-5 (6-2)
Soccer – 9-10-1 (4-6-1)
Volleyball – 13-15 (9-7)
Cross Country (Men’s) – Back-to-Back NCAA National Champions!
1st Place Finishes (Team) – 5
1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 3 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1), Tyler Day (1))
Cross Country (Women’s) –
1st Place Finishes (Team) – 2
Best Finish (Individual) – 3 (Paige Gilchrist (3))
Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic
Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4
Spring Sports Season:
Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)
Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)
Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships
Track and Field:
Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA
Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA
10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA
Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)
Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)
Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships
Fall 2016 Sports Season:
Football – 5-6 (4-6)
Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky
Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4) 2nd Big Sky
Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!
Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky
Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!
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