Monday, March 8, 2010

SXU Men's and Women's Basketball head to CCAC championship tournaments

By Mark Siefert

Welcome back to the Cougar Den!

What a weekend we just had. Saint Xavier's basketball programs pulled off a enormous feat that few universities have accomplished. Two CCAC conference tournament championships in one day? That is unbelievable! With a thrilling seven point win for the women over Olivet Nazarene University and the men’s ESPN instant classic game against Robert Morris University, both teams will head to the National Tournament.

Coach Bob Hallberg’s women’s team
has been playing better than anyone all year and they are an obvious no. 1 seed. Hopefully, they can keep that momentum heading into Jackson, TN and roll into the championship game. The women haven’t made it to the final four so anything less would be a disappointment for this year’s team.

The SXU men are the hottest team in the conference, pulling off two upsets in order to gain their trip to Kansas City. The men were playing for their lives as a loss against the 6-time straight conference tournament champion Robert Morris University would have meant the end of the season.

As a Cougar athletics fan, I am ecstatic to see both teams in the tournament and hope they’ll bring some hardware back to SXU.

On another note, the SXU community will have the opportunity to listen to former Negro League players speak this Friday as part of the Squeaky Wheel lecture series. Jim Coates, Leslie Heaphy and Larry Lester will discuss the historic baseball players that helped integrate America’s national pastime. “A League to Remember: The Negro National League” is free and open to the public, and all are invited to see the role Chicago played in this black baseball league’s success.

Anyone who enjoys baseball or wants to understand the impact Chicago had on the American Sports scene should attend. I think this is a great lecture being put on by SXU and it is great to see them honor the Negro League players.

Stay classy, Cougars, and support SXU athletics.

Mark Siefert is a senior social science major from Crest Hill. He is a member of the baseball team. Consideration for the student bloggers is provided by Saint Xavier University.

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