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Unconventional path takes Johnson from walk-on to star

Unconventional path takes Johnson from walk-on to star

February 27, 2014

Sometimes, the best things in life you never see coming.  That was the case with Emerson women’s basketball coach Bill Gould and one breakout sophomore, whom he now counts on as one of the team’s key contributors. According to Gould, when Kelsey Johnson showed up to Emerson’s accepted students...

Emerson alumnus Barboza lands at ESPN Boston

February 27, 2014

As a freshman at Bishop Connolly High School in nearby Fall River, Mass., Scott Barboza ran two weeks’ worth of sprints during the preseason for the school’s freshman basketball team and promptly decided his career in sports was not going to be as a player. This decision came despite his height. At 6-...

Women’s basketball MVP: Kristin Brice

Women’s basketball MVP: Kristin Brice

February 27, 2014

Junior forward Kristin Brice scored nearly double the number of points of any other teammate this season, starting all 25 games and racking up 346 points for an average of 13.8 points per game, which ranked her 10th in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Brice finished ju...

Men’s basketball loses Emerson’s first NEWMAC playoff game at MIT

Men’s basketball loses Emerson’s first  NEWMAC playoff game at MIT

February 27, 2014

One of the most noteworthy seasons in Emerson College athletic history came to a close Wednesday night in Cambridge as coach Jim O’Brien’s blue collar men’s basketball fell in a competitive game against Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 64-56, in an opening round quarterfinal ...

Beacon winter sports awards: For men’s basketball, Goldberg, Thorpe lead the way

February 27, 2014

Emerson’s men’s basketball team (13-12, 6-8) made an unexpected run to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs this season, bolstered by strong offensive plays from forward Jon Goldberg and guard Michael Thorpe.   Jon Goldberg After averaging 7.8 po...

A Skype date with men’s basketball great John Karalis

A Skype date with men’s basketball great John Karalis

February 21, 2014

John Karalis, 40, was the first in a string notable men’s basketball players to graduate from Emerson College during the tenure of longtime coach Hank Smith, who led the team from 1994-2011. Karalis was a four-year starter and a two-year captain, finishing his college career with over 1,500 po...

Chance of a lifetime: Journalism major interns at ESPN Boston, hooks on as Red Sox beat writer

Chance of a lifetime: Journalism major interns at ESPN Boston, hooks on as Red Sox beat writer

February 20, 2014

Most of the 250,000 college students in the Boston area saw the Red Sox’ improbable run to the World series on a television screen, enduring every rant Fox commentator Tim McCarver could rattle off as the team redefined clutch hitting seemingly every game. Senior journalism major Kyle Brasseur ...

Masked crusader takes over NEWMAC

Masked crusader takes over NEWMAC

February 20, 2014

For the past two weeks, a mysterious, masked man has been spotted practicing and playing with the playoff-bound Emerson men’s basketball team.  His teammates have already created several nicknames for the Lions’ on-court hero donning the conspicuous mask — “Captain Bane&r...

East meets west: volleyball welcoming to California kids

East meets west: volleyball welcoming to California kids

February 20, 2014

If the state of Texas is known as the mecca of high school football, then the same can be said about California and its intensive volleyball scene. No state produces more players than the Golden State. Just by looking at the Emerson men’s and women’s volleyball rosters, somebody might think t...

AD search group decides on four finalists, Nance included

AD search group decides on four finalists, Nance included

February 20, 2014

The long process to hire a permanent athletic director at Emerson College has finally entered its final stages. On Feb. 14, an email from Dean of Students Ronald Ludman to athletic staff and team captains announced the four finalists picked by the 12-person Athletic Search Committee, which Ludman chaire...

Lions roar: WPI win highlights historic week

Lions roar: WPI win highlights historic week

February 18, 2014

Emerson’s transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference brought with it fresh challenges that were too much to overcome for the other five team sports that have already made the transition. But a scrappy men’s basketball team led by coach Jim O’Brien...

Gross Gains

Gross Gains

February 13, 2014

When the Emerson men’s volleyball team played nationally ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in the year, sophomore libero Jared Gross had one of the best sequences of his career, according to head coach Ben Read. “We had a missed blocking assignment. Ben [Hillman] went w...