Category: Sports

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Club sport of the week: Quidditch

BY DAVE SCHRACK, SPORTS EDITOR   Quidditch was first introduced in the wizarding world of “Harry Potter.”   Over the last 10 years, however, it has expanded beyond the pages of books and blossomed into an event that holds worldwide…

Baseball Stadium construction group photo. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Spuhler Field renovations enter early innings

by David Schrack, Sports Editor Renovations of Spuhler Field, home to George Mason’s baseball team, began earlier this summer. The renovations are currently focusing on Spuhler Field’s dugouts, which will be completely replaced, Athletic Director Brad Edwards said. “We’re sinking…

Women’s soccer kicks off with home victory

  by David Schrack, Sports Editor The George Mason Patriots defeated the Old Dominion University Monarchs for the first in time in 23 years when the women’s soccer team won their season opener Aug. 19, defeating ODU 2-1 at home….

Running to Rio

by James Stemple Olympians spend years training in hopes of earning a gold medal. On Aug. 20, alumnus and former Patriot cross-country runner David Verburg achieved that dream. “It’s a good feeling, not too many people can say they have…

If not amended, baseball history shouldn’t be denied

If you’re a baseball fan, or spend any significant amount of time around one, you know that baseball is a numbers game. Hits, home runs, RBIs, walks, strikeouts, OBP, ERA, WAR. From basic stats to advanced metrics, numbers allow us…

No place for cheaters in Hall of Fame

Ben Criswell, staff writer The year was 1998. For 37 years, the single season home run mark had remained in the possession of Roger Maris. A seemingly unbreakable record had stood fast for almost four decades, resistant to attempts made by some of the…

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Velez reflects on Mason volleyball career

After five years with Mason’s men’s volleyball team, Paco Velez has seen a lot. He’s been through coaching changes, experienced new play books and seen players come and go. As his last season as a Mason Patriot draws to an end, Velez shared…

What’s to come for Mason basketball?

Ben Criswell, staff writer In Coach Dave Paulsen’s first year at Mason, the Patriots finished with an 11-21 record, 5-13 in conference. This was a slight improvement from the 2015 campaign, when the Patriots ended the season with nine wins. Still, the…

Hey Nationals, this is your year

Ben Criswell, staff writer  2016, this is the year. Sound familiar? On paper, the Washington Nationals’ rotation is as good if not better than any other rotation in baseball. On paper, the team’s lineup is as formidable as their competitors. On…

Sydney Fisher out of the water

Freestyle swimmer and Mason junior, Sydney Fisher, had a successful meet at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships last month, where she defended her title in the 50-yard freestyle; broken her A-10 record; and lowered her team and meet record….