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Permalink 01/25/09 , CSN Diary, CSN Columns

CSN Diary: Ivy League 2008 Review

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

If the Ivy League chose to participate in the postseason, Brown’s win to close the year would have given the Bears a trip to the FCS playoffs, while Harvard, who defeated their hated rival Yale in the 125th edition of “The Game", would have sat at home nervously waiting to see if they had secured an at-large selection to the playoff field.

But that’s not how it’s done in the Ancient Eight. Instead, the final games of the regular season at end of the year determine the Ivy League champions - their final chance to compete for their team on the gridiron. Brown and Harvard ended the 2008 season as winners of their final games - and Ivy co-champions.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Week Six: UST Pulling Away, 4-Way Logjam for Second

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

Week Six of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season was packed full, with 15 games over three days. League leader St. Thomas won three times, all on the road, to remain unblemished. They are the last unbeaten team in Division III and are likely to assume the top spot in the national polls. Augsburg won twice to vault into second place, setting up a showdown with UST this coming Wednesday. Bethel won its three games on the week, and there were many games with dramatic finishes.

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CSN So South: With Playoff Spot on the Horizon, Big South Made Progress in 2008

floated rightBy Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist

Still youthful as a football league, the Big South is focused on developing a stronger reputation on the gridiron as it moves toward an automatic playoff bid in a couple of years. While there were disappointments this past season, the conference did make strides.

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MIAC Profiles of Excellence: Bre Bian, Concordia College

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

For many students, college is primarily an academic endeavor; they go to classes, study hard, and keep their focus on the classroom. For Bre Bian, her time at Concordia College has included balancing her role on the Cobbers’ hockey program with work, volunteering in various programs in the community and handling a demanding academic schedule. She has also found time to run a few half-marathons and her first marathon.

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MIAC Men's Basketball, Week Five: Collision at the Top

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

As the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nears the midpoint of the conference season, St. Thomas remains the lone unbeaten team, holding a two and a half game lead over Carleton and Gustavus. Carleton and St. Olaf each won twice during the week. Individually, Zach Johnson of Carleton crossed the 1,750-point barrier for his career, and Tim Madson reached the 1,500-point plateau at Bethel.

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MIAC Profiles of Excellence: Tim Madson, Bethel University

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

A season-ending leg injury at the beginning of their freshman year leads more than a few college athletes to stop competing at the varsity level. Many who do return to the playing field see their performance, speed and agility diminished from the injury. Tim Madson suffered a season-ending injury in a preseason scrimmage his first year at Bethel University yet he bounced back to become one of the dominant basketball players in the MIAC as well as one of the all-time scoring leaders in Bethel history.

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Permalink 01/13/09 , CSN Diary, CSN Columns

CSN Diary: Northeast Conference 2008 Review

floated rightby Charles Burton, CSN Senior Columnist

For the second straight year, it was the Great Danes of Albany who would bowl over the rest of their opposition in the NEC to play in their second straight “Gridiron Classic” - the postseason bowl game between the Pioneer Football Conference champion and the NEC champion. Unlike the disappointing season-ending defeat to Dayton in 2007, however, the Great Danes left no doubt as to which conference reigns supreme in 2008.

Their dominating 28-0 victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins was a fitting end to a challenging 8-3 season - and has Albany looking forward to 2009 for even bigger fish to catch.

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