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Royals men’s basketball team meets D-I James Madison University for the first time since 1975

Keith Phillips was the head men’s basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the 1970s when Mike Fratello, an assistant coach under Lou Campanelli at nearby Madison College, wandered into the old – and very small – gymnasium in Park View to scout the Royals. “He walked in and said, ‘Where is the place for scouts and the press?’ I told him to take his pick of se ...More

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Royals basketball begins season play with Jess Rheinheimer and the Jones brothers in key roles

Senior Jess Rheinheimer and sophomore twins Maleke and Jerome Jones lead the women’s and men’s basketball teams into the 2015-16 season with the first game ...More

Eastern Mennonite University Men's Basketball 2015

Men and women’s basketball teams gear up for 2014-15 ODAC tourney

Updated February 26, 2015 Winter 2015 held some uncertain moments for the Eastern Mennonite men’s and women’s basketball teams, but both squads are expected to be a force in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, which begins February 27 in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Civic Center. Lady Royals Powerhouse Record Includes Home Winn ...More


Royals dominate final five minutes to beat Randolph, 72-68

The Runnin Royals proved they can win without running Saturday afternoon, closing on a 15-4 run to thump Randolph College at home, 72-68. In a contest ripe with storylines, Eastern Mennonite broke out of a four-way tie to take sole possession of fourth place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). EMU entered the day tied with Randolp ...More


Season Preview: Basketball men have big expectations

The talent is there for something special to happen. And based on the way they ended last year, history also gives a positive nod to the possibility. But EMU men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean says it comes down to one simple thing – chemistry. “We have a lot of good players,” explained the Runnin Royals’ 12th-yea ...More

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Nobel Laureate Gbowee helps EMU graduates to appreciate taking action – and dancing – in the present

Under a postcard-perfect blue sky at Eastern Mennonite University, 467 members of the graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds. “Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your lit ...More


Madison county ‘farm boy’ a force in the ODAC

If David Falk were 6-foot-9, he might be playing on ESPN twice a week for a major-conference team. He might be on Chad Ford’s list of NBA draft prospects or seeing his name on All-American watch lists. But he never grew those last 4 inches. At 6-5, the junior center is making waves at the Division III level for Eastern Mennonite University, an ideal school for an undersized center with ...More

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Andrew Thorne: From succeeding at basketball to wanting to help at-risk boys and girls, like he’s been helped

When Andrew Thorne was fresh from high school and needed a lifeline in August 2009, two weeks before college move-in day, basketball coach Kirby Dean threw him one. Dean first met Thorne when he went to see a game at Skyline High School in Front Royal, Va., during Thorne’s senior year. Dean saw Thorne as a perfect fit for ...More


Men’s Basketball: Reaching their ceiling at the right time

On paper, it looks like the Runnin Royals have their work cut out for them this season.  While they do have to replace three of their top four scorers, Coach Kirby Dean feels he has a deeper basketball team this year. “Our overall numbers are down, but I think we’ll actually play more guys,” said Dean.  “I think 11 or 12 of our guys are going to play minutes, so ...More

EMU men's and women's basketball off to a promising 2012-13 season

Basketball Season Off to Promising Start for Men and Women

EMU Basketball Men Hoping To Catch Another Round Of Lightning Update: After a 79-71 win over Mary Washington University on Dec. 19, the Runnin Royals were 1-2 within the ODAC and 8-4 overall. The team returns to the court after the holiday break on Jan. 5 at Emory & Henry College ...More