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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

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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

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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

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EMU Basketball Men Hoping To Catch Another Round Of Lightning

EMU men’s basketball Coach Kirby Dean will quickly stop short of directly comparing this year’s team with his 2009-10 team which made the program’s only NCAA Tournament appearance.  But it’s hard not to compare them. In 2009-10, the Runnin Royals returned all five of their starters from a 15-11 campaign and vaulted to the Elite Eight in the national tourney, fini ...More

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Hello, Player Calling

When Kirby Dean first took the men’s basketball coaching job at Eastern Mennonite University in 2003, he didn’t spend much time recruiting transfer players. Nine years later, that hasn’t changed. The difference is that now, transfers are coming to him. Division III EMU will debut at least two and possibly three transfers this season, including power forw ...More

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Royals Control BC, 79-65, Head To Salem

Rivalry games always have a little something special about them, and Tuesday night was no exception when Eastern Mennonite hosted rival Bridgewater in an ODAC Tournament First Round game.  The Runnin Royals scored the 15 in the game, but trailed at halftime before running away with a 79-65 decision. Seventh-seeded EMU heads into the ODAC Quarterfinals where they will play second-seeded ...More

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The One and Only

Courtesy Daily News Record, Jan. 26, 2011 The student body at Eastern Mennonite University is about 45 percent Mennonite. So as the only Mennonite on the school’s most popular athletic team, it isn’t hard to figure out why Owen Longacre is a fan favorite at Yoder Arena. “I stand out a little on the team, obviously,” said Longacre, a junior forward ...More