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Working hard to put in hard work: Ryan Gehman and why he runs

On a bleak and bitterly cold February afternoon, Ryan Gehman leaves campus for a run, heading south toward one of Harrisonburg’s city parks. Dirty snowbanks line the streets and a stinging wind blasts him in the face. He’s been looking forward to this moment all day. Gehman, a senior kinesiology major, looks forward to running every day. When he’s running, he feels free, happy, at ...More

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Safe at home: Royals baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools. That’s a tough goal, considering the proximity of three recruiting rivals in the Valley: Shenandoah University, ranked 11th in Division III ...More

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EMU men’s volleyball earns another road win in five

Fresh off Friday night’s five-set win at Thiel, the Royals stepped out of conference play 16 hours later and earned another full distance win on the road, taking down Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania. Eastern Mennonite’s volleyball men improve to 11-6 with their second straight five-set win. The Royals coughed up the first ...More

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In choosing EMU, Ygarza sisters share a friendship of on-court memories and off-court successes

In the semi-finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball tournament, junior Alicia Ygarza and her teammates had an extra special fan in the stands among friends and family. Her sister Bianca, a 2014 graduate and a former Royals teammate, was in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center to cheer them on – and support them through a f ...More

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Chappell-Dick takes runner-up finish at NCAA Indoor Championships, Lehman ninth

In a thrilling race on the national stage, EMU’s Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) had a strong finish to grab the silver medal in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. ...More

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Lehman and Chappell-Dick run well at Tufts

Eastern Mennonite sent two women to the Tufts Last Chance Meet Friday in Medford, Mass. And from the looks of it, both are ready for next week’s NCAA National Championship meet. Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluff ...More

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Royals go dancing again, play La Roche in NCAA Tournament

For the third straight year, the Eastern Mennonite basketball women have earned an at-large bid to the NCAA National Tournament. The Royals, 22-4 on the year, will play La Roche College, 22-5, in a pod hosted by Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Saints, with a record of 27-0 and ranked No. 1 in the national poll, will play USA South champion Greensboro College, 24-4, ...More

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Jess Rheinheimer, stellar basketball forward and nursing major, named one of five in nation to Academic First Team

Eastern Mennonite University junior Jess Rheinheimer (Manheim, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) has been named to the ...More

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Royals distance runners set ODAC indoor track records

There are certainly times when getting caught up in the wrong crowd is a bad thing.  But for two EMU track and field women, getting caught up in a crowd of D-I runners produced amazing results, as both junior Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) and freshman  ...More

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Former Royals pitcher Kirk King found a ticket to the Major Leagues with the New York Mets

When Kirk King graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 1997, the longtime baseball player stepped off the pitcher’s mound for good and headed into an Oregon classroom as a middle school math teacher. A few years later, though, he was looking for a change. That’s when he found an unlikely “ticket” to his dream career: working at a marketing company that specialized in teach ...More