The global coronavirus pandemic has a tight grip on the sports world and shows no signs ofabating. Sports across the globe have grinded to a sudden halt, including North Alabama athletics.
Imagine moving across the world to follow a dream that you have. This can be a scary and daunting task for many. However, this did not scare freshman Cedric Otten from chasing his goals on the green.
Quin: The men’s and women’s teams both made the ASUN tournament in back-to-back seasons. The men lost to Stetson on the road while the women won their first ever ASUN tournament in school history at home against Stetson. How do you see the men’s and women’s teams doing in the 2020-21 season?
On Jan. 29, North Alabama welcomed new wide receiver coach Tyler Rice from UT-Martin. Rice takes over for Austin Tucker who found a new home at Florida State University.
Head coach Chris Willis and defensive coordinator Steadman Campbell reel in back to back double digit recruiting classes in their first two seasons of Division-I. Only 13 seniors leaving the program from the 2019 season meant only a few positions were of need in the off-season.
Missy Tiber, the head women’s basketball coach at UNA, has accolades that can line the walls for years to come. One accolade, however, outshines the rest and required five years of perseverance and a lifetime of hope. What Tiber accomplished in the summer of 2018 is a feat that will last a l…
Quin: In January of 2020, the Houston Astros were hit with a five million dollar fine while also forfeiting their first and second round draft picks for the 2020 and 2021 drafts. Many are asking if this punishment is enough for the stealing of signs or if the Astros should have to forfeit e…
Florence high school star athlete, Dee Beckwith, commits to the Jeremy Pruitt led Tennesse Volunteers from Knoxville, Tenn. Beckwith, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound player signed with the team on National Signing Day, Feb. 5.
It’s late at night in Cypress, Tex., but that has little effect on a warrior’s preparation. Reminiscent of a young Michael Jordan in “Space Jam,” Cy-Fair High School’s Olivia Noah is shooting a basketball late at night to work on her skills as a shooter.
Its hard to imagine that anyone enjoys waking up to red alarm clock numbers, regardless of the time. Picture the screeching, all too familiar beeps jarring you awake at 4:45 a.m. One of three of the University of North Alabama senior cheer captains, Olivia LeVert, begins her days this way.
With a steady gaze, Megan Garst looks ahead. The senior is a pitcher on the University of North Alabama’s softball team and is no stranger to focusing on what is in front of her. In the game she is indomitable. In this moment, however, she is not in the circle, but looking toward her future.
Coach Tony Pujol and company are closing in on the final games of the 2019-2020 basketball season. The Lions currently sit at fourth in the ASUN behind a three-way tie between Liberty, North Florida and Stetson respectively.
The North Alabama men’s golf team is about to begin the spring half of their 2019-2020 season. When looking back on the beginning of the season, the team performed well finishing around the middle of the pack in two of their four invitationals along with a second-place finish at their own in…
The 2020-2021 UNA baseball team has a dozen new sign-ons. They hail from all over the country, and for a reason. The search for talent includes a pool of hundreds, but narrows down to a select few when certain parameters are taken into account. The importance of picking a good team is not ju…
Muscle Shoals High School three-star safety, Javar Strong, recently committed to the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Strong, a senior native from Cherokee, Ala., signed his letter of intent on Dec. 18, 2019, along with teammates Logan Smothers and Jackson Bratton.
The University of North Alabama cross country team competed in the ASUN conference meet on November 2 in Florida where they were ready to see where they matched up with the rest of the conference.
In the season opening 128-26 win for the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team, a new look amount of depth controlled every aspect of the game giving head coach Missy Tiber her 100th career win.
A year ago, North Alabama guard Jamari Blackmon became a fresh arrival to the men’s basketball team with a start to a new portion of his playing career. After going through his first year, one thing was certain that Blackmon could score. But in year two, the goal is to become the best all-ar…
The Lions look to open up year two of Division-I play with another strong showing. The Lions held host to their first ever ASUN tournament home game. The team looks to turn it up a notch and fire into season two at full speed.
Ivy and Emma Wallen, have been playing basketball together since a young age and it eventually led them here, to the North Alabama women’s basketball team. Both 5’7 guards came out of Lauderdale County high school with an intent to sign and play with each other at the next level.
Head Coach Bob White is in his second season as the head coach of the Lions volleyball team. He came from Palm Beach Atlantic University which is a Division-II program. While head coach of the Sailfish for 13 years he led the program to an impressive six straight regional tournaments, two tr…
The UNA Lions baseball team is heading into year two of Division-I play with a 16-38 record under its belt. UNA ended last season with four straight losses, three against Lipscomb and one from SEC powerhouse Auburn.
In one year’s time since their first Division-I season, the North Alabama Lions’ football team has undergone some major changes. Just like any sporting team, you lose seniors and injuries occur but the Lions have dealt with multiple areas that have them currently at 2-4 during their bye week.
On Sept. 14, the University of North Alabama continued their in-state rivalry with Alabama A&M. In a tale of two halves, the Lions lost 31-24 after scoring only 6 points in the second half and blowing an 18-0 halftime lead. What occurred in the days following the loss was something that …
On Saturday night the University of North Alabama Lions took on the Presbyterian Blue Hose in their first Big South Conference game. The Lions entered the game looking to improve in areas they have struggled with up to this point in the season.
Head coach Missy Tiber of the University of North Alabama women’s basketball team received a contract extension on Tuesday, Sept. 10, that keeps her at UNA through the 2024 season. Tiber received the extension 58 days before the start of the 2019-2020 season.
When North Alabama women’s soccer player Shelby Wall first stepped on campus as a freshman in 2016, she was a young player just looking for her opportunity to learn as a player and increase her self-confidence in her ability to play on a college level. Fast-forward to 2019, and the senior ha…
At The University of North Alabama, students, faculty and alumni carry with them the title of being a “lion.” Many students take this title seriously, but Chase Cummins and Andrew “Andy” Farish go above and beyond in their lives to truly become a lion. The UNA family know Cummins and Farish …
Saturday night Braly Stadium was filled with over 12,000 fans to watch the UNA Lions take on an old rival in Alabama A&M for the first time at home since 1996. The Lions lost 31-24 to the Bulldogs in their second home game of the year after leading 18-0 at the half leaving a feeling of d…
As every UNA runner crossed the finish line, roars from the crowd could be heard the loudest as for the first time since 2007, the University of North Alabama held a home cross country meet.
“I’ve always said, ‘Let’s play all Power 5 games,’” Nick Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low during a press conference on Aug. 9. “I was in the NFL where we played all the games against NFL teams. But let’s play at least 10 Power 5 games. It would be better for the fans, and I think you wouldn’t hav…
The men’s and women’s cross country units opened their seasons with high finishes as both units finish third in the respective runs during the JSU Struts Invitational.
During the North Alabama women’s soccer team’s first official home game weekend, the team split their opening pair of home games on Friday and Sunday with a 3-0 win against Jacksonville State and a loss in the final seconds against Chattanooga.
On a Thursday filled with excitement for the first home football game of the year, the North Alabama Lions football team sent fans home happy and left the competition proving a point heard loud and clear following a 26-17 win over heavily favored Western Illinois.
The University of North Alabama Volleyball team is set to begin the new season after a rough transition to the Athletic Sun conference last year.
After finishing its first season in Division I with a 7-3 record, including a 4-1 record at home last season, the North Alabama football team will play its first full season with an FCS conference schedule after its move to the Big South conference. The Lions only play two opponents they fac…
Following an impressive year in both Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, both groups will look to improve and compete at the highest level not only against the competition but amongst themselves.
North Alabama’s start-up Division I program a season ago made their first year memorable as they tore up competition all the way to the ASUN postseason tournament. What can the women’s soccer team do even better in year two?
Over halfway done with the season, the Lions softball team has taken full advantage of their first Division I year with a 15-10 record out of the 41-game schedule. The Lions started their season on a blazing 5-0 record with wins over UAB, Alcorn State and Samford before suffering their first…
The Lions football program is gearing up for another Division I season ahead of them. With the majority of their defense gone, they have holes to fill. The Lions will play 11 games this upcoming season after a great 7-3 start in their inaugural year.
In the final game of the year for the UNA women’s basketball team, the Lions come up just short to North Texas by a score of 53-56 in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.
Twenty-three games into their first Division-I season, the Lions have a dismal 4-19 record with their only wins coming against Jacksonville State, UT Martin, Butler and Alabama State. The Lions have only played two home games throughout the season thus far.
Kendall Stafford’s career at UNA has ended but during his time playing basketball for the Lions he accomplished more than enough to add to a well-established family legacy.
The North Alabama women’s basketball season ended abruptly with a 55-53 loss to No. 5 seed North Florida in the Lions first ever Division-I ASUN tournament appearance. The Lions close out the year with a (19-8) overall record and a (10-6) conference record.
The North Alabama lions were picked eighth in the preseason ASUN conference by ASUN coaches around the league. They gained 14 votes to place them inside the top eight and right above New Jersey Institute of Technology.
In its first year as a Division I program, the women’s basketball team clinched a spot in the ASUN conference tournament Feb. 9 after beating the North Florida Ospreys 77-62. The Lions have a (17-3) overall record and an (8-2) conference record in the ASUN with both losses coming from top-se…