Tuesday Tidbits: final pre-football edition
Since we’re just days away from the start of football season, we’ll start off with a football tidbit. Former EMU linebacker Neal Howey, who many though might make the practice squad, was one of eight players cut by the Seahawks yesterday. I still think he may find his way on to some team’s practice squad as the season progresses and players get injured.
The EMU volleyball team got their season off to a respectable start at the Notre Dame Invitational over the weekend. The Eagles lost their opener to Notre Dame, falling 1-3, but went on to defeat Butler 3-2 and then sweep Idaho 3-0. Tomorrow night, the Eagles will have their one and only non-conference home game, hosting Oakland University at 7 pm at the Convo. Admission is free to students, $5 for a single-game adult ticket, or $20 for a season ticket to all 8 home games. This weekend EMU will travel to the IUPUI Tournament in Indianapolis, where they will play Marshall Saturday morning, Stetson Saturday afternoon, and wrap up against host IUPUI Sunday afternoon. Next Tuesday night they’ll play at Youngstown State.
Three games into the season, the EMU soccer team is having a rough go of things. After tying the season opener at Pittsburgh, the Eagles dropped both their games last week, losing 0-4 at Detroit and 1-2 in double-overtime at IUPUI. This week, the soccer team continues their road play with a game at Butler Friday night and a game at Oakland University Sunday night.
The EMU fall softball schedule was announced last week. The Eagles will host three four-team four-game one-day invitationals, which means they’ll play three home double-headers. One September 24, EMU will host Detroit and then Madonna, on September 25 they’ll host Hillsdale and then Macomb Community College, and on October 2 they’ll again host Hillsdale and then Aquinas. The Eagles will conclude the fall season on Tuesday, October 4, with a game at the University of Michigan.
The EMU men’s track and field team announced 18 newcomers for the 2011-2012 year. We won’t rehash the whole thing here — the press release is quite detailed — but from the caliber of athletes coming in and their events, it seems like head coach John Goodridge has his eyes set on returning the Eagles to their accustomed place atop the MAC. Last spring, EMU was solid in track events, but were simply not competitive in throwing and jumping events, earning just 8 points in those events at the MAC Indoor Championships, and this year’s incoming class appears to be heavy in those areas.
Finally, the men’s and women’s cross country teams start their seasons this Friday. The women, hoping to improve on last season’s fifth-place MAC finish, will be at the Toledo Rocket Open, while the men will kick off their title defense at the Bowling Green Triangular. EMU’s men’s cross country team is one of the school’s most successful athletic programs; last fall they won their 15th MAC team championship, then-sophomore Terefe Ejigu became the 18th EMU runner to win the MAC individual championship, and head coach John Goodridge was named the MAC Head Coach of the Year for the sixth time.