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Basketball teams enter new season with confidence

Wolf Pack forward Terry Smith Jr. shoots a runner against Spring Hill College. Both Loyola basketball teams earned NAIA National Tournament births during the 2019-2020 season before the winter sport championships were canceled. File Photo
November 14, 2020

Both Loyola basketball teams ended their 2019-20 season in a heartbreaking fashion when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics canceled their winter sports national championships amid the...

Volleyball coach finds joy drawing Christmas cards

Volleyball coach Jesse Zabal hand draws Christmas cards for friends and family. Art and creativity are an important outlet for her. Courtesy of Jesse Zabal
November 12, 2020

While she earns her living in locker rooms and gymnasiums, Loyola head volleyball coach Jesse Zabal says that art has always been a huge part of how she says, "I love you.""It definitely is a huge part...

How Loyola sports created Olympic athletes, lost its athletics program and gained it back

A  Wolf Pack batter swings at a pitch during the spring of 1991. At the time, baseball was Loyola's only varsity sports team, now Loyola has 16.
October 31, 2020

Hidden in Loyola's athletic history are early Olympic and World Series athletes, a National Championship win and the disbandment of the athletic program following the pinnacle of what Wolf Pack Athletics...

Baseball team aims for NAIA World Series

Baseball player Payton Alexander runs the bases during a game last year before the 2019-2020 baseball season was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexander and his teammates have set high expectations for the Wolf pack baseball team this season after finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2014. Photo courtesy of Kyle Encar
October 29, 2020

The Wolf Pack baseball team is determined to succeed this spring after COVID-19 restrictions put an abrupt halt to last year’s winning season, the program's first since 2014.The team was devastated...

Mayor agrees to start allowing fans at Saints’ home games

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Saints won 30-27. (AP Photo/Butch Dill
October 27, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints will start having fans in the stands for home games after the mayor agreed with the team on a phased plan starting Sunday against Carolina. The plan announced...

Loyola athletics members focus on racial justice

Wolf Pack volleyball players stretch at an early morning practice Oct. 16. Several members of the Loyola athletic department have been appointed to committees designed to champion racial justice in college athletics.  Brendan Heffernan/The Maroon Photo credit: Brendan Heffernan
October 22, 2020

Conversations about racial justice have been had in spaces across the country for the past several months, and the University Sports Complex is no exception.Loyola athletics has several members taking...

International basketball player opts out of fall season

Andrew Stagni shoots a layup while warming up for practice in Loyola’s sports complex Wednesday Sept. 30.  The men's basketball team is starting the season without senior forward Josh Leaney. Photo credit: Will Ingram
October 15, 2020

Josh Leaney, senior basketball player, decided not to return to the United States from Australia this semester over COVID-19 safety concerns, leaving the Wolf Pack without one of their leaders.Leaney said...

Wolf Pack basketball player tests positive for COVID-19

A Wolf Pack basketball player shoots a layup while warming up for practice in Loyola’s sports complex on Wednesday Sept. 30. One of the Wolf Pack's basketball teams went into isolation after a positive case of COVID-19 was announced on Friday of last week. Photo by Will Ingram
October 6, 2020

A member of Loyola's basketball program has been diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing the rest of their team to quarantine. The player was diagnosed with the virus Friday Oct. 2 after practice, according...

Wolf Pack coaches recruit virtually

Wolf Pack head cross country coach Geoff Masanet checks his phone at practice. Loyola coaches have had to recruit entirely virtually this year. Photo credit: Jae Schifano
October 3, 2020

With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, many high schools are not playing sports. In the past, Loyola’s coaches would have spent their time between practices and games attending high school sporting...

Runners change pace for distant and virtual races

Members of the New Orleans chapter of Black Men Run pose for a photo after a morning track practice Sept. 12. Black Men Run is just one runners group in New Orleans who has had to adapt to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Courtesy of Howard Jones.
October 2, 2020

Fewer throngs of running shoes have pounded the pavement since spring, as COVID-19 precautionary restrictions on large gatherings have changed the ways communities of runners train for and run races.It’s...

Wolf Pack volleyball to start conference play in the spring

Wolf Pack volleyball player Dallis Brown poses with her mask on. Loyola's volleyball team had their season postponed to spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic. courtesy of Kyle Encar
September 29, 2020

Loyola's women's volleyball team has season been delayed to spring 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. College coaches work to build winning teams by emphasizing consistency and routine, but for the...

University Sports Complex and Athletic Department reopen

Loyola students social distance while using the USC's basketball courts. Isabella Ramos runs on a treadmill while wearing a disposable mask. Requiring students to bring their own basketballs was one safety precaution the USC implemented this semester. Photo credit: Kadalena Housley
September 26, 2020

When the University Sports Complex reopened in August, visitors were greeted by signs encouraging social distancing and mask wearing, but these were just a few changes the fitness center underwent to operate...

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