Carol and Clarence Casazza sit in the stands before a game between Ball State and Belmont in the WNIT Tournament March 16 at Worthen Arena. Amber Pietz, DN
Carol and Clarence Casazza sit in the stands before a game between Ball State and Belmont in the WNIT Tournament March 16 at Worthen Arena. Amber Pietz, DN

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“As you come through the curtain, it's fun to come out and hear the roar of the crowd,” Casazza said. “It is kind of like being on the team, I guess it is how [the players] come out onto the floor with the crowd cheering for them. When we come down the hallway, they're not cheering for us, but you kind of get into the feeling of a big crowd and a lot of fans supporting the same team and that's kind of exciting.”

Gymnastics 3/19/2023, 6:58pm

Henry wins vault, Cardinals finish second at MAC Championships

Ball State tied its fifth-best score in program history and tied its best finish at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship since 2002 with a score of 196.325 to finish second March 18 at host Kent State. It is the seventh runner-up finish in program history for the Cardinals and the first since 2016. 

Men's Tennis 3/19/2023, 6:20pm

Ball State earns first win of MAC campaign over Northern Illinois

After Ball State men’s tennis dropped their opening Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup against Western Michigan Friday, head coach Bill Richards had one message for his team: “How you come back from a loss really defines you as a player, defines you as a coach, defines you as a team,” Richards said. Sunday, the Cardinals (9-6, 1-2 MAC) responded with a 5-2 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies (11-4, 3-1 MAC). Coming in, the team knew what was at stake after their 0-2 start. 

Delaware County High School Boys Basketball 3/19/2023, 11:17am

Delta, Wapahani fall in semi-state

Even though the two Delaware County teams came up short, they both had successful seasons. Before this year, Wapahani had never even won a regional. The Raiders were also the Delaware County Tournament champions. 

Softball 3/18/2023, 6:34pm

Cardinals split away series against Kent State

In the first game, the Cardinals fell 4-3 after the Golden Flashes hit a walk-off double. As a team, the Cardinals (11-12, 1-1 MAC) only had five hits. But the second game was a much different story as they launched a season high of 16 hits to win 15-9.  

Hoosier Hysteria 3/18/2023, 10:00am

JOSLIN: Hoosier Hysteria’s impact on my life

On a cold Saturday night in March 2017, I stood in line alongside others waiting to get inside a beige brick building. You would think it’s just an old, uninteresting building; however, it is the gym of my high school, New Castle High School. And on this day, it was the location of the high school basketball sectional championship game, and our hometown New Castle Trojans had a chance to win and continue our hopes for a state championship.

Men's Tennis 3/17/2023, 4:52pm

Ball State drops to 0-2 in MAC play after loss versus Western Michigan

The MAC men’s tennis championship runs through Western Michigan (7-6, 3-0). They’ve won four consecutive regular season championships, with their only loss during that time coming to the Cardinals last year. Ball State (8-6, 0-2) had opportunities to win certain points, but the championship pedigree of the Broncos came through. 

Men's Volleyball 3/15/2023, 10:56pm

Cardinals bring out the brooms as they sweep rival Ohio State

On a night when Ball State was honoring the 50-year anniversary of Munciana Volleyball Club, the Cardinals (12-7, 5-2 MIVA) reinforced Muncie’s reputation as a national hub for volleyball by capitalizing on the Buckeyes (11-9, 4-3 MIVA) 15 total errors and allowing 36 kills to their 41 en route to the win. 

Indianapolis Colts Offseason 3/15/2023, 5:00pm

MASSEY: The Colts have an opportunity to rebuild this offseason

As the NFL offseason comes upon us, there have been a lot of questions as to how the Indianapolis Colts should go about their offseason. The Colts finished this season with a 4-12-1 record, a massive downfall from when they finished 11-5 just two years ago. It seems the team is on track to bring out the tools to start the full-scale rebuild in the near future, however, there is a chance Indianapolis could return to playoff contention in one offseason. 

Women's Golf 3/15/2023, 10:26am

Ball State finishes 11th at the Spring Break Shootout

Ball State finished 11th out of 16 teams in the Spring Break Shootout at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Florida. The Ball State’s five-person lineup consisted of junior Kiah Parrott, freshman Sarah Gallagher, freshman Jasmine Driscoll, freshman Madelin Boyd and sophomore Payton Bennett. 

Men's Basketball 3/14/2023, 1:37pm

COBB: Reflecting on the 2022-23 Men’s Basketball season

In March 2022, the Cardinals were defeated in the MAC tournament, and a few weeks later, head coach Michael Lewis was hired after previous head coach James Whitford was fired. Lewis was able to return four players, who all made a significant impact on the team's success. Three of them were from the NCAA’s transfer portal, all sophomores: All-MAC Second Team member Payton Sparks (13.3 ppg, 8.7 rebs), All-MAC Third Team member Jaylin Sellers (13.7 ppg, 45 percent 3PT), and Basheer Jihad (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rebs). 

3/13/2023, 7:00am

Ball State Softball wins one, loses three in Liberty Flames Classic

After splitting a mid-week series with East Tennessee State (4-16), Ball State Softball went 1-3 in the Liberty Flames Classic. The Cardinals (10-11) fell to Liberty (13-9), No. 23 Maryland (19-4) and split two games with Sacred Heart (7-8). A game was supposed to be played March 12 against Fairfield (3-9), however, it was canceled.