Hilltop Homecoming: Leblebijian returns to Peoria

Goodbyes are hard. The simple act of saying goodbye to a person or, in this instance, a place, and not knowing when or if you’ll return is difficult for most people. Some never get the chance to go back, some do. Former Bradley shortstop Jason Leblebijian got the chance to come back. Leblebijian returned to Dozer Park in Peoria this week, over two years since last taking the field in a Bradley uniform. However, instead of Bradley’s home white jersey, Leblebijian donned the black jersey […]

Softball wins record-setting thirteenth MVC game

Softball wins record-setting thirteenth MVC game

If it feels like Bradley’s softball team just played its home opener a few weeks ago, that’d be because they did. The team opened its 2014 home schedule with a series win over the Loyola Ramblers April 4 and 5. Exactly three weeks later, the team’s seniors said goodbye to their home fans with a three-game set against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Laura Bradley Park. The series started with a pitcher’s duel. Bradley dropped the first game in the series 2-1 after UNI’s Jamie […]

Baseball swept at Evansville, falls to UIC at Dozer

Baseball swept at Evansville, falls to UIC at Dozer

Coming down the final stretch of the year, the Braves have seven games left and face a harsh uphill climb. Of those seven remaining games, the Braves face tough challenges as six are against the third and sixth place teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. The sixth place team is the Wichita State Shockers, whom the Braves face this weekend in a three-game series. Even though the Shockers were picked as the preseason favorite to win the MVC, Coach Elvis Dominguez attributed this to the […]

Player of the year Lemek thankful for family, friends

Children form the craziest dreams when they are young, and Bradley’s Danielle Lemek is well on her way to fulfilling her childhood dreams. Lemek’s dreams are to play on the LPGA Tour, and her résumé looks promising after just two years at Bradley.  She holds the record for most wins in a career at Bradley with six and the lowest 54-hole total with a 212. She also holds the Missouri Valley Conference Golf Championship’s 54-hole record with a 212.  Lemek broke the MVC season stroke […]

Men’s golf third in MVC tournament

Bradley’s men’s golf teed off at the Missouri Valley Conference Golf Championship en route to its best finish since 1986. Bradley was projected to finish fifth in the tournament, but the Braves came out strong and finished third as a team with three of the five competitors finishing in the top 20. The team shot its best round in the MVC Tournament with a second round score of 291, despite having to finish the round the next morning due to lightning. “Once we got past […]

Bradley tennis winless in MVC tourney

Following dismal seasons for both teams, the men’s and women’s tennis teams ended their seasons with losses in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The teams traveled to the Gregory Street tennis courts at Illinois State University on April 25 to compete in the MVC tournament. Both teams suffered the same result at the hands of two different teams. ISU handed the men’s squad a 4-0 loss and the women fell victim to a similar 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Southern Illinois Salukis. The […]

One-on-One: Who will be picked first in the NFL Draft?

Jadeveon Clowney The 2014 draft class presents one of the deepest quarterback and wide receiver classes of recent memory. Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles headline the quarterback class, while Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans represent the wide receivers. However, the first overall pick of this draft isn’t a quarterback or a wide receiver. He’s not even on the offensive side of the ball. It’s going to be Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina, who is one of the greatest athletes that football has ever seen. […]

One chapter’s end marks the beginning of another

Here at the Scout, the past few weeks have been full of goodbyes and the realization that a new staff is coming into the office. But the lovely staff in the sports section isn’t going anywhere, so the tears and emotional graduation columns will have to wait another year. There are, however, a few things we must say goodbye to: the 2013-2014 Bradley athletics year and one irreplaceable sports communication professor. Let’s start with what happened outside the classroom. It’s been an eventful year in […]

Braves land ESPN top 100 recruit

History was made on the Hilltop this past week as men’s basketball coach Geno Ford did something no other Bradley coach has done in the past three decades: sign a top 100 recruit. On April 30, Bradley received the National Letter of Intent from four-star recruit Josh Cunningham. Cunningham is no stranger to the Hilltop as he won two Illinois state titles with his high school team Morgan Park of Chicago. In high school, Cunningham averaged 21.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Ford said […]

Two Bradley students experience the Super Bowl

For the first time in Super Bowl history, the biggest event in American sports is in a state neighboring Illinois. Two Bradley students are taking advantage of this opportunity in a big way. Imagine getting to escort two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison around town or ordering infamous sports broadcaster Al Michaels’ lunch. This is reality for two senior sports communication majors, Josh Koebert and Zach Keesee. “Since we were on a time crunch [Harrison] said ‘you have to be my bad guy if anyone […]