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Akron Esports Varsity Rocket League Team Qualifies for Nationals

Akron Esports Varsity Rocket League Team Qualifies for Nationals

By Sala Wier, Copy Editor

April 8, 2019

On March 20, the Akron Zips Esports varsity Rocket League team won the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) Northern Conference Championships. They are the only National Championship team from last season to qualify for nationals again this spring.   Akron’s victory took the team to the NCAA Final Four Fa...

Season Recap: Men’s Basketball Shows Signs of Life in Trying Times

Season Recap: Men’s Basketball Shows Signs of Life in Trying Times

By Tyler Gunter, ZTV Reporter | Sports Report

April 3, 2019

The 2018-2019 Men’s Basketball season was a slight improvement from the last season, but not enough to make the big splash that the Zips have long been hoping for.   Last season, Akron went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in the Mid-American Conference. This season, the Zips ended up 16-15 overall and 8-10...

Football Falls Short During Homecoming

Football Falls Short During Homecoming

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

October 7, 2018

The 2018 Homecoming week concluded with Akron Zips Football team taking a 41-17 loss against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Oct. 6. The game was the start of official Mid-American Conference play for the Zips, which means the Zips will be competing against those within their same conference for the rest o...

Underdogs No More: Zips Secure First Big Ten Victory Since 1894

Underdogs No More: Zips Secure First Big Ten Victory Since 1894

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

September 18, 2018

The Akron Zips football team played Big 10 team Northwestern on Sept. 15, 2018, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. Leading up to the game, several online sources gave predictions that said Akron would lose to the Big 10 team. Most of the time by at least a fifteen to twenty-point difference. Predicti...

Canceled Football Game’s Payment in Limbo

Canceled Football Game’s Payment in Limbo

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

September 12, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 1,  the Akron Zips football team had their first official game against Nebraska canceled due to severe weather; which invokes questions over the contract released the following Monday. After spending $165,000 to get the players, coaches and anyone else involved to Nebraska, according to ...

Kent State Takes Round One

Kent State Takes Round One

By Colin Brennan, Sports Contributor

February 21, 2018

The Zips and the Golden Flashes faced off this past Saturday in Kent, Ohio; the Flashes came out victorious.  The Zips came out looking as good as they have all season, pushing their lead to 13 early in the first few minutes. This lead did not last, as the remainder of the game was a closely bat...

Zips Snap Losing Streak

Zips Snap Losing Streak

By Colin Brennan, Sports Contributor

February 12, 2018

The Akron Zips ended their losing streak upon defeating Central Michigan Saturday afternoon,69-63. Akron is now 11-13 on the season, and  4-8 in the MAC East conference. The Zips provided Coach Groce with the full team effort he has been searching for. Daniel Utomi and Jimond Ivey did what they ...

Rockets Dominate Zips During Weekend Match-Up

Rockets Dominate Zips During Weekend Match-Up

By Colin Brennan, Sports Contributor

February 7, 2018

Akron welcomed the current MAC West leader, Toledo, to the James A. Rhodes Arena on Feb. 3rd. Unfortunately, the Zips losing streak continued as they lost to the Rockets, 77-56 on Saturday. The Toledo Rockets were a familiar foe for John Groce and company, as they dispatched the Zips in Toledo, win...

Five Zips Prepare to Begin MLS Careers

Five Zips Prepare to Begin MLS Careers

By A.J. Fagerlin, Sports Contributor

February 6, 2018

After yet another appearance in the final four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament, Akron soccer continued to display its impressiveness as five Zips players have either been drafted or signed to play in Major League Soccer. For just the second time in the history of the program, a Zip wa...

Broncos Outlast Zips in Wednesday’s Home Loss

Broncos Outlast Zips in Wednesday’s Home Loss

By A.J. Fagerlin, Sports Contributor

January 25, 2018

Despite holding a 26-24 lead at the half, the Akron Zips women’s basketball squad was unable to hold off Western Michigan, with 11 second-half turnovers leading to a 59-51 defeat at James A. Rhodes Arena on Wednesday. After struggling early and beginning the game in a 16-9 hole, the Zips began...

Rockets Blast Off Against Zips in MAC Championship

Rockets Blast Off Against Zips in MAC Championship

By Robert Corts, Sports Contributor

December 3, 2017

The Mid-American Conference Championship game played on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Ford Field was a season rematch between The University of Akron and the University of Toledo. Unfortunately for the Zips, they were unable to beat Toledo during their second encounter this season, causing them to lose the champi...

Zips Claim Wagon Wheel, First MAC East Title Since 2005

Zips Claim Wagon Wheel, First MAC East Title Since 2005

By Robert Corts, Sports Contributor

November 22, 2017

The University of Akron football team walked out of InfoCision Stadium on Tuesday night as the Mid-American Conference East Champions following their 24-14 triumph over school rivals Kent State. Freshman quarterback, Kato Nelson, lead the Zips through the air, completing 6-of-20 passes for 69 yards ...

10 Miles Away, Worlds Apart

10 Miles Away, Worlds Apart

By Robert Barrett, Jr., Copy Editor

November 20, 2017

A rivalry 94 years in the making, on Nov. 21, The University of Akron and Kent State University will renew their football rivalry in the 60th meeting between the two schools. The first contest between Kent and Akron was in 1923, the Zips won 32-0. Since then. there have been a total of 59 games played...

Women Zips Ready to Bounce Back

Women Zips Ready to Bounce Back

By Robert Corts, Sports Contributor

November 20, 2017

The University of Akron Women’s Basketball team, a program that has won the most games in the Mid-American Conference within the last four years, finished last season with an overall record of 9-21 and a Mid-American Conference record of 2-16. In October, the Zips were predicted in the preseason polls to fi...

Young Zips Basketball Team Prep for Season

Young Zips Basketball Team Prep for Season

By Erika Newcome, Sports, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 20, 2017

Under the leadership of Head Coach John Groce, The University of Akron Men’s Basketball team is set to return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 25 as they travel to Dayton to compete against the Flyers at 7 p.m. Coach Groce is a new addition to the team coming in with 85 wins in the MAC conference,...

Quest For the Second Star

Quest For the Second Star

By Robert Corts, Sports Contributor

November 14, 2017

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Selection took place Nov. 13 and it featured the Mid-American Conference champions, The University of Akron Men’s Soccer team. The Zips earned the No. 5 national seed and will host the winner of the Washington and Seattle match in the second-round on Sunday, ...

Zips Volleyball Ends Season in Battles Against Two Top Teams in MAC

Zips Volleyball Ends Season in Battles Against Two Top Teams in MAC

By A.J. Fagerlin, Sports Contributor

November 14, 2017

As they have all season long, the Akron Volleyball team exhibited their incredible heart and fight, competing closely with the best teams that the Mid-American Conference has to offer. The Zips were unable to take a set in their two matches on the weekend against Bowling Green and Miami (OH) but gave t...

Zips Claim 14th MAC Tournament Title in Victory over Western Michigan

Zips Claim 14th MAC Tournament Title in Victory over Western Michigan

By A.J. Fagerlin, Sports Contributor

November 13, 2017

Akron Men’s Soccer entered the MAC Tournament as the second-seed after ending the regular season on an eight-game winning streak. The Zips seem to be peaking at the right time, as they continued to ride the winning wave all the way to the 2017 MAC Tournament title. The Zips opened tournament play on Friday ag...

Men’s Soccer to Compete in MAC Tournament this Weekend

Men’s Soccer to Compete in MAC Tournament this Weekend

By A.J. Fagerlin, Sports Contributor

November 9, 2017

The Zips men’s soccer team enters this weekend’s Mid-American Conference Tournament as the second-seed and will face off against third-seeded SIU Edwardsville on Friday to begin play. The game is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. at the WMU Soccer Complex in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The other semifina...

Buffalo top Zips in championship game

Buffalo top Zips in championship game

By Terry Rabbitts, twr15@zips.uakron.edu

March 13, 2016

Buffalo’s Blake Hamilton shot a dagger through the University of Akron men’s basketball team and all its fans as he buried a three point shot with just 2 ticks left on the clock to give his team a 64-61 victory in the championship game of the Mid-American Conference Saturday night. With the win,...

Buffalo upsets Akron women in MAC tourney

Buffalo upsets Akron women in MAC tourney

By Terry Rabbitts, twr15@zips.uakron.edu

March 11, 2016

The eighth-seeded Buffalo Bulls continue to play basketball at the right time of the year as they upset the fifth-seeded University of Akron women’s baskeball team, 88-87, in semi-final action of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Reserve Lilli Piper led...

Bench Leads Zips to Win over Bobcats

Bench Leads Zips to Win over Bobcats

By Jake Allen, jda47@zips.uakron.edu

February 4, 2016

Freshman guard Josh WIlliams scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Zips to a 80-68 victory over the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday night in Athens. The win improves the Zips to 18-4 on the season and 7-2 in the MAC while the Bobcats fall to 13-8 and 4-5 in the conference. Ohio started the scorin...

Zips hang on to beat Eagles, 75-72

Zips hang on to beat Eagles, 75-72

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 31, 2016

The University of Akron women’s basketball team defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles 75-72 on Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena. The Zips improved to 11-9 on the season and 5-4 in MAC play while Eastern Michigan fell to 13-7 and 4-5 in the MAC. Leading scorer Anita Brown led the game in both points and rebou...

Balanced effort leads Zips to road win against Ball State

Balanced effort leads Zips to road win against Ball State

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 31, 2016

The University of Akron men’s basketball team went on the road and beat Ball State 73-64 on Saturday, as seven Zips’ players scored at least seven points. Senior Reggie McAdams led the way for Akron with 15 points while hauling in a career-high eight rebounds. While the MAC’s leader in 3-pointer...

Bobcats remain undefeated in MAC play by beating Zips

Bobcats remain undefeated in MAC play by beating Zips

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 29, 2016

  The University of Akron women’s basketball team lost to the Ohio Bobcats by a score of 75-55 on Wednesday night in Athens, Ohio. The win improved the Bobcats to 16-3 overall and 8-0 in games against conference opponents while the Zips fell to 10-9 and 4-4 inside the MAC. Senior Anita Brown...

Zips beat MAC leader Northern Illinois, 76-66

Zips beat MAC leader Northern Illinois, 76-66

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 27, 2016

Kwan Cheatham Jr. scored a career high 18 points to lead The University of Akron men’s basketball team to a victory over The Northern Illinois Huskies 76-66. The Zips improve to 16-4 on the season and 5-2 in conference play while the Huskies now carry identical records. Cheatham played per...

Central Michigan beats Zips’ women, 81-60

Central Michigan beats Zips’ women, 81-60

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 24, 2016

The University of Akron women’s basketball team fell to the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday night by a score of 81-60 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Zips’ star guard Anita Brown led the way for both teams with 23 points on the night. Brown kept pace with her season average of 21.9 points p...

Zips defeat RedHawks

Zips defeat RedHawks

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 24, 2016

The Akron Zips men’s basketball team defeated the Miami RedHawks 75-46 on Saturday night at Rhodes Arena. The win improved the Zips to 15-4 overall on the season and 4-2 in MAC conference play. Miami fell to 6-13 on the season and are still looking for their first MAC win after six games. The gam...

Men’s hoops takes down Eastern Michigan, 92-88

Men’s hoops takes down Eastern Michigan, 92-88

By Jacob Allen, Writer

January 19, 2016

The Akron Zips men’s basketball team improved to 14-4 on the season with a 92-88 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Tuesday night at Rhodes Arena in Akron. The win snapped a two game losing streak after road losses to Central Michigan and Toledo. Senior Reggie McAdams led the way ...

Zips win first ever bowl game

Zips win first ever bowl game

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

December 23, 2015

The University of Akron football team won their first FBS bowl game in the history of the program Tuesday afternoon by defeating the Utah State Aggies 23-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game. The game was played at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho before 18,876 fans. Kicker Robert Stein connected...

KO’d in PK’s

KO’d in PK’s

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@Buchtelite.com

December 12, 2015

The University of Akron men’s soccer team saw it outstanding season end against the Stanford Cardinal Friday night. The Cardinal (17-2-3) defeated the Zips 8-7 in penalty kicks after the two teams battled to 0-0 double-overtime draw. The game was the second semi-final of the College Cup at Sporting...

College Cup preview

College Cup preview

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

December 10, 2015

For the first time since they won the NCAA Soccer Championship in 2010, the University of Akron men’s soccer team will return to the College Cup this weekend at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The Zips (18-3-2) take the pitch on Friday against the eighth-seeded Stanford Cardinal at 8:30 p.m....

Barilla notches triple-double in women’s hoop victory over UCF

Barilla notches triple-double in women’s hoop victory over UCF

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

December 5, 2015

Megan Barilla recorded a triple-double and Anita Brown surpassed the 1,000-point plateau as the University of Akron women’s basketball team ran past the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights, 74-54, Saturday afternoon at James A. Rhodes Arena. Barilla scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 10...

Forsythe leads Zips past Marshall in men’s hoops action

Forsythe leads Zips past Marshall in men’s hoops action

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@Buchtelite.com

December 5, 2015

Pat Forsythe scored 20 points for the second consecutive game to lead the University of Akron men’s basketball team to a 75-65 victory on the road over the Marshall Thundering Herd Friday evening. Forsythe and three other players hit double digits in scoring, including Reggie McAdams (14), Noah Robo...

Men’s basketball breaks two-game losing streak

Men’s basketball breaks two-game losing streak

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

November 28, 2015

The University of Akron Men’s basketball team got back on the winning track with a 82-58 victory over the Charleston Southern Buccaneers Friday evening at the James A. Rhodes Arena in their fourth and  final NIT Preseason Tip-off game. Reggie McAdams and Josh Williams each scored 14 points and...

Defense shines in Wagon Wheel victory

Defense shines in Wagon Wheel victory

By Terr Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

November 27, 2015

The University of Akron football defense played its best game of the year as the Zips defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes 20-0 in a Mid-American Conference game and reclaimed the Wagon Wheel Friday afternoon at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. In his last home game as a Zip, Jatavis Brown led...

Solid third period propels women’s hoops to win

Solid third period propels women’s hoops to win

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

November 20, 2015

The University of Akron women’s basketball team used a huge third period to send them to a 76-59 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in the first game of the Akron Classic Friday morning at the James A. Rhodes Arena. Akron (1-1) outscored the Eagles 27-9 in the third stanza to break open a close game....

Fourth seeded men’s soccer enters NCAA Tournament

Fourth seeded men’s soccer enters NCAA Tournament

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@Buchtelite.com

November 16, 2015

The field and bracket for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee. The University of Akron men’s soccer team found out this afternoon that they have earned the fourth seed in the 48 team field today at a during a selection...

Four area colleges team up against cancer

Four area colleges team up against cancer

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

November 11, 2015

This weekend, Kent State University will host the area’s inaugural men’s basketball doubleheader Coaches vs. Cancer event to support the American Cancer Society. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coa...

Zips shut out Mountaineers, 2-0, clinch share of conference title

Zips shut out Mountaineers, 2-0, clinch share of conference title

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

October 28, 2015

A goal from Brad Ruhaak three minutes into the game and a stout defense allowed the University of Akron men’s soccer team to defeat West Virginia, 2-0, Wednesday night in Morgantown, West Virginia. The win gives the Zips at least a share of their 18th Mid-American Conference regular season title The No....

Fenlason saves unbeaten streak for men’s soccer

Fenlason saves unbeaten streak for men’s soccer

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

October 26, 2015

The University of Akron men’s soccer team kept its unbeaten streak alive and extended it to eight games after leaving Kalamazoo, Michigan with a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Western Michigan University on Saturday. Jake Fenlason saved a season-high nine shots, including one in the last 15 ticks of ...

Souto PK’s power No. 5 Zips past Michigan State, 4-1

Souto PK’s power No. 5 Zips past Michigan State, 4-1

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports-editor@buchtelite.com

October 21, 2015

Victor Souto netted the University of Akron’s second hat trick within a week to send the Zips past Michigan State, 4-1, Wednesday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. The Spartans (7-5-2) recorded the first four shots of the game, but could not get one past goalie Jake Fenlason, who...

Zips drop heartbreaker to Ohio, 14-12

By Jacob Allen, jda47@zips.uakron.edu

October 5, 2015

The Zips lost a heartbreaker on Saturday to Mid-American Conference rival Ohio by a final score of 14-12. It was the first game of conference play for both teams. Akron fell to 2-3 overall while the Bobcats improved to 4-1. The big story of this game was defense, which was aided by the bad weather a...

Zips demolish Tigers despite sluggish start

Zips demolish Tigers despite sluggish start

By Jake Allen, jda47@zips.uakron.edu

September 20, 2015

Despite a rocky start, the Zips dominated the Savannah State Tigers 52-9 on Saturday at InfoCision Stadium. Coming in at 0-2 following tough games versus Oklahoma and Pittsburgh, it seemed like the Zips would be able to walk over Savannah State, a team that had lost its previous 22 ball games.  However,...

Panthers rain on Zips’ home opener

Panthers rain on Zips’ home opener

By Parker Smith, pds31@zips.uakron.edu

September 14, 2015

The University of Akron Men’s Football team lost their home opener against the Pitt Panthers, 24-7, in front of rain-soaked 23.425 fans Saturday evening. Pitt was able to avenge last September’s loss to the Zips at Heinz Field, as Qadree Ollison ran for 81 yards and a touchdown. One could have...

Zips overcome early deficit to defeat Saint Louis 3-2

Zips overcome early deficit to defeat Saint Louis 3-2

By Khalil Smith, kns60@zips.uakron.edu

September 13, 2015

After facing a 2-0 deficit, the Akron Men’s Soccer team (4-1-0) rallied to defeat the 14th ranked Saint Louis Billikens. The comeback extends the Zips winning streak to three that included two huge wins over top-ten ranked teams Georgetown (No. 4) and Maryland (No. 6) last weekend. The Billiken...

Zips soccer complete holiday weekend sweep

Zips soccer complete holiday weekend sweep

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports Editor

September 8, 2015

The Akron soccer team (3-1-0) registered top notch victories over No. 4 Georgetown on Friday and No. 6 Maryland yesterday. The Zips now find themselves ranked No. 22 in the latest College Soccer News poll. On Friday, junior Adam Najem found the back of the net at the 62:54 mark of the game and the...