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Despite record-breaking performances on both sides of the ball, Morehead State football (2-6, 1-4 Pioneer Football League) fell to Jacksonville (3-3, 2-1 PFL) 61-49 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

Redshirt-freshman running back Trevor Jones made his presence known from the opening whistle, blowing all of his previous career-highs out of the water.

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Highlighted by five air scores of 580 or better, the Morehead State rifle team narrowly fell at 10th-ranked Mississippi on Saturday. The Eagles dropped the shoulder-to-shoulder match 4,642-4,604.

In air rifle, a trio of freshmen - Karly Potts (586), Sarah Fink (582) and Jesse Moyer (580) - helped the Eagles' cause to a team score of 2,328. Junior Haley Wilson (580) and freshman Alexa Potts (580) also got to the 580-plateau. Junior Dan Hall (579) and sophomore Brandon Bryer (579) were close as well.

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Morehead State volleyball finished with 68 digs and 14 blocks as they topped Southeast Missouri in four sets at Wetherby Gym on Saturday night. The Eagles downed the Redhawks, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-13.

With the win, the Eagles move to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in OVC play. The win also marked head coach Jaime Gordon's 250th at Morehead State.

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The Morehead State rifle team, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Alan Joseph, opens its 2016-17 campaign this weekend with home matches against Virginia Military Institute and Jacksonville State.

MSU entertains VMI at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday in the Button Rifle Ranges, and the match with JSU will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Morehead State is ranked 17th in the nation in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll. The Eagles also finished last season with five athletes named to the Collegiate Rifle Association's Scholastic All-American team.

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Morehead State junior defensive lineman Colt Briggs has been named Pioneer Football League co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Briggs, from Wilmington, Ohio, played a key part in the Eagles' come-from-behind 29-26 win over Valparaiso Saturday. He had 10 total tackles, including four tackles for loss. Briggs also recorded a pair of quarterback hurries.

Briggs, a team co-captain, has 34 total stops in the first five games, including a team-best 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Morehead State continues conference play Saturday at Dayton at 1 p.m. ET.

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In a back-and-forth contest that culminated in a last-minute touchdown score, Morehead State football (2-3, 1-1 Pioneer Football League) defeated Valparaiso (2-3, 1-1 PFL) 29-26 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

"I couldn't be prouder of my team," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "They kept their composure at the end, they showed a lot of poise, and found a way to get it done at the end."

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Freshman Farah Abdulkarim recorded the third-fastest 8K in program history, sophomore Justin Moakler turned in the seventh-best time in school history for the men, and senior Alex Morris paced the women with what would have been the seventh fastest program time as both Eagle cross country teams ran at the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park Saturday.

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Morehead State volleyball utilized stellar defense at the net and a balanced offensive attack to down Murray State in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) at Wetherby Gym on Saturday night.

With the win, the Eagles move to 6-11 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. The Racers (8-8, 3-1) entered the match undefeated in league play at 3-0 and yet to lose a set in the OVC.

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Morehead State made its 2016 football debut at Jayne Stadium on September 10th, resulting in a 17-13 loss to the Keydets of VMI. However, it proved to be an historic night for more than one player in an Eagle uniform.

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Morehead State soccer improved to a 3-2-1 record after a 2-1 defeat of Western Carolina on September 9th.

"(Western Carolina) was a team that played with a lot of heart, a lot of fight," said Eagles' head coach Warren Lipka. "We'll take the win."

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Freshman Farah Abdulkarim finished 22nd out of 228 runners on the men's side, and senior Alex Morris led the Morehead State women Saturday as both cross country teams competed at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

"Both teams raced in the pouring rain, which made the course much more challenging," said head coach Stephen Picucci. "They both ran tough in a very strong field."

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Senior quarterback Austin Gahafer threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns as Morehead State football rolled past Linoln (Pa.) during family weekend, 56-6, Saturday at Jayne Stadium.

With the win, the Eagles improved their record to 1-2 on the young season.

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The Morehead State volleyball team (3-5) defeated Appalachian State (2-5) in five sets on Friday at Wetherby Gym in the first match of the Eagle Challenge.

The Eagles dropped the first set to the Mountaineers, but took the second and third sets. The match was forced into a fifth set after Appalachian State won the fourth, where Morehead State closed out the contest on a 9-2 scoring run. The Eagles won 21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 19-25, 15-11.

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In its second double-overtime contest of the weekend, Morehead State (2-2-1) played Chattanooga (1-3-1) to a 0-0 tie.

"We just fought and played for another 110 minutes," head coach Warren Lipka said. "That's our first shutout of the year, I'm proud of that."

Eagles goalkeeper Caitlynn Mason recorded her third start of the season, where she garnered five saves off 17 Chattanooga shot attempts. She now leads Morehead State with 14 saves on the season, in addition to this afternoon's shutout.

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Morehead State senior slot receiver Jake Raymond became the program's career leader in receptions Saturday night in the season opener at James Madison as the Dukes used a high-powered rushing attack to defeat MSU 80-7 at Bridgeforth Stadium.

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Morehead State volleyball jumped out to a two-set lead, but failed to convert two set points in the third and eventually fell to West Virginia in five sets on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Eagles move to 2-4 on the young season.

"I was pleased with the way we came into the match this morning. We were focused and deliberate with our play," said head coach Jaime Gordon. "We led in most major statistical categories, but let a couple of match point opportunities slip past us."

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The Morehead State cross country teams each fared well in the 2016 season opener Friday night as the program hosted the Eagle Opener 5K races at the former Sunnybrook Golf Course.

The men finished second, highlighted by an overall second-place showing from freshman Farah Abdulkarim. The women came in third place.

Abdulkarim, who enrolled last spring and ran track, crossed the line in 15:46.3, just five ticks behind individual winner Fredrick Kanda of Eastern Kentucky.

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The Morehead State soccer team earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a 2-1 win at Bowling Green on Thursday.

"Great win against a quality team on the road," said head coach Warren Lipka. "I am really proud of how this team has responded after our first two matches."

Freshman goalkeeper Eva Ýr Helgadóttir recorded her first career start, following sophomore Michelle Washburn's 11-save performance at Illinois last week. Helgadóttir notched six saves off 20 shots.

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Morehead State has finalized its 2016-17 men's basketball schedule.

The 30-game slate features 15 home games, highlighted by contests at Johnson Arena against OVC foes Belmont on Jan. 14, Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 21, and Murray State on Feb. 8. The Eagles will travel to ACC member Pittsburgh on Nov. 25, Big Ten member Purdue on Dec. 3, and SEC member Mississippi State on Dec. 22.

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The 2016-17 edition of the Morehead State women's basketball schedule is complete.

Though game times have yet to be finalized, each of the Eagles' 30 regular season opponents have been slated on the calendar.

Morehead State will warm up with an exhibition contest with Transylvania (Ky.) on Nov. 3, but officially tip off the season with the Donna Murphy Classic, beginning Friday, Nov. 11 at Johnson Arena.

"We know it's going to be a very challenging schedule, a very challenging season," said head coach Greg Todd. "We look forward to the challenges."

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Morehead State athletics has announced that it will release a limited-edition Phil Simms bobblehead, presented by Pepsi. Simms, a two-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer, played for Morehead State from 1974-1978, and his No. 12 is retired.

"We are proud to offer the Phil Simms bobblehead for football season ticket holders," said Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs Brad Smith. "We encourage our alumni, fans and families to purchase football season tickets and support our wonderful students."

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Despite a career effort from sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Washburn and a strong showing by the Eagles defense, the Morehead State soccer team fell to Illinois by a score of 2-0.The final goal did not come until the game's 86th minute.

"We had a couple of late chances," head coach Warren Lipka said. "It showed our girls didn't quit."

Washburn did not disappoint after earning the starting nod to kick off the 2016 season. The Georgetown, Ky. native notched a career-high 11 saves after recording just 19 over six games as a freshman.

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Morehead State earned one first-place vote and has been picked sixth in the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The Eagles earned 134 points, just 16 points shy of second-place Southeast Missouri.

Murray State, who won its second OVC Tournament title last year, was picked first and received 18 of the 22 first place votes and 198 points. Southeast Missouri earned 150 points for a second-place finish.

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Morehead State will honor the achievements of former football standout Howard Murphy by retiring his jersey and hosting a dinner in his honor on the weekend of Sept. 9-10.

The dinner, which is free, will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Morehead Conference Center from 5-7 p.m. All former football athletes and their families, especially those from the 1959-62 teams, are invited to attend as well as all community members wishing to share in this event.

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Following the program's best conference finish in the previous 10 seasons, the Morehead State football program continues to be favored as one of the Pioneer Football League's upper echelon teams.

In a poll of the league's head coaches, the Eagles have been tabbed for fourth in 2016.

The Eagles finished 7-4 and 6-2 in the league in 2015, narrowly missing first place and a berth in the FCS playoffs by just one loss. Morehead State returns five primary starters on both sides of the ball. The Preseason PFL Teams will be announced Tuesday.

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When he's not tied up with duties as the Morehead State head football coach, Rob Tenyer does his best to promote a cause close to his heart.

Organ donation.

This fall, for the fourth season in a row, MSU will have a game-day event to promote that effort and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. KODA, as it is known, was formed in 1987 and is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In addition to Kentucky, KODA serves parts of Indiana and West Virginia.

The date for this year's MSU game-day event has not yet been set.

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Former Morehead State women's basketball standout Almesha Jones has signed a contract to play for the Peli-Karhut professional club in Kotka, Finland.

Peli-Karhut competes at the highlest level in the Finnish Championship circuit. Kotka, with a population of 54,525 in 2015, is located in the southeast corner of the country on the Gulf of Finland. It is situated one hour and thirty minutes from the capital of Helsinki. Ironically for Jones, the word Kotka is translated as "Eagle" from Finnish to English.

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He is Morehead State's Man With the Golden Voice.

Actually, a Blue and Golden Voice.

When the 2016-17 school year begins, Chuck Mraz will start his 28th season of play-by-play calls for the MSU football and men's basketball teams.

His work is widely respected in the profession.

In May, he received the East Kentucky Leadership Conference award for Media and Technology. That came on the heels of his third Associated Press play-by-play award, a "Best in State" honor for long newscast and a third-place prize for sports reporting.

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The Morehead State baseball team was held off the scoreboard Friday and bowed out of the 2016 OVC Tournament with a 3-0 setback to top-seeded Southeast Missouri in the afternoon and an 8-0 decision to sixth-seeded Belmont in the nightcap.

The Eagles end their season at 32-27, but despite the losses, the program still finished with 70 wins in the last two seasons.

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Freshman Reid Leonard's single in the bottom of the 12th inning brought home pinch runner Jake Hammon, and the Morehead State baseball team survived two rain delays and more than eight hours of action Wednesday night to defeat Tennessee Tech 3-2 in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.