The Berkeley Beacon

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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A Skype date with men's basketball great John Karalis

John Karalis, 40, was the first in a string notable men’s basketball players to graduate from Emerson College during the tenure of longtime coach Hank Smith, who led the team from 1994-2011. Karalis was a four-year starter and a two-year captain, finishing his college career with over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He became the first Emerson athlete to play professionally, briefly continuing his basketball career overseas in Greece.

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Lions roar: WPI win highlights historic week

Emerson’s transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference brought with it fresh challenges that were too much to overcome for the other five team sports that have already made the transition. But a scrappy men’s basketball team led by coach Jim O’Brien has overcome the odds this winter, following a December upset of then-No. 1 Amherst College with another monumental week to begin February.

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Gross Gains

When the Emerson men’s volleyball team played nationally ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in the year, sophomore libero Jared Gross had one of the best sequences of his career, according to head coach Ben Read.

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Emerson sports roundup: Jan. 30 - Feb. 6

A roundup of Emerson's athletic teams from the past week.

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Against stiffer competition, men's basketball begins to adjust

The Emerson men’s basketball team is now fully immersed as a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest in all of Division 3. WPI is currently the third-ranked team in the country, as rated by D3hoops.com, and in 2012, MIT made it to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.

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Gould leads from his post

A veteran of women's basketball programs like Boston College, Stonehill and Bentley, post specialist Bill Gould has brought an expert eye as Emerson's longtime women's basketball coach.

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Boston's Jim O'Brien

When a sports fan hears the name “Jim O’Brien, Boston basketball coach,” it conjures memories of the former Rick Pitino assistant who went on to coach the Boston Celtics squads on surprising playoff runs in the early 2000s. But Boston’s real Jim O’Brien is the one who sits in a subterranean office two floors below the Piano Row entrance, contemplating the rest of his third season as Emerson men’s basketball coach

Search committee to review AD candidates

A 12-member search committee assigned to fill Emerson's athletic director vacancy will meet on Jan. 30 to pare down what Dean of Students Ronald Ludman said is a list of over 90 applicants to become the college's new permanent AD

Men’s volleyball starts off with back-to-back wins

The Emerson men’s volleyball team won its first two games in a dominant fashion, beating Lesley University and Newbury College.

Emerson Sports Roundup: Jan. 23-29

The week in Emerson men's basketball, women's basketball and men's volleyball games.

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400th win just a number to O'Brien

Although tracking total career wins may be important to other head coaches, Jim O’Brien said he wasn’t even aware that he was pursuing career win No. 400 when the men's basketball team hosted Wheaton College eight days ago on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Emerson Sports Roundup: Jan. 16-22

After leading by eight points at the break, Emerson was able to withstand a late rally from the visiting Lyons (7-7, 2-3) and go above the .500 mark in conference.

Pinckney academically ineligible to play

After playing the third-most minutes on the team in the Lions’ landmark win over the Jeffs, and participating in the remaining fall semester practices, Pinckney was named academically ineligible after fall grades were tallied.

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Carbone faces likely season-ending injury

During a routine game of five-on-five in practice last week, Carbone was driving to the basket and collided in mid-air with a teammate, landed awkwardly, and screamed in pain.

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Athletic Department innovates with QR codes

A posting on the official Emerson athletics website on Dec. 18 announced that as of Jan. 4, all game-day programs are accessible on phones, tablets, and laptops via QR codes.