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Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics currently supports 31 varsity sports in the Big Ten.

In the fall, the athletic program boasts the perennial-power women’s volleyball program with legendary coach Russ Rose and the team’s seven national titles. The women’s soccer team recently claimed its first NCAA Championship in 2015, while the field hockey program, led by hall of fame coach Char Morett-Curtiss, annually contends for conference and national recognition. The men’s soccer team hopes to get back to its success during a reign of three Big Ten Tournament titles and 32 NCAA tournament appearances.

Enthusiastic Pat Chambers has the men’s basketball team playing a scrappy and exciting brand of basketball, while Coquese Washington’s Lady Lions hope to recapture their glory years of winning conference championships and making runs in the NCAA Tournament. The wrestling team remains in position to repeat as national champions, and the men’s hockey team tries to reach new heights coming off its first Big Ten Championship in 2017.

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3 10 Questions With Sam Palser

They spend hours upon hours underwater and usually wear the intoxicating aroma of chlorine. Having shared a bathroom with a swimmer for most of my life, I can say without question that swimmers are a unique species. I caught up with one of my favorites, Penn State’s Sam Palser, before she competes in this weekend’s NCAA Championships. SPOILER ALERT: She loves chips and salsa.

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2 Onward State’s March Madness Picks

That magical time is upon us again as two of the best days in the sports calendar are hours away from beginning. Hopefully you have your brackets filled out and are ready for the madness to get underway. Below some Onward State staff members share some of their picks, overall outlook on the tournament, and what would happened if Pat Chambers fought mascots.

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0 Baseball Season Tickets On Sale This Week

If you long for the smell of the fresh cut grass and the sound of the crack (ping? for a metal bat) of the bat on the baseball diamond, then Penn State has a hell of a deal for students. Student season tickets for this year’s Penn State Nittany Lion baseball team are now on sale and can be purchased this week in the HUB (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and are only $20 for all 22 home games.

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0 Penn State Falls to Indiana in Big Ten Tournament

For a half it looked promising. Penn State, despite rarely having a lead, went into halftime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse trailing only by six points, 38-32. Tim Frazier was on fire with nineteen points, and there was reason for optimism as both teams headed to halftime. The second half was a different story as Indiana (25-7) went on to defeat Penn State (12-20) by a score of 75-58.

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0 Penn State Basketball Has Best Days Ahead

Coming into 2012 season, the expectations for Penn State basketball team were at an all-time low. Their top four scorers, including the leading scorer in school history, Talor Battle, had graduated. Their head coach had bolted the program for Navy, and a new coach, Patrick Chambers, was brought in. The roster was filled with underclassmen and only one returning starter. These players would be thrown out to play with the sharks of the best basketball conference in the country, the Big Ten. “It’ll be a miracle if they win one conference game,” thought many fans.

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0 Penn State Can’t Keep Up With Purdue

Penn State couldn’t repeat their 65-45 victory over Purdue from January 5, as they fell 80-56 last night to Purdue in West Lafayette. The Nittany Lions trailed only 37-32 at the half, but Purdue 5th-year senior Robbie Hummel finished with 26 points and Purdue shot 57% to pull away from Penn State early in the second half.

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0 Lady Lions Earn Several Postseason Awards

To further cap off an impressive regular season for the Penn State Lady Lions’ basketball team, Head Coach Coquese Washington was selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both her coaching peers and the media. Additionally, junior guard Alex Bentley and sophomore guard Maggie Lucas were both named first team All-Big Ten.

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0 10 Questions With Gymnast Sharaya Musser

Sharaya Musser is having a tremendous season for the Penn State women’s gymnastics team. Musser has taken first place in the all-around competition in all seven meets this year. She has also won four Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors this season. Her ability to perform well on all four individual events has helped Penn State earn the No. 10 ranking, as well as five victories in seven meets. Onward State got a chance to speak with Musser about her season, gymnastics and even dinosaurs.

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0 Lady Lions Get Huge Win Against Purdue 74-63

Led by 28 points from Maggie Lucas, the Penn State women’s basketball team got one of its biggest wins of the season on Thursday night against Purdue 74-63. The win moves the Lady Lions one step closer to a Big Ten regular season title. Next up for Penn State is a crucial game against Ohio State on Monday.

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