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NAU football defeated South Dakota 22-16 in its home opener on Saturday to move to 2-1 on the season. They have won two in a row, and are currently ranked 24th in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 and 22nd in the FCS Coaches' Poll.

NAU's "Running of the Freshmen" is a festive and fun-filled tradition that takes place at the first home football game. First-year NAU students get the opportunity to lead our football team across the Skydome field before the start of the game. Our nine new basketball players were part of an estimated 2,000 students that participated in the exciting event. (Photo by Cody Bashore)


Severe wind and thunderstorm warnings in the Flagstaff area on Sunday kept us from hiking Mount Humphrey's. So instead of heading north to the highest spot in Arizona, we travelled south to one of the coolest spots in Arizona - Cathedral Rock in Sedona. Not nearly the workout of Humphrey's, but a fun rock-climbing and togetherness experience with stunning views.


Location . . . location . . . location. A phrase commonly used in real estate holds true for Flagstaff and NAU. We are in the midst of some of the most unique and stunning scenery in the world. Just 30 miles south of Flagstaff, the picturesque town of Sedona is the second most-visited destination in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon. Often called "Red Rock Country," Sedona is surrounded by scenic red-rock buttes and monoliths and is centered on the deep canyon of Oak Creek. Sedona is not only known for breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities, but also for arts and culture, shopping, dining, resorts, and spas.


NAU women's basketball opening day is Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 pm against Hawaii. While it will probably be too early for ski season at Flagstaff's Snowbowl, a Sunday morning hike or Jeep tour in Sedona followed by a spa treatment or brunch sounds like a wonderful start to an autumn day. Make the 30-mile drive north along scenic AZ 89A to Flagstaff and you will be in your arena seat well before tip-off. Could an autumn Sunday get any better?!? Only with a Lumberjack win! Join the fun . . . tickets are on sale now.


Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on the best thing she's experienced at NAU so far (besides basketball): "The Grand Canyon hike with my team last spring. Once I saw the Grand Canyon and I saw how huge it was . . . and I saw the signs that said, 'Don't do this in one day because it's impossible' (laughter) . . . and the ranger was telling us not to do it (more laughter) . . . Once we finished, it was the 'worst-but-best' feeling ever. And, just to know that everybody finished, and we had no choice but to finish together."


Our goals for the 2013-2014 season:

Win the Big Sky Championship,

Maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher,

Perform 150 hours of community service.

Freshman Catelyn Preston (Oregon City, OR) keeps tabs on important dates and numbers for our program. Drumroll please . . .

Days until our first day of practice (October 3rd) = 8

Days until our home opener (Hawaii, November 10th) = 45

Days until semester grades are posted = 101

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 134

Hours of community service performed to date = 52


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