Kloosterman still enjoying JMU’s national championship experience

Jonathan Kloosterman

January 10, 2017

It’s been several days since James Madison University’s football team won the school’s second Football Championship Subdivision national championship. But starting JMU junior tight end and 2014 Strasburg graduate Jonathan Kloosterman said the accomplishment still hasn’t hit him.

Seniors play key role in success for Dukes

JMU's Gage Steele (33) makes a tackle against North Dakota State on Dec. 16 in Fargo, North Dakota. Steele is one of 13 seniors who have helped lead the Dukes to the FCS championship game. Courtesy photo/JMU Athletics Communications

January 4, 2017

HARRISONBURG — When asked why James Madison University’s football team has had such a turnaround in the playoffs this season, first-year head coach Mike Houston singles out one group of individuals — the seniors.

JMU football notebook: Dukes happy with preparation for game

James Madison's Khalid Abdullah runs during the FCS national semifinals against North Dakota State on Dec. 16. The Dukes play Youngstown State University on Saturday in the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas. Courtesy photo/JMU Athletics Communications

January 3, 2017

HARRISONBURG — With three weeks in between the semifinals and Saturday’s Football Championship Subdivision championship game in Frisco, Texas, James Madison University head coach Mike Houston said he feels like his team has prepared well for the game.

Year in Review: Highs, lows mark list of local sports storylines in 2016

December 30, 2016

From the highlights – high school student-athletes winning state titles and earning college scholarships, a local team winning the Valley Baseball League and an area college competing for a national championship – to the lowlights – a local athletic program rocked by controversy – the 2016 calendar year was filled local sports storylines.

Physical play of secondary key to JMU quarterfinal win

December 11, 2016

HARRISONBURG — All season James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston has preached for his team to be physical. On Friday night JMU’s secondary was physical and it paid off in a big way.

Defense improving steadily for JMU this season

JMU's Gage Steele looks to make a play during a game against Villanova on Nov. 12. Steele has helped lead JMU's defense, which has only allowed 18.6 points per game since Oct. 29. Courtesy photo/JMU Athletics Communications

December 5, 2016

HARRISONBURG — When James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston first came to Harrisonburg last January he quickly realized that he needed to change the mindset of his defense.