Author: Max Gongaware

Max Gongaware

What am I Even Doing Here?


I want to be clear… this was not my intention. This was not my expectation. What are we even doing here? SportsChannel8? More like SportsChannelElon! I’m about to have a whole row of stories all to myself. On the one hand, I feel a little greedy. Look, I’m not gonna sit here and act… Read more »

The “Schrage Takeover” Game


With his floor general and CAA Rookie of the Year, Hunter McIntosh, having just fouled out, Elon head coach Mike Schrage decided it was time for him to take the game over himself. That’s no easy task for a man who’s confined to the sidelines, but last night, Schrage proved that he knows which strings… Read more »

Phoenix has a Chance to Arrive Tonight


Greetings from the Nation’s Capital (Washington, DC), where the CAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is now underway. There’s a lot to look forward to in the days to come, as this Tournament is taking on a brand new venue and I’m excited to explore every nook and cranny of it. But for right now, I’d like… Read more »

Elon Men's Basketball sings the fight song after a loss to Furman.

Fear the Ellipsis: How Elon is Learning to Win

Articles, Articles

“Yeah…” Ignore the “yeah.” Instead, put an emphasis on the ellipsis after it. The “yeah” is just filler, but the pause after the “yeah………” that’s where Elon’s first-year Basketball Coach Mike Schrage made his point after his team’s home loss to Towson last Thursday night. “Yeah… we just need to learn how to win.” It… Read more »

Thanks For the Memories, Belk Bowl


To be honest, I don’t much care about College Football. But man, covering the Belk Bowl for the past three years has been fun, hasn’t it? In 2017, I got to cover the wild Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M game, one of the highest-scoring Bowl games in recent memory. It was the first time I’d… Read more »

Breaking Elon Basketball’s Loop of Failure


For a long time, Elon Basketball has been stuck in what I call the “Loop of Failure.” A failure to recruit good players leads to a failure to create a culture of winning, leads to a failure to build enthusiasm around the program, which leads right back to a failure to recruit good players. But… Read more »

Just Go!

8itorials, Articles, Opinion

I understand why you’re not here at the CAA Tournament with me: The CAA is a one-bid conference. There aren’t any “brand name” schools that play in the CAA. Even for the mid-major level, there aren’t really brand name schools. Hofstra maybe? College of Charleston? It’s not the CAA it used to be. The CAA with… Read more »

North Charleston Coliseum

Phoenix Ready to Rise into CAA Tourney?

Articles, Articles, Sports

Earlier this week, I wrote about year one at Schar Center (Elon’s brand-new basketball arena). What I did not write much about, however, was Elon’s actual basketball season. The Phoenix collected wins in three of its final four regular season games (including back-to-back dominant road wins over James Madison and Towson) and appears to be… Read more »