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Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter

Ethan Howick is a first-year communications major at the University of North Florida. Ethan has a passion for sports journalism with hopes of becoming a journalist and/or broadcaster for a sports media company someday. During his free time, Ethan enjoys spending time with his family and attending many sporting events with friends.

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Former UNF guard Chaz Lanier commits to Tennessee

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 24, 2024

Former UNF guard Chaz Lanier, one of the nation's top transfer portal targets, has announced that he will transfer to the University of Tennessee, according to a social media post.  Lanier averaged...

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Hurricane Season 2024: What UNF students need to know

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 24, 2024

Being a Floridian means dealing with hurricane season and while the dates of hurricane season always remain the same, the outlook, preparation, and predictions change yearly.  This year is no different....

The UNF Softball team

Walk-off home run ends Softball’s quest for first ASUN title

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 15, 2024

The UNF softball team made a valiant run in the ASUN tournament but came up short in the championship game, losing 7-6 to FGCU in extra innings on Saturday.  The Ospreys earned the second seed in the...

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ASUN conference moving headquarters to Jacksonville in fall of 2024

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 8, 2024

The Atlantic Sun Conference announced Wednesday that the league would be moving its headquarters from Atlanta, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida, in the fall of 2024.  Founded in 1978, the ASUN currently...

UNFs Beach Volleyball team celebrated its first program win in the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships against the No. 17 Chattanooga.

Men’s Tennis, Beach Volleyball win ASUN titles and make postseason play

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 6, 2024

Two University of North Florida sports teams, Men’s Tennis and Beach Volleyball, won ASUN tournament titles and competed in postseason play last week.  On April 21, the UNF men’s tennis team defeated...

UNF struggled in the first game and suffered a loss, but bounced back in the second with a stellar offensive performance. (Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics)

Softball makes a statement, hands top-ranked EKU their first series loss

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter May 2, 2024

In a matchup between the ASUN’s top two teams, the University of North Florida softball team defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels last weekend by winning two out of three games at the UNF Softball...

UNF second baseman Aidan Sweatt (3) congratulates fellow infielder Isaiah Byars (8) following an inning against the Florida Gators.

Two homers not enough for struggling UNF Baseball pitchers in loss at FSU

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter April 26, 2024

The University of North Florida baseball team dropped a midweek matchup at Florida State University on Tuesday, losing 10-2 to the #10 ranked Seminoles.  Despite UNF’s early lead, the Seminoles’...

Allison Benning achieved her 18th victory of the season in the Ospreys win over Central Arkansas

Softball drops tight series to FGCU at home

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter April 15, 2024

The University of North Florida softball team lost a weekend series to Florida Gulf Coast, losing two out of three games at the UNF Softball Complex.  FGCU used a three-run fifth inning to get the...

Baseball (Tristan Larrabee)

Pitching, timely hitting leads UNF to bounce-back series win over EKU

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter April 9, 2024

The UNF baseball team defeated Eastern Kentucky over the weekend, winning two of three series games at Harmon Stadium. Despite the early lead, the Ospreys didn’t score after the second inning and...

Softball overpowered in midweek clash with UCF Knights

Softball overpowered in midweek clash with UCF Knights

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter April 4, 2024

The UNF softball team dropped a midweek doubleheader to the UCF Knights on a Tuesday evening in Orlando.  A seven-run inning by UCF was the key difference in the first game and the Ospreys lost 11-4....

Softball held hitless in finale, drops first ASUN series to Queens

Softball held hitless in finale, drops first ASUN series to Queens

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter April 1, 2024

The UNF softball team dropped their first ASUN series of the season, losing two out of three games to Queens (N.C.) in Charlotte.  The Ospreys came up short on Friday, losing the first series game...

By the numbers: Inside UNF softball’s 12-game winning streak

By the numbers: Inside UNF softball’s 12-game winning streak

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter March 28, 2024

The UNF softball team is on a major hot streak. Having won twelve games in a row, the Ospreys are tied for first in the ASUN with a 6-0 record.  UNF is in the top five in the ASUN in all major statistical...

UNF catcher Dallen Leach takes his lead off of third base on Tuesday’s game against Florida.

Mercy rule secures UNF baseball a series win over Seton Hall

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter March 11, 2024

The UNF baseball team defeated the Seton Hall Pirates last weekend by winning two out of three games at Harmon Stadium.  The Ospreys' early offense led them to hold off Seton Hall in a 6-4 win Friday...

Men’s basketball defeats Stetson on Senior Night

Men’s basketball defeats Stetson on Senior Night

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter March 4, 2024

The University of North Florida men’s basketball team defeated the Stetson Hatters on Friday, 78-59, on Senior Night at UNF Arena.  On a night when the Ospreys were honoring seniors Dorian James...

The UNF Softball team

Osprey softball drops doubleheader to UF in front of record crowd

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 27, 2024

In front of the second largest crowd ever at the UNF Softball Complex, the University of North Florida softball team lost a doubleheader to the Florida Gators on Wednesday night.  Game 1 The...

UNF baseball pitcher Tony Roca (Tristan Larrabee)

UNF baseball shutout by nationally ranked UF team

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 22, 2024

The University of North Florida baseball team fell to the #4 nationally-ranked University of Florida in shutout fashion, losing 10-0 in a seven-inning mercy rule in front of a record crowd of 2,509 at...

Women’s basketball drops rescheduled River City Rumble game at UNF Arena

Women’s basketball drops rescheduled River City Rumble game at UNF Arena

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 19, 2024

The University of North Florida women’s basketball team fell to the Jacksonville Dolphins 60-77 on Thursday night at UNF Arena.  The Dolphins capitalized on a pair of runs to pull away from the Ospreys,...

UNF Baseball.

A look into the upcoming UNF baseball season with new head coach Joe Mercadante

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 15, 2024

With just under a week away until the UNF baseball team begins its 2024 campaign under first-year manager Joe Mercadante, it’s only fitting to start off with a season preview. Before 2024 is mentioned,...

Missed shots heavily cost the Ospreys,

UNF men’s basketball drops two close games on Homecoming week

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 12, 2024

The University of North Florida men’s basketball team dropped two heartbreaking home games over Homecoming week, losing 74-79 against the North Alabama Lions and 77-79 to the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears. The...

Lyric Swann dribbles the ball up the court

UNF women’s basketball goes winless on latest road trip

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter February 5, 2024

The University of North Florida women’s basketball team dropped their third and fourth straight games last week, losing 51-60 at North Alabama and 44-58 at Central Arkansas.  The Ospreys made only...

Strong second half leads Ospreys to ‘River City Rumble’ win over JU

Strong second half leads Ospreys to ‘River City Rumble’ win over JU

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter January 15, 2024

The “River City Rumble” has been one of Jacksonville’s biggest basketball rivalries since 2004, where the North Florida Ospreys and Jacksonville Dolphins meet biannually to compete for the Old Wooden...

By the numbers: How the UNF womens basketball team can improve

By the numbers: How the UNF women’s basketball team can improve

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter January 11, 2024

The University of North Florida women’s basketball team, sitting at 6-10 overall, just recently suffered a 70-38 blowout against Florida Gulf Coast that saw the Ospreys struggle to score for the duration...

Ozzie’s current costume that was designed by Matt Biegun, photo courtesy of UNF.

Best of the 2024 UNF Athletics Hall of Fame

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter January 10, 2024

The University of North Florida athletics department announces its Hall of Fame class every year. However, this year's class isn’t entirely comprised of athletes like the title implies. Included in this...

Jaguars drop overtime thriller to Bengals, lose quarterback to injury

Jaguars drop overtime thriller to Bengals, lose quarterback to injury

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter December 5, 2023

In anticipation of their first Monday night football game in eleven years, the Cincinnati Bengals came into EverBank Stadium and spoiled Jacksonville’s primetime spotlight, narrowly escaping with a 34-31...

One month into the basketball season, how are the Ospreys doing?

One month into the basketball season, how are the Ospreys doing?

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter December 1, 2023

The UNF men’s and women’s basketball teams are wrapping up their first month of play, with both squads trending in different directions.  The men’s team is currently 4-4 overall and holds a 3-1...

Ospreys rebound, win first-ever in-season tournament at the nest

Ospreys rebound, win first-ever in-season tournament at the nest

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter November 21, 2023

The University of North Florida men’s basketball team hosted their first-ever in-season tournament at UNF Arena this past week, where they won two of three games.  The team kicked off the tournament...

Ospreys head into at-home tournament inconsistent and with more to prove

Ospreys head into at-home tournament inconsistent and with more to prove

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter November 15, 2023

The University of North Florida men's basketball team will host their first-ever in-season tournament this Thursday. While there is still plenty of season left for UNF to prove itself, here's an overview...

Strong second half leads Ospreys to season-opening win over Coastal Georgia

Strong second half leads Ospreys to season-opening win over Coastal Georgia

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter November 8, 2023

The University of North Florida Men's basketball team opened the 2023-2024 season at home for the first time in over a decade, pulling away with a comfortable 92-55 win over the lower-division Coastal...

Rocio Moro’s record-breaking career at UNF tells a lot about what student athletes can be

Rocio Moro’s record-breaking career at UNF tells a lot about what student athletes can be

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter November 6, 2023

Rocio Moro has had one of the most successful careers in North Florida volleyball history.  The San Juan native has set the UNF record for most career digs, and recently notched another achievement,...

A 6’x12’ manhole top, according to the JEA label, sits in a grassy area alongside UNF Drive. (Carter Mudgett/Spinnaker)

JEA begins five-month project to install “new underground electric infrastructure” around UNF

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter October 31, 2023

If you’ve driven around campus lately, you might have seen giant cinder-block-like structures surrounding campus roads, but what are they for? Turns out that JEA recently began a five-month “underground...

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The Jaguars retook first place in the AFC South, but can they keep their lead?

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter October 22, 2023

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already had a rollercoaster of a season, opening with a win on the road in Indianapolis against the Colts, yet losing their next two home contests, including a 37-17 blowout...

Shannon Glover #5 up to bat against Bucknell at UNF Softball Complex on March 16, 2022 iin Jacksonville, Florida.

Softball and baseball announce fall schedules with quality teams

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter October 12, 2023

The baseball and softball teams at the University of North Florida are wrapping up their fall practices and it will soon be time for them to begin real competition. Both stickball teams will play a number...

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MLB postseason predictions from a sports reporter

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter October 5, 2023

October is here, and that means the Major League Baseball postseason is upon us. A time of year where all 162 games played comes down to a few tightly contested matchups where every game, inning, and even...

Women’s soccer improved to 7-0-0 with a road win against JU on Saturday night.

Women’s soccer falters, shutout by EKU to start lengthy road trip

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 29, 2023

Starting their four-game road trip on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky Colonels, the University of North Florida women’s soccer team failed to put away the Colonels in the second half of...

Volleyball battles, defeats JU in defensive slugfest

Volleyball battles, defeats JU in defensive slugfest

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 27, 2023

The University of North Florida volleyball team faced off against the Jacksonville Dolphins on Wednesday evening, with the Ospreys taking this semester’s first edition of the ‘River City Rumble’,...

A soccer ball sits motionless on the field

Women’s soccer bounces back, gets first road win at Stetson

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 21, 2023

The University of North Florida women’s soccer team got their first road win of the season this past Sunday evening by defeating the Stetson University Hatters in a dominant showing at the Stetson Athletic...

Women’s Soccer struggles, faces shutout by FGCU in conference opener

Women’s Soccer struggles, faces shutout by FGCU in conference opener

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 15, 2023

The University of North Florida women’s soccer team opened Atlantic Sun conference play this past Thursday evening against Florida Gulf Coast University. The Ospreys had their chances, but were ultimately...

Volleyball sweeps day one of UNF Invite after a five-set thriller

Volleyball sweeps day one of UNF Invite after a five-set thriller

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 10, 2023

The University of North Florida volleyball team returned to UNF Arena on Friday to face two teams in the North Florida Invitational, with both games resulting in wins for the Ospreys. North Florida took...

Despite the tough loss, Osprey nation came out in abundance as this game was the most attended womens sports event in UNF history

Women’s soccer suffers blowout loss to top ranked Seminoles

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 9, 2023

The University of North Florida women’s soccer team suffered their first home loss of the season this past Thursday evening against the top ranked team in Florida State University. The Ospreys struggled...

Men’s soccer puts on a scoring clinic in first win of the season

Men’s soccer puts on a scoring clinic in first win of the season

Ethan Howick, Sports Reporter September 2, 2023

The University of North Florida men’s soccer team got their first win of the 2023 season, defeating the Winthrop University Eagles 4-1 on  Friday evening at Hodges Stadium. The Ospreys made quite the...

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