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Lacrosse player Michael O’Brien plans to make most of high expectations

Lacrosse player Michael O’Brien plans to make most of high expectations

Jose Gonzalez

February 27, 2019


Filed under Lacrosse, Player Spotlight, Sports

As the 2019 Mercer lacrosse season gets underway, all eyes seem to be on junior defenseman Michael O’Brien. O’Brien was honored this pre-season with his selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team. The honor is not the first of his career. According to O’Brien, ...

Danielle Castleberry brings leadership, love for teammates in her return to the diamond

Danielle Castleberry brings leadership, love for teammates in her return to the diamond

Mitch Robinson

February 27, 2019


Filed under Player Spotlight, Softball, Sports

In sports, there’s nothing quite like a good comeback story. Take, for example, Mercer softball player Danielle Castleberry. After starting all but six games for the Bears as a freshman, Castleberry was sidelined for the entire 2018 season due to injury. “Every day felt really long, but looking b...

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

It wasn’t pretty, and it definitely wasn’t easy, but Mercer women’s basketball found a way to keep their winning streak alive. Conference road games are always tough to win, but when you shoot just 39-percent from the floor, get out-rebounded and you only make one 3-pointer -- on paper, it can ...

Bears win second straight as Cummings leads Mercer past Mocs

Bears win second straight as Cummings leads Mercer past Mocs

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

That’s what Mercer secured in Saturday’s game against Chattanooga, giving the Bears two straight wins as the season began to wind down. It didn’t look promising early for the Bears, as it was Chattanooga (12-17, 7-9 SoCon) who led for most of the first half and entered halftime up 42-34. T...

Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Women’s basketball edges ETSU in overtime thriller

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Bears traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee for a matchup with East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Thursday, the first of two straight road games. Mercer got out ahead of the Bucs early thanks to fast starts from starters Amanda Thompson and Shannon Titus. At the end of the opening quarter, the Bea...

Bears ride strong first half to outlast Samford

Bears ride strong first half to outlast Samford

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 23, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Mercer needed a victory. And they needed it bad. Coming off a 19-point thrashing at the hands of East Tennessee State, the Bears were reeling and in desperate need of a win to get them back on track. They got that win. But it wasn’t easy -- at all. The Bears came out firing on all cylinders, and S...

Bears dominated by ETSU in road loss

Bears dominated by ETSU in road loss

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 19, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a season for Mercer men’s basketball and it continued on Saturday afternoon. The Bears have competed start to finish with all of their SoCon competition this season, but Saturday was different. Saturday wasn’t close at all. East Tennessee State was the superi...

Bears run past Catamounts in 27th straight conference win

Bears run past Catamounts in 27th straight conference win

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 19, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

After nearly every win this season, Mercer Head Coach Susie Gardner has mentioned that her team has yet to play a complete game this year. She’s been right. On many occasions, Mercer has played a great first half only to slip up in the second half and allow teams to get back into games. Satur...

Men’s basketball gets back on track with win over WCU

Men’s basketball gets back on track with win over WCU

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 16, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Mercer men’s basketball team was in unfamiliar territory for Valentine’s Day this year as the Bears found themselves in Cullowhee, North Carolina for a date with the Western Carolina Catamounts. After their last game, Mercer Head Coach Bob Hoffman was asked about potential changes to the Bears ...

Bears rally to defeat UNCG at home

Bears rally to defeat UNCG at home

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Thursday night was Valentine's Day, and the Mercer Bears had a date with the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. The long story short? It didn’t exactly work out, and the feeling was pretty mutual. The Bears (17-7, 9-0) and Spartans traded blows from the game’s opening tip, but it was UNCG who got ...

Mercer softball has championship aspirations this season

Mercer softball has championship aspirations this season

John Pittman

February 12, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports

Mercer softball is looking to build on last season’s success after being picked to finish second in the Southern Conference preseason poll. Last season, the Bears won 33 games, including a win over the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. They were able to finish second in the SoCon regular season standings....

Basketball brotherhood: Mercer basketball’s Stair brothers

Basketball brotherhood: Mercer basketball’s Stair brothers

Mitch Robinson

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Fans of Mercer basketball will recognize Ethan Stair as one of the team’s key contributors this season. After battling a variety of injuries the past two years, Stair has started every game for the Bears this year and is averaging 11.1 points per game. Fans may not know, however, that Ethan’s y...

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