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Marching band to drum over to high school marching competition

Marching band to drum over to high school marching competition

Will Darragh, Staff Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

You hear them almost every afternoon. You see them at every home football game. You probably have at least one of them in one of your classes. Mercer’s marching band is active on campus, but they also take their skills on the road to recruit potential marchers for Mercer. As part of their recruitment program, they a...

Women’s Soccer overcomes initial slump, gains momentum going into tournament

Women’s Soccer overcomes initial slump, gains momentum going into tournament

Cody Moran, Staff Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Mercer’s women’s soccer team is diligently preparing for the upcoming SoCon tournament on Oct. 26-Nov. 6. The team had a rough start this season. But after pulling off a six-game win streak, they’ve built some momentum to carry into the tournament. “It started off slow for sure,” said Mad...

As part of Breast Cancer awareness month, Kirby Southard dons pink for mother

As part of Breast Cancer awareness month, Kirby Southard dons pink for mother

Caitlyn Patton, Contributing Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Football, Soccer, Sports

Millions of people in the United States are affected by cancer, and October has been recognized for years in many ways across the country as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kirby Southard, the senior center for Mercer’s football team, is no stranger to pink. Every October he wears pink in his un...

Conner Antley: Dedication to the field

Conner Antley: Dedication to the field

Kyle Mullins, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  In Mercer’s Oct. 4 game against UNCG, soccer player Conner Antley came out ferociously in the first half, scoring the first goal of the game in only a minute and 32 seconds, and helping to lead the team to a 2-1 victory. Antley said he considers UNCG to be one of their main rivals, an...

Hanson’s triumphant return to cross country

Hanson’s triumphant return to cross country

Rylee Kirk, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Justin Hanson, a sophomore on the Mercer cross country team, has made a strong return after suffering several injuries. Last year, Hanson rolled both ankles in one race, and this year suffered from tendonitis in one knee. Hanson said that these injuries have given him a “mental setba...

Rogers runs through life one lap at a time

Rogers runs through life one lap at a time

Caitlyn Patton, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Senior cross country runner Victoria Rogers is leading her team towards success as she is constantly pushing herself to be the best she can be. She was Mercer’s top finisher in its first three meets and then its runner up in the latest meet. While she is hitting her stride now, running...

Club golf becomes newest team on campus

Club golf becomes newest team on campus

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Sophomore T.J. Long and junior Nathan Hahn wanted to try out for Mercer’s men’s golf team. But when they weren’t given the chance to do so, they took matters into their own hands. If they wanted to continue playing golf competitively, they’d need to come up with an alternative thems...

Mercer downs Western Carolina to get back to .500

Mercer downs Western Carolina to get back to .500

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
October 15, 2016
Filed under Football

After a bye week and two road games, the Mercer Bears found comfort inside of Five Star Stadium as they moved to 3-3 on the season with a win over the Western Carolina Catamounts (1-5) after a strong second half. The Bears and Catamounts traded punts and missed field goals for much of the first h...

Baseball team practicing amid field construction

Baseball team practicing amid field construction

Will Darragh, Staff Writer
October 15, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Campus, Sports

  Mercer’s baseball field features all the standard scenery of a baseball park: grass, dirt, plates and some odd additions like a backhoe. Mercer’s OrthoGeorgia Park is currently under construction, which means that the players are forced to practice on a field that is in the process of being...

Kirby Southard is the anchor of Mercer’s offense

Kirby Southard is the anchor of Mercer’s offense

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
October 15, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

  Kirby Southard didn’t know the quarterback he was facing in ninth grade would eventually be one of his closest teammates in college. A freshman at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Southard squared off against future Mercer quarterback John Russ, a freshman at Middle Creek High S...

Mercer football to make over $1 million from games against SEC opponents in 2017

Mercer football to make over $1 million from games against SEC opponents in 2017

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
October 13, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Money talks. At least, enough for Mercer athletics director Jim Cole to stray from his “business plan” of scheduling one FBS school each year for Mercer football. The money isn’t the only reason, just a big one. In 2017, the Bears will play two Southeastern Conference opponents for a payday of ...

Freshman Lauren Lighfritz makes immediate impact on the course

Freshman Lauren Lighfritz makes immediate impact on the course

Caitlyn Patton, Contributing Writer
October 9, 2016
Filed under Golf, Showcase, Sports

Lauren Lightfritz always sets her eyes on the prize. At her first college tournament, Lightfritz finished as the top Mercer golfer. Golfing since the age of seven, Lightfritz has worked tirelessly to get where she is today as a freshman NCAA Division-I (D1) golfer. At the age of 11, she starte...

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