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‘Bax Trax’: Are you ready for some football?

‘Bax Trax’: Are you ready for some football?

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
August 22
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

  Football is ready to kickoff at Mercer on Sept. 1, as the Bears embark on a quest for their first Southern Conference (SoCon) title. For the first time since the program was restarted in 2013, the Bears will have their first true senior class. A big group of key guys who helped build the ...

Women’s soccer splits first two, drops home opener

Women’s soccer splits first two, drops home opener

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
August 21
Filed under Sports

On Sunday, the Bears were unable to get their offense going against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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Russ looking to go out on top

Russ looking to go out on top

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
August 18
Filed under Football, Sports

  John Russ handed the ball off and his running back pitched it back to him. He cocked his arm and fired a deep ball towards the end zone. The stadium held its collective breath as receiver J.T Palmer laid out for the ball in the middle of double coverage. Russ threw his arms skyward as the...

Curtis feeling 100 percent going into season

Curtis feeling 100 percent going into season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
August 18
Filed under Football, Sports

  Mercer football has had only one FCS All-American in the program’s history, and his name is Chandler Curtis. The junior wide receiver from Calhoun jumped into the national spotlight two years ago as a freshman, earning Third-Team All-America recognition after a campaign in which he produced...

New quarterback leaves Mercer football team

New quarterback leaves Mercer football team

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
August 18
Filed under Breaking, Football, Showcase, Sports

Johnny McCrary, the graduate transfer from Vanderbilt, has left the Mercer football program after transferring to university in the offseason. McCrary was set to be one of backup quarterbacks behind John Russ heading into the season. Russ has started every game for the Bears since the program wa...

‘The Ruling’: Projecting Mercer football’s season

‘The Ruling’: Projecting Mercer football’s season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
August 18
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

  As John Russ took a knee, it was as if Mercer football’s prayers had finally been answered. The disappointment of so many close games -- losses of five, three, two, one, three and two over two seasons -- was finally forgotten for one night: Nov. 7. On a brisk Saturday night in Five Star Stadi...

Kyle Lewis drafted 11th overall by Seattle Mariners

Kyle Lewis drafted 11th overall by Seattle Mariners

Hayes Rule, Justin Baxley
June 9
Filed under Baseball, Breaking, Showcase, Sports

In a matter of four years, Kyle Lewis went from running up-and-down a basketball court to being an 11th overall pick in the MLB draft. After three seasons at Mercer, Lewis was drafted by the Seattle Mariners Thursday, becoming the highest-drafted baseball player in program history. The selection...

Athlete Spotlight: Kyle Lewis

Athlete Spotlight: Kyle Lewis

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
April 28
Filed under Baseball, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports, Video

The walkup music hits. Kyle Lewis steps into the batter's box as he readies himself for the first pitch. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning against ETSU. The game is tied 9-9. Lewis makes contact with ball. It soars through the air and over the wall. The Bears win in walk off fashion. The 6-foo...

Most impactful Mercer sports moments of 2015-16

Cluster Staff Reports
April 28
Filed under Sports

  Thoughts on these moments? How do you want to rank them? Let us know in the comments below.   The #BEARSTRONG movement                                      *Editor's note: Many times in the midst of tragedy, sports brings people together. Similar to David Ortiz addressing Fenway Park...

Mental recovery of athletes

Mental recovery of athletes

Tiffani Alexander, Contributing Writer
April 28
Filed under Sports

For many college athletes, getting injured can damage their career and personal identity. Not only does an injury greatly affect their ability to play a sport they love, but it also can be vastly damaging to their mental well-being. The methods of coping are solely dependent on the individual. For some athletes, me...

Athletes keep it cool in the off-season

Athletes keep it cool in the off-season

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer
April 28
Filed under Sports

“Turn the music back on!” Kayla Potts yelled loudly on the UC gym floor at 10 p.m. Monday night. Kahlia Lawrence and Sydni Means chided her out of embarrassment. Twenty seconds later and the music resumed in the fairly crowded gym. “If you yell loud enough, they will respond,” Potts...

Inside the Den: Men’s basketball’s Jaylen Stowe

Inside the Den: Men’s basketball’s Jaylen Stowe

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule
April 21
Filed under Basketball, Podcast, Showcase, Sports

https://soundcloud.com/youngspeak-sports/inside-the-den-mens-basketballs-jaylen-stowe Men's basketball is in its offseason, but it's still making noise. The Bears have added five new players to the roster, including two transfers. Hayes and Justin talk to freshman Jaylen Stowe about the offseason...

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