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Women's soccer begins conference play win 1-2 record

Women's soccer begins conference play win 1-2 record

Joshua Morrison

October 5, 2011


Filed under Soccer, Sports

The Mercer women’s soccer team got off to a slow start with conference play late last week as they dropped two of their first three games after closing out non-conference play with a win. The Bears closed out non-conference play on Sept. 18 in Macon against Alabama State. The Bears set the pace early i...

Soccer approaches playoffs, 3-on-3 basketball begins

Samir Moussawel

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Students are settled into their homes, books are rolling in, tests have begun, the grass and courts are ready and Intramural sports are in full swing. As soccer’s regular season comes to a close, the new format of 3-on-3 basketball is just heating up. Returning due to high request, the 3-on-3 basketball...

coaching spotlight: Noelle Rooke

coaching spotlight: Noelle Rooke

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

For nearly a decade, Coach Noelle Rooke has repeatedly taken Mercer Volleyball into the Atlantic Sun tournament, and she has reached her 200th win as a head coach. She has taken the Bears to new heights and onto the cusp of greatness. Former Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year sat down with The Cluster and ...

Volleyball goes on 3-0 streak, takes down powerhouse UGA

Volleyball goes on 3-0 streak, takes down powerhouse UGA

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

The current three-match winning streak (as of Sept. 17) for the Mercer Bears Volleyball team is part of a 4-2 stretch since the last match of the Bear Brawl. The Bears have really turned it around after six straight tough losses to begin the season. Despite a two-match stretch of not winning a set (Samford a...

Playoff scenario in NCAA

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

So with the face of college football set to drastically change in the coming days, the time for a playoff is more readily apparent than ever. Those who want the BCS gone can finally yell for the destruction of the powerful bowl complex. However, what method of playoff seems best? There are many ideas, so I...

player spotlight: #8 Charlayna Braxton

player spotlight: #8 Charlayna Braxton

Ashley Mann

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

Junior volleyball player Charlayna Braxton enjoys the team aesthetic the Mercer volleyball team offers. The Powder Springs native sat down with The Cluster to answer a few questions. Cluster: When did you first begin playing volleyball? Braxton: I began playing volleyball in middle school. When I tried o...

Soccer falls to UCF, drops VMI

Soccer falls to UCF, drops VMI

Cecilia Villagomez

September 21, 2011


Filed under Soccer, Sports

Coming off a 2-0 win against Appalachian State, the Mercer men’s soccer team fell short to in-state rival Georgia State in a very physical game at GSU. In the first half of the game, freshman Carl-Oscar Andersson set up a perfect ball that sophomore Ehjayson Henry used to slide past Georgia State to give th...

'Luck' of the Irish?

Joshua Morrison

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some franchises and athletic programs seem to have it all: tradition, success and ever-supportive fans. Other programs seem to have tradition that never translates into success, at the disappointment of their fans. Over the next few issues, I’ll be taking a look at a few different programs that, despite...

Lady golfers finish 4th due to rain at Chris Bannister Classic

Joshua Morrison

September 21, 2011


Filed under Golf, Sports

The Lady Bears golf team traveled to Alabama to begin their season with the Chris Bannister Gamecock Classic on Sunday, Sept. 4 for a three-day, three-round event. Mercer was one of eight schools attending the event and other schools included Samford University and Jacksonville State. The Lady Bears’...

Cross Country squads running strong, men win RunFit

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

The Mercer Bears’ cross country squads have started the season strong at several invitationals in the first half of September 2011. The Bears have traveled to Athens for the UGA Invitational to Americus for the Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run, and have hosted the 10th Annual Mercer RunFit Sports...

Mercer Athletics set to start new path with Pioneer Football League

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports

The upcoming Mercer Bears football team has officially announced their initial conference affiliation as the Pioneer Football League (PFL), one of three that plays non-scholarship football in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. This football-only league...

Headscratchers, not-so-shockers of 2011 MLB

Headscratchers, not-so-shockers of 2011 MLB

Samir Moussawel

September 21, 2011


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the playoffs near for Major League Baseball and more or less all of the division leaders are set in stone, with about 10 games left in the season, I give you a run through the surprising and not-so-surprising happenings of the 2011 baseball season. What met our expectations: Yankees-Red Sox rivalry kep...

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