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'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...

Softball appoints James DeFeo as head coach

Softball appoints James DeFeo as head coach

Samir Moussawel

September 21, 2011


Filed under Softball, Sports

After head coach of five seasons, Mike Raynor, stepped down due to personal reasons over the summer, the Mercer softball team has appointed former associate head coach from LSU, James DeFeo, as the sixth head coach in the program’s history. “We had some outstanding applicants for our position, which says a...

Mercer Intramurals earn national recognition

Samir Moussawel

September 7, 2011


Filed under Sports

Mercer’s participation in recreational sports places them 13th in the nation, according to Princeton Review. Recreational sports at most schools tend to attract a large amount of the student body and Mercer University has proven to go above and beyond that statement. In a recent survey and study done...

Dance team joins Mercer Athletics

Alex Preston

September 7, 2011


Filed under Sports

Student and faculty demand has prompted the introduction of a dance team to Mercer Athletics. Spirit Coordinator for Athletics, Penny Davis, has recognized the need for an established extracurricular dance program on Mercer’s campus. Students responded to the announcement of dance team tryouts when...

University Center set to host College Basketball Experience

Samir Moussawel

September 7, 2011


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Continuing the trend started from a year ago, along with their two-year deal, Mercer men’s basketball will be hosting this year’s 2011 College Basketball Experience Classic (CBE) Nov. 21-Nov. 23. Last year, Mercer basketball, Coach Hoffman, his “Hooligans” and the University Center was home to...

Volleyball off to 1-6 start through Brawl

Garret McDowell

September 7, 2011


Filed under Sports

Despite much early season preparation, the Mercer Bears volleyball team is 1-6 overall, having snapped a six-match losing streak to start the season with a great win over Norfolk State to close out Mercer’s Bear Brawl. Senior Charlotte Harris is currently third in the Atlantic Sun in both total digs...

Men's soccer ties opener in 2OT, follows with 2-0 defeat, victory

Cecilia Villagomez

September 7, 2011


Filed under Soccer, Sports

As the Mercer men’s soccer team begins its first round of opening games, the team is showing great promise. The second exhibition game of the season proved to be exactly the level of competition the Bears needed as they played against College of Charleston. They are a challenging team, having just...

Men, women cross country squads look to return to NCAA Regionals

Garret McDowell

September 7, 2011


Filed under Sports

The men and women’s cross country teams are definitely looking to improve upon last season’s trip to the NCAA South Regional as a team. With seventh place finishes between the two squads at the Atlantic Sun tourney, Coach Ryan Bailey has been preparing the teams to chase down new heights as individuals...

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