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Lacrosse opens season with 16-2 win over GT

Lacrosse opens season with 16-2 win over GT

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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In what ended up being their only exhibition match before their trip to Columbus, Ohio for a matchup with Ohio State University’s lacrosse team, the Mercer Bears’ newly-minted Division I lacrosse team completely devastated Georgia Tech’s club team 16-2 last weekend. In front of a crowd that was sta...

Mercer Wrestling Ninth at NCWA National Duals

Mercer Wrestling Ninth at NCWA National Duals

Brittany Dant

February 9, 2011


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 Mercer slipped through the first round of the championships on a bye but knew that their third round match against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would be the toughest.  “They were a good team,” said Andres. “We needed to wrestle our best.”  The Bears were able to beat the number-eight-seeded MIT 33 to 23 in their first mat...

Viva la futbol!

Viva la futbol!

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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Last week, the January Transfer window closed to much fanfare and surprise.  In the wake of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Rules, an agreement between all the clubs that vie for the Champions League every year, the exorbitant spending and ridiculous contracts will be curbed.  The balance of power will shift from teams that are so far in debt that they’...

The INside Zone

The INside Zone

Zach Wells

February 9, 2011


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Coach Hoffman (and pretty much every coach) preaches that every minute of every day is important in terms of winning games. Every sprint during practice, every free throw and every possession of every game matters. Sometimes this seems to be an obvious truth, but at other times I’m not so sure. There are innumerable ways in which people try to explain the happeni...

Big victories, big injuries for men’s basketball

Big victories, big injuries for men’s basketball

alockwood

February 9, 2011


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    Don’t look now, but the Mercer men’s basketball team is slowly moving up the conference standings. Earlier in January, they were in danger of dropping out of the top eight in the conference standings and thus missing the postseason General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship hosted...

Player Spotlight: Lilli Luke

Player Spotlight: Lilli Luke

Ashley Mann

February 9, 2011


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  A native of Arabi, Ga., junior Lilli Luke helped the Lady Bears softball team claw their way to victory, starting in 32 out of 40 games from her position at third base last season. Luke received many awards during her high school career before she made the transition to Mercer. Luke sat down with the Cluster during her busy softball pre-s...

Softball hopes to rebound in 2011

Softball hopes to rebound in 2011

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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  Despite accumulating a school-best 40-win season just two years ago and playing in the Atlantic Sun championship series in 2009, the Mercer Bears softball team simply did not live up to expectations last year. A dismal 25-30 record was not the great follow-up expected in Coach Mike Raynor’s fourth season....

Mercer baseball to defend A-Sun title in 2011

Mercer baseball to defend A-Sun title in 2011

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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  After a thrilling end to the 2010 campaign that saw the unexpected and unprecedented trip to the NCAA tournament, the Mercer Bears baseball team looks to return to the postseason, spurred on by experience and talent. Collecting a preseason rank of 87th in the nation by “Collegiate Baseball”, they were t...

The Kid's Corner

The Kid's Corner

Gene Mitchell

February 9, 2011


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Ever stared at someone who wanted to physically hurt you for two minutes and then knock him out with a freakish Tae Kwon Do style front kick that mirrored the likes of old school video game Mortal Kombat?  This isn’t a sick twist on a Chuck Norris joke but Steven Seagal had accolades given to h...

Ex-Brave Smoltz speaks at First Pitch Classic

Ex-Brave Smoltz speaks at First Pitch Classic

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was the guest of honor Jan. 31 in the University Center arena for the third annual First Pitch Classic hosted by the Mercer baseball team. “The First Pitch Classic is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Mercer’s baseball team. Tickets to the autograph session were...

Women's basketball losing streak reaches 16

Women's basketball losing streak reaches 16

Garret McDowell

February 9, 2011


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After what was the toughest home weekend for the Mercer women’s basketball team yet, the Bears went on the road and fell to 1-21 overall, 1-12 in the conference. Following the heartbreakers against North Florida and Jacksonville, the Bears had to travel to Kennesaw State, USC-Upstate and East Tennessee State before heading back home to play Campbell. Hav...

Mercer welcomes first modern football coach

Mercer welcomes first modern football coach

alockwood

January 31, 2011


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After ending the speculation and 70-year hiatus of football at Mercer last November, the next step in reinstating football in Macon was to hire a head coach. After a two-month search, Bobby Lamb was introduced as Mercer’s 19th head coach, first of the modern era, and will lead the team as they begin...

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