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Men’s basketball gets back on track with win over WCU

Bears guard Ethan Stair attempts a 3-pointer in a game against The Citadel on Feb 9.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 16, 2019

The Mercer men’s basketball team was in unfamiliar territory for Valentine’s Day this year as the Bears found themselves in Cullowhee, North Carolina for a date with the Western Carolina Catamounts. After their last game, Mercer Head Coach Bob Hoffman was asked about potential changes to the Bears ...

Bears rally to defeat UNCG at home

Rachel Selph had a big night for the Bears against UNCG. The senior forward scored 21 points to lead her team to a 85-73 victory.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 15, 2019

Thursday night was Valentine's Day, and the Mercer Bears had a date with the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. The long story short? It didn’t exactly work out, and the feeling was pretty mutual. The Bears (17-7, 9-0) and Spartans traded blows from the game’s opening tip, but it was UNCG who got ...

Mercer softball has championship aspirations this season

Mercer softball Head Coach Stephanie DeFeo tosses batting practice one week before regular season play is to begin.

John Pittman

February 12, 2019

Mercer softball is looking to build on last season’s success after being picked to finish second in the Southern Conference preseason poll. Last season, the Bears won 33 games, including a win over the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. They were able to finish second in the SoCon regular season standings....

Basketball brotherhood: Mercer basketball’s Stair brothers

Basketball is a family affair for brothers Evan (left) and Ethan (right) Stair.

Mitch Robinson

February 12, 2019

Fans of Mercer basketball will recognize Ethan Stair as one of the team’s key contributors this season. After battling a variety of injuries the past two years, Stair has started every game for the Bears this year and is averaging 11.1 points per game. Fans may not know, however, that Ethan’s y...

Mercer’s lacrosse teams looking to improve in the new season

Audrey Robertson, captain and senior defender of the Women's Lacrosse team.

Sterling Neill

February 12, 2019

This past offseason has been a busy time for both the women’s and men’s lacrosse teams. Each team has been working tirelessly to improve themselves after a fall season that saw Mercer’s women’s team 9-11 and the men go 4-10, respectively. As SoCon play approaches once again, each team is focused on hon...

Meet the Managers Who Have a Team of Their Own

From left to right, Hayden Hatfield, Evan Stair, and James Bento discuss the origins of the Mercer Managers basketball team.

Ryan Weaver, Lead Sports Writer

February 11, 2019

The managers of the Mercer men’s basketball team formed their own team at the start of the year. The seven-man team made up of Hayden Hatfield, Evan Stair, Ryan Wise, Carson Heien, Jacoby Barry and James Bento is doing well, finding themselves ranked 13th in the nation. None of the seven members know exactly who o...

Calloway’s 22 points propels Bears over Samford on the road

Bears guard KeKe Calloway (No. 0) attempts a layup at the basket over the ETSU defense.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 10, 2019

Mercer women’s basketball closed out a three-game road trip in Homewood, Alabama on Saturday afternoon with a matchup against the Bulldogs of Furman. The Bears defeated the Bulldogs (7-15, 2-5 SoCon) in overtime earlier this season at Hawkins Arena in a start-to-finish close game. However, the ...

Bears come up short at home in loss to The Citadel

Senior forward Jaylen Stowe (No. 2) drives the ball against The Citadel defender Hayden Brown (No. 33).

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 10, 2019

From time to time in the game of basketball, there are some games that it feels like you must win. Saturday’s matchup with The Citadel (11-12, 3-9 SoCon) was one of those games for Mercer men’s basketball. They came into the game with a 3-8 conference record, on the wrong side of a three-game l...

Bears lose third straight game, fall to 3-8 in SoCon

Point guard Marcus Cohen (No. 3) examines the VMI defense with teammate Cory Kilby (No. 1) posting up in the paint.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 7, 2019

Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the Furman Paladins had beaten the Mercer Bears six consecutive times. In the first of two meetings this season, the Paladins (17-5, 6-4 SoCon) beat Mercer 71-58. To date, it’s the Bears’ worst conference loss of the season. In similar fashion to the last gam...

Mercer women’s basketball just keeps on winning

Bears guard KeKe Calloway sizes up the ETSU defender in a January 26 game at Hawkins Arena.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2019

When you are the top team in your conference, you play each game with a giant target on your back. You are the prey and your opponents are the predators. Mercer women’s basketball (14-7, 6-0 SoCon) found that out quickly on the road at Wofford, their first of two road games for the weekend. Th...

Missed free throws doom Bears in loss to Wofford

Bears senior Jaylen Stowe attempts a free throw early in the game against Virginia Military Institute.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2019

The top team in the Southern Conference walked into Hawkins Arena Thursday tonight as heavy favorites against a Mercer team sitting in seventh place. Wofford is a team that has dominated Mercer (8-14, 3-7) during Hoffman’s tenure, winning seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams. And with the ...

Mercer Tennis teams anticipate a busy season

Nicolas Guillon hits a forehand shot in practice on January 22.

Ryan Weaver

January 30, 2019

The spring semester may have just started, but that just means it’s game time for Mercer’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. Both teams have played six matches and have had a rough go of it, each going 1-5 to start the season. Missing players were a possible factor in that slow start. ...

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