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Wide Receiver Marquise Irvin relishes final season

Wide Receiver Marquise Irvin relishes final season

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Football, Player Spotlight, Sports

One of the most consistent players on Mercer’s football team, wide receiver Marquise Irvin, has remained a pillar in the team’s offense for the past four years and is now in his final season. As a freshman, he played in all 11 games and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team. “I play...

A preseason look at senior catcher Megan Lane

A preseason look at senior catcher Megan Lane

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Player Spotlight, Softball, Sports

Softball season hasn’t started yet, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been hard at work preparing for the season. For senior Megan Lane, this preseason preparation gives her the opportunity to further adjust to her role as the team’s starting catcher, a role she only took up last season. ...

Spotlight: Blake Garcia Brings New Perspective to Mercer’s Band

Spotlight: Blake Garcia Brings New Perspective to Mercer’s Band

Serena Golden

September 28, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Spotlight

Blake Garcia, director of athletic bands at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, started playing the trumpet in the third grade. The son of a classical guitarist, Garcia said that his whole family has been involved with music at some point. Although originally an aspiring performer, Garcia said he realiz...

Sydni Means hangs up the shoes, puts on the whistle

Sydni Means hangs up the shoes, puts on the whistle

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

August 17, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Coaching Spotlight, Showcase, Sports

Fans of college basketball know the heartbreak of watching young talent come through, join their favorite team and then depart after four years. However, there is a noticeable pattern of Mercer alumni coming back to fill coaching positions for their former teams. For former Mercer Women’s Basketball point...

Rematch! Mercer Women to take on Georgia in first round of 2018 NCAA Tournament

Rematch! Mercer Women to take on Georgia in first round of 2018 NCAA Tournament

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Spotlight

Sounds like payback may be in order. No. 25 Mercer Women’s Basketball will take on in-state opponent No. 18 Georgia in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. This will be the second time that the Bears play the Bulldogs this year. The NCAA handed Mercer the No. 13 see...

Audrey Allen plans to finish her final season on top

Audrey Allen plans to finish her final season on top

Kyle Mullins, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Lacrosse, Sports, Spotlight

“I’m a very aggressive player,” Allen said. “So I think the fact that I got to push people around and beat people up a little bit was appealing to me.”

Desmond Ringer takes on leadership role with new teammates

Desmond Ringer takes on leadership role with new teammates

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Spotlight

“I just feel like I'm the glue guy,” he said in a recording of the Cluster’s Podcast, Inside the Den. “I just want to win.”

Trey Truitt returns to the plate

Trey Truitt returns to the plate

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Showcase, Sports, Spotlight

“When you walk in and you step into that batter’s box, you have to come in with an approach that ‘I’m better than you,’” Truitt said. “‘You’re not going to beat me.’”

Dunking fail launches Mercer dancer to internet stardom

Dunking fail launches Mercer dancer to internet stardom

Ireal James and Carson McGorry

November 30, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Spotlight

When a friend posted Jenny's 3-second video on social media, it wasn’t long before it was found by Snoop Dogg, who posted it on his Instagram page. From there, it went viral.

Mercer cheerleader looks to leave a legacy

Mercer cheerleader looks to leave a legacy

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Player Spotlight, Sports, Spotlight

Darby Rich’s cheerleading career of nine years is drawing to a close. Rich started cheerleading in seventh grade after quitting gymnastics. “The next logical step to keep up my skills was to participate in cheerleading,” Rich said. Rich has been a cheerleader at Mercer for four years an...

Bear Grills feeding the masses for the Maniacs

Bear Grills feeding the masses for the Maniacs

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

November 6, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Spotlight

As smoke billows out of the grill, a line of hungry bears begins to form. Armed with a spatula and an apron with the name “Bear Grills” on it, Senior Justin Furness flips burgers to buns for over 200 rabid Mercer fans. Furness joined the Maniacs before the first football game in 2013. One of his ...

Cole Fisher: Mercer’s secret weapon

Cole Fisher: Mercer’s secret weapon

Micah Howell, Contributing Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Player Spotlight, Showcase, Sports

Cole Fisher stands ready behind the holder, preparing himself for the kick. The center snaps the ball. The holder catches it, sets it up, and waits. Fisher nails the ball with a powerful kick and the ball soars through the air and passes through the uprights. Cole Fisher, the Mercer Bears’ starting ki...

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