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Hoffman: Communication is ‘paramount’ in developing chemistry with new players

Demetre Rivers squares up against his Western Carolina defender. He's one of eight returning players this season.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

November 11, 2016

  Mercer basketball has the same amount of new players as returning athletes from last season. After finishing 19-15 last year, the Bears welcome eight fresh faces to the hardcourt this season in the form of three freshmen, four transfers and one walk-on. The new-look team will not have long to beco...

Mental recovery of athletes

Support from loved ones and distractions from reality make life a bit easier on an athlete's road to recovery.

Tiffani Alexander, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2016

For many college athletes, getting injured can damage their career and personal identity. Not only does an injury greatly affect their ability to play a sport they love, but it also can be vastly damaging to their mental well-being. The methods of coping are solely dependent on the individual. For some athletes, me...

Athletes keep it cool in the off-season

Football player Mitch Payne plays in a SAE Philanthropy Volleyball Tournament alongside teammates.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

April 28, 2016

“Turn the music back on!” Kayla Potts yelled loudly on the UC gym floor at 10 p.m. Monday night. Kahlia Lawrence and Sydni Means chided her out of embarrassment. Twenty seconds later and the music resumed in the fairly crowded gym. “If you yell loud enough, they will respond,” Potts...

Inside the Den: Men’s basketball’s Jaylen Stowe

Inside the Den: Men's basketball's Jaylen Stowe

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

April 21, 2016

https://soundcloud.com/youngspeak-sports/inside-the-den-mens-basketballs-jaylen-stowe Men's basketball is in its offseason, but it's still making noise. The Bears have added five new players to the roster, including two transfers. Hayes and Justin talk to freshman Jaylen Stowe about the offseason...

Inside the Den: The Return

The Bears had an impressive season, going 24-9 overall and 12-2 in the SoCon play.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

March 21, 2016

After a few months off, Justin and Hayes are back at it again with a brand new podcast. The pair breakdown the Mercer men and women's basketball seasons from start to finish.

‘Buy them or else’: Investigator testifies Jibri Bryan was killed in drug deal

Jibri Bryan goes up against a defender in the Bears' game against the Chattanooga Mocs, February 2015.

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

March 2, 2016

When Jibri Bryan backed his white Monte Carlo into the Flash Foods parking lot on the corner of College and Forsyth streets, he was there to buy drugs, said a Bibb County investigator. Joe Kovac Jr. and Amy Leigh Womack of the (Macon) Telegraph reported that during a court hearing Wednesday the i...

Swedish Basketball Player Brings Something New to Team

The 6’1 point guard from Sweden came to Mercer in August of last year.

Summer Perritt, Staff Writer

February 26, 2016

With just a glance, you may think Linnea Rosendal is like any other college freshman at Mercer University: beautiful, happy and proudly proclaiming an undecided major. But the 6’1 point guard from Sweden has been distinguishing herself since the day she set foot on campus. “I came here in A...

The Ruling: Take a positive from a negative in Mercer basketball’s 77-74 loss to ETSU

The Ruling: Take a positive from a negative in Mercer basketball's 77-74 loss to ETSU

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 21, 2016

Mercer basketball dropped its fifth straight game Saturday in a 77-74 loss to East Tennessee State. It’s the first time a Bob Hoffman-led team has lost five games in a row, and the program hasn’t done so since the end of the 2007-08 season. But I saw signs of progress and hope Saturday. (1) Don’t...

Strawberry’s 22 points not enough to end Bears’ losing streak

 Jordan Strawberry poses with Toby the Bear.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 20, 2016

Three was the number of points Mercer needed and the number of opportunities it had to tie the game in the final seconds. But when the clock struck zero, the Bears (18-11, 8-8) had come up short, 77-74. The loss was Mercer’s fifth in a row — the worst such streak during head coach Bob Hoffman’s...

Tic-Tac-Tot

Tot's new costume brings up a set of new questions concerning gender dynamics.

Bekah Fulton, Contributing Writer

February 18, 2016

I may be the only student at Mercer who does not have a picture with Toby the Bear, and this is no accident. Confession: mascots kind of freak me out. This mild fear may potentially be rooted in a repressed childhood trauma but go ahead and add it to the long list of things I cannot explain about...

Bears lose fourth straight for first time since 2010-11

Geovic Jadol: Jordan Strawberry leaps over intense Western Carolina defense to contribute two points to the Bears.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 18, 2016

Mercer could not have asked for a better start, but they needed a stronger finish. In their first home game following a short road trip, The Bears (18-10, 8-7) jumped out to an early lead, but their quick start fizzled. The Catamounts outscored the Bears 39-31 in the second half to defeat Mercer 72-65. The...

Undermanned Bears fall to SoCon-leading Chattanooga in overtime

Andrew Fishler going for a dunk.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 9, 2016

Down starters Jestin Lewis and Desmond Ringer for the second straight game, the Mercer Bears took SoCon-leading Chattanooga to overtime Monday. The Bears ran out of gas in the extra period as the Mocs handed Mercer its first loss at home this year, 72-66. Chattanooga (22-3, 11-1) extended its winnin...

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