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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 ...

Mercer reintroduces club basketball team

Mercer reintroduces club basketball team

Kyle Mullins, Staff Writer
November 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports

For the first time in two years, Mercer University has a new club basketball team that will be playing in regular season games and tournaments with other college club basketball teams in the country. The new team — started by Mercer student Andre Daniels — has already played several scrimmages...

Bears return to the den for homecoming weekend

Bears return to the den for homecoming weekend

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
November 3, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

Alumni of Mercer University will soon begin making the journey home as homecoming week and weekend kick off on campus. Homecoming is Nov. 4-6, with the homecoming football game taking place Nov. 5. The first documented homecoming by The Cluster was November 14, 1924. The article was written by M.C. T...

Women’s soccer overwhelms Chattanooga, moves on to semis of SoCon tournament

Women’s soccer overwhelms Chattanooga, moves on to semis of SoCon tournament

Al Kessler, Contributing Writer
November 1, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

After a successful regular season and a third place berth in the Southern Conference women’s soccer tournament, the Lady Bears took to the pitch to face sixth-ranked Chattanooga on Sunday evening. The last time these two teams met resulted in a 2-1 Chattanooga win in overtime October 2. The matc...

Marching band to drum over to high school marching competition

Marching band to drum over to high school marching competition

Will Darragh, Staff Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Sports

You hear them almost every afternoon. You see them at every home football game. You probably have at least one of them in one of your classes. Mercer’s marching band is active on campus, but they also take their skills on the road to recruit potential marchers for Mercer. As part of their recruitment program, they a...

Women’s Soccer overcomes initial slump, gains momentum going into tournament

Women’s Soccer overcomes initial slump, gains momentum going into tournament

Cody Moran, Staff Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Mercer’s women’s soccer team is diligently preparing for the upcoming SoCon tournament on Oct. 26-Nov. 6. The team had a rough start this season. But after pulling off a six-game win streak, they’ve built some momentum to carry into the tournament. “It started off slow for sure,” said Mad...

As part of Breast Cancer awareness month, Kirby Southard dons pink for mother

As part of Breast Cancer awareness month, Kirby Southard dons pink for mother

Caitlyn Patton, Contributing Writer
October 27, 2016
Filed under Football, Soccer, Sports

Millions of people in the United States are affected by cancer, and October has been recognized for years in many ways across the country as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kirby Southard, the senior center for Mercer’s football team, is no stranger to pink. Every October he wears pink in his un...

Conner Antley: Dedication to the field

Conner Antley: Dedication to the field

Kyle Mullins, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  In Mercer’s Oct. 4 game against UNCG, soccer player Conner Antley came out ferociously in the first half, scoring the first goal of the game in only a minute and 32 seconds, and helping to lead the team to a 2-1 victory. Antley said he considers UNCG to be one of their main rivals, an...

Hanson’s triumphant return to cross country

Hanson’s triumphant return to cross country

Rylee Kirk, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Justin Hanson, a sophomore on the Mercer cross country team, has made a strong return after suffering several injuries. Last year, Hanson rolled both ankles in one race, and this year suffered from tendonitis in one knee. Hanson said that these injuries have given him a “mental setba...

Rogers runs through life one lap at a time

Rogers runs through life one lap at a time

Caitlyn Patton, Contributing Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Senior cross country runner Victoria Rogers is leading her team towards success as she is constantly pushing herself to be the best she can be. She was Mercer’s top finisher in its first three meets and then its runner up in the latest meet. While she is hitting her stride now, running...

Club golf becomes newest team on campus

Club golf becomes newest team on campus

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
October 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

  Sophomore T.J. Long and junior Nathan Hahn wanted to try out for Mercer’s men’s golf team. But when they weren’t given the chance to do so, they took matters into their own hands. If they wanted to continue playing golf competitively, they’d need to come up with an alternative thems...

Mercer downs Western Carolina to get back to .500

Mercer downs Western Carolina to get back to .500

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
October 15, 2016
Filed under Football

After a bye week and two road games, the Mercer Bears found comfort inside of Five Star Stadium as they moved to 3-3 on the season with a win over the Western Carolina Catamounts (1-5) after a strong second half. The Bears and Catamounts traded punts and missed field goals for much of the first h...

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