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Inside the Den: The Return

Inside the Den: The Return

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

March 21, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Multimedia, Podcast, Showcase, Sports

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

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

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Showcase

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...

Rivers floods the scorebooks in second year at Mercer

Rivers floods the scorebooks in second year at Mercer

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

As bright lights illuminated the hardcourt days after the death of Jibri Bryan, a mourning Hawkins Arena erupted in elation as a 6-foot-8 gliding sophomore jumped from just inside the free-throw line to throw down a bear-sized slam. It was the highlight of an emotional victory. It was a SportsCen...

Bears lose fourth straight for first time since 2010-11

Bears lose fourth straight for first time since 2010-11

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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...

Bears down The Citadel amid tragedy and turmoil

Bears down The Citadel amid tragedy and turmoil

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 6, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Amid the mourning of sixth-year senior Jibri Bryan's death and the suspensions of starters Jestin Lewis and Desmond Ringer, the Mercer men's basketball team threw down a season-high eight thunderous dunks en route to an 88-72 win over The Citadel. Mercer (18-6, 8-3) showed no signs of ill effects...

Men’s basketball players speak for first time about Jibri Bryan’s death

Men’s basketball players speak for first time about Jibri Bryan’s death

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule, Staff

February 4, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Seven Mercer basketball players and head coach Bob Hoffman spoke to media Wednesday night after the vigil held for Jibri Bryan in Hawkins Arena. It was the first time players spoke to the media since Bryan was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon at the Flash Foods gas station on the corner of Forsyth and...

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

January 30, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports

5. Jama runs away from competition for Julius Johnson Invitational win Men’s cross country runner Ahmed Jama took the reigns as a freshman for Mercer last semester, leading the Bears in all five of the team’s races -- but that doesn’t tell the whole story for the Woodstock, Georgia, native. ...

Jestin Lewis: For the love of a game

Jestin Lewis: For the love of a game

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

January 27, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Basketball for most is a just a game. You watch, cheer and some play but at the end of the day it's just a game, but for senior Jestin Lewis it is so much more than just a game. "It was my first love. That's been my favorite sport since I was a baby," Lewis said. "My mom and my dad got me into it. M...

Phillip Leonard comes Inside the Den

Phillip Leonard comes Inside the Den

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

December 5, 2015


Filed under Showcase, Sports

This week on the Christmas edition of Inside the Den the hosts discuss the holidays and Christmas music. They are joined by point guard for the Mercer Bears, Phillip Leonard. He discuss the early season success as well as his fear of failure. The second guest on tap is managing editor for the Cluster,...

Mercer’s new faces on the hardwood

Mercer’s new faces on the hardwood

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The 2015-16 Mercer Men’s Basketball team will feature five new faces donning orange and black this season as three freshman and two transfers join the squad.   Andrew Fishler, Center A big man epitomizing the phrase at 7-foot-1, Andrew Fishler transferred from Gulf Coast State College in Pan...

Mercer Video Productions helping students break into the broadcast business

Mercer Video Productions helping students break into the broadcast business

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Sports

Mercer Video Productions (MVP) was started by the Mercer Athletics Administration in the Spring of 2014. The emphasis on video production mid-summer lent to the additions of Director Lisa Cherry, graduate assistant Michael Fox and Brad Bostwick. The program started small with the intention of linking u...

Prepare for the Mercer Madness

Prepare for the Mercer Madness

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Bears’ basketball is just around the corner.   Mercer Madness, beginning Oct. 16, will serve as a preview. The men’s and women’s teams will take the floor in exhibition match ups. The event, now in its second year, serves to bring together fans and players. Since the Bears’ upset over D...

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