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Most impactful Mercer sports moments of 2015-16

Cluster Staff Reports

April 28, 2016


Filed under Sports

  Thoughts on these moments? How do you want to rank them? Let us know in the comments below.   The #BEARSTRONG movement                                      *Editor's note: Many times in the midst of tragedy, sports brings people together. Similar to David Ortiz addressing Fenway Park...

Senior profile: Mercer basketball’s Phillip Leonard

Senior profile: Mercer basketball’s Phillip Leonard

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

In a matter of a year, Phillip Leonard went from playing junior college basketball to beating Duke in the NCAA Tournament. He played alongside future Miami Heat summer league team member Langston Hall. He was a part of a team who won an ESPY for “Best Upset.” And he witnessed people asking his teammate ...

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

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

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 20, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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...

Witness First, Kicks Second

Witness First, Kicks Second

Emma Peel, Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Campus, Showcase, Sports

Hayden Blessing is a shoe fanatic. But one day three years ago, that all changed.

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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...

Spring Sports Recap: Mar. 17-Mar. 29

Spring Sports Recap: Mar. 17-Mar. 29

April 2, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Lacrosse, Softball, Sports

Baseball After a rough start to the season, the Mercer baseball team seems to be back on track after beating the University of Georgia in two midweek games and sweeping the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the first conference series of the year. In their first meeting with the UGA Bulldogs, the...

Men's basketball falls in semifinal of SoCon Tournament

Justin Baxley

March 19, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

March is tournament time. Last week, 10 teams and their fan bases invaded the town of Asheville, N.C., for the Southern Conference Tournament. Each team had one goal in mind: to reach the NCAA tournament. Win and you are in the “big dance.” The regular season held no water in what a team can do in...

VP of Mercer Maniacs earns fan of the week award

March 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

Andrew Eck, a member of Mercer Maniacs and an avid Mercer Bears fan, started his time as a Mercer Bear earlier than most. His older brother began attending Mercer in 2009, and this began Eck’s true love for the school and its athletics. “I've been going to Mercer Basketball games since I was ...

Men's basketball advance to the quarterfinals on last second shot

March 19, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For the fourth year in a row, the Mercer Men's Basketball Team has won a post season game. Mercer is only one of seven teams to ever win at least one game in the NCAA, CBI, CIT and NIT Tournaments. In the game against the Seawolves, there were 23 lead changes, with the majority being in the second half....

Alumni Spotlight: Langston Hall still has dreams for NBA

Alumni Spotlight: Langston Hall still has dreams for NBA

February 27, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Former standout from Mercer Men’s Basketball,  Langston Hall, has taken his talents to Italy and has been competing with the Giorgio Tesi Pistoia. “I have improved my decision-making skills as a passer on offense, but I definitely have been focusing on my defense the most,” said Hall. While in Italy, Hall plays a pivotal role on his team as t...

Freshman of the Week: Stephon Jelks

Freshman of the Week: Stephon Jelks

Justin Baxley

February 27, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Freshman Stephon Jelks is just a few months into his basketball career at Mercer University, and he is already making an impact. The stats do not tell the whole story of Jelks as a player. He is only averaging 3.8 points per game, but Jelks is a burst of energy off the bench and makes lots of hustle play...

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