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‘Bax Trax’: Are you ready for some football?

Redshirt junior running back Alex Lakes will be one of many weapons on Mercer's offense this season. Photo by Jenna Eason.

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

August 22, 2016

  Football is ready to kickoff at Mercer on Sept. 1, as the Bears embark on a quest for their first Southern Conference (SoCon) title. For the first time since the program was restarted in 2013, the Bears will have their first true senior class. A big group of key guys who helped build the ...

‘The Ruling’: Projecting Mercer football’s season

Sophomore cornerback Stephen Houzah returns to the secondary after tearing his ACL last season. Photo by Jenna Eason.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

August 18, 2016

  As John Russ took a knee, it was as if Mercer football’s prayers had finally been answered. The disappointment of so many close games -- losses of five, three, two, one, three and two over two seasons -- was finally forgotten for one night: Nov. 7. On a brisk Saturday night in Five Star Stadi...

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...

Senior profile: Mercer basketball’s Phillip Leonard

 Phillip Leonard looks for an open man as he runs the ball down the court.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016

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 ...

Rivers floods the scorebooks in second year at Mercer

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

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

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...

Women’s lacrosse: New year brings new expectations

Midfielder Kelly Hagerty runs the ball at practice, defended by midfielders Anna Schneeberger (left) and Lindsey Zeltwanger.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

The Mercer women’s lacrosse team is in their second competitive season, but there are some changes. With a new coaching staff, the players are starting fresh — again. This year’s team dynamic, including the relationship between player and coach, is nothing like last year, members of the group s...

Men’s lacrosse faces tough competitors

Midfielder Jackson Teague attempts a run on the goal at practice, defended by midfielder Rob Serafin.

Emma Peel, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

The Mercer men’s lacrosse team kicked off their 2016 season over the weekend against Towson. Although the Bears lost the hard-fought match, the game proved to be very instructive, showing the team what they will need to work on in order to meet future success. “Opening the season against a top 15 team ...

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...

Double trouble with Tennis Twins

Twins Arnav and Arsav Mohanty started their tennis careers together at 12 years old.

November 12, 2015

Arnav and Arsav Mohanty do everything together. They rarely get irritated with each other—until it comes to the tennis court. The pair started their tennis careers at age 12, which is relatively late for a sport known for its child prodigies and toddler racket-toters. The brothers quickly realized their do...

Mercer’s newest overshadowed gem: Stephen Houzah

Stetson’s Kimo Vereen (20) dives to tackle Mercer’s Stephen Houzah (3) in their game on Sept. 12.

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

They said he was too small. Standing at 5-foot-9 and 168 pounds, Stephen Houzah played every game as a Panther at Lakeside High School in Evans, Georgia, as either a cornerback, wide receiver, or return specialist. His impact on the gridiron led to an influx of awards as a senior. The Atlanta Jour...

Inside the Den (Episode 4)

Jagger Lieb sets up for a 43 yard field goal in the second quarter. The Bears lost, 34-33 in overtime.

Justin Baxley and Hayes Rule

October 7, 2015

Inside the Den is back this week reviewing all things Mercer and SoCon sports. Hayes and Justin get you ready for the week ahead with some previews of this weeks biggest match ups in the football. This episode features two very special guests: President of the Mercer Maniacs, Thomas Norton and Freshman C...

Mercer Maniacs looking to branch out

Mercer Maniacs looking to branch out

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

August 31, 2015

When the opposing team steps on the field in Five Star Stadium or on the court in Hawkins Arena, they are greeted by the most rabid student section in the entire Southern Conference, the Mercer Maniacs. ”We are the student spirit group. We are not an exclusive group anyone who likes to cheer on the ...

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