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Campus News, Sports

Volleyball season, Atkinson’s career ends with G-MAC tournament loss

By Andrew Preston The 2016-17 Lady Trojans Volleyball season ended with a four set loss against the Ursuline Lady Arrows in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) on Nov. 17. The end of the season not only marks the end competition, but also the end of lone senior Katelyn Atkinson’s career. “She’s always been a great competitor. She’s improved each year in many ways. She improved this year, but the players around her were better, so we didn’t depend on her quite so much,” said Jamie Crowley, head coach.  Atkinson matured during her junior to become the player she is, Crowley said. She developed better relationships with coaches and teammates. “You don’t replace someone like her, it’s a big hole to fill,” said Crowley, “I’d like to see other players step up and see this as ...
Campus News, Faculty, Sports

Coach Foster, five Lady Trojans honored with end of the year awards

By Andrew Preston For the second time in four seasons, Mark Foster, head women’s soccer coach, is Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Coach of the Year. “Obviously I take a lot of pride in winning the award, but it’s not about me,” said the coach from Newcastle, Ireland. “What I hate is Calvin and Kaitlyn (our assistant coaches) don’t get the credit. I stand up there and get handed the trophy, but I really wouldn’t win any award if it wasn’t for them.” Foster coached the Lady Trojans to a 13-5-1 (11-3 G-MAC) record before falling to the eventual G-MAC champions, Davis & Elkins, 2-0 in the Trevecca hosted G-MAC tournament in early November. (more…)
Faculty, Features, Sports

Trojans’ Schmalz joins close friend, MVP Ben Zobrist at World Series

By Andrew Preston When it comes to attending the World Series, Trevecca baseball coach Ryan Schmalz has something most baseball fans don’t: experience and a friend. Schmalz, now entering his fifth season with the Trojans, was on the field with his friend and former college baseball teammate, Ben Zobrist, celebrating after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. “I was allowed on the field for the celebration. It was really chaotic. There was an incredible amount of media,” said Schmalz. “Ben was pulled in a 1,000 different directions for interviews and such, I didn’t get to talk to him a whole lot. I had my chance to see him, say a few words, hug and pray with him, but that was it.” Being on the field after the Cubs won the 2016 pennant was Schmalz's third time to be at a world series...
Campus News, Sports

Sister, Sister: Siblings to play for Lady Trojans basketball

By Andrew Preston For only the second time in the programs 23-year history, the Lady Trojans will have sisters on the same team. Those two sisters, Megan and McKenzie Kilburn, originally from Summertown, Tenn., grew up playing basketball together their entire lives. From one-on-one games in their backyard to the occasional games on the school playground, when it comes to basketball, the Kilburns know each other very well. “We can read each other very well because we always have to guard each other. Really we know a lot of the little things [about each other],” said freshman McKenzie. “We know what the other is going to do, so we always have to change it up.” (more…)
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Freshman Brings Back Cheerleading for 2016-2017 School Year

By Brooklyn Dance For the first time in 47 years, Trevecca does not have a cheerleading team, but a freshman is working to have a club of cheerleaders ready for at least a few basketball games.    Athletic Director Mark Elliot and Mary Lou Del Rio, Trevecca’s former cheerleading sponsor, made the decision over the summer to take a year off.     “Let’s back up, revaluate, and see how this year goes,” said Elliott.  “Let’s figure out a different way to do it.” (more…)
Campus News, Faculty, Sports

Trevecca Department of Athletics hires first strength and conditioning coach

By Andrew Preston Matt Grimm begins his mornings with a 5 a.m. alarm everyday so he can be ready for his appointments with Trevecca athletes throughout the day. Everyday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. you can find Grimm, Trevecca's first strength and conditioning coach, either training athletes, teaching classes or with his personal clients. Grimm was hired in April to monitor the individual and team workouts of the Trevecca athletic teams, something recently required per NCAA law. He is responsible for being present when the teams are in the weight room, assisting and guiding athletes in their workout and assigning team specific workouts. (more…)
Campus News, Sports

Lady Trojans basketball lean on new coach, new style of play for 2016-2017 season

By Andrew Preston The Lady Trojans begin the 2016–17 season on Nov. 5 with a new head coach and several young players. Chad Hibdon, the new women's basketball head coach, said he will emphasize the toughness of the team that lost three seniors and the program's winningest coach in history. “With a new coaching staff and a new philosophy, I think that where we are right now, we are a very youthful team, not matured into what we can be. We are still in the learning curve stage,” said Hibdon. Of the 15 players on the roster, there are 10 underclassmen, including five freshman. A group of returning seniors will help lead the way. (more…)
Campus News, Sports

Trojans men’s basketball to be led by one senior

By Andrew Preston The Trojans men’s basketball team will tip off their season Nov. 5 with four returning players and 11 new recruits. Of the 15 Trojans on Head Coach Sam Harris’s roster, only four players returned, and perhaps the biggest loss is the graduation of Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Player of Year Byron Sanford who led last year's team with 18.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, assists with 133 and steals with 55. But athletic officials say this year's recruited class is up for the challenge. “We knew it was coming going into last year. We have a good recruiting class coming in, but it is just going to take them a little time to gel,” said Harris. (more…)
Campus News, Sports

G-MAC Conference Player of the Year thought his career was over

By Andrew Preston Byron Sanford left high school thinking his basketball career was over. Next month, he will graduate from Trevecca with the following accolades as a three-year starter for the Trojans: G-MAC Conference Player of the Year 2016, First Trevecca Division II player to reach 1,000 career points and Division II- 2016 Honorable Mention All-American. Sanford was the first Trevecca athlete to score 1,000 career points since the school has competed in Division-II. Sanford is the 40th Trevecca athlete to reach the 1,000 career point’s pinnacle for the school. “The night I scored my 1,000th point against St. Joe’s was really special,” said Sanford. This year Sanford was third in scoring in the G-MAC at 18.3 points per game. He was third in rebounds at 7.5 a game. He placed second...
Features, Sports

Trevecca track teams compete with no track on campus

By: Andrew Preston Trevecca’s 4-year-old track and field program is making progress even though there is no track at the university. The 29 student athletes who make up the two track teams travel around Nashville to practice on available tracks when other teams aren’t using them, do their workouts on campus and generally don’t complain, said Austin Selby men and women’s cross country and track and field coach. “We compete on the track, so it makes sense to practice on a track, but that is a luxury we just don’t have at this time,” said Selby.  “We don’t use that as an excuse, ever. We don’t really think about it, we joke about it as a team, but it is never an excuse for under-performing. We still find ways to get done what needs to be done with what we have.” In 2012, Trevecca lau...