The Student Athlete, and Scholar?

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It is an age-old stereotype that student athletes, especially those at the collegiate level, put very little emphasis on academics. The struggle to perform to perfection and maintain outstanding grades is real, there’s no doubt about that. Between the large quantities of time athletes must dedicate to practice and classes themselves, sports stars often have very little time to study at the level that is needed in order to be successful, and thus grades begin to drop. However, there are a few exceptions to this ideal. While there are many student athletes out there who struggle with their academics, there are also athletes that excel academically. What makes them different, and how do they do this?

1379490_723302247683251_682725231_nReinhardt University freshman baseball player Blake Oviedo takes fifteen credit hours per semester—a full class load—and dedicates on average 3-4 hours a day to baseball, yet he still maintains mostly As. As a Pre-Med/Biology major, Oviedo works hard to balance his schoolwork with his sport. When asked if this was a difficult task, he responded, “It was at first, but not anymore. Once I got acclimated to my schedule, I just decided to stick with everything and put forth a lot of effort. It’s worked out so far.”

How coaches encourage athletes to perform academically is also a prominent subject in sports media. Now more than ever, coaches are urging players to remember that athletes are students first. Oviedo commented, “Coach Howard has been really tough on us academically, even having us fill out grade sheets. Even though they can be a bit of a hassle, I think that they motivate us to do well, which is the ultimate goal.”

alyssaAlyssa Kroll, sophomore biology major at RU, is a tennis player who also excels academically, even partaking in the Honors program. Kroll states that maintaining good grades during sports season is often a challenge for athletes. “It’s definitely hard sometimes [to maintain high grades], especially during the on season, but it’s doable. It just takes a lot of dedication.” Kroll also stated that playing tennis while working towards a degree has strengthened her personal skills. “I’ve learned a lot about time management and communication,” she said.

Reinhardt cheerleader Brittany Winston is also an exemplary student. The sophomore Global Communications major works hard to balance her time between classes and practices. Winston takes a different stance on the degree of difficulty time management takes of her. “[Time management] has never really been that hard to me. I’ve never let things stress me out, so I just get stuff done,” she said. Like Oviedo’s coach, Winston explains that Coach Fulghom places heavy emphasis on academics. “She’s even given us a couple of practices off to dedicate to studying for finals,” Winston said.

1010640_10151690738970730_536940108_nWhile there are many athletes that do struggle to maintain necessary grade point averages, spectators and fans must also keep in mind that there are an influx of student athletes that parallel as scholars. It is evident that rising to the standards of a student athlete is difficult, but it is also clear that athletes are capable of outstanding academic achievements when adequate effort is applied.

Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief 

Reinhardt Defeats Bethel, Continuing Winning Streak

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Untitled_Page_33Reinhardt extended its win streak to three games with their stopping a comeback from the Bethel Wildcats in the final quarter of the game. Coming off a defensive showcase against Kentucky Christian and an exhilarating upset versus (23) Faulkner University, the Eagles looked to prove themselves as a threat in the Mid-South Conference Western Division. Their noon game began with a Reinhardt drive that resulted in an interception returned for 63 yards, which set up Bethel’s first score to put the Eagles down 0-7.

The Eagles offense responded with an eight play drive, 75-yard drive that completed with RB Carl Edouard leaping over goal line defenders for an Eagles touchdown. Bethel responded with their own 65 yard drive, finished by their QB scoring on an 8 yard zone read play.

On the ensuing kickoff, after KR Travis Nunley bobbled the catch, he returned the kickoff for 100 yards to tie the game 14-14. The Reinhardt defense held strong against a seasoned Bethel’s offense and forced the Wildcats to settle for a 41-yard field goal. With only ten minutes left in the first half, the Eagles ignited for three scores with the first coming from Carl Edouard from one yard out after a 53 yard drive that showcased the throwing ability of Chamblee who finished 12-of-14 for 160 yards and a touchdown.

The ensuing Wildcats drive ended in a fumble caused by LB Jared Johnson and after a 7 play 70-yard drive, the Eagles scored again with Stegall recording his first touchdown of the day from 15 yards out. Another defensive stop set up Reinhardt’s final drive of the half. Yet another exhibition of Reinhardt’s receiving core, the drive ended with four seconds on the clock when Chamblee floated a ball to WR Tyler Bradley in the corner of the end zone for a jump-ball catch over the Wildcats defender. This put the Eagles ahead, 34-17.

The second half began with the injury of Eagle’s QB Chamblee. And it was until the end of the 3rd quarter that either team scored, with Wildcats recording a touchdown with 2:05 on the clock. The comeback continued when the Eagles threw an interception, on what looked like a miscommunication between the receiver and the quarterback on a hot route, which resulted in a pick six.

Eagles 34-31.

With the Wildcats on their heels, Reinhardt needed a score and trusting in the arm of QB Ryan Thompson. They succeeded and finished the drive with an 8-yard rushing touchdown with 1:18 left in regulation.

Eagles 41-31.

Fans were already leaving the stadium when the Wildcats pieced together a 30 second drive for a touchdown against the Eagles. Down by 5, Bethel attempted an onside kick, but failed to recover it and the Eagles ran the clock out for their third consecutive win.

Next week Reinhardt faces the Union College Bulldogs on the road. The Bulldogs are 1-3 coming off a 24-17 win against UVA-Wise. The game can be heard on Stretch Internet at reinhardteagles.com.

Leon Sapp, Sports Writer

Eagles Take Home Second Consecutive Win, Beating Faulkner

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Photo by reinhardteagles.com.

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After narrowly losing the first two football games of the Reinhardt Eagles inaugural season, the Eagles seem to be making a comeback, as they’ve won the last two games they’ve played– instating their first ever “winning streak.” The Eagles took home the W over Faulkner University, Number 23, in Montgomery, AL with a final score of 28-24.

Tevin McCoy also earned the title of Defensive Player of the Week for the Mid South Conference division.

Highlights from the game are supplied by reinhardteagles.com and  include:

L.J. Stegall scored three touchdowns as the Reinhardt University football team upset No. 23 Faulkner, 28-24, Saturday night at John Mark Stallings Field in Mid-South Conference West Division action.

Stegall scored his first touchdown when he ran a Faulkner kickoff back 95 yards in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-all. After a pair of Faulkner touchdowns, Stegall took a shovel pass from Ryan Thompson and went 61 yards to paydirt to pull the visitors back within seven. His final touchdown was the final score of the game as he scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to push RU ahead for good, 28-24.

“Defensively, we played our best game,” said RU head coach Dr. Danny Cronic. “Offensively, we were able to do enough against a great defense to pull this one out.”

Tevin McCoy had nine tackles and a pair of sacks to anchor a Reinhardt (2-2, 1-0 MSC West) defense that was averaging over 52 points per game to less than half that total. Reining Mid-South Conference Defense Player of the Week Blake Barnes had seven tackles and a sack. “Tevin is a good ball player that has a lot of savvy. Blake Barnes has a lot of savvy too for that matter,” coach Cronic said. “We needed big games from everyone on defense and those two really stepped up for us.”

The fourth quarter would belong to the visitors as Niagel Curtis took the opening snap of the fourth quarter 55 yards to pay dirt to bring RU within three, 24-21. Faulkner would only get three first downs in the quarter and twice turned the ball over on downs after Stegall’s second touchdown reception of the game.

The Eagles were aided by a pair of costly turnovers by Faulkner (3-1, 0-1 MSC West), as Alvarez Thomas made an interception in the endzone in the second quarter to keep Faulkner off the board and Juice Arnold picked off a Josh Hollingsworth pass to set up an RU field goal attempt.”

The Eagles play Bethel College this coming Saturday, September 28th at 12:00 at Ken White field. You won’t want to miss it.

For more information regarding last week’s game, visit http://www.reinhardteagles.com.

Eagles Beat Kentucky Christian University, 19-14

Barnes named Mid-South Conference Defensive player of the week. Photo by reinhardteagles.com.
Barnes named Mid-South Conference Defensive player of the week. Photo by reinhardteagles.com.

Barnes named Mid-South Conference Defensive player of the week. Photo by reinhardteagles.com.

After two losses, the Reinhardt Eagles made history as they took home their first win against Kentucky Christian University at Grayson, KY on Saturday, September 14th. Blake Barnes was also made RU history, as he was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive player of the week.

Game Highlights:

“Deonte Dennis ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns during the game and L.J. Stegall scored from one yard out with 15 seconds remaining to give the Reinhardt University football team the program’s first win, 19-14.

After a KCU (1-2) score with 2:11 to go in the contest, Reinhardt received the ball on its own 46 after Travis Nunley returned a short kickoff of 25 yards. The Eagles (1-2) worked the ball down the field until Stegall took a toss sweep around the right side of the offensive line and sped to the corner of the endzone to put the Eagles on top, 19-14. KCU would get one last play from scrimmage, but the Eagles recovered a forward lateral as time expired to give RU its first win.

Deonte Dennis opened the scoring with a 79-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to give the Eagles the 7-0 lead. KCU answered with a touchdown with 6:14 left in the half on a Jamuel Jones eight-yard run.

The score stayed the same until the fourth quarter when both teams combined for 19 points. Dennis plunged in from a yard out with 6:51 remaining, but the Eagles mishandled the snap on the extra point, leaving the door open for KCU. The Knights would take advantage with 2:11 to go as Lane Knost caught a 14-yard pass from Shaun Jones. With the extra point, the Knights led, 14-13, setting the stage for the late heroics.”

The Eagles will play their next game against Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday, September 21st.  The next home game will follow on September 28th against Bethel University.

Meagan Hurley, & highlights from Jason Hanes

Reinhardt vs. Lindsey Wilson

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Eagles Narrowly Miss Win Over Blue Raiders

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IMG_9409The Reinhardt Eagles went down 50-24 at the end of the 3rd quarter, before rallying in the final quarter of play for 21 unanswered points. LJ Stegall, after returning a kickoff in the Eagle’s début home game, rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including one touchdown receiving this Saturday. 
Heat was immense and energy was at an all time high. The temperature wavered between 130-140 degrees atop the Eagles all turf field. Being the Eagles’ first ever home game, visitors from all over Waleska and Canton rushed to fill seats alongside the student body and faculty and staff of Reinhardt University. Blue and gold colors blanketed the stadium as Eagle pride dominated for miles. 
The game began with an Eagle’s kickoff to the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders, which resulted in a 63 yard airborne drive that was halted by the defensive efforts of the blue and gold. Lindsey Wilson, unable to convert on a 3rdand 5 at the Eagle’s 5, were forced to settle for a field goal.
The ensuing Eagle drive was a 3 and out, followed suit by a Lindsey Wilson 3 and out displaying the early strength of both team’s defenses.
The Eagles would, however, score with their second possession of the ball in a 13 play, 71 yard drive that showcased the throwing ability of Chamblee, who completed 5 out of 5 passes to help get the Eagles in the red zone, as well as extend their drive in a few long yardage situations. Niagel Curtis recorded the first touchdown of the day when he ran the ball in from Lindsey Wilson’s 5. 
The Blue Raiders’ next drive was nearly cut short, in a 3 and 6 situation after the first two plays of the series. However, quarterback Branden Cresap connected with Matt Powers for a 21 yard gain before being brought down by Eagle’s CB Christain Hill. The Blue Raiders followed this with a sweep for 11 yards and a 25 yard pass that resulted in a touchdown.
Eagles 7, Blue Raiders 10.
Lindsey Wilson continued aggressively with a successful onside kick one minute before the 1stquarter ended. A pitch and another deep ball secured another touchdown making it Eagles 7, Blue Raiders 17 when the 1st quarter concluded.
The second quarter began with Stegall nearly breaking for another touchdown before being brought down after a 27 yard return. The Eagles offense continued this momentum with a 7 play, 48 yard drive that was highlighted by a 36 yard pass from Jonathon Chamblee to Aaron “AK” Kennedy. Unable to convert on a 3 and 2 situation at the Lindsey 15, kicker Matthew Moon secured a field goal from 31 yards out. 
For the duration of the second quarter, the Eagles struggled to get their offense in sync while the Blue Raiders made use of their quarterback and receiving core. With 2:49 left in the second quarter and the Eagles down 31-10, the Reinhardt offense pieced together a 79 yard drive to breathe life into the team. Once again, Chamblee made several key plays when he connected to Sam Jones to convert a second and long, and Stegall for a 38 yard Eagle touchdown. RB Deonte Dennis and Sam Jones also made some impressive runs this drive, both showcasing their cutback ability on the sweep play.
This concluded the 1st half.
Eagles 17, Blue Raiders 31.
The second half began with another, 20+ yard kick return by LJ Stegall. The Eagles’ running backs went to work, going 49 yards in three plays before an untimely fumble 23 yards from the goal line. 
The Blue Raiders capitalized on this, scoring again on a 12 play, 77 yard drive. And after the Eagles fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, a Raiders defender scooped the loose ball for a touchdown making the score Eagles 17, Blue Raiders 44.
Discouraged fans were beginning to leave the stadium and the Blue Raiders were feeling comfortable until the end of the 3rd quarter neared and the Eagles’ offense and defense came together for a comeback. With 4:41 left in the 3rd quarter, LJ Stegall took a handoff for 64 yards down the Eagle’s sideline, making good use of his blockers on the run.
In the following drive, Lindsey Wilson would score their last points of the game.
The fourth quarter began with the Eagles down 26 points. With the ball in hand, the Eagles drove 68 yards to record another Reinhardt touchdown. This drive received help from the talents TE Bolden Davis, and RB TC Carter.
In the ensuing Raiders drive, Eagles CB Christian Hill forced and recovered a fumble on the first play of the series when he struck Raiders receiver, Akio Tonge.
The Eagles took this opportunity and went 78 yards to score another Eagle’s touchdown. Eagles 31, Blue Raiders 50. 
The Blue Raiders, still unable to respond the Eagles turnaround, were forced to punt the ball after four plays. The Eagles would go another 70 yards for a touchdown, with receiver Sam Jones hauling in a 27 yard pass from QB Ryan Thompson.
With 3:51 on the clock and the Eagles one drive away from victory, Lindsey Wilson did their best to keep the ball away from the ferocious Reinhardt offense. 
Able to convert on some 3rd down situations, the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders succeeded and escaped the game with a five point lead. Eagles 45, Blue Raiders 50.
The Reinhardt Eagles–the team that was just beaten by a mere three points against the Mercer Bears last week–was once again narrowly defeated by the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders.
Despite two consecutive losses, Eagle players and fans seem optimistic about the future of the team. A large turnout is expected at the next Eagles home game on September 28th against Bethel University.
The Eagles will play their next game on September 14th at 1:30pm against Kentucky Christian University at Kentucky Christian. More information can be found at reinhardteagles.com. 
Leon Sapp & Meagan Hurley 

Tailgating at Reinhardt – Concealed Container Policies

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The addition of football to the university is an exciting turn in Reinhardt’s history. Students have a new team to cheer for, new ways to show off their spirit, and new expectations to meet. Sporting events, in general, create their own issues that school and city officials have to deal with in order to make sure that games are as safe as possible for those attending. Because of this policies regarding sporting events have been changed over the past few months to accommodate the advent of this new era of athletics at Reinhardt.

One of the most important, and most controversial, modifications to Reinhardt’s Game Day Policies has been the new “Concealed Container” Policy and the relative rules about tailgating at home football games. The Game Day Alcohol policy states that no food or drink from outside the stadium is allowed at the football games, and that any food item or beverage consumed in the stadium must be purchased at the concession stand. This is to prevent the consumption of alcohol within the stadium itself. The controversy around this policy is due to its contradiction of Reinhardt’s “Dry Campus” rule – particularly where the Alcohol policy states that “Discrete consumption by those of legal age on University property is permitted provided behavior is acceptable”. Such a policy directly conflicts with Reinhardt’s Student Code of Conduct, which strictly prohibits students from possessing or consuming alcohol on any school property or at any school sponsored events.

Tailgating at games will be allowed in the parking lot surrounding the Brown Athletic Center, but the policy states that “consumption… on university property” is allowed “discreetly” which is in direct violation of Reinhardt’s previous policies. Deciding what inappropriate behavior needs to be removed, especially due to alcohol, will be a complicated issue until the new policy is released affirming that alcohol either is or is not allowed on campus on game days.

A prominent member of the Campus Spirit program, Brad Cook, commented that he doesn’t think that the policy or the no alcohol rule will affect tailgaters. He does, however, believe it will create more issues for officials who are in charge of the tailgating section at games. Aware of the issue, Dr. Roger Lee, Vice President of Student Affairs, is working to revise the Game Day policy regarding alcohol consumption. Dr. Lee indicated that he would be rewriting this regulation by combining the school’s code and the Game Day rule into a new policy that will definitively clear up any confusion.

Students who are unaware of the current or changed policies about Game Days may go to reinhardteagles.com and click “Game Day Policies” under the Athletic Links tab.

 

Mollie Street, Staff Writer

How to be The Eagles’ #1 Fan!

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Untitled_Page_90Excitement is all around with the kickstart of the college football season! Especially since this is Reinhardt’s first football season ever! GO EAGLES! Since football is a new addition on campus, many people aren’t too sure what to make of it. There is, however, a sad fact that has become obvious – Reinhardt University does not have many number one fans.

How can the Eagles dominate the field if there aren’t enough obnoxiously passionate fans to support them all the way to the end?  How can the Eagles massacre their opponents if there are no number one fans yelling, “ONWARD TO VICTORY!” or “GO EAGLES!!” as motivation?

Certainly, there are many seeking to become the Eagles’ #1 fan, but no one really knows how to reach that majestic status – Number 1 Fan…

The process is not as daunting as it seems.

There are 10 steps to become a #1 fan:

  1. The first thing is to have faith in your team. No matter how many times the Eagles lose, they are STILL winners to you!
  2. Attend every game that you can, even if it means you have to hide in the luggage as the team travels. You can’t support your team if you are not there! Plus, number one fans are a bit obsessed, that’s why they have their high fan status.
  3. Wear your team colors, preferably every day. However, if you don’t have enough blue and gold for daily wear, just make sure you have those colors on visible parts of your body on game day.
  4. Dye your hair blue and gold. No one said it would be easy to become a #1 fan! You get extra points for using permanent dye, but you can just get hair chalk for easy removal.
  5. BODY PAINT! (‘Nough said…)
  6. Make signs depicting your eagle pride, or bring one or two of those foam hands – you know the ones!
  7. Bring noisy objects: bells, megaphones for awesome yelling, drums, trumpets, big mouths, and anything else that could wake your favorite team if you sense that players are falling asleep on the field.
  8. Pay attention to the cheerleaders! They are there to refuel your team spirit! If you hear them yell, “BLUUUUUUUUUUE and GOOOOOOOOOLD!”, don’t let them make fools of themselves! Join in and make as much noise as possible! CHEER YOUR TEAM ONWARD TO VICOTY!
  9.  Bring a picture-taking device so that you can record every glorious moment of the game! The pictures that you can keep are the ultimate #1 fan reward, because they last forever!
  10. Finally, come early! Feel free to play a drum or some really loud music that glorifies your team! This will help you to get a good seat – so that you can be front and center of all the action! If possible, get a chair and place it right in the middle of the field, then you’ll be part of the action! It doesn’t get better than that!

Now that you’ve been equipped with the tools to become a #1 fan, go little Eagle, spread your wings and fly! Lead your team to victory!

Vanessa Irie, Sports Editor

Eagles Barely Miss Victory at First Football Game

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DSC_2627The Eagles’ preparation for their first game against the Mercer Bears began in May of 2012, when head coach Danny Cronic was assigned to the Reinhardt football program with no more than a blank roster and a couple of phone numbers. The road to their first season was marked by the hiring of a coaching staff, 120 players and the building of an athletic facility.

The Eagles played their first ever football game in 130 years at Anderson Field at Mercer University after a year of grinding through the day to day life of a student athlete, without any games to look forward to. And for all their hard work and commitment, the first play of Reinhardt football history was an interception by Juice Arnold, in deep coverage, when Mercer dared to test the prowess of the Reinhardt secondary.

With only a handful of fans, and the players and coaches on the field to celebrate, those in blue and gold erupted in cheer while the rest of Tony and Nancy Moye stadium fell silent in disbelief. The game that both teams had spent years working towards had finally began.

With the ball at the third yard line, the Eagles looked to their RB LJ Stegall to get some room. He came up big with a twenty-two yard gain. After a few more plays and an unsuccessfully converted third and two, Reinhardt punted and covered it well with Ladrell Cammon tackling the ball carrier for a gain of one.

The Reinhardt defense held steady with Defensive End (DE) Tevin Mccoy, making a play two yards in the backfield. Reinhardt secondary gave nothing to Mercer’s QB who was forced to two incomplete passes, including a pass break up by Adrian Hayes. Mercer then punted the ball. Three plays later, the Eagles would be doing the same, but this time not without capitalizing on Mercer’s mistake.

The punt returner, forced aback by the coverage of Reinhardt’s defense, fumbled the ball while Eagle player, Vashaun Washington recovered it at Mercer’s thirteen. The Eagles capitalized when Jonathan Chamblee completed a three yard pass to LJ Stegall for Reinhardt University’s first touchdown. After a botched extra point attempt, the Eagle’s defense readied themselves for another drive after kickoff.

Starting the Bears drive was a fifteen yard personal foul, one of many penalties that would haunt the Eagles throughout the game. This moved the Bears from the twenty-eight to the forty-three. After a sweep play and successful QB scramble, the Mercer QB connected with his receiver for a thirty-seven yard touchdown.

The Eagles responded quickly when LJ Stegall returned a kickoff that showcased the speed that earned him honorifics as the fastest player on the team.  The blue and gold fans combusted into cheer again for another amazing play by the Eagles.

This would begin the back and forth shootout that highlighted the entire game.

The Eagles defense forced the Bears to grudgingly work in a thirteen play drive that ended in a touchdown. However, this was not without the aid of personal foul during a third and two situation, which extended the Bear’s drive.

Upon kickoff, LJ Stegall nearly returned another before being tripped up by an unseen defender, advancing the ball to the Reinhardt forty-two. The Eagles showcased RB TC Carter as well as the throwing ability of Chamblee in their fourth drive of the game, advancing the ball to the Bear’s twenty-five. There they unsuccessfully attempted a forty-two yard field goal.

The Eagles defense took the field again. After another twelve play drive, the Bears scored and the Reinhardt offense answered with a field goal of their own, when kicker Matthew Moon made good from twenty-eight yards out.

With only two minutes and fifty seconds left on the clock, the Eagles defense made sure to end the half on a positive note, when Linebacker Chas Pierce, sacked Mercer’s QB on a backside blitz that resulted in a fumble.

The second half opened with consecutive stops by both team defenses, before the Bears returned a fumbled at nine minutes and fifty-five seconds for a touchdown, making the score 16-28 Mercer.

Needing to generate some momentum, the Eagles turned to their 6’4 wide receiver, Tyler Bradley, for the second play of their drive. He came up big, when QB Chamblee connected for a twenty yard gain, but not before Bradley broke a tackle and drug a few defenders. The Eagles then proceeded to drive their way through the Mercer defense until they reached the one yard line of the Bears. Unable to convert on fourth and goal, possession returned to the Bears.

The Eagles defense held the Bears within thirteen yards of their goal line before forcing them to punt to Travis Nunley. Then on the second play of the drive, QB Ryan Thompson passed to Niagel Curtis for a forty-four yard touchdown. The score was now 22-28.

The Eagle’s defense got the Bears again, and with only fifty seconds on the clock in the third quarter. RB Sam Jones accelerated for a seventy-eight yard touchdown, past the middle of the Bear’s defense. The score was 29-28 Eagles.

With the fourth quarter approaching, both teams aligned themselves for a game where momentum would become impossible to grasp. The Bears concluded their fourth quarter drive with a touchdown. The Eagles were forced to punt again and recovered another fumble when Mercer’s returner fumbled the ball at their own eleven; Adrian Hayes on the play.

LJ Stegall ran for his third touchdown after TC Carter set him up with an eight yard gain in the previous play. Eagles 35-34. Seeking to force Mercer into a field goal situation, the Eagles tried for a two-point conversion and succeeded when Thompson connected with Aaron Kenneday in the end zone. The score: Eagles 37-34.

In what was the longest drive of the game, the Bears worked their way down the field–forced to make several difficult plays on the run or in the secondary. This left some of their players injured and their running back reeling from some tough hits from Eagles safety Ladrell Cammon. They were, however, forced to settle for a field goal, which they converted from twenty-eight yards out, evening the score.

With only three minutes left in the game, the Eagles attempted to get in field goal range for the victory. Travis Nunley almost put the Bears out of commission when he raced passed Mercer’s defenders before finally being tripped up by the kicker. This put the ball at the Reinhardt thirty-nine. The Eagle’s offense advanced twenty yards before calling a timeout at thirty seconds to decide how to handle their fourth and six situation, as it seemed that the coaches couldn’t agree on a course of action.

Too far for a field goal and too close for a punt to do anything, the Reinhardt offense went for it. The play that would decide the game was a Sixty-six Punch, with a twin set and a corner route–Thompson dropped back and scanned the field for his receivers. However, with the pocket collapsing, he spun to avoid a defender and was forced to take off, if he had any hope to keep the play positive. Unable to escape the trenches of the field, he was grounded at the line of scrimmage.

The rest is history.

Final score: Eagles 37, Bears 40.

Be sure to check out the Reinhardt Eagles when they play Lindsey Wilson at home on September 7th.

Leon Sapp

& Meagan Hurley

SOAR: The New Eagle on Campus

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DSC_0211After thirty years of existence, Reinhardt University’s mascot has a name: Soar. The name was revealed on Spring Day, Thursday, April 4th – an exciting day for Soar.

Soar was the super star of the day, as cheerleaders and other Reinhardt students eagerly waved their pompoms and cheered him on as he ran through the human tunnel.

Walter May stood on the podium and proudly announced the good news to the crowd who watched and waited.

It is obvious that the Eagle had been working out to get ready for his big day! Soar jumped out and showed off his newly acquired gluteus maximus and quads, as he paraded the stage.

The eagle worked closely with the football team, because he was built like a football player. No one complained about the makeover though.

It is safe to say that Soar was born on Thursday, April 4th. As the year ends, all of Reinhardt eagerly waits for Soar to take his first flight during the fall season.

Soar will lead the brave Reinhardt Eagles to battle enemy schools, and eventually to the ultimate victory in every sport on campus.

Vanessa Irie, Staff Writer

Eagles Women’s Basketball: We Are the Champions!

When the basketball season began, no one knew what to expect from the Reinhardt University Women’s Basketball team.  As the ladies began training with their new coach, Coach Lindsey Huffman, it seemed as if the obstacles outweighed the possibilities.

 

Even though victory is pretty sweet, Coach Huffman came to Reinhardt with one main goal in mind: to create a team who believed in itself.

 

She stated that in order to achieve such high confidence, she, as the new coach, first had to”change the program’s mentality”.  Meanwhile, she  “[endorsed] hard work [to create elite] student athletes [who strived] to improve from day one.”

 

As the season’s first game day approached, Coach Huffman and the Athletic Director, Coach Popp, saw that the team and the entire university had little faith in the abilities of the women on the basketball team.  This did not stop Coach Huffman.

 

Coach Popp said, “We wanted to re-establish the basketball program [at Reinhardt] while creating quality type student athletes.”

 

With each game, it seemed that the ladies were pulling past the low expectations from the student body. With each game, the women on the team grew more confident.

 

The championship victory did not just jump into the arms of the team as they lounged. No. These ladies had to deal with a lower member count than other teams. While the Lady Eagles only had  7-8 accessible players, other teams boasted 10-12 active players.  In addition, there were multiple injuries and a lack of experience with winning in general.

 

As the season wore on and the Lady Eagles won game after game, the team grew more determined.  The championship in Kingston, Tennessee became a realistic goal.  They also toughened physically and mentally.  On the court, the ladies played into their potentials, and delivered a powerful defense.

 

The moment of truth came when the Lady Eagles faced the regular Appalachian Athletic Conference champions, Milligan, at the MeadowView Conference Center.  The ladies rebounded and won the semifinals with a score of 61-52.

 

That victory strengthened the team as they trained for the championship in Tennessee.

 

When asked about the team’s abilities, Coach Huffman said, “From day one, I believed in them. The potential was there. The struggle was trying to get them to believe that.”

 

So, the Lady Eagles went onto the basketball court in Kingston, ready to fight for a title that  Reinhardt has never acquired.

 

The final score at the Championship was 59-52.

 

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Coach Huffman, “All the hard work paid off… It was surreal.”  To know that the ladies played such a great season and brought Reinhardt its first ever Championship trophy was more than Coach Huffman, her assistant coaches, and Coach Popp could have imagined when the season kicked off.

 

“This victory gave credibility to what we were trying to accomplish,” she said.

 

With this victory under their belt, the Lady Eagles have now set a standard for Reinhardt Athletics.  Every Reinhardt University Eagle hopes that winning the AAC Championship becomes a tradition for many more years to come.

 

Vanessa Irie, Staff Writer 

Eagle Football: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Photo courtesy of Google Images.
Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

In the past year, Reinhardt has made multiple significant changes.  One of these changes is the addition of the football team to the different array of varsity sports.

As the first wave of football players invaded Reinhardt, every student wondered how these young men would affect life at the university.  The unspoken question remains: “What are these boys about?”

In an interview, Head Football Coach Cronic summarized the football team’s goals, for the men to become “Bigger, faster, stronger.”

What does this mean for Reinhardt as a community and for the athletes?

On one hand, Reinhardt students have to prepare themselves for a football season that could make or break the school’s reputation as a respectable NAAIA institution. On the other hand, the football players must gear up to improve in every aspect of their lives.

The goal is not just physical strength, but also maturity.  Bigger, faster, stronger as a team and as people. Football, as Coach Cronic said, is a “character building sport. [in the sense that it does not create the individual's character, but] it reveals it and the coaches have to appropriate model, discipline, structure to live a good life.”

This just means that Reinhardt University Football players will not just be a group of rowdy, testosterone driven athletes.  By the time these men are done with their college careers,  football would have molded them into disciplined, confident men.

To reach this goal of bigger, faster, and stronger men, the team meets every day from 7-7:30 am for a breakfast that includes extensive discussions about classes, grades, and goals.

It is easy to see that the Football coaches are highly invested in the lives of these young men.

As Coach Cronic expressed, “We are proud of the product we’ll place on the field and there will be pride from staff, faculty, and students.”

Don’t expect perfection, but RU’s football team will bring Reinhardt’s students together in a way that they have never been. As traditions emerge from the addition of this team, the school will also become an institution in which students express more pride.

Vanessa Irie, Staff Writer 


 

Super Bowl 2013: A Legendary Game

Photo courtesy of Google Images and behindthesteelcurtain.com.
Photo courtesy of Google Images and behindthesteelcurtain.com.

Photo courtesy of Google Images and behindthesteelcurtain.com.

This past Sunday, a legend went out as a legend should. Ray Lewis led his Baltimore Ravens to Super Bowl victory. And while Joe Flacco may have been the player of the game, it was Ray to whom his performance was for. However, the San Francisco 49ers put up quite the fight, eventually losing 34-31. There was serious drama following Beyoncé’s fantastic half-time show, as there was a power outage and half the stadium was blacked out.

Joe Flacco put in an MVP performance for the Ravens. With a stat-line of 22 for 33 287 and 3 TD’s, Flacco was undoubtedly one of the game-changers for the Ravens. Another game-changer was Ed Reed. The Ravens veteran Free Safety made a crucial interception, the first one thrown by any 49ers QB in a Super Bowl, to make the game’s forced turnover ratio 2:1 in favor of the Ravens. Jacoby Jones also made a name for himself with a good performance. His standout moment being the 108-yard, a postseason record distance, kick return at the 2nd half kick-off.

The 49ers had a torrid first half, but after the blackout they were a different team and were 5 yards away from a 22-point deficit comeback. Colin Kaepernick’s, the 25-year old 2nd year QB for the 49ers, inexperience was exposed to full effect as he had a hard time completing passes and threw an interception.  However, after the break he would score both a throwing and a rushing TD. Frank Gore also managed 110 yards and 1 TD, but his efforts were not enough to help the 49ers overcome the Ravens.

Regardless of what side you were on, this was a Super Bowl to remember. From the Beyoncé performance to the second half’s near comeback of the 49ers, this Super Bowl was full of excitement. And while the blackout may have taken the thunder away from Ray Lewis going out a champion, this was surely a Super Bowl no one will ever forget.

Chris Lester

Spotlight on Senior Athletes: Chelsea Hise

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Chelsea Hise is a member of Reinhardt’s Lady Eagle’s soccer team. She is an NAIA Scholar and has been a winner of the Academic All Conference Award. Chelsea is from Newnan, Georgia and has played soccer since she was three years old. During her four years at Reinhardt she has been in the starting lineup for every game. This year she served as captain. She has played mid-field position for most of her college career, but this year she switched positions to defense.

Chelsea says that she “likes being a part of the team because you feel a part of something and we are a big family. We work together and take care of each other if there is a problem there is always someone to help.” Her favorite memory from her four years at Reinhardt was winning the regular season conference and conference tournament in 2011.

“It was great because everyone else in our conference looked down on us and thought we were not good enough. We went undefeated,” she said.

Chelsea has been a role model for her teammates these past four years and she will be greatly missed on the soccer field next school year.

Stephanie Autry

RU Eagles VS Berry Vikings

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On Tuesday September 18th, the Reinhardt University’s Men’s soccer team played Berry College in a non-conference match in Waleska. The Eagles started strong with several shots that were blocked by Berry’s goalie and defense. The Vikings scored two goals in the first half of the game. A minute before the first half of the game ended, sophomore Angel Adame put Reinhardt on the scoreboard making the score 2-1 at halftime. Shortly into the second half, Berry scored a third goal off a free kick. Both teams played an aggressive second half of the game resulting in several yellow cards given out. Berry won the game 3-1.

Stephanie Autry

Eagles Defeat St. Andrew’s Knights

On Saturday September 22, Reinhardt hosted St. Andrews’ soccer team in a double header conference match. The Lady Eagles took on the St. Andrews Knights at 2 pm. At halftime the score remained tied at 0-0 but the Lady Eagles outshot the Lady Knights 10 to 2. In the second half of the game, junior Amanda Ducey made a long pass to sophomore Alex Mahan who took a shot on the goal. The ball bounced off the goal post and landed at the feet of freshman Alex Logan, who shot at the ball in the back of the net giving Reinhardt a 1-0 lead. The Lady Eagles kept possession of the ball for most of the game, but then, four minutes before the end of the game, the Lady Knights managed to score a goal and the match went into double overtime. In the last few minutes of the first overtime, one of St. Andrews players made a reckless move that resulted in the injury of one of Reinhardt’s key defensive players. The Lady Eagles defeated St. Andrew’s University during the second overtime when freshman Kristin Clegg scored the game winning goal with an assist from Alex Mahan. The Lady Eagles are now 2-6-1 and will play Faulkner University on Tuesday the 25th at 4 pm.

The Men’s soccer match followed shortly after. The Eagles scored early in the game with a goal from sophomore Angel Adame with an assist from senior Chris Baker and freshman Matt Ellis. The score remained 1-0 through the rest of the first half of the game. After halftime, the Eagles returned with full force and scored three more goals. Two of the goals were made by Sam Barnsley with assists from senior Tom Wilson and Angel Adame. The third goal was made by junior James Smith with an assist from Tom Wilson and Philip Abrahamsen. The Eagles are now 3-5-2 and will play Point University on Saturday following the women’s game.

Stephanie Autry

Reinhardt Eagles Soccer vs. Union College

On Saturday, September 15th the Reinhardt University soccer teams took on the Union College Bulldogs in an Appalachian Athletic Conference match. The Lady Eagles started strong with a goal by junior Amanda Ducey with an assist from freshman Kristin Clegg. At the half, the Lady Eagles were tied 1-1. In the second half, Kristin Clegg scored the second goal of the game with an assist from Amanda Ducey. The Lady Bulldogs tied the score 2-2 on a penalty kick and the match was taken into double overtime, ending with a tie. The Lady Eagles are now 1-1-5 for this season and will play Columbia College Fighting Kolas on September 19th, who are also part of the AAC.

The men’s match followed thirty minutes later. The Eagles scored their first goal shortly before the end of the first half with a header made by sophomore Dan Carpenter and an assist from senior Jack Coulton. The Union Bulldogs tied the match in the second half and the teams had to advance into overtime. The Eagles came out on top during double overtime when junior Paul Dudson scored the winning goal with an assist from sophomore Sam Barnsley. The Eagles are now 2-4-2 and will play Berry College at Reinhardt University on Tuesday, September 18 at 4 PM.

 

Stephanie Autry

The Journey of Don DiPetta

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Everyone has a dream, an aspiration to become one of the best in their respected fields’. One of Reinhardt University’s own is trying to achieve the dream, and make a 25-man roster.

Former Reinhardt University baseball player, Don DiPetta, is currently playing baseball in the Arizona Winter League. The goal, to make it in Major League Baseball. DiPetta, 23, played college baseball for Reinhardt, where he was named a team captain and MVP after a senior season that saw him bat .340. He also played for Siena and Valdosta State.

DiPetta overcame his size and injuries that plagued him throughout his college career. His first injury came at Siena, where he dislocated his left knee cap and tore the articular cartilage. The injury requried micro-fracture surgery. His other injury occured while at Reinhardt. A collision with a first baseman left DiPetta with a broken elbow.

His perserverance and determination led him back to the field to finish out the season.

Before graduating from Kennesaw Mountain High School, DiPetta played East Cobb baseball with current Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward.

Since leaving Reinhardt, DiPetta trained at Rapid Sports Performance in Woodstock with some of the league’s best, Jeremy Hermida (San Diego Padres), Brandon Boggs (Pittsburgh Pirates), Tyler Flowers (Chicago White Sox) and Kelly Johnson (Toronto Blue Jays).

With eight games left in their 16-game schedule, we will be keeping track of Don, and the progress he’s making to play in the MLB.

Charles Phelps

Explosion Rocks Paintball Team

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Reinhardt’s Paintball Team kicked off its 2009 season with fireworks at a recent weekend match in Tennessee, accidentally setting off an explosion with a small bonfire.

Team member Jesse Weston explained that the explosion that resulted in the conflagration was caused by burning poplar wood. The poplar’s knots were the culprits in setting off the blaze, popping off the fire’s kindling into nearby grass. The team was quick to respond, dousing the flames and preventing injury.

Weston is unfazed by the incident, excited about taking on new opponents this season, most notably The Georgia National Guard, next on Reinhardt’s slate. Jesse is glad to assure the Guard of his team’s confidence. “No mercy will be shown and no prisoner taken,” Weston said.

Thomas Smith

Reinhardt Teams Excited to Begin Winter Sports Season

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With the leaves changing colors, temperatures quickly falling, and the soccer and volleyball seasons drawing to a close, the basketball feeling is in the air.

The winter months have arrived, signalling the start of yet another season of Reinhardt Basketball. Both the guys and the girls are anxiously looking forward to the start of their new season, kicked off October 27 with Moonlight Madness, Reinhardt’s annual winter sports rally. The season will officially open as Reinhardt takes on Concordia College at the Shorter College Tip-Off Classic in Alabama.

Former player and now Asst. Coach Will Long is excited excited about the upcoming season. “We’ve got a great bunch of talent coming in this year in our freshman class,” Long said. “Our depth off the bench is the best it’s been in a while. This allows our players to stay healthy, well rested, and fresh. We’re looking forward to an awesome season.”

Most of campus agrees with Long. With a strong team and with plenty of depth at each position, the Eagles should definitely be looking forward to an awesome season.

Dave Nuehring

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