Thank You, Everyone.

It doesn’t take long to realize I’m one of the most awkward people you’ll ever come across, so when someone gives me a compliment, it’s really hard for me to accept it; not because I don’t appreciate the kind words, I just freeze up. I don’t know why. As I’ve embarked on this writing journey … Continue reading Thank You, Everyone.

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Season ends for Gamecock Tennis

 Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor The season for the JSU Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams came to a close over the weekend as the two groups bowed out of the OVC Tournament. The Men’s squad made it to the second round, where they fell to Tennessee Tech 4-3, while the Women were defeated by Eastern Illinois 4-2 … Continue reading Season ends for Gamecock Tennis

Gamecocks defeat Georgia Tech with 9th-inning walk-off winner

Alexus Jimmerson (22) talks to Ryann Luna (26) after an at bat Tuesday against Georgia Tech. Luna hit the game-winning single in the ninth inning against the Yellow Jackets. (Katy Nowak/JSU) Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor The Jacksonville State Softball squad took a break from their OVC schedule to take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia … Continue reading Gamecocks defeat Georgia Tech with 9th-inning walk-off winner

Talladega really is more than a race, it’s a life-long experience

(Editor note: Cover photo courtesy of Talladega Superspeedway) By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Sometimes there’s just a song that hits you. And the more you listen, the faster it races home. Eric Church’s 2014 hit single “Talladega” was wrote about as far from Talladega Superspeedway — Albany, New York — as one can get. But … Continue reading Talladega really is more than a race, it’s a life-long experience

Southern culture: Football reigns in the South while national numbers decline

Brannon Cahela, Staff Writer During my senior year of high school, a friend and teammate of mine received a concussion while playing football. He “got his bell rung,” so to speak. He was a wide receiver, and I was an offensive lineman, so he was too far down the field for me to see, but I … Continue reading Southern culture: Football reigns in the South while national numbers decline

Don’t pit Zerrick and Zion against each other

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Scroll through the Twitter feed. Rewind those highlight tapes. Talk to them after practice. You’ll see the praise. You’ll see that Zerrick Cooper and Zion Webb are good at a lot of things. Cooper was in Death Valley last Saturday for Clemson’s Spring Game and was honored alongside the seniors … Continue reading Don’t pit Zerrick and Zion against each other

Gamecocks take two out of three over SEMO

Grant Benefield, Staff Sports Writer After taking a tough sweep last weekend against Tennessee Tech, JSU baseball got back on track with a series win over OVC opponent Southeastern Missouri. The Gamecocks (18-14, 8-7) kicked off the series against the Redhawks (16-20, 11-7) with a double-header on Friday, winning the opener easily behind a dominant … Continue reading Gamecocks take two out of three over SEMO

“We will rebuild our home”: JSU athletics facilities sustain storm damage

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor “While the road to recovery may seem long, the people of Jacksonville will rebuild our home,” JSU Athletics Director Greg Seitz said in a statement. The devastation of the March 19 tornadoes in Jacksonville was felt by the entire community as well as the university, as hundreds of buildings were damaged, including … Continue reading “We will rebuild our home”: JSU athletics facilities sustain storm damage

Setting rivalries aside: Response to tragedy shows what makes college sports special

  Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor   Jacksonville State and Troy have been bitter rivals on fields and courts since the two universities used to “Battle for the Ol’ School Bell” beginning back in 1924. There hasn’t been much love lost between the two schools in the near century of gutting games and semi-playful insults that have … Continue reading Setting rivalries aside: Response to tragedy shows what makes college sports special

Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Don’t be alarmed if you see a 7-foot male wielding a chainsaw around Jacksonville, it’s just Norbertas Giga. If you spend more time looking around, you might even see several Jacksonville State volleyball players attempting to roll a fallen tree trunk to a more convenient spot. Before asking why you … Continue reading Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back