Giga earns NBA shot with 76ers

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Former Jacksonville State Men’s Basketball Standout Norbertas Giga will get his first NBA shot with the Philadelphia 76ers. After Giga participated in the team’s summer minicamp, the 76ers released their roster for the NBA’s annual summer league competiton in Las Vegas, and the seven-footer from Lithuania found his name on the list. Giga will compete alongside players like 76ers first round picks … Continue reading Giga earns NBA shot with 76ers

Gamecock Guide 2018: A golden age of JSU Athletics

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief When JSU’s freshman class of 2022 arrives on campus this fall, it will be doing so during one of the most successful periods for Gamecock athletics. Jacksonville State’s sports teams compete at the highest level of collegiate sports, NCAA’s Division I, with the football team competing in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division I. Football is perhaps the king of all sports in … Continue reading Gamecock Guide 2018: A golden age of JSU Athletics

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 on Friday in the first round. The Gamecock Men, who … 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 Tech Tuesday night at Choccolocco Park, and the result was … 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 as Church and Luke Laird, the song’s co-writer, watched the … 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 still remember the collective gasp of the crowd as his … 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 during halftime. Stop and think about that. Cooper, now a … 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 start from Garrett Farmer, then finishing the day in walk-off … 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 some of the Jacksonville State Athletics facilities. Pete Mathews Coliseum, … Continue reading “We will rebuild our home”: JSU athletics facilities sustain storm damage