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 may see these sights, maybe the first question should (jokingly) … Continue reading Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

Golden-Hearted Families: Leas and Strains return to Jacksonville to help those in need

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Justin Lea, Courtney Strain and Leah Strain all were born and grew up hours away from Jacksonville. But major life milestones over the years have made Jacksonville State home for the trio. For Courtney, it was meeting current fiancé Dalton Screws, who was a teammate of Lea under Bill Clark and John Grass, on top of countless basketball games played … Continue reading Golden-Hearted Families: Leas and Strains return to Jacksonville to help those in need

JSU extends season again with CBI win

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor It’s not over yet. The Jacksonville State Men’s Basketball team extended its season yet again with an 80-78 overtime victory in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament Wednesday over Canisius. It took overtime and overcoming a near-miracle shot from the Golden Griffins, but the CBI victory is the first win in a national postseason tournament for the Gamecocks … Continue reading JSU extends season again with CBI win

JSU drops OVC opener with Austin Peay

Grant Benefield, Sports Reporter After opening the 2018 season to a hot 9-3 record, Gamecock baseball stumbled in its first OVC series of the year, dropping two of three to Austin Peay by scores of 7-4, 7-6, before winning the final game 13-0. Game one of the weekend series started well for the Gamecocks (10-5, 1-2). In the bottom of the third, designated hitter Trent … Continue reading JSU drops OVC opener with Austin Peay

Gamecocks take weekend series over FIU

Grant Benefield, Sports Reporter JSU baseball took a weekend trip to Miami for a three game series with Florida International. The Gamecocks took two-out-of-three—both wins coming in extra innings. Game one of the series featured plenty of free baseball, with the Gamecocks (8-3) and Panthers (5-6) holding a 6-6 stalemate from the seventh inning until the twelfth when Jacksonville State exploded for 6 runs to … Continue reading Gamecocks take weekend series over FIU

Gamecock season ends in heartbreak

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor EVANSVILLE, Ind. —What a game. What a comeback. For Jacksonville State, what a heartbreak. Even after a furious 20-point second half comeback for the Gamecocks, JSU fell to Murray State 70-63 in the Ohio Valley Tournament semifinals to end their season. “These kids fought and battled right to the bitter end,” said Coach Harper. Early on, everything went Murray’s way. The … Continue reading Gamecock season ends in heartbreak

JSU hangs on to move past Tech

Jamall Gregory throws down a dunk over a Tennessee Tech defender (JSU Athletics) Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor EVANSVILLE, Ind.­—The journey in the tourney for the Jacksonville State men’s basketball team is officially underway. The Gamecocks took down Tennessee Tech 73-70 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, setting up a semifinal date with top seed Murray State. “I knew it was going to … Continue reading JSU hangs on to move past Tech

‘Cocoa’ leads JSU past Eagles in OVC Tourney

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor The drought is over. The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team defeated Morehead State 69-56 to win their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game since 2014. The last victory came four seasons ago when the Gamecocks took down Tennessee Tech to reach the semifinals. JSU missed the tournament in 2016 and 2017. “I’m really happy for these kids and I’m really happy … Continue reading ‘Cocoa’ leads JSU past Eagles in OVC Tourney

Finding the Wright fit: Malcolm Drumwright creates legacy at JSU

Malcolm Drumwright warms up before Jacksonville State’s NCAA Tournament game against Louisville last March. (Matt Reynolds/JSU) Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor Forty-nine seconds left. Gamecocks clinging to a five-point lead over OVC juggernaut Belmont. Malcolm Drumwright, as he has so many times in a Gamecock uniform, rose up and released a huge shot. As has happened so many times in Drumwright’s career, swish. JSU 75, Belmont … Continue reading Finding the Wright fit: Malcolm Drumwright creates legacy at JSU

Gamecocks take down Golden Eagles to clinch four-seed

Hollie Ivey, Staff Sports Reporter The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team (20-11, 11-7 OVC) took home a 66-57 win over Tennessee Tech in their final regular season game on Saturday, clinching the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Championship and earning its second consecutive 20-win season. Former Head Coach Bill Jones was the last coach to lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back 20-win … Continue reading Gamecocks take down Golden Eagles to clinch four-seed