Gamecocks welcome OVC-favorite Belmont with milestones on the line

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Ahead of the second matchup in just two weeks with preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite Belmont, the Jacksonville State Men’s Basketball program enters the meat of their conference schedule with a heap of accomplishments already behind them. The Gamecocks took down the Bruins 84-74 in their first matchup on the road in Belmont’s Curb Events Center, and, just two weeks later, JSU welcomes … Continue reading Gamecocks welcome OVC-favorite Belmont with milestones on the line

Mayes: Ray Harper says JSU could have a tough home-court advantage, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief “The crowd was great, and I can’t thank the students enough for showing up like they did. If they’ll keep coming back, and coming in those numbers, this could be a huge home-court advantage and one of the toughest home-courts in the league. That’s what it’s all about if you’re going to have a chance to play late in the year.” That’s … Continue reading Mayes: Ray Harper says JSU could have a tough home-court advantage, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t

Gamecocks open ‘home’ schedule in Centre with 40-point win

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief CENTRE — Jacksonville State opened its 2018-19 home schedule Wednesday with a 101-61 win over Carver College in their current home away from home, the Cherokee Center and Arena in Centre. With repairs still finishing up inside Pete Mathews Coliseum, which sustained damage from the EF-3 tornadoes that passed through Jacksonville on March 19 earlier this year, the Gamecocks took the court in … Continue reading Gamecocks open ‘home’ schedule in Centre with 40-point win

‘One for the thumb’: Gamecocks win fifth straight OVC ring

Five in a row. For the fifth time in five years under Coach John Grass, the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks have won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. “It’s a pretty special thing. I don’t know many college athletes that have four championships, let alone five,” Coach Grass said at Monday’s press conference. “These guys have got one for the thumb. It’s very impressive when you … Continue reading ‘One for the thumb’: Gamecocks win fifth straight OVC ring

Gamecocks come into season with high expectations all around

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief The Jacksonville State University Basketball squads roll toward the start of the season under what may be the highest collective expectations in the programs’ Division I histories. After both the Men’s and Women’s teams equaled or surpassed the Division I wins record, with 23 and 19 victories respectively, in a stellar 2017-2018 campaign in Jacksonville, there’s no wondering why optimism abounds around Gamecock … Continue reading Gamecocks come into season with high expectations all around

Streak Snapped: Gamecocks lose in OVC for first time since 2013

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief The streak has been snapped. After nearly five years and 36 straight Ohio Valley Conference wins, the Jacksonville State Football team finally lost a conference game, ending their run with a 37-14 loss at Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. The Gamecocks were just three wins shy of tying the mark of 39 conference wins in a row by Duquesne in the MAAC … Continue reading Streak Snapped: Gamecocks lose in OVC for first time since 2013

Solo: Worth a watch for theater boycotters

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-chief  First of all, I’ll give a little disclaimer. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and I’ve loved all the new movies with Disney at the helm (including The Last Jedi). So, if you want to dismiss my opinion now based on that knowledge and go about your day, then I wouldn’t blame you. Still here? Cool. Solo: A Star Wars Story is … Continue reading Solo: Worth a watch for theater boycotters

‘Our’ Home’s in Alabama: Benefit concert raises over $1 million for JSU

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Wednesday’s Alabama & Friends Disaster Relief Benefit Concert for JSU raised over $1.2 million dollars for the tornado relief of Jacksonville State University. Thousands of country music fans and members of the JSU community braved a dreary, wet afternoon to contribute to the cause and listen to some of their favorite bands. Due to ticket sales and a “sizable” donation from band … Continue reading ‘Our’ Home’s in Alabama: Benefit concert raises over $1 million for JSU

‘Peter the Patriot’ helps Jacksonville embrace history

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Even if you don’t know Peter Leavitt, you probably know of him. If you’ve driven by the Jacksonville square on a “patriotic” holiday in the past few years and thought “Is that an American Revolutionary with a musket?” or you’ve gotten mail at the Jacksonville State Mail Center, you’ve come in contact with the man known as “Peter the Patriot.” Peter, a … Continue reading ‘Peter the Patriot’ helps Jacksonville embrace history

Six Months

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief Six months. Six months since a quiet Monday during spring break morphed into something much worse. Six months since the warnings from James Spann put fear, and caution, into the minds of all. Six months since home no longer looked like home. Six months since the homes of some could no longer be home. Six months since a lot of lives changed. … Continue reading Six Months