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

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

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

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 been exchanged. Yet last week before the Gamecocks played the … Continue reading Setting rivalries aside: Response to tragedy shows what makes college sports special

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