Cross Country Dominates at Southeast Region Championships

Written by Darcy Waskiewics, Sports Editor

The Furman men’s and women’s cross-country teams soared at the 2019 NCAA Southeast Region Championships on Friday. The women’s team, who are ranked 14th, finished in second place, while the 31st ranked men’s team finished in fourth place. 

The women’s second-place finish automatically qualified the team for the NCAA Championships. Senior Gabbi Jennings claimed a second-place finish in the women’s 6k race with a time of 19:55.0, and senior Savannah Carnahan finished right after in third place with a time of 20.07.5. Junior Krissy Gear finished the 6k race in 12th place and senior Emma Grace Hurley finished in 16th place. All four Paladin runners earned All-Southeast Region honors after their high place finishes in the race.

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Furman Basketball Tips Off Impressive Start to Season

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

Only four games into the season, the Furman men’s basketball team has picked up where they left off last season. Men’s basketball had a record season in 2018-2019, claiming a school-record 25 wins, as well as defeating the defending champion Villanova. The team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament; however, they fell short in the first round.

Now, the team looks to have another record season with a 4-0 start to the 2019-2020 season. The season began on the road against Gardner-Webb. Furman kept in control for most of the game; however, at the half, the game was close, with Furman leading 37-36. The game concluded with a Paladins win, 70-63.

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Influential Paladin: Devin Wynn

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Junior tailback Devin Wynn has quickly emerged as a premier runner in the Southern Conference. In his sophomore season, Wynn rushed for 722 yards and six touchdowns to help lead Furman to a share of the Southern Conference title. He finished sixth in the league for rushing yards overall.

This season Wynn has already had a more significant impact on the Paladin offense. At Wofford Wynn became the first Paladin to rush over 1,000 yards on a season since 2013, topping that milestone off with 13 Furman touchdowns. He is the 16th player in Furman history to complete the honor. It has been no easy feat to have consistent success under the changing offense, but Wynn has become a staple of the offensive strategy under two different quarterbacks. 

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Tennis Looks to Carry Success into Spring Season

Written by Darcy Waskiewics, Sports Editor

Furman men’s and women’s tennis teams had strong finishes to their 2019 fall season, with the women’s team concluding their season at the Seminole All-Conference Showdown, while the men ended their fall season with the Furman Duals competition.

After a strong performance at the Furman Duals in early November, the women’s team looked to carry that success into the Seminole All-Conference Showdown the week after. There, sophomore Mary Hunter Hyche claimed three singles victories, while freshman Maggie Pate won two singles matches and senior Danni Vines, sophomore Madison Dillon, junior Mary Rompf and junior Georgie Walker all claimed one singles victory each.

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Furman Football Goes Ring Chasing

Written by, Kirsten Janes, Staff Writer

Late in the fall of last year, Furman football team tied for a share of the Southern Conference title with Wofford and East Tennessee State University. This year, they’re not planning on sharing. 

At Chattanooga, the Paladins continued their away-game win streak, beating the Mocs 35-20. In a surprising change, redshirt-freshman quarterback Hamp Sisson came off the bench to pass for five touchdowns, easily pushing the team to a record of 5-1 in SoCon play. Sisson ran in a touchdown to give the squad their first lead of the game and it only continued from there. Sisson was named Student-Athlete of the Week by the Southern Conference, not to mention a number seven finish on ESPN Sportscenter’s Play of the Day after pushing Devin Abrams to a 31-yard rushing touchdown through a pack of Chattanooga defensemen. 

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Cross Country Soars Through SoCon Championships

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

The Furman men’s and women’s cross-country teams dominated the Southern Conference throughout the regular season, so it was only fitting that the Paladins continued their success in the SoCon Championships as well. Furman cross-country won their seventh-straight SoCon Championship with victories in both men’s and women’s team titles.

The 15th ranked women’s team claimed seven of the top nine spots with a score of 20 points. Senior Gabbi Jennings, who was named SoCon Women’s Runner of the Week three times throughout the season, took second place in the 5k race. Senior Savannah Carnahan followed with a third-place finish, junior Krissy Gear finished in fourth, senior Emma Grace Hurley finished in fifth, and senior Grace Dwyer finished in sixth. All five runners were named to the All-SoCon first team. 

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One Month In: NHL Bold Predictions

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

It’s official: the first month of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) regular season came and went, and teams are beginning to get into the groove of the 82-game season. With that, plenty of storylines have already formed that analysts, coaches, players and fans would have never anticipated come puck drop in October. Now that the league has its bearings and we’ve been fortunate to sample some hockey, bold predictions need to be made. 

The Washington Capitals lead the league with a 13-2-3 record and 29 points. This statistic is not too surprising, seeing as the Capitals have been a well-rounded team the past few seasons, winning the Stanley Cup two years ago. The St. Louis Blues are not too far behind, with a 12-3-3 record and 27 points total. The Blues are coming off a Stanley Cup Championship, and the team is one of the favorites to make it far in the playoffs. My prediction is that either the Capitals or the Blues take the President’s Trophy at the end of the regular season for best record in the league. 

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Furman Soccer Continues Legacy of SoCon Success

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Both the Furman men’s and women’s soccer teams are known for their success in Southern Conference play and this season is no different. Following two outstanding 2019 regular seasons, both soccer teams look to continue their victorious SoCon legacies as they enter the postseason. 

The women’s team claimed their ninth SoCon regular season title with a 5-3 win against The Citadel on Oct. 25. The season ended a couple days later with an 0-2 loss to Mercer on Oct. 27, leaving the Paladins with an impressive 12-5-1 overall record, and a record of 7-1-1 in SoCon play. A week later, the Paladins bounced back with a 3-0 win against Wofford on Nov. 3, the 200th victory for head coach Andrew Burr, which advanced the team to the SoCon semifinals.

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Women’s Volleyball Looks to Get Back in the Win Column

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

After a slow start, the season has begun to look up for the Furman women’s volleyball team. The team went on a four-game win-streak and has won five of their past seven games, including a dominant victory over East Tennessee State, who has a record of 18-4 and 9-1 in SoCon play.

Despite the slow start, many Furman players have stood out throughout the season and played a large role in the team’s win-streak. Redshirt-junior middle blocker Courtney Hoffman had a career-high 19 kills in the team’s win against Chattanooga and regularly puts up high numbers in the kills statistics. Freshman libero Andrea Aceveda has made a huge impact in the back row, including a career- high 29 digs in a 2-3 loss to Western Carolina and 28 digs in the team’s 3-1 win against UNC Greensboro.

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The Washington Nationals: How They Made It This Far

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

In a season filled with inconsistency, the Washington Nationals have made sure to keep one thing consistent throughout – their ability to make a comeback. In fact, the team’s entire 2019 Major League Baseball season can be considered one giant comeback. Now, playing in the team’s first World Series, the Washington Nationals continue to prove just how special this team is. 

In order to really understand how impressive the Washington Nationals’ 2019 season has been, where the team was at the start of the season must be taken into consideration. In late February as teams prepared for Spring Training in March, the Nationals lost superstar right-fielder Bryce Harper to free agency when he signed with division rival, the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper was not only known for his dynamic swing, but also his strong defensive ability and arm, and both left a whole in the National’s batting order and outfield. 

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