Tennis Swinging Strong at Mid-Season Mark

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Now at the halfway point of the spring season, the Furman men’s and women’s tennis team are soaring. The men’s team is coming off a dominant win against University of Richmond, while the women are swinging strong while on a seven-game winning streak. With the Southern Conference Championship in April rapidly approaching, both teams look to continue their success. 

After their six-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-4 loss to Charlotte on Feb. 16, the Paladins bounced back the next game, and defeated University of Richmond 6-1 at home. The 21st nationally ranked duo of Jake Bhangdia and Jake Munns led the charge in doubles competition, and the Paladins finished with a complete sweep of the Spiders in that event.  Furman also dominated in singles competition, winning five of their six matches. Jake Munns was also named SoCon men’s tennis player of the week for competition from the week of Feb. 2-8 following the Paladin’s six game winning streak. 

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Furman Defeats Rival Wofford in White-Out at the Well

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

It was a thrilling game, to say the least. This past weekend, the men’s basketball team concluded the Weekend at the Well series against Southern Conference rival, the Wofford Terriers. The teams went back and forth the whole game, but at the buzzer, Furman led to victory, 67-66. Over 6,000 people were in attendance. 

The game was low scoring for the beginning of the first half, which continued to go back and forth on which team was in the lead. Towards the end of the first half, Wofford gained a lead on the Paladins, and the score was 33-26 at halftime.

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Influential Paladin: Natalie Srinivasan

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Natalie Srinivasan is having an exceptional start to her final year on the Furman women’s golf team. After finishing her junior year ranked 42nd nationally, Furman senior Srinivasan entered the golf season being named Golfweek Preseason All-America third team. Since then, Srinivasan has been named the Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week twice, as well as claiming first place wins in multiple invitationals. 

Srinivasan began her season with a tie for 16th place out of ninety-three participants at the Cougar Classic and helped lead the Paladins to a tie for 5th place. She was named the Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week the following week of Sept. 4-10. 

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Furman Lacrosse Won’t Re(LAX)

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Furman lacrosse began their spring season with a handful of Southern Conference honors, and a snowy Saturday game. 

Furman’s Lady Paladins start their season as the reigning SoCon Regular Season Champions after an 11-8 record. Two of last year’s top three scorers, junior Hannah Demis and senior Grace Pollak, returned to the offensive scheme on a high note.  

Pollak and Demis led the Paladin’s to their 14-11 home-opening win over East Carolina, each recording five goals on the day. Teammates Leah Nonnenmann and Sydney Catts tallied two goals a piece, and freshman goalkeeper Megan Deehan recorded six saves in her first career start. Furman women swept the SoCon honors of the week, with Pollak earning offensive player of the week, and Deehan earning defensive. 

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Basketball Stays Strong as Season End Approaches

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

With the end of the season coming up fast, the men’s basketball team will push to remain at the top of the Southern Conference standings. Currently, the Paladins are tied for first with ETSU. Furman won the first match-up against ETSU 65-56. The teams will play again in Johnson City on Feb. 19. 

Currently, the team is on a five-game winning streak and is 20-5 overall on the season. The most recent home game against Mercer was a memorable one for senior Jordan Lyons. Lyons became the all-time record holder for three-point baskets, with 274 in his career. Lyons had 13 points in the game.

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The XFL: What to Know About America’s Newest Football League

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Last weekend, the XFL league made its debut with its first football weekend of the season. The XFL used to be a league run by the World Wrestling Federation and the NBC in 2001, but it only lasted for a season. A few years ago, Vince McMahon, CEO and chairman of WWE, decided that he wanted to reopen the XFL and officially announced its revival in 2018. 

The ten-week XFL season began the weekend after the completion of the National Football League season to avoid competing for viewers and fans. The league decided to award teams to cities with some of the biggest sports markets and NFL teams. The final result was eight teams in major cities: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. The only city that does not currently have an NFL team is St. Louis after the Rams moved to Los Angeles in 2015. 

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Influential Paladin: Gabbi Jennings

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Gabbi Jennings came to Furman as the most decorated distance runner in Louisiana’s history, but that did not make her transition to college life any easier. From a struggling freshman to a team leader, Jennings credits her success to her second family of teammates.  

“I am privileged to go out on runs with my teammates and suffer alongside them in workouts and races.”

Now a senior and three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion, Jennings looks forward with hope. Her first indoor meets of the season have produced record-breaking times. Jennings and teammates of the #GirlGang set a new Furman record for the women’s medley relay at the Vanderbilt Invitational in January, and as a lone runner in the Carolina Challenge she placed first in the mile, breaking her own previously held record. Her time of 4:40.51 ranks first in the Southern Conference and ninth in the NCAA. The record breaking performance earned her SoCon Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. 

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The Kansas City Chiefs: A Season of Comebacks

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

After a dominant season full of comebacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are the winners of Super Bowl LIV. Coming back from a ten-point deficit, the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in front of a lively crowd at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. 

The 49ers got on the board first with a 38-yard field goal, but the Chiefs took the lead with a touchdown after superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes ran to score. The Chiefs extended their lead early in the second with a field goal, but the 49ers came back with a touchdown to tie the game. The 49ers took the lead back with a field goal and a touchdown thrown by quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, making the score 20-10. 

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Spring Showers Make Way for Record Breaking

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Coming off their seventh, yes seventh, straight Southern Conference Cross Country Championship title, the men’s and women’s track teams are already starting an outstanding spring running season. 

Seniors Gabbi Jennings and Savannah Carnahan led the women to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship this past November, and have continued to dominate in short distance. Jennings, alongside teammates Emma Grace Hurley, Emma Kuntz and Abigail Robertson, knocked off the Paladin’s previous distance medley relay record by more than 10 seconds at the Vanderbilt Invitational, their first meet of the indoor season. 

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Furman Tennis Swinging Into Gear

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Despite slow starts to the season, Furman men’s and women’s tennis teams have bounced back and dominated in recent games. Both teams look to extend their winning streaks even further as they continue their seasons. 

After dropping the first two games of the season, the women’s team bounced back with a strong 7-0 win against Davidson  College on Jan. 20. In the competition, the Paladins won two out of the three doubles matches played, and had victories in all six doubles matches. Sophomore Madison Dillon and senior Danni Vines claimed a 6-3 victory, while juniors MaryAnn Rompf and Georgie Walker won their doubles match 6-1. Later that day, the Paladins defeated USC Upstate 7-0 in another dominant performance, where the team swept in both doubles and singles matches. 

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