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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Influential Paladin: Katarina Kozarov

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

While tennis may be an individual sport, the Paladin women’s tennis team focuses on pushing each other to be their best selves, as teammates and as people. Senior Katarina Kozarov is a great example of this.

“[My coaches and teammates] push me every day to be the best I can be on and off the court, taught me how to own my game style, and most important [taught me to] have the confidence to believe in myself and my game which got me to where I am right now,” Kozarov said. 

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Men’s Soccer Standing Out in SoCon Play

Written by Kirsten Janes, Staff Writer

As the reigning conference champions, the Furman men’s soccer team appeared to be in a surprising bit of trouble, plagued with injuries and facing stronger opponents. After three straight losses to larger opponents in Clemson, Presbyterian and Charlotte, the group set out to win their conference games without question. 

Last week the squad notched a hard-fought win against UNCG to improve to 3-0 in Southern Conference play, and they added a fourth game to their winning streak with Rocky Guerra’s 86th minute goal against the Spartans. This is Guerra’s second game-winning goal this season.  

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Furman Football Loses to The Citadel on Rainy Homecoming Weekend

Written by Darcy Waskiewics, Sports Editor

As rain fell and the temperature continued to drop, the Furman men’s football team faced another Homecoming Weekend defeat with a 27-10 loss to the Citadel on Saturday. 

The Paladins opened the scoring around three minutes into the first quarter with a 48-yard field goal from junior Grayson Atkins, extending his Furman record to seventeen consecutive-made field goals. The Citadel bounced back a few minutes later with a touchdown and extra point, taking a 7-3 lead that lasted through halftime. 

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Will the New England Patriots Ever Lose?

Written by Darcy Waskiewics, Sports Editor

Will the New England Patriots ever lose? This is an extremely broad question, but one that seems to be consistently asked throughout the National Football League as the Patriots continue to have success season after season. The Patriots have steamrolled over multiple opponents and dominated the NFL for the past two decades. But how have the Patriots remained such a powerful dynasty in the NFL, and the entire sporting world, for nearly twenty years? 

The Patriots were not always a franchise centered around success. The Patriots became a franchise in 1959 as the Boston Patriots in the American Football League but had little success during their time in the league, only appearing in one championship game, a 51-10 loss to the then San Diego Chargers after the 1963 season. 

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