Influential Paladin: Jordan Lyons

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

While the rest of Furman’s campus went home for winter break before the spring semester, the men’s basketball team continued to dominate the season, with Senior Jordan Lyons leading the pack. In the first game of the new year, Lyons registered a season-high 40 points against VMI to help the Paladins win 89-73. Lyons also had a season-high 11 field goals made in the VMI matchup.

Lyons has continued to be a major factor in the Paladins’ success. The team is currently ranked second in the Southern Conference. Lyons was recognized as the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 7. 

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The Sign-Stealing Scandal that Spread Across the League

Written by Darcy Waskiewics, Sports Editor

It is safe to say the MLB off-season has been wild. In between a spiral of trade rumors and free-agent signings, one issue has risen throughout Major League Baseball that has controlled the media talks for the past few weeks – the Houston Astros were caught illegally stealing pitching signs in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

A few months ago, rumors arose about the Houston Astros stealing pitching signs through the use of illegal cameras. Pitching signs are the hand motions the catcher makes to the pitcher on the mound to communicate which pitch would be best to beat the opposing batter. People on the internet were the first to catch on to indications that the Astros were cheating during their 2017 season. Videos and posts went viral of banging noises coming from the Houston dugout whenever one of their players was up to bat. These bangs were in a certain order and right before the opposing pitcher released the pitch to the Houston batter.

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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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