The Lion's Roar

Competing on and off the field

Competing on and off the field

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Breaking the “dumb jock” stereotype requires motivation and commitment for three student-athletes who prove that maintaining a high GPA can be a reality. Noah Vance, a sophomore defensive lineman for the football team, has a 3.0 cumulative GPA. He shared how he maintains his grades. “My whole life h...

Athletes influence the public

Athletes influence the public

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports

From Colin Kaepernick, a former National Football League player, to Lindsey Vonn, a World Cup alpine ski racer, professional athletes can find their positions in the public lead to discussions about their political opinions. Whether for good or bad, Tanner Wright, a junior pitcher on the softball team, b...

Athletics advertise to fill home game stands

Athletics advertise to fill home game stands

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports

Devising new or improved ways to get community members attending and supporting games falls under the authority of Athletics Marketing and Promotions. Even though “Strawberry Jam” and “Full Court Fest” may be among the department’s most popular promotions, the group’s work does not end the...

Lady Lions close spring season with a win

Lady Lions close spring season with a win

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lady Lions soccer team beat the William Carey University Lady Crusaders 2-1. Aubree Dillon, a freshmen midfielder, scored the first goal of the match in the first period. In the third period, the Lady Lions secured the 2-1 lead and carried it to the end. Christopher McBride, head coach of soccer,...

Lions continue losing streak

Lions continue losing streak

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lions baseball team took its third loss in a row against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dropping to a 14-15 overall record. Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, discussed the 8-9 loss. "In all honesty, it was a tale of two bullpens," explained Riser. "Our bullpen was not too good for...

Lady Lions trounced by Warhawks

Lady Lions trounced by Warhawks

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019


Filed under Sports

The Lady Lions softball team took on the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks to a 4-3 loss. The teams faced off on April 2 at North oak Park. The Lady Lions did not put a run on the board until the 6th inning. With the loss, the Lady Lions fell to a 19-15 overall record. Rick Fremin, head...

International Sports: Caber Toss

International Sports: Caber Toss

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

As one of several traditional Celtic games, caber tossing tests athletes’ strength, balance and coordination. Caber tossing originated in Scotland, and although the exact date of origin is unknown, an article by Collins dictionary cites “tossing of ye barr” to be first mentioned in 1574 at a milita...

Dating takes a page from the playbook

Dating takes a page from the playbook

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 2, 2019


Filed under Sports

Beyond balancing academics and sports, athletes’ schedules can find room for managing a social life, including dating. Anna Watkins, a senior psychology major, met Cole Stevens, a senior chemistry major on the rugby club, at Loranger High School, and they began dating in April of 2014. Watkins di...

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019


Filed under Sports

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Frank Scelfo was hired in January of 2018 to become the university’s 16th head coach of football. Beginning his second year at the helm of Lions football, Scelfo’s coaching career extends beyond his time with the university. “This will be my 37th ye...

Finding space for the stage, the track and the classroom

Finding space for the stage, the track and the classroom

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 2, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Jacquelyn Walker, a sophomore athletic training major, aims for success whether running at a meeting, competing on a stage or studying for a test. A track scholarship, the athletic training program and warmer weather brought Walker from Jefferson City, Missouri to the university. “It was an adjustmen...

Temptations of athletes using drugs

Temptations of athletes using drugs

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

The urge to get ahead of the competition can drive athletes to unintentionally put their health at risk. The National Collegiate Athletic Association created a list of banned drugs for the 2018-2019 season. The classifications of illegal drugs include stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics and other...

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

The university baseball team has seen a gradual increase in home game attendance since Matt Riser became the head coach. Since 2015, the team has been leading in the Southland Conference for fan attendance. In 2014, the university saw its largest attendance at a home game with 3,747 showing up in the 7...