The Lion's Roar

Dating takes a page from the playbook

Dating takes a page from the playbook

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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...

Hayes reflects on 16 years in tennis

Hayes reflects on 16 years in tennis

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

In 16 years of coaching the Lady Lions, Jason Hayes, head coach of tennis, secured eight Coach of the Year awards. In addition, Hayes represented the university at the NCAA and coached internationally. At the university, Hayes’ current record sits at 312-231. “I’ve never pursued anything for m...

Tape, training and passion in sports medicine

Tape, training and passion in sports medicine

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

The university offers 12 Division I sports programs with over 200 student-athletes. These athletes depend on their coaches, teammates and the sports medicine department to ensure full athletic potential. Benjamin Stewart, director of sports medicine, believes the people in the sports medicine departmen...

Destined to compete

Destined to compete

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

From a competitive nature to passion, different factors contribute to student-athletes’ decision to play at the collegiate level. Kia Coleman, a freshman jumper on the track and field team, knew she was meant to be an athlete from an early age. “I knew since when I was racing on the playground ...

Baseball sweep leads to five game win streak

Baseball sweep leads to five game win streak

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2019

The Lions baseball team swept Abilene Christian University with 14-1, 12-9 and 8-3 wins over the weekend. Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, felt proud of his team's execution in the series. "Especially at the spur of the moment on Saturday, we got down early by three runs and stormed back to...

Student-athletes find motivation

Student-athletes find motivation

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

For student-athletes, their day-to-day motivation to pursue their sport derives from family members, teammates and the love of their sport. Clarissa Smith, a senior distance runner, started preparing for the collegiate level during her sophomore year of high school. Smith explained that during...

Alford flies from Atlanta to Arizona

Alford flies from Atlanta to Arizona

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

Two days after being waived by the Atlanta Falcons, Robert Alford agreed on terms with the Cardinals. According to the National Football League, Alford’s contract duration is for three years and worth $22.5 million. The Hammond native reflected on his time with the Atlanta Falcons and how quickly te...

Creating a club sport

Creating a club sport

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

Starting a club sport requires active engagement between its members and administration in order to produce a successful program. Creating a club sport on campus begins by meeting with the Office for Student Engagement. After discussing the club’s purpose and other details, a new student organization packe...