Sports

  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer Prepare for Fall Season with Spring Practice

    BY EMMA PRESBURG – STAFF WRITER 

    Following the Alumni Weekend soccer events, the new Amend Field saw its first intercollegiate competition on April 8th and 9th as the Centre men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted their first scrimmages of the spring season.

    The men’s team competed against Miday and Cumberlands on April 9th, both NAIA schools. After ... Read more

  • Centre’s Game of the Week Promotion

    BY EMMA PRESBURG – STAFF WRITER 

    You might have seen the fliers posted around the athletic buildings –Athletes in the middle with the words “Centre Game of the Week” written across the top.

    This new promotion is an attempt to increase attendance at home athletic events, encouraging students to come out and support their fellow Colonels.

    The Game ... Read more

  • From the Trail to the Track: Cross Country Runners Take on Track and Field

    BY EMMA PRESBURG – STAFF WRITER 

    On Friday, April 14, Track and Field will wrap up the regular season at home with the Centre twilight meet, Centre College’s Game of the Week. After this, the Colonels will enter the SAA conference tournament.

    For some of these athletes, SAA competition is nothing new this year, having participated in ... Read more

  • Centre Athletes Return From a Spring Break Full of Competition

    BY EMMA PRESBURG – STAFF WRITER

    All Centre athletics’ in-season sports competed over spring break traveling to the likes of Atlanta, Florida, and Jekyll Island.

    Women’s lacrosse opened break with a non-conference home game against Kalamazoo, winning 17-5. Junior Hannah Bellamah led the Colonels with four goals but with three goals to her name but senior ... Read more

  • Centre Baseball off to Best Start in 25 Years

    BY EMMA PRESBERG – STAFF WRITER 

    After completing their first 10 games, Centre Baseball sits at an impressive 8-2. This includes sweeping both Coast Guard and Defiance while splitting their recent series against Whitman.

    The program is off to their best start in 25 seasons, when the Colonels won their first 11 games in 1992. With a ... Read more

  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball Seasons Come to Close in SAA Tournament

    BY EMMA PRESBERG – STAFF WRITER 

    Centre men’s basketball finished the season after falling to Birmingham Southern 77-71 in the SAA conference tournament semi-finals. The Colonels ended the season 14-11 overall and 9-5 in conference play.

    First year guard Perry Ayers came into his first collegiate season and quickly found his place. Ayers finished second on the ... Read more

  • Centre’s Colonel: Icon or Relic?


    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER 

    The history of Centre College is long, and one that many students here at Centre are proud of. Centre remained open during the Civil War, with Old Centre serving as a hospital for both the Union and Confederate troops. The college managed to defeat Harvard at football (once) and ... Read more

  • Continuing to Build: Previewing the Centre Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Seasons

    BY DEVIN BAKER – STAFF WRITER 

    The 2017 Centre Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse campaigns begin this weekend. Both the Men and Women’s team seem to have the same goal in mind— to continue to build where they left off in the 2016 campaigns.

    The Centre Women’s Lacrosse team looks improve off last year’s successful campaign after completing ... Read more

  • Bringing It Home: Centre Cheerleaders Protest Inequality

    BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER 

    In the past issue, we looked at the history of political protest in sports. This week’s focus investigates protest on the playing field and how it’s affecting Centre students right here on campus.

     

    Protests have erupted across the nation after the recent presidential election, and their impact is being felt on ... Read more

  • Trailblazing the Path for Male Cheerleaders: Meet Mike Carter

     

    BY BECKY FULTON – STAFF WRITER

    Those who have attended Centre’s home football games this season may have noticed something a little different about this year’s cheer squad. Mike Carter, a junior Computer Science major, is the only male member on the squad, and the first one at Centre in years.

    “I wanted to do something athletic, ... Read more

  • Centre Basketball: New Faces, New Talent, and a New Identity

     

    BY BENJAMIN HADLOCK – SPORTS EDITOR

    Agonizing.

    No better word sums up this past weekend.

    It was a nightmare for Colonel faithful who were left in a state of bewilderment after witnessing the Football team squander away a conference championship and watching the Women’s Soccer team lose in the most heartbreaking fashion.

    However, all hope is not lost.

    With ... Read more

  • Centre Vs. Transylvania: Fall Recap

    BY BENJAMIN HADLOCK – SPORTS EDITOR

    As changing colors, cool weather, and large sweaters take their hold over Centre’s campus, many student athletes gear up for the most important competitions of their season.

    The fall sports teams are getting ready for their conference tournaments where they seek to prove themselves as the best in the Southern Athletic Association. ... Read more

  • Not Immune: Political Protest on the Playing Field

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    BY: COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER

    The year 2016 has been clouded by divisive politics during the vitriolic presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump. However, the bitter competition between the two nominees stems largely from broader issues America is facing and will continue beyond election day.

    No aspect of American life has escaped ... Read more

  • Senior Day: Remembering Four Great Years

    BY MARINA BURKE – STAFF WRITER 

    We hear it all the time: Why Division III?

    Being a student athlete at a school such as Centre poses its fair share of trials, but at the end of the day most athletes wouldn’t trade it for the world. Each fall, Centre’s emphasis on personal, caring, and inclusive education lures ... Read more

  • Gold Out Week: Centre Athletics Gives Back

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    September rushed by us, taking with it the last moments of summer; and with the flip of a page it’s already October. Take a deep breath and look around, things are changing everywhere on campus, but most notably ... Read more

  • From Qatar to 600 West Walnut St: Centre Women’s Tennis Player Abigail Kent

    BY BENJAMIN HADLOCK – SPORTS EDITOR 

    Photographer: Ed BoomershineCentre Women’s Tennis Abigail Kent has competed all over the world—and now she’s committed to spending her next four years in Danville, Kentucky. What brought Abigail here—passion for tennis, academics and international studies—is best summed up by one word, ... Read more

  • New Starting Quarterback Ready To Give Model Performance

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    BY CARBERY CAMPBELL – STAFF WRITER 

    As Centre’s four-year starting quarterback from 2012-2015, Heath Haden led the football team to great successes and set record breaking performances. These include a Southern Athletic Association conference title and the NCAA playoffs in 2014 as well as the record for all time leader in passing yards.

    He even returned to ... Read more

  • March Madness at Centre College

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Every March, one can expect to hear the scratching of pens on brackets and competitive banter as the NCAA March Madness tournament begins. This year was no different. Though the University of Kentucky, a student favorite, did not make it past the second round due to a loss against Indiana, ... Read more

  • Are farewell tours really worth it?

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    On July 16, 2013 New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera trotted out of the Citi Field bullpen for his last appearance in a Major League Baseball all-star game. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” – his trademark entrance song since its release in 1999 – thundered over the public address system. Baseball fans, ... Read more

  • Season Recap: Women’s Basketball grows through an up-and-down season

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    Ask anyone around the Centre Women’s Basketball program, and they’ll tell you that an 8-19 season falls short of expectations. With the second-toughest strength of schedule in the South region, the team was challenged on a nightly basis during the 2016 campaign by some of the best competition the sport ... Read more

  • Season Recap: Men’s Basketball surges late, but drops SAA semifinal

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    Every basketball team wants to be playing their best game once the calendar hits the latter half of the season. That was the case for the 2016 Colonels (18-9), who rode a five-game winning streak at the tail end of the regular season to finish third overall in the SAA ... Read more

  • Women’s Lacrosse utilizes young experience for 2016 season

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    The 2016 Women’s Lacrosse team is off to a hot start this spring. After suffering a hard fought 14-13 loss in Alabama to Birmingham Southern, the Colonels have won three straight contests.

    This year’s Colonels have multiple key role players returning from last year’s team, including senior Jacqueline Anderson and junior ... Read more

  • Men and Women’s Track and Field at the top of the SAA

    BY BEN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    The approaching 2016 season for the Centre Men and Women’s Track and Field squad will bring lots of promise from last year’s championship teams. For the men, they will be looking to repeat their victorious performance at the 2015 SAA Conference Championship after achieving 19 All-Conference awards for Top 3 ... Read more

  • Men’s lacrosse starts season strong

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Men’s Lacrosse has been a huge force since the program started, collecting two conference titles and having two NCAA tournament appearances to their name. This spring, they expect no less.

    “Our expectation is that we go out and win a conference championship and earn a birth to the NCAA tournament,” senior ... Read more

  • Centre Baseball flipping the script in 2016

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    It’s tough to sugarcoat a 7-28 season.

    In 2015, Centre Baseball felt the pain of playing in arguably the best Division III conference in the country, dropping back-to-back SAA Tournament games to be eliminated from postseason play. The competition will continue to challenge the Colonels in 2016, with conference foes Birmingham ... Read more

  • Hello From the Other Side: Centre Softball looks to ride 2015 momentum to the top half of the SAA

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    Every team has a game or two that gets away from them. For some, these losses can be minor setbacks in the grand scheme of a championship run. For the 2015 Centre Softball team, however, a couple more wins would have moved the 14-18, fifth-place Colonels into the top half ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Roundup: Another great autumn for Centre Athletics

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    With the fall semester coming to a close, fall sports are also entering their final days. Tournaments are being held, conference champions are being crowned, and, if you’re lucky, seasons are extending with all eyes now being turned towards the dream of a National Championship that’s getting closer and closer ... Read more

  • 2015 Heisman Race: Tailbacks to take the trophy

    BY BEN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    As the second annual College Football Playoff fast approaches and promises to deliver another controversial selection day, the race for the Heisman Trophy is shaping up to be a very clear-cut decision in regards to what the victor’s position will be.

    For the first time since Bama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, ... Read more

  • Senior Heath Haden breaks multiple records in his final football season

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    On Saturday, November 7, during football’s “Senior Day” game against Rhodes College, quarterback and senior Heath Haden passed Brian Behrendt in becoming the program’s all-time leader in career passing touchdowns. This was not his first time in the record books, after breaking the school’s career passing yards record at Sewanee ... Read more

  • Why baseball is a perfect metaphor for life in America

    BY HENRY NGUYEN – CENTO WRITER

    I can’t profess I am a big fan of baseball. Being born and bred in a vastly different culture, where taking timeouts and games lasting more than three hours are virtually unconceivable, baseball is simply not my cup of tea.

    At baseball games, the crowds are constantly moving. Instead of focusing ... Read more

  • Centre Men’s Basketball embracing the process of success in 2015-2016 season

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    To say that the Centre College Men’s Basketball team has been on quite a run of late would be a gross understatement. With NCAA tournament appearances in seven of the last nine years, the SAA champion title for two of the last three years, and a preseason Top 25 ranking ... Read more

  • Midseason Review: National Football League (NFL)

    BY BENJAMIN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    Entering Week 8 of the 2015-16 National Football League (NFL) season, the NFL has a record number of undefeated teams as New England, Green Bay, Carolina, Denver and Cincinnati all have 6-0 records.

    The Patriots and a suspension-free Tom Brady are the best team in the league going into Week 8, ... Read more

  • Senior Woody White wins world wake boarding championship

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Throughout the past season, senior Woody White has amassed many national and international titles for his wake boarding career. Besides being a Centre student, he is the current United States National Champion in wake boarding and recently won the world championships in Portugal.

    Wake boarding, which consists of performing acrobatic maneuvers ... Read more

  • Major League Baseball playoffs providing early drama

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    It’s officially fall. Breath in the crisp air. Watch the leaves transform into magical shades of yellow, red, and orange. Go buy Pumpkin Spice everything. All that cliché stuff. For fans of Major League Baseball (MLB), there’s only one thing at the top of your October to-do list: park yourself ... Read more

  • A familiar Centre Football face steps into a new role

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    In 2014, Nate Letton played his final season of competitive football, leading a Centre College defense that held opponents to 19.6 points per game and racking up 41 individual tackles from the linebacker position—second most on the team.

    This fall, his Saturdays are spent a little differently. He traded his helmet ... Read more

  • First-year Kate Spencer leads nation in Quarter Horseback Riding

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Kate Spencer has been around quarter horses, the most popular breed in the United States, her whole life.

    “My mom rode and she and my dad are both big into horses so I’ve been riding since I could walk,” Spencer said, “but really competing since I was five or ... Read more

  • Danville natives drive Centre athletics

    BY BEN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    There are many reasons that a prospective college student would want to be a Colonel. From prestigious academics and esteemed professors to the opportunity to receive a renowned education in Boyle County or almost any abroad location you could desire, Centre attracts a diverse crowd from a wide variety of ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: Centre Volleyball aims to carry over late-season run into 2015

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    September 4, Marietta, Ohio. The Centre College Volleyball team has just dropped the opening game of the season in five sets to Union College (Ky.). It is a disappointing moment – no team wants to start the year 0-1 – but a moment the Colonels could look back on at ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: #19 Centre Football team looks to remake history In 2015

    BY BEN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    Last season, Centre Football boasted arguably the greatest team in program history consistently dominating their competition en route to an undefeated 10-0 regular season record and a coveted NCAA Tournament bid. Records were broken, accolades were collected and many a play was celebrated on a weekly basis. One question on ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: Field Hockey’s SAA-defending champions look ahead to 2015 season

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Centre College’s Field Hockey team has made it to the SAA Championship and received an NCAA tournament bid for the past two years, winning the SAA Championship against Rhodes College 4-3 last year and securing their first SAA tournament title.

    The team is smaller this year than it has been in ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: Men’s Soccer finds their rhythm at beginning of the season

    BY LAURA MCCANDLESS – STAFF WRITER

    Men’s Soccer at Centre College has always had a strong team dynamic. The players all get along with each other on and off the field and have good time whether in or out of season.

    “Our team plays to the best of our ability when we’re just having fun,”senior and team ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country ready to do more with less in 2015 campaign

    BY BROOKS HOLTON – SPORTS EDITOR

    Habit: A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. When applied to the Centre College cross-country team, this definition is only half true. Yes, the men’s team is coming off their third-straight SAA title and is ranked third in the opening U.S. Track ... Read more

  • Fall Sports Preview: Women’s Soccer team looks to build on 2014 momentum

    BY BEN DUNNING – STAFF WRITER

    After a historic 2014 season, the Centre women’s soccer team is primed and ready to make history yet again in 2015. Last year, the Colonels finished their season with a 16-6-3 record. Following up an SAA Championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight, the 2015 team enters the ... Read more

  • Sarah Hayhurst Ends Historic First-Year Diving Season

    BY JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Both Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving at Centre College earned tremendous success as of late — both at an individual and team level.

    The men recently earned 2nd place overall at the Southern Atlantic Athletic (SAA) Conference Championships, while the women earned the 3rd spot overall.

    One individual who made ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: Farewell Predictions

    BY ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    If you’re reading this, you probably already know that this is the last issue of the Cento for the current staff. If you didn’t know that, I’m sorry for bursting your bubble.

    There are a lot of games and sports moments yet to occur before the beginning of next year, when ... Read more

  • Eventful March Madness Comes to an Exciting End

    BY ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    The best time of the year officially came to an end. College basketball will not grace our hearts or TVs for another six months. It is indeed a sad time for all.

    Well, almost everyone. Duke University Blue Devils fans have another six months to revel in championship bliss. Led by ... Read more

  • Men’s Baseball Perseveres Despite Season Struggles

    BY MICHELLE KIM – CENTO WRITER

    The Centre Men’s Baseball team began their season with several snow-induced cancellations as well as some stiff competition from nationally ranked teams. The Colonels fell 8-2 against the Rhodes College Lynxes, ranked 14Read more

  • Women’s Tennis Fights Through Middle of Conference Schedule

    BY KINSEY HISLE – COPY CHIEF

     

    The Women’s Tennis team began their season against stiff Division II competition, but is currently 2-3 for their season so far.

    The women began their season during CentreTerm break in Orlando, FL with two matches against the Southeastern University Fire and the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers. The team lost both ... Read more

  • Golf Teams Succeed Despite Obstacles

    BY MORGAN KING – STAFF WRITER

     

    The Centre Men’s and Women’s Golf team began their spring season in good spirits despite weather and injury setbacks. Both the Men’s and Women’s team finished off strong in the fall and hope to build of past success as they work their way through the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) conference.

    The ... Read more

  • Men’s Track and Field Begin an Optimistic Season

    BY JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Riding off a narrow second place finish in 2014 for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship, Centre College Men’s Track and Field team enters the 2015 season incredibly optimistic, and with clear target in sight.

    “Going into the season, the team had common goal. Coach Owens, after lots of ... Read more

  • Tanking: Tried, But Not True

    BY ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    In 1990, the National Basketball Association (NBA) updated their Draft Lottery system, which gave the teams with the worst records a better chance at selecting the number one pick. The team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of selecting the coveted number one ball, thereby ensuring a ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: Ranking the top Football Movies

    BY ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    Every once in a while, some of my friends and I will get into a very passionate debate over which sports movie is the greatest sports movie. There are never any criteria to these arguments, and whenever someone forgets that there are no criteria and attempts to instill some criteria, ... Read more

  • Men’s Tennis Look to Improve Despite Early Season Struggles

    BY JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Along with several other springtime sports, the Men and Women’s Tennis team is already well into their season.

    So far, the Men had a rough start. They lost their first three matches against the Bellarmine University Knights, the Piedmont College Lions, and the Sewanee University of the South Tigers, setting ... Read more

  • Rivals: Easily the Worst Best Friend You Will Ever Make

    BY CAMERON MILLER – CENTO WRITER 

    I hate my rivals, but not because of the reasons you might think. I hate them, because they are like me. They are more like me than I am ever comfortable with, and I think I know why.

    Before I explain my theory, I need to first define of what a ... Read more

  • Swimming and Diving Excel at Conference

    By John Wyatt- Sports Section Editor

    Centre College’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams recently returned from the Southern Atlantic Athletic (SAA) Conference Championships, concluding one of the longest athletic seasons at Centre.

    Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: The Weight of Perfection

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    Perfection” is a word that gets thrown around a lot when talking about sports – too much, probably.

    No matter how unwilling you are to admit it, Michael ... Read more

  • Men’s Basketball Steamrolls the Competition

    By JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Men’s Basketball is a strong athletic tradition at Centre College, and this year’s team is playing like a well-oiled machine.

    The Colonels are coming off a strong ... Read more

  • A Bad Call or Something More? The Superbowl Conspiracy

    By Alex Mulhall – Staff Writer

    Down four points with under a minute to go, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves on the one-yard line with a chance to make Super Bowl history.

    Marshawn Lynch, one of ... Read more

  • Track and Field/Cross Country Head Coach Wins KTCCA Awards

    By JOHN WYATT –  SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Even before the season opener for Men’s Track and Field, the Centre College’s Track and Field/Cross Country teams already had a good year. The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field coach, Lisa Owens, attended the 2014 Kentucky Track ... Read more

  • First-year Molly Holder skates to success

    By MARY BURGER – STAFF WRITER

    First-year Molly Holder has spent the majority of the past eleven years of her life on the ice. After being an attendant of different roller skating birthday parties, the Louisville native decided to try a different pair of skates. Holder’s passion for figure skating ... Read more

  • Ohio State Buckeyes win first-ever College Football Playoff

    By JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    The 2014-2015 season in college football saw the first-ever College Football Playoffs. The new postseason tournament has four teams play in two semifinal games, with the two winners advancing to the championship game. In an effort to keep the bowl games relevant within the new system, the current playoff ... Read more

  • A Bittersweet Homecoming

    By JOHN WYATT – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    The summer leading up to this National Basketball Association (NBA) season was a crazy one. When news broke that Lebron James, arguably the best player in the NBA, was leaving the dynasty he helped create in the Miami Heat, fans, journalists, and teams all felt the shock of the ... Read more

  • Centre Cheerleaders promote school spirit at games

    By KINSEY HISLECOPY CHIEF

    We are CC!”

    Ringing out over the enthusiastic fans, pep band music, and the crunch of football tackles are the Centre Cheerleaders promoting spirit and excitement for the Colonels and the fans. ... Read more

  • Men’s Basketball looks to dominate the SAA

    By ALEX MULHALLSTAFF WRITER

    The Centre Men’s Basketball team was playing at a high level before most of America even knew what a Kardashian was.

    Over the past eight seasons, they have managed to win seven ... Read more

  • Cross Country teams place third at Regionals

    By SARAH CORNETTEDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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    The Men and Women’s Cross Country teams placed third in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet in Mount Berry, G.A on Nov. 15. 

    While overall the teams finished in third place several runners stole the spotlight by earning an invitation ... Read more

  • Sophomore Hunter Trenamen: a player that puts the team first

    By MICHELLE KIMCENTO WRITER

    The Centre College Football team as a whole, fresh off defeating conference rival Birmingham Southern College to finish their undefeated regular season, has not failed to gain recognition, but individual achievements can sometimes be under-acknowledged.

    Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: Centre College, Title Town, USA

    By ALEX MULHALLSTAFF WRITER

    Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to be going right? One of those days where, from the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning, you know that things are going to go your way.

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  • Men’s Soccer battles through a tough schedule

    By EMMA PRESBERG – CENTO WRITER

    With only a week left before the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament, Centre Men’s Soccer has proved that it is not going down without a fight. Despite having one of the most challenging schedules in the conference, and possibly the ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: A Summary of Sports

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    The sports world has been a very busy place since my last column, so I’d be remissed to not try to touch on every major sport, complete with my picks for the end of each season.

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  • Player Profile: Senior Anne Mitchell stands out

    By MATT COX – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Senior forward Anne Mitchell has been an integral part of Centre Women’s Soccer’s (CWS) success during her years at Centre. Recently she was named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA)’s Player of the Week for her performance against conference foes ... Read more

  • Centre looks to add club rugby to athletics program

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    If you look at the US News’s top 50 ranked liberal arts colleges in the country, Centre is the lone school that does not give its students the opportunity to ... Read more

  • The true motive behind Donovan’s retirement

    By CAMERON MILLER – CENTO WRITER

    There is a right way to retire, just do not ask former LA Galaxy and United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) forward Landon Donovan for tips.

    Donovan is fortunate ... Read more

  • Centre Volleyball maintains a Positive Attitude

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    The Centre Volleyball season is more than halfway over, but things are far from winding down for the Colonels. Senior Suzanne Asbury has high hopes for the end of the season and for post-season play.

    “I think our season has progressed ok,” Asbury said. “We’ve had our good and bad days, but ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: the Resurgence of America’s Pastime

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    The beginning of October means only one thing for Major League Baseball (MLB) fans: the playoffs. For the past several years, there has been a large amount of parity among the league teams, which has led to several repeat playoff contenders each year.

    For example, the St. Louis Cardinals have made it ... Read more

  • CrossFit Popularity Continues to Grow

    By NICOLE POTTINGER – STAFF WRITER

    CrossFit is a high-intensity workout regime that has gained a huge following in recent years. It involves constant varied movements, which are performed as quickly as possible in a given time period. There are over 10,000 affiliated CrossFit gyms in the United States.

    Starting in 2007, the “CrossFit Games” are held annually, ... Read more

  • NCAA Fumbles Discipline and Player Likeness Issues

    By MATT COX – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    Think about your favorite college athlete, if you wished to have a jersey with that player’s number on the front, how difficult would it be to find one?

    For example, say you are a Georgia Bulldogs fan and you wish to purchase a jersey featuring Heisman frontrunner Todd Gurley’s recognizable number ... Read more

  • Women’s Soccer Aims for another SAA Title

    By MICHELLE KIM – CENTO WRITER

    As the year progresses and the pressure heightens, Centre Women’s Soccer (CWS) remains focused throughout the grind of the season, winning seven out of the 12 games so far.

    Losing in double overtime to Sewanee University of the South last Saturday in a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat puts the team 0-2 in conference ... Read more

  • LeBron James returns to his Throne in Cleveland

    By JOHN WYATT – NEWS SECTION EDITOR

    For most National Basketball Association (NBA) fans, the summer can be either an incredibly boring time, or one of the most exciting depending on the various moves teams and players make. The summer truly is a time of change within the NBA.

    This summer in particular was one for the history ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: Where’s the School Spirit?

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    Let me ask you something. When was the last time you went to a game for a team here at Centre? You don’t remember? Seriously? Come on. There’s a game almost everyday. Really? You have no idea? That’s a problem.

    Centre’s teams are good. Like, “I’ll be surprised if we don’t win ... Read more

  • Centre Football led by School’s Winningest Coach

    By MORGAN KING – STAFF WRITER

    Centre football is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier teams in Division III. Set up this year with an impressive offensive line, a fighting attitude, and a leader who was recently named the winningest coach in Centre football history, the Colonels are making their way into a successful season.

    After ... Read more

  • Field Hockey works toward another Successful Season

    By MICHELLE KIM – CENTO WRITER

    The Centre College Field Hockey (CCFH) team opened their 2014 campaign ranked 22nd in the country. They were hard at work, training intensely weeks before the majority of students had even moved onto campus.

    Last season’s team set high standards to uphold, but with seven wins and 33 goals out ... Read more

  • Steven Fortner named to the Super Senior Watch List

    By KINSEY HISLE – COPY CHIEF

    Steven Fortner, a senior from Maryville, TN, has been playing football since the first grade. He began on his elementary school team, the Friendsville Falcons, and now is an offensive lineman at Centre College.

    As a starting offensive guard Fortner aided the Centre offense in setting program records for both total yards ... Read more

  • Derek Jeter Retires after Storybook Career

    By MATT COX – SPORTS SECTION EDITOR

    For the first time since 1995, Derek Jeter is no longer a Major League Baseball (MLB) player. However, just because Jeter will not be wearing the New York Yankee pinstripes anymore doesn’t mean that he will not continue to affect the game after his retirement. In typical fashion of “The ... Read more

  • Until the Whistle Blows: College Football Playoffs are Finally Here

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER
    2014 marks the first year of the college football playoff system. The playoff will replace the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which had been utilized since 1998. Gone are the fan bases claiming they didn’t get a fair shot at the title.

    Gone are the arbitrary rankings and selections that don’t agree with the majority consensus. Finally, college football will ... Read more

  • National Football League Tackles Controversial Issues

    By ALEX MULHALL – STAFF WRITER

    If you watched the news or logged on to a social media site for any part of the past year, chances are you heard of Michael Sam. Michael Sam is a football player – a very good football player. After winning Co-Defensive Player of the Year at the University of Missouri for the 2013 season. Michael Sam was drafted ... Read more

  • Centre Track and Field continues their winning ways this season

    By DEREK BEAVEN – STAFF WRITER

    Centre College’s Track and Field teams have produced some impressive performances over the past few seasons. Now, with the season drawing to a close, the team looks to continue their fine form.

    “This season has been one of our best to date,” senior Vanessa Bacorn said. “We have one of the most ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: The best moments from the class of 2014

    By CJ DONALD – COLUMNIST

    Looking back on the (nearly) four years I have spent in Danville, I have realized that it would be hard to separate my experience as a Centre College student from my experience as an individual involved with Centre Athletics.

    Beyond the sportswriting that I have been blessed to do for this paper, my ... Read more

  • Women’s Tennis has a successful spring break

    By DANA REYNOLDS – STAFF WRITER

    After a successful trip to Hilton Head over spring break, the Women’s Tennis team has come back ready to leave a mark in the Conference championships in Murfreesboro, TN.

    Sophomore Casey Blair felt as though spring break was a turning point for the team.

    “I think that spring break was one of the ... Read more

  • Societal problems revealed by the Jameis Winston case

    By RACHEL WEST – MANAGING EDITOR

    On Dec. 7, 2012, a young woman at Florida State University (FSU) reported that she was raped by a stranger off campus. Almost a year later, a secret that threatened the university and one of the prized assets of its sports program came out: the main suspect was Jameis Winston, ... Read more

  • A discussion on the controversy of collegiate mascots

    By DANA REYNOLDS – STAFF WRITER

    Since the adoption of Yale’s English bulldog, nicknamed “Handsome Dan,” mascots have been popular symbols used to set schools apart from their competitors. These symbols are often characters or animals chosen to display admirable traits such as aggression, courage, and heroism.

    The creation of mascots has been very beneficial for colleges in ... Read more

  • Men’s Golf plays their way to a conference title

    By CHARLIE GRIGSBY – CENTO WRITER

    10th out of 20. 20th of 30. 18th of 18. These are all regular season finishes of the Centre Men’s Golf team. For a program accustomed to weekend trophies and national rankings, it would be an understatement to call this season a disappointment. Heading into the SAA Tournament, the team had ... Read more

  • Who will be taken first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft?

    By DANA REYNOLDS – STAFF WRITER

    It is hard to believe that the National Football League (NFL) draft is less than a month away. Unlike in years past, the draft is filled with many players who could potentially snag the top spot.

    NFL general managers and their staffs are adjusting their draft boards based on activities that have ... Read more

  • Jordan, James, or Durant: the debate goes on

    By DEREK BEAVEN – STAFF WRITER

    For most, Michael Jordan is basketball: the Air Jordan logo, the desire to be like Mike, Space Jam.

    All of these, in addition to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships and six Finals MVP awards, have solidified Jordan as one of the greatest.

    But recently, with LeBron James and Kevin Durant on the ... Read more

  • Men’s Tennis grows through facing adversity

    By CHARLIE GRIGSBY – CENTO WRITER

    On paper, Centre Men’s Tennis is having a tough year. With three series left in the season, their record sits at 3-12 (1-6 in conference). They’ve won 19 of 56 singles and 11 of 34 doubles matches this year. They sit seventh in the SAA conference standings. This is their season, ... Read more

  • Play by Play: The role of race in sports and journalism

    By CJ DONALD – COLUMNIST

    College basketball pundits owe Doug McDermott an apology.

    There is a 6’8” college basketball player who — since the fall of 2011 — has led all Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) players in scoring. He’s been a consensus first team All-American award-winner over the last three seasons. As an 18-year-old, he ... Read more

  • The Kentucky Derby will not disappoint in 2014

    By MARY BURGER – STAFF WRITER

    Prepare the mint juleps, a traditional iced drink of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup. Find the biggest hat you own. It’s horseracing time, and the Run for the Roses is about to begin. On Sat., May 3, the 140th Kentucky Derby will occur at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

    The Kentucky Derby, and ... Read more

  • Baseball battles youth and the weather in 2014

    By MARK SANDOVAL – CENTO WRITER

    The snow has melted and spring is finally showing her face in Danville, Ky.

    In addition to Easter and Derby preparations, this means that the baseball season for the Centre College Colonels is underway.

    Believe it or not, the college baseball season is actually winding down; the Colonels only have three regular-season games ... Read more

  • Tiger Woods: A Golf Legacy Stuck in Limbo

    By Dana Reynolds Staff Writer

    At his peak, Tiger Woods could have been considered the greatest golfer in the game. With his scoring records and margin-of-victory marks in major championships, he used to outshine anyone on the course. But each year, people await his comeback and it never seems to follow through.

    It is ... Read more

  • A Lesson in Kentucky’s Bracketology

    By Alex MulhallCento Writer

    If you’ve lived in Kentucky for at least one full calendar year, there are three truths you have come to accept: first, you have no idea what the weather will be like tomorrow; second, you will get excited about the Kentucky Derby regardless of your knowledge of the ... Read more

  • Women’s Softball prepares for conference play

    By Rachel WestManaging Editor

    The Centre College softball team continues to push forward through their season, determined to turn an overall record of 5-8 around in time for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Conference Tournament.

    The team’s record comes on the back of what was destined to be a difficult, hard-fought season. After ... Read more

  • Pitcher of the Week Neu talks baseball, future

    By Rachel WestManaging Editor

    The name “Kyle Neu” in Centre’s baseball program has almost become synonymous with the term “Pitcher of the Week.”

    It might seem like a joke, but it’s not: senior pitcher Neu has won conference Pitcher of the Week multiple times through two different conferences (Centre’s former conference of the ... Read more

  • 2014 World Cup in Brazil off to a rocky start

    By: Alec HudsonStaff Writer

    Brazil is on the move. With the first match of the 2014 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup coming in less than four months, the nation is scrambling to ensure that the facilities are prepared and that the infrastructure is working.

    At the same time, they are trying to ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Finding unity in sports

    By: CJ DonaldColumnist

    This semester, I am one of twenty-one students enrolled in Dr. Rick Axtell’s Religion 340 course entitled “Studies in Ethics: Poverty and Homelessness.”

    The course challenges stereotypes and strengthens social conscience in a variety of ways, the most striking of which includes an overnight stay in a homeless shelter.

    In groups of two, ... Read more

  • Centre Women’s Lacrosse has earned respect

    By: Alex Mulhall – CENTO WRITER

    The Centre Women’s Lacrosse team is geared up and ready to take a big step forward in 2014. The team, which had its first season only three short years ago in 2011, reached the finals of the inaugural Southern Athletic Association (SAA) tournament last year, losing in a heartbreaker to rival ... Read more

  • Men’s Basketball to host first round of NCAA

    By: CJ DonaldColumnist

    After a 23-win season that brought the Centre College Colonels (23-4; 13-1 SAA) a Southern Athletic Association Tournament Championship, Centre Men’s Basketball earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. On Thurs., March 6 at 7 p.m., the Colonels host the LaGrange (Ga.) Panthers in Alumni Gymnasium for Round 1 ... Read more

  • Women’s Basketball finishes the 2014 season strong

    By RACHEL WEST – MANAGING EDITOR

    In the end, it wasn’t the season that the Centre College Women’s Basketball team had envisioned, but it was a good one all the same.

    The team’s season ended on Sun., March 2, when they fell 79-60 to Rhodes College in a hard-fought final game of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Conference Championship. ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Derek Jeter, the Legend

    By CJ DonaldColumnist

    In athletics, there is a notion that there are only two types of competitors. The first is the kind of player that many folks paint as boring.
    He or she believes in the sanctity of the sport. Any success is attributed to the love of family and support of friends. Boring ... Read more

  • Sochi Olympics allow for unity between nations

    By Matt CoxSports Editor

    Olympians have always been considered the peak of the athletic pyramid. They are competing for much more than the typical professional athlete. It is a matter of pride and nationalism instead of simply a quest for a trophy or ring. The amount of training and preparation they must endure is ... Read more

  • Men’s Basketball is hitting their stride

    By Derek BeavenStaff Writer

    Sitting at 18-4, the Centre College Men’s Basketball team has had quite an impressive season thus far. The Colonels have remained a perfect 7-0 at home, posted an eleven-game win streak, and are ranked 22nd in NCAA Division III.
    “The season is going great,” junior forward Josh Karsner said. “During ... Read more

  • Lacrosse develops a winning tradition

    By Charlie Grigsby Cento Writer

    Legacy is often a difficult thing to talk about after three years. It’s easy to have a vision or an expectation, but building a reputation takes time. When Centre Men’s Lacrosse plays next Sun., Feb. 23 against Carthage, the program will be entering its fourth year since its inaugural season ... Read more

  • NFL must deal with Incognito, bully culture

    By Rachel West Managing Editor

    It started, seemingly, with a cafeteria prank. On Oct. 28, Jonathan Martin, offensive tackle for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, left the team for undisclosed mental issues, causing the Dolphins to place him on the non-football injury list, effectively ending his season. In the months to come, Martin and his representatives ... Read more

  • Successful Teams Have Strong Bonds

    By DANA REYNOLDSSTAFF WRITER

    Although success in sports is most often defined as defeating opponents or snatching first place in a competition, Centre athletic teams also place emphasis on creating and maintaining close relationships with teammates.

    Successful teams are more than just a combination of gifted athletes. In order to perform at a high level, ... Read more

  • Centre Dance Team Entertains at Halftime

    By ADAM FALLUJI STAFF WRITER

    Centre students have the opportunity to pursue a number of athletic interests on campus, even if they were not recruited to play a sport. The dance team is one such association, and has taken a new shape in the past year.

    Not to be confused with cheerleaders, Centre’s dancers traditionally perform ... Read more

  • Blake Scinta Prepares for his Second Season

    By CHARLIE GRIGSBYCENTO WRITER

    Blake Scinta grew up in Louisville, Ky., a city divided by a basketball rivalry that splits the state into a stark contrast of Wildcat blue and Cardinal red. Basketball is part of the culture of the state, and Scinta was raised a “diehard UK fan” with a basketball goal in ... Read more

  • Athletes are Now Expected to Censor Social Media

    By ALEC HUDSON STAFF WRITER

    Social media has revolutionized the way humanity is able to communicate. In a matter of a few seconds with a phone, touch-pad, computer, or game console, people can read posts from across the globe.

    These posts range from celebrity news to what your brother had for breakfast. But in the world ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Wilson and Seahawks on the Rise

    By CJ DONALDCOLUMNIST

    The case could be made that the Seattle Seahawks franchise is currently in the juvenile stage of what could be a full-fledged football dynasty.

    The process began four years ago when the Seahawks owner, Paul Allen, hired head coach, Pete Carroll, formerly the head honcho for the University of Southern California football ... Read more

  • Sports Rituals Promote Mental Focus

    By DANA REYNOLDSSTAFF WRITER

    While it is a practice not understood by some spectators, it is a fairly common for athletes to perform rituals before competitions. Many athletes that implement rituals before competing believe that it can affect their performance.

    One of the most common sayings in sports is, “90 percent of performance is mental.” ... Read more

  • Swimming and Diving Maintain High Goals

    By JOHN WYATTSTAFF WRITER

    The months of September through April are always considered the busiest months in sports.

    Football dominates attention in the fall, while basketball entertains sports fans during the winter and spring months. But Swimming and Diving’s season goes throughout the entire fall to spring period.

    Centre’s swimmers and divers have one of the ... Read more

  • Volleyball Positivity Leads to Success in 2013

    By CHARLIE GRIGSBYSTAFF WRITER

    In the back of Alumni Hall, three plastic boards sit atop a wooden counter. One board is titled “Weekly Will-Powers” and lists the Centre Volleyball team’s focus from each week of the season. The other two boards are divided into grids. In each grid, individual players write down their goals ... Read more

  • Boxing Struggles to Keep Entertainment Value

    By DANA REYNOLDSSTAFF WRITER

    At one time, boxing was considered to be one of America’s most exciting sports, but since then it has experienced a rapid decline. Ten to fifteen years after being one of the world’s most popular sports, boxing is now quickly losing media attention.

    Floyd Mayweather may be one of the very ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Durant Will Not Stop LeBron’s Reign

    By CJ DONALDCOLUMNIST

    I am a fan of basketball because of the sport’s innate beauty. My motivation for keeping up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) is intrinsic; the Association’s watchability is not based on whether my hometown team wins or loses.

    I enjoy following the sport even when my favorite players get injured, suspended, ... Read more

  • Cross Country has the Formula for Winning

    By GLEN BORTOLUSCENTO WRITER

    The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are off to a terrific start this year.

    The Men’s Team, having won two of their three meets so far this season, is poised to win their first regional title since 2008. With a third place finish at the Rhodes Invitational this past weekend, ... Read more

  • Women’s Soccer is Finding their Identity in 2013

    By ADAM FALLUJICENTO WRITER

    The Centre Women’s Soccer team has gotten off to a solid start with a 4-1 record at home thus far.

    On Saturday, Oct. 5, Centre Women’s Soccer showed off their skills and achieved a 1-0 win against Berry College for the Lady Colonels.

    “This year the wins are not coming as easily ... Read more

  • Centre College Field Hockey off to a Record Start

    By CHARLIE GRIGSBY – STAFF WRITER

    After an hour and a half into their practice of conditioning, the Centre Field Hockey team lines up for stick drills. It is Wednesday, Sept. 18, four days before the Family Weekend game against fellow Division III opponent Frostburg St.

    On paper, the two-win Bobcats should not give the undefeated Colonels much ... Read more

  • Junior Swimmer Hadley Judson has Lofty Goals

    By DANA REYNOLDSSTAFF WRITER

    After training all summer with Georgia Tech, junior swimmer Hadley Judson has high hopes for this season.

    “If everything stays on track I think that she is setting herself up for a special year,” head swim coach Dean Brownley said.

    Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Judson began swimming when she was eight years ... Read more

  • Professional Athlete Salaries: Then and Now

    By ALEC HUDSONSTAFF WRITER

    There is a common argument in American culture that the high salaries now given to professional athletes have tarnished athletics.

    From Tiger Woods to Aaron Rodgers, athletes are now multi-millionaires who are successful in their various sports and serve as spokesmen and spokeswomen for products and services.

    As professional athletes have become ... Read more

  • The NBA Uses Marketing to Attract Young Fans

    By JOHN WYATT – STAFF WRITER

    Walk into any local Hibbet’s Sports store or any similar sporting goods store, and go look at the jersey section. Chances are that most stocked NBA jerseys will be in youth sizes. The National Basketball Association (NBA) dominates the youth market, attracting more and more young fans as stars like Lebron ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Is Baseball Boring or are Americans Antsy?

    By CJ DONALD – COLUMNIST

    Of the major American sports, baseball is considered to be the redheaded stepchild.

    Sports fans have, whether they realize it or not, neglected baseball and continue to banish the sport to the closet under the stairs.

    It is no secret that this disregard for hardball has contributed to a massive diminution of television ratings ... Read more

  • Centre Football Pursues Excellence in 2013

    By AUDREY ASHCENTO WRITER

    With a philosophy like “Pursue Excellence with a Vengeance,” it’s not surprising that Centre Football has started off the 2013 season with three straight wins. Centre delivered the opening weekend of the semester with a strong win over Bethany College.

    In the final minute of the game, the defense pulled through ... Read more

  • Athletic Director Returns Home to Centre College

    By HAYLEY HOFFMANSTAFF WRITER

    One of the most identifiable parts of Centre College is the athletics program. This year, Centre gained a new Athletic Director, Brad Fields, who came to Centre from Eastern University, a Division III school in St. Davids, Pa.

    Fields grew up in Ashland, KY, and was a three-sport athlete in high ... Read more

  • Soccer Colonels Looking to Build on Success

    By ANDREW OLSONCENTO WRITER

    The Colonels Men’s soccer team that posted a 15-4-3 record, finished tied for first place in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), and defeated 2011 champions Ohio Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year plans to improve even further on these accomplishments this season.

    Already eight games in, ... Read more

  • Debate on DI Player Compensation Continues

    By IRINI BROMCENTO WRITER

    A half-game suspension—that was Johnny Manziel’s punishment for signing autographs that might possibly be sold for large amounts of money by a third party participant for which there was no proof that he would receive any payment.

    This has led sports casters, coaches and even players to voice their opinions on ... Read more

  • The Summer of Steroids in Baseball Reaches a Climax

    By HAYLEY SMITHCENTO WRITER

    Early this past summer the names of almost 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) players were linked to a now closed anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis in Miami.

    This clinic was connected to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED). Among these players were Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun and the highest paid player in the major leagues, ... Read more

  • The Play by Play: Writing About Winning

    By CJ DONALDCOLUMNIST

    Does winning really matter?

    This summer, I had the opportunity to visit my younger siblings in NC. I happened to arrive in time for the middle school basketball playoffs and, as a sports fanatic, I attended as many competitions as was humanly possible.

    Fortunately, the Donald clan produced stellar-performances and won a combined ... Read more

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