Sports

  • Moving Forward: Centre Football
    BY DEVIN BAKER - STAFF WRITER The Centre Football team (4-1) is coming off of a big win over Austin College. This follows a tough loss to Berry in Rome, Georgia on September 23. The Berry matchup had seriously playoff implications for both teams. Going into the game, Centre and Berry were both undefeated and…
  • Hallie Searcy: A New Face for Centre Cross Country
    BY KORE SEVERANCE - STAFF WRITER With an overall best in the 5k being 18:46 (2013) and the top time in her Centre career being 19:35, Hallie Searcy is one of the strongest runners on the women’s cross-country team. She was named Women’s Runner of the Week by the Southern Athletic Association after her race…
  • Colonel Spotlight: Softball Coach Tori Brown
    BY WILSON BLAKEMAN - STAFF WRITER “I will tell you: I went down to Melton’s Deli the other day and they knew my name. I got all kinds of excited about that!” New Centre Softball Coach Tori Brown is new to Danville, but is no stranger to small-town living. Growing up in Harrison, OH just…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Not Immune: Political Protest on the Playing Field
    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…
  • 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…
  • Gold Out Week: Centre Athletics Gives Back
    BY MARINA BURKE - STAFF WRITER  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 in the offices of Centre Athletics. With the rebranding and expansion…
  • From Qatar to 600 West Walnut St: Centre Women’s Tennis Player Abigail Kent
    BY BENJAMIN HADLOCK - SPORTS EDITOR  Centre 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, fate. Abigail was born in College Station, Texas, where she…
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    New Starting Quarterback Ready To Give Model Performance
    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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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 [I’ve been] competing since I was…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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 14th in the nation. The scores were made in the fourth and eighth inning by sophomores Andrew Olson…
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