FALL ’17: PIGSKIN, PERCUSSION, AND POMPOMS

BY: JARED MITCHENER

If a whole lot of commotion can be heard at sporting events starting next fall, do not be alarmed. CCU is adding Athletic Band and Cheerleading to its options next semester, as well as the football team returning for its sophomore season.

Despite spring being football’s off season, Head Coach David Fulcher has kept his team focused with spring practices.

“Spring ball has been going well. We finally have the players in here not just to play football, but to practice it as well,” commented Fulcher.

“The mindset of what I’ve been trying to teach these young men is that hard work will pay off,” Fulcher continued.

The football team will split up and face each other in an intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow at Western Hills High School. The game will begin at 2 p.m.

Cheerleading is celebrating its inaugural season, with Katrina Avery as head coach. Avery previously won regional championships in three consecutive seasons.

The Athletic Band will be a welcome addition to the stands at some home football and basketball games next fall.

“We are going to build it around a rhythm section, which would consist of guitar, bass, and drums,” said Ken Read, department chair of Music and Worship.

“If enough percussionists are interested, we will also have a drumline,” added Freshman Sean Steele, a member of the Athletic Band.

“You do not need to be a professional on your instrument to join,” he commented.

Adjunct Percussion Professor Willaim McMullen will direct the band.

CCU GOLFERS MAKE FIRST TEAM CONFERENCE

BY: RACHEL FISH

CCU’s men’s golfers Senior Taylor Suggs and Junior Austin Taylor garnered accolades this season, with the whole team finishing sixth in the River Side Conference [RSC] with a low-team score of 305.

“We had a really good season. We played probably tougher conditions than last year, but overall I think the guys performed a little bit better than what they did a year ago,” said Head Coach Micah Peavley.

Taylor and Suggs were both first team conference. Taylor placed second in the Cedarville Tournament, while Suggs finished second in the IU Kokomo Invitational and was awarded RSC Player of the Year.

“So the interesting thing about winning conference player of the year this year is that I missed out on qualifying for nationals by one shot,” said Suggs.

“I am still very disappointed by that, but there is still an outside chance that I may receive an at-large bid and still get to go but there’s no guarantee. Winning POTY was a little bit of consolation, so that helped me feel a little better,” he continued.

“In the three years that I’ve been here, that was definitely the best season that we’ve had as a team, just in terms of like finishes in tournaments, like multiple tournaments we came in like second or won it,” said Taylor.

Peavley said they are looking to have about eight to nine players altogether for the golf team in the fall, when they play in the NCCAA.

“We’ll start our fall season immediately so the guys have to come back to school, ready to play probably two weeks after we’re back in school and in the fall, we’ll start playing our first tournament again,” commented Coach Peavley.

“The whole season was quite a success,” said Junior Jonathan Burrows. “It’s time we bring home some metal. Big goals? Go to nationals.”