February marks a busy month for RU athletics


February is the busiest month of the year in the Reinhardt athletics department, with 15 different teams competing during the month. The upcoming home games for the second week of February include baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball and men’s basketball.

“Because of the success of our teams so far this year, the basketball teams especially, women’s team that is competing for first place and the men’s team that is competing for second place right now, we can really use a lot of support this weekend,” said Reinhardt Athletic Director Bill Popp. “Also, the excitement of opening weekend for softball, the very first home game of the year. In addition, a great home baseball match that we can also use for support will help our teams at the upcoming games.”

After a successful weekend for the Reinhardt’s Baseball team, the Eagles took over the lead and start their season with record of 4-0 after overpowering Calumet College. They will be back in action on Thursday against Taylor University in a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The second match set for 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Reinhardt’s softball team will open their first match of the season against Hiwassee, in a doubleheader at Ken White Field. The first game is set for 1 p.m. The second match scheduled for 3 p.m. The Lady Eagles will start their 2017 season ranking at No. 16 in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. Last season, the Lady Eagles finished out their season 41-12 and were winners of the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions. They are expected to have another successful season this year.

The women’s basketball team will look to keep their great record of 23-3 as they compete today at Columbia in South Carolina and will try to get their 24th win. Their home match will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Truett-McConnell. Right after the ladies, men’s Basketball team (19-7) will play to try and earn their 20th win at 4 p.m.

For something a little different, check out the women’s lacrosse team Saturday as they take on Montreat College at the University Stadium at Ken White Field. The match starts at 4 p.m.

All games are free to students, and tickets are required. For non-students, tickets cost $5. Children’s tickets cost $3. Tickets are available at each event.

Written by: Yamit Vodavoz.

Photo Slideshow: Homecoming 2016


Homecoming 2016 Photo Slideshow
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Photos By: Aaron Simmons and Malik Golar

Moonlight Madness returns to Reinhardt

Moonlight Madness

The Reinhardt basketball programs, with help from the Student Activities Council, hosted Moonlight Madness during the week of homecoming.

The event, held Oct. 24, was one of the week’s festivities where students came out to participate in miscellaneous activities with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Moonlight Madness has not occurred at Reinhardt in a few years, however, students still made a strong turnout.

“This is the first time we’ve done it in, I believe, four years,” Sports Information Director Jason Hanes said.

The 100 tickets redeemable for a free T-shirt were gone 15 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. SAC provided pizza in the lobby of the gym for students entering the event, and the bleachers were filled shortly after the event began.

“We were very pleased with the amount of students who came out for the evening,” Hanes said.

The teams were welcomed to the floor by the RU cheerleading squad, as Hanes announced each player’s name and some information about them, followed by cheers from the crowd. The coaching staff was introduced, the teams were seated and the cheerleading squad gave a brief performance.

Festivities began with a 3-point competition, where competitors from the men’s and women’s team faced off against their teammates and had 60 seconds to make as many 3-point shots as they could. The winners from each group, Junior Corey Tobin and Senior Erika Woodfin, then faced off. Tobin came away the victor.

“Players seemed to get most excited about the 3-point contest when it was the women’s team winner vs. the men’s team winner,” Hanes said.

Spectators were involved with the next event, where 10 volunteers participated in a huge game of knockout with players from the women’s team.

Various events filled the remaining time, including a shooting contest with staff members, a brief men’s basketball scrimmage and a dunking contest for both teams.

“The event went very well,” Hanes said.

It’s important to introduce the teams and players to motivate the start of their season. However, Reinhardt’s version of the kickoff is scheduled differently than other schools.

“In some places, it’s a start of basketball practice, but here, we try to do it about the week of the first game,” Hanes said.

The basketball season started Oct. 29, shortly after Moonlight Madness, with both teams taking home wins against Webber International University. The next men’s game is Nov. 4 at Johnson and Wales University, and the next women’s game is Nov. 3 at home against Warner University.


Story By: Thomas May. Photo By: Jaydon Smith