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May 1, 2015 Athletics
1.IMG_1585_EDIT After senior T.J. Sapp made three free throws, the Racers went into overtime against Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 2. The Racers pulled out a win 94-92 placing them at win 21 and clinching the OVC regular season title.

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After senior T.J. Sapp made three free throws, the Racers went into overtime against Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 2. The Racers pulled out a win 94-92 placing them at win 21 and clinching the OVC regular season title.

 

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Golf women excel in leadership

Story by Mallory TuckerStaff writer

Jenny Rohl/The News Junior golfer Abbi Stamper expresses that her motivation comes from watching other teams play.

Jenny Rohl/The News
Junior golfer Abbi Stamper expresses that her motivation comes from watching other teams play.

Some leaders are loud, outspoken and enthusiastic. Some leaders are quiet, reserved and logical.

All successful leaders must lead by example, which is exactly what juniors Abbi Stamper and Sophie Hillier plan to do when they return in the fall as captains of the 2015-16 women’s golf team.

“They are two completely different personalities, which is what you want in a captain,” said Head Coach Velvet Milkman. “You don’t want captains to be the same person. Different personalities gravitate toward different people. So yes, Abbi is the more outgoing one, the more bubbly one. She’s the one beforehand high-fiving and saying, ‘We got this.’ Sophie is the more reserved, but leads by example. You will not find anyone that works any harder than her. And people are very comfortable going and talking to her, as well.”

Over the summer, both women will play in various tournaments without the stress of balancing schoolwork. Hillier will return to Sandy, England and Stamper to Frankfort, Ky., where they will both try to improve their scores by two strokes, the goal Milkman assigned to both before beginning fall golf.

As an international student, Hillier believes playing collegiate golf will make her a better person going into the real world. In England, collegiate athletics are not commonplace, as university is the only focus for students. … Continue Reading

Title IX causes unequal scholarship distribution

May 1, 2015 Opinion, Our View

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.

Katie Wilborn/The News

Katie Wilborn/The News

Collegiate sports and scholarships go hand in hand. Murray State, along with many other universities, wouldn’t have some of the sports talent it has without the incentive of financial aid. What’s interesting, however, is where those scholarships are actually going.

More than 40 years ago, a federal law was passed with the intention of leveling the playing field – pun intended – of men and women’s sports. This law, Title IX, was created to establish equality between the two genders in both athletics and academics.

This is a lofty goal, and one Murray State isn’t meeting. As of right now, there are more scholarship-funded women’s sports than men’s – three more, to be specific.

The imbalance is due to the fact that Title IX measures “equality” by tabulating the number of individual participants instead of looking at teams as a whole. Team revenue and success are not taken into consideration.

For instance, Murray State’s football team boasts a roster of 98 male athletes. The female equivalent to this team doesn’t exist. … Continue Reading

Football opens spring play

May 1, 2015 Athletics, Football

Story by Mallory Tucker, Staff writer

Kalli Bubb/The News Senior kicker Carson Greifenkamp demonstrates kicking during their spring game April 24.

Kalli Bubb/The News
Senior kicker Carson Greifenkamp demonstrates kicking during their spring game April 24.

The football team wrapped up spring practice April 24 with a scrimmage and the first “Fastest Friday in Kentucky,” a day filled with activities and competitions for fans including Minute to Win It games, flag football and multiple giveaways.

On the field, the team alternated quarterbacks as it ran plays with breaks filled by Greek organizations competing in flag football. Redshirt sophomore quarterback KD Humphries calls the completion of the spring season bittersweet.

“Finishing up spring ball, you know, it’s a bittersweet moment,” Humphries said. “Knowing that Saturday was the last day we get to put the pads on and compete against each other for a long time. Going through the whole summer and not having to put on pads again or be on the field with our brothers until the end of July, early August.” … Continue Reading

Baseball’s OVC hopes fading

May 1, 2015 Athletics, Baseball

Story by Blake BernierStaff writer

Jenny Rohl/The News Junior Pokey Harris stands up to bat against Southeast Missouri State April 25.

Kalli Bubb/The News
Junior Pokey Harris stands up to bat against Southeast Missouri State April 25.

Following a nine-game road stretch and 10 consecutive losses, the Racers faced the defending OVC champions and No. 1 team in the OVC, Southeast Missouri State on April 24-26.

SEMO (29-15, 19-5) came into the game Friday ranked seventh in the nation in runs scored per game and the Redhawks feasted on the pitching of Murray State (14-32, 9-12).

There were 37 runs scored in the three games by SEMO and only one pitcher had success against the Redhawks.

With the season on the line the Racers will play Belmont this weekend and have the task of figuring things out before it’s too late.  The Racers are 1.5 games out of the final spot to qualify for the OVC Tournament with nine OVC games left to play.

“We need to find ourselves in a hurry,” said Head Coach Kevin Moulder. “This is like drawing a line in the sand right here and this is it for us. The playoffs start this weekend and if we don’t win this series, for all intents and purposes we’re out of it.”

In the first inning of the game on Friday there was every indication that the game would be high scoring. The Redhawks scored two runs and the Racers followed up with one of their own in the first inning, but after that point the game turned into a pitcher’s duel. … Continue Reading

Broken records music to track ears

May 1, 2015 Athletics, Track and Field

Story by John Morris, Staff writer

Racer track and field are putting their best feet forward in the OVC Tournament after another weekend with multiple broken records at Arkansas State.

According to GoRacers.com, the Racers’ finished the meet with three first place finishes, a broken school record, five student-athletes being named to the All Time Bests Outdoor list at Murray State and 22 personal records.

With one meet left before conference this is a great sign for the Racers’ confidence said Head Coach Jenny Severns.

“Arkansas was a great meet not only for me but for a lot of my fellow teammates; it was a little windy but we all dealt with it,” said senior thrower, Tonia Pratt.

Big time performances come from Pratt and senior jumper Ashley Conway. Other records are as follows: … Continue Reading

Men’s golf take eighth place in OVC

May 1, 2015 Athletics, Golf

Story by Mallory TuckerStaff writer

Led by All-OVC senior golfer Jordan Smith, the Racers jumped from seventh place to claim a share of second from 14 shots back. Despite six of the last seven holes being the most difficult, Smith and junior Brock Simmons carded scores of 71 during the last round, tying for the third day in a row and sharing the eighth place spot overall.

Smith attributes the Racers’ swift improvement to the team as a whole and their ability to support each other’s higher rounds.

“We had been having where everybody would just have one bad round all at the same time,” Smith said. “We kind of picked up whoever was playing bad that round. We didn’t have two people play really bad at the same time, which helped out.”

The last day didn’t provide a perfect start, however, as Smith struggled at first.

“I couldn’t get anything going,” Smith said. … Continue Reading

Softball is half game behind No. 2 spot

May 1, 2015 Athletics, Softball

Story by John Morris, Staff writer

(WITH VIDEO) – The Racers ended the weekend with a sweep against the Austin Peay State Lady Gov’s and continue in their home  play OVC record.

Murray State had its Senior Day game on Sunday and won 5-2, which put them at 12-0 at home in OVC play.

“Senior Day went really well,” said senior outfielder Mallory Richardson. “We went out there relaxed and ready to play.”

Richardson had one of the biggest plays of the series beating Austin Peay in game two with a walk-off home run.

“It was an exciting moment for me to help the team,” she said. “When preparing for my at bat, I just told myself to keep it simple and have fun. I just focused on the ball and waited for something I could hit to score the winning runner.”

It was big for Richardson and she continued to attribute it to the bond of the team. … Continue Reading

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