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Mckenzi Harris

Mckenzi Harris

Editor-in-Chief

Kathryn Farris

Kathryn Farris

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Erika Plunkett

Managing Editor

Grant Ledgister

Sports Editor

Spencer Boehme

Spencer Boehme

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Cavin Jacobson

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Rachel Pavelich

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Tyler Harvey

Tyler Harvey

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Ben Davis

Ben Davis

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Jimmy McCollum

Jimmy McCollum

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Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni

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Recent News

Lipscomb Academy Football to play CPA in Semifinals of TSSAA Playoffs

It has been quite the journey for Lipscomb Academy as they have gone from not winning more than five games last season to finishing 5-5 and making it to the semifinals of the playoffs. However, it doesn’t get any easier for them as must now face district rival CPA away from home. The Mustangs played the Lions earlier in the season and lost by a score of 28-7. They also had multiple turnovers the last time they faced the Lions, most of them being interceptions. For CPA, they only finished the season with a 4-6 record, but are no easy foe despite that. The four wins that they got were all against district opponents while the losses came to opponents that were outside of the district. While it won’t necessarily be easier for the Mustangs this time around, Dilfer feels good about how much his team has improved since then. He also knows that they are going to have to play some of their best football to come out with a victory. “We are super excited for the challenge ahead of us Friday night vs CPA,” Dilfer said. “They are a really well-coached and a very physical football team. Our boys have gotten better since the last time we played them, but it will take our best ball to come out of The Den with a win.” Both CPA coach Trent Dilfer of Lipscomb Academy and Ingle Martin of CPA are former NFL quarterbacks — the two will once again face off at playoffs. Dilfer played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks before finishing off...

Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

The first meeting of the season between Belmont and Lipscomb was everything fans could expect and more between the closest rivalry in NCAA Division I basketball. The energy was electric in Allen Arena during the hard-fought battle, but Lipscomb came up just short losing 73-67 to the Bruins. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we sure played hard,” says head coach Lennie Acuff. “We got down pretty good in the second half and was short-handed the last 10 minutes, but our guys kept fighting, clawing and scraping their way to stay in it,”. This was the first time Casey Alexander returned to Allen Arena for a game after taking the head coach position at Belmont. Alexander was the head coach at Lipscomb for six seasons leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT Finals appearance just last year. “Belmont is a good team and they’ve been playing fantastic, but we had a chance tonight and that’s all we wanted at the end. I was really, really proud of our guy,” says Acuff. Lipscomb entered halftime up by one, 33-32, after going on a 10-0 and a 12-5 run at the end of the first half. The Bruins came out of halftime looking for revenge. The bruins had a 12-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Once Belmont took the lead, they never looked back. “We have the ball twice down four in the last minute and we didn’t get very good shots,” says Acuff. “I have to do a better job of getting us organized down the stretch. We just got a...

Frozen 2 delivers backstory but doesn’t stack up against the first Disney classic

Disney has re-entered the world of ice, castles, and comedy with its long-awaited sequel, Frozen 2. In the past, Disney has admittingly had trouble with remakes and sequels. However, the animation giant seems to be regaining its quintessential magic with its newest release. The last two Disney sequel releases, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4, shattered box office records to become the top two highest-grossing animated features of all time and the Frozen sequel is already right on their heels. Currently, the film is taking the third grossing spot and outpacing these two films in presale tickets alone. Despite a nearly six-year gap since the first Frozen release, Frozen 2 seems to recognize that the fan base itself has grown while leaving room for younger kids to also enjoy the film. Both Elsa and Anna lose their signature braids and dresses in favor of sleek ponytails and pants, seemingly to mark the transition from innocent young girls to courageous adult women. Their quest: to find the origin of Elsa’s ice powers and reunite the kingdom of Arendelle with its mysterious enchanted forest counterpart. Over the course of their adventure, Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell)  worries that her sister’s ice powers aren’t enough to protect her from the world beyond their safe home. Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) battles the elements to learn that she’s valued and deserving of a greater purpose than just being queen. Olaf, the living snowman, is given youthful humor that peaks at naivety while Kristoff and Sven, the former iceman/reindeer duo, figure out how to pop the question to an unsuspecting Anna. And...

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Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

The first meeting of the season between Belmont and Lipscomb was everything fans could expect and more between the closest rivalry in NCAA Division I basketball. The energy was electric in Allen Arena during the hard-fought battle, but Lipscomb came up just short losing 73-67 to the Bruins. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we sure played hard,” says head coach Lennie Acuff. “We got down pretty good in the second half and was short-handed the last 10 minutes, but our guys kept fighting, clawing and scraping their way to stay in it,”. This was the first time Casey Alexander returned to Allen Arena for a game after taking the head coach position at Belmont. Alexander was the head coach at Lipscomb for six seasons leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT Finals appearance just last year. “Belmont is a good team and they’ve been playing fantastic, but we had a chance tonight and that’s all we wanted at the end. I was really, really proud of our guy,” says Acuff. Lipscomb entered halftime up by one, 33-32, after going on a 10-0 and a 12-5 run at the end of the first half. The Bruins came out of halftime looking for revenge. The bruins had a 12-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Once Belmont took the lead, they never looked back. “We have the ball twice down four in the last minute and we didn’t get very good shots,” says Acuff. “I have to do a better job of getting us organized down the stretch. We just got a...

GALLERY: Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons Basketball beat Northern Kentucky University

Carleigh Short hit a second chance three with 12.8 seconds on the clock to tie the home opening game ultimately resulting in a 71-69 victory for the Lady Bisons against Northern Kentucky in Head Coach Lauren Sumski’s home debut. “She’s [Carleigh] been a big shot maker her entire career,” said Sumski. “We knew we wanted to get her a look, this was a play we put in earlier that they executed really well so I was really excited for her to knock down that shot.” After Short’s game-tying three, redshirt-sophomore Dorie Harrison sunk a pair of free throws to win the game “We completely trusted Dorie,” said Carleigh Short. “We knew she was gonna hit both of them, so in our minds, we were just saying, ‘nothing long’ because we knew they couldn’t get a layup they had to throw it long and so Dorie stepped up big and got the win for us.” To read the full story by Mckenzi Harris click here.  Offensive gallery by Mckenzi Harris   Defensive Gallery by Riley Hoag....

Lipscomb men’s basketball suffers a hard loss in seesaw game with TSU

What started as a double-digit lead turned into a difficult 79-78 loss for the Bisons against the TSU Tigers on Tuesday night.  After an almost-comeback for the Bisons led by KJ Johnson, the Tigers took off with a quick drive to win the game. During the first half, Lipscomb led by as many as 11 points, a quick and promising lead on the Tigers. The team struggled without Ahsan Asadullah on the court. The Bisons ran the offense through senior Michael Buckland. Buckland scored a season-high of 14 points. However, the struggles didn’t show much until the second half. Tennessee State opened the second half with a 15-6 run and a three, putting them ahead 55-50. As the half continued, the Tigers flipped the game and held a lead, putting the Bisons 12 points behind with three minutes left on the clock.  That’s when freshman KJ Johnson took the game back over, at least temporarily. Johnson drove a shot in from the left-wing, banking a shot off the window with seven seconds remaining on the clock.  Johnson’s shot to put the Bisons back on top 78-77. TSU’s Michael Littlejohn then drove the ball the length of the floor, putting the Tigers back in the lead, 79-78 with 0.1 seconds remaining.  In the first road game of the season, the Bisons shot 50 percent from the floor, 27 of 54 attempts,  and hit 17 for 12 in free throws, a 71 percent clip.  Fleming led the Bisons in assists for the third consecutive game,  Hazen went 5 of 7 from the field with 4 rebounds. Hazen also made his career...