STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Peytan Porter jumping into Nashville music scene

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Peytan Porter jumping into Nashville music scene

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini both came from Lipscomb in recent years, and Lipscomb student Peytan Porter is making plans to follow in their footsteps. Porter started her singing career at the age of 12, but she said it wasn’t actually something she wanted to do at the time. She only wrote songs about how her mom was mean for giving her chores. “I didn’t take it seriously until at a church camp, and my mom was having to sing and act at the same time,” Porter recalled. “She was terrible. Then she was like, ‘Well then you do it,’ and I said ‘Noo!’ They ended up giving me a microphone behind the curtain. So I sang, behind the stage, and our music director came back and was like, ‘You’re a singer; you are doing this.’” Ever since then, Porter has been focusing on her songwriting, including her job as a full-time staff writer at Sea Gayle Music and doing a songwriting internship. She said she has always dreamed of becoming apart of the Nashville music scene, and even called it her “Disney World vacation” when she was able to visit at fourteen. “I would not be at Lipscomb if it was not in Nashville,” Porter said. “I chose to come here when I was young. My mom was like. ‘You can go on a cruise to Cozumel, or you can go to Nashville.’ My sister went on the cruise, and I came to Nashville.” Porter said she chose Lipscomb over Belmont’s music program because she liked how Lipscomb’s program felt like a small, Christian community. She is no longer...
PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

PREVIEW: Lipscomb baseball looks to rebound from 2018 with healthy roster and tough opponents

Expect a tough schedule ahead for the Lipscomb baseball team — but with a much healthier roster to start the season. The 2019 season is just around the corner for the Bisons as they prepare for their first matchup against Valparaiso University on Feb. 15 in an opening home weekend series at Dugan Field. Head coach Jeff Forehand’s unit is coming off of a losing season but brings back a roster full of experienced players. Unfortunately, the Bisons dealt with a plague of injuries last year. “For last year’s season, it started on the mound,” pitching coach James Ogden said. “And then guys like Lee Solomon and even Jeffrey Crisan had to miss a significant amount of time; and then, those were staples of our team that had been around a long time.” This problem has been mostly corrected for the 2019 season, as Ogden says the team realizes getting everyone healthy is something they definitely need to correct. They have done so in some of their training and in therapy and rehabilitation. Almost everyone is ready to play minus a few sprains and tendonitis. And they need to be healthy. This season will be one of the highest RPI schedules when ranked against those prior, with more Power 5 opponents and teams that ranked in the RPI’s top 100. Lipscomb has a much tougher schedule, but Forehand explains that this is all by design. “The ASUN league is a very good league coming off of last year’s season, the seventh-best league in the country,” Forehand said. “So, every team in the league is playing those RPI games. That’s...
Lady Bisons are 2-13 after suffering another loss

Lady Bisons are 2-13 after suffering another loss

It’s been a rough season so far for the Lipscomb’s women’s basketball team as its twelve-loss streak continued with a 68-53 loss against North Florida Tuesday night. The Lady Bisons (2-13) faced off against their ASUN rival North Florida (6-7) at Allen Arena with hopes to move forward from their losing streak. That hope was defeated as Lipscomb left the court with another loss. On Tuesday, the Lady Bisons’ trouble was stopping turnovers from the Ospreys. By the end of the game, Lipscomb suffered a high 21 turnovers, and in the first two quarters a low field goal percentage. The Bisons just couldn’t seem to shoot or keep the ball well in the first half of the game. The Lady Bisons had major trouble penetrating through North Florida’s defense and was mainly only successful in their free throws for the night. Lipscomb is in the top five in the ASUN for free throw percentage, and for most of the night that percentage was at 100%. Lipscomb’s junior starting guard Carleigh Short took the first shot of the night — a three-pointer that put some numbers on the board early for Lipscomb. By the end of the game, Short left the court with a total of seven three’s for the night. That wasn’t enough though, and by the end of the third quarter, UNF had a 22-point lead. By the end of the game, the Lady Bisons cut North Florida’s lead to 15, but it wasn’t enough, as the Lady Bisons ended a five-in-a-row win record against UNF. The Lady Bisons will be looking to end their losing record as...
Lady Bisons beat Tigers in Homecoming game on Rau layup

Lady Bisons beat Tigers in Homecoming game on Rau layup

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened their season with a nail-biting 64-62 win against Tennessee State Friday in Allen Arena. For the Lady Bisons, who lost a significant number of seniors last year, it was a matter of getting a young roster composed. Lauren Rau, a starting guard for Lipscomb, made the game-winning layup for the Lady Bisons. Rau said the veterans of the team struggled early on and thought the freshman came up huge for them tonight. “We were able to have the freshman exposed to something like this, the first game or the season,” Rau said. “We just needed them to play together.” It was neck-and-neck for the majority of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Lipscomb was down just two points to the Tigers. The Bisons cut the lead to one at the start of the third, but made a run to take a five-point lead at the buzzer. It seemed that Lipscomb’s lead would hold through the last five minutes of play. But in the final stretch, TSU picked up momentum thanks to some Lady Bison turnovers, cutting the score to 53-52. Coach Greg Brown said the biggest challenge would be tightening up his team’s ball handling. “We need to figure out a way not to turn the ball over as many times as we did,” Brown said. “But still pulling out a win and not taking care of the ball is a testament in just finding a way to win it.” With less than two minutes on the clock, TSU found themselves down by only two. With only twelve seconds left, TSU stole...
Liberty defeats Lipscomb in extra time in first ASUN meeting

Liberty defeats Lipscomb in extra time in first ASUN meeting

Lipscomb (8-4-2, 3-1 ASUN) faced a slew of unexpected challenges as they faced new ASUN opponent Liberty (3-9, 2-2 ASUN) at home on Sunday, losing 2-1 after an extra time period. Coach Kevin O’Brien felt the two teams were evenly matched, and said he expected the game to be more of a challenge on his team. He felt that they did not show their true skill set in the first half, but brought a more even play in the second. “We had watched them in film and we knew they were good. So I was expecting a good game, and that is ultimately what we got,” Coach O’Brien said. “It was two pretty evenly matched teams going toe-to-toe.” Things began smoothly as Lipscomb junior Leah Cernicky shot a goal in the first ten minutes of play off of a free kick. The Bisons led against the Flames in shots on goal. Then an own goal in the half assisted by Liberty’s #9, Madison Ellis, tied the game in the 38th minute. In an even second half, Lipscomb had quite a few close opportunities at goal, but Liberty’s goalie Melody Jayroe kept the Flames in the game. The half ended in a tie, leading the two teams into extra time. Liberty picked up the pace in overtime, and with a minute left the Flames’ Gabrielle Farrell scored to make the score 2-1. Madison Ellis picked up her second assist of the night on the game winner. Coach O’Brien said his team had some really good chances to win it, but Liberty’s keeper made some great saves and kept them in...