Cool weather heralds the start of pumpkin season in Nashville

Cool weather heralds the start of pumpkin season in Nashville

After a long, hot summer and early fall, the weather has finally cooled down to average temperatures. With this, the season of corn mazes, haunted houses, and all things pumpkin has begun. During the month of October, Nashville is filled with countless activities for both the fearless and faint of heart to enjoy. One such excursion is just a five-minute drive up Granny White Pike and into the 12 South neighborhood. Across the street from Urban Grub, Nashville Pumpkin Co. has set up a miniature pumpkin patch in the heart of the city. The displays are filled with the typical orange pumpkins, but also with numerous heirloom pumpkins and beautifully speckled squashes each in varying shades of green, pink, white, red, and yellow.  While you browse, you have the option to play pumpkin bowling, a game where you attempt to knock down 10 wooden ghosts with a miniature pumpkin. There is also the opportunity to take pictures with the pumpkin photo backdrop to pass the time. Not only does the pumpkin patch have cute photo opportunities and a great selection of fall decor, but the patch is only a few yards away from Frothy Monkey, Portland Brew, and White Bison. These are popular spots for all your fall beverage needs, which will further get you into the fall spirit. Whether you need decor for your house, apartment, or dorm room or you just want to take cute fall photos, Nashville Pumpkin Co. should be your go-to stop. Continue to check back in Lumination Network to see all the fun activities going on around Nashville this fall....
Lady Bisons tie against FGCU 1-1 after 110 minutes of play

Lady Bisons tie against FGCU 1-1 after 110 minutes of play

Sunday afternoon, with temperatures rising to nearly 100 degrees, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons faced off against fellow ASUN women’s soccer powerhouse the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles in their second conference game of the year. Neither team was ever able to fully gain control of the match as play stretched into overtime and then double overtime, where the final result was a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of play. The Eagles seemed to take control of the game in the 15th minute when senior midfielder Marjorie Boilesen put the ball in the back of the net off of sophomore midfielder Ashlee Brentlinger’s assist, but sophomore midfielder Kristi Jones was able to respond shortly before halftime for the Bisons leveling the score once again. Entering the second half, it was clear to see why these two teams were ranked first and second in the preseason ASUN poll, as impenetrable defense and smart possession fought through the heat to keep both teams scoreless for the final 45 minutes of regulation. Lipscomb was able to do this by keeping FGCU’s all-American senior forward Evdokia Popadinova quiet. “We highlighted two players, 17 [senior forward Evdokia Popadinova] and 25 [senior midfielder Marjorie Boilesen]; 25 got the goal so we didn’t do quite exactly as we game-planned, but they are super talented,” Lipscomb’s head coach O’Brien said. “As far as shutting down Evie [Popadinova], our defenders knew that those two were their primary point-getters, the ones that lead their team in all the offensive statistical categories. When those two are around the ball, I know that there is an extra level of focus, and I...
Backup goalkeeper helps Bisons hold on for conference-opening victory

Backup goalkeeper helps Bisons hold on for conference-opening victory

Even though the Bisons had to call on a substitute in net about halfway through the game, Lipscomb’s men’s soccer team opened ASUN conference play with a 1-0 victory over the Jacksonville University Dolphins. The Sept. 21 victory also was the Bisons first home victory of the season. Even though it was a low-scoring affair, the Bisons controlled the possession early and had several chances to put the ball in the net but were unable to convert these attempts. Finally, in the 34th minute, freshman midfielder Ruben Pedersen scored off an assist from senior midfielder John Wynia, putting the Bisons ahead 1-0, the final score. Entering the second half, Lipscomb seemed to continue to hold the edge in possession, until six minutes into the half, when starting goalkeeper freshman Michael Sibley was assessed a red card and was ejected from the game, leaving the Bisons with one man down and their backup keeper, freshman Alex Brown, in goal. But the Bisons were able to adjust and respond to this personnel advantage fielded by the Dolphins. “I thought that we did a good job of limiting their chances, protecting critical areas and making them play negative,” coach Charles Morrow said. “It [playing one man down] takes a lot of effort and a lot of work. Their willingness to put that work in is definitely something we can build off of for the rest of the season.” Brown’s strong play in goal was a huge contributor to Lipscomb being able to maintain their lead throughout the second half. “It’s a tough situation for Alex [Brown] to come in, not expecting to...
Lipscomb Academy wallops long-time rivals Goodpasture, 63-21, to take 26-25 series lead

Lipscomb Academy wallops long-time rivals Goodpasture, 63-21, to take 26-25 series lead

Alumni, friends, family and platinum recording artists gathered at the Lipscomb Academy football complex for a Homecoming drubbing of long-time rivals Goodpasture. The 63-21 whipping of the Cougars by the Mustangs puts the series now at 26-25 in the Bisons’ favor. Before the Mustangs took the field, the crowds gathered at the baseball field to hear Jerrod Niemann perform in the pregame Mustang Stampede concert. His set included his platinum hit “Lover, Lover” and a gold single “What Do You Want.”  As the concert concluded, alumni gathered next to the stands to welcome the team onto the field as they battled for the Martin-McCadams Cup in this cross-town rivalry. The Mustangs took the field ready to play, as they lined up for the opening kickoff before the Cougars even took the field. The Cougars drew first blood, scoring off of a 66-yard reception by senior wide receiver David Harris, giving Goodpasture a 7-0 lead. Trent Dilfer’s Mustangs squad was quick to respond, with a perfectly executed quarterback sneak by sophomore Luther Richesson to even the score at seven. Much of the first half was back and forth between the two teams as the score would level at 7 and then again at 14.  The Mustangs were finally able to gain some separation from the Cougars off  two quick scores from sophomore running back Jaden Lyles and senior wide receiver Kyle McNamara, giving them a 28-14 lead going into halftime.  Going into the second half, Goodpasture forced a turnover and cut the lead to a one-score game, but the Mustangs responded with a McNamara touchdown, and the Cougars never got...
Former Lipscomb forward Rob Marberry signed with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu

Former Lipscomb forward Rob Marberry signed with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu

Rob Marberry, one of the leaders of the Lipscomb basketball team that made it to the NIT semis this year, is taking his basketball talents to Estonia. On Wednesday, the Nashville native and standout forward who played high school ball for Franklin Road Academy, agreed to a deal with Estonian team KK Paulus Pärnu. KK Paulus Pärnu, which is also known as Pärnu Sadam, is a member of the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League. When asked whether he thought that he would ever have the opportunity to play professionally, Marberry’s reply was “Honestly, no.”  “Looking back on high school, I didn’t have any indication on whether I would be a good college basketball player or not,” he said. “I had a rough patch my freshman year, not producing as much as I wanted to on the court. But, as time went on and I worked harder and harder, I saw it come in my vision.” After graduating from FRA in 2014, Marberry played his freshman season at Western Kentucky as a walk-on for the Hilltoppers before transferring to Lipscomb, where he started all three seasons he played. As a starter for the Bisons, he was an all-conference player in all three seasons, including first-team selections in his junior and senior years. Marberry was a member of the first Bison team to make it to the NCAA tournament as well as the first Bison team to play in the NIT Finals. In his senior campaign, he averaged 14.8 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 63 percent from the field.  “You can see that we were a really good,...