Wind Ensemble wows in first concert of the year

Wind Ensemble wows in first concert of the year

Lipscomb’s school of music hosted its first student concert of the year Monday night, where the University Wind Ensemble performed at Collins Auditorium. Dr. Benjamen Blasko who was both host and conductor of the event displayed a contagious passion for the music being performed. Blasko, who recently moved to Nashville from the University of Dubuque in Iowa, is now Lipscomb’s newest director of bands, and instrumental studies. “This is the first concert directed by Dr. Benjamen Blasko,” junior choral music education major Payton Dishman said. “He’s new, so this is something that none of us know what to expect. It’s all new and exciting, we all can’t wait to hear it.” The concert began with Awaken Fanfare, which was a dramatic entry that set the tone for the rest of the night. A Little Three Penny Music I and II would be a Jazz inspired piece that was heartfelt, jubilant and playful. The Wind Ensemble would then go on to spice up the event with Strange Humors. “(It) has as a Middle Eastern flare and is quite aggressive,” said Benjamen Blasko after the  engaging performance that utilized drums. Music students Ben Van Maarth on the guitar and Piper Smith on the electric bass were featured in the concerts final piece “Chaos Theory,” which was be a epic marriage of heavy metal and classical music that left the crowd in a standing ovation. The band then closed out the night by playing “Amazing Grace,” where the crowd joined in song. Blasko emphasized his want for communion, and unity through music at the beginning. The night finished with food being provided...
Men’s baseball wins 2/3 in series against Oakland Grizzlies

Men’s baseball wins 2/3 in series against Oakland Grizzlies

The Lipscomb men’s baseball team officially began its much anticipated season over the weekend with a 2-1 series victory over Oakland University. The Bisons hosted the Oakland Grizzlies with a three-day series starting on Friday at the Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Marsh Stadium. After a slow start during the opening game, the Bisons got into rhythm and won the first game with a 7-3 win. The second series was a much closer affair; the Bisons would edge past the Grizzlies 3-2 after junior Lee Solomons scored two home runs to seal the deal. The third and final game would be an epic and high scoring encounter with Oakland, giving plenty of fight. Lipscomb was unable to recover from an early deficit and eventually succumbed to the Grizzlies pressure in a 16-11 slugfest. The Bisons will face Middle Tennessee with a mid-week matchup beginning Tuesday at Dugan Field before hosting the Mule Mix Classic next weekend. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...
Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener

Women’s tennis goes down 4-3 in season opener

The Lipscomb women’s tennis team kicked off their much-anticipated season Friday evening at the Whitworth Tennis Center against University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Lady Bisons fought hard in an epic clash between the Blazers, but they eventually went down 4-3. Still, with only six girls competing for Lipscomb due to injuries, the team showed no hesitance on the court. Bison’s Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl edged out UAB’s Parbis Kianoush and Marlene Herrman with a 6-4 win. Maddie Brooks and Thabile Tshatedi also had no trouble dispatching their opponents Hana Sisirak and Reghan Lynch 6-3, despite Hannah Gamage and Jaclyn Findlay’s losing 6-4. The Lady Bisons continued with the momentum into the singles rubber with Brooks and Tshatedi winning both their matches giving Lipscomb a 3-0 lead. The rest of the singles matches did not go as smoothly with Buberl and Gamage both losing in 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-2. Lipscomb’s number one player Dzyuba was forced to retire against her opponent at 7-6, 2-6, 3-4, leaving the score at three matches a piece. It was all up to Findlay as the match fell on her shoulders who was ousted 1-6, 7-5, and 6-4 against the Blazers Natalie Voss. “We had a very good chance of winning,” sophmore Findlay said. “We got a little unlucky, but we all fought really hard. It was close, and I’ll be back ready for our next match.” The team’s loss will be the least of Head Coach Jamie Aid’s worries as they prepare for Sunday’s match against MTSU. The Lady Bisons will travel to Murfreesboro on Sunday at 12 p.m. to take on MTSU’s...
Men’s soccer loses to Mercer at home

Men’s soccer loses to Mercer at home

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team (2-0-2) was defeated by Mercer at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex Thursday night with a score of 1-0 in overtime. The loss breaks the men’s undefeated record at home this season after defeating both Florida Atlantic and Western Illinois. “To lose at home in overtime the way we did with sort of a mental lapse was really disappointing,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “I think the guys will take it extremely hard. “They didn’t want to lose at home. And they felt like at the end of the day it was a game that was there’s for the taking.” The Bisons had a promising start despite a minor setback after losing 4-1 to Georgia State on the road last week. The team reportedly remained focus going into Thursday’s game but failed to finish the job during the final minutes of the game. After a tightly contested first and second quarter with chances from both teams, Mercer’s Max Poore scored in the 91st minute of extra time, assisted by Conner Antley. “We are still trying to find a balance between playing conservatively and playing within ourselves and really sort of letting things hang out and getting after teams in the attack,” Morrow said. “It is a little bit of a process.” This was the 17th meeting between the Bears and Bisons, with Mercer leading the all time series 12-3-2. Next up, the Bisons will play in the Battle of the Boulevard against Belmont at home Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.  Photo courtesy of Lipscomb Athletics Additional reporting by Lipscomb...
Men’s hoops ousted by Tennessee Tech

Men’s hoops ousted by Tennessee Tech

The Lipscomb Men’s Basketball team suffered a loss to Tennessee Tech 81-78 Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles led the head to head with 40 wins and seven loses. The Bisons came out strong from the start, leading 46-32 at half time. The Golden Eagles capitalized on the Bisons’ sluggish start in the second half and came back to take the lead in the final stages of the game. During the final minutes of the last period, the Bisons were down 77-76, but sophomore Nathan Moran made a steal and lay up which put Lipscomb in the lead. Freshman Garrison Mathews added 16 points and six rebounds, while junior J.C. Hampton finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The Bisons will play their next game against rival Belmont on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. Photo courtesy of Lipscomb...