Bison Baseball patiently awaits their season debut

Bison Baseball patiently awaits their season debut

After starting their 2020 season with the best 6-0 start in the program’s division one history, COVID-19 brought the promising season to an abrupt halt just 16 games in. Now one year later, after so much anticipation for a Friday season debut, winter weather has further extended the unusually long offseason. Despite the delays, Lipscomb has retained the majority of their roster as well as adding a few new key additions, and the hopes of an ASUN championship are just as high. “I feel like our team is better talent-wise, but so is every other team in the country,” said head coach Jeff Forehand. “Everybody is playing with five classes and a shortened Major League Baseball draft and shortened number of rounds, so there are a lot of players playing college baseball that should be playing professional baseball now. Also, the addition of some older transfer guys is obviously going to make our team better, but the same type of guys have transferred to other teams as well. So college baseball across the board is going to be so much better and so much more improved. For us and our team, we are excited of where we are right now and just looking forward to getting back out there as soon as this snow melts off.” For the Bisons, it all starts and ends with preseason ASUN player of the year senior infielder Haddon Adams. Adams is one of the three seniors who elected to take the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, joining fellow senior infielders David Graves and Brian Jones.  “It’s hard to answer with...
Lipscomb community saddened by loss of student Patrice Boyd

Lipscomb community saddened by loss of student Patrice Boyd

Patrice Boyd was a graduate student here at Lipscomb that tragically passed away on Feb. 4. The cause of her death is unknown.  Boyd was a student of the Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education as well as a member of the second cohort of the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance.  She both taught English and coached the girls’ basketball team at Haywood County High School in Brownsville, TN.  President Lowry shared this unfortunate news with Lipscomb students in an email on Feb. 8.  Lowry spoke with one of Boyd’s professors and noted, “Patrice cared deeply about her students at Haywood County High School and her commitment to her graduate studies at Lipscomb and was recognized for her talents as a teacher, school leader and coach.”  Through a Facebook post, the City of Brownsville said, “[Boyd] was a beloved community leader, educator, coach, mentor, and so much more. Her energy, heart, and compassion for the children and families of this community were unparalleled. May our community forever reap the seeds of her labor.”  “In the near future there will be an opportunity for the Lipscomb community to honor Patrice and her family on campus, and we will share more information as plans are finalized,” said Lowry.  Obviously adored by many, the loss of Patrice Boyd has been felt throughout the Lipscomb community and the city of...
Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Eagles’ dominant second half proves too much for the Bisons

Lipscomb came off of a split last weekend with UNF and looked poised to bounce back against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, but the Bisons were unable to stop the Eagles who outplayed Lipscomb in the second half and won by a score of 79-69. With an 11-0 run to start off the game for Lipscomb, things looked optimistic in the first half. However, from there, FGCU went on a 19-4 scoring run that had them up midway through the first half by four.  The Bisons managed to claw their way back towards the end of the half with a three-pointer from sophomore guard KJ Johnson, free throws from senior guard Romeao Ferguson and hustle plays from senior forward Parker Hazen. With the late surge in the first half, Lipscomb found themselves ahead 36-32 going into the halftime break. With a fairly even first half from the conference foes, the question was who would pull ahead in the second half. As Lipscomb has been struggling to hold leads in recent matchups, the Bisons were hoping to break the trend with some reliable defense for the second half. Out of the gates, things were neck and neck. Both teams battled for the lead, but once the Eagles took the lead with 12:36 in the second half, they wouldn’t look back.  Lipscomb tried to hold on, closing the lead back to three with six minutes remaining in the contest, but then with back-to-back 3’s from FGCU, the game became out of reach for the Bisons. The Bisons had no answer for the 47 point explosion in the second half from FGCU,...
Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Healthcare heroes in Lipscomb nursing community put in line for COVID vaccine

Lipscomb Health Science students and faculty were moved up in line for the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes students in nursing, pharmacy and dietetics, according to Katie Watson, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. “Several of our faculty and students have already started their vaccine series and a couple have already gotten their second one…we’re so thankful,” said Watson, who has seen the virus’ impact firsthand. “When we announced that we were seeing COVID patients, it was like the floodgates opened,” said Watson, who works at the Vanderbilt Walgreens clinic. “There was still so much uncertainty. Was it spread airborne? Do we need to wear an N95 mask versus a regular surgical mask? Do we need gown and gloves?” Watson received her vaccine in December, since she’s a member of the Vanderbilt healthcare community. “I will just say how I felt was ‘Wow’, I felt so honored and humbled on how privileged I am for the blessing to be able to be vaccinated.” As vaccines continue to rollout, concerns have popped up over their safety considering the fast turnaround. “I understand the worry of something new…but the government gave these drug companies unlimited funding in order to get this done and that is why it was able to be done so quickly,” Watson said. “So, I say, look at the facts. Check the CDC. Talk to your health professional or the Lipscomb Health Clinic, somebody who is knowledgeable in the medical field versus someone who has probably just read something on Google.” Ashley Newby, a junior nursing student at Lipscomb has also received the COVID vaccine for her...
Lady Bisons finish season sweep over Bellarmine to stay perfect at home

Lady Bisons finish season sweep over Bellarmine to stay perfect at home

The Lady Bisons pulled out another home victory on Sunday night against the Bellarmine Knights. They remained undefeated at home on the young season, led by a career-high 28 point performance from sophomore guard Jaylyn Holcomb. Though the first matchup saw an even performances across the lineup from the Bisons on Saturday afternoon, with all five starters scoring in double figures, Sunday night saw Holcomb come away with everything on the floor. The 5’9″ sophomore from Murfreesboro shot a steller 11-15 (73%) from the floor. The beginning of the game started right where the Lady Bisons left off their previous performance with threes coming all around. On the opponent’s side, things got off to a rough start as the Knights only put up 10 points in the first quarter, six of which came from senior guard Tasia Jeffries. After one quarter, Lipscomb led 21-10. However, the 2nd quarter saw a scoring drought for the Lady Bisons who missed all their three-point attempts. Seemingly trading places, Bellarmine shot 4-5 from the beyond the arc late in the 2nd quarter and went on a 17-8 run cutting the Lipscomb lead from 13 to just 5 with only 59 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Going into halftime though Lipscomb still held the lead 33-28. The two teams came out of halftime at seemingly the same clip. Lipscomb shooting 7-14 from the field 2-5 from three, and Bellarmine 8-15 from the field and 2-5 from three. Knights would get within one possession of the Bisons, but a three point deficit would be as close as they could get, as they were never...
Changes made to Spring 2021 calendar over COVID concerns

Changes made to Spring 2021 calendar over COVID concerns

As the beginning of the semester looms near, Lipscomb has made adjustments to its upcoming calendar in order to maximize student and faculty safety as COVID case numbers rise. Among these changes is a delayed spring break, online final exams and three periodic “Bison Breaks”. “With another semester on the horizon, we draw upon our experiences and lessons learned in the fall that help us prepare for a spring in which the COVID-19 virus will continue to impact our community,” said Lipscomb’s Incident Management Team in an email to students on Dec. 18. “We are planning for another exceptional on-campus student experience this spring —one that will be enriching, fulfilling and life-changing as well as one for the history books.” Lipscomb’s Bison Breaks will occur on the following days: Feb. 10 March 2 March 25 Spring Break is scheduled to take place April 12-16 and is set to be immediately followed by undergraduate classes transitioning to a remote format for the remainder of the semester. These changes are being made as the CDC ranks Tennessee as one of the worst states for COVID cases per capita after the post-Thanksgiving surge. “If we have another surge over Christmas, it will break our hospitals,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercy in a news conference on Dec. 20. In response to this case surge, Tennessee’s Governor Bill Lee announced an executive order limiting indoor gatherings to ten people and encouraging Tennesseans to keep holiday gatherings to just those in their household. Executive Order 70 pic.twitter.com/ly2CuE8X1Z — Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) December 21, 2020 Lipscomb’s return to campus plan states that the university will continue to...