The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The entire men’s lacrosse team earns the “Pioneer Performance” this week, as they defeated Elmhurst College 14-4 at home on Friday. That was the team’s last home game of their inaugural season, and they finished at an undefeated 6-0 (currently 7-4 overall). With three games left on the season, the Pioneers need one more win to finish over .500 in their first season, and their next game comes Wednesday at rival Centre College.

Matchup of the Week: Sitting at 9-9 on the season, and 3-3 in HCAC play, the baseball Pioneers will look to improve their record when they host conference opponent Hanover College this Tuesday. This game comes after a tough double-header at Manchester University, where the Pioneers dropped both games. With three out of the last four Pioneer losses coming by only one run, look for Transy to improve their luck on Tuesday.

Player to Watch: After being named HCAC Golfer of the Week for the week ending on March 18th, look for Jantzen Latham to lead the Pioneers as they compete in the Emory Invitational on Monday. This comes after Transylvania Golf was named 12th in the newest Golf World/ Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, up four spots from the last poll.

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The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Transylvania Golf spent their spring break competing in the Jekyll Invitational, hosted by Oglethorpe University, in Jekyll Island, Georgia and finished fifth among a field of thirty teams. This week’s honors go to Pioneer Jantzen Latham, who finished in the top five among individual scores for the weekend, and earned All-Tournament Honors with a final score of 220 (four over par for the 54-hole competition).

Matchup of the Week: Both the men and women’s Tennis Pioneers host Wittenburg University this Tuesday at 4pm. This is only the fourth home match for the women’s team (who have a 2-1 record at Transy) and they will seek to pull themselves closer to .500 and end their current seven-game losing streak on Tuesday. Still early in their season, this is the first true home match for the men’s team, who will also aim to move closer to .500 against Wittenburg.

Player to Watch: The Softball Pioneers will play host to Thomas More College in a double-header that is also the team’s first home game of the season on Wednesday afternoon. Leading the team in batting average and hits, Junior Chelsea Meiners and the leadership she brings will be invaluable if the Pioneers are to be successful after a tough spring break tournament in Florida. Head out to support the Pioneers at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or both on Wednesday.

Athlete of the Week: Stephen Montgomery

Rachel Smith

Staff Writer

Since 2007, when it won its first Heartland Conference Athletic Conference tournament title, Transylvania’s golf team has been a force to be reckoned with in the league. Contributing to that is junior Stephen Montgomery, who is averaging 77.3 shots per round.

“Stephen really works hard on his golf game during the offseason,” head coach Brian Lane said. “He is constantly trying to find ways to make all the different aspects of his game better. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Junior Stephen Montgomery is averaging 77.3 shots per round and has made the Pioneers a force on the links.

Since Lane’s arrival with the golf program, the team has won five straight titles and is looking on to the sixth.

“This is the best opportunity to win a national championship, and we will accomplish that by being more prepared than our competition, putting in more time and being mentally stronger than anyone else,” Montgomery said. “Our team is very talented this year, and with a little luck we have a great shot at winning.”

Montgomery has some credit to take for the team’s success as well.

“He is not the longest hitter we have on the team by any stretch, but he has a real knack for knowing what shot he wants to play and visualizing that shot before he actually is able to pull it off,” Lane said.

Montgomery plans to take this ability into the postseason, hoping that he can continue to improve his play enough to represent Transy’s team in May at nationals.

“My season has gone well, but I still need to improve to compete on the national level in May,” Montgomery said. “With this past victory and a solid start to the spring season, I am in a good position to play well down the stretch.”

Montgomery has shown this commitment to compete at a high level recently, scoring a 152 in the Hanover College Invitational April 1. With this score, Montgomery helped the team to its second straight first-place finish, following the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational the previous weekend.

“He has positioned himself to be an important part of our team,” Lane said. “We really have several players that could be in our top five, and I think that the competition has made everyone better, including Stephen. He had a great tournament in Cincinnati at Mount St. Joseph and shot his lowest rounds of the year.”

And according to Lane, this is no small feat.

“When you can play a two-day tournament at 4 under par and set a tournament record, you have to feel good about your game,” Lane said. “He was able to play well with the tournament lead all of day two and should be able to use that experience as we move forward with the season.”

Since 2007, when it won its first Heartland Conference Athletic Conference tournament title, Transylvania’s golf team has been a force to be reckoned with in the league. Contributing to that is junior Stephen Montgomery, who is averaging 77.3 shots per round.

“Stephen really works hard on his golf game during the offseason,” head coach Brian Lane said. “He is constantly trying to find ways to make all the different aspects of his game better. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Since Lane’s arrival with the golf program, the team has won five straight titles and is looking on to the sixth.

“This is the best opportunity to win a national championship, and we will accomplish that by being more prepared than our competition, putting in more time and being mentally stronger than anyone else,” Montgomery said. “Our team is very talented this year, and with a little luck we have a great shot at winning.”

Montgomery has some credit to take for the team’s success as well.

“He is not the longest hitter we have on the team by any stretch, but he has a real knack for knowing what shot he wants to play and visualizing that shot before he actually is able to pull it off,” Lane said.

Montgomery plans to take this ability into the postseason, hoping that he can continue to improve his play enough to represent Transy’s team in May at nationals.

“My season has gone well, but I still need to improve to compete on the national level in May,” Montgomery said. “With this past victory and a solid start to the spring season, I am in a good position to play well down the stretch.”

Montgomery has shown this commitment to compete at a high level recently, scoring a 152 in the Hanover College Invitational April 1. With this score, Montgomery helped the team to its second straight first-place finish, following the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational the previous weekend.

“He has positioned himself to be an important part of our team,” Lane said. “We really have several players that could be in our top five, and I think that the competition has made everyone better, including Stephen. He had a great tournament in Cincinnati at Mount St. Joseph and shot his lowest rounds of the year.”

And according to Lane, this is no small feat.

“When you can play a two-day tournament at 4 under par and set a tournament record, you have to feel good about your game,” Lane said. “He was able to play well with the tournament lead all of day two and should be able to use that experience as we move forward with the season.”

Spring Welcomes Golf Teams’ Return

by Abby Ferguson
Staff

Golf is back, and the two Transylvania golf teams are ready to play. The men and women are gearing up for another competitive spring schedule. Read more of this post

TU Athletics Aim High This Season

by Carlos Melgar
Contributing Writer

Coming off a year in which the women’s golf team captured its first conference title and the men’s and women’s soccer teams came close to another conference championship, Director of Athletics Jack Ebel holds high expectations for all of Transylvania’s fall sports teams .

Here’s what to watch for as teams begin a new year: Read more of this post

Men’s Golf Team Travels to Nationals

by Andrew Owen
Sports Editor

The men’s golf team took care of business last weekend by finishing with a 37 shot victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Read more of this post

Lady Pioneers Seize Unforeseen HCAC Prize

by Andrew Owen
Staff

The Transylvania University women’s golf team shook off the competition to capture its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. Read more of this post

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