Category: Sports

Alcohol sales now allowed in JSU stadium

Josie Howell, Sports Editor

While Gamecock fans have many reasons to be excited about the start of football season, the implementation of alcohol sales during home games has given them much more to look forward to. 

Jacksonville State University  will be joining over 100 colleges and universities that sell alcohol at athletic events, in an attempt to improve the fan-based experience.

During the first few months prior to Saturday, Sept. 7, JSU’s first home football game of the season, the JSU athletics department had been doing their best to create policies and regulations that help to keep a safe and secure environment for all Gamecock fans during these games. 

Athletic Director, Greg Seitz, emphasizes that JSU’s first priority is making sure that JSU home games are a safe and family friendly environment. 

“Universities across the country have seen both a decrease in alcohol-related incidents and an enhanced fan experience when they provide a controlled environment for alcohol sales,” said Seitz.

In order to ensure the safety of everyone, JSU will be hiring special law enforcement that will be specially trained to recognize behavior such as underage drinking, binge drinking, passing off alcohol to minors and any other alcohol related incidents. 

Individuals will be escorted from the stadium if seen doing any of the aforementioned  things, as well as trying to use a fake ID, failing to provide ID at any time, or are intoxicated.

Anyone who wants to purchase alcohol at the games will have to provide a government-issued ID card, which includes one’s birthday, no matter how old one might appear. Acceptable types of ID include a valid driver’s license, military ID or passports. 

Each person who purchases alcohol may be asked at any time after the sale to show their ID and must have their ID on them and be able to prove that they are of drinking age. If one fails to prove their age at any time or place when  they are asked for their ID, they will then be asked to leave.

The drinks sold at the first JSU home game against UTC were 16 ounce beer cans for $5.50 a can.  The brands of beer being sold at the home games are the following: Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light and Sweet Water. Bon and Viv spiked seltzer was also sold in 16 ounce cans for the same price. 

Kiosks are now set up around the stadium specifically for alcohol sales. They will not be sold at regular concession stands, to help keep wait times to a minimum. Alcohol sales will start once the gates are opened, and will close at the end of the third quarter. Drinks will not be allowed outside of the stadium.

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JSU volleyball ends on high note in weekend tournament

Sadie Appleton, Sports Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University volleyball team traveled to Birmingham, Alabama this weekend to face three different in-state opponents: UAB, Samford and North Alabama. Coming off a sweep of Southeastern Louisiana University in the previous weekend, the Gamecocks looked to improve upon their record. Unfortunately, they came short early in the tournament. 

After giving up the first two sets, Jacksonville State battled UAB for two more intense sets to decide the winner of the match. Although the Gamecocks let up the first two sets with 25 points scored in each by UAB, JSU rallied in late in the third to score 26 and take the set. While they looked to overcome a 2-0 deficit against UAB, Jacksonville State fell to the Blazers in the fourth set. While the Gamecocks defended against multiple match points for the Blazers, it was ultimately too little, too late. UAB captured the win against JSU with a final score of 3-1. 

Nonetheless, the Gamecocks had stand out performances as they were led by the 6’2 sophomore Lena Kindermann, who earned 19 kills and five blocks followed by senior Kaylee Frear with 12 kills and four blocks and finally junior Kaylie Milton with 11 kills. 

Continuing on in their tournament, Jacksonville State moved on to face off against North Alabama and Samford. 

Facing off against the host team of Samford, the Gamecocks were unable to get the ball rolling as they dropped the first set in a 22-18 decision in the first set. The Bulldogs prevented the Gamecocks from getting close again as they took the next two sets with 25-16 decision in the second and a 25-19 decision in the third. Jacksonville State was only able to post a .169 hitting percentage while Samford put up a .306 hitting percentage. 

Moving on to their tournament finale, Jacksonville State prepared to face off against long-time university rival, North Alabama. In their match, the Gamecocks would go on to sweep the Lions with a final score of 3-0. Once again, Lena Kindermann led the Gamecocks and proved to be a giant factor in their win over UNA. 

In total on Saturday, Kindermann posted 19 kills, 20 swings, and zero errors. All of this combined with a .600 hitting percentage helped lead to her being named to the all-tournament team. Kaylie Milton and Erin Carmichael both also proved to be valuable assets in the match against North Alabama, with Milton earning eight digs and seven kills while Carmichael put up 10 attacks. 

After the weekend tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, the Gamecocks record moves to 2-4. They will host the Gamecock Classic in Jacksonville, Alabama and prepare to face off against Sam Houston State, Mississippi State, and Stetson in Pete Mathews Coliseum on September 13 and 14. To keep up with the Jacksonville State University volleyball team, follow them on twitter (@JSUGamecocksVB).

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JSU soccer team wins in double-overtime

Baylee Morris, Sports Correspondent

On Sunday afternoon, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Hornets of Alabama State had a thrilling match-up. The Gamecocks came into the soccer match-up with a record of 2-3 and the Hornets with a record of 1-2. After the match-up, the Hornets tacked on a loss at the hands of the Gamecocks.

The ladies of JSU had a big and thrilling game that went into double over-time. In the first half of the match on Sunday, the Gamecocks dropped two goals against the Hornets. Coming into the second half, the Gamecocks were able to tack on two goals. 

The first half of the game was dominated by the Hornets. Their two goals in the first half were their only two scored in the whole match. The Hornets first goal came from Isabella Beortegui in minute 27 of the game. Their second goal came courtesy of Janae Brown in minute 34. Both of their goals came from assists from two other Lady Hornets. 

The second half of the game, however, was controlled by the Gamecocks. The two goals scored in the second half were courtesy of Senior Emma Meadows and Junior Alicia Pallister. 

“Scoring a goal in the game meant a lot to me, especially since it was my third of the season so far,” said Meadows. “It’s good to get a confidence boost before OVC starts and it always feels good to help the team out…The win against Alabama State was huge for our team. We were losing 2-0 at halftime even though we knew we were the better team and we came back to win 3-2 in double overtime.”

Meadow’s goal marked her third one of her senior season and was set up for her by the Freshman Cynthia Bagozzi. Pallister, however, had four shots on the day before connecting with one and tying the match up to send the game into overtime. Meadows has played an integral role for the gamecocks. Along with her three goals of the season, Meadows has also recorded six shots on goal and played an impressive 525 within just the first six games of the season.

“That was one of the hottest games I’ve ever played in and we didn’t have a lot of subs on the bench, so it just showed how hard our team worked and how bad we wanted to win,” said Meadows.

Throughout the final minutes of the second half there were many chances for Gamecocks to score, but they just couldn’t make it work. After a scoreless first overtime, Pallister assisted Senior Rachel Blanding and she scored not only the game winning shot, but the first score of her senior season. 

“I’d say I think it was a relief for me but also for the team just because we needed momentum for our following weekend and not only winning that game I think helped our attitude, but it was a relief for me getting my first seasonal goal in, so I’ll be hungrier to score more,” said Blanding about her game winning shot.

With the thrilling win the Gamecocks look to extend their win streak this Thursday against the University of Alabama with kickoff at 7 p.m. and at JSU soccer complex.

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JSU soccer team falls to Troy University

Ashley Finerson, Sports Correspondent

After a few tough losses for the Jacksonville State University soccer team, the Gamecocks went into Thursday’s game determined against undefeated Troy University. 

The game on September 5 was a constant back a forth with who kept control of the ball. In the end, Troy was able to get past JSU’s defense while Troy kept a solid defense that proved difficult to penetrate.

During the first half, Troy held control with four shots on goal by Nathali DaSilva, Kiersten Edlund and Kendra Chasion. At the same time, the Gamecocks were able to bring in six saves from the Trojans by goalie Morgan Lerch. 

A couple of minutes after JSU player Emma Meadows attempted wide shot in the first period, Troy was able to score a goal by Nilou Asdigha. The period ending goal, which was assisted by Kiersten Edlund and Kate Lorenz put up a score of 1-0, with Troy in the lead.

In the second half, both teams put a tough fight, neither willing to give up control of the ball. After much back and forth and three shot attempts from the Gamecocks, a fourth shot was taken by Cythian Bagozzi with an assist from Cephana Deane, putting the Gamecocks on the board. After tying up the game in the second half, the game became a power struggle between both teams.

With only 14 minutes left in the game, a block from Troy’s player, Grace Mirly, was able to make the next goal with the assist from Kiersten Edlund, who also assisted in Troy’s first goal. JSU was not able to make any more attempts due to Troy’s strong defense, bringing the game to a close and Troy walking away with another victory for their season. 

With another win, Troy remains undefeated. As for JSU, this game put them at a setback and made their record 2-3. The JSU soccer team will be playing against the University of Alabama Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer complex by the Pete Mathews Coliseum. 

To keep up with the JSU girl’s soccer team and for future events and dates, follow them on Facebook @jsugamecocksathletics, on Twitter @JSUGamecocksSOC and on Instagram @jsugamecockssoc.

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Gamecocks win first home game of the season against UTC

Ashley Finerson, Sports Correspondent

After a tough loss against Southeastern Louisiana, the Gamecocks were able to come back strong for their first home game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pull out a victory.

About half way through the first quarter, Chattanooga was unable to score a touchdown, ao instead they went for a field goal in an attempt to get some points on the board. UTC kicker, Victor Ulmo, was able to successfully put these first few points on the board for UTC. 

It was not long until the Gamecocks answered back. Four minutes later, JSU came back with a touchdown by Jamari Kinsley who received a 39-yard pass from Zerrick Cooper and an extra point from Bryant Wallace, putting the first quarter to an end. 

Five minutes into the second quarter, JSU came back even stronger and scored their second touchdown by Austin Kinsley in a 28-yard rush and Bryant Wallace putting the extra point on the scoreboard. This was followed by yet another touchdown by the gamecocks, giving JSU a generous lead for the game. Chattanooga continued to fall short of scoring a touchdown, forcing them to go for another field goal, which was once again successful by UTC kicker Victor Ulmo, bringing the score 20-6 at halftime. 

Once the third quarter began, Chattanooga came back stronger and more determined to gain the lead. They were able to finally score a touchdown by starting quarterback Nick Tiano with a two-yard rush. However, JSU answered back quickly with a touchdown from a risky 40-yard pass in the fourth down by Zerrick Cooper to Trae Barry. 

“Magic! It was one of those plays where you’re on the sidelines or in the stands just sitting there watching the ball and everybody’s eyes get big, but that’s one of our strengths, and I love that about our team,” said Head Coach John Grass about the 40-yeard touchdown. “We really don’t care who makes the play, it just has to be made. Trae was having a tremendous night and he came through again. Coop put it up there. That’s another thing about Coop, he trusts us to make plays, so he’s going to give us the opportunity regardless of what’s going on.”

After another touchdown from the Gamecocks, UTC answered back just as quick, scoring another touchdown from a two-yard rush by Ailym Ford and Victor Ulmo putting an extra point on the board for the Mocs. At the end of the third quarter, the score stood at a close 27 to 20, giving UTC a chance to come back for a win

Come the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks had control of the ball. Within just 15 plays and a total of six minutes and 27 seconds, JSU’s redshirt freshman Austin Kinsey scored the first touchdown of the fourth quarter. Once JSU regained possession, after forcing UTC to punt, starting quarterback Zerrick Cooper was able to rush one yard to score the second touchdown for the fourth quarter. The game ended with JSU 41 and Chattanooga 20.

Wide receiver Josh Person, had three complete catches from quarterback Zerrick Cooper, and also had a total gain of 25 yards throughout the game. As for quarterback Zerrick Cooper, he had an undoubtedly great game with a total of two touchdowns, one interception and a total gain of 334 yards.

After the game, third year player Zion Webb said, “It felt great to win.” It can be easily assumed that the rest of the team felt the same way. JSU football team is now 1-1 for their record and this game had put Chattanooga’s record 1-1 as well. 

“We didn’t play well in our first game, but we didn’t let that define us. We came back, we played well at home, had a great crowd and the atmosphere was top-notch from the Southerners to cheerleaders to Cocky. We had close to 20,000 people, so it was a good night all around. We beat a good Chattanooga team, but we still made some mistakes we’ve got to correct.” said Grass about Saturday’s game. 

“There are some things that we did well, that we did a lot better than we did in the opener, so I did see a will to win from our team. We knew Chattanooga was always a really good game. We couldn’t put them all the way away and they battled back, but our team responded,” continued Grass. “It was just good to see when they scored, our offense came back and scored again. We didn’t get rattled. We came out pretty healthy and excited about moving on to this next week.”

For the next two games, the Gamecocks will be playing at home. The next game will be this Saturday, September 14 against Eastern Washington and then against the University of North Alabama the following Saturday, September 21.

To follow JSU football for future events and updates, you can follow them on Facebook at JSU Gamecocks Athletics, on Twitter and Instagram atJSUGamecocksFB.

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