Spring Sports Preview


As winter sports at Berry College are coming to a close, spring sports are hitting the ground running.

Swimming and diving ended, finishing fourth at the SAA Championship Feb. 8-11 in Birmingham, Ala. Basketball ends the season at the SAA Championship tournament Feb. 24-26.

Baseball kicked off Feb. 8, beating No. 20 ranked Texas Tyler. Freshman Dylan Beasley was named SAA pitcher of the week and sophomore William Gibbons was named to the D3Baseball.com national Team of the Week for their work. Senior Devin Skelton and junior Trey Rampy were named to the D3baseball.com's Team of the Week after their series sweep over Emory & Henry.

The lady Vikings softball team started their season ranked No. 6 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll. Coach Cori Thiermann was able to clench her 200thcareer win when the Vikings swept Piedmont College Feb 12. Junior Brittany Tuttle was named the NCAA DIII National player-of-the-week by Fastpitch News.

On Feb. 18, the softball field was dedicated to Kay Williams, wife of Bob Williams who is a 1962 graduate of the Mount Berry School for Boys. The Vikings went on to sweep No. 4 Emory University in a doubleheader against the reigning NCAA Super Regional Champs. After a program-record 10-0 start to the season, the Berry softball team has jumped one spot to No. 5 in the national poll.

Just a week after sweeping the SAA Player-of-the-Week awards, senior shortstop Sarah Moore and senior pitcher/first baseman Marie Collop have been named national Player and Pitcher-of-the-Week, respectively.

The golf team finished out their fall 2016 season ranked No. 14 in the latest NCAA DIII Bushnell Golf Week Coaches Poll. The women kick off their season at the Lady Cougar Classic in Columbus, Ga. and then join the men for their first tournament at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational March 6 and 7.

Picking up where they left off, men’s tennis opens up Feb. 26 at Mercer University. The women open Feb. 18 against Agnes Scott College. All of the Berry College Tennis home matches will be played at the new tennis facility, The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

The men’s lacrosse team opened against Huntingdon at home beating them 20-6. The boys played Colorado College Feb. 25. The women’s lacrosse team lost their opener, followed by a win at Guilford where Head Coach Shaun Williamson earned his 100th win.

Track and Field kicked off their second season Jan. 22 in Birmingham, Ala. 

“We accomplished a lot, had good results, and set or broke a total of 6 indoor school records,” said Head Coach Luke Syverson. “This sets us up for a good outdoor season if we are able to build on this in the next few weeks indoors.”

Their second home season at Valhalla kicks off March 4.

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Article by Public Relations Assistant Alexi Bell. Photos by students Sara Leimbach, Jacob Bushey, and staff photographer Brant Sanderlin.