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Tripoom TJ Jala projects the ball across the court as he follows through with a backhand swing.

Game. Set. Match. Let the Season Begin!

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

Men's Tennis opened its Spring 2024 season Sat., Feb. 17, on their home courts in a match against Hampden-Sydney College. While perhaps the game lacked in the favoring of the Panthers, with a scored...

New Head Football Coach Kevin Sherman addresses the team before morning workouts.

Refocus on Focus, Refocus on Focus, Focus on Your Refocus

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor February 22, 2024

Newly hired Head Football Coach Kevin Sherman has a certain feeling about coming back home. “First off, I'm truly honored and blessed an thankful for the opportunity, because this is where my coaching...

Wynema Thomas, sophomore, starting pitcher in game one against #8 Christopher Newport, pitched five innings and had three strikeouts.

Softball Drops Two Opening Weekend

Kyle Markowitz, Editor February 22, 2024

Softball traveled to #8 Christopher Newport University last weekend, losing both games of their Saturday double-header 6-0 and 7-1. Game one starter Wynema Thomas, sophomore, went five innings, allowing...

Jikari Johnson, junior, flashes the W sign after the Panthers knocked off Bridgewater in the first round of the ODAC tournament Monday.

On the Bus

Compiled by Staff February 21, 2024

The mood is light. It's 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, and the men's basketball team is preparing for a road trip to take on rival Bridgewater in the first round of the ODAC tournament. Players...

 Guest Speaker Paul Chapman raves about the many upcoming opportunities and events for members of the community offered by Franklin County Parks and Recreation at the February meeting of Ferrum Forward.

Ferrum (Steps) Forward at Monthly Meeting

Eliza Copes and Grace Weaver February 19, 2024

This past Tuesday, Ferrum Forward members assembled and commenced with the introduction of the night’s speaker, Paul Chapman, director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation. Chapman expressed appreciation...

Sophomore Adrian Samano placed second at 125 pounds.

Panthers Take 5th at ODAC Wrestling Championships

Cody Gibson, Sports Editor February 19, 2024

The Panther wrestling team competed Feb. 18, at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, held at Averett University's Grant Center, and placed fifth of seven teams. The team scores throughout...

Macbeth Opens On Campus This Week

Grace Weaver, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

The days left of rehearsal dwindle as the  Theater Arts Department sets the stage for the upcoming performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth on campus. The production will make its debut this Thurs., Feb....

Tahli Oden, senior, floats and scoops for two of his 12 points against Shenandoah.

Men’s Basketball Dominates Shenandoah

Compiled by Staff February 18, 2024

Sometimes endings are hard to write--they can seem contrived or cheesy. But other times, endings seem appropriate and pretty much write themselves. Truth may not be only stranger than fiction--but...

BSU Hosts Black Excellence Sunday

Refentse Maselwa, Editor February 16, 2024

The Black Student Union (BSU) collaborated with the Inner-Faith Fellowship Ministries Church Feb. 4 to organize a soul-lifting, spirit-tingling, joy-spreading Sunday service. “I think planning was...

Bridgewater Slips By Men in OT Victory

Compiled by Staff February 15, 2024

A lot went right for the men's basketball team Wednesday night. They had three players in double figures, one with a double-double, and senior Calvin Washington threw down a monster dunk that stopped...

Women’s Basketball Downs EMU

Compiled by Staff February 15, 2024

The thing about steam locomotives is that they take a while to get really moving, but once they do, they roll right on down the track. Such was the case with the Lady Panthers basketball team last...

Men’s Basketball Ends Skid, Tops Randolph

Compiled by Staff February 2, 2024

After losing six out of the last seven games--and the last five straight--the men's basketball team notched one on the W side Wednesday, defeating Randolph College 82-67 at Swartz Gym. It was slow...

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