February 26, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 5

Tiger teams rumble with Blue Raiders

By LAURA HOFFMAN, Staff Writer

Emotions were running high Saturday afternoon as both Tiger basketball teams faced off against Lindsey Wilson College. The Lady Tigers, who lost a well fought battle to the Blue Raiders 70-64, also celebrated senior day for players Ashley Bell, Katie Filiatreau, Makaine Huffer and Maddy Lewis. The players, along withtheir families, friends andcoaches, were honored before tipoff of the women’s game. “This class has been a great group of leaders,” said Assistant Coach Andrea McCloskey of the seniors. “Each one of the girls has something very unique and positive to offer the team.” Although the Lady Tigers are currently 15-14 and 4-7, Filiatreau believes that the team can turn things around in time for the Conference Tournament, scheduled for March 6, 7 and 8. “We will be playing at the Convention Center in Frankfort, so I think that will give us a home court advantage,” said Filiatreau. “As long as we play hard, things are going to click for us during tournament time.”

The Lady Tigers were down by 12 at half time, and came back strong at the beginning of the second half with 3 point shots from Bell and Huffer, but couldn’t hold on. Lindsey Wilson’s Viktoria Krell ended the game with 30 points and 17 rebounds and had a double-double in the first half. Huffer had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Following the women’s game, the men’s basketball team avenged their fellow Tigers and took down Lindsey Wilson’s men’s team 79-46. The Tigers had fallen to the Blue Raiders in overtime, 77-75, earlier this season. With two technical fouls committed by Lindsey Wilson in the first half and a questionable last second shot from half court, it is safe to say that the teams put on quite a show for the fans that filled the bleachers. The Tigers led 38-21 at halftime and never let up as they increased their lead in the second half by 38.

The leading scorer for Lindsey Wilson was guard Joshua Cherry who had 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes of work. Freshman Vic Moses led all scorers with 19, followed by David Graham’s 16. The game also secured the Mid-South Conference regular season title for the Tigers, who are currently 25-3 and 9-2, and also ranked third in the NAIA top 25 poll. Another scorer for the Tigers was guard Demetrius Guions who had 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Both men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action again today in the Alumni Gymnasium against St. Catharine College. Tipoff for the Lady Tigers will be at 6 p.m. The men’s team will tipoff at 8 p.m. Today’s game will also be senior day for the men’s team, where players Jerry Turner, Demetrius Guions, David Graham and Cheyenne Moore will be honored just before tipoff. Guions was named Mid- South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week earlier this season. As the career of these four tigers come to an end we wish them all the best of luck as they move on in their respective fields of endeavor. These four guys have not only shown what basketball means to them by their passionate play but they have also shown outstanding dedication, leadership and character throughout their respective careers.

Tiger set to return

Coming off an ACL injury Tiger looks to make a splash

By ANDY RUSSELL, Sports Editor

As the PGA Tour returns to regular season action this upcoming weekend the field will welcome back the star that they have missed for over a year now: Tiger Woods. The man who is the top earner on the PGA Tour, inaugural FedEx Cup winner and long time face of golf seems excited to return to action. In an interview conducted by ESPN.com Senior Writer Bob Harig, Tiger had this to say about his performance: “I wanted improvement right away. Anyone that’s ever dealt with an ACL [knows], it’s just brutal. You lose all your muscle. You lose all your flexibility. You lose all your endurance. It’s just a terrible feeling.”

However, the field will not give Tiger any slack as they tee it up at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Still slotted in the number one seed, Woods is set to defend his title and says he is coming in at full strength. His swing coach, Hank Haney, seems to think that Tiger is coming in strong and ready as well. In the same interview Harig, Haney expressed his confidence in Tiger: “Every athlete that comes back from an injury has hurdles that they have to overcome. Tiger is no different in that regard. Having said that, I can’t think of anyone in the world that is better at overcoming a mental hurdle than Tiger.” The competition will be tough however, with players like Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington (who won two majors in the wake of Woods’ knee injury last year).

This will be the first tournament for Woods this season and he has to learn to trust his new knee. He had been at his home in Isleworth, Fla. simply prepping for this tournament. Once he was able to build up a little more confidence in his knee he was able to start swinging faster and was eventually able to develop the confidence it took to play once again. The toughest competition in Tiger’s bracket of the tournament has to be the hard-hitting Australian Geoff Ogilvy. With his steady ability to putt and play the ball out of awkward situations Ogilvy has the leg up (no pun intended) on Tiger. And even though Tiger is one of the most well- conditioned athletes in his respective sport he isn’t Superman. His knee is going to get sore and is going to swell up. After three rounds the previous three days, I think that Saturday is going to be the breaking point for Tiger. Nevertheless, Tiger has made an amazing come back and he deserves the utmost praise for his struggle. All we have to do now is wait and watch as this season’s PGA season begins to unfold with one extra man in the field.


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