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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Monday, June 24, 2024
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Taylor women’s soccer crushing competition


Winning is difficult. The work and mental fortitude it takes to give everything day in and day out is no simple feat. But the Trojans women’s soccer team is making victory look easy. Taylor has started their year with eight straight wins. Everything is clicking for them. They have outshot their opponents 210-53. They have outscored their opponents 23-2. They haven’t allowed a goal in any away games. They have never trailed in a game. Dominance is the storyline thus far for Taylor.


Trojans cross country start hot in fall opener


The No. 4 women’s and No. 20 men’s cross-country teams both competed and performed gallantly on Sept. 9 at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invitational. On the women’s end, freshman Noel VanderWall led the way to a first-place finish and the Trojan men earned sixth place. Both went head-to-head with seven teams in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 rankings, 15 schools rounding out the women’s field and 18 the men’s.


Volleyball off to hot start once again and sit inside top-25


The Taylor Trojans’ women’s volleyball team have come into this coming year once again in dominant fashion. In 16 matches played, they have only lost three, falling to teams that have been ranked or are receiving votes to be ranked. The team first took their loss in the Labor Day Classic tournament in early September. They lost the first two matches but came back in dominant fashion winning in three sets for the next two the following day. In that tournament, Senior setter Kacy Bragg amassed 3,000 career assists, the tenth trojan in school history to make this milestone.


Taylor hires Lorne Oke as new golf coach


On August 29th, Lorne Oke was hired as the men’s and women’s head golf coach for Taylor University. Oke takes over two programs that have had incredible success in recent memory with the men’s team winning the past six Crossroads League titles and the women’s team winning four out of the past five, falling just short last season by two strokes.


Trojan football off to solid start in Mingo's second year

Taylor University is off to a hot start for the 2022-2023 season, starting 2-0 for the first time in a decade.  Taylor won their season opener against Lawerence Tech, despite being down at halftime.They won by a score of 27-12, but they truly showed what they were capable of in their home opener against Judson University. Taylor’s dominating offense racked up 52 points and their stifling defense gave up only six points the entire game. Why was the score so lopsided? 

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Athletic Department sees coaching changes


Taylor Athletics underwent multiple coaching changes over the summer, with Erin Bellinger stepping down as head softball coach in May and Cameron Andry stepping down as head men’s and women’s golf coach in July.  Bellinger’s tenure came to an end quickly after the season ended in the NAIA National Championship tournament on May 17. She spent four seasons in the dugout for Taylor and compiled two national tournament bids and 116-career wins. The 2021 season resulted in 43 wins, a program-record. 

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Taylor athletics looking to continue momentum


This past spring saw one of the most successful seasons for Taylor University athletics. Six out of the seven teams made it to the postseason with the baseball team even hosting part of the NAIA National tournament. The baseball team went 41-18 last season and won the Crossroads League tournament held at Winterholter Field. Ultimately, the team wouldn’t make it past the opening round of the NAIA national tournament.

Silent Night returned after a one-year hiatus.

Counting down the top sports stories of the year


A sense of normalcy returned for Taylor Athletics this past school year. Fans packed into Turner Stadium and Odle Arena again. One of Taylor’s storied traditions also returned this year. Here are the top 5 stories from Taylor Athletics this past school year.

Huseman has put together a number of impressive seasons in his baseball career.

Huseman follows an unexpected path


“I said, word for word, you will never see me as a MAHE student,” senior Noah Huseman said. “Two months later, I applied to MAHE.” These kinds of unexpected switch-ups aren’t uncommon occurrences for the fifth-year senior. His time at Taylor has been defined by doors opening and closing, even when it isn’t obvious.