Amidst the beginning of the 2024 season, the Taylor men’s lacrosse team is changing their play. From a young team that started just six years ago to making a push in the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), the Trojans are headlined with a strong senior class and a deep freshman class.
Taylor’s men’s track and field team has excelled in recent years with a prowess that soars over the competition. This year, two seniors, Isaac Brown and Jake Thompson, look to showcase their leadership as they head into the Crossroads League Conference Championship meet.
This Taylor women’s volleyball season was unexpected. From a previous year that stayed undefeated at home, to having a losing record of over 15-plus matches, the team’s success did not seem to show. But it was not about the wins, losses or stats. It was about player growth. It was about loyalty and how two seniors stuck with the program to the end of their journey.
Memories of athletes can be echoed from generation to generation. For siblings in sports, their name can be held with a certain standard in and out of play.
Apart from the cold temperatures, this upcoming 2023-24 winter season of Taylor sports looks to be a dominant time for Trojan athletics. Three different sports – basketball, competitive cheer and track and field – look to either start their season off on a high note or continue the dominance they’ve already established.
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams swung into action in the last tournaments of their fall seasons. The women’s team took a pair of first-place finishes across the two days of the Delaware CC Fall Invitational. Meanwhile, the men’s side traveled to the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in Sheboygan, WI, finishing second on day one and fourth place on day two.
When it comes to sports teams on Taylor University’s campus, rarely does riding horses cross anyone’s mind. However, just off campus at Rope This Ranch, the Taylor equestrian team looks to ride its way to victory throughout the school year.
Taylor University men’s basketball is gearing up for the 2023-24 season starting on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against the University of Northwestern Ohio while the Taylor women’s basketball season is set to tip off the season at home this October with a brand-new coach, new faces, and a strong returning senior class. All told, the Trojans look for a high level of success for the season to come.
“Our endgame is to disciple our players, to build team chemistry, team bonding and to get us in game-fit for the season,” Gary Ross, Taylor’s men’s soccer head coach, said. Ross has been taking the team on a trip to Northern Ireland almost every summer since 2005. He has always been surprised by the outcome of opportunities that his athletes can grow towards.
Taylor women’s volleyball has been a highlight over the past couple years for Trojan athletics. This year, they came in with high hopes. Now, they are fighting their way back to dominance. With the departure of a deep senior class, this year’s team has experienced many changes.