Mental Health in College Athletes

By Skylar Stephens On March 10, 2022, Ohio State lineman, Harry Miller, decided to retire from his career as a college football player. After playing since 2019, he was done with the sport for his senior year. In his retirement announcement, Miller said that his retirement would be for the sake of his own mental health. “Prior to the season last year, I told Coach Day of my intention to kill myself. He immediately had me in touch with Dr. Candice and Dr. Norman, and I received the support I…

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From Bison to Gold Rush: Hannah Stoutmire Restarts Her College Athletic Career

By Kareemah Muhammad She transferred from Howard University. Now at Xavier, Hannah Stoutmire has had to start over her career in track and field after injury and setbacks. But she has been surrounded by sports ever since she was a little girl. Giving up is not in her DNA. “I grew up running track because it was always just around me,” said Stoutmire, who is from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Mass Communication. “My parents both ran track in high school. My mom ran track at LSU, and my dad played…

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Baton Rouge College Football Historic game has epic tailgate

By Faith LeMelle Louisiana State University hosted the Southern University of Louisiana for the first time in over one hundred years. But this event was not just about football. It was about the unity of the residents of Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 9. “This game is an amazing opportunity to gather as a community and celebrate!” the mayor of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome tweeted on Sept. 6. Both campuses are nearly ten miles apart and each has competitive athletic programs. Both schools have Division 1 programs…

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Athletics programs relocated pending Convocation Center repairs

By Jordan Booker Xavier University of Louisiana Athletics hosted the Big Easy Blast-Off volleyball tournament, but it was not at the university’s Convocation Center on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. It took place at the University of New Orleans’ Human Performance Center, and this is because of damages to the Convocation Center that took place right before the start of the semester. Due to a domestic water pump springing a leak on to the first floor of the building, the Convocation Center does not have the ability to be the host…

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Battle in the 225: LSU and Southern have a historic matchup

By Hannah Stoutmire It might have seemed like a regular weekend across the state, but for those in Baton Rouge, it was a Saturday that went down in the history books. The Jaguars of Southern University and the Tigers of Louisiana State University went head to head for the first time. With Southern being a Historically Black University in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and LSU being a power-five Southeastern Conference school, the match was a highly anticipated by fans. It was not only a football game that made this such…

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Xavier Tennis Team Gears up for start of 2022-2023 season

By Kareemah Muhammad Xavier University of Louisiana’s women’s tennis team will start their 2022-2023 season on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the HBCU National Championships in Atlanta, Ga. with the addition of three newcomers on the team. New to the Gold Nuggets are: Mbali Langa of Johannesburg, South Africa. Langa is a transfer student from Hillsborough Community College located in Plant City, Fla. and is a sophomore now majoring in accounting. McKenna Danielle Wheatley of Madison, Miss. will also join Xavier women’s tennis and is a freshman majoring in biology/pre-medicine. Yi…

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XULA Track athletes heading to NAIA in May

By Karrington Stewart After competing in March, XULA added four new athletes to the NAIA national qualifying list to be ableto automatically compete at the NAIA Championship meet that is being held in San Antonio, Texas at the end of May. With most athletes the closer they get to the end of the season their body starts to break down, causing more injuries to rise after competing each week. Now the question is will XULA track and field athletes be able to stay healthy and have a top performance, despite…

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XULA Softball Team powers through first season despite Covid regulations

By Endya Gillard In March 2020, Xavier University of Louisiana announced they were launching a SoftballProgram starting in the Fall of 2020. The team’s first opening day was against Texas University-Texarkana and they did not look like a first-year program. Despite taking the Covid test twice a week, transfer Junior Mecolett Bradley is the team’s firstbaseman and she did not let Covid affect her. “When I am on the field, it doesn’t even feel like covid is a thing until we go back to the dugout and put our mask…

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New Year, New Season, Still COVID

By Mekayla Marshall Amid uncertainty for a complete athletic season last year at the Xavier University of Louisiana, the university launched a new softball program. Last year, Leslie Ballard and LSU standout, Shemaiah Sanchez, coached the first-ever softball team at the Xavier University of Louisiana. “Last year, we had a lot more challenges not knowing if we were going to play because of COVID,” Ballard said. “We’ve had a few scares, one that resulted in canceling a series of games.”  Considering this is the first colligate softball program in New…

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XULA student-athletes face challenging work-life balance

By Karrington Stewart In the 2021-2022 school year, multiple athletes have complained about being overworked, burned out, and not receiving enough breaks to recover their bodies.  The majority of sports teams in Xavier University attend practice early mornings about five to six times a week.  “Being a student-athlete at Xavier is all about what you make it out to be. You have to give it your all or nothing at all,” said Kynnedy Turner, a Xavier track and field athlete. “I am homesick because of track. I haven’t been able…

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