Conquering the Mountain

The sky was clear and the slopes were in great condition, said Lydia Lofgren, a senior and member of the Outdoor Club, as she described the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort.

On Thursday afternoon, February 18, seven students from the Outdoor Club and Professor Cyd Quarterman, traveled to Mars Hill, North Carolina for an evening of skiing and snowboarding.

The students were able to receive exceptional rates, and when they arrived they saw that the slopes were relatively empty, allowing for “smooth sailing” throughout the night, claimed Sophomore Brandon Pearce, enthusiastically.

For some, goals for the trip were much higher than others.  Pearce said that he planned to land a 180 snowboarding before the night was over.  Brittney Miller, a freshman and first time snowboarder, on the other hand, was hopeful just to make it down the mountain.  By the end of the night, the 180 was mastered and to everyone’s amazement, Miller was soon going down the intermediate slopes with the rest of the group.  As Lofgren put it, “She conquered the mountain!”

Contrary to the last couple years that the Outdoor club has taken a ski trip, this year everyone came back injury free.  Nevertheless, most would attest that the fantastic evening was evidenced by sore muscles the next day.

The group enjoyed a day of fellowship with each other in the snow-covered mountains of Mars Hill, North Carolina.  They are already looking forward to their next trip and hope that more people will get a chance to experience it with them in the future.

Challenges and Schedules

It’s official: Intramural Volleyball is back! According to Tim Cooper, a player on The Unknown, the season has gone well since its official start up on February 9th. It seems that this year has been more challenging than last; there have been a lot of really close games. This makes sense when there are teams like Colossus and Akatsuki out there; virtually every male on Colossus is 6’4” or over, and the players on Akatsuki really know how to handle a volleyball. Thankfully other teams have skills up their sleeves as well and can take the heat!

Sadly, there is one issue that has been detrimental to the season: scheduling conflicts. In some cases, it has caused teams to forfeit because of not having enough members to fulfill the required slot of 6. There have been some exceptions to this where teams have played with only 5 members and won over a team with 6. As Tim Cooper puts it, “It’s still possible to win—just more of a challenge.”

Overall, the 40+ games that have been played so far have been enjoyable. Cooper notes, “People are having fun, which is the main thing. Everyone has a good spirit.”

Toccoa Wonderland

Splat!! Ricky Spaulding’s snowball hits the back of TFC teacher Mark Koser by the LeTourneau parking lot, then Ricky starts running to his car as Koser attempts to catch up and open the door to return the favor. Friday February 12, the TFC campus was washed with beautiful, fluffy snow. Students, with no worries of classes the next day, took to the sidewalks and parking lot, ready to get in touch with their inner child. Jairus Spurlock, a Floridian who has barely seen snow in his life, was excited to make a snowball, “dude, this is so much fun!” he said while running from a incoming snowball from Andrew Ether.

The baseball team took to their trucks as Palmer Wood attempted to recruit other snowball fighters to jump in the back of the trucks and attack other students. “We nailed those baseball players by the garden by grace chapel. You should have seen their faces!! They were so shocked,” Tyler Taylor said of himself and some friends. Then they ran back into the garden to hide from the baseball players’ trucks.

Further down the campus, Earl Field was both a playground and a battle field. Some students ran from their friend’s snowballs while others huddled around each other for safety. There was no safe place from a snowball to come across your face or body, as Chris Carroll expressed his frustration “This guy came out of nowhere and hit me on my left temple, and ran away!” The snow made for a memorable afternoon and many students hope for another day of fun in the snow, maybe a rematch before the spring comes.

High Hopes

Last year, the Toccoa Falls Eagles baseball team won their first National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball National Championship.

Ranked as number one in the NCCAA II, the Eagles, therefore, began this season with high expectations.

Initially, the Eagles were scheduled to play Friday, Feb. 12 against Milligan College.  Due to a wintry weather mix, however, their games were cancelled for the weekend.

Thus, the Eagles had their first game Wednesday, Feb. 17 against the Truett McConnel Bears who from Cleveland, Georgia, roughly 45 minutes away from Toccoa.

The Eagles placed Cris Jackson behind the plate catching, Jody Hyde at short, Ryan Kirby on third, David Hornback on second, and Josh Jordan on first.  There was also Brett Denney positioned in left field, Matt Sprewell in right field, and JW Wilkerson in center field.

A combination of pitchers took the field during the game as well, including Tim Frazier, Derek Brown, Michael Thorne, David Brown, Beau Mixon, and Justin Lanning.

Despite the talent and hard work, however, the Eagles were unable to take the first win of the season.  The final score was Bears 12, Eagles 6.

This is only the beginning for the Eagles though. Denney, left fielder, commented that, right now, “we are trying to figure out who our starting pitchers will be” and who will hit where in the batting line up.

With the whole season ahead of them, the returning 2009 NCCAA Baseball National Championship winners are looking forward to making it to the National Championship again.

Extra Motivation

Between classes, homework, and jobs, finding extra time to workout seems almost impossible.  Staying motivated enough to stick with it is another issue entirely.

This semester, however, working out seems to have moved up on the list of things students are making time for.  And they aren’t simply sticking to gym memberships either.  Student’s who work out do things from dorm-wide workouts, to the infamous P90x series.  Regardless of what they’re doing, it seems that everywhere you turn, you hear about someone else spending their free time working out.  There are certainly worse things, right?

To Junior Sarah Saburro, there is nothing better.  Saburro is one of several TFC students who have joined the Toccoa YMCA.  However, her workout schedule may be a little more intense than most.  She goes to the gym for about three hours every day but Sunday.  An obvious reason for exercise would be to lose weight or stay in shape, but Saburro claims that, “being healthy and in shape is just a plus. I just enjoy working out,” she said. “It’s my Hobby.”  Saburro creates her own work outs for each week, combining cardio and lifting weights.

Although the gym is her primary form of exercise, she and others on campus have found that hiking and bike riding are also excellent workouts.  Saburro would personally like to start swimming more regularly as well.

Another thing students on campus are doing to stay in shape is the P90x workout.  Donovan Patterson is one junior who has taken on the challenge.  Along with about 15 others, girls and guys, Patterson meets in the racquetball room in the school gym every night to do P90x.  He said that at first they all expressed the desire to workout and after hearing several successful testimonies from other people who had done the program, they decided to try it for themselves.  For those who don’t know just what P90x is, Patterson said that it’s a 90 day program that combines small weights with your own body weight in work outs that will keep you toned, rather than bulk you up.

Although that seems to be working great for them, there are some girls who were looking for something a little less intense. At the beginning of the semester, Sophomore Brittney Wheeler began leading a group of girls from Letourneau Hall in work outs, upon request from her RD, Kathy Doan, who also joins in.  It was suggested they start working out as a dorm, and although unsure of participation and enthusiasm, it has been quite a success.

Two to three nights a week, girls from Letourneau and some from Fant come together in the dorm lobby and workout to either videos that they project onto the walls or to Wheeler’s instruction.  A favorite video for the girls is a Tae Bo video called Billy’s Bootcamp.

“Working out keeps me energized,” Wheeler said, expressing her enthusiasm. “It makes me feel good about life.”

These are just some of the ways students on campus have been able to stay in shape.  Whatever their motivation, these students have made it a priority to workout regularly, and all express how much better they feel after doing it.