“The Champ Is Here”: Tali Twomey caps off successful sophomore season with women’s gymnastics as floor exercise champion

By Danny Priest Assistant Features Editor Tali Twomey stood on a bright blue, squishy mat inside Blake Arena. She eagerly watched, her blue eyes full of hope, as the judges prepared to show their scores. The numbers flashed and revealed what everyone already knew. It was a 9.900 score for the sophomore from Cotuit. The crowd roared, and Twomey fell to her knees. She began … Continue reading “The Champ Is Here”: Tali Twomey caps off successful sophomore season with women’s gymnastics as floor exercise champion

“A lifetime of uncertainty”: Springfield swimming’s Kendra Cerce battles rare disease while competing with help of man’s best friend

By Helen Lucas Assistant Managing Editor Kendra Cerce was just 18 months old when she had her first episode. “[As a child] they told me I had epilepsy, diabetes, fatty oxidation disorder – everything under the sun they could diagnose me with, they did.” It wasn’t until when Cerce was nine years old where she was diagnosed with cyclical vomiting syndrome, or CVS. At the … Continue reading “A lifetime of uncertainty”: Springfield swimming’s Kendra Cerce battles rare disease while competing with help of man’s best friend

“Concussions Crush Careers”: Three heartbreaking stories of careers lost to the brain injury

By Gabby Guerard Assistant Managing Editor “A head injury took away our identities.” One-Mississippi. Eyes open. The cleats of Salem State stared me in the face. My hands clenched rubber turf beads, where my field hockey stick was supposed to be. Two-Mississippi. Immediate confusion. “Where’s my stick?” “Why am I on the ground?” “What the hell just happened?” Three-Mississippi. Throbbing. Pain jolted from my neck, … Continue reading “Concussions Crush Careers”: Three heartbreaking stories of careers lost to the brain injury

“Springfield Strong”: Springfield College football’s Tyler Hyde carried legacy of friend on sleeve in final season with Pride

By Vin Gallo Features Editor This story is in memory of Sarah Kilby “There were no NFL heroes of her world. There were no Red Sox or Patriots – her sports hero was Tyler. She lit up when his name was called. She was shy around him. He was her Tom Brady.” The 300 Violin Orchestra blared across Stagg Field. A deep rumble of murmurs … Continue reading “Springfield Strong”: Springfield College football’s Tyler Hyde carried legacy of friend on sleeve in final season with Pride

“Believe”: How Springfield College men’s basketball went from losing in the conference semifinals, all the way to the Final Four

By Gage Nutter Editor-In-Chief Charlie Brock paused and rubbed his chin for a moment as he searched for words. “I’ve had 38 teams and I have never been prouder to be part of any team as I have been proud of this one.” He sat between Andy McNulty and Jake Ross; a Dasani water bottle each at their left. Statistics from the game were in … Continue reading “Believe”: How Springfield College men’s basketball went from losing in the conference semifinals, all the way to the Final Four