Sports Round up

Price Hughes


   The fall sports season is beginning to wind down at Mississippi University for Women.

   The men’s soccer team is currently 3-9-2 on the season, with wins coming against Oakwood, Hendrix and The Crown College. There were ties against Huntingdon and Johnson University. The Owls have two remaining games as they close out the season Oct. 22 at home against Oakwood and Oct. 28 at home against Pensacola Christian College.

Nowhere but up: Coaches and athletes rejoice for return of athletics after 15 years

Summer King


If you are a student at the Mississippi University for Women— or if you are a member of the Columbus, Miss. community— then you might be roughly familiar with some of the W’s history. Nov. 10, 2002 was a terrible day for the nation, Lowndes County and the W’s campus. Tornadoes were ripping us apart. Unfortunately, the old athletics program couldn’t continue after this. In 2003 the W officially announced that intercollegiate athletics would be ending.

Spectator Spotlight: Tatjana Matthews

Anna Dudley


This spotlight features Tatjana Matthews, head softball coach for Mississippi University for Women’s Lady Owls.  Matthews, affectionately known as “Coach Tot,” is originally from Charleston, S.C. and started the position in January 2017.  Matthews has a lifetime of wisdom and experience to guide her and the team through this experimental season ahead.

Old and new sports stir excitement

Casanda Anderson

Senior Reporter

After 15 years, sports have finally returned to The W. Coaches from various states are happy to be a part of this historical moment.

Coach Roxanne Hernandez, originally from Long Island, N.Y., is the head volleyball coach. Hernandez chose volleyball over basketball and started playing volleyball when she was in the seventh grade. She continued playing from middle school to college.

Himalayan Tigers, IV League win IM volleyball championship

Anush Aryal


The Himalayan Tigers and IV League won The W’s Spring 2017 intramural volleyball championship.

The Himalayan Tigers lost their first set 10-21 then beat SC 10-21, 21-15, 21-10 and 21-6 in the final sets of the men’s volleyball championship. IV League defeated Lockhearts 21-14 and 21-17 to claim the women’s championship.

Rec center hosts badminton tournament

Casanda Anderson


Stark Rec Center hosted a one-day badminton tournament for W students on Sept. 1.
Similar to tennis, badminton is played with a racket and net but uses a birdie or shuttlecock instead of a tennis ball. The objective of the sport is to use the racket to hit the birdie over the net in the hopes that the opposing player will be unable to hit it back.

W announces Trufant as new director of athletics

Jessica Barnett


The W announced Jason M. Trufant as the new director of athletics on May 3.

Trufant, currently senior associate director of athletics for administration at Dowling College, will start the position on June 6. A search committee chaired by Dr. Rita Hinton, professor emerita and interim faculty athletic representative, selected him for the position from a list of 10 candidates.