By Ben Maske
Spring sports teams are preparing vigorously for their upcoming seasons at WPU. Athletes are ready to start 2022 off with a bang.
Pacer fans are eager to attend live events. COVID ended a lot of athletic teams’ seasons early last year, with the virus restrictions lifting, WPU is excited to welcome spectators.
Some teams are looking to improve their records from last year, and others are trying to maintain success from past years.
Men’s lacrosse had a record of 4-10 last season, and few players from last year’s team have returned.
Dylan Price heads into his first season as the head lacrosse coach at WPU.
Price coached at the University of Mount Olive from 2014-2018, and in 2019 was named the DIII assistant coach of the year. Price has recruited eight freshmen to join the team this year.
Baseball players have been preparing for the upcoming season all year. Their first regular season game is on Feb. 5 versus the Brevard College Tornados.
WPU doesn’t have a baseball field on campus, and the team travels to other schools for games. Attendance has been limited, and the team desires more school support.
The players and coaches have collaborated to create aggressive advertising and promotion of baseball games this season.
“Multiple members of the team have created a marketing group that’s partnered with the new coaching staff to provide students with a fun and safe environment to enjoy games,” said Mitch Baddour, WPU senior.
WPU athletes are revving to start their seasons. Fall Sports include men and women’s lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field.
Alec Brooks is the sole representative for WPU’s golf team. When the university approved the return of golf, he was ecstatic.
“Having the ability to represent William Peace University as an individual and play the sport I came here for is a blessing,” Brooks said, “Hopefully we will have some low scores coming in the spring and make a run for the tournament.”
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