by Justin Smith
Introduction: My name is Justin, and I am not Joe Lynn. I do have Joe’s old job though. I don’t know how you are supposed to take over a blog series for someone else when their name is in the title, but I am going to try my best. So here we go. I’m thinking the new series title for the blog should be: “My 50 Favorite Things About Freed: A series started by Joe Lynn who did an excellent job on the first 11 posts, but was then taken over by Justin who plans to post the last 39 favorite things.” Or we could just call it “Justin’s Favorite Things About Freed.” Yeah let’s go with that...
Going to athletic events and supporting players who are my friends has always been one of my favorite things to do at FHU. I have a lot of respect for the players and how they are able to perform so well on the field and the court while still working towards their degree and making better grades than I did. We at Freed-Hardeman are really blessed with athletic programs that excel. Take for instance the last few weeks in our four currently active sports.
The Lady Lions basketball team remains the NAIA’s top ranked team nationally, and secured their spot as the number one overall team in the NAIA’s national tournament. Their high ranking in the national tournament is coming off their 17 game winning streak and big win at home in which they won the Tran South conference. The Lady Lions (31-1) have the most wins in the country and are tied with the programs record of most wins in a season. They have moved through the tournament into the Final Four! You can view the complete NAIA tournament schedule by clicking this link: http://www.naia.org/pdf9/1563189.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900
FHU’s men’s team made it to the conference championship game as well. The Lion’s team, plagued by injuries over the season, entered the conference tournament as a five seed. The team performed two upset wins on the road before making it to the conference championship game where they came up just short, missing a game winning shot at the buzzard.
The men’s baseball team is currently 16-2-1. For the second time in four weeks Freed-Hardeman has claimed both the Trans South Conference Player of the Week Award (Justin Mackey), and the Tran South Conference Pitcher of the Week Award (Chris Hatfield). Mackey currently has an incredible .414 batting average with 22 RBIs, while Hatfield boasts a perfect 3-0 record with just a .96 ERA.
The Lady Lions softball team has an excellent record of 8-1. The team set the program record of most wins to start a season with 8, but saw that streak come to an end losing the second half of a double header last week in extra innings. Their start is very promising as they look to open up conference play next week.
Be sure to check out FHU Athletics whenever you get the chance!