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Volume I, Number 11
Thursday, February 22,1996
Women^s Basketball Edges Forward Cavs Baseball
by Amy Buckner
Beliindllie hot shooting of guard Erin
Broome, the women’s basketball team
snatched a victory from tlie hands of the
Covenant Scots Saturday night, 77-72.
Tire women jumped to a sizeable ad
vantage early on, leading 46-31 at the lialf.
During the second half the team’s lead
dwindled quickly witli tlie Scots closing in
and tying them at 67 witli 4:21 remaining in
tlie game. At tlie 1:20 mark, Broome sunk a
tliree pointer tliat iced the victory for the
At the conclusion of tlie game, seniors
Lisa Brooks and Jennifer Hobbs were recog
nized for their outstanding careers at
Monday night, the women faced King
College in Bristol, Tetmessee. Tlie team fell
to King 73-56. According to Head Coach Billy
Conley, the girls started slowly and could never
find their rhytlun.
Forward Lisa Grillin related, “We just did
not play up to our potential. We made a few
good runs but just fell short.”
Broome again played an outstanding
game, scoring the 1,000th point of her career.
Broome has played strongly for tlie team dur
ing the latter part of the season. In four out of
the last five games, she has scored 110 points.
Tlie team will now look ahead to the con
ference tournament and hope tliat their season
will cuhninate in a winning fasliion. Conley
stated, “We are playing the wailing game now,
to see where we will play for tlie tournament.
Several important games are being played to
night including one involving Bluefield College
which will affect us tremendously.”
Cavs Drop Three in a Row
Gabriel Winds Down Career Setting Nets Ablaze
by Christian Malone
Despite Senior guard Aron Gabriel’s
setting McAlister Gym ablaze witli two un
believable perfonnances last week. Montreat
dropped tlircc of four games. However, they
clinched seventh place for the upcoming
Last Tuesday, Gabriel broke two of liis
own Montreat records by scoring 38 points
and hitting 11 three-pointers, leading
Montreal to an 88-75 win over Virginia Inter-
Saturday night, Gabriel scored 20 and
took control late. Covenant led by double
digits most ofUiegamemitil Gabriel hoisted
the team on his shoulders for the last four
minutes, and brought them back one tliree-
Down 13, Gabriel started bombing, and
tlie Cavs starting making big plays on both
ends of tlie floor, chopping away at the lead.
Willi 3.1 seconds left, Kevin Laws’ baseline
jmiipcr lied the score at 64. But as Uic buzzer
sounded, CovenantTJeremy Luther put a 50-
foot arrow tlirough the center of botli tlie net
and tlie chests of Montreal squad and fans.
Center Jeff Sheets replied, “That was a
jaw-dropping performance by Gabby. He gave
us tlie momentum we needed to come back.”
A tired Gabriel exliausted, “It’s tougli to have
this happen, as far as we came back Irom. It
Monday night, it was deja vu as the
Cavs fell at the buzzer again 64-62, tliis time at
led tlie Cavs with 15, while Tyrone Jones added
14 (including tlie sliot tliat made it6262), Laws
13, and Gabriel 10.
As the seventh spot in the TVAC tour
nament, they’ll play either Covenant or
Bluefield in tlie first roimd, eitlier of which will
provide a battle for Montreat. CaptainBemiett
pronounced, “Tliey’re botli tougli, but I know
we can play with eitlier team.” Coach Steve
McNamara added, “Whichever one we play,
we’ll have a tough game on our hands.”
An Editorial . .
Can God’s Grace Ever
by Jeffrey D. Lang
In the February 8, 1996 edition of
the Newspaper, Mr. Mark Wright be
moaned a dearth of law and punishment
within the Montreat College community.
In Wright’s estimation, alcoholic
consumption and consensual sexual ac
tivity are sins, which RA’s, he contends,
should have the “AUTHORITY” to “act on,”
punish, and eradicate- in love. Wright
proof-texts his position, citing Matthew’s
gospel 18:15-17 and the Galatian epistle
6:1-2 as the basis upon which Christians
(I assume righteous Christians) are to
seek out and “discipline” sinful Christians.
I take issue with Wright’s intolerant
and extremist contentions. One must first
pose the question, “Is proof-texting ever
appropriate?” Doesn’t literalism always
destroy the text? Further, the Biblical
passages Wright notes must be under
stood within their historical contexts- the
ecclesiastical issue of order in the first
century churches. RA’s are neither el-
ders nor deacons, Montreal College is not
a church, and we are not living in the
Middle East of 50 c.e.
Many moderate and liberal Chris
tians, some of whom are students at
Montreat, do not concur with Wright’s
implicit definition of sin as bad deeds
which deserve punishment. Operant
conditioning is a fine method for training
rhesus monkeys and pigeons, but is
hardly an adequate definition of sin in
1996. Wright asserts an overemphasis,
at Montreat, on the conception of God’s
grace manifested to sinners in Christ.
Yet, that is precisely the gospel of Jesus:
grace, not law; love, not hatred; inclu
sion, not exclusion: and hope, not Hell.
Montreat College is maturing and
evolving into an exciting future. That the
college is modifying its rules and relax
ing its legalistic rigidities is deserving of
our approbation. Let us labor at Montreat
and elsewhere to usher in the Reign of
God’s Shalom, proclaiming His/Her
Grace manifested in Christ Jesus!
by Christ! Waddell
The Cavalier baseball team broke
into the win column this weekend be
hind the solid pitching performances of
Seniors Shane Hatcher and Jamie
Jessee. The Cavs swept the North
Greenville Mounties by winning 5-0 in
the first game and 12-1 in the second.
Hatcher struck out a season high
9 batters in collecting his first win of
the season. Coach Chaplain stated,
“Hatcher really threw the ball well.
When he got into trouble he just'kept
fighting through it. That’s why he has
done so well over the years.”
Senior Chris Robertson led the
team offensively by going 2x2 at the
plate with 4 RBI’s. Robertson hit a base
clearing double in the second inning
that brought hame 3 runs.
Game 2 saw the Cavs put together
an offensive outburst by winning 12-1
and collecting 13 hits.The team put a 7
spot on the board in the third for their
biggest inning of the year.
The highlight of the game was
Shane Hatcher’s run scoring double in
the 5th. Hatcher stepped to the plate
after gelling the call and confidently
laced a double into the left-cenlerfield
gap to score Robertson who had
reached on a infield single.
“There was no doubt that I would
mash the ball given the chance. It felt
good to be given the oppurtunity to
hit,” stated Hatcher.
The Cavs travel to Limestone Col
lege on Tuesday and then go to meet
Southern Wesleyan on Friday and
Anderson College on Saturday. The
first home series is March 2nd, which is
also a conference opener.
Montreat’s own Jon
Abel will appear at Just As
You Are, a new coffee
house just across from
Vincent’s Ear, tomorrow
night at 8:30.
Zola M. Griffin
Brian D. Fuller, MFA
Shazette Davis, Linda Shirlen,
Queen Musengwa, Christian Malone,
Jeff Sheets, Amy Buckner,
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