Up & Coming Weekly

April 13, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM APRIL 14-20, 2021 UCW 17 Distribution Driver Needed For Wednesday distribution route Must have vehicle, valid driver's license and insurance Email a brief work history & contact information to: laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTACT: Laurel Handforth Distribution Manager 910.484.6200 1 PHIL WICKHAM Battle Belongs 2 JEREMY CAMP Out Of My Hands 3 ZACH WILLIAMS Less Like Me 4 CROWDER Good God Almighty 5 MERCYME Say I Won't 6 CORY ASBURY Sparrows 7 JORDAN ST. CYR Fires 8 ANDREW RIPP Jericho 9 ELEVATION WORSHIP Graves Into Gardens 10 LAUREN DAIGLE Hold On To Me Student-athletes clear hurdles created by COVID pandemic a STAFF REPORT COVER While the 2020-21 school year will be one to remember for struggles, disappointments, and frustration for many student-athletes across North Carolina and the nation because of COVID, there is a different story that has unfolded at Methodist University here in Fayetteville. •MU had an undefeated regular season and hosted the USA South Athletic Conference football champi- onship game under its newly in- stalled, state-of-the art stadium lights. •MU's golf teams — both the men's and women's — are currently ranked in the Top 2 in the nation and the uni- versity recently completed upgrades to its private 18-hole, 6,502-yard golf course that is located on the univer- sity campus. •MU's soccer teams took to "the pitch" this year at the new Nancy and Murray Duggins Soccer Stadium, a facility already being lauded as not only one of the best NCAA Division III soccer facilities in the region, but as one of the best in the nation. As Methodist's teams wrap up this unprecedented spring season, ad- ditional conference tournaments are being held and Methodist teams and individual student-athletes will con- tinue to be honored for their efforts in the classroom and on the field. "We are so proud of our staff, coaches, athletic trainers and student-athletes for all they have done and will continue to do on a daily basis," said Dave Eavenson, vice president and director of athletics at MU. "is had been a tremen- dous challenge for everyone, but we face challenges head on and work through those challenges together here at MU. It is one of the things that makes Methodist a great place to be. One day at a time we continue to do everything we can to make Methodist proud on and off the fields and courts of play." As all athletic competition was postponed by the NCAA and confer- ence in the fall, just handling the lo- gistics of playing all 20 of Methodist's intercollegiate sports in the spring has been of championship caliber. A typical Saturday alone — not even considering games each day during the week — could include six com- petitions at MU's on-campus athletic facilities and another six on the road. MU's student-athletes have cer- tainly risen to the occasion, follow- ing all of the strict testing and safety protocols to keep each other and their on-campus community safe. But they have also pushed each other to succeed in the classroom and against strong competition. Multiple Monarchs are chosen by the conference for player-of-the- week awards in their sport and many have already been chosen as all- conference honorees. In addition, the Monarchs remain focused on their classroom assignments and goals, with several MU athletes representing each sport earning scholar-athlete recognition for academic success every semester. While hanging national and con- ference championship banners is nothing new to Methodist University Athletics, this has certainly been an unprecedented season for all. At MU, it will be remembered not for disappointments or frustration, but rather student-athletes facing unique hurdles and excelling at champion- ship levels both in the classroom and out. To learn more about Methodist University Athletics and its 20 NCAA sports, please visit mumonarchs.com.

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