The Alice Lloyd College Eagles cross country squad ventured to Portsmouth, Ohio this past Friday to participate in a big season opening race hosted by Shawnee State University
The weather was cooperative as the rain had subsided earlier leaving temperatures in the upper 60’s
On the women’s end, 54 ladies started the 5K race. For the Eagles, Allison Holbrook (Leslie Co.) was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 24:58. She was followed by Sullivan East (Tennessee) freshman Allie Bolling in 26:57. Rounding out the order was Katelin Hilton (Lawrence Co.) with a time of 28:57.
On the men’s side, 61 runners toed the starting line for the 8K race. When the dust had settled, Clay Montgomery (North Laurel) completed the course in 34:00. He was followed by Chris Baker (Bell Co.) with a time of 34:54
“I felt that this meet was a major test for our young squad”, commented Eagle Coach Gary D. Stepp. “These kids showed a lot of toughness against a very strong field. I know this will only help to make us stronger.”
Alice Lloyd will return to run again on September 20th, when they journey to Berea College.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Women’s Tennis team is gearing up for the 2014 season. Jeff Jacobs is in his third season with the team as the head coach. Coach Jacobs says that his team, like last year, is still in a rebuilding phase.
Jacobs is pleased with the team and that the arrow is pointing upwards as far as potential goes. With Courtney Crowder being the only major loss from the team a year ago, the coach thinks that continuity within his team will be very important.
“Towards the end of the season, a lot of the players that I had, I was working with them to develop them,” says Jacobs. “They were actually playing pretty well last year and I am looking for them to improve this year. Ashley Cornett is still the number one player this year. She has shown some improvement over the summer and this past year.”
Cornett is heading into her sophomore year at ALC and hails from Hindman, Kentucky. She captured the 14th region singles title two years ago.
One player that really caught the coach’s eye was Katelynn Rose. The sophomore from Grundy, Virginia was one that Jacobs didn’t know much about but he thought that Rose had quite a bit of upside.
“Towards the end of the year, she was playing really well and I am looking forward to seeing her develop more this year,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs has some new players for this year. He says that he still doesn’t know a lot about them yet but that he likes what he has seen from them and that their ceiling is high.
The season is just now starting and Jacobs hasn’t had a lot of time to work with the team. He is working to improve the inexperienced girls since they don’t have the proper mechanics on the court compared to the more-seasoned players.
With the more advanced girls, I am trying not to do a lot as far as tweaking their strokes. I just want them to get used to moving,” the coach said. “I do mobility drills to improve their footwork. I wished I had more time to do more physical development, particularly with core strength. That is where a lot of the girls are getting hurt… I am trying to help them work on their footwork to help them avoid [injuries] like that, to get them to move better. We aren’t working on strategies for matches yet, we are just keeping things simple.”
Jacobs wants everyone to focus on getting better. If the team does that, then the opportunities for wins will appear.
The rest of the roster includes Crilda Brown (junior from Salyersville, Kentucky), Serena Nickell (junior from Claiborne, Tennessee), Morgan Castle (sophomore from Lucasville, Ohio), Peyton Brown (freshman from Grundy, Virginia), Ashley Hart (freshman from Somerset, Kentucky), Megan Smith (sophomore from Bristol, Virginia) and Alyssa Howard (senior from Hindman, Kentucky).]]>
I am from Somerset, KY. I graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education K-12. I attended ALC for many reasons. To start, most of my great-aunts and uncles that attended college went to ALC and my Great-Uncle Doc Watts was the campus physician there for years. It was also in the same area where my dad’s family had lived, and of course, because I received a great education at an extremely affordable price. During my time at ALC, I played on the softball team and ran cross country. My work study was lifeguarding at the campus pool, where I was the Head Lifeguard for two years. This was a great way to prepare me for a future career, because I was held accountable for my schedule, work, and being a leader to others. I won the pools work study award as a sophomore and the Work Study Head award as a senior. I was also selected to the KIAC All-Conference Softball Team.
After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to be hired as the Physical Education teacher at Hindman Elementary (a K-8 school close to ALC’s campus), and was also named the Head Coach of their girls basketball team and the Head Coach of the Knott County Central Softball Team. I was then given the opportunity to move home to Somerset and teach K-5 Physical Education at Southern Elementary where I also acted as the Head Coach of Southwestern High School Softball Team. Unfortunately, jobs were cut in Pulaski County, and I made the decision to go back to school to get a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. To complete my degree I had to do an internship and was given the chance to be an intern with the Daytona Cubs Minor League Baseball Team in Daytona Beach, FL, an Advanced A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. I completed an 8-month internship and was offered a full-time job as the Director of Community Relations and Special Events with the team.
I LOVE working in baseball. My job consists of going into the community schools, community events, 5K races, and taking our Mascot, Cubby, out to those events. I also do all of the work with non-profit organizations, auditions for the singing of the National Anthem, keeping our special event schedule, planning weddings and other events in the off-season, and running all of our special events during games. I hope to eventually obtain a job in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, but I wouldn’t turn down a job offer in the MLB, regardless of the team. My ultimate goal is to be an on-field photographer for a Major League Baseball team.
I wouldn’t trade my time at ALC for anything in the world. The connections and relationships that I made there are something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Some people want to go to a big school, but something about the atmosphere of a small school with a small campus is refreshing. You always know that someone has your back, or someone will be there to help you if you are in need, no matter what time of the day, or what the problem is. ALC is truly a family, and I encourage everyone who goes there in the future to get involved in everything you can, make as many connections as you can, and to really become part of the family because no matter how long you have been gone, you are always welcomed back with open arms!
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The June Buchanan School ACE Club had the opportunity to visit one of the nation’s most famous landmarks, the majestic Niagara Falls, during Labor Day weekend.
The ACE Club, named for its focus on Arts and Cultural Enrichment, is an honors club for high school students with great academic standing. Since its beginning, they have embarked on numerous trips, local all the way to international, to expand their knowledge of the world.
“Visiting Niagara Falls was such a fun educational experience for our kids,” says JBS Dean Amanda Clark. “We love being able to reward our students with opportunities to explore the amazing adventures and sights that this world has to offer.”
Participants of the trip included eight students and several faculty members who utilized the weekend to explore and learn about the largest waterfall in America. They were able to take in all of the Niagara Falls’ attractions, including its museum, aquarium, and, the group’s favorite, a boat ride through the mists of the waterfall itself.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles volleyball team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to take on Welch College. Here is a recap of the game.
ALC 3: WC 0
Playing solid volleyball from start to finish, Alice Lloyd won decisively in straight sets, 25-16, 25-16 and 25-13. With the victory, Coach Dan Wilson was rewarded with his first coaching win.
Delaney Pritchard and Macy Allen had 2 digs each to lead the way for ALC.
Sarrah Huber had 7 kills while Allen and Savannah Sizemore recorded 5 kills apiece.]]>
In addition to being recognized regionally, Alice Lloyd College ranked fifth among all national colleges and universities for graduating students with the least amount of average debt. The College also ranked ninth in the nation for student selectivity. This fall, a record 4,120 applicants competed for only 184 spots in the freshman class. Alice Lloyd College’s tuition guarantee to members of the 108-county service area, along with other scholarship opportunities, is a huge attraction for applicants.
ALC graduates have always been very involved and supportive, and this year was no exception. The College had a record number of 42% of alumni donate to their alma mater during the 2012-2013 academic year. This generosity earned Alice Lloyd College 21st in the nation for alumni giving.
U.S. News and World Report evaluates institutions based on several different criteria including academic quality and financial statistics. ALC President Joe Stepp had this to say when asked about ALC’s rankings, “We’re honored to be listed among the top in the nation. Alice Lloyd College is a great institution and is truly a light in the mountains for Appalachian students.”
Nearly a century ago, Mrs. Lloyd set out to educate the youth of Appalachia and the College continues that mission today by keeping the cost of an ALC education affordable so that students, regardless of financial ability, can attend without incurring mountains of debt. It is with great pride that we are able to see the traditions Mrs. Lloyd set forth so long ago earn national recognition today.
Help us continue the miracle at ALC! It takes the assistance of individuals all across this country to sustain our commitment of guaranteeing tuition to each one of our qualified students. Please visit http://www.alc.edu/alumni-giving/ways-to-give/ to find out how you can help.
Mrs. Jacobs, the Phi Beta Lambda Advisor, recently discovered that certain students at Jones Fork Elementary in Knott County, Kentucky were not eating their lunch food, but instead saving it to take home for their siblings to eat. Mrs. Jacobs and ALC’s Phi Beta Lambda, along with Econ 330 students, Entrepreneurship Club, KEA-SP, Allied Health Club, Law Society, and Impact Club, immediately started brainstorming ideas to overcome this horrifying issue, and created Power up with Nutrition.
“Since Mrs. Jacobs mentioned it to me, I just felt like God laid it on my heart to be involved and help. It’s absolutely heart-breaking to me that young kids were going hungry. I think it would be awesome to get the whole community involved and really help make a difference. I would love to be able to branch the program out to other schools in the county,” Sarah Woolridge, one of the students from Alice Lloyd College involved in the Power up with Nutrition had to say.
Power up with Nutrition will work to support the local children who attend the Jones Fork Elementary, in Knott County and ensure that they, as well as their siblings, are all well fed when at school and home. All students at Jones Fork Elementary are provided both breakfast and lunch every week day and should be able to eat this food without fearing that their siblings will go hungry if they do.
ALC students and local volunteers are committed to providing a gallon zip-lock bag of food for 10 children each week. Each child in need will receive their bag every Friday in order to be sure that they have food during the weekend as well. Donation areas will be located throughout the ALC campus. Donations accepted include food that won’t spoil quickly and monetary donations to buy food with. Different examples of foods would consist of Saltine Crackers, Fruit Cups, Mac & Cheese, Pudding Cups, and other long lasting snacks along those lines.
“The students and I are very excited about this opportunity to help children in our community. It’s a humbling experience to hear how appreciative these local students are to receive their food pack. We hope to see the program grow to reach even more children in Knott County,” Mrs. Jacobs responded with gratitude.
So far, Power up with Nutrition has already sent 10 bags of food this week. Students who received the bag were very grateful. The group hopes to see more donations coming their way in order to have Power up with Nutrition continuously helping those in need. The group is inviting everyone to join in to help the children in need. Your donations will be very much appreciated, and even the smallest donation will have a big impact.
For more information on Power up with Nutrition, or how to get involved, feel free to contact Mrs. Jacobs via email at email@example.com.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles Volleyball under the direction of first year coach Dan Wilson opened their season at home on Friday, August 29th against Midway College. They then took to the road on Saturday, August 30th at Crown College. They finished the week by traveling back home to face Berea College on September 2nd. Here is a recap of the four matchups.
ALC 0; MC 3
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles fought valiantly in their home opener but dropped a 3 set match to Midway by the set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-13.
Delaney Pritchard led ALC with 9 digs while Sarrah Huber recorded 4 kills. Shayla Brinegar and Katie McFarland also produced 3 digs.
ALC 0; CC 3
The Lady Eagles took to the road for the first away match of the season. It was another hard fought battle, but the visitors came up just short. The set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-18.
The youthful Eagles gave every ounce of energy and forced the hosts to fight for every point they earned. McFarland led Alice Lloyd with 8 digs while Savannah Sizemore was the team’s leader in kills with 2.
ALC 0; GNW 3
During the road trip to Crown College, the Lady Eagles also faced off with Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Eagles battled hard but fell just short of their first victory. The set scores were 25-15, 25-21 and 25-22.
Savannah Sizemore and Macy Allen led the way for the Lady Eagles, recording 3 kills apiece. Katie McFarland also racked up 2 service aces and 6 digs.
ALC 0; BC 3
The Lady Eagles wrapped up their first week of play at home with an intense match against Berea College. The Lady Eagles played a high paced match, but fell short in 3 matches. The set scores were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-19.
Katie McFarland recorded 4 kills while Sarrah Huber followed behind with 2. Savannah Sizemore contributed with 3 service aces.]]>
“We are excited about this upcoming season and we are looking forward to the start of our matches,” says head coach Dan Wilson. “The team has really come together in such a short time. We have worked extremely hard in practice and I think these ladies are ready to show all they’ve learned in a match. We have a good mix of upperclassmen and new players and everyone has blended well together. Each player brings something unique to the table which is essential to any team.”
Coach Wilson and the Lady Eagles will be led by veteran players Katie McFarland and Shayla Brinegar. McFarland and Brinegar both show copious amounts of leadership on and off the court. Wilson also looks for support from junior libero Delaney Pritchard and junior outside and middle hitter Sarrah Huber. Huber had a breakout 2013 season and is looking to keep up the pace. Sophomore Macy Allen and her sharp hitting from the outside, middle, and back row will also play a role in the team’s success. The Lady Eagles setting skills will come from sophomore Joy Hatfield and freshman Maggie Wilkes. Freshman Savannah Sizemore brings power hitting and blocking skills that will only improve as the season progresses. A complete roster can be found here. Coach Wilson will complete his bench with assistant coaches Nathan Hall and John Mills.
Wilson adds, “We have a solid team in every spot. Our front row is tall and athletic for attacking and spiking the ball. Our back row is solid and quick to get control of the ball. We feel that our players this year will be able to successfully compete with any team. They all have a desire to win and uplifting attitudes that will be vital to our success.”]]>
The Alice Lloyd College Invitational, first NAIA golf event of the year according to golfstat.com, was held at Stonecrest Golf Course on August 25 and 26. University of Pikeville men sizzled, shooting a 578 for the two rounds with matching 289’s for each round. Pikeville standouts Casey Castle and Will Boyd battled for medalist honors with Castle winning by 3 shots with a pair of 69’s to Boyd’s 72/69. Hiwassee College took second place with 335/319 for a 654 total for the two rounds, edging out West Virginia Tech by 2 strokes. University of Pikeville took 4 of the 5 All-Tournament honors, with Tyler Smith taking third shooting 72/75 for 147 and Drew Rothenstine taking fifth shooting 76/78 for a 154 total. Alice Lloyd College freshman Jared Albright shot 76/75 to take fourth place, rounding out the All-Tournament Team. University of Pikeville’s average score of 72.25 for this tournament ranks among the best in the NAIA, considering current NAIA golf champion Coastal Carolina’s adjusted scoring average is 73.14.
University of Pikeville also won the women’s tournament shooting 334/321 for a total of 655 for the two rounds. UPike women were led by Brittany Brophy, who shot 84/75 for a 159 to take Medalist honors. UPike women swept the All-Tournament team with Ashley Veach shooting 80/85 for a 165 to place second, Lauren Vice shot 85/82 for a 167 and third place with a 167, Lauren Gregory shot 79/89 for 168 to take fourth and Ayla Rhinesmith fired 90/79 for a 169 to take fifth. Midway College took second place in the women’s tournament shooting 366/349 for a two round total of 715.]]>