Rome, GA — “SU! That’s what we do!” Shorter University cheerleaders shout, welcoming Shorter alumni back to the Hill and indicating the beginning of the #hawkshomecoming week. With support from the community, students, and alumni, the Shorter Hawks men’s soccer team, the Lady Hawks volleyball team, and the football team strive to bring victory to the Hill. To begin the weekend, the men’s soccer team will kick-off their fifth conference game against the Tigers of the University of West Alabama.
This season, the Hawks soccer team have proven themselves to be able to win in a variety of challenging situations. In their season opening game on the road against the University of Huntsville-Alabama, the Hawks outplayed the Chargers, ending with a 1-0 win. With confidence, teamwork, and relentless drive, the Hawks travelled to Tennessee to beat the Union Bulldogs 1-0, improving their overall record to 2-0 in the Gulf South Conference (GSC). More recently, the overtime win against Christian Brothers University have pushed the Hawks into a four-game winning streak, which places them as the number one team in GSC.
Continuing the festivities, the Lady Hawks volleyball team will take on the Valdosta State Blazers. After a win on the road against Southern Wesleyan University, the Lady Hawks seek to build momentum and secure their first conference win of the season. With a total of 78 kills, juniors, Jasmine Crook and Erica Baker, lead the team in attacks, both averaging 3 kills per set. Senior Tanequa Whitman leads the team with 125 digs, averaging 4 digs per set.
Lastly, the Hawks football team is predicted to beat the University of West Georgia for the second time, since their appearance into NCAA Division II’s Gulf South Conference. The supportive atmosphere in Barron Stadium combined with the Hawks’ determination to secure their first conference win will make for an intense game against the revenge-seeking Wolves. Head coach Phil Jones is confident of the team’s hard work and motivation.
After 140 years on the Hill, Shorter’s fight song still rings true and strikes fear in all of her opponents:
We’re gonna fight, fight, fight for Shorter,
We’re gonna fight for blue and white!
We give our loyalty to Shorter on the Hill;
we’re gonna keep her honor bright!
And when our mighty Hawks are soaring, you can bet they’ll never yield,
We’re gonna cheer our team on to the victory on the court or on the field!
We’re flying high for dear old Shorter,
around since eighteen-sev’nty-three!
We are the soaring Hawks in ev’erything we do,
in ev’ry sport, club, and degree!
And we are proud to be at Shorter, as we cheer for White and Blue,
And this will be our home, wherever we may roam:
to the Hill we will be true!
Hawks homecoming celebrations begin at 4:30 pm EST as the men’s soccer team take on the Tigers of the University of West Alabama.
The Lady Hawks and the Valdosta State Blazers will battle at 1:00 pm, followed by the Hawks football game against the University of West Georgia Wolves at 1:30 pm.
Listen to the Hawks’ homecoming games on 95.7 the Ridge. For game and individual player statistics, click here.