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JUTN Volleyball team wins first Regional match


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The Lady Royals beat the Boyce Bulldogs in three sets in their first Regional match.

As Regional play began, the ladies were excited to take to the court. After three matches that went 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15 respectively, the Johnson Royals came out victorious.

As the ladies head into the rest of the pool play this weekend, Coach Robin Vannoy hopes the team will keep playing hard as they continue to progress.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Vannoy said. “We missed a lot of serves, and if we’re going to continue going on in the tournament, then we’ve got to stay focused. Luckily we did some other things that were good and helped us out there in the end, but this is a great group of girls and I think they’ll come back fighting strong (on Friday).”

President Tommy Smith offered 25 free tickets to the first 25 students to email him, “I HAVE ROYALS PRIDE,” in an effort to get students out to the game. Students Wes Porter and Nick Willet were chanting “we’re VIPs” before the match started after winning some of the tickets.


Volleyball Team Wins Last Three Matches of Regular Season

The lady Royals volleyball team won the last three matches of their season.

On Thursday they beat Crown College. The sets were 25-6, 25-5 and 25-5. On Saturday they were victorious against both Alice Lloyd College and Welch College. They won against Alice Lloyd College in three sets that went 25-18, 25-18 and 25-13. Later in the evening, they won against Welch College 25-19, 25-14 and 25-20.

Head Coach Robin Vannoy, who is in her third season as head coach at Johnson, said that she was really happy with how the girls played Wednesday night.

“Tonight was a team effort by everybody,” Vannoy said. “We had the opportunity to get everybody in the match. We are hosting regionals and we hope everybody comes out.”

The Lady Royals finished their season 22-7. The regional schedule should be released soon.

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Girls Soccer Beats Welch College 9-1


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The Lady Royals soccer team faced off against Welch College and won 9-1 last Tuesday.

In order, the first seven goals were scored by: Abby Barron, Emily Allen, Barron, Jamie Leaverton, Shelby Green, Barron and Leaverton. The last two were scored by Caley Cooper.

The one goal scored by Welch College was a result of a penalty kick.

“It was a good game,” said freshman Felipe Nixon. “We played well and I’m excited for the rest of the season.”

One of the players, Chloe Nussbaum, says that the win against Welch was a team effort.

“Not only is Welch a competitive team, but they are a quality team full of strong women,” said Nussbaum. “We enjoy competing with them as fellow Christians and sisters in Christ.”


Lady Royals face off in weekend trimatch

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This weekend the girl’s volleyball team faced off in a tri-match.

The Lady Royals played Kentucky Christian University on Friday night and beat them 3-1. On Saturday afternoon they played Appalachian Bible College and won 3-0. They fell to Toccoa Falls College later that night 2-3.

On Friday night, Johnson played KCU. They lost the first set and it wasn’t looking good during the second, but JU rallied back from an 18-24 point deficit to win the second set 30-28. This victory gave them the momentum they needed to win the third and fourth sets 25-20 and 25-13 respectively.

The first match on Saturday was against ABC. JU beat ABC 3-0 in hard-fought sets that ended up being 25-17, 25-19 and 25-12 in the end. However, later that night, JU played TFC and fell to them 2-3.

“They played very hard this weekend,” said freshman Niklaus Naekel. “They were very aggressive against Appalachian Bible College. Really showed Johnson spirit.”


Boys and Girls Soccer Face Off Against KCU

The boys and girls soccer teams faced Kentucky Christian University at South Doyle High School on Oct. 4. 

The boys played first. With fans chanting “let’s go Royals” from the stands and coach Spenser Proctor advising the team from the sideline, the boys put “in an amazing effort”, according to freshman Benjamin Strunk.


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In the end, the team fell to the Kentucky Christian Knights 4-1 with the one goal being scored by Keenan Ross.

The girls followed later in the night. While they did lose to the Kentucky Christian Knights 3-2, they played a “stressful show stopper game,” according to freshman Will Clark. The two goals were scored by Abby Barron and Shelby Green. During the game, many of the fans got into various chants echoing throughout the stands including the word “koinonia”, the theme of chapel this semester.

The boys play next this Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Appalachian Bible College. The girls play next next Tuesday at 7 p.m. versus Welch College.


First tennis matches show veteran leadership and rising freshmen


The JU Royal’s men’s and women’s teams launched their season Sept. 14th and 15th in a pair of challenging matches against Oakland City University and Brescia University.

Even though both matches resulted in losses, there were still constructive points to pull from them. The veteran players showed up to play, led the team, and pulled some wins.

The women’s team lost a close match to Oakland City, slipping 4-5. The lone doubles win came from doubles pair Hannah Ham (Jr.) and Annalise McDonald (So.) winning 8-6. Freshman, Iris Loveday, and Madison Buchanan (Jr.) dropped a close match 7-9. 

Returning players Buchanan, Danielle Keehner (Sr.), and McDonald pulled wins at the one, two, and three spots of the singles line up. However, the team overall was left just short of a victory.

The men’s team dropped 3-7 but had strong wins from Carson Byington (So.) and Michael Rhodenbaugh (Sr.) at the one and two spots. 

Freshman, Steven Damon closed out the match with his first win as a JU Royal. Damon was the only Freshman to pull a win, on his 18th birthday no less.

Saturday’s matches against Brescia proved more difficult, but there were still some highlights.

Doubles pair Ham and McDonald scraped another victory leaving them undefeated at the start of this season. Beyond that, McDonald went 4-0 during the course of the weekend, winning both singles and doubles matches.

The Royals are set to play Emory and Henry Sept. 29th.


Student Athlete Advisory Committee created to help further athletics, community

KNOXVILLE   The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is providing a voice for Johnson’s student athletes to impact their individual programs, the athletic department as a whole, the entire campus community, and the South Knoxville area.

The SAAC was developed over the summer by Johnson University Athletic Director Brandon Perry, committee president, senior Isaac Morris, and Professor Landon Huffman who is serving as the Faculty Representative of Student-Athlete Development.

“It’s basically like a player’s union,” Perry said. “It gives our athletes a voice on what’s happening in the athletic program, so that’s its main purpose. We added an additional purpose to that, of being able to use it as a way to help organize our ministry opportunities, and community, and social justice opportunities.”

In addition, the committee could help allow Johnson’s athletic programs to reach new levels of competition.

“We looked at NCAA DIII and NAIA DII – some of their standards and practices, and tried to find what would work for us and what would be some good things for us to be doing,” Perry said. “SAAC is actually a DIII requirement for most DIII programs.”

The committee consists of two student athletes from every team and will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

“There are (currently) 16 different members of the committee and they were each chosen by the respective coaches,” Isaac Morris, the committee’s president, said. “Just leaders that they see give a good voice in their program.”

The committee will not only serve JU’s athletic department and athletes, but the rest of campus as well.

“It’s not just about the athlete. Not just about the participators,” Perry said. “So we want our department to enhance community life. That means if you’re going to a game to find entertainment or true connection with other people…that’s a big deal. So I believe that this department without a doubt is going to engage the entire community and shape it in a number of ways.”

The committee representatives will be able to speak out on issues that effect the entire student body.

“The athletes here have concerns that we need to admit, they’re not just theirs, they’re everybody’s,” Perry said. “So in some ways, athletes are giving a voice to the entire community.”

SAAC will also help JU’s athletic department become involved in the local area.

“One of my big initiatives, first and foremost, is I believe that when you’re planted in a community, as Johnson is planted in South Knoxville, you are to some degree responsible for it,” said Perry. “This opportunity will allow our students to get involved in South Knoxville and look to make some real changes in the areas of social justice.”

In the future, the group hopes to have all student athletes team up with Operation Backyard and Knoxville Leadership Foundation to work on homes in the area.

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JU athlete ‘excited’ for new year, season

KNOXVILLE     Soccer brought Abigail Barron to Johnson University where she has excelled, both on and off the field, while pursuing her goals.

Before coming to Johnson, Barron graduated from Summit High School in Franklin, TN. She learned about the university through soccer recruitment and said she felt at home the first time she visited campus.

“I did a tour and everyone just made me feel very loved, and valued, and included, so I came and I tried it out,” Barron said.

Barron, now a junior, is excited for the year to come, and especially for a new season with her team. She said that the relationship they all have is one of her favorite things about being a student-athlete in college.

“We can all be real with each other, be crazy, and all have our own interests but also come back together as a community with different interests and still enjoy that part of each other,” Barron said.

She was originally majoring in Intercultural Studies so that she could do mission work, however, she felt called to pursue Sports and Fitness Leadership instead. She said she does not have specific plans for what she would like to do after she graduates.

“I’d like to do something with sports ministry,” Barron said. “I don’t know what that will look like though.”








Your Role in the Story of Johnson: Brandon Perry

KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s campus has been shaped and molded by hundreds of individuals through the years.

Approaching the 125th anniversary, the Royal Scribe has prepared a video series that will introduce current Johnson faculty and staff, and give them a chance to reflect not only on how Johnson has shaped them personally, but how they have in turn left their mark on Johnson.

Brandon Perry, Men’s Basketball Coach:


Realities of concussions among student-athletes real; JUTN soccer player shares story

KNOXVILLE— LoriAnne Collins, a sophomore at JUTN, strives to stay academically focused on her studies while being a children’s ministry major. However, an incident in the fall of 2016 made it more of a challenge to do so.

Collins was diagnosed with a concussion in September. She was hit on the back of the head with a soccer ball during a game, but did not notice the pain at first.

LoriAnne Collins, middle, standing with her friends Emily Zochling, right, and Nina Griffith, left, the night of receiving her concussion.

Throughout the game, Collins had a mild headache and felt dehydrated.

“During that game it was very physical and I just kind of fell a lot, but I thought it was me because I’m a clumsy person,” Collins said.

The headache she felt at the game continued the next morning. Three days later, while she was at practice, she lost her vision entirely.

“People were blaming it on the Sun going down,” Collins said, “but I knew it was not the Sun.”

A test the next day confirmed Collins had a concussion.

Her concussion lasted 16 weeks from the day she was diagnosed to the day she was cleared by the doctor.

“I still get symptoms,” Collins said. “I can’t really run anymore; I have to do 15 minute increments. Otherwise, I will black out. I have almost once before.”

Sensitivity to light and sound were Collins’ main concussion symptoms. She said even music played through her headphones caused headaches.

She said blurriness was the one symptom that kept coming back.

Since the incident, Collins has also had memory loss.

“My memory is still gone. I’m still struggling. But it’s coming back slowly,” Collins said. “School has been very hard, but I’ve been able to accomplish and get through it.”

Collins said her emotions have heightened since being diagnosed. She finds herself getting overly-sensitive about certain subjects.

“I’m not an emotional person, but since I got hit, my emotions have been through the roof,” Collins said.

She said her memory loss is a constant reminder of her concussion.

“[With the concussion] I couldn’t really remember tests. My mind was just blank,” Collins said. “All my teachers knew what was going on, so they gave me grace.”

Collins has pushed through the challenges of focusing academically, even though she has limitations.

“I won’t get easy things, so I have to have someone double-explain it to me, in easier ways,” Collins said. “Or I’ll just completely forget days that I studied for things.”

She does not struggle as much as she used to, and said she is doing better with concentrating.

She said sleep helped relieve the symptoms of her concussion.

“Definitely sleep and rest and getting time alone [helped relieve pain],” Collins said.

Although many of the symptoms, such as headaches, have dimmed down, she said she finds that loss-of-memory and blurriness remain.

Doctors have told her that she cannot run or participate in sports for several months.

“I probably won’t be doing sports,” Collins said. “I want to do softball, but who knows at this point.”

She advises student-athletes to be careful. In her case, no one knew how bad her concussion was, not even her doctors.

“Yeah, give it your all, but you have to be careful because otherwise you are going to get hurt,” Collins said. “If you do get a concussion… Do not take it lightly. Listen to what they [doctors] have to say.”