New beginnings for Mount Holyoke basketball and Annika Brooks ’21

New beginnings for Mount Holyoke basketball and Annika Brooks ’21

BY DEYSCHA SMITH ‘19

Last year, Annika Brooks ’21 spent her time playing pickup basketball with the guys, trying to build her confidence. The sophomore forward from Portland, Maine experienced a difficult rookie season at Wheaton College with little playing time, and knew she needed a change of pace.

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby opens 2019 season with doubleheader at home

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby opens 2019 season with doubleheader at home

BY EMMA COOPER ‘20

On Saturday, April 6, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (PVRD) opened its 13th annual season with a doubleheader at their home rink in Florence, Massachusetts. First, Western Mass Destruction faced off against Hurt of the Commonwealth, shortly followed by a game between United Front and Monadnock Roller Derby.

The hidden player: Mount Holyoke’s team manager

BY DEYSCHA SMITH ’19

Natalie Russianoff ’19 stands on the turf field at Mount Holyoke College, waiting attentively for her orders. She wears a purple jacket and fur hood like it’s her own practice gear, and cheers on the team with each goal, groundball and goalie save.

LLC for student athletes introduced

LLC for student athletes introduced

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

Student athletes and sports enthusiasts can opt to join the recently introduced Lyons’ Nation Living Learning Community in Torrey Hall starting next semester, when ResLife will introduce three new Living Learning Communities on campus.

Riding team’s first show of the season a success

Riding team’s first show of the season a success

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

At the Smith College Show on Saturday, Sept. 29, the Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team placed first with 38 points in a field of eight colleges. Trailing the Lyons by one point was the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed by Worcester State University in third place. Amherst College finished next in fourth, followed by Hampshire, Smith and Williams Colleges tied for fifth and Bennington College in sixth. The athletes had a successful show all around, and riders Tess Ahlers ’19, Lily DeBenedictis ’19 and Daisy Sears ’19 clutched regional qualifications early.

Sasha Simine ’20 awarded Lyon of the Week

Sasha Simine ’20 awarded Lyon of the Week

BY MORGAN TURNER ’20

After leading Lyons volleyball to 3 consecutive wins, middle-hitter Sasha Simine ’20 earned Lyon of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 10th. Simine is the first volleyball student-athlete to earn the title since the fall season began.

Field hockey goes down under

Field hockey goes down under

BY KARI FOSSUM ’21

This August, the Mount Holyoke field hockey team departed from tradition (and South Hadley) for their 2018 preseason. The Lyons ventured to the Australian cities of Sydney and Canberra to take in the sights and fit in some games against local teams.