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Transylvania signs 7-year-old Lexington native as newest basketball recruit through Team Impact

On the same floor where Transylvania University practices and plays, the Pioneers men’s basketball team on Monday signed its newest recruit: a 7-year-old from Lexington with big dreams. Bentley Barber was matched with the Pioneers by Team Impact, a national organization that connects children battling serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. Bentley Barber (center) signed with...

Exhibition opener a teaching tool for No. 2 Kentucky, Transy

Transylvania guard Michael Jefferson (10) drives to the basket against Kentucky’s PJ Washington in an exhibition game Friday night at Rupp Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still growing and learning and far from reaching its peak. The Wildcats had little trouble defeating Transylvania in its exhibition opener Friday night, but the team’s 94-66...

No. 2 Kentucky eager to meet Transy in ‘Battle on Broadway’

Kentucky Today It’s not the official opener, but Kentucky is anxious to open the exhibition season. The second-ranked Wildcats will take on Transylvania in the first of two exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Although the game doesn’t count, the players are eager to face an outside opponent, signifying the season is drawing nearer. “We’re just excited to play against somebody else,”...

Transylvania's Stansberry and Sirkin earn All-Heartland Conference postseason honors

Transylvania University sophomore Parker Stansberry and junior Tommy Sirkin earned All-Heartland Athletic Conference honors, the league announced this week.   Stansberry (Erlanger/Dixie Heights) earned 2nd Team All-HCAC honors leading the Pioneers in scoring in his sophomore campaign, ranking 8th in the HCAC in scoring and 3rd in rebounding. Stansberry averaged 14.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds...

Transylvania lacrosse looks to build on last year's inaugural season

Transylvania lacrosse coach Haley Marvine and her squad look to add more wins in the upcoming season, after a successful inaugural season in 2013.   The Pioneers posted a notable 5-6 record in their first season, including an impressive 16-2 victory over Wilmington in the program’s first game. Transylvania later rolled in a 20-1 win over Franklin College in its final game of the 2013 season...

Transylvania women earn HCAC title with 40-point home win over Hanover College

The Transylvania Pioneers never trailed on their way to a 110-70 victory over Hanover College, claiming the 2014 Heartland Conference Championship on Sunday at the Beck Center.   The 2014 championship is the second under Head Coach Greg Todd and the first for the Pioneers since 2009. With the win, the Pioneers earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.   Todd’s...

Transy basketball's 9-17 season ends with one-point loss at Mount St. Joseph

Transylvania men’s basketball’s season came to an end Tuesday evening, as they fell 75-54 on the road to the Mount St. Joseph Lions in the first round of the Heartland Conference tournament.   “We were beat by a veteran team tonight,” coach Brian Lane said. Despite the loss, Lane shares that he has seen great growth from his young squad since the opening games of the season,...

Transylvania wins conference title Saturday, will host Heartland Conference tournament

Transylvania women’s basketball claimed sole possession of the Heartland Conference season title Saturday, taking down the Bluffton Beavers 85-73 in the last regular-season matchup, remaining undefeated on the road for two years and locking in the No. 1 seed and host site of the conference tournament.   “I am very proud that our girls have played two straight years without a road loss,”...

Transylvania baseball opens season Saturday ranked No. 4 in HCAC preseason poll

In a conference that typically sports nationally ranked competitors, the Transylvania Pioneer baseball team is ready to combine experience with newly-added depth to make a strong run for a conference title.   Their potential was acknowledged by their conference competitors this season, as the Pioneers received a fourth-place ranking in the 2014 HCAC Baseball Coaches Pre-season Poll.   Pioneer...

Transylvania women earn Heartland title with one week left in regular season

Transylvania University locked up a share of the school’s second straight HCAC crown and secured the top seed in the upcoming HCAC tournament with a pair of wins last week.  The No. 22 ranked Pioneers (21-2, 15-1 HCAC) clinched the title with wins over Franklin and Defiance.   Junior guard Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) led the Pioneers with 30 points, two blocks, and a steal...

Freshman Dorfman scores 18 points, but Transylvania loses 76-58 on Senior Day

The Pioneers were unable to keep up with a tough Defiance College squad Satuday, falling at home on Senior Day, 76-58.   Freshman Garret Dorfman finished with an impressive stat line, coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points. Dorfman went 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Freshmen Mason Monroe and Alex Jones both finished with 12 points, while sophomore Joe...

Transylvania fights off slow first half to earn 90-71 home win over Earlham

The Transylvania Pioneers found their mark Wednesday, sinking 10 three pointers in the second half to win big at home against Heartland Conference foe Earlham, 90-71. Leading the way for the Pioneers was sophomore forward Parker Stansberry who scored a game-high 22 pointsand two blocks to go with his two steals and eight rebounds.   Despite the lopsided final score, the game started out quite...

UK to honor Transylvania’s Pat Deacon
with Trailblazer Award for women’s athletics

Photo courtesy of Transylvania Athletics   When Pat Deacon was a student at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s, there were no intercollegiate sports programs for women, at least not as we know them today. Women who enjoyed athletic competition could participate in sports organized under the auspices of the Physical Education Department. There were no uniforms, no training facilities and no...

UK to honor Transylvania's Pat Deacon with Trailblazer Award for women's athletics

Photo courtesy of Transylvania Athletics   When Pat Deacon was a student at the University of Kentucky in the 1950s, there were no intercollegiate sports programs for women, at least not as we know them today. Women who enjoyed athletic competition could participate in sports organized under the auspices of the Physical Education Department. There were no uniforms, no training facilities and no...

Transylvania goes on road and dominates Earlham; Dorfman scores 18 points in win

Transylvania men’s basketball may have witnessed a turning point Wednesday night, as efficient shooting and a well-rounded offensive team effort secured the Pioneers’ largest victory of the season, as they dominated the Earlham Quakers 89-63 on the road.   Five Pioneers recorded double-digits in the 26-point win, led by freshman guard Garrett Dorfman in scoring with 18 points and six...

Injuries plague Transylvania Pioneers Wednesday in 87-77 loss to Hanover

Injuries and lineup changes limited Transylvania in its first game of the spring semester, which ended in a 10-point loss to conference foe Hanover, 87-77. With recent medical concerns sidelining freshman guard Alex Jones, the Pioneers had to adjust to new lineups and offensive and defensive sets. But, the matchup also saw the return of Pioneers freshman guard Garrett Dorfman from injury.   The...

Transylvania soccer donation to Gambia includes jerseys, shoes to Gunjar village

Photo courtesy of Transylvania Athletics.   Most Transylvania students are likely unfamiliar with the Gunjar Community Football Academy. Nevertheless, there are three teams of African boys chasing soccer balls in Gambia, sporting Transylvania soccer jerseys.   The Gunjar Community Football Academy originated in 2005, according to Transylvania IT staff member Mambuna Bojang, who calls the...

Transylvania gets 18 from Stansberry, but Pioneers fall 78-69 to Spalding at home

A valiant effort by Transylvania men’s basketball in the final five minutes of game play couldn’t trump Spalding on Saturday, as the Pioneers fell, 78-69.   “We played well in segments during the game,” said Head Coach Brian Lane. “We have to get a consistency of effort for the entire 40 minutes or we will continue to be in two or three possession games every night...

Transylvania athletics department visits with students at Arlington Elementary

Photo courtesy of Transylvania Athletics   Co-workers often get together this time of year for libations and secret Santa gifts.   But members of the Transylvania University athletics program decided to do something different. About 20 coaches and staff members got off the season’s sidelines and took a van ride up North Limestone to visit Arlington Elementary students.   “I had so...

Stansberry scores career-high 37 points in Transylvania's 98-94 home win Tuesday

The Transylvania men’s basketball team defeated Piedmont College 98-94 in game two of the 2013 Don Lane Classic. The Transylvania men were led by sophomore forward Parker Stansberry who had a career night tallying a career record 37 points, complimented by a game leading 12 boards and two blocks.   This game was the second of a double header for the 2013 Don Lane classic and was the first...