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The banquet hall at Norad Mill, decorated for the 2023 MCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Induction. Photograph by Angelina Clark.

Inside MCLA Athletic’s 2023 Hall of Fame Induction

Angelina Clark, Web Editor October 4, 2023

On Saturday, September 30th, MCLA Athletics held their Hall of Fame induction and dinner at 3 West Events, located inside the Norad Mill in North Adams. This event was held to honor the alumni involved...

A wide view look at the newly renovated Ron Shewcraft Field. Mens and Womens Soccer, Mens Lacrosse, and Softball will call this field home for years to come

A New Era: MCLA Unveils Newly Renovated Shewcraft Field

Owen Brown, Editor in Chief September 30, 2023

After 16 years since Ron Shewcraft Field at the Joe Zavattaro Athletic Complex was renovated, MCLA decided it was time to go out with the old and in with the new, as they recently finished the surface...

Goalie Ryan Taylor 25 kicking the ball back into the field of play. Taylor recently was named starting goalie for the mens team after former goalie Sam Edge 23 left for graduation (via MCLA Athletics).

A Look at the 2023 MCLA Soccer Seasons

Owen Brown, Editor in Chief September 25, 2023

As the school year is in full swing, fall sports are underway as well. In addition, it also begins a new era in the MCLA Soccer program for both the men’s and women’s teams, as they will soon begin...

MCLA Softball Swept in Out-of-Conference Doubleheader Matchup Against Sage

MCLA Softball Swept in Out-of-Conference Doubleheader Matchup Against Sage

Owen Brown, Sports Editor April 23, 2023

Three five-run innings by the Sage College offense served as the dagger during the doubleheader on Thursday afternoon, as they defeat MCLA by final scores of 10-5 and 12-1. With the losses, the Trailblazers...

Sports Roundup: Spring 2023 Seasons

Sports Roundup: Spring 2023 Seasons

Owen Brown, Sports Editor April 23, 2023

Baseball: As the team reaches the halfway point of the regular season, the team sits at a 7-13 record, with a 1-4 record in MASCAC play, and sits in last place within the conference with 20 games left...

*BACON* No More Hockey, Swimming’s Back at MCLA!

*BACON* No More Hockey, Swimming’s Back at MCLA!

Chloe Golebiewski, Staff Writer April 6, 2023

Disclaimer: The Bacon is the April Fool’s Edition of The Beacon. The following story is purely for entertainment and is NOT meant to be taken as a serious news story! If you thought hockey coming...

The Baseball team taking a photo after a win over Colby-Sawyer College. (via MCLA Athletics)

A “Business Trip”: Baseball and Softball Wrap-Up Annual Florida Trip

Owen Brown, Sports Editor March 20, 2023

Spring break for college students serves as a week for students to sit back and relax from the stresses of school. Whether they are returning home to visit family and old friends or going on a trip to...

Student Athletes during the lecture. (photo from MCLA Athletics)

Establishing Team Culture: Beeckman Speaks with MCLA Athletics

Owen Brown, Sports Editor March 9, 2023

On Thursday, March 2, the MCLA Athletics Department welcomed motivational speaker and current team consultant of Western Michigan University, Theresa “Tree” Beeckman, to come and speak with the...

From Baseball Player, Kyle Milligan, to Coach Milligan

From Baseball Player, Kyle Milligan, to Coach Milligan

Owen Brown, Sports Editor March 2, 2023

Things do not always go according to plan. It is a life lesson that current MCLA senior, Kyle Milligan, has had to endure as part of his tenure here. The original plan for him was to be a four-year...

Men’s Lacrosse Plays Record-Setting Game, Secures Opening Day Win

Men’s Lacrosse Plays Record-Setting Game, Secures Opening Day Win

Owen Brown, Sports Editor March 2, 2023

Despite the cold, snowy conditions at Shewcraft Field Sunday afternoon, the MCLA Men’s Lacrosse team was on fire, securing an opening-day victory over the Mitchell College Mariners by a final score...

The women’s team has faced many setbacks this season, but have continued to persist and work hard.

MCLA Basketball: Despite setbacks over break, strong return to the season

Owen Brown, Sports Editor February 16, 2023

For most students and professors here at MCLA, winter break serves as four weeks to relax, catch up with old friends and family, and start preparing for the spring semester. However, for student-athletes...

The student interviewed for this story chose to remain anonymous, although their story is likely familiar to many college athletes who have experienced mental health issues and struggles with juggling their sport with school.

The Life of a College Athlete – Injuries, Mental Health, and More

Chloe Golebiewski, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Being a college athlete is a tough track to navigate, whether you’re on the field, in the gym, or running cross country. It’s understandable that some would struggle with the strenuous schedule...

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