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Mercer to Open A-Sun Play Monday

MACON, Ga. (School Release)- As the calendar year comes to a close, the Mercer men's basketball team will open its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule against Stetson at Hawkins Arena on Monday afternoon.  Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Bears are winners in three of their last four games and look to remain unbeaten at home this season.  As two founding members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Mercer and Stetson are familiar foes on the hardwood.  Stetson leads the all-time series, 69-52, but Mercer has won each of the last three meetings.  Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman also sports a favorable 6-2 record against the Hatters.

Mercer Women Tip-Off Double Header

MACON, Ga.(School Release) - The Mercer women's basketball team begins its 2012-13 Atlantic Sun Conference schedule on Monday when it hosts Stetson at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Arena.

Mercer enters A-Sun play sporting a 6-5 overall record, with its six non-conference wins the most in a single-season since the 1996-97 version of the Bears, who were also victorious in six non-conference tilts.

The Bears are 1-1 in A-Sun Conference openers under third-year head coach Susie Gardner and haven't opened league play against Stetson since dropping a 90-81 home decision to the Hatters in 2001.

Scouting the Opposition

Macon Police Investigate Deadly Wreck

A man was killed early Sunday morning when the car he was driving struck a pole on Mercer University Drive. 

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says 39-year-old David Coley was speeding in a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS when it crashed into a street light in front of the Department of Labor building near Columbus Road.

Jones says the car did not belong to Coley and the driver carried no identification. Coley was trapped inside the car and died at the scene.  

When Carlos Sledge, who owns the car, received a phone call at 5:30 a.m, it was about the state of his Impala. 

"They were saying I was involved in an accident and I said, no I'm at home in the bed," he says.

Prep Basketball Scores: December 29

Here are high school basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for December 29, 2012:

Veterans Holiday Classic:

Warner Robins 57, Worth County 27 (Girls)

Veterans 75, Worth County 64 (Boys)

Veterans 33, Rutland 30 (Girls Championship)

Warner Robins 72, Rutland 66 (Boys Championship)

Brewton Parker College Holiday Classic:

Dodge County 55, Burke County 40 (Girls)

Dodge County 64, Burke County 60 (Boys)

JB Hawkins Tournament:

Lamar County 65, Southwest 54 (Boys)

Southwest 60, Crawford County 27 (Girls) (Tournament Championship)

Central 93, Crawford County 53 (Boys Championship)

Antebellum Classic:

Baldwin 60, Thomson 52 (Boys) (3rd Place)

Cedar Shoals 51, Baldwin 25 (Girls Championship)

Bleckley County 42, Hancock 40 (Boys Championship)

Therrell 61, Eastside 55 (Boys)

County Commissioner Plants Flowers at Hartley Elementary

County Commissioner Plants Flowers at Hartley Elementary

On Tuesday, December 18, students at Hartley Elementary School along with Bibb County Commissioner Bert Bivins planted flowers on the front lawn of the school.       

In addition to representing the area as a commissioner, Mr. Bivins has personal ties to Hartley as a former teacher at the school. He came up with the idea of getting students at Hartley involved in planting flowers to improve the look of the lawn, and to also give students pride in the appearance of the school.

“I thought it would be something that they would have a lot of interest in,” he said. “Coming to school, looking out, telling relatives and friends that they planted the flowers” was something the students could now do.

Mr. Bivins and the students planted pansies, which he said would survive in the cold and last until the end of March. 

Mercer Professor Visits Vineville Academy as Career Guest

Mercer Professor Visits Vineville Academy as Career Guest

Vineville Academy of the Arts hosted Dr. Sabrina Walthall, Assistant Professor of Science at Mercer University, as the school's Career Guest for the month of December. Dr. Walthall spoke with the student body about her job responsibilities as a professor at Mercer University.

She also stressed the importance of setting personal goals and developing intrinsic motivation. Dr. Walthall also spoke about learning how to get along with others and using conflict resolution skills.

Pictured is Jasmyn Perry, a fifth-grader at Vineville, who interviewed Dr. Walthall during her visit.

Mercer Gets Help From Gollon

In his fourth season with Mercer, Jakob Gollon continues to provide leadership on the floor.

"On the floor he's like another coach basically," said junior point guard Langston Hall.  "He's always talking, always leading by example and he always plays as hard as he can."

Gollon spent his first two seasons working back from a foot and hand injury.  Now he fills several rolls on the team.

"He's just a do it all kind of guy," said head coach Bob Hoffman.  "He's just a jack of all trades.  He's just going to try to find a way to win."

Those redshirt years gave the Stevens Point, Wisconsin native the chance to develop his knowledge of the game.