Dylan Heiring has been a top starting pitcher for the Royals in his five years here, except for the 2013 season when he red-shirted due to Tommy John surgery. While he and the the Royals team may have struggled this year, Heiring ended his career the right way on Saturday.
In game one of a double-header against the Ave Maria University Gyrenes, Heiring pitched a complete game, nine-inning shutout that saw him strikeout nine and only give up five hits.
“I just had all my pitches working,” said Heiring. “I was able to move my fast ball up and down, in and out, and get strikeouts with my split and curveball when I needed them.”
Before the game, Warner University honored Heiring and four other seniors for their dedication, on and off the field, to the Royal baseball team.
While Heiring may have been a little emotional about Saturday being his final game for the Royals, he was excited about the gift bag he received during the ceremonies.
“It was great to finally get my bag of candy, I’ve been waiting five long years for this. Look, they gave me a stamp too, that’s pretty cool, I guess.”
You can be safe at home, or you can get thrown out at home, but I choose to just chill at home.
The Royals Men’s Volleyball team won their final match of the season against Concordia University of California on Saturday, by a score of three sets to one. Despite their best efforts, the Royals finished one spot away from making the national tournament.
Needing to have finished in the top six ranked teams nationally, the Royals came in as the seventh place team. They finish their season with a 17-9 overall record under first-year head coach Steve Benson.
The team also finished the year with a bevy of accomplishments, as Benson won the Coach of the Year award in the Royals conference, Hui Ding was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, and Martin Kreuger was selected as a First-Team All-Conference selection.
Ding was also tabbed as a Second-Team All-Conference performer, along with teammates Joshua Jordan and Devin Lofton.
Reggie Montalvo, Joshua Jordan, Colton Watson and Devin Lofton were all recognized for their work in the classroom as Academic All-Conference athletes, which is given to those student-athletes with a cumulative 3.25 overall gpa or higher.
The Royals are a young team, graduating only two seniors, Greg Prinz and Reggie Montalvo, and while their contributions on and off the court will be missed, the Royals will look to bounce back next season and finish in the top six.
Cindy Micochero is a senior captain and the catcher on the Lady Royals Softball team. The Lady Royals play Florida Southern today in Lakeland, FL, so we asked Micochero what top five songs she’ll be listening to on the road trip. Here’s what she said:
1. “Pickin’ Wildflowers” by Keith Anderson
2. “Chicks Dig It” by Chris Cagle
3. “We Weren’t Crazy” by Josh Gracin
4. “Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson
5. “Firecracker” by Josh Turner
Warner University is a Christian institution that tries to shine the light of Jesus in every possible situation. One area Warner tries to shine Jesus’ light is through its athletic programs. One of the most common t-shirts worn by athletes on campus is a bright yellow shirt that says “Make Him Known” on the back. In fact, during basketball games at the Turner Athletic Center, one will find that only Christian songs will play throughout the game as to present a different image to opposing teams that shows Jesus comes first at this university. With that being said, here are some of the best Christian pump-up songs for Warner student-athletes to get fired up to before a game.
1. Ignition- tobyMac
The perfect Christian pump-up song, it is fast-paced from the beginning and will turn on your ignition to get ready for the heat of competition.
2. Ooh Ahh- Grits
Ooh Ahh is a Christian rap song that will have you ready to play anybody, anywhere.
3. Church Clap- KB ft. Lecrae
Church Clap is THE pump-up song of Coach Jeff Sikes, head coach of the Royals baseball team. Per his choice, the Royals baseball team runs out on to the field while this song is playing for every home game. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of him singing and dancing to this song in the dugout.
4. Comatose- Skillet
Comatose will wake you up in the morning ready to beat your opponent into the ground…nicely…like Jesus would.
5. The Slam- tobyMac
The Slam makes you want to bang your head like a rock star before you go out on the field feeling like an all-star.
The Men’s basketball team lost their final game of the season on Thursday, March 12, to Carver Bible College 70-65. The loss knocked the Royals out of contention in the NCCAA Division 1 tournament. The Royals finish with a final record of 20-11, the team’s best finish since the 2011-12 season in which they finished 24-11. While it may be hard to accept the loss for the Royals, they should be proud of their many accomplishments achieved this season. Seniors Keevis Tukes, Brandon Poore and Jason Pospichal will all be huge losses for next year’s team, and they will be missed as fan favorites and key players to the team. Warren Hall finished as the leading point scorer this season for the Royals, averaging 19.9 points per game, the highest total for a Royal in a season in the last 8 years. The Royals will have most of the team returning next year, so it should be another good season Coach Hanrahan and the team.
The Royals Men’s basketball NAIA season came to an end on Monday, March 1st, after losing 72-58 to the eventual Sun Conference tournament champion Embry-Riddle. However it was a fantastic season for the Royals, finishing with a record of 20-10, they will have a good chance at receiving a high seeding for the NCCAA National Tournament. Those seeds will be announced this week so stay tuned!