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Spring Spurs Lackadaisical, Lively to Action

Fall, football and crisp afternoons give way to pools, sunscreen and new activities spring semester."I like to go to Chewacla and hike down to the waterfall and kind of rock climb around there and go swimming out in the lake," said Courtney Dryden, senior in communications, "because I'm not great at team sports, sports with balls."A popular ball-less spring activity is flinging frisbee around campus."I like it, but I can't throw anything in a straight line," Dyrden said.Jessica Anderson, freshman in pre-nursing, said she enjoys throwing frisbee to relax, but she has never played ultimate frisbee.In her youth, Anderson said she enjoyed playing pick-up basketball."I was a tomboy, so I played basketball with the boys in the neighborhood," Anderson said.

The State Press

Waller is Baller

Losing a senior athlete's leadership is always hard, but the men's basketball team is about to say goodbye to its MVP.Senior Tay Waller was named the Most Valuable Player at the 21st annual Auburn Basketball Awards Banquet Tuesday at the Hotel at Auburn University.Waller was also awarded Outstanding Offensive Player and won an award for most three-pointers made in the SEC.Waller made 3.4 three pointers a game and was ranked fourth nationally.Waller said playing basketball runs in the family and looked up to his father as a great basketball player."My older brother always had a lot of friends over, and they were always playing basketball," Waller said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Bathing Suits, Bikes, Blisters

The Auburn Triathletes placed 22nd Saturday after battling inclement weather at the National Triathlon Meet at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas.This was the third year the triathletes competed in the Collegiate National Championship.The race consisted of a 10-kilometer run, a 25-mile bike and a 750-meter swim."This was my second triathlon ever," said Robert Bedsole, graduate student in mechanical engineering.

The Auburn Plainsman

Men Close Season With Win at Alabama

The No. 39 Auburn Men's Tennis team celebrated Saturday after it defeated the No. 29 Crimson Tide in the Tigers' last regular season match.Freshmen doubles team, Tim Hewitt and Lucas Lopasso, started the Tigers off well, defeating Jarryd Both and Trey Walston of Alabama, 8-5.Following Hewitt and Lopasso, freshmen Andreas Mies and Alexander Sajonz squared off against Alabama's Ricky Doverspike and Michael Thompson, who gave Alabama an 8-4 win."We won the doubles point, which was nice to see," said coach Eric Shore of the 8-4 Auburn win in the final doubles match between junior Tim Puetz and sophomore Alex Stamchev of Auburn and Michael Davis and Saketh Myneni of Alabama.Alabama took the first and second singles victory with Botha besting Lopasso in two sets, 6-1, 6-0, followed by Myneni beating Puetz in their two sets, 6-1, 6-4.

The Auburn Plainsman

Men's Golf In The Rough

Auburn Men's Golf returns to the central time zone after a weekend at the SEC Championship at Sea Island, Ga.The Tigers finished seventh overall, with senior Cole Moreland finishing tied for 12th individually."Overall, it was probably our worst ball-striking week of the year," said Auburn coach Nick Clinard.

The Auburn Plainsman

Ryal Rocks The 'Stache

In his second year as assistant softball coach, Mark Ryal continues to contribute his Major League knowledge and experience to Auburn."I try to help the girls by sharing some of the knowledge that I accumulated over playing 16 years of professional baseball," Ryal said.

Auburn Wins Home Series Over LS-Who

Auburn University welcomed the defending national champion and No. 3 Louisiana State University to Plainsman Park last weekend for a successful three game baseball series."In every inning I never thought any lead was safe," said coach John Pawlowski. "We would have one and then they would have one so that was tough."After battling through the first game Friday night, Auburn fell four runs short to LSU, 14-10.Although the team suffered defeat, players had success at the plate.

The Auburn Plainsman

Dingers Lift Tigers

It was homer after homer as the Auburn softball team shut out Mercer 4-0 Tuesday night. Junior infielder Kyndall White and sophomore catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold brought in two runs each with their hits, single-handedly bringing about the win for the Tigers."We got our job done," said coach Tina Deese.

The Miracle League Cubs and Phillies pose for a group picture after their game Sunday. Philip Smith / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR

East Alabama's Field Of Dreams

During the week, the Billy Hitchcock Miracle Field is just another baseball complex, but Sunday afternoons, to many, it becomes much more."The Miracle League is designed to give special needs individuals the opportunity to play baseball," said chairman Rob Cox.The league meets every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Auburn Plainsman

Tiger Heads To Championship

After two days of anticipation, junior gymnast Rachel Inniss was selected to compete at the National Championship at the University of Florida April 22.Inniss was in a seven-way tie for first in the floor exercise at regionals with a score of 9.9.Inniss said she will probably not do much differently to train for nationals."We're going to stick with the same routine, I mean, it's what got me there," Inniss said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Men's Tennis Falls, Prepares For Bama

Last weekend was a long one for the No. 39 Auburn Men's Tennis team, as it dropped its 11th match this season 5-2 to Mississippi State in Starkville Sunday afternoon.The Tigers struggled from the beginning in doubles play as redshirt junior Nick Maurillo and junior Michel Montiero fell to Bulldogs Louis Cant and Chris Doerr 8-4.

The Auburn Plainsman

Soccer Plays Friendlies

This past weekend, Auburn soccer continued its spring season in Orlando.The Tigers played games against the Mexican National Team and the University of Central Florida, losing the first and tying in the second.The Mexican National Team defeated Auburn 3-2 in a game that needed a stoppage time goal to determine a winner.The next day, Auburn played the UCF Golden Knights to a 0-0 draw.Freshman goalkeeper Amy Howard said the team was proud of its play, but not of the outcome of the games."We played well in both games," Howard said.