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Junior pre-med major Justus Edwards became a social-media sensation this fall when he returned to Centre College – site of a serious injury suffered last year – and walked to the very spot on the field where he went down. A video clip shared by Centre was quickly picked up by ESPN, ABC World News Tonight and others, highlighting the courage and determination Edwards’ teammates, coaches and fellow students know so well. Watch the video above for more on his story, courtesy of 11 Alive News in Atlanta.

Edwards’ teammates on the Berry football team continue to draw inspiration from his example, winning a fourth consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship and returning to the NCAA Division III national playoffs for the third straight year. Many players earned individual recognition as a result, led by record-setting wide receiver Mason Kinsey, an All-Region selection who on Jan. 18 will join some of the top performers from all divisions at the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Volleyball All-Americans

From left, Emily Hancock, Carson VanKampen and Laura Beier earned All-America recognition for their contributions on the volleyball court this season.

Berry volleyball also enjoyed another standout season, winning the SAA Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA playoffs for the third year in a row behind the All-American trio of Carson VanCampen (first team), Laura Beier (third team) and Emily Hancock (honorable mention).

Other fall standouts included Meredith Herman, a national cross-country qualifier for the second consecutive year, and men’s soccer player Jake Williamson, who earned All-Region honors after setting a school record for goals in the NCAA era with 18 for the season and 41 in his career.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage of Berry athletics.

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Conference championships in football and women’s cross country highlighted another successful fall for Berry’s student-athletes.

The football team posted a best-ever 9-1 record in its fourth season of competition, closing with a five-game winning streak to share the Southern Athletic Association crown with Washington University in St. Louis. Highlights for Berry included road wins over SAA rivals Hendrix and Centre and a perfect 5-0 record at Valhalla. Also notable was a thrilling 22-19 overtime win over Millsaps made possible by a play you simply have to see to believe. Click the video and you’ll know why it was named d3football.com National Play of the Week.

In women’s cross country, senior captain Danielle Patterson paced Berry to first place in the SAA meet and sixth in the NCAA Division III regional (held in the Clara Bowl). Her time of 22:32.30 in the latter race qualified her for NCAA nationals, a first for Berry.

Fittingly, both of Berry’s SAA-winning coaches, Tony Kunczewski and Paul Deaton (91C), earned conference Coach-of-the-Year recognition. Student-athletes in a number of sports also claimed individual honors this fall. Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage.

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Valhalla
It’s been a busy summer for the workers responsible for bringing Berry’s new Valhalla stadium to life. With construction entering its final stages, thoughts are turning to the Sept. 12 grand-opening football game against LaGrange College. Alumni tickets are now available for those who want to share in the exhilaration as the Vikings rush onto OUR field for the first time.

Five games will be played at Valhalla on Williams Field this fall, including the Sept. 12 opener and an Oct. 3 Mountain Day rematch with Washington University of St. Louis. Last year’s Mountain Day game at Barron Stadium in Rome proved unforgettable, producing Berry’s first-ever varsity win (in overtime, no less) and the GEICO National Play of the Year.

Berry FootballHere’s the complete home schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 12
LaGrange College, 6 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 19
Rhodes College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, Mountain Day
Washington University of St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17
Hendrix College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Centre College, 1 p.m.

Alumni wishing to purchase single-game tickets can do so in person for $5 each at the Krannert Center information desk the week preceding each home game or at the stadium gate on game day (pending availability). Those wishing to purchase single-game tickets in advance of game week can do so at BerryGameDay.com. (Note: Online purchases include a $1 per-ticket surcharge.) Season tickets good for all five games are available for $30 online (including the surcharge). All seating is general admission.

Free tickets for students, faculty and staff will be available at the information desk in Krannert Center the week preceding each home game. Faculty and staff members are eligible for two free tickets per game. Students receive one. More details will be available soon.

If you can’t wait for the opener, click here to view updated pictures of Valhalla, which includes Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field. Thanks to all who have made gifts through Berry’s LifeReady Campaign supporting this new home for football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field. Fundraising is now more than 90 percent complete and will continue until the goal is reached.

We hope you will join us Sept. 12 as we celebrate the stadium’s completion – and cheer our Vikings to victory!

Stadium photo by student Lauren Neumann

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