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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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Berry’s first season in Valhalla – the new on-campus stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field – has been memorable, to say the least, with a perfect 4-0 record at home propelling the Viking football team to first place in the Southern Athletic Association.

The tone was set in the inaugural game against LaGrange College – a 16-13 overtime thriller won by Berry on Mitchell Blanchard’s 38-yard field goal in overtime. That kick capped an impressive comeback by the Vikings, who forced overtime with a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute of play. Afterward, many in the standing-room only crowd of 4,500 joined players in singing the Alma Mater before fireworks brought a fitting end to the day.

Before kickoff, hundreds gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the first-ever “Viking Walk” of players through the Valhalla gate. Trustee Steve Cage (74C), whose lead gift through the LifeReady Campaign initiated fundraising for the venue, addressed the crowd.

“The students are the heart of this project,” he said. “Martha Berry provided us all a wonderful educational opportunity. We have great faculty and terrific leadership. Valhalla will give students great experiences, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Since the opener, Berry has defeated Rhodes College, Washington University of St. Louis and Hendrix College on the Williams Field turf. The final home game of the regular season will be played Saturday, Nov. 14, against Centre College. Purchase tickets online at BerryGameDay.com.

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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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A crowd of more than 6,700 jammed Barron Stadium for the 2013 season opener.

Berry’s first home football game of the 2014 season is just a few days away, and tickets are going fast! The Vikings will welcome five opponents to Rome’s Barron Stadium this fall, beginning Sept. 27 with Rhodes College. Other home dates include:

Mountain Day, Oct. 4
Washington University in St. Louis

Saturday, Oct. 18
Hendrix College

Friday, Oct. 31
Millsaps College

Saturday, Nov. 15
Southeastern University

Season tickets (good for all five games) can be secured by calling 706-236-2260. There are three options available: reserved seats with chair backs; $100; reserved bench seating, $50; and general admission, $25.

Alumni wishing to obtain single-game tickets for Mountain Day have the option of making their purchase online (available now) or in person at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Sept. 24. Tickets also can be purchased at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day. There are three price levels ranging from $5 to $25 per seat.

Single-game tickets (reserved and general admission) for all other dates can be purchased by phone at 706-236-2260 or in person at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day.

Campus community: Each member of the Berry College faculty/staff is eligible for two general admission season tickets, free of charge. These tickets are available for pickup at the Cage Center information desk. Each student is eligible for one ticket per game, free of charge. Student tickets for all games except Mountain Day can be picked up at the Cage Center information desk Monday through Friday of each game week. Student tickets for Mountain Day will be available at the information desk in Krannert Center beginning Sept. 24.

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Stephanie QuinnVolleyball player Stephanie Quinn made history this fall as the first Berry student-athlete to win National Player of the Week honors in NCAA Division III. A year after claiming MVP recognition in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association tournament, the senior setter and her high-flying teammates are once again on the championship trail, soaring to the top of the standings with an 11-1 conference record (18-5 overall). If you haven’t had the opportunity to cheer the Vikings in person, join us this Saturday, Oct. 26, as we celebrate 10 years of Berry volleyball with matches against Hendrix and Piedmont. The action gets under way at 1 p.m.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage of all Berry athletics. Recent highlights include a national ranking in men’s golf, regional rankings in women’s soccer and men’s cross country, and notable academic recognition in softball. (Photo courtesy of Berry Sports Information.)

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