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Tom Wall was a good coach and a better man. The longtime head baseball coach died on Jan. 11 in Mauldin at age 85. Services are on Sunday at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m.

Wall coached Furman baseball – when Furman had baseball – for 22 seasons and led the Paladins to three Southern Conference championships.

A native of Moncks Corner, he was a 4-year letterman as a 1st baseman for the Paladins and 1959 graduate.

He spent two stints coaching at his alma mater, from 1970-71, and later, 1974-93. His 1st team claimed a share of the SoCon championship, and his 1976 Paladin squad won the conference championship and went on to beat both Virginia Tech (5-4) and defending national runner-up South Carolina (12-1) in the NCAA Atlantic Regional.

Wall’s 1991 Furman team claimed the school’s 1st SoCon tournament championship with a walk-off, 9th-inning home run that beat top-seed Western Carolina, 11-9, in Charleston, qualifying the Paladins for the NCAA Tournament.

Click here for coach Wall’s obituary.

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Softball welcomes six new faces for the 2023-24 school year

“We have found some wonderful additions to our Furman softball family in the 2023 class,” said head coach Stacey Johnson-Whitfield. “To improve the team and keep Furman softball moving in the right direction, we needed some more depth in the middle and in the pitching staff.’

Furman Softball Signees

Name                           Pos.      Ht.       B/T      Hometown                   High School

Charlotte Brooks           UT       5-3       R/R      Cumming, Ga.              South Forsyth H.S.

Ansley Chiang              2B/OF  5-3       R/R      Cumming, Ga.              South Forsyth H.S.

Christina McCoy           SS/3B   5-8       R/R      Dunwoody, Ga.             Wesleyan H.S.

Taylor Miller                P          5-11     R/R      Centennial, Colo.          Arapahoe H.S.

Angelina Ricciardi        P          5-7       R/R      Gibsonton, Fla.             Tampa Catholic H.S.

Grayson Snead              C          5-7       R/R      Ringgold, Va.               Dan River H.S.

Forty-nine Furman athletes made the Southern Conference Fall Academic list. The entire team consisted of 411.

Fall representatives played men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average at the conclusion of the fall semester and play in at least half of their teams' competitions. during the recently concluded campaign. 

Another requirement is that athletes have to have completed at least three semesters, which leaves out freshmen and 1st-year transfers.

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With 13 honorees, the Furman football team topped the Paladin contingent, followed by 10 selections from the men’s soccer squad. The Furman women’s soccer team, along with men’s and women’s cross country, all placed seven representatives on the team. The Paladin volleyball team had five selections.

Clemson aced men’s tennis on Sunday afternoon, 7-0, at Duckworth Family Tennis Center.

Furman is 0-2; Clemson is 1-0.

The Paladins secured one victory in doubles action from the duo of Ben Cahill and Alex Han at the No. 3 position, 6-4, over the Tigers’ Matt Pitts and Trey Stinchcomb.

The Paladins remain on the road this weekend, facing Tulane and South Alabama.