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Tickets available for Feb. 14 dinner-dance to benefit Band Program

Tickets available for Feb. 14 dinner-dance to benefit Band Program

Posted on 19 December 2014 by

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Join us in January for alumni events in Johnson City and Jefferson County

Join us in January for alumni events in Johnson City and Jefferson County

Posted on 16 December 2014 by

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Find out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Find out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Posted on 15 December 2014 by








Frances Wade Ostergren ’34 of Sevierville, TN, was honored by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe for her service during World War II recently and celebrated her 103rd birthday on Dec. 12. Frances served as a nurse during World War II and has been a member of American Legion Post 104 for more than 60 years. Roe presented Ostergren with a certificate from Washington, D.C., a small American flag and an ornament. A native of Sevierville, Frances attended Tusculum, and became a teacher, first in Loudon County, TN, before moving to Mississippi where she continued as an educator. Frances enrolled in Duke University to pursue a master’s degree but her financial situation resulted in her leaving school to go to work in Alabama. She then moved to Chicago where she received laboratory technician training at Michael Reece Hospital. Frances was working as a laboratory technician in Jacksonville, FL, when the war began and she joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She settled in Fitchburg, Mass., after the war and worked there for several years. Moving to New York City, she worked in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and while there she met her future husband, Raynor Ostergren. After their marriage and his retirement from the military in 1956, the coupled moved California. During an extended visit to Tennessee to visit her parents, Raynor became ill and died early in 1960. Afterwards, Frances stayed in Sevierville to help care for her parents. As family circumstances permitted, Frances became active in the community. She served on the board of directors of the Sevier County Fair and facilitated the floral exhibits. Frances participated in several bridge clubs and was a charter member of the Sevierville Garden Club. Through her lifelong love of drawing and painting, Frances often traveled out into the countryside in Sevier County to sketch and paint rural scenes and older structures. Most of her artwork is now part of the collection of the King Family Library History Center, part of the Sevier County Library.


U.S. Rep. Phil Roe talks with Frances Ostergren recently as he honored her service in World War II. Photo by Jake Old, courtesy of The Mountain Press.





Leslie Sierra Shelton ’13 and Trey Whitfield ’12 were married on Nov. 15, 2014, at The Blackthorn Club at the Ridges in Jonesborough, TN. Groomsmen included Neill Blakeney ’12, Marquise Snead-Johnson ’11 and Gareth Rowlands ’11. Ushers were Andy Goellner ’13 and Dakota Norton ’14. Hannah Laposky ’12 served as a bridal book attendant and greeter. Following a honeymoon to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the couple is living in Nashville, TN. Leslie is the special education coordinator at Lead Prep Southeast, and Trey is the regional controller of First Call Ambulance Services.






Ronald W. Beers ’70 of Monroe, NC, passed away on November 24, 2014. After graduating from Tusculum, Mr. Beers took a position as a staff accountant with the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. Thirty-three years later he retired as assistant director of GAO. His work took him all over the country and gave him the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s finest scientists, physicians and educators. At Tusculum, he served as a lifeguard and a photographer for the College. Survivors include his wife and Tusculum alum, Pamela Rhea Beers ’74.




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Alumni, Pioneer Club events scheduled for early 2015

Alumni, Pioneer Club events scheduled for early 2015

Posted on 15 December 2014 by

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More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

More than 225 receive degrees during Winter Commencement

Posted on 15 December 2014 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 227 individuals in a ceremony held on Saturday, Dec. 13.

On Saturday 81 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 80 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 36 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees and 20 received Master of Business Administration degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “you have made a commitment and stuck with it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your life for the better.” Adding, “I am confident that you learned to think critically, not to accept at face value everything you read, hear, or see. You demonstrated your ability to debate ideas and to see both sides of an argument before making judgment. These are a few of the qualities of an educated person.”

She told the group, “May you be fortunate enough to earn in the years ahead, and may you be wise enough to return some of your blessings to those who aspire to follow in your footsteps.”

Two student speakers addressed the graduates, including Jacquelyn Waddell of Greeneville, who received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Waddell spoke of the challenges of adult learners whose lives are already full of family and work responsibilities. She encouraged her fellow graduates to use whatever they have learned, but also take time to enjoy their accomplishment. “This is your moment.”

Also speaking was Martin Jorgensen, a residential sports science major from Beder, Denmark.

Graduation speakers representing the Class of 2014 were Jacquelyn Waddell, left, and Martin Dan Jorgensen.

“Every day is a new beginning,” he told fellow graduates. “I think of the friends I’ve made and the education I’ve earned. All of it can be used as a springboard into the real world.”

He encouraged his fellow graduates to be “like the weather” and not stagnate. “Although you don’t want to change constantly like the weather in East Tennessee, you do want to keep moving if the weather stagnates, you have a drought.”

Mark Stokes, college chaplain, presented a sermon titled “Great Expectations.” He told the audience, “Like beauty and brilliance, we are not responsible for having them, but we are very responsible for what we do with them. Our lives are gifts of God’s grace.”

He added, “Successful life management is a matter of exchanging a life you cannot keep for a life you cannot lose. It is trading the temporary goods of this world for unending, secure treasure. No matter how much or how little you may have in ability, opportunity or wealth, you can manage your life in such a way as to become very rich.”

Among those earning diplomas, by type of degree, were:

Lisa Yvonne Crowder
Alexandra Nichole Dalton
Vikki Hunt Dillard
Lyndsey Renee Elrod
Valerie Savannah Harrell
Kelli Patricia Heard
Toni Michelle Hobby, Honors
Amy Lynn Inman
Kristin Marie Mays, High Honors
Vicky LeAnne McCarter
Rebecca Rankin McKee, Honors
Courtney Bare Miller, Honors
Angela Kay Ott
Lori Paxton Ricker
Mark Anthony Seal
Benjamin Coy Willings

Amy Shyanne Bales
Carrie Michelle Bledsoe, Honors
Christa LeighAnn King, Honors
Charles Arthur Painter, High Honors

Robert William Minton

Emily Campbell
Patricia Ann Carroll
Tonya Mechelle Greenlee
Michelle Hawkins, Honors
Jane Pate Hutton, High Honors
Markus Eugene Jackson, Honors
Lisa Regina Kirk, Honors
Wendy Danielle Robertson
John Harold Rode
Tiffany Dee Rose, High Honors
Stacey Marie Sayne, Honors
Andrew David Traugot, High Honors
Anton V. Tuz, Honors
Vincent Whitright, Honors

Patrice Yolanda Blue
Justin Conley Harvey
Britney Marie Hopkins, High Honors
Lindsay Hope Welch, Honors

Matthew P. Albert
Jeffrey Michael Bowles
Paul Henry Britt Jr.
Lonnie Marc Burns
Dale L. Butler
Kevin Bradley Carter
Angela Marie Daugherty
Christopher Carl Gibbs
Crystal Ann Hill-Fields
Ryan S. Holliday
Sandra Lynn Lawson
Jessica Leach
Jose B. Lopez
Julie Ann Lopez
Michael James McClendon
Michael Ryan Newport
Jennifer Zubko Reynolds
Charles Michael Snow Jr.
Jeffrey Scott Yeomans

Alexis Blake Anderson
Nequoiah C. Anderson
Michael Clark Ayers
Thomas James Bitner, Cum Laude
Joseph Wade Borden†
Katharine Marie Chadwick
Aisha Noelle Collins
Darien Crank
Jarrod Daniel Cupp
Mia Karina Damico
Cassidy Rose Ebers
Zackery Tres Elliott
Lindsay Nicole Firster
Samuel Taylor Foster
Mason Andrew Fox
Melinda Jayne Franklin
Keagan Thomas Graham
Amanda Marie Grempel
Paris Tanashia Hardnett
Kristin Marie Hensley
Joshua Ronald Jaro
William Anthony Jennings
Martin Dan Jorgensen, Summa Cum Laude*
Stacie Marie Justis, Cum Laude
Katheryn Michelle Kolodi
Cyrus Jackson Lampley
Anthony Bernard Latimore Jr.
Melissa Raye Mauceri
Jennifer Dawn Mayo
Tyler James Miller
Corrinne E. Moore
Amy Leigh Morford, Cum Laude
Jonathan Ryan Norton
Georgia Paturalski
Leah Katelyn Powell
Jordan Tyler Rhinehart
Jeffrey Daniel Roberts, Magna Cum Laude
Jamie L. Rossman, Magna Cum Laude*
Jack Emile Scariano III
Tynan L. Shadle
Scott Charles Simmons Jr.
Madison Lashea Stephenson
Chelsea Elyse White

Lindsey Nicole Daniels, Magna Cum Laude
Rachael Jeanette Frantz
Kristi Leigh Seymour
Lauren Victoria Wallace, Cum Laude

Melissa Ann Alsip, Cum Laude
Abby Christina Anders
Kathryn Elizabeth Branam
Stephanie Michelle Brennan, Cum Laude
Yancey Britte Lynch
Steven Donald Mull
Ryan Clifford Ogle, Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Neal Palmer
Courtney Campbell Parton
Courtney LeAnn Payne
Natalie Ruth Saunders
Jeffery Dewayne Smith II
Emily Rebekah Teague
Madison Nicole Weems
Margaret Lynn Woods

Caroline Elizabeth Barton
Amanda Day Brooks, Cum Laude
Linda Gail Burton, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Christopher Casey
Sarah Marie Cedillo, Cum Laude
Leslie Alicia Clemmons
Jennifer Ann Conner
Christina Renee Davis
Jamie Elizabeth DePriest
Melissa Gail Dunlap
Karen Jane Hatfield
Kimberly Joann Hayes
Brian Martin Hensley
Tammy Bray Johnson, Cum Laude
Jessica Briann Jones
Melissa S. Kelley, Cum Laude
Melanie Renee Kimbrough, Cum Laude
Pamela Christine Lamb
Leah Faye Lawrence
Jessica Machluf
Trena R. Russell
Tiquasia Deloris Simmons
Kyra Joelle Smallwood
Tracy Nicole Wells Vandiver
Jacquelyn Clintina Agee Waddell, Summa Cum Laude
Kavaldeep White

Mary Lyda Anderton
Logan Samuel Callahan
Sabrina Darlene Clark
Casey L. Cline, Magna Cum Laude
Tiffany Dawn Coffey
Hannah Sidney-Nicole Collins
Sara Len Douglas
Jordan Tyler Elkins
Robert Patrick Espinoza, Cum Laude
Hayley Elizabeth Fields
Gary Allen Fryman, Cum Laude
Angela Montgomery Gibby
Rachel Ilene Hazen Hale
Christopher Joel Hartwell
Angela Sue Hill
Amy Darlene Hinkle, Cum Laude
Eric Lynn Hinkle, Cum Laude
Tim Holseberg
Jason Hykle
Eric Barton Johnson, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Jerry Johnson
Kay Jones
Renee Eileen Khan, Magna Cum Laude
Nathaniel Devin Lawrence
Dale Allen Linkous
William Keith McCord III
Dana Ruth Mihovch
Adam Ray Nelson
Ashley Ann Paulson
Patricia Ann Polfus, Magna Cum Laude
Tommy Lee Price II, Cum Laude
Nancy Denise Proske, Cum Laude
Justin Mark Reaves, Cum Laude
Joshua Michael Reeves
Mark Timothy Roberts, Cum Laude
Heather Juette Rollins, Cum Laude
Regina Sue Rose
Monica L. Smith
Dawn Marie Spangler
Nancy LeAnn Sutton
Jake Evan Turnmire
Michael Ryan Winstead

Brianna Hope Allen
Joseph Rhyne Brent
Stephen Wayne Buchanan, Magna Cum Laude
Lauren Elizabeth Bullerdick
David Anson Cagle
Jennifer Joy Cagle
Ashley Christine Carver
Susan Kaye Cutshall
Kristen Marie Johnson Dalton, Cum Laude
Brian Joseph Decker
Christopher Walter George
Eric Lee Henderson, Cum Laude
Zachary Hunter Holcombe
Renee Johnson
Kerri Ann Keaton
William Thomas Kidwell, Cum Laude
Bobby James Lambert
Tabitha Nicole Linkous
Tokena Decia Love
Jennifer Anne Mann, Magna Cum Laude
Shannon Ellison Marion
Michael Eugene Meade
Jared Houston Moore

Jessica Lynne Moore
John Timothy Nelson, Cum Laude
Marita Nicole Robinson
Maria Antonia Salami Tobuasiche
Clinton David Serman
Justin Grant Sewell, Cum Laude
Deanna Dolores Sheffey, Cum Laude
Megan Nicole Slack
Deborah Smith
Jordon Tyler Smith
Megan Elizabeth Smith
Sierra Grace Stair
Malinda Beth Thrasher, Cum Laude
Russell James Vandermeeden


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Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Winter Commencement Ceremony coming Saturday, Dec. 13

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

An educational journey will reach its successful end for more than 200 Tusculum College students on Saturday, Dec. 13, as they earn degrees during the Winter Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena, located inside the Niswonger Commons building on campus. Students will be earning degrees from the Residential College program, from master’s degree programs in education, in the Master of Business Administration program and from the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) bachelor’s degree programs in education, organizational management, business administration and psychology.

Tusculum College applauds the graduates for their hard-earned achievements and is preparing for Dec. 13 as a day of celebration for the newest alumni and their families. The College is busy making preparations to make the day a memorable one and you can help.

Family members are asked to carpool if possible rather than bring multiple cars to the ceremony to help lessen congestion on campus. As you arrive on campus, security personnel will direct you to a parking area.

If you or any of your family members or guests requires special handicapped seating accommodations, please contact Bobbie Greenway at 423-636-7300 ext. 5154 so these needs can be addressed. There will be handicapped parking available in the large parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. If you need a handicapped parking space, please let the security personnel directing traffic and parking know as you enter campus and they will direct you to the lot. Please note that the College will not be able to provide wheelchairs. Those with special seating accommodations are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

You can also assist by encouraging your graduate to be at the Pioneer Arena in time for graduation practice, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. Graduates who arrive prior to the practice times are asked to report to the cafeteria.

Graduates are not allowed to have personnel items such as purses and cameras with them during the ceremony. You can assist them by obtaining these items from them before graduation practice and holding them.  Prior to the practice is a good time for this and other communication between you and your graduate because after graduation practice, the graduates go to the cafeteria where they placed in order for the procession and for the ceremony. It is easier for the College staff getting the graduates in line if they stay inside the cafeteria during this period.

The Pioneer Arena will open for guest seating after completion of the rehearsal. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduation and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. However, to help provide seating for all, guests are asked to not hold seats for others in the last 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Programs will be placed on the seat of each graduate and they will be distributed to guests at the Pioneer Arena primary entrances. For graduates unable to attend the ceremony, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates’ home addresses after Commencement Day provided all academic and financial obligations are satisfied.

To help preserve the prestigious decorum of the commencement ceremony, guests are asked to observe the following:

  • As a courtesy to other attendees, please consider making alternative arrangements for very young children.  Due to fire marshal regulations, no baby carriers or strollers will be allowed in the auditorium.
  • Cell phones are to be turned off or switched to the silent operating mode during the ceremony.  Do not speak on a cell phone or carry on a conversation during the ceremony as this prevents others from hearing and enjoying the ceremony.
  • Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event.  Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony.  Use of air horns, yelling or stomping are disruptive.
  • Please refrain from taking pictures until after your graduate receives his or her diploma.  This will allow the ceremony to flow smoothly and reduce the distractions and disturbances to other audience members as they try to see and hear ongoing presentations. Professional Lifetouch photographers will be taking diploma presentation and candid images during the ceremony. These photos will be available for viewing and purchase at Please call the local Lifetouch office at 423-764-3778 for more information about these photos.
  • As a courtesy to and out of respect for your fellow graduates, you and your family are requested to remain in the auditorium until the conclusion of the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty traditionally forms a gauntlet and applauds the graduates as they recess from the auditorium.  We ask that your family and friends be respectful of this tradition and remain in the auditorium until the graduates have exited the auditorium.

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Mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 semester dates

Mark your calendars for these important spring 2015 semester dates

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

While the thoughts of most on campus are about finishing the fall semester and enjoying the upcoming Christmas holidays, the spring 2015 semester is also just around the corner.

Please make note of these important dates for the spring semester.

- Saturday, Jan. 10 – Residence halls reopen

- Monday, Jan. 12 – Block Five classes begin

- Monday, Jan. 19 – College closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

-Thursday, Feb. 5 – Block Five ends

- Monday, Feb. 9 – Block Six begins

- Wednesday, March 4 – Block Six ends

- Thursday, March 5 through Friday, March 13 – Spring Break

- Monday, March 16 – Block Seven begins

- Friday, April 3 – College closed for Good Friday

- Thursday, April 9 – Block Seven ends

- Monday, April 13 – Block Eight begins

- Wednesday, May 6 – Block Eight ends

- Saturday, May 9 – Spring Commencement Ceremony

Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and members of the community are also invited to a variety of events on campus that provide entertainment and education. Many of these events are also part of the events students can attend to earn the required arts and lecture credits. They include:

- Central Ballet Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale” – Jan. 16-18;

- “Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small – Feb. 1;

- Theologian-in-Residence lecture series – Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

- “Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance” – Feb. 21

- Tusculum College Band Program’s Winter Concert – Feb. 24;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “How to Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown-up)” – Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 5-8;

- “Back on Broadway” – March 22

- Old Oak Festival – April 17-19

- “5×10,” a production of five 10-minute student written plays – April 17-19, 24-26

- Tusculum College Band Program’s Spring Concert – April 30

- Tusculum College Community Chorus’ Spring Concert – May 4.




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Cooper repeats as Conference Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year

Cooper repeats as Conference Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

David Cooper

Tusculum College’s David Cooper has been named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award is a distinction that recognizes excellence in athletics, academics, service and leadership. It is presented to one student-athlete in each of the conference’s 18 championship sports and is selected by the league’s faculty athletics representatives.

Cooper, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., earns this honor for a second straight season and becomes only the second two-time honoree of this award in program history joining former Pioneer great Simon Holzapfel (2009, 2010). He also becomes only the seventh two-time recipient of the award in conference history.

Cooper carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in biology at Tusculum. He is a two-time Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field Team selection, earning second team honors as a sophomore and was a first team honoree last year.

The Chuckey-Doak High School graduate is a member of the Tusculum Dean’s List, Tusculum President’s List and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He is also a member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He is the recipient of the Greene County Endowed Scholarship, the Llewelyn M. Fox ’16 Memorial Annual Scholarship and the Ray L. Bowman ’42 Endowed Scholarship.

On the course, Cooper is a three-time All-SAC selection earning first team honors in 2012 and finished eighth at the conference championship in each of the last two years to garner second team recognition. In 2011, he named to the SAC All-Freshman Team and is a four-year team captain.

He has completed one of the finest running careers in Tusculum history. He owns 10 of the top-25 running times (8,000 meters) in program history, including two in the top-10. His career-best 8K time of 26:02 at this year’s Greater Louisville Classic is the fourth-lowest ever by a Pioneer. He recorded three individual wins in his career and led the Pioneers to a pair of team titles as well.

Cooper has been involved in numerous campus and community leadership roles, serving with the Nettie Day of Service, the Greene County YMCA, the TC Athletic Judicial Board and the Greene County Humane Society. He is also the current president of the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is a past participant of the SAC Student-Athlete Leadership Conference.

This marks the 50th time that a Tusculum student-athlete has earned SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, the most by any league member since 1999.

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Lyons nominated for national honors

Lyons nominated for national honors

Posted on 08 December 2014 by

Caushaud Lyons

Caushaud Lyons, a defensive end for the Tusculum College football team, has been named a finalist for two national awards and earned other regional honors.

Lyons, a senior from Ellenwood, Ga., has been named a national finalist for the 2014 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award and a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award.

The Gene Upshaw Award is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club and the award  recipient has the opportunity to play in two all-star games. The award is named for the late Mr. Upshaw, who was not only an All-Pro lineman for the Oakland Raiders, but later served as the executive director of the NFL Players Association for 25 years. Upshaw, a former standout offensive lineman at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M Kingsville), was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 in his first year of eligibility.

The Cliff Harris Award recognizes the top small college defensive player of the year for NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA.

In addition, Lyons has been named to the 2014 Daktronics NCAA Division II Football All-Super Region Two second team and was named to the All South Atlantic Conference First Team for football.

Lyons, recorded one of the finest seasons ever by a Tusculum defensive lineman.  He led the Pioneers with 89 tackles this year, which are a new school single-season record for a defensive lineman.  Of those stops, 19 were for loss, which are the second most in College history and most by a Pioneer lineman. He averaged 8.1 tackles per game, which are most in the South Atlantic Conference and Super Region 2 for defensive lineman and fourth most in the nation (NCAA II).

In 2014, he recorded 10 or more tackles on four occasions, including a career-high 15 stops against Carson-Newman.  A week later, he posted seven tackles, including four for loss and two sacks in Tusculum’s 14-10 road win at Wingate.  Against the Bulldogs, he made five quarterback hurries and broke up a pass.  He was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week and the Tennessee Sportswriters Association College Player of the Week.

Lyons wraps up his collegiate career with 181 tackles, which are a new Tusculum record for a defensive lineman.  His 28 career tackles for loss are 10th in school history and second most by a Pioneer lineman.  His 13 career sacks are tied for seventh in program history (3rd for defensive lineman).  He also was credited for two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defended, including an interception.

Tusculum finished the season with a 6-5 overall record, including a 4-3 league mark to finish in sole possession of third place in the conference.  After starting the year 1-4, the Pioneers rebounded by winning five of their final six contests, including a four-game winning streak to conclude the 2014 campaign.

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