"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

'Covers the campus like the magnolias'
"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

Caitlin Clark (holding the basketball) broke the NCAA women’s basketball record for career points, on Feb 15. (Courtesy of CNN Business)

Caitlin Clark: Revolutionary in the world of sports

Carolyn Malman, Staff Writer February 20, 2024

If you told younger me about Caitlin Clark’s impact on women's sports, let alone the world of sports, I would tell you that you were crazy. It’s men’s games that are shown at prime time on TV, celebrities...

John Melton, better known as Captain Deacon, has been a die-hard Wake Forest fan since 1973, when he was six years old.

The Man Behind the (Rubber) Mask

Cooper Sullivan, Sports Editor December 11, 2023

If you have been to a Wake Forest sporting event over the past few years, you have probably seen John Melton there, as well. You may not recognize the name, but it’s hard not to miss the lifelong Wake...

From left to right: Tyler Thompson, Nico Machado, Manny Guevara, Tyler Fausnaught, Ethan Humphrey, pose on Spry Practice Field after working and wrapping an evening practice. With three seasons of experience, Guevara leads the group as head manager.

Behind the posts: Men’s soccer’s unsung heroes

Maddie Stopyra, News Editor September 8, 2023

For junior Tyler Fausnaught, many of the student managers’ not-so-glamorous responsibilities, such as treating grass stains on players’ jerseys, are what make them vital to collegiate athletic teams. “It’s...

Emily Reeves cheers on the Demon Deacons at Truist Field.

Deacon ‘Sportlight:’ Emily Reeves

Virginia Noone, Photography Editor March 31, 2023

Emily Reeves has spent the last four years dancing under the lights for Wake Forest’s athletic teams. As one of the four seniors on the Wake Forest Dance Team, she has danced through the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Sydney Smith poses on Truist Field in her cheerleading uniform.

Deacon Sportlight: Sydney Smith

Lucy Roberts, Staff Writer February 16, 2023

Five feet off the ground, Sydney Smith is a blur of gold and black as she drops into the waiting arms of her teammates. The crowd is cheering wildly, but when she looks up, no one is watching her. This...

Jewel Spear dribbles a basketball at the Dave Budd Gymnasium.

Deacon ‘Sportlight:’ Jewel Spear

Evan Harris, Photography Editor February 2, 2023

Junior Jewel Spear of the Wake Forest Women’s basketball team is a member of the 2022 All-ACC First Team, the ACC’s 2021-22 leading scorer and a gold medalist in the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World...

Alex Wood, a freshman sensation on the womens soccer team, poses in front of Wait Chapel.

Deacon Sportlight: Alex Wood

Prarthna Batra, Staff Writer December 1, 2022

Freshman powerhouse and forward Alex Wood ended Wake Forest’s soccer season tied for the team lead with five goals. Home for Wood is Huntington Beach, California. I had the pleasure of sitting down with...

Men’s soccer midfielder Leo Guarino strikes a pose in front of Farrell Hall. His presence isn’t only felt on the field—Guarino was named to the 2021-2022 Academic Honor Roll.

Deacon Sportlight: Leo Guarino

Evan Harris, Photography Editor November 17, 2022

Sophomore sensation Leo Guarino closed out Wake Forest’s final regular season game, a 3-0 home win against No. 9 Louisville, in acrobatic fashion. Hailing from Long Island, NY, Leo wears No. 11 for the...

This past fall, Georgia Ruffolo competed in the Bryan National Collegiate and was the sec- ond-highest finisher on the B Team. She recorded an eight-over score of 224 to finish T26.

Deacon “Sportlight”: Georgia Ruffalo

Christina Denovio, Sports Editor April 21, 2022

After a grueling four days, the women’s golf team has been crowned ACC Tournament champions. The team has a short time to celebrate, however, as the team approaches its next objective, the NCAA Tournament,...

Wake Forest track & field and cross country athlete Kenton Bachmann was named
to the Indoor 2021 All-ACC First Team and the Indoor 2021 ACC Academic Team.

Deacon “Sportlight”: Kenton Bachmann

Christina Denovio, Sports Editor April 13, 2022

 Redshirt junior Kenton Bachmann is preparing for his academic graduation in May by putting everything into his sport and his school work for this last month. The Knoxville, TN native is a crucial part...

Midfielder Jacob Schulte in action in the game against Coastal Carolina on April 3. Wake
Forest currently holds a 6-1 record, and Schulte has scored 6 goals total this season.

Deacon Sportlight: Jacob Schulte

Christina Denovio, Sports Editor April 6, 2022

Junior Jacob Schulte is the current co-vice president and co-president-elect of the men’s lacrosse team. Established in 2003, men’s lacrosse at Wake Forest is a part of the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference,...

Baadi and the rest of the tennis team are
set to play Virginia Tech away on Friday.

Deacon “Sportlight”: Taha Baadi

Christina Denovio, Sports Editor March 24, 2022

 As the season progresses, Taha Baadi, a junior on the men’s tennis team, is zoned in on one final goal: redemption. The Montreal, Canada native came a long way from home in the spring of 2020 only...

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