Luc Stringer | Banner | Students cheer at a CBU basketball game last year, a reality that is no longer available as a result of COVID-19.

Virtual fans become reality

To limit crowds, professional sports have implemented the use of “virtual fans” in their official games. These limitations will potentially affect college sports as spectators to not be allowed to watch the team’s games. Virtual fans would help in keeping the crowd atmosphere in games, but some argue it cannot completely replace live spectators. “Fans […]

Reagan Lee | Banner | Robert Moseley, sophomore computer science major, may not swim any competitions in 2020.

Fall and winter athletics delayed

Due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Western Athletic Conference has announced that all fall season sports, and any athletic competitions for winter season sports, have been canceled, with a pending potential reschedule of athletic activities for the new year. This has had major effects on the fall season sports athletes, coaches, […]

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Coronavirus travel blocks impact many

California Baptist University’s international student-athletes are impacted by COVID-19 differently than American student-athletes because of worries about travel restrictions, classes and practices. Athletic seasons at CBU this upcoming 2020-2021 year are constantly changing because of the unpredictability of COVID-19. Some international students had to stay on campus for several months before returning home. “For now, […]

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NBA season starts without spectators

Amid the different safety measures in place across the country because of COVID-19, the National Basketball Association has decided to restart its season with new safety measures and no spectators. The season was forced to stop in early March 2020 because of safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The players, coaches and NBA administration met […]

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Tokyo Olympic athletes utilize postponement to further train

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted sporting events across the world. The uncertainty certainty surrounding conditions in different countries and concerns over the safety of athletes, coaches and fans led the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Summer 2020 Olympic Games until 2021. Now slated to begin in July 2021, the Tokyo games were rescheduled amid fears […]

Courtesy of Shutterstock | Surfer is about to ride some waves at Lacanau, France, which is a candidate for surfing events at the 2024 Olympics.

Olympics to add surf and skate

Although the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed, many fans look forward to the addition of surfboarding and skateboarding. In 2016, the International Olympic Committee released a press statement adding five sports to the Olympic program: the return of softball and baseball, surfboarding, skateboarding, karate and sports climbing. In the press release, Thomas Bach, IOC […]

Courtesy of Athletics | Kiree Lowe, junior biology major, practices her skills to be ready when athletics competition resumes.

Lancer athletes continue practicing with precautions

California Baptist University’s fall athletic seasons are postponed to best protect student athletics from the rapid spread of COVID-19. However, the athletic programs have adjusted practice routines to keep the athletes ready for when their seasons resume. Teams at CBU are trying their best to practice with the mindset that regular season will happen until […]

Courtesy of Athletics | Tyson Miller, an alumni, gets into position to pitch a ball during one of his previous games.

Tyson Miller makes MLB debut

California Baptist University’s baseball has a history of having players drafted, and out of the 35 players that have been drafted over the course of 38 years, Tyson Miller is the second Lancer to debut in Major League Baseball. Miller was drafted in 2016 by the Chicago Cubs and spent his first professional season in […]

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Senior athletes debate return for additional year

After nearly four years of dedication to their sport, college seniors in spring athletics across the United States are coming to terms with the cancellation of their final seasons because of the rapid spread of COVID-19. Fortunately for spring athletes, they will be able to decide whether or not to return to their respective colleges […]