Bethany Bruner

The sports spotlight at Miami University focuses squarely on ice hockey, but the light needs to spread out a bit this fall because Miami’s fall sports teams are having successful seasons also.

Miami’s women’s soccer team won the regular season Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division title. They also advanced to the semifinals of the MAC tournament, where they had the number two seed.

Miami’s women’s field hockey team won its first-ever MAC title. With the title, the team earned a first round bye in the MAC tournament. The team advanced to the MAC finals and lost a close 3-2 match.

The most prolific of fall sports also has achieved a renewed success. Miami’s football program is one win from becoming bowl eligible. The RedHawks can become eligible for a bowl game with a win at Bowling Green State University Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams have had success this season as well.

All of these positives deserve recognition from the student body. These athletes are working hard to bring titles back to Miami, and this fall they are succeeding in record fashion.

As has become the usual, Miami’s hockey team has started off the winter sports season in a winning way.

The men’s and women’s swimming team also started off their season with success. Both teams have already recorded wins in meets this season.

Miami’s winter sports season will kick into full swing this week, with the men’s and women’s basketball teams tipping off at Millett Hall Friday and Sunday respectively.

Let’s hope the success of our fall sports transcends the cold temperatures and continues until spring.

In the meantime, we can show our support for these successful athletes by attending their home contests.

The men’s basketball team tips off Friday night before the hockey game. One of Miami’s student groups should take the initiative to offer a way for students to get their seats for the hockey game and still support the basketball program if they have not already.

Student support at games is a huge boost for performance at home. Students should take advantage of getting into athletic contests for free and support their peers.

With winter fast approaching, cheap ways to have fun while staying warm are always of interest. Why not spend a weekend in Millett rooting on the basketball team? It won’t cost you a dime to get in and concessions can be bought with your meal plan. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that.

Congratulations again to the field hockey, soccer and football teams on their success this fall, and here’s to hoping the winter sports don’t disappoint.