The Northern League announced
that Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks infielder Darryl Lawhorn, a former standout
at East Carolina, has been named the league's player of the week.
A draft pick of the Arizona
Diamondbacks in 2004, Lawhorn batted .429 (12-for-28) with five home
runs and 13 RBI's in seven games for the RedHawks. Having made the move
from third base back to his natural position of second base, Lawhorn
responded with three, three-hit games.
Lawhorn's home run total for the
week nearly approached his season-long total of seven attained last year
for the Kansas City T-Bones.
The 6-2, 195-pound left-handed
hitter, has had a career plagued by injuries. At ECU, he broke his foot
during the NCAA regionals just prior to the major league amateur draft.
After recovering from surgery he signed with the D'Backs, but re-broke
his foot prior to making his professional debut. Following his release
from Arizona, he signed briefly with the Cincinnati Reds in January 2006
and entered spring training competing for a second base spot with his
twin brother, Trevor.
The Wilmington resident is in
his second season in the Northern League. During the off-season he was
traded twice in one week, eventually being acquired by Fargo-Moorhead
from the Schaumburg Flyers in exchange for pitcher Brain Hewitt.
strength assistant gets national honor
East Carolina assistant strength
and conditioning coach Michelle Clayton-Boswell was recently selected as
one of two recipients of the 2007 John Stuckey Award. The honor is
awarded each year for outstanding performance on the practical portion
of the strength and conditioning coach (SCCC) certification examination.
Boswell was presented with the
award at the seventh annual CSCCa national conference in Salt Lake City.
The other recipient was Andrea Thornton of Washington State.
Boswell is mentored at ECU by
head strength and conditioning coach Mike Golden.
Highly-sought nose tackle verbals to Irish
Nose tackle Omar Hunter of
Buford, GA, has become the 14th player to verbally commit to Notre
Dame's recruiting class of 2008, according to a South Bend Tribune
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Hunter
chose the Irish over Michigan, Southern Cal, Florida, Tennessee and
Hunter registered 85 tackles and
13 tackles-for-loss last season at Buford, the same school that produced
former Irish running back Darius Walker.
June 6, 2007
Aggies in NCAA super regionals
The Rice Owls, one of only three
national seeds to survive the regional round of the NCAA baseball
tournament, will host Texas A&M in the super regional round.
One of eight berths in the 2007
College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE, will be on the
line in the best of three series between the in-state rivals.
The Owls and Aggies matchup is
one of four super regional pairings that will get underway on Friday.
Four additional super regionals will begin on Saturday.
Virginia in deciding regional game
The Oregon State Beavers won the
Charlottesville baseball regional with a 7-3 victory over Virginia in
the championship game Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. The reigning
national champions will host Michigan in a super regional series next
Jason Ogata went 3-for-5 with 4
RBIs to lead Oregon State, while Chris Hopkins and Braden Wells each had
two hits for the Beavers. Tim Henry had 2 RBIs to lead Virginia.
Nittany Lions set pair of football dates
Virginia and Penn State will
renew their football rivalry for a two-game series in 2012 and 2013 the
schools have jointly announced. The Cavaliers and Nittany Lions have met
seven times with the most recent contest taking place in 2002. The
series will mark the fourth time the teams have met in back-to-back
seasons during their respective football histories.
June 5, 2007
Pirates-Hokies: High noon kickoff in Blacksburg
The kickoff time for East
Carolina's 2007 season-opening football game with Virginia Tech,
scheduled for Sept. 1 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, has been set for 12
noon (EDT) to accommodate a live ESPN2 national television broadcast,
according to an announcement from the network on Monday morning.
The ESPN2 telecast will be the
third for East Carolina in its last 11 games, dating back to No. 4 West
Virginia's visit to Greenville on Sept. 23 of 2006 and the Pirates' bowl
clash against South Florida last December.
Other ESPN selections announced
Monday involving Conference USA teams include Marshall at Florida (ESPNU,
Sept. 1, 12 noon), Central Florida at N.C. State (ESPN360, Sept. 1, 6
p.m.) and UAB at Florida State (ESPNU, Sept. 8, 5 p.m.).
Three Pirates on all-regional baseball team
Three East Carolina baseball
players were named to the all-regional team for their play in the NCAA
regional at Boshamer Stadium at UNC-Chapel Hill. The three Pirates
selected were first baseman Stephen Batts, catcher Corey Kemp and
outfielder Jamie Ray.
Tar Heels rally to earn super regional berth
Josh Horton's two-run single
with two outs in the ninth gave North Carolina its second straight
come-from-behind victory, a 6-5 win over Western Carolina on Monday in
Chapel Hill that sent the Tar Heels on to the next round of the NCAA
The Tar Heels (51-12) trailed
5-4 in the top of the final frame when Western Carolina pulled closer
Greg Holland after he put two men on with a pair of walks. Horton
greeted replacement Chris Masters with a single to the gap in
right-center that scored Matt Cavasinni and Dustin Ackley.
North Carolina closer Andrew
Carignan worked the bottom of the ninth to earn his 14th save for North
Carolina, which advances to next weekend's best-of-three super regional
series against the Columbia, SC, regional champion, most likely in
June 4, 2007
loses lead, ousted from regional
Sam Houston State's Bobby
Verbick delivered a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the
11th as the Bearkats overcame an early deficit to defeat Southern Miss,
12-11, in Oxford, MS, Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles
were eliminated from the NCAA baseball regional hosted by Ole Miss.
Southern Miss (39-23) led 7-1
after six and a half innings.
Campbell names Link defensive coordinator
Campbell football coach Dale
Steele has announced the hiring of Art Link, a former assistant coach
and player at Florida, as defensive coordinator for the Fighting Camels.
In addition to his defensive coordinator duties, Link will coach the
Camels' defensive backs.
Link joins the Camels after
spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Catholic University
of America, an NCAA Division III school in Washington, DC.
The Camels are resuming their
football program in 2008.
Stanford, USC's Lovemark win NCAA golf titles
Stanford's golf team captured to
the NCAA championship at the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course in
Williamsburg, VA. The Cardinal finished at 11-under-par 1109, 12 shots
ahead of Georgia.
Jamie Lovemark of Southern
California fired a final-round, six-under par 64 to win the individual
title at nine-under, 271.
June 3, 2007
Wolfpack postponed in
All of Saturday’s baseball games
in the NCAA Columbia (SC) regional were postponed to Sunday because of
While it was only drizzling
early in the afternoon, the area was expected to get heavy rains from
the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry, prompting NCAA officials to make
the decision to wait another day to get started.
Second-seeded N.C. State will
play Wofford at 11 a.m. today at Sarge Frye Stadium on the South
Carolina campus, followed by a 3 p.m. contest between top-seeded South
Carolina and third-seeded Charlotte. The winner of the first game will
play the loser of the second game at 7 p.m.
The final games of the regional
will be played Monday at a time that will be determined after Sunday’s
delivers for alma mater, Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech Bulldog
basketball coach Kerry Rupp has finalized his staff with the addition of
Karl Malone as director of basketball promotions and Cody Fueger as
director of basketball operations.
Malone, who donated $350,000 to
Tech's athletic department in conjunction with his hiring, and Fueger
join associate head coach Nikita Johnson and assistants Rennie Bailey
and Curtis Condie on the Bulldogs staff.
SEC won't push
for Division I-A football playoff
Florida president Bernie Machen
has abandoned his call for a Division I-A football national championship
playoff, according to a report by David Climer of the Nashville
Machen said he was "done" after
the 12 presidents of Southeastern Conference schools discussed the
current Bowl Championship Series and Machen's playoff proposal for one
hour on the final day of the SEC spring meeting in Destin, FL.
Machen, whose Gators won the
national championship by beating Ohio State in the BCS title game in
January, had spent the last five months crusading for change in the BCS
He left Friday's meeting
convinced that the SEC will pursue tweaks in the system when the current
BCS contract expires in 2010.
June 2, 2007
East Carolina football staff
Vernon Hargreaves has been named
defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator at East Carolina, ECU
head coach Skip Holtz announced Friday.
Hargreaves’ appointment with the
Pirates will mark a reunion with Holtz as the pair worked together for
four seasons at Connecticut (1994-97) when Holtz was was the Huskies
head coach. Hargreaves left UConn in 1997 to accept a position on the
Miami (FL) staff.
Hargreaves’ assignment to handle
ECU’s ends, coupled with Donnie Thompson’s recent departure, has enabled
Holtz to realign other staff positions on the defensive side of the
Former outside linebackers coach
Rock Roggeman will take over responsibility for the defensive tackles
while defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, who handled middle linebacking
play in 2006, will now guide all three linebacker slots.
Holtz also announced the
promotion of secondary coach Rick Smith to the assistant head coaching
In addition to his defensive
duties, Hargreaves will also assume the special teams coordinator’s role
formerly held by Don Yanowsky.
Paper: Grant in
the mix for Gators hoops job
Miami native Anthony Grant, a
former Florida assistant under Billy Donovan whose Virginia Commonwealth
team upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament in March, is a likely contender
for the Gators job, according to the Miami Herald. Larry Shyatt,
Donovan's lead assistant last season, is a former head coach at Clemson.
Korbe shares Byron Nelson honor
The Golf Coaches Association of
America has announced that Tulsa golfer Sam Korbe and Roberto Castro of
Georgia Tech are recipients of the 2007 Byron Nelson Award.
Candidates for the award are
graduating seniors who exemplify outstanding performance throughout
their career in academics and golf.
Korbe recently received his
undergraduate degree and is planning on furthering his education by
attending medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his
career at Tulsa with a 3.74 grade point average in biochemistry.
On the golf course, Korbe has
maintained a 72.6 stroke average and has placed among the top-20 in
eight tournaments this season, including five top-5 performances.
He was a second-team
all-Conference USA selection and was one of three Tulsa golfers selected
to the five-member C-USA All-Academic team.