Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Abilene, TX - The Abilene Christian Wildcats compete in the Division I Southland Conference, but are still in the four-year transitional period from Division II the prohibits the team from competing in postseason play.
Given that preclusion, head coach Britt Bonneau has lined up a heavyweight schedule that will quickly acclimate the team to the Division I level. They've acquitted themselves very well in the step up in competition and are poised to make a run at the top of the Southland Conference sooner rather than later. They are presently 4-1 to open the season.
I covered the Wildcats for the American Sports Network earlier this month. - TF
(photo / Abilene Christian Athletics)
Monday, February 15, 2016
(Photo / University of New Orleans)
"We saw a lot of improvements with the position guys getting stronger from the offseason speed/strength program as well as pitcher velocity increases from the offseason throwing program," said Stewart, when asked about the upcoming campaign. "I'm really fired up for the season to start. We have a bunch of blue collar, tough-minded, high-energy guys," he added.
Stewart has previous Southland experience as an assistant coach in 2013 at Nicholls State University. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
The Privateers start the season by playing host to Alcorn State as part of the MLB Urban Youth Invitational.
Monday, February 8, 2016
|Montreat on the road at UTC-Chattanooga (Image / Tom Flynn)|
They compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (ACC) of the NAIA and I'll include links to articles about them periodically here as I assist with the team. The Cavs are in just their second year and NAIA lacrosse is not yet well-known.
Montreat plays in Black Mountain, on its Vance Avenue campus that sits to the north of I-40. The field is located on grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park, the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the Biltmore Estate grounds, and numerous parks throughout the country. The playing field was recently resurfaced with turf in a major upgrade to the college's soccer and lacrosse facilities
They're a great collection of young men and gradually making their way from a group of students (in many cases relatively new to the game) into a team that will challenge for the AAC title. - TF
Friday, February 5, 2016
|Virginia Military's 2015 USIBA Champions (photo / VMI Boxing)|
What ensued was an upset that will long echo along the grounds of the historic campus tucked in the state's Shenandoah Valley.
|VMI's Keydets on parade (Photo / VMI)|
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Annapolis - Several weeks ago I interviewed Navy's outstanding student-athlete, Ally Strachan, for the American Sports Network. Strachan is a senior captain on the women's ice hockey team and is headed to Ireland for the upcoming academic year after winning a Mitchell Scholarship. She'll then return to the States to train as a Navy pilot. - TF
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