...or is it just me?
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Have you seen the rapid-fire awarding of Big South Championships over the past week?
It all started with Charleston Southern winning the 2008 Women's Golf Championship last week (CSU's first Conference crown this year)...
...then came four champions in one day--each won on the same campus! Winthrop hosted the championship tournament for tennis and the championship meet for outdoor track (both for men and women), so it was a busy weekend in Rock Hill:
Women's Outdoor Track & Field--Coastal Carolina
Men's Outdoor Track & Field--Liberty
Coming into today, that gave the Big South five different champions in a row--a streak broken with the 2008 Men's Golf Championship and first-place finisher Coastal Carolina.
Let's review...that's 16 of the 18 Big South Conference Championships awarded (with softball and baseball to complete the cycle in May). Of those 16, Liberty has won EIGHT, followed by three for Coastal, two for Winthrop, and one each for High Point, Radford, and Charleston Southern. Only VMI and UNC Asheville have yet to capture a title for themselves this academic/athletic calendar.
(Note from Mark B.: the original post lacked the team photos due to some Blogger upload error messages, but we were able to get them up the next day--thanks for your patience!)
Keep on reading SHOUT for more fun stories and don't forget to check out BigSouthSports.com for all your breaking Conference News!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Pardon the title cliche, but I'm at the Big South Conference Men's & Women's Tennis Championships and I couldn't help it.
I've been in the press box tower at the center of the Winthrop University Memorial Courts all day yesterday and today, overseeing--and voicing--the video streaming for The EDGE on BigSouthSports.com. I'll be back to do it all again for the finals on Saturday...hopefully the weather will smile on us here in Rock Hill (SC). We have had two picture-perfect days but the forecast has rain lurking for tomorrow. ***SCHEDULE NOTE: men's and women's matches will both begin at 9am on Saturday, a move precipitated by the potential precipitation!***
It's a really interesting week at the athletic complex here, with the men's and women's tournaments being played out at the 12-court tennis layout near the Winthrop Coliseum, and the New Balance Outdoor Track & Field Championships being staged a short distance away at Winthrop's track. Add in the tennis banquet on Wednesday night (which I emceed, fun stuff). Insert a pat on the back for Winthrop here for being able to host and handle so many championship events this year--men's soccer, tennis (m/w), outdoor track (m/w), and softball (next month), plus a first-round men's basketball game (adding in the banquets, programs, and assorted extras that go along with those events)...that's quite a year for the WU athletics department!
So let's talk tennis for a minute. On the men's side, top seed Radford got a first round bye and won in the second round to make it into the finals. The number one team advancing is naturally not surprising, but seeing they will play the 6-seed may raise an eyebrow or two. Host team Winthrop surprised the 3-seed (Charleston Southern) Thursday and the 2-seed Friday to enter the final (with a key to both wins coming from victories in the #3 slot for doubles--after going winless from the #3 position all season). If the Eagles can win it all, they would do so by beating # 3-2-1 in succession. Of course, the Highlanders have no intention of seeing that happen, so the stage is set for a fascinating final: the top seed vs. the host school.
The women's side started the same way, with top seed Winthrop earning a first round bye and winning once to make it into the finals...which in turn gives the Eagles a shot at two titles on the same day. Winthrop will face 3-seed Coastal Carolina, after CCU pulled off the amazing one-two punch of beating Liberty's previously undefeated first flight players in singles and doubles! That means the women's final is another installment in the classic Winthrop-Coastal rivalry.
Meanwhile, over at the track, Jon Hart of Liberty has been smashing records with his hammer (throw) and the competition has been fierce across the board--with one more day of finals to go in before the champions are crowned. Liberty's men and Coastal's women had the lead after Thursday's events.
While we've been staging track-and-tennis-palooza here, elsewhere in South Carolina the Big South Golf Championships are also happening...the women's title has already been claimed by Charleston Southern and the men's title is coming up in the next few days.
So catch your breath...whew...softball and baseball championships will be in May. The lineup just keeps on rolling in the Big South!
By the way, among the special events to watch for this weekend (in addition to these championships and the regular baseball and softball line-up): VMI lacrosse is on The Edge!
More to come--thanks for reading SHOUT!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Let's talk about some serious competition today...how does the Big South stack up against some other conferences and athletes right now?
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The Big South Official Online Store !!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
With heavy hearts, we offer our condolences to the Presbyterian College community on the loss of Larry Carlson Thomas, killed early Friday morning in a one-car accident.
As reported in a release on PC's website, officials say the sophomore wide receiver for the Blue Hose had been driving on Interstate 26 in Newberry County, SC, and was declared dead at the scene at 3:30am Friday, April 4th. A passenger in the car (also a PC student) was treated and released from a Columbia hospital.
Coach Bobby Bentley gave his team the news Friday morning. The team understandably canceled the practice scheduled for Friday afternoon along with the scrimmage set for Saturday the 5th. Although the Presbyterian Blue Hose football team will return to practice Tuesday the 8th, one can assume it will be anything but business as usual for quite some time.
The Big South Family has suffered losses before, and while it is always hard on all of us to see youth and talent taken away so early--it is clearly hardest on the family and friends of those we have lost. Please join us as we extend our thoughts and prayers in this time of mourning to those closest to Larry Thomas.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I'll open with the "breaking news"...I was just about to click PUBLISH when the release hit about the Conference announcing the 2008 Class for the Big South Hall of Fame. Get the names and their claims to fame with the release on BigSouthSports.com!
"What's the Sasser Cup?" Glad you asked!
Named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser, the award is given to the Conference member with the best overall athletic year. That's calculated with a points system based on a school's finish in the regular season and in the tournament for each sport that the institution participates in for the Big South (news release with standings and full explanation at this link).