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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Top-seeded South Carolina saw its season come to an end with a 10-1 loss to second-seeded Maryland on Sunday night in the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.

With the win, the Terrapins (39-21) claimed the Columbia Regional title and advanced to the program’s first Super Regional. The Gamecocks finish the season with a 44-18 record. It’s the first time since 2009 South Carolina hasn’t advanced to a Super Regional and the first time since 1976 it has lost a regional at home.

South Carolina managed nine hits on the night, including two apiece from first baseman Kyle Martin and center fielder Tanner English.

Maryland tallied 13 hits, with center fielder Charlie White going 3-for-4 to lead the way. Jose Cuas, Blake Schmit and Anthony Papio added two hits each.

Terrapin reliever Tayler Stiles (5-2) earned the win after working two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Reliever Bobby Ruse picked up his first save of the season by working the final 3 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit with three strikeouts.

Gamecocks starting pitcher Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound, the longest outing of his career. He matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

The Gamecocks found success at the plate in the bottom of the first. Marcus Mooney led off with a single up the middle. Three batters later, Martin ripped a two-out double to left center, and Mooney beat the throw home to give South Carolina a 1-0 lead.

However, Maryland took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. White singled to lead off the inning, and LaMonte Wade drew a walk before both runners advanced to second and third with no outs on a wild pitch by Seddon. Shortstop Blake Schmit delivered a two-out single to left field, driving home both White and Wade to give the Terrapins a 2-1 advantage.

The Terrapins added a run in the fifth, as Papio singled and later scored when Wade reached on a fielder’s choice, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

Maryland went on to add seven more runs over the final four innings to earn its trip to the Super Regional.

ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
C – Kevin Martir, Maryland
1B – LaMonte Wade, Jr., Maryland & Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B - DC Arendas, South Carolina
3B – Jose Cuas, Maryland
SS – Tyler Urps, Old Dominion
OF – Charlie White, Maryland
OF – Matt Nadolski, Campbell
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
DH/U - Max Schrock, South Carolina

P - Wil Crowe, South Carolina
P – Mike Shawaryn, Maryland

Columbia Regional MOP: Charlie White, Maryland

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charlie White had two hits and scored twice as Maryland ended South Carolina’s 28-game NCAA tournament home winning streak and took control of the Columbia regional with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (43-17) hadn’t lost an NCAA game at home since 2002 and the Terps (38-21) didn’t appear to be likely candidates to stop them in their first NCAA appearance since 1971. But Maryland led 4-0 in the second inning and held on to remain perfect in NCAA play. The Terps need only to win Sunday night to reach the super regionals.

The Gamecocks must defeat Campbell (41-20) on Sunday, then top Maryland twice to move on.

LaMonte Wade had two hits and an RBI for the Terrapins. Brandon Lowe drove in a run and saw two more score on his grounder in the three-run second on third baseman Joey Pankake’s throwing error.

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Maryland opens NCAA Baseball Tournament Friday against Old Dominion

Posted on 29 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. -

2014 NCAA Regionals – Columbia Regional

Fri., May 30-Monday, June 2

Location: Columbia, S.C.
Stadium: Carolina Park
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Columbia Regional Schedule

Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. ET – #2 Maryland vs. #3 Old Dominion (ESPN3)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET – #1 South Carolina vs. #4 Campbell (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3: 1 p.m. ET – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPN3)
Game 4: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPN3)
Game 6: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPN3)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: 7 p.m. ET – If Necessary (TBA)

SECOND-SEEDED MARYLAND OPENS NCAA REGIONAL PLAY WITH OLD DOMINION

Maryland (36-21) earned its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 43 years Monday when it was selected as the second seed in the Columbia Regional. The Terps open their NCAA campaign against third-seeded Old Dominion (36-24) at 1 p.m. Friday at Carolina Park.

It is Maryland’s fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terps are 1-6 all-time in the tournament with their lone win coming against Mississippi State in 1970.

TERRAPIN TAILS

-Maryland enters the weekend after winning two games at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and advancing to the title game, its first appearance in the conference championship game since 1976.

-Maryland is 11-2 in the month of May and wrapped up the regular season with two consecutive series sweeps of Notre Dame (5/2-4) and Pittsburgh (5/9-11).

-The Terps’ 36 victories this season are a school record and their 15 conference wins ties a school record set in 1970.

-Maryland had three players named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. Catcher Kevin Martir hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI with a .923 slugging percentage. First baseman LaMonte Wade hit two home runs including the game winner in Maryland’s 7-6 win over third-ranked Virginia. Shortstop Blake Schmit hit .333 (4-for-12) with five runs scored.

-Pitcher Jake Stinnett, centerfielder Charlie White and second baseman Brandon Lowe each earned All-ACC honors. Stinnett was a second team selection and leads the ACC in strikeouts (123), innings pitched (104.0) and complete games (4). White is a two-time all-conference selection and ranks third in the ACC in stolen bases (24). Lowe ranks second in the ACC in hitting (.346) and second in on-base percentage (.469).

-Stinnett is one strikeout shy of tying the Maryland single-season record. Steve Schmoll set the record in 2003 with 124 strikeouts.

-Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn leads the ACC in wins (10) and holds the Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn picked up his 10th win of the season in the Terps’ 5-3 win over fourth-ranked Florida State Friday. Shawaryn shutout the Seminoles over seven innings and this season has given up one earned run in 14-1/3 innings against Florida State with 11 strikeouts.

-Terrapin closer Kevin Mooney picked up two saves at the ACC Tournament and now has 11 on the season and 20 for his career. Mooney is two saves shy of tying the single-season school record and three saves shy of tying the career mark. Brett Cecil holds both Maryland records.

-Left fielder Tim Lewis is riding a 14-game hitting streak, the longest of any player this season and the longest in school history since Will Frazier hit in 14 straight games in 2005.

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Maryland two seed in first NCAA Baseball Tournament in 43 years

Posted on 26 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Following a 43-year absence, the Maryland baseball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Terps are the No. 2 seed in the Columbia Regional and will face third-seeded Old Dominion Friday at1 p.m. on ESPN3 at South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium.

The 2013 NCAA Tournament pairings were announced Monday afternoon. South Carolina is the top seed in the regional bracket and will face fourth-seeded Campbell at 7 p.m. The winner of the four-team double-elimination regional faces the winner of the Charlottesville Regional in Super Regional play, June 6-9.

“I am just happy for the players, [Maryland] supporters, people that have wanted this for a long time,” said head coach John Szefc. “Personally, I have been through this before and this never gets old for a coach. I am happy for our guys that they get to experience what we’ve been, as a coaching staff, talking about for a long time, that this can happen as long as you do things the right way.”

Columbia Regional Schedule

Friday, May 30
Game 1: 1 p.m. ET – #2 Maryland vs. #3 Old Dominion (ESPN3)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET – #1 South Carolina vs. #4 Campbell (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3: 1 p.m. ET – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 4: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Game 6: 7 p.m. ET – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: 7 p.m. ET – If Necessary (TBA)

Maryland will be making its fourth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 1971. The Terps enter tournament play as one of the hottest teams in the country with a record of 11-2 in the month of May that helped them reach the ACC Tournament final for the first time since 1976.

“We won 11 straight after a pretty bad stretch going 1-6,” said Szefc. “To our guy’s credit, they went out against Notre Dame and got it going and they have never backed off since.”

Maryland is 9-9 all-time against Old Dominion and has never faced the Monarchs in postseason play. Maryland and ODU have not played each other since 2010. The Terps have won five of the last six matchups against the Monarchs including both meetings in 2010. Maryland has never faced South Carolina in the postseason, but holds a 24-15 advantage all-time. The two teams have not played since a single regular-season matchup in 1980.

About Old Dominion

Old Dominion finished the season 36-24 with a 17-13 mark in Conference USA, which was good for fifth place in the league. The Monarchs are led by two all-conference players in Nick Walker and Josiah Burney. Walker leads the Monarchs in hitting at .329 with four homers, 24 RBI and a team-best 42 runs scored. He ranks fifth in C-USA in slugging at .482, third in on base percentage at .420. Burney is hitting .303 with a team best six homers and 41 RBI. Burney ranks third in C-USA in slugging at .526, fourth in on base percentage at .414, fifth in RBI and homers.

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Morgan looks to stun SEC foe South Carolina Friday night

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Opponent: University of South Carolina (1-0)
Site: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia S.C.
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Television: Fox Sports South
Television Talent: Andy Demetra (Play-by-Play) and Eddie Fogler (Analyst)
MSU Coach: Todd Bozeman (112-86 – 7th yr)

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Morgan State takes on the University of South Carolina in the Bears’ true first road test of the 2012-13 campaign. Morgan State will enter the contest following a weekend in which they posted a 1-2 record during the ODU Liberty Tax Classic. The Gamecocks (1-0) needed overtime to defeat Milwaukee 82-75 during the Gamecocks season-opener at Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 11. The Bears-Gamecocks game will be televised live by Fox Sports South.

Bear Bits:
• Morgan State will play the South Carolina Gamecocks for the first time in school history.

• The Bears had 10 games decided by 1-4 points during the 2011-12 season…The Bears held a 1-9 record.

DeWayne Jackson averaged 14 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 53 percent from the field in three games at the Liberty Tax Classic … he was selected to All-Tournament Team as a result of his performance.

• Sophomore guard Blake Bozeman has connected on 7-of-12 (.583 pct.) from 3-point territory .

Anthony Hubbard leads the Bears in scoring by averaging 15.7 points to go along with a team-high 9.3 rebounds.

• The Bears are outrebounding opponents by an average of 39.3 to 33.3 through the first three games.

• An MSU win would give Todd Bozeman his 113th victory in his 200th games as Morgan State’s head coach.

MORGAN STATE VS. SEC
Morgan State’s last time out against an SEC opponent was at Arkansas on Nov. 24, 2009. The Bears posted a 97-94 victory and improved its record to 1-2 vs. SEC opponents.
Arkansas 1-1
Florida 0-1

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
The Gamecocks welcome back eight veterans — two starters — from a squad that posted a 10-21 overall record and finished 12th in the Southeastern Conference with a 2-14 ledger last season. Freshman Michael Carrera paced the Gamecock with 17 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in the win against Milwaukee. Head coach Frank Martin is 118-54 in his 6th season.

FIRST THREE PART OF ODU TOURNAMENT
The first three games of the regular season made the Liberty Tax Classic on the Morgan State schedule. The Bears defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio (W 71-59), and fell to Old Dominion (L 72-61), and Holy Cross (L, 74-73) in the event hosted by Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Morgan State senior swingman DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Liberty Tax Classic All-Tournament Team as a result of his performance during a weekend in which he averaged 14 points, 5.7 rebounds 3.7 assists with three steals.

FRESHMEN MAKE MORGAN STATE DEBUT IN LIBERTY TAX CLASSIC
Morgan State’s freshman class made class made its debut during the Liberty Tax Classic hosted by Old Dominion (Nov. 9-11) at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Rookies Donte Pretlow, Rasean Simpson and Cedric Blossom saw their first action as Bears. Pretlow made his debut versus University of Texas-San Antonio. He played 8 minutes and had seven points (2-2 FG) and two steals. Simpson and Blossom took the court for the first time against host Old Dominion. Simpson posted 3 points and a rebound in 3 minutes, while Blossom grabbed a board in 5 minutes of action.

MORGAN STATE TABBED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Morgan State was picked to finish third in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind Savannah State and Delaware State.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
Morgan State will face six teams this season that the program has never met in its basketball history. The first time opponents are: UTSA, Old Dominion, Holy Cross, South Carolina, Illinois State and San Diego. The Bears do not see a familiar foe until the Nov. 29 matchup at Liberty (MSU leads, 1-0), their fifth game of the season. The other five opponents MSU previously has played are University of Virginia (trails, 0-1), Loyola Marymount (leads, 2-0), and Saint Joseph’s (trails, 0-1).

ROAD WARRIORS
Morgan State, which played its first three games on the road, including nine of its first 11 last season on the road, has won 15 of its past 25 games held away from the Hill Field House, including a 1-2 mark on neutral courts. The Bears finished 5-10 in true road contests and 0-3 on neutral floors in 2011-12 and posted a 4-4 road conference ledger, which was its worst mark since Todd Bozeman took over the program in 2006. This season’s schedule will send MSU on the road for 10 of its first 11 games, including a six-game road trip from Nov. 29-Dec. 29 that features contests in three different time zones. The Bears are guaranteed at least 19 games away from home this season.

JACKSON SET TO LEAD
DeWayne Jackson is the lone returning senior who saw action for Morgan State last year. There are seven (7) juniors, four (4) sophomores and two (2) freshmen on the Bears roster.

RECOVERING THE SWAG
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s dismal season in which the Bears recorded a 9-20 finish. It marked Todd Bozeman‘s worst season as a head coach, and it was Morgan State’s worst season since going 4-26 in 2005-06.

JACKSON AND CHILES EARN PRESEASON HONORS
Morgan State senior DeWayne Jackson was selected to the Preseason All-MEAC First Team by the conference head coaches and sports information directors. Junior center Ian Chiles was selected to the Second Team.

JACKSON CLIMBING THE MSU RECORD BOOK
DeWayne Jackson (1,184, 396 rebs., 108 asts) needs just 8 points to surpass James Hall (1,191 points – 1963-67) to become the school’s No. 14 all-time leading scorer. Jackson is one of three Bears on MSU’s all-time scoring list who have been coached by Todd Bozeman. Kevin Thompson (2009-12) ranks No. 9 (1,487 points) and Reggie Holmes (2007-10) is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,051 points.

HOME GROWN
Morgan State has eight players from the Metropolitan-D.C. area, including one from Baltimore. Senior DeWayne Jackson (Bowie High) and sophmore Blake Bozeman (Solebury Prep) are both from Bowie. Transfer guard Daryl Traynham is from Melwood (Wise High), walk-on Daon Riley is from Severn (Old Mill High), and Cedric Blossom is from Columbia (Montrose Christian). Anthony Hubbard is a product of Woodbridge (Va.), while junior Justin Black attended DeMatha High and Donte Pretlow was a standout at Dunbar High in Baltimore.

BOZEMAN WIN PERCENTAGE AT MSU
Todd Bozeman, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Bears, has an overall win percentage of .563 (112-89) after 199 games at Morgan State. That winning mean is the second highest among 15 head coaches in the history of the Morgan State men’s basketball program. Nathaniel Frazier’s winning percentage of .578 (166-121) is the highest percentage in Morgan State history.

UP NEXT
The Bears will travel to face Liberty at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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The 15-7-0 is worth falling 24 miles for

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The 15-7-0 is worth falling 24 miles for

Posted on 15 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. Sometimes a single player can be a real program changer. For Maryland, Stefon Diggs might well be that player.

He at least does a hell of a Jacoby Jones impression…

Maryland improved to 4-2 (2-0 ACC) with a 27-20 win over Virginia despite Perry Hills being their leading rusher with SEVEN FLIPPING YARDS.

Also, Pe’Shon Howard looked pretty good in the new Terps’ hoops uniforms…

2. I hate saying it, but it’s awfully fun to watch Robert Griffin III play football.

It’s sorta not fair. The Minnesota Vikings were playing real football while the Skins’ QB was playing Madden from the year Michael Vick was on the cover…

Ugh. Now we have to hear DC fans running their mouths all week. Well, maybe all of them except this guy.

Also-I hope the Vikings enjoyed their taste of people thinking they were good for a week. The Cardinals waive hello, but we’ll get back to them.

3. ALERT! ALERT! Shonn Greene still plays in the NFL.

161 yards and 3TD’s for the New York Jets RB in a blowout loss over the Indianapolis Colts. But no, I’m GLAD I picked up Vick Ballard before getting trounced in Fantasy Football.

Also, tt was so totally worth putting Tim Tebow in for punt protection so you could one day be able to do this in a blowout win!

And…

4. The reports of LSU’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

I mean, just ask these guys!

Steve Spurrier isn’t really sure if he’s mad about his Gamecocks’ performance…

The East-West SEC showdown actually split a few households…

So now we wait for LSU-Alabama III…or IV…or who the eff knows why don’t we just play this game a hundred times to determine a national champ every year?

5. For Orioles fans who haven’t been paying as much attention to college football this season, Kansas State QB Collin Klein is in the “name to know” category.

It wasn’t an overwhelming performance for the Heisman Trophy candidate in Kansas State’s narrow win over Iowa State, but his three rushing TD’s looked better in a week where Geno Smith didn’t particularly shine…

K-State and WVU tangle next week. It had a chance to mean even more, but it still looks like kind of a big deal.

6. The Atlanta Falcons only needed 40 seconds on the clock to come back and beat the Raiders.

Matt Ryan was FAR from brilliant, but Matt Bryant bailed him out at the end to keep the Falcons perfect.

Do you feel like LOL-ing today? Here’s Carson Palmer trying to make a tackle…

Also part of the reason the Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL? Harry Douglas’ concentration…

7. You like that Russell Wilson gets to actually enjoy a last second miracle win this time.

Because this time it really WAS a catch!

Let’s enjoy this grab from Doug Baldwin…

Wes Welker would tell you what he thought of the game, but it would probably come out sounding like “BROWNAHHHHH”…

I think it’s appropriate to wrap up this one with the most Tom Brady thing EVER…

Oh I almost forgot. Richard Sherman Tweeted something funny postgame…

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionGolf-PGA Tour Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from Las Vegas live on Golf Channel); Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm from Cary, NC on Golf Channel); Soccer: MLS-DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 1pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); College Soccer: Virginia @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm from Ludwig Field live on Fox Soccer Channel); Howard @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park)

10. Animal Collective (Tuesday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Virgin Mobile Freefest feat. Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, M83, Skrillex, Nas, ZZ Top (Saturday 11am Merriweather Post Pavilion); Snoop Dogg (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live), Mutemath/Civil Twilight (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs Band (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); The Ataris (Friday 7:30pm Ottobar); Sixpence None The Richer (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Herman’s Hermits (Saturday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage); Diamond Rio (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Switchfoot (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Waka Flocka Flame (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Disco Biscuits (Saturday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (Friday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Mint Condition (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre), Emeli Sande (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Robin Thicke (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Raveonettes (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Muse “The 2nd Law” and Van Morrison “Born to Sing: No Plan B” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I mean, I hope Jack White doesn’t walk off stage a few songs into his set Saturday at MPP like he did this weekend in New York. Although in fairness, this is hilarious…

This song kicks ass…

Also, Alabama Shakes…

And if I’m not in Columbia Saturday night (or at ALDS Game 1), I hope to be at RHL…

You may have heard me play the new Muse track a couple of times on the show. Listener Bobby described it as “hot fire”, but I thought that was reserved for Dylan Dilinjah…

9. Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); Jim Florentine (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House), Tom Papa (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); “Taken 2″ out in theaters (Friday)

You’re thinking “why would someone take another member of Liam Neeson’s family”, but then again…

Also, here’s a preview of the film…

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Veteran assistant Nestor joins Navy hoops staff

Posted on 13 June 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy men’s basketball head coach Ed DeChellis has announced that Ernie Nestor will join the Navy coaching staff, replacing Kurt Kanaskie, who took a similar coaching position at Virginia Tech last month. Nestor comes to Navy after spending the last season at Missouri and has been successful at every stop he has been during his 43-year career in the coaching ranks.

“Coach Nestor brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and success to our program. He has been a successful coach at all levels and will be an important figure in our program moving forward,” said DeChellis. “He has coached and recruited outstanding student-athletes and is one of the most respected and well-liked coaches in the country.”

“I am excited to rejoin coach DeChellis and be part of the basketball program here at the Naval Academy. I have the utmost respect for the institution and am looking forward to working with the current staff and players in building a strong, competitive team,” said Nestor. “There is a great admiration for the Naval Academy and what it stands for. It is a distinct honor to be a small part of such a great institution.”

Nestor comes to Navy after spending last season at Missouri as an assistant coach. The Tigers went 30-5 a year ago, won the Big 12 Championship and were ranked in the nation’s top five for the majority of the season. He has been credited in the development of Mizzou big man Ricardo Ratliffe, who showed drastic improvement from 2010-11 to last season, when he led the country in field goal percentage (.693) and averaged 13.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg while earning all-Big 12 second-team honors. In addition, guard Kim English spoke highly of Coach Nestor and the work the duo accomplished during the year. English averaged 14.5 points per game and shot a blistering 45.9 percent from three-point range.

Nestor arrived at Mizzou after one season as the Director of Basketball Operations at Penn State University under DeChellis. The Nittany Lions were one of the country’s most improved teams in 2010-11, going 19-15 and earning an at-large spot in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.Nestor’s coaching experience began in 1970-71 with a six-year stint as a high school head coach, but continued with stops at James Madison (1977-79), Wake Forest (1980-85), California (1986-88), George Mason (1989-93), a return trip to Wake Forest (1994-01), South Carolina (2002-03), Elon (2004-2009), the New Jersey Nets (2010) and Penn State (2011).

Nestor is no stranger to player development and bench strategy at the major college level. He has spent time in the Pac-10, ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 conferences as an assistant during his four-decade collegiate coaching career and spent time on Dave Odom’s staff at Wake Forest. He has also twice been a Division I head coach during his career, with stints at both Elon College and George Mason. During his career, he has helped recruit and develop Tim Duncan, Josh Howard and Darius Songaila into NBA stars.

Nestor’s five seasons at George Mason and six years at Elon were as the program’s head coach. He led George Mason to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1989 and topped the 20-win mark each of his first two seasons while reaching the CAA Tournament finals in 1991. He returned to Wake Forest in 1993 and helped the Demon Deacons to ACC Championships in 1995 and 1996 while the 1996 club advanced to the NCAA regional final, where it fell to the eventual NCAA National Champion, Kentucky. The 2000 Wake Forest team was the NIT Champion.

Nestor returned to the head coaching ranks at Elon College in 2003 and he directed the school’s first winning season as a Division I program in 2006. The Phoenix won 15 games (15-14 overall), including a 74-69 win at Clemson. The team also claimed the Southern Conference’s North Division crown and Nestor was named the SoCon Coach of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media. His 2008 Elon team advanced to the Southern Conference Tournament final, where it was defeated by a Davidson squad led by Steph Curry that reached the NCAA Elite Eight.

During his collegiate coaching career, he has been a part of 11 teams that reached NCAA Tournament play and eight more that advanced to the NIT.

Nestor is a 1968 graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College (W. Va.) and he earned his graduate degree from West Virginia in 1970. He and his wife, Janet, have two children, Stephanie and Jennifer. They also have four grandchildren, Kodiak, Lucy, Clio and Jude.

 

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Former Navy coach Meade takes Furman post

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. — Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced today that U.S. men’s national senior team coach Richie Meade has been named the school’s first men’s head lacrosse coach.

The announcement was made by Clark and Furman president Rod Smolla at a press conference at Gillette Stadium, site of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Furman, a private, co-educational university of 2,700 students in Greenville, S.C., and member of the Southern Conference, announced on Feb. 9 that it would add men’s and women’s lacrosse to its Division I athletics program.  The teams will begin varsity competition by the 2014-15 academic year.

“Richie Meade is the ideal person to jump start our new men’s lacrosse program at Furman,” Clark said.  “He sports a tremendous combination of experience and leadership to help grow lacrosse in a non-traditional area of the country.  We are thrilled to have Richie join the Furman family.”

Said Meade, “My family and I are very excited with the opportunity to join the Furman community. I am grateful to President Smolla and Gary Clark for their faith and trust in me.  We will build our program with integrity, substance, and toughness.  Our goal will be to compete with passion, skill and honor, and to graduate individuals who will make a difference in the world and reflect the values of a great American university.”

Meade was named head coach of the U.S. men’s national senior team by US Lacrosse in December. He is the 12th head coach in the history of the men’s senior team program, and he will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver, Colo., July 10-19.

“We are very pleased that such a well-respected and highly qualified coach as Richie Meade has agreed to lead our men’s lacrosse program,” said Smolla.  “His connections in the sport are unparalleled, and he has enjoyed great success in coaching and recruiting at the national level.  We welcome Richie and his family to the Furman community, and we look forward to seeing the men’s lacrosse program grow and prosper under his guidance.”

A 35-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Meade most recently served as head coach for the United States Naval Academy men’s team from 1994-2011, where he led the Midshipmen to a 142-97 (.589) record. In his 21-year career as a head coach, including four years at the University of Baltimore, Meade compiled a 162-120 (.585) ledger.

During Meade’s head coaching tenure at Navy, his teams claimed five Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, appeared in seven NCAA tournaments, and racked up 39 All-America citations. In 2004, Navy advanced to the national championship game and Meade was honored with the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award as National Coach of the Year. He also was twice named Patriot League Coach of the Year (2004 & ’07).

Meade began his coaching career as an assistant at Duke University in 1977. Following a two-year stint in Durham, he moved on to the University of North Carolina, where he served as an assistant for one year before accepting his first head coaching job at the University of Baltimore (1980-83).  In 1984 he was named defensive coordinator at Navy (1984-88) before returning to Chapel Hill (1989-90) for a two-year stint as offensive coordinator.  He accepted the same post, as well as an instructor’s role in physical education, at the United States Military Academy in 1991, remaining there for three seasons, before returning to Navy as head coach in 1994, becoming the seventh lacrosse mentor in school history.

In addition his coaching duties with the Midshipmen, he also served as a tenured professor of physical education and is a Senior Fellow at the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy.

He has served the sport in a variety of administrative positions, including the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Coaches Council, and NCAA Rules and Equipment Committee.  Since 2005, he has been president of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) and over the last two years has served as executive director of the Wounded Warrior Project Lacrosse.

A native of Williston Park, N.Y., Meade attended and played lacrosse at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College.  He then transferred to the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated with a B.A. in 1976 with a degree in parks and recreation administration.  He later added an M.S. from UNC in 1979.

Meade is a member of both the New York Metropolitan Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame and University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame.

He and his wife, Sue, have three daughters:  Jillian, Shannon Grace, and Cassidy.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT FURMAN’S RICHIE MEADE… 

“Richie Meade represents everything that is good about college lacrosse. Furman University hit a home run. Coach Meade is a well-respected individual that brings instant credibility to Furman. He is an outstanding coach, strong recruiter and dynamic leader. Most importantly, he is a tremendous human being. Hats off to Furman for recognizing what a special individual Coach Meade is.”

Dave Pietramala
Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Johns Hopkins University

“The announcement of Furman adding Division I men’s lacrosse was exciting to all who love the game and want to witness its growth. The hiring of Coach Meade shows great conviction and dedication by Furman to get the absolute best lacrosse man possible to lead that charge.  I am thrilled for Richie, his family, the university, and all of lacrosse, that this great coach is back in the college game.”

Bill Tierney
Men’s Lacrosse Coach
University of Denver
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee

“Rarely does a start-up program have the chance to hire someone with the experience and ability of Richie Meade. Furman University is fortunate to have a proven winner, a man of integrity and a committed leader like Richie.”

Kevin Corrigan
Men’s Lacrosse Coach
University of Notre Dame

“Furman is not only hiring one of the best lacrosse coaches of all time, but they are hiring one of the best leaders, a tremendous motivator and a wonderful person. You build a program from the ground floor up and this foundation with Coach Meade is rock solid. I couldn’t be happier for both Furman and Coach Meade.”

David Cottle
Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL)

“Furman University has hit a home run with this hire.  No one is more capable of building a Division 1 lacrosse program from scratch to national prominence than coach Meade.  He is one of the most respected coaches in lacrosse.  He is a proven winner and, most importantly, a leader, teacher and mentor of young men.  Coach Meade’s passion for and commitment to developing leaders of integrity who are also athletes will reverberate across the Furman campus in the same manner that it did at the Naval Academy. I congratulate the search committee on their excellent choice of coach Meade to lead the Furman lacrosse program.”

Dr. Tom Virgets
Senior Associate Athletics Director/ Head Physical Education
United States Naval Academy

“Richie Meade, USA Team head coach, is arguably the best collegiate lacrosse coach in the country.  With the hiring of Coach Meade to head up its new program, Furman University has stamped its name on the lacrosse collegiate landscape in a most prominent way.  He is an absolute winner. The boys who will experience his leadership will be better men for it and Furman, as time passes, will be increasingly proud to call Richie Meade their head lacrosse coach.”

Coach Jack Emmer
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee

“This is absolutely a tremendous hire by Furman University!  Richie Meade is one of the most respected, admired and revered men’s lacrosse coaches in the history of our sport. Furman lacrosse has just now burst onto the Division 1 lacrosse world. For Furman to land the next Team USA head job is just brilliant. The future of Paladin lacrosse could not be brighter. I am so happy for Richie, his family, and Furman athletics.”

Mike Pressler
Men’s Lacrosse
Coach 
Bryant Univeristy
Head Coach, Team USA 2010

“Furman’s hiring of Richie Meade as its lacrosse coach is great news for the sport of lacrosse and also for one of college lacrosse’s most respected coaches. The announcement of a new Division I lacrosse program in South Carolina at a school with Furman’s athletic reputation is a positive step in the growth of the men’s game. Having Richie Meade as the individual responsible for the leadership of a start-up program is another positive in ensuring that Furman lacrosse is in most capable hands.  I think the kids who compete for Furman will benefit by having Richie as their coach.  The people involved in anything you do are the most important and significant factors.  Richie will get good kids. Their experience as undergraduates and lacrosse players will be enhanced by studying at Furman and having a coach like Richie Meade.”

Willie Scroggs
Senior Associate Athletics Director
University of North Carolina
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee

“Furman’s announcement that coach Meade has been hired to lead the men’s lacrosse program is evidence of the excellence that is a hallmark of the university. Coach Meade brings national credibility to the upstart Furman program, and it is the perfect pairing of a coach whose integrity and coaching prowess have turned young men into leaders and a university whose priorities and goals are perfectly aligned with the coach.  It is a great match.”

Dan Einstein
Furman Lacrosse Advisory Committee

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Golfing in Style

Posted on 25 May 2012 by Tom Federline

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Self entitled – “Where the World Comes to Golf”. Now I get it. Had the pleasure of being treated to this self-inflicted frustrating game a couple weeks back annnnnnd was reminded of how golf should be experienced. Fellow hackers – IF, you have not been to Myrtle Beach for golf, go. IF, you believe the local courses in this mid-atlantic region are acceptable, go to Myrtle Beach. IF, you want to spoil yourself………IF, you want to challenge yourself……..IF, you want to actually play golf, go to Myrtle Beach.

I was down there for a “work seminar” and golf. We arrive at Myrtle Beach airport, it’s 80 degrees and sunny, second week of May. We are in Myrtle Beach airport waiting for luggage and on the carousel comes 16 golf bags. A group of guys from Ireland had just  landed and it appeared they were just a little fired up. I’m not so sure if it was to hit the links the following day or to hit the nearest pub prior to check-in. When we were on our descent to the airport, I saw ocean, beach, trees, commercialism and golf courses. When we drove to our accommodations, I saw more golf courses. We checked into our room, I go out on the deck, I look across the Intracoastal Waterway, another golf course. Ya got the picture?

There are around 100 golf courses in the area. Green golf courses. Affordable golf courses. The rates do vary with time of year and prestige of name. For the most part you are in the $40-$60 range and the courses are in mint condition. You are hitting off of carpet and putting on a pool table. It didn’t hurt either, that we got to experience some Chamber of Commerce weather. Acquaintances of mine have been going for years, the annual “guys get-away long weekend” deal. Once again, now I get it. 

The “style” part of this adventure was due to a few perks: 1. it wasn’t my ticket. 2. didn’t have to take clubs on trip. 3. played at one of those “prestige name” courses – The Norman  Course at Barefoot Resort. Yes, that would be Greg Norman. We were supplied balls and clubs. The rental clubs were better than my clubs here at home. They were not cut to my size, they were not tailored to my swing, the grips were not the specially selected ones it took me 2 hours to pick out. It all didn’t matter – the clubs were better than my “home boy” sticks. Complimentary driving range. Complimentary taxi…….. to the driving range. The driving range balls were better than the “eighteen pack” I get at Dicks.

The course was immaculate. Before I go any further, I did check when I got home, this was a $100+ course. Now in my book, there isn’t a golf course on the face of this earth worth more than $2/hole. And I will stick by that. When it comes down to it, golf is golf. A club, a ball, a fairway, a green, a cup. Next hole, please. The deal in Myrtle Beach is, the $40 courses are $100+ here in Maryland. I have played on courses from$12/round to $200/round – my score does not really change. I am your classic 86 – 96, bogey golfer (I count all strokes and putt out). I play ten times/year if I’m lucky. This course was top notch.

The course was intimidating. You know that feeling when you look down the fairway and you see more sand than fairway. The cool thing about the fairway sand though, was you could drive the cart in it! It was like 1/2″ of powder and the a hard base. Better being in there, than in the rough. The rough was zoysia, it engulfed your ball and if you weren’t aggresive, you left your wrist in the rough with your ball. In the fairway you were golden.

On the greens, it was approach short and roll up. A little hard (pool table), but truer than true, once you got the speed down. Now I know why those boys on the tour look so good on the green. We all had trouble with putting, but man, it felt really good to actually “putt” instead of “club” of “push” the ball. The sand around the greens was sand/powder mix. You actually played a sand shot, not a “rock” shot or use your putter because it was rock hard.

The play was “at our own pace.” Nobody in front of use, nobody pushing us – on a Saturday late morning/early afternoon. Yeah, try that around here. And then of course, there was the beverage/snack/cigar cart gal - Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to? “867-5309/Jenny” – Tommy Tutone. We did spend money, even when we were full up.  Then to top it off, a guy we were playing with, had one of the best rounds of his golfing career.

100 courses – each in competition with the other, great weather, golf the way it is supposed to be played. Head south fellow hackers. Treat yourself – you deserve it.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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