I heard ESPN’s Tim Cowlishaw say on “Around the Horn” that he thought this was the best time of the sports year. He cited the Masters, the NBA, the NHL playoffs and MLB Opening Day as his reasons. Apparently this guy likes spring.
Allow me to disagree slightly.
The excitement of a thrilling college basketball season is finished. As great as it was, we have now entered into the twilight zone of sports.
To put it bluntly, this is garbage time. This is the part of the ball game when you put in the scrubs. This is when the crowd leaves in droves even though the buzzer has not sounded. As far as I’m concerned, this is the part of the sports calendar that just dies.
It is always interesting how international students find little old Murray State University on the map.
Coming all the way from Nykoping (pronounced knee-shop-ping), Sweden, Alexandra Lennartsson said it really didn’t take long to determine Murray State would be her home away from home.
“I hired a recruiting company in Sweden which helped me look at schools in America,” Lennartsson said. “They looked at where my golf game was at that point and schools for me where it was possible to land a good scholarship.”
After Lennartsson’s stellar high school career, Head Coach Velvet Milkman had little choice but to offer her a full scholarship into the women’s golf program.
“Velvet started to email me,” Lennartsson said. “You can’t say no to that.”
It’s not often Murray State hosts an Olympic record holder and gold medalist. Students and faculty gathered Wednesday night at Wrather Auditorium to listen to Olympic hurdler Joanna Hayes at the annual youth and nonprofit leadership department’s Giving Back Scholars Event.
Hayes founded and runs the Joanna Hayes Foundation, which works to encourage and engage children by getting them involved in developmental, community and sports activities.
After having missed the cut for the 2000 Olympic National team by one spot, Hayes returned to St. Louis, Mo., where she trained and worked with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center, playing with children for an entire summer.
That was the summer, Hayes said, that helped her decide to train and make another run at the Olympics in 2004.
“After missing the cut in 1999 I decided I would just move on and not care,” Hayes said. “But after working with the kids and preaching the message of never give up on your dreams, I decided I would give it my all and try one more time to either make the Olympics or move on with my life.” Continue reading “Olympic gold medalist, philanthropist shares story”
I’ve never been the person who wanted to stay the same age before. I’ve always wanted to be a grown up – get married, have kids, settle down. I’m always looking ahead, always planning for the next big life event and I’ve never really wanted to go back in time.
Until March 17.
After Murray State’s loss to Marquette in the third round of the NCAA Tournament I wanted to go back in time when the Racers had only one loss and stay in the season of 31 wins forever.
Although I still haven’t processed it all, the few months of covering the record-setting Racers – in what could arguably be the best season of Murray State basketball – will reside in my heart as some of the best moments of college and maybe my life.
A few hours after the loss, on our way home from Louisville, Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Johnson and I were listening to our “NCAA Roadtrippin’’’ playlist when Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” started thumping in our speakers, a stark contrast to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” from seconds earlier. Continue reading “Centershots: Forever young”
Just one month before the OVC Championship and it seems the Racers are hitting their stride.
Competing this past weekend in the John Kirk – Panther Intercollegiate Tournament, junior Alexandra Lennartsson paced the Racers with a 10th place finish carding a 70-74-78=222.
The tournament, which took place March 25 through 27 at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., fielded 63 individuals and 11 teams for the event.
Sophomore Delaney Howson and senior Morgan Cross shared 21st place shooting 74-74-79=227 and 74-77-76=227, respectively. Junior Alli Weaver finished 45th after shooting a three-round 239 while freshman Sophie Ollie was 58th, finishing with a 260.