Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 pm

Florida prep rider
inks with UTM

Meghan Cunningham, the head equestrian coach at the UT Martin, announced she has signed Eleanor Grace (Nora) Wilson to a scholarship for the fall semester.
“I’m honored to join the Skyhawks, and I’m looking forward to working hard to help my new team achieve great things in the arena,” Wilson said.
Wilson began her riding career at the age of six, and has ridden at Cavallo Farms since then, training with Amy Center and Janet Cawley and progressing from walk-trot ponies to hunter-jumpers today.
“We’re excited to have Nora join the Skyhawks equestrian team,” Cunningham said. “Her riding experience, her strong academics and her sportsmanship will make her a great fit with our program.”
Wilson, who prepped at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla., is the daughter of Rick and Molly Wilson.

UTM softball coach
lauded for milestone

Donley Canary, the head softball coach at UT Martin, was one of more than 150 coaches honored for reaching various career milestones at the Easton Victory Club Luncheon at the 2011 NFCA National Convention at Bally’s Las Vegas this past month.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Easton Victory Club recognizes member head coaches for each 100 victories they achieve throughout their careers. Canary was honored for reaching the 300-win plateau.
Canary recorded his 300th victory this past season when the Skyhawks defeated Evansville, 5-1, on Feb, 18, 2011. Canary will begin his 11th season as the head coach of the Skyhawks in February. He sports a 331-247-1 record in 10 years at UT Martin.
His Skyhawks won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2009. The team also won the 2010 OVC regular season title.
“This award ranks next to being selected as an academic All-American and being inducted into the Tennessee Tech Athletics Hall of Fame,” Canary said.
The two coaches being honored with the most victories by the NFCA at the 2011 Easton Victory Club luncheon were travel ball coach Bob Wenk of Case Basebusters (Calif.) who reached 1,800 wins this past year, and Fresno State head coach Margie Wright who reached 1,400 career wins.

OVC baseball pair
named All-American

Two Ohio Valley Conference baseball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger preseason All-America team as selected by Collegiate Baseball News.
Southeast Missouri senior third baseman Trenton Moses and Jacksonville State senior closer Todd Hornsby were each third-team selections to the team.
Moses, the 2011 OVC Player of the Year, hit .395 in 2011 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI. He added 70 hits, 44 runs, 14 doubles and slugged .672 with an on-base percentage of .502 in 54 games during last season’s campaign.
Hornsby was a first-team All-OVC selection after a record-breaking junior season that saw him set JSU’s and the Ohio Valley Conference’s single-season record for saves with 15.
Published in The WCP 1.10.12

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