Academic degrees are not all the United States Sports Academy (USSA) has to offer. The Daphne school is also home to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).
USSA officials want to show off their massive collection on Tuesday, June 23, during Olympic Day. The event, which celebrates the modern Olympic Games, began in 1948 and is observed in more than 160 countries. The academy’s Olympic Art collection will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
USSA’s gallery, library and other collections are open to the public. The outdoor Sport Sculpture Park will also be open for viewing the work of Fairhope artist Bruce Larsen. Academy officials say many of the sculptures are named for Olympic gold medalists, such as sprinter Valeriy Borzov, gymnast Nastia Liukin and basketball star Michael Jordan.
Other ASAMA Olympic materials on display include a complete collection of Olympic posters from the 2008 Beijing Olympiad, 10 serigraphs of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games by the late sport artist LeRoy Neiman, art from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and other items dating back to 1896. The Library Room will display medals from the 1988 Seoul Games, plus Olympic pennants, pins, plates, posters and stamps.
Are you ready for some football?
Kickoff to the 2015 college football season is less than three months away. University of South Alabama (USA) fans can now purchase tickets to the Jaguars’ road games.
The first away game will be at Nebraska on Sept. 12, with tickets costing $50. Because of the limited number available, sales are limited to current 2015 season ticket holders. The deadline to purchase is July 20.
USA will travel to San Diego State the next week, with tickets costing $16. The price for the Jags’ Sun Belt Conference opener Oct. 3 at Troy is $24. USA will also play at Texas State ($20), Georgia State ($10) and Georgia Southern ($30).
Jags fans can purchase tickets at www.tickets.southalabama.edu, or by phone at 251-461-1USA (1872). All away-game seating locations will be determined by Jaguar Athletic Fund priority points for purchases made on or before Aug. 1. After that date, seats will be based on the best-available remaining inventory.
● Two of the Jaguars’ games have been picked up for broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. USA will play Arkansas State on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, while the contest against Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, Nov. 12, will be at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
USA’s opening game Sept. 5 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium against Gardner-Webb will be available on ESPN3. USA’s website indicates the Nebraska game is set to appear on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.
Salute to local prep champions
Congratulations to several local high schools that recently picked up state trophies.
In baseball, the Mobile Christian Leopards won Class 2A with a 30-12 record. Pitcher Hunter Avery was named the series’ Most Valuable Player.
The Honey Bees from Baker High won their Class 7A championship with a 47-6-1 record. The series MVP went to Lexie Mathis.
In golf, the boys’ team from St. Luke’s Episcopal won the Class 1A/2A trophy. In Class 3A, Bayside junior William Buhl was the state medalist.
UMS-Wright will have to enlarge its trophy case. In Class 4A/5A tennis, the girls won their seventh straight team title, as McKenzie Courtney won at No. 1 singles for the third year in a row. Courtney joined with Audrey Sewell to win at No. 1 doubles. UMS teammates Elizabeth Swain, Brooke Swain and Ellen Williams won their singles matches, while Seline Morrisette of St. Paul’s claimed her singles final.
The UMS-Wright boys also won for the seventh straight year, which makes nine state tennis titles in the last 11 campaigns. Senior William Hooper won at No. 1 singles and joined Nichols Anez to take the No. 1 doubles victory. Hooper finished his career with 11 state titles. The other UMS singles winners were Anez, Patrick Kraver and Patrick McGowin. William Russell and Harrison Citrin of St. Paul’s won their singles finals.
Boys of summer
The Westside Athletic Association at 1001 Schillinger Road S. is hosting the 2015 Cal Ripken 12U age group state baseball tournament. The West Mobile event is set for June 26-30.
The top two teams from districts throughout Alabama advance to the tourney. The winner will represent the state at the Southwest Regional in Arkansas next month.
Tournament officials estimate 14 to 16 teams will travel to Mobile, which they said would attract approximately 500 fans for the weekend. The opening ceremony is set to take place at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) is sponsoring the 12U event. MSA also has helped bring the 6U state tourney to Mobile that weekend, with games set for Mims Park.
Women’s rugby taking off
With the advent of the fast-paced “sevens” rugby format returning to the Olympics, the new women’s team in Mobile continues to grow. They recently participated in the Seersucker Sevens tournament at Battleship Memorial Park, in addition to the Alabama State Games in Dothan.
The squad is still looking for players, aged 18 and up. Veterans and beginners are encouraged to join. For more information, visit www.becauseportfolio.com/battleship-womens-rugby.
Every Wednesday night during June at Spring Hill College’s Dorn Field, a 6-on-6 co-ed touch rugby league plays at 6:30 p.m. Male and female members of the Battleship Rugby Club are participating, as well as high school players, anyone interested in rugby and those looking for some outdoor exercise. The cost is $5 per month. For more information, call 251-380-4030 or send email to [email protected].