Bishop State to add volleyball
Bishop State Community College is adding volleyball to its list of sports. The official announcement was set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the school. The team will begin play in the fall of this year. Nicole Keshock has been named the team’s head coach. She is a former coach at South Alabama and has also coached at Heidelberg College, West Florida, Eastern Michigan and the University of Findlay. The Bowling Green graduate has more than 25 years of coaching experience. She established the Mobile Storm youth volleyball program locally.
Pietri becomes JSU all-time winningest coach
Rick Pietri became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Jacksonville State University history last week when the Gamecocks defeated Eastern Kentucky 73-55 at Pete Mathews Coliseum. It marked Pietri’s 116th win in his eighth season at the school. Prior to arriving at JSU, Pietri was head coach at South Alabama for 13 seasons. He is the Jaguars’ all-time winningest coach as well with 220 wins. Pietri was also a boys’ basketball coach at St. Paul’s and B.C. Rain previously, leading Rain to the Class 5A state title in 1997. He was also an assistant men’s coach at Spring Hill College and Birmingham-Southern.
Saraland’s Crawford signs with Miles
Saraland running back Omarion Crawford signed a grant-in-aid last week to continue his playing career at Miles College. The 5-foot-8, 190-pounder led the Spartans’ rushing attack this past season and is described as being a player with good speed, quickness and strength.
Wommack suspends RB Davis indefinitely
University of South Alabama head football coach Kane Wommack announced last Friday in a press release he has suspended running back Carlos Davis indefinitely following a violation of university and team rules. Recent news media reports state Davis was arrested by Mobile police officers, and he faces drug-related charges.
“We have been made aware of a situation involving Carlos, and we are continuing to gather information,” Wommack said in the press release. “At this time we have decided to suspend Carlos from all team activities until further notice.”
Davis earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference honors this past season, rushing for 674 yards and three touchdowns while also catching 11 passes for 104 yards. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound redshirt sophomore from Muscle Shoals had back-to-back, 100-yard rushing games against UAB and Texas State last season and was the Jaguars’ leading rusher in each of their first seven games.
Area wrestlers compete in state tourney
Gulf Shores wrestler Drake Ewing claimed the 195-pound division state championship Saturday in Birmingham in the AHSAA Class 5A-6A state wrestling tournament. Ewing defeated John KcKimmon of Mountain Brook, who was disqualified in the title match. Spanish Fort’s Gabe Warren was the state runner-up in the 145-pound class, while Satsuma’s William Walker placed fourth in the 132-pound class. Gardendale won the state title.
Wilson on Golden Spikes watch list
South Alabama outfielder Ethan Wilson, the Sun Belt Conference preseason Player of the Year selection, is one of 55 players nationwide to be named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list. The award recognizes the national college Player of the Year. He was also named to the list last season. He is one of three Jaguars who have been named to the list in recent seasons, joining Travis Swaggerty (2018) and Kevin Hill (2016).
Malzahn named head coach at UCF
Former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, who was fired after the 2020 regular season, has been hired as the new head coach at Central Florida [UCF]. Malzahn replaces Josh Heupel who left UCF to take over as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers where his former AD at UCF, Danny White, has been hired. Malzahn led Auburn to a 6-4 record this past season and had a record of 77-38 in eight seasons as Auburn’s head coach. He was hired at UCF by its new AD, Terry Mohajir, the former Arkansas State AD who also hired Malzahn as the Red Wolves head coach for one year prior to Malzahn moving on to Auburn.
Sucher makes cut at AT&T
Zack Sucher, a Mobile native who played collegiately at UAB, made the cut in last weekend’s AT&T Pebble Beach Classic in Monterey, Calif. Sucher finished the tournament with a score of 1-over-par 289. He opened the tournament with a round of even par 72 and followed with a round of 1-under 71 to make the cut. After a 4-over 76 on Saturday he came back with his best round of the tournament in Sunday’s final round, shooting a 2-under 70.
Jags picked second in Sun Belt East
South Alabama is picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference East Division in baseball standings this season in a vote of the league’s coaches. The Jags are just behind Coastal Carolina, which is picked to win the East. Troy is picked to finish fourth in the East. Texas State gets the nod as the team to beat in the West Division. South Alabama’s Ethan Wilson is the preseason Player of the Year selection. He is also a preseason first-team All-America pick and is the Jags’ lone representative on the preseason All-Sun Belt team as an outfielder. Troy placed five players on the preseason All-Sun Belt team — P Lance Johnson, C Caleb Bartolero, 1B William Sullivan, SS Drew Frederic and OF Rigsby Mosley.
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