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From left: Ernie Rosseau, Nic Chisolm, Lindsay Schwartz and David Freese will become the latest inductees into the USA Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 10.
Over the past 50 years, the University of South Alabama has been fortunate to feature many outstanding performers on its rosters. However, only the best of the best are considered for the USA Athletic Hall of Fame.
This Saturday morning, four more distinguished names will join the list when Nic Chisolm, David Freese, Ernie Rosseau and Lindsay Schwartz are inducted during an on-campus ceremony. The four will then be introduced at Ladd-Peebles Stadium during the Jaguars’ homecoming football contest with Louisiana-Monroe later in the day.
• The most familiar name on this list is likely Freese, who just wrapped up another outstanding year by helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League pennant. The 34-year-old first baseman hit .296 during the regular season with 11 home runs and 51 runs batted in. He exploded in the playoffs, batting .364. In the decisive World Series game loss to Boston, Freese had a home run and a triple.
According to the USA Athletics Department, Freese recorded a .394 career batting average during his two seasons in Mobile — a figure that stands second in the school’s record books and third in Sun Belt Conference (SBC) history — with 180 base hits including 32 doubles. He batted .373 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 48 RBIs in his first year while helping the Jags to the SBC tournament title. He was voted first-team All-American the following spring when he recorded a league-best .414 batting average and 73 RBIs while finishing second in the SBC in hits (99), third in runs (73) and tied for third in doubles (21).
After being chosen the conference Player of the Year as a senior, Freese was drafted by the San Diego Padres. He reached the Major Leagues in 2009 with the St. Louis Cardinals, who he would help lead to the World Series title in 2011 while earning Most Valuable Player honors in both the League Championship Series and the World Series.
• Chisholm was a four-year letter winner in men’s tennis from 1995-98. He ended his first season as a Jag ranked 47th nationally in doubles. The following year he earned All-America honors after qualifying for the NCAA Doubles Championship and concluding the campaign ninth in the country.
Chisholm, who was among the top 65 in the final national singles rankings as a sophomore, would conclude his playing career having earned all-SBC recognition each of his four seasons in doubles as well as in singles on three occasions. His efforts helped lead USA to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances — including a trip to the quarterfinals in 1995 — and three SBC championships. He was later selected to the Sun Belt’s 30th anniversary All-Time Men’s Tennis Team.
• Rosseau earned baseball letters in 1972 and 1973 after pacing the Jags in batting average both seasons and in stolen bases his final year. He batted .350 his opening season with the program in helping the Jaguars become the first program in school history to reach No. 1 in the national polls. They would end up 36-8 after advancing to the championship game of the District 3 Regional in their first-ever NCAA postseason appearance.
As a senior, Rosseau hit .390 with a then school record of 34 stolen bases to collect first-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-America honors as USA posted a 33-9 mark following a return to the district tournament. He still stands sixth on USA’s all-time list with a career .369 batting average.
• Schwartz picked up second-team All-America recognition on three occasions during her four-year career with the Jaguar track and field program. She accomplished the feat at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon in both 2011 and 2012, as well as in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championship as a senior. She won five SBC championships — claiming the heptathlon three times and the pentathlon twice — while garnering all-league accolades on three other occasions.
Schwartz remains the school’s all-time leader with 3,996 points in the pentathlon while her mark of 5,614 points in the heptathlon was the best in program history until it was surpassed in May. She was twice named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s all-academic squads.
• The city of Orange Beach Tennis Center will host the second annual Fall UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) Adult/Junior Tennis Tournament Nov. 16-18. Games will also be played at the city of Gulf Shores’ courts.
There will be both singles and doubles competitions. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 13. To register, players must create a UTR profile at myutr.com, then register at myutr.com/events/595.
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• Foley Sports Tourism (FST) will host an anticipated 5,000 soccer players during five tournaments in November. The Sun Belt championship for its women’s teams wrapped up last Sunday. Next is the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I women’s championship Nov. 11-17. The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association will be back for a second time Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 to crown its university-sport club soccer champion.
FST is also hosting two youth soccer tournaments. The first is the Alabama Soccer Association’s State Cup Nov. 2-4, which is expecting 100 boys and girls’ squads. The Coastal Academy Cup Youth Nov. 16-18 will feature 150 teams from across the U.S.
• The Mobile Sports Authority also has a busy schedule. On Nov. 7, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will host the inaugural Southern Super Regional Cheer Competition at the Mobile Civic Center Arena. Competitive cheer squads from middle school to varsity will battle for a spot in the state competition with Traditional (cheer/gymnastics) and Game Day (chants, cheers, stunts, tumbling and/or jumps) routines.
Bishop State Community College will host the AHSAA South Sectional Swim and Dive Meet Nov. 16-17. This event serves as a qualifier for the state finals in Auburn.
The Gulf Coast Clash, a high school wrestling tournament, is set for Nov. 16-17 at the Mobile Civic Center Arena. This inaugural event will feature up to 30 teams from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, including 12 reigning state champs.
The Youth Holiday Bowl National Championship will be Nov. 16-18 at Herndon Sage Park. Local and national teams (ages 5 to 14) will compete for their respective divisional championship rankings and an invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Regionals.