Photo | Sam Sumlin placed third in the Nature-Based Activities category of the 2020 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest with his image of a surfer (Grant Hesse) at Orange Beach.
The 2021 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest is currently accepting entries. This year’s contest, which is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Tourism Department, has an entry deadline of Oct. 31.
The photo contest is open to state residents and visitors alike, but qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama in the past two years. Any amateur photographer not employed by ADCNR is encouraged to enter.
A major change to the photo contest is an emphasis on traditional photography techniques and the use of handheld cameras. No cellphone, smartphone, game camera or drone photography will be chosen as winning photos for nine of the 10 categories. Smartphone and tablet photos will be accepted in the Young Photographers category.
A total of eight photos per person may be entered in the following categories; you may enter all eight in one category or spread them among these categories:
Alabama State Parks; Birds; Bugs and Butterflies; Cold-Blooded Critters; Nature-Based Recreation; Scenic; Shoots and Roots; Sweet Home Alabama; Wildlife; and Young Photographers (ages 17 and under).
First place, second place, third place and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in an exhibit traveling to various venues across the state during 2021.
An exhibit of the 2020 winning photos has been on display this month at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort. To view the winning photos online, visit flickr.com/photos/outdooralabama/albums/72157712962216382.
For complete 2021 category descriptions and contest rules, visit outdooralabama.com/outdoor-alabama-photo-contest.
UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE POSTPONEMENTS
The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) has announced men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball championships — along with regular-season conference games — will be postponed to Spring 2021. The men’s and women’s cross-country championships will remain in the fall.
This follows a decision by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Council of Presidents to postpone fall national championships to Spring 2021. The SSAC men’s and women’s cross-country championships were left in the fall since many of those student-athletes compete in indoor and outdoor track and field in the winter and spring.
Institutions maintain autonomy to practice and compete in non-conference contests in the fall.
SPORTS AFFECTED AT SPRING HILL
The Gulf South Conference (GSC) has announced it will postpone competition in men’s and women’s soccer until at least Jan. 1, 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring Hill College (SHC) will also postpone women’s golf and men’s and women’s bowling competition until January at the earliest.
Soccer has been identified as a high-contact-risk sport by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and is subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and “inner bubble” personnel.
The GSC will evaluate options for spring soccer competition that provide meaningful competition for these student-athletes. A spring season may not feature the use of traditional formats for regular-season play or tournaments.
In July, the SHC sports of women’s court volleyball, cross-country and men’s golf were postponed until the spring semester by the college’s primary athletic conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). There is no change in spring sports competition at this time.
* Senior baseball infielder Daniel Rodriguez of SHC has been named to the 2020 Google Cloud Academic All-District 5 team in the NCAA Division II classification for the second consecutive season. The Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) announced the honor.
A financial economics major, Rodriguez hit .324 in his career with 118 runs scored, 26 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs and 107 runs batted in. A member of the 2019 SIAC all-conference and all-tournament first-teams, as well as the D2CCA Baseball All-South Region and ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region teams, Rodriguez previously was a member of the 2019 Academic All-District 5 team and was selected a third-team member of the Academic All-America team that year.
* For the 12th consecutive season, the University of South Alabama men’s golf program has been recognized for its performance in the classroom. The Jaguars were one of 250 teams honored as 2019-20 Team Academic Award winners by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
To be eligible, a college or university must submit the GPA for each player on its official squad list and have a mark of 3.0 or higher during the academic year. The 10 individuals on the Jags’ roster combined to record a 3.42 GPA over the fall and spring semesters.
Rasmus Karlsson paced the group with a 3.81 GPA mark his final season at the collegiate level, and he was joined by the trio of Spencer Arnold, Anders Emil Ejlersen and Kyle Robinson with a GPA at or above 3.5 in 2019-20. The other six members of the program a year ago — Dawson Atkinson, Jacob Hatter, Jacob LeCroy, Mathias Lorentzen, Jordan Plunkett and Yannick Schütz — all had GPAs above 3.0.
* SHC cross-country/track and field seniors David Toups and Ryan Slaymaker have been named to the 2020 Academic All-District 5 team in NCAA Division II. Toups graduated earlier this spring with a 3.78 GPA in biochemistry while Slaymaker held a 3.92 GPA in secondary education/history.
Toups, a middle-distance specialist, was the top-ranked 1,500-meter runner in the SIAC at a time of 4:07.73 before the COVID-19 shutdown in March. He held three Top 5 and two Top 3 cross-country finishes in 2020 along with 25 Top 10 career finishes.
Slaymaker, a throws specialist, was the 2020 SHC Male Scholar-Athlete of Year after joining the track and field team as a junior following two seasons on the Badgers junior varsity men’s soccer team. He earned four letters in two years and compiled eight Top 10 career finishes in javelin with a personal best of 44.22 meters.
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