The Concord University baseball team has moved to sixth in the latest NCBWA Atlantic Regional rankings after winning the WVIAC championship for the second time in three years.
Concord (36-18), which trails top-ranked Millersville, followed by Seton Hill, Winston-Salem State, Kutztown and California (Pa.), will learn its NCAA tournament destination on Sunday.
CU golf 11th in Regional
WHEELING —After a disappointing first round the Concord University men's golf team regrouped and improved its score by 12 strokes, shooting a 25-over 309 to move up to 11th overall with a two-round score of 630 at the 2013 NCAA East/Atlantic Super Regional Tournament Tuesday.
Concord, which began the second round in a tie for 13th place, will start its final round Wednesday seven shots behind 10th place Gannon.
Evan Muscari had a team-best score of 74 in the second round, bringing his overall score to 153 (which places him in a four-way tie for 24th overall. Nathaniel Begley (38th, 156), Stefan Labuschagne (57th, 159), Matt Morgan (84th, 164) and Patrik Leveau (88th) are also playing for the Lions.
Chandler Beavers shaved 15 strokes off his first-day score and had a career-day to help Bluefield State’s golf team ascend the leaderboard of the NCAA II Atlantic/East Regional to tie for eighth place after finishing day one tied for 15th place. Beavers and his teammates collectively shot a 299 today and have a 621 (+53) after two days. Wilmington continued to lead all teams, firing a 301 today for a 31-over par 599.
Bluefield State senior Shikhar Kapur was named the NCAA Division II Men’s ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year. The New Dehli, India, native was named All-WVIAC for the fourth consecutive time this season and was a two-time WVIAC Player of the Week selection in 2013. He is ranked 12th in singles and sixth in doubles in the region after leading the Big Blues to their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16. For his career, Kapur is a two-time WVIAC Player of the Year and was WVIAC Freshman of the Year. Bluefield State, the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region will take to the court tomorrow when they face nationally-ranked No. 3 West Florida.
The Concord University softball team had four players earn All-Conference honors for their outstanding play during the 2013 season. Senior shortstop Becca Gleason earned first team honors; freshman catcher Alyssa Morris received second team recognition while senior first baseman Stephanie Harper and sophomore outfielder Jessica Seymour were given honorable mention. Bluefield State junior Brittany Cook received honorable mention for the second consecutive season.
Twin brothers Dillion and Dakoka Painter will play football in the fall at Bluefield College, according to their father David Painter. The duo played at Maiden High School in North Carolina. Dakota is a 6-foot-3, 212-pound defensive end/tight end, while 6-1, 225-pound Dillion is a linebacker. Both were All-Catawba Valley Athletic Conference selections. Dakota caught 30 passes and had 220 tackles, eight fumble recoveries and two interceptions for Maiden. Dillon had 286 tackles, leading Maiden in tackles three seasons in a row.