College football award could change Smith’s career
Hardy named ladies’ champion for 2018
TODAY is one of the biggest days in James Smith’s life.
After 11am today Smith will be just hours away from finding out if he has won the Ray Guy Award at a special ceremony in Atlanta.
Up against Texas A&M’s Braden Mann and University of Utah and fellow Australian Mitch Wishnowsky, University of Cincinnati sophomore Smith was also named as a finalist.
It’s just Smith’s second of four years of college eligibility and if the former Galen star wins today the sacrifice of almost three years of hard work will be rewarded.
If Smith wins the award his selection into the AllAmerican college football team is almost assured, but to be a top-three finalist in just your second season in the college season is a standout achievement.
Smith and the Bearcats achieved ‘bowl eligibility’ after a 6-1 start to the season and will play Virginia Tech on New Year’s Day for the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
In other college McDaniel College’s news, Olivia Storer is having a great season through the first eight games.
Her points per game average has dropped from 11.6 last season to 11.1 in the 2018-19 season, but Storer is averaging eight rebounds (2.8 more than last season) and 2.1 assists (1.4 more per game than last season) in a well-rounded output for the five-foot-eleven forward.
The Green Terror is 6-2 on the season.
In Nebraska, Jalen Barker and South East Community College are 3-9 on the season.
Barker is averaging 2.6 points on a 36 per cent field goal percentage in limited playing time off the bench.
In California, Lloyd Wright and Hope University lost just their second game of the season.
Wright, who played for the Wangaratta Warriors, is in his third year of college eligibility after medically redshirting (sitting out a year due to knee troubles) in his time at Orange Coast College.
The six-five guard scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, assisted on six baskets and recorded a block and a steal in the doubleovertime loss to William Jessup.
UP FOR CHALLENGE: Bryce Willoughby (left) is heading up the wood chopping event, while Adam Burchell could return to defend his 400 metre crown.
GREAT YEAR: Joan Quarrell with her club person of the year award.