Col­lege foot­ball award could change Smith’s ca­reer

Hardy named ladies’ cham­pion for 2018

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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