JMU’s Gordon named state’s top player again
James Madison senior Kate Gordon was named state player of the year by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors for the second straight year, while Virginia Tech collected the other three major awards.
Tech’s Keely Rochard was named pitcher of the year, Pete D’Amour was named coach of the year and Kaylee Hewitt was chosen as rookie of the year.
Gordon was named to the the all-state first unit along with teammate Sara Jubas. After 19 games of the coronavirus-shortened season, Gordon led the nation with a .557 batting average and took over the JMU career home run record with 50 after recording 10 this season.
Other first-unit selections were catcher Mackenzie Lawter of Virginia Tech; first baseman Kiaya Jeusi of Hampton; second baseman Amber Bishop of Liberty; third baseman Kelsey Bennett of Virginia Tech; outfielder Jayme Bailey of Virginia Tech; outfielder Kara Canetto of Liberty; and outfielder Sydney Fisher of Radford; utilty player Grace Chavez of Virginia Tech; and pitchers Sydney Backstrom (Longwood), Jessie Marvin (Radford) and Rochard.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has removed a statue of its “Hey Reb!” mascot from in front of its alumni center following outcry from student groups, including the Native American Student Association. The bronze statue of a man with a huge mustache and his hands on his waist was in front of the Tam Alumni Center and is expected to be returned to its donors.
Marquette said the NCAA has granted guard D.J. Carton a waiver that will enable the Ohio State transfer to play for his new team in the upcoming season. Carton, a 6-foot-2 guard, has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Former Minnesota coach Don Lucia was named commissioner of the newly formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association, an NCAA Division I league set to start in the 2021-22 season. Lucia won two national championships and made five trips to the Frozen Four over 19 seasons running the Gophers, until retiring from the bench in 2018.
Gyorgy Karpati, a three-time Olympic water polo champion for Hungary, has died. He was 84. Mr. Karpati, who won Olympic gold medals in 1952, 1956 and 1964, was the last surviving member of the Hungarian team which defeated the Soviet Union at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne just weeks after the crushing of Hungary’s anti-Soviet revolution.