JMU’s Gor­don named state’s top player again

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

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.

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