Apprentice School (15-9) begins play Wednesday in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association nationals as the No. 7 seed and will face defending champion Rochester (Mich.), a suburban Detroit team that's seeded second, at 5 p.m. in Uniontown, Pa.
Apprentice sophomore Kenya Wilkerson received honorable mention in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-American selections.
Her senior teammate Brittanie Herriott was an All-Academic selection, an honor that requires at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4-point scale. ...
Apprentice enters its USCAA quarterfinal — also against Rochester (Mich.) in Uniontown — with a 21-4 record, an 11-game winning streak and the No. 4 seeding. Rochester is No. 5. ...
In the Big South tournament’s first round in Conway, S.C., Woodside High graduate Aianna Kelly had 13 points and nine rebounds as No. 7 seed Presbyterian beat No. 10 Longwood 54-40, holding the Lancers (8-22) without a field goal for the final 8:54.
Presbyterian, ranked second nationally in scoring defense, next faces second-seeded Liberty at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Also, Shonese Jones scored on an offensive rebound as the final buzzer sounded, giving No. 8 UNC Asheville a 43-42 win over No. 9 Radford.
William and Mary’s Jason Inghram of Chesapeake was named a Colonial Athletic Association Co-Pitcher of the Week.
He pitched eight innings, allowing just one run (which was unearned) and one infield hit, as the Tribe beat Maryland Baltimore County en route to a series sweep. For the year, he is 1-0 with a 0.82 earned-run average and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings.
W&M made it official, announcing the resignation of assistant coach David Corley, a former Tribe standout quarterback who is joining Connecticut’s staff.
Christopher Newport split two matches on its spring-break trip to Atlanta, beating Oglethorpe 6-3 before falling 9-0 to Emory, the nation’s third-ranked Division III team.
Against Oglethorpe, freshman Katlyn Yarborough, a Warwick High graduate, gained her first two college victories, teaming with Kelsey Clark to prevail at No. 3 doubles and then winning at No. 6 singles. ...
Denver, ranked 70th in Division I, recently beat New Mexico 4-3 in Albuquerque with big help from freshman Maureen Slattery of Newport News.
The former Warwick and Hampton Roads Academy star helped win a line 3 doubles match 8-7 to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Last season's Daily Press Player of the Year then went to No. 1 singles -- a spot ahead of her usual line -- and posted a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win.
CNU (5-2) lost 8-1 at No. 7 Emory, though Captains freshman Sam Thomson pulled out a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 triumph on singles line 3 over senior Nick Szczurek. That’s believed to be CNU’s first-ever individual win against the Eagles.
After helping W&M achieve its second-best score of the season Friday in N.C. State’s quad meet, Brittany Stover, Olivia O’Connor and Larson Lasek earned weekly honors from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Stover was named Gymnast of the Week for the fifth time this season, while O’Connor was the Rookie of the Week and Lasek was the Coaches’ Choice.
Norfolk State’s Thea Aspiras was named a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Bowler of the Week. She averaged 196.8 in four games Saturday in Durham, N.C., in the final MEAC Southern Division competition of the year, leading NSU to a 6-2 weekend mark that gave the Spartans a 19-5 conference record.
Checkers rally past Admirals
The Charlotte Checkers scored two goals in the final 4:30 to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 3-2 before 2,526 in a rescheduled AHL game at Scope. It had been postponed because of inclement weather.
Norfolk squandered a chance to pass Binghamton for first place in the Eastern Division, but the Admirals still are fifth in the Eastern Conference, whose top eight teams will qualify for the 16-team playoffs.
The Admirals' Emerson Etem netted a first-period goal, but the Checkers replied on a goal by Chris Terry, their leading scorer this season.
With 9:27 left in regulation, Dave Steckel flipped a shot on goal from a difficult angle that found its way into the net, putting the Admirals ahead 2-1.
But while Norfolk’s Antoine Laganiere was in the penalty box for a hook, Philippe Cornet converrted a rebound up and over Admirals goalie John Gibson, tying the score with 4:30 left.
Just as the game looked like it was headed to overtime, the Checkers sprung an odd-man rush. Winger Aaron Palushaj placed a pass across the slot for Sean Dolan. who reached and one-timed a floater over Gibson's leg.
The Admirals' Sami Vatanen, part of Finland's Olympic bronze medal-winners, missed the game because of an injury and flew to Anaheim, home of the Admirals' parent club, to have it checked.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun