Central closes strong at NCAA tourney. A pair of final-hole birdies let the Central College men’s golf team climb into a tie for 17th place in the final round of the NCAA Division III championships Friday. Central’s two seniors, Andrew Townsend (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) and Justin Smool (Bagley, Panorama HS), each birdied their final collegiate hole and the Dutch closed with a second straight 299 at the par-72 Hershey Links Golf Course. Central finished with 304-319-299-299—1221, tying Nebraska Wesleyan for 17th place in the 37-team tournament. The Dutch were 19th at the 2009 NCAA tournament. Top-ranked Methodist (N.C.) squeezed out a one-shot win over Guilford (N.C.), 1177 to 1178, to claim the title. Huntingdon (Ala.) followed at 1181. Townsend tied for 32nd in the individual standings at 72-80-75-73—300 while Smool shared 34th place at 74-78-75-74—301. Jason Harvey (junior, Goldfield, Clarion-Goldfield HS) tied for 77th at 80-78-76-76—310 with Brent Goodenow (sophomore, Johnston) tied for 100th at 80-84-78-76—318 and Brent Messmore (sophomore, Hudson) tied for 110th at 78-83-73-88—322. Tain Lee, an individual qualifier from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) fired a sizzing 7-under-par 65 Friday to run away with medalist honors. He finished with 69-68-72-65—275 for an eight-shot win. “We had four scores in the 70s again, which is what we want—actually, four pretty good scores,” coach Clint Brown said. “It was good to have a sub-300 score the last two days and to have our two seniors birdie their final hole and go out with really strong rounds.” That capped another impressive season for the perennially powerful Central program, which was making its 29th NCAA tournament appearance in the past 35 years. The Dutch were second at the 21-team Wartburg Invitational, first at the 22-team Buena Vista Invitational and snared their 28th Iowa Conference championship. “It was a good season,” Brown said. “It was a great year for our seniors and we’ve now got three other guys with national tournament experience returning. We’re looking forward to having them back next fall.”Brown stepped up to serve as interim coach for the spring season following the January resignation of Charlie Estabrook who, in 12 seasons, led the Dutch to seven league titles. Estabrook had a large hand in an eighth crown this season, having recruited this year’s squad. Maryville Univ. (Mo.) coach Chad Green has been hired to take over the Dutch program this fall.
Do you waDo you want to play college football? Getting recruited by a college to play football, especially by an NCAA-sanctioned school, is one of the biggest honors a high school football player can receive. However, there are only a limited amount of scholarships available each year and getting noticed is becoming more and more competitive. To be one of the lucky few to gain a college scholarship in football, follow these steps. It is the dream of thousands of high school players every year to make it too the next level. There are over 306,000 senior high school football players every year. Of those only 17,500 on average will make it to the NCAA. That number includes all freshman from DI, DII and DIII. Less than 6% take the step and play in college. That number may seem low and it is. The main reason high school players don’t play in college is simply because they don’t want to. That means if you have the desire and a little talent, you will be able to find a college to play football at. If you just want to play in college, enjoy your social life and have a great overall experience, DIII is the place for you. Those football players who want to play in college and earn a scholarship are up against serious competition. There are 85 scholarships in NCAA DI, 63 in I-AA and 36 at DII colleges.To compete for these and play college football you need to have a recruiting system that you are willing to put time and effort into. There is no easy way to play college football, you have to work. Those football players who put the same effort into their recruiting as they do on the field, as the ones who get invited to camp. You can also walk-on at all NCAA football programs. What you want to be is called a “preferred walk-on.” This means you go through the recruiting process the same as you would when seeking a football scholarship. If you are not offered a scholarship by the college of your choice, you can ask to be a preferred walk-on and get invited to camp. You will have all the same privileges and access as a scholarship athlete does, but will be paying 100% until you become a contributing player. Here are 5 quick tips to play college football: Start the recruiting process early: While it is never too late to start technically, those football players who start before their Senior year have a much higher success rate. Get good grades: Even though the NCAA Clearinghouse minimum can be met by anyone with a high school diploma, 50% of DI programs can’t get you past admissions without a 3.0 GPA. Get great film: Make sure you get a copy of every game tape. Even if your coach films the games, give him a blank tape to make a copy. You will need these when making your personal recruiting packet. Take the extra steps: Are you lifting extra during the off-season and in-season? Are you doing extra conditioning and speed work outside of practice? Putting in a few extra hours a week will show during games and is what separates scholarship from walk-on. Communicate: Tell your high school coach you want to play in college. Call college coaches and tell them you want to play for their program. If college coaches don’t know about you and don’t know you are a player, they can’t recruit you. To play college football you need to put in effort, both on and off the field. Off the field in the classroom and towards football recruiting. With a solid recruiting plan you can beat out the competition and find a great college football program to play at. If you want to Play College Football click the link and get for free, “The Top 20 Myths of College Athletic Scholarships.” Take action today or be left at home in the fall after you graduate, wondering what could have been.
Crimson Tide Roll: Top-Ranked Alabama Prevails Over Texas In National Title Tilt Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a key touchdown from the one-yard line in the final two minutes, as the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide toppled Texas 37-21 Thursday in the Citi BCS National Championship Game. Alabama (14-0) earned their 13th national championship and their first since 1992. Longhorns star quarterback and Heisman finalist Colt McCoy was forced to leave the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. McCoy, the NCAA all-time leader in career wins, got hit by defensive lineman Marcell Dareus at the Alabama 11-yard line. Despite the exit of McCoy, the Longhorns led 6-0 after the first period. Dareus later returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half as the Crimson Tide rolled to 24-6 advantage after 30 minutes of action. Texas backup signal-caller freshman Garrett Gilbert tried to fill in the shoes of the senior All-American McCoy, but struggled in the first half. Gilbert, the son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, steadied himself and threw two fourth quarter TD passes to Jordan Shipley, the last a 28-yard connection that drew Texas within 24-19. His two-point conversion pass to Dan Buckner pushed the No. 2 Longhorns closer, 24-21. But that was the last time Texas would score, as Gilbert lost a fumble and threw two interceptions in the final six minutes. Greg McElroy completed 6-of-11 for 58 yards, as Alabama gave the SEC its fourth consecutive national champion.
Tickets for the University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness will be available at 6 a.m. Oct.3 at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com Tickets are free, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a service fee attached, and there will be a limit of two tickets per household. At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 8a.m. Sept.30. The athletic department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking.
Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky’s 2009-10 men’s and women’s basketball teams, will be at 7:30p.m. Oct.16. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena beginning at 6 p.m. the night of Big Blue Madness. This will be the fifth time Madness has been held in Rupp Arena.