College Sports

FVSU sponsoring golf fund-raiser

Fort Valley State will mix golf and football on April 9 at the Perry Country Club when it hosts the inaugural Lomax & Porter Golf fund-raising tournament.

The tournament is named after the two legendary FVSU head football coaches, Stan Lomax and Doug Porter.

Cost is $50 per player or $200 for a foursome, and includes a catered lunch as well as the chance to compete in longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests.

Hole sponsorships are $250.

The tournament precedes the spring football game at 2 p.m. on April 10 and is part of a busy week.

The football team will square off against the track team in assorted sprints April 7, with two basketball games between FVSU athletic teams on a day later.

The school will host a tournament mixer April 8, and a block party will lead up to the spring football game.

For more information, contact FVSU head coach Donald Pittman at 478-825-6699.

Mercer’s Boeth resigns

Associate head baseball coach Tim Boeth resigned, according to a release from Mercer on Friday.

Boeth was in the middle of his fifth season at Mercer and was the Bears’ hitting and infield coach.

The 34-year-old native of St. Louis played at Central Florida and was an A-Sun all-tournament pick in 1998 and second-team all-conference selection in 1999. He was picked in the 33rd round by Anaheim in the 1999 draft as well as by Milwaukee in the 49th round of the 1996 draft.

Mercer went 2-1 in a weekend series at Jacksonville. Head coach Craig Gibson said in the release that Boeth wouldn’t be replaced until after the season.

Around GCSU/Peach Belt

n The Georgia College & State University baseball team is up to No. 19 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, thanks in part to a sweep of then-No. 5 Columbus State.

The Bobcats are joined by five other Peach Belt Conference teams in the top 30: No. 7 USC Aiken, No. 9 Columbus State, No. 11 Francis Marion, No. 16 North Georgia and No. 17 UNC Pembroke.

GCSU is 33rd in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national poll and eighth in the NCBWA Southeast Region.

The Bobcats are likely to improve after winning two of three over the weekend at No. 7 USC Aiken to improve to 17-10 overall and 9-3 in the Peach Belt.

GCSU returns home this week for six straight, starting Tuesday against Clark Atlanta.

n Both of the GCSU’s cross country teams were chosen to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic Teams, the organization announced recently.

The women’s team has a 3.48 GPA while the men have a 3.14 mark.

Six women made the group’s national all-academic team: Heather Raines, Bonnie Nikelin, Alycia Hayes, Virginia Balkcom, Dani Destiche and Victoria Dobson.

The women topped six PBC schools on the list while the men were second of three.

Around Mercer/A-Sun

n For all the talk of how young Kentucky is this basketball season, its first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament wasn’t exactly a bunch of gray-hairs.

According to statistician Ken Pomeroy, who tracks a massive amount of things, ETSU was the eighth-youngest team in the tournament. Of course, Kentucky was the youngest, but there is that difference in talent level.

Georgia Tech was the third-youngest.

East Tennessee State, which beat Mercer 72-66 in the A-Sun tournament championship, had only one senior and four juniors in uniform when the Bucs took on the Wildcats, and that lone senior — guard Jacolby Davis — averaged 20.2 minutes.

While head coach Murry Bartow likely caught grief from the ETSU fan base for the 100-71 margin, it wasn’t the worst A-Sun defeat in the tournament. In fact, it was only the seventh time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams that the conference was a 16th seed.

Belmont’s 78-44 loss to UCLA in a 15-2 game in 2006 topped the 29-point margin, which ranked sixth in conference losses in the tournament.

Georgia State, now in the Colonial Athletic Association, holds the dubious honor of the worst tournament loss, 117-72 to Arkansas in a 1991 16 vs. 1 game.

Of course, Georgia State also has the last NCAA tournament win for the conference, 50-49 over Wisconsin in 2001.

Most would be surprised to know that the A-Sun is usually competitive in the NCAA tournament despite rarely getting better than a 14th seed. Since 1985, the A-Sun has lost more games by 15 points or less (15) than by 20 or more (10). And 10 have been by single digits, including Mercer’s 65-78 loss to Georgia Tech in 1985.

n Two former A-Sun basketball programs are looking for head coaches for the first time in a long time.

Central Florida fired Kirk Speraw two weeks ago after 17 seasons as the Knights’ head coach. He was 279-233.

UCF was 40-38 in Conference USA after leaving the A-Sun in 2005-06.

And Lea Henry, who played at Tennessee and in the 1984 Summer Olympics before four successful seasons as head coach at Mercer, surprisingly announced her resignation at Georgia State on Monday.

She was 245-222 at Georgia State and 55-55 at Mercer. Georgia State was 25-65 in conference play in five Colonial Athletic Association seasons.