Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team looked like it was a lock to return to the postseason three weeks ago, after coming up short last season, but a recent slide in OVC play has pushed the Govs to the brink of missing the OVC tournament for the second straight year.
After taking two of three games versus Belmont back on April 10th through 12th, the Governors had an 11-7 record in OVC play and what looked like a secure spot in the tournament field.
Instant Peay Play: Midlick has work ahead of him to return APSU Lady Govs to the elite of OVC Women’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – When Austin Peay State University announced the hiring of David Midlick as the new women’s basketball coach this past week that was the easy part of trying to return the Lady Govs back to being a force in the OVC …now the hard work begins.
Midlick inherits a team that has several solid to outstanding parts, but also a team that struggled to play up to their talent levels over extended games or even minutes in a single game.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s track and field team has proven to be one of the best squads in the Ohio Valley Conference the past few years, but the Lady Govs hope an outstanding performance in its first home meet in two years is just the preview to things to come with the OVC outdoor championships being held at Governors Stadium.
The last time Austin Peay held a home meet was on April 23rd, 2013, but after not being able to hold a home event with the renovations to the new Governors Stadium in 2014, the April 17th and 18th APSU Invitational gave the Lady Govs a chance show off their talents in a home-field advantage setting.
Instant Peay Play: APSU Softball’s Niya Sparks demonstrating hard work and belief can overcome adversity
That’s not the case anymore; with the junior finally reaping the rewards of a lot of hard work and self-belief in becoming one of the top hitters at her position in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Instant Peay Play: Austin Peay State University Athletes have big week in collecting OVC and State Honors
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s athletic department had one of its best weeks in recent memory in picking up both Ohio Valley Conference and state-wide honors, as four student-athletes were recognized for individual excellence.
Leading the quartet was Chandler Groves, of the Lady Govs softball team, as the sophomore left fielder was not only named the adidas® softball Player of the Week by the OVC, she also took home Softball Player of the Week (for the state of Tennessee) by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Clarksville, TN – As the Austin Peay football team goes through its third spring practice under head coach Kirby Cannon what has been at times a steep learning curve for the Govs in the past doesn’t seem as steep with more than a few encouraging indications shown in the first scrimmage.
The Governors return a veteran group on defense this spring, but they also have more that their share of talented playmakers at the skill positions poised to make their own statement come fall.
Clarksville, TN – With the top three offensive leaders from last season lost to graduation, including three-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer Lauren de Castro, this year’s Austin Peay softball team was going to have to have several players step up and do their best to replace those numbers lost to graduation.
One of those that have answered the need has been sophomore first baseman Christiana Gable, who has proven through the first half of the season to be among the best in being able to drive runs in when the opportunities presents themselves.
After a three-year run that saw two regular-season Ohio Valley Conference titles, three OVC tournament championships, three trips to the NCAA Tournament and an average of 40 wins per season, the Govs missed the post season in 2014 with a squad that featured 13 freshmen on its 33-man roster.
Clarksville, TN – Spring sports for Austin Peay always have to deal with the possibility of bad weather, but so far this spring the weather had more than proven to be the Governors main opponent over the first month of play.
Baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track and field have all felt the grip of the late winter weather forcing game time changes, postponements, cancellations and even venue changes just to try to get their respective seasons in.
Clarksville, TN – Some athletes play big and others play big when the lights shine brightest and Austin Peay track and field standout Breigh Jones continues to show she is one of the best to ever run for the Lady Govs.
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