Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
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Instant Peay Play: Hoops season right around the corner with APSU Govs, Lady Govs beginning preseason practice
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s fall sports maybe in the middle of their respective Ohio Valley Conference seasons, but it’s not too early to look forward to winter and basketball season, with the Governors and Lady Govs basketball teams beginning preseason practice.
As both teams enter the up-coming season they will have big questions to answer, with the Govs looking to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2011-12 season, while the Lady Govs enter the season with a new head coach in David Midlick, who takes over for Carrie Daniels, who had led the women’s team for the past nine seasons.
Clarksville, TN – For the past two seasons, the Austin Peay State University women’s tennis team hasn’t qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference post-season tournament, but if the early play this fall by two freshman sisters is any indication the Lady Govs may be making a return to the post season come spring.
Claudia Yanes Garcia and Lidia Yanes Garcia, who are from Los Realejos, Spain, in their first three tournaments this fall have already shown they are capable of playing with some of the best in the OVC.
Instant Peay Play: APSU Governors baseball fans expectations should be high with Travis Janssen hire
Clarksville, TN – For the best part of the last 20 years Austin Peay State University’s baseball team has been at or near the top of the standings of the Ohio Valley Conference, so this past week’s announcement of the hiring of Travis Janssen as its new head coach should keep fans expectations high.
Since 1994 the baseball program has won 12 OVC titles, six regular-season championships (1994, 2003, 04, 07, 11, 12) and six OVC tournament titles (1996, 2005, 07, 11, 12, 13), which led to six NCAA tournament appearances and two regional final games.
Clarksville, TN – If you have a favorite fall (or even spring) sport at Austin Peay, then there is a pretty good chance that there will be an event in or close to Clarksville for Govs fans to get to, while also adding there is a better-than-average chance that the university will have an announcement about its new head baseball coach, it will make for a busy week for APSU.
The possible decision on the new baseball coach could come at any time this week, with the university completing their on-campus interviews with its six final candidates this past Thursday, on September 10th.
Clarksville, TN – With college football teams not facing another school in a scrimmage before the opening of the regular season, the September 5th contest versus Mercer University has given the Austin Peay coaching staff its first chance to evaluate its talent against someone other than itself, as its moves forward in the 2015 season.
The first thing that jumps out is the improved defensive effort by the Govs, even in the 28-7 loss, after APSU gave up 28 points in the first quarter alone last season versus Mercer on its way to a 49-21 loss in Macon, GA.
Clarksville, TN –Youth and injuries limited Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s cross country teams in 2014, but a year older, a year more experienced and healthy once again, the Govs an Lady Govs are ready to make a move up on the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Lady Govs finished in eighth place in the OVC championship in 2014, while the men finished ninth, and both enter the 2015 regular season picked ninth in the OVC pre-season poll, but the men’s team return eight of 10 runners from last season while the women’s team returns all seven runners from last season.
Clarksville, TN – With its first scrimmage of 2015 under its belt, Austin Peay State University’s football team shows some encouraging signs, with the regular season less than two weeks away, but there is still much to do.
First, for the first time, Governors head coach Kirby Cannon could field what he felt was three full units on other sides of the ball – finally getting the depth on both sides of the ball that he has been building too since arriving at APSU.
Instant Peay Play: APSU Lady Govs Volleyball welcomes large in-coming class to already talented group
Clarksville, TN – Most of the time, when a college volleyball team has six incoming freshmen added to an overall roster that usually numbers between 12 to 14 you expect a certain level of growing pains.
But Austin Peay’s volleyball team welcomes its sextet of newcomers to an already talented returning roster looking to make a run to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in November.
The six newcomers are by far the largest incoming recruiting class for fourth-year head coach Taylor Mott, whose teams have made the OVC tournament in each of her three previous seasons at the helm, including making the semifinals in 2013.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s soccer team missed out on making the postseason in 2014, but with a squad that boasts 17 freshmen and sophomores on its 28-player roster finding the right chemistry will be key in making a return to the postseason in 2015.
Coming off a 4-13-1 mark least season (3-6-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play) it’s chemistry that head coach Kelley Guth, who enters her 14th season at the helm, was focused on even before that took to the field for their first practice on August 8th.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s athletic department is just a day or two away from having its first student-athletes of the 2015-16 school year report to begin fall workouts, but that hasn’t kept the classroom accolades from this past year from coming in.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced this past week that 79 Govs and Lady Govs were among a conference record 1,279 student-athletes to be named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2014-15 school year.
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