Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
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Clarksville, TN – A week ago Austin Peay State University announced that football head coach Kirby Cannon would be relieved of his duties as head coach after three seasons, and an overall win-loss record of 1-34, but that in of itself won’t fix a program that has suffered through 29 losing seasons over the past 31 years.
But with the exception of two or three spans in its 79-year football history Austin Peay has struggled to win on the gridiron, with only 18 winning seasons (three more that finished at .500) for the Governors and an overall record of 275-520-16 for a .349 winning percentage.
Clarksville, TN – Almost three years ago Austin Peay State University Lady Govs basketball player Shelby Olszewski thought her career on the hardwood was over, but several factors leading into this season have led her back to basketball and a second chance to end what she began on her own terms.
“I never really expected that I would come back (and play basketball),” Olszewski said. “I never thought I would do it, but my sister (Nicole) said to me when I told her that I was going to come back and play again said ‘at least you’ll get to finish what you started’”.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s fall sports semester ended November 14th, with football, volleyball and cross country wrapping up their respective season’s, and for the fifth straight semester failed to win an Ohio Valley Conference title.
That run of five semesters is the longest for Austin Peay since a stretch from 2008-2010 with no OVC titles.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s basketball teams won their respective three preseason games last week, but while winning those games, there were some questions answered and others still to be solved with the beginning of the regular season on November 13th looming.
First, and with little question coming into the preseason, the Governors’ senior center Chris Horton and the Lady Govs’ senior Tiasha Gray showed they are still a pair of the best players in the Ohio Valley Conference with Horton averaging 22.5 points and 11 rebounds in his two exhibition games – shooting 68.2 percent from the floor (15-22) and 84.2 percent from the free throw line (16-19).
Instant Peay Play: Austin Peay’s Chris Horton, Tiasha Gray will be opponent focus again this Basketball Season
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s basketball teams open up their respective season’s this week with exhibition games, but with the regular season beginning next week, opponents know they will have to prepare to stop two key APSU players.
Those two are the Governors senior center Chris Horton and the Lady Govs senior point guard Tiasha Gray, who were both selected to their respective preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference teams, and are key for success in the upcoming year.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball team has missed the postseason for the past three seasons and is again picked to miss out on making the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in this year’s preseason poll by the conference’s coaches and sports information directors.
But looking deeper into the Governors 2015-16 squad and the other teams in the OVC, Austin Peay’s chances may not be as much of a long shot as that poll indicates, with APSU picked to finish fifth in the OVC West Division and what would be ninth overall in total points – with the top eight teams making the OVC tournament field.
Clarksville Junior Golf Tour founding father Dr. Keith Peterson honored with Statue at Swan Lake Golf Course
Clarksville, TN – On a day that would have been perfect for the game that he loved, longtime outstanding golfer and advocate of junior golf in the Clarksville area, the late Dr. Keith Peterson was honored with a statue at Swan Lake Golf Course October 21st.
In a ceremony near the putting green, and preceded by a short address from Clarksville mayor Kim McMillan to a gathering of around 75 friends and family, a bronze statue of a young golfer was unveiled to honor Dr. Peterson, who passed away in May.
“It totally blows my mind and it would his too,” said Peterson’s wife of over 43 years Sally. “He fell in love with this statue when he saw it years ago and he always wanted to get one. So just the statue itself would have been amazing, but to have it near the putting green is perfect because it was his heaven and just a perfect place for him.”
Clarksville, TN – A little over a week ago all Austin Peay head men’s basketball coach Dave Loos had to worry about was getting his team ready for the up-coming season – his 26th as the Governors head coach.
Well, that all changed when his son Brad, who is an assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri, and wife Jen learned their five-year old daughter Ryhan – his granddaughter – was diagnosed with Stage 4 bone cancer in her leg.
The news had to be unimaginable and a nightmare that no family should have to go through with a child.
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.
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