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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s 88th Commencement sees 52 athletes cap careers with degrees

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University has its Commencement ceremonies this past Friday at the Winfield Dunn Center, with the athletic department seeing 52 athletes making the walk across the stage to receive their degrees to cap their careers.

The 50 graduating seniors — and two who earned master’s degrees – came from 13 different teams, along with the cheer squad, led by football with 10 graduating players.

Baseball was next with eight, followed by women’s track and field (5), women’s soccer, women’s basketball and softball with four each.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Danielle Liermann leads sophomore class’ assault on softball record book

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Major league baseball scouts use the old saying ‘Shake a tree full of 10 prospects and nine gloves and one bat will fall out’.

Well, the same thing could be said of fast pitch softball players too and that helps adds to just how impressive Danielle Liermann, Kacy Acree, Carly Mattson and Kendall Vedder’s first two seasons have been for the Austin Peay softball team.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Govs Savannah Amato already among all-time best in pole vault

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s track and field team has had many outstanding athletes come through its program over the years, but sophomore pole vaulter Savannah Amato is on the verge of adding her name as one of the all-time greats in Ohio Valley Conference history.

The 5-5 Delaware, OH native is currently the defending OVC indoor and outdoor pole vault champion and is the odds-on favorite to repeat as outdoor champion.

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Instant Peay Play: Spring postseason begins for APSU Governors this week

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – With just 19 days left before it’s commencement ceremony, the first of Austin Peay State University’s spring sports teams will begin Ohio Valley Conference postseason championship play this week.

Overall, the OVC will host eight spring championships over the next 37 days, beginning this week with women’s golf on April 17th through April 19th and men’s and women’s tennis on April 21st through April 23rd.

Austin Peay Men and Women's Tennis along with the Men and Women's Golf teams begin postseason this week. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men and Women’s Tennis along with the Men and Women’s Golf teams begin postseason this week. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Softball’s Allie Blackwood continues to beat the odds

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.” And in the case of Austin Peay State University softball player Allie Blackwood no truer a statement could be said.

Four years ago, the Dalton, GA native came to Clarksville to pitcher for the Governors softball team and occasionally may see some time at first base and for two and a half years that is what happened.

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Instant Peay Play: Several factors have led to recent struggles for APSU Baseball

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team has hit a lull over the past three weeks, after a solid start to the season, and while there is still a lot of baseball yet to be played for the Governors, some trends need to turn around if they look to get a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference postseason field.

The Govs (12-15, 5-7 OVC) currently sit in the eighth spot in the conference standings, a game ahead of ninth-place SIU Edwardsville and a game-and-a-half ahead of 10th-place Eastern Illinois, with the top eight teams making the OVC postseason tournament field.

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball. (APSU Sports Information)

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Big Week for Austin Peay State University

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Joint Resolution 158 passed last week to honor Austin Peay State University’s upcoming 90th anniversary. Founded April 26th, 1927, the namesake of Governor Austin Peay has continuously grown over the decades, and been particularly friendly towards veterans and active duty personnel stationed at Fort Campbell.

The university has undergone a major shift this week as its newfound independent board met for the first time with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam present. Under Governor Haslam, Austin Peay and most other four year institutions in Tennessee have been released from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Women’s Tennis team faces big showdowns this week

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s tennis team made a return to the Ohio Valley Conference postseason in 2016, after a two-year hiatus, but with the start of Ohio Valley Conference play in 2017 the Govs have come out of the gates quickly, but face some tough opponents this week as they try to remain undefeated in conference play.

The Govs enter the week with an overall record of 5-5, but more importantly a 3-0 mark in OVC play – one of three teams yet to drop a match in conference play this year – having opened OVC play with victories over Tennessee State (5-2) and Belmont (4-3) on the road and Jacksonville State (6-1) at home this past Saturday.

2017 Austin Peay Women's Tennis Team (Top L to R) Ana Albertson, Brittney Covington, Isabela Jovanovic, Helena Kuppig, Alessandra Maganuco, Claudia Yanes Garcia, and Lidia Yanes Garcia. (APSU Sports Information)

2017 Austin Peay Women’s Tennis Team (Top L to R) Ana Albertson, Brittney Covington, Isabela Jovanovic, Helena Kuppig, Alessandra Maganuco, Claudia Yanes Garcia, and Lidia Yanes Garcia. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: Busy and key home week for APSU Governors athletics

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – If you’re a fan of Austin Peay State University athletics — or spring sports in general — this may be the week for you, as the Govs have several key home events coming up over the next seven days that should have huge Ohio Valley Conference implications for those teams.

For baseball (10-9, 4-2 OVC) , the Govs open the week with a couple of mid-week games (Tuesday-Wednesday) versus Arkansas State (11-8) — who have played 10 straight games at home – having not played away from Jonesboro, AR, since February 26th.

Busy week for Austin Peay Sports. (APSU Sports Information)

Busy week for Austin Peay Sports. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Dave Loos’ legacy unparalleled in Govs history

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University will be holding a press conference March 6th at the Dunn Center – on the court that bears his name — to not only announce the retirement of long-time head men’s basketball coach Dave Loos, but to also celebrate one of the greatest legacy’s any coach at any Ohio Valley Conference institution.

For the last 27 years, Loos has patrolled the sidelines of basketball courts in the OVC accumulating an all-time conference best 421 victories, over 100 wins more than the prior all-time win’s leader Cal Luther – who finished with 319 victories in 1999.

APSU Head Basketball Coach Dave Loos

APSU Head Basketball Coach Dave Loos

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