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Humdrum Season Paves the Way

 

sec_logoThe 2009 SEC season is a script that has been played out before. Perhaps the coaches’ off field battles and minor controversies are compensating for a lack of on field action. After all, Florida has remained #1 the entire season, just as the prognosticators predicted. Their rematch against Alabama in the SEC championship game has been a sure thing since September. The rebuilding teams are showing the inconsistent improvement fans expected, the overhyped media darling (this year played by Ole Miss) crumbled under expectations, and South Carolina jumped to a promising start only to suffer a string of late season defeats. One might question why they bothered watching this season.

Any fan who chose to sit this one out will surely regret it. They would have missed the season in which Alabama’s field goal kicker broke school records for all-time scoring. They would have missed some of the wackiest fumble recoveries in recent memory. And they would have missed the unimaginable decline of Florida’s super-quarterback Tim Tebow.

Todd Tebow (University of Florida Athletics)

Todd Tebow (University of Florida Athletics)

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Clarksville Foxes holding sign-ups on November 21st

 

clarksvillefoxtrixieThe Clarksville Fox is a women’s full contact semi-pro football team that is beginning their 4th season in Clarksville, TN. They will be holding sign-ups for their 2010 season on Saturday November 21st at Northwest High School’s Football Field (800 Lafayette Rd).  Sign-ups will be from 12:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m., followed by some “Ultimate Football”.  So make sure you come ready to play! Fox Fans, friends, and family members are all welcome to come watch the ladies having some fun starting at 3:00 p.m.

Clarksville Fox Women's Full Contact Football team

The Clarksville Fox facing the Tennessee Valley Tigers

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APSU Volleyball: Champine named OVC “Player of the Year,” three receive All-OVC recognition

 

apsugovernorsAustin Peay State University senior outside hitter Stephanie Champine has been named the Ohio Valley Conference’s “Player of the Year,” the league office announced, Wednesday. In addition, she was named first-team All-OVC along with junior setter Sarah Alisaleh while junior middle blocker Jessica Mollman received second-team All-OVC honors.

Stephanie Champine

Stephanie Champine

Champine becomes the third Lady Govs all-time to receive the league’s “Player of the Year,” joining Connie Caldwell (1987) and Isabel Canedo (1992). In addition, it is the first time in program history that three players received All-OVC (first or second team) honors in the same season.

“When I first met this team back in March, there was a prevailing sentiment the other coaches in the OVC didn’t respect the athletes of Austin Peay as much as they perhaps should have,” said Austin Peay head coach Mike Johnson. “My challenge to them was to simply worry about getting better each day and the fringe benefits such as All-Conference awards would come. Our team has taken that mindset to heart, and I’m proud of the gains we have made. I am so very happy for all of the Lady Govs. These are team honors, and Champ, Sarah and Jess would be the first to tell you that.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Women’s Basketball: Herring’s 23 leads Lady Govs past Lipscomb

 

apsugovernorsNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hampered by slow starts to both halves, Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team pieced together late scoring bursts in each frame to post a 61-52 non-conference victory against Lipscomb, Tuesday night, at Allen Arena.

Lipscomb (1-2) got off to a fast start as Austin Peay had difficulty controlling the ball. The Lady Govs began the game making just 2-of-10 from the field and committed six of its 11 first-half turnovers in the opening seven minutes. The Lady Bisons took advantage and opened a nine-point, 13-4, lead with 13:33 remaining.

Junior Ashley Herring led the Lady Govs with 23 points in a victory at Lipscomb, Tuesday. (Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Junior Ashley Herring led the Lady Govs with 23 points in a victory at Lipscomb, Tuesday. (Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

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Holt bolts Govs past TSU

 

apsugovernorsJunior Terrence Holt scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 71-yard punt return, leading Austin Peay State University to a 24-21 come-from-behind win over Tennessee State, Saturday, at Governors Stadium. It marked the Govs first win over the Tigers since 1995.

The punt return was Holt’s second touchdown – the first coming on a 22-yard run earlier in the third quarter. Holt, the Football Championship Subdivision leader in all-purpose yards, finished with 222 all-purpose yards – 77 rushing, 37 receiving, 25 on kick returns and 83 on punt returns. It also was Holt’s seventh two-touchdown game this season.

Sophomore Ryan White led the Govs offense with 27 carries for 115 yards, becoming only the sixth player in APSU history to run for 1,000 yards–he now has 1,024 yards on the season.

APSU Running Back Ryan White

APSU Running Back Ryan White

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APSU Volleyball: Lady Govs end regular-season with sweep of Murray State

 

Austin Peay def. Murray State, 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-20)

apsugovernorsOn senior day, Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team sent its seniors out with a victory, posting a three-set victory (25-14, 27-25, 25-20) against Murray State, Saturday, in Ohio Valley Conference action at the Dunn Center. It was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Austin Peay (22-8, 15-3 OVC) opened the match with a wire-to-wire victory in the opening set. The Lady Govs jumped out to an 8-4 lead and did not look back, leading by as much as 11 points, 22-11, late. The Lady Govs posted 15 kills in the opening set while the Racers were limited to eight kills.

The APSU Lady Govs playing the  Murray State Racers

The APSU Lady Govs playing the Murray State Racers

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Volunteers pull away from Governors in second half

 

apsugovernorsTennessee blew open a close game with a 12-2 run to open the second half as it downed Austin Peay State University, 83-54, in non-conference basketball action played Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

It was the season opener for both teams.

Austin Peay trailed by as much as 17 first-half points but used a 13-2 rally, sparked by a zone defense, near half’s end to cut the deficit to six, 31-25. Additionally, a pair of sophomores also charged the Govs offense—point guard Tyrone Caldwell scored six points, including a three pointer and a traditional three-point play, and forward Anthony Campbell added five, including a long three pointer.

APSU at UT (Courtesy: David Weinhold/UTSports.com)

APSU at UT (Courtesy: David Weinhold/UTSports.com)

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APSU Volleyball: Lady Govs win in wire-to-wire fashion over Skyhawks

 

Volleyball: Austin Peay def. Tennessee Martin, 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-10)

apsugovernorsAustin Peay State University’s volleyball team quickly dispatched visiting Tennessee Martin in three sets (25-10, 25-9, 25-10), in Ohio Valley Conference action, Friday night, at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay (21-8, 14-3 OVC) led each of the three sets wire-to-wire and needed just 30 kills in the victory, recording a .324 attack percentage. They did not record more than two attack errors in any of the three sets. The Lady Govs recorded nine service aces in the contest and posted six blocks.

Kirstin Distler firing a setup shot towards UT Martin

Kirstin Distler firing a setup shot towards UT Martin

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APSU Baseball: Bat Govs open signing period with splash, nine sign NLIs

 

apsugovernorsFacing the loss of 11 seniors, including four pitchers, following the upcoming 2010 campaign, Austin Peay State University head baseball coach Gary McClure and his coaching staff had plenty of work to do on the recruiting trail. That work paid off, Wednesday, as nine players signed a letter of intent on the first day of the signing period.

The Govs signed eight high school seniors and one junior college sophomore to letters of intent. The nine players hail from seven different states: Tennessee, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey and New York. Four pitchers, including three left-handed hurlers, are included in the count along with two catchers and three fielders.

An APSU Baseball Game from 2008

An APSU Baseball Game from 2008

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APSU Volleyball: Lady Govs close regular-season slate this weekend

 

apsugovernorsAustin Peay State University’s volleyball team will bring one of its most successful Ohio Valley Conference campaigns will come to a close when it hosts a pair of league contests this weekend. The Lady Govs will host Tennessee Martin in a 7 p.m., Friday contest before closing out the regular season with a 2 p.m., Saturday contest against Murray State at the Dunn Center.

This weekend also will bring to a close the careers of three Lady Govs players – Stephanie Champine, Kirstin Distler and Marisa Jordan. That trio will be recognized before the start of Saturday’s contest against Murray State.

Austin Peay wraps up the 2009 regular-season with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matches this weekend. (Courtesy: Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

Austin Peay wraps up the 2009 regular-season with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matches this weekend. (Courtesy: Lois Jones/Austin Peay)

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