Topic: James “Fly” Williams
Clarksville, TN – Even though the 2016-17 men’s college basketball season is in its first week, Austin Peay State University’s Josh Robinson has shown he has to be considered one of, if not, the favorite to lead the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring this season.
There are several reasons that Robinson, a 6-2, junior from St. Louis, MO, could follow former teammate Chris Horton; who led the OVC in scoring last year with an average on 18.8 points per game.
Clarksville, TN – For the past four seasons Austin Peay basketball player Chris Horton has been one of the best players in Ohio Valley Conference history to not make the postseason, well that all changed February 27th with the Governors earning a spot in the postseason for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Just how good has Horton been? Well, let’s start with his numbers for Austin Peay.
Heading into his first OVC Tournament game, Horton ranks 10th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,615 points – just 11 points from tying Trenton Hassell for ninth place — and 30 points behind Anthony Davis for eighth place.
Austin Peay inducts Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson into APSU Hall of Fame
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Clarksville, TN – Gary McClure, Austin Peay State University’s all-time winningest baseball coach who has taken his Governors to five NCAA Regionals, and Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, whose dedication to APSU athletics and its athletes extends well beyond financial contributions and services, were inducted into to the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday.
In addition, Andrew Lorentzson, who starred in basketball for Austin Peay in the mid-1930s when it was a junior college, also was inducted through the University’s new Honors category, reserved for those former athletes who competed at least 50 years ago. Loren McCamey Schanding, granddaughter of the late Lorentzson, who died in 1971, accepted the award for the family.
Dr. Beazley has helped APSU athletics enjoy a “Wonderful Life”
Clarksville, TN – Former APSU athletic trainer Chuck Kimmel likes to compare Dr. Cooper Beazley to George Bailey, the selfless central figure of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the Austin Peay training room, to Bedford Falls, the fictional home of Bailey.
Kimmel wonders what APSU athletics medical care, what the APSU athletic training room would be like today if not for the longtime orthopedic surgeon.
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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University athletics department, along with Wendy’s of Clarksville, will be hosting a Wendy’s Chili Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, Saturday night, when Murray State comes to the Dunn Center for a women/men’s doubleheader.
Last season, Austin Peay and Murray State fans combined to raise more than $2,000 at the event – a total expected to be surpassed, Saturday. Fans are invited to the Dunn Center third level (east side) between the end of the women’s game and beginning of the men’s game to eat.
Dr. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson to be inducted into APSU Athletic Hall of Fame
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Gary McClure, Austin Peay State University’s all-time winningest baseball coach who has taken his Governors to five NCAA Regionals, and Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, whose dedication to APSU athletics and its athletes extends well beyond financial contributions and services, have been named to 2013 APSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
In addition, Andrew Lorentzson, who starred in basketball for Austin Peay in the mid-1930s when it was a junior college, also will be inducted into the APSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame through the new Honors category, reserved for those former athletes who competed at least 50 years ago.
Part 3 of a 5 Part Series
Clarksville, TN – Mickey Fisher was adjusting to college life, and playing basketball with “Fly” Williams. Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville community was attracting national attention. During all of this change and excitement, someone caught his eye.
Mary Hopson had graduated from Clarksville High School two years ahead of Mickey. They knew who each other was in high school, but because of their age difference, they never dated. Mary was one of three children from a regular,hard working, go to church on Sunday family. Very close to her father, with a couple of ” over-protective” brothers and a mother who could cook like nobody’s business, Mary Hopson was raised just like Mickey Fisher. Their families never had a lot of money, never had all the latest “things,” they just made the best out of what they had, and they were happy about it.
Part 2 of a 5 Part Series
Clarksville, TN – Mickey Fisher came out of Clarksville High School as one of the best basketball players Clarksville had ever seen. We had come to expect that he would play college ball somewhere, and with the history his family had with Austin Peay State University, the assumption was that he would play in Clarksville. According to his mother, Myra, he had been offered a scholarship to Jacksonville, but chose to stay in Clarksville and play for the Governors.
It was a delicate situation with his father, George Fisher, still coaching at APSU, and his mother working there as well. Myra Fisher told me, “We hoped it was alright, and that people didn’t see it as a problem, but Mickey knew that he wasn’t going to get any favors, and would have to work hard and earn his spot on the team.”
Part 1 of a 5 Part Series
Clarksville, TN – My memories of Mickey Fisher began when I returned to Clarksville Tennessee in 1971. There were only three high schools in Clarksville at the time. Clarksville High School, Northwest High School and Montgomery Central High School.
I started dating a cheerleader at Northwest, and since I didn’t go to high school here, I immediately hated Clarksville High School, (my girlfriend told me to).
When Northwest and CHS played each other, the entire city shut down, and everybody went to the game. I saw Mickey play a few games, but only when they played Northwest.
William’s jersey plaque was placed on the north wall of the Center, a sports arena years after Martin put APSU on the sports map.
Williams expressed his appreciation to the SRO crowd and thanked former coach Lake Kelly and his teammates from 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons. APSU lost the game with Martin in an overtime decision, 87-82, dropping APSU to 12-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference. «Read the rest of this article»
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