North Carolina Newspapers

    March 5,1991
SPORTS
The Lance Page 7
Lady Knights
End Season
The Lady Knights, who went 2-26
a year ago, closed out this year’s regu
lar season schedule on Monday night,
February 18, with a 95-47 loss at
Guilford. They finished the regular
season at 1-23 overall.
The Knights went into Carolinas
Conference Tournament at Pembroke
State University seeded seventh. They
lost to second-seeded Barton College
in the first game 99-70.
However, second-year head coach
Nancy Swain has many good com
ments for this year’s team and is look
ing forward to next year.
“I think we have a better team than
last year, despite our record ... we
have better depth. We’ve been in a lot
of ballgames this season, but inexpe
rience has really hurt us. At times, we
have had three freshmen on the floor.
“I think we’ve played better the
second half of the season, and I think
we are at our peaking stage. The guards
are playing better and smarter.
“The players are still positive, and
I think the younger players are gain
ing a lot of valuable playing time.”
Swain added that she would like to
Chris Nowak powers her
way against defenders.
use her five scholarships, which is al
lotted to her by school guidelines, to
bring in a couple of quality players in
the future.
“I get five full scholarships, but
that money has to be distributed
equally to all the players,” said Swain.
“What I would like to do, is to give
full scholarships to two good players
and divide the rest of the money.
“The women’s program is going
in the right direction, we just need
quality players.”
Softball Ready for
Another Great Season
Men’s Basketball
Defeated in Tournament
The St. Andrews men’s basketball
team was its 1990-91 season come to
an end Thursday, February 28, with a
102-80 loss to Pfeiffer College in the
semifinals of the Carolinas Confer
ence Tournament held at High Point
College.
St. Andrews was the fifth seed in
the toumey, while Pfeiffer was the top
seed.
St. Andrews saw the Falcons,
ranked ninth in the latest NAIA Top
20 Poll, jump out to a 57-34 halftime
lead behind Neil Willoughby’s 24
points. Willoughby scored only three
in the second half to finish with 27
points for the game.
Pfeiffer led only 17»14 with 12:50
showing after a j umper by senior Mark
English, who scored 13 points in the
first half on the way to a game-high 30
points.
However, the Falcons went on a
17-2 run from the 12:11 mark to the
6:40 mark to build a 34-16 lead and
would go on to lead by at least 16
points the rest of the game.
Pfeiffer built its largest lead of the
night (31 points) with 2:33 remaining
on a free throw by Rodney Wilson to
make the score 99-68.
St. Andrews closed the gap the
final 2:27 as English scored 10 points
during a 12-3 run to account for the
final score.
Senior Lawson Smith added 19
points for coach Mark Simons’ club,
while senior Erik Shelton contributed
14.
The Knights, who finish the sea
son with a 16-15 record, advanced to
play Pfeiffer with a 79-75 victory
over Belmont Abbey in a first-round
game Wednesday night.
In the win over Belmont Abbey,
Smith led four players in double-fig
ures with 26 points on nine of 16
shooting from the floor, three of eight
from a 3-point range.
English and Shelton added 16 and
13 points, respectively, while senior
John Davis contributed 11.
St. Andrews, which led 62-47 with
13:08 remaining in the second half to
equal its largest lead of the game, saw
Belmont Abbey, the fourth seed, go
on a 15-4 run from the 8:20 mark to
the 4:49 mark to take a 71-70 lead.
However, Shelton scored from the
lane to put the Knights ahead 72-71
with 4:30 showing and they would not
trail again. St. Andrews made seven
of eight foul shots the final 1:14 to
keep the lead.
By Eri« _Dig6ns i *#5 , . ‘ ; experience with 7 seniors dflithe team.
Staff Writer Smith hopes the seniors will provide
Coming off their first twenty win leadership and stability for the Knights
season in Lady Knights history, the in a “conference that will be much
St. Andrews women’s softball team stronger than last year.” Before last
will look to improve on last years up season many of the teams in the con-
and down season and hopefully, ac- ference were playing slow-pitch and
cording to coach Laurel Smith, make the adjustment to fast pitch has been a
a run for the conference title. difficult one.
Coach Smith believes the team has St. Andrews begins their season
the talent to win the conference, but with very strong competition. Lake
being consistent is the key. The Lady Superior Collegeiscomingdown from
Knights are coming off a season in Michigan to play the Knights in the
which they finished 20-23, but won season opener on March 1. The
their conference tournament. Last Knights will also have to play district
year, according to Smith, the Knights champs Elon and Francis Marion, who
hit well, but the defense was inconsis- have been nationally ranked in previ-
tent. With the help of two junior col- ous years. Smith feels the strong sched-
lege transfers, Kim Newman and ule will only help the team in the long
Kerry Gilbert, and the return of senior run and hopefully contend for the
Rinni Dumire to the lineup. Smith conference championship along with
believes the defense should be co-champions Pembroke State and
stronger. The team is loaded with Pfeiffer College.
Intercollegiate Horse
Show Results
By Suzi Rieke
Contributing
St. Andrews Team Riders Results;
Lee Henon- 4th place Novice Equi
tation over fences
Melinda Grice- 2nd place Interme
diate Equitation on the flat
Heather Signor- 2nd place Novice
Equitation on the flat
Lee Henon- 6th place Novice Equi
tation on the flat
Kerry Daniel- 4th place Novice Equi
tation on the flat
Helen Shamburger- 5th place Nov
ice Equitation on the flat
MaryTolle- 3rd place Novice Equi
tation on the flat
Michelle Devignez- 5th place Ad
vanced Walk Trot Canter Equitation
on the flat
Lea Rash- 4th place Advanced Walk
Trot Canter Equtation on the flat
The following St. Andrews Riders
have already qualified for the Re
gional Competition to be held April
11,1991 at Virginia Intermont Col
lege in Bristol,Virginia:
Suzi Riecke- Intermediate Equita
tion over fences and on the flat
Lee Henon- Novice Equitation on
the flat
Heather Signor- Advanced Walk
Trot Canter Equitation on the flat
Lee Rash- Advanced Walk Trot Can
ter Equitation on the flat
St. Andrews is currently in sixth
place in the region.
Baseball is Going for the Win
By Jason King
Staff Writer
The St. Andrews Baseball Team
finished this past week with a 3-1 rec
ord.
First, the Knights traveled to Char
leston, SC to play the Citadel, who
last year played in the Division I
NCAA College World Series Tour
nament. The Citadel is off to a slower
start this year but were geared up to
face the Knights. In the first game of
the double-header, senior Ronnie Roy
pitched five solid innings. Sophomore
Dan Chlebus came in as relief. Bob
Lemay finished the game, and Chle
bus was given the unfortunate loss in
the 6-4 outing.
Highlights came from senior out
fielder Desi Williams who hit doubles
and homeruns in both games. In game
two Tim Whitson muscled six solid
innings of pitching, giving up only
three hits. Sophomore Lee Gogol came
in to close the ballgame and earned
his first save of the year in the 5-3
victory.
On Thursday, February 21, the
Knights played a double-header
against Shaw University. Game One
was dominated'by the Knights who
scored 13 runs in a 13-5 victory. Senior
Pitcher Ronnie Roy earned his first
victory of the year striking out six
batters in the first three innings.
The offense was provided by sen
iors, Todd Rodreguez and Brett Katz,
who both hit towering home runs for
the Knights.
In the second game of the double-
header, Whitson again showed his
strength earning his second win of the
season in a 9-2 six inning victory. Jim
Glsgow provided all the offense nec
essary with a 350 foot three run hom-
erun.
Having broken the NAIA Stolen
Bases Record for a seaon last year
The Knights prepare mentally for a hard practice.
with 301, the Knights are well on the go to Idaho to play in the NAIA Col-
pace to destroy their own record steal- lege World Series.”
ing a total of 29 bases in their first four The team’s strengths are its depth
games. and speed. They are full of talent at all
Coach Gary Swanson is excited positions. “Each playermustplay their
about the season, “ Our goals for the role and we’ll have positive season.”
season are to have fun; to win the con- Currently the Knights are ranked
ference championship again; and to 23 in NAIA National College Poll.
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Senior Mark English was an
important contributor for
the Knights.
High Hopes for
Men's Tennis
By Jason King
Staff Writer
“The players are playing every
match at 110 percent and are destined
to improve steadily as the season
progresses,” states St. Andrews Ten
nis Coach Bruce Daniels in his first
year as head coach.
Junior player Eric pigons'said, “1
feel that we have the ability to beat
anybody in the conference if every
body plays up to their ability.”
The return of senior Shawn
Coffman and the addition of fresh
man Jamie Humphreys should help to
make the Knights strong at every
position.
Coach Daniels expects great things
from his number one seed, junior Wil
liam Carter. “If William’s game is on,
he has the potential to beat his oppo
nent in any given match.”
Seniors Ken West and Chad Espos
ito will be looked to for leadership as
co-captains of the team. They will
contribute to the team individually,
but will benefit the team even more as
partners at the number two doubles
position.
Third seeded at singles, Digons
will team up with Carter at the num
ber one doubles position.
St. Andrews has played strong in
its first three matches and see what
improvements must be made to fur
ther success throughout the season.
Golf Team
Prepares for
Spring Season
By Jason King
Staff Writer
The St. Andrews Golf Team has
begun tuning up its game for the up
coming spring season. Players are re
sponsible for turning in several scores
to Coach Kirk Chandler in order to
provide a basis for selecting the team
line-up and ranking.
Junior David Greene was the num
ber one seed in the fall and is expected
to continue his team leadership.
Greene had injured his back in a weight
lifting incident during the Winter
Term, and his future was sketchy.
However, extensive work with the
school trainers has enabled him to
play golf at a caliber near 100 percent.
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