NH College Notebook: Franklin Pierce's King named to 18U coaching staff
Head coach Jayson King of the six-time regional champion Franklin Pierce University baseball team will serve as an assistant coach on the USA Baseball 18U National Team this summer, as announced by USA Baseball. King joins an 18U National Team looking to defend its 2011 COPABE 18U Pan American Championship title.
King joins the 18U National Team staff under manager Andy Stankiewicz, a fellow Division II head coach at Grand Canyon University, which also captured a regional title in 2013 and joined the Ravens in Cary, N.C. The 18U National Team's field staff will be rounded out by assistant coach Burt Call, the head coach at perennial national power, Mater De High School (Santa Ana, Calif.); pitching coach Jamey Shouppe, head coach of Florida A&M; and athletic trainer Dr. Jamey Gordon.
King's first duty with the 18U National Team will be to attend the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, a six-day event held June 17-22 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. Presented by Major League Baseball, the Tournament of Stars invites 108 age-eligible 18U players to Cary and serves as the primary player pool for the 18U National Team. After the Tournament of Stars, the player pool will be whittled to a more manageable size for the 18U National Team Trials & Training event, to be held later this summer.
The 18U National Team's signature event in 2014 is the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship. COPABE is the acronym for the Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol, or the Pan American Baseball Confederation. The 2014 edition of the 18U Pan American Championship will be held in early fall in the Mexican cities of Lagos de Moreno and Aguascalientes. Team USA will be looking to defend the title it captured at the 2011 edition of the event.
In each of the past two years, the 18U National Team has captured the International Baseball Federation's 18U World Cup. Prominent 18U National Team alums include Mike Mussina, John Smoltz, Joe Mauer, Justin Upton and Bryce Harper.
For King, the 18U National Team will be his third chance to work with the sport's national governing body. Last year, he worked with the 17U National Team Development Program and, this past January, he was involved with the 2014 Women's National Team Development Program.
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Wheaton College senior two-time NCAA national champion and 12-time All-American Ashante Little of Seabrook, N.H., a Winnacunnet High graduate, has been named the ECAC Division III New England Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week. Little shares the award this week with Amherst's Naomi Bates.
At the Brown University Invitational on Saturday, Little finished first overall in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.91 seconds and third in the 100 meter dash in 12.17 seconds. Little's time in the 100 meter dash ranks sixth nationally, while her time in the 200 meter dash is currently positioned eighth on the NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifying list. Little also competed on the first place 4x400 meter relay (3:50.27) and the second place 4x100 meter relay. Both relays rank first and second among all NCAA Division III programs this season.
Little also earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track Athlete of the Week honors earlier this week for the fifth time in her career. In total, Little has received 14 weekly awards combined from the NEWMAC, ECAC and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) including USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors on February 17, 2014 and five USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honorable mention accoaldes.
Wheaton, ranked No. 6 by the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings, returns to action this Saturday when the Lyons compete in the Fitchburg State University Invitational.
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Two Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized with weekly recognition from the Little East Conference following their performances in Panther victories last week.
PSU junior Molly Gleason was named LEC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, and junior Whitney Roberts of Kennett High School was selected LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week. Gleason received the honor for the second straight week and seventh time in three years, while Roberts was recognized for the first time this season and second time in her career.
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The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team has announced its UNH High School Shootout on July 12-13 at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham.
The Shootout is open to all high schools and will include a minimum of four games of competition. The games will played on the courts at Lundholm Gymnasium and will be officiated by college and high school referees. All participants will receive a T-shirt.
The cost of the shootout is $500 per team, due by June 30. For more information contact Ryan Herrion at Ryan.Herrion@unh.edu.
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