Led by SSAC pitcher of the year,
Alyssa Boutwell, and freshman of the year, Hannah
Cook-Kelley, William Carey softball has put together
an incredible year. The Lady Crusaders went 20-4 in
SSAC play during the regular season and continued
their excellent play into the conference tournament.
In the SSAC tournament, WCU advanced to the
championship game where freshman Alli McCaleb
fired a four hit shutout as WCU defeated Auburn
Montgomery, 3-0, to capture the 2012 Southern States
Athletic Conference Championship.
With the win, WCU clinched a spot in the 2012
NAIA National Tournament held in Gulf Shores, Ala.,
on May 17-23. This will be the Lady Crusaders fifth
straight appearance in the national tournament.
The Lady Crusaders are currently 47-9 and ranked
sixth in the latest NAIA poll.
Head Coach Bobby Halford picked
up career win 900 on February 15, 2012, as his
Crusaders defeated LSU-Alexandria, 3-0. The Crusaders
finished the 2012 season at 29-27.
Track & Field
On March 24, WCU
athletic director Steve Knight announced the addition
of men and women’s track & field for the 2012-13
academic year. Carey grad Blake Hegstrom will head
the new program.
We are excited about the opportunity to provide
track and field as an intercollegiate sport at William
Carey. We feel this to be a natural progression for
our athletic program as we continue to expand our
offerings within the NAIA. There will be opportunities
presented for many athletes to be able to stay involved
in the sport on the collegiate level,” said Coach Knight.
The addition of track and field to the athletic
offerings is another indicator of the growth and
expansion of William Carey University. We anticipate
having outstanding young athletes to attend Carey
and participate in this program,” said William Carey
University President Dr. Tommy King.
Senior Nic Ishee fired
rounds of 70-70-72 to
capture the 2012 Southern
States Athletic Conference
Championship at The
Oaks Golf Club in Pass
Christian. Ishee’s three day
total of 4-under par 212
helped the Crusaders to
third place finish in the
tournament. With the win,
Ishee clinched a spot in
the 2012 NAIA National Tournament in Salem, Ore.,
on May 22-25, 2012.
William Carey men and women’s
tennis have put together another solid season for head
coach Chris Schaefer. The Lady Crusaders advanced
to the semi-finals of the SSAC Tournament and are
currently ranked ninth in the latest NAIA poll. The
men’s tennis team, led by SSAC divisional player of
the year, Jody Claassen, put together a fourteen match
win streak and finished the regular season at 14-3. In
the SSAC tournament, the Crusaders advanced to the
championship match; however, they dropped a tough
decision to No. 5, Auburn Montgomery.
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