Donald Pollitt is an All-American.
Pollitt (Hazleton Area), a junior at Syracuse University with sophomore eligibility, finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles at last weekend’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, OR.
Pollitt, who earned the first All-American honor of his career (the top eight in each event are named), was timed in 13.52 competing in his first NCAA Championship meet. He also finished sixth in the NCAA East Prelims.
Heading into the NCAAs, Pollitt prepped by winning the IC4A Championships and finished second in the Big East Outdoor Championships. He was the Big East 60 meter hurdles champion during the indoor season.
HONOR FOR MATTHEWS – Temple freshman Brandon Matthews (Pittston Area) was named to the 25-player NCAA Division I PING All-Northeast Region golf team selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Matthews finished with the lowest stroke total (72.27) in the Atlantic-10 Conference. He placed second in the league championship to earn All-Conference honors as well as being named the league’s Rookie of the Year. He posted a three-round score of 209 which was the best score in the history of Owls golf in the tourney and his finish was the highest for the team since 2002.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder just missed earning a spot in this week’s U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. He shot rounds of 72 and 67 for a two-under total of 139 in the qualifying recently at Purchase. He was an alternate but didn’t make the field.
AWARDS FOR BELLES – Senior Erin Belles (Dallas) wrapped up her season with the Cornell softball team by earning a pair of honors – one on the field and one off of it.
Belles was named to the Ivy League first team as a designated hitter. She led the Big Red with a .374 average. She had 43 hits in 115 at-bats with six doubles, a team-high seven home runs, 19 RBI and 14 runs scored. She had 14 multi-hit games including a 2-for-2 effort against North Division Champion Dartmouth despite getting walked intentionally four times in the game.
Belles, who graduated with a degree in economics with a 3.46 grade point average, was also named to the Capital One Co-SIDA All-District 1 academic team. The Big Red finished 21-29 (8-12 in league play) to miss the Ivy playoffs for the first time in Belles’ four seasons with the team. PAPI, MATES FALL SHORT – Sophomore Mike Papi and his Virginia baseball teammates saw their season come to an end in the NCAA Division I Super Regionals last weekend in Charlottesville, VA. The Cavaliers finished 50-12.
Papi (Tunkhannock), a 6-foot-3, 195-pound outfielder, led the team in hitting with a .381 average. He had 67 hits in 176 at-bats with 15 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. He had 57 RBI and also scored 57 runs.
Virginia captured the Charlottesville Regionals with three victories but fell to Mississippi State 11-6 and 6-5 in the Super Regionals, also played in Charlottesville. The Bulldogs advance to the College World Series. Papi hit a 2-run homer in the 11-6 loss.
NO GOLD FOR BLACK – Penn State freshman Shelley Black (Coughlin) and her 4x400 relay team came up short in last weekend’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The group finished 14th in their semifinal heat with a time of 3:35.23. It was their second fastest time of the season. The best effort (3:34.98) led to a first place finish in the NCAA East Regionals.
Prior to the NCAAs, the 4x400 relay finished second in the Big East Championships with a time of 3:39.10.
FAME FOR COYNE – Veteran Bloomsburg coach Marty Coyne, a native of Hazleton, will be inducted into the United States Tennis Association’s Middle States Hall of Fame at the group’s 20th annual dinner Friday, Oct. 25 in Lancaster.
Coyne coaches both the men’s team (21 years) and the women’s team (20 years) at Bloomsburg and is a 12-time PSAC Coach of the Year honoree. He was a standout player at Bloomsburg and earned All-America honors in 1983.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen,” Coyne said. “I’m deeply touched and blessed to be included with so many of my tennis heroes like Billy Jean King, Bill Tilden, Don Budge, Ron Woods and Harry Hopman.”