Sports Briefs for July 5
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:02 am
Murray men’s team
lauded by ESPN.com
The Murray State men’s basketball program was again part of the national discussion when ESPN.com writer Pat Forde outlined his list of the top overachieving teams in the nation in an article posted May 27.
The Racers were listed fourth on the overachievers list behind only Butler (1), Duke (2) and Gonzaga (3).
After MSU, the rest of the top-10 included Xavier (5), Connecticut (6), Arizona (7), Temple (8), Kent State (9) and Belmont (10).
Forde said the schools on his list are the ones who “get the most out of their basketball programs.”
The Racers are on the list because on their recent play and a grand tradition that includes an Ohio Valley Conference all-time best 22 regular-season titles.
The Racers have won the last two OVC titles while posting a 54-14 record.
MSU has 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and won a first round game over Vanderbilt the last time they were in the Big Dance in 2010.
sign War Eagle star
The Bethel baseball program stayed close to home with its most recent signing with the addition of Brett Singleton of West Carroll.
Singleton was a four-year starter for the War Eagles.
He was an All-District catcher and All-West Tennessee performer. hitting .580 with six home runs and 27 RBI his senior season.
The education/history major is the son of Bobby and Cheryl Singleton of Medina.
Bethel U. shooters
sign Okla. standout
Abel Spire of Cashing, Okla., signed with the Bethel University shooting program recently.
The All-American, and four year Team USA and USA Junior Team captain, is the son of Doug and Becky Spire of Cashing.
Spire will major in genetic studies and criminal justice.
He is the top-ranked junior and team captain of the Team USA Fitasc squad.
Spire was also the junior champion at the US Open Zone Junior Championships.
His 2009 team competed in the 2009 World Fitasc Championships in Russia.