State report: Gamecock Club Fan Fest Tour brings Spurrier, Martin, Staley to Mount Pleasant tonight; Citadel honors athletes
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and men’s basketball coach Frank Martin are among the featured speakers tonight when the Gamecock Club Fan Fest Tour stops in Mount Pleasant.
Also scheduled to appear are women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and volleyball coach Scott Swanson. The event will be held at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person (cash only).
There will be brief team updates from Spurrier and Martin, food and drinks available for purchase, live music by Tokyo Joe, activities for kids, along with Cocky and the USC cheerleaders.
Citadel awards banquet
The Citadel held its second annual athletic awards banquet, with wrestlers Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam and soccer player Mariana Garcia earning athlete of the year honors.
Citadel awards banquet
Citadel Award Winners
Baseball: MVP — Awarded at conclusion of season; Academic — Ryne Hardwick. Basketball: MVP and Academic — Mike Groselle. Men’s Cross Country: MVP — Kyle Keene; Academic — Raeven Lantz. Women’s Cross Country: MVP — Danielle McKee; Academic — Micah Wessinger. Football: MVP — Chris Billingslea; Academic — Carson Smith. Golf: MVP — Eraina Manor; Academic — Kellie Anderson. Men’s Rifle: MVP — Robert Jackson; Academic — William Wutzer. Women’s Rifle: MVP — Julia McCullohs; Academic — Margaret LaRiviere. Soccer: MVP — Mariana Garcia; Academic — Grace Raines. Tennis: MVP — David Orces; Academic — Alex Howle. Men’s Track and Field: MVP — Geno Porter; Academic — Cory Yslas. Women’s Track and Field: MVP — Micah Wessinger; Academic — Savannah Emmrich. Volleyball: MVP — Rachael Farrell; Academic — Amanda Rudnick and Cassie Urbie. Wrestling: MVP — Matt Frisch; Academic — Blake Holt.
Led by a 3-under 69 from freshman Josh Lorenzetti, the College of Charleston men shot the second-best round of the day to move into third place going into the final round of the Southern Conference championship at Daniel Island Club.
The Cougars had three players shoot even par or better and shot a team score of 3-over 291. For the tournament, the Cougars are at +24 and trail Davidson (+15) and leader Chattanooga (+12).
Lorenzetti is tied for second at 1-over 145, two shots behind individual leader Steven Fox from Chattanooga.
In Ninety Six, Charleston Southern junior Ross Thomson is tied for ninth at 6-over par after the second round of the Big South championship.
The Bucs fired a team 307 (+19) in the second round and are also tied for ninth at 620 at The Patriot Golf Club. Coastal Carolina (585) holds a three-shot lead over Liberty.
Charleston Southern’s Bobby Ison was named Big South player of the week for games April 15-21. Ison, a sophomore from Goose Creek, batted .526 (10 for 19) for the week in leading the Bucs to a 3-1 record.
The start time for College of Charleston’s doubleheader against Radford on Saturday was moved to 2 p.m. The second game will be seven innings.
Charleston Southern signed 5-10 forward Tatum Jarvis of Mt. Tabor High in Charlotte. Jarvis averaged 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game during her senior season. She also shot 49 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free throw line .
South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin will have at least seven new players on his roster next season, his second with the Gamecocks, as he tries to build the program into a winner.
Martin will also have a new face on his bench. His top assistant, Brad Underwood, will take the head coaching job at Stephen F. Austin, according to CBSSports.com.
Underwood followed Martin from Kansas State.
This isn’t Underwood’s first head coaching gig. He ran junior college programs at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College (1988-92) and Daytona Beach (Fla.) Community College (2003-06) before going to Kansas State in 2006 as Bob Huggins’ director of basketball operations.
Martin promoted Underwood to assistant coach when he took over for Huggins in 2007-08.
Martin did not return a message seeking comment. His other assistants are Matt Figger, who coordinates recruiting, and Lamont Evans. Both came with Martin from Kansas State.