Staff Report, The Circuit
Summer break didn’t stop the sports world from turning. Here are the top stories that happened while everyone was away from campus.
May 20-23 – Track and field earns seven All-America honors in 2015 NAIA Track and Field Championships.
Senior Jacob Connealy earned his first All-America nod in his final attempt. He finished in sixth in the Decathlon with 6,317 points.
Junior thrower Dylan Grove finished in sixth with a toss of 58.28 meters (191’3”). Grove qualified last year but failed to make the All-America line.
The women’s 4×800 team broke the school record with a time of 9:02.66 earning sixth. The quartet was made up of sophomores Lauren Benzing and Katherine Dillard, and juniors Hannah Wondra and Hannah Pinkerton.
Dillard also placed eighth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:32.85. That was her third individual All-America selection.
May 23 – Rutledge’s jersey to hang in Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor
Junior All-America selection Chayla Rutledge added another honor to her heavily decorated junior season. Her jersey was selected to hang in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in a display known as the Ring of Honor.
“It’s a great honor for her and for Benedictine to have a Benedictine jersey hanging in the Woman’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said head coach Chad Folsom over the phone.
The display, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, consists of over 100 of the best college and high school women’s basketball player’s jerseys. Rutledge’s jersey will hang for a year beginning in the latter half of May.
May 27 – Heart finalizes television deal with Niles Media Group
News of the Heart of America Athletic Conference signing a television deal has players wishing it was already August 29.
Heart Commissioner Lori Thomas finalized a deal with Niles Media Group to broadcast football games for the 2015 season, the conference announced in a press release this morning.
“Growing up playing football, you get to see everyone playing on TV and you wonder what you look like playing on TV,” said Christian Haack, a senior wide receiver at Benedictine. “Now you are the one that people are getting to watch play.”
The deal includes 13 games with all 12 teams getting coverage. All teams but one team will have a home contest broadcast.
“I never thought that I’d be able to play on TV at an NAIA school,” said Tyler Henness, junior running back for Benedictine.
June 16 – Henry Brun hired as new Track and Field coach
Henry Brun was formerly the Associate Head Track and Field coach at Adrian College, a NCAA Div. III in Adrian, Michigan.
Former head coach Darin Schmitz resigned last season amid investigations of academic ineligibility.
Brun’s responsibilities at Adrian included sprints, jumps and hurdles. He also handled a majority of the team’s administrative duties.
In addition to coaching, Brun served in the United States Air Force as a Senior Airman from 2005 to 2010.
June 17 – Anthony Everman named new head baseball skipper
Anthony Everman replaced Michael ‘Doc’ Beeman, who took the team to back-to-back conference tournaments, but failed to achieve a winning season in seven years, as the new head baseball coach for the Ravens.
Everman was formerly an assistant coach at Arkansas State
The new skipper brings a laundry list of former schools he has coached at including Kansas State, Virginia Tech and Garden City Community College. Most recently, he was the assistant coach at Arkansas State.
July 8 – Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams join the KCAC
Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will be leaving their former club lacrosse leagues to join the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
Benedictine College (M/W), Clarke University (M/W), Johnson & Wales University (W), Midland University (W), Missouri Baptist College (M/W), Missouri Valley College (M/W), and St. Gregory’s University (M) are all joining as affiliate members of the KCAC. They join the University of Saint Mary and Ottawa University.
The KCAC is the third league to sponsor lacrosse in the NAIA behind the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Currently the Heart of America Athletic Conference does not offer lacrosse as a championship sport as it is considered an invitational sport in the NAIA.