Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Governors Issue Support


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Governors Issue Support

courtesy of Axios


"The NCAA "unequivocally" supports transgender students competing in college sports, the association said in a Monday statement.

Why it matters: NCAA's Board of Governors is monitoring the situation as over 40 states consider bills to ban trans students from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

  • The NCAA said that it will only hold championships in areas "free of discrimination" and the association "will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants."

Details: NCAA's policies on transgender athletes allows trans women to compete in women's sports after undergoing a year of testosterone suppression treatment. Trans men who are taking testosterone can compete in men's sports.

What they're saying: “State lawmakers around the country should pay attention: discriminating against transgender students is wrong, against the law, and costly," Chase Strangio, ACLU deputy director for transgender justice, said in response to the NCAA's statement.

  • "If you continue to pass these misguided laws state taxpayers risk not only costly litigation but the loss of revenue from these tournaments."

>> The Full Statement
>> BOG Statement on Voting Rights



2. The Field Is Set


The NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Committee announced the field of 12 teams for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship.

The championship will take place April 21-24 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. The event is hosted by the Continental Volleyball Conference and the City of Salem. 

Top Bracket 
Fontbonne (19-2) vs. Messiah (16-2)
winner vs. Carthage (20-0)

Hiram (10-1) vs. Vassar (8-3)
winner vs. Dominican (16-1)

Bottom Bracket
New Jersey City (7-3) vs. Wentworth (7-2)
winner vs. Southern Virginia (15-3)

Endicott (9-3) vs. Benedictine (13-3)
winner vs. Lancaster Bible (11-3)

>> Notable: There will be a new champion crowned in 2021, as none of the members of the 12-team field have ever won a NCAA DIII men's volleyball title.

>> Full Bracket




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3.  3 for III

by Diana Pimer, Swimming World

"As a senior in high school, I knew I was a swimmer with potential to go to a small NCAA Division I school with a scholarship, or go to an up-and-coming NCAA Division III swimming school with the potential to be a key player on the team.

I know there are many swimmers out there like me. And for some, choosing the Division I (or Division II) route may be the way to go. It is all about finding the right fit. And there is a cool feeling about telling all your classmates, “I’m going to this Division I school to swim on a scholarship.” There are also a surplus of other benefits, but Division III swimming has its perks as well, some that typically get overlooked.

1. We hold our own in the pool.

All three divisions of swimming produce successful swimmers. In fact, most teams train similarly. Good, solid swimming is available across the board, whether you choose D-I, II or III. For instance, Emory senior Andrew Wilson, now an Olympic hopeful, ended the 2016-17 season with the second-fastest time in the men’s 200 breast across all three divisions, along with being third-fastest in the men’s 100 breast.

2. We pursue other opportunities.

One of the main aspects that drew me to Division III is that I knew I would have time to do a lot of other activities. I am proud to call myself a swimmer, a personal trainer, a journalist, a lifeguard, SAAC president, and a member of the National Honor Society for my major.

3. We gain an exceptional experience.

At the end of the day, all collegiate programs have one thing in common – they are one team. No matter where you go, you are going to get the experience of competing with teammates you will train, live, compete, laugh and cry with. As much as some swimmers may complain or get frustrated, the one thing keeping Division III swimmers swimming is their love for the sport. There is nothing else binding them to stay in the pool – no scholarship or contract. While Division I athletes obviously love their sport as well, Division III showcases some truly passionate people and athletes.

>> Continue Reading


4. Speed Demon

On Saturday evening, April 10, former Ithaca College baseball All-American Tim Locastro '14 made Major League Baseball history.

Locastro's theft of second in the sixth inning was the 28th straight stolen base to start his career without getting caught. That broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who stole 27 in a row from 1979-81. Records have been kept since 1951. The Baseball Hall of Fame requested Locastro's cleats, which he had specially painted for the occasion.

Dubbed "The Fastest Man in the MLB", he would go 4-for-5 in the contest with two runs scored in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-3 win against Cincinnati.

He was selected in the 13th Round (385th overall pick) of the MLB Draft in 2013 by the Toronto Blue Jays after a record-setting junior season with the Bombers. IC went 41-8 that year and finished third at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. Locastro set program single-season records in runs (71) and stolen bases (40). He also led all NCAA Division III players in reaching base via being hit by a pitch 29 times, which was also a school record. Locastro batted .436 with 13 doubles, six triples and four home runs.


5. No Change at the Top

Dan Donahue


  1. RIT (15), 4-0
  2. Salisbury (2), 8-1
  3. Tufts (4), 1-0
  4. York, 9-0
  5. Lynchburg, 9-2
  6. Cabrini, 4-1
  7. Gettysburg, 2-0
  8. Christopher Newport, 7-3
  9. Union, 2-0
  10. St. Lawrence, 3-1

11-15: Williams, St. John Fisher, Stevenson, Denison, Ursinus
16-20: Franklin & Marshall, Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney, Colorado College, Ithaca

>> On The Way Up: Union (+6), Gettysburg (+3)
>> Opposite: St. Lawrence (-3), Williams (-3)
>> Hello: Ithaca

>> Games to Watch: #1 RIT vs. #20 Ithaca (Wed.); #2 Salisbury vs. #8 Christopher Newport (Wed.); #1 RIT vs. #10 St. Lawrence (Sat.); Albion vs. Hope (Sat.); John Carroll vs. Otterbein (Sat.)

>> Complete Poll



  1. Franklin & Marshall (23), 2-0
  2. Washington and Lee (1), 9-0
  3. Tufts, 2-0
  4. Salisbury (1), 9-0
  5. Gettysburg, 4-0
  6. Catholic, 5-0
  7. Ithaca, 7-0
  8. Colby, 1-1
  9. York, Pa., 7-1
  10. Denison, 6-0

11-15: St. John Fisher, Geneseo, Wesleyan, TCNJ, Messiah (tie), Trinity (tie)
17-20: Brockport, Cortland, William Smith, Christopher Newport (tie), Mary Washington (tie)
22-25: St. Mary's (Md.), Montclair State, Hamilton, Lynchburg

>> Welcome: Hamilton
>> On The Move: Messiah (+5)
>> In Reverse: York (-3), Wesleyan (-3)

>> Games to Watch: #4 Salisbury vs. #21 CNU (Wed.); #12 Geneseo vs. #17 Brockport (Wed.); #4 Salisbury vs. #22 St. Mary's (Sat.); #13 Wesleyan vs. #15 Trinity (Sat.)

>> Complete Poll



6. Comings and Goings

HOPE - James Ross III named assistant football coach
NICHOLS - Glenn Sulmasy named president

WASHINGTON, Mo. - Oscar Umar named assistant men's soccer coach


7. Adieu to 35X

New regional concourse, opening April 20. Photo: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

On April 20, American Airlines will inaugurate a regional-jet terminal at Reagan National Airport — replacing the dreaded Gate 35X, DCA's home of what my Grandma Powers would call "puddle jumpers."

  • The Washington Post's Dan Zak wrote an obit for Gate 35x ...
[W]here folks ... from such places as GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., and JACKSON, Miss., could scooch in and out. ... And it was supposed to be temporary! Before the new terminal even opened, US Airways planned to build an additional concourse to serve regional flights. That ... did not happen until now, 24 years later.

>> Keep reading.


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