Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Sea Gulls Soar


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Sea Gulls Soar

Champions! No. 6 Baseball beats No. 19 St. Thomas, 4-2, captures first national title  

Salisbury won its first NCAA Division III baseball championship with a 4-2 decision against St. Thomas (Minn.) on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Sea Gulls (34-4) added to the school's 2021 national championship haul, as the Salisbury women's lacrosse team also claimed the national crown.

Trailing 1-0 entering the fourth, the Gulls put together a three-spot as Cullen McAuliffe tied the game with a run-scoring single and Kavi Caster gave Salisbury the lead for good with a two-run knock. Jacob Ference added an RBI fielders choice in the seventh and that was all that the mound corps needed.

Corey Burton delivered 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief and Clayton Dwyer got out of a bases-loaded jam with a fly out to left to seal the deal.

>> Salisbury recap
>> St. Thomas recap
>> Box Score
>> Highlights
>> Full Replay

Nice day when the governor and your state's premier professional sports team (sorry Orioles) congratulate you!



2.  Summer Resocialization

The NCAA Sport Science Institute has released “Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: 2021 Summer Activities,” its seventh publication regarding the resocialization of college sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The document includes the latest best practices on infection risk mitigation procedures and protocols for individuals with COVID-19 and covers upcoming milestones in the athletic calendar, such as return-to-campus considerations.

The latest guidance emphasizes limiting risk with practices including staying home when feeling sick, washing or sanitizing hands, and physical distancing and masking for unvaccinated individuals. Following CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated student-athletes and other fully vaccinated personnel should be able to engage in summer 2021 athletics activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. The document also outlines considerations for testing unvaccinated student-athletes and athletics personnel based on community levels of spread and immunity of COVID-19 rather than type of sport. 

For college athletes returning to campus, the first two weeks warrant special consideration because students will be converging from multiple parts of the country and other countries, and unvaccinated individuals may be asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic or symptomatic carriers of COVID-19. Considerations are also provided for campuswide immunity and unvaccinated prospective student-athletes visiting campuses. 

>> Complete Release


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4.  Just Like Olds Time

by Kevin Eckleberry, LaGrange News

"When Terlynn Olds was exploring her career options, LaGrange College wasn’t on her radar.

Olds, who in May of 2019 was hired as an associate director of athletics at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, was looking at different opportunities earlier this year, and she’d sent feelers out to a number of colleges.

LaGrange College wasn’t one of those schools, but that soon changed.

“It was one of those things where LaGrange wasn’t even on my to-do list,” Olds said. “I’d applied to eight positions, and I had one that I really wanted to go to. All the sudden, this position popped up. A friend of mine said hey, LaGrange is looking for an AD, and it’s a lot warmer in LaGrange than Alaska. It just snow-balled from there. In two weeks’ time, it just happened.”

>> Background: "Olds has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in coaching and administration, and she been a head basketball coach at four schools. Olds has also been an athletic adminstrator at Spelman College, Chicago State University, and Grambling State University, and she was the director of athletics at Chatham University."

>> What's Next: “I feel like I’m still coaching,” she said. “Right now, I coach coaches. That’s the way I look at it. I tell them you’re my team. We’re going to work together as a team.”

>> The Final Word: "I really enjoy, and value Division III. At the end of the day, I think Division III is what’s going to be standing when it comes to collegiate sports."

>> Read More


5.  Vaccine Recap


As colleges look toward the fall semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a list of 479 colleges and universities, including 182 Division III members, that are requiring a vaccination.

Bold indicates new additions since the last time the list was posted.

  • California (8): Cal Lutheran, Caltech, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz, Whittier
  • Colorado: Colorado College
  • Connecticut (3): Connecticut College, Trinity, Wesleyan
  • DC (2): Gallaudet, Trinity Washington
  • Georgia (2): Agnes Scott, Emory
  • Illinois (4): Chicago, Dominican, Elmhurst, Knox
  • Indiana (3): DePauw, Earlham, Saint Mary's
  • Iowa: Grinnell
  • Kentucky: Berea
  • Massachusetts (36): Amherst, Anna Maria, BabsonBay Path, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Clark, Curry, Dean, Elms, Emerson, Emmanuel, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, Lesley, MCLA, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Regis, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, Springfield, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wellesley, Western New England, Westfield State, Wheaton, Williams, WPI, Worcester State
  • Maine (5): Bates, Bowdoin, Husson, St. Joseph's, U. of New England
  • Maryland (7): Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Salisbury, Stevenson, Washington College
  • Michigan (2): Albion, Kalamazoo
  • Minnesota (4): Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester, St. Olaf
  • Missouri: Washington U.
  • New Hampshire (2): Colby-Sawyer, New England College 
  • New Jersey (13): Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens, Stockton, TCNJ
  • New York (47): Alfred, Alfred State, Bard, Baruch, Brockport, Brooklyn, Buffalo State, Canton, Cazenovia, CCNY, Clarkson, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Hamilton, Hartwick, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, Lehman, Manhattanville, Medgar Evers, Morrisville, Nazareth, New Paltz, NYU, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Pratt Institute, Purchase, Rensselaer, Rochester, RIT, St. Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Maritime, SUNY Poly, Union, Vassar, Yeshiva, York
  • North Carolina: Brevard
  • Ohio (3): Kenyon, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Wesleyan
  • Oregon (4): Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Pacific, Willamette
  • Pennsylvania (14): Allegheny, Bryn Mawr, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Gwynedd Mercy, Haverford, Muhlenberg, Scranton, Swarthmore, UrsinusWidener
  • Rhode Island (2): Johnson and Wales, Roger Williams
  • Tennessee: Maryville
  • Vermont: Middlebury
  • Virginia (9): Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Mary Washington, Marymount, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan, Washington and Lee
  • Washington (3): Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman
  • Wisconsin (2): Beloit, Lawrence

>> Complete List


6.  Comings and Goings



7.  Done With Zoom

by Betsy Morris, Wall Street Journal

"Have you dumped your Zoom group yet? If not, it’s probably only a matter of time.

Our virtual social lives are drying up. Zoom, Houseparty and other platforms that were a lifeline during the Covid-19 lockdowns now feel like a chore. Virtual gatherings are harder to schedule. The limitations are getting tougher to tolerate. Even long-lost friends who reconnected during the pandemic have lost interest in video chatting.

Zoom most certainly will continue as a workplace tool, but for socializing, “I think people will be ditching Zoom in droves,” predicts Richard Slatcher, a psychology professor at the University of Georgia. As the world opens up, virtual gatherings are proving no match for ones in real life."

>> Quotable: “The reality of relationships is that matching the desired amount of closeness and frequency is hard," said Jeffrey Hall, a professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas."

>> Bottom Line: "No matter how good we get at Zoom, it’s no substitute for the real thing. It’s harder and not as spontaneous, says Jeremy Bailenson, a professor of communication at Stanford University. “Humans have evolved relying on these spatial cues, and we just don’t get them online.”

>> Be Smart: It's time to get back to in-person meetings. Are you listening conference offices? NCAA? MARCA?

>> Keep Reading


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