Monday, July 12, 2021

Wasps Move On


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Wasps Move On

Athletics • Emory & Henry
by P. Kevin Mays, Kingsport Times-News

"Emory & Henry and the NCAA made it official Friday.

After 18 months of preliminary work, college officials announced NCAA approval to begin a three-year transition from Division III to Division II.

“This is a monumental moment in our institution’s immense history as we continue to position Emory & Henry as the flagship higher education institution of Middle Appalachia for scholars and athletes,” E&H President Dr. John Wells said. “Reclassification has been a high priority within our strategic plan as we prepare for the future of higher education.”

Following a transition year, E&H will move from the DIII Old Dominion Athletic Conference to the DII South Atlantic Conference in the fall of 2022.

E&H will become a full member of DII and the SAC in the fall of 2024 if it meets all criteria during its three provisional years."

>> Quotable: “Athletically, it’s going to be hard for us,” said Trey McCall, E&H’s baseball coach and assistant AD. “Whether it’s athletics or the college in general, I think it’s a good move.”

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2. Ground Rule Double

Neumann University in Aston is purchasing the convent and several other buildings owned by its founding order, which will nearly double the size of the campus. The convent is the building with the dome and steeple.
by Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Neumann University has reached an agreement to purchase the adjacent convent and 63-acre property of its founding order, which will nearly double the size of its Delaware County campus.

The Catholic university in Aston (Pa.) will use some of the convent immediately for student living space and has plans over the next 15 years to add a student center, ice rink, and track and field, Neumann president Chris Domes said. The convent will also become the main administrative hub, freeing up space in academic buildings, he said.

Neumann has had a dorm-room waiting list for some time, Domes said, and has been renting apartments and hotel space, in some cases putting as many as three students in a room ― not something the university intends to continue post-pandemic. The college, which currently has 600 residential students, plans for 60 students to move into the convent over the next academic year and 120 over three years."

>> Situational Awareness: "While many colleges are bracing for a further drop in high school graduates expected in the next five years, Dome said he sees the potential for Neumann, which currently enrolls 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, to grow. It’s not the only small Catholic college that has added property in recent years. Gwynedd Mercy University doubled the size of its campus by purchasing an adjacent property from Merck & Co. in 2018."

>> Worth Noting: "Domes said the area of the convent that will be used for dorm space is ready for student occupancy. The order had been using it to bring people in from outside for spiritual retreats, he said."

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3.  Draft Days

The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft began last night and continues through Tuesday. Day 2 of the Draft kicks off on today at 1 p.m. ET with the start of the second round and will continue through the completion of Round 10, exclusively on, with MLB Network providing live look-ins and coverage during All-Star Monday. There will be one minute between picks on Monday. The Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, starting at noon ET, with no delay between selections, all heard on

Highest DIII Draft Picks since 2000

62: Bruce Maxwell, C, Birmingham-Southern, Oakland, 2012 (2nd round)
67: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, UW-Stevens Point, Washington, 2007 (2nd)
79: Nick Garcia, RHP, Chapman, Pittsburgh, 2020 (3rd)
134: Dave Filak, RHP, Oneonta, Atlanta, 2010 (4th)
144: Josh Fleming, LHP, Webster, Tampa Bay, 2017 (5th)
144: Lake Bachar, RHP, UW-Whitewater, San Diego, 2016 (5th)
158: Rich Barrett, OF, Ursinus, Arizona, 2001 (5th)
165: Hugh Smith, RHP, Whitworth, Detroit, 2018 (6th)
183: Zach Lutz, 3B Alvernia, NY Mets, 2007 (5th)
194: Scott Hyde, RHP, George Fox, NY Mets 2004 (7th)

Recent DIII Selections 

Nick Garcia, RHP, Chapman (Pittsburgh, 3rd round, 79th pick)

Danny Cody, RHP, Baldwin Wallace (Houston, 17th, 526)
Toby Welk, 3B, PSU-Berks (Baltimore, 21st, 618)
Nick Roth, RHP, Randolph-Macon (Baltimore, 26th, 768)
Casey Combs, C, East Texas Baptist (Miami, 27th, 801)
Tyler Peck, RHP, Chapman (St. Louis, 28th, 845)
Matt Woods, OF, Rowan (LA Angels, 29th, 871)
Danny Serreino, RHP, Rowan (Cincinnati, 32nd, 954)
Dylan Beasley, RHP, Berry (Washington, 32nd, 963)
Robert Klinchock, LHP, Shenandoah (Detroit, 35th, 1,042)

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4. Men's All-America Team Announced

Division III PING All-America Teams were announced recently by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

First Team

  • Andre Chi, Methodist
  • Will Hocker, Webster
  • Cooper Hrabak, Methodist
  • Jason Li, Carnegie Mellon
  • James Mishoe, Guilford
  • Jimmy Morton, Illinois Wesleyan
  • Jacob Pedersen, Gustavus Adolphus
  • Max Schwarz, Emory
  • Rob Wuethrich, Illinois Wesleyan
>> Complete Team

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Socially Acceptable

Twitter Launches - HISTORY

Did you know that 13 Division III schools have twitter followings of more than 7,000, including five north of 8,000? We will have a deeper dive on social media in DIII in an upcoming edition.

  1. Mount Union @purpleraiders - 13,570
  2. UW-Whitewater @UWWAthletics - 9,844
  3. Saint John's @SJUJohnnies - 9,251
  4. Christopher Newport - @CNUathletics - 8,991
  5. Ithaca College - @BomberSports - 8,730


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