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Today's Blastout - Friday June 3, 2011

General News

Haslam, Black to speak at Wilson GOP Reagan Dinner


The Wilson County Republican Party announces its annual Reagan Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University Campus in Lebanon.

Special guest speakers will be Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Diane Black. 

Haslam won the gubernatorial election on Nov. 2, 2010 with 65 percent of the vote and became the 49th Governor of Tennessee. On that same date, the GOP also increased their majorities in both chambers of the state legislature giving Republicans complete control of state government.   

Teen shot after high-speed car chase

By ZACK OWENSBY, The Wilson Post
Three local police officers were injured during in a high-speed pursuit Wednesday, June 1 that ended in the suspect being shot and one officer being pinned under the suspect’s vehicle.

A 17-year-old male, whose name is withheld due to his age, was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm after leading Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Police on a 30-minute pursuit, according to authorities. The Lebanon juvenile was reported as escaped from DCS custody.

All three officers who were injured have since been released from the hospital and are on administrative leave pending investigation. The suspect underwent surgery Thursday for non life-threatening injuries.


General Sports

CU facelift continues with softball

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
The facelift of Cumberland University’s athletic facilities will continue over the summer and into the fall as softball is working toward building a new clubhouse. Fresh off a 31-27 record, the first winning season for the program since the 2001 campaign, Coach Heather Stanfill is, “super excited” about the prospect of having a locker room / office complex in place in time for the 2012 softball season.

“The digging has begun to move the electrical, and I expect they will be digging the footers sometime next week,” Stanfill said.

The plan calls for a 20 X 50 building to be developed out from Cumberland’s third base (home) dugout toward the left field four pole. Construction should be complete by mid-to late fall.

“We’re looking at lockers for 22 to 24 players, a lounge area and two offices for coaches,” Stanfill said, “basically a smaller version of Coach Hunt’s (baseball) club house.”

According to Cumberland athletic director Ron Pavan, over $500,000 has been spent on upgrading on-campus athletic facilities during the past three years.

“We’ve got more work to do,” Pavan said, “including a new roof for the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center and upgrades on the Tommy Gray Memorial Tennis Courts.”

Pavan also went on to say installation of an irrigation system was now complete on the CU soccer field, located at the intersection of South Greenwood and Leeville Pike.

Lindsey Donnell Stadium, home of Cumberland football, will have new home bleachers and a state-fo-the-art pressbox in time for the 2011 fall season.

Coach Stanfill said her players have been actively involved fundraising since she arrived on campus a little over three years ago and have amassed most of the money needed for the project.

“We’ll still be fundraising for the forseeable future, but we’re about $6,000 short of where we need to be in order to have the entire project paid for,” Stanfill said. “We’re very appreciative of the support from (CU President) Dr. Eaton, Mr. Pavan, our team parents and folks in the community We’ve been given some very important in-kind donations that will go a long way toward helping us complete the project.”

As for the future, Stanfill said she would like to see an indoor workout facility as well as the demolition of the existing pressbox with grandstand seating added behind home plate.

“We’re still working at the Nashville Superspeedway as ushers, helping with Central Parking in Nashville and with the CMA Music Festival later this month,” Stanfill said.

Caity Gray honored --  CU softball player Caity Gray was recognized last month as an NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athlete. Gray, a junior majoring in Management, has a 3.69 GPA.

The Corona, Calif., native played in 48 games with 47 starts, including 41 at first base this season. She batted .260 with 26 hits and 20 RBIs, posting seven multi-hit and five multi-RBI games. In the circle Gray tallied a 4-3 record with a team-best three saves, striking out 30 batters in 52 2/3 innings.

Union follows CU in TranSouth exodus

From Post staff reports
Longtime Cumberland rival Union University of Jackson is making plans to leave the TranSouth Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics altogether. Officials at Union have submitted applications for NCAA membership in hopes of becoming the newest additions to the Division II Gulf South Conference.

The announcement comes on the heels of Lebanon's Cumberland University announcing plans to bolt the TranSouth Conference and move to the Mid-South Conference in the fall of 2012.

MSC member Shorter University of Rome, Ga. also submitted an application to join the Gulf South Conference prior to the June 1 NCAA-mandated deadline.

Shorter currently fields teams in 21 NAIA sports, including football. It would join West Georgia and Valdosta State as GSC institutions in Georgia and provide UA-Huntsville with its second-nearest conference rival.

Union fields teams in the NCAA Division II minimum of 10 varsity sports, but does not compete in football. The only other Tennessee university in the conference is Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

"The Gulf South Conference is delighted to throw its support behind Shorter University's application for NCAA Division II membership," GSC Commissioner Nate Salant said last month.

"They bring a comprehensive and highly successful athletic program that includes football, a tradition of community engagement and outreach, and the kind of campus-wide support that emphasizes going to the games and matches.

"Shorter is clearly one of the institutions we need as we re-populate the GSC with like-minded institutions committed to winning regional and national championships and to academic integrity."

The Executive Committee of the GSC unanimously endorsed Union's application for NCAA Division II membership on April 27.

Union athletic spokesman Steven Aldridge said this week the university completed the application process in late May.

If accepted as NCAA members, Shorter and Union would begin a three-year transition period starting with the 2011-12 season and remain a full member of the NAIA and eligible to compete in national championships. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, the two schools would play full NCAA Division II schedules, but be ineligible for postseason play.

Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas announced last year they were leaving the GSC to form a new NCAA Division II conference with former Oklahoma-based members of the Lone Star Conference.

The league will have only five members that compete in Division II football after the defections -- North Alabama, Delta State, West Alabama, West Georgia and Valdosta State.

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