Belcher’s play recognized

Posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 12:42 a.m.

Jovan Belcher has earned a considerable amount of respect and recognition as a defensive end for the University of Maine.

Saturday afternoon, his play will be visible to a national television audience when he participates in the Texas vs. the Nation Football All-Star Game.

Belcher, who graduated from UMaine in December (in 3½ years) with a degree in child development and family relations, will compete for the Nation team in the 3 p.m. game at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

The contest will be televised live on CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV).

Belcher is the fourth Black Bear in three seasons to be selected for a postseason all-star game, joining Daren Stone (East-West Shrine Game) and Matt King (Inta Juice All-Star Classic) in 2007 and Matt Mulligan of West Enfield (Texas vs. Nation) in 2008.

This season, Belcher is the only player from the Colonial Athletic Association in the Texas vs. the Nation game. He’ll line up alongside players from programs such as Penn State, Louisiana State, Texas, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Belcher, of West Babylon, N.Y., was a consensus first-team All-American, earning recognition on five different teams. He also was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year after making 98 tackles, including 7.5 quarterback sacks.

The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Belcher was the runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, and was chosen a first-team all-star by the CAA, the ECAC and the New England Football Writers.

UM ‘Super Suppah’ set Saturday

A grand prize of $10,000 will be up for grabs Saturday during the University of Maine athletic department’s annual Super Suppah at the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus.

The event is a fundraiser for UMaine student-athlete scholarships and has generated more than $140,000 in the last five years. Tickets are $300 per couple and only 125 will be sold.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner scheduled for 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Black Bear Club at 581-1130 or Pat McBride at patmcbride@maine.edu.

UMaine baseball clinic Feb. 15-18

The UMaine baseball team is gearing up for its annual preseason clinic, scheduled Feb. 15-18, at the Mahaney Dome and the field house on the UMaine campus.

Coach Steve Trimper, his staff and players will work with youngsters on baseball fundamentals.

The sessions are split as follows: Players ages 6-12, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; ages 13-18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; daily all-ages hitting clinic 10-11 a.m. The cost is $125 for the preseason clinic and $75 for the hitting clinic, or $175 for both sessions.

To register, go to GoBlackBears.com. For more information, contact Black Bears assistant coach Aaron Izaryk at 581-1098 or via e-mail at aaron.izaryk@umit.maine.edu

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