Husson University upgrading softball facility

Posted July 18, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.
Last modified July 18, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.

Husson University is in the process of upgrading its O’Keefe Softball Complex.

The school is adding a three-bay press box and two additional sets of bleachers which will increase the capacity from 150 to 400. The facility, built in 2005, will also be handicapped-accessible.

“We are extremely fortunate to have received the generous support of Bob and Fran O’Keefe over the years to develop the softball complex into a premier softball complex in New England,” Husson interim athletic director Warren Caruso said in a news release. We are excited to offer our fans and the media a more comfortable space to enjoy the games.”

Caruso said the target date for completion of the renovation is Aug. 30.

Husson has won five straight North Atlantic Conference tournament championships and six consecutive regular season titles and posted its first win in the NCAA Division III Tournament last season.

The Eagles are looking for a new softball coach after Amanda Bourgoin stepped down after seven years to spend more time with her family.

Husson is also looking for a men’s lacrosse coach and athletic director.

Caruso, the men’s basketball coach at Husson, said he has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the athletic director.

Maine football players honored

Six University of Maine football players have been selected to Phil Steele Football Organization All-American or All-Colonial Athletic Association teams.

The teams were selected by Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com.

Defensive end Michael Cole, defensive back Kendall James and tight end Justin Perillo were chosen to All-American and All-CAA teams while quarterback Marcus Wasilewski and punter Jeffrey Ondish were second-team All-CAA picks and defensive back Jamal Clay was a third-team selection.

Cole, a second-team All-American and first-team All-CAA pick, had a league-high seven sacks in just five games before a leg injury cut his season short. He had 20 tackles and forced two fumbles.

Perillo was a fourth-team All-American and first-team All-CAA choice thanks to a 2012 season in which he made 30 catches for 271 yards and five touchdowns.

James, a fourth-team All-American and second-team All-CAA pick, made 45 tackles a year ago and had a team-high 12 pass breakups. He forced two fumbles and blocked a kick.

Allison earns NABC award

Forward-center Mike Allison, who graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in kinesiology and physical education in May, has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 2012-13 Honors Court.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talent and gifts that student-athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. They must be a junior or a senior and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 year, they must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and they must be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II institution.

Allison averaged an America East-leading 1.7 blocks per game, the second straight year he led the conference in blocks. His 7.3 rebounds per game ranked fifth and he averaged 6.5 points per game.

The Lynden, Ontario native was one of just five student-athletes from America East to be named to the NABC Honors Court.

St. Joe’s women’s basketball team receives academic honor

The Saint Joseph’s College women’s basketball team ranked among the nation’s leaders in academic performance with a spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, which was released Wednesday.

With a team grade point average of 3.505, the Monks, ranked 15th overall, are one of only two Great Northeast Athletic Conference teams listed in the Top 25 Honor Roll this year. Emerson College also claimed the high academic honor.

According to a news release from the school, Saint Joseph’s is the only Maine college or university to make the Top 25 and one of three —along with Emerson and Castleton State College — from the New England Region to earn the award.

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