UMaine’s Mulumba placed on Jerry Rice Award list

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Posted Oct. 09, 2013, at 7:02 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 09, 2013, at 11:15 p.m.
A new press box and bleachers have been installed at Husson University's O'Keefe Softball Field in Bangor.
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A new press box and bleachers have been installed at Husson University's O'Keefe Softball Field in Bangor.
Husson University recently completed several upgrades at its O'Keefe Softball Field on the Bangor campus.
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Husson University recently completed several upgrades at its O'Keefe Softball Field on the Bangor campus.
The recently completed press box and bleachers at the O'Keefe Softball Field on the campus of Husson University in Bangor.
Courtesy of Husson University
The recently completed press box and bleachers at the O'Keefe Softball Field on the campus of Husson University in Bangor.

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine football redshirt freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba of Montreal has been named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, The Sports Network announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Jerry Rice Award is given annually to the most outstanding Football Championship Subdivision freshman.

Mulumba, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week, leads the Black Bears with 47 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. The freshman also leads Maine with a pair of interceptions and one fumble recovery.

The Jerry Rice Award recipient is chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors. The award is named in honor of National Football League Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, a former standout at Mississippi Valley State University.

The past two Jerry Rice Award winners have represented the CAA with Villanova quarterback John Robertson winning the award in 2012 and Towson running back Terrance West receiving the honor in 2011.

The 2013 winner will be announced at the end of the season.

Husson renovations completed

Husson University has completed its installation of a new press box and bleachers overlooking the Bob and Fran O’Keefe Softball Field on the Bangor campus.

“This is what we envisioned the finished product to look like when we got involved in this project back in 2004,” Bob O’Keefe said in a Husson press release. “We wanted to create a stadium effect, and now we think that’s what we have.”

In addition to the three-bay press box, two additional bleach sections were added, increasing the capacity to nearly 400. The facility also is handicap accessible.

“The completion of the O’Keefe Field project makes our complex one of the finest in New England. We owe many thanks to Bob and Fran O’Keefe for their outstanding generosity,” said Husson athletic director Frank Pergolizzi. “The facility provides a magnificent home for the Husson softball program.”

Built in 2005, the field has been enhanced since 2009 to include a grandstand, bullpen and backstop prior to the recent work.

The Eagles have posted a 95-9 record against North Atlantic Conference opponents during the last seven seasons. Last spring, the Eagles won their fifth league title and posted the program’s first NCAA Division III tournament victory.

SMCC hall of fame to induct two

Kelly Maloney and Mike Brown have been selected for inclusion in the Southern Maine Community College Athletics Hall of Fame.

The two former athletes will be honored November 2 during a 5 p.m. banquet in the Ortiz Atrium in the Campus Center on the South Portland campus.

“Both inductees had outstanding careers while at SMCC and have made significant contributions and had success upon leaving the college,” SMCC Director of Athletics Matt Richards said in a press release. “Induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame is very fitting for them as they exemplify what we hope our current student athletes will strive to become.”

Maloney, who graduated in 2007, ranks as the Seawolves’ all-time leader in career goals. She was a Yankee Small College Conference all-conference first-team selection and a United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American in her final year.

Brown (Class of 2001) was a two-time Maine Small College Conference basketball all-star and an academic all-conference selection. He ranks 10th in career assists and 16th in steals at SMCC.

Brown then played two more seasons for NCAA Division II program Green Mountain College.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting SMCC Athletics at 741-5927 or mrichards@smccME.edu.

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