Jacksonville Sports Day

IN BRIEF: The Biz is Jumbo Shrimp’s Radio Home for 2017

Every game of the inaugural season of Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball will be broadcast live, beginning April 6. Nearly all games will be on the flagship station, FM 100.3 and AM 1600 The Biz, with the balance of select weekday games (4-5) broadcast online.

Director of Broadcasting Roger Hoover returns for his sixth season as the play-by-play voice of Jacksonville baseball and will announce each game this season. Hoover is entering his 10th season broadcasting professional baseball.

The past two years he has contributed play-by-play for Miami Marlins spring training baseball on the Marlins Radio Network’s MLB.com audio stream for select big league games.

Joining Hoover on the radio will be Jumbo Shrimp Media and Public Relations Manager Marco LaNave, who is in his second season in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Giants Claim ABA Title

The No. 2 seed Jacksonville Giants defeated the No. 6 seed Chicago’s Windy City Groove 120 -102 to claim their second straight American Basketball Association (ABA) title.

Led by the Finals MVP, Maurice Mickens’ 31 points, a balanced Giants’ scoring attack included 15 points each by Larry Dumas, Jermaine Bell, Elijah Smith and Roger Hornsby, and 14 by Bernard Nugent.

The Giants celebrated their fourth ABA title in Baltimore.

Rain Washes Out Final Round; East Tennessee Takes Web.com Intercollegiate

Storms in the Jacksonville area canceled the final round of the 6th Annual Web.com Intercollegiate, held at Marsh Landing Country Club Tuesday.

The results of the 36-hole first day will stand as final.

East Tennessee State sat atop the team leaderboard after 36 holes. The Buccaneers, who sat in second after the first round, totaled 598 with a 299 in both rounds. Cincinnati moved up from third to second place in the final 18 of the day, totaling 602 (301+301).

FIU finished third at 32-over (311-297 608). Senior Camila Serrano shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in round two and will earn her third second-place finish of the season, and fourth finish in the top five.

The women’s golf team of Jacksonville University trailed early, but moved up six spots in the second round. The Dolphins were fourth after two rounds.

Amanda Detmer led the charge for JU in the first 36 holes, tying for eighth overall with a two-round total of 150 (77+73). The sophomore from Madison, Ind., had 27 holes of par or better, including four birdies.

Megan Collins is just two strokes behind Detmer with 152 (75+77). The senior is tied for 20th overall. Michelle Forsland tied for 34th with 155 (81+74), Maria Brunzell carded 158 (76+82) to tie for 52nd, and Louise Persson is tied for 59th with 159 (82+77).

Maria Juliana Fueyo, who competed as an individual, is tied for 40th with a two-round total of 156 (75+81).

Florida International was the biggest mover, skyrocketing from a 14th-place 311 in the first round to a third-place slot in the second round.

Jacksonville also moved up quite a bit; the Dolphins were 10th after one round with 309, then scored 301 in the second round to total 610, good enough for fourth. Texas State, Central Arkansas, Delaware, and Sam Houston State were all tied for fifth.

Boenig Named SEC Coach of the Year, Bulldogs Claim Additional Honors

After leading her team to a Southeastern Conference Championship, University of Georgia equestrian team head coach, Meghan Boenig, was named SEC Coach of the Year for the third year running.

Senior Meg O’Mara was named SEC Rider of the Year for Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences, while Sydney Hutchins was named SEC Freshman Rider of the Year in both Hunt Seat events.  Additionally, four Bulldogs claimed six spots on All-SEC Teams.

This is the second SEC Rider of the Year accolade for O’Mara in Equitation Over Fences after being given the award after last season.

The Rumson, NJ native finished the regular season with a 12-1 record in Equitation on the Flat and an 11-2 record in Equitation Over Fences, before adding two wins in both events at the SEC Championship. O’Mara has claimed five Rider of the Month awards this season, three from the SEC and two from the NCEA.

She earned a total of 12 Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors, six in each event, and was named to the SEC All-Championship Team in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. 

MIKE BONTS/Florida Sports Wire

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