|Sports Briefs: 07-19-13|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Friday, 19 July 2013 08:09|
Former Falcon Blake named Kings' assistant GM
LOS ANGELES - Former Bowling Green Falcon hockey star Rob Blake was named an assistant general manager for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, the team he starred for 14 seasons.
Blake spent two stints with the Kings from 1990-2001 and 2006-08, serving as captain for six seasons.
He helped lead the team to the Stanley Cup final in 1993; won the club's first Norris Trophy in 1998; won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Olympics; and made four of his six All-Star trips as a King.
Blake is the Kings' career leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
The 43-year-old Blake will help president and GM Dean Lombardi with contract negotiations and oversee the Kings' top prospects.
Blake also will serve as GM for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.
Blake had spent the last three years in the NHL's player safety department.
Blake played three seasons (1987-1990) at BG before signing with the Kings, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1988. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 1990. The award is presented annually to college hockey's most outstanding player.
BGSU's Holt qualifies for U.S. Amateur
FOREST LAKE, Minn. - Patricia Holt, who recently completed her second year as a member of the Bowling Green State University women's golf team, has qualified for the 113th United States Amateur Golf Championship after recording a 1-over 73 (35-38) in the lone qualifying round.
She tied for first among the 31 players, making three birdies and four bogeys in her round.
"I played the best golf of my life," said Holt. "It was the most consistent round I've ever played. I stayed very level-headed, something I've really been working on."
Holt joins teammate Lily Bartell in the event at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.) from Aug. 5-11.
Former Eastwood resident earns national wrestling award
LAND O'LAKES, Fla. - Russ Schenk, who attended Webser Elementary and Eastwood Middle School in the 1970s, will receive the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month.
Schenk, who has been involved in the sport for more than 30 years, recently resigned as the head coach at Sunlake high School. He coached at eight schools in all, totaling a 302-82-2 record in dual meets.
Schenk was an undefeated state champion at Tarpon (Fla.) High School in 1982. He wrestled collegiately at Central Florida, winning an NCAA regional title and earning All-American honors in 1984.
Schenk wrestled in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1984 and 1992.
Falcon softball adds recruit
Samantha Harrell will join the Bowling Green State University softball program for the 2013-14 academic year.
Harrell, a pitcher, is transferring to BGSU after spending the 2012-13 academic year at East Tennessee State University. She has three years of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman for the Buccaneers, Harrell pitched in 17 games, making 13 starts, and had a 5-8 record with five complete games and two shutouts. Harrell led the Bucs in opponent batting average (.264) and was second in strikeouts, fanning 43 batters in 72 1/3 innings.
While at ETSU this past spring, one of Harrell's wins was a complete-game three-hit shutout against BGSU, as the Falcons and Bucs split a doubleheader in Johnson City, Tenn.
A native of Okeechobee, Fla., Harrell was named the Class 7A Pitcher of the Year for the state of Florida as a senior. She finished that season with a school-record total of 229 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 1.06, leading Okeechobee H.S. to the state round of eight. In her four-year career, Harrell had a total of 709 strikeouts, also a school record, and an ERA of just 0.88.
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