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[ 18 May 2013 | No Comment ]
Shippensburg AYSO players run for the ball Thursday at Southampton Township Park. Players on the U4 and U5 teams play in inflatable fields, which prevent out-of-bounds and help the kids develop better techniques. (Ryan Blackwell/Public Opinion)

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl
SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP — A British invasion of sorts is promoting growth and changes in a Shippensburg youth soccer program.
Shippensburg AYSO has developed new traveling tournament teams, is using new techniques to help players build their skills, and is tightening its tie to the community. Standing beside the organization through all of it is Wayne Philp, a certified coach and trainer with UK International Soccer.
Philp has traveled the world and has worked with world-class athletes as a performance coach. He’s been in Shippensburg for the spring AYSO …

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[ 11 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]
Andy Enfield reacts to a play in a game against Duke last fall. He recently took little-known Florida Gulf Coast University to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and soon after was hired as the head coach at USC. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl
Even Shippensburg native Andy Enfield’s 7-year-old daughter didn’t think his 15-seed team would make it past the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“She said, ‘Dad, I’m gonna root for you, but you can’t ruin my bracket,” he shared with Jay Leno Wednesday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
With a constant smile on his face, Enfield talked about how Florida Gulf Coast University’s 78-68 win over 2-seed Georgetown University in the first round of the tournament led to fame and a new job as the …

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[ 2 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]
Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield reacts to action against Florida during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California hired Andy Enfield as men’s basketball coach on Monday night after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Athletic director Pat Haden said Enfield has reached an agreement with the Pac-12 school. He will be introduced on Wednesday.
“Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while,” Haden said.
He said Enfield’s success at FGCU wasn’t a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun …

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[ 28 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
Waynesboro's Tim Ingram (4) scrambles back to first base as Nathaniel Hart (34) of Shippensburg tries to pick him off on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (Public Opinion/Ryan Blackwell)

By JEFF KOLB
@Jeff_Kolb
Last year Shippensburg swept its baseball series with Waynesboro, beating the rival Indians 8-3 and 7-2.
Waynesboro pitcher John Barr took the loss in the latter game – one of two defeats he suffered in a rocky year that ended with a 5.25 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 16 walks.
On Wednesday, Barr flipped the script, throwing a four-hitter to lift Waynesboro to a 6-1 Mid Penn Colonial Division victory at Shippensburg in his sophomore season debut.
“My fastball was working for me; I really located it well,” Barr said. “First-pitch …

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[ 27 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
Travis Ott

By LIZI ARBOGAST, @liziarbogast
In more than two decades of coaching baseball, Shippensburg’s Dan Watkins has never seen anything quite like what he witnessed on Friday afternoon.
When senior Travis Ott took the mound in the Greyhounds’ season opener, he was nothing short of spectacular. Despite a 2-1 loss to Northern, Ott managed 15 strikeouts in just five short innings of work. He threw 80 pitches, 58 of which came through the strike zone.
“What he did was pretty amazing, and I’ll probably never see it happen again,” Watkins said. “He was …

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[ 26 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
Shippensburg native Neely Spence Gracey places 13th overall, tops all Americans in 2013 Women's World Cross Country Championships Sunday in Poland.  (Courtesy)

From staff reports
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Although the U.S. team missed out on repeating as team bronze medalists, Neely Spence Gracey, a native of Shippensburg, led all American women and placed 13th overall at the 2013 Women’s World Cross Country Championships on Sunday.
For her 13th-place finish, Spence was rewarded with an “A” qualifier for the World Championships on the track in the 10,000-meter run.
Spence finished the 10K race Sunday in 25:08, but she was not too far off the top mark. Kenya’s Emily Chebet had a stellar finish to surpass …

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[ 25 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
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BASEBALL
Doubleheader:
Shippensburg 5-8
East Stroudsburg 4-4
Saturday, at Fairchild Field
PSAC games
Shippensburg had to hold off East Stroudsburg in the first game, but dominated in the second to take home a pair of victories Saturday.
The Red Raiders (16-5, 3-1 PSAC) battled in the opener. After going down 3-1 in the top of the first, Jimmy Spanos hit a triple that brought home Michael Douglas and Mike Marcinko to tie things up. Ship eventually took a 5-3 lead with a home run by Cal Hogan in the bottom of the sixth. The Warriors (7-6, 1-3) …

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[ 25 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
Rising star: Former Shippensburg High School basketball standout Andy Enfield is the coach of Florida Gulf Coast University s men s team. The Eagles thrilled fans in their home opener with a 63-51 victory over the University of Miami Hurricanes, who are ranked fifth in the nation. (Courtesy photo/Tim Cowie)

The men’s college basketball national spotlight is shining on head coach Andy Enfield’s team at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Enfield, a native of Shippensburg, has guided the Eagles to first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference in four of the five weeks from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 before dropping to second place following a loss at Lipscomb on Feb. 16.
FGCU (19-9 overall, 11-4 ASC) is only one game behind the leader, Mercer. The Eagles host Mercer on Thursday.
The Eagles thrilled fans in their home opener with a 63-51 victory over …

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[ 22 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl
Former Shippensburg Area Senior High School baseball players will return to their alma mater’s diamond for an alumni game that organizers believe will strengthen the town’s baseball community.
The game and a number of activities for all ages will take place May 4 at Alumni Day, hosted by Shippensburg Greyhound Baseball Booster Club at the high school baseball field.
Organizers want to pull in as many former players as possible from teams decades old to 2012. The registration deadline is April 5.
“If you’ve ever worn a Greyhound baseball …

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[ 18 Mar 2013 | No Comment ]
White

Shippensburg University’s Council of Trustees on March 15 honored two student-athletes who earned national recognition last year.
Trustees approved resolutions for Bre White and Zach Zulli.
White, a field hockey player, was named the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Field Hockey Player of the Year. Zulli, a football player, earned the Harlon Hill Trophy, the prestigious NCAA Division II award equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
The respective resolutions state the trustees congratulate White and Zulli for their nationally recognized accomplishments and “for serving as (outstanding representatives) of …