Friday, June 5, 2015

News digest, June 5

Powell honored
Former University of South Carolina star Landon Powell was named the catcher on the NCAA's Ultimate College World Series lineup. Powell played in three World Series with the Gamecocks from 2002-4.

He later played major league baseball. After a stint as assistant coach with Furman, Powell became head coach at North Greenville and led the Crusaders to the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Powell and his family live in the Upstate.

Also named to the team were Will Clark, Bob Horner, Nomar Garciaparra,  Robin Ventura, Barry Bonds, Dave Winfield, Fred Lynn, Pete Incavaglia and Roger Clemens. Southern Cal's Rod Dedeaux was named the coach.

Leggett offers statement
Clemson has posted a statement from Jack Leggett, who was removed as the Tigers' coach on Thursday.

Boulais to be honored
USC Beaufort pitcher Jason Boulais, who missed part of his senior season to be a bone marrow donor, will be honored at next week's Major League Draft. Here's the coverage

Catching up on some things I forgot to post
* Clemson pitcher Clate Schmidt has been diagnosed with cancer. It is believed to be a very treatable type.

* Former Clemson player and assistant coach and former Auburn and College of Charleston head coach John Pawlowski has been named head coach at Western Kentucky.

* John Whittle of reported Thatcher Coleman, Jordan Gore and Logan Koch are transferring out of the South Carolina program.

* North Greenville's Adam Boghosian and Newberry's Alex Roberts are among 18 players in contention for the TD Ameritrade Fans Choice Award, which, according to its Website,  "honors a College Baseball player for their inspiring accomplishments on and off the baseball field. Their ongoing leadership and commitment inspires the will to win among those around them.

* Anderson's L.J. Newman was named third-team NCAA Division II academic all-American by Capital One.

* USC Beaufort's Ashly Morris was named first-team Capital One academic all-American for college division teams.

* Wofford's Matt Ramsay was a first-team Capital One academic all-American choice for the NCAA Division I. Virginia Tech's Erik Payne, a transfer from South Carolina, was a second-team choice.

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