Division III notes: Heartland marks 10th year
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a Division III member conference.
The nine-member conference, which sponsors 16 sports, was formed from the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1998. It now also includes members in Ohio and Kentucky.
In commemoration of the anniversary, the conference has released a “Decade of Excellence” logo designed to commemorate its aspirations for growth and athletics and academic excellence.
Two HCAC institutions are hosting Division III championships during this academic year. Hanover will be the site in November of the men’s and women’s cross country championships for the second time in the past six years, and Rose-Hulman will host the Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in March for the second time in three years.
Georgian Court centennial brings new athletics complex
Georgian Court will mark its centennial not only by looking back at its first century as a women’s college – one of only 57 remaining in the United States – but also forward with the dedication of its Wellness Center complex.
The $26 million facility, which will be dedicated as the school kicks off its centennial celebration during its Mercy Day observance September 24, includes a 1,200-seat arena for basketball and volleyball teams and fields for softball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. It also includes an eight-lane track and tennis courts, as well as academic areas.
“I believe our founding sisters would be pleased at how far we’ve come and inspired by where we are heading,” said Georgian Court President Rosemary E. Jeffries.
“The Wellness Center will help usher Georgian Court into the next 100 years of serving and educating our community.”
Retired Bishops coach surprised with naming of court
The first head coach of North Carolina Wesleyan’s men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams was ushered into the school’s Everett Gymnasium recently and surprised with the unveiling of his name on its court.
Don Scalf, who also taught physical education and served as athletics director during his 36 years at the school, learned of the honor during a luncheon that involved many of the coach’s friends and former players.
“What a great tribute to a coach who has touched so many people,” said one of those ex-players, Rocky Mount Preparatory School headmaster Michael Pratt, who headed the drive to name the court for Scalf. “This is just the right thing to do.”
The court formally will be dedicated November 22 during the inaugural Eastern North Carolina Basketball Classic.
Centennial Conference takes another online step
The Centennial Conference has launched a YouTube channel and created a Facebook page – in one case to publicize its schools and student-athletes, and in the other case to encourage a sense of community among student-athletes and alumni.
“The Centennial Conference was the first Division III conference to have a Web site in 1995, and the creation of a YouTube channel and Facebook site seemed a natural extension,” said Executive Director Steve Ulrich.
“Our hope is that the use of new media will enable us to create a community with prospective and current students, as well as parents, alumni and friends of our institutions, and improve our position in the marketplace.”
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