Area sports notes: Covenant's Will Crumly an All-American

Area sports notes: Covenant's Will Crumly an All-American

March 15th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Covenant College sophomore Will Crumly is an NCAA Division III third-team All-American as chosen by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The player of the year in the USA South conference and a first-team All-South selection, Crumly is the first USAS men's basketball player to be an All-American since 2012 — and the first Covenant men's All-American since Josh Suddath earned NAIA third-team honors in 2006. Crumly averaged 22 points and 8.5 rebounds a game and shot 59.9 percent from the field this past season. "I'm really proud of Will, as well as the rest of our team, for this honor," Scots coach Neal Young said in a Covenant release. "In our sport, there is no such thing as a truly individual award. Will relied heavily on his teammates this season just as we relied heavily on him. Will has shown a tremendous amount of growth from the end of our season last year up to now. His approach, work level, confidence and maturity are all on a different level. That is a testament to both his willingness to do the hard, uncomfortable work that meaningful growth requires and his teammates' willingness to trust and encourage him. Will also brings a lot to our team with his outgoing, fun-loving nature. It's rare that your most talented player is also one of your best glue guys."

» Dalton State College has removed the "interim" label from men's basketball coach Alex Ireland after the Roadrunners' 18-13 season and fifth-place finish in the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season. He served the whole season as interim head coach after the retirement of Tony Ingle. Ireland joined Ingle's staff for the 2017-18 season after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Alcorn State. "I am pleased to announce Alex Ireland as our basketball coach," the school's interim chief of staff, Jon Jaudon, said in a DSC release. "Alex demonstrates a commitment to the mission and values of the college and athletic department. He takes very seriously the role of coach and has the work ethic and character necessary to achieve at the highest level. I could not be happier that he will continue leading men's basketball." Jaudon pointed out that the Roadrunners had nine newcomers. "The way he engineered their development over the course of the season was dramatic," Jaudon said. "It is a tremendous honor to be named head basketball coach at Dalton State College," Ireland said. "I am very grateful to President Margaret Venable and Jon Jaudon for their faith in me and allowing me to continue to serve Dalton State in this role."


» Sewanee emphatically completed a three-game sweep of visiting Eureka with a 32-11 thrashing of the Red Devils on Thursday. And Eureka (2-4) led 5-0 before the 12-5 Tigers' four-run second inning that included home runs by Garrett Liebe and Joey Calcagno. The home team then scored eight runs in the fourth with a three-run homer by Liebe, a two-run blast by Riley Brandvold and a three-run double by Jake Woolard. Sewanee, which added 20 runs in the fifth through seventh innings, totaled 28 hits and 13 walks. Woolard had five RBIs and scored five runs, Liebe also batted in five and No. 9 batter Calcagno was 4-for-5. Brandvold was 3-for-5 with a triple as well as the homer and three RBIs, and Carter Huffman with two RBIs and Trey Akins also had three hits each.