Doherty’s Brunelle honored
by National Football Foundation
Offensive lineman/defensive end Josh Brunelle, who just graduated from Doherty High, was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2020 Team of Distinction.
Brunelle, a Northeast Region honoree, is one of 82 in the nation to receive the honor, for his scholar-athlete accomplishments. The team captain and three-time league all-star posted a 4.67 grade point average at Doherty and was class vice president and National Honor Society member.
Brunelle’s nomination was submitted by the National Football Foundation’s Joe Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter.
WPI’s Packard, Thomas named
Academic All-Americans in track
WPI’s Sydney Packard and Oliver Thomas were chosen as track and field/cross-country Academic All-Americans as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Packard, who recently graduated with a 3.95 GPA as a chemical engineering major, earned All-American honors as a sophomore and junior in the women’s 800-meter run and won the indoor mile at the New England Division 3 championships.
Oliver, who just completed his junior year, was a repeat All-America honoree in the 60-meter hurdles. He has a 3.83 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering.
Nichols adds Dunn to
women’s soccer staff
Former Nichols College women’s soccer standout Meghan Dunn has joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Dunn, a Dudley native, scored five game-winning goals last season while leading the Bison to a 10-9 record. She led Nichols in goals in each of her four seasons, with a career-high 11 coming as a freshman when she was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.
Dunn has earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and master’s in organizational leadership, both from Nichols.
cancel their fall sports
Bowdoin College and UMass-Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities.
Both schools compete in Division 3. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass-Boston has 18.
Rose said there may be an opportunity for the winter, spring and possibly fall athletes to participate and compete in some form after Jan. 1. But there will be no elimination of programs or furloughs or cuts to athletic administration, staff or coaches.
Newman said she is hopeful conditions will improve enough by October that the school will be able to open some on-campus programs.
University removes Schott’s
name from baseball stadium
The University of Cincinnati is removing Marge Schott’s name from its baseball stadium and a library archive in light of her racist comments while owner of the Cincinnati Reds.
The school’s board of trustees unanimously approved the move Tuesday, a dozen days after a Catholic high school also decided to remove references to Schott from its facilities. Over the years, UC students, faculty at alumni have objected to Schott’s name on school facilities, but no changes were made.
“Marge Schott’s record of racism and bigotry stands at stark odds with our university’s core commitment to dignity, equity and inclusion,” said school President Neville G. Pinto, who recommended the change.
The national push for racial justice sparked by George Floyd’s death has prompted local institutions to revisit Schott’s history.
After her death in 2004, most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities in the city.
Ford stepping down as Lions
owner, daughter taking over
Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions.
The Lions announced Tuesday that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman.
“It has been a great honor for our family to be associated with the Lions and with the National Football League,” the 94-year-old Ford said in a statement. “I am gratified that this family tradition, which my husband and I began almost six decades ago, will continue under Sheila’s guiding hand. It is clear to me that Sheila will provide superb leadership and is fully committed to competitive excellence and community involvement.”
Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died.
Hamp, 68, has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.
Three players announce
plans to transfer from Liberty
Three football players at Liberty University say they have entered the transfer portal, with two of them citing “racial insensitivity” by the university’s leadership or similar reasons for their decisions.
Kei’Trel Clark and Tayvion Land, both sophomore defensive backs, and senior linebacker Waylen Cozad all announced their intentions on Twitter. Clark and Land, who are Black, cited racial or cultural concerns with the leadership at the evangelical school in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“Due to the cultural (incompetence) within multiple levels of leadership, it does not line up with my code of ethics,” Clark wrote in a post Monday. In it, he praised the coaches and players he worked with, but said his decision was “bigger than football.”
Land specifically cited “racial insensitivity displayed by leadership” at Liberty.
Cozad, who is white, wrote he was “ready for a new opportunity.”
Nine players, including three on scholarship, have transferred or had their names removed from the football roster shortly after players returned to campus on June 1.
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