Pressley, Lewis leave their marks
Pisgah senior Sheridan Pressley put a bow on her outstanding four-year varsity basketball career.
Her name will stay in the school’s record book for a long time.
Pressley scored 1,676 points, which ranks third all-time and she is the school record holder with 525 assists.
However, my favorite record Pressley and senior center Mariah Lewis hold is the 96 victories the Pisgah varsity girls basketball team have won in the past four seasons.
By the way, Lewis is the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 893 for her career and set a new record with 283 this season.
Pressley will play basketball at NCAA Division II Queens University in Charlotte and Lewis will play volleyball for D-II Tusculum College.
Both schools are members of the South Atlantic Conference.
Lewis and Pressley are playing tonight at T.C. Roberson in the Blue-White All-Star game.
Pisgah volleyball and basketball will dearly miss Pressley and Lewis next season despite the “super, sensational diaper dandy” Brooklyn Allen returning for her junior season.
By the way, in my opinion, Allen is the best three-sport athlete I have ever seen.
ESPNU to televise Legion World Series
Shelby Manager Mike Grayson gave me a heads up at the end of last season this was about to happen and it was officially announced last week.
American Legion and the Shelby Baseball World Series Committee have inked a five-year contract that will expand the viewership of the American Legion World Series (ALWS) to nearly 80 million viewers.
Starting with the 2014 ALWS, the championship game will be televised live by ESPNU. The last time a Legion World Series championship game was live on TV was 35 years ago in Greenville, Mississippi.
“The extended contract (with ESPN) to televise the championship game of the World Series is testimony of the perseverance and commitment of all involved to maintain our reputation as one of the most successful and tradition rich amateur baseball programs in the world,” said Richard Anderson, chairman of the Legion’s National Americanism Commission. “On behalf of the Americanism Commission, it is with deep gratitude that we extend our congratulations to Eddie Holbrook (co-chairman of Shelby’s Baseball World Series Committee), the committee, all the volunteers and the city of Shelby for their due diligence and successful achievement of affiliating with ESPN.
“Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who safeguard and promote the integrity and legend of American Legion Baseball.”
Holbrook, with American Legion North Carolina National Executive Committee member Jerry Hedrick in attendance, made the announcement March 13 during a special event at the LeGrand Center in Shelby.
“This has been a dream that we have had since the beginning,” Holbrook told the Shelby Star. “We had no idea that it could be done by year four.”
All games leading up to the championship event will still be live streamed on ESPN3. And to accommodate the championship game TV coverage, the ALWS tournament schedule is changing from a double elimination format to pool play.
“ESPNU needs to know the exact time each game will be played. There can’t be any ‘what-ifs,’” Holbrook told the Shelby Star. “In double elimination, you have what-ifs with the championship game.”
With the pool play format, each team is guaranteed to play up to three games. There will be two pools (A and B) of four teams each; the teams will play each other in their respective pools for the first three days of the ALWS, Aug. 14-17.
The semifinals will be Aug. 18, where the winner of Pool A will play the runner-up of Pool B and the winner of Pool B will play the runner-up of Pool A. The two overall winners will play in the ALWS championship game on Aug. 19.
The ALWS championship game TV coverage also allows for several 30-second advertising spots for The American Legion and Shelby.
Former Legion pitcher elected to MLB Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux, the 1994 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year, has been elected into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Maddux played Legion Baseball for Post 8 in Las Vegas, and then went on to win 355 games for the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers.
Maddux was elected with Frank Thomas and former teammate Tom Glavine and will be inducted into the Hall July 27 in Cooperstown.
“This is a very humbling experience,” Maddux told MLB.com. “It’s a tremendous honor to be included in this. I can’t wait to meet some of the guys who are already in the Hall of Fame. To share this moment with Glav and Frank is pretty special, as well. It’s a tremendous honor.”
Maddux won consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992 to 1995, one of only two players in MLB history to win the award four straight times.
Five other Legion Baseball alums were on the ballot but weren’t voted into the Hall: Roger Clemens, Jeff Kent, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff and Alan Trammell.