Behind another dominating effort from Zoiee Smith, who accumulated four goals during a Division II Sectional Semifinal, the Waverly Tigers’ girls soccer program defeated Logan Elm, 5-1, on Tuesday evening in Waverly.
Smith, who continued her outstanding initial campaign, got help from Lauren Snodgrass, who obtained a goal of her own to allow Waverly to obtain its first postseason victory in school history.
With the victory, the Lady Tigers will advance to play Jackson on Saturday morning in Jackson in what will be a sectional final affair. Game time is set for 11 a.m.
SSU women’s basketball ranked first in Mid-South Conference Preseason Poll, men eighth
On Tuesday morning, the Shawnee State women’s basketball program was picked to repeat as Mid-South Conference Champions in the MSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Bears received 46 points in the poll and four of the eight first-place votes.
Shawnee State finished last season as the Mid-South Conference Co-Champions with Lindsey Wilson, going 31-3 and 13-1 in the conference. SSU will be going for its third consecutive conference regular season championship in 2017-18.
Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson tied for second in the poll, with both teams getting 41 points. Lindsey Wilson received three first place votes, with Campbellsville receiving the remaining one. Cumberland (Tenn.) was picked to finish in fourth, followed by Pikeville, Cumberlands (Ky.), Georgetown (Ky.) and Life (Ga.) to round out the poll.
“The Mid-South Conference is a perennial powerhouse in NAIA Women’s Basketball and I expect this season to be no different,” said head coach Jeff Nickel. “We will once again have several teams with the ability to reach the National Tournament in Billings and compete for a national championship. We are very honored about being picked first in the preseason poll.”
Shawnee State men’s basketball were picked to finish in eighth place in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released on Tuesday morning.
As for the men, Delano Thomas’ group received eight points in the poll, eight points behind Cumberland (Tenn.) and Campbellsville, who tied for sixth place. The Bears finished the season 9-19 last season, and 2-12 in the Mid-South Conference.
Georgetown was picked to win the conference for the second season in a row, receiving 40 points and one first place vote. Defending conference champion Life was picked to finish second, receiving 39 points and three first place votes. Lindsey Wilson was ranked third, Pikeville fourth and Cumberlands (Ky.) fifth to round out the poll.
“We have a great opportunity in front of us,” said Thomas, “first to understand our preseason positioning and secondly to come together as a team to make a change. We are eager to challenge the Mid-South Conference.”
The Shawnee State women’s basketball program will open its season on Friday, Oct. 27 when the Bears host Kentucky Christian at 6 p.m., and immediately follow its season-opener with another home affair against Cincinnati Christian at 2 p.m. the following day. The men, meanwhile, will kick off its 2017-18 campaign on Sunday, Oct. 29 when they host William Penn (Iowa). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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