Local Sports Briefs

July 23, 2014

Marauders receive donation from Alabama church

WILBERFORCE — Troy L. Garner, pastor at Fellowship of Faith Church in Huntsville, Ala. has donated $10,000 to the Central State University football program.

“We love and believe in Coach Pearl, and we want to sow into coach Pearl and the Central State University football program, because we want him to be successful. There is an old biblical principle that says, ‘You can’t beat God’s giving.’ The more you give the more he gives back to you. God sends blessings to whom he can send blessings through.”

Coach Cedric Pearl, head football coach for the Central State University Marauders football team said, “We would like to thank Pastor Troy and the Fellowship of Faith Baptist Church. The funds will be used to enhance the team locker room and to purchase new equipment.”

Before coming to Central State, Coach Pearl served as interim head football coach, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs in Huntsville, Ala. Pearl has also worked with his alma mater, the Tuskegee University Tigers, in Tuskegee, Ala., at the onset of his career, and spent time at Morris Brown and Morehouse Colleges in Atlanta, Ga.

Pearl received his undergraduate degree in social work and his graduate degree in counseling and student development from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

Scouts wrapping up regular season

Fresh off a doubleheader split in Michigan with the Lake Erie Monarchs, the Xenia Scouts have now won six of their last seven games and find themselves alone in fourth place in the 9-team Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball season.

The Scouts (19-18) lost an 8-2 contest to the Monarchs before regaining their winning ways with a 6-4 decision in Sunday’s second game. Xenia has a pair of 7:05 p.m. contests Tuesday and today in Newark against the Licking County Settlers.

The team then returns home to Grady’s Field, on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex for its final game of the GLSCL regular season — a 7:05 p.m. contest against Licking County.

The GLSCL play-in game, between the league’s eighth- and ninth-place teams, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Grady’s Field. Through Monday’s games, the Grand Lake Mariners (15-20) were in eighth place, and the Lexington (Ky.) Hustlers (10-21) were ninth.

Cedarville grandson second in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Ryan Norberg of Orlando, Fla. finished second in the Cold Stone U.S. Grand Nationals held at Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah July 17-20 in Roto Max-powered go-karts. He will now represent the USA (Team USA) for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals Nov. 25-29 in Valencia, Spain.

Norberg, 15, is the grandson of Harold and Virginia Stancliff of Cedarville.

WSU tennis coach leaving

FAIRBORN — Sean McCaffrey, head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Wright State since 2008, has accepted the head coach position at Armstrong State, a perennial NCAA Division II power. The move will also put him closer to his extended family.

McCaffrey led the WSU men’s team to 78-69 record in his six seasons while the women posted a record of 52-92. In 2012, he was named the Horizon League and Wright State Coach of the Year as the men went 18-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Horizon League. He was also named the WSU Co-Coach of the Year in 2011 along with former baseball coach Rob Cooper.

McCaffrey led the Midwest Mustangs U16 Boys and Girls teams to the USTA Junior Zone Team Championship in St. Louis in late July 2012.

“I want to thank Bob Grant and Rod Perry for believing in me and for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive staff,” McCaffrey said. “I especially want to thank all of my players, assistant coaches, and all of those who helped support the Raider Tennis program. This was not an easy decision by any stretch and my relationships with all of them made it that much more difficult.”

McCaffrey and his wife Deborah have two daughters, Cora and Maddie.