Better Image Reds undefeated champions
XENIA — In the Coaches Pitch League, at Bob Evans Fields in Xenia, the Better Images Reds were second to none! The team swept the entire season with an 18-0 record and also won the end of the season tournament.
The team included Elijah Dean, Kaden Draughn, Caden English, Frankie Fouts, David Hubbard, Kyle Kohl, Dean McMaster, Jaelyn Moore, Devin Schweller, Devin Siebel, Elijah Tarver, Juan Underwood III, and Nathan Whitt.
Their coaches — Frank Fouts, Kevin Draughn, Juan Underwood II, and Thomas Moore — worked hard with each child to help them learn the game of baseball and improve upon their fundamental skills. Some of the kids had never played baseball before and a few were new to the Coaches Pitch League.
While the kids were working hard they also developed a love for the game which was evident as they played. The parents were very involved and supportive all season which definitely helped make the season a success. This team really worked as a family with fun activities like a parent vs. kids scrimmage, and a water balloon battle. Congratulations to the Better Images Reds, their coaches, and families.
Beirne named WSU assistant softball coach
FAIRBORN — Elisabeth Beirne, an assistant softball coach at Georgia Southern the past six seasons, has been named as an assistant coach at Wright State University, WSU head coach Lynn Curylo announced on Tuesday.
Beirne (Burn) worked primarily with the pitching staff and was the recruiting and travel coordinator while at GSU. In her six seasons there, Beirne’s pitchers garnered five Southern Conference (SoCon) Pitcher of the Year honors, five Second Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association of America (NFCA) All-Region honors as well as a SoCon Freshman of the Year award. In 2014, Sarah Purvis became the first pitcher in league history to earn three straight SoCon Pitcher of the Year Awards.
Beirne, a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2004. A standout pitcher at Olivet, she accumulated a 74-26 career record in the circle, including 32 shutouts. In 2003, Beirne helped lead Olivet to a third place finish at the NAIA national tournament and a team record 61 wins, posting a personal record of 29-7 with a 1.61 ERA.
Beirne was selected to the 2003 National Christian Colleges Athletic Association All-American First Team. She followed that up with a 21-win campaign in 2004 and again led Olivet to an impressive 51-17 overall record and was an All-Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, as well as an NCCAA All-Tournament team member.
Wright State to hold various summer camps
FAIRBORN — The Wright State Raiders will be holding numerous camps this summer for multiple sports. The summer camps include the following:
Volleyball: Coach Susan Clements and assistant coach Kara Hellmann will host six camps in July at the WSU McLin Gym, including four residential and two for commuters. Specialized camps include an Elite Setter Camp (July 11-13), Libero Camp (July 12-13), Hitter Camp (July 12-13) and a High Potential Camp (July 13-15). An All Skills Camp and Little Raider Camp will be held July 16-18. For more information, call Kara Hellman at (937) 775-3665.
Women’s Soccer: The Wright State Girls’ Soccer Academy will be back this summer with a youth camp (July 14-17) held during the morning hours. Additionally, there will be one-day camps on July 28 and Aug. 1. Emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of the game such as dribbling, passing, receiving, striking a ball, finishing and more. For more information, call (937) 775-2771.
Men’s Soccer: The Wright State Boys Soccer Academy will host a youth camp (July 14-17). Also, one-day youth camps will be available July 28 and Aug. 1. In addition to the fundamentals, players will be placed in game situations that require decision making and a competitive spirit. For more information, call Jake Slemker at (937) 775-2801.