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BY JOSEPH RUSSELL Sports Editor Though first-year coach Larry Porter has yet to see his first game at the helm of The University of Memphis football team, the former Tigers running back continues to make positive impressions on the recruiting trail, getting four commitments from the Class of 2011 – including one who signed early and can play this upcoming season. Porter began with Southwind defensive back Lonnie Ballentine, who had originally signed with the Tigers last summer but decided to re-open his recruitment after The U of M fired then-coach Tommy West. He got offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville, Alabama and LSU, but decided to return to The U of M. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder graduated early from high school and will suit up for the Tigers next season as a part of Porter’s first recruiting class. Ranked a three-star athlete by Rivals.com, Ballentine’s speed (4.5-second 40-yard-dash) gives him potential to play either safety or wide receiver. The Tigers later received a verbal commitment from local product Artaves Gibson, ranked the No. 33 running back in the nation by ESPN.com. The 6-foot1, 215-pounder from Mitchell
High School is also ranked the 19th overall player in the state by Rivals.com and is expected to give the Tigers a physical force in the backfield. Gibson, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns in his sophomore season at Mitchell, is a strong downhill runner and breaks through the line with ease, but still has the speed and agility to make defenders miss. After nearly a month of inactivity, the Tigers received another verbal commitment on June 18 from pro-style quarterback Stevie Douglas out of Clinton High School in Clinton, La. Douglas, a three-star recruit, operated mainly out of the shotgun formation in high school and has been called a “cut above the level of competition” he faces by ESPN.com scouts, especially since he plays for such a low-key team. Instead of playing for a conventional high school, Douglas is home-schooled and plays for the Christian Home Educators Fellowship Patriots, which is coached by his father. The 6-foot-4 signal-caller chose Memphis over LSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, and is currently ranked the No. 45 quarterback in the nation. Scouts have said that despite his athletic frame and strong arm, he hasn’t gotten as much attention as he deserves simply because of
U of M secure four commitments for 2011
Mitchell High School running back and University of Memphis recruit Artaves Gibson is just one of four players in the Class of 2011 who have committed to help coach Larry Porter rebuild the Tigers football team. the league he plays in. Rounding out the recruiting class is outside linebacker Regis Ball from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga. Although he is undersized for his position at 5-foot-10, 200pounds, Ball has the speed and agility to cover a lot of ground for one of the top defensive squads
Former U of M pitcher named to All-Star Game BY JOSEPH RUSSELL Sports Editor Former University of Memphis pitcher Derek Hankins was selected to represent the Altoona Curve in the 2010 Double-A All-Star Game held last night at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pa. The right-hander, one of six Curve players to be named to the Eastern League’s All-Star roster, earned his first professional AllStar selection after notching a 5-1 record and leading the Eastern League with a 1.39 ERA during the first half of the 2010 season. In 20 appearances, split between both starter and relief, Hankins also has one complete game and three saves. In 71 innings of work, he has struck out 44 batters and holds opponents to a 2.06 batting average.
Former U of M pitcher Derek Hankins was named to his first career All-Star Game this season. Although he played just one season for the Tigers, Hankins
was a 10th round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2004 Major League First-Year Player Draft. During his time in Memphis, he went 8-5 in 15 starts and struck out 114 batters, which is good for second on the school’s single-season strikeouts list. Hankins struck out a program-record 17 batters against Murray State, and later put together a 14-strikeout performance against Louisville. For his efforts, Hankins was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week three times, in addition to Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week, NCBWA CoNational Pitcher of the Week and Second Team All-C-USA honors. In seven seasons of playing professional baseball, Hankins has recorded 35 wins and more than 450 strikeouts.
in Georgia. Heavily recruited by Middle Tennessee State, the twostar recruit eventually decided to commit to the Tigers. Although he remains undeclared, also expected to sign with The U of M is two-star wide out Tyriq Patrick out of Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Miss. The 6-foot-3 playmaker is
ranked the No. 139 wideout in the nation by ESPN.com, whose scouts said he has “intriguing size” and shows “flashes of good upside” on film. The major knock on Patrick is that since he weighs just 178 pounds, he will need to add size and strength in order to contribute at the college level.
Trio of unusual planes to be a part of study BY KEN KAYE Sun Sentinel NASA, best known for launching space shuttles, plans to dispatch three unusual airplanes this summer to investigate why some tropical systems suddenly become major hurricanes. One of those planes, a 44year-old, four-engine Douglas DC-8 jet, will be based at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Under a six-week mission, to be conducted during the busiest stretch of the hurricane season, the planes will fly in and around tropical storms to sample the atmosphere. Using sophisticated microwave and radar instruments, they will gather data on temperature, wind, pressure, humidity and other measurements. NASA also will draw
on three satellites to collect information. The idea is to figure out how major hurricanes _ Category 3, 4 and 5 _ form and why many of them rapidly intensify, a process the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade County, Fla., doesn’t fully understand. Ultimately, NASA hopes to help the hurricane center improve forecasts, said Michael Finneran, space agency spokesman. The DC-8 was originally flown by Alitalia in the 1960s and purchased by NASA in the early 1980s. It can fly up to 41,000 feet and will allow scientists to study the inner workings of a storm in real time, Brown said. It is scheduled to arrive in Fort Lauderdale in midAugust, when NASA will commence its Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes, or GRIP, mission.
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UMdrive gets an update BY BETH SPENCER News Reporter Students and faculty at The University of Memphis can catch a glimpse of the more modern appearance, convenient new features and doubled storage space when they upload files to the new UMdrive. Provided by Xythos Software, Inc., the file-sharing service allows account holders to upload assignments, group projects and papers, giving students 24-hour access. Director of the Advanced Learning Center Sandy Schaeffer managed the planning and implementing of the upgrade’s nontechnical aspects. He said the original intent of the service was to give students user-friendly personal storage for their digital files. “This update is a major revision,” he said. “The new interface has new Windows-like features and you can right-click on things.” Schaeffer said because the new design and features are intuitive, students and faculty
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When I lived in Kentucky, I used to go into a shack by the side of U S Highway 51 and eat the best barbecue I have ever eaten. The proprietor was an old Afro-American named Grundy. He scouted for literally hundreds of miles to get just the right kind of wood with which to smoke his meat. It seemed like every time I passed his place, my car just automatically turned into his little parking lot! He had two signs posted. One of them read, â€œNo bad language allowed in here.â€? The other sign caused me great pause the first time I read it, and had an effect on me every time I saw it. That sign said in simple, but solemnly eloquent words, â€œAt the end of the road, you meet God!â€? Folks, that sign was true. There is an end of the road for each of us. None of us is going get out of this world alive. We will all wind up in the funeral home one day, maybe long before we expect to. That may be hard to believe while we are in youth, with seemingly endless opportunities ahead of us. However, no one can postpone the inevitable. Some of your professors may scoff at this, but they, too, will wind up in a black box someday. They will have come to the end of the road. At the end of the road, we meet God. Will we meet Him as friend or foe? He has said, â€œYe are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.â€?
Incoming freshman netter Kathleen Hawkins, who signed with The University of Memphis last November, was named Michiganâ€™s â€œMiss Tennisâ€? last week. The award, presented by the Detroit Free Press in conjunction with the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association, is given to the top female senior player in the state. Hawkins, who graduated from Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., earned the honors after she
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went 23-0 in her senior season and won the No. 1 singles title in Division 4 for her third consecutive state title. As the top overall seed, Hawkins beat the No. 2-seed in the state final by scores of 6-0 and 6-2. The two games she lost in the second set were the only two games she had not won all year. Behind her individual effort, Hawkins helped Hackett to a third-place finish. Hawkins originally had an opportunity to stay close with home when she received a scholarship offer from Western Michigan â€“ where her mother was a twosport athlete â€“ but eventually decided on The U of M after touring the campus. â€œI followed my gut feeling, and Western was too close to home,â€? she told the Detroit Free Press. â€œI really clicked with the coach at Memphis, and when I got down there I loved it. I knew instantly thatâ€™s where I wanted to go.â€? Hawkins, ranked a four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net, will join fellow four-star freshman Sarah Witkowski in helping the Lady Tigers fill a void left by the departure of four seniors from a season ago. â€œThis is a great way to end a chapter of her tennis life and begin a new one,â€? U of M coach Lee Taylor Walker said. â€œWeâ€™re anxious for Kathleen to get here and start winning awards for the Tigers.â€?
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