Share April 19, 2007ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – West Florida will look to extend two streaks at this weekend’s Carpet One/Gulf South Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament. Not only will West Florida try to extend their eight-match winning streak, but the Argonauts will also attempt to win their third consecutive GSC title. The tournament will be held on the campuses of Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist Universities.West Florida, the top-seed from the GSC East, will face Christian Brothers, the fourth seed from the GSC West, in the quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. If West Florida wins, they will face the winner of the Delta State/North Alabama match at 1:30 p.m. The championship finals are set for 9 a.m. on Sunday.The tournament will feature five of the top 40 teams in Division II. Aside from the top-ranked Argonauts, other ranked teams are: fourth-ranked Valdosta State, No.12 Ouachita Baptist, No. 15 Delta State and No. 38 North Alabama. The tournament will also feature nine of the top 50 singles players and five ranked doubles teams.West Florida’s eight GSC titles are the most in conference history. Dating back to 2002, West Florida has won four of the last five GSC titles and finished as the runner-up in 2004.Complete coverage of the 2007 GSC Men’s Tennis Tournament can be found at www.gulfsouthconference.orgPrint Friendly Version Top-Ranked Argonauts Go for Three-Peat
Raise your hand if you are on Twitter or Facebook.Yeah that’s what I thought. It’s ok folks, I’m constantly tuned in to both.But these days words like “make your profile private” and “don’t share any of your personal information online” are becoming everyday turns of phrase just like “look both ways before you cross the street” and “never accept candy from a stranger.”Unfortunately for freshman forward Nic Kerdiles, he didn’t heed the aforementioned warnings and shared a little too much information via both popular social feeds. That little slip has caused the NCAA to question the Irving, Calif., native’s eligibility and as of this week, he has been suspended for the season. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team is currently appealing the decision.Here’s the situation. Kerdiles posted a photo donning gear from Pulver Sports – an agency – and also tweeted that he went out to dinner with them. These posts have cost him a year of college hockey. But the catch is, if Kerdiles didn’t keep the gear or if he paid for his own dinner then he should be cleared – something the athletic department is currently trying to argue.Now, all anyone can do is simply wait. Chances are if Wisconsin loses the appeal, Kerdiles will leave UW and play in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets. If he did that though, it would only delay serving the current ban. If that would be the case, it’s safe to say Kerdiles will never skate as a Badger.But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Here are the facts: Kerdiles is currently suspended because of ineligibility and Wisconsin is appealing that decision.To put it bluntly: it sucks. Kerdiles was expected to make an impact immediately, slated to skate on the top line alongside juniors Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes. The Badgers know what they have without him simply because he’s a freshman, but the 2012-13 squad would be bolstered that much more by the 18-year-old forward who was drafted 36th overall in the 2012 NHL draft.But also considering recent cases of similar situations, it’s quite unfair.There is no way the NCAA can be 100 percent positive Kerdiles actually did anything wrong, maybe he did pay for those meals on his own. Maybe he isn’t paying anyone from Pulver Sports and is simply getting advice – which is allowed.Kerdiles faces a very similar situation former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton faced two years ago. Newton was accused of allegations that would have made him ineligible for the season, which ultimately would have cost him a Heisman Trophy and a national title. But while the NCAA was processing the allegations he was still allowed to play. The NCAA sort of swept the whole thing under their living room rug and pretended nothing happened. They didn’t seem to really force the issue, even with their investigation. We also see this all the time in basketball.That begs the question: why are they being so harsh on hockey? The answer is money.Hockey has such a loud, proud niche audience. It’s not televised in the same way as basketball and football because it’s not as popular on a national scale. The NCAA won’t tarnish sports in-season the way the potential loss of Newton could have. Newton was superman. He had an inspiring background and a magic ability to make things happen on the field. To suddenly render him ineligible would have upset fans as if he was the next Tiger Woods.This is certainly a hypothetical situation, but the fact remains that hockey seems like a pest to the NCAA more than anything else. Major tournaments are played in sub-par arenas – especially on the women’s side – and the national title tournament is often dominated by the same handful of teams that the NCAA seemingly could really care less which hockey powerhouse wins it year in and year out.Kerdiles has found himself in a tough situation, but unfortunately for him, he’s guilty until proven innocent.Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism and un peu de Fran?ais. Think the NCAA is being unfair or for once sticking to its guns? Let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kellymerickson.
Today, after a one-day break, continues the World Junior Championship in handball, which is being held in Sarajevo.The team of BiH tonight in context of the third round Group C, plays in Sarajevo against Slovenia, the leading team in this group. Chosen selector Zdenka Grbavac, encouraged by defeating Hungary in the second round, announced another good game in which they will try to surprise favored Slovenian.Grbavac said that his players can get to triumph if they play as they played against Hungary during the second half of the match.‘’ Slovenian’s team is the most experienced and I immediately said that they were the favorites in our group. They have a good team with a great variety of players, but we are the hosts, and it is to our advantage. If the fan’ s support is as it was against Hungary, and with that kind of game from players during the second half, we should not be afraid of anybody ‘’, said Grbavac on Tuesday for FENA.The match of BiH – Slovenia starts at 21 pm, and the match between Congolese and Hungary at 16.00 and Argentina and South Korea at 18:30.(Source:Fena)