Saturday, February 11, 2012

Coker College Opens Lacrosse History With Victory

Cobra lacrosse team marches onto field for first game in the Coker College lacrosse history. The team came out with a 14-7 victory.

Head Coach Tony Smith and his assistant coach Matt Spivey shake hands after first Coker College lacrosse victory on Friday, February 10, 2012, at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S. C., home of the Cobras. The Cobras topped Shorter College 14-7.

A couple of hundred people braved the cool temperatures to take in the first lacrosse match in the history of Coker College. From the sounds of the cheers throughout the game, they were excited to be part of this new Coker tradition. It has been a lot of years since I have viewed lacrosse, except on the television screen. After being on the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons (usually on the bench)team for a year, I have always believed lacrosse is my favorite sport. After watching the Cobras in their opener, I am still convinced.

The game requires skill, speed, strength, and a certain disregard for a sense of personal security. It is exciting to watch and should be a great addition to the roster of sports at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Morning News sports editor Mark Haselden has a great end-of-game story featuring the Captain of the Cobra team.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

699 and he wishes people would stop counting

There is an article in today's MORNING NEWS of Florence that talks about how impatient Coach David Hanna is to obtain his 700th victory as a softball coach at Coker College. For those who know Coach Hanna, it is causing some smiles. If there is a coach who, for sure, does not like the hoopla over individual victories it is Coach Hanna.

The article is clear that his impatience is because he is a little weary of "reporters and sports information directors" asking about it. The Cobra women have two games on Friday afternoon and two more on Saturday as they work to notch the 700th victory for their coach and start on on the new goal of 800.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Freshmen work hard to win Coker Cow Days; Juniors Prevail

Saturday morning I had the opportunity to be the "sponsor" of the Freshmen class for the Coker Olympic of Winter (COW) competitive events. The Juniors won but the first-year students were close in the competition.

The college was fortunate to have a John Galvin from the MORNING NEWS in Florence covering some of the activities and it looked like he had almost as good a time as the Coker students. He had some good coverage in the paper and online.

Ardie Arvidson of the Hartsville Messenger, also a Media General property, had a great story about the origins of the event and Professor Fred Edinger, who was one of the 1976 founders, in the Friday edition of the Messenger.

For those students participating, it was a fun time in connecting to a long-time Coker College tradition.