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SPORTS

Dixie Conference Football Earns Automatic NCAA Bid

Beginning with the 2001 season, the Methodist College football team will be competing not only for the inaugural Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football title, but also for a NCAA post-season bid. The NCAA recently announced that the Dixie Conference, a league that has been in existence more than 35 years, will be awarded a post-season entry in only its first season of intercollegiate football competition. Last season, Methodist College unofficially won the Dixie Conference regular- season title after going 4-0 against conference schools as they posted wins over Ferrum, Greensboro, Chowan, and Averett.

New to the 2001 schedule will be Shenandoah, a second-year program, and first-year program Christopher Newport. Under Head Coach Jim Sypult, the Monarchs are 14-4 against Dixie Conference schools.

The Green & Gold finished 7-3 last season in the Monarchs’ last season of Atlantic Central Football Conference competition. Coach Sypult’s squad finished in second place in ACFC play after being voted to finish sixth out of seven teams in the preseason coaches poll.

“The Dixie Conference getting a bid to post-season play is a dream come true for Methodist College,” stated Coach Sypult. “Our goal is to compete on the national level and this will give us the opportunity to reach the playoffs.”

2001 MC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 Sept. 8

Sept. 15

Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6

Oct. 13

Oct. 20

Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10

Emory & Henry College @ Guilford College (Greensboro) @ Salisbury State U. (Salisbury, MD) Open Apprentice School ^ @ Averett College (Danville, VA) * @ Ferrum College (Ferrum, VA) * @ Christopher Newport U. (Newport News, VA) * Chowan College # * Greensboro College * Shenandoah U. *

1:00 1:00

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1:30 1:00 1:00

Bold Italics Denotes Home Games

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Denotes Dixie Intercollegiate Conf. Game Denotes Family Weekend Denotes Homecoming

Monarch Golfers Earn Verizon Academic All-American Honors

Methodist College golfers Carol Brogan (Senior/Watertown, NY and Jered Gusso (Senior/Savage, MN earned the prestigious distinction as Verizon Academic Division-III Spring At-Large All-Americans. Brogan, the 2001 NCAA Division-III National Champion, was voted to the first team for the second consecutive year while Gusso earned second team distinction. The College Division At-Large honor includes all spring sports (except baseball and softball) is voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Brogan graduated this past spring with a 3.92 GPA in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. She capped a stellar four-year career by becoming the first Methodist College golfer (male or female) to be a part of four national championship teams. Brogan, who was earlier this year named MC’s Female Athlete of the Year, picked up her first career win in dramatic fashion as she was crowned the 2001 NCAA-III Individual National Champion after carding a 72-hole record total of 294 (+6). The two-time first team All-American selection was also voted as the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) National Player of the Year. Brogan earned first team Academic All-American distinction last season.

Denise Woodard

Women’s At-Large

nd 2 team

1991

Jay Kirkpatrick

Baseball

st 1 team

1991

Tracy Maness

Women’s At-Large

rd 3 team

1993

Joe Myrtle

Baseball

rd 3 team

1993

Tracey Gage

Women’s At-Large

rd 3 team

1999

Carol Brogan

Women’s At-Large

st 1 team

2000

Carol Brogan

Women’s At-Large

st 1 team

2001

Jered Gusso

Men’s At-Large

nd 2 team

2001

Brogan becomes the first Methodist College student-athlete to earn multiple Verizon Academic All-American honors and her honor marks only the third time a Monarch has been selected to the first team.

Gusso also graduated this past spring with a 3.49 GPA in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He sported a 73.45 stroke average over 22 round in the regular-season and earned his second consecutive national fourth place inish as this year’s NCAA-III National Championships. The two- time All-American tallied five top-five finishes this season and was the Dixie Conference Champion for the second straight year. Gusso, an eight-time MC Dean’s List member, earned three career wins during his distinguished Monarch career. Methodist College Verizon Academic All-Americans

Methodist College was one of only three District III College Division schools to have multiple At-Large All- Americans, as Emory (GA) University led the way with three honorees. Florida Southern, a NCAA Division- II Sunshine Conference member, was the only other school to have a pair of nominees. District III is made up of all NCAA Division-II and III member institu- tions in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia.

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Methodist College Today

Summer 2001

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