The Month in Sports: April: Transitions, Triumphs and Football in the Spring?

The Month in Sports: April: Transitions, Triumphs and Football in the Spring?

By Jack Walker

 

 

 

Typically April is the stigma of the sports world. College athletics are ending along with the school year, the NFL Draft will excite and disappoint alike and the majority of professional athletes with the exception of baseball players and footballers –the European version- are having their vacation. All that being said, we begin with our local schools, where interestingly, not one but two establishments will draw a curtain on their lengthy chronicle of one level of competition and prepare to take a big step to the next. Abilene Christian, the Big Country’s most decorated of institutions, will finally emerge at the NCAA Division I platform- bearing much needed maintenance and upgrades to their pre-existing athletic facilities. Meanwhile, the little brother of the purple haze will jump from DIII to DII, after excelling within the NCAA entry-level stage. Considering all of the aforementioned, do any of our local schools have a shot at reaching the pinnacle of their sport and put a bow on their last campaign in their respective divisions . . .? Well of course! {{more}} ACU has been a perennial powerhouse in the Track and Field world, -wait; scratch that- a dominant dynasty, having won over twenty national championships as a team and claiming several individual accolades in the past half-century. So look for the Wildcats to go out in style, or should I say… Enter in fashion. The War Hawks scatter their accomplishments with single standout athletes. Most notably in fact, junior thrower, or should I say, launcher, Paul Davis has the longest shot putt throw this year in the country at any level, qualifying for the U.S. Outdoor Championships this summer. Oh- and when I say any level that includes the professionals. Davis is also a beast at the hammer throw and discus, winning all three events regularly in competition while consistently shattering his own school records. Lady War Hawk sprinter and high jumper, Tiana Alexander has also gained recognition country-wide, recently being named the National Christian Collegiate Association’s womens’ track and field athlete of the week after taking quadruple gold in her own back yard at last week’s War Hawk Classic. The lady laser ran the third leg of both winning sprint relay squads and then won the high jump and long jump. Moving on, the baseball and softball seasons are beginning post season competition and while some schools have no way to postpone their year unless they win an unlikely conference tournament title, one unit has a legitimate shot to go the distance in the diamond. The ACU baseball team routed the nation’s top team –Delta State- not once, but twice in the middle of the season and sitting at second in the Lone Star Conference standings, a long regional run could be in the mix if the wheels turn the right way for the Wildcats. No pun intended, given that it’s track time I’m taking it all in stride when it comes to putting this column together and surely a more intricate examination of all of the above would really provide some insight on all of the above, but unfortunately there’s an old newspaper standard that writers are held to known as time and space, not to mention some odd protocol of sorts we call: DEADLINE. . . So, in the words of the wise man: you can’t win ‘em all and as great as it would be; that falls into the ‘Wishful Thinking’ category. But if you’re truly the sports fan you like to think yourself to be you can never lose when it’s football season: and with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft . . . The Abilene Bombers select . . . See ya’ next month . . .