Area colleges: Clarks continue to collect postseason honors

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:01am
Staff reports

What’s in a name? A lot of quality basketball, provided that name is Clark.

Middle Tennessee State’s Alysha Clark and Belmont’s Ian Clark both broke new ground Tuesday as they added to their respective – in each case already sizable – awards hauls.

Alysha Clark became the first two-time All-American in MTSU history when she was one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America second team. In 2009 she was a third-team All-American.

She finished her career, which included two seasons at Belmont, with 75 double-doubles and 2,852 points, which rank fifth and 12th, respectively, in Division I women’s basketball history.

She set a school and conference record and led the nation with a 28.3 scoring average in 2009-10.

Ian Clark was one of 20 players named a Mid-Major Freshman All-American by, which makes its selections based on recommendations by NBA scouts and Division I head coaches.

A Memphis native, Clark was the first freshman in Belmont’s Division I era to lead the team in scoring (14.9 points per game) and the only member of the team to start all 31 games in 2009-10. He finished among the conference leaders in five key statistics and was fifth among all Division I freshmen with 74 3-point field goals.

He also became the first Belmont freshman to earn all-conference recognition when he was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, second-team all-conference and unanimous A-Sun all-freshman honors.

Another little big man

Tennessee State’s Robert Covington joined Ian Clark on the Freshman All-American team.

Covington was the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and a two-time Freshman of the Week as he averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.

Award repetition

Sonny Gray became the first Vanderbilt pitcher since David Price to be named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week twice in the same season when he selected as this week’s winner on Monday.

Gray, a sophomore out of Smyrna, allowed four hits, three walks and no runs in last Friday’s 7-0 victory over Kentucky. It was the second time this season he was the starter in a combined shutout.

Price won the award twice in 2007 and four times in 2006.

Football season

• MTSU announced its annual spring game will take place 1 p.m., April 10 at Floyd Stadium.

Admission is free but coaches have yet to decide on whether the format will be offense versus defense or whether the roster will be divided into two teams.

• Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Scrimmage is set for 10:30 a.m., April 10 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Admission is free.

Baseball bash

Trevecca Nazarene’s baseball team scored a season-high 18 runs as it notched its 20th victory of the season, 18-8 over Bryan College. Mark Hewitt ended the game when his three-run home run (Trevecca’s only home run of the day) in the bottom of the seventh ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

The Trojans (20-10) had just 14 runs in their previous three games combined. They improved to 8-0 when they have scored 10 or more.