The Seawanhaka Sports Run Down is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in sports news at the local, state, and national, and international level. By: MELISSA FISHMAN / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Men’s Tennis Beats Quinnipiac in Narrow Victory
On Monday, the LIU men’s tennis team squared off against Quinnipiac in North Haven, Connecticut in a truly nail-biter of a game. The game was neck-and-neck throughout and Quinnipiac swept the matches on the doubles court but LIU was always hot on their trails. In the final frames of the day, the Sharks came out victorious, thus breaking the 3-3 stalemate and securing a victory for LIU. The lucky final shot was scored by Danila Ischanka in a 7-5 match against Quinnipiac’s Javier Casasolas Monllor. After the match, head coach Jan Griga had this to say about the Sharks’ exciting win, “we have plenty of positives to take away from today and to the practice courts this week.”
W.N.B.A. Star Brittney Griner Still in Russian Detention Center
On March 5, the Russian Federal Customs Service announced that it had an American basketball player in its custody after discovering that the player had drugs in her possession. The player in question was later identified as Griner, 31, whose sentence was just extended for another two months as of this Thursday. Her new release date, which is scheduled to me May 19, will likely cause her to miss the beginning of the W.N.B.A. season which starts on May 6. Although she has reportedly been denied consular access, she is allegedly alive and well and meets frequently with her Russian legal team.
Men’s Golf Attends Bash at the Beach, Ties for Third
This week, the members of the men’s golf team journeyed to South Carolina to attend the Bash at the Beach competition which is hosted by Appalachian State University. The Bash at the Beach invited 16 teams to face off against one another, and the Sharks were ready to play. During the competition, LIU tied for third with two members playing particularly outstanding games, these being freshmen Lukas Gabura and Aryaman Mohan. Gabura and Mohan shot 6-under par and 5-under par respectively, thus marking them as among some of the Bash’s fiercest competition. In less than two weeks, the men will head to North Carolina to take part in the Seahawk Intercollegiate at UNC Wilmington.
Davante Adams joins Las Vegas Raiders
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, Davante Adams, will now be traded to the Las Vegas Raiders. The trade will cost Los Vegas a reported $28.25 million over the next five years for a whopping total of $141.5 million. The trade comes shortly after it was speculated that Adams vowed not to play under the franchise tag for the Packers, therefore leaving him room to make a big career move. However this move would take Adams away from fan favorite quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and instead reunite him with Derek Carr from his college days.
Women’s Basketball Teams Take on March Madness
March Madness is in full swing for college basketball fans who now get a taste at watching women’s teams compete for the first time in the history of the game.In an incredible first round of the tournament, the Gamecocks of South Carolina faced off against Howard University in a crushing 79-21 victory. The game was valiantly led by Aliyah Boston and Sania Feagin who each scored 10 points out of the 40 that was scored before halftime. The ladies of South Carolina have a long way before they can taste NCAA victory, with the next competition being held on Sunday against Miami.