Winthrop sophomore golfer Zach Seabolt is on the radar of national golf publications.
The Raleigh native recently was featured in the Oct. 8th online edition of Golfweek.com. Seabolt and his coach, Winthrop Hall-of-Famer Kevin Pendley discuss Seabolt’s rise up the college ranks.
Seabolt was named Big South Freshman of the Year and played in the NCAA Raleigh Regional last season.
This year, Seabolt has picked up where he left off, winning two straight tournaments this fall (Northern Intercollegiate and Rees Jones Intercollegiate) and finishing tied for eighth recently in the prestigious David Toms Invitational at Louisiana State.
He is ranked 15th in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Men’s soccer hopes for another tournament run
In the 2012 College Cup, Winthrop men’s soccer enjoyed the sweet taste of the Round of 16, the furthest an Eagles team had advanced in the school’s 40-year history.
That Eagles team swallowed a bitter 5-0 loss to Louisville. Magnus Thorsson and Jordi Lluch were freshman, and Guilherme Avelar was a sophomore.
The trio, now upperclassmen, along with the addition of high-scoring sophomore forward Max Hasenstab, give Winthrop the talent and experience to make another deep national tournament run.
Winners of six straight, Winthrop is 9-2 and 2-0 in the Big South Conference (through Oct. 17). The Eagles are ranked No. 6 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region rankings, the highest regional ranking in seven years and up from No. 8 two weeks ago.
“We’ve been here before,” 26-year Eagles soccer coach Rich Posipanko said in a phone interview. “That 2012 team was strong but young, then key injuries hurt us last year, so I never get too excited. It’s about us getting better.”
After shoulder surgery sliced Avelar’s season in half a year ago, the senior goalkeeper from Brazil has returned to a defense that’s held opponents to seven goals during the Eagles six-game winning streak. For his efforts, Avelar was recently named Big South Defensive Player of the Week.
“Losing ‘G’ (Avelar) was a big blow for us,” said Posipanko. “He’s back and playing well with the other goalkeepers we have.”
The offense has outscored teams 22-7. Hasenstab, a native of Germany and reigning Big South Conference Rookie of the Year, has scored five goals in just six games while dealing with a lingering hamstring injury.
With captains Thorsson being named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and Spain’s Lluch solidifying the defense this year, the Eagles think they can make a run at the College Cup in December.
Eagles reach new radio deal
OTS Media Group signed a three-year deal with Winthrop to air Eagles men’s basketball games and women’s road basketball games. The games will air on 104.1 FM, “The Bridge.”
The Lady Eagles had their best season in school history last year, winning the Big South Conference Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The men were one game from making the tournament themselves.
“Winthrop is happy to continue our partnership with OTS Media and be able to expand our coverage to include our women’s basketball road games on live radio,” said Winthrop Athletics Director Tom Hickman in a release. “We believe this agreement will benefit Winthrop as well as OTS Media as it gives us more radio exposure and it will help draw listeners to the new station.”
Eagles fans can also tune into weekly Winthrop Basketball Coaches Shows. Men’s coach Pat Kelsey and women’s coach Kevin Cook will both broadcast from Buffalo Wild Wings for 13 weeks. The first show is Nov. 13.
Men’s announcer Dave Friedman returns for this ninth season, while Mike Pacheco will call 15 women’s road games.