December 13, 2013

Sports Digest

HIGH SCHOOLS

Falmouth’s Meserve earns Gatorade Player of the Year in volleyball

Falmouth High senior Katrina Meserve was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Maine. Meserve, an outside hitter, helped the Yachtsmen go 15-2 on their way to their first-ever Class A volleyball title. She had 97 kills and 237 digs.

In late November, Meserve was named the Maine Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year.

BASEBALL

MINOR LEAGUES: Portland Sea Dogs President Charlie Eshbach was named the “King of Baseball” at the minor league’s winter meetings banquet in Orlando, Fla.

The award honors long-time dedication and service in professional baseball.

Eshbach has worked in Minor League Baseball for 40 seasons, and has served as the Sea Dogs’ president since the team’s inception in 1992.

SOCCER

MLS: The 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game will be against legendary German club Bayern Munich, the reigning European and Bundesliga champions.

The All-Star game will be played in August at Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers. The MLS All-Star team has gone against top-flight foreign clubs for the past 10 years.

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: Jurgen Klinsmann is staying with the U.S. soccer team for the 2018 World Cup.

Six months before leading the Americans at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018.

He was hired as coach in July 2011.

NWSL: The National Women’s Soccer League announced the addition of its first expansion team – the Houston Dash – bringing its total to nine teams. The team will begin play in the 2014 season.

OLYMPICS

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Dan Church resigned as coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Canada is attempting to win a fourth straight gold in Sochi after wins in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Church signed a two-year contract in June 2012.

COLLEGES

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Linnae Harper scored 18 points and Kastine Evans added 14 to lead No. 5 Kentucky to a 96-85 victory over DePaul at Chicago.

Harper, a Chicago native who starred at Whitney Young High School, led a balanced offense as 10 players scored for the Wildcats (10-0).

Tiaria Griffin scored 20 points and No. 16 Georgia (9-0) returned from an 11-day layoff with no signs of rust in an easy 81-55 victory over Belmont at Nashville, Tenn.

Brynn Williamson scored a career-high 21 points and No. 17 Iowa State improved to 9-0 with an 83-70 win over Iowa at Ames, Iowa.

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