SPRING PRACTICE RECAP - Dave Carducci is recapping the first day of spring football practice over at his blog.
KentStateSports.com has posted a video on the site about the first day of practice including an interview with head coach Doug Martin.
FOOTBALL PLAYER STABBED DURING BREAK - Freshman linebacker Kent Walker was wounded in a stabbing while on spring break in Virginia, according to the KSU athletic department. Walker is out of the hospital but will miss all of spring practice. Reportedly, Walker was caught in the middle of a bad scene and was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he tried to intervene in a situation.
The wound occurred in Walker's upper left back. The 22 year old suffered a punctured lung in the incident.
Walker is expected to fully recover for summer workouts and the fall football season, KSU spokesperson Alan Ashby said. He said he could not say whether Walker would face any repercussions for the incident, but “from what we understand he was not at fault in any way.”
Walker is from Kittanning High School in Pennsylvania and attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia following High School.
REYNOLDS EARNS ANOTHER HONOR - For the fourth time in a month's span, Kent State senior Kylie Reynolds was named Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week Tuesday. The Flashes' right-handed ace has now earned the honor 16 times throughout her career.
In four weekend appearances against conference opponents, Reynolds went 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA. She tossed a two-hit shutout in Kent State's 9-0 win over Northern Illinois Friday. On Sunday, Reynolds made one start and one relief appearance against Western Michigan, allowing one run in 10.2 innings. She earned wins in both games, struck out 19 batters on the day and allowed five hits.
The Golden Flashes (16-15, 3-1 MAC) return to action Thursday with a doubleheader at Pittsburgh. KSU continues league play this weekend hosting single games with Buffalo Saturday and Sunday.
If you missed Stephanie Storm's article on softball coach Karen Linder and the local players that she has on her roster, check it out.
LYON NAMED BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Sophomore David Lyon was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for East Division Teams. Lyon and the rest of the Golden Flashes went 4-1 this past weekend, including a three-game conference sweep of Western Michigan.
Lyon had a career week, capped off by a two-home run game on Sunday (April 4) to help Kent State complete the sweep of Western Michigan this past weekend. With the game tied 4-4 against the Broncos with the bases loaded, Lyon hit the 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for his first collegiate grand slam. He finished the day, which included a game high six RBI's, four runs scored and two home runs, with a solo home run to right center for only his fourth collegiate home run.
Kent State won at Duquesne today 5-0.
The Golden Flashes return to action on Wednesday when they host Pittsburgh. First pitch with the Panthers is scheduled for 3 p.m. and can be heard for FREE through K-Zone on the Kent State athletic web site.
HENNIGER PICKED FOR ALL-STAR GAME - Kent State men's basketball recruit Mark Henniger has been chosen to play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star game on April 9 at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Henniger and his Jackson teammates recently won the Ohio Division I boys basketball state championship.