University of Akron seniors Robbie Derschang and Eric Stevenson were each drafted in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday.
Derschang was selected 27th overall by the Philadelphia Union. Stevenson was drafted by the New York Red Bulls with the 34th overall pick.
Derschang was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection as a senior last fall and finished third on the team with four goals and an assist.
Stevenson was a two-time, All-MAC honoree during his UA career and an All-Great Lakes Region selection last fall. Stevenson finished third on the team with five goals and was second with five assists.
The University of Akron women’s tennis team defeated Robert Morris 7-0 on Thursday in its season opener at the Trumbull Tennis Center in Moon Township, Pa.
The Zips (1-0) won the first and second doubles, then posted straight-set wins at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles matches to improve their all-time series record against The Colonials to 11-0.
Martina Zerbola won the No. 1 singles match, Karolina Maksimava won the No. 2 singles match and Ksenia Berestetska won the No. 3 singles match for the Zips.
Zerbola and Berestetska won the No. 1 doubles match, and Maksimava and Caroline Harpainter won the No. 2 doubles match for the Zips.
The Zips visit West Virginia today for a 1 p.m. match.
The University of Akron men’s basketball team will sponsor the second annual LeBron James Family Foundation Day when the Zips host Toledo at 11 a.m. Saturday.
More than 700 tickets were distributed to Akron Public Schools students and their families through the LeBron James Family Foundation.
“Akron is very important to LeBron and this event is just one more example of his dedication to his hometown and to the Zips,” UA basketball coach Keith Dambrot said.
Kent State junior Caleb Marsh was named MAC Wrestler of the Week on Wednesday after going 4-0 at the Virginia Duals last weekend in Hampton, Va.
• Mount Union junior Jon Garrison (Copley) was named D3Wrestle.com National Wrestler of the Week. Garrison defeated the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 ranked wrestlers at the 157-pound weight at the NWCA National Duals last week. Garrison is 22-3 this season and won the Citrus Invitational.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon announced it will have “Family Finisher bibs” this year, providing a way for family members to cross the finish line with those participating in the April 27 race in Canton.
On race day, those with the special bibs will be placed in a staging corral 100 yards from the finish line. As marathon runners approach the finish line in Fawcett Stadium, family members will be permitted to join their loved ones for the final 100 yards to the finish.
A special lane will also be established to ensure a free and clear path to the finish line so as not to impede other runners.
“The tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon forced every running event to re-evaluate their security measures,” said Jim Chaney, executive race director. “Historically, you would see a father carry a child across the finish line, or a loved one overcoming an illness and crossing the line with his or her spouse. Sadly, that tradition has been mostly eliminated around the country, and we’re looking forward to bringing it back.”
Proceeds from the sale of the bibs will be donated to a local charity.