WSU football's Walker receives school's Peter Mazza Award

May 23, 2013
WESTFIELD – Senior Chris Walker, a standout player for the Westfield State University (WSU) football team from West Springfield, received the 2013 Peter Mazza Award at university's annual varsity sports banquet.

The prestigious award is given annually to an outstanding student-athlete who best represents the ideals of Peter Mazza, former vice president of student affairs at WSU. The ideals include: character, leadership, sportsmanship, athletics ability, academics, personal development, and community service.

Walker was a three-time all-conference first-team selection on the defensive line, a team captain, and served as vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board. The West Springfield resident was the WSU Lineman of the Year in 2010 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

This past fall the economics/accounting major was one of 147 college football players nationwide, and one of only three New England Division III players, selected as a semi-finalist for the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

Clark's collegiate career ends as WNE is eliminated

HARWICH – Southern Maine proved to be a thorn in the Western New England University (WNE) baseball team's side, beating the Golden Bears twice to eliminate them from the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Championship.

The fourth-seeded Golden Bears started the tournament strong with a 5-2 win over No. 5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology on May 15. West Springfield's Tim Clark went 1-for-3 and scored a run.

On May 16, Southern Maine clipped WNE 6-5, scoring six unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

The Golden Bears then defeated St. Joseph's (Maine) 5-3 to stay alive with Clark contributing a double, then eliminated Wheaton the next day 8-3. Clark scored a run while recording a pair of hits.

Encountering Southern Maine again, WNE was eliminated on May 18 after the team was stymied at the plate and fell 8-0.

Clark finished the tournament with a .273 average and two runs scored. For his career, the senior batted .359 with, 21 doubles, five triples 81 runs scored and 80 RBIs in 440 at bats over three seasons.

Dowe, Madera record personal best at ECAC championships

SPRINGFIELD – WSU senior and Springfield native Karen Dowe just missed All-ECAC honors after she placed 10th in the long jump with a personal best of 17-9 3/4 at the ECAC Division III women's outdoor track and field championships on May 16 and 17 at Springfield College.

Southwick's Zack Madera, who placed 11th in the 100 meter dash in a personal best of 10.9, 1/10th of a second shy of the school record, also fell just short of All-ECAC status.

Madera also was a member of the 4 x 100 relay that finished 16th in 43.11.

Foster finishes third in discus at New Englands

EASTON – Sanya Foster, a senior from Springfield, placed third in the discus with a throw of 41.51 meters and finished 11th in the shot put with a throw of 12.76 meters as the American International College (AIC) women's track and field team finished 16th among 35 teams at the 2013 New England Outdoor Championships at Stonehill College May 9 to 11

AIC basketball summer camp

SPRINGFIELD – The AIC men's basketball team will host its annual summer camp June 24 to 28 at Henry A. Butova Gymnasium.

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