Local Roundup: Sun to host WNBA Draft on April 14
Mohegan - The Connecticut Sun have the first pick in April's WNBA Draft, and they will play host to the event, too.
The WNBA officially announced Friday after that its annual draft will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena on Monday, April 14. ESPN2 will provide coverage of the first round starting at 8 p.m., and ESPNU will broadcast the second and third rounds beginning at 9.
"We are delighted to be the host for such a significant event for women's basketball," Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said in a statement released by the team. "This will be an outstanding opportunity for our fans to see the draft in person, welcome the Connecticut Sun's number one pick, and see the next phase in the career of some of their favorite collegiate players."
It is the second time in four years that the Sun have the top pick. Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims are considered the draft's top prospects. The Sun also have the 25th overall pick (third round). They traded their second round pick to the Tulsa Shock last June for the forward Kayla Pedersen.
CSWA to honor Harvey
• Mystic's Matt Harvey, the starting pitcher for the National League in the 2013 All-Star Game, has been selected to receive the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance. Harvey, a Fitch High School grad now pitching for the New York Mets (he had offseason arm surgery and is expected to miss the 2014 season), will be honored during the 73rd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 27 at the Aquad Turf Club in Southington.
The CSWA will also honor Glastonbury's McKenzie Hollenbaugh, a soccer player with the New England Mutiny, as the Hank O'Donnell Female Athlete of the Year. Tickets to the dinner, which begins at 4 p.m., are $75 and can be purchased by contacting either CSWA president George Albano (203) 434-2320 or Bob Ehalt at Ehalt.Bob@sbcglobal.net.
• UConn-Avery Point won its ninth straight game, beating Massasoit 2-1 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Andrew Reel (2-1) allowed one hit and one run over seven innings for the win, striking out three with one walk. Groton's Shawn Nadeau pitched the ninth to earn the save for the Pointers (14-3). Andrew Hinckley singled home Alex Miller in the first inning and Kyle Hart singled home Nick Perrelli in the fourth for Avery Point's runs. Massasoit (4-6) scored in the seventh.
• Tryouts for the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Military Bowl football all-star game will be held this Sunday at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. The game features the state's top 100 players from the Class of 2014. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. 150 players are expected to attend. Those players who make the cut will be drafted onto two teams coached by John Ferrrazzi (Sheehan) and Sean Marinan (Xavier). The draft will be held on April 8. The game will be played at Rentschler Field on June 28.
• The Waterford Speedbowl was unable to complete Friday's open practice due to rain, so track officials will add another open practice to its schedule on Friday, April 11 in advance of the Blastoff Weekend. The Blastoff Weekend, which was originally scheduled for today and Sunday, has been pushed back to April 12 and 13 due to the forecast of heavy rain this weekend. Rain checks from Friday will be honored on April 11. Gate stubs must be presented in the pit area, which opens at 10 a.m. The cost to enter the pit area is $30 and the grandstands will be closed.
• Coast Guard junior All-American Nate Giorgio was named to the New England Wrestling Association first team to highlight while his brother junior Mike Giorgio and freshman Mike Palomba were named honorable mention.
Giorgio capped his season by earning the second All-America honors of his career as he placed eighth at 133 pounds at the NCAA Division III Championships. He placed third at the Northeast Regional to earn his third straight NCAA berth. Mike Giorgio (141) earned honorable mention honors as he posted a record of 15-13 on the season with six wins by fall. Palomba, earned both honorable mention honors and a spot on the All-Rookie team at 157 pounds.
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