Four Bulldogs Earn Summit League Men’s Tennis Honors

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team placed a league-high four student-athletes on the All-Summit League Team, the Summit League announced Thursday, April 25, night prior to the start of the league’s championship.Ben Clark, Vinny Gillespie, and Tom Hands were named to the All-Summit League Team for the second-consecutive year. Calum MacGeoch was also named to the team after redshirting last season. All four Bulldogs are seniors and all received All-MVC honors in 2016-17, prior to Drake joining the Summit League.Hands won a team-high 18 singles matches in dual competitions, including two wins over nationally ranked opponents. Hands was nationally ranked for several weeks, reaching as high as No. 64.Gillespie earned three Summit League Athlete of the Week awards and posted a singles record of 17-9 in dual events. Gillespie went 15-13 in doubles matches and ranked as high as No. 27 with his doubles partner Barny Thorold.MacGeoch had a team-high 17 doubles wins including a 5-1 record in conference play. Over a stretch of 11 doubles matches, MacGeoch and his doubles partner Tom Hands lost just one match.Clark was a perfect 6-0 in league singles matches and went 2-1 in doubles play. Clark finished the season with momentum, winning nine of his last 12 singles matches with one match unfinished.The Bulldogs tied league regular-season champion Denver for the most all-league selections. Drake begins competition at the Summit League Championship in Tulsa, Okla., Friday evening against Valparaiso. The match is set to start at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Jayne Will blue wave wash over 3rd District in November

first_img OK, OK, it’s a hackneyed metaphor. But it also is unavoidable.Because as Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long met with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Wednesday — less than 24 hours after advancing to the general election for congressional representative from Washington’s 3rd District — they came out swinging. They threw haymakers and jabs. They danced and stayed on their toes.Instead of plodding around and cautiously covering up to avoid making a mistake, they demonstrated the insight and quick thinking that made them the best candidates in a field that started with seven people.The winner of the first round? The people of Washington, of course.Because what we deserve and what we need — both here and throughout the country — are competitive elections filled with robust debate at this critical juncture in our history. As Wednesday’s first meeting between Herrera Beutler and Long showed, that is what the people of the 3rd District will have between now and November.Herrera Beutler, the incumbent Republican, has been in office since 2010, when she won with 53 percent of the vote. After that, her constituency was reconfigured as Washington added a 10th district. Herrera Beutler benefited from that change, which made her district more conservative, and she has won subsequent elections with 60, 62, and 62 percent of the vote.Those early knockouts are not solely a result of demographic changes; Herrera Beutler has been popular with constituents and deserves credit for that.But this year’s contest promises to go the distance. Through Thursday’s count, Herrera Beutler had 42.1 percent of the vote in the primary, while Long had 35.3 percent. Notably, the three Republicans in the race combined for 51 percent, while the four Democrats pulled 49 percent. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

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