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Week of May 22: What you might have missed in sports

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Georgia State football prepares for National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Graham Robson | THE SIGNAL
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It might be May, but your Panther football team is still making news.

Gabe Mobley, a redshirt sophomore and history major with a 4.0 GPA, was named to the 2016 Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy. The trophy is awarded each year to the “Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division 1-A College Football.”

Mobley, who hails from Moultrie, Georgia, earned the starting center job for the Panthers in the second game of 2015 season and will be one of three returners along the offensive line in the 2016 season.

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The Panthers will welcome the Ball State Cardinals to the Georgia Dome this fall Friday, Sept. 2. Georgia State defeated Ball State 31-19 in Muncie, Indiana, to earn their second of six wins and eventually an invitation to face San Jose State in the inaugural Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

 

SpeakinCoach Ron Hunter was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year.g of Ball State, Coach Ron Hunter added some depth to his roster with graduate transfer Jeremiah Davis.

Davis transferred to Ball State after spending his freshman season at Cincinnati , who stands at 6 feet 4 inches, averaged 115.7 points in 3 of 5 seasons in his collegiate career including an average of 41.7 field goals and 50 rebounds in 23 games.

 

The rivalry over that team down south continued this season, but this time on the diamond.

Georgia State Baseball (15/36 overall; 9-18 Sun Belt) headed south for a crucial showdown with that team from Statesboro, Georgia, also known as Georgia Southern, in a three game series. The Panthers couldn’t get the bats going in Game 1 of the series losing to the Eagles 6-0, however, the good guys rebounded in the double header Friday to even the series with a 5-4 win. The Eagles completed their win of the series after defeating your Panthers 5-1 Saturday. 2 losses versus that team down south in the series likely eliminates the Panthers from the Sun Belt Conference Championship and their 2016 season.

 

atGOLF1-2448-2The Panthers also took to the greens this week deep in the Arizona desert.

In Marana, Arizona, the Panthers golf team entered the first round of the NCAA Tucson Regional as the 10th seed, however, they came up short finishing 12th in the first round. “I would be lying if I didn’t say we were disappointed by the way we played in the first round,” head coach Joe Inman said in a statement released by Georgia State Sports Communications. Leading the Panther charge was Freshman Nick Budd who posted an opening round of 74 Monday.

The second round of the tournament commenced Tuesday where the Panthers jumped three spots to tie for ninth place and Coach Inman was feeling much better about his team. “We played a much better round and it shows by the way we moved up the leaderboard. We will need to play extremely well tomorrow and probably get a little lucky to have a chance to advance, but I know this team has the fire-power to do it. We will see what happens.” Sophomore Alexander Herrmann led the way in the second round with a 3-under 69 at the Gallery Golf Club.

After making a run in the second round, the Panthers finished 11th and failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon.

 

Three Georgia State Track and Field athletes will represent the university at yet another NCAA regional.
Georgia State Women’s Track and Field will head to Jacksonville, Florida, for the NCAA East Track and Field Meet May 26-28, according to a release by Georgia State. Juniors Laporscha Wells, who repeats as the Sun Belt Champion in the hammer throw, Alysiah Whittaker and Senior Ravin Gilbert will all be participating in six events during the regional. Wells defended her Sun Belt Conference championship status in the hammer throw with the 14th longest throw in the NCAA East regular season competition.

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