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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vieira and other happenings

Vieira's No 20 to be retired Saturday
University of New Haven Department of Athletics will retire the second number in the history of Charger Athletics on Saturday as Charger baseball legend and former coach Frank "Porky" Vieira's No. 20 will join Gary Liberatore's No. 45 in the rafters of Charger Gymnasium. The official ceremony will take place during the halftime of the UNH men's basketball game against Le Moyne on February 12.
Vieira, the father of UNH baseball, wore the No. 20 in the dugout for 45 seasons dating back to 1962. He posted a record of 1,134-329-6, including a string of 43-straight winning seasons and 44 winning seasons overall.
The legend was inducted into the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2009 induction ceremony. The retiring of the No. 20 was also announced at the ceremony.
The basketball game starts on February 12 starts at 1:30 p.m. at Charger Gymnasium. After the ceremony and unveiling of Coach Vieira's retired No. 20, a reception will follow on UNH's North Campus. All are welcome to attend, but are asked to RSVP by Friday, February 4 to head coach Raphael Cerrato at 203-932-7468 or at rcerrato@newhaven.edu.

Wallingford's Drescher sets mark
Wheelock College junior Kayla Drescher (who played at Sheehan) helped the team win its only game last week, 52-38 over Bay Path College on Thursday in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest.
Drescher set a school record with five blocks in the game while adding eight rebounds and a career-high six steals. In her second season of college basketball, Drescher has turned in career highs of 8.1 rebounds and 6.5 points per game, as well as 38 steals, 34 assists and 16 blocks. Drescher is already fourth in program history in career blocks (24) and eighth in rebounds (237), and her 138 boards this winter are tied for eighth in school annals.

SCSU baseball ranked
The Southern Connecticut State baseball team is ranked No. 23 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national preseason poll. The Owls were ranked No. 15 in the 2011 College Baseball Lineup preseason poll and No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll.

All that Chazz
Senior Chazz McCarter of the Southern men’s basketball team has been named to the Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll. McCarter averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Owls two outings last week.
McCarter scored a career-high 24 points and led the team with eight rebounds en route to a, 75-57 win at New Haven on Feb. 5. He also just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds in the game at Le Moyne.

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