Allisha Gray leaving North Carolina. Remember that great 2013 #1 Recruiting Class of Diamond DeShields, Allisha Gray, Jessica Washington and Stephanie Mavunga? Mavunga is the last one standing.
For folks (read UNC athletic staff) who aren’t taking this whole academic scandal thang seriously (who, us?) you all better stand up and take notice. Speak up, clear the air… or your athletic program may implode.
Speaking of transfers: Former Terps guard Lexie Brown to transfer to Duke
Thank you: Lester Galyon leaving Gordon Lee after successful 14-year run
After one of the longest and undoubtedly the most successful runs in the program’s history, Lester Galyon is leaving the girls’ basketball program at Gordon Lee High School.
Galyon came to Chickamauga 14 years ago and inherited a program that was just starting to get back to the top. He arrived at Gordon Lee one year after the Lady Trojans broke a long state playoff drought.
His teams would go on to be in the state tournament in each of the first 13 years of his tenure, winning over 300 games, averaging 21 wins a season and never having had a losing season. He helped coach the Lady Trojans to six Region 6-A championships and the Class A Public School state championship in 2013.
Thank you, too: Lusinger leaves Summit girls basketball for MISD office
Summit girls basketball head coach Tammy Lusinger has resigned to accept the position of assistant athletic director at the Mansfield ISD office.
Lusinger, who helped guide the Lady Jaguars to state championships in 2009 and 2012, leaves the program after 13 years, the last eight as head coach. She served the first five years as the program’s assistant coach, dating back to the opening of the school.
Her record at Summit was 229-65 and 330-142 overall, which includes time spent at Dripping Springs, Richland and LaPorte before arriving at Summit.
The Lady Jaguars also collected four district championships and six regional appearances in addition to the two state titles.
In W news:
Do not even pretend you had this marked in your prediction book: Surprising Sun sit atop the Eastern Conference in WNBA
“I think we are (shocking people), but I don’t think we are shocking ourselves,” guard Jasmine Thomas said. “I think that this is exactly what everyone wanted, what we were fighting for and what we were expecting to be doing.”
That said, the Sun will be tested this week as they head West for a three-game swing against the Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury.
One of the reasons: Bone-Jarring: Sun Post Player Likes To Mix It Up Underneath
Kelsey Bone were a hockey player she would be an enforcer. That seems clear.
“Listen, if I was coordinated enough to skate, I would have tried my hand at hockey,” Bone said. “And if it meant I would end up in the penalty box, well, I’m fine with that.”
That’s because Bone, as solid a 6 feet 4 as there is in the WNBA, does not shy away from the physicality that often defines low post play. In fact, she’s often a spoon that stirs it.
And don’t even TRY to say you had THIS marked in your prediction book: There are a lot of good vibes from new-look Mercury
What has been discussed most about the WNBA’s defending champions is all that has changed for the Mercury from a year ago. But especially after a big victory at home Sunday, it’s a good time to talk about who the 2015 Mercury actually are, not who they aren’t.
So let’s look at that through the eyes of two veteran players — guard Leilani Mitchell and forward Monique Currie — who until this season spent their WNBA careers in the Eastern Conference. Now they’re in the Mercury’s starting lineup.
Chicago ouch: Tamera Young out after thumb surgery.
New York ouch: Dabnabbit! There goes our Aussie!
Thank you: WNBA’s Indiana Fever Pay Tribute to Lauren Hill
Thank you: Tina Charles donates half WNBA salary to her foundation
Soooooo, can Cooper recapture the Dream or is Atlanta joining San Antonio’s race for Stewart?
Finally, longtime WHB readers remember this story. Thank you, Danielle: Green to receive Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPYS