G’day everyone and Happy Boxing Day. While the US doesn’t celebrate this day, most of the rest of the English speaking world does celebrate it. Boxing Day originally started in the US where the servants of the wealthy would have to work on Christmas to wait on their employers and their parties. To show their appreciation for the loyal service all year, the wealthy would then give boxes of gifts to their servants on the day after Christmas, as well as the day off. Today Boxing Day is celebrated in various ways around the world, in Australia it is marked by a major test cricket match in Melbourne and a famous yacht race to Tasmania. Of course in Australia the day has primarily become known as the day most stores have major sales, similar to Black Friday in the States; that is completely sticking with the original intent of the day, right?
Aaron Craft Nominated for Award
Last week the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The award is named for former Boston Celtics’ great Bob Cousy and is given each year to the top point guard in men’s college basketball. This year’s watch list includes our own Aaron Craft; I assume Vico is swooning as he reads this.
Making the watch list is only the first step in the attempt to win the award. The watch list includes over 80 candidates, so I assume Craft hasn’t booked his ticket to the award ceremony yet. The watch list will be narrowed down to 20 around January 1st, down to 10 at the start of February, and then a final 5 at the start of March.
Women’s Soccer Earns Honors
Even though the season is over, the honors continue to roll in for the Ohio State women’s soccer team. Last week the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association honored Buckeyes Tiffany Cameron, Megan Fuller, and Lauren Granberg by naming them to the OCSA All-Ohio team. Granberg and Kendyl Reed were named OCSA first team Academic All-Ohio and Fuller, Ellyn Gruber, Samantha Lewis, and Aly Walker earned second team Academic All-Ohio Honors. It is great to see so many student-athletes honored for not only their play on the field but also their performance in the classroom.
These were not the only honors won this season by the team. Cameron was a first team All-Big Ten selection for the second time and was an NSCAA second team All-American. She leaves OSU having scored 40 goals and 96 points in her career, tops in program history in both categories. Her 21 goals this past season shattered the old school record of 13. Megan Fuller also received national attention this year as she was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American.