College Sports

Carvalho hits coaching milestone

Cid Carvalho picked up his 250th career win as women's tennis coach last week when Winthrop defeated USC Upstate 4-3.

Carvalho, in his 23rd year as men's and women's coach, is 250-166.

"I guess it means I'm getting old," Carvalho said. "It's a testament to the players, coaches and the tremendous support I've received from Winthrop and the athletics department over the years.

"I'm very happy for what the program has accomplished and I'm proud of the players I've been able to coach."

Carvalho has led the Lady Eagles to 10 Big South Conference championships and three runner-up spots. The women participated in the NCAA tournament in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

He has been named Big South women's coach of the year nine times.

Carvalho's men's record is 275-156.

• NET RESULTS: The 4-5 men's tennis team might not be off to the start Carvalho wanted, but senior Rodrigo Santos is having another banner year.

The 5-foot-9 finance major is 8-1 in singles -- 5-1 at No. 1 and 3-0 at No. 2.

The Brasilia, Brazil, native is 7-2 in doubles, going 5-2 with Alejandro Portugal and 2-0 with Vinicius Bortolatto.

He was 18-8 last season, 18-3 as a sophomore and 18-6 as a freshman.

"Rodrigo is playing the best tennis of his career," Carvalho said. "He's very confident, a great competitor and leads by example."

Carvalho's men and women are 3-8, 1-0 in the Big South.

The men's team was picked second, the women first in the league preseason poll.

• MANCHESTER CUP: Soccer coach Rich Posipanko is putting the final touches on the second Manchester Cup, which will draw nine college, one professional and four high school teams to Manchester Meadows on March 29.

Among the college teams that will play two matches in the one-day event are Clemson, South Carolina, Furman and the Eagles.

"This is the top college soccer tournament in the south and one of the best in the nation," Posipanko said. "Each year the committee looks to only bring teams in that were either regionally or nationally ranked, or have played in the NCAA College Cup over the previous two years.

"By keeping to these standards we will assure soccer fans they will see quality teams and outstanding competition."

Last year's event drew 3,000 spectators.

The professional Charlotte Eagles and four of the top 15 high schools in the state -- Fort Mill, Northwestern, Dorman and Spartanburg -- are also in the field.

Tickets are $12 for an adult tournament pass, $7 for children under 12 or students with a valid ID. A group rate of $10 per person for 10 or more and $5 for children and students is also available.

Ticket stubs can be redeemed at the Charlotte Eagles game against the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. on April 25 at a discount price of $6 for adults and $4 youth. A ticket stub must be presented to get discount price.

• ON A ROLL: Preseason Big South Player of the Year Lisa Kingsmore has found her stroke, leading the softball team with a .415 average (22-of-53).

Tessa Thomas is hitting .313 (21-of-67). Thomas and Kingsmore, both juniors, got off to a slow start.

"Good hitters will hit," coach Mark Cooke said. "It's just a matter of time and getting into a rhythm."

Mallory Hogan, a .304 hitter last season as a sophomore when the Lady Eagles went 50-18, won the Big South championship and advanced to the NCAAs, continues to struggle, hitting just .170 (8-of-47) but leads the team with 10 RBIs.

"I don't know what to say about that," Cooke said. "She got most of her RBIs early. Right now she's not hitting the ball like we all know she can. But she will."

The Lady Eagles (8-10) will try to snap a three-game losing streak this afternoon at the Terry Softball Complex when they host Charlotte in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

Winthrop played in the Lead-Off Classic in Columbus, Ga., last weekend, going 1-4 against a field that included No. 12 Michigan and No. 19 DePaul.

• LAST CHANCE: Matt Elliott and Jason Williams are going to the NCAA Last Chance Meet. Ashley Howard is out and Kandrick Cooper is 50-50.

The meet gives athletes one last shot at advancing to the NCAA indoor track and field championships.

Howard won the 25-pound weight throw at this past weekend's Big South championships. According to coach Ben Paxton, Howard would have to add another three feet to advance.

Cooper won his fourth straight indoor title despite not running all year because of a left leg hamstring injury. He was clocked at 8.10 seconds, but according to Paxton he must equal his school and conference record of 7.83 to advance.

Elliott will have to run somewhere around a 1:50.5 to qualify for the 800 meters. He ran 1:52.1 at Clemson. Williams would have to jump 7-1 to qualify.