By Emery Rudolph
First and foremost, I would like congratulate senior fine arts major Ashley Cook on winning the student-athlete of the week. She sports the number 35 on the softball team, and is positioned at first base as well as catcher. Cook's hometown is Port Republic, Md., in Calvert County. It was there that she attended Calvert High School and was recruited to play for our very own Lady Bulldogs. Cook has started all 24 games, accumulated 32 hits, 36 RBIs, and eight homeruns. I must agree the Cook, more than any other Bulldogs athlete deserved this award.
In addition to her honors, her team currently stands at (20-6) with an outstanding (17-1) CIAA Conference record. This Thursday they will begin the CIAA Championship rounds. Their first opponent has yet to be determined. Whoever it is, I am 100 percent sure the Lady Bulldogs will knock them out of the first round. They have performed at an unbelievable level this season and continue to impress many.
The tennis team has not had quite as much success yet they are still hanging in there. They currently stand at (9-5) overall and (6-1) within the conference. They too will begin the CIAA Championship rounds this week in Petersburg, Va. This is a team that has improved tremendously but still has some work to do. In order for them to come in strong next season, they should bring in about three or four solid players to pick up the teams competitive spirit amongst each other. This will improve their play against other teams if everybody is competing on the same level.
This past weekend, the men's track team placed fourth and women placed second in a meet against Virginia State University. Like the rest of the spring teams, they too will begin the CIAA Championships this week. Immediately following this, they will participate in Penn Relays as well as the NCAA Championship rounds. Success is looking more than possible for both squads.
This is not only a big week for Bulldogs sports, but the NBA as well. The NBA Playoffs will begin on Saturday and the Los Angeles Lakers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the West. It is looking very promising for them to come out of the West. The East is difficult to predict because there are a couple solid teams that seem to play on the same exact level. Only time will tell.