HOUSTON, TEXAS >> A second consecutive NCAA Division III golf championship for the Williams College women might be hard to come by, unless the Ephs get really hot on Friday.
After three rounds of the D-III championships, Williams is in fifth place with a score of 933. The Ephs are 29 strokes behind leader Rhodes College. Rhodes has a comfortable 15-shot lead over second-place Texas-Tyler. Rhodes has a score of 904 and Texas-Tyler has 919. Wittenburg, runner-up to Williams last year, is tied for third at 920 with George Fox.
Rhodes, the 2014 champion, was dethroned by Williams last year.
The Ephs' Cordelia Chan shot a 3-over-par 75 on Friday and is tied for ninth with a 227. She is nine strokes behind Caroline Ordian from the University of Redlands, who is 3-over-par 218. Ordian holds a one-stroke lead over Macy Hubbard of Wittenburg. Britni Gielow of Hope shot a 1-under 71 to be Friday's medalist.
Williams' Elizabeth Gudas shot a 77 on Friday and is 17th with a 231, while Phoebe Mattana shot 74 and is in a seven-way tie for 24th at 235.
Williams College interim women's golf coach Bill Kangas has been named the Division III Golf Pride East Region coach of the year. That was announced at Wednesday night's Women's Golf Coaches Association banquet held at the site of the NCAA Division III championships.
Mattana was named a second-team All-American.
The sophomore joins junior Sophie Kitchen and freshman Chan on the All-East Region team. They are the only NESCAC golfers honored by the WGCA.
BIRD EARNS BASEBALL HONOR
MANSFIELD >> Tanner Bird of Adams has been voted to the Northeast-10 Conference's All-Conference first team.
The senior at Franklin Pierce was named the All-Conference relief pitcher on the first team. He had pitched just 12 1/3 innings in his Franklin Pierce career before this year. In 2016, the right-hander threw 51 1/3 innings, recording 57 strikeouts and having a 0.53 earned-run average. He has an 8-0 record and three saves. Nationally, he leads Division II in ERA, and is second in hits allowed per nine innings (4.38).
Pitcher Perry Kulaga of Merrimack, who pitched for the Futures League's Pittsfield Suns in 2014, was named to the second team.
Bird was also named to the CoSIDA All-Academic District I first team. Bird has a 3.63 grade-point average and is a marketing major.
DEVARENNES IS HONORED
BOSTON >> Tanner DeVarennes of Lee has been named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference All-Conference tennis team.
The sophomore from Springfield College played No. 1 singles for the Pride, and put together a 9-4 record. He was 4-3 in conference play.
Springfield coach Chad Stoloff, in his first year, was named the conference's coach of the year.
WILLIAMS CREW NOW NO. 1
PRINCETON, N.J. >> By beating Bates in Sunday's NESCAC championships, the Williams women's rowing team is now No. 1 in the country.
The Ephs received eight of 10 first-place votes, with Bates picking up the other two.
Of the top 15 teams in Division III, seven of them are NESCAC schools.
After Williams and Bates, Wesleyan is third, Trinity is sixth, Tufts seventh, Hamilton 10th and Colby 12th.
NESCAC ALL-CONFERENCE TENNIS
HADLEY >> It's a pretty good week for the Raventos family. Juli and Jose, who play at Williams, are both first-team NESCAC All-Conference picks.
Juli Raventos, a sophomore from San Jose, Costa Rica, is the women's tennis player of the year. She was 18-1 at No. 1 singles for the Ephs and was 23-3 at No. 1 doubles. She was joined on the first team by her doubles partner Linda Shin, a junior from Johns Creek, Ga. Shin was named to the second team in singles.
Raventos is the fourth Eph player to earn Player of the Year Honors, joining Kara Shoemaker (2014), Steph Hall (2003 & 2004) and Selma Kikic (2002).
Jose Raventos, a senior, went 12-9 this year and reached the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA New England Regionals.
Also named to the second team were Williams sophomores Mia Gancayco and Brian Grodecki.
Eph senior Maya Hart from Amherst was named the NESCAC Senior Sportswoman of the Year.
Raventos and Shin will also compete in the NCAA Division III individual championships. Raventos is one of 32 singles players in the event, while Raventos and Shin are one of 16 doubles teams.
The individuals tournament will take place in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Division III team tournament, of which Williams is defending champion, runs May 23-25, and the individuals go from May 26-28.
LACROSSE AWARDS FOR EPH DUO
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams senior defender Ryan Hamilton and junior long stick middle Riley Hoffman have earned spots on the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Star teams.
Hamilton, from Ridgewood, N.J., was named to the second team. He was also an All-NESCAC second-team selection.
Hoffman, a first-team All-NESCAC pick, earned an Honorable Mention nod. Hoffman is from Darien, Conn.