Kalei Harding

Florida State's Kalei Harding, right, scores behind Alabama catcher Bailey Hemphill, left, in the third inning Monday in Oklahoma City.

It was no consolation to Kalei Harding or any other Florida State player as tears fell following their loss to Oklahoma.

But Harding, a freshman who starred at Blackman, supplied the Seminoles with at least some offense in a 5-1 loss to Oklahoma in the Women’s College World Series, scoring the team’s only run after getting the start in right field.

Harding drew a walk on a rare stumble by OU pitcher Giselle Juarez, who surrendered two hits.

Harding didn’t shy away from her first WCWS experience, finishing 6-for-18 in six games. Her biggest game was the championship series opener, which the Seminoles won. Harding went 3 for 4 with a double, home run and four RBIs.

She was an All-ACC Third Team and All-ACC Freshman Team selection in her first collegiate season.

Page's McNamara picks CSU

Page quarterback Jake McNamara announced Thursday he has committed to Colorado State. He visited the Rams’ campus last weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound rising senior also held offers from Eastern Kentucky, Utah State, and Gardner Webb, and had a big month of other visits scheduled. North Carolina, Tennessee and Memphis were on his June slate.

He can still take any official campus visit offered to him. Verbal commitments are non-binding.

Hillsboro’s Jacob Hood picks top five

Hillsboro offensive tackle Jacob Hood announced his five finalists Thursday: Ole Miss, Georgia, Miami, Auburn and Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-8, 342-pound rising senior picked his birthday to release his finalists, and even added a new school of interest in Auburn. He visited the Tigers just last week.

Hood is the No. 41 offensive tackle in the country and No. 14 player in Tennessee, according to the 247sports composite.

Father Ryan announces ‘21 HOF class

Nine more names are in the Father Ryan Athletics Hall of Fame.

Selected in the 2021 class were: Raymond Dunning (2003, Wrestling); Ronnie Dean Francescon (Basketball, Volleyball; 1987); Carmen Mondelli Lux (Basketball, Softball, Volleyball; 1991); John Sneed (Basketball (1974); Jack Sullivan (Baseball, Basketball, Football; 1949); Jamie Birdwell Summers (Softball 1993); Derek Wigginton (Baseball, Basketball, Football; 1997); Bobby Young (Basketball, Football; 1950); George Zimmermann (Baseball, Basketball; 1985).

The athletes were with the Irish between 1949 to 2003 and selected from more than 110 nominations submitted by the school’s community. They’ll be inducted during a special ceremony Sept. 9 and serve as honorary captains during Father Ryan’s Sept. 10 home football game.

Nolensville’s Koblitz to coach at Maccabiah

Nolensville track coach Brooke Koblitz was appointed assistant coach of the Maccabi USA U18 Juniors Track and Field team, which will compete at the 21st Maccabiah in July of 2022 in Israel.

The competition has been held every four years since 1932, interrupted only by World War II. Maccabi USA supports “Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the U.S., Israel and throughout the Diaspora,” according to the organization.

Koblitz competed in the 2017 Maccabiah. The former University of Georgia runner coached the Nolensville girls track team to a third-place finish at the state meet in its fifth year. She also leads the boys and girls cross-country teams.

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