Rachele Fico nominated for Senior CLASS Award; LSU women’s track signs nine

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU pitcher Rachele Fico was selected as one of 10 finalists from across the country for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU pitcher Rachele Fico was selected as one of 10 finalists from across the country for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — LSU softball pitcher Rachele Fico was selected as one of 10 finalists from across the country for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of seniors in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Premier Sports Management owns and manages the award.

A native of Oxford, Conn., Fico has been honoring the memory of the 26 victims from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by completing 26 “Random Acts of Kindness” with her teammates during the season. Fico and her teammates have a board dedicated to the “Random Acts of Kindness” in their clubhouse.

Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. The winner will be announced during the Women’s College World Series held in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

Men’s basketball

QUARTERMAN NAMED GEORGIA PLAYER OF YEAR: LSU signee Tim Quarterman of Johnson High in Savannah, Ga., was named the Georgia Class AAA Player of the Year by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.

Quarterman led the second-seeded Atom Smashers to the finals against Savannah High. Quarterman had a game-high 21 points as Johnson won 61-51. The 6-5, 185-pounder averaged 20 points per game and had a season-high of 35 points against national power Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.

Women’s track and field

TEAM ANNOUNCES NINE SIGNEES: The LSU track and field program officially welcomed the addition of nine future Lady Tigers on Wednesday afternoon.

They will help strengthen the women’s squad in each of the event areas beginning in 2014.

The class includes three Louisiana natives and six standouts from across the country.

Signing their national letters of intent with the Lady Tigers are a quartet of elite sprinters — Bealoved Brown (Beaumont, Texas), Rushell Harvey (Houston), Travia Jones (Rowlett, Texas) and Jada Martin (Lithonia, Ga.); hurdler Bryiana Richardson (New Orleans); middle distance runner Danielle Avery (Naples, Fla.); jumper Nataliyah Friar (Wentzville, Mo.) and a pair of javelin stars in Rebekah Wales (West Monroe) and Alli Brasuell (Ruston).

Friar, Martin, Richardson and Wales have each ranked among the nation’s top 10 performers regardless of high school classification, in their respective events during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Academics

CARAWAY, JONES NOMINATED FOR AWARD: Pole vaulter Joseph Caraway and volleyball player Madie Jones are LSU’s nominees for the Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award, the league office announced Wednesday.

In total, 28 SEC student-athletes — one male and one female from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions — are candidates for the award, which will be announced Friday.

Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were South Carolina’s Michael Roth and Georgia’s Wendy Trott.

Caraway is a three-time track and field letterwinner in the pole vault, advancing to three consecutive NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. He won the college division event at the Penn Relays in 2012.

Jones was a three-year starter and two-time All-SEC second-teamer in 2011 and 2012. She is one of 19 players in program history to amass over 1,000 career kills. Jones also has secured multiple SEC Academic Honor Roll selections and was twice named to the SEC Community Service Team.

Men’s tennis

MATCH CANCELED: Wednesday’s match between No. 32 LSU and Nicholls State was canceled because of rain. No makeup date was announced.

Additionally, Sunday’s home match against Tennessee has been moved up to 12:30 p.m. to accomodate the Vols’ travel.

The Tigers completed a full sweep in their doubleheader Tuesday in Baton Rouge, defeating No. 62 Tulane 7-0 and sweeping New Orleans 6-0.

The Tigers will be back in action at 3 p.m. Friday against No. 4 Georgia.