This past weekend the Midwest Conference hosted the annual MWC Softball Classic at Dawson Park in Janesville, which features each of the ten conference teams in action over two days.
A big part of this season’s event was the association with “Beat Cancer with a Bat,” a National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) initiative happening throughout the nation dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention. The ultimate goal is to find a cure for this disease that affects so many.
Part of the motivation for the Beloit College Softball team in this event was the memory of former Buccaneer head coach Ron Splan, who passed away from cancer in November of 2009.
Coach Splan served as an assistant coach for the Buccaneer Softball team for seven seasons before taking over the head coaching position in 1993. He served as the head coach through the 2002 season, accumulating 110 victories, and then served as head coach for one more season in 2005, leading the team to 18 wins and the MWC Tournament Championship Game.
His 1996 team won the only Midwest Conference Softball Championship in program history. The team also went 22-9 in 1994, the most single-season wins in the program’s history. Through his 11 seasons at the helm, the Bucs posted the top five single-season win totals in the history of the sport at Beloit, which started in 1983.
But his love of softball wasn’t reserved for just Beloit College. Ron was involved in softball in the Beloit area for nearly 50 years as a player, coach, and umpire. During his last several years, Ron was a fixture at Buccaneer home games, encouraging a whole new group of players.
LAST WEEK IN BUCCANEER ATHLETICS
Buccaneer Baseball (10-6, 2-0 MWC) Won four games last week, sweeping Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee and Lawrence University in Beloit to open Midwest Conference Play. Mike Kovach set the career stolen base record and Mike Ross the career RBI record in the game one win over Lawrence. They complete their series with Lawrence in Appleton on Tuesday before playing a four-game MWC set against Ripon College this weekend.
Buccaneer Softball (6-17, 4-3 MWC) had nine games during a busy week, going 2-7, including a 2-3 record at the annual MWC Classic in Janesville on Saturday and Sunday. They have a break before getting back on the field at Ripon College next Saturday afternoon.
Buccaneer Outdoor Track & Field competed at the non-scoring Carroll University Invite on Saturday, with Amani Edwards winning the hammer while Jason Busack and Travis Towns took seconds in the 10000m and javelin, respectively. They compete at the Benedictine University Invite in Lisle, Ill. on Saturday.
Buccaneer Men’s Golf opened their 2011 season on Saturday and Sunday at the Ripon College Invite at Lawsonia Golf Club in Green Lake. Joe Poshepny tied for 27th to lead the way. The Bucs host their only home meet of the season on Saturday, the Buc Open Invite, at Glen Erin Golf Club in Janesville.
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