Sports briefs – September 20

North graduate sets school record, wins medalist honor

Bryce Turner, playing in only his second collegiate tournament, set a St. Francis 36-hole school record and won medalist honors Monday in the Spring Arbor University Fall Classic in Bath, Michigan.

The freshman from Columbus North fired a 4-under-par 68 Monday morning and came back with a 69 Monday afternoon to finish with a 7-under 137 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. That was good enough to win by one shot against Taylor’s Alex Dutkowski.

“(I am) proud of Bryce with everything he has been through,” St. Francis coach Tim Alexander told “He tied for the top-five spot during qualifiers, and I took the senior instead. Bryce didn’t sulk and just went out to finish second in his first event, and the confidence just kept rolling from there at Bethel and now breaking the school record. Bryce wasn’t scared to go low, and that is the mindset our program is looking for.”

The Cougars finished second as a team with a 597, trailing Taylor’s 565. Ian Coffey, a senior from North, tied for 24th individually with a 155 (80-75); and Austin Proffitt, a sophomore from Columbus East, tied for 58th with a 166 (83-83).

East graduate earns second Freshman of Week honor

Florida Gulf Coast’s Cortney VanLiew has been named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.

The Columbus East graduate pounded 13 kills with only one error in hitting .583 in Saturday’s three-set sweep of UNLV in Indiana’s Hoosier Classic. That night, she recorded 14 kills and 13 digs in a five-set loss to Indiana.

VanLiew ranks third in the ASUN and first among freshman with 3.49 kills per set.