As the month of November
begins to wind down, the highly anticipated football season comes to a
close. The football Pirates wrap up their season this Saturday at
home against UAB. East Carolina preserved a chance to finish the
conference season with a .500 record with a win on the road against
Marshall last week. If ECU wins Saturday, it would be its first
.500 mark in conference play since 2001.
As the temperatures drop and the leaves turn, so turns our focus in
sports. Of course, Pirate basketball is next on the agenda in
most people’s minds. However, with a new coaching staff, and the
loss of Moussa Badiane and Mike Cook, the top two scorers from a year
ago, few are confident that this season will be any more successful.
However, a career performance in the Pirate opener by Corey Rouse may
have captured some fans’ attention. Rouse scored a career high
for points and rebounds with 35 and 17 respectively.
Rouse will be relied upon heavily in his senior season, as the Pirates
will look for a proven post presence inside. Currently there are
no centers listed on the Pirate roster, following the news that
freshman Justin Ramsey was declared ineligible.
Other stories gaining interest recently include other Pirate
teams. The ECU volleyball team wrapped up their best season since
1982 with a loss to UTEP in the quarterfinals of the C-USA
tournament. The Pirates finished 20-11 overall. The team went
24-13 in 1982.
The ECU swimming and diving team has also grabbed some headlines at the
Nike Cup. Chris Lebenau highlighted Pirate accolades by
reaching the super finals of the 100-yard butterfly. He placed
second overall and set an ECU varsity record time of 0:48.81.
Matt Donahue also reached the finals and placed ninth. Greg
Neville also finished 8th in the finals of the men’s 100-yard
backstroke. Kelly Shinton, EC Moore, and Allison Miller all
reached the Women’s finals in the 100-yard backstroke.