Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 8, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 8

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Spartans’ Copp wins HCAC baseball award

NORTH MANCHESTER — The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Monday named Manchester’s Josh Copp its baseball pitcher of the week.

Copp, who is a Tri-Central High School product, appeared three times in relief. He picked up the win against Anderson and recorded a pair of saves against Rose-Hulman.

Copp’s season line shows a 3-2 record, four saves and a 2.03 ERA. The Spartan senior has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings.

Manchester (14-9 overall, 8-2 HCAC) leads the league with Anderson, R-H and Transylvania each a game back.

Finley has big meet for Manchester track

HUNTINGTON — Northwestern High School product Austin Finley excelled for Manchester University in Huntington University’s track and field meet on Saturday.

Finley competed in five events and scored in all five. Individually, he took second place in the triple jump (40-9.5), third in the high jump (6-0), fifth in the 100 dash (:11.49) and seventh in the 200 dash (:23.27). He set personal bests in the triple jump and both dashes. He also ran on a 4x400 relay team that finished seventh.

Also in the meet, Northwestern product Stephanie Wilson, competing for Indiana Wesleyan, took fourth in the women’s high jump (4-11.75).

Manhattan gives coach a second chance

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Masiello will be reinstated as the head coach at Manhattan College as soon as he receives his degree from the University of Kentucky.

The school announced Monday that Masiello, who had been coach of the Jaspers for three seasons, will be on unpaid leave until he gets the degree. During his absence, associate head coach Matt Grady will lead the program.

Masiello led the Jaspers to a 28-5 record this season and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title. The Jaspers lost 71-64 to Louisville in the NCAA tournament.

Within four days of the loss to his former college coach and boss, Rick Pitino, Masiello agreed to become coach at South Florida. Then it came to light Masiello didn’t get a degree from Kentucky and the job offer was rescinded.

Manhattan waited almost a week before revealing the decision to allow Masiello to return to his job.

“After an extensive review of the situation and extenuating circumstances, we determined that Mr. Masiello executed poor judgment but did not intentionally misrepresent himself in applying to the College,” Manhattan president Brennan O’Donnell said in a statement.

He said Masiello intended to take summer courses after graduating but didn’t. Masiello will complete his degree this summer, O’Donnell said.