JMU roundup: Steele, Kloosterman named CAA Academic All-Conference
HARRISONBURG — Former area football standouts Gage Steele and Jonathan Kloosterman are among 20 James Madison University football players named to the Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team, the league announced on Monday.
Steele, a redshirt sophomore linebacker, is a Warren County High School graduate. He’s a Sports & Recreation Management major. Kloosterman, a freshman tight end, graduated from Strasburg. Kloosterman is majoring in Kinesiology.
JMU’S total tied for third among CAA programs, as to be eligible for the squad, student-athletes must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
In addition, redshirt-junior offensive lineman Dominick Richards was a finalist for the 2014 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year, chosen by the league’s media relations directors. Richards shifted to the offensive line from tight end prior to the 2014 season and played in 10 games on the offensive line and on special teams this season, earning a place in the offensive line rotation during the season. He helped JMU post its top offensive totals in school history, churning out a league-high 497 yards per contest and a CAA-best 39.9 points per game in conference action. The offense set new single-season program marks for the top passing categories as well as total offense, as he blocked for Vad Lee, a Third-Team All-American who finished fourth in the Walter Payton Award balloting for National Offensive Player of the Year and set numerous school single-game and season passing records. Richards has been selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll two times and also has been a recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.
On the Friday prior to the Spring Game, the Duke Club will host its annual Duke Club Golf Outing at Spotswood Country Club. Sign up for the tournament is available by calling the Duke Club at 540-568-6461 or via e-mail at email@example.com. The 2015 JMU Football Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium. Admission is free for the split-squad, full four-quarter football exhibition.
Coming off a 9-4 mark and a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs in Coach Everett Withers’ first season at the helm, the Dukes open the 2015 season at Bridgeforth Stadium on Sept. 5, hosting Morehead State.
RICHMOND — James Madison softball freshman Megan Good was recognized by the conference for the fifth time this season as she was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
Good went 4-0 in the circle to help the Dukes win a pair of games at North Carolina and sweep the three-game CAA series against the College of Charleston.
In 22 1/3 innings of work, she had a 1.57 ERA after allowing seven runs (five earned) and 19 hits while walking just three batters. She also struck out 19 batters while holding UNC and CofC to a combined .224 batting average.
In Wednesday’s second win at UNC, Good had a no-hitter through five innings, giving up just one hit in the sixth inning in her first triumph of the week. She was credited with all three winning decisions in the Dukes’ sweep of the Cougars after conceding just two earned runs and 11 hits in 14.1 innings. She also hit well, going 7-for-18 (.389) with three RBI’s and a run.
In JMU’s 6-0 start to CAA play, Good has earned five victories. Her 16-0 season record is the best start to a season of any JMU player in program history, as no other pitcher has ever won more than their first five games in the circle to start the year.
This is the second time Good has been awarded the league’s top pitching honor and the eighth CAA laurel by a JMU player this season.
Joining Good on the awards list this week were Elon’s Kara Shutt, who was named CAA Player of the Week, and Hofstra’s Brielle Pietrafesa, the Rookie of the Week.
The 25th-ranked Dukes have now won a program-record 18 straight games and will take its 27-6 record (6-0 CAA) to Hempstead, N.Y., where it takes on rival Hofstra (15-7-1, 6-0 CAA) on April 3 and 4. Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s finale is set for a noon start.