Men’s basketball: Fed up by his antics on and off the court, Seton Hall fired basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez (pictured above) on Wednesday after a 19-win season.
The dismissal came roughly 12 hours after the coach known as “Gonzo” endured an 87-69 loss in the opening round of the NIT, a game in which Seton Hall forward Herb Pope was ejected for hitting a Texas Tech player below the belt and Gonzalez picked up his seventh technical foul of the season.
“Performance and success are not measured solely by wins and losses, but also in the conduct of those associated with the program,” said Patrick Hobbs, who has been overseeing the athletic department since July.
The Pirates went 19-13 this season, including 9-9 in the Big East, both four-year highs for Gonzalez. He failed to get Seton Hall to the NCAA tournament, however, posting a 66-59 overall record.
Bolt turns attention to 300
Track and field: Usain Bolt will compete in the rarely contested 300-meter race for the first time at the Czech Golden Spike meet in Prague.
Organizers said that Bolt, who holds the world record at 100 and 200 meters, will attempt to break the 300 world mark on May 27 in Ostrava. Michael Johnson of the United States holds the fastest time of 30.85 seconds.
“I have done some 300s in training so I am used to the distance, but this will be my first time to race it,” Bolt said. “If the weather is good, I hope to run a fast time.”
WIBCA games have area flavor
Boys basketball: Several area boys basketball players will compete Saturday in the 2010 WIBCA All-State games at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Three games will be staged: 1B vs. 2B at noon; 1A vs. 2A at 2 p.m.; and 3A vs. 4A at 4.
Scheduled to play are Ryan Nicholas (Gonzaga Prep), Aaron Dunn (Mead), Robby Douglas (Shadle Park), DeAngelo Jones (Cheney), Patrick Simon (Ephrata), Ross Buchart (Ephrata), James Stevenson (Lind-Ritzville), Cody Flett (Wellpinit), Jim Maley (Rosalia), Spencer Shanholtzer (Cusick), Warren Miller (St. John-Endicott) and Tony Louie (Inchelium). SJE coach Rick Winters will coach the 1B.
The WIBCA will also present the respective state players of the year and the state Mr. Basketball awards.