ORONO, Maine — University of Maine basketball guard Sigi Koizar of Vienna, Austria, helped lead her U20 Austria team to a 5-0 start in the European Championships.
“We had a good start to the tournament and were able to gain confidence in our ability to play at that level,” Koizar said in a news release. “What helped us win games was our focus on what the other team wanted to do. Our team chemistry is really good off the court and as we’re playing together it’s improving a lot on the court as well.”
Koizar is averaging 14.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists over the first six games of the championships and has tallied three double-doubles, including a 20-point, 13-rebound performance in a 58-51 win over Montenegro.
Austria lost to Sweden on Wednesday.
Black Bears add pitcher
UMaine baseball coach Steve Trimper announced on Thursday that his program has added Zach Winn.
Winn is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher from Show Low, Arizona.
“Zach will offer a solid power arm that will help to move the UMaine staff in the right direction,” Trimper said in a news release. “With the addition of Zach, our team poses to make a strong run at the America East Conference title and returning the Black Bears to the top of the league.”
Winn was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers after playing for Mountain Pointe High School. He then played two years for Howard College of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
3 football players honored
Three UMaine football players have earned STATS FCS Preseason All-America honors. Black Bears linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga and offensive lineman Bruce Johnson were named second-team All-Americans while defensive end Trevor Bates was a third-team pick.
In all, 100 total student-athletes from 63 schools and 63 FCS conferences were recognized.
Last season, Mulumba Tshimanga earned All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team honors. The linebacker led the Black Bears with 95 tackles (42 unassisted), including 8.0 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and a forced fumble.
Mulumba Tshimanga ranked fifth in the league in tackles per game (8.6).
Johnson was the anchor on Maine’s offensive line and was an All-CAA first-team selection. The center, who started all 11 games, was named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
Bates was a force coming off the edge all season for the Black Bears, earning a spot on the All-CAA second team and Maine team MVP honors. The defensive end started all 11 games and made 60 tackles, including nine for a loss, with 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Clark joins soccer staff
UMaine women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley announced on Thursday that he has hired Emma Clark as an assistant coach. Clark spent the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant with the Black Bears.
“We are thrilled to have Emma join our staff on a full-time basis,” Atherley said in a news release. “In her short time here as a member of our program, she has impacted our program in a very favorable way. She is great around the players and her enthusiasm and energy are infectious. She is enjoyable to work with.”
Clark was a captain for Boston University, where she was a NSCAA First-Team Regional All-American. She was a first-team Patriot League All-Star and also earned America East Midfielder of the Year honors.
Clark, a native of York, graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in psychology.