Baseball- Former player Vincent “Bo” Jackson was the American League manager in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game played Sunday at Kauffman stadium in Kansas City. The event kicked off Major League Baseball’s All-Star break. Jackson played for the Kansas City Royals from 1986-1990. Former player Tyler Bootcheck was the third former Auburn baseball player selected to take part in a minor league All-Star game this year as he was voted to the International League roster for the Triple-A All-Star game. Auburn graduate and Braves Assistant Athletic Trainer Jim Lovell was named to the National League staff for the MLB All-Star game.
Football- Senior Onterio McCalebb has been named one of 65 candidates on the 76th annual Maxwell Award watch list presented by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia. The award is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player since 1937. Senior Philip Lutzenkirchen is among the 33 players listed on the 2012 John Mackey Award preseason watch list. The award is sponsored by The Nassau County Sports Commission and given to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. This is Lutzenkirchen’s second consecutive season named to the list. The University of Idaho announced the Vandals will play Auburn on Sept. 15, 2015. The price tag for the game is $1 million to be paid by Auburn to Idaho. Four-star athlete Jason Smith verbally committed to Auburn. Smith played quarterback at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile. This brings Auburn’s 2013 verbal commitment total to 15.
Men’s Golf- Former golfer Will McCurdy won the Spirit of America Golf Classic at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur. McCurdy beat University of Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax by 5 strokes in the final round on Sunday.
Equestrian- Junior Stephanie Rucci and senior Indy Roper competed and finished third and eighth respectively at the 2012 NRHA Collegiate Reining Challenge in Oklahoma City on July 1.
Women’s Golf- Former player and current assistant coach Margaret Shirley and rising junior Diana Fernandez both earned berths to the 2012 United States Women’s Amateur at The Country Club in Cleveland from August 6-12. Senior Marta Sanz tied for third at the World University Golf Championships at Ypsilon Golf Resort in Liberec, Czech Republic last week, helping the Spanish National Team to the tournament title. Sanz is from Madrid.
Gymnastics- Assistant coach Jenny Rowland completed her second term as a judge at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. Though Rowland never competed in the Olympics, she was on the 1989 USA World Championship team.
Track & Field- Five current and former members of the Auburn track and field program competed over the weekend at the 2012 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Track and Field Championships at Paralymic Track Stadium in Guanajuato, Mexico. Sophomore Keenan Brock and junior Marcus Rowland helped the United States win gold in the 4x100 meter relay. Brock also won silver in the 100 for the United States. V’alonee Robinson and Krystal Bodie helped the Bahamas win silver in the 4x100 relay. Sophomore Stephan Saenz won silver in shot-put for Mexico.
Swimming & Diving- Transfer swimmer Tryshia Centeno from Indian River State College has been named the Betty Jo Graber Award winner as the top female student-athlete in the NJCAA. Centeno will join the Tigers in the fall.
Olympic Swimming & Diving- Auburn has 16 current and former coaches and players participating in the 2012 Olympic Games representing 10 countries. Dave Denniston, a 2002 graduate will also be coaching the Unites States in the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Olympic Track & Field- Auburn has 12 current and former coaches and players participating in the 2012 London Olympic games representing six countries.