Islanders Away: Special Olympians win medals; Islander to enter U.S. University's Hall of Fame

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Island athletes

capture medals

Islanders Alyssa Chapman and Ellen MacNearney captured gold and more in weekend action at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.

Chapman, a Murray Harbour native, finished first in Ice Dancing Level 2 and tied for first in Singles Level 3.

Montague’s Ellen MacNearney wound up in a three-way tie for first in the 1-kilometre freestyle cross-country and took bronze in the 500-metre freestyle.

The pair are part of Team Canada’s 141-member squad in South Korea.

The Games end today.

U.S. university shrine

to induct Islander

Island native Heather (Ford) Hall is one of eight new individuals to be inducted into the Gannon University Sports Hall of Fame today in Erie, Penn.

Hall, a softball pitching standout, graduated from Gannon in 2004 and in four years tallied 68 victories, 673.1 innings pitched, 857 strikeouts and a career 1.06 earned-run average.

She’s the school’s all-time leader in victories, innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA, shutouts (35) and complete games (81).

The top four all-time single-season strikeout totals belong to Hall, and she owns the top two single-season earned run averages.

She recorded a school-record 24 complete games in 2004 and posted 10 shutouts in a season twice.

Hall has been the women’s softball coach at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., since 2007.

Organizations: U.S. University, Team Canada, Gannon University Sports Hall of Fame Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Geographic location: South Korea.Chapman, Murray Harbour, South Korea.The Games U.S. Erie, Penn.Hall

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