1.20 issue: Sports in brief


Senior tennis player Hernan Vasconez will miss his final season of eligibility after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the winter break.

The injury occurred while practicing and getting ready for the upcoming semester’s season in his hometown of Ambato, Ecuador, a university spokesman confirmed last Tuesday.

The lone senior on the team has amassed a 33-31 record in singles play and a 22-19 record in doubles during his three-and-a-half years of competition for the team.

-Dalton Balthaser


Temple’s spring schedule will consist of five tournaments prior to the American Athletic Conference Championships, coach Brian Quinn announced last Friday.

The team will kick off spring competition with the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate from March 22-24 in Williamsburg, Virginia, while the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, South Carolina will take place a week later, spanning from March 27-29.

Three April tournaments will follow in weekly succession, includin g the Princeton Invitational April 11-12. The team will conclude its season at the conference championship, held April 25-28 at the Black Diamond Range on The Quarry Course in Lecanto, Florida.

The Owls highlighted their fall season with a fourth-place result out of 19 schools at the Hartford Invitational on Sept. 22-23, along with the top finish at the Temple Invitational Oct. 11-12 in Huntingdon Valley.

-Andrew Parent


Last Thursday, coach Rebecca Grzybowski announced the signing of six rowers who will make up the program’s 2014 recruiting class.

High school seniors Emma Alford (Grosse lle, Michigan), Catie Gackowski (Midland Park, New Jersey), Mariel Tucker (Pottstown), Jenna Rosado (Northfield, New Jersey), Allie Nussbaum (Andover, Massachusetts) and Rachel Kelley (Somers Point, New Jersey) will join the team for the 2015-16 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emma, Catie, Rachel, Allie, Jenna and Mariel to Temple and to our team,” Grzybowski said via press release. “Without question, this is our best recruiting class to date and we are confident that they will make an immediate impact.”

Tucker, the lone Pennsylvania product of the group, competed for Vesper Boat Club alongside her time competing for Owen J. Roberts High School. She has competed both at the club nationals and the Royal Candian Henley Regatta, while she finished fifth with a 2,000 ergometer score at the Mainline Slide Event as a junior at Owen J. Roberts last year.

-Andrew Parent


On Jan. 14, the NFL’s New York Jets announced the hire of Temple alumnus Todd Bowles as its head coach.

Bowles, 51, spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, while coaching in the same role for the Philadelphia Eagles under former coach Andy Reid in 2012.

Bowles amassed 245 tackles and seven interceptions during a four-year playing career with Temple, and spent the bulk of his eight-year NFL career with the Washington Redskins before switching over to the coaching ranks

He was given his first NFL coaching job with the Jets in 2000, when he was in charge of the team’s secondary.

-Andrew Parent