Amherst to be Featured in CBS Fall Championship Show

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Select members of the Amherst men's soccer team were interviewed by CBS during Final Four weekend for a feature to be aired Saturday, Dec. 27.
From an NCAA News Release

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team will receive national television exposure when it is featured in the 2008 NCAA Fall Championship Show, set to air Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. (EST) on CBS Sports. Highlights and stories from cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball will be featured in the program.

During Amherst’s trip to the Final Four in Greensboro, N.C., earlier this month, select members of the team traveled to UNC-Greensboro to be interviewed and filmed by a CBS production crew. While the team will be recognized as a whole for its accomplishments throughout the 2008 season, head coach Justin Serpone will be highlighted along with seven student-athletes: Rory O’Connor ’09 (West Boylston, MA), Nick Lynch ’09 (Kingston, Jamaica), Ansel Orr ’10 (Houston, TX), G.L. Genco ’10 (Hauppauge, NY), Thebe Tsatsimpe ’11 (Johannesburg, South Africa), Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) and Jae Heo ’12 (Changwon, South Korea).

For the seventh consecutive year, all 88 NCAA championships will receive television exposure, including 10 fall sports to be featured in Saturday’s one-hour special. Some of the feature stories included in the program are as follows:

  • The Amherst College men's soccer team is defined by its varied play on the field, a quality the coaching staff attributes to the diversity in their game with seven of their players being of international descent. The Lord Jeffs competed admirably for the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.
  • Laurent Ngirakamaro from New Mexico Highlands University is a top-ranked NCAA Division II men’s cross country runner. His running career began in Burundi, Africa, where he fled for his life from a civil war that continues today.
  • Just six months ago, senior Katie Bork from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania was in an emergency room after being struck by a car. Doctors were unsure if she would ever walk again. CBS follows Katie’s journey at the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championships as she attempts to make the most of every step in her final collegiate season.

Through the NCAA-CBS’ 11-year bundled rights agreement, CBS Sports has aired 18 seasonal shows from the three NCAA sports seasons (fall, winter, spring) over the last six years. Each seasonal show features highlights and unique NCAA student-athlete stories from a variety of NCAA Division II and III championships.

CBS Sports’ Sam Ryan will host “CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA” for the third time. Ryan joined CBS Sports in 2006 as a contributor to the Network’s NFL pre-game show, “The NFL Today,” and to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. She also serves as weekend sports anchor and reporter for CBS 2 in New York.

Please check your local television listings for more details on Saturday’s show.