Briefly In Sports

November 03, 2010
  • Surfers raise their arms in honor of the late Andy Irons during a paddle out memorial service held at Middles Beach in Porta Del Sol, Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Irons's friends Roy Powers and Dusty Payne lead the paddle out, followed by fellow ASP World Tour surfers, friends, industry representatives and fans who carried bouquets of flowers that were scattered into the ocean in rememberance.
Surfers raise their arms in honor of the late Andy Irons… (Courtesy Kirstin…)

Owens commits to Miami

Edison pitcher Henry Owens committed over the weekend to the University of Miami, Edison Coach Steve Lambright said Monday.

The senior left-handed pitcher, who went 9-2 last year, was in Jupiter, Fla., playing for the St. Louis scout team at the World Baseball Classic before visiting the Miami campus.

"Miami was the first trip I took and everything just felt right," said Owens, who also had planned to visit both USC and Arizona. "I toured the campus and the atmosphere was great. I had a great time with the team and I really liked all of the coaches. It felt like the right fit."

Owens said he informed Lambright of his decision Sunday.

"He called me and said, 'Coach, I'm committing to Miami,' " Lambright said. "He had a nice trip there and made his decision. Miami has a lot of history in terms of baseball tradition and it's a quality program.


"I think it's important that he got this decision now so that he won't be distracted in our upcoming season. He's going to be drafted high, as well, so it will be interesting to see what Henry ultimately does. He definitely has his head on straight and will think things through."

The 6-foot-7 Owens is expected to be an early selection in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, even an "early first-round pick," Lambright, said noting that former Edison catcher Kyle Higashioka — a seventh-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2008 draft — is the highest draft selection in Edison baseball history.


Former surf champ Andy Irons dies

Former two-time U.S. Open of Surfing men's champion and three-time World Champion Andy Irons was found dead Tuesday in a hotel room in the Dallas area. The cause of death was not immediately known. The 32-year-old, who lived in Kauai, Hawaii, was on his way home from Puerto Rico where he was scheduled to compete Sunday at the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico. He withdrew from the competition citing illness. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Huntington Beach's Brett Simpson, who has won the past two U.S. Open Men's titles, is in Puerto Rico for the Rip Curl Pro Search contest, which he said Wednesday has been put on hold.

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