Utica's Nick Woodman was one of nine Jacksonville Sharks players to be named to the National Arena League first team, the league announced Thursday.
Woodman, a former star at Thomas R. Proctor and Utica College, was honored as a first team defensive lineman. He had 39 total tackles (29 solo, 10 assisted) — including 15 tackles for losses — four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a team-high 12.5 sacks in the regular season.
In the NAL semifinals, Woodman recorded 1.5 tackles, including a tackle for a two-yard loss.
The top-seeded Sharks (14-1) — who won the NAL title game in 2017 — will play the defending champion Carolina Cobras (9-5) in the NAL championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville won the NAL title in 2017.
Nighthawks return home Saturday
The Mohawk Valley Nighthawks — the semi-pro football team formerly known as the Utica Yard Dogs — will host Seahawk Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday at Waterville High School.
The Nighthawks (2-3), which ended a three-game losing streak with a 43-14 win over Glens Falls on Aug. 10, is home to locals like Uticans J'Von Evans and Ron Pierce Jr. and Vernon's Aaron Tennant.
Rome hosting Speedgolf Open
The fourth annual New York Speedgolf Open will be played Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Rome Country Club in Rome.
The event will also host a four-hole junior division tournament for boys and girls that will offer a $500 scholarship to the winner of each competition.
Other options, like the nine-hole novice division and 18-hole amateur division, are also available to golfers.
Wesley Cupp — winner of last year's United States Speedgolf Championship who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the world — will be competing in the fast-paced golf tourney as the world's fourth-ranked speedgolfer.