Blake Elliott selected for NCAA Regional at Texas A&M

first_imgHe’s had seven top 10 finishes on the year and five in the top five, including three second place finishes. Elliott will be one of 10 individuals to join 13 teams at the Texas A&M Regional which will be played at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas May 14-16. He recently placed second at the Southland Conference Championships, marking his second consecutive top five finish at the league tournament. LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese Cowboy golfer Blake Elliott was announced on Wednesday as one of 45 individuals that have qualified to play in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Teams participating at the Texas A&M Regional include Texas A&M, Baylor, Clemson, Kentucky, UCLA, Ole Miss, South Carolina, San Francisco, Georgia, Mississippi State, UNC Wilmington, Northern Colorado, and Bradley. The junior from Liberty Hill, Texas will be making his third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first playing as an individual. He was in the starting lineup in both 2016 and 2017 when the Cowboys qualified to the tournament as a team after winning the Southland Conference Championship and earning the league’s automatic bid. “I’m very proud of Blake,” said McNeese head coach Austin Burk. “This is a great honor for him and also for our golf program. It’s going to be fun to watch him play against some of the top players in the nation.”center_img He posted a 1-6-1 record on the season against players ranked in the top 20 nationally and will see three of those individuals at the Texas A&M Regional. In 12 tournaments on the season, he’s shot par or better in 27 of the 35 rounds played, including 10 rounds in the 60s with a low of 65, that coming in the final round of the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational during the fall season. Last year at the NCAA Austin Regional, Elliott finished in a tie for 18th on the individual leaderboard with a 1-over par 214 following rounds of 73-73-68. His 68 on the final round was the third-lowest score of the day among all golfers in the regional. Elliott, who led the Cowboys and ranked No. 1 in the Southland Conference with a 71.31 average, is ranked No. 132 in the nation and 38th regionally, which was high enough to earn him an individual spot. Individuals that qualified along with Elliott are Michael Perras of Houston, Mitchell Meissner (Rice), Zander Lozano (UTSA), Mario Carmona (Rice), Hunter Eichhorn (Marquette), Lewis George (Central Arkansas), Jake Brown (Indiana), Matt Murlick (Marquette), and Michael Sass (College of Charleston).last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Claims 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship

first_img Lineup Team Baker Scores Lineup Team Baker Scores STEPHEN F. AUSTIN – Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-1 (L,W,W,W,W) 1. Carlene Beyer 1.    L 224-204 4. Samantha Gainor – 225 4. 171 1. Angelique Dalesandro -192 1. 146 4. Paige Beeney 4.    W 224-190 WICKLIFFE, Ohio – Stephen F. Austin capped a memorable run through the 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship with a 4-1 win over Vanderbilt Saturday evening at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio. The Ladyjacks finished their championship run with a perfect 4-0 record in order to claim their second NCAA championship in program history. Dakotah Hazlewood capped the evening for SFA with three consecutive strikes.Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead with a win in game one that showcased three strikes throughout their 10 frames to claim a 183-167 win. The Ladyjacks responded with four straight victories, including a game four performance where the team combined for eight strikes.The contest featured a pair of Southland Bowling League members who duked out for the NCAA title in a Best-of-Seven Baker series. 3. Kristin Quah 3.    L 175-203 ChampionshipVanderbilt vs. Stephen F. AustinUnlike the rest of the tournament, the championship match was scheduled strictly as a Best-of-Seven series with no double-elimination implications.Game one belonged to the Commodores who toppled every pin in the opening four frames. The Ladyjacks left one pin standing in their first two frames before notching strikes in frames three and four. Maria Bulanova closed out the opening game for Vanderbilt, picking up a strike, a spare and nine pins in her final three tosses. The Commodores finished the segment with a 183-167 victory.The Ladyjacks were not shaken by the opening-game result and bulldozed their way to six strikes in their opening seven frames of game two. After switching lanes, the Commodores left frames two and four open and were unable to deal a strike until their fifth spot. Stephen F. Austin managed to finish the game with seven strikes that helped put the Ladyjacks on top by a final score of 222-166.Game three concluded at 203-175 in favor of Stephen F. Austin who began the set with five consecutive strikes. Vanderbilt remained within reach of the Ladyjacks but left four pins standing in the sixth frame that proved costly. SFA continued their success in order to outlast the Commodores and move ahead 2-1 for the match.The Ladyjacks employed their best round in game four and bested Vanderbilt by a score of 224-190. SFA collected seven strikes in the game compared to the Commodores’ four. Three of the Ladyjacks’ strikes came among their last four rolls.Vandy saved their strongest performance of the evening for the final game, combining for 202 pins. However, SFA closed the set 12 pins ahead for a final score of 214. Hazlewood sealed the match for the Ladyjacks and cemented the team in history with three consecutive strikes to end the game. The SFA anchor finished game five with four strikes to help her team claim its second NCAA Championship in program history.VANDERBILT – Baker Best-of-Seven: L 1-4 (W,L,L,L,L) Morning SessionVanderbilt vs. NebraskaAfter a two-game sweep to hand Nebraska its first loss of the tournament Friday evening, Vanderbilt stepped onto the lanes Saturday morning with emblazoned momentum. The Commodores picked up where they had left off against the Cornhuskers, finishing the Traditional pinfall matchup with a 992-947. Samantha Gainor proved clutch in the opening match, posting a team-best score of 225. Additionally, Emily Rigney added 218 pins to go along with a 215 from Adel Wahner. Angelique Dalesandro entered the mix for the first time of the tournament for Vanderbilt and delivered a 192.The Commodores lost traction in the five-game Baker set where they ultimately fell to the Cornhuskers 984-913. Vandy faced a slow start with a 146 in the opening game but attempted a comeback by taking the next two segments 191-180 and 233-223. Unfortunately, Nebraska found their footing and topped the Commodores in the final two games to steal the Baker round and force a Best-of-Seven series.The Best-of-Seven series was uncharted territory for the Cornhuskers who had not been forced to play in the round throughout the entire 2019 NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt looked to capitalize on the opportunity and began by taking the opening two games. Nebraska did not go down without a fight, however, and managed victories in games three and four to even the round up at two games apiece. The Commodores responded with back-to-back wins in games five and six, including a match high 267 in the final game. VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 992-947 | Baker: L 913 -984 | Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-3 (W,W,L,L,W,W) 2. Adel Wahner 2.    L 166-222center_img 3. Maria Bulanova -142 3. 233 5. Maria Bulanova 5.    L 202-214 2. Emily Rigney – 218 2. 191 2. Megan Eaglehouse 2.    W 222-166 Traditional Scores Team Baker Scores 5. Adel Wahner – 215 5. 172 3. Sarah Gill 3.    W 203-175 1. Emily Rigney 1.    W 183-167 4. Samantha Gainor 4.    L 190-224 5. Dakotah Hazlewood 5.    W 214-202last_img read more

Southland Football Produces 13 All-Americans

first_imgPJ Burkhalter, Nicholls – Jr. – Offensive Lineman (HERO-2nd, AP-1st, STATS-1st, WC-1st)The Southland Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, Burkhalter was the starting center and left guard for Nicholls, who led the Southland in rushing offense (197.1) and tackles for loss allowed (5.21) per game. Chris Livings, McNeese – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (STATS-3rd)The Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Livings tallied 9.5 sacks, which ranked third in the conference. He had a team-high 12 tackles for loss and posted at least half a sack in each of the final five games. FRISCO, Texas – Thirteen Southland Conference football student-athletes received all-America recognition, announced by various outlets throughout the week. Pat Allen, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Offensive Lineman (AFCA-2nd)The highest-graded offensive lineman for the Lions, Allen started all 13 games at left tackle. SLU ranked second nationally in passing offense (354.4) and total offense (484.8) and allowed the fewest sacks in the conference (1.77). Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Placekicker (STATS-3rd)A two-time Southland Special Teams Player of the Week, Ruiz made 21 field goals, which tied for the fourth most in a season in conference history. He connected on six field goals of 40+ yards and two over 50 yards. Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Linebacker (HERO-3rd, STATS-2nd)Chambers racked up 102 total tackles, including 63 solo stops, in his senior season. He ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.7) and ninth in solo tackles per game (5.8). The FCS all-America teams are chosen by HERO Sports, Associate Press (AP), the FCS Athletic Directors Association, STATS, the American Football Coaches Assocation (AFCA) and Walter Camp (WC). Sully Laiche, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (HERO-1st, AP-1st, STATS-1st, AFCA-1st, WC-1st)The first defensive player to be named Southland Conference Player of the Year since 2007, Laiche compiled 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in each of his 11 starts and at least one sack in nine contests. Laiche finished the regular season as the FCS leader in tackles for loss per game (2.1) and ranked fifth in sacks per game (1.1). With 37.5 career sacks, Laiche concluded his career half a sack shy of tying the Southland Conference record and tied for fifth in FCS history. Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Punter (AP-2nd, STATS-2nd)McRobert led the Southland and ranked sixth among FCS punters with 44.3 yards per punt. He had 20 punts of 50+ yards, which paced the league, and booted five punts for 60+ yards. He placed 29 punts inside the 20-yard line.center_img Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – Defensive Back (HERO-3rd, AP-3rd, STATS-3rd)The league leader in interceptions (5), Jordan recorded three pick-sixes and shared the team lead with eight pass breakups. He ranked 14th among FCS defenders in passes defended per game (1.3). Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Defensive Back (STATS-3rd, AFCA-1st)The Southland leader in interceptions (5), Rochell also ranked third in the conference with 13 pass breakups and ranked ninth nationally with 1.4 passes defended per game. Allen Pittman, Nicholls – Sr. – Linebacker (HERO-3rd)Pittman ranked 10th in the Southland with eight tackles per game, totaling 80 in 10 contests. He recorded a season-high 11 tackles twice against Kansas State and Sam Houston State. Quan Shorts, Northwestern State – Sr. – Wide Receiver (STATS—3rd)Shorts is one of three wideouts in league history to reach 100 receptions in a season, finishing right at the century mark despite battling turf toe over the final three weeks. He ranked fourth in FCS in receptions per game (8.3). Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Kick Returner (HERO-3rd, STATS-2nd)Girdy Brito ranked second in FCS with a 28.2 kickoff return average and was one of only five players to return two for touchdowns. He was the National Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 35.6 yards against South Dakota. The league’s Player of the Year and Nicholls defensive lineman Sully Laiche is a consensus first-team All-American after earning top honors from five organizations. The Colonels led the way with three honorees, followed by Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist each with two. Andre Walker, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Defensive Lineman (HERO-2nd, AFCA-1st)The FCS leader in sacks per game (1.25), Walker tied for the fourth-most sacks in a season in Southland history with 15. He finished the year with 55 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles and three pass breakups.last_img read more


first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED STREAK OF LUCK RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; RONCELLI HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY CHEW, GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.94WINNER BANKS $52,260, $12,060 OF WHICH IS FROM CAL-BRED INCENTIVE FUNDARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2019)–The lone California-bred in the field, the Roncelli Family Trust’s homebred Streak of Luck relaxed well early and rallied four-wide at the top of the lane to take Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith.  With trainer Matt Chew removing blinkers, Streak of Luck got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.94.“It was a team decision,” said Chew, when asked about the equipment change.  “Mike had said that he thought she was a little keen in her last start and my assistant, Daryl (Bond) has been wanting me to take the blinkers off for a while now…Finally, we decided it was a good time to make the change.  Mike said she was even breathing better today.”A 4-year-old grey daughter of Old Fashioned, out of the Elusive Quality mare Valeria, Streak of Luck, who was fifth in a one mile turf minor stakes on Dec. 26, was off at 2-1 in a field of six 4-year-old fillies and paid $6.60, $2.80 and $2.40.“I think this might have been one of her better efforts,” said Smith, who had been aboard in her last four starts, winning two of them.  “There was more there when they came to her today.”Third two starts back in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes Oct. 27, Streak of Luck is now 16-5-2-2 overall.  With the winner’s share of $52,260 ($12,060 of which came from the Cal-bred incentive fund), Streak of Luck now has earnings of $230,238.French-bred Love and Peace, who rallied from last for the place, had her chances somewhat compromised by the temporary inner rail being set at 30 feet.  Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Neil Drysdale, she was off as the 3-2 favorite and paid $2.60 and $2.20 while finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Luminoso.Off at 4-1 with Geovanni Franco up, Luminoso paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.55, 46.92, 1:11.08 and 1:23.02.last_img read more


first_imgHALL OF FAMER DESORMEAUX GETS 6,000TH CAREER WIN IN SANTA ANITA’S FIRST RACE ABOARD CASSIDY-TRAINED X S GOLD; 48-YEAR-OLD CAJUN NATIVE NOW RANKS 19TH ALL TIME ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2019)–As he’s done literally thousands of times throughout his Hall of Fame career, Louisiana-born Kent Desormeaux saved his best for when it counted on Sunday at Santa Anita, overcoming what appeared to be a five length deficit with just a furlong to run in garnering his 6,000th career win aboard the Jim Cassidy-trained X S Gold.Owned and bred by Cassidy and Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, X S Gold, a 4-year-old California-bred filly by Golden Balls, out of the In Excess mare Some Excess, got a mile on grass in 1:34.72.  Off as the 5-2 favorite in a field of 10 older fillies and mares, she paid $7.20 to win.“This filly really makes it hard on herself and hard on Mr. Cassidy,” said the ever-loquacious Desormeaux, who will turn 49 on Feb. 27.  “She makes you use both hands when training her and she’s either on or she’s off, and she was spot on today.  She had a lot of work to do from the quarter pole and she just got it done in the nick of time today…“I can humbly say that I’m truly honored and proud of the number 6,000.  I can definitely attest that it wasn’t easy to get here, especially these last two months…I also know that I am truly appreciative to everyone who gave me the confidence to take the reins and to assist each and every one of the horsemen I’ve worked for…I thank God for the blessing he gave me and I thank God for all of the fans.  God bless you all!  Thank you!”Born in Maurice, Louisiana, Desormeaux broke his maiden at Evangeline Downs on July 13, 1986.  Soon thereafter, he shifted his tack to Maryland on a full-time basis, where he became an overnight sensation.America’s leading rider for 1987 with 450 wins, 295 as an apprentice, Desormeaux was voted Eclipse Champion Jockey, the first of three Eclipse Awards to come his way.  Again America’s leading rider in 1988 with 474 victories, he led the country for a third time in 1989, as he amassed a staggering 598 wins–prompting Hollywood Park’s Marjorie Everett to convince him to shift his base of operations to Southern California in 1990.Although his star-studded resume includes three Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, a Belmont win, six Breeders’ Cup wins and three Santa Anita Winter Meet Riding titles (1994, 95 & 98), “K.J.” as he’s known to close friends, isn’t done yet.“I still have goals,” he said.  “I can’t wait to wake up every day and try to catch Eddie D. (Delahoussaye, who ranks 15th all-time with 6,383 wins).  I’m a very goal oriented person, so I know that I have about 380 more wins to go and I’m not going anywhere until then.  Hopefully, in that same time, I can claim two more Kentucky Derby wins to be able to tie the great Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack with five wins each.”A winner of the 1992 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Desormeaux, who has a pair of grown sons, Joshua and Jacob, is now 17 wins behind eastern-based Johnny Velazquez on America’s all-time list.last_img read more


first_imgEquine MRI Successfully Funded; Installation Planned For Santa AnitaSouthern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) announced today that the fund-raising campaign for installation of an equine Standing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility at Santa Anita Park has been successful.“We are in the process now of arranging for the full operation of the new MRI by early in the upcoming Santa Anita season,” said Karen Klawitter, CEO for SCEF. “We are very pleased to have received the support of so many individuals and organizations in the sport.”The funding was achieved through leadership pledges from Dolly Green Research Foundation, and Oak Tree Charitable Foundation.  Donations have been received from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Los Alamitos Race Course, California Thoroughbred Trainers, California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation, breeder and owner John Harris, veterinarians Vince Baker, Melinda Blue, and Ryan Carpenter, and many more individual owners, trainers, and supporters.  The Stronach Group provided $500,000 in funding for the new PET scan facility also being added to Santa Anita, as well as infrastructure to enable the installation of the new MRI, which will complement the Southern California Equine Foundation’s Imaging Center.The MRI’s proven technology has been in use elsewhere previously, whereby the horse is standing while scanned, and will be an essential diagnostic element to protect the safety and welfare of race horses going forward.Donations of any amount to SCEF, organized under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.last_img read more

Origin half-time: NSW jump to lead

first_imgRelated articlesOrigin II sold out – Updated Teams: NSW v Queensland – Despite the Maroons scoring the opening try, it was the Blues who struck back with three four-pointers to take a 10-point lead into the break. It was a nervous start for Maroons debutant Valentine Holmes who lost the ball with his first touch in the Origin arena after a huge hit from Aaron Woods in the second minute. Despite the shaky start, the 21-year-old made up for the effort to hand Queensland the early advantage.NSW five-eighth James Maloney was penalised for a tackle off the ball on Billy Slater to send the visitors into Blues territory.Queensland took just two tackles to take an early lead when Slater found Darius Boyd on the left edge and the fullback-turned-centre delivered a pass for Holmes to show a tippy-toe effort and go over in the corner.Holmes’ first try at State of Origin level was also the 600th four-pointer in the history between the two sides. The Blues ensured the lead was short-lived when Queensland were caught offside in the middle of the field.A simple backline movement from Laurie Daley’s men resulted in Jarryd Hayne going over in the left-hand corner for his 11th try in his Origin career. With all the talk of Andrew Fifita in the lead-up to the clash after his Origin I heroics, the prop-forward was well contained by the Maroons in the opening half with 37 metres from seven carries.Front-row partner Aaron Woods proved more dominant with 88 metres in his opening stint.  NSW struck a double blow 10 minutes later when Maloney made up for an earlier error to slice past a fresh Tim Glasby to link with Brett Morris who went over in the corner.Jake Trbojevic was the provider after points when he threw an inside pass to James Tedesco who skipped away up field before finding Mitchell Pearce in support in the 24th minute.The scoreline could’ve got worse for the Maroons when Hayne went close before being taken into touch. Queensland had two opportunities a minute before half-time but were denied by two try-saving efforts from both Trbojevic and Josh Dugan respectively. NSW Blues 16 (Hayne, Morris, Pearce tries; 2 goals) lead Queensland Maroons 6 (Holmes try; Thurston goal) at ANZ Stadiumlast_img read more

Hurricanes break down Brumbies to reach semis

first_imgIt was far from a perfect performance from the defending champions as they struggled up front early and had to break down a rugged Brumbies defensive line to keep their hopes of back to back titles alive.The match echoed the regular season meeting in Napier when the Hurricanes trailed at half-time before storming away with the match in the second spell. While it took longer for them to seal the result this time, the outcome almost felt inevitable as the Hurricanes repeatedly pummeled the hosts’ defence, until returning hooker Dane Coles made the decisive break to put TJ Perenara in for the try that put the game beyond doubt.The Brumbies were left unable to fire a shot in the second half, held scoreless, with their defensive effort clearly taking a toll.The Hurricanes now have to wait until Sunday morning’s clash between the Lions and the Sharks to determine their semi-final opponent.A Lions win, will mean an unenviable trip to Johannesburg, while a Sharks upset would see them back in Wellington next week.Action packed startThe scoring was opened by James Dargaville in the fourth minute, who cantered in to score on an overlap after a breakdown penalty.However the Hurricanes struck back shortly after when Wes Goosen sliced through the Brumbies’ defence to score a superb solo try.A Hawera penalty put the hosts ahead again and they extended their lead after driving over the line from a line-out.The Hurricanes closed the gap on an unconventional try after Perenara’s short ball found the head of prop Ben May, with an alert Jordie Barrett pouncing on the loose ball to score.An unlucky yellow card to Jeffery Toomaga-Allen for a high shot on Hawera just before half-time put the Hurricanes under immense pressure, but they held strong to trail by only one at the break.After half-time the Hurricanes applied some pressure of their own, but some stout defence from the home side meant they were only rewarded to the tune of two Barrett penalties.That was until Coles, in his first match back from long-term concussion issues, made a stunning break, finding Perenara on his inside for a try that essentially iced the game.Unsung hero Goosen put the icing on the cake, when Beauden Barrett put him clear for his second try of the evening.Hurricanes: 35 (Goosen 2, J Barrett, Perenara tries; J Barrett 3 cons, 3 pens)Brumbies: 16 (Dargaville, Mann-Rea tries; Hawera 2 pens)last_img read more

Williams appeals suspension for his red card

first_imgPhoto: Photosport Sonny Bill Williams Williams was suspended for four weeks for a shoulder charge on Lions wing Anthony Watson – it was hoped he would be able to serve the ban before the Rugby Championship.Yesterday World Rugby confirmed the suspension would run until August 19th, the day of the first Test against Australia in Sydney.In a statement New Zealand Rugby said Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby Judicial Committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August in the four-week suspension.On the 11th the All Blacks are set to play a game of three-halves against Counties Manukau and Taranaki as a part of their buildup to the Rugby Championship.World Rugby said in their statement yesterday “The player had admitted that he committed an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4 (g) which deals with dangerous charging, and he received the suspension of four weeks, equating to four meaningful matches as considered by the judicial committee,” the committee said in a statement.Following due consideration, the disciplinary committee has ruled that Williams’ suspension will extend up to and including 19 August, which is the day of the first game against Australia.At this stage Williams is available for the second game against Australia in Dunedin on August 26th.last_img read more

POM Women’s Softball going for the finals

first_imgFor the eighth time in the 2015-2016 seasons the teams will come across each other again to fight for points before the finals.Leading the ladder  after  eight rounds of the competition in the women’s A division is United Sisters who are still at the top with 38 points followed by Wantoks with 35 and Bears  with 18 points.In the B division Yokomo girls sit at the top with 40 points while United Sisters trail second with 36 points and Stingers on third place with 32.However, there is one more round of games to be played before the women’s division enters their finals come the following weekend.The women’s ladder now stands as;A Grade TEAMUNITE DSITERSWANTOKSBEARS  STINGERZ GAZELLE  YOKO MO  WOLVESCHEBU   MARINERS  B Grade TEAM UNITED SISTERSSTI N G ERZ  WANTOKSMAJMNEPSCHEBUWOLVESGAZELLE BEARSlast_img read more