UCA’s Lewis George to Compete at NCAA’s College Station Regional

first_imgGeorge helped UCA to a fourth-place finish at the SLC Championships on April 25, shooting 71-72-73_216 to earn UCA’s first-ever medalist honors at the SLC tournament. BRYAN, Texas _ University of Central Arkansas junior Lewis George will compete at the NCAA College Station Regional as the Southland Conference individual champion.George, from Cheshire, England, will be one of 10 individuals competing at the Traditions Club in Bryan, alongside 13 full teams, headed by host Texas A&M University. Joining George will be McNeese State’s Blake Elliott from the Southland Conference. The regional, one of six around the country, will be contested May 14-16.Thirteen teams and 10 individuals will compete at three of the regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the championship final.National champion and individual medalist titles will be decided May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University is the host institution for the 2018 championships.”It was a great season for Lewis, highlighted with tremendous wins at LSU and the Southland Conference Tournament,’ said UCA golf coach Steve Runge. “His talent and golf IQ are at a very high level.”Winning conference and receiving a spot in the NCAA Regional is a great accomplishment and I believe he has the ability to qualify for NCAA Nationals.’George is UCA’s first golfer to qualify for the NCAA Regionals since Pep Angles made back-to-back appearances in 2013 and 2014. George led the Bears in scoring average this season at 72.4 strokes (32 rounds), with a low round of 65 and low tournament of 204. He was a two-time medalist this season and had two other runnerup finishes and six Top 10 finishes.last_img read more

All 13 Southland Volleyball Teams Open 2018 Season Friday

first_imgAbilene Christian is the first team with a chance to begin the season 1-0 as the Wildcats challenge Georgetown for an 8:30 a.m. CT matchup at the Georgia Tech Hyatt Regency Invitational in Atlanta. Defending regular-season champion Stephen F. Austin is the final team to initiate the new year, facing Memphis at 7 p.m.The Ladyjacks are picked to repeat as regular-season champions, according to a poll of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. If accomplished, it would be the first time since 2007 the program has won consecutive championships; SFA capped a four-year run of claiming at least a share of the title that season.Northwestern State plays host to the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament on Nov. 16-18. The Lady Demons last welcomed the tournament in 2014 when they defeated Central Arkansas in five sets to win the championship as a No. 5 seed.Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Ranking: 1 | 2017 Record/Place: 26-8 (14-2 SLC), 1stLeading the league in preseason all-conference selections with four, Stephen F. Austin picked up 14 first-place votes to claim the top slot in the preseason poll, voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Reigning Katrinka Jo Crawford Southland Coach of the Year Debbie Humphreys returns more than 90 percent of its offensive production from last season and near 70 percent of its front defense from last year’s regular-season championship side. Last season’s All-Southland First Team picks, senior outside hitter Haley Coleman and junior middle blocker Danae Daron, will lead the charge for a program searching for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.Central Arkansas Sugar Bears – Preseason Ranking: 2 | 2017 Record/Place: 27-5 (13-3), 2ndFourth-year head coach Jeni Jones Chatman leads a Central Arkansas volleyball program coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and most recently receiving 11 first-place votes in the Southland preseason poll. The Sugar Bears bring back the 2017 Southland Player of the Year in senior right side Samantha Anderson. The six-foot, three-inch product from Tyler, Texas, downed 317 kills to lead the team a season ago. She is one of two preseason honorees as junior setter Elizabeth Armstrong runs the offense once again, coming off a 2017 season in which UCA led the league in kills (1,612) and hitting percentage (.248).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 3 | 2017 Record/Place: 15-14 (11-5), T-3rdTexas A&M-Corpus Christi fell just short of its third straight bid to the NCAA Tournament, dropping out of the 2017 Southland Tournament in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Central Arkansas. With the graduation of two of the most prolific Islanders players, setter Kristyn Nicholson and Brittany Gilpin, the Islanders will look to preseason first-team awardee junior outside hitter Madison Green to lead the offense. A&M-Corpus Christi will hit South Carolina, Clemson and 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier East Tennessee in the first weekend of action.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 4 | 2017 Record/Place: 21-10 (11-5), T-3rdHouston Baptist tied for third with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last season, earning the No. 4 seed in the Southland Tournament. The Huskies will stay close to home in the season, opening this year’s campaign hosting the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational before competing at the Rice Adidas Invitational and the Houston Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. HBU notched a single spot on the Preseason All-Conference First Team in senior middle blocker Kayla Davenport. She ranked sixth last season in the conference for blocks per set (1.07) and seventh in hitting percentage (.310).Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 5 | 2017 Record/Place: 13-18 (7-9 SLC), T-8thIn its first season of Division I postseason eligibility last year, then first-year head coach Angela Mooney made the team’s presence known immediately. Abilene Christian became the first No. 8 seed in a Southland Tournament to upend the No. 1 seed, defeating Stephen F. Austin in five sets (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12) and making a run to the tournament final. The Wildcats return all starters from last year, including their three selections to the preseason all-conference teams: Senior setter Kendall Bosse, senior outside hitter Jacey Smith and senior middle blocker Lauren Walker.Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Ranking: 6 | 2017 Record/Place: 15-17 (10-6), T-5thReturning 14 of its 15 letter winners from last season, Northwestern State is poised to defend its home court come November’s postseason tournament. Fourth-year head coach Sean Kiracofe brings back his star of the back row last season, Southland Libero the Year Channing Burleson. Senior outside hitter Reagan Rogers, a preseason all-conference pick, leads a Lady Demon offense that returns all players who registered a kill last season.Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 7 | 2017 Record/Place: 14-16 (10-6), T-5thSam Houston State picked up two Preseason All-Conference First Team spots in senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham and senior setter Jaclyn Ward. Cunningham was one of just two players in league-only matches last season to rank in the top 10 for both kills per set and attack percentage. Ward averaged 10 assists per set in conference matches in 2017, placing three players in the Southland’s top 10 for kills per set. The Bearkats will have to replace the outside hitting dynamic duo of Jordyn Vaughn and Brooke White, shifting senior Amanda Gooch to the outside and freshman Breanne Chausse stepping up to handle the start on front row.McNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Ranking: 8 | 2017 Record/Place: 19-13 (10-6), T-5thLast year’s season was McNeese’s best since 2007, and the Cowgirls will look to improve upon that through the nine letter winners returning. One of the biggest gaps fifth-year head coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald will have to fill this season is at middle blocker. Shanna Spree, who was a second team All-Conference member last season, medically retired but will serve as a student assistant this year. Outside hitter Keegan Nelms enters her junior season following a sophomore campaign in which she led the team in kills (306) and was second for digs (372).Incarnate Word Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 9 | 2017 Record/Place: 8-15 (7-9), T-8thSamantha Dabbs takes over at the helm for an Incarnate Word team who just missed out on the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament, losing the tiebreaker to Abilene Christian for the eighth and final spot. Senior Autumn Lockley received preseason honors behind a junior season tallying 240 kills and averaging 2.86 per set. The Cardinals travel to New Orleans to open the new era of Cardinals volleyball, facing UTEP and Louisiana on Friday before competing against host Tulane on Saturday at the I-10 Challenge.New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 10 | 2017 Record/Place: 12-16 (6-10), 10thFamiliar faces will hit the court for head coach Millicent Van Norden as New Orleans lost just two student-athletes from last season. Senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Grice was selected to the Preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the conference in hitting percentage (.339) and finishing second in blocks per set (1.23) last season. The Privateers open the season hosting Omaha, Houston and Murray State in the UNO Invitational. The tournament is one of two UNO will welcome this season.Lamar University Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 11 | 2017 Record/Place: 4-22 (2-14), T-11thInterim head coach Michelle Kuester brings back 75 percent of Lamar University’s points from last season, including Preseason All-Conference honoree Tomar Thomas. The senior from Houston pulled in a second team award after a junior season saw her finish second in the Southland in kills per set (3.66) on a 9.44 attacks per set average. The Cardinals will see Mercer, Jacksonville State and Little Rock in the first weekend of play before hosting the 2018 Cardinal Classic on August 30-31.Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 12 | 2017 Record/Place: 4-25 (2-14), T-11thJay Van Vark embarks on his first season at the reigns for Nicholls volleyball. The Colonels contest tournament host North Texas on Friday at noon to roll out the new campaign. They will also face Kent State, Grambling and Northeastern opening weekend. The program is searching for its first Southland Tournament appearance since 2014.Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Ranking: 13 | 2017 Record/Place: 2-27 (1-15), 13thTen players from last year’s squad return in 2018 for sixth-year head coach Jim Smoot, including scorer Elyssa Purcell and her setters, Haley Baker and Michelle Mirachi. The Lions hope to return to the Southland Conference Tournament after a three-year run was snapped last year. Week One NotesFRISCO, Texas – Year 37 of Southland Conference volleyball commences Friday when all 13 teams in the league take the court in opening weekend tournaments.last_img read more

SFA’s Harris Earns Weekly Honors After Leading ‘Jacks to Historic Upset

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin guard Kevon Harris is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  November 26 will go down as one of the most important dates in Lumberjack hoops history after SFA upended No. 1 Duke 85-83 in overtime, snapping the Blue Devils’ 150-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents and securing the conference’s first win over a top-ranked opponent. Named the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week, Harris scored a team-high 26 points in the monumental victory to go with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Guard – Ellenwood, Ga.After missing his first attempt from the field, Harris hit his next 10 consecutive shots as SFA trimmed a 15-point deficit at Duke to just five at the half. He scored his final five points over the final five minutes and assisted on Gavin Kensmil’s game-tying layup with 19 seconds remaining. Harris finished 11-for-19 from the field. The senior guard found his touch from beyond the arc against Arkansas State, connecting on four of his seven attempts in the victory. Averaging 20.7 points per game so far, Harris is the only Southland player averaging 20+ a contest this season, and this is his second weekly award of the year. He followed it up with a 22-point, five-rebound outing in a 76-57 win over Arkansas State to put an end to the Red Wolves’ four-game win-streak and give SFA a 6-1 start on the year. The ‘Jacks host Arlington Baptist tonight at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to face Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday. Honorable Mention: Andre Jones, Nicholls; Jaylen Key, New Orleans; Myles Smith, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more

Four Nations: Australia hammer New Zealand 34-8 in final at Anfield

first_imgPlenty for Kidwell to considerThis competition was David Kidwell’s first as coach of New Zealand – and aside from claiming his first win in their 17-16 victory over England, little has gone right for him or his team.They were held to a draw by Scotland at Workington last week and at Anfield looked some way short of producing the sort of mercurial, against-the-odds performance that saw them win the Four Nations in 2014.New Zealand have now lost four times to Australia in 2016 – once in Stephen Kearney’s last game in charge and three times under Kidwell.There has been some speculation in the Kiwi press that Kidwell would benefit from a coaching mentor and right now there is plenty for him to think about.Shaun Johnson showed glimpses of the brilliance he possesses during the tournament but plus points were at a premium.New Zealand’s poor record in England continues – they lost a Test series against England in 2015 and have not won a Tri-Nations or Four Nations over here – and they will need to vastly improve if they want to threaten at the World Cup. How they lined upAustralia: D. Boyd, Ferguson, Inglis, Dugan, Holmes, Thurston, Cronk, Scott, Smith, Woods, Cordner, Gillett, Merrin. Replacements: Morgan, Klemmer, Frizell, S. Boyd.New Zealand: Kahu, Fusitu’a, Kata, Kenny-Dowall, Rapana, Harris, Johnson, J. Bromwich, Luke, Blair, Proctor, Ma’u, Taumalolo. Replacements: Brown, Taupau, Eastwood, Tapine.Referee: Ben Cummins (Australia) Aussies back on topAustralia coach Meninga is a Liverpool FC fan and must have been delighted with the ruthless performance from his team at Anfield.Meninga had targeted reclaiming the world number one ranking during this tour and that never looked in doubt on a chilly Sunday afternoon when their opponents were simply unable to answer the questions asked of them.The defending champions briefly rallied after Ferguson had touched down in the corner two minutes in and again for a period in the second half, but by and large Australia were utterly dominant.Brilliantly marshalled by halves Thurston and Cooper Cronk and hooker Cameron Smith, they built pressure, dominated field position and looked a class above the only team to have come anywhere near them in this tournament, their group game at Coventry ending 14-8.They targeted the defence of makeshift Kiwi half-back Tohu Harris, kicked penalties to extend their lead even when the game was surely already theirs and for most of the match showed a hunger and desire way beyond what the Kiwis possessed.One year before the World Cup, it is difficult to see on the form they have shown in England how any other team can prevent them from retaining their title.center_img Mal Meninga’s team went through the tournament unbeaten – and in wrestling the title from the Kiwis reclaimed the world number one ranking.With a quarter of the match gone, tries from Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin plus a penalty from Johnathan Thurston gave the Kangaroos an unassailable 20-0 lead.That was 24-0 by the break as the ruthless Australians added to their score when Dugan touched down a kick from Thurston.Full-back Darius Boyd extinguished any hope of an unlikely comeback with a score shortly after the restart and although two tries from Jordan Kahu reduced the deficit, Australia’s Boyd Cordner had the final word with a late score.last_img read more

Stat Attack: Roosters’ chance to join the 100 club… again

first_imgGiven South Sydney’s dominance in the first two or three decades from the inception of the code in Australia and a strong record through the middle of last century, they hold the edge over the Roosters with 112 wins.However it is the Roosters who boast the record for the most ever wins against one club, with 117 victories against the North Sydney Bears. The Bunnies downed Norths 104 times and the Balmain Tigers got the better of the Bears on 102 occasions.The poor old Western Suburbs Magpies are, like Norths, on the wrong end of 100 wins against three separate clubs. They lost to the Roosters and Rabbitohs 106 times apiece and to Balmain – the club they would eventually merge with – 101 times.last_img read more

PNG and New Caledonia win first two decathlon events

first_imgPNG’s Robson Yinambe cruised to an easy win in the 100 metre race. Yinambe fired out of the blocks and led from the start to the end, clocking a time of 11.3 seconds.In the long jump, New Caledonia’s Lillian Garcon won with a jump of 7.19 metres followed by Tonga’s Toutoufa Vea with 6.69 metres. Yinambe came third with 6.62 metres.Three more events are scheduled today for the men’s decathlon – shot put, the 800 metres and the 400 metres race.Five athletes are taking part in the men’s decathlon – Robson Yinambe, Lillian Garcon from New Caledonia and from Tonga, Manase Talivakaola Folau, Soape Polutele and Toutoufa Vea.last_img read more

Miguel Ángel Portugal, new Royal Pari coach

first_imgThe technician of the Racing He has extensive experience and this will be the fourteenth club he will lead at 64. He will be accompanied by Vladimir Soria as technical assistant and for him also spanish Gonzalo Abando as physical trainer, the same coaching staff that he has had in recent years.Royal Pari finished the Bolivian Clausura in ninth position After signing an amazing year 2018, in which he achieved the qualification to the 2019 Copa Sudamericana for the first time in its history. The set of Santa Cruz de la Sierra reached until the round of 16, where he was eliminated by Equity.Easter, to GuabiráMichelangelo Portugal He was not the only Spanish protagonist of the transfer market in Bolivia. The Cantabrian Bruno Pascua left behind his stage in Nacional Potosí, where he scored 14 goals in 2019, to join the squad of Guabirá. The former of Magpie or Ourense Azucarero will live his fifth consecutive season in Bolivian football. Welcome Professor Portugal! 👏👏Professor Miguel Ángel Portugal will be our next technical director, accompanied by Vladimir Soria (AC) and Gonzalo Abando (PF) 📋⚽️We wish him the greatest success in our club💪 pic.twitter.com/KVDGnM6ysb– Club Royal Pari (@ClubRoyalPari) January 2, 2020 Miguel Ángel Portugal returns to the benches. After leaving Jorge Wilstermann In April 2019, due to threats from the brave bars due to the bad results of the team, the Spaniard takes charge of Royal Pari and embarks on its third stage in Bolivia, where he was already champion with Bolívar in 2013.last_img read more

“Guti or Guti’s style would have no place in football today”

first_imgJosé María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’ will be the next guest of the program Valdano universe. During the interview, the current Almeria coach reveals part of his style book as a coach and reflects on his stage as a footballer. José María Gutiérrez, as he likes to be called now, believes that football has changed a lot since his time as a player and that Guti would have no place in current football: “I am very demanding as a coach. If he had been with me as demanding as I am with the players, we would surely have seen another Guti. I’ve noticed that in football today, surely, Guti or Guti’s playing style would have little place, because it is a football that demands you a lot physically. “ In the conversation with Jorge Valdano, José María Gutiérrez reveals how the first talk he gave to the Almeria squad was when he took charge of her: “It was very curious. I told them: ‘Forget Guti. Here Guti is not here. Do not think that Guti was a player who wanted to have the ball, that he was running little, that they said he was running little … Forget him. I am José María Gutiérrez, I am your master. The requirement will be maximum from the first day. Who does not, will not play with me.last_img read more

Atletico returns to past mistakes: another null first part

first_imgA problem that in recent times seemed banished or at least buried, but that became apparent again in Eibar, the first parts completely wasted. A poor first half in a team without identity, without pressure and in appearance with little intention of marking. Something that happened against him Valladolid, Bayer Leverkusen, Alavés and Sevilla in just one month between October and November and he had also lived at the start of the season against Leganés and Eibar himself. Then the team always woke up, sometimes more timidly, as in Zorrilla, Mendizorroza or Ipurua and in others with a windstorm of occasions like Sevilla or Eibar in the first round.But playing 45 minutes at the mercy of the opponent is a very difficult disadvantage to solve. In those four practically consecutive games without the presence of the team during the entire first half, only in the match against Leverkusen did the change of face serve to end winning 1-0 with a goal from Morata after leaving from the bench. In the rest the reaction has not been accompanied by triumphs. Before Valladolid (0-0) a stick of Correa arrived, but there were no goals, against Alavés Morata he advanced to the team, but Lucas tied with a goal and in Seville the ‘9’ put the tie, but the comeback did not come despite to dispose of a penalty that Diego Costa failed.With a staff very reduced by injuries, with only 15 players from the first team in the call against Eibar, Missing so many minutes have a difficult solution. No changes to the bench to handle the disadvantage, Simeone turned to Camel and Clemente B to try to give the team another air in the last 10 minutes, but the disadvantage was extended to two goals. A problem of intensity that Cholo himself has already remarked on multiple occasions and that he had managed to remit, but that reappears to further complicate LaLiga. If Atlético loses intensity, many of its great qualities evaporate. The team will have to return to work so that one of the great evils of the season does not continue happening. Atlético returned to make mistakes in Ipurua during October and November that took him away from the fight for the League title, with the current distance of eight points with Real Madrid that seems very difficult to save even though there is still time. Before the Eibar returned some failures that seemed to have remitted in recent weeks and that they had relocated the rojiblancos in the ointment for the title.Atlético showed face B again, jumped field without intensity and practically wasted the entire first half. The gunsmith team did have the determination it always imposes on their home and at 10 minutes ahead on the scoreboard with the goal of Burgos on his fourth arrival in the Oblak area, where the rear fell asleep completely. Those of Simeone sought to get out of the pressure based on long balls, which were impossible mission for Morata before the two towers behind the Eibar and that did not benefit in the least Correa, Vitolo and João Félix, an offensive trio that could only feel comfortable on the few occasions that they played the ball below. Saul pointed to the conclusion of the game that “they already go many times this season that we don’t enter the parties well. It is everyone’s problem to enter strong and after they have scored the goal we always go with one less march with the result against and with the fear that they can do a second much. I think the end of the first part and the beginning of the second half has been good, but they have defended well, we have not managed to create clear chances despite reaching several times to the bottom line and we have not had certainty and desire to score The way to the team. We have lacked many things, After the good dynamics we were carrying, it is a hard stick. In the second part we try improve the intensity, because we lost all the second moves and so you can not attack“.last_img read more

Benzema and Morata, the past unites them

first_imgCuriously, In his last white season (2016-17), Morata scored 20 goals (0.47 per game) for 19 (0.40 per game) of Karim (among all competitions). Álvaro, seeing the predilection of Zidane and Florentino for the French and his secondary role despite his greatest success, made him leave for Chelsea, who paid 80 million euros for him. Today he returns to the Bernabéu. Karim accepts his challenge … Before the rojiblancos, Oblak avoided the white triumph with a stop at the finish of the lion. This afternoon, Karim can start discounting: of the 12 goals he has scored, seven (58.33%) have achieved them at the Bernabéu … For his part, and without Costa and now also without João, the goal’s responsibility Red and White falls even more on the shoulders of an ex-white. Ten goals in 25 games total (29% of those your team has scored), seven in 18 of Liga (31%), the importance of Alvaro is vital. And today the first time you step on the Bernabéu with the red and white. The League derby last year he played was in the Metropolitan, the first round too, although he did not play it for the red one he had seen in Son Moix the previous day. Yes, however, he played that of the Super Cup 20 days ago where he was the best of the rojiblancos. The entrance behind Valverde, when he escaped to stay hand in hand with Courtois, was one of the photos of the game. Today they will meet again. At the Bernabéu, Morata already scored when he returned with Juve. He hasn’t done it in a derby with the red and white. Your partner will be Vitolo. Of his classmates only Correa follows the scoring pulse, five takes half of Morata’s. Benzema (32 years old) and Morata (27) will meet again today at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The two forward they shared costumes at the White House for five seasons (in two stages) and are the top scorers of their respective teams. This Saturday, the Castellana Coliseum will relive a new duel to the goal.Karim saw the door again last Wednesday. In La Romareda he certified the Madrid win. It was his first goal since last December 15, when he established the equalizer against Valencia. Since then, and with injury through, he had not scored again. Nevertheless, Your data is not bad. In League he added 12 goals at the end of the first round: It is his second best figure after the 14 he scored in the 2015-16 campaign in the same period. Benzema has 12 goals and has scored 10 different rivals in the first round Morata accumulates 10 goals in 25 games in total: seven in 18 of LaLiga The Frenchman has marked 10 rival teams in this League. His record is set in 14 opponents (2011-12 season). And he has the second part of the Championship ahead of him: He has Atlético, Osasuna, Barcelona, ​​Betis, Getafe, Athletic, Villarreal, Mallorca and Alavés for drilling this season.last_img read more