LaRicci Voted Soccer Player of the Year; All-Conference Teams Named

first_img F Autumn Wildung Houston Baptist Jr. Cedar Park, Texas FRISCO, Texas – McNeese senior forward Savannah LaRicci was named the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Player of the Year, the league announced Monday in conjunction with the all-conference first and second teams. LaRicci picked up both Player of the Year and Forward of the Year honors as she led the league in every scoring category: 44 shots, 10 goals and 25 points against conference opposition. She also tied for fourth with five assists to her name. Her 31 points in overall games rank her 14th in the nation to cap the regular season. The senior out of Sugar Land, Texas, also netted seven game-winning goals in all games, ranking second in Division I. McNeese senior Gabi D’Alesandro earned Defender of the Year distinction as she anchored one of the conference’s top defenses in 2017. The Cowgirls ended the regular season tied for second with 10 total goals allowed through 11 league games. The Flower Mound, Texas, native helped McNeese to a league-best seven shutouts in Southland play. 2017 Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams F* Lucy Ashworth Lamar Fr. Wigan, England Abilene Christian freshman midfielder Christina Arteaga was named the Freshman of the Year. The Pflugerville, Texas, native racked up 3.55 shots per game and 13 total points against conference opponents, ranking fourth in both categories. F Kelso Peskin Lamar Jr. Cape Town, South Africa Rounding out the individual superlatives is Lamar’s Steve Holeman, who was named the 2017 Coach of the Year. The second-year head coach turned his team around from last place to first place in one season – a feat that had never been accomplished in Southland soccer history and only four times in any league sport. The Cardinals finished 2016 with only one conference win then finished this season with a 10-1 SLC record, earning the regular season championship and the top seed in the conference tournament. For participating teams, individual superlative winners and all-conference honorees will be honored before their first games at the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, taking place from Nov. 1-5. MF* Beryl Smith Sam Houston State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas D Marie Lund Lamar Sr. Bergen, Norway GK Lauren Lovejoy Lamar Sr. Port Neches, Texas Pos. Name School Class Hometown D Amelia Fullmer Lamar Jr. Pleasant Grove, Utah Newcomer of the Year went to Lamar’s Kelso Peskin. The junior transfer from Tyler Junior College (Texas) ended the regular season ranked second in league play in goals (seven) and points (19). Her 10 assists through all competition tied her for second in the nation. D Gabi D’Alesandro2 McNeese Sr. Flower Mound, Texas MF M.J. Eckart Lamar Sr. Flower Mound, Texas Three freshman earned selections to the first team, including Arteaga, Roccaforte and Lamar’s Lucy Ashworth. MF Hanna Barker3 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Farmers Branch, Texas MF Ellee Hall Houston Baptist Sr. Uintah, Utah Player of the Year: Savannah LaRicci, McNeeseFreshman of the Year: Christina Arteaga, Abilene ChristianNewcomer of the Year: Kelso Peskin, LamarDefender of the Year: Gabi D’Alesandro, McNeeseMidfielder of the Year: Hanna Barker, Stephen F. AustinForward of the Year: Savannah LaRicci, McNeeseGoalkeeper of the Year: Emma Roccaforte, McNeeseCoach of the Year: Steve Holeman, Lamarcenter_img F Savannah LaRicci2 McNeese Sr. Sugar Land, Texas Stephen F. Austin’s Hanna Barker earned her second-straight Midfielder of the Year Award and was named to her third consecutive all-conference team. The senior out of Farmers Branch, Texas, ranked third in the conference with 15 total points, including six goals and three assists to pace the Ladyjack attack. D Baylii Bieke Houston Baptist Jr. Little Elm, Texas Freshman shot stopper Emma Roccaforte of McNeese was named the Goalkeeper of the Year. In her debut campaign for the Cowgirls, the Nederland, Texas, product helped marshal a staunch defensive third, registering four shutouts to her name. Before an 0-2 run to end the regular season, the Cowgirls went five consecutive games without allowing a goal. Roccaforte ranked as high as third in the nation in save percentage in 2017. GK Emma Roccaforte McNeese Fr. Nederland, Texas D Stacia Carroll2 Central Arkansas Sr. South Jordan, Utah Pos. Name School Class Hometown Regular season champion Lamar led the way with six total all-conference picks between the first and second teams. Runner-up McNeese followed with five total selections while Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State all earned a pair of honorees. Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin each garnered a lone all-conference selection. * – At-large selection2 – Two-time all-conference selection3 – Three-time all-conference selectionHonorable Mention: Defenders: Kennedy Rose, Stephen F. Austin; Megan Rickert, Houston Baptist; Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin; Kristen Ricks, Central Arkansas; Christina Čutura, Southeastern Louisiana; Michelle Mulrooney, Abilene Christian; Peyton Bucklew, Abilene Christian; Whitney Woodward, Sam Houston State. Midfielders: Sophia Fondren, Stephen F. Austin; Shay Johnson, Abilene Christian; Casey Basso, Houston Baptist. Forwards: Ashley Smith, Central Arkansas; Sabriah Spencer, Houston Baptist; Brooke Erdmann, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin; Havana Johnson, McNeese. Goalkeepers: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist; Lauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas; Allyson Smith, Stephen F. Austin. MF Nola Prickett McNeese Jr. Hemet, Calif. F Dylan Owens2 Abilene Christian Jr. Willard, Mo. MF Alex Moore2 Central Arkansas Sr. Yukon, Okla. Second Team MF Christina Arteaga Abilene Christian Fr. Pflugerville, Texas In total, there are six returning all-conference members, with Barker being the lone three-time selection. McNeese’s D’Alesandro and LaRicci, Central Arkansas’ Stacia Carroll and Alex Moore, and Abilene Christian’s Dylan Owens all earned their second all-conference team selection. First Team F Brittany Caserma Northwestern State Jr. Murrieta, Calif. D Nikki Schaaf McNeese Sr. Cypress, Texas F Carlota Suarez Crespo Sam Houston State So. Madrid, Spain The Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches and SIDs. Each team consists of three defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and a goalkeeper, plus an at-large selection which is given to the next highest vote recipient regardless of position (not including goalkeepers). To receive honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Williams, O’Bonna Earn Weekly Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: Garett Cortez, UIW; Julien Jeandree, Central Arkansas; Cliff Resias, Southeastern Louisiana. The Cardinals also make the trip to Torrance and will compete additionally in Azusa Pacific’s Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., on Friday and Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian sophomore Avery Williams and Lamar senior Brian O’Bonna are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Brian O’Bonna, Lamar – Sr. – Brampton, OntarioThe senior hit a personal best of 51-09.00 on his fifth attempt in the triple jump, taking home a fourth-place finish at Auburn’s Tiger Track Classic. He is now tied for 10th in the nation in the event and leads the Southland.center_img Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Avery Williams, Abilene Christian – So. – Katy, TexasWilliams finished first in the 400m at the UIW Invitational with a time of 47.75, posting the best finish of the weekend in the Southland. His time ranks third in the conference. He was also a member of the 4x100m relay team that took second (40.92), less than a second behind Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Eric Moore, Central Arkansas. The Wildcats next head to California for two meets – the Mt. Sac Relays in Torrance beginning Thursday and the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach starting on Friday.last_img read more


first_imgBy Art WilsonSouthern Calif. NewsGroup [email protected]   Sham73 on TwitterMIGHTY VASILIKA RALLIES TO WIN GRADE I, $500,000 GAMELY STAKES BY ONE LENGTH UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES  ON GRASS IN 1:48.07 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2019)– Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s brilliant 5-year-old mare, Vasilika, continued to make her connections proud since being claimed for $40,000 in February 2018 at Santa Anita when she won Monday’s $500,000 Grade I Gamely Stakes in her usual come-from-behind fashion.Vasilika, a daughter of Skipshot, made it four victories in a row and 12 of 14 for her connections since the claim. The streak includes seven graded-stakes victories — two in Grade I events — and her latest came by one length over Rymska, a top-notch 5-year-old mare trained by Chad Brown.“I can’t believe she makes those kind of stretch runs. She has a great big turn of foot, which most horses don’t have. She continues to do it,” Hollendorfer said after Vasilika rallied from sixth in the eight-horse field to win the 1 1/8-mile turf race, running the distance in 1:48.07 as the even-money favorite.Hollendorfer, asked if Vasilika has exceeded expectations for her new owners, flashed his usual dry humor.“That’s safe to say,” he said.He didn’t offer any specific reasons why the ownership group, which includes Hollendorfer, reached in and claimed her.“A lot of times people are just looking for a horse, and we probably were, too,” Hollendorfer said. “We had to shake a little bit for her, but we ended up getting her. A lot of luck involved here.”Hollendorfer’s best claim ever?“I think so, yeah. Probably so,” he said.It’s been a tough year for Hollendorfer, who lost three of the 26 horses that have died at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. Battle of Midway, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, was among the fatalities. He also lost Kochees, injured Saturday and then euthanized Sunday morning after surgery couldn’t save his life.“It’s always good to have a win,” he said. “It picks everybody up, but we’re always thinking about our horses and we’re certainly pretty sad when they get hurt.”Hollendorfer said there were no signs that Kochees would suffer a fatal injury in Saturday’s sixth race, a $10,000 claimer.“We wouldn’t have led him over to run if we didn’t like him,” he said. “We thought he would run real well. We thought he would win.”He’s confident his barn followed all safety protocols put in place by The Stronach Group before the race.“In my mind, there is absolutely no doubt that we’ve done every single thing properly with Kochees and all the rest of our horses, too,” Hollendorfer said.last_img read more

Internationals hit Man Utd worst as Pogba, Wan-Bissaka and Lingard injured

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED face a huge game with Leicester on Saturday but their chances haven’t been helped by an injury-hit international break.Most worrying for the Red Devils was the back problem picked up by Aaron Wan-Bissaka that forced him to leave the England camp.1 Wan-Bissaka and Lingard both pulled out of the England squadCredit: Getty – ContributorThe right-back has been a rare consistent force at Old Trafford this season and is joined by Paul Pogba as a doubt for the weekend after the Frenchman pulled out of France duty with an ankle issue.Furthermore, Jesse Lingard developed an illness while away with England.It adds to the concern over Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw while Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee.Arsenal are also having to wait on key players Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira after the midfield pair aggravated Achilles and muscle knocks, respectively.Another side left counting the cost of the international period is Newcastle.Swiss defender Fabian Schar returned to Tyneside nursing a touch of fatigue and Miguel Almiron has undertaken an exhausting trip to Japan and back, via Jordan, with Paraguay.LO BLOWTottenham were already sweating on the fitness of Tanguy Ndombele before their clash with Crystal Palace but now a hip injury to Giovani Lo Celso has hit them further.The Argentine initially shrugged off the issue but it was confirmed on Tuesday that he is out until late October.London rivals Chelsea may have a decision to make at left-back with Emerson Palmieri damaging his hamstring just eight minutes into Italy’s win over Finland on Monday.The Azzurri defender insisted his exit was a precaution and “nothing serious” as he looks to keep Marcos Alonso out the team.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleMan United star, Paul Pogba, vows to fight racists ‘for the next generation’As for Brighton, they are potentially without star signing Leandro Trossard after the Belgian midfielder aggravated a groin problem in training for his national side.With the internationals now complete, the final Premier League players in action – and thus the last to return to their clubs – included Wolves’ Raul Jimenez after he completed 90 minutes of a 4-0 defeat to Argentina in Texas on Tuesday night.Merseyside rivals Roberto Firmino and Richarlison also played over an hour in the States as Brazil lost to Peru.last_img read more

Trukai extend sponsorship of Cowboys for another 2 years

first_imgThe announcement was made this week after the arrival of the 2015 NRL Premiership Trophy into the country led by veteran Cowboys player, Brent Tate.Trukai has been sponsoring the Cowboys since 2008.Its logo will continue to appear prominently on the Cowboys uniform shorts.General Manager for Sales & Marketing, Andrew Daubney said it was a great pleasure to be part of the Cowboys in their partnership to continue to promote and develop rugby league in PNG.Cowboys General Manager for Commercial, Steve Mitchell said the Cowboys want to be part of the growth of rugby league in PNG.“We love coming here to PNG. The support we have here is extraordinary. We love the passion that people have for rugby in this country.“We have plans to build a Cowboys support base here in PNG with PNG based membership plans.“We want to develop the game here with good social outcomes,” said Mitchell.last_img read more

New record set for Fiji javelin

first_imgCopeland recorded a throw of 81.76m and is on the verge of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. To qualify automatically, the 27-year-old must record a throw of 83m in the next qualifying event scheduled to be held in Fiji, in July. “I firmly believe that Leslie will qualify for the Olympic Games,” Copeland’s coach James Goulding said in an email. “Leslie competed yesterday (Sunday) and threw 81.76m. It was short by 1.24m of the Olympic qualifications. “Leslie and I would like to thank our sponsor Shop N Save, Athletics Fiji, FASANOC, International Olympic Committee and the Fiji National Sports Commission for all the support that was rendered towards our training stint in Australia,” Goulding said. Kiwi Stuart Farquhar won the AAC javelin final after recording a throw of 83.93m. Australian Hamish Peacock was second with a record of 82.84m. “Leslie is a great testament to the success of lengthy blocks of intensive training and competition. It really works,” said Bob Snow of Oceania Athletics. “A great result for Leslie.” Pacific’s sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro competed in the AAC as well. He finished 6th in the 100m final with a time of 10.5secs. In the semi-final, Tabakaucoro clocked 10.35secs. The Olympics qualifying time is 10.16secs. National team sprinter Sisilia Seavula was also in action during the weekend. Seavula competed at Hastings College, Nebraska in the United States. She recorded a time of 12.30sec in the 100m and 25.77sec in the 200m. Seavula and Alesi Finau of Jasper Williams High School are Fiji’s top female wild card prospects for the Olympics. Finau’s best 100m time is 12.33 seconds.(Fiji’s javelin rep Leslie Copeland. Picture: Zimbio)last_img read more

Hassan N’Dam adds late candidate for KO of the year

first_imgHassan N’Dam caught Alfonso Blanco with a right hand on the button just 20 seconds into the first round of their interim WBA World Middleweight title fight.The Frenchman absolutely starched Blanco in front of his home fans in Caracas, Venezuala.last_img

Todibo’s continuity at Schalke is in the air

first_imgThe coronavirus also jeopardizes the continuity of Jean-Clair Todibo in Schalke 04. The player, on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season, he had managed to recover his best version in the mining table, but the uncertainty as to the economic consequences due to the stoppage caused by the Covid-19 hinder, and much, the future of the French central in the German set. Those in Gelsenkirchen have a purchase option set at 25 million euros, a sum that, taking into account the current situation, it seems practically unaffordable to the sixth place in the Bundesliga.Schalke’s intention remains to tie the player, who left the Camp Nou in January to stop at the Veltins Arena. He earned gallons to make up for Ozan Kabak’s loss in the middle of the mining lag and was voted Player of the Month for February by the Schalke fans. Taking into account that the club has Kabak, Sané, Nastasic and Thiaw as central teams for the coming season, everything points, today, to the fact that The dome of the German team will think twice whether or not to make the purchase option effective to end up taking over the services of Todibo. It’s more, Schalke accumulated a deficit of 26 million in the last year, so everything indicates that debts increase further due to the break through which the highest German competition is also passing. It is true that the sports management of the miners, headed by Michael Reschke, maintains a great relationship with the culé box. However, Benjamin Stambouli and Timo Becker’s contracts also expire at the end of the season. Renewing the latter seems like a much more viable option than the 25 kilos that would have to be paid for Todibo. Extending the assignment for another year seems like the only option when it comes to retaining him.last_img read more

Dr. Cotorro is discharged after 17 days admitted for coronavirus

first_img“I began with this on March 12 or 13 and stayed at house till the earlier 22, Rx on the 18th, which was adverse. I entered on the 22nd, testing constructive and with Bilateral Pneumonia. I’ve been admitted for 17 days … I’m now at house since yesterday (Wednesday) following remedy and remoted 14 extra days by protocol, “he mentioned.“I’m higher and now little by little to get well,” added Rúiz Cotorro, trusted physician of the Spanish participant Rafael Nadal and that he operated, amongst others, on the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro final 12 months. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, physician of the Spanish Tennis Federation, is already at his house in Barcelona, ​​after having been discharged after testing constructive for coronavirus.“Effectively, significantly better and at house,” Cotorro informed EFE through whatshap since you should relaxation and keep away from speaking.last_img read more

LaLiga informs the clubs that tests and training sessions are delayed

first_imgThe new dates for the tests will be linked to the resumption date of training given that its purpose is to guarantee the safety of all and therefore they must be made close to the aforementioned resumption dateOur obligation to you and to the world of football is plan to return to the activity with all the guarantees and that we have done with the creation of the Return to Training Protocol that you have approvedWe consider that we are talking about a minor delay from the conviction that the return to sports activity and especially soccer is a priority for all those involved in this decision.For any questions about it the Responsible Inspector should be contacted compliance with the protocol designated to your club. Without further, receive a best regards”. So, The return to training of the LaLiga teams is in the hands of the authorization of the Ministry of Health. LaLiga planned to start the player tests next week as a previous step to the gradual incorporation to training. This was communicated to the clubs until hor and sent an information note to the clubs themselves in which they report that delays those tests. LaLiga does not specify dates on the return to activity. In a first government document, April 27 was established for the resumption of training.This is the note that has sent the Professional Soccer League to the clubs:“From LaLiga we want to announce the decision to postpone the performance of the tests to the players, coaching staff and medical services given that the start of training will be delayed pending the approval of the protocol of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), to which the one of LaLiga is accepted, by the health authorities.last_img read more