Share No. 21 West Florida will close out regular season on the road PENSACOLA, Fla – The No. 21 University of West Florida men’s soccer program will close out the regular season Friday when they travel to Livingston, Ala. to face West Alabama at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Argos are coming off of a two win weekend against Christian Brothers and Delta State and clinched the first seed in the GSC Tournament after defeating DSU 4-0. The West Alabama Tigers are 10-5-1 (7-5-1 GSC) this season and are returning to action after they defeated Delta State 3-1 but fell to Christian Brothers 4-2 last weekend. The Tigers currently have 22 points in the conference and will try to lock up the second seed in the tournament with a win.No. 21 West Florida is 3-0 all time against the Tigers and their first meeting came back on Oct. 5, 2012 where UWF defeated UWA 2-0. Live Coverage:Live Video at UWALive Stats at UWALive Audio at UWAMatch Notes:11/1 at West AlabamaGSC Players of the WeekThe No. 21 University of West Florida men’s soccer program had two seniors honored with Gulf South Conference Players of the Week after defeating Christian Brothers and Delta State this past weekend. Fernando Silveira (Brasilia, Brazil) earned the offensive player of the week award while Steven Hermosa (Orlando, Fla.) was named the defensive player of the week.Silveira earned the award after he posted two goals against Christian Brothers Friday night in a 2-1 win and also recorded two assists Sunday against Delta State in a 4-0 win. Hermosa earned the defensive player of the week after he shutout Delta State Sunday in a 4-0 win for the Argos. During the 90 minutes, Hermosa faced nine shots and made four saves for the Argos and earned his third career shutout with the win.Back in the Top 25The University of West Florida men’s soccer team remained ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches of America Association/Continental Tire rankings this week.No. 21 West Florida (11-4-1) also jumped back into third in the region just behind No.1 Rollins (15-0-0) and No. 7 Saint Leo (11-1-1). The Argos previously played both teams earlier in the season but failed to pick up a win against the Sunshine State Conference opponents.In the latest BennetRank computer rankings, the Argos moved up to No. 11 after being previously ranked No. 14. The computer rankings rank the Argos schedule the 34th hardest in the nation. The ranking also rates UWF’s offense as 12th in the nation and defense as 43rd. Print Friendly Version Argos look to close out the regular season against West Alabama (Photo by Bill Stockland)
Rugby League A rugby league club championship for East New Britain has been endorsed and sanctioned by PNGRFL and is set to kick off this weekend. This was confirmed by (PNGRFL) NGI director Alois ToBata who is also the deputy chairman of the interim organising committee. The provincial club championship will be contested by premiers clubs from the three affiliated district leagues in the province – Rabaul, Kokopo and Gazelle Rabaul Gurias head coach, Steven Nightingale who initiated the idea is the chairman of the main organising committee, which comprises of ToBata as deputy, President ENBRFL Wesley Waninara, NGI selector Samson Clayton, Terry Longbut (media) and reps from Rabaul and Gazelle leagues. Nightingale said the main reason behind staging such a provincial club championship is to bring all the premier clubs together to will play off in a round robin, home and away format culminating in the two top teams, to battle it out in the grand final to determine the overall champion club for East New Britain. He said that this club championship can be used as a platform to raise and set standards for the game in each district, identify talents and upskill players on game management and structure at another level. Major sponsor is Agmark Group To start week one, tomorrow, October 6 an exciting match-up is looming between 2018 champions of Rabaul, Dusty Dogs and old arch rivals from the pre-eruption days, Kokopo City champions, Snax Kokopo Muruks. This encounter is expected to set the tone and benchmark for the whole tournament. Rabaul will host this fixture at the Kurakakaul field,Vuvu (NCR). The game is scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm. In the U-20s Kokopo City champions Baliora Royals will take on Rabaul champions Page Park Cowboys at 10am. Gazelle who will play their grand final this weekend are on bye. According to the master draw the games will be played at three different venues, Kurakakaul (Rabaul), Kerevat (Gazelle) and Kalabond(Kokopo) over six weekends. Meanwhile, ToBata has thanked Agmark Group for coming onboard to partner PNGRFL in delivering some of its development plans. One of them is the decentralisation of leagues into the district level to enhance mass participation and broaden player base and build capacity moving forward. ToBata said Pomio league will come onboard next year while negotiations are being finalised for the use of the Clubmill Field at Warongoi temporarily.
Senior football championship fixtures:Saturday, June 17th –5.15pm St James v Caherlistrane in Kenny Park.5.30pm Cortoon Shamrocks v Killannin in Pearse Stadium.7pm An Cheathru Rua v Kilconly in Clonbur.7pm Mountbellew Moylough v Annaghdown in Tuam Stadium.7pm Tuam Stars v Salthill Knocknacarra in Kenny Park.7.15pm Corofin v Moycullen in Pearse Stadium. Intermediate football championship fixtures:Saturday, June 17th –5.15pm Glenamaddy v Oranmore Maree in Tuam Stadium.5.30pm St Brendans v Clifden in Clonbur.Sunday, June 18th –12.30pm Oughterard v Athenry in Moycullen.2pm Carna Cashel v Kilkerrin Clonberne in Moycullen.3pm Oileain Arainn v Dunmore MacHales at venue TBC3.30pm Williamstown v Ballinasloe in Tuam Stadium.5.15pm Spiddal v Headford in Corofin.5.15pm Claregalway v Menlough in Tuam Stadium. Sunday, June 18th –5.30pm Barna v Micheal Breathnach in Pearse Stadium.7pm Milltown v Caltra in Tuam Stadium.7pm Killererin v St Michaels in Corofin.7.15pm Leitir Mòr v Monivea Abbey in Pearse Stadium. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Saturday 25th Aug 2018 At Corofin Intermediate Football Championship – Group 2 Senior Football Championship – Group 4Milltown v Monivea-Abbey 6.45pm Intermediate Football Championship – Group 1 Menlough v Williamstown 5pm At Moycullen Intermediate Football Championship – Group 2 An Spidéal v Oughterard 6.30pm Senior Football Championship – Group 1 An Cheathrú Rua v Corofin 6pm print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email St Brendan’s v Mícheál Breathnach 3.15pm At Kenny ParkSenior Football Championship – Group 1 Cortoon Shamrocks v St. James 4.45pm Senior Football Championship – Group 2Killannin v Bearna 7pmSunday 26th Aug 2018At Barnaderg Intermediate Football Championship – Group 4 Headford v St Gabriels 12 Noon At Pearse Stadium Senior Football Championship – Group 3Killererin v Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór 4.15pm At Pearse StadiumSenior Football Championship – Group 4 Caltra v Moycullen 5.15pm Senior Football Championship – Group 2 Salthill-Knocknacarra v Annaghdown 6.30pm At An Spideal Intermediate Football Championship – Group 4 Cárna-Caiseal v CLG Oileáin Árann 1pm At Tuam Stadium Intermediate Football Championship – Group 1Oranmore-Maree v Glenamaddy 3pm At Tuam StadiumIntermediate Football Championship – Group 3 Dunmore MacHales v Kilkerrin-Clonberne 5pm Senior Football Championship – Group 3 Caherlistrane v Mountbellew/Moylough 4.45pm Intermediate Football Championship – Group 3 Clifden v Athenry 2.30pm
McNeese State 13, Abilene Christian 6Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1, Stephen F. Austin 0Houston Baptist 7, UIW 0Lamar 4, Northwestern State 3Sam Houston State 8, Southeastern Louisiana 3Central Arkansas 4, Nicholls 3 Forrest led the Central Arkansas offense, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and a home run, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Morris and leftfielder Hayley Parkerson paced the Nicholls attack, each going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Lamar built a 3-0 lead after five innings only to see Northwestern state rally with three runs in the top of the sixth to knot things up. The Bearkats, now 9-21 for the year and 2-9 in Southland play, out-hit the Lions 10-5. The total included four doubles and two home runs. Southeastern Louisiana had won four of their last five games coming into the contest including two wins over the SHSU women in the opening doubleheader of the three-game Southland series Friday. Kylee Studioso (18-4) overcame a rough first innings that saw her allow two runs on two hits to limit the Colonels to a single run on five hits over the remaining six innings. She finished the day with six strikeouts and a walk. Hannah Haydel (10-6) took the loss for Nicholls, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Smith also picked up the win to improve to 9-3 on the season. She gave up six runs on six hits in six innings, ending the game with six strikeouts and four walks. Central Arkansas 4, Nicholls 3CONWAY, Ark. – The Central Arkansas Bears continued their run of come-from-behind wins on Saturday, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to remain perfect in Southland Conference play with a 4-3 win over Nicholls. Herman went 2-for-4 with a game-best four RBIs as she hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead HBU (9-19 overall, 3-9 SLC). Nicole Shedd had a game-high three hits in four at-bats with two RBIs. Victoria Granchelli led all players with two runs scored. Laci Belovsky (6-7) earned the complete-game win in the circle, as she allowed just four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. She has three complete-game shutouts on the season, two coming this series. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1, Stephen F. Austin 0CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Sophomore Jessica Mendez ripped a two-out RBI single to center field to score senior Mickayla Cochran in the bottom of the sixth to lift the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team to a 1-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin today in the final game of the series. The Islanders (9-21-1, 4-8 SLC) earned their fourth shutout win of the season and their second straight Southland Conference series victory. Shannon Sain and Brynn Baca had two hits apiece for Lamar. Sain extended her school record of reaching base safely to 23 straight games. Piancastelli answered the ACU homer with a three-run shot of her own to left center field for her 13th home run of the season and third of the series for an 11-6 lead. Leadoff hitter Casey Cromwell opened the bottom of the seventh by drawing a walk from Northwestern State reliever Mikayla Brown (4-1). Cromwell didn’t stay on first long, as Lamar’s Sarah Ragsdale put down a bunt that was fielded by Brown, whose throw sailed into the outfield, allowing Cromwell to sprint around the bases with the winning run. Belovsky had a no-hitter going until Alex Alonzo hit a one-out single to right field in the top of the fourth. – Return to Top – Abilene Christian (6-24, 2-10 SLC) scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the McNeese lead to 3-2. Two more runs crossed the plate for McNeese in the second via a two RBI single up the middle by Marisa Taunton for a 5-2 McNeese lead. Smith capped the McNeese scoring off with her second career home run and second of the game with a two run blast to right center in the seventh to give McNeese the 13-6 win. After ACU scored a run in the third, McNeese outscored ACU 8-3 in the final four innings. Brown took the loss in relief, allowing two hits and one run, which was unearned. – Return to Top – Cochran went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders’ bats while junior Cosette Hernandez and sophomore Brittney Morse each tallied one hit apiece to extend their hitting streak to seven games. Junior Dani Tefft, senior Hayley Galloway and sophomore Mackinzee Griebel also joined Mendez with one hit apiece. The Islanders’ bats outhit the Ladyjacks, 8-3. – Return to Top – Central Arkansas (22-8, 10-0 SLC) evened the score in the fifth inning. Following a strikeout to start the inning, third baseman Sam Forrest got the Bears on the board, launching her seventh home run of the season over the fence in left-centerfield to cut the Nicholls lead to 2-1. Right fielder Briana Whisenhunt followed Forrest with a single and a stolen base, before catcher Jessie Taylor ripped a single through the left side of the infield to score Whisenhunt from second and knot the score at 2-2. HBU plays a three-game series at Stephen F. Austin Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4 with a doubleheader Friday. First pitch both days is set for a 1 p.m. start. Sarah Allison singled to through the left side and scored on a double to right center by Jennie Kieval to give Sam Houston a 6-1 lead. A&M-Corpus Christi’s bats kept battling and in the top of the sixth Cochran started things off with an infield single before senior Lindsey Lyles did her job to advance Cochran to second with a sacrifice bunt. After a fly out by Galloway, Mendez stepped to the plate and blasted a RBI single to center field to score Cochran and put the Islanders on the board. Griebel followed with a groundout to end the inning. Four different players led Incarnate Word (3-26, 0-12) with a hit. Sarah Leal (0-4) started in the circle and took the loss, as she gave up four hits and two runs in 1.2 innings. Brooke DuBois allowed six hits, four earned runs, and one walk with one strikeout in the final 4.1 innings. ACU scored three runs in the bottom of the inning off a three-run home run by Peyton Hedrick, cutting the McNeese lead to 8-6. McNeese scored at least one run in all but one inning and ended the game with 11 hits. The Cowgirls opened the game with three runs in the first on a two RBI triple by Vincent and a RBI ground out by Langner. “We showed a lot of character coming back and playing the way we did today,” Bruder said. “Those are the types of games we are going to have to play if we want to be a championship-caliber team.” “I was just trying to play normal softball and move the runner over to second,” Bruder said. “I never expected that would be the game-winner.” Quinn struck out two and walked only three of the 29 batters she faced. Her complete game marked only the eighth for the SHSU pitching staff this year. HBU put a five-spot in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Herman’s blast. Prior to that, Shedd’s RBI single got the Huskies on the board as it scored Madison Vonhagel. Napoli pitched a complete game allowing eight hits and three earned runs. She walked one and struck out five, tying a career high. The victory salvaged the final game of a three-game series for Lamar (17-13 overall, 10-2 Southland), which had dropped a doubleheader to Northwestern State (20-13, 10-1) on Friday. The Islanders will continue Southland Conference play when they travel to Huntsville, Texas, to take on Sam Houston State in a three-game series starting on Friday, April 3. The Bears and the Colonels will close out the series with a doubleheader tomorrow. The day’s first game will begin at noon. Lamar 4, Northwestern State 3BEAUMONT, Texas – In a game between two of the top hitting teams in the Southland Conference, the Lamar Lady Cardinals used a walk-off bunt to claim a 4-3 win over visiting Northwestern State on Saturday. Carter retired the first four Ladyjacks she faced before giving up her first walk of the game. The Islanders put up the first hit of the game in the bottom of the first when Tefft nailed a one-out single through the middle. The Islanders kept striking as they recorded a hit in each of the next three innings but were unable to bring any runs across. Then in the bottom of the fifth Griebel and Hernandez hit consecutive infield singles but the Ladyjacks pulled out the jam retiring the next three Islanders. Hannah Welch (2-3) registered the loss for SFA in six innings. She allowed eight hits and one run. McNeese will host Louisiana-Lafayette in a single game on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. After Northwestern State got a runner on with one out in the seventh, Lamar starter Laura Napoli (12-7) struck out the four and five hitters in the Northwestern State lineup to set up the improbable finish in the bottom of the seventh. Smith helped her cause in the circle by giving the Cowgirls a 6-3 lead in the fourth with her first career home run. McNeese got two more runs in the fifth on RBI’s by Tori Yanitor and another RBI by Langner for an 8-3 lead. The Lady Cardinals host UTSA in a nonconference doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Southeastern Louisiana for a three-game conference series on Friday and Saturday.- Return to Top – – Return to Top – Sophomore Liz Carter put together another strong performance in the Islanders’ circle limiting SFA (9-22, 2-9 SLC) to three hits on the day. She also allowed just one walk while picking up four strikeouts. The Austin, Texas native did not allow a hit until the top of the third when Brittany Lewis hit a single to center field. Nicholls re-took the lead with an infield single in the top of the seventh, but the Bears rallied in the bottom half of the frame. After Forrest led off the inning with a single to second base, she was lifted in favor of pinch runner Brianna McArthur, who moved to third base on a single from second baseman Sarah Bigej. Bigej advanced to second on the throw. Taylor came through in the clutch again for Central Arkansas, blasting a single off the fence in left field to drive in McArthur and Bigej and give the Bears the win. McNeese (25-12, 11-1 SLC) scored six of its 13 runs off two home runs by Rachel Smith and one by Erika Piancastelli. Smith had a career day at the plate by not only hitting her first career home run in the fourth inning. Smith hit her second career home run and second of the game in the seventh inning. Smith and Piancastelli both ended the day with three RBI’s apiece. Jessica Slater and Allysa Garcia began a five-run third inning for the Kats with consecutive doubles. After a Castillo walk, Adams blasted a shot over the fence in left center to up her career totals to 37 home runs and 129 RBIs. Both stand as Sam Houston’s all-time high marks. Houston Baptist 7, UIW 0HOUSTON, Texas – Behind senior 1B Melissa Herman’s bat and junior pitcher Laci Belovsky’s arm, HBU softball completed the series sweep over visiting Incarnate Word with a 7-0 victory Saturday afternoon from Husky Field. – Return to Top – The Lions added runs in the third and fourth on a sacrifice fly and a home run by Lacey Fritz. Angelica Gonzales and Alexis Garcia brought in two more runs with doubles in the top of the seventh. Tiffany Castillo got things started for Sam Houston with a lead-off home run to left field in the second inning. SLU tied the contest at a run apiece with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Sam Houston State 8, Southeastern Louisiana 3HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Meme Quinn posted her fourth complete game of the year in the circle and Hillary Adams blasted her 37th career home run to lead Sam Houston to an 8-3 softball victory over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday. The Colonels (17-12, 5-5 SLC) struck first, getting an RBI triple from shortstop Brooke Morris to take a 1-0 lead. Following a walk, Nicholls executed a double-steal to push the lead to 2-0. Also picking up two hits in the game along with Smith and Piancastelli was Emily Vincent and Lauren Langner. McNeese State 13, Abilene Christian 6ABILENE, Texas – McNeese softball bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with a 13-6 rubber game victory over Abilene Christian Saturday to take the series 2-1. SFA threatened in the final frame as Taylor Fraccastoro led off the frame with a single to left field and Shalie Day advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Carter however settled in and retired the side to help the Islanders secure the win. “I’d have never guessed this game would be won on a bunt,” said Lamar coach Holly Bruder, who coached her 600th career game. “We played well today, and I thought we deserved the win.” Shedd recorded her second RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth, as she smacked a single to center that allowed Shay Orsak to cross home. Moments later, with V. Granchelli at third, the Huskies pulled a double steal, as the Cardinals tried to get Shedd at second and V. Granchelli was able to score to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Sam Houston returns to action in a three-game Southland series versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Softball Complex in Huntsville next Friday and Saturday.
Army Secretary Mark Esper addressed the 2109 Defense Communities National Summit Monday in a keynote discussion session where he touched on a range of pressing Army, installation and community issues.His keynote discussion kicking off the Summit was moderated by ADC President Bill Parry.Below are a few highlights of Esper’s comments:On the State of Military Housing: “We are moving into the hard part of the process,” Esper said. He said DOD’s next priority will involve “building the back-end accountability culture” necessary to resolve privatized housing issues. He also highlighted the Pentagon’s actions including conducting town halls, establishing 1-800 hotlines, meeting with privatized housing firms, military members and spouses. He also emphasized the tenant’s bill of rights should be finalized soon so tenants have a vehicle to dispute unsatisfactory conditions.On the Military-Civilian Divide: “The civilian population and armed forces are moving in opposite directions,” Esper said. He emphasized that the divide affects recruiting and that approximately 1 million service members are currently providing protection for about 326 million civilians. He also highlighted the Army’s upcoming “Focus 22” recruiting strategy to reinvigorate its recruiting efforts in America’s top 22 population centers.On Military Family Quality of Life: Esper said that the Army has an “enduring commitment to its soldiers and their families.” Esper particularly voiced the top installation and community quality of life priorities, such as quality child care, education, housing, infrastructure, and raising the profile and opportunities for military spouse employment.ADC photo provided by Will Noonan ADC AUTHOR
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