Story by Cody Stark / SHSU Sports Information AUSTIN, Texas — The Sam Houston State softball team’s magical season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to No. 9 Texas in an elimination game in the Austin Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday evening.The Bearkats (35-23) never could get their offense going in two losses Saturday, being held scoreless for 14 innings. Sam Houston State lost to Houston 5-0 in the winners’ bracket game earlier on Saturday.Texas (43-15) was upset by the Bearkats 2-1 in the regional opener Friday and stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Texas A&M in an elimination game to set up a rematch with Sam Houston State.The Longhorns got a run in the top of the first to grab a quick lead. Lauren Burke drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. She came around to score on a blooper that fell in just over second base into center field and a groundout to shortstop.The Bearkats had a chance to break through in the bottom of the first when junior Tiffany Thompson dribbled an infield single to pitcher Miranda Elish, and sophomore Brooke Malia hit a grounder to short which resulted in a throwing error that advanced both runners into scoring position with one out. Elish (16-9) got the next two batters out to squash Sam Houston State’s best scoring opportunity of the night.Karina Sanchez (2-6) was solid through the first five innings in the circle for the Bearkats before giving up a two-run home run in the top of the sixth. Freshman Regan Dunn pitched a scoreless seventh inning.The loss ended a remarkable season for the Bearkats. It was the first time Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships in the same year and the 35 wins were the most since 2013 (37).The win over Texas in the Austin Regional opener was also the Bearkats’ second NCAA Tournament win at the Division I level. Sam Houston State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in an elimination game at the College Station Regional in 2007. Houston 5, Sam Houston State 0AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State softball team could not get anything going at the plate in a 5-0 loss to Houston in the winners’ bracket game at the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday afternoon.The game was a pitching duel through four innings. With the rainfall increasing in the top of the fifth, the Cougars were able to break the scoreless tie.Brooke Vannoy, the nine-hole hitter, reached on a one-out walk to start the rally. Lindsey Stewart reached on a bunt single and both runners scored on the play on a throwing error by catcher Bailey White.Houston tacked on an insurance run with a solo home run to right field to make it 3-0 before McLeod got a flyout and strikeout to end the inning before a 45-minute lightning delay.The Cougars added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double.Senior Ashley Goetz and junior Megan McDonald had the only two hits for Sam Houston State, a single in the fifth and sixth, respectively
PRINCESS POPSTAR, who was trained by Philip Feaany, went on to win all three races in the series and already comparisons have been made to her by fans of SHE’S A MANEATER. Walker was so impressed by the victory that he referred to the filly as “a machine”, and wondered aloud as to who gave her that name in conversation with the owner, who feels confident that she could sweep the series like Popstar. Walker and DaCosta teamed up for a second winner on the card with 9-5 favourite DYSFUCTIONAL in the third race over 1820 metres. Elsewhere, top apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode his second consecutive three-timer to move past outgoing champion Shane Ellis to third in the standings with 41 winners, while female apprentice Andree Powell celebrated her 27th birthday with an easy win aboard 8-1 chance MAJOR FORCE in the sixth race, and veteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair booted home 7-2 chance FIX IT UP in race two at age 63. Feels confident Talented filly Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as the talented filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 Horse of the Year Ahwhofah, on whom Walker won the Gold Cup that year, moved away from MONEY MARKET to beat her by six lengths. The latter just held on for second from the winner’s stable-companion, ARMAGEDDON (6-1), closing from last position under Ameth Robles after missing the break. SHE’S A MANEATER, who is unbeaten in two starts having romped the Front Runner Trophy race over 1100 metres in fast time on her recent debut, covered the distance in the smart time of 1:11.3 behind splits of 22.3 and 45.4 for the half mile. This was four-fifths of a second outside the stakes record set by the outstanding filly PRINCESS POPSTAR in this very race in 2013 when she was voted the first two-year-old to be crowned Horse of the Year. The unbeaten SHE’S A MANEATER turned in another superlative performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the 12th running of the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres race number one in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown Series for two-year-olds. Installed a howling 1-4 favourite, with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Winston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER chased the early leader MONEY MAGNET (6-1) at close range, passing the half mile before surging through on the outside approaching the home turn.
… Education Ministry, CXC resolving matter – CEO… students’ 6th Form, UG hopes in limboAs many of the nation’s students who attained success at the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations are advancing their studies, others are at standstill.Guyana Times was told of a situation at the Annandale Secondary School where several students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects due to the school’s non-submission of School-Based Assessments (SBAs).Outgoing Chief Education Officer Olato SamParents of the affected students related to this publication that their children are especially disappointed since many were desirous of furthering their studies in Sixth Form and others at the University of Guyana (UG). Guyana Times was told that the school’s teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades online to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), but nonetheless did not adhere to the deadline.According to information reaching this publication, parents requested advocacy to end their children’s plight, but noted that the school’s management, through its Headteacher, reportedly showed an unwillingness to write a letter to the Education Ministry at the said time.Meanwhile, the parents had expressed hope that the situation would have been resolved in time for the students to attend classes at the higher level.Outgoing Chief Education Officer Olato Sam on Wednesday confirmed the report of the school’s error, but related that the Education Ministry was currently working to have the matter sorted.“The matter is being resolved; we are in direct contact with CXC trying to get it sorted,” Sam noted.The CEO then declined to comment on the exact number of students who have been affected or if other schools had similar issues. He, however, stressed that the Ministry was, at this point in time, unable to correct the matter as it fell within the preview of CXC.“We have to await CXC’s decision in the matter, it is not something that we alone can address,” Sam observed.When the CSEC results were announced earlier this month, it was revealed that there was an overall pass rate of 64 percent between Grades One and Three across the Caribbean. With regard to Guyana’s results, Chief Executive Officer (Nursery) Ingrid Trotman had disclosed that a significant improvement in English A was recorded, moving from a pass rate of 49.36 per cent in 2015 to 59.3 per cent. She had also noted that for Mathematics, a decline was registered with a 38.37 per cent pass rate compared to last year’s 45.07 per cent.
The Committee is hoping to have the City donate the land so it can then go forward with building a 1,400 to 1,900 square metre skate park that would rival Dawson Creek’s 1,020 square metre park and include a washroom onsite. Green says acquiring that lot, in particular, would make the park more easily accessible and would help cut down on vandalism since it is more often patrolled by the RCMP than the current site.The park is expected to cost between $400,000 and $500,000 and he says the Committee hopes to fundraise that amount with the help of the Sport Council, which has the added ability to issue tax receipts.City Council voted in favour of working with the Committee to create an agreement for the park’s funding, location, construction, management and ownership. – Advertisement -A new and improved skate park is one step closer to breaking ground after Fort St. John City Council passed a motion, Monday, to begin discussions with a local skate park committee on acquiring a piece of City-owned land.The Fort St. John Skate Park Committee made a presentation to Council on its proposal to create a new skate park that would not only rival the one in Dawson Creek, but provide space for participants of all skill levels.Although the current park near the Kids Arena was only built in 2001, Clinton Green, a Committee representative, says the park has suffered the effects of time and vandalism and is in desperate need of a facelift. Green says the current space is poorly designed, doesn’t provide a challenge for more experienced skate boarders and bikers and has a lack of adequate space for the number of interested users.The Committee, which includes local skate boarders, bikers, parents and community supporters, has teamed up with the Fort St. John and District Sport Council. They say the project would instil a sense of community pride, enhance the community’s reputation and encourage more physical activity.Green told councillors that the Committee is hoping to acquire City-owned land at 93 Ave. and 93 St. for the project. It then hopes to hire New Line Skateparks Inc., to construct the multifaceted park, which he says would create an improved space for skateboarders and bikers to enhance their skills and could even benefit tourism to the city.Advertisement Photo: Clinton Green, Ann Green (middle) and Connie Richter made a presentation to City Council, Monday, proposing a new skate park incorporating areas for people of all skill levels./Kimberley Molina
The RCMP Musical Ride is set to take place July 11 at the newly built Horse Park with shows at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre or its online box office. As the opening act for the Musical Ride, the rancher will take his horse through an obstacle course that involves acts that are regularly unnatural for horses, like walking backwards, without them getting stressed or spooked. He will then get off his horse and run the obstacle with it again using hand signals, all while talking the crowd through it. “His horses do things that most horses won’t do because they’re scared, but Glen has built a wonderful trust up with his horses and it’s amazing to watch,” says Michelle LaBoucane, Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Society that will receive part of the proceeds of the event.She says Stewart’s ability to train and communicate with horses is unparalleled.- Advertisement -“What he can do with a horse is amazing, and so it was really just a really cool addition to the horsemanship we’re going to see with the RCMP Musical Ride,” she says.Following Stewart’s show, the three Peace Region Police Dog Services will also be putting on a demonstration using the same obstacle course. Advertisement
Rosses AC News: Last Sunday saw action and a number of our club athletes travel to the ulster even ages cross country championships in Rostrevor in County Down. An early start but worth it all with Rosses success where the best Ulster has to offer lined out to contest the even ages xcountry. Michael O’Donnell came home in 4th place in u-10! He ran a fantastic race and continues the fine form he has shown all year and looks forward to the All Irelands.Lara Doherty finished 11th in u-16 girls and secured her place on the Ulster team in the All Ireland’s next month where she will represent her club, county and province!!!!Emma Brown ran her best xcountry race to date running a super race out of her age group. A huge well done to all and there was proud smiles on coaches Sinead Diver and Helen McCready – who herself decided 30 minutes before when she noticed there was an adult women’s races, togged out and came home a very strong 20th – a tough woman and coach!!!Assistant Coach Course – The Club is planning to hold an Assistance Coach course with Regional Development officer Paul McKee over the winter. The course will be held locally and is an introduction to coaching in three key event areas, Running (Sprints and Endurance), Jumping, and Throwing (Shot Putt). Anyone interested in becoming a coach and in a position to assist at Club training sessions should forward their name to Aidan Gillespie on 0834665734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Newmills 10k – Strong running by a few of our athletes with some focusing towards Dublin Marathon next weekend. Ciaran McGonagle is getting back to racing form with a strong 3rd today in a time of 34:14. Noel Diver had a 35:56 with Kevin McGee in 37:02. Charlie O’Donnell continues to improve with an excellent 38:47 and Owen Coyle with another impressive 43:25 to his name. Good luck to all our club athletes and athletes from the local area who will be taking part in the Dublin Marathon this Sunday 30th October.Rosses AC athlete Michael O’Donnell produces fantastic display in Down was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsDownMichael O’DonnellROSSES AC
During the regular season, Reggie Sanders would take a day off to recuperate from the whiplash-like injuries he sustained in an awkward tumble on the warning track. At least a day. But it’s not the regular season, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ offensive star in the postseason said Friday that he’d play in Game 3 of the NL championship series today against the Houston Astros and Roger Clemens. Sanders, who has two homers and 12 RBIs in the playoffs, even had the good humor to characterize his spill as a “Hummer wreck’ instead of the more generic “train wreck’ description offered by the team trainer. The injury was initially diagnosed as a lower back sprain, although Sanders said the biggest issue was pain “directly in the back of my neck’ severe enough that he rated it a seven or eight on a scale of one to 10. He watched one replay of the injury once, and doesn’t want to see it again. That would be unproductive. “It is what it is,’ Sanders said before the Cardinals worked out at Minute Maid Park. “We have to battle through. Nobody’s 100 percent, but I think as long as you’re functional you can go out and help the team.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That goes for fellow outfielder Larry Walker, too. Walker has had four cortisone shots this season for a herniated disc in his neck, the last one timed to give him the best opportunity to make it through the postseason. But it’s already flaring up again after a spill over a rail while chasing a foul ball in Game 3 of the Cardinals’ first-round series sweep of the Padres. Neither Sanders nor Walker took batting practice Friday. Walker was hit by a pitch in his right knee earlier in Game 3 but trainer Barry Weinberg said that was no longer an issue, and the three-time batting champion is determined to play. “I feel fine, that covers everything,’ Walker said. “I got my treatment, elected not to hit, I’ll come back tomorrow and do some treatment and maybe hit, maybe not, I’m not sure.’ Manager Tony La Russa called Sanders’ availability for Game 3 “50-50′ immediately after Game 2. Now he, like Sanders, is more optimistic. “I’ve had a couple of conversations with him and I know he’s feeling better today than we thought he would and there’s still 24 hours,’ La Russa said. “So we’ll see.’ Sanders was injured trying to run down Adam Everett’s RBI triple to left-center in the eighth inning of Astros’ 4-1 Game 2 victory on Thursday night. He landed awkwardly and hard on his back and neck on the warning track after the ball glanced off his glove. The team had initially feared a concussion because Sanders seemed fuzzy with answers to some questions from medical personnel. A complete neurological exam Thursday night ruled that out. And on Friday, the team had a much more promising read on Sanders’ condition. “He’s just kind of got the sore-all- overs,’ team physician Dr. Rick Wright said. “Everything was a little bit better than we expected, so hopefully he’ll be ready to go.’ Going without either one, or both, would leave a big hole in the lineup given they’re primary protection for Albert Pujols in the fourth and fifth slots depending on whether a left-hander or right- hander is pitching. Sanders is having the best postseason of his career by far, after entering the playoffs a .188 hitter with 13 RBIs in five seasons. Walker had 15 homers and 52 RBIs in 100 regular-season games, but has been a non-factor in the playoffs with a single in 16 at-bats. If either can’t go, the Cardinals have experienced backups ready. So Taguchi has played all three outfield spots and filled in for both Sanders, who missed about two months with a broken leg earlier in the season, and Walker this season while batting .288 in a career-high 396 at-bats with eight homers and 53 RBIs. La Russa said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Taguchi, a 36-year-old former Japanese league player, against Clemens. La Russa notes with pride that the Cardinals were 50-31 both at home and on the road, including a 5-3 record in Houston, and he doesn’t care if the Astros enclose the field to trap the sound and give them even more of a home-field advantage for the next three games. “It’s their home field and you get to choose whatever you want to,’ La Russa said. “It’s going to be baseball, no matter what.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FINN VALLEY College is stepping back in time next week to celebrate 75 years serving the people of the Finn Valley.Staff and students will don 1940s-style clothes for a parade through Stranorlar next Friday the 16th October.But the party would stop there – the 75th anniversary Winter Ball is set for the Villa Rose Hotel on December 27! The parade next Friday will go down Stranorlar Main Street to the old school, now know as Finn Valley Centre for Education, where guests will stay to look around the old building.And they will parade back to new school where old photos and a pop up museum will be on display. Open to public between 6-8 pm that night!Tickets are selling out fast for the Winter Ball (Music by Cufflinks) so organisers at the VEC are recommending anyone who wants to go should get their tickets as soon as possible from the school.IT’S BACK TO THE 1940s AS FINN VALLEY COLLEGE CELEBRATES 75 YEARS! was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:75th birthdayFinn Valley CollegeStranorlar
As part of Reuse month Donegal County Council is organising a bike maintenance course for beginner adults on Saturday 22nd October from 2.30pm at Bryson Recycling Centre in Letterkenny.It is anticipated that there will be two sessions one at 2.30pm and one at 3.30pm.The course will be delivered by LK BIKES and places are limited so booking is essential using the online booking form on www.donegalcoco.ie The course will cover general bike care, punctures, how to check your gears and the “M CHECK”.This course will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own bike if you wish. The course will be approximately 45mins.The recycling centre is located at Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny.All successful bookings will be contacted to confirm details before the event. For more information contact Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer 074 9176276 or email email@example.comFancy being able to fix your bicycle? was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
What is LED lighting and how does it differ from traditional lighting methods? Should you consider LED lights for your video productions? In this video tutorial we’ll answer these questions and more!More and more, LED lights are making their way into video shoots. They’re relatively inexpensive, lightweight/portable and require little power. In this tutorial I show you a few examples of popular LED lighting instruments, and how you can make the best use of them on set.LED lighting instruments are made up of a bank of small LED lights (sometimes over 1,000 per panel). They’re known for being a highly efficient form of lighting, with some LED panels running soley on battery power. This, coupled with the fact they are usually quite lighweight, make them ideal for ‘run and gun’ or ‘one man band’ shoots.There is one ‘gotcha’ for LED lights that you need to watch out for. Although LED panels will often last for 1,000s of hours, the color will shift over time (this is especially true for lower cost LED lights). To remedy this try applying some minus green filtration to the front of the light to offset the color shift.LED lighting technology is getting better and cheaper all the time, so expect to see more and more pros adopting LEDs in their production work.