City Soccer Leagues return to the pitch after summer hiatus

first_imgNow that summer is, well, almost over, Nelson City Soccer is gearing up for fall season on the pitch.Up first is the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, which kicks off the fall campaign Thursday at the Lakeside Pitch.There are three games on tap.First half champion Jackson’s Hole takes to the pitch against Ted Allen’s while runner up Bia Boro battles Real Nelson.Jackson’s nipped Bia Boro by two points for the first-half crown.In the final game Red Dog meets Club Inter.The Leo’s Men’s Open League begins Tuesday, September 6 with first half winner Nelson Innkeepers play West Kootenay United and The Action up against Kootenay Co-op.The Innkeepers won the title by a wide margin over West Kootenay United and The Action.The final league in Nelson City Soccer, Finley’s Ladies Rec, begins play Friday, September 9 with Red Dog meeting Selkirk Eyecare.The rest of the teams get going Monday, September 11 with Lily Whites tackling first-half winner Dirty Dozen and Selkirk Eyecare playing defending champion Finley’s Jiggers.Dirty Dozen lost but one game during the first half.GOALKICK: League organizers have a few spots open for new players in the Leo’s Men’s Open League, To register contact 250-551-5856.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Leafs outlast Braves 8-6 to keep pace in Murdoch Division with Beaver Valley and Castlegar

first_imgThe game mirrored a good old fashion, Ali-Frazier boxing match.The Nelson Leafs fired the first series of haymakers then the Spokane Braves answered some bombs of their own.And when the final bell sounded the Leafs walked out of the rink with an 8-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday south of the 49th parallel.The win allowed Nelson to keep within striking distance of Murdoch leaders Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels. Both divisional opponents also won Friday.Beaver Valley rode the two-goal performance of Dallas Calvin to rock Golden 7-2 while Tyler Robinson scored with nine seconds remaining in overtime to lift Castlegar past Osoyoos 3-2.In Spokane, Nelson experienced its best road period of the season, jumping to a 4-0 lead on goals by Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, Dallon Stoddart and Brett Norman.However, the Braves scored five of the next six goals by the nine-minute mark of the third period to even up the game at 5-5.But Schell scored twice in the third, once on the power play, to spark the Leafs to the two-goal win.Willans finished the game with two goals while acting captain Jonathan Petrash added a single.Nik Newman and Matthew Naka had two assists for Nelson. Nick Redding, with a pair, Zak Kroll, Matt Thurston and Uriah Machuga, replied for Spokane.Andrew Walton survived the scoring barrage to register win number eight on the season.Spokane out shot the Leafs 36-35 in the game, including 13-8 in the final period.The teams complete the back end of the home-and-home series Saturday in Nelson at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.MURDOCH BANTER: Colton Schell finished the game with four points and took over top spot over Brett Norman in Nelson scoring. Schell also leads the team in goals with 17. . . . Rookie Carsen Willans has been one of the most consistent players this season on the Leafs. The Nelson native is currently riding a four-game point streak — two of the games multiple point affairs. . . . Arthur Andrews and Scott Morriseau also scored for the Rebels in the rematch of last seasons KIJHL Final won by the Desert Dogs. . . .Beaver Valley exploded for five second-period goals to rout the Rockets in Golden. Chris Derochie, Dallas Calvin, Fraser Stang, Justin Niminiken and Tyler Collins did the damage for Beaver Valley. . . . Beaver Valley continues its road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division Saturday in Columbia Valley while Castlegar travels to Summerland.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

COURSE SPECIALIST VELVET MESQUITE RALLIES TO TAKE $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER DESORMEAUX; HARRIS FARMS HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY HEAP, GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.14

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite rallied four-wide at the top of the stretch to take Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint by 1 ¾ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Blake Heap, the 6-year-old mare by In Excess outran 10 other older fillies and mares and got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.14.Although winless in seven starts last year, Velvet Mesquite, who’s five career wins had all come over the hillside turf, was the 5-2 post time favorite and paid $7.80, $4.60 and $3.20. Today’s race was her 19th career start and with the winner’s share of $90,000, she increased her earnings to $433,446.A close third while under restraint past the half mile pole, Velvet Mesquite took charge a furlong out and was clearly best.“She just strutted her stuff today,” said Desormeaux. “I was so confident after only 50 yards…This is the first time going to the gate where she didn’t turn a hair…I think if she goes to the gate like she did today, there’s nothing she can’t do.”Harris, one of California’s leading breeders for more than three decades, was understandably elated.“She showed a lot of promise every year, but as a mare gets older, you’re not sure if they can maintain their form,” he said. “So now, our big quandary is to breed her or keep her running. But today, she made a pretty good case for staying in training.”Heap, who came to national prominence in the mid 1980’s with top California-bred sprinter Zany Tactics, was pleased to see his mare bounce back from a seventh place run over the course in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here on Jan. 3.“Her last race was a tough one,” he said. “She got the (early) lead and that’s really not what we wanted. Today, everything went perfect. She wants to be just off the pace and everything went right today.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Qiaona finished strongly to be second, a neck in front of Heavens Stairway. Off at 8-1, she paid $7.60 and $4.60.Heavens Stairway, who led the way to the furlong pole, was ridden by Joe Talamo and paid $5.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.69, 43.71 and 1:06.85.last_img read more

ECLIPSE CHAMP SONGBIRD REMAINS UNBEATEN WITH HANDY 3 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA YSABEL STAKES; WITH SMITH AT CONTROLS, HOLLENDORFER SUPERSTAR FILLY GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.02

first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED, SONGBIRD GENERATES $158,463 MINUS SHOW POOL ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2016)–Superstar filly Songbird remained unbeaten Saturday at Santa Anita as she cruised under a statuesque Mike Smith to a 3 ¾ length win in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro covered a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.02 and, according to Hollendorfer, now has her sights set on the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 9.“I don’t take anything for granted,” said Hollendorfer. “I’m very grateful to win a race like this. I didn’t want to work her into the (Santa Anita) Oaks. I wanted to have a prep and we got the prep today.“The Santa Anita Oaks would be next and if she looks real good, we’ll try to think about the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles, May 6). I don’t like to think too far ahead but that’s our long term goal.”Overwhelmingly favored in a field of nine sophomore fillies at five cents on the dollar, Songbird paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.With a staggering $823,407 bet to show on her, Songbird accounted for a minus show pool of $158,463. There was $75,897 bet to place on her, creating a minus place pool of $4,900.00.Breaking from post positon five, Songbird was hustled to the lead by Smith, who got early pressure from longshots Jade Princess and Not Now Carolyn, but began to inch clear leaving the half mile pole and seemed to hit another gear around the far turn.“I could have let someone go to the lead today, but I didn’t because it was there and it was that easy for her,” said Smith, who has ridden her in all of her races. “It was incredible. I got a bit star-struck when I looked over at the (Infield) big screen to see if I needed to do a little bit of work and I was just in awe of how easily she was doing things, again. I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off the big screen. I told myself, ‘I better get back to it and stay on.’ She was really on her game.”The Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly for 2015, front-running Songbird is now unbeaten in six starts. With the Santa Ysabel winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $1,742,000.“It’s such a fantastic feeling when you get a horse like this,” said owner Rick Porter by telephone from Kentucky. “I’ve had some good ones, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had one this good.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Land Over Sea rallied well for the place, finishing 3 ½ lengths in front of Mokat. The second choice in the tote at 13-1, Land Over Sea paid $3.80 and $2.60.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mokat was off at 42-1 and paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.20, 46.02, 1:09.98 and 1:36.09.First post time for a nine-race card at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED SENSITIVELY MARCHES TO 5 ¾ LENGTH WIN UNDER BAZE IN $63,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN RAPID 1:08.10 & IS HEADED TO STAKES COMPETITION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 19, 2016)–In what may’ve been her final non-prime time performance, heavily favored Sensitively galloped to an impressive 5 ¾ length gate to wire win Thursday at Santa Anita, taking the day’s $63,000 allowance feature while covering six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.10. Ridden by Tyler Baze, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense won geared down. Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Sensitively registered her third consecutive win.“She’s wicked fast and getting better,” said an elated D’Amato. “After this race, I wish the Breeders’ Cup (Filly & Mare Sprint) was next month. We’ll look at the Desert Stormer ($75,000, six furlongs, on June 18) next if we stay in town with her.”Breaking like a shot from post position two in a field of six fillies and mares three and up, Sensitively rocketed through splits of 21.61, 43.98 and 55.69.Off at 1-5, she paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Undefeated in three starts at age four, all at Santa Anita, she now has four wins from seven overall tries. With the winner’s share of $37,800, she increased her earnings to $148,210.With Martin Pedroza up, Dr. Fager’s Gal was a close third three furlongs out, rallied three-wide turning for home and was easily second best, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of Harlington’s Rose. Off at 20-1, Dr. Fager’s Gal paid $7.80 and $4.20.Next to last at the top of the lane, Harlington’s Rose made a big run through the stretch and was just up for third, finishing a head in front of Ben’s Duchess. Off at 12-1 with Joe Talamo, Harlington’s Rose paid $3.40 to show.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Southland Names Lisa Mattingly Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials

first_imgIn addition to her on-court achievements, Mattingly served as liaison for basketball officials to the NCAA Rules Committee from 2003-05. Mattingly will lead an officiating consortium of conferences that include the ASUN, Ohio Valley, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC in addition to the Southland. “I want to thank our Commissioners and their staffs for this tremendous opportunity,” said Mattingly. “I look forward to working with all our administrators, coaches, student-athletes and officials to build on the great foundation that Sally Bell and her staff engineered. Additionally, I want to thank all the strong leaders who made themselves available to me. There is no price tag high enough for their generosity to me and on my behalf. Our game has been so generous to me, I’m anxious to give something back.” FRISCO, Texas – College basketball officiating veteran Lisa Mattingly is the new coordinator of women’s basketball officials for the Southland Conference. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. A 1982 graduate of Sue Bennett College, Mattingly has served as a women’s basketball official in the SEC since 1995 and has also officiated in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, OVC, Missouri Valley, MAC and Horizon League. She has officiated an average of more than 85 games per year while serving as crew chief in 90 percent of those contests. “Lisa is uniquely qualified to lead the Southland Conference officiating program, and we’re fortunate that she’s joining us in this key role,” said Burnett. “She understands basketball from a variety of perspectives and her wealth of experience will be beneficial to the league’s 13 women’s basketball programs. Lisa will continue to build upon the foundation set forth by (former coordinator) Sally Bell.”Mattingly was first selected to officiate in an NCAA Tournament in 1996 and since that time has worked 21 NCAA Regional Tournaments and 18 Final Fours including 10 championship games. Additionally, she has officiated dozens of conference tournament contests, including the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, OVC, Missouri Valley, the SEC.  She has also made her mark in professional basketball, having been selected to officiate in the inaugural season of the WNBA in 1997.  She officiated the WNBA League Championship Series from 2000-07, including the league finals from 2002-06. She was also selected to officiate the WNBA All-Star Game in 2000 and 2006.last_img read more

Abilene Christian’s Luis Trevino Named Baseball Player of the Year

first_img SS Cody Grosse Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Plainfield, Ill. The near Triple Crown winner for the league led the Southland in batting average (.408) and RBI (63) but finished one shy of UIW’s Taylor Smith in home runs (15). Trevino finished ninth in Division I in batting average and also placed in the top-25 nationally in RBI, on-base percentage (.504), slugging percentage (.743) and total bases (142). The Mission, Texas, native drew a conference-best 39 walks and was a .509 hitter with runners in scoring position. Central Arkansas, UIW and Southeastern Louisiana each accounted for two spots on the all-defensive team, and student-athletes from McNeese, Sam Houston State and A&M-Corpus Christi rounded out the squad. DH Lee Thomas UIW Jr. Katy, Texas Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown Named one of 15 semifinalists for National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, New Orleans’ Reeves Martin is the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The Tampa, Fla., native converted all 14 of his save opportunities in 2019, good for third-most in Division I. Martin sat down 55 batters on strikes in 35 innings while only allowing four earned runs in his 29 appearances. 3B Antonio Valdez UIW Fr. Corpus Christi, Texas Patrick Hallmark garners the 2019 Clay Gould Coach of the Year accolade after leading an impressive turnaround season for Incarnate Word in just his second season at the helm. In his inaugural season last year, the Demons finished 13-17 in league play, good for just 10th in the conference. Hallmark engineered a five-game turnaround in 2019 as the Cardinals qualified for their first Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed with an 18-12 mark. Incarnate Word leads the way with eight all-conference picks, followed by Sam Houston State with seven and McNeese with four. Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana each earned three spots, while Abilene Christian, New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had a pair named all-conference. Nicholls and Stephen F. Austin each had one honoree. SP Kyle Gruller Houston Baptist Jr. Cypress, Texas SP Jason Blanchard Lamar Sr. Kingwood, Texas OF Josh Ragan Central Arkansas Jr. Irving, Texas Stephen F. Austin’s Alex Palmer is the league’s Newcomer of the Year for 2019 after setting the program record for single-season strikeouts (99) and tossing a trio of complete games as the Lumberjacks’ ace. The Cisco College transfer led the conference in fewest hits per nine innings (6.15) and held conference opponents to the lowest batting average (.191) among Southland hurlers. SS JC Correa Lamar Jr. Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico OF Jack Rogers Sam Houston State So. Spring, Texas 3B Enrique Sanchez Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Houston, Texas RP Reeves Martin New Orleans Jr. Tampa, Fla. 2B Logan Berlof Lamar Jr. McKinney, Texas 2019 All-Southland Conference First Team C Taylor Smith UIW Fr. Georgetown, Texas OF Eddy Gonzalez2 UIW Sr. Laredo, Texas The All-Southland Conference teams are nominated and voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.Player of the Year: Luis Trevino, Abilene ChristianHitter of the Year: Colton Cowser, Sam Houston StatePitcher of the Year: Corey Gaconi, Southeastern LouisianaRelief Pitcher of the Year: Reeves Martin, New OrleansFreshman of the Year: Taylor Smith, UIWNewcomer of the Year: Alex Palmer, Stephen F. AustinClay Gould Coach of the Year: Patrick Hallmark, Incarnate Word OF Dalon Farkas2 Abilene Christian Sr. Milton, Ga. SP Alex Palmer Stephen F. Austin Jr. Arlington, Texas 2B Riley McKnight Sam Houston State Sr. Spring, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Luis Trevino is the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with all-conference selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. OF Clayton Harp2 Sam Houston State Sr. El Campo, Texas SP Nathan Jones Northwestern State Sr. Shreveport, La. SP Corey Gaconi3 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Metairie, La. 1B Ryan Flores UIW So. Corpus Christi, Texas 2019 All-Southland Conference Third Team SS Caleb Ricca Northwestern State Jr. Prairieville, La. 2B Nate Fisbeck McNeese Jr. The Woodlands, Texas SP Hayden Wesneski2 Sam Houston State Jr. Cypress, Texas OF Brandon Bena Houston Baptist Jr. Omaha, Neb. Smith, the Southland’s Freshman of the Year, slugged a league-high 16 home runs and posted four multi-home run games in his rookie campaign, resulting in the conference’s third-highest slugging percentage (.629). The Georgetown, Texas, native finished second to Trevino with 56 RBI and occupied the second-team catcher spot on the all-conference squads. Pos. Name School Cl. Hometowncenter_img OF Colton Cowser Sam Houston State Fr. Cypress, Texas U Jordan Cannon Sam Houston State Sr. Centerville, Texas 1B Kyle Schimpf Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Covington, La. SP Noah Cameron Central Arkansas Fr. St. Joseph, Mo. 2B Riley McKnight Sam Houston State Sr. Spring, Texas SP Cody Davenport Central Arkansas Sr. Fayetteville, Ark. 2019 Southland Conference All-Defensive Team SS Ryan Gonzalez UIW Sr. Corpus Christi, Texas RP Bernie Martinez UIW Sr. Laredo, Texas 2 Two-time all-conference selection3 Three-time all-conference selection 3B Carson Maxwell McNeese Sr. Houston, Texas DH Clayton Rasbeary McNeese Jr. Rockwall, Texas C Erik Voller Houston Baptist Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif. C Luis Trevino2 Abilene Christian R-Sr. Mission, Texas Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown OF Tyler Smith2 Northwestern State Jr. Franklinton, La. Corey Gaconi of Southeastern Louisiana is the Pitcher of the Year and picked up his third career all-conference honor after being voted to the first team. The Metairie, La. Native ranked fifth in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.67) and walks allowed per nine innings (0.84). In starts against Southland foes, Gaconi was undefeated (6-0) with a league-low 1.82 ERA with 63 punchouts, opposite of seven walks. RF Sean Arnold UIW Jr. Bryan, Texas OF Sean Arnold UIW Jr. Bryan, Texas SP Jacob Bedevian Nicholls Sr. Houston, Texas 2019 All-Southland Conference Second Team U Jake Dickerson McNeese Jr. Beaumont, Texas Sam Houston State freshman Colton Cowser earns Hitter of the Year honors after an impressive rookie season, posting the Southland’s best batting average in conference play (.388). The Cypress, Texas, native tied for the league lead in extra-base hits in both overall and conference-only games, roping seven triples and 17 doubles in 2019. Cowser tallied conference-high figures in both runs scored (32) and hits (47). 1B Hunter Hearn Sam Houston State Sr. Crosby, Texas DH Gaige Howard New Orleans Jr. Carlsbad, Calif. C Taylor Smith UIW Fr. Georgetown, Texas 3B Carson Maxwell McNeese Sr. Houston, Texas U Itchy Burts2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. League City, Texas RP Jared Biddy Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Iowa Park, Texas LF Nick Ray Southeastern Louisiana R-Fr. Jefferson, La. CF Josh Ragan Central Arkansas Jr. Irving, Texas Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown 1B Tyler Smith Central Arkansas Sr. Deer Park, Texas Honorable Mention: 1B: Collin Morrill, New Orleans. 2B: Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana. 3B: Robin Adames, Lamar; Sam Taylor, Northwestern State. SS: Cody Grosse, Southeastern Louisiana. C: Gavin Johnson, Sam Houston State. DH: Preston Faulkner, Southeastern Louisiana. OF: Jeffrey Elkins, Northwestern State; Avery George, Lamar, Cole Girouard, Lamar. SP: Spencer Chirpich, Abilene Christian; Mason Knopp, Southeastern Louisiana. RP: Will Dion, McNeese; Brennan Lewis, Abilene Christian; Nick Mikolajchak, Sam Houston State; Gavin Stone, Central Arkansas. U: Champ Davison, Nicholls. P Dustin Lacaze Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Lake Jackson, Texaslast_img read more

From the Southland to the Show: August Update

first_imgCaleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsIn his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 7-4 with a 3.43 ERA through 17 starts and leads the team in wins and strikeouts (119). In the month of July, he went 4-0 and struck out 37 batters over 31 innings, including back-to-back outings with nine strikeouts to close out the month. Smith had a WHIP of 0.97 in that span, and opposing batters hit just .174 off the lefty. He punched out nine while only allowing one run on two hits over seven innings in a win over the White Sox on July 23. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 75 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through July 31, 2019. Click on each player’s name to access updated stats. Double-ADrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa DrillersThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted on June 16 and is batting .257 with 15 runs, 12 walks, 10 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Avans has reached base in eight straight with a .300/.400/.433 slash line and six runs.Preston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, Beck leads the team in doubles (20), triples (3), home runs (11) and walks (42). He matched a season high of three RBI with a solo home run and a two-run single in a 5-4 win over Arkansas on July 30. Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 7-4 record, eight saves and 2.81 ERA in 30 games. He is 2-0 and 3-for-3 on save opportunities with a 1.96 ERA in his last six outings. MLB Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year is tied for sixth among American League hitters with five triples and leads the Royals in walks (43), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.890). Dozier ranks second on the team with 16 home runs and third in RBI (57) and on-base percentage (.369). Over his last 15 games, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native posted an on-base percentage of .388 with 11 runs, 10 walks and 10 RBI. Triple-AJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsThe three-time All-Southland Conference pick was optioned to Toronto’s Triple-A squad on July 7 after his second stint in the majors. In 57 games with Buffalo, Davis has an .881 OPS with 48 runs, 34 walks, 25 RBI, 17 doubles and nine home runs. Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha StormchasersIn his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 games. After a brief stint on the injured list, he returned by striking out three batters over two innings in a loss to San Antonio on July 27.Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersHead was promoted to the Dodgers’ Triple-A squad on June 7 and has 14 strikeouts in 12 innings of relief for Oklahoma City. He was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 8 and began his rehab assignment in the Arizona League on July 28.Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Omaha Storm ChasersThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader was promoted to Triple-A Omaha after racking up a Double-A-best 50 stolen bases. Heath has a slash line of .333/.412/.400 with four runs in his first four games with the Storm Chasers.  Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year is reaching base at a .342 clip with 18 RBI, 16 walks and 11 runs scored in 28 games with the Sounds.Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsThe 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was placed on the 7-day injured list on July 11. Over his last 13.1 innings with the Bisons, Romano is 5-for-5 on save opportunities with a 0.68 ERA, 19 strikeouts and a 0.75 WHIP.Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsTice was promoted to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A squad on June 13 and is 2-0 with three saves, a 2.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts across 21.2 innings. In his last six outings, he has a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts over seven innings.  Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormIn his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from 2018 appeared in three games for the Rangers’ Triple-A squad before he was assigned to the club’s Advanced-A affiliate, where he has driven in 12 runs and scored 11 runs in 42 games.Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second year with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year ranks third in the Carolina League in doubles (24) and walks (57) and leads the team with 52 runs scored.  Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe two-time Southland hits leader was promoted to Double-A on June 25 and has a slash line of .278/.363/.463 through his first 31 games. Johnson has scored 18 runs while driving in 17 more. He has drawn 15 walks and swiped five bases.Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPlaced on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had six strikeouts and three hits in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. He has struck out eight batters and only allowed three hits in 4.2 innings during his rehab assignment. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader has 35 strikeouts through 46 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate. Cutura received a brief promotion to Triple-A but was re-assigned to Pensacola on June 22 and hit the 7-day injured list on July 9. Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Jackson GeneralsArizona’s No. 22 prospect was promoted to Double-A after leading the California League in wins at 9-1 and ranking second in ERA (1.73). Green is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 14 strikeouts across 20 innings in his first three Double-A starts. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard GoatsThe 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP is 1-1 with a save and has struck out 21 batters with just two walks across 13.2 innings. Scioneaux has pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief with eight strikeouts and a 0.71 WHIP in his last three outings.Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Trenton ThunderSemple was promoted to the Yankees’ Double-A team on July 25 after striking out 53 batters in 66.2 innings over 13 starts at Advanced-A. In his Trenton debut, he gave up four runs on four hits while striking out three in six frames.Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson GeneralsStapler was promoted to Arizona’s Double-A squad on July 1 and is 2-0 in his first five starts with the Generals, striking out 20 batters over 29 innings. On July 27, he struck out five and allowed just one run on four hits through seven innings, matching his season long.Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona was assigned to the Phillies’ Advanced-A affiliate on May 17 and is 1-2 with 24 strikeouts over 25.1 innings in 15 games for the Threshers.  David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year leads the Midwest League in hits (106), doubles (36) and total bases (189). He leads the team in home runs (15) RBI (60), slugging percentage (.474) and OPS (.799).Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate and is 2-4 with two saves through 22 games. He struck out a season-high four batters through three innings against Kannapolis on July 25.Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Seattle’s Class A affiliate on June 30 and is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts through 11.1 innings, while only issuing three walks.Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Augusta Green JacketsIn his first year with the Giants’ Single-A affiliate, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 4-4 with a 3.83 ERA through 11 starts for the GreenJackets. Oller punched out a season-high eight batters through five scoreless innings against Columbia on July 10.Class A Short SeasonKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer VolcanoesIn his first year with the Giants’  Short-A team, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick has a slash line of .283/.367./.416 and has scored 23 runs in 32 games. He set career highs in hits (3), total bases (6) and RBI (4) against Eugene on July 28.Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe Southland Conference’s saves leader in league play in 2019 (10) was promoted to the Mets’ Short-A squad after three scoreless outings in Rookie League play. In five games with Brooklyn, Biddy still has yet to allow a run and has 12 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust DevilsA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Blanchard was signed on June 12 and assigned to the Padres’ Short-A affiliate on June 13. He has 22 strikeouts in 17 innings, including a career-high five punchouts in 3.2 scoreless frames against Salem-Keizer on July 30.Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs was assigned to Oakland’s Short-A squad on June 11 and is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 19 innings. In his last seven outings, he has a 2.53 ERA and eight strikeouts through 10.2 innings.Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia MuckdogsThe Second Team All-Southland selection from 2018 was assigned to the Marlins’ Short-A team on July 30 despite batting .324 with a .390 on-base percentage in Advanced-A. Dinicola is batting .232 with seven RBI and seven runs in Short-A in 2019. Tanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Driskill struck out 21 batters in 24 innings in his rookie season in 2018. Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronbirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on May 21 and is batting .244 with 10 RBI and seven runs scored in 28 games. Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Short-A Brooklyn on June 27 after holding hitters to a .200 average in four innings with Kingsport. Gaconi is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA and nine strikeouts in 16 innings with the Cyclones.Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport CrosscuttersThe two-time All-Southland Conference honoree was signed by Philadelphia on June 20 and assigned to the Phillies’ Short-A team on June 21. Hearn is batting .188 with seven RBI and seven runs. He went 4-for-10 with three RBI in a series against Auburn July 24-25.Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn CyclonesA Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick was signed by the Mets on June 9 and assigned to the team’s Short-A squad on June 13. In his professional debut, Jones struck out five batters over two hitless innings with just one walk on June 17.Bryan King (McNeese) – Eugene EmeraldsA recipient of the 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, King was promoted to Short-A after striking out 11 over 9.1 innings without an earned run in the Rookie League. He is 0-1 with eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings for Eugene.Bernie Martinez (UIW) – Everett AquaSoxA Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2019, Martinez was promoted to Seattle’s Short-A team after going 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 23.1 innings at the Rookie League level. He pitched a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in his Everett debut.Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – Mahoning Valley ScrappersAn 11th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak was promoted to the team’s Short-A affiliate after striking out 12 in six innings without an earned run in rookie ball. He is 1-0 with 15 punchouts in 10.2 innings and has still yet to allow an earned run in Short-A.Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersThe 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year was promoted to Oakland’s Short-A squad on June 30 after posting a slash line of .351/.415/.350 in the Rookie League. He is batting .134 with 10 walks and five runs in 13 games for Vermont.Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – Connecticut TigersA 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin was promoted to Detroit’s Short-A team after going 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA at the Rookie League level. He is 1-0 through 2.1 hitless innings for Connecticut with two strikeouts and a walk.Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley RenegadesThe 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year was assigned to Tampa Bay’s Short-A affiliate on June 14. He is batting .275 and reaching base at a .373 clip with 12 RBI. Trevino’s first professional home run was a three-run shot in a three-hit outing on July 15.Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro HopsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Short-A squad on June 14 and has driven in 12 runs in 24 games with the Hops, including a gamewinning two-run double in a 4-3 win over Salem-Keizer on July 15.Rookie AdvancedSeth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – Orem OwlzAn undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew was promoted to the Angels’ Rookie Advanced squad on July 11. He is 1-2 with 13 strikeouts and a .208 opponent batting average with Orem. Over his last six outings, Ballew is averaging 12.42 strikeouts per nine innings.Cody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport was signed by Kansas City on June 17 and assigned to the Royals’ Rookie Advanced team on June 18. He is 2-2 with 18 strikeouts across 15 innings. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington RoyalsAn All-Southland Conference First Team pick in 2018, Hancock started the year with the Royals’ Rookie Advanced team. He is reaching base at a .328 clip with 12 walks, eight runs and eight RBI.Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesIn his second stint with the Rockies’ Rookie Advanced affiliate, the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team member is 2-3 with 27 strikeouts through 29.1 innings. Hatcher has allowed just one earned run in his last two outings with a 1.69 ERA and no walks.Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula OspreyA 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze was signed on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced squad. He is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA and 31 strikeouts through 34 innings, opposite just nine walks.Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula OspreyA Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell was signed by Arizona on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced squad. He has drawn 13 walks with six RBI and seven runs in 15 games.Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Rocky Mountain VibesRojas was assigned to the Brewers’ Rookie Advanced team on July 11 after batting .250 with a .348 on-base percentage, three walks and three runs scored in seven games in Double-A.Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski YankeesThe 2019 Southland Conference strikeouts leader was signed by the Yankees on June 8 and assigned to New York’s Rookie Advanced team on June 22. Wesneski has a save and 14 punchouts through 15.1 innings in his first nine appearances.RookieAidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies WestThe 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was signed as an undrafted free agent py the Phillies on June 18 and was assigned to Philadelphia’s Rookie League team on June 24. Anderson is 1-0 with 12 strikeouts across 10.2 innings.Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – GCL OriolesA Second Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Cannon was assigned to the Orioles’ Rookie League affiliate on July 29 despite posting a .762 OPS in 11 games in Short-A.Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse was signed by Seattle on June 10 and assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad on June 17. Grosse has a slash line of .325/.379/.468 with nine RBI, 12 runs and a team-high four triples.Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics GreenA 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo was signed by the Athletics and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He is 0-1 with a save and 20 strikeouts in 14 innings.Alex Palmer (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL AstrosThe 2019 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year was signed by Houston on June 12 and assigned to the Astros’ Rookie League squad on July 4. Palmer is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 16 strikeouts and just one walk through 13 innings.Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackAn undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich was picked up by San Francisco on June 30 and assigned to the Giants’ Rookie League team on July 1. Reich has eight strikeouts across seven innings in seven appearances.Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – AZL MarinersA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Ricca was signed by Seattle on June 17 and subsequently assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad. In his first start, he went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run. Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year ranks third on the team in batting average (.295) and slugging percentage (.561). After spending a month on the injured list, Pence’s slash line over 12 games in the month of July was .302/.318/.349 with three RBI and three runs. He recorded his fourth three-hit performance of the season in the month’s finale against Seattle, including a double and an RBI single in the 9-7 victory.Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Baltimore OriolesIn his second stint with the Orioles, the two-time First Team All-Southland pick is batting .240 with three RBI and three runs scored in six games since having his contract selected on July 25. In his first game with the big-league squad, he delivered a two-run single in extra innings of a 10-8 victory over the Angels. Prior to his call-up, Peterson had a 12-game hit streak and led the team in triples (5) and walks (46). He had a slash line of .313/.398/.512, along with 46 RBI, 58 runs scored, 25 doubles and 10 home runs. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and was expected to begin long tossing on July 29. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average.Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Texas RangersThe two-time All-Southland pick is set for his second stint with the Rangers after the major-league club recalled the catcher on August 1. Trevino was batting .229 with 22 RBI and 16 runs in 39 games with Texas’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville, closing out his minor-league run with RBI doubles in each of his last two games. He is expected to share catching duties with Jeff Mathis. Trevino was 2-for-8 with three RBI in three games for the Rangers in 2018.  Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in an Eastern League-high 43 games in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 65 batters in 44.2 innings with 17 saves. Since June 1, he is 11-for-11 on save opportunities with 35 strikeouts and just two walks in 23 innings. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) leads the club in hits (104), home runs (25) and walks (48) and ranks among the top three on the team in runs (66), RBI (58), slugging percentage (.478) and OPS (.819). Goldschmidt led the National League in home runs (11), RBI (27) and slugging percentage (.725) for the month of July and closed out the month on a nine-game hit streak in which he slugged seven home runs and drove in 14 runs.Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado RockiesIn his first year in the Colorado organization, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 0-3 in four starts for the Rockies. Gonzalez was recalled for his third major-league stint on July 27 and gave up three runs on five hits in 5.2 innings against Cincinnati. He has split time with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, where he is 4-5 with 76 strikeouts over 87 innings this season. Gonzalez is 4-11 in three seasons in the big leagues after going 4-8 with the Texas Rangers in 2015 and 2016.Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – Miami MarlinsKeller earned his big-league call-up on August 1 after going 2-3 and 64 strikeouts in 48.1 innings across 33 appearances in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team. His nine saves were second on the team. From May 24-July 31, Keller was 9-for-10 on save opportunities with 43 strikeouts over 27.2 innings. He recorded a season-high five strikeouts on four occasions, most recently over two innings against Round Rock on July 20. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 9-4 record and 3.06 ERA through 22 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in wins, innings pitched (126.2) and strikeouts (106). The Hammond, La., native went 3-0 in the month of July with a 2.03 ERA and three quality starts, including a season-long eight-inning outing on July 23 against Oakland. Batters are hitting just .217 off Miley this season.Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsIn his second year with the Royals, O’Hearn is batting .178 with 26 walks, 20 RBI and 19 runs in 61 games. He was optioned to Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate in Omaha but was recalled after posting a .979 OPS with 28 RBI, 20 runs and nine home runs in 35 games with the Storm Chasers. O’Hearn wrapped up his tenure in the minors with a hit in 19 of his last 21 games, including seven multi-hit performances and two games with a pair of home runs.  Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and is 4-2 with 90 strikeouts in 79.2 innings. Sceroler has a 2.12 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 18 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Lakeland Flying TigersVest was assigned to Detroit’s Advanced-A squad after going 2-4 with 25 strikeouts in 27 innings at Double-A. He is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA and a pair of saves with Lakeland and has tossed 8.2 scoreless innings with a 0.69 WHIP and 14 strikeouts since July 17.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference pick has sat down 47 batters on strikes through 43.1 innings in 25 games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate.  Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 3-4 with 89 strikeouts across 80 innings in 29 appearances. In his last four outings, he has a 1.13 ERA and 10 strikeouts over eight innings while allowing just one earned run. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober is 2-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 78 strikeouts through 55 innings in his second season with the Mariners’ Advanced-A team. He has 34 punchouts and a 2.45 ERA in his last 25.2 innings, including matching a season high with four strikeouts on two occasions. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez has struck out 61 batters in 53 innings across 15 outings for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team. He has punched out eight batters in five innings since moving to the bullpen on July 24.last_img read more

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Booth Tabbed Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Dalesia Booth is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Booth pushed the Islanders (3-2) to a 61-50 home win over UTRGV Saturday afternoon inside Dugan Wellness Center. The senior rung up a game-high 20 points over 37 minutes of play to lead A&M-Corpus Christi to its second home win of the season. To go along with her offensive output, Booth’s stat line against the Vaqueros included five rebounds, three blocks and a pair of steals.The Islanders are back in action at home tonight against Huston-Tillotson in a 7 p.m. tipoff inside Dugan Wellness Center.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Dalesia Booth, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Guard – San Antonio, TexasBooth scored in double figures for the third time in her last five games, recording 20 points against rival UTRGV in the Islanders’ 61-50 win at home. The senior shot 58.3 percent from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to go along with five rebounds and two steals. With her 20 points on Saturday afternoon, Booth now stands at 983 career points. The senior also added three blocks against the Vaqueros, bringing her career total to 99. Her next block will solidify her as the fourth player in program history to reach 100 career blocks.Honorable Mention: Jadyn Pimentel, Lamar; Tykeria Williams, Nicholls; Jyar Francis, Southeastern Louisiana.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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

NEARLY $13,000 DONATED TO CARMA THROUGH MATHIS BROTHERS PLUSH HORSE FUNDRAISER ON SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY

first_img“Once we were out of the plushies, people were emptying their pockets just to support retired racehorses,” said Natalie Rietkerk, CARMA Program Manager. “A good number of attendees knew about CARMA, and what we do, but it was great having face time with those who had no idea programs such as ours exist within the racing industry and all the efforts being made to ensure these horses are retired responsibly and safely.” About California Retirement Management AccountCARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses. “We were blown away by the success of this fundraiser,” said CARMA President Candace Coder Chew.  “One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly toward providing care for the horses supported by our programs and we are incredibly thankful to Mathis Brothers, Santa Anita and to the racing fans for their generosity.” ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2019)-Ask any one of the 35,085 on-track fans and hundreds of thousands watching on television around North America, and one word comes to mind regarding Santa Anita’s Opening Day on Saturday–spectacular.  Along with stunning views of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains and spectacular world class racing, Santa Anita and its official Thoroughbred aftercare charity, the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), joined forces with Mathis Brothers Furniture to help raise awareness and money in order to care for racing’s retired Thoroughbreds. Men, women and children of all ages were lined up from 9:30 am until supplies ran out around 2:00 pm. The large grey super soft plushies were a coveted item around the track – being scooped by multiple Santa Anita jocks to give to their kids and trainers on their way to and from the paddock to saddle horses.center_img While the Mathis Brothers plush horse fundraiser has crossed the finish line, donations to CARMA are gratefully accepted any time online. Please visit CARMA4Horses.org to learn more about the nonprofit’s mission, safe retirement and the many options available to Thoroughbred horses after they leave the track. “We are so delighted to have been a part of this year’s Opening Day at Santa Anita and to raise money for such a worthy cause,” said Bill Mathis, President, Mathis Brothers Furniture.  “There is no greater cause in racing today than Thoroughbred Aftercare and we’d like to thank Santa Anita, CARMA and the many fans who donated on Saturday.  We are proud to be a part of this effort and we salute Santa Anita and CARMA for the good work they are doing.” Courtesy of Mathis Brothers, who supplied Santa Anita with 1,000 plush racehorses, nearly $13,000 was raised through the generous donations of racing fans in support of Thoroughbred Aftercare.last_img read more