In 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.
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. Hometown 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, Texas
Caleb 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.
FRISCO, 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.
“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. 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.
Latest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdown2 Son Heung-min gets sent off during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on SundayCredit: EPAThings continued to go downhill for the hosts as Spurs’ Son Heung-min was sent off in the 62nd minute after a VAR decision which adjudged that he had kicked out at Blues defender Antonio Rudiger.The game was overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at Rudiger.The FA have opened an investigation into alleged monkey chants coming from a section of the Tottenham crowd.Rudiger said he was taunted during the second half before the game was temporarily stopped by the referee.It has since emerged that a fan was arrested for a separate racist incident at the game. Frank Lampard insists he & former manager, José Mourinho, are ‘still buddies’ after his Chelsea side win 2-0 away at Tottenham MASON Mount’s dad last night took a sly dig at Jose Mourinho for criticising his son after the Chelsea youngster helped his side beat Spurs 2-0.Dad Tony took to Twitter to post ”2-0 CFC” – next to a zip-it emoji.2 Mason Mount celebrates Chelsea’s 2-0 win over TottenhamCredit: Getty – Contributor2-0 🤐 💙CFC pic.twitter.com/MSZgVvMtyV— Tony Mount (@Mounty57) December 22, 2019 It comes after critics claimed Mount is not good enough for a starting role in Frank Lampard’s Blues.Mourinho has been among those to question the 20-year-old England international’s ability.The new Tottenham boss voiced his own criticism following Chelsea’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United back in August.Speaking as a pundit for Sky Sports, he claimed: ”You look to the performance of Mason Mount, the performance of Tammy Abraham, you look to the performance even of [Andreas] Christensen and for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more”.A stunned Lampard said after: ”He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow.”I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak.”Mount was used further forward yesterday in a 3-4-3 formation which saw the visitors dominate in North London.Two goals from Willian, who Mourinho signed for Chelsea, helped them win this huge derby.
LIVERPOOL’S star-studded squad have been named as the most valuable in Europe with Jurgen Klopp’s men worth a whopping £1.27billion.But it’s a stark contrast for Mikel Arteta’s floundering Arsenal side who find themselves down in 15th spot, with the Gunners worth £566m.2The figures have been calculated by the CIES Football Observatory research team, who take into account the age of the players, form, the length of contract remaining and their international status.And they have determined that Liverpool – who have reached back-to-back Champions League finals prior to this season – are worth the most.With the Reds blasting away Manchester City in the fight for the Premier League title this campaign, Liverpool have also edged the Citizens to top spot.Pep Guardiola’s side are second in the list, as they worth an incredible £1.24bn – with Barcelona and Real Madrid finishing third and fourth respectively.Chelsea have surprisingly been named in fifth place with their value standing at £917m, despite the club being unable to sign players last summer due to a transfer ban.A statement from CIES said of the Blues: “(Chelsea’s valuation) has strongly increased thanks to the outbreak of many young talents following the transfer ban imposed by FIFA to the London club.”The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have enjoyed breakthrough seasons at the club.Manchester United then come in sixth with the club worth the same amount as the West Londoners, with Paris Saint-Germain seventh with their squad’s value estimated at £890m.Les Parisiens boast the most expensive player in world football according to CIES, as they value French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe at a staggering £227m.2 Liverpool boast the most expensive squad in Europe, wile Arsenal are down in 15th spotMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAtletico Madrid then come in eighth spot, followed by Jose Morinho’s Tottenham, with struggling Spurs players worth £715m. Star striker Harry Kane makes up a huge chunk of that.Juventus complete the top ten, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Co worth £712m.Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig all then follow ahead of Arsenal, who are worth just £5m more than Leicester.David Mitchell’s brilliant spoof Sky TV football ad from That Mitchell and Webb Look
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: A Western Force supporter waves a flag during Bledisloe Cup test between the Australia and the All Blacks in Sydney. The fallout from the Western Force’s axing from Super Rugby continues with the State Government now flexing their muscles in terms of possible legal action at a potential $1m price tag.The West Australian are reporting the State Government has told the ARU it is investigating money they have invested under the thought the Force’s place in Super Rugby was guaranteed. Particularly the redevelopment costs of the stadium in Perth which the Force uses.According to the West Australian report, the Government has thrown $95 million at the venue and also put $17 million up for RugbyWA’s headquarters. The State Government also sponsors the Force to the tune of $1.5 million a year through the Road Safety Commission and offered to bring forward $4 million in payments for the Bledisloe Cup to be staged at the new Perth Stadium.The report said Premier Mark McGowan sent a letter to ARU chief executive Bill Pulver on Friday with a warning shot.”These investments were not made lightly and were made with the clear expectation and understanding that the Western Force would continue to participate in the Super Rugby competition,” the letter read.”Therefore, the WA State Government believes the decision by the Australian Rugby Union to remove Western Force from the competition is in breach of its commitments to the people of Western Australia. “With this in mind, I can confirm the the WA State Government is now exploring all legal options aimed at seeking compensation from the ARU.”
According to NBC News, both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States’ Women’s National Team Players Association (USWPA) appeared in front of US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman to plead their respective cases in Chicago.The USSF are adamant their women’s side, the current Olympic and world champions, agreed three years ago that they wouldn’t refuse to play at any point.The USPWA, however, claim the supposed agreement was not given in writing and was therefore not legally binding.The sport’s governing body in the country filed a lawsuit in February to prevent the side from going on strike before Rio 2016 in a row over a Collective Bargaining Agreement.A group of five players then filed a Federal wage discrimination complaint against US Soccer in March.Goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe and striker Alex Morgan launched the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission following the release of the organisation’s financial figures, which showed the World Cup holders earned far less than their male counterparts.This comes despite the women’s team being far more successful than the men’s team and generating $20 million (£14 million/€18 million) more in revenue.Male players also receive more than twice than the women when they are selected for the national team as they earn $68,750 (£48,000/€60,000) compared to $30,000 (£21,000/€26,000).The women’s side which beat Japan 5-2 in last year’s World Cup final earned a total of $2 million (£1.4 million/€1.8 million), while the men were given $9 million for going out in the last 16 at Brazil 2014.Vice-captain Sauerbrunn claimed in April that the team were “considering a boycott” of this year’s Games if the equal pay dispute was not resolved.The USSF have also now come under pressure from the US Senate, who yesterday passed a resolution which urged the governing body to immediately eliminate gender pay inequity and treat all athletes with the same respect and dignity”.“If this case continues, if the dispute continues, then there is a probability that the greatest women’s soccer team in the world will not be participating in the Olympics,” ESPN legal affairs writer Lester Munson told NBC Chicago.The move to boycott the Olympics, where the US women have won four of the five gold medals on offer since the sport was added to the programme at Atlanta 1996, could cause a further schism between the team and the Federation as the bitter row rumbles on.
As to Ferreyra, in just under a year has 29 meetings played, in a sum of 1,368 minutes. He has scored nine goals, but six were in the previous Europa League. Precisely the arrival of RDT can lead to the departure of ‘Chucky’. With your transfer record, Raúl de Tomás culminates for now a relationship between Espanyol and Benfica That has been maintained over time. Without going any further, just a year ago, also in the winter market, when two other players came from the Lisbon entity. In the 2013-14 season, also on loan, they arrived Luis Miguel Afonso ‘Pizzi’ and Sidnei Rechel. The first ended up playing 34 games, with four goals, before returning to Benfica to succeed until today. And the central participated in 18 jets, even scoring two goals against Jaén (one of them, in own goal) and starring excursions.Without landing directly from Benfica, they also passed through Espanyol Simao Sabrosa, Roberto Jiménez, Quique Sánchez Flores or the long-awaited José Antonio Reyes. So much Facundo Ferreyra as Alfa Semedo landed in January 2018. The midfielder paradoxically played more games that season with Benfica (ten) than the three he would end up playing in Espanyol, divided into residual minutes: 20 ’against Valencia, 13 ’against Huesca in which everything went backwards (Even before entering, Hernán Pérez’s shirt was mistaken, instead of his) and another 13 at the Camp Nou, quite correct.