Colonels Chosen to Win 2019 Southland Softball Season

first_img 7. Sam Houston State 145 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40 3. Central Arkansas 164 2. McNeese (6) 224 5. Stephen F. Austin 158 6. Northwestern State 156 4. Southeastern Louisiana 163 Coaches and SIDs Poll (first place votes)center_img 8. Abilene Christian 119 FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls has been selected as the Southland Conference favorites for the 2019 season following a vote from conference head coaches and sports information directors. The preseason poll was announced Wednesday afternoon by the league.The Colonels captured 18 total first-place votes and 238 points to finish atop the poll. The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland softball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.Nicholls head coach Angel Santiago and his team will look to repeat last season’s accomplishments after finishing with a 40-15 overall record and capturing the 2018 regular-season championship. Nicholls enters the season after placing eight returners onto the preseason all-conference squads, six of who found spots on the first team. The Colonels are on pace to complete a successful year as they also return three Southland Conference individual postseason award winners from 2018 including Pitcher of the Year Megan Landry, Newcomer of the Year Kali Clement and Freshman of the Year Jewel Lara.McNeese comes in second with 224 points and six first-place votes. The Cowgirls concluded their 2018 campaign with a Southland Conference Tournament championship and trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament before falling in the second round to No. 18 Baylor. McNeese, led by head coach James Landreneau, has won three consecutive conference tournament titles dating back to the 2016 season. The Cowgirls head into their 2019 slate with two preseason first team all-conference selections and one second team honoree.Taking the third-place spot is Central Arkansas with 164 points. The Bears closed out their 2018 campaign with a 16-11 record in Southland play and an appearance in the conference tournament. UCA also hosted the opening round of the NISC Regional Tournament where they advanced to the second round of tournament play. Kaylyn Shepherd and Morgan Felts will look to lead Central Arkansas after being named preseason all-conference selections.Southeastern Louisiana was voted fourth by a slim one-point margin earning 163 points. The Lady Lions concluded the 2018 season second in the conference for runs scored (295) and first in the league with 175 stolen bases. Madison Watson and Ali McCoy mark SLU’s pair of preseason all-conference selections. The duo helped boost their squad to 18-9 conference record last season that progressed into a deep run to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals.Stephen F. Austin (158), Northwestern State (156), Sam Houston State (145) and Abilene Christian (119) were chosen to occupy the fifth through eighth-place positions.Lamar received 80 points for ninth place, while Incarnate Word finished in 10th with 61 points. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was voted to the 11th-place position with 40 points. Rounding out the preseason poll was Houston Baptist with 36 points.The 2019 season will begin Thursday, Feb. 7 with Southeastern Louisiana playing host to San Jose State in a 5 p.m. CT start. McNeese will also play that same day with a 6 p.m. first pitch against Samford in Lake Charles, La. Nine of the remaining 10 league teams will open their seasons the following day, Saturday, Feb. 8.2019’s Southland Conference Tournament is set for Natchitoches, La., at Lady Demon Diamond on the Northwestern State campus. Tournament play will take place May 7-10 with an eight-team field. 9. Lamar 80 10. UIW 61 1. Nicholls (18) 238 12. Houston Baptist 36last_img read more

The risk of Van Dijk ending up in Madrid or Barça

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of February 24, 2020 Paul Ince analyzed Liverpool’s success and the current state of the club in Liverpool Echo. The former English player explained the risks that may entail being at the summit of world football, since success exposes you and that can make you, among other things, lose players. Difficulties to retain players: “Obviously now it is a question of how they can improve in the future. It is difficult because they have got some incredible young players that are only going to improve, but in football things change. We already saw Philippe Coutinho, who suddenly came to Barcelona and he took it. Keeping the best players in Liverpool is a challenge. “Van Dijk: “If someone will come for Van Dijk? When Barcelona or Real Madrid knocks on the door, it’s hard to say no.”Exposure to big clubs like Madrid or Barça: “That is one of the things that has to be a victim of your own success. When you are doing as many good things as Liverpool you are alerting other clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid. It is hard to say no to a player when they come for the”.center_img Need to win titles: “I think what the players and Klopp are doing is great but the big teams win trophies a year yes and a year no. They have a great opportunity to do it but they need to look back a few years and see what they did to say that the Liverpool is a great team. “last_img read more

Remain Committed to Profession

first_imgThe president of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Rev. Ellen Fartu G. Varfley, has admonished   teachers and Educational workers across the country to remain committed to the teaching profession. They were also urged to exercise resilience in molding the minds of the country’s youths.Rev. Varfley noted that despite the stress and difficulties teachers in the country have endured, they still continue to play a meaningful role in helping to improve the country’s educational system.She reminded the teachers and educational workers that much more needs to be done to bring about total success in the educational system of Liberia, stressing that this can be achieved if only the teachers remain united and committed.It is sad, to note that while the educational system of Liberia was picking up, the country was hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which put a halt to all academic activities and claimed the lives of thousands of our citizens and foreigners, health workers and even NTAL  members, she said.    She admonished teachers and education workers not to be complacent in the face of the gradual slow down of the Ebola virus. It is not yet over, she warned, advising them to continue taking the preventive measures in order to save themelves from contracting the disease.“As we come to the close of this academic year 2014, I urged all of you to retrospect on the past,  where we came from, where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow. This can be achieved if we put aside our individual differences and make NTAL our common denominator,” Rev. Varfley added.Rev. Varfley made the call over the weekend during a year-end Representative Council meeting of the Association held at the National Headquarters on capitol Bye-pass adjacent the National Police Headquarters, in Monrovia.The Representative Council of the Association is the second highest decision making body comprising of NTAL local presidents from the country’s fifteen (15). It meets twice a year to review the activities of the association for the year and adopt new plans for the coming year.The NTAL boss also disclosed that in the face of the many challenges facing the Association, during the year 2014, the leadership was able to make some level of achievements.The NTAL president named the ongoing construction of the NTAL Headquarters project, the NTAL Credit Union deduction of shares and saving from members that registered with the Union, the establishment of the NTAL’s Anti-Ebola Task Force to buttress government’s fight against the Ebola virus and the placement of deleted teachers names’ back on government payroll.  This was a result of the dialogue conducted between the leadership of the Association and the National Government through the Ministry of Education.She commended all those institutions that responded to their request during the launching of the NTAL Anti- Ebola awareness Task Force.  These included the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF), National Port Authority (NPA), Secure Risk Insurance Company and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police debut license plate scanner

first_imgWHITTIER – Whittier Police Department officials Thursday launched the department’s new Automated License Plate Scanner system, which scans plates like a bar code and lets officers know instantly if a vehicle is stolen. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

UCLA basketball notes: Shipp struggling from perimeter

first_imgUCLA’s perimeter-oriented offense flows much better when three players are scoring consistently. Guards Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison are doing their part, but Shipp has gone from having a few sub-par performances to being in a colossal slump shooting the ball. Heading into today’s contest between No. 5 UCLA and No.19 Arizona at the McKale Center, Shipp said his confidence remains high despite his shooting percentage being so low. TUCSON, Ariz. – Sophomore wing Josh Shipp grabbed the ball on the left side, rapidly tried to set his feet and launched a 3-pointer. Clink. Or clank. “I feel comfortable,” Shipp said. “They’re all right there. A lot of in-and-outs. I just have to go in the gym and work on that.” Shipp is shooting a horrid 15.8 percent (6 for 38) from 3-point range in Pac-10 play, and has made 2 of his last 19 shots from beyond the arc. Since sitting out Jan. 13 at USC with a hamstring injury, he is 3 for 24 (12.5 percent) on 3-pointers, has not reached his season scoring average in any of the nine games, and saw his scoring average drop from 14.7 to 12.8 points. Also, in UCLA’s last three games, he did not score in the first half. “Josh is tantamount to our success,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Having him out there has been key to our success all year long. Even though he may not be shooting as well as he’d like right now, we’re not winning if he’s not playing.” No rest for Afflalo: Arron Afflalo had five first-half points at West Virginia but finished with 27. He scored 15 points in the first half against Arizona State, but was scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the second half. center_img Such swings of scoring rushes and droughts have been part of Afflalo’s season, and Howland said part of the reason may be the number of minutes Afflalo is playing. In addition to carrying a scoring burden, Afflalo is UCLA’s best defender and often draws the opposition’s top scorer, like he will today in Arizona’s Marcus Williams (who is averaging 16.7 points per game). Afflalo is averaging a team-high 32.4 minutes per game, including 33.8 per game in Pac-10 play. “It’s a lot of minutes for anybody, especially somebody who plays so hard on the defensive end of the floor,” Howland said. “And he’s incredible in that respect. He’s not ever trying to pace himself. Sometimes that may affect his offense a little bit because I’m asking him to do so much, but that’s just the way it is. I’m much more comfortable with him on the floor.” So will Howland cut down Afflalo’s minutes? “Probably not,” Howland said. Injury update: Power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (eye), point guard Darren Collison (shoulder) and center Lorenzo Mata (hip) all came out of the ASU game fine and should play today. Controlling Alfred: Within moments of entering a game, UCLA backup enter Alfred Aboya is an odds-on-favorite to commit a foul … or four. The 6-foot-8 Aboya has been productive when on the floor lately, averaging 7.3 points and seven rebounds in the past three games. However, keeping him on the floor is an issue, and was again against Arizona State. Aboya is averaging a foul every 6.4 minutes of action, which is why he is playing 16.5 minutes per game. At ASU, Aboya fouled out in 19 minutes. One foul came 90 feet from the basket and another was on a hold during an inbounds play, which was set up by another Aboya foul. So what did Howland tell Aboya? ” `It’s not smart. We need you in the game,”‘ Howland said. “It’s hard for him because he’s so aggressive. He plays so hard. It’s not like he’s not trying to do what I want him to do. He just errs on the side of aggression, which, if you’re going to err on one side of the other, is where you want him to err on.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sale of Terra Energy’s Montney assets to Crew Energy closes

first_imgThe sale was the third and final transaction between the two Calgary-based companies, which combined for gross proceeds of $78 million. The first stage was completed in Decemeber 2012, and included Montney assets in Monias and Groundbirch for $22 million, and the second was completed in February 2013 and included Montney assets located in Stoddart, Eagle and Attachie for $20 million. The proceeds will go towards paying down Terra Energy’s net debt, which is currently estimated at approximately $20 million following the closing of this deal.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, September 6

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…West Brom will prevent Saido Berahino going on strike – by offering him a new contract with a £25million buy-out clause. (Sunday People)Chelsea attempted to gazump Manchester United’s shock signing of Anthony Martial last week. (Sunday Times)Manchester City were also in for Martial and the £57.6million buy was on their radar way before United landed the France starlet. (Sun on Sunday)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was willing to listen to offers for Marcus Rojo after growing frustrated with the Argentine defender over the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)Manchester United have slammed the door shut on David de Gea joining Real Madrid in the New Year. (Sunday Mirror)Manchester United have made Gareth Bale their No.1 transfer target — despite their current war of words with Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)Barcelona have already set their sights on strengthening their attacking options, with Manchester City’s Jesus Navas part of a quartet aimed at adding goals to the La Liga champions. (Mail on Sunday)Paris Saint-Germain will renew their efforts to sign Everton full back Seamus Coleman in the January transfer window. (Sunday Express)Christian Benteke has turned to the mind guru who first guided his career to help him deal with the challenge of his £32million move to Liverpool. (Sunday Mirror) Transfer rumours last_img read more

Oak tree saved

first_imgAZUSA – A 400-year-old California live oak tree got a new lease in life earlier this week, when a limb was removed and its crown manicured.Melissa Talbot, a manager at Winifred Stuart Mankowski Homes on Citrus Avenue, was told by an arborist that the tree should be cut down because it posed a liability threat to the 40 units at the independent retirement home for Christian Science practitioners and nurses.But, given the tree’s age, Talbot thought a second opinion was warranted.“The second arborist said we could cut the limb and trim the tree back but eventually it would have to come down,” Talbot explained. “Now, it’s a wait-and-see situation.”The tree, which grows in the center of the near six-acre property, is propped up with metal poles and wires. It is one of two 400-year-old live oaks, and four 250-year-old ones, growing on the gated property.Hector Mata, of Los Angeles-based California Green General Gardening, said the trimming maneuver breathed more life into the tree.“By cutting and trimming, it will re-energize it. A tree that old naturally decays,” said Mata, who has tended the trees and gardens at the retirement home for 19 years. “I believe it has about another five years of life.”California oaks are the most common tree in rural areas of the state. Many of them are hundreds of years old and many species of California wildlife depend on them. 962-8811, Ext. 2108 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Biggest Ever’ free Health and Well-being evening to be held at Finn Valley

first_imgFinn Valley Community Health Forum (FVCHF) are holding their 2nd Annual ‘Health & Wellbeing Event’ on Thursday 14 June in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event as there will be something for everyone there. Upwards of 80, vendors and providers will be there on the evening to provide information, advice, samples, demonstrations and more in all aspects of diet, nutrition, physical, emotional and spiritual health. A sample of what you can expect at the event will include, free tasters in reflexology, mindfulness, blood pressure checks, health information & advice from local gym’s, fitness class providers, statutory agencies, dental advice by Stranorlar Dental, free tea coffee from The Hatter Tearoom and healthy food tastings from BodyFuel Co, Yes Chef, Benny & co, McConnell’s Butchers, Supervalu, Discover Juice, and many local groups and organisations.Monica Ramsey, Marketing Officer with the Finn Valley Centre and member of the FVCHF said ‘This event initially began four years ago as part of the Feelgood Fortnight initiative which was championed by the Finn Valley Positive Mental Health Group, supported by the Finn Valley Centre. Since that time it has grown year on year, from a modest 17 stands in year one to almost 80 this year, such is the interest.  The businesses and groups taking part are all giving their time free and there will be something for everyone at the event. All are encouraged to come along to this free event’The FVCHF was set up in 2006 as part of the National re-organisation of local Health Services Executive (HSE) primary care services. Its vision is ‘To ensure a fair, equal and inclusive primary care system in the Finn Valley’. It encompasses the geographical areas of a Cloghan, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Convoy, Drumkeen and Killygordon. The forum receives a small amount of grant aid from the HSE under Social Inclusion, with additional funding being secured from other agencies to ensure quality provision for voluntary agencies, organisations and groups to come together to work on Health & Social issues affecting people across the Finn Valley area. Leah Fairman of Ballybofey & Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce and member, of the FVCHF said ‘Our community is at its best when businesses and community groups work together, and this event highlights the fantastic teamwork that happens between everyone in the towns all year round.’ If you are interested in finding out more, want to add to the event or wish to join the FVCHF please contact: fvhealthandwellbeing@gmail.comSo please come along to this free event, support local groups, organisations and small businesses and receive personal information and advice on matters pertaining to your health and wellbeing. ‘Biggest Ever’ free Health and Well-being evening to be held at Finn Valley was last modified: May 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more