10-4-2011 October 4 Update


Athletes selected for 2011 USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Seventeen athletes have been named to the 2011 USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The athletes, selected for the team by the Men’s Fast Pitch National Team Selection Committee based on previous ASA and USA Softball play, represent 12 states and the Six Nation Indian Reservation.

The men will represent the United States at the VIII Pan American Men’s Softball Championship in Hermosillo, Mexico, Nov. 18-26. The tournament serves as the regional qualifier for the International Softball Federation (ISF) XII Men’s World Championship March 1-10, 2013, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National team has claimed five Gold Medals (1966, 1968, 1976, 1980 and 1988), one Silver Medal (1972) and three Bronze Medals (1984, 1992 and 2000) in World Championship play.

2011 USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team Roster

Kevin Castillo (Sapulpa, Okla.)

Tommy Crouch (DeKalb, Ill.)

Roman Foore (Rosemont, Minn.)

Jaime Garcia, Jr. (Kansas City, Kan.)

Josh Johnson (Bay Minette, Ala.)

Mike Joseph (Six Nation Indian Reservation, Ontario, Canada)

Sean Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)

Trevor Kelly (Marshall, Mich.)

*Adam LaLonde (Ashland, Ky.)

*Tyron McKinney (Louisville, Ky.)

*Blake Miller (Eugene, Ore.)

*Matt Palazzo (Pleasant Hill, Iowa)

*Travis Price (Corona, Calif.)

Robert Rosthenhausler (Tucson, Ariz.)

*Marcus Tan (Union City, Calif.)

*Chase Turner (San Jose, Calif.)

Zach Warne (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Seven members (*) have previous USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Team experience. McKinney was also a member of the 1997 Junior Men’s Fast Pitch National Team while Castillo and Warne were on the 2005 Junior Men’s roster.

“Although we have selected a young team to represent us at the qualifier, we as a committee believe it was a necessity to grow our program and our overall depth,” said Head Coach Peter Turner (Stockton, Calif./Head Coach San Jose State University). “I believe we have the talent to compete at the highest level and my staff and I look forward to guiding this team to the top of the podium.” Turner has been leading the program since 2002, when Team USA Won the gold medal at the Pan American Men’s Softball Championship in Guatemala. Joining Turner on the coaching staff are assistant coaches Thad Brown (Modesto, Calif./Volunteer Assistant Coach San Jose State University) and Avon Meacham (Upper Marlboro, Md.). The three coaches also comprised the staff for the 2009 Men’s World Championship, where Team USA finished in fourth place, missing the medal stand by one game.

 The Kicking Queen

It was a memorable night for Pinckney Community High School’s Homecoming Queen: Moments after being crowned with a tiara she led her school’s football team to victory by kicking the game-winning field goal.

Brianna Amat booted the 31-yard field goal
to pull out a 9-7 win over Grand Blanc on Friday, shortly after being crowned homecoming queen, FOX news reports. The kick was a personal best for the 18-year-old Michigan woman.

Amat, who is the team’s first female player, was pulled out of the locker room during halftime to receive her crown, according to the New York Times. In what turned out to be a memorable photo op, she stood among the other nominees on the homecoming court in her football uniform and pads.

Amat said she was surprised about being crowned Homecoming Queen, but added that she didn’t let the hoopla surrounding her win rattle her focus on the game.

“I didn’t think that was important. The game was more important to me at the time,” she told the Livingston Daily.

During her senior year, the longtime soccer player decided to try her luck at football just to try something different, the Associated Press reports.


Sooners Open Fall Slate on Wednesday
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma Softball program opens its fall schedule against Seminole State at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Marita Hynes Field. The affair kicks off an eight-contest fall slate that runs through Nov. 3 with a match up against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars. The Sooners return for action for the first time since competing in their sixth Women’s College World Series. Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso returns the majority of her roster, having lost just three seniors from the 2011 squad that posted a 43-19 overall record. Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults, both All-Americans last season, return after playing for Team USA in the World Cup of Softball and will be joined by six freshmen who will be putting the OU uniform on for the first time.

 Oregon State Softball will host a clinic put on by the National Fastpitch Professional (NPF) All star team on Sunday OCT 23rd before the OSU vs NPF exhibition game. Registration is at the door


Taylor Duck – 2012 – UT – MC Elite Drude – Lamar University
Julieanne Viator – OF – Galveston College -Lamar University

Ashleigh Jones - 2012 - Orange Crush Gold (Harrell)

Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas


Cerissa Rivera 2012 P/OF to Monmouth University



Gadzooks.  Been invited to join NVAN: the Northern Virginia Aging Network.  No desire to spend an evening with a bunch of old folks talking about illnesses and grandchildren.  Btw, a young assistant coach has asked me to stop talking about my illnesses.  Good point.

One Night in Berlin.  If you had trouble connecting, try:  LG Optimus one advert on Berlin

Pan Am.  A chick flick in uniforms.  Focused on their sex lives, with a sidebar on families, etc.  Yes, they were required to wear girdles, and they were invariably young and pretty in those days.  The Queen of Jordan was a Pan Am stewardess.  Some authenticity; a guy in California has a full size first class Pan Am cabin in his garage, and it was used for filming many scenes.  But, no captain ever earned his four stripes that young, and all had to be neatly trimmed; these nerds have hair over the collar; El Senor Juan Trippe would not have allowed.  The bit with the CIA is so overblown to lack credibility (like that other chick flick, Covert Action; no senior spook would be allowed to flash as much cleavage as Annie’s fictional boss).  Unlike the Airport genre, there is no action involving the aircraft or airline or the foreign capitals, etc.

The show misses or ignores the essence of Pan Am.  Juan Trippe’s airline was an adventure – where you flew with major Hollywood stars, international celebrities, dictators and rogues, heads of government, playboys and playgirls, rich widows and divorcees – the jet set.

Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its financial collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba, the airline became a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems. Identified by its blue globe logo and the use of the word “Clipper” in aircraft names and call signs, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century and the unofficial flag carrier of the United States. Pan Am’s flagship terminal was the Worldport located at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Those Boeing and Martin Clippers (flying boats) spurred commerce and tourism to Asia. The Clippers had private compartments with tables and lounges, features which Pan Am carried over into its wide-bodied jets, especially the 747, which often had a buffet table in first class.  For three decades of my personal experience, the cards to have were the Pan Am platinum card or, TWA’s Royal Ambassador card; combined with a diplomatic passport, you were always assured of at least business class if not first cabin.  One Christmas, flights from Tokyo were backed up, with overnight waiting lists.  Usually, Pan Am and United would let you into their clubs if you had a first or business class ticket; not this time; you had to be an actual club member.  Instead of standing in the long lines at the Haneda  counters, I went into the club (a member) and a staffer went to work immediately to find me a flight – and did.

Pan Am was cherished by the State Department and other seasoned international travelers; you knew you could always get home because there were regular flights into and out of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, Singapore, New Delhi, Karachi, Cairo, and every European capital, as well as Rio and Buenos Aires.  There was a 7am flight Sunday mornings out of San Juan to New York, called the losers’ flight, where the “stews” would heal wounds with a champagne breakfast served at table with Eggs Benedict (rivalled Brennan’s in New Orleans). 

Went to some superb parties with a few crews.  There was a party in Istanbul where my date was a local TV journalist, a blonde bombshell; party kicked into a high gear when we joined a KLM crew I knew; well, I will let that stand.  Then there was a party in Greenwich Village; unfortunately, I told the stewardess who invited me about my occupation (at that time, special assistant for narcotics at State).  Equally unfortunate, certain NY narcotics laws were being violated.  Most unfortunate, my date told her roommate what I did, and the roomie screamed, “Lauren is dating a narc.”  St Patrick’s is not that quiet at 3am.  We left.  Things went better another night in Helskinki; three of us were near the head of a long line at the door; three stewardesses were quite a bit further back.  When the maitre said our table for four was ready, I told him to add two chairs; I went back into the kitchen, stole a waiter’s jacket, then, with towel over my arm, marched back to the three stewardesses and told them they now had a table; they followed me and then discovered my ruse, but, then, in a Pan Am spirit Juan Trippe would have liked, they joined us for the evening.

I missed Pan Am my last 17 years on the international circuit – not just the flights, the planes, the passengers and crews – I also missed the concept of service.  Pan Am was an idea strongly embraced by generations of fellow travelers who valued the service and collegiality.  rfh


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