3-10-2011 March 10 2011 Update

MARCH 10 2011 UPDATE

Despite First Loss, Angelo Retains Top Spot In NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
March 9, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite dropping their first game of the year last week, the Angelo State Rambelles garnered enough votes to remain the top team in the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll for the second straight week, according to the latest poll released by the organization on Wednesday.

Angelo State (20-1) garnered 13 of 16 first-place votes and finished 14 points ahead of second-place North Georgia (20-2), who received one first-place vote.  Valdosta State (7-1) dropped from second to third this week after losing its first game, but still received two first-place votes.  Holding strong in fourth and fifth this week were Alabama-Huntsville (9-0-1) and Hawai’i Pacific, respectively.

Three teams fell out of this week’s poll to make way for three teams making their first appearance in the weekly rankings this season. No. 20 Ashland, No. 24 Lewis and No. 25 all dropped out the poll this week, allowing Missouri Western (13-3), Minnesota State-Mankato(14-1) and Saginaw Valley (6-2) to debut at 20th, 23rd and 25th, respectively.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records as of Mar. 6, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Angelo St. 20-1 391 1
2 North Georgia 20-2 377 3
3 Valdosta St. 7-1 372 2
4 Alabama-Huntsville 9-0-1 341 4
5 Hawai’i Pacific 11-3 321 5
6 West Texas A&M 17-1 307 6
7 Indianapolis 8-1-1 291 7
8 Winona St. 10-0 274 11
9 Midwestern St. 22-1 255 13
10 UC San Diego 19-3 247 10
11 Arkansas-Monticello 16-1 237 12
12 Kutztown 13-1 201 21
13 Augustana (SD) 9-0 196 14
14 Lenoir-Rhyne 15-5 182 15
15 Tampa 16-2 168 16
16 Lock Haven 7-1 161 17
17 Rollins 9-1 124 18
18 Western Washington 9-0 111 23
19 Dowling 0-0 106 19
20 Missouri Western 13-3 89 RV
21 Flagler 21-3 81 22
22 Nebraska-Omaha 10-4 70 9
23 Minnesota St.-Mankato 14-1 61 RV
24 Bloomsburg 5-3 57 8
25 Saginaw Valley 6-2 37 RV

 Dropped Out: No. 20 Ashland, No. 24 Lewis, No. 25 Molloy.  Others Receiving Votes: Molloy 29, Armstrong Atlantic 26, Lewis 24, California (PA) 15, Ashland 15, Southern Connecticut 12, Sonoma St. 11, Augusta St. 6, Caldwell 3, Concordia-St. Paul 2

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West Texas A&M’s LeComte and Grand Canyon’s Linert Named NFCA Division II National Player & Pitcher of the Week  March 9, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – West Texas A&M junior Kimberly LeComte and Grand Canyon junior Kirsten Linert have been named as the NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games played Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2011.

 LeComte had a big week for the Buffs and helped them extend their current winning streak to 14 games.  She finished her team’s four games by going 7-for-12 with nine runs, 10 RBI, a double, a triple, a home run and five stolen bases.  For the week, LeComte hit .583, slugged 1.33 and had an on-base percentage of .667.The Boerne, Texas outfielder turned in outstanding performances all week, but none more so than her eight RBI performance against Eastern New Mexico in which she became the first player in program history to hit for the cycle.  In her perfect 4-for-4 performance against the Greyhounds, LeComte completed her cycle in reverse order, beginning with a homerun and ending with a single. No. 6 West Texas A&M went 4-0 last week in their own Lady Buff Invitational, sweeping Eastern New Mexico and Washburn. This week, the Buffs will try to keep their winning streak alive when they travel to San Antonio for a non-conference doubleheader with St. Mary’s and three-game conference set with Incarnate Word.

 Linert went 3-0 last week with three shutouts as the ‘Lopes played six games in Hawai’i. She finished the week with a 0.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .127, all while allowing just nine hits, five walks and no runs. The Phoenix, Ariz., native tossed a one-hitter against BYU-Hawaii on Thursday and finished the game by striking out 12 of the 22 batters she faced.  Two days earlier, Linert threw a four-hit, complete game shutout to help lead Grand Canyon by fifth-ranked Hawaii Pacific, 1-0. The ‘Lopes wrapped up their eight-game trip to Hawaii by going 5-3 to open PacWest conference play.  This week, Grand Canyon will continue conference play when they host a doubleheader with Dixie State on Saturday.

 Other Top Performances
Cassie Keck of Nebraska-Kearney hit .643 with eight RBI and homered in each of her four games on the week… Colorado Mines’ Libby Balogh pitched two complete game shutouts and fanned 22 batters… Keri Lorbert of Missouri Western went yard in every game she played in on the week to finish with a 1.786 slugging percentage… Cameron’s Carrie Harvey struck out 26 of 56 batters on the week while allowing only eight hits…

 National Pro Fastpitch
Nashville – The NPF Diamonds, of the National Pro Fastpitch League, announced today the signing of Tim Kiernan to Head Coach for the 2011 Season. 
 
“Tim Kiernan has a history with women’s professional softball that dates back to the original formation of the WPSL and we are very happy to have him join us again.” said Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “Tim’s experience will bring stability, expertise, and motivation to a young and exciting Diamonds roster.”
 
Kiernan’s  stints as Head Coach in professional softball include a season with the WPSL’s Virginia Roadsters in 1999, NPF Tour Teams in 2001 and 2003,  and a season at the helm of the Sacramento Sunbirds in 2004.  “I am really looking forward to coming back into the National Pro Fastpitch League and to coach the NPF Diamonds in 2011.  I am excited to coach some of the best Players in the world and to vie for a NPF Championship,” said Kiernan.
 
Kiernan has been at the helm of the Sacramento City College since the 1982 Season.  He has won over fifty-three Junior College Tournaments.  He had over eight top ten National Academic Teams.  His Teams have been known to be fast on the base paths with having stolen over 150 bases each year.   Kiernan’s Teams have also been known for their strong defense and pitching.   In 1988, Coach Kiernan won the California state tournament without giving up a run.

Kiernan has sent over 160 Players from the Junior College level to compete at four year schools. Those schools include UCLA, Arizona, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.  He has had over sixty-one all-state Players, ten NCAA Division 1 All-Americans, and twelve NCAA II All-Americans.  Nine of his former Players have played in the WCWS with six of them playing in the WPSL. 

Kiernan has been named Conference and State Coach of the Year.  He has been honored as Sacramento Area Hall of Fame Coach of the Year for several Years.  Currently Kiernan has over sixty-seven former players Coaching in High School or College.

Kiernan’s first appointment as Head Coach of the NPF Diamonds will be to attend the NPF College Senior Draft presented by Miken, to be held in Orlando, FL March 18th at the prestigious Amway Center. It will be there, where Kiernan will announce the NPF Diamond’s draft picks for the upcoming 2011 NPF season.
 
The NPF Diamonds will open the 2011 season in Akron, Ohio on Thursday, June 9th.  For more information on the Diamonds please visit www.diamondsnpf.com.

NPF Diamonds have a the first overall pick in the 2011 NPF College Senior Draft presented by Miken. The Draft will be streamed on March 18, 2011 at 8pm EST from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. For the third consecutive year the NPF will broadcast the Draft on MLB.com. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2011

 ASA announces full schedule for the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25, in Oklahoma City

 OKLAHOMA CITY — Nineteen international softball games, including the slow pitch Border Battle III, will take place July 21-25 during the World Cup of Softball VI in Oklahoma City, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. For the sixth run of the tournament, Oklahoma City welcomes the top women’s fast pitch teams in the world: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Men’s slow pitch teams from Canada and the USA will also play in Oklahoma City. For full schedule, log on to www.usasoftball.com.

The action kicks off at 10 a.m. at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium with Czech Republic, 2009 European Softball Federation (ESF) Women’s Championship Bronze Medalists, taking on 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Australia. After four full days of competition, the championship action starts July 25 with the Fifth Place Game at 1 p.m., the Third Place Game at 4 p.m. and the Championship Game at 8 p.m. A complete game schedule for the World Cup VI and Border Battle III is below.

“We are excited to again welcome the world to Oklahoma City,” ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda said. “Since the inaugural World Cup of Softball in 2005, the event has continued to establish itself as the premier tournament in international softball. Every game features the sport’s best athletes and is testament to the high level of competition in international softball today.”

All-session tickets, which are $275 and $325 for the Ultimate Fan Zone seating in the first three rows of the stadium, $75 for other reserved seating and $40 for general admission seating, can be purchased online now at SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337. Single session general admission tickets are expected to go on sale July 5, 2011.  The Ultimate Fan Zone package also includes a private autograph session and meal with the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team, tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning and only open to Ultimate Fan Zone ticket holders, as well free parking and a replica USA Softball jersey. For an additional $50 (a total price of $325), Ultimate Fans can upgrade to an authentic Nike jersey.

The Women’s National Team will be named in June following the National Team Selection Camp, June 13-17, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.  The names of the approximately 40 athletes selected to try out for the team will be released prior to camp.

In February, ASA released the names of the 15 athletes selected for the 2011 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team, which will compete in the Border Battle III. Representing Team USA: Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.); Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.); Dal Beggs (Gainesville, Fla.); Geno Buck (Red Wing, Minn.); Rusty Bumgardner (Gastonia, N.C.); Greg Connell (Moultrie, Ga.); Don Dedonatis Jr. (Kissimmee, Fla.); JD Genter (Chickamauga, Ga.); Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.); Bobby Hughes (Jonesboro, Ark.); Johnny McCraw (Wylie, S.C.); Andy Purcell (Naples, Fla.); Brian Rainwater (Kathleen, Ga.); Dennis Rulli (Moorpark, Calif.); and Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio).

LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARDS

March 2011

Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalists and candidates show leadership capabilities through many school and community activities

Finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award are leaders in several areas of life. Their leadership on the field of competition gets the most attention and their efforts in the classroom work towards life after athletics. But the finalists in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey and candidates in baseball and softball also take leadership roles in campus organizations and volunteer activities. And in some ways, that’s just as important as their work in other areas of their lives. Here are a few of their stories. For more information on all the candidates, visit the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website.

Women’s Basketball
Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson is a regular at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meetings and served a key role in bringing the OU athletic community together for worship…Army’s Erin Anthony is a Battalion Executive officer, which puts her second in command of 560 cadets and responsible for the supervision of battalion staff and coordinating activities…Dawn Evans of James Madison accepted an invitation by The NephCure Foundation to serve as an ambassador for the organization, which funds research for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and Nephrotic syndrome…Sam Quigley served as vice president of DePaul’s Captains’ Council in 2009-10 and was elected as the council’s president for the 2010-11 school year. As a junior she was chosen to represent DePaul at the Big East Conference Student-Advisory Council.

Men’s Basketball
Four years ago Duke’s Kyle Singler founded and has since hosted the annual Kyle Singler Southern Oregon Open, with proceeds going to benefit Kids Unlimited…Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer has served as the guest spokesman for the Sun Prairie School District’s physical fitness programs…Tyrel Reed was selected for the University of Kansas Men of Merit, which recognizes men who positively define masculinity by challenging norms, taking action and leading by example while making outstanding achievements and contributions to KU and the community.  

Hockey
Tanner House is a member of the University of Maine Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where he promotes effective communication between the athletic administration and the student-athletes…After overcoming a severe case of depression during high school, the Air Force Academy’s Jacques Lamoureux was invited to speak for the Yellow Ribbon and T.E.A.R.S. programs to other teenagers…Chase Polacek serves as a student ambassador for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Baseball
Southeastern Louisiana’s Josh Cryer has served as president of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since the 2008-09 academic year…Brandon Eckerle is a three-year member of the Michigan State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was MSU’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010…Mike Frongello is president of Davidson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. He is also the vice-president of Davidson’s Pre-Law Society.

Softball
University of South Carolina Upstate’s Morgan Childers has served as a member of Upstate’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has volunteered for campus service projects with Habitat for Humanity and the Spartanburg Miracle League…For the past three years, Anna Cahn has been involved with Cal Poly’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, through which she volunteers time at schools and charity drives…Elizabeth Dalrymple is a member of Cornell’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was elected secretary of the Red Key Honor Society…As part of Robert Morris’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, of which she has been a member since its founding on campus, Annie Dubovec has provided a helping hand in multiple situations…Alisa Goler was inducted into the inaugural University of Georgia Student-Athlete Leadership Academy based on community service, academics and athletic achievement.

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