4-17-2012 Father’s Day Update

June 17 2012 Update

Thanks readers for all the kind Father’s Day messages


By John Henry
Special to the Star-Telegram

Texas Tech assistant Kristie Fox will take over the UT Arlington softball program as head coach, university officials said Saturday afternoon.

A formal introduction is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Fox, a former star player and part of a two-time national championship team at Arizona in 2006-07, was selected over three others for the job, including acting coach Angela Perry, Central Baptist College coach Jason Anderson and West Texas A&M coach Kevin Blaskowski.

“I truly believe Kristie has the ability and the background to become one of the top head coaches in the country,” UTA athletic director Jim Baker said.

Fox replaces Debbie Hedrick, who was abruptly put on a leave of absence toward the end of the season and ultimately not retained after UTA’s season ended with a loss in the Southland Conference tournament.

The Lady Mavericks concluded the season 15-27 overall, including a last-place 5-15 record in conference.

Fox will have to find replacements for the Lady Mavericks’ top hitters, Charne Office and Erica LeFlore. Two other top producers, though — Hillary Steed and Stephanie Gonzalez — return, as do top pitchers Teri Lyles, a second-team all-conference selection as a utility player, and Callie Collins, the conference’s pitcher of the year as a freshman.

Fox, a native of San Diego, Calif., just completed her third season at Tech working with the team’s hitters and infielders after spending a season at Murray State.

She graduated from Arizona as one of that program’s best hitters ever. She was an All-America selection as a sophomore and junior and set a Women’s College World Series record as a senior with 11 hits in helping Arizona to its second consecutive national championship.

“Her youthful energy and knowledge of the game, plus her history of success as both an assistant coach and an accomplished player, made her the perfect fit as we begin an exciting new softball era at UT Arlington,” Baker said
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Coach Kyle Jamieson, pitching coach and full-time assistant, resigned to take the head coaching job at Furman. This had been rumored for a while, although it was not known where he was going. Furman had an interim coach last year and was ranked #205, with a 17-35 record, so Kyle will be challenged.




PRINCETON –Lisa Sweeney, a four-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year at Lehigh and a New Jersey native, has been named as Princeton’s new head softball coach, the Ford Family Director of Athletics Gary Walters ’67 announced Tuesday.”I’m thrilled to be joining the Princeton Athletics community, and I look forward to getting started,” Sweeney said. “Princeton has a fantastic reputation as a university and an athletic department. It’s exciting to be a part of that powerful combination and what that means to student-athletes.”

Sweeney, a 2009 Lehigh graduate, coached as a volunteer assistant at Lehigh in 2010 and was an assistant coach at Penn for the last two seasons.

“Lisa’s accomplishments both as a player and as a student make her an ideal candidate to lead our softball program,” Walters said. “Ours is a program that is accustomed to success, and I am confident that Lisa’s track record as a player and a coach will help us retain that standard. Based on Lisa’s accomplishments as a scholar-athlete, we believe she is an excellent philosophical fit and reflects the Princeton Athletics commitment to ‘Education Through Athletics.'”

Sweeney’s name is listed more than a hundred times throughout the Patriot League record book, from being the only player in Patriot League history to win four Pitcher of the Year awards – as well as the 2008 Player of the Year award – to being a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree in 2008. No one in Patriot League history has won (104), shut out (31), pitched in (141), started (112), or finished (91) more games than Sweeney. She also holds the Patriot League record for strikeouts in a career (928) as well as the top three single-season totals.

Three of Sweeney’s four seasons represent the top three single-season win totals in Patriot League history, and she also twice led the league in saves in a season. Her four no-hitters, including ones thrown against Harvard and Penn, both in 2007, are a Patriot League record. Among those is a perfect game, thrown against Army as a freshman in the 2006 Patriot League Tournament.

Sweeney had a record of 94-28 as a pitcher at Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks won 155 games over her four seasons. Sweeney pitched in three NCAA regionals, and Lehigh won at least one game in each, twice winning two.

This past season, her second as an assistant coach at Penn, Sweeney worked with unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection Alexis Borden as the Quakers won the Ivy South division.

Sweeney has provided softball instruction outside of college athletics as well, co-founding Sweeney Softball in her home area of Lumberton, N.J., where she helped develop the careers of young players in her area.

Prior to Lehigh, Sweeney pitched for Rancocas Valley Regional High School, where she threw a no-hitter in the 2005 NJSIAA Group IV championship game to cap a 31-2 senior season in which she posted a 0.15 ERA. She was a two-time Courier-Post South Jersey Player of the Year.

While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in history at Lehigh, Sweeney student taught at schools both near Lehigh and in her home area. She completed a master’s degree at Lehigh in secondary social studies education in 2010.




Marder blasts grand slam, Thorson pitches eight innings for victory

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – June 16, 2012 – With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Racers’ catcher Sam Marder blasted her second home run in as many days, this time a grand slam to give the Racers (4-4) a 4-0 lead in extra innings.


The Pride (5-3) rallied with three runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but Racers’ pitcher Kristina Thorson (2-2) closed the door to keep the 4-3 victory in game two of today’s doubleheader.


Thorson pitched eight innings while allowing seven hits, three runs (one home run) and one walk. She struck out seven Pride batters to earn the win.


Pride pitcher Brittany Mack held a no-hitter through most the game until the Racers finally broke through with a single in the seventh. Mack pitched eight innings while allowing four hits, four runs and four walks in the losing effort.


Akron heads to Chicago next for a two game series against the Bandits on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The Racers will return home on Saturday, June 23 to host the Bandits on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX Night at Firestone Stadium. A large pre-game ceremony to honor 40 publicly nominated female fastpitch players, coaches and administrators from the state of Ohio will take place before the game.


For more information about the Akron Racers visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188.


Racers claim early lead, but Pride battled back to win 3-2 in game one of double header

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – June 16, 2012 – With Lisa Modglin and Sam Marder on base, Akron Racers’ second baseman Nicole Pauly blasted a two run double in the top of the first inning to give the Racers an early 2-0 lead.

The Florida Pride (5-2) battled back, scoring one in the second and then taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth after Charlotte Morgan blasted an RBI single to score Lauren Lappin for the second run of the inning.

The Pride would hold on, taking a 3-2 victory over the Racers.

Racers (3-4) rookie Hillary Bach (1-1) took to the circle for Akron in just her second start as a professional. Bach threw 5.1 innings while allowing seven hits, three runs and three walks. She struck out four Pride batters in the losing effort.

Sarah Pauly pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for Florida, holding the Racers to two runs, one walk and six strikeouts.


Ann Rutherford, the last of the O’Hara sisters who dies this weekend recalled that the night of the “Gone With the Wind” premiere in Atlanta, author Margaret Mitchell invited the cast, including Leigh and co-star Clark Gable, to her home for scrambled eggs. Gable and Mitchell disappeared. “Clark Gable and Margaret were hiding in the bathroom, Clark on the edge of the tub and Margaret you know where, just talking,” she chuckled. “They had to get away from the photographers.”

Artist Matthew Long sent days carving 23 tons of sand into a sculpture of a tall ship to display on New York City’s waterfront. Then Long, a 57-year old sand sculptor, arrived at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport on Saturday to find his creation partially demolished, and covered in boot prints “about a size 9.”  On Saturday, Long was trying to reconstruct his creation.

Spy note: the Saudis have an appropriate punishment for these miscreants:  bury them in sand up to the neck, and leave them to suffer in the hot sun – without water.  The punished either die of dehydration or go mad.

The Eagle, the square rigger which serves as the Coast Guard training vessel, will be prominently featured in all of the on-the-water celebrations of the War of 1812.  The massive sailing ship has an interesting but little-noted provenance.  Built in Germany, it was christened Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel by Adolph Hitler, in honor of the man who wrote the Nazis infamous marching song.  Like other possessions of the Third Reich, eg, General Aniline Film and Co., the ship was taken by the US forces and brought to America, under the command of the German captain and crew.  During WII, the steel-hulled ship, which was equipped with an anti-aircraft battery, shot down three Soviet airplanes and by mistake a German aircraft whose pilot signalled the wrong codes.



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