Pitcher of the Week: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans – Jr. – LHP – Clifton Park, N.J.Warzek added to his impressive 2018 season in Corpus Christi this weekend, allowing just four hits over eight innings and striking out a career-high and conference-high 16 batters in the game to improve to 2-0 on the season. He ranks fourth in the nation in total strikeouts (71) and is fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (14.41). In league play he ranks second with 39 batters struck out 2018 Southland Baseball Week 8 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Spencer Halloran and New Orleans junior Bryan Warzek are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Privateers (13-15, 5-7 SLC) play at Tulane tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and head to Lamar for a weekend series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. HBU (11-17, 5-4 SLC) hosts UTRGV tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT before heading to Central Arkansas for a three-game conference road series starting Friday at 6 p.m. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Matthew McCollough, Houston Baptist; Tyler Gray, Central Arkansas; Cody Allen, UIW. Hitter of the Week: Spencer Halloran, Houston Baptist – Sr – 3B/OF – Sheffield, IowaHalloran recorded an extra-base hit in all four games this week, helping the Huskies to a 2-2 record, including a series victory over Lamar. He doubled, drove in a run and stole two bases in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to UTSA. In Thursday’s opener against Lamar, he went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, tallied an RBI and scored twice to help the Huskies to a 7-4 win. He doubled, drove in a pair and scored in Friday’s 5-2 victory. In Sunday’s finale, Halloran was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Honorable Mention: Keaton Presley, Central Arkansas; Ryan Flores, UIW; Pearce Howard, New Orleans; Eric Bohnert, Sam Houston State.
Hitter of the Week: Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State – Jr. – SS – Liberty, TexasFregia turned in a monster week to lead the Bearkats to a 3-1 week, helping them clinch the outright Southland regular season title with a sweep at UIW. The junior reached safely in 12 of 20 plate appearances and at one point reached base in a string of eight consecutive times to the plate. He had a double and scored a run in a loss at Texas A&M on Tuesday, then had a hit in Thursday’s opener, flying out to the warning track twice. Fregia erupted for a 5-for-5 day that included a pair of two-run homers in Friday’s win, scoring six times and tying the single-game program record for runs scored that has stood since 1986. He homered in his first at-bat in Saturday’s win, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle. This is Ernestine’s second weekly pitcher honor after earning the award on March 26. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – SP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine twirled a gem for the Colonels in game two against Central Arkansas on Friday, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. The senior lefty scattered five hits, none of which went for extra bases, helping the Colonels hold the Bears scoreless in the final 24 innings and 25 of 27 innings in the series. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. 2018 Southland Baseball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Andrew Fregia and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Both teams now turn their attention to the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas, beginning Wednesday at Constellation Field. Sam Houston State enters as the top seed and defending champion while Nicholls clinched the No. 7 seed. The Colonels take on No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana at 12 p.m. CT while the Bearkats open against No. 8 New Orleans at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans; A.G. Ayala, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana; Grant DeVore, Lamar.
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Brittany Innis and Northwestern State’s Kelsey Frank are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Innis set a school record for SFA in the 3,000-meter steeplechase over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The senior crossed the line at 10:28.28 for a 14th place finish that stands as the Southland’s best steeplechase time this season. Innis’ mark ranks 33rd nationally heading into the 2019 Southland Championships set for Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.Frank performed in one event for Northwestern State, claiming first-place honors in the javelin throw with a 168-5-foot launch at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend. The Oberlin, La., product broke a 20-year-old NSU program record with her heave and claimed the conference’s best javelin toss of the season.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Cedar Park, TexasInnis set a school record in the 3000m steeplechase over the weekend in Torrance, Calif., finishing the race with a new personal best mark of 10:28.28 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her performance marked a top time in the Southland Conference this season and ranks 33rd nationally.Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Dominique Allen, Incarnate Word.Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kelsey Frank, Northwestern State – Sr. – Oberlin, La.The senior won the javelin throw, breaking a 20-year-old school record with a 168-5-foot mark along the way at the LSU Alumni Gold this past weekend. Following her performance, Frank now sits on top of the Southland with her top toss nearly 18 feet longer than the second-best mark. Her effort this weekend ranks 20th nationally among javelin competitors.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian.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 at least 25 percent of ballots.
FRONT RUNNING CISTRON TRANSITIONS FROM TURF TO DIRT WITH APLOMB AS HE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR UPSET WIN GOING 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2019)–Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old horse by The Factor notched his first graded stakes win in his 25th career start.“When we saw this race was coming up light and there wasn’t much speed, we decided to supplement,” said Sadler. “It’s been great, Hronis Racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them. We start from there when we go out and look for horses…hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).”Breaking from the number two post position in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Cistron, who is out of the Officer mare Major Allie, broke like a shot and was dominant throughout as he carved out rapid splits of 22.07, 44.70 and 1:09.57.Most recently second coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes March 31, Cistron was off at 6-1 and paid $15.60, $5.60 and $4.00.“The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running,” said Espinoza, who was aboard for the first time. “He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’ He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer…It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races. I’m just blessed to be here.”With the winner’s share of $120,000, Cistron now has earnings of $480,719. The Kona Gold marked Cistron’s fourth victory to go along with six seconds and as many thirds.Second throughout, All Out Blitz finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Dr. Dorr. Off at 5-2 with Tyler Baze, All Out Blitz paid $3.60 and $2.40.Dr. Dorr, who broke from the rail and trailed early, was third best on the day, finishing a half length clear of 3-2 favorite Kanthaka. Off at 2-1, Dr. Dorr, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, paid $2.40 to show.Racing resumes on Sunday with a first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, WINNER: “She was getting really good a year ago, and then she had to be turned out for a little vacation, so we’ve been waiting a long time. Eric was confident she would run well because of the way she’s been training. She’s still improving from what she showed last year. As you saw, she just galloped through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESCAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ERIC KRULJAC, WINNER: “She makes it easier to get up in the morning. We had to give her a little time, she had a little injury/mishap, an issue with a suspensory, but we caught it early at Del Mar and instead of giving her three months off we gave her six or seven. She has come back a monster. Before she would not leave the horses, hopefully that is all behind her. She had the tendency to get the lead and then wait on them, (that’s why), we lost a couple of races including last year’s Santa Barbara.“Really good horses can pretty much excel at almost any distance but at their distance the really excel, her father (Americain, by Dynaformer) was a champion sire in Australia, United Emirates and Europe. He won the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Nov.6, 2012). I practiced my G’day mate!”OWNER QUOTESTOM KESSLER, PART OWNER CAUSEFORCOMMOTION: “This is great, her value as a broodmare just went way up. We’ll run her through this year and then we’re going to breed her.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kruljac, E. Dunham, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker, D.&S.YipCauseforcommotion and jockey Geovanni Franco win the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
ARSENAL legend Thierry Henry has swooped on former rivals Tottenham to snap-up England youth starlet Luis Binks.The 42-year-old Frenchman took charge of MLS side Montreal Impact in November and is gearing up for his season in North America.1 Tottenham starlet Luis Binks has joined Thierry Henry’s Montral Impact in the MLSNow he has bolstered his outfit by returning to North London to bring in the 18-year-old defender, as reported on Sun Sport last week.Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said: “We are very happy to acquire this young player with a very high ceiling.“Luis has chosen this club and Montreal to continue his career.“He is a defender with high passing quality, who has shown great maturity on the field since the start of camp in St. Petersburg.“We hope he’ll integrate well into the group and acclimate quickly to MLS.”Binks is predominantly a centre-half, although he can fill in at full-back, and looks set to partner fellow new defender Joel Waterman at the back for Henry.Details of the teenager’s contract have yet to be confirmed.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBinks has been a regular for both Tottenham’s U18 and U19s.He stepped up to their U23s squad and has made eight starts this term.The has represented both England and Scotland at international level throughout various age groups, with his last cap coming for the Young Lions at U19 level.
Ottio remains a constant memory in Canberra where he was a squad member alongside Lions stars Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Blake Austin, before passing away due to severe heat stroke suffered while training in Port Moresby almost two years ago.On the tiny island of Tatana, not far from the PNG capital, his Canberra teammates paid tribute to the 23-year-old who died just days before taking up a deal with Widnes Vikings.Together the Raiders and Vikings raised funds to make Ottio’s dream of building his mother Joyce a new home – complete with lime green finish – a reality last year, which the Lions visited on Thursday.”It really took you back to just how many people and how many lives Kato had touched, and what he meant to the community there,” Hodgson said.”We saw his grave and laid down a shirt for him on behalf of the Great Britain Lions … and went and saw the home that was built off the back of the money raised for his family.”It was fantastic to see the young children and how excited they were to see us; Kato always had a big smile on his face and loved the game and you can still see that with those who are following in his footsteps.”Kato’s mother gave us a warm welcome and I know this is something that will live with all of us for a long time.”Great Britain will face Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, with the memory of Ottio still strong for the local side as well.The Kumuls take a banner honouring Ottio’s life to hang in their dressing room before every game, while rising Storm centre Justin Olam wrote his old teammate’s name on his wrist tape for much of 2019.Thursday’s visit to Ottio’s village proved an emotional one for Austin, who paid tribute to the community that shaped his former teammate.”They say it takes a village to raise a child and you can see where Kato got his love of life from when you meet the people he grew up with and lived alongside,” Austin said.”He was a fantastic guy. When he passed away, unfortunately we were unable to attend his funeral, which was a big regret.”However, this felt very special and a chance for us to visit his grave and leave a Lions shirt in tribute to him.”
The home team lost to New South Wales Cup team Penrith Panthers 20-12 in front of a bumper crowd of over 15 000 people. Following the official opening of the NFS by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Panthers opened the score board with the first try through Leilani Latu 15 minutes into the game.A successful conversion took them to lead 6-0.Hunters fought back to score their first try through Adex Wera five minutes to half time followed by an unsuccessful conversion 6-4.Panthers extended the lead through a try seconds to half time from Josh Hall.A conversion by Soward put them in front 12-4 at half time.Hunters bounced back in the second half scoring their second try through newcomer Philemon Kimiseve. The conversion unsuccessful conversion 8-12.But Panthers were on a roll with two tries awarded to Malakai Zelezniak to take the score up 20-8 after two unsuccessful conversations.Zelezniak scored his first try 10 minutes into second half and the second came halfway through the second half.A late try from new face to the Hunters pack Sailas Gahuna took the home team up 20-12 but this wasn’t enough to take them to victory.The night was topped off with fireworks.
Pini set a new national record winning the men’s 50m butterfly in a time of 23.67, beating his own record of 23.77, which he recorded at the Australian Championships last year. He finished just ahead of Daniel Lester who hit the wall in a time of 23.72 followed by David Morgan who posted a 23.76.Cameron McEvoy, who was the top qualifier in the prelims posting a time of 23.57, did not swim in yesterday evening’s finals.Ryan Pini – 23.67Daniel Lester – 23.72David Morgan – 23.76Cameron Jones – 23.90Christopher Raven – 23.96Christopher Wright – 24.00TeHau Maxwell – 24.06Thomas Meggitt – 24.39
In the female division Lae Football Association retained the title after defeating sister club Lahi in the grand final.Lahi will represent Momase in the Besta National Cup in November in the female division while Madang and Lahi will represent the men.Local Organising Committee Chairman John Maripal thanked the 32 teams who took part in the tournament.“I am pleased and happy with you all, and with all my sponsors who have come on board and supported soccer,”“Madang Governor Jim Kas chipped in K25,000 while Madang District MP and Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban came on board with K20, 000 and other sponsors namely Momase Regional Governors Secretariat, Island Petroleum, Provincial Aids Council, Sigma Construction, Madang Urban LLG and others,” he said.Maripal said the teams performed very well and enjoyed the spirit of unity through sports.He said the Male Golden Glove award went to Gasong Banghang for MSA, Pauline Nausai (Lahi) won it in the womens division, Best Defender went to Francis Yasasa (Lahi) and in women division to Hagai of Lahi.Maripal said the Golden Boot Award went to Neil Hans of MSA in male division while female went to Meagen Gunemba, Most Valuable Player went to Rickey Wadunah of (Malala), while Youniche Wablasu of (Wewak) took out the women’s award, Player of the Tournament went to Neville Winga (Bulolo), while Youniche Wablasu (Wewak) picked up here second award, Best Midfielder in female division went to Shasa Steven(LFA) and in men’s division went to Rickey Wadunah (Malala) which was his second award.The game ended with MSA first, Lahi second Passam third and LFA in fourth spot, while in women’s division Lahi take back the title for the second time around with LFA on second spot and Wau on third while Wewak took out fourth spot.He said the Fair Play Award for male went to Vanimo which Bogia were given the women’s award.