The Nelson Neptunes took advantage of some new surroundings to capture the opening meet of the Kootenay Summer Swim Association recently at the Salmo Pool. The Neptunes, still waiting for renovations to be completed at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, swam away to win the meet by almost 300 points over second-place Grand Forks.Not even the slightly longer than 25 meter pool or the unpredictability of the weather could slow down the NeptunesHighlight swims came from Evan Chouinard (Division 1 boys) dropping close to 25 seconds in his 100 Individual Medley and Jaylen Rushton getting Provincial Qualifying times in all six of her events.The Neptunes, which started the season training out of Castlegar in May before shifting operations Salmo for June to August, have risen up to the challenge of training without a home pool and have been consistently getting best times at every meet so far.The Neptunes will be hoping to continue on their success in Castlegar when the Castlegar Aquanauts host the next meet from July 9-10.
Hosting a fight card is a lot of work for Pinero and Company.The ring used at the Rod and Gun Club is loaned to the club from Cranbrook.Invites go out to all the clubs in the region as well as in the province of BC and Idaho and Washington State.Then there’s the set up, take down, selling tickets and security.But as Pinero sees it, the hard work all pays off in the end.“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said.“The feedback we received from all sectors of the community, from police to social workers to high school . . . everybody is just super happy with the results that they’re seeing . . . . Not talking about boxing here. I’m talking about kids having a direction and a bit of focus in their lives and turning things around.”Nelson boxer, Bhodi Cartland couldn’t agree more.Cartland admits he may have been on a collision course, but is happy to now have a focus — and that focus is boxing.“Boxing gave me a place where I felt I belonged . . . a better sense of being in the community through just not just hanging out with my friends at a coffee shop or getting “high” it gave me better feeling of self worth,” said Cartland, getting a chance to box again against Joe Armstrong of Kelowna.The first bout in May was halted when judges felt the two adult boxers was turning into a street-brawl.Nelson Fight Night #2 goes Saturday at the Rod and Gun Club. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the boxing club, Tribute Boardshop, Bia Boro Boutique and at the door. Weigh in is at 4 p.m.First bout goes at 6 p.m. Boxing is coming back to Nelson.Actually the Nelson Boxing Club is flourishing very well, thank you very much, at its new digs in the basement under Pharmasave on Baker Street.So much that the club is preparing to host Nelson Fight Night #2, the second boxing card in less than a year Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.“It feels real good to be able to fight again in front of my home town,” Elias Martinez said during a break in training this week at the Nelson Boxing Club.“Ya, I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Bhodie Cartland when asked about stepping back into the ring for his third bout of the year.Saturday’s card has more 11 bouts scheduled said Nelson Boxing Club coach Jesse Pineiro.Six bouts have local fighters stepping into the ring — Ryan Lewis, Reil and Elias Martinez, Bhodi Cartland, Jeff Emmett and Krishan Lysenko.“I feel a lot more confident for this fight than I did in May,” said the 12-year-old Martinez, who faces Aaron Madriaga of North Vancouver.“The last time I was pretty sick the week before the fight and didn’t have very much time to train.“This time I’m healthy and feel very comfortable,” added Martinez, who is 2-2 on the season.Boxers are attending from Cranbrook, Kelowna, Revelstoke, North Vancouver and Burnaby.
Jonathan Lee replied for the Thunder Cats.Beaver Valley broke the game open in the third period scoring twice in the opening three minutes to extend the margin to 4-1.The Hawks then rode the netminding of Tallon Kramer to book a ticket in Sunday’s Gold Medal game.Tyler Ghirardosi and Dylan Kent also scored for Beaver Valley which was outshot 28-22 by the Thunder Cats.Michael Spenrath had the other marker for Creston Valley.In the other contest, Mitchell Williams scored early in the first overtime period to power Campbell River to a 2-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks.The win allowed the Storm to secure second place in Cyclone Taylor round robin standings.Creston Valley meets Aldergrove at 2 p.m. in the Bronze Medal game while the Hawks and Storm play for the Cyclone Taylor Cup at 7:30 p.m. After losing for only the third time this playoff season Friday, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded in a big way Saturday at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.The Hawks rocked the hometown Thunder Cats 6-2 to advance to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final Sunday against the Campbell River Storm.Kyle Hope scored three times and McKoy Hauck and Tyler Hartman each added two assists to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs into the final and a chance to represent BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Arborg, Manitoba.After a scoreless first period, Beaver Valley took a 2-1 lead on goals by Hope and Hauck.
LIGHTLY RACED SPANISH QUEEN MARCHES TO IMPRESSIVE 1 ½ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 HONEYMOON STAKES; CALIFORNIA-BRED FILLY BY TRIBAL RULE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON GRASS IN 1:47.24
TRAINER BALTAS INDICATES CAL-BRED FILLY WILL BE POINTED TO GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS MAY 30 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 3, 2015)–Lightly raced Spanish Queen attended the pace, saved ground and accelerated through an opening two paths off the rail turning for home to register an impressive 1 ½ length win under Brice Blanc in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.24.Trained by Richard Baltas, the California-bred daughter of Tribal Rule came off a close second at the distance in the Grade III Providencia Stakes April 4 and got her first stakes win Sunday and her second win from just three starts.“She has a helluva turn of foot,” said Baltas. “Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn’t have mattered, but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses…If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks (Grade I, 1 ¼ miles on turf May 30).”The second wagering choice in a field of nine, Spanish Queen, who is out of the Unusual Heat mare Spanish Bunny, paid $8.00, $4.60 and $3.80. Owned by her breeders, Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian and Harout Kamberian, she picked up $120,000 for the win, boosting her earnings to $183,600.“She’s done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race,” said Blanc. “Ninety percent of the horses wouldn’t have gone through that hole, but she didn’t chicken out on me. She’s got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her…She’s professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She’s getting better and better.”A three-time minor stakes winner, longshot Sharla Rae sat mid-pack to the far turn under Drayden Van Dyke and mounted a sustained rally through the drive to overtake pacesetter Spirit of Xian a sixteenth out, finishing second by 2 ¾ lengths. The longest shot in the field at 48-1, Sharla Rae paid $31.00 and $16.00.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Spirit of Xian broke from the eight post and easily cleared the field going into the far turn and continued to show the way until overtaken by the winner a furlong out. Off at 7-2, Spirit of Xian paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.07, 46.81, 1:10.80 and 1:35.48.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
UNDEFEATED SMOKEY IMAGE TRIES TWO TURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SATURDAY’S $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY AT 1 1/16 MILES
CAL CUP DERBY ONE OF FIVE STATEBRED STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S ANNUAL SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–Unbeaten in five starts, Irvin Racing Stable’s Smokey Image heads a field of seven state-bred sophomores as he tries two turns for the first time in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita. The Derby, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles, will be run for the 26th time and is one of five stakes restricted to California-bred or sired horses on Santa Anita’s annual $1 million Sunshine Millions Day.Originally trained by Northern California-based Greg James and currently conditioned by Carla Gaines, Smokey Image, a chestnut colt by Southern Image, has been idle since winning the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar at odds of 1-2 on Oct. 30. Favored in four out of his five starts, “Smokey” overcame significant early trouble in the Juvenile to win by three quarters of a length. Ridden in all five of his races by Golden Gate Fields-based Juan Hernandez, he’ll be handled for the first time Saturday by Victor Espinoza.Bred by C Punch Ranch, Inc., Smokey’s Image, who is out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, has earnings of $297,600.Glory Bound and Tough It Out, two-three finishers in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12, appear to be solid contenders with legitimate two turn experience.Trained by Craig Dollase, Glory Bound pressed the pace in the King Glorious at odds of 16-1 and finished second, a comfortable 2 ¼ lengths in front of Tough It Out. A bay gelding by Heatseeker, Glory Bound is owned by Highlander Racing Stable, LLC and has two wins from six starts.Trained by Phil D’Amato, Nick Alexander’s homebred Tough It Out, a grey gelding by Grazen, broke his maiden two starts back at Del Mar going one mile on turf and was off at 5-1 in the King Glorious.Bred and trained by Walther Solis, Xingontothebone loomed a threat in the King Glorious, but had to settle for fourth money, finishing a half length behind Tough It Out. Although the King Glorious was his first try going a route of ground, “Xing” has the benefit of more game day experience than anyone in the Derby field, as he’ll be making his 11th career start on Saturday. A chestnut colt by Time to Get Even, Xingontothebone is 10-2-0-3 overall with earnings of $111,356. He is owned by Carrillo, Hauptman or Hauptman.Trainer Richard Baltas will be represented by the lightly race Demonslayer, who comes off a Cal-bred maiden special weight win going 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 27. A dark bay or brown ridgling by Tale of the Cat, he’s owned by Cicero Farms, LLC.The complete field for the Cal Cup Derby, to be run as the fifth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tough It Out, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 123; Record Highs, Joe Talamo, 119; Demonslayer, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Xingontothebone, Martin Pedroza, 121, and Loyalist, Flavien Prat, 119. First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.
DAVID LOPEZ, HAY DUDE, (FAVORED) SIXTH: “He broke on top and kind of past the dirt patch there, I couldn’t get him to relax at any point. I hit the backside and we’re on the lead the whole backside there. Just too much. We’re asking too much here. NOTES: The winning owners are David Bienstock and Charles Winner of Los Angeles. JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES PADDY GALLAGHER, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “It was a very nice win, he ran well. He ran well last time, he ran well this time, he’s run well the last few times.“The first quarter was quick enough for him. Down the backside Brice got him into an even better spot and by the three-eighths pole he was in a perfect spot and he was good enough to get there.” BRICE BLANC, FLAMBOYANT, WINNER: “I picked him up at the right time. He’s very straight forward. I don’t know if the French connection helps, but I’ll run with it.“He’s doing really well in the mornings. Usually, I can tell when a horse has a tendency to bounce but he’s actually doing as well, I don’t know about better, but as well as he was doing before the San Gabriel. I know he loves this turf course.“I wasn’t worried about the mile and a quarter, the distance is fine for him. I was just hoping for a good trip and that’s pretty much what happened. I had a great trip. He gave me his best like he always has since I’ve been on him.” (On if he needs a shorter race) “I don’t think so. If we can get him relaxed, he’d be A-OK there.” -30-
Long Jump Thai Williams, LU Sarea Alexander, UIW Tristyn Allen, SHSU Men’s Newcomer of the Year – Jamie Crowe, LamarIn Crowe’s first season with the Cardinals, he helped solidify Lamar’s dominance in men’s indoor distance running with his win in the 5,000m and leading a 1-2 finish ahead of teammate Matthew Arnold in the 3,000m. Triple Jump Sarea Alexander, UIW Tristyn Allen, SHSU Natayla Nance, HBU Men’s Athlete of the Year – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston StateAdams emphatically paced the Bearkats to their third consecutive team indoor championship, tallying 34 points behind gold medals in the heptathlon, high jump and long jump. Weight Throw Joshua Hernandez, SHSU Morgan Knight, ACU Kyrin Tucker, NSU High Jump Tyler Adams, SHSU Eric Moore, UCA Lentz Similien, MCN The 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from May 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by UIW. Men’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Jamie Crowe, LamarJamie Crowe dominated the distance running events, taking gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m, helping pace Lamar to a fourth-place team finish. DMR LU: C. Kelly, W. Slaughter, K. Fallon, M. Arnold SFA: L. Deramus, C. Fentress, D. Murphy, E. Rotich UCA: M. Schweikert, M. Keeton, S. Sullivan, J. Jeandree Pole Vault Antonio Ruiz, SFA Clayton Fritsch, SHSU James Manders, AMCC 60m Thai Williams, LU Daijah Washington, SLU Dominique Taylor, LU 3,000m Jamie Crowe, LU Matthew Arnold, LU Garett Cortez, UIW 60m Hurdles Fabian McCall, SHSU Tremayne Flagler, NSU Darion Dunn, MCN Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiSchöneborn handily took gold in the 3,000m and 5,000m events. The senior Islander won the 3,000m by nearly five seconds and smashed the previous meet record in the 5,000m (16:36.01) by 9.55 seconds, finishing in 16:26.46 to win by almost 17 seconds over second place. Women’s Freshman of the Year – Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. AustinIn her first season as a Ladyjack, Ramirez found her way on to the podium with a silver medal finish in the mile run, one of two competitors finishing in under five minutes. She also ran the anchor leg of SFA’s second-place distance medley relay squad. 60m Chris Jefferson, SHSU Kie’Ave Harry, NSU Michael McGruder, NSU 400m Natashia Jackson, NSU Teona Spivey, SHSU Erekha Sebastion, UIW 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams Both shot their way into the conference record books last week in Birmingham, Ala., as Adams also won his third straight Outstanding Field Events Performer award and Williams was named Women’s Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive indoor season after two gold medal performances and a broken meet record. Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell, SFA Hannah McWilliams, AMCC Carson Dingler, SFA Event First Second Third Southland Conference indoor track & field superlatives are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. First, Second and Third Team All-Conference distinction is given to the first, second and third place finishers in each championship event final. Men’s Freshman of the Year – Zachary Johnson, Sam Houston StateThe Bearkat freshman put on a well-rounded performance in his first trip to Birmingham, taking second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump as part of Sam Houston’s third-straight men’s team title. 800m Alex Hanson, UCA Daniel Shelton, HBU Deion Hardy, UIW Mile Allyson Girard, AMCC Kelsey Ramirez, SFA Georgia Tuckfield, LU For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Texas A&M from March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station. Long Jump Tyler Adams, SHSU Isaiah Pittman, SFA Michael Strong, UNO High Jump Hannah Noble, UCA Quanese Jones-Young, NSU Sashane Hanson, AMCC 4x400m SFA: K. Gleason, C. Fentress, D. Murphy, T. Hawkins ACU: A. Williams, J. Williams, L. Bloomfield, T. Hawkins SHSU: Z. Gasca, F. McCall, E. Pouncy, L. Coleman Women’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston StateSelf also earned his third-straight Women’s Coach of the Year awards after leading the Bearkats to their third consecutive and sixth overall team title. This year, the team finished with 123 points, 28 clear of second place. Women’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Sarea Alexander, UIWAlexander earned a gold in the triple jump and silver in the long jump at the 2018 championships, helping the Cardinals to a sixth-place team finish with 56.5 points. 60m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon, NSU Jerica Love, UIW Dominique Taylor, LU 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams 200m Chris Jefferson, SHSU Amir James, NSU Lawrence Coleman, SHSU Shot Put Stevon Crooks, SLU Morgan Knight, ACU Cedric Paul, NSU Dave Self also repeated as both Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, earning both accolades for the third consecutive season. His Bearkat men have now won three team titles while the women have won six. 400m Maverick Bowleg, SLU Tedrick Hawkins, SFA Kerry Gleason, SFA Women’s Athlete of the Year – Thai Williams, LamarWilliams earned her second-straight Athlete of the Year award with a meet-record breaking 60m dash gold medal (7.37) to go along with her first-place finish in the long jump. The Cardinals finished seventh as a team with 54 team points. Event First Second Third DMR SHSU: C. Grigsby, K. Church, J. Eckford, M. Seales SFA: L. Davis, K. Sanders, S. Ford, K. Ramirez UIW: S. Diaz, G. Odendahl, D. Allen, K. Ramirez 800m Camry Grigsby, SHSU Dominique Allen, UIW LaSean Davis, SFA Men’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston StateSelf has confidently led Sam Houston State to three consecutive team titles in as many years. With the program since 2005, his team tallied 128 total points in this year’s championships, finishing 25 ahead of runner-up Stephen F. Austin. It is the largest margin of victory for his team in the last three seasons. Weight Throw Yarixza Rivera, SHSU Lonnie Smith, ACU Alanna Arvie, MCN FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams and Lamar junior Thai Williams are the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the first, second and third team all-conference athletes and individual superlative winners. Southland Athletes of the Year are presented by Ready Nutrition. Mile Deion Hardy, UIW Keith Fallon, LU Joshua Wilkins, NSU Triple Jump Brian O’Bonna, LU Zachary Johnson, SHSU Ceaser Stephens, NSU Heptathlon Tyler Adams, SHSU Hunter Key, SFA James Manders, AMCC 4x400m NSU: C. Willis, N. Jackson, W. Lageroy, D. Moore SFA: I. Nave, D. Jackson, T. Williams, A. Teel SHSU: T. Spivey, K. Dixon, K. Church, C. Grigsby Shot Put Ashley Davis, SLU Kristine Hanks, SHSU Kayla Melgar, ACU 200m De’Shalyn Jones, NSU Natashia Jackson, NSU Kendesha Ingraham, SLU 3,000m Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC Alexandria Hackett, ACU Michaela Hackett, ACU Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston StateTyler Adams won the heptathlon for the fourth consecutive year, tallying a final score of 5,544 points – the third-highest in overall conference history. In addition, he took gold in the standalone long jump and high jump, and sixth in the 60m hurdles to finish as the high point scorer with 34, breaking the previous meet record of 27 set in 1994. This mark’s Adams’ third-straight field events award. 5,000m Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC Alexandria Hackett, ACU Michaela Hackett, ACU Women’s Newcomer of the Year – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiIn her first Islander campaign, Schöneborn helped pace Corpus Christi to its best program finish in history. The Islanders finished sixth with 69 total points, paced by her gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m. 5,000m Jamie Crowe, LU Nathan Jones, MCN Garett Cortez, UIW Pentathlon Grace McKenzie, MCN Courtney Lord, SHSU Migle Miraskaite, LU
UCA (12-17) finally pulled away in a spirited contest that saw eight ties and five lead changes when Maddie Goodner’s two free throws gave them a 70-63 lead with 2:03 left. Still, the Sugar Bears had to survive one last run from the Bearkats (16-13), who drew to 72-70 on a Jennifer Oramas 3-pointer with 52 seconds left.Orr’s free throws with 34 seconds remaining proved to be the winning margin as the UCA defense denied any chance of a Sam Houston State miracle by forcing a pair of missed treys. It was their ability to silence the Bearkats’ long range game that helped fuel the victory, as they held them to 3-for-16 shooting beyond the arc in the final three quarters after allowing Sam Houston State to connect on four of their first five 3-pointers in the opening 10 minutes.”Coach got on us a little bit, so we picked up the defense,” said Canaday.The Sugar Bears also received a huge boost from Hannah Langhi, who scored 12 points and added five rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench despite spending much of Wednesday in bed due to strep throat.The Bearkats put daylight between themselves and the Sugar Bears when they used a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to take a 47-40 lead at the 6:15 mark. Amber Leggett capped the spurt when she scored off an Oramas assist that led to a Central Arkansas time out.Orr would not let the Sugar Bears go quietly, putting the bulk of the offense on her shoulders. The second team All-Southland guard knocked down a trey that pushed UCA within 53-49 before a pair of Alana Canady free throws cut the deficit to 53-51 with a minute to go in the third.Both teams kept the fans entertained in an exciting first half that saw seven ties and three lead changes. Despite being outrebounded and outshot for much of the first 20 minutes, UCA was able to stay in the game because of its ability to convert Sam Houston State miscues into baskets, turning 12 SHSU turnovers into 17 points.Sam Houston State was also hampered by the loss of starters Dominque Maxwell and Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Jaylonn Walker, both of whom fouled out in the fourth quarter. UCA’s constant forays to the basket led to them going 8-for-11 from the line in the final 10 minutes and 20-for-32 overall.Walker was limited to just 3-for-12 shooting and finished with 12 points and three rebounds.”We played hard, but I thought we let some possessions get away from us,” said Sam Houston State’s Ravon Justice, the conference’s Coach of the Year. “We didn’t stop fighting, but we had too many defensive breakdowns to a well-coached team.” “They just played hard,” said UCA coach Sandra Rushing. “We didn’t play all the time, but they played hard and never quit.””I just wanted to literally do everything I could to keep our team advancing,” said Orr, who added 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists in 36 minutes of play.”Kam is a ‘follow as I do’ person,” said freshman Alana Canady, who scored 10 points and added a pair of rebounds. “She rallies us. When we see her attacking the basket, we want to attack, too. When we see her rebound, we’re going to rebound, too.”Orr’s intensity on the defensive end helped pay off for the Sugar Bears, who scored 25 points off 18 Bearkats’ turnovers.WBB: Kamry Orr is on ??!#8 seed @UCAWBB goes up 58-55 over @bearkatswbb. 9:13 left in 4th.?? https://t.co/bJwBcUU3J2 ???? @espn apps#EatEmUpKats #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/iNMlZRLdGM— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr played Thursday’s Southland Conference women’s basketball tournament opener in such a manner that Sam Houston State was unable to overcome.Orr scored a game-high 29 points to help the No. 8 Sugar Bears pull off a 76-71 upset over the No. 5 Bearkats at Merrell Center, snapping the team’s five-game losing streak. The victory means UCA will now face. No. 4 Abilene Christian at 11 a.m. CT on Friday in the first of two second-round games.WBB: The #8 seed is still alive! @UCAWBB places its magnet on the big backstage bracket, moving on to a 2nd round matchup with ACU Friday.#BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ??@UCASports @UCABears pic.twitter.com/q8CeWxK3Zy— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Lexie Ducat is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.The senior forward led the Wildcats (5-1) to a 1-1 record on the road last week, averaging 18 points and six rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. The Brock, Texas, product shot 7-for-11 from the field against Oklahoma and was just two rebounds shy of a double-double performance against the Sooners.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Lexie Ducat, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Forward – Brock, TexasDucat averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game last week, pacing the Abilene Christian offense with a 65.2-percent shooting average. She opened the week with 20 points and eight rebounds against Oklahoma to mark the Wildcats’ highest individual scoring performance against a power-five school since the 2017 season. Ducat then followed up with 16 points over Portland to secure 76-69 road win for the Wildcats. Ducat is shooting 69.2 percent from the field this season, ranking seventh nationally for field goal percentage.Honorable Mention: Jadyn Pimentel, Lamar; Rayah Haynes, McNeese; Celica Sterling, Southeastern Louisiana; Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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 25 percent of ballots.
DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE TAKES ON FAMILIAR RIVALS AS HE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF
Race 3 of 11 Approximate post time 12:30 p.m. PTOur Silver Oak–Drayden Van Dyke–120Teacher’s Treasure–Edgar Payeras–120Takeo Squared–Rafael Bejarano–120Irish Heatwave–Assael Espinoza–122Listing–Mario Gutierrez–124Tivan–Kent Desormeaux–124Offshore Affair–Tyler Baze–124 Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Early Bird Wagering will be offered in the Top ‘O Stretch area beginning at 8 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.comor call (626) 574-RACE. DESORMEAUX’S IRISH HEATWAVE TAKES ON FAMILIAR RIVALS AS HE HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s late running Irish Heatwave will head a field of seven California-bred or sired sophomores at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint, which is a part of the lucrative Golden State Series.Primary among his competition are Reddam Racing’s homebred Listing, Academic Farms’ homebred Teacher’s Treasure and trainer Doug O’Neill’s Takeo Squared.IRISH HEATWAVEOwner: Calumet FarmTrainer: Keith DesormeauxA colt by legendary late stallion Unusual Heat, he comes off a gutty nose win over Listing down the hillside turf on Jan. 1. A half length winner of a one mile turf maiden special weight versus state-breds two starts back on Nov. 3, he bids for his third consecutive win with apprentice Asa Espinoza up. A late runner who’ll be making his fifth career start, Irish Heatwave could be victimized by what appears to a lack of pace in the Turf Sprint lineup.LISTINGOwner: Reddam Racing, LLCTrainer: Ben CecilBy Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie and out of his Yonaguska mare Marquis Diamond, Listing is the only horse in the field to have defeated Irish Heatwave, as he prevailed over his rival by 7 ½ lengths in the state-bred I’m Smokin Stakes, which was Listing’s first start on Aug. 31 at Del Mar. By California’s current top stallion, look for Listing to bring his “A-Game” in the Turf Sprint, which will be his fifth career start.TEACHER’S TREASUREOwner: Academic FarmsTrainer: Eddie TrumanA chestnut gelding by Square Eddie, he’s done little wrong, finishing no worse than third in four starts. Out of the Half Term mare Corissa’s Birthday, Teacher’s Treasure pressed the pace throughout and was third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a hillside turf allowance won by Irish Heatwave on Jan. 1 and certainly rates an upset chance with regular pilot Edgar Payeras back in the saddle.TAKEO SQUAREDOwner: EC Racing, LLC, MyRacehorse.com, Lyle Egan and Steve RothblumTrainer: Doug O’NeillFourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths in the same hillside turf allowance that Irish Heatwave, Listing, Teacher’s Treasure and Offshore Affair exit, the same hillside allowance on New Year’s Da. Takeo Squared, who was bred by EC Racing and Rothblum, is yet another gelded son of Square Eddie. Devoid of early foot, he’ll hope to make his presence felt from off the pace in what will be his ninth career start.THE $100,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER