Valis Named SHSU Softball Head Coach

first_imgHUNTSVILLE – Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced on Friday that Garrett Valis has been promoted to head coach of the Sam Houston State softball program, replacing Bob Brock who retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.Valis becomes the ninth head coach in program history and the first since Brock took over prior to the 2002 season. He has spent the last four years as the Bearkats’ top assistant and has helped guide Sam Houston to the Southland Conference Tournament each of the past three seasons.“I have had the opportunity to watch and get to know Coach Valis over the past four years, and he epitomizes everything I was looking for in the next head coach of our softball program,” Williams said. “I am confident that he will do a great job at building upon what Coach Brock has built over the past two decades and be able to lead our program in a positive direction.”While with Sam Houston he has handled duties as recruiting coordinator and worked directly with the Bearkat hitters. This season he helped four Bearkat hitters earn postseason honors and in four years has seen 11 hitters be named all-conference.“I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity and thankful for all the people who have allowed me to be here, Coach Brock, Mr. Williams, Mrs. (Chris) Thompson, Mr. (Greg) Hinze and Dr. (Dana) Hoyt,” Valis said. “I’m also very thankful for the support my wife Angela, and our daughter Harper has given me. “I look forward to the future with the program. There is lots of experience coming back. We have been playing a lot of young kids these past few years who have been gaining valuable experience and Coach Brock has built a very good foundation for a winning program. I can’t wait to get started,” he said. Before joining Brock’s staff at Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Under-18 team in Austin. He also coached outfielders and assisted with hitters at Texas State in 2009 while working to complete his postgraduate degree.He played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 to 2004 before transferring to the University of Texas where he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007. While at Texas he assisted with the softball team at Concordia University where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders.He was also an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Select team in 2003 and 2004.A native of Shiner, Texas, Valis comes from a family with strong softball ties. His twin sisters, Haley and Jessica, each played softball at the University of Houston. While there, Jessica earned all-America honors and multiple other postseason awards before eventually being selected to play professionally in the NPF for the Akron Racers.Valis is married to Angela Shimek Valis, also from Shiner and they have a daughter, Harper Faye, who is 10 months old.last_img read more

No. 2 Central Arkansas Edges No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana in Extras, Advances to Championship Game

first_imgDoing what they’ve done in their last three wins entering Saturday, SLU jumped out to an early lead on a Harrington RBI single to drive in Nick Ray, who drew an eight-pitch, two-out walk and got into scoring position on a wild pitch by Bears’ starter Mark Moyer. The Bears exploded for three in the top of the 10th, beginning with Jay Anderson reaching second on a single and a sac bunt. Three pitches later, Tyler Smith singled in Anderson with a ball through the right side to take the 4-3 lead. UCA loaded the bases on a Tanner Wiley base knock and a Kolby Johnson walk, followed by a two-run single off the bat of Cole Fiori to double the Lions’ output. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – In the first extra-inning contest of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament, No. 2 Central Arkansas secured a spot in Saturday evening’s championship game with a 6-3 win over No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday morning. The Bears’ half of the third came to an end on a 5-4-3 double play, the fifth twin-killing by SLU over the teams’ last two matchups, but UCA gave the Lions a dose of their own medicine by doubling them up with two runners aboard in the home-half of the inning. Conner Williams (4-1) earned the win after tossing 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just three hits and striking out three. Cody Davenport, who threw 127 pitches in UCA’s first game of the tournament, came on for his first career save opportunity and retired the side in order with two strikeouts to pick up his first stop. UCA answered in the following half inning as Christian Brasher doubled over the head of right-fielder Nathan Pilutti on the very first pitch of the top of the third and scored two batters later on a Jay Anderson single to right. UCA was also 90 feet from taking the lead in the ensuing half inning as Kolby Williams was pegged to start the frame and moved up two bases on a sac bunt and a wild pitch. Biddy caught Sagdahl looking for his fourth punchout and forced the game to go to the bottom of the ninth. Moyer must’ve felt like déjà vu was coming on in the bottom of the fourth as Ray drew another two-out walk and advanced 90 feet on a ball that got away from catcher Nathaniel Sagdahl. However, Moyer got a better outcome than the second inning, punching out Connor Manola for the final out. Southeastern Louisiana came close to plating the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eight after putting runners on the corners by way of a double down the left-field line and a no-out fielders’ choice, allowing Trey Harrington to reach safely. However, Williams retired the next three batters in order to escape the jam and maintain the level score. In the top of the fourth, the Bears took the lead on back-to-back hits in a one-out single for Beau Orlando and a RBI double down the right-field line by Wiley, his third two-bagger at the tournament.   However, SLU was able to take advantage of a two-out situation with a runner in scoring position in the next frame as Kyle Schimpf launched a two-run, opposite-field home run over the wall to regain the lead and run Moyer out of the game. With the Lions’ all-conference closer Jared Biddy on the mound to begin the seventh, UCA loaded the bases on a Wiley single, a ball thrown away by Cody Grosse and a free pass issued to Cole Fiori. A dribbler to the right side from Sagdahl brought Wiley home for the tying run, but that’s all the Bears got across. The Bears will face McNeese in the Southland Conference Tournament championship at 6 p.m. CT from Constellation Field.last_img read more

Mourinho wears sliders to watch U23s as he demands Spurs stars show more anger

first_img4 He found time to crack a joke with the playersCredit: Getty – ContributorDele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return JOSE MOURINHO has told his Spurs players to stop feeling sorry for themselves – and start showing anger.Mourinho’s winning start in North London came to a sudden stop with Wednesday’s sub-par defeat at old club Manchester United.4 Jose Mourinho has told his players to unleash their inner rageCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Mourinho looked relaxed kitted out in sliders as he watched Spurs’ Under-23sCredit: Alamy Live News4 The boss got down to business on the training ground earlierCredit: Getty – ContributorDefeat dropped Tottenham to ninth place, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.And Mourinho suggested he was not impressed with his players’ reaction.Mourinho said: “I’m hoping for a reaction. That’s what we think.“One of the things I said to the players was that I saw a sad dressing room, a sad place – and that’s not what I like after a defeat.“After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad.“Being sad will not resolve your problems. You need that mentality.“It’s obvious we have problems, that’s no doubt. We have players with quality, a great human dressing room.“But we have to change the feeling of feeling sorry for mistakes and sadness for bad results. We need to be more than that.”Spurs have conceded two in each of their first four games under the Portuguese, who agreed: “You are right. We are conceding too much, some cheap goals and have to try to stop it.“The best way to do that is to work and we didn’t have time to work on the training pitch this week.“But we have to sort out the defence without losing what we have in attack.“We’ve conceded two in each game but scored in all of them and could’ve scored even more than we did.”One of the stand-outs for Mourinho so far has been Dele Alli, who has scored four goals in the last three matches.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThe Spurs boss added: “It’s more about him than me.“There was the natural frustration of a fantastic player who knows he was under-performing. Of course you sometimes need external sources of motivation but that’s not enough. It must also come from yourself.“He’s now doing it. He’s working well and playing well and I’m really happy.”last_img read more

Bergwijn inspires Mourinho’s men with debut goal in Spurs smash-and-grab

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S Spurs survived a battering from VAR and a dominant Manchester City display to pull off an extraordinary victory.In a first half of drama and mayhem, Mourinho was enraged by VAR official Kevin Friend failing to give Raheem Sterling a red card and by a penalty being awarded against Serge Aurier two minutes after a questionable foul on Sergio Aguero.11 Steven Bergwijn had a debut to remember as he led Spurs to victory against Man CityCredit: Reuters11 The Dutch ace put Spurs 1-0 up after 63 minutesCredit: Getty ImagesBut when City were reduced to ten men by Oleksandr Zinchenko’s second yellow card on the hour mark, Spurs scored with their first two shots of the match – from debut boy Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min.The result leaves Spurs just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after the best result of Mourinho’s White Hart Lane reign against his old foe Pep Guardiola.The first major VAR controversy arrived when Sterling was booked by ref Mike Dean for a strong 12th-minute challenge on Dele Alli.11 Son Heung-Min scored Spurs second of the nightCredit: Reuters11 Hugo Lloris saved a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan in the first halfCredit: AFPAs Kevin Friend checked in Stockley Park, slow-motion replays suggested it was a potential leg-breaker but Sterling got away with it – sending Mourinho into a rage on the touchline.Before all hell truly broke loose, Sergio Aguero struck the post when he shot just as he was tackled by Toby Alderweireld, after a dodgy Davinson Sanchez pass had put Spurs in trouble.Then came the chaos as Serge Aurier – who had already survived a decent penalty shout for a push on Sterling – brought down Aguero.Dean decided he’d won the ball but two minutes later, Friend told the on-field ref to award a spot-kick, leaving Mourinho seething again.11 Lloris gave away a second penalty immediately after his save against GundoganCredit: Getty Images11 VAR overturned the second penalty decision amid scuffles between the playersCredit: ReutersYet Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty was well saved by Hugo Lloris, only for Sterling to go down as he challenged the French keeper for the rebound.As a melee broke out, VAR decided not to award a second spot-kick but nor was Sterling handed a second caution for diving – as the TV officials are not able to hand out yellow cards.Yet Toby Alderweireld and, crucially, Zinchenko were booked for their part in the scuffling.Aguero shot into the side-netting from close range in first-half injury-time – with City 11-0 ahead on the shot count at the break.11 Jose Mourinho found the whole penalty saga highly amusingCredit: Rex Features11 OIeksandr Zinchenko was sent off for a second yellowCredit: ReutersCity’s Argentine striker had a shot cleared off the line and, with Lloris, still stranded, Sterling squared to an off-balance Gundogan who fired over with the goal at his mercy.But on the hour it all changed when Zinchenko fouled Harry WInks to halt a Tottenham break and was sent off for his second yellow.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid11 Zinchenko paid the price for City’s tactical foulsCredit: Getty Images11 Bergwijn was subbed off injured minutes after his goalCredit: ReutersBergwijn, a £27million signing from PSV Eindhoven, then converted Totttenham’s very first shot of the match on 63 minutes, collecting a Moura pass, chesting down, swivelling and firing home low for an absolute peach.And eight minutes later, it was all over, Son drilling home from a Tanguy Ndombele pass – Spurs now with two goals from two shots, City with none from 14.That stat ended up 18-3 in City’s favour but meant nothing for Guardiola.11 Bergwijn has already endeared himself to the Tottenham fansCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho has great fun interviewing himself about transfers at Tottenham press conferencelast_img read more

Sharks focused on Knights, not GF replay

first_imgCronulla have started the year 2-2 and know they can’t afford a slip up at this stage of the season given the Storm and Roosters have already jumped two wins clear after the first four rounds. While it would be easy to have one eye on the game down in Melbourne, back-rower Wade Graham said that wasn’t the case. “I haven’t even thought about that so it hasn’t been an issue here. We’re just focusing on Newcastle. I haven’t even thought of Melbourne once and I’m sure they haven’t even thought about us once,” Graham said.  “It’s important in the early part of the season that you take the most out of each week and get those wins because you look at Melbourne and the Roosters and they’re starting to skip ahead already with their wins. “It’s important for teams like us who have put a couple of losses up to keep grinding and keep getting those wins.”The Knights have shown a lot of improvement in 2017 compared to the side that won just one game last season, although they are coming off an embarrassing 40-0 loss to the Panthers. Graham said it was understandable for a young team like the Knights to have those sorts of performances and expected them to come out hard against the defending premiers on Saturday afternoon. “I think they’ve been playing really well and with lots of energy and lots of enthusiasm,” he said. “They were probably a bit disappointed with their performance against Penrith.”I think they’ve come out with a really good attitude this year and they’re really working hard for each other and they’re playing with a lot of energy so they’re not going to beat themselves. It’s up to us to put in a good performance and match their enthusiasm and energy. “You can tell by the way they’ve come out this pre-season that there have been some adjustments with where they’re taking their footy club. You can see it in their attitude and their energy and the way they’re playing for each other. “Of course with the young squad that they have, there will be games like the Penrith [loss] where things don’t go right and the other team capitalises, but all in all I think it’s been a positive start for Newcastle.”The Sharks thrashed the Knights twice in 2016 to the tune of 98-4 across both games, but experienced prop forward Matt Prior said history would count for little this time around. “There’s not much you can take out of that because that was last year. The Knights are a different team this year and already they’ve won one game and they’re playing a lot better footy than they were last year,” Prior said. He also shared Graham’s view that the grand final replay wouldn’t be discussed until well after the Knights game had finished.  “We can’t start thinking about that game. We’re still two weeks away so we’ve got to get the job done against the Knights,” he said. “If we start thinking about that game now then I’m sure the Knights will pull our pants down and beat us. We’ve just got to worry about one week at a time.”last_img read more

Gold medalist Yao limping

first_imgThe veteran Papua New Guinea distance runner appeared to have injured himself as he won the first XV Pacific Games track and field gold medal at the BSP Stadium tonight.Turning the final 100m bend, Yao had the gold medal in sight and only had a last obstacle.With the passionate crowd roaring in unison, PNG, PNG, Yao stumbled when jumping over the cross bar, hitting his foot.Yao has two more events on his orogram and the foot injury could affect his chances.Yao was seen hopping around after the medal presentation.Yao declined to comment when approached by Loop PNG.last_img read more

PNG Games Committee gets funding

first_imgAccording to Sports and APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, the sports ministry has presented K5 million to the preparation for 7th PNG Games in Kimbe which the PNG Games Committee had collected two weeks ago .“Due to complaints of delay in construction, this funds will help them for the new mini stadium and also assist them to upgrade their facilities and building new sporting facilities for the Games in November,” says Tkatchencko.“The money is from the K60 million of the Pacific Games Authority savings where K20 million was used for upgrading facilities for the FIFA and OFC football matches while K5 million was given to the PNG Games Committee for the PNG Games in Kimbe,” Tkatchenko added.Adding that the West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel also pumped in K50 million from the provincial budget alone to facilitate and host the event.The funds will be used to upgrade school facilities as most schools in the area will be accommodating provincial teams and athletes.The WNB Host Organizing Committee is working to meet deadline as they are coordinate all preparation and works  set before officially opening of  the PNG Games on November 26.last_img read more

Riqui Puig Moment

first_imgI didn’t want Suárez’s shirt or Messi’s shirt, I want yours because I think you’ll be the soccer player of the future. ” Daniele Massaro, Milan legend and player installed for evil in the imaginary of Barcelona since 4-0 of Athens in 1994, surprised everyone last August 2018 at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco when he predicted “a top player race” to Riqui Puig, a very small footballer (1.69 meters) from Matadepera who for many Barcelona players represents the symbol of the resistance and permanence of Barça DNA in times where, according to some sectors, it is being abandoned The essence of the Cruyffista game and the supremacy of talent.The promises of Quique Setién in his presentation (“I have shown that if those below push and win, they can play in the first team”), the transfer of Aleñá and the casualties of De Jong and, perhaps, Arthur the Sunday, in addition to the proximity of the Cup, they have generated a scenario now or never for one of La Masia’s latest hopes. Riqui Puig is a footballer who runs the risk of becoming an eternal promise because in August he will turn 21, has not debuted in any of the categories of the National Team and has only had sporadic appearances and nothing significant in the first team since it debuted on December 5, 2018 at the Camp Nou against Cultural Leonesa. Then he played a couple of league games in Huesca and Vigo when Barça already had LaLiga won. Despite the imposition of the voices that consider him a different player, with a high talent and the necessary gene to play for many years in Barça, Riqui Puig does not generate unanimity. Within the club there are also voices that doubt their football growth and consider that players with less marketing like Collado are at their level. Its integration in the costumes of Barça is also not a fairy tale. Some of his first appearances on social networks (he is active on Instagram) generated some crooked gesture in some sacred cow, which he believes should maintain a more discreet profile.Reference of the Barça Juvenil champion of the Youth League, and when 50 games have already been completed in Barça B, the coming months appear as a hinge moment in the career of this player of beautiful driving and acceleration that many compare with Iniesta. Despite the recommendation of a superior such as Patrick Kluivert, director of training football, Riqui Puig has closed in band to the possibility of a transfer. He feels that the only possible ecosystem to succeed is Barça and there he goes, for his chance.last_img read more

Guardiola: “I want Messi to finish his career at Barça”

first_imgGuardiola closes in this way the rumors that placed Messi outside of Barcelona. Further, City coach talked about the tie against Real Madrid in the Champions League and Sterling’s injury, which is very difficult for the eighths: “It’s a problem. I don’t know if he will be healthy for the match against Madrid. It will be out for a couple of weeks. “Another of the injured of importance in the English team is Leroy Sané. Guardiola has spoken about his situation: “He is training with the group after his operation, but I think that even the selection stop (mid-March) will not be able to return to the pitch. “ The mess between Messi and Abidal caused a hurricane that still has repercussions. Today, at the press conference given by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach has been asked about a supposed departure from the Argentine star and the Barca coach has been clear: “My wish is that Messi ends his career in Barcelona, ​​I think he will stay there. He plays for Barcelona and will stay there.”last_img read more

These simple drawings of animals from photos have conquered Twitter

first_imgImage: Twitter / animaidrawn / Sometimes animals star in funny situationsThis user recreates the images with minimalist works – We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 31, 2020pic.twitter.com/3olBlnkWbG– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 31, 2020pic.twitter.com/QvKVcueHHV– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 29, 2020pic.twitter.com/nXTuSqMMrv– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 8, 2020pic.twitter.com/4plWDPIWC9– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 28, 2020pic.twitter.com/Z6rNgpFNwA– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 27, 2020pic.twitter.com/8RQFvk9VaC– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 5, 2020center_img Animals are very peculiar beings who earn our love with their way of behaving. If sometimes we can see wild animals acting in a curious way, this same situation is multiplied with our pets, since we can find them in the most funny situations.The Animal Drawn Twitter account has found the best way to portray pets in these types of situations. This user is responsible for recreating photos of animals with the most unusual poses, with minimalist drawings that have already achieved great popularity in the bluebird’s social network.Among the animals protagonists of his works of this user we can find cats, dogs and even hedgehogs, among other animals. To recreate them, this artist simply uses a couple of lines, thus achieving a very real and funny representation of the animals.Forbidden lover pic.twitter.com/OJm7WZ3k3c– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 4, 2020pic.twitter.com/RNngaFDhVJlast_img read more