Facebook274Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryAt a gala event held on Friday, October 20, Westport Winery was awarded 2017 Small Business of the Year at the Greater Grays Harbor Leadership Banquet. Just shy of their tenth anniversary, the Roberts family accepted the award together, with their team in attendance.The Westport Winery team accepted the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award at a gala October 20. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryDuring her acceptance speech winery co-founder Kim Roberts thanked the team and their contributions to the winery’s success along with the strong support of the local community. At the same time, she announced that the winery’s philanthropic program had donated over $400,000 to thirty-plus local organizations since its opening in 2008.This award was a result of nomination and voting by the general membership of the organization. The winery was previously honored as the 2010 Best New Business by this group.Overall 2017 has been a banner year for the winery earning top local, regional, and national recognition. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation in 2017 by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times, the most recent in 2017.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Westport Winery’s second store, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
RUMSONThe Rumson Country Day School will hold its 44th annual rummage sale, A Whale of a Sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the school, located at Bellevue Avenue and Ridge Road.Each year, parents and many of the students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and friends work together to collect, sort, and display a huge assortment of items in the school’s Blake Gymnasium. The job is such a large undertaking that collection of the items for sale often begins months in advance.The rummage sale is one of the most important fundraisers at The Rumson Country Day School, as all proceeds of the sale are devoted to the financial aid program, providing financial assistance to many children who attend the school. The best selection and bargains will be found on Saturday, April 20. Those attending on Sunday, April 21, will be able pay one price and fit all they can into a bag provided by the school.During the week prior to the sale, the gymnasium becomes a beehive of activity as trip after trip is made to stock the gym with donated items. The donations are carefully sorted to cull the best items for the special boutique sections of women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. In addition, the silent auction area is stocked with furniture, antiques, china, crystal and collectibles.Not to be missed is the wide assortment of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing at incredible bargain prices. Particularly popular is the sporting goods section where the selection often includes golf clubs, ski and hockey equipment, and exercise apparatus.Like any good rummage sale, there is also a huge selection of home furnishings, kitchenware, general home goods, bric-a-brac and toys. There will also be a large book section where attendees can stock up on current novels, cookbooks, children’s books, how-to books and more. The Community Foundation of New Jersey has announced that The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship, which it administers on behalf of members of the Red Bank Regional High School (RBRHS) Class of 1966, is accepting applications for the fall 2013 term.The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship is open to all RBRHS juniors and seniors who plan to continue their education at an accredited 2 or 4-year college immediately following their graduation.Scholarships will be awarded to students exhibiting exceptionally high levels of written proficiency, creativity, and originality, as well as an interest in local or national environmental causes, journalism or creative writing.The scholarship award is $5,000.Maslow, a 1966 graduate of RBRHS, was an accomplished author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, naturalist and environmentalist. At the time of his death in 2008 he was an editor and columnist for the Herald News in Paterson. His accomplishments as a journalist and his commitment to his community are reflected in the many awards bestowed on him, including The New Jersey Press Association for Responsible Journalism and the Joseph M. Sklenar Editorial Award.Never one to shy away from a challenge, Maslow covered civil strife in Central America, helped save a library in the City of Passaic, fought vigorously to help clean up the Passaic River and championed efforts to make politicians accountable for their actions.Any student wishing to obtain an application may do so at www.cfnj.org.The deadline for applications is April 13.For more information or with questions, please contact Faith Krueger at the Community Foundation of New Jersey at 973-267-5533. MIDDLETOWNThe Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, by professional photographer Michael Dellert at the Middletown Public Library, New Monmouth Road.Dellert will discuss and show his professional photography techniques and answer any questions. He’s a graduate of Penn State School of Fine Arts.Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. WEST LONG BRANCHMonmouth University’s Jewish Cultural Studies Program presents the Honorable Daniel Kurtzer from 7:45 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Wilson Hall Auditorium.Kurtzer served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005 and as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 1997-2001. Currently a professor of Middle Eastern Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, Kurtzer will discuss the current situation in Middle East.The event is free of charge and open to the public.Organized by the Jewish Cultural Studies Program and the Office for Global Initiatives, the event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County.For more information please contact 732-571-4474.Monmouth University appreciates the generosity of a group of Hollywood Golf Club members who enable multiyear support for the Monmouth University Jewish Cultural Studies Program. Middletown Lions ‘Roar for the Shore’ with DonationMembers of the Middletown Lions Club recently presented a check for $2,000 to officials for the township’s disaster relief fund. The money was the proceeds from the organization’s annual pancake breatfast, held just before Super Bowl Sunday last month.Middletown Lions Club President Larry Caminiti, left, presents a check to Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, center, and Committeeman Tony Fiore for the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund. The money was raised through the Lions’ annual pancake breakfast.The Lions, appropriately, decided to ‘roar for the shore’ and support the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, a charitable organization started by former mayor and current Township Committeeman Tony Fiore to assist Middletown residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy. Event Chair Lion John Giordano said the Middletown Lions Club has a long-standing tradition of responding to the immediate and urgent needs of the community.“In light of the destruction caused by the storm, the club did not question that the funds from the breakfast should be dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors in Middletown this year,” Giordano said. “We want to do whatever we can to help residents restore their lives and their homes.”The check was presented to Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger for the disaster fund during the township committee’s Feb. 19 meeting.“The Middletown Lions Club is always there for the community,” Scharfenberger said.Information on the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund is available at www.middletownnj.org and mwww.middletownrelief.com or by calling the mayor’s office at 732-615-2024.The Middletown Lions Club, chartered in 1946 through Lions International, is a volunteer service organization consisting of men and women who help the community through charitable service projects and fundraising initiatives and programs. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For more information, visit the website at www.mlions.org. * * * * *A few years ago a group of dedicated volunteers began getting together to tend to the rose beds at Riverside Gardens Park on Front Street.The rose beds had suffered from years of neglect and volunteers spent hours cutting back the roses, removing dead wood, weeding, and digging out invasive vines. Scouts, high school students and community members have worked at the gardens dozens of times throughout the growing season.All this hard work pays off and the roses flower beautifully every spring and summer for months on end.The friends of Riverside Gardens will meet at the park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, for the first time this year. All members of the community are invited to join in helping to maintain and improve this valuable public treasure. Participants are asked to wear warm clothes and work gloves. Bottled water will be provided.The rain date is March 16. For more information, contact Bob Hespe at email@example.com. RED BANKAs part of its Community Haiti Response Initiative, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family Program to feed families in the community of La’Cajou, Haiti.A donation of $250 means the sponsor can provide a 50-pound bag of rice and fuel every three months for a year to a family in need in Haiti.The church’s Haiti Response Initiative has partnered with Aslan Ministries, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and the Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association to facilitate the program.Sponsorship registration forms and additional information is available by calling 732-747-2343. Scholarship Opportunity Available for RBR Students
By Bob Sacks |Now for something completely different. Modine, in Asbury Park, serves food you didn’t even know you were craving until you eat it. The theme is Low Country Cuisine; local fare from South Carolina and the Georgia coast, which is similar to New Orleans/ Cajun but with its own special twist. Sweet and spicy, crispy fried textures, and lots of seafood make up the unique menu offerings.For one starter we picked Boiled Peanut Hummus ($8); a spicy, less oily take on chunky peanut butter; served up with large triangles of tasty homemade flatbread, which would have been better if served crispy, not limp. Barnegat Bay Oysters are offered two ways: broiled with bourbon chipotle butter ($12/4) or raw on the half shell ($14/6). I chose raw in order to taste these local oysters by themselves, and was rewarded with a half dozen sparkling fresh, plump, sweet mollusks, with a slightly saline flavor which was very refreshing.Juicy, cold-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop was paired with sauerkraut and fried apples, creating a medley of salty, sweet and meaty, which was very enjoyable.More area seafood was sourced for the Local Diver Scallop Hush Puppies ($11). The round, deep-fried balls of cornmeal were light and creamy, not at all greasy. For dipping, a small dish of Comeback Sauce was provided. Similar to remoulade, this tangy blend of mayonnaise, chili, ketchup, lemon juice, paprika, Worcestershire and hot sauce, made for a nice counterpoint to the mild cornbread flavor. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Shrimp Toasts ($9), but was pleasantly surprised by thick triangular puffs of bread coated with chopped shrimp instead of the usual thin paste, Szechuan spice, scallions, and topped with white sesame seeds, making for great textural interest and pronounced shrimp flavor. One of the dishes of the night.Monticello Salad ($10) was another tasty starter. Frisee greens, large slices of pink smoked trout, pecans, and benne seed (sesame) dressing, was a welcome change from the usual green salad. The smoked trout was notable for its lack of excessive saltiness and succulent juiciness.One of the Signature dishes of Modine is the Smoked Fried Chicken ($22/half or $36/whole); we saw it on many of the surrounding tables. Buttermilk-brined, cold smoked, and then fried to perfection with a thick, but light, crunchy crust which seemed to render the skin almost nonexistent, it was perfectly moist and tender. Garnished with curls of fried pickles, it’s served with two biscuits and choice of two sides. We opted for cornbread served in a mini-skillet, and a ramekin of Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin with melted cheese on top. I requested the accompanying hot honey drizzle be served on the side, rather than over the chicken, in order to preserve its crispness. This dish is worthy of a visit, as it is a cut above most of the commercial versions available elsewhere.Pan Seared Sea Trout ($28); a strip of pink fish, served medium rare as requested, was plated with a bouquet of roasted baby carrots, cubes of pickled Hakurei turnips and brown butter.An interesting presentation of cold smoked Local Berkshire Pork Chop ($34) combined mildly salty sauerkraut and sweet fried apples, making for an enjoyable contrast of flavors. Service was knowledgeable, warm and friendly with only one glitch. Although the restaurant was not full, we had barely finished swallowing our appetizers when the entrees arrived unbidden. There had been no sense of being rushed before or after this point, so perhaps it was a simple timing error by the kitchen.From a choice of four tempting homemade desserts, sanity prevailed and we ordered just one to share – Black Bottom Pie ($8). A crispy crust served as base for a rich and creamy ganache-like dark chocolate, a layer of banana custard, and a thick mound of whipped cream on top. Best shared.If you have not yet experienced Low Country Cuisine, Modine is a good choice to introduce you to the foods and flavors of the South served up in a cool, hip setting. You may discover some dishes that you never knew, but now are on your list of favorites; I did.MODINE601 Mattison Ave.Asbury Park732-893-5300ModineAsbury.comBob Sacks, longtime food and wine buff, reviews restaurants in this bimonthly column. Follow him on Instagram @dinnerwithbob.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Buttermilk-brined, cold-smoked fried chicken served with friedpickle slices is a very tasty signature dish of Modine.Modine has an extensive list of cocktails, beers and spirits, as well as wines by the glass or bottle. The restaurant allows corkage; and as we were curious to pair two of our own special wines with this unusual cuisine, we brought in a white: 2010 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet La Boudriotte, a lovely white burgundy with plenty of acid and a mineral spine, which complemented the hummus, oysters, smoked trout, and hush pup- pies. Our red, a 1997 Montevetrano, an Italian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Aglianico, had a nose of black fruits and spices, and was assertive enough to stand up to the Fried Chicken and Pork Chop without overwhelming them.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt didn’t matter if the opposition was from the East or West Kootenay this season Shawn DeGroot has managed to overcome roots, rocks and mud to finish ahead of the pack.So obviously the next test was a trip to the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships.DeGroot, 16, did not disappoint his followers as the LVR runner finished 24th overall at the recent championship event at Beaver Lake near Victoria.“Ya, I’m happy with the result,” the Grade 11 DeGroot said when asked about his finish. “I did a lot of training for provincials and it paid off.”“My goal was to finish in the top 25, so I guess I just barely achieved my goal,” he added.One of biggest supporters of DeGroot is coach Jon Francis, who was definitely impressed with the top-25 result.“It’s the best Kootenay finish since I started coaching in 2002,” said LVR and Salmo coach. “(Shawn) had an incredible race.”When DeGroot runs in the Kootenays the field generally consists of 20-30 racers. At the provincials, there were more than 300 runners at the start line.“It was crazy at the start,” explained the 5’9”, 140-pound DeGroot. “There were about 300 runners in mass start that narrows down about 50 meters away. I didn’t really have that great of start and got sandwiched in the pack.”DeGroot found the going tough stuck in the middle for the first lap of the 6.5 kilometer race.However, during the second lap the pack thinned out allowing DeGroot to put the feet in overdrive.“Eventually I made my way up where I wanted to be,” said DeGroot, having to run in cool, drizzly conditions over a muddy track. “The first kilometer I couldn’t move anywhere.”DeGroot posted a 51st place finish in 2009 along with an amazing sixth-place spot in 2008 in the Junior Boy’s race.The provincial meet concludes the cross-country season for DeGroot. But the competitive season doesn’t end there.DeGroot simply shifts gears from muddy ground to ice white snow as a member of the B.C. Nordic Development Team.“Hopefully the snow will fall soon so I’ll be able to start training,” he said.DeGroot’s goal this season is the Canadian Nationals set for Canmore, Alta., in March.Results of other racers from West Kootenay School include:Lukas Smith, J.V. Humphries, Kaslo, 142; Steven Hernandez, Mount Sentinel, 158; Hunter Stanway, JVH 202; Luca Stattler, L.V. Rogers, 214; Eli Bukowski, JVH 222; Eli Cogswell, JVH 251; Tyler Exner, LVR 260; Young Jinyu, LVR, 261; Nico Boelter, LVR 263.Girl’s results had Ellie Hewat, JVH, 170; Kiraya Spencer, LVR, 193; Darya Huser, Salmo, 240; Danica Long, LVR, 243; Kia Weir, Mt. Sentinel firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLLENDORFER REPRESENTED BY THREE FILLIES IN FIELD OF NINE, ENCHANTING LADY & RATTATAPTAP TRY TWO TURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME & MOTION’S WELL-ACCOMPLISHED TURF RUNNER RAINHA DA BATERIA TO MAKE INITIAL DIRT START ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2015)–A sharp second in the Grade I, one mile Las Virgenes Stakes Jan. 31, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Light the City, Bob Baffert’s comebacking stakes winner, Enchanting Lady, and trainer Jeff Bonde’s Rattataptap head a competitive field of nine 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at a mile and one sixteenth.Light the City, one of three Hollendorfer entrants, stalked the pace in the Las Virgenes and missed by a half length in her first try around two turns at odds of 7-1. A first-out maiden special weight winner going six furlongs on Aug. 24 at Del Mar, Light the City took Santa Anita’s six furlong Anoakia Stakes in her next start on Oct. 12. A Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, she was a well beaten fifth as the 5-2 favorite two starts back in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs Jan. 3.Owned by Cheyenne Stables, LLC, Light the City has two wins, a second and a third from five starts and has earnings of $166,900. She’ll be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Achiever’s Legacy, who was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by Light the City in the Las Virgenes. A Kentucky-bred filly by City Zip, Achiever’s Legacy was a first-out maiden special weight winner going five furlongs on turf at Gulfstream Park on June 27. Purchased privately following the maiden score, she was a handy winner of the seven furlong Desi Arnaz Stakes three starts back on Nov. 16 at Del Mar.An even fifth in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos two starts back on Dec. 13, Achiever’s Legacy would benefit from a fast pace on Saturday. Owned by Campbell, Cellucci, Horowitz and partners, she is 7-2-0-2 overall with earnings of $132,060.Hollendorfer is also well represented by Fox Hill Farms’ Glory, who employed front-running tactics in the mile and one sixteenth California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 7, missing by a neck under Russell Baze at odds of 4-5. She was a two length maiden special weight winner two starts back going 6 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita and can be expected to be on or near the early Santa Ysabel lead Saturday.Baffert’s Enchanting Lady, idle since a runaway 6 ¼ length win in the 5 ½ furlong Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita June 22, was brilliant in victory and is training as though she could be sitting on a top performance first-off the bench. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Tale of the Cat, Enchanting Lady is owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., and was purchased for $650,000 at Ocala Breeders 2-year-olds in training sale last March. She’ll be making her third career start and is expected to show plenty of early speed in her first two-turn assignment.An impressive 4 ¾ length allowance winner going six furlongs on Jan. 29, Rattataptap, by top sire Tapit, has an abundance of speed but appears tractable in what will be her first start around two turns. A first-out maiden special weight winner from off the pace going 6 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 29, she was distanced after breaking poorly at 4-1 in her second start, the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 3. Owned by Mark DeDomenico, LLC, Jerry Durant and Michael House, Rattataptap has two wins from three starts.A dedicated deep closer, trainer Graham Motion’s Rainha Da Bateria was a Grade III winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf four starts back at Keeneland Oct. 8 and comes off a troubled third, beaten two lengths at 6-5, in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes Jan. 1 at Santa Anita. Although there’s no doubt about her ability to route, the Broken Vow filly will try the main track for the first time Saturday. Owned by Three Chimneys Farm, Rainha Da Bateria is 6-2-1-1 with earnings of $184,160.A first-out maiden special weight winner going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Feb. 1, Warren Williamson’s homebred Curlin’s Fox retains the services of Mike Smith and is conditioned by Carla Gaines. Trainer John Sadler will send out Virginia-bred Stellar Wind, an 8 ¾ length maiden special weight winner going a flat mile at Laurel on Dec. 18. She was purchased privately by Hronis Racing, LLC following the Maryland win, which was her second career start.Although still a maiden after eight starts, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Danette was third, beaten five lengths, four starts back in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Chandelier Stakes and subsequently fifth, beaten just 1 ½ lengths in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1.The complete field for the Grade III Santa Ysabel, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Danette, Fernando Perez, 119; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith, 119; Enchanting Lady, Martin Garcia, 119; Achiever’s Legacy, Gary Stevens, 119; Rainha Da Bateria, Tiago Pereira, 121; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 119, and Glory, Drayden Van Dyke, 119. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–
ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA – The Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will celebrate the induction of honorees for 2015 and 2016 at a gala on Tuesday evening, May 24. Proceeds from the celebration will fund the placement of 24″ by 24″ engraved informational bronze plaques in the sidewalks of downtown Arcadia. With the opening of the new Arcadia station of the Metro System Gold Line in March 2016, more attention than ever will be drawn to the business district adjacent to Santa Anita Park. The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic core of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, site of Lucky Baldwin’s landmark Queen Anne Cottage and matching Carriage Barn and birthplace of racing in Southern California. The theme will be “Salute in Red and Black,” honoring Baldwin’s racing colors. The Steering Committee for the Walk of Champions includes Beth Costanza, Gail Marshall, and Sandy Snider, all with long ties to the city of Arcadia, who supervised its dedication in the historic downtown of the City of Arcadia on Sept. 27, 2014, as a permanent acknowledgement of the significant role horse racing has played in not only the city’s storied past, but also its promising future. Santa Anita Park is the Founding Sponsor of the Walk of Champions. Equine inductees are champions Zenyatta and Lava Man. Champion jockey Chris McCarron, training stars Gary Jones, Ron McAnally, Mike Mitchell, and Mel Stute, and breeder/owner Buddy Johnston’s Old English Rancho also will be honored. Victor Espinoza, the only active jockey to have won racing’s Triple Crown, and who just piloted California Chrome’s comeback win at Santa Anita Saturday, will receive special recognition for his achievements in the sport and community service. In addition to the Walk of Champions, several other Thoroughbred racing charities will be beneficiaries of the gala, including California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (which serves the backstretch community with health services), Winners Foundation (providing confidential assistance for troubled members of the community), and California Thoroughbred Foundation (dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education). The Arcadia Historical Society greatly appreciates any donation made in support of this educational outreach effort. The Society is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3), and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, at Walk of Champions, PO Box 661332, Arcadia, CA. 91066-1332.IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 14, 2016CONTACTMary Forney(626) email@example.comHigh-resolution photos available
*-2016 All-American Two special teams members from the conference were named to the second team: UIW punter Joe Zema and McNeese placekicker Gunnar Raborn. OffenseWR – Davion Davis, Jr., Sam Houston StateWR – Keelan Doss, Jr., UC-DavisTE – *Dallas Goedert, Sr., South Dakota StateOL – John Cook, Jr., Central ArkansasOL – Brandon Parker, RSr., North Carolina A&TOL – Matthew Schmidt, Sr., FurmanOL – Austin Kuhnert, Sr., North Dakota StateOL – Timon Parris, Sr., Stony BrookQB – *Jeremiah Briscoe, Sr., Sam Houston StateRB – Dominick Bragalone, Jr., LehighRB – Josh Mack, So., Maine 2017 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team – First Team The Southland Conference is tied for second with the Southern Conference with six total league picks, behind only the Missouri Valley Football Conference which earned eight. Briscoe and Hall are now just the second duo of teammates to be named to the AFCA All-America teams in consecutive seasons. 2017 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team – Second Team OffenseWR – Kelvin McKnight, Jr., SamfordWR – Jake Wieneke, Sr., South Dakota StateTE – Andrew Vollert, Sr., Weber StateOL – Justin Lea, Sr., Jacksonville StateOL – Gerald Wright, Sr., HowardOL – Trenton Scott, RSr., Grambling StateOL – *Daniel Cooney, RJr., San DiegoOL – Aaron Stinnie, RSr., James MadisonQB – Devlin Hodges, Jr., SamfordRB – Roc Thomas, Sr., Jacksonville StateRB – De’Lance Turner, Sr., Alcorn State AFCA ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The American Football Coaches Association announced its 2017 FCS All-America Teams on Wednesday, with six representatives from Southland Conference programs. The Southland Offensive Lineman of the Year John Cook of Central Arkansas was also named to the first team. SpecialistsP – Joe Zema, Gr., UIW PK – Gunnar Raborn, Jr., McNeese AP – Pete Guerriero, RFr., Monmouth DefenseDL – Jonathan Petersen, RSr., San DiegoDL – Darryl Johnson, RSo., North Carolina A&TDL – Dalton Keene, Sr., Illinois StateDL – Anthony Ellis, Sr., Charleston SouthernLB – LeGrand Toia, Jr., Weber StateLB – Matthew Oplinger, Sr., YaleLB – Christian Rozeboom, So., South Dakota StateDB – *Mike Basile, Sr., MonmouthDB – Taron Johnson, Sr., Weber StateDB – Marvin Tillman, Jr., Western CarolinaDB – Danny Johnson, Sr., Southern A total of six league players were named between the first and second teams, led by Sam Houston State’s first team trio of quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, wide receiver Davion Davis and defensive lineman P.J. Hall. Briscoe and Hall are repeat honorees, having been named to the AFCA All-America Team in 2016. DefenseDL – *P.J. Hall, Sr., Sam Houston StateDL – *Darius Jackson, RSr., Jacksonville StateDL – Ahmad Gooden, Jr., SamfordDL – Andrew Ankrah, RSr., James MadisonLB – Brett Taylor, Sr., Western IllinoisLB – Bryson Armstrong, RFr., Kennesaw StateLB – *Darius Leonard, RSr., South Carolina StateDB – Siran Neal, RSr., Jacksonville StateDB – *Tre Dempsey, Sr., North Dakota StateDB – Davontae Harris, Sr., Illinois StateDB – Rashad Robinson, Jr., James Madison SpecialistsP – Keith Wrzuszczak, Sr., Eastern KentuckyPK – Justin Thompson, Jr., Kennesaw StateAP – *Detrez Newsome, Sr., Western Carolina
Tournament Central | Box Score | Bracket | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – Sam Houston State completed a conference trophy sweep adding the 2019 Southland Tournament championship to its regular-season title with a 2-1 win over Nicholls Friday afternoon on Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. Brooke Malia once again provided the heroics for the Bearkats with a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Malia also provided a walk-off home run in a 2-0 win over the Colonels in the semifinal matchup Thursday afternoon. The Bearkats completed the tournament with a flawless 3-0 record, outscoring opponents 11-1 on the way to their third-ever Southland Tournament championship and their first since the 2007 season.After a leadoff flyout gave Sam Houston State a quick out, Tiffany Thompson took a 1-2 count and generated a single to left field for the Bearkats’ first hit of the game. Megan Landry started the game in the circle for the Colonels, retiring two of Sam Houston State’s first three batters on popup plays. SHSU then tried to place a runner on second, but Nicholls catcher Kali Clement shut down the effort, picking off Thompson at second on the attempted stolen base to close out the first inning.Landry and Sam Houston State ace Lindsey McLeod dueled from inside the circle over the four innings, giving up three hits apiece but keeping the game knotted at 0-0. Neither team was able to hit for anything more than a single over the four-inning stretch.Nicholls struck first in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run to right field from Amanda Gianelloni. Prior to the solo home run, Gianelloni had not recorded a hit in the Colonels’ four games at the 2019 Southland Tournament. The Nicholls senior cleared the right field fence on a 2-1 count to give the Colonels their only lead of the tournament over the Bearkats. McLeod subsequently forced back-to-back popout plays before fanning Samantha Dares to take the game into the bottom of the inning.SB: Amanda Gianelloni with a solo ?? to put @Nicholls_SB up 1-0 over @BearkatsSB in the top of the sixth. #SouthlandStrong?? @ESPNU ?? https://t.co/Gbc2kspbdv?? @espn apps ?? https://t.co/mHSxzmqQjo pic.twitter.com/NSOp10Uk9F— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2019 Bailey White Sam Houston State C Burleson, Texas Nicholls’ Caitlin Garcia registered a leadoff single up the middle to provide the Colonels with some life in the seventh. However, McLeod cemented the Bearkats’ title run, retiring the next three batters while recording her ninth strikeout of the game.SB: That championship feeling! @BearkatsSB celebrates 2-1 win over Nicholls, claims automatic bid to @NCAAsoftball tournament. Watch @ESPNU replay w/ Lyn Rollins and @vidalestori on the call. ?? ?? https://t.co/G8yror9d8b?? @ESPN apps#EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/QjAFWcfpG3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 11, 2019 Cayla Jones Northwestern State 2B Missouri City, Texas Margarita Corona Stephen F. Austin 1B Tucson, Ariz. All-Tournament Team Sam Houston State marked a quick out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a groundout from Megan McDonald. Tiffany Thompson stepped up to the plate for her third at-bat of the game, having singled on each of her previous two plate appearances. On the very first pitch, Thompson sailed a shot to left field, clearing the fence and tying the game at 1-1. Not to be upstaged, Malia entered the batter’s box and immediately took a 1-0 count. On the next pitch, Malia sent a home run of her own over left-center field, putting the Bearkats up 2-1. Landry retired the next two Bearkats to escape the inning.SB: Malia hit a walk-off shot in the semifinal, now a go-ahead HR in the championship. 2-1 @BearkatsSB over @Nicholls_SB, bottom 6th in #SouthlandStrong title tilt. ?? @ESPNU ?? https://t.co/Gbc2kspbdv?? @espn apps ?? https://t.co/mHSxzmqQjo pic.twitter.com/GmSi8DQT01— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2019 Brooke Malia Sam Houston State 2B Houston, Texas Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State SS Montgomery, Texas Lindsey McLeod (MVP) Sam Houston State P Austin, Texas Kali Clement Nicholls C Thibodaux, La. Caitlin Garcia Nicholls 3B Spring, Texas Megan Landry Nicholls P Pierre Part, La. Kassidy Wilbur Stephen F. Austin P Bridge City, Texas Kasey Frederick Nicholls OF Bridge City, Texas Justyce McClain McNeese OF Phoenix, Ariz. The win improves Sam Houston State to a 34-22 overall record and earns the Bearkats an automatic qualifying bid the 2019 NCAA Championship. SHSU will be making their second-ever appearance at the NCAA tournament and their first since the 2007 season.
SELCOURT & ANONYMITY HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LA WOMAN STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–Lightning quick from the gate, Keith Abrahams homebred Selcourt returns to sprinting and heads a field of six fillies and mares three and up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at six furlongs over the Santa Anita main track. Idle since March 30, Selcourt will cede all-important recency to the remainder of the field, including Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s Anonymity, who comes off a solid second as the 3-5 favorite in Del Mar’s Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 11.SELCOURTOwner: Medallion Racing & Keith AbrahamsTrainer: John SadlerFourth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Beholder Mile here March 30, Selcourt, who is much better suited around one turn, should be plenty tough off the bench as Sadler looks to Joe Talamo to dictate terms on the front end. A lightly raced 5-year-old mare by Tiz Wonderful, Selcourt, who will be making her 11th career start, is 9-4-3-1 at Santa Anita, with two of those wins coming in graded stakes.ANONYMITYOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Richard MandellaUnlucky to lose in the 6 ½ furlong Rancho Bernardo, this 5-year-old Tapit mare bobbled at the break and was surging late when beaten a half length by top filly Danuska’s My Girl. Second four starts back in 2018 LA Woman a year ago, Anonymity was then a huge third, beaten a neck in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs. Four times second in graded stakes, she’ll be bidding for her first graded victory in what will be her 10th career start on Saturday. THE GRADE III LA WOMAN STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTFlor de La Mar–Mike Smith–118Lady Ninja–Drayden Van Dyke–123Streak of Luck–Tyler Baze–123Anonymity–Victor Espinoza–123Show It N Moe It–Rafael Bejarano–123Selcourt–Joe Talamo–125For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
SANTA ANITA 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $105,306 INTO SATURDAY; SIX CONSOLATION WINNERS TODAY EACH PAY $9,149.80 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2019)–Although there was no single ticket winner in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, there were six consolation tickets with six wins, each worth $9,149.80. Accordingly, there is a Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover into Saturday at Santa Anita of $105,306.With a carryover into Friday of $82,759 on the pari-mutuel table, $98,485 in new money was wagered today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $181,244.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. The Rainbow Six will commence with race four, which has an assigned post time of 2:07 p.m.The $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, has been carded as race seven and Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.