Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the riders with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes from Penticton, Brenda Kotzian, Penticton, Brian Burke and Scott McGillivray; Kelowna, Gail Harrison, Jaime Moffat, John Bauer, Julio Krenz, Marni Finlay and Shirley Hogan; Kamloops, Christine Banford, Les Blain and Roy Davidson; Castlegar, Wally Bursey and Rob Gardner; Fort St John, Dirk Finkensiep; Salmon Arm, Gwen McLennan; Vernon, Kevin Lane; Golden, Michael Hull; Lake County, Stephen James; Sparwood, Kathryn Morrison; and from Nelson, Mike Kosoff and Colleen Lowing. A large contingent of cyclists glided through the Heritage City last week during the annual Cops For Kids Ride. The ride is the main fundraising event throughout the year and is extremely successful in raising awareness and funds to help the little hearts in our community!This grueling ten-day ride started in Osoyoos before concluding Sunday in Kelowna.
Jules Chopin of Kaslo and the Simon Fraser University Clan have advanced to the final four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over host Regis Rangers Sunday in Denver.The Clan travel to Evans, Ga. for the NCAA Division II semi final December 5 against Carson-Newman of Jefferson City, TN.Unlike the quarterfinal when SFU needed a late goal and a shootout conversion from Chopin, the Clan put this game away early scoring in the first seven minutes of the game and late in the half.Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques scored in the first half before Carlo Basso (51), Alexander Kleefeldt (83) and Jovan Blagojevic (85) completed the rout.Brandon Watson faced eight shots to record the shutout.SFU, 17-2-2 now travel to Blanchard Woods Park inEvans, Ga. for the Final Four.The other teams remaining are Southern New Hampshire University and Rockhurst of Kansas City. Kaslo’s Jules Chopin kicks SFU Clan into NCAA Elite EightFirst there was Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz powering University of BC to the gold-medal in the CIS men’s soccer tournament last Sunday.Now, another Nelson Youth Soccer player has tasted stardom on the university circuit — this time in the USA at the NCAA level.Jules Chopin of Kaslo scored in the sixth round of shootout (watch penalty kick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVde4AfljQ) to spark Simon Fraser University Clan to a win over the University of California, San Diego Tritans to clinch the program’s second straight NCAA West Region title and a trip to the Elite Eight.The Clan tied the game with four minutes remaining as Jovan Blagojevic scored to even the game at 1-1.After overtime settle nothing, the teams went to the sixth round of shootout before the Tritans missed and Chopin converted the winner.This is the second season on the Clan squad for Chopin, who toiled in the NYS system before heading off to play in the Lower Mainland while attending Burnaby Mountain Secondary.Chopin Graduate of SFU High School Soccer Academy in 2011 and played for U18 CMFSC MetroLast season as a freshman, Chopin played seven games for the Clan.This season he started 11 of the 15 games this season for SFU.The win clinches the Clan’s second straight NCAA West Region Championship and sends SFU to the “Elite Eight” where they will face the host Regis University Rangers. The Clan’s match Sunday against Regis will begin at 1 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at athletics.sfu.ca.
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons continue to pull in the hardware after the crew took third place at the Vernon Dragon Boat Races Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake captured third overal in the A Women’s Final.”Once more the KRD grouping of Sisters in Sync and Ladies of the Lake Team proved a winner,” said Coach Cath Little. “Great season for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons.”The Kootenay The Rhythm Dragons Ladies of The Wake has four paddlers from the Sisters In Sync on the team for the Vernon meet.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragon also won First Place in the Women’s Championship “B” Division at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival.Next up on the season schedule is the races in Penticton, September 5-7.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons will be sending two teams to the Penticton competition.
It’s a proven fact to always have a backup plan just in case that original idea goes south.Dryden Hunt knows all too well things do not always go as planned as the Nelson Minor Hockey product prepares to enter the world of professional hockey.After not hearing his name called out for the second consecutive year last week at the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft in Sunrise, Florida, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward already has a direction in place.Hunt, 19, is off to the La Belle Province Friday to attend the Montreal Canadiens Development Camp, which begins Sunday in Brossard, Quebec.“Montreal contacted me before the draft to say if I didn’t go in the draft they’d like to offer me a tryout,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily from Kelowna where he’s training for the upcoming season.“I was hoping I would get drafted but now I’m heading to Montreal and I couldn’t be happier.”Hunt was optimistic his name would be called after a stellar season in the Western Hockey League with Regina Pats and Medicine Hat Tigers.Hunt put up 83 points during the regular season before adding five goals in 10 playoff games for the Tigers.“Ya, I am a little disappointed,” Hunt lamented. “I mean with all those rankings before (draft) it kind of puts into your head that there’s always a possibility.“I thought I had a pretty good year but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”It’s tough,” he added, “but I’m now heading to Montreal with guys who got drafted so this is an exciting opportunity to show what I’ve got.”Hunt leaves Friday for the Habs Development Camp. He is part of a list of tryout-invitees the Montreal Scouting Department has put together.There is also more than 20 Montreal draft prospects from the past three seasons, including Hunt’s teammate at Medicine Hat, Matthew Bradley.Hunt also said former Nelson Minor Hockey graduate Tim McGauley is also attending the camp.McGauley played the last three seasons in Brandon, where he registered 105 points last season scoring 42 goals playing center.“It’s every kids dream to get drafted but some players take a little tougher road toward their dream,” Hunt explained.“For me I didn’t get drafted two years in a row, but I’ll just go to Montreal and try to prove people wrong and try to make the most of my opportunity.”The Habs also invited Hunt to their Prospects Camp in September.So the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt has two chances to impress the coaching staff.Smart man that Dryden Hunt.Smart man.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Ridden with the biblical patience of Job, All Star Bub rallied late to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one length under Rafael Bejarano, while covering a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.12.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Midshipman filly was a restrained fifth at the rail heading to the half mile pole and Bejarano had to bide his time at the fence before switching out to the three-path inside the sixteenth pole.“I had a bad position at the rail,” said Bejarano, who registered his third win of the day. “I knew that (favored) Divina Comedia and Tiz Ladys Legs would take off, so I just tried to hold my position and I stayed right behind the speed.“In the stretch, I didn’t have anywhere to go but finally Divina Comedia (on the lead at the rail) and Show Stealer (second, just outside of “Divina”) took off a little, so it gave me a chance to get out and in the clear.”The second choice in a field of six older fillies and mares at 9-5, All Star Bub paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.80. Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, Campbell and Hollendorfer, All Star Bub got her third win from 15 starts. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $147,360.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer, who finished a half length in front of Backintheacademy, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.Backintheacademy, who split horses turning for home under apprentice Brayan Pena, rallied strongly for third, finishing a nose in front of Divina Comedia. Off at 17-1, Backintheacademy paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.31, 48.52, 1:12.99 and 1:38.68.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
Third Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown TJ Holyfield2 Stephen F. Austin F Jr. Albuquerque, N.M. Roddy Peters Nicholls G Sr. Washington, D.C. Nicholls claims two individual superlatives in Roddy Peters garnering the Newcomer of the Year award while head coach Richie Riley led his squad to a co-regular season championship en route to being named Coach of the Year. Southeastern Louisiana’s Marlain Veal is the Defensive Player of the Year, and Houston Baptist’s David Caraher wins Freshman of the Year. 2 indicates two-time all-conference selection3 indicates three-time all-conference selection Joseph Kilgore A&M-Corpus Christi G Sr. Houston, Texas All-Defensive Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown The Lumberjacks earned a trio of selections to lead the league while the Lions, Colonels and McNeese each secured two picks on the teams. UCA, Sam Houston State, Lamar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist and Northwestern State each garnered one spot. 2017-18 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Teams Jordan Capps Southeastern La. F Sr. Norcross, Ga. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ senior guard Jordan Howard is the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with its all-conference teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. David Caraher Houston Baptist F Fr. Chapel Hill, N.C. Jahvaughn Powell Nicholls G Sr. Tallahassee, Fla. All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Shannon Bogues Stephen F. Austin G Jr. Killeen, Texas Marlain Veal Southeastern La. G Jr. New Orleans, La. Veal led the Southland in steals during conference competition, averaging 2.2 a game. The Lions finished first in the league in scoring defense (65.7) and were third in field goal percentage defense (.420). Tevon Saddler Nicholls G Sr. Aberdeen, Md. Aaron Augustin Stephen F. Austin G So. Suwanee, Ga. Kevon Harris Stephen F. Austin G/F So. Ellenwood, Ga. Jordan Howard3 Central Arkansas G Sr. Chandler, Ariz. Colton Weisbrod2 Lamar F Sr. Nederland, Texas Jaylen Franklin Abilene Christian G Jr. Little Rock, Ark. Howard, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., is third in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.8 points per game heading into the 2018 Southland Basketball Tournament this week. In league games this year, Howard led all scorers with a 26.4 point average and shot 91.9 percent from the free-throw line. A career year for Howard, he etched his name into the Southland record book when he became the all-time leader for three-point field goals made. He currently has 377 triples in his four-year career. Howard becomes the third men’s basketball player to win both the Southland Player of the Year award and Freshman of the Year honor (2015) in their career. First Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Hayden Koval Central Arkansas C Fr. Prosper, Texas Howard leads the all-conference first team, earning his third All-Southland selection. Veal, Lamar’s Colton Weisbrod and Stephen F. Austin’s TJ Holyfield each earned their second selection. Player of the Year: Jordan Howard, Central ArkansasDefensive Player of the Year: Marlain Veal, Southeastern LouisianaFreshman of the Year: David Caraher, Houston BaptistNewcomer of the Year: Roddy Peters, NichollsCoach of the Year: Richie Riley, Nicholls Kalob Ledoux McNeese G So. Port Barre, La. Chris Galbreath, Jr. Sam Houston State F Sr. Chicago, Ill. In his first year in a Colonels’ uniform, Peters averaged 19.7 points per game in league action to rank second in the conference and was fourth in the Southland for assists per game with a 4.4 average. Riley, a second-year head coach, led his Colonels to their first Southland championship since 1998 and a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Caraher, a third team all-conference selection, ranked in the top five of the league in scoring and rebounding in conference action. He was fourth in scoring with 18.1 points per game and fifth in rebounding with 7.6 a game. Caraher is the only player to accomplish this feat. Second Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Honorable Mention: Jalone Friday, Abilene Christian; Nick Garth, Lamar; John Dewey III, Sam Houston State; Mathieu Kamba, Central Arkansas; Josh Nzeakor, Lamar; Jaren Lewis, Abilene Christian; Shawn Johnson, UIW. Ishmael Lane Northwestern State F/C Jr. Port Allen, La. TJ Holyfield Stephen F. Austin F Jr. Albuquerque, N.M. Marlain Veal2 Southeastern Louisiana G Jr. New Orleans, La. Quatarrius Wilson McNeese F Jr. Mobile, Ala.
THIBODAUX, La. – Austin Claunch was named the next head coach of the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program on Thursday as it was announced by director of athletics Matt Roan. Claunch’s hiring is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.An introductory press conference and meet and greet with Claunch is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 9 with additional details forthcoming.”As we vetted a strong pool of candidates, Austin Claunch stood out as the right man to lead the program,” Roan said. “Because of his high basketball IQ and broad network, I have no doubt Austin will be able to successfully recruit, develop, and coach outstanding student-athletes who will compete for championships and earn their degrees. More than anyone else, Austin understands the recipe for success at Nicholls and will provide consistency to our program while continuing its upward trajectory.”Claunch spent the past two seasons as an assistant on Richie Riley’s staff, contributing heavily to the Colonels historic 2018 campaign that included the most wins (21) since 1995 and best Southland Conference record (15-3) since 1998.”I am beyond excited to be named the next head basketball coach at Nicholls,” Claunch said. “The people of this university and all of Thibodaux have embraced me and treated me like family since the first day I arrived two years ago. I am ready to give the community a winning program built on enthusiasm, accountability and hard work. The foundation has been laid, and the future is extremely bright. I am truly humbled and honored to be leading our basketball program into the next phase.”Under Riley, Claunch was primarily responsible for guard development, specifically point guards, working daily with seniors Roddy Peters (SLC Newcomer of the Year, First Team), Jahvaughn Powell (All-SLC Defensive Team), Lafayette Rutledge (Single-season 3-point record holder) and Tevon Saddler (All-SLC Second Team). He was also the key recruiter for Kevin Johnson and Ryghe Lyons, who both started over 15 games as freshmen.Claunch’s impact at Nicholls was immediately felt as it was his scout that helped the Colonels knock off Boston College 79-73 on Nov. 11, 2016. He worked closely with Riley on offensive and defensive schemes and gameplans. Claunch created, orchestrated and conducted all basketball camps for the Colonels over the past two years.Before coming to Nicholls, Claunch served in a variety of roles at Clemson University under coach Brad Brownell from 2013-16. With the Tigers, Claunch most notably instructed All-ACC First Teamer Jaron Blossomgame and current Brooklyn Nets small forward KJ McDaniels. He also worked under Paul Hewitt at George Mason during the 2012-13 season as the director of player development.Each summer from 2007-2011, Claunch worked with former NBA player and longtime Head Coach John Lucas at his camps in Houston. He also interned in the summer of 2010 with Joe Abunassar and Impact Basketball. From 2008-10, Claunch assisted his father’s 15U and 16U Adidas Houston Select Basketball Club teams.Claunch was a four-year starter and two-time captain at Emory University on the Division III level from 2008-12. He ranks first in Emory history in career assists (580), assists per game (5.8) and minutes played (3,132). Claunch is also second in free throw percentage (.877). He was also a three-time All-Conference First Team player at Emory, and a member of the University Athletic Association’s 25th Anniversary Team. Claunch set the school’s three best single-season assist totals over each of his final three seasons.The Houston native earned his undergraduate degree in political science, with a minor in religion, from Emory in 2012. Claunch obtained a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson in August 2015.
OF Sidney Salmans Northwestern State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas OF Ali McCoy Southeastern Louisiana So. Maurepas, La. Landry, a three-time Southland Pitcher of the Week this season and now two-time All-Conference member, produced a 1.86 ERA to go along with a .200 opposing batting average. She had 12 wins in the Southland season. Lara, one of three freshmen on the all-conference first team, batted .404 in conference play for second in the league. She tied for first in the league for hits with 36. Clement spent time at catcher, designated player and third base in her first season with the Colonels. She ended league action with a .333 batting average and crossed the plate 20 times to rank in the top eight. 2B Cayla Jones Northwestern State Fr. Missouri City, Texas Nicholls claimed the other four individual superlatives. Junior Megan Landry is the Pitcher of the Year while teammates Jewel Lara and Kali Clement are the Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, respectively. Head coach Angel Santiago led the Colonels to their first regular season championship since 1996 to be named Coach of the Year. 3B Mahalia Gibson2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss. C Taylor Fraccastoro Stephen F. Austin Sr. Orange, Texas DP Taylor Davis Lamar Jr. Nederland, Texas Pos. Name University Class Hometown UT Kaitlyn St. Clair Northwestern State So. Cypress, Texas Individual AwardsPlayer of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeeseHitter of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeesePitcher of the Year: Megan Landry, NichollsFreshman of the Year: Jewel Lara, NichollsNewcomer of the Year: Kali Clement, NichollsCoach of the Year: Angel Santiago, Nicholls OF Kelsey Miller Nicholls Fr. Denham Springs, La. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese utility player Erika Piancastelli is the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Monday with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. 2B Libby Morris Central Arkansas Jr. Grove, Okla. The 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament starts Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. The tournament features the league’s top eight teams for the first time in 30 years, switching from a six-team format, and begins with a four-team first round Tuesday between the bottom four seeds. The winners of the first two games will join the top four Southland teams in a traditional six-team, double-elimination bracket for the remainder of the tourney. P Lindsey McLeod Sam Houston State Jr. Austin, Texas First Team Piancastelli, one of the most prolific softball players in Southland history, becomes the first softball player to win Player of the Year all four years and is just the third to do so in any Southland sport. She joins ULM’s women’s basketball player Eun Jun Lee (1983-86) and Lamar’s men’s golfer Chris Stroud (2001-04). P Rachel Hayes Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Ocean Springs, Miss. DP Alexandria Saldivar McNeese So. Princeton, Texas UT Erika Piancastelli4 McNeese Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. Games 1-11 will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network with Richard Dow, Bruce Merchant and Tony Taglavore sharing play-by-play duties. The games will be available via southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps. Coverage shifts to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 will be televised nationwide on ESPNEWS with Lincoln Rose and former Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Kati Morse on the call. If Game 13 is necessary, action will move to ESPN3. In both cases, streaming coverage is available from WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. P Makayla Sikes Stephen F. Austin Sr. Gilmer, Texas Third Team P Alexis LaBure Nicholls Fr. Port Neches, Texas OF Kasey Frederick2 Nicholls Jr. Bridge City, Texas 1B Shelby Henderson Lamar So. Keller, Texas OF Justyce McClain3 McNeese Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. OF Morgan Felts Central Arkansas Jr. Conway, Ark. 2 Two-time all-conference selection3 Three-time all-conference selection4 Four-time all-conference selection 2B Kelly Meeuwsen3 Lamar Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. SS Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State So. Montgomery, Texas SS Peyton Hedrick4 Abilene Christian Sr. Forney, Texas OF Kendall Talley Lamar Fr. San Antonio, Texas The senior from Carlsbad, Calif., broke five Southland career records this year: home runs, hits, RBIs, runs scored and total bases. The four-time Player of the Year led the Southland in batting average (.493), slugging percentage (1.188), on base percentage (.650), home runs (12), RBIs (28), doubles (10), runs scored (29) and walks (32). She also earned her fourth consecutive Hitter of the Year award. 1B Morgan Catron McNeese Sr. Mineola, Texas Second Team P Megan Landry2 Nicholls Jr. Pierre Part, La. Piancastelli and Abilene Christian’s Peyton Hedrick each picked up their fourth all-conference selection. Nicholls’ Amanda Gianelloni, McNeese’s Justyce McClain, Lamar’s Kelly Meeuwsen and Southeastern Louisiana’s Kinsey Nichols are each three-time selections to the All-Conference teams. 2018 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams Honorable Mention – Catcher: Heidi Jacquez, Houston Baptist. First Base: Codi Carpenter, Sam Houston State; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin. Second Base: Bryana Novegil, Stephen F. Austin; Alli Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana Third Base: Kassie James, Houston Baptist. Shortstop: Kate Myers, Central Arkansas; Jaquelyn Ramon, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfield: Lauren Brown, McNeese; Julie Rawls, Northwestern State; Kayla Crutchmer, Central Arkansas; Kayla Sheridan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State. Pitcher: Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese. DP Alyson Bishoff Abilene Christian Sr. Belton, Texas UT Kali Clement Nicholls Jr. Thibodaux, La. 1B Kaylyn Shepherd Central Arkansas So. Mechanicsville, Va. SS Amanda Gianelloni3 Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. OF Donelle Johnson Abilene Christian R-So. McKinney, Texas 3B Jewel Lara Nicholls Fr. Missouri City, Texas C Bailey White Sam Houston State R-Fr. Burleson, Texas 3B Amber Landry2 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Ponchatoula, La. OF Kinsey Nichols3 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Alvin, Texas C Moriah Strother Nicholls R-Sr. Suwanee, Ga. P Hannah Null Abilene Christian Sr. Highland Village, Texas
On the game’s restart, Will Brand took over on the mound for UCA, retiring the Bearkats to give the Bears a chance to catch up at the bottom of the eighth inning. Wesneski made way for Relief Pitcher of the Year Dakota Mills for Sam Houston, who closed out the game with his 15th save of season and a 4-2 Bearkat win.BSB: After a 1:44 rain delay, neither team could score in the final two innings. Mills registered the final six outs. @BearkatsBSB advanced with 4-2 win over @UCABearBaseball. #EatEmUpKats #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/MDnMErpPTG— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Bearkats did not look the part of the sluggish upset-prone side that dropped its opening-round matchup to No. 8 New Orleans yesterday. A five-hit first inning paved the way for an early 4-0 lead, led by three straight RBI singles with two outs.BSB: Four-run top of the first inning for @BearkatsBSB, capped by Johnson’s RBI single. 4-0 SHSU before UCA came to the plate. #EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/DyHhr86ndC— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Bears were led by Presley who was 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI but the team could not find a breakthrough and failed to capitalize on six baserunners left on. Wesneski took the win and is now 7-3 on the year, striking out three on 74 pitches today. A rain delay suspended the game at the top of the eighth, lasting nearly two hours before the game resumed at 4 p.m.BSB UPDATE: Rain still coming down in buckets. Still lightning all around us. #TarpCam pic.twitter.com/Yu82z83e7J— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 Central Arkansas got on the board with a Keaton Presley RBI to score Josh Somdecerff at the bottom of the third. Cody Davenport kept the Bearkats off the board from the mound for five straight innings, striking out four. UCA halved the lead at the bottom of the fifth with a ground out RBI to make it a 4-2 game.BSB: Presley put @UCABearBaseball on the scoreboard in the 3rd. RBI single scored Somdecerff. 4-1 SHSU at that point. #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/H1l064adbI— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – Sam Houston State survived their first game of the elimination bracket with a 4-2 win over No. 5 Central Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon. A four-run first and a strong outing from right-hander Hayden Wesneski was enough to send the Bears home and secure the top seed’s spot in tomorrow’s bracket. The Bears are eliminated from this year’s tournament while the Bearkats move on to face the loser of tonight’s matchup between No. 4 Houston Baptist and No. 8 New Orleans tomorrow at noon in another elimination game.
FAVORED FLAGSTAFF RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG WIN IN 1:22.64ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in 1:22.64.Fourth behind a dueling threesome that consisted of stablemate St. Joe’s Bay, Law Abidin Citizen and McKale, Flagstaff was never threatened by the late running Roadster, who flew to be second.Off at even money in a field of six older horses, Flagstaff, a 6-year-old gelding by Speightstown, paid $4.00, $2.40 and $2.20.Owned by Lane’s End Farm and Hronis Racing, LLC, Flagstaff, who is out of the Gone West mare Indyan Giving, notched his first graded stakes win and improved his overall record to 11-5-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $403,785.Roadster, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, ran out of real estate, finishing one length in front of stablemate McKale. Off as the second choice with Mike Smith up at 2-1, he paid $3.00 and $2.60.McKale, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-1 and paid $4.00 to show while finishing one half length in front of Law Abidin Citizen.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.04 and 1:09.54.