Olympia’s Own Stars Come Out For “8” The Play

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0 In California, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jamie Lee Curtis took the stage to read the play “8” in 2011. In Olympia, our own “star” performers – among them Clarke Hallum, Brian Tyrrell, Gwen Haw, Brenda Amburgy, Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, Peter Kappler, Andrew Gordon and Samantha Chandler – will perform in a two-night-only run of a historic play.“8” will make its premiere in Olympia at the Washington Center at 7:30 pm on September 28 and 29.The play “8” was written by Oscar Winning director Dustin Lance Black, and is based on research and transcripts from Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the 2010 federal court battle that dealt with the legality of Prop. 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. The play uses actual court transcripts from the federal trial of California’s Proposition 8 and first-hand interviews. “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.“In this production, we are excited to have stars from every stage in the South Sound,” said producer Ned Hayes. “For two nights only, you get to see some of the best actors from 5th Avenue, Harlequin, Capital Playhouse, Olympia Family Theater, and Theater Artists of Olympia, all on stage together!”The Olympia production includes a cast of over twenty actors. Performers include Peter Kappler, who has performed in numerous leading roles at Harlequin Theater; Clarke Hallum, who originated the title role in the new Broadway production of “A Christmas Story” and appeared in that role in Chicago and in Seattle; Gwen Haw, most recently seen in the lead role of “Hello Dolly” at Capital Playhouse; Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, who appeared in 5th Avenue’s production of “Oklahoma” and “Cinderella” in 2012; Samantha Chandler, the managing director of Olympia Family Theater (OFT); Scott Douglas, who appeared as “Polonius” in “Hamlet” from Animal Fire Theater in summer 2012; Heather Christopher, leading light at Theater Artists of Olympia; Andrew Gordon, whose adaptation of “Wind in the Willows” opens on the OFT stage in 2012; and theater critic and director Christian Carvajal, whose work has been seen on stage at Olympia Little Theater and Lakewood Playhouse.The “8” website — http://www.8theplay.com/ — includes an online video of the performance with Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jaime Lee Curtis and other screen luminaries in Los Angeles in 2011. Olympia’s own reading and performance is listed on the same website – details and tickets at http://www.8theplay.com/readings/washington-state-unitarian-universalist-voices-for-justice/The Olympia production was organized by Olympia minister Carol McKinley, a community minister affiliated with Olympia’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation.“The play faithfully portray opinions that are both pro LGBTQ marriage, as well as voices that are against marriage equality,” said McKinley. “We want to fairly represent the arguments that were in the court case in California.”McKinley worked with local theater promoter Ned Hayes to bring the work to stage here in Olympia. Hayes previously produced an 8-hour staged reading of “Paradise Lost” with Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book in Seattle and has worked with several local theaters, including Olympia Family Theater and Capital Playhouse.Brian Tyrrell is directing this production of “8.” Tyrrell’s credits run from the Intiman Theatre in Seattle to the National Shakespeare Company in New York. Centralia College publications describe Tyrrell as “perhaps the premier dramatic arts director in the state.” Tyrrell is currently a professor at Centralia College and is past artistic director of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He is a member of Actors Equity, and was Associate Artistic Director of the Tacoma Actors Guild. He has directed on many South Sound stages ranging from Harlequin to Capital Playhouse.Playwright Dustin Lance Black created the successful television show “Big Love,” and also wrote and directed the Academy Award Winning movie “Milk” about the life of Harvey Milk and the movie “J. Edgar.” Black created the play “8” in light of the federal court system’s refusal to allow release of video recordings from the trial and to give the public a true account of what transpired in the courtroom.The play is written in the style of verbatim theatre reenactment, using transcripts from the trial and journalist records, along with interviews from the plaintiffs, defendants and proponents involved. The audience of this play will learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony and will understand the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In May 2009, AFER filed a lawsuit, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of plaintiffs, two same-sex couples, to challenge a voter-approved constitutional amendment, known as Proposition 8, that eliminated same-sex couples’ right to marry. The same-sex couples were represented by David Boies and former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, two high profile attorneys who opposed each other in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Bush v. Gore. In the Olympia production, Peter Kappler plays David Boies and Scott Douglas plays Theodore Olson.The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, sponsors of the play, have licensed the play for readings nationwide. “8” first opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City on September 19, 2011, and later broadcast worldwide from the Ebell of Los Angeles on March 3, 2012. The September 28 and 29 performances are the only licensed productions in Olympia. After the performance, the artists will engage in a post-show discussion with the audience, facilitated by State Representative Chris Reykdal and other local figures who have been involved in the Washington State marriage equality debate.last_img read more

HazoHouse Now Open Seven Days a Week

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County County residents and businesses can bring hazardous waste to Hawks Prairie facility daily from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.HazoHouse is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The hazardous waste collection site, located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey, collects unused and unwanted household and business-generated hazardous waste. This service is free to Thurston County residents, and businesses pay a small fee to safely dispose of hazardous chemicals, cleaners, and other waste that can harm the environment if not handled properly.“I’m really pleased to see this expansion of the HazoHouse service to seven days a week,” said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, who also chairs the county’s Board of Health. “Daily collection not only helps protect the health of our environment, it also helps protect the health of our waste collection workers. This is just one more step Thurston County is taking to keep our drinking water and our environment safe and clean.”Chemical products like household cleaners, bug and weed killers, auto care products, fluorescent bulbs, and oil-based paints and stains can be harmful to human health, wildlife, and our environment when not handled and disposed of properly. The goal of offering HazoHouse services seven days a week is to make it even more convenient for county residents and businesses to dispose of their household hazardous waste the right way, and avoid pollution from illegal dumping.“We’ve seen an increase in the number of residential customers at HazoHouse each year since 2012,” said Scott Schimelfenig, Manager of Thurston County Solid Waste, “It’s great to see that more people are bringing their household hazardous waste to HazoHouse and disposing of it the right way. We’re happy to offer expanded hours to meet the growing need for safe and convenient disposal of hazardous waste.”HazoHouse is located at Thurston County’s Waste and Recovery Center at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey. To get to HazoHouse, use the entrance to the right of the main entrance. When you bring your items to HazoHouse, please stay in your car and wait for attendants to assist you. HazoHouse is an easy and free option for county residents to safely dispose of hazardous household products. Go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/Hazo for a complete list of items accepted at HazoHouse. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

US Army Family Loses Home to Nisqually River Erosion

first_imgFacebook589Tweet0Pin0Johnny Carr, a full-time soldier with the United States Army, along with his wife and two young daughters have had to make sacrifices over the years as Johnny deployed to Afghanistan. Heather manages the home front while Johnny is away serving his country.The Nisqually River has eroded more than 60 feet of the Carr family home.On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, their lives were turned upside down when the Nisqually River eroded 60-feet of their property, taking with it all the trees and vegetation that was holding the river back.Now the family has been directed to evacuate the home. Their dream of building a life together along the Nisqually River in rural Thurston County will no longer be a reality. The County has yellow tagged the home, meaning they are authorized to enter the structure for brief period of time in order to retrieve personal belongings, but they will not be able to reoccupy the home.Johnny and Heather Carr, pictured with their two young daughters, have been forced to leave their home due to Nisqually River erosion.A crowd funding campaign has been organized on behalf of the family to raise funds for mortgage relief. The homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, and since they are outside a regulated floodplain, the lending institution did not require food coverage on the property.To learn more or to donate to this cause, please visit this Go Fund Me page.last_img read more

Imperfect 10: Bundesliga confirms 10 players positive for Covid-19

first_imgImage Courtesy: ESPNAdvertisement 5z6hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs82dr0jdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8wmz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nflWould you ever consider trying this?😱5cfyCan your students do this? 🌚nw0gpRoller skating! Powered by Firework While football was one of the major sports that was halted due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, a number of European football leagues such as the French Ligue 1 and the Dutch Eredivise had already decided to cancel the ongoing season. However, Bundesliga had faced an ‘infinite suspension’ of its 2019-20 season, and after positive COVID-19 cases from FC Cologne emerged, the German Football Association (DFL) had decided to carry out a number of tests. Now, a total of ten players from both the first and second division of the German top flight have tested positive.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNPrior to a complete restart of training, a total of 1700 players and staffs from 36 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs were tested, but DFL has decided to keep their identities disclosed.“The tests carried out over the past few days have served their purpose of providing additional security and thus protecting players from infection during team training or matches,” DFL said in a statement.Advertisement “The appropriate measures, for example the isolation of the affected persons, were taken immediately by the respective clubs in accordance with the specifications of the local health authorities,” the statement added, “the overriding goal is to ensure maximum prevention on the basis of detailed distance and hygiene measures and permanent monitoring,” The DFL also stated that another round of test will be conducted in the coming week, as there are chances of positive cases that may have been isolated.Advertisement Back on 13th march, Bundesliga was first suspended until April 2nd, which was later extended to 30th. However, while normalcy hasn’t returned in Germany and even behind closed door matches can be a potential hazard for the players, the German government has decided to release a statement on Wednesday regarding the any further decision regarding postponement or resumption of the sport in the country.Bayern are currently seating at the top of the league table with 55 points from 25 games, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.More than 166,000 positive cases have been confirmed in Germany till date, and the death toll has risen to 6,909.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced?Sony Pictures Sports Network launches ‘The Blue Revolution’ that revisits the Indian cricket team’s victorious campaign of the 1985 B&H World Championship of Cricket Advertisementlast_img read more

Middletown Merges Development Hearings

first_imgResidential and Retail To Be Considered TogetherBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – When the township Planning Board resumes hearing the Route 35 Village proposal, it is to hear both the commercial and residential components.So, at the next hearing on the matter – scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal complex – the board will hear both the Shoppes at Middletown commercial aspect and the Oaks at Middletown residential component. Both are to be built on 118 acres basically bounded by Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane.Board Chairman John Deus announced consolidating the applications for the purpose of the Planning Board hearings at the Wednesday, June 15 meeting, when the board had the Shoppes at Middletown before it for the second time.On 52 of the acres fronting Route 35, John Orrico/Village 35 LP of Purchase, New York, proposes to build the Shoppes – 338,455 square feet of commercial space, including retail, restaurant and movie theater space. On the rear 66 acres, or at the Carriage Drive end of the property, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pennsylvania, wants to build the Oaks, a 350-townhouse complex – a breakdown of 280 units at market price and 70 units of government-designated affordable housing.A way to avoid “mass confusion” and “be fair to the public and the board is to consolidate the two hearings,” Deus said. This way, for example, the board and public could hear each’s engineering, traffic, and other related components at the same time, Deus said.“A consolidated hearing makes sense,” Board Attorney James H. Gorman said.As it stands, the Oaks application, which was filed after the Shoppes proposal in recent weeks, was still under review by the township Planning and Community Development Department. But, barring anything unusual, the department was expected to deem the Oaks application complete in the coming days.Outside of the June 15 meeting, members of the public raised concern about the development of the overall 118 acres, which is now a combination of some businesses and homes, but mostly woods and open land.“I see no need for it,” said Joan Blankertz, who lives in the Oak Hill Road area. “There’s so much vacant (commercial space), all along Routes 35 (and) 36. And all the trees that’ll come down.”“We don’t need another mega-mall when we have stores all empty,” said Dora Crisafulli, who lives in the nearby Middletown North development.Crisafulli also raised traffic concerns.“I think a big piece is the traffic,” said Phyllis Ronek, who lives in the nearby Kings Landing condominiums. “Kings Highway East, a beautiful, beautiful road now. Progress has to happen, but it has to happen the right way.”With the development, traffic will avoid Route 35 and use the Twin Brooks Avenue area, said Diana Fallon, who lives in the area she worries will be impacted.“That’s going to be a thoroughfare,” Fallon said.“I’m not against the development of the property, I’m against the overdevelopment of the area,” said Frank Renales, who lives in Kings Landing.Inside the meeting, Shoppes engineer Gerard Fitamant continued from the first hearing, laying out the commercial development plans. The public cannot give testimony until the appropriate time, but it was allowed to ask questions specific to what the applicant is presenting.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, or the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. Gary E. Fox, a lawyer representing Mountain Hill who has been attending the hearings, said his client is just trying to sell the property.“We’re here because we agree with what’s going on (before the Planning Board),” Fox said.last_img read more

Leafs outlast Rebels 7-4 to sweep through exhibition season

first_imgDarnel St. Pierre scored two third period goals to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 7-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition victory over the Castlegar Rebels Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed Nelson to finish the preseason undefeated in five games and completed a sweep of the Rebels in the home-and-home series.During the exhibition season Nelson outscored the opposition 31-10. Blair Andrews also scored twice for Nelson with singles coming from Jamie Vlanich, Brandon Sookro and Carsen Willans.Derek Georgopolus, with a pair, Chase Rendin and Quinn Klimchuk replied for Castlegar, which jumped into a 2-0 lead early in the first period.Nelson outshot the Rebels 35-21 with Tyler Moffat and Adam Maida splitting the netminding duties.The two teams open the season Friday in Castlegar as the current KIJHL Champs prepare to defend the 2013 crown. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to meet the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in the team’s home opener.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

Nelson’s Cam Keith picked to lead BCHL Trail Smokies

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters dipped into the professional leagues to hire Cam Keith as the new coach of the BC Hockey League franchise. Tom Gawryletz, president of the Trail Smoke Eaters, made the announcement Friday. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the Head Coach for the Trail Smoke Eaters and look forward to giving back to a community that gave me so much,” the former Nelson native said on the Smokies website. Keith, who played for the Smokies during his time in the BCHL during the 1999-2000 season, played 54 games with Trail, scoring 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. Keith also played for Victoria Salsa from 1997-1999. Keith comes to the Silver City after spending time as an assistant coach with Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League. The Cyclones are affiliated with Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, with is the minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Keith began coach after a 10-year playing career, spanning three leagues as well as overseas.   In 146 games in the AHL with Hartford, St. John’s and Peoria he amassed 36 points, (14 goals, 22 assists).  In 213 regular season games in the ECHL he scored 54 goals along with 98 assists for a total of 152 points.   In the ECHL he played for the Pensecola Ice Pilots and the Alaska Aces winning the Kelly Cup with the Aces in 2006.   The Partrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champions of the ECHL. In that playoff year he finished seventh overall on the Aces with 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in 17 games and was instrumental in helping his team capture the cup.  In post season contests, playing for the Kelly Cup, Cam was nearly a point-per-game player stockpiling 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 49 games. During his tenure in collegiate hockey, playing for University of Alaska-Fairbanks. he accrued 100 points with 41 goals and 59 assists in 144 games.  He finished in the Nanooks top six in scoring during each of his four seasons. “My past experience in Trail and my roots in the Kootenays have drawn me back to Trail hockey and the BCHL,” Keith said. “My history with the Trail community gives me the confidence  and pride to recruit the character players that best exemplifies Trail Smoke Eater Hockey.”   Gawryletz said the Smoke Eaters are also confident that Keith will bring those same attributes to our organization. Keith, the 14th coach in Smokies history, replaces Nick Deschenes, who was relieved of his duties as GM/Head Coach of the Trail Smoke Eaters in February. The Smokies finished the 2015-16 season in sixth spot in the Interior Division of the BCHL with a 23-33-2-0 record. Trail hosts a Summer Identification Camp July 8-10 in Couer d’ Alene, Idaho.last_img read more

ACU hires DBU pitching coach to lead baseball program

first_imgHis two seasons (2009-10) in Cape Girardeau, Mo., were followed by a four-year revitalization of the Campbell program (2011-14), a one-year stay at Louisiana Tech (2015), and three NCAA postseason campaigns at Dallas Baptist (2016-18). McCarty – who was introduced at an afternoon press conference – will officially begin his duties June 20. McCarty takes over for Britt Bonneau, who resigned May 19 after 22 seasons as the head coach. McCarty also saw two other pitchers selected in the MLB Draft during his tenure at Campbell. Marksberry was a 15th round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2013 and Jacob Smith went on to become a 48th round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2011. McCarty recruited all four of Campbell’s All-Americans plus three academic All-Americans. He also coached 17 All-Big South Conference performers, including a school record nine All-Conference selections in 2013. “The more time I spent on campus throughout this process, the more I felt that the foundation of ACU baseball program is strong.  There has been a lot of hard work done by previous coaches and players to get the program where it is today.  Our goal as a team will be to make every alumni proud by putting a very tough and competitive group of players on the field.  Our players will understand who they represent each opportunity they get to wear the Purple and White. “I’m excited to reach out to current players, recruits and alumni to share my vision for ACU baseball,” he said. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running with recruits and their families.  I’m looking forward to bringing in a group of young men to add to our current roster that will be ALL IN to the Wildcat Way.  We will be looking for guys who play with energy and have a mindset of developing every single day.  We will take great pride in growing daily academically, athletically and spiritually.” A native of Campbellsville, Ky., McCarty is known for his recruiting and player development.  During his coaching stints at Campbell, Southeast Missouri State, and Delta State, McCarty helped develop four pitchers who made the major leagues: Campbell’s Matt Marksberry  (Atlanta Braves), Southeast Missouri State’s Shae Simmons (Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners), Delta State’s Brent Leach (Los Angeles Dodgers), and Louisiana Tech’s Phil Maton (San Diego Padres). “I have to thank the players I had to opportunity to recruit and coach,” said McCarty. “Relationships are a huge part of why I chose this profession.  Our staff will take great pride in fostering a culture where relationships matter, not only for their time on campus but the rest of their life.  “I would like to thank Mike Kinnison (Delta State), Mark Hogan (Southeast Missouri State), Greg Goff (Campbell), and Dan Heefner (DBU) for giving me opportunities to serve on their staff throughout my career.  I’ve also been able to work with countless assistants that have shaped me as a coach and man.  With the experiences with each of them at my previous stops, I feel very confident that I am prepared to lead the program at ACU.” While coaching at Delta State, McCarty helped develop six pitchers who signed professional contracts, including Leach, who would go on to make his Big League debut with the Dodgers in 2009 after being drafted in the sixth round. ABILENE, Texas – ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert announced Tuesday that former Dallas Baptist University pitching coach Rick McCarty has been hired as the new head coach of the Wildcats’ baseball program. While at Campbell, McCarty recruited and coached the first Big South Pitcher of the Year in school history in Ryan Thompson.  In 2013, Thompson’s school record 0.88 ERA ranked tops in the nation and also established a new single-season record in the Big South Conference.  Thompson went on to become the school’s first All-American pitcher, as he broke the school’s single-season saves record in both 2013 and 2014. The Houston Astros drafted Thompson in the 23rd round following the 2014 season. Under McCarty’s guidance, the 2018 Patriots once again were at or near the top of the Missouri Valley Conference rankings in several pitching categories. Led by Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-America and MVC Pitcher of the Year Trevor Conn, DBU ranked first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.49) and walks allowed per nine innings (3.64), was second in WHIP (1.39) and third in ERA (4.53) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.87). The team’s K-to-BB ratio also was 42nd among all 297 D1 schools. McCarty went on to earn his Master’s in Education from Delta State in 2005, and again was part of a 50-win team that qualified for the D2 College World Series. He would spend three more seasons in Cleveland, Miss., before receiving the call to D1 and Southeast Missouri State. “I can’t thank Dr. Schubert and the administration enough for trusting me to lead the baseball program,” said McCarty. “I believe I’ve been called here to serve side by side of the other coaches in the department.  My family and I are looking forward to investing into the community beginning today.” Over a three-year span as the DBU pitching coach, McCarty has helped produce eight pitchers selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a pair of top 10 round selections in 2017 in Seth Elledge (4th round – Seattle Mariners) and Dalton Higgins (7th round – New York Yankees).  Gavin Fritz was also taken in the 2017 MLB Draft when the Miami Marlins selected him in the 16th round.  “Rick has been a big part of coaching staffs on teams that have won more than 600 games in his career, which tells you he’s a winner,” Schubert said. “I’m confident that he will attract great student-athletes who want to be part of building something special in this era of NCAA Division I baseball.” Eldred later was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America Team, and 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team nods went to Bayless and Kechely. “My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the program at Abilene Christian University,” said McCarty.  “Going through the interview process, it didn’t take very long to see how committed the administration and supporters are to seeing the baseball program be successful.  RICK McCARTY CAREER COACHING HIGHLIGHTS• In 16 seasons of collegiate coaching, teams that McCarty has been a part of have a combined record of 609-321 (.655 winning percentage) with eight trips to NCAA regional tournaments. Those teams are also a combined 23-15 in NCAA tournament play and he has been part of coaching staffs that have made four trips to NCAA Division I regional tournaments.• As a full-time pitching coach, his teams have a combined ERA of 4.50 and have averaged 0.8 strikeouts per inning against just 0.4 walks per inning.• Over the last three seasons at Dallas Baptist, Patriot pitchers have a combined 4.37 ERA and have recorded 1,526 strikeouts against just 730 walks in 1,656 innings of work (0.9 strikeouts per inning and 0.4 walks per inning). The 2018 staff set a school record with 556 strikeouts.• He has been on the coaching staff for eight teams that have won at least 40 games – including each of the last three teams at Dallas Baptist where the Patriots have gone 44-19, 42-1 and 42-21 – and been on the staff for two teams that won at least 50 games.• The Patriots have reached three straight regional tournaments: Lubbock Regional in 2016, Fort Worth Regional in 2017 and Fayetteville Regional in 2018. The Patriots won the Missouri Valley Conference Postseason Tournament championship in both 2016 and 2017.• Has produced 11 All-Missouri Valley Conference pitchers in three seasons, including the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and 2018, and nine different Patriot pitchers have earned conference Pitcher of the Week honors over the last three seasons.• Has coached 57 different players that have earned all-conference honors• Has coached 22 different players who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft• Has coached 15 different players who have earned All-America honors• Part of two teams at NCAA Division II powerhouse Delta State to appear in the College World Series (2004 and 2005)• Part of the coaching staff for the 2004 NCAA Division II national champions at Delta State University During his two years at Southeast Missouri State, McCarty helped develop Simmons, who was a 22nd round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2012. Simmons would break into the Big Leagues with the Braves just two years later. McCarty is just the fourth head baseball coach at ACU since the university re-instated the program in 1991, following Bill Gilbreth, Jimmy Shankle and Bonneau. He takes over a program that in 2019 will be in its sixth season of NCAA Division I play and second season of full eligibility for Southland Conference and NCAA postseason play. Earlier this month, DBU recorded the sixth-most draft picks in the nation with seven selections, including junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman Kody Funderburk (15th round – Minnesota Twins), senior RHP Sean Boyle (25th round – New York Yankees) and junior RHP Parker Towns (37th round – Seattle Mariners). “When we began the search for a new head baseball coach, we had several criteria with a strong Christian leader atop the list,” Schubert said. “Throughout the interview process, Rick McCarty’s name kept coming back to us, and then when the search committee and our athletics staff had the chance to meet him on campus last week we became sold that he was the right man at the right time to lead our baseball program.McCarty says the saying he is bringing to @ACUsports is that “There is no such thing as a former Wildcat.” pic.twitter.com/NMAL1al3qk— Dusty Baker (@DustyBakerTV) June 12, 2018 On the diamond, McCarty starred as a pitcher for two seasons as the closer for Murray State, where he notched eight saves in 2001, tying a single-season school record.  Prior to his two years at Murray State, McCarty played at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT RICK McCARTY”ACU just hit a no doubt home run in hiring Rick McCarty. Rick is a great coach, recruiter and, most importantly, a great person. He is passionate, energetic and has a great feel for every part of the game. He will create a winning culture and will help his players reach their full potential on the field and will develop them in their character and faith as well.”            — Dallas Baptist head coach Dan Heefner”A friend once told me, ‘Class is hard to define, but easy to recognize.’ It’s certainly easy to recognize this great quality in Rick McCarty. Rick is a winner on and off the field and will represent Abilene Christian University with class.”            — Former Kentucky head coach Keith Madison”I am genuinely excited for this great opportunity for Rick. He is one of the most capable and driven coaches that I’ve had as an assistant. He is a hard worker, passionate and his competitive spirit will give him an opportunity to have great success at ACU. I wish all the best for Rick and his family.”            — Delta State (Miss.) head coach Mike Kinnison McCarty is married to the former Rayna Netherland of Campbellsville, Kentucky.  They have three children: Mya, Myles and Mia. A 2003 graduate of Murray State (B.S. Health and Physical Education), McCarty began his distinguished coaching career with the Racers before joining the 2004 Delta State staff as a graduate assistant pitching coach. He was met with immediate success in this role as the Statesmen (54-11) won the NCAA D2 National Championship over Grand Valley State.So thankful for all of the messages today… Extremely grateful for all of the family, players, coaches, & support staff that helped me grow over the past 15 years. Excited to put on the HC hat for the 1st time. New era begins today…GO WILDCATS! pic.twitter.com/ZIegd1p84f— Rick McCarty (@mccartyr) June 13, 2018 DBU’s Colin Poche and Darick Hall were each selected in the 14th round of the 2016 Major League Draft, as Poche was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hall went to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Senior left-hander Sean Stutzman also signed a professional contract as a free agent with the Houston Astros in 2016. Conn (8-2, 3.15 ERA, 57K) additionally was one of four Patriot pitchers to make an all-conference team. He and relief pitcher Kragen Kechely (7-1, 3.76, 53K) each were tabbed to the first team, while second team honors were awarded to freshman Luke Eldred (7-3, 3.28 ERA, 43K) and Jarod Bayless (3-3, 3.12, 71K, 4SV).last_img read more

No. 5 Abilene Christian’s Defense Holds Strong in 3-1 Win

first_imgThree minutes later, the Cowgirls cut the deficit in half as sophomore Keely Morrow volleyed in a corner from junior Rachel Palet. The goal was just the fifth allowed by the Wildcats to conference opponents this season.WSOC: Morrow scores off the corner. @McNeeseSoccer trims deficit to 2-1 vs. ACU, 61:02 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/PW4byYZdh3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – Shot efficiency was the name of the game for No. 5 Abilene Christian in its 3-1 win over No. 4 McNeese on Wednesday afternoon at the LU Soccer Complex. The Wildcats took just seven shots and five on frame.While the Cowgirls came up empty on their first five shots, the Wildcats found the back of the net on their first attempt, a finish from junior Shay Johnson off a pass from senior Dylan Owens in the 18th minute.WSOC: Johnson scores for @ACU_Soccer, 17:57 into opening half. Wildcats 1, @McNeeseSoccer 0.Watch on the Southland Digital Network. ?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz ???? Southland Conference apps ?? https://t.co/ynCxRwflhq pic.twitter.com/dx9onHTdoL— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 Led by its lockdown defense, ACU took a 1-0 lead into the break, despite being outshot 12-3 in the opening 45 minutes. The Wildcats back line forced eight of the shots outside of the frame.ACU added to its lead in the 59th minute, when senior Caity Acosta hammered a shot past McNeese goalie Emma Roccaforte.WSOC: Acosta’s goal makes it 2-0 @ACU_Soccer over McNeese. 58:44 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ljtcCtolfB— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018center_img The third goal scored in a five minute span, ACU regained its three-goal advantage on Chelsea Reedy’s first goal of the season. After winning the ball from the McNeese defender, Reedy sent a ball in from deep that went off the top bar and in.WSOC: Reedy from long distance. @ACU_Soccer increases advantage to 3-1 over McNeese. 63:50 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/1YOvVp5LMc— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 The Wildcats (13-5-1) advance to face top seed and regular-season champion Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

Southland Football Selections Revealed for Week Twelve

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have announced football game selections and start times for Week 12 contests on Saturday, Nov. 16.The day kicks off early as Sam Houston State hosts Northwestern State for a noon start on ESPN+. That will also be the site for a 1 p.m. kick as Southeastern Louisiana visits Abilene Christian. Lamar and Houston Baptist square off at 2 p.m. on ESPN3. Nicholls hosts intrastate rival McNeese for a 3 p.m. kick on Cox Sports Television. ESPN+ will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory. Saturday, November 16* Northwestern State at Sam Houston State, 12 p.m., ESPN+* Southeastern Louisiana at Abilene Christian, 1 p.m., ESPN+* Lamar at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m., ESPN3* McNeese at Nicholls, 3 p.m., Cox Sports Television/ESPN+UIW at New Mexico State, 3 p.m., Flo Sports About ESPN+ ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. *Southland Conference Game**All Times Central Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. UIW steps out of conference for a 3 p.m. contest at New Mexico State. That game will be available on FloSports.last_img read more