DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Daytona Baseball announced, Thursday, that Big Game Florida and the Cincinnati Reds have partnered on a four-year deal to make Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark the home of the Reds class A-Advanced club through at least 2018. Affiliated baseball is guaranteed in Daytona Beach through at least 2022. Big Game Florida Owner Andy Rayburn is thrilled about the opportunity to partner with the Reds.
Cincinnati’s Advanced-A club will make the move from the California League where it was formerly the Bakersfield Blaze from 2011-2014. Jeff Graupe, Cincinnati Reds Director of Player Development, said Daytona was on the Reds’ radar throughout the entire search process.
Daytona joins AAA-Louisville, AA-Pensacola, A-Dayton, and A-Billings as Reds Minor League affiliates. Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, formerly Daytona City Island Ballpark, has housed baseball since 1914, and Daytona General Manager Josh Lawther is excited to both continue and further the tradition of Minor League Baseball in Daytona Beach.
“The Cincinnati Reds are a first-class organization and we look forward to a long relationship,” Rayburn said. “Daytona is a terrific baseball town with the greatest fans in the minors. Now, we have the excitement of a brand new relationship with a legendary and first-class partner in the Cincinnati Reds.”
“One of our initiatives during the re-affiliation process was to work our way back east,” Graupe said. “We took the time to gather as much information on our potential partners as possible, and quickly identified Daytona as our top priority. We were impressed by Andy Rayburn, Josh Lawther and their staff, and couldn’t be happier to affiliate with such a first-class organization.”
“We’re ecstatic to have the Reds now call Daytona home,” Lawther said. “They continually spoke very highly of our community, ballpark and fans, and we look forward to a highly successful relationship both on and off the field.”
The 2015 Daytona home opener is scheduled for April 9th.
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ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Freshman Brandon Vance (Worcester, Pa./Methacton) won the Gettysburg Fall Invitational to lead McDaniel to a fourth-place finish in men’s golf action on Thursday.
The Green Terror’s B-Team carded a round of 318 to finish just two strokes behind tournament winner Messiah. York (Pa.) matched the Falcons with a 316 but Messiah was awarded the title on the fifth-card score. Gettysburg was third with a round of 317 at The Bridges Golf Club.
For the second time in three collegiate tournaments, Vance finished on top. On Thursday, he carded an even-par 72 behind a 33 on the back nine to win by two shots.
Andrew Gordon (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) and Dominic Seelig (Reading, Pa./Exeter Twp.) each posted rounds of 81 to finish tied for 18th.
Tim LaSarso Jr. (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Brian Norwitz (Germantown, Md./Northwest) each carded a round of 84 to finish tied for 33rd in the 10-team field.
The Green Terror returns to action back at The Bridges in its own Mason-Dixon Collegiate Invitational to close the fall on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. both days.
Team Scores: 1. Messiah 316, 2. York (Pa.) 316, 3. Gettysburg 317, 4. McDaniel “B” 318, 5. Gettysburg “B” 320, 6. Susquehanna 321, 7. Dickinson 335, 8. Hood 340, 9. Ursinus 341, 10. Stevenson “B” 342.
McDaniel Results: 1. Brandon Vance 72, 18T. Andrew Gordon 81, 18T. Dominic Seelig 81, 33T. Tim LaSarso 84, 33T. Brian Norwitz 84.
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Channell, Clark, Desbiens, Nurse and Turnbull will attend the festival
Sept. 18, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – The quintet of Wisconsin women’s hockey defenseman Mellissa Channell, forward Emily Clark, goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens and forwards Sarah Nurse and Blayre Turnbull earned invitations Thursday to participate in Hockey Canada’s National Team Fall Festival.
Fifty-eight players were invited to the weeklong camp, which gets underway on Monday in Calgary, Alberta. The roster includes six goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 36 forwards, who will be split up into Black, Red and White teams for practices and intrasquad games.
In addition to the five Badgers earning invitations, UW assistant coach Jackie Friesen, who also serve as an assistant coach for the Canadian U-18 team, will attend the camp to serve as an assistant coach.
The UW quintet all attended a Canadian developmental camp this summer and suited up for Canada in its series against Team USA in late August.
Channell, a native of Oakville, Ontario, tallied two goals and 10 assists on the Badgers’ blue line during her freshman season. The defenseman has experience playing on the international stage, as she was on the Canadian U22 squad that competed at the 2012 Meco Cup.
Entering her freshman season at Wisconsin, Clark has experience with the Canadian team, skating for Canada’s U18 National team in the 2012 and 2013 U18 IIHF World Championships and earning two gold medals. Clark notched 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points during her senior year playing at Okanagan Hockey Academy and was named the MVP of her team.
Nurse, a 2013-14 All-WCHA Rookie Team selection, recorded 11 goals and 10 assists in 38 games for UW last year. Nurse took part in the Canadian Selection Camp and Strength and Conditioning Camp in 2011 and 2012 with the Canadian Women’s U-18 team.
Desbiens, who was the WCHA Goaltending Champion last season, earned a spot on the Team Canada U22 squad in 2012. The La Malbaie, Quebec, product won a silver medal for her play with the Canadian U18 Team at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Sweden. In her first season at Wisconsin, Desbiens has a goals-against average of 1.06 and a save percentage of .957.
Turnbull, the Badgers’ 2014-15 captain, scored her first goal for Team Canada during the team’s series against the U.S. last month. She led the NCAA last season with five short-handed goals, the most in program history. Her 40 points last year were second on the Badgers, and her 22 assists paced Wisconsin.
The Badgers open their 2014-15 season on Sept. 26-27 at Lindenwood.
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SEATTLE – The fourth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team remains undefeated on the season after a 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 win over No. 10 USC in the opening round of the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase.
- The Badgers (9-0) hit over .300 for the seventh time this season, connecting on .320 percent (62 kills – 15 errors – 147 attempts) it their attacks. USC (6-3) hit .173 (44-16-162)
- Wisconsin had four players in double-digit kills behind a match-high 14 from Courtney Thomas. Haleigh Nelson (12), Dominique Thompson (12) and Kelli Bates (11) also added 10-or-more kills.
- UW outdug USC 88-65 behind a career-high 29 digs from junior Taylor Morey. Bates also had a career high with 19 saves, to record her second career double-double. Thomas (14) and Lauren Carlini (10) also record double-figure digs.
- The Trojans aced the Badgers 10 times, including six from Samantha Bricio. Wisconsin had four aces with two coming from Carlini.
- UW outblocked USC 4-3.
- Wisconsin’s 9-0 start ties for the fourth best in program history.
- Wisconsin takes on No. 5 Washington on Friday at 10 p.m. CT.
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FIGHTING ILLINI SOCCER
Flaws Scores Twice on Set Pieces, Leads Big Ten with 8 Goals
|Indiana (4-5-0, 0-3-0 Big Ten)
|Illinois (7-2-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten)
| Team Stats
| Scoring Summary
|IND – Stone, Sarah
|ILL – Wheatley, Claire
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On Thursday afternoon at the Illinois Soccer Stadium, No. 22 Illinois earned its fifth shutout of the season, blanking Indiana 2-0 behind a set-piece goal in each half by senior Jannelle Flaws. Sophomore Claire Wheatleystopped a key penalty kick and collected her third solo shutout with help from the Illini back line that limited the Hoosiers to four shots. Illinois, which took 20 shots, held its opponent to single-digit shots for the sixth straight game, tying its school-record streak from 2005.”Every shutout we get feels good,” head coach Janet Rayfieldsaid. “We wanted to make it a better defensive season compared to last year, and five shutouts shows we have really made a difference. Jannelle took advantage of both her opportunities on set pieces and Claire made a big save on a penalty kick that didn’t allow Indiana to get back in it.”
Flaws connected on two impressive goals off free kicks from just outside the box. In the 20th minute, she drilled one into the bottom left corner past the diving IU keeper Sarah Stone. In the 58th minute, she bent one around the Indiana wall and tucked it into the bottom right corner.
“I worked on some extra free kicks this week with coach Jeff Freeman and it ended up paying off,” Flaws said. “It was nice to get another Big Ten win, but I don’t think it was our best performance of the year. We just need to fix what we did wrong to come out better on Sunday.”
Flaws scored two goals for the second straight game and took over the Big Ten lead with eight goals in nine games. The Glenview, Illinois, delivered her third multi-goal game of the season and ninth of her career. She sits alone in fourth place in school history with 34 career goals and continues to chase the top three Illini goal scorers all-time - Tara Hurless (47 goals), Emily Brown (46 goals) and Vanessa DiBernardo (43 goals).
Minutes after the second goal, Wheatley stopped Indiana’s only shot on goal with a penalty kick save in the 59th minute, while Feher made a header save on the line 30 seconds later to prevent a goal.
Defensively, the Illini have limited their opponents to 27 shots over the past six games, marking the fewest shots allowed in a six-game span in school history. Illinois’ back line of junior Amy Feher, sophomore Hope D’Addario and freshmen Abby Elinksy and Sarah Warren stymied the Hoosiers throughout the game, limiting IU to one shot in the first half and three the in second stanza.
The Illini used a balance attack to maintain pressure on Indiana, as eight different players contributed to Illinois’ 20 shots. Flaws and junior Nicole Breece each had four, while sophomores Casey Conine and Allison Stucky each took three shots to lead the way.
Illinois improved to 7-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the Big Ten, while Indiana dropped to 4-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the conference.
Up Next: Illinois will host the ninth-annual SoccerFest on Sunday, the premier promotion for Fighting Illini soccer. This year’s edition will feature free food for the first 1,000 fans compliments of Jimmy John’s, a bounce house, a fan zone with games and prizes, a face painting and poster-making station and postgame autographs. Doors open at noon at the Illinois Soccer Stadium with free admission for the game against Purdue beginning at 1 p.m.
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