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Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season


Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Ross hired to coach LA Sparks


Carol Ross (courtesy of WNBA)

The Los Angeles Sparks have hired Atlanta Dream assistant Carol Ross to replace Joe “Jellybean” Bryant as their new coach.

Bryant, who is the father of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, started his second stint as the Sparks head coach last summer replacing Jennifer Gillom who was fired.

Before becoming a coach in the WNBA, Ross spent 12 seasons coaching Florida, where one of her players was forward DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Sparks. She also spent four years at her alma mater Mississippi. Ross had a career record in 16 seasons at the Division I of 324-161, with 12 NCAA tournament appearances and two WNIT bids.

Ross spent the past three seasons with Atlanta, which reached the WNBA finals in 2010 and 2011.


Info compiled from Los Angeles Sparks, the WNBA, Radio & TV

Derenbecker, ex-LSU basketball player, chooses UD Flyers


Matt Derenbecker (courtesy of LSU athletics)

The Dayton Flyers have added a player that they probably didn’t know they would be getting.

Former LSU forward Matt Derenbecker has decided to start fresh and has pick the University of Dayton to continue his college career.

Derenbecker started 16 games for Louisiana State University as a true freshman last season. He averaged 6.5 points in 32 games, with a season-high 19 points against Mississippi.

The 6-foot-7 transfer can start practicing right away with the Flyers when basketball starts on October 15.

But he is not expected to start playing games until the 2012-2013 season.

The Dayton Flyers are a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Recruiting news

Dayton rallies for overtime win at Mississippi, 79-71

Chris Johnson slams on Ole Miss back in April and in the win at Ole Miss (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Ole Miss Rebels got off to a hot start early in the game and led 44-36 at the half. The Rebels shot 56 percent from the floor and knocked down 7-of-15 shots from the three-point line in the opening half.

But the Flyers, behind a stifling defensive effort in the second half, the University of Dayton Flyers rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Mississippi Rebels 78-71 in overtime in Oxford, Mississippi.

Chris Johnson led the Dayton attack with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Parker added 18 points and Josh Benson matched his career-high with 10 points off the bench.

Juwan Staten dished out eight assists and had five points to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 overall and pick up their first road win of the season.

This is the third time in coach Brian Gregory’s tenure that Dayton has started the season 3-0. The previous two seasons, 2003-2004 and 2008-2009, UD played in the NCAA Tournament.

In a rematch of the NIT semifinal from last season, Dayton never led through regulation and trailed by 16 early in the second half but mounted a furious comeback.

The Flyers tightened up on the defensive end and held Ole Miss to 30 percent shooting from the floor and 0-for-10 in the second half from three-point range.

In overtime, the Flyers took command with Staten and Parker taking control.

Dayton’s ability to hit free throws, 79 percent (26-of-33) aided in the comeback.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Boise State upgrades future opening game opponents in football

Chris Peterson head coach (courtesy of Boise State athletics)

Boise State, who has been taking criticism for years for playing a lousy football schedule, seems to be trying to upgrade it for the future.

The Broncos will open the college football season will open the college football season in 2011 and 2014.

Next year’s season-kickoff game will feature Boise State against Georgia and will be played on September 3 in the Georgia Dome.

In the 2014 opener, the Broncos will face Mississippi. That game will be in Atlanta.

The Broncos and Rebels had been scheduled to play the 2011 opener in Oxford, Mississippi. To fill its 2011 schedule, Ole Miss will play host to Brigham Young in its opener.

Boise State is replacing Louisville on Georgia’s 2011 slate.

compiled from staff & Boise State athletics news

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