Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaPig Listening in a Story Place by Nancy Thorne-Chambers. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia“Pig Listening in a Story Place” Wins Peoples’ Choice Award. Official voting results are in for the 6th annual Percival Plinth Project People’s Choice Award. A record 631 people participated in the public vote.This year’s People’s Choice Award goes to Pig Listening in a Story Place by Nancy Thorne-Chambers. Voters for Pig Listening in a Story Place spoke to it being “well-executed”, and “expertly done”, as well as appreciating its “whimsical” quality. More than a few recommended permanent placement near the library or a local playground where children and families gather.Honorable mentions were Pendant Mandala by Kenneth Hall with glasswork by Kathleen Heidenreich, and Old Man of the Sea by Sandra Hays.Be sure to visit the 2018 sculptures currently on display on Percival Landing now through summer of 2019; as well as the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner; Aqueous by Cyrra Robinson currently on display in front of City Hall. In the summer 2019 get ready to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award once again.About the Percival Plinth Sculpture ProjectThe Percival Plinth Sculpture Project is an annual sculpture exhibition displayed on the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing. During the month of July community members and visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The sculpture with the most votes is awarded the People’s Choice Sculpture Award and added to the City’s permanent art collection. Winning sculptures are displayed in front of city hall for one year before being placed at a permanent location.For additional information visit: www.olympiawa.gov/plinth
Facebook370Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers in Lacey have a little more time left to make plans for a weekend-long closure of the Marvin Road (State Route 510) overpass.Overpass closure schedule 10:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, until 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 3, the Marvin Road overpass and northbound exit to Marvin Road will close. The northbound I-5 exit to Quinault Drive will remain open.People traveling through the area should plan for lengthy delays as drivers detour around the overpass closure. Drivers are encouraged to adjust their weekend trips by traveling earlier or later in the day to avoid peak-periods, carpool or take transit.After the weekend work is complete, crews will remove a temporary Marvin Road detour to Hogum Bay Road and restore all lanes on the overpass.The work is part of continuing efforts to convert the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and the WSDOT regional Twitter account.
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By John BurtonFREEHOLD — State Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner had stern words for Toni Marletta, as Marletta faced sentencing for a 2015 hit-and-run collision that left a girl dead.“You cannot leave someone on the side of the road to die. And that’s what happened here,” Reisner told an emotionally shaken Marletta when she appeared before him in court last Friday to hear her fate.As expected, on Dec. 2 Reisner sentenced Marletta to seven years in state prison for her guilty plea for knowingly leaving the scene of an accident in a fatality in the second degree; and an additional four years for the third-degree count of endangering the welfare of a minor. Reisner also sentenced Marletta to a six-month prison term for failure to have auto insurance and a one-year loss of her driving license. All the penalties stem from Marletta causing the death of Marissa Procopio, a 15-year-old Atlantic Highlands resident.Marletta will serve all the terms concurrently.Marletta had pleaded guilty before Reisner in September.Reisner said that under state statute anyone convicted of killing someone in an auto collision and then leaving the scene must receive a prison sentence. And as far as the judge was concerned, “The legislators got this exactly right.”“You must go to jail,” Reisner told Marletta.Marletta offered a sobbing, voice-quivering allocution expressing remorse aimed at the court and for Danielle Procopio-Adams, mother of Marissa, the victim. She also told how “I will never be able to come back,” from this and recognized Procopio-Adams’ grief, as Marletta is also the mother of a teenage daughter.Procopio-Adams, overcome by tears, left the table in the front of the court as Marletta was speaking.The victim’s father, Michael Quan, became distraught, rushing out of the courtroom and leaving prosecutor Meghan Doyle to read his letter, expressing Quan’s loss and telling how his daughter “put so many smiles on everyone’s face,” with her personality. “We will never get to know what a wonderful person she would have become,” Quan’s letter continued.“Every day I miss her,” Quan said through his letter.Marletta, now 50, who lives in Middletown’s Leonardo section, was charged with striking Procopio with her car as the youth crossed at a traffic-lighted intersection of state Highway 36 and Avenue D in Leonardo, at approximately 8:24 p.m. on July 7, 2015.Marletta fled the scene but an investigation led police to Marletta’s vehicle later that evening.Procopio was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Trauma Center, where she died the next day from her injuries.Marletta’s attorney, Peter O’Mara, had said previously that Marletta had her 16-year-old daughter and two of her daughter’s 16-year-old girl friends in the car at the time. They were on their way back from an area supermarket, where they were picking up snacks for the girls’ planned sleepover. According to O’Mara, Marletta had panicked and fled the scene because she had recently let her car insurance expire; she had contacted police when she had sufficiently calmed down, O’Mara said.O’Mara told the judge his client had no criminal record and a clean driving record. “She had no prior record whatsoever.” Marletta is divorced and was raising a teenage daughter as a single mother, trying to earn a living, and cared for her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the lawyer added.Marletta’s daughter, O’Mara told the court, “has been living in purgatory,” subject to being victimized on social media platforms and in school.“This was not premediated. This was not something she planned,” O’Mara argued on Marletta’s behalf, believing his client has “expressed special regret.”“She is going to jail and her life will never be the same,” O’Mara offered. “No one in this courtroom will ever be the same.”Doyle offered a differing view of the defendant. The prosecutor referred to the pre-sentencing report, which presented Marletta as indifferent to anyone other than herself. In the report, “This defendant talks about how it affects her,” Doyle pointed out, believing, “She didn’t care about her daughter or about her daughter’s friends… And she didn’t care about the victim.”Doyle alleged Marletta didn’t call police until she was confronted by the parents of her daughter’s friends, who the girls called when they got back to Marletta’s home. And that Marletta needed alcohol before being able to contact authorities, Doyle said.“The state does believe the sentence is appropriate,” Doyle concluded.Reisner referenced the police investigation and analysis which indicated it was still daylight and Marletta would have had a clear view of the intersection. The report showed no evidence that Marletta had swerved or braked in any attempt to miss the victim, Reisner noted.Reisner acknowledged, “In short, this is an unbelievable tragedy that affects so many lives.” And with that he brought down his gavel and Marletta was led away in handcuffs by sheriff’s officers.The proceeding offered an emotionally drained Procopio-Adams some comfort and closure. “To watch her (Marletta) get taken out in handcuffs,” she said after the court hearing, “that made me feel better.” But that may only be for the moment, she added. “A month from now,” how she will feel? “Who knows?” Procopio-Adams said.Procopio-Adams said she has begun pursuing a civil lawsuit against Marletta.
By Jay Cook |HAZLET – The township has rolled out the welcome mat for the establishment of a new hotel on Route 35 South in Hazlet, on the Holmdel border.On Nov. 30, the Hazlet Land Use Board unanimously approved a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel at 2780 Route 35, to be situated on a wooded lot behind an existing two-story Holiday Inn hotel and a commercial building housing Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL.Some neighboring residents along Miller and Orchard avenues in Holmdel expressed ire during the four-month-long process. Holmdel’s governing body passed a resolution opposing the project, citing quality-of-life concerns for its residents. Holmdel’s mayor, Gregory Buontempo, told the board the new four-story hotel “is literally going to be on top of these one-story homes.”But the plans earned the seal of approval from those who want to see more businesses in town.The current state of the 3-acre lot to be developed as a Holiday Inn Express hotel, which will be four stories tall with 93 rooms.Barbara Ronchetti, a Hazlet committeewoman, said Hazlet has been trying to encourage new businesses along the Route 35 corridor to boost the value of property and increase ratables. Not far away, several large businesses are shuttered, including Kmart, Pathmark, Sports Authority, Frank’s Nursery, Red Oak Diner and Friendly’s.The hotel, Ronchetti said, would be a nice addition to Hazlet. “With our redevelopment plan in place, I feel this hotel will be a great tax revenue for our residents and a very pleasant sight on our highway.”But Steve White, who lives near the hotel property in Holmdel, saw no convincing reason Hazlet should allow two hotels on essentially the same property.“It’s not like we have a theme park here, a convention center or conference halls here,” said White, criticizing the business plan. “All we have is a beach and that really doesn’t justify a hotel.”He added, “Think about it, guys. Think about what you might sign off on.”The new Holiday Inn Express proposed by Gode Hotels would be 13,663 square feet with 93 rooms on its four levels. At its closest point, the hotel would be 92 feet from the nearest property line, where at least 80 feet is required. Building plans describe an indoor swimming pool, small market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Also included in the application was a financial subdivision, meaning the total 7-acre property would be split into two. The existing Holiday Inn will now be on a 3.9-acre lot and the new hotel would be built on 3 acres of an undeveloped, wooded and sandy lot.At the first meeting in mid-August, hotel planner Yomesh Patel told the board the new Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale” hotel, aimed to “attract the right type of clients.” It will not be pet-friendly, smoking won’t be allowed inside or on the premises and it would not market lodging to truckers and laborers, the hotel’s experts said on Nov. 30.Attorney Jeffrey Gale, representing Gode Hotels, said in August the existing Holiday Inn could be sold and rebranded in the future as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel. The Holiday Inn is currently owned by Gode Hotels, the applicant for the Holiday Inn Express.Residents along the border in Holmdel took issue with building another hotel that would stand right behind their houses. Miller Avenue resident Dean Labarca is the closest to the new hotel site. He said it doesn’t make sense for the space.“This is like something that takes place in Brooklyn,” Labarca said. “This is the suburbs. To put this two pounds of baloney in a one-pound spot I think is ridiculous.”An aerial view of the new property approved for a new Holiday Inn Express in Hazlet. It lies between the rear of the Hazlet Pharmacy and behind homes along Miller Avenue in the foreground. Google MapsWhat made the application unique was how the entire hotel property was not a permitted use in its current business park zone. Yet it was specifically noted in Hazlet’s June 2017 master plan reexamination to be changed to the business highway zone, where a hotel would be allowed.Gale, the attorney, told The Two River Times his client did plenty to accommodate the homeowners. They agreed to remove overgrown shrubbery at the hotel egress onto Miller Avenue, replace a dilapidated 6-foot fence with a new, 8-foot privacy fence and prohibit large truck parking along the rear of the property, which is adjacent to residential property.“That’s part of the reason you go through the hearing process,” Gale said. “The hearing process is never intended to be one-sided. It’s an opportunity for the applicant to present his case, it’s also an opportunity for the surrounding property owners to express their specific concerns.”When built, the Holiday Inn Express would join Holiday Inn, Best Western Hazlet Inn, Holmdel Motor Inn and the Shore Point Motel as lodging options along Route 35.Gale said Gode Hotels’ next step would be to apply to the state Department of Transportation because the plans detail an ingress from Route 35, a state highway. They would also need to draft parking and easement agreements with the Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL property owner to allow for a driveway between the two properties.Gale added he could not give a definite time on when ground would break because he isn’t privy to Gode Hotels’ financing situation. But he said his client accomplished the most important thing – “to accommodate the neighbors and address their concerns.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Mount Sentinel played the entire season without any seniors on the team.However, Moreira saw three quasi-seniors — Malin Chernoff, Madia Rehwald, and Kyra Makortoff — provide the leadership and stability that Cats required for success.The Wildcats, ranked fourth overall for most of the season in the “A” Girls Provincial Vollleyball poll, now travel to Duncan for the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships November 28-30.Last year, the Wildcats won the bronze medal. · We now advance to the provincials in Duncan as the #4 seed. On the basis of the season play there seems to be a gap between the top 3 teams and next 3 or 4. We are clearly intent on closing the gap We had a “smooth” weekend. We played confidently without feeling the anxiousness that sometimes accompanies the team with the most to lose…….we were the number 1 seed and went in with a #4 provincial ranking · Without any grade 12’s on the team we weren’t totally sure how we would respond, but the 3 quasi-seniors (Malin Chernoff, Madia Rehwald, and Kyra Makortoff) provided the leadership and stability that we required · In the final against the home team, Fernie, also undefeated, we played our best match of the weekend. The score was a good indicator of how the match unfolded — 25-8, 25-16, 25-18. In the end, the Mount Sentinel Wildcats proved to be too much for the rest of the Kootenay zone.The South Slocan squad captured the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball title Satuday in Fernie, dumping the host school 3-0 in the best-of-five final.Mount Sentinel won by scores of 25-8, 25-16, 25-18.”We had a “smooth” weekend,” said head coach Joe Moreira.”We played confidently without feeling the anxiousness that sometimes accompanies the team with the most to lose. . .. We were the number 1 seed and went in with a #4 provincial ranking.”
Jose Verenzuela403238%20%$115,321 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer14724141716%37%$1,717,298 Martin Garcia13821141515%36%$1,194,766 Mike Smith971191811%39%$1,649,875 BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux49861016%49%$351,974 (Current Through Saturday, April 2) Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Ron Ellis37102527%46%$251,835 Gary Stevens6512111118%52%$1,607,898 Drayden Van Dyke17417172710%35%$1,061,212 Alonso Quinonez9571067%24%$336,590 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat26344484417%52%$2,725,516 David Lopez17924162213%35%$759,436 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 Michael Machowsky4187520%49%$312,151 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 -30- Bob Baffert10722181721%53%$1,649,210 Abel Lezcano858559%21%$576,849 Tiago Pereira123713106%24%$509,913 Brice Blanc6676911%33%$568,865 Tyler Baze28130454111%41%$1,554,496 FINISH LINES: Agent J.R. Pegram has Edwin Maldonado booked to ride multiple stakes winner Sunday Rules for Phil D’Amato in next Saturday’s Madison at Keeneland, and Rocket Heat for Vann Belvoir in the Shakertown. With 41 victories and a 20 percent winning average, Maldonado is enjoying a solid Winter Meet, fourth in the standings behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano (71), Santiago Gonzalez (47) and Flavien Prat (44). The trainers’ race seems destined to go down to the wire, as Doug O’Neill and D’Amato were tied at 32 wins each with five days remaining in the meet that ends next Sunday . . . With two winners Saturday, including one by rejuvenated claimer Guns Loaded in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, O’Neill enjoyed a banner day from coast to coast, capped by Nyquist‘s smashing triumph in the Florida Derby . . . Jason Levin, host of Inside Racing on KEIB AM 1150 Saturdays at 7 a.m., will hold a handicapping seminar next Saturday in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace room at 10:30 a.m. Joining Levin will be Jay Friedlander and 2014 NHC king Jose Arias. Cost is $25 and includes program, coffee, donuts and a full card analysis . . . Congrats to longtime racing photographer Bill Mochon, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Martin Pedroza1121513713%31%$411,710 Edwin Maldonado20241212220%42%$1,350,050 Agapito Delgadillo10214111114%35%$394,172 Jeff Bonde4274717%43%$193,590 Doug O’Neill19332282617%45%$1,571,127 BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY AGAINST SONGBIRDHorsemen who hope to win next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks have to accomplish something no one has ever done: defeat unbeaten champion Songbird.That said, Richard Baltas plans to double-team last year’s Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly, sending out Forever Darling and Mokat, who have been prepping well for their assignment in the prestigious 1 1/16-mile race.“They worked separately last week and finished up good,” Baltas said. “We’re going against a special horse in Songbird, but I’m happy with how they’re doing.“You know you’re up against it, but both times I shipped Forever Darling out of town, she didn’t run well, so my owner and I decided to stay here and try for second. She’s two for two at Santa Anita.”The chestnut daughter of Congrats broke her maiden at Santa Anita by nearly two lengths last Sept. 26, and won the Grade II Santa Ynez by a half-length on Jan. 2.She was beaten nearly 18 and 19 lengths, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland Oct. 30 and the Grade II Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds Feb. 20.“Mokat has a different style,” Baltas said. “She’ll probably come from way off the pace, make one run and hopefully we can get a piece of it.” SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN ON SATURDAYNext Saturday, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizers expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum and a tunneling into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield capped by a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.A race with a rich 22-year history has attracted many followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum, while Chantal Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years.A unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70. Included will be 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.At 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. It has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family.Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will be represented as well.Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email email@example.com. George Papaprodromou5796816%40%$310,015 Fernando Perez18419202310%34%$968,612 Rafael Bejarano30171583324%54%$3,343,031 Victor Espinoza921212913%36%$922,095 -more-3/3/3/3 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 NYQUIST: HOMETOWN BOY MAKES GOOD IN FLORIDAIT’S SONGBIRD VS. THE WORLD IN SANTA ANITA OAKSSANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN AND WALK ON SATURDAY Steven Miyadi7513151017%51%$410,727 Peter Eurton9615231216%52%$1,061,657 John Sadler901410916%37%$873,324 Peter Miller14019152214%40%$817,795 Kristin Mulhall53118321%42%$410,190 Kent Desormeaux13520262315%51%$1,660,214 Jeff Mullins35108329%60%$271,839 Alex Solis2230514%36%$246,783 Mike Puype87913610%32%$423,175 Brayan Pena7555147%32%$187,460 Vladimir Cerin5096818%46%$359,169 Joseph Talamo25031273012%35%$2,072,833 Art Sherman4172417%32%$353,580 Carla Gaines5386315%32%$647,700 Stewart Elliott474549%28%$211,500 NYQUIST ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER FLORIDA DERBY ROMPCalifornia is on a roll, and we’re not talking sushi here.American Pharoah, Beholder, California Chrome, Songbird, Stellar Wind and nowNyquist, recent champions all, six of them based at Santa Anita and all in Southern California.The Golden State glittered even more after Nyquist turned Saturday’s touted Florida Derby match with previously unbeaten Mohaymen and eight others into a victory almost as one-sided as Villanova’s 44-point Final Four destruction of Oklahoma.At 8:30 Pacific Daylight Time Sunday morning, Nyquist was about to leave Ft. Lauderdale for Keeneland, where the undefeated son of Uncle Mo trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam will do the majority of his training prior to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7.“My crew said he looks great,” O’Neill said by phone from his home in Santa Monica Sunday morning. “So far, so good. He’ll train at Keeneland and ship to Churchill about a week before the Derby.”Nyquist won the Florida Derby under regular rider Mario Gutierrez by 3 ¼ lengths for his seventh and richest victory. In addition to earning the winner’s share of $589,000, he picked up a $1 million bonus offered by Fasig-Tipton to any graduate of its 2015 sale at Gulfstream Park that went on to win the 2016 Florida Derby.Earnings for the $400,000 bay colt now stand at $3,322,600, but more important, Nyquist stamped himself as a clear-cut favorite in the 142nd Run for the Roses.“You’re always surprised when your horse wins as easy as he did,” O’Neill said. “But as quick as he broke and with an easy run to the first turn, we were very optimistic at that point.“It unfolded perfectly, and 100 percent credit for that goes to Mario and Nyquist. Horses came to him, challenged him and definitely went at him. It was no pedestrian trip, but all that should help us down the road when there’s a full field in the Kentucky Derby.”Tom Knust, the agent for Gutierrez, obviously has a vested interest, but the former Racing Secretary and a race tracker for 48 years cited three reasons for the dazzling performance by Nyquist in the Florida Derby.“He’s a great horse, Doug did a great job training him up to the race, and I thought Mario rode a great race,” Knust said. “You can’t ask for any more, that’s for sure.“This next five weeks will be real exciting. Paul and Zillah Reddam are really good sportsmen. They had no problem going to Florida to run. Mohaymen is a great horse and probably had his excuses Saturday.”Mohaymen finished fourth, beaten 8 ¼ lengths as the 4-5 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.“Hopefully,” Knust said, “he’ll make it to the Derby and they can face each other again.” -more-2/2/2/2 Mark Glatt1001012910%31%$497,495 Philip D’Amato14532232422%54%$1,675,865
PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, TURF CLASSIC IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–In a thrilling stretch drive, favored Ashleyluvssugar overhauled What a View to prevail by a half length in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita. Ridden to perfection by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Peter Eurton, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan got a mile and one eighth in 1:46.43.As expected, What a View went to the lead under Tyler Baze and held a two length advantage mid-way around the far turn, but Prat stepped on the gas approaching the quarter pole, and it was “game-on” from there to the wire, with Ashleyluvssugar gaining the advantage in the final fifty yards.“He got a perfect ride,” said Eurton. “I think they (Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think ‘Flavvy’ was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I didn’t say anything. That was a nice, easy lead that What a View got. I didn’t think we’d get by him for a minute there, but ‘Ashley’s’ got a lot of class.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joe Ciaglia, multiple graded stakes winning Ashleyluvssugar, who had been idle since finishing second in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 25, was off at even money in a field of nine older horses bred or sired in California and paid $4.00, $2.60 and $2.20.In securing his ninth win from 20 starts, “Ashley,” who is out of the Urgent Request mare, Ashely’s Folley, picked up $150,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $1,157,504.“I had a good trip,” said Prat. “It came really easy. Once he gets the lead he doesn’t want to open up, but he knows he has to keep at least a head in front.”Tenacious in defeat, What a View set fractions on the “firm” turf of 23.77, 47.58, 1:11.56 and 1:34.74. Off at 3-1, he finished second by a length and a half and paid $3.80 and $3.40.Third turning for home, longshot Ward ‘n Jerry ran gamely for third, holding sway by a half length over He Will. Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Ward ‘n Jerry was off at 60-1 and paid $11.40 to show.
FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team Brittany Mbamalu2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.66 MA Public Administration Sierra Allen Abilene Christian Gr. 3.88 School Psychology The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Southland Student-Athletes of the Year. The award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Stephen F. Austin graduate student Stevi Parker rounds out the first team selections. A two-time all-conference first team honoree, the senior forward out of Bixby, Okla., ranked fourth in total rebounding (9.1 per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (.503) to lead a well-rounded SFA attack against league opponents this season. She holds a 3.00 GPA in non-degree graduate studies. Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for all-academic selection. Cassidy Barrios*2 Nicholls Jr. 3.70 Business Management Kiandra Bowers2 Lamar Gr. 3.75 MA English Lamar grad student Kiandra Bowers was voted to the all-academic second team along with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Brittany Mbamalu. Both are two-time all-academic picks. CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees are automatically named to the Southland All-Academic First Team, as well as eligible first team all-conference selections. Stevi Parker* Stephen F. Austin Gr. 3.00 Non-Degree Grad Studies The Raceland, La., native holds a 3.70 GPA with a major in business management. Amanda Johnson of Houston Baptist was named to the all-academic first team after earning a CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team accolade earlier this season – the lone Southland player to do so. A biology major, Johnson possesses a 4.00 GPA and led HBU’s scoring with 15.4 points per game, which places her 12th all-time in program history. Taylin Underwood Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.28 Accounting Chastadie Barrs* Lamar Jr. 3.51 Corporate Communication A pair of Lamar Cardinals earned automatic selection to the first team in juniors Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard. Both first team all-conference picks this season, Barrs holds a 3.51 GPA in corporate communication while Kinard boasts a 3.57 in criminal justice. Barrs again dominated the conference and national leaderboards in steals this season, finishing the season tied for the all-time single season mark with 191. Kinard was the fifth-highest scorer in conference play in 2017-18, averaging 16.1 points per game. Abilene Christian earned a pair of second team selections in grad student Sierra Allen and sophomore Breanna Wright, while Taylin Underwood of Southeastern Louisiana also landed a second team slot. The 2017-18 Southland Player of the Year added to her accolades after leading Nicholls to its first ever conference tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Barrios averaged 23.7 points per game through three tournament contests, including upsets of the top two seeds. She went on to score 14 points in the Colonels’ NCAA First Round game at national top seed Mississippi State. Name School Class GPA Major Moe Kinard* Lamar Jr. 3.57 Criminal Justice 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls Name School Class GPA Major Amanda Johnson*% Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Biology 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team Breanna Wright Abilene Christian So. 3.50 English – Teaching Automatic Selections:* – First Team All-Conference% – CoSIDA Academic All-District (Second Team)2 – Two-time All-Academic Selection
At Sam Houston, Davis was three-year starter, two-time All-Southland selection, conference defensive player of the year and a I-AA All-American. Davis went on to a seven-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. Four of those seasons he spent as a captain play special teams and safety. In 2002, Davis suited up for the Dallas Cowboys, fulfilling half of his promise. On Friday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum, 21 years after leaving Italy, Davis walked across the stage and received his degree. That part came true for Davis. After going undrafted in the 2002 NFL draft, Davis signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent. He fought through getting cut four times that first year, to eventually earn a spot as a starting safety and was voted team captain his final four seasons in Dallas. Davis has stayed active supporting the Bearkats, attending games regularly, including getting out on the road in North Dakota last season. But he said being a graduate now adds a little something extra to calling himself a Bearkat. “For me to be here today, knowing that I fulfilled that promise, means so much,” Davis said. “She said, Keith, son, that’s beautiful and I want you to go to the NFL,” Davis said of that day sitting out on the porch. “But I want you to graduate more than anything, she said. I want you to get your degree and that will make me happier than anything.” But that was only part of the promise to his mother. “Sitting on the porch that summer before going to Sam Houston State, I told my mom I was going to make it,” Davis said. “I told her I was going to make it to the NFL and take care of her.” “That was a big motivation for me,” Davis said about getting his degree before his son Shawn. “I have talked to my kids about the importance of finishing what you start. I had tried a few times before to finish my degree, and didn’t follow through. So getting it before him was a big motivation for me as well.” After his football career was done, Davis has seen his oldest son get a football scholarship at Texas Tech and will get his degree next week. Courtesy: Sam Houston State AthleticsHUNTSVILLE, Texas – When Keith Davis left Italy, Texas to start school and play football for Sam Houston he made a promise to his mom he would play in the NFL. She asked for one more promise – to get his degree. So when Davis walked across the stage and was greeted by university president Dana Hoyt, confirming his completion of his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, it was understandable the grin was a bit bigger than most. “I’ve always been a Bearkat, but now being alumni it adds a little more meaning,” he said. “Before this, yeah, I was a Bearkat, but I just played football here. Now that I do have my degree it feels even better and I’m proud to say I’m a Sam Houston State alum.”