Sam Houston State Picked First in Baseball Preseason Poll

first_imgCentral Arkansas is picked to finish fourth with 202 points while Houston Baptist rounds out the top five with 185 points. Lamar (172), New Orleans (168), Stephen F. Austin (144), Nicholls (122), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (92) and Northwestern State (74) were voted sixth through 11th while Abilene Christian and UIW (40) are tied for 12th. The 2018 season begins Friday, Feb. 16 with 13 games, starting when Houston Baptist welcomes Western Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Southeastern Louisiana earned seven first-place votes and just 21 total points behind Sam Houston State with 261. The Lions finished second in the regular season in 2017 with a 20-10 Southland record. After bowing out in the second round of the Southland tournament, they went on to earn the No. 2 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional, defeating Conference USA champion Rice in the opening matchup. 6.Lamar172 T12.Abilene Christian40 3.McNeese (1)246 After finishing third in the regular season in 2017 with a 19-11 conference record, Sam Houston won four straight in the Southland tournament, winning its second-straight title and fifth NCAA Regional berth in the last six seasons. The team went on to win four games, including three straight out of the consolation bracket, to win the Lubbock Regional and become the first Southland baseball program to advance to the Super Regional. T12.UIW40 Southland preseason polls are voted on by each program’s head coach and sports information director. Individuals rank the conference’s other 12 teams in predicted order of regular season finish, with first-place votes worth 12 points, second-place votes worth 11 points and so on to one point for 12th place. 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Preseason Poll Pl.School (First-place votes)Total 8.Stephen F. Austin144 2.Southeastern Louisiana (7)261center_img Sam Houston enters the 2018 season with a conference-best four preseason all-conference selections. 5.Houston Baptist185 FRISCO, Texas – Defending Southland Conference tournament champion Sam Houston State is favored to win the 2018 regular season as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Bearkats earned 18 first-place votes to top the preseason poll, the league announced Thursday. 9.Nicholls122 1.Sam Houston State (18)282 Southeastern begins the season with three preseason all-conference first team members, headlined by senior third baseman Taylor Schwaner. The reigning Southland Player of the Year notched a .330 batting average last year against league foes in 112 at-bats, including 41 RBIs and nine home runs with a .670 slugging percentage. 7.New Orleans168 4.Central Arkansas202 Defending regular season champion McNeese earned one first-place vote and 246 total points to rank third in the preseason poll. The Cowboys capped the regular season with a 37-20 overall record (22-8 Southland) and return with the reigning Southland Hitter of the Year Shane Selman. The Lake Charles, La., native hit .362 last season against conference opponents in 127 at-bats, tallying 10 home runs. 11.Northwestern State74 10.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi92last_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Aches For Unity, Service To Nation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to exhibit a greater sense of unity and service to nation as the country celebrates her 168th years of nationhood.She noted that the unprecedented representation of Liberians from all levels and persuasions of society at the independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, was a demonstration of unity.She added that unity is even greater than Ebola virus, “because it touches one’s inner spirit to serve his or her nation.”President Sirleaf made the call in a special statement she delivered at programs marking the official celebration of Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County on Monday.“As Liberians have come together in unity to celebrate their community as a strong foundation for accelerated development, each one should touch one, say a good thing to someone and reach out to someone holding a placard and offer him or her a scholarship rather than mudslinging the Nation,” she urged.She also pointed out that the convergence of Liberians in Greenville in their numbers demonstrates patriotism in recognition of the achievements and quantifiable progress made by the government, especially in the fight against Ebola due to the unity and service to nation exhibited by everyone.“Let today’s celebration remain in our hearts as we resolve to love our country, protect our heritage and pledge a true idea of service to our nation,” President Sirleaf stressed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has assured Liberians that in spite of the trying times and difficulties faced by the country due to the Ebola outbreak, the government’s development objectives remain on course.The Liberian Chief Executive noted that Liberia’s fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity were strengthened by the resolve of all Liberians to defeat the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the country.She observed that this year’s celebration is quite different from those of previous years, especially looking back at last year when the country was challenged by an unknown enemy, something, she noted, that spoke to the true test of the Liberian people’s faith and resilience.President Sirleaf lauded diplomatic missions, the international community and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as well as bilateral and multilateral partners for their extraordinary show of solidarity during the Ebola scourge in Liberia.She also thanked members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing in an unprecedented way, private sector support and recruiting about 339 medical practitioners from 16 African countries to help Liberians eradicate Ebola from their country.“We are always mindful that global conditions such as floods, earthquakes, death and terrorism, among others, affect people in all parts of the world, but their ability to surmount these challenges demonstrates their inner strength to survive, to regain lost grounds and to continue to build their nation towards the common goals of peace and prosperity; this was shown by Liberians,” she emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTWO people rescued off the Donegal coast were not wearing lifejackets and were uncooperative with their rescuers, the Irish Coast Guard said today. A spokesman said that Greencastle Coast Guard boat and shoreline team and Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 were tasked to two persons in the water in Lough Foyle from an overturned boat.“The Coast Guard boat recovered both from the water at 8pm – they hypothermic but otherwise well but were uncooperative,” he said. “Neither were wearing lifejackets and Gardai were on scene.”He said the Greencastle Coast Guard shoreline team also then came across an injured young female and requested the ambulance be diverted to the scene.The incident is just the latest around Ireland where people have taken to the sea without lifejackets.  COAST GUARD ANGER AS ‘UNCOOPERATIVE’ DUO FOUND WITHOUT LIFEJACKETS was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coast guardGreencastlerescuelast_img read more