United Soccer Coaches ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned nine total selections to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams, the organization announced Wednesday. D Laurene Tresfield Sr. Oklahoma State University Paris, France K Kelsey Daugherty Jr. UAB Kennesaw, Ga. Kelso Peskin, the Southland Newcomer of the Year, earned second team distinction for Lamar. Amelia Fullmer, M.J. Eckart and Lucy Ashworth all earned third team selections to round out the Cardinals’ selections. M Ellee Hall Sr. Houston Baptist University Unitah, Utah M Asta Arnadottir Sr. Florida Atlantic University Kopagavur, Iceland M Aline De Lima Sr. Baylor University Belo Horizonte, Brazil First Team Pos. Player Class School Hometown K Katie Lund So. TCU Plano, Texas D Louise Stephens So. Rice University Houston, Texas Rounding out the conference’s selections is Houston Baptist midfielder Ellee Hall, who was named to the all-region third team. M Anna Beffer Sr. Oklahoma State University Tulsa, Okla. F Peyton DePreist Fr. Middle Tennessee State University Franklin, Tenn. D Jaclyn Stroud Sr. Old Dominion University Raleigh, N.C. D Atu Mshana So. University of Texas Garland, Texas M Hanna Barker Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Farmers Branch, Texas F Kassi Hormuth Sr. Texas State University Cedar Park, Texas F Haley Woodard Jr. Oklahoma State University Norman, Okla. M Julie James Jr. Baylor University Fairview, Texas D Kennedy Rose Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Tyler, Texas Pos. Player Class School Hometown M Carla Portillo Sr. West Virginia University Mississauga, Ont. The 2017 Southland Regular Season and Tournament champion Lamar led the way with four selections while McNeese and Stephen F. Austin both earned a pair of picks. Houston Baptist earned a lone spot on the third team. M Karitas Tomasdottir Jr. TCU Hella, Iceland D Gabi D’Alesandro Sr. McNeese State University Flower Mound, Texas F Annie Walker Jr. Rice University Grand Blanc, Mich. Second Team K Jennifer Wandt Fr. Baylor University Brookfield, Wis. F Martha Thomas Sr. Charlotte Weston, Fla. K Maya Hoyer So. Rice University Los Gatos, Calif. M Amy Brewer Sr. UAB Fayetteville, Ga. M Katie Glenn Jr. University of Texas Round Rock, Texas F Nia Stallings Sr. Rice University San Antonio, Texas F Daniella Famili Sr. Coastal Carolina University Stockholm, Sweden D Nyomi Devine Sr. Murray State University Beaudesert, Australia 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams M Samantha Chaiken Sr. Rice University Dallas, Texas K Kari Naerdemann Jr. Tennessee Tech University Herene, Germany F Yazmeen Ryan Fr. TCU Norman, Okla. F Harriet Withers Sr. Murray State University Murwillumbah, Australia M Haley Berg Sr. University of Texas Celina, Texas D Ebba Blomqvist Jr. Florida Atlantic University Skovde, Sweden F Kelso Peskin Jr. Lamar University Cape Town, South Africa M M.J. Eckart Sr. Lamar University Flower Mound, Texas D Ryan Williams Sr. TCU Centennial, Colo. F Rio Hardy Sr. University of South Alabama Workington, England M Nomvula Kgoale Sr. Louisiana Tech University Polokwane, South Africa Pos. Player Class School Hometown D Amelia Fullmer Jr. Lamar University Pleasant Grove, Utah D Amandine Pierre-Louis Sr. West Virginia University Quebec City, Que. D Chandler Cooney Sr. Texas State University Houston, Texas F Iris Achterhof Jr. Old Dominion University Groningen, Netherlands F Lucy Ashworth Fr. Lamar University Wigan, England F Savannah LaRicci Sr. McNeese State University Sugar Land, Texas D Precious Akanyirige Sr. Baylor University Pleasanton, Texas F Cyera Hintzen So. University of Texas McKinney, Texas D Hannah Godfrey Jr. University of South Alabama Thornton, England M Rachel Grout Sr. Texas State University Dallas, Texas The league’s Player of the Year, McNeese senior Savannah LaRicci, was voted to the second team while defender Gabi D’Alesandro was tabbed to the third team for the Cowgirls. F Michaela Abam Sr. West Virginia University Sugar Land, Texas Third Team F Megan Greene So. Charlotte Fuquay-Varina, N.C D Bianca St Georges Jr. West Virginia University St. Felix De Valois, Que. K Rylee Foster So. West Virginia University Cambridge, Ont. Two-time Southland Midfielder of the Year Hanna Barker of Stephen F. Austin is the league’s lone first team selection. Fellow senior Ladyjack Kennedy Rose earned a spot on the second team as a defender. F Grace Hagan Jr. University of Kansas Wichita, Kan.
The Bulldogs were criticised at times in 2016 for not being able to create enough points or execute with ball in hand despite their big forward pack generally providing a solid platform. With no big-name playmakers inbound (former Cronulla and Ipswich half Josh Cleeland and young ex-Raiders hooker Zac Woolford seem unlikely to start the season in first grade) it is up to those who were in those roles last season to find the improvements.”Obviously we bowed out in straight sets last year and it wasn’t the ideal way to go but that’s last year,” the World All Stars playmaker said in the lead-up to this weekend’s All Stars fixtures.”We’re fortunate enough to have another opportunity to take the comp by the horns. We’ve had a big summer, spent a lot of time together over the summer and that’s what it’s about, spending time together, especially as a combination.”We’re working real hard, tweaked a couple of things here and there and we’re excited to try it out on the field.”He said the more time two halves spend together the more they learn about each other.”Obviously for myself and Josh that’s what we’re doing now, we’re spending time together, learning each other’s games,” he said.”It’s about complementing each other with what you’re good at. It’s been really enjoyable this pre-season, we’ve had a good summer and we’re just looking forward to the next few weeks with trials coming up and Round 1 just around the corner, it’s going to be a good time.”Mbye elected not to disclose what attacking changes the club had made just yet but rejected suggestions the club’s attack was too predictable.”We’re tweaked a couple of things here and there. You only have to look back as far as 2014 we made the grand final playing a similar style and you look two years before that, 2012 same result off a similar style,” he said.”To be honest I think it comes down to execution – there’s no doubt we created enough opportunities throughout the season but it was the ability to execute that let us down.”Canterbury has such a rich history of being successful, they’ve brought through some of the best players the game’s seen and we’re a big powerful club and that sort of club demands results. That’s the sort of pressure you get when you get that Canterbury badge.”Of the coming days, Mbye was looking forward to both representing his Gambian heritage during the All Stars event as well as working under former Maroons coach Mal Meninga as he looks to press his claims for an Origin jersey in the post-Johnathan Thurston era from 2018 onwards.”[All Stars] is an opportunity to represent my heritage. You don’t get these opportunities much, especially with a small country like Gambia, they don’t have a side so it’s a good opportunity. It makes you learn a bit more about it as well,” he said.”And everyone’s aware of Mal’s resume, he’s been a successful coach for a number of years now. It’s only a short camp here but you just put your feelers out and take whatever you can.”I’ve worked with Mal a few times now and was fortunate enough to work with him in the Prime Minister’s XIII at the end of last season. He’s a quality coach, a lot of knowledge and looking forward to spending another week with him.”
Whether it was satirizing the rich and famous with her hilarious Silver Streak Players improv group or being honored by the city in 2005 for her years of outstanding volunteer work, Nora Hecker – who died last week at 97 – had an infectious zest for life. “Life’s like a poker game, dear,” she told me on the eve of her 90th birthday. “Sometimes you need fresh money coming in to keep playing.” Nora never had any problems finding fresh money. She was 75 when I first met her. The Army was trying to recruit her at the time. It was the summer of ’84, and the Army was looking for a few good women. Nora got a promotional watch and reams of recruitment material in the mail saying how happy she’d be in today’s new, coed Army. She wrote them back saying she was flattered, but “at 75, I think maybe I should pass on this career opportunity.” The Army replied by – what else – sending her another watch and more recruitment material. Nora kept the watches and threw away the induction papers. “They were cheap knockoffs,” she said. “They both broke inside six months.” But that big, beautiful heart of hers kept ticking for 22 more years. RIP, Nora. You were one classy lady. Every year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles supports hundreds of social programs including literacy services, job training and food pantries. The federation does it by hosting its own Super Sunday the week after the Super Bowl, with more than 2,000 volunteers seeking telephone pledges for the charity. The goal is to raise $4million. If you get a call from a volunteer, including those manning the phones at the Bernard Milken Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills, remember it’s for a good cause. And finally, if you’re looking to send a few early Valentine’s wishes next week, I’ve got some great men and women who would love to hear from you.It gets lost in the Valentine’s Day shuffle every year, but Tuesday is National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Day. It’s a day set aside by presidential proclamation for people to honor veterans who served their country and are now in nursing homes and veterans hospitals. A tribute to local vets at the Sepulveda VA will be held at 11a.m. in Building 200. If you can’t make it but want to send them a Valentine’s card, make it care of the volunteer office at Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., Sepulveda, CA 91343. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. email@example.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My daughter was violently sexually assaulted, and in her memory we wanted to find an organization that dealt with helping sexually abused children,” Lori Parker-Gladstein said Thursday. “CARES has been like family ever since.” Nicole was reported missing on Nov. 20, 1993, during a visit to her father’s apartment in Woodland Hills. Two days later, her body was found inside a suitcase hidden in the bedroom closet of a neighbor’s apartment. Neighbor Hooman Ashkan Panah, then 23, was eventually found guilty of murder and sexual molestation and sentenced to death. And Nicole’s mom continues to raise money every year to help heal the scars of children too young to remember her little girl. The Nicole Parker Foundation will host a fundraiser from 7:30to 10tonight at the Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will benefit CARES. “The reality is that horrible things happen in every community. This is a night for all of us to remember a little girl, her beautiful smile, and all the joy she brought to her family,” Imagawa said. Odds ‘n’ ends from around the Valley: The 350 to 400 children whom Dr. Karen Kay Imagawa treats each year as director of the CARES Team at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles don’t know about Nicole Parker. They’re too young to remember the story of the pretty 8-year-old Tarzana girl who was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by a neighbor in 1993. But Nicole’s mom, Lori, knows about CARES. The foundation she formed nearly seven years ago in her daughter’s memory has raised more than $250,000 to provide medical and mental health services for suspected victims of child abuse.
Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Arsene Wenger confirmed today.Argentina midfield maestro Messi developed into one of the world’s greatest players at the Nou Camp, but was close to considering a switch to England when he was 15 in the Barcelona Academy.A recent biography suggests the potential deal broke down because Arsenal were unable to purchase accommodation for Messi’s family, who were keen to join him in London, although the South American would still have needed to secure a work permit.Despite all of their efforts, Arsenal boss Wenger – who also scouted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba when they were raw talents – believes the player just felt settled in Spain rather than take a chance on a switch to England.“I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team (at Barcelona Academy). We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas,” said Wenger.“It was not completely down to a flat in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona.” 1