The players from each conference have selected the top players to face off in the All-Star Weekend. “I am honored to represent Alvin Community College in this All-Star game,” Petix said. “This is an excellent opportunity for me to play some really good baseball players from all around Texas. I look forward to meeting and competing with players from other teams that we will be playing in the upcoming season.”The All-Star Weekend gives players a chance to compete in front of four-year university coaches and major-league scouts from coast to coast. Four conferences from the NJCAA will be represented. Former Port Neches-Groves and current Alvin Community College pitcher Brandon Petix will join the top junior college players from Texas and New Mexico for the Texas-New Mexico Junior College Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Weekend.Activities will take place at Abilene Christian University on Friday and Saturday. The showcase game has been held since the 1980s. — Special to the News
2016 UWF Football ScheduleUWF Football Season Ticket InformationPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida football program has announced its finalized schedule for its inaugural season in 2016. The schedule will feature eight games against Gulf South Conference opponents, which will be played after the team’s three non-conference games to begin the season. All of UWF’s home games will be played at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in downtown Pensacola. The year will start on the road for the Argonauts, as they travel to Ave Maria, an NAIA opponent in Naples, Florida, on September 3. UWF will then play host to Missouri S&T on September 10, 2016, in the program’s first-ever home game at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola. Following the home game, the Argos will visit the Chowan University Hawks in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, on September 17. Both Missouri S&T and Chowan will be NCAA Division II opponents for the Argonauts. “We really feel fortunate to get the non-conference games we’re getting,” UWF football head coach Pete Shinnick said. “Those will be very difficult, and there is lot of competition in those first three games of the season. Everybody’s trying to get games in Division II, so to get two Division II opponents in Chowan and Missouri S&T was huge, and then the ability to stay in Florida against Ave Maria was also very important to us. So I feel great about our non-conference schedule.” West Florida finishes September with the program’s first Gulf South Conference matchup, a game at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium against Valdosta State on September 24. The GSC has been a remarkably successful conference in recent history, with VSU winning the national titles in 2004, 2007, and 2012, while Delta State has reached the national title game as recently as 2010. The Argonauts host GSC football-only member Florida Tech on October 1, and they will travel to Mississippi College and Delta State on October 8 and October 15, respectively. The UWF football program will become the ninth team in the GSC, following Florida Tech and Mississippi College as the newest members of the conference. “The Gulf South Conference dictates what the in-conference schedule looks like, and no matter where you go on that conference schedule, you’ve got great competition,” Shinnick said. “We believe the Gulf South Conference is the toughest football conference in the country, based on the fact that four teams made the playoffs in 2014, so we’ll be challenged every week in the GSC. I think it’s a very challenging schedule for a first-year program, but we’re very excited to have the opportunity to represent the University of West Florida.” The first UWF Homecoming football game will be October 22 against Shorter, and West Alabama will travel to Pensacola the following weekend on October 29. UWF finishes its schedule with a trip to North Alabama on November 5 and a home game against 2014 NCAA DII National Semifinalist West Georgia on November 12. For more information on season tickets for the inaugural UWF football season call 850.474.ARGO or visit GoArgos.com/FootballTix to complete the season ticket interest form. The football season ticket interest form does not guarantee you an opportunity to purchase season tickets, but it does give your contact information to the athletic department for future ticket purchasing opportunities. It is recommended to start building priority points today to better your chances of purchasing football season tickets. For more information on the Argonaut Athletic Club and priority points visit GoArgos.com/boosters. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Version
Netball BY SIMON KESLEP Gulo-vui sisters Natalie and Talima displayed yet again another premiership title winning performance to see Team Marshall crowned the 2020 GNK Marshall Netball tournament queens in Hula, Central Province. However, it was not an easy walk in the park for Marshall to come out victorious and claim their 8th premiership title. Giving them (Marshall) a good run for their money in the final was one of the tournament’s newcomers Keapara. The title win also sees Marshall surviving the two-day netball fest undefeated. The Gulo-Vui sisters’ impressive comeback performance especially in midcourt and under the hoop in the second half was decisive in the win. Talima directed plays and was also vocal in sparking up her fellow team mates both in defensive and attacking plays. Under the hoop and slotting the much anticipated points for Marshall were Natalie Gulo-Vui and Joan Oki to see them claim the five points (23-18) difference win over Keapara. In the opening half, both Natalie and Joan could not find their pace upfront as they were well contained by Keapara’s defenders in the likes of Lesieli Vele and Rina Ila. Keapara took hold of the first half and led 12-8 at halftime through the successful and dominating goal shooting performance by Veavu Ila and Nosa Tino with assistance coming from Aileen Vala at midcourt. In the second stanza, Natalie and Joan, including the team effort and their supporters cheering paved way for a much improved effort to claim the win. “Pretty proud of our performance given we’ve been working hard at training for two weeks and happy to get the grand final win back. Unfortunately we lost it (grand final) last year and it is good to get it back this year. “It was a good comeback in the second half. We were pretty down in the first few minutes but then we started talking and it was good to get the win back. We just told ourselves at halftime just to put our shots up because we were not pretty accurate in the first half,” said Natalie who was awarded as the grand final’s best shooter. The grand final’s best midcourt was Talima Gulo-Vui, best defender Rina Ila of team Keapara while the most valuable player/Jenny Pokana award recipient was Keapara’s Lesieli Vele. Tournament awards recipients included Uve Noka (best shooter), Joy Ani and Silo Silo (best midcourt), La,a Iga (best defender), Gia Kopi (most valuable player), Iru Iga (player of the tournament), 12-year-old Wendy Geno (youngest player of the tournament), Joan Oki (sponsor’s choice award recipient) and Poerupu (best marching uniform).
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that North Korea will not be able to develop a nuclear weapon that is capable of reaching the United States, saying, “It won’t happen!” Related It wasn’t immediately clear if Trump was referring to increasing the number of weapons or modernizing existing systems.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017 The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 North Korea has conducted several medium- and long-range missile tests in recent years.Trump has been vocal about his planned nuclear weapons policy, saying that the U.S. needs to “greatly strengthen and expand” its nuclear capabilities.