Ready, set, go . . ..The Nelson Neptunes has a contingent of eight attending this weekend’s 2011 B.C. Summer Swim Association Championships in Richmond.The squad qualified for the provincial meet following some stellar performances at the Kootenay Regional held recently in Castlegar.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to wish the Neptune swimmers good luck with Team of the Week honours.The squad includes, back row, L-R, Melissa Afford, Kiandra McLaren and head coach Michelle Lorusso. Front, Kourtney Brager, Jakob Brager,Sam Matthew and Matt Holitzki.Missing from photo Rebecca Afford.
The Nelson Sports Council is ready to open its Sports Museum for the summer tourist season Saturday, July 7 in the Civic Centre and Nelson and District Community Complex Arenas. The museum exhibits are full of local hockey players who have made it big in the NHL, including Danny Gare, Greg Adams and Pat Price, along with skating and lacrosse memorabilia dating back before the Civic Centre was built in 1935.The museum also has an authentic collection of photos, sport artifacts and historic audio of game play by play for sport enthusiasts, historians and former Nelsonites to enjoy.The Grand Opening and Tour is set for Friday, July 6, at 4 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.The museum is open every Friday and Saturday until August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only by calling 250-352-3989.Admission is free.
PHIL D’AMATO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER, AND SIDEPOCKET RUN, SECOND: “That was like two wins (running first and second). Sunday Rules couldn’t be doing any better right now. I just think it’s a combination of getting over her little baby issues, and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to map out a nice campaign for the future. She’ll definitely stay sprinting.” JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “Nice filly. She runs with her head a little low but . . . she’s not real fast that first jump out of the gate but after that she’s a monster. She’s a train really; she just goes. Those first strides, she just needs to get her feet up under her but then she’s really just a train.”TRAINER QUOTES NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER: “We are blessed to have horses as we do in Santa Ynez and to be able to race them here at Santa Anita. What a pleasant surprise she’s been. She’s very plain looking and you’d never pick her out of a group of horses in a pasture. The way she runs with her neck low . . . Nothing bothers her. There is a graded stakes in Florida this coming July that we might take a look at.” -30- NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles.
THE ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Fresh off a record-breaking 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, superstar mare Beholder will face eight rivals as she seeks a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes, has 10 wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita–her only defeat a second place finish in the 6 ½ furlong Grade II Santa Anita Ynez Stakes in January, 2013.Beginning with last year’s Zenyatta, Beholder has now rattled off five consecutive victories and should all go well on Saturday, it’s widely expected she’ll suit up for an epic showdown versus Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Although her regular rider Gary Stevens was forced to miss last year’s Zenyatta tally due to knee replacement surgery, he has been aboard for her last four wins and in all, has eight wins from nine starts with her and has called her perhaps the best horse, male or female, he’s ever ridden. With eight wins from nine tries at 1 1/16 miles, Beholder’s overall mark stands at 19-14-3-0. She has amassed lifetime earnings of $4,256,600.Benjamin Warren’s homebred Warren’s Veneda, a close second to Beholder three starts back in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Adorations Stakes June 13, was third, beaten 11 ¼ lengths by the top selection in the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 1 and will try to narrow the gap in the Zenyatta.A 5-year-old California-bred mare by Affirmative, Warren’s Veneda is trained by Craig Lewis and will again be handled by Tyler Baze. She has four wins from nine starts at Santa Anita and is 26-8-4-7 overall with earnings of $931,612.Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred My Sweet Addiction, a winner of the Grade I Vanity Stakes three starts back on May 9, was no match for Beholder in her most recent out, as she showed early speed and finished fourth, beaten 12 ½ lengths in the Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1. Trained by Marty Jones, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Tiznow has three wins from eight starts at Santa Anita and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $348,106.George Krikorian’s homebred Big Book, who was second to Grade I winning Stellar Wind going a flat mile in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes Aug. 30, faces her stiffest test to date on Saturday for trainer Tim Yakteen. A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Mr. Big, she has three wins from four starts and earnings of $198,400.The complete field for the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Oscar Party, James Graham, 119; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 116; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 119; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 124. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30-
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder stood out among a group of five Richard Mandella trainees as the sure-to-be Hall of Famer partook in a special early afternoon schooling session at 12:30 p.m. in Santa Anita’s paddock–her final “classroom” assignment prior to her engagement in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare comes off a devastating 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22 and she seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races at Santa Anita Saturday.A winner of 10 of 11 starts at The Great Race Place, Beholder is the prohibitive 2-5 favorite amongst a field of nine fillies and mares set to compete at 1 1/16 miles. She has 14 wins from 19 career starts and has amassed earnings of $4,256,600.Providing she runs to her odds in the Zenyatta, it is widely expected that she will then be pointed to a likely epic showdown with Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky.
BOOZER: Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood, this 6-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat rallied to win Santa Anita’s Sensational Star Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course three starts back on Feb. 27 and he was a close second as the 3-2 favorite two starts back in a one mile turf allowance here on March 20. A winner of the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, Boozer, who has run 20 of his 22 lifetime starts on grass, will hope he can replicate his one mile main track win at Los Alamitos here on Saturday. Fifth in his only Santa Anita dirt try five starts back on Jan. 9, Boozer is 22-7-5-4, with earnings of $538,792. SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL: Trained by Dan Hendricks, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Songandaprayer takes a big drop in class off a third place finish behind Cat Burglar in the Santana Mile here on April 2. A winner of a seven furlong allowance off a year and a half layoff March 5, Songforjohnmichael earned a Tiznow-best 98 Beyer Speed figure in the Santana Mile and could be primed for a huge effort on Saturday. With a win from three starts at one mile, he has four wins from nine lifetime starts. Owned by R L Stables, LLC, Songforjohnmichael is out of the Quiet American mare, Silent Demand. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES THE $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 11) Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT Howdy–Mario Gutierrez–120Boozer–Edwin Maldonado–122Songforjohnmichael–Joe Talamo–120Avanti Bello–Rafael Bejarano–120Indygo Holiday–Fernando Perez–120Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–120Rocko’s Wheel–Martin Garcia–120First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ROCKO’S WHEEL: Lightly raced, this 4-year-old colt by Grazen makes his third start off a lengthy layoff and stretches out off a pair of allowance sprints. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel, who was bred by Jimmy Ukegawa and the late Mike Mitchell, was a winner of a first condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in April, 2015 and he appears to be rounding into form for D’Amato. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Ukegawa, “Rocko” has three wins from 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $178,735. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia. HOWDY: A winner of two consecutive allowance races, Howdy will try stakes competition for the first time in the Tiznow. A 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Sundarban, he was bred by Crystal Valley Farms and is out of the Momentum mare Foxy Babe. Although it took him nine starts to break his maiden, Howdy has been first or second in his last four starts and was a good third five starts back–his first time with winners. Owned by his breeder and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Howdy has two wins and two seconds from six tries at a flat mile. He’s 14-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $165,800. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A one mile stakes winner in his most recent start, trainer Mark Glatt’s Boozer heads a field of older California-bred or sired horses as he seeks his third stakes win from four starts in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. The Tiznow, for older horses, has attracted a solid field of seven older horses.Named for the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the Tiznow was first run at Hollywood Park in 2003 and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. SOI PHET: Although winless in his last 14 starts, this veteran 8-year-old gelding by Tizbud comes off a solid second to Boozer in the Bertrando at Los Alamitos, a race in which he was the 3-2 favorite. Trained by Leonard Powell and owned by Benowitz, Powell, Viskovich and partners, Soi Phet has five wins from 15 tries at one mile, but is a glaring 0-12 at Santa Anita. A non-threatening second two starts back in a mile and one eighth main track allowance here on March 6, Soi Phet will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux. With an overall mark of 43-8-5-4, he has earnings of $565,536.
GLORYZAPPER TAKES HARD-FOUGHT HALF LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 LA WOMAN STAKES UNDER ELLIOTT; D’AMATO FILLY GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:15.75 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2016)–In a driving four-horse finish, Gloryzapper, with Stewart Elliott up, prevailed by a half length in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Gloryzapper, who went head and head for the lead with eventual third place finisher Perfect Pic throughout, got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.75.Breaking from post position five in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, Gloryzapper and Perfect Pic set collective splits of 22.13, 45.10 and 1:09.41 as even money favorite Luminance, who broke slowly, could never get on terms with the dueling leaders and finished a close third.“She’s always a fighter, she always pushes on,” said D’Amato. “Stewart did a great job. The four (Luminance) broke a little slow, so Stewart put Gloryzapper into the race early and she fought everybody off. I love her in this scenario. When she has her head in front of the rest of the opposition, she love the fight…Passing horses, she’s just ok, but she loves to be in the mix and fight them off.”Off at 9-2, Gloryzapper paid $11.20, $5.60 and $3.80.Owned by Hebert Bloodstock, Andrew Leggio and Peter Peluso, the Kentucky-bred 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, who came off an eighth place finish going 1 1/8 miles on turf in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes Sept. 4, notched her first stakes win in career start number eight. She now has four overall wins and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $225,045.“She ran really well in her last out, but she just didn’t have that turn of foot on the grass, like grass horses do,” said Elliott. “With the way she ran today…She got tested and she fought to win, so I could see the Breeders’ Cup as a possiblily.”(D’Amato indicated that the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, is under consideration).Ridden by Mike Smith, Wild At Heart broke from the rail and sat just in behind Perfect Pic until the furlong pole. At that point, “Perfect” drifted out a bit, which enabled Wild At Heart to surge late, but she had to settle for second, finishing a half length in front of Perfect Pic, who was ridden by Santiago Gonzalez.Off at 8-1, Wild At Heart paid $6.60 and $4.40Perfect Pic, who finished a head in front of Luminance, was off at 3-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Luminance, trained by Bob Baffert, came off a stirring second condition allowance win on July 27 and looked like the horse to beat in the LA Woman.“She broke a little slow, so I didn’t have the position I wanted to have early,” said Bejarano, who was aboard for the July 27 win. “She tried really hard, but those fillies didn’t stop.”First post time on Monday, Columbus Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
SENSITIVELY: In a speed laden lineup, she may be the quickest of the quick. Idle since well beaten as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Aug. 17, she brings a solid resume and fast work tab to the Las Flores party. Three for five at six furlongs, all four of Sensitively’s career wins have come at The Great Race Place. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Street Sense, she’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. She be ridden for the seventh consecutive time by Tyler Baze, who’s guided her to three wins. She has earnings of $164,415 from an overall mark of 9-4-1-0. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Constellation, the Richard Baltas-trained Watch This Cat and Phil D’Amato’s comebacking Sensitively head a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track. CONSTELLATION: Undefeated in two starts for Hollendorfer, she comes off a half length win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26. Dispatched at 12-1 following an odds-on score in a minor stakes going six furlongs at Turf Paradise on Nov. 12, Constellation pressed the La Brea pace and won impressively under Flavien Prat, who rides back on Sunday. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road, she was originally based in New York with Steve Asmussen. A winner of two minor stakes at Aqueduct in November, 2015 and January, 2016, she’s 8-5-1-1 overall and has earnings of $479,464. She’s owned by LNJ Foxwoods. THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PT WATCH THIS CAT: Claimed for $32,000 six starts back on June 26, this 5-year-old Eskendereya mare has rattled off three consecutive wins for Baltas, her most recent an 8 ½ length romp over a sloppy track in the 6 ½ furlong Las Cienegas Stakes, which was originally slated for turf. Due to the change in surface, necessitated by heavy rains, the Las Cienegas lost its Grade III status, thus, Watch This Cat will be in search of her first graded win on Sunday. Quick from the gate, she could likely press the favorite or attempt gate to wire tactics with Corey Nakatani again engaged to ride. Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Jack Nakashian, Watch This Cat is 16-4-4-1, with earnings of $164,220. Ponder Lea–Rafael Bejarano–120Watch This Cat–Corey Nakatani–120Sensitively–Tyler Baze–120Pretty N Cool–Martin Garcia–120Constellation–Flavien Prat–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Set FourThe closet McNeese got to leading since going up 1-0 was tying UCA at 14-14, but Anderson’s back-to-back kills swung the momentum back in the Sugar Bears’ favor en route to a 25-19 set win to claim the match 3-1. Anderson finished the set hitting .444 with five kills to lead the Sugar Bears. UCA blocked five attacks and produced 25 digs as McNeese hit just .022 for the set. Tipppet ended the match with a smashing kill as Elizabeth Armstrong gained her 46th assist of the night.VB: @UCAVball advances to Southland semifinal round, 3-1 winners over @McNeeseVball. Next up at 6:30, SHSU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. pic.twitter.com/537STLF4ua— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 After dropping the first set 25-23, the Sugar Bears took the next three sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 to advance to the semifinals. McNeese had defeated UCA in five sets twice this season heading into the contest. Four Sugar Bears reached double figures in kills with junior middle blocker Savanah Allen leading all hitters with 14 kills, junior right side Samantha Anderson adding 12, sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry notching 11 and junior outside hitter Haley Tippett garnering 10. Tippett reached a double-double by digging 14 attacks, being one of four Sugar Bears to reach double figures for digs. The UCA defense also tallied 14.5 blocks. Set TwoUCA evened the match 1-1 with a 25-23 victory in the second set behind Haley Tippet and Abbie Harry’s five kills each. The two combined for 10 of the Sugar Bears’ 18 kills. Tippet also tallied for a team-best six digs as the Sugar Bears posted 23 in the set. McGownd had eight of the 18 digs for McNeese as Rae Myers and Katelyn Elliot led the team in kills with both reaching three.VB: Tippett’s kill ends set 2, 25-23 in favor of @UCAVball. Tied 1-1 with @McNeeseVball heading to break. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/SlPmiMehF6— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 McNeese’s sophomore outside hitter Keegan Nelms put up a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas got its revenge on No. 7 McNeese when the Sugar Bears defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 on Friday in Southland Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals at the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Set OneLibero Angela McGownd tallied seven digs to lead a McNeese back row that combined for 13 digs and kept Central Arkansas to a .175 hitting percentage in a 25-23 win for the Cowgirls. McNeese hit for .282 with seven players earning a kill and Keegan Nelms racked up a team best four. UCA’s Megan Nash and Savanah Allen each produced four kills while Samantha Anderson downed three.VB: #8 seed ACU already won today. What does #7 @McNeeseVball have in store? Cowgirls up 1-0 over @ucavball, taking 1st set by 25-23 count. pic.twitter.com/TrSP4HkkxY— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 Set ThreeUCA ran off to an 8-2 start to the set, including service aces from Nash and Tippett, before McNeese head coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald called her first timeout. The Sugar Bears never let the Cowgirls within four points after the timeout as UCA took the set 25-17. Allen hit a perfect 1.000 on six attacks for a Sugar Bears squad that hit .423 in the set to McNeese’s .179. Shanna Spree led the Cowgirls in kills with four.VB: @UCAVball up 2-1 on @McNeeseVball, as UCA takes 3rd set 25-17. Watch NOW on https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. pic.twitter.com/tK2ZoVZuVV— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 The Sugar Bears will face the winner of No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 6 Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network.
THIRD-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Lane Clark, Tennessee State, Sr.P – Ian Berryman, Western Carolina, Jr.RS – Rashid Shaheed, Weber State, Fr.RS – Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, So.LS – Brandon Godse, South Dakota, Sr.ST – Isaiah White, Stony Brook, Jr. FIRST-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Chris Streveler, South Dakota, Sr.QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, Sr.RB – Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr.RB – Josh Mack, Maine, So.OL – Aaron Stinnie, James Madison, Sr.OL – Brandon Parker, N.C. A&T, Sr.OL – Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State, Sr.OL – Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State, Sr.OL – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Sr.OL – Skyler Phillips, Idaho State, Sr.WR – Keelan Doss, UC Davis, Jr.WR – Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois, Sr.WR – Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, So.TE – Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, Sr.AP – Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Jr. Jeremiah Briscoe was named a first team quarterback with fellow Bearkats Nathan Stewart and Davion Davis joining him on the top offensive list. Stewart was selected as a wide receiver while Davis was tabbed as the first team offensive all-purpose player. The league’s selection total of 17 HERO All-Americans is more than doubles last season’s total of seven. THIRD-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Brad Mayes, Lehigh, Jr.QB – Hayden Hildebrand, Central Arkansas, Sr.RB – Marquell Cartwright, N.C. A&T, Jr.RB – Tevin McCaster, Youngstown State, Jr.OL – David Reese, Montana, Sr.OL – Brody Kern, Delaware, Sr.OL – Jacob Judd, Western Illinois, Sr.OL – Justin Spencer, Youngstown State, Sr.OL – Dylan Cline, Jacksonville State, Sr.OL – Ben Huss, Duquesne, Sr.WR – Jesper Horsted, Princeton, Sr.WR – Elijah Marks, Northern Arizona, Sr.WR – Justin Watson, Penn, Sr.WR – Dontez Byrd, Tennessee Tech, Sr.TE – Andrew Vollert, Weber State, Sr.AP – De’Lance Turner, Alcorn State, Sr. SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls, Jr.P – Keith Wrzuszczak, Eastern Kentucky, Sr.RS – Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard, Jr.RS – Desmond Hite, UIW, So.RS – Khris Gardin, N.C. A&T, Jr.LS – Hunter Winstead, Liberty, Sr.ST – Mozai Nelson, Maine, Jr. FIRST-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Sr.DL – Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, Sr.DL – P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Sr.DL – Anthony Ellis, Charleston Southern, Sr.LB – Darius Leonard, S.C. State, Sr.LB – Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, Sr.LB – Brett Taylor , Western Illinois, Sr.LB – Garrett Dolan, Houston Baptist, Sr.DB – Taron Johnson, Weber State, Sr.DB – Mike Basile, Monmouth, Sr.DB – Davontae Harris, Illinois State, Sr.DB – Jordan Brown, James Madison, Sr.AP – Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr. THIRD-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Jaison Williams, Austin Peay, So.DL – Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr.DL – Chris Stewart, Sam Houston State, Jr.DL – Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, So.LB – Brandon Bryant, Lafayette, Sr.LB – De’Arius Christmas, Grambling State, Jr.LB – Jalyn Williams, Prairie View A&M, Sr.LB – Josh Buss, Montana, Jr.LB – Kyre Hawkins, James Madison, Sr.DB – Rashad Robinson, James Madison, Jr.DB – Taylor Henkle, Kennesaw State, Jr.DB – Elijah Campbell, Northern Iowa, Sr.DB – Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Sr.AP – Malik Duncan, Saint Francis, Jr. SECOND-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, Sr.QB – Devlin Hodges, Samford?, Jr.RB – Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State, Sr.RB – Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State, Jr.OL – Timon Parris, Stony Brook, Sr.OL – Stetson Dagel, South Dakota, Sr.OL – Matthew Schmidt, Furman, Sr.OL – John Cook, Central Arkansas, Jr.OL – Daniel Cooney, San Diego, Jr.OL – Maea Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.WR – Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Sr.WR – Kelvin McKnight, Samford?, Jr.WR – Neil O’Connor, New Hampshire, Jr.TE – Andy Schumpert, Furman, Sr.AP – Chandler Burks, Kennesaw State, Jr. Two offensive linemen earned second team distinctions in Southland Offensive Lineman of the Year John Cook of Central Arkansas and Southeastern’s Maea Teuhema. Fellow Lion Sione Teuhema was named a second team linebacker while UCA’s George Odum was chosen as a second team defensive back. HERO Sports ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned 17 spots on the 2017 HERO Sports FCS All-America team, announced Wednesday. Sam Houston State headlines with four first team selections. Central Arkansas’ Hayden Hildebrand was tabbed as a third team quarterback while three conference players earned third team defense spots: defensive linemen Chris Stewart (Sam Houston State), Chris Terrell (UCA) and and UCA defensive back Tremon Smith. Rounding out the league’s picks is third team return specialist Juwan Petit-Frere of Southeastern Louisiana. 2017 HERO Sports FCS All-America Team SECOND-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Jonathan Petersen, San Diego, Sr.DL – Darin Greenfield, South Dakota, So.DL – Bilal Nichols, Delaware, Sr.DL – Dalton Keene, Illinois State, Sr.LB – Jared Farley, Northern Iowa, Sr.LB – Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, So.LB – Sione Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.LB – Michael Needham, Southern Utah, Sr.DB – D’Montre Wade, Murray State, Sr.DB – Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, So.DB – Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State, Sr.DB – George Odum, Central Arkansas, Sr.DB – Raven Greene, James Madison, Sr.AP – John Santiago, North Dakota, Jr. On the first team defense, the Southland is represented by Sam Houston State defensive lineman P.J. Hall and linebacker Garrett Dolan of Houston Baptist. UIW punter Joe Zema was voted to the top special team squad. FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Chase Vinatieri, South Dakota State, So.P – Joe Zema, UIW, Sr.RS – Xequille Harry, Weber State, Sr.RS – Kyran Moore, Austin Peay, Sr.LS – James Fisher, North Dakota State, Sr.ST – Brady May, Weber State, Jr. Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State both led with five honorees each, followed by Southeastern Louisiana with three. UIW earned two selections while Houston Baptist and Nicholls both garnered one award. UIW’s Desmond Hite earned a spot as a second team return specialist while Nicholls placekicker Lorran Fonseca also collected second team honors.