Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugar Land Skeeters down Lancaster, 5-3 in Atlantic League action (Photo Slideshow)

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 21, 2014) La Vita Loca Photography's Darla Tamulitis was on hand in Sugar Land to document the Skeeters' 5-3 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Below is a slide show about the game.





Sugar Land takes down Lancaster on Nick Stavinoha multi-hit game

By Robert H Kelly
Nick Stavinoha went 2-for-3 with two runs versus Lancaster.
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 21, 2014) Erupting for three hits in the first inning, the Sugar Land Skeeters went on defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers by the score of 5-3 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar land on Monday, July 21, 2014.


They added additional runs in the third and fifth innings to secure the win and take the current series against the Barnstormers to 2-2.



Skeeters’ designated hitter Nick Stavinoha was a monster at the plate; going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.



The Cypress, Texas native, who  last played for Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan, raised his batting average to .250 for the season.



Right hander pitcher Clint Everts pitched seven complete innings for Sugar Land; giving up a single run off three hits. He is now 3-7 with a 5.80 ERA in 15 games.



Gary Gaetti saw his Skeeters win 2-in-a-row.
Joe Gardner received the loss for Lancaster, his first of the season, dropping to 1-1 in three games.



In the three previous games of the six-game home stand, Lancaster won the first two games; 5-2 on Friday, July 18 and 5-4 on Saturday, July 19.



Sugar land bounced back on Sunday, July 20 with a 3-2 win.



Sugar Land and Lancaster will meet two more times during this current series; on Tuesday, July 22, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch and on Wednesday, July 23, with a 6:05 p.m. start.



Probable starters on Tuesday will be RHP Dan Meadows (1-2, 407 ERA) for Sugar Land and RHP Mark Rogers (3-3, 3-69 ERA) for Lancaster.



On Wednesday, the Skeeters will sed RHP Matt Wright (6-6, 3.06 ERA) to the mound. He will face LHP Dan Osterbrock (7-2, 3.75 ERA).

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Houston Dash fall to Western New York Flash, 4-1

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Chris Price
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 5, 2014) Jordan Jackson got the Houston Dash on the scoreboard in the 81st minute, but it was not enough to overcome the Western New York Flash scoring three previous goals as the ladies in orange and white fell to the their NWSL rivals by the score of 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on July 5, 2014.

The Flash scores three unanswered goals before Houston was able to get on the scoreboard, and added an insurance goal when Houston’s Becky Edwards scored an “own goal” for the Flash in the 89th minute.


Photo by Darla-La Vita Loca Photography
The Dash had topped the Flash in their two previous meetings, but came up short in front of the 3,693 fans in attendance on Saturday evening.

Jasmyne Spencer got the Flash on the scoreboard in the 13th minute with an assist from Samantha Kerr.

Kerr then added her name to the scoring: sending the ball into the goal off an assist by Carli Lloyd.

Sonia Bernudez added their third goal, off a pass from McCall Zerboni; in the 80th minute.

With the loss, the Dash fall to 3-10-2 (11 points) and 8th place in the National Women’s Dsoccer League standings.

They will next face Boston at home on July 11.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Houston Dynamo tie New York Red Bulls on Brad Davis penalty kick

Brad Davis ties it up. Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 4, 2014) With the World Cup winding down and both teams back at full strength, the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls battled to a two-all tie in front of 22,315 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, July 4, 2014.

The Dynamo wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, when forward Giles Barnes nailed a shot past New York Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles 40 seconds into the game to take an early lead.

The Red Bull came back and tied the score in the 13th minute when forward Bradley Wright-Phillips deftly slipped the ball past goalkeeper Tally Hall.



The score remained tied at halftime with neither team able to gain an advantage on the pitch.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
The Red Bulls pulled out to a 2-1 lead in the 72nd minute when Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the game off a pass by defender Ambroise Oyongo Bitlol.

Brad Davis, fresh off his appearance for the United States in the World Cup, nailed a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to tie the score and secure one point for the Dynamo.

With the tie, the Dynamo raises their 2014 season record to 5-10-3 (18 points).

In 20 meetings against the Red Bulls, Houston has posted four wins against nine losses and seven ties.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
Wright-Phillips’ two goals against the Dynamo raised his count to five versus Houston in 2014.

In their last match prior to their Fourth of July holiday game, New York downed the Dynamo 4-0 on April 23, with Wright-Phillips scoring three goals to lead all scorers.

With the tie, Houston ends a five-game losing streak and will next play Montreal on July 12 on the road.

Houston Dynamo honors United States Military on July 4th game; Photos by Darla Tamulitis

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

 HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 4, 2014) The Houston Dynamo honored the Armed Forces of the United States during their 2-2 tie against the New York Red Bulls on the Fourth of July, 2014, in a celebration that was appreciated and enjoyed by military personal, fans and players alike.

La Vita Loca Photography's Darla Tamulitis was on hand to capture the pregame activities. Below is a montage of her photos on the 238th birthday of the United States.












Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spencer Pigot takes Pro Mazda title at Grand Prix of Houston

Spencer Pigot addresses the press after his win in Houston. 
By Robert H Kelly 
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 29, 2014) Spencer Pigot, driving the No. 7 car for Juncos Racing led for all 30 laps and took the checker flag in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, June 29, 2014.


The race on the 1.6 mile street course of NRG Park, was the second in two days for these up-and-coming drivers.

Pigot, a resident of Orlando, Florida and driving for Juncos Racing, had an average speed of 84.462 miles per hour with a best lap time of 1:08.7171 minutes. He received to 31 points in the driver point standings for the win.

Taking the runner-up position was rookie Neil Alberico, driving for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

The Los Gatos, California native was 3.9977 second behind Pigot, averaging 84.301 miles per hour with a top lap time of 1:08.6893 minutes. He picked up 26 drivers points for his second place finish.

Shelby Blackstock, driving the No. 28 car for Andretti Autosports, place third with and average speed of 84.009 miles per hour and a best lap time of 1:09.1998 minutes.

Blackstock, who is a former University of Arizona student and a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is the son of country music superstar Reba McIntire.

Rounding out the top five places were Ryan Booth (JDC MotorSports) in fourth place and Nicholas Costa (M1 Racing) in fifth.

Local high school student, Clark Toppe, who is a junior at The Woodlands High School north of Houston, fought through the field, starting in the No. 12 position, to finish sixth place in front of the home town fans.

He posted on his Twitter account (@clarktoppe), after the race;

          “Awesome result today at Grand Prix of Houston for my first ProMazda
            race. Finished P6 and was only 4 tenths off the best time!”

The drivers will next meet on August 2-3, 2014 for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Troy, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Houston Dash secure first home win in team history with 2-1 defeat of Western New York

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS  (June 11, 2014) The players were happy. The fans were happy. In fact, there was nary a sad face at BBVA Compass Stadium that was wearing orange and white as the Houston Dash won their first game at home with a 2-1 defeat of the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

With the win, the Dash are riding a three-game winning streak, raising their season record to 5-5-1.

The first half of the match was a combination of attack and defense; with neither team able to get an advantage until the 40th minute.

Starting forward Ella Masar was driving the ball toward the Flash goal when she was tackled by a New York defender.

An alert Tiffany McCarty quickly picked up the loose ball, outmaneuvered a Flash defender and drove a shot past goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the top edge of the box.

The Dash finished the half and retired to the locker room with a 1-0 against their east-coast rival.

The second half saw both teams score within two minutes of each other to close ou t the scoring and the victory for the Ladies in Orange.

The Flash scored in the 62nd minute on a chip shot by forward Adriana Martin to tie the score at 1-all.


Photo by JB Fletcher-Big Shots Snap Shots
The Dash responded two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty kick after midfielder Kaylyn Kyle was fouled in the box.

Midfielder Teresa Noyola was sent to the line by Dash head coach Randy Waldrum and she responded to the call; sailing the ball past Williams for Houston’s second and final score of the game.

The Dash will have a quick three day turn-a-round as the host FC Kansas City on Saturday June 14 with an 8 p.m. kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ella Masar scores first home goal Houston Dash histlry in 3-1 loss to Chicago

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 23, 2014) A historical event occurred at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday evening, May 23, 2014 and the 4,868 fans in attendance have been waiting for it since the Houston Dash became a member of the National Women’s Soccer League.

In the 51st minute, Ella Masar scored the first home goal in Dash history, but it was not enough, as the Chicago Red Stars downed the Dash by the score of 3-1.

The historical moment was the second for the 5-5 forward from Urbana, Illinois and was extra sweet as it came against her former team.

Masar also scored the first ever goal in Dash history in their 3-2 win over the Boston Breakers on April 20, 2014.

Unfortunately, historical moments do not singularly win games, and despite the Dash’s inspiring play, they could not overcome the offensive power of Chicago in dropping their sixth game of the season.

Chicago was relentless with the ball; scoring their first goal on the 10th minute off a penalty kick by Vanessa DiBernardo.

Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod anticipated correctly, going to the right, but she was unable to reach it and keep it out of the goal.

With the scored tied at one after Masar’s goal, the hopes of the Dash and their fans went south when Chicago scored two goals within eight minutes of each other.

Three minutes after Masar’s historic goal, Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz was all along on the left side of the box and drilled the ball past McLeod for their second score.

The final Red Stars goal came in the 62nd minute off a DiBernardo free kick that was cut off by forward Jen Hoy and sent past McLeod.

The game saw four yellow and two red cards; with Red Stars forward Melissa Tancredi and Dash head coach Randy Waldrum both being sent off.

Tancredi received her ejection for delay of game while Waldrum was sent to the showers for “misconduct.”
Of the four yellow cards issued in the game, the Dash was on the receiving end of a single warning.

Masar, after scoring her historic goal, ran down the field and pulled “Brandi Chastian” in removing her shirt in joyous celebration.

She was promptly issued the warning and spoke of it during the post game press conference:

“No, I didn’t plan it., It was our first goal at home and I think just coming in and Chicago, you know playing for them last year, and them coming and us scoring against them. It's our first goal at home...and I think there's a lot of emotion behind it.”
The Dash will next hit the road to take on the Washington Spirit at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland on Monday, May 26, 2014 with a 3 p.m. CDT start.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stonie upsets Chestnut at 2014 World Gyro Eating Championship; Sets World Record

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 18, 2014) Jumping out to an early lead and holding on until the end, Matthew Stonie consumed 24 gyros to defeat No. 1 ranked Joey Chestnut and take home the title belt at the Niko Niko’s World Gyro Eating Championship at the Houston Greek Festival held at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Stonie, the number two ranked eater in the world, was second to Chestnut in 2013, consuming 20 gyros for his second place finish.

Chestnut, which goes by the nickname of “Jaws,” came into this year’s championship as the world record holder, consuming 22.25 gyros in 2013.

It was a close match from the start, with Stonie establishing his lead from the first gyro and keeping a one to two gyro lead over Chestnut throughout the 10 minute contest.

Jaws ate 21 gyros for his second place finish, slightly behind his 2013 performance.

However, when it was all said, eaten and done; the day, the match, and the world champion performance belonged to Stonie.

“Megatoad” as he is known in eating circles, was looking to improve on is 2013 finish and have a good performance in Houston and when questioned about how he felt about the win, he responded:
“It felt amazing. I’ve done this contest, I think it’s my fourth year now and all I’ve been is second or third so it felt great.”
When asked about if he had set a goal to eat a set number of gyros or to beat Chestnut, he replied:
“I was always trying to beat Joey. A world record is nice but it’s always about first place. So I felt good this morning and it turned out good.”
Placing third in the contest was Adrian Morgan with 12.5 gyros, followed by Miki Sudo with 11.5, Juan Rodriguez with 9.5 and Steve Hendry with eight.

With the win, Stonie pocketed $2,500 and Chestnut took home $1,200.

The event was hosted by Niko Niko’s Greek and American CafĂ© in Houston who invited 12 of the top eaters to compete for the title belt.

Megatoad will next compete in the Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championships at the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival.

Following that, Stonie and Chestnut will face some of the top eaters in the world at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Championship on July 4 in New York City.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Australia's Docherty, Austin's Williamson take titles at 2014 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

Photo Credit: Nils Nilsen/IRONMAN
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (May 17, 2014) Australia’s Bevan Docherty and Austin’s Kelly Williamson took top honors in the professional division of the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Triathlon in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 

Docherty, the two-time Olympian, took his title with the combined time of 8:09:37, five minutes ahead of second place finisher Matthew Russell.

At the conclusion of the swim, Docherty was one minute and 20 second behind leader Brandon Marsh.


At that time, American Jordan Rapp took and held the lead, completing the bike leg with a three minute, 30 second lead over Docherty.

Rapp retained his lead until mile 10; when Docherty finally took the lead and held on to take the title.

In the post race press conference, Docherty expressed what the win meant to him.
"It's been an emotional year. I have to be honest, there were times I considered retiring from the sport. It wasn't easy today. You forget how hard these races are, but it's the biggest high of your life when you win races like this."
Following Docherty in the placing was second place Russell (8:14:53), Justin Daerr (3rd-8:17;29), Rapp (4th- 8:17:58) and Chris McDonald (5th-8:22:51).

Photo Credit: Nils Nilsen/IRONMAN
In the women’s division, Williamson took top honors with a combined time of 8:54:42.

Leading after the swim with a lifetime best of 51 minutes, 49 seconds, with Germany’s Julia Gajer a mere 45 seconds behind.

The German took the early lead and held onto it over the 112-mile course, with Williamson dropping to fifth place.

Williamson was five minutes, 30 seconds behind the leaders at mile eight of the run and quickly went to work to reduce the deficit.

Despite having leg surgery a year ago, she took the lead at mile 16 and held on to win the title.

Williamson run time of two hours, 54 minutes erased any doubts in her mind that she has recovered from the surgery.

She stated in her post-race press conference about her doubts.
"It (the surgery) led to a lot of doubts. I just had to keep digging at it. I knew I had it in me, but it wasn't until I got out there and started feeling strong throughout. It's tough to overcome struggles when your 12 years into your career."
Williams was followed by second place by Gajer (9:00:52) with Amber Ferreira (9:11:48), Bree Wee (9:14:27), and Tamara Kozulina (9:15:19).

Original Carribean Cookers to showcase their cooking skills at Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

PASADENA, TEXAS (May 16, 2014) When May comes around, that can only mean one thing. It is time for the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, beginning on May 16, 2014 and running through May 18, 2014 at the Pasadena Fairgrounds in the Houston suburb of Pasadena.

In addition to tons of strawberries, music and carnival rides, the annual barbecue cook off is one of the main events that draws cooking teams from all over the Houston area and around the state of Texas.

The Original Carribean Cookers, a state award winning cook team, will be competing at the Strawberry Festival for the 12th year in a row and they take every cooking competition as seriously as any professional athlete or team.

The team started out as a group of friends and family who had a love of fellowship, music, and of course, barbecue.


Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
Carribean Cookers pull no punches with working to their desired result; winning whichever event they are currently competing and giving back to the community.

With such a diverse team, one might think that the team has certain aspects that they emphasis.

That could not be further from the truth.

Team owner and head cook Byron Butts stressed that prior to the Friday night event.

“We really don’t have any specialties. We cook for our friends and families, and sponsors. We cook ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage, and deserts. The one thing we are known for is our cherry pork chops.”
In fact, the Caribbean Cookers compete in a variety of events, including Cook’s Choice, Margaritas, Deserts, Best Port-A-Can, and of course, barbecue.

They cook a variety of means, including ribs, brisket, fajitas, chicken and beans.

Awards for showmanship and presentation are also contested.


Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
In addition to ample food and drink, Carribean Cookers provided entertainment for their sponsors, families and friends while they enjoy their culinary delights.

Pasadena native Josh Norman will perform on Friday evening in the cook team’s compound.

Norman will entertain those in attendance with country music favorites and original compositions.

The Strawberry Festival will be the first event for 2014 and they have high hopes of continuing the success they have seen in past years.

Butts also stressed that the competition cooking, fellowship, and music is not the only reason that the

“The Strawberry Festival, San Jacinto Days Foundation and the various cook teams used these festivals as a means to raise money for scholarships for local high school students. That is the main reason we do this. To give back to the community and for the kids to further their education. You can’t have a better cause than that.”
The festival will run from Friday, May 16 until Sunday, May 18, with awards presented on the final day.

With all the enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail seen inside their cook compound, there is no doubt Carribean Cookers will be taking home more awards to add to their already full trophy case.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

T-Mac throws 1.2 innings in professional baseball debut for the Sugar Land Skeeters

Photo by Robert H Kelly-TexSport Publications
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 10, 2014)  The 7,701 fans in attendance at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday, May 10, 2014 were witness to the professional baseball debut of former NBA All Star Tracy McGrady for the Sugar Land Skeeters, and judging from the cheers coming from the stands, they were not disappointed.

The former Houston Rocket and NBA Most Improved Player in 2001, T-Mac took the mound for the first time in 18 years, facing the Somerset Patriots in the fifth game of their current six game series.

The 8-8, 210 pound McGrady lasted 1.2 innings, faced nine batters and threw 35 pitches.

He started off slow in the first inning, facing six batters while throwing 23 pitches; 10 of them for strikes.

In the second inning, he faced three batters and tallied eight strikes in 12 pitches before being relieved by right handed pitcher Clint Everts.

In his professional debut, he threw a total of 18 strikes and 17 balls in giving up two hits on two runs.
In addition, he walked two batters and gave up a single home run with no strikeouts.

McGrady, in addressing the press after his appearance, had this to say about performance:
“It was a great feeling, but a little nervous. I was ready to get out there. I had a lot of nerves running through my body, but after I got through the first batter, a ground ball (out), I relaxed. I had a great time out there. I just wanted to throw strikes. If they hit it, so be it.”
He added:
“All in all, I did pretty well, and those guys seem to think I did as well. I feel well. I give myself a B-minus. There were some pitches I didn’t locate. I got ahead of batters then I lost them a bit. All in all I did pretty well.”
When questioned about the length of time he spend on the mount, and whether is was related to batters faced or pitch count, McGrady replied:
“I knew I was on a pitch count. I didn’t know what that number was. I knew I wasn’t going to go too long.”
McGrady and the Skeeters will continue their current home stand on Sunday, May 11, 2014 with a 2:05 p.m. first pitch.

Rain delay hampers Sugar Land as they fall to Somerset, 4-0

Photo by Robert H Kelly
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 9, 2014) With severe showers advancing through the Houston metropolitan area and after a two-hour rain delay, the Sugar Land Skeeters were unable to overcome a three-run Somerset assault in the first inning and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Patriots on Friday evening, May 9, 2014.
 
The 6,656 fans in attendance at Constellation Field saw the Skeeters get on base five times but fail to get any runners past second base.
 
Sugar Land starting pitcher David Pauley lasted six innings; giving up four hits and three runs, all of them earned, along with striking out five and walking four in the loss.

Right handed pitcher Jared Wells pitching one inning in relief, gave up two hits and a single run to close out the game.

Shortstop Dominic Ramos continued his success at the plate, hitting .385 in nine games while Wells gave up his first run of the season pitching in relief.

The Skeeters will continue their home stand on Saturday, May 10, 2014 when they again face the Patriots in the fourth game of their six game series with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch.

Those in attendance on Saturday evening will see the professional baseball debut of former NBA All-Star and Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady, who will take to the mound for the Skeeters.

McGrady will be facing Somerset LHP Matt Zielinski, who is 1-0 in 2014 with a 0.96 ERA.

The Skeeters are currently 6-8 for the season and 3-5 at home.

Somerset raised its record after Friday evening game to 9-5 on the season.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Rusty Ryal connects for 3 RBI homerun in Sugar Land Skeeters 7-5 loss to Somerset

Gary Gaetti has his Sugar Land Skeeters posting a 6-6 record
through the first 12 games of the 2014 season.
Photo by Jeremy Fletcher-Big Shots SnapShots
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 7, 2014) With the score tied at five going into extra innings, the Sugar Land Skeeters could not overcome the two-run tenth innings of the Somerset Patriots and fell to their Atlantic League rival by the score of 7-5 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Wednesday afternoon, May 7, 2014.

The Skeeters got on the scoreboard in the first inning when center fielder Ryan Langerhans scored third base on a single by designated hitter Nick Stavinoha.

The Patriots erupted for three runs in the third inning and added a single run in the fifth inning and extended their lead to 4-1 before the Skeeters came powering back in the bottom of the inning.

Sugar Land tallied three hits in the fifth inning to even the score at four and took a single run lead in the sixth inning off an RBI double by left fielder Neil Medchill to score second baseman Brandon Wood from second.

Somerset tied the score in the seventh inning; with the tie forcing both teams into extra innings.

The Patriots quickly scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning to secure the win.

Langerhans connected for two runs and two hits while Rusty Ryal, connecting for his first home run of the season in the fifth inning and added three RBI to his season total of four.

Brian Kozlowski, pitching 1.1 innings in relief, received the loss for the Skeeters by giving up the two runs in the tenth innings to Somerset.

With the loss, the Skeeters fell to 6-6 for the season, while the Patriots raised their record to an identical 6-6.

The two teams will again face off with an 11:05 a.m. start at Constellation Field on Thursday, May 8 in the third game of their current six-game series.

Austin Area 7th Grader Starts Website to Cover X-Games Austin

Photos by SportMarketingExperts.Com
BUDA, TEXAS (May 5, 2014) Change is in the air and on the web for the Austin X Games.

Hayden Reed McCarter Oswalt is an avid sports fan, writer and photographer, and is currently a 7th grader at Dalmstrom Middle School in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Oswalt’s school is located Buda, Texas in the suburbs of Austin, Texas.

Hayden is excited about the upcoming X Games in Austin, Texas. The goal of AustinXcite.com is to give the view of a teenager at the X Games from news, interviews and photography. With help from friends with over 75 years of experience to usher in the new era of journalist and photographer, the project is off to a great start.

“This is my project with my dad, Ronald Oswalt. He is the CEO of SportsMarketingExperts.com,” Hayden Oswalt said.

Sports Marketing Experts specializes in the creation, development and execution of innovative and highly impactful marketing programs for its clients. Other expertise includes creative, marketing and communication plans, production of major events, concerts and multi-cultural events, publicity and promotional events.

“Immediately upon consulting with Hayden for his X Games-based website, we could see that interaction and multimedia were very important,” said Michael De Leon, Chief Technology Officer of Sports Marketing Experts and SME Design.

Hayden Oswalt’s father, Ronald, sees this as a chance for his son to develop skills that will extend well beyond his school years.

“Hayden was searching for a way to obtain extra credit for his web design class and this seemed like a chance for my son to get real world experience while gaining life-long skills in so many areas from marketing to journalism,” said Ronald Oswalt.
 
Hayden added, “This will help me down the road, but also learn some cool things while being involved during the X Games with my friends.”

SME Design has also implemented new features that will help Hayden and SME clients alike. 

 “In addition to highlighting his skill set, we worked to incorporate unique features to give him the ability to edit and publish himself and add a photo gallery,” De Leon added. “While we were at it, we looked to knock down any barriers to entry and access to social media accounts.”

The project of www.AustinXCite.com, will cover all aspects with the upcoming X Games in Austin fro a teenagers view of likes and dislikes. You can also find more information on Sports Marketing Experts at http://www.SportsMarketingExperts.com.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

HBU Softball Places Four on Southland Conference All-Tournament Teams

K. Schwirtlich, Burnett Named First Team All-Conference
Lauren Schwirtlich earns Second Team honors, while Shay Orsak is named to Third Team
 
Photo courtesy of HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
FRISCO, TEXAS (May 6, 2014)  On the eve of the Southland Conference Tournament, four members of the HBU softball team earned spots on the All-Conference teams. Sophomore Kirsten Schwirtlich and freshman Alyssa Burnett earned First Team honors, senior Lauren Schwirtlich was named Second Team All-Conference, and sophomore Shay Orsak earned a spot on the Third Team, the conference office announced Tuesday.
 
K. Schwirtlich, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, makes her second appearance on the All-Conference Team, as she led the Southland with a .411 batting average, was sixth with 11 doubles, and seventh with nine home runs. She started the season with a hit in six of the first seven games and later had a 14-game hitting streak that spanned from March 29 through April 23. She set a new career high with two doubles against Texas Southern on Feb. 18. Schwirtlich had 11 two-hit games and five 3-hit contests. She recorded a season-high four RBI at UTSA on March 26. In conference play, Schwirtlich hit .449 with 35 hits, five doubles, three triples, four home runs, 17 RBI, and 20 runs scored.
 
Burnett, who hails from Sugar Land, Texas, leads HBU’s freshmen with a .333 batting average. She has 37 hits, eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 26 RBI, and 16 runs scored in 39 games. She had a career-high four-RBI game against Northwestern State on March 9. She had an eight-game hitting streak from March 13 through the 29th. Burnett has hit three game-winning home runs, one being in walk-off fashion. Her homer was the only run in a 1-0 win over Stephen F. Austin in game one on March 29, then she hit a walk-off three-run shot in game two to defeat the Ladyjacks, 8-5. She later hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth to help the Huskies defeat Houston for the first time in program history, 6-5, on April 23. Burnett is hitting .292 with 21 hits, seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 17 RBI, and 10 runs scored in conference play.
 
L. Schwirtlich, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, also makes her second appearance on the All-Conference Team. Her .376 batting average is ranked 11th in the conference and her 64 hits is one shy of the conference leader. Schwirtlich started the season with a hit in 12 of the first 13 games. She set new career highs with four RBI at Prairie View on April 9 and four runs scored against Jackson State on Feb. 8. She has 17 two-hit games and five 3-hit contests. She hit three home runs on the season, all coming in a span of five days, as she hit one at Lamar on April 5, then hit homers in back-to-back games of a doubleheader at Prairie View A&M on April 9. In conference play, Schwirtlich is hitting .347 with 33 hits, six doubles, two triples, one home run, eight RBI, and 16 runs scored.
 
Orsak, who hails from Katy, Texas, makes her first appearance on the All-Conference Team. She leads the Southland Conference with 22 doubles and is tied for the national lead with 0.47 doubles per game. She ranks ninth in the league with a .386 batting average. Orsak set new career highs with three doubles and four runs scored against Jackson State on Feb. 8, as she went 4-for-4 with four RBI in that game. She began the season on an 11-game hitting streak, spanning from Feb. 7 through the 21st. Orsak is currently on an eight-game hitting streak, which began on April 23. She has 16 two-hit games, one 3-hit contest, and two 4-hit games this season. In conference play, Orsak is hitting .360 with 32 hits, 12 doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 RBI, and 19 runs scored.
 
Top-seed McNeese State won four of the six major awards, as Alanna DiVittorio – who has a .397 batting average – was named both Player and Hitter of the Year. Teammate Jamie Allred earned Pitcher of the Year honors, while Mike Smith was named Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Nicholls’ Taylor Terrio was named Freshman of the Year, while Kylee Studioso of Central Arkansas earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
 
The Southland Conference Tournament begins Thursday, May 8, as No. 5-seed HBU takes on No. 4-seed Stephen F. Austin at 11 am.