Former Tarpon Rodriguez Doing Well at A&M Commerce

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSJanuary 15, 2015Former Port Isabel Tarpon football player Christian Rodriguez is alive and well and doing fine as a student/athlete at Texas A&M Commerce.  He is an offensive guard on the football team and is doing rather nicely as a student.Rodriguez was in town over the holidays and sat for an interview with the PRESS at the athletic offices at Port Isabel High.Rodriguez was a life-long resident of Port Isabel when he entered high school.  As a freshman he was a lineman for the Tarpon JV team in the 2008 football season and moved up to the varsity squad as a sophomore for the 2009 season.  He transferred to Los Fresnos in time for the 2010 school year and played on the Falcon varsity through the 2011 season and graduated from Los Fresnos High in the spring of 2012.Rodriguez had not planned on or even thought much about attending college until the winter of his senior year at Los Fresnos.  He thought his future, at least for a few years, was in the military.“In high school I really didn’t see myself in college, especially playing football,” Rodriguez told the Press.  “I’d planned on joining the Army.  Around February of my senior year I started getting contacted by schools that were interested in having me come and play football.  After those first few contacts I really started looking into the possibilities.”Just days before signing day Rodriguez was contacted by Abilene Christian University.  After a campus visit he had decided on McKendree University in Illinois.  After meeting with representatives of the ACU program Rodriguez had a change of heart and he committed to Abilene Christian.Things were going well until the spring season of his redshirt freshman year at Abilene Christian when Rodriguez tore his ACL.  After carefully thinking through his options he decided to transfer to Texas A&M Commerce University.The knee healed completely and the Div. II Texas A&M Commerce Lions won the Lone Star Conference title with a 9-3 overall record, 5-1 in conference.Rodriguez was a tackle in high school and at Abilene Christian but was moved to offensive guard at A&M Commerce.  He played at around 260 pounds in high school but weight room workouts allowed him to bulk up to 295.In the classroom Rodriguez has a double major going; “… in criminal justice and political science.  I’m a sophomore on the field but a junior academically because of my redshirt year.”Rodriguez recognizes the opportunity that his football abilities gave him.  “I’m only in college because of football.  I see a lot of people today who struggle because they don’t have a college education.  School has always been number one with me, so it’s not that hard for me to get motivated and finish my classes.  I take about 15 hours every semester.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedGonzalez Glad for All-Star ExperienceBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Jaime Gonzalez has played his last game of football as a Port Isabel Tarpon.  Gonzalez was the only player representing his school at last week’s 19th Annual RGVCA East/West All Star game in Weslaco. He was in for only four plays on offense,…May 22, 2015In “News”Ex-Tarpon footballers will do it againBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS If you’ve ever played high school football, it may have occurred to you from time to time to get together with your old teammates and give it one more try. A number of young men, who once suited up for Port Isabel High…April 5, 2012In “News”Senior Lowe Ready for Hoops SeasonBy Larry Gage  Special to the PRESS If we’re in the middle of football season then basketball can’t be far off.  And this basketball reporter happens to know that all returning players for this coming season’s Tarpon Varsity squad have already been hard at work for months getting ready for…October 4, 2019In “News” Sharelast_img read more

REPORT: Kevin Love could potentially return next week

first_imgPHOENIX– Kevin Love is reportedly looking to make his return next week.According to a report from Joe Vardon and cleveland.com, Love said he will hopefully play against the Phoenix Suns in Cleveland on March 23. Per Vardon, Love still remained “hesitant” to give an exact date for his return, however.Love broke a bone in his left hand on Jan. 30 against the Detroit Pistons. He was initially given a timeline of eight weeks, which would be March 26. If he does make his return next week, he’ll be slightly ahead of schedule.Love has not yet played with George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. or Jordan Clarkson, whom the Cavs acquired at the trade deadline last month.Without Love, the Cavs have gone 10-9. In his fourth season with Cleveland, he is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. Related TopicsCavaliersCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveNBA Ashley Bastockcenter_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Cuyahoga Heights Outlasts Wickliffe in a Shootout 41-34

first_img Vince McKee Related Topics WICKLIFFE, OHIO – Cuyahoga Heights got a late interception to secure a 41-34 victory on the road and snap Wickliffe’s streak of 10 straight regular season victories in a CVC Valley Division matchup Friday night.Defense was the story early in the game as the first quarter would end scoreless after both teams would trade crucial stops on 4th downs.Cuyahoga Heights was able to force an incompletion after Wickliffe had drove the game’s opening possession deep into Heights’ territory to the 24 yard line. Wickliffe would respond by causing a 30 yard field goal attempt to go wide left.However, the complexion of the game would change drastically as the game transitioned into the second quarter and beyond.Heights would get the scoring party started as QB Sam Shafer would find RB/WR Kyle Polack on the right side of the endzone to convert on a 4th & goal from the 4 yard line and take a 7-0 lead.On the very next drive, Wickliffe would convert on two 4th downs of their own and RB Isaac Pettway would tie the score at 7 by pushing the pile for a 1 yard touchdown run.Heights would close out the first half with a 10 play, 70 yard drive capped off by another touchdown hookup between Shafer and Polack, this time from 3 yards out, to make the score 14-7 at halftime.Once the ball was kicked off for the second half, a fast and furious brand of offense on both sides was soon to follow.Heights’ RB Brayden DiSanza would take the kickoff 66 yards breaking tackles up the left sideline and Shafer would hit WR Jason Bartosik in stride up the same sideline to the house for the 29 yard score only a minute into the half. After a missed extra point, Heights led 20-7.After another quick response from the Blue Devils with a 13 yard jaunt past the pylon from Pettway, Heights would regain their 13 point edge just minutes later.DiSanza would muscle his way across the goal line from four yards out for Heights’ first and only rushing score of the game.Not to be out done, Wickliffe would show resiliency as they have in second halves for most of the season led by Pettway and QB Brad Dietrich.Pettway would get his 3rd rushing score of the night after RB Jaylen Bowers’ 77 yard kickoff return to Heights’ 3 yard line and Dietrich would add a 61 yard scamper to paydirt of his own to tie the score at 27.Even after a 28 yard diving catch from Bartosik in the back of the endzone to give Heights their 4th lead of the ballgame, Wickliffe was able to convert two more 4th down plays and Dietrich provided the 3rd tie of the game from just 5 yards out.Ultimately however, the story of the game would be Cuyahoga Heights’ passing attack as Shafer would deliver the final blow by dropping a dime over the shoulder to Polack for the 50 yard touchdown reception. Bartosik would add the interception with 1:45 left to seal Heights’ 5th win on the season.Next Up:Cuyahoga Heights (5-2, 3-1) returns home to face the Cardinal Huskies at 7pm. Meanwhile, Wickliffe (6-1, 3-1) will welcome Fairport Harding to town for their Homecoming weekend with kickoff set for 7pm as well.Player of the Game:Cuyahoga Heights QB Sam Shafer earns this week’s player of the game honors. Shafer was 19 of 29 tonight for 318 yards and 5 touchdown passes. He also added 47 rushing yards on the night, which included converting on 3rd down to run out the clock at the end of the game.Story by Kevan Arnold.last_img read more

Indians Make Deal with Rays for Pitcher Hunter Wood

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede With the trade deadline just now just three days away, the Indians have made their first deal for 2019.Reports from Yahoo’s Tim Brown state the Indians have made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Pitcher Hunter Wood.The 25-year-old Wood has appeared in 19 games for the Rays this season with two starts, going 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA.Wood has 24 strikeouts across 29 innings of work. He has also issued just seven walks on the year.The young arm will help out the Indiana pen that has logged a lot of innings this season, but still has a MLB best 3.25 ERA.MORE #RAYS NEWS: They’ve traded Christian Arroyo along with Hunter Wood to #Indians for minor-league OF Ruben Cardenas and international signing money— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 28, 2019center_img Related TopicsfeaturedHunter WoodIndiansRayslast_img read more

GBA’s Terrence Alli National Open C/ships

first_imgDefending champions GDF lose three of four fights on opening nightIT was sheer punches in bunches when Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) Terrence Alli National Open Championships got underway at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, on Friday night.Despite a late start, the few boxing enthusiasts that dotted the stands and ringside were treated from the start of the championships with some very entertaining bouts.It was, however, a sad night for the defending champions, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), as they could have secured only one victory from four fights in three weight divisions.There lone victory was an all-GDF affair in the welterweight division that saw Quincy Boyce secure a third-round technical knock-out (TKO) win against his `squaddie’ Royden Grant.Earlier in the night, Forgotten Youth Foundation’s (FYF) Seon Griffith gained a unanimous points-decision win against GDF’s Julius Kesney in their lightweight contest of the Elite Class and in the same weight division, Harpy Eagles’ Kevin Allicock secured a split decision win against GDF’s Kevin Isaacs.The other soldier to lose his opening-round fight was Kevin McKenzie, by a split decision to Police’s Dewani Lampkin in their junior welterweight contest.What could be arguable is the most entertaining fight of the evening was the McKenzie versus Lampkin bout which saw McKenzie (GDF) step forward from the first bell while Lampkin (Police) bided his time using counter-punches.McKenzie went into the second round even more aggressively but Lampkin countered well on most occasions and this caused McKenzie to adapt a ‘bulldozing’ attitude, but Lampkin was equal to the task, covering well with high guards, staving off the power of McKenzie’s shots.From the start of round three, McKenzie went out firing on all cylinders, but his punches landed on Lampkin’s guards and the latter continued to counter-punch to good effect.Nearing the end of the three-minute round, McKenzie appeared to be tiring and Lampkin took advantage of this and scored quite a few shots and in the end, Lampkin was declared winner of the contest.Another keenly contested flyweight bout was between Kevin Allicock and Isaacs. Both boxers started off very aggressively and seconds into the opening round Allicock was clipped with a straight right to his chin and was given a standing eight-count.However, he slowed the pace of the fight and started to pick his punches, looking for the haymaker, but he could not find his target.Allicock started the second round more cautiously and continued picking his punches, connecting to his opponent’s head and body with some clean right-hand shots.In round three, Isaacs started to use his longer reach to keep Allicock at bay, but the Albouystown resident, who made a welcome return to the sport on Friday night, started a peek-a-boo style, got close to Isaacs and landed some telling shots to both his opponent’s body and head. Allicock won the fight by a split decision.There were two bouts in the Junior category and both were won by boxers from the Harpy Eagles Gym.In the opening encounter of the night, Colin Williams won by unanimous decision over Rose Hall Jammers’ Travis Sancho, while Williams’ gym mate Kevon Mullings also secured a points-decision win against Forgotten Youth Foundation’s Fitz Heywood.There were two exhibition bouts on the night’s card between Albert Thomas of GDF and Anil Chaitraj also of the GDF. The other exhibition involved Richard Howard of FYF and his gym mate Richard Subratee.The championships continued last evening at the same venue and will culminate this evening. Admission is $500 for stands and $1 000 for ringside.last_img

Giroud: Courtois is great but Lloris is world’s best

first_imgGiroud, who scored five goals in 18 appearances for Chelsea following his £18million move from Arsenal in January, but has yet to hit the target in this tournament.“We’re expecting a different game against Belgium, they play beautiful football,” he said.“I think it’s going to be an open game, they’re not going to just defend, obviously.“It’s going to be a good game to watch, I think, and enjoyable to play on the pitch.“Both teams play good football and move forward, so it will also be a tactical battle at some point.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Youngster Panzo leaves Chelsea for MonacoChelsea and Fulham games moved for TVKeeper Courtois clarifies Pickford commentsKenedy completes move back to NewcastleKenedy set to complete Newcastle moveSarri set to be confirmed as Chelsea boss, says Napoli chiefcenter_img Olivier Giroud has apologised to Chelsea colleague Thibault Courtois for choosing France team-mate Hugo Lloris as the best goalkeeper at the World Cup. Blues forward Giroud and Belgium keeper Courtois will go head-to-head in the semi-final in St Petersburg on Tuesday night.Giroud did his best not to stoke the flames, but said he thought Tottenham’s Lloris was the better goalkeeper.AdChoices广告“Thibaut has an impressive wingspan. It’s hard to beat him on the sides. He can stop balls in any area,” Giroud told a press conference.“I have scored a few goals against him in training with Chelsea and I hope I can do it on Tuesday. They’re both great keepers.“And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo. The best is Hugo. Sorry Thibaut.”Courtois has kept two clean sheets in five matches in Russia, while Lloris has two in four.Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Povetkin knocked out White and gave up on his dream of…

first_img© Twitter @MatchroomBoxing Alexander Povetkin knocked out Dillian White in a World Boxing Council (WBC) midterm title match in Brentwood, UK. The Russian, who will turn 41 in September, rejected his opponent in the fifth round, although he had been beaten before.White twice knocked out Povetkin in the fourth round, and before that he had a total advantage.In the end, the Russian placed a powerful left uppercut in White’s head, with which he sent the 32-year-old Briton to the floor. For Povetkin, this is the 36th victory in his 15-year career. The Russian has only two defeats – from Vladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua in matches for the world title. His knockout victories are already 25.His success also guaranteed a match with Tyson Fury for the WBC belt. Povetkin gets a chance for a fourth title match of his career after winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in 2011.White was named the bookmakers’ favorite, and he was expected to easily deal with Povetkin and then turn to Fury.last_img read more

Royals beat Mumbai in another last over thriller

first_img(IPL) In yet another last-over thriller in VIVO IPL 2018, the Rajasthan Royals defeated the Mumbai Indians by three wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium last night. The platform for the chase of 168 was set by a partnership between Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes, after which K Gowtham polished off the chase with a cameo – the all-rounder striking a massive hit over midwicket to take his team home with 2 balls to spare. Earlier in the evening, MI opted to bat first and posted a competitive 167-7 riding on the back of half-centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. MI lost the opener Evin Lewis to the fourth ball of the match, but Yadav and Kishan snatched the initiative back and put their team on firm footing with a 129-run partnership. But after both the set batsmen were dismissed within five runs of each other and in the space of six balls, RR pulled things back in spectacular fashion. Ajinkya Rahane threw the stumps at the non-striker’s end with a sensational left-handed effort to catch his opposite number Rohit Sharma short of the crease, and Jofra Archer picked up three wickets in one over to deny the visitors any momentum towards the end. MI, 43-1 in the powerplay, added 92-1 in the middle overs, but could only add 32 runs (for the loss of 5 wickets) in the back end.Sanju Samson was impressive yet again – this time scoring 52 from 39 balls – which earned him back the Orange Cap. As with any of his big innings, there were several delightful strokes, but in this particular knock, Samson’s application stood out – until he actually gave his wicket away at a crucial juncture. The young lad from Kerala appeared to be unmindful of the fast-climbing required rate, kept his head down aand ran plenty of singles and twos, until he attempted one unnecessary big hit which resulted in his dismissal. But the man who stole the thunder from Samson’s half-century was K Gowtham, who completed the job for the Royals. When Gowtham walked out to bat, RR had lost three wickets in the space of five deliveries. But the Karnataka lad backed himself to complete the job for his team, even when it had all turned pear shaped in a short span of time; he batted aggressively, went hard at the ball and came up triumphant. He generally bludgeoned the ball and collected four boundaries (including one off the outside edge) and two sixes (including the winning hit), and remained unbeaten on 33, made from just the 11 balls. In the evening, MI were 17-1 after four overs. The first signs of aggression from the MI batsmen came when Ishan Kishan charged down the ground and hit the experienced Dhawal Kulkarni over long-on. Two balls later, Suryakumar Yadav walked across to the off-side and sent the ball sailing into the stands at square-leg.The carnage had begun. Runs continued to flow thick and fast – from both ends too. The leg-side was the preferred choice for both batsmen; while Kishan scored 72% of his runs on the leg-side, Yadav scored 74% of his runs through that side of the pitch. If Kishan was all muscle, standing tall and punishing the bowlers off length, Yadav’s innings was a mixture of some outstanding wristwork and brute power. The pair had added 129 runs in 13.4 overs, before both batsmen were dismissed in the short space of each other. Kishan, who made 58 from 42 balls, was dismissed in the 15th over, while Yadav was dismissed six balls later for a career-best 72 (made from 47 balls).Ben Stokes contributed a useful 40, made from 27 ball. It was the partnership between Stokes and Samson – which was worth 72 – that kept RR in the chase after they had lost the two wickets early on. The English all-rounder was dismissed in the fifteenth over when his leg pole was uprooted by an inch-perfect yorker dished out by Hardik Pandya. Jofra Archer made an instant impression in his first appearance in the IPL. The Barbados-born all-rounder executed change of pace brilliantly; he tested batsmen with speeds in the late 140s regularly, but was also able to get the ball down to speeds under 120. The 23-year old also delivered his yorkers at good pace, and had a memorable debut, returning figures of 4-0-22-3. Jasprit Bumrah’s third over – the 17th over of Rajasthan Royals’ run-chase – was just top-notch stuff. RR were 124-3, needing a further 44 from 24 balls. Bumrah conceded a single first ball, deceived a well-set Sanju Samson and had him caught in the outfield, followed it up with a smearing delivery that breached through the defences of Jos Buttler, and closed out the over with three dot balls. Despite a poor last over, in which he bowled a no ball and conceded a total of 18 runs – the most expensive over of the Rajasthan Royals innings – the MI pacer still finished with respectable figures of 4-0-28-2.last_img read more

Defeat looms for weary Windies

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – Battle-weary West Indies were staring at a heavy defeat after enduring one of their worst days of the tour, as Chris Broad’s six-wicket haul followed by a trio of damaging half-centuries installed England as firm favourites to win the decisive third Test and retain the Wisden Trophy. A shambolic third day at Old Trafford saw the Caribbean side concede a huge first innings lead of 172 after they were dismissed cheaply for 197 after resuming the morning on 137 for six, with the outstanding Broad taking all four wickets to end with six for 31.England then stormed to 226 for two in their second innings thanks to half-centuries from Roy Burns (90), captain Joe Root (68 not out) and Dom Sibley (56) and when the declaration came at 6 pm (1 pm Eastern Caribbean time), West Indies had been handed an improbable target of 399 runs.Left with just six overs to survive before the close, West Indies were once again hurt by Broad, the right-hander removing John Campbell (0) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (4), to send the tourists limping to 10 for two and push his career tally to 499 wickets. With thunderstorms in the forecast for nearly all of today’s penultimate day, West Indies will keep an anxious watch on the skies, hoping the elements can help thwart England’s charge towards a seemingly inevitable victory.To add to their woes, West Indies were further besieged by injury as wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich took a blow to his face in the eighth over of the England innings and played no further part in the contest, and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder were forced off the field at points with niggles.In fact, Gabriel was limited to just five overs – two before lunch and three following the resumption – and never featured again. Resuming the morning with the first goal of avoiding the follow-on of 170, West Indies flourished inside the first hour as Holder top-scored with 46 and Dowrich chipped in with 37, to deny England early success.Holder, starting on 24, struck six fours off 82 balls in two hours while Dowrich faced 63 balls in just shy of two hours at the crease and stroked five fours.The pair stretched their seventh wicket stand to 68 before being separated in the second over before the first drinks break when Holder, who had earlier been caught off a Chris Woakes no-ball on 38, played back when he should have been forward and was trapped lbw on the crease. Rahkeem Cornwall followed in identical fashion for 10 with as many runs added at 188 for eight and three balls later in the same over, Roach edged a forward defensive prod for Root to take a low catch at first slip.Dowrich chased quick runs before he was last out, skying an ill-timed heave to Woakes at mid on.England easily survived the four overs before lunch taken at 10 without loss before pressing on in the second session, adding a further 76 without losing a wicket. When a delivery from Gabriel burst through Dowrich’s gloves and struck him on the mouth, Shai Hope took the gloves before reserve gloveman Joshua DaSilva was hastily called into action from the tenth over.It proved the least of the Windies’ troubles as Burns and Sibley went about putting on a critical 114 for the first wicket, to push the lead close to the 300-run mark.Burns struck 10 fours off 163 deliveries in just short of 4-¼ hours while Sibley faced 132 balls in just shy of three hours and counted seven fours.Holder returned for a new spell and got the breakthrough in his first over when he hit Sibley in front but there was no further immediate success for the tourists as Root joined Burns to post another 112 runs for the second wicket. Root faced just 56 balls, smashing a six and eight fours – three of which came in one over from Roach and carried him to his 49th half-century in Tests.The left-handed Burns was eyeing his third Test hundred when he perished late in the day, top-edging a swing at off-spinner Roston Chase and skying a simple catch to DaSilva.Opener John Campbell then failed to see off the new-ball burst, nicking Broad to Root at first slip in the second over to cap a miserable series where he managed only 84 runs from six innings. And Roach followed in Broad’s next over, edging another defensive prod through to wicketkeeper Jo Buttler.last_img read more

IMCA marketing partners fill Manufacturers’ Row

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Nearly 40 vendors fill Manufacturers’ Row during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA marketing partners will offer a wide range of high performance products for use during the week of Sept. 7-12. They’ll also display new products being introduced and legal for use in IMCA competition in 2016.Manufacturers’ Row will be located in the northeast corner of the speedway grounds and open from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and accessible through gates on the west and east.Companies confirmed for Manufacturers’ Row locations include Aero Race Wheels, AFCO, Allstar Performance, Axle Exchange, B & B Racing Chassis, Bassett Race Wheels, Bilstein, BSB Manufacturing, CPD Racing Shocks and Day Motor Sports;Eibach Springs, Friesen Chevrolet, Fox Shocks, GRT, Harris Auto Racing, Hyperco, Jerovetz Shock Service, Karl Performance, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Magnus Racing Products, Medieval Chassis and MD3;And MSD, Motorsports Warehouse, Out-Pace Racing Products, Performance Bodies, Razor Chassis, RH2, Sidebiter Chassis, Sybesma Graphics, The Joie of Seating, Velocita, Wehrs Machine and Xtreme Motor Sports.last_img read more