Softball Claims Two MVC Weekly Honors For Second-Straight Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – For the second-straight week, the Drake University softball team claimed two Missouri Valley Conference Softball weekly awards, the MVC office announced on Monday, March 28. This week junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) was named the MVC Player of the Week while freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) was picked the MVC Newcomer of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Sowa had a great week at the plate capped with an outstanding three-game stretch against Indiana State to close the week as the team went 4-1 overall. In the five games, she batted .556 (10-of-18) with two doubles, four home runs, 10 runs scored, 14 five runs batted in along with a 1.333 slugging and a .579 on-base percentage. She went 3-for-3 in the first game against the Sycamores with two doubles, two runs scored and RBI. Sowa followed that with a career game the next day with three home runs, including a grand slam, along with four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI. In the final game, she went 2-for-3 with another home run and two RBI. All three wins over Indiana State lasted just five innings. On the season, Sowa is batting .322 and is second on the team in home runs with five along with a team-leading 26 RBI. Frank blistered the softball this past week with a .692 batting average (9-of-13) along with two home runs, six RBI, six walks and 10 runs scored. She added a 1.154 slugging and a .789 on-base percentage. She opened the week with a 3-for-3 day at the plate against South Dakota State and in the next game of the doubleheader went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. In Drake’s first game against Indiana State, Frank tallied one hit and drew three walks, In the second game, Frank went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. In the series finale against Indiana State, she went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. On the season, Frank is hitting a team-leading .368 along with a team-high seven home runs and she is second on the team in RBI with 20. This is the second career MVC Player of the Week award for Sowa and the third career MVC Newcomer of the Week award for Frank. Drake (16-11, 6-0 MVC) sits in first place in the MVC standings as the Bulldogs are set to host second-place SIU (20-8, 5-0 MV) on Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday with game number one scheduled for noon and Sunday the series finale starts at noon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Curry, Draymond ensure a fifth consecutive Finals appearance

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/21/bang_3319f460-0402-4e39-936e-9a97b2ee306f”]PORTLAND, Ore. – The moment usually calls for Stephen Curry to take the shot. Do we really need to explain the reasons?Curry is the best NBA shooter ever. The Warriors held only a one-point lead in the final minute of overtime. And through shooting slumps and streaks, Curry thrives in those moments.With Curry encountering double teams, though, he found it better to pass to an open teammate. Even if the ball went to …last_img

Football feast for local fans

first_imgFNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the2010 Fifa World Cup. FNB Stadium sports a calabash design. Safa vice president Danny Jordaan waspart of the Afcon bidding team.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Morio SanyaneDirector: Communications and MediaSouth African Football Association+27 82 990 0835Bongani NkosiThe legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup.  Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco.  “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more