Chicano Batman has announced the forthcoming release of their next studio album, to be titled, Invisible People, and scheduled to arrive this spring on May 1st via ATO.Invisible People will mark the band’s fourth album overall, and their first since 2017’s Freedom Is Free. Chicano has teamed up with famed audio engineer Shawn Everett, known for his work with Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, and more. Additionally, the band brought back producer Leon Michels, who produced Freedom Is Free and, more recently, Marco Benevento‘s 2019 album Let It Slide.Related: Chicano Batman, Caloncho Team Up For New Singles, Share Colorful Video For “Háblame” [Watch]The soulful, psychedelic-rock outfit shared the album’s lead single to go with Tuesday’s album announcement, entitled, “Color my Life”. The new recording hears Chicano Batman taking a more simplistic approach compared to past flurries of instrumentation. Instead, the single is more beat-oriented as the band also experiments with various effects and layers of rhythms.The song’s music video showcases the band members clowning around their native Los Angeles, while buckets of paint dump over bassist Eduardo Arenas‘ like that of a Nickelodeon-esque slime gag. This goes hand-in-hand with the song’s refrain, “You’ve got to color my life, fill in my thoughts.”Check out the new music video for “Color my Life” below.Chicano Batman – “Color my Life” (Official Music Video)[Video: Chicano Batman]As if the album and single weren’t enough, Chicano Batman also shared the details for a nationwide tour set to begin in April. The run of mostly North American performances begins with a concert at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM on April 8th, and continues into the early summer months until June 27th following a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The band will be joined in support on select dates by Crumb and Le Butcherettes.Tickets for Chicano Batman’s upcoming tour on Friday, February 28th at 10 a.m. local time. Head to the band’s website for tickets and album pre-order info. Scroll down to check out the full listing of tour dates and the album’s tracklisting.Chicano Batman Invisible People Tracklist1. Color My Life2. Blank Slate3. I Know It4. Invisible People5. Manuel’s Story6. Moment of Joy7. Pink Elephant8. Polymetronomic Harmony9. The Way10. The Prophet11. Bella12. WoundsView
HLPFI reported on March 13 that the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway faced the thickest and broadest ice cover seen for 40 years. (http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/news/projects-battle-through-great-lakes-ice-out.html)During the first week of March an area spanning 86,000 square miles of the Great Lakes was covered in ice – approximately 92 percent of its surface. And while the CSA accepts that the Canadian Coast Guard is doing its best to work with limited resources, the situation is affecting Canada’s transportation and economic systems.The Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet of ice breaking ships is aging and too few in numbers to support the economic and environmental benefits of short-sea-shipping in Canada, says the CSA. It called on the Canadian Coast Guard to immediately fulfill its support to maritime commerce and asks the Government of Canada to find a longer term solution to augment assets. www.shipowners.ca
IndyCar’s annual race in St. Petersburg is a fan (and reporter) favoriteQuestion: So what’s your overall opinion of the St Pete Grand Prix now that it’s been around awhile? What do the drivers think of the track? Do any drivers consider it their “favorite” track? Is it generally a destination teams and officials look forward to? (Matt, St. Petersburg, Fla.)Answer: I love it, and I’d put it in my top three or four favorites of each season. For those of us coming from the Midwest, it’s always a breath of fresh, sunny air, and the aroma of the bay is wonderful. As for the track, the 1-2-3 section is very interesting to me, and there’s always action at Turns 4 and 10. There always seems to be three or four cautions to reset the order, and bold moves are rewarded without being too risky. I think it’s a terrific season opener.Question: On paper, this year’s projected Indy 500 field looks very attractive. I’m still curious if we can get above 33. (Austin, Danville, Ind.)Answer: Yes, I count 34, and that’s 17 from each manufacturer. I’ll detail the list in Pit Pass, which will be online Thursday. There are four seats to fill: The fourth at KV (expected to be Alex Tagliani), the third at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the second at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and the driver who replaces Francesco Dracone at Dale Coyne Racing. Otherwise, it’s set.Question: It is obvious the body kits are too fragile. Will they continue to develop as the season goes on? I don’t really care for the look but at least they are trying to do something different. I give them credit for that. (Keith, Lebanon, Ind.)Answer: I assume you saw the story that Honda has received IndyCar permission to strengthen its front wing end plates and its rear wheel guards. These will be temporary fixes for this weekend’s NOLA Motorsports Park race. HPD’s Steve Eriksen told me a redesign of the internal parts will take place, although he isn’t sure when it will be ready for implementation.Question: We have seen the road/street/short oval aero kits, but what will the cars look like for the large ovals? (Ryan, Fishers, Ind.)Answer: Difficult to say. Teams started receiving the kits April 1, and there won’t be an open test until May 3 at IMS. People I’ve talked to say the two kits will be closer in similarity to the road course configurations since there’s fewer ways to achieve drag reduction.Question: Bronze badge should be in the mail. Planning on coming to the GP and staying for the next week of practice. We are planning on coming down for the Stones in July, I have heard that it will be a “stand up” show, no seats. What have you heard? (Dave, Holland, Mich.)Answer: That’s correct based on the layout I’ve seen. The stage will be in a grassy area of the infield, which means none of the IMS grandstands will come into play.Question: Where are the best general admission viewing locations at Long Beach? (Drew, Torrance, Calif.)Answer: You know, I don’t know, so I’m putting it to the masses. We’ll see what people recommend. Based on years of attending the event, I don’t think there’s much.Follow Curt Cavin on Twitter at @curtcavin
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Con O’Callaghan Sweeps Up Young Sportstar of the Year Award & Team of the Year Award Alongside Dublin Teammates The eagerly anticipated and hotly contested Irish Independent Sportstar Awards 2017, in association with The Croke Park Hotel, took place Wednesday evening in the majestic Croke Park Stadium. The star-studded ceremony was attended by over 300 guests including many of the country’s most decorated sports stars as they celebrated another spectacular year for Irish sport, as narrated by the Irish Independent.Irish Racehorse Trainer Aidan O’Brien was the big winner on the night deservedly taking home the title of Sportstar of the Year after his world record breaking season on the track. Cuala and Dublin dual star Con O’Callaghan was named Young Sportstar of the Year, and the 21-year-old also picked up the accolade for Team of the Year alongside his Dublin Senior Men’s Football Panel teammates. The Team of the Year, a new addition to the awards shortlist, is voted for by the Irish public as are all of the awards, with the exception of the Hall of Fame.Irish sporting icon Sonia O’Sullivan was inducted into the illustrious Irish Independent Hall of Fame and, in second of two new awards this year, Galway hurler Joe Canning received the award for Magic Sports Moment for his part in the Tribesmen’s victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi Final.David Courtney, Head of Sport Content, Independent News & Media said: “We in the Irish Independent are honoured to celebrate yet another enthralling year for Irish sport. This is the 29th edition of the Irish Independent Sportstar Awards and an evening we look forward to each and every year. In Ireland, sport plays a huge part in our culture. It unites us. The passion, the energy, the emotion binds us as a nation, as a community. It is our privilege to support Ireland’s athletes across all sporting disciplines and from achievements at local level through to the world stage. But these awards would not be possible without our loyal readers and for that we are very grateful.”He continued: “The Irish Independent sports desk continuously seeks to deliver the best quality sports reporting to our readers. 2017 was another exceptional year for Irish sport and Irish athletes across the board and we have relished being in a position to showcase their achievements through our multiple platforms. As we celebrate the successes we also look forward to the future and the journey we will continue on together.”As well as the award winners, many recognisable faces and sporting heroes were in attendance at the gala event in Croke Park. Three-time Olympian Eamonn Coghlan was amongst the numerous athletics representatives including Catherina McKiernan. The most decorated GAA player in history Rena Buckely was joined by LGFA Player of the year Noelle Healy as well as other from both ladies football and camogie. Celebrating with him, Joe Canning’s teammate Conor Whelan relived their All-Ireland success whilst the same could be said for Dublin Senior Football Manager Jim Gavin as he watched his team take to the stage. Hockey’s World Goalkeeper of the Year David Harte mingled with young rising stars such as swimmer and one to watch for 2018 Mona McSharry. While former Irish football manager Brian Kerr, Dr. Ronnie Delany and the legendary voice of GAA Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh were also in attendance. IRISH INDEPENDENT SPORTSTAR OF THE YEAR 2017Aidan O’BrienIRISH INDEPENDENT YOUNG SPORTSTAR OF THE YEAR 2017Con O’CallaghanIRISH INDEPENDENT HALL OF FAME 2017Sonia O’SullivanIRISH INDEPENDENT MAGIC SPORTS MOMENT 2017Joe CanningIRISH INDEPENDENT TEAM OF THE YEAR 2017Dublin Senior Men’s Football TeamJoe Canning winner of the Irish Independent Magic Sports Moment 2017 award pictured at the star-studded 29th Irish Independent Sportstar Awards hosted in Croke Park Stadium in association with The Croke Park Hotel. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Aidan O’Brien Named Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year 20th December 2017; Joe Canning winner of the Irish Independent Magic Sports Moment 2017 award pictured at the star-studded 29th Irish Independent Sportstar Awards hosted in Croke Park Stadium in association with The Croke Park Hotel. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
FORM GUIDEGALWAY UNITEDGalway United 0-1 Drogheda UnitedLongford Town 3-2 Galway UnitedCobh Ramblers 0-0 Galway UnitedGalway United 1-2 Finn HarpsWexford FC 0-0 Galway UnitedSHELBOURNECobh Ramblers 0-3 ShelbourneShelbourne 4-1 Wexford FCShelbourne 1-1 Drogheda UnitedAthlone Town 0-5 ShelbourneShelbourne 0-0 CabinteelyLAST MEETINGApril 20th, 2018 | Shelbourne 2-0 Galway UnitedShelbourne goalscorers: Alan Byrne and David O’Sullivanprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email TEAM NEWSAlex Byrne is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Alan Murphy (broken rib) and Maurice Nugent (ankle) are ruled out.Aaron Conway (knee) is a doubt.Danny Furlong, Robbie Williams and Tadhg Ryan have taken part in training throughout the week and are expected to be available for the Shelbourne game after missing a number of games through injury before the mid-season break.Gary Kinneen and Harrison Reeves have left the club.MATCH OFFICIALSReferee: Damien MacGraith (Mayo)Assistant: Rafal PieperAssistant: Darren CorcoranFourth Official: Marc LynchGALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERSDanny Furlong – 7Eoin McCormack – 5Conor Barry – 5Alan Murphy – 2Marc Ludden – 2Ronan Manning – 1Carlton Ubaezuonu – 1Stephen Kenny – 1Ryan Connolly – 1Robbie Williams – 1Stephen Walsh – 1 “They’ve gone away on their break and they’ve come back recharged.“We had a meeting on Monday morning, going through everything that has happened since they’ve been gone.“We got onto the training pitch and everyone has been at it. The response from the players has been very good and they’re giving me everything.”Results over the last few weeks has seen United drop out of the Play-off spots and O’Connor acknowledges that things need to change quickly, with just 10 league games remaining.“It hasn’t been good enough, everyone knows it, and there is blame on all sides. What I’m looking for on Friday night is 100% effort with and without the ball from the players.“I want us to be at it, right from the start and to try and give our supporters a performance that shows that the players do care, because they’re getting a bit of flak at the moment.“The lads are looking forward to the game and they want to go out and show how good they are.” Galway United return to league action following the mid-season break on Friday night when the Tribesmen host Shelbourne on Corribside. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.Shane Keegan departed as first team manager after United’s 0-0 draw against Wexford FC before the break.Assistant manager Gary O’Connor has taken training in the lead up to the Shelbourne game.Just ten league games remain in the First Division and O’Connor has targeted a much improved performance at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.GARY O’CONNOR RELISHING “BIG” SHELBOURNE GAME“It’s a big game. The boys are up for it,” O’Connor told www.galwayunitedfc.ie.
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Ardrahan had overcome reigning champions Beagh in the semi–final by 4-6 to 4-4 while Tommie Larkins saw of neighbours Tynagh Abbey Duniry by 3-7 to 1-11 in the other semi-final. One of the new features of the Tournament this year was the countdown clock and the hooter which signalled half-time and full-time in all the games. The pitch was also in excellent condition. A late point from Cianan Fahy earned Ardrahan a 0-13 to 0-12 win over Tommie Larkins in the final of the Kilbeacanty 7s Hurling Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday. A great day’s entertainment came come to the wire as Ardrahan won their first title in Kilbeacanty in 10 years. Indeed, winners Ardrahan were involved in one of the most exciting happenings of the day, when they finished level at 1-13 to 0-16 with Gort after extra time in the quarter-final, but won it on the golden score rule to progress on a 1-14 to 0-16 score-line. Craughwell, St Thomas and Loughrea were the other quarter-finalists. Ciaran Callanan, the Ardrahan goalkeeper, was named as player of the tournament.StThomas won the camogie 7s title when they defeated Ardrahan by 4-2 to1-8 in the camogie final. The knockout stages were played on Sunday withthe Final taking place on Monday evening. Aoife Keane was the player ofthe Tournament for the second year in a row.In the Joe Gillane U12 Finals, Kinvara defeated Kilbeacanty to win the Shield, while Craughwell overcame Athenry by 4-4 to 1-7 in the Cup Final. All in all, it was a wonderful day’s entertainment in Kilbeacanty and well done to the organising committee for running a great event.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
1 0 The winner of the Southeastern-McNeese game will play No. 4 seed Northwestern State Thursday at 5 p.m. The Demons are in the tournament for a fifth consecutive season and for the 18th time overall. The Demons finished with an 18-11 overall mark and were 13-5 against league opposition. Northwestern finished its regular season with an 88-78 win over New Orleans and have won six of its last seven games. 1989, 2002 6 No. 3 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi awaits the winner of the UNO-Nicholls game for a second-round game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders return to the tournament for the second straight year and for the fifth time overall after going 18-12 overall and 13-5 in the Southland. The Islanders have won their last four games, and six of their last seven, including a strong defensive effort in the regular-season finale with a 58-27 win over Abilene Christian. ESPN3 to Carry Southland Semis: The semifinals featuring the Southland’s top two seeds – Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State – will be available solely on ESPN3 Friday night. The Lumberjacks await their foe in a 5 p.m., CT, tipoff and the Bearkats will follow at 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Rose will call the action and be joined courtside by Jim Haller as the color analyst. Tournament Titles Among 2015 Field Stephen F. Austin Championship Game to Air on ESPN2: The championship game will be covered exclusively by ESPN2 and WatchESPN Saturday at 8:30 p.m., CT. Mark Neely is set to call the Southland Conference final and will be joined alongside Stephen Howard as the color analyst. Title Tilt on SportsRadio 610 in Houston: Marc Vandermeer and John Lopez will team up to provide the local market with the official radio broadcast of Saturday night’s championship game on SportsRadio 610. Southland Returns to Katy for Eighth Consecutive Year: The 2015 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. The 2015 tournament will be the 16th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston before moving to Katy in 2008. Team On a Neutral Court: The Southland Conference has played its postseason tournament on a neutral court every year since 2007. In those eight years, only Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State have participated every year. The two even played for the championship in 2010 and in 2014. Stephen F. Austin has played a league-best 16 games in the tournament since 2007 and leads all programs with 10 wins, including two titles (2009, 2014). Sam Houston State is next with nine wins. New Orleans is making its first trip to the Southland tournament in its second year as a conference member. 0 Sam Houston State In the Lumberjacks’ Bracket: In the SFA half of the bracket are No. 4 seed Northwestern State, No. 5 seed McNeese State and No. 8 seed Southeastern Louisiana. The Cowboys and Lions will open the tournament Wednesday at 5 p.m. Southeastern, which is 9-22 overall and 6-12 conference, has dropped its last five contests, including a 69-75 loss to Nicholls in its season finale. It is the 11th all-time tournament appearance, all in the last 12 years, for the Lions. The Cowboys are in the tournament for a league-best 28th time. McNeese is taking a four-game winning streak into the tournament and is 14-15 overall and 8-10 in league games. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi McNeese State 9-6 SFA’s Walkup Named Player of the Year: Senior Thomas Walkup helped lead the Lumberjacks to their third consecutive Southland regular-season championship and their fifth overall. The guard/forward from Pasadena, Texas (Deer Park H.S.), is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to pace SFA. Among the conference leaders, Walkup is highly ranked in several statistical categories, including fifth in field goal percentage (56.9), sixth in scoring and 10th in rebounds. He was even more productive against conference opponents, averaging 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in league play. Walkup record five double-doubles on the season, including one in each of the final three games of the regular-season, leading the Lumberjacks to wins over UIW, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. He became the newest member of SFA’s 1,000-point club, sitting at 1,080 career points as a junior. The two-time conference player of the week is the fifth Lumberjack to earn the award and is the third straight SFA winner. Senior teammate Jacob Parker won the award last season, while Taylor Smith took the honors in 2013 and Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley won the award in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009. .556 10-6 .625 All Good Things Must End: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team had reeled off 32 consecutive Southland Conference basketball games, which was the longest conference winning streak in the country, but it came to a halt Saturday (Feb. 14) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders upset the Lumberjacks 71-63 to hand SFA its first conference loss 728 days when it last lost on Feb. 16, 2013, to Southeastern Louisiana, 54-50. The 32-game conference winning streak is the longest streak in conference history. The second-longest streak belongs to Louisiana-Monroe with 20 straight wins in the 1970s. Along with the conference winning streak, the Lumberjacks also had their 19-game winning streak snapped in the loss to the Islanders. It was the second-longest streak in league history, behind the 2013-14 SFA team that won 29 in a row. Louisiana-Monroe (1990-91) and Texas-Arlington (2011-12) each won 16 straight while a league member. Sam Houston State Selection Sunday: The Southland Conference tournament champion will earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The 68-team field for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be unveiled Sunday at 5 p.m., CT on CBS. This year’s Final Four will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. App. .250 Two Southland Players Named USBWA All-District: Stephen F. Austin junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup and Northwestern State sophomore Zeek Woodley were the two Southland representatives on the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VII Team, which consists of schools in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Walkup is the third straight Lumberjack to earn all-district honors, joining senior Jacob Parker (2013-14) and former Lumberjack Taylor Smith (2012-13). 2 5-4 6-6 First Two Rounds to be Streamed on Southland Digital Network: The first four games of the men’s tournament will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including Southland.org/watch and the league’s mobile and tablet apps. David Saltzman will handle play-by-play duties for the two games Wednesday night and the two games Thursday night. 1 .500 Pct. 2005 8 Holyfield Leads All-Defensive Team: Five all-conference selections also appear on the league’s five-member all-defensive team, including Sam Houston State center Michael Holyfield, McNeese State guard Kevin Hardy, Lamar forward Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, Northwestern State junior Jalan West and Stephen F. Austin junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup. West, last season’s defensive player of the year, and Hardy were on the all-defensive team for the third consecutive year while Walkup made his second appearance. 2007 Experience Wins in Huntsville: Sam Houston State’s consistent starting line-up has been a trademark of the Bearkats. Sam Houston started the same line-up all 35 games in 2014. Three of those players have started each contest in 2015. This year’s starters have played a combined 428 games including 384 total starts. Michael Holyfield has made his 104 starts. The other four players in the line-up are Paul Baxter (84 starts), DeMarcus Gatlin (75) and Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom (both 63). Chemistry is evident among the veteran starting five as the Bearkats head into the conference tournament with a 24-7 overall record and finished conference play with a 15-3 mark. Nicholls 2 2001, 2006, 2013 All-Conference Breakdown: Seven conference teams placed at least one player on the all-conference teams, led by Sam Houston State, which landed four players. SFA, Lamar, Northwestern State, McNeese and A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered two selections while UIW had one all-conference pick. 2009, 2014 3 Tournament Records Since 2007 Southeastern Louisiana .222 In the Bearkats’ Bracket: The first game pits No. 6 seed Nicholls and No. 7 seed New Orleans. Nicholls, which is in the tournament for the 15th time, has won its last three games and finished the regular season 10-18 overall and 7-11 in league games. The Privateers are 10-17 overall and finished 6-12 in the league. UNO is in the Southland tournament for the first time in schools history. The game between Nicholls and UNO is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 2-6 Lumberjacks’ Underwood Picked as Coach of the Year: SFA took home its third consecutive coach of the year award and the second in a row for Brad Underwood. In his second year in Nacogdoches, Underwood led the Lumberjacks to another memorable season with a record of 27-4 and 17-1 in league play to help SFA wins its third straight regular-season crown. Underwood now boasts a career record of 59-7, becoming the all-time winningest second-year coach in NCAA Division I history, surpassing the 58 victories set by North Carolina’s Bill Guthridge from 1997-99, while his .894 winning percentage is tops all-time among second-year coaches. While SFA, Underwood has posted a 35-1 record in league play and a 30-1 all-time record at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Underwood’s squad recorded a 19-game winning streak this season, which is the second-longest streak in school history behind last year’s SFA’s team that reeled off 29 in a row. Underwood is only the third SFA coach to win the honor, joining former coaches Danny Kaspar (2008, 2013) and Ned Fowler (1991). 0-0 New Orleans 2-7 Guidry Sets Southland Double-Doubles Record: McNeese State’s Desharick Guidry recorded his 19th double-double of the season in the Cowboys’ 77-60 win over Central Arkansas, Feb. 24, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. With that performance, Guidry became the league’s all-time leader for double-doubles in a single season, passing Ricky Woods’ (Southeastern Louisiana) record of 18 set in 2005-06. Guidry, who put together nine consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, continues to add to his total and is second in the nation with 21 double-doubles. 1 .545 0 Sam Houston State’s Holyfield is Top Defender: In his fourth season at Sam Houston, senior Michael Holyfield was named the Southland’s top defender, an award in just its third year. The 6-foot-11 senior center from Albuquerque, N.M., (Manzano H.S.), leads the league with 2.4 blocks per game, which ranks 31st in the NCAA while his league-leading 75 total blocks are 29th-best. Holyfield is five blocks away from becoming the school’s all-time leader, just behind Eddy Fobbs 79 blocks in 2003. He paces the league’s top scoring defense and top rebounding team. The Bearkats only give up 58.7 points per contest while out-rebounding their opponents by 7.2 boards per game. Holyfield, who averages 7.5 rebounds per game, pulls down 4.8 rebounds on the defensive glass. He also put together five double-doubles on the season, including a 10-point, 14-rebound showing at LSU on Dec. 13, 2014. The Demon Attack: After averaging only 72.8 points per game in its first five games, Northwestern State has regained its offensive explosiveness by averaging 87.7 points per game in its last 20 contests. The Demons have now jumped up to No. 1 in the country with 83.9 points per game as of March 10. Northwestern State has finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the last two seasons. 2 7 UCA’s Howard Tabbed Freshman of the Year: On a team with eight freshmen on the roster, Jordan Howard proved to be not only the top on the squad, but the best in the league, becoming the first Bear to earn a postseason conference accolade. The point guard from Chandler, Ariz. (Perry H.S.), led the Bears in scoring with 15.7 points per game, which was fifth-best in the Southland. Howard led the conference in 3-pointers made with 77, which is the fourth-most by any player in UCA history and the most 3-pointers made by any UCA freshman. Howard scored in double figures in 28 of the Bears’ 29 games and scored nine points in the lone game he did not reach the double-digit mark. Howard, who ranked ninth in the league in minutes player (33.7), shot an impressive 38.9 percent from behind the arc on the year. 1995, 1998 Sam Houston State Takes No. 2 Seed: Sam Houston State locked up the No. 2 seed after finishing 15-3 in league play and 24-7 overall in the regular season. The Bearkats are in the tournament for the 18th time and for the 12th consecutive year. The Bearkats reached the championship game last season and are looking for their third tournament title and first since 2010. Sam Houston, like SFA, has a double bye into semifinals and will play its first game Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Northwestern State 6 Titles Northwestern State 2 1 Stephen F. Austin Men’s Basketball Tournament Release (PDF)Stephen F. Austin is the top seed for the third consecutive year at Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament March 11-14 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Lumberjacks will be trying to do something that has not been done in the Southland in 22 years and become the first team to repeat as tournament champions claim the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament since Louisiana-Monroe won four straight from 1990-1993. Last season, SFA won its second tournament title with a 68-49 win over Sam Houston State to advance to the NCAA tournament where it defeated VCU 77-75 in the second round. The Lumberjacks begin the quest for a third tournament title after a double-bye into the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m., CT on ESPN3. This Year’s Tournament Field: The eight teams in this year’s Southland tournament have combined to win the event 13 times. Seven of the eight teams that have played in the event previously have at least one title with four teams having claimed two and one – Northwestern State – that has three tournament wins. Northwestern State won its titles in 2001, 2006 and 2013. McNeese State (1989, 2002), Nicholls (1995, 1998), Sam Houston State (2003, 2010) and Stephen F. Austin (2009, 2014) have each won two tournament titles, while Southeastern Louisiana (2005) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are in search of their second championships. There has not been a team win consecutive tournament titles since former league member Louisiana-Monroe won four consecutive from 1990-93. New Orleans are making its first tournament appearance. Wentz, Hittle Named Capital One Academic All-District 7: Abilene Christian junior Parker Wentz and UIW junior Kyle Hittle were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wentz is a two-time honoree and a 2013-14 All-Southland Conference Academic First Team selection. The junior biology major with a 3.82 GPA also has made ACU’s Dean’s List on five occasions. Hittle boasts a 3.63 GPA in business administration and is in his third year with the UIW program. 2 6-5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6 8 McNeese State First .000 Jordan Joins 1,500/500/500 Club: In the Islanders’ regular-season finale, senior John Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to become the only active player in Division I to join the 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assist club. Jordan is the second player in conference history to achieve the feat, joining Texas-San Antonio’s Devin Gibson (2007-11), who has 1,681 points, 549 assists and 530 rebounds in his career. W-L Other Ways to Follow the Tournament: The official website for the 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament is www.Southland.org/katy. The official twitter feed, @SouthlandSports, will also have all the latest updates of not only the conference tournament, but all 17 Southland Conference sports. Fans and media are also encouraged to use the following hashtags on social media throughout the tournament: #SLCMBB, #SLCWBB and #SouthlandStrong. If Facebook or Instagram are your preferred social networks, search SouthlandConference on those apps. 1 Nicholls 2003, 2010 .600 0 Lamar Transfer de Lattibeaudiere Selected as Best Newcomer: Lamar forward Tyran de Lattibeaudiere is the sixth player from Lamar to earn newcomer of the year accolades and the first since Kenny Dawkins in 2008. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica (Vincennes Univ.), was second in scoring for the Cardinals on the year with 13.6 points per game. He finished the season with eight double-doubles, which is second-best in the league. de Lattibeaudiere led Lamar in scoring 11 times and led the team in rebounding 20 times on the season. The forward started all 30 games for Lamar and finished the year with 64 blocks, which is the fifth-best mark in single-season school history. de Lattibeaudiere finished the year ranked third in rebounding (7.9) and blocks (2.1), fourth in the league in field goal percentage (57.4), 13th in steals (1.4) and 14th in scoring. Other Cardinals that have been named newcomer of the year include Lamar Sanders in 2007, James Gulley in 2985, Jerry Everett in 1984 and B.B. Davis in 1978. Nicholls’ Frye Named Player of the Week: Frye carried Nicholls to its first three-game winning streak of the season, averaging 20 points in wins against New Orleans, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana. Frye started the week with a career-high 23 points against New Orleans on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and knocking down 7 of 9 free throws in the Colonels’ 89-79 win. In the 77-70 victory against UCA, Frye scored 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting. In Nicholls’ regular-season finale, Frye added 21 points to lead the Colonels to a 75-69 win over Southeastern Louisiana to help clinch the No. 6 seed in the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 11-14. Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston Ranked in Mid-Major Poll: After winning its third consecutive regular-season title, Stephen F. Austin jumped to No. 4 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks are also receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Lumberjacks have a 27-4 record on the year with wins at Memphis and at home against Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State. SFA four loses were an overtime loss against Northern Iowa (No. 10 AP Poll/No. 11 Coaches’ Poll), a road loss to Xavier, a road loss to Baylor (No. 16 AP/No. 16 Coaches’) and a road loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sam Houston State, which is 24-7 on the season, fell one spot to No. 16 after dropping its regular-season finale at SFA. Southeastern Louisiana 4 We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong.