Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Gary Vause, dean and vice president of Stetson University College of Law and a renowned legal scholar, died of cancer May 9 at his Gulfport home.Vause was 60. In late April, Dean Vause told a campus-wide gathering he would retire July 31 due to his illness..“Since his appointment as a faculty member at the college in 1975, Dr. Vause provided exemplary service as teacher, scholar, administrator, vice president, and dean,” said Stetson President Doug Lee. “He literally had a hand in virtually every major initiative at the college since his arrival, and we are truly grateful. His work on dispute resolution and international programs is world-renowned. And, his leadership in establishing the Tampa law school program provided one of the most important strategic initiatives for Stetson University in the 21st century.”Lee said Vause was respected by all, “and was a dear colleague and friend.”Vause first joined the law school 28 years ago as assistant dean and was named dean four years ago. He spearheaded Stetson’s new Tampa Law Center and Campus, which is currently under construction in downtown Tampa. Vause also worked to advance academic excellence, increase diversity, and expand a global focus at the college of law.Dean Vause also either established or contributed greatly to a number of other Stetson programs, including its Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in international law and business; the Center for Excellence in Dispute Resolution; the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree program with Stetson’s School of Business Administration; and summer abroad programs in Granada, Spain and Tallinn, Estonia. He also expanded Stetson’s curriculum in health and elder law.A Tallahassee native and the first member of his family to attend college, Dean Vause earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut, LL.M. and S.J.D. (Doctor of juridical science) degrees from the University of Virginia, and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Yale University. He served as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in China and was elected a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to Mandarin, he also spoke Portuguese and Spanish. He served in the Air Force during the early 1960s.Before coming to Stetson, Vause managed his own law firm in Hartford, Conn., specializing in labor and employment law.Dean Vause leaves behind his wife Maria Celia Vause, a brother Robert Vause, a sister Suzanne Long, their spouses, and nephews David Chad Strickland and John Daniel Long III.The Vause family requests that donations be made to the Stetson University College of Law Scholarship Fund for international LL.M students. Donations can be sent to Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport 33707. June 1, 2003 Regular News
Bago City agriculturist Carlito Indencia (right) with farmers who received an initial 3,000 bags of certified rice seeds from the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas during the turn-over rites at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center on Dec. 12. PHOTO COURTESY OF BAGO CITY AGRICULTURE OFFICE The city is releasing a total of 5,000bags of certified rice seeds this year, he added. Farmers with an area of 0.5 hectare orless will get a bag of rice seeds while those with 0.5 to one hectare will havean allocation of two bags. Bago City agriculturist CarlitoIndencia said the first tranche will benefit over a thousand farmers and theywill get around 7,000 bags more to cover a total of 5,000 hectares of ricefarms. “Insteadof purchasing seeds, farmers can use their funds for other inputs and farmactivities instead,” Indencia said. Last May, Bago City was awarded – forthe second straight year – as one of the top rice-producing local governmentunits in the country during the DA’s Rice Achievers Awards. The city government also distributedseeds to rice farmers using the local government fund. BACOLOD City – Farmers of Bago City inNegros Occidental have received an initial 3,000 bags of certified seeds fromthe Department of Agriculture (DA) as part of the Rice CompetitivenessEnhancement Fund. “Some farmers have already planted for2019. We will accommodate those in the north area for third cropping,” headded. Those with farms from one to 1.5hectares will be given three sacks, and farmers will receive four bags if theyplant on more than 1.5 hectares. Indencia said they have releasedaround 3,500 40-kg bags during the first cropping season and the release forthe 1,500 bags for the second cropping is still ongoing. Its average yield per hectare hasincreased from 4.2-metric tons in 2017 to 4.43-metric tons last year. From the previous 20 percent, the citynow contributes 25 percent to the total rice production of Negros Occidental. For Bago City dubbed as “the ricegranary of Negros Occidental,” the seeds will largely help farmers reduce theirproduction cost. According to the city Agricultureoffice, Bago City has a total of 119,528 metric tons of palay production from an area of 11,879 hectares in 2018. The ceremonial turnover was held atthe Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center in Bago City lastThursday.(With a report from PNA/PN)
Manchester City will be lifted by the return of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to reassert their authority this weekend. The Belgian is now set to return in place of Eliaquim Mangala – alongside whom he had helped keep five successive clean sheets – at Tottenham on Saturday as the Frenchman misses out with a groin problem. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is important for the team that Vincent has just recovered from his injury. He is the captain and he started the season very well, not only as a defender, but he scored three important goals also.” Kompany’s return, along with that of Samir Nasri after a minor problem, was the welcome fitness news to emerge from Pellegrini’s pre-match press conference. But on the downside, playmaker David Silva remains sidelined with a calf injury and strikers Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been ruled out with knocks. Mangala could be out until after next month’s international break, joining the likes of Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the longer-term casualty list. Pablo Zabaleta is at least near to a return and Pellegrini is hopeful Silva could feature in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Borussia Monchengladbach. Pellegrini said of the injury list: “It doesn’t seem very long – it is very long! We have had a lot of injured players with different injuries. There is not just one reason for it. “That is why I say it is important to have a squad because you are going to win or lose the title by just one or two points. Normally the difference is not more.” City bounced back from the back-to-back losses against Juventus and West Ham by beating struggling Sunderland comfortably 4-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Press Association The Barclays Premier League leaders surrendered their 100 per cent record, and conceded for the first time domestically, as they slipped to a surprise loss to West Ham last weekend. Central defender Kompany missed the game having been forced off with a calf injury during the Champions League loss to Juventus four days previously. Pellegrini fielded a strong side for the third-round tie but Pellegrini said he did not have much flexibility to rest players because of injuries. He said: “We had 11 players injured so we played the 11 players that can play. We didn’t have more players. “But it was important to continue in the Capital One Cup after two defeats in a row for the trust of the team.” Sergio Aguero opened City’s scoring with a penalty but he missed another good chance and could still have been feeling the effects of a recent knee injury. But Pellegrini said: “I think for tomorrow he is 100 per cent fit. Maybe after his injury he was not all right, especially after West Ham, but he is now okay.” City have won eight of their last nine league games against Spurs but Pellegrini is paying no attention to that statistic. He said: “Every game is different. Tottenham are a very strong squad, especially at home, and they have very good players.” Pellegrini would not comment on reports linking City with a move for Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan.
After losing to Pepperdine 2-1 on Sept. 21 — their first loss of the season — the Women of Troy entered Saturday’s first-round NCAA tournament game eager to exact revenge and upset the No. 4-seeded Waves (15-2-4, 6-1-2 WCC). Despite being outshot 8-4 in the first half, USC (12-6-3, 6-5 Pac-12) drew first blood in the 44th minute after freshman midfielder Nicole Molen headed a corner kick from junior midfielder Jamie Fink past Pepperdine goalie Hannah Seabert.Run of the Mills · Sophomore defender Kayla Mills was a key contributor for USC this season, starting 19 matches and scoring two goals. The West Covina, California, native also received All-Pac-12 First Team honors. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe intensity picked up in the second half as the Waves made a push to equalize. It seemed as though the Women of Troy’s defense might hold the lead until the 70th minute, when standout Pepperdine forward Lynn Williams fired a shot from just outside the box that looked as though it might sneak inside the left goalpost. USC senior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley dived and was able to block the shot, but the ball deflected off her hands and into the penalty box. Pepperdine forward Kristen Rodriguez was the closest player to the loose ball, and was able to put it into the back of the net.Both teams had excellent chances to take the lead in the remaining minutes, but neither could capitalize. The 1-1 score remained unchanged through two overtime periods as Stanley and the USC defensive line were able to weather eight Waves’ shot attempts. The Women of Troy had two shots of their own, including a healthy scoring opportunity for junior forward/midfielder Tamara Mejia, who broke free in the box on an diagonal run toward the right side of the goal in the second OT period but was unable to angle her shot past Seabert.With the tie intact after both 10-minute overtime periods, the two teams began a sudden death penalty kick shootout. Home-team Pepperdine fired the first shot when midfielder Rylee Baisden lined up first for the Waves, but her PK was stuffed by Stanley. It seemed as though the Women of Troy were poised to stage an upset.In USC’s ensuing PK, however, Fink was unable to sneak her shot into the left corner of the net. The two teams then traded PK scores, as USC sophomore defenders Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills matched their Pepperdine counterparts with goals of their own.Unfortunately, the tide turned in the Waves’ favor during the fourth set of PK’s, when Williams scored for Pepperdine. USC junior forward Katie Johnson hoped to equalize, but Seabert dived to her left to save the goal. With a 3-2 lead and one set of kicks remaining, Pepperdine defender Courtney Assumma perfectly placed her shot into the corner of the net, sealing the victory for the Waves and ending the Women of Troy’s season.The heartbreaking early playoff exit leaves a bitter aftertaste to what was a relatively successful season for USC. With Saturday’s loss, the team’s overall winning percentage dropped to .571, a respectable mark for a team that had just four seniors on the roster and was under the guidance of a brand new coaching staff, led by Keidane McAlpine, 2013’s Pac-12 Coach of the Year at Washington State.The team started the season at a blistering pace, with victories in six of their first eight games. That stretch included a 2-1 victory over then-No. 9 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and saw the Women of Troy climb to a No. 14 national ranking, their highest rank since they were ranked No. 12 overall in the second week of the 2009 season. Their first loss of the season also marked the end of the non-conference schedule.Unfortunately, the team struggled during the first half of the Pac-12 slate, losing four of their first six games. Following this stretch, however, and with their playoff hopes fading, the Women of Troy rallied to win four consecutive road matchups, including two overtime thrillers at Oregon (1-0, 2OT) and Oregon State (2-1, OT), followed by victories over then-No. 17 Washington (2-1) and then-No. 22 Washington State (1-0).In the final game of the season, the Women of Troy hosted crosstown rival and No. 1 overall UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 10,000 fans poured into the stadium to watch the game, setting a new NCAA record for attendance in a regular season game. The Women of Troy fell 2-0 at the feet of the Bruins but did manage to keep the game scoreless until the 79th minute.Since day one, the team had the goal of making it to the postseason. They accomplished this objective, and though they were bounced from the playoffs earlier than they had hoped, they can reflect on the campaign with a feeling of pride for achieving their season-long aspiration. USC’s selection for postseason play marked the first NCAA tournament appearance for the program since 2010 under former head coach Ali Khosroshahin. Khosroshahin led USC to its only NCAA title in his first year as head coach in 2007, but struggled in more recent years before being replaced by McAlpine last winter.Not only was the season successful from a team standpoint, but it also featured a variety of individual successes. Mills, who played forward, midfield and defense this season, was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Fink, who racked up six goals and six assists, received all-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second season in a row. Freshman forward Sydney Sladek earned a selection to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team with two goals and four assists.There were plenty of other notable individual awards as well: Junior midfielder Reilly Parker and junior forward Katie Johnson were honored with Pac-12 Player of the Week awards during the season. Freeman was selected to a Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, and junior defender Whitney Pitalo won a Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award, the first USC player to win the award since it was created in 2012.Stanley won Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week two times, becoming the first USC goalie to win a weekly award since 2009. Finally, senior forward Alex Quincey, who led the team with 10 goals — including four game-winners — finished tied for fifth in the conference in goals scored and became the first USC player to score double-digit goals in a season since Olympian and Team USA member Amy Rodriguez scored 10 during the team’s 2007 NCAA Championship season.With the season now completed, the Women of Troy will say a heartfelt goodbye to the four seniors who led them this season: defender Heather Davis and forward Jessica Musmanno, as well as Quincey and Stanley. The latter pair addressed the bittersweet ends of their collegiate careers.“Playing for USC has been like a dream come true,” Musmanno said. “I’m from New Jersey and never thought I would come out to California to play soccer. Getting to play soccer in paradise with some of my best friends has made my four years worth it.”Stanley echoed Musmanno’s appreciation.“This school has given me more opportunities than I ever could have dreamed of,” Stanley said. “I played high school soccer in the middle of Missouri. I never thought I would end up out here on the West Coast playing soccer at a school like USC, and I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity. It has been a blast … a real freakin’ blast.”After reflecting on Saturday’s loss, the Women of Troy will turn their sights toward next season, when the team will look to take the next step toward winning an NCAA Championship. Having played a season under McAlpine already and with a large number of returning players, the program is poised to rise. That, in and of itself, is satisfactory, says Stanley, who was adamant all season long that she wanted to end her senior season with the program in a better place than when the year began.“The new coaching staff, the new girls and the returning girls have all put their heart and soul into rebuilding this program,” Stanley said. “We have the university’s support, and that is really important for girls around the entire country to see. USC women’s soccer is on the rise. A new era is beginning here. That’s what I am most proud of.”
A little more than three years ago, Fred Hoiberg was a sought-after coaching property, with three seasons and 62 wins under his belt as coach of Iowa State, connections throughout the league (particularly in Chicago and Minnesota) and an NBA playing career that spanned 10 years and three teams.But after three full seasons and 24 games into his fourth, Hoiberg has been let go by the Bulls. It’s a disappointing end to his time as an NBA coach, for now at least. Hoiberg was supposed to be a hybrid of Steve Kerr and Brad Stevens, a heady NBA role player like Kerr who could bring some collegiate ball-movement principles to the evolving pro game, as Stevens had done. MORE: Jimmy Butler can see a future in PhiladelphiaInstead, Hoiberg never had a chance. Ask scouts, and Hoiberg would likely be named one of the worst coaches in the league. But he was set up for failure by the Bulls’ front office combo of Gar Forman (a Hoiberg friend) and John Paxson. Hoiberg was always a lost coach looking for direction from above. The Bulls never gave him a clear and consistent one, not until it was already too late. Hoiberg counted himself lucky when he first got the Bulls job.”A lot of coaches don’t walk into this,” he said at the time. “You don’t walk into a roster that has championship potential, that absolutely can compete at that level.”Back then, the Bulls — built around Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol — had won 50 games and were just weeks removed from having reached the conference semis, where they gave the Cavaliers a decent run before a Gasol injury dinged their chances.But that championship potential quickly disappeared, and it was soon evident that Hoiberg had walked into something much different than he’d thought.Rose was engulfed in controversy stemming from a rape charge, comments made about his free agency and surgery he would need on his eye socket before the season started. Noah broke down physically and played only 29 games. Butler publicly criticized Hoiberg’s coaching style just two months into his tenure, undermining his coach from the get-go.Chicago went 42-40, missed the playoffs and was rumored to be considering a new direction altogether — a full rebuild. The team was able to dump Rose to the Knicks, and was a hair’s breadth away from sending Butler to Minnesota on the night of the 2016 draft before the deal fell through.MORE: Derrick Rose wants to win Sixth Man of the YearThe decision to bring back Butler might well have sealed Hoiberg’s fate. If the Bulls had done what they should have — get young assets and give their bright young coach some bright young players to begin to mold — we’d have a better sense of how Hoiberg might fit as an NBA head coach.Instead, the Bulls piled onto the decision to keep Butler by bringing in renowned pain-in-the-ankle Rajon Rondo and veteran Dwyane Wade, yoking Hoiberg with three guards who don’t shoot particularly well and who never got along particularly well. Hoiberg had a set of headaches even the most seasoned coaches could not shake.It was only after the Bulls finished 41-41 and lost in the first round of the postseason that the franchise finally bought into a rebuilding plan. For Hoiberg, that was a year too late. He’d been scarred by his first two seasons in Chicago, his ability to maintain control of an NBA locker room already in question. The Bulls won 27 games last season, better than expected, and Hoiberg did a nice job teaching his offense and developing budding young star Lauri Markkanen. The young Bulls responded better to Hoiberg, and there was even a midseason 16-8 run, before the stretch-run tanking kicked in. After two seasons of tumult, Hoiberg was finally doing the job to which he is best suited: teacher and rebuilder. He might have continued that progress into this season, except that three expected starters — Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis — have been dealing with injuries and only played a combined six games.Little wonder the Bulls are off to a 5-19 start. No team could withstand the loss of three starters, but especially not one as young and thin as the Bulls.But the Bulls held out Hoiberg as the fall guy for the bad start. Of course, it’s not his fault. By shifting directions and, now, shifting blame, the Bulls had set him up for failure all along.
The result of Sunday’s Seahawks-Eagles game will set the fourth and final matchup for the divisional round.MORE: Playoff predictions through Super Bowl 54NFL playoff schedule: Wild-card roundBelow is the full NFL wild-card playoff schedule for 2020, complete with TV channels and live stream links.Saturday, Jan. 4MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamBills at Texans4:35 p.m. ETESPNESPN appTexans at Patriots8:15 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Sunday, Jan. 5MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamVikings at Saints1:05 p.m. ETFoxYahoo!Seahawks at Eagles4:40 p.m. ETNBCYahoo! The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with four networks presenting four games over the span of two days in the wild-card round. Today’s Seahawks vs. Eagles game in Philadelphia, scheduled to kick off at 4:40 p.m. ET, will be shown on NBC.As the home team and the No. 4 seed in the NFL playoff bracket for the NFC, the Eagles are slight underdogs (one point) against the No. 5-seeded Seahawks, basically making this wild-card matchup a toss-up game. Philadelphia enters the playoffs having closed the regular season with four consecutive wins, tied for the NFC’s second-longest active streak behind Green Bay (five). The Eagles, though, are being impacted by an absurd amount of injuries, which will be a factor in the wild-card game.SEAHAWKS vs. EAGLES PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsThough the Seahawks are dealing with injuries key of their own, they are less depleted than the Eagles. Those injuries also are the reasons viewers will get to watch Marshawn Lynch play in another playoff game for Seattle.The running back the Seahawks brought back a couple weeks ago now has a chance at a playoff milestone. Lynch has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in six of his 11 career postseason appearances. With at least 100 rushing yards against Philadelphia, he would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis and Emmitt Smith (seven games) for the most career postseason games with at least 100 rushing yards in NFL history.Below is all the info you need to watch Seahawks vs. Eagles on Sunday, including the TV channels and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for Seahawks vs. EaglesWhat channel is Seahawks vs. Eagles on today?TV channel (national): ESPNTV channel (Seattle): KINGTV channel (Philadelphia): WCAULive stream: Yahoo!Sunday’s Seahawks vs. Eagles game on NBC will be called by the network’s “Sunday Night Football” crew. That means Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be on the call from the booth, and Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines. Terry McAulay is NBC’s NFL rules analyst.For those who can’t watch Seahawks vs. Eagles on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Seattle call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Philadelphia call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)Seahawks vs. Eagles: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Jan. 5Start time: 4:40 p.m. ETThe 4:40 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in Philly is a kickoff time unique to this round of the playoffs, though next week’s Saturday afternoon NFC divisional game (49ers vs. TBD) is scheduled to kick off at 4:35 p.m. ET.
1 Mar 2017 Golfers’ feedback sought on proposed Rule changes The R&A and the USGA are asking for golfers’ feedback on proposed new Rules of Golf, which are being modernised to make them easier to understand and apply.Golfers are encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit feedback online at randa.org or usga.org/rules from now until 31 August 2017.The feedback will be reviewed by The R&A and the USGA before the changes are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:• Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.• Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.• Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.• Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.• Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.• Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.• Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.The Rules are revised every four years, but this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and is intended to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “Our aim is to make the Rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every Rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward and we believe we have identified many significant improvements. It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played but we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles.”Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by The R&A and the USGA in 2019. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.Image © Leaderboard Photography
By Muriel J. SmithSHREWSBURY – Lisa and Jim Halpern love this time of year. They love all the celebrations that generally begin in November, either when older daughter Emily celebrates her birthday Nov. 22, Thanksgiving, or Hanukkah, whichever comes first. And the celebrations just keep rolling on until well into the New Year.All four family members participate in all the family events for both Hanukkah, which officially started Tuesday night and continues through Dec. 23, and Christmas. There are three menorahs, the candelabra of eight candles to be lit, each by the ninth candle which stands higher than the rest. But there is also a Christmas tree, holiday decorations, and a ceramic Nativity scene set up in a prominent spot in the family room of the Halpern home, a light shining behind it to give it more emphasis.For each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, it’s usually Sophie who lights the candles while her father leads the family in the ritualistic prayers. Now that the girls are older, the smaller gifts for each of the eight nights have been replaced with one gift for each family member, usually the first or second night. The family also enjoys traditional Jewish foods for the Festival of Lights. Lisa not only brags about her husband’s famous latkes…potato pancakes, but notes that “all our non-Jewish friends want to be sure they have some, too.” Her pride in Jim’s culinary expertise is not without good reason….a few years ago, when Monmouth Reformed Temple had a contest for latke making, Jim walked off with the top prize. The gold wrapped chocolate coins – gelt – are also part of the Hanukkah festivities in the Halpern home.At Christmas, the family worships together at Christ Church, and this year will be as exciting as previous. Once again, Sophie will be serving on the altar; both Jim and Lisa are in the choir, he as a tenor, she as both a soprano and alto. The family will host a family Christmas Eve party, then head off to church in time for the 10:30 p.m. lessons and carols, followed by the 11 p.m. festive Eucharist. “This is so exciting,” Lisa exclaims, “not only because it is the celebration of the birth of Christ, but also because the church is decorated in greens and bows so beautifully, it’s a candlelight ceremony, and it is the most beautiful high service; it’s just exquisite.” The only drawback to this year’s midnight celebration is the fact that Emily is employed in the retail field in Boston, and won’t be able to be home until the day after Christmas. “That just stretches all our celebrations out an extra day,” her mom said.Christmas Day is “our day,” Lisa stresses, “when we might just be relaxing, enjoying each other’s company and sitting around in our pajamas all day.”Both Lisa and Jim brought a different religion into their marriage when they were wed 32 years ago. At that time, Lisa was Catholic and their wedding took place in a Catholic church. Jim was Jewish. Emily, their older daughter, has been raised a Christian but is currently undecided on which religious path she’ll follow in the future; teenaged daughter Sophie is leaning towards Judaism.Both religions are vitally important in the Halpern family. Lisa, in the years when her daughters were youngsters, found a great degree of comfort, spirituality and security in the Episcopalian Church and is an active member of historic Christ Church in Shrewsbury. Jim is a member of the Monmouth Reformed Temple and active in numerous activities there, including serving on the board. Their girls are involved in services and activities in both religious communities.While both the Jewish and Christian celebrations are highlights in the Halpern family, Lisa concedes she prefers it when Hanukkah falls in late November or earlier December to give more attention to the menorah, the miracle of the oil, and the festival of lights. “When it’s this close to Christmas, it seems the lights of the menorah are kind of dimmed by all the glitter and bright lights of Christmas. Each holy day deserves to be honored, revered, and kept at a high level.”Professing faith in two different religions has never presented a problem to the Halperns or their daughters. “We have always tried to teach our girls tolerance,” Lisa said, “and want them to know it’s OK to celebrate and honor the religious beliefs of their friends. We have taught them, and we ourselves believe, that we should all be open to each other’s beliefs. It’s wonderful when we can also participate in each other’s religions and celebrate all beliefs in a really wonderful way. I cherish this time of year because it does bring out so much faith and goodness.”
Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and is 4-1 with 59 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. Sceroler struck out seven over six innings against Tampa on June 25 to pick up his first win since April 30. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard GoatsThe 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was released on June 21 and signed a day later by Colorado. Scioneaux was assigned to the Rockies’ Double-A squad on June 24. He has struck out six through three no-hit outings in his first three outings.Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson GeneralsStapler was promoted to Arizona’s Double-A squad on July 1 after going 3-6 with 87 strikeouts in 75 innings with Advanced-A Visalia. In his Generals debut, he picked up the win after striking out four in five innings with three earned runs allowed.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie SeawolvesAfter a brief promotion to the Tigers’ Triple-A squad in Toledo, Vest is 1-3 with 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings since returning to Detroit’s Double-A affiliate. He has punched out 10 batters and only allowed two earned runs on eight hits in his last 9.1 innings.Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona was assigned to the Phillies’ Advanced-A affiliate on May 17 and has punched out 19 batters in 17.1 innings. He has a 0.87 ERA and a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 10.1 innings. Double-ADrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa DrillersThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted on June 16 after posting a slash line of .293/.353/.488 in Advanced-A. Avans’ first Double-A hit came on a walk-off single in a 2-1 win over Amarillo on June 22.Preston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader has eight dingers in 2019 and is reaching base at a .338 mark with 34 walks, 31 RBI and 34 runs scored. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year leads the Midwest League in doubles (30) and total bases (149) and will start in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He has a .569 slugging percentage over the last 15 games.Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate and is 2-3 with a save and a 4.89 ERA in 15 games. He has 21 strikeouts across 38.2 innings.Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Seattle’s Class A affiliate after striking out four in 4.1 innings across four appearances for Short-A Everett.Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Augusta Green JacketsIn his first year with the Giants’ Single-A affiliate, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA through six starts for the GreenJackets. Oller is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11.2 innings over his last two startsClass A Short SeasonKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer VolcanoesIn his first year with the Giants’ A Short-A team, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick has a hit in 14 of 17 games, resulting in a .269 batting average, 10 runs scored and five RBI. He went 5-for-13 with three runs and two RBI in a series against Boise to close out June.Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust DevilsA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Blanchard was signed on June 12 and assigned to the Padres’ Short-A affiliate on June 13. He has six strikeouts in four innings and opponents are batting just .235. He pitched two no-hit innings in a June 29 start.Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs was assigned to Oakland’s Short-A squad on June 11. He picked up his first win with the Lake Monsters after giving up just one earned run in two innings of relief with two strikeouts against Connecticut on June 26.Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronBirdsA Second Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Cannon was signed by Baltimore on June 11 and assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on June 17. He is hitting .143 with a pair of runs scored and recorded his first extra-base hit with a triple against Brooklyn on June 27.Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia MuckdogsThe Second Team All-Southland selection from 2018 was assigned to the Marlins’ Short-A team on June 14. Through 12 games with the Muckdogs, Dinicola has a slash line of .283/.327/.370 with six RBI and six runs scored.Tanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Driskill struck out 21 batters in 24 innings in his rookie season in 2018. Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronbirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on May 21. Fregia has reached safely in seven-straight games with a slash line of .318/.407/.455 and five RBI in that span.Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Short-A Brooklyn on June 27 after holding hitters to a .200 average in four innings with Kingsport. Gaconi allowed just one earned run over three innings in his Cyclones debut on June 29.Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport CrosscuttersThe two-time All-Southland Conference honoree was signed by Philadelphia on June 20 and assigned to the Phillies’ Short-A team on June 21. Hearn registered his first professional RBI with a run-scoring single in the first inning against West Virginia on June 29.Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn CyclonesA Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick was signed by the Mets on June 9 and assigned to the team’s Short-A squad on June 13. In his professional debut, Jones struck out five batters over two hitless innings with just one walk on June 17.Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersThe 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year was promoted to Oakland’s Short-A team on June 30 after posting a slash line of .351/.415/.350 with 10 runs, nine RBI and seven walks in 10 Rookie League games.Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley RenegadesThe 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year was signed by the Rays on June 13 and assigned to Tampa Bay’s Short-A team on June 14. He picked up his first professional hit and RBI with an run-scoring single in a loss to Lowell on June 16.Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro HopsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Short-A team on June 14 and has driven in seven runs in 11 games with the Hops, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the ninth of a 6-3 win over Vancouver on July 1.RookieAidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies WestThe 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was signed as an undrafted free agent py the Phillies on June 18 and was assigned to Philadelphia’s Rookie League team on June 24. Anderson pitched a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in his debut on July 1.Seth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – AZL AngelsAn undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew was assigned to the Angels’ Rookie League squad on June 22. Ballew is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four appearances. On July 1, he struck out four over 2.2 innings, allowing just one earned run and picking up the win.Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Kingsport MetsAfter tying for the league lead with 10 saves in Southland Conference play in 2019, Biddy was signed by the Mets on June 30 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League affiliate on July 1. Cody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport was signed by Kansas City on June 17 and assigned to the Royals’ Rookie League team on June 18. He has struck out five and allowed just three hits in four innings.Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse was signed by Seattle on June 10 and assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad on June 17. Grosse has driven in four runs in seven games and has a pair of triples.William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington RoyalsAn All-Southland Conference First Team pick in 2018, Hancock started the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team. After going 0-for-3 in his first game, he has recorded a hit in seven of the last eight games, including a two-hit outing against Bluefield on June 29.Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesIn his second stint with the Rockies’ Rookie League affiliate, the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team member is 1-2 with 13 strikeouts through 13.1 innings. In his last two outings, Hatcher has a 2.25 ERA and eight strikeouts in eight innings.Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula OspreyA 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze was signed on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He has tossed eight scoreless innings across three appearances with five strikeouts.Bryan King (McNeese) – AZL Cubs 2A recipient of the 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, King signed with the Cubs on June 19 and reported to the Rookie League team on June 22. He has yet to allow an earned run in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts.Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics GreenA 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo was signed by the Athletics and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has pitched five scoreless innings in three outings with seven strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP.Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula OspreyA Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell was signed by Arizona on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He is reaching base at a .297 clip with nie walks and a pair of runs in his first 10 games.Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – AZL Indians BlueAn 11th-round pick by Cleveland in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak was signed by the Indians on June 14 and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has 10 strikeouts in four innings, including six punchouts over two innings on June 28.Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackAn undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich was picked up by San Francisco on June 30 and assigned to the Giants’ Rookie League team on July 1. Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – AZL MarinersA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Ricca was signed by Seattle on June 17 and subsequently assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad.Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – GCL Tigers EastA 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin was signed on June 23 and assigned to the Tigers’ Rookie League affiliate on June 24. He has a pair of strikeouts and just one earned run allowed through 2.1 innings in two outings. Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski YankeesThe 2019 Southland Conference strikeouts leader was signed by the Yankees on June 8 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League team on June 22. Wesneski has three punchouts through 3.2 innings, allowing just one earned run through his first three appearances.Extended Spring TrainingRobie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Milwaukee BrewersRojas was assigned to the Brewers’ extended spring training team after batting .308 with a pair of doubles, three runs, and a .780 OPS in four games with Milwaukee’s Double-A team. Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year was voted to start for the American League in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, receiving 46.7 percent of the vote and beating out Boston’s J.D. Martinez and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz to earn his fourth all-star nod. Pence leads the Rangers in RBI (48) and has the ranks second in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.608). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormIn his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and is expected to miss six weeks. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year is reaching base at a .330 clip with 18 RBI, 15 walks and 10 runs scored in 26 games with the Sounds. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-3 with 32 strikeouts. Borne struck out a career-high eight batters against Wilmington on May 11. He hit the 7-day injured list on May 25. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from 2018 received a brief call-up to the Rangers’ Triple-A squad but was assigned to the club’s Advanced-A affiliate after three games with the Sounds. He has driven in eight runs in 18 games with Down East.Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second year with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year was named to the Carolina League’s Southern Division All-Star team. He leads the team in doubles (19) and walks (45), and ranks second in runs (40).Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia RawhideIn his first season with the D-backs’ Advanced-A affiliate, Arizona’s No. 26 prospect is tied for the California League lead in wins at 7-1 and ranks second in ERA (2.01) and third in WHIP (1.12). In his last four starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21 innings Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa TarponsSemple was briefly promoted to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate before returning to Advanced-A on May 26. He has 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings and tossed his second-straight quality start against Bradenton on June 21 with 6.1 scoreless innings and three punchouts.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference pick has sat down 41 batters on strikes through 35.1 innings in 17 games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. Warzek has allowed just two earned runs (2.57 ERA) and struck out eight in his last seven innings pitched. Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado RockiesThe Colorado Rockies selected the contract of the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year on June 25 after going 4-5 with 69 strikeouts over 76.1 innings in 14 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque. Gonzalez, who last started a MLB game in 2016 with the Texas Rangers, has struck out six over nine innings in two starts for the Rockies. The Delray Beach, Fla., native is 4-9 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 appearances over his major league career.Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 6-4 record and 3.39 ERA through 18 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 95.2 frames. The Hammond, La., native is 5-2 with six quality starts since the beginning of May. Opposing hitters are batting just .196 against Miley in the month of June and he has struck out 26 batters through 26.1 innings. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) ranks among the top-three on the team in runs (46), hits (76), home runs (14), walks (40), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.405). Goldschmidt delivered his 14th home run of the season in walk-off fashion, capping a 2-1 win over the Marlins in 11 innings on June 19. Among active MLB players, he is third in career on-base percentage (.393) and fifth in career OPS (.916). Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader has 34 strikeouts through 44.2 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season. Cutura earned a brief call-up to Triple-A Rochester, where he gave up four runs in four innings in a June 21 start. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 44 stolen bases. In a four-game series against Springfield, Heath went 9-for-17 (.529) with four RBI, four runs scored and four stolen bases. Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 5-4 record, five saves and 2.41 ERA in 21 games. He has a 1.76 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his last 15.1 innings. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Omaha StormChasersO’Hearn was optioned to the Royals’ Triple-A team on June 14 and, in nine games with Omaha, has a .328 on-base percentage and .703 OPS. His three-run home run against San Antonio on June 21 proved to be the difference-maker in a 4-3 win. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesIn his first year with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad, the two-time First Team All-Southland pick leads the team in runs (48), doubles (20), triples (5) and walks (36). Peterson has 10 multi-hit games in June with a slash line of .316/.382/.500 in that span.Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsThe 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate after making four appearances in the big leagues. Romano has struck out 46 batters through 33 innings in 19 games with the Bisons.Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsTice was promoted to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A squad on June 13 and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 10 innings. He picked up his second win with the Bisons after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit with a strikeout.Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville SoundsIn his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .240 with 13 RBI, seven doubles and 14 runs scored. The No. 25 prospect in the organization hit the 7-day injured list on May 19, but began his rehab assignment on June 24. Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in an Eastern League-high 32 games in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 51 batters in 32.2 innings with 11 saves. Over his last 22.1 innings, he has a 1.21 ERA and 35 strikeouts and is 9-for-10 in save opportunities. Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby CakesKeller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He has 49 strikeouts and a .196 opponent batting average in 38.1 innings across 25 appearances. He has a 0.63 WHIP and 21 strikeouts over his last 12.1 innings pitched. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 60 strikeouts through 41 innings in his second season with the Mariners’ Advanced-A team. He has 16 punchouts and a 0.93 WHIP in his last 9.2 innings, including matching a season high with four strikeouts in three frames on June 20. Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 3-4 with 71 strikeouts in 64 innings in 21 appearances. He punched out a career-high nine batters across five innings in a start against Syracuse on June 19. Triple-AJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsThe three-time All-Southland Conference was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate on June 5 and is reaching base at a .372 clip with 13 walks and 19 runs scored. For just the second time in his career, Davis homered twice in a game against Pawtucket on June 24.Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha StormchasersIn his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 games. He returned from the injured list on June 22 and has allowed just two runs on three hits in three appearances. Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersHead was promoted to the Dodgers’ Triple-A squad and has struck out 14 batters in 12 innings of relief for Oklahoma City. He picked up his first AAA victory with a hitless inning in a win over Round Rock on May 14. Head was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 8. Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsIn his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA through 12 starts in 2019. He had tossed six-straight quality starts until suffering his first loss on May 14 to the AL East-leading Rays. Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters across 6.2 innings against the Cubs on May 7. He hit the 10-day injured list on June 7, but has punched out 19 batters over 9.1 innings in two starts with Double-A Pensacola on his rehab assignment. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 74 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through July 1, 2019. MLB Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year leads the Royals in walks (31), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.952) and ranks second in home runs (13) and third in triples (3) and RBI (44). In nine games since he was activated from the injured list, he has tallied 11 RBI and five extra-base hits, including a game-winning grand slam — the first of his career — in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over Cleveland on June 25. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe two-time Southland hits leader was promoted to Double-A on June 25 after recording eight multi-hit games in June with San Jose. He rode that momentum into his first six games with the Flying Squirrels, in which he has a slash line of .400/.458/.700 and six runs.Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPlaced on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had six strikeouts and three hits in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. He has struck out eight batters and only allowed three hits in 4.2 innings during his rehab assignment. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA and has struck out 48 batters in 43.2 innings across 12 outings for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team.