Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Jessica Ennis Calls for More Attention on Women's Sport

Jessica Ennis is one of five women on this year's shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.  After she was awarded this honor, she openly spoke about her hopes of having more attention focused on top-level women's sports.

The award faced some controversy last year when not one woman was included on the final list.  This year Ennis is among other women athletes who include Nicola Adams, Katherine Grainger, Ellie Simmonds and Sarah Storey.

Ennis spoke out to the Radio Times and stated "We need more coverage of women's sport and we need to get women involved in coaching and administration."

Ennis agrees that it can be overwhelming for women at first but they need to get over it. She recalls a memory when she was a girl, "I remember when I first started doing weight training, I didn't want to be any good because I didn't want to be all muscly."

Jessica listened to her Coach who helped her become an Olympic Gold Medalist. She does not regret her decision to listen to him.

Monday, November 26, 2012

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So inspiring. Gives me chills every time!

Hope Solo Gets Married

Hope Solo, Olympic Gold Medalist in London 2012, married Jerramy Stevens.  Stevens is a former Seahawks tight end.

The couple were just dating two months before their wedding and got married at a farm near Snohomish, Washington State. The ceremonies were said to be 'beautiful'.

However, the ceremony was held despite Jerramy's arrest the night before. He was arrested for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but he was not charged and later was released. The fight broke out due to an argument about whether the newlyweds would be living in Florida or Washington after their marriage.

Hope and Jerramy went on a honeymoon and will be coming back for her game on November 28th in Portland.  Her teammate Jillian Loyden tweeted about her wedding "Happy to witness such an amazing celebration of real love."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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NACWAA New Members

The NACWAA is the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.  They have welcomed nine new members.

These nine new members include Assistant Athletic Directors, an Associate Athletic Director, Head Coaches of women's sports etc.  They come from The University of New England, University of Southern California, Main Maritime Academy, University of California- San Diego, Carroll University etc.

Recently, Western Michigan University Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard was presented with the prestigious Gerald R. Ford award from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame for her outstanding leadership and contributions to sport.

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Kevin McHale's Daughter Dies at 22

The death of Alexandra "Sasha" McHale was announced today by the Houston Rockets. Coach Kevin McHale, her father, had been on leave since November 10th to deal with a personal family matter. 

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander sends his deepest condolences over the loss of McHale's daughter.  He stated that Kevin and wife Lynn were "loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time."  The organization has the McHale family in their thoughts and prayers.  

Kevin McHale was a member of the Boston Celtics and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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"To watch people push themselves further than they think they can, it's a beautiful thing. It's really human."

-Abby Wambach

Katie Halloway: Two-time Paralympic Silver Medalist

Katie Halloway is a two-time Paralympic silver medalist. She earned these two medals in 2008 and 2012.  Halloway was previously a star Women's Basketball player at Division 1 Cal State Northridge from 2004-2008.

At the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Katie talked about her off-the-field life and shared some things about herself that fans would like to know. 

Some fun facts learned about her include: 

-Her hero is her sister. 
-Her favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake. 
-She is embarrassed about having Party in the U.S.A by Miley Cyrus on her iPod. 
-The quote she lives by:
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy today.  I can choose which it shall be. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
-Groucho Marx

Halloway’s next goal in sports is to simply remain active and healthy.  She wants to have a fulfilling career helping people with disabilities maintain an active lifestyle through recreation and sports. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yes, She is a girl!

Check out this amazing, young football star!! To make it even better..SHE'S A GIRL!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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"Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle."

-Wilma Rudoplh

Kirkland Claims First Professional Title

Cassandra Kirkland won her first professional title at the Sanya Ladies Open in China.  Kirkland is from Paris, France and is 28-years-old.  She shot a final round of 70 to put her in first place.

When she was interviewed, Kirkland stated " she struggled quite a bit this year so she is very happy with the win."She felt she hit the ball really well and tried to not over think her game. Kirkland states this win "gives me a lot of confidence." She will be going to India in three weeks. She enjoyed playing in China and is sure she will come back.

The Ladies European Tour takes a three week break before the Hero Women's Indian Open, which is played from November 30- December 2.

Bentley Ranked #2 in Nation

The Bentley University Women's Basketball team is ranked second in the Division II Women's preseason Bulletin. National runner-up Ashland University is ranked #1, who was the team who ended the Falcon's season last year.  All- American Kari Daugherty will be returning for Ashland University.

Bentley is returning nine players from last year's team, which finished 31-4.  Returners include Captains Kelsey Roberson, Courtney Finn, and Lauren Battista. These three players hope to lead the team right back to where they were last year. Last year's season also included a repeat for the Falcons being the NCAA East Region, Northeast- 10 regular season and NE-10 playoff champions.

Junior forward Lauren Battista has high expectations to live up to.  She was a 2012 WBCA Division II All-America and Capital One Academic All-America. Battista is already a member of Bentley's 1,000- point club.

It will be an exciting season for the Bentley Falcons. The Falcons open its season November 11 against 9th ranked Holy Family at home.

Monday, October 29, 2012

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"Champions keep playing until they get it right."

-Billie Jean King

Baylor No. 1 in preseason poll

Last season, Baylor finished No. 1 and they are picking up right where they left off. Brittney Griner and The Lady Bears are ranked at the top of the preseason women's basketball poll by The Associated Press for the second straight year.

Baylor looks to win its second National Championship in two years. The Lady Bears are returning all of its starters from last year, which includes Griner, the three-time All-American who was named AP Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Behind Baylor is Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland who hope to upset Baylor. UCONN is very optimistic as coach Geno Auriemma stated they have a very good team and believes they can win it all.

The Lady Bears and Huskies play on February 18, which should be a great game to watch.

Monday, December 5, 2011

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"No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back."

-Sheryl Swoops

Sunday, November 27, 2011

NAGWS Names Lynette Woodward the 2010 Guiding Woman in Sport

Lynette Woodward has been named as the 2010 Guiding Woman in Sport by NAGWS. Woodward was a two time Olympian, four time Kodak All American, and two time GTE Academic All American while at the University of Kansas.

Lynette still holds the record as being the best women's college basketball scorer in history having scored a total of 3,649 points. She has been a trailblazer in sports, and has been honored with 12 different Hall of Fame inductions. Woodward also made history by being the first female Harlem Globetrotter.

Woodward played for the WNBA (1997-99), was Captain of the USA Gold Metal Team (1984), and played overseas for Italy while leading that team to a National Championship. She was the first Triple Crown Winner all in the same year.

Other Guiding Women in Sport include C. Vivian Stringer, Robin Roberts, Willye B. White and Donna Lopiano.

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“Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.”

-Billie Jean King, Founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation

Monday, November 21, 2011

Soccer: NAGWS Celebrates Women's Professional Soccer at the White House

In 2010 the NAGWS President Shawn Ladda joined President Obama in honoring Sky Blue FC, the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer League Champion. Eight Northeast Area soccer players were invited to visit the White House, see President Obama, and be a part of commending outstanding athletes.

Obama congratulated Sky Blue FC for their perseverance through three coaching changes during the season. He also recognized and was impressed by the team being victorious in three straight road games within the span of eight days to claim the inaugural WPS Championship.

Click here to see Obama Honor Sky Blue FC: