Written by Nick Kammerer
22 – 17, Texas Wild – Boston Lobsters
The Texas Wild celebrated a well-deserved victory after Saturday night’s win against the Boston Lobsters at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas.
After last week’s 25-15 loss to the Orange County Breakers, the Wild looked to step-up their intensity in the Saturday night match-up.
“I feel really good because we bounced back very well after last week’s match,” Texas Wild coach Brent Haygarth explained. “The team was fired up. We knew we needed to get a win.”
The match began with Darija Jurak and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of the Texas Wild vs. Katalin Marosi and Eric Butorac of Boston in Mixed Doubles. The two teams traded wins until the pairs were tied 4-4. Texas began the 9-point tie breaker game with two quick points for a solid lead; however, the Boston team was able to counter, eventually winning the game 5-3, resulting in the overall set score of 5-4 Boston.
Qureshi is currently ranked No. 11 in Doubles as of June 2013. He also started the Stop War Start Tennis charity that aims to help victims of landmines and other weapons of war.
Perhaps the highlight of Saturday night’s win was the Women’s Doubles match up. Texas Wild team members Darija Jurak and Eugenie Bouchard dominated the set, beating Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi of the Boston Lobsters, 5-0.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:12
Written by Phil Cerroni
23-18, Texas Wild
The Texas Wild kicked off their inaugural home game against the Washington Kastles at the Four Seasons Resort & Club on July 10 in the Technicolor arena Jeff Launius has temporarily erected on top of the club’s marquee tennis stadium.
1,516 North Texans who signed the adoption papers for their new team welcomed the Wild with screams and cheers. One problem with a smaller league like World TeamTennis is every franchise does not live in cities across the nation. Practically speaking, this meant that the only Kastles fans were sitting on the players’ bench. There are unconfirmed reports, however, that a journalist lost five dollars to Mayor Beth Van Duyne by betting on his home team.
The Kastles entered the match on the back end of a 34 game winning streak, a record in the sports franchise’s history. To get them off balance, Wild coach Brent Haygarth opted for the unorthodox play of closing the match with Women’s Singles.
“We wanted to play the event where we felt we had the best chance to come back if we were behind. They like to end with their men. We figured – it was a little bit of a lottery because no team ends with a woman a lot – but we took a little bit of a gamble and it paid off big time. Genie’s just stepped up to the plate and was a great closer,” Haygarth said.
The match began with Men’s Doubles where the Kastles’ Bobby Reynolds and Leander Paes faced off against Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi.
The Kastles’ power and placement were equal to the Wild’s, but Reynolds struggled to keep the ball above the net, and both Reynolds and Paes were sometimes slow getting to the net.
Qureshi took advantage of this multiple times, notably when he returned two high lobs, dropping the second one near the net. But the Kastles held out and won their only set of the night 5-3.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:08
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
More than 100 area golfers polished their putters and took up the challenge of the Brandel Chamblee Irving Charity Golf Tournament, hosted at the TPC Las Colinas at the Four Season Resort and Club Dallas on June 7. The inaugural tournament was designed to benefit four of Irving’s youth related charities: the Irving YMCA, Irving Schools Foundation, Irving Healthcare Foundation and Irving Las Colinas Rotary Club. Prior to the tournament itself, a large Golf Kick-Off Event was held at Sfuzzi Las Colinas on June 6.
This ‘mega tournament’ grew out of smaller tournaments which the charities have been hosting for several years.
“I started [our original golf tournament] about 10 years ago in conjunction with Doug Fox, the Irving YMCA and the Irving Rotary Club,” said Andy Nadel, the tournament’s Co-Chair. “We just could not grow the event much past $50,000. Once we underwrote the golf, we maybe returned $30,000 to the community. We reached out to other community members including David Pfaff at the Irving Schools Foundation (the event’s other Co-Chair) and John Drake at the Irving Healthcare foundation to collaborate and make the event bigger. We are all about helping kids.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 14:26
Written by Staff
By Phil Cerroni
Drawing 76,000 spectators and raising $10 million, the inaugural LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) North Texas Shootout, held April 25-28 at the Las Colinas Country Club, signifies a major step forward in Irving’s attempt to bring high profile sporting events like the HP Byron Nelson and Dallas Tennis Classic to town. The Shootout was not only an economic success, but pulled in some of the biggest names in women’s golf. Out of 144 players, 93 from the top 100 world-ranked players came to Irving for the four day tournament.
Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1 player worldwide, won the tournament by sinking a four-foot birdie to come 4-under 67, finishing 13-under par, clinching her third win of the season and her sixth career win. The competition was close, however, and Park defeated Spaniard Carlota Ciganda by only 1 stroke.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 13:31
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IRVING, Texas (NFF/SMU) - SMU linebacker Cameron Rogers was named to the 2013 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF & College Hall of Fame announced today. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Rogers, who earned his undergraduate degree in sports management prior to his senior season, played in eight games for the Mustangs in 2012, starting six before suffering a season-ending injury. He had 18 tackles, including one for loss, and added an interception return for a touchdown, returning the ball 96 yards against SFA. He was part of an SMU senior class that played in a school-record four consecutive bowl games. He is pursuing his graduate degree in liberal studies.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as a chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
"We have honored more than 4,000 student-athletes in the last seven years thanks to Jon Hanson's generosity," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, "We are humbled by his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow's leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps."
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
• Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university;
• Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
• Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl "Red" Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.1 million to 771 top scholars and community leaders.
Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by All-American center Barrett Jones (Alabama) in 2012, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through, its chapter network, the NFF also
Source: Southern Methodist University
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 07:53
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