There were some strong results from veteren skaters as well. Charly DeFouw, 12, earned Gold in Jr. Silver Dance, Christina Champlin, 15, notched Gold for her Pre Novice short program, Courtney Shrieves, 15, placed seventh in Pre Introductory Interpretive, and Breanna Tomlin finished seventh in Introductory Interpretive.With teams travelling from across the region and officials and support services arriving from around the province, the competition was a huge logistical undertaking by the NFSC.“I can’t say enough about the community support we got- it was unbelievable,” commented NFSC President Jane Macleod, who has spent more than a year planning and organizing with the support of many local businesses.“I received so many comments on how well the event came off.”In the Star 1 category the Nelson results were: Lila Mckechnie, Gold; Leo Measures, Silver; Helene Keating, Silver; Tia Berrens, Silver; Mallory Pinske, Silver; Aurora Panko-Dool, Bronze.In Star 2 Isabella Kroker Kimber received Bronze while in Star 3 Tao measures received Silver and Angelica Ross, Bronze.In these levels skaters do not compete against each other but receive rankings from the judges of Gold, Silver or Bronze.Shaen Panko-Dool wrapped up her skating career by competing in two events, Bronze Elements and Star 4 Freeskate program finishing 8th and 9th in those events respectively.Complete Nelson skating results can be seen at neslonfigureskating.com. The region’s best young figure skaters squared off in Nelson last weekend at the Kootenay Regional Figure Skating Championships.Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event determined the 2013 champions across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd- pleasing Interpretive programs.Thirteen skaters from the host club participated, giving friends and family a rare chance to see skaters compete on home ice.Considering the club has been plagued with injuries and a number of senior skaters gone from last season, coach Yoshie Measures was pleased with her club’s effort.“We have a number of young skaters in our Junior Academy program competing for the first time,” Measures said.“They are the club’s stars of tomorrow.”
All the dance partners have now been confirmed for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup starting Thursday in the Hertiage City at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley was the last team to book its ticket to the BC Hockey Junior B Final Four after the Nitehawks disposed of the Kamloops Storm in six games in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Friday in Fruitvale.The other two dance partners are the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.The winner of Cyclone Taylor Cup advances as the provincial champions to the Keystone Cup for the Western Canadian championships.The Abbotsford Pilots host the tournament April 17-20, featuring the top teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario, along with the host Pilots.The Nelson Daily has a capsule look at the four teams vying for BC Junior B Hockey supremacy:Nelson Leafs — Cyclone Taylor Host TeamThe Green and White took the shortest route to the Junior B tournament.However, it’s not the way the host team wanted to advance to the four-team affair.Nelson was knocked out by Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final in six games.The Leafs were a battered and bruised team and paid the price of not having their two goalies — Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida — as well as a healthy leading scorer — Jamie Vlanich on the roster against the Hawks.However, after being unceremoniously eliminated during the KIJHL playoffs, the Leafs have had a month off to rest those weary bones.Leaf coach Frank Maida gave the Leafs two full weeks away from the rink before resuming training April 1.When Nelson opens the tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. against Victoria, Nelson should be ready and rested for the Cougars.Nelson will rely heavily on Vlanich and linemate Travis Wellman to power the Leafs offence. But don’t be alarmed if Nelson Minor Hockey products Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, playing their final games for the Green and White, doesn’t continue his goal scoring in the Cyclone Taylor Tournament.On defence, the Leafs will be bolstered by the return of smooth skating Robson Cramer who sat out the final games of the Murdoch Final due to a suspension. Joining Cramer is hard-hitting captain Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Crome, Austin Seaman and Nick Trefry.In goal, Rebagliati is slated to man the nets after recovering from injury.Nelson will be looking to win its first Junior B title since Fritz Koehle coached the Leafs to the provincial crown in 1968.The last time the Leafs played in the Cyclone Taylor Cup was in 2009 when the squad, coached by Simon Wheeldon, lost in the final to Richmond Sockeyes. Beaver Valley Nitehawks — KIJHL ChampionsBeaver Valley won its second KIJHL title in three seasons.The Hawks may have won three straight had the Castlegar Rebels not eliminated Beaver Valley in the seventh game of the Murdoch Final last season.Castlegar went on to win the 2013 KIJHL crown.dThe Hawks are loaded with talent. But the driving force of the team is the two-headed monster in Dallas Calvin and Ryan Edwards.The two Trail natives combined for 82 points in 41 games.However, if Calvin and Edwards are not scoring the Hawks can look down the line up to see Riley Brandt, Dan Holand or Braden Fuller fill the void.On defence, Fraser Stang anchors a blueline that batters and beats up opposing forwards.And in goal, all-world Brett Clark, sporting a 14-5 playoff mark with a 2.38 goals against average — and two playoff shutouts — is there to keep Beaver Valley in the game.Beaver Valley, winners of the BC title in 1997 and 2001, begins play Thursday at 3 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against PJHL chanpion, Aldergrove Kodiaks.Aldergrove Kodiaks — PJHL ChampsThe Kodiaks did the unthinkable in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Final.Trailing 3-1 to Junior B powerhouse, Richmond Sockeyes, Aldergrove rang off three straight wins — including a 5-1 road win — to dethrone the reigning PJHL champs.Aldergrove is led by 20-year-old McHaffie twins — Spencer and Scott — who combined for 19 goals while adding 20 assists to lead the Kodiaks in the playoffs.On the blueline is rookie Jeremy Lagler who finished the PJHL playoffs tied for third in team scoring with 13 points.In goal, 20-year-old Jordan Liem backstopped Aldergrove to the amazing comeback in the final against Richmond.Victoria Cougars — VIJHL ChampionsVictoria made it look easy en route to capturing its third Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League title.The Cougs dumped Peninsula Panthers in six games to clinch the Island title.Victoria is led by Snohomish, Washington sniper Michael Fretz who led the Cougars in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 15 assists in 15 games.Alberta native Blake Roney was right behind Fretz with 12 goals and 10 assists with 19-year-old Sam McMullen also scoring a dozen goals.In goal Nathan Hargrave etched out a skinny 1.71 goals against average to lead the Cougs.Check out the Cylcone Taylor website for full schedule and ticket information.
The Spokane Braves gave the Rebels everything they had but, in the end, it’s the Sunflower City franchise going on to the Murdoch Division Final.Jeremy McNeil scored two third-period goals to spark the Rebels to a 4-2 victory over the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday night in the Lilac City.Castlegar wins the best-of-seven series 4-2 and now face the defending KIJHL champs from Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Final.The series begins Monday in Fruitvale.Castlegar opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Tyler Barrett. Danton Oliver and Paxton Malone scored in the second period to give the home side a 2-1 lead.However, before the period ended Aaron Petten scored to even the score after 40 minutes.The game appeared to be head for overtime when McNeil scored the winner with 3:30 remaining in regulation time.McNeill added an insurance goal with time running out.Castlegar finished 10 points behind the Hawks in Murdoch standings.Beaver Valley won two of the last three games the teams played during the regular season.In the Eddie Mountain Division, Fernie Ghostriders host Kimberley Dynamiters in the first game of the best-of-seven series beginning Sunday in Fernie.In the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, the 100 Mile House Wranglers travel to Kamloops for Game one of the divisional semi final Monday while the Osoyoos Coyotes wait for the winner of the Kamloops Chiefs/Summerland Steam series.The series is tied 3-3 with Game seven Saturday night in Summerland.
Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Wildcats as Team of the Week. The Kootenay Wildcats are well represented at the 2015 Female U18 BC Cup in Richmond. The U18 BC Cup is a jamboree format featuring four teams. The weekend will consist of fitness testing, practices, seminars, and games where players will be evaluated on their performance. The three Kootenay Wildcats are Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale, Tiana Ewasiuk of Cranbrook and Nelson’s Merissa Dawson. The trio, that played in the BC Hockey Female AAA League last season, went through fitness testing and are now going through practice in preparation for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sandhu, got the bulk of the work for Ridge Meadows in goals, finishing the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.20 goals against average for the fourth-place Flames.Lindsay, who spent three seasons in Nelson, struggled to find a place in the lineup having been injured for most of the season.Lindsay played only 19 games for Nelson, finishing with a goal and 10 assists.“Austin was hurt for most of last season and was uncertain if he wanted to play this year,” Dooley explained.“Ridge Meadows was willing to take that chance so we cut a fair deal with them.”Dooley said it was tough to give up on the Kelowna native but thought it would be best for the Leafs to give Lindsay a chance with another team.“I spoke with Austin prior to the trade prior to moving him out of respect because he’s been with us since he was 16 (years old), Dooley said.“I told him I wasn’t going to do anything without chatting with him and he thought about it and was ok with the move.”Nelson, struggled to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before getting ousted from post season by Beaver Valley, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena.All 20 teams in the KIJHL meet June 24-25 in Osoyoos for the league AGM. The Nelson Leafs completed a blockbuster trade by Junior B standards Thursday shipping center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.Leafs Sean Dooley said the coaching staff is confident the two 20-year-olds will be key building blocks Nelson needs to begin building a winner in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.“Howell is a proven scorer in the league which was something we lacked up front last year,” Dooley explained after completing the inter-league deal earlier in the day.“We know Sandhu and believe he has the ability to be one of the top goalies in the league this season.”“(Sandhu) is 6’4 so he’s a big body,” Dooley added.“He had the opportunity to back up in the BCHL this year but Sandhu (along with Howell) want to push for a championship.”Howell, at 6-foot 170 pounds, finished the season for the Flames with 18 goals and 23 assists in 44 games.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2016)–With a devastating late kick the final furlong, longshot Miss Double d’Oro flew from last to first to win Friday’s $75,000 Arboretum II Stakes by one half length at Santa Anita. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and conditioned by Neil Drysdale, Miss Double d’Oro prevailed in a field of nine older fillies and mares as she covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.98.Off at 10-1, she paid $23.00, $6.00 and $3.80.“We realize now that she’s got that one short kick,” said Drysdale. “So you need to sit tight and make a run.”A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Medaglia d’Oro, Miss Double d’Oro is owned by Calumet Farm. In getting her third win from 10 starts, she picked up $47,700 for the win, increasing her earnings to $155,950.Off as the solid 3-5 favorite, Dreamologist sat a close second down the hill and was carried wide at the dirt crossing by pacesetter, Tesalina. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Dreamologist overhauled Tesalina with about 50 yards to run, but couldn’t hold off the winner late and paid $2.80 and $2.20.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Tesalina was very erratic crossing the dirt but kept to her task gamely, finishing a nose in front of My Year Is a Day for third money. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 45.07 and 1:07.96.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
VEHICLE HAS RETAIL VALUE OF $42,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (July 4, 2016)–There’s an old adage among gamblers and horseplayers that if you don’t participate, you could be walking around “lucky” and not know it. Safe to say Jim Summers of Solana Beach is glad he decided to come to the races on Monday at Santa Anita, as he ended up winning a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia, which is part of the Rusnak Auto Group, when the Doug O’Neill-trained first time starter Dynamite Charge won the sixth race on the Independence Day card, thus making Summers the beneficiary of the Mercedes-Benz GLC giveaway staged by Santa Anita and Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia.“I’ve been playing the horses since I was 18,” said Summers, 57, of Solana Beach. “I love the people and the action. It’s just fun coming to the track and looking for horses to play.“I came up today and had a few of the dollar beers with a couple friends, we’re all San Diego guys. I’m gonna keep the car. I have to pick it up by July 30 here at Rusnak in Arcadia.”Summers, who works in the San Diego area as an actuary, qualified as a Top 10 finalist in the Mercedes-Benz giveaway contest through an online entry at santaanita.com.“This contest has really been a win-win for everyone involved and we’re very appreciative of Rusnak/Arcadia for helping to make it happen,” said Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby. “It’s really nice to have a guy like Jim win this as well. He’s a lifelong horseplayer so it’s great to see him hit this kind of a jackpot. We just wish he lived closer to Santa Anita!”Donated by Rusnak/Arcadia, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a retail value of $42,000.
Horse of Meet: MelatoninSprinter: Lord NelsonOlder Horse: Melatonin Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: Navy HymnGrass Male: Midnight StormGrass Filly/Mare: Illuminant3-Year-Old Male: Dalmore3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird2-Year-Old Male: California Diamond2-Year-Old Filly: TheonewewaitedforTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Chad LindsayRace: Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Michael Wrona New Voice of Santa Anita 2016 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016) – Melatonin proved his victory at 16-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was no fluke by winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as the 9-5 favorite and was thus named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy trained by David Hofmans for long-time client Susan Osborne, who campaigns as Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin’s ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, where he is unbeaten in three starts, all under jockey Joe Talamo.Melatonin also was named Outstanding Older Male, and the Gold Cup, in which he repulsed the longest shot in the race, Win the Space at 24-1, was awarded Race of the Meet.“We are proud and pleased with the recognition,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans, who has trained for Mrs. Osborne going on two decades. “We hope to continue our successful run through the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”Rafael Bejarano and Phil D’Amato repeated as Outstanding Jockey and Trainer, respectively, each having captured honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, where D’Amato won his first-ever training title with 41 victories. D’Amato won the Spring Meet crown with 25 victories, well ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert who had 18.Bejarano, a perennial Southern California leader since coming West in November of 2007 at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel, won the Spring Meet crown over runner-up Flavien Prat, 46-40. It marked the 15th title at Santa Anita for the 34-year-old Bejarano, his 27th in Southern California and his 32nd overall.Champions dominated two categories in the voting. Eclipse Award winner as best Two-Year-Old Filly of 2015, Songbird was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, while three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Unbeaten Songbird won the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18 for her eighth straight triumph, while Beholder took the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 for her 13th victory from 14 starts at Santa Anita.Lord Nelson was named Sprinter of the Meet thanks to his half-length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25; Affirmed Stakes winner Dalmore was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male; Midnight Storm was named Outstanding Grass Male off his win in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile; and Illuminant became Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare by capturing the Grade I Gamely Stakes.California Diamond and Theonewewaitedfor were named Outstanding Two-Year-old Male and Female, respectively, after capturing the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce Stakes, each youngster remaining unbeaten in two starts.Chad Lindsay, a 23-year-old Texas native, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Apprentice rider by virtue of his 13 victories from 75 mounts, placing him among the top 10 in the standings.Navy Hymn, a three-year-old son of Songandaprayer, reeled off three straight victories to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet. The Kentucky-bred won for $25,000 at six furlongs May 8; for $40,000 at 6 ½ furlongs May 21; and by four-and-three-quarter lengths in an optional claimer on June 5.Brothers Kosta and Peter Hronis, who campaign as Hronis Racing, LLC, were named Owners of the Meet. They led in most wins, seven, and purse money earned, $634,068.Michael Wrona’s performance after being named Santa Anita’s new announcer was voted Achievement of the Meet. D’Amato, Bejarano Named Top Trainer and Jockey
Martin Pedroza9612181713%49%$540,903 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in winning Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, winning her third consecutive graded stakes and her fourth race in a row under Mike Smith.Slower into stride than is her custom, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit was quickly into contention while third at the rail into the Club House turn. At that point, Smith made the tactical decision to split horses at the seven furlong pole and Unique Bella then took command, but had to repel a serious challenge a furlong out from runner-up Abel Tasman, who was ridden by Joe Talamo.“Hats off to the winner, what a special filly she is, because like I said, I really had a lot of horse and we had a beautiful trip,” said Talamo, currently fifth in the rider standings with 18 wins. “The winner broke a little slow, which I was happy to see. I was so proud of my filly. I think she’s definitely going to move forward.”Despite repeated media queries regarding the possibility of her stepping onto the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby trail, Hollendorfer was again steadfast in his resolve to get Unique Bella to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, with the next objective the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.“We’re just trying to do our best and she’s rewarding us,” said Hollendorfer following yesterday’s Santa Ysabel. “I don’t have any thoughts about running her against the boys, but some other folks do I guess. When I saw her coming into the lane, I felt that she was waiting on horses a little bit. Mike had to wave the stick at her a little but she responded right away. I wasn’t too worried.”So the stage is nearly set for Hollendorfer, who won last year’s Santa Anita Oaks with two-time Eclipse Champion Songbird, to pursue his second consecutive victory in the race originally known as the Santa Susana. Bob Baffert4696920%52%$902,111 ANSWER: At the bottom of today’s Finish Lines. BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA ANSWER: Seven horses have carried 130 pounds to victory in the Big ‘Cap; John Henry and Bill Shoemaker (1982), Spectacular Bid & Bill Shoemaker (1980), Ack Ack and Bill Shoemaker (1971), Round Table and Bill Shoemaker (1958), Mark-Ye-Well and Eddie Arcaro (1953), Thumbs Up and Johnny Longden (1945) and Seabiscuit with “Red” Pollard (1940). JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani62117618%39%$601,056 Rafael Bejarano10519161718%50%$1,042,143 Peter Miller872621830%63%$1,289,220 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.87178820%38%$748,565 Trainer Standings John W. Sadler468101017%61%$503,524 Kent Desormeaux11422151219%43%$1,359,649 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Doug F. O’Neill11615231913%49%$1,162,186 UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKSSTORMY LIBERAL MARCHES ON FOR MILLERMASTERY WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BIG ‘CAP Joseph Talamo12518111814%38%$597,168 STORMY LIBERAL TAKES NO PRISONERS IN JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES Winning at an astounding 30 percent clip, San Luis Rey Downs-based Peter Miller continued his winning ways in Saturday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, as his Stormy Liberal was up to win by nose under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. while getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.89.Claimed four starts back on Oct. 16 for $40,000, Stormy Liberal, who got a career best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the Hernandez, is now two for four racing for Miller out of San Luis Rey, having won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill on Jan. 29.Through 37 days of racing, Miller now holds a 26-19 edge over Jerry Hollendorfer, and, in the all-important stakes won category, Miller leads “The Dorf” nine to five. Santiago Gonzalez10612151311%38%$542,427 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105 Tyler Baze19634392317%49%$1,588,881 Mark Glatt62911915%47%$417,870 William Spawr26103338%62%$292,051 Jockey Standings Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Steven Miyadi54714613%50%$340,733 Vladimir Cerin42810619%57%$312,619 Jerry Hollendorfer10119122119%51%$1,418,064 Richard Baltas10218191518%51%$974,962 Stewart Elliott12714141711%35%$681,748 FINISH LINES: Notable Santa Anita works this morning: Kobe’s Back, Peter Eurton, 49.20, Accelerate, John Sadler, 1:01.80, Battle of Midway, Jerry Hollendorfer, (bullet) 1:00.20, Midnight Storm, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.20, Mastery, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 1:12.60 and Arrogate, Bob Baffert, 1:24.00…Additionally, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, prepping for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) worked seven furlongs this morning at Los Alamitos in 1:25.80. Trainer Art Sherman had the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner galloping out a mile in 1:38.40…All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, Saturday, March 11, will will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m…. …On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry will also be chosen. Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira9211111212%37%$371,170 Edwin Maldonado60107917%43%$319,840 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) Flavien Prat18239293521%57%$2,647,969 Philip D’Amato711591321%52%$890,285 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA: The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested at a mile and a quarter on Saturday, will be run for the 80th time, dating back to Azucar’s win with George Woolf aboard in 1935. In its 79 previous running’s, how many horses have carried 130 pounds to victory? Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537
Despite the Colonels (2-7, 0-1 SLC) falling 4-2 to UTRGV in its lone match of the week, Cox was able to win one of two singles points for his side. Nicholls returns to Southland action Wednesday when New Orleans (4-5, 0-0 SLC) heads into town for a 2 p.m. CT start. The Colonels then host Alcorn State on Thursday at 1 p.m. and UIW (5-7, 0-0 SLC) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Honorable Mention: None. In his only match this week, Cox defeated UTRGV’s Zane Kohrs in straight sets at the No. 5 flight. He gave up just four points across the match, defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-1. With rain in the forecast, doubles were not played. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Lewis Cox, Nicholls – Fr. – Sheffield, England This is the first weekly honor for Nicholls this season. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Lewis Cox is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.