UW Women's Soccer associate head coach Amy Griffin and the U.S. U20 Women's National Team won the CONCACAF Championship Title, where they defeated Canada 2-1. Griffin is the assistant and goalkeeper coach for the U20's, which qualified for the 2012 U20 Women's World Cup in Japan August 18-September 8.
Check out the full recap of the match: http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer/college-soccer-archives/nid-23935/US-U20-WNT-wins-CONCACAF-Player-ratings?desktop=true
Also, follow Griffin's journey through her blog: http://wwc2011.blogspot.com/
Here is a great story by The Daily about junior Paige Bixler from UW Gymnastics, where she talks about the toughness of competing on the balance beam.
Senior Nikia Williams was one of six Division I softball players named to the Top Performers list for the week of Feb. 27-Mar. 4, behind Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts who received the Louisville Slugger D1 National Player of the Week honor, announced by the National Fastpich Coaches Association
Williams had 10 RBIs, scored six runs, and had eight hits over the weekend to help the Huskies go 5-0 and win the tournament championship at the Louisville Slugger Classic.
Click on the link to see the full release (in pdf format): DI POTW 3-6-12.pdf
GoHuskies.com caught up with senior outfielder Caleb Brown to find out a little more about what makes him tick. Brown is one of only two seniors on the roster and had a solid weekend in the Huskies' series win at UC Irvine. Last Saturday, he went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI against the Anteaters.
Here's what Caleb had to say:
Q&A with Senior Outfielder Caleb Brown
Why did you choose Washington?
I chose to come to Washington because of the opportunity to play baseball at the highest collegiate level while also enabling myself to be successful off the field whenever my career ended. The fact that the UW was in my backyard caused the University to be very familiar to me while growing up. These factors helped construct a very clear picture to me about where I belonged and made the decision to attend reasonably simple.
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
I am not too wrapped up in superstitious behavior or anything like that. However, I do believe in visualization as a tool that can lead to better performance. That being said I typically like to take a couple of minutes before a game to visualize what I want to do and how I want to do it and I feel those few moments translate strongly to how I perform on the field. In short, visualization is the only pregame ritual that I have other than a good night of rest.
As a Seattle-area native, did you grow up watching Husky baseball?
The first Husky baseball game I ever saw was in my senior year of high school after I had already committed. Even though my awareness of the baseball program specifically did not arise until my recruitment, I have come to learn and love the tradition that has been made here and will forever wear my participation in the program as a badge of pride especially considering the top-tier talent that have also called this program theirs.
What sport would you play if you didn't play baseball?
Golf would be my first choice but that's not because I am especially good at it. I just love being outdoors and that teamed with the strategy and perseverance an individual must have in order to be successful in golf I feel translates well to my personality. If I were to choose another sport based on my ability it would most likely be football. I enjoy football because I feel that it is the most pure form of the utilization of athleticism that occurs within sports. High school football games were some of the most fulfilling and fun experiences I have ever enjoyed playing sports. The camaraderie amongst teammates who engage in football games that require extreme physical and mental exertion is hard-pressed to be matched by any other sport.
What do you like to do during summer vacations?
Summer ball is always something that a college baseball player experiences and I have enjoyed the few experiences I have had with it. Other than baseball I also enjoy spending time on the water around Washington. There is no better place in the world to enjoy a summer than in the state of Washington. When I am not playing baseball, golf and boating generally fill up my schedule and as far as I'm concerned that's not a bad life.
What's your favorite thing about Seattle and why?
I enjoy the diversity of the city. The ability to enjoy a downtown setting in Seattle while walking around Pike Place Market to crossing the lake and enjoying the higher end places like Bellevue Square is unmatched by many other college cities. It also does not hurt that I get to enjoy Seahawks and Mariners games at a whim, a luxury I did not enjoy growing up.
What's your favorite class you've taken at UW and why?
Introduction to Political Economy has been my favorite class. The class was the most real-world oriented material that I have had at the University. Beyond the technical applications of intellectual hypotheses, the class provided strategies that can be applied to simple life decisions as well as a basis for a future understanding of the ever-present connection between social, political and economic institutions.
Which teammate is the biggest comedian?
It is hard to pinpoint one individual that could be dubbed team clown. The funniest conversations or situations that arise are generally dominated by a large portion of the team and I think that is what makes our team so fun. The diversity of personalities on our team can cause a simple conversation about which NFL team is better to a full-fledged comedic argument between a dozen individuals. Those type of situations often become the funniest and most memorable experiences.
What are you most looking forward to about this season and why?
I am excited to experience the success that I can see breeding from the attitude surrounding this team. This team feels unlike any other team I have been on here. The mutual competition amongst ourselves has caused this team to continually grow in every aspect of the game and I am excited to see the culmination of all the work we have put in leading up to the season.
What do you want to do after your playing career is over?
First and foremost I want to have a job that allows me to be mentally engaged as well as excited to go to work every day. Any job that can satisfy those two requirements while allowing me to comfortably support a family that I can happily watch grow would be all that I can ask for.
What is your favorite place to play an away game in the Pac-12 and why?
USC has the best field, stadium, and weather to offer while on the road and those factors create a good experience while playing there. ASU however provides the best atmosphere for playing on the road. The crowd size they attract on top of their fans appreciation and knowledge of the game cannot be beat on the road in the Pac-12.
What musical artists are currently in your iPod?
There is a lot of Kanye West, John Legend, and Jay-Z. Other than those three it varies a lot. A little country here, jazz there, I enjoy a lot of different genres of music.
What are you majoring in, and why?
Political economy. Other than typical business-related degrees such as economics and finance I felt that political economy offered the greatest understanding of how different controlling entities of our current world work with and against each other. I thought this knowledge combined with the specific understanding cultivated about the political and economic worlds would provide me with the most functional basis to enter the business world and contribute to a company immediately.
Who is your favorite major league player, and why?
Torii Hunter. His style of play is something that I think coincides nicely with my abilities and as such, I try to model my game after him. He also displays a high level of maturity given his background growing up and his team-first attitude is something to be desired and modeled after.
What family member has been most inspirational to you?
My parents are easily the most inspirational people in my life. Every perk I enjoy in my life today is because of them and the sacrifices they made raising me and my siblings. I cannot complain about the childhood I enjoyed and the type of person it has made me today. I can only hope to be half the parent to my kids that they were to me.
Husky pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby was recently named Madness Softball National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness!
The sophomore was honored after her exceptional performance during this past week's action, where she helped the Huskies to a 4-1 record against five top 25 teams, including No. 1 Florida, at the Cathedral City Classic. Inglesby went 3-0 in the circle and also had four hits and five RBIs.
College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in its weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/softball/weekly-awards.
The edge of the universe is expanding at the speed of light. And here I am sometimes thinking that things are moving too fast for me. Time distortions created by black holes are seen differently from inside and outside of the black hole. Your experience of a situation is not always the same as someone else's.
I finally finished my book on The Black Hole War. Thank God. That's not to say it wasn't interesting, just intellectually demanding. I was holding my own up until the end when the string theory started. Perhaps it's analogous to thinking I'm doing well with my running until I go try to workout with the cross country team. Reality check.
I enjoyed the 5 and 0 start to the softball season and sunshine down in Tempe this past weekend. I also had time to get re-acquainted with my little friend Vitamin D. Unfortunately, the only vegan source of Vitamin D is UV-irradiated mushrooms and yeast. Yummy. However, dietary sources (fortified milk and cereal, fatty fish, eggs, etc) are only a very small part of your body's Vitamin D supply. The Seattle sunshine needs to provide the vast majority through 10-15 minutes of exposure on your arms and legs twice a week.
This quiche contains milk and eggs to help bring in some Vitamin D as well as calcium. By using phyllo dough for the crust, you can enjoy the filling without a large amount of crust. I had never worked with phyllo dough before and was somewhat surprised that it resembles sheets of paper and is quite finicky. One note about phyllo dough: This is found in the freezer section of the grocery store. Read the package for defrosting instructions far in advance from when you plan to start cooking your quiche as defrosting can take at least 2 hours. You will likely also have leftover blue cheese, phyllo dough and sage after making this recipe, so it may be a good idea to have other uses planned for these ingredients so they do not go to waste, or just double this recipe.
Roasted Butternut Squash Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Sage
Adapted from Closetcooking.com
· ¼ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
· 2 cups onions, sliced (about 2 medium)
· Water, as needed
· 2 cups butternut squash (probably less than 1 small squash), peeled and cut into bite size pieces
· Salt and Pepper to taste
· 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed according to package directions
· 4 eggs, lightly beaten
· 1 cup half and half (or ½ cup milk and ½ cup heavy cream, or 1 cup heavy cream)
· 2 ounces gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled
· 1 tbsp sage, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a pan over medium heat.
Add the sliced onions and sauté until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Drop the heat to a little below medium, add ¼ cup of water, cover and cook until the onions turn a deep golden brown, about 50 minutes. During this time, you will need to stir the mixture every 10 minutes for the first 30 minutes, and then every 5 minutes until the time is completed (adding extra water if necessary).
While the onions are cooking, cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the squash on top of it. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place pan in preheated oven (middle rack) and cook until tender, about 30-40 minutes. Set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 375F.
Prepare the crust by greasing a 9-inch pie pan or spring form pan (pour a little olive oil on a paper towel and wipe down inside of pan), and then brushing a sheet of phyllo dough with olive oil. Place the sheet in the pan with the edges hanging over the pan. Repeat with the remaining sheets of dough, overlapping as you go to cover the entire pan. Some of your sheets are likely to rip. This is okay as long as they are layered. If you will have extra sheets, discard the ripped ones.
Before the Huskies took on Washington State at Alaska Airlines Arena on Feb. 26, two groups of former Dawgs tipped off their biennial "Alumni Game."
The get together featured Huskies from all generations, such as Loree Payne, Megan Franza, Shannon Kelly (who now works in the UW Athletic Department), Sara Mosiman and Elise (Niemela) Woodward, the 950 KJR-AM personality. Other alums were also involved. Giuliana & Gioconda Meniola served as coaches. Same with Storm CEO Karen Bryant.
We posted a few of our best images from the game. The group was honored at halftime of the Huskies' 60-56 win over the rival Cougars.
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) released information on ticket sales for the World Cup of Softball VII:
OKLAHOMA CITY - The world's best softball returns to Oklahoma City June 27-July 2 as the ASA of America Hall of Fame Complex hosts the World Cup of Softball VII and Border Battle IV. Tickets for the six country event are now on sale by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com.
Now in its seventh year, the World Cup line-up is highlighted by the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team, which will also compete for the program's eight consecutive International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship title in July. The World Cup, an ISF sanctioned event, also features the women's fast pitch teams from Australia, Brazil Canada, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Australia claimed the Bronze Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games while Canada took third at the 2010 Worlds.
The United States won the 2011 World Cup over Japan, clinching a fifth title in six tries, but were defeated by Canada during the event. Canada finished third and Australia was fourth. Brazil and Puerto Rico are making their first appearances at the World Cup while Netherlands last appeared in 2009.
The World Cup also features men's slow pitch with the Canadian Men's Slow Pitch National Team, the USA Softball Men's Slow Pitch National Team and the USA Softball Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team competing in Oklahoma City. On June 27, the World Cup will kick off with the new Slow Pitch Showdown between the two USA teams followed by an autograph session with all teams, including the USA Women's team. The Border Battle IV on June 30 will feature Canada against the US Men's Slow Pitch National Team. After suffering a 30-29 loss to Canada in 2010, the Red, White and Blue rose to the occasion last year, run-ruling the Canadians 25-3 in a four inning Border Battle shown live on ESPN.
The tentative schedule for the World Cup of Softball is listed below. The complete World Cup of Softball schedule, including special promotions and autograph sessions with the USA Softball teams, and the television schedule will be announced at a later date.
All-session tickets, which are $275 for the Ultimate Fan Zone reserved seating in the first three rows of the stadium, $80 for other reserved seating and $45 for general admission seating, can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com. An official World Cup program is included with all-session tickets. Single session general admission tickets will be on sale in early June.
The Ultimate Fan Zone package also includes a private autograph session and meal with the USA Softball Women's National Team, tentatively scheduled for Sunday at a local hotel and open only to Ultimate Fan Zone ticket holders, as well as free parking and a replica USA Softball jersey customized with a name and number of the fan's choice.
The 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team roster will be finalized in June following the USA Softball Women's National Team and Women's Elite National Team Selection Camp in Ashland, Ohio. The members of the 2012 USA Softball Men's Slow Pitch Natonal Team and Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team will be announced in the spring.
Schedule for World Cup
All times are Central Standard Time (local to Oklahoma City).
Wednesday, June 27
Slow Pitch Showdown (USA Men vs. USA Men's Futures) at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 28
Puerto Rico vs. Brazil at 9 a.m.
Canada vs. Netherlands at 11:30 a.m.
Australia vs. Brazil at 2 p.m.
USA vs. Puerto Rico at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands at 9 a.m.
Canada vs. Australia at 11:30 a.m.
Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico at 2 p.m.
USA vs. Australia at 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 30
USA vs. Netherlands (pink game) at 11 a.m.
Border Battle IV (USA vs. Canada men's slow pitch) at 2 p.m.
Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 5 p.m.
Canada vs. Brazil at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 1
USA vs. Brazil at noon
Netherlands vs. Australia at 2:30 p.m.
Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 5 p.m.
Canada vs Brazil at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 2
No. 5 vs. No. 6 at 1 p.m.
No. 3 vs. No. 4 at 4 p.m.
No. 1 vs No. 2 at 8 p.m.
Schedule is subject to change
GoHuskies.com got a minute to catch up with senior catcher BK Santy.
Santy, a team captain and leader from San Diego was a JC transfer in 2010 from Palomar College. He caught 43 games last spring for the Dawgs, hitting .288 with seven doubles, one home run and 18 RBI.
We wanted to find out some more about the man behind the mask. Here is what we learned:
Q & A with Sr. Catcher BK Santy
Why did you choose Washington? I chose UW because I wanted to play in the best conference in the nation, and I knew this was the best option in terms of academic prestige.
Do you have a pre-game ritual? A pre-game ritual I have is visualizing success a few minutes before the game, and singing some of my favorite songs to calm myself.
As a junior college transfer, what has been the biggest different from JC to the Pac-12? In JC ball there are a few guys on each team that are special in terms of their ability to play baseball at a high level. In the Pac every guy has that ability no matter who you play, and every game is going to be a challenge and a grind.
What sport would you play if you didn't play baseball? If I didn't play baseball I'd either be a beach volleyball player or play professional dodgeball player.
What do you like to do during summer vacations? During summer vacations I like to go to the beach all day, surf, and play volleyball.
What's your favorite thing about Seattle and why? My favorite thing about Seattle has got to be the beautiful surroundings. It's always fresh and clean everywhere which is extremely refreshing.
What's your favorite class you've taken at UW and why? My favorite class at UW was probably history of the Vietnam War. It was great learning about Vietnam's brutal history and get an in-depth glimpse of the Vietnam War.
What does it mean to you to be a Husky? Being a Husky means working hard not because you have to but because you want to. This year we have bought into this motto and the attitudes of every individual player on our squad is something I'm pumped about.
Which teammate is the biggest comedian? The biggest comedian on the team is sneakily Zack Wright. Anything that guy does makes me laugh.
What are you most looking forward to about this season and why? This season I'm looking forward to playing with a dugout full of Huskies who want to win just as bad as I do. I want to prove people wrong and leave the UW on a positive note, knowing that I was an important part in the transformation of Husky Baseball. Above all else I want to win, and make the post-season tournament.
What do you want to do after your playing career is over? After my baseball career is over I want to be a high school history teacher and baseball coach somewhere. I love working with people and socializing, and I can't see myself becoming bored with a job like that.
What is your favorite place to play an away game in the Pac-12 and why? My favorite place to play in the Pac 12 is probably USC just because it's closest to home which allows my family and friends watch me play, because USC is only an hour and a half north of San Diego.
What musical artists are currently in your iPod? Music artists currently on my iPod are Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, ACDC, Jack Johnson, and Tribal Seeds.
What are you majoring in, and why? I am majoring in history, because it's the only subject that doesn't bore me, and I'd like to teach to teach it one day.
Who is your favorite major league player, and why? My favorite MLB player is Derek Jeter, mostly because I am a huge Yankee fan (blood not bandwagon), and he is the ultimate symbol of class, respect, and consistency in the game of baseball.
member has been most inspirational to you? The most inspirational family member for me is a tie between my mom
and dad. My dad has always been my coach and great teacher of the game, but at
the same time he never put too much pressure on me, and wanted me to enjoy
playing the game of baseball. My mom on the other hand did care about baseball,
but much more about me succeeding in life, and being a good person. She has
shown me nothing but love and support in every aspect in my life, and I am
blessed to have such great and devoted parents.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team will participate in exhibition doubleheaders June 14 in Summersville, W.Va., and June 18 in Ashland, Ohio, before beginning international play in Oklahoma City and continuing on to Canada. Oklahoma City will host the team June 23 for a special exhibition Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada and June 27-July 2 for the World Cup of Softball.
Later this month, tickets to the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game and all-session tickets for the World Cup of Softball will go on sale through SoftballOutlet.com. Tickets for the doubleheader exhibitions against the USA Softball Women's Elite National Team, which serve as preparation for the team's three international competitions, will be on sale this spring.
The Women's National Team is slated to compete June 27-July 2 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 4-9 at the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The 2012 USA Softball Women's Elite National Team was also scheduled to compete at the World University Softball Championship, Aug. 4-10, in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the tournament was canceled earlier this month.
In 2010, the United States won a seventh consecutive World title, bringing the program to nine overall Gold Medals at the Women's World Championship. USA Softball comes into the 2012 event having won the recent World Cup of Softball, the fifth consecutive time Team USA has won that tournament, and the Pan American Games. The 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team closed out the year for USA Softball, winning the ISF Junior Women's World Championship.
2012 USA Softball Women's National Team Schedule
June 10-12, 2012
Women's National Team Selection Camp
June 14, 2012
Exhibition doubleheader at 6 p.m.
Women's National Team vs. Women's Elite National Team
June 18, 2012
Exhibition doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.
Women's National Team vs. Women's Elite National Team
June 23, 2012
Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game
Women's National Team vs. Canada
June 27-July 2, 2012
World Cup of Softball
July 4-9, 2012
Canadian Open FastPitch Championship
Surrey, B.C., Canada
July 13-22, 2012
ISF Women's World Championship
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
In January, 12 athletes were named to the 17-member USA Softball Women's National Team roster by the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Athletes already on the team are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior). All were members of the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team.
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