February 2012 Archives
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.
Tickets for the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series are now available for purchase online and by phone!
All-session tickets include access to a minimum of 14 games and up to 17 games. Prices range from $70 to $100. All seats are reserved.
This year's tournament will take place May 31 - June 6 at ASA Hall of Fall Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and will feature the nation's top-eight teams battling it out in a double-elimination tournament format for the 2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.
Fans wishing to purchase tickets over the phone can do so by calling 855-208-0048. For a complete list of ticket options and all the information on the Women's College World Series, visit ncaa.com/WCWS.
UW freshman infielder Kylee Lahners, along with the USA Junior Women's National team, is on the front cover of 'World Softball' magazine for the January - April 2012 issue! Lahners and her teammates are featured after they won gold at the ISF IX Jr. Women's World Championship in South Africa.
Check out the full publication here (in pdf format):
I don't know how Canadians can afford to eat. I returned to my native land for an educational course recently, and continue to be amazed at how expensive food is in the grocery stores there. A few years ago, when the Canadian dollar was weak, the higher cost wasn't too significant. However, with the dollars now around par, I might be eating Mr. Noodles every day if I lived up there (Canadian version of Top Ramen). That would make my food blog much more challenging.
The 3 day course I attended discussed the New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries. It's not that everything I knew about preventing and treating running injuries was wrong, it's just that 90% of it might be. Where do I go from here? I contemplate the information. I discuss it. I learn from it. And I apply it. And then I go eat my cookies. Because, despite the beans, these are pretty good.
Yes beans. In a cookie. The batter smells like white beans when you're mixing it. Slightly disgusting. But push through this and you will be rewarded. The beans provide a great source of fiber and protein while adding some density to the cookie, without the beanie aftertaste. Mostly, the anise flavor comes out in this cookie. Star Anise is a star-shaped spice that tastes like liquorice and originates from China and Japan. Imagine a very subtle black liquorice flavor being added to your food. You can use this to flavor drinks and candies, but it can also add an extra dimension to chicken by applying it as part of a rub or putting the whole star anise in a pot of blueberry jam while it cooks, removing it afterwards. The original recipe called for aniseed, which I thought was the same thing as Star Anise. Apparently, the two are similar with a slightly different flavor. Aniseed has been used medicinally to treat menstrual cramps and head lice.
Adapted from 101cookbooks.com
· 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
· 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
· 1 tbsp aniseed (or star anise), ground
· 1 tbsp baking powder
· 1 tsp baking soda
· Zest of one lemon
· ½ tsp fine grain sea salt
· 1 15oz can white kidney, great northern, or navy beans, rinsed and drained
· ¼ cup olive oil
· 1 cup natural can sugar (or brown sugar)
· 1 large egg
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· 1/3 cup chopped dates
· 1/3 cup sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 350F with rack in the top third. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Place oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until they resemble course flour. Put them into a large bowl and combine with the flour, aniseed, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest and salt.
Pour in the sugar, egg, and vanilla extract and blend again until well combined. Just like when using electric beaters, you will need to stop your blending a couple of times to scrape down the sides so everything gets mixed in.
Transfer the bean mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and use a spatula to combine until everything is just mixed. Top with the dates and fold the dough a few more times until those are mixed in as well.
In a small bowl, measure out the sesame seeds. Use an ice cream scoop to form the dough into balls. (Everyone enjoys a giant cookie from time to time, so feel free to be adventurous with the size. The baking time will increase with the size of your cookies, so be sure that whatever size you make them, they're all the same size so they cook evenly.)
Here's a great read about former Husky All-American pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who was featured on ESPN with younger brother Brett Lawrie, a third baseman for the MLB Toronto Blue Jays.
The Washington softball team was featured on ESPN's College Sports Blog. Graham Hays breaks down the upcoming season as well as an in-depth look on sophomore and starting pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby.
Check out the article here:
Check out this story by The Daily on the UW Softball team where they reflect on last year's run in the Women's College World Series, talk about the upcoming season, and introduce the freshmen squad.
The Washington women's soccer team recently signed eight talented players to National Letters of Intent.
One of the signees, Fairview High School's Berkley Gamble (Boulder, Colo.), chatted with Josh Lindenstien of Boco Preps TV on the eve of National Signing Day.
Check out this video of Gamble talking about her decision to play for UW next year:
Washington assistant gymnastics coach Elise Ray has recently been inducted into Howard County Women's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Here is a great read about Ray's induction, written by Andrew Conrad of the Howard County Times (Columbia, Md.):
No one would ever mistake Columbia for a hotbed of world class gymnastics, but thanks to 2000 Wilde Lake High School graduate Elise Ray, Columbia can always proudly call itself the town that produced a world class gymnast.
"I wasn't a high school athlete (because gymnastics was not a varsity sport when Ray was at Wilde Lake) but it didn't make a difference to them," said Ray, who was born in Florida but moved to Columbia at a young age. "(The community) was just so supportive. Going to public school was a huge priority for me and my family, and they worked with me."
Whether it meant allowing her to miss classes to commute to and from her training facility in Gaithersburg, showing flexibility with making up work, or just sharing congratulatory words upon her return from a successful international competition, Ray is grateful for the community support she received in Columbia, and still counts that as an integral part of the realization of her Olympic dream.
As a 2000 Olympian in Sydney, Ray remains a fan favorite and one of the most memorable members of the U.S. team that was awarded team bronze medals in 2010 when it was discovered that the Chinese team had falsified the age of one of its competitors at the Sydney Games.
Unfortunately for Ray, that was not the only scandal that stained the 2000 Summer Games.
After officials inexplicably set the vault two inches low, Ray -- along with many other gymnasts -- fell twice off of the improperly set apparatus.
The vault was eventually corrected, and Ray stuck her landing en route to a 13th place finish in the all-around, best of any American.
"I didn't know what was wrong," Ray told the New York Times in 2000. "It looked low to me, but I thought it was my nerves. Definitely falling on your first event shoots your confidence way down. That was the toughest part, just to keep going."
A stable coaching staff might have eased its gymnasts through the stormy situation, but...
U.S. team coordinator Bela Karolyi earned a reputation during the 2000 Games as an overbearing drill sergeant, and he feuded openly with gymnasts and fellow U.S. coaches alike.
But gymnasts are trained to persist through adversity with a bright smile on their face, and that's exactly what Ray did.
After Sydney, Ray found a return to normalcy at the University of Michigan, where she studied English and thrived as a 14-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA national champion, becoming the most decorated female gymnast in the history of the school.
After graduating in 2005, Ray eventually took a job performing with the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. After several years living in Las Vegas, she came back to Maryland to be closer to her family (parents Ellen and Bill and brother Taylor) and coached at the Carroll Gymnastics Center in Hampstead until recently.
The fall of 2011 was a memorable time for Ray, who was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in late August and was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Washington in late September.
Washington head coach Joanne Bowers coached Ray at Michigan.
"She has just been fantastic which doesn't surprise me in the least, with the dedication and focus she had when she was at Michigan," Bowers said. "She has been through so many different things at the highest level so the girls gave her their undivided attention right away ... I'm just thrilled that she's here and that I'm getting to work with her."
Ray now lives in Seattle and continues to coach younger gymnasts at summer camps.
While she has done some work as a color commentator for the Big 10 Network and has expressed interest in becoming a writer, Ray clearly has found her calling in coaching.
"I'd been thinking about coaching in college and the timing couldn't have been more perfect," said Ray, who helped lead Washington to an upset of No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 27. "It's very, very different. I've learned a lot technically already. (College gymnasts) very much want to keep learning but they know their bodies and they know themselves."
And while the Olympic Games in Sydney was the tumultuous culmination of a dream realized, Ray looks at winning the National Championship in St. Louis, which qualified her for the Olympic team, as the pinnacle of her athletic career.
"I had done a ton of mental preparation. I was going to make (the Olympic) team and nothing was going to stand in my way," said Ray, who compared the feeling to how Michael Jordan must have felt on his best nights. "Everything just aligned and everything felt effortless. I can say that I never had that feeling up until then and I've never had it since."
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