Former Husky All-American Niki Williams made her professional softball debut this past weekend.
Williams, who signed with the NPF USSSA Pride as the 16th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NPF Draft, played in three games against the Akron Racers, scoring a run in the first game. Along with Williams, former Huskies Danielle Lawrie, Jenn Salling, and Ashley Charters all play for the USSSA Pride.
I can no longer hide from the truth or pretend to be something I'm not. I admit it. I'm a morning person. My internal clock refuses to let me sleep in, despite the fact that I might have stayed up late, or that I have absolutely no reason to be awake at 6am. But there I am. Me, the sunshine, and the birds. Or, at least me and the birds. There is a joke in the athletic training room that I peak at 7am. While I'd like to think my day doesn't go downhill from there, I do thrive in the morning hours. I'm one of those perky morning people that most groggy coffee drinkers despise. While research has shown that being a morning versus a night time person is pretty hardwired into us, I don't think the reason for my upbeat mornings is a secret: Sleep. A full night's worth. Many of us sacrifice or compromise on sleep for a variety of reasons (studying, work, socializing, tv, video games, social media), but more and more research is demonstrating that this can go beyond making you unpleasant in the morning. It can also take a significant toll on your health.
There are two ways sleep deprivation can affect you: 1) Your physical representation and perception of being tired, and 2) The hormonal and metabolic changes that you can't see or feel. Feeling tired is a huge de-motivator and can impact many of your decisions, from whether or not you workout to how much willpower you have to eat healthy, while putting you at a significantly increased risk for a car accident. Even after only 6 weeks of sleep deprivation (5.5 hours/night), significant metabolic changes have been shown to occur: Blood sugar increases following meals and your overall metabolic rate decreases. These can result in altered insulin secretion by the pancreas, setting up conditions for diabetes, while also leading to weight gain and eventually heart disease and stroke. A small research study even demonstrated improvements in sprint speed when collegiate basketball players at Stanford were asked to increase their sleep to 10 hours/night. In addition, recent research from UW is showing the increased influence of your genetics on your weight when you get fewer hours of sleep.
Everyone needs different amounts of sleep, but that time should lie between 7 and 9 hours (If your alarm is waking you up, you're probably not getting enough). Getting sufficient sleep every night and not just trying to make it up on weekends should be a priority for both your health and your performance as an elite athlete. Don't let sleep be negotiable. However, if you're going to bed early enough but lying awake unable to sleep, consult your athletic trainer or team physician. This is a common problem with many possible causes and solutions.
But, if you have to be up late and you're looking for something to do, make some brownies. Because, once you start eating these, you won't want to stop; it's going to be a long night. As the name gives away, these do contain black beans. A lot of black beans. I even made sure when I was searching for recipes, that this was the case. They are a very fudgy brownie, and because of the beans, loaded with protein and fiber. So try not to eat too many.
Black Bean Brownies
Adapted from anorganicwife.com
· 4 cups black beans (2 - 15 oz cans)
· ½ cup melted butter
· 3 eggs
· 2 tsp vanilla
· 1/8 tsp salt
· ½ cup cocoa powder
· ½ cup sugar
· 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
· 1 tsp freshly grated orange rind
· ½ tsp cinnamon
· 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Drain and rinse the black beans (a colander works best). Pour the black beans into a blender (or food processor) and puree for about a minute. Add the melted butter and eggs and blend until completely smooth. No one wants bits of beans in their brownies.
Pour the mixture into a bowl. Add the vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, orange zest and sugar. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts if using.
Transfer batter into an 8-inch square pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick inserted into the center. The brownies will still be soft, but it should come out clean.
EDMONDS, Wash. - Abdul Aman scored in the second minute and the North Sound SeaWolves defeated the Fraser Valley Mariners FC 1-0 Friday at Edmonds Stadium. It was the second win in a row for the SeaWolves, who evened their record at 3-3 and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Northwest Division with the Victoria Highlanders FC.
Washington forward Aman scored his fourth goal of the season before some in the crowd even realized what was happening. He took an outlet pass on the left side and raced toward the goal, beating Fraser Valley keeper Mark Village to the near side. He nearly scored five other times only to have Village make a save.
Quinton Beasley also started for the SeaWolves and had three shots in the game.
The SeaWolves will try to make it three wins in a row when they visit Franklin Pierce High School for a match against the Sounders FC U-23 Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.
TACOMA, Wash. - The Sounders U-23 kicked off their weekend double header with a strong showing as they took down the Washington Crossfire 2-0 Friday night at Franklin Pierce High School.
Great play by the Sounders U-23 defense, which included Huskies Chris Brundage and Taylor Peay, held the Crossfire without a shot on goal until midway through the second half. Sean Okoli (Wake Forest) and Fernando Monge (UCLA) had the goals for the Sounders.
Huskies Ben Fisk, Andy Thoma, and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire. Sackeyfio had a good chance at goal in the 65th minute, but his shot deflected out of the goal for a corner. The Crossfire were able to put a lot of balls into the box in stoppage time, including a free kick given just outside the box, but weren't able to get a goal thanks to a strong effort from the Sounders defense.
The win put the Sounders U-23 in a momentary three-way tie for first place in the PDL Northwest Division standings. They join the Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers U-23 at the top with 15 points each.
The Sounders U-23 return to Franklin Pierce High School on Sunday against the SeaWolves at 2 p.m. Tickets for the match are available at SoundersU23.com
The Crossfire will travel to Redmond High School to play against Fraser Valley Mariners FC at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Washington's 2012 senior class finishes their career eighth in the nation in win percentage with a 177-55 record from 2009 to 2012.
Seniors Jenna Clifton, Kimi Pohlman, Taylor Smith, and Niki WIlliams have all been a vital part of the softball program's success at UW. They made it to the Super Regionals all four years and, most notably, won the National Championship in 2009 during their freshman season.
Here is a look at the top graduating classes in the nation:
Top 13 Senior Class Win Percentages
# School (Record) = Win%
1. Alabama 219-40 = .846
2. Florida 216-41 = .840
3. Missouri 200-49 = .803
4. Louisiana 194-48 = .802
5. Arizona State 203-51 = .799
6. Georgia 193-56 = .776
7. Oklahoma 185-57 = .764
8. Washington 177-55 = .763
9. California 185-58 = .761
10. Tennessee 190-59-1 = .760
11. Notre Dame 175-56 = .758
12. UCLA 167-59 = .739
13. Arizona 179-67 = .728
Former Husky star Kate Deines started a video blog courtesy of Prost Amerika. Deines will be blogging while fellow Sounders Women teammate Megan Manthey will be a writing columnist.
In the first episode of "Kickin' It With Kate", the Sounders Women defender video-blogs about the team's recent ferry trip to Victoria, BC. The video features Sounders Women players and former Husky Veronica Perez and current Dawg Lindsay Elston.
Check out the segment and keep tuning in for more "Kickin' It With Kate" episodes!
Edmonds, Wash. - After both missed the North Sound SeaWolves' loss Sunday to the Kitsap Pumas, current Huskies Abdul Aman and Quinton Beasley came back and had strong performances in North Sound's 3-1 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23.
Beasley (left; credit Dale Garvey) scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Aman in the first half at the 39-minute mark. After a long pass from Aman, Beasley beat the Vancouver keeper one-on-one for the game's first goal. It broke a 174-minute scoring drought for North Sound and gave them a lead for the first time since the season-opener on May 20.
In the second half, Aman added a spectacular left-footed goal from 30 yards out over the head of the keeper and into the right side of the net. It was Aman's team-high third goal of the season. He later added an assist on the team's third goal. Aman missed the previous match against the defending champs Kitsap Pumas with a red-card suspension and Beasley missed the game for personal reasons.
The SeaWolves (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak while Vancouver (2-4-2) lost its second in a row.
Next up for the North Sound SeaWolves will be a match-up against Fraser Valley Mariners at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Edmonds Stadium. Then they will head to Tacoma to play the Seattle Sounders U-23s at Franklin Pierce Stadium on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
REDMOND, Wash. - The Washington Crossfire (4-1-1) handed the Portland Timbers U-23s (5-2-0) its second straight loss Wednesday, defeating them 2-1 at Redmond High School.
Portland scored an early goal in the 3rd minute by Andrew RIbeira, but the Crossfire rallied back after a penalty kick in the 40th minute by Nik Besagno and the game-winner in the 65th minute by Adam Mena.
The Timbers' usual starting goalkeeper and Husky Spencer Richey missed his first match Wednesday. Andy Thoma and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire and Alex Klein came in as a sub. Former Huskies Nick James and Daniel Gray also started for the Crossfire, where Gray had an assist in the game.
The Crossfire will visit the Sounders U-23s Friday, June 8 at Franklin Pierce Stadium at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Fraser Valley Mariners at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Redmond High School.
Portland is tied for first place with Kitsap Pumas in the PDL Northwest Division. Both have 15 points while the Washington Crossfire is third with 13 points and the Sounders U-23 close behind with 12 points.
UW|360, a series on UWTV, will have an exclusive segment on Husky All-American Hope Solo for its final episode of the year. Solo goes one-on-one to talk about her journey to UW, her Dancing with the Stars experience, and her new gig with the Sounders Women team in the W-League.
The half-hour episode airs Wednesday at 10 pm PT and Sunday at 9 pm. Check it out on UWTV channel 27!
The NCAA released its Division I national softball statistical rankings, updated through games of Sunday, June 3.
Washington (39-19) made its 19th straight NCAA appearance this year and fourth straight Super-Regional. After another 30+ win season, the Huskies finished the year ranked nationally in several categories. As a team, UW was ranked among the top 50 schools in eight out of eleven categories.
Here are the full rankings for Washington (team and individual):
Categories (Top 300 ranked): rank (average)
Triples per Game: 25 (0.24)
Scoring: 26 (5.33)
Batting Average: 37 (0.294)
Stolen Bases per Game: 38 (1.43)
W-L %: 43 (0.672)
Fielding Percentage: 43 (0.968)
Double Plays per Game: 49 (0.36)
Slugging %: 50 (0.436)
Earned Run Average: 69 (2.54)
Home-Runs per Game: 91 (0.71)
Doubles per Game: 118 (1.12)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 79 (0.385)
Kimi Pohlman: 142 (0.366)
Home Runs per Game
Kylee Lahners: 151 (0.19)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 189 (0.18)
Runs Batted In per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 11 (1.13)
Doubles per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 64 (0.27)
Triples per Game
Niki Williams: 22 (0.09)
Earned Run Average
Kaitlin Inglesby: 127 (2.24)
Bryana Walker: 147 (2.36)
Kimi Pohlman: 50 (0.42)
Victoria Hayward: 76 (0.36)
Strikeouts per Seven Innings
Kaitlin inglesby: 151 (6.0)
Bryana Walker: 171 (5.7)
Victories (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 81 (19.0)
Saves (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 9 (5.0)
Bryana Walker: 96 (2.0)
Niki Williams: 23 (0.76)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 220 (0.48)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 76 (0.673)
Niki Williams: 199 (0.575)
Hit by Pitch per Game (30 ranked)
Kimberlee Souza: 30 (0.31)
Triples (30 ranked)
Niki Williams: 14 (5.0)
Sacrifice Flies (30 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 23 (4.0)
Shawna Wright: 23 (4.0)
Niki Williams: 23 (4.0)
To see more softball statistics, go to www.ncaa.com/stats/softball/d1.
Tumwater, WA - The Sounders U-23s handed the Portland Timbers U-23 its first league loss of the season Saturday night in a Cascadian rivalry match-up. The lone goal of the match came in stoppage time from Sounders U-23 forward Jamael Cox (brother of former Husky Raphael Cox), who was substituted in at the 68th minute mark.
Husky defender Chris Brundage played a full 90 minutes for the Sounders U-23 while goalkeeper Spencer Richey also played the full 90 for the Timbers U-23 and made two saves; Richey is still tied for the most wins in the PDL.
The huge rivalry match was played in front of 1300 fans at Tumwater High School and marked the first meeting between the two sides in the PDL. The Sounders U-23 also shut out the Timbers U-23 for the first time in 14 matches that dates back to last season. The win puts the Sounders U-23s in a tie for second (12 points) with the Kitsap Pumas in the PDL Northwest division standings. The Portland Timbers U-23s remain in first place with 15 points.
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is a home match-up against the Washington Crossfire on Friday, June 8. The match will consist of several Huskies playing for both sides. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Pierce High School; tickets will be available at the gate and at SoundersU23.com.
The Timbers U-23s will also play the Washington Crossfire at Redmond High School on Wed, June 6 at 7 p.m. and then face the Kitsap Pumas on the road Saturday, June 9, at Bremerton Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.
Tacoma, WA - Cascadia week continues for the Sounders U-23 (2-1-3) and the Timbers U-23 (5-0-0) as the two teams will meet each other for the first time this season Saturday night.
Huskies playing for the Sounders U-23s are Chris Brundage, Ryan Herman, Bradley McIntosh, Taylor Peay, Michael Uyehara, and incoming freshman Darwin Jones.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey enters the match with a PDL-leading five wins of the season for the Timbers U-23. The junior already has 12 saves with only three goals allowed.
The rival match-up is set for 6:00 p.m. at Tumwater High School in the Olympia area; tickets are available at the gate for $10 each.
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