Canadian basketballer masters Auckland off the court

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A veteran of the Canadian masters basketball circuit, Toronto-based Jude Kelly, has been making the most of his time off the court in Auckland while here for World Masters Games 2017.

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Kelly is a walking, talking, passionate advocate for all things sports – especially basketball and masters sport – and has come to New Zealand to compete in the world's largest multiple-sport event which kicked off on Friday.

Following an impressive collegiate basketball career including achieving three-time All-Canadian All-Star status and induction into two halls of fame, Kelly continued his love of the sport and now shoots hoops in masters competitions. He was part of the gold medal-winning Stooges basketball team (50+ division) at the previous Games in Turin, Italy four years ago, and is also the Canadian representative on the Federation of International Masters Basketball Association.

This time round in Auckland, he has joined up with a team of equally enthusiastic Brazilian basketballers in a quest for a medal in the 50+ division, and to make the most of exploring Auckland while they're here. 

"Landing here in Auckland was a trip of a lifetime for me and has exceeded all expectations," says Jude.

"I've been trying to take in as many of Auckland's treasures as possible. I've been up the Sky Tower which was wonderful. The [Games] Opening Ceremony at Eden Park was spectacular and I've been out on Auckland's magnificent harbour sailing on one of the boats from the America's Cup."

Auckland is playing host to 28,000 participants from around New Zealand and across the globe, including a 2,000 strong contingent of Canadians. It is bigger in scale than even the Olympics in terms of athletes participating.  

Competition in 28 sports at 48 WMG2017 venues runs until 30 April.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) bid to host WMG2017 in partnership with the New Zealand Government, and is delivering the event through a separate subsidiary company.

ATEED Chief Executive Brett O'Riley says WMG2017 will be the largest participation sports event New Zealand will host in the next decade.

"Hosting major events helps showcase Auckland to the world, giving people a reason to visit, to stay longer and to experience more of what we have to offer," he says.

Anika Forsman
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Viking Baseball Falls in Road Doubleheader at Evangel

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Marshall, Mo. (April 24, 2017)– The Missouri Valley College Baseball team played a second road doubleheader in two days Monday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference series with Evangel (Mo.) University.  The Vikings fell in the first game 7-4, then fell late in a close game two, 5-4.

 

Game one started with Evangel taking the lead scoring two runs in the first inning. The Crusaders got a single to third, before a two run homer sailed over the fence to give Evangel the 2-0 lead. Missouri Valley responded at the top of the second with a hit from Senior Infielder Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.), who was able to score when Senior Outfielder Bryce Burdette (Frontnec, Kan.) hit a double down the right-field line. Burdette then scored when Junior Second Baseman Kyler Hecker (Eatonville, Wash.) tripled to deep center. Hecker was then left on base. Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) and Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho). Got hits in the third inning, but Jacobi got caught stealing, and Price was out advancing in a double play from Evangel. At the bottom of the fourth the Crusaders scored two runs from three hits, three runners were left on base. The game remained 4-2 for the next couple of innings until Evangel were able to score three runs at the bottom of the sixth. At the top of the seventh, Missouri Valley scored two runs when Jacobi tripled to deep left-center, allowing Senior Outfielder Dario Marquez (Miami, Fla.), who was pinch running for Senior Catcher Turner Herbek (Pacific, Mo.), to score. Jacobi then scored after a wild pitch from the Evangel pitcher. Missouri Valley were unable to make a comeback and fell, 7-4.

 

Leading Missouri Valley was Shull who had one run from three hits. Jacobi had one run from two hits, while Burdette had one run from one hit.

 

Game two started with Missouri Valley getting hits from Jacobi, who was then picked off, and Burdette who doubled to deep left, but was left on base. At the top of the second, Herbek singled up the middle, and Marquez advanced on the Evangel’s passed ball, after striking out. Both were left on base. Evangel took the lead with a homer over the center field fence at the bottom of the second. Missouri Valley then responded in the third inning, when Jacobi reached base on the pitchers misplayed grounder, Price then doubled down the left-field line which allowed Jacobi to advance to third base, he then scored after Burdette was grounded out. Shull then singled to left and Price advanced to second, Price was able to score, but Shull was forced out, and one Viking was left on base. In the fourth inning, Herbek singled with Junior Outfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela) pinch running for him. After a sac-bunt, Becerra advanced to second, Jacobi then got a hit, Becerra scored but Jacobi was caught stealing. Evangel responded with a run at the bottom of the fourth, making the score 3-2. The Crusaders tied the game up in the fifth inning, but Missouri Valley were able to retake the lead at the top of the sixth when Herbek scored. After the Vikings failed to score in seventh inning, Evangel got two runs from three hits, and Missouri Valley fell at the bottom of the seventh, 5-4.

 

Leading the Vikings was Herbek who scored once from three hits. Jacobi got one run from two hits. Senior Pitcher Mike Simanek (Oakley, Calif.) picked up the loss, after pitching five innings with eight hits and three earned runs.

 

The pair of losses drop Missouri Valley to 16-31 overall and 6-22 in the Heart.  Evangel improves to 27-23 on the season and 14-16 in conference play.

Up next, the Viking baseball team plays a doubleheader at Central Methodist (Mo.) University in Fayette, Mo., Thursday and Friday.

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LAVELLE, SHIVERS TAKE AMC GOLFER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

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ST. LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its Golfer of the Week awards for the week ending April 23, 2017, and the Golfer of the Week honors have been awarded to members of Freed-Hardeman University and Park University. The Lions’ Easton Lavelle earned his second AMC Men’s Golfer of the Week honorof the year, and Park’s Makenzie Shivers took her fourth AMC Women’s Golfer of the Week award of the season.

Lavelle, a junior from Munford, Tenn., fired a 3-under par 68 in the final round of the Natural State Golf Classic, helping the Lions to a seventh place finish in the event while claiming a six place finish for himself.

 

Shivers, a senior from Rescue, Calif., won the University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invitational, her second straight event victory. Her week was highlighted by a Sunday performance that included her setting a park record with a 32 on the back nine at Panther Creek Country Club – the site of the Web.com Tour’s Lincolnland event – which included her first career hole-in-one which came at the 129-yard par-3 11th hole. She posted a 4-under par stretch at 10, 11, and 12 on Sunday as well.

 

Other Notable Performances:

 

Curtis Brokenbrow – Missouri Baptist

 

Brokenbrow grabbed a 10th-place finish at the Weist Foundation Classic, shooting scores of 74 and 75 on the nearly 6,900 yard Red Tail Run course in Decatur, Ill. He leads the Spartans with a spring scoring average of 73.1 entering the AMC Championship, and he grabbed his fourth straight top-10 finish of the spring.

 

Kayland Boling – Freed-Hardeman

 

Boling won the Natural State Golf Classic by shooting rounds of 81 and 77 for a total of 158. The performance also helped the Lady Lions take the team title in the tournament.

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LAVELLE, SHIVERS TAKE AMC GOLFER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

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ST. LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its Golfer of the Week awards for the week ending April 23, 2017, and the Golfer of the Week honors have been awarded to members of Freed-Hardeman University and Park University. The Lions’ Easton Lavelle earned his second AMC Men’s Golfer of the Week honorof the year, and Park’s Makenzie Shivers took her fourth AMC Women’s Golfer of the Week award of the season.

Lavelle, a junior from Munford, Tenn., fired a 3-under par 68 in the final round of the Natural State Golf Classic, helping the Lions to a seventh place finish in the event while claiming a six place finish for himself.

 

Shivers, a senior from Rescue, Calif., won the University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invitational, her second straight event victory. Her week was highlighted by a Sunday performance that included her setting a park record with a 32 on the back nine at Panther Creek Country Club – the site of the Web.com Tour’s Lincolnland event – which included her first career hole-in-one which came at the 129-yard par-3 11th hole. She posted a 4-under par stretch at 10, 11, and 12 on Sunday as well.

 

Other Notable Performances:

 

Curtis Brokenbrow – Missouri Baptist

 

Brokenbrow grabbed a 10th-place finish at the Weist Foundation Classic, shooting scores of 74 and 75 on the nearly 6,900 yard Red Tail Run course in Decatur, Ill. He leads the Spartans with a spring scoring average of 73.1 entering the AMC Championship, and he grabbed his fourth straight top-10 finish of the spring.

 

Kayland Boling – Freed-Hardeman

 

Boling won the Natural State Golf Classic by shooting rounds of 81 and 77 for a total of 158. The performance also helped the Lady Lions take the team title in the tournament.

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KITSON, CRAGLE TAKE AMC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS

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ST. LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its baseball Player of the Week awards for the week ending April 23, 2017, with this week’s awards going to representatives from Missouri Baptist University and Central Baptist College. Missouri Baptist’s Drew Kitson was tabbed as the AMC Player of the Week, and Caulin Cragle of Central Baptist took home Pitcher of the Week honors.

Kitson, a 6-1 junior outfielder from Wentzville, Mo., hit .450 for the Spartans as they clinched at least a share of the AMC regular season title. The Spartan centerfielder had at least one hit and one run scored in each of his team’s five games during the week, and he had four doubles, a triple, two homers and 10 RBIs as well. Kitson also shined defensively in center field, and in the Spartans’ game  win over Lindenwood University-Belleville, Kitson scaled the wall in right-center to rob Lindenwood’s Drew Fair of a would-be homer.

 

Cragle, a 5-1 senior from Houston, Texas, capped off the weekend sweep for the Mustangs over Park University by tossing a 3-hit shutout on Saturday afternoon. He held the Pirates in check all day, walking two and striking out six as Central Baptist went from being a half-game behind the Pirates for the final AMC Championship berth to holding a two-and-a-half game lead for that spot in a little less than 36 hours.

 

Other Notable Performances:

 

Jalin Lawson – Central Baptist

 

Lawson helped the Mustangs to a critical AMC weekend sweep of Park University as the Mustangs climbed into the driver’s seat for the final spot in the AMC Championship. Lawson hit .615 (8-for-13) in the weekend set, with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored.

 

Tyler Cunningham – William Woods

 

Cunningham went 11-for-21 (.524) with two doubles, a walk, a stolen base, three RBIs and six runs scored as the Owls posted a 3-2 week including an AMC sweep of Hannibal-LaGrange University.

 

Alex Wittenauer – Lindenwood-Belleville

 

Wittenauer led the Lynx offense during a tough week, posting 9 hits in 16 at bats. All nine of his hits were singles and he also walked twice, scored three runs, and drove in two. He posted an impressive .632 on-base percentage during the week, and he accounted for just over 26% of the LU-B offensive output on the week. The performance raised his season batting average to .339.

 

Michael Syrett – Missouri Baptist

 

Picked up the win as the Spartans clinched the top-seed in the upcoming AMC Championship and a piece of the AMC regular season title. He scattered five hits and allowed only one earned run in Missouri Baptist’s 9-2 win over Lindenwood-Belleville to wrap up their AMC regular season.

OWLS HOLD 36-HOLD LEAD AT AMC MENS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

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Men’s Golf – Mon, Apr. 24, 2017 at 9:25 PM

CAMDENTON, Mo. – The William Woods University Owls hold the lead after the first two rounds of competition at the American Midwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Old Kinderhook Golf Club in Camdenton, Mo. The Owls fired matching rounds of 286 as a team, totaling a 572 for the day. The Owls have four players in the top six individually, and they carded two of the three individual rounds under par for the day.

The Owls are led by Billy McKenzie, who holds the overnight lead at 3-under par (139). McKenzie opened the day with a 73, but he rallied in the afternoon, shooting the low round of the day when he fired a 66 to close out his day. Teammate Matt Wells (69-72-141; -1) is the only other player who is under par after the first day’s play. Jack Clarkson (71-72-143; 3rd) and David Houlding (74-76-150; t-6th) are the other two Owls in the top-10.

Facundo Delapenna led the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville to a second place showing for the day, opening play with a 74 before breaking par in the second round with a 1=under total of 70. He currently resides in fourth at 2-over par (144). Missouri Baptist University’s Curtis Brokenbrow rounds out the individual top-5, after he shot a 36-hole total of 148 (76-72).

The Lynx are is second place as a team with a total of 607 (302-305), and they are followed by Freed-Hardeman University at 612 (308-304), Missouri Baptist at 616 (313-303), and Central Baptist College at 618 to round out the top-5 teams.

The final round will be played on Tuesday morning, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Missouri Baptist, Central Baptist, and Hannibal-LaGrange University will tee off in the first five times on the front nine, while Columbia College and Lyon College Simultaneously tee off on the back nine. William Woods, Lindenwood-Belleville, and Freed-Hardeman will go off on the front side beginning at approximately 8:45 a.m.

Scores will be posted to the official AMC twitter account as each group makes the turn to their second nine of the day. To follow these updates, please search for #amcmgolfchamp on twitter. Final scores and recaps will be posted to the official home of the AMC Men’s Golf Championship here following the conclusion of play, at which time the AMC All-Conference team will also be announced.

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OWLS HOLD 36-HOLD LEAD AT AMC MENS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

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Men’s Golf – Mon, Apr. 24, 2017 at 9:25 PM

CAMDENTON, Mo. – The William Woods University Owls hold the lead after the first two rounds of competition at the American Midwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Old Kinderhook Golf Club in Camdenton, Mo. The Owls fired matching rounds of 286 as a team, totaling a 572 for the day. The Owls have four players in the top six individually, and they carded two of the three individual rounds under par for the day.

The Owls are led by Billy McKenzie, who holds the overnight lead at 3-under par (139). McKenzie opened the day with a 73, but he rallied in the afternoon, shooting the low round of the day when he fired a 66 to close out his day. Teammate Matt Wells (69-72-141; -1) is the only other player who is under par after the first day’s play. Jack Clarkson (71-72-143; 3rd) and David Houlding (74-76-150; t-6th) are the other two Owls in the top-10.

Facundo Delapenna led the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville to a second place showing for the day, opening play with a 74 before breaking par in the second round with a 1=under total of 70. He currently resides in fourth at 2-over par (144). Missouri Baptist University’s Curtis Brokenbrow rounds out the individual top-5, after he shot a 36-hole total of 148 (76-72).

The Lynx are is second place as a team with a total of 607 (302-305), and they are followed by Freed-Hardeman University at 612 (308-304), Missouri Baptist at 616 (313-303), and Central Baptist College at 618 to round out the top-5 teams.

The final round will be played on Tuesday morning, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Missouri Baptist, Central Baptist, and Hannibal-LaGrange University will tee off in the first five times on the front nine, while Columbia College and Lyon College Simultaneously tee off on the back nine. William Woods, Lindenwood-Belleville, and Freed-Hardeman will go off on the front side beginning at approximately 8:45 a.m.

Scores will be posted to the official AMC twitter account as each group makes the turn to their second nine of the day. To follow these updates, please search for #amcmgolfchamp on twitter. Final scores and recaps will be posted to the official home of the AMC Men’s Golf Championship here following the conclusion of play, at which time the AMC All-Conference team will also be announced.

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‘Relieved’ Wiesberger pips Fleetwood in playoff to win Shenzhen International

SHENZHEN, China, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria beat England's Tommy Fleetwood on the first playoff hole to win the US$2.8 million Shenzhen International in China and secure his fourth European Tour title.

Wiesberger, 31, led after the second and third rounds at Genzon Golf Club in his 200th European Tour event, and scrambled to a one-under-par 71 on Sunday to force a playoff with Fleetwood, who carded a tournament-best 63 to set the clubhouse target at 16-under.

Returning to the 18th tee in pouring rain, Wiesberger saw his blocked drive finish on a downward lie on the bank of Dragon Lake before the 1.88-metre Austrian nailed a nine-iron from 152 metres to five feet, coolly converting after Fleetwood missed a long birdie putt.

"I'm glad to have that fourth win. I'm just really happy with the way it's turned out," said Wiesberger, who won two European Tour titles in 2012 and added the Open de France in 2015.

"Tommy has had a great day and I'm just grateful to make that one shot in the playoff when I needed to. I'm feeling a bit relieved. I've had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months so it's really nice to have a trophy now."

The World Number 43 - who is set to move inside the top 30 - started the day at 15-under, three ahead of South African Dylan Frittelli. Birdies at three and seven either side of a bogey at five put him 16-under, where he remained following 11 straight pars. 

After six players drew within a stroke of him throughout the round, Wiesberger shared the lead with Fleetwood, England's Ross Fisher and South Africa's George Coetzee after all three birdied 17, before the latter pair dropped shots at 18. Fisher (68) and France's Gregory Bourdy (67) tied for third at 15-under.

Wiesberger said a 30-foot par putt at 12 and another pressure-packed putt on 17 were key during a day that became harder as the round went on and rain started to fall.

"The further you go on, the more you see the guys catching up and the harder it is. It was a good battle with great players chasing after me," said Wiesberger, who has now won three times in Asia, having won a European Tour title in South Korea in 2012 and an Asian Tour event in Indonesia the following year.

"I knew it was going to be hard and that I'd have to shoot well under par to win outright because the guys behind me were all playing well. I wasn't expecting anything less. They were throwing a lot at me and all I could do was make pars. At the end of the day, I'm just glad I got in a spot where I could play for the title."

Wiesberger has been one of Europe's leading players for the past two seasons, finishing ninth on the Race to Dubai in 2015 and 2016, and finished in the top-five in seven of his previous 14 European Tour events.

Aside from four wins, he has eight runner-up finishes on the European Tour, including six in the past three seasons.

"I'm just relieved. I wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I'm up for it and I did. I then scrapped around a little bit with a couple of near misses, which could have got to me, but I stayed calm," Wiesberger said.

"I played on decently and had big saves on 12 and 17. I didn't get a lot of breaks out there and two plugged balls on 12 and 13 really didn't help me much. I felt like I had a tough time holing putts and getting something moving again after so many holes."

Wiesberger is the third tournament debutant and first European to win the Shenzhen International, following triumphs by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Korean Soomin Lee.

Fleetwood, 26, was left to rue another near miss after finishing runner-up at the 2014 Volvo China Open at Genzon and third at the first Shenzhen International in 2015. However, the World Number 33, the field's second-ranked player behind Bubba Watson, was delighted to post seven birdies and an eagle to force a playoff.

"I've played well all week, but I was really disappointed - it was stressing me out, actually - that I couldn't really get anything in the hole, especially in the second round when I played almost as good as I could and didn't get anything out of it.

"Today, just a few putts went in and I just kept it going all the way through. It was a good time to shoot a 63."

Frittelli (70), Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (65) and American David Lipsky (69) shared fifth on 14-under, one ahead of Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee (66), Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (67) and France's Alex Levy (69), the 2014 Volvo China Open champion.

William Liu Yanwei, 19, carded a 70 to share 11th place at 12-under and lead the 10 Chinese that made the cut, while two-time Masters Tournament champion Watson, the star draw for a third year, fell back to eight-under after a 74 featuring double bogeys on 13 and 15.

This week's 156-man field featured 54 Chinese players, matching the European Tour record set by the inaugural Shenzhen International two years ago.

The tournament was played over Genzon's A Course, where holes two and three play around a small lake, while the final six holes play alongside or over Dragon Lake in the centre of the 36-hole complex. Holes 15, 16 and 17 involve an island in the middle of Dragon Lake, with the par-five 17th requiring trips across two bridges.

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Rhino Baseball Does It Right As Future Stars Series Great Lakes Regional Director Program

Greg Blaesing of Future Stars Series Great Lakes Regional Director Program, Rhino Baseball, shared how the organization has quickly and effectively grown to become one of the premier programs in both Illinois and Wisconsin during a recent interview with veteran sports writer Mike Ashmore.

Now in their fifth season of existence, Rhino Baseball has quickly and effectively grown to become one of the premier programs in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

“We started in 2012, myself and a couple of the other coaches had come from another program that was just not really going the direction that we felt was best,” recalled Greg Blaesing, who is Rhino Baseball’s general manager, director of player development and a coach.

“After one year we met a guy at a tournament, Andy Zwirchitz, who played ball with (Program 15 and New Balance Future Stars Series CEO Jeremy Booth) in the Atlantic League. That’s how we found out about Program 15, it was through ‘Squeeze.’ Then (former Atlantic League pitcher) Randi Mallard knew JB, and that’s how this all started. After a year in Illinois, we opened up Rhino Baseball Wisconsin and Squeeze and Mallard have been there the whole time and done a great job. We have ten teams in Wisconsin and 28 teams in Illinois.”

Rhino Baseball is closing in on 100 college commits, and should reach that number by the start of next season.

“We don’t train other teams or other programs, our facilities are private – so at the end of the day, it’s for us and all we care about is their development and seeing our seniors having a place to go and play post-high school,” Blaesing said. “That’s what we’re the most proud of, seeing guys get out of travel baseball what they want, which is an opportunity to play at the next level and at the highest level they possibly can.”

Especially in Illinois, the travel baseball world is extremely competitive, with Blaesing estimating there are 50 12-year-old teams within a ten-mile radius of his facility. But it seems that after doing the research, parents are choosing Rhino Baseball.

“There’s a lot of good travel programs out there, but I think we have the players best interests at heart,” Blaesing said.

“We offer training year-round to our players, everything is included and it’ll handle all parts of their game. All of our guys are guys who played collegiately or professionally; great staff and guys that care about the kids first and foremost. Nobody’s trophy hunting, they know we focus on development and that’s it; development, then get them off to college. Some of the perks are we offer strength, speed and agility (training), so they get that from a former player who does a great job. We do a lot of classroom sessions, mental training.

“That’s where I spend my time with these guys, player makeup and how important grades are and how there’s more to baseball than just the stat line. Be a good teammate, and how you can help your team win more even if you aren’t the most talented guy, understanding situations. Rhino Baseball is very private, we try to keep it like a country club where you can use the facility whenever you want, practice year-round, and you’ve always got that structure around you. Then you focus on the longer-term goals of making sure they’re good humans, great teammates and people who help their team win whether it’s baseball or when they get a job down the road. We want leaders in the community.”

Given that Program 15 is certainly focused on helping to create the next generation of the game both on and off the field, combining forces was an easy choice for Blaesing and Booth to make.

“Partnering with New Balance, you’re getting great products at affordable rates, which is nice for families,” Blaesing said.

“For a guy that runs a program, I can tell you it’s great having that staff of guys that have played at the highest level and were successful. I can pick up the phone and call and ask for advice on how to handle certain players or what they would recommend that we do so we can give each player the best experience and maximize their development. The combines, we ran a high school combine at the end of January, and the feedback from the families was tremendous. The players were looked at from a non-biased source and could say, ‘Hey, this is what he’s good at and this what he needs to work at.’ They focused on character, too. That goes a long way. The world they live in, which is just, ‘showcase, showcase, showcase,’ and it’s how hard do you throw and how fast do you run, unfortunately that’s not really baseball. Baseball is so much more. Getting guys who understand that and are telling players that, it’s very refreshing for our players.”

Booth was more than happy to work with Blaesing and Rhino, given the mutual respect between the two sides.

“Greg and Rhino Baseball do things right; great baseball people with big hearts and forward thinkers who make sure they’re always doing what’s best for players,” Booth said.

“He mentions leaning on us, well we’ve leaned on him too. Squeeze, Randi, and I were together in Atlantic City. Those two guys were fun to be around. First day I got to AC, Randi says, “Hey you, new catcher. Come here.” I go to see him and he says, “Listen, I throw real hard and I’m not sure where it’s going. Just set up in the middle because it’s going to one way or the other and heavy.” I just looked at him and said, “OK, man.” But that type of baseball and self-understanding is what these guys do there. They just teach each individual player to know themselves and play their game within a team concept. Winning formula and translates to players moving on and up which is exactly what they’ve done.”

In addition, Blaesing is particularly excited about taking his Rhino Baseball teams down to Houston for Program 15’s national events.

“I can’t wait for those to get started,” he said. “I know teams are involved across the country, and it’s a lot of the top programs that have the right ideals as programs as far as why they’re doing this. When you’re playing against other teams like that, that’ll be a big opportunity as far as recruiting goes to get guys more opportunities than they currently have.”

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Sporting News Multi-Platform Content Series, SN50: NFL Draft Presented by Wrangler®, Counts Down the Top 10 Draft Prospects Starting Today

Sporting News and Optimum Scouting ranked the top overall 50 NFL Draft prospects regardless of position and are presenting the top 10 with a plaque recognizing their honor

April 24, 2017 – New York, United States – Sporting News, a property of Perform Media, and one of the most iconic sports media brands worldwide, today starts its countdown of the top 10 overall NFL Draft prospects as part of its SN50: NFL Draft platform.

Featuring analysis from Optimum Scouting, the multi-media experience features draft blurbs, video breakdowns, Instagram graphics and shorts, and lives on a responsively built digital hub. Sporting News and its advertising partner, Wrangler®, will also specifically honor the top 10 talents with co-branded plaques marking their designation as the future stars of this year’s draft class.

Sporting News, a property of Perform Media, and one of the most iconic sports media brands worldwide, today starts its countdown of the top 10 overall NFL Draft prospects as part of its SN50: NFL Draft platform. Featuring analysis from Optimum Scouting, the multi-media experience features draft blurbs, video breakdowns, Instagram graphics and shorts, and lives on a responsively built digital hub. Sporting News and its advertising partner, Wrangler®, will also specifically honor the top 10 talents with co-branded plaques marking their designation as the future stars of this year’s draft class.

Sporting News’ content partner, Optimum Scouting, has established itself as an authority on the NFL Draft with detailed scouting reports and draft guides dating back a decade, by advising professional clients and pro teams, and aiding underclassmen in their own draft declaration decisions.

For Sporting News and Perform Media, this is the latest installment of their SN50 franchise which has included previous years’ NFL Drafts, the top talents in MLB, Goal 50’s top worldwide soccer players, and NXGN – soccer’s 50 most promising talents. Sporting News’ focus on enhancing the multi-platform experience for consumers, leagues and advertisers comes as sports fans are increasingly shifting their sports content consumption to mobile devices and social platforms. Visual-laden graphics and analysis combined with snack-able, mobile-friendly written and produced content across owned-and-operated and social sites make for a comprehensive, multi-media experience.

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Benson Taylor
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btaylor@sportingnews.com

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