Future SMC Baseball Player Profiled By L.A. Times

When incoming right-handed pitcher Jonathan Buckley arrives on campus at Saint Mary’s next fall, he’ll bring with him a 6-foot-4 frame, a big fastball and plenty of potential as he joins the Gaels baseball team.

The senior at Ayala-Chino Hills will also bring his own unique story to Moraga. A standout on the mound for the Bulldogs, Buckley was recently profiled by longtime preps writer Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times. After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12, Buckley has had to learn to manage the condition to stay on the field. He’s done so with a little advice from one particular Major Leaguer, and the results have been impressive.

Buckley and the rest of the Gaels’ incoming recruiting class will head to Saint Mary’s in the fall to begin preparations for the 2016 campaign. In the meantime, head coach Eric Valenzuela’s squad begins the final 15-game stretch of the 2015 regular season on Friday when San Diego comes to Louis Guisto Field for the first of three games. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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SMC Rugby Hosts Utah In D1A Quarterfinals

The defending national champion Saint Mary’s rugby team will welcome Utah to Saint Mary’s Stadium this Saturday at 1 p.m. for a quarterfinal match in the USA Rugby D1A Playoffs.

The Gaels, currently ranked No. 2 in the Canterbury D1A Top 20, earned a first-round bye in this year’s playoffs so this weekend’s match will be their first in the postseason. Utah, which is ranked No. 6, played Cal Poly and defeated the Mustangs 31-26.

Last time out, Saint Mary’s defeated Santa Clara 96-0 to wrap up the regular season. The Gaels and Utes have played twice already this season, with SMC taking an 81-15 win in Moraga in January and Utah earning the 49-21 victory over a Gaels side missing several starters in Salt Lake City in March.

Admission for Saturday’s match is $5 and can be paid at the gate. If you can’t make it to campus on Saturday to see the match, there will a be live stream of all the action provided by Saint Mary’s Athletics beginning at 1 p.m. To watch the game, click here.

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WBK | Beck Making Strides For Gaels and New Zealand

Stella Beck of the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is being noticed both in the states and back home in New Zealand. Jeff Taylor (FIBA) recently wrote a brief update on the SMC standout.

Beck recently completed her freshman campaign for the Gaels, earning West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year honors. Beck led the WCC in field-goal percentage, shooting at a .550 clip, converting 99-of-180 field-goals.

For the year, Beck averaged 8.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg, scoring in double-figures in 14 of 33 games played. Beck had season highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Before making the move to Moraga, Beck made herself known in her hometown of Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The article discusses her experiences and the continuing rise of New Zealand hoops.

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Watch Delly & Patty in the NBA Playoffs

Former Saint Mary’s guards Matthew Dellavedova and Patrick Mills have opened play with their respective teams in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Delly & the Cleveland Cavaliers lead Boston 1-0 and play game 2 of the series tonight at 4 p.m. (Pacific) live on TNT.  Patty and the San Antonio Spurs dropped game 1 of its their series at the Los Angeles Clippers.  Game 2 is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. live on TNT.

Visit NBA.com for complete playoff information.

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Rawls named to USL Team of the Week

Former Saint Mary’s goalkeeper Andre Rawls is going to think this professional soccer stuff is going to be easy.  The San Ramon native made his first appearance for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the United Soccer League last weekend and ended-up earning a spot on the league’s honorary Team of the Week.

He made 10 saves to lead his team to victory on the road at New York Red Bulls II in his professional debut.

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O’Leary’s Spanish side earns spot in Eurocup finals

Former Saint Mary’s men’s basketball standout Ian O’Leary and his Herbalife Gran Canaria side have advanced to the championship final of the 2015 Eurocup after defeating Unics Kazan in a 2-game semifinal series.

Gran Canaria will face Khimki Moscow after the Russian team defeated Banvit Bandirma, which features another prominent Gael in guard E.J. Rowland, in its semifinal series.

The finals are scheduled for April 24 & 29 with the overall cumulative score from the home-away format series determining the winner.

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Holt ready to Charge into D-League playoffs

Former Saint Mary’s guard Stephen Holt and the Canton Charge face Sioux Falls in the quarterfinals of the NBA D-League Playoffs tomorrow at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPNU.  The winner of the best-of-three series will play the winner of the Maine Red Claws vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The Charge concluded the regular season with a 31-19 overall record and finished four games behind Atlantic Division champions Maine in the Eastern Conference standings.  The win total was the most in franchise history.

Holt, a native of Portland, Ore., started 44 of 49 appearances and averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.  He shot .804 from the free throw line and was second on the team in steals with 1.35 per game.

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