Delly makes SMC Basketball Camp appearance

DellavedovaKids attending Saint Mary’s Basketball Camp received a rare treat today as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova made a special appearance.

A-IWillThe former West Coast Conference Player of the Year and SMC’s all-time leading scorer talked to the campers about his experience in the NBA and, more specifically, about last month’s NBA Finals.

Delly spoke for about five minutes then answered questions for about 20 minutes before signing autographs and taking photos with campers.

Watch the full video on SMCGaels.com.

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Aussies advance to quarterfinals at FIBA U19 World Championships

The Australian U19 National Team, which includes three incoming Saint Mary’s freshmen, has advanced to the quarterfinals at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece after racing past Tunisia 93-64 today in the final game of group play.

The Emus finished third in Group C and will play Serbia, which finished second in Group D, tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at Heraklion (Greece) University Hall.

Australia dropped tightly-contested decisions to Canada (71-74) and Italy (67-69) in its first two games before rebounding with today’s victory.

Guard Tanner Krebs, forward Kyle Clark and center Jordan Hunter will each attend SMC in the fall.  The Aussies are coached by former SMC player and assistant coach Adam Caporn.

Each game of the quarterfinal, semifinal, 3rd place and championship rounds will be streamed live by clicking here.

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Burnes Making A Mark In Cape Cod League

Last summer, Saint Mary’s pitcher Corbin Burnes made a name for himself on the national stage when he was named a top-10 prospect in the Hamptons League by Perfect Game USA. That set the stage for a big sophomore season in Moraga as the right-hander went 7-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 89 innings.

This year, Burnes is at it again and this time he’s making a splash in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Playing for the first-place Orleans Firebirds, SMC’s soon-to-be junior earned some high praise from D1Baseball.com’s Frankie Piliere (subscription required), who described Burnes as “clearly one of the highest upside arms on the Cape this summer.” The Bakersfield, Calif. native owns a 2-1 record and 3.18 ERA in four appearances for Orleans through Monday’s games.

Burnes also did a quick interview for the Firebirds’ website in which he talks about his goals for the summer. Check it out below.

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SMC Baseball Signees Earn Awards

Awards season for spring sports is nearing its end and several members of the incoming Saint Mary’s baseball class have some new hardware to add to the trophy case before heading to Moraga in the fall.

Right-handed pitcher Tim Holdgrafer enjoyed another standout season for La Jolla High School and that impressive campaign earned him one of the more prestigious awards in California high school baseball as he was named San Diego-area player of the year by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Holdgrafer went 9-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 59 innings and, when he wasn’t pitching, hit .465 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 15 doubles.

A little further north, Buchanan-Clovis right-hander Conner Loeprich was named co-outstanding pitcher of the year by the Fresno Bee after leading the Bears to the Central Section Division I championship. Loeprich went 9-0 with a 1.22 ERA to cap a high school career in which he went 25-6 on the mound.

Left-hander Ty Madrigal added to the list of award-winning future Gaels as he shared Sacramento Bee Player of the Year honors with his twin brother, Nick. The Elk Grove High senior played right field and served as the team’s ace on the mound as he went 10-3 to lead the Thundering Herd to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. He also hit .320 with seven doubles and 14 RBI.

Finally, a pair of incoming players a little closer to Moraga added all-league honors to their list of achievements. Monte Vista High-Danville shortstop Charles Zaloumis was named first team all-East Bay Athletic League while Saint Francis-Mountain View shortstop Conor Thane earned second team all-West Catholic Athletic League.

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Steindl, Walker Sign New NBL Contracts

Two former Saint Mary’s men’s basketball players continue to thrive professionally in their home country with the recent news that Clint Steindl has re-signed with the Townsville Crocodiles and Lucas Walker has inked a deal with the Adelaide 36ers ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Steindl and Walker are familiar names in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), with Steindl returning to the Crocodiles after joining the team last year and Walker making the jump to Adelaide after playing for the Melbourne Tigers last year. Steindl averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for Townsville last year while Walker averaged 7.5 points and 5.1 rebounds for Melbourne.

Both Townsville and Adelaide have already well-established Saint Mary’s ties. Steindl will be one of three former Gaels suiting up in Townsville this year as he’ll be joined by new signee Mitchell Young as well as Kate Gaze, who continues her career as a member of the Townsville Fire in the WNBL. In Adelaide, Walker joins a 36ers squad that current SMC associate head coach Marty Clarke coached for three seasons before coming to Moraga.

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Agosta Named California League Pitcher Of The Week

Former Saint Mary’s pitcher Martin Agosta continues to develop his game at Single-A San Jose this season and the right-hander earned a little recognition on Monday as he was named California League Pitcher of the Week by MILB.com for his performance against Inland Empire last week.

Agosta has pitched both as a starter and reliever this year for the San Francisco Giants’ affiliate but he got the ball to start the game last Friday and took advantage of the chance. The Sacramento, Calif. native worked seven scoreless innings, allowed one hit, one walk and struck out a season-high nine. The high strikeout total isn’t a new phenomenon, as the former SMC star is averaging 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Check out a clip of Agosta’s performance below, courtesy of MILB.com.

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Barraclough And Wisdom Making News In Springfield

Just a few weeks after earning a promotion to Double-A Springfield, former Saint Mary’s pitcher Kyle Barraclough added another impressive line to his resume when he was named a Texas League All-Star last week.

The right-hander has found a home in the bullpen, and his promotion to Double-A came on the heels of a tremendous start to the season at High-A Palm Beach. In 24 appearances this season between both Single and Double-A, Barraclough carries a 2-0 record with eight saves and a 0.60 ERA. In Springfield, he owns the same 0.60 ERA in 13 appearances and has four saves. Double-A hitters are batting just .154 against him and Barraclough has allowed a grand total of one run in 15 innings pitched.

Barraclough’s teammate in Springfield is also a name well known to Gaels fans. Infielder and fellow former SMC star Patrick Wisdom has caught fire lately, hitting safely in six of his last seven games entering Monday’s game against Tulsa, and was recently profiled in a feature by MILB.com.

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