Former Saint Mary’s golfer Matt Ginella, Golf Channel reporter and “travel insider,” recorded his first career hole-in-one recently on the Ocean Links course at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida.
He sank a 7-iron tee shot on the 156-yard 15th hole. And, as evidenced by a photo on his Instagram page, he was reppin’ the Gaels during the round with his Saint Mary’s golf bag!
Saint Mary’s baseball fans know Davis Strong and DonAndre Clark as elite defenders who have made their share of spectacular plays in the Louis Guisto Field outfield.
On Friday, both put those skills on display with catches that earned plenty of notice on social media. Strong, who will return to Moraga in a few weeks for his senior season, made his mark as a member of the Bristol Blues in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, ranging far into right-center field and going full extension to rob the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of a sure extra-base hit.
Clark entered the fray with his own amazing grab for the Lexington Legends, a class-A affiliate of the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals. Playing left field, Clark raced into the gap and also had to lay out, taking a hit away from the Rome Braves. The former Gael speedster is in his first full season of professional baseball after earning All-West Coast Conference first team honors as a junior at SMC in 2014.
The great plays capped a day in which Saint Mary’s had already earned a little notice in the professional ranks. Former Gaels pitcher Kyle Barraclough, who was recently named a Texas League All-Star, was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Miami Marlins in exchange for major-league reliever Steve Cishek. Barraclough has had a breakout year in 2015, and takes a 3-0 record, 12 saves and a 2.27 ERA (combined at two minor league levels) with him to Double-A Jacksonville.
Devyn Galland of the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team was featured in a recent “Google Hangout” as part of the West Coast Conference summer package. Galland was interviewed by the WCC’s Amanda Blackwell.
Galland is entering her junior season with the Gaels in 2015-16. The Spokane native answered some fun and tough questions as she enjoys her summer at home.
Former Saint Mary’s guard Paul McCoy represented American Samoa at the 2015 Pacific Games recently in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. According to tournament scoresheets, the Portland, Ore. native averaged 16.5 points per game (including outbursts of 22 and 32 points in the final two games), but his side were able to manage just one victory in six games at the event.
Guam, featuring former Utah State forward Tai Wesley, earned the gold medal with a 78-61 win over Fiji in the final.
Saint Mary’s outfielder/pitcher Anthony Gonsolin continues to impress as a member of the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League and his standout summer earned him a spot in his hometown newspaper as the Vacaville, Calif. native was profiled today by Matt Miller of the Vacaville Reporter.
Gonsolin will compete in the Northwoods League All-Star game tonight as well as the league’s Home Run Challenge at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He is one of the league leaders when it comes to the long ball, with 10 home runs to go along with a .309 average, 56 hits, 39 runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
And, Gonsolin won’t be the only Gael looking to launch a few home runs before the All-Star game gets started. Catcher Nate Nolan, who is playing for the Thunder Bay Border Cats this summer, will also compete in the Home Run Challenge. Nolan led Saint Mary’s in home runs in 2014 and has four for the Border Cats so far this summer.
Former West Coast Conference Player of the Year Mickey McConnell and the Phoenix Suns will face the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 6 p.m. (PT) in the championship game of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas.
The game will be televised live on NBA TV and live online coverage is available by clicking here.
In last night’s semifinals, the Suns defeated New Orleans 93-87 to earn a spot in the final. The Spurs defeated former Saint Mary’s guard Stephen Holt and the Hawks 75-68 to earn the other title game spot.
Against the Pelicans McConnell was a perfect 2-for-2 from the field in 25 minutes of play with a team-high five assists and he posted the team’s second-highest plus-minus at an impressive +15 while he was on the floor.
In six Summer League games, the former Saint Mary’s guard averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting an incredible .733 (11-for-15) from the field and .833 (5-for-6) from behind the 3-point arc. He averaged 19.5 minutes per game.
In his six appearances, Holt averaged 7.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.0 minutes per game. He scored 17 points with 3 steals in a win over Denver.
Saint Mary’s women’s basketball star and WCC Newcomer of the Year Stella Beck has earned a spot as one of the 14 players to attend a preparation camp for the New Zealand Tall Ferns.
Beck is one of the youngest players on the team which ranges from collegiate players, players with Australian clubs and uncapped players.
The 14-player roster will be narrowed down to 12 near the end of the week. The Ferns leave on Saturday for the William Jones Cup in Taiwan July 27-31. Following the series with Japan on August 5-9, New Zealand will play in the FIBA Oceania Series vs. Australia with the winner earning a spot on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.