Trio of Gaels traveling to China as part of NBL team

Former Saint Mary’s men’s basketball standouts Daniel Kickert, Clint Steindl and Lucas Walker are members of a NBL All Australian team that will play the Chinese National Team this week in a three-game series.

The games will take place starting on May 6 in the city of Nanning followed by games in Guangzhou on the 8th and Beijing on the 10th.  Each game will be televised live in Australia on FOX SPORTS.

Kickert signed last month to play for Brisbane Bullets, which is coached by Andrej Lemanis, who’ll guide the All Australian team in China as well as the Australian Boomers at this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.  Steindl and Walker play for Adelaide 36ers.

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Levesque to lead Spanish side into league playoff final

Former Saint Mary’s forward Beau Levesque and his Spanish second division team, Saénz Horeca Araberri, face Carrefour Boulevard de Ávila in a best-of-5 series that will determine the Liga LEB Plata champion and promotion to Spain’s top division next season.

The series begins Friday with Araberri hosting the second game on Sunday.  The next two games will be at Ávila.  A fifth game, if necessary, would be at Araberri.

Araberri defeated CB Tarragona 3-1 in the playoff semifinals to earn a spot in the championship series.  Levesque averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game during the league season and is among the top 10 in the league in rebounds and assists.

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SMC rugby set to host national title games

Saint Marys Stadium will serve as the host site on Saturday (May 7) for the USA Rugby College 15s, which includes a DI-A title game between 2-time defending champion Saint Mary’s against Life University.  The two teams are meeting in the championship final for the fourth-straight year.

Tickets will be sold on the match day at the stadium and are priced at $15 for non-students and $10 for students (with current ID – Gael Force t-shirts encouraged!).  A limited number of mid-field, reserved chair back seats will be available for $20.

Women’s DII:  Davenport vs. Southern California – 9 a.m.
Men’s DI-AA: Notre Dame College vs. UC Davis – 11 a.m.
Women’s D1 Elite: BYU vs. Penn State – 1 p.m.
Men’s DI-A: Life University vs. Saint Mary’s – 3 p.m.
Women’s DI: UC Davis vs. Virginia – 5 p.m.

All five matches will be streamed live free of charge on The Rugby Channel.

There will be no charge for parking.  However, campus parking lots on May 7 will be impacted by a popular East Bay College Connection event taking place.

For directions to Saint Mary’s College, click here.

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WCC Baseball Tournament Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 2016 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship Tournament are now on sale. The tournament will take place on May 26-28 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif., home of the Class-A Advanced Stockton Ports of the California League. The tournament will pit the WCC’s top-four teams at regular season’s end in a double-elimination format to determine who earns the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

WCC Baseball Championship tickets are currently available at the Stockton Ports Box Office, over the phone at (209) 644-1900, and online at stocktonports.com. Tickets for the tournament start at $6 for students and seniors, $12 for MVP seating, and $15 for Club seating (available exclusively for Ports’ Season Ticket Holders).

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SMC hoops season tickets surpass 50 percent renewal rate

After watching the Gaels post a record-setting season that included a program high 29 wins and their third regular-season WCC title in six years, Saint Mary’s men’s basketball fans are already showing their excitement for next season.

More than 50 percent of the program’s season ticket holders have expressed their support by renewing their season tickets just a little more than a month after the team’s final game in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Gaels did not graduate a single player off last year’s team and are rated by most experts to enter next year in the national top 25.  In addition, Coach Randy Bennett’s side welcomes three talented freshmen who are expected to make a strong contribution to keeping the Gaels among the top programs in the country.

Until midnight tomorrow (Saturday), season ticket holders who renew their seats online will receive a discount off last year’s price for the same seats.  Between May 1 and June 30, prices will be frozen at last year’s rates.  After July 1, there will be a slight increase in season ticket prices.

In addition, deposits are being accepted for new season ticket sales at the same prices that area available to current ticket holders with the same deadlines.

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Men’s Soccer Jersey Day!

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Today marked the final practice of the spring season for the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team.  That meant one important thing – Jersey Day!

Every spring at the team’s final practice, the players and coaches wear the jersey of a team or organization of their choice.  Over the years, there have been a number of interesting choices.  This year, several professional, college, amateur and national teams were represented.

Back Row:  Chris Brown (Portland Timbers), Matthew Dremalas (Celtic), Evan Martinez (Mexico), Kai Howe (Japan), Remi Prieur (Toronto FC), Ben Braman (Washington Capitals), Andrew Konstantino (Diablo FC), Alex Braman (Manchester United), Max Mirner (Orlando City), Dakota Armour (Soccer.com – Gunshow FC?), Charlie Campbell (Germany).

Front Row:  Jose Navarro (Iowa Western), Kevin Hanan (Saint Mary’s – nice creativity, Kev), Michael Dingle (Manchester City), Jeremiah Michael (Manchester United), Ever De La Torre (Chivas USA), Stephen Dougherty (Manchester United), Lukas Isaacson (Club Leon), George Burrows (Manchester United).

Front & Center:  Rafael Sanchez (USA Women’s National Team)

The Gaels conclude their spring season tomorrow with a scrimmage at Sacramento State.  The team opens its home schedule in the fall against the University of Washington on Thursday, Sept. 1 in Saint Mary’s Stadium.

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SMC golfers to throw ceremonial 1st pitch

The West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary’s golf team will be honored prior to Friday’s San Francisco at SMC baseball game at Louis Guisto Field.  Members of the team will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 3 p.m. contest.

Friday’s game will be produced by TheW.tv and streamed live on SMCGaels.com with George Devine and Alex Jensen calling the action.

Come out and heckle… err support the SMC golf team and cheer the Gaels to another WCC victory!

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