For Girls on Wrestling Mat, an Uphill Struggle to Compete – NYTimes.com

For Girls on Wrestling Mat, an Uphill Struggle to Compete – NYTimes.com

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Holding the narrowest of leads, Rachel Hale kept the boy subdued on his hands and knees, then on his belly. Both wrestlers were 103 pounds of leverage and intent. She hooked her leg tightly around his, flattening his hips toward the mat, trying to turn him on his back and pin his shoulders, careful not to let him score decisive points by escaping or reversing positions or pinning her.

Rachel Hale, top, won the 103-pound final at the Vermont high school championships Saturday, becoming the first girl to win a title in her state.

 

Both Rachel and Zak Hale won state championships Saturday.

The tiny gym was packed Saturday night, and the fans grew loud, as if the volume of their voices could hurry the clock toward history. Finally, the referee tapped Hale, a 15-year-old freshman, on the shoulder. She got to her feet and leapt jubilantly, and the referee raised her right arm.

By a gripping 10-9 decision, Hale became the first girl in Vermont and the third girl in the nation ever to win a state wrestling championship while competing against boys, according to the United States Girls Wrestling Association

Siegal wants to encourage girls who love baseball – USATODAY.com

Siegal wants to encourage girls who love baseball – USATODAY.com

PHOENIX (AP) — She’s not as nervous facing major league hitters the second time around. Justine Siegal just wants people to know that girls who love baseball can achieve their dreams and become involved in the game at the highest level….

Supermodel praises Plant City 13-year-old for Little League feats

Supermodel praises Plant City 13-year-old for Little League feats

PLANT CITY – Supermodel Niki Taylor visited City Hall this morning to deliver a $1,000 check from Reader’s Digest and to recognize Little League pitcher Chelsea Baker, who will be featured in the May issue.

Taylor presented the check to Mayor Dan Raulerson, who said the city will donate the cash to Little League. Raulerson praised Chelsea, who gained nationwide fame after pitching two perfect games in less than a year…

Hope for Cal baseball program? – sfgate.com

Hope for Cal baseball program? – sfgate.com

Though the program took a third strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a game it was losing, supporters of Cal baseball believe that the game isn’t over – not yet, not by a long shot.

‘There was a foul tip in there,’ said former Cal pitcher Doug Nickle, leading the effort to get the sport reinstated. ‘All we asked for is another pitch.’

By all accounts, they will get that pitch.

Nickle and his group will meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour and other university officials this week to discuss what needs to happen for Cal baseball to return.

‘Conversations between key people on campus and Cal baseball supporters are ongoing,’ UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. ‘Now we focus on the future and the possible reinstatement of Cal baseball if and when sufficient funds are raised to support the team’s expenses…

Justine Siegal Gets Chance to Throw Batting Practice for Indians – NYTimes.com

Justine Siegal Gets Chance to Throw Batting Practice for Indians – NYTimes.com

… What’s the scouting report on her?’ one minor league hitter joked before stepping into the batter’s box.

Indians Manager Manny Acta described her work as ‘pretty impressive.’

‘It was wonderful to have her pitch for us because she’s from Cleveland,’ Acta said. ‘I believe her dad and grandfather still have season tickets. It’s multigenerational. For her to do this with our ball club was very special.’

Raised in Cleveland, where she began playing baseball at 5, a young Siegal would lie in bed at night dreaming of a career in professional baseball, and of one day taking the field as a member of the Indians…

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All-girls baseball team aims for World Series and beyond -Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:29 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Mon Feb 21, 2011 By Sarah Higgins – Mywesttexas.com: Top Stories

All-girls baseball team aims for World Series and beyond -Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:29 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Mon Feb 21, 2011 By Sarah Higgins –  Mywesttexas.com: Top Stories

Though an all-girls baseball team suffered two losses at this weekend’s Midland Winter Blast tournament, each player left with a bigger, united dream still intact. Each wants to be the first female to make it to the big leagues.

The Dream Team, composed of 11 girls between the ages of 12 and 13 from across the U.S., defeated a boys team from Hobbs by 10-2 on Saturday, and subsequently lost 7-8 to the Diamond Kings from Odessa. On Sunday, the team lost 0-2 in the last inning on two RBIs after intentionally walking a player from Crossfire Baseball of Amarillo.

The team was formed after the girls had a chance to play together in a tournament last summer and has already made history by being the first all-girls baseball team to be invited to the USSSA World Series baseball tournament in July. Assistant coach Randall McCrackin said the team’s ultimate goal this year is to qualify for the USSSA Elite World Series, which consists of the top 32 baseball teams of each age group in the U.S.

‘The girls love to play baseball,’ McCrackin said. ‘They don’t want someone to throw them the ball slower or for the field to be smaller…’

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Justine Siegal becomes first woman to pitch batting practice to a major league team – CityNews, Toronto

Justine Siegal becomes first woman to pitch batting practice to a major league team – CityNews, Toronto

Justine Siegal became the first woman to pitch batting practice in a major league spring training camp when she threw to the Cleveland Indians…

Justine Siegal talks to the media after pitching for the Cleveland Indians on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. GETTY IMAGES/Norm Hall:

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Video: The Dream Team takes Midland Texas by Storm – CBS 7 – Your Eye on West Texas

Video: The Dream Team takes Midland Texas by Storm – CBS 7 – Your Eye on West Texas

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Archive: Play-by-play of the Dream Team 2011 from Midland, Texas – February 19-20, 2011, from their second qualifying, USSSA tournament this season…

Dream Team 2011 Post Pool Play USSSA Midland Winter Blast 2 19 2011

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The Dream Team staff will provide each play on-site direct from the USSSA facility in Midland, Texas, during each game, using ESPN-sponsored iScore mobile application software from the iScoreCast web portal:

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The Dream Team 2011 – Girls Baseball Team Honoring Christina Taylor Green – Playing baseball tournaments against all-boys teams

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Punching through a wall into an alternate Universe – what happened in Las Vegas CANNOT stay in Las Vegas

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Made in the USA – A New, All-Girl Baseball Team Web Page Announcement: The Dream Team 2011

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Follow the play-by-play as the Dream Team 2011 head to Midland, Texas beginning on February 19, 2011, for their second qualifying, USSSA tournament this season…

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Editorial: True Grit and Title IX – Thanks to Title IX, if budget cuts must be made in sports departments at schools, equality doesn’t go first – February 17, 2011 – The New York Times

Opinion: True Grit and Title IX – Thanks to Title IX, if budget cuts must be made in sports departments at schools, equality doesn’t go first.

Last week, the University of California at Berkeley announced that it will restore three varsity teams it eliminated last fall: women’s gymnastics and lacrosse and men’s rugby. It will not, however, restore men’s baseball and gymnastics. This Solomonic solution would very likely have been worse without Title IX, the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education…

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“…failure is impossible…” Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony! Born, February 15, 1820 – nwhp.org

Celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday by Penny Colman

February 15th is the day to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony who was born on that date in 1820. That prompted me to think about some of her birthday celebrations that I wrote about in my forthcoming book Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World.

In 1870, her fiftieth birthday, a group of her friends held a festive affair at the Woman’s Bureau in New York City. Hundreds of admirers attended, despite a heavy downpour. Dressed in a red and black dress of “changeable” silk (a cloth with the horizontal threads dyed one color and the vertical dyed in another), Susan was honored with gifts, and speeches.

In 1890, her seventieth birthday, two hundred women and men feted her at a grand banquet in Washington, DC. The dining room at the Riggs House was festooned with tropical flowers, foliage, and American flags. Gifts were piled high on a table. Seventy pink carnations were presented to her. Toasts were made. Poems, telegrams, cablegrams, and letters were read. Elizabeth Cady Stanton gave the main address on the friendship of women:

“If there is one part of my life which gives me more intense satisfaction than another, it is my friendship . . . with Susan B. Anthony.” In response, Susan said, “I never could have done my work if I had not had this woma n at my right hand.”

In 1900, her eightieth birthday, another gala event was held in Washington, DC. Her old friend John Hutchinson, who had been singing protest songs for fifty years, sang. Frederick Douglass’s grandson Joseph played a violin solo. Coralie Franklin Cook, a professor at HowardUniversity and founder of the Colored Women’s League, spoke, as did representatives from the suffrage states. Eighty children, one by one, laid a single rose on her lap.

Susan B. Anthony’s last birthday celebration was held in 1906 in Washington, DC, a few days after the annual meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Convention. When a letter was read from President Theodore Roosevelt congratulating her on her eighty-sixth birthday, she exclaimed, “I would rather have President Roosevelt say one word to Congress in favor of amending the Constitution to give women the suffrage than to praise me endlessly!” Addressing the gathering, Susan said, “There have been others also just as true and devoted to the cause-I wish I could name every one-but with such women consecrating lives-failure is impossible.”

Those words-“failure is impossible”-were the last words Susan B. Anthony spoke in public. On March 13, 1906, she died at home in Rochester, New York. Today her home is a National Historic Landmark where her birthday is celebrated every year. Celebrate her birthday with an on-line tour of her home. http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/visit-us/onlinetours.php.

Acclaimed author, Penny Colman, can be contacted at www.pennycolman.com

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Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics – By Jack Wang, Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer – Monday, February 14, 2011 – dailycal.org

Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics – By Jack Wang, Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer – Monday, February 14, 2011 – dailycal.org

David Esquer has his realtor on speed dial. The Cal baseball coach was half-joking, trying to lighten up the gravest news the program has ever faced, but it’s clear he’ll have to start looking elsewhere.

When the campus announced the reinstatement of rugby, lacrosse and women’s gymnastics last Friday, it conversely sealed the elimination of baseball and men’s gymnastics. The news was a surprise in at least one way: Teams had been under the impression that the possibility of saving themselves was an all-or-nothing proposition…

Cal second baseman Tony Renda talks about UC Berkeley’s decision regarding the athletic cuts.

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Celebrate the 90th anniversary of women in the United States winning the vote and the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project

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Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain – By Tom FitzGerald – sfgate.com

Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain

Jill Costello, the coxswain for the Cal women’s crew, died at UCSF Medical Center on Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer during which she helped take the Bears close to a national championship. She was 22.

Ms. Costello, who attended St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced form of the disease, shortly after the 2009 season ended. Despite 20 rounds of chemotherapy and 14 radiation treatments, she continued to compete on Cal’s top boat – its varsity 8 – which placed fourth in the NCAA Championships on May 30 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento…

Support the bipartisan High School Sports Collection Act – Write Your Elected Officials Today! – Celebrating Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 3, 2010

Support the bipartisan High School Sports Collection Act – Write Your Elected Officials Today! – Celebrating Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 3, 2010

Contact Policymakers – Write Your Elected Officials Today!

From the Women’s Sports Foundation Web site:

We need your help. In addition to working with parents and athletes every day in the “trenches’ to ensure schools are complying with Title IX, the battle also continues in Congress to ensure Title IX remains strong and effective. The most powerful message to a legislator comes from the constituents they serve—you. Help us send a message to Congress to support legislation to level the playing field for girls and women.

Click, here, to send your personal message from the Women’s Sports Foundation web site.

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Aussie Hearts Win 1st Place – Phoenix Cup 2010 – Hong Kong International Women’s Baseball Tournament – February 06-09, 2010 – Sai Tso Wan Baseball Field and Lion Rock Park Baseball Field – Hong Kong Baseball Association

Phoenix Cup 2010 – Hong Kong International Women’s Baseball Tournament – February 06-09, 2010 – Sai Tso Wan Baseball Field and Lion Rock Park Baseball Field

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Phoenix Cup 2010 Dual Squad – North America and China Long Zhu – Players and Info

About the North American Liberty Belles:

The North American Liberty Belles is a women’s baseball tournament team that includes players from the United States and Canada. Its players participate in various women’s baseball leagues and women’s baseball teams in North America, including other women’s baseball tournament teams. Some of its members also play in men’s baseball leagues and in men’s/coed baseball competitions. The varying levels of experience of the Belles include youth baseball and softball, high school baseball and softball, adult recreational and elite level baseball and softball, collegiate baseball, collegiate softball, professional softball, and women’s national team baseball. Some of the players also have coaching and instructing experience in baseball and softball, and some are women’s baseball organizers and promoters. The North American Liberty Belles originally was created for the 2009 Hong Kong Phoenix Cup Women’s International Baseball Tournament and continues to play as a tournament team in other competitions in addition to the annual Hong Kong Phoenix Cups. This year, we are glad to have the girls from the Shenzhen Lung Zhu High School join us in the tournament.

深圳市南山区龙珠中学简介:
龙珠中学是2006年成立的一所公办初级中学,位于深圳市南山区塘朗山脚下,环境优美。学校有一座深圳市唯一具有国际标准的棒球场。棒球,垒球是学校的特色项目,建校一始,学校就成立了女子垒球队,每年都会参加全国比赛,并取得了不错的成绩。学校垒球队2009年参加广东省青少年垒球比赛荣获第三名。

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About the China Long Zhu Players:

Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Pearl School Description:
Pearl School was established in 2006 to do a public junior high schools, located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen Tong Lang foot of the mountains and beautiful environment. Shenzhen, only one school of international standard baseball stadium. Baseball, softball is the features of the school project, only one school, the school set up a women’s softball team each year to participate in national competitions, and have achieved good results. School softball team in 2009 to participate in youth softball games, Guangdong Province, won the third place

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Preliminary notes from Shawna Macurio, Principal, North American Liberty Belles:

There are 6 of us from the States and Canada going (5 of our core Belles players and a gal from the D.C. Thunder). We will combine with 6 gals from the Long Zhu school in Shenzhen, which is next to Hong Kong in mainland China. They play both fastpitch and baseball and have been training almost everyday for the past 2 years. We will have 2 of our coaches there (Rocky Ostrom and Philipe Yan), and Long Zhu will also have 2 coaches there.

I heard there will be 7 teams there counting us. There will be 2 from Korea this year…