FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Ella Manzer is the season’s first Hitter of the Week, while Stephen F. Austin’s Kassidy Wilbur is the season-opening Pitcher of the Week, the Southland Conference announced Tuesday. All Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Southeastern Louisiana opened its season hosting the 2019 Lion Classic I capturing four wins through six games. Manzer led the Lady Lions to a tournament championship following a 7-3 victory over Mississippi Valley State Sunday afternoon. SLU returns to the diamond Wednesday evening in Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech.Wilbur pushed the Ladyjacks to a 4-1 start to open their season, including a complete-game shutout over host and No. 24 Mississippi State at the 2019 Bulldog Kickoff Classic in her collegiate debut. The Ladyjacks claimed the tournament championship after their five-game showing. SFA returns to action at home Wednesday evening as it hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a 3 p.m. first pitch.Softball Hitter of the Week – Ella Manzer, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – Catcher – Alexandria, La.Manzer was the leading hitter for the Lady Lions, who won the season-opening Lion Classic I. Her highlights included a go-ahead two-run homer in an eventual 4-3 win over Southern Illinois and a 3-for-3 performance in a 7-3 win over Mississippi Valley State in the tournament finale. The sophomore recorded a .692 batting average to go along with a 1.077 slugging percentage. She was responsible for five runs and five RBI for the Lady Lions’ opening weekend of play, while registering a .765 on-base percentage.Honorable Mention: Amanda Gianelloni, Nicholls; Kaylyn Shepherd, Central Arkansas; Emily Wolfe, Stephen F. Austin; Justyce McClain, McNeese.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Bridge City, TexasWilbur opened her collegiate career with a 4-0 record over the weekend, including three complete game victories. The freshman also recorded a two-hit shutout at No. 24 Mississippi State. While not allowing an earned run in 22 innings of work on the rubber, Wilbur struck out 32 batters and walked just seven. She only gave up one extra-base hit. In her first start as a Division I softball player, Wilbur fanned 15 batters to set the program record for most strikeouts by a Ladyjack. The right-hander went the distance in SFA’s season-opening 6-2 win over Valparaiso, before tossing her second complete game and striking out six batters in the Ladyjacks’ 7-1 rout of Middle Tennessee. Wilbur appeared in one inning of relief and struck out a pair of batters as SFA won in walk-off fashion over Middle Tennessee (2-1) Saturday evening. She completed her first weekend by striking out the side in order during the bottom of the seventh to clinch the Ladyjacks’ 1-0 shutout of No. 24 Mississippi State, helping SFA capture the 2019 Bulldog Kickoff Classic.Honorable Mention: Bronte Rhoden, Northwestern State; Megan Landry, Nicholls; Kamryn Coleman, Central Arkansas; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
A young Letterkenny man has been jailed for a total of ten months following a crime spree which lasted three years.Paddy Sweeney appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a litany of offences including assault, trespassing, theft and domestic violence. The 20-year-old is currently serving a four-year jail sentence for assaulting and robbing a former postmaster on St Patrick’s Day in 2016.Ed Margey was punched and repeatedly battered from behind by Sweeney at College Farm Road in Letterkenny.Sweeney only stopped attacking Mr Margey when he threw a €50 note on the ground and then fled.Sweeney was taken from Castlerea Prison where he pleaded guilty to all charges before him.Judge Paul Kelly said the two “headline charges” were that of attacking two people outside their holiday home in the seaside village of Downings on August 3rd last.Sweeney had been drinking with friends when he set upon the man and the woman in an unprovoked attack.Both suffered serious injuries with the man hospitalised for four days for treatment to a broken nose, broken cheekbone and broken bones in his mouth.The court also heard how Sweeney had been drinking with a friend at the Oasis Bar in Letterkenny on February 10th last year.The man left the bar to go shopping but Sweeney attacked him, bit him in the ear and the beat him unconscious before robbing him.He told Gardai he didn’t recall the incident because he had been drinking so much.Judge Paul Kelly was given outlining details of several other charges including numerous charges of robbery of alcohol from shops as well as domestic violence and breaching barring orders from his mother’s house.Solicitor Donough Cleary told the court that Sweeney’s drinking and behaviour was so bad that his mother and father had been forced to turn him away from the family home.However, they were in court to show support for their son.Another solicitor, Rory O’Brien, also represented Sweeney on a number of his charges.He added that his client was trying to address his alcohol issues in jail and had completed two courses, one on addiction studies.“His mother says she has seen a noticeable difference in him. He wants to do carpentry but he has destroyed his formative years through alcohol.“He also wants to apologise to the victims, particularly of the robbery,” said Mr O’Brien.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Sweeney to a total of ten months in jail for the two serious assault charges and took the other charges into account.He also fined him a total of €300 for public order offences.Man jailed for ten months after 3 year crime spree was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultattackcourtGardailetterkennyPaddy Sweeney