GILES NAMED CLOSER
July 28, 2015
Former Roughrider baseball pitcher Ken Giles was named the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies after the organization traded Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals. In his first save opportunity, Giles retired 3 of 4 batters in the ninth inning in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Giles pitched for the Roughriders in the 2011 season.
FORMER ROUGHRIDER ALAN GORDON CALLED UP TO NATIONAL TEAM
July 15, 2015
Los Angeles Galaxy forward and former Yavapai College All-American Alan Gordon has been called up to the United States Men’s National Team roster by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Gordon, who replaces Jozy Altidore, will join ahead of a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, July 18. Per tournament regulations, teams had the opportunity to make up to six changes to the roster in the 24 hours following the completion of the group phase.
Gordon (Yavapai 2000, 2001) will depart following the Galaxy’s U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal game against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday, July 14.
The former Yavapai great and NJCAA Hall of Famer made his first and only appearance for his country in 2012 as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying match when he provided the game-winning assist to Eddie Johnson. Gordon was also called up for the 2013 Gold Cup after the USMNT advanced to the group stage. This season for the Galaxy, Gordon has made 20 appearances recording four goals including two game-winning goals. Since re-joining the Galaxy last season, he has recorded nine goals in 34 MLS appearances.
The United States will play on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. PT at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Should the USMNT advance, they would play the semifinal match Wednesday, July 22 for a chance to appear in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, July 26.
The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal which features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia). With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup.
United States Gold Cup Schedule
· July 18: Quarterfinal, Baltimore (FOX, Univision)
· July 22*: Semifinal, Atlanta (FOX Sports 1, Univision)
· July 26*: Final, Philadelphia (FOX Sports 1, Univision)
Cougill Named ABCA/Diamond Western Regional Coach of the Year
July 8, 2015
Roughrider baseball head coach Ryan Cougill was named as the ABCA/Diamond Western Region Coach of the Year for NJCAA DI. Cougill earned the honor after leading the Roughriders to 45-18 record and a trip to the NJCAA World Series. Along the way the team also won the Region 1 and Western District Championships.
2015 was Coach Cougill’s 3rd as head coach and 8th overall at Yavapai College. At the conclusion of the season the team saw impressive results in the MLB draft, with 7 of Cougill’s current or former Roughriders selected. Four Roughriders from the 2015 squad were drafted (the most of any NJCAA program), as well as three former Riders’ from the ’13-’14 squads.
Willie Calhoun – 4th round to the Dodgers
Chance Adams – 5th round to the Yankees
Drew Turbin – 12th round to the Orioles
Chandler Eden – 17th round to the Blue Jays
Luke Doyle – 20th round to the Cardinals
Alexis Olmeda – 21st round to the Diamondbacks
Tim Arakawa – 23rd round to the Angels
Volleyball Donates $3,580.53 to YRMC
June 24, 2015
Yavapai and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Volleyball teams combined their efforts in the “Crosstown Battle Against Breast Cancer” to raise $3,580.53. Today this money was donated to the Breast Cancer Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott Valley. Seen below are representative from both teams and athletic departments presenting the donation to several staff members of YRMC in Prescott Valley.
The funds were raised through T shirt sales and sponsorship donations. Barrett Propane, Marriott Hotels, and Warbirds Screenprinting have been generous sponsors since the “Battle” began 2 years ago. The 2015 “Battle Against Breast Cancer” will be held at Yavapai College on Friday September 25th at 7:00 pm. The admission fee for the match will be waived and the event will be free of charge. Fans are asked to donate the usual admission fee ($3) to the funds being collected for the donation to the Breast Cancer Center at YRMC. A special event during intermission will honor breast cancer survivors and T shirts will be available for purchase at the event and from both volleyball teams starting August 8th.
Roughriders Represent In 2015 MLB Draft
June 11, 2015
Roughriders well represented in the MLB Draft:
Willie Calhoun - LA Dodgers
Chance Adams - NY Yankees
Drew Turbin - Baltimore Orioles
Chandler Eden - Toronto Blue Jays
Luke Doyle - St. Louis Cardinals
Alexis Olmeda - AZ Diamondbacks
Tim Arakawa - Los Angeles Angels
Josh Anderson - AZ Diamondbacks