Are you tired of playing the traditional sports like basketball, soccer, or tennis? Looking for a new way to exercise while competing in a competitive team sport? Netball could be the sport for you! Netball has been extremely popular in the British Commonwealth for over a hundred years, and has mainly been played as a women’s version of basketball. This seven on seven sport is played on a court very similar to basketball but has nets with no backboards. Only two players on each team have the ability to score and no contact is allowed after a player has possession. Dribbling is also outlawed which makes court spacing and constant movement a necessity! Each basket is worth one point and the team with the highest point total after 60 minutes is the winner.
Millions of spectators watched the 2015 Netball World Cup championship last Sunday in Sydney, Australia. The Final matched the home country with a very talented New Zealand squad. The Aussie’s avenged a loss in pool play to their rivals 58-55 to take their third straight World Cup. While netball doesn’t get much coverage in the United States it still has a following in places like New York where the United States of America Netball Association was created in 1992. While the International Netball Federation only recognizes women’s netball the sport is also widely played by men and coed teams are starting to pop up all over Australia.
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When you look at this year’s College World Series Super Regionals you’ll see a lot of the usual contenders. National Favorites like Miami, LSU, Florida, and Louisville are again playing this week for a chance at the CWS but none of these teams have won 19 straight games. The Missouri State Bears haven’t lost a game since April 25 and show no signs of slowing down. They swept their three regional games and will begin a best of 3 series with Arkansas on June 5th.
The Bears have only made it this far twice in school history but that doesn’t mean they should be looked at as underdogs. Even though Missouri State is playing in Fayetteville and has an overall record of 23-51 against the Razorbacks they still have the talent to beat their rivals to the south. For a Mid-Major school the Bears offer some big time talent including 4 players that received postseason All-America honors. Junior pitcher Matt Hall leads this group and is a major reason why the Bears pitching staff has an incredible 1.99 ERA over the win streak. Hall and fellow starter Jon Harris have combined to strike out 276 batters this season. In a short three game series having two shut down starters is a great recipe to get back to the CWS for the first time since 2003. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bears do against Arkansas and other national powers on the way to the finals!
When taking a look at this year’s Frozen Four participants one school looks a little out of place. Boston University started its Varsity Hockey program in 1918, and in 1926 and 1929, respectively, hockey programs started up at Providence College and the University of North Dakota. At the University of Nebraska Omaha the varsity hockey program is turning 18 years young this year. UNO might not have the pedigree of Providence who the Mavericks take on in the semi-finals but they have proven themselves over the last 6 seasons under Coach Dean Blais. Coach Blais came to the Mavericks after winning multiple national championships at college hockey powerhouse North Dakota.
Taking the Mavericks to their first Frozen Four is one of many steps to put UNO’s hockey team on the map. Next season Coach Blais will open the year in a brand new 7,500 seat arena to showcase how far the program has grown. The first step, though, is beating a talented Providence team who was only a game away from the Frozen Four last season. For the Mavericks to reach the championship on Saturday they will need a monster game from the nation’s best goalie Ryan Massa. Massa has an NCAA-best .939 save percentage and is backed by an outstanding defense. Can UNO bring home their first NCAA hockey championship or will they fade away on the big stage?