Thursday, August 17, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #135

Had my first Rufous Hummingbird ever -- and for the season of course -- today at the feeders. That makes five species at my feeders in just four months of working here. No pictures yet.

Some news -- Holly Riedel will be hosting a memorial party in honor of Roy Burney at her house on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. More details to follow, but if you have a story to tell, or just want to listen and enjoy the company of us Burneyphiles, then mark that date on your calendar.

We, meaning the Guadalupe Stage Quartet, will be officially doing our first-ever production at the Point Theatre in October. We have been tossing the idea around for over a year, and had settled on A Lion in Winter -- showcasing Holly and Roy -- as our premiere show, and had booked the October slot. However Roy's death has made it difficult to do that show, so we are opening with Lend Me A Tenor instead. That too has its memories as Holly, Roy and i were all in it the last time it showed at The Point, and was one of the last big-run sellouts there. But it's a fun show and we think a much more lively way to honor Roy for now. Holly is producing, i'm directing.

We also plan to put on a Spring show, as well as Lion next fall. In late Spring 2007, after the One-act play run, we will be trying our hand at The Octette Bridge Club, a show we don't think has ever played the greater Kerr Theatre Zone. We're in the process now of contacting potential cast members for that one.

All the proceeds from all of these shows will fund an endowed scholarship for an Ingram theatre student in Roy Burney's name. Donations can also be made to that fund. Contact me for information on how to make donations if you'd like. We'd much appreciate that . . .


The men's list from Soccer America:

North Carolina is Soccer America's pick to win the 2006 NCAA Division I title, which will be decided at the Men's College Cup Dec. 1-3 in St. Louis. First, the Heels will have to get out of the ACC, which has four teams ranked in the top six and seven teams ranked in the top 19. The NCAA tournament committee went one better and awarded the ACC a record eight spots in last year's tournament.

Soccer America Men's Top 25

TEAM (2005 RECORD)
1 North Carolina (17-4-3)
2 SMU (14-6-3)
3 Virginia (12-5-3)
4 Maryland (19-4-2)
5 UCLA (12-5-3)
6 Clemson (15-6-3)
7 Akron (18-1-4)
8 Connecticut (16-3-2)
9 South Florida (13-6-2)
10 Notre Dame (12-8-3)
11 Penn State (13-7-2)
12 UNC Greensboro (16-6-1)
13 Creighton (15-5-3)
14 Indiana (13-3-6)
15 Duke (12-5-3)
16 New Mexico (18-2-3)
17 San Francisco (11-6-4)
18 Wake Forest (13-8-2)
19 Virginia Tech (10-5-5)
20 California (14-4-3)
21 UC Santa Barbara (13-5-3)
22 Old Dominion (15-4-2)
23 Cal State Northridge (15-4-3)
24 Wisconsin-Milwaukee (14-5-4)
25 Saint Louis (9-5-5)

1. NORTH CAROLINA. (ACC)
Elmar Bolowich’s Tar Heels have all the tools. They have a game-breaker in Englishman Ben Hunter (13 goals in his first season of NCAA ball). They have goalkeeping in Justin Hughes (13 shutouts in 25 career starts). They have experience in seven seniors (among 10 returning starters). They have youth in one of the country’s best freshman classes (striker Billy Dworsky, an Alabaman who starred on the Dallas Texans’ vaunted U-18 team, and defender Eric Lichaj and winger Eddie Ababio, both U.S. U-17 residency graduates). But perhaps most important, the Heels have the missing link in midfield (St. John’s transfer Garry Lewis replaces fellow Floridian Dax McCarty, who signed with MLS’s FC Dallas). “He plays the same position, and he is an aggressive player,” says Bolowich of his new ball-winner.

2. SMU (Conference-USA)
The Mustangs started 2-4-2 before catching fire. The secret to their turnaround? Coach Schellas Hyndman, a stern taskmaster, took a gentler approach with his young team. "For us to find a way to be competing in the College Cup semifinals was spectacular for this team," says Hyndman, who returns eight starters. The key is the sophomore class with Paulo da Silva, who scored five of his eight goals in the NCAA Tournament, Bruno Guarda, Daniel Lopez and Ryan Mirsky. They’re joined by Brown transfer Scott Geppert (Ivy League Rookie of the Year). Also transferring is junior defender Ben Shuleva, who started all 21 games for quarterfinalist St. John’s. Hyndman has raised $650,000 for renovations to Westcott Field intended to ensure that the Mustangs play NCAA Tournament games at home.

3. VIRGINIA (ACC)
The Cavaliers have perhaps their best shot at capturing a national championship since winning four in a row under Bruce Arena (1991-94). German Yannick Reyering, an All-ACC pick as a freshman, and Adam Cristman combined for 21 goals in 2005. Juniors Nico Colaluca and Jeremy Barlow return in midfield, where they will be joined by freshman phenom Jonathan Villanueva. Watch out for defender Bakary Soumare, who is healthy after red-shirting as a freshman with a foot injury.


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