SaberCats Help Out During The Holidays

SaberCats Help Out During The Holidays

Dec. 22, 2010

In the spirit of the holiday season, the SaberCats organization volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank, Wednesday, December 22. Players in attendance included AFL Defensive Player of the Year DL Gabe Nyenhuis, WRDB Mike Brown, FB Chad Cook and DB Mervin Brookins along with SaberCats staff. The SaberCats helped sort and package food for Second Harvest Food Bank and Brookins was more than happy to help, coming from a similar background himself.Its great giving back to those who are less fortunate. Having a somewhat similar background, it always feels good to give back, especially for those who support us in what we do. Second Harvest Food Bank serves nearly 250,000 people a month from Daly City to Gilroy, providing over 45.5 million pounds of nutritious food to low income families in need this past fiscal year (July 2009-June 2010). Second Harvest collaborates with a network of 326 partner non-profit agencies operating at more than 700 different food distribution sites. Their partner agencies include shelters pantries, soup kitchens, childrens programs, senior meal sites and residential programs. Manager of Marketing Communications, Poppy Pembroke was very thankful to the SaberCats for their help and knows it will go a long way towards accomplishing Second Harvests ultimate goal. It was great to have the SaberCats come out, a local team coming out to support the local cause of ending hunger. It just means a lot that they come out and do this for us.Second Harvest receives nearly 300,000 hours of service, which is the equivalent of 143 full-time employees working at the food bank. SaberCats WRDB Mike Brown enjoyed his time at Second Harvest and was proud to donate his time to help out those in need. It was a great time today with Second Harvest Food Bank. They are very hospitable and its always a great thing to get out into the community.The ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion San Jose SaberCats open the 2011 season against the defending ArenaBowl champion Spokane Shock on March 11 as they return to the Arena Football League for their 15th season starting in 2011. The SaberCats began play in 1995, playing their home games at HP Pavilion. Fans and sponsors can go to or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to pre-register for ticket information. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.

Sharks conclude NHL draft with five more forwards in the system


Sharks conclude NHL draft with five more forwards in the system

CHICAGO – After nabbing a center in the first round on Friday, the Sharks added four more forwards and one defenseman to conclude the second day of the annual NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, held this year at United Center.

The Sharks weren’t explicitly trying to restock their forward cabinet, according to general manager Doug Wilson and scouting director Tim Burke, although the club did make two separate moves in surrendering some later round picks to move up in the fourth round (to take center Scott Reedy) and sixth round (to take left wing Sasha Chmelevski).

First, though, it was defenseman Mario Ferraro in the second round at 49th overall. The offensive defenseman was a player that the Sharks targeted, using the pick they acquired from New Jersey last Friday as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.

“He’s got a lot of speed, offensive guy, exciting,” Burke said. “Puck-moving type of guy.”

Wilson said: “We’re very pleased with the d-man. He’s a very dynamic, athletic guy, great skater. He was a guy that we moved up a little bit aggressively to get because that round, you could see people going after who they wanted. He is a guy that we identified.”

After moving up from the fifth round to the fourth round last Friday, again because of the Mueller trade, the Sharks jumped up 21 more spots in the fourth round by obtaining the Rangers pick at 102nd overall for the 123rd and 174th selections.

Center Scott Reedy is a player that Burke has high hopes for, projecting the Minnesota native as a “second line right winger [with] high-end potential.” Burke pointed out that Reedy, who is friends with first round pick Josh Norris, occasionally played on the same line with Norris for each of the last two seasons with the U.S. Under-18 team.

“He’s a big, strong forward that can play both positions (center and right wing),” Burke said.

Right wing Jacob McGrew, an Orange, CA native, went to the Sharks in the fifth round despite missing all of his first season in junior with a lower body injury suffered in training camp with Spokane (WHL).

“We knew about him before he went up there,” Burke said. “He’s a California kid. … If he was healthy he probably would have gone earlier.”

The Sharks again moved up to snag Huntington Beach native and center Chmelevski at 185 overall, and made their sixth and final pick in the 212th position by taking left wing Ivan Chekhovich in the seventh round. Both players look to have some offensive skill, based on their numbers and Youtube highlights.

Burke was surprised that both players were around so late.

“I thought they had pretty good years and they kind of slipped in the draft,” he said. “We weighed that versus some other more project-type guys, and we thought they had more offense and finish to their game. They just kept sliding, so we took a chance on them.”

Wilson said: “We moved up for the guys we wanted, and then there were some skilled guys at the end that we were surprised were still there. … We’ll go back and take a look how it all went, but we feel, I think, really good about where we ended up with this.”

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Friday night was a bad night for a couple of former A's players.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Rangers, first baseman Chris Carter was designated for assignment by the Yankees.

New York called up first base prospect Tyler Austin.

In 57 games with the Yankees, Carter his eight homers and drove in 23 runs, but he his just .204 with 70 strikeouts.

Derek Norris, an All-Star with the A's in 2014, was designated for assignment by the Rays after they activated offseason acquisition Wilson Ramos from the 60-day DL.

Norris clubbed nine homers and drove in 24 runs, but hit .201 in 53 games with the Tampa Bay.