Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.The RSPL champions are atop in this season’s national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club’s national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.”We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I’m pretty much pleased at this point,” Waite told The Gleaner.With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.MORE GOALS WANTED”We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team,” said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.”Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area,” he added.”We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I’m always thinking about the long term,” Waite reasoned.”We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end,” he said.Arnett Gardens and last season’s runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.
Drake will bring back an experienced team in 2017 with an expected roster that will contain four seniors, four juniors, four sophomore and a four-member incoming freshman class.Print Friendly Version CARBONDALE, Ill. – Wichita State defeated the Drake University softball team, 5-0, in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game at Charlotte West Stadium. Wichita State scored its first run in the game with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) allowed a leadoff double and the runner advanced on a sacrifice bunt before coming in on Ashley Johnson’s sac fly. Newman, Smith and Wright were each selected to the 2016 MVC All-Tournament team. Junior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) was honored with the prestigious MVC Elite 18 award that is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average competing at the championship site. Finneran holds an impressive 3.88 GPA in biology and is the fourth Drake student-athlete to win the award this school year. Full Schedule Roster Newman took the loss in the circle as she allowed five runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Newman, the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year, finished the season with an impressive 22-13 record along with a program-record and league-leading 286 strikeouts. Drake failed to record a hit in the final two innings of play. Sophomore leadoff hitter Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) paced the Bulldogs with three hits while Newman added two. Sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) each had one hit. The Shockers scored their final four runs in the fifth inning as they started the frame with four consecutive hits that plated three runs. Later, the fourth and final run of the game came on Brittany Fortner’s RBI double. Drake (30-24) started the game by putting base runners on in each of the first five innings. The Bulldogs were struck with bad luck as Wichita State (35-19) turned double plays on hard-hit line drives in three of those innings, including one in the fourth inning that ended the frame with a Bulldog on third base.