Sun Devil baseball freshmen Christopher Beall and RJ Ybarra will play for the Bellingham Bells this summer in the West Coast League, Bells general manager Nick Caples announced.
Beall, an outfielder from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, has played in five games this season and had four at-bats.
“Beall is a talented outfielder that can swing well from the left side,” said Bells assistant coach Jim Clem. “Chris had to wait his turn this spring as a freshman, but he’s an outstanding player who will be instrumental to our success this summer.”
Ybarra is a catcher from Riverside, Calif., and has made three starts and played in nine games for the Sun Devils this year. He has four hits, including a double, an RBI and two runs scored in 17 at-bats.
“There is no doubt Ybarra will be a key player on our team this summer,’ said Clem. “He will catch as well as play DH, and we expect RJ to be a terrific Bell.”
Current Sun Devil sophomores Rouric Bridgewater, Nate Causey and Jake Peevyhouse played for the Bells in 2012.
“ASU has one of the best baseball programs in the nation,” said Clem. The ASU staff led by Tim Esmay does a great job teaching the game and developing their players. We are excited to have both Ruben and Chris representing ASU on our team this summer.”
About the Bellingham Bells:
The Bellingham Bells are a summer, wood bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League (www.wccbl.com). The Bells play their home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and their field staff includes Gary Hatch (Head Coach), Jim Clem (Assistant Coach/Pitching) and Bill Calkins (Assistant Coach). Former Bells players who have spent time in Major League Baseball include: Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies), Kevin Richardson (Texas Rangers), Ty Taubenheim (Toronto Blue Jays) and Marc Rzepczynski (St. Louis Cardinals).
The Phoenix metro area is known for its beautiful weather with 296 annual days of sunshine and an average of temperature of 87 degrees. While we still had an abundance of sunshine yesterday…it was COLD. I know us “West Coasters” have been getting a bad rap for complaining about the cold temperatures, but when you expect 70’s in January the 40 degree weather is a shock to your system.
Good thing our tennis team is tough, because yesterday we held our photo day to get team photos, action shots and senior photos in the 40 degree weather. By the look of the pictures you’d never know how cold it was outside.
In between takes and working on perfecting the pitchfork (specifically Hannah James in the front row), you can see that anyone who wasn’t on camera was bundled up. The choice of a parka might have been a little extreme.
One of the best shots came from a debate between Jacqueline Cako, Nicole Smith and head coach Sheila McInerney on how cold the weather really was. The seniors were trying to decide the best pose for their senior photo, when the conversation shifted to how cold it would be to lay on the frozen court. To prove the girls wrong, Coach Mac got into some modeling action of her own at Whiteman Tennis Center.
After all the poses were planned and organized, the team really toughed out the cold weather to end up with some great shots. Senior photos are always the best pictures far and away of any photo shoot. The camaraderie and life-long bonds formed from competing as teammates for Arizona State really shines through the photographs. James, Smith and Cako saved their best for last, because the final shot of the day is definitely a keeper!
The Sun Devils open the dual season this weekend at home against NAU and UC Davis at Whiteman Tennis Center.
Feeling LUCKY? Arizona State Women’s Gymnastics is giving away an iPad Mini to one special fan in attendance at Saturday’s meet against No. 4 Oklahoma. The winner must be in attendance at the meet. BE THERE!
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! We have been pretty busy here in Tempe these past few weeks. All of us are really excited to be done with our first semester of school. As a team we did really well in the classroom, which is always a great thing to report back to the coaches. Throughout finals week we made sure to stay focussed in the pool as well to be ready for our meet against Utah!
Our Lady Devils came away with the win against the Utes 154-121. While our men took second against Utah with the score of 158-123. After the meet we finished up with a couple of days of really good training before we left home for winter break! When we come back to Tempe our Winter training will officially start. This time of the year is always a challenge in the pool. But we always feel we become a lot stronger as swimmers and as a family through it all.
We are counting down the days until Pac-12 Championships already but before that we have another meet at home against BYU on January 11th. Come out and see us compete we hope to see you all there!
Over the past two weeks, we’ve probably spent more time on the road than we actually have in Tempe! It’s been hectic and tiring, but certainly worth it.
Two weekends ago we headed off to California to take on UCLA and USC. We flew into LA on Friday morning and headed to Jerry’s Famous Deli for a delicious breakfast/lunch before the meet at UCLA. We took on the lady Bruins while our men competed against CSUB. It was an exciting day of racing for both teams with a number of events coming down to the last few strokes. Sophomore Tory Houston really stepped it up and got her first ever dual meet win in the 200 breast! Both our teams put up a good fight against the Bruins and the Roadrunners, but it wasn’t quite enough to pull off the win.
After the meet, we headed to our hotel for dinner and spent the rest of the night just relaxing and preparing ourselves for another good day of racing against SC. After doing a wakeup swim in our tiny hotel pool, we headed off to USC to take on the Trojans. All of us were focused and ready to race, which was apparent by how many people improved upon their times from the day before. Since we’ve swam for ASU, we’ve competed against USC three times and we can easily say that as a team, this was our best performance yet. Right about the time our meet with SC was ending, the ASU v USC football game was beginning! Our coaches took us to Buffalo Wild Wings where we were able to meet up with our families, eat, and watch the game. It was a great way to end a fun weekend of racing!
We got back to Tempe on Saturday night and by Wednesday morning it was back to California…this time for the Arena Invite! We love going to this meet because its always so much fun. We get a few days rest and always see some season and personal-best times…not to mention its right on the beach, so the view is pretty nice too :)
The morning sessions were separated by men and women, so we didn’t always get to see everyone’s’ preliminary swims. But for every finals session our whole team was behind the blocks cheering on those who made it back to finals, which was a lot of us! It was great being one of the few teams there that had both our men and women together because it made everything much more exciting! We can tell you from experience that it makes a huge difference when you see your whole team on the side of the pool cheering, waving, and jumping up and down for you (especially during a mile!). We had so many impressive swims over the weekend that it would be difficult to recount them all, but feel free to check out all of the results at HERE. After seeing how well our team did this weekend makes us believe that both our teams are really going to surprise people this year!
After a couple days of being back in Tempe, some of us are leaving yet again, but for home this time! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are so excited to spend time with our family and friends! We hope you all have a great holiday :)
Until next time, GO DEVILS!
It has been awhile since our last blog, but we’ve been very busy out here so we’ve got lots to tell you about! Two weeks ago we had our first duel meet of the season. The women’s team swam against Washington State and Grand Canyon University while our men took on GCU. It was great to finally be able to get up and race and see what we could do. Our girls won handily over both teams which was a great way to start the season. The men’s competition was much closer which made for some really exciting races. Unfortunately, our men didn’t come away with the win over GCU but they definitely had an excellent day of racing. Our goal for the meet was to get our hands on the wall first and really compete, which is what we did.
This past weekend we had our annual gala fundraiser for our men’s team. It was a very special event to be apart of because we had Olympic Gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Kaitlin Sandeno as guest speakers. We were able to meet them and hear about some of their experiences as elite athletes which was really motivating! This year’s gala ended up being our most successful one yet, which is great for our men’s program. The money raised from the event helps ensure the future of our men’s team, which is vital for our swim team as a whole. We wouldn’t be the same competitively without our men’s team! With that being said, we would like to personally thank everyone who came out to the event as well as everyone who continually supports ASU Swimming. We couldn’t do it without you!
This weekend we’re looking forward to some great competition as we head to California to take on UCLA and USC! If you’re able to make it to the meet, we would love your support, otherwise we will keep you posted!
Hey everyone! This is Tristin Baxter and Jaclyn Chavez. We’re both juniors on the Sun Devil swim team and we’re excited to give you an inside look at what our team does and what we’re all about. We wanted kick things off with our first blog being about our first ever training trip to Flagstaff, Ariz. Enjoy!
We arrived in Flagstaff this morning and swam our first meet of the season against NAU. It was great to finally get to race after months of training hard, but it showed us that we’ve still got a lot to work on if we want to be ready to go by the time our season really gets started! After the meet, we held a swim clinic for the younger kids on the local swim team, giving us the opportunity to work with them and help develop their skills. It was a fun experience for all of us and seeing how excited the kids were to be there with us made it even better! When we finished up at the pool, we headed to the houses where we would be staying for the weekend and they were amazing!! Our place was more of a mansion than a house! After some lunch and a little rest, we hiked Mt. Elden- the ladies team did the Fat Man’s Loop trail while the men hiked all the way up to the peak at 9000 ft. It was a great bonding experience for both teams and we were told it was quite the challenge for the guys to make it all the way up to the top! Since being back at the house, we’ve put on a couple of movies and are now just relaxing. The trip is off to a great start and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow! :)
Today was our second day here in Flagstaff and it was jam-packed with activities. We started off our day with a great morning practice at the pool; we split into our stroke groups and got some good aerobic work in. Getting used to the elevation here is quite an adjustment! After we finished, everyone got ready for the ropes course. This was such a great team building experience; we were all taken out of our comfort zones and tried things we’d never done before. The men and women split up and each had their own team challenges. For our team, we were given a certain amount of tiny circle mats that we had to use to get our entire team across a long path of “hot lava” without stepping off the pads. Sounds easy right?! It probably took us almost an hour, but the exercise really allowed us to build our communication skills and come together as a team in order to accomplish the challenge. Later in the day we moved onto the heights course where we got to do an obstacle course that was about 10 meters off the ground and a trust jump off of extremely tall, skinny posts. This entire day has really brought us so much closer as a team and as a family. Day two of the trip was a success! We’ve got a big day of training tomorrow followed by a long team hike. We’re looking forward to it.
Today was our last full day here in Flagstaff and we definitely made the most of it. We started out with a practice at 6 a.m. followed by an hour break and then another practice from 9:30 to 11:30. It was a tough double but we got some really good training in. Afterwards, we went on a team hike down into a canyon and were able to enjoy the beautiful day.
We also got to explore some pretty sweet caves that we found! The hike took us about four hours all together and was so much fun! We’ve only got one more practice tomorrow morning and then its back to Tempe. This trip was such an amazing experience; it gave us so much time to bond and come together as a team. We’re bummed that the weekend has to come to an end, but its definitely an experience we will never forget!
Sun Devil fans, we need you in full force on Saturday night as the football team takes the field against Illinois! We want every fan in Sun Devil Stadium dressed in MAROON. Arizona State is hosting its first-ever Maroon Monsoon to help continue the Sun Devils’ sweep of Big Ten opponents within the confines of Frank Kush Field.
The official 2012 Sun Devil Football shirt is available at the ASU Bookstore or Sparky’s Stadium shop. For an official list of colors for each of Arizona State’s six home games visit our Game Day Colors page and for more information on the Sun Devil football experience, Game Day Central is the place to go!
Also, enter for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to the Fry’s Ultimate Tailgate for the Illinois game by submitting your best “Maroon Out” picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #FearTheFork and #MaroonMonsoon.
With the women’s swimming team earning their best NCAA finish since 2005 and a storied diving program that has consistently performed as one of the nation’s best, it was time for our facility to reflect the quality of talent ASU has to offer. The Mona Plummer Aquatic Center is currently going through almost a million dollars worth of upgrades including having the pools replastered, pool deck and drains replaced, new diving boards installed, new showers and shower floors and a brand new security system installed. Construction continues through Aug. 26. Below are some photos of the progress that has been made so far.
June 17th, 2012
June 29th, 2012
July 26, 2012
Time to update the avatar on my personal account with another Sun Devil.
This one is in honor of the guys like Brock, Omar, GRob and others who will start their NFL careers real soon. If they are looking for a Sun Devil role model, it would be easy to think about TSizzle and Jake Plummer, but there is one guy who realistically might be the best example of how to carve out a NFL career.
His NFL career included stops in Miami, Pittsburgh, New England, Green Bay, New York and Seattle. He played in 124 games. He was rarely a starter, but was always a dependable reserve. He shut his mouth, didn’t complain and went to work for a decade.
As the back-up center, he had Dan Marino, Tom Brady Brett Favre and Eli Manning all slap his backside. Of course, the best part of his career is he was on the winning side of two of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history when the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and with the Giants when they upset the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He is a great person to talk to about what it takes to win a Super Bowl.
-Doug Tammaro, Arizona State Director of Media Relations