Sunday, December 30, 2012
The future is quickly approaching and the Bona Nation is experiencing a re-birth of extraordinary potential. The above clip is only the first part of a vast vision that all of us who love SBU have been waiting for. It has been said that if you did not or do not attend St. Bonaventure then you will never understand the sacrifices that both the student body, the faculty and the student-athletes share when if comes to facility needs across the campus.
Thanks to the administration, the work of the faculty and generous giving by the Alumni, the past several years have seen a growth on campus not seen since early in its birth. A library addition, an over haul of the dining facility, a new science building, a fitness center and now a new finance building schedule to be opened in the fall of 2013 are all adding to a vibrant collegiate experience on campus.
The planned facilities for soccer/lacrosse/rugby and for softball are on their way to becoming reality. The new facilities will only enhance the college experience for the whole student body and will add a new vigor to the athletic endeavor on campus.
Please watch the attached video and help us realize our dreams and goals. We need YOUR help! Help us fund raise. Point us in the direction of those who might be willing to help or become a Bona Backer and support us on our journey. You will be helping generations of students realize their dreams and goals. Just your enthusiasm alone for the project and sharing the video above will help us spread the word. Your support is needed and so very much appreciated.
I have had the privilege to coach at SBU for over 20 years and in all that time the Alumni and our boosters, when asked, have never let me down. We (I) need you all one more time. Thank you for all your support over the years and I know that together, we will make an extraordinary future for Bonnies everywhere! GO BONAS!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I want to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and warm wishes for the Holiday season. It is a special time of year and a time to reflect on everything that has blessed us over the year. My life is made richer with every one of you in my life. Bonnies Softball...I love you all! To the entire Bona Nation...keep up the ethusiasm for your alma mater and stay connected. Home is where the heart is and my heart is on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday August 25, 2012 (11:00am-3:00pm)
Saturday September 1, 2012 (9:00am-1:00pm)
9-12th Grades ONLY
Where: St. Bonaventure Softball Field
Hitting Mechanics and the Mental Game
Infield Play Fundamentals
Outfield Play Fundamentals
Catching Skills Fundamentals
Pitching Mechanics and the Mental Game
Live Game Instruction
The 2012 Day Clinics will be staffed by the SBU coaching staff and players including Head Coach Mike Threehouse who is in his 23rd year of coaching at the Division I level including his 17th as the St. Bonaventure University Head Softball Coach.
For more information or to sign up, please call 716-474-1574 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Also on the schedule for 2013...BUFFALO, NIAGARA, @St. Francis, @Canisius, ROBERT MORRIS, BINGHAMTON, @Youngstown State.
Our tournaments are @Delaware State, @Campbell University, @North Florida and @Florida Gulf Coast. We were scheduled to go to California orginally but with the addition on travel to Butler, we are forced to cancel that trip. We might be adding one or two more doubleheaders. We are looking at a full 56 game schedule.
The Atlantic 10 Championships will be held in Amherst, MA this year on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, May 8-11, 2013.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
We lost an opportunity down the stretch of 2012 and it is my responsibility that that does not happen in 2013. A busy summer lies ahead with recruiting, showcases, camps and softball related travels around the country and around the world.
We have a fantastic group of freshmen arriving this fall. The group consists of a two pitchers, a middle infielder, and outfielder and a couple corner players. Every one of them will start to make an impact on the team as soon as they arrive on campus. I am really looking forward to working with them as they begin their NCAA Division I careers.
Our returning players: Ashley Snider (.317), Christine Watson (.273), Kelli Rohan (.256), Danielle Frye, Hali Enderby, Lauren Waite, Jessenia Andujar, Lindsay Stowell, Jill Murphy, Grace Rooney, Tori Brown, Kacie Strong, Katherine Caboot, Anndrea Burgess and Julia Pratt will be the ones responsible for getting the Bonnies in the top half of the A10. It will take a new view and a lot of hard work. It will not be easy but it is not impossible. They will be called on to do things they have never done before at SBU but if they want something they have never had (an A10 post season birth)...they will have to do things they have never done on the field and in the weight room.
Big things are happening at SBU. New buildings are being added and a new softball facility is being planned. We are hoping to see new complex in the very near future. I am excited about what is coming. The future is full of promise.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Day ended much better than it started. We celebrated our five seniors, Ashley Nowak, Brittany Storch, Diana Phalon, Kristin Sullivan and Brooke Frey. All five have stuck out their four years through good and tough times. They have supported each other at every move and have become friends for life. The pictures are of our celebration of their senior day and the celebration dinner that followed. In order: Ashley Nowak, Diana Phalon, Brittany Storch, Kristin Sullivan and Brooke Frey. Congratulations, Ladies!
I want to thank all the parents that brought food that helped make the day so special and for Rick Rohan for taking and sharing these pictures.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
|Christine Watson was 8-13 with 2 home runs|
We moved the Sunday games verses LaSalle to Saturday to beat the storm that was brewing. I am one that never ducks a game. I will play them at a neutral site or I will even switch locations to play. The most imporant thing we should accomplish in this conference is to get EVERY game played that can be played. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. We were fortunate enough to play on Saturday.
Saturday was a crazy day. Our first game was an 10 inning nail biter with some amazing plays and more amazing hits. The Bonnies pounded out 13 hits which 4 or them were home runs. Brooke Frey, Ashley Snider, Christine Watson and Brittany Storch all went deep. It was Storch's three run home run in the 10th inning that catapulted the Bonnies to victory. It was senior Brittany Storch's first career home run and it could not have come at a better time! Jen Sansano earned the victory going all 10 innings. She gutted out a tough day and showed that even when she is not at her best she can still win. That is a mark of a good pitcher. We need to make a few more plays behind her as only 3 of the 8 runs were earned but we win and lose as a team. Sometimes the pitcher has to take up the slack and vice versa. This game had it all...it was a team win in the purest sense.
Game two was highlighted by a the hot hitting of Christine Watson and Ashley Snider. Both Watson and Snider went deep again to help us to a 12-4 victory. Diana Phalon got the win. Christine had the best weekend of her young career. The sophomore went 8-13 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. The wins moved our A10 record to 6-8 and 17-19 over-all. With games against George Washington University this Saturday...we are looking to even our record at 8-8 and keep us very much in the hunt for the A10 championships in St. Louis Missouri in 2 1/2 weeks. I hope to see every one there!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Game 2 was dominated from beginning to end by Charlotte. Diana Phalon did all she could in the circle but we struggled again on defense. It's not from a lack of trying...we just need to work through it and we get back to work on Tuesday when we face Canisius starting at 3pm at SBU. Hope to see a good crowd. Looks like sunshine will be returning to Olean just in time.
This team has a chance to break the record for most wins in a season by any SBU softball team. 10 more wins will get them to the most ever. With a good second half of the A10 season...we also have a great chance at still making a legit run at the A10 championships. It's ALL up to us no matter what anyone else does. Just the way I like it! GO BONAS!!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
It was quite the weekend with Rhode Island and Umass in town. Rhody came in riding a pretty impressive 4 out of 5 wins and that made me a bit nervous but when the bell rang, the Bonnies came out swinging. A great game pitched by Jen Sansano and a 3-run homerun my junior captain Jessenia Andujar gave us a quality 3-1 win in game 1. Game two was once again dominated by Jen Sansano until the 7th inning when URI made a 6-1 game a 6-5 nail biter. Senior Diana Phalon came in and shut the door. She is one of the most mentally tough softball players I have ever coached on the field. She hates to lose and gets every ounce out of herself in big situations. Our wins moved us to 4-2 on the young conference season.
Sunday was a bit different. Umass came to town playing with a purpose. Head Coach Elaine Sortino made her fight with cancer public and for the first time in my 16 years, she was not on the opposite bench. I have to say...it was a bit strange. Umass dominated the games and came away with 2 wins. The Bonnies did what we had to do. We made sure we were at least .500 and in one of the 6th playoff spots headed into this coming weekend with Charlotte. Losing is NEVER a good thing but the positive we take out of it is that most likely everyone is losing to Umass. So we should not lose any ground to anyone ahead of us because of the two losses.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I welcome all of you to keep reading up on the Bonnies. This year's team has a chance to be very special and our 8-8 start is the best start we have had in years. Our next tournament is in Nashville Tennessee and we are looking forward to the practice week ahead to prepare for a successful trip. Look for our Florida trip recap coming soon and a look ahead to the Tennessee State Tournament! GO BONAS!!
Friday, March 2, 2012
We had two games today...Game 1 verses McNeese State was an opportunity lost as senior pitcher Diana Phalon allowed only three hits and 1 earned run over 7 innings of work but we were only able to muster three hits of our own and were shutout 2-0. A couple errors cost us a chance to beat a quality team but it showed us once again that we can play with any team on the schedule.
Game 2 was a rematch verses Mount St. Mary's. Diana Phalon threw a great game verses McNeese State and Jen Sansano followed with a gem of her own. A 6-0 NO-HITTER !! It was Jen's first career no-hitter at the Division I level. Senior catcher, Brooke Frey called every pitch and also knocked in our first two runs of the day with a 2-run double.
Jen and Diana have been fantastic and are getting better and better every day. They are turning into a fantastic 1-2 punch...no matter what the order of the 1-2!
Phalon 2.53 ERA, 1 Shutout, 14 Earned Runs in 38.2 innings with 21 strikeouts and only 2 extra base hits allowed. A double and homerun. .256 batting average against.
Sansano 3.00 ERA 3 Shutous, 17 Earned runs in 39.2 innings with 27 strikeouts and 6 extra base hits allowed. 3 doubles and 3 homeruns. .224 batting average against.
It was definately a day for the pitchers! Great job, ladies!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
We have a tough doubleheader coming up. The Mount has the Pitcher of the Week in their conference and she showed her stuff by pitching two stellar games verses Stetson this past weekend at the Hatter Classic which was eventually won by the Bonnies.
We have some work to do but the Bonnies are well rested and a game plan is in place to deal with one of the faster pitchers we will face this season. A new day and a new game is always a new challenge...just how we like it. We are excited to get back on the field.
Game times are at 5:30 and 7:30pm at the University of North Florida. I hope to see all of you there! GO BONAS!