Danielle Elliot

  • Arizona senior reaches 1,000 strikeouts

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 8 hrs ago

    A high school softball pitcher in Arizona recorded her 1,000th career strikeout on April 20. Tamara "T" Statman now holds the state record. 

    Brennt Eads of USA Today reports that Statman is only the third pitcher in the country to reach 1,000 strikeouts since the pitcher's mound was moved from 40 feet to 43 feet for the 2000-2001 season. She is 24-6 with a 1.40 ERA and 257 strikeouts through 180 innings this season. Overall, she's 84-29 with 1,049 strikeouts in her four-year high school career. Impressive numbers – but not her top priority. 

    “Strikeouts are awesome,” she told Eads, “and you can strike out as many as you want, but if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter. My goal is to win state and when we come together as a team, we have as good of a chance as any to win it all.”

    Perhaps more impressive than her performance on the field, though, are her efforts to make every strike out count. Statman started a charity called "T's K's Skin Cancer." According to Eads,

  • Nastia Liukin named Indy 500 Grand Marshal

    Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal 12 hrs ago

    Keeping track of 2008 Olympic gymnastics all-around champion Nastia Liukin is turning into an Olympic sport all its own.

    Indy 500 officials have announced that Liukin will be the grand marshal at this year's race, scheduled for May 24.

    The five-time medalist is also currently in the final six on "Dancing with the Stars," and finishing up her junior year at New York University. Oh, and she's an NBC Olympics analyst. Does she ever sleep?

    At the Indy 500, Liukin will be part of the Snake Pit Ball on May 23. On race day, she'll kick things off with a parade loop around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and be introduced to the crowd.

    "I have very fond memories of competing and performing in Indianapolis, and I will actually be back again in August for the P&G Gymnastics Championships," Liukin told the Indianapolis Star "I'm really honored to be the Grand Marshal for this year's Indianapolis 500. It will be so exciting to witness 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' - I can't wait!" 

  • H.S. multi-sport athletes dominate NFL Draft

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago

    The days of earning multiple varsity letters are dwindling, at least for the best of the best. Visit any high school basketball game, and you'll likely find the school's football stars watching from the bleachers. You'll rarely see them on the court, no matter how strong their basketball skills. 

    Once an athlete shows talent in one sport, he or she is generally encouraged to drop the other sports, to concentrate on the sport that could be his ticket to a college scholarship. They start playing that one sport year round, working with trainers and private coaches to further develop their skills. 

    It's happening all over the country, but it doesn't make sense. Just look at the athletes drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, held over the weekend in Chicago. The website TrackingFootball.com dug into the draftees' high school profiles to see how many concentrated solely on football. It turns out the single-sport athletes were in the minority.

    More than a third – 94 of the 256 – played three sports in high school. 


  • Blocks from epicenter of Baltimore protests, a rec league celebrates

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 4 days ago

    BALTIMORE — Carmelo Anthony marched through the streets of Baltimore late on Thursday afternoon, joining the crowds on St. Paul Street as they peacefully protested what they perceive are the levels of police brutality in the city. He grew up here, in West Baltimore. He learned to play basketball in the city’s recreation centers.

    “I’m here supporting my community; I’m hear to talk to the youth about calming things down here in the city” he told a CNN reporter as they walked.

    Less than a mile away, at a recreation center where Melo occasionally played, it’s clear that many of Baltimore’s youth already understand this message.

    “Violence is not the answer,” said Syn’cere Conn, 8, a member of the Bentalou Recreation Center’s 9-and-under basketball league. “My teacher taught us that we should not be out on the streets doing all those violent things.” A mom said her son wanted to join the protests, but he didn’t like the violence. He knows to always respect authority, she said, so he decided to wait until he could join a peaceful march.


  • Rudy Giuliani says Orioles should've brought city together, not closed stadium

    Danielle Elliot at Big League Stew 6 days ago

    Rudy Giuliani thinks the Orioles, and the city of Baltimore, missed a major opportunity. They never should have held a game in an empty stadium, as they did Wednesday afternoon

    “If this was New York, that game would be played," the city's former mayor told Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends."

    Giuliani is often credited with turning New York around in his time in office. He started the interview by comparing the situation in Baltimore, where riots have engulfed the downtown sector since Saturday, with New York. 

    [MORE: Latin MLB players use Baltimore protests to tell stories of home countries]


  • One block from Camden Yards, bar attempts Orioles viewing party

    Danielle Elliot at Big League Stew 6 days ago

    Baltimore Orioles officials closed the stadium Wednesday, hosting the first unattended game in Major League Baseball history. The move was intended to keep fansaway as protests continue in the surrounding area.

    The decision has been tough on businesses near the stadium. Donald Kelly, owner of Pratt St. Ale House (located about one block from the stadium) told Yahoo Sports that with two games postponed, one closed to the public, and three moved to Florida, the bar will end up $50,000-$70,000 off budget for a typical baseball week. 

    Trying to recoup some of this loss, he tried throwing an Orioles watch party Wednesday.

    A few more fans gathered outside of the stadium's left field gate, though not nearly as many as local reporters had imagined.

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  • Amid riots, Nuggets' Will Barton hosts BBQ in Baltimore

    Danielle Elliot at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Tuning into the news on Tuesday meant watching police hold back protesters. It meant images of National Guardsmen wearing head-to-toe protective gear and holding thick plastic shields as rocks and blocks of cement, thrown by protestors fed up with the conditions in inner-city Baltimore, sailed toward them.

    A small portion of the city's residents were gaining the majority of the attention. These images told one story. Walking around the city, and following on Twitter, told another. 

    New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore and has a long history with the city's police, expressed his support for the community and his shared frustration, while imploring protestors to remain peaceful.

    Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton took it a step further. He came home to Baltimore and threw a party. 


  • Orioles game will be first in empty stadium

    Danielle Elliot at Big League Stew 7 days ago

    As riots over the death of Freddie Gray continue to engulf the city of Baltimore, the Orioles announced Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox will be played in an empty stadium. The game will start at 2:05 p.m., with only players, team employees and credentialed media in the stadium. 

    An empty stadium will mean more than silence. The Orioles are averaging 33,228 fans per game this year. Assuming each fan spends $10, that’s $332,280 in lost revenue for a single game. If each buys a hot dog and two beers, the Os are looking at more than a million dollars in lost revenue.

    Add that the weekend's three-game homestand has been moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and the team is looking at more than $4 million lost, likely more. Not worried about a multi-billion-dollar organization losing revenue? How about the daily hires – concenssion stand workers, ticket collectors – who will be missing a full week of work by the time the schedule returns to normal.

  • Pitcher throws perfect game, yet loses

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 7 days ago

    A perfect game should be reason to celebrate, a career accomplishment at any level. For a California high school senior, though, her perfect outing ended in a loss.

    Highland's Rachel Garcia tosses 23-K perfect game and loses to Camarillo 1-0 -photos- http://t.co/xjRyAalOHg pic.twitter.com/0s735zLguR

    Facing Camarillo (Calif.) in the Thousand Oaks Tournament final on Saturday, Rachel Garcia of Highland (Palmdale, Calif.) struck out 23 batters over eight innings, including the first 18 batters she faced, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Camarillo put in a strong performance of its own, holding Highland scoreless through regulation. Center fielder Sarah Urrea dove into the fence to save what could have been a game-winning home run.

    California plays with the international tiebreaker rule, which automatically puts a runner at second base at the beginning of each inning once a game is in extras, so Camarillo started the top of the eighth with its first baserunner of the day.

    It's an unfortunate ending to an otherwise phenomenal performance. She'll bring her talents to UCLA next year.


  • On a rain delay, H.S. teams decide to joust

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 7 days ago

    Two high school baseball teams in Connecticut decided they weren't just going to sit in the dugout during a recent rain delay. Instead, the Darien High and Warde (Fairfield, Conn.) teams turned the opportunity into a medieval-style joust.

    One player from each team lifted a teammate, wearing the catcher's gear, onto his shoulders, then ran at each other. 

    They also acted out a Revolutionary War-style battle scene, complete with drummer boys. 

    The game eventually resumed, with Darien winning 6-1. it's doubtful the final score will be the last memory, though, when these boys look back on the day.

    "I've always heard about rain delay antics, so it was awesome to finally see in person," Alex Hager, Darien's play-by-play announcer, told MaxPreps. "The team spends so much time together and you can tell that a lot of the guys are great friends. Both of the teams were laughing a lot and just having an all-around great time."