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You Are Not The Life Of The Party

By Cheval John

As I turned the television channel to a show on a respected national network, I saw that someone had filled in for the host, who was probably on assignment.

As the show was going on, I was feeling a moment of disgust because the fill-in host was being disrespectful to the guests and the correspondents.

As the show was about to finish, I turned the channel.

If you are aspiring to be a television journalist, a sports reporter, radio show host or podcaster, you should avoid doing these two things that the “host” did during the interview.

1. Interrupt The Guest/s

As they were discussing major events and the guests were sharing their opinion, the host was interrupting the guest/s.

Not only is that unprofessional, but downright rude.

2. Speaking Over The Correspondent/s

As the correspondent/s was sharing “breaking news,” the host was cutting off both of the correspondents almost every second.

I could have imagined they were thinking, “This person does not have any courtesy or respect.”

When someone is sharing information with their audience, you should have the courtesy to listen to what they have to say.

The reason is because they might share some nuggets of wisdom that could allow you to follow up with another question.

If you go out and do what the “host” did, you might not last long in your career.

As the saying goes, “You Are Not The Life Of The Party.”

Two Bearkats Earned All-America Squad

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Torrance Williams is a first team selection and Bookie Sneed a third team honoree for the Sam Houston football team on the Sports Network FCS All-America list, the first major post-season honor squad announced for the 2013 football season.

Williams, a senior from Waco Connally, is the Sport Network’s first team All-America punt return specialist.

Williams led the Southland Conference and ranked No. 2 nationally in punt returns this season.

He broke the Sam Houston single season punt return yardage school record with 29 returns for 464 yards.

He also set a single game school mark with five returns for 138 yards in SHSU’s victory over Lamar.

Williams completed his Bearkat career ranked No. 5 in Sam Houston career punt return yardage with 31 returns for 487 yards.

The senior led Sam Houston with 1,546 all-purpose yards this year.

Sneed, a senior cornerback from Conroe, was a third team All-America defensive back in the Sports Network listing.

He totaled 66 tackles in the secondary for the Bearkats and led the team with 13 pass break-ups. Sneed was a first team All-Southland Conference selection, his third year in a row to earn All-Southland honors.

Sam Houston is one of only three teams in FCS football to earn berths in the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs each of the past three seasons.

2013 The Sports Network All-America Team

First Team – Offense
QB – Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Sr., 6-3, 222
RB – Terrance West, Towson, Jr., 5-11, 223; Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, Jr., 6-0, 220
FB – Andrew Grothmann, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-1, 232
WR – Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Fr., 6-2, 195; Lee Kurfis, Lehigh, Sr., 6-2, 190; Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Sr., 5-11, 190
TE – MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois, Jr., 6-3, 260
OL – Dakota Dozier, Furman, Sr., 6-4, 291; Eric Pike, Towson, Sr., 6-5, 298; Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois, Jr., 6-4, 277; Billy Turner, North Dakota State, Sr., 6-6, 314; Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State, Sr., 6-7, 305
AP – Fabian Truss, Samford, Sr., 5-9, 185
PK – Tyler Sievertsen, Northern Iowa, Sr., 6-2, 185
KR – Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, So., 5-9, 170

First Team – Defense
DE – Brad Daly, Montana State, Sr., 6-1, 240; Terrence Fede, Marist, Sr., 6-5, 270
DT – Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly, Sr., 6-4, 295; Caraun Reid, Princeton, Sr., 6-2, 305
LB – Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Sr., 5-11, 230; Justin Shade, Samford, Sr., 5-10, 229; Joe Thomas, South Carolina State, Sr., 6-0, 230; Lynden Trail, Norfolk State, Jr., 6-7, 260
CB – Kendall James, Maine, Sr., 6-0, 214; Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Sr., 5-11, 194
S – Jerome Couplin III, William & Mary, Sr., 6-2, 215; Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Jr., 6-0, 214
P – Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech, Sr., 6-3, 220
LS – Richard Wright, Liberty, Sr., 6-1, 260
PR – Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State – Sr., 5-8, 170

Second Team – Offense
QB – Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, So., 6-0, 190
RB – Kyle Harbridge, St. Francis (Pa.), Sr., 5-10, 195; DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State, Jr., 5-10, 220; Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, Sr., 6-2, 230
FB – Emmanuel Holder, Towson, So., 5-11, 255; Darien Robinson, The Citadel, Sr., 6-0, 220
WR – Sam Ajala, Fordham, Jr., 6-0, 194; Jeremy Butler, UT Martin, Sr., 6-3, 205; Lee Doss, Southern, Sr., 6-2, 180
TE – Justin Perillo, Maine, Sr., 6-4, 240
OL – Arinze Agada, McNeese State, Sr., 6-1, 286; Tristan Bellamy, South Carolina State, Sr., 6-3, 290; Matt Crisaki, William & Mary, Sr., 6-4, 302; A.J. Dalton, Robert Morris, Sr., 6-4, 280; Mason Halter, Fordham, Jr., 6-6, 282
AP – Rob Hollomon, Central Connecticut State, Jr., 5-8, 170
PK – Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State, Sr., 6-0, 198
KR – Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central, So., 5-8, 170

Second Team – Defense
DE – Zach Hodges, Harvard, Jr., 6-3, 235; Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb, Jr., 6-7, 240; Davis Tull, UT-Chattanooga, Jr., 6-3, 240
DT – Zach Kerr, Delaware, Sr., 6-2, 310; Troy Moore, Sacred Heart, Jr., 6-3, 285
LB – Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Sr., 5-10, 215; Todd Davis, Sacramento State, Sr., 6-1, 250; Tyler Starr, South Dakota, Sr., 6-4, 235; Jordan Tripp, Montana, Sr., 6-4, 237
CB – T.J. Lee III, Eastern Washington, Sr., 5-9, 190; Jordan Love, Towson, Sr., 6-1, 180
S – Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State, Jr., 6-2, 210; Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Jr., 6-1, 218
P – Kyle Loomis, Portland State, Jr., 6-2, 210
LS – Chris Highland, Illinois State, Jr., 6-2, 215
PR – Tavoris Doss, Alcorn State, Sr., 5-8, 165

Third Team – Offense
QB – Michael Nebrich, Fordham, Jr., 6-1, 205
RB – D.J. Adams, Portland State, Sr., 5-10, 210; Keshaudas Spence, Sacred Heart, Jr., 5-10, 230; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese State, Sr., 5-9, 192
FB – Kurt Odom, Campbell, Sr., 6-1, 215
WR – Kenny Cook, Gardner-Webb, Jr., 6-4, 210; Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois, Jr., 6-2, 199; Roman Wilson, Princeton, Sr., 5-11, 190
TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois, Jr., 6-6, 222
OL – Dorian Byrd, Georgia Southern, Sr., 6-1, 265; Phede Celestin, Marist, Sr., 6-4, 318; Jamey Cheatwood, Coastal Carolina, Sr., 6-5, 330; Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Sr., 6-4, 290; Chris Elkins, Youngstown State, Sr., 6-4, 290; Danny Kistler, Montana, Sr., 6-8, 315; Mitchell Van Dyk, Portland State, Sr., 6-9, 290
AP – Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Sr., 5-11, 177
PK – Colton Cook, Southern Utah, Sr., 5-8, 185
KR – Shawn Johnson, Montana State, Jr., 5-9, 175

Third Team – Defense
DE – Anthony Bass, Tennessee State, Jr., 6-2, 230; Jesse Dickson, Lamar, Sr., 6-3, 265; Colton Underwood, Illinois State, Sr., 6-4, 255
DT – Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 267; Tracey Smith, Bucknell, Sr., 6-1, 265
LB – Telvion Clark, Towson, Sr., 6-1, 230; Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, Sr., 6-0, 230; Stephen Hodge, Jr., 6-0, 202; Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 6-1, 250; Christian Kuntz, Duquesne, So., 6-2, 210
DB – Guy Morgan, McNeese State, Sr., 6-0, 188; Winston Wright, South Dakota State, Sr., 5-10, 190 , Colten Heagle, North Dakota State, Jr., 5-11, 202; Bookie Snead, Sam Houston State, Sr., 6-0, 180
P – Bentlee Critcher, Appalachian State, Fr., 6-1, 175; Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Sr., 6-2, 180
LS – Phil Faccone, Wagner, Jr., 5-9, 195; Chris Maikranz, Lamar, Sr., 6-6, 255
PR – Antwan Eddie, Robert Morris, Jr., 5-10, 180

Bearkats WBB Looks For First Win Against UL-Lafayette

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

The defending Southland Conference champion Bearkat women’s basketball team opens its 2013-14 home schedule Friday at 11 a.m. when Sam Houston play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

The Bearkat women opened their non-conference schedule last week with a tough road trip to Arkansas.

Sam Houston lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 81-45 Friday then just missed knocking off a fellow 2013 WNIT participant Arkansas-Little Rock Sunday.

UALR edged the Kats 69-65 after Sam Houston had rallied from 12 points down to cut the margin to three in the final minute.

Two starters and five other lettermen return from last year’s squad that earned SHSU its first Southland women’s basketball regular season championship in 26 years in the league.

The Bearkats made their first Southland tournament finals appearance and earned a berth in the WNIT.

Five veterans comprise the Kats’ starting lineup this season with 6-3 Angela Beadle at the post, 5-10 Nyha Carter at forward and 5-11 Jazmin Wiley, 5-7 Jasmine Johnson and 5-5 Amanda Barnes on the perimeter.

Beadle became the fourth player from Sam Houston to earn all-tournament honors last March in Katy.

Through two games the junior from Austin leads the Kats in both scoring (15.0) and rebounding (6.5).

Johnson is a three-year starter from Missouri City who is averaging 11.5 points per game.

Louisiana-Lafayette brings a 2-0 record into Friday’s contest with wins of 80-68 over Nebraska-Omaha and 72-62 against Southern.

Jasmin Mills, a 6-1 forward, leads the Ragin’ Cajuns with 18.0 points a game.

Friday’s contest is the first of three consecutive home games for the women at Johnson Coliseum.

The Bearkats play host to Houston Baptist Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and then meet A&M-Commerce in the annual “Pack the House” elementary school game at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Tickets for Sam Houston women’s basketball games are available now online at or at the SHSU athletic ticket office in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium.

The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729.

Williams Receives SLC’s Honor In Special Teams

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Torrance Williams has been named the Southland Conference football special teams player of the week following an outstanding performance in Sam Houston’s 14-3 victory over Lamar in the Bearkats’ 2013 league opener.

The senior receiver/kick return specialist helped Sam Houston win the field possession battle with five punt returns for 138 yards in a 14-3 victory over Lamar last Saturday.

The Waco, Texas (Connally H.S.) product averaged 27.4 yards per return, including a long of 53 yards.

After his fifth long return, the Cardinals booted their final three punts out-of-bounds.

He also caught two passes for 17 yards and rushed for 18 more to total 173 all-purpose yards.

Williams leads the Southland in punt returns this year (16 for 358) and his 22.4 return average ranks second nationally in the FCS.

During his four-year career, Williams has totaled 1,114 yards in pass receiving and 2,053 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and returns).

Williams award marks the fifth time this season for a Bearkat to earn a Southland weekly award.

Sam Houston State travels to Lake Charles, La., to take on McNeese State Saturday at 7 p.m.

The showdown pairs the Southland’s top two FCS nationally ranked teams.

SHSU Dismantles Incarnate Word 52-21

Courtesy: Paul Ridings,Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Timothy Flanders became the all-time Southland Conference rushing leader in Sam Houston State’s 52-21 win against Incarnate Word on Saturday.

Flanders, who ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, passed Claude Mathis of Southwest Texas with a 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before setting the new league record at 4,720 yards.

SHSU senior quarterback Brian Bell also had a career night, throwing four touchdown passes.

Bell tied his previous career best in the first half alone with three touchdown tosses.

Incarnate Word took an early lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Trent Brittain to Casey Jennings in the first quarter.

The Bearkats responded with a 19-yard field goal to cut the Cardinals lead to 7-3.

Bell connected with wide receiver Chance Nelson late in the first quarter and Nelson made two Cardinal defenders miss to work his way to the end zone.

Incarnate Word regained the lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard score by running back Junior Sessions.

Then, SHSU took over by outscoring Incarnate Word 42-7 the rest of the way.

Flanders scored on a 7-yard run with 8:52 to go in the second quarter and the Bearkats did not trail from there.

Bell came back with touchdown passes to Richard Sincere and Torrance Williams for 26 and 39 yards, respectively.

The Kats took a 31-14 lead into halftime.

Bell and Williams connected again in the third quarter for a 16-yard touchdown play.

The 41-yard record breaking run by Flanders led to a 45-14 lead for the Kats.

Brittain threw for a 19-yard touchdown to tight end Cole Wick with 3:08 to go in the third quarter.

Bell ran from one yard out in the fourth quarter to score his only rushing touchdown.

SHSU improved to 3-1 on the season.

Incarnate Word dropped to 2-2 and 0-2 against Southland Conference opponents this season.