Islanders Takes First Game of Double-Header 3-0

By Cheval John

Sam Houston State softball team dropped the first game of their double-header against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by the score of 3-0.

Islanders struck for two runs in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead on a two run single by catcher Brittney Morse.

Both runners advanced to second and third on a ground out by left fielder, Dani Tefft, that allowed them to score on Morse single.

A&M-Corpus Christi added another run in the top of the fourth inning with two outs to make it 3-0 on an error by second baseman Dani Allen.

Sam Houston had plenty of chances to put a run on the board and even take the lead.

However, they squandered those opportunities and left 8 runners on base.

One of those opportunities came in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Hilary Adams led off the inning with a walk.

Catcher Tiffany Castillo followed with a single that advanced pitcher Taylor Atkinson, who pinched ran for Adams to second.

A one out single by Sarah Allison loaded the bases.

However, they couldn’t capitalized as Jennie Kieval struck out and Allen flied out to end the inning.

Liz Carter secured her 8th win of the season after going the distance while Meme Quinn suffered the loss.

Every Four Years Isn’t Bad For Michigan State

By Cheval John

The majority of everyone’s bracket has been busted by now.

This year’s March Madness has been excited to some degree because of the fact that the only captivating thing is whether anyone can beat Kentucky.

Notre Dame came close when they went toe to toe with the Wildcats.

However, the Wildcats found a way to stay undefeated and make it back to the Final Four.

For anyone who had chosen Kentucky to win it all had a little scare from that matchup.

Now if anyone chosen Michigan State to make it to the Final Four this year were really smart.

The Spartans beat Louisville yesterday 76-70 in overtime.

The reason why they were smart is that Michigan State were destined to make it back.

Under head coach Tom Izzo, who is in his 20th year at Michigan State, they have made it to the Final Four every four years, which one of them led to the National Championship (2000).

Do not know why that is, but it is really impressive.

Maybe we should not have write them off of making it back after losing in the Big Ten Tournament final to Wisconsin, who are in the Final Four for the second straight year.

What we should have done is look at history and see the pattern of Michigan State’s final four appearances.

Whether they make the national championship game or not, you can’t take away the accomplishments that Michigan State has experienced under coach Izzo.

If Kentucky was not this dominant, Michigan State would have had a much better chance to win the national championship.

So if the pattern continues and coach Izzo is still at Michigan State, then I will say that they will make it back to the Final Four in 2019.

Video courtesy of NCAA On Demand

The Power Of A Third Party Endorsement

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles

When you make an appearance on radio, podcasts, television, etc, it gives you more credibility to what you are saying in your work.

The most interesting thing is that no one will pay attention to you if you call yourself an expert in a certain subject like public relations, business, social media, etc.

However, when you have a third party endorsement, then the game changes for you.

Whether you like it or not, the media is still the go to source for anyone to find out information on a product, news, sports, etc.

What is really more impressive is that social media especially blogs, podcasts, Youtube, has given everyone the power to showcase their knowledge.

And the most unique thing is that Twitter chats are becoming the “new media” to a huge degree.

Many “superstars” in social media either have their own chat or attend these chats if they are promoting their new work or book.

It is a huge opportunity to not only get exposure for your work, but to meet new people and share quality content that will uplift the community and also build lasting relationships.

With that being said, I want to say that I had the honor of making a guest appearance on #contentchat this past Monday to chat about podcasting.

I will admit, I was nervous before the chat because I wanted to make sure that I shared valuable information with the #contentchat community.

However, it got easier because of the support from the regulars who I dare say have been on other Twitter chats.

It was a family atmosphere.

So if you want to build your reputation and credibility, you must make the concerted effort to reach out to people on podcasts, etc.

Also, you must think about providing value for their audience and not think about pushing your product alone.

Here is the link from the highlights of #contentchat.

Always Reinvent Yourself To Maintain Success

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

The most popular advice when starting out as an entrepreneur or podcaster, etc. is to pick a niche.

That is great advice to a huge degree because you do not want to spread yourself out too thin.

The thing about it is that sometimes that advice could get outdated in the long run.

Many college students have been specializing in a major which they believe will allow them to get a quicker path to getting the job of their dreams.

At first, it works out to a degree because they land a great job with an awesome starting salary.

When that skill is shipped off overseas, they are in trouble because they only are good in that particular skill.

One of the things a person can do when they are about to get laid off because of their department getting shut down is to reinvent themselves and learn new skills.

The reason being is that they will avoid being caught off guard when that layoff occurs.

They will be in a fantastic position to be at the right place at the right time when the company posts a job opportunity that they are qualified for.

Like Carlos Gil and Hank Blank.

Mr. Gil was working as a banker before he unexpectedly got laid off from his job.

He took great advice from his mother and set up an account on LinkedIn and connected with important people which allowed him to become a thought leader, speaker, and also landing a job in St. Louis.

Unfortunately, he got laid off again earlier this year in St. Louis.

Though he was surprised, he did not panic because he already had a strong social media presence and had established himself as a thought leader which led him to his current job as a Senior Social Marketing Manager at the very place which help him to reinvent his skills, LinkedIn.

As for Mr. Blank, he also is a strong advocate for reinventing your skills because he has been reinventing himself for over a decade as a self-employed consultant.

Before that he was working in advertising for about 25 years before he was unexpectedly fired from the agency where he was partner in 2001 over the phone.

Undaunted, Mr. Blank created his own business cards and launched his consulting practice.

He has leveraged LinkedIn and has built a solid reputation as a consultant.

Even though it is important to have a niche, it is always important to go outside of that niche and learn a new skill because when times get tough and you are looking for something new, you will be ready for the “hard times.”

Now, I want to share about another person who has reinvented their skills: myself .

I consider myself a sports writer because I have spent over two years freelancing for a daily newspaper in Huntsville, Texas.

Thought it was great and I loved the fact that I could cover sporting events and share stories of athletes who have succeeded, I was “trapped” because the sporting events happened during the fall and spring seasons.

So in the summer times, I was out of work.

I was over-specialized in one skill, which was covering sports and I could not continue to freelance for the paper during the summer times.

That was when I learned the importance of being knowledgable in other subjects in addition to sports.

That way, I would be able to better my chances at gaining other gigs which could supplement the “dry” months while waiting for sporting events to happen.

Now, I can say that I am learning other subjects like social media and I am a contributing blogger to Millennial CEO, which deals with social media, business and leadership.

It is also safe to say that I had reinvent myself because I am about to be a guest on a Twitter chat called “Content Chat” tomorrow at 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central to chat about podcasting.

So you see why it is important not to overspecialize in one skill.

Though it is important to have a strong expertise in one skill, it is always important to reinvent yourself and learn new skills everyday even if it is outside your comfort zone.

When you reinvent yourself, you will be in a much better position when the company decides to cut your department.

Sam Houston Advances In College Tournament

By Cheval John

Sam Houston State rebounded from their Southland Conference Tournament Finals lost with a 87-71 win over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last night during the first round of the College Tournament at Johnson Coliseum.

In the process, the Bearkats achieved their 26th win of the season, the most ever since they moved up to the NCAA Division I almost 30 years ago.

The Bearkats shot 43.8 percent from the field and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc.

What is even better is that Sam Houston State shot 66.7 percent from the three point line in the first half.

Most of those treys in the first half came from Lithuanian national, Aurimas Majauskas.

Majauskas came off the bench and was the main reason why SHSU’s bench outscored UNC-Wilmington’s bench 38-8.

Majauskas led all scorers with 27 points.

The Seahawks (18-14) tied the matchup at 17 with 8:04 left in the first half after Addison Spruill, who finished with 11 points, made a layup in the paint.

That was as close as UNC-Wilmington got as Sam Houston exploded on a 14-2 run, which included an ally-hoop play from Jabari Peters to Michael Holyfield, to expand their lead to 31-19.

By halftime, the Bearkats was leading 46-25.

Holyfield finished the game with a double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) while Peters had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Sam Houston plays host to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday in the second round of the College Insider Tournament.

UL-Lafayette brings a 21-13 record to this matchup and also former Bearkat coach Bob Marlin in facing his former assistant, current Sam Houston coach Jason Hooten.

Hooten will try to get his 100th win of his head coaching career in this contest.