The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Agent Scott Boras criticizes Blue Jays
At the MLB GM meetings on Wednesday, agent Scott Boras criticized the Toronto Blue Jays for their lack of attendance this past season, which he says is because of their poor roster construction. The Blue Jays had an attendance of 2,325,281 in 2018, down 878,605 from the year before. While I don't really understand why agents attend the GM meetings, I don't disagree with Boras. I felt all season that the Jays wern't putting their best foot forward, and were just trying to kill time in 2018, save a year of the rookie contracts of their top prospects, and would make the roster better in 2019. I expect that to be the case, as the Jays trio of young star prospects seem ready to make the leap, but it's been a frustrating two years as a Toronto fan and it's glad that someone is talking about it.
Second Base - Panthers face Steelers in exciting Thursday matchup
It's been a while, but we're finally set to get another exciting Thursday night NFL game. The Carolina Panthers are in Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, starting at 6:20 p.m.The Steelers lead the AFC North with a 5-2-1 record and have won four in a row, while the Panthers, 6-2, are second in the NFC South and have won three in a row. Both teams have great offenses, but something's got to give. This game is equally important to both teams, and I'm too chicken to pick a winner, but I'm leaning towards taking the Steelers just because they're at home.
Third Base - Emma Murdock receives athletic and academic scholarship at NSU
Former Inconnu swimmer Emma Murdock is achieving her dreams in real time, currently attending Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota on both an academic and athletic scholarship. She is a double major, and a member of the varsity swim team.
“It’s crazy. I’ve always wanted to do this and to achieve it is mindblowing and it’s something I can check off my list,” Murdock said.
She has been very focused for some time now and is very busy, but she's loving every minute of it, and her swim times are consistently near the top at her meets.
Home Base - Britney Peters a leader on GPRC basketball team
Britney Peters, the former NPSS basketball forward, is in her second season playing for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves. She is just one of two returning players, and although her team is struggling, is one of the players leading the charge forward as the team gets used to one another and results are already showing through. Peters is a co-captain, and the team's second leading scorer (12.7 points per game) and rebounder (5.5 per game). Most recently, the Wolves hung with the first place UAA team for two games, losing just 60-68 and 51-66, and it seems like a breakthrough is imminent.
“She plays a huge leadership role on the court, in practice, and in the classroom. (Peters) is the heart and soul on our team, tries to get everyone going, and is selfless,” said Mandy Botham, head coach of the Wolves.
"I’m focusing on our team being competitive and on how we can take our team to the next level,” said Peters.
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