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Galveston College Whitecaps softball hosts Island Invitational tournament

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team hosted the 2019 Galveston College Island Invitational Jan. 25-26 at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

The Whitecaps took on Northwest Florida State College in the first round of the tournament, which featured teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S. After a late score, Northwest Florida State defeated the Whitecaps, 14-9.

The Whitecaps also fell to Chipola College of Marianna, Florida, 14-2, in round two; the University of Houston-Victoria, 7-3, in round three; and Snead State Community College of Boaz, Alabama, 9-6, after late scoring in the final round.

Teams in the round-robin tournament also included Alvin Community College; Blinn College, Brenham; Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois; Louisiana State University Eunice; Navarro College, Corsicana; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; and Temple College.

The Whitecaps softball team will make an appearance at the Cowtown Classic Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at Gateway Park in Fort Worth. On Friday, the Whitecaps will take on Weatherford College at 3 p.m. and North Central Texas College at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Whitecaps will play Crowley College at 9 a.m., Allen Community College at 11 a.m. and Northern Oklahoma College at 3 p.m. For more photos from the Island Invitational, click here.

Whitecaps Honor Andre Derouen, Jr. in opening day ceremony

The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team honored former player Andre Derouen Jr. in a ceremony Friday, Jan. 25, at Bernard Davis Field before winning the season opening game against Temple College by a score of 5-3.

Andre, who was a freshman outfielder on the Whitecaps roster, drowned in March 2018 while rescuing his younger brother from a neighborhood pond not far from their League City home.

Many family members, friends and teammates were in attendance, including Andre’s parents, Andre, Sr. and LaTashia Derouen, and brother, Desmond Derouen.

Long-time Houston Astros announcer and Galveston native Bob Ford emceed the day’s events.

During the ceremony, Galveston College paid its respects to Andre by retiring his No. 1 jersey. The jersey will be displayed, along with a special plaque presented by the Galveston Kiwanis Club, on the right field wall.

Andre was a standout baseball and football player at Hitchcock High School before playing for the Whitecaps.

In Friday’s second game, Temple split the series by a score of 15-4.

The Whitecaps (1-1) travel to Justin, Texas, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, to take on Seward County Community College of Liberal, Kansas, at Northwest High School. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more opening day photos, click here.

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Kyle Giusti is new Galveston College assistant baseball coach

Galveston College baseball standout Kyle Giusti has returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant coach of the Whitecaps baseball team.

The Santa Fe, Texas, native spent the 2018 season at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he worked with the team’s hitters and served as bullpen coach. During his time at UA Little Rock, the Trojans experienced one of their best seasons in recent years and won their first postseason game since 2011.

Before UA Little Rock, Giusti served as a volunteer assistant coach at Galveston College. He was the team’s first base coach and helped the Whitecaps to a regional tournament appearance and an overall record of 35-22.

Prior to Galveston College, Giusti was the head coach at Rotan High School in Rotan, Texas. He led the team to its first playoff appearance in over 10 seasons after going 15-10, and secured District 6-2A Coach of the Year honors.

Giusti began his coaching career as a student assistant at Abilene Christian University in 2015 after a successful playing career. Giusti played at Abilene Christian for two seasons where he garnered First Team All-Southland honors, First Team ABCA All-South Central Region honors and status. He transferred to ACU from Galveston College where he was a 2012 Texas/New Mexico JUCO All-Star and a First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection as a sophomore.

For more information on Galveston College Athletics and the complete Whitecaps baseball schedule, please visit the official website at https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/.

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Galveston Kiwanis Club to honor Andre Deroeun at Whitecaps season opener

Galveston Kiwanis Club to honor Andre Deroeun at Whitecaps season opener

The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team will take on the Temple College Leopards in its season opener Friday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. at Bernard Davis Field, 83rd Street and Frank Giusti Drive, Galveston, Texas.

At 2:45 p.m. prior to the game, the Galveston Kiwanis Club will make a presentation in honor of Andre DeRouen, a member of the Whitecaps baseball team from League City, Texas, who drowned last year while rescuing his brother from a neighborhood pond.

Houston Astros announcer Bob Ford will emcee the event. Admission is free.

For more information on Galveston College Athletics and the complete Whitecaps baseball schedule, please visit the official website.

Four Galveston College Whitecaps sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I universities

Four Galveston College baseball players signed National Letters of Intent Nov. 14 to play with three universities in Texas and Louisiana.

“We are excited to be sending another four student-athletes to outstanding NCAA Division I programs in our region,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin. “Each of these students is a solid player with an excellent record. It’s another great day to be a Whitecap.”

Those signing letters of intent included

  • Jacob Jimenez, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio;
  • Corbin Vines, sophomore third baseman, Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University;
  • Erick Hernandez, sophomore catcher, Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; and
  • Jordan Lansford, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University.

During Coach Joblin’s six years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 35 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had seven players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.

The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.

Nov. 14 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.

To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit  https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/4-year-college-transfer-achievements/.

Whitecaps sign letters of intent.

Above, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players signing NCAA National Letters of Intent today include (front row from left) Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; Jacob Jimenez of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio; Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University; and Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University. They are pictured with (back row from left) Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin and Assistant Coach Kevin Lallman.

At top, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players (from left) Jacob Jimenez of Houston, Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, and Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, sign NCAA National Letters of Intent today in the Hermes Fitness Center at Galveston College. Today marks the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.

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Whitecaps softball signs Aspyn Grossman

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The Galveston College softball team welcomes outfielder Aspyn Grossman to the Whitecaps family.

Grossman, a standout senior at Bullard High School, signed with the Whitecaps on Nov. 5 at a ceremony at her high school in Bullard, Texas.

Bullard High Head Softball Coach Megan Dobrinski and the Grossman family joined Galveston College Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett for the signing ceremony.

As a sophomore, Grossman hit .414 with 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. As a junior, she hit .421 with 36 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.

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Galveston College Whitecaps baseball opens fall play on Saturday at Wharton

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The Galveston College baseball team will begin fall play  on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. when the Whitecaps take on the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers in Wharton, Texas.

Under the leadership of Coach Chris Joblin, the 2018 Whitecaps were very competitive, besting Wharton in the last game of the team’s final series to make it to the Region XIV Tournament, where the Whitecaps finished fourth overall.

During Coach Joblin’s six years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps have continued academic excellence with an impressive cumulative team GPA, over 3.0 every year. Over the course of the last six years, the Whitecaps have sent 31 players on to the NCAA Division 1 level and had seven players drafted in the MLB draft, and another player sign as a free agent.

Fall 2018 Whitecaps Baseball Schedule

Day/Date                             Opponent                                                           Location               Time

Saturday, Sept. 8              Wharton County Junior College                  Wharton, TX,      2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14                 Wharton County Junior College                  Houston, TX        12:30 p.m.

Blinn College                                                      Houston, TX        5:30 PM

Sunday, Sept. 16               Laredo Community College                          Houston, TX        1:30 p.m.

Alvin College                                                      Houston, TX        6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18             Alvin College                                                      Galveston, TX    3 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-Sept. 22, All-Star Weekend                      Brenham, TX      TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 25             Blinn College                                                      Galveston, TX    3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3          South Texas Scout Team                               Houston, TX        5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5                      Wharton County Junior College                  Sulphur, LA         1:30 p.m.
Delgado Community College                       Sulphur, LA         4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6                Bossier Parish Community College            Sulphur, LA         10:30AM

LSU-Alexandria                                                 Sulphur, LA         4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9                  San Jacinto College                                          Houston, TX        4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13              Coastal Bend College                                      Beeville, TX         2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19                   Blinn College                                                      Brenham, TX      3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23               Alvin College                                                      Alvin, TX               1 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-Oct. 28, Texas Scout Association Tournament, Austin, TX, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 3               Coastal Bend College                                      Galveston, TX    2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 San Jacinto College                                                          Galveston, TX    4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10             Wharton County Junior College                  Galveston, TX    2 p.m.

 

 

Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player Andre Derouen, Jr

Houston Astros honor Whitecaps Andre Derouen

The Houston Astros on Wednesday, Sept. 5, honored Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player Andre Derouen, Jr., who drowned in March after rescuing his younger brother from a pond near their home.

Andre was a fantastic and beloved athlete, having played both football and baseball for Hitchcock High School. He was also named Hitchcock ISD’s most valuable defensive baseball player his senior year in 2017.

“Andre brought so much joy to everyone around him,” said Chris Joblin, head coach of the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team. “He is missed by everyone who knew him.”

Several dozen family members, friends and teammates were at the event to celebrate and honor Andre.  All of them wore custom-made T-shirts featuring Andre in his Whitecaps uniform and the Houston Astros’ classic orange star.

Coach Del, with friends and colleagues at his retirement

Coach Del retires after 20 years, 700+ wins

Friends, colleagues, student-athletes and family members gathered Tuesday, Aug. 28, to honor Coach Ken Delcambre, who retired Aug. 31 after 20 years and more than 700 wins as Whitecaps head softball coach and athletic director at Galveston College.

Coach Del, as he is known by players, friends and colleagues, spent a total of 35 years in coaching, including several years as assistant softball coach at Alvin Community College before joining Galveston College in 1998 to lead the school’s brand-new softball program.

Since that time, he has coached numerous National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV champions. His Whitecaps have had two National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship appearances, and he has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans, four NJCAA All-Americans and three Olympians. His coaching staff also was named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

Above, Coach Delcambre is joined by coaches and umpires from the Region 14 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Below (left), Coach Delcambre and his wife, Barbara, visit with guests at the reception. Below (right), Coach Delcambre and Christa Hartnett, who assumed the position of head softball coach and athletic director on Sept. 1, take time for a photo.

For more highlights of the party, click here.