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2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 2

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 2

The Galveston College Whitecaps suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Central Alabama Community College Trojans in second-round play Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Softball Championship in St. George, Utah.

Central Alabama’s Amber Parker struck out five and allowed just one unearned run on three hits en route to leading the 15th-seeded Trojans to an 8-1 victory over No. 10 Galveston.

CACC’s offense also shined in the ballgame by driving home two in the first, three in the second and three more in the fifth to put the ballgame away.

Ashton Fielding paced the Trojans at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Sierra Easterwood went 1-for-4 with a second-inning three-run home run.

Amber Parker earned the win for Central Alabama . She surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out five.

Anahi Hoover led Galveston by going 2-for-3 with the Whitecaps’ lone RBI of the afternoon.

Galveston pitcher Ashley Kriesel had a solid game with a total of 10 strikeouts over five and a half innings.

Central Alabama  saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game.  Fielding led the Trojans with three hits in four at bats.

The Whitecaps closed out the 2017-18 season with a 35-11 record. This is the first Whitecaps team to earn a spot among the top 16 teams in the nation since 2002.

Congratulations to Whitecaps sophomores and graduates who are moving on to four-year universities and to the entire team in a great season, which included being named NJCAA Region XIV champions.

Go Whitecaps!

Game Recap

Central Alabama 8, Galveston 1 (May 17, 2018 at St. George, UT)


Central Alabama….. 230 030 0 –  8  6  2      (42-20)

Galveston …….. 000 100 0 –  1  3  2      (35-11)


Pitchers: Central Alabama – Parker, Amber and Ray, Courtney; Perrin, Ashlyn. Galveston –

Kerr, Kayla; Kriesel, Ashley(2) and Allen, Caylei.

Win-Parker, Amber  Loss-Kerr, Kayla  T-2:01  A-175

HR CENTRALA – Easterwood, Sierra.

Career Connect EMT - Ball High and Galveston College

Moody Foundation awards funds for Galveston Career Connect and other educational programs

The Moody Foundation approved a $12,955,472 commitment in Generation Moody grants May 14 to seven grant recipients, the second and largest round of grants to date. Generation Moody launched earlier this year with the vision of creating “cradle-to-career” support by providing exceptional resources and opportunities to guide Galveston Island students through their entire educational journey. Together, the two rounds of grants total more than $21 million.

“Galveston will always be special to the Moody family, and Generation Moody is a long-term investment in the Galveston community,” said Ross R. Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and CEO of National Western Life Group. “Generation Moody helps give students the chance to further their learning and growing beyond the classroom toward academic, and ultimately career, success.”

The first Generation Moody grants primarily focused on evolving Galveston ISD’s 5-year summer and after-school programs and scaling up professional development programs. Professional development offered through Generation Moody grants is available not only to grant recipient schools, but also to employees of peer schools, representing a new level of collaboration.

The grants announced May 14 continue to focus on those areas while also funding professional development for social emotional learning and specific dual-credit expenses for secondary and Galveston College students, for courses included in Galveston Career Connect.

“The Moody Foundation is dedicated to Galveston’s future, and that future begins with children and their education,” said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation. “Through Generation Moody, Galveston is uniting around students to create a stronger community with more opportunity for every child.”

Generation Moody grants support nonprofit organizations that are focused on student achievement in areas such as literacy, science, technology and math. Today’s grant recipients include:

  • Ambassadors Preparatory Academy
  • Galveston Children’s Museum
  • Holy Family Catholic School
  • Nia Cultural Center, Inc.
  • Upward Hope Academy
  • Causeway Galveston
  • Galveston Career Connect

“Generation Moody connects longstanding Moody Foundation projects like the Moody Scholars program and more recent Moody Early Childhood Education Center to fully support a child’s educational development,” said Angela Blair, director of education for the Moody Foundation. “Along with the recent Galveston ISD bond passing to fund repairs on aging GISD schools, we’re excited to see the island education community coming together to support Galveston youth from ‘cradle to career.'”

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.5 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. Learn more at

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Day 1

The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.

Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.

Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.

Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.

The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST.   The game will  stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.

Game Recap
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)

Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 –  1  4  0      (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X –  5  5  2      (53-10)

Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.

T-2:05  A-0

HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.

Weather: 79 degrees

2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

Whitecaps Digest: 2018 NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Update

It’s been a busy few days for the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team in preparation for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship, which begins today in St. George, Utah.

The Whitecaps won last week’s Region XIV tournament to advance to nationals, along with first runner-up Tyler Junior College. This is Galveston’s first appearance in the championship tournament since 2002.

The Whitecaps are among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation, an impressive group that includes last year’s champion, Chipola College of Florida, and two-time back-to-back champion, Butler Community College of Kansas.

After a travel day on Sunday and a busy day of practice on Monday, Whitecaps players volunteered at a skills clinic for youth softball players on Monday evening, where the kids rotated through pitching, hitting, fielding and other workshops. Coach Ken Delcambre and Coach Christa Harnett have instilled a great service ethic in the Whitecaps program, and the players were great mentors to the youth ball players.

On Tuesday, there was a team photo session and practice. The Whitecaps look great and are getting used to the lush green fields of the Canyons Softball Complex, which has been awarded the coveted quotation of “Complex of the Year” by the National Softball Association for the last eight years.

On Tuesday afternoon, the team went to Snow Canyons State Park for some more exercise. They spent some time climbing and hiking the impressive Navajo sandstone formations, which are featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Coach Delcambre is healing nicely from last week’s injury during the NJCAA Region XIV final game, and he’s been amazing on and off the field. (In fact, he just about climbed one of those Utah mountains!) Coach Harnett is an organizational genius, making sure the team is where they need to be, when they need to be there! Great coaches and great student-athletes equal a great team!

On Tuesday night, the team attended an awards banquet, where they met their host family, a sweet couple from St. George. During the Whitecaps introduction by the announcer, the ladies cheered GC Hey!, which was met with a lot of laughter by the audience! Great team spirit!

Guest speaker at the banquet was Team USA softball player Michell Moultrie, who encouraged the student-athletes to pursue their passion and to never give up.

Following the banquet, each team member exchanged a Galveston College T-shirt for a T-shirt from a student-athlete from another team. There was a lot of networking and laughter. Great team spirit!

The Whitecaps’ first-round game is tonight against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4). It’s set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Please check out Galveston College social media for photos and videos.
Watch select tournament games via NJCAATV  |   Tournament website   |    Bracket details

Go Whitecaps!


Whitecaps softball set for NJCAA tournament

Whitecaps softball set for NJCAA tournament

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team is among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship this week in St. George, Utah.


With a 35-9 overall record, the Whitecaps qualified after advancing to the championship game of the NJCAA Region XIV tournament and being declared winner of the regionals.


The Whitecaps’ first-round opponent on Wednesday will be the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4) at 8:30 p.m.


To watch via NJCAATV, go to


Tournament website is


Bracket details can be found here:

Galveston College accepts applications for Law Enforcement Academy

Galveston College is now accepting applications for its 32nd Law Enforcement Academy.

The college has added a new full-time day program to its schedule, which will run Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes begin Aug. 6. Graduation will be in December 2018.

The evening program will run Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 6. Graduation is set for May 2019.

The deadline to apply for the day and evening programs is June 30.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join county law enforcement agencies and police departments in Texas.

The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officers certification. The 699-hour course of study includes, but is not limited to

• review of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure,
• Texas traffic laws,
• firearms training
• physical training/defensive tactics,
• police vehicle operation,
• vice and narcotics investigation,
• criminal investigation and
• traffic accident investigation.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director at (409) 944-1331 or

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northen Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at

Region XIV Softball Tournament

Whitecaps win NJCAA regionals, heading to nationals

Galveston College clinched a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship tournament on Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 5 nationally ranked Tyler Junior College in day 3 of the Region XIV Softball Tournament hosted by Lamar State College Port Arthur.

Galveston and Tyler worked their way through the winner’s bracket of the four-day tourney, meeting Sunday afternoon to determine who would punch a ticket to Utah and the national tournament later this month. Galveston came away with the 6-5 decision.

Monday’s championship game featuring Galveston and Tyler was halted in the second inning after an injury on the field.

Region XIV officials and the NJCAA have declared the game a no-contest since both teams have qualified for nationals. Galveston is the XIV champion; Tyler is the runner-up.

The NJCAA Division I Softball Championship is set for May 16-19 at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.

Photo courtesy Lamar State College Public Information

GC Graduation Information

Galveston College to celebrate 51st Commencement Ceremony

Galveston College will celebrate its 51st Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 56th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston.

Scott Branum, director of admissions and registrar, said 562 students will receive 661 associate degrees and certificates.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, will offer a welcome and introduce platform guests.

Raymond Lewis, Jr., chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, will bring greetings from the board.

Speakers will include students Claire Rodriguez and Daniel Vela.

Don Davison, president of the Faculty Senate, will certify the graduates and Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, will introduce the candidates for degrees and certificates.

Music will be provided by the Galveston College Community Chorale Men’s Ensemble and TMH Company, featuring Katie Carrington, viola; Laura Cividino, violin; Annamarie Reader, cello; Hanna Watson, violin; and Theresa Hanebury, conductor.

Galveston College celebrates National Nursing Week with poster displays

Nurses inspire, innovate and influence!

Celebrate the American Nursing Association’s National Nurses Week May 6-12 at Galveston College by joining the first-level nursing students as they share their poster presentations on a variety of nursing topics.

Posters will be displayed today through Thursday, May 10, in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium and Moody Hall first floor lobby.

Whitecaps baseball team heading to NJCAA regional tournament

A hard-fought 7-6 walk-off victory over Wharton County Junior College on Friday, May 4, sent the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Baseball Tournament.

The Whitecaps (21-33) secured the South Zone #4 seed and will face off against the East Zone #1 seed, Navarro College (35-20), in game four of the tournament on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in Lufkin, Texas.

Games will be broadcast online at

 View the conference bracket here.