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Galveston College unveils new athletics logo

Galveston College has unveiled a new athletics logo and mascot just in time for the spring 2020 baseball and softball seasons.

The comprehensive redesign includes a distinct logo, new wordmark and new colors to reflect the college’s official royal blue and orange colors, which replaced blue and rust in 2018.

“The new logo features a blue wave with a foamy crest and a friendly but fierce expression,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs. “We have had a great reaction from students, faculty and staff, and we are excited to introduce our new athletics brand to our fans in the community.”

This is the college’s first mascot and first logo update since Galveston College launched its sports teams under the name Whitecaps in 1992.

“Having a strong and recognizable brand is important to Galveston College and our high-performing athletics program,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “The new Whitecaps logo provides us with a more powerful connection to our fans and our community. It also allows us to more seamlessly elevate the entire college’s visibility in the region, state and nation.”

The new Whitecaps wordmark will be featured on baseball uniforms this spring and new softball uniforms in 2021. Any new uniforms or equipment will include the new branding. The old Whitecaps wordmark will remain in use with some items as it is phased out.

The new logo also will be featured on athletics apparel, signage and the athletics website.

The rebranding project, which began a year ago, was conducted by the college’s Public Affairs department and the college’s Communication, Marketing and Advertising Committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.

The college will conduct a mascot naming contest during the spring 2020 semester.

GC Whitecaps Softball at 2019 San Jacinto Round Robin

Feb. 8-9: Whitecaps Softball at 2019 San Jacinto Round Robin

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will make an appearance at the 2019 San Jacinto Round Robin tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at Scrap Yard Sports, 29607 Robinson Rd, Conroe, Texas. On Friday, the Whitecaps will take on Temple College at 10 a.m. and McClellan College at 2:30 p.m.

Whitecaps Softball 2019 Island Invitational

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2019 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

The Whitecaps will take on Northwest Florida State College of Niceville at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at field 2 in the first round of the tournament, which will feature teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S.

Teams in the round-robin tournament also include Alvin Community College; Blinn College, Brenham; Chipola College, Marianna, Florida; Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois; Louisiana State University Eunice; Navarro College, Corsicana; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama; Temple College; and University of Houston-Victoria.

Admission is $10 for a tournament pass or $5 a day.

Christa Hartnett is entering her first season as head softball coach and director of athletics at Galveston College and second season on the Whitecaps coaching staff. She was promoted upon the retirement of Ken Delcambre, who spent 20 years at Galveston College.

During Coach Hartnett’s time as an assistant, she helped coach the Whitecaps to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Conference Championship in 2018 and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in St. George, Utah, last May with an overall record of 35-11.

Prior to joining the Whitecaps coaching staff, Coach Hartnett served as an assistant softball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler. In two years at UT Tyler, she helped coach the Patriots to the program’s first NCAA Division III National Championship in 2016 and a third place finish in 2017.

Coach Hartnett helped coach three All-Conference players, two All-West Region award recipients, two All-Americans and a HERO Player of the Year. During her time as an assistant, the Patriots posted a combined record of 95-11.

As a collegiate player, Coach Hartnett split her career between Blinn College and UT Tyler. At Blinn College, she was named second team NFCA All-Midwest Region, second team All-Conference, NJCAA Academic All-American and NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete.

She went on to UT Tyler where she was named All-Conference Honorable Mention and to the NCAA DIII Championship All-Tournament Team. She finished as NCAA National Runner-Up with a record of 50-5 while making “The Catch” (#1 play on ESPN Top 10 and Best of the Best).

Coach Hartnett graduated from the UT Tyler in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Athletic Administration in August 2018.

Assisting Coach Hartnett is Alexandra Holland, who joined the Whitecaps coaching staff as assistant coach after spending four years as an assistant coach for the Texas Glory fast-pitch organization.

Coach Holland is a 2016 graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria. In 2014, she was named NAIA Player of the Week, NAIA All-American second team and the A.I.I. All-Conference first team. She played in 53 games and compiled a .377 batting average with 47 RBI, 29 runs, 12 doubles, two triples and six homes runs. She compiled a 9-3 record with a .295 ERA.

Coach Holland has a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in communication. She is an Arp, Texas, native.

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

Whitecaps Baseball at Galveston College on the beach

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.



6 Whitecaps softball players named to 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone all-conference teams

Six Whitecaps softball players have been named to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone first and second all-conference teams.

The Whitecaps landed five players on the first team and one player on the second team. Ashley Kriesel, a sophomore from Houston, was named Region XIV South Zone Pitcher of the Year.  First team selections included Kriesel; Alyssa Martinez, shortstop; Kirsten Shaw, first base; Alexandria Lewis, second base; and Kayla Kerr, DP/UT. Outfielder Anahi Hoover was named to the second team.

The Whitecaps softball coaches attended a coaches meeting at San Jacinto College on Tuesday, May 1, for the all-conference team selections.  The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur field in Port Arthur, Texas. The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Live video broadcast will be aired at www.coopersports.net.

Visit the tournament website or view the bracket.