The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2020 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston. Play ball!
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.
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.
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 Team Japan at 10 a.m. and Ranger College at 12:15 p.m. On Saturday, the Whitecaps will play Temple College at 10 a.m. and McClellan College at 2:30 p.m.
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/.
Galveston College Whitecaps softball recently signed three senior standouts from Bridge City High School in Bridge City, Texas.
Galveston College Head Coach and Director of Athletics Christa Hartnett made the trip to Bridge City on Nov. 13 to sign Cardinal catcher Abby Anderson, third baseman Caitlin Denison and left fielder Aleah McClanahan.
Bridge City Head Coach Kayla Gallardo, family members and friends were on hand for the event. Jordan Haynes and Dane’e Crawford are assistant softball coaches at Bridge City.
Anderson has received a number of accolades, including 2016 District 24-4A all-district honorable mention, 2016 varsity letterman in track, 2017-2018 24-4A all-district honorable mention and the 2018 Cardinal Heard Award for softball. A member of the 2016 USFA Western National Champions, she plays for the Orange Crush Gold 18 and under team and competed in the USA Gold Nationals in Oklahoma City in 2016.
A four-year varsity starter for softball, Denison was named first-team all-district third baseman her sophomore and junior years. She was named most valuable defensive player on The Orange Leader’s all-district first team; KOGT named her first-team all-district third baseman. She also received academic all-district recognition her junior year, played on the varsity basketball team for two years and was a cross country state qualifier her freshman year.
A three-year varsity softball player, McClanahan was named most valuable outfield player in 2018. She was named second-team all-district in 2018 and to The Orange Leader’s all-district first team in 2017 and 2018. A three-year varsity volleyball player, she was named first-team honorable mention for District 22-4A volleyball in 2018, most valuable defensive player in 2017 and first-team all-district in 2017. KOGT named her first-team all-district in 2017. She received the Cardinal Heard Award for softball in 2016 and was named most aggressive volleyball player in 2016.
Above: Bridge City High School softball standouts Abby Anderson, Caitlin Denison and Aleah McClanahan sign letters of intent to play at Galveston College. Also pictured is Whitecaps Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.
Weather: 79 degrees