Centenary Weekly

April 9, 2010

sports notes

LSWA Honors Starring as Freshman of the Year, Perez as Third Teamer

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) has recently announced its All-Louisiana Men's Basketball Teams as Centenary's Daman Starring was recognized as the state's "Freshman of the Year", while teammate David Perez earned "Third Team" honors, voted by the state's sports information directors and respected media.

Daman Starring
Daman Starring

David Perez
David Perez

Starring emerged as one of Centenary's top performers during the 2009-10 season as he started a team-best 28 of the 29 contests and led the team with 33.1 minutes a game. The freshman was second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game, while third on the team in field goal percentage at .404 (111-275) and fourth in rebounding with 3.6 boards a game.

Perez stepped in immediately and made a strong impact on the young and thriving Gents team as he fired off a dominating opening-game performance with 25 points against NCAA contender and Big East competitor, Marquette.

The New Iberia, La., native led the team in scoring all season, while finishing with a squad-best 15.1 points per game. The super sophomore was first on the team in three-point field goal percentage at .394 (65-165) and free throw percentage at .843 (97-115). He was third best with 54 assists and garnered 29 steals.


The Centenary softball team snapped its nine-game skid with a 9-8 win over Southern Utah in Game 1, but fell 14-6 in five innings in Game 2 on Friday in Summit League action.

The Ladies fell to 9-20 on the season and 3-8 in league play after the double-header.

Game 1: Centenary 9, Southern Utah 8

Rachel Conard
Rachel Conard

Freshman Rachel Conard (2x3, R, 2 RBI) belted a solo shot and drove in two runs on two hits, while senior Allison Shepperd (2x3, R, 2 RBI) also had a multi-hit day to lead Centenary at the plate.

Junior Bonnie Matak (1x4, 2 R), sophomore Kalyn Harris (1x4, 2R, RBI), junior Sara Dornelas (1x4, R, RBI), freshmen Kelsey Regan (1x3) and Callie Herrington (1x4, R) and senior Beth Krysiak (1x1, R, RBI) also had a hit for the Ladies.

Dornelas (4.2,6,5,4,3,2) earned the win for Centenary after tossing 4.2 innings of work, allowing four earned runs on six this with two strikeouts.

Game 2: Southern Utah 14, Centenary 6 (5 innings)

Conard belted her second home run of the day to lead Centenary at the plate with a 2x3, one run, one RBI performance in Game 2. Freshman Bailey Boggs finished 2x2, while junior Caitlin Cavarra (1x3, R, RBI), Dornelas (1x3, 2 RBI), and Herrington (1x3, R, RBI) each picked up a hit.

Salvatore (3.0,8,6,6,2,3) suffered the loss for the Ladies, falling to 0-2 on the season. The righty tossed 3.0 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.

Final Game: Southern Utah 12, Centenary 3 (5 innings)

Sophomore Kalyn Harris belted a three-run home run in the fourth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Centenary softball team dropped the final game of the weekend series to Southern Utah, 12-3, in five innings in Summit League play.


Game 1: Centenary 9, UT-Pan American 3

The Centenary baseball team took an early lead and never looked back as it defeated UT-Pan American, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.

Justin Kraft
Justin Kraft

The Gents (10-12) had another strong pitching performance as junior Justin Kraft (7.1,8,3,3,1,3) tossed 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight scattered hits with three strikeouts for the win, improving him to 2-3 on the season.

Centenary connected on eight hits as freshman Ryan Bell led the way with a 2x4 effort, one run scored and one RBI, while junior Keegan Acker (2x5, R) also had two hits on the day.

Also picking up a hit were junior Alex Todd (1x3, 3 RBI) who drove in three runs, senior Cliff Shepard (1x3, R), junior Scott Pasket (1x3, 2 R, RBI), and freshman Trey McGee (1x4, 2 R). Senior Tell Ross and sophomore Jeff Schaffert each drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Game 2: Centenary 6, UT-Pan American 4

Junior Boone Whiting tossed seven complete innings and struck out 11 batters to lead the Centenary baseball team to a 6-4 win over UT-Pan American on Friday evening in non-conference action.

Sophomore Seth Lugo (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) earned his second save of the year after recording the final out of the game.

Offensively, the Gents connected on seven hits, led by freshman Trey McGee with a 2x3 performance and two runs scored. Junior Alex Todd (1x2, 2R, 2 RBI) blasted a two-run bomb to center field to plate two, while classmate Scott Pasket (1x2, 2 RBI) drove in two with a pinch-hit triple.

Game 3: UT-Pan American 4, Centenary 2

The Centenary baseball team tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh, but couldn't find a way to push another run across as it fell 4-2 in the series finale against UT-Pan American on Easter Sunday.

The Gents (10-13) had seven hits on the day as senior Michael Tompkins (2x3, RBI) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (2x4, RBI) led the way with two hits and an RBI apiece. Junior Keegan Acker (1x4), and seniors Cliff Shepard (1x3) and Tell Ross (1x4) each had a knock.

Junior David Benson (5.2,5,2,2,2,5) got the start but was relieved after 5.2 innings of work. The righty allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,2,0,1,0) tossed 1.0 inning of work in relief, allowing two runs, none of which were earned to suffer the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season.

Women's Golf

The Centenary women's golf team took seventh in the Husky Invitational hosted by Houston Baptist at Sienna Plantation with a three-round score of 1020.

The Ladies (336-335-349) struggled in the final round, adding 14 strokes to their second round score to round out the 48-hole tournament.

Senior Jessica Marquart (84-76-85) was Centenary's top performer with a 245 for a tie for 19th place.

Upcoming Home Events


Ladies Softball Double Header versus Western Illinois

Games are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at at the softball complex


Ladies Softball versus Western Illinois

Game starts at noon p.m. at the softball complex


Women’s Softball versus Central Arkansas

First pitch at 5:30 p.m. at the softball complex

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the big picture

Dr. David Rowe installed as 30th President

Centenary College celebrated the inauguration of its 30th president, Dr. David Rowe, with a formal inauguration ceremony on Thursday, April 8, 2010. The ceremony was the culmination of a day-long schedule of inaugural events including a historical tour of the campus, special worship service, presidential concert, and Country Cajun Dance Party. Please visit the links below to view photos and video of the inauguration.

photographs from Inauguration

video excerpts from President\'s speech

Organization Selects Dr. Dana Kress to Participate in Slave Narratives

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Council of Independent Colleges has selected Dr. Dana Kress, professor of French, to participate in the seminar, Slave Narratives, at Yale University, June 13-16.

Dr. Dana Kress
Dr. Dana Kress

Dr. Kress was only one of 28 faculty members from across the country selected to speak at the seminar for other college and university faculty members in history, English and related fields. Co-sponsored by the United Negro College Fund, the seminar will focus on slave narratives written both before and after the American Civil War.

"I am honored to be selected to participate in this event," said Dr. Kress. "The seminar will help me understand how the slave narrative functions within the larger context of American literature so that I can more understand how it underpins much of the emergent literature of francophone Louisiana."

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Biology Student Earns Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

A Centenary College student has been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.

Dallas James Krentzel
Dallas James Krentzel

Dallas James Krentzel, biology major from Bossier City, La., was one of 278 students from across the country and one of three students in Louisiana to receive the award for the 2010-2011 academic year. The one and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

"This is a great honor to receive this scholarship," said Krentzel. "The scholarship helps undergraduate students get involved in the sciences and pursue their interests. I am grateful there is such an award that understands the importance of the sciences and that helps fund education."

Krentzel is a sophomore at Centenary College and a graduate of Airline High School in Bossier City. His parent’s are Todd Krentzel and Theresa Glavin of Bossier City.

Krentzel is the seventh recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship awarded to a Centenary College student since 1991.The last Goldwater recipient was Jessica Pullen (Adams)'07 who received the award in 2005 and is now a third-year medical student at LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

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Escaped Images and Dirtfoot — Pretty Pretty

Escaped Images and Dirtfoot perform

Several weeks ago, Centenary's Escaped Images Dance Company performed a joint concert, Can Dance: A Dansical, with local band Dirtfoot. Take a look back at the amazing event by watching the video excerpt (above) from "Pretty Pretty," an original choreographed piece from our own Renee Smith Cheveallier.

Centenary announces new athletic conference

Athletes Share Night of Celebration w/ Tim Brando

Centenary student-athletes, staff, and coaches gathered for a night of celebration to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication they have put forth throughout the year to represent Centenary and its athletic department on Tuesday evening at its annual Athletic Banquet hosted by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

This event is a time to pay tribute to representing something larger than themselves as athletes were greeted with a special guest speaker in Tim Brando.

Brando, a Shreveport native, is a sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer for notable networks like ESPN, Fox Sports Net and CBS. Covering just about every sport known, Brando shares a love for college athletics and its athletes who make the sports what they truly are.

Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Tallach and Faculty Athletic Representative, Dr. David Hoaas also spoke as Tallach welcomed the crowd to the event and Hoaas introduced Brando. Junior women's basketball player, Anne Farrell, gave the invocation and seniors Kristine Weaver and Quinn Larwood, Co-Presidents of SAAC wrapped up the night with closing remarks.

Seniors were recognized for their commitment to the department as well as members of the SAAC committee who made the banquet possible.

in brief


Healthy Kids Fun Run

DUE to severe weather, the run will take place on April 9. Sponsored by the College’s cross country team, the run begins at 5 p.m. on the Centenary campus at E. Kings Highway and Woodlawn Ave. and will make a one-mile around the campus. For more information, contact email at 318.869.5277.


Egg Drop Competition

The Centenary Physics Club hosts an egg drop competition starting at 2 p.m. Fun takes place at the Mickle Hall loading dock. Visit http://www.centenary.edu/physics/egg for more details.


Sunday student film series continues with The Train of Life

A screening of the film The Train of Life will be shown starting at 6 p.m. in the Turner Art Center. The screening is part of the Student Film Series which will present 10 classic films and documentaries will be shown over a 13 week period through April 25.

The Train of Life

Stories Yet Told artist’s reception

A reception for artist Sophie Tolliver will take place at the Turner Art Gallery from 4—6 p.m. Her exhibit, Stories Yet Told will be on display until April 17.


Free Screening for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center if offering FREE screening from 9 a.m. until noon. Screening takes less than 10 minutes and includes a basic exam of your ears, nose, throat and neck. Appointment recommended but not necessary. Call 318.675.6262 to sign up. Look for the MOBILE cancer screening bus in front of Bynum commons. For more information call Melinda Kock at ext. 5466.


A New Brain, a musical by William Finn and James Lapine

Dancing medical walkers? A tango around a hospital bed? An overbearing mother and a belligerent frog? Welcome to the celebrated musical, a New Brain, where anything can happen and often does. The musical takes place at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 8 p.m. Additional shows take place Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday April 18 at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 318.869.5252 for ticket information.


TKE Poker Tournament

The 6th annual Philanthropy Poker Tournament supporting the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Foundation takes place at the Fitness Center on the Centenary College campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch with play starting at noon. Advanced tickets can be purchased from TKE members for $10 or $12 the day of the tournament. For more information, contact David Williams, TKE Philanthropy Chair at email.


Cantare Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


Flute Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


The Tempest takes the stage at MLP

Shakespeare's The Tempest comes to life at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 8 p.m. Shakespeare uses fantasy and magic to explore love and hatred. In the play, tempests take many forms: the storm scene focuses on the role of nature in society; sibling conflicts divide Antonio and Prospero, and Sebastian and Alonso; discord in Caliban represents untamed nature; and forbidden love stirs Miranda and Ferdinand. Shakespeare's The Tempest is a reminder of the very thin division between happiness and tragedy. Additional shows take place Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. FREE admission. Call the box office at 318.869.5252 for more information

Percussion Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


CAB presents Beach Bash

CAB is putting on a Beach Bash! Fun takes place from 2 – 5 p.m. at Jones Rice Field. Contact Jessica Hunter at email for more information.


Jazz Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


Camerata Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.