Hunter Strong Central Arkansas 1B Jr. Sheridan, Ark. Name School Pos. Class Hometown All first team honorees are automatic selections as returners from last season’s all-conference teams. The Lions lead the first team with all three of their selections being named to top list, headlined by senior third baseman Taylor Schwaner. The reigning Southland Player of the Year notched a .330 batting average against league foes last season in 112 at-bats, including 41 RBIs and nine home runs with a .670 slugging percentage. Ethan Valdez Nicholls 2B Jr. San Antonio, Texas Corey Gaconi Southeastern Louisiana P Jr. Metaire, La. Hayden Wesneski Sam Houston State P So. Cypress, Texas Orynn Veillon New Orleans OF Jr. Lafayette, La. David Fry Northwestern State 1B Sr. Colleyville, Texas Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions. Bryan Warzek New Orleans P Jr. Clifton Park, N.Y. Ryan Gonzales UIW SS Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas Second Team First Team Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Jr. El Campo, Texas Grant Devore Lamar U Sr. Dallas, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State led all Southland baseball programs with four student-athletes named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Tuesday. Andrew Fregia Sam Houston State 3B Jr. Liberty, Texas Last season’s Relief Pitcher of the Year JT Newton of Houston Baptist and Freshman of the Year Hayden Wesneski of Sam Houston State also return, along with Newcomer of the Year Josh Evans returning for Stephen F. Austin.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 16 with 13 games, starting when Houston Baptist welcomes Western Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Grant Anderson McNeese P Jr. Beaumont, Texas Luis Trevino Abilene Christian C Jr. Mission, Texas JT Newton Houston Baptist P Jr. Bangs, Texas Drew Avans Southeastern Louisiana U Sr. Alabaster, Ala. Hunter Hearn Sam Houston State OF Jr. Crosby, Texas Tyler Gray Central Arkansas P Sr. Fort Smith, Ark. Josh Evans Stephen F. Austin DH Sr. Ponca City, Okla. 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams Tyler Depreta-Johnson Houston Baptist SS Sr. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Shane Selman McNeese OF Jr. Lake Charles, La. The 2017 Southland Hitter of the Year also returns in McNeese junior Shane Selman. Selman hit .362 last season against conference opponents in 127 at-bats, tallying 10 home runs. Robin Adames Lamar DH Jr. The Bronx, N.Y. Dalton Stark Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. Cypress, Texas Keaton Presley Central Arkansas OF Sr. Springfield, Mo. Central Arkansas, McNeese, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana all earned a trio of selections while Houston Baptist and Lamar each earned two picks. Abilene Christian, UIW, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all garnered one spot. Joe Provenzano McNeese 2B Sr. Downers Grove, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown John Cable New Orleans C Sr. Roswell, Ga. Taylor Schwaner Southeastern Louisiana 3B Sr. Slidell, La.
Can one ever pick up the pieces? For director Deepa Mehta and her daughter Devyani, the mother-daughter bond had unraveled many years ago when the 11-year-old opted to go with her Canadian father during a difficult divorce. At 19, she got the opportunity to re-connect with her mother when Mehta asked her to work with her on the shooting of Water in Benares. That turned into a 5-year odyssey after Hindu opponents refused to allow the movie, which deals with Hindu widows to be filmed in Benares. Mehta went through many tribulations to finally shoot the movie in great secrecy in Sri Lanka. Now Devyani Saltzman has written Shooting Water: a Memoir of Second Chances, Family and Film-making, a book about those turbulent days and about starting over not only with Water, but also with their fragile relationship, which was marbled with pain and anger. In this beautifully written and heart-felt memoir, Devyani recounts the heartache of disbanding the sets after riots in Benares made it impossible to shoot there. Mehta’s effigy was burnt and she received death threats. In a way the mother daughter roles were reversed, with Devyani feeling protective of her mother. She says: “It was probably the first time in our lives that I was feeling that way toward her. All of a sudden, my mom was a target. I had never seen her in that position and maybe it also started us getting to know each other better. It was discovering the vulnerability on both sides.” In the ensuing five years, Devyani got a degree from Oxford and then joined Mehta in Sri Lanka for the shooting of the movie. They created temples and ghats where none existed and worked with extras, who could not understand the language. Even one of the leads, 8-year-old Sarala, learnt Hindi phonetically and had to be directed through an interpreter. The turbulent story has a happy ending: Water has been completed and shown to acclaim and the book has received strong reviews. Devyani Saltzman not only found her voice, but also the bonds with her mother. So is Water much more than a movie for her? “It is,” says Devyani. “It’s been a five year journey and now I’m moving on. Maybe it was all about growing up. The next phase will be about being an individual, a writer, someone on my own in the sense that the past with my family — we’ve faced it.” As Deepa Mehta writes in the afterword to the book, “Sadly we can’t rewrite our lives as we do film scripts. But with awareness and a bit of luck, we can sometimes nudge them in a different direction. The rebirth of Water coincided with the rebirth of my relationship with Devyani.“ Related Items