The 2018 Southland runner-up Sugar Bears squad lost All-Conference First Team member Fernanda Lira to graduation but return three-time first team honoree Emma Svensson. The two were both selected for the 2018 NCAA Regionals, marking the first time in program history that the team has sent a pair of individuals to the tournament. The UIW Cardinals fly under the direction of first-year head coach Allison Howarth, who was named to the post this summer after serving as the graduate assistant last season. UCA starts its season at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by New Mexico, while UIW begins its season at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic hosted by Utah Valley. Both tournaments begin Monday. FRISCO, Texas – While two Southland Conference women’s golf teams – Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin got an early start to the 2018-19 season, Central Arkansas and Incarnate Word tee off Monday to start the new year. The remaining four league teams – Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – will take the course the week of Sept. 15. The Southland Conference Championship moves to High Meadows Ranch Country Club in Magnolia, Texas, this season after two years at Woodforest Golf Club. The tournament is set for April 22-24, 2019. The Bearkats and Ladyjacks competed at the Lady Maxwell Cup, hosted by Oral Roberts, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 to open the new year. Sam Houston senior Jenna Phillips shot a final round 70 to win medalist honors by a stroke, leading the team to a second-place finish. SFA placed seventh with senior Erica Lautensack posting a top-10 finish. Joni Stephens enters her first year at the helm for the Islanders. The former ULM head coach takes her team to Yorktown, Ind., for the Ball State Cardinal Classic on Sept. 17-18. HBU, LU and McNeese commence their seasons at the University of South Alabama Intercollegiate on Sept. 15 for a three-day tournament in Mobile, Ala. The Huskies, who are two-time defending Southland champions, return the 2018 individual winner at the 2018 Southland Championship in senior Kaity Cummings and the 2017 victor in senior Lexi Brooks. Elodie Chapelet, a two-time All-Southland First Team selection, heads into her junior season for the Cardinals. The Cowgirls turn to the new year coming off a seventh-place showing at the conference championship.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sexual assault charges against students at the Naval Academy are routinely dismissed without trial, an analysis of Navy documents found. The review of 56 midshipmen accused of sexual assault since 1998 found only two were convicted, one in a civilian court, according to the review by The Washington Post of Navy incident reports, case summaries and data released by the school. In virtually every other case, deals were struck forcing the alleged offender to leave the academy without facing trial and without a criminal record. Reports of sexual assault have been increasing at the academy, in part because of an effort to encourage victims to report incidents, but advocates say increased reporting is only part of the solution. Jamin B. Raskin, a law professor at American University with extensive experience in civil rights and sexual discrimination, said the findings were “profoundly troubling.” “A sexual assault should not be treated like a case of plagiarism,” Raskin said. “This is not just an offense against academic rules; it’s a crime. … The ethos of the institution should not be you take whatever you can get and if you get caught, then you leave.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “It’s not about how many reports you’re receiving, it’s about how much justice you’re providing to victims of crime,” said Anita Sanchez, spokeswoman for the Miles Foundation, an advocacy group for victims of violence associated with the military. In August, a Pentagon task force that looked into sexual assault and harassment at the Naval Academy and at West Point found five courts-martial were convened at the Army school, with three convictions for sex-related crimes over a 10-year period, while the Naval Academy had one court-martial and conviction during that time. The academy’s superintendent, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, issued a statement Friday saying he has “made it clear to all our staff and midshipmen that the Navy does not tolerate sexual harassment and sexual assault.” However, sexual assault cases are often hard to prove because of insufficient evidence, said Mike Brady, an academy spokesman. The latest case involves Midshipman Lamar S. Owens Jr., the starting quarterback of the academy football team, who was accused in February of raping a female midshipman in her dorm room. A hearing was postponed last week so prosecutors can consider additional charges.