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The Morning Stake | 2019.10.10

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Fat Bear Week Winner. Via NPR, Coastal Brown Bear Holly in the Katmai Conservancy won the fat bear contest, meaning that folks that followed along voted Holly to be the biggest and prettiest big bear of the season as the bears ready for hibernation (a before and after picture is at the link):

“It was very hard to get a good picture [of Holly] out of the water,” she says, “because she was a submarine for the entire month. She did not stop fishing, except to dig a belly hole big enough for her to sleep in.”

Holly and all of this year’s 12 contestants are coastal brown bears that forage along the Brooks River. The Alaskan waterway has one of the largest concentrations of sockeye salmon in the world, and the bears there take full advantage.

This year’s weeklong competition was a huge success, with a record total of 187,000 votes cast — more than three times last year’s total.

Along with the novelty and fun of the event, Boak and her fellow Katmai Conservancy media ranger Brooklyn White hope it builds awareness of a natural process and the need to conserve the unique wilderness area of the Brooks River.

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Ready for UTEP. Remember there’s an exhibition game this weekend, first tip is at 8:00 p.m. and there’s no television. It does benefit non-profits to benefit the victims of the El Paso shooting.

Pitino at Practice.

Big 12 Media Day. Via the Big 12, this is the list of players for Texas Tech (other teams are at the link) that will attend the Big 12 Media Day on October 23rd:

Coach Chris Beard, TJ Holyfield, Chris Clarke, Davide Moretti, Kyler Edwards, Jahmi’us Ramsey

Interesting that Beard is taking along a true freshman in Ramsey. The others are returnees and seniors.

Being Defined. The official site asked ach of the players how they define the team and we’ll pull from Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon, Jr. since we really haven’t heard from them:

Terrence Shannon, Jr.: “We’re a tough team that is coming together more every day. We work hard and are becoming more consistent. We’re a team that has worked hard all summer and enjoy playing together. There’s not a team that is going to out-tough us. We’re starting to communicate better on the court and are bonding off it. It’s a team that is going to hold each other accountable.”

Kevin McCullar: “I describe our team as being one with each other. We’ve come together through our hard work on the court and weight room and the team bonding that we’ve had. Seeing everything firsthand last year and the success the past two years, it’s important to all of us that we keep this going. We’re working hard every day to be the best team that we can become.”

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CartWells. Coach Matt Wells and Taylor Peters with a close call and your weekly episode of CartWells.

Thompson Ready for Opportunity. A-J Media’s Don Williams talked with tight end Donta Thompson who has been waiting for this opportunity to shine as a tight end:

“I feel great,” he said. “I’ve been waiting on a moment like this for a minute. I’ve just got to keep trying to get better and make stuff like that happen.”

Thompson was open deep in Oklahoma State territory on Tech’s second offensive snap of the game, and Jett Duffey overthrew him. But Duffey went back to Thompson several more times, and it paid off. Of his five catches, four came on series that ended with the Red Raiders scoring a couple of touchdowns and a field goal.

Thompson’s production in Tech’s 45-35 victory increased his season totals to 13 catches for 124 yards.

“Donta’s played well,” Wells said. “He’s an emotional player. He’s a good practice player. He made some big catches that continued drives, especially early in the game on third down. He’s a good special-teams player.”

Coverboy of the Week. TexasFootball’s Shehan Jeyarajah named Jordyn Brooks the coverboy of the week for his performance against Oklahoma State:

Brooks played the best game of his young career in the biggest spot against No. 21 Oklahoma State. He spoke after the game about how embarrassed he was by the defense’s performance against Oklahoma, and followed it up with 19 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in a 45-35 win over Oklahoma State.


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