Now that we’re finally swinging into spring, I thought it might be the perfect time for a couple of light, refreshing recipes everyone can enjoy. This chicken shawarma with cucumber yogurt is mouth wateringly delicious – and it’s got some wonderful spices for extra flavor. And for the pasta fans (really, who isn’t?), this cacio e pepe is simple, but it’s truly delightful. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” – so if you like both, you’ll love this. 

WACO, Texas –The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team put together a true team effort Saturday afternoon and captured the 2018 NCEA Championship crown, defeating No. 1 Georgia, 10-5, in the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

The national title was the program’s fifth overall and second in the last three years.

“It’s always wonderful to win a national championship, but it was also very nerve-wracking when you go in with a team that should win it like the one we had,” head coach Greg Williamssaid. “Georgia is a great team and they weren’t going to give it to us. This Auburn group deserves it and I’m so proud of everyone for their efforts this whole week.”

“I can’t put this feeling into words,” senior Alexa Rivard said. “I would not want to do this with any other team. We worked so hard all year and learned from mistakes made throughout the season. We just won a national championship!”

“Everyone came through today and did their job,” junior Caitlin Boyle added. “We were ready for some redemption and came through.”

The young Hunt Seat crew had an outstanding performance overall, giving up just one point between Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences for a 7-1 mark against the Bulldogs.

“They came here ready to ride,” Williams said. “The whole team did. This Hunt Seat team stepped it up a notch this week and really rode to their potential. It was fun to watch.”

“Georgia rode beautifully today and made it a great contest,” Boyle said. “It was a great feeling to put together clean rides and get that edge over them.”

Auburn quickly took a 4-0 lead after Equitation on the Flat. Junior Ashton Alexander opened with a 177-175 win over Madison Newman and was followed by a 179-171 victory for freshman Taylor St. Jacques. Junior Hayley Iannotti edged Addyson Cord, 175-173, before Boyle put up a huge score of 181 to complete the sweep.

Horsemanship pushed the Tigers to a 6-1 lead at the half as the group finished 2-1 overall. After the Bulldogs took the first point, redshirt junior Kelsey Jung bested Bailey Anderson with a 149.5-147 win. Freshman Deanna Green tied her match with 151 points before junior Lauren Diaz came away with a 148.5-147.5 win over Sammie Johnson.

Georgia cut into Auburn’s lead after Reining, going 3-1 over the Tigers. Rivard put together a great ride in an uncharacteristic situation as her saddle started to slide off halfway through her performance. She held on and finished with a 141.5, besting Jordan Carpenter’s 134.5.

“I kept working on staying in the moment,” Rivard said. “The horse I rode was awawesome and I knew I could push hard and get a good score. My saddle started to slip halfway and I was hanging on by a hair the rest of the ride. Thankfully, it all worked out.”

“About 90 percent of riders would be in the dirt in that situation,” Williams added. “She is one of the very few that could make it work. She did a phenomenal job rebounding and captured enough points to win.”

Needing just one point for the title, Auburn went into Equitation Over Fences with a 7-4 lead. Georgia cut it to two with a win in the first match, but Boyle kept her undefeated streak in the event intact ­as she topped Cord, 177-168. The individual win sealed the overall team victory.

Power literally went out for an hour in the whole arena after Boyle’s ride and stalled the remainder of competition. After the lights came back on, St. Jacques finished her perfect meet with a 171-168 win against Tritschler and Alexander closed out with a 160-153 victory over Darst.

Boyle was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the championship in Fences, while St. Jacques earned the honor in Flat. The Auburn Hunt Seat crew will not lose a single rider from this year’s championship run, while the lone senior on the Western side was Rivard.

“The 2018-19 season looks really bright for Auburn equestrian,” Williams said. 

WACO, Texas -- The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team had huge performances all day Friday at the 2018 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship as all four events advanced to the final round of the event championship in Waco.

"It was a big day," head coach Greg Williams said. "There was a lot riding and this was a day we've geared up for. We wanted to put ourselves into a position to win and focus on what is in our control. The team did a fantastic job at that and are going to compete in every championship tomorrow. It's really exciting."

The Tigers will have a full day Saturday in the Extraco Events Center, beginning with the national championship at 8:30 a.m. CT. It will be a rematch between the SEC's finest as No. 2 Auburn and No. 1 Georgia will go head-to-head in the full team competition.

"We have unfinished business to attend to tomorrow," Williams said. "Our goal is to win a national championship and that is first and foremost in our minds. All of our sights are on the morning competition. We want to win in everything we compete in, but we will not lose focus on that national championship."

Friday saw the Tigers compete in all four event quarterfinals and semifinals -- Equitation Over Fences, Reining, Equitation on the Flat, and Horsemanship. The newly expanded NCEA format includes four team-seeded brackets as squads compete for four event titles. Auburn was seeded second in both Equitation on the Flat and Horsemanship, while earning a No. 3 seed in Equitation Over Fences and Reining. 

The Hunt Seat corps kicked off the day in Equitation Over Fences. As the No. 3 seed in the event, the Tigers opened with a 3-1 win over No. 6 South Carolina before besting No. 2 Georgia, 3-1, in the semifinals. The Tigers will take on No. 5 Oklahoma State in the final at 2 p.m. CT.

Reining competed in the morning session as the No. 3 seed in the discipline, opening with a 3-1 win over No. 6 Baylor. The Tigers then battled to a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Oklahoma State, edging the Cowgirls with a raw score tiebreak, 550.5-415.5. AU will face SEC rival Texas A&M in the final match at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Hunt Seat continued its dominating performance Friday in Equitation on the Flat, only giving up one point between two matches. The No. 2 Tigers opened with a 3-0 victory over No. 10 South Carolina and followed with a 3-1 win against No. 3 Oklahoma State. Auburn and Georgia will meet in the event final Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT.

After earning a first round bye, No. 2 Horsemanship saw huge rides throughout Friday afternoon. The team blanked No. 7 SMU, 4-0, before riding to a 2-2 tie with No. 6 Baylor. Auburn edged the Bears in raw score, 581.5-580, to round out competition for the day. The Tigers face off with the rival Bulldogs from Georgia at 2 p.m. CT for the event crown.

A complete list of all matches is below.

A complete list of all matches is below.

EQUITATION OVER FENCES

vs. South Carolina -- W, 3-1
Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Lizzie van der Walde (SC), 164-158
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Madison Sellman (SC), 172-161
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Madison Brayman (SC), 155-152
Chloe Schmidt (SC) def. Ashton Alexander (AU), 166-165

vs. Georgia -- W, 3-1
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Ali Tritschler (UGA), 169-156
Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Addyson Cord (UGA), 169-164
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Emma Mandarino (UGA), 162-161
Maddy Darst (UGA) def. Hayley Iannotti (AU), 175-169

REINING
vs. Baylor -- W, 3-1
Charlotte Green (BU) def. Terri-June Granger (AU), 143-139.5
Betsy Brown (AU) def. Carly Salter (BU), 138-137.5
Alexa Rivard (AU) def. Abbi Demel (BU), 139.5-0
Blair McFarlin (AU) def. Georgia Smith (BU), 139.5-137

vs. Oklahoma State -- W, 2-2 (550.5-415.5)
Julia Purus (OSU) def. Alexa Rivard (AU), 137.5-133
Betsy Brown (AU) def. Danielle Cohen (OSU), 138.5-0
Terri-June Granger (AU) def. Hannah Mitchell (OSU), 140-138
Ebba Lange (OSU) def. Blair McFarlin (AU), 140-139

EQUITATON ON THE FLAT
vs. South Carolina -- W, 3-0
Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Madison Sellman (SC), 175-167
Ashton Alexander (AU) tied Louisa Brackett (SC), 160-160
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Madison Brayman (SC), 171-168
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Chloe Schmidt (SC), 158-151

vs. Oklahoma State -- W, 3-1
Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Carly Barrick (OSU), 167-158
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Hannah Janson (OSU), 164-157
Kendall Pedigo (OSU) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 170-166
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Abigail Brayman (OSU), 166-156

HORSEMANSHIP
vs. SMU -- W, 4-0
Taylor Searles (AU) def. Kara Vickery (SMU), 149-145
Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Haylee Schoonover (SMU), 150-147
Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Ashley Mauney (SMU), 147.5-145.5
Deanna Green (AU) def. Michaela Dinger (SMU), 147.5-141.5

vs. Baylor -- W, 2-2 (581.5-580)
Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Katie Davis (BU), 146-143
Deanna Green (AU) def. Abbi Demel (BU), 147-138.5
Kaylee Mellott (BU) def. Taylor Searles (AU), 150-148.5
Charlotte Green (BU) def. Kara Kaufmann (AU) 148.5-140

For the latest on Auburn Equestrian, follow @AuburnEQ on Twitter and visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/AuburnEQ.

 

 

 
 
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Alabama Football Set for 2018 Golden Flake A-Day Game on Saturday

The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT kickoff and will air live on ESPN

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football will host its annual A-Day Game, sponsored by Golden Flake, on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

 

The A-Day Game will serve as the 15th and final practice of the spring for the Crimson Tide. It will be the program’s 12th A-Day under the direction of six-time national championship winning head coach Nick Saban.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

 

Alabama Women’s Golf Begins SEC Championships Play on Wednesday

 

ALABAMA WOMEN’S GOLF NOTES | WEDNESDAY TEE TIMES

 

TUSCALOOSA Ala. – The No. 1-ranked Alabama women’s golf team will begin postseason play this weekend at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championships,April 18-22, at Greystone Golf & Country Club’s Par 72, 6,253 Legacy Course in Birmingham, Ala.

 

The Crimson Tide will tee off at 9:40 a.m. CT on Wednesday and will be paired with Arkansas and South Carolina in the first round. Admission is free for this year’s tournament.

 

Tournament Format

This year’s SEC tournament will feature three rounds of stroke play April 18-20, with the individual champion being crowned following the third round on Friday. The top eight teams in the standings following stroke play will advance to match play with the quarterfinals and semifinals set for Saturday, April 21 and the championship match scheduled for Sunday, April 22.

 

Alabama at the SEC Championships

Alabama has captured three SEC team titles – 2010, 2013 and 2016. The Tide won its first conference championship with a four-stroke victory at the NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa in 2010 before capturing the 2013 and 2016 crowns at the tournament’s current site, Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham. Along with the 2010, 2013 and 2016 victories, Alabama has finished runner-up in the SEC Championship on five occasions, including 1991, 1994, 2009, 2011 and 2017.

 

National Rankings

Alabama enters the weekend at No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings released April 17 with a 69.88 rating. The Crimson Tide is also ranked No. 2 by Golfstat and leads the nation in scoring average at 71.00. Alabama boasts two of the nation’s top seven golfers and four of the top 32 heading into SEC play. Lauren Stephenson (third), Kristen Gillman (seventh), Lakareber Abe (30th) and Cheyenne Knight (32nd) are ranked in most recent Golfstat NCAA Player Rankings, released April 10. Stephenson and Gillman are ranked No. 2 and No. 11, respectively in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released April 17, with Knight (25th), Abe (53rd) and Angelica Moresco (86th) also appearing in the ratings.

 

Alabama Sweeps SEC Weekly Awards Following Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic

Alabama juniors Cheyenne Knight and Lauren Stephenson were named Co-Southeastern Conference Women’s Golfers of the Week and freshman Angelica Moresco was named SEC Women’s Freshman Golfer of the Week the league office announced April 16.

Stephenson and Knight were co-medalists at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic over the weekend. Knight opened the tournament with a first-round 65, equaling her career-low round. Stephenson fired back-to-back 69s in the second and third rounds to tie Knight for first place. The two rounds of 69 give Stephenson 15 rounds in the 60s in 23 rounds played this season. The Lexington, S.C., native has now been below par in 19 of 23 rounds in 2017-18.

 

The medalist honor is the second of the season and UA career for Stephenson. Knight’s win is her first for 2017-18 and fourth of her career, which ranks No. 2 all-time at Alabama. This also marks the first time in UA women’s golf history that two Tide golfers have tied for individual medalist honors in a tournament.

 

Moresco was the low freshman at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with a 2-over par 218 (70-75-73) to finish in a tie for 14th. The Caldogno, Italy, native’s opening round 70 equaled her career-low round.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaWGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

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The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff this Saturday, April 21, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day 2018 will include a full day of activities and experiences, including the opportunity for fans to take the field at the conclusion of the game. The A-Day game will serve as the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.

 

 It will be the program's 12th A-Day Game under the direction of six-time national championship coach Nick Saban. A myriad of activities punctuate the 2018 Golden Flake A-Day Game that will be televised on ESPN with Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Adnan Virk, and Holly Rowe calling the game from field level. 

(Montgomery, AL): The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is excited to announce the birth of its newest family member, a female Bongo, born March 5, 2018 to mom, Gerty, and dad, Aphis.  Mom (four years old) and dad (seven years old) came to the Montgomery Zoo, in 2016 and 2014 respectively, from the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia.  The proud parents have been bonding with their little one and are now ready to introduce her to the world.  This is the first Bongo calf born at the zoo in over a decade.

Preface: This little 500-word piece that I submit monthly is usually due to the trusty editor of DCL somewhere around the middle of the previous month. At the time this one came due, on or around February 14, our country had just endured yet another senseless tragedy – in the form of a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.  

I have never in my life been so excited to see daffodils and yellow hyacinth making a splash against the dull, brown terrain, or been as sick of cold weather as I have this year.

I am seeing signs of life. Small buds pushing their way through the dark, rich earth.  

Has your family been battling the flu or colds this season? If so, once everyone gets well, you’ll need to take some steps to clean the house. Here’s what to do:

The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is once again partnering with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers for the annual Family Discovery Concert – set for Monday, March 5.

The Junior League of Tuscaloosa (JLT) will host Dinner at Your Door this Thursday, March 8. This signature fundraiser allows community members to support their local Junior League through the purchase of a dinner for four donated by local restaurants and businesses.

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

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Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

 

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