Flyer Volleyball Wins Area Playoff

As area playoff volleyball continues, St. Joseph’s joined the list of victors on Tuesday with a winning effort at home. The Flyers defeated Houston Lutheran South convincingly, 25-18, 25-6, 25-9, to win the TAPPS 5A area playoff.

Savannah Wharton led the team with 11 kills, while Grace Hammack added five and Mikah Sloan tallied four kills and 15 digs. Cheyenne Stewart led the team with 11 assists.

“Going into this game we said we were going to do things and it felt good to actually do them than just saying we would do them,” Wharton said after the game. “We jumped on the team like we said we were going to.”

Next up for St. Joe will be a date with Fort Bend Christian in the TAPPS 5A Regional. Details for that contest will be announced in the coming days.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have declined 2019 options on contracts with starting pitcher Ervin Santana and designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison.

Santana’s contract is for $14 million and Morrison’s for $8 million. In announcing the expected decision Tuesday, the team will pay each player a $1 million buyout to make him a free agent.

Morrison batted .186 with 15 home runs in 95 games in his only season with Minnesota before needing surgery on his left hip.

Santana had surgery on his right middle finger two weeks before spring training and didn’t debut with the Twins until July 25. With an 8.03 ERA in 24 2/3 innings over five starts, he was shut down again. Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Santana went 23-19 in 63 starts with a 3.32 ERA, seven complete games and four shutouts.

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