PRISM is on the move!

21 05 2009

A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to all the supporters of both PRISM and freelantz in our recent collective venture into the world of sports journalism!

As of the end of May 2009, PRISM and freelantz will be forging their own independent paths as a means of furthering each group’s already impressive portfolio.

Do know that a great deal of respect and continued support goes out to Jessica Lantz, as she ventures out to establish her own site at

Jason and Elle will meanwhile be continuing the PRISM name at  There you can find articles already published on this particular site, as well as new material as it becomes available.

Jason can be reached by email effective immediately at, while Elle is now at

Thank you again for checking in and we hope to see you soon!

– Jason


freelantz sports media

19 05 2009

Dear Readers,

As Jason and I pursue our individual interests, this site will be separating into two separate and distinct entities. 

Please visit to continue enjoying articles and photos from the Oklahoma area and beyond, provided by myself.

Here you will also find the ‘Player Perspective’ journal for Dylan Richter of Washington University in St. Louis.

Thank you for your interest in both PRISM and freelantz and we both hope to continue to provide optimum sports coverage for your enjoyment!

Best Regards,


Week 4 games bring familiarity

8 05 2009

A freelantz contribution, written by Jessica Lantz

sifllogoThe Southern Indoor Football League enters Week 4 of the inaugural season with two games that are sure to be hotly contested matchups … and have a sense of familiarity for those involved.

The first game tomorrow night will feature the Austin Turfcats (1-1) hosting the Louisiana Swashbucklers (2-0) at the Travis County Expo Center at 6:05 p.m.

Austin is looking for their first home win of the season, after falling just short in their first attempt in the season opener against Acadiana, a 37-29 loss. Coach Chris Duliban is looking toward the Swashbucklers as a benchmark game.  “This game will be the toughest test for our team, and it will serve as a measuring stick as far how far we still need to go as a new franchise,” Duliban said.

Meanwhile, Louisiana coach Darnell Lee feels that the Turfcats match up well against his team.  “They’re very athletic,” said Lee. “Our organization does not underestimate anybody in the league.”  Lee is quick to point out the prior knowledge each team has of one another, primarily due to the large number of players and coaches who were part of the CenTex Barracudas in the Intense Football League and “a lot of our guys know a lot of their guys.”

This familiarity could lead to an intense battle between players and coaches alike as the Bucks work to earn their 21st consecutive win and the Turfcats seek the opportunity to end this streak. Read the rest of this entry »

Patterson’s character a plus for Houma

7 05 2009

A freelantz contribution; by Jessica Lantz

Although the Houma Conquerors are starting out the season without a victory, the team has not been without the strong play and strong character shown by defensive back Derrick Patterson. 

hc_logo_61fbPatterson, playing on his first indoor football team, returned an interception for a touchdown in the Conqueror’s first contest, scooped up a fumble recovery in the second and has amassed 82 yards on six kickoff returns.  These numbers put Patterson solidly at the top of the leaderboard, with one of two team interceptions, the only fumble recovery and the most kickoff yardage by any Houma player.

Patterson, who graduated high school in 2003, has gone down a winding path to get to Houma.  Following high school in New Orleans, he entered the workforce and started playing semi-pro football for the Louisiana Hurricanes, where he garnered Rookie of the Year honors.  After Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, Patterson moved to Baton Rouge and began playing football with the Louisiana Eagles – making the All-Star team.

He then decided to try his luck at the college game, and played briefly at Victor Valley College in California before an ankle injury and an impending addition to his family prompted him to return home to Louisiana.  Meanwhile, at Conqueror tryouts on January 10th, the coaching staff noticed the spry 5’8”, 165 lb. defensive back who prides himself on “playing like he’s 6”3’”. 

Head coach Franklin Thomas Jr. is quick to praise Patterson’s humble and gracious character, saying he “plays at a high level and we’re blessed to have a player like him” on the team and that he “hasn’t disappointed us yet”.

Patterson focuses on trying “to bring a lot to the team, to be a playmaker and to go hard every play”, all while training to “be the best” at what he does.  He hopes that his recent football successes with Houma will propel him even further in the world of professional football, with dreams of playing in the Arena Football League, the Canadian Football League – or someday – the National Football League.

Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game Three – Recap and Photo Journal

7 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

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2323232327ffp53684nu3396834388wsnrcg324738534344nu0mrjThe Sarasota Reds capped off a three-game home series against the Fort Myers Miracle Wednesday night with a 6-5 win, and take to the road tonight for the first of a three-game set against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Reds, now tied with the Palm Beach Cardinals at the bottom of the FSL South at 9-17, were propelled to victory by a strong offensive showing in the first inning of last night’s game, with Sarasota batters tallying a total of four scores – two of which came off a two-run shot by outfielder Denis Phipps that sailed over the left field wall.

Sarasota would score two additional runs before the night was over, the first when left fielder Carson Kainer was driven home on a single to center field by Phipps in the bottom of the third, the other as catcher Devin Mesoraco grounded out in the fifth inning, but not before second baseman Alex Buchholz tagged up at third and beat the throw home.

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Through Their Eyes – Brandon Zeeb – Volume One

6 05 2009

dsc_0597PRISM is proud to introduce the first player diary entry from sophomore wide receiver for the Florida Atlantic Owls, Brandon Zeeb.  Redshirted in his first year at FAU in 2006, Zeeb is part of what the school’s official athletic website refers to as “a deep receiving corps,” and here describes the push to see his first significant playing time on the field during the 2009 season.

My main goal this off-season was to stay healthy. Last year, a sprained MCL the week before pre-spring training kept me out almost all of spring camp.

During the off-season, I was able to achieve that goal, and got a little bigger, stronger and faster as well.

I came into spring camp hoping to turn some heads and surprise some people.  I found out, however, that my eligibility was in question because of changing majors. This took all my motivation away from playing; my performance suffered during the first two weeks of spring practice as a result. I figured I wouldn’t be able to play in the fall, so I didn’t really care.

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Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game Two – Recap and Photo Journal

5 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting

2323232327ffp53657nu3396834388wsnrcg3246-74647344nu0mrjThe Sarasota Reds knew they faced a tough go of it during a three-game home stretch against the Fort Myers Miracle that began on Monday evening.

After nearly rallying from behind in the bottom of the ninth only to lose 8-6 the previous night, quickly let things get out of hand against their opponent in Game Two on Tuesday.

Sarasota looked like it might keep things close through the first three innings, but faltered badly in the top of the fourth with the score 2-0 in favor of Fort Myers when Miracle short stop Chris Cates, left fielder Ben Revere, second baseman Steve Singleton, and third baseman Deibinson Romero all scored on a total of six hits allowed by starting pitcher for the Reds, Luis Montano, and reliever, Joseph Krebs.

The Reds responded in the bottom of the fourth, when second baseman / short stop Alex Bucholz grounded out on a hit toward third base, but left first baseman Yonder Alonso already well on his way toward home plate.

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