Ellsworth 9-10 softball claims District 1 crown with win over Machias

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth 9-10 softball team defeated Machias 13-3 on Friday to complete a dominant tournament run and win the District 1 championship at DeMeyer Field.Ellsworth outscored its opponents 38-8 over three games to win the tournament. The team had beaten Acadian Little League 11-1 on June 29 to begin the tournament and also beat Machias 14-4 on July 1 in what proved to be a preview of the title game.With the victory, Ellsworth qualified for the state championships in Scarborough, which begin this weekend. The team’s first game will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.At the 11-12 level, the Acadian Major League team saw its softball season come to an end Saturday with a 9-1 loss to Scarborough. Acadian finished its season as the District 1 champion and had a 1-2 record in the state tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s 9-10 baseball team was eliminated with a 15-14 road loss against Calais on July 1. The 11-12 team can clinch the District 1 title with a victory against Machias at 5 p.m. Monday, July 10.last_img read more

Lower Corentyne bowlers keep Georgetown in check at Lusignan

first_imgTHE Lower Corentyne’s bowling attack kept Georgetown in check at the close of the opening day of the second round Jaguars Franchise League 3-day competition at Lusignan yesterday.The City team, in response to Lower Corentyne’s first innings total of 165, closed on 154-8. Christopher Barnwell was unbeaten on 73, when bails were lifted.Asked to bat first, Lower Corentyne suffered a batting meltdown in the morning session to go to lunch on 87-6, a position from which they did not recover, despite Jonathan Foo providing the lone stability with 63 late down the order.Spinners Gajanan Suknanan, Steven Sankar and Ashmead Nedd created most of the problems for the visitors, as the trio shared nine wickets. Off-spinner Suknanan (4-43), was the most successful of the bowlers, while Sankar and Nedd had figures of 3-42 and 2-35 respectively.Medium pacer Christopher Barnwell (1-4), did the early damage, dismissing Akeem Hinds leg-before-wicket for one, but it was the spinners Suknanan and Nedd who grabbed five top-order wickets to spark the collapse in the morning session.Fellow opener Jason Sinclair made a fighting 19 before he was removed by left-arm spinner Nedd.Suknanan then took charge and ripped through the top order, bowling Kelvon Anderson (11), Seon Hetmyer (16), and then taking the prized scalp of Devon Clements (25), who was bowled after putting up a short resistance.Nedd, the national Under-19 spinner then added to his wicket tally when he bowled Alex Algoo without scoring.Foo and Kasim Khan went to lunch on nine and one respectively, but soon after the interval Khan was dismissed off the bowling of Suknanan for five.Foo then led some sort of recovery, and combined with Nial Smith (7) for an eight-wicket stand of 51 where he dominated the bowling somewhat, hitting two fours and four sixes.But soon after, Sankar removed Smith, Kelvin Umroa (4) and Foo to wrap up the innings minutes before the tea interval.Openers Robin Bacchus and Raymond Perez then started the innings in elegant fashion, adding 50-run for the first wicket, but when the partnership was broken after Perez was removed by spinner Umroa for 14, Georgetown batsmen collapsed in a heap.Bacchus (36), was the other dismissed batsman with double figures, as spinner Khan (4-49), Clements (2-21) and Umroa (2-52), made steady inroads. Barnwell provided the highlight of the innings with five fours and similar number of sixes. He has so far faced 78 balls.Meanwhile, in the other second-round matches Upper Corentyne faced East Coast at Port Mourant, West Berbice took on Essequibo at Bush Lot and East Bank clashed with West Demerara at Eve Leary.last_img read more

Convicted killer of grad student sentenced to life without parole

first_imgXinran Ji, 24, came to USC from China to receive his master’s degree in electrical engineering. Photo courtesy of USC NewsAndrew Garcia was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He was convicted in June of first-degree murder for the beating death of graduate student Xinran Ji.Garcia was one of the four people arrested for Ji’s murder in 2014. Jurors found him guilty for his use of a baseball bat to beat Ji.Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty because Garcia was a minor when the crime was committed. Garcia’s co-defendant Alejandra Guerrero was convicted of first-degree murder last October for her role in Ji’s death and is awaiting sentencing. The two other men charged in Ji’s death, Jonathan Del Carmen and Alberto Ochoa, are still awaiting trial. Ji was attacked on July 24, 2014 while on his way to his off-campus apartment near 29th Street and Orchard Street. Video evidence presented at the trial shows Garcia, Guerrero, del Carmen and Ochoa pulling up in a car and approaching Ji.During the conviction, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said that the four co-defendants confronted Ji in an attempted robbery and struck him multiple times with an aluminum baseball bat and a wrench. Once Ji ran away, McKinney said Garcia took the baseball bat, caught up to Ji and continued beating him with it. Shortly after, prosecutors say the four co-defendants fled the scene.Following the alleged attack, Ji was able to return himself to his apartment, but was found dead by his roommate the next morning. Medical reports had indicated that Ji suffered skull fractures, facial lacerations, and a broken nose. Garcia, Guerrero, Del Carmen and Ochoa were arrested a few hours after the attack on Ji, after another alleged robbery and beating victim of the four co-defendants at Dockweiler State Beach was able to call the police and identify them.last_img read more

Syracuse alumna Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, is still pushing for change 50 years later

first_img Published on April 19, 2017 at 12:34 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ On Monday, 70-year-old Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon for the ninth time in five decades. Fifty years ago, while she was a Syracuse University undergraduate, she became the first woman to ever run it officially.The Boston Marathon had 13,698 female entrants in 2017, with women making up about 46 percent of the field. Switzer was the lone woman in 1967.“I was just trying to run,” Switzer said, “that’s all I wanted to do.”Arnie Briggs, Switzer’s trainer, didn’t think a woman could run 26.2 miles. After Switzer proved that she’d be able to finish, he let her compete. Switzer had no intent of making a statement in 1967, but race official Jock Semple attacked her, making her run symbolic.When someone exclaimed they saw a female runner — Switzer — from the back of a press vehicle early in the race, Semple dismounted and ran up behind Switzer, trying to rip her bib off.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Semple tried to wrest the now-famous “261” bib off her, Switzer has led a renaissance for women in athletics. Because of Switzer, women were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon starting in 1972. The Olympic Games adopted the women’s marathon in 1984. In 2015, Switzer started building her new foundation, “261 Fearless.”In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Switzer was likely the best woman runner in the world. She won the New York City Marathon in 1974, finished second in Boston in 1975 — setting a personal record of 2:51:37 — and was named Female Runner of the Decade (1966-1976) by Runner’s World Magazine.“She became the first registered woman to run in the thing,” said retiring Syracuse.com columnist Bud Poliquin, who has covered Syracuse sports for 36 years, “to compete in the thing, to finish the thing. Here we are all these years later and more than half of the Boston Marathon field will be comprised of women.“You know, all those breadcrumbs lead to her door.”She took to Boston’s streets, just like she did 50 years earlier. The famous course laid in front of her, the same as a half century ago. The Wellesley Scream Tunnel, Heartbreak Hill and the finish mark at Boylston Street, spanning the thoroughfare.The route and goal stayed the same. At 20, it was because of the attack. At 70, she wondered if her body could hold up.With 26.2 miles ahead of her, and 50 years behind her, Switzer just wanted to finish.Courtesy of the Boston HeraldTwo years ago, Switzer realized her bib number, “261,” was becoming a symbol. Some people would write it on their arms, others on the backs of their shirts. Some even inked the digits on their body.“If someone’s going to tattoo themselves with my number,” Switzer said, “it must mean something.”She launched “261 Fearless” in 2015 with the goal of helping women around the world feel the strength and empowerment Switzer does when she runs. Throughout the race in 1967, Switzer contemplated why she was attacked, why there were no other female runners and what she would do about it all. When she crossed the finish line, she knew.“I realized it’s because women themselves were afraid to try and they only needed an opportunity,” Switzer said.Rather than wait for someone to make opportunities, Switzer did it herself. In 1969, Switzer created the Syracuse Track Club, which still exists as the Syracuse Chargers. Today, the Chargers are one of the largest running clubs in New York.Switzer’s work with the Chargers taught her how to advocate, organize and get sponsored. Eventually, Switzer undertook her biggest task yet: Getting the women’s marathon in the Olympics. The longest event in the Olympics had just moved from 800 meters to 1500 meters. At the pace the Olympics had been adopting women’s races, she said it would have taken until 2012 for the women’s marathon to be incorporated. She called it a “pipe dream.”While lobbying the International Olympic Committee, Switzer wrote a business proposal to Avon Cosmetics. The company brought her on board, creating a global program of races to put pressure on the IOC indirectly. The notion was to show women around the world were all capable.“People don’t believe that they’re allowed to do something until it is sometimes mandated,” Switzer said. “So, for instance, women 100 years ago didn’t think they deserved the right to vote, but when it was finally mandated, they did vote.”Even after a marathon championship series of 400 races in 27 different countries featuring over a million women, including races in London and Paris that eventually turned into those respective cities’ official marathons, nothing changed.Switzer took her efforts along with statistics, international representation and medical data to Peter Ueberroth, who planned the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Switzer pitched Ueberroth about how women’s running would bring in massive new revenues to the games.The two agreed, and the women’s marathon was approved for the 1984 Olympics in a 1981 special vote.“I’d put K’s impact on women in sport right up there with Billie Jean King and the women’s 1999 World Cup soccer team,” said Laurie Orlando, CBS executive and Syracuse alumna in an e-mail.“I don’t have kids of my own,” Switzer said, “quite on purpose. But every time I see a woman runner, I feel like she’s one of mine.”Emma Comtois | Digital Design EditorIt took Cathy Troisi 15 tries to get Switzer into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.That idea first popped into Troisi’s mind after seeing Switzer speak on a panel of women marathoners at the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon in 1997. Beside fellow panelists Sara Mae Berman, Bobbi Gibb and Nina Kuscsik, Switzer stood out.“Kathrine needs to be in the (National) Women’s Hall of Fame,” Troisi thought as she drove back to her home in Seneca Falls, New York.Troisi, who didn’t know Switzer before seeing her speak, linked up with Switzer through a mutual friend. The mutual friend assured Switzer that Troisi wasn’t “some stalker,” and Troisi began working on the application.Initially, Troisi thought Switzer would be a shoo-in. After each failed attempt, Troisi amended the application to fit Switzer’s new accomplishments. Every year, she shrunk the font and struggled to find anything worth dropping from the list.“Pretty soon she’s getting pissed off because she thinks that I should really be in the National Women’s Hall of Fame,” Switzer said of Troisi.At a certain point, Troisi even set up a succession plan for friends to continue nominating Switzer if something were to happen to Troisi.Fortunately, it never came to that, as Switzer was officially inducted in 2011 alongside Coretta Scott King, Lilly Ledbetter and eight others.On April 6, 2017, Poliquin placed Switzer at No. 16 in the Syracuse University sports Top 25 all-time greats. She is the only woman to make the list.“We weren’t trying to be politically correct,” Poliquin said. “We were trying to be correct. She becomes, in my mind, the No. 1 noteworthy, female athlete to come out of Syracuse.”Courtesy of Hagen HopkinsSome people do yoga to clear their mind. Switzer runs. Some people lift weights to let out pent up anger and aggression. Switzer runs. Some people pray. Switzer runs.While she runs, Switzer goes through her “gratitude list” — all the things she’s grateful for. Everything from “It’s such a nice day out,” to “I’m lucky to be alive.” It’s her way to stay humble and keep a sense of reality.But on a training run in 1967, no such joy was to be found. Switzer was on an 18-mile run with her trainer Briggs when she hit what runners and athletes often refer to as, “the wall.”At 16 miles, Briggs asked Switzer why she was walking. She hadn’t even realized. Two miles later, just as the finish approached, Switzer stopped, laid down on the curb, and fell asleep.“I’d obviously just bonked, completely bonked,” Switzer said.She had never run 26.2 miles before. Only a few weeks later, Switzer and Briggs were out for a full marathon practice run, and Switzer felt so good they decided to go for 31 miles. They made it, and Briggs immediately passed out.The next day, he and Switzer signed up for the Boston Marathon.Signing her name “K.V. Switzer,” she didn’t realize the race authorities wouldn’t figure out her gender. It wasn’t even a question on the application. On the day of the race, Briggs picked up their bibs. It was a dreary April day, and Switzer opted for the warmth of her sweatshirt instead of a colorful tank top.Nothing stopped her. Semple couldn’t, and four hours and 20 minutes after starting, Switzer had made history. She just didn’t know she’d be doing it 50 years later, too.“We were simply trying to follow the rules,” Switzer said. “The opposite happened though. I mean, it upset everything.”This year, the bib number “261” was awarded for the last time in the Boston Marathon to “Switzer, Kathrine V.” After she finished in 4:44:31, just 24 minutes slower than her original time 50 years ago, the number was done. Commentslast_img read more

Ulster need bonus point try for Pro 12 semi final spot

first_imgThe Reds would be top seeds if they beat the Westerners and Leinster lost at Ulster.Kick off in both games is at a quarter-past-five. Ulster need a try bonus-point final day win over Leinster in Belfast this evening if they’re to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals of rugby’s Guinness Pro-12.Les Kiss’ side are also hoping that Ospreys lose to Scarlets without any bonus points.Munster have already secured a home semi-final ahead of their derby with Connacht at Thomond Park. Photo © Pat Flynnlast_img