Lasts Seasons

first_imgWhen I coached at Whitewater in Franklin County back in the 1960’s, we had 3 teams on our schedule that were in their last high school season before consolidations.  Patriot was the first one to close, and when we played in that gymnasium, we had 2 referees that must have never seen goal tending.   One of our forwards had at least 5 goal tendings during the game and none of them were called.  They were not a good team to start with so after 3 or 4 of these their coach went ballistic and got thrown out of the game.  He didn’t have a JV coach , so the principal had to finish it.  The situation at Burney was so bad their last year that they only had 12 players total–varsity and JV.  When we jumped out with a large lead in the JV game, they pulled two of their JV starters and those two players then started the varsity game.  I guess they were trying to win one of the two games.  It was so bad the Whitewater varsity scored 120 points.  At Moores Hill, there were only 10 players for both teams.  So again, when the JV game got lopsided in the first half, they played the rest of the JV game with 4 players and held one of their kids to be a varsity reserve.  So when you think you are having a bad season now, think of these 3 schools and tell yourself “we really aren’t that bad”.last_img read more

Other Sports Baffled Bajrang Punia meets Rajyavardhan Rathore, complains about Virat Kohli’s ‘0’ points to his ’80’

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After being overlooked for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, one of the iconic Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and said he has been given assurance that the wayward case would be looked into and taken into consideration.“I was supposed to meet the Minister today but suddenly we got a call last evening for the meeting. I asked the Minister about the reason for not considering me for the Khel Ratna. He said I didn’t have enough points which is wrong. I have garnered more points than the two (Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu) who were nominated,” Bajrang told PTI.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Bangladesh: Preview and Probable Playing XIIndian cricket skipper Virat Kohli have ‘zero’ points under his belt while weightlifter Mirabai Chanu have 44 points in her bag for 2018 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award while Bajrang Punia – gold medallist at both Commonwealth Games and Asian Games – have a total of 80 points, which is also the highest.  Virat Kohli obtained ‘zero’ points while reigning world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu earned 44 points on way to being named for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by the 11-member selection panel. Yet in a shocking turn of events, the 11-member panel decided to snub the star weightlifter for India’s highest sports award.Kohli’ performance tally had zero points as no criteria has been set for cricket, as per TOI.ALSO READ: BCCI reveals reason behind India playing all matches in Dubai“I have been wronged. I want justice. The Minister said he will look into the matter but there is hardly any time left for the award function. I will wait till evening for communication from the government’s side. If I don’t get a favourable reply by evening I will move court tomorrow,” he added while his coach and another legend in the field of weightlifting Yogeshwar Dutt accompanied him in the meeting.Bajrang Punia bagged gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in Jakarta. He had earlier clinched silvers in 2014 editions of the abovementioned games. 2013 World Championship bronze is another medal which lists on his impressive CV.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli to make Bollywood debut? Releases poster with cryptic postThe National Sports Awards is set to be awarded on September 25 in 2018 instead on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand – August 29 – as the dates were clashing with the 2018 Asian Games. last_img read more

Marcellus boys basketball earns split with Westhill, Skaneateles

first_imgThe rematch proved more exciting – and even though it blew a big fourth-quarter lead, the Mustangs endured long enough to edge Skaneateles 63-61 in double overtime.When it went on a 19-8 run in the third quarter to go in front 43-30, Marcellus seemed in good shape, but the Lakers erased that margin and pulled even, 49-49, forcing it into OT.Four minutes were not enough, the two sides still even 55-55 going into a second OT, but by a small margin Marcellus regained the lead and kept it, overcoming Nate Fouts’ 22 points and Andrew Neumann’s 16 points.Prior to this, Skaneateles had routed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 70-29 last Monday night, building a 45-13 advantage by halftime.Miller Weir took on a larger role and earned 13 points, matching Tyler DelFavero’s total a Fouts again led the way, earning 20 points. Bryce Lincoln contributed eight points and Max Wamp had six points. ‘Westhill went from the win over Marcellus to handling Homer 67-35 a night later, denying the Trojans a chance to clinch a playoff berth.A 22-6 push through the first quarter set the tone, and the Warriors built from there, seeing Liam Sanborn sink five 3-pointers on his way to a career-best 19 points.Brown was glad to see his teammates step up as he matched Luke Gilmartin’s total of 14 points, while Kelley had 13 points.A far tougher game loomed on Friday against Christian Brothers Academy, and the Warriors lost to the Brothers 64-41, with only Kelley (11 points) hitting double figures as Brown was held to eight points and Gilmartin had nine points. Dan Anderson (19 points) and Colin Kelly (17 points) led CBA.Jordan-Elbridge had back-to-back games, starting when it took its turn against APW and won big, 75-43, the Eagles breaking things open by outscoring the Rebels 26-7 in the third quarter.Again going to the forefront, Dakota Holbrook put in 24 points to lead J-E, with Jeremy Meili and Alex Pond each producing 13 points. Joel Blasko stepped up with nine points and Griffin Vincent contributed seven points.Then, against Institute of Technology Central Thursday night, J-E dropped this Eagles clash 58-49, though Holbrook and Pond both had 16 points, combining to hit five 3-pointers as Myles Town got nine points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story It just so happened that boys basketball teams from Skaneateles, Marcellus and Westhill would all run into each other during the last full week of the regular season, battling for playoff seeding position.The rotation began last Monday night with the Warriors traveling to face the Mustangs, and it was Westhill’s defense that was the story throughout its 59-35 victory that avenged a 55-50 defeat to them in December.Steadily, the Warriors built a 33-20 advantage by halftime. But remembering that it surrendered a bigger lead to Solvay exactly one week earlier, Westhill clamped down further in the second half and doubled that margin. Tags: boys basketballJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWesthillcenter_img With its trademark man-to-man pressure back in top form, the Warriors rode another big night from Zach Brown, who nearly matched Marcellus by himself earning 30 points, including four 3-pointers. James Kelley added 12 points.No one on the Mustangs could get going, with Tristan Jarvi and Matt Kershaw getting nine points apiece and Jared Sammon adding seven points.Then it was Marcellus visiting Skaneateles Wednesday night, the Lakers having won their initial meeting 58-52 early this season.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left off

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winning start Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Just like last year, the Blue Eagles won’t have just a single go-to-guy with the entire team capable of stepping upany given moment, making them a tough draw for their foes.“We’re a coaching staff that’s going to ride whoever’s worth riding at the time. It could be Thirdy on one day, it could be someone else on another day. I just spoke to the team about that — that I have confidence on all of these guys and if they’re having a good game, they’ll find themselves out there. As long as they’re prepared to play defense at the other end of the floor.”Baldwin is aware of how the rest of the league has tried to improve over the off-season like the Blue Eagles, making the race a fair game.But he is banking on his players’ trust in his system, which is looking for Blue Eagles to go all-out for the whole 40 minutes on the floor.“Generally speaking, I think this team is gonna be a very hard-working team. This is gonna be a team that relishes the defensive end of the floor. But we’re gonna have our letdowns during the campaign. They’re gonna come in every aspect of the game. So promises? No. But having said that, I like them. And most of the time, they’re gonna give us whatever we’re asking for,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground Coach: Tab BaldwinLast Season: 10-4 (Runner-up)Holdovers: Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Mike NietoAdditions: Tyler Tio, Troy Mallillin, Gian Mamuyac, BJ AndradeKey Losses: G-Boy BabiloniaADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend While it came as a surprise, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t consider the Blue Eagles’ finals run as an overachievement.But the American-Kiwi coach admits that their runner-up finish to La Salle set them up for higher expectations this UAAP Season 80 but that is something Baldwin is trying to temper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think there’d be a lot of expectations outside of our camp. Within, we just want to get off to a good start in the UAAP,” he said. “We’re gonna be a team that hopefully plays off of last season’s finish and has more maturity this year. I believe this team can be good. We will be tested.”Parading a virtually intact roster for this campaign, Ateneo will once again rely on its key guys like Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, and Mike Nieto.last_img read more

Ellen’s Letter to Obama: A Wakeup Call for the International Community, Liberians

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written her United States’ counterpart, Barack H. Obama, requesting America’s swift intervention in Liberia’s Ebola crisis.She appealed to him to send US medical doctors and equipment to help stop the spread of the deadly epidemic in the country.In her letter, she told President Obama and the American people that the Ebola virus is spreading at an exponential rate “and we have a limited time window to arrest it.”The Liberian leader also bluntly told President Obama that the virus outbreak has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures her government has attempted thus far.”Our already limited resources have been stretched to breaking point and up to now a private charity, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), has responded robustly in all the affected countries. But MSF, too, has reached its limits,” she said.Liberia will lose the battle against the Ebola virus without more direct help from the US Government, she warned.She also told President Obama that well over 40% of total Ebola cases have occurred in the last 18 days.“Our message has gotten out and our citizens are self-reporting or bringing in their relatives. But our treatment centers are overwhelmed. MSF is now running a 160 bed-unit, the largest ever Ebola treatment unit in the history of the disease and even that is inadequate,” she stated.President Sirleaf openly told President Obama that the Ebola virus has created a national health emergency that posed serious challenges to the country’s unemployed youthful population, some of whom were child soldiers, and threatens civil order.“What is even heartbreaking is that we are unable to reopen our basic secondary health facilities because terrified health workers, who have watched their colleagues die from the disease, are afraid to return to work,” she said.About 153 health workers have been infected and 79 have died.President Sirleaf’s admittance that the Ebola virus outbreak has overwhelmed her government is a wakeup call to the international community to promptly and affirmatively respond to save Liberia.It is well over six months since the outbreak, but nothing really  concrete has come from the international community.By sitting and watching innocent lives taken away daily by a virus that can be contained and defeated is equal to the commission of genocide.The international community has a responsibility to Liberia in lines with international protocols, to which this sovereign nation is signatory and which it has always respected and enforced.It is time for President Obama and the American government and people to demonstrate their  true traditional friendship and partnership and demonstrate to Liberians and the world that Americans are truly our ally.The British Government has proven its worth in Sierra Leone where it is heavily involved in helping the Sierra Leone Government contain the Ebola virus from spreading. Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization’s later data, has the lowest Ebola-related deaths in the Mano River Union basin.We are also told that the Russian Government has dispatched doctors and scientists to Guinea and they have made successful gains in containing the virus from spreading. Guinea’s total Ebola deaths toll, WHO says, is about 600.But the toll in Liberia is fast  approaching 1,400 and could even go higher. One may wonder where are our international partners we usually boast of.And what is the United States,  our traditional ally, friend and partner—doing to help its oldest African friend? We pray that we are not being reminded of the 1990 civil war when US President George Bush refused to intervene to stop the civil war.The US Government’s refusal to send US troops to help stop the senseless civil in Liberia and save it from self-destruction led to the death of over 250,000 and the near total destruction of the country.  It took Britain and other partners of Liberia to  criticize the US before “Uncle Sam” sent US troops on the ground and demanded Charles Taylor’s departure, to which he immediately acceded.The US always supported ECOWAS troops during the war, however, but it wasn’t sufficient of them.The Liberian civil war immediately ended few months after US troops arrived in the country. We salute the US for the little it has done, but a lot  more is needed.The second wakeup call President Sirleaf’s letter goes directly to the Liberian people. The President has already made it very clear that her government lacks capacity financial, human resources and logistics to contain the deadly Ebola virus. What we need to do the most as a people is a ‘break in transmission.’Let us avoid coming in physical contacts with infected person (s) or sick people whose sicknesses have not been diagnosed by medical doctors.We are too good a people to be  destroying our own lives. We must stop pointing fingers, accusing and blaming one another for this virus and begin to report all suspected sick persons in our communities and save lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Atletico shoot for football future in cricket-mad Pakistan

first_img“We are not looking for players for Atletico Madrid because we know that this is going to be very difficult… Our target is to improve the football here,” coach Javier Visea told AFP.To succeed in carving out a place for football, they will need to overcome marginal government support, poor infrastructure and a troubled history with FIFA that has resulted in multiple bans for violating the body’s rules.The country remains on thin ice with the governing organisation, currently sits 199th in the FIFA rankings and has still never qualified for a football World Cup.– Cricket country –Things weren’t always so dire.The national squad boasted a top 10 place in Asian football until the 1970s. The sport remains widely watched by middle-class Pakistanis, and football video games like the FIFA franchise are as popular as ever.Those seeds of fandom are what Atletico hopes to nurture with their facility, which opened last September in the nation of over 200 million.“We know cricket is the main sport,” said Visea. “But … there are a lot of football fans, they are following (the) Premier League, they are following La Liga.”A promising future for football in Pakistsn may not be as quixotic as it sounds © AFP / ARIF ALIAtletico aims to promote football, health, and sports in general, he said — along with their own brand in the vast untapped football market that is South Asia.And a promising future for football may not be as quixotic as it sounds.For decades, field hockey was the most popular sport in the country as Pakistan dominated international competitions and won four World Cup titles.The sport was only overshadowed by cricket with the rise of the dashing all-rounder, and now prime minister, Imran Khan — culminating with the country’s World Cup win in 1992 under Khan’s leadership.Cricket has ruled the sporting roost ever since — but the hope is that another strong personality with a winning streak in football could change everything again.– ‘A little bit scared’ –Ten-year-old Fiza Shahid dreams of becoming a footballer like her heroes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, practising in her backyard before joining Atletico’s academy.Father Muhammad Shahid said he takes great pride in watching his daughter Fiza Shahid play the beautiful game in conservative Pakistan © AFP / ARIF ALIAs she sprinted down the new facility’s pitch, her father Muhammad Shahid said he takes great pride in watching his daughter play the beautiful game in conservative Pakistan, where boys are more likely to be allowed to compete in sports than girls.Shahid, who is from a humble background and holds conservative religious beliefs, is a firm believer in his daughter’s right to play.“Both the sons and daughters have equal rights,” he said.For 12-year-old Hussam Suhail the Atletico academy not only provides a place to emulate his idols but also a safe pitch to hone his skills.“In the streets there are trees and cars coming, you can’t play well, while here you can play very well without stopping,” he said.Pakistan currently sits at 199 in the FIFA rankings and has still never qualified for a World Cup © AFP / ARIF ALIThe opening of the academy also comes as security has dramatically improved across Pakistan after years of militancy, paving the way for the gradual return of international sports.“At the moment they asked us about coming here we were a little bit scared because all the news coming from Pakistan to Spain (is) not good news,” said coach Daniel Limones.But things changed when he landed in Pakistan.“We are feeling like if we are Spain, so there is no security issue or those things,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid hopes to nurture Pakistan’s football with their facility, which opened last September in the nation of over 200 million © AFP / ARIF ALILAHORE, Pakistan, Jan 20 – Spain’s Atletico Madrid are taking on a challenge tougher than winning La Liga — developing football in cricket-mad Pakistan, where bat and ball are king, pitches come with stumps not goalposts, and even the prime minister is a former World Cup winner.During a recent session at the club’s new facility in Lahore — the country’s first European football academy — a cabal of Spanish coaches watched as a new class of young Pakistani hopefuls fired off penalty kicks.last_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls advance to NCS Division V title game with 64-40 win over International

first_imgEureka >> For the past three seasons, the road to the Division VI title has gone through Crusader Gymnasium. Even with the Crusaders playing up a division this year, it’s no different come the first weekend of March.And, as head coach Matt Tomlin put it, his team played their best game of the season to get the chance to play for yet another section title.The St. Bernard’s girls basketball team booked its ticket into the North Coast Section Division V championship game in impressive fashion, …last_img

Home from Home: Raising orphans in loving community homes

first_imgCentral to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child. (Image: Home from Home)It all started 11 years ago with one house and six children. Today it is a network of community-based foster homes that give orphaned and neglected kids a chance at a real childhood, outside institutions, in a loving home. This is the innovative model of South Africa’s Home from Home fostering network.“Home from Home isn’t an institution. We’re not a children’s home,” says co-founder and managing trustee Pippa Shaper. “We are a group – a cluster – of small community-based family homes. Our homes look like any other home on the street. They integrate into the local community.”Recognising that children respond better in small community foster homes than in institutional care, Home from Home was founded in 2005, and has grown rapidly from one house in Khayelitsha to many homes around the country.Over the past 11 years, about 300 children have been raised by the Home from Home network. Today, it cares for 198 children in 33 homes, in 15 different communities, all over the Western Cape.“When we decide to work in a new community, we come from a couple of angles,” says Shaper. “Either we will discover, through working with the Department of Social Development, that there is a tremendous need to have a new home in the area. Other times, a church or community organisation will come to us and say, ‘We’ve got a need in our area.’ But they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the model, they don’t have the idea to do it.“That’s when Home from Home comes along. We’ve got the model of care set up. We have the experience. We’ve got the professional skills. So we can come in and partner with a local community group or church to help them – and empower them, really – to look after their own orphans.”Central to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child.“To work with children – this is the thing I like most in my life,” says Hellen Ntshikila, a foster mother living in Khayelitsha. “I used to look after my sisters at home. It’s in my veins, to look after children.”Selecting the right person for the role of foster mother is paramount. A small, loving family unit, where siblings are kept together, is the recipe for the children’s ongoing development.This creates a place where they can be brought up as part of a community, speaking their first language, and gaining a sense of their own identity.“Selecting the home mother, the foster mother, is the most difficult part of all our work. They are the most important people in the whole organisation,” says Jayne Payne, social worker and co-founder of Home from Home. “We need to get someone who is really going to love and cherish the children, and look after them as if they are their own children. It has to be someone who really wants to care for children.“And we’ve been very, very lucky. We’ve got wonderful foster mothers – so dedicated. Because it’s a hard job to care for children who aren’t your own.“We see the foster mothers every few days. We are very involved with them.”Many of the children under the care of Home from Home are HIV-positive. But with proper care and medication, they can go on to live full and meaningful lives.A safe, stable, loving family is what every child needs and deserves. Children in foster care have often come from a place of great sadness – of abuse, neglect, poverty, ill health and loss. Home from Home aims to redress this by providing children with security from harm or any form of abuse, in secure families where they can settle and not be fearful of being uprooted. It also provides children with the food, health care, education and psychological support they need.By loving the children and accepting them as they are, Home from Home aims to raise its foster kids to become well-adjusted adults who will contribute to society.The network creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through every means possible – individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, extra help with educational needs, excellent health care, the chance to expand their world vision through experiences they would otherwise not get.HOW TO VOLUNTEEROne of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Home from Home is by becoming a volunteer. They accept both local and international volunteers, and there are many tasks they need help with. Everything, from taking children on outings to helping get children and foster parents to clinics, the NGO needs assistance from taking children on outings to providing a lift to a foster mother and child to the local clinic for an appointment.“We would also love to have volunteers with special skills – for example, counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy amongst others – which we could incorporate into our programme,” says Shaper.To find out more, visit the Home from Home website.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — April 10th, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were 0.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 9, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. A very wet week has kept producers out of the fields. There was a lot of rain in the beginning of the week followed by some snow on Thursday. The week ended with a warm weekend which helped dry some fields. Wheat remained in good condition, despite ponding and delays in top dressing.Read the full report here.last_img