Eagles Jr. High Cross Country Teams Sweep Invitational

first_imgJac-Cen-Del hosted the 11 school JCD Junior High Cross Country Invitational tonight (Wed, 8/26).The JCD teams ran very well and finished as the 1st place team in both races.JCD Jr. High CC Invite (8-27)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

Keane book no distraction – O’Neill

first_img But if Keane’s differences with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, his decision to turn down the job as Celtic manager and a clash with one-time team-mate Peter Schmeichel were among the topics dominating the sports news agenda, O’Neill was refusing to be side-tracked. He said: “The most important issue here are our games, and Saturday [the match against Gibraltar] is really, really important. We have come off the back of a great win against Georgia and it’s important to focus on that. “Whatever headline… let’s just say we came here and there hadn’t been a book – there would have been something else, seriously. “He [Keane] would have slipped down there on the field and we’d have been talking about that, maybe broken his leg or something like that. There would have been something. “There will always be something here in the lead-up to games, and that I can guarantee. “I genuinely don’t know what the headlines are in the book. It obviously was going to cause some sort of furore at some stage or another – the very fact he put his name to this book would suggest that it’s exactly what would happen. “It’s there and it doesn’t matter. The games are the most important things for us.” Asked if he had discussed the book with Keane in advance, O’Neill said: “I thought about it at one stage or another but then, why? He’s over 21 – I think – and he should be capable of dealing with his own stuff.” O’Neill, who asked Keane to join him in the Republic set-up when he was appointed in November last year, has had to become used to the focus he attracts ever since, with the approach from Celtic and Aston Villa’s subsequent successful attempt to appoint him as Paul Lambert’s assistant during the summer cases in point. However, while much of his own time in front of the media is spent fielding questions about his number two, he is adamant it is not an issue for him. “Not necessarily, not at all,” O’Neill said. “He’s an iconic figure. He’s been here for a long time – you know that. He was an absolutely fantastic footballer and now he’s making his way in management.” O’Neill was in relaxed mood as he was quizzed about Keane’s book, and even joked about the former Ireland captain’s burgeoning beard after recently jokingly questioning the sartorial elegance – or otherwise – of the Irish media pack. Asked if he would be having a word with the 43-year-old, he said: “Well I must admit, I might well do because he looks really bedraggled. There is no doubt at all about it but I think he wants to join your group, so I think that’s the essence of it.” Within the camp, the players too were taking all the fuss in their stride. Former United midfielder Darron Gibson said: “There have been a few comments, but nobody’s talking about it. The lads just get on with it. There have been a few jokes made around the table, but, like I said, nothing serious. “I have not seen any of the comments, to be honest with you, so I’m in no position to be comment on it. I’d rather not.” Asked if Keane is the type of assistant whose leg players can pull, Gibson replied with a smile: “I’ve not tried. I’ll let you try first.” Meanwhile, O’Neill has called 20-year-old Hull defender Brian Lenihan into his squad after losing Seamus Coleman, as well as Shay Given and James McCarthy, due to injury for the double-header. Press Association The Ireland boss met the media in Malahide on Tuesday lunchtime after he and Keane had put the players through their paces for the first time since they met up ahead of the qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany. However, they did so with the younger man once again making the headlines after copies of his book The Second Half were mistakenly put on sale briefly on Monday ahead of Thursday’s official launch. Martin O’Neill has insisted the furore surrounding the launch of assistant Roy Keane’s updated autobiography will not distract the Republic of Ireland from their Euro 2016 mission. last_img read more

Sports Tourism has potential to become a major industry- but challenges must be overcome

first_img(GINA, GUYANA) – The introduction of sports tourism as a major industry in Guyana is an excellent idea, but there are a number of challenges which will need to be addressed if theSt. Lucia-based Sports Consultant Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreiraconcept is to be successful. This is the opinion of Technical Facilitator to the Minister of Education, Vincent Alexander.The Education Ministry official made this statement during his brief remarks at the inaugural workshop on Developing Sports Tourism under the theme, “Improving Sports through Tourism; growing Tourism through Sports”. The workshop was held at Pegasus Hotel, Kingston.“Do we have facilities that in fact can be provided for sports tourism that includes certain standards that can market the country?…….Do we have the kind of human resources that ensure that you can properly organise and manage those activities?” Alexander questioned. The industry will also be challenged, he added, by the capacity of sport organisations to become involved.The Technical Facilitator explained that the areas highlighted, described as critical to the sports tourism industry, will need to be addressed immediately in an effort to move forward.Alexander pointed out that there were other resources within the country which can attract tourism, apart from sport, and hopes that those resources will be highlighted for the betterment of the country.Meanwhile, St. Lucia-based Sports Consultant, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, noted during the courtesy call made to the Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin on Friday, that the sports tourism industry needs major private sector input with the support from sport associations and other stakeholders.Although the Caribbean countries which are involved in the sports tourism industry have become successful, Perreira explained that it will take some time for Guyana to experience that success, especially since there is much need for promotion via the media to help in the process of attracting persons to the country.The Sports Consultant expressed his gratitude for the co-operation given to him, but hopes that an internal sports tourism industry could also be realised.Minister Gaskin said that he was happy to witness the collaboration between his Ministry and the various sports organisations. He had labelled sports tourism a viable and sustainable component of Guyana’s overall tourism product, adding that it has a contribution to make towards the nation’s development.“We understand that tourism has to be developed from the ground up, and those involved have to understand that they are participating in something that has an economic value, and has a contribution to make to our economy,” the Minister explained.He further noted that sports should not only be seen as a competition, but has the potential to bring persons to Guyana.This workshop was a collaborative effort among the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business, National Sports Commission in the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport (NSC), and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).(By: Neola Damon)last_img read more

Olivet’s Jalen Adams finally thriving after transferring three times due to injuries and playing time

first_img Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu On Dec. 16, Olivet College gave up a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation to St. Mary’s (Maryland). It allowed a game-tying layup at the end of the first overtime. The Comets gave up two game-tying free throws with 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime.In Olivet’s huddle between the second and third overtime, Jalen Adams felt a tap on his side from his backcourt mate, Tracy Edmond.“We gotta end this now,” Edmond remembered saying.The two were exhausted, having played more than 45 minutes to that point and accounting for 65 of their team’s 99 points. Without saying a word, Adams nodded in agreement and headed back onto the court. The backcourt then combined for 11 points — seven coming from Adams — in the third overtime, securing a 117-111 victory.“It was such a crazy game, we should’ve won in regulation but sometimes things don’t go your way,” Edmond said. “As it went to overtime, and then another one, and then another one, we were just like ‘Wow.’ But we grinded it out.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the contest was one of the craziest games of Adams’ career, he won’t remember it because of its three overtimes, his 38 points or his 55 minutes played. Rather, he will look back on it as the first time in five years his health allowed him to be at the center of such an exciting basketball atmosphere.In 17 games at Olivet, his fourth school in as many years, Adams averages 9.8 rebounds per game and 35.4 minutes per game, along with 26.5 points per game — the fifth-best in Division III. It’s the first chance he’s had to put up those numbers in a full season since high school.Adams attended Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan, where he gained statewide attention as one of Michigan’s top players. He landed at St. Bonaventure, where he chose to redshirt his freshman year after realizing most of his season would be spent on the bench.During the summer after his redshirt season, Adams broke his foot. While he was able to start the season on the Bonnies’ roster, he struggled to break into the lineup. In his season debut against Dartmouth, he recorded a season-high 11 points in 13 minutes. His scoring and playing time soon faded, and he scored just 13 points in as many appearances for the remainder of the season. Soon after the season ended, Adams decided he was going to transfer.“I was hurt, but not too much,” Adams said of his time at St. Bonaventure. “But it was definitely time for me to leave. It wasn’t the right place for me.”Adams needed a landing spot where he was guaranteed playing time, so he chose Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, a four-time National Junior College Athletic Association national champion, with its most recent title coming in 2012. Adams intended to play one season at Mott, make it to the NJCAA championship game, and then go back to a Division I program, he said. He enjoyed plenty of game time, starting 17 games and averaging 16.9 points per game, but with just two games left in the season, Adams tore a meniscus.Adams’ injury severely set back his plans to join a Division I program. He left Mott after one season and joined Wayne State, a Division II school in Detroit.His recovery lasted into his redshirt junior season, disallowing him from practicing and playing at full health for most of the year. Adams played in just 12 games, and as his frustration about his lack of health continued to build, he started looking for a new school. Once the season ended and word got out Adams wanted to transfer, Olivet head coach Steve Ernst phoned him.“I saw Jalen play as a junior in high school, so I’ve known of him for quite some time. He was a tremendous high school talent,” Ernst said. “I heard he had withdrawn out of Wayne State, and so we called him. It ended up being a pretty good fit.”All the stars had aligned for Adams. He had fully recovered from his meniscus injury, was thought highly of by his coach, and was joining a multi-talented guard in Edmond: his future roommate. Once he arrived at Olivet, he instantly became the team’s primary ball-handler and shot-taker.Bouncing to and from four different schools, ranging from Division I to community college, in four years, Adams has struggled to find opportunities to thrive. Now, he is healthy and has a coach that trusts his ability and a supporting cast to compliment his talents.“I’m stronger, healthier, and I’m finally getting opportunities to play,” Adams said. “And I’m taking advantage of it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How a senior-year club switch allowed SJ Quigley became a ‘complete’ field hockey player

first_imgTwelve balls formed a large circle behind the end line and SJ Quigley kicked one toward the penalty corner insertion hash. It was Oct. 12, less than an hour before Syracuse faced No. 1 North Carolina, and rain poured onto J.S. Coyne Stadium.Quigley paced back three steps. Her Syracuse rain jacket crinkled as she shrugged her shoulders and leaned back. Tess Queen waited at the top of the shooting circle, her stick flat on the ground. Quigley moved forward into her insertion rhythm — first step, second step, drop stick, third step, sweep — and sent the ball toward Queen, who stopped it as Claire Cooke knocked the ball into the cage.This was her new specialization, perfected through hundreds of pre-practice reps and game action, her new role in field hockey’s vital set piece.Two years ago, Quigley hadn’t ever inserted a ball.She wasn’t a “complete” field hockey player then, her club team head coach Brian Hope said. A switch to Hope’s program — X-Calibur — from Quigley’s former team WC Eagles, during her senior year of high school was unusual but necessary. The WC Eagles’ rigid, regimented program focused on sound technique, but Quigley was burnt out, Hope said. After switching, she no longer prioritized only skills, instead focusing on creativity and freedom on the pitch, which allowed Quigley to eventually pick up the insertion role at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was a skill that the team needed somebody to be,” SU assistant coach Katie Gerzabek said, “And I think that she really grabbed onto that role on the corner to master it.”She’s gravitated from a non-factor to staple on Syracuse’s penalty corners this season, inserting 52 of the Orange’s 59 corners this season. As No. 14 Syracuse (8-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) aims for a return to the NCAA tournament after missing it last year, Quigley’s penalty corner role has made her indispensable.Before Quigley inherited that position from Carolin Hoffmann this season, she faced her mother, Josie, at their kitchen island in Villanova, Pennsylvania two years ago, and pleaded for help. The choice to switch club teams before her senior year of high school had clogged Quigley’s mind for months.Field hockey was her primary sport since she was 10 years old. Even before then, Josie inched her daughter toward the sport she played in college. Quigley started using her mother’s field hockey stick even before elementary school — “Put this in your hand, try my stick,” her mother would say.The pair hit balls into a lacrosse net in their backyard after school, fine-tuning the sport’s basics. Josie said that the easiest way to progress in field hockey is always about playing free and loving the game. Mind clogs lead to stumbles and choppy ball movement.“That’s what you have to do, just play. Don’t overthink what you’re doing,” Josie said.Quigley was taught the details of a deceptive sweep and the motions for a powerful reverse hit, but her time with WC was “mentally draining,” Adele Williams, Quigley’s high school coach, said.In games, she’d receive the ball, then hesitate. She’d double-pump when a passing lane opened and turn the ball over. She had the talent — she committed to SU as a sophomore — but lacked trust in herself.“She realized that she was overthinking,” Josie said. “Every time she got on the field, she wanted to be more relaxed in the decision-making.”Quigley and Josie went to a workout with Hope, who not only offered an immediate, spot but also preached freedom on the field. Quigley could use the techniques taught by WC, or experiment with her own, Hope said. After thinking the decision over for months, Quigley joined late in the summer of her senior year.“The biggest thing was just giving her permission to play and not worry about making mistakes,” Hope said.That decision came full-circle during the 2017 National Indoor Tournament at the Richmond Convention Center. Quigley, lined up at right back, intercepted a pass in the first minute of her first matchup against WC after switching, and took off down the sideline. She weaved through a first defender. Then, a second.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorQuigley lifted a shot past the WC goalie and into the cage. She immediately sprinted toward the sideline and embraced Hope, while Josie smiled in the stands. “Maybe this was the right thing to do,” she thought.Two years later, Quigley has become the two-way player Syracuse has always needed her to be. She’s combined the skills she learned at WC with the freedom Hope helped instill in her while providing versatility to SU. As Quigley raced down the right sideline early in the third quarter during a Sept. 22 game against Colgate, she received a pass from Cooke in stride.Quigley closed in on Colgate goalie Anna Unger, bent her knees and elevated a shot into the cage for her first goal since the season-opener against Vermont. Two frames earlier, Quigley aligned the ball at the Raiders’ penalty corner insertion hash and paced three steps back.In 2019, Quigley has started all 12 games, surpassing her six from 2018 and has helped fill gaping holes in Syracuse’s defense by switching to the backline from forward. In that time, she also picked up inserting penalty corners — an aspect she had never been a part of before SU. Her first attempts flew over defender’s sticks or sailed wide of awaiting stoppers, Gerzabek said. That couldn’t happen in games.“I was not very good at it,” Quigley said.Quigley spends her pre-practice time on the new specialization. It took nine years to uncover, yet only months to master the movements — first step, second step, drop stick, third step, sweep.That routine has helped her repeat it with extreme precision. Balls need to roll onto Queen’s fast enough for a shot before the defense closes in, but smooth enough to avoid a misplay. She’s led a penalty corner unit that has converted on 17.3% of its attempts.Already leading 1-0 at Colgate on Sept. 22, Quigley executed her even strides and swept the ball toward Laura Graziosi. The primary pass began a set that evaded the Raider defense and ended with a Charlotte de Vries goal, bouncing off defenders and sticks in the process. Quigley thrust her arms in the air and sprinted toward the Orange huddle. This was what she had worked for.“Having many skill sets in your back pocket so you can be the person that the coach can go to always makes you a valuable player,” Josie said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2019 at 11:12 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

NC Special: Kotoko reiterate decision to boycott Hearts game over Accra venue

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko appear determined not to play their semi-final match in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition against Accra Hearts of Oak unless the match is played at a neutral ground.The game between Ghana’s two biggest was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Accra Sports Stadium but that appears to be in doubt following Kotoko’s decision.The Porcupine Warriors also requested that the tie could be played over two legs, a situation they feel will be fairer to both sides, both financially and on the pitch.The club believes that with the game set to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium, the traditional home ground of Hearts of Oak, their opponents would naturally benefit the most from the game proceeds and fan support.Kotoko believes that this is unfair, calling for all gate proceeds to be shared equally between the clubs.In their response to Kotoko, the GFA NC Special Competition Committee said it could not “accede to their requests”, adding that the semi-final would proceed as scheduled.The Committee also said that it cannot change the disbursement formula for the sharing of gate proceeds.This means that 40% of the proceeds will go to Hearts with the Normalisation Committee and Kotoko splitting the remaining 60%.Kotoko, however, insist they will not “succumb to any pressure” and “accept any decision bereft of any justice or fairness” in spite of its support for the normalisation programme.“Management is of the firm conviction that the posture of the FA is not only disheartening but an impediment to proper planning and preparation ahead of the games.”Management however wishes to reiterate that it would only accept the decision by the FA for the one-off semi-final match provided that it would be played on a neutral ground and the game proceeds shared equally between the two clubs.”Hearts and Kotoko were paired in the semi after the Accra club finished top of Group B of the NC Special Competition Tier 1 while the latter were runners up to Ashgold in Group A.last_img read more

Bergman looking at rural broadband, modernization of Soo Locks as next issues to address

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — On a busy August Primary Election day, Congressman Jack Bergman was cool, calm, and collected.The Representative for the 1st district of Michigan made his rounds in Northeast Michigan, talking to constituents and identifying problems. Bergman stopped by WBKB’s studios and identified a few issues that are on his radar for the future.“We assume when we turn on our light switches in our house, the lights go on,” said Bergman. “Electricity is consider a utility. I would suggest to you that broadband should be a utility.”It’s no secret that broadband has been an issue Northeast Michigan. Oscoda and Montmorency County have some of the worst issues with broadband. Presque Isle County is not far behind. Bergman plans to tackle this issue by looking at solutions to make sure all areas are covered. Closing the skilled jobs gap is another topic that Bergman touched on during the conversation.“Now that economy is booming to the point where we know we need more qualified people to fill the jobs,” said Bergman. “You look around and see “help wanted” [signs] in many areas all around.”The modernization of the Soo Locks have been one of the biggest issues that Bergman has advocated for, gaining national attention. President Donald Trump referenced the project, wanting to push it up the food chain of struggling infrastructures in the United States. He spoke at a rally back in April in Washington Township, giving a shout out to the project.The congressman noted that each issue begins with the constituents and the conversations at the coffee shop. He asks one question of the folks he represents.“Are you better off than you were two years ago?”Bergman will run for re-election in November. He will most likely face write-in Democrat Matt Morgan, a candidate who has identified the same issues to act on.To learn more about Bergman and his proposed legislation, visit https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/jack_bergman/412709 or visit https://bergmanforcongress.com/To learn more about Matt Morgan, visit https://mattmorganformichigan.com/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 1st District, alpena, Election Day, Jack Bergman, Matt Morgan, montmorency, Oscoda, Rural Broadband, Soo Locks, wbkbContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 8Next Mother, daughter changes face of beautylast_img read more

American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal

first_imgUnited States goalkeeper Tim Howard talks to reporters before a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. The U.S. will play against Belgium on July 1, in the round 16 of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal.Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that “The Keeper” will be available in adult and young adult editions.In a statement issued through HarperCollins, the 35-year-old Howard says he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette’s syndrome, and hopes to inspire others.World Cup fans were dazzled this summer by Howard’s record-setting 16 saves in the Americans’ 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round. He recently agreed to a multiyear deal to serve as a commentator for NBC Sports Group.last_img read more

U20 men’s team finalized for OFC championships

first_imgThere will be eight  teams participating which includes Group A-Vanuatu (VAN),Fiji (FIJ),Papua New Guinea (PNG),New Caledonia (NCL) while Group B  includes, Tahiti (TAH), Solomon Islands (SOL), New Zealand (NZL), Cook Islands (COK).The PNG team has submitted their final list to the Oceania Football Federation (OFC)  last week with some fascinating inclusions, and omissions to the team.The final 19 men team named include: 1.Jonathan Pole, 2.Kenneth Pilailo, 3.Darius James, 4.Edward Joshua, 5.Gabby Yanum, 6.Peter Dabinyaba Jr, 7.Moses Tupa, 8.Gregory Togubai, 9.Stahl Gubag, 10. Jonah Iha,11. Giwi Simon,12.George Korei   r,13. Alu Awi ,14.Jaggen Nalu , 15.Oswald Bade Forward, 16.Punchimil Kepiniu  ,17.Winston Somasi  , 18.Felix Komolong,19.Edward Lakae  and (Coach)  Peter GunembaJust like Vanuatu with Kalo, Papua New Guinea are able to call on experience though it’s at the back where Felix Komolong does his best work.The lofty defender played every minute of the Kapul’s five OFC Nations Cup games in June and will be keen to keep Papua New Guinea football on the tips of tongues across Oceania once again with the U-20 team.This time it’s Felix taking on the role of ‘most experienced’ member of the squad but he’s shown poise beyond his years on the pitch already this year and there is no doubt he will step up into the leadership role with ease. Taking charge of the squad is Peter Gunemba and while this will be his first foray at the helm of a national team, the C Licence-holder is the father of Raymond and Meagan Gunemba who are the perfect product of their father’s abilities.The output from relatively unknown club Eriku Wawens, which is contributing three players to this squad, along with Rapatau, and one each from Chakalau and Bugandi is a sign that the power players of PNG football aren’t the only ones focusing on developing football.last_img read more

Guyana’s Lake, Bahamas’ Woods in Contender battle

first_imgRevlon Lake from Guyana and Anthony Woods from The Bahamas clash tonight in the fourth week of the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series for welterweights at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, beginning at 9 p.m.Lake, who is 37 years old, has a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws and has fought in the series before. On March 19, 2014, he went up against Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings, who eventually went on to win the title. Lake was knocked out in the fourth round. He did show some resilience during the encounter, but eventually succumbed to the superior punching power of Mullings.Woods, who is 31, hail from Nassau but is representing the USA team in the series. He will be making his Jamaican debut. He also has a negative wins versus losses record, with eight victories and 19 losses. What is clear, however, is that both men will take a lot of experience into the ring tonight and this could lead to a very keen encounter.Lake has been boxing as a professional since 2005 and has fought for several Caribbean titles. In 2009, he challenged Miguel Antoine for the CABOFE super lightweight title but lost; and suffered a similar fate when he challenged Kevin Placide for the CABOFE super welterweight title in 2010.continuing carrerAnother bid for a title in 2014 against Prince Lee Isidore also went up in flames, but these setbacks have not dissuaded him from continuing his career.He last fought on February 27 and scored a victory on points against Miguel Antoine in Guyana.Tonight he will make a bold effort to move into the quarter-finals and earn himself a shot at the Contender 2016 title, by getting past his first hurdle. It will not be an easy task, however, as Woods has also been around for some time and has his eyes firmly set on the main prize of $2 million.Woods has also been in the professional ranks since 2005 and he too has had some interesting encounters along the way, campaigning in Florida, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas. He has been inactive for a few years, but his connections have stated that since being selected for the USA team, he has been training hard and is in great condition.Neither boxer is known for punching power, so boxing skills will determine the winner. It is a fight that can go either way and has all the earmarks of a close encounter.The action will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica.last_img read more