Windward Basketball Tournament Cancelled

first_imgSaturday – 8.00pm – Gatorade Blazers vs. Dragon Stout Blazers at Massacre. Share NewsSports Windward Basketball Tournament Cancelled by: – August 26, 2011 Tweet Meanwhile the semi-final games in the Domlec Premier Division of the Lime National League will continue tonight and Saturday, see below Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img In other news the Dominica Basketball the association has suspended the Division 1 finals in the Lime National League to investigate and receive reports from the referees and game commissioners on the incident which occurred during the second semi-final game between Goodwill Starz and Pichelin Pistons. Friday – 8.00pm – Sign Man X-Men vs. No Look at the Lindo Park Coaches of the four teams at last year’s Windward Islands Tournament. Photo credit: Mickey JosephAfter much effort the Dominica Amateur Basketball Association (DABA) had no choice to cancel the tournament schedule for September 7th 2011.  The reason for the cancellation is as a result of St Lucia and St Vincent indicating they would not be able to participate in this years tournament.The association hopes that after much work by the Grenada Association to revive this tournament after a dormancy of ten years was not in vain. The Association also decided that Dominica would not offer to host the tournament in the future unless we have a proper basketball facility. 26 Views   no discussions Game 2  for the Domlec Premier Division will continue on Wednesday at Lindo with two games next week. The DABA will also be welcoming a Club team (Big Banana Express) from Antigua to play a series of games against the National Team and Club team from Thursday September 1, 2011. By: Mickey Joseph Dominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img read more

Solskjaer hunts for answers to save Man Utd campaign

first_img Maguire’s arrival has not had the same galvanising impact that Virgil van Dijk’s signing had at Liverpool, with United recording just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Norwich and Tottenham have had fewer. Solskjaer did not sound over-confident that the January transfer window would yield obvious solutions. “We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said. “If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.” Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester midfielder James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, have all seen their names linked with a move to Old Trafford. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea reacts after conceding the third goal in the League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City at Old Trafford. Read Also: Inter Milan make move for Man United defender The problem is that January is a notoriously difficult time to persuade clubs to part with their best players. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said nobody he wants to keep will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month. Alongside the constant speculation over Pogba’s future, Solskjaer may have another headache, with reports that veteran defender Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan. “We can’t weaken ourselves. We’ve got to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen,” Solskjaer said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United’s demoralising defeat against Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final laid bare their desperate need for reinforcements if they are to salvage anything from their stuttering season.United conceded three first-half goals in a match at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 on Tuesday in their chastening 3-1 first-leg loss against Pep Guardiola’s men.Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge task on his hands to turn around the club’s fortunesBernardo Silva’s wonder strike, Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish and an own goal from Andreas Pereira put City well on course for a third straight final before Marcus Rashford gave the hosts faint hope for the second leg on January 29.The defeat was another stark reminder that United are light years behind the standards set by Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and defending champions City.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there would be no easy solutions as United attempt to claw their way back to the top of English football.“I’ve said before it is not going to be a quick fix and the two teams you are talking about are probably two of the best teams in the world,” he said. “That’s the task we have ahead of us, it’s something that we’ve started. You can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.” The problem is that the shoots of recovery are hard to decipher, with United short of technical quality and fight against City. United have had some impressive performances this season – including a 2-1 victory at City in the league last month, wins against Chelsea and Spurs and a draw at home against Liverpool. But they have stumbled badly against sides they would expect to beat, losing to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Ham, and face a tough battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. – United flaws – There are problems for Solskjaer to solve all over the pitch. Rashford’s recent form has helped paper over United’s lack of depth up front after they opted not to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan in August. United’s midfield looks desperately short of creativity in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba and with Jesse Lingard struggling to find his best form. Scott McTominay is also currently sidelined with a knee injury, depriving the side of steel. And despite boosting their defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window at considerable cost, United do not look like a cohesive unit at the back.center_img Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

Batesville American Legion Baseball Results

first_imgAfter being rained out on July 7th and 9th, Batesville was back in action on Saturday, July 11th, at Centerville High School vs. Richmond Post 65.  Richmond won 7-2.Post 271-101 000 000.   2-7-2Post 65-040 011 10x.   7-7-2For Post 271:Leo Enneking 0-3, run, bbNoah Gausman 2-4, runBaker Howard 1-3, sac fly rbiTyler Hogg 1-3, double, bb, rbiAnthony Butz 1-4Kyle Siefert 1-4Cody Roleson 1-3Chase Hogg 0-2, bbTyler Hogg 4 IP, 5 runs, LossZach Pottschmidt 2 IP, 2 runsLeo Enneking 1 IP, 0 runsPost 271 record: 2-6Next game: Monday (7-13) vs. Seymour.Courtesy of Batesville Legion Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

Mrs. Mable Louise “Mickie” (Murray) McCalip

first_imgMrs. Mable Louise “Mickie” (Murray) McCalip, age 87, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on June 11, 1931, in Osgood, Indiana, and was the daughter of the late, Benjamin S. “Sockie” and Nora Marie (Rohlfing) Murray. She was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a 1949 graduate of the Ben Davis High School. Mickie was united in marriage on September 2, 1951, in Osgood, Indiana, to the late, William Henry “Bill” McCalip. This happy union was blessed with three daughters, Tammie, Chris and Tina. Mickie and Bill shared 60 years of marriage together until he passed away on January 24, 2011. Mickie owned and operated the Versailles Laundromat for 18 years and the Vevay Bowling Alley for 20 years, retiring in March of 1998. Mickie and Bill owned and operated a farm in Ripley County, Indiana for many years. She was a life member of Job’s Daughters International. She served as a past mother advisor of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Mickie joined the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 333 and had served as Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary. Mickie was awarded the Grand Cross of Color 4-H Leader. Mickie was an avid bowler for over 60 years and bowled in five national tournaments of which she and her husband won 1st place in the GT-La Mode which was held in Columbus, Ohio (37 states were involved). Mickie was very proud of all her family. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, painting, sewing, music and meeting new people with a sense of humor of course! Mickie passed away at 3:35 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018, at the St. Andrew Health Campus in Batesville, Indiana.Mickie will be deeply missed by her daughters, Tammie Spurlock and her husband, Ron of Rotonda West, FL and Tina Aubuchon and her husband, Michael of Twin Falls, ID; her grandchildren, Laurie Krieg and her husband, Dwight of Batesville, IN, Corey Lemen of Ft. Wayne, IN and Christie Volz and her husband, Jason of Osgood, IN; her great-grandchildren, Abbie Krieg, Benjamin William Krieg, Blake Volz, Chance Volz, Drew Volz, Cabel Lemen and Charlotte Lemen and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin S. “Sockie” and Nora Marie (Rohlfing) Murray; her husband, William Henry “Bill” McCalip, died January 24, 2011; her daughter, Chris McCalip; her sisters, Rubie Kieffer, Cora Gahimer and Ruthie Bultman.A Memorial Gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the funeral home.Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 407 will conduct services at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.The family requests memorials in memory of Mickie to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI or American Heart Association, contribution cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

FG signs agreement with AU Sports Council to host regional headquarters

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja signed an agreement with the African Union Sports Council to host its Region 2 headquarters in Abuja, reiterating Nigeria’s commitments to sports development in the region.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AU sports council was created as a result of the recent reform to replace the former Supreme Council for Sports in Africa.It was in five regions and Nigeria was nominated to host the headquarters of the West Africa’s Region 2, which would be located at the Moshood Abiola Stadium (National Stadium), Abuja.Signing the agreement on behalf of the Nigerian Government, Ambassador Mustapha Sulaiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was a privilege for Nigeria to host such a significant and important body.Sulaiman pledged the commitments of the Nigerian government in driving the goals for the establishment of the body, stating that it confers Nigeria with huge responsibilities, which he was optimistic would be achieved.“It is a special privilege for me to be a part of the signing of this agreement between the African Union Sports Council, Region 2 and the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.“The Federal government is committed to providing a befitting premises to host he headquarters of the AU Sports Council and It is going to be hosted in the National stadium.“I believe that the decision by the AU Commission to site the headquarters in Abuja is well taken and it also confers on Nigeria certain recognition and certain privileges, it also confers on Nigeria certain responsibilities.“I believe that the Ministry of Youths and Sports is capable of hosting this secretariat and ensure that there would be no regret in siting this regional headquarters in Abuja,” Sulaiman said.Sulaiman urged the Ministry of Sport to give all that is due to the secretariat and discharge its duties accordingly to ensure all benefits accrued Nigeria was gotten.In his response, Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, said that the signing of the headquarters agreement translates into greater sporting ties and regional unity and integration.Adesola said that the agreement seals the bond between the AUSC Region 2 comprising the fifteen West African countries and the Nigeria and would increase sporting activities, training and competitions in the country.He explained that this would further boost commerce and socio-economic activities in Nigeria.Adesola said that the decentralisation of various sports organs across the continent was a great decision that would have the needed impact of sports in Africa.The Permanent Secretary called for the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the various services, such as diplomatic immunities and privileges to officials of the Council as stipulated in the agreement.“The dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, which had seven zones brought the emergence of the African Union Sports Council with five regions“Namely Region 1 in North Africa with headquarters in Algiers, Region 2 in West Africa with headquarters in Abuja, Region 3 in Central Africa with headquarters in Brazzaville.“Region 4 in East Africa with headquarters in Kigali and Region Five in South Africa with headquarters in Gaborone.“Nigeria secured the hosting rights of the AUSC Region 2 during the strategic Planning Workshop held in Abuja in December 2015, where the delegates from the 15 West African Countries unanimously voted Nigeria.“As host of the Regional Secretariat in Abuja that is also the host of ECOWAS for effective synergy.“It is indeed a historic occasion and legacy not only for Nigeria and West Africa but the entire Continent,” Adesola said.last_img read more

Baldwinsville swimmers twice battle with Liverpool

first_imgEven more exciting was the 100 butterfly showdown between Nick Schultz and the Warriors’ Curtis Merrick. It went to the wire as Schultz, in exactly 55 seconds, was just ahead of Merrick’s 55.08, with Burns (58.28) again in third place.Schultz also went 2:01.84 in the 200 individual medley, a close second to Griffin Merkling’s pool-record 1:59.89, while Tristan Miranda was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:18 flat.Of particular excitement was the closing 400 freestyle relay. Schultz, Burns, Ludden and Quinn Gruppe went 3:28.09, but Liverpool’s quartet of Merkling, Brandon Nguyen, Jack Andrejko and Josh Foley beat them in 3:27.71. So far this winter, the Baldwinsville boys swim team had proven itself better than anyone in front of them in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division – except one.When Liverpool showed up last Wednesday night, the Bees were quite close in several events, but also saw the Warriors break two different Baker High School pool records on the way to prevailing 57-36.Twice, B’ville did win races, starting with Bailey Ludden’s effort in the 200-yard freestyle as he posted a time of one minute, 49.68 seconds, well clear of Liverpool’s Will Allen (1:57.48) and John Burns (1:59.00) in third. Earlier, Schultz, Burns, Ludden and Gruppe went 1:35.08 in the 200 freestyle relay to Liverpool’s 1:33.66. Individually, Gruppe finished third in the 50 freestyle in 24.74 seconds and Miranda was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.26.B’ville faced Liverpool again on Friday as part of the Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Nottingham, where Schultz was victorious in the 50 freestyle, his time of 22.48 seconds ahead of Merrick (22.63) in second place.And in the 400 freestyle relay, Schultz, Ludden, Burns and Gruppe prevailed in 3:28.76, well clear of Fulton’s second-place 3:37.22.Ludden, going 1:47.28 to set a new season mark in the 200 freestyle, was second to Merkling’s first-place 1:44.99. Then, in the 100 freestyle, Ludden tied Oswego’s Casey DeLapp for second, each finishing in 49.67 seconds ahead of Schultz (49.81) in fourth place.Burns improved to 56.83 seconds in the 100 butterfly and finished third, with Gruppe eighth in 1:00.93 before he helped Ludden, Burns and Schultz finish fifth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.42. Aidan Solomon rose to fourth place in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.65, with Mason Isbell 10th in 1:07.60.Remaining busy this week, B’ville would take on Fayetteville-Manlius Tuesday at Cazenovia College before returning home Thursday to face Cicero-North Syracuse.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleswimminglast_img read more

Without fans in the Dome, local restaurants, businesses adapt on game days

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments UPDATED: Sept. 14, 11:20 a.m.The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Sitting at a table inside Varsity Pizza, Eric Ockert scanned the restaurant. It was Wednesday, three days before Syracuse’s football season-opener in Chapel Hill and two weeks before the home opener against Georgia Tech. The 13-year employee pointed to where the pizza line should be on Syracuse game days: packing the center aisle, curling back around when it hits the grilling area and then continuing outside where more customers wait to enter.  Two hours before a home game last year — and every other year — that’s what happened. There are people “wall to wall.” Fans use window sills and the tops of trash cans as places to set their food down. A big home game can generate the equivalent of a week’s worth of regular business, he said. But this year, during a coronavirus-altered season with fanless games and millions in lost revenue for SU and the local community, that won’t be the case, Ockert said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’ll probably just be like a normal lunch,” Ockert said.Game-day revenue is significantly higher for Marshall Street staples, including Varsity, Acropolis Pizza House, Shirt World, Manny’s and Faegan’s Pub & Cafe, as well as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Though these businesses are trying to find new ways to generate revenue, without the usual stream of fans, they know this season will present challenges unlike any other. “Business is way down,” David Tewksbury, a warehouse manager and employee at Manny’s said. “Hopefully it picks up next year, but I just don’t see it happening this year.”At Varsity, one of the most iconic game day spots in Syracuse, Ockert said he doesn’t know if people will make the game day trip to the Hill if there aren’t fans in the Dome. They’ll probably stay home and watch the game on TV instead, something Ockert would do himself.There are season-ticket holders — who are also regular Varsity Pizza customers — that have been coming into the Marshall Street eatery every game day for the last 30 to 50 years. “We probably won’t see them anymore,” he said. Traditionally, the restaurant would stop deliveries on game days because it would get so busy, but now, Ockert said they will rely on that for a chunk of their business. Restaurants are allowed to have up to 50% capacity for indoor dining, something Ockert hopes to capitalize on with a big projector screen for customers to watch the game. We’re not open to (losing) money, so obviously we’re trying to make money as well, but ultimately the first concern for us is keeping everybody safe.Eric Ockert, Varsity Pizza employeeFor Ockert and John Dellas, co-owner of Faegan’s Pub & Cafe and Varsity Pizza, their priority is maintaining the community’s safety and limiting the virus’s spread — not money. “We like to consider our customers and our employees all to be part of the family, and our first priority is always going to be keeping our family safe,” Ockert said. “We’re not open to (losing) money, so obviously we’re trying to make money as well, but ultimately the first concern for us is keeping everybody safe.” Coming into Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Armory Square is a game day tradition for many longtime fans, said Jason Ryan, marketing director for the chain’s Syracuse location. The customer base doesn’t include many students due to its downtown location, he said, but many suburban residents will stop by on their way to the Dome. “To them, it’s all part of the experience of going to the game,” Ryan said. “It’s not just considered just going to dinner, it’s become a tradition every year.”The restaurant created a “tailgate package” for delivery or pickup, allowing fans to recreate as much of a game day experience as possible, Ryan said. That means providing wings, ribs and sides for fans to eat at home. The barbecue joint also has outdoor and indoor seating and has added iWave filtration systems which can remove coronavirus particles from the air and will better protect customers and employees, Ryan said. But he understands that many fans might not be comfortable coming in to eat.The problem is the loss of away fans, Ryan said, because there’s no way to reach them. At Dinosaur, visiting fans hear about the restaurant and are willing to get there early or wait hours to eat. Years down the line, they’ll return — it becomes part of their game day routine, too. Dinosaur sells barbecue sauce in nearly 375 stores nationwide, so away fans have the opportunity to cook at home with friends and family and “bring as much of that tradition into their home,” Ryan said. But beyond that, it’ll be challenging to recover that lost market.Dellas and his employees will also be impacted by the loss of away fans because Faegan’s often serves as “the away team’s base,” the 42-year owner said. The bar also used to have a large pool of regular customers that has been “whittled down from what it used to be” and is “now negligible,” Dellas said. Though Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order would allow up to 145 people in Faegan’s, Dellas chose a more strict occupancy of 55 because he’s found that manageable — both from the restaurant’s and a public health point of view.“It’s just going to be a way-below-average Saturday,” Dellas said.“I gotta say that after 42 years of doing this, it really isn’t any fun anymore to do it,” Dellas said. “Maybe the pandemic is getting me to that place where it’s icing on the cake — like time for me to go.”Tewksbury, an employee at Manny’s, agreed with Dellas’ sentiment. He remembers when the store had 10 employees working the same shift to manage the game day rush, and when there were so many customers in the store that he couldn’t recognize who was a regular and who wasn’t. Now, it’s just one person manning the store, business is slow and locals aren’t interested in buying merchandise without any games to wear it to, Tewksbury said. “People just don’t care about wearing Syracuse stuff as much, unless they’re a student here,” Tewksbury said. For Dave Jacobs, the 44-year owner of Shirt World on Marshall Street, though, it’s just about moving forward and focusing on the community’s support. He couldn’t attend the state fair, which he’s been to every year since 1967, but he’s confident Shirt World’s product’s quality and the remaining local community’s support will get them through the pandemic.Mavrikidis’ father lived through the Greek Civil War and taught him the importance of saving $2 for every $3 earned. Without the game day rush this season, he still knows his business, and those near his, will be OK. “As long as we’re healthy — that’s the main thing — and we can provide food for the family, who cares?” Mavrikidis said. “If it takes another year, it takes another year. That’s how you have to look at it.”As Syracuse kicked off its season Saturday, around 10 people scattered through Varsity just after noon. SU’s 2020 schedule was still tacked to the wall with 11 individual banners, some on the left, others on the right. The restaurant’s projector screen hung in front of the grill. But without ACC Network — something Ockert is working on acquiring for future weeks —  Spongebob played on the screen instead. Because it was an away game, a large crowd wasn’t expected. That’d be the case any season. This year, though, they’ll all be like that. They’ll just be normal lunches.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the name of Varsity Pizza’s co-owner was spelled incorrectly. His name is John Dellas, not Dellis.center_img Published on September 13, 2020 at 11:17 pm Contact Roshan: | @Roshan_f16last_img read more

Steph Curry, who paved the way for Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, is rookie’s next challenge

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBall and his brothers might have been firing from extreme distance before Curry came along, but the two-time league MVP’s success certainly normalized it at all levels.“At first we were kind of getting criticized for it,” Ball said. “But after he pretty much opened the gateway, everybody was cool with it.”Ball will face off against Curry for the first time on Wednesday when the Warriors (15-6) visit the Lakers (8-12) at Staples Center. Ball is shooting just 30.9 percent from the floor and 24.3 percent from 3-point range.“A lot more to basketball than shooting,” Ball said following Tuesday’s practice.Ball’s first matchup with Curry and the defending champion Warriors would seem to have some extra juice due to comments made by Ball’s pot-stirring father, LaVar, that his oldest son was better than Curry. EL SEGUNDO — For members of the Ball family, the 3-point line is merely a suggestion. In high school and at UCLA, it was not uncommon for Lonzo Ball to pull up from just past midcourt and shoot.Same story for his little brother, LaMelo, who might be even more famous – and criticized – for his long-range attempts.While Lonzo Ball’s intercontinental shooting has been recalibrated to a range more acceptable in the NBA, there is no mistaking the genesis of his style to the work of Steph Curry with Golden State.“He is kind of the first one to do it in the NBA like that and (we) just kind of ran with it from there,” Ball said. Speaking to reporters in Oakland on Tuesday, Curry said those comments were “comic relief” and proceeded to heap praise upon Ball.“I’ve always said he’s a great talent,” Curry said. “I think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through all that and have a great career. I hope you didn’t judge me off my first 20 games in the league.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball has already been exposed to some of the game’s top point guards, including Washington’s John Wall (twice), Portland’s Damian Lillard, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Utah’s Ricky Rubio and Minnesota’s Jeff Teague.“Watching as a fan, he is great to watch,” Ball said of Curry. “One of the most exciting players in the league. In my opinion, the best shooter of all time. He can shoot off the catch or dribble. He is one of the best point guards in the league.”The Warriors have spent the past three years dominating the rest of the NBA, winning two championships in that span. The Lakers, however, have been able to steal one win against the Curry-led super-team each of the last three seasons.“You try to go into it like a normal game,” forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “But it is the Warriors, it is the champs and everything. So anytime you are playing a team of that caliber, you get extra up for it and I think everybody here is bouncing off the walls, champing at the bit to get at them.”The Warriors are coming off a 110-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday – a game neither Curry (bruised right hand) nor Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) played in – and will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses to teams not expected to make the playoffs. It’s unclear when Durant will return, though Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he expects Curry to play against the Lakers.“We get a chance to play against the best team in the world,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I’m excited to see how we respond to that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sunday feature: From August to November, the WHS football team had little luck on its side

first_imgThe injuries mountedThe Crusaders would cruise past Circle, and would beat Clearwater rather handily 47-7 — and that team is still playing football in the second round of the playoffs.Then on homecoming night in front of one of the largest crowds seen in Sellers Park in this decade, Wellington fell to Andale 63-21. Even at full strength, Wellington would have probably lost that game. But there was that brief moment in the second quarter when the Crusaders were toe to toe with the Indians.But the season was far from over. Wellington would lose to Wichita Collegiate the next week 38-34 – in a game the Crusaders probably would like to have back. It was then that Adam Condit severely sprained his ankle. Condit would return to play three more games. But there is no doubt he was never the same thereafter.And then came practice. Colin Reichenberger, the starting receiver, the record-breaking receiver, caught his pinky finger on a team member’s helmet and broke it. He would return in a cast in the Rose Hill game to kick and make tackles, only to go into surgery the next week and never play again.Wellington would beat Rose Hill in the district opener 33-21 in perhaps its most gutsy performance of the season.That set up the battle with Mulvane – a game in so many ways typifies the frustration the team has seen over the years. Wellington would score in the opening quarter, and would never score again for the rest of the season. The Crusaders would fumble twice, get intercepted twice and could never put the ball in the end zone despite being in enemy territory much of the game.A 65-yard Mulvane touchdown run proved to be the difference in the game.By the time the final game in Ulysses hit, Wellington had eight starters who were out. Jason Norris, a key lineman, was out with a concussion. Joey Lewellen, another lineman was out. Nick Hyde would not play. Conner Burnett, who suffered an ankle injury earlier in the year, was playing but was banged up.Jared Shields, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason, was playing for the first time.Condit ended up playing three positions that evening: defensive lineman, offensive lineman and running back.“We had nobody left on the line,” Ryan said. “We didn’t have anyone to substitute.”In the end Wellington would lose 19-0 to Ulysses. The Crusaders needed to lose by 10 to reach the playoffs for the first time in four years. Nevertheless, with all that happened, they ended just two dropped passes away from doing so. How the season beganOne needs to go back to the scrimmage – not the Crusader Club scrimmage that was rained out – to see what this team could have been. It was the first week Saturday morning scrimmage at the practice facility. The scrimmage was a shoulder popping, grubby, tense field workout. Those in attendance saw perhaps a Wellington team that was at par to those during the Linn Hibbs era.It was a team full of itself. There were 19 seniors. The backfield had returned. The line was deep on both sides of the ball and Wellington had a special blend of offensive power and defensive prowess. All the pieces were in place at nearly every position.If one didn’t blink, Wellington fans got to see this team at full strength – in the first half of the Augusta game. In that game, the Crusaders beat Augusta 27-13. It should have been much worse. Wellington accumulated 426 yards to Augusta’s 199. The only thing that kept the Orioles in the game was turnovers. Crusaders committed five of them that night.But the big story came afterwards. Andrew Pelkey, a 6-0, 170 pound, senior linebacker – arguably the heart and soul of the defense, got hurt. The guy, who could hit and was destined to be a state champion caliber wrestler this winter, went to the doctor that week and learned he had an ACL tear.It was a devastating blow to the program.Still, on the gridiron, Wellington didn’t seem to miss a beat. The Crusaders would beat Goddard Eisenhower – in arguably their best game of the year, 34-0. But at the end of the game, as running back Austin Dunn was the receptor of a screen play, he was hit on the sidelines. He too would be out for the season with an ACL tear.Wellington head coach Tyler Ryan said in all his years of coaching, he never saw a football player suffer an ACL tear. He had already saw two this season.Wellington’s Lane Beard filled in and was excellent the rest of the season. But losing Dunn meant Wellington lost that big go-to back that could guarantee two or three big yards and was a key diversion to Wellington’s potent passing attack. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down duke observer · 300 weeks ago Leadership starts with Staff…less parent driven team…this team was in nowhere close to be in the shape of a Hibbs led team. They did have some key injuries but with that they were still in the playoff hunt but key mistakes in both games prevented a return..used to be everyone was scared to play Wellington and that is no longer true…every team can make excuses championship teams overcome them. Not ready to accept the what if motto. Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down duke observer · 300 weeks ago Fan I never said anything about who they played. I do believe they try to play the best players. But you want to compare this team to what Hibbs is coaching…well then we would need to compare the level of talent they are playing against. The parent driven comment has to do with all the stuff that is going on around the team. Maybe parent driven is the wrong verbage. I wish the team well and attend all the games but seems there just sseems to be something missing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 300 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 300 weeks ago Hibbs would have had this team in the playoffs. Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down yodo · 300 weeks ago YA the parents drive the teams, just look at the middle school volleyball teams. The A teams were teachers kids or parents with money. they have like 7 or maybe 8 girls on A team but 12 to 14 on B team. but yet they only played 6 of 8 girls on A team, Then moved other 2 to B team, which is a joke. take 10 on each team and play them, but they were 2 worried about winning than getting experience for all the girls. which the high school is the same way but yet they never bring home the gold. So say what you want but they do let parents dicatate the players they pick, esp when their parents are teachers or drs. But we still support the wellington teams Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down An outsider’s view · 300 weeks ago All I am going to say is that if is was the Hibbs era and he would have gone three years without getting into the playoffs he would have been fired… But wait in order to get fired as a coach now you would be fired by the athletic director I am assuming and he isn’t a good coach either so how could he fire anyone! This district stinks at holding people accountable for doing thei jobs! Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Guest · 300 weeks ago With regard to the above comments, Coach Hibbs did a great job here and we should be very grateful for his contributions, as well as, loyalty to the program. However, I think he would be the very first to say that in his last few years here he had less and less successful seasons, nor was he winning against Andale, Buhler etc. which was frustrating to him as well which he did not hesitate to say. If those that long for the old days question that go back and look at the records, and also the scores from some of those games.. We presently have an outstanding coach who appears committed to our community who cares about the kids beyond simply wins and losses on the football field, and we had a great group of kids that represented Wellington in a positive way the entire season, that is what counts the most, not playoff appearances. Beyond that, everyone that attended all of the games I think would likely agree without the devastating injuries we would have been 7-2 or 8-1, if that is truly all that is important under your view. Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago -11 Vote up Vote down True Fan · 300 weeks ago The playoff streak would still be if Hibbs would have stayed. Unfortunately, the school district is what drove him away. Then, they passed on alums that applied for the job BOTH times. Why would we hire someone who’s not from this town? They might not have had stand out resumes but neither does the current coach. Nothing against the man but if you’re going to take a chance on a coach, why not one from Wellington? People say injuries and bad luck are the blame, but the district is the one to blame for the program’s problems. We’ll never get back state title contention or even the playoffs, at this rate. Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down duke observer · 300 weeks ago So Wellington was the only team hit with some injuries. Guest only one question. .why was Dunn still playing in the fourth quarter in a blowout game? Just asking. Report Reply 0 replies · active 300 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Expert’s Eye · 300 weeks ago I think everyone needs to get over the injuries. They are part of the game. Good teams have depth. This team didnt. Good teams are also in shape. This team wasnt. Coach Ryan may be a great guy but he is a terrible football coach. This team was never in shape. This was an average team that played a weak schedule. The teams they played got better after Wellington played them. Wellington got worse. The parental involvement boggles the mind. I have been around big time football for years and was around during the coach Hibbs era. Hibbs would have never allowed for the parents to feel entitled the way they do. He also would have had this team in shape to compete in the 4th quarter. Someone made the comment that he didnt beat Andale his last few years. This is true. but go back and look at those games. All of them were close in the 4th quarter and Wellington was a play or two away from winning. Coach Ryan on the other hand has seen Andale 3 times and has walked away losing by a combined 188-54. This team was overhyped all year. They were average. It use to be playing football for Wellington meant something. That is no longer the case. The state of Wellington football is a sad one. Excuses on excuses for not winning. The players walk around with a false sense of entitlement and that is the biggest reason why they dont get the job done. This Senior class that everyone wants to praise is the worst about that. And they have passed that attitude on to the underclassmen. This senior class is the first in a long long time to not go to the playoffs once in 4 years. Part of that is on the players. They were just ok. They had some good skill position guys who could work when not under pressure. A few ok linemen. some linemen who think they are all world but are sadly mistaken. Coaching isnt good. attitudes are even worse. and Wellington is in trouble for years to come it looks like. Report Reply 0 replies · active 300 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down rudy · 300 weeks ago Cueball, you are way too obsessed with State Records and Playoffs. Since you are so big on trivial stats, go back through all your football stories and see how many times you mention Playoffs. You get obsessed with the obvious stars on the team. The players read your stuff. A team is a collection of kids. Some of these kids can probably play but arent stars, state champions etc, but have heart, like Rudy. Sure, the championship teams of the past, had their stars, but the no names made it possible for them to stand out. Hibbs is gone. Parents will be parents. Wellington needs to quit being obsessed with all this tradition as it puts pressure on a kid. Wellingtons talent pool has never been as deep as the opponents, but they always had heart. I havent watched a game in several years, but I read about them and i am sick of hearing about the playoff streak, Andale this, Mulvane that. Lets write about the Team. Focus on one game at a time instead of all these Stars, Stats and Playoff Streaks and the wins will come. Report Reply 1 reply · active 300 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second consecutive season, the Wellington football team finished with a winning record. In many ways the 5-4 season of 2013 and 2014 were identical. Both teams started off strong and were at one point 4-1. Both teams lost to the same opponents: Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Mulvane.And in the end after opening with a district opening win, the Crusaders would lose their final two games in frustrating fashion and miss the playoffs.But the similarities end there. The circumstances surrounding the seasons were much different. The 2013 team lost its season based on off the field issues.On the other hand, the 2014 team was a victim of bad luck.Critics point out that Wellington’s schedule was weak at the beginning of the year and that artificially propped up the team. But that isn’t entirely true. Yes — in the first four weeks Wellington had played teams with a cumulative 1-15 record.However, seven of nine Wellington’s opponents would eventually go to the playoffs. An eighth team, Goddard Eisenhower, was a Class 5A opponent. As of today, five Wellington opponents are still playing. Ulysses was eliminated by a very good Buhler team – who could win a state championship. Augusta lost to Andover Central 38-33 in a game that went to the wire. Oh, Andover Central, lost earlier in the year to Goddard Eisenhower.And in a game that defies explanation, Mulvane beats McPherson, 28-25. Yes, that same Mulvane team Wellington probably could have and should have beaten despite its injuries woes in week #8.It was the kind of season Crusader fans look back and wonder “what if.” Because one could legitimately say that Wellington could have finished the regular season 8-1 and might still be playing football.But despite all the talent, the off-season work, the time, the energy, the strategy, the cohesiveness; there is one thing a team couldn’t control.Its fate. So what’s next?There’s no doubt, the Wellington coaching staff has its work cut out for itself. Wellington will lose its quarterback, its running game, and all its starting receivers but two (see statistics in related story)The offensive and defensive line appears to be the anchor for next season.It doesn’t help that Wellington’s opponents were young this season and most are returning a great nucleus in 2015. One cringes to think what Mulvane is developing up there. That’s a sophomore and junior class that is seeing playoff success.While Wellington had a slew of injuries – one thing remained constant. Trevor Nance was never hurt as quarterback. He is likely to receive all league honors with 1,666 yards including 19 touchdown passes. He completed 54 percent of his passes going 104 of 192.The question on everyone’s mind will be who will be under center in 2015. Rumor has it Cade Phelps will step in to take snaps. But he’s a sophomore, and that makes it a tough proposition. His older brother Connor Phelps is also rumored to be playing in that position. However, he is the one key skill player returning. Would Ryan risk putting him there at that position, and leaving the running back and wide receiver position more depleted?Shields and Remington Gilkey will be key wide receivers next year. Gilkey showed great promise, but he need more consistency. Wellington coaches have to develop a go-to back and figure out how to gain some depth. If injuries stack up next season like this year, there isn’t a Beard to come in to replace him.On the line, Wellington should have the experience of Norris and Burnett back, as well as Jace Lowe. But losing players such as Skyler Brand and Condit cannot go understated. Depth — or a lack thereof — will be huge. That was the difference between a good season and total collapse in 2014.Defensively, Wellington loses four of its six 100 tackle defenders – not counting Pelkey and Dunn. Losing defenders like Brenton Troutman and Zach Bodkin, who were not headliners but very good in the trenches will hurt.The junior class had 10 members this year – some without precious varsity experience. The coaches will probably need to scour the halls for players who currently aren’t part of the program.Of course, a lot can change within a year’s time. 2015 may be one of those ‘rebuilding’ years that people so much dread to hear. There is potential in the freshman ranks and both the seventh and eighth grades had very good years. But if you are looking at middle school for future success, that isn’t a good sign.And one things this year has proven, things don’t ever go accordingly.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Who will win men’s 110m hurdles?

first_imgKC Graham: No one has set the place on fire this season in the men’s 110 metres hurdles. This is one event where a favourite cannot be identified, despite the defending champion, David Oliver, being in the event. Andre Lowe: Indeed. There were some good early showings from Aleec Harris, but he has lost his way since June. Now it’s anybody’s race. it’s really difficult to pick a winner here, and that’s what makes this one of the events of the championships. KC: With the Cuban, Orlando Ortega, not competing, this has even made it more complexed, as he was the most consistent of the lot, and this is another event where the top-ranked athlete will be missing. Andre: Jamaica have two really good hurdlers in Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, who, on the day, can top any field in the world, and Andrew Riley, who is solid at 13.3 or thereabouts. That range won’t get him close enough. KC: Of the three, I think only McLeod and Parchment have realistic chances of medalling, as both have gone sub-13 seconds already in their career, and if both rediscover their form, it could be history for Jamaica once again in a different discipline. Andre: I agree. Parchment’s power and speed between the hurdles make him a real threat, but he hasn’t raced a lot, and that’s important in the hurdles for rhythm. McLeod is the real deal; he’s medalling here for sure. As long as he keeps it simple, there’s no way three athletes beat him. KC: McLeod is the best technically of all the athletes in the event. I can tell you this, no one can lead him to the first three hurdles, and if he has recovered fully from his minor injury in his first pro race, he will not be caught. His experience in the 400 metres hurdles will give him an edge here, too, as he also has good speed endurance. Andre: I like McLeod for the win, but only if he’s close to full fitness. I haven’t heard anything to suggest that he isn’t. It’s a brave pick, but I’m also going with Parchment, who does well under pressure and knows he needs to come good after some poor decision making. He will battle for third, I think, with a few, including Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinet- Lagarde. He needs a big performance, and it is coming here as well. So two Jamaicans to medal, with Oliver in the mix as well. KC: While I think the strong and powerful Oliver will be the favourite for the gold here, I think McLeod and the Russian, Shubenkov, are big dangers. I will give the American the edge to make it back-to-back titles, and I agree with you that McLeod will be among the medals here. I don’t like Pascal’s technique; he seems to be running on the spot of late.last_img read more