Eagles have high hopes for hoops season

first_imgSquad returns plenty of talent from 22-3 team of last year BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff Middletown South’s Danielle Pankey shoots over a Ocean Township defender during a scrimmage in Ocean Township on Thursday. The Middletown High School South girls basketball team will once again depend on balanced scoring and tough defense as it seeks to defend its Shore Conference Class A North crown. The Eagles went 22-3 a year ago and made their way to the Shore Con-ference Tourn-ament semifinals before losing to RBC. Middletown South also qualified for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tourney, where it was eliminated by West Windsor. Eight of the Eagles’ top players return as only forward Michelle Whalen was lost to graduation. “Most of the girls have been together for four years and they want to make this their year,” coach Tom Brennan said. “They really believe in the concept of team basketball and that’s been the key to our success. Last year, not one player averaged scoring in double-figures; different players stepped up every night.” That should be the case again, particularly with Brittany Hoffman distributing the ball from the point. Hoffman set a team record with 125 assists and also averaged four points a year ago. She’ll be joined in the backcourt by Julie Gannon, who averaged seven points. Middletown South has plenty of strength off the bench with junior Jill Gannon, who averaged six points. Jenna McFarland, a solid defender with a nice touch from three-point range; and hard-working Leeanne Thomas. Shea Taggert (8 ppg) and Courtney Herring (6 ppg) are the forwards with 5-foot-11 junior Shawna Hagen in the middle. All three averaged more than seven rebounds last season. Junior Christina Longo, who averaged 6.3 points, and sophomore Danielle Pankey, who scored 22 points in a loss to Neptune last season, will also see plenty of action up front. Colleen Ford gives the Lions added depth in the forecourt. Brennan noted that in order to move deeper into the postseason his team will have to be more focused defense and more adaptable offensively. “Our defense was solid and consistent throughout the season, but we had occasional lapses that cost us; it happened in all three of our losses,” Brennan said. “A couple of times we let down at the end of a quarter and the other team would go on a 4-0 run or get two points they shouldn’t have gotten. That has to change.” With the ball, the Eagles prefer to run and have the depth to maintain a fast pace, but they will need to be more dimensional this year, the coach added. “We have to be able to adjust our tempo to what other teams are doing,” Brennan continued. “While we want to run, the opportunities aren’t always there. Last year, we’d still try and force a running game instead of taking what the other defense gave us.” The Eagles are set to open the campaign at home on Dec. 15 against rival Middletown North and will visit Manalapan on Dec. 18. Freehold Township comes to town on Dec. 21 and then Brennan’s team will compete in the Trenton Central Holiday Classic beginning on Dec. 27. “The girls are ready to go,” Brennan said. “They’re committed and they spent a lot of time preparing in the offseason. Now it’s time.”last_img read more

Tabubil finish Southern Leg on a high

first_imgPlaying under the blistering heat of the nation’s capital, both sides showed signs of fatigue early on.Tabubil took a 1-0 lead off the boot of Ben Romas going into the break.Hekari nearly levelled up early in the second half when a shot fired beat the goalkeeper but sailed just above the bar to go out.After this scare, Tabubil went back on the attack and extended their lead when a misread in Hekari’s backline left Chucha Posman one on one with the Hekari goalkeeper for him to slot the ball into the net.Behind by 2 and with time running out, this caused frustration for the Hekari team who started a fight on the field.The fight was soon stopped before supporters of both teams tried to get involved.The rest of the game was played and the final whistle was blown with both sides shaking hands to make peace.Tabubil finished fourth in their pool with three wins and two losses.Only the top two from the men’s pools will qualify for the finals this afternoon.last_img read more

Uruguay beat 10-man Russia 3-0 to top Group A

first_imgUruguay comfortably beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-0 on Monday to seal top spot in Group A courtesy of a Luis Suarez free kick, a Denis Cheryshev own goal and a late Edinson Cavani strike.Russia, who had already qualified along with Uruguay for the last 16 after winning their first two games, played much of the match with 10 men after Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two yellow cards after 36 minutes.Suarez opened the scoring in the 10th minute with his seventh World Cup goal and Uruguay’s lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Diego Laxalt’s shot took a wicked deflection off Cheryshev.Cavani, Suarez’s strike partner, sealed the victory to open his World Cup account with a goal from close range after a corner in the 90th minute.last_img

NO. 6 BLUES STAY HOT OVER LANCERS

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats The No. 6 University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team defeated the Windsor Lancers 4-1 in their 2019/20 home opener on Saturday night (Oct 26). Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Matchup History Midway through the third period, Trussler would score her second of the night off a great passing play with Gabrielle De Serres. The Lancers finally got on the board with a goal from Ashley Maitre but there was not enough time for Windsor to make a comeback. Mathilde De Serres closed out the game by roofing her second goal past Jenkins. Next Game: University of Guelph 11/1/2019 | 7:00 p.m. HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues came out of the gates looking to control the game. Through the first 20 minutes, they only allowed three shots on goal, while they peppered Lancers fourth-year goalie Molly Jenkins with 16. Jenkins saved all of them as each team headed to the dressing without a goal.Toronto headed to the penalty box six minutes into the second period but Windsor wouldn’t be able to get anything going. Instead, Mathilde De Serres and Taylor Trussler got a shorthanded 2-on-0 opportunity and Trussler buried it to open up the scoring.  Mathilde De Serres would keep shining as she found the back of the net off a great pass from the Blues rookie forward Natasha Athanasakos. UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action on Friday night (Nov 1) at 7:00 PM when they face-off against the Guelph Gryphons at Varsity Arena.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Mathilde De Serres recorded three points (2G, 1A) and second-year goalie Erica Fryer made 19 saves and recorded her first win of the season in her first start.last_img read more

Army issues bursaries to 25 NGSA students

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday last presented 25 students with bursaries following their successful completion of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) Examinations.The awardees represented the top 25 children of uniformed ranks and civilian employees of the GDF who attained 75 per cent or greater at the NGSA, a statement from the army said, adding that the students will receive the award every year for the next five years.80 bulls and 40 sheep were slated to be sacrificed in honour of this year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebrationRaoul Nicholls of Queen’s College, Jamahl Cort of the Bishops’ High and Javier St Claire of St Roses High were the top three awarded.Lieutenant Colonel Dwain Jervis encouraged the awardees to always aim for high ideals, adding that while they have completed the NGSA, this was just the first step.“So continue to work hard for the next five years so you can celebrate even more when you successfully complete the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations. I would like to see some of you in the top one per cent or achieve at least 10 subjects. Continue working hard, Don’t Stop!”Jervis also encouraged the students to maintain the level of focus and not fall prey to the many distractions which abound.He congratulated the awardees and extended the sentiments to their parents and dearly encouraged them to continue to support their children.Top awardee Raoul Nicholls expressed gratitude to the army for the gesture.He assured that he and the others are grateful and honoured to be recipients of the bursary and promised that they would heed the advice given.The GDF began awarding bursaries in 1974 and this group of awardees brings the number of recipients over the years to 880last_img read more

Faster Internet for Essequibo by June – GTT CEO

first_imgWith an investment of over US million for the next two years, GTT is committed to providing improved and unbeatable services to its customers on all fronts, and those on the Essequibo Coast can expect to see a massive upgrade of theirGTT CEO Justin NeddInternet service by at least 10 times the speed currently available to them.This was announced by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the local telecommunications giant, Justin Nedd, during its annual Media Cocktail on Friday at Grand Coastal Hotel, Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara.According to Nedd, GTT has shaped the lives of several generations of Guyanese over the past 26 years, particularly as the first provider of Internet service in the country with its dial-up service.To this end, he explained that the pillar of the company’s objectives going forward in 2017 lay in its high-speed Internet service to both homes and businesses. The CEO explained that since landing the US$13 million undersea cable in 2010, GTT has continually improved Internet service in Guyana and has seen a significant and continued demand over the years.In this regard, the company is guaranteeing that come June 30 this year, Guyanese will experience the fastest and most affordable Internet service that the country has ever seen. He pointed out that GTT was well-positioned to support Guyana’s drive to bridge the digital divide so that the country could continue grow, thrive and flourish.“I want to also guarantee that by June 30, 2017 we will have Internet on the Essequibo Coast that’s at minimum 10 times faster than what they get now… I also guarantee that the prices they pay for those services will be competitive and in some respects, more affordable than what is offered now by our competitors,” the CEO declared.Moreover, he urged customers to provide feedback and identify areas for improvement. Nedd assured that the GTT team would be ready and willing to serve customers and the country as a whole.However, he noted that the strides made to get to this point were not without challenges, as he reflected on the past year. He said that the company begun laying the foundation for its goals this year in 2016.Nedd recalled the rapid deployment of 4G mobile data with only two weeks’ notice in time for last year’s Independence Jubilee celebrations. From that upgraded Internet speed, the CEO pointed out, the company really started to see its mobile user-base using more data and getting more accustomed to data even as its technical team grappled with ensuring that the network improved.“Those upgrades were begun in May and went on until the end of last year and I’m very pleased, I must say, to see our customers being able to stream videos without buffering, play games online and do Whatsapp video chats,” he remarked.The head of the local telecommunications giant further highlighted that GTT continued the journey of bringing the modern experience to its stores in 2016, with the total revamp of what was previously known as the “Blackberry Store”.“Now that new store really symbolises our thrust to be better, brighter and faster and I want to say that we will not stop until that is our standard way to get stuff done,” he stated.He also implored the public to alert the company whenever they witnessed tampering or vandalism of its infrastructure, as this costs the company and would also affect the service provided to customers.On the business side, Nedd disclosed that in the latter part of 2016 and into 2017, GTT has had several meaningful and substantial conversations with the Government of Guyana, through Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General Godfrey Statia. He commended them for their sense of urgency to achieve more.“We continue to work together to push for liberalisation and to ensure there is a level playing field with current and future competitors; all we want is to operate by the same rules and the same regulations as everybody else. I strongly believe that’s not the case right now,” he outlined.Moreover, the CEO asserted that another area of importance to the company was working with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in order to get increased landline rates before liberalisation. To this end, he noted that GTT continued to provide the PUC with the requisite information to enable it to make an informed and timely decision on those rates.“As it relates to the Government and Government agencies, I would say, overall, our dialogue has been very productive and forward moving in most respects,” Nedd opined.Meanwhile, in order to push its drive to improve services for its customers’ base, GTT has recruited a new Chief Commercial Officer, Peruvian Carlos Mendonza, who brings a wealth of knowledge in the telecommunications sector. He began working last year, and has been the driving force behind many of the company’s guarantees for this year.last_img read more

Japan upset lights up World Cup as Argentina, Springboks back on track

first_imgThe result throws Pool A wide open, as Japan took a huge stride towards their first-ever quarter-final from a group that also includes Scotland.In the earlier World Cup game, Argentina got their campaign back on track after an agonising opening loss against France, beating a spirited Tongan side 28-12 with the help of a hat-trick from hooker Julian Montoya.And South Africa routed Namibia as expected, also bouncing back after their loss to defending champions New Zealand in their tournament opener to record a 57-3 victory.The Springboks ran in nine tries against their fellow Africans, a mis-match that became even more pronounced when the Namibians went down to 14 men towards the end of the game, the second yellow card of the match.South Africa routed Namibia as expected, bouncing back after their loss to defending champions New Zealand in their tournament opener to record a 57-3 victory © AFP / Adrian DENNISBut it was the Japan-Ireland contest that everyone was waiting for although even the most partisan home fan could not have predicted that the hosts would turn over their illustrious Six Nations opponents.“We’ve got another couple of games to go but we’ll enjoy tonight I reckon,” grinned Japan coach Jamie Joseph. “We’re very proud of the players… for us, it’s been a great performance.”Ireland had polished their credentials as one of the tournament favourites by beating Scotland 27-3 in their opener but the defeat to Japan leaves their qualification for the knock-out stages uncertain.“We’ll not be happy with how we played but we’ll have to dust ourselves down and get better,” said Ireland captain Rory Best.Coach Joe Schmidt said a few of the offside penalties that went against them “could have gone either way” but hailed the Brave Blossoms for a result that rivals their “miracle of Brighton” win over South Africa in 2015.“Congratulations to Japan. What a furious, intense effort it was,” said Schmidt.The Brave Blossoms will now target the Scotland match, the last game of the pool phase, to shore up their route through to a first-ever quarter-final, with their next game against Samoa, on a short turnaround, on October 5.Scotland were poor by their own admission against the Irish and coach Gregor Townsend changed his entire backrow for their now critical clash against the Samoans on Monday.On their showings so far, Japan will fancy their changes against Townsend’s men, who made a litany of errors in their drubbing by Ireland at a rainy Yokohama Stadium.– Argentina target ‘final’ –Meanwhile, Argentina’s bonus-point win could prove crucial in the World Cup’s “group of death” that also includes England and France.As coach Mario Ledesma rang the changes after they went out to a 28-0 lead, Argentina lost some of their momentum and the spirited Pacific islanders fought their way back into the game, scoring two tries and finishing the game the stronger.Ledesma said they have a “final” against England at Tokyo Stadium on October 5, with Eddie Jones’ side recording two bonus-point wins against the two weaker sides in the group on paper, Tonga and the United States.Saturday’s final match saw the Springboks take on their African rivals Namibia at the City of Toyota Stadium.South Africa were hoping to bounce back after their opening day loss to treble-chasing New Zealand and racked up a sizeable score against Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.burs-ric/rma0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was another famous win for Japan © AFP / William WESTTokyo, Japan, Sep 28 – The Rugby World Cup exploded into life on Saturday as Japan produced one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history on home turf, stunning the highly fancied Ireland 19-12.The Brave Blossoms were magnificent against the Irish, who came into the tournament ranked the best side in the world, and were roared on by a passionate crowd of 47,000 in Shizuoka.last_img read more

Van Gaal unhappy with ‘stupid’ Van Persie

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, October 27- Louis van Gaal labelled compatriot Robin van Persie “stupid” after his celebrations in scoring a dramatic late equaliser for Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea saw the experienced Dutch striker booked. Van Gaal looked on course to fall to a defeat against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who worked under him for three years at Barcelona, until van Persie struck in the 94th minute at Old Trafford on Sunday. But while van Gaal was obviously relieved to have secured what he felt was a deserved point, he was not so impressed with his star forward’s response in celebrating the dramatic goal.“You have seen a stupid reaction after the goal,” said van Gaal. “You can be excited but you don’t have to pull your shirt off. Then you have a yellow card, that is not so smart.“But yes, we deserved a point. You know that, Jose Mourinho knows that also. “I said to the boys, it wasn’t our best performance and that’s a pity because in these moments you have to show yourself against the better teams,” the veteran Dutch manager added of a result that left his side 10 points behind Chelsea.Van Persie was one of nine players booked during the match, a surprisingly high figure given the non-violent nature of the contest, to go with Branislav Ivanovic’s red card, for a second yellow, after his foul on Angel di Maria led to the free-kick that presented van Persie with his chance to equalise.And the performance of referee Phil Dowd certainly irritated Mourinho, although the Chelsea manager was careful not to make direct criticism for fear of falling foul of Football Association disciplinary procedures. – Mourinho wary of referee talk – “I did five interviews and in all five, the first question was my comments on the referee,” he explained. “I told them, my comment is that when five ask me the same thing, I don’t need to answer.“I prefer not to speak about the (Ivanovic) second yellow card because if I have to speak about the second yellow card then I have to start in the first half,” the Portuguese manager added.“I have to go through many things that happened in the first half — the penalty on Ivanovic, the accumulation of yellow cards, the fouls he (Dowd) was not giving, the throw-ins just in front of me and he and the linesman kept giving them in the other direction.“Chelsea was fantastic and even in these circumstances then even more credit for my players. The result is not the result we came for. “We came to win and we showed that from the first minute. The performance is always fantastic, the result not so good, but acceptable,” said Mourinho, whose team now lead second-placed Southampton by four points.United will not have long to rest on their laurels with a visit to Eastlands for the Manchester derby against reigning English champions City next weekend and van Gaal does not know how his team will respond to a creditable performance against Chelsea.“You cannot predict,” he said. “But I am a crazy coach and I said to the players after the match, normally you have to play your best against the best teams but we did not do that today.“We could have won and missed an opportunity and that’s a pity but I am very pleased with their fighting spirit until the very end.”England international Phil Jones missed the game with shin splints and the injury-prone United defender faces an uncertain period on the sidelines.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ONE’s aim giving help to the poor

first_imgWASHINGTON – The anti-poverty campaign founded by U2 rocker Bono and others is investing $30 million to pressure the presidential candidates to focus on the oft-forgotten issue, with its leaders arguing on Monday that helping the poor is a national security issue. Dubbed ONE Vote ’08, the bipartisan political push aims to get President George W. Bush’s successor to commit to taking concrete steps to combat hunger and disease while improving access to education and water across the globe. Frist, R-Tenn., is co-chairman of the effort to mobilize activists to pressure the 18 or more presidential aspirants through the media and grass-roots work. The other co-chairman also is a former Senate majority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota. Created in 2004 by Bono and the country’s leading anti-poverty groups, the ONE organization counts 2.5 million members from across the political spectrum and all 50 states. In the fall, the group will ask candidates to sign a pledge and embrace a platform that lays out concrete steps to: Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Improve child and maternal health. Increase access to basic education, particularly for girls. Provide access to clean water and sanitation. Reduce by half the number of people worldwide who suffer from hunger.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Heat wave may have claimed 13 lives

first_imgBut the slightly cooler temperatures were likely little solace to the nearly 30,000 Southern California Edison customers without power as of Tuesday afternoon, according to SCE spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady. Of those, more than 3,000 in 60 communities had been without electricity for more than 36 hours. About 1,200 San Gabriel Valley and Whittier area residents had been without power going on two days, according to McGrady. Among the hardest hit communities were Whittier, with 144 customers affected; La Habra, with 188; West Covina, with 100; and El Monte, with 88. – From staff and wire reports165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Family members said McGlothan had several fans running inside the home, but that she refused to open her windows fearing that neighborhood children would look inside. They said McGlothan also refused to allow servicemen to install an air conditioner purchased for her by her apartment’s management company. On Monday, a couple in their 80s was found dead at about 4:30 p.m. in their apartment in the 5100 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Valley Village, near Studio City. Firefighters who first responded to the scene said temperatures inside the apartment had reached about 110 degrees and that an air conditioning unit was not on at the time. The dead man was identified as 82-year-old Lugassi Menahem. The woman’s identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In Lancaster, coroner’s investigators were also looking into the death of 53-year-old Linda Burkhart, whose body was found Sunday in the car in which she is believed to have been living. “None of the (causes of death) in these cases have been confirmed,” said Dietz. “But they are all possibly heat related.” Coroner’s investigators were still trying to determine the places of residence of the remaining heat-related fatalities late Tuesday, said spokesman Craig Harvey. Temperatures were expected to drop significantly this week as the high pressure system that caused the heat wave moves eastward past California and Arizona, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist with the National Weather Service. An elderly Pasadena woman was among 13 Southland residents likely killed as a result of the Labor Day weekend heat wave, coroner’s investigators said Tuesday. The body of Dorothy McGlothan, 85, was found in her apartment in the 900 block of North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena at about 1:11 p.m. Sunday, said Larry Dietz, watch commander for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Firefighters said all the windows were closed inside McGlothan’s apartment when they arrived on Sunday afternoon and that temperatures inside hit 120 degrees. Temperatures in Pasadena reached 106 degrees on Sunday, according to Accuweather.com. last_img read more