Hancock County XC runners recognized for academics

first_imgELLSWORTH — Fourteen Hancock County high school cross-country runners were named to the Penobscot Valley Conference Senior All-Academic team.The following seniors have maintained a grade point average of 90 percent of higher over the past six semesters:Ellsworth’s Tim Curts, Conrad Svec and Victoria Page Jackson; George Stevens Academy’s Xiaoben Wang, Jacob Witting, Rachel DesFosses, Megan Gale and Hanna Gutow; and Mount Desert Island’s Matthew Lambert, Peter Philbrook, Xingyao Chen, Allison Gray, Kelsey Shaw and Sierra Tapley.The following Hancock County high school cross-country runners made academic teams:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ large school first team: MDI sophomore Emma Strong.Girls’ large school second team: MDI sophomore Emily Banks and senior Xingyao.Girls’ small school first team: GSA sophomores Eliza Broughton, Zeya Lorio and Mary Richardson.Girls’ small school second team: Bucksport junior Natasha Clement, GSA senior Hanna Gutow and GSA freshman Tess Williamson.Girls’ small school honorable mention: GSA junior Bella Cimeno and senior Rachel DesFosses.Boys’ large school first team: MDI senior Peter Philbrook.Boys’ large school second team: Ellsworth sophomore Matt Frost and MDI freshman Sean Murray.Boys’ large school honorable mention: Ellsworth freshman Mark Berry and MDI sophomore Nick Reznick.Boys’ small school first team: GSA juniors John Hassett and Ollie Dillon and senior Will Entwisle.Boys’ small school second team: Bucksport senior Skyler Fraga, Deer Isle-Stonington sophomore Brendan Penfold and GSA senior Aylen Wolf.Boys’ small school honorable mention: GSA seniors Oliver Broughton and Devlin Valle and Bucksport freshman Daniel Gonczy.Full results are listed below:Girls Large School First TeamAmanda Boyd, John Bapst, JuniorJen Clawson, Foxcroft, SeniorMandy Graham, Presque Isle, SeniorMadison Jandreau, Presque Isle, FreshmanSimone Michaud, Caribou, JuniorAudree O’Meara, Old Town, FreshmanEmma Strong, MDI, SophomoreGirls Large School Second TeamEmily Banks, MDI, SophomoreEmma Belyea, Caribou, JuniorKaitlyn Berube, John Bapst, JuniorXingyao Chen, MDI, SeniorMadeline Gudde, Caribou. JuniorIsabelle Jackson, Presque Isle, SophomoreBrianna O’Leary, Old Town, SeniorGirls Large School Honorable MentionEmily Austin, Caribou, FreshmanEmily Colligan, Presque Isle, SeniorSarah Hunt, John Bapst, JuniorJulia Page, Caribou, JuniorGirls Small School First TeamEliza Broughton, GSA, SophomoreKassidy Dill, Orono, JuniorCamille Kohtala, Orono, FreshmanZeya Lorio, GSA, SophomoreMary Richardson, GSA, SophomoreHannah Steelman, Orono, JuniorTia Tardy, Orono, JuniorGirls Small School Second TeamMary Brenna Catus, Searsport, SophomoreNatasha Clement, Bucksport, JuniorOlivia Fandel, Orono, SeniorHanna Gutow, GSA, SeniorVanessa Twombly, Mattanawcook, SeniorRylee Warman, Houlton, JuniorTess Williamson, GSA, FreshmanGirls Small School Honorable MentionMaggie Banks, Lee, SophomoreBella Cimeno, GSA, JuniorLiza Gallandt, Orono, SophomoreRachel DesFosses, GSA, SeniorMeg Moulton, Washington Acad, SeniorLeela Stockley, Mattanawcook, JuniorOlivia Winslow, Houlton, Senior2015 PVC Cross Country All-Conference Boys TeamsBoys Large School First TeamJason Bartley, Presque Isle, SeniorEvan Desmond, Caribou, SophomoreChathu Karunasiri, Caribou, SeniorTsion Macleod, Caribou, SeniorGabe Paquette, Foxcroft, SeniorPeter Philbrook, MDI, SeniorDaniel Randolph, Caribou, SophomoreBoys Large School Second TeamConnor Archer, Old Town, SeniorCaleb Hunter, Caribou. SeniorMatt Frost, Ellsworth, SophomoreGabe Massey, Caribou, SeniorSean Murray, MDI, FreshmanConnor Poirier, Old Town, JuniorHunter Willey, Old Town, JuniorBoys Large School Honorable MentionMark Berry, Ellsworth, FreshmanMackenzie Ladd, John Bapst, SophomoreNick Reznick, MDI, SophomoreElijah Verhoff, Caribou, SeniorBoys Small School First TeamIsaiah Brown, Houlton, JuniorTristan Butterfield, Orono, SeniorOllie Dillon, GSA, JuniorWill Entwisle, GSA, SeniorJohn Hassett, GSA, JuniorMatt Keresey, Orono, SophomoreWilliam O’Neil, Orono, JuniorBoys Small School Second TeamAddison Coty, Calais, SophomoreSkyler Fraga, Bucksport, SeniorHowie Francis, Lee, JuniorBrendan Penfold, Deer Isle, SophomoreLowell Ruck, Orono, JuniorWilliam Strauch, Dexter, JuniorAylen Wolf, GSA, SeniorBoys Small School Honorable MentionOliver Broughton, GSA, SeniorJoshua Burris, Mattanawcook, SophomoreDaniel Gonczy, Bucksport, FreshmanKyle Ham, Central, SeniorGavin MacDonald, Orono, FreshmanJonathan Steelman, Orono, FreshmanDevlin Valle, GSA, Senior2015 PVC Cross Country Senior All-Academic Team(Six semesters of a GPA of 90% or better)CALAIS: Felicia Moholland.CARIBOU: Chathu Karunasiri, Elijah Verhoff, David Hunter, Caleb Hunter.CENTRAL: Kyle Ham.ELLSWORTH: Tim Curts, Conrad Svec, Victoria Page Jackson.FOXCROFT: Cooper Nelson, Matthew Kim, Jennifer Clawson.GEORGE STEVENS: Xiaoben Wang, Jacob Witting, Rachel DesFosses,Megan Gale, Hanna Gutow.HERMON: Rylee Cushman, Nick Langille.HOULTON: Adam Casillias, Olivia Winslow.JOHN BAPST: Ben Ropple.LEE ACADEMY: Shane Averill.MATTANAWCOOK: Vanessa Twombly.MT. DESERT ISLAND: Matthew Lambert, Peter Philbrook, Xingyao Chen,Allison Gray, Kelsey Shaw, Sierra Tapley.OLD TOWN: Connor Archer, Nick Dieffenbacher-Krall,Keegan Feero, Ian Haddow, Derek Hass, Jordan Kelly, Austin Robichaud,Cameron Sullivan, Lauren Higgins, Brianna O’Leary, Josie Robichaud.ORONO: Olivia Fandel.PRESQUE ISLE: Jason Bartley, Alyssa Sweeney.WASHINGTON ACADEMY: Skyler Aucoin-Wright.last_img read more

The Latest: 3 Lightning players test positive for COVID-19

first_img___The second-tier United Soccer League Championship is preparing to resume its season on July 11 after reaching an agreement with the USL Players Association.The 35-team league had just played its season openers when play was stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says it will resume negotiations with the union on what would be their first collective bargaining agreement.___ ___Thousands of Napoli soccer fans who poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s Italian Cup title without social distancing have been criticized by health officials as being “reckless.”World Health Organization assistant director general Ranieri Guerra says he was reminded of Atalanta’s Champions League game with Valencia in February. That match is believed to have been a key factor in why the virus has been so deadly in Bergamo.Guerra says “we can’t allow this.”Deputy Health Minister Sandra Zampa says the celebration amounted to “dangerous behaviour.” ___Members of UConn’s men’s basketball team returned to campus Friday, with the school beginning preparations to reopen after shutting down because of the pandemic. The school has not set a date for the return of the women’s basketball team but says football players will return to Storrs on July 1. The plan for men’s basketball and football was submitted to the state’s Higher Education Committee as a pilot program. The school says that would allow it to solidify policies and procedures before the student body returns in mid-August.___ Fans in Naples flooded into central piazzas and set off fireworks to celebrate shortly after Napoli beat Juventus in an empty stadium in Rome on Wednesday.Nearly 35,000 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus. The Campania region that includes Naples has accounted for 431 of those deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In a release posted on the team’s Twitter account, general manager Julien Brisebois announced the players are self-isolating and are asymptomatic other than a few experiencing low-grade fevers. Anyone who may have been in contact with the individuals has been notified.The team did not identify the players; it brings the count up to 13 NHL players having tested positive since the season was paused on March 12.The positive tests come some two weeks after players were allowed to return to their respective facilities to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts. Players were allowed to skate in groups of up to six at a time.The move to open facilities was the next step in the NHL’s bid to resume its season with a proposed 24-team expanded playoff format, with games being played in two hub cities.The NHL projects teams to open training camps on July 10. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan to allow fans for the race in Forth Worth. The track said the grandstands and suites would be open to fans, who would be subject to social distancing requirements and additional protocols.It wasn’t immediately clear how many tickets would be available for the race at the 1 ½-mile track that was originally scheduled March 29. There are more than 110,000 grandstand seats.Abbott had previously said that outdoor sporting events with spectators in Texas could be conducted at 50% capacity.The announcement Friday comes as Texas continues to set record highs in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations since Memorial Day. On Thursday, the state set a new one-day high with 3,516 new cases of coronavirus, and 2,947 hospitalizations, which nearly doubled the number in hospitals over the holiday weekend. There have been 2,132 confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Texas, according to Johns Hopkins University. The WHL consists of 22 teams spread across Canada’s four western provinces, plus Washington and Oregon.Six jurisdictions with different levels of infection, health restrictions and relaunch plans, plus a currently closed Canada-U.S. border until July 21, make planning for a 2020-21 season complicated, Robison says.The WHL’s goal is a full 68-game regular season starting Oct. 2, with training camps opening Sept. 15.___The European Tour won’t have a senior circuit this year. June 19, 2020 Football coach Scott Frost ($5 million guaranteed annual salary) and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg ($3 million) announced Thursday they would donate portions of their salaries to the department’s general operating fund.___Western Hockey League teams need their arenas at least half full next season to operate, according to the league’s commissioner.The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down large gatherings across North America over concerns of the spread of the virus. Some sports leagues are planning to return with games in empty stadiums and arenas.Major junior hockey is ticket-driven and doesn’t have a lucrative broadcast rights deal to fall back on, WHL commissioner Ron Robison said Thursday. The Staysure Tour for players 50 and older announced Friday it has canceled the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was supposed to start May 14-16 in Austria. Three senior majors on its schedule — the Senior PGA, the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior British Open — already had been canceled by other organizations.Mark Aspland, the head of the Staysure Tour, said along with complexities of international travel, the tour had to recognize the additional risk related to the tour’s age demographic.All player exemption categories this year will be extended to the 2021 season.___Texas Motor Speedway is planning to have some fans in its massive grandstands when NASCAR runs its rescheduled Cup race there July 19. The Nebraska athletic department is reducing its 2021 budget 10% because of projected revenue shortfalls tied to the coronavirus pandemic.Nebraska’s budget was $140 million last year, meaning it is looking to save about $14 million this year, the school said.Athletic director Bill Moos said 10 percent of administrative positions across the department will be eliminated, and teams will schedule more regional nonconference games to reduce travel costs. There will be no merit raises or increases in sports programs’ budgets.Staff travel will be restricted, except for recruiting, and summer programming for athletes will be limited in 2021.“While many of these necessary changes are difficult, especially those impacting our employees, we hope that they will be the only ones necessary in the months ahead,” Moos said. “I am confident that we will weather the storm.” The Latest: 3 Lightning players test positive for COVID-19 Soccer players’ union FIFPro wants players to be given mandatory breaks because match congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last through 2022.FIFPro warns of a “first spike in injuries because of insufficient preparation time and congested match schedules” since soccer restarted last month.The Netherlands-based union says “the impact of COVID-19 means the match schedule will be even more intense over the next two years.”The union asks for vacation periods of at least three weeks before starting preseason practice and a “mandatory mid-season break of between 10 and 14 days.”FIFPro says “now is the time to apply this to player health.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Tampa Bay Lightning temporarily closed their facilities Thursday after three players and at least two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

Syracuse squanders opportunities in Final 4 loss to Clemson

first_img Published on December 11, 2015 at 11:37 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Related Stories Syracuse’s season ends with national semifinal loss to Clemson in penalty kicks Facebook Twitter Google+center_img KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chris Nanco had one of Syracuse’s last chances on his foot in the first overtime. He cut up toward the net as Oyvind Alseth’s through ball and Clemson goalie Andrew Tarbell were on pace to meet each other.Instead, Nanco lifted the ball with one touch, nicking the top of Tarbell’s torso as it bounded away and out of danger. Syracuse had more chances — Alseth put a shot wide right and Kamal Miller boomed one over the net — but none on net. And maybe none as great as Nanco’s.“We created chances tonight,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “On another night we score a goal, maybe two.”The 5-foot-6 forward’s shot was accompanied by 14 others in total and another seven on goal. Not one landed in the back of the net. Tarbell made eight saves against Syracuse on all eight shots on goal.No. 6 seed SU (16-5-4, 3-4-2 Atlantic Coast) drew No. 2 seed Clemson (17-2-4, 6-1-2), 0-0, in regulation of its NCAA semifinals matchup, but dropped the game in penalty kicks. The Tigers made all four of their penalty kicks after a 110-minute slugfest with SU. The Orange missed two of its three, to drop the game, 4-1. Clemson advanced to face the winner of Akron and Stanford in the national championship game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had our chances, but credit to their goalkeeper, he played well,” midfielder Juuso Pasanen said. “That’s the game of soccer. Sometimes it just doesn’t go in.”Late in the second half, a ball was headed backward out of Clemson’s box. Ben Polk brought it to his foot and raced into the left side of the penalty area for a one-on-one opportunity against Tarbell. He blasted it off Tarbell’s chest.Nanco corralled the rebound and tried a rabona, when the leg that kicks the ball is wrapped around the plant foot, with his right foot. Tarbell saved it easily.“That’s one you don’t even think about,” Tarbell said of Polk’s shot. “That has to be instinctual. Just come out and stand there and make yourself big and hope it catches a piece of you, which it did.”Earlier in the second half, Alseth had a chance to avenge his mistake against Clemson when the teams met the first time on Oct. 17. Clemson forward Kyle Murphy had stolen the ball off of his foot after Alseth whiffed on a kick. Murphy buried a one-on-one chance against SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert to win the game with less than a minute on the clock.Forward Julian Buescher had slipped him a pass to the right on Friday, where defenders had played loosely on Alseth. The SU midfielder had a decent chance waiting for him, but he mishit it instead and the ball rolled across the 18-yard box. Alseth locked his hands on the back of his head.“It’s always frustrating when you get chances and opportunities like that and it doesn’t turn out your way,” Nanco said.Toward the beginning of the season, missed chances had plagued Syracuse. In its first two games, the Orange unleashed 19 shots, scoring just one goal in each of those games. Once Ben Polk came back from an injury, many of those problems seemed to dissipate.But as Syracuse tried to continue a historic season, the problem reared its ugly head again. In the postseason, the Syracuse defense had allowed no goals or one goal in each game. Against Clemson, it produced more of the same.“The chances were coming,” Nanco said. “I just had to keep moving and look forward to the next one.”After Nanco missed the last opportunity of the game, he stood in place, tilting his head back in agony. This time, there were no more chances to look forward to. Commentslast_img read more

Egyptian Players Shine as 2018 Int’l Squash Classics Ends In Lagos

first_imgSalma Youssef beat her compatriot Menna Nasser in a keenly contested match that ended 3-2 in the women’s event. Youssef won $5000 prize money. Nasser could not continued the last set of the match due to an injury, while injured Karim El-Hammany, tournament 4th seed and 71 in the world, beat compatriot, Ahmed Hosny 3-0 to win the $15,000 prize money.The winners in both categories praised the standard of Lagos Classic. To Youssef, who was in Lagos for the first time, the organisation was excellent, adding that the organisers put up a world-class event. Karim, who was also in the country for the first time, said he would love to come back next year.Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh said the classic is back for good, adding that henceforth it will be an annual event.According to the Chairman, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is passionate about the tournament, as it is a good platform to expose the state’s athletes in an international competition.He said U-19 event which was organised simultaneously with the classic, is a good developmental programme aiming at given youngsters opportunity to develop their talent.Also at the final watched by a capacity crowd inside Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall was the Director General of the Commission, Hon Fatai Babatunde Bank-Anthony.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egyptian players were cynosure of all eyes in the finals of the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Saturday during the final of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour, sponsored by the Lagos State Government through Lagos State Sports Commission.It was organised by the Lagos State Squash Association in conjunction with Nigeria Squash Federation.The Egyptians who played in the finals of both male and female categories proved that they didn’t get there by luck, but through hardworking and determination.last_img read more

NBA reportedly exploring shorter season, midseason cup, postseason play-in tournament

first_img— A shorter regular season from the current 82 gamesPer ESPN.com: “According to those with knowledge of the conversation, which sources regard as very exploratory, the proposed reforms would be adopted initially as a pilot program. The NBA would have the chance to observe the trial run and evaluate the long-term viability of such a schedule design.”While the NBA is cognizant of the grueling nature of its season, and recent regular-season “load management” among some of its highest-profile players, the primary exploratory ideas all come with intertwined challenges.The midseason tournament would be difficult to implement without a corresponding reduction in regular-season games and shortening the regular season would have a profound change on teams’ revenue because of the impact on local broadcast agreements and home attendance (and the dollars that flow to teams via each home game). Though they could benefit physically from a shorter season, the players also might perceive any reduction of regular-season games as a veiled effort to reduce basketball-related income as it pertains to annual increases in the salary cap.Proponents of change argue that potential robust revenue from new events such as the play-in tournament and midseason cup (posed recently by commissioner Adam Silver) could over time recoup losses resulting from a reduction in traditional regular-season games.No matter the scope of changes, the NBA is facing a relatively tight timeline, even just to experiment with pilot programs only two seasons from now. Wholesale changes to the schedule would require buy-in from, among many stakeholders, the players union, ownership groups and national and local broadcast partners and league sponsors. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles is Carmelo Anthony’s ‘most likely destination,’ executives believe NBA free agency rumors: Lakers rooting for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Superstar in New York after declining Warriors option The NBA’s 75th season, in 2021-22, could include not only test-driving some innovative initiatives but also reducing the number of games in the regular season, ESPN.com reported Wednesday, citing unidentified sources who characterized a June 17 conference call among select team executives as a wide-ranging brainstorming session.Among the ideas being formally explored: — A midseason cup-style tournament— A postseason play-in tournament Related Newslast_img read more

NHL free agency 2019: Maple Leafs reportedly eager to get deal done with Mitch Marner

first_imgAs the offseason continues on with a little more than a month left until training camp, the Toronto Maple Leafs may finally be closing in on a deal with Mitch Marner.The Athletic’s James Mirtle reported that Toronto, which has managed to fix some of its salary cap issues in the offseason, is determined to get a deal done before the start of the season. But as has always been known, it won’t be cheap. While the Maple Leafs supposedly wanted to ink Marner to a max-term deal that would pay over $10 million a year for eight years, the 22-year-old reportedly didn’t want to sign for that long and countered with a three-year bridge deal that carries an AAV of $10 million. That would be the most expensive bridge deal in NHL history, and in the end, it may end up happening.Right now, Toronto is reportedly exploring different deals that would fall in the range of “just under $9 million to roughly $11 million per season, depending on the term,” per Mirtle. With 94 points last season, Marner led the Maple Leafs in scoring and was by far their most important asset. In each of his three years in the NHL, the Thornhill, Ont. native has managed at least 60 points. He’s poised to continue improving over time.Heading into free agency, the RFA was reportedly seeking a deal that compared to that of Auston Matthews, who inked a five-year deal with an AAV of $11.634. However, a cap crunch complicated things until Toronto dumped salary by trading Nazem Kadri and Garret Sparks.While the term is unclear at the moment, Marner does provide a lot of depth for the Maple Leafs. Considering his role and the Leafs’ exploring deals within Marner’s expected pay raise, it seems that general manager Kyle Dubas is set to hold onto him by whatever means necessary.last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers vie for league championship tonight; WHS girls battle Campus

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 — The Wellington High School wrestling team will be holding senior night and wrestle for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV title.The wrestling festivities start at 6 p.m. at the WHS gymnasium.Also on tap will be the Wellington girls playing in the Mulvane Tournament, and the Wellington Middle Schoolers will be playing Goddard Eisenhower.•••••Wellington wrestlers The varsity wrestling squad will be battling for the AV-CTLDIV title against Augusta tonight in the last home meet of the season. It won’t be easy.Wellington is 13-5 in duals. Augusta is 12-1.Augusta is expected to bring a full squad to the wrestling match tonight. Wellington head coach Mitch McComb said Augusta is extremely solid in the lower weight classes, where Wellington is weakest. The Crusaders are expected to have two open divisions tonight which means Wellington will give up 12 points from the onset.Augusta has three ranked wrestlers in the latest Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll released on Tuesday (see rankings here).Jake Goldenstein is ranked fifth at 113 pounds; Colton Clayborn is fifth at 160; and Wright Bosley is sixth at 170 pounds. Wellington has two: Andrew Pelkey ranked fourth at 145 and Taylon Lamkin, fourth at 195.“It will all come to match ups,” McComb said.WHS senior wrestlers being honored tonight include: Taylon Lamkin, Dalton Holt, Mitchell Lowe, Tyson Hodson, Andrew Horn, Ben DeJarnett and Chance Hain.“They’ve stuck with it since Wellington Middle School,” McComb said. “That is why you are seeing more success this year than what we have had in years past.”•••••Wellington girls basketballThe Wellington girls hope to get on the winning side of the ledger tonight when they travel to Mulvane for a consolation battle with Campus. Game time is 4:15 p.m. tonight.Wellington head coach Eric Adams is calling it a pivotal game in the Crusader season. He is hoping the Crusaders can go 2-1 at Mulvane and be at 8-4 going into the second half of the regular season.It won’t be easy. Although Campus has just 1 win this season, the Colts have been getting beat up by Class 6A opponents. On Monday, Campus nearly pulled off the upset but lost to Winfield 50-49 in the last second.Wellington lost to Mulvane 55-40 on Monday. The Crusaders were trailing by one at the half, but then saw the Wildcats pull away on a plethora of threes.•••••Wellington Middle SchoolThe WMS teams will be batting Goddard Eisenhower tonight. The girls are at home while the boys are away.To get there, the games will be played at 560 S. 167th St. in Goddard.last_img read more

Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor JoAnn Zimmerman has died

first_imgDES MOINES — Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor JoAnn McIntosh Zimmerman has died at the age of 82.Zimmerman was the first woman to be elected on her own as Iowa’s lieutenant governor. She was also the last to run and win independently in 1986. The state’s constitution was changed for the 1990 election, so party nominees for governor and lieutenant governor started running together as a team like the president and vice president do.  The lieutenant governor’s previous duties in the Iowa Senate were also eliminated by the constitutional change.Zimmerman, a Democrat from Waukee, ran for governor in 1990. She dropped out of the race before the primary and was Don Avenson’s running mate for the General Election in what was dubbed the “A-to-Z” ticket. Two years later, Zimmerman co-founded DAWN — the Democratic Activist Women’s Network — to support other candidates.Zimmerman was a registered nurse and held several administrative positions at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines. Zimmerman had served on the Waukee School Board and served three terms in the Iowa House before her election to one term as lieutenant governor in 1986.Zimmerman and her husband were the parents of five children and two foster daughters. In 2005, she was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Nadal set to seal year-end No 1 spot in Paris

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end world number one if he wins his first match at this week’s Paris Masters, after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament.The two old rivals have both had stunning seasons, returning to form and fitness with two Grand Slam titles each.But Federer, who could have still usurped Nadal at the top of the rankings with titles in the French capital and at the World Tour Finals in London, pulled out of the final event of the regular season to protect a back problem.The 36-year-old said winning his eighth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro left him unfit to play at the Bercy Arena.“I am very sorry to have to pull out of the Paris Masters but my body needs a rest after Basel,” said the Swiss legend.“I’ve played a lot of tennis this year and need to make sure I look after my physical wellbeing if I want to continue to compete at the highest level for years to come.“I love to play at Bercy, it’s a few times now that I’ve not played there. It’s a tough one but they have to understand that it’s for the cause of staying injury-free and healthy.“I’d like to be fully fit for London and for 2018.”Top seed Nadal, who has a bye for the first round in Paris, just needs to win his opening second-round clash to secure the top ranking heading into next year.The Spaniard, who claimed his 10th French Open title and the US Open crown to take his Grand Slam tally to 16 major titles this season, will start his campaign against either German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev or promising South Korean Hyeon Chung.Despite his love affair with the clay of Roland Garros, Nadal has never won the Paris Masters in five previous attempts at the indoor tournament. The 31-year-old’s best effort came with a final defeat by David Nalbandian in 2007.– Race to London hots up –The hard courts at Bercy will also see the final two places for the World Tour Finals decided, with seven players still hunting a ticket to London.Belgian David Goffin and US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta currently hold the seventh and eighth spots.But Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille all remain in contention.Former US Open champion del Potro has made a stunning late charge after sitting 47th in the points standings only two months ago.The 29-year-old reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, beating Federer on the way, before also making the Shanghai Masters last four and winning in Stockholm ahead of his runner-up effort in Basel.That makes the Argentinian the form man going into Paris, where he will play either Italian Paolo Lorenzi or qualifier Joao Sousa in round two.Frenchman Pouille is also making a last-gasp bid for a place at the eight-man season-ending finals, after beating his compatriot Tsonga to win his third title of the year in Vienna on Sunday.The 23-year-old will have to at least make the final in front of his home crowd, but was given a boost when handed Federer’s place in the draw.Pouille, the only man to win tournaments on clay, grass and hard courts this year, is not seeded to face a top-10 player until the quarter-finals, where he is due to face Austrian fifth seed Dominic ThiemShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Teen hoops star in spotlight leans on family, God

first_imgby Andrew SeligmanCHICAGO (AP)—This is what it’s like to be Jabari Parker, the nation’s top high school basketball player.One day he’s presenting a project in his Spanish class, turns around and sees Alonzo Mourning. Parker takes a seat and grins. The former Miami Heat star is making a surprise visit to give him the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year award. GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—In this photo taken in Chicago, on March 13, Simeon Career Academy’s forward Jabari Parker muscles his way through a block out attempt by Evanston High School forward Matt Munro during an Illinois state basketball super-sectional game. Lola Parker, Jabari’s mother, realized Jabari, had a special talent when he was in the second grade and going against fourth and fifth-graders in his father’s league. She saw how advanced his footwork was, and she told her husband that their son needed to be challenged, even if that meant taking a beating against the older kids. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) And there are nights like this.Parker and his teammates from Simeon Career Academy are holed up in a classroom after beating Whitney Young in the Illinois state playoffs.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo were in the stands. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife were there, too, sitting next to Parker’s mom, Lola.As Simeon holds its postgame meeting, a crowd gathers in the hallway, waiting to get a glimpse of the team and its 17-year-old star. Parker slips out a back entrance, trying to make a quiet exit.Nice try, but no luck. It’s hard to hide when you’re 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds.The young fans see him and run down the street, with one screaming “Jabari!” and begging for an autograph. The thing is, they’re not even from Simeon. They’re from other schools, but they’ve seen Parker on YouTube or TV and want a brush with fame, with the latest phenom from the South Side school that produced Derrick Rose.Parker slumps down in a car as it pulls away. This is one of those occasional nights when he’s just not in the mood, when he’s weary of the attention and can’t make himself face it.He is, after all, a teen in unusual circumstances. Parker is a prodigy, and that can be dicey in any era.Before he was Kareem, Lew Alcindor led his Manhattan high school team on a 71-game winning streak and went on to become the leading NBA scorer of all time. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett all made successful jumps from high school to the NBA when the league allowed it. But for every safe landing, there are plenty of players who never became one of the game’s best—JaRon Rush and Sebastian Telfair, to name just two.Parker is determined to follow his own path, keeping all the adulation in perspective. Most nights, he tries to accommodate his young fans. He poses for pictures and signs autographs to show his appreciation.“I can see myself as a role model,” Parker says.Good thing, too. In a world fueled by social media, where every move is caught on camera or dissected in 140 characters, the lights are shining brighter than ever on sports’ youngest stars.“I used to hear all this stuff about Kareem, Lew Alcindor, all the players having hundreds of letters,” says Jabari’s father, Sonny Parker, who played six seasons with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA after starring at Chicago’s Farragut Career Academy, where Garnett played as a senior. “Now, he can’t go to the bathroom without it (being posted) on Twitter.”It wasn’t like that during Sonny’s NBA career, which ended in 1982. Or even when Rose was finishing high school, just five years ago.“The media has definitely changed where it’s even crazier,” Rose says. “I can only imagine.”What it means is that Parker, a soft-spoken young man who likes old “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reruns and NBA matchups on ESPN Classic, feels a lot of pressure to be perfect.“You can’t really mess up,” he says. “There’s always going to be a camera on you everywhere you go.”So how does he cope? Answer: faith and family.A devout Mormon like his mother, Jabari worships at a church near the University of Chicago and the Parker home, a simple brick bungalow in a working-class section of the city’s largely African-American South Shore neighborhood.It is not a flashy place, but it is, like Parker and his family, solid.“I take for granted having two parents and a good inner circle,” he says. “And I know that a lot of people that are superstars in the sports world right now didn’t have a lot of the resources that I have.”Few have the talent he has.Lola Parker could see it when Jabari, the youngest of seven children, was in the second grade and going against fourth and fifth-graders in a league set up by Sonny, who established a foundation to help inner city youth in Chicago after he retired.Sonny, by the way, isn’t the only professional athlete in the family. Lola has four relatives with pro football experience: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki; Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata; Philadelphia Eagles fullback Stanley Havili; and, running back Harvey Unga, a 2010 supplemental draft pick by the Chicago Bears.Jabari might be the best of the bunch.Scholarship offers started when he was in the sixth grade. Back then, they came from Illinois, Brigham Young, Washington, Purdue and Kansas, the Parkers say. UCLA started showing interest, too, and pretty much everyone was offering one by the time he hit high school.To get an idea how big Parker is now, go back to an evening in September, when Simeon hosted an open gym. Not even a practice, mind you, but an open gym.A who’s who of coaches jammed the court from baseline to baseline.Krzyzewski was there. So were Izzo and Roy Williams (North Carolina), Thad Matta (Ohio State) and Bill Self (Kansas). In all, some 40 coaches looked on, and as word spread that this was no ordinary session, that something special was happening, fans started packing the place, too.“It was like the movie ‘Blue Chips’—and this was open gym,” Sonny says. “The school had been in session a couple days. They closed down the barber shop, they came over to the school. It was packed in the gym. The coaches were coming in limos. It was unbelievable.”It’s easier to understand why once you’ve seen Parker, who played varsity as a freshman0—something not even Rose did.Parker might grab a rebound, bring the ball up the court and try to set up his teammates as he runs the offense. The next possession, he might bury one from the outside. He averaged about 20 points last season and could probably score 35 a game, but he makes a concerted effort to play within his team’s system and take over only when needed.“He knows we have a good team, so he passes the ball,” guard Reggie Norris says. “When it’s time for him to step up, he scores.”Parker takes pride in getting his teammates chances to shine for college scouts. It’s one reason why he’s waited to narrow his own list of finalists. You see, he figures that’ll keep the scouts coming and give his teammates exposure.“He’s good, a polished player to be so young,” says Rose, who gets to keep an eye on Parker while he leads the hometown Chicago Bulls. “Has the will to win, and that’s all you need.”Yet, it’s about more than honors and accolades, fame and fortune, to the Parkers. It’s about the impact, on and off the court.Lola Parker mentions what happened at the De La Salle game in February, when Jabari led his Wolverines to an easy victory over a talented squad just one night after winning the city championship.The crowd included Louisville coach Rick Pitino and then-Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Southern California’s Kevin O’Neill was there, too, but it was a father sitting in front of Lola with his three young sons that stood out to her. They kept asking Parker for autographs and pictures as he was warming up. When Lola told the dad she was Jabari’s mother, and would set up the boys after the game, the man was overcome with gratitude.He said one of his boys was doing terrible in school. So he collected all the articles he could find on Jabari and made his sons read them, hoping they’d be an inspiration. The child with bad grades had turned things around, Lola recalls.“He said, ‘You don’t know what impact Jabari has done for my three boys, but it has changed their whole character, their grades, the way they’re thinking and their attitudes,’” she recalls.After last year’s state championship win, Jabari gave his medal to the son of a former bishop from his church because the boy’s family had traveled all the way from California to see him play.“That little piece (of metal) doesn’t really mean that much to me, but the memory means a lot,” he says.The family’s faith is a respite for Jabari, who rises at 5 a.m. three days a week to attend a Bible study at his church before school. On one particular morning, he is the first to arrive, taking the rare moment of quiet to gather his thoughts and pray.When the others join him, they sing a hymn and hear lessons based on the Old Testament, about avoiding the temptations teens face, valuing parents and giving back. Parker says he would come to this Bible study five days a week if he didn’t have to trouble someone that early in the morning for a ride.“It gives me a better view of life,” he says.On his bedroom door is a reminder to “put the Lord first” along with several sheets of 8-by-10 white paper. One lists the Ten Commandments. The other shows his “Always Remember” list, with his own personal rules: “Don’t be quick to judge” and “Think positive things,” among them.Amid all the trophies is a Kobe Bryant Team USA jersey, hanging where Sonny had put Jabari’s U.S. team jersey after he returned from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship last summer. Within about 10 minutes the teen had replaced it.Why?“I don’t look up to myself,” he told Lola.He does look up to his older brother Christian, which explains why their old bunk bed—or the remaining bottom half—is still in the room. Jabari had the top part and, well, he grew out of it.Yet for sentimental reasons, he won’t get rid of the bed. He also keeps a drawing and poem Christian, who now lives in Seattle, gave him. In it, big brother praises Jabari’s athletic talent—“heart, love for the game, commitment and a future to be the one.”“He’s my biggest fan,” Parker says.His father is there, too, to offer sports advice. His mom, who works as a nanny, has found herself playing the role of agent, taking calls from media and helping her son set up visits to prospective schools.At the start of each week, they sit down and go through their calendars and requests.Often, it is Jabari who is asking for less—fewer interviews, fewer obligations, more time to rest and focus on his game. His ability to set limits has quickly become a survival skill.“He tells us, ‘Mom and dad, don’t you guys get caught up into this,’” his dad says. “” tries to keep US grounded from all this.”It’s not easy when he’s penciled in as an All-American and All-Star, and he wonders: “What if I don’t make it one day? What am I going to do with my life?””For now, he plans to narrow his list of colleges down to five later this spring. A Mormon mission is a possibility for him at some point, too. Before he does that, he talks about needing to “polish up the little things before I step into the real world.”An ability to express himself more smoothly, even when he’s tired, is among the items on his to-do list. Playing to his ability is another.“I just want to prove to myself every time I’m on the court that I’m able to live up to those expectations,” he says.Whatever happens, though, he and his parents insist that being famous, and even making a lot of money, isn’t the focus. They all vow that Jabari will earn a college degree, one way or another, in a world where the starting five for national champion Kentucky all left school just weeks after claiming the title.It may seem old school. But that’s just fine with the Parkers.“The ultimate for us and our children is being a good example and being a good person, giving back,” Lola says. “That’s really very dear and precious to Jabari and also to us.”(AP National Writer Martha Irvine contributed to this report.)last_img read more