Matawan’s boys claim title at CJ II indoor track & field championships

first_imgA balanced team effort led the Matawan Regional High School boys to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II (CJ II) Indoor Track and Field championship.The Huskies finished 31points ahead of runner-up Holmdel High School, 81-50, on Feb. 6 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.On the track, Matawan’s sprinters and hurdlers led the way. Justin Love won the 55- meter hurdles (7.84) with teammates Nate Bowie (7.95) and John Alston (7.98) finishing third and fourth, respectively, as the Huskies picked up 20 points in this event alone.Love teamed up with Jacob Lopez, Tyler Perlowin and Aliem Shaw to win the 4×400 relay (3:28).Lopez was busy in the sprints, finishing as the runner-up in the 55 dash (6.73) and 400 (51.83). Perlowin took fifth in the 400 (52.42).The Huskies picked up points in the middle distance races with Matt Natoli taking second in the 800 (2:02.05) and Daniel Wills placing fourth in the 1,600 (4:34.04).Love collected his second individual title and third overall by winning the high jump at 6-4. Alston (5-8) and Pritinder Singh (5-8) were fourth and sixth.In the field, Chris Shaw tied for third in the pole vault (11-0) and Christian Eschert was sixth in the shot put (46-0 1/2).Holmdel flexed its long-distance prowess, as cross-country standouts Jack Baisley (9:30.92), Andrew Tsai (9:40.47) and Daniel Barlev (9:47.99) finished first through third, in that order, in the 3,200 to score 24 points.Baisley (4:31.91) and Eric Williams (4:33.91) were second and third in the 1,600. In the girls Central Jersey Group II section, Holmdel and Matawan were part of a four-team chase for the title. The winner wasn’t determined until the final event of the championship, the 4×400 relay. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School clinched the title by finishing ahead of the Hornets with a second-place showing to Holmdel’s third place to win the state sectional title by a point, 54-53. Matawan finished fourth with 43 points.The Hornets were led by their one-two cross-country punch of Marin Warner and Lennon Cooper.Warner took the 800 (2:18.31) and 1,600 (5:03.37). Cooper was third in the 1,600 (5:18.65) and won the 3,200 (11:27.22).The 4×400 relay team almost won it for the Hornets. From the unseeded section, the quartet of Martha Byrket, Christina Parry, Hanna Lee and Lauren Byrket improved the team’s season best from 4:25 to 4:16.65.That time forded Rumson-Fair Haven, running in the seeded section, to not only run for place, but time as well. The Bulldogs finished second in the seeded race behind Robbinsville High School (4:10.79). If they hadn’t run faster than Holmdel’s time, Holmdel would have finished second and won the title. The Rumson-Fair Haven girls rose to the challenge and ran their best time of the season (4:15.70) to finish ahead of the Hornets and claim their second straight sectional championship.Matawan’s effort was led by its two sectional winners. Gaynelle Boham won the 55- meter hurdles (8.87) and Nicole Macco soared 10-6 to take the pole vault.As a result of the snowstorm that hit the area from Feb. 8-9, the Central Jersey Group III and IV meets were postponed to Feb. 12.The NJSIAA Group Championships are Feb. 16 back at the Bennett Complex. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Morado, Ateneo confident heading into do-or-die Game 2 vs La Salle

first_imgLATEST STORIES Graduating Fajardo wants Game 2 to be her last UAAP game Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ateneo’s Jia Morado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJia Morado said Ateneo committed one to many errors that played a big factor in a four-set loss to La Salle in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball Finals on Tuesday.“I think we just made more errors than we should have,” Morado said.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruptioncenter_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The Lady Eagles committed 35 miscues in the match as the Lady Spikers won, 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20.Morado believes Ateneo knows the solution to its problems and all it has to do is to refocus on its training in leading up to Saturday’s do-or-die.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We know what to work on in training. It’s not something that we’re super worried about because we know what we have to work on,” she said.Despite the tough loss, Morado shared that the team is still on a high. “After the game, no one seemed down about it and that’s a good thing,” she said. “When we got to the dugout, we were pretty optimistic and no one was dragged down by this loss.”“This is the Finals. It’s expected that both teams will fight, so what we can do is move on from this and then focus on the next one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Ravena shruggs off Malonzo dunk: ‘We won the game’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena shrugged off the play and said the poster was just “part of the game.”“It’s a play, two points. We won the game, so it doesn’t really matter,” said Ravena, whose Blue Eagles had the final say after hammering out an 81-69 win Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “You get blocked, you get dunked on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4That play, however, turned out to be just one of the few good things for La Salle in the game as the Blue Eagles took control for the majority of the match after it went on a 21-1 run to end the second quarter.Ravena, who had six points and four fouls, said he didn’t mind sitting most of the game out due to foul trouble with his teammates capable of stepping up. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena, arguably the most athletic forward in the UAAP for the past two seasons, found himself on the receiving end of a monster dunk when Ateneo took on De La Salle in  UAAP Season 82.Jamie Malonzo put Ravena on a mean poster, skying high for a two-handed jam that earned the Green Archers’ forward an and-one play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City View comments “That’s what we say ‘next man up’ because expect anybody to just play the whole game individually,” said Ravena who played a shade under 17 minutes. “All of us would help each other, I was playing badly and I was in foul trouble.”Taking the scoring load for the Blue Eagles were twins Mike and Matt Nieto, who combined for 33 points while Gian Mamuyac fired eight of his 14 points in the fourth period.“Mike, Mamu, and Matt stepped up, and it really just talks about what we are as a team,” said Ravena. “I’m pretty sure that Coach Tab can put anyone there and they’ll be ready to do the same thing.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PetroGazz extends run to 4 as Motolite suffers double whammy with Pablo injurylast_img read more

Shoddy preparation blamed for Stars loss

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players on arrival at Wilson Airport from Cape Verde where they were bundled out of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the second round. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, November 19 – Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson said it was always going to be difficult to get a positive result from their 2018 World Cup second round return leg qualifier against Cape Verde following their chaotic travelling to Praia.Cape Verde ended Stars dreams of reaching the group stages for the road to Russia global showdown after capitalizing on Kenya’s shambolic preparations to beat them 2-0 in the return leg to advance with a 2-1 aggregate win. After being stranded for 10 hours on the eve of the match, Stars embarked on their 16 hours journey to arrive five hours to the match but speaking when the team returned on Thursday, Williamson said he cannot point fingers on anyone for the delay.“My work is just to coach the players give a piece of advice and it’s up to other people to do their job. I don’t blame anybody, mistakes have been made, I don’t know who is culpable so let’s wait and see what comes out.“I’m extremely disappointed because I thought I got a team that can go and get into the group stages but unfortunately the preparations certainly hampered our plans and I’m disappointed for the fans because it’s a long time since we were in a big tournament.“I’m disappointed for the country as a whole because everybody wanted us to do well,” the Scotsman underscored.Williamson commended his charges for putting their off the field problems and give their best in a match where Stars just needed a draw of any kind to book their place at the group stages.“We had no ideal preparation. We arrived four hours before kick-off and as you all saw in the first 10 minutes of the game we could have been down 3-0 and the game could be over but credit to the guys they gained in the game.“We conceded an easy goal and gave them free will in the defence. Fatigue started again in the second half and we were punished but I commend my boys for pushing hard to get that one goal that could have seen us through but it ended in a hump,” Williamson who had stint with Uganda Cranes for five years asserted.”He added, “It’s been challenging to keep the morale high on the team but they showed professionalism to forget about their problems and play their hearts out.”The team will have no time to prepare for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup as they resume training on Friday before departing on Saturday for Addis Ababa ahead of the regional tournament that get underway this weekend.The defending champions will open their campaign against rivals Uganda on Sunday with Williamson outlining it will be a tall order to get past his former employer who are the only East African nation to have sailed through to the 2018 World Cup group stages, courtesy of their 4-0 aggregate triumph over fancied Togo.“We have no time to work out. Uganda have an advantage over us because they had enough time to rest, having played on Sunday at home so they had the whole week to prepare.“We will probably train tomorrow (Friday) and hopefully we leave on Saturday but all in all our aim is to win the first match since it’s always important to start on a high,” Williamson who won four Cecafa Cup titles with Cranes underscored.The Scotsman who only have defender Omar Mbongi’s shoulder injury to worry, is expected to make changes to his squad after foreign based players; skipper Victor Wanyama linked up with his Southampton side ahead of Saturday’s EPL clash with Stock City while midfielder, Johanna Omolo who plies his trade in Belgium side (Royal Antwerp) also joining his club.Gor Mahia forward, Michael Olunga who netted the winner in Stars 1-0 first leg win, urged football stake holders to put their act together and help the team regain its old days glory.“It was just a game like any other so we just accepted defeat and from there we are going to try and pull up our socks. We can’t blame the loss on arriving their hours to the match but it was a factor that contributed our poor performance.“We want to bring back Kenya where it was but this will only happen if the management and stake holders of football will come together and unite because its demoralizing for us players, we do our best but at the end of the day we are not supported in the right way so I will ask them to step up their game,” Olunga who studies engineering at Technical University of Kenya, stated.“We are not looking back, we have already forgotten about Cape Verde match and we are now focusing on Cecafa. It’s going to be tough especially against Uganda but we will give it a good fight,” Olunga the 2015 SportPesa Premier League runner-ups Golden Boot winner said.Kenya is drawn in a tough Pool B alongside Uganda, Burundi and Zanzibar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor wonder kid ‘Marcelo’ drafted as Okumbi trims squad to 25

first_imgHowever, Gonzalez picked what seemed to be a hamstring strain in Thursday’s session after being pulled out of the training early as a precautionary measure.Okumbi heaped praises on the Las Palmas midfielder after his 45-minute performance against Sudan and said he has a huge part to play for the national team adding he is the future within the Stars midfield and defense.The coach is expected to trim the squad further to the 18 who will be on the match sheet for the weekend assignment after their final session on Saturday morning.Among those who have been dropped from the squad include Kenyan Premier League top scorer Wycliffe Ochomo, who played a combined 77 minutes in Stars friendly matches against Tanzania and Sudan, but was never fortunate to get his name on the score-sheet.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama (left) during training with defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Others who were left out include Posta Rangers midfielder Joseph Mbugua, his team mate keeper Ian Otieno, Kariobangi Sharks’ Ovella Ochieng and KCB’s Tyrus Omondi.The squad has been holding two sessions a day in a bid to bolster fitness and chemistry ahead of the Congo duel with Okumbi still searching for his maiden win as Harambee Stars coach.Stiff competition is expected especially on the left side of defense with youngster Ouma having raised a huge case for him to start in his performance against Sudan.With the experience of Aboud Omar coming into play, Okumbi has a lot of cards to play as to who gets the starting nod.Okumu might however find it hard fitting into the final team as he still has a lot of growth to do as David ‘Calabar’  Owino, Jockins Atudo, Musa Mohammed, Brian Mandela and Eugene Asike also jostling for that centre-back position.Sweden based striker Michael Olunga was part of the Harambee Stars team that trained on Thursday at Utali Grounds.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.The team was boosted with the arrival of Sweden based striker Michael Olunga who trained with the rest of the boys after missing both the Tanzania and Sudan friendly matches.Meanwhile, Congo arrived into the country early Thursday morning and will have a feel of the match venue on Friday evening.At the same time, Group D leaders Bukina Faso will have a two day stop-over in the country as they prepare to travel to Comoros where they will face the hosts in Moroni in another AFCON qualifier.The Burkinabes lead Group D, ahead of fellow East Africans Uganda who will be playing away to Botswana in another qualifier.Burkina Faso and Uganda are both on seven points but the former are on top due to head to head record.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars squad training at Utali Ground on Thursday ahead of their AFCON qualifier against Congo.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 2- Gor Mahia wonder kid Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma has been drafted in the provisional 25-man Harambee Stars squad as head coach Stanley Okumbi whittled his team ahead of Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Congo.Also finding a spot in the squad is Spanish based defensive midfielder Ismail Athuman Gonzalez as well as Chemelil Sugar duo of Joseph Okumu and Jaffery Awiti.last_img read more

Vigilance is key to ending racism in U.S.

first_img(Last week) marked the 50th anniversary of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. It was a historic moment in the civil rights movement, and the nine brave students who helped integrate the school should be honored for helping break the color barrier. But simply remembering what happened at Central High School a half century ago isn’t enough. ? Unfortunately, not all vestiges of racism have died out. Consider the case of the “Jena Six,” a group of young black males in Louisiana charged with the beating of a white classmate. That incident has ? inflamed racial tensions in that rural community. Clearly, time has not cooled the fires of hatred for some people. So how should we best honor the legacy of the Little Rock Nine ? ? By doing our best to end the scourge of racism. That effort begins with parents, who should teach their children to judge others based on character, not skin color. ? It begins with parents and schools exposing children to others of different races and different backgrounds so they can get used to differences and learn not to fear them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! We have come a long way in 50 years, but we still have a long way to go. – The Jackson (Tenn.) Sunlast_img read more

Dangerous recalled toy still advertised in Sunday circular

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The popular but dangerous toy Aqua Dots was recalled, but the fliers advertising it apparently were not. A Toys “R” Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, the popular toy beads yanked from U.S. store shelves nearly three weeks ago because they are coated in a chemical that can turn into the “date-rape” drug when swallowed. The circular advertises the Aqua Dots Super Studio for $19.99 – a $5 savings. Retailer Target boasted a $13 price tag for Aqua Dots in its Black Friday circular. “These circulars were printed and in distribution before the recall,” Kathleen Waugh, a spokeswoman for Toys “R” Us Inc., headquartered in Wayne, N.J, said Sunday. “Absolutely, Aqua Dots are not available or for sale.” Waugh said ads for the dangerous toy could continue to show up in newspapers for another week or two because the circulars are printed and distributed far in advance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBrie Heath, a spokeswoman for Minneapolis-based Target, said its circular was distributed to customers in the 47 states where Target has stores. It “was so far into production that we couldn’t impact it when we heard about the recall,” she said. Target ran an advertisement in the front section of newspapers in most major markets stating that Aqua Dots were no longer available because of the recall, Heath said. Though anticipated to be among the holiday’s biggest-selling toys, Aqua Dots were recalled in the United States on Nov. 7 after tests showed they are coated with an industrial chemical that, when ingested, metabolizes into the “date-rape” drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. The bead-like toy could cause breathing problems, loss of consciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death if ingested. Nine children in the United States and three children in Australia have become sick. Aqua Dots was heavily advertised in holiday fliers because of the toy’s popularity, said Waugh. The Toys “R” Us circular distributed Sunday advertised the beads with a photo on Page 2 under the heading “Girls Gift Sale.” last_img read more

Pickers get deal on pact with Dole

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OXNARD – The United Farm Workers and Dole Food Co. have reached agreement on a three-year contract that gives berry pickers the best wage and health care package in the nation, officials said Thursday. The UFW said that the deal’s piece rate system means that its members will average between $75 and $100, or 25 percent to 30 percent more, per week than pickers at other companies. Farm workers’ president Arturo Rodriguez said things went smoothly during the four months of negotiations with executives at Westlake Village-based Dole, the state’s third-largest strawberry producer and the biggest agricultural concern in the world. “We felt very good about the relationship we’ve developed with Dole. We thought they were very thoughtful and very fair,” Rodriguez said. The pact covers 600 workers in Oxnard at Dole-owned Coastal Berry Co. and 1,050 in the Watsonville area. Dole spokesman Marty Ordman agreed that the negotiations went well. “We feel we’ve negotiated a very competitive contract and are paying very competitive wages. Dole has always offered medical benefits to our employees.” Wage provisions are retroactive to Feb. 14 and the health care benefits take effect May 1. The current base rate for strawberry pickers at most companies is $6.75 an hour. The pact calls for UFW members to have it increased to $7.75 an hour the first year, $7.87 the second and $7.99 the third. Rodriguez said that during a typical nine-hour day in the fields, a nonunion worker’s wage and piece rate totals $97.65 while a UFW member will receive $119.20. The other big gain for workers is that they will now be covered by the Robert F. Kennedy Medical Plan rather than the one provided by the Western Growers Association. The new plan means less out-of-pocket cost for medical care and prescription medications. The old plan covered up to $400 for room and board and ancillary services or $400 for intensive care. The new plan covers 80 percent of the cost up to $25,000 annually or $100,000 over a lifetime, said plan administrator Doug Blaylock. “You don’t walk into a hospital for that kind of money,” he said of the prior plan. Rodriguez said that the health plan is a critical benefit for workers. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Liverpool transfer BLOW! Reds to miss out in race for in-demand Germany starlet

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund will beat Liverpool to the signing of Mahmoud Dahoud this summer, according to reports in Germany.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the defensive midfielder and the club have been tracking him for the past 12 months.As talkSPORT told you in December, Bayern Munich had also expressed an interest in signing the Borussia Monchengladbach man, who is on the radar of Juventus too.However, Bild has now claimed that it is Borussia Dortmund who will win the race to land the talented 21-year-old once the window opens.It is claimed that there is a clause in Dahoud’s contract which means he can be signed for just £8.4million this year – and Dortmund will have no problem stumping up the fee. Germany starlet Mahmoud Dahoud last_img read more

VIDEO: Mohamed Diame hands Newcastle title advantage with LUCKIEST goal

first_imgDiame’s equaliser must be the strangest goal this season! Intentional? #NUFC #EFL— Super Supporter (@SuperSupporter_) March 1, 2017// You know its your title to lose when the Senegalese midfielder scores a wonder goal 1center_img Mohamed Diame, you lucky, lucky man.The Senegalese midfielder doesn’t have a reputation for scoring goals and the nature of his latest effort against Brighton relied on pure luck.Christian Atsu got the ball rolling with a mistimed volley which flew into the path of Daryl Murphy, who helped the ball onto Diame.And Diame reacted instinctively to stick out his right foot to somehow send the ball spiralling into the net.You know its Newcastle’s title to lose when Diame scores a wonder goal.Check out the video below…..last_img read more