Santana, McKenzie Earn Weekly Honors for Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

first_imgWomen’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie broke the school record in the heptathlon with 5,406 points to capture the win at the SFA Carl Kight Invitational. That point total ranks her No. 1 in the conference, 14th nationally and fourth on the East Qualifying list. Her point total ranks her just outside the Southland’s all-time top five record list in the event. The Huskies have an idle week before competing in Rice’s J. Fred Duckett Twilight on Saturday, April 21, their final meet before the 2018 Southland Conference Championships. McNeese next heads to Monroe, La., for the ULM Invitational on Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Kierstin Santana, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Baytown, TexasSantana ran the second-fastest 800m time in the Southland this season at the Houston Alumni Invitational. She finished nearly two seconds ahead of the previous meet record with a time of 2:10.87. Honorable Mention: Sierra Pruitt, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State; Taylor Dunn, Central Arkansas. Honorable Mention: Kaelin Simmons, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian; Hannah Noble, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Kierstin Santana and McNeese junior Grace McKenzie are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by read more

Korave ruled out of Blackhawks clash

first_imgA knee injury forced coach, Michael Marum to rule Korave out and make changes to his final 18 man squad that left this morning for Cairns, Australia.Marum said Ishamel Balkawa will replace Korave in the starting line up with Edward Goma and Philemon Kimisive included on the bench.The team will travel by coach to Townsville this afternoon.Marum will name the captain when the team has their captains run in Townsville tomorrow.The 18 man squad is:1.         Bland ABAVU2.         Butler MORRIS3.         Justin OLAM4.         Thompson TETEH5.         Adex WERA6.         Ase BOAS7.         Watson BOAS8.         Enoch MAKI9.         Warren GLARE10.       Esau SIUNE11.       Timothy LOMAI12.       Ishamel BALKAWA13.       Brandy PETER14.       Sailas GAHUNA15.       Benjamin HETRA16.       Atte Bina WABO17.       Edward GOMA18.       Philemon KIMISIVElast_img read more

Outhouse Races returning to Fort St. John

first_imgThe patio would only be accessible to anyone over the age of 19 and would be able to hold around 50 patrons.Stewart and Kirschner also challenged the City to build its own outhouse to race in this year’s event, but residents will just have to wait to find out whether the City takes on the challenge… After an 18-year hiatus, the Outhouse Races will be making their way back into Fort St. John thanks to two local residents.The Outhouse Races were held for 20 years in the community before ending in 1993.- Advertisement -Brian Kirschner and Byron Stewart made a presentation to City Council on behalf of the Lido to bring the races back to the city and requested the closure of certain streets for the event.The races will take place on July 9 after City Council approved a motion to block off certain streets to vehicles for the event. The area of 100 Ave. between 100 and 102 Streets and the area of 102 St. between 100 and 102 Ave. will be closed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the event.Stewart and Kirschner say the streets will be opened up to foot traffic and there will be various street vendors and buskers in the area during the event.The City also passed a second motion to recommend approval for an outdoor patio to serve liquor between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Lido, as long as both the RCMP and the Liquor Inspector approve the application.Advertisementlast_img read more

Boys’ basketball: More than just a coincidence

first_imgYeah, sure, in the six years Kelly has been the boys’ basketball coach at Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, the Vikings have gone from pretty good small-school team to nationally feared powerhouse. That’s plenty of correlation to start drawing conclusions. But Kelly is not interested in all that. “People ask me that all the time,” Kelly said. “But our ascension to the national level is just a mere coincidence to me being here. All they needed here was stability and organization.” Coincidence, correlation, whatever … Kelly and the rest of the Vikings are too busy soaking it all in – the national rankings, the college coaches on campus every day scouting Jrue Holiday, the big-time atmosphere at every game – to worry about the “why?” They’ve never worried about the “why?” or even the “when?” Which, in a lot of ways, is how they ended up here. Campbell Hall (28-1) will take on La Canada (28-2) in the Southern Section Div.III-AA championship this morning at 10:45 at the Toyota Center in Anaheim. It’s the fourth time in the past five years Campbell Hall has played for a Southern Section title. In those five years, the Vikings have lost just 14 games. Kelly knows all of those statistics off the top of his head. He’s the one who worries about those details. He’s the one who knows that the Vikings are 19th in the USA Today Super 25 Poll. And he’s the one who will get fired up if they drop even one spot. The players couldn’t care less. Their job is to play basketball, have fun and represent the school well. Kelly and his staff filter out all the other concerns. “I don’t know where we’re ranked,” Jrue Holiday said. “I don’t pay attention to that stuff.” This day is a lot like any other day at Campbell Hall. Jrue Holiday and senior guard Robert Ford are hanging after practice, talking about school while the boys’ volleyball team takes the court and members of a performing arts group duck their heads in every few minutes to chat. Kelly and assistant coach Paul Tait are back in their small coaches’ office, getting ready to study film on La Canada. Tait pulls out the camcorder with La Canada’s game from the night before cued up and starts hooking it up to the 30-inch flatscreen TV in the corner. Kelly plops down on a blue couch along the wall that you can tell has hosted its share of long nights. “We probably study more film than any other school in the Valley,” Kelly said. “When the playoffs started, there were 33 teams in our division and we already had tape on 32 of them.” That’s not just 32 tapes, though. “I’ve probably seen La Canada already three times myself,” Tait said. “The other tapes, we get from all over. I have former players at (his alma mater) Village Christian who’ll say, `Coach Kelly needs tape? Sure, I’ll go get it.’ “We’ve got one guy, Willie Pena, who played at Village. He does all our advance scouting. We throw him 30 or 40 bucks and a T-shirt. But he just likes being a part of it. All he said was, `I’ll do all your games, but I want to go to the semifinals and finals.”‘ That kind of attention to detail goes all the way down to the last muffin. Yeah, muffin. It’s only Wednesday, but Tait’s already got a plan for breakfast on Saturday morning. He’s going to pick up bagels and muffins in the morning and athletic director Anthony Harris is going to cook scrambled eggs. But hold off a little before you call these guys obsessive. It’s not going to stick, not to a guy like Kelly, who’s out shooting half-court shots with the school chaplain an hour before a semifinal game. “The ref came up to me and was like, `Who’s the head coach here?’ And I’m like, `Um, that’s me sir,”‘ Kelly said. And it’s certainly not going to stick to a team that chose to spend all of its free time at a tournament in Delaware this winter hanging out, playing video games and shooting pool. “After we beat Simon Gratz of Philadelphia, I said to Justin, `You guys earned it. What do you want to do? Where do you guys want to go?”‘ Kelly said. “And he was like, `You know what coach? Honestly, we just want to go to the house and hang out.”‘ Kelly and Tait were right in there, hanging out and playing flashlight tag with Kelly’s sons, Chris and William. “I’m really like 22 years old,” Kelly jokes. Some would say more like 17. Last week, star guard Dallas Rutherford missed a couple of days with the flu. Kelly got on his T-Mobile Sidekick and sent him a text message. “Dallas, I really miss you.” Rutherford didn’t recognize the number. He wrote back, “Who is this?” Kelly laughed, then wrote, “This is Coach Kelly. I’m hurt. I can’t believe you haven’t saved my number yet.” That is Kelly. He’s an East Coast, work-hard, play-hard kind of guy. Demanding? Absolutely. Just ask the 26 assistant coaches he’s gone through in his six years at Campbell Hall. Determined? Oh yeah. Kelly has lost 65 pounds while training for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon. Somewhere in between coaching, teaching and being a husband and father, he’s found time to run nine miles a day to train. Perfectionist? An understatement. “His playbook is like five Bibles stacked together,” Harris said. Fun-loving? More than you know. Every day at Campbell Hall is like hanging out at the frat house, without all the debauchery. Driven? That’s a longer story. He used to be completely driven. His career was everything. The kind of guy who went to coaches’ clinics, sat in the front row and wrote down every word. “Lute Olson would say `hello’ and I’d write that down,” he joked. He was never much of a basketball player. Good in high school because he was tough and smart. Good as a walk-on at Florida State because he didn’t mind bringing Sam Cassell water or taking charges in practice. But even he knew early on his future in the game would be in coaching. At 22, he landed his first gig, coaching at his alma mater, the Canterbury School in Ft. Myers, Fla. Success came right away. Canterbury was always ranked in the state, won a bunch of titles, even sniffed the USA Today poll on occasion. But Kelly needed more. He needed to see how far he could go. So he switched over to coaching at a public school in Ft. Myers and took an assistant coaching position with a USBL team, under head coach Rick Barry. He hated every second of it. He couldn’t connect to the kids. He couldn’t fathom the lifestyle of a minor-league basketball coach, traveling all over the country in buses, scraping by on dreams and peanuts. Almost on cue, a call came from a high school out in Los Angeles. Campbell Hall was a good program, but not great. Every coach who had been there just seemed to use it as a springboard to something else. The longest anyone had ever stayed was three years. Kelly didn’t dwell on that. The school wanted to fly him out for an interview, and he was even picked up from the airport in a Lincoln Town Car. Within 19 days, he’d taken the job, sold his house in Florida and moved his family out to a new home in California. He didn’t know it at the time, but he’d landed in the place he would later decide was good enough to be the last job he’d ever have. “I’m not looking to go anywhere else,” he said. “I’ve had a number of collegiate opportunities, a number of high school opportunities, and I don’t care. I don’t care to go anywhere else than Campbell Hall. I’m happy here.” Your instinct is to ask a follow up question, to go back to the “how?” or the “why?” But isn’t it obvious? (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Take your pick. Either way. Those are the stories Terry Kelly would have you believe. center_img NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Maybe it all started when Toya Holiday got tired of spending her life on the freeway, driving her sons Justin and Jrue to school in Rancho Cucamonga, then all the way out to work in North Hollywood every day. Or maybe it was when Joe Ford walked onto campus one day about six years ago and decided the small, tony private school on the west side of Laurel Canyon Boulevard that you drive past four times before you see the entrance gate was the one for him. last_img

Council absences draw ire of mayor

first_imgCity Clerk Vida Tolman said since there is no city ordinance addressing absences, officials must look to state law for guidance. But according to the state code, if a council member misses all meetings within a 60-day period, the seat becomes vacant. Nothing in the code specifies what to do about sporadic absences, she said. “There is nothing on books, but usually the council makes a motion to excuse,” Tolman said. Council members’ pay is not docked for missing meetings, officials said. Armenta said he missed the past two meetings because of his parents’ ill health. Although he could not specify all the reasons for his previous absences, he said they were all “legitimate.” “With my parents getting older, they need me more now,” Armenta said. “I’m not forgetting my responsibilities to the residents. This is just Beilke being vindictive.” As for compensation, Armenta said the city never reduced his pay for missing council meetings. He said he would not be in favor of creating an absenteeism ordinance. “I’ll do what’s in the interest of the residents, but if I’m there or not, what will it accomplish?” Armenta said. “Ron has his three votes and his agenda.” Staff is expected to report on its findings at the next council meeting May 22. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Mayor Ron Beilke is calling for a review of the city’s policy on City Council members who repeatedly miss meetings. Beilke has asked city staffers to look into what rules, if any, address council absenteeism. He singled out Councilman David Armenta, who recently failed to attend two consecutive meetings. Beilke said Armenta was abdicating his responsibility by missing more meetings than any other council member. Armenta said Beilke was being “vindictive.” City documents show Armenta missed eight meetings over the past 12 months. However, the documents do not specify if he had been excused from the meetings. Over that same 12-month period, Beilke missed one meeting; Councilman Gregory Salcido missed two; former Councilman Carlos Garcia missed two; and former Councilman Pete Ramirez missed two meetings. “I’m on a fact-finding mission,” Beilke said Monday. “I want to know what the parameters are, or if there’s a policy we can draft. We voted on a $750,000 contract last meeting and \ wasn’t there. Do we continue to allow this?” Council members receive a monthly salary of $882, which includes $30 a month they receive for attending Redevelopment Agency meetings and another $30 a month for attending Housing Agency meetings. last_img read more

Dembele to undergo surgery on Tuesday

first_img“Dembele was accompanied by team physician, Dr. Ricard Pruna. Dembele will be operated on Tuesday by Dr. Sakari Orava.”In pictures published by Spanish sports daily Marca, Dembele needed the aid of a wheelchair as he left Barcelona airport for the Finnish capital.The French international has made just three appearances for Barca since sealing his move from Borussia Dortmund last month for a fee that could rise to as much as 145 million euros based on performance-related bonuses.However, he looks set to miss the rest of the year after pulling his hamstring just 29 minutes into Saturday’s 2-1 win at Getafe.The 20-year-old may have paid a heavy price for missing most of his pre-season preparation as he went on strike from training at Dortmund to try and force through his dream move to the Camp Nou.He will be sidelined for the rest of Barca’s Champions League group campaign and faces a race against time to take part in the first El Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on December 23.At international level, Dembele will also be absent for France’s final two World Cup qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Belarus next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele pictured with the team doctor (R) and physio during the La Liga match against Getafe CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on September 16, 2017 © AFP/File / Pierre-Philippe MARCOUBARCELONA, Spain, Sep 18 – Barcelona’s record Sh13bn (105 million-euro) signing Ousmane Dembele will undergo surgery on the torn hamstring that has ruled him out of action for up to four months in Helsinki on Tuesday.“Dembele travelled on Monday morning to Helsinki, Finland, where he will undergo surgery to repair a rupture of the biceps femoris tendon in his left thigh,” Barcelona said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

DD Cosmetic Medical Column: Lip Augmentation – Avoid the ‘Trout Pout’

first_imgDD Medical Columnist: When treating lips at Ballsbridge Medical Aesthetic Clinic Dr. Róisín Fitzgerald strives for an enhanced but natural appearance. This applies to all facial dermal fillers but in particular to the lip area where it’s important to avoid the ‘trout pout’ look.As we are all unique it is important to tailor the treatment to a person’s facial features as well as their desired effect. With dermal fillers it is possible to add definition (e.g. improving the upper lip or vermillion border) as well as volume to plump the lips. In the past, fillers included permanent and potentially harmful substances. At the Ballsbridge Clinic Dr. Róisín augments lips with fillers made from hyaluronic acid (Allergan’s Juvederm® range). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in most tissues in the body.HA binds water molecules giving volume, shape, hydration and elasticity. HA fillers are broken down and absorbed by the body over time with lip augmentation lasting on average 6-9 months.Treatments are performed in a private setting on an appointment only basis so there is no busy waiting room to contend with. A free consultation is advised initially to discuss treatments in detail and answer any queries before taking as much time as you need to make your decision. For further information or to arrange a free consultation see , Facebook or phone 089-4373954.Dr. Róisín Fitzgerald of Letterkenny’s private Ballsbridge Medical Aesthetic Clinic has completed advanced training in the UK (including London’s Harley Street) in anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. DD Cosmetic Medical Column: Lip Augmentation – Avoid the ‘Trout Pout’ was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallsbridgeDD Medical ColumnistFeatureslifestylenewslast_img read more


first_imgA 26 year old man who shouted ‘F*** the pigs” when approached by Gardai went very quiet when he was put into the back of a Garda van, a court has heard.Letterkenny court.Denis McCauley, of 4 Ard Na Ri, Long Lane in Letterkenny was ejected from the Pulse Nightclub on February 2nd last. The father-of-two was shouting abuse at bouncers and wouldn’t settle down.When approached by Gardai he took a step back and told officers “f*** the pigs, f*** the pigs – f*** off.”McCauley, who has previous convictions for threatening and abusive behaviour, possession of drugs and having no insurance, was then arrested.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was very much a Jeckyl and Hyde-type character when drink is taken.“Once he was in transit van in the dark he became very quiet. I am asking the court to delve a bit deeper to see what avenues are available to him as is getting long in tooth.“He is a Jeckyl and Hyde type of character but when drink is taken he falls into another twilight zone,” he said.Speaking at Letterkenny District Court, Judge Paul Kelly said this was McCauley’s third conviction and that he seems to have an attitude problem with Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher pleaded for one last chance for his client saying some of us start on another rung of the ladder in life than where McCauley started.However, Judge Kelly said there is any amount of assistance for people who go and look for it.He put the case back until May 12th for a probation report.MAN SHOUTED ‘F*** THE PIGS, F*** THE PIGS’ AT GARDAI was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Denis McCauleydonegalGardaiJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more

Loggers host Menlo-Atherton in first state playoff game in program history tonight

first_imgThe message from Jason White 24 hours before his Loggers take the field for their first state championship playoff game in program history is as clear as it was in mid September — the Eureka Loggers welcome any challenge.What the head coach won’t admit? They really haven’t faced one. Not against the several upper division teams his Loggers handled with ease during the regular season and certainly not against Las Lomas a week ago in the North Coast Section D-III semifinals, a game which the …last_img

Building a NZEH With a Utility’s Help

first_imgA married couple in Wisconsin becomes the first to participate in a sustainable-homebuilding initiative sponsored by regional utility WPPI EnergyTom and Verona Chambers bought an acre of land on west-central Wisconsin’s Black River. It is, by any standard, a scenic spot, and the house they built on the property has big north-facing windows that offer a spectacular view of the Northwoods.It turns out, though, that the big windows, and their placement, are among the very few design features of the Chambers’ house that might compromise the home’s energy efficiency. After celebrating the completion of their house during Earth Week, the couple and regional power company WPPI Energy, whose GreenMax Home program helped offset the costs of efficiency upgrades during construction, commenced fine tuning the home’s energy use to bring it to net zero.The GreenMax program, which also is available to architects and builders, provides funding to help defray the incremental upgrade costs of building or remodeling projects aimed at bringing a home to net zero. WPPI Energy also offers technical assistance and measures the newly built or remodeled home’s energy use and environmental impact.Upgrade costs and incentivesThe upgrade costs for the Chambers’ home – which totaled $89,000 for a building with 3,100 sq. ft. of conditioned space and 1,800 sq. ft. of finished space – were further offset by incentive funding from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, as well as federal tax credits.The cost of improvements to the shell came in at $13,000. They include a 2×8, 24 in. on-center exterior wall system, which accommodated R-25 batt in the wall cavity. The shell is covered on the outside with R-5 insulation. And, aside from those on the north face, most of the windows are horizontal and high up on the walls, allowing daylight to wash across the interior of the home and compensating in part for the fact that the home does not have overhangs.Of comparable cost ($14,000) is the home’s ground-source heat pump system, although the biggest ticket on the upgrade bill ($57,100) was for the 5.76 kW ground-mounted PV system.As an incentive for GreenMax program participants to walk the green walk in designing their home and managing its energy use after construction is complete, WPPI, through regional customer-owned power distributors, offers them a special buy-back rate of 30 cents per kilowatt hour. With the standard utility rate set at 10 cents per kWh, a net zero home using and producing 10,000 kWh of power annually stands to earn about $2,000 a year.The Chambers submitted their design proposal to GreenMax Home in October 2007 and broke ground on the project in July 2008. Because their house is the first built under the GreenMax program, the Chambers have become its de facto ambassadors. Tom, a high-school principal, and Verona, a middle-school teacher, say they’re eager to use the house as a showcase for green building techniques and green living strategies.“The best part of this process is certainly how much we have learned,” Verona said in a WPPI press release. “We have already begun to share our experiences, showing our house and discussing it with others. We are excited for tours and open houses to continue, as we hope to educate many people about this project.”last_img read more