20 Jan

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgnetball play-offsThe organisers of the South East St Catherine Netball League shared that most things are in place for a successful staging of the three-day play-offs slated for next week.Four teams, Pro Santos A, Express All Star, Progressive Strikers and Passagefort Strikers will play off for the fourth and final semi spot. The play-offs start on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Star should be the two teams that will fight for that one spot.Cross-zone phase begins in Manchester major leagueThe Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League will resume today following the Christmas break with the start of the cross-zone phase. One match will be played today and five tomorrow.When the first phase comprising round-robin zone games ended, Mile Gully and Ricam were the respective zone leaders.Today’s lone match will see Georges Valley hosting Land Settlement at the deCarteret College playfield.Tomorrow’s schedule features a double-header at the Downs’ community centre. In the first game at 1:30 p.m., Alligator Pond will host Hillstars, while around 3:30, the home side, Downs, will take on Comfort.The rest of games see Porus hosting Greenvale, Old England vs Villa, and in the most anticipated match-up, the respective zone leaders will meet at Mile Gully.Mile Gully have mined 13 points from five games, the same as Ricam.Ricam are Manchester in KO clashDefending champions Rivoli United tackle Portmore United in an all-Premier feature semi-final match-up in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout Competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.Bodles will take on Royal Lakes in the opening semi-final game at the venue.Rivoli boot Old Harbour Bay United 2-0 in quarter-final action recently, and Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0. In other quarter-final games, Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.All in place for ready for BraetonCedar Grove Estate FC go into their York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two midseason final match against Braeton United bubbling with confidence.”We are well prepared for this encounter, mentally and physically,” said Bryan Cunningham, the president of Cedar Grove Estate FC. The match will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016, instead of the previously announced Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Cedar Grove playfield starting at 3 p.m.Despite the delay, Cunningham, believes that won’t bother his team, which include the strike force of Stephen Squire, who has scored three times thus far. He insists that this year, they will go to the next phase, which is the St Catherine FA Division One. Last season, they lost to Hellshire 1-0 in the league final.Portmore, Rivoli KO championsRicam Academy won their first major senior Manchester Football Association title when they defeated Hillstars on penalties to take the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knockout Cup.The final, which was contested at Brooks Park earlier this week, saw a 1-1 draw following regulation and extratime.Ricam were deserving winners, having been the most assertive team throughout the match. They, in fact, rocked Hillstars early when Kemar Ricketts scored in the 26th minute.They looked like sealing the title as, in time added on, Hillstars added life to the game and ensured extra time, when their best player, Jermaine Green scored in second-half added time.MRPC says thanksThe management of Mandeville’s professional shooting range facility, the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), has said thanks to its club members and patrons throughout the year.They also state that they will continue to promote the benefits of professional shooting.In a new year’s release signed by club president Orville Henriques, the MRPC recognises that shooting is still an emerging sport but an important component of raising the awareness of safety in today’s Jamaica.”Our club continues to attract licensed firearm holders, but realises it has a central role in providing a top-class facility for the development of professional shooting,” read the release. “Professional shooting is important in fostering a stable culture of firearm acquisition and mastery and controlled use.”The facility, which is approved by the Firearm Licensing Authority of Jamaica and which also works closely with Central Dealers, the only approved facility for firearm purchases in central Jamaica, is opened to the public seven days a week. It hosts competitive matches each Sunday and competitive practice shoots on Wednesdays. The club also hosts a monthly match, which is open to all professional shooters and which adheres to international rules and organisation. Cedar Grovelast_img read more

11 Jan

Prentice has sense of accomplishment

first_imgPOMONA – One might say Diamond Ranch High School track standout Terry Prentice already has accomplished enough to claim a successful prep career. But that won’t stop him from trying for more. Prentice took first place in the high hurdles (13.92 seconds), 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.42) and the long jump (24 feet, 5 inches) at last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals. He also took high hurdles (14.11) and long jump (23-101/2) titles at the state meet. Considering his already stellar high school career, Prentice has some simple aspirations. “Basically, (I want) to defend my titles and hopefully improve my marks and go after the state record, which is 13.39,” Prentice said of his goal in the high hurdles. “So it’s not that far off because my personal best is 13.59 from last year, and I’m way ahead of where I was last year at this point.” And so far this season, the numbers can back that up. At the recent Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Prentice won the long jump at 24-3 – almost a foot longer than the runner-up – and ended up second after a photo finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85. “I have a lot of confidence coming into this year, but I know a lot of guys are stepping up because the state is pretty deep this year,” Prentice said. “But I still think I’m going to be able to hold my own, especially since I’m not so much focusing on running the record but focusing on still winning state. “If I didn’t run a record, it wouldn’t be that bad if I still won a state championship.” Prentice began running track at the age of 11 when his father, Ernie, a former Garey High track coach, introduced him to the sport. “In the beginning I was fast, but I wasn’t the fastest,” Prentice said. “So that’s probably why my dad turned me on to hurdles. “He was the head coach (at Garey High), but mainly he likes the hurdles. He told me I would probably have more luck with that. When I started doing (hurdles), my sprint speed got faster, too.” Prentice burst onto the high school track scene his first year at Diamond Ranch. He set the state record for freshmen in the high hurdles and placed fifth at the state meet. He followed that up with another fifth-place finish at the state meet in his sophomore year and also won the long jump in the CIF finals. And now, as a senior, he is focused on building on his achievements and setting a good example for his fellow Panthers. “He has a tremendous influence on the rest of the kids,” Gilbert said. “I made sure to let him know that not only are you a senior, not only are you a leader on this team, but you’re the national leader … they look up to you. “He doesn’t have to be a big rah-rah guy. He doesn’t have to bring the team in and talk to the team and motivate the team. That’s my job. All he needs to do is lead by example. “He does that exceptionally well.” Prentice’s focus is on the upcoming season, but his future at USC still weighs on his mind. “I know it’s going to be a load, but hopefully I can handle it. I think I can handle it,” he said. “Hopefully I can still run great times and improve a lot because they have some great coaches over there.” Gilbert agreed. “Anywhere he goes he’s going to be successful,” Gilbert said. “I think he’s going to do well (at USC). He’s a great kid, as good as they come.” darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The senior already ranks in the top 10 nationally in the 110-meter high hurdles and is looking forward to competing for USC next season. And even with all that he has accomplished in his three seasons with the Panthers, he already has put himself ahead of the curve to begin the 2007 season. “He’s matured a lot,” Diamond Ranch head coach Jeff Gilbert said. “He’s added extra muscle and he has more foot speed this year. He’s pretty much started off right now in the off-season where he left off at the end of last year. It’s amazing to see where he’s at.” last_img read more