26 May

OFC and AFC sign important partnership

first_imgThe two-year agreement between the two confederations was signed in Mexico City by AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and OFC president David Chung in the presence of AFC general Secretary Dato’ Windsor John and his OFC counterpart Tai Nicholas.Chung says the partnership, which pledges cooperation on football development, education and competitions, allows the two confederations to exchange information, experience, knowledge and best-practice across these matters.“This is an excellent opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience across the 47 AFC member associations, while we can share the expertise we possess in Oceania,” Chung says.“This is the beginning of a symbiotic relationship which will benefit all of our member associations. I would like to thank my counterpart and the AFC executive committee for your commitment to the betterment of football.“We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with one of our closest neighboring confederations and we are looking forward to the advantages the strengthening of our relationship will bring,” he says.“The exchange of knowledge, experience and resources coupled with the benefits of competitions and tours will be far-reaching across Asia and the Pacific.”A key objective is to raise the standard of football in both confederations and Chung says development will be at the forefront of achieving this.Salman said: “At AFC we have always believed that all confederations must work together – both big and small – to reunite the game under the FIFA flag.“Only then can we restore confidence and trust of the people in football – and particularly those who run football.”Chung was in full agreement.“Our vision is to work together with AFC to create solid development plans and strategies which will create the foundation for both OFC and AFC to continue on our respective upwards trajectories in the global arena.”last_img read more

15 Jan

Liberia National Culture Troupe Tours Egypt

first_imgairo, 28 April 2014: The Liberian National Cultural Troupe headed by Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism participated in the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts under the theme, ‘Drums Dialogue for Peace’ held in the Arab Republic of Egypt from 19 to 25 April 2014.The National Culture Troupe performed at several locations including the historic Salah El-Din Citadel (Castle) and The Opera House in Cairo. The Troupe was then hosted by H.E. Alexander H.N. Wallace III, Liberian Ambassador to Egypt, on 23 April at his residence for a dinner performance which was attended by several Ambassadors and Government Officials.Thirty-one Folklore Bands representing as many as twenty-one countries from the Middle East, Africa and Asia participated with their drums and traditional folk arts in the Festival. At the closing ceremony on 25 April 2014, the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr. Mohammed Saber Arab, was joined by the Liberian Assistant Minister for Culture, Madam Louis McMillian and the Minister of Culture of South Sudan to cut the ceremonial ribbon.The Festival was organized by the Bureau of Foreign Cultural Relations of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism.Minister McMillian met with several dignitaries including the Minister of Culture and the Director of International Culture Relations among others. Discussions between the Minister and Officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture focused on the improvement of cultural cooperation between both nations. Upon the Minister’s proposition and request, the Egyptian party accepted to undertake the establishment of national theater and cinema in Liberia; they also agreed to train Liberians in Drumming and Traditional Music as well as in Cartoon Animation. The Egyptian Officials disclosed that their representatives will visit Liberia in May 2014 for assessments. They extended an early invitation to the Liberian National Cultural Troupe to participate in the next Festival expected to be held in Egypt in September 2014. The two sides concluded that Liberia host an International Festival, code-named ‘VIVA Liberia’, sometimes this year.The Egyptian side lauded the Liberian National Cultural Troupe for a splendid performance throughout the Festival.  On behalf of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, the Government and people of the Republic of Liberia, Minister McMillian expressed heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, the Government and People of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the hospitality and the opportunity afforded Liberia to participate in such an elaborate international occasion; adding, it provided a remarkable platform to allow for the Troupe to showcase Liberia Cultural Arts and Folk Dances to the rest of the world.For his part, Ambassador Alexander H.N. Wallace, III visited the National Cultural Troupe at their hotel and attended their performances. The Ambassador promised to facilitate initiatives aimed at improving the National Cultural Troupe and promoting Liberia cultural relations with Egypt. He extolled the Troupe for their superb performances throughout the Festival. The Ambassador and the Director of International Cultural Relations of Egypt discussed plans to strengthen Liberia-Egypt Cultural Relations, including exchange of National Artifacts for display in museums or public galleries as well as provision of training programs for the Liberian Cultural Troupe. Additionally, Ambassador Wallace and Minister McMillian discussed ways and means of utilizing the opportunities offered by the Egyptian Cultural Authority to adequately enhance the Liberia National Cultural Troupe. The Minister expressed thanks to the Ambassador for his hospitality and tremendous support accorded the Troupe, as well as his persistent presence around them throughout their stay in Egypt.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

President not above the law – Nandlall tells Appeal Court

first_imgGECOM Chairman challengeAs the case of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman continued, the applicant’s Attorney, Anil Nandlall is urging the Justices of the Appeal Court to essentially rule that President David Granger was “not above the law”. This was among several arguments put forward in further submissions by Mustapha’s Attorney, who on Tuesday warned of the dangers of being unable to judicially question the President’s actions.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallNandlall and Attorney General Basil Williams were required to make submissions to the court on four aspects of law ahead of the court’s decision, which is scheduled to be handed down on Thursday morning. These focused on whether the Orders sought in paragraphs iii and iv in Fixed Date Application dated October 23, 2017 or the effect of those orders can be granted by way of these proceedings; Whether Article 177 of the Constitution has any bearing on the President’s role under Article 161(2). The other questions queried: Whether the role of the Leader of the Opposition in submitting a list under Article 161(2) is restricted only to the category of “other fit and proper persons” and; whether the list is still valid, if not all six persons are deemed not unacceptable.Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appeal Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud are presiding over the matter. The PPP is seeking to have the Court reverse the June 2018 High Court ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, who upheld Justice Patterson’s unilateral appointment.During Tuesday’s hearing, Attorney Nandlall advanced that under the Constitution, Guyana is governed by the rule of law, adding that no one is above the law and the actions of all are judicially reviewable, including the President. The Attorney critiqued the totality of the State’s arguments which included that the President “acted rationally and reasonably” in rejecting the three lists of 18 names which the Opposition Leader submitted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe conceded that while the President could not be personally dragged away from his duties, his actions were reviewable. He stressed that the Chief Justice in her June ruling “never said” that President Granger was omnipotent.Earlier during the proceedings, the Attorney told the Judges that even though the President did not appear himself in proceedings, the Attorney General would be named as the proper party in the legal suit. This point was later challenged by Williams, who said that Nandlall did not cite the authority on which the AG was answerable.Williams, in his presentation, opined that the President was an “executive of one”, noting that Mustapha’s case attempted to “reduce the President” to the role of a public officer. Having made legal citations, the AG observed constitutional protections that bar the court from assuming any jurisdiction over the President.“The President is not above the law, but he is entrusted to carry out the people’s interest,” the AG submitted.Solicitor General Kym Kyte-Thomas, speaking on the point of the President’s decisions on the submitted lists, argued that the President should have been given a fair chance to make a choice among the six persons. To this end, she stressed that the “entire list” must be acceptable and must maintain its integrity.When the Chancellor interjected and asked whether the Head of State could “pick, chose and refuse”, Kyte-Thomas posited that the President’s choices must not be limited and that the six persons on the list “must not be tainted”.In October last year, the PPP’s Executive Secretary filed an injunction to have the court rescind Justice Patterson’s appointment which came days after his appointment. However, Justice George on June 8, 2018 ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM Chair.The PPP has argued that the retired Judge was unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted. The acting Chief Justice, in her ruling, had, however, stated that there was nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Article 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the acting Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position. She outlined in her ruling that the President should have given reasons for his rejection of the 18 nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader. In the appeal, Nandlall, on behalf of his client, said that the learned Chief Justice misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and as such, was asking the court to overturn the High Court ruling.last_img read more

6 Jan

England hope different mindset will conquer penalty curse

first_img0Shares0000England coach Gareth Southgate famously missed a penalty at Euro 96 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation but the team’s record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget.Penalties have been the death of England at six of the last 12 major tournaments and in that time, they have won only once, against Spain at Euro ’96. Gareth Southgate’s playing career was defined by the shot he side-footed into the hands of Andreas Kopke as England then lost in the semi-finals at Wembley to Germany.“I have had a couple of decades thinking it through,” Southgate said last week.His experience has informed his own approach now as coach, with a last 16 tie against Colombia to come on Tuesday and the possibility of penalties looming again.Southgate was in the World Cup squad in 1998 under Glenn Hoddle, who believed shoot-outs were a lottery, impossible to replicate in training and therefore not worth any form of practice.England duly lost to Argentina on spot-kicks and missed out on the quarter-finals.If there is one thing Southgate has been determined to drill into the preparation of his players, it is that penalty shoot-outs are not decided by chance.England forward Harry Kane takes part in a training session in Saint Petersburg © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“It’s definitely not chance,” Marcus Rashford said from England’s training base in Repino on Sunday.“It’s a skill and every skill takes time to learn and to perfect. It’s never a chance. It’s just about being able to perform it with pressure.”England have been practising penalties since March. The players rehearse the walk from the halfway line as well as their shot. Southgate has deployed video analysts and psychometric testing to gauge his most reliable takers.“There have been occasions where you even tell the goalkeepers which way you’re going so it has to be the perfect penalty,” Rashford said.England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has saved five out of 30 penalties faced during matches, a similar record to his two back-ups, Jack Butland, whose record is four from 25, and Nick Pope, who is three from 13.It is standard practice now for keepers to study their opponents’ habits, even if Pickford was left stumped when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi stepped up in England’s opening match.“The lad who scored it had never taken a pen before. I was struggling with where to go,” Pickford said. “I got fingertips on it and went the right way, which is promising.”Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois has suggested Pickford, at 1.85 metres tall, carries a disadvantage but Colombia’s stopper David Ospina is even smaller at 1.83 metres.England might take heart too from Ospina’s record. In spot-kicks awarded during games, he has saved only three out of 38 and one in his last 15. In shoot-outs, he helped Colombia past Peru in the Copa America two years ago by blocking Miguel Trauco’s effort with his legs.For England, half the battle will surely be mental. How heavy will the past weigh on the present?“We can’t change the past, it’s gone now,” Rashford said.“All we can look forward to is what is in front of us and I don’t think we ever think about that type of thing with England. It would put you on a bit of a downer.“We understand it but that record is definitely not something that is on our minds.”Rashford said he would be willing to put his hand up, as did Dele Alli when he was asked on Saturday.Harry Kane, who slammed two penalties into the top corner against Panama, would certainly be one of the five, while Jamie Vardy, who takes them for Leicester, is an option off the bench.Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker could also be on Southgate’s list.“You have to control it, you have to own it,” Alli said. “I’m confident in myself and what’s meant to be will be.“We’ve got to try to work hard on the penalties and we have been, we’re trying to own the situation, not let it own us. It’s changed the whole mindset for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 Jan

Agencies attempting to put leash on puppy smuggling

first_imgWhen people bring their pets into the U.S., she said, the animals must be quarantined and monitored for months before it’s determined they don’t pose a public-health danger. Smuggled animals circumvent this system and are often untraceable, officials said. And the closure of U.S.-based puppy mills due to economic pressures coupled with an “insatiable appetite” for small breed, designer dogs are propelling an influx of imported animals, they added. “These puppies are coming in across the border, and we have no way of knowing what their origins are or where they’ve been placed,” said Dr. Nina Marano, chief of the geographic medicine and health promotion branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bernstein said tiny, “designer dogs” such as “tea cup” Chihuahuas and cockapoos are particularly popular. While such breeds are usually purchased from legitimate breeders for thousands of dollars, the smuggled dogs can go for hundreds in cash, she said. “It’s a huge industry and it’s very lucrative,” she said. “The incentive is to keep doing it.” Often, the animals end up in the arms of children, Reyes said. Public-health experts said the animals often carry myriad diseases that can be passed to other animals and humans, including skin infections, fungal infections, encephalitis and rabies. Canine rabies was once common in Los Angeles County, but since enactment of vaccination laws in the 1950s, the disease has been virtually wiped out in humans and domesticated animals, said Ehnert. With the rapidly increasing number of imported pets, however, that could all change, experts said, adding that rabies is not controlled in Mexico. “Rabies is actually quite common in dogs throughout the world,” Ehnert said. “Thousands of people die of rabies all over the world. It’s deadly in both animals and humans.” Ehnert said those looking to buy dogs should ask sellers if the mother is onsite as a precaution. SEAACA’s Web site advises buyers should not deal with sellers who want to meet in parking lots or parks, only accept cash and have no veterinary or vaccination records. Bernstein said she will continue to pursue policy that prohibits dogs without proper vaccination records from entering via the U.S.-Mexico border. “I’ll try to get the governor to sign an executive order that would ban dogs coming into California that are younger than 4 months and without proof of shots,” she said. “Then, even if (the task force) isn’t there, the customs people would have the tools to turn them away.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While Reyes said animal cruelty is one aspect of the problem, another is the public health threat presented by sick, unvaccinated dogs bred in poor conditions. The total number of animals smuggled in for sale is unknown, but officials said it is a large and growing practice. “We see thousands, and we’re only there a couple of weeks,” said Madeline Bernstein, president of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. Experts said mass importation of pets for profit is a new phenomenon with which public-health and animal-control organizations are struggling to catch up. “It used to be people were importing their own pets,” said Dr. Karen Ehnert, senior veterinarian with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “The idea of selling them is really a new problem.” Almost two dozen animal-control agencies converged at border checkpoints recently in an effort to stem the flow of puppies smuggled through for sale in the U.S., authorities said. Officials from the Border Puppy Task Force said they expected to encounter more than 1,000 sick or underage dogs bound for the U.S. in the two-week operation that started on Labor Day. The dogs, bred in south-of-the-border puppy mills, are often advertised in circulars or newspapers, then sold to unsuspecting American buyers, said Aaron Reyes, Southeast Area Animal Control and Authority captain. “It’s a big problem from multiple perspectives,” he said, adding that the puppies are usually too young to be separated from their mothers and are hidden in cramped spaces with no food or water. last_img read more

29 Dec

Job Vacancy: HSE recruiting for Directors of Nursing

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Health Service Executive is inviting applications for Director of Nursing 4 (Older Persons) positions in the CHO1 Donegal region.See role description and application details in the poster below:  Job Vacancy: HSE recruiting for Directors of Nursing was last modified: January 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:director of nursingHealthcareHSEJob Vacancylast_img read more

27 Dec

The will to drill

first_imgThe Pioneer High drill team is known for its unique and innovated moves, said Frank Baez, a choreographer for the team. “It’s just a will to learn,” he said. “They don’t have to have formal training, but if they’re willing to learn, that’s good.” Besides a good attitude, the only other real requirement is having good grades, said Littlefield, who regularly checks with her team members’ teachers to make sure they’re doing well in the classroom. “Aside from the fact that you have to learn a new routine, you learn to be on time and to cooperate with other people,” said senior Jazmin Betancourt, the team’s captain. “We carry those values with us.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I remember thinking, `I can’t do this,”‘ she said. “These girls are probably scared and really nervous.” Littlefield, 66, who is now in her 41st year with the drill team, said she isn’t necessarily looking for students with exceptional athletic ability or natural rhythm. In fact, most of the current team members have little or no formal training in dance, she said. “I just want kids to come experience it and see if this is something they like,” she said. “It’s a combination of using poms and drills. “There’s a lot of fast military moves, but there’s also a whole element of dance.” WHITTIER – It’s drill team tryout season, and the anxiety level will be high at Pioneer High School this week, where about 150 girls will vie Wednesday for just 76 open spots on drill team. For three years running, the Pioneer High team has earned top honors in the national Miss Dance and Drill Team USA competition. At an after-school preparation clinic last week, the air was charged with nervous energy as hopefuls like sophomores Ronika Calvaruzo and Amanda Chavez, both 16, did stretches and warm-ups before being put through paces by the team’s director, Marilynn Littlefield. Senior and drill squad co-captain Grace Perez, 17, recalled how jittery she was during her first tryout. last_img
27 Dec


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 17th JuneCongratulations: The club would like to congratulate Aisling and David McConnell on the recent birth of their baby girl. Fundraising Competition: Buncrana GAA are launching an exciting new competition asking you to predict the results of a number of important sporting events this year, such as the All-Ireland Football and Hurling finals, Golf, Olympic Games etc. Entrants will be entered into a league format with points awarded for correct predictions, with prizes of 600euro, 300euro and 100euro on offer. Entry cards will be available this week from club members priced 10euro. More information and further updates will be available on facebook.com/buncranagaa.U8 Football: Buncrana hosted the second leg of there U8 Blitz schedule for 2012 on Sat 2nd June. A total of six teams took to the field, two from Buncrana, two from Letterkenny Gaels and two from Convoy. A total of 17 children from the club took part and proudly donned the club jersey in several entertaining games. Displaying great skill for their years the children were a credit to the club. They included: Luke McLafferty, Fiachra Gill, Fionn McColgan, Niall Breslin, Ethan O’Toole, Conor Graham, Fergal Craig, Patrick Duffy, Liam McCay, Shane Sarsfield, Caolan Casey, Liam Jordan, Sean Daly, Joshua McDonagh, Rory Scott, Oran McBride and Daire McColgan. We would like to thanks the clubs for travelling and the parents for helping provide food and service after the Blitz. Training as usual Fri – 6.30pm-7.30pm – all welcome. U12 Girls Football: The U12 girls attended their first blitz on Saturday in Castlefinn, teams from Letterkenny Gaels, St. Eunan’s & Robert Emmetts took part.The girls gave a great account of themselves & an enjoyable day was had by all. The same teams will meet again next Saturday at 11.00am, when Buncrana are the hosts at The Scarvey. Hope to see a good crowd down to support the girls, everyone very welcome.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm.New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome. U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Steward Training: Training for Stewards will take place in Jacksons Hotel on Monday the 11th of June, from 8.00pm – 10.00pm. No clubs will be considered for playoff games or neutral venues this year unless they provide a minimum of Four stewards at this training course. Any individuals who are interested in taking part please contact club secretary.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,800 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 5th June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 10-12-15-16. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Peter McKinney, 7 Marion Park Marie Doherty, Killourt, Malin HeadOisín Doherty, BallymaganStephen & Elaine Deery, 15 River ViewJohn McCarter, St. Oran’s RoadCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us onwww.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 10th, 2012 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Danny O’Carroll better known as ‘Buster Brady’ will lead his side into against Gweedore Celtic on Sunday in a promotion/relegation play off. In our weekly lotto draw the numbers drawn were 1,5,13 and 19. ( people had two numbers. Michael Toner and John Mc Clintock were drawn out and won E50. Next weeks jackpot is E5350. The club offers deepest sympathy to the family of the late Danny Mc Laughlin(Lifford).Our u/14’s put up a good performance despite losing 3-1 to Drumkeen Utd in the cup final. Trailing 3-1 at halftime they dominated most of the second half but wee unable to ghet a way back in to the game.Our scorer was Bradley Doherty. Our u/12’s bowed out of the champions league when they drew 0-0 ath home to Swilly Rovers in a thrilling match.Our women’s teams have started their league with our u/16’s winning 1-0 away to Glenree Utd. Ciana Brogan was the scorer. SOCCER: WIN OR ‘BUSTER’ FOR LAGAN HARPS IN RELEGATION/PROMOTION PLAY-OFF was last modified: May 11th, 2015 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

25 Dec

These Jackrabbits may be even better

first_img “Unequivocally,” Carlson said. It’s hard to argue with Carlson after Poly opened the season by winning the sweepstakes title at the Long Beach Invitational. Last week, Poly swept the first five places to win the seven-team Kamehameha Invitational in Hawaii. If 2004 was a rebuilding year for the Poly High girls cross country team, the rest of the Moore League might be running for second this fall. The Jackrabbits swept all three league meets en route to their first league title in four seasons with three freshmen among the top seven. This season, Poly coach Joe Carlson believes the Jackrabbits are even better. Last season, Poly missed a berth in the Southern Section Division I finals by one place and six points in its preliminary heat. “I think the girls have progressed and are anticipating to go further,” Carlson said. “The first goal is to win league and to get to CIF finals and make a good run there if we hold together. Physically and attitude-wise, this is potentially the best team that we have had.” Here is a look at other area teams: Cerritos: Juniors Victoria Cerda and Kimberly Cooper finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Suburban League finals to help the Dons to a runner-up finish. Lakewood: The Lancers haven’t won a league championship since 1990 but could sneak in for the Moore League title if Poly or Wilson falters. Junior Maria Damian is the league’s top returnee after finishing second last fall. Senior Miriam Cortez and junior Esther Mojica also return. La Mirada: The Matadores are favored for their seventh Suburban League title in eight years. Sophomore Stephanie Felix, a first-year runner, smashed the 10th-grade course record in her debut in the Long Beach Invitational. Felix is joined by sophomores Erica Sandoval and Karina Gonzales, junior Adele Mata and senior Destinie Martin, who finished sixth through 10th in the 2004 league finals. St. Joseph: The Jesters are seeking their fourth state meet berth in five years behind juniors Denise Nunez and Kelsey Christoffels and sophomore Corina Ubario. San Pedro: The Pirates return three of their top five runners from a team that won a fifth L.A. City Section title in six seasons last fall. San Pedro is led by twins Megan and Kisten Adams, Mavel Tortoledo and Gabriela Rubi, all seniors, and sophomore Maddy Post. Warren: The Bears are the five-time defending San Gabriel Valley League champions and qualified for the Southern Section Division I final for the second consecutive season last fall, a feat never accomplished by any other SGVL girls team. Senior China Fleming and sophomore Marina Moad finished fourth and sixth in last year’s league finals. Sophomore Miranda Moad showed promise during track in the spring. Wilson: The Bruins, who will challenge Poly in vying for their fourth Moore League title in five years, are led by seniors Claire Anderson, Ashley Hobelman, Valerie Arechiga and Megan Kachigan, junior Aine Brown and sophomore Jamie Emery. Anderson finished fourth in each of the two league preview meets and was the team’s top runner at the Southern Section Division I preliminaries to help the Bruins earn a finals berth. Brown is Wilson’s top returning finisher from the league finals after placing sixth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Poly may be atop the Moore League for several years with sophomores Emily Rubin and Carley Lopez, who finished third and fifth, respectively, as ninth graders in the Moore League finals. Senior Tava Tedesco was among the most consistent runners for Poly, finishing third in the first and second league meets and eighth in the finals. Junior Vania Santos and sophomore Janet Muro are also back. Sophomore Jaasmin Pina, the sister of 1999 and 2000 CIF Southern Section Division I individual boys champion Ozzie Pina, was the frosh-soph league champion as a ninth grader. Freshman Terri Green is contending for a spot in the top five. “I would say that the girls rose to their potential relatively quickly and we came along quicker than we expected,” Carlson said. “We’re looking better than last year, if we hold together.” Poly has set its sights higher than the Moore League title, according to Carlson, the former Long Beach Marathon race director who has coached the girls team since 1992. last_img read more