Keyport girls have sights on bowling title repeat

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Keyport High School girls bowling team is off to a dominating 12-0 start in its quest for a second successive NJSIAA Group I title. Coach Sal Principe’s team, 41-4 last winter, will also be looking for its third straight CJ Group I title and its fourth consecutive Shore Conference Northern Monmouth A division crown. Last season Keyport defeated Toms River East, 3-2, in the Tournament of Champions before bowing to Bordentown, also by a 3-2 count, in the championship match. Thus far, the Red Raiders have won three games apiece against Matawan, Keansburg, Mater Dei and Raritan. Principe’s girls also finished 10th in the Bishop Ahr tourney earlier this month. Next up are matches Tuesday against St. John Vianney and Thursday against Keansburg both at Strathmore Lanes. “The girls have been bowling well, but I still think they can get better,” Principe said. “They’re all working hard and they practice on their own, too. That will pay off for us.” Junior Alexa Guirk has been the team’s top bowler, averaging 208 pins with a 687 series to her credit against Matawan. She rolled a perfect game on Saturday in the South Jersey Singles Classic at Ocean Lanes in Lakewood, where she finished in second place in the girls division. Guirk also has scores of 250, 246 and 228 to her credit already this season. Allie Fasano is off to a solid start averaging more than 170 pins. Four years ago she joined the team as a newcomer to the sport and has steadily developed into one of the Red Raiders top kegglers. She has rolled games of 210 and 208 this winter. Devon Loihle, another senior, is right behind with a solid 164-pin average, including games of 206 and 202 against Mater Dei and Keansburg, respectively. Tyler Andrews is averaging about 150 pins out of the fourth spot, while Catrina Ramos and Jessica Grioli are also averaging nearly 150 pins sharing the fifth spot in the Red Raiders. In addition, Heather Flanagan, a sophomore, stepped in a pinch to roll a 158 and junior April Jaurez is averaging 135 pins in limited action. Melissa Grioli and freshman left-hander Sarah Walling provide added depth. Keyport’s boys team, meanwhile, is off to a 6-6 start after going 11-34 a year ago. Senior Ryan Gunsauls, who joined the team as a sophomore in 2007 who has improved regularly to become a team leader, averages 183 pins. Freshman Ryan Ohea has been a pleasant surprise, averaging 190 pins. At the South Jersey Singles Classic on Saturday, he rolled a 565 series to qualify for the round of 16. Other key members of the team include junior Chris Callahan, who averages 150 pins, senior Rusmin Lalic and freshman Nick Gunsauls, both of whom average in the 140-pin range. Rounding out the roster are junior John Zaino, sophomore Alex Bissel and freshmen Tyler Borza and Gary Coleman. “The boys are off to a good start and we’re certainly looking to improve on last year’s record,” the coach said. “A lot of them are very young and we’ll be looking for them to learn a lot this year and make big contributions in the future.” After these week’s matches, both the boys and girls teams will host and compete in the annual Red Raider Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 at the BrunswickZone in Hazlet. Other tournaments on tap for Keyport include the Long Branch Winter Wave Jan. 15 at Shore Lanes and the Brick Tournament Jan. 16 at Ocean Lanes.last_img read more

Gerrard dropped but Liverpool prevail

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLiverpool’s inspirational captain Steven Gerrard was dropped on the 16th anniversary of his club debut but manager Brendan Rodgers’ surprise decision was vindicated as they arrested their slump with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday.Even though there have been questions over his form and effectiveness at 34 during Liverpool’s struggles this term, Gerrard’s sidelining felt like a shock symbol of their struggles.Yet when the captain was sent on to save the day with quarter of an hour left, amid deafening cheers from the home faithful, Liverpool, still labouring for the breakthrough, soon prevailed through Glen Johnson’s 85th-minute headed winner.The triumph ended a dismal November for Rodgers on a positive note, with his side earning a Premier League victory after three consecutive defeats.Arsenal, gaining welcome relief amid their worst start to a season for 32 years, were left toasting Danny Welbeck after the England striker’s goal earned them a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.It was the former Manchester United forward’s third Premier League goal – and sixth goal in all – for the Gunners since his move from Old Trafford.The victory, well deserved after Arsenal’s domination, did not stop manager Arsene Wenger having to field questions about a fans’ banner which suggested “Thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye.”“I don’t want to comment on that. I try to do my best for this club that I love,” responded Wenger. “We are very united with the players and staff around the team, that’s all you can do.”Arsenal’s win moved them up to sixth in the table on 20 points, still 12 adrift of leaders Chelsea, even before they played the late game at Sunderland.Manchester United consolidated their fourth place, on 22 points, after first-half goals from Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney and a brilliant, morale-boosting strike from Robin van Persie after the break sealed a 3-0 victory over Hull City.Smalling’s 16th-minute opener, his first for over three years at Old Trafford, was only awarded after recourse to the new goal-line technology, which showed his shot had sneaked over the line.From that point, United dominated en route to their third successive league win, Rooney scoring after 42 minutes and Van Persie, under pressure after insipid performances, scoring a glorious third.Once again, though, an injury clouded United’s joy with record signing Angel di Maria limping off in the first half with a suspected hamstring injury.Queens Park Rangers prevailed in a wildly entertaining and open bottom-of-the table clash at Loftus Road, overcoming Leicester City 3-2 to move above both their opponents and Burnley in the table.Leicester struck first with their 34-year-old Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso an unlikely hero with a fourth minute goal, the visitors’ first in 503 minutes of Premier League football.QPR responded before half-time with Wes Morgan putting past his own keeper in the 37th minute and Leroy Fer striking just before the interval but Jeffrey Schlupp equalised with a long shot, only for Charlie Austin to snatch the points with his 73rd-minute winner.The mercurial Joe Cole, a bit-part player these days, flitted back into the limelight at 33 with the opener for Aston Villa but Burnley, on a roll after two straight league wins, earned a point at Turf Moor when Danny Ings converted a late penalty.Newcastle’s remarkable charge up the table was rudely interrupted at Upton Park as Aaron Cresswell netted the 56th- minute winner for West Ham before visiting captain Moussa Sissoko was shown two yellow cards in the space of a minute.Wilfried Bony put Swansea ahead but Mile Jedinak’s fifth goal in his last eight matches before half-time ensured Crystal Palace earned a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

Stakes high for APOEL against The New Saints

first_imgIT may be the first home game of the season but the stakes are high for APOEL, who have to beat The New Saints to progress to the third round of Champions League qualifying.By Monday, half of the available tickets were already sold for Tuesday night’s match at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, as fans of the Cyprus champions look to push their side over the line in a game they must win, following the 0-0 draw in Wales last week.Thomas Christiansen saw his side dominate possession in the first leg but fail to create clear chances, though he will be hoping that it was simply down to rustiness in what was APOEL’s first official game of the season.Confidence of progression remains high at Archangelos, due to the quality within the ranks as well as their experience in the competition, and the Danish boss will have a full squad at his disposal.Despite the massive task that awaits the visitors, New Saints manager Craig Harrison feels that the pressure will be on APOEL if they “can get to half-time 0-0”, he told BBC Radio Shropshire.The match kicks off at 8pm just as the searing temperature in the capital begins to subside, though the heat will remain on APOEL until they make the breakthrough.last_img read more

POMRFL to ban rowdy supporters

first_imgYesterday’s elimination finals for the men’s and women’s at the Murray Barracks oval had incidents of supporters verbally abusing and threatening match officials and players.POMRFL Operations Manager, Meke Maino said the board will meet this week to decide on what can be done to control crowd behaviour.“If it comes to this, we will ban the supporters from coming to the finals this week and next week and from ever coming to POMRFL games.“The sad thing is that it’s the clubs who will also be fined if there is any damage to property or officials or players are assaulted by their supporters.“While the incidents did not disrupt the games yesterday, it still paints a bad picture of the POMRFL,” said Maino.He commended the work of the PNG Defence Force soldiers who have done a good job so far in keeping the peace and making sure the oval is kept clean.“We had 8 soldiers on duty yesterday, we would love to have more on duty at games but our budget doesn’t allow for it. People just need to learn how to respect each other,” said Maino.last_img read more

Higuain brace gives Juve 32nd straight home win

first_imgA brace from Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a 2-0 win at home to Chievo on Saturday and moved them closer to a sixth consecutive Serie A title as they forged nine points clear of their closest pursuers.Juve extended their run to 32 successive home league wins and left second-placed AS Roma needing to win away at Bologna on Sunday just to keep the gap down to six points.Higuain opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala burst down the right and pulled the ball back into the area.Dybala was in inspired form and nearly added the second after a one-two with Sami Khedira but shot wide. He then set up another chance for Higuain who missed the target from 12 metres.Dybala was also involved in the second goal six minutes from time when he found Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right and the Swiss full back’s cross was turned in by Higuain for his 21st league goal of the season.Juve, who host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, now have 77 points from 31 games with Roma on 68.Atalanta ensured that they will finish the weekend in the Europa League places after a 1-1 draw at home to Sassuolo.Sassuolo went ahead nine minutes before halftime when Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara was caught in possession and Lorenzo Pellegrini ran on to score.The hosts took until the 73rd minute to equalise when Bryan Cristante headed in Alejandro Gomez’s free kick.Summaries from the Serie A matches on SundaySunday, April 9Crotone 2 Diego Falcinelli 18pen,22Inter Milan 1 Danilo D’Ambrosio 65Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 6,500– – –Bologna 0AS Roma 3 Federico Fazio 25, Mohamed Salah 41, Edin Dzeko 75Halftime: 0-2;Attendance: 21,000– – –AC Milan 4 Suso 6, Mario Pasalic 19, Carlos Bacca 37, Gerard Deulofeu 70Palermo 0Red Card: Giancarlo Gonzalez 83Halftime: 3-0;Attendance: 40,000– – –Udinese 3 Rodrigo De Paul 20, Duvan Zapata 31, Rubinho 49ogGenoa 0Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 17,000– – –Cagliari 2 Marco Borriello 19pen, Han Kwang-Song 90+5Torino 3 Adem Ljajic 33, Andrea Belotti 39, Afriyie Acquah 54Red Card: Afriyie Acquah 90+1Halftime: 1-2;Attendance: 14,000– – –Sampdoria 2 Bruno Fernandes 5, Ricky Alvarez 71Fiorentina 2 Gonzalo Rodriguez 60, Khouma Babacar 89Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 20,000– – –Saturday, April 8Juventus 2 Gonzalo Higuain 23,84Chievo Verona 0Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 39,477– – –Atalanta Bergamo 1 Bryan Cristante 73Sassuolo 1 Lorenzo Pellegrini 36Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 18,119– – –Empoli 1 Omar El Kaddouri 9Pescara 1 Gianluca Caprari 31Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 7,711last_img read more

Development…

first_img…or underdevelopment under PNC?If the PNC are known for one thing, it’s got to be for “talking fat” when it comes to “development”! If someone had dropped in (say, from Mars!) and had listened to them back in 2015, they would’ve thought we would’ve surpassed Singapore by now!! And it’s not just the puffery that’s normal in Manifestos:Industrial estates; new cities; interior mega-farms etc…etc.They really believed the BS they’d spouted about the PPP’s handling of the economy over the preceding 23 years; and assumed that, once the PPP were gone, development would bloom like sunflowers in the sun with just their spouting rhetoric!And, mind you, this was AFTER Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP has performed the Herculean task of wiping out the US$2.1 billion debt the PNC had saddled the nation with by 1992; moved us from being a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) to being a Middle Income Developing Country; reduced poverty by 7 per cent in the PPP’s first decade in office, and kept the economy buzzing with the highest growth rate in the region.Asked from where they’d get the money to fund all the “development” they were yelling about from the rooftops, they said that’d be the easy part. With them stopping the PPP from “siphoning off” into its pockets the billions and billions from the Treasury, they wouldn’t be able to spend fast enough!!Well, four years have come and gone, and it’s a good thing their supporters didn’t hold their breaths!! They’ve spent all right – but just on themselves!! Industrial estates? Maybe they were confused about the SUGAR estates they closed, and thought dismantling of the factories was an “industrial” activity? But even the funds for the scrap metal have all been pilfered, and the activity now has to be audited!! New cities?? Well they DID baptise four old settlements as “towns”…but is that development, without a single new job being created?There’s also lots of huffing and puffing about hinterland agriculture…but is huffing and puffing “development”?? How do you destroy agriculture in the hand (56,000 acres of drained and irrigated sugar lands on the coast) to just TALK about agriculture in the arid interior savannahs?But the PNC are simply repeating their history. In 1970, they declared their “cooperative” strategy would create a utopia in Guyana. They’d “feed, house and clothe” the nation in five years: food from farmlands doled out to their supporters along with farming implements; they’d create 60,000 new homes and produce enough cotton at Kimbia to clothe the nation from fabrics woven at the Chinese- donated mill in Ruimveldt.But it was just fat talk!! By the end of their reign, Guyana was left hungry, homeless and naked!!Which will be repeated if the PNC’s allowed back after 2020.Oil? Think Venezuela!…of hateYour Eyewitness is not surprised by what occurred over the Easter weekend in Sri Lanka – 207 Christians and foreigners killed in bomb blasts by Muslim militants. Shocked, but not surprised. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist-majority island which was wracked for decades in a guerilla way by Tamil Sri Lankans against Sinhalese (Muslim and Hindu) Sri Lankans that took the lives of 100,000+ civilians and 50,000+ militants.After two millennia, Buddhists were considered as the ultimate pacifists after the Emperor Ashoka reflected on the futility of war in dealing with disputes, and decided to spread the message of the Buddha’s “middle path”. But in Sri Lanka it was the Buddist monks who were most extreme about keeping Sri Lanka “pure”. And it’s from Buddhist-majority Myanmar (formerly Burma) that hundreds of Muslim Rohingyas were brutally expelled into Bangladesh. The irony is that the Rohingyas had themselves turned against fellow Buddhists and Hindu villagers.The message for us Guyanese is that exclusivist religions are always potentially dangerous to peace!…and investmentsThe neo-liberal mantra dictates that foreign investment is good. But is that necessarily so? Surely, investments that develop resources beyond our capabilities are okay.But what about those that displace businesses Guyanese have already created, like Chinese supermarkets? Who approved those?last_img read more

West Dem brawl leaves man injured

first_img– residents call for justiceOne man is left nursing two chop wounds to his left arm after a brawl on West Coast Demerara last week.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, at around 22:00h on Thursday, the injured man, reported only as “Rawle” of Old Road, De Kenderen, WCD and another identified as “Richie” were involved in a heated argument.The argument escalated and a scuffle ensued, and later that night, Richie allegedly dealt Rawle one chop with a cutlass to his left hand.The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was treated and sent away.The drama continued the following morning, when Rawle confronted Richie and was dealt another chop to the already injured hand; he was again treated at the hospital and sent away.Reports were then made to the Leonora Police Station.After being discharged from the hospital on Friday, Rawle, though injured, took it upon himself to mete out justice and allegedly damaged a car belonging to his adversary.Eyewitnesses say that Rawle gained access to the vehicle by breaking the window and then ransacked the inside of the vehicle.Reports were again made to the Police and Rawle was taken into custody.Villagers are enraged over the entire incident and are calling for justice to be served, and for both persons to be charged.Residents explained that Rawle has been convicted on a number of occasions for petty crimes. They claim that because of this, even after he was chopped, he has been arrested and the perpetrator was not.One resident, Roycelyn Alleyne told this publication that Richie is well known and popular with the Police.“He got ties to the Police so when he did what he did, they did not arrested him but as soon as Rawle retaliated, he was arrested, that is unfair” the vexed woman opined.The villagers are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter.last_img read more

For the record

first_imgIn a story Wednesday about the May Day clash between Los Angeles police and immigrants-rights marchers, the title of First Assistant Chief James McDonnell was incorrect. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Just like the 1600s

first_img“Of course, we’ve also taught the students how this is a time for giving thanks,” Mendoza said. “Because Thanksgiving is all about how the Wampanoag (American Indians) helped the Pilgrims when they first got here. “And giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Their life was pretty different – they couldn’t just go to Target or Ralphs to get more food or clothes,” said Gaxiola, who played a Pilgrim Tuesday in her class’s Thanksgiving play. And that’s exactly the point Hoover’s kindergarten teachers were trying to make. From mending socks to baking pumpkin bread, the school’s three kindergarten teachers spent the past week teaching students about life in the 1600s – and whenever possible, showing them what it was like. “For instance, they had to study by candlelight, so we talked about electricity,” said teacher Letty Mendoza. “And there were no washing machines, so some of them said their grandmas told them they used to wash clothes by scrubbing them in a bucket.” Mendoza’s class performed a Thanksgiving play on Tuesday – and on Wednesday, they gathered with the two other kindergarten classes to eat soup before being dismissed early for the long holiday weekend. • Photo Gallery: Annual Thanksgiving play WHITTIER – Pilgrims and American Indians had it pretty tough back in the old days, according to Hoover Elementary School kindergartners who stepped back in time this week to learn about the first Thanksgiving. If their socks had holes, the Pilgrims had to mend them, said 6-year-old Zoey Gaxiola. And if they were hungry, they made their own meals from food they had planted and grown. last_img read more

Alternatives to Sunshine Canyon dump pushed

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 restaurant Villaraigosa has said he supports Sunshine Canyon – reluctantly – because it would cost $15 million to $30 million a year more to haul the 3,800 tons of trash generated daily to another site. Under the proposed contract, the city would pay BFI $25 a ton to dump all its trash at Sunshine Canyon. If it fails to meet the deadline or splits the contract, BFI promises to charge the city $45 per ton. BFI officials already have said they have no plans to reopen talks. “During recent meetings, other waste companies and some city officials made comments concerning the possibility of BFI offering, or being willing to offer, reduced pricing,” BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane wrote in a letter to the council. “The (city) should make no such assumptions.” Smith, who represents the area around the landfill, said he believes BFI would be willing to accommodate the city. A third City Council panel ducked action Wednesday on Sunshine Canyon Landfill, while other officials made a last-ditch effort to head off final approval of a $157 million contract to continue hauling L.A.’s trash to the Granada Hills dump. With a final decision due in less than two weeks, Councilman Greig Smith said he is drafting a proposal to convince Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to reopen talks with Browning Ferris Industries. Smith also wants to persuade the landfill operator not to raise Los Angeles’ rate if the city opts to use other dumps to dispose of some of its trash. Meanwhile, two BFI competitors turned up the heat, meeting with city officials and sending a pointed letter questioning Bureau of Sanitation cost estimates that put Sunshine Canyon Landfill as the cheapest available option. The City Council is scheduled to consider the matter Friday, and members must decide by Feb. 28 whether to renew the five-year deal with BFI. “We are their largest customer and, as a businessman, I would want to keep my largest customer satisfied,” Smith said. On the same day the council’s Energy and the Environment Committee refused to make a recommendation on the contract, one of BFI’s competitors was lobbying city officials to consider its proposal. Waste Management Inc., which has offered to take trash at El Sobrante Landfill in Riverside County, sent a letter to Bureau of Sanitation Director Rita Robinson, the mayor and the City Council saying it can provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to Sunshine Canyon. “We believe an opportunity exists to make a meaningful change that will align the city with its stated goal of ending its dependence on urban landfills,” Waste Management Director of Operations Doug Corcoran wrote. The other bidder, MDSI of LA Inc., has proposed taking Los Angeles trash to the city of Avenal in Kings County, northwest of Bakersfield. Attorney Jerold Neuman said the city has overestimated the costs of hauling trash 180 miles to Avenal. “We are making some headway and there is a recognition that a portion of the waste stream is cheaper coming to Avenal today than going to Sunshine Canyon,” he said. City leaders have sought alternatives to the urban landfill for three years. During his campaign for mayor, Villaraigosa told Granada Hills residents he would support plans to reduce the amount of trash dumped at Sunshine Canyon. He reversed himself after taking office, however, saying he could not justify the higher costs when the city is facing upward of a $245 million budget shortfall this year. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more