Middletown South claims Group III softball crown

first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Hannah Wisialko, left, and her Middletown High School South teammates had every reason to be smiling at the end of the softball season. The Eagles captured the NJSIAA Group III state title June 5, defeating Sparta, 8-1, in the finals at Kean University, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Middletown High School South’s softball team avoided the drama of its previous two games when Julia Blarr belted a two-run homer in the first inning that set the tone as the Eagles won the NJSIAA Group III championship, 8-1, over Sparta High School at Kean University.Coming off a 1-0 loss to Middletown High School North for the Shore Conference Tournament championship in which Riley Kernan held Middletown South to two hits and had a walk-off single in the eighth inning, Middletown South prevailed for the state title over the same Sparta team that denied the Eagles in their last championship game appearance in 2011. That Sparta loss ended a string of back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010. Middletown North had won its first Shore Conference Tournament title since 1974 on June 4 and ended Middletown South’s 15- game winning streak. Both Middletown teams had met in 1984 for the Shore Conference Tournament title, with Middletown South winning that game after going into the showdown 7-7 in Shore Conference Tournament finals, having won its last title in 1996.But the Eagles bounced back a day later, as Maddie McMahon, who established herself as Middletown South’s ace down the stretch after sharing the mound duties through much of the season, pitched a fivehitter and bolstered her own effort with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. Alex Corrigan followed with a two-run double that capped the scoring.Middletown South ended its 28-5 season with its fifth state championship for coach Tom Erbig, who got his 700th career victory earlier this season. His 714 victories are seven behind the all-time state record.It was a glorious follow-up to the school’s girls basketball team also winning the Group III state championship in the winter.This game did not have the drama of the June 4 game or the 3-1 state semifinal victory over Delsea Regional High School that went 10 innings.Blarr said she wasn’t thinking in terms of belting a home run to Kean University’s spacious outfield, but she hit a two-strike delivery over the high left center field fence.Nicki Curran’s RBI double made it 3-0 in the third, and Ally Massa pushed the lead to 5-0 with a two-run double in the third. Sparta answered with a run-scoring triple in the top of the fourth inning before Middletown South answered with its three runs in its half of the inning to seal the victory.As for Middletown North’s Shore Conference Tournament victory that ended its season 23-6, it squandered three different threats with two runners aboard until the eighth inning when Christine Gebhardt led off the rally with a single and moved into scoring position on a grounder by Kayla Gallo. Kernan then delivered the biggest hit of her career for the Lions.It was a fitting ending for a team that coach Mark Rosner said thrived in big games this season. It was the second victory in three games this season against Middletown South, which finished ahead of the Lions for the Shore Conference B South Division championship. Middletown North won the division the two previous seasons.last_img read more

Own goal gets Wales into last eight

first_imgWales reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland thanks to an own goal by Gareth McAuley in a poor encounter at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.Centre back McAuley turned a Gareth Bale cross into his own net 15 minutes from time in the all British last-16 clash.The Irish had their best chance in the first half when Stuart Dallas’s fierce strike was parried away by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.Wales will play Belgium or Hungary, who meet on Sunday, for a place in the semi-finals next Friday in Lille.last_img read more

Paul Wright | The ability to think

first_img Start with young The only Olympian with a well-documented ‘puppalick’ is Dr Gregory Haughton, an athlete who combined academic excellence with athletic prowess and ability, gave a thoughtful speech at the 2018 graduation at the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts on Saturday. One aspect of his wide-ranging address was his observation of the lack of mental training as part of the development of our sport practitioners. Haughton’s observation is spot on. He has voiced a regular and perennial complaint of lesser lights (Gleaner columnists), whose observations and comments in this regard have been ignored, for the most part by those whose responsibilities include the development of sports in Jamaica. Our Island, richly blessed with children and adults of extraordinary athletic ability, has consistently failed to be the best in the world in team sports, while conquering all in individual events. This lack of mental ability and fortitude is painfully on show in the game of cricket. In the men’s game, we have undoubted world-rated stars, but when it comes on to games where ability, form, and the ability to THINK at crucial stages of the game, when things are not going well, the ranking of the Windies among Test nations tell the sorry tale. In the present ICC Women’s T20 taking place in the West Indies, our female cricketers are so far unbeaten. Seeing off all their opponents even though at different stages in all but one of their matches, defeat was a clear and present danger. But the ability to THINK by these ladies, including those who by no stretch of the imagination could be termed ‘world stars’, saw them snatching victory from the jaws of defeat over and over again. The reason: the ability to THINK and adjust their game when the going got tough. That mental fortitude that Haughton identified cannot be coached. It has to be taught and developed at the early stages of an athlete’s life. It must start with the young. The best coaches do this: look at the results of our junior teams at the world level. So, what happens to our adult athletes at the world level? What has happened to their ability to THINK when the going gets tough? Money and arrogance. “You know me” seems to be the thinking behind inexplicable mental lapses in tight team games when the going gets tough. These same men, who as juniors seem to know what to do in adjusting their game, fail miserably when competing against other teams at the world level. The bald fact is that we don’t know you. The same junior who thought his/her way out of difficult situations suddenly acts in a way that defies description. Shot selection by the batters is so poor that it looks criminal. The ability to bowl a ball in the areas of the pitch that minimise big scores, suddenly leaves the mind of our adult bowlers. With fielders who as juniors caught most of the catches that come their way, balls on the ground that pass within a dive of an outstretched hand, inexplicably, are either dropped or somehow pass harmlessly under their bodies. The answer: A sports psychologist. A trained scientist who is able to assist the athlete in making the right decision when the going gets tough. We have trained sport psychologists in Jamaica. Those that have been hired to assist teams have done well, and then after success and victory, they are discarded and the sums set aside for their remuneration is channelled to something else, with the usual result: defeat. When will we learn? When will medicine and science be an integral component of Jamaican sports? The answer? When the present cadre of sport administrators eventually realise that the modern game has passed them by, and that new (young) ideas and leaders are needed. But in my beloved country, no leader voluntarily leaves, even when the sport that they are administering falls precipitously in world ranking. In a Trump-like manner, they rush to the airwaves and praise themselves while the sport and the fans suffer. Sigh.last_img read more

NCAA: Lyceum escapes Perpetual on Nzeusseu’s game-winner

first_img“Jayson David could have easily taken the shot and be the hero ball. But what’s special about this team is everybody is trying to have everybody to look good. You have to give credit on how this team for playing together and trusting themselves,” said head coach Topex Robinson.Lyceum kept its composure despite the fightback from the Altas, who fed on their homecourt advantage and came back from 72-57 down to tie the game at 85 on a basket by Jeff Egan with 18.9 ticks remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNzeusseu carried the Pirates with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac chipped in 14 points, five boards, four assists, and two steals.Jaycee Marcelino came back with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists after missing their game against Jose Rizal U last July 26. Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Alex Eala, PH girls march to ITF World Junior quarters Perpetual guard Edgar Charcos, right, tries to score against Lyceum center Mike Nzeusseu during their game in the 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament ‘on-tour’ Thursday at the Perpetual Help gym in Las Pinas City. NCAA PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Lyceum of the Philippines held on to beat Perpetual Help, 87-85, on Mike Nzeusseu’s winning layup Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament at Perpetual Gym.Nzeusseu converted on Jayson David’s pass with 0.7 seconds left to seal the victory that stretched the Pirates’ streak to four games for a 5-1 record, good for a tie at third.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 View comments Edgar Charcos registered 16 points and eight assists for Perpetual Help, which reeled to a 2-4 record, while Ben Adamos added 15 points and six boards.The ScoresLYCEUM 87 – Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 14, Marcelino JC 13, Marcelino JV 9, Tansingco 8, Valdez 8, David 7, Santos 5, Navarro 3, Guinto 2, Ibañez 0, Yong 0, Pretta 0, Remulla 0.PERPETUAL HELP 85 – Charcos 16, Adamos 15, Razon 13, Egan 13, Aurin 7, Peralta 6, Barasi 4, Tamayo 3, Martel 2, Cuevas 2, Lanoy 2, Sevilla 2, Giussani 0.Quarters: 25-16; 43-37; 74-61; 87-85.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogonlast_img read more

Top boxers lead Philippine team for SEA Games

first_imgFilipina boxer Nesthy Petecio. —PH ASIAN GAMES MEDIA POOLMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will send out its big guns to defend home turf in the boxing competition of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.World champion Nesthy Petecio will lead the women’s team while regional gold medalists Charly Suarez, Eumir Marcial, and John Marvin lead the men.ADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2019 Asian Championships gold medalist Josie Gabuco will look to add a fifth SEA Games gold medal as she competes in the light flyweight division.Gabuco is also a World champion when she ruled the light flyweight tournament in the 2012 AIBA Championships.Irish Magno will compete in the flyweight division while Aira Villegas and Riza Pasuit are the competitors in the bantamweight and lightweight classes.The national boxing teams were chosen after a four-day mini tournament at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex where the Filipino boxers faced off against each other, Laos’ SEA Games representatives, and the Australian national squad.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img Carlo Paalam, a 2017 SEA Games bronze medalist, is the team’s competitor in the light flyweight division while 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Rogen Ladon is in the flyweight division.Charly Suarez, a two-time SEA Games gold medalist, is the lightweight contender while Marjon Piañar will compete in the welterweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4FILE PHOTO: Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /Marcial, a silver medalist in the AIBA World Boxing Championship, will defend his spot atop the middleweight division while Marvin will do the same in the light heavyweight tournament.Petecio, the featherweight queen in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, will lead the women’s national team. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Win or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing downlast_img read more

It took a while to remember beloved teacher

first_imgSeventy-eight years later, the tree has fared a lot better than the memory of the military veteran and former teacher. “This isn’t right,” thought Ferritto, a community activist, reading the last line on the plaque: “Never shall memories of thee leave us.” But they had, of course. A long, long time ago. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” Ferritto said Wednesday. “When I read that line, I knew I was hooked. I had to find out more about this person, but even more than that, I had to do something. “He was obviously part of our Van Nuys history, but no one knew who he was anymore.” Ferritto has lived in Van Nuys for 40 years, and it’s become her passion to find ways to restore some of the past glory of her community by delving into its history. Edward Mahlon Stannard became her project. She searched the archives at California State University, Northridge, and found a story on the front page of the Van Nuys News – a forerunner of the Daily News – about Stannard’s death in 1928 at age 32. “Young Teacher Succumbs to Pneumonia,” read the headline over a picture of the popular agriculture teacher and commander of Van Nuys American Legion Post 193. “Everything possible was done for his welfare and for several hours the inhalator squad of the fire department worked unceasingly in an effort to save his life, but to no avail,” the story read. It went on to say that Stannard had contracted influenza, which developed into pneumonia, the same illness his wife was fighting as she visited her parents in Oregon. He was buried less than a week later at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth. Ferritto could find no other stories about survivors or what became of Stannard’s wife and three young children. “I searched through the records at the American Legion, but there was nothing,” she said. “Just that old plaque to his memory under the sequoia.” Life sometimes gets in the way of things we all want to do, Ferritto says. The quest to resurrect Stannard’s memory was no different. It’s taken her two years to complete. “I never forgot about it. I’d drive by the school, look over at the crumbled cinderblock around the plaque, and think, `I’ll get to that some day.”‘ Some day was this Memorial Day weekend. With the help of Van Nuys High School officials and senior Raul Tadle, a rededication ceremony to Stannard was held the day after Memorial Day under the sequoia on the school’s front lawn. Ferritto paid for a new balustrade, which matches the original ones still lining the school’s entrance, to be placed around Stannard’s memorial plaque. Tadle went around school and made sure every teacher and faculty member who was a military veteran was invited to the ceremony that also included the school’s ROTC and more than 60 students giving them their thanks. “I’ve noticed that more students are actually stopping to check out the plaque now, instead of just sitting on it,” Tadle said Wednesday. “There’s a sense of pride that wasn’t here before she did this and made us all aware of who this man with a plaque on our front lawn was.” It’s all right there on a small sign hanging from the balustrade protecting Stannard’s memorial. A new last line was added on Memorial Day 2007. “We remember still.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Carolyn Ferritto knelt down and wiped away years of dirt and neglect from Edward Stannard’s memorial plaque nestled at the foot of a sequoia on Van Nuys High School’s front lawn. The plaque had been covered by ivy until a few years ago, the cinderblock wall built to protect it crumbled into pieces. If students stopped at the memorial – and few did – it was usually to sit on it while waiting for a ride home. The sequoia had been planted on Memorial Day 1929, the same day Stannard’s plaque was installed by school officials and local American Legion members. last_img

Irvine hails ‘breathtaking’ Baggies after Burnley win

first_imgWest Brom manager Alan Irvine praised his side following their 4-0 win against Burnley.Saido Berahino scored twice, with Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans grabbing the others.Unsurprisingly, Irvine was pleased with the football on display. “I thought the football we played was breathtaking at times,” he said after the game.“We scored two wonderful goals with great passing moves and created a number of chances with the same kind of play.“I felt the lads passed the ball really well, our movement was really good and the game plan we’ve worked on all week has come to fruition.”The manager also pointed out the significance of the Baggies’ third goal.“It was important because we knew Burnley would have a spell in the game and they did and fortunately that was after the third goal.“It probably didn’t make it as frightening for us but I’m just delighted we’ve managed to get such a good result against a team that has been very good defensively in the Premier League this season.”last_img read more

‘The physicality of the Premier League is like no other!’ – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers urges for more help in Europe

first_img1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the authorities have to do more to help English teams in Europe after another dismal night in the Champions League.Losses for Arsenal, at home to Olympiacos, and Chelsea, at Porto, mean there have been five defeats in six Champions League group matches for Premier League teams this season.With the top-flight’s fourth Champions League place coming under increasing threat as England’s co-efficient worsens, Rodgers thinks greater assistance should be given to help lessen the demands of domestic football.“The competition in the Premier League is like no other if you speak to the players and managers who have worked in Europe and then come here,” he said.“The intensity and physicality of the games is much greater for the English teams than it is for any other team in Europe.“I think we can do more to support teams in Europe. It happens with the other federations in other countries, they really help.“Porto, who played last night, played on Friday so they got permission to move their game which keeps them fresh.”Rodgers thinks the week-to-week competitiveness of the Premier League, plus a packed fixture calendar, works against sides when it comes to taking on continental opponents.“The intensity, the way it is played, the demands on the players – in other countries some of the big teams in European leagues can change five, six or seven players and still win the game and put out a really strong team for the next game,” he added.“It doesn’t happen in this country. The physicality of the Premier League is like no other“I think big teams abroad can win games at 70 per cent and conserve their energy – there is no game in the Premier League where you can do that.“They [European clubs] have a domestic competition less to cope with as well; we have two domestic cup competitions in this country where the others have one.“It all adds up to physically being difficult for Premier League teams.“It is something we have to cope with and we respect that challenge but it means you really have to monitor and get the best out of the players you have available.” Per Mertesacker last_img read more

‘I’m slowly getting annoyed with Klopp making mistakes’ – Liverpool fan reaction

first_img The Reds struggled at Anfield again as they drew 1-1 against Burnley 1 Jurgen Klopp is starting to come under a bit of pressure at Liverpool.The Reds boss watched his side struggle at Anfield again as his side drew 1-1 against Burnley.Liverpool’s bright start to the season has slowly but surely worn off and now fans are demanding answers.Klopp failed to land his top transfer target Virgil van Dijk as the Southampton defender was surprisingly retained by the Saints.But having become all too familiar with home struggles, Liverpool fans are beginning to take out their angst on their charismatic head coach.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online…center_img [View the story “‘I’m slowly getting annoyed with Klopp making mistakes’” on Storify]last_img read more

Creative Cloud Extract Streamlines Your Work

first_imgPhotoshop composites the assets and saves them in the Assets queue, which is connected to the PSD file.The options in the Assets queue allow you to export the files in whatever resolutions or file formats you choose, including SVG. Yes, you can finally export SVGs out of Photoshop.Note you can export in multiple resolutions, Photoshop exports the files at one time in however many resolutions you select.View PSD Files in the BrowserIn the Extract Assets dialog box, select the “Open in Creative Cloud” link to open a synchronized version of the desktop file in Creative Cloud, with all the gradients, fonts, everything in the PSD. You can invite other people to collaborate on the file. And those people don’t need a Creative Cloud account.They can view the live synchronized version of the file in the browser. It’s a PSD file that allows them to interact with all the Photoshop layers in the browser, without needing Photoshop.CSS can be extracted, assets can be downloaded, and distances between objects can be easily found.When Paul Gubbay, Adobe’s Vice-President of Web and Design, spoke about Creative Cloud Extract at Adobe MAX today, he compared it to Firebug in the browser, except Extract is for PSD files.Dreamweaver CCIn addition to Photoshop integration, Creative Cloud Extract has been integrated into Dreamweaver CC. The new version of Dreamweaver CC now has access to your Creative Cloud storage, which allows you to go from PSD comps to code.When you use Extract to open a PSD in Dreamweaver CC, you’ll have access to the same types of functionality you had in the browser. But since Dreamweaver CC is connected to the Creative Cloud, you can do a lot more.For example, if you have a gradient in your PSD, select the layer containing the gradient. Dreamweaver will display code hints pulled from the Photoshop layer. You can start typing in Dreamweaver, press Enter, and all the gradient information, along with any vendor prefixing will be added to the stylesheet.Yes, there’s now real-time code-hinting in Dreamweaver from a PSD stored in Creative Cloud and shared with you. It works for any image, text, fonts, etc., in the PSD file.By selecting a Photoshop layer containing text, you can highlight the text and copy the styles to your clipboard. Using Live View in Dreamweaver, paste the CSS onto the selector you want. What a quick way to style text!For images, select the Photoshop layer containing the image. Drag the image to the Dreamweaver area where you want to place the image. You have the option to save the image in whatever format you like. Press Enter, and the image is downloaded from Creative Cloud, resized to the size for that area, and saved to your hard drive.I’m impressed with the new Creative Cloud Extract feature. It adds all kinds of functionality that designers have wanted for a long time. I’m looking forward to using it, how about you?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related5 New Features in Photoshop CC 2015 [Video]With Adobe’s announcement this week of Creative Cloud 2015, design professionals have a wealth of new features and improvements in Creative Cloud applications to try out on their desktop and mobile devices. Fifteen desktop applications were updated and two new iOS mobile apps added to Creative Cloud. In addition, Adobe…In “Web design”How Creative Collaboration Has Evolved From the 1960s to Today [Infographic]If someone asked you today what online tools you use, your answer might include Google Apps, Adobe Creative Suite, or Dropbox. They’re three of hundreds of creative collaboration tools in the cloud that allow team members and clients to stay connected and easily share ideas. But did you know cloud…In “Internet”Three Helpful Features in Google Drive Announced at Google I/O 2014At yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference, Google announced many new updates to Google Drive. Among the updates you’ll see are a new interface, improved file management options, and faster speed on mobile and desktop. Three of the features quickly caught my attention. Two new features are related to file management;…In “Internet” Along with other Adobe users, I was excited to watch today’s Adobe MAX livestream to learn about the new Creative Cloud features, tools and applications. The feature that caught my eye was the Creative Cloud Extract for desktop applications. What an amazing new feature! If you work in Photoshop CC or Dreamweaver CC, Creative Cloud Extract has just made your job easier.Creative Cloud Extract allows you to easily extract content from a PSD, for example, text, images, CSS, font information, or gradients. You don’t use it to edit files; it’s read-only.Here’s how Creative Cloud Extract works in Photoshop CC:Open a PSD fileSelect the objects you want to get out of the PSD fileSelect File > Extract Assetslast_img read more