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Oceania Rugby Women’s Repechage rescheduled for Sunday 01 March

first_imgThe scheduled Oceania Rugby Women’s Repechage match between Papua New Guinea and Tonga on Saturday February 29 has been deferred to Sunday March 01 at 3.30pm at Bava Rugby Park. The match which is to provide a playoff opportunity for the repechaqe spot against the Manusina XV on April 18, has been shifted to a later date due to revised travel itineraries for the visiting team. Visa entry complications on departure from Auckland prevented the Tonga women’s team arriving into Port Moresby, which prompted Oceania Rugby in consultation with PNG Rugby Union to defer the match in the best interests of player welfare. Both teams are raring to take to the field as the extended 2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships provides much needed game time for both teams. ANZ Papua New Guinea Cassowaries Coach John Pangkatana said the host team has been progressing well and hopes to win at home in front of the local crowd. “It has been a tough grind to get the team back in shape, but the team is progressing with some good lessons learnt from last November,” Pangkatana said. “We have yet to win a match, and it’s a progressive focus for the ANZ PNG Cassowaries (formerly Palais) to work harder on areas where we need to, but in saying that a win at home before the home crowd and families will be a huge test for the players to rise to the occasion,” he added. “We have made some adjustments to the team with several players from 2018 returning and some new ones to at least give us a fighting chance with their experience to deny the heavier Tongans,” Pangkatana said. Tickets for the matches are priced at K10 and K5 for Adults and Children (Under 15) respectively for the main stands, and K5 and K2 for Adults and Children (Under 15) for the outer stands. Match Details: ANZ Papua New Guinea Cassowaries v Tonga Rugby Women’s XV Sunday 01 March, 2020 at 3.30PM Bava Rugby Park.last_img read more

Blatter criticises FIFA’s World Cup bidding process

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter says he is shocked at a rule which has been inserted into the World Cup bidding process that could allow a five-man task force to disqualify a candidate before a democratic vote is held.In 2011 the FIFA Congress, where each of the global soccer body’s 211 member-associations hold one vote, was given the right to choose the World Cup hosts following a change proposed by Blatter while he was president.The first hosting decision since then will be in June at the Congress in Moscow, where only two bids are in the running – a joint proposal from the United States/Canada/Mexico and one from Morocco.However, the two bids must first pass a technical inspection from a five-man task force, which has the power to disqualify a candidate whose proposal is seen as not up to scratch.Blatter, who was banned for six years in 2015 for unethical conduct but has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and believes he can get the suspension reversed, told Reuters that both candidates should have the right to present their bids to Congress.The Swiss said he was concerned “that there is a movement” where a “special task force” will be given power “to decide who will be a candidate or not”. He added: “That is not possible.”“You cannot deny one of the candidates (the chance) to go to Congress. This is a principle and I stick to this principle … I was shocked.”Before 2011, World Cup hosting was decided by FIFA’s executive committee, which had 24 members at the time.But the previous bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments became embroiled in allegations of illegitimate attempts to influence the committee’s voting members.The finals were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively at the same time after a vote in December 2010. A subsequent FIFA investigation detailed numerous attempts to influence the voting officials but there was no suggestion the race should be re-run.NEW FORMAT Swiss Blatter, FIFA president from 1998 to 2015, was also wary of the new 48-team format to be used at the 2026 World Cup, when the tournament will be increased from 32 countries.The teams will be divided into 16 groups of three in the first round, with the top two qualifying for the round of 32. One team in each group will not play on a given match day.“We will see what will happen with 48 teams but one thing cannot be done – to play in groups of three because we had this problem in 1982 in Spain,” Blatter said.In that tournament the second round had four groups of three teams, with the winners qualifying for the semi-finals.The format was never used again during Blatter’s tenure.“In groups of three, there is always one spectator (a team who will not be in action),” he added.The 82-year-old was also wary of the video assistant referee (VAR) system which was approved by soccer’s rule-making body IFAB in March and will be used at this year’s World Cup.“For a purist in football as I am, I think it is an innovation which is going too fast,” said Blatter.“Most of the referees have never worked this system and to go the World Cup and to introduce this system in the World Cup, I think it is not very clever.”Blatter said that when VAR was first mooted, the idea was to give teams the right to challenge decisions, as in tennis or cricket. But under the system approved in March, the referee or the video assistant decides when to review a decision.“I don’t feel comfortable, definitely not, and spectators don’t feel comfortable,” he said.Blatter remained confident he could overturn his ban, which was imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee shortly after the Swiss attorney general’s office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.No charges have yet been brought and Blatter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.“So if they come to the solution (conclusion) that it is not criminal, then why, why have we been suspended?” he asked.“There is a possibility that this suspension will be lifted, although I don’t think it will happen before the World Cup.”last_img read more

Williams’ late TDs help KC rally past 49ers in Super Bowl

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 3rd February, 2020 13:23 IST Williams’ Late TDs Help KC Rally Past 49ers In Super Bowl Williams finished with 104 yards rushing on 17 carries, and added 29 yards on four receptions. The performance came in the stadium of Miami Dolphins, his team in his first four NFL seasons before they decided not to re-sign him. FOLLOW US First Published: 3rd February, 2020 13:23 IST COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Damien Williams held the ball aloft as he crossed the goal line and casually flipped it away, the job done.He and the Kansas City Chiefs were Super Bowl champions.Williams scored two touchdowns in the final 2:44 to help the Chiefs rally past the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 Sunday.Williams finished with 104 yards rushing on 17 carries, and added 29 yards on four receptions. The performance came in the stadium of Miami Dolphins, his team in his first four NFL seasons before they decided not to re-sign him.Williams then joined the Chiefs in 2018 and was a big factor in this year’s postseason run to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title since 1970. He scored six touchdowns in three games, and helped Kansas City overcome a double-digit deficit in each win.Against the 49ers, Williams caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to put the Chiefs ahead 24-20 with 2:44 left.After the 49ers lost the ball on downs, Williams sealed the win. He took a handoff, veered to the outside and sprinted to the end zone untouched for a 38-yard score.He waved the ball at the crowd and then skipped happily toward his teammates to celebrate. The 100-yard rushing effort was the fifth of his career, and his second in postseason play. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton demands F1 do more to promote diversity and BLM message after drivers refuse to take knee again

first_imgLEWIS HAMILTON says F1, its teams and governing body need to do more to push their anti-racism message.The sport scored an own goal before last Sunday’s race in Austria where, unlike in football and cricket, some drivers did, and some didn’t, take a knee.Lewis Hamilton said it was the drivers who decided to take a knee before the Styrian GPCredit: EPASome stars were not even present for the moment at the start, showing a complete lack of unity behind their message.F1’s only black driver, Hamilton, has now called on the other nine teams to copy his Mercedes’ team’s stance after they painted their car black in support.While Hamilton singled out Ferrari, saying he had not heard a single message of support from the Italian team.He said: “Formula One, yes they have taken a step forward but ultimately there is more they can do. And the governing body, who dictate what these teams do.“I asked on a Zoom video call, ‘look, F1 has come forward in supporting end racism and it is amazing to see Mercedes doing the same thing.“But no other team has said a single thing. Whilst we have seen the Red Bull mechanics take a knee, which I think is great, but publicly, as businesses and teams…“If you look at Ferrari, who have thousands of people working with them, I have heard no word from Ferrari saying they hold themselves accountable and this is what they are going to do for their future.“We need the teams to do that. And F1 and the FIA to be the leaders in those scenarios and say ‘hey guys, everyone needs to pull together and fight for this so we can improve’.“A lot of people don’t know what the problem is. Some people deny there is a problem and that’s why I put this commission together.“Everyone has their opinion but I want to get to the bottom of it and so when we are putting money in to it, we know the cause and that is the root goal.” Hamilton admitted it was the DRIVERS who decided to take a knee before the Styrian GP, rather than the sport’s bosses.And said the chaotic scenes should not be repeated at this weekend’s Hungarian GP.However, he also revealed that not every one of the 20 drivers on the grid is willing to fully-back the message.He added: “Before the first race, I had been on several Zoom calls with the heads of Formula One and together we had come up with a plan that this is what we were going to do at the start of the first race.“There wasn’t a follow up and none of us were contacted, so there wasn’t a plan to do it again, for whatever reason.“So when the drivers did the briefing on a Zoom chat, we had this debate on whether we were going to do this again.“I said, ‘well guys I am going to continue to do it’. There were some who were like ‘well I already did it last week, I am not doing it again’.“There are some who continued to have the same approach as they had the first week and that’s why I tried to spend a bit of time with those who had chosen to stand, just to have a chat.Lewis Hamilton has showed his support for the Black Lives Matter campaignCredit: EPA“From a drivers’ point of view we are going to come closer during this period time, but I am not saying everyone will take a knee.“I would like to think that at some stage we will all be together understanding taking the knee.“Moving forward, we would try to do a better job if we are to do the same thing, but it is not my choice.”Lewis Hamilton and other F1 drivers ‘take a knee’ in support of BLM at Austrian opener Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Most awesome bullfighting festivalcenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uk Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter Amazing movies best funny animalslast_img read more

Former Steeler Woodley hoping to provide exposure for overlooked prospects

first_imgLaMarr Woodley, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, arrives at the Athletes Quarterly Super Bowl Party at Hudson Terrace, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Athletes Quarterly)SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) _ LaMarr Woodley has created a football camp he hopes will provide exposure for overlooked prospects.The NFL linebacker and former Michigan star plans to host his first CAMP 56 July 13-14 at the Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton, Michigan.Woodley wants to help 110 high school students, none of whom have been heavily recruited, get the attention of college coaches.“My main goal for wanting to start a new type of camp was to give high school players, who might not be heavily recruited because they’re at smaller schools or other reasons, the chance to be seen and possibly signed by college coaches,” said Woodley. “There are kids out there with a ton of talent who don’t get much, or any exposure to recruiters, and my hope is that we can build the gap that provides them with that opportunity.”He says academics will be stressed at the two-day camp, which will include visits from university academic advisers and experts familiar with NCAA rules and standardized testing. CAMP 56 expects to have a staff of college and pro coaches and players, including Woodley, who has played for Arizona, Oakland and Pittsburgh.Woodley will also host a free camp July 16 in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan.___Online:http://www.lamarrwoodleyfoundation.comlast_img read more

Questions that GECOM, SC Marcus must answer

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana is awaiting clear and definitive directions, so that there can be no ambiguity, as it relates to elections 2019. I am sure that I am not the only Guyanese that was utterly confused, perplexed and flummoxed at the utterings of Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus on June 24, 2019, during the hearing of the consequential orders at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relations to the challenges to the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and the case challenging the unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Christmas gift that GECOM plans to offer the people of Guyana is a voters’ list. Editor, there is need for some explanation here.Maybe GECOM or Mr Marcus can provide answers to the following questions:1.  Since the decision to retain Mr Marcus as counsel for GECOM was not made at a duly constituted statutory meeting, who retained him and who gave him the directions that he so empathically and forcefully stated to the Justices of the CCJ on Monday last?2.  GECOM has a legal counsel in its employ, Excellence Dazzell, whose legal opinion is in the public domain. That opinion clearly states, with references to specific and relevant sections of the law, that there is absolutely no need for House-to-House registration, but rather, a review and update of last valid voters’ list. This position, by way of documentation, is also known by all GECOM Commissioners. This begs the question: is Mr Marcus the lawyer for GECOM or the Government-nominated Commissioner of GECOM?3.  Is it coincidental that GECOM’s position at the CCJ is almost identical to the Government’s position, as well as the positions of the few APNU/AFC supporters who were protesting GECOM on Friday, June 22, 2019, calling for House-to-House registration?4.  Official correspondence to the President from GECOM stated that elections was possible by November 2019. When did this position change?  When was the change from November 2019 to December 25 made? If a list would be ready by then, when would GECOM be actually ready to conduct elections if affirmative action is not taken?5.  Furthermore, I am sure all Guyanese are wondering how much it cost taxpayers to retain Mr Marcus.Editor, it is my humble view that once good faith prevails and all our honourable men and women rise to the challenge, elections can be held within 90 days. The President needs to, by proclamation, name a date for elections and dissolve the Parliament. Everything else would fall into play.What is required is a brief period of claims and objections to allow for additions and removals of those who ought to be on the list and those who ought not to be on the list. The current list, which validly expired April 30, 2019, should be deemed the preliminary list of electors and a process, which allows for intense vetting by all political parties and even civil society groups, should commence immediately. This revised and updated list will be the Official List of Electors. It is my considered opinion that all of the above can be executed within a 30 days period or maybe six weeks maximum.Nomination day is at least 32 days before Election Day, in accordance with the law. During this period, training of elections day staff and procurement of material necessary to conduct the elections can be done simultaneously. It was done before.Measures to strengthen scrutiny on elections day, to ensure that only eligible voters participate, can be discussed and agreed upon. A rigorous and well rolled out public relations campaign on voters education from GECOM should follow. GECOM has the staff, the budget, and the institutional capacity to facilitate the same.Credible, free and fair elections is contemplated in our Constitution to be delivered within 90 days.Sincerely,Bishop Juan AEdghill,PPP/C MPlast_img read more

Welbeck rescues injury-hit Gunners

first_imgHowever, Hull hit back with a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame, as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up, and then took the lead right after the start of the second half through Abel Hernandez, who had only been playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up.Arsenal, who lost Jack Wilshere to what could prove to be another ankle problem, pressed to get back into the match, but looked to have been frustrated before Welbeck slotted home in the first of six minutes of added time, and almost snatched it at the death through Kieran Gibbs, who was denied by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.The hosts had little option but to move Nacho Monreal into an emergency centre-half and give Hector Bellerin his Premier League debut at right-back, such is the selection problems for manager Arsene Wenger.It was, though, a bright start by the Gunners.Welbeck collected a ball up to the edge of the Hull penalty area and held off James Chester before rifling in an angled drive, which Steve Harper beat away and then was quick to block the follow-up from Sanchez.Even better was to come from the Hull goalkeeper, though, as Harper acrobatically tipped over a curling 20-yard effort from Santi Cazorla at full stretch with one hand.However, he could do little to prevent Arsenal sweeping into the lead on 13 minutes with finish of the highest quality from Sanchez.The Chile forward, signed from Barcelona for B£30million in the summer, collected the ball on the right, and darted into the Hull penalty area before cutting back in side to drill a low shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner.After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was blocked by Curtis Davies as the Arsenal players appealed for handball, Hull were level on 17 minutes.Diame, one of several signings by Steve Bruce during the summer transfer window, picked the ball up some 25 yards out and barged past Monreal.Mathieu Flamini then looked to have been pulled back by the midfielder, but referee Roger East allowed play to continue, with Diame clipping the ball over Wojciech Szczesny – much to the dismay of the Arsenal players and bench.Arsenal looked to regain the initiative, having been in complete control before the controversial equaliser.Hull dropped plenty of men behind the ball and proved difficult to break down in the final third.There was a delay just before half-time when Harper needed treatment after collecting a pass-back and looked to have injured his shoulder or neck. Veteran Swiss keeper Jakupovic came on.Hull snatched the lead right at the start of the second half.Tom Huddlestone got clear on the right and floated a ball into the Arsenal penalty area, where Hernandez easily got in front of Per Mertesacker to power a header past Szczesny.Once again Hull sat back, inviting Arsenal pressure, but the hosts continued to lack any spark in the final third.With 26 minutes left, Hernandez was replaced by Gaston Ramirez, while Arsenal sent on Aaron Ramsey, out for several weeks with a hamstring injury.Wilshere then hobbled off after looking to have jarred his ankle in a tackle with Ramirez, which earned him a yellow card. Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell came on.Hull defender Michael Dawson went down in a heap at an Arsenal corner, but was able to continue only to then be forced off after blocking a goal-bound effort from Sanchez, who then saw a looping header tipped over by Jakupovic.Just after the fourth official showed six minutes of added time, the Chile international skipped to the edge of the Hull area before slipping in Welbeck, who guided the ball into the far corner to equalise.Arsenal poured forwards in search of a dramatic winner, with Jakupovic spilling a low shot from Cazorla and then blocked Gibb’s late run at the far post as Hull held out.-ESPN FC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, October 18-Danny Welbeck netted a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 against Hull at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through Alexis Sanchez.last_img read more

Luke Shaw vows to do all he can to get back into Man United team

first_imgLuke Shaw has seen another summer dominated by rehabilitation but the Manchester United left-back is relishing the challenge of getting back to full fitness and into Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up.Rather than relaxing on a sun lounger, the 22-year-old has again spent much of his break working hard with the club’s medical staff at the Aon Training Complex.Shaw returned early to pre-season last year in a bid to hit the ground running following a horrific double leg break and this summer has followed a similar pattern after sustaining ligament damage in his foot.April’s injury brought an abrupt end to a resurgent spell that had looked unlikely when Mourinho called into question his commitment and focus, only for a tense meeting to bring around the chance to win over the United boss.The fact the Portuguese does not appear set on signing a left-back this summer bodes well for Shaw, who is working on his recovery alongside his team-mates on United’s pre-season tour of the United States.“I am enjoying my time here,” Shaw said. “It’s hard work but enjoyable at the same time and I think that’s what we need, especially when I want to be out on the pitch with the boys training and playing.“I am feeling really good and I’m confident that I’ll be back soon and fighting for my place in the team.“I’ve spent my summer training, of course. It’s part of my life, it’s my job at the end of the day.“Whatever I’ve got to do, I’ll do, especially to get back on the pitch.“I am used to it with my leg break as I was in all the time. With this one, I’ve been in the same time. It doesn’t really bother me.“I had a week at the start but my main focus is to get fit for the season.”Shaw is back on the treadmill as his rehabilitation continues under the watchful eye of Mourinho.The United boss last week suggested, perhaps inadvertently, that the England international was part of a group that could be out for another three or four months.But judging by his progress and positivity, it seems Shaw will be back before that – even if he did not want to say when he would return.“To be honest, I don’t really know what my timescale is at the moment,” he said. “I think day by day, sort of we take it as it comes.“We’re pushing to be back as soon as possible, but within reason to how it feels.“You don’t want to come back too soon and something to happen.“I am feeling really fit and positive, so who knows what time?” 1 Luke Shaw returned early to pre-season in a bid to reach full fitness last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 8-30-18

first_imgBooking Date:08-29-2018 – 8:14 pm Bond:No Bond Booking #:99881 Ellis, Jordan P Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication Harrison, George L View Profile >>> Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 9:27 am Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 9:27 am Napier, Andrew B Bond:$1505 Booking Date:08-17-2018 – 12:15 pm Mellencamp, Liza E Release Date:08-29-2018 – 10:08 am Release Date:08-29-2018 – 3:38 pm Release Date:08-29-2018 – 3:38 pm Booking Date:08-28-2018 – 3:02 pm View Profile >>> Howard, Joshua S Release Date:08-29-2018 – 5:53 pm Booking #:99319 Charges:35-33-10-1 Rearrest-Adult/Warrant Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation3 Out of County Hold Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond Release Date:08-29-2018 – 10:08 am Release Date:08-29-2018 – 9:38 am Bond:$355 Blair, Daniel L Release Date:08-29-2018 – 1:38 pm Booking Date:05-26-2018 – 5:21 am View Profile >>> Booking #:99880 Littrell, Joseph J Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 1:50 pm Booking Date:08-23-2018 – 1:58 pm Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 9:44 am View Profile >>> Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult Charges:35-43-4-2.5(b) Auto Theft View Profile >>> Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-7 Possession Controlled Substanc Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior Booking Date:08-28-2018 – 12:14 am Lee, Brian Dcenter_img Charges:35-33-10-1 Rearrest-Adult/Warrant Owens, Jason M Booking #:99880 View Profile >>> Booking #:99883 Littrell, Joseph J Booking Date:08-23-2018 – 6:21 pm View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:3 Out of County Hold View Profile >>> Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 9:44 am Release Date:08-29-2018 – 9:38 am Booking Date:08-29-2018 – 11:20 pm Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Berggren, Eric A Booking #:99879 Booking #:99882 Bond:No Bond Charges:35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Booking #:99871 View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Release Date:08-29-2018 – 5:53 pm Charges:9-24-19-2 DWS- Prior Unrelated Violation3 Out of County Hold Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking #:99879 Booking #:99859 Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult35-44.1-3-1(a) Resisting Law Enforcement Booking #:99860 Booking #:99826 Bond:No Bond Booking #:99874 Bond:No Bond Release Date:08-29-2018 – 3:08 pm McIntosh, Christopher M Harrison, George L Bond:No Bond Bond:No Bond View Profile >>>last_img read more

Regis outlasts Stratford to capture Division 3 semifinal at WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament

first_imgTigers cannot hold on to two-set lead, fall in five to end historic seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREEN BAY — After a pair of comeback wins in sectional play, the Stratford volleyball team found itself in defensive mode during its Division 3 semifinal on Friday afternoon at the 2017 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament at Resch Center.The Tigers looked like the better team for the first two sets before Eau Claire Regis turned the tables and pulled out a 3-2 victory over Stratford. Regis won 23-25, 15-25, 25-14, 25-20, 19-17 to move on to Division 3 state championship match, which will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Ramblers (26-6) face Lake Country Lutheran (44-5), which defeated Waterloo 3-2 in the other semifinal Friday.“We have no reason to hang our heads at this point,” Stratford coach Brooke Kafka said. “It was an amazing season for all of us. We were put in some positions where we were down and had to dig ourselves out of a hole, and it just came a little too close at the end.”A back-and-forth first set, which neither team led by more than two points, ended with a late Stratford run. The Tigers were down 22-21 before scoring three points in a row, one on a Callie Lehman kill, and ended it on a kill from Makayla Krall to win 25-23.Stratford (44-2) dominated the second set and looked well on its way to playing for a state title.Krall had five kills, and Mazie Nagel added three as the Tigers rolled to a 25-15 win and a 2-0 lead.However, an 11-0 run in the middle of the third set turned things around for the Ramblers.After a sideout earned on a Stratford service error, Elle Matson served 10 points in a row to put Regis up 17-7 and the Tigers got no closer than seven the rest of the way before falling 25-14.Regis jumped out to an 11-2 lead in Game 4 before it was the Tigers’ turn to come back.Freshman Lauryn Nagel had two kills in a 7-2 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 20-18 lead for Stratford, and things seemed to be looking up again. That feeling quickly changed. Following a sideout, Regis scored the last six points of the game on the serve of Ariel Kern to finish off a 25-20 win and knot the match at two games apiece.“I feel like the communication, we could have been a lot better, and things weren’t going in our favor,” Krall said.Kafka said both teams were countering with different adjustments during the third and fourth set, and the Tigers just could not regain the success they were enjoying in the first two sets.“We talked during our timeouts about different holes they had on their side of the court and where to put the ball, and immediately after we made those adjustments, so did they,” Kafka said.The fifth-set tiebreaker was as tight as expected with both teams holding off numerous match points.A kill from Krall and a violation on Regis allowed Stratford to stave off two match points and tie the game at 14-14.The Tigers held off another match point with a kill from Mazie Nagel, and after an ace by Brooke Peterson gave Stratford a match point, Regis managed to tie it. Stratford had another match point at 17-16 before Regis finally ended the game with three-straight points.“It sums up our season actually,” Regis coach Travis Eichner said. “We started super slow, got really good in the middle, and we’re finding ways to win. Our blocks were kicking in. Our defense was being scrappy. Our hitters were powering it in at the end of the game.”Krall and Mazie Nagel each had 18 kills, Nagel and Olympia Garrigan both contributed 12 digs, and Jadyn Dahlke had 30 assists and 11 digs for Stratford.“What a great season for these seniors to have,” Mazie Nagel, a junior, said. “The first time in school history (to make it to the state tournament), that’s groundbreaking, and I don’t think that’s anything to hang your heads about.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more