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Netball meet opens up door for Rigo teenager

first_imgAt only 16 she was only accustomed to her village boundaries. So to go beyond that for a majjor sporting event was a major feat. For this she was a bundle of nerves and excitement. For Piweni Tavalu, thats the battle she faced as she searched for the courage to face her parents and to ask their permission to participate in the Newcrest National Netball Championship which was held in Goroka last month. It would be the first time for this Rigo teenager to travel without her parents and on an aircraft for that matter. You can imagine that exhilarating moment when her parents finally caved in to allow their daughter to travel. Piweni recalls it was not easy building the courage to ask permission and it took her a while, which is not so surprising because her sibling and mom have never been on a plane as well! Piweni comes from Ginigolo in the Rigo District. Her maiden plane trip to Goroka became a reality when she earned herself a place in the Under 21 Rigo Netball Team. The night before the trip Piweni told her parents she had to be at the airport around 6am for check in. Her family was there by 3am the next morning, three hours ahead of check in, having travelled an hour from their village. The family may not have even slept a wink. Team coach Lydia Veali assisted Piweni with the check-in process and later accompanied her back to her teary mother who kissed and hugged her. Piweni was far too excited to realize the extent of her mother’s anxiety. “When we boarded the aircraft, Piweni sat next to me and I told her not to be afraid. At take off Piweni took hold of my hands. It was a very new experience for her. When we touched down at Goroka I asked her if everything was okay and she said she had enjoyed the flight,” Veali said. Piweni played in the Under 21-A Grade team because she was one of four players who qualified for an Under 17 team which could not muster the numbers to make a full team. During training, Piweni lacked the confidence to play in the A-grade team but with Lydia’s patience and experience, she was mentally prepared. In her first game Piweni played wing attack and centre positions and with every game, her confidence grew. Piweni’s story is similar to many other young girls who play netball at the village level. It also opens up another story of passion, belief and the steel determination of the Rigo Netball Rigo Association who were determined to send their team, Mosin Fresh Powered Rigo Logea to the championships. Funding was secured because the association believed in the potential of the young players and wanted to give them the opportunity to show case their talent so they too could vye for positions in the national Pepes squad and under 21 representative teams. The week-long championship ended with the Mosin Fresh Powered Rigo Logea securing the B-grade premiership and runner up in the U21 division. Both B Grade and under 15 cemented their grand final debut. The Under 21 lost to Abau by 2 points mostly because the talent was young and inexperienced. President of the Rigo Netball Association and newly elected vice President of the PNG Netball Federation, Iamo Launa said: “Most of the individual awards were given to Rigo under 21 and 15 teams and to the B grade team. I am so proud.”last_img read more

Election signs in La Follette must be down by Wednesday

first_imgCity of La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield wants all election signs on City of La Follette and state right of ways taken down.On Friday afternoon, the mayor announced that any signs left standing after Wednesday, August 8, will be removed by the City.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/03/2018-7PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

SCSU Baseball Weekly Recap- February 24th, 2020

first_imgThe SCSU baseball team opened its season with a road trip to Joplin, Missouri last week. Roger Mischke provides a recap of the action.SCSU HUSKIES 6       WASHBURN UNIVERSITY 2The. Huskies opened their season in Joplin, Missouri on Friday February 14th with four games thru the weekend.  They defeated Washburn University 6-2 to open their season on a positive note. Lefty Matthew Osterburg from Coleman High School of Coleman, Wisconsin started on the mound. He threw four innings, he gave up three hits, issued three walks, gave up one run and he recorded six strikeouts. Lefty Shannon Ahern from The Academy of Holy Angels threw five innings in relief, to earn the win. He gave up five hits, issued one walk, one run and he recorded eight strikeouts. 360p About Connatix V56490 1080p HD 720p HD Auto (360p)center_img 1/1 About Connatix V56490 The Huskies were led by several players, Jake Shusterich a junior from Arroyo Grande High School Nipomo, California went 1 for 4 with a double for two big RBI’s and he scored a run as the Huskies DH. Mauro Owens a junior from Yucaipa High School of Yucaipa, California went 1 for 3 with a Dolby for a RBI and he earned a walk. Josh Hill a junior from Tolleson Union High School of Avondale, Arizona went 2 for 3, he scored a run and he earned a walk. Tyler Haijar a junior from Liberty High School of Peoria, Arizona went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice bunt for a RBI and he scored a run. John Nett of Kimberly High School Appleton, Wisconsin went 1 for 4, he had a stolen base and he scored a run. Kyle Rodriquez a junior from Issaquah, High School of Washington had a sacrifice fly for a RBI. Aaron Hamann a senior from Chaparral High School of Parker, Colorado earned a pair of walks and Drew Bulson a red-shirt freshman from St. Cloud Tech HIgh School scored a run. The starting and pitcher of record for Washburn was Brock Gilliam, he threw 5 1/3 innings. The leading hitters for Washburn was Kros Bay, he went 2 for 4 with a double and Zion Bautin went 2 for 4 and Park Dum had a sacrifice fly.SCSU HUSKIES 3                   NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 2The Huskies right hander Blake Flint from Pinnacle High School of Phoenix, Arizona started on the mound. He threw six innings, he gave up four hits, issued three walks, one one run and he recorded six strikeouts. Right hander Jacob Bradley from Lake Stevens High School of Washington threw two innings in relief, he gave up three hits, issued one walk, one run and he recorded one strikeout. Right hander George Loxtercamp from Bemidji High School threw one inning in relief to earn the win, he gave up one hit, issued two walks and he recorded one strikeout.The Huskies were led on offense by their center fielder John Nett, he went 2 for 5 with two big RBI’s. Left fielder Josh Hill went 2 for 4 for one RBI and Right Fielder Matt Quade from Paynesville High School went 3 for4 with a stolen base and he scored a run. Catcher Drew Bulson earned a walk and he scored a run and catcher Josh Sandoval also earned a walk and he scored a run. Shortstop Kyle Rodriguez earned a a walk, First  baseman Jake Shusterich earned a walk and third baseman Alex Holets earned a walk. The starting pitcher for Northwest Missouri State was Max Spitzmiller, he threw seven innings. Zac Shadlow was the pitcher of record as he threw two innings. Their leader hitters were Jacob Pinkerton, he went 3 for 5 with a double and he scored a run. Ryan Kiosks went 1 for 3 with a double, Warren Donavan went 1 for 4 with a double and Connor Quick went 1 for 2.MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE         13        SCSU HUSKIES 1 (7 Innings) They were playing their eighth game of the season already, Zach Shoemaker started on the mound, he threw a complete game. He gave up just three hits, issued a pair of walks, one run and he recorded seven strikeouts.Their offense was led by four home runs, with Jordan Fitzpatrick leading the way, he went 1 for 3 with a grand slam and he earned a walk. Brad Willis went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and he scored three runs. Joe Kinder went 1 for 3 with a home run for two RBI’s, he earned a walk and he scored a pair of runs. Dexter Swims went 1 for 4 with a home run for two RBI’s. Matt Miller went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and Troy Sogan went 3 for 3 with a RBI, he earned a walk and he score three runs. Tom Stevenson went 2 for 4 and he scored a pair of runs. The Huskies lefty Trevor Koenig from St. Cloud Tech High School started on the mound, he threw two innings. He gave up eight hits, eight runs, issued one walk and he recorded three strikeouts. Right hander Eli Emerson a red-shirt freshman from Rocori High School threw 1 2/3 innings, he gave up a pair of hits, issued three walks and he gave up two runs. Lefty Avery Stevens from Sleepy Eye High School threw 1/3 of an inning and lefty Jack Habeck from Appleton, Wisconsin threw 2/3 of an inning, he gave up one hit. Right hander Tommy Thompson from Chanhassen HIgh School threw 1 1/3 innings in relief, he gave up four hits, three runs and he recorded one strikeout. The Huskies freshman outfielder John Nett led them in hitting, he went 1 for 2, he earned a walk, he had a stolen base and he scored a run. Kyle Rodriguez an infielder went 1 for 3 and Mauro Owens went 1 for 2. Josh Hill was credited with a RBI and Catcher Drew Bulson earned a walk.SCSU HUSKIES 6       MISSOURI WESTERN UNIVERSITY 0The Huskies ended their road trip to Missouri on a positive note, with a nice win over Missouri Western. The right hander from The Academy of Holy Angels, Riley Ahern started on the mound, he threw six very good innings. He gave up three hits, issued two walks and he recorded seven strikeouts. Freshman right hander Riley Stevens threw 1 2/3 innings, he gave up one hit and he issued a pair of walks. Lefty Jack Habeck threw one inning in relief, he recorded one strikeout. Big right hander George Loxtercamp threw 2/3 of inning in relief and Noah Soltero a junior from Shadow Ridge High School of Las Vegas, Nevada threw 2/3 of an inning in reliefThe Huskies were led on offense by senior Jake Shusterich, he went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and a sacrifice fly for three big RBI’s. Freshman John Nett went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a stolen base, one walk and he scored one run. Junior Kyle Rodriguez went 1 for 5 with a double and he scored a run and red-shirt freshman Drew Bulson went 1 for 5 with a RBI. Junior Josh Hill went 1 for 4, he earned a walk, one stolen base and he scored one run. Senior Aaron Hammann went 1 for 4 and he earned a walk, senior Matt Quade had a sacrifice fly for a RBI, he earned two walks, one stolen base and he scored one run and senior Lenny Walker earned a walk.The pitcher of record for Missouri Western was Roy Robles. The leading hitters were Zach Pych, he went 2 for 4, Gustavo Gonzales went 1 for 3 and Andrew Meier went 1 for 4. UPCOMING GAMESTuesday February 25th US BANK FIELD ST. PAULDouble Header (10:00/12:00Northern State University Wednesday February 26th US BANK FIELD ST. PAULDouble Header (10:00/12:00)Concordia University St. Paul Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Sun say QPR are set to re-sign Taarabt

first_imgThe Sun continue to claim that QPR, who are under a transfer embargo, are set to re-sign Adel Taarabt.The star of Rangers’ 2011 Championship-winning side has been out of favour at Benfica for some time.The Sun have previously suggested he could return to Loftus Road – and again claim R’s boss Steve McClaren is looking to sign him for the rest of the season.AdChoices广告QPR are prevented from making signings during this month’s transfer window, apart from in certain circumstances – such as if they sell a player – as part of their Financial Fair Play settlement.The club cannot add to their wage bill, pay agents’ fees or make loan signings during this window.Taarabt is under contract until next year but The Sun say Benfica will let him go now.Click here for more on QPR’s transfer embargo Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Will Muschamp’s intensity clear to Auburn defenders

first_imgAUBURN – They may not know much about their new defensive coordinator, but one thing is already evident to Auburn’s defenders: Will Muschamp is an intense guy.“Seeing videos that guys show us and also just meeting him and talking to him, you can just tell he loves what he does,” linebacker Kris Frost said. “He’s a perfectionist at it.”Some of the players have taken to YouTube to see some of Muschamp’s more renowned coaching antics, though the specific clips weren’t mentioned.“He’s going up, hugging up players and everything whenever you make a good play,” safety Johnathan Ford said. “Then he’s also getting on you hard, so he’s just very high intense. … I love a coach who is going to get on me because it’s going to bring the best out of me.”So the clip of Muschamp smacking a dry erase board and shouting in the locker room after diagramming a play is right up Ford’s alley.“He’s going to bring out the best,” Ford said. “He’s just passion for the game.”Muschamp has been taking in practice this week as Auburn prepares for No. 18 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl, getting an on-field look at the talent he’s inheriting.With an audition-like environment for the returning players, practice has been livelier with Muschamp’s watchful eyes on the field.“The energy’s been up. You know he’s watching,” cornerback Jonathan Jones said. “For a lot of guys coming back next year, it’s kind of a different level because he’s looking for next year too. We’re getting ready for this bowl game and he’s been able to give us a little advice of what he sees, but nothing more than that.”On paper, Muschamp is pleased with what he has to work with.“I think the front seven is very strong,” he said. “Just looking at some of the guys up front, I recruited a bunch of them; I’m looking forward to coaching some of them that turned me down.”Though Frost is considering leaving for the NFL, the starting linebacker knows if he chooses to stay he’ll be a major part of Muschamp’s defense.While the bowl game itself may not seem to be all that meaningful in the big picture, with Wisconsin with an interim coach and Auburn with an interim coordinator, the Tigers defenders want to put their best foot forward.“It’s about us doing all we can to please him, and we know that next year, it’s going to be a really fun year for us,” Frost said. “It definitely brings the best out of everybody. Running to the ball and the intensity is so much higher. Just really the consistency of how hard everybody works at practice, it’s always there, because you know, you do have that feeling of him kind of watching you.“So it can be nerve-wracking at times, but at the same time, it’s football. We’ve been playing football for a long time. You’ve got to come out and you’ve got to execute.”For many of the upperclassmen and likely starters it’ll mean another change in defensive schemes in their time on the Plains.Jones, who went from Brian VanGorder’s scheme as a freshman to Ellis Johnson’s the past two years, is embracing the change as an opportunity rather than a challenge.“You’re starting fresh, so it’s a good thing for everybody,” Jones said. “Whereas some coaches might already have a certain opinion about you, you’re able to change their perception. It’s a great thing being able to start fresh.”last_img read more

Powerlifting federation Raw National C/ships on Sunday

first_imgThe Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) is set to stage its Raw National Championships on Sunday at St. Stanislaus College on Brickdam. According to a release, the competition rules are simple, athletes will be lifting with little to no additional equipment during their time on the platform. Participating athletes for Flight A are required to be at the venue mentioned for 8am in order to be weighed in. Weigh in will go no later than 9:30am, so athletes are urged to there on time. The competition will begin at 10am and entrance fee is listed at $1,000. Persons who are interested in competing for Raw Nationals are required to submit their application and pay their fees. The form and monies can be submitted to Championship Secretary, Martin Webster.  A screenshot of the filled out registration along with the deposit slip to the GAPF Bank Account #6552194 will be accepted as well.last_img read more

Italian Govt Issues Fresh Hurdle for Serie A to Commence

first_imgSerie A’s hopes of finishing the current campaign are in real jeopardy after the Italian government warned clubs that the entire squad faces two weeks in quarantine if only one player or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus.A medical officer from the Italian FA also sent a stark warning to Serie A clubs, claiming the season may be cancelled if no solution is found amid the ongoing pandemic.‘If we don’t find a solution, Serie A will not resume,’ the FA doctor confirmed. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Sandra Zampa, also reaffirmed this stance: ‘If one gets sick, the quarantine is for everyone. Otherwise we would go back to suspending everything.‘Everything stops, no doubt if the quarantine is triggered, the championship also stops.’Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora added: ‘Someone asked why a supermarket does not close if the cashier is positive while if a player is, the whole team is sent to quarantine.‘Because in football it is not possible to keep a distance.’There was also an admission from Italy yesterday that until a vaccine or medical solution is discovered, football outside the professional game cannot return.But the Italian FA are looking to follow the model of the Bundesliga – which is returning this Saturday – of just isolating any player or member of staff that contracts coronavirus.Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to be hit by the deadly disease and its top-flight has been suspended since March 9. There have been more than 30,000 fatalities in the country.Italy’s Serie A clubs had been given the green light on Monday by the government to start team training from May 18 ‘with prudence’.So far clubs have only been allowed to train on an individual basis and respecting social distancing rules, often with players having half a pitch to themselves.In a joint statement from Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Sports Minister Spadafora, it said the committee had ordered some changes, which were not specified, but had given the green light for group training to restart.But despite the return to training facilities, the Italian government have yet to decide if it will allow the season to be finished, and the latest development has led to concern that it may be cancelled.According to Sky Sports in Italy, UEFA are very worried about the situation of football in the country, and above all, the strict limits imposed on the resumption of team training from May 18. So far, only Juventus are able to follow the protocol required for training.Without the resumption of the Serie A season – Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Inter and Rome could be expelled from European competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Deery Series title to be decided at Liberty 100

first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Sept. 20) – Tyler Bruening and Jeff Aikey will decide one of the closest point races in the Deery Brothers Summer Series’ 30-year history during the Ideal Ready Mix Lib­erty 100 weekend at West Liberty Raceway.Bruening seeks his career first IMCA Late Model tour title and leads Aikey by a single point head­ing into the Saturday, Sept. 24 50-lap, $2,500 to win finale.Aikey already owns seven Deery championships and knows all about tour nailbiters: He was one point better than Rob Toland in 2006, in another series title chase that wasn’t decided until the final event.“I’m looking forward to it. We’re good friends with Tyler. I’m going to West Liberty to win it and I know he is, too,” said Aikey, also the Deery king in 1987, 1988, 1996, 1999, 2009 and 2012. “He’ll be on his game and we’ll be on ours. I’m sure it will come down to a car or two.”“I’m excited about the chance to win an eighth title and my whole team is pumped up. We were excited about winning a fourth straight Super Nationals at Boone. We’ve been to­gether since 1995 and I think I have one of the best teams in Iowa,” he continued. “When I’m in the car, I give it 150 percent. When they’re in the shop, they give 200 percent. Our maintenance is bar none the best.”Bruening has been a series regular since 2009. He’s got a win and three second-place showings through the first 15 Deery events this year.“It’s fun that it’s come down to this. I’m looking forward to getting back on the track,” Bruening said. “It’s bittersweet to see it come to an end. I wish we could keep racing.”Maintenance was also one of the factors he credited in his success.“It’s a lot of things. You’ve got to have a dedicated program in the shop. You’ve got to have some luck, too. We’ve been in good positions this year and we’ve been consistent,” said Bruening. “It helps having run the series and knowing what to expect from track to track.”Both drivers have a provisional to spare and are guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s main event. Aikey has a 2-to-1 edge in features won already this season and thus brings the tie-break­ing advantage to town.A 20-lap, $1,000 to win Iron Man feature for drivers with perfect series attendance this season and former Deery champions is on the schedule along with qualifying races on Friday, Sept. 23, when racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students ages 13 to 18. Pit passes are $30.Another $2,500 to win non-points feature is on the docket for Deery drivers following Saturday’s main event. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Pit passes are $35.Kids 12 and under get in free and Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts run both nights.Saturday’s Modified feature pays $1,000 to win and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 676; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 675; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 629; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 627; 5. Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls, 613; 6. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 611; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 583; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 570; 9. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 546; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Mar­shalltown, 537; 11. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 441; 12. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 401; 13. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 398; 14. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 394; 15. Justin Kay, Wheatland, and Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, both 344; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 342; 18. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 302; 19. Eric Pollard, Peosta, 296; 20. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis., 242.last_img read more

Danger In The Desert

first_imgUFC Fight Night Ngannou vs VelasquezUFC fight night is ready to heat up the desert as two heavyweights collide in combat. As the UFC begins it’s partnership with ESPN all eyes will be on the comeback of Cain Velasquez but standing in his way is Francis “The Predator” Ngannou. These two heavy handed fighters bring one punch power as Ngannou (12-3) will throw down with Velasquez (14-2).Ngannou comes in ranked number 3 in the world and will prove to be a tough test for a Velasquez comeback. At 6’4″ and 250 pounds he is an intimidating force. Coming off a big first round KO of Curtis Blaydes who was the number 4 ranked heavyweight and finishing 11 of his 12 wins (7 by knockout and 4 via submission) Ngannou has earned the nickname “The Predator” and now looks to make Cain his prey. Clearly there is danger in the desert for Velasquez .Velasquez 6’1″ 240 pounds last fought in July of 2016 finishing Travis Browne with a first round KO. While he does have plenty of punch he also gives up 6 inches of reach to Ngannou and will have to find a way to get inside on Francis. Unfortunately for Cain getting inside can prove extremely dangerous as the heavy right hand of the predator is always locked and loaded.My prediction is Ngaanou by KO/TKOAlso keep an eye on the semi main event as two of the top lightweight prospects face off. James Vick is ranked number 10 in the UFC lightweight division and holds an record of 13-2. While Paul Felder 15-4 looks to crack the rankings with a win over Vick. I had the pleasure of meeting Vick n Texas when he was training at the Powerhouse training facility in Ft Worth. Durwyn Lamb aka Coach D has worked with Vick on the Lamb striking system. A unique and efficient striker you can see the system at work when you watch him fight. Another UFC rising talent Kevin Holland also trains with Coach D at Powerhose. Shug Dorsey is the boxing coach there as well and the combination of those two coaches makes these fighters a must watch.My prediction is Vick via KO/TKOOther fights on the card includeCortney Casey 8-6 vs Cynthia Calvillo 7-1Alex Caceres 14-11 vs Kron Gracie 4-0Vicente Luque 14-6-1 vs Bryan Barberena 14-5Andre Fili 18-6 vs Myles Jury 17-3Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Boks brace for Rugby Champs title push

first_imgThe Springboks have done their homework and are primed for a massive Argentinian onslaught when the two teams meet on Saturday in Salta the final match of the 2019 Rugby Championship, according to Springbok captain Duane Vermeulen .The Springboks are fully aware of the huge challenge posed by a confident Argentina side in front of a passionate Salta crowd, following their 16-16 draw against the New Zealand two weeks ago.The Springboks have a one-point advantage on the log table and a bonus-point win will take all the permutations out of the equation and land them the title for the first time since 2009.“Winning the Rugby Championship will be extra motivation for all the work the guys have put in so far as a group,” said Vermeulen.“But we have to remember there are still other teams in the running to win it and if you make a mistake someone else will take it.”The Springboks arrived in Salta on Thursday afternoon following three days of training in the capital city of Buenos Aires.“We had a good week of preparations and everyone is ready to do their best against a very strong Pumas side,” added the Springbok skipper.“Argentina are a fantastic team and they play really well in front of their home crowd, especially here in Salta. I know they will come with everything they have and we must just be prepared for what’s coming. “I believe a full house is expected and we know from experience the crowd do play a role in motivating the Pumas – it’s like their 16th man on the field. But hopefully we can focus on what we need to do and try to take that out of the equation, and work towards our goals.“The Pumas are really good in their lineouts, have a quick tempo and also do well to stop the mauls. And then, of our course, you don’t have to talk about their scrum. They have a fantastic scrummaging unit and will bring a big challenge to us in that department,” said Vermeulen.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more