Westinghouse boys big surprise in City League play

first_imgSCHEDULE:BOYS Friday3:15 p.m., Langley at Brashear 3:15 p.m., Oliver at Allderdice 7:30 p.m., Peabody at Westinghouse 7:30 p.m., Perry at Schenley STANDINGS:Team                 Conf.    OverallPerry                   4-0      7-1Westinghouse     3-0      5-1Oliver                 3-0      5-2Peabody             3-1      3-5Schenley            1-3      3-6Carrick               0-4      3-6Allderdice          1-2      2-4Brashear             1-3      1-8Langley              0-3      0-8 Allderdice girls handdefending champ Westinghouse first conference lossPerry (3-1, 3-7) got its opportunity to move ahead of Westinghouse in the conference standings, as a result of a 50-41 Westinghouse loss to Allderdice Jan. 5, even though they have an overall losing record. “We just weren’t mentally prepared,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones about her team. “Their guards were quick and they definitely had an advantage in the height differential. As I said before, the league is wide open this year. It will come down to the team that wants it the most.”With the win, Allderdice moved into the second spot with its 3-2 overall record as well as in the conference with a 2-1 mark.“It was a nice win for us,” said Allderdice’s head coach Dave Walcheskey. “They are a quality team. Some of our girls are really growing up quick. We start four sophomores and one junior and they’ve all come through in big situations.”Allderdice was led by Janay Bottoms with 16 points and Lanise Saunders with 14.“They played a pretty good game,” said Walcheskey. “As a young team, we just need to learn how to eliminate mistakes. The key to us beating Westinghouse was the fact that we stuck close to them at halftime which gave us some momentum going into the second half. We did that and came out with the win.”In the three games that Langley has played, they are still right in the thick of things, they’ve attained a 2-1 record—in which all of their games have been played in the conference. Schenley, Carrick and Brashear all have matching 2-2 conference record, keeping them all close to the pack.No team has been able to pull away from the pack making this week’s games critical. Allderdice is just one year removed from an impressive year in which they completed a late season charge, with eight consecutive wins, and eventually reached the City championship game. However, they’ve gotten off to a slow start this season. Their 2-4 record is their worst since December of 2007 when they lost three straight and fell to a mark of 3-5. They won the next three, but still ended up on the losing side of things, finishing the year 10-15 overall and experiencing an early exit out of the postseason with a 45-43 loss to Perry. “Our defense definitely has to improve,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “Even when we had our 10-15 year, we were still among the top teams in allowing the fewest points. We’re scoring in our sleep, that’s not a problem. We just have to get better attitudes out of our guys, namely our seniors, along with a better effort. That is what we need in order to get back on track.”Westinghouse (5-1, 3-0) made those chances more likely when they handed them a 68-55 beating Jan. 5 which moved the Bulldogs up a spot to sit behind defending champion Perry for first place.“Our guys are feeling really good,” said Westinghouse head coach Kenny Roebuck. “We’re happy about what we’ve done so far. All of our guys are from the Homewood community and they’ve been together for four years now. You used to see heads hanging and comments about ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I can’t do that’ but that’s definitely not the case nowadays. Their skill level has risen and they’re beginning to be real consistent.”The team has been on a roll, only losing to Indiana in its own tournament Dec. 29. With five wins, they are just one victory away from matching the six that they put up last year— finishing 6-19, overall.Perry is enjoying a league-high seven victories, with just one loss. They have an undefeated 4-0 conference record and are looking to return to the big game—minus a real threat in the post. The other team of the North Side, Oliver, is currently in third place, with a 5-2 overall record (3-0 in the City) and is the only other team in the league without a loss in the conference.Peabody (3-5) leads the rest of the pack, which (aside from the top three teams) lacks an overall winning record, going 3-1 in the City.center_img This week: Friday 3:15 p.m., Allderdice at Oliver3:15 p.m., Schenley at Perry 7:30 p.m., Brashear at Langley7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at PeabodySTANDINGS: Team:    Conf    OverallPerry                     3-1      3-7Westinghouse       2-1      4-2Allderdice             2-1      3-2Langley                 2-1      2-1Schenley               2-2      3-5Carrick                 2-2      2-5Brashear               2-2      2-6Oliver                   1-2      1-6Peabody               0-4      0-8(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments on City League Basketball to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com).  (D.W. Howze can be reached at: [email protected]).last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races & Festival – The Biggest and…

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysEvery year Labor Day approaches, and so does the annual Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis free community event held at the downtown Olympia waterfront.  The 3-day family friendly festival hosts the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Show on Saturday at Percival Landing and Tugboat Races out in Budd Inlet on Sunday, this year sponsored by Lucky Eagle Casino.The Squaxin Island Tribe, the title sponsor, presents an opening blessing on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and closing prayer on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., at the Washington’s Lottery Main Stage at Percival Landing, where you will find all the traditional festival favorites including hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, community businesses and non-profits, and amazing food booth chiefs.  This year be sure to look for new features and activities including Sand Sculpting by Form Finders, live bands on stage from opening to closing daily, the high flying antics of some of Olympia’s best aerialists 25 feet up in the air.And for the kids – thanks to support by Heritage Bank, the award winning Hands on Children’s Museum will be under the large shelter with supplies galore to help kids build boats for a “Cork Boat Regatta”. Nearby kids can learn about marine life through activities and play with the Puget Sound Estuarium experts. More rides are offered next to the fire truck on Columbia Street. Saturday offers kids story time with activities and free book giveaways.Olympia Kiwanis will be at the Harbor House with some historic festival artifacts and can answer questions and will be selling $5 Raffle tickets to help fund high school scholarships. Be sure to enter the Mixx 96 Giveaway Contest on the boardwalk and win a weekend getaway aboard the Virginia V.North at the Port Plaza, find the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport, presenting tribal activities, arts, artists, and cultural history through stories and dance. Little Creek Casino will be cooking up a storm with a tribal salmon bake and beer garden, proceeds of which will go to the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum.2017 marks the long awaited return of the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain whom will be sharing the Port Plaza docks with the historic Mosquito Fleet Steam Ship Virginia V. All ships, sponsored by WFSE, and are open for touring (donations appreciated) and offer cruises.  Find information on schedules, pricing and securing your tickets go to the Olympia Harbor Days website.Other major support for the festival comes from the City of Olympia, the Port of Olympia and community sponsors.  Festival proceeds and donations help support the Olympia Kiwanis Club’s mission to help children and their families in the area.For more information, directions schedules, and more go to Olympia Harbor Days website or on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days.  Or download the mobile app at http://vue.do/Olympia use event code: 5065.Whether you are a cultural or history nut, a boating enthusiast, a landlubber, shopper or simply in search of a tasty bite to eat, Olympia Harbor Days always has something for everyone!Olympia Harbor Days and HoursFriday, September 1, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.Saturday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.Sunday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Tigers, Cardinals meet in championship Wednesday at QE Park

first_imgThe Cardinals have the edge heading into the final with one of the best records in the league this season.However, the Overland West Freightlines Tigers are on a roll, entering the contest as one of the hottest teams in the league.First pitch is 6:15 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park. The minor baseball season is winding down and in the hunt for the championships in the Cal Ripken Division are two Nelson and District Baseball Association teams.Wednesday, at Queen Elizabeth Park the two combatants — Nelson Overland West Freightlines Tigers and Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals — take to the diamond to determine bragging rights, not only for the Heritage City but also the West Kootenay Baseball League.last_img read more

PACOIMA RESIDENT CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY BY RIDING DORTMUND’S 17-HAND COATTAILS IN SECOND ANNUAL SANTA ANITA DERBY MILLIONAIRE CONTEST

first_imgIF BAFFERT TRAINEE WINS TRIPLE CROWN, ISIDRO MORENO WILL WIN $1 MILLION –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2015)–At 17 hands and roughly 1,200 pounds, Bob Baffert’s undefeated Santa Anita Derby winning Dortmund is obviously big on stature and long on talent. Dedicated racing fan Isidro Moreno is hoping the striking chestnut colt by Big Brown has coattails as well, as Moreno, his wife Maria Blanca and their three children are counting on him to win racing’s Triple Crown and thus carry them to a $1 million bonus in the second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest.A resident of Pacoima, Moreno, who is a full-time groom at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, took the day off of work and celebrated his 42nd birthday by attending the races on Saturday with his wife and youngest daughter, Mariah.Upon arriving at the track, he entered the Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest, whereupon he drew favored Dortmund, while five other fans had their individual hopes pinned on his competition. With $1,000 win bets provided by Santa Anita in-hand, the six contestants watched the 78th Santa Anita Derby intently from the Winner’s Circle as Dortmund dusted the competition by 4 ¼ lengths and improved his record to a perfect six for six.Off at 3-5, Dortmund paid $3.20 to win and thus provided Isidro with a tidy birthday profit of $1,600. Santa Anita will provide Moreno with a $7,500 win ticket on Dortmund in the Kentucky Derby May 2, and if he wins there, an additional $10,000 win wager in the Preakness Stakes on May 16. And, if Dortmund becomes the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, Moreno will win the $1 million Santa Anita Derby bonus on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.When asked what he would do with a million dollar pot of Derby gold, Moreno responded, “We wouldn’t buy a car or take a fancy trip. We have three kids and we’d like to buy a house.” Moreno’s daughter, Mariah, quickly stated that she wanted her dad to “buy a puppy.”The Santa Anita Derby Contest, which was initiated last year, was nearly hit, as Eddie Espinoza of Whittier followed California Chrome through victories in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness before meeting defeat with a fourth place run in the 2014 Belmont.Here’s hoping the Isidro Moreno family gets the house they’ve always wanted–and a puppy in the window as well.last_img read more

Hart decides school issue

first_imgBut the decision was immediately blasted by residents. “We just got hosed,” Castaic resident Flo Lawrence said. “We are more than half of the West Ranch family and it seems like now we are being pushed out. “I just wish the board could have found a way to spend the money, buy the portables, adjust the programs and basically handle the growing population to keep these communities intact.” The board defended its decision as a necessary move to alleviate overcrowding at West Ranch High School with minimal cost to the district. “Our primary goal is to provide the best education opportunities to our children. But another part to that is doing it in a fiscally responsible way,” said Hart board member Dennis King. After weeks of often heated discussion, the Hart high school board has put to rest the issue of overcrowding at West Ranch High School, opting to send incoming Castaic-area freshmen classes to two other high schools. The decision came late Wednesday night as William S. Hart Union High School District board members defied the wishes of many Castaic-area families and voted 4-1 for the plan. The deal means that starting this fall, and for the next two years, incoming Castaic-area freshmen will attend Valencia High School. In 2009, Castaic-area freshmen will attend West Ranch High School. Incoming students at both schools will remain there until graduation. King was the first to push the motion forward. He was backed by Steven Sturgeon and Patricia Hanrion. “I have been spinning, conflicted, nauseous, trying to look for a solution that doesn’t impact student learning,” board President Hanrion said. Officials hope the plan will give them breathing room to develop a permanent solution to crowding at West Ranch High by 2010, when Castaic High School is scheduled to open. Board member Gloria Mercado Fortine cast the lone dissenting vote. “The board and the district made a commitment with Castaic families and the agreement was, beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all Castaic students would go to West Ranch,” Mercado Fortine said. “The Hart district’s trust level with the community is not high, and when (we) do these types of things we only make it worse.” Mercado Fortine said she was upset with having to make such an important decision so close to the start of the new school year. “Those portables should have been started since staff noticed there was a problem,” she said. “Why is it all of a sudden a crisis? We cannot keep operating this school district in a crisis mode.” Robin Pohl, the mother of West Ranch students in the 10th and 11th grades, was one of several Stevenson Ranch parents pleased with the board’s decision. “Parking is already crazy and we still have one more class to go,” Pohl said. Despite Wednesday’s ruling, freshmen students who have older siblings at West Ranch High will still be allowed to enroll at the high school. Transfers will be allowed for Castaic-area students at schools that have capacity – including Hart and Golden Valley high schools. Still, many Castaic residents felt disenfranchised. Castaic resident Lana Rossi said that 20 years ago, when she moved to the Castaic area, she graduated from Saugus High, the second home school given to Castaic-area students after attending Hart High School. Since then, Castaic teens have also attended Valencia and West Ranch. “Why is it always Castaic kids that get shuffled around?” Rossi said. “There is no continuity for my children.” Before Wednesday’s meeting, parent groups from Castaic and Stevenson Ranch furiously called and e-mailed the district in hopes of influencing the board. While some disagreed on whether students should be transferred, no parents wanted it to be their child. Students also voiced dissatisfaction with the decision. West Ranch’s student body president, Sean Herron, a junior, had asked the district to find a way to keep all West Ranch students together. In its decision, the board rejected a plan that would have sent West Ranch High School students across the street to neighboring Rancho Pico Junior High School for some classes. Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos told the board that using the two high schools would be better. “It would provide the best educational opportunity at no cost,” Castellanos said. Added Sturgeon: “I don’t believe high schoolers belong on the same campus as junior high students.” The decision culminates a lengthy debate sparked after enrollment projections showed 3-year-old West Ranch High School – which serves students from Castaic, Westridge, Stevenson Ranch and a corner of Newhall – would exceed its 2,600-student enrollment, reaching an estimated 3,205 students in 2010. Drained after the past month of debate, Lawrence and other parents said they felt it was time to put the issue to rest. Despite being disappointed in the school district and the board’s handling of the matter, Lawrence said future organizing should include all parents in the western region of Santa Clarita. He said the best outcome of the entire ordeal was the political awakening of all the communities involved. “It’s over,” Lawrence said. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Bloemfontein ready for Confed Cup

first_img30 March 2009Bloemfontein has declared itself ready to host the 2009 Fifa Conferations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup, with a R314-million upgrade to the Free State Stadium now complete.Addressing the media at a conference at the Stadium, Mangaung Executive Mayor Playfair Morule said the revamped Stadium would be officially opened on 4 April, when the Cheetahs host the Brumbies in a Super 14 rugby clash, followed by a Premier Soccer League contest between Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates on 5 April.The South African Press Association (Sapa) reports that seating capacity at the Free State Stadium has been increased by 8 000 to 46 000. In addition, the facility now boasts 100 private suites with 200 seats, as well as a VIP suite which has been upgraded to 650 seats.The size of the media centre has been increased, while more parking is now available and security features at the ground have been improved.Under budgetGeorge Mohlakoane, chief executive officer of Mangaung 2010, said the upgrades cost R9.5-million less than the allocated budget of R325-million. That money will now be used to improve the Seisa Ramabouda Stadium, the home of Bloemfontein Celtic, which will be used as a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Morule also said measures had been taken to ensure that the Confederations Cup is well supported. Concerns have been expressed about the slow pace of ticket sales for the showpiece event, and about the slow buy-in by South African football fans, who have a culture of making last-minute purchases when it comes to sporting events.He said Bloemfontein and the Free State Department of Sport have allocated R8-million towards a “mass mobilisation” programme to make sure the stadium is full during Confederations Cup games.Four Confederations Cup matchesThe Free State Stadium will host four Confederations Cup matches, starting on 15 June when five-times World Cup winners Brazil face Egypt.On 17 June, world number one Spain will take on Iraq, followed by a showdown between the European champions and Bafana Bafana on 20 June.Bloemfontein will also host one of the semi-finals on 24 June, with the winners of Pool A – made up of South Africa, Iraq, New Zealand, and Spain – facing the runner-up in Pool B – featuring the USA, Italy, Brazil, and Egypt.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA to supply security vehicles to Brazil

first_img23 April 2013 South Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace firm, Paramount Group, has won an international bid to supply security vehicles to Brazil, the company announced last week. It will supply its Maverick security vehicles, which have been designed to be used by security forces. The Maverick vehicle will be used by Brazil’s special police operations battalion and its shock police battalion, which is part of the country’s military police and special resources battalion. “Sharing defence and security equipment represents a new level of international trade cooperation, and this announcement not only demonstrates strengthened alliances between Africa and Brazil but the unity of the BRICS alliance,” Paramount chairperson, Ivor Ichikowitz, said in a statement. The deal is expected to help the country deal with security concerns for the hosting of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. “The equipment to be supplied by Paramount Group will play a critical role in the security infrastructure for both these events,” Ichikowitz said. “Paramount Group is very proud to have been selected to support the government in this important role and is looking forward to being part of the growth of this dynamic country.” The awarding of the contract came after intensive technical evaluations, field testing and a procurement process open to local and international companies, Ichikowitz said. “South Africa has a proud heritage in the defence and security sector and Paramount Group is continually investing in research and development thus ensuring its products are at the leading edge of technology,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2016 biodiesel market breaks records

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and 
renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40%. Also for the first time ever, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons.“We are proud to be delivering record gallons of American made biodiesel, but that success is undermined by the fact our members are losing more than a third of the market to foreign imports,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO.According to numbers released by the EPA in January, the 2.9 billion gallons was an increase of 800 million gallons from 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2015. At the same time domestic production rose from about 1.4 billion gallons in 2015 to more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2016, well below available capacity. Imports increased by more than 50% from an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 to over 1 billion gallons in 2016, shortchanging potential economic benefits to U.S. producers.“The market realities spotlight two important points. First the RFS is working to deliver energy choices to consumers and promote local economic activity. Second that reforming the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit remains critical to grow these programs in America’s best interest,” Rehagen said.According to a study conducted by LMC International, a 2.9 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel market divided between domestic and foreign supply supports about 64,000 U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total impact. Economic benefits increase substantially with growing domestic production, rather than imports. For example, just 2.5 billion gallons domestic production would support at least 81,600 U.S. jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic benefit.“It’s just common sense that our tax dollars should benefit American jobs and local companies instead of incentivizing imports,” Rehagen said.The biomass-based diesel category under the RFS alone saw a record 2.6 billion gallon market, allowing the advanced biofuel program to reach over 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. These numbers exceeded EPA’s estimates for 2016, and track NBB’s projections, showing the industry can deliver on the goals set by Congress.last_img read more