Women’s water polo falters in regular season finale

first_imgAfter having its NCAA-record winning streak snapped against Stanford earlier this month, the second-ranked women’s water polo team fell for the second time in three games on Saturday, losing to No. 1 UCLA 11-7 in Westwood. The top-two clash began in predictably neck-and-neck fashion. The Bruins struck first thanks to Maddie Musselman, but USC struck back within minutes. Set up with a six-on-five advantage, freshman driver Denise Mammolito cannoned a shot off the crossbar before junior utility Hayley McKelvey pounced on the rebound to tie the game.UCLA pulled ahead once more with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Trojans responded promptly again with a goal from senior driver Stephania Haralabidis.It appeared the back-and-forth would continue throughout the game, but the Bruins then scored four unanswered goals to put USC in a 6-2 hole at the half. Alexa Tielmann added UCLA’s seventh less than a minute into the third quarter to extend the lead even further before senior 2-meter Brigitta Games ended the Trojan drought with her first goal of the game.Games’ effort would kick off a streak of three unanswered USC goals. Haralabidis added her second of the game after the Trojans killed ashorthanded six-on-five, and freshman utility Maud Megens pulled her team within two with three minutes left in the third quarter. It was as close as USC would come, however, as UCLA responded with a goal of its own just 20 seconds later. The Bruins then converted a power play to extend their lead back to four scores. The Trojans narrowed the margin to two in the final period thanks to second goals from Megens and Games, but the comeback bid ultimately fell short. USC was unable to cash in on twosix-on-five opportunities in the fourth quarter while the Bruins padded their lead en route to the 11-7 victory. USC had won three in a row against the Bruins before the weekend, but the Trojans’ first defeat to their archrivals since 2015 locked UCLA into the top seed and a first-round bye at this week’s MPSF Tournament, which the Bruins will also host at the Spieker Aquatics Center. USC will enter the bracket on Friday as the third seed, taking onsixth-seeded San Jose State at 12:45 p.m.last_img read more

Wellington Middle Schoolers collect 1,892 (!) pounds of food for the local food bank

first_imgSome of the Wellington Middle School students with food that was collected.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Food Bank received a generous donation this month from the newest generation of Wellington residents.Under the leadership of Wellington Middle School social studies instructor Brandon Wilmoth, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade collected 1,892 pounds of food to be delivered to the local food bank.“Way to go WMS students,” Wilmoth exclaimed.The food total for each class was: sixth grade 891 pounds; seventh grade 733, and eighth grade 1,663. Total items collected equal 2,987. Jerry Ann Fike’s sixth grade was the winning encore class.Wilmoth said one girl brought in 118 cans of food. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Illuminati · 349 weeks ago Great job!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 349 weeks ago I second that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Vickie Ricke · 349 weeks ago It is so nice & refreshing to hear good things being accomplished by our local kids! Great job to the students & staff involved!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Fuel prices keep rising

first_img“I would be so happy with $3 a gallon now,” said Jennifer Johnson-Lane of Valencia, who sidelined her SUV and began carpooling to work after gas prices inched up last year. “But I have done all that I can do.” Today’s gas prices represent the fourth consecutive year that costs have soared to new heights in May. The previous high was set May 14, 2006, when gas topped out at $3.40 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. And gas prices have risen for 13 consecutive weeks – a total of 30 cents – because of a crimp in supplies, says a report from the Department of Energy. For Jatinder Dhandi of Northridge, $5 is his final limit to pay for a gallon of regular gas. If it ever reaches that point, he cannot afford to drive. “It’s killing me,” said the 24-year-old, who recalled that gas was in the $2 to $3 range when he moved from India three years ago. “It’s time to use bicycles.” For some, that bike lane is looking better every day. For others, car pools are the answer to soaring gasoline prices that threaten three-figure prices to fill up the SUV. At $3.42 for a gallon of regular gas, today’s record- setting prices have motorists looking at their options and determining their breaking points. Lurking in the back of their minds is the hope that this is a one-time high – but the fear that it’s the face of things to come. Supplies drop A refinery fire last week in Oklahoma and a refinery outage in western Texas have recently contributed to the tight supply that has dropped nearly 10 percent since last year, said Carol Thorp, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. But those recent events are on top of an increase in the world’s rising appetite for gas, especially in India and China, where economies are growing. “We’re not the only game in town any more,” Thorp said. Now, newspaper headlines from other states are reflecting consumers’ sharp reactions as they grapple with prices reaching what California feared last year – $3 a gallon. Around the country, it’s cheapest to fill up in Alabama and Oklahoma, where a gallon of regular gas costs $2.87. Higher prices are on the West Coast – $3.34 a gallon in Washington and $3.33 in Oregon, according to the Automobile Club. California prices high California traditionally has prices that are even higher because of laws that mandate a special mixture of cleaner-burning fuel. After paying $40 for about 10 gallons of gas on Friday, Kris Miller of West Hills said she’s reconsidering day trips to Newbury Park and Ventura, some of her favorite places to frequent. “I’m sitting back to see what happens with the prices. This summer will be the test,” Miller said. “Prices are not going down like they did in the past.” What seems like skyrocketing gas prices today could become the normal rates, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Kyser said consumers will have to decide whether to change their means of transportation to cope with this new reality. “This is a problem that’s not going away,” Kyser said. If residents do turn to public transportation, they will see increases in fares, as well. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed to nearly double many bus and rail fares by 2009. Metrolink passengers could also see rates increase by up to 30 percent during the next three years. Melody Mandegar, 21, of Encino said her breaking point for gas prices is $4.50 a gallon. If it ever reaches that, she’ll trade in her car for a seat on the bus. These days, she allows herself $20 a week for gas and sticks to a budget. “I already stay home more and do errands locally,” she said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want 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