BEARS BATTLE HARD, FALL TO COWGIRLS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

first_img“I hope that the foundation that was laid for these girls over the past four years will be built on by the incoming freshman class,” Van Heerden said. “I think there’s an incredible group here that does so well and I think they’ll step up and be amazing leaders. The Bears walked out with their heads held high as they defied the odds and made it to their first ever NCAA Tournament in program history. Along with that, the Bears finished with 20 wins and earned a hard-fought SLC Tournament Championship for the first time in Bear history. The Bears pushed the Cowgirls the best they could in doubles play and were on the brink of winning Court No. 1 before the Cowgirls took the 2 and 3 courts. The senior pairing of Rada Manataweewat and Ma fell 6-1 at No. 2 to begin the match. Vasupongchai and Nonoyama were handed their first loss of the season in doubles play as they fell 6-4 at the No. 3 to conclude doubles play. Xin and Van Heerden faced the #23 ranked doubles team in the nation at the No. 1 and were moments away from winning as play was halted at 5-4. We know who we are, but others need to know it too.” HEAR FROM MARLI VAN HEERDEN: Freshman Chunxi Xin faced #26 ranked Katarina Stresnakova at the No. 1 and showed zero fear playing the talented senior. She took three points in set one and had two in the second before the match concluded. Stresnakova was named to the All-Big 12 First Team before NCAA Tournament play and had 22 wins entering the match. From late nights in hotels, dancing in restaurants, listening to crazy music — those are the moments that will be treasured.” I’m super proud of my seniors and how well we fought for this. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anybody else. For us, it wasn’t just about tennis, it was about making the memories and showing the rest of the world who UCA is. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Wharton said. “Playing in it is different in a really good way. I think the travel, the warmups, the practices – everything about being here has been a great experience. Van Heerden talked highly about the underclassmen on the team and thinks they will be able to build off of the success they enjoyed this year. To me, it was as positive a loss as I could have imagined having.”center_img Playing the match, I thought we played as good as we could have under the circumstances we faced. We got a little excited on the big points and maybe needed to be a little more focused. I wish we could’ve played the big points a little better because I think the match was closer than the score showed. STILLWATER, Okla. – The Central Arkansas tennis team saw its season end on Friday night as they fell to the #15 Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears had to battle the Cowgirls in front of a sold-out Oklahoma State crowd at the indoor Greenwood Tennis Center. The match was moved to the indoor facility as heavy rain took over Stillwater all afternoon. The Bears finished the year with a combined singles record of 95-56 and doubles record of 49-21. They will say goodbye to three seniors, including Van Heerden, as they begin to look ahead to next year. When asked to describe the last four years, Van Heerden was very proud of all that they accomplished and will miss making unforgettable memories with her teammates.   “Going from a team that lost every year to a team with winning records and being able to be a part of setting those records both individually and as a team has been very sweet,” Van Heerden said. “I’m going to miss the team chemistry the most. We’re going to forget about the tennis we played, the results and how we felt during matches but we’re never going to forget the fun times we had. Although the score shows a clean sweep by the Cowgirls, the Bears showed the Oklahoma State crowd why they made it out of the SLC with duels at the No. 1, 3 and 6 courts. Senior QiLi Ma held a 5-3 set one lead before falling 7-5 on court No. 6. Senior Marli Van Heerden dropped a heartbreaker set one 7-6 as Marina Guinart won the tiebreaker 8-6 to reach 7. Guinart led the Cowgirls in wins with 25 and never lost in Big 12 play. HEAR FROM HEAD COACH CASEY WHARTON: COWGIRLS 4, UCA 0 The Bears entered singles play in an unfamiliar position as they trailed 1-0 for the first time since April 6. The Cowgirls started singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 as #94 ranked Bunyawi Thamchaiwat defeated Yada Vasupongchai to go up 2-0. Sophomore Mei Ishimura took the court at No. 5 for the first time since April 5 and fell to Cowgirls Tennis Female Athlete of the Year Sofia Blanco 6-2, 6-3. Down 3-0, the Bears were battling to hang on but ultimately fell at the No. 2 court 6-1, 6-4 to drop the match 4-0. Wharton was pleased with the way his team performed in the spotlight and was thankful for the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

Sims wants to play prop for Broncos

first_imgMcGuire would be following in former captain Corey Parker’s footsteps if he made the positional change, with Parker often playing in the front row before his permanent move to lock in 2009. Parker’s retirement last year has given coach Wayne Bennett a major decision to make as the 2017 NRL season fast approaches. Up and coming big men Jai Arrow and Tevita Pangai Jnr have staked their claim for the No. 13 jersey, but it now appears a positional switch for McGuire will be the most likely scenario. This would be the best situation for Sims, who despite having history in the second row, was signed with Brisbane to add depth to their front row stocks.”Front row is my position and I want to play there for the Broncos this year,” Sims said.  “I don’t mind a bit of lock, but I think Josh McGuire will start there for us this year. “I played second row in our trial win against the Sharks, which I don’t mind because I can get the job done there. “In saying that, I feel like I have a lot to learn about that position if I am going to be good enough to play there in first grade.”Sims’s arrival at Red Hill has not only added depth to the Broncos’ forward pack, but also the aggression. The former Newcastle Knight was a standout in Brisbane’s 30-12 trial victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night, making a number of bone-rattling hits that brought the huge Redcliffe crowd to their feet. This side of Sims’s game is something the Fijian international prides himself on, with his huge hitting a big reason as to why he was targeted by the Broncos. Hopeful of a Queensland Maroons call-up in 2017, Sims said he is looking forward to becoming Brisbane’s new enforcer. “It’s always exciting when a big hit comes off,” he said.  “I want to bring aggression to this side and I think that’s one of the reasons I was brought to this club. “A bit of aggression never hurt anyone and I think if you can control it then you can use it to your advantage.”last_img read more

Benzema: “I would like to return to Lyon, but not for now”

first_imgKarim Benzema appeared this afternoon on the ‘OL Night System’, a program organized by Olympique de Lyon during the coronavirus crisis, and which aims to interview old glories of the whole of the Rhone. The Real Madrid forward was sincere and declared that his career at Lyon is likely to end.. In addition, Benzema highlighted that Juninho was the player he liked the most to play in France: “I loved playing with Juninho Pernambucano, also with Wiltord“The Brazilian is currently the sporting director of the Rhône team, and has already stated on several occasions that his desire is to bring Benzema to Lyon. “I am currently what I am thanks to Lyon. Regarding going back, not at the moment, I want to continue making history in Real Madrid, which is the best team in the world. Afterwards, you never know. End my career at Lyon, why not?“said the French international, who added after that Lyon is the club he has at heart.last_img read more

Labour Department resolved 300 complaints for 2016 – Minister Scott

first_imgMinister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott, has disclosed that his Ministry through its Department of Labour closed about 300 of the over 500 complaints between January to June of this year.During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Minister Scott explained that the outstanding complaints are currently being dealt with; however, the Ministry is currently seeking additional labour officers to fast track the process.“We have advertised for more staff to be trained as labour officers… We know that there is a backlog but we are working on that,” the Minister noted.He said that the Ministry has increased its inspections over the past six months to ensure that employers are adhering to the labour laws of Guyana, and to educate workers of their rights.“We have insisted that our policy is that you visit employers on a regular basis. We have also increased our visits not only to ensure labour laws are adhered to, but also occupational health and safety laws and we even look at whether employers are paying workers’ NIS correctly, because there is a collaboration between the Ministry and NIS,” Minister Scott pointed out.Minister Scott said that the intention is to not only ensure that workers’ rights are protected, but employers are aware of what is expected of them.last_img read more

Bert Bowes Jr. Boys and Girls Basketball teams go 1-1 in Edmonton

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Bert Bowes Middle School Basketball teams were in Edmonton for the Riverbend Jr. High Centurion Classic this past weekend.The Boys and Girls Basketball teams consisting of Grade 9 students, played Friday afternoon as the girls won 40-28 over Michael Phair out of Edmonton while the boys beat the same team in overtime in a nail-biter 49-46. On Saturday morning the boys lost a close one 58-50 versus the F. R. Haythorne out of Edmonton while the girls lost to Ecole Leduc 48-38. Gryphon Talbot and Josie Lawlor were named tournament All-stars.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pellegrini ‘angry’ as Man City concede four goals in a week

first_imgMan City manager Manuel Pellegrini was ruing defensive errors as West Ham ended their 100 per cent Premier League record with a 2-1 win at the Etihad.City had 27 shots and 16 corners, but despite the onslaught, could not find a way past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who made vital saves to ensure another away win for Slaven Bilic’s men.“When you are two goals down, you play faster than you need to against a team that plays with nine men as defenders,” he said.“I think West Ham played very well and I am more angry at the way we conceded two goals.”It was a familiar scenario for Pellegrini, with it being the second time in a week Man City have conceded two goals at home.First Italian champions Juventus beat them 2-1 in the Champions League, before West Ham ruined their 100 per cent Premier League record.“Juventus has two chances and scored two goals. Today, West Ham had two chances and scored two goals.”However, he was not willing to use the absence of captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany as an excuse.last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Leicester City striker set for Fenerbahce loan – reports

first_img Leicester striker Ahmed Musa 1 Leicester striker Ahmed Musa is set for a loan move to Fenerbahce.The 24-year-old struggled to establish himself during his first season at Leicester following a then-club record £16.6m switch from CSKA Moscow in July.He started just seven Premier League games, with a further 14 appearances coming off the bench, with only two goals scored.And it has been suggested that he could be sent out on loan in a bid to get him playing regular first-team football again.According to reports in Turkey, an agreement in principle between Fenerbahce and Leicester has been reached.It is unclear how long the loan will run for but Musa could link up with his new team-mates when they report back for pre-season training.last_img read more

Unbeaten Keppel gets first road test

first_img ”I’m worried about our guys playing a Saturday afternoon game,” Riggio said. ”When you’ve played night games your entire life, it’s a completely different preparation. Fortunately, our assistant principal coached college football, so he can help us get prepared.” The Aztecs are unbeaten, but they’re not exactly sending shock waves to Division VII pollsters. They’ve beaten three teams, Workman, Blair and Mountain View, which have a combined 0-9-1 record. La Salle (2-2), on the other hand, is battle-tested and proven. They will provide the Aztecs with their toughest test of the season. Lancers quarterback George Colton is speedy in the backfield, but also has thrown for 568 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Dexter Bryant is second only to Rosemead’s Deon Sumler in the chase for the area rushing title, with 414 yards and eight touchdowns. And defensively, the Lancers will make Keppel quarterback Paul Lee and running back Mike Edwards work for everything they get. But when the 3-0 Aztecs leave home for the first time to take on La Salle High School this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Riggio’s Aztecs are one of only seven area teams left undefeated. And like any undefeated coach having success, Riggio’s concerns seem minor. Oh, the problems coach Jimmy Riggio faces at Keppel High School these days. There was a day when Riggio wondered when that first win would ever come. He entered his third season at the school with an 0-20 record, and with the Aztecs having the longest losing streak in the CIF-Southern Section at 38 games. center_img ”We know this is going to be our toughest game of the year, but we’re excited about it,” Riggio said. ”It’s a different feeling when you start winning, and I have a lot of faith in these guys. They’re battling so hard, and they want to keep this going.” Oxnard Santa Clara (1-2) at Maranatha (3-0), 3 p.m. After a week off, the Minutemen hope to remain unbeaten under first-year coach Dwayne Cantrell, and there should be a lot of excitement playing their first home game on their new campus. The Minutemen have been flawless so far, beating Arrowhead Christian (20-6), Lakeside (44-6), and area foe Flintridge Prep (20-0). They’ve been doing it with a balanced attack led by quarterback Eric Schultz and running back Nick Soash. Schultz is averaging 135 yards per game, and the Minutemen rushing attack is providing 126 yards an outing. Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 160Want 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

DONEGAL FAMILY REUNITED WITH STOLEN CAR AFTER WOMAN FINDS KEYS IN SHRUBBERY!

first_imgA young Donegal mother has been reunited with her car after an eagle-eyed homeowner came across some keys in shrubbery a week after the car was stolen.Stolen….the VW Passat which has been recovered.The VW Passat was taken form outside a house in Letterkenny exactly a week ago after thieves broke into the house and stole the car keys.The heartless thieves took the car which contained a handbag and even a young child’s buggy. As the days passed, the young mother thought the car had been burned out or destroyed.But she got a lovely surprise yesterday when Letterkenny Gardai telephoned her saying a car fitting her car’s description had been spotted parked up in Derry.It turned out a householder had spotted the car sitting outside her home for a number of days.Yesterday morning the woman noticed some keys in some shrubbery beside her home and tried a button on the key and the lights went on. The woman contacted the PSNI who contacted Gardai.The stolen car had been reported missing and the young Letterkenny family were able to go into Derry to collect the car.Even better was the fact that there was very little damage t the car and the child’s buggy was still in the boot. DONEGAL FAMILY REUNITED WITH STOLEN CAR AFTER WOMAN FINDS KEYS IN SHRUBBERY! was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car stolenDerrydonegalGardailetterkennyPSNIshrubberylast_img read more

DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has come through an assessment giving them a license to respond to emergency calls across the region for the next three years until 2017. The team face various rescue scenarios.The team and their governing body insist on operating the highest standard during response calls to people caught in dangerous situations across the county.Two assessors put your local mountain rescue team through the paces from 8.30pm until after midnight on Friday night( Admin capability approval) and then again from 10.00am this morning til 1.30pm today ( Mountain Rescue capabilities approval). The assessment scenario was based on a “call-out” from a solo hill walker that sustained a suspected lower leg fracture while walking in the eastern region of the Bluestack mountains.The Incident Control Unit was deployed to, and based at, the car park between Lough Mourne and Biddy’s of Barnes pub.A hasty team was deployed to locate the casualty, followed by two self contained ( ie, fully equipped) Search & Rescue Units.Donegal Mountain RescueThe casualty was located on steep ground and treated by a Team medic while the rest of us set up belay systems to ensure a safe and fast extraction to the road side. At the following debrief, the two independent Assessors told the team what they seen and thought of them, as your local mountain rescue team.And the great news is that the team passed with flying colours. Your local mountain rescue team are validated for another 3 years with the next assessment scheduled for 2017.The second Assessor said “be proud to be a member of Donegal MRT” and he would be proud to a part of us.The best news of all is that Donegal MRT are now invited to join one assessor’s Team for winter training in Scotland and we are in the planning stages of partaking in a multi team exercise based on the mountainous and extreme regions of Connaught.Please remember, all members of Donegal MRT are volunteers. While we give up our free time voluntarily, we can not survive without your contributions on street collection days. DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS was last modified: May 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:assessmentdonegalDonegal Mountain Rescuelast_img read more