Tournament Central | BracketCONWAY, Ark. – The 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament opens Friday inside Farris Gym in Conway, Ark., on the campus of No. 5 seed Central Arkansas. Play opens up with an 11 a.m. CT start between No. 2-seed Sam Houston State and No. 7-seed Southeastern Louisiana.The tournament will be a single-elimination format, beginning with Friday’s quarterfinal matches and ending with the championship match at 3:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon.Match 1 – No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 7 Southeastern LouisianaThe Bearkats take on the Lady Lions Friday at 11 a.m. in what will be the third meeting of the year between the squads. Sam Houston State holds a 2-0 record over Southeastern Louisiana throughout the 2019 season, but the Lady Lions will be looking to make a statement in their first conference-tournament appearance since 2015.Sam Houston State is led by a trio of all-conference selections, including Libero of the Year Addison Miller. The Bearkats have proven offensive prowess as they lead the Southland with a 13.36 kills-per-set average and rank 11th in the nation for total attacks (4,333). Ashley Lewis has produced a team-best 422 kills while Breanne Chausse stands second on the Bearkat roster with 334 over 28 matches. Miller has also been key on defense for SHSU, registering a team-best 575 digs on the season.Jodi Edo will look to provide the pop on offense for Southeastern Louisiana as the senior is coming off a first team all-conference nod. The Lady Lions are averaging 12.63 kills per set on the shoulders of Edo and Caroline Gold who have combined for 625 kills this season. SLU’s net presence has been apparent throughout conference play as the team ranks third in the Southland for total blocks (129) and fourth for blocks per game (2.05).Match 2 – No. 3 Northwestern State vs. No. 6 Houston BaptistThe Lady Demons will take on the Huskies in Friday’s second quarterfinal matchup, slated for a 1:30 p.m. opening serve. The season series stands at 1-1 as both teams took 3-1 wins at home with Houston Baptist coming out on top in the latest meeting (Nov. 9).Northwestern State earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament after securing an 11-5 conference record behind Southland Player of the Year Hannah Brister. Brister paced the Lady Demon offense with a scorching 478 kills to lead the league and rank 11th nationally in the category. Senior outside hitter Alexis Warren joined Brister on the all-conference roster. The pair, along with libero Megan Lohmiller, have been the pillars of a well-rounded Lady Demon program, earning six offensive and four defensive Southland weekly honors this season.Mikayla Vivens gained an all-conference selection on Wednesday and will look to lead the Huskies who finished the regular season with a 9-4 mark in conference play. HBU currently stands at the top of the Southland, and seventh nationally, with 2,014 digs this season. Morgan Dewyer has registered a league-best 51 aces and 1,011 assists and will look to set the tempo for the HBU offense.Match 3 – No. 1 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 8 New OrleansTop-seeded Stephen F. Austin will take on New Orleans in Friday’s third quarterfinal matchup, beginning at 4 p.m. The Ladyjacks continue to aim for perfection ahead of the meeting as they cruised to a flawless 16-0 conference mark. Led by 2019 Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year Debbie Humphreys and Newcomer of the Year Taya Mitchell, Stephen F. Austin earned a league-best five all-conference selections and hold a nation-leading win percentage of .966. The SFA squad leads the Southland in blocks per set (2.88), total blocks (287.5), digs per set (17.74), hitting percentage (.257) and opponent hitting percentage (.139).The Privateers are making their first appearance at the conference tournament since the 2015 season. Ehize Omoghibo and Lucie Pokorna were named all-conference honorees ahead of Friday’s matchup and will look to test the Ladyjacks’ defense. Pokorna has dealt 990 assists on the year, while Omoghibo leads the UNO squad with 339 kills.Match 4 – No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 5 Central ArkansasWrapping up the opening round is No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi against host and No. 5-seed Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will serve as the rubber match between the teams as Central Arkansas took the last meeting 3-1 at home in the regular-season finale (Nov. 16).The Islanders will be led by newly-crowned Southland Setter of the Year Madison Green and Freshman of the Year Carissa Barnes. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a trio of all-conference selections after finishing with an 11-5 conference mark. Green enters the matchup ranked third in the nation with six triple-doubles and will pace a potent Islanders’ offense that leads the conference with 174 aces.The Sugar Bears are riding a high after finishing regular-season play with a seven-match win streak for a 10-6 conference record. UCA also claimed three spots on the all-conference roster after finishing its regular-season slate with a league-best 12.32 assists per set, 1,491 team assists and 1,598 team kills.The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org/live and the league’s app, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Greg Miller will handle play-by-play responsibilities for the opening two rounds.The championship match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. David Saltzman will handle play-by-play duties and Shelby Coppedge will provide color commentary.
Canada’s Supreme Court has restored charges against a man who had sex with his underage stepdaughter in Fort St. John thirty years ago.The Globe and Mail reports that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously to restore the three charges of sexual assault, which had previously been overturned by the BC Court of Appeal. The charges were overturned after judges in the Appeal court questioned the reasoning given by the original trial judge when rendering his verdict.- Advertisement -However, yesterday Supreme Court judges determined that the judge in the original trial had indeed provided sufficient reason for finding the man guilty. The case stems from a complaint from the stepdaughter of the man, identified only as C.J. The woman testified that her stepfather had committed 11 acts of sexual assault against her when she was between the ages of 9 and 17. In 1980, the woman gave birth to a child fathered by her stepfather.The stepfather, identified only as R.E.M. to protect the anonymity of the woman involved, testified that his relationship with her was consensual and began to be sexual only after the girl turned 15.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – PETRONAS Canada presented the United Way of Northern B.C. with a $50,000 donation on November 6.According to Mahvish Parvez, of the United Way of Northern B.C., the money will go toward the pillar ‘From Poverty to Possibility’ to be allocated to the Northeast, particularly Fort St. John.Parvez says the donation will enable the United Way of Northern B.C. to help those struggling to attain financial stability and provide access to local organizations working to eradicate hunger, homelessness and enhance employability.- Advertisement -“We are very thankful for PETRONAS Canada’s generosity with this donation. This amount will enable us to fill the funding gaps and assist even more individuals and families living animpoverished life. PETRONAS Canada’s community‐mindedness commendable ‐ the staff of Fort St. John office regularly volunteer for our Day of Caring initiative as well.”The United Way says it positively affects 1 in 3 people through their impact work in the region; empowering other non‐profit agencies and advocating the unique needs of the Northern B.C. region.For more information on the United Way of Northern B.C., you can visit unitedwaynbc.ca.Advertisement
Defeat for City sees Pep Guardiola’s men already fall five points behind European champions Liverpool — who have a perfect record from their first five games — in the title race.City’s decision not to strengthen at centre-back over the summer despite former captain Vincent Kompany’s departure to become player-manager at Anderlecht could cost Guardiola’s side the title with Laporte sidelined by a serious knee injury until at least January.The City manager fielded his only two fit centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, but they struggled to cope and gifted Norwich back their two-goal lead at the start of the second-half after Sergio Aguero had reduced the arrears.Guardiola’s decision to rest Kevin de Bruyne will also be questioned as the visitors started slowly and were punished by a Norwich side that themselves had been ravaged by injuries.Daniel Farke had to name two goalkeepers on his substitute bench just to make up the numbers, but the hosts were spurred as City’s weakness at defending set-pieces was exposed when McLean rose highest to head home the opening goal.It was 2-0 just before the half hour mark as Kyle Walker played Pukki onside and the Finn unselfishly squared for Cantwell to tap into an empty net.City looked to have a route back into the game just before half-time when Bernardo Silva’s cross picked out Aguero to continue his record of scoring in every game so far this season in the Premier League.But the visitors’ momentum was halted just five minutes after the restart.Stones needlessly played Otamendi into trouble and the Argentine was robbed by Emiliano Buendia, who fed Pukki to prod home his sixth goal of the season.Guardiola responded by throwing on De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, but it was not until Rodri drilled into the bottom corner two minutes from time that City looked like mounting a late comeback.Aguero, Jesus and Raheem Sterling all fired too close to Tim Krul in the dying seconds as Norwich held out for a famous victory.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000City stunned: Norwich beat Manchester City 3-2 despite Sergio Aguero scoring for the English champions© AFP Lindsey ParnabyNORWICH, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Newly-promoted Norwich stunned Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow Road on Saturday to inflict a first Premier League defeat on the English champions since January.Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and the prolific Teemu Pukki took advantage of a ragged City defence without the injured Aymeric Laporte for a remarkable upset.
1 England lost 2-1 to Japan in the Women’s World Cup semi-final with a last gasp Laura Bassett own goal sending the Lionesses crashing to a cruel defeat.A close contest was heading to extra-time in Edmonton, when the Japanese broke on the counter-attack and a dangerous cross was met by Bassett, whose attempt to clear bounced off the bar and over the line.It was a devastating end to England’s first ever last four appearance on the global stage, particularly considering they had created better chances than the defending world champions and looked the more likely winners as the match progressed.Japan were favourites to progress before kick-off, and took the lead just after the half hour mark when England’s Claire Rafferty was penalised for a foul on Soari Ariyoshi, although it looked to have been committed outside of the box.Captain Aya Miyami calmly stroked the ball past England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, but if Mark Sampson’s team felt hard done by, the score would soon be evened up in more ways than one.Eight minutes later, England had a dubious penalty of their own, when Steph Houghton was adjudged to have been fouled by Yuki Ogimi, who appeared to have clipped her heel, though again replays suggested it may have been a soft decision.Having restored parity thanks to a sweetly struck Fara Williams spot-kick, England grew in stature in the second half and on 61 minutes a smart turn and shot from striker Toni Duggan hit the bar.A period of sustained English pressure had the Japanese on the ropes, as substitute Ellen White forced the goalkeeper into a full stretch save two minutes later, followed by a header from Jill Scott that whistled past the post.On 77 minutes full-back Rafferty nearly redeemed herself when a mishit cross almost gave England a fortuitous lead, only to loop on to the top of the cross bar.But it was Japan who would benefit from a stroke of luck two minutes into stoppage time, as centre-back Bassett – who had been a rock for the Lionesses – stretched to cut out a dangerous ball into the box, only to send it past Bardsley.There was barely time to kick-off before the final whistle was blown, leaving Japan jubiliant and England to reflect on a game they had lost, despite having 11 efforts on goal compared to four from their opponents.The result means Japan will defend their crown against the United States, in a rematch of the final from 2011, while England must pick themselves up for a third-place play-off with European champions Germany. England players console Laura Bassett after her own goal gave Japan a 2-1 World Cup semi-final win
When opposing basketball teams size up junior Thomas Johnson for the first time, the 6-foot Antelope Valley High point guard does not appear to be much of an above-the-rim type of player. This is one of those cases, he says, when looks can be deceiving. Johnson, a standout in basketball and track and field, is one of the most explosive dunkers in the area in the winter and one of the state’s best high jumpers come spring. His leap of 6 feet, 8 inches is second in the area this season and just one inch off the top mark at last June’s state finals. “I’ve been practicing harder than ever before and really listening to my coaches,” said Johnson, who has battled severe tendinitis in his knees this year. “My knees started hurting during basketball season this year. The pain comes and goes, but sometimes it hurts so bad, I can’t even jump.” (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventJohnson, whose 43-inch vertical jump is on par with some of the top leapers in the NBA, had to sit out the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend because of the pain. He insists the injury will not sideline him all season. “It hurts a lot,” he said, “but how can I let it stop me? My goal is to clear 7-0 this year and win the state title.” If Johnson does compete in the June 2-3 state meet, he can ask teammate Andre Crenshaw – defending state champion in the long jump – for advice. “Andre and I are good friends,” he said. “When it comes down to it, I’m going to ask him for tips about how to approach the meet. Yeah, I’ll be picking his brain a bit.” email@example.com
Former Donegal politician Cecilia Keaveney has called for a special hotline to be set up to blow the whistle on match fixing.Cecilia KeaveneyThe Inishowen woman and former Fianna Fail Senator was previously the chairperson of the Council of Europe Sports Committee.She was responding to the latest claims of match fixing in soccer. Ms Keaveney says the GAA and the FAI should now lead the way in the fight against such alleged rigging of games.She said a specialist line should be set up so athletes can give information without being targeted by criminals making cash from such rigging of games.“The sport (soccer) is waiting for a blazing fire of evidence but we know that if it is possible then it will take place,” she saidForeign betting gangs have constantly tried to infiltrate some Irish sports including League of Ireland soccer. FORMER DONEGAL POLITICIAN WANTS HOTLINE FOR SPORTS CHEATS was last modified: December 1st, 2013 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:Ceclia Keaveneycheatinghotlinematch-fixing
LA MIRADA – “A Muscular Machar: The Story of a Jewish Strongman in 1920s Europe,” an upcoming lecture at Temple Beth Ohr, will be led by Sharon Gillerman, professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College. Gillerman is currently working on a book called “German into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic.” The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Temple Beth Ohr, 15721 Rosecrans Ave. For more information, call (714) 521-6765 or (562) 691-2551. Christmas boutique set at Cypress Gardens WHITTIER A Christmas in October Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cypress Gardens of Whittier, 8101 Painter Ave. Crafts, baskets, novelties, baked goods and jewelry will be on sale. There will also be a raffle. For more information, call (562) 698-0596. Home-sale seminar for seniors set WHITTIER Merrill Gardens will have a local real estate agent present a free seminar to seniors who are thinking about selling their homes from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at 13250 E. Philadelphia St. Seniors can learn ways to avoid losing cash when selling their homes, ways to maximize their property value and receive a tour of Merrill Gardens Retirement Home. Lunch is included. To register or for more information, call (800) 955-6443, Ext. 345. Rescued dogs to fly home to Louisiana WHITTIER Thanks to community donations, Pee Wee and Fat, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks rescued from hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, will be flying home Sunday to Lafayette, La. In all, the Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital, where the animals have stayed since they were rescued by a Whittier resident, raised $710 to get the animals home. The dogs will be taken on board the flight by an employee of Delta Airlines. The employee is the wife of a Whittier police dog-handling officer who helped make the arrangements. “We know there are hundreds of animals still out there. I’m glad we could do our little part to help,” said Lauralea Thompson, administrator of the hospital. Halloween Capers coming to Uptown WHITTIER – A Halloween Capers event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 in Uptown Whittier. This year’s Capers will consist of a sidewalk sale by Uptown merchants offering special shopping prices. There will be candy treats for youngsters. For more information, call (562) 696-2662. Living with disabilities session to be offered WHITTIER –The Whittier Public Library will offer a free workshop on living with disabilities at 5 p.m. Wednesday at its main branch, 7344 S. Washington Ave. The workshop, “What’s It Really Like?” will consist of four persons with disabilities who bring humor and hope to their personal stories of living fully with disabilities. A sign language interpreter can be provided with 72 hours’ advance notice to library. For more information, call the library at (562) 464-3450. Golden State Theatre LA MIRADA –The Golden State Theatre is currently performing “Goldirocks,” a musical set in mythical Fairytale Forest. The show takes place 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. Tickets are $10 with group rates available. For more information, call the La Mirada Theatre box office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Volunteers in Action Awards to be given LA MIRADA –The City of La Mirada will host its annual Volunteers in Action Awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Award categories include Leadership, Innovation, Spirit of Service and Initiative, Lifetime Achievement, Corporate Responsibility, the Judge’s Award and the Medal of Valor. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Art gallery to hold annual tea Oct. 29 WHITTIER — The Whittier Art Gallery will hold its annual tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the gallery, 8035 Painter Ave. There will be a silent auction featuring works by local artist Cecelia Lowry. Some proceeds from the event will fund art education programs. Reservations for the tea are required, and tickets cost $15. To make a reservation, call (562) 698-8710.
Tragic Dean Lafferty.THERE were heartbreaking scenes today at the funeral of a Co Donegal teenager found dead at his home.Dean Lafferty, who was 18, was found dead at his home at 94 Admiran Park, Stranorlar, earlier this week.Gardaí are investigating his death amid reports he may have suffered a head injury in an attack in Letterkenny. Tearful friends and family attended his Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe cemetery earlier.There were heartbreaking scenes as young friends and relatives hugged and comforted each other during the funeral Mass. HEARTBREAKING SCENES AT FUNERAL FOR TRAGIC TEENAGER DEAN was last modified: February 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Dean LaffertyfuneralStranorlar
Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn and Cllr Mick Quinn of Sinn Fein who have pledged their full backing to Patrick and Clare Scoales who will be forced out of their house at Keenaghan, Kilmacrennan by Christmas.A Kilmacrennan family says they will have to move out of their home at Keenaghan before Christmas because of defective blocks that have left the house structurally unsafe.Patrick and Clare Schoales, the parents of two young children, were in tears as they spoke about the Mica problem that has left them in a desperate situation with winter now looming.Patrick has been told by a structural engineer that cracks in the walls all around the house which was built in 2007 is now posing a very real danger of the building collapsing. “The structural engineer has told me that the problem is being caused by the building blocks being defective. I noticed the cracks the second year after we moved in here. The engineer told me to monitor the problem and it’s got really bad now” Mr Schoales told the Tirconail Tribune.Padraig MacLochlainn TD and his Party colleague Cllr Mick Quinn have pledged to work with the family to seek an urgent solution to the problem and initially the Schoales will need alternative accommodation while the very serious situation is being sorted out.“There is movement in the walls. We have had to throw carpets out because of the damp and have had to move beds into the centre of the rooms. Because the winter is coming we will have to get out of this house by Christmas because stormy weather would make it too dangerous for us to live here” Patrick Schoales said.The family, who has a mortgage, have been left frustrated and angry by the response of the bank to their dire financial position. “We have explained the reasons that we need relief but they say it is none of their concern. Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn says the Mica problem is not just confined to Inishowen adding that both he and Cllr Quinn have been receiving calls about Mica structural concerns in the Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan areas.Deputy MacLochlainn says the very worrying aspect is that where Mica has been detected the building will more than likely receive a zero valuation, which is devastating news for the owners.“The Mica Action Group here is doing very good work but individuals still have to fight their own battles as well when it comes to the banks and insurance matters” Deputy MacLochlainn said.Patrick Schoales has been told by his insurance company that his policy does not cover him for faulty materials. Deputy MacLochlainn says that a Mica Redress Scheme must now be introduced similar to the one that was put in place for Pyrite a couple of years ago.“I have raised the matter with the Junior Minister Paudie Coffey because preliminary tests done by the Council has confirmed defective blocks in some of their housing stock and the Department of the Environment has confirmed that Mica is an issue. I told him that Sinn Fein wants the Government to go now to introduce a Redress Scheme but the Minister says he is going to first appoint an Independent Panel of Experts to examine the whole problem before that would happen.” Patrick Schoales says the only solution for his family is a complete rebuild of the house and he has appealed to the Government to implement a Redress Scheme immediately.“It’s been very hard for our son Thomas (8) and daughter Meave (7) hearing about all this and that they might have to leave their own house by Christmas” said a clearly emotional Patrick. His wife Clare is similarly distraught. “We never faltered on a mortgage repayment. That’s they we are and were brought up to do the right thing. It’s horrible the way Patrick has been treated” Clare said.The couple who are currently unemployed are actively seeking work and even one wage coming into the house would help to take a little bit of the pressure of them at this most difficult time in their lives. Cllr Mick Quinn has been in contact with the Council’s housing department about alternative accommodation for the Schoales family and he is very hopeful that it can be arranged in the Kilmacrennan area with their two children pupils at the local national school.Both Sinn Fein representatives have committed to take on the family’s bank in relation to the mortgage with a view to getting a significant writedown on the outstanding amount owed. According to Patrick all the bank is prepared to do is make the repayments interest only for six months and that is ‘Catch 22’ scenario for the family as it will actually cost them more over the long term. Deputy MacLochlainn and Cllr Quinn are also going make contact with the family’s insurance company to pursue the issue of their policy which doesn’t cover defective materials.DEFECTIVE BLOCKS THREATEN TO LEAVE FAMILY HOMELESS BY CHRISTMAS was last modified: August 6th, 2015 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:building blocksdonegalkilmacrennanMICAunsafe