MATCH NOTES: No. 7 UWF women’s tennis to face top teams in south region

first_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 7-ranked University of West Florida women’s tennis team will face some of the best tennis programs in the south region on the road in the coming week. West Florida will face No. 8 Saint Leo on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. ET before facing No. 3 Barry in Miami, Fla. on Monday, March 10. UWF will then face No. 6 Lynn on March 11, No. 10 Florida Southern on March 14 and No. 9 Rollins on March 15.Match Notes: March 8-15 Women’s Tennis NotesTOUGH OPPONENTS AHEADUWF will face several of the top tennis programs in the south region in the coming week as the Argonauts will head south for the team’s annual spring break road trip. West Florida will face five Sunshine State Conference teams ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA DII. UWF will face No. 3 Barry, No. 6 Lynn, No. 8 Saint Leo and No. 9 Rollins and No. 10 Florida Southern.20 CAREER WINS FOR KOCHANOVAUWF senior Monika Kochanova earned her 20th career singles victory on Sunday, March 2. Kochanova is 18-6 at number one singles and 2-0 at number two singles in her career at West Florida.25 STRAIGHT GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE WINS DATING BACK TO 2010The UWF women’s tennis program has won 25 straight matches over Gulf South Conference opponents since the 2010 spring season. West Florida is 4-0 in GSC play to start the 2014 spring season.NEWCOMERS STARTING CAREERS STRONG AT UWFSeveral of the UWF women’s first-year student-athletes are having successful starts to their careers at West Florida. Laure-Eline Faure (Toulouse, France/Emilie de Rodat) is 4-0 at number two singles and 3-0 at number one singles, while sophomore Katarina Dikosavljevic (Queensland, Australia/University of Texas at Arlington) is 3-0 at number 2, 3 and 4 singles.WEST FLORIDA RANKED NO. 3 IN SOUTH REGIONThe No. 7-ranked UWF women’s tennis team came in at No. 3 in the first ITA Division II Women’s Regional Team Rankings. A pair of Sunshine State Conference schools are ahead of the Argonauts, as Barry comes in at No. 1 and Lynn ranks No. 2.For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Version Share Monika Kochanova won her 21st career match at UWF on Wednesday. (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img MATCH NOTES: No. 7 UWF women’s tennis to face top teams in south regionlast_img read more

UWF Men’s Soccer Picked Second in GSC Preseason Coaches Poll; Three Named Preseason All-GSC

first_imgBitsindou, a three-time All-GSC Tournament Team selection and 2015 NSCAA All-South Region honoree, is set to lead a backline that allowed only 1.22 goals per game in 2015 – a mark that stood as second best in the GSC. Bethell returns for his sophomore year after turning in a strong freshman performance with three goals and an assist, while Sanon provided strong support as a defensive midfielder in 18 games and 10 starts in 2015.  West Florida tied West Alabama for the most Preseason All-GSC Team selections with three. West Florida only stands behind two-time defending West Alabama, who received six of nine first place votes. UWF earned its second place ranking with two first place, two second place, two third place, a fourth place and a fifth place vote. August 4, 2016 GSC RELEASE The Argonauts are followed by Alabama Huntsville, Christian Brothers, Lee, Shorter, Mississippi College, Delta State and Union, respectively. Alabama Huntsville received one first place vote, while Mississippi College grabs the seventh-place slot in its first year as an official member of NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. UWF begins its 2016 campaign at Tampa on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. West Florida’s home opener is slated for Sunday, September 4 against Missouri S&T at 11:00 a.m. PENSACOLA, Fla.  –  After reaching its eighth Gulf South Conference Final in the last 10 years in 2015, the University of West Florida men’s soccer team was selected to finish second in the GSC by league coaches. Senior defender Japhet Bitsindou, sophomore midfielder Kameron Bethell and junior defensive midfielder Shawn Sanon were all chosen for the league’s annual Preseason All-GSC team. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit — –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Massillon Jackson Reaches State Final Four with 9-2 Win over Mentor

first_img Related Topics Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Massillon Jackson earned a trip to Columbus with a 9-2 victory over Mentor in the Canton Regional Final at Thurman Munson Stium on Saturday, May 27.The game was a textbook example of how the Bears (28-2) got to this point: The top of the order set the table. The middle of the order brought them home.Jackson received contributions up and down the lineup. The Bears played stellar defense, including a few spectacular plays from behind home plate and benefited from another dominant outing on the mound.As for the top of the order, senior leadoff man Cade Mottice scored the first run of the day, when his twin brother Jake Mottice drove him in with an RBI single in the top of the first.Jake went on to go 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a walk, two runs batted in and two runs scored.The senior had been scuffling the past few games, but credited his turnaround to a two-run triple from the day before in the regional semifinal against Walsh Jesuit.“I’ve been struggling lately in the Playoffs and I just wanted to do something to help my team,” the No. 3 hitter said.“I made some adjustments at the plate and I was locked in. That (triple) was my slump-buster. It got me going and made me have confidence in myself.”Jackson coach Bill Gamble was glad to see him get back on track.“He was struggling a little yesterday and through the district tournament, but he lasered one and you just saw it come back, like he just found it again and got going. It only takes one at bat and we know that.”Kyle Nicolas came through with the second clutch hit of the day, plating a two-run single to score Dillon Dingler and J. Mottice in the top of the third, extending the lead to 3-0.Nicolas (7-0) is known more for his arm, as the hard-throwing right hander owns a 0.50 ERA and is committed to play college ball at Ball State, but hitting cleanup in a lineup as impressive as Jackson’s tells you all you need to know about how complete his game is.The senior went on to score after hitting the two-run single, as Nicolas and Trey Wright attempted a double steal. Wright was thrown out at second, but Nicolas scored to make it 4-0.Nicolas finished the day 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and now owns a batting average above .350 with 20 RBI on the season.He struck out nine in a complete game shutout in the regional semifinal against Walsh Jesuit and Gamble is still undecided on how the Bears will use their pitching rotation for Friday’s state semifinal – whether to go with Nicolas or sophomore Yianni Skeriotis, who’s been phenomenal all year and continued his dominant season in the regional final.Skeriotis (8-0) worked six innings and did not allow an earned run until the sixth, receiving some great defense behind him for the vast majority of the day.A few of those plays came from Dingler, a senior catcher, who will play college ball at The Ohio State University.In the bottom of the third, Dingler ended the inning with a snap throw to first base, catching a runner off guard.B4: @dillondingler17 shows why he’s considered one of, if not the top catch and throw guys in the state as he ends the Cardinal 3rd— PBR Ohio (@PBR_Ohio) May 27, 2017Those types of plays are not uncommon in Dingler’s game and it would be the first of more to come on the day.“That dude’s just a flat out stud,” Jake Mottice said after the game.“Nothing he does surprises me at all.”“I like keeping active behind the plate,” Dingler said.“I don’t know if I get a little bored or what, but I like to throw it around.”Mentor’s offense had another opportunity in the bottom of the fourth, when junior outfielder Will LaGanke and senior Nick Smith hit back-to-back singles to start the inning off.Jackson stifled the rally, as Skeriotis induced a groundball to shortstop Josh Romans, who started off the 6-4-3 double play to get two outs, and the right-hander went on to finish out the inning unscathed.Jackson’s middle infield combination features Romans and Wright, a freshman and a sophomore, respectively, and with sophomore standout Skeriotis on the mound, the underclassmen of the Bears were on display in the regional final – not something that would necessarily be expected out of a powerhouse program.“It’s great and I also think it’s a credit to the seniors we have for accepting them,” Coach Gamble said.“We can only run nine guys out there, ten with a DH, but that’s been the ownership of the seniors and the team. Guys like Jack White going to the back end of the pen. Cooper Pastorious going from a third starter to the pen, now. It’s just trusting those guys, believing in them and that’s elevating their own games, too.”In the top of the fifth, Dingler started the inning off with a bunt single. He stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and J. Mottice drove him in with an RBI single.Nicolas followed up Mottice with an RBI groundout to make it 6-0.Mentor was able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth, when Kyle Karchefsky reached base on an error and was batted in by Tommy Klepcyk.Klepcyk attempted to stretch a single into a double and right on cue, Dingler gunned him out at second.It took a great play and strong throw from senior right fielder Nick Harrison to set Dingler up for the chance to make the throw from home.The Cardinals kept the Bears off the board in the sixth and Mentor’s offense started to chip away at Skeriotis, as LaGanke mashed a double, Smith moved him over to third with a sac fly, and Tommy Noll delivered an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game.Mentor couldn’t add onto that rally, as once again, Dingler caught a runner on a back-pick at first base.Right after shutting a rally down from behind the plate, Dingler started another one of his own at the plate with his third single of the day to lead off the seventh. He finished the day with three runs and two stolen bases.Jackson would score three more runs in the inning, two of which came across courtesy of another underclassmen, junior outfielder Davis Graham, who plated a two-run single.Wright also hit his second single of the day, going 2-for-2 with a walk.Jackson’s offense finished with nine runs on 14 hits, as seven different players recorded hits on the day.“Our bats have come alive the past couple games,” Dingler said.“That’s also due to Coach helping us get better at-bats. We’re barreling the fastball and doing a lot of strategic things to get guys in scoring position.”Skeriotis’ day came to an end after six innings and it was another big game performance for the young player.“He’s way beyond his years,” his catcher said.“He pitched like he was a senior. He spotted well, controlled well, threw with some velocity and overall, to give up two runs, he pitched great.”Senior Ben Warren finished off the game out of the bullpen, a role in which he has excelled all season, and set the side down in order to end it, prompting his teammates to mob him on the field in celebration of the regional championship..@JHSbaseball2014 wins the Regional Championship 9-2 over @CardsBaseball15— PBR Ohio (@PBR_Ohio) May 27, 2017Coach Gamble also received a Gatorade shower from his players shortly after the game ended.While the Bears are obviously thrilled to reach the Final Four, especially after being eliminated in the 2016 regional semifinals by Stow, the team is well-aware of how much work remains.“We used last year as a learning tool and learned from it,” Jake Mottice said.“We fixed our problems and have stuck to our plans.”Nicolas feels his team will head to Columbus with a workman-like attitude.“It’s an awesome feeling to know that you’re a final four team, but we have to act like it’s a business trip,” the senior said.“It’s going to be fun, but we can’t get caught up in the fun. We can have fun after we win two games.”Nicolas and Dingler were both key players on Jackson’s 2017 State Championship basketball team and are leaders on the diamond, with a chance at bringing the school another State Championship.The first baseball state championship in school history came in 2014. The Bears have won 107 of 122 games since the start of that 2014 season and are 57-3 over the last two years.Jackson takes on Lakota West on Friday, June 2 at 4 pm at Huntington Park in Columbus, followed by Strongsville vs. Olentangy Orange.last_img read more

AFC Cleveland on Another Playoff Hunt

first_imgThe AFC Cleveland Royals earned their third consecutive victory and clean sheet in a 2-0 home triumph against Syracuse FC Saturday evening.The win gave the Royals their second season sweep of a Midwest East Conference opponent after defeating Fort Pitt twice in one weekend. The three points earned by AFC Cleveland also launched them into second in the table in points per game, which would be good enough to earn an NPSL playoff spot if the club can hold onto its position.The Royals went into Saturday’s match firing on all cylinders after their two wins against Fort Pitt and displayed a strong, well-rested lineup aside from the absence of Admir Suljevic, who is still recovering from a back injury. Head Coach Mike Sesar slightly altered the lineup to make room for in-form Yianni Sarris and Bobi Cancar alongside the club’s regular starters.The most notable change was moving David Jordan higher up the field into a left-winger position as opposed to his usual left fullback starting spot. This move paid off in spades as Jordan put together a NOOMA Man of the Match performance with a goal and assist as he was a terror along the left side in his 77 minutes of playing time.Tom Beck also continued his blistering run of form with the match’s opening goal, his third in four regular season appearances. Beck snuck a header past Syracuse FC goalkeeper Pat Castle after meeting a superb cross from Jordan.The score could have been even more favorable to the Royals had Castle not made a few excellent saves, and if his defense had not cleared a couple point-blank opportunities at the goal line. Vinny Bell would like another chance at a first half opportunity when he was fed the ball into open space by Beck. The pass left Castle stranded and gave Bell an open goal to shoot at, but a Syracuse FC defender stepped in at the goalline to clear the ball at the last second.AFC Cleveland’s substitutes put in another strong showing to close out the club’s third consecutive clean sheet and keep high offensive pressure until the end of the match. In addition to Lolo Karpeh’s late assist, substitute Ben Truax looked to have scored when he was played into the box by Gianluca DiFranco, and though his shot slid past Castle, he was judged offside on the initial pass by the assistant referee.Syracuse FC’s comeback hoped were dealt a significant blow in the 58’ when Macain Spragling was issued a red card after a heated exchange following a foul committed Beck. When the dust settled, Mike Derezic, Declan McGivern, and Yianni Sarris were given yellow cards for their role in the affairs.The weekend also brought a handful of positive results for the Royals in other Midwest East competitions. First, the Erie Commodores suffered their first loss of the season to FC Buffalo, narrowing the points per game gap between the top four teams. Then, first-place in total points Dayton Dynamo were upset by Fort Pitt Regiment, a result that puts their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy as they only have one match remaining.Finally, a top four battle between Erie Commodores and Rochester Lancers ended in a 2-1 advantage for the Commodores, sending the Lancers’ points per game below AFC Cleveland’s.PPG goes out the window this Friday as the Royals take on the Lancers at home in a match that could effectively eliminate one of the two sides from the playoffs. The stakes will be just as high Sunday as the Royals travel to Erie for match 11 against the Commodores.Friday is the last regular season home game at Stan Skoczen Stadium for 2017. Make sure you don’t miss AFC Cleveland defend their national championship by securing tickets at Ken Jackson Related TopicsAFC ClevelandAFC Cleveland RoyalsSoccer AFC Cleveland on Another Playoff Hunt Vince McKee This press release is courtesy of Ken Jackson and the AFC Cleveland Royals.Photo Credit to T.J. Powell read more

Middle school cross country: Haughton, Benton take titles in September Showdown meet

first_imgHaughton won three of the four divisions in the September Showdown middle school cross country meet last week.It was the second meet of the season.Haughton swept the two girls divisions and won the sixth-grade boys title. Benton won the seventh- and eighth-grade boys division.Benton was second and Cope third in the seventh- and eighth-grade girls division.Benton’s Isabella Russell continued her outstanding season, winning the individual title. She covered the 1.5-mile course in 8 minutes, 46.2 seconds.Haughton’s Cayden Salas (9:09.8), Kaylee Ogletree (9:27.0) and Madecyn Johnson (9:27.3) finished 2-4. Benton’s Olivia Russell was fifth in 9:41.1.The next three spots went to Haughton runners Lowrey Lain, Shelby Haley and Julia Allen. Rounding out the top 10 were Benton’s Jenevieve Willis and Haughton’s McKenna Samuel.Benton finished four points behind Haughton in the sixth-grade girls division. Cope was third.Benton’s Megan Brown captured the 1-mile run in 6:39.8. Haughton’s Kylie Small was second in 6:48.3 and Benton’s Emily Disotell third in 6:52.4.Haughton’s Adrianna Branch, La’Starr Pouncey and Ashlyn Wilkerson were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Also posting top-10 finishes were Benton’s Rylee Fouts, Cope’s Lily Sue Collins, Benton’s Trinity Langham and Haughton’s Kinsley Brotherton.Cope finished second and Haughton third in the seventh- and eighth-grade boys division.Benton’s Seth Henson captured the 1.5-mile run in 7:57.4. Haughton’s Jordan Sanderson was second in 8:04.2.Benton’s Ernesto Pena and Jack Johnston were fourth and fifth, respectively, in 8:22.5 and 8:24.1. Greenacres’ Colby O’Glee took fifth in 8:35.2.Rounding out the top 10 were Rusheon’s Jose Alfaro, Cope’s Zachary Leaver, Benton’s Eddie Pena, Elm Grove’s Gabe Falting and Benton’s Marcus Rhoades.Benton finished eight points behind Haughton in the sixth-grade boys division. Elm Grove was third.Elm Grove’s Carson Keeler won the 1-mile run in 5:58.3. Greenacres’ Drew Kent was a close second in 5:59.8. Benton’s Cole Austin took third in 6:11.1.Rusheon’s Kerrick Green finished fourth. Haughton’s Silas Savage and Trent McGowen were fifth and sixth, respectively. Also posting top-10 finishes were Benton’s Lucas Clarke, Haughton’s Justin Walton, Benton’s Kyle Hudson and Rusheon’s Keyshon Johnson.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Canal 6 win 12th annual Sash Sawh Memorial dominoes tournament

first_imgCANAL 6 emerged winners of the 12th annual Satyadeow ‘Sash’ Sawh Memorial dominoes tournament, played last Sunday at Ernest Shop, Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara.The tournament, organised and sponsored by Sash Secretariat, saw the eventual champions mark 71 games to win easily from Mixed-Up with 64 and the hosts, who trailed on 61.The victory also marked the second consecutive year for Canal 6 who defeated International 6 and Sash Secretariat at the same venue in 2017.Canal 6 made their intentions clear from the outset, marking 14 games with Sash Secretariat behind on 10, while Mixed-Up started with a mere four games. The eventual winners were never challenged thereafter and romped to an easy win.Skipper Shivdat Sukhai led from the front with 17 games while Buddy Prittipaul and Basdeo Persaud supported with 17 and 12 respectively for Canal 6.Ajoda led the way for Mixed-Up with the maximum 18 games while Ramanah made 12. Doodnauth (14 games) and Vishnu Persaud (13) were the outstanding players for Sash Secretariat but saw two of their teammates, B. Dwarka and G. Dwarka, go down lovers’ lane.The winners’ and first runners-up trophies plus prizes for the three top players in each team were sponsored by Sash Secretariat while the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy was added, compliments of Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall.The three top players were Shivdat Sukhai of Canal 6, O. Ajoda of Mixed-Up and Doodnauth of Sash Secretariat.Sawh, a former Minister of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock, died under tragic circumstances on April 22, 2006. A minute’s silence was observed, prior to the commencement of the tournament.Among those responsible for the staging of the tournament are United States-based Guyanese Mark Dookhan, who served as driver to the late minister, Sahadeo Mahabali, Vishnu Persaud and Indra Jagmohan.The organisers also take the opportunity to express sincere thanks to the proprietor of Ernest Shop for allowing the venue to be used to host the tournaments over the years.last_img read more

Big Reds ready for title rematch with St. Mary’s, hoping to snap Ford Field slump

first_img Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… $3.99 Other Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive (124) (8187) Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × (22) Ads by Amazon $14.99 Inappropriate / Offensive (1862) Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) The League Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Shop Now $26.86$49.99 Bestseller Report a problem This item is… $59.99 $0.00 × Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant A Warrior’s Heart 0 Other Jacorey Sullivan progression reception. Photos/Tim Reilly DEAL OF THE DAY $15.29$17.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (35539) Other ENDS IN Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (33138) Other Bestseller FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … $0.00center_img Other Displayed poorly Not relevant $0.00 (1461) Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Other Other Bestseller Bestseller NBC Sports ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly × Shares DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – Most high school football coaches never get the chance to take their teams to a state championship game.This weekend Muskegon High School head coach Shane Fairfield will take his Big Reds to the state finals for the fourth time in five years.That’s a record most coaches envy, and will never come close to matching.But the three championship games at Ford Field have not gone well for Fairfield and the Big Reds. They made three straight appearances, between 2012 and 2014, and lost each one.Muskegon fell to powerful Birmingham Brother Rice 35-28 in 2012 and 31-21 in 2012, then dropped a 7-0 heartbreaker to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in 2014.The Big Reds will have the opportunity to gain revenge when they play St. Mary’s again in the Division 3 state finals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Kalil Pimpleton breaks into the end zone for Muskegon Photo?Brian TanisA victory would address a lot of frustration that Fairfield and the Big Reds have experienced over the past few years. While they’re proud of their accomplishments, and clearly have one of the best high school football teams in Michigan, there is no substitute for winning the big one.“I would like to have a few more state titles tacked on (to the overall record),” Fairfield said on Tuesday, before he took his team to Michigan State University to practice in an indoor facility. “It’s very hard to work that hard, and walk away as just a state finalist.”Fairfield admits that the 2014 loss to St. Mary’s was the toughest of the three to take. The Big Reds had their chances to win, but were stopped on downs at the St. Mary’s two-yard line in the second quarter, and threw three interceptions in the game.“We just had some blunders and some things didn’t go our way,” he said. “We were near the goal line and didn’t score. Those types of things haunt you all the time.”Fairfield says he’s heard his share of negative comments from critics over the years – including some passionate Big Red fans – who had a tough time accepting three straight losses in the state finals.When they claim he can’t win the “big one,” he has a logical response waiting:“Since when did conference and district and regional and semifinal games become not big games?” Fairfield said. “You have to win a lot of big games to get to the game that people judge you the most on.”Da’vion Mccall receives a kick-off punt and carries the ball up field as rain begins to fall. Photo/Kevin SielaffFairfield said he can handle criticism of his performance, but has been troubled by negative comments directed at young players who have worked hard to come within a victory of winning state titles.“That hurts more than what they say about me,” he said. “I’ve been called just about everything a person can be called over the years. What’s disheartening is when they criticize the kids.“But if your goal is to win to shut people up, you’re playing for all the wrong reasons. If you have the right amount of commitment from the coaches and the players, and everything aligns and you deserve it and win it, that’s what’s rewarding. Everything else will go away.”The Big Reds enter the state title game with a sparkling 12-1 record. Their only loss was a three-point heartbreaker in the second week of the season to Lincolnshire Stevenson, an Illinois state power from the Chicago area.They have beaten every other challenger, most of them by very impressive margins. The Big Reds have outscored their opponents 652-151 this season.Muskegon has been on a tear in the playoffs in recent weeks, beating Forest Hills Northern 63-14, East Grand Rapids 28-10, Byron Center 62-7, and Edwardsburg 19-8 in last weekend’s semifinal game, played in snowy and windy conditions in Kentwood.Clinton Jefferson (6) receives a pass and moves into Byron Center’s red zone. Photo/Kevin SielaffFairfield said he knew before the season that this year’s team had the talent to get back to Ford Field, but the players had to make it happen with focus and commitment.They did just that.“It comes from these players being around winning for so many years,” said Fairfield, who played on a state championship team in high school at Muskegon Catholic. “A lot of them come from families that had players on teams that made deep runs into the playoffs. And it comes from having their goals set, prioritizing and staying humble.”Fairfield said he’s just as proud of the way the Big Reds conduct themselves off the field as he is of their success on it.“We have told them, ‘Let’s deserve to win, not just because of talent, but because we are good people,’” he said. “They are a group of very good young men. When they are done, and people talk about their legacy, they want them to say that they were a bunch of great dudes. Our kids are polite, caring, giving and classy.”The Big Reds will have their hands full in their rematch with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, which will be gunning for its third straight Division 3 state championship.The Eagletes come in with a 9-4 record, but as Fairfield points out, that mark is “very deceptive.” St. Mary’s has lost twice to powerhouse Detroit Catholic Central, a state finalist in Division 1, and played a very challenging schedule against a lot of top teams.Big Reds Coach Shane Fairfield. Photo/Kevin SielaffThe Eagletes have been on fire in the playoffs, beating Bay City John Glenn 49-14, Linden 49-14, and Dearborn Divine Child 49-7 in last weekend’s semifinal game. Their only real postseason challenge came against DeWitt in the regional finals, when they won 35-28.St. Mary’s has a great deal of talent on defense, led by senior linebackers Josh Ross (6-0, 220) and Dwayne Chapman (6-1, 220), and senior cornerback Richard Bowens III. All three are committed to play at Division 1 colleges next year, with Ross headed to the University of Michigan.The Eaglets’ offense is powered by a pair of dangerous running backs – senior RaShawn Allen, who rushed for 134 yards in the semifinals and averages about eight yards per carry, and junior Kyren Cunningham, who gained 83 yards and scored three touchdowns in the semifinals.The two backs run behind a big and powerful line anchored by senior Ralph Holley and junior Donnie Whalen, who both check in at 6-2, 280 pounds.“They do what they do and they’re really good at it,” Fairfield said about St. Mary’s. “They grind it out and punch it in. They play ball control on offense and are really good on defense.“If you want to win a state title, you have to beat a really good team.”La’darius Jefferson rushes up field for Muskegon. Photo?Brian TanisMuskegon certainly has the talent to match St. Mary’s. It starts with an offense that has already scored more points than any Big Red team in modern history.The attack is led by senior quarterback Kalil Pimpleton, who will be studying and playing football next fall at Virginia Tech. The small but speedy Pimpleton has piled up amazing statistics this year.He’s gained 1,456 yards on 130 carries for a jaw-dropping 11.3-yard average, with 22 touchdowns.Pimpleton, who shares quarterback duties with junior La’darius Jefferson, has also completed 38 of 71 passes for 714 yards and 14 touchdowns.Jefferson, who takes the snaps while Pimpleton roves around the backfield in other formations, has rushed for 865 yards on 109 carries and 17 touchdowns. He’s also been effective through the air, completing 50 of 79 passes for 863 yards and nine touchdowns.Overall Muskegon has outrushed its opponents 3,766 to 1,160 this season.The top receiver on the team is senior Jacorey Sullivan, who has snagged 26 passes for 553 yards and seven touchdowns.The Big Red defense has been extremely stingy, giving up the fourth-fewest points (151 in 13 games) of any Muskegon team since 2000.The 2000 and 2009 squads gave up fewer points, but only played 10 and 11 games, respectively. The 2004 state championship team posted the best mark, surrendering only 124 points during its 14-game state title run.The Big Reds’ leading tackler is Andrew Ward with 114 stops. Wallace Ali’Vanta has 69 tackles, Sullivan and Eli Jackson have 56 apiece while DJ Jackson has 46.Sullivan has five interceptions while Ali’Vonta and Raquis McDonald have three apiece. Displayed poorly Share Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Share ENDS IN ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Not relevant Fox Sports Go Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Mail × Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (1009) × Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters)last_img read more

Monday girls tennis roundup: North Muskegon, Spring Lake and Whitehall all win

first_img Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Shares LocalSportsJournal.comThe North Muskegon girls tennis team claimed a 6-2 win in their matchup against Fruitport on Monday. Alicia Hall (No. 1 singles), Claire McCall (No. 2 singles) and Noa Bowen (No. 3 singles) won their singles matches for the Norse, while Hannah Kelly (No.4 singles) had the lone win for Fruitport.Doubles winners for North Muskegon were Belles Hardman and Lily Montgomery (No.1 doubles), Gabby Gaston and Greta Goszkowicz (No. 3 doubles), Liz McNally and Lindsey Piper (No. 4 doubles). The team of Hope Busscher and Hannah LaBash (No. 2 doubles) were the lone winners for Fruitport.SPRING LAKE 5, NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN 3 – The Lakers defeated Northpointe Christian in their girls tennis matchup Monday. Singles winners for Spring Lake were Maddy Duer (No.3 singles), and Morgan Whitaker (No. 4 singles).Winners in doubles for the Lakers were the teams of Adeline Shermine and Rachel Oostindie (No.1 doubles), Taylor Gates and Erika McSheehy (No.3 doubles), and lastly Mahli Braak and Abbi Perkins.The Lakers are now 4-0 in conference play.WHITEHALL 8, WMC 0 – The Whitehall girls tennis team dominated the court in an 8-0 win over Western Michigan Christian on Monday.Singles winners for the Vikings were Rylee Woodring (No. 1 singles), Kennedy Woodring (No. 2 singles), Lily Groessl (No. 3 singles), and Kaysta Coats (No. 4 singles).Doubles team winners for Whitehall were McKenna Hepler and Jaden Mikkelson (No.1 doubles), Braley Johnson and Lauren Schneider (No. 2 doubles), Chloe Christensen and Lacey Herbert (No. 3 doubles), and lastly, Sarah Vandam and Jennifer Mark (No.4 doubles). (32825) Displayed poorly ENDS IN (35309) Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… Displayed poorly Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Other Share Fox Sports Go Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Mail ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Other Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller Other DEAL OF THE DAY Twelve Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Other Not relevant Other Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Shop Now Report a problem This item is… $0.00 $9.99 Report a problem This item is… × DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share Other × Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters)center_img ENDS IN ENDS IN × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly (975) × Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… (832) ENDS IN (8133) Bestseller Not relevant Sports Illustrated Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Other DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant × Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant (3879) × $0.00 (5153) Other Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Ads by Amazon $14.99 Bestseller $0.00 $19.29 ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive (1445) Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… $20.00$233.61 × Bestseller NBC Sports $22.99 × Add Comments (Max 320 characters)last_img read more

Kotoko qualify for CAF Confederation Cup group stage

first_imgAsante Kotoko on Sunday advanced to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on a 4:3 goal aggregate after surviving a scary onslaught from Libyan side Al-Ittihad.Kotoko, unusually lacking fluidity, won the second leg encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi 3:1, having lost the first leg 2:1 in Tripoli, Libya a fortnight earlier.Kotoko achieved the feat courtesy a late penalty converted by Eric Bekoe, but the Porcupine Warriors also have a lot to thank their Burkinabe international goalkeeper, Soulama for. The brilliant goalkeeper came between the Libyans and several goal-bound shots on an occasion his defence looked just lethargic.And the ill-tempered Al-Ittihad players charged at the match officials while their officials engaged security men in scuffles after the final whistle, claiming to have been cheated after Tunisian referee Trabelsi Aouaz disallowed what appeared a perfect second half equaliser to Eric Bekoe’s 8th minute opener.A Libyan attacker, sandwiched between two Kotoko defenders, managed to head home a great cross to set off wild jubilation among his colleagues, leaving the Kotoko defence with arguments over who should have done what. But the Libyans were stunned with the referee’s decision disallowing the goal for offside.When play resumed, it was Kotoko who added to their tally when Jordan Opoku riffled in the second goal from outside the visitors’ box. And while goalkeeper Soumala was busy parrying shots and stopping point-blank, goal-bound shots, it took his compatriot, Pierre Coulibaly to break his resolve and throw the game wide with a powerfully headed shot with 10 minutes left.With three minutes of play to go, a moment of bravery by Eric Bekoe, who attempted to juggle the ball in the opponents’ box, saw a defender apply his hands for an undisputed penalty. Bekoe elected to effect the kick and sent the Libyan goalkeeper in the wrong direction for the much-needed winner.Author: Isaac Yeboahlast_img read more

Report: Tom Holland saved ‘Spider-Man’

first_img©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.(NEW YORK) — Weeks after the spat between Sony and Disney-Marvel left their Spider-Man partnership “100 percent dead” for a third film in the Tom Holland-fronted franchise — it was the 23-year-old actor who reportedly convinced the two studios to make up, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.The sources say Holland “made multiple appeals” to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to strike the September 27 deal for Marvel to collaborate on one more solo Spider-Man movie, and for the character to appear in at least one additional Disney-Marvel film.Holland made a surprise appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo days after the Sony-Disney split to promote the animated movie Onward. At the end of the expo, the actor reportedly “leaned on” Rothman to reengage Disney, while simultaneously reaching out to Iger to return to the negotiating table.The two sides softened their stances after Holland showed them the outpouring of fan support, sources tell THR.The new deal is said to have something for everyone: Disney wins a “considerable stake” in a new movie, up from the less than five percent of the gross it received for each of the first two Spider-Man films.Sony, in the meantime, gets the go-ahead for a third movie, and fans get a tidy end to the Spider-Man saga with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige back at the helm.Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more