BLUES SET FOR BATTLE WITH GAELS FRIDAY NIGHT

first_imgFourth-year team captain Jordan Figueira has picked up right where he left off last season. The two-time OUA all-star currently leads the OUA with 11.14 assists per set after averaging 9.94 through the 2018-19 season. The Blues men are 2-0 to start the season and take on the OUA defending champion Gaels (2-2) in their 2019 home opener. The two teams met in last year’s OUA semifinal, with the Gaels squeaking out a narrow 3-1 win. The women start the action at 6 p.m., with the men to follow at 8 p.m. The matches will also be streamed live on OUA.tv. Story Links Second-year left side hitter Evan Falardeau leads the Blues and ranks third in the OUA, averaging four kills and 4.4 points per set in the early goings of the season. Fifth-year veteran Chris Towe registered 13.5 points in Toronto’s 3-2 season-opening win over Ryerson and is coming off a seventh-place finish at the 2019 NORCECA beach volleyball continental tour this past weekend in the Dominican Republic. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s volleyball teams take on the Queen’s Gaels in our Under Armour Games of the Week this Friday, November 8 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.center_img For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Four-time U SPORTS all-Canadian Alina Dormann sits second in the province, averaging 3.55 kills and 4.0 points per game from the right side. Veteran left side hitters Brianna Patrick and Caleigh Cruickshank are both averaging 2.8 kills per set and lead the team with nine and 10 serving aces, respectively. It will be a battle of nationally-ranked opponents as the No. 5 Varsity Blues women play host to the No. 9 Gaels. The Blues (2-1) and Gaels (2-2) are currently tied for second place in the OUA East division, with U of T holding a game in hand.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Hot rodder Mazmanian dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesDuring that period, he did street racing in a 1932 highboy roadster and took the car to El Mirage Dry Lake after street racing was outlawed. The roadster was clocked at 118 mph in 1942. Mazmanian, who stood 6 feet 5 inches, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he married his wife Alice, took over the family disposal business and began raising their family. He bought a 1957 Ford Fairlane “off the lot.” It served as the family car but, on weekends, he “doctored it up” and began racing it. He moved up to a red ’61 Corvette and ran it in C/Stock with his nephew, Rich Siroonian, driving. They won class honors at the Winter Nationals that year. In 1964, he bought a 1941 Willys coupe, put a Chrysler Hemi engine in it, entered it in A/Gas class and, in 1964, ran it up to 149 mph. WHITTIER – “Big John” Mazmanian, a nationally-known “Gasser Legend” car-rebuilder, racer and 30-plus-year resident of Whittier, died Friday of natural causes at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. He was 80. Mazmanian was inducted into the National Hot Rod Association Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also owner and operator of Mazmanian Disposal in Los Angeles. He was born May 18, 1926, in East Los Angeles. He got his first taste of car rebuilding in junior high school when he bought a 1930 Model A Ford for $25. With the help of his school auto shop teacher, he turned it into “a real cool car.” In high school, Mazmanian had a 1939 Mercury with a “chopped” Carson top, Desoto bumpers, painted black with a red interior. In overdrive, the car would easily go 100 mph, he said. After high school, Mazmanian entered college and took courses for mechanical engineering. Mazmanian moved on to an Austin in the late ’60s and, by that time, was well known for his trademark candy apple red painted cars. It was during this period that Mazmanian teamed up with Jr. Thompson. They traveled throughout the Midwest and eastern U.S., putting on “gasser” shows across the U.S. and Canada. After the Austin, Mazmanian joined the funny car field, running a Barracuda with a Chrysler Hemi engine. He finally retired in 1972, but continued up to this year attending major events. He was one of the nation’s “Gasser Legends” in attendance at a Willys reunion at Thompson Raceway in Thompson, Ohio in June 2002. Mazmanian is survived by his wife, Alice, and daughter, Cathy Sukiasian (Greg), of Rancho Santa Margarita; his son, Victor Mazmanian (Bobbi), of Mission Viejo; two granddaughters, Vicki (Raffi) Krikorian and Jackie Sukiasian; and three grandsons, Jeff and Nick Mazmanian and Kyle Krikorian. The viewing will be 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Gate 1 at Rose Hills Memorial Park. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Sky Rose Chapel, enter through Gate 1, at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road. The service will conclude at the interment site, Memorial Chapel Gardens Lawn.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