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2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Begins Friday

first_imgMatch three pits No. 3 Sam Houston State against No. 6 seed McNeese in a 4 p.m. serve. SHSU enters the tournament with a 13-3 record in conference action. The Bearkats will look to extend the season on the shoulders of the 2018 Southland Player of the Year, Taylor Cunningham. Sam Houston State’s defense has been a stalwart, limiting opponents to a .153 hitting percentage – good for ninth-best nationally. McNeese closed out its conference slate with an 8-8 mark following a three-match sweep of Northwestern State. Paige Harvell has been a staple at the net for the Cowgirls, ranking 19th nationally with 135 blocks.Friday’s nightcap features No. 2-seeded Central Arkansas against tournament host and No. 7 seed Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. The Sugar Bears lead the Southland Conference in team hitting percentage (.247) and assists per set (12.7) after winning their last eight matches. Northwestern State has 1,193 kills this season, playing to an 8-8 conference mark. Top-seed Stephen F. Austin takes on No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the tournament’s opener Friday morning at 11 a.m. Debbie Humphreys, the 2018 Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year recipient, has captained her squad to straight-set finishes in five of its last seven matches. SFA is currently riding the nation’s longest active winning streak at 26 matches. The Ladyjacks’ 29 match victories this season represent the most in NCAA Division I volleyball and is tied for most single-season wins in SFA program history. Stephen F. Austin is headlined by first team All-Conference selections Haley Coleman, Danae Daron and Setter of the Year Ann Hollas. The Islanders clinched the tournament’s final spot with a straight set road win over Incarnate Word in the regular-season finale. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green leads the Southland Conference and ranks 14th nationally with a pair of triple-doubles this season. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed live from Natchitoches on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org/live and the league’s apps, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Tony Taglavore and Greg Miller will handle the first two rounds. No. 4 seed Abilene Christian will square off against No. 5 seed Houston Baptist in Friday’s second contest. Opening serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. ACU heads into Friday’s match with a 10-6 conference record and a 13-15 overall mark. Abilene Christian has averaged 2.32 blocks per set for a combined 252.5 blocks throughout the season. Houston Baptist was one of four programs to conclude conference play with an 8-8 record. The Huskies secured the five seed with a tiebreaker advantage over McNeese, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. HBU leads the conference and is third in the nation for team kills (1,548), team aces (194) and total team attacks (4,352). Tournament Central | BracketNATCHITOCHES, La. – Postseason play begins Friday in the three-day 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament. The single-elimination championship is hosted by No. 7 seed Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. The winner will claim the Southland’s automatic qualifier for the 64-team 2018 Division I NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The championship match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. Lyn Rollins will handle play-by-play duties and Tiara Gibson will provide color commentary. Friday’s action features four quarterfinal matches at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. CT. Saturday’s schedule calls for semifinal contests at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s championship is set for 3:05 p.m.last_img read more

Snax Tigers confident of big season

first_imgLae Snax Tigers are confident of a big season as they lead the points ladder in Pool two after round five of the 2014 Digicel Cup competition.Tigers have proven to be unbeatable after coming out winners in all their matches since round one.Coach Stanley Tepend is overwhelmed with the team’s performance so far.In their recent game against Gulf Isapea, they played well in the first half but took the foot off the gas in the second half.Coach Tepend says  this is one area that needs improvement.“The players still need to polish up on simple errors week in week out, including ball handling and defence.“In terms of playing for a full 80 minutes, most of the players need to work on fitness so they can last longer throughout the game and not wear out too soon,” he said.The Lae based team is mainly made up of a mixture of youth and experienced players like Roy Kela, Sydney Fred, Pasu Awene and Justin Olam.Tepend said that it is still very early in the season and they have a long way to go.“The team’s success comes from the players and their commitment and trust among themselves.“We also have a lot of great hard working people behind the scenes to ensure the players get looked after to perform each week, which is very important,” he said.The coach confirmed that prop Petero Sanivalu will be out for two weeks following a fractured right wrist he sustained from the match over the weekend.Despite the injury, Tigers are confident and looking forward to taking on Goroka Lahanis in round six this weekend.last_img read more

Police being trained in drug awareness – Police Narcotics Branch Head

first_imgAs reports continue to surface about drugs being found in various schools across the country, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is upping the ante in training more ranks in the field of drug awareness in order to monitor these schools at least once a month.This is according to Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon, who on Saturday told the media that the GPF hopes to make a positive impact in curbing the issue of drugs being distributed in schools.“As part of our drug demand reduction strategy, 25 ranks across the GPF are on training right now dealing with the drug awareness reduction education programme. Those ranks will be going back to respective divisions and be responsible for going to schools across the regions to spread the “don’t get involved” slogan. This is to minimise the use of young people, students getting involved in drug use,” he explained.Senior Superintendent Simon stated that only recently, the GFC in collaboration with the Education Ministry and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) paid a visit to President’s College in this regard.“We interacted with over 200 students because it was believed that maybe drug usage is taking place in President’s College. So that is part of our drug reduction strategy and we are going to continue training police ranks so that you could have ranks as much as possible to visit maybe every single school. Maybe that rank will be responsible for going there on a weekly or monthly basis to conduct those training programmes.”According to the Senior Superintendent, the trained officers who will be deployed throughout the length and breadth of Guyana should be able to make a positive impact on the situation of school children using drugs.“The more educated you are, the better choices you make,” he added.Less than six months ago, Deputy Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Lesley Ramlall had confirmed that investigations by his Unit led to the discovery of ecstasy in at least five schools across the country.Referring to it as a “worrying trend”, Ramlall at that time said that children came forward and admitted to utilising the recreational drug, which led to the arrests of some persons.He also divulged that the schools at the centre of the drug usage were located predominantly in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica).Presently, according to reports from the Education Ministry sent to CANU, these two regions continue to be at the top of the list in this regard. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Flyers take opener in O.T.

first_imgPhoto – The Flyers raise their 2008/09 Campbell Cup championship banner to the rafters of the North Peace Arena before the game.  Photo – Russ Beerling, energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com It should be an exciting season for the Senior Flyers.  At least opening night made it seem that way. The Flyers opened their 2009/2010 season on Saturday night with an overtime win over the Grande Prairie Athletics.Tyler Loney scored the overtime winner, while Jeff Fast, Adam Horst, Ashley Langdone, and Aaron Scheppers also scored.  Horst impressed in his Flyers debut, adding two assists to his first period goal.  Troy Hunt posted the win in goal.- Advertisement -The Flyers led the game 4-1 midway through the third, but allowed the A’s back into the game before winning it in O.T.  Shane Mudryk scored a pair for Grande Prairie, with Brennan Jones and Mike Mohr scoring singles.   The Athletics outshot the Flyers 35-32, with David Larson recording the loss for G.P.The game also saw a couple of fights, with Ian Munro squaring off against Dean Watson, and Matt Shuya facing Scott Taje.The Flyers begin their ‘AAA’ exhibition season next weekend, when they play against the Stony Plain Eagles on Saturday night (Oct. 24), and against the Lloydminster Border Kings on Sunday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Insider Trading: Vidal is NOT on Man United’s radar, Liverpool and Spurs in straight fight for Davies

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins the Hawksbee and Jacobs show to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Hot on the agenda is Manchester United’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal and our man in the know claims he has been told by sources close to the club that the Chilean is NOT on their radar right now.He also offers updates on Ben Davies’ future, with Tottenham and Liverpool both linked with the Swansea full-back, and reveals Newcastle are on the verge of adding another French player to their ranks.Latest transfer news and rumours on talkSPORT.com:Leeds United keen to land £2m Roma midfielderEspanyol keeper quashes Arsenal transfer talkVidal to Man United latest: Old Trafford man in the know on negotiationsI’m staying at Roma! Man City and Chelsea target rules out summer moveI don’t want to leave Manchester City, insists Negredolast_img read more

Manchester United set to fork out £15m on sought-after Atletico Madrid star

first_imgManchester United are ready to splash £15m on Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.The 21-year-old has broken into the first-team this season and made nine league starts for the Spanish side.United have scouted the Spain under-21 international several times this term and are now ready to make a concrete offer.The Premier League giants, according to Cadena Cope, will offer £15m for Niguez.But Atletico are reluctant to part with the talented midfielder, who has been with the club since he was 16.As a result any offer from United is likely to be rejected. 1 Saul Niguez last_img

Angeles to be reforested

first_img A draft of the proposal is available at the district office, 30800 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus, or on the Angeles National Forest’s Web site: www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles under “Projects & Plans.” The public has until Jan. 30 to voice any concerns, which can be made contacting Williams at (661) 296-9710 or e-mailing rogerwilliams@fs.fed.us. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “The problem is we’re not sure if it worked,” Williams said Friday. “They didn’t keep very good records and eventually they abandoned the project.” The result in one of the target areas a few miles southwest of the town of Lake Hughes are under-size pines, that allowed heavy brush to grow beneath, Williams said. “It seemed to work well except some of the trees don’t get very big, just 30 feet tall,” he said, explaining that the trees allowed in too much sunshine and the brush took over. Also, many of the nonnative trees died. The region targeted for tree-planting has not burned in 40 years and has prompted concern among forest officials worried that dying trees and brush could fuel a fire in the Angeles that could spread west to the Los Padres National Forest. In preparation for the re-foresting, crews have removed brush and pruned and thinned problem stands of trees that were competing for water in drought years and were becoming subject to bark-beetle infestations, according to a memo from Cid Morgan, chief of the forest’s Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District. The beetles were blamed two years ago for weakening stands of pines and fueling fires that raged through San Bernardino County. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – It may seem like nature would have handled it, but U.S. Forest Service officials are taking it upon themselves to plant trees in the forest, on a ridge between Castaic and Lake Hughes. Assuming no significant protests are filed by the end of the month, crews will plant hundreds of native Coulter pines and big cone Douglas firs this spring across 110 acres of the northern Angeles National Forest to discourage heavy fire-prone brush from growing and to improve the forest’s biodiversity “Basically it’s to help shade out some of the brush and create more diverse areas to feed deer and other wildlife,” said Roger Williams, assistant natural resources officer for the stretch of forest in northern Los Angeles County. “It’s good for the environment, we get more habitat. And it helps manage the brush.” The goal is to fix a project attempted in the 1970s when the Forest Service planted groves of nonnative evergreens that were fire resistant, Williams said. last_img read more

Famous Donegal fiddler beat up by gang of youths

first_imgA famous young Donegal fiddle player has revealed how he was set upon and had his finger broken in a vicious attack. Matthew McGranaghan is one of Donegal’s best fiddle players, and he had played with a host of world-class artists during his decorated career. However, he has appeared at Letterkenny District Court to give evidence after he was the victim of a vicious assault by a gang of youths.The defendant, Michael Kelly, aged 20, with an address of 42 Beechwood Grove, Lifford was charged with the assault despite there being two other parties involved in the attack.The incident occurred on the 24th of August 2013 at Grahamsland, Castlefinn.The court heard how a gang of youths were loitering outside the property of Mr McGranaghan throwing stones, when the fiddle player decided to go down and speak to the youths.“I decided rather foolishly, that I would go down and confront them, I was hoping I would act as a deterrent and they would leave.“However, they started to verbally abuse me, and as I went to walk away from them to return back inside, I was then attacked from behind.“I sustained a broken finger in the attack, which was a big problem for me as I’m employed as a musician – and I play the fiddle.”Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr McGranaghan did he miss any work due to the assault and did he sustain any other injuries.“No I didn’t miss any work, I couldn’t afford to, I’m self-employed so I just had to get on with it, it was difficult and quite painful.“I also sustained a hairline fracture to my ribs, although it’s not on the medical report.”Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said there was no excuse for the conduct of his client, and said issues with alcohol and prescription drugs were a factor in the incident.Gallagher told the court, “My client was a juvenile at the time of this assault, but there’s no excuse for his conduct, and the two other parties that were involved in this assault.“He’s had issues with alcohol and other substances, and he takes prescription drugs, at the time of this incident he mixed alcohol and prescription drugs which was an explosive mixture.“He’s had mental health issues, and had a relatively tough upbringing, difficulties with his mother, and he had a very tough relationship with his father in his formative years.“He need the assistance of the addiction services, he is unemployed and now lives with his dad who recognised he badly needed help, he’s imposed a strict regime on him, and he’s been out of trouble since.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report to be complied on Mr Kelly and adjourned the case until November 21st.Famous Donegal fiddler beat up by gang of youths was last modified: September 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:assaultattackcourtsfiddlegangHome-page NewsMatthew McGranaghanMichael Kellylast_img read more

Man appears in court in connection with Jasmine’s murder

first_imgA man has again appeared in court charged with the murder of a young mum-of-two.Richard Burke, aged 27, appeared by videolink at Letterkenny District Court this morning. He was charged with the murder of his former partner Jasmine McMonagle.Mother of two Jasmine, aged 28, who was originally from Castlefinn, was found dead at her home at Forest Park in Killygordan.The case was adjourned to February 18th next, with the accused again to appear by videolink.Man appears in court in connection with Jasmine’s murder was last modified: January 21st, 2019 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:courtJasmine McMonagleKillygordonmurderRichard Burkelast_img read more

Naomh Columba ladies heartbroken after losing out by single point

first_imgSunday last played host to a very busy day in Pairc na Gael.First up were our Senior ladies who replayed their championship semi final match with Robert Emmets, yet again the two teams couldn’t be separated as the match went to extra time for the second week in a row, unfortunately for our ladies after a second period of extra time.Our ladies were beaten by a heartbreaking single point, both teams played their hearts out in a great game and our ladies can take great heart from their performances this last two weeks. Huge Thanks to Danny and Gerard for all their work with the Ladies team this year and Roll on the 2017 season.Our men’s teams then took centre stage and our reserves turned in a battling performance to get the better of a tough Naomh Brid team.Our senior team then took on Naomh brid and showed a lot of fighting spirit to win by one point in an exciting contest.Our u13 team were the final game on Sunday and in a very good match got the better of kilcar, with some very good talent on show for both teams. This week our 10 week draw kicks off on Thursday night at our club bingo in Carrick, As always we appreciate the community’s support and help in our fundraising as our sellers travel around the Area, Anybody living away from the area that is willing to get involved or purchase tickets for our 10 week draw, Please contactJohn Joe Doherty on 0858708189 or Contact Club PRO Sarah Mc Morrow on 0873112121 or on the Club Facebook pageOur u16 girls travel to Ardara on Tuesday evening to take on ardara. Both teams have 100% records so it makes for a good game. Best of luck to our girls.Our jackpot rises this week so please support our Club lotto.Naomh Columba ladies heartbroken after losing out by single point was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GAA notesNAOMH COLUMBAlast_img read more