North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Tri Jr/Sr High School 3-0. 25-15, 25-17, 25-8The Lady Chargers started the week off with 2 quick matches vs the Titans! We came out with a lot of energy and had great communication! Also, minimal receiving errors led to our success!The JV won 25-10 & 25-18Sammi Luttel adder 4 digs, 10 assists and 5 acesMadelin Hoover contributed 2 blocksCaroline Stapp 2 aces & 6 killsBrittany Krieger 2 acesErin Schwering 6 killsThe Varsity won 25-15, 25-17 & 25-8Olivia Bohman totaled an awesome 10 aces and the team total was 19 aces! She also added 9 digsErika Kramer 8 killsKara Muckerheide 21 assists & 6 digsMadelyn Bohman 7 killsWe take on the South Decatur Cougars tomorrow for the Civil War Trophy!!Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck. North Decatur Girls 8th Grade Volleyball beat Waldron Jr. / Sr. High School 2-1. 10-25, 25-22, 15-8The 8th Grade Lady Chargers fought hard in a close match with the Lady Mohawks, but with outstanding teamwork the Lady Chargers were able to pull away with the victory!Courtesy of Chargers Coach Becky Bingham.
Justice seemed to have been done when McGregor guessed right to save from Jelavic but the ball rebounded to Rosenior who headed his first senior goal since October 2009. Rosenior concurred with his manager’s desire to get the job done, telling his club’s official website: “There’s been a lot talk about the FA Cup recently but the most important thing is we stay in the Premier League. “We’ve got a lot of players who have been itching to play in this league for a long time, myself included, and we want to make sure we stay here.” The Baggies ought to have at least narrowed the deficit in a second half they largely controlled, but a powerful header from Victor Anichebe was the closest they went and Long almost piled on the misery with a right-foot effort which came back off the woodwork. To add to Albion’s woes stand-in captain Gareth McAuley limped out with an ankle problem, following Anichebe, who had already departed with a hamstring complaint. A mounting injury list is the last thing Mel needed going into next Saturday’s potentially pivotal home clash with Cardiff, and he admitted: “It is a big problem because the next match is a very big match for us. “There are currently four teams beneath us so of course I think we can still stay up. We continue because every week in the Premier League the table changes.” Long won the 30th-minute penalty from which Liam Rosenior headed in the rebound after Nikica Jelavic’s spot-kick was saved, then struck himself eight minutes later to seal a solid if unspectacular three points for the Tigers in a 2-0 win. By Bruce’s mathematics it leaves his side in search of one more win – which could come on Wednesday night’s trip to West Ham – to almost certainly guarantee top-flight status and enable them to concentrate on their upcoming FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley. Shane Long sent Hull to within touching distance of Barclays Premier League safety by sinking former club West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on Saturday, but boss Steve Bruce is adamant his side’s survival mission is still not quite complete. Bruce said: “The one thing we need to do now is see it through and make sure we stay in this division. We are a newly promoted club and the odds were stacked against us. “We have got to make sure we are here for two, three, four, five years and stay as a Premier League club. That’s the aim but it’s very difficult, but at the moment we’re doing okay.” Long limped off with a suspected knee strain late in the game and will be a doubt for the trip to Upton Park but by then as far as the Baggies were concerned the damage had been done. The Republic of Ireland always insisted he was reluctant to leave The Hawthorns and new boss Pepe Mel must be rueing the club’s decision to let him go with Albion now languishing just three points off the drop zone. While Long provided the main threat throughout, the visitors failed to threaten despite long periods of neat possession, with their best chance arguably a first minute effort from Stephane Sessegnon which sailed just over the bar. Graeme Dorrans also brought a good save out of Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor as the Baggies looked capable of building on Mel’s first win in charge away to fellow strugglers Swansea last week. But Long was central to the home side wresting control of the game around the half-hour mark, shortly after David Meyler had served warning by flashing a header from a Tom Huddlestone corner inches wide of the mark. Long’s fall under Craig Dawson’s innocuous challenge hardly endeared him to the travelling fans, especially when referee Chris Foy indicated a spot-kick which Mel protested and even Bruce conceded was “soft”. Press Association
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – When West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck 68 in the first innings of Jamaica Scorpions’ seventh round match of the Regional Four-Day Championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes, the innings brought him little joy.Not only did the visitors lose the encounter by two wickets but the outing marked the sixth time for the season Blackwood had scored a half-century without being able to convert to triple figures.Frustrated, the 28-year-old turned to seasoned Windwards campaigner Devon Smith – a veteran of 217 first class matches and nearly 15 000 runs – for advice after the contest in St George’s.“I told him every time when I’m in the 80s or 50s I just get out very softly and he [said] ‘just stay calm, try to score, don’t overthink the situation’,” Blackwood told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest Cricket Show here Tuesday.“[He told me] ‘the same way you approach 50, is the same way you’re supposed to approach getting a hundred’. That helped to motivate me.”What transpired in his next innings against Leeward Islands Hurricanes was monumental. The right-hander carved out a record-breaking 248 – the second highest score for Jamaica in the last 54 years and the seventh highest overall in the history of the championship.However, it was the manner in which he reached 100 and 200 which reflected Smith’s advice. On 93, Blackwood struck two consecutive boundaries off seamer Jeremiah Louis to storm to his fifth first class century.Then, on 196 the following day, he reached his maiden first class double hundred in the morning’s first over with a classic square drive for four.“When I was on , I told myself once I got a loose ball I’m going to put it in the boundary. I’m going to stay positive and I did exactly that,” Blackwood explained.“Over the years it has been a very frustrating time, scoring a lot of half-centuries and not converting but this year I tried to get over that. The fitter I am, that is when I score a lot of runs, when I’m fit.“This year I really focussed more on my fitness and my mental space. I think I did some work on that and the way I batted this season, I think that’s the approach I’m going to take right through my career.”Blackwood finished the season as the leading run-scorer with 768 runs at an average of 51, the only batsman to pass the 700-run mark.The Jamaican has played 28 Tests with modest success, his last outing coming when he appeared as ‘concussion substitute’ for Darren Bravo, during the second Test against India at Sabina Park last September.Prior to that, his international career seemed in danger. He was dropped after just 15 runs in five innings and languished on the sidelines for two years.With several changes made before the season, he now feels his career is back on track.“I put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes. I told myself if I want to improve myself and improve my fitness and the way I think and the way I bat, I have to train more than one time,” said Blackwood.“I had to think outside the box and I think I did that this season. I batted more balls this season than in previous seasons and I changed my batting a little bit in terms of mixing my aggression with shot selection and being patient.“I think it was a pretty decent season for me. I give God thanks.”The season was suspended after the eighth round, 10 days ago because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the Caribbean, and finally aborted on Tuesday.
Ereck Flowers is getting a shot with a new NFL team.Flowers, 24, is expected to sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Redskins, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources. The Redskins acquired quarterback Case Keenum from the Broncos earlier this month. He only played in five games for New York in 2018 before being benched and eventually released. Flowers then signed with the Jaguars and appeared in eight games. Related News NFL free agency news: Adrian Peterson returning to Redskins Redskins have signed Ereck Flowers to a 1 year $4 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2019Flowers was selected by the Giants with the ninth pick in the 2015 draft but he failed to live up to expectations. Jay Gruden wasn’t consulted about Redskins’ free agency moves, Landon Collins signing
Dear Editor,In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), there are three ‘gentlemen’ who have been referred to as the “three AFC musketeers” in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group, and they are marketing themselves as the mouth pieces of Ministers of the Government, feeling that they could capitalise on the gullibility of some residents, thereby reaping the fruits of corruption.In Guyana generally, there is an accepted norm that once you are seen in the company of the Ministers, interacting and probably drinking together, then you are in a position to get favours from these Ministers. These three Alliance For Change (AFC) executive members are always in some Minister’s company when they visit Region Six; misleading some people to conclude that these charlatans can extract favours from the Ministers on their behalf.One of these AFC members used the CIIP workers as though they were his private employees and is now a ‘secret’ contractor in the region. The other works with the Public Infrastructure Ministry and has been collecting bribes from contractors to get them contracts from Public Infrastructure Ministry; while the third one is a professional conman who collected bribes from a businessman from Albion and one from Skeldon offering to get them chicken import licences among other ‘services’. These ‘gentlemen’ have been the subject of much discussion in the Moving Guyana Forward chat group.Recently, these three AFC members made visits to Manchester, Albion, Kildonan, Black Bush and other People’s National Congress and People’s Progressive Party strongholds, offering to build streets and install street lights if the residents could only sign up as AFC members, which some residents have been doing. This matter was raised at our Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting since April this year and the Regional Executive Officer (REO) had promised to investigate the matter since it is the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and the RDCs function to make budgetary proposals for these works and not some AFC members. Therefore, for these AFC executive members to do so is fraudulent misrepresentation and misleading. The AFC is ‘dead meat’ and this is a sinister strategy to show that the AFC’s membership is actually increasing and not dying as foretold by Ramjattan.I also spoke to some contractors who expressed their utter disgust with the corrupt behaviour of the ‘musketeers’. They claimed that any time they see these guys they have to hide since they are forced to fork out thousands of dollars to buy drinks at some popular liquor restaurant; be it Rose Hall or Skeldon. These guys have expensive appetites as well! These contractors claimed also that the profits they make have to be shared in so many ways making the contracts unprofitable!Last Saturday, one of these guys was on television addressing the privatisation of the Guyana Sugar Corporation and made some statements which are quite contrary to what is said by the Special Purpose Unit and the Agriculture Minister. He claimed to actually know the name of the buyer of Skeldon Estate. This was meant to let the public feel that he is very close to the decision makers so that the public will have more confidence in him when he does his ‘field trips’.These AFC executive members are expert marketers and have created their own niche in the ‘corruption market’ in Guyana and their leaders are silent since they are also members on the Moving Guyana Forward chat group and are aware of everything written in this letter. But the ‘pot cannot call the kettle black’!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six