Lamar to Face UCLA in First Round of NCAA Tournament

first_imgLU (16-6, 10-1 SLC) is riding a 12-match win streak after three victories at last week’s conference championship, outscoring opponents 14-4. Redshirt junior forward Esther Okoronkwo, the league’s Newcomer of the Year, was named the tournament MVP after netting six goals and assisting on another to lead the way with a record-setting 13 points. This marks Lamar’s second NCAA Tournament appearance, while the Bruins are set to appear in their 23rd tournament. The Cardinals look to follow up on a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Texas A&M in their tournament debut in 2017. For the second time in the last three years, Lamar claimed both the regular-season and tournament titles, rewriting the record book left and right along the way. Just in the Southland tournament, Lamar matched or broke eight league records: single-game goals (six); total team goals (14); total team points (38); individual single-game goals (4, Esther Okoronkwo); individual single-game points (8, Esther Okoronkwo); individual total points (13); individual single-game assists (2, Lucy Ashworth) and individual total assists (4, Lucy Ashworth). The Cardinals set or tied seven conference records: team goals (69); team points (196); team assists (58); individual single-season goals (25, Esther Okoronkwo), individual game-winning goals (8, Esther Okoronkwo); individual single-season points (60, Esther Okoronkwo) and individual single-season assists (17). She was joined on the all-tournament squad by teammates Lucy Ashworth, Madison Ledet and Macie McFarland. Ashworth tallied a tournament-record four assists and scored three of her own.  Ledet registered a pair of assists and McFarland played all but seven minutes on the back line for the Cardinals. The winner of Friday’s match will advance to the round of 32 and face the winner of Clemson and Vanderbilt at a site to be determined. #SouthlandStrong NCAA Tournament First Round NotesFRISCO, Texas – Flying high after a run through the Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, the Lamar Cardinals are matched up with No. 2 seed UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at 8 p.m. CT Friday in Los Angeles. The Bruins (14-4-1, 8-3 Pac-12) finished as the runner-up in the Pac-12 standings, second only to the nation’s top team, Stanford. UCLA posted an 8-4-1 record against tournament teams, including wins over the other three seeded teams in the Bruins’ and Cardinals’ quadrant. In addition to Newcomer of the Year, the Cardinals accounted for the Southland’s Player of the Year (Ashworth) and Coach of the Year (Steve Holeman), along with a league-high eight all-conference selections. Ashworth, Okoronkwo, Anna Loftus and Juana Plata were all first-team honorees.last_img read more

Starter or not, Ravena makes same impact for Blue Eagles

first_imgAteneo’s match-ups against De La Salle are usually a cause for both teams to bring forward its best cards from the opening bell, yet the Blue Eagles decided to pull off one trick up their sleeves.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles had a chance of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage prior to their second game against the Green Archers in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, and head coach Tab Baldwin decided that his superstar Thirdy Ravena would come off the bench in a surprise coaching move.This was Ravena’s first game of this season that he came in as a substitute but Baldwin’s move worked its magic as the defending champions swept their season series against last year’s runners-up with a 71-62 win Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There was nothing different for me because coach Tab knows what he has to do to prepare a player,” said Ravena.”I just have to be ready to all the instances that may happen and it means I’ll be coming of the bench so be it.”Ravena actually led the Blue Eagles’ offense with 14 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and swatting away two shots. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum NU’s Clemente owes career game to teammates “As a veteran I know I have to produce for the team and it’s also a challenge as a player of Ateneo,” said Ravena. “And what made us successful was our mantra of doing it for our teammates.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown He also had to play deeper into the lane after big men Angelo Kouame, Raffy Verano, and Isaac Go got into foul trouble during the first half.“We lost our bigs early in the game but it’s all about the team mentality of ‘next man up,’” said Ravena.And even though he didn’t start the game, Ravena had his imprint in the finish.Ravena capped off the Blue Eagles’ 11-2 run with a booming three-pointer that gave them a 71-58 buffer with 2:06 left in the game.And that scoring spurt ultimately doomed the Green Archers, who fell to an 8-5 record while they watched the Blue Eagles capture the twice-to-beat advantage with a league-leading 11-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Gilas call-up for Fiba World qualifiers dream come true for Thirdy Ravena

first_imgLATEST STORIES READ: Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final vs QatarThe Ateneo superstar was the lone collegiate player chosen to be part of the national team pool.Ravena joined Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood and Japeth Aguilar in the final roster.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing for Gilas Pilipinas was only a dream for Thirdy Ravena until Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRavena is set to make his Gilas Pilipinas debut on Friday after making the team’s 12-man lineup against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers—an inclusion that turned out to be four years in the making.The 22-year-old Ravena rummaged through his Twitter account and pulled out an old tweet he wrote way back in July 2015. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img PH boosts Olympic 3×3 dream with hosting of Fiba Asia Pacific Super Quest Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Caricom to create world’s 1st climate-resilient region

first_imgReflecting on the devastation caused by several natural disasters in the Caribbean during 2017, incoming Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Haitian President Jovenel Moïse says the regional grouping is moving towards creating the world’s first climate-resilient region in the year ahead.“2018 dawns for the Caribbean Community, with the prospect of seizing an opportunity out of a crisis. As we begin the rebuilding process after the devastating hurricanes of last September, as well as Hurricane Matthew, which pounded the region on October 3-4 , 2016, we do so with the aim of creating the first climate-resilient region in the world,” Moïse said in his New Year’s message.According to the new Caricom leader, it is an absolute necessity to create a climate-smart region given the effects of climate change which have brought droughts, mega hurricanes, heavy floods and unusual weather patterns, all of which adversely affect our development.Haiti’s President and incoming Chairman of Caricom, Jovenel Moïse“The social and economic gains that we have made individually and collectively must be protected against the onslaught of nature. The Caricom Member States’, as well as the Region’s non-Member States’ production of greenhouse gases, is practically nil, even though they bear a disproportionate share of the consequences,” he further stated.Moïse stated too that the goodwill and pledges which have been forthcoming from the international community at two major global conferences in New York and Paris gave the Region hope that the necessary support to achieve its objective would be forthcoming.“Our efforts are against the backdrop of the Caribbean Community Strategic Plan for the period 2015-19, which is our guide towards the economic, social, environmental and technological resilience that is needed to produce sustained growth and development for our Community,” he added.CSMEThis year, Moïse said, will increase the Region’s efforts to make the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) more effective at providing the basis for its economic growth.“Many of the major legislative and administrative measures for the operations of the Single Market are in effect. Therefore, it is now up to all of the stakeholders in the Public and Private Sectors to ensure we derive the maximum benefit from its provisions.”He said this would help to increase intra-regional trade, share the best human resources, and encourage entrepreneurs to expand their interests and provide the Region with a platform to move from market access to market presence in those countries with which Member States have trade agreements.The CSME, undoubtedly, according to Moïse, remains the best vehicle for creating the economic resilience we need. “The reform process underway in our Community will allow us to conduct our affairs more efficiently and effectively and will also benefit the operations of the CSME. Our Member States, Regional Institutions and the Secretariat have been streamlining their interactions to produce the best possible results from the decisions taken by the Heads of Government and the Ministerial Councils. We are entering the final two years of the Strategic Plan and the results of the three partners’ efforts at implementing it are beginning to bear fruit.”But Moïse warned that the solidity and efficiency of that partnership would be “tested as never before given the magnitude of the rebuilding task ahead of us. We have to rebuild with resilience now to forestall damage in the future; in other words, to build back better. I am confident that the creativity and determination of our people will allow us to achieve that goal.”Moïse thanked his predecessor, the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, for his “outstanding performance in leading the Community during one of the most difficult periods in our history.“I look forward to building on his achievements,” he said. “With assistance from all, we shall maintain our Community on a path to sustainable development and a safe, secure, viable and prosperous society.”Moïse said among issues he intended to advance during his tenure were those related to natural disasters and climate change.He said Haiti looked forward to welcoming the Community to its shores in February for the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.“The warmth and hospitality of the Haitian people await you,” he said, while wishing all Caricom citizens “a very happy and productive New Year, as we work together to continue building a resilient Community that advances the interests of all its citizens.”last_img read more

Huskies to take on Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge this weekend

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will continue their pursuit of the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in the NWJHL standings this weekend as they take part in two games. Tomorrow night the Huskies will host the Grande Prairie JDA Kings, and Saturday night they’ll be in Beaverlodge to skate with the Blades.Fort St. John enters the weekend six points behind the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks but have two games in hand. The two teams appear destined for a first round match-up in the playoffs based on the gap to the teams around them in the standings, and whoever finishes higher would have home ice advantage for the series.After this weekend’s pair of games the Huskies have another two games next weekend as they’ll be in Peace River and Sexsmith.- Advertisement -Tomorrow night’s game gets underway at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Six newcomers seek seats on LACCD board

first_imgSix political newcomers with little experience in education are seeking to unseat four incumbents on the Los Angeles Community College District board next month. But unseating two-term members Mona Field, Warren Furutani, Georgia Mercer and Sylvia Scott-Hayes may be difficult, said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “That’s almost always the case with incumbents who are running against people who haven’t run before and don’t have name recognition,” Regalado said. “(They won’t win) unless somebody seriously screws up.” Candidates run for specific seats on the board, but must campaign for votes in the entire district. And many this year are taking the district to task, saying it has mismanaged resources. California’s Division of the State Architect can take as many as 18 months to sign off on a project, Scott-Hayes said. “Our district has a lot of work (to do),” Scott-Hayes said. “We have cut a lot of fat out of the process we take. The bottleneck is at the state level.” Scott-Hayes, 55, became the first Latina to serve on the board when she was elected in 1999 with Furutani, 59, of Harbor City; Field, 53, of Eagle Rock; and Mercer, 65, of Beverly Hills. Three San Fernando Valley challengers will appear on the ballot to represent a district that has one-third of its two-year schools in the Valley. Jozef Essavi, 32, of Winnetka, a former Los Angeles Valley College student, was a finalist for the board’s nonvoting student post in the mid-1990s. He’s challenging incumbent Field for Seat No. 3. “The reason I’m running is I’m a product of the community college district,” he said. Field, a political science professor at Glendale Community College, said bond-funded construction to modernize the campuses has been ramping up. Earlier this month, Field attended a ceremony marking the halfway point of Valley College’s Allied Health and Science Building. “We are doing it,” Field said. “In the next six months, you are going to start to see buildings go up where there were holes in the ground.” Mercer faces three challengers in her re-election bid for Seat. No. 5. Hanna Hajjar, 55, a Tarzana engineer, said he would be suited to analyzing projects and their cost structure. Mike Rives, a 58-year-old cancer center coordinator from Los Angeles, is pitching an idea to revamp the nine colleges into specialty campuses for nursing, law enforcement or other fields. Roy Burns of Reseda, a retired deputy sheriff, could not be reached for comment. In the race for Seat No. 7, Furutani is challenged by Hector Gurule, a 32-year-old computer consultant from Alhambra. Furutani, a former two-term Los Angeles Board of Education member representing the Harbor Area, Carson, Gardena and Lomita, graduated from Gardena High School in 1965. He said he expects to spend about $30,000 to win a third term representing Pierce, Los Angeles Valley, Los Angeles Mission and six other community colleges. “We’re all experienced educators,” Furutani said. “Our enrollment is up. Things are moving in the right direction.” A $225 million revamp of Harbor College began in May, with construction beginning on new buildings for student services, classrooms and maintenance operations. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6627 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guy Mato, a 49-year-old Gardena real-estate broker who ran against county Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke in 2004, criticized the board’s handling of $2.2 billion in bond measures passed by voters in 2001 and 2003 for facility construction. “They’ve been able to get from us $2.2 billion and there’s cost overruns and bad planning,” said Mato, Scott-Hayes’ only challenger. “You’re talking about bond measures that have been sitting.” Mato also was an interim manager for the Valley County Water District. Board members acknowledge there have been delays in revamping aging campuses, but blame rising construction costs and state bureaucracy. They say they’ve streamlined reviews since an independent consultant said in 2005 that endless district staff reviews were causing costs to soar. last_img read more

COUNCIL URGES MOTORISTS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE IN SNOW

first_imgWith snow showers and heavy rain expected over the next two days Donegal County Council is urging all members of the public to exercise caution, to take extra care on the roads and to allow extra time for journeys.This driver has a lucky escape when they hit a pole in Loughanure this morning.All of the council’s 25 road gritting crews have been out since 5am this morning gritting all the main routes in the county with a view to keeping the roads passable and we will continue this work throughout the day and into the evening.We expect that crews will be out tomorrow morning again and we are appealing to all motorists to take extra care and even if a road is treated it does not guarantee that the road is ice free so extreme care should be taken. The public can keep up to date with road conditions by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc or @donegalcouncil or by checking out the Councils dedicated Winter Weather website at www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie.This site includes links to an interactive map which provides motorists and road users with up to date information on road conditions and road gritting plans on a given night.It also shows the locations of public sand and grit collection points and includes an hourly weather forecast feed for most areas in the county so that you can check local forecast for the next 12-24 hours.There are also links to weather cameras to view live conditions in three locations in the county. This site has been developed with the road user and the motorist in mind so that they can access as much relevant information as they need to make safe driving decisions during the winter months.You can access this site at www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie and you can keep up to date through the Council’s Twitter accounts @roadsdcc or @donegalcouncil and our Face book page. COUNCIL URGES MOTORISTS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE IN SNOW was last modified: January 13th, 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:county councildonegalMOTORISTSsnowlast_img read more

FAMILY FEAR PET DOG WAS STOLEN FROM GARAGE

first_imgSheba is missingA family from Newmills fear their pet German Shepherd dog has been stolen from their home.The four year old dog, which answers to the name of Sheba, was locked and safe and secure in the family’s garage at Dooen Glebe, Newmills yesterday.However, when the family returned home, the door was wide open and there has been no sign of the dog. There was no sign of  break-in and none of the other animals were disturbed.The dog went missing between 12noon and 5pm on Monday and the family’s two children are very upset that the pet dog has disappeared.Anybody who may know where the dog is or who may have taken it should contact Donal Coyle on 083 4666391.FAMILY FEAR PET DOG WAS STOLEN FROM GARAGE was last modified: February 4th, 2016 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:DOGdonegalmissingNEWMILLSlast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES

first_imgLast Sunday week, as all the poor unfortunate turkey chasers who haven’t managed to trap the bird yet looked on, three golfers managed to secure their second win of the season, at least ! Seamus Gallagher, Paddy Lynch and Shaun Duffy racked up eight birdies, with no dropped shots, to claim victory on the day. The number of reported incidents in their round are too numerous to list, so it’s suffice to say they all did their part in their deserved win. A completely different picture evolved last Sunday, as a heavy mist decended on the wee course from early morning. Members and visitors alike waited patiently to see if the mist was going to clear, with varying opinions from budding amateur weather forecasters, and even a phone call to a certain postman in the Glenfin area to find out if players were going to get the oportunity to play. At about 12.30 it was decided to let the participants loose on the course, and within 20 minutes the sun won the battle and broke through the mist, revealing previously hidden greens, and golfers. But the increase in visibility was short-lived, and the mist descended again, leaving a lot of ‘blind’ shots off the tee. As some players considered the conditions too dangerous to continue, debate got up as to whether the competition should continue, but some brave souls carried on to finish their round. At the time of writing it is unclear whether the competition was actually called off, or allowed to continue, so we’ll have to wait for further news on that. In the meantime, the plan is to give it another go next Sunday at the usual 11.45 time for entry, when hopefully we will know the outcome of last Sunday’s confusion ! GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 26th, 2012 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more